Patents Examined by Andy Rao
  • Patent number: 9992485
    Abstract: A major component within a backlight device for liquid crystal displays (LCDs), in particular those backlights used in lighting and optical techniques to produce autostereoscopic 3D images and high resolution images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Dimension Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Jesse B. Eichenlaub
  • Patent number: 9992487
    Abstract: Features for a lightweight stereoscopic viewing client are described. The client can generate accurate ground point coordinates from selections within the lightweight viewer by accumulating the transformations from original image sources to the images used to render the stereoscopic scene to accurately predict error for a point selection. The viewer may also be decoupled from a permanent image store allowing on-demand retrieval of images via a network for stereoscopic viewing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Integrity Applications Incorporated
    Inventors: Brad Hitchcock, Vachara Tatar Nusso, Robert Murray Pardridge, Kenneth Austin Abeloe, Benjamin L. Ochoa
  • Patent number: 9992428
    Abstract: Mixed mode imaging is implemented using a single-chip image capture sensor with a color filter array. The single-chip image capture sensor captures a frame including a first set of pixel data and a second set of pixel data. The first set of pixel data includes a first combined scene, and the second set of pixel data includes a second combined scene. The first combined scene is a first weighted combination of a fluorescence scene component and a visible scene component due to the leakage of a color filter array. The second combined scene includes a second weighted combination of the fluorescence scene component and the visible scene component. Two display scene components are extracted from the captured pixel data in the frame and presented on a display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Wenyi Zhao, Jeffrey DiCarlo, Ian E. McDowall
  • Patent number: 9992453
    Abstract: A portable magnifier camera with an associated display housing, base and handle. The camera can be selectively positioned into a variety of configurations, including: a first closed configuration wherein the display and base are in facing relation; a second opened configuration wherein the display is angled with respect to the base; and a third hand-held configuration wherein a handle is pivoted outwardly to permit a user to hold the camera relative to a distant object. The angle of the camera adjusts automatically in each configuration to ensure that the camera's light of slight is perpendicular to the object plane. These configurations enable a user to effectively view objects of differing size and at varying distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Freedom Scientific, Inc.
    Inventors: Carlos Rodriguez, Patrick Murphy, Waldemar Tunkis, Todd Conard, Michael Goldenberg, Lee Hamilton, Bradley S. Davis, Robert Leon
  • Patent number: 9986154
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus, and methods are provided for producing an improved panoramic image. A three-dimensional point cloud image is generated from an optical distancing system. Additionally, at least one two-dimensional image is generated from at least one camera. The three-dimensional point cloud image is colorized with the at least one two-dimensional image, thereby forming a colorized three-dimensional point cloud image. An equal area projection panoramic image is synthesized from the colorized three-dimensional point cloud, wherein the panoramic image comprises a plurality of pixels, and each pixel in the plurality of pixels represents a same amount of area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Xin Chen, Roman Ostrovskiy
  • Patent number: 9979959
    Abstract: Various techniques for enhanced support of stream adaptation and splicing based on clean random access (CRA) pictures are described. Instead of using a flag in the slice header to indicate that a broken link picture is present, a distinct network abstraction layer (NAL) unit type can be used to indicate the presence of a broken link picture. In some implementations, a first distinct NAL unit type may be used to indicate the presence of a broken link picture with leading pictures, while a second distinct NAL unit type indicates the presence of a broken link picture without leading pictures. In some implementations, a third distinct NAL unit type may be used to indicate the presence of a broken link picture with decodable leading pictures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Ye-Kui Wang
  • Patent number: 9979958
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for processing video data are disclosed. Some examples receive a slice of a current picture to be decoded for a sequence of video data. These examples may also receive, in a slice header of the slice, at least one entropy coded syntax element and at least one non-entropy coded syntax element, wherein the non-entropy coded syntax element is before the entropy coded syntax element in the slice header and indicates whether pictures prior to the current picture in decoding order are to be emptied from a decode picture buffer without being output. They may decode the slice based on the non-entropy coded syntax element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Ye-Kui Wang
  • Patent number: 9979923
    Abstract: A system and method for video display aboard an aircraft, automobile, or other vehicle includes a housing and an assembly including a display screen partially or completely contained within the housing. When the display screen is impacted by an object or a passenger of the vehicle, brackets and support members absorb and dissipate impact energy such that the display screen is prevented from breakage or dislodgement due to absorbed energy. Instead, the display screen may absorb impact energy insufficient to break it but sufficient to direct or shift the display screen from its original position to a new position. The video display system may also include spring-loaded or actuated brackets to return the display screen to its original position after an impact, and sensors to alert a user to inspect, repair or replace the brackets, display screen, or other system components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul R. Nemeth, Joseph L. Tchon
  • Patent number: 9977969
    Abstract: Generally discussed herein are systems and apparatuses that are configured to and techniques for matching track fragments. According to an example, a technique can include receiving data indicating a first and second actual ToA of first and second SIGINT signals at a collector, estimating first and second sets of estimated ToAs of the first and second SIGINT signals at a collector, respectively, each of the first and second sets of estimated ToAs based on a different track fragment of a first plurality of track fragments active at the first time and a different track fragment of a second plurality of track fragments active at the second time, respectively, or matching a track fragment of the first plurality of track fragments with a track fragment of the second plurality of track fragments based on the first and second sets of estimated ToAs and the first and second actual ToAs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Robert J. Cole, Geoffrey M. Guisewite, Michael R. Gabrovsek
  • Patent number: 9970608
    Abstract: A Light device having built-in digital data means is powered by an unlimited power source for a lamp-holder, LED bulb, or light device connected to unlimited power source by prongs or a base that or conductive wires can be inserted into a socket that would otherwise receiving a bulb. The device may take the form of a web cam having auto tracking added one of plurality functions to make different products and functions and retractable prongs that plug directly into a wall outlet or insert into existing lamp base or incorporate conductive wire to make electric connection at least one of built-in camera, storage unit, wireless kits, Bluetooth kits, motion sensor, light device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventor: Tseng-Lu Chien
  • Patent number: 9967522
    Abstract: A driver monitoring camera system for a vehicle includes a camera system and an optical beam shaper. The camera system has an exit field of view central axis oriented more vertical than horizontal with respect to a set of orthogonal x, y and z axes, where the z-axis defines a direction line indicative of a vertical direction. The optical beam shaper is disposed in optical communication with the camera system and optically between the camera system and an operator of the vehicle. The optical beam shaper is structurally configured to direct an image of a face of an operator of the vehicle toward the exit field of view of the camera system, and is structurally configured to compress the image in the vertical direction to define a compressed image having a height to width aspect ratio of less an uncompressed height to width aspect ratio of the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Debbie E. Nachtegall, Eric L. Raphael, Frank J. Jobak
  • Patent number: 9965693
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention relates to a machine-readable form configuration (and associated method). Another embodiment of the present invention relates to a system for interpreting at least one user mark (and associated methods). In one example, a plurality of user marks may be interpreted. In another example, the machine-readable form may be a lottery play slip, survey, test, or the like. In another example, the system may interpret user mark(s) made on a lottery play slip, survey, test or the like. In another example, the system may interpret user mark(s) made on a paper or the like having non-planar distortion(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Intralot S.A.—Integrated Lottery Systems and Services
    Inventors: Argiris Diamandis, Aristodemos Pnevmatikakis
  • Patent number: 9967442
    Abstract: An endoscope apparatus includes a first optical system, a second optical system, a light-blocking shutter, a magnet rotor, drive coils, detection coils, and a CPU, the CPU performs control to provide direct current to the drive coils and control to provide alternating current to the detection coils, and where the alternating current is provided to the detection coils, the CPU detects a pivotal position of the light-blocking shutter by detecting variation of an inductance when a magnetic field generated in each of hollow portions of the detection coils is blocked by a magnetic body, from a value of the alternating current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kenichi Zen
  • Patent number: 9965694
    Abstract: A terminal for measuring at least one dimension of an object includes at least one imaging subsystem and an actuator. The at least one imaging subsystem includes an imaging optics assembly operable to focus an image onto an image sensor array. The imaging optics assembly has an optical axis. The actuator is operably connected to the at least one imaging subsystem for moving an angle of the optical axis relative to the terminal. The terminal is adapted to obtain first image data of the object and is operable to determine at least one of a height, a width, and a depth dimension of the object based on effecting the actuator to change the angle of the optical axis relative to the terminal to align the object in second image data with the object in the first image data, the second image data being different from the first image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Edward C. Bremer, Matthew Pankow
  • Patent number: 9963246
    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 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Raymond Harris, Barry James O'Brien, Joshua John Watson
  • Patent number: 9967486
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus includes: a solid-state image pickup device partitioned into a light-receiving portion region that generates an image pickup signal of an optical image, a circuit portion region that processes the image pickup signal and generates a driving signal, and a terminal portion region having terminals for inputting/outputting signals with an external apparatus; and an objective optical portion having an objective lens unit including a unit main body having an objective lens group for forming an optical image and a holding barrel where the unit main body is fixed, and a prism that guides the optical image that passes through the objective lens unit to the light-receiving portion region. The prism of the objective optical portion is disposed on the light-receiving portion region of the substrate, and the holding barrel of the objective lens unit is disposed on the circuit portion region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Yoshida
  • Patent number: 9959777
    Abstract: Headpiece (10) including a frame (22) having a support portion supported on a test-taker's head, an imaging device (14) that obtains images of an environment around and in front of the test-taker, a biometric identification system (26) that obtains biometric data about the person, a display (12) viewable by the test-taker, and a sound generator and detector (16, 18). A processor on the frame (22) is coupled to these components and controls content of the display (12) based on input received via the imaging device (14) and the biometric identification system (26). The processor also monitors detection of audio communications by the sound detector (16) relative to sound generated by the sound generator (18) and images obtained by the imaging device (14) and a test is displayed on the display (12) to determine whether a person other than the test-taker is present in an image obtained by the imaging device (14) or orally providing information to the test-taker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Intelligent Technologies International, Inc.
    Inventor: David S Breed
  • Patent number: 9961276
    Abstract: An image taking unit takes an image by exposing three color light receivers and an invisible light receiver. The three color light receivers are sensitive to light in an invisible region emitted by an invisible light projector, and concurrently sensitive to the respective three primary colors of light. The invisible light receiver is sensitive to the light in the invisible region emitted by the invisible light projector. A marker pulse generator generates an exposure timing pulse for the image taking unit, and an emission timing pulse for the invisible light projector on the basis of a reference signal. A color image creator creates a color image from outputs from the respective color light receivers. A synchronous detection processor creates a detection image by performing a synchronous detection process on the outputs from the color light receivers and the invisible light receiver by use of the reference signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yosuke Matsuno, Hiroshi Satoh, Hidekazu Nishiuchi
  • Patent number: 9953213
    Abstract: A system and method providing a capture device autonomously determining its own operational window in the presence of other such devices. The capture device includes an imaging sensor having a field of view and an illumination source. A processor includes code instructing the processor to scan the field of view another illumination source operating in a recurring window of time proximate to the capture device. If illumination occurs from another source within the recurring window, an operational window for the second illumination source is determined an a new a new operational window within the recurring window established for the capture device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventor: Dawson Yee
  • Patent number: 9948896
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a system and method for providing, over a network, updated and accurate video segments of vehicular and pedestrian traffic. At least one camera forms a part of the system receiving a set of instructions to capture a video segment of a predetermined duration at predetermined time intervals. Users of the system request video segments or video streamed from a selected camera, which is subsequently transmitted by the system, over a network, for viewing by the user. The services of the system may be provided at a domain server, a local remote server, at a customer's location, or may be cloud based.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: SOLUTIONS XYZ, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory Yova, Quang Trinh