Patents Examined by Christopher Braniff
  • Patent number: 10412385
    Abstract: An encoding controlling unit 3 selects one transformation block size which provides an optimal degree of encoding efficiency from a set of transformation block sizes which are determined in accordance with an encoding mode 7, and includes the transformation block size selected thereby in optimal compression parameters 20a to notify the transformation block size to a transformation/quantization unit 19, and the transformation/quantization unit 19 divides an optimal prediction differential signal 13a into blocks having the transformation block size included in the optimal compression parameters 20a, and carries out a transformation and quantization process on each of the blocks to generate compressed data 21.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshimi Moriya, Shunichi Sekiguchi, Kazuo Sugimoto, Kohtaro Asai, Tokumichi Murakami
  • Patent number: 10412407
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for video coding utilizing a motion vector predictor (MVP) for a motion vector (MV) for a block are disclosed. According to an embodiment, a mean candidate is derived from at least two candidates in the current candidate list. The mean candidate includes two MVs for the bi-prediction or one MV for the uni-prediction, and at least one MV of the mean candidate is derived as a mean of the MVs of said at least two candidates in one of list 0 and list 1. The mean candidate is added to the current candidate list to form a modified candidate list, and one selected candidate is determined as a MVP or MVPs from the modified candidate list, for current MV or MVs of the current block. The current block is then encoded or decoded in Inter, Merge, or Skip mode utilizing the MVP or MVPs selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: MEDIATEK INC.
    Inventors: Jian-Liang Lin, Yi-Wen Chen
  • Patent number: 10412418
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an image processing apparatus and a method capable of reducing an amount of codes in encoding or decoding. A type setting unit uses a deblocked pixel value to set a type of a filter which is common between components of Y, Cb, Cr in units of LCUs, and provides the type to a syntax write unit. An offset setting unit uses a deblocked pixel value to set an offset independent for each of components of Y, Cb, Cr in units of LCUs. An SAO control information setting unit provides the offset or a merge flag, which is set by referring to the offset given by the offset setting unit, to the syntax write unit. The present disclosure can be applied to, for example, an image processing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ohji Nakagami
  • Patent number: 10410071
    Abstract: A visual display for use by a user for navigation and obstacle avoidance. A typical user employs the invention in operating a vehicle. The display may include a conventional video feed. A visual arch metaphor is also provided. If used in conjunction with a video feed, the arch metaphor preferably extends from the left side of the video, over the top of the video, and on to the right side of the video. The ranging data is then correlated to a predefined color scale. The ranging data is also correlated to a position on the arch metaphor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Eskridge, Matthew Johnson, Chua Wei Liang Kenny
  • Patent number: 10397474
    Abstract: System and method for remote monitoring of at least one observation area, including at least one first camera 110 arranged on a rotating platform 120, the first camera 110 is a line scanning camera for providing high definition panorama pictures of the observation area; at least one second camera 130 arranged on a stationary platform 140, the second camera 130 is a video camera with Pan/Tilt/Zoom functionality for providing real time video from a selected scene within the observation area; an angular position sensor device for triggering the read-out of each line in the first line scanning camera for providing each pixel in the panorama image with a corresponding azimuth and elevation angle; a processing device 150 connected to the first and second cameras 110, 130 for capturing, processing and coordinating azimuth and elevation signals received from the first and second cameras 110, 130.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: KONGSBERG DEFENCE & AEROSPASE AS
    Inventors: Magne Norland, Kjell Arne Hellum, Jorn Are Henriksen, Jan Ove Larsen, Glenn Levi Nilssen, Roar Johnsen, Steinar Lind, Oyvind Overrein, Vegard Almas, Per Inge Jensen, Claus Fritzner, Bjorn Olav Bakka, Eirik Joakim Steinli, Thor Christian Helgerud
  • Patent number: 10397562
    Abstract: The present invention provides a 4D platform for home use and a 4D system for home use, which have a compact structure allowing the same to be easily connected to a TV monitor and comprise a physical sensation effect execution unit for providing a physical sensation effect according to each scene of an image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignees: FOURREAL CO., LTD., DONGSHIN UNIVERSITY INDUSTRY-ACADEMY COOPERATION
    Inventors: Seok Hoon Lee, Sung Yeon Cho, Ki Won Kim, Sugaco Akiyama, Soon Chul Kwon, Gi Taek Hur, Hyun Chul Lee, Sang Tae Ha, In Ju Park
  • Patent number: 10397604
    Abstract: This document discloses a method and apparatus for image encoding/decoding which support multiple layers. The method for image decoding comprises analyzing a video parameter set (VPS) extension for layer dependency on a current layer, analyzing slices for layer dependency on a current slice by determining whether not to apply layer dependency to the current slice or to apply new layer dependency to the current slice, the new layer dependency determining within a range of layer dependency analyzed from the VPS extension, and constructing a reference picture list about the current layer based on at least one of layer dependency analyzed from the VPS extension and layer dependency analyzed from the slice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignees: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute, INDUSTRY-ACADEMIC COOPERATION GROUP OF SEJONG UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Jung Won Kang, Ha Hyun Lee, Jin Ho Lee, Jin Soo Choi, Jin Woong Kim, Jong Ki Han, Jae Yung Lee
  • Patent number: 10397523
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling and selecting sources in a room on a network. The system allows a remote viewer to create a virtual presence within the room by providing the available displays, corresponding to the sources, to the remote viewer. The system includes a standardizing technique for improving the communication and overall switching of data for streaming on a network. The system can include a recording server for performing dual recording of the video files in each of a local database and a remote database. A graphical user interface (GUI) display is provided to guide a local user through a medical procedure in the standardized system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Image Stream Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Eddie E. Mitchell, Peter Renzi
  • Patent number: 10387734
    Abstract: A vehicle display control device, which controls a display of sensor information on a display unit corresponding to each external sensors, includes an opening detection unit, an image storage unit, and an opening control unit. The vehicle is equipped with the display unit and the external sensors detecting outside obstacles. The opening detection unit detects an opening command made by a user to the vehicle. The image storage unit stores a vehicle image indicating the vehicle and area images indicating detection areas of the sensors. The obstacle is detectable within the detection areas. In response to a detection of the opening command by the opening detection unit, the opening control unit reads the vehicle image and each area image from the image storage unit, and displays the readout images on the display unit as the sensor information during an opening period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Norio Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10390011
    Abstract: An encoding controlling unit 3 selects one transformation block size which provides an optimal degree of encoding efficiency from a set of transformation block sizes which are determined in accordance with an encoding mode 7, and includes the transformation block size selected thereby in optimal compression parameters 20a to notify the transformation block size to a transformation/quantization unit 19, and the transformation/quantization unit 19 divides an optimal prediction differential signal 13a into blocks having the transformation block size included in the optimal compression parameters 20a, and carries out a transformation and quantization process on each of the blocks to generate compressed data 21.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshimi Moriya, Shunichi Sekiguchi, Kazuo Sugimoto, Kohtaro Asai, Tokumichi Murakami
  • Patent number: 10390043
    Abstract: An image coding method includes: writing, into a coded bitstream, buffer description defining information for defining a buffer description; constructing a default reference list; reorder pictures included in the default reference list; writing, into the coded bitstream, reference list reordering information for indicating details of the reordering; and coding an image using the buffer description and a reference list resulting from the reordering, and in the reference list reordering information, among the pictures, a picture to be reordered is specified using an index which is used in other processing in the image coding method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: SUN PATENT TRUST
    Inventors: Viktor Wahadaniah, Chong Soon Lim, Sue Mon Thet Naing, Hai Wei Sun, Takahiro Nishi, Hisao Sasai, Youji Shibahara, Toshiyasu Sugio, Kyoko Tanikawa, Toru Matsunobu, Kengo Terada
  • Patent number: 10375378
    Abstract: A method of real-time depth mapping in a dual camera system, including, receiving an auto focus image, rectifying the auto focus image, receiving a plenoptic image having lens that cover 2×2 pixels, extracting four plenoptic sub-images, averaging and rectifying the plenoptic sub-images, block matching the rectified auto focus image and the rectified plenoptic sub-images along epipolar lines, block matching the rectified plenoptic sub-images along a vertical and a horizontal direction, determining a composite block matching error of the plenoptic block match, determining a plenoptic disparity map of the plenoptic sub-images based on the composite block matching error, converting the plenoptic disparity map to a plenoptic depth map, converting the plenoptic depth map to an initial stereo disparity map, searching for a guided disparity map based on the initial stereo disparity map and the epipolar block match and converting the guided disparity map to a guided depth map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Black Sesame International Holding Limited
    Inventor: Donghui Wu
  • Patent number: 10368731
    Abstract: A radial imaging system is provided for capturing an image of an object which extends radially around an image sensor in an object plane. A reflector (42) is used for reflecting incident light (46) to a generally axial direction. The image sensor (40) receives the generally axially directed reflected light, and it has a stepped reflector surface having a series of reflecting linear facets (48) which together form a generally curved, e.g. concave surface. This design enables improved uniformity of the imaging performance with respect to the radial distance to the object being imaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventor: Pippinus Maarten Robertus Wortelboer
  • Patent number: 10368046
    Abstract: An autostereoscopic 3D display comprises a first unit (503) for generating an intermediate 3D image. The intermediate 3D image comprises a plurality of regions and the first unit (503) is arranged to generate a first number of image blocks of pixel values corresponding to different view directions for the region regions. The number of image blocks is different for some regions of the plurality of regions. A second unit (505) generates an output 3D image comprising a number of view images from the intermediate 3D image, where each of the view images correspond to a view direction. The display further comprises a display arrangement (301) and a driver (507) for driving the display arrangement (301) to display the output 3D image. An adaptor (509) is arranged to adapt the number of image blocks for a first region in response to a property of the intermediate 3D image or a representation of a three dimensional scene from which the first image generating unit (503) is arranged to generate the intermediate image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Patrick Luc Els Vandewalle, Bart Kroon, Christiaan Varekamp
  • Patent number: 10368056
    Abstract: A depth data detection apparatus and monitoring apparatus are disclosed. The depth data detection apparatus has at least two infrared light generators (11, 12) alternately operating, thereby ensuring that each of the infrared light generators has a sufficient power-off time while ensuring continuous operation of the system, so that each infrared light generator can reach its service lift as much as possible. Different infrared light generators can project infrared beams with different angles and/or from different positions, and the depth information obtained can be fused with each other in order to acquire the depth information of the object to be measured more completely. In addition, different infrared light generators can also project infrared beams to different areas or the same area of the space to be measured for their respective purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: SHANGHAI PERCIPIO TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Minjie Wang, Yushi Liang
  • Patent number: 10362313
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to signaling of sample adaptive offset (SAO) parameters determined to minimize an error between an original image and a reconstructed image in video encoding and decoding operations. An SAO decoding method includes obtaining context-encoded leftward SAO merge information and context-encoded upward SAO merge information from a bitstream of a largest coding unit (MCU); obtaining SAO on/off information context-encoded with respect to each color component, from the bitstream; if the SAO on/off information indicates to perform SAO operation, obtaining absolute offset value information for each SAO category bypass-encoded with respect to each color component, from the bitstream; and obtaining one of band position information and edge class information bypass-encoded with respect to each color component, from the bitstream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Elena Alshina, Alexander Alshin, Jeong-hoon Park
  • Patent number: 10360439
    Abstract: There is disclosed an apparatus, system, method and computer program product for recognizing a face, the method comprising: emitting at least one group of structured light to a face to be recognized, successively; capturing a set of light-source-illuminated images of the face when the face is illuminated successively by each group of light of the at least one group of structured light; extracting a first set of features including a feature of each detection point in a set of detection points of the face based on the set of light-source-illuminated images; acquiring a second set of features including a feature of each detected point in a set of detected points of a face template; computing a similarity between the face and the face template based on the first set of features and the second set of features; and recognizing the face as being consistent with the face template if the similarity is larger than a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignees: BEIJING KUANGSHI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD., PINHOLE (BEIJING) TECHNOLGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Haoqiang Fan
  • Patent number: 10360450
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present application provide an image capturing-based positioning method and an image capturing-based positioning apparatus. The method comprises: determining that an eye of a user is gazing at an auxiliary positioning object; photographing the eye of the user and acquiring a distance of the user relative to the auxiliary positioning object; capturing at least one image comprising the auxiliary positioning object; obtaining, according to the at least one image, direction information of the user relative to the auxiliary positioning object and position information of the auxiliary positioning object; and obtaining position information of the user according to the position information of the auxiliary positioning object, the distance of the user relative to the auxiliary positioning object, and the direction information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: BEIJING ZHIGU RUI TUO TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Weicai Huang, Lin Du
  • Patent number: 10360462
    Abstract: Provided is an image processing device including: an input interface, which is configured to acquire a first captured image and a second captured image that are captured by a plurality of imaging units and; and a controller, which is configured to calculate parallax by performing a one-dimensional matching based on pixel values of the first captured image and pixel values of the second captured image, extracts one or more first feature points from a region in the first captured image that includes continuous pixels having a difference in parallax which is within a predetermined range, extract one or more second feature points corresponding respectively to the first feature points by performing a two-dimensional matching with the first feature points, and calibrate the imaging unit based on positions of the first feature points and positions of the second feature points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventors: Tomofumi Koishi, Shushin Inoue
  • Patent number: 10362324
    Abstract: An image coding method for coding an image on a block-by-block basis, includes: selecting, for each of a plurality of sub-blocks included in a coding-target block and each including a plurality of coefficients, a context for performing arithmetic coding on a parameter indicating a coding-target coefficient included in the sub-block from a context set corresponding to the sub-block, based on at least one reference coefficient located around the coding-target coefficient, the coding-target block being a transform unit; and performing arithmetic coding on the parameter indicating the coding-target coefficient using probability information about the selected context, wherein, in the selecting, the context is selected from the context set, the context set corresponding to a sum of (i) a value indicating a position in a horizontal direction of the sub-block in the coding-target block and (ii) a value indicating a position in a vertical direction of the sub-block in the coding-target block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: SUN PATENT TRUST
    Inventors: Kengo Terada, Takahiro Nishi, Youji Shibahara, Kyoko Tanikawa, Hisao Sasai, Toshiyasu Sugio, Toru Matsunobu