Patents Examined by Eileen M Adams
  • 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: 10979634
    Abstract: An image capture assembly includes a first optical module, a first image sensor, a second optical module, a second image sensor, and a data processing circuit. The first optical module captures an image in a first field-of-view and projects the image on the first image sensor, such that the first image sensor generates a first image frame. The second optical module captures another image in a second field-of-view and projects the another image on the second image sensor, such that the second image sensor generates a second image frame. The data processing circuit merges the first image frame and the second image frame in a longitudinal direction, to generate a combined image frame. The vertical resolution and the horizontal resolution of the combined image are configured in accordance with an aspect ratio of a display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventors: Shih-Chieh Yen, Ting-Cheng Lee
  • Patent number: 10972782
    Abstract: A communication apparatus is provided which acquires content held by an external apparatus based on information related to the content that is received from another communication apparatus and plays back the content. The communication apparatus further receives playback control information about the content from the other communication apparatus. Upon detecting a disconnection of a communication path between the communication apparatus and the other communication apparatus, the communication apparatus performs control in such a manner that a notification based on the disconnection of the communication path is issued to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takafumi Nakajima
  • Patent number: 10971189
    Abstract: A special effect synchronization method and apparatus, and a mobile terminal are provided. The method comprises: when a confirmation operation of a user for selecting music for a specified video file is received, downloading a music file selected by the user and a corresponding rhythm information file from a server; when the specified video file is played, playing the music file and adding a special effect according to the rhythm information file; and after the playback of the specified video file is ended, synthesizing the specified video file, the music file, and the special effect, and storing the same. Therefore, the problem of low activity of users due to monotonous matched music files can be solved, and a beneficial effect of improving the activity of users is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Inventor: Shicheng Zuo
  • 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: 10966798
    Abstract: A medical apparatus is described for providing visualization of a surgical site. The medical apparatus includes an electronic display disposed within a display housing. The medical apparatus includes a display optical system disposed within the display housing, the display optical system comprising a plurality of lens elements disposed along an optical path. The display optical system is configured to receive images from the electronic display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: CamPlex, Inc.
    Inventors: John Tesar, William B. Austin
  • Patent number: 10970554
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for automatically producing highlights videos from one or more video streams of a playing field. The video streams are captured from at least one camera, calibrated and raw inputs are obtained from audio, calibrated videos and actual event time. Features are then extracted from the calibrated raw inputs, segments are created, specific events are identified and highlights are determined and the highlights are outputted for consumption, considering diverse types of packages. Types of packages may be based on user preference. The calibrated video streams may be received and processed in real time, periodically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: PIXELLOT LTD.
    Inventors: Gal Oz, Yoav Liberman, Avi Shauli
  • Patent number: 10972663
    Abstract: A method includes receiving an indication that a video mode is invoked, where the receiving causes the following operations to be automatically performed: obtaining a first frame and a second frame at a first frame rate; defining a first ROI in the first frame based on a user's selection; defining a second ROI in the second frame based on the first ROI; determining a first camera motion flow; determining a first ROI motion flow between the first ROI and a corresponding portion of the second ROI; determining a second frame rate based on a first comparative value determined using the first ROI motion flow and the first camera motion flow; and capturing a third frame at the second frame rate by an image sensor unit, or playing back a fourth frame at the second frame rate on a touch screen unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Inventor: Chang Liu
  • Patent number: 10959608
    Abstract: Provided is a fluorescence imaging device comprising: a light source for irradiating a subject with a laser for exciting a fluorescent dye; a condensing lens that receives light from the light source, an endoscopic probe comprising an image fiber and a lens that is disposed on the distal end of the image fiber; a photodetector that detects return light from the subject; and an oscillating element that is connected to the image fiber or the condensing lens and that, upon application of a voltage, causes the image fiber or the condensing lens to oscillate. With this configuration, a lattice pattern of fiber elements, which appears in an image of a subject, can be cancelled in real time by oscillating the oscillating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventors: Makoto Osanai, Hajime Mushiake
  • Patent number: 10964348
    Abstract: A recording control apparatus includes a video data acquisition unit configured to acquire video data obtained by shooting an area around a vehicle, an event detection unit configured to detect an occurrence of a predetermined event in the vehicle, a changing-point determination unit configured to determine whether or not the vehicle has passed a changing point on a traveling road based on a current position information of the vehicle, and a recording control unit configured to, when the event detection unit detects the occurrence of the event, record the video data including a first period as an event recording file in a recording unit, the first period being from a passing time point of the changing point to a detecting time point of the event, the changing point being a point that the vehicle has passed at least a first time earlier than the detecting time point of the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: JVCKENWOOD Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuo Yamada, Toshitaka Murata
  • Patent number: 10959782
    Abstract: A system and method utilizing a camera device containing an inertial measuring unit or similar orientation mechanism to calibrate alignment of the camera device according to a primary image such as an image displayed on an imaging screen, and then utilizing this calibration data to guide the system or user in acquiring a spatially aligned digital image using the camera device. Steps include recording the spatial orientation of the camera in at least two spatial dimensions when aligned with the primary image and guiding the camera into relative alignment with the imaging screen when taking a picture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventors: Noah D. Wollowick, Andrew Cooper, Cameron Albert
  • 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: 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: 10958970
    Abstract: Systems and methods are presented herein for recording portions of a media asset relevant to recording criteria. A media application receives input indicating the recording criteria and identifying a first keyword. The media application accesses a data structure to identify a first node associated with the first keyword. The data structure includes the first node and a plurality of nodes connected to the first node via a plurality of paths. The media application receiving audio component data for a portion of the media asset extracts a term from the audio component data, and identifies a second node in the data structure that is associated with the extracted term. The media application calculates a path score for the portion of the media asset based on a path size in the data structure between the first node and the second node. When the score is high enough, the portion of the media asset is recorded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventor: Sean Matthews
  • Patent number: 10958880
    Abstract: A luggage management system includes: a locking/unlocking device mounted in a vehicle and configured to lock and unlock the vehicle in response to a request from a terminal, the terminal being used by a user who delivers luggage; an imaging device configured to capture an image of an inside of a predetermined area located in the vehicle, the predetermined area being used as a delivery place of the luggage; a control device configured to cause the imaging device to capture the image in the predetermined area when the locking/unlocking device locks or unlocks the vehicle in response to the request, and store the image; and a determination unit configured to determine, based on a result of comparison between a reference image and a comparison image, whether the luggage has been carried away from the predetermined area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventors: Kei Kanaoka, Shun Maeda, Yoshihiro Murozaki, Hiroko Tsujimura, Daiki Kaneichi, Kuniaki Jinnai
  • Patent number: 10951800
    Abstract: An endoscope system is provided with: a processor; a light source; and an image pickup device. The processor performs control for causing reflected light images corresponding to a predetermined period before start of the fluorescence occurrence period during the fluorescence non-occurrence period, among the reflected light images, to be recorded to the first storage medium; and, furthermore, performs control for causing the reflected light images to be recorded to the first storage medium during an after-end-of-fluorescence-occurrence period corresponding to a predetermined period with an end of the fluorescence occurrence period as a start point, and performs control for causing the reflected light images not to be recorded to the first storage medium during the fluorescence non-occurrence period after an end of the after-end-of-fluorescence-occurrence period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventors: Susumu Aono, Toshiaki Watanabe, Satoshi Takekoshi, Masakazu Mizoguchi, Junichi Tashiro
  • Patent number: 10951958
    Abstract: A system for assessing authenticity of modified content includes a computing platform having a hardware processor and a memory storing a software code including a neural network trained to assess the authenticity of modified content generated based on baseline digital content and including one or more modifications to the baseline digital content. The hardware processor executes the software code to use the neural network to receive the modified content and to assess the authenticity of each of the one or more modifications to the baseline digital content to produce one or more authenticity assessments corresponding respectively to the one or more modifications to the baseline digital content. The hardware processor is also configured to execute the software code to generate an authenticity evaluation of the modified content based on the one or more authenticity assessments, and to output the authenticity evaluation for rendering on a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Arana, Edward C. Drake, Miquel Angel Farre Guiu, Anthony M. Accardo
  • Patent number: 10948987
    Abstract: A light guiding component is provided in an eyeball tracking module which includes a first substrate and a second substrate disposed opposite to each other, a first electrode disposed on the first substrate, a second electrode disposed on the second substrate, and at least one liquid crystal structure disposed between the first electrode and the second electrode. The liquid crystal structure includes liquid crystal molecules. The first electrode and the second electrode are configured to control a deflection direction of the liquid crystal molecules with an applied voltage, such that a light ray incident to the light guiding component, which meets a threshold condition, is emitted along a predetermined direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignees: Beijing BOE Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd., BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chenru Wang, Hao Zhang, Yali Liu, Ruijun Dong, Xuebing Zhang, Ke Li, Lili Chen, Zhanshan Ma
  • 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: 10944941
    Abstract: A smart motion detection device with a determining method includes a memory, a processor, and a sensor array coupled to the memory and the processor. An image captured by the sensor array is processed by the processor. The sensor array is adapted to pre-store the image into the memory when the processor is operated in the sleep mode, and the pre-stored image is transmitted to the processor when the processor is operated in the wakeup mode. The sensor array includes a comparator adapted to generate an alarm signal for switching the processor from the sleep mode to the wakeup mode in accordance with a comparison result of the pre-stored image. The determining method includes the processor analyzing images captured by the sensor array when the sensor array is activated to capture the images, and the processor analyzing images pre-stored inside the memory when the sensor array is not activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: PixArt Imaging Inc.
    Inventors: Wen-Cheng Yen, Wen-Han Yao