Patents Examined by Mark Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 10134193
    Abstract: Disclosed is a smart mirror system for hairstyling using virtual reality, the smart mirror system including: a mirror display provided with a camera and an angle adjusting means, the mirror display being provided on a wall of a hair salon; a chair rotatably provided in front of the mirror display; and a smart device for being mirrored with the mirror display, such that a user uses the mirror display by manipulating the smart device, wherein the smart device is configured to allow hairstyles that match sex and an age group provided by using an app or a server or hairstyles of celebrities provided by Internet search to be displayed on the mirror display by mirroring; and when one of the hairstyles is selected, a selected hairstyle is applied to an image of the user displayed on the mirror display, thereby being three-dimensionally displayed in response to a user's movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: ELI VISION CO., LTD
    Inventor: Deog Geun Ahn
  • Patent number: 10134167
    Abstract: Using curves to emulate soft body deformation in a computer-generated character is disclosed. A method can include accessing a reference model mapped to one or more deformation curves for the character. The reference model can include a mesh of vertices representing a soft body layer of the character. The deformation curve can include multiple sample points selected for mapping. Each mesh vertex on the model can be mapped to each sample point on the curve to establish a relationship between them for deformation. The method can also include receiving a movement of one or more sample points on the curve to a desired deformation position. The method can further include calculating primary and secondary movements of the mesh vertices on the model based on the movements of sample points. The method can move the mesh vertices as calculated to a desired deformation position and output the reference model with the moved vertices for rendering to emulate the soft body deformation of the character.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: DREAMWORKS ANIMATION LLC
    Inventors: Michael Hutchinson, Guido Zimmerman, Robert Helms
  • Patent number: 10134322
    Abstract: A pixel structure, including a first color pixel, a second color pixel and a third color pixel. The first color pixel includes a first-color normal-viewing sub-pixel and at least one first-color side-viewing sub-pixel. The second color pixel includes a second-color normal-viewing sub-pixel and at least one second-color side-viewing sub-pixel. The third color pixel includes a third-color normal-viewing sub-pixel and at least one third-color side-viewing sub-pixel. First color light emitted from the first-color normal-viewing sub-pixel, second color light emitted from the second-color side-viewing sub-pixel, and third color light emitted from the third-color side-viewing sub-pixel are mixed to obtain a white emission in a first side view direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: AU OPTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yi-Wen Chang
  • Patent number: 10127692
    Abstract: A web server receives a request from a client specifying a location and a bounding area. A mapping engine creates a tile grid centered at the specified location. A seed tile is created, including or adjacent to the center location. The web server creates a resource identifier for each tile in the tile grid, and returns the tile grid including the resource identifiers to the client. The resource identifier for each tile includes the location of the seed tile and a position offset for the tile relative to the seed tile, in one embodiment specified in units of northward and eastward movement. The client requests tiles from the system using the resource identifiers previously provided by the system. Upon receiving the request, the mapping engine dynamically renders each requested tile using map data from the map database, and the web server returns the dynamically-generated tiles to the requesting client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brent Hamby, Geoffrey Rummens Hendrey
  • Patent number: 10121220
    Abstract: A parallel processor and a method of reducing texture cache invalidation are disclosed. In one embodiment, the parallel processor includes a cache configured to receive lines of data; and a parallel execution unit associated with the cache and configured to execute parallel counterparts of an operation. The parallel counterparts, when executed, are configured to create, in the cache, corresponding aliases of a line of data pertaining to the operation such that the parallel counterparts are operable to invalidate only the corresponding aliases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Nvidia Corporation
    Inventor: Jeffrey Bolz
  • Patent number: 10109110
    Abstract: An augmented reality display system used to diminish (for example, obscure, obfuscate, hide, make less distracting, block out, “white wash” and/or make less discernible) certain portions of a base image (for example, a user's view of a part of the real world as seen through eyeglasses). Some examples of visual subject matter that can be diminished include: (i) driver distraction phenomena; (ii) advertising; and/or (iii) subject matter the user is not authorized to view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher J. Butler, Rahil Garnavi, Timothy M. Lynar
  • Patent number: 10102675
    Abstract: The embodiments relate to a method and to technical equipment for implementing the method. The method includes receiving an image with location information from a client; requesting processed region data from a media server based on the location information, said processed region data including one or more images with the corresponding location information; applying a first process for determining a pose of a device for the received image by means of the processed region data; if the first process fails to result the pose of the device, applying a second process for determining a pose of a device for the received image by means of the processed region data; saving the image with the determined pose of the device to the media server; providing the image and the pose of the device to a client for client rendering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Lixin Fan, Ville-Veikko Mattila, Yu You, Kimmo Roimela, Junsheng Fu, Antti Eronen
  • Patent number: 10102826
    Abstract: A method includes: determining a glare effect in a first partial region of the first display device in which an item of information is represented as an image; sorting items of information according to relevance if a plurality of items of information is represented on the first display device; checking and establishing that a glare effect in a second partial region of the first display device or on a second display device is lower than the glare effect in the first partial region; checking and establishing that no item of information, or an item of information with lower relevance, is represented in the second partial region of the first display device or on the second display device; and representing the one item of information, or the one item of information with a higher relevance, in the second partial region of the first display device or on the second display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Stefan Bieger
  • Patent number: 10054796
    Abstract: A display method is provided using a display that is operable to display an image to a viewer. The display method includes detecting one or both of an initial position and/or orientation of the viewer's head, and generating an image for display according to the detected position and/or orientation. A current position and/or orientation of the viewer's head are detected at a time at which the image is to be displayed. The method also includes re-projecting the generated image according to any differences between the initial position and/or orientation and the current position and/or orientation of the viewer's head, and displaying the re-projected image using the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe Limited
    Inventors: Ian Henry Bickerstaff, Simon Mark Benson, Oliver Mark Wright, Sharwin Winesh Raghoebardajal
  • Patent number: 10057555
    Abstract: A projector adapted to deform an input image to generate an output image includes a geometric correction section adapted to perform a geometric correction of the input image, and a background data generation section adapted to output data of a post-correction image as data of the output image in the case in which the data of the post-correction image obtained by performing the geometric correction on the input image is input from the geometric correction section, and to output data of a background image to be a background of the post-correction image as the data of the output image in the case in which the data of the post-correction image is not input from the geometric correction section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Manabu Saigo, Shiki Furui
  • Patent number: 10032311
    Abstract: Present novel and non-trivial system, device, and method for enhancing a three-dimensional synthetic image are disclosed. The image generating system is comprised of a first image data source, a second image data source, an image processing unit (“IPU”), and a display system. The IPU may be configured to receive first image data of a first image of a first external scene produced from object data; receive second image data of a second image of a second external scene produced from point cloud data acquired by one or more image capturing devices or object data augmented with point cloud data; combine the first image data with the second image data to produce third image data of a third image of the first external scene; and provide the third image data set to the display system. Fourth image data could be received and included in the production of the three image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Max G. Taylor, Scott E. Schultz, Matthew J. Cunnien, Michael J. Armstrong, Ryan J. Olson, Peter J. Flugstad, Shawn M. Spencer
  • Patent number: 10026142
    Abstract: A mechanism is described for facilitating multi-level nesting of batch buffers at computing devices. A method of embodiments, as described herein, includes facilitating a hardware extension to accommodate a plurality of batch buffers to engage in a multi-level nesting, where the plurality of batch buffers are associated with a graphics processor of a computing device. The method may further include facilitating the multi-level nesting of the plurality of batch buffers, where the multi-level nesting is spread over a plurality of levels associated with the plurality of batch buffers, where the plurality of levels include more than two levels of nesting associated with more than two batch buffers of the plurality of batch buffers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hema Chand Nalluri, Balaji Vembu, Jeffery S. Boles
  • Patent number: 10026213
    Abstract: Systems and techniques relating to scene rendering in computer graphics applications, such as rendering a scene using image based lighting, include a method including: performing, by a computer, ray tracing for a scene to be rendered by the computer, wherein performing the ray tracing include calculating a ray spread value for a ray propagated through the scene, the ray spread value being calculated based on a reflection geometry of at least one surface within the scene, and calculating a ray divergence value for the ray propagated through the scene, the ray divergence value being calculated based on one or more material properties of the at least one surface; defining, by the computer, a filter using both the calculated ray spread value and the calculated ray divergence value; and rendering, by the computer, the scene using the filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Autodesk, Inc.
    Inventor: Adam Arbree
  • Patent number: 10002451
    Abstract: A method, which is performed by an electronic device, for resizing an image having text is disclosed. The method may include determining layout information of at least one text region in the image. The layout information may include at least one of a number, a size, a location, a shape, or a text density of the at least one text region in the image. The method may also select a seam carving operation, a cropping operation, or a scaling operation for the image based on the layout information, a size of the image, and a target image size. The selected operation may be performed to resize the image to the target image size based at least on one of the layout information, the size of the image, or the target image size. The resized image may include the at least one text region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Seungwoo Yoo, Hee-Seok Lee, Jihoon Kim
  • Patent number: 9996949
    Abstract: Views of a virtual space may be presented based on predicted colors of individual pixels of individual frame images that depict the views of the virtual space. Predictive models may be assigned to individual pixels that predict individual pixel colors of individual pixels at individual time points. Individual models may be updated and/or reprojected to other pixels based on comparisons of the predicted pixel colors and colors specified by in a raster input signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Mitchell, Charalampos Koniaris, Jose Antonio Iglesias-Guitian, Bochang Moon, Eric Smolikowski
  • Patent number: 9996964
    Abstract: An apparatus for generating cartoon content includes a cut input controller configured to control inputting of a signal of adding a cut comprising one or more layers; an effect input controller configured to control inputting of a plurality of effects applied to a first layer among the one or more layers and receiving of property information such that directing of the plurality of effects interact with each other; and a cut generator configured to determine at least one of a directing start time, a directing end time, and a directing speed of the plurality of effects such that the plurality of effects interact with each other and are displayed, and generate a first final cut such that the plurality of effects are expressed according to the property information, wherein the effect input controller enters an input that sets the property information of the plurality of effects to be synchronized with the plurality of effects, and wherein the cut generator generates the first final cut such that a directing start
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: NAVER Corporation
    Inventors: Hyo Kim, Hyun Chul Lee, Ji Han Kim, Dai Hyun Lim, Byoung Kwan Kim
  • Patent number: 9987553
    Abstract: A virtual world processing apparatus and method. Sensed information, which is information collected by a sensor is inputted. The sensed information is adapted, based on a sensor capability, which is information on capability of the sensor. Accordingly, interoperability between a real world and a virtual world or interoperability between virtual worlds may be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seung Ju Han, Jae Joon Han, Do Kyoon Kim, Won Chul Bang
  • Patent number: 9947139
    Abstract: A method for generating a hybrid reality environment includes receiving data of a first user and a second user at different locations. The method also includes generating a scene of an augmented reality (AR) based environment that includes the first user and a virtual object related to the second user; and generating a scene of an augmented virtuality (AV) based environment that includes the virtual object related to the second user and a virtual object related to the first user. The method further includes sending signals for displaying the scene of the AR based environment to the first user and displaying the scene of the AV based environment to the second user such that the first user can interact with the virtual object related to the second user in real time and the second user can interact with the virtual object related to the first user in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment America LLC
    Inventor: Taizo Yasutake
  • Patent number: 9940757
    Abstract: A portion of a simulated element of a graphical simulation available for modification is identified in view of a cursor location associated with a user input device. The identified portion of the simulated element is selected for modification. The selected portion of the simulated element is then modified according to a direct manipulation of a display of the selected portion of the simulated element by a user using the user input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: ELECTRONIC ARTS INC.
    Inventors: Srikumar M. B. Nair, Steven Ray Rheinfrank, Glenn Shayn Song, Pawel Piotr Wrotek
  • Patent number: 9940727
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes systems and techniques relating to generating three dimensional (3D) models from range sensor data. According to an aspect, frames of range scan data captured using one or more three dimensional (3D) sensors are obtained, where the frames correspond to different views of an object or scene; point clouds for the frames are registered with each other by maximizing coherence of projected occluding boundaries of the object or scene within the frames using an optimization algorithm with a cost function that computes pairwise or global contour correspondences; and the registered point clouds are provided for use in 3D modeling of the object or scene. Further, the cost function, which maximizing contour coherence, can be used with more than two point clouds for more than two frames at a time in a global optimization framework.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: University of Southern California
    Inventors: Gerard Guy Medioni, Ruizhe Wang, Jongmoo Choi