Patents Examined by Francis Geroleo
  • Patent number: 10931964
    Abstract: An apparatus for encoding frames of a sequence of source frames of video image data to be encoded. The apparatus includes encoding circuitry configured to encode the source frames using reference frames. The apparatus also includes monitoring circuitry configured to, when the encoding circuitry is encoding a source frame using one or more reference frames, monitor the memory bandwidth being used when using the one or more reference frames when encoding the source frame. The apparatus further includes encoding circuitry that is operable to, in response to the monitored memory bandwidth being greater than a threshold, to control the encoding circuitry to encode a subsequent part of the source frame using a modified video encoding process to restrict the memory bandwidth usage when using one or more reference frames when encoding a subsequent part of a source frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Arm Limited
    Inventors: Dominic Hugo Symes, Sven Ola Johannes Hugosson, Tomas Fredrik Edso
  • Patent number: 10928189
    Abstract: The subject disclosure is directed towards projecting light in a pattern in which the pattern contains components (e.g., spots) having different intensities. The pattern may be based upon a grid of initial points associated with first intensities and points between the initial points with second intensities, and so on. The pattern may be rotated relative to cameras that capture the pattern, with captured images used active depth sensing based upon stereo matching of dots in stereo images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Sing Bing Kang, Andreas Georgiou, Richard S. Szeliski
  • Patent number: 10909708
    Abstract: A calibration system for a dimensioner is described. The calibration system uses a reference pattern with multiple optically-perceptible elements. The optically-perceptible elements have a parameter associated with size and are separated from each other by predefined distance. The dimensioner captures an image of an object and calculates physical dimensions of the object. The dimensioner captures an image of the reference pattern. The dimensioner measures the parameter associated with size for a pair of optically-perceptible elements and measures the distance between the pair of optically-perceptible elements from the captured image. The dimensioner then calculates a ratio between measured parameter for the pair of the optically-perceptible elements and of a predefined distance between the pair of the optically-perceptible elements. The calculated ratio is compared with a actual reference ratio to determine if calibration is needed. The dimensioner is calibrated based on the calculated ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: H. Sprague Ackley, Franck Laffargue
  • Patent number: 10902673
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, devices, and systems for three-dimensional (3D) displaying objects are provided. In one aspect, a method includes obtaining data including respective primitive data for primitives corresponding to an object, determining an electromagnetic (EM) field contribution to each element of a display for each of the primitives by calculating an EM field propagation from the primitive to the element, generating a sum of the EM field contributions from the primitives for each of the elements, transmitting to each of the elements a respective control signal for modulating at least one property of the element based on the sum of the EM field contributions, and transmitting a timing control signal to an illuminator to activate the illuminator to illuminate light on the display, such that the light is caused by the modulated elements of the display to form a volumetric light field corresponding to the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Pacific Light & Hologram, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Seamus Blackley, Tina Qin, Asher Zelig Sefami, Kamran Qaderi, Mark Anthony Sararu, Joshua D. Wiensch, Rajay Kumar, Sylvain Marcel Colin
  • Patent number: 10904550
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure provide methods and apparatuses for video encoding/decoding. In some examples, an apparatus for video decoding includes receiving circuitry and processing circuitry. The processing circuitry decodes prediction information of a current block in a current picture from a coded video bitstream. The prediction information is indicative of an affine based motion vector prediction. The processing circuitry determines a first affine model for the current block. The first affine model has first affine parameters. Then, the processing circuitry determines a second affine model for a first clipping region in the current block. The second affine model has second affine parameters with differences to the first affine parameters being smaller than a threshold. Motion vectors determined based on the second affine model satisfy a clipping requirement. The processing circuitry reconstructs a sample in the first clipping region based on the second affine model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Tencent America LLC
    Inventors: Guichun Li, Xiang Li, Xiaozhong Xu, Shan Liu
  • Patent number: 10904531
    Abstract: Techniques and systems are provided for processing 360-degree video data. For example, a picture of the 360-degree video data can be obtained. The picture can include samples projected from a three-dimensional format to a two-dimensional format. A weight value can be determined for at least one sample of the picture. The weight value can be determined based at least on a position of the at least one sample in the picture. At least one adaptive parameter can be determined for the at least one sample using the determined weight value. The at least one adaptive parameter can include one or more of an adaptive weighted distortion, an adaptive weighted quantization parameter value, or an adaptive weighted lambda value. A cost associated with coding the at least one sample using one or more coding modes can be determined using the at least one adaptive parameter of the at least one sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Hendry, Muhammed Coban, Geert Van Der Auwera, Marta Karczewicz
  • 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: 10897580
    Abstract: An observation device 1 includes an imaging optical system 8 that forms an image on the basis of light from sample S, an aperture diaphragm 2 that changes a numerical aperture on an emission side of the imaging optical system 8, a camera 5 that converts the image of the sample into image signals, the image of the sample being formed by the imaging optical system 8, an observation scope changing unit that performs an observation scope changing process in which an observation scope is changed to a specified scope by changing an extraction scope, the extraction scope being a scope from which the image signals obtained by the camera 5 are extracted, a monitor 33 that displays the image signals from the specified scope obtained through the observation scope changing process, and a control unit that controls the aperture diaphragm 2 in accordance with the specified observation scope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Atsushi Yonetani
  • Patent number: 10891824
    Abstract: A side recording system for gaining device is intended for side recording of a gaming machine platform and mainly functions such that beginning and ending of event of gaining machine platform is monitored by a game state monitoring device to control an image acquisition device to acquire images of a game display unit and generate side-recorded videos, stored into a data storage unit, indicative of game session numbers and events; or a continuously side-recorded video can be recorded continuously, beginning and ending time points of event together with associated positions of beginning and ending time points of event corresponding to the continuously side-recorded video are recorded by an association recording unit, and an association recording table and the continuously side-recorded video are stored into the data storage unit. Thus, management staff can retrieve the required side-recorded videos rapidly to show what actually happens at once and take appropriate counter measures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Inventor: Tien-Shu Hsu
  • Patent number: 10887576
    Abstract: A method for reducing the parameters defining an acquired light field ray which enables only the colour associated with the light field ray to be stored instead of 4 light field co-ordinates (x,y,i,j) and its associated colour.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: INTERDIGITAL VC HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Valter Drazic, Guillaume Boisson, Mozhdeh Seifi
  • Patent number: 10887532
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for generating images of specimens is disclosed. The apparatus includes an imaging system, controller, and user interface. The imaging system generates a plurality of component images of a specimen, each component image corresponding to a different viewing condition. Each image is represented by an intensity as a function of location on the specimen. The controller stores the component images and generates a compound image from a plurality of the component images. The compound image includes a weighted sum of first and second ones of the component images, the controller displaying the compound image on a display controlled by the controller. The user interface is adapted to control a weighting factor used in generating the weighted sum in response to user input. The controller redisplays the compound image after the weighting factor is changed in response to user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Agilent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew Ghetler
  • Patent number: 10880570
    Abstract: Techniques and systems are provided for processing video data. For example, a current block of a picture of the video data can be obtained for processing by an encoding device or a decoding device. A parameter of the current block can be determined. Based on the determined parameter of the current block, at least one or more of a number of rows of samples or a number columns of samples in a template of the current block and at least one or more of a number of rows of samples or a number columns of samples in a template of a reference picture can be determined. Motion compensation for the current block can be performed. For example, one or more local illumination compensation parameters can be derived for the current block using the template of the current block and the template of the reference picture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: Hsiao-Chiang Chuang, Jianle Chen, Xiang Li, Kai Zhang, Done Bugdayci Sansli, Marta Karczewicz, Wei-Jung Chien, Yu-Chen Sun
  • Patent number: 10867403
    Abstract: A vehicle external recognition extracts a feature point from an image including an environment around a vehicle; measures a distance from the vehicle to the feature point based on a movement of the feature point; extracts, as a first road surface area, a local area judged as a road surface based on distance information to the feature point and a position of the feature point in the image from among a plurality of local areas in the image; calculates a multi-dimensional image feature amount including color information for each of the plurality of local areas, and similarity to the first road surface area using the image feature amount with respect to a no-road-surface-extracted area(s) from among the plurality of local areas; extracts a second road surface area from the no-road-surface-extracted area(s) based on the similarity; and recognizes a travelable area using the first and the second road surface areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: CLARION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takehito Ogata, Daisuke Fukuda, Masahiro Kiyohara
  • Patent number: 10869028
    Abstract: An object tracking method and apparatus based on object verification are provided. The object tracking method includes detecting a first area that corresponds to a target object in a current frame, aligning the target object with respect to the current frame, and tracking the target object in a next frame based on whether a second area corresponds to the target object as a result of the alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jingu Heo, Dong Kyung Nam
  • Patent number: 10855987
    Abstract: A system and method of processing video data: produce, on the basis of the video data, descriptive data regarding a variation in a characteristic luminance of the video data, wherein the characteristic luminance summarizes the set of luminances of pixels in an image of the video data, wherein the descriptive data identifies the at least one change time instant, wherein the change time instant indicates a time at which a change of the characteristic luminance occurs; and encode and output the descriptive data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Chris Damkat, Gerard De Haan, Mark Jozef Willem Mertens, Remco Muijs, Martin Hammer, Philip Steven Newton
  • 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: 10846540
    Abstract: Lane level traffic levels are determined based on traffic camera images. A controller aligns a three-dimensional map with a traffic camera view, and identifies multiple lanes in the traffic camera view based on lane delineations of the three-dimensional map. The controller calculates a traffic parameter based on the multiple lanes in image frames from the traffic camera view and provides a traffic graphic based on the traffic parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: HERE GLOBAL B.V.
    Inventors: Xin Chen, Xiang Ma, Roman Ostrovskiy, Terence Zhao
  • Patent number: 10841465
    Abstract: Self leveling camera heads are described. The camera heads can be used in a range of applications including drain inspection systems. The camera heads include inductive and capacitive coupling to transfer signals from and electrical power to an image sensor assembly in the camera head. Also described are drain inspection systems using the camera heads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Ridge Tool Company
    Inventor: James Dvorsky
  • 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: 10829051
    Abstract: An interior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle includes a mirror head accommodating a reflective element. A display device is accommodated in the mirror head and behind the reflective element. The reflective element is tiltable between a mirror mode orientation, where the vehicle driver views rearward of the vehicle via the reflective element, and a display mode orientation, where the display device is actuated and the vehicle driver views images displayed by the display device through the transflective mirror reflector of the reflective element. An actuator has an actuator body that is pivotally mounted at the reflective element and that has a pivot element of a pivot joint that pivotally mounts the mirror head at an interior portion of the vehicle. The actuator pivots the reflective element relative to the actuator body to tilt the reflective element between the mirror mode orientation and the display mode orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Anthony J. LaCross, Darryl P. De Wind, Mark L. Larson, Rodney K. Blank, Christopher R. Koetje, Eric Peterson