New patents are issued by the USPTO on Tuesdays. Both of today's Spotlight Patents concern aspects of digital fingerprinting. Assigned to Samsung, the first patent addresses techniques for music retrieval using modulation spectrum. Assigned to TiVo, the second patent addresses additional content associated with media content identified based on a fingerprint.
RE46,037, "Method, medium, and system for music retrieval using modulation spectrum," assigned to Samsung (KR)
An audio information retrieval method, medium, and system that can rapidly retrieve audio information, even in noisy environments, by extracting a modulation spectrum that is robust against noise, converting features of the extracted modulation spectrum into hash bits, and using a hash table. The audio information retrieval method may include extracting a modulation spectrum from audio data of a compressed domain, converting the extracted modulation spectrum into fingerprint bits, arranging the fingerprint bits in a form of a hash table, converting a received query into an address by a hash function corresponding to the query, and retrieving the audio information by referring to the hash table.
9,369,758, "Multifunction multimedia device," assigned to TiVo.
A method for interpreting messages, user-defined alert conditions, voice commands and performing an action in response is described. A method for annotating media content is described. A method for presenting additional content associated with media content identified based on a fingerprint is described. A method for identifying that an advertisement portion of media content is being played based on a fingerprint derived from the media content is described. A method of one media device recording particular media content automatically in response to another media device recording the particular media content is described. A method of concurrently playing media content on multiple devices is described. A method of publishing information associated with recording of media content is described. A method of deriving fingerprints by media devices that meet an idleness criteria is described. A method of loading, modifying, and displaying a high definition frame from a frame buffer is described. A method of recording or playing media content identified based on fingerprints is described.