Patents Examined by Christopher Kingsbury Glover
  • Patent number: 10931901
    Abstract: A method and a thermal imaging device for correcting fixed pattern noise of in a video sequence of thermal images captured using a thermal imaging system are provided. The method includes receiving a sequence of thermal images captured using a thermal imaging system. The method also includes calculating a thermal image average of a plurality of the received thermal images and calculating pixel difference values between a received thermal image and the thermal image average. The method evaluates the pixel difference values in relation to an updating condition and calculates fixed pattern noise correction terms for the pixel difference values for which the updating condition is fulfilled. The method also includes correcting pixel values of a subsequently received thermal image with the fixed pattern noise correction terms to generate a sequence of thermal images having corrected fixed pattern noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: FLIR SYSTEMS AB
    Inventor: Stefan Olsson
  • Patent number: 10924640
    Abstract: An endoscope includes an image pickup apparatus disposed in a rigid distal end portion. The image pickup apparatus is provided with: an image pickup sensor with an external electrode being disposed on a rear face; a signal cable, a distal end portion of which is bonded to the external electrode of the imager; and resin sealing a bonding junction between the external electrode and the distal end portion, where the resin is accommodated in a space formed when the rear face is projected in a direction of an optical axis of the imager. A rear end position of the resin is defined by a resin stopping portion of the signal cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takahiro Shimohata
  • Patent number: 10904453
    Abstract: Examples embodiments of a method and system for synchronizing active illumination pulses in a multi-sensor imager is provided. Example embodiments of the method disclosed herein include the provision of an illumination pulse for each of N sensors, each of N illumination pulses are set to have the same pulse period and active pulse width. Moreover, example embodiments include setting the active width pulse for each of the N illumination pulses to have maximum exposure time for each of N image sensors, and in further examples, ensuring that the time to capture a frame plus the time interval between subsequent image captures is the same for each sensor. In yet further examples, an offset period between subsequent frame synchronous signals is determined. In yet further example embodiments, an interval between frame captures is adjusted and a negative edge of the frame synchronous signal and an illumination pulse is aligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Feng Chen, Jie Ren, Haiming Qu, Qing Zhang
  • Patent number: 10842354
    Abstract: An endoscope device comprises an image capturing unit, a supporting unit, a first and a second coaxial conductive units, and a conductive glue. The image capturing unit has a sensing surface and a back surface with at least two conductive pads thereon. The supporting unit has at least two carrying portions corresponding to the at least two conductive pads respectively. The supporting unit is connected with the back surface of the image capturing unit and extends along a direction approximately orthogonal to the back surface. The first and second coaxial conductive units are located at corresponding carrying portions respectively. The conductive glue covers the first coaxial conductive unit and the conductive pad corresponding to the first coaxial conductive unit, and covers the second coaxial conductive unit and the conductive pad corresponding to the second coaxial conductive unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: ISSA TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chi-Wei Chiu, Rong-Jhe Chen
  • Patent number: 10838191
    Abstract: A method of operating a microscope comprises recording a first image I1h of a sample, wherein the first image contains a first feature F1; recording a second image I2h of the sample, wherein the second image contains a second feature F2 arranged at a distance from the first feature; displacing the sample relative to the microscope by a displacement ; recording a third image I3h of the sample, wherein the third image contains the second feature; recording a fourth image I4h of the sample, wherein the fourth image contains a third feature F3 arranged at a distance from the second feature; and determining a position of the third feature relative to the first feature based on the first, second, third and fourth images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss Microscopy GmbH
    Inventors: Susan Candell, Thomas Anthony Case, Lorenz Lechner
  • Patent number: 10834374
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to methods, apparatuses, and devices for synthesizing virtual viewpoint images that are configured for acquiring an original image set, performing stereo matching to original images to obtain a first disparity map set, performing optimization processing to each first disparity map in the first disparity map set to obtain a second disparity map set, determining whether each second disparity map in the second disparity map set has a third disparity map with deep tomography to obtain a first determination result, if the first determination result indicates existence of the third disparity map, segmenting a portion with deep tomography to obtain a corresponding foreground disparity map and a corresponding background disparity map, mapping the second disparity map without deep tomography, the foreground disparity map, the background disparity map, and the portion without deep tomography in the third disparity map according to a first virtual viewpoint to obtain a first virtual viewpoint
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: PEKING UNIVERSITY SHENZHEN GRADUATE SCHOOL
    Inventors: Ronggang Wang, Xiubao Jiang, Wen Gao
  • Patent number: 10829042
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes an image sensor and an image processor. The image sensor has at least one type of color filter and a specific filter disposed thereon in a manner corresponding to each pixel on a light receiving surface. The specific filter transmits light in a particular wavelength range in which spectral irradiance of sunlight is lower than that in wavelength ranges adjacent to either side of the particular wavelength range. The image processor detects an emission state of a particular light source based on a signal component of an image signal generated by pixels having the specific filters thereon. The particular light source is different from the sunlight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Sato, Hidetoshi Umeda, Takatoshi Nakata, Shinsuke Tachibana, Yasushi Koshiba, Shota Iwano
  • Patent number: 10805511
    Abstract: An illuminating device includes an image acquisition system configured to adjust a plurality of light sources on the basis of a correlation between luminance acquired from an image processing device and the light amounts of the emission light beams. Accordingly, the color temperature of the image processing device can be accurately adjusted because the illuminating device can control the plurality of light sources by individual adjustment to output a desired light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Oki, Akio Furukawa
  • Patent number: 10782516
    Abstract: A method of operating a microscope comprises recording a first image I1h of a sample, wherein the first image contains a first feature F1; recording a second image I2h of the sample, wherein the second image contains a second feature F2 arranged at a distance from the first feature; displacing the sample relative to the microscope by a displacement ; recording a third image I3h of the sample, wherein the third image contains the second feature; recording a fourth image I4h of the sample, wherein the fourth image contains a third feature F3 arranged at a distance from the second feature; and determining a position of the third feature relative to the first feature based on the first, second, third and fourth images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss Microscopy GmbH
    Inventors: Susan Candell, Thomas Anthony Case, Lorenz Lechner
  • Patent number: 10759016
    Abstract: A machine tool includes a cover body for separating at least a machining area from the outside. The cover body has an opening for allowing the machining area to communicate with the outside and includes a door for opening and closing the opening. The cover body does not include a transparent window for allowing the machining area to be visually checked from the outside. The cover body can be formed to be of a sufficient strength throughout and, if an unexpected accident occurs, structures within the machining area can be reliably prevented from being shot out of the machining area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: DMG MORI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuki Kimura, Shigetsugu Sakai
  • Patent number: 10733748
    Abstract: An optical dimensioning system includes light emitting assemblies configured to project a predetermined pattern on an object. The optical dimensioning system further includes an imaging assembly configured to sense light scattered and/or reflected of the object, and to capture an image of the object while the pattern is projected. A processing assembly, in the optical dimensioning system, is configured to analyze the image of the object to determine one or more dimension parameters of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Chen Feng, Tao Xian
  • Patent number: 10708592
    Abstract: Deblocking is a step in video coding for removing distortions that may result from dividing a video frame into blocks, and encoding the video frame based on the blocks. Techniques described herein can include determining the activity in neighboring blocks along the boundary of the blocks, where the activity measures smoothness or complexity of pixels in the boundary area. An average of the activity can then be determined, as well a difference in the activity between the left block and the right block. The average activity and the difference in activity can then be used to determine a classification for the boundary area. The classification can further be used to select a filter to apply to the pixels in the boundary area. Once the filter have been applied, the blocks can be added to a reconstructed video frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: Jie Dong, Yung-Hsuan Chao, Wei-Jung Chien, Marta Karczewicz, Li Zhang
  • Patent number: 10628933
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an inspecting apparatus including an illuminating unit adapted to be positioned in the periphery of a transparent member for illuminating the transparent member from the outside of the circumference thereof, an imaging unit adapted to be opposed to the transparent member for imaging the transparent member illuminated by the illuminating unit, and a displaying monitor for displaying an image obtained by the imaging unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: DISCO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Noboru Takeda, Hiroshi Morikazu
  • Patent number: 10547841
    Abstract: An encoder obtains an uncompressed video bitstream that includes syntax elements that are to be coded using multi-symbol alphabets such that at least one syntax element of the syntax elements that are to be coded determines a magnitude token level that is at least partially represented by a head part. For each of the at least one syntax element, the encoder encodes the head part using multi-symbol alphabets to include a magnitude token level and end-of-block (EOB) information. The encoder transmits to a decoder an encoded bitstream that includes syntax elements coded with the multi-symbol alphabets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Davies
  • Patent number: 10536615
    Abstract: An underwater housing comprises a laterally offset back-to-back dome configuration. A dual-lens camera having laterally offset back-to-back lenses is mounted within the housing such that the optical axes of the camera lenses align with the optical axes of the domes. This configuration beneficially minimizes effects introduced by the dome on field of view and focus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Patrick Campbell, Timothy Macmillan, Andrew Ganzon
  • Patent number: 10509973
    Abstract: An onboard environment recognition device is obtained with which it is possible to improve recognition performance within the headlight illumination range and outside the headlight illumination range of a vehicle with an onboard camera. This onboard environment recognition device has: an imaging unit 100 for imaging, using a camera installed in the vehicle, at a wider-angle range than the headlight illumination range; an in-illumination/out-of-illumination exposure adjustment unit for setting appropriate exposure conditions separately within the headlight illumination range and outside the headlight illumination range; and a recognition unit 500 for recognizing images on the basis of the acquired images. Therefore, it is possible to maintain high recognition performance in the boundary regions of the headlight illumination range, and outside the range, and the present invention can also be used for wide-angle sensing at night.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Masayuki Takemura, Takeshi Nagasaki, Felipe Gomezcaballero, Takeshi Shima
  • Patent number: 10417885
    Abstract: A surveillance position determining apparatus includes a memory, a cell divider, a score determiner, and a surveillance position setter. The memory stores map information including at least a predetermined surveillance target region. The cell divider divides the map information stored in the memory into multiple cells in a grid on a horizontal plane. The score determiner determines scores for respective candidate cells among the multiple cells. The scores are each based on easiness of viewing from an own aircraft and difficulty of being viewed from a surveillance target that are quantified. The candidate cells exclude multiple surveillance target cells included at least in the surveillance target region. The surveillance position setter sets surveillance positions on a basis of the respective scores of the candidate cells determined by the score determiner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takuma Mizutani, Yasuhiko Yanase