Patents Assigned to FLIR Belgium BVBA
  • Patent number: 10931934
    Abstract: A watercraft may include a safety system having an imaging component and a control component. The control component may modify the operation of the watercraft based on images from the imaging component. The imaging component may include a thermal imaging component and a non-thermal imaging component. The watercraft may include more than one imaging component disposed around the periphery of the watercraft to monitor a volume surrounding the watercraft for objects in the water such as debris, a person, and/or dock structures. Operating the watercraft based on the images may include operating propulsion and/or steering systems of the watercraft based on a detected object. The control component may operate the propulsion and/or steering systems to disable a propeller when a swimmer is detected, to avoid detected debris, and/or to perform or assist in performing docking maneuvers. The imaging components may include compact thermal imaging modules mounted on or within the hull of the watercraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: FLIR Belgium BVBA
    Inventors: Austin A. Richards, Peter A. Reid, Jay E. Robinson, Andrew C. Teich, Christopher Daniel Gatland, Gordon Pope
  • Patent number: 10908678
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for systems and methods for providing a fused image that combines image data of a scene received from an imaging system with a chart to aid in the navigation of a mobile structure. Specifically, the fused image may be generated by superimposing various image elements extracted from an image onto various locations on the chart that correlate to the actual positions of the objects within the scene. In some embodiments, one or more non-water objects may be detected within the image, image representations of the non-water objects may be extracted from the image feed, and the extracted image representations may be superimposed onto locations on the chart that are determined to correlate to the actual positions of the non-water objects within the scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: FLIR Belgium BVBA
    Inventors: Mark Johnson, Richard Jales, Dorian Le Coz
  • Patent number: 10852428
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for systems and methods to provide three dimensional volume rendering of volume data for use when operating mobile structures. A three dimensional volume rendering system includes a logic device configured to communicate with a user interface and receive volume data from a volume data source. The logic device is configured to render a three dimensional) representation of the volume data on a display of the user interface according to a view perspective, render an indicator key on a first two dimensional plane overlaid in the 3D representation, detect a change condition, and rotate the indicator key about a rotational axis in response to the detected change condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: FLIR Belgium BVBA
    Inventors: Paul Stokes, Adam Murphy, Christopher Daniel Gatland, Michael Robb
  • Patent number: 10852429
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for systems and methods to provide accurate and intuitive control over the display of sonar image data provided by sonar systems for mobile structures. A sonar system includes a user interface and a logic device configured to receive and display multiple different sonar image data sets from multiple different types of transducer modules to a user. The logic device is configured to render a historical view selector on a display of the user interface, where the historical view selector is configured to provide for selection of a particular view time in a period of time corresponding to the first and/or second sonar image data, receive user input identifying a selected view time within the range of time, and render first and second portions of the first and second image data corresponding to the selected view time on the display of the user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: FLIR BELGIUM BVBA
    Inventor: Christopher D. Gatland
  • Patent number: 10837780
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for systems and methods for navigating mobile structures. The mobile structure may include a main attitude & heading reference system (AHRS) and one or more devices. The one or more devices may include a slave AHRS such as a gyroscope. Data may be transmitted from the main AHRS to the one or more devices through a network. Latency may be present in the transmission of data. As such, data from the slave AHRS may be used to determine changes in heading and/or attitude of the mobile structure to compensate for such latency. In addition, such data may be used to determine changes in wind direction and/or heading experienced by the mobile structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: FLIR Belgium BVBA
    Inventors: Mark Johnson, Chris Hodgson, Christopher Yeomans
  • Patent number: 10838040
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for detection and ranging systems and methods to improve range resolution, target separation, and reliability. A method includes selectively attenuating a signal representing a ranging system return or echo from targets so as to suppress side lobes or other undesirable artifacts appearing in the signal due to noise, interference, and/or distortion. A method may additionally or alternatively include rejecting interference events in ranging system returns by comparing a received return with that expected from a target illuminated by the ranging system, as determined by characteristics of its particular ranging sensor, and rejecting or attenuating returns or portions of returns that fail to match those characteristics in time or space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: FLIR BELGIUM BVBA
    Inventors: Richard Jales, Nicholas St. Hill, Stephen Tostevin
  • Patent number: 10802125
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for systems and methods to provide touch screen side-scan sonar adjustment for mobile structures. A side-scan sonar adjustment system includes a user interface with a touch screen display and a logic device configured to communicate with the user interface and a side-scan sonar system. The user interface is configured to receive and/or display side-scan sonar data provided by the side-scan sonar system. The logic, device is configured to determine a horizontal swipe gesture rate component performed on the touch screen display, stretch the displayed image in accordance with the swipe gesture, and snap to a new field of view in accordance with current field of view and swipe length information. The user interface and logic device may be integrated together to form a multifunction display used to power and/or supply side-scan sonar transmission signals to the side-scan sonar system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: FLIR BELGIUM BVBA
    Inventor: Christopher Daniel Gatland
  • Patent number: 10802141
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for systems and methods to provide water temperature and sonar imagery for users of mobile structures, including watercraft. A water temperature display system includes a water temperature sensor and a logic device configured to communicate with the water temperature sensor. The water temperature sensor is configured to measure a temperature of or near a surface of a body of water. The logic device is configured to render water temperatures according to a three dimensional view of an area about a mobile structure. Subsequent user input, water temperatures, and/or the rendered view may be used to adjust a steering actuator, a propulsion system thrust, and/or other operational systems of the mobile structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: FLIR BELGIUM BVBA
    Inventor: Paul Stokes
  • Patent number: 10773591
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure may include a vehicle that may detect the presence and/or absence of an operator of the vehicle. The vehicle may determine that the operator is present and/or absent from a control area of the vehicle (e.g., an area where the operator may provide instructions for the piloting of the vehicle) and/or from the entire area of the vehicle and provide instructions responsive to the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: FLIR BELGIUM BVBA
    Inventor: Christopher Yeomans
  • Patent number: 10775177
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for systems and methods to provide simplified route extension and/or display for autopiloting mobile structures. A route extension system includes a user interface for a mobile structure and a logic device configured to communicate with the user interface. The user interface includes a display configured to display at least a portion of an established route for the mobile structure. The logic device is configured to receive a first user input indicating a position on a navigational chart, receive a second user input indicating the received position corresponds to an extended route for the mobile structure, determine at least one extension routeleg from an endpoint of the established route to the received position, and render at least a portion of the extended route on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: FLIR BELGIUM BVBA
    Inventor: Mark Rivers
  • Patent number: 10712166
    Abstract: Electronic navigation systems may be provided with user and/or demo profiles. Each user or demo profile may define a specific settings regarding display layout, user preferences, and various functions and features displayed or provided at an electronic navigation system. A user profile may define specific display preferences on a menu screen for a profile owner. A demo profile may define specific functions/features displayed on a screen for demonstrating use with a specific type of vehicle or a specific type of activity. Each demo profile also may store simulation data that allow the electronic navigation system to simulate the use of the navigation system with a specific type of vehicle or a specific type of activity. The electronic navigation system may allow users to create a new profile, edit an existing profile, and/or activate or deactivate an existing profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: FLIR BELGIUM BVBA
    Inventors: Mark Rivers, Christopher Daniel Gatland
  • Patent number: 10677921
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for systems and methods to provide casting guidance for users of mobile structures, including watercraft. A casting guidance system includes a sonar transducer assembly and a logic device configured to communicate with the sonar transducer assembly. The sonar transducer assembly is adapted to be mounted to a mobile structure and placed in a body of water. The logic device is configured to identify one or more underwater targets in sonar data received from the sonar transducer assembly, determine casting guidance parameters corresponding to the one or more identified underwater targets, and generate at least one casting guidance identifier based, at least in part, on the determined casting guidance parameters. Subsequent user input, the sonar data, and/or the casting guidance parameters may be used to adjust a steering actuator, a propulsion system thrust, and/or other operational systems of the mobile structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: FLIR Belgium BVBA
    Inventors: Adam Murphy, Christopher Daniel Gatland, Mark Johnson
  • Patent number: 10518850
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed to provide a fairing block that couples a sonar transducer to a hull of a mobile structure. The fairing block includes a leading edge that diverts water and bubbles in the water laterally around the fairing block and the sonar transducer. A bottom of the leading edge provides a substantially undisturbed water flow over a working face of the sonar transducer while the mobile structure is in motion. The bottom of the leading edge may include a curvilinearly chamfered surface that helps prevent cavitation along the working face of the transducer. One or more lateral cutouts are disposed behind the leading edge to expose lateral sides of the sonar transducer to the water. The lateral sides of the sonar transducer may be metallic and exposed to water by the lateral cutouts, thereby dissipating heat generated within the sonar transducer to the water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: FLIR Belgium BVBA
    Inventor: Christopher R. Page
  • Patent number: 10503393
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for systems and methods to provide touch screen sonar adjustment for mobile structures. A sonar adjustment system includes a user interface with a touch screen display and a logic device configured to communicate with the user interface and a sonar system. The user interface is configured to receive and/or display sonar data provided by the sonar system. The logic device is configured to determine a stimulus or scroll rate component and a sample scale component of a pinch gesture performed on the touch screen display, adjust a rate and/or a sample scale factor for the touch screen display and/or for the sonar system, and render the sonar data according to the adjusted rate and/or sample scale factor. The user interface and logic device may be integrated together to form a multifunction display used to power and/or supply sonar transmission signals to the sonar system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: FLIR Belgium BVBA
    Inventor: Christopher Daniel Gatland
  • Patent number: 10488503
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for systems and methods to provide dynamic threshold sonar systems for mobile structures. A dynamic threshold sonar system may include sonar equipment configured to capturing sonar data by receiving and converting acoustic returns into arrays of time differentiated sonar data samples, and a processor communicatively coupled to the sonar receiver. The processor may be configured to receive the sonar data samples and determine noise characteristics of the sonar data. The processor may determine a threshold for surface detection based on the noise characteristics and detect a surface, and determine a distance to the surface, based on a comparison of the sonar data to the threshold that has been determined based on the same sonar data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: FLIR BELGIUM BVBA
    Inventor: Philip Webb
  • Patent number: 10444349
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for systems and methods to provide waypoint sharing with respect to sonar imagery for mobile structures. A waypoint sharing system includes a portable electronic device with a display, a communications module, and a logic device configured to receive a waypoint database from a sonar system user interface or a waypoint server over a wireless communication link, receive user input to adjust at least a portion of the waypoint database, and provide the adjusted waypoint database to the sonar system user interface or the waypoint server over the wireless communication link. The sonar system user interface is configured to provide a waypoint database to the portable electronic device or the waypoint server over the wireless communication ink, receive the adjusted waypoint database from the device or the server over the wireless communication link, and render at least a portion of the adjusted waypoint database on a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: FLIR BELGIUM BVBA
    Inventor: Christopher Daniel Gatland
  • Patent number: 10431099
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for systems and methods to generate image data based on avoidance areas for mobile targets and/or mobile structures. A collision avoidance system includes a logic device configured to communicate with a ranging sensor and/or a speed, position, and/or orientation sensor (SPOS) mounted to a mobile structure. The logic device may be configured to determine a projected course for a mobile target detected by the ranging sensor. The system may determine one or more avoidance areas based, at least in part, on the projected course for the mobile target and a speed, position, and/or orientation of the mobile structure detected by the SPOS. The system may generate image data based, at least in part, on the projected course, the one or more avoidance areas, and the detected orientation and/or position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: FLIR BELGIUM BVBA
    Inventors: Peter A. Stewart, John Wellbelove, Mark Rivers
  • Patent number: D864138
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: FLIR BELGIUM BVBA
    Inventors: Raymond Attwood, Antony Sharpe, Steve A. Crane, Stephen Crick
  • Patent number: D875694
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: FLIR Belgium BVBA
    Inventors: Andrew John Crees, Adam Murphy, Antony Sharpe, Christopher M. Woodward
  • Patent number: D875741
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: FLIR BELGIUM BVBA
    Inventor: Mark Rivers