Patents Examined by Joseph W Becker
  • Patent number: 11186289
    Abstract: The disclosure includes embodiments for concealing a distracting object. A method according to some embodiments includes analyzing environment data to identify a distracting object that is viewable by a driver, wherein the environment data is generated by a sensor set of a first vehicle and the environment data describes an environment including the first vehicle. The method includes determining a risk value of concealing the distracting object from the driver. The method includes responsive to the risk value failing to meet a threshold value, overlaying a concealing graphic on the distracting object while the first vehicle is being operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Inventors: Shinichi Shiraishi, Eric Kim, Takato Masuda
  • Patent number: 11178400
    Abstract: Described are techniques in video coding and/or decoding that allow for selectively breaking prediction and/or in loop filtering across segment boundaries between different segments of a video picture. A high layer syntax element, such as a parameter set or a slice header, may contain one or more indications signalling to an encoder and/or decoder whether an associated prediction or loop filtering tool may be applied across the segment boundary. In response to such one or more indications, the encoder and/or decoder may then control the prediction or loop filtering tool accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Michael Horowitz
  • Patent number: 11159720
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus, including an image sensor, a display, and circuitry is provided. The circuitry is configured to control the display to display a user interface that includes an imaging range setting item for setting a reference position. The reference position indicates a reference angle of a swing operation during capturing a plurality of images by the image sensor for generating a panoramic image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takuya Arai, Junichiro Goto
  • Patent number: 11140389
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to the field of picture processing. Especially, the embodiments are directed to improving the deblocking filter of an image coding device. During the deblocking, at most a number MA of sample values of the first coding block adjacent to the block edge are modified and at most a number MB of sample values of the second coding block adjacent to the block edge are modified; or at most a number MA of sample values of the second coding block adjacent to the block edge are modified and at most a number MB of sample values of the first coding block adjacent to the block edge are modified, MA?MB.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Anand Meher Kotra, Jianle Chen, Semih Esenlik, Biao Wang, Han Gao, Zhijie Zhao
  • Patent number: 11140385
    Abstract: A method of video processing includes maintaining tables, wherein each table includes a set of motion candidates and each motion candidate is associated with corresponding motion information; and performing a conversion between a first video block and a bitstream representation of a video including the first video block based on at least some of tables, the performing including checking motion candidates in a table in an order defined in a rule until a checking termination criteria is met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignees: BEIJING BYTEDANCE NETWORK TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD., BYTEDANCE INC.
    Inventors: Li Zhang, Kai Zhang, Hongbin Liu, Yue Wang
  • Patent number: 11140388
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure provide a method and an apparatus including processing circuitry for video decoding. The processing circuitry can decode coded information of a coding block in a picture of a coded video sequence. The coded information can indicate a clipping index m that indicates a clipping value for a filter that is applied to the coding block. The processing circuitry can determine the clipping value associated with the clipping index. The clipping value can be based on a multiplication of a first function and a second function. The first function is dependent on a bit depth B and is independent of the clipping index m, and the second function is dependent on the clipping index m and is independent of the bit depth B. The processing circuitry can generate a filtered coding block by applying the filter corresponding to the clipping value to the coding block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Tencent America LLC
    Inventors: Yixin Du, Xin Zhao, Xiang Li, Shan Liu
  • Patent number: 11128868
    Abstract: Method and apparatus of video coding are disclosed. According to one method, the left reference boundary samples and the top reference boundary samples are checked jointly. According to another method, selected original left reference boundary samples and selected original top reference boundary samples at specific positions are used for predictor up-sampling. According to yet another method, the horizontal interpolation and the vertical interpolation are in a fixed order regardless of a shape of the current block, size of the current block or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: MEDIATEK INC.
    Inventors: Zhi-Yi Lin, Tzu-Der Chuang, Ching-Yeh Chen, Chih-Wei Hsu
  • Patent number: 11128873
    Abstract: A storage medium storing a program that causes a processor to execute a process, the process includes calculating a prediction residual from a difference between a predicted image generated by intra-screen prediction or inter-screen prediction and the input image to be processed and performing orthogonal transformation processing and quantization processing on the prediction residual, and then performing entropy encoding processing, acquiring a quantization parameter used in the quantization processing, a signal including a quantization error occurring in the quantization processing, and an image including a prediction error occurring in the intra-screen prediction or the inter-screen prediction when encoding the input image to be processed, and acquiring an encoding distortion inferred by a filter unit by separately inputting the quantization parameter, the signal including the quantization error, and the image including the prediction error to the filter unit that has learned an encoding distortion generate
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Kentaro Katayama
  • Patent number: 11109072
    Abstract: A method for encoding an image having been cut up into partitions. The method includes: predicting data of a current partition based on an already encoded and then decoded reference partition, generating a predicted partition; determining residual data by comparing data relating to the current partition with the predicted partition, the residual data associated with various digital data items. Prior producing a signal containing the encoded information, performing the following steps: determining, from the predetermined residual data, a subset containing residual data capable of being modified; calculating the value of a function representative of the residual data; comparing the calculated value with a value of at least one of the digital data items; based on the comparison, modification or non-modification of at least one of the residual data items of the subset; and, in the event of a modification, entropy encoding the at least one modified residual data item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Felix Henry, Gordon Clare
  • Patent number: 11109055
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for video processing are described. An exemplary method for video processing comprises determining a motion vector difference (MVD) precision for a current block processed with affine mode from an MVD precision set; performing, based on the determined MVD precision, a conversion between the current block and a bitstream representation of a video including the current block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignees: BEIJING BYTEDANCE NETWORK TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD., BYTEDANCE INC.
    Inventors: Hongbin Liu, Li Zhang, Kai Zhang, Yue Wang
  • Patent number: 11102403
    Abstract: An imaging device includes an imaging optical system configured to capture a plurality of images of an object; a sensor configured to detect a tilt of the imaging device with respect to a reference direction; and processing circuitry. The processing circuitry is configured to set a fixed amount of correction to be commonly applied to the plurality of images, based on the detected tilt; and correct the tilt of each of the plurality of images using the fixed amount of correction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Gaku Kawasaki
  • Patent number: 11102400
    Abstract: Pulsed fluorescence imaging in a light deficient environment is disclosed. A system includes an emitter for emitting pulses of electromagnetic radiation and an image sensor comprising a pixel array for sensing reflected electromagnetic radiation. The system includes a controller configured to synchronize timing of the emitter and the image sensor. The system is such that at least a portion of the pulses of electromagnetic radiation emitted by the emitter comprises electromagnetic radiation having a wavelength from about 770 nm to about 790 nm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Inventors: Joshua D. Talbert, Donald M. Wichern
  • Patent number: 11102482
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to the field of picture processing. Especially, the embodiments are directed to improving the deblocking filter of an image coding device. During the deblocking, at most a number MA of sample values of the first coding block adjacent to the block edge are modified and at most a number MB of sample values of the second coding block adjacent to the block edge are modified; or at most a number MA of sample values of the second coding block adjacent to the block edge are modified and at most a number MB of sample values of the first coding block adjacent to the block edge are modified, MA?MB.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Anand Meher Kotra, Jianle Chen, Semih Esenlik, Biao Wang, Han Gao, Zhijie Zhao
  • Patent number: 11100623
    Abstract: A method of estimating an indoor lighting condition includes acquiring an image from a camera at a location within an indoor space at a selected time, determining the location from which the image is taken, and estimating an outdoor sunlight density based on the location and the selected time. The method also includes collecting a plurality of daylight factors, each daylight factor of the plurality of daylight factors corresponding to a characteristic of the indoor space, calculating an indoor daylight index for the indoor space in real time based on the outdoor sunlight density and the plurality of daylight factors, and presenting the indoor daylight index to a user in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Howard N. Anglin, Wei Ting Dong, Shi Kun Li, Su Liu
  • Patent number: 11089313
    Abstract: An image acquisition device compresses a media signal representative of a scene based on a sensing matrix that is a determined by a sensing matrix template and a set of template parameters. The image acquisition device provides the compressed media signal to a receiver and selectively provides a specification of a subset of the set of template parameters to the receiver. The receiver extracts one or more scene descriptors representative of one or more portions of the scene from the compressed media signal using the sensing matrix template without knowledge of the template parameters that are not included in the subset. The template parameters that are not included in the subset are not received by the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Nokia of America Corporation
    Inventors: Raziel Haimi-Cohen, Xin Yuan, Paul A. Wilford
  • Patent number: 11089335
    Abstract: Method and apparatus of coding a video sequence are disclosed. According to this method, a first syntax is signalled in or parsed from a bitstream, where the first syntax indicates whether a loop filtering process is disabled for one or more virtual boundaries in a corresponding region. A reconstructed filter unit in a current picture is received, wherein the reconstructed filter unit is associated with the loop filter and the reconstructed filter unit comprises reconstructed pixels for applying a loop filtering process associated with the loop filter to a current reconstructed pixel. When the first syntax is true, the loop filter processing is disabled when the reconstructed filter unit is across said one or more virtual boundaries in the corresponding region. When the first syntax is false, the loop filter processing is not disabled when the reconstructed filter unit is across the virtual boundary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: MEDIATEK INC.
    Inventors: Sheng Yen Lin, Jian-Liang Lin, Lin Liu
  • Patent number: 11089296
    Abstract: In omnidirectional videos, a straight line in the rendering space may no longer appear as a straight line in the frame to be encoded, due to the projection between the encoding space and the rendering space. To adapt to the geometry of omnidirectional videos, intra prediction is performed along non-straight curves. In particular, references samples in neighboring reconstructed blocks of a current block are copied along non-straight curves to form a predicted block for the current block. The non-straight curves may be computed online based on a single intra prediction directional mode for the current block. The parameters of non-straight curves may be based on the mapping used in forming the omnidirectional videos, and the location/size of the current block. The non-straight curves may be obtained using a look-up table or an analytical function that is dependent on the location and size of the current block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: InterDigital Madison Patent Holdings, SAS
    Inventors: Fabien Racape, Franck Galpin, Philippe Bordes
  • Patent number: 11089284
    Abstract: It is an object of the present invention to reduce a possibility that a subject (specific object) of a virtual viewpoint image and a virtual object area overlap. To achieve the object, the present invention comprises a first identifying unit for identifying a three-dimensional position of the specific object captured respectively from different directions by a plurality of cameras; a second identifying unit for identifying a three-dimensional position of a virtual viewpoint related to generation of the virtual viewpoint image based on captured images obtained by the plurality of cameras; and a determining unit for determining a position of the virtual object area to which a virtual object to be displayed in the virtual viewpoint image is disposed, based on the three-dimensional position of the specific object identified by the first identifying unit and the three-dimensional position of the virtual viewpoint identified by the second identifying unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shogo Mizuno, Atsushi Date
  • Patent number: 11082699
    Abstract: As may be implemented with one or many embodiments, a video stream is divided into a key frame and subsequent chunks of frames including a key frame and Delta (Dx) frames constructed from adjacent frames by dividing the frame into Motion Regions representing groups of pixels, determining a pixel group in an Earlier and later frame that is a best match for a pixel group in a Motion Region of a Current frame, and determining motion vectors for best matches for the Motion Regions and/or by intra-frame compression. A bitstream may be built such that as x increases, motion vector and other data relating to a combination of Dx frames is represented by data that is less than all the data in the combination of Dx frames and increases at a lower rate than the quantity of frames in Dx compared to the quantity of frames in Dx 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: BLACKBIRD PLC
    Inventor: Stephen Streater
  • Patent number: 11076162
    Abstract: An encoder is configured for encoding an immersive video spatially tiled with a set of tiles in one or more representations in accordance with corresponding assigned bit-rate upper limits depending on obtained proximity values of the corresponding tiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: InterDigital CE Patent Holdings
    Inventors: Charline Taibi, Frederique Humbert, Remi Houdaille