Patents Examined by Albert Kir
  • Patent number: 10929552
    Abstract: A system for checking consent includes an input interface and a processor. The input interface is to receive a start indication of a driver shift start. The processor is to determine a driver for the driver shift; determine whether a consent is stored for the driver; and in the event a consent is stored for the driver, store a transfer indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Lytx, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Lambert
  • Patent number: 10896492
    Abstract: Enhancing edges of objects in a thermal image comprises receiving a thermal image and generating a gradient magnitude image comprising a plurality of pixels having associated gradient magnitude values. The gradient magnitude image is partitioned into subregions and gradient magnitude statistics are calculated for each. Mapping parameters are calculated for each of the subregions that equalize and smooth a dynamic range of the corresponding gradient magnitude statistics across the subregions. The mapping parameters calculated for each of the subregions are applied to pixels in the subregions to generate enhanced gradient magnitude values having equalized luminosity and contrast, and a wireframe image is formed therefrom having enhanced edges of objects. The wireframe image is displayed on a display device, wherein the wireframe image appears as a decluttered line drawing where the enhanced edges have increased luminosity and contrast compared to the thermal image to reduce the cognitive load of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: QWAKE TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: John Davis Long, II, Omer Haciomeroglu
  • Patent number: 10880527
    Abstract: When gradation of a mixed video signal is equal to or less than a predetermined gradation, a subframe data generator generates subframe data so that an applied voltage to a display element is turned off during a first predetermined period from a start of the frame of a video signal for a visible light image or a video signal for an infrared light image. A light source controller turns on a visible light source after a lapse of a second predetermined period from a start of the frame of the video signal for a visible light image, and turns off the visible light source at the timing when the frame of the video signal for a visible light image is ended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: JVC KENWOOD CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nobuki Nakajima, Takeshi Makabe, Takaaki Saiki
  • Patent number: 10869058
    Abstract: A method comprises: obtaining two depth values from each of a first pixel depth value and a fourth pixel depth value, and obtaining one depth value from each of a second pixel depth value and a third pixel depth value; and assigning the two depth values obtained from the first pixel depth value to the R-subpixel and B-subpixel values of the first pixel, assigning the depth value obtained from the second pixel depth value to the R-subpixel, G-subpixel and B-subpixel values of the second pixel, assigning the depth value obtained from the third pixel depth value to the R-subpixel, G-subpixel and B-subpixel values of the third pixel, and assigning the two depth values obtained from the fourth pixel depth value to the G-subpixel value of the first pixel and the R-subpixel, G-subpixel and B-subpixel values of the fourth pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: NATIONAL CHENG KUNG UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: Jar-Ferr Yang
  • Patent number: 10868976
    Abstract: An image is displayed by smartglasses, the image being at least partly superimposed on a real environment of the smartglasses when the real environment is viewed through the smartglasses. In this case, the image represents an image of the real environment which is recorded by a night-vision image-recording device. The image is displayed in such a way that an image object in the recorded image, which corresponds to a real object arranged in the real environment, is displayed in the image in a manner overlapping the real object in the real environment. In the dark and in the event of poor visibility, potential hazards can be perceived significantly better by virtue of the night-vision images in order that additional driver-assisting information is provided and traffic safety is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Marcus Kuehne
  • Patent number: 10849352
    Abstract: A coffee bean roasting-degree distribution measuring device includes a housing, a micro-processing unit, an image-capturing unit, a light-emitting unit, and a displaying unit. The housing has a first end and a second end opposite the first end with an accommodating space existing between the first end and the second end. The second end is disposed to surround a group of coffee beans under measurement. The micro-processing unit and the image-capturing unit are disposed inside the accommodating space and electrically connected to each other. The light-emitting unit is disposed inside the accommodating space and includes at least one light emitter and a circuit board electrically connected to the light emitter. The circuit board is further electrically connected to the micro-processing unit and each of the light emitter has a light emitting port facing toward the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Lighttells Corp., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chia-Chung Chen, Meng-Fang Yu
  • Patent number: 10827199
    Abstract: An apparatus includes: a processor configured to: execute temporal-scalable coding on input-video-image data at a first frame rate; convert the input-video-image data to video-image data of a second frame rate lower than the first frame rate; execute temporal-scalable coding on the video-image data of the second frame-rate and output a second encoding-complexity measure of a picture subjected to the temporal-scalable coding at the second frame-rate; correct, when the temporal-scalable coding is executed on the input-video-image data at the first frame-rate, a first encoding-complexity measure, estimated based on the second encoding-complexity of the picture and to be referenced for a picture to be encoded, of the picture to be encoded, based on a distance between the picture to be encoded and the picture to be referenced in a time direction; and execute the temporal-scalable coding on the input-video-image data at the first frame-rate based on the corrected first encoding-complexity measure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Xuying Lei, Hidenobu Miyoshi, Kimihiko Kazui
  • Patent number: 10798383
    Abstract: A method for decoding a stream having first and second portions portion and representing an image divided into blocks. The method includes a sequence test having a predetermined non-zero number of bits, including two at the power of the predetermined number (2N) iterations of the following substeps, for a current block: obtaining a sequence distinct from sequences already tested; decoding and reconstructing a version of the current block from the obtained sequence and from coded data in the first portion; evaluating a likelihood measurement associated with the reconstructed block; decoding information characteristic of a first sequence including the predetermined number of binary symbols from the second portion; selecting a sequence from the sequences tested, based on the likelihood measurements and the decoded information, the selected sequence being identified as the first sequence; and decoding and reconstructing the current block from the first sequence and the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: B<>COM
    Inventors: Felix Henry, Gordon Clare
  • Patent number: 10798386
    Abstract: A processing system having at least one processor may obtain a sequence of frames of a video, and detect a correlation between visual properties of a first frame of the sequence of frames and a second frame of the sequence of frames, where the second frame comprises a next frame following the first frame in the sequence of frames. The processing system may then generate a first difference vector comprising a difference between a latent space representation of the second frame and a latent space representation of the first frame in response to detecting the correlation between the visual properties, where the latent space representation of the first frame and the latent space representation of the second frame are generated via an autoencoder, and store the first difference vector in a first encoding block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Abhijeet Bhorkar
  • Patent number: 10798380
    Abstract: Reference data is one type of data that the video accelerator may frequently be read from external memory. In various examples, the video accelerator can adaptively select inter-prediction modes based on the bandwidth to external memory that is available at any point in time. The video accelerator can determine the amount of bandwidth that is available, and when the bandwidth is insufficient for obtaining reference data for all possible inter-prediction modes, the video accelerator can use the encoding parameters of a neighboring block to select an inter-prediction mode to use. The video accelerator can then obtain a reference window for the selected inter-prediction mode, and perform prediction using the inter-prediction mode and the reference window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kiran Kalkunte Seshadri, Asif Khan
  • Patent number: 10785495
    Abstract: Timecode is encoded in video using colored regions of pixels. Pixels in adjacent regions in frames of a video are color-coded to encode timecode. For example, two adjacent regions might both be colored red to encode the numeral ‘0.’ As another example, two adjacent regions might be colored red and purple, respectively, to encode the numeral ‘1.’ The regions can be the same size as a macroblock (e.g. 16×16 pixels) used by a video encoder and aligned to macroblock boundaries for efficient encoding. The colors of the adjacent regions can be decoded to obtain the timecode. The timecode might then be burned into frames of the video, displayed non-destructively over the video, or used in another manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Enigma
  • Patent number: 10783794
    Abstract: Disclosed are an aerial image acquisition method and a system for investigating a traffic accident site by an unmanned aerial vehicle. The method comprises selecting a corresponding unmanned aerial vehicle low-altitude shooting scheme of traffic accident site according to whether three-dimensional site reconstruction or site animation simulation is needed; selecting and calculating shooting parameters of the unmanned aerial vehicle according to the unmanned aerial vehicle low-altitude shooting scheme selected; and shooting the traffic accident site according to the unmanned aerial vehicle low-altitude shooting scheme selected and the shooting parameters of the unmanned aerial vehicle, to obtain an aerial image sequence of the traffic accident site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: SUN YAT-SEN UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Xiying Li, Sijia Chen
  • Patent number: 10778911
    Abstract: An infrared image is captured by an image sensor and a frequency domain infrared image is generated by performing a Fourier transform operation on the infrared image. A filtered frequency domain infrared image is generated by applying a mask to the frequency domain infrared image. A spatial domain infrared image is generated by performing an inverse Fourier transform on the filtered frequency domain infrared image. Phase data is extracted from the spatial domain infrared image and a holographic pattern generated from the phase data is driven onto a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Open Water Internet Inc.
    Inventors: Caitlin Regan, Edgar Emilio Morales Delgado, Josie Ammer Bolotski, Mary Lou Jepsen
  • Patent number: 10769436
    Abstract: An image capture device may capture visible and infrared light, and image analysis may be used to generate a map of the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) of healthy vegetation. Because NDVI data focuses on red and near infrared (NIR) reflectance of plants, NDVI data may be generated using an aircraft-mounted camera with optical filtering to collect various wavelengths. To reduce the size, weight, complexity, and cost of the image analysis system, a multiband optical filter may be used to capture multiple passbands simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Sentera, Inc.
    Inventor: Ryan Lee Nelson
  • Patent number: 10764604
    Abstract: A spatially scalable-multiview moving picture encoding apparatus includes: a base layer encoder which encodes a base layer; an enhancement layer encoder which performs spatially scalable encoding on an enhancement layer, using a reconstructed image of the base layer generated by the base layer encoder; an enhancement view base layer encoder which performs multiview encoding on the base layer of the enhancement view, using a reconstructed image of the base layer generated by the base layer encoder; and an enhancement view enhancement layer encoder which performs multiview encoding on the enhancement layer of the enhancement view, using a reconstructed image of the enhancement layer generated by the enhancement layer encoder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: SUN PATENT TRUST
    Inventors: Daisaku Komiya, Takahiro Nishi, Youji Shibahara, Hisao Sasai, Toshiyasu Sugio, Kyoko Tanikawa, Toru Matsunobu, Kengo Terada
  • Patent number: 10750198
    Abstract: In an example, a method of processing video data includes coding at least one of data that indicates a maximum palette size of a palette of color values for coding a block of video data or data that indicates a maximum palette predictor size of a palette predictor for determining the palette of color values. The method also includes coding the block of video data in accordance with the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: Rajan Laxman Joshi, Vadim Seregin, Wei Pu, Marta Karczewicz, Joel Sole Rojals, Krishnakanth Rapaka
  • Patent number: 10733703
    Abstract: An exemplary demosaicing method includes a demosaic module receiving a frame of raw pixels, generating vertical and horizontal estimated color pixel values for missing color pixel values using information from the frame of raw pixels, generating vertical and horizontal color difference signals using information from the frame of raw pixels and the vertical and horizontal estimated color pixel values, and creating a full resolution frame of pixels using information from the frame of raw pixels and color difference signals selected from the vertical and horizontal color difference signals. The full resolution frame of pixels may include one captured color pixel value and two reconstructed color pixel values for each location in the full resolution frame of pixels and may be sent to a display unit for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: Wenyi Zhao
  • Patent number: 10735763
    Abstract: A method of video decoding for a video decoder that includes acquiring a current picture from a coded video bitstream. The method further includes selecting, from a history buffer that stores motion vector predictors of N previously decoded blocks. The method further includes selecting, from the history buffer, a second motion vector predictor of a second neighboring block of the current block. The method further includes selecting a first temporal block included in a previously decoded reference picture associated with the current picture, the first temporal block including a third motion vector predictor, the first temporal block being one of (i) neighboring to a collocated block of the current block and (ii) within the collocated block. The method further including determining a motion vector predictor of the current block using a weighted average of the first motion vector predictor, the second motion vector predictor, and the third motion vector predictor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Tencent America LLC
    Inventors: Xiaozhong Xu, Xiang Li, Shan Liu
  • Patent number: 10715811
    Abstract: Provided are a method and apparatus for determining a merge mode by using motion information of a previous prediction unit. The method of determining a merge mode includes obtaining a merge mode cost of a lower depth based on a merge mode cost of a coding unit of an upper depth obtained by using motion information of a merge mode of the coding unit of the upper depth corresponding to a merge mode of the coding unit of the lower depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jae-moon Kim, Sung-oh Kim, Ki-won Yoo, Hyung-ju Chun
  • Patent number: 10701285
    Abstract: An image is displayed by smartglasses, the image being at least partly superimposed on a real environment of the smartglasses when the real environment is viewed through the smartglasses. In this case, the image represents an image of the real environment which is recorded by a night-vision image-recording device. The image is displayed in such a way that an image object in the recorded image, which corresponds to a real object arranged in the real environment, is displayed in the image in a manner overlapping the real object in the real environment. In the dark and in the event of poor visibility, potential hazards can be perceived significantly better by virtue of the night-vision images in order that additional driver-assisting information is provided and traffic safety is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Marcus Kuehne