Patents Examined by Howard D Brown, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11417336
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method of generating a customized response based on a context, in accordance with some embodiments. Accordingly, the method may include receiving, using a communication device, at least one sensor data from at least one sensor, analyzing, using a processing device, the at least one sensor data, determining, using the processing device, a context based on the analyzing, identifying, using the processing device, a customized profile associated with the context, retrieving, using a storage device, the customized profile, and generating, using the processing device, a customized response based on the at least one sensor data and the customized profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Inventors: Cash Viedt, Ron Carter
  • Patent number: 11406479
    Abstract: Systems for generating in-focus color images are provided. Related methods and devices are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Yosi Moalem
  • Patent number: 11401018
    Abstract: The invention relates to a swimming and diving aid, having a hull which comprises a flow channel or with which a flow channel is associated, a motor-driven water acceleration arrangement, in particular a propeller, being associated with the flow channel; having a support surface for an upper body on an upper side of the hull; having grips mounted on the swimming and diving aid, control elements for controlling the water acceleration arrangement by means of an associated motor controller being provided on the grips; and having a display, facing toward the support surface, for showing operating parameters of the swimming and diving aid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Inventor: Hans-Peter Walpurgis
  • Patent number: 11399138
    Abstract: Control system configured for sample tracking in an electron microscope environment registers a movement associated with a region of interest located within an active area of a sample under observation with an electron microscope. The registered movement includes at least one directional constituent. The region of interest is positioned within a field of view of the electron microscope. The control system directs an adjustment of the electron microscope control component to one or more of dynamically center and dynamically focus the view through the electron microscope of the region of interest. The adjustment comprises one or more of a magnitude element and a direction element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Protochips, Inc.
    Inventors: Franklin Stampley Walden, II, John Damiano, Jr., David P. Nackashi, Daniel Stephen Gardiner, Mark Uebel, Alan Philip Franks, Benjamin Jacobs
  • Patent number: 11394911
    Abstract: In an imaging system according to an embodiment, a camera unit and an information-processing unit are connected to each other by differential-signal transmission lines. The camera unit includes a solid-state imaging device and an output driver. The solid-state imaging device is configured to operate on the basis of a power source voltage higher than a substrate voltage and generate imaging data. The output driver is configured to output a differential signal of the imaging data to the differential-signal transmission lines. The information-processing unit includes a voltage generator and a de-emphasis circuit. The voltage generator is configured to generate a reference voltage higher than the substrate voltage and lower than the power source voltage. The de-emphasis circuit is configured to control an amplitude of the differential signal by using the substrate voltage and the reference voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Inventors: Masato Osawa, Keisuke Ogawa
  • Patent number: 11393108
    Abstract: The present embodiments relate to improvements to audio/video (A/V) recording and communication devices, including improved approaches to using a neighborhood alert mode for triggering multi-device recording, to a multi-camera motion tracking process, and to a multi-camera event stitching process to create a series of “storyboard” images for activity taking place across the fields of view of multiple cameras, within a predetermined time period, for the A/V recording and communication devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John Modestine, Mark Troughton, Elliott Lemberger
  • Patent number: 11388388
    Abstract: A system and method for lightfield communication can be configured to receive one or more images, determine one or more features in the one or more images, and generate a lightfield image from the one or more images where at least one of the one or more features is in a focal plane of the lightfield image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Looking Glass Factory, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexis Hornstein, Shawn Michael Frayne, Lee Shiu Pong, Matthew Collins, Caleb Johnston
  • Patent number: 11388323
    Abstract: Provided are an imaging apparatus and an imaging method that make it possible to apply light having an optimum wavelength to capture an image without a user taking heed of a type of an imaging object. A wavelength of light optimum for analysis of a target is specified as an effective wavelength from a multispectral image of the target on which white light is applied, and light of the effective wavelength is applied upon the target. The target in this state is captured as a multispectral image, and the target is analyzed on a basis of a spectral image of an effective wavelength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Inventors: Takeshi Uemori, Atsushi Ito, Shinichiro Gomi, Yusuke Moriuchi, Kenichiro Nakamura
  • Patent number: 11375137
    Abstract: An image processor includes a first correction section that calculates a luminance average value of an image and corrects a luminance of the image on a basis of a periodic change in the luminance average value, and a second correction section that acquires color information on the image and corrects the color information on a basis of a periodic change in the color information. This configuration suppresses a flicker in imaging at a high-speed frame rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Inventor: Kazuyuki Okuike
  • Patent number: 11363942
    Abstract: An optical system for use with a stereo video endoscope with a fixed lateral viewing direction. The optical system including: a laterally-viewing distal optical assembly; and a proximal optical assembly, the distal optical assembly and proximal optical assembly jointly establishing a beam path, the proximal optical assembly including: a left channel lens system; and a right channel lens system similarly configured to the left channel lens system; wherein the distal optical assembly establishes an optical axis and is configured to couple incident light along the beam path from an object space into the left channel lens system and into the right channel lens system of the proximal optical assembly; and the optical system comprises an angle-selective optical element with a surface oriented perpendicular to the optical axis of the distal optical assembly, the surface being located in the beam path and coated with an incidence-angle-selective dielectric coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Inventors: Peter Schouwink, Jianxin Zhao
  • Patent number: 11361060
    Abstract: Techniques are described for a security and automation system. One method includes detecting a presence of a person proximate a residence, receiving a first authentication factor from a device associated with the person, receiving a second authentication factor associated with the person, and initiating a change of state of a locking mechanism associated with a barrier of the residence based on the first authentication factor and the second authentication factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: VIVINT, INC.
    Inventors: Jefferson Huhta Lyman, Logan Sanders Merkley
  • Patent number: 11363245
    Abstract: To provide an image processing device, an image processing method, and an image processing program capable of performing image processing beneficial for producing an image having high visibility without giving a sense of incongruity to a user such as a doctor. An image processing device is provided, the image processing device being provided with a weighting determination unit and a brightness calculation unit, wherein: when a region made up of a plurality of pixels, which is at least one portion of an input image input to the image processing device, is defined as a noted region, and this input image, either originally or as a result of an operation after being input, is an image expressed in an RGB color space, that is, each pixel is made up of an R component configuring red, a G component configuring green, and a B component configuring blue, and these are collectively defined as RGB components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: EIZO Corporation
    Inventors: Satomi Kidoguchi, Takashi Nakamae, Reo Aoki
  • Patent number: 11361406
    Abstract: A disclosed image processing apparatus includes a processor comprising hardware, the processor being configured to obtain a plurality of temporally continuous images generated by continuously imaging a subject illuminated with illumination light; calculate a correction coefficient on the basis of a correction target frame among the plurality of images; revise the correction coefficient of the correction target frame on the basis of the correction coefficient of each of a plurality of frames within a predetermined time set beforehand from a shooting time of the correction target frame; and create a display image on the basis of the correction target frame and the correction coefficient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Inventors: Mitsutaka Kimura, Masashi Hirota
  • Patent number: 11353162
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)-based intelligent anomaly identification method for petroleum pipeline inspection is provided. The precise UAV cruise technology is combined with a target detection algorithm to design an intelligent petroleum pipeline inspection method, which realizes fast anomaly detection for petroleum pipeline inspection based on the existing computer processing capability. In addition, a lot of optimization algorithms and improvements are made for target detection under special working conditions of UAV inspection, and a dedicated target detection network model adapted to these conditions is trained. The UAV-based intelligent anomaly identification method realizes accurate, real-time anomaly reporting for petroleum pipeline inspection, reduces the blindness of manual inspection, greatly improves inspection efficiency, reduces labor costs, and has practicability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Inventors: Qiong Li, Lin Yue, Yu Zhang, Jianjun He
  • Patent number: 11356648
    Abstract: An apparatus generates a plurality of albums including a first album and a second album, and includes a page generation unit to generate common pages to be arranged in both albums and individual pages including a first individual page to be arranged in the first album and not in the second album, and a second individual page to be arranged in the second and not in the first. The first album is album data that a first object is set as a main object. An image including the first object is arranged in the first individual page. The second album is album data that a second object is set as a main object. An image including the second object is arranged in the second individual page. A determination unit determines an arrangement order of the common pages and the individual pages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tomoya Sakai
  • Patent number: 11346792
    Abstract: An apparatus for checking tyres has at least one check unit at least two consecutively placed check stations defining a check path such that each check station is traversed in one cycle time and by pitches by each tyre to be checked. Each check station includes: a support device for one tyre at a time housed in the respective check station, high-definition image acquisition systems of a surface of the tyre, and movement devices. The high-definition image acquisition systems have systems for acquiring high-definition two-dimensional and three-dimensional images. Only one of the at least two check stations has all the high-definition three-dimensional image acquisition systems of the check unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: PIRELLI TYRE S.P.A.
    Inventors: Vincenzo Boffa, Alessandro Held, Fabio Regoli
  • Patent number: 11348202
    Abstract: Illustrative methods and systems for generating virtual reality content based on corrections to stitching errors are described. An illustrative computer-implemented method includes receiving raw virtual reality video data representing images recorded by camera modules of a camera array, using a stitching algorithm to stitch the images together to generate an initial virtual reality render, determining that the initial virtual reality render has a stitching error, determining a correction for the stitching error, and modifying the stitching algorithm based on the correction for the stitching error. The modified stitching algorithm may be used to generate a corrected virtual reality render that corrects the stitching error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Olaf Brandt, Anatoli Adamov, Arthur van Hoff
  • Patent number: 11338159
    Abstract: One or more thermal images containing pixel-by-pixel radiation intensity data in two or more wavelength bands can be processed to accurately determine the location of fire within the image(s), regardless of the radiation-scattering effects of smoke. First, all pixels having radiation intensities above a fire threshold in the longer-wavelength band are classified as being aflame. Second, a threshold curve defining a fire threshold in the shorter-wavelength band is applied to the pixels, and those having radiation intensities above the fire threshold in the shorter-wavelength band are classified as being aflame. Third, at least the second group of pixels above is tested to see if each pixel classified as being aflame is part of a group of adjoining pixels which were all classified as being aflame, and if so, each such pixel is reclassified as not being aflame unless it also falls within the first group of pixels above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Inventor: William Forsyth
  • Patent number: 11343490
    Abstract: An image encoding/decoding method and apparatus are provided. An image encoding method performed by an image encoding apparatus may comprise determining an intra-prediction mode of a current block, configuring a reference sample of intra prediction by using at least one of a neighbor pixel of the current block in a current picture and a pixel of a reference picture, and performing intra prediction for the current block based on the intra-prediction mode and the reference sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignees: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute, University-Industry Cooperation Group of Kyung Hee University
    Inventors: Jung Won Kang, Hyun Suk Ko, Sung Chang Lim, Jin Ho Lee, Ha Hyun Lee, Dong San Jun, Seung Hyun Cho, Hui Yong Kim, Jin Soo Choi, Gwang Hoon Park, Tae Hyun Kim, Dae Young Lee
  • Patent number: 11340439
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides method and system for auto focusing a microscopic imaging system using machine learned regression system such as Convolutional Neural Network (CNN). The method comprises receiving a first image of a sample under review and a second image of sample wherein the first image is captured at first focus position and second image is captured at second focus position. The CNN is trained using the plurality of historic difference images along with direction of focus and optimal focus position. The difference of two images are obtained in terms of difference in pixel values. The direction of focus and optimal focus position for difference image is identified based on plurality of historic difference images along with direction of focus and optimal focus position. The method enables automated stage comprising sample to move towards direction of focus and position at optimal focus position for capturing a focused image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Sigtuple Technologies Private Limited
    Inventor: Tathagato Rai Dastidar