Monitoring Physical Reaction Or Presence Of Viewer Patents (Class 725/10)
  • Patent number: 10310073
    Abstract: An embodiment method may include receiving radar data at a millimeter-wave radar sensor, the radar data being generated in response to an incident radio-frequency signal reflecting off a biological target located in a field of view of the millimeter-wave radar sensor; extracting a filtered vital-Doppler signal from the radar data; determining an emotion of the biological target based on the filtered vital-Doppler signal; and generating a user-engagement rating indicative of a level of engagement of the biological target in an activity performed in the field of view based on the emotion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG
    Inventors: Avik Santra, Ashutosh Baheti
  • Patent number: 10269179
    Abstract: Computationally implemented methods and systems include registering one or more first augmentations that were shown to a user through a first augmented view of a first actual scene, the one or more first augmentations having been shown at least at end of a segment of time, detecting, following the showing of the one or more first augmentations up to the end of the segment of time, one or more user behaviors of the user that when detected as occurring infers user's interest in seeing the one or more first augmentations; and displaying, in response at least in part to said detecting, one or more second augmentations through a second augmented view of the first actual scene or of a second actual scene, the one or more second augmentations to be displayed being based, at least in part, on the registering of the one or more first augmentations. In addition to the foregoing, other aspects are described in the claims, drawings, and text.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Gene Fein, Royce A. Levien, Richard T. Lord, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud, John D. Rinaldo, Jr., Clarence T. Tegreene
  • Patent number: 10257569
    Abstract: A display apparatus and a method for providing a service thereof are provided. The display apparatus includes a display and a processor configured to control the display to display content, recognize the content being displayed, recognize one or more objects in a currently displayed screen of the content, identify a user who is using the display apparatus, select one of the recognized one or more objects based on information on the identified user, and provide a service related to the selected object to the identified user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hye-won Kim
  • Patent number: 10241564
    Abstract: To provide an electronic apparatus, a method of detecting a tap operation, etc. for performing appropriate detection processing of a tap operation. The electronic apparatus includes a setting unit 110 that sets a sampling frequency for acceleration detection of an acceleration sensor 10, a processing unit 120 that performs a determination of a tap operation based on sensor information from the acceleration sensor 10, an operation information acquisition unit 130 that acquires operation information from an operation unit 140, and a communication unit 150 that performs communication processing of information, wherein, when reception of the information by the communication unit 150 is detected or when acquisition of the operation information by the operation information acquisition unit 130 is detected, the setting unit 110 sets the sampling frequency to F2 as a higher frequency than the sampling frequency F1 before detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Ryo Nakagawa, Yuichi Takano, Junichi Otsuka
  • Patent number: 10233585
    Abstract: Disclosed is a washing machine with a modular computer board, comprising a control circuit board and function control modules respectively connected to corresponding loads, characterized in that the control circuit board comprises a main control module; the function control modules include at least a motor control module, a water feeding control module, and a water discharge control module; at least one of the function control modules is arranged independently from the control circuit board; and the main control module and the independently arranged function control module are connected to a data bus and a power bus, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Haier Group Corporation
    Inventors: Xiaodong Fu, Qing Liang, Tao Liu, Yunfeng He
  • Patent number: 10225328
    Abstract: A content selection system and method for identifying and organizing moods in content using objectively measured scores for rhythm, texture and pitch (RTP) and clustered into six mood classifications based on an objective analysis of the measured scores. Digitized representations of the content may also be identified and organized based on the content's frequency data, three-dimensional shapes derived from the digitized representations, and colors derived from the frequency data. Each piece of content may be identified by at least a mood shape, but may also be identified by a mood color and/or a mood based on the clustered RTP scores and/or the digitized representation. Users of the selection system may be able to view the moods identified in the different manners, or combinations of two or three mood identifying manners and select and organize content based on the identified moods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: APERTURE INVESTMENTS, LLC
    Inventors: Jacquelyn Fuzell-Casey, Skyler Fuzell-Casey, Timothy D. Casey
  • Patent number: 10212463
    Abstract: Systems and methods for efficiently distributing digital cinema files from a server to a theater are disclosed. The systems and methods may comply with DCI requirements. A server updates an original composition playlist, updates a track file associated with the updated composition playlist, and distributes the updated composition playlist and updated track file to one or more theaters over a communications network. The theater is configured to store the updated track file at a storage containing copies of all track files associated with the updated composition playlist and update the theater's original composition playlist to the updated composition playlist. The server may have a database configured to track the composition playlists and associated track files present in each theater in the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Leon Silverman, James Voris, Mark Arana
  • Patent number: 10205988
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed herein for presenting, when there are multiple users at a media device, content that is associated with a user, of the multiple users, with the highest priority level, and upon detecting that only one user is left at the media device, automatically resuming content that the one user was previously consuming. For example, media guidance application may track playback positions in content A and B that users A and B are respectively consuming at different locations. Upon user A joining, while user B is still consuming content B, user B at location B, media guidance application may determine that user B has higher priority level than user A and accordingly, continue playing content B. When the media guidance application detects that user B, but not user A, has left location B, the media guidance application may automatically present content A from a point where the user A left off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: ROVI GUIDES, INC.
    Inventors: Herbert Alan Waterman, Richard William Matthews
  • Patent number: 10204625
    Abstract: Audio analysis learning is performed using video data. Video data is obtained, on a first computing device, wherein the video data includes images of one or more people. Audio data is obtained, on a second computing device, which corresponds to the video data. A face is identified within the video data. A first voice, from the audio data, is associated with the face within the video data. The face within the video data is analyzed for cognitive content. Audio features are extracted corresponding to the cognitive content of the video data. The audio data is segmented to correspond to an analyzed cognitive state. An audio classifier is learned, on a third computing device, based on the analyzing of the face within the video data. Further audio data is analyzed using the audio classifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Affectiva, Inc.
    Inventors: Taniya Mishra, Rana el Kaliouby
  • Patent number: 10194294
    Abstract: A method for collective acquisition of data of road users including the selection of the mobile devices whose data are intended to be acquired and transmitted to the at least one data acquisition computer depending on at least the connection status of the mobile devices in the mobile radio network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventors: Steffen Schmitz, Andreas Kwoczek, Teodor Buburuzan, Thorsten Hehn, Ernst Zielinski, Roman Alieiev
  • Patent number: 10187690
    Abstract: Systems and method of automatically detecting user responses from users to media content and correlating the user responses to the media content include a determination of an emotional response by a user—for example a smile—to a presentation of media content. The determined emotional response is correlated to the media content. Subsequent presentation of the same media content includes presentation of an indicator—for example a smiley —that indicates the determined emotional response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Vincent Garcia, Tom Medioni, Matthieu Rouif, Gabriel Lema, Francescu Santoni
  • Patent number: 10187684
    Abstract: One or more embodiments of the disclosure provide systems and methods for providing media presentations to users of a media presentation system. A media presentation generally includes a one or more media streams provided by one or more capturing users of the media presentation system. In one or more embodiments, a user of the media presentation system may share a media presentation with a viewing user. The media presentation system can provide a number of features to produce a media stream within a media presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: John Samuel Barnett, Joshua Barton Dickens
  • Patent number: 10185969
    Abstract: A system for monitoring advertisements has a camera that is positioned to capture an image of an advertisement. The camera is coupled to a control module that controls operation of the camera and wirelessly transmits data defining the camera's images to a server. At any time, a user may contact the server to view images of the advertisement captured by the camera in order to verify the condition of the advertisement. The control module is configured to control the camera in order to automatically capture images at certain times, such at the start and end of an ad term, as well as from time-to-time during the ad term. Also, a user may initiate an image capture event from a remote location to view the current state of the advertisement in real time without actually traveling to the location of the advertisement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Outdoorlink, Inc.
    Inventors: Rick Holloway, Jim Morris
  • Patent number: 10182258
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a computer-implemented method includes monitoring a plurality of actions and inactions with video controls of a particular viewer during a first session, wherein the plurality of actions and inactions form a session profile that represents the particular viewer's short-term viewing habits; correlating one or more session profiles that have similar category values to create a signature profile having signature categories that represents the long-term viewing habits of a particular viewer; and matching a new session profile with an existing signature profile to determine a particular viewer for targeted advertising purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: PRIME RESEARCH ALLIANCE E, INC.
    Inventors: John A. Schlack, Andrew Sutton, Andrew J. Rampulla, Charles A. Eldering
  • Patent number: 10182255
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure disclose a method, a terminal, and a system for communication pairing of a digital television terminal and a mobile terminal. The method for communication pairing with a digital television terminal includes: acquiring communication connection information of the digital television terminal, wherein the communication connection information includes communication hardware information of the digital television terminal; performing encoding according to the communication connection information to generate a two-dimensional code image; displaying the two-dimensional code image; establishing a link connection to a mobile terminal that acquires the two-dimensional code image by using a camera; and performing communication pairing with the mobile terminal by means of the established link connection. By using the present disclosure, communication connection and pairing between a mobile terminal and a digital television terminal can be completed easily and conveniently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Hao Xu, Xiaobing Fu, Gang Huang, Shengjie Sun
  • Patent number: 10180715
    Abstract: Computationally implemented methods and systems include detecting one or more user reactions of a user in response to a display to the user of an augmented view of an actual scene from a real environment, the augmented view that was displayed including one or more augmentations, and correlating the detected one or more user reactions with at least one or more aspects associated with the one or more augmentations that were included in the augmented view that was presented. In addition to the foregoing, other aspects are described in the claims, drawings, and text.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Gene Fein, Royce A. Levien, Richard T. Lord, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud, John D. Rinaldo, Jr., Clarence T. Tegreene
  • Patent number: 10169713
    Abstract: Providing predictive feedback during content creation in real-time. A server computer receives from a user-computing device an electronic document during creation of the electronic document in real-time. An intended audience specification is also received by the server computer for the received electronic document. The server computer calculates a similarity score for a plurality of viewer profiles. The server computer determines which viewer profiles have similarity score equal to or exceeding the similarity score threshold and then stores the determined viewer profiles. An individual interest level and an individual emotional response is calculated for the determined viewer profiles for a portion of the received electronic document. The server computer then transmits to the user-computing device the individual interest level and the individual emotional response of the determined viewer profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Yenny B. Blanco, Petras Butkus, Liam Harpur, Francesco Mariani, Larissa A. Silveira, Nagesh Yadav
  • Patent number: 10171859
    Abstract: Described are platforms, systems, applications, and methods for algorithmically updating a user configured watchlist or wishlist based on activity of social network connections including: adding an item to a watchlist, consuming or acquiring an item, rating an item, recommending an item, and discussing an item, as well as aggregated activity of a community or population of users within the social network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: BLAB VENTURES LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Thomas Busey, Anthony Dan Chen, Isao Uchida Jonas, Douglas James Daniels, Jr., Benjamin Edward Lamm
  • Patent number: 10158919
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described to address deficiencies in conventional biometric devices by dynamically enabling and disabling a biometric device based on the content the user is viewing. The media guidance application may utilize a device enablement rule, which has content criteria. If the content criteria is satisfied, the media guidance application may enable or disable a biometric device in accordance with the device enablement rule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Angel Merced, Krista Ramirez, Todd Dietz
  • Patent number: 10154311
    Abstract: This application is directed to changing a TV operating mode based on a potential relationship among viewers of a connected TV. In some implementations, a method includes: determining viewer identities and identifying the potential relationship among the viewers or a subset of the viewers; in accordance with a determination that the potential relationship allows the viewers to share private information, placing or maintaining the connected TV in or into a first operating mode that is unrelated to media content being displayed and allows personal information to be displayed on the connected TV; and in accordance with a determination that the potential relationship does not allow the viewers to share private information, placing or maintaining the connected TV in or into a second operating mode that is unrelated to the media content and does not allow personal information to be displayed on the connected TV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Alok Chandel, Eric H C Liu, Pierre-Yves Laligand, Justin Koh
  • Patent number: 10149017
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting a conflict between viewing selections of two users before viewing a media asset. In some aspects, the method comprises receiving an audio input through an audio channel, detecting a first utterance from a first user and a second utterance from a second user in the input of the audio channel, parsing the first utterance and the second utterance, analyzing the first utterance and the second utterance to determine context about the first media asset and the second media asset, and presenting a conflict to the users to display on the media asset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventor: Ti-Shiang Wang
  • Patent number: 10127306
    Abstract: A method and system for searching alternative data sources include monitoring a first communications source broadcasting unstructured data, and a second communications source broadcasting structured data. The method further includes generating text from the unstructured data and from the structured data collected, and parsing the generated text. The method also includes defining a search phrase, and analyzing the generated or parsed text for semantically relevant text in relation to the search phrase. The method also includes selecting the semantically relevant text.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Quang T. Duong, David M. Gordon, David L. Schmidt, Scott A. Will
  • Patent number: 10127307
    Abstract: A method and system for searching alternative data sources include monitoring a first communications source broadcasting unstructured data, and a second communications source broadcasting structured data. The method further includes generating text from the unstructured data and from the structured data collected, and parsing the generated text. The method also includes defining a search phrase, and analyzing the generated or parsed text for semantically relevant text in relation to the search phrase. The method also includes selecting the semantically relevant text.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Quang T. Duong, David M. Gordon, David L. Schmidt, Scott A. Will
  • Patent number: 10108784
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method and system is disclosed including automatically displaying each of a plurality of predetermined audio and visual food representations during a predetermined objective food preference determination period at equal time intervals, on a computer display of a computing device. A camera of the computing device automatically captures at least one user-response for each of the equal time intervals corresponding to each of the plurality of predetermined audio and visual food representations. A processing device of the computing device interprets each of the user-responses to determine a user-food preference for each of the plurality of predetermined audio and visual food representations. A personalized diet plan is generated for the user based on the user-food preferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: FACECONTROL, INC.
    Inventors: Oksana Zatvan, Alexander Zatvan, Konstantin Pronko, Nikita Pronko, Alexey Diashev
  • Patent number: 10108264
    Abstract: An embodiment of a method for enabling content personalization for a user based on a cognitive state of the user includes providing an interface configured to enable a third party to request cognitive state data of the user as the user interacts with a content-providing source; establishing bioelectrical contact between a biosignal detector and the user; automatically collecting a dataset from the user; generating a cognitive state metric; receiving a request from the third party for cognitive state data; transmitting the cognitive state data to the third party device; and automatically collecting a dataset from the user as the user engaged tailored content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Emotiv, Inc.
    Inventors: Tan Le, Geoffrey Mackellar
  • Patent number: 10085072
    Abstract: Systems and methods are presented for detecting users within a range of a media device. A detection region may be defined that is within the range of the media device and smaller than the range. The detection region may be stored. It may be determined whether a user is within the detection region. The media device may be activated and settings associated with the user may be applied when a user is within the detection region. In some embodiments, settings associated with a user may be compared to provided media content when the user is within the detection region. The content may change when the settings conflict with the media content. Reminders may be provided to or directed to a plurality of users within the range of the media device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Camron Shimy, Benjamin Kim
  • Patent number: 10075767
    Abstract: An online system analyzes broadcast content viewed by individuals in a household. Each individual in the household is associated with a client device on which a software application module is executed. When the software application module detects one or more broadcasting signals of a content item broadcasted to the household, the software application module records the ambient audio, including audio from the broadcasting device. The software application module sends an identifier of the individual associated with the client device, an ambient audio fingerprint derived from the recorded ambient audio, and time information for the recorded ambient audio to the online system. The online system, based on the ambient audio data, identifies the corresponding individual and content item and logs an impression for the content item upon determination that there was an impression of the identified content item by the identified individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Aliasgar Mumtaz Husain, Yali Xu
  • Patent number: 10068257
    Abstract: A method and system for establishing a group of users and providing item recommendations tailored for the group are described. Users can join a recommendation huddle for the purpose of viewing collective item recommendations tailored for the users participating in the recommendation huddle. The item recommendations can be based on the recommendation profiles of participating users, the nature of the item recommendations to be provided (e.g., movies, restaurants, activities, songs, or the like), and other context information. Recommendations, including information about the recommended items, are provided to users participating in the recommendation huddle. In some embodiments, participating users can vote or otherwise provide feedback on the provided recommendations. One or more final selections can be made based on the recommendations and feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Volker Helmut Mosthaf
  • Patent number: 10070173
    Abstract: A method is provided for encoding a video program that includes receiving a video program to be encoded and evaluating the program with a profile is selected from among a plurality of profiles stored in a database. Each of the plurality of profiles include program attributes associated with one or more video programs and information pertaining to one or more static graphical elements that overlay content in the one or more video programs. The selected profile is applicable to the video program to be encoded. At least a portion of the video program is caused to be encoded based at least in part on the information in the selected profile. The encoded portion of the video program is evaluated to assess an accuracy of the selected profile and, based at least in part on the evaluation, a confidence level is assigned to the selected profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Anthony J. Braskich, Faisal Ishtiaq, Venugopal Vasudevan, Myungcheol Doo
  • Patent number: 10045076
    Abstract: A method for generating a rating of entertainment content is provided. The method includes receiving data from a monitoring device associated with a spectator, the monitoring device communicatively coupled to the computing system, wherein the data obtained by the monitoring device includes a physical expression of the spectator viewing the entertainment content, analyzing the physical expression of the spectator to obtain (i) an eyesight direction of the spectator, and (ii) a facial expression of the spectator, during a scene of the entertainment content, determining an emotional reaction of the spectator to the scene of the entertainment content based on the analyzing of the physical expression of the spectator, calculating an emotional ranking of the scene of the entertainment content based on the emotional reaction of the spectator to the scene, and providing the overall ranking of the entertainment content in view of an aggregate of emotional reactions of the spectator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Giulia Carnevale, Marco Gianfico, Fabrizio Loppini, Roberto Ragusa, Marco Vettori
  • Patent number: 10038943
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer program product are disclosed for selecting an advertisement for play on a specified device for one or more users. Each of the users has a defined relationship with the specified device, and has an information description stored on a mobile communications device. In one embodiment, the method comprises transmitting the respective information description of each of one or more users from the user's communications device to a provider server. The server analyzes one or more information descriptions to identify an advertisement for playing on the specified device. The specified device, in one embodiment, is a television. In an embodiment, advertisements are displayed based on common purchase profiles and common purchase plans among different people. The purchase plans may be sent to the television when the users are in a defined area or come within a given distance of the television.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Sarbajit K. Rakshit
  • Patent number: 10034049
    Abstract: In accordance with some implementations, a method for measuring viewership of media content is disclosed. The method is performed on a client system. The client system captures visual data of one or more users of the client system with the camera. The client system then analyzes the captured visual data to determine a facial image for each respective user of the one or more users. Based on the facial image, the client system then determines if a respective user is a participant in a media viewership study. In accordance with a determination that the user is a participant in the media viewership measurement study, the client system determines the media content being presented. The client system creates viewership data based on the user and the media content being displayed in the proximity of the user and transmits viewership data to a server system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: David Deephanphongs, Ken Krieger
  • Patent number: 10034046
    Abstract: During a live stream of a main content to a user, a biometric response of the user is measured during a first streamed portion of the main content. The biometric response is analyzed to detect an event in the first streamed portion of the main content. The biometric response of the user during the event indicates that the event is a user-specific climactic event. Based on the analysis, a user-specific set of feature values is computed that are representative of the user-specific climactic event in the first streamed portion of the main content. A user-specific non-climactic period is forecasted in a future portion of the live stream during which a likelihood of an occurrence of any user-specific climactic event is below a threshold likelihood. A secondary content is inserted during the user-specific non-climactic period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael F. Baryla, Aaron K. Baughman, Mauro Marzorati, Ahmed M. Nassar
  • Patent number: 10033815
    Abstract: Certain aspects of the present disclosure relate to a technique for configuring context aware sessions. A first session is provided using a first communication channel. Contextual information of the first session is used to provide a second session using a second communication channel, wherein the second session is associated with the first session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: West Corporation
    Inventors: Michael T. Mateer, James K. Boutcher
  • Patent number: 10021460
    Abstract: Provided is a broadcasting receiving apparatus and a control method thereof capable of receiving recommendation information, the control method of a broadcasting receiving apparatus receiving recommendation information about a broadcasting program; comparing a time of confirming the recommendation information and a broadcasting time of a recommended program included in the recommendation information; and supplying a function of the broadcasting receiving apparatus for using the recommendation information to correspond to a comparison result. Accordingly, a broadcasting receiving apparatus and a control method thereof capable of supplying a broadcasting service having an improved user convenience is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jin-ho Yim, Seung-chul Shin, Hee-jeong Bae, Kyoung-nyo Hwangbo
  • Patent number: 10008212
    Abstract: An audio beacon system, apparatus and method for collecting information on a panelist's exposure to media. An audio beacon is configured as on-device encoding technology that is operative in a processing device (e.g., cell phone, PDA, PC) to enable the device to encode an environmental sound and transmit it for a predetermined period of time. The acoustically transmitted data is received and processed by a portable audience measurement device, such as Arbitron's Personal People Meter™ (“PPM”), or other specially equipped portable device to enable audience measurement systems to achieve higher levels of detail on panel member activity and greater association of measurement devices to their respective users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Wendell Lynch, Michael Tenbrock, Alan Neuhauser, Anand Jain, William K. Krug
  • Patent number: 10003836
    Abstract: Methods and systems for determining an error value based on the user's expected level of enjoyment with respect to a specific media asset based on the user's level of enjoyment of other media assets, as determined using a model. User preference information is received from two data spaces that are managed by different content providers. User preference information from the two data spaces is normalized and an indication of similarity between two media assets is determined. The user's level of enjoyment with respect to a media asset is compared to an expected user's level of enjoyment with respect to the media asset received from a model and an error value is determined based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: ROVI GUIDES, INC.
    Inventors: Craig Carmichael, Sashikumar Venkataraman
  • Patent number: 9986293
    Abstract: Access to an electronic media device may be controlled based on media settings of users experiencing content using the electronic media device. Users or attributes of the users experiencing content using the electronic media device may be automatically identified and access to the electronic media device may be automatically controlled based on media settings associated with the identified users and/or attributes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Evan Hildreth
  • Patent number: 9967617
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, at a server, channel change request data from a media device. The channel change request data specifies a requested channel that is associated with a plurality of multimedia streams. Each multimedia stream of the plurality of multimedia streams has a corresponding content format. The method includes determining, at the server, an available bandwidth of a service to a premises associated with the media device. The method includes selecting, at the server, a particular content format based on the available bandwidth and a multimedia stream of the plurality of multimedia streams that has the particular content format. The method also includes sending an identification of the multimedia stream from the server to the media device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Lee Friedman
  • Patent number: 9961410
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting a conflict between viewing selections of two users before viewing a media asset. In some aspects, the method comprises receiving an audio input through an audio channel, detecting a first utterance from a first user and a second utterance from a second user in the input of the audio channel, parsing the first utterance and the second utterance, analyzing the first utterance and the second utterance to determine context about the first media asset and the second media asset, and presenting a conflict to the users to display on the media asset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventor: Ti-Shiang Wang
  • Patent number: 9955113
    Abstract: An approach is provided for injecting program markers in live media steams is presented. A first marker is injected into a live media stream to designate a start of a live program. A second marker is injected a into the live media stream to designate an end of the live program. The live stream with the injected markers is transcoded the for transmission to a set-top box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Narendra B. Babu, Kiran K. Patibandla, Syed Mohasin Zaki, Jacques Franklin
  • Patent number: 9942245
    Abstract: A distributed cyber-physical system includes physical elements (15-1, 15-2, . . . , 15-n) disposed in a physical space (11). Controllers (13-1, 13-2, . . . , 13-n) are disposed in a cyber space (10). Each of the physical elements (15-1, 15-2, . . . , 15-n) corresponds to a corresponding controller (13-1, 13-2, . . . , 13-n). A cyber infrastructure (12) is disposed in the cyber space (10). The cyber infrastructure (12) manages a connection between the controllers (13-1, 13-2, . . . , 13-n) and the physical elements (15-1, 15-2, . . . , 15-n). Control loops (14) are established via the cyber infrastructure (12). Each of the control loops (14) includes a physical element and a corresponding controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Kun Ji
  • Patent number: 9936046
    Abstract: Sampling for content selection may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: AIRWATCH LLC
    Inventors: Erich Stuntebeck, John DiRico
  • Patent number: 9904984
    Abstract: A wireless communication device configured to gather device orientation information and an orientation information gathering method in a wireless communication device are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Michael Quinn, Justin Clay Eddings, Tony A. Stewart
  • Patent number: 9858592
    Abstract: A generating apparatus generates a set of gain vectors with respect to a transition model having observable visible states and unobservable hidden states and expressing a transition from a present visible state to a subsequent visible state according to an action, the set of gain vectors being generated for each visible state and used for calculation of a cumulative expected gain at and after a reference point in time, the apparatus including a setting section for setting, with respect to each hidden state, a probability distribution over the hidden states for selection used to select vectors to be included in the set of gain vectors from the gain vectors including a component for a cumulative gain, and a selection section for including, in the set of gain vectors, with priority, the gain vector giving the maximum of the cumulative expected gain with respect to the probability distribution for selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Takayuki Osogami
  • Patent number: 9852231
    Abstract: Systems and methods for adding labels to a graph are disclosed. One system includes a plurality of computing devices including processors and memory storing an input graph generated based on a source data set, where an edge represents a similarity measure between two nodes in the input graph, the input graph being distributed across the plurality of computing devices, and some of the nodes are seed nodes associated with one or more training labels from a set of labels, each training label having an associated original weight. The memory may also store instructions that, when executed by the processors, cause the plurality of distributed computing devices to propagate the training labels through the input graph using a sparsity approximation for label propagation, resulting in learned weights for respective node and label pairs, and automatically update the source data set using node and label pairs selected based on the learned weights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Sujith Ravi, Qiming Diao
  • Patent number: 9848240
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a method of providing an on-line assessment of digital content, such as video clips (10), across a network, such as the Internet. In general terms the steps involved in this embodiment of the methodology include: 1. presenting a stimulant video clip (10); 2. providing means for rating the video clip in real time, in this example a rating bar (12) and slider (14) driven by a computer peripheral device (not shown); 3. collecting rating data relevant to the viewed video clip such as (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: IPOWOW INTERNATIONAL CORP.
    Inventors: Gary Samuel Davis, Eric Joseph Gyors, Peter David Tippett
  • Patent number: 9800927
    Abstract: In various exemplary embodiments, a system and method to provide smart media selection to a set of one or more individuals at a location associated with a display device of a receiver system is provided. In example embodiments, an indication of a presence change at the location is received. User specific information associated with the set of the one or more individuals identified as being at the location is accessed. A recommendation playlist based on the user specific information is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: OpenTV, Inc.
    Inventors: Crx K. Chai, Alex Fishman
  • Patent number: 9794625
    Abstract: Systems and methods for presenting actionable program performance information correlated with content are disclosed. A method includes obtaining primary content information related to first content distributed to a plurality of viewers during a particular time duration; obtaining secondary content information related to the first content, wherein the secondary content information includes information identified based on the first content; obtaining activity information of the plurality of viewers of the first content during the particular time duration; determining a plurality of activity component information corresponding to a plurality of activity categories; storing the plurality of activity component information to be associated with the first content; and displaying data of at least one of the plurality of activity component information at a first time point along with the first content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: NBCUniversal Media, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Caruana, Cameron Davies, Jason Gilbertson, Moinul Haque
  • Patent number: 9781456
    Abstract: A TV audience survey system for determining the TV viewing activities of a plurality of individuals in a household includes a master device and multiple tags, each tag assigned to an individual. After an individual logs into the system and starts watching the TV, the master device communicates with the corresponding tag repeatedly to accumulate data representing the individual's TV viewing activities. Such data can be used to determine when the individual stops watching the TV for an extended period of time without logging out of the system and when the household member remains watching the TV after logging or being logged out of the system. The master device then reports the accumulated data to a remote server, which uses the data to determine whether the individual complies with the logging protocol defined by the TV audience survey system and update the TV viewership data associated with this household.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Simon Michael Rowe, Nicholas Salvatore Arini, Owen Charlebois