US Pat. No. 11,031,028

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:processing circuitry configured to:
acquire an observation signal obtained by observing a sound;
separate the acquired observation signal into a plurality of separated signals corresponding to a plurality of assumed sound sources by applying a non-linear function to a matrix product of an input vector and a coefficient vector corresponding to each of the plurality of sound sources; and
sequentially update the input vector such that an error between the observation signal and a signal obtained by combining intermediate separated signals, obtained by applying a non-linear function to the matrix product of the coefficient vector and the input vector, with respect to the plurality of sound sources is decreased.

US Pat. No. 11,031,027

ACOUSTIC ENVIRONMENT RECOGNIZER FOR OPTIMAL SPEECH PROCESSING

1. A system, comprising:at least one memory that stores a first set of instructions; and
at least one hardware processor that executes the set of instructions to perform a set of operations, the set of operations comprising:
determining whether first metadata associated with ambient noise occurring in an acoustic environment corresponds to second metadata in a profile for the acoustic environment, wherein the second metadata corresponds to a first processing scheme that suppresses the ambient noise from an audio stream including an audio signal associated with a user;
selecting, in response to determining that the first metadata associated with the ambient noise does not correspond to the second metadata in the profile for the acoustic environment, a second processing scheme for a different ambient noise that has a correlation with the ambient noise occurring in the acoustic environment, wherein the second processing scheme is selected based on an estimation of the acoustic environment that is made after the first metadata associated with the ambient noise is determined to not correspond to the second metadata in the profile for the acoustic environment, wherein the second processing scheme suppresses a portion of the ambient noise based on the correlation; and
processing the audio stream using the second processing scheme in order to suppress the portion of the ambient noise in the audio stream interfering with the audio signal, thereby enhancing the audio stream, wherein the second processing scheme is selected prior to any processing of the audio stream by the first processing scheme and the second processing scheme.

US Pat. No. 11,031,026

ACOUSTIC ECHO CANCELLATION DURING PLAYBACK OF ENCODED AUDIO

Qualcomm Incorporated, S...

1. An apparatus for echo cancellation comprising:a processor configured to:
receive an encoded media signal from a first device;
decode the encoded media signal to produce an echo reference signal;
perform an acoustic echo cancellation operation, based on the echo reference signal, on an input voice signal to produce an echo-cancelled voice signal, wherein the acoustic echo cancellation operation is configured to reduce, relative to an energy of a voice component of the input voice signal, an energy of a signal component of the input voice signal that is based on audio content from the encoded media signal; and
transmit a command based on the echo-cancelled voice signal to the first device.

US Pat. No. 11,031,025

CROSS PRODUCT ENHANCED HARMONIC TRANSPOSITION

Dolby International AB, ...

11. A method for decoding an audio signal, the method comprising:decoding a low frequency component of the audio signal;
providing a plurality of analysis subband signals of the low frequency component of the audio signal;
receiving information associated with a fundamental frequency ? of the audio signal;
selecting, in response to the information, a first analysis subband signal and a second analysis subband signal from the plurality of analysis subband signals;
generating a synthesis subband signal from the first analysis subband signal and the second analysis subband signal by calculating a magnitude and a phase of the first analysis subband signal, calculating a magnitude and a phase of the second analysis subband signal, calculating a mean value of the magnitudes of the first and the second analysis subband signals, modifying the phase of the first analysis subband signal, modifying the phase of the second analysis subband signal, and combining the modified phase of the first analysis subband signal and the modified phase of the second analysis subband signal; and
generating a high frequency component of the audio signal from the synthesis subband signal;
wherein the information associated with the fundamental frequency ? of the audio signal is received in an encoded bit stream.

US Pat. No. 11,031,024

SPATIALLY AWARE MULTIBAND COMPRESSION SYSTEM WITH PRIORITY

Boomcloud 360, Inc., Enc...

1. A method for applying compression to an audio signal, comprising, by a processing circuitry:generating a first component and a second component in a first audio coordinate system from a third component and a fourth component of the audio signal in a second audio coordinate system;
determining an amplitude threshold in the second audio coordinate system defining a level for each of the third component and the fourth component for applying the compression;
generating a first gain factor for the first component using a first compression ratio defining a relationship between an amount the first component exceeds the amplitude threshold and an amount of attenuation of the first component to above the amplitude threshold;
applying the first gain factor to the first component when one of the third component or the fourth component exceeds the amplitude threshold to generate an adjusted first component; and
generating a first output channel and a second output channel in the second audio coordinate system using the adjusted first component and the second component in the first audio coordinate system.

US Pat. No. 11,031,023

SIGNAL PROCESSING DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD, PROGRAM AND STORAGE MEDIUM

PIONEER CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A signal processing device comprising:an acquisition unit configured to acquire sound data subjected to quantization; and
a quantization noise control unit configured to determine a control amount for quantization noise of the sound data, generated due to the quantization, based on the level of the sound data, wherein,
the control amount is an attenuation amount by which a signal level of the sound data is attenuated in a predetermined frequency band,
the quantization noise control unit changes the attenuation amount based on the sound level, and
the smaller the sound level is, the larger the quantization noise control unit makes the attenuation amount.

US Pat. No. 11,031,022

NOISE FILLING CONCEPT

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft z...

1. An audio decoder comprising:a microprocessor or an electronic circuit configured to decode a spectrum of an audio signal from a data stream, perform noise filling on the spectrum of the audio signal in a manner dependent on a coding parameter signaled in the data stream to obtain a filled spectrum, and
dequantize the filled spectrum, using a quantization step size with varying the quantization step size according to a linear prediction spectral envelope signaled in the data stream via one of linear prediction coefficients and scale factors of scale factor bands,
wherein the decoder is configured to perform the noise filling by filling a contiguous spectral zero-portion of the audio signal's spectrum with noise spectrally shaped by one of
using a function assuming a maximum in an inner of the contiguous spectral zero-portion, and comprising outwardly falling edges an absolute slope of which negatively depends on the coding parameter,
using a function assuming a maximum in an inner of the contiguous spectral zero-portion, and comprising outwardly falling edges a spectral width of which positively depends on the coding parameter, and
using a function a ratio between a first integral of which over outer quarters of the contiguous spectral zero-portion and a second integral of which over the outer quarters and inner quarters of the contiguous spectral zero-portion depends on the coding parameter,
wherein the coding parameter is one of
an LTP (long-term prediction) flag or gain,
a TNS (temporal noise shaping) enablement flag or gain, and
a spectrum rearrangement enablement flag signalling a coding option according to which quantized spectral values are spectrally re-arranged with additionally transmitting within the data stream the rearrangement prescription.

US Pat. No. 11,031,021

INTER-CHANNEL PHASE DIFFERENCE PARAMETER ENCODING METHOD AND APPARATUS

HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., ...

1. An inter-channel phase difference parameter encoding method, comprising:obtaining a reference parameter used to determine an inter-channel phase difference (IPD) parameter encoding scheme of a current frame of a multi-channel signal;
determining the IPD parameter encoding scheme of the current frame based on the reference parameter, wherein the determined IPD parameter encoding scheme of the current frame is one of at least two preset IPD parameter encoding schemes; and
processing an IPD parameter of the current frame based on the determined IPD parameter encoding scheme of the current frame;
wherein the reference parameter comprises a signal characteristic parameter of the current frame and signal characteristic parameters of A frames prior to the current frame, wherein A is an integer not less than 1;
the signal characteristic parameter of the current frame comprises a parameter indicating correlation between a left channel and a right channel of the current frame; and
the signal characteristic parameters of the A frames prior to the current frame comprise an IPD parameter encoding scheme of each of the A frames and a signal type of each of the A frames, wherein
the signal type comprises a voice type or a music type.

US Pat. No. 11,031,020

SPEECH/AUDIO BITSTREAM DECODING METHOD AND APPARATUS

HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., ...

1. A method for decoding a speech/audio an audio bitstream at a decoder, comprising:acquiring a decoding parameter of a first frame, wherein the first frame or a second frame previous to the first frame is a redundant decoded frame, wherein a decoding parameter of the redundant decoded frame is obtained based on redundant bitstream information carried in another frame, and wherein the decoding parameter comprises at least one of an adaptive codebook gain, a spectrum tilt factor, or a spectral pair parameter;
performing post processing on the decoding parameter of the first frame according to parameters of one or more frames previous to the first frame and parameters of one or more frames next to the first frame to obtain a post-processed decoding parameter of the first frame, wherein the parameters of the one or more frames previous to the first frame comprise at least one of decoding parameters or a signal class of the one or more frames previous to the first frame, and wherein the parameters of the one or more frames next to the first frame comprise at least one of decoding parameters or a signal class of the one or more frames next to the first frame; and
recovering a speech/audio signal corresponding to the first frame using the post-processed decoding parameter of the first frame.

US Pat. No. 11,031,019

PROCESSING OF AUDIO SIGNALS DURING HIGH FREQUENCY RECONSTRUCTION

Dolby International AB, ...

1. A system configured to generate a plurality of energy-adjusted high frequency subband signals covering a high frequency interval from a plurality of low frequency subband signals, the system comprising one or more processors adapted to:receive the plurality of low frequency subband signals;
receive a set of target energies, each target energy covering a different target interval within the high frequency interval and being indicative of the desired energy of one or more high frequency subband signals lying within the target interval;
generate a plurality of high frequency subband signals from the plurality of low frequency subband signals and from a plurality of spectral gain coefficients associated with the plurality of low frequency subband signals, respectively, by applying the plurality of spectral gain coefficients to the plurality of low frequency subband signals; and
adjust the energy of the plurality of high frequency subband signals using the set of target energies to generate the plurality of energy-adjusted high frequency subband signals,
wherein adjusting the energy of the plurality of high frequency subband signals comprises limiting the adjustment of the energy of the high frequency subband signals lying within a limiter interval.

US Pat. No. 11,031,018

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PERSONALIZED SPEAKER VERIFICATION

ALIPAY (HANGZHOU) INFORMA...

1. A computer-implemented method for personalized speaker verification, comprising:obtaining first speech data of a speaker as a positive sample and second speech data of an entity different from the speaker as a negative sample, wherein the first speech data comprises one or more speech segments of the speaker, and wherein the second speech data comprises one or more speech segments of one or more people other than the speaker;
feeding the positive sample and the negative sample to a first model for determining voice characteristics to correspondingly output a positive voice characteristic and a negative voice characteristic of the speaker by at least feeding the one or more speech segments of the speaker into the first model to correspondingly output one or more positive sample vectors, and feeding the one or more speech segments of the one or more people other than the speaker into the first model to correspondingly output one or more negative sample vectors;
obtaining a gradient based at least on the positive voice characteristic and the negative voice characteristic; and
feeding the gradient to the first model to update one or more parameters of the first model to obtain a second model for personalized speaker verification.

US Pat. No. 11,031,017

FULLY SUPERVISED SPEAKER DIARIZATION

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A method comprising:receiving, at data processing hardware, an utterance of speech;
segmenting, by the data processing hardware, the utterance of speech into a plurality of segments;
for each segment of the utterance of speech:
extracting, by the data processing hardware, a speaker-discriminative embedding from the segment; and
predicting, by the data processing hardware, a probability distribution over possible speakers for the segment using a model configured to receive the extracted speaker-discriminative embedding as a feature input, the model trained on a corpus of training speech utterances, each training speech utterance segmented into a plurality of training segments, each training segment comprising a corresponding speaker-discriminative embedding and a corresponding speaker label; and
assigning, by the data processing hardware, a speaker label to each segment of the utterance of speech based on the probability distribution over possible speakers for the corresponding segment.

US Pat. No. 11,031,016

GRAPH-BASED APPROACH FOR VOICE AUTHENTICATION

1. A voice biometric authentication system comprising:a processor and a computer readable medium operably coupled thereto, the computer readable medium comprising a plurality of instructions stored in association therewith that are accessible to, and executable by, the processor, to perform operations which comprise:
(i) receiving a plurality of mono telephonic interactions between customers and agents;
(ii) creating a mapping of the plurality of mono telephonic interactions that illustrates which agent interacted with which customer in each of the interactions;
(iii) determining how many agents each customer interacted with;
(iv) identifying one or more customers an agent has interacted with that have the fewest interactions with other agents based on step (iii);
(v) selecting a predetermined number of interactions of the agent with each of the identified customers; and
(vi) processing the selected predetermined number of interactions of the agent with each of the identified customers into voice prints.

US Pat. No. 11,031,015

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR IMPLEMENTING VOICE MONITORING AND TRACKING OF PARTICIPANTS IN GROUP SETTINGS

1. A method, comprising:receiving, with a computing system and from at least one audio sensor among one or more audio sensors disposed within a first space, voice signals corresponding to voices associated with individuals present within the first space;
analyzing, with the computing system, the received voice signals to identify one or more individuals who are present within the first space;
tracking, with the computing system, which of the one or more individuals spoke what words and when and in response to which questions posed by a user; and
presenting, with the computing system and within a user interface of a user device associated with the user, information regarding the identified one or more individuals to assist the user in coordinating discussions among the individuals present within the first space.

US Pat. No. 11,031,014

VOICE DETECTION OPTIMIZATION BASED ON SELECTED VOICE ASSISTANT SERVICE

Sonos, Inc., Santa Barba...

1. A playback device comprising:a housing;
a plurality of microphones disposed within the housing;
a network interface disposed within the housing;
one or more processors disposed within the housing; and
tangible, non-transitory computer-readable media having stored therein instructions executable by the one or more processors to cause the playback device to perform a method comprising:
capturing a first audio input via a first set of microphones selected from the plurality of microphones;
analyzing the first audio input using a first wake-word engine on the playback device to detect a first wake word;
capturing a second audio input via a second set of microphones selected from the plurality of microphones, wherein the second set of microphones includes at least one microphone that is not in the first set of microphones;
analyzing the second audio input using a second wake-word engine on the playback device to detect a second wake word, the second wake-word engine being different from the first wake-word engine;
detecting a wake word via one of the first wake-word engine or the second wake-word engine, wherein the detected wake word comprises one of the first wake word or the second wake word; and
transmitting, via the network interface, at least a voice utterance following the detected wake word to one or more remote servers corresponding to a particular voice assistant service associated with the detected wake word.

US Pat. No. 11,031,013

TASK COMPLETION BASED ON SPEECH ANALYSIS

Express Scripts Strategic...

1. A system comprising:a processor; and
a memory component having instructions stored thereon, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to perform operations comprising:
receiving an audio signal of a communication session between a member-related client device and an agent client device, wherein a caller is associated with the member-related client device;
processing the audio signal to generate an audio caller utterance and a transcribed caller utterance;
generating an identified task based on the transcribed caller utterance;
sampling the audio caller utterance to generate a plurality of samples of the audio caller utterance;
generating a loudness result based on loudness values of the plurality of samples using a loudness neural network associated with the identified task;
generating a pitch result based on pitch values of the plurality of samples using a pitch neural network associated with the identified task;
generating a tone result for a plurality of words in the transcribed caller utterance using a tone neural network associated with the identified task; and
generating a task completion probability result using a task completion probability neural network associated with the identified task, wherein generating the task completion probability result is based on the loudness result, the pitch result, or the tone result.

US Pat. No. 11,031,012

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CORRELATING MOUTH IMAGES TO INPUT COMMANDS

Joyson Safety Systems Acq...

1. A system for monitoring an area within a vehicle comprising: computer memory; a processor executing imaging software and audio processing software; an imaging device transmitting to said imaging software a plurality of frames of pixel data from an image acquired from a field of view within the vehicle and associated with the imaging device; a speech input device transmitting to said audio processing software an audio data stream of audio samples derived from at least one speech input; command processing software configured to (i) track said audio samples in a time domain; iii) track said frames of pixel data in said time domain and utilize said processor and said computer memory to group, in said time domain, said frames of pixel data with correspondingly timed audio samples; wherein the processor is configured to identify a source of the audio data stream from the frames of pixel data and the audio samples and to identify at least one command issued by the source; and a database of authorization data for matching said at least one command to the authorization data to determine whether the source of the audio data stream has permission to issue the command.

US Pat. No. 11,031,011

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING ELECTRONIC DEVICE TO PERFORM SPEECH RECOGNITION

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. An electronic device comprising:at least one communication circuit configured to connect to a cellular network and a Wi-Fi network;
a microphone;
at least one speaker;
a processor operatively coupled to the at least one communication circuit, the microphone, and the at least one speaker; and
a memory operatively coupled to the processor and configured to store instructions executable by the processor to cause the processor to:
transmit a first audio sound including first information associated with a wakeup utterance for calling a speech-based intelligence service through the speaker upon receipt of the wakeup utterance through the microphone,
receive a second audio sound including second information through the microphone, and
determine whether to control the electronic device to transmit speech information following the wakeup utterance to an external server based on at least part of a comparison between the first information and the second information.

US Pat. No. 11,031,010

SPEECH RECOGNITION SYSTEM PROVIDING SECLUSION FOR PRIVATE SPEECH TRANSCRIPTION AND PRIVATE DATA RETRIEVAL

Motorola Mobility LLC, C...

1. A method comprising:receiving a voice input via a microphone of an electronic device;
determining whether the voice input contains speech from an authorized user of the electronic device or speech from an unauthorized user;
in response to determining that the voice input contains speech from the authorized user:
determining whether the speech contains private speech or public speech;
in response to determining that the speech contains private speech, processing the voice input through a local automatic speech recognition (ASR) engine within the electronic device, the local ASR engine converting the voice input from audio format to text format and outputting a text transcription of the private speech; and
in response to determining that the speech does not contain private speech, forwarding the voice input through a communication interface associated with a network-connected external device for processing the voice input at the network-connected external device.

US Pat. No. 11,031,009

METHOD FOR CREATING A KNOWLEDGE BASE OF COMPONENTS AND THEIR PROBLEMS FROM SHORT TEXT UTTERANCES

Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo (JP...

1. A method for processing speech for a voice assistant system, comprising:processing the speech through a deep learning trained framework configured to identify components and problems from the speech through syntactical rules to extract a component and a problem associated with the component from the speech received through the voice assistant system from the processing, wherein the component is a portion of an apparatus under diagnosis for repair, wherein the problem is directed to an issue of the component;
providing the component and the problem to a recommendation framework configured to generate a recommendation for the component and the problem; and
outputting the recommendation for the component and the problem through the voice assistant system;
wherein the deep learning trained framework is configured to identify components and problems from the speech through syntactical rules to extract the component and the problem by processing through an NLU system configured to tag portions of the speech as the component or the problem based on a syntax of the speech, the syntactical rules indicative of an association of sequence patterns involving two or more of verb tenses, nouns, and adjectives, in the speech with candidates of the problem and the component in the portion of the speech associated with the sequence patterns.

US Pat. No. 11,031,008

TERMINAL DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THEREOF

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A terminal device comprising:a communication interface comprising communication circuitry; and
a processor configured to:
receive performance information of one or more other terminal devices from each of the one or more other terminal devices through the communication interface,
identify an edge device to determine a terminal device to perform voice recognition from among the terminal device and the one or more other terminal devices based on the performance information received from each of the one or more other terminal devices,
based on the terminal device being identified as the edge device, receive information associated with reception quality from one or more other terminal devices which receive a sound wave including a triggering word from among the one or more other terminal devices which transmit the performance information,
determine a terminal device to acquire the sound wave for voice recognition from based on the received information associated with the reception quality, from among the one or more other terminal devices which receive the sound wave, and
transmit, to the determined terminal device, a command to transmit the sound wave acquired for voice recognition to an external voice recognition device.

US Pat. No. 11,031,007

ORCHESTRATING EXECUTION OF A SERIES OF ACTIONS REQUESTED TO BE PERFORMED VIA AN AUTOMATED ASSISTANT

GOOGLE LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A method implemented by one or more processors, the method comprising:determining that a user has provided a spoken utterance that includes requests for an automated assistant to perform multiple actions that include a first type of action and a second type of action, wherein the automated assistant is accessible to the user via an automated assistant interface of a computing device;
generating, in response to the user providing the spoken utterance,
an estimated delay for the first type of action when the second type of action is prioritized over the first type of action during execution of the multiple actions;
determining, based on the estimated delay, whether the estimated delay for the first type of action satisfies a threshold,
wherein, when the estimated delay for the first type of action satisfies the threshold, execution of the first type of action is prioritized over the second type of action;
generating, based on whether the estimated delay satisfies the threshold, a preferred order of execution for the multiple actions requested by the user; and
causing the automated assistant to initialize performance of the multiple actions according to the preferred order of execution.

US Pat. No. 11,031,006

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:an extraction unit configured to extract information from an utterance of a user;
an inquiry unit configured to make an inquiry to another apparatus when another utterance of the user including a request from the user is given, the another utterance of the user being given after the utterance of the user; and
a supplementation unit configured to supplement the inquiry using the extracted information to inquiry content when the inquiry unit makes an inquiry,
wherein the extraction unit, the inquiry unit, and the supplementation unit are each implemented via at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 11,031,005

CONTINUOUS TOPIC DETECTION AND ADAPTION IN AUDIO ENVIRONMENTS

INTEL CORPORATION, Santa...

1. At least one non-transitory computer-readable medium comprising instructions which, when executed by a computing device, cause the computing device to perform operations comprising:detecting one or more arbitrary terms relating to a topic in an audio input received from one or more microphones of the computing device including a voice-enabled device, wherein the computing device is continuously awakened or switched from hibernating from a low-power mode to a high-power mode or vice versa based on the one or more arbitrary terms;
analyzing the one or more terms based on historical information relating to the topic to determine an action to be performed by the computing device, wherein the one or more arbitrary terms include one or more random conversational words that are independent of pre-determined keywords, and wherein the historical information relating to the topic is instantly searched or collected over a period of time; and
triggering an event to facilitate the computing device to perform the action consistent with the one or more arbitrary terms and the historical information relating to the topic.

US Pat. No. 11,031,004

SYSTEM FOR COMMUNICATING WITH DEVICES AND ORGANISMS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a processor programmed to:
control a microphone to receive an utterance of a user;
identify a conversation partner of the user, based on the received utterance;
access a stored table that stores information on a plurality of conversation partners, including a first conversation partner that is an electronic apparatus and a second conversation partner that is a non-human organism, and a plurality of communication mediums, and corresponds each conversation partner with a communication medium, the identified conversation partner corresponding to one of the plurality of conversation partners;
select a communication medium to be used from among the plurality of communication mediums for transmitting information based on the received utterance to the identified conversation partner, by referencing the stored table; and
control a communicator to transmit the information based on the received utterance to the identified conversation partner with the selected communication medium,
wherein the information processing apparatus is configured to control the electronic apparatus based on the received utterance, and
the communication medium designated in the stored table for the second conversation partner is sound or light.

US Pat. No. 11,031,003

DYNAMIC EXTRACTION OF CONTEXTUALLY-COHERENT TEXT BLOCKS

MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICE...

1. A non-transitory computer storage medium storing computer-useable instructions that, when used by a computing device, cause the computing device to perform operations comprising:generating a plurality of token sets based on a plurality of tokens parsed from an electronic document, wherein a first token set of the plurality of token sets includes at least a first token of the plurality of tokens, and a second token set of the plurality of token sets includes at least the first token set;
determining, for each token set in the plurality of token sets, a corresponding set of emotional confidence scores based on content included in the token set, each emotional confidence score in the corresponding set of emotional confidence scores corresponding to a likelihood that content included in the token set is associated with one of a plurality of determinable human emotions;
calculating, for each token set in the plurality of token sets, a corresponding emotional entropy score based on the corresponding set of determined emotional confidence scores;
tagging the first token set in the plurality of token sets as an emotionally representative token set based on a determination that the first token set has a lowest calculated corresponding entropy score relative to other token sets in the plurality of token sets; and
providing for display the electronic document with a visual representation of the tagged first token set, adjacent to a plurality of other tagged token sets, the visual representation indicating that the content included in the tagged first token set is associated with one of the plurality of determinable human emotions determined to correspond to a highest generated emotional confidence score in the tagged first token set.

US Pat. No. 11,031,002

RECOGNIZING SPEECH IN THE PRESENCE OF ADDITIONAL AUDIO

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:receiving, by a first computing device, first audio data that includes an utterance;
determining, by the first computing device, that a second computing device is outputting second audio data; and
based on determining that that the second computing device is outputting the second audio data and based on receiving the audio data that includes the utterance, providing, by the first computing device and for output to the second computing device, an instruction to suppress outputting the second audio data.

US Pat. No. 11,031,001

ACTION AGENT ARCHITECTURE IN A SCALABLE MULTI-SERVICE VIRTUAL ASSISTANT PLATFORM

Linc Global, Inc., Sunny...

1. A system for a virtual assistant platform, comprising:at least one memory device that stores computer-executable instructions; and
at least one processor configured to access the memory device, wherein the processor is configured to execute the computer-executable instructions to implement:
a natural language understanding (NLU) module to generate a parsed user input from one or more utterances received from a user;
a plurality of information agents to obtain at least one information value from the parsed user input and/or contextual data;
a plurality of action agents to perform one or more actions in response to the parsed user input, the contextual data, and/or the at least one information value, wherein the plurality of action agents are created through a declarative language by specifying one or more triggering conditions, one or more action invocation parameters, one or more information agents as pre-requisites, and one or more responses; and
a natural language generation (NLG) module to render a response back to the user after the one or more actions are performed.

US Pat. No. 11,031,000

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR TRANSMITTING AND RECEIVING AUDIO DATA

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. An electronic device comprising:a microphone;
a communication module configured to communicate with another device; and
a controller configured to:
receive information of a first voice, through the communication module from the other device,
obtain, through the microphone, information of a second voice as a response to the first voice received from the other device,
analyze the obtained information related to the second voice, by an Artificial Intelligence model stored in the electronic device,
identify a meaning of the obtained information of the second voice, and provide a text message regarding the received information of the first voice, based on the identified meaning.

US Pat. No. 11,030,999

WORD EMBEDDINGS FOR NATURAL LANGUAGE PROCESSING

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A method comprising:determining raw data representing a first spoken natural language input as determined by automatic speech recognition (ASR) processing;
generating raw utterance data from the raw data, the raw utterance data being generated by selecting, from the raw data, text data corresponding to the first spoken natural language input;
generating an ASR sample corpus using the raw utterance data;
generating a first word embedding data vector using the ASR sample corpus;
after generating the first word embedding data vector, receiving, from a first device associated with a user profile, audio data representing a second spoken natural language input;
performing ASR processing on the audio data to generate text data representing the second spoken natural language input;
performing NLU processing including:
using the first word embedding data vector, performing named entity recognition (NER) processing on the text data to determine a named entity relevant to a first component that operates on NLU data;
sending, to the first component, first NLU data representing the named entity;
receiving, from the first component, second data corresponding to a response to the second spoken natural language input; and
sending, to the first device, the second data for output.

US Pat. No. 11,030,998

ACOUSTIC MODEL TRAINING METHOD, SPEECH RECOGNITION METHOD, APPARATUS, DEVICE AND MEDIUM

PING AN TECHNOLOGY (SHENZ...

1. An acoustic model training method, comprising:performing feature extraction on a training speech signal to obtain an audio feature sequence;
training the audio feature sequence by a phoneme mixed Gaussian Model-Hidden Markov Model to obtain phoneme feature sequence; and
training the phoneme feature sequence by a Deep Neural Net-Hidden Markov Model-sequence training model to obtain a target acoustic model;
wherein training the audio feature sequence by a phoneme mixed Gaussian Model-Hidden Markov Model to obtain a phoneme feature sequence comprises:
training the audio feature sequence by a monophone Mixture Gaussian Model-Hidden Markov Model to obtain the phoneme feature sequence;
training the original monophone mixed Gaussian Model-Hidden Markov Model by the audio feature sequence;
obtaining an original monophone annotation corresponding to each audio feature in the audio feature sequence based on the original monophone Mixture Gaussian Model-Hidden Markov Model;
iteratively training the original monophone Mixture Gaussian Model-Hidden Markov Model based on the audio feature sequence and the original monophone annotation to obtain a target monophone Mixture Gaussian Model-Hidden Markov Model;
aligning each original monophone annotation based on the target monophone Mixture Gaussian Model-Hidden Markov Model to obtain a target monophone feature; and
obtaining a phoneme feature sequence based on the target monophone feature.

US Pat. No. 11,030,997

SLIM EMBEDDING LAYERS FOR RECURRENT NEURAL LANGUAGE MODELS

Baidu USA LLC, Sunnyvale...

1. A computer-implemented method for compressing a matrix of a neural network model, the method comprising:for each vector from a set of vectors from the matrix, dividing the vector from the matrix into a plurality of parts;
for each part of the vector from the matrix, mapping the part to a substitute sub-vector, which comprises one or more parameters, wherein the substitute sub-vector is selected from a set of substitute sub-vectors, which set has fewer substitute sub-vectors than there are parts mapped from the matrix; and
training the neural network model using the mapped substitute sub-vectors until a stop condition is reached.

US Pat. No. 11,030,996

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A method of a robot that includes a microphone and a camera, the method comprising:receiving, via the microphone, a sound outputted from an external device;
determining whether the received sound is a learned sound;
when the received sound is determined to not be the learned sound, capturing, via the camera, an image including a user's action;
learning information on the received sound based on the captured image;
comparing an accuracy of the learned information with a predetermined level;
when the accuracy of the learned information is equal to or less than the predetermined level, outputting, via an output unit, a query sound about what kind of the received sound to the user;
receiving, via the microphone, an answer sound of the user for the query sound;
learning information on the received sound based on a response to the answer sound of the user; and
outputting, via the output unit, the information on the received sound.

US Pat. No. 11,030,995

ACOUSTIC FEATURE EXTRACTOR SELECTED ACCORDING TO STATUS FLAG OF FRAME OF ACOUSTIC SIGNAL

International Business Ma...

1. A computer-implemented method for selecting an acoustic feature extractor, the method comprising:processing a frame of an acoustic signal using an acoustic feature extractor indicated by a checked status of a flag;
determining an actual status of the processed frame of the acoustic signal; and
determining a new status of the flag based on the determined actual status of the processed frame of the acoustic signal,
wherein the checked status of the flag and the determined new status of the flag includes a first status and a second status, wherein the first status indicates a Linear Predictive Cepstral Coefficients (LPC) based feature extractor associated with a stationary acoustic signal and the second status indicates a Mel-frequency Cepstral Coefficients (MFCC) based feature extractor associated with a non-stationary acoustic signal.

US Pat. No. 11,030,994

SELECTIVE ACTIVATION OF SMALLER RESOURCE FOOTPRINT AUTOMATIC SPEECH RECOGNITION ENGINES BY PREDICTING A DOMAIN TOPIC BASED ON A TIME SINCE A PREVIOUS COMMUNICATION

Motorola Mobility LLC, C...

1. A method comprising:detecting, at an electronic device, a communication between a first entity and a second entity;
identifying whether a previous communication between the first entity and the second entity has been detected at the electronic device;
in response to identifying that the previous communication between the first entity and the second entity has been detected at the electronic device:
determining an elapsed time since detection of the previous communication;
predicting a topic of the communication, in part based on the determined elapsed time since the previous communication, the topic corresponding to a specific domain from among a plurality of available domains for automatic speech recognition (ASR) processing; and
triggering selection and activation, on the electronic device, of a first domain specific (DS) ASR engine from among a plurality of available DS ASR engines, the first DS ASR engine selected to utilize a smaller resource footprint than a general ASR engine and facilitate recognition of specific vocabulary and context associated with the topic that was predicted, in part, based on the elapsed time since the previous communication.

US Pat. No. 11,030,993

ADVERTISEMENT SELECTION BY LINGUISTIC CLASSIFICATION

SoundHound, Inc., Santa ...

1. A computer-implemented method of advertisement selection, the method comprising:recognizing, by a processor, words from user speech over multiple interactions;
computing, by a processor, a number of unique words uttered during the interactions;
classifying, by a processor, the user by the number of unique words uttered during the interactions;
selecting, by a processor, an advertisement targeted to the classified user; and
providing, by a processor, the selected advertisement to the classified user in the form of multimedia,
wherein the user is classified by assigning an English proficiency score to the user.

US Pat. No. 11,030,992

SYSTEM FOR COMMUNICATION SKILLS TRAINING USING JUXTAPOSITION OF RECORDED TAKES

ROLR, Inc., Santa Monica...

1. A method for training a trainee employing juxtaposable and interchangeable takes, the method comprising the steps of:selecting a training scenario from an internet-connected server, wherein a script is associated with the scenario, wherein the script includes a first role and a second role, wherein the first role is assigned to the trainee; wherein the first role includes a plurality of lines to be spoken by the trainee; wherein at least one pre-recorded audio or audiovisual take of the second role is associated with the script and wherein the trainee records a plurality of takes of the first role using an internet connected computing device, such that:
all takes of the first role of the script are interchangeable, and
the at least one take of the second role of the script is juxtaposable with all takes of the first role of the script;
selecting a particular one of the recorded plurality of takes of the first role to be played in juxtaposition with the at least one take of the second role;
playing the selected one of the recorded plurality of takes of the first role in juxtaposition with the at least one take of the second role; and
evaluating a level of the trainee's training based on the playing of the first and second roles in juxtaposition.

US Pat. No. 11,030,991

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR SPEECH PROCESSING

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A speech processing method, comprising:receiving a user spoken utterance;
outputting, in a voice actor's voice having a highest degree of similarity with a user voice, a voice actor spoken utterance corresponding to the user spoken utterance by using a user-voice actor mapping learning model; and
performing speech recognition for the voice actor spoken utterance,
wherein the performing the speech recognition for the voice actor spoken utterance comprises:
once the voice actor spoken utterance determined as corresponding to the user spoken utterance is output by executing the user-voice actor mapping learning model, generating voice actor utterance text obtained by converting the voice actor spoken utterance to text;
learning speech intent of the voice actor spoken utterance by performing syntactic analysis or semantic analysis on the voice actor utterance text;
generating a response text by using a knowledge base corresponding to the speech intent; and
converting the response text to a response spoken utterance in a form of natural language speech to output the response spoken utterance.

US Pat. No. 11,030,990

AUTOMATIC ANSWER REPHRASING BASED ON TALKING STYLE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A system, comprising:a memory that stores computer executable components;
a processor that executes the computer executable components stored in the memory, wherein the computer executable components comprise:
a classification component that determines a talking style of a plurality of talking styles that an entity is associated with based on reception of input from the entity proposing a question related to a defined topic; and
a model selection component that selects, based on the talking style, an answer rephrasing model from a plurality of answer rephrasing models respectively configured to generate different rephrased versions of a standard answer to the question, wherein respective answer rephrasing models of the plurality of answer rephrasing models employ a sequence-to-sequence type of recurrent neural network architecture.

US Pat. No. 11,030,989

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR END-USER TUNING OF AN ACTIVE NOISE CANCELLING AUDIO DEVICE

SYNAPTICS INCORPORATED, ...

1. An active noise cancellation system comprising:a reference sensor configured to sense external noise and generate a corresponding reference signal;
a plurality of noise cancellation filters comprising a user-tunable noise cancellation filter and a fixed noise cancellation filter configured to receive the reference signal and generate a corresponding user-tuned anti-noise signal in accordance with stored parameters comprising at least one user-tunable parameter;
a loudspeaker configured to generate anti-noise output corresponding to the user-tuned anti-noise signal to suppress the external noise present in a noise cancellation zone associated with the user's ear canal; and
a user interface configured to receive user input in response to the generated anti-noise output, the user input comprising user-controlled adjustments to the at least one user-tunable parameter, wherein the user-tuned anti-noise signal is modified in real-time by adjustments to the user-tunable noise cancellation filter in response to the user-controlled adjustments of the at least one user-tunable parameter to adjust one or more properties of the anti-noise output in the noise cancellation zone to calibrate the active noise cancellation system for the user.

US Pat. No. 11,030,988

SIGNAL PROCESSING DEVICE, SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A signal processing device comprising:a noise cancellation processing unit configured to generate a noise cancellation signal on a basis of a collected ambient sound;
a signal processing unit configured to generate an ambient sound adapted signal by performing dynamic analysis related to a feature of the ambient sound and filtering the ambient sound;
a first amplifier configured to adjust a first gain related to an analog signal of the collected ambient sound;
a second amplifier configured to adjust a second gain related to a digital signal of the ambient sound supplied to the signal processing unit; and
a control unit configured to control a plurality of modes related to signal processing,
wherein the plurality of modes includes a first mode in which acoustic reproduction based on the noise cancellation signal is performed and a second mode in which acoustic reproduction based on the noise cancellation signal and the ambient sound adapted signal is performed,
the signal processing unit continues the dynamic analysis even in the first mode,
the dynamic analysis is performed in the first mode and the second mode but forms a basis of the acoustic reproduction only after switching from the first mode to the second mode,
the control unit is configured to control the first amplifier such that the first gain in the first mode is greater than the first gain in the second mode, and
the second amplifier is disposed at a position at which there is no influence on a digital signal supplied to the noise cancellation processing unit.

US Pat. No. 11,030,987

METHOD FOR SELECTING BACKGROUND MUSIC AND CAPTURING VIDEO, DEVICE, TERMINAL APPARATUS, AND MEDIUM

Beijing Microlive Vision ...

1. A method for selecting background music and capturing a video, comprising:acquiring a music viewing instruction in a process of playing a video;
displaying a music detail corresponding to a background music fragment used by the played video according to the music viewing instruction;
acquiring a starting point of the background music fragment in a whole piece of music;
acquiring a capturing instruction, performing a video capturing on a target scene according to the capturing instruction until a capturing stop instruction is acquired, and acquiring a corresponding video; and
acquiring a synthesis instruction, selecting from the whole piece of music according to the starting point to acquire a corresponding music fragment, and synthesizing the music fragment and the acquired video to obtain a target video using a same-style background music fragment as the played video.

US Pat. No. 11,030,986

INTEGRATED KARAOKE DEVICE

Shenzhen Teana Technology...

1. An integrated karaoke device, comprising:a microphone comprising a bottom portion;
a sound box comprising a sound chamber having a top portion and a loudspeaker;
a flexible material fixedly connecting at least a portion of the bottom portion of the microphone to at least a portion of the top portion of the sound chamber, wherein the flexible material is connected to the portion of the bottom portion of the microphone by a first portion of a plastic part, and wherein a sidewall of the flexible material comprises a first opening and a second opening; and
a printed circuit board having a first port and a second port that are configured to fit into the first opening and the second opening of the sidewall respectively, the printed circuit board fixedly connected to the plastic part, said circuit board including a Bluetooth module configured to communicate with a Bluetooth-enabled communication device.

US Pat. No. 11,030,985

MUSICAL INSTRUMENT SPECIAL EFFECTS DEVICE

ALGORHYTHM TECHNOLOGIES I...

7. A musical instrument special effects device, comprising:a special effects unit connected by wire between said musical instrument and an output device, said unit operatively arranged to selectively produce at least one of a plurality of preprogrammed special audio effects;
a microcontroller operatively arranged to control said special effects device;
a pickup input operatively arranged to accept an analog musical signal from said musical instrument;
a pre-amp operatively arranged to bias said analog musical signal;
an analog to digital convertor operatively arranged to send digital signal to said microprocessor;
a digital to analog convertor filter operatively arranged to convert digital musical signal from said microprocessor to an analog musical signal;
an output bandpass filter operatively arranged to remove undesired distortions from said analog musical signal; and,
a controller operatively arranged to wirelessly control said special effects unit.

US Pat. No. 11,030,984

METHOD OF SCORING DIGITAL MEDIA OBJECTS USING MUSICAL EXPERIENCE DESCRIPTORS TO INDICATE WHAT, WHERE AND WHEN MUSICAL EVENTS SHOULD APPEAR IN PIECES OF DIGITAL MUSIC AUTOMATICALLY COMPOSED AND GENERATED BY AN AUTOMATED MUSIC COMPOSITION AND GENERATION SYS

Shutterstock, Inc., New ...

1. A method of scoring a digital media object using an automated music composition and generation system being supplied with musical experience descriptors to characterize one or more pieces of digital music to be automatically composed and generated by said automated music composition and generation system, for use in musically scoring said digital media object, said method comprising the steps of:(a) selecting the digital media object to be scored with the one or more pieces of digital music automatically generated by said automated music composition and generation system having a system user interface operably connected to an automated music composition and generation engine;
(b) providing said digital media object to said system user interface;
(c) using said system user interface to select one or more musical experience descriptors and then apply the musical experience descriptors to said digital media object so as to indicate what, when and how particular musical events should occur in said one or more pieces of digital music to be automatically composed and generated by said automated music composition and generation system, for use in musically scoring said digital media object,
wherein said particular musical events are selected from a group consisting of music start, music stop, descriptor change, style change, volume change, structural change, and instrumentation change;
(d) providing said selected and applied musical experience descriptors to said automated music composition and generation engine; and
(e) initiating said automated music composition and generation engine to automatically compose and generate said one or more pieces of digital music for use in scoring said digital media object with said one or more pieces of digital music,
wherein each composed and generated piece of digital music contains a set of musical notes arranged and performed in said piece of digital music, and having characteristics expressed throughout said piece of digital music and represented by said selected and applied musical experience descriptors.

US Pat. No. 11,030,983

ENHANCED SYSTEM, METHOD, AND DEVICES FOR COMMUNICATING INAUDIBLE TONES ASSOCIATED WITH AUDIO FILES

ADIO, LLC, Matawan, NJ (...

1. A method for communicating inaudible tones, comprising:receiving an audio file for processing;
associating information regarding the audio file with one or more inaudible tones,
wherein the one or more inaudible tones are associated with portions of the audio file for communicating information regarding the portions of the audio file in real-time as the portions of the audio file including the associated one or more inaudible tones are played;
embedding the one or more inaudible tones in the audio file; and
distributing the information in the audio file utilizing the one or more inaudible tones embedded in the audio file.

US Pat. No. 11,030,982

LIGHTWEIGHT GUITAR BODY HAVING PRISMATIC EFFECT AND IMPROVED SOUND QUALITY AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THEREOF

1. A prismatic guitar body of a guitar comprising: an acrylic body including: a front surface; and a rearwardly extending cavity including an interior forwardly-facing surface having one or more flawless cuts, wherein layers of dichroic paint and primer are coated on the one or more flawless cuts to produce a prismatic visual effect showing a first distinct set of colors when the front surface is viewed from a first viewing angle and a second and distinct set of colors when the front surface is viewed from a second viewing angle; and a filler core disposed in the cavity of the acrylic body, the filler core comprising a first section including a first material and a second section including a second material that is lightweight.

US Pat. No. 11,030,981

INTELLIGENT PRIVACY SYSTEM, APPARATUS, AND METHOD THEREOF

RealD Spark, LLC, Beverl...

1. A privacy control method of controlling a directional display device that is capable of directing a displayed image into a viewing window that is adjustable, the method comprising:directing the displayed image into a viewing window that is adjustable;
capturing a viewing region image;
analyzing the viewing region image to detect the presence of one or more secondary viewers in addition to a primary viewer;
in the event of detecting the presence of the one or more secondary viewers:
deriving image information of the one or more secondary viewers detected in the viewing region image,
deciding whether the one or more secondary viewers is permitted to view the displayed image in dependence on what application software system processes are being performed and in dependence on (ii) a comparison of derived image information with a database that associates image information of viewers with viewer permission information; and
adjusting the viewing window in response to detecting the presence of one or more secondary viewers and deciding that the one or more secondary viewers is not permitted to view the displayed image.

US Pat. No. 11,030,980

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

NEC CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing instructions executable by the processor to:
detect a first marker from a captured image, and determines a content corresponding to the detected first marker;
detect a second marker which is different from the first marker from a captured image, and determines a display position in a first display screen on the basis of the detected second marker; and
display a content image regarding the determined content at the determined display position in the first display screen, wherein
the processor detects the first marker which is an image displayed on a second display screen provided in an attachment attached to a user's body, and
the first marker displayed on the second display screen is changed according to an operation on the attachment.

US Pat. No. 11,030,979

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:an acquisition unit that acquires a message from a message transmission source apparatus; and
a control unit that controls projection of an object notifying a user of the message based on attributes of the message,
wherein the object notifying the user of the message comprises an icon different from text of the message,
wherein the attributes of the message used to control the projection of the object include a direction from the user to the message transmission source apparatus and a separation distance between the user and the message transmission source apparatus, and
wherein the acquisition unit and the control unit are each implemented via at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 11,030,978

LOCATION-BASED DISPLAY OF PIXEL HISTORY

eBay Inc., San Jose, CA ...

1. A method comprising:presenting, on a display of a user device, a first screen that includes a first element presented at a location occupying less than an entirety of the first screen;
presenting, on the display of the user device, a second screen that:
includes a second element presented at a location of the second screen that is similar to the location of the first element on the first screen; and
does not include the first element;
receiving, by the user device, an input at the second screen requesting that the first element be presented together with the second element to enable comparison of the first element and the second element; and
outputting, on the display of the user device, a view of the first element contemporaneously with a view of the second element within the second screen.

US Pat. No. 11,030,977

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DRIVING A DISPLAY PANEL

Synaptics Incorporated, ...

1. A processing system, comprising:a first integrated circuit (IC) chip; and
a second IC chip,
wherein the first IC chip comprises:
a first interface configured to receive first image element data and second image element data from an external memory external to the processing system, wherein the external memory is configured to store attribute information of a first image element and a second image element;
first communication circuitry configured to transfer, based on the attribute information, the first image element data to first image processing circuitry and the second image element data to the second IC chip, wherein the first image processing circuitry is configured to generate a first overlay image by overlaying a first partial input image with the first image element based on the first image element data representing the first image element;
first display panel driver circuitry configured to drive a display panel based on the first overlay image.

US Pat. No. 11,030,976

IMAGE COMBINATION DEVICE AND DISPLAY SYSTEM COMPRISING THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A display system, comprising:a processor configured to combine some layers of a plurality of layers to produce a first composite image and combine other layers of the plurality of layers to produce a second composite image; and
a memory storing the first composite image,
the processor includes,
a multi-layer blender configured to receive the plurality of layers and output the first and second composite images,
a sparse group layer (SGL) output unit configured to transmit the first composite image to the memory,
a composite output unit configured to transmit the second composite image, and
a SGL control unit configured to control the multi-layer blender, the SGL output unit and the composite output unit,
wherein the processor is configured to produce the first composite image when any one of layers included in a first group layer is set by the SGL control unit in a first frame and is stored in the memory, and
the processor is configured to produce the second composite image by using the first composite image stored in the memory when all of layers included in the first group layer are not updated in a second frame after the first frame.

US Pat. No. 11,030,975

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:an image sensor configured to capture an image of an eyeball of a user; and
circuitry configured to:
acquire a first image and a second image, wherein
the first image is of a real space reflected on the eyeball of the user,
the second image is related to the real space displayed on a display unit, and
the real space displayed on the display unit is reflected on the eyeball;
acquire location information of at least one reference element included in the real space;
generate a third image including at least one marker respectively corresponding to the at least one reference element by a transformation operation, wherein the transformation operation is an operation to transform real space coordinates of the second image included in real space information into display coordinates of the display unit;
correct the transformation operation based on a positional relationship between the at least one reference element included in the first image and the at least one marker included in the third image; and
control display of the at least one marker respectively corresponding to the at least one reference element while avoiding a gaze area in the display unit that the eyeball gazes.

US Pat. No. 11,030,974

REFRIGERATOR WITH INTERACTIVE DISPLAY AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a main body defining a storage compartment, the storage compartment being divided into a plurality of storage sections; and
a door coupled to the main body and configured to selectively open and close the storage compartment,
wherein the door comprises a door glass configured to be switched between a transparent state and an opaque state,
wherein an entire area of the door glass is configured to be switched to the transparent state in response to a first touch input, and
wherein the door glass is configured to display, in response to a second touch input on an area of the door glass by a user, information on food stored in one or more of the plurality of storage sections that correspond to the area of the door glass touched for the second touch input by the user.

US Pat. No. 11,030,973

WEARABLE HEADS-UP DISPLAYS WITH AMBIENT LIGHT DETECTION AND ADJUSTABLE DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A wearable heads-up display (“WHUD”) comprising:a support structure;
a transparent combiner carried by the support structure, the transparent combiner having a user-side which is to face an eye of a user when the WHUD is worn by the user and a world-side which is to face away from the eye of the user when the WHUD is worn by the user;
a light engine carried by the support structure positioned and oriented to output display light towards the transparent combiner; and
an ambient light sensor carried by a portion of the support structure which is faced by the user-side of the transparent combiner,
wherein the transparent combiner is positioned and oriented to direct the display light towards the eye of the user.

US Pat. No. 11,030,972

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An electronic device comprising:a sensor;
a storage unit storing color matching functions (CMFs) and light source spectral information which correspond to types of the light sources having different characteristics; and
a processor configured to:
acquire spectral information regarding a pixel of a display panel by using the sensor,
identify light source spectral information from among the stored light source spectral information based on a correlation between the acquired spectral information and the stored light source spectral information,
identify a CMF corresponding to the identified light source spectral information from among the stored CMFs based on a type of a light source corresponding to the identified light source spectral information from among the types of the light sources,
identify the identified CMF as a CMF corresponding to a type of a light source of the display panel,
acquire color stimulus values regarding the pixel based on the identified CMF corresponding to the light source of the display panel and the acquired spectral information, and
acquire a correction coefficient regarding the pixel based on the acquired color stimulus values.

US Pat. No. 11,030,971

DISPLAY DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR COLOR CORRECTION BASED ON IMAGE TYPE

SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD....

1. A display device, comprising:an image processor processing original image data including color coordinate values for R, G, and B components in an RGB color space, and outputting processed original image data as corrected image data; and
a display unit including a plurality of pixels, and outputting an image corresponding to the corrected image data onto the plurality of pixels,
wherein the image processor:
sets a corrected color coordinate value for a component of the R, G, and B components based on the type of the image, sets corrected color coordinate values for remaining components in accordance with the corrected color coordinate value for the component, and generates the corrected image data based on the corrected color coordinate values for the component and the remaining components, and
wherein the corrected color coordinate values for the remaining components are set to minimize a difference between the original image data and the corrected image data in a Lab color space.

US Pat. No. 11,030,970

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DISPLAYING A NOTIFICATION FOR A USER AND WORKING DEVICE

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A method for displaying a notification for a user, the method comprises the acts of:displaying first image data of the notification on a display unit in a normal display mode;
displaying second image data of the notification on the display unit in a safety display mode in response to a predetermined fault condition being satisfied in the normal display mode; and
checking whether the predetermined fault condition is satisfied by comparing a current display of the first image data by the display unit in the normal display mode with a reference display of the first image data by the display unit in the normal display mode, so as to determine the presence of image faults, wherein the comparing includes:
subdividing the current display and the reference display into regions and/or pixels,
associating each of the regions and/or pixels with one of the following classes: background, foreground, image edge and irrelevant,
setting color value intervals and/or color value thresholds for each class, except for irrelevant, based on an RGB scheme,
establishing, for each region and/or pixel of each class, except for irrelevant, a position within or outside of the color value intervals and/or color thresholds, and
identifying the presence of image faults, wherein an image fault is identified for a region and/or pixel when the position of the region and/or pixel is outside of the color value intervals and/or color value thresholds.

US Pat. No. 11,030,969

ELECTRO-OPTIC DISPLAYS AND METHODS OF DRIVING THE SAME

E Ink Corporation, Bille...

1. An electro-optic display comprising, in order:a light-transmissive layer of conductive material;
a layer of bistable electro-optic medium;
a layer of light-shielding material;
a plurality of electrodes;
a layer of photoconductive material; and
one or more light emitters,
wherein the layer of photoconductive material is adapted to bridge a gap between an address line and at least one of the electrodes when the photoconductive material is in a low impedance state.

US Pat. No. 11,030,968

MIDDLE-OUT TECHNIQUE FOR REFRESHING A DISPLAY WITH LOW LATENCY

NVIDIA Corporation, Sant...

1. A method comprising:accessing image data representative of a rendered image;
scanning out the image data in a scan order to generate display data, the scan order including a first pixel corresponding to an initial row of pixels from the rendered image prior to a second pixel corresponding to a top-most row of pixels from the rendered image; and
transmitting the display data to a display device for display.

US Pat. No. 11,030,967

DISPLAY DEVICE AND METHOD OF DRIVING THE SAME

SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD....

1. A display device comprising:a display panel comprising a data line and sub-pixels of different colors, wherein the sub-pixels of different colors are connected to a same data line;
a data driver which outputs a positive polarity data voltage and a negative polarity data voltage with respect to a reference voltage to the data line;
an image analyzing part which determines whether current frame image data includes a crosstalk pattern; and
a gamma voltage generator which generates current frame gamma data by applying an asymmetric gamma when the current frame image data do not include the crosstalk pattern, and generates the current frame gamma data by applying a symmetric gamma when the current frame image data includes the crosstalk pattern,
wherein the positive polarity and negative polarity data voltages of the asymmetric gamma are asymmetric with each other for each grayscale of a plurality of grayscales, and
the positive polarity and negative polarity data voltages of the symmetric gamma are symmetric with each other for each of the grayscales,
wherein
a grayscale area comprises a low grayscale area including a grayscale lower than a reference low grayscale, a high grayscale area including a grayscale higher than a reference high grayscale and an intermediate grayscale area including an intermediate grayscale between the reference low grayscale and the reference high grayscale,
the positive polarity and negative polarity data voltages of the asymmetric gamma are symmetric with each other for each of the grayscales in the low grayscale area and the high grayscale area, and
the positive polarity and negative polarity data voltages of the asymmetric gamma are asymmetric with each other for each of the grayscales in the middle grayscale area.

US Pat. No. 11,030,966

METHOD FOR DRIVING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

Semiconductor Energy Labo...

1. A method for driving a display device, the display device comprising:a plurality of point light sources arranged in a array; and
a plurality of partitions arranged in the array,
wherein the plurality of point light sources are divided into a plurality of regions by the plurality of partitions,
the method comprising the steps of:
dividing image data into a first data and second data;
performing a first super-resolution processing on the first data;
performing a second super-resolution processing on the second data; and
performing a local dimming processing by using the plurality of point light sources and the plurality of partitions.

US Pat. No. 11,030,965

DRIVERS PROVIDING DC-BALANCED REFRESH SEQUENCES FOR COLOR ELECTROPHORETIC DISPLAYS

E Ink Corporation, Bille...

1. A method for driving an electrophoretic display having a front electrode, a backplane, and a display medium positioned between the front electrode and the backplane, the display medium comprising three sets of differently-colored particles, the method comprising:applying a reset phase and a color transition phase to the display, the reset phase comprising:
applying a first signal having a first polarity, a first amplitude as a function of time, and a first duration on the front electrode;
applying no signal during the first duration on the backplane;
applying a second signal having a second polarity opposite the first polarity, a second amplitude as a function of time, during a second duration on the front electrode; and
applying a third signal having the first polarity, and a third amplitude as a function of time, during the second duration on the backplane;
the color transition phase comprising:
applying a fourth signal having the first polarity, a fourth amplitude as a function of time, and a third duration preceded by the first and second durations on the front electrode; and
applying a fifth signal having the second polarity, a fifth amplitude as a function of time, and a fourth duration preceded by the first and second durations on the backplane;
wherein the sum of the first amplitude as a function of time integrated over the first duration, and the sum of the second and third amplitudes as a function of time integrated over the second duration, and the fourth amplitude as a function of time integrated over the third duration, and the fifth amplitude as a function of time integrated over the fourth duration produces an impulse offset designed to maintain a DC-balance on the display medium over the reset phase and the color transition phase.

US Pat. No. 11,030,964

IMAGE DISPLAY PROCESSING METHOD AND DEVICE, DISPLAY DEVICE AND NON-VOLATILE STORAGE MEDIUM

BEIJING BOE OPTOELECTRONI...

1. An image display processing method for a display device, the display device comprising a backlight unit and a display panel, the backlight unit comprising a plurality of backlight blocks and being driven by a local dimming mode, and the image display processing method comprising:obtaining initial backlight data of each of the plurality of backlight blocks corresponding to a display image;
performing a peak driving process on the initial backlight data of each of the plurality of backlight blocks by a graphics processing unit to obtain adjusted backlight data of each of the plurality of backlight blocks; and
providing the adjusted backlight data to the backlight unit by the graphics processing unit so that the display panel displays the display image;
obtaining backlight diffusion data of each pixel of the display image; and
compensating initial display data of each pixel of the display image according to the backlight diffusion data of each pixel of the display image to obtain compensated display data of each pixel of the display image;
wherein compensating the initial display data of each pixel of the display image according to the backlight diffusion data of each pixel of the display image comprises:
by the graphics processing unit, obtaining a maximum value of the backlight diffusion data according to the backlight diffusion data of each pixel of the display image, and then compensating the initial display data of each pixel of the display image according to the backlight diffusion data of each pixel of the display image, the maximum value of the backlight diffusion data and the initial display data of the display image;
the compensated display data of each pixel are expressed as:
R=Hm*A.r+(bl_max?Y)*A.r;
G=Hm*A.g+(bl_max?Y)*A.g;
B=Hm*A.b+(bl_max?Y)*A.b;
where R, G and B respectively represent compensated display data of three sub-pixels, which comprises a red sub-pixel, a green sub-pixel and a blue sub-pixel, of the each pixel; A.r, A.g and A.b respectively represent initial display data of the three sub-pixels of the pixel before performing local dimming; bl_max represents the maximum value of the backlight diffusion data; Y represents the backlight diffusion data of the pixel, and Hm represents a greatest grayscale value.

US Pat. No. 11,030,963

MOTION BLUR EFFECT ADJUSTMENT METHOD AND DISPLAY SYSTEM CAPABLE OF ADJUSTING A MOTION BLUR EFFECT

Qisda Corporation, Taoyu...

1. A motion blur effect adjustment method comprising:partitioning a display panel into at least two regions along a vertical axis;
tracking positions of eyes for generating position information of eyes tracking by using an image capturing device;
acquiring a first region corresponding to a visual range of the positions of eyes from the at least two regions according to the position information of eyes tracking;
setting a timing of enabling a backlight device to emit a backlight signal along the vertical axis of the display panel for reducing a first motion blur effect of the first region; and
adjusting a second motion blur effect of a second region outside the first region;
wherein the first region of the display panel corresponds to a first time interval during a pixel active interval of a vertical synchronization signal, the second region of the display panel corresponds to a second time interval during the pixel active interval of the vertical synchronization signal, the first time interval and the second time interval are non-overlapped.

US Pat. No. 11,030,962

BACKLIGHT UNIT AND DISPLAY DEVICE

LG Display Co., Ltd., Se...

1. A display device, comprising:a display panel;
a backlight unit including a plurality of light sources configured to supply light to the display panel, the plurality of light sources including:
a first light source; and
a second light source; and
a driver circuit configured to:
output a light source driving signal; and
drive the plurality of light sources,
wherein, during a period in which the display panel is driven in a normal driving mode, the drive circuit is further configured to output the light source driving signal, a frequency, a duty, and an amplitude of which are constant, in a one-frame period,
wherein, during a period in which the display panel is driven in a low-speed driving mode, the driver circuit is further configured to output at least one first light source driving signal and at least one second light source driving signal in the one-frame period,
wherein at least one of a frequency, a duty, an amplitude, or combinations thereof, of the at least one first light source driving signal, is different from that of the at least one second light source driving signal,
wherein, in the normal driving mode, the at least one first light source is configured to receive a same light source driving signal as a light source driving signal that the at least one second light source receives, and
wherein, in the low-speed driving mode, the first light source is further configured to receive a light source driving signal that is different from the light source driving signal that the second light source receives.

US Pat. No. 11,030,961

DC TO DC CONVERTER AND DISPLAY APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

11. A display apparatus comprising:a display panel configured to display an image;
a gate driver configured to output a gate signal to the display panel;
a data driver configured to output a data voltage to the display panel;
a backlight configured to provide light to the display panel; and
a backlight driver configured to output a backlight driving signal to drive the backlight to the backlight, the backlight driver comprising a DC to DC converter,
wherein the DC to DC converter comprises:
an input voltage source;
an inductor connected to the input voltage source;
a diode connected to the inductor;
a capacitor connected to the diode;
a plurality of switching elements connected to a node between the inductor and the diode, wherein the switching elements are connected to each other in a parallel connection; and
a controller configured to set duty ratios of currents flowing through the switching elements that are connected to each other in the parallel connection and to the node between the inductor and the diode such that the duty ratios of the currents flowing through the switching elements are equal to each other.

US Pat. No. 11,030,960

HOST CONTENT ADAPTIVE BACKLIGHT CONTROL (CABC) AND LOCAL DIMMING

SYNAPTICS INCORPORATED, ...

1. A method performed by a display device, comprising:receiving display data representing a frame buffer image that includes a first image and a second image to be at least partially overlaid upon the first image, the display data including pixel data for displaying the frame buffer image on a display surface of the display device and backlight configuration data for adjusting a backlight of the display device used to illuminate the display surface when displaying the frame buffer image, wherein the backlight configuration data is encoded as a portion of the pixel data;
identifying the portion of the pixel data corresponding to the backlight configuration data based at least in part on an aspect ratio of the frame buffer image;
updating a plurality of pixel elements of the display surface using the pixel data; and
updating an intensity of the backlight using the backlight configuration data, wherein the updates to the backlight and the display surface are performed concurrently for the received display data.

US Pat. No. 11,030,959

PIXEL CIRCUIT AND DRIVING METHOD THEREOF, AND DISPLAY DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A pixel circuit, comprising: a driving circuit, a data writing circuit, a first reset circuit, a first light emission control circuit and a light emitter element, whereinthe driving circuit comprises a control terminal, a first terminal and a second terminal, and the driving circuit is configured to control a driving current, which passes through the first terminal and the second terminal, for driving the light emitter element to emit light;
the data writing circuit is configured to write a data signal into the control terminal of the driving circuit in response to a scan signal;
the first light emission control circuit is configured to apply a first voltage to the first terminal of the driving circuit in response to a first light emission control signal;
the first reset circuit is configured to apply a reset voltage to the control terminal of the driving circuit in response to a first reset signal, and the driving circuit is configured to be in a fixed bias state in a situation where the reset voltage and the first voltage are applied together to the driving circuit; and
the first reset signal and the first light emission control signal are simultaneously turn-on signals during at least a period of time.

US Pat. No. 11,030,958

GATE DRIVER, ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING DISPLAY DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME, AND METHOD FOR OPERATING THE SAME

LG DISPLAY CO., LTD., Se...

1. A gate driver, comprising:a plurality of stages for outputting a gate signal for an image at a time of display driving, and outputting a gate signal for sensing at a time of sensing driving that follows the display driving, each of the plurality of stages including:
a first input terminal configured to receive a first high-potential power supply voltage having a first voltage level and a second voltage level;
a pixel line selecting unit configured to charge a first node with a first preceding stage carry signal based on a pixel line selection signal for a gate-on voltage during the display driving, and to charge a second node with the first voltage level of the first high-potential power supply voltage based on a sensing start signal for the gate-on voltage and a charged voltage of the first node during the sensing driving; and
an output unit configured to output a scan clock for the gate-on voltage as the gate signal for sensing while the second node maintains a charged state on the sensing driving,
wherein the first voltage level of the first high-potential power supply voltage is received at the first input terminal during the sensing driving, and the second voltage level of the first high-potential power supply voltage is received at the first input terminal during the display driving, and
wherein the first voltage level is higher than the second voltage level.

US Pat. No. 11,030,957

ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING DISPLAY DEVICE WITH LUMINANCE COMPENSATION FEATURES

LG DISPLAY CO., LTD., Se...

1. An organic light emitting display device, comprising:a display panel includes a plurality of sub-pixels arranged in a plurality of column lines and a power line, wherein each of the plurality of sub-pixels is supplied with a first power voltage and a second power voltage and includes a light emitting diode, wherein the power line extends along a column line direction and transfers the first power voltage; and
a peak luminance control circuit which derives a compensation value that is adjusted according to a maximum voltage variation amount of voltage variation amounts in the column line direction for a picture input thereto, which applies the compensation value to an average picture level of the picture to derive a compensated average picture level, and which controls a peak luminance of the picture according to the compensated average picture level,
wherein the voltage variation amount includes a voltage reduction amount for the first power voltage and a voltage rise amount for the second power voltage, and
wherein the peak luminance control circuit derives the voltage variation amount for each column line to calculate the maximum voltage variation amount or derives the voltage variation amount for each column unit formed with two or more neighboring column lines to calculate the maximum voltage variation amount.

US Pat. No. 11,030,956

DISPLAY DEVICE, ELECTRONIC DEVICE, AND TOGGLING CIRCUIT

LG DISPLAY CO., LTD., Se...

1. A display device comprising:a pixel array disposed in a pixel array area and including a plurality of subpixels each having a subpixel line defined by a plurality of data lines and a plurality of gate lines;
a source-driving circuit configured to drive the plurality of data lines;
a gate-driving circuit configured to drive the plurality of gate lines;
a controller configured to control the source-driving circuit and the gate-driving circuit;
a plurality of driving voltage lines individually transferring driving voltages to the plurality of subpixels arranged in the pixel array area; and
a toggling circuit including a plurality of shift registers and a plurality of toggle switches connected with one to one correspondence and configured to toggle the driving voltages individually applied to each of the plurality of driving voltage lines by repeating input and non-input of the driving voltages through the plurality of toggle switches in accordance with a plurality of toggle control signals generated by the plurality of shift registers based on a reference signal, which is a reference of a toggle control signal, and output the toggled driving voltages,
wherein the plurality of toggle switches is directly connected with the plurality of shift registers,
wherein the driving voltages individually applied to each of the plurality of driving voltage lines are toggled by being synchronized with toggling timing of toggle control signals, and a length of an emission period corresponds to a length of an on-voltage state period of each of the toggle control signals and corresponds to a length of a high-level period of the reference signal (REF), and
wherein the length of the emission period is substantially longer than the length of a non-emission period in each frame when the toggled driving voltages are applied at different times, and the length of the non-emission period substantially longer than the length of the emission period in each frame when the toggled driving voltages are applied at a same time.

US Pat. No. 11,030,955

PIXEL CIRCUITS FOR AMOLED DISPLAYS

Ignis Innovation Inc., W...

1. A display system comprising:an array of pixels, each pixel including a pixel circuit that includes
a light emitting device,
a drive transistor for driving current through the light emitting device according to
a driving voltage across the drive transistor during an emission cycle, said drive transistor having a gate, a source and a drain, and
a storage capacitor coupled to the gate of said drive transistor for controlling said driving voltage; and
a controller configured for
supplying to a pixel circuit over a first signal line a first voltage that is related to a known target current,
reading an actual current over a monitor line coupled to the pixel and modifying said first voltage until the actual current read over the monitor line substantially matches said target current,
storing a value of the modified first voltage as a data point in current-voltage characteristics stored for an element of the pixel circuit, and
extracting a current for the element of the pixel circuit corresponding to the modified first voltage based on the current-voltage characteristics stored for the element of the pixel circuit.

US Pat. No. 11,030,954

PIXEL SENSING DEVICE, ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING DISPLAY DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME AND METHOD THEREOF

LG Display Co., Ltd., Se...

1. A display device comprising:a display panel;
a driving circuit coupled to the display panel, the driving circuit for providing a preset sensing voltage to a pixel of a display panel;
a sensing circuit-coupled to the display panel, the sensing circuit for sensing a pixel current generated by the pixel, the sensing circuit comprising:
a current integrator generating an integrated voltage signal indicative of the pixel current, and
an offset circuit for adding an offset to the integrated voltage signal, the offset based on a previously stored compensation amount for the pixel; and
a compensation circuit coupled to the display panel, the compensation circuit determining a new compensation amount for the pixel based on the offset integrated voltage, and compensating a display voltage of the pixel by the new compensation amount in a subsequent display frame of the display device,
wherein the offset is further based on a sensitivity range of an analog-to-digital converter connected to the offset circuit.

US Pat. No. 11,030,953

PIXEL AND ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING DISPLAY DEVICE HAVING THE SAME

SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD....

1. An organic light emitting display device, comprising:a plurality of pixels,
wherein each of the plurality of pixels includes:
an organic light emitting diode (OLED);
a first transistor that includes a gate electrode, a first electrode, and a second electrode, the first transistor being a driving transistor which controls a current flowing into the OLED based on a data signal, the first transistor being a p-channel MOS transistor;
a second transistor that includes a gate electrode receiving a first scan signal, a first electrode receiving the data signal, and a second electrode connected to the first electrode of the first transistor;
a third transistor that includes a gate electrode receiving a second scan signal, a first electrode connected to the second electrode of the first transistor, and a second electrode connected to the gate electrode of the first transistor, the third transistor being an n-channel MOS transistor;
a storage capacitor that includes a first electrode receiving a first power voltage and a second electrode connected to the gate electrode of the first transistor; and
a first capacitor that includes a first electrode connected to the gate electrode of e third transistor and a second electrode receiving the first power voltage.

US Pat. No. 11,030,952

PIXEL AND DISPLAY DEVICE HAVING THE SAME

SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD....

1. A pixel of a display device, the pixel comprising:a first transistor connected between a first node and a second node;
a second transistor connected between the second node and a third node in series with the first transistor;
a driving transistor connected between a source of first power and the third node and including a gate electrode connected to the first node;
an organic light emitting diode connected between the third node and a source of second power;
a first capacitor connected between a source of third power and the first node; and
a second capacitor connected between the second node and a data line.

US Pat. No. 11,030,951

LIGHT-EMITTING DISPLAY AND METHOD OF DRIVING THE SAME

LG Display Co., Ltd., Se...

1. A light-emitting display comprising:a display panel comprising a pixel;
a first circuit which supplies a data voltage to a data line for the pixel; and
a second circuit which performs a sensing operation for sensing a sensing line for the pixel and outputs a voltage required for the sensing operation,
wherein the second circuit outputs a noise removing voltage for cancelling out noise formed on the sensing line during the sensing operation,
wherein the second circuit comprises:
a sensing switch part connected to the sensing line;
a noise remove voltage source for outputting the noise removing voltage through the sensing switch part; and
an integrating circuit part which senses the sensing line through the sensing switch part between the sensing line and the integrating circuit part.

US Pat. No. 11,030,950

ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING DISPLAY HAVING PIXEL WITH SENSING TRANSISTOR

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A light-emitting display comprising:a display panel comprising a first pixel;
a first data line electrically connected to the first pixel;
a data driver electrically connected to the first data line;
wherein the first pixel comprises:
a first light-emitting diode;
a sensing transistor comprising a first electrode electrically connected to the first data line and a second electrode electrically connected to the first light-emitting diode of the first pixel,
a first driving transistor comprising a first electrode electrically connected to a first power supply terminal and a second electrode electrically connected to the first light-emitting diode; and
a first switch transistor comprising a first electrode electrically connected to the first data line and a second electrode electrically connected to a gate electrode of the first driving transistor,
wherein the data driver is configured to apply a data signal to the gate electrode of the first driving transistor through the first data line during a display period, and
wherein the data driver is configured to apply a reference voltage to the first light-emitting diode through the sensing transistor and to measure an electronic current flowing through the first light-emitting diode during a sensing period.

US Pat. No. 11,030,949

SYSTEMS AND METHOD FOR FAST COMPENSATION PROGRAMMING OF PIXELS IN A DISPLAY

Ignis Innovation Inc., W...

1. A display system comprising:a data line configured for transmitting a reference voltage or a reference current during a compensation cycle and a programming voltage with programming information at a different time during a programming cycle;
at least one pixel comprising:
a light emitting device for emitting light during an emission cycle;
a drive transistor including a first terminal, a second terminal and a third terminal, for conveying a driving current through the light emitting device during the emission cycle;
a programming capacitor coupled in series between the first terminal of the drive transistor and the data line for storing the programming voltage during the programming cycle; and
a first switching transistor coupled between the first terminal of the drive transistor and the second terminal of the drive transistor;
a data driver configured for transmitting the programming voltage over the data line;
a voltage or a current source configured for applying the reference voltage or the reference current to each pixel, whereby a compensation current based on the reference voltage or the reference current is conveyed, during the compensation cycle, through the first switching transistor and the drive transistor develops a compensation voltage that accounts for variations and degradations in the driving transistor; and
a controller configured for selectively controlling the first switching transistor;
wherein during the emission cycle the driving current is based on the programming voltage and the compensation voltage; and
wherein the data driver includes a cyclic digital-to-analog converter, and wherein the voltage or the current source includes a ramp value signal source that is selectively connected to the cyclic digital-to-analog converter to generate a ramp voltage on the data line via the cyclic digital-to-analog converter.

US Pat. No. 11,030,948

DISPLAY PANEL

Au Optronics Corporation,...

1. A display panel, comprising:a plurality of first pixel structures disposed in a first display area, wherein each of the plurality of first pixel structures comprises a first transistor, and the first transistor has a gate, a semiconductor pattern, a source and a drain;
a plurality of second pixel structures disposed in a second display area, wherein each of the plurality of second pixel structures comprises a second transistor, and the second transistor has a gate, a semiconductor pattern, a source and a drain, the second display area is located outside the first display area, and the first display area and the second display area are arranged in a first direction;
a plurality of first signal lines disposed in the first display area and electrically connected to gates of first transistors of the plurality of first pixel structures, wherein the plurality of first signal lines is arranged in a second direction and the first direction and the second direction are perpendicular;
a plurality of second signal lines disposed in the second display area and electrically connected to gates of second transistors of the plurality of second pixel structures, wherein the plurality of second signal lines is arranged in the second direction and the plurality of first signal lines and the plurality of second signal lines are structurally separated;
a first driving circuit electrically connected to the plurality of first signal lines;
a second driving circuit electrically independent from the first driving circuit and electrically connected to the plurality of second signal lines;
a first substrate, wherein the plurality of first pixel structures and the plurality of second pixel structures are disposed on the first substrate; and
a second substrate disposed below the first substrate, wherein the first driving circuit and the second driving circuit are disposed on the second substrate, the first substrate has an upper surface facing away from the second substrate and a lower surface facing the second substrate, the first substrate has a plurality of first vias and a plurality of second vias respectively disposed in the first display area and the second display area, each of the plurality of first vias and the plurality of second vias extends from the upper surface of the first substrate to the lower surface of the first substrate, the plurality of first pixel structures, the plurality of second pixel structures, the plurality of first signal lines, and the plurality of second signal lines are disposed on the upper surface of the first substrate;
a plurality of first signal line junctions disposed on the plurality of first vias of the first substrate and electrically connected to the plurality of first signal lines respectively, wherein the plurality of first signal line junctions is electrically connected to the first driving circuit; and
a plurality of second signal line junctions disposed on the plurality of second vias of the first substrate and electrically connected to the plurality of second signal lines respectively, wherein the plurality of second signal line junctions is electrically connected to the second driving circuit.

US Pat. No. 11,030,947

DISPLAY DEVICE EQUIPPED WITH POSITION DETECTING DEVICE FOR DETECTING POSITIONS OF PIXELS SUBJECTED TO LUMINANCE CALIBRATION

SHARP NEC DISPLAY SOLUTIO...

1. A display device comprising:a display including a plurality of pixels having a plurality of light-emitting elements;
a pixel selector configured to select a pixel from among the plurality of pixels;
a positional information generator configured to generate positional information representing a position of the pixel selected by the pixel selector; and
a light emission processor configured to superpose the positional information on light emitted by the pixel selected by the pixel selector,
wherein the plurality of pixels are aligned in a matrix including rows and columns,
wherein the pixel selector selects a row of pixels or a column of pixels within the matrix for aligning the plurality of pixels,
wherein the positional information generator generates row positional information corresponding to the row of pixels selected by the pixel selector or column position information corresponding to the column of pixels selected by the pixel selector, and
wherein the light emission processor superposes the row position information on light emitted by the row of pixels selected by the pixel selector or the light emission processor superposes the column position information on light emitted by the column of pixels selected by the pixel selector.

US Pat. No. 11,030,946

AMBIENT BRIGHTNESS DETECTION METHOD, ELECTRONIC DEVICE, DETECTION APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM

BEIJING XIAOMI MOBILE SOF...

1. A method for ambient brightness detection that is implemented by an electronic device including a display array and a light sensing component that is arranged on a back side of the display array, the method comprising:obtaining a detected brightness through the light sensing component in a display time slot of a target pixel portion covered by a projection in a plane where the display array is located;
determining a brightness scene according to a present display brightness of the display array;
determining a calculation parameter for calculation of an ambient brightness according to the brightness scene, a display refresh rate of the display array, and the detected brightness; and
determining the ambient brightness based on the calculation parameter.

US Pat. No. 11,030,945

DISPLAY DEVICE AND DRIVING METHOD THEREOF

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A display device comprising:a pixel comprising a first pixel transistor of which a gate electrode is connected to a first node, a back-gate electrode is connected to a back-gate line, a first electrode is connected to a second node, and a second electrode is connected to a third node;
a back-gate voltage determiner for converging a variable back-gate voltage to a first level when the display device displays a moving image, and for converging the variable back-gate voltage to a second level when the display device displays a still image; and
a back-gate stage for applying the variable back-gate voltage to the back-gate line,
wherein the back-gate voltage determiner is configured to change the variable back-gate voltage from the first level to the second level during a first transition period when the display device displays the still image after displaying the moving image,
wherein the back-gate voltage determiner is configured to change the variable back-gate voltage from the second level to the first level during a second transition period when the display device displays a moving image after displaying a still image, and
wherein the first transition period is longer than the second transition period.

US Pat. No. 11,030,944

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CORRECTING AMBIENT-LIGHT ILLUMINANCE DIFFERENCES OF AMBIENT LIGHT DIRECTED ONTO REGIONS OF A DISPLAY

Capital One Services, LLC...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a memory;
a display with a front side and a back side comprising a light sensor array of light sensors and a light source array of light sources;
wherein the light source array of light sources emit light to display an image on the display; and
a controller configured to:
receive a sensor output from each light sensor in the light sensor array;
compute, using the received sensor outputs, an ambient-light illuminance difference between a first illuminance of a first ambient light externally directed onto a first region of the displayed image on the front side of the display and a second illuminance of a second ambient light externally directed respectively onto a second region of the displayed image on the front side of the display;
wherein the first illuminance is detected from a first portion of the light sensors in the light sensor array in the first region of the displayed image;
wherein the second illuminance is detected from a second portion of the light sensors in the light sensor array in the second region of the displayed image;
wherein the first region is different from the second region and the first portion of the light sensors is different from the second portion of the light sensors;
control the emitted light from light sources of the light source array to change a luminous emittance of the light source array within the second region of the displayed image based on calibration data stored in the memory so as to reduce a spatial luminance difference between the first region and the second region of the displayed image on the display so as to present a uniformly displayed image to a user;
wherein the calibration data relates the luminous emittance from the light source array to the light source controls controlling the emitted light from the light sources of the light source array; and
wherein the luminous emittance from the displayed image is substantially opposite to the first illuminance of the first ambient light and the second illuminance of the second ambient light directed onto the displayed image.

US Pat. No. 11,030,943

SCAN DRIVER

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A scan driver comprising:a first transistor having a first electrode coupled to an output scan line, a second electrode coupled to a first power line, and a gate electrode coupled to a first node;
a second transistor having a first electrode coupled to a first clock line, a second electrode coupled to the output scan line, and a gate electrode coupled to a second node;
a third transistor having a first electrode coupled to the first node, a second electrode coupled to a first input scan line, and a gate electrode coupled to a second clock line; and
a fourth transistor having a first electrode coupled to the second node and a second electrode and a gate electrode, which are coupled to a second input scan line,
wherein the first input scan line and the second input scan line are different from each other,
further comprising:
a fifth transistor having a first electrode coupled to the first clock line, a second electrode coupled to the second node, and a gate electrode coupled to the first node; and
a first capacitor having a first electrode coupled to the first clock line and a second electrode coupled to the second node.

US Pat. No. 11,030,942

BACKPLANE ADAPTABLE TO DRIVE EMISSIVE PIXEL ARRAYS OF DIFFERING PITCHES

JASPER DISPLAY CORPORATIO...

1. An array of emissive pixel drive elements operative to provide a pulse width modulated current at a required voltage to an array of emissive elements, and wherein each pixel element comprises a binary memory cell operative to enable provision of the pulse width modulated current when set to a first memory state and to disenable provision of the pulse width modulated current when set to a second memory state, and wherein a plurality of individual contiguous pixel drive elements form a group configured to connect in parallel provide the pulse width modulated current to a single conductive pad element, wherein the single conductive pad element is configured to act as a mounting pad for a single emissive element.

US Pat. No. 11,030,941

DISPLAY DRIVING DEVICE AND DISPLAY DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

MagnaChip Semiconductor, ...

1. A display driving device for driving a display panel, the display driving device comprising:a first driving circuit configured to output a first image signal;
a second driving circuit configured to output a second image signal;
a first switch circuit connected to the first driving circuit, and configured to transmit the first image signal to a part of a first set of sub-pixels arranged in the display panel based on a first switching signal during a first horizontal time interval; and
a second switch circuit connected to the second driving circuit, and configured to transmit the second image signal to a part of a second set of sub-pixels arranged in the display panel adjacent to the first set of sub-pixels based on a second switching signal during the first horizontal time interval,
wherein a width of the first switching signal and a width of the second switching signal in the first horizontal time differ from each other, and
the width of the first switching signal is a first width of three different widths and the width of the second switching signal is a second width of the three different widths.

US Pat. No. 11,030,940

DISPLAY ARRAY WITH DISTRIBUTED AUDIO

X Development LLC, Mount...

1. A wallpaper-like audio/visual system, comprising:a flexible substrate;
a display array disposed across the flexible substrate and including micro light emitting diodes (micro-LEDs) to emit an image;
a plurality of speakers disposed across the flexible substrate to emit audio, the speakers interspersed amongst the micro-LEDs;
one or more addressing layers disposed across the flexible substrate, the one or more addressing layers including a first group of flexible conductive paths coupled to the micro-LEDs to selectively drive the micro-LEDs with first signals to emit the image and a second group of flexible conductive paths coupled to the speakers to drive the speakers with second signals to emit the audio;
driver circuitry carried on the flexible substrate and coupled to the first and second groups of flexible conductive paths to drive the micro-LEDs and the speakers with the first and second signals, respectively, in response to receiving audio and visual input signals; and
a controller coupled with the driver circuitry, the controller including memory storing instructions, that when executed by the controller, cause the wallpaper-like audio/visual system to perform operations including:
identifying an object in the image as a source of a semantic sound track in the audio; and
routing the semantic sound track predominately or exclusively to a sub-group of the speakers physically positioned proximate to one or more of the micro-LEDs displaying the object in the image.

US Pat. No. 11,030,939

DISPLAY DEVICE

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A display device comprising:a display panel;
a pixel on the display panel, the pixel comprising at least one light emitting element;
a timing controller configured to receive an image data signal of the pixel and to compensate for a gray value of the image data signal based on a number of light emitting elements of the pixel to generate a compensated image data signal;
a data driver configured to select a compensation data signal corresponding to the compensated image data signal from the timing controller and to apply the compensation data signal to the pixel; and
a look-up table in which the number of light emitting elements of the pixel is stored, the number of light emitting elements of the pixel being determined either via a photograph pixel or a current detected from the pixel,
wherein the timing controller is configured to compare the number of light emitting elements of the pixel with a predetermined reference value, and to generate the compensated image data signal based on a comparison result.

US Pat. No. 11,030,938

DISPLAY PANEL AND DISPLAY DEVICE

1. A display panel, comprising:a plurality of first pixel units;
a first driving circuit;
a second pixel unit; and
a second driving circuit;
wherein the first pixel units comprise:
an image display region driven by the first driving circuit to provide a corresponding brightness; and
a light transmissive region, wherein an opening is formed at an edge of the image display region, the light transmissive region is formed within the opening, and an incident light emitted from an outer side of the display panel passes through the light transmissive region;
wherein a light transmissive combination region is formed by connecting at least two of the light transmissive regions of the first pixel units, and a periphery of the light transmissive combination region is surrounded by the image display region;
wherein the image display region comprises a rectangular shape, the light transmissive region is disposed at an angular position of the image display region, and the light transmissive combination region is formed by connecting at least two of the light transmissive regions having corresponding angular positions;
wherein a repeating unit is consisted of the plurality of first pixel units of the display panel in a group of four, four of the first pixel units disposed within the repeating unit are arranged in two columns, the first pixel units are arranged in each column by two ways, and the light transmissive combination region is formed at a central position of the repeating unit and surrounded by four image display regions;
wherein the image display region corresponds to two light transmissive regions, and the two light transmissive regions are respectively disposed at diagonal position of the image display region, and each of the light transmissive regions is connected to one or three adjacent other light transmissive regions to form the light transmissive combination region;
wherein the image display region comprises a rectangular shape, the light transmissive region is disposed at a side position of the image display region, the repeating unit is consisted of the plurality of first pixel units in a group of four, four of the first pixel units disposed within the repeating unit are arranged in two columns, the first pixel units are arranged in each column by two ways, the image display region comprises only one light transmissive region, and two light transmissive regions disposed in a same column corresponding to the image display region are combined to form the light transmissive combination region;
wherein the second driving circuit drives a plurality of the second pixel units to provide a corresponding brightness, and the light transmissive region is only formed within the first pixel units; and
wherein number of active switches of the first driving circuit driving the first pixel units is less than number of active switches of the second driving circuit driving the second pixel units.

US Pat. No. 11,030,937

SUB-PIXEL RENDERING METHOD AND DEVICE

GlenFly Technology Co., L...

1. A sub-pixel rendering method for generating a target image according to a source image, comprising:obtaining the source image;
determining a target pixel to be rendered in the target image;
calculating an edge code of the source pixel corresponding to a sub-pixel of the target pixel to be rendered in the source image;
determining texture information around the sub-pixel of the target pixel to be rendered according to the edge code; and
calculating a pixel value for the sub-pixel of the target pixel to be rendered according to the texture information and based on distance when the edge code is not a specific pattern.

US Pat. No. 11,030,936

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR OPERATING AN ELECTRO-OPTIC DISPLAY IN WHITE MODE

E Ink Corporation, Bille...

1. A method of operating an electro-optic display which undergoes a first transition from a first image to a second image, and a second transition from the second image to a third image, the method being characterized by:detecting a null state transition of a first pixel from black in the first image to black in the second image;
determining, using an algorithm and assigning an indication state to the first pixel, when the number of cardinal neighbors of the first pixel transitioning from a black state in the first image to a white state in the second image is at least equal to a threshold number; and
during the second transition, applying to the first pixel assigned with the indication state a voltage signal configured to generate an optical black state for the first pixel.

US Pat. No. 11,030,935

DISPLAY DEVICE AND METHOD OF DRIVING THE SAME

SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD....

1. A display device comprising:a display panel including a plurality of data lines and a plurality of color pixels arranged into rows;
a black-grayscale correcting circuit correcting a black-level of black-grayscale data of input grayscale data to generate corrected image data,
wherein the black-grayscale correcting circuit corrects the black-grayscale data of a given frame to be applied to a current one of the rows during a current horizontal period based on the input grayscale data of the given frame to be applied to a previous one of the rows that is adjacent and before the current row during a previous horizontal period and the input grayscale data of the given frame to be applied to a next one of the rows that is adjacent and after the current row during a next horizontal period; and
a data driving circuit converts the corrected image data into data voltages and outputs the data voltages to the plurality of data lines.

US Pat. No. 11,030,934

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR A MULTI-PRIMARY WIDE GAMUT COLOR SYSTEM

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY, Waco,...

1. A system for displaying a primary color system, comprising:a set of image data, wherein the set of image data includes primary color data for at least four primary color values, a bit level, a first set of color channel data, and a second set of color channel data;
an image data converter, wherein the image data converter includes a digital interface, wherein the digital interface is operable to encode and decode the set of image data;
at least one transfer function (TF) for processing the set of image data;
a set of Session Description Protocol (SDP) parameters, wherein the set of SDP parameters is modifiable; and
a display system;
wherein the display system and the image data converter are in network communication;
wherein the image data converter is operable to convert the set of image data for display on the display system;
wherein the image data converter is operable to create a combined set of color channel data from the first set of color channel data and the second set of color channel data for display on the display system; and
wherein the combined set of color channel data has a combined bit level equal to the bit level of the set of image data.

US Pat. No. 11,030,933

SUB-PIXEL RENDERING METHOD AND DISPLAY DEVICE

HIMAX TECHNOLOGIES LIMITE...

1. A sub-pixel rendering method for a display panel comprising a plurality of sub-pixel structures, wherein the sub-pixel rendering method comprises:obtaining a digital image comprising a plurality of pixels, wherein each of the pixels comprises a plurality of grey levels, and each of the pixels corresponds to only two of the sub-pixel structures;
obtaining a plurality of first grey levels from the grey levels that have same colors according to a texture mask;
determining a number of the first grey levels that are smaller than a first threshold; and
determining that a center grey level of the first grey levels in a texture mask is in a dark-on-bright texture if the number of the first grey levels that are smaller than the first threshold is less than a second threshold;
transforming the grey levels into a plurality of sub-pixel luminances;
performing a filter operation on the sub-pixel luminances according to a rendering mask to calculate a plurality of rendered sub-pixel luminances, wherein the rendering mask comprises a plurality of weights, each of the weights corresponds to one of the sub-pixel luminances, and one of the weights is increased if the corresponding sub-pixel luminance is in the dark-on-bright texture;
transforming the rendered sub-pixel luminances into a plurality of rendered grey levels, wherein a number of the rendered grey levels is equal to the number of the sub-pixel structures; and
driving the display panel according to the rendered grey levels.

US Pat. No. 11,030,932

DISPLAY PANEL AND DISPLAY DEVICE

Shenzhen China Star Optoe...

1. A display panel, wherein a display region of the display panel comprises a normal display region and a special-shaped display region, located at a special-shaped boundary, adjacent to the normal display region;a plurality of first pixel groups disposed in the normal display region, wherein each first sub-pixel group represents a plurality of sub-pixels located in a same row;
a plurality of first scan lines corresponding to each row, wherein each pixel in the first pixel group is connected to one of the same first scan lines;
and a plurality of second pixel groups disposed in the special-shaped display region, wherein each second pixel group represents a plurality of sub-pixels located in a row;
a plurality of second scan lines, wherein each sub-pixel in a second pixel group is connected to one of the same second scan lines;
an N, where N is equal to or greater than two, number of adjacent second scan lines are connected to each other;
and wherein the N number of adjacent second scan lines are connected to a corresponding row of one of the first scan lines in a first direction.

US Pat. No. 11,030,931

SHIFT REGISTER UNIT, DRIVING METHOD, GATE DRIVE CIRCUIT AND DISPLAY DEVICE

HEFEI BOE OPTOELECTRONICS...

19. A gate drive circuit, comprising: at least two cascaded shift register units; wherein each level of shift register unit comprises: an input circuit, an output circuit, and a first pull-down circuit;wherein the input circuit is coupled to an input signal terminal and a first node respectively, and the input circuit is configured to output an input signal from the input signal terminal to a first node;
the output circuit is coupled to a first clock signal terminal, the first node, a first DC power supply terminal and a first output terminal respectively, and the output circuit is configured to output a first power supply signal from the first DC power supply terminal to the first output terminal in response to the input signal of the first node and a first clock signal provided by the first clock signal terminal; and
the first pull-down circuit is coupled to a first control signal terminal, a second DC power supply terminal, the first output terminal, and the first node respectively, and the first pull-down circuit is configured to output a second power supply signal from the second DC power supply terminal to the first output terminal and the first node respectively in response to a first control signal provided by the first control signal terminal.

US Pat. No. 11,030,930

DISPLAY DEVICE HAVING DEFORMED DISPLAY PANEL

LG DISPLAY CO., LTD., Se...

1. A display device, comprising:a substrate which includes a display area and a non-display area;
a first pixel positioned fully in the display area, the first pixel occupying a first area;
a second pixel positioned at least partially in a non-display area, the second pixel occupying a second area smaller than the first area;
a first data line which is disposed on the substrate and coupled to apply a data signal to the first pixel;
a second data line which is disposed on the substrate and coupled to apply a data signal to the second pixel; and
a gate line which is disposed on the substrate and coupled to apply gate signals to the first pixel and the second pixel at the same time,
wherein the second pixel includes pixel driving electrodes for driving the second pixel,
wherein the first data line includes at least one first bent portion and the second data line includes at least one second bent portion,
wherein the second pixel includes a first area and a second area defined with respect to the first bent portion, and
wherein a width of the first area and a width of the second area with respect to the first bent portion are different from each other.

US Pat. No. 11,030,929

CALIBRATION OF ELECTRICAL PARAMETERS IN OPTICALLY SWITCHABLE WINDOWS

View, Inc., Milpitas, CA...

1. A method of controlling tint level for a plurality of electrochromic devices, the method comprising:receiving a command to change tint level of the plurality of electrochromic devices;
consulting transfer functions for tint level relative to a drive parameter for each of the plurality of electrochromic devices, wherein at least one of the plurality of electrochromic devices has a transfer function differing from at least one other of the plurality of electrochromic devices; and
driving each of the plurality of electrochromic devices in accordance with the transfer functions, so as to substantially match the tint levels or tint rates across the plurality of electrochromic devices.

US Pat. No. 11,030,928

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SENSING DISPLAY PANEL

Novatek Microelectronics ...

1. An apparatus for sensing a display panel, wherein the display panel comprises a plurality of scan lines, a plurality of data lines and a plurality of pixel circuits, a data input terminal and a gate terminal of a corresponding pixel circuit of the pixel circuits are coupled to a corresponding data line of the data lines and a corresponding scan line of the scan lines respectively, and the apparatus comprises:a source driving circuit configured to be coupled to the data lines to drive the pixel circuits according to a display period comprising a plurality of frame periods, wherein each of the frame periods comprises a plurality of display data periods, wherein the display period further comprises a plurality of test data periods periodically arranged in the display period and each existing between two of the frame periods; and
a sensing circuit, configured to be coupled to the pixel circuits, and configured to sense characteristics of the pixel circuits in the test data periods of the display period;
wherein in each of the test data periods within the display period, the source driving circuit is configured to provide test data to the pixel circuits, and the sensing circuit is configured to sense an electrical characteristic of the corresponding pixel circuit;
wherein in each of the display data periods, the source driving circuit is configured to provide display data to the pixel circuits , and the sensing circuit is not configured to sense the corresponding pixel circuit; and
wherein each of the test data periods is arranged for test a predetermined number of pixels, wherein the predetermined number of pixels comprises one or more lines of pixels, and each of the test data periods is arranged for testing different pixels.

US Pat. No. 11,030,927

METHOD OF PERFORMING A SENSING OPERATION IN AN ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING DIODE DISPLAY DEVICE, AND ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING DIODE DISPLAY DEVICE

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A method of performing a sensing operation in an organic light emitting diode (OLED) display device comprising a plurality of pixels, the method comprising:performing a one-line sensing operation for pixels in one line among the plurality of pixels;
determining whether a sensing error occurs based on a result of the one-line sensing operation;
when the sensing error is determined not to occur, performing a frame-sensing operation for all of the plurality of pixels;
detecting an abnormal sensing-data line from among frame-sensing data generated by the frame-sensing operation; and
replacing the abnormal sensing-data line by a data line generated based on at least one sensing-data line that is adjacent to the abnormal sensing-data line in the frame-sensing data.

US Pat. No. 11,030,926

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS CAPABLE OF MULTI-DEPTH EXPRESSION

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An image display apparatus comprising:a display device configured to modulate light to form an image;
a light transmitter comprising a focusing member and configured to change a direction of the light incident on the light transmitter to transmit the image to a preset location;
a driver that is in contact with the display device, and is configured to adjust a position of the display device disposed between the driver and the light transmitter, and
a processor configured to generate a driving signal according to image information and control the driver according to the driving signal, to adjust the position of the display device relative to the focusing member according to the driving signal.

US Pat. No. 11,030,925

KINETIC DISPLAY FOR DEPICTING CHANGES IN ECONOMIC OR OTHER DATA

Steve August, Portland, ...

1. A kinetic display including:a. a base having a pivot mount thereon,
b. an elongated member:
(1) pivotally attached to, and extending outwardly from, the pivot mount,
(2) extending outwardly from the base in opposite directions to opposing first and second ends,
(3) wherein:
i. each end of the member has a figurine attached to the end, and
ii. the figurine of the first end differs from the figurine of the second end,
c. an electromechanical actuator configured to pivot the member about the pivot mount with respect to the base in response to data received from a source external to the kinetic display.

US Pat. No. 11,030,924

LABEL MEASUREMENT SYSTEM FOR A CONTAINER

SPINLABEL TECHNOLOGIES, I...

1. A rotating shrink label measuring system for a container, comprising:a first container;
a base label having a front surface, the front surface having measurement information printed thereon, wherein the measurement information includes a plurality of specific measurements, and a graphical representation corresponding to each specific measurement;
a rotating top label covering at least a portion of the front surface of the base label, the top label comprising a front surface and a back surface, wherein the back surface of the top label has printed information;
a transparent window located on the top label, wherein the transparent window is configured to display at least a portion of the measurement information printed on the base label;
wherein rotation of the rotating top label causes the transparent window to display a particular one of the plurality of specific measurements and its corresponding graphical representation;
a predetermined second container; and
said predetermined second container coupled to the first container, wherein each graphical representation visually represents the appearance of the predetermined second container when filled with contents from the first container in accordance with the specific measurement to which the graphical representation corresponds.

US Pat. No. 11,030,923

PIMPLE-POPPING SIMULATOR

UNIQUE OBSESSIONS, LLC, ...

1. A pimple-popping simulator comprises:a pliable body;
at least one channel;
a quantity of discharge-like filling;
the at least one channel comprises a first edge, a second edge, a lateral wall, and a reservoir;
the at least one channel traversing into the pliable body from a top surface of the pliable body;
the first edge being positioned opposite the second edge about the lateral wall;
a main opening being delineated by the first edge;
the main opening being positioned adjacent to the top surface;
the reservoir being perimetrically connected to the second edge;
the reservoir being integrated into the pliable body;
the quantity of discharge-like filling being positioned within the reservoir;
the reservoir being in fluid communication with the main opening through lateral wall;
an elevated rim;
the elevated rim being integrated onto the top surface;
the elevated rim being perimetrically positioned around the first edge;
the elevated rim comprising an inside section, an intermediate section and an outside section;
the inside section being positioned adjacent to the first edge;
the outside section being positioned away from the first edge;
the intermediate section being positioned in between the inside section and the outside section; and
a thickness of the intermediate section being larger than each of a thickness of the inside section and a thickness of the outside section.

US Pat. No. 11,030,922

LAPAROSCOPIC TRAINING SYSTEM

Applied Medical Resources...

1. An instrument for surgical training comprising:a shaft assembly removably connected to a handle assembly; the handle assembly including a movement arm having a distal end and a proximal end operably connected to a handle; the shaft assembly including a tool element at a distal end of the shaft assembly, a lumen, and a rod having a proximal end and a distal end connected to the tool element; the rod being disposed inside the lumen; the proximal end of the shaft assembly being removably connected to the handle assembly such that the proximal end of the rod is connected to the distal end of the movement arm; wherein actuation at the handle moves the movement arm and rod to operate the tool element;
at least one sensor attached directly to the handle assembly and configured to acquire and transmit at least one relational data of the instrument with respect to a training environment during a training procedure, wherein the at least one sensor is configured to track user movements of the instrument during the training procedure; and
a computer system connected to the at least one sensor configured to receive, store and process the at least one relational data and to output at least one feedback to a user after the training procedure based on processing of the at least one relational data, wherein the at least one relational data includes calculating a path length of a tip of the instrument divided by an average path length of other users for the training procedure, the path length being calculated by the computer system via:
taking dot products of adjacent orientation vectors in a data sequence thereby providing a plurality of angles of changes in orientation,
multiplying each angle of the plurality of angles of changes in the dot product data sequence by a length of the tool element thereby providing an arc length that the tool element traveled, and
calculating a total path length based on a sum series of the arc lengths, the sum series of the arc lengths corresponding to how far the tool element traveled.

US Pat. No. 11,030,921

CHANGE DATA DRIVEN TACTILE RESPONSE

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., ...

1. An apparatus for tactile response, the apparatus comprising:an electronic processor configured to:
receive a document comprising visual data to be displayed;
receive change data for the visual data that indicates changes in data values of the visual data from a previous time;
receive a change data threshold;
render the visual data;
receive an indication that a section of the document is selected, wherein the section contains a first visual data;
determine, from the change data, a change of the first visual data; and
control a tactile response unit to provide a tactile response based on the change of the first visual data, the tactile response being a vibration and the tactile response being provided when the first visual data is selected and the change of the first visual data is greater than the change data threshold, wherein to control the tactile response unit the electronic processor is configured to determine an intensity of vibration based on a magnitude of the change of the first visual data.

US Pat. No. 11,030,920

IMPORTING AND ANALYZING EXTERNAL DATA USING A VIRTUAL REALITY WELDING SYSTEM

Lincoln Global, Inc., Sa...

1. A system for simulating a welding procedure, the system comprising:a programmable processor-based subsystem;
a spatial tracker operatively connected to the programmable processor-based subsystem;
a mock welding tool capable of being spatially tracked by the spatial tracker during the simulated welding procedure, the mock welding tool comprising a tactilely resistive tip to simulate first feedback in the form of real-time resistive feedback; and
a display device operatively connected to the programmable processor-based subsystem, the display device providing second feedback in the form of real-time visual feedback to a user of the mock welding tool by displaying at least one overlaid color or indicator for each of a plurality of tracked welding parameters based on predefined limits or tolerances for the tracked welding parameters,
wherein the system simulates, in a simulated weld space, a weld puddle having a plurality of real-time molten metal fluidity and heat dissipation characteristics, and displays the simulated weld puddle on the display device in real-time, the simulated weld space comprising a welding element displacement map grid, in which the map grid defines a surface resolution with changeable channel parameter values assigned to each portion of the map grid, the channel parameter values dynamically changing in real-time during the simulated welding procedure,
wherein the real-time molten metal fluidity and heat dissipation characteristics of the simulated weld puddle provide third feedback in the form of real-time visual feedback to the user when displayed on the display device, and
wherein the system allows the user to adjust or maintain a welding technique in real-time, during the simulated welding procedure, in response to at least one of the first feedback, the second feedback, and the third feedback.

US Pat. No. 11,030,919

MEASURING LANGUAGE LEARNING USING STANDARDIZED SCORE SCALES AND ADAPTIVE ASSESSMENT ENGINES

PEARSON EDUCATION, INC., ...

1. A system for adaptively assessing a language learning of a user configured to:estimate an overall language skill of the user based at least in part on a history of the user in a first database;
generate a random item pattern comprising a sequence of question types, wherein at least one question type is a multiple choice type of question or at least one question type is a fill in the blank type of question or at least one question type is a true false type of question;
sequentially for each item in the random item pattern:
select a first next question type in the random item pattern,
select a first assessment item from a second database of a plurality of calibrated assessment items, wherein the first assessment item matches the first next question type in the random item pattern and is within a predefined range of the overall language skill of the user,
generate a first score for a first response from the user to the first assessment item, and
update the overall language skill of the user;
select one or more fixed forms for speaking, listening and writing based on the overall language skill of the user;
generate a third score for a third response to the one or more fixed forms for speaking, listening and writing;
update the overall language skill of the user;
record the overall language skill of the user to the first database; and
determine a future language lesson of appropriate difficulty for the user based on the recorded overall language skill of the user.

US Pat. No. 11,030,918

IDENTIFICATION AND ANALYSIS OF MOVEMENT USING SENSOR DEVICES

Kinetic Telemetry, LLC, ...

1. A system for telemedicine between a patient and a remotely-located medical professional, comprising:a plurality of sensor devices in data communication with a client device, the client device comprising at least one hardware processor, wherein individual ones of the sensor devices comprise:
a band to secure a respective one of the sensor devices to a portion of a body of a patient, the respective one of the sensor devices being secured to the portion of the body of the patient based at least in part on a predefined arrangement of sensor devices stored in a memory of the client device;
circuitry comprising an accelerometer and a gyroscope that measures a position of the portion of the body of the patient to which the band is secured during a movement performed by the portion of the body of the patient; and
the client device; and
an application executed in the client device, the application comprising program instructions that, when executed, direct the client device to:
establish a telemedicine session between the client device and a remote computing device operated by a medical professional located remotely from the patient;
render a first three-dimensional graphical model of the body of the patient for viewing in a display accessible to the client device;
receive from the remote computing device an indication of a movement to be performed, the movement to be performed being assigned by the medical professional;
access sensor data measured by the plurality of sensor devices, the sensor data comprising the position of the portion of the body of the patient during the movement;
update the first three-dimensional graphical model of the body of the patient in the display using the sensor data to further comprise the movement;
receive, from the remote computing device, ideal sensor data comprising a position of a portion of a body of the medical professional during an ideal body movement performed by the portion of the body of the medical professional, the ideal sensor data being generated by at least one sensor device secured to the portion of the body of the medical professional during the ideal body movement and stored in a data store of the remote computing device;
render a second three-dimensional graphical model of the body of the medical professional in the display based at least in part on the ideal sensor data, the second three-dimensional graphical model comprising the ideal body movement;
determine whether the movement conforms to the ideal body movement based at least in part on a difference between a position of at least one sensor device of the plurality of sensor devices from the sensor data and a position of the at least one sensor device secured to the portion of the body of the medical professional from the ideal sensor data at a given time exceeding a predefined threshold;
in response to the movement not conforming to the ideal body movement, identify a suggested change in the movement that conforms to the ideal body movement;
send a communication to the remote computing device, the communication comprising an indication that the movement does not conform to the ideal body movement; and
render an indication of the suggested change in the movement in the display.

US Pat. No. 11,030,917

WEARABLE APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MONITORING POSTURE

OrCam Technologies Ltd., ...

1. A wearable apparatus for monitoring a posture of a user of the wearable apparatus, the wearable apparatus comprising:an image sensor configured to capture one or more images depicting the user of the wearable apparatus; and
at least one processor configured to:
analyze the one or more images to identify a body part;
determine whether the body part belongs to the user;
in response to a result of the determination that the body part belongs to the user, determine at least one indicator of the posture of the user;
determine whether to provide a recommended posture to the user based on the at least one indicator of the posture of the user;
after the determination that a recommended posture is to be provided to the user, determine the recommended posture based on the at least one indicator of the posture of the user;
generate a visual depiction of the recommended posture; and
cause the visual depiction of the recommended posture to be output to the user.

US Pat. No. 11,030,916

GAME FOR TEACHING DESIGN THINKING THROUGH THE USE OF CHARACTERS AND ENVIRONMENTS

1. A story path apparatus for a generation of a media story, comprising:a plurality of path pieces, wherein each of the plurality of path pieces comprises indicia operatively providing at least one prompt for a user to identify an obstacle, a solution and a goal for a character based on an environment; and
wherein the plurality of path pieces are operatively coupled together to form a path comprising a series of instructions, wherein the indicia identify whether different path pieces of the plurality of path pieces should be coupled together, wherein the plurality of path pieces are operatively couplable in different arrangement such that a user may be prompted to identify the obstacle, the solution and the goal in different orders such that prompts may be randomized to provide flexibility in creation of a story path and direct creation of media stories through such randomization.

US Pat. No. 11,030,915

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PREPARING INTEGRATED MULTIPLE SKILL LEVEL READING MATERIALS

1. A multiple reading skill level book, comprising:a first page having a key identifying a first reading skill level text, a second reading skill level text, and a third reading skill level text, each of the first, second and third reading skill level texts respectively assigned to unique visual identifications; and
a second page having an illustration providing visual information and a written paragraph comprising texts whose reading skill level is the first reading skill level and at least one of the second and third reading skill levels;
wherein colors are used to identify the first, second and third reading skill level texts;
wherein the illustration and the written paragraph are both non-removably affixed to a same page; and
wherein the visual information of the illustration is described at least in part by the first reading skill level text of the written paragraph.

US Pat. No. 11,030,914

LEARNING DEVICE AND METHOD

1. A method for musical or linguistic learning comprising:providing a device comprising an input/output interface, a memory and one or more processors communicably coupled to the input/output interface and the memory, wherein the input/output interface comprises at least a display and a speaker;
selecting a musical or linguistic work via the input/output interface;
retrieving a visual data, an audio data and an animation or video for the selected musical or linguistic work from the memory or the input/output interface using the one or more processors;
displaying an action/function bar and a navigation bar on the display, wherein the action/function bar comprises a delay data box, a number of repetitions data box and an autoplay button;
selecting a portion of the musical or linguistic work using the navigation bar;
displaying a part of the visual data corresponding to the selected portion of the musical or linguistic work on the display;
selecting a portion of the displayed visual data via the input/output interface;
providing an indication on the display corresponding to the selected portion of the visual data using the one or more processors; and
playing a portion of the audio data and a portion of the animation or video corresponding to the selected portion of the visual data using the speaker, the display and the one or more processors.

US Pat. No. 11,030,913

INTELLIGENT AND CONTEXTUAL SYSTEM FOR KNOWLEDGE PROGRESSION AND QUIZ MANAGEMENT

Thinkster Learning, Inc.,...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:receiving an image of a document that includes content;
processing, by at least one computing device, the image to extract original test information from the content, said processing including extracting structural data and contextual data from the document to generate the original test information, the structural data indicating a visual structure of the original test information, and the contextual information indicating a subject matter of the original test information;
analyzing the original test information to determine characteristics associated with the original test information, the characteristics identifying the structural data and the contextual data;
obtaining additional content based on the characteristics, said obtaining including searching a data source with the characteristics to obtain the additional content not included in the test information; and
generating, by the at least one computing device, additional test information based on the extracted test information and the additional content, said generating including incorporating at least some of the additional content into the original test information to generate the additional test information as a modified version of the original test information.

US Pat. No. 11,030,912

INTERACTIVE ARABIC ALPHABET BLOCKS

KING SAUD UNIVERSITY, Ri...

1. A system for teaching Arabic letters using interactive Arabic alphabet blocks in conjunction with a touch screen, comprising:a device comprising a capacitive touch screen, a processor and memory, the device including a software application that is stored in the memory of the device and executable on the processor configured to:
i) detect the Arabic alphabet block placed on and interfacing with the capacitive touch screen;
ii) determine the identity of the Arabic alphabet block;
iii) select a program for display on the capacitive touch screen based on an identity of the Arabic alphabet block; and
iv) display the selected program on the capacitive touchscreen;
a set of interactive Arabic alphabet blocks for teaching Arabic letters, each of the blocks having a plurality of abutting outer surfaces to form the block, each of the outer surfaces of the blocks being entirely covered with a conductive material thereby enhancing their ability to be sensed when the block is placed and held on the capacitive touch screen, comprising:
a) a first set of Arabic alphabet blocks defining single stroke letters, wherein each of the blocks has:
i) a distinct single stroke Arabic letter indicia disposed on one of its outer surfaces; and
ii) a distinct pattern of two raised nubs on another one of the outer surfaces, wherein the two raised nubs identify its corresponding single stroke Arabic letter, further wherein the two raised nubs having a surface configured to interact with the capacitive touch screen whereby the distinct Arabic letter is displayed;
b) a second set of Arabic alphabet blocks defining double stroke letters, wherein each of the blocks has:
i) a distinct double stroke Arabic letter indicia disposed on one of its outer surfaces; and
ii) a distinct pattern of three raised nubs on another one of the outer surfaces, wherein the three raised nubs identify its corresponding double stroke Arabic letter, further wherein the three raised nubs having a surface configured to interact with the capacitive touch screen whereby the distinct Arabic letter is displayed;
c) a third set of Arabic alphabet blocks defining multi-stroke letters, wherein the multi-stroke letters require greater than two strokes, further wherein each of the blocks has:
i) a distinct multi-stroke Arabic letter indicia disposed on one of its outer surfaces; and
ii) a distinct pattern of four raised nubs on another one of the outer surfaces, wherein the four raised nubs identify its corresponding multi-stroke Arabic letter, further wherein the four raised nubs having a surface configured to interact with the capacitive touch screen whereby the distinct Arabic letter is displayed.

US Pat. No. 11,030,911

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, NOTIFICATION METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.,...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:a processor configured to:
at a first time, set a first value of a tolerable amount of the physical condition of the subject; and
after the first time:
control one or more sensors to receive signals output from the sensors and, based on the received signals, to:
acquire a plurality of values of bio-information relating to bodily functions of a subject over time;
acquire a plurality of values of activity information relating to activity of the subject over time; and
acquire a plurality of values of environmental information relating to an environment around the subject over time;
estimate a remaining amount of a physical condition of the subject based on the plurality of values of bio-information the plurality of values of activity information, and the plurality of values of environmental information;
at a second time after the first time, determine whether there is a change in an intensity of one or more of the plurality of values of the bio-information, the plurality of values of the activity information, and the plurality of values of the environmental information over time;
in response to determining that there is no change in the intensity of the plurality of values of the bio-information, the plurality of values of the activity information, and the plurality of values of the environmental information over time:
perform a first comparison of the remaining amount of the physical condition to the first value of the tolerable amount of the physical condition; and
determine whether to perform a notification of information based on a result of the first comparison; and
in response to determining that there is a change in the intensity of one or more of the plurality of values of the bio-information, the plurality of values of the activity information, and the plurality of values of the environmental information over time:
correct the tolerable amount of the physical condition from the first value to a second value;
perform a second comparison of the remaining amount of the physical condition to the second value of the tolerable amount of the physical condition; and
determine whether to perform the notification of the information based on a result of the second comparison.

US Pat. No. 11,030,910

CHINESE CHARACTER STRUCTURING MEMBER, SYSTEM OF MORTISE AND TENON JOINT STRUCTURES OF CHINESE CHARACTERS FORMED BY CHINESE CHARACTER STRUCTURING MEMBER AND METHOD FOR INPUTTING CHINESE CHARACTERS

CHONGQING HANZIHUI EDUCAT...

1. A method for inputting Chinese characters, comprising:squaring Latin letters or numerals by using a plurality of building members having the same or different configurations;
stacking, overlapping and inserting the plurality of building members having the same or different configurations to form mortise and tenon joint structures;
de-structuring the Chinese characters such that each of the Chinese characters consists of one or more radicals; and
inputting the Chinese characters by using the mortise and tenon joint structures and variants thereof that correspond to the radials of the Chinese characters; wherein the variants of the mortise and tenon joint structures are a mirror image, a reverse image and a rotation structure of the mortise and tenon joint structures;
wherein a first connector and a second connector are arranged on the mortise and tenon joint structures; two building members of one of mortise and tenon joint structures are joined by the first connector, and are rotatable around a joint center of the first connector; and two mortise and tenon joint structures are in fixed connection by the second connector;
wherein the Latin letters comprise capital Latin letters and/or lowercase Latin letters;
a corresponding relationship between the capital Latin letters and the mortise and tenon joint structures for the capital Latin letters is shown in FIG. 10;
a corresponding relationship between the lowercase Latin letters and the mortise and tenon joint structures for the lowercase Latin letters is shown in FIG. 11;
a corresponding relationship between Arabic numerals and the mortise and tenon joint structures for the Arabic numerals is shown in FIG. 12; and
a corresponding relationship between Chinese numerals and mortise and tenon joint structures for the Chinese numerals is shown in FIG. 13.

US Pat. No. 11,030,909

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR TARGET AIRCRAFT AND TARGET OBSTACLE ALERTNESS AND AWARENESS

Beeper Avionics Inc., De...

1. A method of configuring alerts for an aircraft, the method comprising:receiving, by the aircraft, an indication of a target;
receiving a direction of a user's gaze;
playing a tone;
wherein the tone is played to simulate the tone coming from the direction of the target relative to the direction of the user's gaze;
determining an end to an alert condition; and
playing an audio announcement via a headset announcing the end of the alert condition.

US Pat. No. 11,030,908

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IDENTIFICATION AND ASSESSMENT OF ABNORMAL BEHAVIOR OF NEARBY AIRCRAFT

Rockwell Collins, Inc., ...

1. An apparatus for sensing if a first aircraft in vicinity of a second aircraft is flying too close to water or terrain, the apparatus comprising:a communication system on board the second aircraft configured to receive a message from the first aircraft, the message comprising real-time flight data of the first aircraft;
a processor configured to use the real-time flight data from the first aircraft and both terrain data and runway data obtained from a terrain database on board the second aircraft to determine whether the first aircraft is flying too close to the water or terrain without being on a flight path towards a runway; and
a display on board the second aircraft, the display providing, in response to the processor, a warning indication that the first aircraft is flying too close to the water or terrain without being on the flight path towards a runway; and
a flight data recorder on board the second aircraft that stores the real-time flight data of the first aircraft when the processor has determined that the first aircraft is flying too close to the water or terrain or on an improper path toward the water or terrain.

US Pat. No. 11,030,907

METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND APPARATUSES FOR IDENTIFYING AND INDICATING THE SECONDARY RUNWAY AIMING POINT (SRAP) APPROACH PROCEDURES

HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL I...

1. A method of a Secondary Runway Aiming Point (SRAP) procedure of an approach by an ownship to an airport, the method comprising:initiating, by an SRAP application hosted by a processor of the ownship, the SRAP procedure during an approach flight phase to the airport, wherein the processor is configured to perform the steps of:
identifying at least one aircraft from a plurality of aircraft making approaches to the airport during the ownship's approach flight phase that satisfies a set of preconditions to pair an aircraft which has been identified to the ownship in the SRAP procedure;
calculating a set of results based on lateral and vertical deviations of a paired SRAP aircraft to the ownship, and differential lateral and vertical rates of the paired SRAP aircraft to the ownship;
deriving one or more points from the calculated set of results based on the lateral and vertical deviations, and differential rates to determine whether in a flight path of the ownship an occurrence of an intrusion occurs into a wake of the paired SRAP aircraft during the approach flight phase to the airport; and
generating graphic data to send to a cockpit display to present on the cockpit display an occurrence of the intrusion in the wake of the flight path of the ownship to the paired SRAP aircraft during the approach flight phase.

US Pat. No. 11,030,906

SYSTEM FOR TAKING INTO ACCOUNT MICRO WIND CONDITIONS IN FLIGHT PLANS FOR AERIAL VEHICLES

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A system configured to:derive a value for wind conditions for a region that comprises a dimension less than 0.5° latitude and a vertical resolution of less than 50 millibars; and
generate a three-dimensional wind prediction map for the region for a future time, such that the system comprises:
a plurality of aerial vehicles within the region; and
a computer system that comprises:
a wind speed calculator configured to determine vectors of the value at every grid point within a three-dimensional grid within the region based upon measurements from the plurality of aerial vehicles;
a wind analysis apparatus configured to:
form an instance pair that matches the vectors at a first time to a forecast for the region at the first time, such that the forecast for the region at the first time comprises wind conditions adjacent to the region; and
train, based upon the instance pair, a three-dimensional model of the region that comprises buildings, vegetation, and structures in the region;
based upon: the instance pair for each of the vectors, the three-dimensional model of the region, and receipt of a forecast for the region at the future time, generate the three-dimensional wind prediction map for the region for the future time, such that the forecast for the region at the future time comprises wind conditions adjacent to the region at the future time;
generate a plan for a flight of an unmanned vehicle in the region at the future time based upon:
 the three-dimensional wind prediction map for the region;
 an acceptable turbulence for a cargo on the unmanned vehicle; and
 a deliver by time for the cargo on the unmanned vehicle; and
modify the plan while the unmanned vehicle is in flight in the region based upon wind conditions derived by the system while the unmanned vehicle is in flight.

US Pat. No. 11,030,905

STOP PURPOSE CLASSIFICATION FOR VEHICLE FLEETS

Verizon Connect Developme...

1. A method, comprising:identifying, by a device, vehicle stop information associated with a plurality of vehicles;
analyzing, by the device, a radius associated with a particular vehicle stop identified in the vehicle stop information;
determining, by the device, stop cluster features based on statistics associated with vehicle stops within the radius surrounding the particular vehicle stop;
determining, by the device, work order stops and non-work order stops for the plurality of vehicles by utilizing the stop cluster features with a model; and
providing, by the device, information associated with the work order stops and the non-work order stops for the plurality of vehicles.

US Pat. No. 11,030,904

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND VEHICLE

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:at least one sensor configured to sense surrounding environment and acquire real-time sensor information; and
a central processing unit (CPU) configured to:
receive information related to a specific area based on a position of the specific area, wherein the information related to the specific area comprises a condition of occurrence of past traffic accidents in the specific area;
determine, based on the received information, a plurality of key factors for the past traffic accidents and a plurality of threshold values associated with the plurality of key factors, wherein the real-time sensor information corresponds to the plurality of key factors for the past traffic accidents;
compare a value of key factor for each of the plurality of the key factors with a corresponding threshold value of the plurality of threshold values;
determine a count of key factors for which the value of the key factor exceeds the corresponding threshold value;
execute a recommended drive mode based on the determined count of key factors; and
change a parameter associated with the at least one sensor based on the recommended drive mode, wherein the at least one sensor is further configured to sense the surrounding environment based on the changed parameter.

US Pat. No. 11,030,903

VEHICLE-TO-INFRASTRUCTURE COMMUNICATION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system, comprising:a processor and a memory, the memory storing instructions executable by the processor to:
specify a driving pattern that encodes a message providing information from vehicle sensor data, the message being encoded into the driving pattern by the driving pattern including a vehicle speed and position in a lane to encode the message; and
actuate a vehicle actuator based on the specified driving pattern; and
a monitoring device that includes a second computer programmed to:
detect the vehicle in a monitored area based on image data;
determine (a) a vehicle time of travel through a sub-area of the monitored area and (b) the position of the vehicle in the lane; and
decode the message based on the determined time of travel through the sub-area and the position of the vehicle in the lane.

US Pat. No. 11,030,902

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR USING RADIO FREQUENCY SIGNALS AND SENSORS TO MONITOR ENVIRONMENTS

LOCIX, INC., San Bruno, ...

1. A system for providing a wireless asymmetric network, comprising:a hub having one or more processing units and at least one antenna for transmitting and receiving radio frequency (RF) communications in the wireless asymmetric network;
a plurality of sensor nodes each having a wireless device with a transmitter and a receiver to enable bi-directional RF communications with the hub in the wireless asymmetric network, wherein the hub is configured to determine localization including locations of the plurality of sensor nodes within the wireless asymmetric network using at least one of time of flight and signal strength techniques, to monitor regions within an environment for human presence and location of at least one robot, to determine human presence information to indicate whether a human is present within the monitored regions based on RF measurements between two sensor nodes of the plurality of sensor nodes or between a sensor node and the hub, to determine a location for the human based on the human presence information when a human is present within the monitored regions, and to use the location of the at least one robot and the human presence information to ensure safe coexistence of the human and the at least one robot.

US Pat. No. 11,030,901

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PROVIDING TRAFFIC INFORMATION

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A method for providing traffic information for a road user; comprising the acts of:determining an information region for the road user;
transmitting reference information relating to one or more communication partners to the road user, the reference information including information useable by the road user to contact the one or more communication partners and the one or more communication partners including an infrastructure unit of a road network in the information region;
providing traffic information from the one or more communication partners relating to the information region to the road user;
determining the one or more communication partners for the information region; and
transmitting traffic information for the information region directly from a central unit to the road user,
wherein
the traffic information provided by the communication of the one or more communications partners associated with the infrastructure unit includes information relating to the infrastructure unit, and
the traffic information provided by the one or more communication partners is updated more frequently on average than the traffic information from the central unit.

US Pat. No. 11,030,900

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY CONTROLLING A VEHICLE IN A TRAFFIC NETWORK

1. A system to automatically control a vehicle F in a traffic network, the system comprising:a central unit ZE configured to provide respective envelopes EHi of a number I of flat geographical sub-regions TBi of the traffic network, as well as attributes Ki assigned respectively to the geographical sub-regions TBi, wherein i=1, . . . , I and I?1, EHi?{EH1, . . . , EHI}=EH, and TBi?{TB1, . . . , TBI}=TB, wherein an attribute of the attributes Ki indicates an intensity of a risk posed to the vehicle F and/or objects in a respective geographical sub-region of the geographical sub-regions TBi if the vehicle F should enter into the respective geographical sub-region, wherein Ki?{K1, . . . , KN}=K and N?1, wherein the central unit ZE and the vehicle F are designed and set up to communicate data, including transmission of the envelopes EHi and associated attributes Ki from the central unit to the vehicle, wherein TB defines a set of geographical sub-regions in the traffic network, and K defines a set of attributes;
the vehicle F configured to:
receive one or more envelopes of the envelopes EHi and associated attributes of the attributes Ki transmitted by the central unit ZE;
determine a current position POSF of the vehicle F in the traffic network;
determine a distance dEH*(POSF) of the vehicle F from an envelope EH* assigned to a geographical sub-region TB* closest to the current position POSF of the vehicle F from the received one or more envelopes, wherein the envelope EH*?EH and the geographical sub-region TB*?TB; and
execute automatic control interventions SEG in longitudinal and/or transversal control or regulation process of the vehicle F, wherein the automatic control interventions SEG are executed depending on the distance dEH*(POSF) and an attribute K* assigned to the geographical sub-region TB*, wherein SEG=SEG(dEH*(POSF), K*), and wherein attribute K*?K.

US Pat. No. 11,030,899

APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING VEHICULAR ENVIRONMENT INFORMATION

KNORR-BREMSE SYSTEME FUER...

1. An apparatus for providing vehicular environment information, comprising:at least one environment display monitor;
at least one sensor; and
a processing unit;
wherein the at least one environment display monitor is configured to provide information to a driver of a vehicle,
wherein the at least one sensor is configured to acquire vehicular environment data that is external to the vehicle,
wherein the at least one sensor is configured to provide the vehicular environment data to the processing unit,
wherein the processing unit is configured to determine vehicular environment information, and wherein the determination of the vehicular environment information includes using the vehicular environment data,
wherein the processing unit is configured to provide at least a portion of a frame around the environment display monitor based on the vehicular environment information,
wherein the frame surrounds an image on the display monitor, and wherein frame characteristics are altered to provide the information to the driver of the vehicle, based on the vehicular environment information,
wherein, the vehicular environment information includes information relating to a level of risk, and wherein the level of risk is correlated with a mode of display of the portion of frame around the environmental display monitor,
wherein the display monitor displays dashboard information in a first stage when there is no risk, a frame having a first characteristic for a first risk level in a second stage, and the frame having a second characteristic for a second risk level in a third stage, and
wherein for changes in risk, the mode of display includes a corresponding change in at least one of a color having at least one color of the frame, a brightness level of the frame, and/or a thickness of the frame.

US Pat. No. 11,030,898

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR MAP DATABASE UPDATE BASED ON ROAD SIGN PRESENCE

HERE Global B.V., Eindho...

1. A method for updating a map database to indicate presence status of a road sign, comprising:receiving, over a network, a road sign observation of a sensor, an image capturing device, or a combination thereof on at least one vehicle;
determining, by a processor, a road sign confidence score based on the received road sign observation, wherein the road sign observation comprises at least one of a positive road sign observation and a negative road sign observation, wherein the negative road sign observation comprises data indicating absence of the road sign at a vehicle location; and
updating map data relating to the road sign stored in the map database in near real-time to indicate the presence status of the road sign based on the road sign confidence score being above a predetermined threshold,
wherein the road sign observation comprises a plurality of positive road sign observations and a plurality of negative road sign observations, and wherein the confidence score comprises a ratio of a sum value of the plurality of positive road sign observations and a sum value of the plurality of positive road sign observations and the plurality of negative road sign observations.

US Pat. No. 11,030,897

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, NOTABLY FOR MOTOR VEHICLES

VALEO VISION, Bobigny (F...

1. A communication device, for motor vehicles, comprising:a transmission system comprising
a light source configured to emit an initial light beam, the transmission system being configured to generate a first light beam polarized in a first direction from the initial light beam, and
a modulator configured to modulate a direction of polarization of the first light beam between the first direction of polarization and a second direction of polarization in such a manner as to transmit information, the second direction of polarization being different than the first direction of polarization; and
a receiver system configured for detecting the first light beam when the first light beam is polarized in said first direction and for transmitting the information.

US Pat. No. 11,030,896

REAL-TIME TRAFFIC INFORMATION COLLECTION

Bitsensing Inc., Seoul (...

1. A system comprising:at least one sensor installed on a section of a road and configured to collect traffic data related to movements of vehicles on the section of the road,
wherein the at least one sensor samples the traffic data at a certain interval long enough to substantially reduce the amount of the collected traffic data, and processes the traffic data over time to include only essential data including an arithmetic mean of speed of the vehicles, maximum speed, sizes of the vehicles on the section of the road,
wherein each of the at least one sensor: (a) radiates radio frequency (RF) electromagnetic waves directed at the section of the road; (b) senses signals reflected by the vehicles on the section of the road; and (c) determines and collects the traffic data including distance, speed, and angle of the vehicles on the section of the road;
a plurality of traffic data relay devices configured to relay the collected traffic data received from a plurality of sensors installed on a designated area encompassing multiple sections,
wherein the plurality of traffic data relay devices comprises low-power network devices to enable the at least one sensor to (1) operate in a power saving mode powered by a stand-alone power source and (2) transmit the substantially reduced amount of the collected traffic data; and
a central server configured to receive and process the collected traffic data from the plurality of traffic data relay device to generate traffic information sufficient to provide accurate real-time traffic information of the designated area.

US Pat. No. 11,030,895

INCIDENT-BASED TRAFFIC SIGNAL PREEMPTION AND PRIORITY

Global Traffic Technologi...

1. A method, comprising:inputting to a conditional preemption circuit, values of a plurality of incident parameters that include at least a vehicle unit identifier of a vehicle unit and an incident priority that describes an incident;
determining a preemption mode for a vehicle associated with the vehicle unit identifier based on one or more of the plurality of incident parameters by the conditional preemption circuit, wherein the preemption mode is one of a first mode or a second mode;
enabling traffic signal preemption for the vehicle unit in response to the conditional preemption circuit determining the first mode; and
disabling traffic signal preemption for the vehicle unit in response to the conditional preemption circuit determining the second mode.

US Pat. No. 11,030,894

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRACKING DIMENSIONAL CHARACTERISTICS OF A DEVICE IN MOTION

Variation Reduction Solut...

1. A system for tracking at least one device in real-time, the system comprising:a position encoding unit configured to obtain a position data of the at least one device, the at least one device being configured to move in a first direction;
a controller in communication with the position encoding unit and having a processor and tangible, non-transitory memory on which instructions are recorded;
a stage configured to selectively move with a forward axis of travel and a reverse axis of travel substantially parallel to the first direction and having a stage speed controllable by the controller;
a ranged imaging unit fixedly mounted to the stage and movable between a predefined start zone and a predefined end zone, the ranged imaging unit being configured to selectively scan the at least one device upon command by the controller;
wherein execution of the instructions by the processor causes the controller to:
determine a speed of the device, based in part on the position data from the position encoding unit;
when the at least one device reaches a pre-programmed position, selectively move the stage at the stage speed synchronized to the speed of the at least one device to within a predefined match value; and
determine dimensional characteristics of at least one area of interest on the at least one device, via the ranged imaging unit.

US Pat. No. 11,030,893

SYSTEM FOR REDUCING SPEED OF A VEHICLE AND METHOD THEREOF

1. A system (1000) for reducing speed of a vehicle (100), comprising:at least one protruding element (200) positioned on a surface of a roadway (110) such that said at least one protruding element (200) interrupts a smooth movement of said vehicle (100); and
at least one camera (400) located away from said at least one protruding element (200) such that said at least one camera (400) is able to capture images of a monitored area of said roadway (110) provided with said at least one protruding element (200);
wherein said at least one camera (400) is configured to capture at least one image of a moving vehicle (100) going around and avoiding said at least one protruding element (200) in said monitored area of said roadway (110);
wherein said surface of said roadway (110) is provided with a solid line for a downhill traffic and a broken line for an uphill traffic beside said at least one protruding element (200) and configured to prohibit lane changing to go around and avoid said at least one protruding element (200);
wherein said controlling means generates a penalty ticket or a fine ticket when said at least one camera (400) captures at least one image of said moving vehicle (100) going around and avoiding said at least one protruding element (200) in said monitored area of said roadway (110); and
wherein said penalty ticket or fine ticket is sent via a SMS (short message service) or an email.

US Pat. No. 11,030,892

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CAPTURING AND STORING SIGNIFICANT SURVEILLANCE IMAGES

FLOCK GROUP INC., Atlant...

1. A computer-implemented method for capturing and filtering surveillance images, wherein a processor performs the function of:detecting object motion in a field of view;
generating multiple images based on the detected object motion;
creating a reduced set of images by applying a first filter, wherein the reduction is carried out by removing duplicate images after comparing images captured by the prior detection of motion of the object;
storing the reduced set of images;
determining whether an energy conserving processor needs to be woken up based on one of two conditions, one of which is a predetermined amount of time and the other one of which is an amount of storage capacity for the reduced set of images;
wherein the energy conserving processor upon activation applies a second filter to the previously reduced set of images and assigns a confidence score based on the matching of one or more images to the second filter; and
transmitting the one or more images matching the second filter over a computer network.

US Pat. No. 11,030,891

VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM

RideShare Displays, Inc.,...

1. A vehicle identification method implemented via mobile communication devices over a wireless communication network, comprising:requesting a first ride from a transportation service from a mobile communication device of a first user;
requesting a second ride from a transportation service from a mobile communication device of a second user;
determining that a vehicle A is within a predetermined distance of the pickup location of the first user;
determining that a vehicle B is within a predetermined distance of the pickup location of the second user;
generating a first notification signal to a mobile communication device associated with a driver of the vehicle A within a predetermined distance of a pickup location of the first user;
generating a second notification signal to a mobile communication device associated with a driver of the vehicle B within a predetermined distance of a pickup location of the second user;
generating indicatory signals representing first and second indicators which are not duplicated if the pickup location of the first user and the pickup location of the second user are the same and concurrent;
displaying the first indicator based on the first notification signal on a display associated with the vehicle A, the mobile communication device associated with the driver of vehicle A, and the first user's mobile communication device, wherein the display associated with the vehicle A is located to be visible from an exterior of the vehicle A;
displaying the second indicator based on the second notification signal on a display associated with the vehicle B, the mobile communication device associated with the driver of vehicle B, and the second user's mobile communication device, wherein the display associated with the vehicle B is located to be visible from an exterior of the vehicle B; and
identifying vehicles A and B based on appearance of a match, by visual observation of the first and second users, between the first indicator being displayed on the first user's mobile communication device and the first indicator being displayed on the display associated with the vehicle A, and between the second indicator being displayed on the second user's mobile communication device and the second indicator being displayed on the display associated with the vehicle B.

US Pat. No. 11,030,890

LOCAL DRIVER PATTERN BASED NOTIFICATIONS

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A system for providing notifications to drivers based on observed local driver patterns, comprising:a memory having computer readable instructions; and
a processor for executing the computer readable instructions, the computer readable instructions including:
storing, in a database, a number of times that each of a plurality of drivers travels across a road segment;
classifying one or more drivers of the plurality of drivers as local drivers for the road segment based on a determination that the number of times the one or more drivers traversed the road segment is greater than a threshold number;
determining an expected driving pattern for the road segment;
based on a determination that a local driver deviated from the expected driving pattern, storing an indication that the local driver deviated from the driving pattern and a condition at a time the road segment was traversed, wherein the determination that the local driver deviated from the expected driving pattern includes determining that a speed at which the local driver traversed the road segment is more than a fixed percent below a speed limit for the road segment; and
based on a determination that greater than a threshold percentage of local drivers deviated from the expected driving pattern, notifying a driver traversing the road segment of a variant driving pattern for the road segment, wherein the notification is not provided to the driver traversing the road segment based on a determination that the driver is a local driver for the road segment.

US Pat. No. 11,030,889

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DYNAMIC TRAFFIC LANE MANAGEMENT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A device, comprising:at least one memory device that stores computer-executable instructions; and
at least one processor configured to access the at least one memory device, wherein the at least one processor is configured to execute the computer-executable instructions to:
receive traffic information associated with vehicles travelling on a portion of a multilane road;
designate at least one lane of the multilane road as a managed lane based on the traffic information;
transmit a message to the vehicles, the message indicative of the designation of the lane as the managed lane; and
receive a confirmation message from a vehicle, the confirmation message indicative of the vehicle's acceptance of travelling on the managed lane.

US Pat. No. 11,030,888

TRAINABLE TRANSCEIVER AND METHOD OF OPERATION UTILIZING EXISTING VEHICLE USER INTERFACES

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A transmitter device for transmitting an activation signal to a remote device, comprising:a transmitter; and
a processing circuit coupled to the transmitter and having an input interface;
wherein the input interface is coupled to an existing user interface of a vehicle, the input interface configured to receive, in response to the receipt of an input on the user interface, a signal, the signal operable to cause the transmitter to transmit the activation signal to the remote device,
wherein the input interface is coupled to a vehicle sensor for receiving a vehicle sensor input indicating a motion status of the vehicle; and
wherein the processing circuit is configured to:
prevent the transmitter from transmitting the activation signal to the remote device unless the motion status of the vehicle indicates the vehicle is travelling at a speed less than a threshold speed;
selectively operate in a training mode to learn a plurality of activation signals for controlling operation of a corresponding remote device of a plurality of remote devices;
associate each of a plurality of predetermined patterns of input signals from vehicle controls received via the existing user input interface with the corresponding activation signal of the plurality of activation signals;
receive a pattern of input signals from vehicle controls from the existing user interface of the vehicle; and
identify a remote device from the plurality of remote devices corresponding to the pattern of input signals from vehicle controls.

US Pat. No. 11,030,887

PRECISE PREDICTIVE MAINTENANCE METHOD FOR DRIVING UNIT

ITS CO., LTD., Ulsan (KR...

1. A precise predictive maintenance method for a driving unit, used for various facilities, the method comprising:a first base information collecting step S10 of collecting change information of an energy size in accordance with a time for a driving period measured in a normal driving state of the driving unit by dividing the change information of the energy size into a first peak with a largest energy size and a second peak with a largest energy size after the first peak in which the change information of the energy size in accordance with the time of the driving unit is configured such that driving periods including the first peak and the second peak are repeatedly formed and connecting a first peak energy value of the driving period and a first peak energy value of a repetitive another driving period to collect first gradient information for the first peak energy value between the driving periods;
a second base information collecting step S20 of collecting the first gradient information for the first peak energy value between the driving periods by connecting the first peak energy value of the driving period in a driving state of the driving unit to the first peak energy value of the repetitive another driving period, before a malfunction of the driving unit is generated;
a setting step S30 of setting a first alarm gradient value for the first peak energy value between the driving periods based on the first gradient information collected in the first and second base information collecting steps S10 and S20; and
a detecting step S40 of detecting the driving unit to be an abnormal state when a first average gradient value for the first peak energy value between the driving periods measured with an interval of unit times set in a real-time driving state of the driving unit exceeds the first alarm gradient value set in the setting step S30,
wherein the unit time is set to include at least two driving periods, a searching period is set in the driving period of the driving unit, a largest energy value in the set searching period is extracted as the first peak and the second peak is extracted in the driving period after the searching period, an energy measured by the driving unit is selected from any one of a current consumed to drive the driving unit, a vibration generated during the driving of the driving unit, a noise generated during the driving of the driving unit, a frequency of a power source of the driving unit, a temperature, a humidity, and a pressure of the driving unit during the driving of the driving unit.

US Pat. No. 11,030,886

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR UPDATING ONLINE SELF-LEARNING EVENT DETECTION MODEL

HANGZHOU HIKVISION DIGITA...

1. A method for updating an online self-learning event detection model, which is applicable in an electronic device, comprising:presenting, when at least one target alerting event generated by the current event detection model is detected, to a user the at least one target alerting event, so that the user provides an event result for each target alerting event based on the at least one presented target alerting event;
obtaining the event result for each target alerting event provided by the user based on the at least one presented target alerting event;
determining whether a target alerting event for which an event result has been provided by the user satisfies a predetermined update condition, and if so, training and obtaining a target event detection model based on at least one target alerting event for which an event result has been provided by the user and corresponding event result, and predetermined training samples, wherein the predetermined training samples comprise at least one of: a plurality of predefined reference events and corresponding event results, and a plurality of historical alerting events that have been confirmed by the user and corresponding event results; and
replacing the current event detection model with the target event detection model,
wherein, before replacing the current event detection model with the target event detection model, the method further comprises:
obtaining verification samples, and determining whether the false alert rate of the target event detection model is lower than that of the current event detection model based on the verification samples, wherein, the verification samples comprise at least one of: a plurality of predefined reference events and corresponding event results, one or more historical alerting events for which one or more event results have been provided by the user and one or more corresponding event result, at least one target alerting event for which at least one event result has been provided by the user and at least one corresponding event result; and
if so, replacing the current event detection model with the target event detection model.

US Pat. No. 11,030,885

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING MULTIPLE SIGNALS

CHRONOLIFE, Paris (FR)

1. A method for processing at least two signals produced by sensors, preferably by at least two sensors, the method comprising:(i) receiving from sensors at least two signals, wherein at least one of said at least two signals is a temporal signal,
(ii) if the received temporal signal is not an asynchronous signal, the received temporal signal is converted into an asynchronous temporal signal comprising the events for said temporal signal, the said events being representative of each change of the said temporal signal,
(iii) analyzing each of said asynchronous signals received from one sensor, received in (i) and/or converted in (ii), and providing an activity profile of the said analyzed asynchronous signal, the activity profile comprising at least an activity value that varies as a function of a time (t) that has passed since a most recent event among successive events of the said asynchronous signal,
(iv) at a given first time:
a. determining of a first temporal context (tTC), said first temporal context being defined as a set of activity profiles at said given first time of the said asynchronous signals,
b. identifying a first meta-event (t ME) by associating the said first temporal context determined in step (a) with at least one temporal reference context selected from among at least two predefined reference temporal contexts,
c. determining a first meta-context (t refMC) by determining a degree of correlation among the different first meta-events identified in step (b) and arising from the said at least two signals,
d. identify a first reference meta-context by association said meta-context determined in step (c) with at least one reference meta-context selected from at least two predefined reference meta-contexts.

US Pat. No. 11,030,884

REAL-TIME PREVENTION AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND RESPECTIVE METHOD OF OPERATION

YOOSEC LDA, Ponta Delgad...

1. A Real-time prevention and emergency management system characterized by comprising:A network interconnecting for data-exchange purposes the following elements:
A Central Processing Unit;
A plurality of Local Units;
Each Local Unit having assigned a plurality of Local Entities and a plurality of Agent Entities; wherein,
The Central Processing Unit comprises processing means programmed to generate an event model of an event or suspicious event, based on processed-data sent by Local Units; said event model comprising event's intelligence indications;
Each Local Unit comprises processing means adapted to generated processed-data based on event's raw data collected by Local Entities and by Agent Entities assigned to it; said event's raw data relating to a type of event or suspicious event and respective location; each Local Unit is associated with a geographical cluster;
Each Local Entity comprises sensory means adapted to collect event's raw data from an event's site within the geographical cluster of the Local Unit to which is assigned; and
Each Agent Entity comprises input and output means configured to collect event's raw data, from an event's site within a geographical cluster of a Local Unit to which is assigned and to receive event's intelligence indications.

US Pat. No. 11,030,883

RTC PROTECH

1. A system for alerting emergency contacts, comprising:a data collecting computer comprising a processor and software, the software when executed by the processor causes the processor to:
connect to a communication system;
submit data to a contact;
receive data from one or more mobile devices, the one or more mobile devices operable to transmit data; wherein when distress data is received, by the data collecting computer, from the at least one mobile device, the data collecting computer communicates to a first communication device, via the communication system, after the processor has initiated communication, the data collecting computer;
communicates, via the communication system, to a first communication device; and submits data to the first communication device;
capture images of a law enforcement officer by utilizing artificial intelligence when prompted by the user, wherein the artificial intelligence uses facial recognition to recognize face of the law enforcement officer; and
determine speed and location of a vehicle for a report purpose delivered to a relevant authority.

US Pat. No. 11,030,882

AUTOMATED SECURITY SUBSYSTEM ACTIVATION

Lenovo (Singapore) PTE. L...

1. An apparatus comprising:a security subsystem;
a processor;
a memory that stores code executable by the processor to:
monitor occupant activity from a plurality of electronic devices;
identify the occupant of the occupant activity;
determine the occupant activity satisfies a quiescence model;
activate the security subsystem in response to satisfying the quiescence model;
determine the occupant activity satisfies an exit model in response to current dress of the occupant conforming to dress data and a location of the occupant being within a proximity threshold of an exit;
determine the occupant has an exit permission for the occupant for a current time, wherein the exit permission specifies a time that the occupant is permitted to exit without activating the security subsystem and the exit permission is based on whether the occupant is an adult or a teenager; and
deactivate the security subsystem in response to both satisfying the exit model and the occupant having exit permission.

US Pat. No. 11,030,881

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR RECONSTRUCTION OF A VEHICULAR CRASH

STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOB...

1. An accident monitoring server for identifying potential injuries of at least one occupant of a vehicle involved in a vehicular crash, the accident monitoring server being remote from the vehicle and including at least one processor in communication with at least one memory device, the at least one processor is programmed to:store, within a database, vehicular crash scenarios based upon past vehicular crashes;
receive sensor data of the vehicular crash from at least one mobile device associated with the at least one occupant of the vehicle;
compare the database of vehicular crash scenarios to the received sensor data;
generate a scenario model of the vehicular crash based upon the comparison;
identify a position of each of the at least one occupant based, at least in part, upon the scenario model and the sensor data; and
determine at least one potential injury to each of the at least one occupant of the vehicle based upon the scenario model and the identified position of each of the at least one occupant.

US Pat. No. 11,030,880

LOSS PREVENTION SYSTEM

1. A system to protect from loss of one or more precious article owned by a user comprising:a beacon device coupled with each one of said one or more precious article;
said beacon device in wireless communication with a detection device coupled with the user, the beacon device configured to send signals to the detection device, the detection device configured to receive the signals;
the detection device further configured to estimate the distance between the beacon device and the detection device based on a predetermined interval of time between the signals received by the detection device,
the detection device is further configured to trigger an alarm when the estimated distance exceeds a predetermined threshold, and
that once the estimated distance exceeds the predetermined threshold, the detection device is further configured to reduce the predetermined interval to time.

US Pat. No. 11,030,879

ENVIRONMENT-AWARE MONITORING SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS FOR IMMERSIVE ENVIRONMENTS

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An immersive system, comprising:a display interface adapted to substantially replace a view of a user of the immersive system with a visual display adapted to be generated by the display interface;
an audio interface coupled to an ear of the user of the immersive system; and
a processor configured to perform operations comprising:
detecting a first event that occurs in an environment of a user of the immersive system that is external to the display interface while the user is operating the immersive system;
initiating monitoring of the environment of the user of the immersive system that is external to the display interface responsive to detecting the first event;
detecting a second event that occurs in the environment of the user of the immersive system that is external to the display interface while monitoring the environment of the user of the immersive system that is external to the display interface; and
responsive to determining that the second event matches a defined pattern, providing a visual indication within the visual display generated by the display interface to the user of the immersive system so that the user is alerted,
wherein detecting the first event comprises determining that a number of occupants in the environment of the user of the immersive system that is external to the display interface has changed,
wherein providing the visual indication comprises providing a video overlay within the visual display that depicts captured video input, and
wherein determining that the number of occupants in the environment of the user of the immersive system that is external to the display interface has changed comprises detecting that a number of attempts to establish a connection to a network gateway associated with the environment of the user of the immersive system that is external to the display interface has changed.

US Pat. No. 11,030,878

TOOL SAFETY SYSTEM

1. A tether tracking system configured to secure and monitor a one or more tools to prevent drops and accidents by a worker, wherein:said tether tracking system comprises a base portion, a two or more straps, a one or more hooks, a tool strap and a one or more hook anchors;
said two or more straps comprise at least a first strap and a second strap;
said first strap comprises a first end and a second end;
said second strap comprises a first end and a second end;
said two or more straps are attached to said base portion with said second end of said first strap and said second end of said second strap attached to said base portion;
said first end of said second strap is attached to said tool strap;
said tool strap is configured to selectively attach to one among a one or more tool tethers;
said one or more hook anchors comprise at least a first hook anchor;
said one or more hooks comprise at least a first hook;
said first end of said first strap is attached to said first hook;
each among said one or more hooks are configured to selectively attach to said one or more hook anchors;
said tether tracking system is configured to monitor safety conditions of said one or more tools by:
attaching a controller between a two or more ground signals on a two or more lines;
monitoring said two or more ground signals to ensure that at least one of said two or more lines are grounded;
sending an alarm signal with said controller when a monitoring step determines none of said two or more lines are grounded to said two or more ground signals;
wherein, said two or more ground signals are associated with at least said one or more hook anchors; and
said two or more lines are integrated into said two or more straps.

US Pat. No. 11,030,877

VAPORIZED AEROSOL DETECTION NETWORK

Zeptive, Inc., Burlingto...

1. A vaporized aerosol, particle, and gas detection network, the network comprising:an entry unit disposed at a first location of an environment, the entry unit comprising:
a trigger sensor configured to detect a triggering event in the first location of the environment and generate a detection signal in response to the detected triggering event in the first location of the environment; and
an entry unit housing configured to enclose at least a portion of the trigger sensor;
a detection unit disposed at a second location of the environment and communicatively connected to the entry unit, the detection unit comprising:
a particle sensor configured to detect a particle count proximate to the second location of the environment in response to the generation of the detection signal; and
a detection unit housing configured to enclose at least a portion of the particle sensor; and
a camera communicatively connected to the entry unit and the detection unit.

US Pat. No. 11,030,876

PRECISE PREDICTIVE MAINTENANCE METHOD FOR DRIVING UNIT

ITS CO., LTD., Ulsan (KR...

1. A precise predictive maintenance method for a driving unit, used for various facilities, the method comprising:a first base information collecting step S10 of collecting change information of an energy size in accordance with a time for a driving period measured in a normal driving state of the driving unit by dividing the change information of the energy size into a first peak with a largest energy size and a second peak with a largest energy size after the first peak in which the change information of the energy size in accordance with the time of the driving unit is configured such that the driving periods including the first peak and the second peak are repeatedly formed and connecting a second peak energy value of the driving period and a second peak energy value of a repetitive another driving period to collect gradient information for the second peak energy value between the driving periods;
a second base information collecting step S20 of collecting gradient information for the second peak energy value between the driving periods by connecting the second peak energy value of the driving period in a driving state of the driving unit to the second peak energy value of the repetitive another driving period, before a malfunction of the driving unit is generated;
a setting step S30 of setting an alarm gradient value for the second peak energy value between the driving periods based on the gradient information collected in the first and second base information collecting steps S10 and S20; and
a detecting step S40 of detecting the driving unit to be an abnormal state when an average gradient value for the second peak energy value between the driving periods measured with an interval of unit times set in a real-time driving state of the driving unit exceeds the alarm gradient value set in the setting step S30,
wherein the unit time is set to include at least two driving periods, a searching period is set in the driving period of the driving unit, a largest energy value in the set searching period is extracted as the first peak and the second peak is extracted in the driving period after the searching period, and an energy measured by the driving unit is selected from any one of a current consumed to drive the driving unit, a vibration generated during the driving of the driving unit, a noise generated during the driving of the driving unit, a frequency of a power source of the driving unit, a temperature, a humidity, and a pressure of the driving unit during the driving of the driving unit.

US Pat. No. 11,030,875

SAFETY DEVICE, SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE

MAKUSAFE CORP., West Des...

1. A wearable safety device system comprising:an attachment member;
a holster;
the holster connected to the attachment member;
the holster configured to receive a core;
the core having:
a microprocessor;
memory;
a transceiver;
an antenna;
a power source;
a first sensor;
wherein the microprocessor, memory, transceiver, antenna, power source and first sensor of the core are operatively connected to one another;
wherein the core is configured to be inserted into the holster and held therein and worn during work;
wherein the core is operatively connected to the attachment member when the core is inserted into the holster and held therein;
wherein the attachment member connected to the holster is placed around an arm of a worker;
wherein when the core is held within the holster being worn by the worker, the core senses environmental conditions surrounding the worker;
wherein the core is configured to be removed from the holster once work is completed and inserted into a charger base.

US Pat. No. 11,030,874

BATHROOM CLEAN MONITORING IN A HEALTHCARE FACILITY

Hill-Rom Services, Inc., ...

1. A bathroom monitoring system comprising:a computer,
a plurality of transceivers mounted at fixed locations throughout the healthcare facility and communicatively coupled to the computer,
a patient identification (ID) tag that is worn by a patient, the patient ID tag having a first tag transceiver configured to communicate with the plurality of transceivers, and
a housekeeper identification (ID) tag that is worn by a housekeeper, the housekeeper ID tag having a second tag transceiver configured to communicate with the plurality of transceivers,
wherein the plurality of transceivers and the computer cooperate to form a high-accuracy locating system that is operable to determine a location of the patient ID tag and the housekeeper ID tag within one foot or less of the patient ID tag's and housekeeper ID tag's actual location, respectively,
wherein the high-accuracy locating system monitors a location of the patient via signals from the first tag transceiver to determine whether a patient has entered a bathroom, the computer incrementing a counter to count a number of times that the patient enters the bathroom and initiating an alert to the housekeeper if the number of times that the patient enters the bathroom exceeds a predetermined threshold, the high-accuracy location system monitoring a location of the housekeeper via signals from the second tag transceiver, the computer resetting the counter to zero in response to the housekeeper entering the bathroom.

US Pat. No. 11,030,873

CONTEXT-BASED PROGRAMMABLE SAFETY RULES FOR PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A computing device comprising:one or more computer processors; and
a memory comprising instructions that when executed by the one or more computer processors cause the one or more computer processors to:
determine context data associated with an article of PPE and a user associated with the article of PPE, wherein the context data includes a location of the user within a first work environment;
in response to a detected relocation of the user from the first work environment to a second work environment, select a set of programmable safety rules for the second work environment that are contextually associated with the article of PPE;
determine whether the article of PPE satisfies the selected set of programmable safety rules for the second work environment; and
generate, for display on a remote computing device, an alert including an identifier of the user of the article of PPE, an identifier of the article of PPE, and an indication of whether the article of PPE satisfies the selected set of programmable safety rules for the second work environment.

US Pat. No. 11,030,872

REAL-TIME EVENT COMMUNICATION AND MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT

Iodine Software, LLC, Au...

1. A method for real time medical communication, the method comprising:providing, by a user device, user-specified notification criteria to a real time medical communication system for receiving, from the real time medical communication system, notifications of medical alerts concerning one or more patients;
receiving, by the user device from the real time medical communication system, a notification of a medical alert for a patient, the notification prepared by the real time medical communication system based on the user-specified notification criteria, the medical alert generated by the real time medical communication system from analyzing events of interest relative to medical criteria, the events of interest determined by the real time medical communication system from parsing real time medical data from a data feed; and
responsive to a user logging into the real time medical communication system, displaying, by the user device through a user interface, a user interface element indicating presence of the medical alert for the patient.

US Pat. No. 11,030,871

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING A BUILDING

OneEvent Technologies, In...

1. A method comprising:receiving first sensor data from a plurality of sensors within a structure over a period of time, wherein the plurality of sensors are configured to sense one or more ambient conditions, wherein each of the plurality of sensors is associated with a baseline, and wherein a normal condition within the structure is determined based upon a combination of the baseline of at least a subset of the plurality of sensors;
comparing a sensed condition to the normal condition;
determining an abnormal state in response to the sensed condition being incompatible with the normal condition;
triggering an alert in response to determining the abnormal state; and dynamically updating the normal condition by adjusting at least one of an upper set-point or a lower set-point associated with the normal condition based upon an expected change in the one or more ambient conditions;
wherein determining the normal condition comprises determining a moving average based on the first sensor data, wherein the moving average comprises: a first moving average of the first sensor data over a first period of time; a second moving average of the first sensor data over a second period of time that is longer than the first period of time; and a third moving average of the first sensor data over a third period of time that is longer than the first period of time and the second period of time; and
computing a combined average based on the first moving average, the second moving average, and the third moving average; and
determining the upper set-point and the lower set-point based on the combined average, wherein the normal condition is based upon the upper set-point and the lower-set point.

US Pat. No. 11,030,870

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRIGGER SECURITY TAG DEACTIVATION USING MOBILE DEVICE

SENSORMATIC ELECTRONICS, ...

1. A method for deactivating security tags, comprising:initiating a purchase transaction of at least one article via a mobile point-of-sale application being executed on a mobile device of a customer, wherein the at least one article includes a security tag with an electronic article surveillance (EAS) element;
storing, at the mobile device, a point of sale (POS) data associated with the purchase transaction;
generating, at the mobile device, an ad-hoc deactivation code to deactivate the security tag with the EAS element attached to the at least one article based at least in part on an identifier of a security tag deactivation station; and
transmitting the deactivation code from the mobile device to the security tag deactivation station to deactivate the security tag.

US Pat. No. 11,030,869

METHOD OF COMMUNICATING BETWEEN A CLIENT-SERVER SYSTEM AND REMOTE CLIENTS

Purdue Research Foundatio...

1. A client-server system adapted to broadcast selective messages to one or more clients without knowing the internet protocol address of the clients, comprising:a server having a server processor adapted to execute a computer-readable program encoded on a non-transitory computer-readable medium;
one or more cameras in communication with the server each adapted to provide a video feed of an area of interest;
one or more client mobile devices each hosted by a corresponding user (target), each of the one or more client mobile devices adapted to receive broadcasted signals form the server, wherein the server processor is configured to:
receive video feeds from the one or more cameras;
perform target recognition and tracking on the one or more targets, including position of the one or more targets;
extract target-specific context parameters from the one or more recognized and tracked targets;
encode the target-specific context parameters into a header, thereby generate a context address for the one or more targets;
append the context address to a message for the one or more targets from a predetermined set of messages based on the position of the one or more targets, thereby generate one or more packets of information; and
broadcast the one or more packets wirelessly to the one or more client mobile devices.

US Pat. No. 11,030,868

OBJECT DETECTION AND MANAGEMENT

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A mat, comprising:a receiving surface;
a transceiver; and
a computer, programmed to:
cause the transceiver to transmit a beacon, including one or both of a mat identifier and location, upon detecting an approaching delivery vehicle;
upon detecting placement of an object on the receiving surface, transmit a confirmation message;
after detecting pickup of the object from the receiving surface receive, via the transceiver, a wireless signal including an identifier of a mobile device;
determine a presence of the mobile device within a predetermined distance of the mat; and
store the identifier of the mobile device upon determining that the object is picked up.

US Pat. No. 11,030,867

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR THE ASSIGNMENT OF PASSENGERS TO AVAILABLE LIFEBOAT

SECURITY IDENTIFICATION S...

1. A system for distributing passengers to one or more lifeboats during an emergency at sea comprising: A. one or more CPUs, one or more databases, a plurality of mobile PDA, for communicating with the system, which includes an initiating system for signaling an emergency, a controller for receiving notification of an emergency and sending a lifeboat lockout condition to a receiver, to decrement a count in a register accounting for available space in a lifeboat dependent on the lifeboat lockout condition; B. at least one of the CPUs having a program for (a) accounting for passengers, who require access to the available space on the lifeboat, (b) mustering, and (c) re-routing the passengers to muster stations, based on available space; C. and, assigning passengers to a lifeboat, dependent on an algorithm initiated by receipt of the decrement in a count in the register accounting for available space in the lifeboat dependent on the lifeboat lockout condition, in order to assign passengers to available space on a lifeboat, so that in the case of an emergency, when one or more lifeboats are in a lockout condition, whereby passengers will be safely and expediently assigned to fillable space on a lifeboat.

US Pat. No. 11,030,866

SERVICE REQUEST METHOD AND SYSTEM USING LOCAL SERVER

HELLOFACTORY CO., LTD., ...

1. A method of managing a service request by a service request system comprising a first gateway device and one or more staff terminals connected to a service server over an Internet communication network and connected to a local server over a local area communication and one or more call bell devices connected to the first gateway device over the local area communication and configured to transmit call information in response to a customer's input, the method comprising:receiving, by the first gateway device, the call information from the one or more call bell devices through the local area communication;
checking, by the local server, whether the first gateway device is connected with the service server through the Internet communication network or is disconnected from the Internet communication network;
in an online state that the first gateway device is connected with the service server through the Internet communication network, transmitting, by the first gateway device, the call information to the service server, with which the first gateway device is connected through the Internet communication network, through the Internet communication network, and transmitting, by the service server, the call information to the one or more staff terminals corresponding to a table included in the call information through the Internet communication network; and
in an offline state that the first gateway device is disconnected from the Internet communication network and is unable to be connected with the service server, receiving, by the local server, the call information of the one or more call bell devices from the first gateway device through the local area communication, and transmitting, by the local server, the call information to the one or more staff terminals corresponding to the table included in the call information or a store terminal through the local area communication.

US Pat. No. 11,030,865

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DELIVERING A PLURALITY OF HAPTIC EFFECTS

Facebook Technologies, LL...

1. A haptic device comprising:an active element; and
a plurality of passive elements coupled to the active element, each passive element having a respective response to a wave transmitted by the active element, and configured to cause a respective haptic effect at a respective location away from the active element.

US Pat. No. 11,030,864

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MODIFYING A HAPTIC OUTPUT OF A HAPTIC DEVICE

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. At least one non-transitory machine readable medium comprising instructions that when executed, cause a processor of a wearable device to at least:determine a difference between a target input signal and a haptic vibration waveform corresponding to a haptic vibration output by the wearable device, the target input signal to cause the haptic vibration; and
present information to guide a user to adjust at least one of a position and/or a fit of the wearable device relative to a body part based on the difference.

US Pat. No. 11,030,863

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING AUDIO INFORMATION IN A VEHICLE

1. A method for providing audio information in a vehicle, the method comprising:determining whether at least one vehicle alert is to be provided by the vehicle; and
outputting, in response to determining that the at least one vehicle alert is to be provided, an audio signal for the at least one vehicle alert at a plurality of frequencies, wherein the plurality of frequencies range from a predetermined minimum frequency value to a predetermined maximum frequency value;
outputting, in response to determining that the at least one vehicle alert is to be provided, the audio signal at a single frequency; and
determining whether at least one passenger in the vehicle appears to respond to the audio signal at the single frequency, wherein outputting the audio signal at the plurality of frequencies is performed when the at least one passenger does not appear to respond to the audio signal at the single frequency.

US Pat. No. 11,030,862

SCANNER WITH PROJECTED HUMAN INTERFACE

NCR Corporation, Atlanta...

1. A method, comprising:providing a motherboard of a scanner without physical hardware controls, the physical hardware controls missing from the motherboard of the scanner and the physical hardware controls comprising:
a scale zero physical control, a camera action or lighting physical control, a speaker volume physical control, a dedicated motion sensor physical control for waking the scanner when the scanner is asleep, or a dirty window physical control for determining when the scanner needs cleaned of debris;
generating virtual hardware controls for the physical hardware controls that are missing from the motherboard as selectable options within a scanner window;
rendering the scanner window within a display of a transaction terminal along with transaction windows rendered by the transaction terminal during processing of a transaction; and
maintaining, by an Operating System (OS), the scanner window at a higher priority than any of the transaction windows ensuring that the scanner window is forced to be rendered on top of any of the transaction windows within the display by the OS.

US Pat. No. 11,030,861

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROCESSING CASH-WITHDRAWAL TRANSACTIONS

MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL ...

1. A computer-implemented method for processing cash-withdrawal transactions, the method comprising:receiving, by a terminal device, a cash-withdrawal transaction requested by a user for withdrawing a first amount of cash from the terminal device;
determining, by the terminal device, whether sufficient cash is available to the terminal device to cover the first amount of cash;
in response to determining that sufficient cash revenue is not available to the terminal device to cover the first amount of cash, presenting, by the terminal device, at least one option to the user to receive a first part of the first amount as one of a first voucher or a credit in a first digital wallet and a second part of the first amount dispensed as cash at the terminal device;
receiving, by the terminal device, a first request indicating a selection of the at least one option by the user, wherein the selection of the at least one option indicates that consent is provided by the user to receive the first part of the first amount as one of a first voucher or a credit in a first digital wallet and the second part of the first amount as cash dispensed from the terminal device; and
initiating, by the terminal device, procuring of the first voucher for the user or crediting of the first part of the first amount in the first digital wallet, based on the first request.

US Pat. No. 11,030,860

SYSTEMS FOR MULTIPLE LEGAL GAME PROVIDERS WITH DIGITAL LEDGER

LOTTERY NOW, INC., Camde...

1. A wireless communications system that runs on a mobile device, comprising:a computer system run on at least one platform on which a plurality of different lottery transactions for different jurisdictions are supported and run from the at least one platform;
a decentralized and distributed digital ledger that is used to record transactions for the lottery transactions, where each lottery transaction of the lottery transactions includes a lottery element;
at least one computer readable storage medium storing computer executable instructions that, when executed by at least one network processor in a workflow server residing in a mobile communications network, implement components including:
a workflow module comprising sets of workflow instructions for processing different types of lottery game packets from a plurality of different jurisdictions; and
a deep packet inspection module for inspecting a received lottery game packet and providing information about the lottery game packets to the workflow module;
wherein the at least one platform is operable to determine a location of a participant of the at least one platform using Global Positioning System (GPS) information or geo-fencing information;
wherein the at least one platform is operable to selectively present and enable each of the plurality of different lottery transactions depending on the location of the participant of the at least one platform, the plurality of different jurisdictions, and statistical information about the at least one platform; and
wherein the at least one platform is operable to route each of the plurality of different lottery transactions to a general account depending on the location, the plurality of different jurisdictions, and the information about the lottery game packets.

US Pat. No. 11,030,859

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GAMING BASED UPON INTERMEDIATE POINTS IN A RACE EVENT

CFPH, LLC, New York, NY ...

1. A method, comprising:determining, by at least one computer processor of at least one computer in electronic communication with at least one other computer via an electronic communications network, a first position of a first race participant at a first intermediate point within a race event based on first race positioning information obtained by at least one measuring device;
determining, by the at least one computer processor, a second position of a second race participant at a second intermediate point within the race event based on second race positioning information obtained by the at least one measuring device;
determining, by the at least one computer processor, a first simulated gaming element based at least in part upon the determined first position;
determining, by the at least one computer processor, a second simulated gaming element based at least in part upon the determined second position;
determining, by the at least one computer processor, an outcome of a game based at least in part upon the first and second simulated gaming elements; and
causing, by the at least one computer processor, information about the outcome to be displayed at an interface of an electronic display device in electronic communication with the at least one computer processor.

US Pat. No. 11,030,858

ELECTRONIC GAMING SYSTEM FOR CONDUCTING A WAGERING GAME AND METHOD OF USE

Aristocrat Technologies A...

1. An electronic gaming machine, comprising:a game display including a graphical user interface (GUI) configured to receive an input from a player; and
a game controller in electronic communication with the game display, the game controller configured to execute instructions stored in a memory, the instructions, when executed cause the game controller to:
control the GUI to present, during a base game, a selectable tournament button that upon selection causes the game controller to enter the player into a game tournament;
display at the GUI upon receiving a tournament button selection, a plurality of selectable tournament game options for the game tournament;
receive from the GUI, a tournament game selection response indicating a selected one of the tournament game options;
display the selected tournament game at the game display,
display at the GUI during the selected tournament game, an exit button that when selected returns the display to the base game and maintains player progress in the selected tournament game;
re-display the tournament button upon returning to the base game, the re-displayed tournament button enabling the player to return to the selected tournament game with the maintained player progress in the selected tournament game, and
increase a number of selectable tournament games available for the game tournament based on a player's past wagering activity in the base game.

US Pat. No. 11,030,857

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PRESENTING A BINGO GAME WITH AN ELEMENT OF CHOICE

Video Gaming Technologies...

1. A gaming system comprising:a plurality of game machines each having a game display and a user interface; and
a game server configured to communicate with the plurality of game machines via a communication network, the game server including at least one processor coupled to at least one non-transitory memory, the game server programmed to:
associate, by the processor, each bingo card of a plurality of bingo cards to a game presentation object of a plurality of game presentation objects representing contestants to be placed in an order-of-finish;
transmit, via the communication network, to at least two of the plurality of game machines, the plurality of game presentation objects;
receive, via the communication network from each of the at least two game machines, a selection of a game presentation object from the plurality of game presentation objects in response to an input at the respective user interface of each of the at least two game machines;
evaluate, by the processor, each bingo card associated with each selected game presentation object against a ball call to determine at least one bingo card having a winning pattern;
determine, by the processor, results for a competitive wagering game including an evaluation of each bingo card associated with each of the selected game presentation objects to determine an outcome amount associated with each bingo card associated with each of the selected game presentation objects;
compare, by the processor, each outcome amount associated with each bingo card associated with each of the selected game presentation objects;
determine, by the processor and based upon the comparison of each outcome amount, an order-of finish indicating a relative position of each outcome amount associated with each bingo card associated with each of the selected game presentation objects; and
transmit, via the communication network, to each of the at least two game machines, via the communication network, the results for the competitive wagering game, wherein in response to receiving the results for the competitive wagering game, each of the at least two game machines is configured to cause display of the selected game presentation objects in the order-of-finish.

US Pat. No. 11,030,856

INFORMATION AGGREGATION GAMES

CFPH, LLC, New York, NY ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a computing device; and
a non-transitory medium having stored thereon a plurality of instructions that when executed causes the apparatus to:
determine an outcome for a future game;
determine a plurality of pieces of information, in which the outcome is defined by a plurality of aspects, and in which each piece of information of the plurality of pieces of information describes a respective aspect of the plurality of aspects;
prior to revealing the outcome, provide a first piece of the plurality of pieces, over a communication network, to a graphical user interface of a first device of a first player of the future game, in which the first piece is different from another piece of the plurality of pieces provided prior to revealing the outcome, over the communication network, to a graphical user interface of another device of another player of the future game, in which the first piece of information identifies a first aspect of the outcome, and in which the another piece of information identifies another aspect of the plurality of aspects;
prior to revealing the outcome, allow the first player to obtain, and provide, over the communication network, to the graphical user interface of the first device, a second piece of the plurality of pieces;
receive in real time, over the communication network from a remote computing device, current wager information for the future game;
continuously update in real time, over the communication network, display of the current wager information on the graphical user interface of the first device;
receive a wager in the future game, over the communication network, from the first device after the first and second pieces and the current wager information were provided to the first device, in which the wager includes an amount bet that the outcome is a particular outcome;
reveal the outcome, over the communication network, at the graphical user interface of the first device;
determine whether the wager is a winning wager based on a comparison between the outcome and the particular outcome; and
determine a payout for the wager based on a time the wager was placed, in which the payout is determined by:
determining a first time when the outcome will be revealed;
determining the time the wager is placed; and
determining the payout such that the payout is in proportion to an amount of time between the time and the first time.

US Pat. No. 11,030,855

SENSOR EQUIPPED DEVICE FOR HOLDING AND COUNTING GAMING CHIPS

Elevated Gaming Technolog...

1. A system for holding and monitoring a plurality of gaming tokens, the system comprising:a. a container comprising a plurality of walls defining an outer periphery of the container;
b. a base connecting the plurality of walls, thereby creating a storage compartment inside the container;
c. a plurality of dividing panels positioned inside the storage compartment, wherein the plurality of dividing panels are configured to separate the storage compartment into a plurality of rows, wherein each of the plurality of rows is configured to receive a number of the plurality of gaming tokens;
d. a measurement device affixed to the container, wherein the measurement device comprises a series of sensor pairs corresponding to each of the plurality of rows, the sensor pairs for each of the plurality of rows being positioned at spaced-apart detection positions along each of the plurality of rows, further wherein each of the sensor pairs for each of the plurality of rows comprises an emitter positioned on a first side of each of the plurality of rows and a detector positioned on a second side of each of the plurality of rows, wherein each emitter of each sensor pair is configured to emit a signal across one of the plurality of rows to each detector of each sensor pair, and wherein each detector is configured to detect a receipt or a non-receipt of the emitted signal and determine at least one of (a) a presence of one of the plurality of gaming tokens at the detection position based on determining the non-receipt of the emitted signal and (b) an absence of one of the plurality of gaming tokens at the detection position based on determining the receipt of the emitted signal, further wherein the measurement device comprises a first removable sensor rack on the first side of each of the plurality of rows and a second removable sensor rack on the second side of each of the plurality of rows, further wherein the second side is opposite the first side, further wherein the first removable sensor rack for a particular row is configured to hold the emitter of each sensor pair for the particular row and wherein the second removable sensor rack for the particular row is configured to hold the detector of each sensor pair for the particular row; and
e. a microprocessor coupled to the measurement device, the microprocessor configured to determine for each of the plurality of rows a count of the plurality of gaming tokens positioned in each row and a total monetary value associated with the count of the plurality of gaming tokens in each row.

US Pat. No. 11,030,854

GAME WITH CHANCE ELEMENT AND TAX INDICATOR

CFPH, LLC, New York, NY ...

1. An electronic gaming system comprising:a computing device, in which the computing device includes at least one processor configured to control:
storing, in a memory of the electronic gaming system,
registration information of a bettor, and
a record of funds of the bettor to be held in an account-based wagering account for the bettor for multiple wagering events;
receiving tax withholding form information of the bettor;
determining a tax-efficient betting strategy for suggestion to the bettor, in which:
the tax-efficient betting strategy being a betting strategy that attracts lower tax liability for the bettor, or increases a percentage of a pre-tax return that is realizable by the bettor after paying tax liability on pre-tax payout, in either case, relative to other possible betting strategies available to the bettor, and
the tax-efficient betting strategy is determined based on at least one of national status of the bettor, tax treaty status of the bettor, a gaming history of the bettor, an amount of taxes owed by the bettor, net gambling winning or loss position for the year of the bettor, or a bet size of a prior bet;
receiving a location determination signal from a mobile computing device of the bettor over a communication network indicating a current location of the mobile computing device, in which the location determination signal is from using at least one of network-based technology or satellite-based technology;
enabling and disabling a gaming activity using the mobile computing device, based on whether the current location of the mobile computing device determined from the location determination signal is within a predefined zone;
while the current location continues to be determined to be within the predefined zone, enabling the gaming activity using the mobile computing device, in which the gaming activity using the mobile computing device is disabled when the current location is determined to be outside the predefined zone;
displaying, over the communication network, on a display of the mobile computing device, the tax-efficient betting strategy as a suggestion to the bettor for the bettor to exercise at the mobile computing device;
receiving, over the communication network, a wager of the bettor from the mobile computing device against the wagering account, while the current location continues to be determined to be within the predefined zone;
determining a loss or winnings from the wager; and
paying out winnings to the bettor, less withholding payable to tax authorities, the withholding to be computed based at least in part on the winnings and on the tax withholding form information.