Patents Examined by Brenda C Bernardi
  • Patent number: 10572987
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a device for processing a volumetric image record. The method comprises the following steps: carrying out a non-optical image scanning method on an object to be analysed and generating a volumetric image record and extracting the object contour from the volumetric image record in order to determine the position of the object surface; defining an object surface point and a surrounding area for said object surface point and analysing the grey tones within the surrounding area; calculating a quality value, which reflects the localised quality of the surface, for the object surface point on the basis of the grey-tone analysis. The device comprises equipment for carrying out the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignees: Volume Graphics GMBH, Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt
    Inventors: Markus Bartscher, Thomas Günther, Christoph Poliwoda, Christof Reinhart
  • Patent number: 10575117
    Abstract: Various embodiments set forth techniques for directional sound modification. In one aspect, a system includes a plurality of audio sensors configured to acquire sound from an environment and at least one processor coupled to the plurality of audio sensors. The at least one processor is configured to determine a direction within the environment, generate an audio signal based on sound acquired from the direction within the environment, and transmit the audio signal to at least one audio output device to generate audio output. The audio output combines with sound from the direction within the environment to produce a modified sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: HARMAN INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRIES, INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Davide Di Censo, Stefan Marti, Joseph Verbeke
  • Patent number: 10573007
    Abstract: Edges of layers are detected from an input image to create a boundary line candidate image that represents the detected edges. A luminance value of the input image is differentiated to create a luminance value-differentiated image that represents luminance gradient of the layers. An evaluation score image is created which is obtained by weighting calculation at an optimum ratio between a boundary line position probability image and the luminance value-differentiated image. The boundary line position probability image is obtained from the boundary line candidate image and an existence probability image that represents existence of a boundary line to be extracted. A route having the highest total evaluation score is extracted as the boundary line. According to such an image processing apparatus and image processing method, boundary lines of layers can be extracted with a high degree of accuracy from a captured image of a target object composed of a plurality of layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignees: KOWA COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Toshiaki Nakagawa, Takao Shinohara, Yasushi Maeno, Akira Hamada
  • Patent number: 10564111
    Abstract: Defined herein is a borescope, including a tube and a tip. The tube includes a first end and a second end, opposite the first end. The tip is fixed to the first end of the tube and comprises a housing and an image acquisition system. The image acquisition system is within the housing and comprises a light emitting diode ring, a micro-lens array, a main lens, and a photodetector array. The light emitting diode ring includes a plurality of light emitting diodes. The micro-lens array includes a plurality of micro-lenses. The main lens is between the light emitting diode ring and the micro-lens array. The photodetector array includes a plurality of photodetectors. The micro-lens array is between the main lens and the photodetector array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Morteza Safai, Gary E. Georgeson
  • Patent number: 10562188
    Abstract: A method of operating a package handling system includes: receiving first image data representative of a first surface image of a package surface; identifying a pair of intersecting edges for the package surface based on the first image; determining a minimum viable region based on the pair of edges, the minimum viable region for gripping and lifting the package; receiving second image data representative of the package after the lift; and creating registration data based on the third image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: MUJIN, Inc.
    Inventors: Rosen Diankov, Huan Liu, Xutao Ye, Jose Jeronimo Moreira Rodrigues, Yoshiki Kanemoto, Jinze Yu, Russell Islam
  • Patent number: 10564174
    Abstract: A method capable of estimating multi-degree-of-freedom motion of an optical sensing apparatus includes: providing an image sensor having a pixel array having a plurality of image zones to sense and capture a frame; providing and using a lens to vary optical magnifications of a plurality of portion images of the frame to generate a plurality of reconstructed images with different of field of views, the portion images of the frame respectively corresponding to the image zones; and estimating and obtaining a motion result for each of the reconstructed images to estimate the multi-degree-of-freedom motion of the optical sensing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: PixArt Imaging Inc.
    Inventor: Sai Mun Lee
  • Patent number: 10562189
    Abstract: A method of operating a package handling system includes: receiving first image data representative of a first surface image of a package surface; identifying a pair of intersecting edges for the package surface based on the first image; determining a minimum viable region based on the pair of edges, the minimum viable region for gripping and lifting the package; receiving second image data representative of the package after the lift; and creating registration data based on the third image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: MUJIN, Inc.
    Inventors: Rosen Diankov, Huan Liu, Xutao Ye, Jose Jeronimo Moreira Rodrigues, Yoshiki Kanemoto, Jinze Yu, Russell Islam
  • Patent number: 10552979
    Abstract: A method of visual odometry for a non-transitory computer readable storage medium storing one or more programs is disclosed. The one or more programs includes instructions, which when executed by a computing device, causes the computing device to perform the following steps comprising: performing data alignment among sensors including a LiDAR, cameras and an IMU-GPS module; collecting image data and generating point clouds; processing, in the IMU-GPS module, a pair of consecutive images in the image data to recognize pixels corresponding to a same point in the point clouds; and establishing an optical flow for visual odometry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: TUSIMPLE
    Inventors: Wentao Zhu, Yi Wang, Yi Luo
  • Patent number: 10553092
    Abstract: Passing vehicle filters for audio/video (A/V) recording and communication devices in accordance with various embodiments of the present disclosure are provided. In one embodiment, an A/V recording and communication device is provided, the device comprising a camera configured to capture image data of an object within a field of view of the camera, wherein the field of view comprises at least one active motion zone; a communication module; and a processing module comprising: a processor; and a motion detection application that configures the processor to: detect motion of the object within the field of view; capture image data; assign an object ID; determine a speed and a direction of movement; determine an aspect ratio; create an object boundary and determine a distance between a center of the object boundary and the at least one active motion zone; and determine whether the object is a passing vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: A9.com, Inc.
    Inventor: Changsoo Jeong
  • Patent number: 10546193
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system and method to control a workflow comprising at least one task to be performed by a person (P3), wherein information is provided about at least one certain object (20, 32, 36, 38) related to the at least one task of the workflow, eye data (24, 26) are captured of at least one eye of the person (P3), and in dependency of the eye data (24, 26) and the information about the at least one certain object (20, 32, 36, 38) it is checked whether at least one task condition consisting in whether the task had been performed and/or whether the task is allowed to be performed is fulfilled. The invention also relates to a system and method for providing a set of task-specific control parameters (CP).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Eberhard Schmidt, Tom Sengelaub
  • Patent number: 10542346
    Abstract: A system that performs noise estimation for an audio adjustment application comprises a coherence calculator that determines at least one coherence value between microphone signals generated by at least two microphones that each independently senses acoustic energy in a listening space. A first microphone of the at least two microphones generates a first microphone signal from the acoustic energy and a second microphone of the at least two microphones generates a second microphone signal from the acoustic energy. The acoustic energy comprises a combination of an audio signal transduced by one or more speakers and environmental noise of the acoustic energy that is local to the listening space. A noise estimate computation processor determines an estimate of a level of the environmental noise based on the at least one coherence value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: BOSE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Zukui Song, Shiufun Cheung
  • Patent number: 10539547
    Abstract: Fuel sampling systems are disclosed. In one embodiment, a fuel sampling system includes an optical capture device and an analysis computing device that stores logic for implementing an evaluation sequence. During the evaluation sequence, the analysis computing device performs at least the following: receive a captured image from the optical capture device, identify areas of highest contrast in the captured image, and determine if the areas of highest contrast define a ring. If the areas of highest contrast define a ring, evaluate a contrast ratio between the ring and areas outside of the ring, and determine if the captured image reflects a fuel sample that exceeds a predetermined limit of propensity for settling. If so, indicate that the captured image reflects a fuel sample that is not acceptable. Otherwise, indicate that the captured image reflects a fuel sample that is acceptable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: AD Systems S.A.S.
    Inventors: Didier Pigeon, Martial Lépinay
  • Patent number: 10540749
    Abstract: An image processing system includes an input interface to receive a set of pairs of images to train an image generator, each pair includes a low-resolution image of a scene and a high-resolution image of the scene, a processor to train the image generator by solving an optimization problem to produce parameters of the image generator reducing distances between image gradients of the high-resolution images and the corresponding low-resolution images upsampled by the image generator, and an output interface to render the parameters of the image generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Esra Cansizoglu
  • Patent number: 10540809
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for tracking a light source in an environment surrounding a device. In an exemplary embodiment, a method includes analyzing an image of an environment surrounding a device to detect a light source and calculating a location of the light source relative to the device. The method also includes receiving motion data corresponding to movement of the device, and adjusting the location of the light source based on the motion data. In an exemplary embodiment, an apparatus includes an image sensor that acquires an image of an environment surrounding a device, and a motion tracking element that outputs motion data that corresponds to motion of the device. The apparatus also includes a tracker that analyzes the image to detect a light source, calculates a location of the light source relative to the device, and adjusts the location of the light source based on the motion data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Inventor: Bobby Gene Burrough
  • Patent number: 10537390
    Abstract: A method of pre-operatively developing a reverse shoulder arthroplasty plan can include receiving an image of a patient shoulder comprising a humerus and a glenoid. The image can be segmented to develop a 3D shoulder model. Virtual surgery can be performed on the 3D shoulder model to generate a modified shoulder model. The virtual surgery can include resecting and reaming a virtual humerus of the 3D shoulder model, and reaming a virtual glenoid of the 3D shoulder model. Selection of a humeral implant and selection of a glenoid implant can be received. A virtual representation of the humeral implant can be implanted on the virtual humerus and a virtual representation of the glenoid implant on the virtual glenoid to virtually update the modified shoulder model. A range of motion of the patient shoulder can be determined and a reverse shoulder arthroplasty can be finalized based on the range of motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Biomet Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: Ravikumar Varadarajan, Jeffrey E. Bischoff, Clinton E. Kehres, Bryce A. Isch
  • Patent number: 10527719
    Abstract: An object detection apparatus includes a fusion target generation section that generates a fusion target by combining first target information, which is acquired as a reflected wave of a carrier wave, of an object present ahead of an own vehicle and second target information, which is acquired by image processing by an imaging unit, of the object present ahead of the own vehicle, and that detects the object by using the fusion target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kei Tamura, Yosuke Ito, Akitoshi Minemura
  • Patent number: 10521659
    Abstract: An image processing device includes a data processing unit that processes data of a face image which is captured to include a face. The data processing unit generates an edge image by filtering the face image to detect an edge in a scanning direction, extracts a sampling value as the information regarding a gradient magnitude and whether the gradient is positive or negative from each of positions in the edge image corresponding to a plurality of points constituting the sampling curve, calculates a likelihood with respect to the sampling curve by setting points having a positive gradient and a negative gradient as likelihood evaluation targets in a first point group and a second point group, and detects a sampling curve having a maximum likelihood as a pupil or an iris among a plurality of sampling curves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masaya Hatakeyama, Naotake Sakumoto, Kazushige Nagai, Yuki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10522159
    Abstract: Soundfield signals such as e.g. Ambisonics carry a representation of a desired sound field. Methods and apparatus for improved decoding an audio soundfield representation for audio playback comprise receiving, by a processor configured to decode the audio soundfield representation, the audio soundfield representation, receiving, by the processor, a decode matrix for decoding the audio soundfield representation to determine a decoded audio signal. The decode matrix is based on an inverse of a mode matrix, and the coefficients of the mode matrix relate to information for a panning based on positions of loudspeakers over a unit sphere. The mode matrix is further based on an order N. The decoded audio signal is determined based on a multiplication of the decode matrix and the audio soundfield representation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Johann-Markus Batke, Florian Keiler, Johannes Boehm
  • Patent number: 10509959
    Abstract: The present application relates to a method and device for segmenting lines in a line chart. The device converts a line chart in which N legends are detected from an RGB color model to an LAB space model to obtain an LAB value of each legend in the line chart and an LAB value of each pixel in the line chart respectively; performs Euclidean distance calculation on the LAB value of each legend and the LAB value of each pixel in the line chart to generate N color difference distribution maps, one legend corresponding to one color difference distribution map; and finds out the minimum in each color difference distribution map, setting a segmentation threshold with reference to the minimum, and segmenting a rough line corresponding to the color difference distribution map in the color difference distribution map according to the segmentation threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: ABC FINTECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zhou Yu, Yongzhi Yang, Chen Chen
  • Patent number: 10492723
    Abstract: Embodiments classify a region of tissue demonstrating non-small cell lung cancer using quantified vessel tortuosity (QVT). One example apparatus includes annotation circuitry configured to segment a lung region from surrounding anatomy in the region of tissue represented in a radiological image and segment a nodule from the lung region by defining a nodule boundary; vascular segmentation circuitry configured to generate a three dimensional (3D) segmented vasculature by segmenting a vessel associated with the nodule, and to identify a center line of the 3D segmented vasculature; QVT feature extraction circuitry configured to extract a set of QVT features from the radiological image; and classification circuitry configured to compute a probability that the region of tissue will respond to immunotherapy and generate a classification that the region of tissue is a responder or a non-responder based, at least in part, on the probability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Case Western Reserve University
    Inventors: Anant Madabhushi, Mehdi Alilou, Vamsidhar Velcheti