Using Wireless Link Patents (Class 725/81)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 9769235
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for adaptively transmitting streaming data to a client. In one embodiment, the method comprises receiving, in a server, a request for a data asset from the client, transcoding at least an segment of the data asset according to initial transcoding parameters, transmitting a first fragment of the transcoded segment of the data asset from the server to the client over a communication channel, generating an estimate of a bandwidth of the communications channel at least in part from information acknowledging reception of at least the first fragment of the transcoded segment of the data asset by the client, generating adaptive transcoding parameters at least in part from an estimate of a bandwidth of the communications channel, the estimate generated at the server, transcoding a further segment of the data asset according to the adaptive transcoding parameters, and transmitting the further segment of the data asset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Mark S. Schmidt, Praveen N. Moorthy, Ajay Luthra, Paul Moroney
  • Patent number: 9749704
    Abstract: Disclosed are a digital TV and a method for controlling same. The method for controlling a digital TV according to one embodiment of the present invention includes: displaying a user interface (UI) capable of selecting the standby mode for a power-off operation; and disconnecting the power source for a display panel so as to enter the standby mode when the standby mode is set through the UI in the power-off operation, and a power-off command is received. The standby mode includes a lower standby mode based on the operation of the digital TV and a network function, and the digital TV in the standby mode stops AV channel communication and performs SI channel communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Chang Hun Sung, Hyun Sang Park, Taeg Il Cho, Woo Hyun Paik, Kwan Hee Lee
  • Patent number: 9704388
    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: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: GLAMO, INC.
    Inventor: Isao Goto
  • Patent number: 9678650
    Abstract: According to an embodiment of the present invention, a method of controlling streaming media data using a streaming control device includes accessing, via the streaming control device, a plurality of media data stored in a media server, displaying, via a touchscreen of the streaming control device, a first object including the plurality of media data, receiving a first command selecting a particular media data among the plurality of media data from the first object, searching for media playback devices to reproduce the particular media data based on a position of the streaming control device, displaying, via the touchscreen, a third object for representing the searched media playback devices, receiving a second command selecting a particular media playback device among the searched media playback devices from the third object, and controlling the particular media playback device to reproduce the particular media data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Seokhee Lee, Sungmok Shin, Myonggu Lee, Mikyung Kim, Sangho Choi, Seongpyo Hong, Sanghyuk Oh, Hyoungrae Kim
  • Patent number: 9674013
    Abstract: A receiver includes an analog-to-digital converter module configured to receive a test bit stream via a transmission channel and to provide a channel loss value of the transmission channel based on the test bit stream, a continuous time linear equalization module configured to receive a data bit stream via the transmission channel and to provide an equalized data bit stream based on an equalization setting, and a control module configured to set the equalization setting such that the CTLE module provides an equalization level to compensate for the channel loss value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: DELL PRODUCTS, LP
    Inventors: Bhavesh G. Patel, Bhyrav M. Mutnury
  • Patent number: 9655082
    Abstract: To effectively and efficiently provide control information, a broadcast pointer channel (BPCH) may be used to identify the type and perhaps relative location of control information that is being provided in a given frame structure, such as a sub-frame, frame, or superframe. A sub-frame (or like framing entity, such a frame or superframe) may have a BPCH and a corresponding system control information segment in which control information may reside. The system control information segment may have any number of control information blocks, wherein each control information block that is present may correspond to a particular type of control information. The BPCH is used to identify the type of control information that is present in a corresponding system control information segment, and if needed or desired, the relative locations of the various control information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Mo-Han Fong, Hang Zhang, Sophie Vrzic, Robert Novak, Jun Yuan, Dong-Sheng Yu
  • Patent number: 9628866
    Abstract: A distribution control system includes a generating unit configured to generate video frame data and sound frame data from content data; a first converting unit configured to convert the video frame data into first transmission data to be transmitted through a communication network by encoding the video frame data; a second converting unit configured to convert the sound frame data into second transmission data to be transmitted through the communication network by encoding the sound frame data; and a transmitting unit configured to transmit the first transmission data to a first communication terminal connected to the communication network and transmits the second transmission data to a second communication terminal connected to the communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventor: Kiyoshi Kasatani
  • Patent number: 9612790
    Abstract: A method of operating an electronic device is provided. The method includes transmitting a plurality of frame information including to a second electronic device having function that can be controlled, determining whether the plurality of frame information have a variance exceeding a predetermined range, and based on the determining, transmitting control information for displaying the plurality of frame information through the second electronic device, by using at least one piece of frame information among transmitted the plurality of frame information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Inventors: Soo-Hyung Kim, Heung-Sik Shin, Hyun-Soo Kim, Soon-Hyun Cha
  • Patent number: 9608837
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for using a portable controlling device for a home network, the method including: deactivating the portable controlling device including a first near communications module and a micro-processor in which firmware for a gateway is programmed, by disconnecting electric power supplied from a central unit that is connected to a communications network; activating the portable controlling device by electric power supplied from a first mobile terminal by connecting the portable controlling device to the first mobile terminal; and pairing the portable controlling device with a device for the home network by wireless near communications when the first mobile terminal and the device for the home network are located within a predetermined distance range for performing a pairing process by the wireless near communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Inventor: Yong Joon Jeon
  • Patent number: 9588680
    Abstract: An example method includes displaying a first control and a second control, wherein a touch associated with the controls results in moving an indicator through information in a first direction and in a second direction, in response to the detecting a first touch associated with the first control, moving the indicator in the first direction, and in response to detecting a second touch associated with the second control, moving the indicator in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Peter Anthony Van Eerd, Sean David Drew Wilson, James Clement Ehrismann
  • Patent number: 9565732
    Abstract: A method and a system of lighting nodes having a core node and sensor pods is described. A core node, representing a master device, is positioned within a luminaire housing to enable lighting control for the luminaire. At least one peripheral device representing an integrated sensor pod, an external sensor pod, or a video node. Each of the peripheral devices representing a slave device and includes one or more sensors for detecting conditions. A pod bus, representing a master-slave bus, enables power signals to be transmitted to each of the peripheral devices. The pod bus also enables the core node to query each of the peripheral devices and each of the peripheral devices to respond to a query from the core node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Sensity Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Kent W. Ryhorchuk, Carlos Henriquez, Ezra Gold, David Vucich, Shin-Li Cecily Liu
  • Patent number: 9557959
    Abstract: An analog/digital audio converting apparatus enables listening to both digital and analog audio signals received from a digital receiving apparatus and analog audio signals input from an external source using the same receiver by providing a formatter capable of converting the analog audio signal into a digital audio signal with the digital broadcasting receiving apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tae-yong Son
  • Patent number: 9544096
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a wireless device and a method at a wireless device for transmitting a packet, said method comprising the steps of setting a lifetime value to a packet to transmit and, while the packet lifetime has not expired and the packet transmission fails: retransmitting the packet up to a retry limit, and suspending transmitting said packet during a pause time before transmitting the packet up to a retry limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: THOMSON LICENSING
    Inventor: Frederik Verwaest
  • Patent number: 9544523
    Abstract: A wireless display system and method decompresses a compressed video stream, such as obtained from suitable video sources such as a cable modem, DVD player or other suitable source, to produce a decompressed video stream locally. The decompressed video stream, such as frames, is stored in a local frame buffer, such as an on-chip frame buffer, system memory, or any other suitable memory. The system and method then recompresses the stored frames and wirelessly transmits the recompressed frames using a short range wireless transmitter, such as a radio frequency-based short range transmitter, an infrared short range wireless transmitter, or any other suitable short range transmitter that may provide, for example, local area networking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: ATI Technologies ULC
    Inventors: Edward G. Callway, David Glen
  • Patent number: 9497506
    Abstract: A source device comprising a processor and a Wi-Fi module for communicating with a sink device to stream audio/video data. The processor is configured to one of either A) identify manufacturer and model of the sink device, retrieve input lag data for the sink device from a database indexed by manufacturer and model of the sink device, and optimize encoding of the audio/video data by adjusting transmission parameters based on the input lag data; or B) generate a signal, detect the signal reproduced at the sink device, measure the input lag between generation of the signal and reproduction thereof at the sink device, and optimize encoding of the audio/video data by adjusting transmission parameters based on the input lag data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: BLACKBERRY LIMITED
    Inventors: Mohammed Nawaf Smadi, Vytautas Robertas Kezys, Jean-Philippe Paul Cormier
  • Patent number: 9483997
    Abstract: A candidate companion screen device is located by a primary display device as being in the same room as the primary device using IRDA, and in response ancillary content related to content being shown on the primary display device is provided to the companion screen device. The ancillary content may be provided from the Internet based on information in the content being presented on the primary display device by, e.g., providing a link to a website to the companion device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Brant Candelore
  • Patent number: 9473939
    Abstract: Aspects of a method and system for service mobility via a femtocell infrastructure are provided. In this regard, a mobile cellular enabled communication device may detect a femtocell operable to deliver content for one or more services to the mobile cellular enabled communication device, where the one or more services may be provided via a set-top-box communicatively coupled to the femtocell. The mobile cellular enabled communication device may communicate a user profile to the femtocell, wherein information in the profile may be utilized by the set-top-box to authenticate and/or authorize access to the services by the mobile cellular enabled communication device and thus the mobile cellular enabled communication device may receive the content from the set-top-box based on the authentication and/or authorization. The content may comprise voice, video, data, text and/or still images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Jeyhan Karaoguz, Charles Abraham, Xuemin Sherman Chen, Wael William Diab, Vinko Erceg, Victor T. Hou, Mark Kent
  • Patent number: 9462296
    Abstract: A video receiver is operable to receive three-dimensional (3D) video bitstreams from a video transmitter. The received 3D video bitstreams comprises a plurality of video frames and corresponding coding information. The coding information, for example, block motion vectors, block coding modes, quantization levels, and/or quantized residual data, is extracted for performing frame-rate up-conversion on the received plurality of video frames. The coding information is generated at the video transmitter via entropy decoding on a compressed 3D video from a video feed from, for example, an IP TV network. When an uncompressed 3D video is received, the video receiver is operable to perform frame-rate up-conversion on the received uncompressed 3D video using extracted block motion vectors and associated confidence-consistence measure. When a compressed 3D video is received, the video receiver is configured to perform video decompression on the received compressed 3D video prior to the frame-rate up-conversion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: BROADCOM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Xuemin Sherman Chen, Marcus Kellerman
  • Patent number: 9462328
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for streaming content is disclosed. A streamer (155) detects a cue for a break in a segment of the program content, wherein the cue includes an identification of an advertising provider associated with the break. The streamer sends, to an advertisement server (115), a request for content associated with the advertising provider, and receives, from the advertisement server, an advertisement associated with the advertising provider. Further, the streamer transcodes the advertisement based on configuration information of an additional device (165) to generate formatted content viewable on the additional device. Moreover, the streamer streams the formatted content to the additional device via the local connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Krishna Prasad Panje, Prasad A G, Azimul Mannan, Krishnan Raghavan
  • Patent number: 9448680
    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: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    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: 9413799
    Abstract: A system for synchronized media playback to multiple mobile receiver devices, comprising a network-connected media source device that prepares media content for viewing by separating it into a plurality of media streams, a plurality of network-connected media receiver devices that each receive a plurality of media streams and synchronize their playback relative to one another, and a method for providing synchronized media playback to multiple receiver devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Blackfire Research Corporation
    Inventor: Ravi Rajapakse
  • Patent number: 9319644
    Abstract: A communications system and method involving a set top box (STB) and a channel stacking switch (CSS). The STB comprises a communications interface configured to issue a request for a user band, the request identifying the STB and further configured to receive a message identifying an assigned user band; and a tuning element configured to tune to the assigned user band in response to receipt of the message. The CSS comprises a communications interface configured to receive the request for a user band identifying the STB; a memory; and a processing entity configured to access the memory to identify a particular user band that is available for the STB and to assign the particular user band to the STB; wherein the communications interface is further configured to issue to the STB a message identifying the particular user band assigned to the STB.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: BCE Inc.
    Inventors: Ovidiu Octavian Popa, Wayne Scrivens, Alexander Ishankov, Alan Dagenais, Tim Dinesen, Peter Marusich
  • Patent number: 9310871
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus relating to power management of periodic transmissions from networking applications are described. In one embodiment, a periodic transmission manager logic coupled between one or more network applications and one or more network interfaces may control the flow of periodic transmissions from the one or more network applications to the one or more network interfaces. Other embodiments are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Myron Hattig
  • Patent number: 9300919
    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: July 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Chris Cholas, William L. Helms, Jeffrey P. Markley
  • Patent number: 9257842
    Abstract: A set-top-box (STB) provides capability for monitoring and control of power usage and the ability to establish communications. A smart residential service system (SRSS) is provided that uses power line communication (PLC) technology to provide secure in-home LAN communication and also to monitor and provide remote control of connected appliances in the home. An embodiment combines the STB with a master unit (MST) that is used with PLC to meet the requirements of the central device in the SRSS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: ASOKA USA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mingyao Xia, Eric Grubel, Dan Castellano
  • Patent number: 9247422
    Abstract: In a method of communicating content over a wireless communication link between a base station set-top (BSS) and one or more hosts, where each of the one or more hosts have an interface protocol substantially complying with at least a subset of a copy protection standard, an encrypted signal is at least one of received and stored in the BSS, and the encrypted signal is turned into an encrypted data packet stream. The BSS wirelessly transmits the data packet stream to one or more wireless interface apparatuses (WIAs) which are interfaced with at least one host through the interface protocol. In addition, the WIA forwards the encrypted data packet stream to the one or more hosts through implementation of the interface protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: David Lazarus, Deven Vazirani
  • Patent number: 9241062
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods and systems for using external display devices with a mobile computing device. The mobile computing device may be repurposed to display a virtual input device for interacting with a resource with output data being displayed on an external display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Citrix Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Shafiqul Khalid, Daniel C. Benson
  • Patent number: 9241199
    Abstract: In a subscriber's facility of an announcement broadcasting system utilizing an optical fiber cable TV network, an announcement broadcasting optical receiver receiving an optical transmission signal of audio information and outputting an audio information electric signal for an announcement broadcasting terminal is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignees: MITSUBISHI CABLE INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Masayuki Abe, Shuzo Imai, Tetsuya Miki