Patents Examined by Daniel T Tekle
  • Patent number: 10977299
    Abstract: It is desirable to have audio and/or video systems and processing tools that can automatically record audio/video and analyze such recordings to capture material that may be relevant to a user. In one or more embodiments disclosed herein, a recording may be condensed by using one or more tools, including but not limited to, converting speech to text and searching for relevant content, keywords, and the like; detecting and sorting speakers and/or content (e.g., events in a conversation); removing non-substantive content (e.g., silences and other irrelevant content); adjusting the audio for increased playback speed; using prosodic and other indicia in the audio to identify areas of interest; performing diarization; using pseudo-random or random sample to select content; and other methods to extract information to provide a summary or representation of recorded content for review by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Baidu USA LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth Ward Church, Zheng Zu
  • Patent number: 10970870
    Abstract: An object detection apparatus includes: a camera; a map database; a radar sensor; and an electronic control unit configured to detect a first object in a camera image, detect a first relative position of the first object relative to the road structure in the camera image, detect a second object based on a result received by the radar sensor, detect a second relative angle and a relative distance between the host vehicle and the second object, estimate a second relative position of the second object relative to the road structure, determine, based on the first relative angle, the first relative position, the second relative angle, and the second relative position, whether the first and second objects belong to the same object, and recognize the first and second of as the same object, when it is determined that the first and second objects belong to the same object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Jun Ozawa, Teppei Ohta, Yoshitaka Oikawa
  • Patent number: 10962631
    Abstract: A method for operating a laser distance measuring device, in particular a hand-held laser distance measuring device, includes determining a first distance from a first target point with a laser distance measuring unit of the laser distance measuring device by emitting a laser beam in a first distance measuring direction. The method further includes subsequently determining at least one second distance from a second intended target point. An image at least of the target environment of the second target point, captured by a camera of the laser distance measuring device, is displayed on a display of the laser distance measuring device. At least one part of a connection line is represented overlapping with the image, and the connection line connects the first target point and the second target point in the displayed image. A laser distance measuring device implements the method in one embodiment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Heinz Haeberle, Uwe Skultety-Betz
  • Patent number: 10963982
    Abstract: Provided in the embodiments of the present application are a video watermark generation method and device, and a terminal, the method comprising: determining spatial-domain watermarks and time-domain values corresponding to each video image frame in a video file according to a preset spatial-domain watermark template and a time-domain watermark template, each spatial-domain watermark having the same number of pixel values; determining the edge distribution of each video image frame in the video file; and generating a watermark for the video file according to the spatial-domain watermarks and time-domain values which correspond to the each video image frame and the edge distribution of the each video image frame. The watermark generated by using the video watermark generation solution provided by the embodiments of the present application is better concealed and will not be easily discovered by malicious parties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Beijing Dajia Internet Information Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yiqun Hui
  • Patent number: 10958865
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to the delivery of media content over a network. Specifically, aspects are directed to identification and/or extraction of a selected data such as a video clip from content and providing identifying information to a user to retrieve, view, and/or share the selected video clip. Aspects described herein provide the ability to identify a starting point and stopping point of a video clip on a media gateway device and generate a URL that can be used and/or shared in order to access the selected video clip. The URL may identify a stored media clip, or may contain information from which a video clip can be recreated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher J. Kennedy
  • Patent number: 10951856
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for capturing, transcoding, and caching off-air programming at a location local to the consumer. According to certain embodiments, a device is provided that receives off-air (e.g., broadcast) and/or cable (e.g., ClearQAM) programming via one or more antennas and caches the programming in various streams having various bit rates for later viewing using, for example, Adaptive Bit Rate (ABR) streaming. Such a device can be incorporated in a larger system that can stream content via a data communication network (e.g., the Internet) and the device in a seamless manner. The device also can be controlled by a remote system via the data communication network, and further can be configured to stream content to a remote device via the data communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: Roger Lynch, John Paul, Robert Drew Major, David Kummer
  • Patent number: 10924826
    Abstract: A mobile audio transportation (MAT) system/method allowing transportation of mobile audio modules (MAMs) is disclosed. The system/method incorporates a perforated acoustic tube (PAT) in the MAM allowing speaker energy to be efficiently emitted from the mobile speaker enclosure (MSE). The PAT is configured with an enclosure alignment pathway (EAP) within the MAM allowing a stack alignment rod (SAR) to penetrate through the PAT/EAP thus capturing and securing the MAM in an aligned MAM stack (AMS). Alignment and insertion of the SAR with a stack index rod (SIR) affixed to a mobile hand truck (MHT) allows the AMS to be coupled with the MHT for transportation of the AMS. The MHT incorporates a hand truck frame (HTF), hand truck wheels (HTW), hand truck platform (HTP) and SIR, hand truck handle (HTH), charger power strip (CPS), battery charger array (BCA), and optional hand truck coupler (HTC) to facilitate AMS transportation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventors: Andrew Alexander Maly, Viktor Yevgenievich Vlassov
  • Patent number: 10905331
    Abstract: An image capturing device and a sensing protection device are provided. The image capturing device includes a light source configured to emit lights on a skin, an image sensor configured to obtain an image of the skin from lights reflected from the skin, a sensing protection device, which is an attachable and detachable, configured to surround the light source and the image sensor and includes a connection unit configured to be attached to and detached from the image capturing device, and a controller configured to process characteristics of the skin based on the obtained image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventor: Maxim Alexeevich Vilenskii
  • Patent number: 10893209
    Abstract: A photographing direction deviation detection method is provided for a deviation detection device. The method includes obtaining a horizontal acceleration of an image capturing device at each of a plurality of time points in a pre-determined time period, and determining a target photographing direction of the image capturing device according to the horizontal acceleration at each of the time points. The method also includes, when a direction angle satisfies a preset condition, determining that an actual photographing direction of the image capturing device deviates, where the direction angle is an angle between the target photographing direction and the actual photographing direction of the image capturing device at an end time point of the pre-determined time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Inventors: Dafeng Wang, Jianye Chen
  • Patent number: 10893278
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for generating a video bitstream for high-resolution video streaming. The present disclosure in some embodiments provides a method and apparatus for generating a video bitstream by encoding a video at a different bit rate for each of video areas, in order to efficiently transmit a large amount of high-resolution video contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignees: SK TELECOM CO., LTD., PIXTREE, INC.
    Inventors: Jeong-yeon Lim, Jae-seob Shin, Sung-gul Ryoo, Se-hoon Son, Hyeong-duck Kim, Sun-young Lee
  • Patent number: 10878536
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for the non-uniform downsampling of captured panoramic images. In one embodiment, a computing device is disclosed that includes a processing apparatus and a non-transitory computer readable apparatus comprising a storage medium have one or more instructions stored thereon. The one or more instructions, when executed by the processing apparatus, being configured to: receive captured images, the captured images obtained using two or more image sensors; non-uniformly downsample the received captured images; and encode the non-uniformly downsampled images. In some variants, the non-uniformly downsampled images take into account a desired area of interest within the captured images. In some implementations, the computing device includes an image capture device. Methods and non-transitory computer readable apparatus are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: GoPro, inc.
    Inventors: Daryl Stimm, David Newman
  • Patent number: 10841516
    Abstract: An embodiment includes capturing, via a first camera, a first image having a first pixel density, a pixel of the first image corresponding to the first optical axis is substantially centered within the first image; capturing, via the second camera, a second image having a second pixel density that is greater than the first pixel density, where a pixel of the second image that corresponds to the first optical axis is off-center within the second image; processing the second image to generate a fourth image such that a pixel of the fourth image that corresponds to the first optical axis is substantially centered within the fourth image, where a pixel density of the first image is substantially equal to a pixel density of the fourth image, and where the fourth image represents a field of view that is substantially equal to field of view represented by the first image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Inventors: Robert Hoevenaar, Timothy G. Ruther
  • Patent number: 10841644
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided to record portions of media assets. User request is received to record a media asset together with a criterion for recording portions of that media asset. A content recognition algorithm is executed against segments of the media asset to determine a set of keywords associated with those segments. Separately a set of keywords associated with the criterion is generated. Sets of keywords are compared and segments that match the criterion are discovered. If it is determined that a first segment and third segment each match the criterion and a second segment does not, a delete indicator is added to the second segment and the third and first segments are compared. If those segments match the delete indicator is removed from the second segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Stathacopoulos
  • Patent number: 10819951
    Abstract: Techniques for recording video from a bitstream are described. In at least some implementations, video data generated as part of a communication session is recorded. According to various implementations, techniques described herein enable portions of an encoded bitstream of video data to be directly recorded as encoded frames and without requiring re-encoding of decoded frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: You Zhou, Chih-lung Lin, Mei-Hsuan Lu, Binlong Li, Ming-Chieh Lee
  • Patent number: 10814785
    Abstract: A vehicular rear backup vision system includes a rear backup digital color camera and a display device including a video display screen disposed in an interior cabin of the vehicle and viewable by a driver of the vehicle. Upon initial ignition on of the vehicle that commences a new ignition cycle of the vehicle, the rear backup digital color camera is electrically powered. After engine startup of the vehicle, the vehicular rear backup vision system displays on the video display screen rear backup color video images solely derived from image data captured by the rear backup digital color camera no later than 2 seconds after the driver of the vehicle first shifts a vehicle transmission of the vehicle into reverse gear to commence a first backup event. The rear backup digital color camera remains electrically powered at least until the first backup event is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Inventor: Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 10816292
    Abstract: In accordance with disclosed embodiments, there are provided systems, methods, and apparatuses for implementing video shooting guns and personal safety management applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Inventors: Rabindra Chakraborty, Jay Kalra, Anupam Awasthi, Amol Awasthi
  • Patent number: 10812873
    Abstract: A computer-implemented and executed method of managing recorded video events is disclosed. The method collects viewer measurement data from presentation devices, the viewer measurement data indicating user viewing behavior associated with playback of recorded video events. The method continues by analyzing the collected viewer measurement data to estimate boundaries between segments of the recorded video events, which results in groups of estimated boundaries corresponding to the recorded video events. Cue files are generated for the recorded video events, the cue files indicating the estimated boundaries corresponding to the recorded video events. The cue files are maintained at a central system for access by the presentation devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: DISH Network L.L.C.
    Inventors: Jason P. Carlson, Xi Hua
  • Patent number: 10810729
    Abstract: Inspecting an air data probe for physical degradation includes generating a silhouette of the air data probe based on an identification of the air data probe to be inspected. The silhouette is simultaneously displayed with an image of the air data probe produced by a camera, and the displayed image of the air data probe is caused to conform to the silhouette on the display. An image of the air data probe is captured while the displayed image of the air data probe conforms to the silhouette on the display. The captured image is analyzed to identify physical degradation of the air data probe. A maintenance recommendation for the air data probe is generated based on the identified physical degradation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Rosemount Aerospace Inc.
    Inventors: William Kunik, Brian Brent Naslund, Scott J. Braun
  • Patent number: 10812755
    Abstract: A video recording device, holster and article of clothing are disclosed to reliably and covertly provide for the capture of video, audio, and metadata, and perform other commands. The holster may be provided with a carrier that is, in turn, inserted into the holster. In one embodiment, the holster may be confirmed as being associated with the video recording device to authenticate a user, and establishes a docked position. Moreover, the video recording device may enter a mode of operation associated with using the video recording apparatus automatically when inserted into a holster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventors: Ted Michael Davis, Joseph Patrick Shanahan, Simon Araya, Robert Stewart McKeeman, Eric Bedell, Jon McChristian
  • Patent number: 10803321
    Abstract: A video production device is deployed to produce a video production stream of an event occurring within an environment that includes a plurality of different video capture devices capturing respective video input streams of the event. The video production device is programmed and operated to: receive a plurality of video input streams from the video capture devices; automatically select one of the video input streams as a current video output stream, in accordance with a visual activity based switching technique that identifies which of the plurality of video input streams is associated with a detected speaker; and provide the selected video input stream as the current video output stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventors: Laxminarayana Dalimba, Vivek Devaraj, Satish Iyer, Narayana Rao