Video Distribution System With Upstream Communication Patents (Class 725/105)
  • Patent number: 10992764
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes grouping video title items into clusters based on video title characteristics. A system processor identifies a connecting characteristic of the video title characteristics that associates a first cluster of video title items and a second cluster of video title items. The system creates a user profile associated with a video content account based at least in part on a history of streamed/downloaded video title items by identifying a video title characteristic associated with two or more video content items streamed/downloaded by the video content account, and grouping the two or more video content items based at least in part on the first cluster of video title items and the second cluster of video title items. The system provides a system-generated user profile that identifies user specific video content from an account having multiple users streaming content in association with the account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Maryam Esmaeili, Shaun McCarthy, Pranay Doshi, Alexandra Swain, Cody Severinski, Dheeraj Krishna Veerla
  • Patent number: 10944923
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure describe systems, methods, and structures for improved compression of array camera image data and improved power budgets for array cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Aqueti Incorporated
    Inventor: David Jones Brady
  • Patent number: 10939176
    Abstract: A live media streaming system and method is presented herein. The system and method includes broadcasting a live media stream in at least one of a plurality of themed broadcasting channels, the live media stream being transmitted from a broadcasting device corresponding to a broadcasting user. A jump zone (a physical region or area) is selected or defined based upon predetermined jump zone criteria corresponding to the at least one of the plurality of themed broadcasting channels. Further, a next broadcasting user is selected, wherein the user is located within the physical geographic region of the jump zone. Once the next broadcasting user is selected, a live media stream is broadcasted from the next user's broadcasting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Placement Labs, LLC
    Inventors: Joshua Joseph Wagner, James McCarthy
  • Patent number: 10936649
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention may include a method, computer program product and computer system for profile picture selection. The method, computer program product and computer system may include a computing device which may classify user photographs in user account data into one or more photograph classifications. The computing device may classify an emotion conveyed by a media interaction by the user and select a classified user photograph matching the emotion conveyed by the media interaction by the user. The computing device may display selected user photograph with the media interaction by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert Wallis, Richard Welp, James David Whitaker
  • Patent number: 10893239
    Abstract: A surveillance system including a fixed camera and one or more temporary cameras and a control means coupled to the fixed camera and the one or more temporary cameras is disclosed. The control means is configured to extend coverage of the fixed camera using the one or more temporary cameras coupled to the fixed camera. Each of the one or more temporary cameras includes one or more sensors and is configured to be deployed and adjusted based on sensor data obtained from the one or more sensors of the one or more temporary cameras and from one or more fixed camera sensors co-located with the fixed camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lei Li, Takeshi Arikuma
  • Patent number: 10878637
    Abstract: Techniques for displaying navigation information on a mobile device are provided that include a method that includes obtaining an indication of a position and an indication of a direction associated with the mobile device, using the indication of the position, the indication of the direction, information regarding identities of POIs within a geographic region of interest, and information regarding areas associated with the POIs to determine at least one relevant POI, of the POIs, that is associated with the position and direction, and displaying at least one visual indication associated with each of the at least one relevant POI on the mobile device. The appearance of the at least one visual indication is dependent on at least one of a distance from the mobile device of the relevant POI associated with the visual indication or presence of a known physical barrier between the mobile device and that relevant POI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Jiajian Chen, Hui Chao
  • Patent number: 10863111
    Abstract: A top-view image of a road is composed from at least two images taken by a vehicle-mounted camera. A speed and/or an acceleration of the vehicle is recorded, as well as at least two sequential images. A first image is selected for further processing. A first selected area of the first selected image is determined, located in a zone of the image with minimum distortion. A second image captured later is selected for further processing. A second area of the second image is selected in a zone of the image with minimum distortion and located such that image content shown at a lower border of the second area is adjacent to image content at an upper border of the first selected area. The first and second selected areas are transformed into a top-view perspective, and the transformed first and second selected areas stitched together for generating a composed top-view image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventor: Bingtao Gao
  • Patent number: 10834437
    Abstract: An online system receives a request for a video to be presented by the online system to a target user. The online system determines whether to insert secondary content into the video. For such a determination, the online system identifies a position in the video for inserting secondary content. Further, the online system determines a loss score and a gain score. The loss score measures a loss of interaction by the target user if the secondary content were inserted. The gain score includes a monetary compensation to be received by the online system for inserting the secondary content at the identified position. The online system compares the loss score and the gain score. Based on the gain score offsetting the loss score, the online systems modifies the video by inserting the secondary content at the identified position and provides the modified video for display to the target user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Shuo Li, Eric Hsin-Chun Huang, Abhishek Bapna
  • Patent number: 10819957
    Abstract: An integrated security system operating over a network includes networked video sources, networked monitor appliances and networked monitor appliance controllers. Video streams are processed by the networked monitor appliances for display on a monitor. The configuration of networked video sources, networked monitor appliances and networked monitor appliance controllers can be controlled by an application on a smart device acting as a remote. A remote control application is provided for use on smart devices to remotely control the configuration of a networked monitor appliance and verify configuration changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: S2 Security, LLC
    Inventors: Luis M. Fernandes, John L. Moss, Mark F. Antonelli, Francis A. Capria
  • Patent number: 10796170
    Abstract: An image information comparison system is provided that can effectively utilize image information that is captured by an on-board camera for the purposes other than benefiting the vehicle on which the on-board camera is mounted. Image information comparison system 1 has comparison data storage 13 that stores comparison data; on-board camera A, B, C that is mounted on a vehicle, the camera capturing an image that is external to the vehicle; data comparator 14 that compares image information that is captured by on-board camera A, B, C with the comparison data that are stored in the comparison data storage 13 based on biometric authentication technology, character recognition technology or image recognition technology; and reporting means 17 that report a result of comparison made by data comparator 14.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUI KINZOKU ACT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Mikio Ichinose
  • Patent number: 10776237
    Abstract: One example aspect of the present disclosure is directed to a method for monitoring performance of a plurality of processors, wherein the plurality of processors are arranged in a daisy-chained ring configuration. The method includes receiving, by a first processor from the plurality of processors, a first signal from a second processor of the plurality of processors. The method includes determining, by the first processor, a status of the second processor based at least in part on whether the first received signal was received at a first expected interval. The method includes transmitting, by the first processor, a second signal to a third processor of the plurality of processors, wherein the third processor determines a status of the first processor based at least in part on whether the second signal was received at the third processor at a second expected interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: GE Aviation Systems Limited
    Inventors: Michael Glenny, James Angelo Elder, Peter James Handy
  • Patent number: 10773717
    Abstract: A method for assisting the operation of a host vehicle traveling on a roadway includes acquiring images around the host vehicle with at least one primary camera assembly having a first field of view. Visibility is detected within the first field of view. The at least one primary camera assembly is deactivated when the detected visibility is below a predetermined value. Images are acquired around the host vehicle with at least one secondary camera assembly having a second field of view until the detected visibility in the first field of view is at or above the predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: TRW AUTOMOTIVE U.S. LLC
    Inventors: Nicolas Guibert De Bruet, Patrick A. Smith
  • Patent number: 10771861
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for generating links to points in a video stream corresponding to actual programming events of a show playing, played, or about to be played in the live video stream, improving the utility of streaming by enabling viewers to view information specifically related to a story and easily navigate to the start of the story within the video stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: CBS Interactive Inc.
    Inventors: Ashutosh Nayak, Cristyan Nevers, Robert Accettura
  • Patent number: 10764616
    Abstract: An image transmission apparatus includes an imaging device, wireless communication equipment and at least one processor. The processor determines whether the wireless communication equipment is able to complete transmission of a first frame image within a transmission period corresponding to a first imaging cycle. The processor controls the wireless communication equipment to continue transmission of the first frame image in a transmission period of a second frame image output from the imaging device in a second imaging cycle when the processor determines that the wireless communication equipment is not able to complete transmission of the first frame image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takahisa Endo
  • Patent number: 10764655
    Abstract: Standard video (and audio) data are combined or blended with immersive video (and audio) data. The data may be collected together, and the standard video views may be a default or reflect a primary view or scene for certain content. The immersive video views may be adjacent or around the primary view, and are available for viewing based upon audience input. The data are blended temporally and spatially to synchronize and align them for virtually seamless transition between the standard video view and the immersive video views. Blending may be performed before distribution, after distribution, or some combination of these.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: NBCUniversal Media, LLC
    Inventors: Arturo Vermolen, Sheau Ng
  • Patent number: 10755265
    Abstract: A system that allows users to display valid identification via a mobile device. Authentic and valid IDs and secure folders are verified by a certificate authority. Statistical techniques are applied to automatically determine the consistency and reliability of user data. Context is automatically determined to display data according to the context.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Inventor: Evelyn Laureano-Osorio
  • Patent number: 10755360
    Abstract: A method for encouraging saving towards a financial goal for an individual includes receiving on an electronic computing device one or more personal media elements from the individual. A receipt from a purchase by the individual is received. The receipt includes information relating to the purchase made by the individual. Information from the receipt relative to the financial goal is analyzed. At least one of the one or more personal media elements is selected for presentation with the receipt. The at least one of the one or more personal media elements selected is related to an effect of the purchase on achieving the financial goal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
    Inventors: Alan W. Hecht, Marria Wairnola Rhodriquez
  • Patent number: 10740347
    Abstract: Computer-implemented methods, computer systems, and computer readable media for determining a set of vehicle identifiers. The method includes receiving data, converting the received data to a binary target identifier, comparing the binary target identifier to a domain of binary vehicle identifiers stored in the database, and determining a set of binary vehicle identifiers of the domain of binary vehicle identifiers that correspond to the binary target identifier. The systems include a memory storing instructions and one or more processors configured to execute the instructions to perform operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Wylie, Micah Price, Qiaochu Tang, Jason Hoover, Geoffrey Dagley
  • Patent number: 10743051
    Abstract: In accordance with one configuration, a server resource forwards map information to a client device. The map information maps a respective title of available content to a corresponding network address from which the respective title of available content is assigned to be retrievable from a server resource. In response to receiving a content request directed from the client device to the corresponding network address of the server resource: the server resource tunes to a corresponding channel to obtain and buffer requested content as specified by the content request and delivers the buffered requested content to the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Thomas H. Reed, Eric D. Hybertson, Edward P. Galt, III, Edmund Knufinke, Robert D. Taylor, Milash James
  • Patent number: 10742596
    Abstract: A replica service of a Content Centric Network can host content published by various publishers, without having to explicitly advertise a name prefix associated with these various publishers. Consumers across CCN can generate an Interest that includes a location-independent name associated with a replica service that hosts content for a given publisher, and includes a hash of the desired Content Object. CCN nodes can forward the Interest to the corresponding replica service based on the Interest's name, and the replica service can return a nameless Content Object whose hash matches the Interest's hash value. It may be possible for nameless Content Objects from various publishers to have matching hash values from time to time. CCN nodes can reduce collisions of nameless Content Objects by using a Publisher ID specified in an Interest to find a matching Content Object that was published by a desired publisher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Marc E. Mosko
  • Patent number: 10735546
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and instrumentalities are disclosed for media caching proxy techniques (e.g., applications) that enable caching of multimedia content delivered, for example, using the Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (DASH) protocol. A request may be received from a client for a media presentation description (MPD) file relating to media content. The media content may comprise a plurality of media segments. An MPD file may be received from cache. A subset of the plurality of media segments of the media content stored within the cache may be determined. An available bandwidth on a backhaul link may be determined. A dynamic MPD file may be generated based on the MPD file, the subset of the plurality of media segments of the media content that is stored within the cache of the middle box platform, and/or the available bandwidth on the backhaul link. The dynamic MPD file may be transmitted to the client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: VID SCALE, Inc.
    Inventors: Bartosz Balazinski, Jun Li, Debashish Purkayastha
  • Patent number: 10728451
    Abstract: A communication device includes a recording unit that records an image and a reduced image corresponding to the image, a first communication unit, a second communication unit with a faster communication speed, a setting unit that sets an external device connected via the first communication unit or the second communication unit, and a control unit that performs control such that the reduced image is transmitted, via the first communication unit, to the external device set as the device connected via the first communication unit and the image is transmitted, via the second communication unit, to the external device set as the device connected via the second communication unit in a case where an instruction for transmitting the image has been received from the external device set as the external device connected via the first communication unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Koshi Tokunaga
  • Patent number: 10692485
    Abstract: A system and method for associating motion data with utterance audio data for use with a speech processing system. A device, such as a wearable device, may be capable of capturing utterance audio data and sending it to a remote server for speech processing, for example for execution of a command represented in the utterance. The device may also capture motion data using motion sensors of the device. The motion data may correspond to gestures, such as head gestures, that may be interpreted by the speech processing system to determine and execute commands. The device may associate the motion data with the audio data so the remote server knows what motion data corresponds to what portion of audio data for purposes of interpreting and executing commands. Metadata sent with the audio data and/or motion data may include association data such as timestamps, session identifiers, message identifiers, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Travis Grizzel
  • Patent number: 10694263
    Abstract: Embodiments provide techniques for distributing supplemental content based on content entities within video content. Embodiments include analyzing video data to identify a known content entity within two or more frames of the video data. For each of the two or more frames, a region of pixels within the respective frame is determined that corresponds to the known content entity. Embodiments further include determining supplemental content corresponding to the known content entity. A watermark is embedded at a first position within the video data, such that the watermark corresponds to an identifier associated with the determined supplemental content. Upon receiving a message specifying the identifier, embodiments include transmitting the supplement content to a client device for output together with the video data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony M. Accardo, Skarphedinn S. Hedinsson, Aljosa Aleksej Andrej Smolic, Miquel A. Farré Guiu, Thabo D. Beeler
  • Patent number: 10659507
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices of the various embodiments enable HTTP servers, such as HTTP servers providing segments to DASH clients according to the various embodiments, to pass incomplete versions of segments in response to segment requests from the DASH clients. The various embodiments may enable clients, such as DASH clients, to parse incomplete versions of segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Osama Lotfallah, Carlos Marcelo Dias Pazos, Charles Nung Lo, Nagaraju Naik, Thomas Stockhammer
  • Patent number: 10652284
    Abstract: A server for streaming content includes a communication interface and a processor. The communication interface is configured to communicate with a user equipment (UE). The processor is configured to determine whether the UE supports viewing direction feedback. When the UE supports viewing direction feedback, the processor generates a first portion of the content corresponding to a first field of view of the UE and transmits the first portion of the content to the UE.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chenghao Liu, Imed Bouazizi
  • Patent number: 10643300
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an image display method performed by a head-mounted display device. The device establishes a rectangular projection plane model that shares a same aspect ratio with a picture shot by a lens and then transforms the rectangular projection plane model into a shaped projection plane model through anti-distortion processing. Next, the device defines a shaped cambered spherical model by intersecting the shaped projection plane model with a spherical model according to a horizontal field angle and a vertical field angle of the lens and then projects an original distorted image onto the shaped cambered spherical model to remove image distortion. Finally, the device displays the image rendered on the shaped cambered spherical model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Zhixiong Yu, Yao Wang
  • Patent number: 10645332
    Abstract: A subtitle displaying method including determining subtitle information of a video frame in a video when a play request for the video is received; identifying a key region in the video frame; determining a subtitle display region in a region in the video frame other than the key region; and displaying subtitle content in the subtitle information in the subtitle display region during playing the video. In the example embodiments of the present disclosure, the subtitle display region is determined to be placed in the region other than the key region, such that display content in the key region is prevented from being blocked by subtitles, thus improving viewing experience of viewers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Alibaba Group Holding Limited
    Inventor: Lei Zhang
  • Patent number: 10638189
    Abstract: A broadcast receiver is configured to receive a broadcast wave of a digital broadcast service; separate at least a video image related to a broadcast program, electronic program guide information, and application-related information from the received broadcast wave; reproduce the video image related to the broadcast program; form an electronic program guide screen based on the electronic program guide information; acquire an application based on location information by referring to the application-related information; execute the application and outputs an application execution video image; and display the video image related to the broadcast program, the electronic program guide screen, or the application execution video image. The electronic program guide screen indicates information relating to applications to be executed in cooperation with the broadcast program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Yoshizawa, Yasunobu Hashimoto, Motoyuki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10616748
    Abstract: There is provided a method comprising: receiving a request for a content-based delivery service from at least one first user device of a plurality of user devices with device-to-device communications capability for a delivery of an information element; obtaining information in relation to the delivery of the information element; determining, based on the obtained information in relation to the delivery, if the information element is to be delivered using an access node or at least one second user device or both the access node and the at least one second user device or if information on absence of the requested information element is conveyed, and in response to the determination, carrying out resource configuration for the delivery of the information element or for conveyance of the information on the absence of the requested information element by using the content-based delivery service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Nokia Solutions and Networks Oy
    Inventors: Vinh Van Phan, Ling Yu, Kari Veikko Horneman
  • Patent number: 10602324
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described herein for expanding the functionality of a print scanner. The scanner may be programmed to invoke a different function if only a portion of a print is detected rather than a full print. In this manner, it would be possible for a user to share a user equipment device such as a smartphone with a friend. The user may wish to share his or her smartphone, and may activate access to the browser that does not include any of the cookies, private passwords, or other login information during a session by using just the tip of the user's finger on a fingerprint scanner, as opposed to the user's full fingerprint. When the user wishes to again have his or her personal information accessible in the browser, the user may activate the browser using the user's full fingerprint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Walter R. Klappert, Minah Oh, Michael R. Nichols
  • Patent number: 10594952
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and techniques related to selecting a key frame for burst image processing are discussed. Such techniques may include generating key frame scores for at least some frames of a multi-frame burst image capture such that the key frame scores include a combination of an image quality component, a shutter lag component, and a burst image processing latency component and selecting a frame having a maximum key frame score as the key frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Zoran Zivkovic
  • Patent number: 10576891
    Abstract: In a method for transmitting image data from a plurality of cameras in a vehicle, a set of functions is provided, which set of functions comprises a plurality of functions each having a requirement for a respective image setting of at least one of the cameras. If a function is activated, a respective image setting is set for at least one of the cameras on the basis of at least one of the function and a respective predefined desired data rate during image data transmission in order to provide the image data from the respective camera for the respective function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Albrecht Neff
  • Patent number: 10572500
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the invention disclosed herein provide techniques for transforming and distributing data in a distributed computing system. New data types are created on-demand by deriving, transforming, and aggregating data from already existing data sources. A data transformation engine identifies a first subscription request received from a first subscriber for a first resource included in a plurality of resources. The data transformation engine determines that the first resource is not available from any publisher included in a plurality of publishers. The data transformation engine generates a transformation rule that transforms a set of second resources available from a set of first publishers included in the plurality of publishers into the first resource. The data transformation engine transforms the set of second resources into the first resource based on the inferred transformation rule. The data transformation engine publishes the first resource to the first subscriber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: VERISIGN, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel Schonfeld, Paolo Maresca
  • Patent number: 10574622
    Abstract: A content distribution facilitation system is described comprising configured servers and a network interface configured to interface with a plurality of terminals in a client server relationship and optionally with a cloud-based storage system. A request from a first source for content comprising content criteria is received, the content criteria comprising content subject matter. At least a portion of the content request content criteria is transmitted to a selected content contributor. If recorded content is received from the first content contributor, the first source is provided with access to the received recorded content. The recorded content may be transmitted via one or more networks to one or more destination devices. Optionally, a voice analysis and/or facial recognition engine are utilized to determine if the recorded content is from the first content contributor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Greenfly, Inc.
    Inventors: Shawn David Green, Daniel Brian Kirschner
  • Patent number: 10549190
    Abstract: A computer game program obtains data input by a player. Puzzle display information is output to cause number of puzzle elements forming part of a puzzle to be displayed in a game field so that at least one puzzle element among the number of puzzle elements is selectable. Outputting object display information causes an object to be displayed on a screen on which the number of puzzle elements are displayed. Puzzle attribute information and/or puzzle arrangement information associated with the selected puzzle element may be updated and a determination is made as to whether or not the updated puzzle attribute information and/or the puzzle arrangement information satisfies a predetermined condition. An object displayed on or around the puzzle element associated with the puzzle attribute information and/or the puzzle arrangement information may be moved to produce a predetermined effect in a game when the predetermined condition is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: GREE, Inc.
    Inventor: Hiroki Kamobayashi
  • Patent number: 10555043
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for content-based non-linear control of video data playback. A multimedia database having multimedia data including multimedia content data is searched based on a user query to determine a first set of multimedia data. The multimedia data includes indexes to and condensed representations of corresponding video data stored in a video database. A portion of the first set of multimedia data is displayed at a control device in response to the user query. A user of the control device selects an element of the first set of multimedia data for video playback and video data corresponding to the element delivered to a video device for playback. A user of the control device selects an element of the first set of multimedia data for additional information and a second set of multimedia data corresponding to the element delivered to the control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY II, L.P.
    Inventors: Edward Y. Chen, David Crawford Gibbon, Laurence W. Ruedisueli, Behzad Shahraray
  • Patent number: 10536732
    Abstract: A video coding method includes: original collected video data is received from a coding requesting terminal, or a transmission video stream is received from the coding requesting terminal, the coding requesting terminal obtaining the transmission video stream by performing compression coding on the original collected video data in a first coding scheme; each video frame image of the original collected video data is divided into multiple subarea images, or each video frame image of the original collected video data obtained by decoding the transmission video stream is divided into multiple subarea images; the subarea images divided from each video frame image are transmitted to multiple coding servers, to code the subarea images in a second coding scheme and output a coded video stream; and the coded video streams output by the coding servers are merged into a target video stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Xinghua Hu, Xinhai Zeng
  • Patent number: 10536735
    Abstract: Systems and methods for obtaining alternative versions of media content are provided. Digital purchasing technology can be integrated with content viewing technology to provide dynamic content discovery and the ability to easily and efficiently obtain alternative media content to enhance a user's viewing experience. Additionally, a user's viewing experience can be upgraded by easily and efficiently allowing for the viewing of previously obtained alternative media content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignees: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC., EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZURICH
    Inventors: Josiah Eatedali, Mark Arana
  • Patent number: 10469906
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and system for authorizing reception of one or more media programs of a content provider by a secondary receiver based upon reception of the media program by a primary receiver is disclosed. In one embodiment, the method comprises the steps of receiving location data from the secondary receiver, initiating authorized reception of a transmitted first media program having audio content of the one or more media programs by the primary receiver, receiving the audio content of the media program reproduced by the primary receiver from the secondary receiver, and authorizing reception of the one or more programs of the content provider by the secondary receiver according to the received location data and a comparison of the received audio content of the media program and the audio content of the transmitted first media program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: FOX Latin American Channel LLC
    Inventors: Hernan Lopez, Guillermo Contreras, Maria Victoria Arostegui, Leonardo Rosales, Ricardo Mazariegos, Matias Dere, Pablo Mintz, Juan Weiss, Juan M. Sola, Christopher Douglas Blandy, Christen Cecilia Chambers, Casey Frith-Smith
  • Patent number: 10459965
    Abstract: A method of displaying an image performed by a device includes generating a display image with respect to each of a plurality of image groups in the device; selecting one of the plurality of image groups in the device based on a user input; searching for the display image that matches the selected image group; and displaying the found display image, wherein the found display image comprises a preview image that matches each of a plurality of images included in the selected image group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Haibin Zhao, Yuanyou Li
  • Patent number: 10445945
    Abstract: Techniques for displaying navigation information on a mobile device are provided that include a method that includes obtaining an indication of a position and an indication of a direction associated with the mobile device, using the indication of the position, the indication of the direction, information regarding identities of POIs within a geographic region of interest, and information regarding areas associated with the POIs to determine at least one relevant POI, of the POIs, that is associated with the position and direction, and displaying at least one visual indication associated with each of the at least one relevant POI on the mobile device. The appearance of the at least one visual indication is dependent on at least one of a distance from the mobile device of the relevant POI associated with the visual indication or presence of a known physical barrier between the mobile device and that relevant POI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Jiajian Chen, Hui Chao
  • Patent number: 10448065
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described herein for inserting placement opportunities into content assets. A content distributor may receive a content asset comprising a plurality of content fragments. The content distributor may be further configured to adjust a playback duration of a portion of the content fragments so that the placement opportunity may be inserted at the content asset fragment boundaries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: James Barkley, Walter Mlodzinski
  • Patent number: 10419563
    Abstract: Customization of persisted notifications, in which when a subject event happens, a notification is persisted. For instance, customization may be according to language, style, or other user preference. This may be particularly useful in situations in which a single user may change styles, user preferences, or even languages; or in which an application that generated the notifications is to be shared amongst various diverse users. For instance, one user may prefer notifications in English—another may prefer notifications in French but be blind, another may prefer Mandarin when she is in a non-English speaking country but English when she is in an English speaking country. The principles described herein allow flexible customizations and localizations of persistent notifications without having to translate every notification into every possible language, or persist the notification according to every possible style or user preference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Karl Derek Hellstern, Kyle Anthony Werner, Amin Bagheri, Sunay Vaishnav
  • Patent number: 10405026
    Abstract: Methods, devices and systems are provided for provisioning an output device for use with a media device to produce synchronized audio and video portions of media content. An exemplary method involves a media device identifying a device type associated with the output device, obtaining synchronization settings for the device type from a server via a network, and presenting audiovisual content in accordance with the synchronization settings obtained from the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: Samuel Eber, Eric Pleiman, Jesus Flores Guerra
  • Patent number: 10382663
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for a remote video system. In some embodiments, a camera device may include a processor configured to capture image and audio content, perform data manipulation to alter the content, and stream the content to a remote server. Camera devices may be set up at a particular venue or location, and may have settings selected by a venue administrator. Camera devices may also be configured for head recognition, for determining activity levels in a venue, and for reporting accumulated data to the remote server. Streamed content may be accessed by users over a network via an application on computing devices, such as mobile applications or web browsers. The application may provide promotional materials to users based on the user's location, the activity levels within the venue, or other information. Users may also be able to establish direct stream connections to customer service or other venue personnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventor: David Morford
  • Patent number: 10368064
    Abstract: A method, for wireless transmission of real-time media from a source to a sink over a wireless transmission channel is disclosed. In one embodiment, the method comprises encoding media as a plurality of sets of frames, wherein each set of frames includes a key-frame, wherein the media is encoded for the wireless transmission such that a time-required for transmission of the key-frame of each set of frames is less than or equal to a time-allocation for the wireless transmission; and wirelessly transmitting the media from the source device to the sink device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Mohammed Nawaf Smadi, Vytautas Robertas Kezys, Sandy Pavel
  • Patent number: 10354452
    Abstract: Techniques for displaying navigation information on a mobile device are provided that include a method that includes obtaining an indication of a position and an indication of a direction associated with the mobile device, using the indication of the position, the indication of the direction, information regarding identities of POIs within a geographic region of interest, and information regarding areas associated with the POIs to determine at least one relevant POI, of the POIs, that is associated with the position and direction, and displaying at least one visual indication associated with each of the at least one relevant POI on the mobile device. The appearance of the at least one visual indication is dependent on at least one of a distance from the mobile device of the relevant POI associated with the visual indication or presence of a known physical barrier between the mobile device and that relevant POI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Jiajian Chen, Hui Chao
  • Patent number: 10356140
    Abstract: A solution for presenting mobile media information is provided, including: collecting audio data associated with mobile media information, transmitting the audio data to a mobile voice platform which stores the audio data and generates a tag corresponding to the audio data, obtaining the tag from the mobile voice platform, inserting the tag into a predetermined position in the mobile media information, presenting the mobile media information with the tag being inserted into, invoking the audio data corresponding to the tag from the mobile voice platform according to a trigger operation issued when a user browses the mobile media information, and playing the invoked audio data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Huayong Wang
  • Patent number: 10331320
    Abstract: [Object] To make a preferable operation possible with a simple structure that does not require an operation member with a complicated mechanism. [Solving Means] A display process of displaying a setting screen for setting one of an adjustment position and a numerical value on the basis of a user operation and a control process of changing one of the adjustment position and the numerical value depending on a change of a position of a knob by the user operation on the setting screen displayed in the display process are included. In the display process, the knob that is moved on the slider by the user operation is displayed, and the position of the knob is set as a default position on the slider, when the user operation is not performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ichiro Sudo, Tsutomu Shimosato, Norio Wakatsuki, Katsuhiko Aihara, Takuji Moriya