Patents Examined by Masum Billah
  • Patent number: 10448047
    Abstract: An encoder circuit includes a reduction circuit, a statistical processing circuit, a first motion search circuit, and a second motion search circuit. The reduction circuit generates reduced images of multiple patterns with respect to each of macroblocks. Each of frame images included in video is divided into the macroblocks. The statistical processing circuit performs statistical processing on motion vectors detected with respect to each of the macroblocks. The first motion search circuit selects one of the reduced images generated with respect to the frame image of a reference frame, based on the result of the statistical processing, and searches a first search range in the selected one of the reduced images so as to detect a first motion vector. The second motion search circuit searches a second search range set in the reference frame based on the first motion vector so as to detect a second motion vector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Socionext, Inc.
    Inventor: Hidenori Nakaishi
  • Patent number: 10432954
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a video encoder, a video encoding system and a video encoding method. The video encoder comprises a logic control module and an encoding module. Wherein, the logic control module is configured to receive a control command sent from an external controller for encoding a specified portion of each frame of image, and send the control command to the encoding module; and the encoding module is configured to receive the control command from the logic control module, and encode the specified portion of each frame of image according to the control command, so as to cooperate with a plurality of other video encoders to complete encoding each frame of image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventors: Jianjun Chen, Xi He, Chunfeng Yang, Zejun Hu
  • Patent number: 10432911
    Abstract: A method for identifying contamination upon a lens of a stereoscopic camera is disclosed. The stereoscopic camera is arranged such that it has the same capturing area over time, and is provided with a first camera providing first images of said capturing area and a second camera providing second images of said capturing area. The first and second images are divided into at least one evaluation area correspondently located in respective image. A traffic surveillance system is also disclosed where contamination upon a lens of a stereoscopic camera is identified according to said method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Kapsch TrafficCom AB
    Inventor: Björn Crona
  • Patent number: 10429319
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a system for inspecting a sample with multiple wavelengths of illumination simultaneously via parallel imaging paths. The system may include at least a first detector or set of detectors configured to detect illumination reflected, scattered, or radiated along a first imaging path from a selected portion of the sample in response to the first wavelength of illumination and a second detector or set of detectors configured to concurrently detect illumination reflected, scattered, or radiated along a second imaging path from the selected portion of the sample (i.e. the same location on the sample) in response to the second wavelength of illumination, where the second imaging path may at least partially share illumination and/or detection optics with an autofocus channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: KLA-Tencor Corporation
    Inventors: Shiow-Hwei Hwang, Amir Bar, Grace Hsiu-Ling Chen, Daniel L. Cavan
  • Patent number: 10429891
    Abstract: A mounting device includes a cradle including a first recess and configured to be mounted in a vehicle, a pivotable hinge member coupled to the cradle, and a docking tray coupled to the pivotable hinge member. The docking tray is configured to lock in a first position within the first recess in the cradle, and lock in a second position extending outward from the first recess in the cradle. The docking tray includes a second recess shaped and dimensioned to receive an electronic computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventor: Kenneth L. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10419681
    Abstract: A multi-imager assembly including a plurality of imagers, a chassis, a drive assembly, and a controller. The plurality of imagers is operable to produce a composite image, with each of the plurality of imagers having optical zoom capability such that each of the plurality of imagers has a variable field of view. The chassis movably supports the plurality of imagers, and the drive assembly is operable to move the plurality of imagers while supported by the chassis. The controller is operable to coordinate movement of the plurality of imagers based at least in part upon the variable field of view of each of the plurality of imagers to produce the composite image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Theodore Leroy Jones
  • Patent number: 10404924
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for detecting stationary presence using IR sensor data. A number of IR images may be captured based on IR sensor data and these IR images may be averaged over various time intervals to calculate a number of average IR frames. The difference between these average IR frames provides a delta frame. A mask frame may be calculated as the summation of delta frames over time, and the value of the mask frame may be used to detect a stationary human presence even when no delta value is calculated. Alternatively, the mask frame may be used to calculate a background frame that represents the IR signature of stationary or cyclical objects within the scanned area that are not intended to trigger the presence detection system. A stationary presence may be determined by subtracting the background frame from a current average IR frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: OSRAM SYLVANIA Inc.
    Inventors: Christian Breuer, Anant Aggarwal
  • Patent number: 10386307
    Abstract: A method of creating quality grade discrimination criteria in a discrimination device that determines appearance quality grades of granular materials in accordance with the present invention includes a granular material placement step of sorting the granular materials on a per-quality-grade basis and placing the granular materials on an image-capture surface of the image-capturing unit; an imaging data acquisition step of capturing images of the granular materials placed on the image-capture surface by the image-capturing unit and thereby obtaining imaging data; a quality grade information acquisition step of obtaining, on a per-quality-grade basis, pieces of quality grade information on the respective granular materials on the basis of the imaging data; and a quality grade discrimination criteria creation step of creating quality grade discrimination criteria by using the quality grade information obtained on a per-quality-grade basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventors: Yoshinari Morio, Hiroki Ishizuki, Hideaki Ishizu, Hiroaki Takeuchi, Tatsuhiko Ochi
  • Patent number: 10382674
    Abstract: Exemplary methods, apparatuses, and systems for image processing are described. One or more reference images are selected based on image quality scores. At least a portion of each reference image is merged to create an output image. An output image with motion artifacts is compared to a target to correct the motion artifacts of the output image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Piyush Sharma, Nitesh Shroff, Ramin Rezaiifar
  • Patent number: 10362306
    Abstract: Included are an encoding section, a decoding section, and an image recognition section. The encoding section performs an encoding process for a video signal to be input based on a calculated encoding mode, and transmits an encoded stream. The decoding section performs a decoding process for the received encoded stream, and outputs a decoded image. The image recognition section performs an image recognition process for the decoded image. The encoding section adjusts the encoding mode based on recognition accuracy information representing the certainty of a recognition result in the image recognition section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventors: Tetsuya Shibayama, Seiji Mochizuki, Katsushige Matsubara, Kenichi Iwata
  • Patent number: 10362329
    Abstract: Techniques described use a reference motion vector to reduce the amount of bits needed to encode motion vectors for inter prediction. One method includes determining a reference motion vector used to encode a current block of a current frame. The reference motion vector was selected by identifying, multiple candidate motion vectors used to inter predict blocks, and identifying a set of reconstructed pixel values from at least one block adjacent to the current block. For each candidate motion vector, a set of predicted pixel values for the set of reconstructed pixel value is generated using the candidate motion vector and a first reference frame, and an error value is calculated based on a difference between the sets of pixel values. Finally, a reference motion vector from the candidates is selected based on the error values. The method also includes decoding the current block using the reference motion vector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Adrian William Grange, Ronald Sebastiaan Bultje, Yaowu Xu, Paul Gordon Wilkins
  • Patent number: 10324433
    Abstract: Systems and methods for analyzing and optimizing worksite operations based on video and or audio data are disclosed. One method includes receiving one or more models relating to a worksite, receiving first sensor data associated with the machine at the worksite, receiving second sensor data associated with an operation of the machine at the worksite, wherein the second sensor data is sourced from a sensor that is different from a sensor sourcing the first sensor data, determining, by the one or more processors, a machine state based at least on the first data and the second data, comparing the determined machine state to a modeled machine state represented by the received one or more models to classify site operations and/or detect an irregularity in site operations or an inefficiency in site operations, and generating a response based at least on the detected irregularity or inefficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Sprock, Ryan Baumann, Sanat Talmaki, Praveen Halepatali
  • Patent number: 10313675
    Abstract: A method includes determining whether a rate distortion cost of a compressed video is above a cost threshold, the compressed video being encoded using a first constant rate factor (CRF). Upon determining the quality of a compressed video is above a cost threshold calculating a second CRF based on the first CRF, and encoding a video associated with the compressed video using the second CRF. Upon determining the quality of a compressed video is below a cost threshold encoding the video using the first CRF and a target bitrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Yao-Chung Lin, Anil Christopher Kokaram, Andrew Joseph Crawford, Hugh Pierre Denman
  • Patent number: 10274716
    Abstract: An image acquisition apparatus includes: a macro-photographing unit that performs macro-photographing of an image of at least a sample mounting area of a slide, on which a pathological sample is mounted, at a first magnification; a microscopic photographing unit that microscopically photographs a designated photographing area at a second magnification larger than the first magnification; a first judgment unit that judges whether there is an image of the pathological sample in each of a plurality of sectional areas sectioning the image obtained by the macro-photographing; a second judgment unit that judges, as a sample image area, a set of at least one of the plurality of sectional areas judged to be including the image of the pathological sample; and an area expansion unit that generates an expanded area by expanding the sample image area and causes the microscopic photographing unit to photograph the expanded area as the photographing area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Shinji Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10244266
    Abstract: Techniques are described for encoding noisy media content. A residual coefficient matrix representing differences in image content between a portion of a target image frame and portions of one or more reference frames can include noise within a high frequency band. Some of the noise can be removed by removing isolated residual coefficients under some estimated threshold. Additionally, the remaining noise can be reduced by attenuating their values selectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Yongjun Wu
  • Patent number: 10212442
    Abstract: The image encoding apparatus which encodes, on a per block basis, a current picture included in a moving picture includes: an encoder which outputs a first encoded stream including, in the following arrangement order, (i) slice data obtained by encoding a slice included in the current picture and including a plurality of block lines and (ii) a slice header including information indicating a code amount of each of the plurality of block lines; and an exchanger which exchanges arrangement positions of the slice data and the slice header in the first encoded stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventors: Toshihiko Kusakabe, Kiyofumi Abe, Hideyuki Ohgose, Shinji Kitamura, Takashi Hashimoto, Yuki Maruyama, Tatsuro Juri
  • Patent number: 10205963
    Abstract: The present invention provides low complexity planar mode coding in which a value of a bottom-right pixel in a prediction block is calculated from a value of at least one pixel in at least one of an array of horizontal boundary pixels and an array of vertical boundary pixels. Linear and bi-linear interpolations on the value of the bottom-right pixel and values of at least some of the horizontal and vertical boundary pixels to derive values of remaining pixels in the prediction block. A residual between the prediction block and an original block is signaled to a decoder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: NTT DOCOMO, INC.
    Inventors: Frank Jan Bossen, Sandeep Kanumuri
  • Patent number: 10163202
    Abstract: The present invention provides an automatic blood-sampling tube preparation device which can detect the presence of the proper or improper blood-sampling tube by selectively taking out a blood-sampling tube and transferring the blood-sampling tube to a label pasting position, printing information of the patient on a label, pasting the printed label on the blood-sampling tube positioned in the label pasting position, and collecting the label pasted blood-sampling tubes in the container for each patient. The device also includes photographing means for photographing an appearance of the blood-sampling tube taken out from the blood-sampling tube containing section and a control means arranged to have a threshold with respect to at least one characteristic information previously extracted from an appearance of a blood-sampling tube, to extract the characteristic information from the appearance image photographed to judge whether the blood-sampling tube corresponds to the instruction information from the doctor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: TECHNO MEDICA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshikazu Matsumoto, Yoshimi Hirasawa, Yasushi Nakano, Yusuke Wada, Ichiro Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10157458
    Abstract: A laser projection system for projecting an image on a workpiece includes a photogrammetry assembly and a laser projector, each communicating with a computer. The photogrammetry assembly includes a first camera for scanning the workpiece, and the laser projector projects a laser image to arbitrary locations. Light is conveyed from the direction of the workpiece to the photogrammetry assembly. The photogrammetry assembly signals the coordinates light conveyed toward the photogrammetry assembly to the computer with the computer being programmable for determining a geometric location of the laser image. The computer establishes a geometric correlation between the photogrammetry assembly, the laser projector, and the workpiece for realigning the laser image to a corrected geometric location relative to the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Virtek Vision International, ULC
    Inventor: Kurt D. Rueb
  • Patent number: 10146038
    Abstract: A disk scanning apparatus is used in combination with an imaging optical system and an imaging apparatus. The disk scanning apparatus includes a rotating disk and a relay optical system. In the rotating disk, a disk surface including a shielding part and a transmitting part is placed so as to be positioned on a focal plane of the imaging optical system. The relay optical system performs relaying of an optical image of a sample to the imaging apparatus. The relay optical system includes a front group having a positive power and a rear group having a positive power, in this order from the rotating disk side, and is configured so that a luminous flux between the front group and the rear group becomes an afocal luminous flux. The disk scanning apparatus further includes a structure configured to make the distance between the front group and the rear group variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Hayashi