Patents Examined by Asmamaw G Tarko
  • Patent number: 10445596
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a camera device of a vehicle, including at least: a first image generating unit that photographs a first area, which includes a first sub-area and a second sub-area, and generates a first image that includes a first sub-image associated with the first sub-area and a second sub-image associated with the second sub-area; a second image generating unit that photographs a second area, which includes the second sub-area and a third sub-area, and generates a second image that includes a third sub-image associated with the second sub-area and a fourth sub-image associated with the third sub-area; and an image analyzing unit that recognizes a first forward object by analyzing the first sub-image, recognizes a lateral object by analyzing the fourth sub-image, recognizes a second forward object by analyzing the second sub-image and the third sub-image, and measures a distance to the second forward object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: MANDO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sang Kyun Sim
  • Patent number: 10440377
    Abstract: In accordance with some embodiments, the complexity of motion estimation algorithms that use Haar, SAD and Hadamard transforms may be reduced. In some embodiments, the number of summations may be reduced compared to existing techniques and some of the existing summations may be replaced with compare operations. In some embodiments, additions are replaced with compares in order to balance delay and area or energy or power considerations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Himanshu Kaul, Mark A. Anders, Ram K. Krishnamurthy
  • Patent number: 10440348
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to an optical privatizing device (100), system and methods of use. The device includes a removable frame (101) removably attachable to a sensor housing (1A). A device includes a blurring lens (130) coupled to the removable frame (101) and configured to optically modify light passing to a depth sensor wherein the optical modified light has a privatizing blur level to neutralize a profile of an object sensed by the depth sensor within a working volume of the depth sensor to an unidentifiable state while maintaining a depth parameter sensed by the depth sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: University of Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Sanjeev Jagannatha Koppal, Francesco Pittaluga
  • Patent number: 10437037
    Abstract: An electronic microscope, in particular a surgical microscope, comprises a camera unit that has at least one electronic image sensor for generating primary image data sets and that comprises an imaging optics for generating an image of an object on the image sensor. The microscope further comprises an electronic viewfinder, an adjustment device for varying a focal position of the camera unit, a control device, and a computing device. The control device is adapted to control the adjustment device to make a cyclically repeating variation of the focal position of the camera unit between a plurality of focal values and to control the image sensor to generate a respective primary image data set for each of the plurality of focal values. The computing device is adapted to determine a secondary image data set from the primary image data sets generated for the plurality of focal values, said secondary image data set having an extended depth of field relative to the respective primary image data sets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: ARRI MEDICAL GMBH
    Inventors: Hans Kiening, Peter Geissler
  • Patent number: 10368058
    Abstract: An apparatus for extending binocular camera positioning range includes: a rotatable base, a positioning module, a judging module, and a controlling module. The rotatable base is disposed on the binocular camera and drives a lens of the binocular camera to rotate. The positioning module calculates, in real time, spatial coordinates of the target to be positioned in the field of vision of the binocular camera according to an image of the target collected by the binocular camera. The judging module determines whether the target to be positioned will go out of the field of vision of the binocular camera soon according to the spatial coordinates. The controlling module may control the rotatable base to drive the lens of the binocular camera to rotate and adjust a direction of the lens of the binocular camera so that the field of vision of the binocular camera always covers the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Beijing Pico Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yulong Shu, Jinbo Ma, Yucai Han
  • Patent number: 10362219
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to creating and editing user avatars. In some examples, guidance is provided to a user while capturing image data for use in generating a user-specific avatar. In some examples, a user interface allows a user to intuitively customize a user avatar. In some examples, avatars are generated for a messaging session based on an avatar model for a user of the messaging application. In some examples, an avatar editing interface updates a user avatar in response to gestures and based on the type of gesture and the avatar feature that is selected for editing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Wilson, Guillaume Barlier, Sebastian Bauer, Elizabeth Caroline Cranfill, Aurelio Guzman, Tiffany S. Jon, Behkish J. Manzari, Nicole R. Ryan, Nicolas Scapel, Marco Triverio, Marcel Van Os, Giancarlo Yerkes
  • Patent number: 10356406
    Abstract: Dynamic resolution switching achieves a target bitrate for single-pass and two-pass encoding of a video stream. A single-pass encoder determines whether an encoding bitrate for a frame meets a target bitrate. If not, a quantization parameter used to encode the frame is compared against minimum and maximum threshold values to determine whether the video resolution needs to be adjusted. A two-pass encoder encodes an input frame using a quantization parameter and determines whether video resolution for encoding the frame during a second pass may be adjusted based on the bitrate at which the input frame is encoded. The resolution may be adjusted based on encoder limitations with respect to a motion search area used to code a frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventor: Aki Kuusela
  • Patent number: 10345103
    Abstract: A cellular phone and personal protective equipment usage system comprises a camera for detecting a person within an environment and a processor which receives information detected by the camera and determines whether the person is involved in distracting activities such as using a cellular phone or other portable electronic device, or print media, or is using personal protective equipment, and issues an alarm signal upon determining that the person is using a cellular phone or is not using personal protective equipment. The camera may be provided on or within a vehicle and the person is an operator of the vehicle. Alternatively, the camera may be mounted in a stationary location within a working site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: HEXAGON MINING INC.
    Inventors: Sergio Blacutt, Daniel Flores, Ruben Flores, Miguel Soto
  • Patent number: 10336264
    Abstract: In an in-vehicle camera, when an in-vehicle camera body is hooked on a hook portion of a bracket attached to a windshield, a leaf spring presses the in-vehicle camera body against the bracket to fix the in-vehicle camera body to the bracket. Therefore, the in-vehicle camera body can be attached to the windshield without permitting the windshield to come off from the vehicle by the bracket's being strongly pushed such as by a jig, or without permitting the jig to scratch the windshield. Since the in-vehicle camera body is fixed to the bracket by being pressed against the bracket by the leaf spring, there is no problem of causing backlash relative to the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Syo Okuda
  • Patent number: 10341054
    Abstract: A method for sending forward error correction (FEC) configuration information by a sending apparatus in a multimedia system is provided. The method includes sending source FEC configuration information for an FEC source packet to a receiving apparatus, wherein the source FEC configuration information includes information related to an FEC source or repair packet that is sent first among at least one FEC source or repair packet if an FEC source or repair packet block includes the at least one FEC source or repair packet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sung-Hee Hwang
  • Patent number: 10337865
    Abstract: A surveying system can have a position determination unit for determining a target position in a defined coordinate system and have a mobile measurement unit for definition and/or position determination of measurement points in the coordinate system. The surveying system may include a control unit for allowing a user to control a surveying task of the surveying system in a surveying environment in order to acquire surveying task data that comprises spatial coordinates of at least one measurement point, the surveying system being adapted to capture and/or receive environment data of the surveying environment, the control unit comprising a processor unit, a data storage unit and an electronic graphical display for displaying a visualization of the surveying task data to the user, wherein the control unit is adapted to provide a virtual walkthrough functionality in a three-dimensional representation of the surveying environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: LEICA GEOSYSTEMS AG
    Inventors: Alastair Green, Andreas Daubner, Paul Dainty
  • Patent number: 10334190
    Abstract: In illustrative implementations, a set of separate modulation signals simultaneously modulates a plurality of pixels in a superpixel by a set of separate modulation signals, such that each pixel in the superpixel is modulated by a modulation signal that causes sensitivity of the pixel to vary over time. Each superpixel comprises multiple pixels. In some implementations, the sensitivity of a pixel to incident light is controlled by storage modulation or by light modulation. In some implementations, this invention is used for 3D scanning, i.e., for detection of the 3D position of points in a scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Photoneo, s.r.o.
    Inventors: Tomas Kovacovsky, Michal Maly, Jan Zizka
  • Patent number: 10318831
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed relating to a computer system that estimates the status of the driver of a vehicle. The system comprises the following steps: Acquisition of an image from a depth sensor containing depth and optional an IR intensity image and an RGB color image; identification of pixels that belong to the drivers head; creation of a 3D model of the head including an intensity model and a variability estimate for depth, grayscale and color information; estimation of the principal head pose and the neutral facial expression; estimation of the current relative head pose with respect to the principal head pose; identification of pixels that do not match the neutral face model with respect to depth, grayscale or color information or any combination thereof; clustering of the pixels with identified deviations; classification of spatial and temporal patterns to identify driver status and distraction events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: GESTIGON GMBH
    Inventors: Sascha Klement, Sebastian Low, Dennis Munster
  • Patent number: 10313683
    Abstract: A context switching method for video encoders that enables higher priority video streams to interrupt lower priority video streams. A high priority frame may be received for processing while another frame is being processed. The pipeline may be signaled to perform a context stop for the current frame. The pipeline stops processing the current frame at an appropriate place, and propagates the stop through the stages of the pipeline and to a transcoder through DMA. The stopping location is recorded. The video encoder may then process the higher-priority frame. When done, a context restart is performed and the pipeline resumes processing the lower-priority frame beginning at the recorded location. The transcoder may process data for the interrupted frame while the higher-priority frame is being processed in the pipeline, and similarly the pipeline may begin processing the lower-priority frame after the context restart while the transcoder completes processing the higher-priority frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph J. Cheng, Timothy J. Millet, Shun Wai Go, Guy Cote
  • Patent number: 10298361
    Abstract: A method for sending forward error correction (FEC) configuration information by a sending apparatus in a multimedia system is provided. The method includes sending source FEC configuration information for an FEC source packet to a receiving apparatus, wherein the source FEC configuration information includes information related to an FEC source or repair packet that is sent first among at least one FEC source or repair packet if an FEC source or repair packet block includes the at least one FEC source or repair packet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sung-Hee Hwang
  • Patent number: 10264286
    Abstract: An apparatus configured to code video information in a bitstream includes a memory and a processor in communication with the memory. The memory is configured to store video information associated with a plurality of video layers in the bitstream, the plurality of video layers in the bitstream divided into a plurality of bitstream partitions, herein each bitstream partition contains at least one of the plurality of video layers. The processor is configured to process a bitstream conformance parameter associated with a first bitstream partition of the plurality of bitstream partitions, wherein the bitstream conformance parameter is applicable to the first bitstream partition but not to another portion of the bitstream not encompassed by the first bitstream partition. The processor may encode or decode the video information in the bitstream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Adarsh Krishnan Ramasubramonian, Ye-Kui Wang
  • Patent number: 10244242
    Abstract: A device for processing video data includes a memory configured to store at least a portion of a multi-layer bitstream of video data; and one or more processors configured to receive the portion of the multi-layer bitstream, the multi-layer bitstream comprising a plurality of layers, the plurality of layers comprising a non-independently decodable non-base layer (non-INBL) and an independently decodable non-base layer (INBL); receive a video parameter set (VPS) associated with the coded video data, the VPS comprising first representation format parameters; receive a sequence parameter set (SPS) associated with the INBL, the SPS comprising second representation format parameters; process the non-INBL based on the first representation format parameters; and process the INBL based on the second representation format parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Ye-Kui Wang, Fnu Hendry, Adarsh Krishnan Ramasubramonian
  • Patent number: 10186299
    Abstract: The present disclosure proposes a method and an electronic device of generating a multiple point of view (MPOV) video. In the present disclosure, the method for generating the MPOV video may include a step of obtaining a plurality of media contents, determining, from the plurality of media contents, a first media content and a second media content as relevant media contents, wherein each of the relevant media contents comprises a scene of a same event, identifying an overlap section comprising a portion of the first media content overlapping with a portion of the second media content, identifying a highlight period by analyzing a content feature of the portion of the first media content and the portion of the second media content within the overlap section, and generating the MPOV video based on the first media content and the second media content within the highlight period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Yuan-Kang Wang, Wen-Chuan Lee
  • Patent number: 10178302
    Abstract: A safety control device causes an appropriate safety function to operate based on the positional relationship between an operator and a hazard source, the positions of which vary from moment to moment. A hazard source detection section and an operator detection section detect an image of the hazard source and an image of the operator, respectively, from an image of a monitoring area taken by an imaging instrument. A shortest distance search section searches for a shortest distance between the image of the hazard source and the image of the operator. A safety function allocation section selects a safety function based on the shortest distance found by the shortest distance search section. A safety signal generation section transmits a safety signal, which indicates the selected safety function, to an external safety-related instrument using an external communication unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Kokubun, Yoshinobu Sato
  • Patent number: 10148979
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to deblocking filtering which is applicable to smoothing the block boundaries in an image or video coding and decoding. In particular, the deblocking filtering is either strong or weak, wherein the clipping is performed differently in the strong filtering and the weak filtering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: SUN PATENT TRUST
    Inventors: Matthias Narroschke, Anand Kotra, Semih Esenlik, Thomas Wedi