Patents Examined by James Boylan
  • Patent number: 10162184
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a foveated imaging system capable of capturing a wide field of view image and a foveated image, where the foveated image is a controllable region of interest of the wide field of view image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Magic Leap, Inc.
    Inventors: Chunyu Gao, Hong Hua
  • Patent number: 10085020
    Abstract: A method, a filtering control device, a computer program and a computer program product for processing a first picture in a sample adaptive filtering procedure are disclosed. The first picture is reconstructed from video data. The filtering control device obtains an offset magnitude from the video data. The offset magnitude indicates a magnitude of a sample adaptive offset to be applied in the sample adaptive filtering procedure. The filtering control device obtains an offset sign from the video data. The offset sign indicates a sign of the sample adaptive offset. The filtering control device determines the sample adaptive offset based on the offset magnitude and the offset sign. Moreover, the filtering control device processes, in the sample adaptive filtering procedure, at least a portion of the first picture while applying the sample adaptive offset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET L M ERICSSON (PUBL)
    Inventors: Kenneth Andersson, Rickard Sjöberg, Per Wennersten
  • Patent number: 10061130
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a foveated imaging system capable of capturing a wide field of view image and a foveated image, where the foveated image is a controllable region of interest of the wide field of view image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Magic Leap, Inc.
    Inventors: Chunyu Gao, Hong Hua
  • Patent number: 10037474
    Abstract: The technology disclosed relates to coordinating motion-capture of a hand by a network of motion-capture sensors having overlapping fields of view. In particular, it relates to designating a first sensor among three or more motion-capture sensors as having a master frame of reference, observing motion of a hand as it passes through overlapping fields of view of the respective motion-capture sensors, synchronizing capture of images of the hand within the overlapping fields of view by pairs of the motion-capture devices, and using the pairs of the hand images captured by the synchronized motion-capture devices to automatically calibrate the motion-capture sensors to the master frame of reference frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Leap Motion, Inc.
    Inventor: David S. Holz
  • Patent number: 10009632
    Abstract: A device configured to code video data includes: a memory configured to store video data, and at least one processor. The at least one processor is configured to: code information indicating whether a block from a current picture will flicker. A determination of whether the block from the current picture will flicker is based on the block in the current picture in a display order and a collocated block from a next picture in the display order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Rajan Laxman Joshi, Xiang Li, Marta Karczewicz, Krishnakanth Rapaka
  • Patent number: 10009628
    Abstract: Video data with high frame rates may be displayed on devices with limited resources (e.g., decoder and/or display resources). These devices may have their resources devoted to other tasks or may not be capable to display the video data at the high frame rates. The coding method may include coding the frames such that additional droppable frames are included in the encoded video data. The decoding method may include dropping droppable frames before the encoded video data is decoded to reduce the number of frames that will be decoded and displayed. These methods may be applied to video data that has a variable frame rate and may be combined with processing the image sequence for slow motion playback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: John Samuel Bushell, Davide Concion, David Saracino, Erik Turnquist
  • Patent number: 9992483
    Abstract: An imaging architecture is described for a depth camera mode with mode switching. In one example, an imaging device has a primary camera to capture an image of a scene, a secondary camera to capture an image of the same scene, a third camera to capture an image of a second scene, a processor having a first port coupled to the primary camera to receive images from the primary camera and a second port to receive images, and a multiplexer coupled to the secondary camera and to the third camera to receive the captured images and to alternately couple the secondary camera or the third camera to the second port of the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Krishna Kaza, Vivek Kumar, Kabeer R. Manchanda, Sreenivasulu Gosangi, Jianxu Zheng, Lei Chen, Wen Wang
  • Patent number: 9976965
    Abstract: A welding facility inspecting apparatus may include a base apparatus that has a space in the interior thereof and surrounds the space in a horizontal direction, a first extension apparatus, a second extension apparatus, a first camera that is attached to the base apparatus, a second camera that is attached to the base apparatus at a same height as the first camera, a third camera that is attached to the first extension apparatus, a fourth camera that is attached to the second extension apparatus, and a measuring apparatus that is attached to the base apparatus in such a way that the measuring apparatus is disposed in the inner space of the base apparatus and that is configured to measure welding force and welding current of a welding gun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Bokdeok Seo, Seongrae Nho, Jimyeon Song
  • Patent number: 9973735
    Abstract: A camera apparatus includes a rotatable camera unit; a filter unit which is configured to selectively take at least one of a covering state and a standby state, wherein the covering state covers a light incident portion of the camera unit with a filter and the standby state removes the filter from the light incident portion; a controller which is configured to control a rotation of the camera unit and a state of the filter unit; and a memory which stores posture information including a direction of the camera unit and filter information representing at least one of the covering state and the standby state of the filter unit. The controller controls the direction of the camera unit based on the posture information stored in the memory and controls the filter unit based on the filter information stored in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jyouji Wada, Masahito Oka, Yoshihito Urashima
  • Patent number: 9967478
    Abstract: A low-level region detection unit is configured to detect a low-level region from a far-infrared camera image. A transparent region detection unit is configured to detect a low-level region based on at least the near-infrared camera image, the low-level region having a predetermined level or less resulting from being a transparent region that is a region covered with a visually transparent material, within the low-level region detected by the low-level region detection unit. The image segmentation unit is configured to segment a portion of the transparent region from the near-infrared camera image. The superimposition unit is configured to superimpose the portion of the transparent region onto a position of the far-infrared camera image, which corresponds to a position of the transparent region, and generate a synthetic image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: JVC KENWOOD CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tomohiro Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 9955141
    Abstract: A portable three-dimensional scanner includes at least two image sensing units and a depth map generation unit. When the portable three-dimensional scanner is moved around an object, a first image sensing unit and a second image sensing unit of the at least two image sensing units capture a plurality of first images comprising the object and a plurality of second images comprising the object, respectively. When the first image sensing unit captures each first image of the plurality of first images, a corresponding distance exists between the portable three-dimensional scanner and the object. The depth map generation unit generates a corresponding depth map according to the each first image and a corresponding second image. A plurality of depth maps generated by the depth map generation unit, the plurality of first images, and the plurality of second images are used for generating a color three-dimensional scan result corresponding to the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: eYs3D Microelectronics, Co.
    Inventors: Chao-Chun Lu, Wen-Kuo Lin
  • Patent number: 9927373
    Abstract: Disclosed is monitoring device of monitoring a state of a substrate processing process in a substrate processing apparatus. The monitoring device includes: an imaging unit configured to image a processing state of the substrate processing process; a storage unit; a storage control unit configured to store a moving picture imaged by the imaging unit after adding a time stamp to the moving picture; a group classification unit configured to group a plurality of moving pictures stored in the storage unit into moving pictures of a normal group and moving pictures of a group other than the normal group; and a threshold generation unit configured to generate a threshold for detecting an abnormal moving picture based on the moving pictures of the normal group grouped by the group classification unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Motoi Okada, Shigeyuki Iida
  • Patent number: 9926148
    Abstract: Pedestrian-Vehicle safety systems for loading docks are disclosed herein. An example method disclosed herein includes sensing whether a person is within a certain area adjacent a dock face of a loading dock, emitting a first signal in response to sensing the person being present within the certain area, sensing rearward movement of a vehicle toward the dock face, emitting a second signal in response to sensing rearward movement of the vehicle while the person is not present in the certain area, and emitting a third signal in response to sensing both the rearward movement of the vehicle and the person being present within the certain area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: RITE-HITE HOLDING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Allan H. Hochstein, Andrew Brooks, Jason Senfleben, Kenneth C. Bowman, Matthew Sveum, James C. Boerger, Joseph Manone, Matthew McNeill
  • Patent number: 9924165
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a memory and a processor. The memory may be configured to store video data. The video data includes a plurality of sections of one or more pictures that can be processed independently. The processor generally includes a hardware pipeline. The hardware pipeline implements a number of stages of a video coding process, such that each stage performs an associated task in a substantially similar time on a different one of said plurality of sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ambarella, Inc.
    Inventors: Leslie D. Kohn, Ellen M. Lee, Peter Verplaetse
  • Patent number: 9921392
    Abstract: In the image capturing apparatus, the optical path difference producing member is disposed on the second optical path. Thereby, it is possible to suppress the amount of light when an optical image which is focused at the front of an optical image made incident into the first imaging device (front focus) and an optical image which is focused at the rear thereof (rear focus) are respectively imaged at the second imaging device and also to secure the amount of light on image pickup by the first imaging device. Further, in the image capturing apparatus, a position of the first imaging region and a position of the second imaging region on the imaging area are reversed with respect to the axis P in association with reversal of a scanning direction of the sample. Therefore, despite the scanning direction of the sample, it is possible to obtain a deviation direction of the focus position under the same conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: HAMAMATSU PHOTONICS K.K.
    Inventor: Hideshi Oishi
  • Patent number: 9918023
    Abstract: Various techniques are provided for implementing a segmented focal plane array (FPA) of infrared sensors. In one example, a system includes a segmented FPA. The segmented FPA includes a top die having an array of infrared sensors (e.g., bolometers). The top die may also include a portion of a read-out integrated circuit (ROIC). The segmented FPA also includes a bottom die having at least a portion of the ROIC. The top and the bottom dies are electrically coupled via inter-die connections. Advantageously, the segmented FPA may be fabricated with a higher yield and a smaller footprint compared with conventional FPA architectures. Moreover, the segmented FPA may be fabricated using different semiconductor processes for each die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: FLIR Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Simolon, Eric A. Kurth, Mark Nussmeier, Nicholas Högasten, Theodore R. Hoelter, Katrin Strandemar, Pierre Boulanger, Barbara Sharp
  • Patent number: 9878842
    Abstract: A system and method is disclosed for imaging and scanning a plurality of plants to capture information related to plant performance. Plants move through the system on a conveyor belt in specialized plant container pot holders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Dow AgroSciences LLC
    Inventors: Kirsti A. Golgotiu, Brent Allen Gibson, Cory A. Christensen
  • Patent number: 9860512
    Abstract: A display apparatus and an image display method of the display apparatus are provided, and the image display method includes following steps. Video contents that include a plurality of single frame images are received. A detection zone of the single frame images is determined according to a current scale mode of the display apparatus, and the different scale modes correspond to the different detection zones. The detection zone of each single frame image is detected to determine an image format of the video contents. A play mode of the display apparatus is adjusted according to the image format, and the video contents which are scaled are displayed by the display apparatus in the play mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignees: Novatek (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., Novatek Microelectronics Corp.
    Inventors: Lei Zhou, Heng Yu, Guang-Zhi Liu, Chun Wang
  • Patent number: 9860519
    Abstract: A method for correcting an image phase of a depth camera with a lens is disclosed. The method includes the steps of: a) selecting a first reference point on an optical axis of the lens and a second reference point on an object, wherein a distance between the first and second reference points is the shortest than others; b) calculating the distance in the step a) to serve as a standard distance; c) selecting sample points on the object other than the second reference point and calculating distances between the sample points and the first reference point; d) calculating offsets and angles between a line through the first and second reference points and lines through the first reference point and sample points; and e) calculating real distances between the first reference point and sample points by values from the step d).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: LIPS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ling-Wei Liu, Hung-Chang Tsai
  • Patent number: 9851563
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a foveated imaging system capable of capturing a wide field of view image and a foveated image, where the foveated image is a controllable region of interest of the wide field of view image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Magic Leap, Inc.
    Inventors: Chunyu Gao, Hong Hua