Patents Examined by Howard D Brown, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10999580
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an entropy decoding method which includes: generating context related to a bin that forms a codeword of a syntax element; and performing arithmetic decoding of the bin based on the context.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventors: Jaehyun Lim, Byeongmoon Jeon, Yongjoon Jeon, Seungwook Park, Jungsun Kim, Joonyoung Park, Hendry Hendry, Naeri Park, Chulkeun Kim
  • Patent number: 10986279
    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: November 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    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: 10970831
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media for feedback on and improving the accuracy of super-resolution imaging. In some embodiments, a low resolution image of a specimen can be obtained using a low resolution objective of a microscopy inspection system. A super-resolution image of at least a portion of the specimen can be generated from the low resolution image of the specimen using a super-resolution image simulation. Subsequently, an accuracy assessment of the super-resolution image can be identified based on one or more degrees of equivalence between the super-resolution image and one or more actually scanned high resolution images of at least a portion of one or more related specimens identified using a simulated image classifier. Based on the accuracy assessment of the super-resolution image, it can be determined whether to further process the super-resolution image. The super-resolution image can be further processed if it is determined to further process the super-resolution image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Nanotronics Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew C. Putman, John B. Putman, Vadim Pinskiy, Joseph Succar
  • Patent number: 10966592
    Abstract: A three-dimensional endoscope comprises a video signal input portion to which a first video signal is obtained by a first imaging system and a second video signal is obtained by a second imaging system are inputted. A video signal identification portion that identifies a two-dimensional video signal and a three-dimensional video signal are obtained from the video signal input portion. An image condition detection portion that when the video signal identification portion has detected the two-dimensional video signal, analyzes a display area of a two-dimensional image to detect a foggy region. An image combining portion that, when the image condition detection portion has detected a foggy region in a video of at least one of the first imaging system and the second imaging system, combines both of the first video signal and the second video signal to generate a composite image in which fogginess of the foggy region being eliminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Inventor: Takayuki Ida
  • Patent number: 10972668
    Abstract: An HMD includes an image display section configured to display an image to enable visual recognition of an outside scene by transmitting external light, a mobile-body-position acquiring section configured to acquire a position of a mobile machine, an operation detecting section configured to detect operation, and a display control section configured to cause the image display section to display the image. The display control section executes visibility control processing for controlling, on the basis of the position of the mobile machine acquired by the mobile-body-position acquiring section and the operation detected by the operation detecting section, visibility of the image displayed by the image display section with respect to the external light transmitted through the image display section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Inventors: Emi Ozawa, Shinichi Kobayashi, Masahide Takano
  • Patent number: 10965865
    Abstract: An apparatus for recording a drive video of a vehicle is provided. The apparatus includes a position measuring device configured to acquire a position of the vehicle, a camera configured to capture an image of an area around the vehicle, and a controller configured to determine a capturing requirement of the camera based on the position of the vehicle, and to determine whether to apply the capturing requirement to the camera based on a user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, KIA Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Se Young Park
  • Patent number: 10965959
    Abstract: The present application provides a multi-frame quality enhancement method and device for a lossily compressed video. The method comprises: performing quality enhancement on the i-th frame of a decompressed video stream using m frames correlated with the i-th frame to play the i-th frame with enhanced quality. The m frames are frames in the video stream. The number of the same pixels or corresponding pixels of each of the m frames and the i-th frame is greater than a preset threshold. m is a natural number greater than 1. In an implementation, a non-peak-quality frame positioned between two peak quality frames may be enhanced using the peak quality frames. The method may mitigate the quality fluctuation across a plurality of frames for providing playback of the video stream and may improve the quality of all frames in the video after the lossy compression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventors: Mai Xu, Ren Yang, Tie Liu, Tianyi Li, Zhaoji Fang
  • Patent number: 10963704
    Abstract: A system and method for interaction monitoring in a retail environment that includes executing a first monitoring system and thereby generating a first evaluation of customer selection of items; executing a second monitoring system and thereby generating a second evaluation of customer selection of items; determining monitoring alignment between the first evaluation and the second evaluation of a first customer; and triggering an action in response to the monitoring alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Grabango Co.
    Inventors: William Glaser, Brian Van Osdol
  • Patent number: 10949153
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a system for facilitating the generation of a customized response based on a context, in accordance with some embodiments. Accordingly, the system may include a communication device configured for receiving at least one sensor data from at least one sensor associated with at least one user. Further, the system may include a processing device configured for analyzing the at least one sensor data and determining a context based on analyzing. Further, the processing device may be configured for identifying a customized profile associated with the context. Further, the system may include a storage device configured for retrieving the customized profile. Further, the processing device may be configured for generating a customized response based on the at least one sensor data and the customized profile. Further, the system may include a presentation device. Further, the presentation device may be configured to present the customized response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventor: Cash Viedt
  • Patent number: 10944958
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method and a device for detecting a height-limiting rod, and an automatic driving system, for use in a binocular stereo camera. The method includes: filtering out invalid points in a disparity map corresponding to a target image in accordance with a predetermined detection range, so as to acquire a valid point disparity map; projecting the valid point disparity map along an X-axis direction in a three-dimensional coordinate system onto a plane where a Y axis and a Z axis are located, and counting the quantity of valid points for each row of pixels with respect to each disparity value, so as to acquire a projection image; filtering out invalid projection points and invalid blobs in the projection image, so as to acquire a valid blob image; and back-projecting the valid blob image to the three-dimensional coordinate system, and determining a rectangular region where the height-limiting rod is located in accordance with X-axis, Y-axis and Z-axis coordinate values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Beijing Smarter Eye Technology Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Ran Meng, Zhipeng Xiao, Hua Chai, Haifeng Lai, Zhe Wang, Jixia Du, Zunying Pang
  • Patent number: 10939088
    Abstract: Dense field imagers are disclosed which are configured to provide combined, aggregated, fused, and/or stitched light field data for a scene. A dense field imager can include a plurality of imaging elements configured to be joined into image blocks or facets that each provides light field data about a scene. The dense field imager can include a plurality of facets in a fixed or modular fashion such that the dense field imager is configured to combine, aggregate, fuse and/or stitch light field data from the plurality of facets. The facets can be mounted such that one or more facets are non-coplanar with other facets. The facets can be configured to provide a representation of the light field with overlapping fields of view. Accordingly, the dense field imager can provide dense field data over a field of view covered by the plurality of facets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: RED.COM, LLC
    Inventors: James H. Jannard, Bimal Mathur, Howard John Postley
  • Patent number: 10924654
    Abstract: Videography of surfaces and improved positional control of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) are disclosed. Embodiments include defining a plane relative a vertical or semi-vertical surface. Linearly scanning along a line parallel to the plane. The plane being defined by three non-colinear points. The linear scanning along the plane is defined by a defined distance from the plane to the surface. The scanning including distance sensor scanning. The distance sensor scanning creating a model of the surface. The distance sensor scanning can include sound-based or light-based distance measurement scanning. The surveillance scanning can further include capture of imagery of the surface along the linear scanning along the plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Drone Control LLC
    Inventor: David Allan Jones
  • Patent number: 10924739
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods for calculating a quantization parameter (QP) for encoding video frames to meet a given bit budget are disclosed. Control logic coupled to an encoder calculates a complexity indicator that represents a level of difficulty in encoding a previous video frame. The complexity indicator is based at least in part on a first parameter associated with the previous video frame and corresponds to one or more of a variance, an intra-prediction factor, and an inter-to-intra ratio. The complexity indicator is then used by the control logic to calculate a preferred QP to use to encode the current video frame to meet a given bit budget. By using the preferred QP generated based on the complexity indicator, the encoder is able to make fewer QP adjustments during the frame. This helps to improve the visual quality of the resulting encoded video bitstream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: ATI Technologies ULC
    Inventors: Dennis Lew, Jiao Wang, Lei Zhang, Edward A. Harold
  • Patent number: 10917601
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a tracker and a surveying apparatus comprising the tracker, which improve the reliability of tracking a target. The tracker comprises a an image sensor arrangement having an imaging region composed of a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix of columns and rows. The imaging region is arranged to take an image of a scene including the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Trimble Jena GmbH
    Inventor: Andreas Glimm
  • Patent number: 10917623
    Abstract: A stereoscopic video playback device is provided that processes original stereoscopic image pairs taken using parallel-axis cameras and provided for viewing under original viewing conditions by scaling and cropping to provide new viewing condition stereoscopic video on a single screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Inventor: Nicholas Routhier
  • Patent number: 10915758
    Abstract: Virtual sensor technology, in which a camera is controlled to capture at least one configuration image of an area monitored by a monitoring system and input is received that defines one or more characteristics of the at least one configuration image that enable sensing of an event in the area. Based on the received input, configuration data used in sensing the event is generated and stored. After storage of the configuration data, the camera is controlled to capture one or more images of the area, the one or more images are analyzed based on the configuration data, and occurrence of the event is detected based on the analysis of the one or more images. Based on detecting occurrence of the event, a transmitting device is controlled to send, to a controller of the monitoring system, a signal that indicates the detection of the occurrence of the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Incorporated
    Inventor: Stephen Scott Trundle
  • Patent number: 10909770
    Abstract: Systems and methods for building a three-dimensional composite scene are disclosed. Certain embodiments of the systems and methods may include the use of a three-dimensional capture device that captures a plurality of three-dimensional images of an environment. Some embodiments may further include elements concerning aligning and/or mapping the captured images. Various embodiments may further include elements concerning reconstructing the environment from which the images were captured. The methods disclosed herein may be performed by a program embodied on a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium when executed the program is executed a processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Matterport, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Bell, David Gausebeck, Michael Beebe
  • Patent number: 10911693
    Abstract: Guidance systems and associated methods are disclosed. One method comprises: receiving macroscan data prior to an operation; defining a body information model from the macroscan data; positioning a navigation component in the body during the operation; generating microscan data with the navigation component; correlating a location in the macroscan data with a location in the microscan data in the body information model; and/or modifying the body information model by combining an image in the microscan data with an image in the macroscan data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Niraj P. Rauniyar, Timothy P. Harrah, Peter J. Pereira, William M. Asselin, Michael S. H. Chu, Brandon W. Craft, Adam P. Nodiff, Chad Schneider, William Stanhope, Eric Wong, Kimberly DeGraaf
  • Patent number: 10908678
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for systems and methods for providing a fused image that combines image data of a scene received from an imaging system with a chart to aid in the navigation of a mobile structure. Specifically, the fused image may be generated by superimposing various image elements extracted from an image onto various locations on the chart that correlate to the actual positions of the objects within the scene. In some embodiments, one or more non-water objects may be detected within the image, image representations of the non-water objects may be extracted from the image feed, and the extracted image representations may be superimposed onto locations on the chart that are determined to correlate to the actual positions of the non-water objects within the scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: FLIR Belgium BVBA
    Inventors: Mark Johnson, Richard Jales, Dorian Le Coz
  • Patent number: 10904460
    Abstract: An imaging instrument for controlling a target designation makes it possible to visualise a target designation spot (SP) within a scene (SC), while using only one image sensor. To do this, a filter is arranged on the image sensor, in a restricted area (ZC) of same. The filter makes it possible to increase a contrast and a signal-to-noise ratio for an image of the target designation spot, when a misalignment (DP) is produced in order to bring the image of the target designation spot into the area of the filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Safran Electronics & Defense
    Inventors: Patrick Robert, Hervé Sik