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: 8898687
    Abstract: This document describes techniques and apparatuses for controlling a media program based on a media reaction. In some embodiments, the techniques pause, mute, or stop a media program when a user leaves the room, when a user in the room is talking or is otherwise not paying attention to the program, or when a child walks into the room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Geoffrey J Hulten, Umaimah A. Mendhro, Kyle J. Krum, Michael J. Conrad, Darren B. Remington
  • Patent number: 8893164
    Abstract: Methods and systems for providing audio information based on gaze information are described. In an example, a computing device may be configured to receive gaze information indicative of a wearer-view associated with the computing device. Based on the gaze information, the computing device may be configured to determine content displayed in the wearer-view. Further, the computing device may be configured to determine audio information relating to the content and cause an audio stream associated with the audio information to be played at the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Eric Teller
  • Patent number: 8893163
    Abstract: Techniques are presented herein for delivering multimedia content to members of an audience. At a content delivery device, an activation event is detected that causes the content delivery device to operate in a first mode to detect a presence of one or more of members of an audience in a viewing area. A number of members of the audience in the viewing area is determined. The content delivery device switches to a second mode to initiate a payment request event. The payment request event requests payment for the multimedia content based on the number of members of the audience. A determination is made as to whether an appropriate payment has been received based on the number of members of the audience. When the appropriate payment has been received, the content delivery device switches to a third mode to deliver the multimedia content to the members of the audience in the viewing area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Cihan Atkin
  • Publication number: 20140337868
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide an audience-aware advertising that are advertisements coordinated with both a present media presentation and the media presentation's current audience. An audience-aware advertising pod is a container for advertising content that is shown in association with a media presentation. The audience-aware advertising pod may include multiple advertisements shown during a commercial break in the primary content. The advertisements may be selected for display within a media presentation in real time based on audience members' attention level and response. Audience profiles may be generated and stored locally. The audience profile may be used to determine when an ad is displayed and what advertisement is displayed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Enrique de la Garza, Karin Zilberstein, Alexei Pineda, Andrew Flavell, David John Wells
  • Patent number: 8887186
    Abstract: Provided are an analysis method and system for audience rating and advertisement effects based on viewing behavior recognition including a method of recognizing a viewer on the basis of image recognition through a camera and efficiently collecting data and a method of transmitting collected data on the basis of viewer recognition to an audience rating and advertisement effect measurement server. The present invention includes a viewing behavior measurement device configured to receive a viewer image obtained by imaging one or more viewers who are viewing broadcast content, recognize the one or more viewers from the received viewer image to generate viewing behavior information, and deliver the generated viewing behavior information, and an advertisement effect measurement server configured to analyze an advertisement effect for each viewer on the basis of the received viewing behavior information and generate and deliver an advertisement effect measurement result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Cheon-In Oh, Han-Kyu Lee, Young-Ho Jeong, Jin-Woo Hong
  • Patent number: 8887187
    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: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Business Breakthrough Inc.
    Inventors: Kenichi Ohmae, Yasushi Ito, Hidebumi Hara
  • Publication number: 20140331242
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media are described herein for aggregating viewing data for one or more types of media content. Image data depicting a viewing area of a display device are received. A type of media content being displayed on the display device when the images are captured is identified. Based on the image data, a number of persons may be determined, as well as characteristics about the persons, responses of the persons toward the media content, and levels of engagement of the persons in the media content, or a portion thereof. Each determined item of information may comprise a viewing record for the media content. The viewing records for the media content may then be aggregated to create viewing data for the content, and the viewing data may be distributed to a content provider.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: ENRIQUE DE LA GARZA, KARIN ZILBERSTEIN, CAROLYN J. FUSON, MICHAEL PATRICK MOTT, ANDREW C. FLAVELL
  • Patent number: 8881188
    Abstract: An advertisement providing system includes a storage unit storing advertisements; a pull-type display managing unit that displays an advertisement designated by a viewer, a counting unit that counts the frequency an advertisement is displayed, a generating unit that generates a display schedule for the advertisements based on the frequency the advertisements are displayed, and a push-type display managing unit that displays the advertisements according to the display schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Kazumi Kubota, Hirohisa Naito, Takahiro Kii, Akira Miyazaki, Toru Ozaki
  • Patent number: 8881189
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for inferring a demographic composition of a television audience of a television program. In one aspect, a method extrapolates television audience demographics from rated programs to unrated programs by attributing demographics of rated programs to unrated programs when the rated and unrated program are related by demographically rated channel tunes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Zigmond, Diane Lambert
  • Publication number: 20140325540
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide an overlay experience that is coordinated with both a present media presentation and the media presentation's current audience. Exemplary media presentations include television, movies, games, and music. An overlay is visible content displayed concurrently with primary content. The overlay may obscure part of the primary content, but not all of the primary content. Embodiments of the present invention use audience data to select an appropriate overlay from one of several overlays available. The audience data may be derived from image data generated by an image-capture device, such as a video camera, that has a view of the audience area. Automated image analysis may be used to generate audience data that is used to select the overlay.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Enrique de la Garza, Alexei Pineda, Joshua Lawrence Munsee, Karin Zilberstein, Jonhenry A. Righter, Michael Patrick Mott
  • Patent number: 8875168
    Abstract: An audio/video monitoring system is disclosed, comprising a combination of one or more set-top boxes and application servers in a service provider's network. The set-top boxes and applications services are part of a multiple services operator's (MSO) network, such as that of a cable company. Cameras and/or microphones which are directly connected to a set-top box are the sources of media signals, which the set-top box transmits to an application server. The application server continually receives the media signals from one or more set-top boxes, and determines which subset of the received media signals to forward to a selected output device, such as a television connected to another set-top box or a cellular telephone. The application server then forwards media signals of interest to the output device, such as when motion or a loud noise is detected in a media signal received from the set-top box or boxes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Theresa Campagna, David Lee Chavez, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140317646
    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: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Enrique de la Garza, Karin Zilberstein, Joshua Lawrence Munsee, Alexei Pineda
  • Patent number: 8869183
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to detect user attentiveness to handheld computing devices are disclosed. An example method includes detecting a change of a handheld computing device from a first starting spatial condition to a first ending spatial condition, wherein the first starting spatial condition and the first ending spatial condition are angular orientations of the handheld computing device relative to a reference; and querying an index associating a plurality of spatial condition changes with respective likelihoods indicative of user attentiveness to determine if the index includes an entry having the first starting spatial condition and the first ending spatial condition of the detected change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventor: Jan Besehanic
  • Patent number: 8863169
    Abstract: A content transmission device that is connected to a plurality of external devices including a reproduction device reproducing content data, including a transmitting section transmitting content data to the reproduction device, a detecting section detecting the state of each of the plurality of external devices, a parental level determining section determining for the reproduction device a boundary between a parental level on content data the viewing of which is restricted and a parental level on content data the viewing of which is allowed according to the state of each of the plurality of external devices detected by the detecting section, and a control section controlling transmission of content data from the transmitting section based on the relation between the boundary determined by the parental level determining section and a parental level set on content data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Morihiko Hayashi
  • Publication number: 20140304725
    Abstract: A method for data communication is provided and may include, at a communications terminal, displaying picture objects and/or video objects received from a media center via a communications network. The communications terminal may transmit direction of view information (DoV) of at least one eye of a user of the terminal with respect to the displayed objects from an eye tracker at the communications terminal. The DoV may be determined by detecting a position of a pupil based on light reflected off of the pupil. Subsequent picture objects and/or video objects may be displayed by the communications terminal based on user interests determined from the transmitted DoV information. The DoV information may be determined using: a beam splitter, a lens, and a position sensing diode which receives light from the lens which has been received from the beam splitter, wherein the position sensing diode outputs a signal to the eye tracker.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventors: Rudolf Ritter, Eric Lauper
  • Patent number: 8856815
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus, articles, and methods are described including operations for selectively adjusting picture quality features of a display based at least in part on whether a user can perceive a loss in video quality and/or on power supply data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Kin-Hang Cheung, Qing Li, Szu-Wei Lee
  • Publication number: 20140298365
    Abstract: A receiving terminal includes: a content receiving unit 120 for receiving a content; a display state detecting unit 140 for detecting a display state indicating whether the content the content receiving unit 120 receives is displayed on a display device 300 or not; a state detecting unit 111 for identifying an audience event indicating an audience mode of the content by analyzing a distribution mode of the content the content receiving unit 120 receives and a display state of the content the display state detecting unit 140 detects; an audience information creating unit 112 for generating audience information corresponding to the audience event the state detecting unit 111 identifies; and an audience information transmitting unit 113 for outputting the audience information the audience information creating unit 112 generates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Masami Matsubara, Shinji Maeda, Tsukasa Fukasawa, Shin Miura
  • Patent number: 8843950
    Abstract: A television includes an image capturing unit to capture images in front of the television. Faces in the captured images are recognized to generate a face recognition result. When a condition for switching television programs is determined to be met according to the face recognition result, one or more program tables are searched to find a currently aired television program that is suitable for the current audience. The television is switched to a channel playing the found television program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Pan Zhang
  • Patent number: 8843949
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes: importance calculation means configured to calculate an experience importance degree of content for a user based the basis of a relationship among a reaction analysis result obtained by performing predetermined analysis on a reaction (attitude) of the user to the content at the time when the user experiences the content, an environment analysis result obtained by performing predetermined analysis on an external environment of the user at the time when the user experiences the content, a signal analysis result obtained by performing predetermined analysis on a video signal or voice signal of the content, and a language analysis result obtained by performing predetermined language analysis on language information described about the content; and determination means configured to, if the experience importance degree of the content calculated by the importance calculation means is high, determine the content as recommendation content to be recommended to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Mitsuhiro Miyazaki
  • Publication number: 20140282645
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to use scent to collect audience information are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a media meter to collect media identification information to identify media presented by an information presentation device; a people meter to identify a person in an audience of the information presentation device. The people meter includes a scent detector to detect a first scent of the person; a scent database containing a set of reference scents; a scent comparer to determine a first likelihood that the person corresponds to a first panelist identifier by comparing the first scent to at least some of the reference scents in the set; and identification logic to identify the person as corresponding to the first panelist identifier based on the first likelihood.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Eric R. Hammond
  • Publication number: 20140282649
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes: importance calculation means configured to calculate an experience importance degree of content for a user based the basis of a relationship among a reaction analysis result obtained by performing predetermined analysis on a reaction (attitude) of the user to the content at the time when the user experiences the content, an environment analysis result obtained by performing predetermined analysis on an external environment of the user at the time when the user experiences the content, a signal analysis result obtained by performing predetermined analysis on a video signal or voice signal of the content, and a language analysis result obtained by performing predetermined language analysis on language information described about the content; and determination means configured to, if the experience importance degree of the content calculated by the importance calculation means is high, determine the content as recommendation content to be recommended to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Mitsuhiro MIYAZAKI
  • Publication number: 20140282648
    Abstract: A method for broadcasting TV show as used in a smart TV. The smart TV comprises a body, a facial image capturing unit and a storage unit. The storage unit stores facial images of registered users and a mapping relationship between a number of favorite TV show lists and a number of accounts. The method comprises following steps. Capturing the facial images in front of the facial image capturing unit, identifying whether the captured facial images contain one or more facial images of registered users of the smart TV and identify the number of the registered users contained in the captured facial images. In addition, controlling the smart TV to enter a broadcasting mode according to the identified users. Importing TV shows associated with the broadcasting mode of the smart TV and the favorite TV show lists. A smart TV is also provided by the present disclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: KUAN-JUNG CHIU, HAN-FANG TU, MEI-JU CHEN
  • Publication number: 20140282644
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and articles of manufacture to detect shapes are disclosed. An example method includes determining a depth value associated with an object outline detected in image data representative of an environment; and using the depth value to select a first group of reference shapes to be compared to the object outline from a collection of reference shapes, the first group representing a portion of the collection of reference shapes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Alex Terrazas
  • Publication number: 20140282646
    Abstract: In order to acquire a viewer's enjoyment and interest when viewing three-dimensional contents on a consumer electronic device, a viewer's eyes are monitored in real-time. Biometric data from the monitoring can be used for delivery of highly accurate and personalized viewing experiences for the viewer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicants: Sony Network Entertainment International LLC, Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Charles McCOY, Leo Pedlow, True Xiong
  • Publication number: 20140282647
    Abstract: A method of providing customized commercial content to a user includes providing first commercial content to a user, determining, using an integrated virtual environment device, whether the user substantially viewed the first commercial content, and providing second commercial content to the user based on the first commercial content and whether the user substantially viewed the first commercial content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: ECHOSTAR TECHNOLOGIES L.L.C.
    Inventor: Christofer Hardy
  • Patent number: 8839280
    Abstract: A method for problem detection related to received data includes monitoring data to detect a first problem and a second problem related to the data. The first problem may be related to a first data type and the second problem may be related to a second data type. The first data type and the second data type may be distinct from each other. The method includes determining a first remedial action in response to detecting the first problem and a second remedial action in response to detecting the second problem. The method includes determining a priority order for the first remedial action and the second remedial action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Gustavo de los Reyes, Sanjay Macwan, Jennifer Morovitz
  • Publication number: 20140259033
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for multi-purpose metering are disclosed. An example method includes transmitting a first discovery inquiry message in response to a wakeup timer expiration signal, disabling a media detection circuit of the portable device when a base unit responds to the discovery inquiry message, and enabling the media detection circuit of the portable device when the base unit response to the discovery inquiry message is absent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Arun Ramaswamy, Charles C. Conklin, Wayne A. Olmsted, Karin Johnson, Fred Martensen, Daniel Nelson, Alexander Topchy, Paul M. Mears
  • Publication number: 20140259034
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to determine engagement levels of audience members are disclosed. An example method includes analyzing image data corresponding to an environment in which an audience is exposed to media presented by a first media presentation device to determine whether the environment includes a glow emanating from a second media presentation device; and when the environment includes the glow, calculating an engagement for a person in the environment with respect to the first media presentation device based on a presence of the glow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventor: Alex Terrazas
  • Patent number: 8832721
    Abstract: Techniques and mechanisms are described herein for facilitating the detection of user responses to media content. According to various embodiments, movement data transmitted from a first client machine may be received. The movement data may be associated with a presentation of a media content item. The movement data may be detected at a sensor located at the first client machine. The received movement data may be compared with movement calibration information to create media content response data. The movement calibration information may correlate movement data with a plurality of user responses to the presented media content item. The media content response data may indicate one or more of the plurality of user responses. The media content reaction data may be stored on a storage medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: MobiTV, Inc.
    Inventor: James Yeh
  • Patent number: 8826312
    Abstract: Identifying user behaviors via remote control signal broadcasts may be provided. A content element such as a video may be displayed on a display device. During display of the content, a control signal may be received and deciphered. The deciphered control signal may be used to determine whether the content is being consumed by a user, and this determination may be logged and/or reported to the content provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Cox Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Edgar V. Shrum, Jr., Michael Joseph McCarthy, Francisco Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 8826321
    Abstract: A user interaction request is received during playback of video content. The user interaction request can be received independent of any indication from the video content that user interaction is possible. In response to receiving the interaction request, one or more menus are displayed allowing the user to select one or more reaction options and to select whether the selected one or more reaction options are to be communicated to another user or to a content provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Dennis G. Cronin
  • Patent number: 8826340
    Abstract: Apparatus and processes for locating and processing QR codes or other Scannable Icons (SI's) in video or television signals. A number of client elements (which may correspond to users) may be in communication of one or more control elements; the client elements may be found in user set top boxes, digital video recorders or other equipment employed to receive video or television signals. The control elements may be found in software in server platforms or such user equipment. The client elements may locate and decode SI's according to various areas of interest of users. The control elements may control which client elements monitor various video or television signals; receive information related to decoded SI's; and report information to client elements so that (among other things) users can be aware of SI's in far more video or television signals than their own client elements are able to monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Symbol Shifters, LLC
    Inventors: Walter Stanley Ciciora, Ted Elliott Hartson, Elijah Ethan Brown
  • Patent number: 8826313
    Abstract: A distributed stochastic learning agent analyzes viewing and/or interactive service behavior patterns of users of a managed services system. The agent may operate on embedded and/or distributed devices such as set-top boxes, portable video devices, and interactive consumer electronic devices. Content may be provided with services such as video and/or interactive applications at a future time with maximum likelihood that a subscriber will be viewing a video or utilizing an interactive service at that future time. For example, user impressions can be maximized for content such as advertisements, and content may be scheduled in real-time to maximize viewership from across all video and/or interactive services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: CSC Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Richard Neill
  • Publication number: 20140245335
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices for displaying additional or targeted content to a user are disclosed. An image or data capture device associated with a display device may capture an image of a space associated with the user or capture data related to what is being viewed by the viewer's eyes. Objects in the captured image or objects being viewed may be recognized, including any identifiable image, item, detail, or article and the like. A recognized object may then be compared to a target list to determine a match. If matched, and if there is additional content associated with the target object, the additional content may be presented to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventors: Dan E. Holden, Michael J. Cook
  • Patent number: 8819712
    Abstract: A system and method for displaying a multimedia content over a network is provided. The multimedia content comprises a standard-content part and a customized-content part. The customized-content part comprises one or more multimedia components. The method comprises the steps of selecting one or more of the multimedia components based on a predetermined set of preferences to obtain a multimedia component set comprising one or more multimedia components. The method further comprises customizing dynamically one or more of the multimedia components belonging to the multimedia component set based on the predetermined set of preferences. Thereafter, the method integrates the multimedia components to obtain the customized-content part. Further, the customized-content part is associated with the multimedia content and the multimedia content is displayed with the customized-content part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Yume, Inc.
    Inventors: Ayyappan Sankaran, Jayant Kadambi
  • Publication number: 20140237495
    Abstract: An interactive method includes displaying image content received through a television (TV) network, identifying an object of interest of a user among a plurality of regions or a plurality of objects included in the image content, and providing additional information corresponding to the object of interest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Gyeong Ja JANG, Byung In Yoo, Yong Beom Lee, Young Chul Cho, Hyo Sun Hwang
  • Patent number: 8813109
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed to identify exposure to 3D media presentation. An example apparatus includes 3D glasses components to enable presentation of a 3D media presentation. The example apparatus includes 3D glasses to enable viewing of a 3D media presentation. The example apparatus includes a motion sensor carried by the 3D glasses to generate a movement signal. The example apparatus includes a transmitter carried by the 3D glasses to transmit the movement signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventor: Arun Ramaswamy
  • Patent number: 8804038
    Abstract: An information processing section that outputs video images with settings based on variables respectively provided to individual display sections of a plurality of display sections is included, and a video image is output to any display section from this information processing section. A setting of the video image output to the any display section is changed, and a response of a viewer at that time is obtained by a response obtaining device. Then, in accordance with the response information of the viewer obtained by this response obtaining device, a display section in which a setting of the video image is to be changed and the setting of the video image are determined by a stimulus response estimation section, and information of the display section in which the setting of the video image is to be changed and a variable based on the setting of the video image are output to the information processing section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Coporation
    Inventors: Tetsujiro Kondo, Kazutaka Uchida
  • Publication number: 20140223464
    Abstract: A method of creating a multi participant session among a plurality of viewers of media content. The method comprises automatically identifying which media content is currently presented on a plurality of client terminals of a plurality of subscribers, receiving, from a first subscriber, a first selection indicative of a template of a multi participant session object and a second selection indicative of a group from the plurality of subscribers, creating a multi participant session object adapted for simultaneous presentation with the media content according to first and second selections and establishing a multi participant session among at least one member of the group and the first subscriber using the multi participant session object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: Comigo Ltd.
    Inventors: Dov Moran, Motty Lentzitzky, Mordechai Teicher
  • Publication number: 20140223463
    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: February 12, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: UNIVERSAL ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Arsham Hatambeiki, Paul D. Arling
  • Patent number: 8799936
    Abstract: A system for recommending personalized favorite programs or channels to internet protocol television (IPTV) users based on a collaborative filtering algorithm is disclosed. The system includes a broadcast provider as an IPTV broadcast provider that provides users with TV contents through the Internet, a service server to receive a broadcast signal and program information from the broadcast provider, to store corresponding information in respective databases, to calculate the program information based on a recommendation algorithm to quantitatively calculate priority, and to list the program information in recommendation order based on the currently broadcast or reproduced program, a relay device to receive recommended program list information and a broadcast signal from the service server and to transmit the recommended program list information and the broadcast signal through a network, and a TV to output the recommended program list information and the broadcast signal from the relay device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Byuck San Power, Ltd.
    Inventor: Joong-in Choi
  • Patent number: 8799937
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to enforce a power off state of an audience measurement device during shipping of the device are disclosed herein. An example portable audience measurement device includes a housing, a media detector in the housing to collect media exposure data, and a packaging sensor to receive an audio signal. A packaging detector generates a frequency spectrum of the detected audio signal, determines an energy of a first frequency associated with the generated frequency spectrum, determines an energy of a second frequency higher than the first frequency and associated with the generated frequency spectrum, and compares the difference between the energy of the first frequency and the second frequency to a muffling threshold to determine whether the device is located within a package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventor: Christen V. Nielsen
  • Patent number: 8799951
    Abstract: In general, embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to a system for synchronizing an advertisement stream on a mobile device with the contents of a video source that includes audio data. In one example, the method includes receiving a mobile device identifier of a mobile device of the at least one user; receiving a television event identifier from the television platform, wherein the television event identifier is associated with a television event included in the television program content; selecting marketing information associated with the television event based on the television event identifier, wherein the television event identifier and the mobile device identifier are usable by the network server to determine that the television program content is provided to the at least one user associated with the mobile device; and transmitting a message that includes the marketing information from the network server to the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey William Hamilton, Dmitri Plotnikov
  • Patent number: 8789081
    Abstract: A network device may be configured to receive video quality data that includes information corresponding to a delivery of video content from a content source to a user device via a network and information corresponding to video presentation conditions corresponding to the user device. The network device may also be configured to determine video quality metrics based on the video quality data. Each of the video quality metrics may correspond to a characteristic of the delivery of the video content from the content source to the user device or the video presentation conditions corresponding to the user device. The network device may also be configured to determine, based on the video quality metrics, a video quality score that corresponds to an estimated user viewing experience corresponding to the video content. The network device may also be configured to communicate the video quality score to an operator of the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin J. Parker, Brian W. Joe
  • Patent number: 8789107
    Abstract: A system measures a frequency with which a user views a television program and identifies the television program as one of the user's favorite programs based on the measured frequency. The system automatically records, without intervention of the user, the one of the user's favorite programs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Steven D. Whitehead
  • Publication number: 20140201767
    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: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Joshua Seiden, Derek Johnson
  • Patent number: 8782681
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention enable a bottom up analysis approach that derives physiological responses from measured physiological data of viewers of a media, and calculates scores of instances of an event type based on the physiological responses. The scores are then aggregated to rate the event type in addition to scoring the individual event instances. The approach can also form an overall rating of the media by aggregating the event ratings of set of event types within the media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Hans C. Lee, Timmie T. Hong, William H. Williams, Michael R. Fettiplace
  • Patent number: 8776102
    Abstract: A computer readable medium is disclosed containing a computer program useful for performing a method for estimating an audience reaction to a data stream, the computer program comprising but not limited to instructions to send data containing a plurality of filter objects data to a plurality of filtered sensors associated with end user devices, instructions to receive response data from the filtered sensor in response to the data stream in accordance with the plurality of filter objects and instructions to estimate an audience reaction to the video data from the response data. A system is disclosed including a processor for performing a method for estimating an audience reaction to video data. A data structure is disclosed for containing data useful for performing the computer program and method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventor: Justin Brown
  • Publication number: 20140189720
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to determine engagement levels of audience members are disclosed. An example method includes detecting light information in image data representative of an environment including a primary media device; determining whether a secondary media device is in the environment based on the detected light information; and calculating, via a logic circuit, an engagement level for a person with respect to the primary media device based on the secondary media device determination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Inventor: Alex Terrazas
  • Patent number: 8769557
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to determine engagement levels of audience members are disclosed. An example method includes detecting light information in image data representative of an environment including a primary media device; determining whether a secondary media device is in the environment based on the detected light information; and calculating, via a logic circuit, an engagement level for a person with respect to the primary media device based on the secondary media device determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventor: Alex Terrazas