Using Wireless Link Patents (Class 725/81)
  • Patent number: 11133867
    Abstract: An image display device configured to obtain device identification information corresponding to a peripheral device connected to the image display device and control a wireless communicator to transmit search data corresponding to the peripheral device to a control device of the image display device based on the device identification information, and to determine pairing data and control code information corresponding to the peripheral device, based on the device identification information, upon receiving response data from the control device, and transmit the pairing data and the control code information to the control device through the wireless communicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Haekwang Lee
  • Patent number: 10993274
    Abstract: In some implementations a system can be configured to reduce the burden of pairing user devices with playback devices. For example, all users (or user devices) who commonly operate within a particular environment (e.g., a home) can be configured as authorized users of playback devices within the particular environment. When one of the authorized users pairs a user device with a playback device, all of the user devices for all authorized users can be automatically paired with the playback device as a result of the single pairing. Thus, only a single authorized user is burdened with the pairing process in order to pair all authorized users with the playback device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Deepak Iyer, Thomas Alsina, Edward T. Schmidt, Elena Leyfman, David P. Saracino, Astrid Yi, Adam A. Sonnanstine, Jonathan A. Bennett, Gregory R. Chapman, Aparna S. Akella, Shreyas Nandagudi Sreesha
  • Patent number: 10937308
    Abstract: In response to a detected presence of an intended target appliance within a logical topography of controllable appliances identity information associated with the intended target appliance is used to automatically add to a graphical user interface of a controlling device an icon representative of the intended target appliance and to create at a Universal Control Engine a listing of communication methods for use in controlling corresponding functional operations of the intended target appliance. When the icon is later activated, the controlling device is placed into an operating state appropriate for controlling functional operations of the intended target appliance while the Universal Control Engine uses at least one of the communication methods to transmit at least one command to place the intended target appliance into a predetermined operating state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Paul D. Arling, Brian Barnett
  • Patent number: 10834163
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, obtaining live video content from equipment of a media content provider, determining priority content within the live video content; segmenting the live video content into a plurality of tiles according to the priority content, and transcoding the live video content according to a type of client device. Further embodiments include determining an encoding schedule for the plurality of tiles according to the priority content, encoding the plurality of tiles according to the encoding schedule, and providing the plurality of tiles to the client device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Bo Han, Sassan Pejhan, Vijay Gopalakrishnan
  • Patent number: 10819711
    Abstract: A data access method, a UE and a server are provided. The data access method includes: acquiring, by the UE, authentication data from an NFC circuit; transmitting, by the UE, the authentication data to a second NFC circuit of the server for authentication via a network connection between the UE and the server; and in the case that the UE has been authenticated successfully, transmitting, by the UE, a data access request to the server via the network connection, and accessing to-be-accessed data that corresponds to the data access request and is transmitted by the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Litong Han
  • Patent number: 10790922
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are described for regenerating a local clock within a wireless module and synchronizing the local clock with a wireless host clock. For one embodiment, the wireless module generates a local clock, counts the cycles of the clock during a common timing reference period maintained wirelessly between the wireless module and the host, receives a count of the host clock during the same common timing reference period, and adjusts the local clock signal based upon a comparison of the two counts. For one embodiment, the wireless module further receives timing references from the host and, in addition, receives packets of audio samples from the host accompanied by a timestamp, the timestamp based upon the host timing reference, and outputs the audio sample at the time designated by the timestamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: JAWB ACQUISITION LLC
    Inventor: William Sheet
  • Patent number: 10771898
    Abstract: Systems, methods, devices and non-transitory, computer-readable storage mediums are disclosed for location-tracking wireless devices. In an embodiment, a method performed by an electronic device comprises: playing, or initiating the playing of, a sound through a loudspeaker of an accessory device via a communication link. The sound is played at a specified frequency that utilizes a frequency response of the loudspeaker (or loudspeaker plus speaker enclosure). The sound is received through two or more microphones of the electronic device and filtered by one or more filters. The one or more filters are configured to pass the sound at or around the specified frequency and to reduce masking of the sound by ambient noise. The filtered sound is associated with direction data generated from sensor data provided by one or more inertial sensors of the electronic device. In another embodiment, the specified frequency is higher than the maximum human hearing range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sorin V. Dusan, Raghunandan K. Pai, Scott Lopatin, Tommy Rochette, Navin Bindiganavile Suparna, Emmanuel Lalande, Siva Ganesh Movva, Robert Watson, Scott Grinker
  • Patent number: 10764395
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method, computer program product, and computing system is provided for managing quality of experience for communication sessions. In an implementation, a method may include determining a participant focus metric for each of a plurality of participants of a communication session. The method may also include identifying one of the plurality of participants of the communication session as having sufficient capacity to support the communication session based upon, at least in part, the participant focus metric for each of the plurality of participants of the communication session. The method may also include selecting the one of the plurality of participants having a sufficient capacity to support the communication session as a selected focus for the communication session. The method may further include adaptively implementing a centralized communication session architecture utilizing the selected focus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hitham Ahmed Assem Aly Salama, Jonathan Dunne, James P. Galvin, Jr., Patrick J. O'Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10728584
    Abstract: A point of view multimedia provision may be provided. Embodiments of the provision may enable entities to integrate detection devices within a venue for data capture. The provision may further enable entities to implement access points to receive and transmit captured data from the detection devices. Users of the provision may use embodiments to ingest, analyze and process the data according to certain rules. Subsequently, the processed data may be combined into point-of-view content provided to end users. End users may use embodiments of the provision to request specific point of view content, receive such requested content, manipulate the content and provide feedback based on the provided content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: FieldCast, LLC
    Inventors: Saeed Z Anwar, Tenzing P Tshering
  • Patent number: 10721507
    Abstract: A method of content transaction consensus includes receiving a request to initiate a transaction for play of video or audio content, the request being received from a data network connected device having a native player. The transaction is validated by consensus in a peer-to-peer network that maintains a distributed ledger, and a record of the transaction is stored in the distributed ledger only when the transaction is validated. The record including a reference file for the video or audio content with a plurality of player control parameter values and linking data for one or more designated content sources outside the peer-to-peer network. And the method includes providing access to the reference file by the data network connected device to enable the data network connected device to play the video or audio content using the reference file and a content data file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Linius (Aust) Pty Ltd.
    Inventors: Finbar O'Hanlon, Christopher W. Richardson, Gavin Campion
  • Patent number: 10708351
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a media distribution system having a controller to identify a plurality of media presentation devices of a user of the media distribution system, identify one or more distribution preferences supplied by the user for distributing media content to the plurality of media presentation devices, receive media content from one of a plurality of media sources of the user, determine a media content type from the received media content, and distribute the received media content to one or more of the plurality of media presentation devices according to the one or more distribution preferences and the media content type. The one or more distribution preferences comprise in part media content distribution arrangements assigned by the user between the plurality of media sources of the user and the plurality of media presentation devices of the user. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Lyft, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott White, James Cansler, Ian C. Schmehl
  • Patent number: 10695672
    Abstract: A method of and system for handling latency issues encountered in producing real-time entertainment such as games of skill synchronized with live or taped televised events is described herein. There are multiple situations that are dealt with regarding latencies in receiving a television signal with respect to real-time entertainment based on the unfolding games played along with the telecasts. Systemic delays, arbitrarily imposed delays of a broadcast signal and variances in the precise broadcast times of taped television programs have to be equalized so as to provide fair entertainment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Winview, Inc.
    Inventors: David B. Lockton, Mark K. Berner, Mark J. Micheli, David Lowe
  • Patent number: 10666698
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for a service for selecting the bandwidth of a media stream. The service correlates the buffer state of a client with previously communicated portions of the stream. The service then determines a bit rate for subsequent portions of the stream. A manifest may be generated indicating a source for content at the determined bit rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Marc Joliveau, Justin Michael Binns, Matthew James Bordenet, Patrik Schnell, Charles Benjamin Franklin Waggoner
  • Patent number: 10652607
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for content, media and data delivery and access between devices of a premises and one or more portable media devices. In one embodiment, the apparatus comprises a media bridge between a portable media device (PMD) and a user's home network and/or home devices (e.g., set-top boxes, DVRs, etc.)). The apparatus is adapted to convert content stored on a PMD to a format capable of being rendered on a home device which may then store or playback the content. Control of the presentation is also provided by the bridging apparatus. The apparatus may also be adapted to transfer content from the home device to the PMD for storage or playback. In another embodiment, the apparatus may function within a home network having a trusted domain to provide content between a plurality devices on the network (and in the domain) and the PMD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC
    Inventors: Chris Cholas, William L. Helms, Jeffrey P. Markley
  • Patent number: 10616303
    Abstract: The disclosure presents a method and a communication system comprising; an audio gateway including; a first wireless interface configured to transmit and receive an audio signal via a first communication link, a processing unit configured to transfer the audio signal into an audio streaming signal, a second wireless interface configured to transmit the audio streaming signal via a second communication link, a plurality of communication units comprising a master communication unit and at least a first slave communication unit, wherein each of the communication unit comprises: a first wireless interface configured to receive the audio streaming signal via the second communication link and to communicate with a communication unit, a speaker configured to sound the audio streaming signal received from the audio gateway, a memory unit, and wherein the master communication unit is configured to transmit a pairing request via the second communication link to the audio gateway, and the audio gateway transmits then an
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: SENNHEISER COMMUNICATIONS A/S
    Inventors: Torben Christiansen, Svend Feldt, Bjarne Klemmensen
  • Patent number: 10602558
    Abstract: A detection result acquiring apparatus includes a first operation object detection unit, a comparison section, and a processing section. The first operation object detection unit is configured to detect a first number of operation objects. The comparison section is configured to compare the first number with a second number representing a number of operation objects a second operation object detection unit is can detect obtain a comparison result. The processing section is configured to perform processing based on the comparison result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kunihiko Miyake, Sho Amano, Tomoya Yamaura
  • Patent number: 10575048
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for implementing media content streaming or playback, and, more particularly, for implementing video tuning and wireless video communication. In various embodiments, a media player, which might include an integrated wireless video link system, might receive an encoded video signal from a media content source(s) (and/or a corresponding database(s). The media player might decode the received video signal, might establish a wireless communications link between the media player and one or more display devices via the integrated wireless video link system, and might send the decoded video signal to the one or more display devices (and/or one or more user devices) via the wireless communications link established by the integrated wireless video link system. In some cases, the media player might perform one or more of these processed in response to user input received via the user devices or via the media player's user interface(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Michael D. Sprenger, Zubin Ingah
  • Patent number: 10575342
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to systems and methods for controlling media content with a wireless device in a wireless communication network via a media content streaming device communicatively coupled to an access point in a multi-room environment. Users associated with client computing platforms may obtain authentication to the wireless communication network via the access point. Upon gaining access to wireless communication network, users may be able to access the Internet using their client computing platforms. Users may be able to effectuate a wireless data communication session between their client computing platforms and media content streaming devices. Users may be able to control the media content streamed by the media content streaming device onto a media content display device. The access point may be connected to the media content streaming device via a dongle-type connector. Associations between media content streaming devices and client computing platforms may be maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: VTV Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Bret Hruby, Michael Zhao
  • Patent number: 10555042
    Abstract: A mobile terminal has a communication processing unit that transmits, to a video display apparatus for displaying a broadcasted video content, a request for setting a viewing schedule of the video content. A storage unit stores a starting time of the video content for which the setting of the viewing schedule has been requested; and an information provision unit provides information to a user of the mobile terminal. A control unit determines whether the video display apparatus is existent around the mobile terminal. At a first predetermined time before the starting time, the information provision unit notifies the user of the first predetermined time. If the video display apparatus is not existent around the mobile terminal at a second predetermined time before the starting time, the information provision unit then notifies the user that it is the second predetermined time before the starting time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Maxell, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masayuki Hirabayashi, Motoyuki Suzuki, Hideo Nishijima
  • Patent number: 10554559
    Abstract: A Multicast Adaptive Bitrate (MABR) Bandwidth Control Agent (BCA) configured to manage bandwidth of a plurality of MABR data streams in an Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) over Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS) system, wherein a bandwidth bottleneck exists on either an inbound, IP-network side of a Cable Modem Termination System (CMTS) or on an outbound, DOCSIS/RF-network side of the CMTS. The MABR BCA configures multiple virtual pipes on the inbound, IP-network side of the CMTS when the bottleneck is on the outbound, DOCSIS/RF-network side of the CMTS. One virtual pipe is configured for each service group to manage the bandwidth per service group for output RF ports on the CMTS. When the bottleneck is on the inbound, IP-network side of the CMTS, the MABR BCA configures one virtual pipe on the inbound, IP-network side to manage the bandwidth for input Ethernet ports on the CMTS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSON (PUBL)
    Inventors: Chris Phillips, Raj Nair, Prabhudev Navali
  • Patent number: 10547686
    Abstract: A display apparatus having a communicator configured to communicate with an external device; a display; and a controller configured to receive schedule information about reproduction of a plurality of pieces of content from the external device, determine whether second content to be reproduced following first content is completely downloadable until a reproducing completion time of the first content based on the received schedule information, download the second content while reproducing the first content if it is determined that the second content is completely downloadable, and start downloading the second content instead of reproducing first content if it is determined that the second content is not completely downloadable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seung-eon Kim, Himanshu Anand, Se-hee Kang, Dong-hwan Kim, Tae-woon Jeong, Pepalavenkata Sunil
  • Patent number: 10496235
    Abstract: Applications on a computing device provide notifications associated with the application to a notification system. A notification includes an identification of content to be presented for the notification and an indication of when the content is to be presented. The notification system presents the notification content at the appropriate time regardless of whether the application is executing and without resuming execution of the application if the application is not running. Various power efficiency techniques are also used to determine which notifications are presented and when a user interface is updated to reflect those notifications in order to avoid updating the user interface to reflect notifications that would not be observable (e.g., due to a power mode of the computing device).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin Michael Woley, Won Hee Lee, Gaurav S. Anand, Nathan J. Kuchta, Evgeny Skarbovsky, Chandramouli N. Srinivasan
  • Patent number: 10489106
    Abstract: Systems, devices, apparatuses, components, methods, and techniques for media content playback during travel are provided. An example method of generating a user interface for a media playback device. The method includes the step of displaying a first user interface screen in a first display format. The first display format including graphical representations of a plurality of selectable controls. The method also includes the step of determining that the media playback device is travelling and after determining that the media playback device is travelling, converting the first user interface screen to a second display format. The second display format includes fewer graphical representations of the plurality of selectable controls than the first display format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: SPOTIFY AB
    Inventors: Sten Garmark, Fredrik Schmidt, Johan Oskarsson, Caroline Arkenson, Shervin Shoravi, Adam Price, Daniel Choe
  • Patent number: 10432298
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for dynamically balancing traffic loads in a communications system (such as satellite communications systems), based on a control of collision rates via the real-time control of throughput of channels of the communications system (such as a real time throughput of random access channels in a satellite network). The method and apparatus generates and transmits to remote nodes or terminals an operating probability based on the determined throughput for transmission using the communications channel. Also, the method and apparatus includes receiving by at least one terminal the generated operating probability and determining by the at least one terminal a transmission probability for the communications channel based upon the received operating probability, which can further be adjusted by one or more of a received upper or lower limit of the generated operating probability or a collision rate for the communications channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Hughes Network Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Jun Xu, John Border, Robert Torres, George Choquette
  • Patent number: 10382816
    Abstract: Systems and methods for implementing a Transport I/O system are described. Network encrypted content may be received by a device. The device may provide the network encrypted content to a secure processor, such as, for example, a smart card. The secure processor obtains a network control work that may be used to decrypt the network encrypted content. The secure processor may decrypt the network encrypted content to produce clear content. In embodiments, the secure processor may then use a local control word to generate locally encrypted content specific to the device. The device may then receive the locally encrypted content from the secure processor and proceed to decrypt the locally encrypted content using a shared local encryption key. The transport I/O system ensures the protection of the network control word by maintaining the network control word on the secure processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: NAGRASTAR, LLC
    Inventors: William Michael Beals, Nicolas Fischer, Benjamin Brian Ellis, Gregory Duval
  • Patent number: 10349456
    Abstract: A video communication system includes a video transmission terminal and a video reception terminal. In the video transmission terminal, a first control unit causes the video transmission terminal to be disconnected from a first network by controlling a first communication session control unit. After the video transmission terminal is disconnected from the first network, the first control unit causes the video transmission terminal to start an operation as an access point by controlling the first communication session control unit and causes the first communication session control unit to create a second network. The first control unit causes the first video session control unit to establish a video session with the video reception terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuyuki Shibuya
  • Patent number: 10349110
    Abstract: A commercial television-interfacing dongle and system and method for use of the same are disclosed. In one embodiment, a wireless transceiver is located within a housing, which also interconnectively includes a television input, television output, a processor, memory, a control interface, and a universal serial bus (USB) interface. The control interface and the USB interface connect to the commercial television. The commercial television interfacing dongle may establish a pairing with a proximate wireless-enabled interactive programmable device having a display and receive and process virtual remote control functionality input instructions from the proximate wireless-enabled interactive programmable device. Following receipt and processing of the virtual remote control functionality input instructions, the commercial television-interfacing dongle sends a command to the commercial television via a commercial television control protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Enseo, Inc.
    Inventors: Bill Fang, Vanessa Ogle
  • Patent number: 10306700
    Abstract: A disclosed example method to setup a Groupcast with Retries service for use with wireless communications involves sending an association response from an access point to a wireless station, the association response being responsive to a General Link capability of the wireless station received in an association request at the access point from the wireless station; and operating the access point to concurrently establish a General Link and the Groupcast with Retries service between the access point and the wireless station based on the association request indicating that the wireless station supports the Groupcast with Retries service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Intel IP Corporation
    Inventor: Ganesh Venkatesan
  • Patent number: 10291874
    Abstract: An apparatus according to one aspect of the present disclosure includes: one or more memories, and circuitry which, in operation; decodes a video stream to generate a first video signal with a first luminance range; acquires characteristic data indicating the luminance range of the first video signal; converts the characteristic data into control information according to a predetermined transmission protocol; and outputs the control information in accordance with the predetermined transmission protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tadamasa Toma, Masayuki Kozuka, Takahiro Nishi, Kengo Terada
  • Patent number: 10275783
    Abstract: A method for providing information in a content providing system is provided, which includes generating public information and personalized information regarding content, identifying a first display apparatus corresponding to the public information, identifying a second display apparatus corresponding to the personalized information, transmitting the public information the first display apparatus, and transmitting the personalized information to the second display apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Hyun-joo Oh, Sun-ae Kim, Hyung-rae Cho, Ji-Young Kwahk
  • Patent number: 10230995
    Abstract: A point of view multimedia provision may be provided. Embodiments of the provision may enable entities to integrate detection devices within a venue for data capture. The provision may further enable entities to implement access points to receive and transmit captured data from the detection devices. Users of the provision may use embodiments to ingest, analyze and process the data according to certain rules. Subsequently, the processed data may be combined into point-of-view content provided to end users. End users may use embodiments of the provision to request specific point of view content, receive such requested content, manipulate the content and provide feedback based on the provided content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: FIELDCAST LLC
    Inventors: Saeed Z. Anwar, Tenzing P. Tshering
  • Patent number: 10225615
    Abstract: A set-top box with enhanced content and system and method for use of the same are disclosed. In one embodiment, a wireless transceiver is located within a housing, which also interconnectively includes a television input, television output, a processor, and memory. The set-top box may establish a pairing with a proximate wireless-enabled interactive programmable device having a display. Content, such music, for example, may be imported from the proximate wireless-enabled interactive programmable device and provided to the television. While the music is playing, the set-top box may generate and provide to the television a control signal that includes instructions to adjust the brightness of the television by dimming the television.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Enseo, Inc.
    Inventors: Vanessa Ogle, Edward H. Wolfe
  • Patent number: 10171531
    Abstract: Continuing electronic media entertainment on a personal electronic device (PED) after completion of a travel segment. Streaming characteristics for streaming of an electronic media item to a PED on board an aircraft via a first connection may be monitored and, if streaming of the remaining portion of the electronic media item will exceed the remaining travel time, trigger some or all of an excess portion of the electronic media item to be sent to the PED. The PED may store the excess potion in an access-controlled media file. After completion of the travel segment (e.g., at the destination location), the PED may resume playback of the electronic media item by obtaining a playback control code via a second, different connection. The second connection may be a different type of connection, or may be an indirect connection, in some cases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Viasat, Inc.
    Inventors: Nirmalkumar Velayudhan, Joshua J. Righetti, Jonathan M. Putnam
  • Patent number: 10158905
    Abstract: Media is selected for video playback through a first device and audio playback through one or more separate devices connected through a wireless network. Different techniques for synchronizing the audio and video can be selected based on one or more factors to improve media playback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: DTS, Inc.
    Inventors: Dannie Lau, Chunho Lee
  • Patent number: 10140852
    Abstract: A mobile terminal 1A is configured to communicate with a remote control server 4A that transmits a remote control signal to operate an operation object apparatus via a particular local area network NW2 or a wide area communication network NW1. A permission/rejection information storage part 102 stores whether execution of remote control operation based on the operation instruction information is permitted or rejected when each operation instruction information has gone through any communication network. When receiving the input of operation instruction information, a communication network discrimination part 106 discriminates with which communication network communication has established. An operation permission/rejection decision part 107 decides permission/rejection of execution of the operation instruction information according to the results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventor: Isao Goto
  • Patent number: 10129580
    Abstract: The present invention provides a digital broadcast receiver capable of executing functions having higher added values. The broadcast receiver receives a broadcast wave of a digital broadcast service, controls an operation including activation and end of an application that is in cooperation with a broadcast program based on application-related information, and selects control relating to reactivation of the application based on a user's operation. If activation of the application is requested after the end of the application, the broadcast receiver controls the reactivation or non-reactivation of the application in accordance with the selection of control by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Yasunobu Hashimoto, Motoyuki Suzuki, Kazuhiko Yoshizawa, Nobuo Masuoka
  • Patent number: 10129581
    Abstract: Methods and systems for a transportation vehicle are provided. One method includes interfacing a PED with an IFE system that includes at least one of a function and a service associated with an object; capturing an image of an object by the PED, identifying the function or service associated with the object using the captured image and an application of the PED; presenting an option by the application to initiate the function or service; and upon selection of the option by a user, communicating a request in accordance therewith to the IFE system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Avionics Corporation
    Inventors: Chin Perng, Geethanjali Balasubramanian, Gurmukh Khabrani, Raymond Hackley Vincent, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10091682
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices for wireless communication are described. Methods, systems, and devices provide for determining or identifying a client device that is monopolizing a channel associated with a first basic service set (BSS). Once identified, a second BSS is dynamically created and configured with parameters that are throttled with respect to the first BSS. The client device is steered to the second BSS and is prevented from reassociating with the first BSS until a change in device status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Yanjun Sun, Peerapol Tinnakornsrisuphap, Brian Michael Buesker, Saiyiu Duncan Ho, Bharat Bhushan Chakravarty
  • Patent number: 10033789
    Abstract: A method for executing a connectionless wireless media content session includes receiving a MAC address by an electronic device. The MAC address may be received out-of-band. The address is monitored for received media content over a wireless channel from a transmitter. The broadcast wireless channel and media content codec information may also be received out of band. The received media content is received over a Wi-Fi MAC layer using RTP without an IP connection with the transmitter. The received media content may be rendered on the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Himanshu Bhalla, Rajesh A. S, Kristoffer D Fleming, Karthik Veeramani
  • Patent number: 10021439
    Abstract: Various arrangements that permit temporary subscription porting are presented. A temporary subscription port request may be submitted by a subscriber. The temporary subscription port request may include an identifier of a visitor television receiver and authentication information for the subscriber. In response to the temporary subscription port request, a first command to a home television receiver may be transmitted that disables viewing a first set of television channels linked with the subscriber's subscription account. In response to the temporary subscription port request, a second command to the visitor television receiver may be transmitted that enables viewing the first set of television channels linked with the subscriber's subscription account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: Luke VanDuyn, Henry Gregg Martch
  • Patent number: 9971399
    Abstract: A watch type control device comprises: a band configured to surround at least a portion of a user's wrist; an IR module disposed on a side of the band facing the user's hand when the watch type control device is worn on the user's wrist, the user's hand and wrist being on the same side of the user's body; and a beam projector disposed on the band and configured to outwardly project a screen, wherein the IR module is configured to recognize a user's hand gesture and to initiate the execution of a program causing the beam projector to output on the screen a display corresponding to the program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Byunghwa Lee, Choonghwan Shin
  • Patent number: 9961165
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method, computer program product, and computing system is provided for managing quality of experience for communication sessions. In an implementation, a method may include determining a participant focus metric for each of a plurality of participants of a communication session. The method may also include identifying one of the plurality of participants of the communication session as having sufficient capacity to support the communication session based upon, at least in part, the participant focus metric for each of the plurality of participants of the communication session. The method may also include selecting the one of the plurality of participants having a sufficient capacity to support the communication session as a selected focus for the communication session. The method may further include adaptively implementing a centralized communication session architecture utilizing the selected focus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Hitham Ahmed Assem Aly Salama, Jonathan Dunne, James P. Galvin, Jr., Patrick J. O'Sullivan
  • Patent number: 9955204
    Abstract: A system and method for distributing content through a set-top box. A number of wireless devices are registered for a communications session with the set-top box. Media content is communicated to one or more displays. Interactive content associated with the media content is retrieved for each of the number of wireless devices in response to receiving requests from each of the number of wireless devices. The interactive content is distributed to each of the number of wireless devices in response to retrieving the interactive content for each of the number of wireless devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventor: Koushik Chatterjee
  • Patent number: 9936045
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method, computer program product, and computing system is provided for managing quality of experience for communication sessions. In an implementation, a method may include determining a participant focus metric for each of a plurality of participants of a communication session. The method may also include identifying one of the plurality of participants of the communication session as having sufficient capacity to support the communication session based upon, at least in part, the participant focus metric for each of the plurality of participants of the communication session. The method may also include selecting the one of the plurality of participants having a sufficient capacity to support the communication session as a selected focus for the communication session. The method may further include adaptively implementing a centralized communication session architecture utilizing the selected focus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Hitham Ahmed Assem Aly Salama, Jonathan Dunne, James P. Galvin, Jr., Patrick J. O'Sullivan
  • Patent number: 9913298
    Abstract: A disclosed example method to setup a Groupcast with Retries service for use with wireless communications involves receiving an association response at a wireless station from an access point. The association response is responsive to a General Link capability of the wireless station sent in an association request from the wireless station to the access point. The example method also involves confirming a General Link and the Groupcast with Retries service between the wireless station and the access point based on the association response indicating that the access point has successfully associated the wireless station with the access point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Intel IP Corporation
    Inventor: Ganesh Venkatesan
  • Patent number: 9898355
    Abstract: The described embodiments include a computing device that executes a broker application. The broker application performs a mediated data exchange to exchange data between a first sandboxed application and a second application. For example, the broker application can import data from the second application into the first sandboxed application. As another example, the broker application can export data from the first sandboxed application into the second application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: David Rahardja, Toby C. Paterson, Anthony D'Auria
  • Patent number: 9888381
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a network interface configured to communicate with an access point via a Local Area Network (LAN) cable, a wireless network interface configured to wirelessly communicate with the access point, and a controller configured to detect a connection to the access point via the LAN cable, control the network interface to receive access information for establishing a wireless connection with the access point from the access point, and control the wireless network interface to wirelessly connect to the access point using the received access information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hyun-koo Kang, Jun-Seok Kang, Kyung-ik Cho
  • Patent number: 9886434
    Abstract: A process receives content from a recording device. The content is provided through a transmission from a distribution system to the recording device and recorded by the recording device on a storage medium associated with the recording device. Further, the process receives, from the recording device, transmission data corresponding to the recorded content. The transmission data indicates one or more transmission identifiers that identify the transmission. In addition, the process sends the transmission data to a server. Finally, the process receives, from the server, program data that is descriptive of the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Stone, Patrick Leary
  • Patent number: 9848474
    Abstract: In one example, a sensor node comprises a core node to enable lighting control for a luminaire. The core node has a base forming a plug portion of a socket. The plug portion has at least one optional pin and represents a NEMA socket including a receptacle that is attached to the base of the core node such that the core node is enclosed by the NEMA socket. The socket provides light level control for a light-emitting diode (LED) driver for the luminaire. The sensor node further comprises one or more peripheral devices having sensors for detecting conditions and producing sensor information based on the detected conditions. The sensor node also includes a pod bus which enables power signals to be transmitted to each of the peripheral devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Sensity Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Kent W. Ryhorchuk, Carlos Henriquez, Ezra Gold, David Vucich, Shin-Li Cecily Liu
  • Patent number: 9843763
    Abstract: An apparatus for transmitting wireless power is provided. The apparatus comprising a television system and a transmitter coupled to the television system. The transmitter is configured to emit a plurality of wireless power waves and define a pocket of energy thereby so that a receiver is able to interface with the pocket of energy and charge a device thereby, wherein the device is coupled to the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Energous Corporation
    Inventors: Michael A. Leabman, Gregory Scott Brewer