Polycom Patent Grants

Conversational placement of speakers at one endpoint

Granted: October 24, 2017
Patent Number: 9800835
An automatic process for producing professional, directed, production crew quality, video for videoconferencing is described. Rule based logic is integrated into an automatic process for producing director quality video for videoconferencing. The automatic process uses sensor data to process video streams for video conferencing. A method and system for automatically processing sensor data on room activity into general room analytics for further processing by application of rules based…

Methods and system for simulated 3D videoconferencing

Granted: September 19, 2017
Patent Number: 9769422
A system and method for manipulating images in a videoconferencing session provides users with a 3-D-like view of one or more presented sites, without the need for 3-D equipment. A plurality of cameras may record a room at a transmitting endpoint, and the receiving endpoint may select one of the received video streams based upon a point of view of a conferee at the receiving endpoint. The conferee at the receiving endpoint will thus experience a 3-D-like view of the presented site.

System and method for point to point integration of personal computers with videoconferencing systems

Granted: September 19, 2017
Patent Number: 9769423
A system and method for integrating a personal computer based presentation with a videoconferencing system. A coupling device includes a card, insertable into a PCMCIA slot of a laptop computer or like machine, which includes a cable coupled to the card at a first end and to a connector coupled at a second end. The card includes firmware for loading into RAM of the computer and software operable to execute code.

Method and systems for optimizing bandwidth utilization in a multi-participant full mesh peer-to-peer video session

Granted: September 5, 2017
Patent Number: 9756107
An endpoint optimizes bandwidth by initiating a peer-to-peer conference with a plurality of remote devices, generating a first quality list comprising a first device of the plurality of remote devices from which to receive a first data stream at a first quality level, transmit a request to the first device to receive the first data stream at the first quality level, determining that a second device of the plurality of remote devices is not a member of the first quality list, and in…

Facilitating multi-party conferences, including allocating resources needed for conference while establishing connections with participants

Granted: August 29, 2017
Patent Number: 9749588
A system includes a network interface for sending and receiving one or more of video data and audio data between two or more endpoints. One or more of a video data source and an audio data source located at more than one endpoint and a control unit for controlling one or more of the video data and the audio data between endpoints. The control unit is operable to execute instructions to specify more than one participant in a conference, wherein at least one participant is remotely located…

Immersive telepresence anywhere

Granted: August 22, 2017
Patent Number: 9743039
A portable immersive telepresence conferencing system which can capture audio data and video data and communicate at least some of the captured data to at least one remote endpoint via a network interface, receive image data and audio data from at least one remote source via the network interface and render a depiction of at least one object, which is substantially the same size of the actual object being shown.

Method and system for handling content in videoconferencing

Granted: August 22, 2017
Patent Number: 9743043
A technique allows delivering content in a videoconference among a plurality of conferees in multiple quality levels. Content distributed from a multipoint control unit that is connected to an endpoint that delivers the content to receiving endpoints may have two or more quality levels. The quality level can be adapted to the capabilities of the receiving endpoints and the current quality of the connection that is used to deliver the content toward the receiving endpoints. The quality…

Method and system for sharing content in videoconferencing

Granted: August 8, 2017
Patent Number: 9729822
Content presented in association with a transmitting endpoint is obtained by the transmitting endpoint and transmitted to a receiving endpoint of a videoconference, along with associated information regarding interaction of a presenter with the content at the transmitting side. The receiving endpoint presents the presented content obtained from the transmitting endpoint similar to the presentation format at the transmitting side. Where the original presentation format is not suitable for…

Room-specific pairing via a combined ultrasonic beacon/bluetooth approach

Granted: August 8, 2017
Patent Number: 9730255
Embodiments disclosed describe room specific pairing of electronic devices using the combination of ultrasonic signal and other wireless means such as Bluetooth. The ultrasonic signal is used to communicate a unique identifier to the electronic devices within the same physical location. The electronic device receiving the ultrasonic signal uses the unique identifier to establish a secure wireless communication with the base station. The wireless communication is then used to…

Voice tracking camera with speaker identification

Granted: August 1, 2017
Patent Number: 9723260
A videoconferencing apparatus automatically tracks speakers in a room and dynamically switches between a controlled, people-view camera and a fixed, room-view camera. When no one is speaking, the apparatus shows the room view to the far-end. When there is a dominant speaker in the room, the apparatus directs the people-view camera at the dominant speaker and switches from the room-view camera to the people-view camera. When there is a new speaker in the room, the apparatus switches to…

Videoconferencing unit

Granted: June 6, 2017
Patent Number: D788725

System for enabling communications and conferencing between dissimilar computing devices including mobile computing devices

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9661269
In one general embodiment, a system for enabling communications and conferencing between dissimilar computing devices including mobile computing devices. In another embodiment a method for enabling communications and conferencing between dissimilar computing devices including mobile computing devices. In a further embodiment, a non-transitory computer-readable medium comprising instructions to cause one or more processors to enable communications and conferencing between dissimilar…

Lossy channel video blur avoidance

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9661325
Blurriness in a video image transmitted over a lossy network can be reduced by filtering the decoder output to determine whether updating of the reference frame based on the current video data is indicated. An update may be appropriate if the decoder output is sharper than the contents of the display buffer after the last update. Additionally, an update may be appropriate if there was a significant change to the underlying image, and thus to the encoder's input. Whether such a change has…

Video error concealment method

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9661376
Disclosed herein is a system and method for reconstruction video information lost as a result of transmission errors. The system and method have four aspects, including: (1) changing the bit and/or packet rate; (2) inserting redundant information into the video bitstream; (3) providing automatic refresh of certain regions of the video on a periodic basis; and (4) interleaving coded macroblocks into diversity groups for transmission to spatially spread the effect of lost packets. The…

Motion estimation

Granted: April 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9628793
A technique of motion estimation in video compression is described, the technique including: determining, in one or more reference frames of a video picture, the best full-pixel motion vector F for a block in a current frame of the video picture, wherein m and n are signed numbers and integer multiples of the distance between two adjacent full-pixels; selecting the best half-pixel motion vector candidates from a set of half-pixel motion vectors based on the best full-pixel motion vector;…

Automated layouts optimized for multi-screen and multi-camera videoconferencing calls

Granted: March 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9602771
A videoconferencing device that determines a spatial arrangement of the video streams output at a first endpoint based on a number of display devices being utilized at the first endpoint and a number of cameras being utilized at each of the one or more additional endpoints.

System and method for a hybrid topology media conferencing system

Granted: March 14, 2017
Patent Number: 9596433
Examples hybrid topologies of a conferencing system are disclosed. An example of a hybrid topology may comprise a plurality of endpoints and a central entity. Each of said plurality of endpoints may provide its primary video stream and audio stream to said centralized entity. The centralized entity provides the primary speaker stream and the mixed audio stream to each of said plurality of endpoint participants. In addition, some of plurality of endpoint establishes low bandwidth/low…

Configurable audio transmitter circuitry

Granted: March 7, 2017
Patent Number: 9590694
Audio transmitter circuitry is disclosed that is configurable into different modes by the user, and can output either a differential or single-ended audio signal on two signal wires. Depending on the mode, the transmitter deals with noise on the signal wires by adjusting the input resistance that such noise sees looking into the transmitter. If the transmitter is configured in a differential mode, the input resistance looking back into the transmitter from the perspective of the noise on…

Low dielectric constant glass fiber

Granted: January 31, 2017
Patent Number: 9556060
A low dielectric constant glass fiber, in mass percentage, includes 50%˜60% of SiO2, 10%˜20% of Al2O3, 12%˜20% of B2O3, 0˜4% of CaO, 4%˜10% of MgO, 0.1%˜0.5% of Na2O+K2O, 0˜0.5% of Li2O, 0.2%˜3% of F2 and 0˜0.2% of Fe2O3. Compared with the related art, the glass composition contains higher content of SiO2, which can greatly reduce dielectric properties of the glass fiber. Meanwhile, a small amount of F2 is added thereto, which not only can effectively improve the fiberizing…

Videoconferencing system using QR codes for interaction

Granted: January 31, 2017
Patent Number: 9560317
Quick Response barcodes (“QR Codes”) are used for videoconferencing between a peripheral device and a videoconferencing system, which can include a conferencing server and/or a videoconferencing unit. Conferencing related QR codes are embedded within video frames and are identified by either a peripheral device or a videoconferencing unit. Once identified, the device or unit acts according to the information provided by the QR code. The QR codes enables the peripheral device,…