Patents Examined by Anand S. Rao
  • Patent number: 10386284
    Abstract: Measuring devices and methods are described for generating microscopic fluorescence and excitation light images of dispersed objects in liquid or gas, and for analyzing the images to determine the volume fractions of dispersed objects and distinguish different types of objects by comparing the images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventor: Jianfeng Zhang
  • Patent number: 10382690
    Abstract: An information acquiring device for acquiring information data of an object includes: a condition detecting unit configured to detect use condition data of the information acquiring device; and a file generating unit configured to generate a file in which the information data, the use condition data, and information on response characteristics of the condition detecting unit are associated with one another. A method for acquiring information executed by an information acquiring device includes: acquiring information data of an object and storing the information data in a storage unit; detecting use condition data of the information acquiring device and storing the use condition data in the storage unit; and reading the information data and the use condition data from the storage unit, and generating a file in which the information data and the use condition data are associated with information on response characteristics in detecting the use condition data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Toshikazu Hayashi, Toshihiro Ogata, Kazuo Kanda, Hideaki Yoshida, Osamu Nonaka
  • Patent number: 10379035
    Abstract: An appearance inspection apparatus includes a lighting unit, an imaging unit, a memory, an operating unit, a detecting unit, and a determination unit. The lighting unit has a plurality of light sources emitting single-wavelength light with relative spectral distributions different from one another, and substantially simultaneously irradiates a photographic subject with illumination light. The imaging unit captures light discharged by the photographic subject. The memory stores information about sensitivity characteristics of the imaging unit for each color. The operating unit separates an image into a first, a second, and a third image, for each component of the single-wavelength light, using the information. The detecting detects information about a specific area of the photographic subject using the first and the second image. The determination unit extracts an amount of image characteristics corresponding to a characteristic part present in the specific area using the first and the third image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akihiro Noda, Hiroya Kusaka, Taro Imagawa, Shunsuke Yasugi
  • Patent number: 10364044
    Abstract: Described is an imaging component for use by an unmanned aerial vehicle (“UAV”) for object detection. As described, the imaging component includes one or more cameras that are configured to obtain images of a scene using visible light that are converted into a depth map (e.g., stereo image) and one or more other cameras that are configured to form images, or thermograms, of the scene using infrared radiation (“IR”). The depth information and thermal information are combined to form a representation of the scene based on both depth and thermal information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Raymond Harris, Barry James O'Brien, Joshua John Watson
  • Patent number: 10362231
    Abstract: Techniques for implementing a head down warning system in a handheld electronic device are described. An example of a device includes a display and a depth detection unit disposed on a surface of the handheld electronic device opposite the display. The depth detection unit includes a pair of cameras with panoramic lenses. The device also includes one or more processors that receive distance information from the depth detection unit, process the distance information to detect a hazard, and render a warning on the display to alert a user of the handheld electronic device about the hazard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Mikko Ollila, David Isherwood
  • Patent number: 10359620
    Abstract: Systems and methods provided herein. In one embodiment, a borescope system includes a probe to capture images and a display a settings menu, measurements, the images captured by the probe, or any combination thereof. In addition, the borescope system a processor programmed to display a user interface to enable a user to control movement of the probe, adjust settings, navigate menus, make selections, or any combination thereof. The processor is communicatively coupled to the probe, and the display, and is programmed to instruct the borescope to enter a live menu view when an articulation mode is selected from the settings menu. In the live menu view, the processor is programmed to instruct the display to display the images captured by the probe, and to enable a user to control the movement of the probe and adjust articulation sensitivity of the probe while viewing the images on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Thomas Charles Ward, Bryan David Maule, Melissa Rose Stancato, Matthew William Pankow, David Scott Andreasen
  • Patent number: 10362314
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure include a method for video coding. The method includes receiving input data associated with a current block in a current image frame of video data, where the current block is coded by intra-prediction or to be coded by intra-prediction. The method also includes determining an intra-prediction mode of the current block, selecting one of a plurality of filters including at least a default filter and an N-tap filter, and generating filtered neighboring samples by filtering neighboring samples adjacent to the current block using the selected filter, where N is a positive integer different from 3. Moreover, the method includes encoding or decoding the current block by predicting the current block based on the filtered neighboring samples and the intra-prediction mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: MEDIATEK INC.
    Inventors: Jian-Liang Lin, Yu-Wen Huang
  • Patent number: 10361000
    Abstract: The system and method disclosed herein provides an integrated and automated workflow, sensor, and reasoning system that automatically detects breaches in protocols, appropriately alarms and records these breaches, facilitates staff adoption of protocol adherence, and ultimately enables the study of protocols for care comparative effectiveness. The system provides real-time alerts to medical personnel in the actual processes of care, thereby reducing the number of negative patient events and ultimately improving staff behavior with respect to protocol adherence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Christopher Donald Johnson, Peter Henry Tu, Piero Patrone Bonissone, John Michael Lizzi, Jr., Kunter Seref Akbay, Ting Yu, Corey Nicholas Bufi, Viswanath Avasarala, Naresh Sundaram Iyer, Yi Yao, Kedar Anil Patwardhan, Dashan Gao
  • Patent number: 10352845
    Abstract: Fouling of or damage to an electromagnetic radiation-transparent window can preclude one from obtaining satisfactory images with an image acquisition unit, such as a camera. Certain types of environments may be particularly prone toward promoting fouling or damage, and manual cleaning or repair of an electromagnetic radiation-transparent window may be difficult in some circumstances. These issues may be particularly prevalent when imaging drill cuttings and other solids obtained from a wellbore due to the complex sampling environment in which these solids are often disposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Mathew Dennis Rowe, Jon Troy Gosney
  • Patent number: 10351074
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus has an electronic module and a connection assembly. The electronic module has a first housing and a first connection portion. The first connection portion is disposed on and recessed in a rear surface of the first housing and has a first magnetic attraction element and a first buckle assembly. The first buckle assembly is disposed on two sides of the first connection portion. The connection assembly is detachably connected with the electronic module and has a second housing and a second connection portion. The second connection portion is disposed on the second housing, is formed as a protrusion corresponding to the recessed first connection portion in shape, and has a second magnetic attraction element and a second buckle assembly. The second buckle assembly is disposed on two sides of the second connection portion and is detachably engaged with the first buckle assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: CANSONIC INC.
    Inventor: Chao-Chih Hsu
  • Patent number: 10347006
    Abstract: A wheel alignment system includes a side-to-side reference including an active reference pod and a passive reference pod disposed on opposite sides of the vehicle. The active reference pod includes a reference image sensor fixedly attached to a reference target, for mounting on a first side of the vehicle such that the reference image sensor produces image data including a perspective representation of the passive reference pod disposed on a second/opposite side of the vehicle. In operation, alignment cameras on the opposite sides of the vehicle capture perspective representations of targets mounted to vehicle wheels and of targets of the active and passive reference pods. A computer processes the image data to compute an alignment measurement of the vehicle based on a spatial relationship between the active reference pod and the passive reference pod determined according to the image data produced by the reference image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: SNAP-ON INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Joel A. Kunert, Darwin Y. Chen, George M. Gill, Brian K. Gray, Steven W. Rogers, Ronald D. Swayne, David A. Jackson, Rodney Harrell, Robert J. D'Agostino, Bryan C. Minor, Eric R. Sellers, Sean P. Lecrone, Larry D. Klotz, Jonathan A. Sperry
  • Patent number: 10349127
    Abstract: Novel systems and methods are described for creating, compressing, and distributing video or image content graded for a plurality of displays with different dynamic ranges. In implementations, the created content is “continuous dynamic range” (CDR) content—a novel representation of pixel-luminance as a function of display dynamic range. The creation of the CDR content includes grading a source content for a minimum dynamic range and a maximum dynamic range, and defining a luminance of each pixel of an image or video frame of the source content as a continuous function between the minimum and the maximum dynamic ranges. In additional implementations, a novel graphical user interface for creating and editing the CDR content is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule Zurich (ETH Zurich)
    Inventors: Aljoscha Smolic, Alexandre Chapiro, Simone Croci, Tunc Ozan Aydin, Nikolce Stefanoski, Markus Gross
  • Patent number: 10341548
    Abstract: In an example embodiment, an item listing process is run in an item listing application. Upon reaching a specified point in the item listing process, a camera application on the user device is triggered (or the camera directly accessed by the item listing application) to enable a user to capture images using the camera, wherein the triggering includes providing a wireframe overlay informing the user as to an angle at which to capture images from the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: EBAY INC.
    Inventor: Dane Glasgow
  • Patent number: 10339660
    Abstract: A system used for generating a transformed representation of a quantity of video data structured as a plurality of frames including arrays of rows and columns of pixels having pixel properties. The system may generate first representations of the video data based on a plurality of the rows; generate second representations of the video data based on a plurality of the columns; generate frame representations corresponding to the frames and based on the first and second representations; and combine the frame representations to form the transformed representation of the video data. The system may also generate frame representations respectively corresponding to the frames; combine the frame representations to form a transformed representation of the video data; analyze the transformed representation; and identify frames of interest based on the analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: SHANGHAI XIAOYI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kongqiao Wang
  • Patent number: 10334166
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a distributed video panoramic display system. The present disclosure collects video images of different areas through an existing camera network; the video images collected by each camera are converted into the same coordinate system by each video splitting node in a video splitting module; a plurality of paths of video image data are subjected to parallel splitting processing, so that a display area of each split video image block in a panoramic display unit respectively corresponds to a separate display screen; and each video reorganization node in a video reorganization module is used to perform reorganization processing on each received video image block, then each path of video image formed after the processing is output to the corresponding display screen of the panoramic display unit, and a panoramic video image is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: SHENZHEN UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Jihong Pei, Kai Sun, Xuan Yang, Weixin Xie
  • Patent number: 10334279
    Abstract: An image processing device including a decoding section configured to decode an image from an encoded stream, a horizontal filtering section configured to apply a deblocking filter to a vertical block boundary within an image to be decoded by the decoding section, a vertical filtering section configured to apply a deblocking filter to a horizontal block boundary within an image to be decoded by the decoding section, and a control section configured to cause the horizontal filtering section to filter in parallel a plurality of vertical block boundaries included in a processing unit containing a plurality of coding units and cause the vertical filtering section to filter in parallel a plurality of horizontal block boundaries included in the processing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masaru Ikeda, Junichi Tanaka, Yoshitaka Morigami
  • Patent number: 10334281
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of block partition for video encoding or decoding for a video encoder or a video decoder respectively are disclosed. Partitioning tree structure corresponding to a conditional partitioning process is determined for partitioning the current block of video data into one or more final sub-blocks. The conditional partitioning process comprises a conditional binary partitioning process that uses at least a first constraint if a given block of the partitioning tree structure is partitioned into above and below blocks, or a second constraint if the given block of the partitioning tree structure is partitioned into left and right blocks. The below block is disallowed to be split into a lower-left and a lower-right block according to the first constraint, and the right block is disallowed to be split into an upper-right block and a lower-right block according to the second constraint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: MEDIATEK SINGAPORE PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Kai Zhang, Jicheng An
  • Patent number: 10334212
    Abstract: At least one embodiment of the present disclosure provides a memory auxiliary device and a memory auxiliary method, a spectacle frame and a pair of spectacles. The memory auxiliary device includes a first capturing module, a second capturing module and a processing module; wherein, the first capturing module is configured to capture an eye state, the processing module is configured to determine blink information according to the first image information of the eye state, and control an operating mode of the second capturing module according to the blink information, and the second capturing module is configured to capture a object in the operating mode controlled by the processing module, and send second image information of the captured object to the processing module for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., BEIJING BOE OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yanyan Yin, Falong Han, Yan Chen
  • Patent number: 10334219
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus and method for IP switching/routing SDI format image signal through bandwidth splitting and reduction, more specifically, which decomposes image signals consisting of YCbCr type color format entered with serial digital interface (SDI) into Y (luminance) component and C (chrominance) component, or multiple bit slice components; converts the components into IP packets and performs switching and/or routing of the IP packets; extracts Y component and C component or multiple bit slice components from the switched or routed IP packets; and combines the components into SDI format image signal and outputs the combined SDI format image signal. In addition, the present invention provides an apparatus switching/routing image signals through grid based networking, in which broadband switching or routing is performed with multiple narrow band switches or routers by switching or routing image signals through bandwidth splitting and reduction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: LUMANTEK Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Chun Dae Bak, Chang Su Kim
  • Patent number: 10321748
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining a customized cosmetic formulation. In one method, a user is guided to capture an image of a skin region with known lighting and color characteristics, and the image is processed to provide calibrated skin color information. A customized cosmetic formulation is automatically determined for the user based on the calibrated skin color information. In another method, a user is interactively guided through capture of one or more skin region images using a device having an image sensor. The skin region images are processed to provide calibrated skin color information, which is compared to a ground truth data set to identify a set of closest known values in the ground truth data set. A customized cosmetic formulation is automatically determined for the user based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Shiseido Americas Corporation
    Inventors: David A. Howell, David B. Gross, Leslie Y. Harvill