Patents Examined by Jamie J Atala
  • Patent number: 10976534
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for recording images with a light microscope, wherein a specimen container with a specimen is arranged on a specimen holder of the light microscope, and wherein illuminating light is guided onto the specimen. The illuminating light can hereby be cut in a cross-section transversely to an optical axis of the light microscope through a wall of the specimen container to a limited cross-sectional region. First and second diaphragm settings are determined and set, for the limited cross-sectional region of the illuminating light defined by the wall of the specimen container, in which the diaphragm covers equal sized portions of the limited cross-sectional region. In addition the invention relates to a light microscope which is adapted in particular to carry out the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: CARL ZEISS MICROSCOPY GMBH
    Inventors: Ralf Steinmeyer, Peter Schoen, Matthias Langhorst, Cornelia Bendlin
  • Patent number: 10979607
    Abstract: A camera apparatus, e.g., a stereoscopic camera apparatus, includes a dual element mounting plate, a pair of individual lens mounts, and a pair of sensor holders, each sensor holder holding an image sensor. The lens mounts and sensor holders are secured to the dual element mounting plate. Multiple dual element mounting plates corresponding to camera pairs may be secured to a base plate. Various features facilitate achieving and maintaining alignment between a lens and a corresponding image sensor, as well as between camera pairs and between sets of camera pairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Ryan Michael Sheridan
  • Patent number: 10970555
    Abstract: A system can obtain a labelled data set, including historic video data and labelled events. The system can divide the labelled data set into historic training/testing data sets. The system can determine, using the historic training data set, a plurality of different parameter configurations to be used by a video encoder to encode a video that includes a plurality of video frames. Each parameter configuration can include a group of pictures (“GOP”) size and a scenecut threshold. The system can calculate an accuracy of event detection (“ACC”) and a filtering rate (“FR”) for each parameter configuration. The system can calculate, for each parameter configuration of the plurality of different parameter configurations, a harmonic mean between the ACC and the FR. The system can then select a best parameter configuration of the plurality of different parameter configurations based upon the parameter configuration that has the highest harmonic mean.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Tarek Elgamal, Shu Shi, Varun Gupta, John Murray, Rittwik Jana
  • Patent number: 10972751
    Abstract: A video encoding apparatus that predictive-encodes an encoding target image included in an encoding target video. The apparatus includes a prediction device that predicts the encoding target image with reference to a previously-encoded picture as a reference picture and determines first reference information which indicates a first reference region as a reference destination; a second reference information determination device that determines, from reference information used when the first reference region was predictive-encoded, second reference information which indicates a second reference region as another reference destination for the encoding target image; and a predicted image generation device that generates a predicted image based on the second reference information, or both the first reference information and the second reference information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: NIPPON TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shiori Sugimoto, Shinya Shimizu, Akira Kojima
  • Patent number: 10970590
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are presented herein for detecting an oilfield equipment unit of an oilfield wellsite from a visible image, overlaying the detected oilfield equipment unit of the visible image on a corresponding portion of a thermal image, and generating an alert when a temperature indicated by the corresponding portion of the thermal image is outside of an operational temperature range of the detected oilfield equipment unit. The methods and apparatus presented herein facilitate the monitoring of the health of oilfield equipment units that would otherwise be monitored by numerous sensors disposed about the oilfield wellsite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Rajesh Luharuka, Ashok Veeraraghavan
  • Patent number: 10964059
    Abstract: In a system and a method for extrinsic calibration of an image capture apparatus of a vehicle, the vehicle includes a vehicle body and a movable part configured to rotate around a known rotation axis relative to the vehicle body. The system includes an image capture apparatus having an image capture device mounted on the vehicle body and configured to capture at least two images of the movable part, an identification unit configured to identify at least two image features in the images, a calculation unit configured to calculate a calculated direction of the rotation axis relative to the image capture device based on the image features, and a calibration unit configured to determine extrinsic parameters of the image capture apparatus based on the calculated direction of the rotation axis relative to the image capture device and the known parameters of the rotation axis relative to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: David Bamber, Lingjun Gao, Robin Plowman
  • Patent number: 10965955
    Abstract: Method and apparatus of using Pattern-based MV derivation (PMVD), Bi-directional optical flow (BIO) or Decoder-side MV refinement (DMVR) to refine motion for a bi-direction predicted block are disclosed. According to one method of the present invention, a first and a second motion-compensated reference blocks associated with the current block in a first and a second reference pictures from reference picture list 0 and list 1 are determined respectively. The PMVD process, BIO process or DMVR process is applied to generate motion refinement for the current block using reference data corresponding to the first motion-compensated reference block and the second motion-compensated reference block without other reference data outside the first motion-compensated reference block and the second motion-compensated reference block so as to reduce required system memory bandwidth. Also an adaptive block size method for block-based BIO is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: MEDIATEK INC.
    Inventors: Ching-Yeh Chen, Tzu-Der Chuang, Yu-Wen Huang
  • Patent number: 10955554
    Abstract: A system uses range and Doppler velocity measurements from a lidar system and images from a video system to estimate a six degree-of-freedom trajectory of a target and generate a three-dimensional image of the target. The system may refine the three-dimensional image by reducing the stochastic components in the transformation parameters between video frame times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: StereoVision Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Anatoley T. Zheleznyak, Richard L. Sebastian
  • Patent number: 10951919
    Abstract: A method for performing Multivariable Matrix Spectral Factorization has been developed, which allows factorization in real time high-dimensional matrices with multivariable high-order polynomial or non-rational entries. Systems implementing the method provide improved performance and capabilities in applications reducible to multivariable matrix spectral factorization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: New York University in Abu Dhabi Corporation
    Inventors: Lasha Ephremidze, Ilya Spitkovsky
  • Patent number: 10951871
    Abstract: There is provided a generation device, an identification information generation method, a reproduction device, and an image reproduction method capable of identifying a packing scheme. Stereo packing identification information for identifying a scheme of packing is generated with regard to a plurality of region images of a celestial sphere image packed in a packed frame. In a case in which packing is performed by one of a plurality of packing schemes, stereo packing identification information indicating a packing method can be generated, a projected frame can be generated easily on the basis of the identification information, and the projected frame can be rendered. The present technology can be applied to a case in which a celestial sphere stereoscopic image is transmitted to be reproduced on a reception side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryohei Takahashi, Mitsuhiro Hirabayashi, Teruhiko Suzuki, Ohji Nakagami
  • Patent number: 10951882
    Abstract: An external scene image captured by an external scene imaging electronic camera attached to a head mounted display (HMD) is projected and displayed onto an image display screen arranged in front of the eyes of the user as a virtual image with a suitable viewing distance corresponding to the visual acuity of the user. At this time, for each object image presented in the virtual image of the external scene image, the virtual image is processed and formatted to add a predetermined degree of binocular disparity and image blur to the virtual image projected and displayed on the right and the left image display screen on the basis of a predetermined converted distance calculated from the real distance of each object. Thus, the user is given a sense of a realistic perspective for the virtual image of the external scene, free of the discomfort or unease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventor: Kunikazu Oonishi
  • Patent number: 10939126
    Abstract: A video encoding method is provided in the present invention. The method includes: determining a range of interest ROI in an ith frame, wherein the ROI comprises at least one ROI macroblock; extracting characteristic information of the at least one ROI macroblock, wherein the characteristic information comprises location information and type information of the at least one ROI macroblock; determining a quantization parameter QP corresponding to each of the at least one ROI macroblock; encoding the characteristic information of the at least one ROI macroblock according to the determined QP corresponding to each ROI macroblock, to obtain an ROI characteristic stream of the ith frame; and adding, to a video stream of the ith frame, the QP corresponding to each ROI macroblock and the ROI characteristic stream of the ith frame, to perform sending, wherein the video stream of the ith frame is obtained by encoding the ROI and a non-ROI comprised in the ith frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: GUANGZHOU ZHIJING TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventors: Minsheng Wang, Maojian Xiang, Xiaojun Liu
  • Patent number: 10931968
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and computer program product are provided in order to create and/or decode video content of a scene that includes regions having looping video of different loop lengths with the video content of the scene being configured to be repeatedly looped, such as in the form of a cinemagraph, without any temporal discontinuity. In the context of a method, the video content of a scene is encoded. The video content includes at least two regions having looping videos of different loop lengths. The method also includes constructing metadata in association with the video content. The metadata comprises information identifying a location of each region within the scene. The metadata further comprises a loop length for each of the at least two regions. The method further includes causing provision of the video content as encoded and the metadata.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: NOKIA TECHNOLOGIES OY
    Inventors: Timo Juhani Ahonen, Daniel Andre Vaquero, Miska Matias Hannuksela
  • Patent number: 10917657
    Abstract: A method is provided for encoding at least one current image. The method implements, at an image capturing terminal, for at least one portion to be encoded of the current image: determining a piece of information related to manipulation of the terminal by a user, in relation with the at least one captured current image; obtaining at least one piece of data related to the current image by transforming the determined piece of information; and from the obtained piece of data, implementing at least one of the following acts: predicting a piece of movement information associated with the at least one portion of the current image, and determining at least one characteristic of an encoding mode associated with the at least one portion of the current image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: ORANGE
    Inventors: Joel Jung, Dang Khoa Vo Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10915761
    Abstract: A vehicular vision system includes a camera and an image processor that processes frames of image data captured by the camera. With the vehicle parked, the vehicular vision system processes frames of captured image data to track a three dimensional object to determine movement of the three dimensional object relative to the parked vehicle. The vehicular vision system determines that the three dimensional object is a bicycle sideward and rearward of the parked vehicle and approaching the parked vehicle from rearward of the parked vehicle. With a door of the parked vehicle closed, and at least in part responsive to the determined bicycle being within a threshold distance to the parked vehicle and approaching a side region adjacent the door of the vehicle, the vehicular vision system generates an output indicative of determination of the determined bicycle approaching the side region adjacent the door of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Leila Sabeti
  • Patent number: 10917644
    Abstract: In various embodiments, an iterative encoding application encodes a source video sequence. The encoding optimization application generates a set of shot encode points based on a set of encoding points and a first shot sequence included in the source video sequence. Each shot encode point is associated with a different encoded shot sequence. The encoding optimization application performs convex hull operation(s) across the set of shot encode points to generate a first convex hull associated with the first shot sequence. Subsequently, the encoding optimization application generates encoded video sequences based on the first convex hull and a second convex hull associated with a second shot sequence included in the source video sequence. The encoding optimization application computes a new encoding point based on the encoded video sequences and a target value for a first video metric and then generates an optimized encoded video sequence based on the new encoding point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: NETFLIX, INC.
    Inventor: Ioannis Katsavounidis
  • Patent number: 10911791
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a buffer-based encoding application generates a first convex hull of subsequence encode points based on multiple encoding points and a first subsequence associated with a media title. The buffer-based encoding application then generates a first global convex hull of media encode points based on a transmission buffer constraint, the first convex hull, and a second global convex hull of media encode points. Notably, the second global convex hull is associated with a portion of the media title that occurs before the first subsequence in a playback order for the media title. Subsequently, the subsequence-based encoding application selects a first media encode point included in the first global convex hull based on a media metric and determines a first encoded media sequence based on the selected media encode point. The first encoded media sequence is subsequently streamed to an endpoint device during playback of the media title.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: NETFLIX, INC.
    Inventor: Ioannis Katsavounidis
  • Patent number: 10911774
    Abstract: A motion vector decoding unit derives a motion vector of a prediction block subject to decoding on the basis of a motion vector of a candidate block included in candidate blocks selected from neighboring blocks. The motion compensation prediction unit performs motion compensation prediction using the derived motion vector. In case a motion vector number of a first block and a motion vector number of a second block are identical with each other, the motion vector decoding unit determines whether or not to set the second block as a candidate block in accordance with whether or not a reference index indicating a reference picture that the motion vector of the first block refers to and a reference index indicating a reference picture that the motion vector of the second block refers to are identical with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: JVCKENWOOD Corporation
    Inventor: Hideki Takehara
  • Patent number: 10899138
    Abstract: Described herein are various technologies pertaining to an automated light field illumination container inspection and manufacture system. The system includes a plurality of cameras that capture images of a container when the container is illuminated by way of light field illumination. Bands in images that include reflections in the exterior surface of the sidewall are identified, and a determination is made as to whether the container is defective based upon the identified bands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Applied Vision Corporation
    Inventors: Richard A. Sones, Michael Leo Kress, Amir Novini
  • Patent number: 10904447
    Abstract: A metering compensation method for effectively increasing visibility of an image is applied to a monitoring camera apparatus. The metering compensation method includes acquiring a histogram of the image, setting a convergent target value and a minimal mapping value, utilizing the convergent target value and the minimal mapping value to set a weighting function, transforming the histogram into a weighted histogram via the weighting function for acquiring an intensity mean of the weighted histogram, and utilizing the convergent target value and the intensity mean to generate a first exposure compensation value. The first exposure compensation value can be used for determining whether to adjust an exposure parameter of the monitoring camera apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: VIVOTEK INC.
    Inventors: Hsiang-Sheng Wang, Shih-Hsuan Chen