Coordinating Diverse Devices Patents (Class 725/80)
  • Patent number: 10373107
    Abstract: A system includes acquisition of an electronic image of items disposed in first locations, determination, based on the electronic image, of a visit image result comprising a first one or more linear groups, a first one or more facings per linear group and a first zero or more product identifiers per facing, determination of planogram reference data comprising a second one or more linear groups, a second one or more facings per linear group and a second zero or more product identifiers per facing, and determination of one or more corrective actions based on the visit image result and on the planogram reference data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Koji Kawashima, Robert Moore
  • Patent number: 10348849
    Abstract: A method includes generating, at a media device, a user profile based on first data received from a portable device. The first data indicates media content sent to a display device of the portable device by an application on the portable device. The method includes recording, via the media device, a media content item from a content source, where the media content item is selected based on the user profile. The method also includes sending the media content item from the media device to the portable device via a local area network. The portable device stores the media content item at a pre-cache memory to enable the portable device to playback the media content item from the pre-cache memory when the portable device is not able to communicate via the local area network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventor: Arthur Richard Brisebois
  • Patent number: 10339796
    Abstract: A wireless control device includes a power source, one or more sensors, one or more switches, a wireless transceiver circuit, an antenna connected to the wireless transceiver circuit, and a processor communicably coupled to the power source, the one or more sensors, the one or more switches, and the wireless transceiver circuit. The processor receives a data from the one or more sensors or the one or more switches, determines a pre-defined action associated with the data that identifies one or more external devices and one or more tasks, and transmits one or more control signals via the wireless transceiver circuit and the antenna that instruct the identified external device(s) to perform the identified task(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: ILUMI SULUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Swapnil Bora, Corey Egan, Qinghui Tang
  • Patent number: 10200650
    Abstract: The plug-in television provided by this invention integrates the master control module of the television into a plug card and separately configures the plug card and the display, and the display is mainly used to play and control the audio and video data, and the plug card is mainly used to receive and process the audio and video data; since the plug card and the display are separately configured in physical structure, it allows users to carry out the operations like repairing, maintenance, upgrading and replacement on them separately; moreover, since the display is the main structure of the television, and the plug card is plugged into the slot provided on the display to form the television, the problem in the current television field that the upgrading speed of the screen terminal device is exceedingly unmatched with the upgrading speed of the master control device is effectively solved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: AMLOGIC (SHANGHAI) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: John Zhong, Mike Yip, Kevin Chen, Robin Zhu
  • Patent number: 10177727
    Abstract: Mechanisms for controlling an audio level of an HDMI audio system are provided, the mechanisms comprising: causing audio data to be presented by an HDMI audio system at a current system volume level; receiving a requested volume level from a second screen device; and controlling a system volume level by: (a) determining the current system volume level; (b) determining a change in volume based on a difference between the requested volume level and the current system volume level; (c) determining a direction in which to cause the system volume level to change; (d) sending a volume control message to the system using a consumer electronic control bus connected to the system indicating whether to increase or decrease the system volume level based on the determined direction of system volume change; and (e) repeating (a)-(d) until the current system volume level reaches a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Eric Jason Roberts
  • Patent number: 10148997
    Abstract: A mobile terminal and a method for controlling the same that may perform wireless communication with a video output device are disclosed. The mobile terminal comprises a wireless communication unit configured to perform wireless communication with a video output device; a touch screen; and a controller controlling the touch screen to output at least one folder to a first area of the touch screen and output an electronic program guide (EPG), which includes channel information related to the video output device, to a second area different from the first area, wherein the controller, if a predetermined touch is applied to any one of the at least one folder output to the first area, generates a virtual channel configured to output videos included in the any one folder from the video output device, and changes the EPG such that channel information corresponding to the generated virtual channel is reflected in the EPG.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sooyoung Ahn, Myoungho Jang
  • Patent number: 10129711
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for PTT over IoT is described herein. During operation each IoT device will be assigned to a talkgroup. Some talkgroups may have a single IoT device assigned, and other talkgroups may have multiple IoT devices assigned. During operation, an action command is received over a first talkgroup and a first command type is issued to a first IoT device assigned to that talkgroup. A second action command is received over a second talkgroup and a second command type is issued to a second IoT device assigned to the second talkgroup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Fabrice Saadoun, David Mizrachi, Tal Gilor, Jacob Shem Tov, Evgeny Shtein
  • Patent number: 10034314
    Abstract: Disclosed are examples of lighting devices and other devices that are equipped with a cellular transceiver that is configured to communicate using licensed cellular radio frequency spectrum in both a small-scale cellular network and a large-scale cellular communication network. By utilizing a short-range, low-power cellular transceiver setting, a lighting device facilitates communication, within the space in which the lighting device is installed, of messages between the lighting device and other types of user devices. Such an equipped lighting device may be configured to participate in the generation and delivery of different types of messages, such as data, emergency broadcast information, news and other information as well extend the reach of devices within the space in which the equipped lighting devices are located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: ABL IP HOLDING LLC
    Inventors: Sean P. White, Jack C. Rains, Jr., David P. Ramer, Januk Aggarwal
  • Patent number: 9936247
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods and apparatuses for requesting and obtaining data, in which time information is generated by use of a first device, and a data request command requesting data output by a second device is generated at a time point indicated by the time information. The generated data request command is transmitted, wherein the data request command includes the time information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Ju-yun Sung, Hee-jeong Choo, Keum-koo Lee, Ji-young Kwahk
  • Patent number: 9900644
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of processing an object for an ancillary service associated with a broadcast service. A broadcast receiver establishes a session with surrounding sub device before an object execution time and transfers an object to the sub device with reference to a trigger or an EPG including object-related information when it becomes the object execution time. The sub device executes the object. According to the present invention, a user can use a broadcast service through the broadcast receiver, and an ancillary service associated with the broadcast service through a sub device such as a smart phone or a tablet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bo-sun Jung, Sung-oh Hwang
  • Patent number: 9893695
    Abstract: Mechanisms for controlling an audio level of an HDMI audio system are provided, the mechanisms comprising: causing audio data to be presented by an HDMI audio system at a current system volume level; receiving a requested volume level from a second screen device; and controlling a system volume level by: (a) determining the current system volume level; (b) determining a change in volume based on a difference between the requested volume level and the current system volume level; (c) determining a direction in which to cause the system volume level to change; (d) sending a volume control message to the system using a consumer electronic control bus connected to the system indicating whether to increase or decrease the system volume level based on the determined direction of system volume change; and (e) repeating (a)-(d) until the current system volume level reaches a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Eric Jason Roberts
  • Patent number: 9860213
    Abstract: A gateway device including a network interface having wired and/or wireless connections to smart devices and a network access point. The gateway device also includes a processor and a memory device having a local database. The processor is configured to execute a network controller for connecting and communicating with the smart devices and the network access point, a firewall engine for enforcing firewall rules stored in the local database for filtering communication between the smart devices and the network access point, and a management interface. The management interface generates internal firewall rules based on device profile information received from a remote database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: IOMAXIS, LLC
    Inventor: David L. Branca
  • Patent number: 9854613
    Abstract: A display device configured to communicate with at least one other display device connected to a network is disclosed. The display device includes communication circuitry configured to receive unique information and a service set identifier (SSID) from each of the at least one other display device, the unique information for use in identification of each of the at least one other display device, and a controller configured to change an SSID based on a comparison between unique information of the display device and at least one piece of the received unique information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ho-yong Son
  • Patent number: 9853945
    Abstract: A gateway device including a network interface having wired and/or wireless connections to smart devices and a network access point. The gateway device also includes a processor and a memory device having a local database. The processor is configured to execute a network controller for connecting and communicating with the smart devices and the network access point, a firewall engine for enforcing firewall rules stored in the local database for filtering communication between the smart devices and the network access point, and a management interface. The management interface generates internal firewall rules based on device profile information received from a remote database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: IOMAXIS, LLC
    Inventor: David L. Branca
  • Patent number: 9820008
    Abstract: Various embodiments are directed to systems and methods for determining the current state of multiple devices that form the basis of a home entertainment system. A user may be utilizing one or more devices in the home entertainment system when an interruption occurs which may divert the user's attention away from the home entertainment system for an extended period of time. In such circumstances, the user may wish to easily store the settings of all the devices currently in use such that the session can be saved for future recall. There is no need to remember the individual device settings. The session may be stored and associated with a graphical user interface (GUI) icon and made available for later recall. When the user returns, she simply may select the GUI icon for the particular session to be restored. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bran Ferren, Cory J. Booth, Genevieve Bell
  • Patent number: 9807459
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, at a media interface device, a media selection command included in a first communication from an application executing on a processor in a display device. The method further includes transmitting a signal to a particular module of a plurality of modules of the media interface device, where the particular module is selected based on the media selection command, and where each of the plurality of modules is configured to receive media content from a corresponding media source. The method further includes sending a second communication to the application. The second communication includes a particular media content item received via the particular module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Brian Wilson, Douglas Alman, Todd Andrew Fryer, Nicholas Nicas, Charles D. Turner, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9729811
    Abstract: A smart TV is provided. The smart TV has a network interface, configured to connect the smart TV with a mobile device via a network; and a processing unit, configured to execute a first remote virtual keyboard application for activating a remote virtual keyboard mode of the smart TV; wherein the processing unit further generates an input interface comprising a first virtual keyboard when the smart TV generates an input column in response to an input demand; wherein when the remote virtual keyboard mode of the smart TV is activated and there is the input demand, the processing unit hides the first virtual keyboard without being displayed, and uses the mobile device to replace the hidden first virtual keyboard for accepting input from a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Wistron Corp.
    Inventor: Shao-Wei Pan
  • Patent number: 9699227
    Abstract: In a media server, a registration processing block registers a client apparatus connectable to the media server and an information provision block provides information related with the registered client apparatus to an information processing apparatus. In the information processing apparatus, when an information acquisition block acquires information related with two or more client apparatuses, then a display processing block generates display data for displaying type identification information and device identification information for each client apparatus. The type identification information is a name of the client apparatus and the device identification information is a MAC address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Yoshinori Ohashi, Kiyoto Shibuya, Hiroyuki Kawahara
  • Patent number: 9668004
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a media processor having a controller to record stereoscopic media content supplied by a multimedia system, receive from a communication device a request for the recorded stereoscopic media content, determine rendering capabilities of the communication device, generate transcoded content by transcoding the recorded stereoscopic media content according to the rendering capabilities of the communication device, and transmit to the communication device the transcoded content. Other embodiments are disclosed and contemplated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Troy C. Meuninck, James Carlton Bedingfield, Sr., William A. Brown, David Brux Delorme, Nadia Morris, Virginia S. Ng
  • Patent number: 9647621
    Abstract: Mechanisms for controlling an audio level of an HDMI audio system are provided, the mechanisms comprising: causing audio data to be presented by an HDMI audio system at a current system volume level; receiving a requested volume level from a second screen device; and controlling a system volume level by: (a) determining the current system volume level; (b) determining a change in volume based on a difference between the requested volume level and the current system volume level; (c) determining a direction in which to cause the system volume level to change; (d) sending a volume control message to the system using a consumer electronic control bus connected to the system indicating whether to increase or decrease the system volume level based on the determined direction of system volume change; and (e) repeating (a)-(d) until the current system volume level reaches a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Eric Jason Roberts
  • Patent number: 9602862
    Abstract: Access to programs using network connected digital video recording devices is disclosed. A DVR causes display of a content guide including a unit identification area. When the unit identification area is updated, the content guide also updates to reflect programs available on the currently selected DVR. The content guide of a remotely connected DVR can thus be displayed, from which programs are selected for playback. Playback can be resumed from a point at which a viewer terminated viewing, either at the local or remote location, or from the beginning of the program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: THE DIRECTV GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: M. Kent Williams, Robert N. Lee, Bruce A. Garcia
  • Patent number: 9549227
    Abstract: In particular embodiments, one or more computer systems of a social-networking system provide social content for display in a mobile application running on a mobile device of a user of the social-networking system. The mobile application is configured to display the social content and an interface for selecting media content to view on a display device. The social content is from a social graph of the social-networking system. The social graph includes nodes and edges connecting the nodes. The nodes include user nodes that are each associated with a particular user of the social-networking system. The one or more computer systems of the social-networking system receive an indication from the mobile application that an option to view particular media content has been selected and provide one or more instructions to display the selected particular media content on the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Colin Cameron Brennan Campbell, David Harry Garcia, Mark Heynen, Michael John McKenzie Toksvig, Erick Tseng, Yoon Kean Wong
  • Patent number: 9516382
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for content directory server presentation is described. The method includes connecting a device to media content sources, identifying a media content source as a temporary content source, the temporary content source not permanently connected to the home network, scanning, at a periodic rate, the media content source to identify media content, the rate being higher than a rate for a media content source that is not a temporary content source, and updating a catalog of media content available to the media device based on scanning the media content source. The apparatus includes a receiver scanning media content sources to identify available media content, and a controller determining if a media content source is not permanently connected to the home network, the controller increasing a periodic rate of scanning if the at least one media content source is not permanently connected to the home network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: THOMSON LICENSING
    Inventors: Adam Paugh, Kerry Calvert, Kevin Barefoot
  • Patent number: 9503334
    Abstract: Performance thresholds are defined for operators in a flow graph for a streaming application. A streams manager deploys the flow graph to one or more virtual machines (VMs). The performance of each portion of the flow graph on each VM is monitored. A VM is selected. When the performance of the portion of the flow graph in the selected VM does not satisfy the defined performance threshold(s), a determination is made regarding whether the portion of the flow graph is underperforming or overperforming. When the portion of the flow graph is underperforming, the portion of the flow graph is split into multiple portions that are implemented on multiple VMs. When the portion of the flow graph is overperforming, a determination is made of whether a neighbor VM is also overperforming. When a neighbor VM is also overperforming, the two VMs may be coalesced into a single VM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Lance Bragstad, Michael J. Branson, Bin Cao, James E. Carey, Mathew R. Odden
  • Patent number: 9495072
    Abstract: A system and method for sharing content is provided. A system incorporating teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a housing and a wide area network (WAN) connector extending from the housing. The system may also include a graphical user interface (GUI) engine located within the housing. In practice, the GUI engine may be operable to initiate an outputting of a first list navigable with a remote control and a second list navigable with the remote control. The remote control may be a Set Top Box (STB) remote control and the first list may be configured to facilitate remote control-based navigation. The first list may contain an identifier for at least one piece of selectable content, which may be, for example, photographs, videos, songs, etc. The second list may include an alias for at least one available share partner. In practice, a user of the system may want to give a share partner revocable access to some portion of selectable content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Philip T. Kortum, Marc A. Sullivan, James L. Cansler, Jr., Alyssa Lenorah Noll Williams
  • Patent number: 9456235
    Abstract: A social networking system enables cable television viewers to watch television programs as a virtual group, each watching within his/her own home, while simultaneously communicating with one another, for example, via voice and/or video chat. The system enables a viewer to find friends, or other like-minded viewers not acquainted with the viewer, for virtual communal viewing parties. The system can enable participants in a viewing party to synchronize viewing sessions enabling each participant to share in a common viewing experience. The system can also enable a system operator to recognize communal viewing groups and enable more effective advertisement targeting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: CSC Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Jonathan Greenfield
  • Patent number: 9438490
    Abstract: Performance thresholds are defined for operators in a flow graph for a streaming application. A streams manager deploys the flow graph to one or more virtual machines (VMs). The performance of each portion of the flow graph on each VM is monitored. A VM is selected. When the performance of the portion of the flow graph in the selected VM does not satisfy the defined performance threshold(s), a determination is made regarding whether the portion of the flow graph is underperforming or overperforming. When the portion of the flow graph is underperforming, the portion of the flow graph is split into multiple portions that are implemented on multiple VMs. When the portion of the flow graph is overperforming, a determination is made of whether a neighbor VM is also overperforming. When a neighbor VM is also overperforming, the two VMs may be coalesced into a single VM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Lance Bragstad, Michael J. Branson, Bin Cao, James E. Carey, Mathew R. Odden
  • Patent number: 9374614
    Abstract: Signals may be communicated between a video source and a video rendering device via and asymmetrical multi-rate Ethernet physical layer (PHY). The asymmetric multi-rate PHY may support multiple rates. The asymmetrical multi-rate Ethernet PHY may handle compressed and/or uncompressed, encrypted and/or unencrypted video signals and may handle audio/video bridging. One or more of the communicated signals may be modified by an echo cancellation operation, a near end cross talk (NEXT) cancellation operation, equalization, a far end cross talk (FEXT) cancellation operation and/or a forward error correction (FEC) operation. An aggregate communication rate may be evenly or unevenly distributed among one or more links coupling the video signal source to the video rendering device. A plurality of links coupling the video signal source to said video rendering device may also be aggregated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: BROADCOM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Wael Diab, Yong Kim, Scott Powell
  • Patent number: 9277101
    Abstract: An approach for enabling users to generate an interpolated view of content based on footage captured by multiple cameras is described. An interpolation platform receives a plurality of images from a plurality of video cameras providing overlapping fields of view. A camera angle that is different from angles provided by the plurality of cameras is selected. The interpolation platform then generates an interpolated image corresponding to the selected camera angle using a portion or all of the plurality of images from the plurality of cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Paul V. Hubner, Robert A. Clavenna, II, Kristopher A. Pate, Steven T. Archer
  • Patent number: 9274667
    Abstract: A content receiver may establish a communication connection with an entertainment system component. Utilizing the communication connection, the content receiver may control the entertainment system component in order to synchronize user interfaces the content receiver is operable to provide with user interfaces the entertainment system component is operable to provide. Hence, the user interfaces provided by the various entertainment system components may more closely resemble user interfaces of the content receiver, reducing user confusion. The content receiver may synchronize such user interfaces by altering software of the entertainment system component. In altering the software, the content receiver may replace or modify the software to change one or more aspects of one or more entertainment system user interfaces to that of one or more aspects of a content receiver user interface. The aspects may include visual properties, audio properties, and so on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Echostar Ukraine L.L.C.
    Inventors: Hans Meijer, Zane Eaton
  • Patent number: 9264670
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing a user input back channel (UIBC) in an audio/video (AV) source device and an AV sink device communicating according to a wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi) display (WFD) standard is provided. The method includes: setting up an AV control session and an AV data session between the AV source devices according to the WFD standards; enabling the UIBC from the AV sink device to the AV source device by using the AV control session; and transmitting a user input from the AV sink device to the AV source device through the UIBC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jae-min Lee, Il-ju Na
  • Patent number: 9201844
    Abstract: A telematics system can include a processor, installed in a vehicle, ship, or other mode of transport of people, configured to identify an error state of an telematics component providing a telematics service. The processor can also be configured to communicate the error state to a logger component via a logging message. The logger component may be configured to generate a log file based on the logging message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Harman Becker Automotive Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Teodora Guenkova-Luy, Ralph Goeckelmann, Martin Clauss, Andreas Klimke, Oliver Abt, Felix Seibold
  • Patent number: 9185451
    Abstract: Detailed herein is a technology which, among other things, allows for storage and playback of interactive user elements in a television stream. In one approach to this technology, a content data stream, including a television program and a user experience element, is received. This content data stream is transformed, and the transformed data stream is examined, to identify which packets are associated with the user experience element. Those packets are then passed to a handler appropriate for the user experience element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Gabriel Gottlieb, Kenneth Reneris
  • Patent number: 9122317
    Abstract: According to an aspect, an electronic device includes a display unit, an operation unit, and a control unit. The display unit displays a screen corresponding to an application during execution thereof. The operation unit is operated in order to input a character. When an operation for a character input is performed through the operation unit while the screen corresponding to the application is displayed on the display unit, the control unit displays an input character on the display unit while maintaining a state in which the screen corresponding to the application before the character is input is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: KYOCERA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomohiro Sudo, Atsuo Chiba, Nayu Nomachi, Hideko Murakami, Hiroaki Miura
  • Patent number: 9123235
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a control apparatus and a method, a recording medium and a program, which enable to control at least one first device more efficiently and quickly through the use of a second device. The control apparatus stores at least one first operation panel information corresponding to the at least one first device received from the second device; detects the at least one first device; determines whether the at least one first operation panel information remains stored in the control apparatus; displays at least one first operation panel based on the at least one first operation panel information if the at least one first operation panel information remains stored in the control apparatus; and controls the at least one first device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroshi Kakuda
  • Patent number: 9084027
    Abstract: An Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) system and an implementation method thereof are disclosed. The method includes: installing a wireless data card in a television Set Top Box (STB) device through a personal computer (PC), establishing a connection with the STB device, and starting the wireless data card to wirelessly access to the IPTV network; accessing to the IPTV network resources through the PC or the STB device, implementing the IPTV service. This solution realizes that the IPTV user terminal device can access to the network wirelessly so that the IPTV terminal device have mobility in space, thus extending the application scenarios of the IPTV system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: ZTE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jianning Wu, Zhenzhong Liao
  • Patent number: 9043817
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a set top box (STB) comprising a controller programmed to receive measurement data stored in a first wireless device serving as a portable monitoring gateway that collects subscriber collected data and store and analyze the measurement data at the STB using the received measurement data received from the first wireless device and optionally from a remote server or a local storage space having stored measurement data to provide analyzed results. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: James Fan, Jennifer K. Lam
  • Patent number: 9043847
    Abstract: A playback apparatus to play back content data including sound data includes an instruction operating portion to detect an instruction operation that instructs execution of prescribed processing, a hold operating portion to detect a hold setting operation that sets a state of not accepting the instruction operation to the instruction operating portion, a state control portion to set the state of not accepting the instruction operation to the instruction operating portion if the hold setting operation is detected by the hold operating portion, and a video processing portion to perform processing for displaying a video. If the video processing portion performs processing for displaying the video when the hold setting operation is detected, the state control portion controls the video processing portion to suspend at least a part of processing for displaying the video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Takashi Kinouchi
  • Publication number: 20150143433
    Abstract: A wireless system (1) includes: a wireless adapter (10) including a first retaining section which retains identification information for distinguishing the wireless system (1) from another wireless system; and a wireless adapter (20) including (a) a second retaining section (24) which retains identification information identical to the identification information retained by the first retaining section (14) and (b) an executing section (22) which executes a received command only in a case where the received command contains identification information identical to the identification information retained by the second retaining section (24).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shohji Takada, Hiroshi Hasegawa, Yoshinori Satoh
  • Publication number: 20150143434
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a multimedia content self-adaptive method and a multimedia playing system, wherein the multimedia content self-adaptive method includes: obtaining context information; solving the media content adaptation problem according to the obtained context information. Applying the multimedia content self-adaptive method and multimedia playing system provided by the present technology, the content adaptation for the AV playing environment can be realized under the UPnP AV standard, thereby providing intelligent multimedia services.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: HAIER GROUP CO.
    Inventors: RUICHUN TANG, CHAO LIU, YILI ZHAI
  • Publication number: 20150143408
    Abstract: A content service provider can transmit a plurality of content streams each including audio, video, or audio-video content to a plurality of premises. In addition, the content service provider can transmit one or more command streams, along with the plurality of content streams over a common content distribution network. The one or more command streams may each include a repeating set of premises automation commands. The premises automation commands may be sent to one or more appropriate systems if a user selects a channel associated with the corresponding command stream. Each set of premises automation commands may be configured to instruct a system at a premises to perform a function. The commands may, for example, instruct a lighting system to turn on/off lights, a security system to enter an arm or disarm operational state, a thermostat to adjust its temperature, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: COMCAST CABLE COMMUNICATIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Sallas
  • Patent number: 9038108
    Abstract: An approach provides management of digital assets. A digital asset is transmitted to one of a plurality of devices configured to support instant communications. The digital asset can be shared among the devices within the instant communications environment. A portal is provided for users of the devices to manage respective instant communications accounts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Douglas McCausland, David Horner, Jonathan L. Discount
  • Publication number: 20150135238
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described herein for automatically detecting and pushing content to a second user device in response to determining that a first user device is simultaneously presenting multiple media assets. For example, in response to determining that a first user device is presenting a mosaic display, a media guidance application may automatically search for a second user device in which to present the program. In response to detecting the second user device, the media guidance application may then automatically push, or present an option to push, the program to the second user device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: UNITED VIDEO PROPERTIES, INC.
    Inventor: Vanessa Wickenkamp
  • Patent number: 9032450
    Abstract: A method is provided comprising: receiving a constant bit rate video stream representing a single video from a video source via a managed broadband connection; converting the constant bit rate video stream into a single non-adaptive bit rate video stream by modifying a video transport stack of the video to be compatible with a home device media player video transport stack; modifying a video control stack of the video to be compatible with a device in a home network; adding a home networking transport stack to the video stream, wherein the home networking transport stack is such that it would appear to the device in the home network as if the video stream came from a server local to the home network; and delivering the video stream to a device in the home network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Glenn Algie, Alan Messer
  • Patent number: 9032451
    Abstract: A system and method for displaying data related to a content displayed through a set top box includes a second screen device generating a content information request signal requesting data corresponding to the content, communicates the content information request signal to the set top box. The set top box communicates a content information signal to the second screen device comprising a content identifier. The second screen device generates a request for related data signal corresponding to the content using the content identifier, communicates the request for related data signal through a network, receives aggregated related content data corresponding to the content from a data services center and displays the aggregated related content data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Don E. Cansino, Brady C. Tsurutani, Earl J. Bonovich, Charles W. Beeson
  • Publication number: 20150121434
    Abstract: An electronic device (1) includes a function information acquiring portion (12) acquiring function information of another electronic device (2) and a common function recognizing portion (12) recognizing a common function between functions of another electronic device and functions of the electronic device itself (1), and the recognized common function is executed by a selected electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Yoshiharu Shimizu
  • Publication number: 20150121433
    Abstract: A media sharing system includes a television system and at least a first set of smart phone and smart watch owned by a first user and a second set of smart phone and smart watch owned by a second user. Smart watches are connectable to the television system. One of the smart phones is employed as a remote control device. The media sharing system can access media assets stored in all of the smart watches using the smart phone as the remote control. In one implementation, the users need to play a game and the winner will use his or her smart phone to control the media item delivery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Yang Pan
  • Patent number: 9014536
    Abstract: [Problem] In a system for transmitting content data from a content reproducing apparatus to a content output apparatus, no complicated signal processing is required, setting change operations can be simplified, and the degradation of sound quality and the degradation of picture quality of video data are prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: D&M Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Yoshikazu Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9015757
    Abstract: A merged program guide which includes program metadata from a plurality of different media controllers. A first media controller receives program metadata that identifies a first plurality of programs. The first plurality of programs corresponds to a first content package provided by a content provider. A first program record identifying a first program of the first plurality of programs is generated. The first program record includes first program metadata associated with the first program. The first program metadata is transmitted onto a network to make the first program metadata available to a second media controller. The first media controller receives second program metadata associated with a second program of a second plurality of programs which correspond to a second content package associated with the second media controller. The first program metadata and the second program metadata are stored in a program guide on the first media controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Eloy Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Juan A. Pons, Hugh Svendsen, Eugene Matthew Farrelly, Scott Curtis, Harold Sutherland
  • Patent number: 9015776
    Abstract: Vehicular entertainment systems where devices in the systems can each utilize a common type of storage units are presented. A vehicular entertainment system can include a media server head unit in communication over a network with a plurality of media players that are installed about the cabin of a vehicle. Media content can be stored on a plurality of field replaceable storage units where each of the storage units can be installed in any one of the players or the server. Each of the storage units can store a substantially identical content set including passenger content, player content, server content, crew content, or other types of content. The server or players can be restricted from accessing content to which they lack rights, possibly based on a location identifier that indicates roles or responsibilities of the players at their installed location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Systems and Software Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Randall Bird, Kevin Cote, Rodney Farley, Joseph Renton