Google Patent Grants

Magnetometer-based gesture sensing with a wearable device

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9658692
A wearable computing device such as a head-mounted display (HMD) may be equipped with a magnetometer for detecting presence and motion of a hand-wearable magnet (HWM). The HMD may analyze magnetic field measurements of the magnetometer to determine when the HWM moves within a threshold distance of the magnetometer, and may thereafter determine one or more patterns of motion of the HWM based the magnetic field measurements. The HMD may operate in a background detection state in order to…

Optimizing presentation of interactive graphical elements based on contextual relevance

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9658739
A method includes identifying a plurality of interactive graphical elements that are associated with a user account. Each interactive graphical element identifies a type of an application and provides access to the respective application. A history usage database is accessed for the user account. The history usage database includes access patterns for the plurality of interactive graphical elements at particular calendar times. A weighting value is assigned to one or more of the access…

Navigation paths for panorama

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9658744
Aspects of the disclosure relate generally to allowing users to create their own image navigation experiences. As an example, a set of panoramic images may be identified using manual and/or automated methods. One or more suggested potential paths connecting ones of the panoramic images may be determined. This information may be displayed to a user with an interface that allows the user to create and change relationships between the panoramic images. For example, users may activate the…

Presentation of non-interrupting content items

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9658745
A method for enabling a user of a computing device to designate a content item for subsequent review is provided. The computing device is coupled to a memory device and a display. The method is implemented using the computing device. The method includes displaying, by the computing device, a first publication. The method further includes the steps of displaying, by the computing device, a content item at a first time, wherein the content item is displayed in conjunction with the first…

Application hosting in a distributed application execution system

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9658881
In an application execution system having a plurality of application servers, each application server stores a plurality of applications, and has computational resources for executing applications in response to received requests. Each application server also includes instructions for loading a respective application into volatile storage and executing the application in response to a request from a client, and for returning a result. A generic application instance may be cloned,…

Systems and methods to segment text for layout and rendering

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9658988
A method for segmenting text for layout on a web browser includes receiving a block of text at a client computer and defining a plurality of regular expressions, where a first regular expression in the plurality of regular expressions is used to search for a word or a word boundary. The client computer segments the block of text into a plurality of text segments, where the segmenting includes searching the block of text starting at a defined location for a first text segment that matches…

Rendering supplemental information concerning a scheduled event based on an identified entity in media content

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9658994
Supplemental information to a media content such as a video can be shown to the user. The supplemental information can be selected based upon a profile of the user and one or both of the identity of the media content and the identity of an entity of interest in the media content. The supplemental information can be customized to the user based on the content being viewed and an entity of interest to the user in the viewed content.

Propagating query classifications

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9659097
In general, one aspect described can be embodied in a method for determining a classification for a query. The method can include receiving a request to determine whether to assign a classification to a first query, identifying a plurality of search entities that are associated with the first query based upon data associated with each of the plurality of search entities and the first query, and determining whether to assign the classification to the first query based upon classifications…

Access control

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9659179
A method and computing system for receiving, on a computing device, an access request from an application executing within an operating environment. The access request requests access to data associated with the operating environment. One or more temporal access options are presented to a user in response to the access request. A selected temporal access option is received from the user, chosen from the one or more temporal access options. Temporal access rights are granted to the…

Predicting video start times for maximizing user engagement

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9659218
Implementations disclose predicting video start times for maximizing user engagement. A method includes applying a machine-learned model to audio-visual content features of segments of a target content item, the machine-learned model trained based on user interaction signals and audio-visual content features of a training set of content item segments, calculating, based on applying the machine-learned model, a salience score for each of the segments of the target content item, and…

Suggesting and/or providing ad serving constraint information

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9659309
Targeting information (also referred to as ad “serving constraints”) or candidate targeting information for an advertisement is identified. Targeting information may be identified by extracting topics or concepts from, and/or generating topics or concepts based on, ad information, such as information from a Web page to which an ad is linked (or some other Web page of interest to the ad or advertiser). The topics or concepts may be relevant queries associated with the Web page of…

Image denoising system and method

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9659352
A method, computer program product, and computer system for identifying a first portion of a facial image in a first image, wherein the first portion includes noise. A corresponding portion of the facial image is identified in a second image, wherein the corresponding portion includes less noise than the first portion. One or more filter parameters of the first portion are determined based upon, at least in part, the first portion and the corresponding portion. At least a portion of the…

Circuit breakers with integrated safety, control, monitoring, and protection features

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9659721
Methods, systems, and apparatus for circuit breakers with integrated safety, control, monitoring, and protection features. In one aspect, a circuit breaker includes, an input and an output, a switch coupled between the input and the output, a sensor configured to measure the current flowing from the input to the output, and a control system coupled to the sensor and the switch, wherein the control system is configured to perform operations including comparing a rate of change of the…

Electrical load management

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9660458
Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for electrical load management. One of the systems includes a first electrical grid, one or more power sources coupled to the first electrical grid, a second electrical grid coupled to the first electrical grid by a power conversion system, one or more loads coupled to the second electrical grid, and one or more load control systems coupled to the one or more loads. A grid control system is…

Enhancing video conferences

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9661208
Implementations generally relate to enhancing video conferences. In some implementations, a method includes determining one or more characteristics of a video stream provided by a first camera. The method further includes determining one or more functions of the first camera based on the one or more characteristics. The method further includes enabling a browser to control the one or more functions of the first camera, and wherein the browser is remote relative to the first camera.

Providing local expert sessions

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9661282
Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for providing local expert sessions. In one aspect, a method includes receiving a request to initiate a local expert session from a user; identifying available local experts in response to the request, wherein a local expert is a user who has registered to offer local expert sessions in a geographic location relevant to the physical location of the user; selecting an available local expert;…

Depth map generation using motion cues for conversion of monoscopic visual content to stereoscopic 3D

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9661307
An image converter identifies a subset of frames in a two-dimensional video and determines a global camera motion value for the subset of frames. The image converter also determines a dense motion value for a plurality of pixels in the subset of frames and compares the global camera motion value and the dense motion value to calculate a rough depth map for the subset of frames. The image converter further interpolates, based on the rough depth map, a depth value for each of the plurality…

Systems and methods for live media content matching

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9661361
Systems and methods for matching live media content are disclosed. At a server, obtaining first media content from a client device, herein the first media content corresponds to a portion of media content being played on the client device, and the first media content is associated with a predefined expiration time; obtaining second media content from one or more content feeds, wherein the second media content also corresponds to a portion of the media content being played on the client…

Testing set top appliance boxes

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9661362
Methods, systems, and apparatus include computer programs encoded on a computer-readable storage medium for testing set-top boxes. A method includes: receiving an application for testing in a set-top box environment; identifying a set-top box for testing the application; executing the application on the set-top box, including commanding the set-top box to display a plurality of interfaces and initiating commands to transition the set-top box from a first presentation state to a second…

Using an audio stream to identify metadata associated with a currently playing television program

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9661381
Systems and methods for using an audio stream to identify metadata associated with a currently playing television program are disclosed. A video stream including audio description data is received. A set of information is determined from the audio description data. A request including the set of information is sent to a server remotely located from the client for additional processing. A set of instructions is received from the server. The set of instructions is determined based on the…