Patents Examined by Kate Luo
  • Patent number: 10089789
    Abstract: A method of combining 2D images into a 3D image includes providing a coordinate measurement device and a six-DOF probe having an integral camera associated therewith, the six-DOF probe being separate from the coordinate measurement device. In a first instance, the coordinate measurement device determines the position and orientation of the six-DOF probe and the integral camera captures a first 2D image. In a second instance, the six-DOF probe is moved, the coordinate measurement device determines the position and orientation of the six-DOF probe, and the integral camera captures a second 2D image. A cardinal point common to the first and second image is found and is used, together with the first and second images and the positions and orientations of the six-DOF probe in the first and second instances, to create the 3D image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventors: Yazid Tohme, Robert E. Bridges
  • Patent number: 10063790
    Abstract: A virtual flying camera system is disclosed. According to one embodiment, the virtual flying camera system includes a plurality of cameras disposed along a track and spaced apart from each other, a recording system configured to receive input video streams from the plurality of cameras, and a control system configured to generate an output video stream from the input video streams. The output video stream includes a view of a virtually flying camera following a target at a user-adjustable speed. The control system generates the output video stream by merging a plurality of portions of the input video streams from adjacent cameras of the plurality of cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventor: Woncheol Choi
  • Patent number: 10063758
    Abstract: A system and method for automatically photographing vehicles in a drive-thru structure is provided where the passage of a vehicle triggers an automated process that captures a series of vehicle images, and uploads the captured images to a web template for display and recordation. The images captured have controlled reflections from multiple angles and perspectives. A viewer is able to discern whether there are surface imperfections, scratches, and dents on a vehicle surface. Reflections are controlled in the structure or circular chamber with curved walls that are covered with a light scattering sheet material such as a white canvas or gray walls. The lighting style used to illuminate the vehicle within the structure is a sunset horizon style of lighting, where the lights are hidden below the curved wall that may be gray or white so as to use a sunset style reflection on the vehicle surface through subtractive lighting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventor: Davo Scheich
  • Patent number: 10057572
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for encoding an image in an advanced motion vector prediction (AMVP) mode. The apparatus includes an inter prediction unit configured to determine motion information of a current block, and generating a prediction block of the current block using the motion information, a transform unit configured to transform the residual block to generated a transformed block, a quantization unit configured to quantize the transformed block using a quantization parameter and a quantization matrix to generate a quantized block, a scanning unit configured to for scan quantized coefficient components of the quantized block, and an entropy coding unit configured to perform entropy-coding on the scanned coefficient components of the quantized block. The quantization parameter is determined per a quantization unit and is encoded using a quantization parameter predictor. The quantization parameter predictor is generated by averaging two quantization parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: INFOBRIDGE PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Soo Mi Oh, Moonock Yang
  • Patent number: 10057560
    Abstract: The method for optical three-dimensional surveying using an intraoral camera (2), wherein the intraoral camera (2) provides that a 3D image is created from at least one of the 2D recorded images or from at least one of the sequences, and wherein a plurality of all the 2D recorded images and/or sequences created in a first operating mode (M1) are used to create at least one overall 3D image. In addition, the method provides that a selection is made between the first operating mode (M1) and a second operating mode (M2), wherein a plurality of all 2D recorded images and/or sequences created during an interval of time (T) are used in the second operating mode (M2) to create at least one 3D image immediately before and/or after a triggering command (A).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventors: Frank Thiel, Joachim Pfeiffer
  • Patent number: 10051259
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus and methods are described related to real-time automatic conversion of 2-dimensional images or video to 3-dimensional stereo images or video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Hyeong-Seok V. Ha, Yi-Jen Chiu
  • Patent number: 10018547
    Abstract: Viscometers and viscometry methods are disclosed. In one general aspect, a fluid is driven through capillary tubes with different inside volumes, and successive images of the fluid are acquired as it advances through the inside volume of the capillary tubes. A range of different viscosity values of the fluid are derived from the successive acquired images, and results of this step are reported in a manner that provides insight into non-Newtonian effects in the fluid. In another general aspect, a viscosity value is selected based on detected pressure levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Malvern Instruments Limited
    Inventors: E. Neil Lewis, Kenneth Haber, John McCaffrey, Vishal Patil, Samiul Amin, Rohit Goswami
  • Patent number: 10021409
    Abstract: Examples of methods and apparatuses for estimating bit counts of a bitstream are described herein. An entropy encoder may include a bitstream encoding module and a bit count estimation module. The bitstream encoding module may be configured to encode a plurality of syntax elements according to a first encoding technique. The bit count estimation module may be configured to provide estimated bit counts for encoding the plurality of syntax elements according to a second encoding technique. In at least one embodiment, the bitstream encoding module may be further configured to encode the plurality of syntax elements based on the estimated bit counts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Inventor: Eric C. Pearson
  • Patent number: 10021383
    Abstract: The present invention is a system and method for video coding. The video coding system may involve a structural similarity-based divisive normalization approach, wherein the frame prediction residual of the current frame may be transformed to form a set of coefficients and a divisive normalization mechanism may be utilized to normalize each coefficient. The normalization factor may be designed to reflect or approximate the normalization factor in a structural similarity definition. The Lagrange parameter for RDO for divisive normalization coefficients may be determined by both the quantization step and a prior distribution function of the coefficients. The present invention may generally be utilized to improve the perceptual quality of decoded video without increasing data rate, or to reduce the data rate of compressed video stream without sacrificing the perceived quality of decoded video. The present invention has shown to significantly improve the coding efficiency of MPEG4/H.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: SSIMWAVE INC.
    Inventors: Zhou Wang, Abdul Rehman
  • Patent number: 10015521
    Abstract: Errors in a double-ended motion estimation system are detected. An image space is divided into blocks, and a motion vector is derived for each block. The space is also divided into indication blocks. Each motion vector is used to identify one or more indication blocks, in which a value is modified. In an example, a backward component of the motion vector is used to project a source flag into one indication block, and a forward component of the motion vector is used to project a destination flag into another indication block. After processing each motion vector, an indication block with no flags set is indicative of pixel data that has not been tracked, and therefore indicative of a motion estimation error. Remedial action may then be taken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Imagination Technologies Limited
    Inventor: Steven Fishwick
  • Patent number: 10009612
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for video data processing for video in YUV422 or YUV 444 formats are disclosed. In one embodiment, for a 2N×2N luma coding unit (CU) in YUV422 format, the transform process partitions residue data corresponding to the 2N×2N luma CU and the N×2N chroma CU into square luma and chroma transform units (TUs). The residue data associated with the luma and the chroma CUs are generated by applying prediction process to the luma CU and the chroma CU. The transform process is independent of prediction block size or prediction mode associated with the prediction process. In another embodiment, the prediction process splits the CU into two prediction blocks. Transform process is applied on the chroma residue data corresponding to the chroma CU to form one or more chroma TUs, wherein the transform process is dependent on CU size and prediction block size, or CU size and prediction mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Inventors: Shan Liu, Shaw-Min Lei
  • Patent number: 10009607
    Abstract: In a case where a partition mode in which luma signals are partitioned horizontally and vertically is set when an intra prediction of a picture signal is made in units of minimal coding blocks set in advance, an intra prediction unit is configured to make an intra prediction of a chroma signal in units of prediction blocks of the intra prediction of chroma signals within the minimal coding block set in accordance with a chroma format. A second bitstream constructing unit constructs a bitstream of information relating to a luma intra prediction mode of a prediction block of luma signals and information relating to a chroma intra prediction mode of a prediction block of chroma signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: JVS KENWOOD Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroya Nakamura, Shigeru Fukushima
  • Patent number: 10009580
    Abstract: A method for supplementing a piece of object information assigned to an object situated in surroundings of a vehicle includes: reading in a piece of sensor information; evaluating the sensor information; and expanding the object information. In the step of reading in, the piece of sensor information represents a response of a driver of the vehicle to an object situated in a viewing direction of the driver. In the step of evaluating, the sensor information is evaluated to obtain a piece of detection information representing whether the driver has detected the object. In the step of expanding, the object information is expanded with the piece of detection information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Inventor: Andreas Offenhaeuser
  • Patent number: 10003800
    Abstract: An image coding method, comprising: subtracting a prediction signal from the input image signal for each coding unit, thereby generating respective prediction error signals; performing orthogonal transform and quantization on a corresponding one of the prediction error signals for each transform unit, eventually generating quantization coefficients; and coding pieces of management information indicating a structure of the transform units and the quantization coefficients into a tree structure. Each of the transform units corresponds to a corresponding one of leaf nodes in the tree structure. In the coding, for each leaf node, management information and a quantization coefficient are coded, eventually generating a coded signal in which the coded management information and the coded quantization coefficient are arranged in succession for each leaf node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: TAGIVAN II LLC
    Inventors: Youji Shibahara, Takahiro Nishi, Toshiyasu Sugio, Kyoko Tanikawa, Toru Matsunobu, Hisao Sasai, Kengo Terada
  • Patent number: 9998755
    Abstract: A method and apparatus to determine motion information for a current depth region depending on the motion information associated with a co-located texture region are provided for three-dimensional video. The motion information for the current depth region is set to pre-defined motion information or derived motion information if the co-located texture region of the texture picture or any texture sub-region in the co-located texture region is Intra-coded or has no valid motion information. The pre-defined motion information may correspond to motion vector (0,0), reference index 0, and a prediction type as indicated by a slice type. In one embodiment, the motion information for the current depth region is determined according to a subset of 8×8 texture sub-regions for a system with asymmetric resolution and the texture region corresponding to a macroblock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: MEDIATEK INC.
    Inventors: Jian-Liang Lin, Yi-Wen Chen
  • Patent number: 9998800
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method and apparatus for providing a three-dimensional (3D) broadcast service using images with asymmetric aspect ratios and a method and apparatus for reproducing a 3D broadcast service. The method of providing the 3D broadcast service includes adjusting a second viewpoint image to be composed with a first viewpoint image into a 3D form with respect to the first viewpoint image and the second viewpoint image for 3D broadcasting, encoding the first viewpoint image and the adjusted second viewpoint image, and generating a broadcast stream of the first viewpoint image and a broadcast stream of the second viewpoint image by multiplexing the first viewpoint image and the second viewpoint image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Inventors: Joo Young Lee, Sung Hoon Kim, Hyon Gon Choo, Jin Soo Choi, Jin Woong Kim, Suk Jin Hong, Jin Suk Kwak, Dong Wook Kang, Kyeong Hoon Jung
  • Patent number: 9975487
    Abstract: A rear vision system and a corresponding method for use with a host vehicle towing a trailer or other object. The rear vision system may include a rear facing camera, a vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) unit, vehicle dynamic sensors, a navigation unit, a control unit, and an electronic display mirror. When the towed trailer obstructs the rear facing camera, the system and method look for unseen vehicles behind the trailer and use the V2V unit to gather information from these vehicles. This information is then used to generate a rendering that graphically depicts or represents the unseen vehicle, and the rendering is superimposed on top of the video output from the rear facing camera in the form of enhanced video output, which is then displayed on the electronic display mirror. Thus, the driver is able to “see” behind the obstructing trailer without the use of additional cameras installed on the trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Inventors: Allan K. Lewis, Mohammad Naserian
  • Patent number: 9979980
    Abstract: A video encoding apparatus is a video encoding apparatus for subjecting a video image to motion compensated prediction coding, comprising an acquisition module to acquire available blocks of blocks having motion vectors from encoded blocks adjacent to a to-be-encoded block and number of the available blocks, an acquisition/selection module to select one selection block from the encoded available blocks, a selection information encoder to encode selection information specifying the selection block using a code table corresponding to the number of available blocks, and an image encoder to subject the to-be-encoded block to motion compensated prediction coding using a motion vector of the selection block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Inventors: Saori Asaka, Takeshi Chujoh, Akiyuki Tanizawa, Goki Yasuda, Naofumi Wada, Takashi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9973782
    Abstract: Techniques described herein are related to coding layer identifiers for operation points in video coding. In one example, a method of decoding video data is provided. The method comprises decoding syntax elements in a video parameter set (VPS) within a conforming bitstream indicating a first operation point having a first set of content. The method further comprises decoding, if present, syntax elements in the VPS within the conforming bitstream indicating hypothetical reference decoder (HRD) parameter information having a second set of content for the first operation point, wherein the conforming bitstream does not include syntax elements in the VPS that duplicate at least one of the first or second set of content for a second operation point, and wherein decoding syntax elements comprises decoding the syntax elements indicating the first operation point and the HRD parameter information only within conforming bitstreams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Ye-Kui Wang
  • Patent number: 9973779
    Abstract: A sequence of 3D VDR images and 3D SDR images are encoded using a monoscopic SDR base layer and one or more enhancement layers. A first VDR view and a first SDR view are encoded with a DVDL encoder to output first and second coded signals. A predicted 3D VDR signal is generated, which has first and second predicted VDR views. First and second VDR residuals are generated based on their respective VDR views and predicted VDR views. A DVDL encoder encodes the first and second VDR residuals to output third and fourth coded signals. A 3D VDR decoder, which has two DVDL decoders and SDR-to-VDR predictors use the four coded input signals to generate a single-view SDR, 3D SDR, single-view VDR, or 3D VDR signals. A corresponding decoder is also described, which is capable of decoding these encoded 3D VDR and SDR images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Konstantinos Konstantinides, Tyrome Y. Brown