AT&T Patent Applications

Bone Conduction Tags

Granted: June 22, 2017
Application Number: 20170178472
Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for bone conduction tags. According to one aspect of the concepts and technologies disclosed herein, a device can receive, via a transducer, a vibration signal from a body of a user. The vibration signal can be generated in response to the user interacting with a bone conduction tag. For example, the vibration signal can be generated in response to the user moving one or more fingers across the bone conduction tag. The device can analyze the…

System For Distributing Virtual Entity Behavior Profiling In Cloud Deployments

Granted: June 22, 2017
Application Number: 20170180416
A system for distributing virtual entity behavior profiling in cloud deployments is disclosed. In particular, the system may include conducting entity behavior profiling closer to where data and data logs are generated, such as at a hypervisor server, in a distributed fashion. By doing so, the system may reduce bandwidth consumption typically associated with transferring data to a central processing system, may be able to use more data collected closer to sources of data generation, and…

Digital Video Recorder As A Content Delivery Server

Granted: June 22, 2017
Application Number: 20170180790
A system for enabling a digital video recorder to serve as a content delivery server is disclosed. In particular, the system may include deploying a content delivery server at a cell site, which may be provided a content package from a satellite or fiber network. Additionally, the system may include deploying, at a customer premises, a digital video recorder that may serve as a content delivery server and may be equipped for wireless communication. The content package may be transmitted…

Location Assessment System For Drones

Granted: June 22, 2017
Application Number: 20170181117
A system for locating unmanned mobile connected objects, such as, but not limited to, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), such as, but not limited to drones, and unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) is disclosed. A command center may be configured to identify current locations of unmanned mobile connected objects, predict future locations of unmanned mobile connected objects, predict and prevent collisions of unmanned mobile connected objects, identify unpredictable variables, such as, but not…

Detecting and Using Mood-Condition Affinities

Granted: June 22, 2017
Application Number: 20170177721
Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for detecting and using mood-condition affinities. A processor that executes an affinity service or affinity application can obtain collected data associated with a user device. The collected data can include sensor readings collected by the user device. The processor can determine a condition at the user device and a mood associated with the condition. The processor can generate an affinity that defines a relationship between the condition…

Sequential Recommender System for Virtualized Network Services

Granted: June 15, 2017
Application Number: 20170168690
Concepts and technologies disclosed herein are directed to a sequential recommender system for virtualized network services. According to one aspect disclosed herein, a recommender system can receive user input regarding a service project interest expressed by a user. In response to the user input, the recommender system can consult a knowledge base to determine a recommended service based upon the user input regarding the service project interest expressed by the user. The recommender…

Methods, Systems, and Products for Electronic Purchases

Granted: June 15, 2017
Application Number: 20170169502
A server receives an electronic shopping cart from a client device. The electronic shopping cart describes an item for purchase from a merchant. The server comparison-shops to determine a different merchant offering the same or comparable item for sale. The server sends a notification to the client device describing a lower price offered by the different merchant. The server may then receive an approval to replace the item selected for purchase from the merchant with the item offered by…

Collecting and Using Quality of Experience Information

Granted: June 15, 2017
Application Number: 20170171042
Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for collecting and using quality of experience information. A server computer executing a quality of experience management service can receive a request for quality of experience display data. The server computer can obtain location data defining a geographic location of a user device and analyze quality of experience information defining a quality of experience of an application program associated with the user device. The server computer…

Monitoring and Controlling Electronic Activity Using Third Party Rule Submission and Validation

Granted: June 15, 2017
Application Number: 20170171250
Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for monitoring and controlling electronic activity. A policy service can be called for policies for controlling electronic activity occurring at one or more managed devices. The policies can include a number of rules, each of which can include a number of variables. The rules can be defined by a manager device and/or received from third parties. Third party rule submissions can be validated. If electronic activity at the managed device…

Internet-Wide Scheduling of Transactions

Granted: June 15, 2017
Application Number: 20170171351
A method and system for distributing content on a network through network-wide transactions is disclosed. The method and system monitors the network using triggered measurement of the performance of an element of the network, dynamically computing, based on the monitoring, the regions of the network with available performance capacity for the transaction to proceed at a given time, determining, based on the computing, a scheduled time for the transaction to proceed, and distributing the…

Methods, Systems, and Products for Processing Communications

Granted: June 15, 2017
Application Number: 20170171385
Users are provided control of their communications. Should a call be processed for a user, a text message may be automatically sent as a response to the call. The user may pre-compose different text messages. The user may also compose a custom text message. Regardless, the user's text message is automatically sent as a response to the call.

REUSABLE NETWORKED 3-D PRINTING

Granted: June 8, 2017
Application Number: 20170157856
A service is provided over a communication network. Initially, information indicative of physical characteristics of an item requested by a requester is received along with a request to generate a physical three dimensional model for the item. The information is transformed into model data used to generate the three dimensional model. Components for generating the physical three dimensional model are obtained from storage. A physical three dimensional model for the item specified by the…

Locational Environmental Control

Granted: June 8, 2017
Application Number: 20170159956
Locational environmental control provides quicker and more efficient comfort. A location associated with a mobile device determines a ceiling fan and/or an air terminal that best serves the location. The ceiling fan may be activated to provide inexpensive climate control to the location associated with the mobile device. Conditioned air (heated or cooled) may be output from the air terminal to provide additional relief.

Drone Piggybacking on Vehicles

Granted: June 8, 2017
Application Number: 20170160735
A system for providing drone piggybacking on vehicles is disclosed. In particular, the system may enable drones or other unmanned mobile connected devices to piggyback onto various types of hosts, such as vehicles, in a symbiotic fashion. Through the symbiotic relationship created between the drones and hosts, the drones may utilize the hosts as a means for transport, such as while delivering a good to an intended destination, and the hosts may receive certain incentives in exchange for…

Contextual Ownership

Granted: June 8, 2017
Application Number: 20170161334
Consistent contextual patterns may confirm ownership. Current usage of mobile and smart devices may be compared to historical usage. If a device is being used as historically observed, then ownership of the device may be confirmed. If, however, the current usage fails to coincide with historical usage, new ownership may be inferred.

Point-of-Sale Customization Service

Granted: June 8, 2017
Application Number: 20170161705
Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for point-of-sale customization service. A processor executing a point-of-sale customization service can receive a unique identifier associated with a user device detected in a proximity of a computing device. The processor can query preferences stored in a data store using the unique identifier and identify point-of-sale preferences associated with the user device based upon the querying. The processor can transmit the point-of-sale…

SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE DEVICES FOR CONTROLLING AN APPEARANCE OF A SURFACE USING SOUND WAVES

Granted: June 8, 2017
Application Number: 20170162038
A controller controls an ultrasonic source to cause the ultrasonic source to emit one or more sound pulses in a direction of a surface in order to obtain reflected sound pulses that are used to determine one or more properties of the surface, receive control signals from the controller, based on the one or more properties of the surface that are determined, and emit ultrasonic sound waves in the direction of the surface based upon the control signals. The ultrasonic sound waves exert a…

SPEAKER ASSOCIATION WITH A VISUAL REPRESENTATION OF SPOKEN CONTENT

Granted: June 8, 2017
Application Number: 20170162214
Speaker content generated in an audio conference is selectively visually represented. A profile for each audience member who participates in the audio conference is obtained. Speaker content spoken during the audio conference is monitored. Words of the speaker content are classified to have different weights according to a parameter of the profile for each of the audience members. A relation between the speaker content to the profile for each of the audience members is determined.…

Methods, Systems, and Products for Monitoring Domain Name Servers

Granted: June 8, 2017
Application Number: 20170163596
Methods, systems, and products infer performance of a domain name system. Queries to, and responses from, the domain name system are logged and categorized. Each category is associated with a different performance issue related to the domain name system. The number of entries in each category may be used to infer the performance of the domain name system

DIGITAL MULTIMEDIA RECORDER WITH FUNCTIONALITY FOLLOWING LOSS OF PROVIDER NETWORK SERVICE

Granted: June 8, 2017
Application Number: 20170164045
A network addressable appliance with digital multimedia recording capabilities has limited access including playback of stored multimedia content upon faulty connection with a service provider network. Upon a connectivity event, the network addressable appliance compares a retrieved hardware address for a connected residential gateway to a stored hardware address for an assigned residential gateway. If the two hardware addresses correspond, the network addressable appliance provides…