Virtual Character Or Avatar (e.g., Animated Person) Patents (Class 715/706)
  • Patent number: 10846105
    Abstract: A server system, the server system including: a memory processor; and a communication link, where the server system includes a program designed to construct a user interface experience graph from a plurality of prior user experience interfacing with a specific software application, and where the prior user experience interfacing had been received into a memory of the memory processor by the communication link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventors: Ilan Yehuda Granot, Zvi Or-Bach
  • Patent number: 10827230
    Abstract: To propose an information processing apparatus and information processing method and program capable of allowing users to share their viewpoints or lines of sight in a situation where a plurality of users share content for which the users can move their viewpoints or line-of-sight directions. Provided is an information processing apparatus including: an acquisition unit configured to acquire line-of-sight information indicating a first user's line of sight detected in response to presentation of a content; and a management unit configured to associate the acquired line-of-sight information with the content as control information for controlling the presentation of the content to a second user different from the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masaru Shimura, Kenta Kawamoto, Asako Kaneko
  • Patent number: 10817667
    Abstract: A method and a virtual agent system services a user request from a user. The virtual agent system includes: (a) a conversational user interface receiving the user request and communicating with two or more virtual agents; and (b) a dialog manager including a natural language processing module, that directs operations of the conversational user interface, wherein the dialog manager (i) receives and analyzes the user request from the conversation user interface using the natural language processing module, (ii) causes the conversational user interface to request and to receive a response to the user request from each of the virtual agents, and (iii) integrates the received responses to the user request into an integrated response based on the natural language processing module and causes the conversational user interface to provide the integrated response to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: RULAI, INC.
    Inventors: Xing Yi, Jie Li
  • Patent number: 10812429
    Abstract: A method at a first electronic device with a display and an input device includes: displaying a message input area along with a graphical input stream in a first application, where the graphical input stream includes a source of predefined graphical images and a source for a coded character set. The method includes detecting entry of one or more objects from the graphical input stream into the message input area and receiving a user input to transmit the contents of the message input area. In response to receiving the user input to transmit, and in accordance with a determination that the one or more objects includes a predefined graphical image, the method includes forming a merged message comprising the contents of the message input area, including the predefined graphical image, where a merged message is an image, and transmitting the merged message to a recipient or another application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Glu Mobile Inc.
    Inventors: Sourabh Ahuja, Michael Andrew Mok, Nicholas Kenichi Miyake, Lori Leilani Cox, Liang Wu, Tao Tao
  • Patent number: 10769189
    Abstract: A user activity pattern may be ascertained using signal data from a set of computing devices. The activity pattern may be used to infer user intent with regards to a user interaction with a computing device or to predict a likely future action by the user. In one implementation, a set of computing devices is monitored to detect user activities using sensors associated with the computing devices. Activity features associated with the detected user activities are determined and used to identify an activity pattern based on a plurality of user activities having similar features. Examples of user activity patterns may include patterns based on time, location, content, or other context. The inferred user intent or predicted future actions may be used to facilitate understanding user speech or determining a semantic understanding of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventors: Dikla Dotan-Cohen, Shira Weinberg
  • Patent number: 10771573
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method comprising: determining, by a computing device, characteristics of a social media message; selecting, by the computing device, a particular image, of a plurality of images, based on the characteristics of the social media message and characteristics of the particular image; and outputting, by the computing device, information identifying the selected image to incorporate the selected image in a user's social media profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Edgar A. Zamora Duran, Ninad Sathaye, Clifford A. Pickover
  • Patent number: 10762304
    Abstract: Artificial intelligence (AI) technology can be used in combination with composable communication goal statements and an ontology to facilitate a user's ability to quickly structure story outlines in a manner usable by an NLG narrative generation system without any need for the user to directly author computer code. This AI technology permits NLG systems to determine the appropriate content for inclusion in a narrative story about a data set in a manner that will satisfy a desired communication goal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: NARRATIVE SCIENCE
    Inventors: Andrew R. Paley, Nathan Drew Nichols, Matthew Lloyd Trahan, Maia Jane Lewis Meza, Lawrence A. Birnbaum, Kristian J. Hammond
  • Patent number: 10757380
    Abstract: To automatically select a video of a location matching a hobby or a taste of a passenger, and display the video in a vehicle interior. A display control device includes: an acquisition unit configured to acquire passenger information of a mobile object; a specification unit configured to specify a location suitable for a hobby or a taste of a passenger on the basis of the passenger information; and a control unit configured to control a video displayed in the mobile object on the basis of the specified location. For example, the acquisition unit acquires at least one of an image accumulated in the information terminal or history information of processing executed by the information terminal, as the passenger information, and the specification unit specifies the location on the basis of an analysis result of the image or the history information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takumi Hachisuka, Hiroshi Uji, Kenichi Matsuhisa, Sho Tanaka, Kazuma Yoshii
  • Patent number: 10740501
    Abstract: Systems and methods for designing and customizing tangible products are disclosed. Examples may include apparel, such as footwear, shirts, or sporting goods, athletic equipment and/or electronic devices, including but not limited to activity monitoring devices or media devices. Aspects relate to customizing products based on visual and tactile properties of the materials to be utilized in the design and construction of the product. Both the visual and tactile property selections may be displayed to the consumer to on an exemplary graphical representation of the product. Embodiments allow a user to select and review both visual and tactile properties of the product, thus the consumer is able to visualize and touch the materials of a customized product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Vikrant Singh, Adam Tenuta, Ian Coyle
  • Patent number: 10733806
    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: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Magic Leap, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Powderly, Savannah Niles, Frank Alexander Hamilton, IV, Marshal Ainsworth Fontaine, Paul Armistead Hoover
  • Patent number: 10725297
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides computer systems, apparatuses, computer-executable methods and one or more non-transitory computer-readable media for implementing a virtual representation of a physical environment using a virtual reality environment. An example method includes receiving a first set of sensor data from a sensor, identifying at least one physical object within a field of view of the sensor from the first set of sensor data, generating a virtual representation of the at least one physical object based at least in part on the first set of sensor data, generating a virtual environment comprising the virtual representation of the at least one physical object and a virtual representation of at least one virtual object, and displaying the virtual environment via a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: CCP hf.
    Inventor: Adam Kraver
  • Patent number: 10719545
    Abstract: The disclosure includes a method of facilitating storytelling using visual media. In some embodiments, the method includes receiving, via a storyteller device associated with a storyteller, an input. The method may also include identifying, via a processing device communicatively coupled to the storyteller device, visual media based on the input. As well, some embodiments include the step of presenting, via at least one of the storyteller device and a listener device communicatively coupled to the processing device, the visual media. The listener device may be associated with a listener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventor: Swarna Ananthan
  • Patent number: 10719614
    Abstract: A method of providing private information from an electronic device, includes identifying private information for display on the display of the electronic device, determining if a private output connection is established, and, in response to determining that the private output connection is established, providing the private information via the private output connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Neil Patrick Adams, Kristof Takacs
  • Patent number: 10692498
    Abstract: An approach is provided that identifies a current mood state of a requestor from whom a question has been submitted to a question answering (QA) system. The approach determines, based on the identified mood state, an urgency associated with the requestor. Data pertaining to a number of candidate answers is analyzed with the candidate answers being generated by the QA system. The analysis results in an urgency characteristic that pertains to each of the candidate answers. Scoring of the candidate answers is adjusted based on a comparison of the requestor's urgency and the urgency characteristic associated with the candidate answers. Answers are selected from the candidate answers and returned to the requestor with the selected answers based on the adjusted scoring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: John J. Andersen, Dogukan Erenel, Richard O. Lyle, Ajiemar D. Santiago, Wilson L. Wu
  • Patent number: 10672380
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for wake-on-voice (WOV) key-phrase enrollment. A methodology implementing the techniques according to an embodiment includes generating a WOV key-phrase model based on identification of the sequence of sub-phonetic units of a user-provided key-phrase. The WOV key-phrase model is employed by a WOV processor for detection of the user spoken key-phrase and triggering operation of an automatic speech recognition (ASR) processor in response to the detection. The method further includes updating an ASR language model based on the user-provided key-phrase. The update includes one of embedding the WOV key-phrase model into the ASR language model, converting sub-phonetic units of the WOV key-phrase model and embedding the converted WOV key-phrase model into the ASR language model, or generating an ASR key-phrase model by applying a phoneme-syllable based statistical language model to the user-provided key-phrase and embedding the generated ASR key-phrase model into the ASR language model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Intel IP Corporation
    Inventors: Munir Nikolai Alexander Georges, Tobias Bocklet, Georg Stemmer, Joachim Hofer, Josef G. Bauer
  • Patent number: 10657201
    Abstract: The subject invention functions to use available data and information to automatically create narrative stories that describes domain events, circumstances and/or entities in a comprehensible and compelling and audience customized, manner. Computer executable instructions provide for generating a narrative story using standard and uniform structures and data for receiving domain related data and a story specification, parsing the story specification to provide constituent components, transforming the constituent components into executable code, instantiating content blocks having at least one feature for the domain according to the story specification and rendering the narrative story using the constituent components specified by the content blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: NARRATIVE SCIENCE INC.
    Inventors: Nathan Drew Nichols, Lawrence A. Birnbaum, Kristian J. Hammond
  • Patent number: 10659511
    Abstract: Switching real-time data stream connections between network nodes sharing a virtual area is described. In one aspect, the switching involves storing a virtual area specification. The virtual area specification includes a description of one or more switching rules each defining a respective connection between sources of a respective real-time data stream type and sinks of the real-time data stream type in terms of positions in the virtual area. Real-time data stream connections are established between network nodes associated with respective objects each of which is associated with at least one of a source and a sink of one or more of the real-time data stream types. The real-time data stream connections are established based on the one or more switching rules, the respective sources and sinks associated with the objects, and respective positions of the objects in the virtual area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Sococo, Inc.
    Inventors: David Van Wie, Paul J. Brody
  • Patent number: 10642346
    Abstract: An action control method includes when a first state of a first user in communication with a first machine avatar is detected, specifying a first action of the first machine avatar for changing a state of the first user from the first state to a second state that is more desirable than the first state based on history information indicating changes in states of users in response to actions of machine avatars or different users in communication with the users, and causing the first machine avatar to perform the first action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Naoko Hayashida
  • Patent number: 10631052
    Abstract: A system and method for preventing a playback of streaming media content from a streaming media server based on a set of rules governing playback between a group of users includes receiving a selection of a media series available for streaming on a streaming media service to be governed by the set of rules, linking each account to define the group of users, receiving a playback request of the media series from a user of the group of users, determining that the playback request is in violation of the set of rules governing playback of the media series, and denying the playback request from the first user of the group by preventing a transmission of data packets to a computing device associated with the account of the user so that the user is prevented from streaming the media series in accordance with the set of rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Lisa Seacat DeLuca
  • Patent number: 10617952
    Abstract: When one node, from nodes included in either a finite state machine including a node to which a state of a character is assigned or a behavior tree including a node to which action content of a character is assigned, is designated in accordance with a user operation, a screen, that is for querying a user as to which of a finite state machine and a behavior tree to assign to the one node, is caused to be displayed on a display screen. One from the finite state machine and the behavior tree that is selected in accordance with a user operation is assigned to the one node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Youichiro Miyake, Takanori Yokoyama, Kousuke Namiki, Yoji Shirakami
  • Patent number: 10616367
    Abstract: Techniques are described for enabling the selection of wallpaper to modify the mood projected by an avatar. The mood projected by an avatar may be modified, for example, by modifying behaviors and/or appearance of the avatar to characterize a mood to be projected. The mood projected by an avatar also may be modified based on user action, such as user input of a mood to be projected by the avatar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Patrick D. Blattner
  • Patent number: 10593120
    Abstract: A method of generating an Augmented Reality (AR) display environment includes establishing a data connection at a mobile device to a printer image processing pipeline and generating an augmentation object of a virtual image based on the received printer image. Live video data of the physical environment is received from an imaging sensor on the mobile device, and a local 3D model of the physical environment utilizing the live video data is generated. Device tracking data from the mobile device is used to adapt the local 3D model. The augmentation object is combined with the adapted local 3D model to create an AR display environment, followed by configuring the mobile device to display the AR display environment. A mobile device includes a processor and memory with instructions to configure the device to generate an AR display environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Don Oliver
  • Patent number: 10585983
    Abstract: Artificial intelligence (AI) technology can be used in combination with composable communication goal statements and an ontology to facilitate a user's ability to quickly structure story outlines in a manner usable by an NLG narrative generation system without any need for the user to directly author computer code. This AI technology permits NLG systems to determine the appropriate content for inclusion in a narrative story about a data set in a manner that will satisfy a desired communication goal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: NARRATIVE SCIENCE INC.
    Inventors: Andrew R. Paley, Nathan Drew Nichols, Matthew Lloyd Trahan, Maia Jane Lewis Meza, Lawrence A. Birnbaum, Kristian J. Hammond
  • Patent number: 10580221
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to creating and editing avatars, and navigating avatar selection interfaces. In some examples, an avatar feature user interface includes a plurality of feature options that can be customized to create an avatar. In some examples, different types of avatars can be managed for use in different applications. In some examples, an interface is provided for navigating types of avatars for an application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Nicolas Scapel, Arian Behzadi, Alan C. Dye, Lisa K. Forssell, Robert Garcia, III, Aurelio Guzman, Jason Rickwald, Marcel Van Os, Christopher Wilson, Giancarlo Yerkes
  • Patent number: 10542934
    Abstract: A garment (e.g., a shirt) for monitoring biometric properties of the wearer of the garment is disclosed. The garment may include sensors for monitoring or assessing biometric properties such as, but not limited to, respiration properties, heart properties, and motion properties. These properties may be assessed together to provide an assessment of vital signs and body position (e.g., three-dimensional body position) of the wearer of the garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Cipher Skin
    Inventors: Phillip Bogdanovich, Craig Weller
  • Patent number: 10534515
    Abstract: A method and system for domain-based rendering of avatars to a user is disclosed. The method includes receiving, by a controller unit of a user device, a user input subsequent to launch of an application in the user device. The method further includes extracting a plurality of keywords and metadata from the user input. The method includes determining an application domain in association with the user input based on the plurality of keywords and the metadata. The method further includes selecting at least one avatar from an avatar database based on the application domain and a plurality of parameters. The method includes rendering the at least one avatar to the user to initiate a conversation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Wipro Limited
    Inventor: Manjunath Ramachandra Iyer
  • Patent number: 10532281
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to systems and methods for gamification of data center transformation. In one embodiment, a processor-implemented method is disclosed, comprising: dynamically generating in real-time, via a hardware processor, a multi-player gaming environment including a plurality of graphical elements; wherein at least one constraint applying to one of the graphical elements reflects a constraint applying to a real-world data center; wherein a configuration of at least one of the graphical elements reflects a configuration parameter of the real-world data center; providing, via the hardware processor, the gaming environment to a plurality of users; modifying, via the hardware processor, the configuration of the at least one of the graphical elements based on game play of the plurality of users; and providing, via the hardware processor, an output indicating a modified configuration of the at least one of the graphical elements for modifying the configuration parameter of the real-world data center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Wipro Limited
    Inventor: Saji Thoppil
  • Patent number: 10535196
    Abstract: Technologies are described for indicating a geographic origin of a digitally-mediated communication relative to a location of a recipient by presenting the indication in an augmented reality scene. For example, an augmented reality scene can be presented to the recipient. The geographic origin of an incoming digital communication may be determined and a relative location of the origin with respect to the recipient's location may be computed. A format for presenting the relative location may be derived from the digital communication and the geographic origin. The augmented reality scene may be updated with the relative location based on the derived format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Empire Technology Development LLC
    Inventors: Mark Malamud, Royce Levien
  • Patent number: 10521944
    Abstract: Optimizations are provided for facilitating optimal viewing positions for viewing virtual objects in VR environments. Initially, user selection of a virtual object being rendered in a VR display is detected. Subsequently, an optimal viewing position is dynamically calculated based on one or more characteristic of the virtual object to be viewed. A predetermined triggering event is also detected, and in response to the predetermined triggering event, a scene which is arranged to display the selected virtual object from the optimal viewing position is rendered in the VR display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Chaitanya Dev Sareen, Jenny Kam, Brian C. Kramp, Jonathan Eric Foster, Steven T. Kaneko
  • 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: 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: 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: 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