Patents Examined by Mehrdad Dastouri
  • Patent number: 10298917
    Abstract: A three-dimensional display device includes: a display region candidate deciding unit that decides a candidate region of an additional image which shields part of a main image of a three-dimensional image on a screen; a depth suitability determination unit that determines whether a difference in depth between the main image and the additional image is within a tolerance range; an image compositing unit that superimposes the additional image upon the candidate region on the main image, and displays the composited image; and a possibly-unsuitable region deciding unit that decides, in the main image, a first region that may protrude to a near side beyond a predetermined depth range, and a second region that may recess to a far side beyond a predetermined depth range. The display region candidate deciding unit further decides a candidate region to shield the first and second regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yumiko Kato, Tsuyoshi Inoue, Jun Ozawa
  • Patent number: 10298884
    Abstract: Systems and methods of precision remote PTZ control of IP cameras are provided. Some methods include capturing a plurality of images, each image in the plurality of images corresponding to an angle into which a video surveillance device can be positioned, receiving user input indicating a desired position of the video surveillance device, displaying one of the plurality of images, the one of the plurality of images corresponding to the desired position of the video surveillance device, receiving user input confirming the one of the plurality of images, and transmitting instructions to the video surveillance device, the instructions containing coordinate information corresponding to the one of the plurality of images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Wan Wei Ming
  • Patent number: 10298954
    Abstract: A video decoding apparatus for decoding a current block comprised of a plurality of subblocks by using an intra prediction, includes: a prediction mode extractor to extract information on an intra prediction mode of the current block; an inverse quantization unit to inversely quantize transformed and quantized residual subblocks corresponding to the subblocks of the current block to thereby generate transformed residual subblocks; an inverse transform unit to inversely transform the transformed residual subblocks to thereby reconstruct residual subblocks; a prediction unit to sequentially predict each of the subblocks from neighboring pixels selected based on the information on the intra prediction mode of the current block and thereby generate a plurality of predicted subblocks corresponding to the subblocks; and an adder to sequentially reconstruct the subblocks by adding each of the reconstructed residual subblocks to a predicted subblock corresponding thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: SK TELECOM CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hayoon Kim, Joohee Moon, Yunglyul Lee, Haekwang Kim, Byeungwoo Jeon, Mincheol Park
  • Patent number: 10280008
    Abstract: An apparatus for adjustably positioning an object of interest is described, and which includes a wave propagator and a wave detector which are both mounted in spaced relation to an object of interest, and which allows determination of a distance between the wave propagator and wave detector and the object of interest during operation; an adjustment device mounted in force transmitting relation relative to the object of interest an which imparts force to the object of interest to maintain the object of interest along a predetermined course of travel, and a controller coupled in controlling relation relative to the wave propagator and the adjustment device, and in signal receiving relation relative to the wave detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Key Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Austin von Pohle, Brian Howton, Andy Wooley
  • Patent number: 10279743
    Abstract: A wireless portable video monitoring system comprises at least one (1) portable color video camera with audio content, further having a mounting means. Each camera is provided with an integral transmitter capable of broadcasting the acquired data using a radio signal. The system further comprises a portable video monitor having a display capable of split screen operation. The monitor is also provided with a mounting means. Each camera wirelessly transmits its signals to the monitor. The system is particularly useful for viewing occupants in a rear area of a vehicle by a motorist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventors: C. Ray Williams, Grace L. Webber
  • Patent number: 10275932
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to a display operable in 2D and 3D display modes. Methods and apparatus are provided for adjusting the colors and brightness of the image data and/or intensity of the display backlight based on the current display mode and/or color-grading of the image data. For example, when switching to a 3D display mode a color mapping may be performed on left and right eye image data to increase color saturation in particular regions, and/or the backlight intensity may be increased in particular regions to compensate for lower light levels in 3D display mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Eric Kozak, Robin Atkins
  • Patent number: 10264256
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer programs for improved quality video compression. Image quality from MPEG-style video coding may be improved by preserving a higher number of bits during intermediate encoding and decoding processing steps. Problems of inverse discrete cosine transform (IDCT) mismatch can be eliminated by exactly matching the IDCT function numerical algorithm of the decoder to the IDCT function numerical algorithm used for the decoding portion of the encoder. Also included is an application of high precision compression to wide dynamic range images by extending the range of the “quantization parameter” or “QP”. The extension of QP may be accomplished either by increasing the range of QP directly, or indirectly through a non-linear transformation. Also included is an application of extended intermediate processing precision and an extended QP range to reduced contrast regions of an image to extend the precision with which the low-contrast portions are compression coded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Gary A. Demos, David Ruhoff
  • Patent number: 10264220
    Abstract: A display image switching device lightens the burden imposed upon an operator, when selecting a particular camera from a plurality of cameras accompanying movement, by providing an intuitive and easy to understand selecting method. When an operator selects an object from an image picked-up and displayed on a display by a camera selected from a plurality of cameras by a camera, selector, a camera extractor extracts all other cameras picking-up the selected object. A camera icon generator arranges camera icons at positions on the displayed image where the extracted cameras are located. When a camera icon displayed on the display is selected, an image picked-up by the camera at the position of the selected camera icon is displayed on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Mikio Morioka
  • Patent number: 10249672
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus includes: an image pickup chip including a light receiving section and electrode pads, on a first main face, and a plurality of connection electrodes, each of which is connected to each of the electrode pads via each of a plurality of through-hole interconnections, on a second main face; a transparent cover glass having a larger plan-view dimension than the image pickup chip; a transparent adhesive layer that bonds the first main face of the image pickup chip and the cover glass; and a sealing member that covers a side face of the image pickup chip and a side face of the adhesive layer, and is made of an insulating material having a same plan-view dimension as the cover glass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Noriyuki Fujimori, Takatoshi Igarashi, Kazuhiro Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10235789
    Abstract: The invention provides a much improved process for locating underground utilities where a field technician is provided with a device that presents the location of the underground utility in context with the surroundings. The device uses a screen present an image of the underground utility in its proper perspective with respect to the surroundings using data gathered from a number of sources. The data used to create the image includes location data of both the underground utility and the position of the device along with perspective attributes such as traditional compass orientation, perspective relative to the horizon, and any perceivable movement of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Phillips 66 Company
    Inventors: Timothy J. Simmons, Peter J. Osbourne, Christopher A. Glenn, Larry D. Phelps
  • Patent number: 10235575
    Abstract: A driving assistance apparatus is provided in which the detection range of a left-front-corner sonar (12a) located at the vehicle's left front corner is included in the field of view of a second imaging means (14) located at the vehicle's left front corner. When the left-front-corner sonar (12a) detects a three-dimensional object at the vehicle's left front corner, an image processing means (3) synthesizes an image of the image created using a second imaging means (14) and the images created with four cameras (7a-7d) for imaging the complete periphery of the vehicle, and creates a bird's-eye-view image (40b). The detection range of the left-front-corner sonar (12a) is included within a region of the bird's-eye image (40b) on the basis of the image created with the second imaging means (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masayoshi Michiguchi, Tatsuto Ryugo, Kenji Okano, Yukiko Kanno
  • Patent number: 10171873
    Abstract: A computer program video player product stored on a non-transitory computer readable medium and loadable into the internal memory of a computing device, comprising software code portions for performing, when the video player product is run on a computer, a method including sequentially reading a plurality of distinctive Internet address associated with a plurality of discrete multimedia objects; determining a playback rate based on available cellular bandwidth; playing back a video at the determined playback rate consisting of at least a subset of the plurality of discrete multimedia objects; wherein the discrete multimedia objects are obtained by transcoding an input multimedia stream including a video segment forming part of a video stream into an optimal audiovisual format at an optimal encoding rate reflecting available cellular network bandwidth; dynamically converting the transcoded multimedia stream into discrete objects by splitting the transcoded stream into specified intervals by scanning after the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventor: Mark Sinclair Krebs
  • Patent number: 10151914
    Abstract: An optical scanning observation apparatus includes: a light source selectively emitting a plurality of illumination lights of different colors; a light emission timing controller controlling light emission timing, based on a predetermined ratio of number of light emissions of each color of the illumination light emitted from the light source; a fiber guiding the illumination light from the light source; an actuator vibratory driving the tip part of the fiber; an optical system for irradiating the illumination light emitted from the fiber; an optical detector; and a signal processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takeshi Mori, Ken Fujinuma
  • Patent number: 10129551
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus according to the present invention is configured to encode frames forming a moving image using temporal hierarchies, and includes an acquisition unit configured to acquire information related to a temporal hierarchy corresponding to an encoding target frame, a determination unit configured to determine, based on the information related to the temporal hierarchy acquired by the acquisition unit, whether to use an encoding parameter based on a bit rate of at least one past frame encoded before the encoding target frame is encoded, and an encoding unit configured to encode the encoding target frame using the encoding parameter based on the bit rate of the at least one past frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Makoto Kimura, Saku Hiwatashi
  • Patent number: 10116864
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus including an interface that receives an input identifying a subject, and a processor that controls a display to display information indicating a position of the subject in a graphic representation corresponding to a panoramic image based on an orientation of a device capturing image data for generating the panoramic image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Junichiro Goto, Takuya Arai
  • Patent number: 10110893
    Abstract: In video quality control and estimation, the joint evaluation of compression artifacts and channel artifacts is a problem. The invention considers the joint perception of both a compression artifact level Dm(V) and a channel artifact level Dh(V) in a method for calculating overall distortion in a video being affected by compression artifacts and channel artifacts. The method comprises a step of adding a compression artifact level Dm(V) and a summand S that is derived from log (Dh(V)) multiplied with a factor that decreases with increasing compression artifact level Dm, such as D(V)=Dm(V)+c·(K?Dm(V))·log(Dh(V)). The result obtained is a measure for the overall distortion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: THOMSON LICENSING
    Inventors: Xiao Dong Gu, Fan Zhang, Zhibo Chen
  • Patent number: 10106126
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method are for detecting precipitation on a windscreen of a motor vehicle. A camera device records a first image and thereafter a second image. A comparison device produces a first comparison image by comparing the first image with the second image. An image detection device identifies objects on the first comparison image, and determines motion of the objects, to detect whether there is precipitation on the windscreen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Conti Temic microelectronic GmbH
    Inventors: Christopher Kosubek, Dieter Kroekel, Urban Meis
  • Patent number: 10070073
    Abstract: A camera (10) that includes: a sensor module (1) which measures radiation data; heat radiation parts (14-1, 14-2) which radiate heat generated as the sensor module (1) is cooled; an electrical apparatus (20); and fans (15-1, 15-2) which generate a flow of a first fluid for cooling the heat radiation parts (14-1, 14-2). The camera further has a first passage (41) through which the first fluid flows, a second passage (43) through which a second fluid for cooling the electrical apparatus (20) flows, and a merging part (44) which suctions the second fluid from the second passage (43) into the first passage (41) by means of the flow of the first fluid. Such a camera (10) can be made more compact than other cameras which further include a fan for circulating the second fluid through the second passage (43).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Shigeo Kasai, Katsuhiro Saito
  • Patent number: 10057593
    Abstract: Frame sequences from multiple image sensors may be combined in order to form, for example, an interleaved frame sequence. Individual frames of the combined sequence may be configured a by combination (e.g., concatenation) of frames from one or more source sequences. The interleaved/concatenated frame sequence may be encoded using a motion estimation encoder. Output of the video encoder may be processed (e.g., parsed) in order to extract motion information present in the encoded video. The motion information may be utilized in order to determine a depth of visual scene, such as by using binocular disparity between two or more images by an adaptive controller in order to detect one or more objects salient to a given task. In one variant, depth information is utilized during control and operation of mobile robotic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: BRAIN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Micah Richert
  • Patent number: 10048119
    Abstract: The optical system (1) is intended to measure the bidirectional reflectance and/or transmittance distribution function BRDF, BTDF and BSDF of a surface (10) of at least a portion of an object (7), the system comprising successively: an aplanatic lens (2) having an opening angle, the absolute value of which is comprised between 45° and a value strictly lower than 90°, a converging field lens (3) downstream of the plane P, an image pickup lens (4), the field angle of which is higher than or equal to the convergence angle of the scattered light beams emerging from the field lens, and a video sensor (5), the aplanatic lens (2), the converging field lens (3), the image pickup lens (4) and the video sensor (5) being arranged so as to allow a conjugation C1 between the surface (10) and the entrance pupil of the image pickup lens (4) and a conjugation C2 between an intensity pattern and the video sensor (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventor: Jean-Pierre Lauret