New pending patent applications are published on Thursdays by the USPTO. Both of today's Spotlight Applications concern aspects of digital fingerprinting. Assigned to NBC Universal Media, the first application discloses techniques for generating a fingerprint and identifying a three-dimensional model. Assigned to Snapchat, the second application discloses techniques for setting a gallery of videos to an audio time line.
20160180485, "Apparatus and method for generating a fingerprint and identifying a three-dimensional model", assigned to NBC Universal Media.
A method for matching a first three-dimensional (3D) model includes obtaining 3D source information of a second 3D model, the 3D source information including a plurality of physical characteristics of the second 3D model, determining a plurality of factors of the second 3D model based on the obtained 3D source information, obtaining a first 3D fingerprint of the first 3D model from a memory, the first 3D fingerprint comprising a plurality of factors associated with the first 3D model, comparing the plurality of factors of the second 3D model to the plurality of factors of the first 3D fingerprint, providing information of a match confidence level between the first 3D model and the second 3D model based on the comparison, and storing a second 3D fingerprint of the second 3D model in the memory, the second 3D fingerprint including the determined plurality of factors of the second 3D model.
20160180887, "Gallery of videos set to an audio time line," assigned to Snapchat.
A machine includes a processor and a memory connected to the processor. The memory stores instructions executed by the processor to receive a message with audio content and video content. Audio fingerprints within the audio content are evaluated. The audio fingerprints are matched to known audio fingerprints to establish matched audio fingerprints. A determination is made whether the matched audio fingerprints correspond to a designated gallery constructed to receive a sequence of videos set to an audio time line. The matched audio fingerprints and corresponding video content are added to the audio time line. The operations are repealed until the audio time line is populated with corresponding video content to form a completed gallery with video segments set to audio segments that constitute a complete audio time line. The completed gallery is supplied in response to a request.