System for low-latency animation of talking heads

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 7627478
APP PUB NO 20080015861A1
SERIAL NO

11778228

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Methods and apparatus for rendering a talking head on a client device are disclosed. The client device has a client cache capable of storing audio/visual data associated with rendering the talking head. The method comprises storing sentences in a client cache of a client device that relate to bridging delays in a dialog, storing sentence templates to be used in dialogs, generating a talking head response to a user inquiry from the client device, and determining whether sentences or stored templates stored in the client cache relate to the talking head response. If the stored sentences or stored templates relate to the talking head response, the method comprises instructing the client device to use the appropriate stored sentence or template from the client cache to render at least a part of the talking head response and transmitting a portion of the talking head response not stored in the client cache, if any, to the client device to render a complete talking head response. If the client cache has no stored data associated with the talking head response, the method comprises transmitting the talking head response to be rendered on the client device.

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AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY II, L.P.RENO, NV1740

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Cosatto, Eric Highlands , US 60 1022
Graf, Hans Peter Lincroft , US 51 1407
Ostermann, Joern Morganville , US 69 946

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