New pending patent applications are published by the USPTO on Thursdays. Today's Spotlight Applications concern aspects of digital fingerprinting. Assigned to Samsung (KR), the first application discloses techniques for providing information in part using digital fingerprints. Assigned to Sony (JP), the second application discloses techniques for media fingerprinting for content determination and retrieval.
20160112771, "Method of providing information and electronic device implementing the same," assigned to Samsung (KR).
Disclosed are a method of providing information and an electronic device for implementing the same. The method includes: maintaining a fingerprint database; extracting a fingerprint from broadcasting contents; acquiring content identification information on a stored fingerprint, which matches the extracted fingerprint, from the fingerprint database; transmitting the content identification information to a first external device; receiving additional information related to the content identification information from the first external device; and displaying the additional information.
20160112762, "Media fingerprinting for content determination and retrieval," assigned to Sony (JP)
Audio fingerprinting and other media matching technologies can be used to identify broadcast media, such as television shows and radio broadcasts. A user device can record image, audio, and/or video information and upload information to a matching service that is able to use matching technology to identify the media and provide supplemental content or information to the user. The user might receive information identifying a product in an advertisement, identifying an actor on screen in a movie at a particular time, or other such information. In some embodiments, the user can receive access to a digital copy of the captured media, such as the ability to download a copy of a program in which a user expressed interest. Since a user might capture media information after the point of interest, a device can buffer a window of recently captured media in order to attempt to identify the intended media.