Patents Examined by Charlotte M. Baker
  • Patent number: 10296869
    Abstract: Products are arranged at positions along a fixture. Electronic labels associated with the products are arranged such that a product position for a product is obtainable once a position of the label is known. A camera is arranged to capture images of the fixture. A method includes controlling a label to change optical output; receiving an image containing the label and captured after the change of optical output has been initiated; detecting a position of the label in the image based on a characteristic associated with the change; and determining a position for the product associated with the label in an image. The determined position may be employed to determine when to restock a product. Further, a method for determining positions of labels in images is provided, as well a corresponding system and computer program product. The labels are controlled to include changing temporal patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Pricer AB
    Inventor: Nils Hulth
  • Patent number: 10297264
    Abstract: The invention relates to a codec and a signal classifier and methods therein for signal classification and selection of a coding mode based on audio signal characteristics. A method embodiment to be performed by a decoder comprises, for a frame m: determining a stability value D(m) based on a difference, in a transform domain, between a range of a spectral envelope of frame m and a corresponding range of a spectral envelope of an adjacent frame m?1. Each such range comprises a set of quantized spectral envelope values related to the energy in spectral bands of a segment of the audio signal. The method further comprises selecting a decoding mode, out of a plurality of decoding modes, based on the stability value D(m); and applying the selected decoding mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Erik Norvell, Stefan Bruhn
  • Patent number: 10283112
    Abstract: A system and method are presented for neural network based feature extraction for acoustic model development. A neural network may be used to extract acoustic features from raw MFCCs or the spectrum, which are then used for training acoustic models for speech recognition systems. Feature extraction may be performed by optimizing a cost function used in linear discriminant analysis. General non-linear functions generated by the neural network are used for feature extraction. The transformation may be performed using a cost function from linear discriminant analysis methods which perform linear operations on the MFCCs and generate lower dimensional features for speech recognition. The extracted acoustic features may then be used for training acoustic models for speech recognition systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventors: Srinath Cheluvaraja, Ananth Nagaraja Iyer
  • Patent number: 10282644
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing remote approval of an image for printing are provided. One system includes a processing circuit in communication with an image capturing device that is configured to capture an image of a printed product. The processing circuit is configured to process the captured image into a processed image accurate to within a tolerance in a color space to indicate the visual appearance of one or more colors. The color space is a standardized color space, such as sRGB or CIELAB. The processing circuit is further configured to transmit the processed image to a display located remote from the image capturing device and to receive an input signal from a remote input device to allow a user to approve or reject the displayed processed image for printing on a print device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventors: Rick C. Honeck, Adam Nelson, Stephen J. Daily, Jon Ubert, John C. Seymour, Michael D. Sisco
  • Patent number: 10278662
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus according to an embodiment includes processing circuitry. The processing circuitry performs a fluid analysis using image data including a blood vessel to calculate an index value relating to blood flow in the blood vessel. The processing circuitry specifies a plurality of target sites in the blood vessel in the image data. The processing circuitry changes analysis conditions for the fluid analysis corresponding to the positions of the target sites. The processing circuitry causes a display to display, in a comparative manner, the index value relating to blood flow calculated under the changed analysis conditions for the target sites.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Hideaki Ishii, Takuya Sakaguchi
  • Patent number: 10274439
    Abstract: There is provided a method for processing a radiographic image acquired with at least two energy levels. A first step (S1) involves providing energy-resolved image data representative of the radiographic image with at least two energy levels, e.g. from a detector or from an intermediate storage. A second step (S2) involves decomposing the provided image data into at least one basis image representation, based on a model where a combination of at least two basis functions is used to express a representation of at least one linear attenuation coefficient, and where at least one basis function models a physical material and at least one other basis function models the Non-Linear Partial Volume, NLPV, effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Mats Persson
  • Patent number: 10275443
    Abstract: A system and method for processing a natural language input. The natural language input is initially processed through a strict parser, which results in an initial parse. The initial parse is evaluated to determine if it exceeds a completeness threshold. If the initial parse does not pass the completeness threshold, any open slots are filled using type based slot filling. The final parse is then output for further processing by another system, such as a search engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Oath Inc.
    Inventors: Naveen Sundar Govindarajulu, Nicholas L. Cassimatis, Jonathan R. Scally
  • Patent number: 10269134
    Abstract: A method of determining a region of interest of a user in a virtual environment. The method includes providing at least one first image associated with the virtual environment on a virtual pattern and mapping an RGB texture including an alpha channel on the virtual pattern, wherein the RGB texture comprises a plurality of color channels. Furthermore, the method includes modifying color values of one or more pixels of a first color channel along a change in viewing direction of the user, and of one or more pixels of a second color channel based on a gaze duration along the change in viewing direction of the user. Moreover, the method includes generating an at least one second image based on the modified alpha value of the one or more pixels of the second color channel for determining the region of interest of the user in the virtual environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: HASHPLAY INC.
    Inventor: Ingo Nadler
  • Patent number: 10262197
    Abstract: In the field of man-machine interaction technologies, a gesture-based object measurement method and apparatus, which are used to improve measurement efficiency. According to this method, after image information is collected, contour information of a to-be-measured object is automatically extracted and partitioned off, and a measurement parameter value such as a length, an area, or a volume is calculated on this basis. In this way, not only real-time online measurement is implemented, a measurement process is simpler, and more convenient, visual, and effective, and augmented reality (AR) measurement efficiency can be improved, but also the measurement process is more harmonious and natural, and closer to a human intention, and a measurement result is more accurate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventors: Yimin Lin, Shiguo Lian
  • Patent number: 10249039
    Abstract: A skin condition detection method adapted to detect a skin condition of each of a plurality of facial areas by a detection apparatus is provided. The skin condition detection method includes the following steps: providing an action prompt that prompts to place the detection apparatus on one of the facial areas; detecting a user action corresponding to the detection apparatus; determining if the user action including the detection apparatus corresponds to the facial area prompted by the action prompt; and when the user action including the detection apparatus corresponds to the facial area prompted by the action prompt, analyzing the skin condition of the facial area by a skin analysis method corresponding to the facial area. In addition, an electronic apparatus and a skin condition detection system using the skin condition detection method are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: CAL-COMP BIG DATA, INC.
    Inventors: Shyh-Yong Shen, Min-Chang Chi, Yung-Hsuan Lin
  • Patent number: 10242092
    Abstract: Electronic natural language processing in a natural language processing (NLP) system, such as a Question-Answering (QA) system. A receives electronic text input, in question form, and determines a readability level indicator in the question. The readability level indicator includes at least a grammatical error, a slang term, and a misspelling type. The computer determines a readability level for the electronic text input based on the readability level indicator, and retrieves candidate answers based on the readability level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Donna K. Byron, Devendra Goyal, Lakshminarayanan Krishnamurthy, Priscilla Santos Moraes, Michael C. Smith
  • Patent number: 10242274
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems and methods are provided for determining vehicle operator risk. More particularly, apparatuses, systems and methods are provided for determining degrees of vehicle operator risk. A degree of vehicle operator risk may be based on digital image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventors: Aaron Scott Chan, Kenneth J. Sanchez
  • Patent number: 10235576
    Abstract: An analysis method of lane stripe images, an image analysis device and a non-transitory computer readable medium thereof are provided to perform steps of: setting a reference point as a center to recognize the lane stripe image in a plurality of default directions; defining a plurality of preset sections onto the lane stripe image and determining a characteristic value of the lane stripe image in each of the preset sections whenever the lane stripe image is recognized in one of the default directions; determining a first feature parameter according to the characteristic values of the lane stripe image in the preset sections when the lane stripe image is recognized in at least one of the default directions; and determining an actual lane parameter of the lane stripe image according to at least the first feature parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: WISTRON CORP.
    Inventors: Shang-Min Yeh, Ming-Che Ho, Yu-Wen Huang, Yueh-Chi Hung, Yi-Sheng Chao
  • Patent number: 10229320
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and system to provide the details about an item and in-store navigation to the item. A user may leverage the present invention to capture an image using camera device to analyze and determine more details about it. The present invention may leverage the deep learning techniques to analyze the given image to determine a plurality of items presented in the image. In one embodiment, the present invention highlights a plurality of items from the image to allow user to select an item. Once user chosen an item from the highlighted objected from the image, the present invention provides more detailed information about the item along with related items to the chosen item and provides a list of stores that may have the item. In another embodiment, the present invention provides the in-store navigation to the chosen item presented in the chosen store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventor: Johnson Manuel-Devadoss
  • Patent number: 10229472
    Abstract: Image processing is made efficient. An image processing apparatus according to an embodiment includes a line memory, a plurality of pipelines, and a line memory control circuit that controls data reading from the line memory to processing units. The processing unit includes a first operator that performs a first arithmetic operation, a second operator which performs a second arithmetic operation based on first intermediate data based on an arithmetic operation result of the first operator and which calculates second intermediate data according to the first intermediate data of when peripheral pixels are sequentially changed, third operators which perform a third arithmetic operation based on the first intermediate data and which calculate third intermediate data according to the first intermediate data of when the peripheral pixels are sequentially changed, and delay elements that delay the third intermediate data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Renesas Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuaki Terashima, Yuki Kajiwara
  • Patent number: 10229467
    Abstract: Embedding a watermark payload in content, including: a counter configured to store a random seed; a permutation generator configured to receive and process the watermark payload and the random seed, and generate a shuffled payload based on the random seed; and a watermark embedder configured to receive and embed the shuffled payload into the content. Key words include watermark payload and collusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventor: Eric Diehl
  • Patent number: 10229701
    Abstract: A mobile device is adapted for automatic speech recognition (ASR). A user interface for interaction with a user includes an input microphone for obtaining speech inputs from the user for automatic speech recognition, and an output interface for system output to the user based on ASR results that correspond to the speech input. A local controller obtains a sample of non-ASR audio from the input microphone for ASR-adaptation to channel-specific ASR characteristics, and then provides a representation of the non-ASR audio to a remote ASR server for server-side adaptation to the channel-specific ASR characteristics, and then provides a representation of an unknown ASR speech input from the input microphone to the remote ASR server for determining ASR results corresponding to the unknown ASR speech input, and then provides the system output to the output interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Nuance Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Willett, Jean-Guy E. Dahan, William F. Ganong, III, Jianxiong Wu
  • Patent number: 10223792
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for detecting an anatomical region of interest for radiotherapy planning. Embodiments of the present disclosure may identify a plurality of objects in a medical image and select a subset of the objects by applying a morphology filter to the plurality of objects. The morphology filter may determine a morphological feature associated with each of the plurality of objects and exclude at least one object from the subset when the morphological feature of the at least one object exceeds a predetermined threshold. Embodiments of the present disclosure may also classify the objects in the subset into one of a predetermined set of shapes and detect the anatomical region of interest based on the classified objects in the subset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: ELEKTA AB (PUBL)
    Inventor: Mikael Hillborg
  • Patent number: 10223815
    Abstract: A system and related method for X-ray phase contrast imaging. A signal model is fitted to interferometric measurment data. The fitting operation yields a Compton cross section and a photo-electric image. A pro-portionality between the Compton cross section and electron-density is used to achieve a reduction of the number of fitting variables. The Compton image may be taken, up to a constant, as a phase contrast images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventors: Ewald Roessl, Thomas Koehler
  • Patent number: 10216916
    Abstract: A method for controlling a terminal through a voice input is provided. The method includes receiving a voice input when the terminal is in a state in which the terminal is locked and performing an operation corresponding to the voice input if the voice input corresponds to a preset command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yumi Ahn, Seonhwa Kim, Heewoon Kim, Hayoung Jeon