Adaptive To User Skill Level Patents (Class 715/707)
  • Patent number: 10339616
    Abstract: A method and system for representing usage of an electronic learning system. The method and system involve receiving an input indicative of a selection of a property of the electronic learning system to be represented, the property including a course content provided by the electronic learning system and an activity available for that course content; receiving representation parameters that define a scope of the usage to be represented; determining an event count for the property during the period of interest; and generating a usage indicator for the property based at least on the event count. The usage indicator is generally reflective of at least a usage amount of the property during the period of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: D2L Corporation
    Inventors: Sebastian Mihai, Dariusz Grabka
  • Patent number: 10331313
    Abstract: A method includes, detecting a first touch input representing a selection of multiple rows of text displayed on a touch-sensitive display of the electronic device, determining whether a complete row of text has been selected from a start point or to an end point of the selected text, and, displaying a paragraph selection handle proximal to said row, the paragraph selection handle being responsive to a second touch input to place the electronic device in a paragraph selection mode for the selection of text.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventor: Simon Martin Thorsander
  • Patent number: 10331772
    Abstract: A method for controlling an application in a terminal includes receiving a request for executing the application from a user, executing the application, outputting one or more pieces of guide data in a first area of a screen for the executed application based on context data of the terminal and controlling the application according to the user selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Jungsu Lee
  • Patent number: 10331464
    Abstract: A system and method for increasing user engagement with an online service. The system includes a contextual instruction tool that teaches users about features of the online service. The system provides instruction according to different contexts of a user's interaction on their device. The instructions to the user may be in near-real time to the interaction or sometime after the interaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: DROPBOX, INC.
    Inventors: Viraj Mody, Stefano Cayre, Jacob Hurwitz, Nick Rolph, Aadil Sarfani, Alexander Embiricos, Genevieve Sheehan, Huy Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10290139
    Abstract: A method of producing a realistic virtual avatar by using a change in a pupil size according to heartbeats. The method tracks and records, in real time, a change in a pupil size of the actual user according to heartbeats of the actual user and applies the same to an eye model of a virtual avatar so as to synchronize the pupil size of the eye model with the pupil size of the actual user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: SANGMYUNG UNIVERSITY INDUSTRY-ACADEMY COOPERATION FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Myoung Ju Won, Min Cheol Whang, Sang In Park
  • Patent number: 10248983
    Abstract: Techniques described herein include a system and method for providing item descriptions customized to a skill level associated with a user. In some embodiments, statements related to an item may be stored and maintained by the service provider. Each statement may be associated with one or more skill levels. In some embodiments, statements associated with each skill level may be selected by members of a user community. Upon receiving a request for an item description, a service provider may determine a skill level associated with the requestor and may populate the item description with statements associated with the requestor's skill level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Abi George Ullattil
  • Patent number: 10170083
    Abstract: A management unit including: a demand plan generating unit that obtains control information items related to energy consuming appliances; an obtaining unit that obtains picture data items showing the appliances; a memory which stores the picture data items obtained by the obtaining unit; a selecting unit which selects a picture data item from selection candidates including the picture data items stored in the memory, based on a specified control mode; a processor that executes processing for superimposing the control information items corresponding to the appliances in the picture data item selected by the selecting unit; and an output unit which displays the picture data item with the superimposed control information item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hisashi Takayama, Yuki Waki, Yasuo Yoshimura, Tetsuya Kouda, Toshihisa Ikeda
  • Patent number: 10163058
    Abstract: A device, method and system for automatically inferring a mobile user's current context includes applying a user activity knowledge base to real-time inputs and stored user-specific information to determine a current situation. Automated reasoning is used to infer a user-specific context of the current situation. Automated candidate actions may be generated and performed in accordance with the current situation and user-specific context.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: SRI International
    Inventors: Kenneth C. Nitz, Patrick D. Lincoln, Karen L. Myers, Hung H. Bui, Rukman Senanayake, Grit Denker, William S. Mark, Norman D. Winarsky, Steven S. Weiner
  • Patent number: 9985845
    Abstract: A system, a method, and a computer program product for providing a generic user interface client. At least one common process in a plurality of processes performed by a plurality of software programs is determined. A user interface client for managing the common process is executed. The common process is managed using the user interface client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Manikandan Rajasekar, Andreas Jahr, Andrey Engelko
  • Patent number: 9977658
    Abstract: A process and associated system for code validation using content assist. A first list of items is presented to a code developer who is writing software code during operation of a content assist in an integrated development environment (IDE). Each item of the first list of items is enabled for validation. An item selected by the developer from the first list of items is received during the operation of the content assist. A result for the selected item is generated by (i) executing the selected item using at least one value received as input from the developer during the operation of the content assist and (ii) ascertaining whether executing the selected item requires prior initialization of a value of a variable. During the operation of the content assist, the result is displayed to the developer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jayanand Kizhakkevalappil, Tejas R. Parajia
  • Patent number: 9934649
    Abstract: It is an object to automatically provide information suitable for a user without increasing time or effort of the user. An information processing device acquires an operation history of a predetermined user about one or more races from storage device. The information processing device determines a skill level of the predetermined user about purchasing of betting tickets according to the operation status identified by the operation history. The information processing device controls display of the race information in response to a request from the predetermined user according to the skill level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Rakuten, Inc.
    Inventor: Sadaaki Emura
  • Patent number: 9922057
    Abstract: A method, computer program product, and system for constructing a dynamic knowledge base of software usage patterns. A user action is monitored to identify one or more user action sequences. A common action sequence for the user action is identified, based on the one or more user action sequences. An instructional information resource is identified that corresponds to the common action resource, wherein the instructional information resource is accessed by the user. A database is constructed based on the common action sequence. The database organizes the common action sequences and instruction information resource. The instructional information resource is determined to be above a threshold based on the number of times the user consults the instructional information resource.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony T. Brew, Nathan Cullen, Vinh Tuan Thai, Mark N. Wegman
  • Patent number: 9805382
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a media processor having a controller to solicit an appraisal for each of a plurality of media programs presented by the media processor for composing a proposal to update one or more operational features of the media processor according to one or more consumer preferences determined from one or more supplied appraisals. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Scott White
  • Patent number: 9779259
    Abstract: An unlocking application limits access to a computer application on a computing device. The unlocking application is configurable with at least one unlocking command comprising a sequence of inputs received by input devices of the computing device. The unlocking application limits access to at least one of the computer applications by requiring a user of the computing device to provide the at least one unlocking command using the input devices to access the at least one computer application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: 8318808 Canada Inc.
    Inventor: Neeraj Garg
  • Patent number: 9760616
    Abstract: A computer is disclosed that performs an electronic mail creation process. The computer creates an electronic mail by referring to a storage part in which received electronic mails are stored, using at least one electronic mail of the received electronic mails stored in the storage part, the at least one electronic mail selected based on a criteria being set beforehand, and changing at least one of header information and a body text of the at least one electronic mail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Takeaki Terada, Satoru Torii, Masanobu Morinaga, Ikuya Morikawa, Kouichi Itoh, Hiroshi Tsuda
  • Patent number: 9733821
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for diagnosing inadvertent activation of user interface settings on an electronic device. The electronic device receives a user input indicating that the user is having difficulty operating the electronic device. The device then determines whether a setting was changed on the device within a predetermined time period prior to receiving the user input. When a first setting was changed within the predetermined time period prior to receiving the user input, the device restores the changed setting to a prior setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Christopher B. Fleizach
  • Patent number: 9729690
    Abstract: A dynamic voice user interface system is provided. The dynamic voice user interface system interacts with a user at a first level of formality. The voice user interface system then monitors history of user interaction and adjusts the voice user interface to interact with the user with a second level of formality based on the history of user interaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Ben Franklin Patent Holding LLC
    Inventors: William J. Byrne, Henry W. Gardella, Jeffrey A. Gilmore
  • Patent number: 9727201
    Abstract: Contextual help is provided in an unobtrusive manner. The optimum point in time for displaying a help notification is determined by triggers associated with each help notification. The triggers may take into account various factors, such as the action currently being performed by the user, whether the tip has been presented to the user before, the user's past experience with the feature, and so forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Brian D. Beck, Stephen D. Bader, Deana Fuller, Steven Frederickson, Gregory T. Mattox, Jr., Carmen Quan, Srinivas Chakravarthula, Ross N. Luengen, Akshatha Kommalapati, J Craig Hally, Song Zou
  • Patent number: 9729403
    Abstract: One embodiment is directed to a method performed by a computing device. The method includes (1) receiving a command from a user to display a current GUI page of a set of GUI pages on a client device, the set of GUI pages providing the user with control over a system, (2) selecting, with reference to a proficiency level associated with the user, a version of the current GUI page from a plurality of versions of the current GUI page, and (3) causing the selected version of the current GUI page to be displayed to the user on a display of the client device. Other embodiments are directed to a computerized apparatus and a computer program product for performing a method similar to that described above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: EMC IP Holding Company LLC
    Inventors: Bruce R. Rabe, Kendra Marchant, Rhon L. Porter
  • Patent number: 9727348
    Abstract: Objects shown on a display interface can be collected for a running application. Identifications (IDs) representing the objects can also be collected. A determination can be made concerning whether there are object identifications of objects with help contents associated. A transparent layer can be displayed on the display interface. All the objects associated with help contents of the layer can be visually indicated in the transparent layer. The visual indicators can indicate that help is available for a corresponding object. When no help is available, no visual indicator is shown in the transparent layer proximate to corresponding object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sean Y H Chen, Jeffrey C H Liu, Joey H Y Tseng
  • Patent number: 9716745
    Abstract: A method for tailoring help systems to the expertise of users includes recording data related to a user's interaction with a product. The data is then analyzed to ascertain a level of expertise of the user relative to using the product. Upon receiving a request for assistance from the user with respect to the product, a help system may be selected based on the determined level of expertise of the user. The method may automatically provide assistance to the user through a more advanced help system in the event the user is ascertained to have a more advanced level of expertise. Similarly, the method may automatically provide assistance to the user through a less advanced help system in the event the user is ascertained to have a less advanced level of expertise. A corresponding apparatus and computer program product are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Melissa J. G. Santero, Nedzad Taljanovic
  • Patent number: 9715395
    Abstract: A help interface is generated to present static help content and customized help content for an application. Help content data is accessed to define the static help content and a control command to support incorporation of the customized help content. The control command is implemented to determine a configuration of the application, and a user context is determined based on a user characteristic and the application configuration. The customized help content is then resolved based on the control command and the user context. In some cases, a help system may include a help viewer module or program in communication with a computer-readable memory storing the help content data. The help viewer may then render the help interface based on the static help content and customized help content resolved from the control command, the application configuration, and other aspects of the user context in which it is presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Arif Kureshy, Gary F. Syck, Muhammad Adnan Alam
  • Patent number: 9684390
    Abstract: As a start operation for an auxiliary line mode is accepted, the projector displays an auxiliary line. When an auxiliary line mode end operation is accepted or a non-drawing state exceeds a certain time, the projector erases the auxiliary line and ends the auxiliary line mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Takashi Ozawa
  • Patent number: 9672049
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a method for generating a mobile device's user interface is provided. The method may include: receiving, via the mobile device, input from a user of the mobile device, the input being related to a property for presenting dynamic context-dependent informational cues; determining a context; identifying a subset of a set of informational cues, the subset being associated with the context; and predominately presenting, via the mobile device, the identified subset to the user, the presentation being predominate as compared to any presentation of other informational cues in the set of informational cues, wherein the presentation accords with the received user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Govindarajan Krishnamurthi
  • Patent number: 9661229
    Abstract: A method for capturing a picture in a portable terminal is provided, in which a capturing position is set on a preview screen in a capturing mode, it is determined whether an object is inside the capturing position, then a user is notified when the object is inside and of the picture is taken when a predetermined condition is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chae-Kyu Lim, Hye-Jung Kim
  • Patent number: 9582138
    Abstract: A sever with processor(s) and memory provides a user interface to a client device for presentation to a user including user interface objects corresponding to functions of an online application. The server obtains a user profile for the user, including performance metrics of the user and determines whether to provide informative materials to the client device based on the user profile. In accordance with a determination that the informative materials are to be superimposed on the user interface, the server: determines a portion of the informative materials to be provided to the client device based on the performance metrics of the user; and provides the portion of the informative materials to the client device for presentation to the user, including media content overlaid on the user interface. The server responds to user interaction with any of the user interface objects by performing corresponding functions of the online application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignees: CLOUD COACHING INTERNATIONAL LLC, CCI LABS, LLC
    Inventors: Walter Rogers, James J. Cossetta, Rick D. Kerry, Wade G. Mastro, Patrick R. Atwood
  • Patent number: 9569231
    Abstract: Device, system, and method for providing interactive guidance with execution of operations. For example, a method of providing interactive guidance to a user of a computerized application includes: receiving a user request to obtain interactive guidance with respect to the computerized application; based on the user request, selectively retrieving an interactive guidance script from a repository of previously-recorded interactive guidance scripts; playing the interactive guidance script with respect to the computerized application; and automatically executing by the interactive guidance script at least one action on behalf of the user with regard to the computerized application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: KRYON SYSTEMS LTD.
    Inventors: Emma Noya Butin, Oren Keinan
  • Patent number: 9569069
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for implementing, via a communication device, a set of algorithms to learn about user's usage of the device and provide automated customization to the device's user interface to improve ease of use and productivity of the end-user. This approach does not require the user's involvement by manually customizing the user interface, such as by setting up a speed dial list or a screen layout. The system automates rendering decisions and the content that is rendered based on the usage information. For example, if a user consistently calls a number every Tuesday and Wednesday morning regardless of scheduled calendar information, the communication device can provide a dynamic widget in the user interface for easy access to that number every Tuesday and Wednesday morning. The user can dial the number easily via the widget without the dial pad or a contacts application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Mehmet Balasaygun, Rajeshwari Edamadaka, Venkatesh Krishnaswamy
  • Patent number: 9524279
    Abstract: Data for performing help document animated visualization is obtained by generating operation records from a text-based help document of an application. Each of the operation records may include data for animating an operation action that is performed on a user interface (UI) element of the application. The help document is further enhanced to include controls that load the operation records. The enhanced help documents and the operation records are distributed for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Fan Li, Qingwei Lin, Jiang Li
  • Patent number: 9509833
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for controlling access to applications of a mobile device. An example method includes collecting, by a controlled shell of an OS of the mobile device, information about an application of the user device; determining a category designation of the application based on the collected information; determining, by the controlled shell, whether the category designation of the application complies with one or more rules of a usage policy of the mobile device; blocking user access to the application if it is determined that a rule exists prohibiting use of applications in the designated category or if no rule exists permitting use of the applications in the designated category; and permitting user access to the application if it is determined that a rule exists allowing use of applications in the designated category or if no rule exists prohibiting use of the applications in the designated category.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: AO Kaspersky Lab
    Inventors: Victor V. Yablokov, Evgeny Y. Eliseev
  • Patent number: 9501745
    Abstract: A device, method and system for automatically inferring a mobile user's current context includes applying a user activity knowledge base to real-time inputs and stored user-specific information to determine a current situation. Automated reasoning is used to infer a user-specific context of the current situation. Automated candidate actions may be generated and performed in accordance with the current situation and user-specific context.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: SRI INTERNATIONAL
    Inventors: Kenneth C. Nitz, Patrick D. Lincoln, Karen L. Myers, Hung H. Bui, Rukman Senanayake, Grit Denker, William S. Mark, Norman D. Winarsky, Steven S. Weiner
  • Patent number: 9477304
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes an image analysis unit that executes a process for analyzing an image captured by a camera, a speech analysis unit that executes a process for analyzing speech input from a microphone, and a data processing unit that receives a result of the analysis conducted by the image analysis unit and a result of the analysis conducted by the speech analysis unit and that executes output control of help information for a user. The data processing unit calculates a degree of difficulty of the user on the basis of at least either the result of the image analysis or the result of the speech analysis and, if the degree of difficulty that has been calculated is equal to or more than a predetermined threshold value, executes a process for outputting help information to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akane Sano
  • Patent number: 9363220
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide an image-viewing application. The application receives a selection of a help activation item in a graphical user interface (GUI) of the image-viewing application. The application displays help indicators for a first set of selectable GUI items. The application receives a selection of one of the first set of selectable GUI items. In response to receiving the selection, the application displays (i) a second set of GUI items and (ii) help indicators for the second set of GUI items, and removes the help indicators from the first set of selectable GUI items while maintaining the display of the first set of selectable GUI items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Randy Ubillos, Samuel M. Roberts
  • Patent number: 9344508
    Abstract: A computer system identifies a pattern of usage of the computer system by a first user, wherein the identified pattern of usage comprises of a first and a second step. The computer system determines the number of times that the first user performs the steps of the identified pattern of usage surpasses a first threshold value. The computer system creates an automation so that each time the first user performs the first step of the identified pattern of usage, the computer system performs the second step of the identified pattern of usage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Eric M. Anderson, Nancy L. Bourne, Rajesh Radhakrishnan, Hemant J. Sharma
  • Patent number: 9286246
    Abstract: The display computer displays a management screen having a first area and a second area. In the first area, information related to a computer system, and an input object for a work operation that is a user operation for registering a task of a processing to a computer system into a management computer or an object for displaying the input object are displayed. In the second area, a summary view related to at least one task registered into the management computer is displayed. The summary view has a status object for each status of task, the status object includes an object indicating a status and a value indicating a number of tasks of the status. When the management computer detects a modification of a status of each task that has been registered, the display computer updates a value of a number of tasks in the second area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Saito, Tomoaki Kakeda, Eitaro Ito, Daisuke Nogami, Junko Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9275342
    Abstract: A method and apparatus enables identification of customer characteristics and behavior, and predicts the customer's intent. Such prediction can be used to adopt various business strategies to increase the chances of conversion of customer interaction to a sale, and thereby can increase revenue, and/or enhance the customer's experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: 24/7 Customer, Inc.
    Inventors: Ravi Vijayaraghavan, Subhash Ramchandra Kulkarni, Kranthi Mitra Adusumilli
  • Patent number: 9250955
    Abstract: A method is used in managing approval of a data storage management operation. An approval module is provided. A request to perform a management operation is received from a first user where the first user is associated with a first user access level. The management operation is forwarded to the approval module. The management operation is evaluated to determine an approval status, the evaluation based on the first user access level and the management operation. Based on the evaluation, an approval status is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Inventors: Timothy J. Cox, Mark Parenti
  • Patent number: 9235429
    Abstract: Clickstream data describes a pathway or sequence taken by a user while accessing webpages or other user interfaces. The clickstream data may be parsed or processed to identify the time the user spent viewing each webpage, the number of elements on each webpage, the user's access bandwidth, and other data defining respective user access metrics. The user access metrics may be applied toward the generation of more effective user interfaces having idealized element counts, element placements or counts targeted to a particular user, elements based on estimated user access times, and so on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Nima Sharifi Mehr
  • Patent number: 9135642
    Abstract: There is disclosed a device-based eCare solution that facilitates computerized consumer service on consumer devices. The system may include an end device, a back-end server eCare system, and a communications technology. One or more consumer eCare applications, such as balance and pricing applications, consumer assistance applications, diagnostic applications, and anticipatory applications, may be resident on the device. The end device may be configured to monitor the consumer's activity and collect and store a set of data regarding the consumer's activity. The end device may be further programmed to proactively offer the consumer a consumer eCare application based on the set of data and execute the consumer eCare application in accordance with the consumer's instructions. The system may create a collaborative environment between the device, other devices, and the back-end server eCare system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: NetCracker Technology Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott A. Irwin, Robert D. Birch, Joseph P. Lupo, Sanjiv Karani, Stephen D. Weagraff
  • Publication number: 20150121216
    Abstract: Techniques for mapping actions and objects to tasks may include identifying a task to be performed by a virtual assistant for an action and/or object. The task may be identified based on a task map of the virtual assistant. In some examples, the task may be identified based on contextual information of a user, such as a conversation history, content output history, user preferences, and so on. The techniques may also include customizing a task map for a particular context, such as a particular user, industry, platform, device type, and so on. The customization may include assigning an action, object, and/or variable value to a particular task.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Next IT Corporation
    Inventors: Fred A. Brown, Tanya M. Miller, Megan Brown, Verlie Thompson
  • Publication number: 20150121215
    Abstract: A system that incorporates the subject disclosure may include, for example, determine a first impairment associated with a first user of a first end user device, receive user input captured at a second end user device during a communication session between the first and second end user devices, store instructions for executing a group of adjustment techniques for modifying the user input where the group of adjustment techniques includes amplifying selective frequencies and translating the user input into sign language images, select an adjustment technique from among the group of adjustment techniques, adjust the user input according to the adjustment technique to generate adjusted user input, and provide the adjusted user input to the first end user device during the communication session. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Randolph Wohlert, Aaron Bangor, Mark Stockert
  • Patent number: 9013574
    Abstract: A machine vision system program editing environment including synchronized selection and/or identification of related features in a plurality of different user interface windows is provided. In particular, one of the windows is an editing window where a part program representation is displayed for editing by a user. In one embodiment, a user may select data or another feature of interest in a window that is not the editing window (e.g., a results window, or graphical workpiece inspection feature display window) and the associated part program instruction representation is automatically highlighted and/or selected in the editing window. Conversely, a part program instruction representation may be selected by a user in the editing window and the associated results or feature in another window is automatically highlighted and/or selected. User interface navigation, rapid program quality assessment, and overall part program creation and editing efficiency are significantly enhanced in such an editing environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Mitutoyo Corporation
    Inventors: Barry Saylor, Ryan Northrup, Akira Takada, Kozo Ariga
  • Patent number: 9005035
    Abstract: A game apparatus includes a CPU, and when a virtual game is started, the CPU generates game image data and displays a corresponding game screen on a monitor. In the game screen, an operating instruction describing operation procedure is displayed and contents of the instruction changes according to a progress of the game. For example, as the game advances, an operating instruction including how to perform a new operation is displayed when a player object learns a new attack, or when a level (experience) of the player object increases or an operation level of the player increases. However, if the virtual game has not been played for a relatively long period of time, the operating instruction is displayed regardless of the progress of the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignees: Nintendo Co., Ltd., Kabushiki Kaisha Taito
    Inventors: Satoshi Kira, Toshiharu Izuno, Isao Okamoto
  • Patent number: 9009321
    Abstract: Methods and systems for assigning reputation to communications entities include collecting communications data from distributed agents, aggregating the communications data, analyzing the communications data and identifying relationships between communications entities based upon the communications data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: McAfee, Inc.
    Inventors: Dmitri Alperovitch, Tomo Foote-Lennox, Jeremy Gould, Paula Greve, Alejandro Manuel Hernandez, Paul Judge, Sven Krasser, Tim Lange, Phyllis Adele Schneck, Martin Stecher, Yuchun Tang, Aarjav Jyotindra Neeta Trivedi, Lamar Lorenzo Willis, Weilai Yang, Jonathan Alexander Zdziarski
  • Patent number: 8979538
    Abstract: Elements of game play, such as usage statistics, scores, levels, challenges, achievements, competition, and the like, are incorporated into a productivity application to assist in motivating users to learn features of the productivity application. A recommendation system is utilized to assist users in determining what features of the application to learn next. Help content that is associated with the productivity application can also be tied to the features that are currently being learned and used by the user such that the linked help content is readily available. Users may compare their scores and compete with other persons that are also participating in the game play learning system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Jennifer P. Michelstein, Jonas Helin, Mark R. Alexieff
  • Patent number: 8972859
    Abstract: The present invention provides a learning management system that is embedded in an application, operating system, or multiple applications. The learning management system is adapted to identify whether training courses would be desirable for a user, based on usage of one or more applications, installment of one or more applications, or occurrence of one or more key words within an application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventor: Ted Saoumi
  • Patent number: 8957960
    Abstract: A machine vision system program editing environment includes near real time context generation. Rather than requiring execution of all preceding instructions of a part program in order to generate a realistic context for subsequent edits, surrogate data operations using previously saved data replace execution of certain sets of instructions. The surrogate data may be saved during the actual execution of operations that are recorded in a part program. An edit mode of execution substitutes that data as a surrogate for executing the operations that would otherwise generate that data. Significant time savings may be achieved for context generation, such that editing occurs within an operating context which may be repeatedly refreshed for accuracy in near real time. This supports convenient program modification by relatively unskilled users, using the native user interface of the machine vision system, rather than difficult to use text-based or graphical object-based editing environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Mitutoyo Corporation
    Inventors: Barry Saylor, Dahai Yu, Ryan Northrup, Gyokubu Cho, Akira Takada
  • Patent number: 8902307
    Abstract: A machine vision system editing environment is provided for a part program in which a continuous stream of image acquisition operations are performed during a run mode. In one embodiment, a new common syntax and representations are utilized wherein continuous image acquisition operations are recorded in the same way as regular operations, with the running of the part program being performed in two stages. In the first stage, the portion of the part program that is to have the continuous stream of image acquisition is scanned for image acquisition operations, and the most efficient order for acquiring the images is determined, after which the image acquisition process is begun. Then, in the second stage, while the image acquisition process is being performed, the portion of the part program is scanned again, with the image analysis operations then being performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Mitutoyo Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Delaney, Barry Saylor
  • Patent number: 8898566
    Abstract: A handheld dedicated electronic book (“eBook”) reader device renders an image on a screen during periods of inactivity of the device. The device detects certain screen conversion events such as a timeout period or a user indication. Upon detection of such events, the device renders, as the last screen image to remain visible after the user ceases using the device, an image that conveys some meaningful association with a content item accessible by the device. In the context of eBooks, the eBook reader device renders a representation of an author of the eBook as the last screen image. A highlighted portion of the eBook may additionally or alternatively be presented as the last screen image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Sailesh Rachabathuni
  • Patent number: 8866969
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes a receiver which receives a broadcasting signal, a display which displays an image based on the received broadcasting signal, a communication unit which communicates with a mobile device, and a controller which determines whether the mobile device interferes with at least one channel of a plurality of broadcasting channels received through the receiver, and controls the display to display a user interface (UI) indicates a user whether image noise has resulted from channel interference by the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Seok-woo Yong