Operator Interface Patents (Class 725/37)
  • Patent number: 10321092
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments relate to techniques for applying media effects to a video stream. For example, media effects may be applied and/or altered based on input from viewers or participants in the video stream. Changes to the media effects may accumulate based on the inputs. In another example, viewership numbers or engagement with a user applying a media effect may alter the media effect. In a broadcast context, actions of the broadcast audience (e.g., as measured by polling) may affect the broadcast and hence the broadcaster. Object recognition and/or people recognition may be applied to cumulatively alter the media effects in an augmented reality context.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel Danker, David J. Capra, Tory Hargro
  • Patent number: 10313735
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for display of a recall list is disclosed. In the method and apparatus, a content receiver receives a first recall command from a remote control and presents, on a display screen, a recall list. The recall list includes a plurality of live video streams of a respective plurality of channels included in the recall list. A live video stream is displayed in a respective region of the display screen. The live video stream may be a live broadcast of a respective channel showing an active live program. The content receiver receives a live stream selection from the remote control. The selected video stream is then displayed on the display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Dish Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Kurt Keipert
  • Patent number: 10296184
    Abstract: A method for webpage navigation of a mobile terminal includes displaying a first webpage on a screen among a plurality of webpages loaded successively in order of user inputs, receiving a first user input made on the screen, displaying an object pertaining to one of a second webpage that was loaded on the screen right before the first webpage and a third webpage that was loaded on the screen right after the first webpage in response to the first user input, receiving a second user input for selecting the object pertaining to one of the second and third webpages, and re-displaying one of the second and third webpages according to the second user input. A mobile terminal includes a touchscreen and a controller configured to re-display one of the second and third webpages according to the second user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sungoo Jung
  • Patent number: 10274576
    Abstract: Provided are a sonar device, signal processing method, and recording medium which contribute to improvement in target signal detection ability of an operator. The sonar device comprises a signal detection processing unit and a noise suppression processing unit. The signal detection processing unit calculates a direction vector for each frequency cell and also calculates a resultant vector direction obtained by summing up the direction vectors of all the frequency cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasumasa Sawamura, Ryohei Saito
  • Patent number: 10250469
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for monitoring activity of a device. The method includes associating one or more monitoring devices with an electronic device. Rules that have been established to define acceptable content that can be accessed by the electronic device are accessed. Requested content, which is requested by the electronic device, is identified. The requested content is compared to the established rules. An alert condition is generated when the requested content violates the established rules. An alert signal is provided to the one or more monitoring devices based on the alert condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT LLC
    Inventors: Charles McCoy, True Xiong, Ling Jun Wong
  • Patent number: 10250935
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus is provided. The electronic apparatus includes a voice input which is configured to receive a user's voice, a display configured to provide a user interface (UI) screen including at least one object, and a controller which is configured to determine whether or not it is possible for the user's voice to call the object, assign to the object an identification tag which identifies the object based on a result of the determination, and display the identification tag-assigned object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Eun-hee Park, So-yon You, Sang-jin Han, Jae-kwon Kim
  • Patent number: 10241742
    Abstract: Method and systems are provided for identification of device groups in a network. In an example implementation, a first playback device, while in a first zone group comprising the playback device, the first zone group having a group identification identifying the first zone group, receives an instruction to form a zone group with one or more second playback devices. In response, the first playback device forms a second zone group with the one or more second playback devices. Forming the second zone group involves determining a group identification identifying the second zone group and determining a display name representing the second zone group. In response, the first playback device causes a controller device to update a control interface for the media playback system to display an indication of the second zone group, the indication of the second zone group comprising the determined display name.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventor: Arthur L. Coburn, IV
  • Patent number: 10225585
    Abstract: A system for media placement comprises a receiving unit to receive media, a scanner to detect an object in the media for placing a placeholder, a checker to provide the placeholder to a user for feedback and receive the feedback. The system also includes an instruction receiving unit to receive instructions for adding special effects to the placeholder, a template generator to generate a template indicating the placeholder in the media, and a machine learner to store the feedback for the placeholder and selection of the special effects for the placeholder. Further, the scanner detects another object in the media or another media and determines a position of another placeholder, based on the stored feedback. The scanner also suggests special effects for addition to the other placeholder, based on the stored selection of the special effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: ACCENTURE GLOBAL SOLUTIONS LIMITED
    Inventors: Christian Souche, Edouard Mathon, Alexandre Naressi
  • Patent number: 10218868
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer-readable recording medium stores instructions which cause, when executed by a processor, a computer to obtaining designated data and designated condition information. The designated data includes the image data and, the designated condition information indicates multiple designated parameters respectively corresponding to multiple items constituting an execution condition for an outputting operation. The instructions cause the computer to transmit parameter request information to a server, receive parameter instruction information including recommendable parameters associated with the group identifying information from the server as a response to the parameter request information, cause the image outputting device to execute the outputting operation using the recommendable parameters included in the parameter instruction information as the parameters for the particular items, and using the designated parameters for the other items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Akihiro Kunimatsu
  • Patent number: 10218796
    Abstract: A method of controlling a communication apparatus includes searching for external apparatus information about an external apparatus sent from the external apparatus, displaying identification information for identifying the external apparatus by using a web browser, based on the searched external apparatus information, and receiving, based on the identification information displayed by using the web browser, designation of any piece of identification information, wherein the searching searches for external apparatus information sent from an external apparatus that does not belong to a same network as the communication apparatus, and wherein in a case where designation of identification information about the external apparatus that does not belong to the same network as the communication apparatus is received, the communication apparatus is caused to belong to the same network as an external apparatus corresponding to the designated identification information and a communication is established between the comm
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shunji Fujita
  • Patent number: 10210901
    Abstract: Methods, systems and computer readable media may facilitate the repositioning of content based upon scene boundaries. In embodiments, content may be automatically repositioned at a scene boundary, so that the content presentation starts from a more meaningful and sensible point after a re-position (e.g., time-shift, trickplay, seek, etc.). Also provided herein is an approach to provide an option for the user to start playback of content from an absolute time based repositioned point or a scene based repositioned point. Scene change detection may be used to detect scene changes within a piece of multimedia content as the content is being received, played, or recorded by a device. Scene changes within a piece of content may be identified using scene meta-data created on a per content basis, wherein the meta-data includes the starting frame offset of each scene along with the duration of the scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Virendra Singh, Lakshmi Arunkumar, Murali S. Sahasranaman, Krishna Prasad Panje, Manu Shrot
  • Patent number: 10178438
    Abstract: The subject matter of this specification can be implemented in, among other things, a computer-implemented method that includes identifying metadata related to television programming being presented on a display device. The method further includes extracting one or more keywords from the metadata. The method further includes generating multiple search suggestions based on the keywords and first search results based on one or more of the search suggestions. The method further includes presenting the search suggestions and the first search results together on the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Vincent Dureau, Salahuddin Choudhary, Benjamin Ling, Shalini Pai, Dennis Miloseski, Justin Koh, Richard William Bragg, Alok Chandel
  • Patent number: 10171856
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and system for providing viewer-derived content for broadcast presentation in conjunction with a broadcast of a media program by a provider of the media program is disclosed. The disclosed system and method (1) simplifies the process for viewers to provide viewer-authored media to broadcasters, while minimizing the data transmission requirements between portable viewer devices and the broadcaster, (2) allows advance approval for the broadcasters to use that viewer-generated content to generate and disseminate viewer-authored-content and (3) provides for management of viewer-generated content (4) integrates with social networks that can be used to at least preliminarily assess the popularity and suitability of the viewer-generated content for broadcast to other viewers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: FX NETWORKS, LLC
    Inventors: Jason N. Phipps, Sally A. Daws, Stephanie L. Gibbons, Kimberly M. Havens, Megan E. Duffy, Sandeep Motwani, Robert A. Cuadra, Sam M. Applebaum, Juni Samos
  • Patent number: 10158823
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for an adaptive search user interface is provided. An interface is provided that returns search results upon receiving each alphanumeric character of a search query term. Correlations of prefixes of alphanumeric characters and search results selected from previous searches are stored in a correlation matrix. Based upon the correlations in the correlation matrix, relevance rankings for search results with respect to the prefixes of alphanumeric characters are updated. Search results may be grouped based upon one or more common traits. Relevance rankings are also updated based upon the rate of change of selections recorded for a search result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: TiVo Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Shelly Glennon, Brian Beach, James Cheng, Richard Lee, Kimberly Paluch, Robert Poniatowski, Margret Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10154315
    Abstract: A system and method is disclosed to transmit electronic information to a user of a step-top box. The system includes a database that stores user registration and product information data. A set-top box is also provided that communicates with a remote controller with a touch screen and a server broadcasts the product information data to a plurality of set-top boxes for display on touch screens of remote controller communicating with the set-top boxes, respectively, without the product information being designated for a specific user of one set-top box. The server also transmits updated product information data that replaces a portion of the original product information data. Furthermore, a processor compares data relating to a transaction request from a user of one set-top box with user registration data stored in the database to identify the user, and that generates customized transaction data that is transmitted to the identified user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: HSNi, LLC
    Inventors: Gerard C. Johnson, Sean Bunner, John McDevitt
  • Patent number: 10149119
    Abstract: Embodiments of methods, systems, and storage medium associated with providing, with a user device, multiple content items for display by multiple receiving devices via multicast transmissions are disclosed herein. In one instance, the method may include forming a multicast data unit with multiple portions of data. Each portion of data may correspond to one of multiple content items to be transmitted to multiple receiving devices by the computing device and each content item is to be displayed by one of the multiple receiving devices. The method may further include transmitting the formed multicast data unit to the multiple receiving devices; and initiating, at each receiving device of the multiple receiving devices, a retrieval from the multicast data unit a portion of data that corresponds to a content item to be displayed by the receiving device, and to display the content item. Other embodiments may be described and/or claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Jerry C. Wang, Justin Lipman
  • Patent number: 10136293
    Abstract: An inflight entertainment system for use in an aircraft displays commands to a passenger to move a passenger electronic device (PED) between locations defined relative a seatback display device and the passenger's seat. The system measures received signal strength indications (RSSIs) from discoverable PEDs over time while the PED is moved between the locations, and selects one of the PEDs that satisfies a defined rule for an amount of change that is observed over time in the measured RSSIs for that PED. The system then establishes a connection through a Bluetooth transceiver with a Bluetooth transceiver of the selected PED.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Thales Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Khosro Rabii, Jean-Yves Couleaud, Pierre Schuberth, Pankaj Trivedi, Thomas Jackson
  • Patent number: 10134048
    Abstract: In accordance with some implementations, a method for measuring viewership of media content is disclosed. The method is performed on a client system. The client system captures visual data of one or more users of the client system with the camera. The client system then analyzes the captured visual data to determine a facial image for each respective user of the one or more users. Based on the facial image, the client system then determines if a respective user is a participant in a media viewership study. In accordance with a determination that the user is a participant in the media viewership measurement study, the client system determines the media content being presented. The client system creates viewership data based on the user and the media content being displayed in the proximity of the user and transmits viewership data to a server system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: David Deephanphongs, Ken Krieger
  • Patent number: 10108311
    Abstract: Systems and methods for displaying an individual profile page in an organization directory. The method comprises storing the individual's name and start date with the organization in a database; receiving a request for displaying the individual profile page; comparing the individual's start date with the current date to determine the individual's tenure with the organization; and determining using a first type of icon to represent a first period of time and a second type of icon to represent a second period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Veeva Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Gassner, Dean Alms, Greg Barker, Basel Qumsiyeh
  • Patent number: 10080957
    Abstract: One illustrative system disclosed herein includes a deformation sensor configured to detect a deformation of a deformable surface and transmit a first sensor signal associated with the deformation. The system also includes a sensor configured to detect a user interaction with a user input device and transmit a second sensor signal associated with the user interaction. The system further includes a processor configured to: receive the first sensor signal; receive the second sensor signal; execute a function based at least in part on the first sensor signal and the second sensor signal. The processor is also configured to: determine a haptic effect based at least in part on the first sensor signal or the second sensor signal; and transmit a haptic signal associated with the haptic effect to a haptic output device configured to receive the haptic signal and output the haptic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Danny Grant, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Ali Modarres, William Rihn
  • Patent number: 10075749
    Abstract: Examples described include transport stream multiplexers that may not need to search for an appropriate source to use to generate a transport stream packet. Instead, the source to use may be indicated by a position (e.g. an entry) in a memory table, e.g. a metadata array. Methods for placing transport stream packets on a transport stream and initializing the metadata array are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: INTEGRATED DEVICE TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventor: Haluk Ucar
  • Patent number: 10070199
    Abstract: A transmission method includes: generating one or more frames for content transfer, each of the frames containing one or more second transfer units, each of the second transfer units being placed at a head within each of the frames and containing one or more first transfer units, each of the first transfer units containing one or more Internet Protocol (IP) packets, each of the first transfer units positioned at a head within each of the frames containing reference clock information indicating time used for reproduction of the content that uses the IP packets in a reception apparatus; and transmitting the one or more frames by broadcast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Corporation of America
    Inventors: Noritaka Iguchi, Tadamasa Toma, Hisaya Katou
  • Patent number: 10045068
    Abstract: Identification of services that carry the same or equivalent content. A reception apparatus includes circuitry configured receive first service information for a first service included in a first broadcast steam, and receive second service information for a second service included in a second broadcast stream. The first service is associated with a first virtual channel number and the second service is associated with a second virtual channel number. The circuitry is configured to determine whether the first service included in the first broadcast stream contains the same programming content as a service included in another broadcast stream based on the first service information. The first service information includes an identifier included in the second service information when the first service included in the first broadcast stream contains the same programming content as the second service included in the second broadcast stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Mark Eyer
  • Patent number: 10034038
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method for selecting video channels is implemented on a computing device and includes: presenting at least one set of detected facial images, detecting user selection of a selected set of detected facial images, where each of the at least one set is associated with one of the video channels; and sending a video channel switching command to a video channel playing device, where the video channel switching command indicates a switch to the video channel associated with the selected set of detected facial images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Pete Rai, Eynav Cohen, Ronnie Dan, Ahuva Levkowitz, Tal Maoz, Aviva Vaknin, Reuven Wachtfogel
  • Patent number: 10026104
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for automatically pausing advertisements based on user attention includes rendering a digital video to a user, in response to the user initiating the digital video through a web multimedia player. The computer-implemented method also includes streaming an advertisement to the user once the user begins to watch the digital video and monitoring the user attention as the user watches the advertisement. The user attention is monitored based on keystrokes and mouse movements. Further, the computer-implemented method includes detecting one or more changes in the user attention. Furthermore, the computer-implemented method includes pausing the advertisement automatically at instance of detecting the one or more changes. Moreover, the computer-implemented method includes detecting the one or more changes that directs the user attention to the paused advertisement and resuming streaming of the advertisement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: EXCALIBUR IP, LLC
    Inventors: Ling-Wei Huang, Wei-Han Li, Huai-Hsing Huang, Chia-Yen Liu, Chi-Wa Ng, Shih-ting Huang, Shih-Ping Lu, Dai-Yan Chen, Pin-Kuan Lee
  • Patent number: 10015560
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for providing video content in response to requests in a content delivery system with more speed and efficiency. In some aspects, network monitoring devices may gather content specific and network performance metrics, from user devices and content delivery components, to provide input to a computing device for deciding whether to store or delete different versions of the same or different items of content. The decision may be based on a policy which may include a weighted score based on a combination of usage and network efficiency scores. In other aspects, methods and systems are provided to initially provide to a user device a stored version of a content item, and then switch, as needed, to a different version of the content item using on-demand transcoding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Weidong Mao, Jason Press
  • Patent number: 9996243
    Abstract: A system and method for scrolling through a media file is presented. Playback of a media file is initiated. An instruction is received an instruction to enter a navigation mode. A set of one or more thumbnails is displayed. Each of the set of one or more thumbnails represents a portion of the media file. An input is received from a user indicating a desire to view a portion of the media file represented by one of the set of one or more thumbnails on the display. Playback of the media file is resumed at the portion of the media file represented by one of the set of one or more thumbnails on the display. The input from the user indicating a desire to view a portion of the media file comprises using scroll gestures on the set of one or more thumbnails to display a desired portion of the media file. The input can be made using a touch-sensitive device. The touch-sensitive device can be a touchscreen display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: VUDU, INC.
    Inventor: Ping-Hsien Lin
  • Patent number: 9986284
    Abstract: A control method and display apparatus for providing various types of content is provided. The display apparatus includes a display unit which displays an image of contents; a storage unit which stores information regarding the contents; a UI generation unit which generates UIs regarding the contents; and a controller which shuts down a first content being executed, storing information regarding the shut down first content and controls generation and display of a UI regarding the first content on the display unit, when running a second content different from the first content, while the first content is running. The control method includes running contents and displaying the contents; running a second content that is different from a first content being run, according to a user input; shutting off the first content before running the second content; storing the first content; and generating and displaying a UI regarding the first content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hee-jeong Bae, Yong-hwan Kwon
  • Patent number: 9934225
    Abstract: A media management framework comprises an integrated architecture and online networking service for aggregating a user's various media files to enable a customized distribution of those media files. User media files are processed, archived, aggregated, and distributed for display in customized story streams. Additional media files are pulled from other sources, such as social media feeds and the public domain, to create a customized distribution and a comprehensive user experience centered on a user's media files based on specified user preferences. The customized distribution also includes modifying story streams based on learning of additional user preferences from continued user interaction and continuously grouping inference associations from one or more of activities, people, objects, times, dates, and locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: LIVING MEDIA, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas J. Dauderman, Tadeusz Peter Matuchniak, Jeffrey S. Marks, Spyros J. Lazaris, Clifford Duvernois
  • Patent number: 9930419
    Abstract: A file recommendation method includes creating a two-dimensional matrix according to user identifications and file identifications included in a history playing record, wherein the user identifications are a first dimension of the two-dimensional matrix and the file identifications are a second dimension of the two-dimensional matrix. The method includes filling an element location corresponding to a relationship between the user identifications and the file identifications in the two-dimensional matrix with an element. The method includes decomposing the two-dimensional matrix to obtain a designated matrix, and dividing the designated matrix according to the first dimension to obtain a feature vector corresponding to each user identification. The method includes performing group division processing for each user identification according to the feature vector corresponding to the user identification to obtain at least one user group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Tencent Technology (Shenzhen) Company Limited
    Inventor: Chengguo Yin
  • Patent number: 9930399
    Abstract: A system for enabling a digital video recorder to serve as a content delivery server is disclosed. In particular, the system may include deploying a content delivery server at a cell site, which may be provided a content package from a satellite or fiber network. Additionally, the system may include deploying, at a customer premises, a digital video recorder that may serve as a content delivery server and may be equipped for wireless communication. The content package may be transmitted from the content delivery server of the cell site to the digital video recorder. Upon receiving a request for content from a user device, the digital video recorder may transmit the requested content to the user device if the digital video recorder is in range of the user device. Otherwise, the content delivery server at the cell site may transmit the requested content to the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Daren Howard
  • Patent number: 9910570
    Abstract: A method includes monitoring media content at media content locations to identify media content items. The media content locations are identified in social network data stored by a set-top box device. The method includes receiving, at the set-top box device, a command to present image cells to a display device. The command is responsive to an alert sent from the set-top box device. The method also includes presenting the image cells at the display device. At least one of the image cells includes an image corresponding to an identified media content item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventor: Kurt Trauth
  • Patent number: 9912996
    Abstract: Provided is a method and system for providing cloud based user interface (UIs) that may store video content and a UI resource in a storage separate from a server, and may control the video content and the UI resource to be synthesized at a subscriber terminal device, thereby significantly decreasing load of a UIs providing server. The method and system for providing cloud based UIs may provide consistent UIs to various set-top boxes and media devices and may easily perform a change and a test of UIs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Alticast Corporation
    Inventors: Moon Kyu Song, Hyun Il Jung, Woo Hyuck Kim
  • Patent number: 9883244
    Abstract: A method of multi-source video navigation, comprising: receiving (402) an image sequence, each image of said sequence comprising a plurality of image parts (121, 122, 123, 24, 125, 126), the image parts of said plurality comprising image data arising from synchronized images of respective video streams, each video stream arising from a corresponding source, receiving (414) a selection parameter value (video_ch) arising from a user interface, said value corresponding to one at least of said video streams, and instructing (408) the displaying of the at least one image part, from among the image parts of this plurality, corresponding to the value of the selection parameter received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: CURRENT PRODUCTIONS
    Inventor: Cyril Zajac
  • Patent number: 9852775
    Abstract: At least one video stream that is encoded video information, and a management information file indicating attributes relating to the entire recording medium, are recorded in a recording medium. The management information file includes attribute information indicating whether the dynamic range of luminance of an initial video stream, which is played first out of the at least one video stream when the recording medium is inserted into a playback device, is a first dynamic range, or a second dynamic range that is broader than the first dynamic range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yahata, Tadamasa Toma
  • Patent number: 9807146
    Abstract: Provided is a method and system for providing cloud based user interface (UIs) that may store video content and a UI resource in a storage separate from a server, and may control the video content and the UI resource to be synthesized at a subscriber terminal device, thereby significantly decreasing load of a UIs providing server. The method and system for providing cloud based UIs may provide consistent UIs to various set-top boxes and media devices and may easily perform a change and a test of UIs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Alticast Corporation
    Inventors: Moon Kyu Song, Hyun Il Jung, Woo Hyuck Kim
  • Patent number: 9760891
    Abstract: A system for providing a user with advertising content is provided. The system includes a presence server, an advertising distribution server, and a profiling and targeting component that interact to provide one or more advertisement objects to a user of a computing device based on presence data generated by the user. The presence server receives presence notification messages from the user's computing device and transmits the presence data to the profiling and targeting component. The profiling and targeting component in turn defines an advertising package that directs the transmittal of advertisement objects from the advertising distribution server to the user's computing device. The profiling and targeting component may also create a user profile based on the presence data for defining the advertising package and may further determine a trend of the user based on historical presence data. A method, apparatus, and computer program product are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Juhani Murto, Petri Nykänen
  • Patent number: 9762947
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for maintaining various application installed in an image display device, and more particularly, to a method for operating an image display device, the method allowing a user to more conveniently select and execute applications in configuring selection menus of the applications, and to an image display device using the method. The method comprises: searching for applications which can be used on an image display device; displaying a first application list including selected menu items of the selected applications; and displaying one or more application key screens from among the applications which are included in the first application list. Accordingly, the user of the image display device can be provided, from the image display device, with application menus, which include menu items for running the applications that can be used on the image display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Haengjoon Kang, Myongwon Suh
  • Patent number: 9749604
    Abstract: Described are a method and device for multi-source control of an intelligent miniature projector. With the method, connection of intelligent miniature projector equipment with multiple UEs is established; after a projection request sent by a first UE is received, when it is detected that played content of a second UE is being projected, a switching confirmation prompt is sent to the second UE; and after the second UE's consent for switching is received, the current projection process is stopped, a response to the projection request of the first UE is made, and played content of the first UE is projected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: ZTE Corporation
    Inventor: Qingzhao Meng
  • Patent number: 9736541
    Abstract: Embodiments are configured in part to pair or associate a portable or personal computing device with a set-top box (STB) to enable use of the paired device with an associated STB. Processing of a displayed visual code can be used to establish a pairing relationship and allow a paired STB to process navigation, control, and/or other commands from a paired device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: COX COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Yousef Wasef Nijim, Jay Paul Langa, James Alan Strothmann, Eric S. Roberts
  • Patent number: 9710553
    Abstract: The present invention relates to video provided over one or more networks. Methods and systems for providing, playing, and/or editing video having multiple tracks of timed text are provided in different embodiments of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Harrenstien, Andrew Philip Gove, Wei Shao
  • Patent number: 9712335
    Abstract: A secure remote actuation system may comprise a central signal switch and a remote input receptor. The central signal switch may comprise one or more acceptable inputs. The remote input receptor may comprise a user interface for receiving one or more user inputs from a user. The remote input receptor may further comprise a microcontroller for obtaining and comparing the acceptable inputs to the user inputs. In the present invention, the microcontroller obtains the one or more acceptable inputs from the central signal switch after the user begins to use the user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Mark Hall, Craig Boswell
  • Patent number: 9686575
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides for systems and methods for digital library channel creation. The disclosed methods and systems utilize a user's digital media library to create and/or simulate one or more broadcast channels for viewing by the user. Channels may be created randomly or according to particular preferences set by the user. In a further aspect, the disclosed methods and systems allow users to broadcast or share their channels with other users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Josiah Eatedali, Mark Arana
  • Patent number: 9654839
    Abstract: A method for providing an interface for a television device is provided, including the following method operations: identifying available services for consumption on a television device, wherein the available services include two or more of a broadcast television service, an on-demand video service, and an internet content service; determining a current date and time; determining content items available for consumption from each of the available services at the current date and time; determining an allocation of display locations in a cross-platform interface for content items from each of the available services, the allocation defining a relative amount of display locations for each of the available services based on a device profile associated with the television device; assigning content items to the display locations in accordance with the determined allocation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Jacoby, Scott Lincke
  • Patent number: 9640065
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus, an external apparatus, and a method of controlling a power supply to the external apparatus are provided. The electronic apparatus includes a transceiver configured to wirelessly connect to an external apparatus, a processor configured to control the transceiver to transmit a control packet for turning off the external apparatus to the external apparatus in response to an input corresponding to a power off command of the electronic apparatus being received. The control packet may be generated according to a profile of a short range communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seung-bok Lee, Geun-sam Yang
  • Patent number: 9632688
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for sharing a media content displayed in a window of the touch input interface of a first electronic device with at least one second electronic device. The first electronic device includes a processor controlling the touch input interface. The method is carried out by the processor and includes the acts of enabling displacement of the window in response to capturing a first touch input indicative of an initiation of a transfer, capturing a continuous touch input across the interface from an initial position in the window, displacing the window with each additional touch input of the continuous touch input, sending an activation message that the media content is to be played on the second device when determining that the window is within a given distance of a virtual representation of the second electronic device on the interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: FRANCE TELECOM
    Inventors: Hyacinthe Briand, Bosco So, Asha Vellaikal, Gabriel Sidhom, Georges Nahon
  • Patent number: 9628828
    Abstract: Systems and methods presented herein provide for a software defined network (SDN) controller in a cable television system that virtualizes network elements in the cable television system to provide content delivery and data services through the virtualized network elements. In one embodiment, the SDN controller is operable in a cloud computing environment to balance data traffic through the virtualized network elements. For example, the SDN controller may process a request for content from a user equipment (UE), determine a bandwidth capability of the UE, determine that bandwidth of the requested content exceeds the bandwidth capability of the UE, analyze the bandwidth capacity of the network elements, generate a virtual channel through the network elements based on the bandwidth capacity of the network elements, and to deliver the content to the UE through the virtualized channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: CABLE TELEVISION LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventors: James Kim, Karthik Sundaresan, Thomas Kee
  • Patent number: 9591251
    Abstract: A system is provided in which an interactive television program guide is implemented on user television equipment such as a set-top box. The program guide provides an operator showcase in the form of one or more operator showcase television listings screens, each of which contains a set of television listings information. The sets of television listings information are generated by querying a database of television listings data in a database in the set-top box. Each database query is based on content criteria previously selected by the cable system operator or other service provider. The service provider is also able to define the format with which the television listings information is displayed in the television listings screens. A title and logos may also be selected by the service provider for each screen. The operator showcase television listings screens may therefore by customized and branded by the service provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Ellis, Edward B. Knudson, William L. Thomas, Bruce L. Davis
  • Patent number: 9578374
    Abstract: A system is provided for the provision of DVR playlists. DVR playlists allow for consumers to manage the availability, arrangement, and type of content to be provided from a DVR such that content items are intelligently added, arranged, played back, and deleted via the DVR playlist. Aspects of the system allow playlists to be created by the system, by the consumer, and in co-operation between the system and the consumer. Content items may also be provisioned, such that a DVR playlist limits playback, while still providing variety and consumer choice. Aspects of the system allow for various seed attributes to affect which content items are automatically chosen to comprise the DVR playlist. Content items may be shared amongst user accounts under a subscriber account so that space on a DVR is more efficiently provisioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: COX COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Clark Whitten, Malcolm Eruteya
  • Patent number: 9563277
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method for controlling a virtual object. The virtual object is controlled by detecting a hand motion of a user and generating an event corresponding to the hand motion. Accordingly, the user may control the virtual object displayed on a 3-dimensional graphic user interface (3D GUI) more intuitively and efficiently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seung Ju Han, Jae Joon Han, Du Sik Park, Chang Kyu Choi, Byung In Yoo