Patents Examined by Allen Wong
  • Patent number: 10110927
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for switching between different video processing modes in an apparatus. In a first mode, minimal processing of the video frames may be performed by the apparatus prior to feeding the frames to a display controller. In a second mode, the apparatus may perform additional rendering of the video frames including compositing of other graphical input with the rendered video frames to generate display frames that may be fed to the display controller. To conserve power, the apparatus may operate in or switch to the first mode when the additional rendering and compositing is not required or when the device is in a low power mode, and operate in or switch to the second mode when the additional rendering and compositing is required to render desired graphical effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ian C. Hendry, Kenneth Christian Dyke
  • Patent number: 10110814
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising an interface and a processor. The interface may be configured to receive a panoramic video stream from a capture device and present one or more enhanced region of interest video frames to a communication device. The processor may be configured to perform de-warping operations on the panoramic video stream received from the interface, perform video analytics on the de-warped panoramic video stream to select a region of interest, crop the de-warped panoramic video based on the region of interest to generate a region of interest video frame, enhance the region of interest video frame and present the enhanced region of interest video frame to the interface. The de-warping operations may be implemented to correct distortion caused by the capture device. The region of interest may be dynamically selected based on objects detected in response to the video analytics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Ambarella, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher N. Day
  • Patent number: 10104331
    Abstract: A video imaging system, and more particularly, a modular video imaging system having a control module connectable to multiple input modules. The input modules each capable of receiving differing types of image data from different types of cameras including stereoscopic camera configurations and processing the image data into a format recognizable by the control module. The control unit providing general functions such as user interface and general image processing that is not camera specific including the generation of a 3D image stream formed by combining two image streams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Karl Storz Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Marc R. Amling, Timothy King, Grant deGoede, Lisa Blake
  • Patent number: 10097759
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for stabilizing a stream of spherical images captured by an image capture device to produce a stabilized spherical video sequence. The rotation of the image capture device during capture may be corrected in one or more desired axial directions in a way that is agnostic to the translation of the image capture device. The rotation of the image capture device may also be corrected in one or more desired axial directions in a way that is aware of the translation of the image capture device. For example, the assembled output spherical video sequence may be corrected to maintain the horizon of the scene at a constant location, regardless of the translation of the image capture device (i.e., a ‘translation-agnostic’ correction), while simultaneously being corrected to maintain the yaw of the scene in the direction of the image capture device's translation through three-dimensional space (i.e., a ‘translation-aware’ correction).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ricardo Motta, David D. Kuo, Matthaeus Krenn
  • Patent number: 10086772
    Abstract: A portable electronic device mount apparatus includes a frame that includes a channel sized to receive a vehicle identifier, the frame further including at least one aperture to receive a fastener to secure the frame to a vehicle; and at least one tab that extends from an edge of the frame, the tab including a planar surface sized to receive an image capture device secured to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Workshops for Warriors
    Inventors: Hernán Luis y Prado, Javier Evans
  • Patent number: 10085023
    Abstract: Several methods, systems, and computer program products for quantization of video content are disclosed. In an embodiment, the method includes determining by a processing module, motion information associated with a block of video data of the video content. A degree of randomness associated with the block of video data is determined by the processing module based on the motion information. A value of a quantization parameter (QP) associated with the block of video data is modulated by a quantization module based on the determined degree of randomness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Arun Shankar Kudana, Soyeb Nagori
  • Patent number: 10075712
    Abstract: A method of video coding using coding modes including IntraBC mode (Intra-block copy mode) and inter prediction mode is disclosed. In one embodiment, when adaptive motion vector resolution is selected to allow adaptive use of integer resolution or fractional-pel resolution, a resolution indicator having a value corresponding to using integer resolution for all motion vectors and all block vectors is signaled in the current. In another embodiment, if a coded block is coded in the inter prediction mode or the IntraBC mode, the coded MV or BV is converted to a converted MV or BV having fractional-pel resolution if a resolution indicator for the coded block specifies integer resolution. The system then stores the converted MV or BV for encoding or decoding of subsequent blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: HFI INNOVATION INC.
    Inventors: Shan Liu, Xiaozhong Xu
  • Patent number: 10070132
    Abstract: An image coding method includes: writing, into a sequence parameter set, buffer description defining information for defining a plurality of buffer descriptions; writing, into the sequence parameter set, reference list description defining information for defining a plurality of reference list descriptions corresponding to the buffer descriptions; and writing, into a first header of each processing unit which is included in a coded bitstream, buffer description selecting information for specifying a selected buffer description.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: SUN PATENT TRUST
    Inventors: Viktor Wahadaniah, Chong Soon Lim, Sue Mon Thet Naing, Hai Wei Sun, Takahiro Nishi, Hisao Sasai, Youji Shibahara, Toshiyasu Sugio, Kyoko Tanikawa, Toru Matsunobu, Kengo Terada
  • Patent number: 10063851
    Abstract: A method of generating user-selectable novel views of an event on a viewing device includes reconstructing by a server system for each camera image data into at least one foreground model for the respective camera and an environment model for the respective camera; joining by the server system the foreground model for each camera to create a visual atlas of all foreground models; creating by the server system foreground mapping data for foreground image data in the visual atlas; creating by the server system environment mapping data for environment image data in each respective environment model; transmitting by the server system each compressed data in a sequence it was compressed; receiving by the viewing device all compressed data; uncompressing by the viewing device all compressed data; selecting by a user the novel view; and rendering by the viewing device each novel view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Oren Haimovitch-Yogev, Matteo Shapira, Aviv Shapira, Diego Prilusky, Yaniv Ben Zvi, Adi Gilat
  • Patent number: 10047335
    Abstract: A cell picking support device, a display device and a culture container that can enhance work efficiency. An adapter fixes a well plate that holds cells cultured in a cell culture observation device. A control unit reads culture observation information that includes cell information and coordinate information, from a memory card that is fitted to an external memory I/F. A display unit is provided on a placing surface side of the well plate that is fixed by the adapter, and in response to control by the control unit, displays the cell information, read from the memory card, at display positions corresponding to positions on the bottom face of the well plate, as specified by the coordinate information. Embodiments can be used, for instance, as a cell picking support device that supports a picking operation that is performed in a clean bench.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasujiro Kiyota
  • Patent number: 10045912
    Abstract: Embodiments of work stations for use in medical dose preparation management system. A work station may include a camera stand. The camera stand may include a housing enclosing a camera and one or more light sources therein. As such, the camera and light sources may be directed at a medical dose preparation staging region to capture medical dose preparation images of the medical dose preparation staging region. The camera stand may include an adjustable support positionable in a plurality of positions to dispose the camera and light source relative to the medical dose preparation staging region. A base with a removable tray may be provided that include medical receptacle engagement features. The work stations may facilitate improved image quality, efficiency of work flows carried out at the work station, and administrative tasks such as cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Baxter Corporation Englewood
    Inventors: Joseph V. Ranalletta, Wesley J. Weber
  • Patent number: 10045011
    Abstract: Systems and methods may involve minimizing interference when synchronization information is being transmitted from multiple sources. This may include receiving a trigger signal wherein the trigger signal includes a timing parameter to be used by a user device to synchronize with a content platform, and transmitting a synchronization signal having a transmitter identification and the timing parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Paul Winer, Sunil K. Jain
  • Patent number: 10027960
    Abstract: In related art, it is not considered that the image quality of video to be transmitted can be improved in consideration of a delay time in video transmission. An image information coding method includes an analyzing step of analyzing an input image, a quantization parameter calculating step of calculating a quantization parameter by using analysis results in the analyzing step, and an encoding step of encoding the input image by using the quantization parameter calculated in the quantization parameter calculating step, wherein a first region to be analyzed in the analyzing step has a variable size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Maxell, Ltd.
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Okada, Keisuke Inata
  • Patent number: 10024949
    Abstract: Systems an methods are provided that disclose providing a positioning service for devices based on light received from one or more light sources. This light based positioning service uses light information transmitted by each light source to determine the position of the device. The positioning information can include three dimension position information in a building that can then be used to deliver services and information to a mobile device. The content delivered to a mobile device can include multimedia, text, audio, and/or pictorial information. The positioning information along with other location or positioning information can be used in providing augmented reality or location aware services. The light sources can be independent beacons that broadcast information in visible light at a rate that is undetectable by the human eye. Content can be retrieved from a server over a communications connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: ABL IP HOLDING LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Ganick, Daniel Ryan
  • Patent number: 10028014
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to detect commercial advertisements associated with media presentations are disclosed. An example method includes comparing an amount of audio randomness in an inter-segment audio frame to a random level threshold, the amount of audio randomness being based on a random-factor ratio; and in response to the amount of randomness satisfying the random level threshold, indicating the inter-segment audio frame is associated with the commercial transition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: David H. Wright, Scott Wilson, Ron Schwerer, Ronan Heffernan
  • Patent number: 10024948
    Abstract: Systems an methods are provided that disclose providing a positioning service for devices based on light received from one or more light sources. This light based positioning service uses light information transmitted by each light source to determine the position of the device. The positioning information can include three dimension position information in a building that can then be used to deliver services and information to a mobile device. The content delivered to a mobile device can include multimedia, text, audio, and/or pictorial information. The positioning information along with other location or positioning information can be used in providing augmented reality or location aware services. The light sources can be independent beacons that broadcast information in visible light at a rate that is undetectable by the human eye. Content can be retrieved from a server over a communications connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: ABL IP HOLDING LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Ganick, Daniel Ryan
  • Patent number: 10015372
    Abstract: A method of reducing ghost in images captured using a capsule endoscope while travelling in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The captured images contain ghost caused by reflections of multiple light sources by capsule housing of the capsule endoscope. The method derive, from the plurality of images, a ghost model comprising multiple ghost coefficients for relating light energies from the multiple light sources for a given image with ghost signals at multiple pixel locations for the given image. De-ghosted images are generated by compensating the plurality of images using estimated ghost signals based on derived ghost coefficients and the light energies from the multiple light sources. The process of deriving, from the plurality of images, the ghost model comprises removing any sensor gamma or any other non-linearity in pixel values of the plurality of images associated with the light energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: CAPSOVISION INC
    Inventors: Mark Hadley, Gordon C. Wilson
  • Patent number: 10015501
    Abstract: A method for decoding an image according to the present invention comprises the steps of: receiving and parsing a parameter set including indication information which indicates the presence of withheld information to be used in the future; receiving and parsing a slide header including the withheld information, when the indication information indicates the presence of the withheld information; and decoding the image according to semantics and a value corresponding to the withheld information. As a result, provided are a method and an apparatus for describing an additional extension information indication in a bitstream supporting a hierarchical image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hendry Hendry, Joonyoung Park, Chulkeun Kim, Byeongmoon Jeon, Jungsun Kim
  • Patent number: 9995051
    Abstract: A pool cleaning system for cleaning debris from a submerged surface of a swimming pool includes a self-propelled pool cleaner having rotatably-mounted supports for supporting and guiding the cleaner on the pool surface; an electric motor for enabling the rotation of the rotatably-mounted supports on the pool surface; at least one camera to capture imagery of the pool surface; a controller, in electronic communication with the at least one camera, to determine a cleanliness characteristic of the pool surface on which the cleaner has passed based on the camera imagery and generate a control signal to direct movement of the cleaner based on the cleanliness characteristic of the pool surface, wherein the control signal directs movement of the cleaner to reclean a portion of the pool surface where the cleanliness characteristic fails to satisfy a predefined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Aqua Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Kameshwar Durvasula, William Londono Correa
  • Patent number: 9992427
    Abstract: A digital camera accesses, processes and displays a combination image composed of visible light and near non-visible (“NNV”) light. A method can include accessing, by a digital camera, raw data having first information associated with a first electromagnetic spectrum range and second information associated with a second electromagnetic spectrum range. The first electromagnetic spectrum range is substantially within the visible spectrum and the second electromagnetic spectrum range is substantially within the NNV spectrum. The method can also include optimizing the raw data for the visible spectrum, thereby generating a first visual image representation, and optimizing the raw data for the NNV spectrum, thereby generating a second visual image representation. The method can also include combining the first visual image representation and the second visual image representation to generate a combination image. The digital camera can then initiate the display of the combination image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Dylan C. Reid