By Passive Determination And Measurement (e.g., By Detecting Motion Or Ambient Temperature, Or By Use Of Video Camera) Patents (Class 725/12)
  • Patent number: 9015748
    Abstract: During the display of video content to a viewing audience, a system receives feedback information from the viewing audience concerning the displayed video content. At a later time and based on the feedback, the system substitutes portions of a downloaded data stream with different content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Abroadcasting Company
    Inventor: Art Pharn
  • Patent number: 9015737
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention generate linked advertisements. Linked advertisements may include a preliminary advertisement and one or more subsequent advertisements. In one embodiment, the viewer is only shown the subsequent advertisement upon detecting a positive reaction to the preliminary advertisement. The subsequent advertisement is associated with presentation triggers that specify a context in which the subsequent advertisement should be presented. The context may be defined by a time of day, location, user activity, and/or other parameters. For example, the presentation trigger may specify a context in which the user is able to purchase an advertised good or service. For example, the context could be the user driving (activity context) near a coffee shop (location context) in the morning (time context). The reaction to the preliminary advertisement may be explicit or implicit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Enrique de la Garza, Karin Zilberstein, Joshua Lawrence Munsee, Alexei Pineda
  • Patent number: 9015746
    Abstract: Embodiments related to delivering a video stream to a requesting viewer are disclosed. In one example embodiment, a video stream is delivered by receiving a request for the video stream from a requesting device, the request including the requesting viewer's identity, assembling a list of selected video content items for display to the requesting viewer, the selected video items being selected from a plurality of video items based on the identity of the requesting viewer and a viewing interest profile comprising the requesting viewer's viewing interests, and sending the video stream for display, the video stream including one or more of the selected video items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Todd Eric Holmdahl, David Rogers Treadwell, III, Doug Burger, James A. Baldwin
  • Patent number: 9015740
    Abstract: Example systems and methods to wirelessly meter audio/visual (A/V) devices are disclosed. A disclosed example method receives media content from an A/V source device, embeds a video overlay in the wirelessly received media content, and wirelessly transmits the media content and the video overlay to the wireless A/V device. The example method wirelessly receives audience identification information in response to the transmitted video overlay, and wirelessly receives audience behavior information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventor: Arun Ramaswamy
  • Publication number: 20150106828
    Abstract: An apparatus arranged to insert accompanying information into a multimedia signal, the apparatus constituted of: a multimedia receiver; a point of interest (POI) identifier arranged to identify a POI in the received multimedia signal responsive to content of the received multimedia signal; an inserter arranged to insert accompanying information into the received multimedia signal responsive to an output of the POI identifier; an output device arranged to transmit the output of the inserter to a display device, the identification, insertion and output being contemporaneous with the receiving; a server; a user gesture signal receiver arranged to receive a signal responsive to a user gesture; and a communication device, wherein the inserted accompanying information encourages a user to perform a gesture with a device in communication with the user gesture signal receiver, and wherein the communication device is arranged to transmit the received signal responsive to the user gesture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Gal Gubesi, Elran Ahronee, Gal Sont
  • Patent number: 9009747
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for cataloging and recognizing gestures are disclosed. A gesture may be detected using sample motion data. An energy value and baseline value may be computed. The baseline value may be updated if the energy value is below a calm energy threshold. The sample motion data may be adjusted based on the updated baseline value. A local variance may be calculated over a number of samples. Sample motion data values may be recorded if the local variance exceeds a threshold. Sample motion data recording may stop if a local variance scalar value falls below a drop threshold. Input Gestures may be recognized by computing a total variance for sample values in an Input Gesture; calculating a figure of merit using sample values from the Input Gesture and one or more Catalog Gestures; and determining whether the Input Gesture matches a Catalog Gesture from the figure of merit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment America, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas M. Miller, IV
  • Patent number: 9003435
    Abstract: A method of recommending media content for a media playing system includes identifying a user in a viewing area; determining whether personal information of the user is stored in a database; and generating information related to a first media content recommendation according to the personal information when the personal information of the user is stored in the database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Hsi-Chun Hsiao, Shou-Te Wei, Hsun-Chih Tsao
  • Patent number: 8997132
    Abstract: A system, computer-readable storage medium storing at least one program, and a computer-implemented method for identifying computer systems being used by viewers of television programs is presented. An audio signal received from a microphone of a television metering device is monitored, where the audio signal corresponds to audio of a television program presented on the television set and audio tones generated by computer systems of viewers of the television set. The audio signal is analyzed to determine an identifier for the television program being presented on the television set and to identify an audio tone generated by a computer system of a viewer of the television set. An identifier of the computer system associated with the audio tone is determined. An identifier for the television metering device, the identifier for the television program, and the identifier of the computer system is transmitted to a server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Simon Michael Rowe
  • Patent number: 8997143
    Abstract: A computer implemented method and system for managing audience data for advertisement placements is disclosed. A server receives a source signal stream comprising metadata and an advertisement space. The server extracts from the metadata a channel identifier, a private client identifier, and information about an intended audience of interest to advertisers. The server identifies a placement opportunity including an owner of the advertisement space based on the channel identifier. The server purges at least some of the extracted information about the intended audience when the owner of the advertisement space is identified as a national network. The server identifies an amount of information about the intended audience to purge and subsequently to fetch for the national network based on a business arrangement between the national network and a service provider, which the server enforces and enables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: This Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Sherwin, Nickolas James Heudecker, John Raymond Mick, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150089519
    Abstract: An audio-visual terminal and a viewing authentication system and control programs therefor are provided. The audio-visual terminal includes a reproducing part for reproducing the audio-visual program, a motion instructing part for instructing, a motion sensor for detecting a response motion of the viewer made by the viewer for transmission to a viewing authenticating principal, a sending part for sending information output from the audio-visual terminal to a viewing authentication system of the viewing authenticating principal, and a coding part for coding information about the response motion of the viewer obtained from a detection result detected by the motion sensor into a signal sendable by the sending part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Kenichi OHMAE, Yasushi ITO, Hidebumi HARA
  • Patent number: 8988495
    Abstract: A method for controlling an image display apparatus includes determining a type of a video signal included in an input signal, determining whether three-dimensional (3D) format information is included in the input signal, if the video signal is a 3D video signal, requesting 3D format information about the video signal to a server that stores 3D format information, if the input signal does not include the 3D format information about the video signal, and processing, upon receipt of 3D format information from the server in response to the 3D format information request, the video signal according to the 3D format information and displaying a 3D image based on the processed video signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: LG Eletronics Inc.
    Inventor: Jeongsim Kim
  • Patent number: 8990842
    Abstract: A method and system augments a broadcast by detecting an event that occurs while viewing a broadcast data by at least one user; when the event is detected, automatically capturing feedback data with a human computer interaction (HCI) capturing device (HCICD) from the at least one user, the feedback data being indicative of a measurement of the user from viewing the event; generating a feature data as a function of the feedback data; including the feature data in the broadcast data to generate an augmented broadcast data; and transmitting the augmented broadcast data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Marc W. Rowley, Lori M. Bistis, Jesse B. Pringle, Michael F. Gay
  • Patent number: 8990843
    Abstract: Described herein are techniques and mechanisms for eye tracking based defocusing. According to various embodiments, video content may be transmitted from a server for presentation at a remote computing device in communication with the server via a network. Eye tracking information identified via an optical sensor at the client machine may be received from the remote computing device. The eye tracking information may describe a state of one or both eyes of an individual located proximate to the remote computing device. A first portion of the video content on which the eyes are more focused relative to a second portion of the video content may be identified. The video content may be updated based on the received eye tracking information. The second portion of the video content may be defocused relative to the first portion of the video content in the updated video content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: MobiTV, Inc.
    Inventors: Kent Karlsson, Avery Audrey Kwan
  • Patent number: 8984547
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for estimating demographic compositions of television audiences. In an aspect, audience demographics are estimated from viewing device log records and household demographic data describing demographic segments to which members of the households belong.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Diane Lambert, Daniel J. Zigmond
  • Publication number: 20150074696
    Abstract: A method includes creating, at a media server, a media stream that includes a group of segments of media content associated with a user-selected category. The group of segments includes a first segment corresponding to a portion of a first program and a second segment corresponding to a portion of a second program. The method also includes sending at least a portion of the media stream to a user device. The method further includes, during playback of the media stream, receiving a user input indicating the first segment, and sending a modified stream to the user device based on the user input. The first segment is replaced by an entirety of the first program in the modified stream.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Scott Morris, Dale Malik
  • Patent number: 8978055
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an electronic apparatus includes a receiver, a generator and a transmitter. The receiver receives operation data indicative of an operating period from each of one or more electronic apparatuses used by a first user, and receives viewing data from a first electronic apparatus of the one or more electronic apparatuses, the viewing data indicative of a program viewed by the first user. The generator generates living pattern data indicative of a living pattern of the first user using the operation data and the viewing data. The transmitter transmits the living pattern data to an electronic apparatus used by a second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Takashi Sudo, Yasuhiro Kanishima, Shingo Suzuki, Toyokazu Itakura, Kentaro Takeda, Takaya Matsuno
  • Publication number: 20150067709
    Abstract: A system that incorporates the subject disclosure may perform, for example, generating parental control information for each of a plurality of users according to options selected from a plurality of media program tags retrieved from a library, detecting a first user of the plurality of users according to biometric information of the first user, identifying the parental control information associated with the first user, tuning to a first media channel responsive to receiving a first request, receiving in the first media channel a first media program tag associated with a first media program, and enabling presentation of the first media program at a presentation device responsive to detecting from the parental control information associated with the first user that the first media program tag is included in a first list of unrestricted media program presentations. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: AT&T Mobility II, LLC
    Inventors: Sheldon Kent Meredith, Jeremy Fix, Mario Kosseifi
  • Patent number: 8970786
    Abstract: A system for controlling ambient light effects comprises a receiving device including at least one processor programmed to parse incoming video content to detect at least one portion of the incoming video content and determine at least one ambient light effect to be associated with the portion of the video content. The system further comprises a home automation controller in communication with the processor and at least one lighting device in communication with the receiving device and the home automation controller. The processor of the receiving device is programmed to send a command to the home automation controller specifying the ambient light effect determined by the processor to be associated with the portion of the video content. The lighting device generates the ambient light effect specified in the command when the portion of the video content is displayed to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Adam Li, Megan Farrell, Aixin Liu, Djung Nguyen
  • Patent number: 8973022
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure create a novel system for rating an event in a media based on the strength of the emotions viewers feel towards the event. The viewer's responses to the media can be measured and calculated via physiological sensors. The metric for rating the strength of the media is created based on the mathematical coherence of change (up or down) of all pertinent physiological responses across multiple viewers. Such rating offers an objective ability to compare the strengths of events of the media, as there is a strong correlation between high coherence of physiological responses (all viewers feel the same thing at the same time) and strong ratings of emotionality, engagement, likeability, success in the marketplace/on screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Hans C. Lee, Timmie T. Hong, William H. Williams, Michael R. Fettiplace
  • Patent number: 8966512
    Abstract: A system and method for inserting advertising content in a video stream are provided. A screen layout includes a plurality of sections is determined with reference to user-designated parameters or with reference to pre-set rules. An output video stream is generated, in which an input video stream received through an input port is shown in one of the sections of the screen layout and supplemental content comprising advertising received through a content port is shown one or more other sections of the screen layout. The output video signal is then output to a display device through a video output port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: American Megatrends, Inc.
    Inventor: Clas Sivertsen
  • Patent number: 8966514
    Abstract: Provided is an information processing apparatus including a communication unit for receiving, from an external device, degree-of-attention information including information on a degree of attention, for each part of first content, calculated based on a state of viewing of a user, and a priority information generation unit for generating, using the degree-of-attention information, priority information including information on a priority for viewing for each part of second content. The communication unit transmits the priority information to the external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Shingo Tsurumi
  • Publication number: 20150052541
    Abstract: A disclosed example method involves determining, using a neural network at a stationary unit, a first distance of a first portable audio detector from the stationary unit, the first portable audio detector associated with a first panelist, the stationary unit located in proximity to the media presentation device. The example method also involves determining, using the neural network, a second distance of a second portable audio detector from the stationary unit, the second portable audio detector associated with a second panelist. In response to the first distance being less than a threshold distance, the media is credited as exposed to the first panelist. In response to the second distance being more than the threshold distance, the media is not credited as exposed to the second panelist.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Jie Chen
  • Patent number: 8959541
    Abstract: This document describes techniques and apparatuses for determining a future portion of a currently presented media program. The techniques and apparatuses can receive current media reactions of one or many people to a currently presented media program and determine later portions to present in the media program based on the media reactions. In some embodiments, for example, a program can be presented live, reactions can be received during the live presentation, and the program altered on-the-fly and in real time based on those reactions. Further, the alterations can be general or tailored to a group or a particular person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Conrad, Geoffrey J Hulten, Kyle J. Krum, Umaimah A. Mendhro, Darren B. Remington
  • Patent number: 8955001
    Abstract: The MOBILE REMOTE MEDIA CONTROL PLATFORM APPARATUSES AND SYSTEMS (“MR-Control”) transforms TV program schedule listing information and user channel selection via MR-Control components, into TV audience viewing data and ad effects data. A system is disclosed, comprising: a memory; a processor disposed in communication with said memory, and configured to issue a plurality of processing instructions stored in the memory, wherein the processor issues instructions for: obtaining TV program schedule listing data; providing the obtained TV program schedule listing data to a user mobile device; receiving an indication of user channel selection; determining a media program associated with the received indication of user channel selection; determining an ad associated with the determined media program; providing a survey question related to the determined ad to the user mobile device; and receiving a user response to the survey question.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Symphony Advanced Media
    Inventors: Manish Bhatia, Michael Scott Saxon, Nigel Stephen Pratt, Pyeush Gurha
  • Patent number: 8955003
    Abstract: Systems and methods are operable to perform pre-operations at a media device in anticipation of an occurrence of a user action. An exemplary embodiment receives an in-use signal from an electronic device that is remotely proximate to the media device, wherein the received in-use signal corresponds to a user interaction with the electronic device; and performs the pre-operation at the media device. The pre-operation is performed prior to receiving an initial user action configured to operate at least one of the media device and a media presentation device coupled to the media device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Maxim Litvinov
  • Patent number: 8955002
    Abstract: A distraction monitoring system may monitor a user's consumption of content, such as video content, and identify times at which the user is distracted from the content. The identified times may then be presented with a timeline for the video program, and the user may be permitted to view the distractions that occurred during the viewing of the video program. The user may select a distraction, and the video content may be played back from a corresponding playback point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Joshua Seiden, Derek Johnson
  • Patent number: 8949870
    Abstract: A method is provided for transferring information from an information node to a broadcast programming receiver, such as, for example, a satellite or cable set-top box receiving broadcast programming. The information node is coupled with the broadcast programming receiver by way of a communication network, and is configured to receive the information. A command issued from the broadcast programming receiver to the information node indicates a condition under which the information is to be transferred to the broadcast programming receiver. In response to the command, the portion of the information indicated by the condition is transferred to the broadcast programming receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Dish Network L.L.C.
    Inventor: Anton H. Kirchner
  • Patent number: 8949871
    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: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: OpenTV, Inc.
    Inventors: Crx K. Chai, Alex Fishman
  • Publication number: 20150033245
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed herein for a media guidance application configured to monitor attentiveness of a user based on the brain activity of the user. For example, a media guidance application may monitor brain activity associated with an attentiveness level of the user and in response to determining the attentiveness level of the user does not correspond to the threshold attentiveness level, perform an operation associated with a low attentiveness level of the user (e.g., performing a scan operation through various content providers).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: United Video Properties, Inc.
    Inventors: Walter R. Klappert, Michael R. Nichols, Camron Shimy, William Wagner, Yinghsueh Chen, Paul Stathacopoulos
  • Publication number: 20150033246
    Abstract: A passive demographic measurement apparatus, comprising an interface for coupling to a Microsoft Kinect®-type sensor, a network interface for sending information to remote device via a network, storage for storing information characteristic of sensed individuals and information sensed by the Kinect sensor, a clock for providing the time and duration of the sensed information, a messaging instruction storage storing instructions for use by the local device in sending data and messages to remote devices, an analysis engine for analyzing at least a portion of the sensed data, and a processor for processing raw and analyzed data for sending to a remote device and/or for sending a message to another device responsive to received sensed data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Richard E. Gideon, Marie Jannone
  • Patent number: 8943526
    Abstract: Technologies described herein relate to estimating engagement of a person with respect to content being presented to the person. A sensor outputs a stream of data relating to the person as the person is consuming the content. At least one feature is extracted from the stream of data, and a level of engagement of the person is estimated based at least in part upon the at least one feature. A computing function is performed based upon the estimated level of engagement of the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Javier Hernandez Rivera, Zicheng Liu, Geoff Hulten, Michael Conrad, Kyle Krum, David DeBarr, Zhengyou Zhang
  • Publication number: 20150026708
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for enabling or implementing presence detection and/or advertising based on detected presence and/or based on monitored media content or monitored users. In some embodiments, media content—including, without limitation, movies, television programs, music, video games, and/or the like—may be presented to a user(s) via a presence detection device (“PDD”), and information regarding such presented media content may be monitored and sent to a server for analysis. The user(s) (and the user(s)'s reactions) may be monitored, and such monitored data may also be sent to the server for analysis. The server might determine (and present to the user(s)) at least one advertisement, based at least in part on each of one or more of the monitored media content, the monitored user(s), presence information of the user(s), user profile of the user(s), demographic group(s) of each user, and/or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Syed Nadeem Ahmed, Matthew B. Shoemake
  • Patent number: 8938747
    Abstract: A system measures viewership of multimedia programs such as television programs, pay-per-view sporting events, and video-on-demand movies. Viewership data from a plurality of multimedia programs may be compared to determine ratings for the multimedia programs. Multimedia streams en route to set top boxes may be monitored using packet inspection to identify the multimedia program or programs included in the multimedia streams. An electronic table or array may be stored and updated with viewership statistics of monitored multimedia programs. Some embodiments track the total number of households or televisions that are powered on in a viewing area. Ratings are available substantially in real time by accessing a stored table with viewership information or by frequently polling a plurality of stored values to determine which multimedia program is being viewed by all or substantially all viewers in an area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: James Huffman, Todd W. Jones, Brian Wilson
  • Publication number: 20150020086
    Abstract: Techniques for obtaining user feedback related to media content are provided. Sensor data including motion data captured by a motion sensor while media content is played on a media content terminal device may be received. The sensor data may be analyzed for an indication of one or more personal states of one or more users. The indication of a first personal state may be determined based on the motion data. User preferences may be derived from the user feedback. For example, parts of the media content (e.g., specific video frames or scenes) may be analyzed and various entities or features extracted. The entities or features may be matched against user feedback to derive user preferences at a more granular level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Guangshun Gary Chen, Shengbo Guo, Jeff Miller
  • Patent number: 8935727
    Abstract: Provided is an information processing apparatus including: a broadcast signal processing portion to receive and reproduce a broadcast program; a viewer information obtaining portion to obtain the number of users viewing the reproduced broadcast program as a viewer number; a feature information obtaining portion to obtain feature information of broadcast programs on the air; a user preference information storage portion to store user preference information in which preferences of users are integrated; a user preference information generating portion to perform learning of the user preference information, which is stored in the user preference information storage portion, based at least on the feature information about the reproduced broadcast program and on the viewer number; and a recommended program determining portion to determine a recommended program among the broadcast programs on the air based on the user preference information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Daisuke Beppu
  • Publication number: 20150012927
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to detect user attentiveness to handheld computing devices are disclosed. An example handheld computing device includes a detector to detect an orientation of the handheld computing and a distance between the handheld computing device and a user; an index associating a plurality of spatial combinations with respective levels of user attentiveness to a presentation on the handheld computing device; and a comparator to compare the orientation and the distance between the handheld computing device and the user to the spatial combinations to identify a level of attentiveness of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Jan Besehanic
  • Patent number: 8930976
    Abstract: A method of selecting a factor for estimating characteristics of viewers who view a same content is disclosed. This method includes: storing a multi-layered hierarchal list of attribute words expressing viewer attributes, each of which is a candidate of the factor; extracting the attribute words from the same content; generating a first vector indicative of frequencies with which the attribute words occur in the same content; for a successively-selected one of the attribute words, successively generating a second vector indicative of frequencies with which the attribute words occur in ones of sets of learned-text information which contain the successively-selected attribute word; calculating a similarity score between the vectors on a per-attribute-word basis; and selecting one of the attribute words as the factor, which is associated with subordinate attribute words on a lower layer, based on a dispersion level of the similarity scores calculated for the subordinate attribute words.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: KDDI Corporation
    Inventors: Kazushi Ikeda, Gen Hattori, Kazunori Matsumoto, Chihiro Ono
  • Patent number: 8930975
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed herein for supplementing media assets in order to compensate for a particular disability of a user. Specifically, a media guidance application determines whether or not a user can comprehend a media asset based on the particular disability of the user. Upon determining that the user cannot comprehend the media asset, the media guidance application supplements the media asset with supplemental data, which compensates for the particular disability of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Woods, Amanda Mallardo, William Korbecki, Brian Peterson, David Wheatley, Jason Conness
  • Publication number: 20150007206
    Abstract: A set-top box includes a receiving module, a shooting module, a determining module and a positioning module. The receiving module receives a first data from a set-top box. The shooting module shoots an image characteristic of a user of the set-top box location. The determining module detects whether the image characteristic of the user shoot by the shooting module of the set-top box is same as the image characteristic of the user of the first data. The positioning module obtains the video content and remains the video content in the position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: YEN-HSU CHEN
  • Publication number: 20150007207
    Abstract: An imaged image data processing apparatus includes obtaining means for obtaining imaged image data, which is imaged by an imaging section that images the sight of a user, extracting means for extracting identification data for identifying a viewed program from the imaged image data obtained by the obtaining means, and transmitting means for transmitting the identification data extracted by the extracting means to an external viewing information creating apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yoichiro Sako, Masaaki Tsuruta, Nozomu Ozaki, Masamichi Asukai, Taiji Ito, Akinobu Sugino, Hidehiko Sekizawa, Akane Sano
  • Patent number: 8924994
    Abstract: Power management methods, apparatus and articles of manufacture for audience measurement meters are disclosed. An example method disclosed herein comprises determining an activation state of a media presentation device, and controlling activation of an audience measurement meter based on the activation state of the media presentation device, the audience measurement meter to monitor the media presentation device when the activation state is an active state. Another example method disclosed herein comprises obtaining presentation device state data representing an activation state of a media presentation device to be monitored by an audience measurement meter, the presentation device state data including time information, and determining whether to fault audience measurement data reported by the audience measurement meter based on the presentation device state data and outage information determined from the audience measurement data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Charles Clinton Conklin, James J. Vitt, Cheuk Wan Chan, Min Zhang
  • Publication number: 20140380345
    Abstract: A television (TV) includes a display and a processor controlling the display and receiving signals representing human gestures. The processor is programmed to respond to gestures from a first viewer to control the display. Also the processor is programmed to respond to gestures from a second viewer to control the display only responsive to a determination that the first viewer has both looked toward the second viewer, and that the first viewer has confirmed, as a separate act from looking toward the second viewer, a desire to transfer control of the TV to the second viewer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Steven Friedlander, David Thiele
  • Patent number: 8917181
    Abstract: An individual is monitored by providing a monitoring system having a control device in communication with appliances. A routine usage of the appliance by an individual is determined. A deviation from the routine usage of the appliance is detected. An alarm signal is sent to a remote communication device of a third party. The third party remotely manipulates the appliance via the control device to remove the deviation from the routine usage, such as turning off an iron or closing a refrigerator door, without involving the individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Inventors: Mikael Edlund, Fredrik Bjorklund
  • Publication number: 20140373036
    Abstract: A system and method where a second screen app on a user device “listens” to audio clues from a video playback unit that is currently playing an audio-visual content. The audio clues include background audio and human speech content. The background audio is converted into Locality Sensitive Hashtag (LSH) values. The human speech content is converted into an array of text data. The LSH values are used by a server to find a ballpark estimate of where in the audio-visual content the captured background audio is from. This ballpark estimate identifies a specific video segment. The server then matches dialog text array with pre-stored subtitle information (for the identified video segment) to provide a more accurate estimate of the current play-through location within that video segment. A timer-based correction provides additional accuracy. The combination of LSH-based and subtitle-based searches provides fast and accurate estimates of an audio-visual program's play-through location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Chris Phillips, Michael Huber, Jennifer Ann Reynolds, Charles Hammett Dasher
  • Patent number: 8914819
    Abstract: Example methods, apparatus, and articles of manufacture to collect metering information associated with media presented by portable and computer media presentation devices are disclosed. A disclosed example apparatus includes a headset configured to be communicatively coupled to a media presentation device and a speaker coupled to the headset and configured to emit audio based on audio information received from the media presentation device. The example apparatus also includes a metering information generator coupled to the headset and configured to be communicatively coupled to the media presentation device to receive the audio information and generate metering information associated with the received audio information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Paul M. Mears, Robert A. Luff, Robert Joel Stokes, Arun Ramaswamy, Charles Clinton Conklin, Brian Scott Mello, Seth Alan Pelletier, Perry Joseph Fisch
  • Patent number: 8914818
    Abstract: Techniques and architecture are disclosed for managing power use during operation of an electronic device capable of processing and/or playback of audio and/or video (AV) content. In some instances, the disclosed techniques/architecture can be used, for example: (1) to stop decoding and/or rendering of AV content upon detecting that a user wishes to stop or is otherwise unable to consume (e.g., hear/listen to or otherwise utilize) such AV content; and/or (2) to continue/re-enable decoding and/or rendering of AV content upon detecting that a user wishes or is otherwise able to continue/resume consumption thereof. In some cases, use of the disclosed techniques/architecture may reduce central processing unit (CPU) cycles, audio digital signal processing (DSP), rendering hardware usage, etc., and/or otherwise make more efficient use of battery charge, and thus may realize an improvement in battery life, for example, for a mobile/battery-operated device capable of AV processing and/or playback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: John C. Weast, Nicolas C. Galoppo Von Borries
  • Patent number: 8914820
    Abstract: Systems and methods of memorializing a viewer's viewing experience are disclosed. An exemplary embodiment presents a movie to the viewer, detects an occurrence of one of a plurality of event capture triggers, captures at least one image of the viewer in response to detecting the event capture trigger, and stores the image of the viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Nicholas Newell
  • Publication number: 20140366050
    Abstract: Sensing interfaces associated with a home entertainment system are used to automate a system response to events which occur in a viewing area associated with the home entertainment system. Data derived from such sensing interfaces may also be used to enhance the response readiness of one or more system components. Still further, user presence data derived from such sensing interfaces may be used to capture and report user viewing habits and/or preferences.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Arsham Hatambeiki, Paul D. Arling
  • Publication number: 20140366049
    Abstract: Provided herein is a method, apparatus and computer program product for gathering and presenting emotional response to an event in the form of an emotional response timeline. In particular, the method may include generating a timeline of a collected emotional response of a user relative to an event, selecting, by a processor, a portion of the timeline of the emotional response that meets at least one predefined criterion, and generating an edited event based on the portion of the timeline of the emotional response that meets the at least one predetermined criterion. The emotional response may include one or more of a heart rate, a facial expression, a vocalization, or a facial flush. The at least one predetermined criterion may include an emotional response above a predefined threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Arto Juhani Lehtiniemi, Antti Johannes Eronen, Juha Henrik Arrasvuori, Jukka Antero Holm
  • Patent number: 8904416
    Abstract: A content playback apparatus (100) includes: a viewing target content obtaining unit (20) obtaining the viewing target content; a viewer detecting unit (10) detecting a first viewer who views the viewing target content played back by the content playback apparatus; a viewer content selecting unit (204) selecting, from among viewer contents, a viewer content having a matching degree higher than a predetermined threshold, the matching degree indicating an amount of common points between the first viewer detected by the viewer detecting unit and a second viewer who views a same content as the viewing target content under temporally or spatially a different condition, and each of the viewer contents including information of video or sound of the second viewer; and a content playback unit (30) playing back the viewing target content obtained by the viewing target content obtaining unit and the viewer content selected by the viewer content selecting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Corporation of America
    Inventors: Kumi Harada, Noriyo Hara