Patents Examined by Anner Holder
  • Patent number: 10023341
    Abstract: A pharmaceutical filling system for a high volume pharmacy is described. The system can include a spill detection subsystem and method. The system can include a cameras to take images that a processed to determine presence of a spilled pharmaceutical. A mirror portion is provided so that the camera can take images of the entire field of the filling area. The mirror portion can be a concave mirror that increases the field of view of the camera. A light panel can illuminate the field of view to allow the camera to take high speed images. A controller can receive a series of at least two images captured by the camera and determine whether an object in the captured images is a spilled pharmaceutical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Express Scripts Strategic Development, Inc.
    Inventor: Jerry W. Christopher
  • Patent number: 9933607
    Abstract: Provided here are microscope objectives that include a first plurality of lenses positioned within the passageway on a sample end of the microscope objective and a second plurality of lenses positioned within the passageway and spaced apart from the first plurality of lenses and opposite the sample end such that the first plurality of lenses and the second plurality of lenses are aligned along an imaging axis and such that each individual lens is rotationally symmetrical about the imaging axis. Also included is a motor configured to move a carrier along the imaging axis to change a distance between each lens of first plurality of lenses relative to at least one lens of the second plurality of lenses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: Mark Marshall Meyers
  • Patent number: 9936202
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method and apparatus for encoding or decoding a video signal. The method for processing a video signal according to the present invention uses a merging mode in which prediction information on a neighbor unit is used instead of transmitting prediction information on the present unit, so as to improve coding efficiency. In this case, the number of available candidate units for merging among the units in a predetermined position is determined, and information for the merging mode is acquired on the basis of the number of the available candidate units for merging. The unit to be merged is determined using the information for the merging mode, and prediction information on the unit to be merged is acquired. The prediction value for the present unit is acquired using the prediction information on the unit to be merged, and the present unit is restored using the acquired prediction value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Seungwook Park, Joonyoung Park, Jungsun Kim, Younghee Choi, Yongjoon Jeon, Jaewon Sung, Byeongmoon Jeon, Jaehyun Lim
  • Patent number: 9912962
    Abstract: An image coding method includes: deriving a candidate for a motion vector predictor from a co-located motion vector; adding the candidate to a list; selecting the motion vector predictor from the list; and coding a current block and coding a current motion vector, wherein the deriving includes: deriving the candidate by a first derivation scheme in the case of determining that each of a current reference picture and a co-located reference picture is a long-term reference picture; and deriving the candidate by a second derivation scheme in the case of determining that each of the current reference picture and the co-located reference picture is a short-term reference picture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: SUN PATENT TRUST
    Inventors: Viktor Wahadaniah, Chong Soon Lim, Sue Mon Thet Naing, Hai Wei Sun, Toshiyasu Sugio, Takahiro Nishi, Hisao Sasai, Youji Shibahara, Kyoko Tanikawa, Toru Matsunobu, Kengo Terada
  • Patent number: 9880105
    Abstract: A fiber optic connector inspection display system including: a input unit which receives fiber end-face images; a display mode selection unit which allows a user to select at least one of an image capture mode or an image review mode; a capturing unit which captures the fiber end-face images; a storing unit which stores the captured images as a first still image and a second still image; a display unit which displays the received fiber end-face images from the input unit or the stored first and second still images, and a control unit which stores each of the first and second still images with a user defined identification label, and the control unit may further label the each of the first and second still images with a preset image pair mode label if the user selects a preset image pair mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: AFL Telecommunications LLC
    Inventor: William Henry Thompson
  • Patent number: 9830501
    Abstract: The present technology provides methods, systems, and apparatuses to achieve high throughput and high speed acquisition of partial wave spectroscopic (PWS) microscopic images. In particular, provided herein are high-throughput, automated partial wave spectroscopy (HT/A-PWS) instruments and systems capable of rapid acquisition of PWS Microscopic images and clinical, diagnostic, and research applications thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Vadim Backman, Hariharan Subramanian, John E. Chandler, Craig White, Jeremy D. Rogers, Lusik Cherkezyan
  • Patent number: 9808148
    Abstract: Spatial 3D stereoscopic video is generated with a dual camera subassembly in a hand held device. The 3D Left-Right Multiplexed Spatial Stereoscopic video stream is wirelessly coupled to a processing system for simultaneous visualization comparison with intraoral cavity digital dental impression 3D CAD formatted files, Cone Beam Panoramic Computed Tomography images, Optical Coherence Tomography planar images and Panoramic X-ray image digital files for Stereoscopic visualization on stereoscopic displays and occluding viewing glasses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Inventors: Michael L. Miller, Walt Froloff
  • Patent number: 9800889
    Abstract: With use of a simplified program or calculating device for motion compensation, a video decoding device decodes video data compressed by motion detection operations on macroblock units, as in the MPEG-4AVC standard. The video decoding device splits compressed data blocks of the prescribed size, 16×16 pixels for instance, to generate sub-blocks, which are smaller than the blocks and on which the video decoding device is able to execute motion compensation operations. The video decoding device duplicates a motion vector assigned to a given block to generate an many motion vectors as there are sub-blocks in the given block, and executes motion compensation on each sub-block using the corresponding duplicate motion vector. Data resulting from the motion compensation operation on each sub-block is combined to obtain a target block corresponding to the given block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Amano, Takeshi Tanaka, Kouji Nakajima, Eiji Otomura
  • Patent number: 9693845
    Abstract: A system and method for real-time measurement of curing energy delivered to a simulated dental restoration from a source of curing energy. The system comprises a detector and a display. The detector measures at a location within the simulated dental restoration the amount of curing energy delivered by the curing energy source. The display displays the measured amount of curing energy in real-time. The system also comprises a temperature detector to measure temperature changes in the oral tissues during curing (teeth and gums). The system also comprises a video camera to record the operator's curing technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: BlueLight Analytics, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Bengt Price
  • Patent number: 9693057
    Abstract: A video coding/decoding system, method and computer program product employ an integer transform matrix for transforming to/from transform coefficients and residual pixel data in moving pictures by a set of semi-orthonormal basis vectors. The basis vectors are derived from conventional DCT or KTL matrixes, but relaxes to some extent the requirements for orthogonality, norm equality and element size limitation. In this way improved coding efficiency and lower complexity compared to previously used integer transforms are possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Gisle Bjontegaard, Arild Fuldseth
  • Patent number: 9661351
    Abstract: A method for delivering video over a network includes encoding, by a server, a sequence of video frames as a compressed video stream comprising an initial I-frame followed by a plurality P-frames, the sequence having a skipped frame which is not encoded. The compressed video stream is transmitted over a network to a client device, the skipped frame not being transmitted. In response to detecting the skipped frame, the client device generating a predicted frame that replaces the skipped frame in the compressed video stream, the predicted frame being generated based on extending delta information from one or more previous frames decoded by the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment America LLC
    Inventor: Roger Van der Laan
  • Patent number: 9628722
    Abstract: A color image and a depth image of a live video are received. Each of the color image and the depth image are processed to identify the foreground and the background of the live video. The background of the live video is removed in order to create a foreground video that comprises the foreground of the live video. A control input may be received to control the embedding of the foreground video into a second background from a background feed. The background feed may also comprise virtual objects such that the foreground video may interact with the virtual objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: PERSONIFY, INC.
    Inventors: Minh N. Do, Quang Il. Nguyen, Dennis Lin, Sanjay I. Patel
  • Patent number: 9615078
    Abstract: A multi-view video encoding/decoding apparatus and method are provided. The multi-view video encoding/decoding apparatus encodes the current block which is to be encoded and which belongs to a frame of a first view point, wherein the encoding is performed in accordance with a first skip mode using the frame of the first view point or a second skip mode using the frame of a second view point, thereby improving encoding efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jin Young Lee, Du Sik Park, Ho Cheon Wey
  • Patent number: 9615107
    Abstract: An image coding method for coding an image on a block-by-block basis to generate a bitstream includes: deriving, as a first merging candidate, a merging candidate which is a combination of a prediction direction, a motion vector, and a reference picture index for use in coding of the current block; deriving, as a second merging candidate, a merging candidate having a motion vector which is a predetermined vector; selecting a merging candidate to be used for the coding of the current block from the derived first merging candidate and the derived second merging candidate; and attaching an index for identifying the selected merging candidate to the bitstream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: SUN PATENT TRUST
    Inventors: Toshiyasu Sugio, Takahiro Nishi, Youji Shibahara, Kyoko Tanikawa, Hisao Sasai, Toru Matsunobu
  • Patent number: 9576349
    Abstract: Techniques for atmospheric and solar correction of aerial images are described. An apparatus may comprise an atmospheric and solar component arranged for execution by a logic device and operative to correct solar and atmosphere artifacts from an aerial image. The atmospheric and solar component may comprise an image information component operative to generate an image record for each aerial image of a group of aerial images, the image record comprising statistical information and image context information for each aerial image, a filter generation component operative to generate an atmospheric filter and a solar filter from the statistical information and the image context information stored in the image records, and an image correction component operative to correct atmospheric and solar artifacts from the aerial image using the respective atmospheric filter and solar filter. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Ido Omer, Yuxiang Liu, Wolfgang Schickler, Robert Ledner, Leon Rosenshein, David Simons
  • Patent number: 9578234
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for sharing images by taking one or more images using a portable camera with a high definition (HD) imager; processing the image using a central processing unit (CPU) or a graphic processing unit (GPU) in the camera; and sharing the image or video over a social network or Skype video conferencing network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Inventor: Bao Tran
  • Patent number: 9557836
    Abstract: Depth image compression is described for example, to enable body-part centers of players of a game to be detected in real time from depth images or for other applications such as augmented reality, and human-computer interaction. In an embodiment, depth images which have associated body-part probabilities, are compressed using probability mass which is related to the depth of an image element and a probability of a body part for the image element. In various examples, compression of the depth images using probability mass enables body part center detection, by clustering output elements, to be speeded up. In some examples, the scale of the compression is selected according to a depth of a foreground region and in some cases different scales are used for different image regions. In some examples, certainties of the body-part centers are calculated using probability masses of clustered image elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Toby Sharp, Jamie Daniel Joseph Shotton
  • Patent number: 9547164
    Abstract: A digital microscope system, having one or several objectives, a tube lens system, a digital image recording device, a stand, a holder for a specimen and an illuminating apparatus, and optionally at least one magnification changer. One or several objectives, the tube lens system, the digital image recording device and the illuminating apparatus are integrated into a compact optical assembly, and the optical assembly is joinable to the stand in several versions that differ with regard to the spatial position and orientation of the optical assembly relative to the stand and to the specimen. The spatial position and orientation of the optical assembly relative to the stand and to the specimen may correspond, in a first version of the joining, to an upright microscope configuration and, in a second version of the joining, to an inverted microscope configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss Microscopy GmbH
    Inventors: Johannes Winterot, Hans Tandler, Johannes Knoblich
  • Patent number: 9544547
    Abstract: A surveillance system and method with at least one wireless input capture device ICD(s) and a corresponding digital input recorder (DIR) and/or another ICD, including the steps of providing the base system; at least one user accessing the DIR via user interface either directly or remotely; the DIR and/or ICD searching for signal from the ICD(s) and establishing communication with them, and the system providing for input capture and data transmission prioritization, thereby providing a secure surveillance system having wireless communication for monitoring a target environment with prioritization capabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: KIP SMRT P1 LP
    Inventor: Martin Renkis
  • Patent number: 9532068
    Abstract: An encoding apparatus and an encoding method, a decoding apparatus and a decoding method, a recording medium, and a program suitable for encoding image signals with a higher compression ratio for transmission or accumulation. In an arithmetic coding section, from among the syntax elements of input image compression information, the frame/field flag is first encoded by a frame/field flag context model. When the macroblock to be processed is subjected to frame-based encoding, a frame-based context model, specified in the current H.26L standard, is applied. On the other hand, when the macroblock to be processed is subjected to field-based encoding, a field-based context model is applied for the syntax elements described below. The present invention is applied to an encoder for encoding image information and a decoder for decoding image information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazushi Sato, Teruhiko Suzuki, Osamu Sunohara, Yoichi Yagasaki