Patents Examined by Behrooz Senfi
  • Patent number: 10162256
    Abstract: An apparatus for imaging a 3D image includes an opening through which an image passes and a plurality of lens components to obtain the image, and covers up the inside thereof visible through the opening by using a covering member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Takashima Masahiro, Bong-gi Kim, Tae-kyung Kim
  • Patent number: 10120163
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for ascertaining a focus image distance of an optical sensor, which is provided with a lens, of a coordinate-measuring apparatus onto a workpiece to be measured, wherein the optical sensor and/or the workpiece are movable in a Z direction such that a distance in the Z direction between the workpiece and the optical sensor is variable. Further, a corresponding coordinate-measuring apparatus and a computer program product are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss Industrielle Messtechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Dominik Seitz, Nils Haverkamp, Christoph Kranz
  • Patent number: 10116922
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods, devices, and non-transitory computer readable media that relate to stereoscopic image creation. A camera captures an initial image at an initial position. A target displacement from the initial position is determined for a desired stereoscopic effect, and an instruction is provided that specifies a direction in which to move the camera from the initial position. While the camera is in motion, an estimated displacement from the initial position is calculated. When the estimated displacement corresponds to the target displacement, the camera automatically captures a candidate image. An acceptability analysis is performed to determine whether the candidate image has acceptable image quality and acceptable similarity to the initial image. If the candidate image passes the acceptability analysis, a stereoscopic image is created based on the initial and candidate images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Huang, Samuel Kvaalen, Peter Bradshaw
  • Patent number: 10110897
    Abstract: An image coding apparatus configured to divide an image into one or more slices each including a plurality of blocks and to code each slice on a block-by-block basis includes a first coding unit configured to code blocks included in a first portion of the slice, and a second coding unit configured to code blocks included in a second portion of the slice, wherein, when the second coding unit codes an initial block in the second portion, the second coding unit codes the initial included in the second portion by referring to a first quantization parameter provided to the slice as an initial value and referred to by the first coding unit when the first coding units codes the initial block in the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Koji Okawa
  • Patent number: 10108877
    Abstract: A system for extracting a pupil includes an image obtainer configured to obtain front image data of a user; an illuminator configured to provide a lighting at the time of obtaining the image data; and a pupil extractor configured to receive the image data photographed in a light strength state having a predetermined reference value or more by the illuminator and apply a thresholding process to an eye region of interest (ROI) within the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Seon A Kim
  • Patent number: 10104395
    Abstract: A method for encoding a video stream is provided that includes computing activity of a block of video data in the video stream when a parent block of the block is not predicted in intra block copy (IntraBC) mode, computing an IntraBC coding cost of the block based on a two dimensional (2D) search when the activity is not less than an activity threshold, computing the IntraBC coding cost of the block based on a one dimensional (1D) search when the activity is less than the activity threshold, and selecting a best mode for encoding the block based on the IntraBC coding cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Do-Kyoung Kwon, Madhukar Budagavi
  • Patent number: 10097830
    Abstract: In an application processor having an encoder configured to reduce flicker occurring in a display, the encoder includes a transformer configured to generate first frequency domain coefficients for individual block values of a current frame, a quantizer configured to quantize the first frequency domain coefficients to generate quantized coefficients, and a coefficient calculator configured to generate first adjusting coefficients for reducing the flicker, where the quantizer is configured to adjust the quantization coefficients based on the first adjusting coefficients and output adjusted quantization coefficients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jung Yeop Yang, Hyuk Jae Jang
  • Patent number: 10091439
    Abstract: An imager array may be provided as part of an imaging system. The imager array may include a plurality of infrared imaging modules. Each infrared imaging module may include a plurality of infrared sensors associated with an optical element. The infrared imaging modules may be oriented, for example, substantially in a plane facing the same direction and configured to detect images from the same scene. Such images may be processed in accordance with various techniques to provide images of infrared radiation. The infrared imaging modules may include filters or lens coatings to selectively detect desired ranges of infrared radiation. Such arrangements of infrared imaging modules in an imager array may be used to advantageous effect in a variety of different applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: FLIR Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Högasten, Mark Nussmeier, Eric A. Kurth, Theodore R. Hoelter, Katrin Strandemar, Pierre Boulanger, Barbara Sharp
  • Patent number: 10091500
    Abstract: One video coding method includes at least the following steps: utilizing a visual quality evaluation module for evaluating visual quality based on data involved in a coding loop; and referring to at least the evaluated visual quality for performing motion estimation. Another video coding method includes at least the following steps: utilizing a visual quality evaluation module for evaluating visual quality based on data involved in a coding loop; and referring to at least the evaluated visual quality for deciding a target coding parameter associated with motion estimation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: MEDIATEK INC.
    Inventors: Cheng-Tsai Ho, Chi-Cheng Ju, Ding-Yun Chen
  • Patent number: 10080025
    Abstract: A data processing system includes a first core configured to decode a first picture and generate decoding history information of the decoded first picture, and a second core configured to modify first motion compensation information included in a second picture based on the decoding history information of the decoded first picture and decode the second picture based on the decoded first picture and the modified first motion compensation information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jung Yeop Yang, Hyuk Jae Jang, Hyung Ju Chun
  • Patent number: 10074225
    Abstract: A secure short-distance-based communication and enforcement system validates users in a validation and enforcement area and can check if users in the validation and enforcement area have been validated. A flow of visual objects may be programmed into an enforcement computer, and used for the validations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: ACCENTURE GLOBAL SOLUTIONS LIMITED
    Inventors: Avishek Somani, Scott T. Butler, Sunil Raina
  • Patent number: 10075691
    Abstract: A multiview video coding method and device used in coding of non-referenced view video groups. A view compensation pattern and a parallelization view pattern are determined based on video characteristics, such as the number of bits of each frame of a first non-referenced view video group among the non-referenced view video groups, the difference between the number of bits of each frame and the number of bits of a left reference view image, the difference between the number of bits of each frame and the number of bits of a right reference view image. A view compensation pattern and a parallelization view pattern of a successive non-referenced view video group are determined as the view compensation pattern and the parallelization view pattern of the first non-referenced view video group, whereby multiview video images are coded at a high coding rate without deteriorating image quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY-INDUSTRY COOPERATION GROUP OF KYUNG-HEE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: JinSang Kim, MinSu Choi, IkJoon Chang
  • Patent number: 10070129
    Abstract: An image coding apparatus configured to divide an image into one or more slices each including a plurality of blocks and to code each slice on a block-by-block basis includes a first coding unit configured to code blocks included in a first portion of the slice, and a second coding unit configured to code blocks included in a second portion of the slice, wherein, when the second coding unit codes an initial block in the second portion, the second coding unit codes the initial included in the second portion by referring to a first quantization parameter provided to the slice as an initial value and referred to by the first coding unit when the first coding units codes the initial block in the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Koji Okawa
  • Patent number: 10063886
    Abstract: A video coding system may perform inter-layer processing by simultaneously performing inverse tone mapping and color gamut conversion scalability processes on a base layer of a video signal. The video coding system may then perform upsampling on the processed base layer. The processed base layer may be used to code an enhancement layer. Bit depth may be considered for color gamut conversion modules. Luma and/or chroma bit depths may be aligned with respective larger or smaller bit depth values of luma and/or chroma.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: VID SCALE, Inc.
    Inventors: Yan Ye, Jie Dong, Yuwen He, Ralph Neff
  • Patent number: 10063875
    Abstract: Methods for decoding of a video bitstream by a video decoding circuit are provided. In one implementation, a method receives coded data for a 2N×2N coding unit (CU) from the video bitstream, selects one or more first codewords according to whether asymmetric motion partition is disabled or enabled when a size of said 2N×2N CU is not equal to a smallest CU size, wherein none of the first codewords corresponds to INTER N×N partition, selects one or more second codewords when the size of said 2N×2N CU is equal to the smallest CU size, wherein none of the second codewords corresponds to the INTER N×N partition when N is 4, determines a CU structure for said 2N×2N CU from the video bitstream using said one or more first codewords or said one or more second codewords, and decodes the video bitstream using the CU structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: HFI INNOVATION INC.
    Inventors: Shan Liu, Yu-Wen Huang, Shaw-Min Lei
  • Patent number: 10060740
    Abstract: A distance detection device calculates a pixel cost, every reference pixel, based on a difference between reference pixel information in a reference image and comparative pixel information in a comparative image while switching the reference and comparative images. The device calculates a parallax cost, every reference pixel, representing a cost regarding a change-amount of the parallax as a coordinate difference between a reference pixel and a comparative pixel when the reference image is switched. The device calculates a combination of each reference pixel and a comparative pixel having a minimum total cost every reference pixel. The minimum total cost represents a sum of the pixel cost and the parallax cost. The device obtains a relationship of a corresponding point between each reference pixel and its corresponding comparative pixel, and calculates a distance to an object in each captured image based on the relationship of the corresponding point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhisa Ishimaru, Noriaki Shirai
  • Patent number: 10054773
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to a wide-field imaging system for the infrared spectral range. The system can include a vacuum chamber that is optically open for the passage of the field rays originating from the scene to be imaged, a cooled dark chamber placed inside the vacuum chamber and provided with a cold diaphragm, an infrared detector placed inside the cooled dark chamber, and a device for optically conjugating the field rays with the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Office National d'Études et de Recherches Aérospatiales (ONERA)
    Inventors: Guillaume Druart, Tatiana Grulois, Nicolas Guerineau, Joël Deschamps
  • Patent number: 10054781
    Abstract: A microscope apparatus includes a detection optical system that detects fluorescence produced in a specimen immersed in a medium having a different refractive index from air and accommodated in a container and acquires a fluorescence image. An illumination device focuses excitation light emitted from an excitation-light source, in the form of a plane along a plane intersecting an optical axis of the detection optical system and makes the planar excitation light incident on the specimen in the container. A driving unit moves the specimen in a direction of an optical axis of a cylindrical lens. An illumination control unit adjusts a focal position of the illumination device based on a movement amount of the specimen moved by the driving unit such that an air-equivalent length along an optical path of the excitation light from the illumination device to the optical axis of the detection optical system remains constant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Go Ryu
  • Patent number: 10052734
    Abstract: A method for aligning a laser projector for projecting a laser image onto a work surface is provided. The method includes providing a laser projector assembly with a laser source for projecting a laser image onto a work surface, a secondary light source for illuminating the work surface and a photogrammetry device for generating an image of the work surface. The method also includes affixing reflective targets onto the work surface and transmitting light from the secondary light source toward the work surface and reflecting light toward the photogrammetry device. The method further includes scanning the targets with a laser beam generated by the laser source for reflecting the laser beam toward a laser sensor and calculating a location for projecting the laser image onto the work surface from the reflected laser beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventor: Kurt D. Rueb
  • Patent number: 10045045
    Abstract: According to exemplary embodiments of the present invention, references to a motion vector in a neighboring block of an enhancement layer or in a block of a previously coded picture, and a motion vector of a base layer are equally handled. Accordingly, a motion_prediction_flag with identification information can be integrated for further improved coding efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Mitsuru Maeda