Patents Examined by Andrew Shin
  • Patent number: 9390558
    Abstract: A method and a device for producing faux-transparency of an object are disclosed and claimed wherein an ikon display device (IDD) is interposed between a viewer and object, which obstructs a background view from the viewer, and wherein an ikon acquiring device (IAD) acquires an ikon of the background, and wherein the ikon of the background is displayed by the IDD. The invention includes means and methods for editing the background ikon to produce an occluding background icon (OBI), which is a representation of the portion of the background view obstructed by the object, wherein the OBI is displayed by the IDD and the viewer sees the OBI instead of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Inventor: Denis R. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 9361283
    Abstract: A user interface for viewing imagery associated with a geographic area, such as street level imagery is disclosed. The interface includes at least one text annotation projected in the three-dimensional space defined by the imagery onto a surface, such as a generally vertical surface, of an object depicted in the imagery. For example, the text annotation can be rendered such that the annotation appears to be located along the fa├žade of a building depicted in the imagery. The projection of text annotations in the three-dimensional space can provide a more immersive, augmented reality-style view of the geographic area of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Jonah Jones, Matthew Robert Simpson
  • Patent number: 9348141
    Abstract: A system that includes a head mounted display device and a processing unit connected to the head mounted display device is used to fuse virtual content into real content. In one embodiment, the processing unit is in communication with a hub computing device. The processing unit and hub may collaboratively determine a map of the mixed reality environment. Further, state data may be extrapolated to predict a field of view for a user in the future at a time when the mixed reality is to be displayed to the user. This extrapolation can remove latency from the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Avi Bar-Zeev, J. Andrew Goossen, John Tardif, Mark S. Grossman, Harjit Singh
  • Patent number: 9342930
    Abstract: An image or video of a location can be captured using an electronic device. A physical location associated with the image or video can be determined by analyzing the image data, and information about the physical location can be presented to a user of the electronic device. Images or video may include multiple locations, and information about each of the multiple locations can be presented to the user or a single location can be automatically determined and information about the single location can be displayed. Data from other sensors of the electronic device, such as GPS, digital compasses, accelerometers, gyroscopes, barometers, or altimeters, can also be acquired and combined with image analysis to determine a location. The information presented to the user regarding the recognized location may be based on user preferences or user behavior of the specific user of the electronic device, or a community of users who share demographic traits with the specific user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee:, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Wiggen Kraft, Gautam Bhargava
  • Patent number: 9325960
    Abstract: Maintaining a three dimensional stereoscopic effect may include determining a distance between a position of a virtual camera and a first center of interest of a three dimensional image, calculating a scaling factor based on the distance, and compensating for a parallax setting associated with a second center of interest within the three dimensional image by applying the scaling factor when generating the three dimensional image to maintain the three dimensional effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: AUTODESK, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas White, Anning Hu
  • Patent number: 9305381
    Abstract: Methods for drawing content to a display are provided. In one aspect, a method includes receiving input indicating content to be drawn to a display, and providing a request to prepare the content for display to a first thread. The method also includes receiving, in response to the provided request, instructions for drawing the content to the display, and providing the instructions for drawing the content to the display to a second thread. The method further includes executing, by the second thread, the instructions for drawing the content to the display. Systems and machine-readable media are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Adrienne Walker, Nathaniel Duca
  • Patent number: 9299184
    Abstract: Simulating performance of a virtual camera operating inside a 3-D environment having scenes generated for motion pictures and video games including: tracking position and orientation of an object within a physical volume of space; placing the virtual camera within the virtual 3-D environment corresponding to the tracked position of the object within the physical volume of space; capturing shots within a field of view of the virtual camera, wherein the field of view of the virtual camera is measured in accordance with the tracked position and orientation of the object; and displaying the captured shots of the 3-D environment captured with the virtual camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Inventors: Michael Mumbauer, Thomas Bland
  • Patent number: 9298360
    Abstract: Methods for presenting symbolic expressions such as mathematical, scientific, or chemical expressions, formulas, or equations are performed by a computing device. One method includes: displaying a first portion of a symbolic expression within a first area of a display screen; while in a first state in which the first area is selected for aural presentation, aurally presenting first information related to the first portion of the symbolic expression; while in the first state, detecting particular user input; in response to detecting the particular user input, performing the steps of: transitioning from the first state to a second state in which a second area, of the display, is selected for aural presentation; determining second information associated with a second portion, of the symbolic expression, that is displayed within the second area; in response to determining the second information, aurally presenting the second information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher B. Fleizach, Eric T. Seymour, Gregory F. Hughes, Mike Pedersen
  • Patent number: 9275479
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for creating collages that visually resemble a particular shape or group of shapes are provided. The method is a computer-implemented method of creating a shape collage and includes receiving a shape specification signal which specifies at least one desired shape. Each desired shape has at least one shape boundary and an area. The method also includes receiving image data which represents a plurality of images and processing the signal and the data to obtain a shape collage of the images which at least partially covers and conforms to the area of the at least one desired shape. The step of processing includes the steps of evaluating whether each image is to be treated as being either within or without the area and removing or hiding any image that is evaluated as being outside the area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: COLLAGE.COM, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin R. Borders, Joseph M. Golden
  • Patent number: 9256446
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a component display processing method and apparatus. The method includes: receiving indication information indicating that a component is in a waiting-to-be-processed state; and according to the indication information, reducing a displayed region of a container that is displayed on a display screen, so that t a hidden region of the container is displayed on the display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Huawei Device Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuzhuo Peng
  • Patent number: 9235816
    Abstract: Seat selection for prospective spectators at a performance venue is facilitated by displaying virtual views of the performance space from any selected seat. The virtual seat views can be photorealistic renderings based on a three dimensional digital model of the performance venue. The virtual seat views can also reflect the seat locations as well as estimated spectator heights of eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Inventor: Geannie M. Bastian
  • Patent number: 9218672
    Abstract: An image generation engine capable of generating images for a host application from procedural data includes an image generation, a sequential procedural graph traversal module, an intermediate result computation module, an intermediate result rendering time computation module, an intermediate result weight computation module, memory modules for storing the graph G and the corresponding L0, L1, L2, L3 and M lists, and a comparison and deletion module adapted to compare the memory space available for storing new intermediate result data or previously existing data with a given minimum threshold and delete intermediate result data if said memory space available for storing new intermediate result data is below the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Inventor: Christophe Soum
  • Patent number: 9214028
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for segmenting a three-dimensional image data set, comprising the steps of: a) providing a three-dimensional image data set of a body structure, which is to be segmented, and a generic model of the body structure; b) generating synthetic two-dimensional image data sets on the basis of the three-dimensional image data set of the body structure provided in a); and c) pre-positioning the generic model in relation to the three-dimensional image data set of the body structure provided in a); and e) generating a three-dimensional model of the body structure by fitting the generic model to the synthetic two-dimensional image data sets of the body structure, generated in step b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Brainlab AG
    Inventors: Thomas Feilkas, Manfred Weiser
  • Patent number: 9183811
    Abstract: A process of correcting display unevenness of a liquid crystal panel 40 of the present invention includes following steps. (1) Supply image data to the liquid crystal panel 40 and display the liquid crystal panel 40. (2) Capture an image of a display area of the liquid crystal panel 44 with a camera 66. (3) Generate correction data for the liquid crystal panel based on a captured image result. (4) Store the correction data in a volatile storing device. (5) Generate corrected image data with using the correction data stored in the volatile storing device. (6) Supply the corrected image data to the liquid crystal panel and display the liquid crystal panel 40. (7) Executed repeatedly the processes from (2) to (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takashi Sasaki
  • Patent number: 9177399
    Abstract: In one aspect, a method for displaying measurement information from at least one sensor of a machine is provided. In another aspect, a computing device for displaying measurement information from at least one sensor of a machine is provided. In another aspect, a system for displaying measurement information from at least one sensor of a machine is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Scott Terrell Williams, Ken Paul Ceglia
  • Patent number: 9165382
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system for providing traffic information using augmented reality, and comprises: an AR server for providing a virtual image which is obtained by processing transfer information on transfer locations at stops for transportation means and information according to the transportation means, using characters and graphics; and a personal portable communication device which displays the virtual image received from the AR server while overlapping the virtual image on a real-captured image of a transfer location obtained through a camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Korea Railroad Research Institute
    Inventors: Yong-Soo Song, Yong-Ki Yoon, Seung-Kwon Shin, Seog-Moon Oh
  • Patent number: 9098948
    Abstract: An image matching apparatus is provided. The apparatus includes a storage unit, an obtaining unit, a specification unit, and an image matching unit. The storage unit is configured to store image data of one or more devices that are connected to a local network. The obtaining unit is configured to obtain image data of device image obtained by capturing a device. The specification unit is configured to specify one or more local networks to be used for image matching. The image matching unit is configured to perform image matching of the obtained image data against the stored image data of one or more devices that are connected to the specified local network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Takeshi Matsumura, Johan Hjelm, Shingo Murakami, Toshikane Oda, Kenta Yasukawa
  • Patent number: 9087408
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating a depthmap for images of structures in a geographic area are provided. In some aspects, a method includes dividing the area into cells. Each of the cells is visible in no more than a threshold number of images. The method also includes: generating, using multi-view stereo processing, a set of three-dimensional (3D) points of structures in each of the cells based on the images associated with a corresponding one of the cells; generating a mesh model of the structures in each of the cells based on the set of 3D points for a corresponding one of the cells; identifying one or more of the mesh models visible in a corresponding one of the images; and generating a depthmap for each of the images based on the identified one or more mesh models visible in a corresponding one of the images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Yasutaka Furukawa, David Robert Gallup
  • Patent number: 9035971
    Abstract: An image display apparatus includes a communication unit to communicate with information processing apparatuses; an image synthesizing unit to synthesize a multi-segmented screen image composed of screen images of the information processing apparatuses; a projection unit to project the multi-segmented screen image onto a screen; a functional mode management unit to control switching between a normal projection mode and a multi-segmented screen operation mode; an image capture device to capture the multi-segmented screen image and a hand movement of an operator when switched to the multi-segmented screen operation mode; a designated screen image recognition unit to detect a hand movement of the operator based on the image captured by the image capture device, and to recognize a screen image designated as an active-target image; and a signal control unit to transmit a request of image data transmission to an information processing apparatus corresponding to the designated active-target image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Satoshi Aoki
  • Patent number: 9024974
    Abstract: Information technology tools can be provided to manage access by a plurality of attendees through a network to a presentation. Each of the attendees is registered with an associated content access status, and presentation data for the presentation is provided to a registered attendee based on the particular content access status of the registered attendee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yusuke Tamari