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Patent Issued for Emotional Ratings of Digital Assets and Related Processing

September 11, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Computer Weekly News -- Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA) has been issued patent number 8819577, according to news reporting originating out of Alexandria, Virginia, by VerticalNews editors.

The patent's inventor is Fino, Jorge S. (San Jose, CA).

This patent was filed on September 29, 2011 and was published online on August 26, 2014.

From the background information supplied by the inventors, news correspondents obtained the following quote: "Today, digital assets (e.g., musical songs, movies, games, computer application programs) are readily available for purchase from online stores. Users (e.g., purchasers) of digital assets can be permitted to rate the digital assets, such as with a rating system. A common rating system permits user to rate songs from one (1) to five (5) stars (star ratings). Since songs are able to be rated, once rated, playlists are able to be automatically formed using the ratings applied to the songs. Besides star ratings, songs have also conventionally been tagged by associating words with the digital assets."

Supplementing the background information on this patent, VerticalNews reporters also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent: "Improved techniques are disclosed to associate emotions (or feelings) with digital assets, such as digital media assets. In one embodiment, a graphical user interface can be presented to assist a user in associating emotions or feelings with a digital asset (e.g., digital media asset). The emotions of a user can be graphically represented by images, such as icons. For example, by selecting one or more of the images or manipulating a user control in relation to the images, a user can associate (e.g., tag) emotions to a digital asset. Once digital assets are associated (e.g., tagged) with one or more emotions, operations can be performed based on emotions. In one embodiment, an operation that can be performed based on emotions is creation of a playlist. For example, a user can select one or more emotions, and then initiate creation of a playlist that include digital assets (e.g., songs) that are tagged with the selected one or more emotions. In another embodiment, an operation that can be performed based on emotions is shuffling a digital media collection. For example, a user can select one or more emotions, and then initiate shuffling of a digital media collection that include digital assets (e.g., songs) that are tagged with one or more emotions, such that the shuffled media collection is organized to prefer those digital media assets in the digital media collection that are tagged to match the selected one or more emotions. In still another embodiment, an operation that can be performed based on emotions is searching a digital library to locate digital assets matching one or more emotions.

"Various aspects and advantages of the invention will become apparent from the following detailed description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings which illustrate, by way of example, the principles of the invention.

"The invention can be implemented in numerous ways, including as a method, system, device, apparatus (including computer readable medium and graphical user interface). Several embodiments of the invention are discussed below.

"As a method for rating digital media assets, one embodiment of the invention can, for example, include at least the acts of: identifying a particular media asset to be rated; presenting an emotion rating user interface on a display device; receiving at least one user selection via the emotion rating user interface to set an emotion rating for the particular media asset; and storing the emotion rating for the particular media asset.

"As a non-transitory computer readable medium including at least computer program code stored thereon for rating digital media assets, the non-transitory computer readable medium can, for example, include at least: computer program code for identifying a particular media asset to be rated; computer program code for presenting an emotion rating user interface on a display device associated with the electronic device; computer program code for receiving at least one user selection via the emotion rating user interface to set an emotion rating for the particular media asset; and computer program code for storing, in a data storage of the electronic device, the emotion rating for the particular media asset.

"As a method for creating a playlist of digital media assets suitable for playback on an electronic device, one embodiment of the invention can, for example, include at least: presenting a playlist creation user interface on a display device associated with the electronic device, the playlist creation user interface having selectable emotion icons; receiving one or more selections of the selectable emotion icons; receiving a request to create a playlist in accordance with the one or more selections of the selectable emotion icons; querying a media library to identify a set of digital media assets that correspond to the one or more selections of the selectable emotion icons; and forming the playlist from the identified set of digital media assets.

"As a non-transitory computer readable medium including at least computer program code stored thereon for creating a playlist of digital media assets suitable for playback on an electronic device, one embodiment of the invention can, for example, include at least: computer program code for presenting a playlist creation user interface on a display device associated with the electronic device, the playlist creation user interface having selectable emotion icons; computer program code for receiving one or more selections of the selectable emotion icons; computer program code for receiving a request to create a playlist in accordance with the one or more selections of the selectable emotion icons; computer program code for querying a media library to identify a set of digital media assets that correspond to the one or more selections of the selectable emotion icons; and computer program code for forming the playlist from the identified set of digital media assets.

"As a method for shuffling a media collection prior to subsequent playback of the media collection ay an electronic device, one embodiment of the invention can, for example, include at least: presenting a shuffle user interface on a display device associated with the electronic device, the shuffle user interface having a plurality of user-controllable emotion parameters; receiving a user input regarding at least one of the user-controlled emotion parameters; visually designating the at least one of the user-controlled emotion parameters; storing the at least one of the user-controlled emotion parameters; subsequently receiving a shuffle request; and shuffling the media collection to order the digital media assets biased in favor of those if the digital media assets that match the at least one of the user-controlled emotion parameters.

"As a computer readable medium including at least computer program code stored thereon for shuffling a media collection prior to subsequent playback of the media collection ay an electronic device, one embodiment of the invention can, for example, include at least: computer program code for presenting a shuffle user interface on a display device associated with the electronic device, the shuffle user interface having a plurality of user-controllable emotion parameters; computer program code for receiving a user input regarding at least one of the user-controlled emotion parameters; computer program code for visually designating the at least one of the user-controlled emotion parameters; computer program code for storing the at least one of the user-controlled emotion parameters; computer program code for subsequently receiving a shuffle request; and computer program code for shuffling the media collection to order the digital media assets biased in favor of those if the digital media assets that match the at least one of the user-controlled emotion parameters."

For the URL and additional information on this patent, see: Fino, Jorge S.. Emotional Ratings of Digital Assets and Related Processing. U.S. Patent Number 8819577, filed September 29, 2011, and published online on August 26, 2014. Patent URL: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8819577.PN.&OS=PN/8819577RS=PN/8819577

Keywords for this news article include: Apple Inc.

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