Virtual Character Or Avatar (e.g., Animated Person) Patents (Class 715/706)
  • Patent number: 10454857
    Abstract: Among other things, embodiments of the present disclosure improve the functionality of electronic messaging software and systems by generating customized images with avatars of different users within electronic messages. For example, users of different mobile computing devices can exchange electronic communications with images generated to include avatars representing themselves as well as their friends, colleagues, and other acquaintances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Jacob Edward Blackstock, Diego Muñoz Escalante, Matthew Colin Grantham
  • Patent number: 10445523
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described that are configured to obtain tracking data corresponding to a plurality of users accessing a virtual reality environment. The tracking data may include information associated with a plurality of movements performed by a first user in a physical environment. The systems and methods may be configured to modify display data associated with the plurality of movements, in response to determining that the information is private, and provide, in the virtual environment, the modified display data to a second user in the plurality of users, while displaying unmodified display data to the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Manuel Christian Clement, Stefan Welker
  • Patent number: 10445385
    Abstract: A method for generating a sentiment map user interface is presented. The method may include collecting a plurality of content data, whereby the plurality of content data includes an original message and at least one response. The method may include collecting a plurality content path data. The method may include determining a plurality of user sentiment data based on the collected plurality of content data. The method may include generating the sentiment map user interface based on the determined plurality of user sentiment data and the collected plurality of content path data, whereby the generated sentiment map user interface includes a plurality of user icons indicating a user sentiment, and whereby the plurality of user icons are positioned within the generated sentiment map user interface based on the collected plurality of content path data. The method may include presenting the generated sentiment map user interface to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Shadi E. Albouyeh, Trudy L. Hewitt
  • Patent number: 10417388
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus and method for providing a virtual treatment experience which can make a user to understand the necessity for treatment and learn how to counteract side effects of the treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: CHUNG ANG UNIVERSITY INDUSTRY ACADEMIC COOPERATION FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Doug Hyun Han, Joung Soon Jang, In Gyu Hwang, Hee Jun Kim, Byung Doo Choi, Jong Deok Kim, Hyung Won Cho
  • Patent number: 10417831
    Abstract: A wearable system can comprise a display system configured to present virtual content in a three-dimensional space, a user input device configured to receive a user input, and one or more sensors configured to detect a user's pose. The wearable system can support various user interactions with objects in the user's environment based on contextual information. As an example, the wearable system can adjust the size of an aperture of a virtual cone during a cone cast (e.g., with the user's poses) based on the contextual information. As another example, the wearable system can adjust the amount of movement of virtual objects associated with an actuation of the user input device based on the contextual information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Magic Leap, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Powderly, Savannah Niles, Frank Hamilton, Marshal A. Fontaine, Paul Armistead Hoover
  • Patent number: 10394330
    Abstract: Access terminals are adapted to facilitate automated wireless communication interactions based on implicit user cues. According to one example, an access terminal can obtain a plurality of user cues, including user cues from at least two primary sensor inputs, as well as other optional user cues. The access terminal may identify the occurrence of a predefined combination of user cues from among the plurality of user cues. In response to the identification of the predefined combination of user cues, the access terminal may affect a wireless communication link with an access terminal associated with another user. Other aspects, embodiments, and features are also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: Jill Sayuri Iwasaki, Bennett Michael King, Kexi Liu, Martin Hans Renschler
  • Patent number: 10387963
    Abstract: A method and system may generate a call agent avatar for responding to insurance-related inquiries. A user's client device such as a smart-phone, smart watch, or tablet computer, may receive an insurance-related inquiry or banking-related inquiry from the user. Several data sources may be utilized to automatically determine a response to the insurance-related inquiry or banking-related inquiry, and a call agent avatar may be displayed on the user's client device while the response is displayed/played by the client device. The call agent avatar may be animated to move in synchronization with the response so that it appears the call agent avatar is providing the response to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: William J. Leise, Douglas Albert Graff, Christina P. Mullen
  • Patent number: 10365806
    Abstract: A method for providing a user interface (UI) in an electronic device having a background includes presenting a first keyword in the background by animation in response to an operation performed by a user on the electronic device, wherein the first keyword enables the user to start the electronic device for executing a first function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignees: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION, INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH
    Inventors: Mark Hsiao, Yi-Fang Lee, Yin-Pin Yang
  • Patent number: 10354553
    Abstract: Example embodiments relate to providing exploration maps for visualizing enterprise product knowledge. In example embodiments, a system obtains a software exploration map including feature areas, where each feature area is associated with activities and a grouping of features in a software product. At this stage, the system may detect completion of an activity by a user of the software product. The system may then modify a knowledge level of the user in the feature area based on the completion of the activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: ENTIT SOFTWARE LLC
    Inventors: Carsten Schlipf, Birgitta Hettler, Volker Gärtner, Marc Philipp Werner, Frank Vosseler, Jörn Schimmelpfeng, Katharina Goettlicher, Radi Dimitrov Hadzhiyski, Chris Tracey
  • Patent number: 10338687
    Abstract: In a system for teleporting and scaling in a virtual reality environment, a user may teleport from a first virtual location, being experienced at a first scale, to a second virtual location, to be experienced at a second scale. The user may select the new, second virtual location and the new, second scale with a single external input via a handheld electronic device so that, upon release of a triggering action of the electronic device, the user may teleport to the newly selected second virtual location at the newly selected scale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Adam Glazier, Evan Hardesty Parker
  • Patent number: 10292651
    Abstract: Embodiments include methods, systems and computer program products for monitoring a user of a helmet for cumulative concussions. Aspects include monitoring one or more sensors in the helmet and receiving an output from the one or more sensors corresponding to an impact experienced by the helmet. Aspects also include calculating a cumulative concussion score based on the output of the one or more sensors and displaying an indication of the cumulative concussion score via an indicator on the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: James R. Kozloski, Mark C. H. Lamorey, Clifford A. Pickover, John J. Rice
  • Patent number: 10289265
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is system, method and apparatus to capture and retrieve personalized mood icons. A personalized mood icon may be used to express a mood, tone, emotion, etc., and may comprise one or more components, including without limitation one or more visual and/or audible components. An icon may be generated from a media item depicting a user and a mood of the user. For example, an icon may be generated from a media item comprising one or more of still image, video, audio, multimedia, etc. content. An icon may comprise content from one or more media items and/or content portions of one or more media items. An icon may comprise a textual component, such as for example a textual title or description of the mood, tone, motion being portrayed using the icon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: EXCALIBUR IP, LLC
    Inventor: Harshad Abhay Kulkarni
  • Patent number: 10268491
    Abstract: A system to improve user messaging in a mobile device by providing an intelligent interactive travel as a GUI that receives verbal and text input and outputs offers to provide travel-related information, offers to provide travel-related actions, offers to send a travel-related communication, or offers to save travel-related information, wherein processing content of the user input comprises analyzing message content to collect travel-related parameters relating to geographic travel path, airport information, air travel route information, airline flight information, flight availability, flight status, flight booking information, flight cancelling information, airport fees, baggage fees, local and remote ground transportion options, local and remote weather information, message priority, channel type, channel availability, user schedule, user time zone, user time and date, user travel-related preferences, type of content, and number of recipients, and saving said collected parameters to memory, wherein the trav
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: Vishal Vadodaria
  • Patent number: 10262461
    Abstract: A method includes defining a virtual space. The virtual space includes a first avatar object associated with a first user and a second avatar object associated with a second user. The method further includes playing back 360-degree content. The method further includes moving the first avatar object in response to a first input by the first user; and moving the second avatar object in response to a second input by the second user. The method further includes storing motion data for moving the second avatar object irrespective to the second input. The method further includes associating the motion data with a spatial position in the 360-degree content and a playback time. The method further includes identifying the motion data corresponding to identified spatial position and identified current playback time. The method further includes moving the second avatar object based on the identified motion data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: COLOPL, INC.
    Inventors: Kento Nakashima, Kazuaki Sawaki
  • Patent number: 10242477
    Abstract: A system and method for presentation of computer vision (e.g., augmented reality, virtual reality) using user data and a user code is disclosed. A client device can detect an image feature (e.g., scannable code) in one or more images. The image feature is determined to be linked to a user account. User data from the user account can then be used to generate one or more augmented reality display elements that can be anchored to the image feature in the one or more images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Ebony James Charlton, Omer Cansizoglu, Kirk Ouimet, Nathan Kenneth Boyd
  • Patent number: 10242501
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for virtual and augmented reality. A position of a first user and a position of a second user in a physical space are received, wherein the positions are derived from detected infrared light from a plurality of cameras. An image corresponding to the first user is rendered at a first virtual position in a display device associated with the second user, wherein the first virtual position is determined based at least in part on a position of the first user in the physical space and on a determined viewpoint of the second user. An image corresponding to the second user is rendered at a second virtual position in a display device associated with the first user, wherein the second virtual position is determined based at least in part on a position of the second user in the physical space and on a determined viewpoint of the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: WorldViz, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthias Pusch, Andrew C. Beall
  • Patent number: 10187549
    Abstract: A method for printing a document from a mobile device includes identifying a document to be printed and generating a notification comprising a selection of at least one candidate print device that may be selected for printing. The notification may be generated by analyzing, by one or more mobile device applications, the document to be printed to identify a document context including a security level of the identified document; using data sensed by one or more mobile device sensors to identify a user context including at least a current geographical location of the user; using the user context to detect a print device near the geographical location of the user; and accessing a rule set to determine if the identified document can be printed on the detected print device based on the security level of the identified document; and causing a user interface to output the notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Peter J. Zehler, Lawrence W. Meyer, Erol Esen
  • Patent number: 10165979
    Abstract: Embodiments include methods, systems and computer program products for monitoring a user of a helmet for cumulative concussions. Aspects include monitoring one or more sensors in the helmet and receiving an output from the one or more sensors corresponding to an impact experienced by the helmet. Aspects also include calculating a cumulative concussion score based on the output of the one or more sensors and displaying an indication of the cumulative concussion score via an indicator on the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: James R. Kozloski, Mark C. H. Lamorey, Clifford A. Pickover, John J. Rice
  • Patent number: 10165949
    Abstract: System and method for estimating posture of a user based on a model and images captured by at least two head-mounted cameras that are worn by the user and are oriented downward such that portions of the user's torso are in the respective fields of view of the cameras when the user stands up straight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Facense Ltd.
    Inventors: Arie Tzvieli, Ari M Frank, Gil Thieberger
  • Patent number: 10146412
    Abstract: According to an embodiment of the present disclosure, a method for providing information by an electronic device comprises recognizing at least one object from an image displayed on a screen of the electronic device, displaying at least one primary information item associated with the recognized object, and when at least one of the at least one primary information item is selected, displaying a secondary information item associated with the selected primary information item on the screen. Other various embodiments are also provided herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jin-He Jung, Min-Kyung Hwang, Kyu-Sung Cho, Ik-Hwan Cho, Ji-Hyun Park, Yong-Joon Jeon
  • Patent number: 10135772
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for message prompting. For example, a communication client corresponding to a first user acquires a first communication message pushed by a communication server; the communication client acquires avatar information of a second user related to the first communication message; and the communication client displays a prompt of the first communication message in a preset prompting area, wherein the prompt contains the avatar information of the second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Junbin Kuang, Yang Liu
  • Patent number: 10127216
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and apparatus for commenting on interactive content and reenacting comment scenario, one of the methods comprises receiving, by a content reproduction apparatus, a touch input for inputting a comment on interactive content, matching, by the content reproduction apparatus, the comment to a comment target trigger that occurred immediately before a time when the touch input was made among triggers of the interactive content, and transmitting, by the content reproduction apparatus, information of the comment target trigger, a trigger log and content data of the comment, wherein the trigger log is a set of triggers that occurred for the interactive content from when the reproduction of the interactive content started to when the comment target trigger occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: STUDIO XID KOREA, INC.
    Inventors: Soo Kim, Jae Won Song
  • Patent number: 10114529
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a system for backing up and recovering data, which comprises a mobile terminal and a server. The mobile terminal comprises: a parameter backup module, being configured to receive a lockup request for backing up system setting parameters of the mobile terminal, and enable the mobile terminal to transmit the system setting parameters to a network server according to the backup request so that the system setting parameters are backed up by the network server; a request-for-recovery module, being configured to receive a recovery request for recovering the system setting parameters to the mobile terminal and enable the mobile terminal to transmit the recovery request to the network server; and a recovery control module, being configured to receive the system setting parameters that are transmitted by the network server according to the recovery request and control to recover a system state of the mobile terminal to a state that is set by the system setting parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Huizhou TCL Mobile Communication Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Yahui Wang, Minli Luo
  • Patent number: 10084730
    Abstract: A communication apparatus is configured to provide for quickly sending a message to a recipient. For instance, embodiments can be configured so that text, an image, or other content can be copied from a received message and sent via use of a copy and send command to actuate the formation of a message for sending. After selecting such a command, a message may be formed in a format of a preselecting messaging protocol (e.g. instant messaging, text messaging, etc.) that includes the copied content. In some embodiments, the sending of the message having the copied content may occur automatically in a predefined messaging format to a predefined addressee or group of predefined addressees after selecting a copy and send command so that no further input from a user is needed to effect the generation and sending of a message to the addressee(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Unify GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Jeff McNiece
  • Patent number: 10078919
    Abstract: A wearable system can comprise a display system configured to present virtual content in a three-dimensional space, a user input device configured to receive a user input, and one or more sensors configured to detect a user's pose. The wearable system can support various user interactions with objects in the user's environment based on contextual information. As an example, the wearable system can adjust the size of an aperture of a virtual cone during a cone cast (e.g., with the user's poses) based on the contextual information. As another example, the wearable system can adjust the amount of movement of virtual objects associated with an actuation of the user input device based on the contextual information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Magic Leap, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Powderly, Savannah Niles, Frank Hamilton, Marshal A. Fontaine, Paul Armistead Hoover
  • Patent number: 10074359
    Abstract: A dynamic text-to-speech (TTS) process and system are described. In response to receiving a command to provide information to a user, a device retrieves information and determines user and environment attributes including: (i) a distance between the device and the user when the user uttered the query; and (ii) voice features of the user. Based on the user and environment attributes, the device determines a likely mood of the user, and a likely environment in which the user and user device are located in. An audio output template matching the likely mood and voice features of the user is selected. The audio output template is also compatible with the environment in which the user and device are located. The retrieved information is converted into an audio signal using the selected audio output template and output by the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Juan José Silveira Ocampo
  • Patent number: 10061505
    Abstract: An in-vehicle device includes an operation screen display unit that displays a specific operation screen containing an operation key for causing the in-vehicle device to perform a specific action, an operation key moving unit that moves the operation key in a predetermined direction, a camera and a movement recognition unit that detect a movement of part of a body of a user or a movement of an operation member held by the user, and an operation selection unit that, when a movement direction of the operation key matches a direction of the detected movement of the user, selects the operation key moved by the operation key moving unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Alpine Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Takao Sato, Shizuo Kanbayashi, Fumiaki Hoki, Rintaro Kuroda, Takashi Jogataki, Naoki Saegusa, Haruhiko Nakatsuji, Hai Lin
  • Patent number: 10042536
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer-readable media for creating and using customized avatar instances to reflect current user states are disclosed. In various implementations, the user states can be defined using trigger events based on user-entered textual data, emoticons, or states of the device being used. For each user state, a customized avatar instance having a facial expression, body language, accessories, clothing items, and/or a presentation scheme reflective of the user state can be generated. When one or more trigger events indicating occurrence of a particular user state are detected on the device, the avatar presented on the device is updated with the customized avatar instance associated with the particular user state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Goossens, Laurent Baumann, Geoff Stahl
  • Patent number: 10027380
    Abstract: Disclosed are an electronic device and a method of short range wireless communication in an electronic device. The method of operating the electronic device may include: when a cover is connected to the electronic device through a short range wireless communication connection, determining generation of an event related to the cover. The method further comprises, when the event is generated, supplying power to the cover through wireless communication, when the cover is driven by the supplied power, transmitting event information to the cover through the short range wireless communication connection to display the information related to the generated event on the cover, and, when an operation of the cover according to the event is completed, switching to a standby mode after releasing the short range wireless communication connection with the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Seung-Su Hong
  • Patent number: 10002452
    Abstract: An image editing device is configured to automatically apply special effects to a digital image. In the image editing device, a digital image is obtained, and a selection is retrieved from a user, where the user selection specifying at least one criterion. At least one attribute of the digital image is analyzed, and a determination is made on whether the at least one attribute coincides with a target attribute associated with the at least one criterion. Responsive to the at least one attribute coinciding with the target attribute, a special effect is obtained from a data store, and the obtained special effect is applied to the digital image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: CYBERLINK CORP.
    Inventors: Chieh-Chung Wu, Chin-Yu Hsu
  • Patent number: 9972116
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a bio-information obtaining unit configured to obtain bio-information of a subject; a kinetic-information obtaining unit configured to obtain kinetic information of the subject; and a control unit configured to determine an expression or movement of an avatar on the basis of the bio-information obtained by the bio-information obtaining unit and the kinetic information obtained by the kinetic-information obtaining unit and to perform a control operation so that the avatar with the determined expression or movement is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Akane Sano, Masamichi Asukai, Taiji Ito, Yoichiro Sako
  • Patent number: 9965553
    Abstract: A method builds a personality of a user agent that is based on verbal and nonverbal communication preferences of a person. The user agent executes a search request from a user and displays results to the search request based on the personality of the user agent opposed to a personality of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventor: Philip Scott Lyren
  • Patent number: 9956479
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus capable of near field wireless communication with an information storage medium includes a reading/writing module which reads and/or writes data from and/or into first and second information storage media by establishing near field wireless communication with the first and second information storage media and a data processing module which processes data read as a result of reading of data from the first and second information storage media by a first application program executed by the information processing apparatus. The data processing module performs first processing affecting progress of a game based on the data read from the first information storage medium and performs second processing not affecting progress of the game based on the data read from the second information storage medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Aya Kyogoku
  • Patent number: 9955006
    Abstract: The mobile phone comprising a voice communication implementer, an audio playback implementer, and a mobile phone updating implementer which updates a mobile phone battery controller, a mobile phone camera unit controller, a mobile phone microphone controller, a mobile phone speaker controller, or a mobile phone vibrator controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Inventor: Iwao Fujisaki
  • Patent number: 9940750
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods and systems for role negotiation with multiple sources. A method for role negotiation can comprise rendering a common field of interest that reflects a presence of a plurality of elements, wherein at least one of the elements is a remote element located remotely from another of the elements. A plurality of role designations can be received, each role designation associated with one of a plurality of devices, wherein at least one of the plurality of devices is a remote device located remotely from another of the plurality of devices. The common field of interest can be updated based upon the plurality of role designations, wherein each of the plurality of role designations defines an interactive functionality associated with the respective device of the plurality of devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Help Lighting, Inc.
    Inventors: Marcus W. Dillavou, Matthew Benton May
  • Patent number: 9934253
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for displaying an image in a mobile terminal are provided. One or more images are selected from among a plurality of pre-stored images, based on information about a party other than the user of the mobile terminal, stored in a phone book, and information about an event that is currently executed in the mobile terminal, and the selected images are preferentially displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Sae-Mee Yim, Doo-Suk Kang, Geon-Soo Kim, Chang-Ho Lee, Bo-Kun Choi
  • Patent number: 9880704
    Abstract: Exemplary methods, apparatuses, and systems receive a reply or forward command for a selected email message in an email user interface, determine that the email user interface is in full screen mode and that the selected email message is at least partially outside of a visible area of the email user interface, and display a composition window in response to the command, wherein the displaying includes a sequence of images to create the illusion of the composition window sliding up from the bottom of the screen. In an example, a user interface includes a collapsible panel of mailboxes and folders, and a separate and independent favorites bar including a plurality of the mailboxes and folders. One of the mailboxes and folders in the favorites bar may be a hierarchical folder that includes a subfolder that is accessible via a drop down menu from the hierarchical folder in the favorites bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Angela Guzman, Bas Ording, Brendan Langoulant, Daniel Shteremberg, Patrick Lee Coffman, Stephen Decker, Stephen O. Lemay
  • Patent number: 9881504
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an aerospace system is provided. The aerospace system comprises at least one display unit configured to display flight data and a memory configured to store one or more flight plan associations. Each flight plan association is an association between a data link message and a respective waypoint in a flight plan. The aerospace system also comprises a processing unit configured to determine when each respective waypoint in the flight plan is reached based on a comparison of current location data to the flight plan. When each respective waypoint is reached, the processing unit is configured to identify any data link messages associated with the respective waypoint based on the flight plan associations and to direct the at least one display unit to display a respective notification for each identified data link message associated with the respective waypoint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Maria John Paul Dominic, Leonard Pereira, Siva Kommuri, Anil Kumar Pendyala, Rakesh Kumar, Xiaozhong He, Thomas D. Judd, David Pepitone
  • Patent number: 9882859
    Abstract: A message-browsing system includes an image storage unit storing user images to be displayed on a screen, each user image corresponding to respective ones of the multiple users, an input instruction unit providing a response in multiple response forms to a post, the response forms corresponding to multiple fixed response sentences that are different from one another, a motion storage unit storing pieces of motion information defining motions of the user images, each in association with respective ones of the multiple response forms, and a setting unit selecting a piece of motion information that corresponds to a response form of a response provided to a post, and setting a motion of a user image corresponding to a user who has contributed the post, the user image being displayed on a screen of another user who has provided the response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: KONAMI DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koki Kimura, Erika Nakamura, Takashi Suenaga, Takashi Hamano, Atsushi Takeda, Masaki Shimizu, Chiaki Nakanishi
  • Patent number: 9866504
    Abstract: A method for identifying at least one participant involved in an electronic communication who is in need of technical assistance is provided. The method may include monitoring the electronic communication according to a plurality of predetermined conditions. The method may also include determining if the plurality of predetermined conditions is satisfied. The method may further include identifying the at least one participant who is in need of technical assistance based on the plurality of predetermined conditions being satisfied. The method may also include flagging the identified at least one participant for at least one follow-up action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Nnaemeka I. Emejulu, Ye Liu, Mario A. Maldari
  • Patent number: 9836984
    Abstract: Embodiments provide techniques for dynamically creating a story for playback using a plurality of storytelling devices. Embodiments identify a plurality of storytelling devices available to participate in a storytelling experience. User input associated with the storytelling experience is received. Embodiments further include retrieving a story template based at least in part on the identified plurality of storytelling devices. Additionally, embodiments dynamically create a first story by mapping actions from the retrieved story template to storytelling devices in the plurality of storytelling devices, based at least in part on the received user input, such that the plurality of storytelling devices will perform a respective one or more actions during playback of the first story based on the mapped actions from the retrieved story template.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric C. Haseltine, Gary K.- W. Lau, Theodore W.- Y. Leung, Jason E. Lewis, Guy A. Molinari, Deva D. Visamsetty, William D. Watts
  • Patent number: 9833698
    Abstract: Techniques for providing an immersive storytelling experience using a plurality of storytelling devices. Each of the storytelling devices may be configured to perform one or more actions based on a current context of a story and in response to a stimulus event. The actions include at least one of an auditory and a visual effect. Embodiments also provide a controller device configured to manage a playback of the story, by adjusting the stimulus event and the effect of each of the plurality of storytelling devices, based on the current context of the story, thereby creating an interactive and immersive storytelling experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Charles Haseltine, Joseph O'Brien Garlington, Theodore Wei-Yun Leung, Eric Wilson Muhlheim, Gabriel Sebastian Schlumberger
  • Patent number: 9830184
    Abstract: Systems and methods described herein facilitate determining desktop readiness using interactive measures. A host is in communication with a server and the host includes a virtual desktop and a virtual desktop agent. The virtual desktop agent is configured to perform one or more injecting events via one or more monitoring agents, wherein each of the injecting events is a simulated input device event. The desktop agent is further configured to receive, via a display module, a response to the injecting event(s), wherein the response is a display update causing pixel color values for the display module to alter. The desktop agent is also configured to identify, via the monitoring agent(s), whether the response to the injecting event(s) is an expected response. The desktop agent is also configured to determine, via the monitoring agent(s), a readiness of the virtual desktop based on the expected response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: VMware, Inc.
    Inventors: Banit Agrawal, Lawrence Andrew Spracklen, Rishi Bidarkar
  • Patent number: 9818024
    Abstract: A face is detected and identified within an acquired digital image. One or more features of the face is/are extracted from the digital image, including two independent eyes or subsets of features of each of the two eyes, or lips or partial lips or one or more other mouth features and one or both eyes, or both. A model including multiple shape parameters is applied to the two independent eyes or subsets of features of each of the two eyes, and/or to the lips or partial lips or one or more other mouth features and one or both eyes. One or more similarities between the one or more features of the face and a library of reference feature sets is/are determined. A probable facial expression is identified based on the determining of the one or more similarities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: FotoNation Limited
    Inventors: Ioana Bacivarov, Peter Corcoran
  • Patent number: 9805493
    Abstract: One or more social interactive goals for an automated entity such as an avatar may be determined during a social interaction between the automated entity and a selected entity such as a human. Identity attributes of identity images from an identity model of the automated entity may be used to determine a set of behavioral actions the automated entity is to take for the determined goals. Paralanguage elements expressed for the automated entity via a user interface may be altered based on the determined set of behavioral actions. The automated entity may refer to a computer implemented automaton that simulates a human in the user interface of an interactive computing environment. By way of example, an avatar cybernetic goal seeking behavior may be implemented in accordance with an identity theory model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: James H. Crutchfield, Jr., Hien Q. Pham, Reginald H. Price, Steven J. Tourville
  • Patent number: 9774655
    Abstract: A server including a first storage module for storing possessed objects of a first user and a second user, a communication module for receiving from a device of the first user a request for transfer of an object from the first user to the second user, a second storage module for storing an object transfer relationship between the first user and the second user in response to the request for transfer, and a benefit granting module for granting a predetermined benefit to the second user if a condition for granting a benefit in relation to an object transfer relationship of the second user with other users is satisfied when an object is transferred in response to the request for transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: GREE, Inc.
    Inventor: Masaru Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 9740677
    Abstract: Provided is a method of recommending a sticker through a dialog act analysis. The method includes: by a server, performing a surface analysis on the last utterance between the first user terminal and the second user the terminal; performing a dialog act analysis on the last utterance using a result of the surface analysis; extracting a dialog context factor including a surface analysis result and a dialog act analysis result on a certain number of continuous utterances including the last utterance between the first user terminal and the second user terminal; selecting a sticker to be recommended to the first user using the dialog context factor; and providing the selected sticker for the first user terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: NCsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Taek Jin Kim, Jay June Lee, Jungsun Jang, Sehee Chung, Kyeong Jong Lee, Yeonsoo Lee
  • Patent number: 9679581
    Abstract: The present invention relates to implementing a system and method for enhancing the recording of a sign-language video by automatically associating the prompter text with the segment(s) of the sign-language video recording. The segment(s) of the sign-language video recording is automatically determined based on the phrases identified within the video recording. Further, the system and method implements a plurality of features to manage the sign-language video and facilitates a means to actively collaborate, upload, and store the sign-language video within the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Inventor: Trausti Thor Kristjansson
  • Patent number: 9646037
    Abstract: A system for facilitating content creation includes collecting profiles which are analyzed to build a profile parameter index. A dummy profile is created based on the profile parameter index. The dummy profile is a fictitious character having profile parameters based on input from a user of the profile parameter index. The control of the dummy profile is under the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Kaushik Nath, Suresh Venkatasubramaniyan
  • Patent number: 9626152
    Abstract: Provided are a method and a computer program of recommending a responsive sticker. The method includes: generating dialog situation information by analyzing pairs of the last utterance of a second user and previous utterances and previous utterances of a first user as an utterance of the second user terminal is inputted into the server; determining a similar situation from a dialog situation information database that is already collected and constructed, using the generated dialog situation information; determining whether it is a turn for the first user terminal to input a response; selecting a responsive sticker candidate group from the determined similar situation when it is a turn for the first user terminal to input the response; and providing information on at least one responsive sticker of the responsive sticker candidate group for the first user terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: NCSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Taek Jin Kim, Jay June Lee, Jungsun Jang, Sehee Chung, Kyeong Jong Lee, Yeonsoo Lee