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1.

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR DUAL-DIRECTION POSITIONING OF A DEVICE

      
Application Number US2020024555
Publication Number 2020/198271
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-03-25
Publication Date 2020-10-01
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Berggren, Anders
  • Priyanto, Basuki
  • Karlsson, Peter

Abstract

A positioning estimate for a user equipment (UE) is determined based on a combination of uplink-based positioning and downlink-based positioning. Positioning measurements based on downlink signals and uplink signals can be utilized to determine the positioning estimate. The positioning estimate may be computed by the UE or a node of a wireless communications network. This positioning scheme can include two parts, where a first part and second part are either uplink-based or downlink-based, but the two parts are different from each other. Positioning measurements performed in the first part may be sent along with reference signals in the second part.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04W 64/00 - Locating users or terminals for network management purposes, e.g. mobility management
  • G01S 1/02 - Beacons or beacon systems transmitting signals having a characteristic or characteristics capable of being detected by non-directional receivers and defining directions, positions, or position lines fixed relatively to the beacon transmitters; Receivers co-operating therewith using radio waves
  • H04L 5/00 - Arrangements affording multiple use of the transmission path

2.

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR POSITIONING OF A DEVICE

      
Application Number US2020024553
Publication Number 2020/198269
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-03-25
Publication Date 2020-10-01
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Berggren, Anders
  • Priyanto, Basuki
  • Karlsson, Peter

Abstract

For idle mode positioning, a user equipment (UE) is configured with positioning resources being usable by the UE while in idle mode. The positioning resources can include uplink resources to support uplink-based positioning, downlink resources to support downlink-based positioning, or both to support a combination of uplink-based and downlink-based positioning. The positioning resources can be utilized to transmit uplink references signals, downlink reference signals, or both. A positioning estimate is computed based on positioning measurements of the reference signals.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04W 64/00 - Locating users or terminals for network management purposes, e.g. mobility management
  • G01S 1/02 - Beacons or beacon systems transmitting signals having a characteristic or characteristics capable of being detected by non-directional receivers and defining directions, positions, or position lines fixed relatively to the beacon transmitters; Receivers co-operating therewith using radio waves
  • H04L 5/00 - Arrangements affording multiple use of the transmission path

3.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COMMUNICATING RADIO ACCESS TECHNOLOGY CHARACTERISTICS

      
Application Number US2020012305
Publication Number 2020/171892
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-01-06
Publication Date 2020-08-27
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS, INC (USA)
Inventor
  • Nord, Lars
  • Ljung, Rickard
  • Lönnblad, Daniel

Abstract

A wireless communication network (102) can employ techniques for the network (102) to indicate specific radio access characteristics to be used by a user equipment (100) 5 when responding to a paging message. The network (102) can indicate a specific radio access technology (RAT) that the UE (100) should use when connecting to the network (102). In this manner, the UE (100) can initiate a connection using the desired RAT rather than first initiating a connection with an incorrect RAT and performing a handover or network reconfiguration.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04W 76/10 - Connection setup
  • H04W 48/18 - Selecting a network or a communication service
  • H04W 36/14 - Reselecting a network or an air interface
  • H04W 88/06 - Terminal devices adapted for operation in multiple networks, e.g. multi-mode terminals
  • H04W 68/00 - User notification, e.g. alerting or paging, for incoming communication, change of service or the like

4.

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR COORDINATED UPLINK-BASED POSITIONING

      
Application Number US2020017838
Publication Number 2020/167890
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-02-12
Publication Date 2020-08-20
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Priyanto, Basuki
  • Berggren, Anders
  • Karlsson, Peter

Abstract

For uplink-based positioning, a transmission of an uplink reference signal via a transmit beam at a user equipment (UE) (100) is coordinated with a respective receive beams at one or more receivers (110). A positioning computation node (105) sends configuration information to the UE (100) and to the one or more receivers (110). The configuration information enables the receivers (110) to configure receive beams (111) to receive the uplink reference signal transmission from the UE (100). The receivers (110) perform various measurements of the uplink reference signal and report the measurements as well as beam information to the positioning computation node (105), which generates a position estimate.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04W 64/00 - Locating users or terminals for network management purposes, e.g. mobility management
  • H04B 7/06 - Diversity systems; Multi-antenna systems, i.e. transmission or reception using multiple antennas using two or more spaced independent antennas at the transmitting station
  • H04L 5/00 - Arrangements affording multiple use of the transmission path
  • H04W 24/10 - Scheduling measurement reports

5.

BANDWIDTH PART FLEXIBILITY FOR UNLICENSED NR ACCESS

      
Application Number US2020017138
Publication Number 2020/163672
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-02-07
Publication Date 2020-08-13
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Ljung, Rickard
  • Berggren, Anders

Abstract

Described below, in conjunction with the appended figures, are various embodiments of systems and methods for bandwidth part (BWP) flexibility for initial access to a wireless communications system over an unlicensed RF range. A network node of a network communications system can configure and provide multiple initial bandwidth parts, which are smaller portions of a carrier, or total system bandwidth. The network node can provide the initial bandwidth parts for initial access to the network node by a wireless device. A wireless device can perform random access transmissions on one of the provided initial bandwidth parts.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04W 74/08 - Non-scheduled access, e.g. random access, ALOHA or CSMA [Carrier Sense Multiple Access]

6.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING ASSISTANCE DATA TO A CORE NETWORK

      
Application Number US2019064602
Publication Number 2020/146064
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-12-05
Publication Date 2020-07-16
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS, INC (USA)
Inventor
  • Palenius, Torgny
  • Nord, Lars

Abstract

A radio access network (RAN) node (130) of a wireless communication network (102), the RAN node (130) having a first radio link with a user equipment (100). The RAN node (130) is configured to receive, from the core network, downlink data intended for the user equipment (100). The RAN node (130) is further configured to determine that the user equipment (100) is unavailable while in an inactive state, and transmit a message to the core network (104). The message can include at least one of an identification of the user equipment (100), an identification of a Protocol Data Unit (PDU) session associated with the radio link, or an indication of whether the downlink data has been dropped or will be delivered to the user equipment (100).

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04W 76/27 - Transitions between radio resource control [RRC] states
  • H04W 28/02 - Traffic management, e.g. flow control or congestion control
  • H04W 76/28 - Discontinuous transmission [DTX]; Discontinuous reception [DRX]
  • H04W 68/00 - User notification, e.g. alerting or paging, for incoming communication, change of service or the like

7.

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR POSITIONING UTILIZING BEAM INFORMATION

      
Application Number US2020013045
Publication Number 2020/146711
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-01-10
Publication Date 2020-07-16
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS, INC (USA)
Inventor
  • Priyanto, Basuki
  • Karlsson, Peter
  • Berggren, Anders

Abstract

A wireless communications device (100) includes a wireless interface (122) for conducting wireless communications with one or more network nodes (110) of a wireless communications network (102). The wireless communications device (100) further includes a control circuit (118) configured to receive a plurality of reference signals transmitted by the one or more network nodes (110), measure the plurality of reference signals to generate a plurality of positioning measurements, associate the plurality of positioning measurements with beam information, and select a set of positioning measurements with associated beam information for determining a positioning estimate of the wireless communications device (100).

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01S 5/02 - Position-fixing by co-ordinating two or more direction or position-line determinations; Position-fixing by co-ordinating two or more distance determinations using radio waves
  • G01S 5/12 - Position-fixing by co-ordinating two or more direction or position-line determinations; Position-fixing by co-ordinating two or more distance determinations using radio waves by co-ordinating position lines of different shape, e.g. hyperbolic, circular, elliptical or radial

8.

RECORDING MEDIUM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

      
Application Number JP2019009907
Publication Number 2019/202878
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-03-12
Publication Date 2019-10-24
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Otsuka, Junji
  • Kojima, Tamaki

Abstract

There is provided a recording medium having a program recorded thereon, the program causing a computer to function as: a learning section configured to learn an action model for deciding an action of an action body on a basis of environment information indicating a first environment, and action cost information indicating a cost when the action body takes an action in the first environment; and a decision section configured to decide the action of the action body in the first environment on a basis of the environment information and the action model.

IPC Classes  ?

9.

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

      
Application Number JP2014003645
Publication Number 2015/019547
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-07-09
Publication Date 2015-02-12
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Sutou, Yasuhiro
  • Kitano, Hiroaki
  • Shirado, Hirokazu
  • Friedlander, Steven
  • Young, David
  • Oshima, Koichi
  • Sakuma, Yasuo

Abstract

There is provided an information processing apparatus including a content information acquisition part configured to acquire pieces of content information extracted based on an extraction condition, and a display controller configured to cause content icons corresponding to the pieces of content information, respectively, to be displayed on a track placed around a region. In a first display stage, the display controller causes the content icons to be displayed sequentially on a first track in a manner that the content icons appear at a first point on the first track and disappear at a second point on the first track, the second point being different from the first point, and, in a second display stage, the display controller causes a predetermined number of the content icons corresponding to the pieces of content information, respectively, to be displayed on a second track.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 17/30 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor

10.

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

      
Application Number JP2014067242
Publication Number 2015/005148
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-06-27
Publication Date 2015-01-15
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Tsuji, Tomohiro
  • Igari, Kazuma
  • Suzuki, Katsuhiro
  • Ozaki, Fumitaka
  • Yamamoto, Tsuyoshi
  • Chaney, Allison Marlene
  • Framel, Julia Anne

Abstract

[Problem] To provide an information processing device whereby it is possible to efficiently use a plurality of contents on the same screen. [Solution] Provided is an information processing device equipped with a manipulation detection unit for detecting a user's manipulation and a control unit for controlling a display on a screen in response to the detection by the manipulation detection unit, wherein when the manipulation detection unit has detected a manipulation for bringing into mutual contact at least two contents displayed on the screen under the control of the control unit, the control unit performs control so that the at least two contents are displayed in alignment with each other.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/048 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI]

11.

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

      
Application Number JP2014067240
Publication Number 2015/005146
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-06-27
Publication Date 2015-01-15
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Tsuji, Tomohiro
  • Igari, Kazuma
  • Suzuki, Katsuhiro
  • Ozaki, Fumitaka
  • Yamamoto, Tsuyoshi
  • Chaney, Allison Marlene
  • Framel, Julia Anne

Abstract

Provided is an information processing device whereby a plurality of users can efficiently use content on the same screen. The information processing device is provided with a manipulation detection unit for detecting a user's manipulation and a control unit for controlling a display on a screen in response to the detection by the manipulation detection unit, wherein the control unit performs control so that: when the manipulation detection unit has detected a first manipulation extending from each of at least two sides of the screen toward the center of the screen, a first menu for selecting a content source is displayed along each side of the screen; when the manipulation detection unit has detected a second manipulation on the first menu, a second menu for selecting a content is displayed outside the first menu; and when the manipulation detection unit has detected a third manipulation on the second menu, the content selected by the third manipulation is displayed on the screen.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/0482 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] based on specific properties of the displayed interaction object or a metaphor-based environment, e.g. interaction with desktop elements like windows or icons, or assisted by a cursor's changing behaviour or appearance interaction with lists of selectable items, e.g. menus

12.

RECEPTION DEVICE, RECEPTION METHOD, AND PROGRAM

      
Application Number JP2013051976
Publication Number 2013/118617
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-01-30
Publication Date 2013-08-15
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Kitazato Naohisa
  • Dewa Yoshiharu
  • Yamagishi Yasuaki
  • Kitahara Jun
  • Eyer Mark

Abstract

The present technology relates to a reception device, reception method, and program capable of providing an application program executed in conjunction with audiovisual content. A control unit acquires trigger information, implements control using a command acquired from the acquired trigger information as a basis to acquire a data broadcast app from an app server on the internet or refer to an FDT identified by an SMT and NRT-IT and acquire a data broadcast app transmitted as the NRT content of an NRT service using a FLUTE session, and controls the operation of the acquired data broadcast app according to the command acquired from the acquired trigger information. The present technology can be applied to, for example, a television receiver which receives digital television broadcast signals.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 7/173 - Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems with two-way working, e.g. subscriber sending a programme selection signal
  • G06F 13/00 - Interconnection of, or transfer of information or other signals between, memories, input/output devices or central processing units
  • H04H 20/91 - Arrangements characterised by special technical features of the broadcast information, e.g. signal form or information format broadcasting computer programmes
  • H04H 60/37 - Arrangements for identifying or recognising characteristics with a direct linkage to broadcast information or to broadcast space-time, e.g. for identifying broadcast stations or for identifying users for identifying segments of broadcast information, e.g. scenes or extracting programme ID

13.

RECEIVING DEVICE, RECEIVING METHOD, PROGRAM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM

      
Application Number JP2013050410
Publication Number 2013/111630
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-01-11
Publication Date 2013-08-01
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Kitazato Naohisa
  • Dewa Yoshiharu
  • Yamagishi Yasuaki
  • Kitahara Jun
  • Eyer Mark

Abstract

The present technology relates to a receiving device, receiving method, program and information processing system that allow the provision of an application program that executes in conjunction with audio-visual content. A control unit obtains a trigger parameter table (TPT) on the basis of trigger information obtained from either a broadcast wave or from an identification result of automatic content recognition (ACR) identification processing, and specifies, on the basis of the obtained TPT, a command corresponding to the trigger information, then a File Delivery over Unidirectional Transport (FLUTE) processing unit refers to a file delivery table (FDT) specified by a service map table (SMT) and a non-realtime (NRT) information table (NRT-IT) in accordance with the specified command, and obtains a data broadcasting application transmitted as NRT content by an NRT service that used a FLUTE session, and then the control unit controls the operation of the obtained data broadcasting application. The present technology is, for example, able to be applied to a television receiver that receives a digital television broadcast signal.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 7/173 - Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems with two-way working, e.g. subscriber sending a programme selection signal
  • G06F 13/00 - Interconnection of, or transfer of information or other signals between, memories, input/output devices or central processing units
  • H04H 20/91 - Arrangements characterised by special technical features of the broadcast information, e.g. signal form or information format broadcasting computer programmes
  • H04H 20/93 - Arrangements characterised by special technical features of the broadcast information, e.g. signal form or information format which locates resources of other pieces of information, e.g. URL [Uniform Resource Locator]
  • H04H 60/12 - Arrangements for counter-measures when a portion of broadcast information is unavailable wherein another information is substituted for the portion of broadcast information

14.

RECEIVING DEVICE, RECEIVING METHOD, PROGRAM, AND INFORMATION-PROCESSING SYSTEM

      
Application Number JP2012082305
Publication Number 2013/094506
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-12-13
Publication Date 2013-06-27
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Kitazato Naohisa
  • Yamagishi Yasuaki
  • Dewa Yoshiharu
  • Eyer Mark

Abstract

This technology pertains to a receiving device, a receiving method, a program and an information-processing system which are capable of providing an application program that is executed in conjunction with AV content. A trigger extraction unit extracts trigger information that is transmitted along with received AV content, and includes time information for causing a data-broadcasting application to operate at a prescribed time. A TPT analysis unit obtains a command for controlling the operation of the data-broadcasting application, and a TPT associated with the period of validity of the command. A control unit controls the operation of the data-broadcasting application according to the valid command, when the time expressing the progression of the AV content and obtained from the time information included in the extracted trigger information falls within the period of validity of the command, on the basis of the obtained TPT. It is possible to apply this technology to a television receiver for receiving a digital television broadcast signal, for example.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 7/173 - Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems with two-way working, e.g. subscriber sending a programme selection signal
  • H04H 60/13 - Arrangements for device control affected by the broadcast information
  • H04H 60/14 - Arrangements for conditional access to broadcast information or to broadcast-related services

15.

RECEPTION DEVICE, RECEPTION METHOD, PROGRAM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM

      
Application Number JP2012071969
Publication Number 2013/035618
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-08-30
Publication Date 2013-03-14
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Kitazato Naohisa
  • Eyer Mark

Abstract

The present technology pertains to a reception device, reception method, program, and information processing system that enable the provision of an application program executed linked with AV content such as a digital television program. The reception device receives AV content, extracts trigger information for operating an application program executed linked to the AV content and transmitted together with the AV content, acquires a correspondence table that associates the trigger information with commands for controlling the operation of the application program, identifies a command corresponding to the extracted trigger information on the basis of the acquired correspondence table, and controls the operation of the application program in accordance with the identified command. The present technology, for example, can be applied to a television receiver that receives a digital television broadcast signal.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 7/173 - Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems with two-way working, e.g. subscriber sending a programme selection signal
  • G06F 13/00 - Interconnection of, or transfer of information or other signals between, memories, input/output devices or central processing units

16.

MANAGING DEVICE CONNECTIVITY AND NETWORK BASED SERVICES

      
Application Number US2011043748
Publication Number 2012/015590
Status In Force
Filing Date 2011-07-12
Publication Date 2012-02-02
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor Schwesig, Carsten

Abstract

Methods and apparatus are provided for interoperating a device with network based services. In one embodiment, a method includes detecting registration with a service account, providing a graphical display for user selection during output associated with content stored by the device, the graphical display identifying a network based service based on the service account, and detecting user selection of the graphical display, wherein the network based service relates to a network accessible third party service associated with the device based on the service account. The method may further include transmitting the content by the device based on the user selection to the network based service.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 7/00 - Methods or arrangements for processing data by operating upon the order or content of the data handled

17.

ALGORITHMS FOR ESTIMATING PRECISE AND RELATIVE OBJECT DISTANCES IN A SCENE

      
Application Number US2010058711
Publication Number 2011/084279
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-12-02
Publication Date 2011-07-14
Owner
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
Inventor
  • Wong, Earl
  • Li, Pingshan
  • Sugiura, Mamoru
  • Nakamura, Makibi
  • Kushida, Hidenori
  • Murakami, Yoshihiro
  • Triteyaprasert, Soroj

Abstract

A two picture matching curve information is able to be used to determine precise object distance or relative object distance in a scene. Acquiring two images with different blur information in addition to the curve information enables a device to determine distance information of objects in a scene. The distance information is able to be used in image processing including generating a depth map which is then able to be used in many imaging applications.

IPC Classes  ?

18.

USER PERSONALIZATION WITH BEZEL-DISPLAYED IDENTIFICATION

      
Application Number US2010057433
Publication Number 2011/071677
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-11-19
Publication Date 2011-06-16
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Hardacker, Robert, L.
  • Richman, Steven
  • Calderon, Rafael
  • Zustak, Fred

Abstract

An identity of a person proximate to a display device is determined by an identity profile controller. The identity profile controller determines whether a configured viewing profile exists for the person. Upon determining that the configured viewing profile exists for the person, the identity profile controller instructs a bezel display controller to display a profile identifier associated with the configured viewing profile via a two-dimensional light- emitting diode (LED) array located within a bezel of the display device outside of the display area of the display. The identity profile controller automatically adjusts display device settings for the display device based upon the configured viewing profile. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A63F 9/24 - Games using electronic circuits not otherwise provided for

19.

ILLUMINATED BEZEL INFORMATION DISPLAY

      
Application Number US2010057643
Publication Number 2011/071686
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-11-22
Publication Date 2011-06-16
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Hardacker, Robert L.
  • Richman, Steven
  • Calderon, Rafael
  • Zustak, Fred J.

Abstract

A configured display mode is determined for a two-dimensional light-emitting diode (LED) array located within a bezel of the display device outside of the display area of the display. Information associated with the configured display mode is retrieved for the two- dimensional LED array. The information associated with the configured display mode is displayed via the two-dimensional LED array. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G09G 3/14 - Semiconductor devices, e.g. diodes

20.

SYSTEM HEALTH AND PERFORMANCE CARE OF COMPUTING DEVICES

      
Application Number US2009006209
Publication Number 2011/062575
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-11-19
Publication Date 2011-05-26
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Cowie, Robert
  • Dao, Tam
  • Lam, Tom
  • Nguyen, Don
  • Zhang, Guoxuan

Abstract

A system and computer program product for system care for a computing device. In one embodiment, a process includes analyzing one or more software and hardware components of the computing device by a system care program of the computing device, analyzing system health of the computing device based on the one or more software and hardware components based on at least one of status and settings of the one or more software and hardware components, and analyzing performance of the computing device based on the one or more software and hardware components based on signature profiles of the one or more software and hardware components The process may also include determining one or more solutions for the computing device by the system care program based on the system health and performance of the computing device, and displaying a report including the one or more solutions.

IPC Classes  ?

21.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR BROADCASTING ADVERTISEMENTS TO CLIENT DEVICES IN AN ELECTRONIC NETWORK

      
Application Number US2010002807
Publication Number 2011/056190
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-10-21
Publication Date 2011-05-12
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Carpio, Fredrik
  • Georgis, Nikolaos
  • Frazier, Milton

Abstract

A system and method for supporting advertisement distribution in an electronic network includes an ad server that collects statistics for specifically targeting advertisements to device users in the electronic network. A recommendation engine then analyzes the collected statistics to create recommendation lists of ranked advertisement candidates for transmitting to client devices of the device users. A high-power wireless transmitter broadcasts the targeted advertisements to the client devices in a multicast procedure.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 30/00 - Commerce, e.g. shopping or e-commerce

22.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR BROADCASTING CONTENT ITEMS TO CLIENT DEVICES IN AN ELECTRONIC NETWORK

      
Application Number US2010002680
Publication Number 2011/049604
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-10-05
Publication Date 2011-04-28
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Georgis, Nikolaos
  • Carpio, Fredrik
  • Frazier, Milton

Abstract

A system and method for supporting content distribution in an electronic network includes a high-power wireless transmitter that broadcasts content items received from a content source to target devices that are configured in a peer-to-peer network. An electronic device may obtain current storage locations of a required one of the content items from a tracking server via a back channel. The electronic device may then generate a content request to at least one of said target devices in the peer-to-peer network for accessing the required one of the content items.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 15/16 - Combinations of two or more digital computers each having at least an arithmetic unit, a program unit and a register, e.g. for a simultaneous processing of several programs
  • G06Q 50/00 - Systems or methods specially adapted for specific business sectors, e.g. utilities or tourism
  • H04W 4/00 - Services specially adapted for wireless communication networks; Facilities therefor

23.

MOBILE DEVICE VISUAL INPUT SYSTEMS AND METHODS

      
Application Number US2010051163
Publication Number 2011/044000
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-10-01
Publication Date 2011-04-14
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Shirai, Kazuhiko
  • Habara, Yashuhiro

Abstract

Systems and methods for processing an image on a mobile device, including a mobile device with a camera for capturing a digital image, a display for displaying the captured image, and an image processing module configured to detect one or more types of information contained in said captured image. The image processing module is configured to overlay the detected information as a separate layer over the captured image for view on the display. The system further includes a wireless connection coupling the mobile device to the remote server such that the captured image and detected information may be uploaded to the remote server for further processing.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04W 88/02 - Terminal devices
  • H04W 4/12 - Messaging; Mailboxes; Announcements
  • G06F 3/048 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI]
  • G06T 1/00 - General purpose image data processing

24.

USE OF METADATA IN VIDEO TO ESTABLISH TV SETTINGS

      
Application Number US2010051406
Publication Number 2011/044086
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-10-05
Publication Date 2011-04-14
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Hardacker, Robert
  • Unger, Robert Allan

Abstract

Metadata defining TV video settings is embedded (40) in or otherwise accompanies a video stream. The metadata is executed by the TV (12) to establish (46) the settings, which consequently may be optimized for the particular video stream.

IPC Classes  ?

25.

VIDEO BOOKMARKING

      
Application Number US2010049841
Publication Number 2011/038012
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-09-22
Publication Date 2011-03-31
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor Eyer, Mark, Kenneth

Abstract

The video bookmark feature allows a user to tag an item or segment of interest within audio/video content being watched. Each tag, or bookmark, can contain within it metadata associated with the content captured by the receiver at the time the bookmark was recorded; further information can be derived via interaction over the Internet with a service provider. Applications supported by video bookmarks include telescoping ads, capturing screen shots for later review or printing, and retrieving more information about any arbitrary subject being viewed, whether it is a scene in a program, an advertisement, or other associated information about the subject. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 5/91 - Television signal processing therefor
  • H04N 5/76 - Television signal recording
  • H04N 7/08 - Systems for the simultaneous or sequential transmission of more than one television signal, e.g. additional information signals, the signals occupying wholly or partially the same frequency band

26.

INTEGRATED USER INTERFACE AND CONTROL IN HDMI/CEC

      
Application Number US2010048207
Publication Number 2011/034769
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-09-09
Publication Date 2011-03-24
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Yee, Woei-Shyang
  • Kim, Dongwook

Abstract

A TV (12) in a HDMI home network discovers other components (28, 30) that can source a common UI (50) such as a cross-media bar (XMB). The XMB generated by each component is dynamically changed (80) to include UI source icons representing components in the network discovered to have the capability to source the XMB, so that the user can select the component that is to source the UI and then, regardless of what remote control device in the system is used to enter XMB commands to its particular component, the component receiving the commands forwards (88) the commands via CEC to the component that has been selected to source the XMB, avoiding (90) distracting unintentional overlaying of multiple XMBs on top of each other.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 5/445 - Receiver circuitry for displaying additional information

27.

EDGE LIGHTING CONTROL

      
Application Number US2010047319
Publication Number 2011/028706
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-08-31
Publication Date 2011-03-10
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Hardacker, Robert
  • Calderon, Rafael
  • Richman, Steven

Abstract

An edge lighting control for a television set. A television set includes a display, an edge lighting bezel surrounding the display, a processor, and a memory component. The edge lighting bezel is operable to output light and its operation is user controllable, e.g., interaction between a GUI and a remote control. The processor controls the operation of the edge lighting bezel, e.g., dimming the output light and its color pattern, in response to user input. The memory component stores instructions and data for controlling the operation of the edge lighting bezel when processed by the processor. The edge lighting bezel may include a ring of light emitting diodes (LEDs) surrounding the display and a light pipe surrounding the ring. The ring is operable to emit light responsive to the user input and the light pipe is operable to transmit light emitted from the ring.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G09G 3/20 - Control arrangements or circuits, of interest only in connection with visual indicators other than cathode-ray tubes for presentation of an assembly of a number of characters, e.g. a page, by composing the assembly by combination of individual elements arranged in a matrix
  • H04N 5/64 - Constructional details of receivers, e.g. cabinets or dust covers

28.

INTEGRATED USER INTERFACE FOR INTERNET-ENABLED TV

      
Application Number US2010044501
Publication Number 2011/022215
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-08-05
Publication Date 2011-02-24
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Hill, Seth
  • Barnes, Tracy Ho

Abstract

A user interface (UI) for an Internet enabled TV lists content genre such as photos, music, and video, and for each genre a sub-list of content is provided regardless of the source of the content, i.e., regardless of whether the content in the particular genre is stored locally or is sourced from the Internet.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 7/173 - Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems with two-way working, e.g. subscriber sending a programme selection signal
  • H04N 5/445 - Receiver circuitry for displaying additional information

29.

GPS-BASED WIRELESS NETWORK CONNECTION SELECTION AND NETWORK TOPOLOGY OVERLAY ON SATELLITE GEOGRAPHIC MAP

      
Application Number US2010041306
Publication Number 2011/016943
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-07-08
Publication Date 2011-02-10
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor Zhou, Yi

Abstract

A method enables users to automatically switch available network connections for the current position as indicated by GPS (50) while maintaining Internet connection. The selection of the network connection depends on a network connection profile which may be built up gradually and the score of each connection. Moreover the local network topology (56) for the GPS location may be overlaid on a geographic map (50) as might be generated by satellite imagery to give the user a better understanding of the topology.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04W 48/18 - Selecting a network or a communication service
  • H04W 88/06 - Terminal devices adapted for operation in multiple networks, e.g. multi-mode terminals
  • H04W 64/00 - Locating users or terminals for network management purposes, e.g. mobility management

30.

SYSTEM, APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SEAMLESS ROAMING THROUGH THE USE OF ROUTING UPDATE MESSAGES

      
Application Number US2010044169
Publication Number 2011/017276
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-08-02
Publication Date 2011-02-10
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Patil, Abhishek
  • Jing, Xiangpeng
  • Liu, Aixin
  • Nguyen, Djung, N.

Abstract

According to one embodiment of the invention, a method for managing seamless roaming of a wireless node of a plurality of nodes forming a wireless network comprises detecting, recovering and transmitting operations. The detecting operation involves detecting receipt of a Disassociation message from the wireless node by a first node of the plurality of nodes. The wireless node is roaming and seeking to establish a new communication with a second node of the plurality of nodes. The recovering operation involves addressing information from the Disassociation message by the first node, where the addressing information identifies the second node of the plurality of nodes. The transmitting operation involves transmitting a Route Update message to at least the second node of the plurality of nodes. Other embodiments are described and claimed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04W 36/18 - Performing reselection for specific purposes for allowing seamless reselection, e.g. soft reselection
  • H04W 84/18 - Self-organising networks, e.g. ad hoc networks or sensor networks
  • H04L 12/28 - Data switching networks characterised by path configuration, e.g. LAN [Local Area Networks] or WAN [Wide Area Networks]

31.

SYSTEM, APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANAGING AP SELECTION AND SIGNAL QUALITY

      
Application Number US2010044171
Publication Number 2011/017277
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-08-02
Publication Date 2011-02-10
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Patil, Abhishek
  • Jing, Xiangpeng
  • Liu, Aixin
  • Nguyen, Djung, N.

Abstract

An embodiment of the invention involves a method for selecting and maintaining wireless communications for wireless mesh networks between tier-2 and tier-3 nodes. The method comprises a first operation of receiving channel information from a first wireless node operating as an access point. The channel information includes each channel number used by one or more wireless nodes that are detected by the first wireless node to be operating within a signal coverage area of the first wireless node. Then, an active scan is conducted on a frequency spectrum for wireless signals based on the channel information. Such scanning is accomplished by initially scanning frequencies of each channel number used by the one or more wireless nodes. After the scanning, a determination is made whether to (i) maintain wireless communications with the first wireless node or (ii) establish new wireless communications with a new wireless node (AP). Other embodiments are described and claimed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04W 48/16 - Discovering; Processing access restriction or access information
  • H04W 84/10 - Small scale networks; Flat hierarchical networks

32.

SYSTEM, APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROACTIVELY RE-ASSESSING THE AVAILABILITY AND QUALITY OF SURROUNDING CHANNELS FOR INFRASTRUCTURE OPERATION IN WIRELESS MESH NODES

      
Application Number US2010044440
Publication Number 2011/017445
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-08-04
Publication Date 2011-02-10
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Patil, Abhishek
  • Jing, Xiangpeng
  • Liu, Aixin
  • Nguyen, Djung, N.

Abstract

An embodiment of the invention involves a method for selecting an infrastructure mode wireless channel for a tier-2 wireless node of a plurality of wireless nodes forming a wireless mesh network. The method comprises a first operation of receiving information from at least one neighboring node. Then, the first wireless node determines if a collision has occurred with the at least one neighboring node, where the collision is an overlapping of wireless channels selected by the first node and the at least one neighboring node. If a collision has occurred, the first wireless node compares its network degree, iterative count, and MAC address (progressively in that order) with that of its neighboring node to determine which of the first wireless node or the at least one neighboring node is responsible for re-selecting a different wireless channel from a set of non- overlapping wireless channels that are available to the wireless mesh network. Other embodiments are described and claimed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 12/28 - Data switching networks characterised by path configuration, e.g. LAN [Local Area Networks] or WAN [Wide Area Networks]

33.

CONTINUOUS GROUP OWNERSHIP IN AN IEEE 802.11 WIRELESS LOCAL AREA NETWORK

      
Application Number US2010043711
Publication Number 2011/014654
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-07-29
Publication Date 2011-02-03
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor Feinberg, Paul

Abstract

A method is provided that includes participating in a peer-to-peer wireless communications network that includes a group controller for creating and ending the network and controlling access to the network by wireless stations. A member of the network receives a status indicator from the group controller indicating that the group owner is or will be no longer serving as group owner.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04W 4/06 - Selective distribution of broadcast services, e.g. multimedia broadcast multicast service [MBMS]; Services to user groups; One-way selective calling services
  • H04W 92/18 - Interfaces between hierarchically similar devices between terminal devices
  • H04W 84/12 - WLAN [Wireless Local Area Networks]

34.

SPECULATIVE VIDEO ON DEMAND

      
Application Number US2010037272
Publication Number 2011/005392
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-06-03
Publication Date 2011-01-13
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Hardacker, Robert, L.
  • Resch, Keith
  • Unger, Robert, Allan

Abstract

A method of transmitting a Video-on-Demand (VOD) program involves at a service provider head-end, separating VOD program data into first and second parts; transmitting the first part over a communication network to a recipient receiver for storage at a storage device as cached speculative data, where the transmitting is carried out as a data push when the communication network has available bandwidth to permit such transmitting and without regard for any order having been received for the VOD program to be sent to the receiver; receiving an order for the VOD program to be sent to the receiver; and streaming the second part to the receiver for reassembly into the VOD program at the receiver by combining the second part as it is streamed with the cached speculative data. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 1/44 - Secrecy systems
  • H04N 7/16 - Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems
  • H04N 7/167 - Systems rendering the television signal unintelligible and subsequently intelligible
  • H04N 1/32 - Circuits or arrangements for control or supervision between transmitter and receiver

35.

ACTIVE SUPPRESSION BY TV OF WHITE SPACE DEVICE INTERFERENCE

      
Application Number US2010040736
Publication Number 2011/005647
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-07-01
Publication Date 2011-01-13
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Shintani, Peter
  • Blanchard, Robert
  • Oshima, Koichi

Abstract

A digital TV (DTV (10)) incorporates a TV white space device (22) capable of operating on plural TV frequencies and responsive to the DTV processor (14) to send a signal to an interfering white space device nearby the DTV (10) that is interfering with a TV channel being presented on the TV. The signal sent from the TV white space device (22) to the interfering white space device alters operation of the interfering white space device so as to reduce if not eliminate the interference.

IPC Classes  ?

36.

STEERING MIRROR FOR TV RECEIVING HIGH FREQUENCY WIRELESS VIDEO

      
Application Number US2010038631
Publication Number 2011/005429
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-06-15
Publication Date 2011-01-13
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Hardacker, Robert
  • Milne, James, R.
  • Unger, Robert Allan

Abstract

In a home system in which a TV (12) receives video from various sources (18-24) over directional wireless links such as 60GHz links, a mirror apparatus (28) is provided that can be configured to physically steer a signal toward a receiver (44) on the T V (12) to optimize received signal strength. In this way, RF energy that otherwise would be radiated in non-productive directions away from the receiver (44) is reflected toward the receiver (44).

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 5/64 - Constructional details of receivers, e.g. cabinets or dust covers

37.

ZERO STANDBY POWER LASER CONTROLLED DEVICE

      
Application Number US2010040207
Publication Number 2011/002717
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-06-28
Publication Date 2011-01-06
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Candelore, Brant, L.
  • Blanchard, Robert
  • Shintani, Peter, Rae

Abstract

In certain embodiments, a remotely controllable television has an energy converter that receives light energy from a laser in a remote controller and converts the light energy to electrical energy. A remote control code interpreter that is receives a turn-on code from the remote controller. The electrical energy from the energy converter is used to supply power to the remote control code interpreter. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 5/44 - Receiver circuitry
  • H04Q 9/00 - Arrangements in telecontrol or telemetry systems for selectively calling a substation from a main station, in which substation desired apparatus is selected for applying a control signal thereto or for obtaining measured values therefrom
  • H04N 5/63 - Generation or supply of power specially adapted for television receivers

38.

ZERO STANDBY POWER RF CONTROLLED DEVICE

      
Application Number US2010040418
Publication Number 2011/002783
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-06-29
Publication Date 2011-01-06
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Shintani, Peter, Rae
  • Blanchard, Robert
  • Candelore, Brant, L.

Abstract

A remotely controllable electronic appliance has a radio frequency energy converter that receives a radio frequency energy from a remote controller and converts the radio frequency energy to electrical energy, where the electrical energy from the energy converter is used to supply power to receive a turn-on code. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 5/44 - Receiver circuitry
  • H04Q 9/00 - Arrangements in telecontrol or telemetry systems for selectively calling a substation from a main station, in which substation desired apparatus is selected for applying a control signal thereto or for obtaining measured values therefrom
  • H04N 5/63 - Generation or supply of power specially adapted for television receivers

39.

BEZEL ILLUMINATION FOR DIGITAL DEVICES

      
Application Number US2010034687
Publication Number 2010/135138
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-05-13
Publication Date 2010-11-25
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Hardacker, Robert
  • Friedlander, Steven
  • Calderon, Rafael
  • Richman, Steven

Abstract

First, a user may select an illumination color for a bezel framing a display of an electronics device. Second, the illumination of a digital picture frame (14) may be established based on sensed motion nearby and/or ambient light. Third, the color of a user interface presented on a display can be established to match the color of the room in which the display is disposed, as indicated by colorimetry from a camera (52).

IPC Classes  ?

40.

ACTIVE BEZEL EDGE LIGHTING WITH DIFFUSER LAYER

      
Application Number US2010034478
Publication Number 2010/135110
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-05-12
Publication Date 2010-11-25
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Hardacker, Robert
  • Calderon, Rafael
  • Richman, Steven

Abstract

A bezel (24/46) for a TV display (16) has two or more bezel elements (26/26a/34/38, 28/28a/32/40), one being more diffusive of light from a source (20/36/42/48) juxtaposed with the bezel assembly than the other element. One element can laterally border the other element or one element can be directly behind the other. More than two bezel elements may be used.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 5/64 - Constructional details of receivers, e.g. cabinets or dust covers
  • G06F 3/14 - Digital output to display device

41.

BEZEL COLOR COORDINATION

      
Application Number US2010034700
Publication Number 2010/135143
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-05-13
Publication Date 2010-11-25
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Hardacker, Robert
  • Calderon, Rafael
  • Richman, Steven

Abstract

A processor, such as a TV processor (20), determines which one of at least two audio-video components is sending signals to a TV (10) for display. Based on the determining act, the processor (20) establishes a color of a bezel (14) of the TV.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 5/44 - Receiver circuitry
  • H04N 5/64 - Constructional details of receivers, e.g. cabinets or dust covers

42.

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ANTENNA ARRAY CALIBRATION

      
Application Number US2010029464
Publication Number 2010/120540
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-03-31
Publication Date 2010-10-21
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Hardacker, Robert
  • Unger, Robert, A.

Abstract

Antenna arrays are calibrated by providing one or more test signals from the antenna array to be calibrated to a receiving sensor while varying ambient operating conditions over some predetermined range of ambient operating conditions. The signal properties of these test signals may be measured by the receiving sensor or associated spectrum analyzer, and the ambient operating conditions under which the test signals are provided may be similarly measured. Thereafter, signal offsets for each of the antenna array's elements may be determined as a function of the measured ambient operating condition. Calibration information corresponding to these signal offsets may then be stored in a memory of the antenna array for use during operation of the antenna array. This calibration information may be in the form of a lookup table or a curve- fitting equation.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01Q 3/26 - Arrangements for changing or varying the orientation or the shape of the directional pattern of the waves radiated from an antenna or antenna system varying the distribution of energy across a radiating aperture
  • H01Q 21/00 - Antenna arrays or systems

43.

SYSTEM CARE OF COMPUTING DEVICES

      
Application Number US2009006208
Publication Number 2010/120272
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-11-19
Publication Date 2010-10-21
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Cowie, Robert
  • Dao, Tam
  • Lam, Tom
  • Nguyen, Don
  • Zhang, Guoxuan

Abstract

A system and methods are provided for providing system care for a computing device. In one embodiment, a process includes detecting one or more operational errors of at least one of a software and hardware function of the computing device by a system care program of the computing device, displaying a system care user interface by the computing device and detecting user selection of the system care user interface. The process may also include determining one or more solutions for the error based on one or more signature profiles of the computing device by the system care program and applying the solution on the computing device by the system care program to correct the one or more errors.

IPC Classes  ?

44.

TV WIDGET ANIMATION

      
Application Number US2010028323
Publication Number 2010/114745
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-03-23
Publication Date 2010-10-07
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Friedlander, Steven
  • Dawson, Thomas, Patrick
  • Hill, Seth
  • Dunn, Ted

Abstract

An example television Widget movement method involves receiving a dedicated command from a remote controller that activates the plurality of Widget programs, wherein the Widget programs, when in Display mode, display Widget representations on a display; receiving a command from the remote controller that establishes one of the plurality of displayed Widget programs as being in focus; and receiving a command from the remote controller that places the Widget program that is currently in focus in a Move Mode, where the Widget representation can be moved about the display while in Move Mode, wherein when the Widget is in Move Mode, the Widget representation is responsive to navigation commands from the remote controller to move about the display, and wherein such movement is animated using a 3 dimensional graphics engine. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 5/445 - Receiver circuitry for displaying additional information
  • G06F 3/048 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI]

45.

TV WIDGET MULTIVIEW CONTENT ORGANIZATION

      
Application Number US2010028678
Publication Number 2010/114763
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-03-25
Publication Date 2010-10-07
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Friedlander, Steven
  • Dawson, Thomas, Patrick
  • Gunatilake, Priyan
  • Hill, Seth
  • Nguyen, Andy

Abstract

A television Widget movement method involves providing access to a plurality of Widget programs to a television Widget host processor; receiving a dedicated command from a remote controller that activates the plurality of Widget programs, wherein the Widget programs, when in a Display mode, display Widget representations on a display; receiving a command from the remote controller that establishes one of the plurality of displayed Widget programs as the Widget program that is currently in focus; and receiving a command from the remote controller that places the Widget program that is currently in focus in a Move Mode, wherein the Widget representation can be moved about the display while in Move Mode. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 5/44 - Receiver circuitry
  • H04N 5/445 - Receiver circuitry for displaying additional information

46.

METHOD TO UPGRADE CONTENT ENCRYPTION

      
Application Number US2010028146
Publication Number 2010/111182
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-03-22
Publication Date 2010-09-30
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor Candelore, Brant, L.

Abstract

Generation of secret keys is carried out in a smartcard for use by a receiver device's main processor, or alternatively, decryption processing for selectively encrypted content is carried out in the smartcard itself in order to thwart hacking and pirating of protected video content. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 7/167 - Systems rendering the television signal unintelligible and subsequently intelligible
  • H04L 9/00 - Arrangements for secret or secure communication

47.

INTERACTIVE ACCESS TO MEDIA OR OTHER CONTENT RELATED TO A CURRENTLY VIEWED PROGRAM

      
Application Number US2010026936
Publication Number 2010/105028
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-03-11
Publication Date 2010-09-16
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Friedlander, Steven
  • Ho, Tracy
  • Nishikawa, Yuko
  • Yeh, Sabrina, Tai-Chen
  • Yi, Hyehoon

Abstract

A method for providing content related to a multimedia program on a display device, including: monitoring a currently viewed multimedia program by a user on a display device; retrieving content related to the currently viewed multimedia program from a content source based on information obtained from said currently viewed multimedia program; and displaying at least a portion of the content on a flexible user interface on the display device upon request by the user; in which the user is able to adjust a size and position of the flexible user interface on the display device.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 5/445 - Receiver circuitry for displaying additional information
  • H04N 7/173 - Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems with two-way working, e.g. subscriber sending a programme selection signal

48.

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ENHANCEMENT OF HIGH-DEFINITION VIDEO CONTENT

      
Application Number US2010000568
Publication Number 2010/101611
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-02-24
Publication Date 2010-09-10
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor Ota, Takaaki

Abstract

The detail and clarity of high-definition video content may be enhanced by a display device or client-side device before being displayed. In certain embodiments, the high-definition video image frames may be upsampled by scaling the image's resolution. The now-upsampled HD video image frames may then be low pass filtered so as to concentrate the image's energy distribution into a tighter range of frequencies. The filtered HD video image frames may then be sub-sampled back down, such as to the original HD image's frame resolution, or other HD-level resolution, without compromising image detail. In this fashion, the clarity and detail level in video content, even though already considered of a high-definition quality, may be further improved.

IPC Classes  ?

49.

TELEVISION CHANNEL SCAN

      
Application Number US2010025777
Publication Number 2010/101833
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-03-01
Publication Date 2010-09-10
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Blanchard, Robert
  • Hardacker, Robert, L.

Abstract

In accord with embodiments and implementations consistent with the present invention, rather than perform a full scan of every frequency to find a channel, the tuner is programmed to find a reasonable sample of channels. For example, the tuner can search for at least two or three (generalized as N) channels to determine the frequency plan of the channels (by virtue of detection of at least one channel) and then use one of the known plans to directly identify the frequency map. The process can then step quickly through each frequency, without optimizing or fine tuning each channel, to determine the existence of a channel. With this process the number of tunable channels is found quicker and the initial setup time is shortened. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 5/50 - Tuning indicators; Automatic tuning control

50.

DOWNLOADING TV CHANNEL MAP BASED ON LOCATION AND PROVIDER

      
Application Number US2010020193
Publication Number 2010/096207
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-01-06
Publication Date 2010-08-26
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor Hsiao, Eric

Abstract

A network-enabled TV (12) sends (42) a geographic location to an Internet server (30) and in response receives back (48) a list of TV service providers for the location. A user selects (52) a provider and the server in response downloads (56) the channel map pertaining to the selected provider.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 5/44 - Receiver circuitry
  • H04N 7/173 - Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems with two-way working, e.g. subscriber sending a programme selection signal
  • H04N 5/50 - Tuning indicators; Automatic tuning control

51.

PREVENTING INTERFERENCE BETWEEN PRIMARY AND SECONDARY CONTENT IN A STEREOSCOPIC DISPLAY

      
Application Number US2010023200
Publication Number 2010/096281
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-02-04
Publication Date 2010-08-26
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor Guillou, Jean-Pierre

Abstract

A method of positioning primary and secondary images on a stereoscopic display device involves ascertaining a perceived depth of the primary image and the secondary image; transforming the perceived depth of at least one of the primary and secondary image data by compressing the perceived depth of the at least one of the primary and secondary image data; and transforming at least one of the primary and secondary image data so as to position the perceived secondary image at a position that will be perceived by a viewer to be situated at a depth when viewed on the stereoscopic display such that the secondary image appears to be situated fully between the primary image and the viewer when viewed stereoscopically. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 13/00 - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION - Details thereof

52.

WIRELESS HOME MESH NETWORK BRIDGING ADAPTOR

      
Application Number US2010023242
Publication Number 2010/091210
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-02-04
Publication Date 2010-08-12
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Jing, Xiangpeng
  • Patil, Abhishek
  • Liu, Aixin
  • Nguyen, Djung N.

Abstract

A network bridging adaptor and method for enabling nodes to access a multi- tier wireless home mesh network is described. The network bridging adaptor is adapted to operate in an ad hoc network having access restricted to only wireless nodes that are provided from a common entity. According to one embodiment of the invention, the network bridging adaptor comprises a housing; one or more ports positioned along a side of the housing to receive data from an electronic device; a first radio logic unit contained within the housing and adapted to transmit and receive messages in order to detect a presence of the ad hoc network; and a second radio logic unit contained within the housing and adapted to operate as an access point by establishing communications with nodes that are provided by an entity different than the common entity. Other embodiments are described and claimed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 12/28 - Data switching networks characterised by path configuration, e.g. LAN [Local Area Networks] or WAN [Wide Area Networks]
  • H04L 9/32 - Arrangements for secret or secure communication including means for verifying the identity or authority of a user of the system
  • H04W 84/18 - Self-organising networks, e.g. ad hoc networks or sensor networks

53.

MOBILE CONSUMER ELECTRONIC APPLICATIONS ON INTERNET VIDEO PLATFORM

      
Application Number US2010022095
Publication Number 2010/090907
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-01-26
Publication Date 2010-08-12
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Balasubramanian, Guru, Prashanth
  • Kota, Kalyana
  • Pandya, Utkarsh

Abstract

A request to transfer a consumer electronics (CE) application from a consumer electronics device to a TV device is received at the TV device. The CE application is received from the consumer electronics device. Application state information associated with the CE application is received from the consumer electronics device. The CE application and the application state information are stored to a memory. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 17/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific functions

54.

DISTRIBUTED IP ADDRESS ASSIGNMENT PROTOCOL FOR A MULTI-HOP WIRELESS HOME MESH NETWORK WITH COLLISION DETECTION

      
Application Number US2010021685
Publication Number 2010/088134
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-01-21
Publication Date 2010-08-05
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Jing, Xiangpeng
  • Liu, Aixin
  • Patil, Abhishek
  • Nguyen, Djung, N.

Abstract

An apparatus and method for a multi-tier wireless home mesh network is described. The method may include formation of a wireless home networking environment comprising a collection of nodes that operate as a decentralized, wireless network with multiple sub-networks or tiers that are responsible for different functions within the network. Each node of the multi-tier network is configured to forward data to other nodes and is assigned to a particular tier based on the node's performance capabilities. The method may include the automatic establishment of a unique Internet protocol (IP) address within a multi-hop wireless home mesh network with the ability to do automatic collision detection and correction. Once established as either a mobile node or a stationary node of the wireless home mesh network, a new node (the home electronics device) may wirelessly communicate with one or more existing nodes of the wireless home mesh network. Other embodiments are described and claimed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04W 8/26 - Network addressing or numbering for mobility support

55.

AUTHENTICATION FOR A MULTI-TIER WIRELESS HOME MESH NETWORK

      
Application Number US2010021082
Publication Number 2010/088060
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-01-14
Publication Date 2010-08-05
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Patil, Abhishek
  • Jing, Xiangpeng
  • Liu, Aixin
  • Nguyen, Djung, N.

Abstract

An apparatus and method for a multi-tier wireless home mesh network is described. The method may include authentication of a node within a wireless home networking environment after discovering a wireless home mesh network. The authentication comprises (1) transmitting a first message, the first message including (i) an encrypted pass- phrase being a pass-phrase encrypted with a public key of the node of the wireless home mesh network, (n) a checksum of the encrypted pass-phrase, (in) a public key of the wireless node, and (iv) a checksum of the public key of the wireless node, and (2) receiving a second message, the second message including a code to indicate whether the wireless node has been successfully authenticated along with the challenge text verification process to ensure the message was not tampered or sent by another node. Other embodiments are described and claimed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 9/30 - Public key, i.e. encryption algorithm being computationally infeasible to invert and users' encryption keys not requiring secrecy
  • H04L 9/32 - Arrangements for secret or secure communication including means for verifying the identity or authority of a user of the system

56.

TV TUTORIAL WIDGET

      
Application Number US2010020758
Publication Number 2010/083160
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-01-12
Publication Date 2010-07-22
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Epstein, Karen
  • Wong, Ling, Jun

Abstract

In certain implementations, a television tutorial Widget method involves providing a tutorial Widget running on a television processor to produce video images rendered as a video overlay that overlays the picture on a television display. The tutorial Widget: loading upon receipt of a command to run the tutorial Widget; identifying an operating state of the television set; retrieving and presenting a list of available tutorial videos associated with the operating state of the television set in the video overlay; identifying a tutorial video selected by a user; and retrieving and playing the tutorial video selected by the user in the video overlay. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 5/445 - Receiver circuitry for displaying additional information

57.

PARALLEL TASKING APPLICATION FRAMEWORK

      
Application Number US2009069864
Publication Number 2010/080680
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-12-30
Publication Date 2010-07-15
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor Cobb, Jeff

Abstract

Particular embodiments generally relate to a parallel tasking framework. Network devices may use discovery messages to determine which services are being offered by different devices. The services provided using the framework allow parallel processing of tasks using modules found in devices. Distribution of modules from one of the devices to other devices may be provided to process a project, which may be any analysis that needs to be performed on data. A project may be made up of tasks that need to be performed where each task may process at least part of the data for the project. The parallel tasking framework allows a device to use processing resources from other devices when other devices are not using the full availability of their processing resources.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 9/38 - Concurrent instruction execution, e.g. pipeline, look ahead
  • G06F 15/16 - Combinations of two or more digital computers each having at least an arithmetic unit, a program unit and a register, e.g. for a simultaneous processing of several programs
  • G06F 9/06 - Arrangements for program control, e.g. control units using stored programs, i.e. using an internal store of processing equipment to receive or retain programs
  • G06F 9/46 - Multiprogramming arrangements

58.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR POWER CONTROL IN MIMO SYSTEMS

      
Application Number US2010000017
Publication Number 2010/080689
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-01-04
Publication Date 2010-07-15
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Hardacker, Robert
  • Milne, James, R.
  • Unger, Robert, A.

Abstract

The return channel in a multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) communication system is used to provide signal information on an individual- channel basis. In one embodiment, in a controlled factory environment, this information may be used to incrementing up or down the variable gain amplifier and/or the power amplifier of a MIMO transmitter and/or receiver so as to generate a default signal power offset to be used during normal operation. Thereafter, such signal information may similarly be provided via the return channel and used to further adjust the transmit parameters to account for location-specific signal conditions.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04W 52/18 - TPC being performed according to specific parameters
  • H04W 52/08 - Closed loop power control
  • H04B 7/04 - Diversity systems; Multi-antenna systems, i.e. transmission or reception using multiple antennas using two or more spaced independent antennas

59.

A METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SCANNING TELEVISION CHANNELS

      
Application Number US2010000012
Publication Number 2010/080685
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-01-05
Publication Date 2010-07-15
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Larsen, Tonni, Sandager
  • Suzuki, Yuko
  • Takaya, Norifumi
  • Schupp, William
  • Wu, Max
  • Burciu, Liviu

Abstract

A method of scanning television channels at initial setup. The method includes at a first power mode, automatically scanning for channels using a first scanning setup procedure during which the television is unusable by a user. The first power mode is when the television is at a full power mode. The detected channels are automatically provided for use by the television upon completion of the first scanning setup procedure. The method further includes automatically scanning for channels using a second scanning setup procedure at a second power mode following the first power mode. The second power mode is at a lower power mode than the first power mode, and the second scanning setup procedure is more time consuming in comparison to the first scanning setup procedure. Additional channels not detected during the initial setup by the first scanning setup procedure are automatically detected at the second power mode.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 5/50 - Tuning indicators; Automatic tuning control

60.

TRANSITIONING BETWEEN TWO HIGH RESOLUTION VIDEO SOURCES

      
Application Number US2010020200
Publication Number 2010/080790
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-01-06
Publication Date 2010-07-15
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC (USA)
Inventor
  • Larsen, Tonni, Sandager
  • Matsubayashi, Koji

Abstract

A method of transitioning between two high resolution video signals includes replacing a first image (145) which is a frame of a first video signal with a lower resolution copy of the first image (147); and fading out the lower resolution copy of the first image (147) to reveal a second image (146) from a second video signal. A system for displaying video signals includes a video monitor (100, 100-1) configured to communicate with at least one video signal source. The system is configured to replace a first image (145) which is a frame of a first video signal with a lower resolution copy of the first image (147); and fade out the lower resolution copy of the first image (147) to reveal a second image (146) from a second video signal.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 5/45 - Picture in picture
  • H04N 5/445 - Receiver circuitry for displaying additional information

61.

ENHANCED PROGRAM METADATA ON CROSS-MEDIA BAR

      
Application Number US2009063061
Publication Number 2010/080199
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-11-03
Publication Date 2010-07-15
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor Yi, Hyehoon

Abstract

When a user hovers a screen cursor over a TV channel icon (68) on a cross-media bar (XMB) user interface (UI) (50) for a threshold period, enhanced metadata from PSIP/XDS/EPG that pertains to the program currently available on the associated TV channel is presented in a pop-up window (80) on the XMB UI.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 5/445 - Receiver circuitry for displaying additional information
  • H04N 5/44 - Receiver circuitry
  • H04N 5/00 - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION - Details of television systems

62.

SOCIAL NETWORKING AND PEER TO PEER FOR TVS

      
Application Number US2009063050
Publication Number 2010/068345
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-11-03
Publication Date 2010-06-17
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Jing, Xiangpeng
  • Liu, Aixin
  • Nguyen, Dj
  • Patil, Abhishek

Abstract

A peer to peer (P2P) application which can be applied to TVs (18). The P2P application promotes a social networking aspect by allowing devices connecting to either the home mesh network (12) and/or Internet (14) to share contents and create common interest channels. The P2P application does not require support from network infrastructure (e.g., no central servers), and consequently is extremely cost effective and easy to deploy. The distributed nature of this system allows users to join or leave the network at will. It takes advantage of the local home mesh network connectivity, or existing Internet connections. A participant that tunes into a broadcast on an Internet channel is not only downloading a video stream, but also uploading it to other participants watching the program. Data mining systems capture user preferences and create personalized Internet channels on the TV using the P2P network.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 12/16 - Arrangements for providing special services to substations
  • H04L 12/12 - Arrangements for remote connection or disconnection of substations or of equipment thereof

63.

AUDIOVISUAL USER INTERFACE BASED ON LEARNED USER PREFERENCES

      
Application Number US2009065478
Publication Number 2010/065363
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-11-23
Publication Date 2010-06-10
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Wong, Ling, Jun
  • Carvajal, Victor
  • Chee, Jaime

Abstract

A method and apparatus for providing an audiovisual user interface based on learned user preferences is described. In one implementation, the method involves collecting a set of user preferences for a user; providing a metadata stream associated with an audiovisual input; comparing elements within the metadata stream with the set of user preferences to form a comparison; and outputting a message to the user if the comparison indicates that the metadata stream matches one or more elements of the set of user preferences. The message may be output either acoustically or visually, and may relate to the audiovisual input, which may be audio, video, or both audio and video. The audiovisual input may be blocked based on a restricted message, and may be accessed upon a successful password query.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/01 - Input arrangements or combined input and output arrangements for interaction between user and computer
  • G06F 3/14 - Digital output to display device
  • G06F 3/16 - Sound input; Sound output
  • G06F 3/048 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI]

64.

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR IMPROVING NETWORK RESPONSE DURING CHANNEL CHANGE

      
Application Number US2009059206
Publication Number 2010/062471
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-10-01
Publication Date 2010-06-03
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Hardacker, Robert
  • Read, Christopher, Jensen

Abstract

In response to a channel change command in a home network, to reduce latency a real time network bandwidth determination is made and if the determination indicates that bandwidth is sufficient to support only I-frame transmission, then only I-frames are sent (56) temporarily from the source (10) to the sink (14). Otherwise, I and P frames only are sent (62) and may be encoded at a faster than normal frame rate and displayed at a lower than normal frame rate. If the sink (14) is not configured for non-standard groups of pictures (GOP) some of the P frames can be indicated to the sink (14) as being B-frames.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04B 7/24 - Radio transmission systems, i.e. using radiation field for communication between two or more posts
  • H04H 20/71 - Wireless systems

65.

SYSTEM RENEWABILITY MESSAGE TRANSPORT

      
Application Number US2009065220
Publication Number 2010/059878
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-11-19
Publication Date 2010-05-27
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor Eyer, Mark Kenneth

Abstract

System renewability message data is transmitted to set top boxes, or other devices, using a transport protocol such as, for example, an Internet protocol-type data stream. In accordance with one embodiment, an Extensible Markup Language-type file is received via an Internet protocol-type transport stream. Data, which corresponds to the identities of devices that are unauthorized for the use of certain content, is selected from the Extensible Markup Language-type file. This data from the file is processed whereupon use of the content is prevented in accordance with the data.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 21/20 - by restricting access to nodes in a computer system or computer network
  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol

66.

EMBEDDED WIRELESS ANTENNA FOR NETWORK TV

      
Application Number US2009060479
Publication Number 2010/059313
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-10-13
Publication Date 2010-05-27
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Jing, Xiangpeng
  • Liu, Aixin
  • Nguyen, Djung
  • Patil, Abhishek

Abstract

A WiFi chipset (38) is integrated into a TV chassis (13) as are wireless audio-video signal antennas (42, 46) that feed the chipset (38). The TV processor (40) causes signals from home network components received through the antennas (42, 46) and chipset (38) to be displayed on the TV.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 5/44 - Receiver circuitry
  • H04B 7/24 - Radio transmission systems, i.e. using radiation field for communication between two or more posts
  • H04W 4/02 - Services making use of location information

67.

TECHNIQUES FOR IMPLEMENTING A CURSOR FOR TELEVISIONS

      
Application Number US2009005840
Publication Number 2010/056276
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-10-28
Publication Date 2010-05-20
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Carvajal, Victor
  • Chee, Jaime
  • Wong, Lin, Jun

Abstract

Techniques for implementing a cursor or other similar widget for televisions include outputting a graphical user interface including a widget and any combination of objects on a television. Thereafter one or more key events may be received from a remote control. The graphical user interface can be updated by moving the widget in response to each direction key activation if the one or more key events indicate activation of one or more direction keys on the remote control. In addition, a function designated by a given object may be initiated in response to the activation of the enter key if the widget is determined to be proximate the given object.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 5/44 - Receiver circuitry
  • H04N 5/445 - Receiver circuitry for displaying additional information
  • G06F 3/048 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI]

68.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR POWER SAVING VIA CONTEXT BASED COMMUNICATION

      
Application Number US2009005882
Publication Number 2010/056279
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-10-29
Publication Date 2010-05-20
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor Hardacker, Robert

Abstract

A system and method for generating remote control signals to control a device while conserving power. The method includes receiving an input command for communication to the device to be controlled and determining a use context based on the input command. Based on the context determination, communication over an infrared transmitter and a radio frequency transmitter is adjusted for power savings where one transmitter is typically active. The input command may then be sent via the infrared transmitter or the radio frequency transmitter. At the completion of the usage mode, the operational states of the transmitters can be switched.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04W 52/02 - Power saving arrangements
  • H04W 84/18 - Self-organising networks, e.g. ad hoc networks or sensor networks
  • G06T 5/00 - Image enhancement or restoration

69.

TV SCREEN TEXT CAPTURE

      
Application Number US2009063228
Publication Number 2010/056578
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-11-04
Publication Date 2010-05-20
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Blanchard, Robert
  • Shintani, Peter, Rae

Abstract

A method of processing television images consistent with certain implementations involves receiving a command from a television user interface to capture a television image; capturing and storing a frame of the television image to a frame memory device; receiving commands from the television user interface for editing the captured image to at least isolate a portion of the image; editing the captured image in accord with the editing commands; and storing the isolated portion of the image to a storage device for subsequent retrieval. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 5/91 - Television signal processing therefor
  • H04N 5/93 - Regeneration of the television signal or of selected parts thereof

70.

HOME NETWORK VISUALIZATION

      
Application Number US2009056903
Publication Number 2010/039415
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-09-15
Publication Date 2010-04-08
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Hardacker, Robert
  • Read, Christopher Jensen

Abstract

Intuitive visualization of a home network is provided by providing on screen images (94, 96, 98, 100) of devices (40, 78, 48, 58) in the network around an image (92) of the TV (10), and by establishing sizes, motion, and other visualization features of the images to reflect selections, bandwidths, different sub-networks, etc.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/048 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI]
  • G06F 15/16 - Combinations of two or more digital computers each having at least an arithmetic unit, a program unit and a register, e.g. for a simultaneous processing of several programs
  • H04L 12/28 - Data switching networks characterised by path configuration, e.g. LAN [Local Area Networks] or WAN [Wide Area Networks]

71.

VIDEO BRANCHING

      
Application Number US2009058599
Publication Number 2010/039650
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-09-28
Publication Date 2010-04-08
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Sadja, Aran, London
  • Unger, Robert, Allan

Abstract

A method of displaying a branched chain of Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) video content involves providing a first stream of video content, the first stream of video content having a plurality of video features that appear during a plurality of associated time intervals in the first stream of video content, providing a collection of affiliate video streams related to the plurality of time intervals, providing a set of meta data that associates the time intervals with one of the plurality of affiliate video streams, playing the first stream of video content on an IPTV compatible player device to sequentially reveal the plurality of features of the first stream in their respective time relationships in the first stream via a display driven by the IPTV compatible player device, at the IPTV compatible player device, receiving a selection signal during the associated time interval that selects the video feature being displayed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 7/173 - Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems with two-way working, e.g. subscriber sending a programme selection signal

72.

MULTI-CODED CONTENT SUBSTITUTION

      
Application Number US2009059037
Publication Number 2010/039838
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-09-30
Publication Date 2010-04-08
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Candelore, Brant, L.
  • Pedlow, Leo, M.

Abstract

Multiple segment identifiers associated with a single item of content and substitute content associated therewith can be utilized as a mechanism to provide content substitution using multiple content formats by utilizing a segment routing state machine. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 7/10 - Adaptations for transmission by electrical cable

73.

SIMULCRYPT KEY SHARING WITH HASHED KEYS

      
Application Number US2009056989
Publication Number 2010/033505
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-09-15
Publication Date 2010-03-25
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor Candelore, Brant, L.

Abstract

A method of sharing keys among a plurality of conditional access (CA) vendors having differing CA systems used at a distribution headend involves receiving a CA Value contribution from each of the plurality of CA vendors at the headend; hashing the CA Values from each of the plurality of CA vendors together using a hashing function to produce an output control word; and at an encrypter at the headend, using the output control word as a content key, wherein the content key is used as an encryption key to encrypt content provided to a plurality of receivers that decrypt the content using any of the conditional access systems. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 7/167 - Systems rendering the television signal unintelligible and subsequently intelligible

74.

MODULAR FLEXIBLE SOFTWARE ARCHITECTURE FOR TV

      
Application Number US2009054433
Publication Number 2010/027687
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-08-20
Publication Date 2010-03-11
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Dawson, Thomas, P.
  • Liu, Aixin
  • Liu, Kai
  • Nguyen, Andy
  • Wong, Ling, Jun

Abstract

Rather than have a unique code set per TV product, a common code base is provided to service multiple products and even multiple product lines. Embedded systems can be upgraded through a network connection. The software architecture provides a flexible approach to supporting multiple product offerings through a plug in modular middle ware and to providing standardized hardware acceleration for both 2D and 3D graphics. The plug-in capability provides for feature additions and upgrades after sale.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 13/14 - Handling requests for interconnection or transfer

75.

TEXT LOCALIZATION FOR IMAGE AND VIDEO OCR

      
Application Number US2009055496
Publication Number 2010/027933
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-08-31
Publication Date 2010-03-11
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Guillou, Jean-Pierre
  • Yu, Yang

Abstract

In accord with embodiments consistent with the present invention, a first action in recognizing text from image and video is to locate accurately the position of the text in image and video. After that, the located and possibly low resolution text can be extracted, enhanced and binarized. Finally existing OCR technology can be applied to the binarized text for recognition. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06K 9/34 - Segmentation of touching or overlapping patterns in the image field

76.

STEREOSCOPIC VIDEO DELIVERY

      
Application Number US2009055603
Publication Number 2010/027971
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-09-01
Publication Date 2010-03-11
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Guillou, Jean-Pierre
  • Hong, Seungwook

Abstract

A method of operation of a de-interlacer/scaler for display of stereoscopic images consistent with certain implementations involves at a de-interlacer/scaler, receiving consecutive frames of video information that contain alternating left and right eye images from a decoder; at the de-interlacer/scaler, disabling all image processing algorithms that utilize pixel data for temporally or spatially adjacent pixels that represent images, where at least one pixel is for the left eye and one pixel is for the right eye; and sending stereoscopic images from the de-interlacer/scaler to a display. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 13/00 - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION - Details thereof
  • H04N 7/01 - Conversion of standards
  • H04N 7/24 - Systems for the transmission of television signals using pulse code modulation

77.

VARIABLE BACKLIGHT CONTROL FOR BEZEL

      
Application Number US2009054908
Publication Number 2010/025139
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-08-25
Publication Date 2010-03-04
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Allard, Rika
  • Shintani, Peter

Abstract

A method and system provide for dynamic control of backlighting of a light- transmissive bezel of a display device. A color control signal is received and processed by a processor and control element of the display device to generate a backlighting control signal and transmit the backlighting control signal to the backlighting element of the display device. The backlighting element generates a backlighting color to illuminate the light-transmissive bezel in accordance with the received backlighting control signal; the backlighting control signal adaptively controls the type and the duration of the backlighting color as determined by the color control signal received by the processor and control element.

IPC Classes  ?

78.

DIGITAL LIVING NETWORK ALLIANCE (DLNA) CLIENT DEVICE WITH THUMBNAIL CREATION

      
Application Number US2009054110
Publication Number 2010/022020
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-08-18
Publication Date 2010-02-25
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Douillet, Ludovic
  • Sugiyama, Nobukazu
  • Tao, David

Abstract

An item of audio and video (A/V) content is identified stored in association with a DLNA server that does not have a thumbnail image associated with it. The item of A/V content is streamed at a DLNA client device. Intra-coded frames (I-Frames) are selected from the streamed A/V content. The selected I-Frames are presented to a user of the DLNA client device. A selection is received from the user identifying one of the selected I-Frames. The identified I-Frame is stored in association with the item of A/V content. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 15/16 - Combinations of two or more digital computers each having at least an arithmetic unit, a program unit and a register, e.g. for a simultaneous processing of several programs

79.

USING A/V DEVICE TO SEND CONTROLLED DEVICE COMMUNICATION-RELATED PARAMETERS TO PROGRAM REMOTE CONTROL

      
Application Number US2009052793
Publication Number 2010/019421
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-08-05
Publication Date 2010-02-18
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Hirabayashi, Yoshi
  • Shintani, Peter

Abstract

An A/V device (24) such as a TV presents a series of GUIs that a user can navigate through using a programmable bidirectional remote control (10) to select a type of component (38) to be controlled, the manufacturer, and model number. Once the desired component (38) is selected by navigating through the GUIs, the TV (24) sends back the necessary code information to enable the remote control (10) to communicate with the component (38).

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 5/44 - Receiver circuitry
  • H04N 5/445 - Receiver circuitry for displaying additional information

80.

CLIENT DEVICE AND ASSOCIATED METHODOLOGY OF ACCESSING NETWORKED SERVICES

      
Application Number US2009051834
Publication Number 2010/014539
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-07-27
Publication Date 2010-02-04
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Takakura, Hiroki
  • Gershnik, Anna
  • Beaver, Brian
  • Mccoy, Charles

Abstract

A system makes it possible to use services offered by a plurality of servers different from one another is realized with the use of a common API. The system includes a plurality of service-offering servers, a client that uses services offered by the plurality of service- offering servers, and an interchange server that performs intermediary processing when the client uses a service. The client performs communication with the interchange server while using a common API when using any service among a plurality of services offered by the plurality of service-offering servers. The interchange server uses a unique API, which is unique to the service-offering server that offers the service selected by the client, to execute a processing sequence that is unique to the service-offering server. The client may use any service among services offered by the plurality of service-offering servers with the use of a common API without any need to use a unique API, which is unique to each of the plurality of service-offering servers.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 50/00 - Systems or methods specially adapted for specific business sectors, e.g. utilities or tourism

81.

CLIENT DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM AND ASSOCIATED METHODOLOGY OF ACCESSING NETWORKED SEVICES

      
Application Number US2009051840
Publication Number 2010/014544
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-07-27
Publication Date 2010-02-04
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Takakura, Hiroki
  • Gershnik, Anna
  • Beaver, Brian
  • Mccoy, Charles

Abstract

A system makes it possible to use services offered by a plurality of servers different from one another is realized with the use of a common API. The system includes a plurality of service-offering servers, a client that uses services offered by the plurality of service- offering servers, and an interchange server that performs intermediary processing when the client uses a service. The client performs communication with the interchange server while using a common API when using any service among a plurality of services offered by the plurality of service-offering servers. The interchange server uses a unique API, which is unique to the service-offering server that offers the service selected by the client, to execute a processing sequence that is unique to the service-offering server. The client may use any service among services offered by the plurality of service-offering servers with the use of a common API without any need to use a unique API, which is unique to each of the plurality of service-offering servers.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 17/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific functions
  • G06F 15/16 - Combinations of two or more digital computers each having at least an arithmetic unit, a program unit and a register, e.g. for a simultaneous processing of several programs
  • G06Q 50/00 - Systems or methods specially adapted for specific business sectors, e.g. utilities or tourism

82.

MAPPING DETECTED MOVEMENT OF AN INTERFERENCE PATTERN OF A COHERENT LIGHT BEAM TO CURSOR MOVEMENT TO EFFECT NAVIGATION OF A USER INTERFACE

      
Application Number US2009050052
Publication Number 2010/011502
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-07-09
Publication Date 2010-01-28
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor Doumuki, Tohru

Abstract

A method, system and apparatus provide that movement of an interference pattern of a coherent light beam is mapped to cursor movement to effect navigation of a user interface. A remote controller operable to emit a coherent light beam is in cooperative arrangement with a display device operable to display a user interface, navigable by means of a cursor. A laser diode element and coupled diffuser element of the remote controller generate the coherent light beam. Movement of the remote controller causes movement of an interference pattern of the coherent light beam impinging upon a sensor of the display device; movement of the interference pattern is sensed by the display device and mapped to corresponding movement of the cursor in the user interface. Thus, the remote controller may be used to navigate an on-screen user interface by movement of the remote controller itself.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 5/44 - Receiver circuitry
  • H04Q 9/00 - Arrangements in telecontrol or telemetry systems for selectively calling a substation from a main station, in which substation desired apparatus is selected for applying a control signal thereto or for obtaining measured values therefrom

83.

SIMPLE NEXT SEARCH POSITION SELECTION FOR MOTION ESTIMATION ITERATIVE SEARCH

      
Application Number US2009042786
Publication Number 2010/008655
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-05-05
Publication Date 2010-01-21
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor Nakazato, Munehiro

Abstract

A next position selector for motion estimation iterative search improves the efficiency and quality of the integer-pel motion estimation iterative search by easily and quickly determining the center point of the next search area. By taking a position of the SAD value of the present search area and mapping that position to a center point of the next search area, the process of determining the next search area is very efficient. A local minimum avoidance scheme improves avoids being trapped in a local minimum. By remembering the previous position/direction, the search is able to continue in the correct direction to ensure that the search continues without a back and forth search that is trapped in a local minimum. Applications of this improved motion estimation search include stabilizing an image as well as many other applications where motion vectors are used.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 5/14 - Picture signal circuitry for video frequency region

84.

TV SOFTWARE UPGRADE USING TV INTERNET ADAPTER

      
Application Number US2009049524
Publication Number 2010/008945
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-07-02
Publication Date 2010-01-21
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Douillet, Ludovic
  • Saha, Dipendu
  • Sugiyama, Nobukazu
  • Williams, George, Edward

Abstract

A TV Internet adapter (32) receives (42) an upgrade request for TV software, downloads (46) an updated software image, and then changes mode (48) through software emulation into a mass storage device from which the TV (12) downloads the updated image.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 5/44 - Receiver circuitry
  • G06F 9/44 - Arrangements for executing specific programs
  • G06F 15/00 - Digital computers in general; Data processing equipment in general

85.

SPECULATIVE START POINT SELECTION FOR MOTION ESTIMATION ITERATIVE SEARCH

      
Application Number US2009042785
Publication Number 2010/008654
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-05-05
Publication Date 2010-01-21
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Nakazato, Munehiro
  • Koo, Sung-Yul

Abstract

A speculative start point selection for motion estimation iterative search improves the efficiency and quality of the integer-pel motion estimation iterative search by speculatively selecting the start position of the iteration. The start position is selected by comparing the Sum of Absolute Differences (SAD) value of a 0 motion vector, a predicted motion vector and a global motion vector (GMV) and selecting the position with the smallest SAD value. A refinement scheme with a threshold improves the efficiency and quality of the motion estimation iterative search by performing several comparisons to ensure the proper motion vector is selected. Applications of this improved motion estimation search include stabilizing an image as well as many other applications where motion vectors are used.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 7/12 - Systems in which the television signal is transmitted via one channel or a plurality of parallel channels, the bandwidth of each channel being less than the bandwidth of the television signal

86.

SELF DIAGNOSTICS OF TV

      
Application Number US2009047904
Publication Number 2009/155485
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-06-19
Publication Date 2009-12-23
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor Garg, Praggya

Abstract

In accord with certain embodiments consistent with the present invention, a television diagnostic method involves providing a user selectable menu selection on the television display that invokes a diagnostic process; upon a user invoking the diagnostic process, carrying out a plurality of functional tests upon the television set; reading user settings from a memory in the television set; transmitting results from the plurality of tests to a diagnostic center via the Internet; and carrying out an interactive two-way communication with the diagnostic center to resolve any problems identified with the television set. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 17/04 - Diagnosis, testing or measuring for television systems or their details for receivers
  • H04N 5/44 - Receiver circuitry

87.

SIMULATING CONSUMER ELECTRONIC CONTROL FUNCTIONALITY FOR NON-CEC DEVICES

      
Application Number US2009001740
Publication Number 2009/120287
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-03-18
Publication Date 2009-10-01
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONIC INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Hironaka, Takashi
  • Colsey, Nick
  • Shintani, Peter
  • Boyden, David
  • Domukai, Toru

Abstract

A High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) switch includes a plurality of peripheral device ports, each of which may be coupled to a corresponding peripheral device. The switch also includes a display device port for coupling to a display device. In one embodiment, the switch is configured to receive device identification information from one or more of the peripheral devices coupled to the peripheral device ports and to detect which of the peripheral device ports is an active port. The switch may then transmit the device identification information for the peripheral device coupled to the active port to a display device in accordance with an HDMI communication protocol, such as the consumer electronic control (CEC) protocol. In one embodiment, the peripheral device coupled to the active port is not configured to communicate according to the HDMI communication protocol.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/00 - Input arrangements for transferring data to be processed into a form capable of being handled by the computer; Output arrangements for transferring data from processing unit to output unit, e.g. interface arrangements

88.

INNOVATIVE METHOD TO CREATE A BUS BASED SWITCHING SCHEME FOR A HDMI OR SIMILAR I/F'S

      
Application Number US2009034584
Publication Number 2009/117205
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-02-19
Publication Date 2009-09-24
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Shintani, Peter
  • Toyoshima, Kenichiro

Abstract

A controlled impedance bus includes a pair of bus traces that carry a transmission minimized differential signal (TMDS). Two or more buffer output terminals. Each output terminal includes a pair of pads connected to the pair of bus traces such that unused pads create minimal stubs on the pair of bus traces. Two or more buffer input terminals are provided. Each of the buffer input terminals includes a pair of connector traces that extend substantially perpendicular to the bus traces. At least one connector is connected to a first end of the pair of connector traces of one of the buffer input terminals. At least one buffer device is connected to a second end of the pair of connector traces and to the pair of pads of one of the buffer output terminals. The buffer device provides signals on the pair of bus traces when enabled by an enable input.

IPC Classes  ?

89.

ENCRYPTION SYSTEM FOR SATELLITE DELIVERED TELEVISION

      
Application Number US2009034066
Publication Number 2009/108518
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-02-13
Publication Date 2009-09-03
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor Candelore, Brant, L.

Abstract

A television content delivery system consistent with certain embodiments has a receiver system that receives television content from a plurality of content suppliers. A selective multiple encrypter selectively multiple encrypts the television content, wherein the resultant selectively multiple encrypted content stream is encrypted under at least one conditional access system (CAS) and at least one digital rights management system (DRMS). A transmitter transmits the selectively multiple encrypted television content stream to multiple receivers, so that the selectively multiple encrypted television content stream can be decrypted under either a system using at least one CAS or at least one DRMS.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 7/167 - Systems rendering the television signal unintelligible and subsequently intelligible

90.

FAVORITES GUI FOR TV

      
Application Number US2009030286
Publication Number 2009/099695
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-01-07
Publication Date 2009-08-13
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Baurmann, Travis Charles
  • Friedlander, Steven
  • Ho, Tracy
  • Nishikawa, Yuko
  • Salisbury, John
  • Tu, Edgar Allan
  • Yeh, Sabrina Tai-Chen

Abstract

A favorites GUI for a TV (12) includes a carousel-type display of icons (46) representing user-defined favorites that is overlaid on the current background video of the TV (12), with the center-most icon (46) being the 'current' icon (46) and being enlarged relative to the other icons (46). Live video appears in icons (46) representing TV channels. Other icons (46) can represent, e.g., favorite photo/music files, favorite games from a game console, favorite content from an ambient player, etc.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/00 - Input arrangements for transferring data to be processed into a form capable of being handled by the computer; Output arrangements for transferring data from processing unit to output unit, e.g. interface arrangements

91.

EXPANDED PLAYLIST FOR TV VIDEO PLAYER

      
Application Number US2008087400
Publication Number 2009/094083
Status In Force
Filing Date 2008-12-18
Publication Date 2009-07-30
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor Yi, Hyehoon

Abstract

An Internet TV (12) video guide (40) shows thumbnails (42, 48, 52, 56) of video assets available from one or more providers, and one or more of the assets (48, 56) may represent a playlist with two or more associated video clips. When a viewer selects a playlist asset, the thumbnail (48, 56) is expanded to show the individual clips so that a viewer can select a desired clip for play on the TV (12).

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 5/445 - Receiver circuitry for displaying additional information

92.

PERSONALIZED LOCATION-BASED ADVERTISEMENTS

      
Application Number US2009000328
Publication Number 2009/091606
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-01-14
Publication Date 2009-07-23
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor Dacosta, Behram

Abstract

Advertising content is selected and provided to a mobile device user based on user location information in combination with user profile information. In one embodiment, user location information and user profile information is provided to an advertisement server over a network connection. An advertisement database lookup operation may then be performed based on current location information for the mobile device, in combination with the aforementioned profile information. The result of this lookup operation is to identify the available advertisements that are most likely to be of interest to the user at the current time.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04W 4/02 - Services making use of location information

93.

VIDEO CODING SYSTEM USING TEXTURE ANALYSIS AND SYNTHESIS IN A SCALABLE CODING FRAMEWORK

      
Application Number US2009030117
Publication Number 2009/091625
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-01-05
Publication Date 2009-07-23
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Visharam, Mohammed, Z.
  • Tabatabai, Ali

Abstract

An apparatus or method of efficiently coding high resolution video using texture analysis and synthesis techniques in a scalable video coding framework. A high-resolution video signal is spatially downsampled and encoded into a base-layer. Texture and structure information are extracted from the downsampled signal and base-layer for use by a texture synthesizer. The texture synthesizer is structurally and texturally aware utilizing edge information from a base-layer of the synthesizer to improve synthesis. After synthesis, a video quality assessor directs enhancement- layer coding of unacceptably synthesized areas by alternate (non-textural) coding means, such as conventional AVC or MPEG-2 coding. In one mode, the quality assessor iteratively improves synthesis of certain blocks to make them acceptable for enhancement-layer coding. The apparatus or method outputs a bit stream, or bit streams, containing both the coded base-layer and the enhancement-layer.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 11/02 - Colour television systems with bandwidth reduction

94.

MILLIMETER WAVE POWER CONVERSION

      
Application Number US2008087991
Publication Number 2009/088742
Status In Force
Filing Date 2008-12-22
Publication Date 2009-07-16
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor Hardacker, Robert, L.

Abstract

A translation transceiver device consistent with certain embodiments has a 60GHz band receiver for receiving SD type device compatible transmissions. A demodulator demodulates the SD type transmissions. A decoder decodes the demodulated SD type transmissions into received data. An AD type encoder encodes the received data to produce AD type transmitter compatible data. An AD type modulator modulates the AD type transmitter compatible data, and an AD type 60GHz band transmitter transmits the modulated AD type transmitter compatible data. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.

IPC Classes  ?

95.

WIRED EXCHANGE OF CONTROL INFORMATION IN WIRELESS SYSTEM

      
Application Number US2008084518
Publication Number 2009/085482
Status In Force
Filing Date 2008-11-24
Publication Date 2009-07-09
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor Unger, Robert, Allan

Abstract

Pairing information is automatically exchanged over a temporary cable (42, 1 14) in a wireless high definition multimedia interface (HDMI) system. Subsequently, the cable is disconnected and a source ( 12, 98) of HDMI (such as a disk player) wirelessly sends HDMI A/V to a sink (14, 102) (such as a HDTV).

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04W 4/00 - Services specially adapted for wireless communication networks; Facilities therefor

96.

TOUCH SENSITIVE WIRELESS NAVIGATION DEVICE FOR REMOTE CONTROL

      
Application Number US2008086140
Publication Number 2009/082621
Status In Force
Filing Date 2008-12-10
Publication Date 2009-07-02
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Hardacker, Robert
  • Richman, Steven

Abstract

Remote control of an electronic device is achieved by retrieving a description of a control surface associated with the electronic device, rendering a graphical representation of at least portion of the control surface on a screen in accordance with the description and navigating the graphical representation using a navigation device that is remote from the first electronic device. The graphical representation may include multiple controls. The electronic device is operated in accordance with controls selected using the navigation device. The graphical representation may be displayed on the navigation device or on a remote screen. The controls to be displayed may be selected automatically dependent upon a selected operating mode.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/00 - Input arrangements for transferring data to be processed into a form capable of being handled by the computer; Output arrangements for transferring data from processing unit to output unit, e.g. interface arrangements

97.

A METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SETTING UP A COMPUTER SYSTEM AT STARTUP

      
Application Number US2008013645
Publication Number 2009/078951
Status In Force
Filing Date 2008-12-11
Publication Date 2009-06-25
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Zhang, Guoxuan
  • Cowie, Robert
  • Lam, Tom
  • Nguyen, Don
  • Dao, Tam

Abstract

A graphical user interface (GUI) for setting up a computer system at startup. The GUI may include a first plurality of on-screen selectable icons, wherein each of the first plurality of on-screen selectable icons is associated with at least one respective setup procedure that when invoked causes a processor to execute an associated setup functionality. The GUI further includes a first visual indicator operable to identify one of the first plurality of on-screen selectable icons responsive to a user selection thereof. A second visual indicator may be used to identify a completion of a setup procedure associated with the user selection of the one of the first plurality of on-screen selectable icons. The GUI also includes a plurality of on-screen navigational icons for navigating through the first plurality of on-screen selectable icons, for canceling a selection and for exiting a startup user experience.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 9/00 - Arrangements for program control, e.g. control units

98.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REDUCING AUDIO VIDEO BANDWIDTH IN A HOME NETWORK

      
Application Number US2008082320
Publication Number 2009/079106
Status In Force
Filing Date 2008-11-04
Publication Date 2009-06-25
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (USA)
Inventor Lejeune, Stephane

Abstract

In a home network, instead of filtering out non-demanded digital programs on programs of a main digital transport stream after decryption by a conditional access (CA) device (20, 14, 214), the audio video data of all non-demanded digital programs is removed prior to decryption, to conserve bandwidth in the home network, while all non-audio video data remains in the stream for use as required by the CA device.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 9/00 - Arrangements for secret or secure communication

99.

EXTENSION OF THE AVC STANDARD TO ENCODE HIGH RESOLUTION DIGITAL STILL PICTURES IN SERIES WITH VIDEO

      
Application Number US2008012628
Publication Number 2009/073075
Status In Force
Filing Date 2008-11-07
Publication Date 2009-06-11
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Tabatabai, Ali
  • Visharam, Mohammed, Zubair

Abstract

A codec extends the AVC standard in order to provide support for coding high resolution still image pictures within the AVC coding of a lower resolution video. The codec is capable of capturing an AVC video stream while concurrently capturing high resolution still images at random intervals relative to the video stream. Each captured high resolution still image is embedded within the video stream as a single layer bit stream. Each embedded high resolution still image signals or forces the start of a new GOP in the coded video sequence. The AVC standard is extended to include new syntax for the sequence parameter sets. In one embodiment, a modified sequence parameter set defines a new profile that signals the presence of a high resolution still image in sequence with AVC video.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 7/26 - using bandwidth reduction (information reduction by code conversion in general H03M 7/30)

100.

AN EXTENSION TO THE AVC STANDARD TO SUPPORT THE ENCODING AND STORAGE OF HIGH RESOLUTION DIGITAL STILL PICTURES IN PARALLEL WITH VIDEO

      
Application Number US2008012657
Publication Number 2009/073077
Status In Force
Filing Date 2008-11-07
Publication Date 2009-06-11
Owner
  • SONY CORPORATION (Japan)
  • SONY ELECTRONICS, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Tabatabai, Ali
  • Visharam, Mohammed, Zubair

Abstract

A codec configured to operate in a parallel mode extends the current AVC standard in order to provide support for coding and storage of high resolution still image pictures in parallel with the AVC coding of a lower resolution video. The parallel mode codec is configured according to the modified AVC standard and is capable of capturing an AVC video stream while concurrently capturing high resolution still images at random intervals of the video stream. Residual information stored as an enhancement layer, is used to generate one or more high resolution still images pictures using the up-sampled decoded lower resolution video at the decoder side. A base layer carries lower resolution video. The enhancement layer and the base layer are transmitted in parallel, as a multi-layer stream, from an encoder on the transmission side to a decoder at the receiving side. To carry enhancement information, the AVC standard is extended to include data field(s) for SEI Message Definitions, sequence parameter sets, and a new NAL Unit.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 7/26 - using bandwidth reduction (information reduction by code conversion in general H03M 7/30)
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