Amazon Patent Grants

Fabrication method for top plate and spacers for an electrowetting display

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9547167
A method for fabricating an electrowetting display may include disposing an etching barrier on a substrate to delineate a first region and a second region of the substrate, the etching barrier covering the second region of the substrate; etching the first region of the substrate to form an etched first region of the substrate, wherein at least a portion of the second region of the substrate is a protrusion formed in response to the etching of the first region; removing the etching…

Mechanical stress mitigation in electrowetting display structures

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9547168
The subject matter disclosed herein relates to an electrowetting display comprising: a dielectric barrier layer formed on a substrate; a hydrophobic layer formed on the dielectric barrier layer, wherein the dielectric barrier layer maintains a separation between the hydrophobic layer and the substrate; a patterned pixel grid formed on the hydrophobic layer, wherein the patterned pixel grid comprises rows and columns of pixel walls that form field pixels and border pixels; an oil film…

Processor energy monitoring and dynamic adjustment

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9547353
Customers in a multi-tenant environment can obtain energy consumption information for a set of resources or other computing components used by those customers, including time-accurate accounting for various components of those resources utilized on behalf of the customer. A customer can also have the ability to specify how the resources are to be operated when used for the customer, in order to manage the amount of energy consumption. The accounting can be performed even when the…

Automated deployment of applications

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9547564
Functionality is disclosed for automated deployment of applications. A network-based deployment service provides functionality for deploying software components to physical or virtual hosts in a service provider network and/or to hosts in other types of networks external to the service provider network. A user of the deployment service creates an application revision that includes deployable content and an application specification defining how the application is to be deployed and one…

Managing host computing devices

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9547575
Systems and methods are disclosed which facilitate the management of host computing devices through the utilization of a host computing device control component. The host computing device control component includes a state monitoring component that monitors operating states of the control component. Based on monitoring the operating of the control component, the state monitoring component causes the generation of one or more visual indicator indicative of the operating state of the…

Policy enforcement with associated data

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9547771
Requests submitted to a computer system are evaluated for compliance with policy to ensure data security. Plaintext and associated data are used as inputs into a cipher to produce ciphertext. Whether a result of decrypting the ciphertext can be provided in response to a request is determined based at least in part on evaluation of a policy that itself is based at least in part on the associated data. Other policies include automatic rotation of keys to prevent keys from being used in…

Image composition based on remote object data

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9547920
When a scene is generated, a content item may identify graphics object service requests associated with the scene. Each scene may have any number of associated graphics object service requests that may be sent to any number of different graphics object services. The graphics object services may be accessible over a network such as the Internet. By requesting object data from graphics object services, a content item may, for example, reduce at least part of the computational burden on a…

Lane assignments for autonomous vehicles

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9547986
Disclosed are various embodiments for coordination of autonomous vehicles in a roadway. A roadway management system can generate lane configurations for a roadway or a portion of the roadway. The roadway management system can determine the direction of travel for lanes in a roadway and direct autonomous automobiles to enter the roadway in a particular lane.

Adaptive ergonomic keyboard

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9548012
Techniques are described for adapting a keyboard arrangement to be personalized for a user, based on detected gestures made by the user while employing the keyboard arrangement. An adaptable keyboard arrangement may be provided for the user as part of a device, projected onto a surface near the user, or rendered abstractly into a space near the user. Sensor and/or contextual data may be employed to identify mistypes or near-mistypes of the user, and a statistical model may be developed…

Display device having an electrode partially covering a picture element

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9548018
An optical switch, e.g. a display cell based on layer displacement or layer break up having at least two different states, in which one of the fluids e.g. oil in a first state adjoins at least a first support plate and in the second state the other fluid at least partly adjoins the first support plate. Part of an otherwise homogeneous electrode is removed to realize oil motion control.

On-the-fly speech learning and computer model generation using audio-visual synchronization

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9548048
A speech recognition computer system uses video input as well as audio input of known speech when the speech recognition computer system is being trained to recognize unknown speech. The video of the speaker can be captured using multiple cameras, from multiple angles. The audio can be captured using multiple microphones. The video and audio can be sampled so that timing of events in the video and audio can be determined from the content independent of an audio or video capture device's…

Audible command filtering

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9548053
Devices, methods, and systems for detecting wake words and audio commands that should be disregarded are disclosed. In some instances, a local device may receive a wake word or audible command transmitted or uttered in a television or radio advertisement, program, broadcast, etc. In these instances, the local device should disregard such wake words and audible commands, as they are not from a user of the local device. To detect such wake words and commands, audio fingerprinting and…

Voice application architecture

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9548066
A voice-based system may comprise a local speech interface device and a remote control service. A user may interact with the system using speech to obtain services and perform functions. The system may allow a user to install applications to provide enhanced or customized functionality. Such applications may be installed on either the speech interface device or the control service. The control service receives user speech and determines user intent based on the speech. If an application…

Phase-controlled antenna with independent tuning capability

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9548535
Antenna structures and methods of operating the same of a phase-controlled antenna of an electronic device are described. A phase-controlled antenna includes a radio frequency (RF) feed, an antenna structured coupled to the RF feed and including a ground path coupled to a ground node, and a phase-controlling circuit coupled between the ground path and the ground node. The antenna structure is configured to operate at a resonant frequency in a first state, and the phase-controlling…

Integrated button antenna structure

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9548787
Antenna structures and methods of operating the same of an electronic device with an integrated power button-antenna structure are described. One apparatus includes a substrate, a first conductive trace disposed on the substrate, a second conductive trace disposed on the substrate and a switch mechanism including a non-conductive portion and a conductive portion. The switch mechanism electrically connects the first conductive trace and the second conductive trace to produce a first…

Prism array depth sensing auto-focus

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9549115
An depth sensing (AF) module including a depth sensing (DS) lens, DS image sensor, a prism array, and a DS controller is disclosed. The DS module may be configured to provide a control signal to an electromechanical device, such as a voice coil motor (VCM), of an image capture module to move a lens assembly to focus an image of an object to be imaged onto a primary image sensor. The DS module may direct the capture of an image for depth sensing by the DS image sensor and perform a depth…

Focus specification and focus stabilization

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9549125
An imaging device may be configured to monitor a field of view for various objects or events occurring therein. The imaging device may capture a plurality of images at various focal lengths, identify a region of interest including one or more semantic objects therein, and determine measures of the levels of blur or sharpness within the regions of interest of the images. Based on their respective focal lengths and measures of their respective levels of blur or sharpness, a focal length…

Presence verification within a wireless environment

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9549319
A first device wirelessly transmits beacon frames having distinct identifying contents within each. The first device issues a request to a second device to report what beacon frame contents the second device may have received. The second device sends a response to the first device. The first device analyzes the response in view of the beacon frame contents actually sent, the respective radio-frequency broadcast power of the beacon frames, and so on. Based on the analysis, the first…

Delivery truck box

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: D776574

Accelerometer-based content display adjustment

Granted: January 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9545564
Some electronic devices may not include hardware such as a gyroscope that is capable of providing precise orientation information. In some implementations, accelerometer data may be used to determine a content display adjustment (e.g., an adjustment to a first person perspective view in a game scene) by sampling accelerometer data over multiple time periods. For example, accelerometer data may be used to determine short term and longer term accelerometer sample values. The content…