Patents Examined by Andy Rao
  • Patent number: 10220256
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to effective, efficient, and economical methods and systems for improving athletic performance by tracking objects typically thrown or hit by athletes. In particular, the present disclosure relates to a unique configuration of technology wherein an electronic display is located at or behind the target and one or more cameras are positioned to observe the target. Once an object is thrown or hit, one or more cameras may observe and track the object. Further, an electronic display may be used to provide targeting information to an athlete and also to determine the athlete's accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: SmartMitt, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas R. Frenz
  • Patent number: 10169662
    Abstract: Remote biometric monitoring systems may include a digital camera having a digital sensor, a processor, and a memory, all enclosed in a common housing. The processor of the camera may locally execute one or more algorithms to perform computer vision analysis of captured images of a sleeping subject, thereby determining an activity state of the subject. The activity state may include a sleep state. One or more environmental control devices may be adjusted automatically by the system based at least in part on the activity state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Paul Joseph Silberschatz, David Carl Janssens, Evan David Shapiro, Adam Daniel Carlucci
  • Patent number: 10146304
    Abstract: A system and methods for the enhancement of a user's vision using a head-mounted and user-controllable device including a magnification bubble having variable attributes wherein a portion of the scene is magnified within the complete scene, wherein the user is able to modify, in real-time, how the images are processed including the attributes of the magnification bubble.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: IrisVision, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank S. Werblin, Robert Massof, Yuval S. Boger
  • Patent number: 10142529
    Abstract: In an imaging device, a tilted surface is formed on one surface side of a base, while a flexible substrate arranged with light sources is secured along the tilted surface of the base, so as to adjust the optical axis of an imaging unit and positions illuminated by the light sources. Thus, the respective optical axes of light sources are regulated not individually but at once by placing the substrate along the tilted surface, which makes it easy to adjust the illumination positions. It is also excellent in heat dissipation of the light sources, since the heat generated by the light sources dissipates through the base. This enables the light sources to keep their output stability favorably.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: HAMAMATSU PHOTONICS K.K.
    Inventor: Takayuki Sato
  • Patent number: 10139897
    Abstract: An example security sensor includes a battery power supply, camera coupled to the battery power supply to receive power, activity sensor, processor, and microcontroller. The processor is placed in a sleep state and is wakeable to an awake state. The processor coupled to the battery power supply, and coupled to the camera to receive and process image data including images of an activity within a zone. The microcontroller is coupled to the battery power supply, coupled to the activity sensor to receive interrupts responsive to detection by the activity sensor of the activity within the zone proximate the security sensor, coupled to the processor to send and receive data, and, responsive to receiving a first interrupt from the activity sensor, place the processor in an awake state to signal the camera to capture a set of images and to receive and process the image data including the set of images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: NOVI SECURITY, INC.
    Inventors: Ethan Grabau, Tyler Crawford, Martin Johnson, Ruchir Chauhan, Jonathan Jensen
  • Patent number: 10136148
    Abstract: A method for managing a picture including pixels. In one aspect, a receiving device converts pixel values of the pixels represented with a first bitdepth into pixel values represented with a second bitdepth where the first bitdepth is smaller than the second bitdepth. The receiving device identifies a first group of pixels including a first pixel and a second pixel. The receiving device identifies a first and second edge pixel, derives a first and second pixel values based on the edge values of the first and second edge pixels, and estimates a first estimated pixel value for the first pixel based on the derived first pixel and second pixel value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSON (PUBL)
    Inventor: Martin Pettersson
  • Patent number: 10129377
    Abstract: A handheld device can include an image capture subsystem and a depth sensing subsystem. The image capture subsystem includes an image capture light source operable to emit visible light and an image capture camera operable to capture an image of a scene illuminated by the visible light emitted by the visible light source. The depth sensing subsystem includes a depth light source operable to emit infrared light and a depth camera operable to capture reflected infrared light, including at least some of the infrared light emitted from the depth light source, after reflecting off objects in the scene. The image capture light source, the depth light source, and the depth camera are housed in a single integrated structure including a single transparent panel through which the visible and infrared light are emitted onto the scene, and through which the depth camera receives the reflected infrared light from the scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventor: David John Evans, V
  • Patent number: 10121258
    Abstract: A system and related methods for determining an actual head angle of a mobile device user from an actual orientation of the mobile device and a relative orientation of the user's head to the mobile device. The actual orientation of the mobile device may be used as a landmark such that the relative orientation of the user's head to the mobile device may be used to approximate the actual head angle of the mobile device user. The determined actual head angle may be compared to a predetermined head angle corresponding to correct posture. If the actual head angle deviates from the predetermined head angle, a stimulus may be provided from the mobile device to encourage the user to rotate their head and/or reposition the mobile device such that their actual head angle aligns with the predetermined head angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Intel IP Corporation
    Inventors: Wilfrid D'Angelo, Jonathan De Cesco, Jean-pierre Giacalone, David Bercovitz, Carole Malbrancq
  • Patent number: 10116873
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a first sensor, a second sensor and a processor. The first sensor may be configured to generate a first video signal based on a targeted view from a vehicle. The second sensor may be configured to generate a second video signal based on a targeted view of a driver. The processor may be configured to (A) receive the first video signal, (B) receive the second video signal, (C) determine a field of view to present to the driver, (D) generate a third video signal and (E) present the third video signal to a display showing the field of view. The field of view is determined based on (i) a body position of the driver extracted from the second video signal and (ii) the first video signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Ambarella, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffery Campbell
  • Patent number: 10110795
    Abstract: A camera system and method capture image data with a camera, a data storage device electrically connected to the camera and configured to store the video data and/or a communication device electrically connected to the camera and configured to communicate the image data to a system receiver located remote from the camera. The system receiver may be located onboard a vehicle such that an operator can carry the camera off board the vehicle and communicate the image data back to the vehicle, when performing, for example, work on the vehicle or inspecting the vehicle or the environs of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Mark Bradshaw Kraeling, Michael Scott Miner, Shannon Joseph Clouse, Anwarul Azam, Matthew Lawrence Blair, Nidhi Naithani, Dattaraj Jagdish Rao, Anju Bind, Sreyashi Dey Chaki, Scott Daniel Nelson, Nikhil Uday Naphade, Wing Yeung Chung, Daniel Malachi Ballesty, Glenn Robert Shaffer, Jeffrey James Kisak
  • Patent number: 10104451
    Abstract: Provided is an IP uncompressed video encoder that converts an IP packet stream of uncompressed video to an IP packet stream of compressed video. The invention is a video encoder that produces an IP packetized stream of compressed video from an IP packetized stream of an uncompressed video signal, comprising: receiving means packetizing, from a network, one or a plurality of IP packetized streams of an uncompressed video signal; retrieving means for retrieving video data from the one or plurality of IP packetized streams of the uncompressed video signal; compressing means for compressing the retrieved video data; and transmitting means configured to IP packetize video compressed by the compressing means to create and transmit a stream of compressed video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: MEDIA GLOBAL LINKS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazunori Nakamura, Kazuki Narita, Sho Hongo, Koji Nakao, Hiroyuki Terasaki, Hirokazu Arai, Masaaki Kojima, Yukiyo Asakura
  • Patent number: 10104375
    Abstract: Method For Implementing A Quantizer In A Multimedia Compression And Encoding System is disclosed. In the Quantizer system of the present invention, several new quantization ideas are disclosed. In one embodiment, adjacent macroblocks are grouped together into macroblock groups. The macroblock groups are then assigned a common quantizer value. The common quantizer value may be selected based upon how the macroblocks are encoded, the type of macroblocks within the macroblock group (intra-blocks or inter-blocks), the history of the motion vectors associated with the macroblocks in the macroblock group, the residuals of the macroblocks in the macroblock group, and the energy of the macroblocks in the macroblock group. The quantizer value may be adjusted in a manner that is dependent on the current quantizer value. Specifically, if the quantizer value is at the low end of the quantizer scale, then only small adjustments are made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Pun, Roger Kumar, Xiaochun Nie, Hsi-Jung Wu
  • Patent number: 10099614
    Abstract: A vision system for a vehicle includes an image sensor disposed at a subject vehicle and having a field of view exterior of the subject vehicle. A control is operable to process image data captured by the image sensor to detect an object exterior of the subject vehicle. The control is operable to process captured image data to detect points of interest present in the field of view of the image sensor and, responsive to processing of captured image data, the control is operable to determine movement of the detected points of interest. The control is operable to process captured image data to determine movement vectors and, responsive to processing of captured image data, the control is operable to determine an object of interest in the field of view of the image sensor and exterior of the subject vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Horst Daniel Diessner
  • Patent number: 10097740
    Abstract: A front imaging portion captures the front side of a vehicle. A rear imaging portion captures the interior or the rear side of the vehicle. A casing houses the front imaging portion and the rear imaging portion. A heat sink is located between the front imaging portion and the rear imaging portion in the casing to radiate heat inside the casing. A fixing portion is located on the outer surface of the casing and between a first end and a second end of the heat sink and separated from the heat sink to fix the casing to the vehicle. An intake is located adjacent to the fixing portion at the first end to be open toward the heat sink. An outlet is located adjacent to the fixing portion at the second end to be open toward the heat sink while facing the intake with the fixing portion interposed therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: JVC KENWOOD CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yukio Sugimura, Yoji Sasaki, Tsuyoshi Okunishi, Seiji Shinohara, Takao Sekine, Satoshi Negami, Fumio Tsukamoto, Hirofumi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10092190
    Abstract: A system for multimodal laser speckle imaging may include a first light source positioned to emit laser light toward a target, a second light source positioned to emit light toward the target, a camera positioned to receive light scattered from the target, and a processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Abhishek Rege, Nitish Thakor, Kartikeya Murari, Nan Li
  • Patent number: 10091453
    Abstract: A system and method for simultaneously and continuously capturing video from the interior and exterior of a vehicle. The system includes, for example, a first housing including a first connection mechanism, first and second cameras and a memory disposed in the first housing. The system also includes a second housing including a second connection mechanism adapted to be removably connected to the first connection mechanism of the first housing and encasing said first housing within the second housing. A mounting mechanism is adjustably connected to said second housing and configured to maintain at least one of the first camera and the second camera in a predetermined position by adjusting the second housing. Additional embodiments are also described including a method for capturing data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: ROSCO, INC.
    Inventors: Benjamin Englander, Julian Serer, Peter Plate, Gary Balsam
  • Patent number: 10086955
    Abstract: A camera pose estimation system is provided for estimating the position of a camera within an environment. The system may be configured to receive a 2D image captured by a camera within the environment, and interpret metadata of the 2D image to identify an estimated position of the camera. A synthetic 2D image from a 3D model of the environment may be rendered by a synthetic camera within the model at the estimated position. A correlation between the 2D image and synthetic 2D image may identify a 2D point of correlation, and the system may project a line from the synthetic camera through the 2D point on the synthetic 2D image rendered in an image plane of the synthetic camera such that the line intersects the 3D model at a corresponding 3D point therein. A refined position may be determined based on the 2D point and corresponding 3D point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: John H. Aughey
  • Patent number: 10080012
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods, systems, and computer-readable storage media for generating three-dimensional (3D) images of a scene. According to an aspect, a method includes capturing a real-time image and a first still image of a scene. Further, the method includes displaying the real-time image of the scene on a display. The method also includes determining one or more properties of the captured images. The method also includes calculating an offset in a real-time display of the scene to indicate a target camera positional offset with respect to the first still image. Further, the method includes determining that a capture device is in a position of the target camera positional offset. The method also includes capturing a second still image. Further, the method includes correcting the captured first and second still images. The method also includes generating the three-dimensional image based on the corrected first and second still images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: 3DMedia Corporation
    Inventors: Michael McNamer, Marshall Robers, Tassos Markas, Jason Paul Hurst
  • Patent number: 10075714
    Abstract: The value of a quantization parameter for at least one second color component of an image or image portion is determined using a current color format among several possible color formats. The determination comprises the steps of selecting at least one function associated with a possible color format, and determining the value of the quantization parameter for the second color component by applying said at least one function to a value of an intermediate quantization parameter which is based on the value of the quantization parameter of the first color component of the image or image portion. The at least one function is selected independently from the current color format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Edouard Francois, Guillaume Laroche, Patrice Onno, Christophe Gisquet
  • Patent number: 10071687
    Abstract: A vision system for a vehicle includes multiple cameras disposed at a vehicle each having a field of view exterior of the vehicle. A display device is operable to display, for viewing by a driver of the vehicle, at least one of (a) video images captured by at least some of the cameras and (b) a composite image formed from image data captured by at least some of the cameras. The image data captured by at least some of the cameras is sent to a central video/image processor and the sent image data is substantially unmodified and is as captured by the respective ones of the camera or cameras. At least one of the cameras may have a tunable lens. The camera may provide almost raw image data to the display device and a graphic engine may run as a routine at the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Joern Ihlenburg, Andreas Koppe, Achim Gieseke, Hossam Mahmoud, Horst D. Diessner