Interesting Patents
TUESDAY, January 4, 2021

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) grants hundreds of new patents every week, showcasing the most exciting developments in technology and innovation.

In this article, we highlight several interesting US patents recently issued by the USPTO.

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Automatically reducing use of cheat software in an online game environment


A patent enables a machine learning model to determine when cheat software is being used in a game. When cheat software has been detected, the system then determines whether the software is enabling a user to accomplish unauthorized actions. By training the detection of the cheat software and the analysis of the user actions, this anti-cheat system can more effectively determine when to restrict a user’s access to an online game.

Systems, methods and apparatus for self-coordinated drone based digital signage


This patent enables drones to provide Digital Signage in the real world. The drones can project the desired content onto an identified surface, creating a temporary display of the digital signage. Additionally, the drones can be configured with sensors to detect the audience around the drones, thereby enabling the drones to rearrange the drones to continue presenting the signage as the crowd moves.

Avatar fidelity and personalization
US PAT. NO. 11,217,036


Facebooks patent enables the creation of a 3D avatar based on one or more user images. The system compares the user’s collected data to a generic avatar model and determines the differences between the user and the generic model to create the avatar. The user’s avatar then applies the differences found to the generic model and provides the user with an avatar. Once the avatar has been generated, the user can further personalize other model characteristics such as hairstyle and eyebrow geometry, facial hair, or glasses.

Incognito mode for personalized machine-learned models


A system for processing a puzzle game played by a plurality of users. When a user makes an appropriate offensive move, other puzzle game players will be interrupted from making any additional moves. The amount of interference to the other players is determined by parameters associated with the game element used to make the offensive move.

Representation of real-world features in virtual space


A system enables a virtual world to keep track of real-world features and incorporate them into the virtual world. The AR system monitors a sensor attached to the real-world object, and when there is a change in the sensor readings, the AR system then updates the virtual environment.

Using photometric stereo for 3D environment modeling
MICROSOFT Technology licensing
US Pat. no. 11,215,711


A system for capturing a 3D environment by determining material properties captured by a device sensor. When a device is used to map an environment the captured images are analyzed to determine the properties of the objects captured by the device. Once mapped the system can also project virtual objects onto the mapped environment providing users with an interactive display.

Generating and displaying customized avatars in electronic messages


Snapchat has patented a method of providing customized avatars for your messages. By processing the content of the messages, an appropriate avatar can be provided that corresponds to the user’s messages.

Managing game sessions in a social network system


This platform enables users to access a specially configured backend server through a social media network to play games with their friends. By utilizing the specialized server, users can connect with other players and coordinate a game without needing to leave the social media platform.