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Automobile Security System with Location and Panic Alerts
  • Inventor: William Frantz
  • Original Assignee: General Motors Corporation
  • Application number: 09/692773
  • Filed: Oct 19, 2000
  • Patent number: 6,373,379
  • Issued: Apr 16, 2002
An apparatus is provided that includes a remote control configured to transmit a first signal upon a first activation of the remote control and configured to transmit a second signal upon a second activation of the remote control. A controller of the apparatus is configured to receive the first signal and the second signal transmitted by the remote control and also configured to enter a vehicle location state upon receipt of the first signal and automatically transition to a panic alert state after a predetermined period unless the second signal is received by the controller before expiration of the predetermined period. The apparatus also includes an attention device operatively coupled to the controller, which is configured to produce vehicle location effects during the vehicle location state panic alert effects during the panic alert state of said controller.


Combination Door Unlock and Trunk Release Mechanism
  • Inventor: William Frantz
  • Original Assignee: General Motors Corporation
  • Application number: 09/692734
  • Filed: Oct 19, 2000
  • Patent number: 6,518,720
  • Issued: Feb 11, 2003
A mechanism by which a single switch can either unlock one or more doors or release the trunk or hatch of an automotive vehicle. The switch can be mechanically or electrically associated with a door unlock button mounted on the door the automotive vehicle. Depressing the unlock button causes the switch to become active, and the door can be unlocked if switch is active for a time T1. The trunk can be opened if the switch is held in the active position for a predetermined period of time T2, provided the car is in park and the door associated with the switch is open.


Chunk Header Incorporating Binary Flags and Correlated Variable-Length Fields
  • Inventors: Kourosh Soroushian, Shaiwal Priyadarshi, Jason Braness, Roland Osborne, William Frantz, Jerome Vashisht-Rota, Dan Salmonsen, John Funnell, Michael Floyd
  • Original Assignee: DivX, LLC
  • Application number: 12/272782
  • Filed: Nov 17, 2008
  • Patent number: 8,301,793
  • Issued: Oct 30, 2012
Playback and distribution systems and methods for multimedia files are provided. The multimedia files are encoded with flags associated with the content data of the multimedia files. Through the use of the flags, playback of the content is enhanced without significantly increasing the file size of the multimedia file.


Proximity Sensors with Near-Field Communication
  • Inventors: Babak Forutanpour, Dimosthenis Kaleas, William Frantz
  • Application number: 13/422839
  • Filed: Mar 16, 2012
  • Patent number: 8,867,991
  • Issued: Oct 21, 2014
Various arrangements for selecting data for transmission from a mobile device are presented. Proximity data indicating proximity between one or more proximity sensors and a triggering entity may be collected by the mobile device. A type of near-field communication (NFC) transaction may be determined by the mobile device. Using the proximity data and the type of the NFC transaction, data to transmit to a remote NFC device may be determined.


Chunk Header Incorporating Binary Flags and Correlated Variable-Length Fields (again)
  • Inventors: Kourosh Soroushian, Shaiwal Priyadarshi, Jason Braness, Roland Osborne, William Frantz, Jerome Vashisht-Rota, Dan Salmonsen, John Funnell, Michael Floyd
  • Original Assignee: DivX, LLC
  • Application number: 13/662687
  • Filed: Oct 29, 2012
  • Patent number: 8,942,548
  • Issued: Jan 27, 2015
Playback and distribution systems and methods for multimedia files are provided. The multimedia files are encoded with flags associated with the content data of the multimedia files. Through the use of the flags, playback of the content is enhanced without significantly increasing the file size of the multimedia file.


Mobile Device Control Based on Surface Material Detection
  • Inventors: John Eaton, Hung-Hsin Wu, Jose Menendez, William Frantz
  • Application number: 13/462445
  • Filed: May 2, 2012
  • Patent number: 8,996,767
  • Issued: Mar 31, 2015
A mobile device uses sensor data related to the type of surface in contact with the mobile device to determine an action to perform. The sensors, by way of example, may be one or more of a microphone and noise generator, a light based proximity sensor, and pressure sensors, such as dielectric elastomers, configured to detect a texture of the surface, and/or pressure waves produced by setting the mobile device down or by a noise generator and reflected by the surface. The mobile device may identify the type of surface and perform the action based on the type of surface. The mobile device may further determine its location based on the sensor data and use that location to identify the action to be performed. The location may be determined using additional data, e.g., data not related to determining the type of surface with which the mobile device is in contact.


Peer-to-Peer Communication Initiated by Shared Physical Experience
  • Inventors: William Frantz
  • Application number: 13/606502
  • Filed: Sep 7, 2012
  • Patent number: 9,071,330
  • Issued: Jun 30, 2015
Apparatus and methods for pairing communication devices are disclosed. An exemplary apparatus includes at least one sensor to produce a data signal responsive to sensing physical characteristics of an environment of the communication device, and a capture component to capture portions of the data signal to generate local data indicative of the physical characteristics. A peer interface component receives, via the wireless transceiver, remote data from at least one other communication device that is indicative of physical characteristics of an environment of the other communication device. A data correlation component compares the local data with the remote data and initiates, when the comparison indicates the communication device and the other communication device are sensing the same physical characteristics, a pairing of the communication device with the other communication devices.


Remotely Monitoring or Controlling a Battery
  • Inventors: Babak Forutanpour, Larissa Dantsker, William Frantz
  • Application number: 13/252130
  • Filed: Oct 3, 2011
  • Patent number: 9,146,595
  • Issued: Sep 29, 2015
A battery system for monitoring a battery-operated electronic device includes one or more battery cells for operating the electronic device, an electronic processor for monitoring electrical activity of the one or more battery cells; and a wireless communication module for communicating with a remote electronic device via a network based on the electrical activity. Registration information, including a unique identity of the battery system, may be received at the remote electronic device. A first signal, including the unique identity, may be received at the remote electronic device during use of the battery system. A second signal may be transmitted from the remote electronic device to a communication device in response to receiving the first signal.


Optical Signal to Access an Access Point
  • Inventors: William Frantz, Shriram Ganesh, Jose Menendez
  • Application number: 13/747347
  • Filed: Jan 22, 2013
  • Patent number: 9,277,401
  • Issued: Mar 1, 2016
A device that receives an optical signal having an authorization code that allows the device to utilize an access point to obtain access to the Internet and other networks. The device may include: a modem; a light sensor; and a processor. The light sensor may receive an optical signal from a light source. The processor may execute operations including: processing the received optical signal to identify an authorization code and to connect the device through the modem to the access point based upon the authorization code such that the device may obtain access to the Internet and other networks.


Selecting a Network for a Wireless Device
  • Inventors: William Frantz, Shriram Ganesh, Timothy Kerssen, Siddharth Mohan
  • Application number: 13/830520
  • Filed: Mar 14, 2013
  • Patent number: 9,398,525
  • Issued: Jul 19, 2016
An apparatus, system, and method for a wireless device to select a network. The wireless device receives a request from a user to access a network site. The wireless device then selects a network based upon a predefined weighted criteria setting that was previously selected by the user.




Applications

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Deliver Guaranteed Advertising
  • Inventor: William Frantz
  • Application number: 10/010486
  • Filed: Dec 7, 2001
  • Published: Jun 12, 2003
A communication method, system and apparatus which transmits, receives, and stores multimedia messages that may include advertising data, as well as instructions for displaying the advertising on a targeted subscriber's display device, in place of a currently viewed live broadcast. The system and apparatus provides advertisement content to the desired viewers, by detecting the presence of the viewer operating the communication apparatus (i,e., turning it on to view broadcast programming), so as to display the multimedia messages only when the viewer is present, thereby ensuring content providers that their advertisements will be viewed by a particular demographic group at a particular, optimal or desired time.


Branded Inter-personal Communications
  • Inventors: Mahesh Bhave, William Frantz
  • Application number: 12/239511
  • Filed: Sep 26, 2008
  • Published: Apr 30, 2009
A message is received from a content provider. A selection of one or more files is received from the content provider. A page specification is received from a first entity, the page specification indicating one or more assets to be displayed in a message interface. The page specification further specifies the placement of the one or more assets in the message interface. The page specification further specifies that at least one of the assets to be displayed in the message interface is to be selected by the content provider. A message interface is generated based on the page specification. The message and a set of links to the one or more files are displayed in the message interface.


Determining Image Resolution
  • Inventors: William Frantz, Shriram Ganesh, Babak Forutanpour, Daniel Baker, Devender Yamakawa
  • Application number: 14/284217
  • Filed: May 21, 2014
  • Published: Nov 26, 2015
Systems and methods for deductively determining a resolution setting for an imaging device based on one or more features of a scene are disclosed. The features may include the size of primary or foreground faces within the scene, a maximum amount of high frequency content within the scene, a lighting condition of the scene, or a battery level of an electronic device.


Controlled Display of Content on Wearable Displays
  • Inventors: William Frantz, Babak Forutanpour, Daniel Baker
  • Application number: 14/620584
  • Filed: Feb 12, 2015
  • Published: Aug 18, 2016
Systems, methods, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for displaying information in various display regions within wearable display devices in a manner that enhances user experience. The wearable display devices may include a flexible display region that may be capable of operating in a wrinkled state. In one aspect, a wearable display device includes one or more sensors configured to provide information regarding the position of one or more display regions on the wearable display device. In some aspects, the device includes a processor that is capable of selecting where to display image data on the device. In some aspects, the selection of an appropriate display region is based at least in part on a privacy level associated with the image data and/or the positioning of the wearable device in space with respect to the user.


Efficient Display of Content on Wearable Displays
  • Inventors: William Frantz, Babak Forutanpour, Daniel Baker
  • Application number: 14/620577
  • Filed: Feb 12, 2015
  • Published: Aug 18, 2016
Systems, methods, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for displaying information in various display regions within wearable display devices in a manner that enhances user experience. The wearable display devices may include a flexible display region and may be capable of operating in a wrinkled state. In one aspect, a wearable display device includes a plurality of sensors configured to determine the state of the display. The sensors may, for example, be configured to detect pressure, light, and/or deformation. In some aspects, the device includes a processor configured to provide image data to the display. In some aspects, the processor is capable of changing at least one characteristic of the image data provided to the display based at least in part on input received from the sensors. For example, the processor may re-size an image and/or deactivate a portion of the display.


Efficient Operation of Wearable Displays
  • Inventors: William Frantz, Babak Forutanpour, Daniel Baker
  • Application number: 14/620551
  • Filed: Feb 12, 2015
  • Published: Aug 18, 2016
Systems, methods, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for displaying information in various display regions within wearable display devices in a manner that enhances user experience and extends battery life. The wearable display devices may include a flexible display region and may be capable of operating in a wrinkled state. In some aspects, the wearable display devices may be capable of displaying images at different image qualities in the separate display regions. For example, in some implementations, wearable display devices include a first display region that has a higher pixel density than the second display region. In some aspects the wearable display devices may be configured to determine and/or select a display region in which specific image content is displayed. For example, text may be displayed region best suited to display text while video is displayed in region best suited to display video.


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