Patents Examined by Jared Walker
  • Patent number: 11070837
    Abstract: An encoder includes circuitry and memory. Using the memory, the circuitry performs a primary transform on a derived prediction error, performs a secondary transform on a result of the primary transform, quantizes a result of the secondary transform, and encodes a result of the quantization as data of an image. When a current block to be processed has a predetermined shape, the encoder performs the secondary transform using, among secondary transform basis candidates that are secondary bases usable in the secondary transform, only a secondary transform basis candidate having a size that is not largest size containable in the current block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Ryuichi Kanoh, Tadamasa Toma, Kiyofumi Abe, Takahiro Nishi
  • Patent number: 11070735
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a control device for controlling an imaging device. The control device includes an operation unit configured to be operated by an external force; a detection unit configured to detect an operation state of the operation unit; a processor configured to execute a program to: perform a predetermined operation based on the operation state of the operation unit; and invalidate an execution of the predetermined operation performed by the processor based on the operation state of the operation unit when the imaging device is connected to an object satisfying a condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Koyama, Naoyuki Ohno, Kenichi Honjo
  • Patent number: 11060946
    Abstract: A stuffing box leak detection system utilizes a reflective member on the outside surface of the stuffing box. A photoelectric sensor emits a light beam which is directed at the reflective member and a reflective beam is reflected back to the photoelectric sensor by the reflective member. A processor is connected to the photoelectric sensor, where the processor is configured to detect a change in intensity of the reflected beam. Upon detecting a change in the intensity of the reflected beam, the processor activates a trip alarm. Notifications of the trip alarm may be distributed to pre-selected recipients. The processor may also activate a camera directed at the stuffing box to provide still images or live stream video to recipients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Tyrion Integration Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Goehring, David Pitzer
  • Patent number: 11064205
    Abstract: An intra prediction method performed by a decoding device, according to the present disclosure, comprises the steps of: deriving an intra prediction mode for a current block; deriving neighboring samples of the current block; deriving reference samples for a target sample of the current block among the neighboring samples on the basis of the intra prediction mode; deriving weighted values of the reference samples for the target sample; and deriving a prediction sample of the target sample on the basis of the reference samples and the weighted values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jin Heo, Seunghwan Kim, Jaehyun Lim
  • Patent number: 11057628
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present technology generally relate to encoding techniques. More specifically, some embodiments relate to encoding techniques for screen data. Intra block copy (IntraBC) using motion compensation within a frame (not between frames) is very useful for encoding data captured from screen. Unfortunately, this tool is not included in most of video coding standards, including the base version of HEVC (i.e., H.265). Various embodiments of the present technology utilize encoding techniques to simulate IntraBC with compliant syntax. For example, embodiments divide a high-resolution frame into smaller areas and then encode these areas independently as if these smaller areas were independent frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: You Zhou, Chih-Lung Lin, Ming Chieh Lee
  • Patent number: 11055672
    Abstract: Systems and methods for processing signals from sensors associated with disposable products are provided. Signals indicative of disposable product consumption and an available quantity of disposable products can be processed. Data associated with the signals can be communicated to an assessment module. The data can include location information associated with the disposable product consumption and available quantity of disposable products. The assessment module can estimate disposable product usage for different locations based on the data. The assessment module can provide notifications of inventory status for the different locations based on the estimated disposable product usage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: John C. Robertson, Andrew Mark Long, Shawn Jeffrey Sullivan, Jonathan D. Boulos
  • Patent number: 11051010
    Abstract: A video decoder receives to-be-decoded data from a bitstream for a block of pixels to be decoded as a current block of a current picture of the video. The video decoder generates a first prediction of the current block based on a first prediction mode that is selected from a first candidate list. The video decoder generates a second prediction of the current block based on a second prediction mode that is selected from a second candidate list. The video decoder generates a combined prediction for the current block based on the first prediction and the second prediction. The video decoder reconstructs the current block by using the combined prediction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: MediaTek Inc.
    Inventors: Man-Shu Chiang, Chih-Wei Hsu
  • Patent number: 11045081
    Abstract: An endoscope system according to the present invention includes: a second illumination unit that emits second illumination light; a first illumination unit that emits, simultaneously with the second illumination light, first illumination light that is light of a different wavelength band from the second illumination light and is for imaging two sets of image information about a subject different depths; an imaging unit that simultaneously images a first illumination image of the subject illuminated with the first illumination light and a second illumination image of the subject illuminated with the second illumination light; a separation processing unit that separates the two sets of image information from the first illumination image; and a separated-image creating unit that processes the second illumination image using the two sets of image information to create separated images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koji Matsumoto, Tetsuhiro Oka, Sho Shinji
  • Patent number: 11040695
    Abstract: Methods, systems and apparatuses may provide for technology that conducts an automated vision analysis of image data associated with an interior of a vehicle cabin, determines a state of a child restraint system (CRS) based on the automated vision analysis, and generates an alert if the state of the CRS does not satisfy one or more safety constraints. In one example, the technology identifies the safety constraint(s) based on a geographic location of the vehicle cabin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Magdiel Galan-Oliveras, Rita Chattopadhyay, Subramanian Anandaraj, Pradeep Sakhamoori
  • Patent number: 11044443
    Abstract: An operation information transmission device transmits a state of each work medium performing work in a construction site (F) to an information providing device. The operation information transmission device includes an image data acquisition unit that acquires image data including the work medium, a type/state specifying unit that specifies the type and a state of the work medium included in the image data, and an operation information transmission unit that transmits operation information indicating the specified type and state of the work medium to the information providing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Onishi
  • Patent number: 11044488
    Abstract: A Flexible Band Offset (FBO) apparatus and method of performing Sample Adaptive Offset (SAO) filtering within encoders and decoders, such as according to the High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) standard, and similarly configured coding devices. The number of Band Offset (BO) modes and the number of necessary offsets is reduced. The invention beneficially provides simpler coding, reduces temporary buffer size requirements, and can yield a small performance gain over existing SAO techniques of HEVC test model HM 5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ehsan Maani, Ali J Tabatabai, Jun Xu
  • Patent number: 11039127
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a video image decoding method in which a size of an affine motion compensation image sub-block in an affine image block is determined based on a motion vector difference, motion vector precision, a distance between control points in the affine image block, and a size of the affine image block, where the size includes a length in a horizontal direction and a length in a vertical direction, so that a length of the affine image block in a horizontal/vertical direction is an integer multiple of the length of the affine motion compensation image sub-block in the horizontal/vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Huanbang Chen, Hong Zhang, Haitao Yang
  • Patent number: 11032510
    Abstract: A video processing method is provided. In the method, circuitry of a terminal determines a second video frame portion associated with a second time point that is after a first time point associated with a first video frame portion of a video. The circuitry generates a transitional video frame based on the first video frame portion and the second video frame portion. A color value of a pixel at a target pixel location in the transitional video frame is within a target color interval. The target color interval is determined according to a color value of a pixel at the target pixel location in the first video frame portion and a color value of a pixel at the target pixel location in the second video frame portion. The circuitry performs display control of the video according to the transitional video frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Yang Zhou
  • Patent number: 11032561
    Abstract: A Flexible Band Offset (FBO) apparatus and method of performing Sample Adaptive Offset (SAO) filtering within encoders and decoders, such as according to the High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) standard, and similarly configured coding devices. The number of Band Offset (BO) modes and the number of necessary offsets is reduced. The invention beneficially provides simpler coding, reduces temporary buffer size requirements, and can yield a small performance gain over existing SAO techniques of HEVC test model HM 5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ehsan Maani, Ali J Tabatabai, Jun Xu
  • Patent number: 11032544
    Abstract: A method of encoding a video stream in a video encoder is provided that includes computing an offset into a transform matrix based on a transform block size, wherein a size of the transform matrix is larger than the transform block size, and wherein the transform matrix is one selected from a group consisting of a DCT transform matrix and an IDCT transform matrix, and transforming a residual block to generate a DCT coefficient block, wherein the offset is used to select elements of rows and columns of a DCT submatrix of the transform block size from the transform matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Mangesh Sadafale, Madhukar Budagavi
  • Patent number: 11012712
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of using logical mode numbers during both prediction and coding in the bit stream, such as for high efficiency video coders (HEVC). These logical intra mode numbers are sorted based on angle which as a result leads to improved coding designs with fewer and smaller look-up tables, and a small gain in coding efficiency. Furthermore, by using this type of naming, the number of most probable modes (MPMs) can be readily extended since no additional tables are required. The use of three MPMs achieves a larger gain of 0.25% and 0.31% for the AI_HE and AI_LC cases, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ehsan Maani, Ali J Tabatabai, Jun Xu
  • Patent number: 10997650
    Abstract: Conversations between an intelligent, machine-based chat bot and a user of a website or an application support a computing paradigm called Conversation as a Platform (CaaP) to dynamically generate payment agreements that enable asynchronous actions to be performed for e-commerce transactions which the user may use to confirm the transaction, change the terms (e.g., payment method, ship-to address, shipping method, etc.), or cancel the transaction. Upon opt-in by the user to the payment agreement, a cloud-based wallet provider gives a payment credential URL (Uniform Resource Locator) to the chat bot provider that is called to receive an actual payment credential, and which may also be used for subsequent transactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Matthias Bernard Pisut, IV, Malcolm Erik Pearson
  • Patent number: 10997673
    Abstract: A charging device 10 of a circulating-water utilization system 1 to be constructed in a specific area includes: a wastewater amount measuring unit 18a configured to individually measure an amount of wastewater discharged from each of water consuming members; a water-quality measuring unit 18b configured to individually measure a water-quality index related to a water quality of the wastewater discharged from each of the water consuming members; and a circulating-water fee calculating part 10A configured to calculate a circulating-water fee of each of the water consuming members on the basis of the amount and the water quality of the wastewater discharged from each of the water consuming members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: WOTA GROUP LLC
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Yagita, Junichi Minamiura, Jun Hyodo, Yukinobu Yokota, Hayato Shin, Riki Kitagawa
  • Patent number: 10999575
    Abstract: A mode signaling syntax element is provided based on an encoded representation of a picture in a video sequence. The mode signaling syntax element is employed to determine whether a final reference picture list is the same for all slices of a same slice type in the picture. The mode signaling syntax element signals to a decoder that it does not necessarily have to repeat computationally complex reference picture list construction functions for each slice in the picture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Rickard Sjöberg, Jonatan Samuelsson, Per Wennersten
  • Patent number: 10991056
    Abstract: A menu generation system includes a menu item name database that stores a menu item name in multiple languages in association with each menu item ID that determines the menu item name, a property database that stores a menu item property in multiple languages in association with a property ID that determines the menu item property, a menu item database that stores a facility ID that determines a facility, a menu item ID and a property ID in association with one another, and processing circuitry that receives registration of menu item information and that provides menu item information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Gurunavi, Inc.
    Inventors: Seiichiro Kubo, Makito Chiba, Hiroto Sumida, Koichiro Nakayama