Patents Examined by Joseph G. Ustaris
  • Patent number: 11597331
    Abstract: A bonded structure (14) includes a first member (15), a second member (16), and an adhesive body (17). The second member (16) includes a support (18). The support (18) includes a facing surface and a side surface. The facing surface faces the first member (15). The side surface is inclined outward as viewed from the first member side. The adhesive body (17) is located between the first member (15) and the second member (16). The adhesive body (17) extends from the facing surface to the side surface. The adhesive body (17) has a fillet shape at an end thereof by the side surface. The adhesive body (17) fixes the first member (15) to the second member (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Abe, Takahiro Okada
  • Patent number: 11598852
    Abstract: A light detection and ranging receiver includes a carrier frame, a lens assembly, a first set of screws, and a light sensor assembly mounted on the carrier frame. The lens assembly includes a lens holder mounted on the carrier frame by a first set of elastic connectors attached to the carrier frame and the lens holder, and a lens installed on the lens holder. The light sensor assembly is configured to both rotate and linearly move with respect to the carrier frame, and includes a board mount and a sensor board installed on the board mount. The first set of screws are in contact with the lens holder, and are adjustable to change a distance and/or an orientation of the lens holder with respect to the carrier frame such that the lens may form an image on a predetermined area on the sensor board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Assignee: Beijing Voyager Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Anan Pan, Henghui Jiang
  • Patent number: 11582426
    Abstract: Provided are an apparatus and method for sensing a moving ball, which extract a feature portion such as a trademark, a logo, etc. indicated on a ball from consecutive images of a moving ball, acquired by an image acquisition unit embodied by a predetermined camera device, and calculate a spin axis and spin amount of rotation the moving ball based on the feature portion and thus spin of the ball is simply, rapidly, and accurately calculated with low computational load, thereby achieving rapid and stable calculation of the ball in a relatively low performance system. The sensing apparatus includes an image acquisition unit for acquiring consecutive images, an image processing unit for extracting a feature portion from the acquired image, and a spin calculation unit for calculating spin using the extracted feature portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Assignee: GOLFZON Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Se Hwan Kim
  • Patent number: 11579400
    Abstract: A vehicular camera for a vehicular vision system includes a PCB having an imager disposed thereat, a lens barrel accommodating a lens, and a lens barrel support structure that protrudes from the PCB and at least partially circumscribes the imager. The lens barrel has an outer surface that extends between the ends of the lens barrel. The outer surface of the lens barrel is adhesively bonded to an inner surface of the lens barrel support structure via adhesive. The outer surface of the lens barrel radially opposes the inner surface of the lens barrel support structure where the adhesive is disposed. With the adhesive in its uncured state and contacting the opposed surfaces, the imager is optically aligned with the lens accommodated at the lens barrel. With the imager optically aligned with the lens, the adhesive is cured to adhesively attach the lens barrel at the lens barrel support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Inventors: Martin J. Reckker, Steven V. Byrne, Rene Dreiocker, Jonathan D. Conger, Jose Luis Zamudio Cabral, Jazmin Hortensia Gallardo Gabaldon, Robert A. Devota, Matthew C. Sesti
  • Patent number: 11582385
    Abstract: The invention relates to a transportable recording apparatus for recording data for a localized panoramic image of a street for detachable mounting in and/or on a vehicle. The transportable recording apparatus has a computing unit, a buffer accumulator, a switch-mode power supply, a camera for recording a continuous film and a fastening device for the camera. Moreover, a device for satellite-based position and time determination as well as an electric power supply device for the electric power supply of the components are provided. The camera, the fastening device and the device for satellite-based position and time determination are designed separately and spatially apart from the computing unit. The transportable recording apparatus can be dismantled into individual parts. Furthermore, the invention relates to a vehicle with the transportable recording apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Assignee: Parkling GmbH
    Inventors: Christoph Fretter, Detlev Huelsebusch
  • Patent number: 11575808
    Abstract: A camera is usable to observe a switched position of a switch contact of a switchgear apparatus. In an embodiment, the camera includes a light source to illuminate the switch contact, an image sensor, and a lens to focus light beams emanating from the switch contact onto the image sensor. In an embodiment, the camera additionally includes an elastic light protection cap to seal off a beam path, from the lens to the image sensor, from the light source in a lightproof manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Inventors: Thomas Hild, Stefan Kern
  • Patent number: 11575870
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus relating to encoding and decoding stereoscopic (3D) image data, e.g., left and right eye images, are described. Various pre-encoding and post-decoding operations are described in conjunction with difference based encoding and decoding techniques. In some embodiments left and right eye image data is subject to scaling, transform operation(s) and cropping prior to encoding. In addition, in some embodiments decoded left and right eye image data is subject to scaling, transform operations(s) and filling operations prior to being output to a display device. Transform information and/or scaling information may be included in a bitstream communicating encoded left and right eye images. The amount of scaling can be the same for an entire scene and/or program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Assignee: Nevermind Capital LLC
    Inventors: David Cole, Alan McKay Moss
  • Patent number: 11567013
    Abstract: An image inspection device and a lighting device capable of setting an irradiation solid angle for each location of a visual field and capable of miniaturization are provided. The image inspection device includes a photographing portion that photographs the target, and a light transmissible lighting portion that is disposed between the target and the photographing portion and configured to irradiate light in a direction toward the target. The lighting portion includes a plurality of light-emitting portions that is arranged in a matrix form and configured to be capable of selectively emitting light, and an optical system configured to control irradiation directions of the light emitted from each of the plurality of light-emitting portions to be directions corresponding to positions of each of the plurality of light-emitting portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Yutaka Kato, Shingo Inazumi
  • Patent number: 11553160
    Abstract: A telesurgical mentoring platform with a wheeled base, a lower rack mounted on the base, an upper rack extending vertically from the lower rack, a compactly foldable articulated arm that is configured to extend horizontally outward away from the upper rack and configured to connect to a connector piece holding an end effectuator at its distal end, a tablet personal computer; the console configured to be readily mobilized on the floor of an existing operating room and is capable of providing a connectivity point for communication, audiovisual, and data transfer services in an operating room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Inventors: David Paul Schultz, Adam Daniel John
  • Patent number: 11542680
    Abstract: An electric hydraulic excavator (1) includes an automotive lower traveling structure (2) and an upper revolving structure (3) mounted on the lower traveling structure (2) to be capable of revolving thereto. The upper revolving structure (3) includes a revolving frame (5) as a base, a counterweight (13) disposed on a rear side of the revolving frame (5), and an electric power source (9) that is positioned on a front side of the counterweight (13) to be mounted on the revolving frame (5) and is power-fed from an external electric current source. The counterweight (13) is provided with a cable insertion hole (16) as disposed therein. A power feeding cable (12) is inserted in the cable insertion hole (16) for connection between the external electric current source and the electric power source (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: Hitachi Construction Machinery Tierra Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seiichi Kihara, Kiwamu Takahashi, Takeshi Ishii
  • Patent number: 11523057
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for operation of image capture devices. For example, systems may include an image sensor configured to capture images; a mechanical stabilization system, including gimbals and motors, that is integrated with the image sensor and configured to control an orientation of the image sensor; and a processing apparatus configured to: detect an occurrence of a triggering event; and, responsive to the occurrence of the triggering event, send commands to motor controllers of the mechanical stabilization system to electronically control the gimbals and motors to assume a fold-flat position, maintain the fold-flat position for a time period, and, after the time period expires, power off the gimbals and motors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventor: Sean Flanigan
  • Patent number: 11514594
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a 3D+imaging system include a focal plane array with in-pixel analog storage elements. In embodiments, an analog pixel circuit is disclosed for use with an array of photodetectors for a sub-frame composite imaging system. In embodiments, a composite imaging system is capable of determining per-pixel depth, white point and black point for a sensor and/or a scene that is stationary or in motion. Examples of applications for the 3D+imaging system include advanced imaging for vehicles, as well as for industrial and smart phone imaging. an extended dynamic range imaging technique is used in imaging to reproduce a greater dynamic range of luminosity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: Vergence Automation, Inc.
    Inventor: James E. Retterath
  • Patent number: 11516440
    Abstract: A method for modal analysis of bridge structures based on surveillance videos is provided. A plurality of continuous cameras are utilized for realizing high-precision surveillance for the structure of the bridge. Firstly, a plurality of regions are selected in the viewing angle of each of the cameras, and a conversion relation between images of the regions and actual displacements is calculated; next, displacements on the images shot by the cameras are converted into actual displacements of targets, so as to obtain displacements of the targets relative to the cameras; displacements of the adjacent cameras are sequentially passed according to a difference value from the ground of an abutment, so as to obtain displacements of all camera bodies; and finally, the displacements of all the targets relative to the ground of the abutment are calculated, and the structural mode of the bridge is calculated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Inventors: Xiaowei Ye, Zhexun Li, Tao Jin
  • Patent number: 11516444
    Abstract: A switchgear includes a modular optical monitoring system for examining switchgear switching positions and at least one isolating switch accommodated in an encapsulated housing. The encapsulated housing is disposed in an installation housing. The encapsulated housing has a first transparent window in one region and a fiber-optic system leads from an outer side of the installation housing to the first transparent window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Kay Czeromin
  • Patent number: 11506874
    Abstract: Optical imaging systems configured to image object space in multiple fields-of-view (FOVs)—front and lateral FOVs—and form corresponding images that are co-oriented and co-directional regardless of mutual repositioning of the object and imaging systems. Images formed with such optical systems in which FFOV— and LFOV-image portions are co-directional. Co-directionality of formed images is achieved due to direct imaging with a system utilizing a specific involute reflective surface or as a result of radial spatial redistribution of irradiance of an initial image(s), formed with a system devoid of an involute reflective surface, while maintaining aspect ratios of dimensions of corresponding pixels of initial and transformed images. Methodology of transformation of images utilizing radial redistribution of image irradiance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Inventors: Bhaskar Banerjee, Brian Scaramella, Richard Pfisterer, Scott Ellis
  • Patent number: 11509800
    Abstract: A thermoelectric element is provided between an on-board camera and a windshield. The on-board camera incorporates a temperature sensor, heat is caused to be transferred from the on-board camera to the windshield when a temperature of the on-board camera is equal to or greater than a threshold, and when the temperature of the on-board camera is lower than the threshold, a space formed by the on-board camera and the windshield is warmed by heat generated by the thermoelectric element itself, whereby condensation on the windshield is restricted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Masahiko Katayama, Nariaki Takehara, Noritaka Kokido
  • Patent number: 11509878
    Abstract: The techniques described herein relate to methods, apparatus, and computer readable media configured to perform media processing. A media processing entity includes at least one processor in communication with a memory, wherein the memory stores computer-readable instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the at least one processor to perform receiving, from a remote computing device, multi-view multimedia data comprising a hierarchical track structure comprising at least a first track comprising first media data at a first level of the hierarchical track structure, and metadata associated with a second track at a second level in the hierarchical track structure that is different than the first level of the first track. The instructions further cause the processor to perform processing the first media data of the first track based on the metadata associated with the second track to generate second media data for the second track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: MEDIATEK Singapore Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Xin Wang, Lulin Chen
  • Patent number: 11509895
    Abstract: An image encoding/decoding method using a pixel value range constituting an image is disclosed, wherein the image decoding method using a pixel value range constituting an image comprises the steps of: receiving a bitstream; acquiring information of a pixel value range forming a first unit image included in the received bitstream; and decoding the first unit image on the basis of the acquired information of the pixel value range. Therefore, compression efficiency can be improved in an image encoding or decoding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Industry-University Cooperation Foundation Hanyang University
    Inventors: Ki Baek Kim, Je Chang Jeong
  • Patent number: 11496748
    Abstract: A method of video decoding includes retrieving, from a coded video bitstream for a current block encoded in an intra prediction mode, a reference line index indicating a reference line from a plurality of reference lines that include a zero reference line. The method includes determining whether the current block is encoded in a non-angular intra prediction mode. The method includes, in response to the block being encoded in the non-angular intra prediction mode, determining whether the reference line index indicates a non-zero reference line from the plurality of reference lines. The method includes in response to determining that the reference line index is the non-zero reference line, (i) enabling non-angular intra prediction modes for the non-zero reference line, and (ii) decoding the current block with at least one reference sample from the non-zero reference line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Tencent America LLC
    Inventors: Liang Zhao, Xin Zhao, Xiang Li, Shan Liu
  • Patent number: 11496724
    Abstract: A display processor and computer-implemented method are provided for processing three-dimensional [3D] image data for display on a 3D display. The 3D display is arranged for emitting a series of views of the 3D image data which enables stereoscopic viewing of the 3D image data at multiple viewing positions. The series of views may be displayed on the 3D display using overscan. The degree of overscan may be determined as a function of one or more depth range parameters, the one or more depth range parameters characterizing, at least in part, a degree of depth perceived by a viewer when the series of views is displayed on the 3D display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Inventors: Bart Gerard Bernard Barenbrug, Peter Roelen