Patents Examined by Howard D Brown, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10659803
    Abstract: A picture prediction method includes: determining two pixel samples in a current picture block, and determining a candidate motion information unit set corresponding to each of the two pixel samples; determining a merged motion information unit set i including two motion information units; and predicting a pixel value of the current picture block by using an affine motion model and the merged motion information unit set i.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Huanbang Chen, Sixin Lin, Fan Liang, Haitao Yang
  • Patent number: 10659816
    Abstract: A system comprises an encoder configured to compress a point cloud comprising a plurality of points each point comprising spatial information for the point. The encoder is configured to sub-sample the points and determine subdivision locations for the subsampled points. Also, the encoder is configured to determine, for respective subdivision location, if a point is to be included, not included, or relocated relative to the subdivision location. The encoder encodes spatial information for the sub-sampled points and encodes subdivision location point inclusion/relocation information to generate a compressed point cloud. A decoder recreates an original or near replica of an original point cloud based on the spatial information and the subdivision location inclusion/relocation information included in the compressed point cloud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Khaled Mammou, Fabrice A. Robinet, Andrea Cremaschi, Alexandros Tourapis
  • Patent number: 10653306
    Abstract: An electronic circuit unit includes: a cable having a core of stranded thin wires, the core being covered with an outer surface, the outer surface at one end of the cable being removed to expose the core; a metallic tube that is tubular, the exposed core being inserted into an opening portion of the metallic tube; and a substrate including a connection land for connecting the core. The exposed core is connected to the connection land via the metallic tube by diffusion joining or ultrasound joining, the core has a diameter of 0.02 to 0.50 mm, the metallic tube has a thickness of 10 to 50 ?m, and the metallic tube has an inner diameter that is larger than the diameter of the core by equal to or more than 1.1-fold and equal to or less than by 1.5-fold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Kimura
  • Patent number: 10659778
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of playing back a bitstream for transferring a group of pictures, the method comprising the steps of: parsing, when a random access occurs in a first picture, a network abstraction layer (NAL) unit header of at least one second picture following the first picture and determining a NAL unit type of the at least one second picture; removing the at least one second picture from the bitstream on the basis of the determined NAL unit type; and decoding and displaying the bitstream from which the at least one second picture has been removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Byeong-Doo Choi, Kyung-Mo Park, Jae-Hyeon Bae, Young-Wan So, Jae-Yeon Song, Hyun-Koo Yang
  • Patent number: 10647449
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a system includes a controller configured to determine a set of background light intensities associated with a satellite, where each background light intensity corresponds to at least one of an orientation and a position of a light source relative to the satellite, to determine a set of relative orientations of the light source corresponding to the set of background light intensities, and to generate an image of the satellite based, at least in part, on the determined set of background light intensities and the determined set of relative orientations of the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Christopher James Wasson, Bradley Whitten Taylor, Richard A. Fowell
  • Patent number: 10638118
    Abstract: The invention relates to a TOF camera system comprising several cameras, at least one of the cameras being a TOF camera, wherein the cameras are assembled on a common substrate and are imaging the same scene simultaneously and wherein at least two cameras are driven by different driving parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Depthsensing Solutions SA/NV
    Inventors: Daniel Van Nieuwenhove, Julien Thollot
  • Patent number: 10635933
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed for vision-based determining of trailer presence. An example vehicle includes a camera to capture a plurality of frames. The example vehicle also includes a controller to calculate feature descriptors for a set of features identified in a first frame, compute respective match magnitudes between the feature descriptors of the first frame and for a second frame, calculate respective feature scores for each feature of the set of features, and determine if a trailer is present by comparing a feature score of a feature to a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Bell, Brian Grewe
  • Patent number: 10630877
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide a system to take an image efficiently at a measurement accuracy which the user desires without changing the zoom factor of the camera. The system for calculating a distance 1 of the present invention includes an airborne imaging device 2 and a controller 3. The control unit 40 of the airborne imaging device 2 performs the rectangular size acquisition module 41 and acquires the rectangular size of an object to be imaged that is computer analyzable. Then, the control unit 40 performs the distance calculation module 42 and calculates the distance between the object to be imaged and the imaging device based on the rectangular size acquired by the processing of the rectangular size acquisition module 41.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventor: Shunji Sugaya
  • Patent number: 10623629
    Abstract: According to the present invention, an imaging condition setting method includes an object discriminating step S1-1 of discriminating the object by using images, a discriminable range generating step S1-2 of generating a discriminable range that is a range of the imaging conditions under which the object is discriminable, an identification determination result range generating step S1-2 of generating an identification determination result range that is a range of the imaging conditions under which the objects are determined as identical, an imaging condition setting rule generating step S1-4 of generating an imaging condition setting rule that is a rule for changing an imaging condition by using the discriminable range and the identification determination result range, and an imaging condition setting step S2-4 of setting an imaging condition under which the object is discriminable by using the imaging condition setting rule generated by the imaging condition setting rule generating step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Mikio Kiura
  • Patent number: 10620137
    Abstract: A contact lens inspection system, in particular for soft contact lenses, comprises a light source (40) for illuminating a contact lens to be inspected; a plenoptic camera (1) for producing an electronic plenoptic image; a processing unit (103) adapted for electronically processing the electronic plenoptic image of the contact lens and configured for refocusing the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Alcon Inc.
    Inventors: Sarah Unterkofler, Matthias Schwab
  • Patent number: 10618780
    Abstract: Provided is a crane that can detect obstacles within a sufficient range while traveling and while doing work. A crane that is provided with an obstacle sensor that, during travel, detects the approach of obstacles toward a front side part of a travel body and, during work, detects the approach of obstacles toward a rear side part of a turning body. According to a first embodiment, the obstacle sensor has a detection range that is directed from front to rear. According to a second embodiment, the obstacle sensor has a detection range that is directed from rear to front.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: TADANO LTD.
    Inventors: Iwao Ishikawa, Yuji Tadano
  • Patent number: 10612923
    Abstract: An aerial survey image capture system for a survey aircraft is disclosed. The system comprises a camera system arranged to capture successive images of ground beneath a survey aircraft. The camera system has associated camera parameters, and a loss of separation (LOS) avoidance system for a survey aircraft. The LOS avoidance system is arranged to determine a predicted closest point of approach (CPA) distance between the survey aircraft and the nearby aircraft based on their locations and movements, compare the CPA distance with a defined minimum separation distance corresponding to a LOS, and determine an estimate for at least one navigation parameter of the survey aircraft required for the CPA distance to remain above the defined minimum separation distance. The system is further arranged to modify camera system parameters so as to at least partially compensate for a change in survey efficiency when the estimated at least one navigation parameter is used to navigate the survey aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Spookfish Innovations PTY LTD
    Inventors: Simon Cope, Michael von Bertouch
  • Patent number: 10600155
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention include methods and systems to generating virtual reality content based on corrections to stitching errors. The method includes receiving at a cloud-based server through a network interface, raw virtual reality video data recorded by camera modules of a camera array. The method further includes stitching the raw virtual reality video data, at the cloud-based server, to generate an initial virtual reality render. The method further includes determining that the initial virtual reality render has stitching errors. The method further includes transmitting the initial virtual reality render from the cloud-based server to a user device. The method further includes receiving a correction to the initial virtual reality render from the user device. The method further includes generating virtual reality content based on the correction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Olaf Brandt, Anatoli Adamov, Arthur Van Hoff
  • Patent number: 10602186
    Abstract: There is provided an apparatus for generating a set of transform coefficients of a block in a frame or portion thereof. The apparatus includes a media encoder coupled to a data interface configured to receive a frame or portion thereof. The media encoder is configured to: designate a rotational symmetry mask having a size and a shape as the block partitioned in the frame or portion thereof for processing the block; split the block to two complementary portions using the rotational symmetry mask; generate a pair of rotational symmetry blocks each having one of the two complementary portions; and compute a transform coefficient for each member of the pair of rotational symmetry blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventors: Itsik Dvir, Natan Peterfreund, Dror Irony, David Drezner
  • Patent number: 10602095
    Abstract: A system and method for caregivers, central monitoring companies and other persons to monitor whether individuals entering patients' rooms take appropriate steps to mitigate the spread of healthcare associated infections to the patients receiving healthcare services. Though data from one or more of 3D Motion and Sound Sensors, individuals within a room may be tracked within a virtual zone, and the virtual zone may be shift based on the location of the person. It may be determined whether an individual within the virtual zone washed or sanitized his or her hands prior to entering the room or the virtual zone and may notify caregivers or other persons of individuals approaching the virtual zone in general or without completing a health-care associated infection mitigation action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventor: Neil Kusens
  • Patent number: 10591712
    Abstract: A microscope arrangement includes a plurality of microscopes, and a control device having a display screen and a data link. The display screen is configured to show microscopy data of the microscopes via the data link using display symbols, each display symbol representing microscopy data received by the control device from a different one of the microscopes. In at least one operational state of the control device, the display symbols are moveable on the display screen to correspond to an arrangement of the microscopes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Inventors: Qingsong Zou, Anthony Lim, Apria Laksono, Michelle Li, Andreas Klopfer, Vincent Vaccarelli
  • Patent number: 10594915
    Abstract: Videography of surfaces and improved positional control of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) are disclosed. Embodiments include a “panning” piloting scenario. The panning can include control parameters relative to a normal vector to a point P of a plane representing a surface, or relative to a direction of gravity and attributes of the surface. For example, the UAV can be programmed, or controlled, to “pan” about the point on the plane maintaining a certain distance therefrom while rotating about angles to the normal vector. Methods of estimating a surface include determining a plane including three non-collinear points of the surface. The plane determined can be relative to the direction of gravity, such as vertically parallel to gravity. A piloting routine can include piloting a UAV to various angles relative to the vector normal to the plane and distances to the location on the surface and/or point on the plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Platypus IP LLC
    Inventor: David Allan Jones
  • Patent number: 10578849
    Abstract: A scanning microscope includes a light source for generating a light beam having a wavelength, ?, and beam-forming optics configured for receiving the light beam and generating a quasi-Bessel excitation beam that is directed into a sample. The quasi-Bessel beam has a lateral FWHM and an axial FWHM that is greater than ten times the lateral FWHM, and the beam-forming optics include an excitation objective having an axis oriented in a first direction. The microscope includes beam scanning optics configured for scanning the quasi-Bessel beam in one or more directions that are substantially perpendicular to the first direction, and a detector configured for detecting signal light received from positions within the sample that are illuminated by the quasi-Bessel beam. The signal light is generated in response to an interaction of the excitation beam with the sample, and the signal light is imaged, at least in part, by the excitation objective, onto the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Howard Hughes Medical Institute
    Inventors: Na Ji, Rongwen Lu
  • Patent number: 10568798
    Abstract: Processing circuitry provided in a mobile device of a user requiring mobility assistance is programmed to: request multimodal personal transportation assistance from a pool of candidate companions, receive a location of a selected companion and a proposed route between the user to the selected companion, and determine an estimated time of arrival of the selected companion at a current location of the user. The proposed route includes pedestrian travel and the request for multimodal personal transportation identifies any specific needs of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventors: William P. Chernicoff, Ryan M. Klem
  • Patent number: 10565736
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an image processing apparatus and method, a program, and an image processing system that enable detection of a positional and directional shift of a camera while the vehicle is running. An image processing IC performs a calibration process on four cameras, using image signals from the four cameras, sensing information from a sensing chip, and information detected from a drive system unit or the like from a control microcomputer. For example, the image processing calibrates at least the orientations of the cameras disposed at the front and the rear, in accordance with the infinite point in the running background. Using the correction values obtained through the orientation calibration, the image processing IC generates overhead images of the respective cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Inventors: Eiji Oba, Takahiro Okubo, Takuya Yamaguchi