Patents Examined by Michael E Teitelbaum
  • Patent number: 11323594
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and terminal device for synchronous exposure applicable to a primary camera in a multi-camera system is provided. The method includes: after receiving an instruction for synchronous exposure, obtaining a plurality of initial hardware time codes by acquiring an initial hardware time code of each camera in the multi-camera system, determining a synchronization reference value according to the plurality of initial hardware time codes and, based on the synchronization reference value and the initial hardware time code of each camera, determining a frame compensation value corresponding to each camera, and transmitting the frame compensation value of each secondary camera to the corresponding secondary camera, such that when the primary camera adjusts an image length according to the corresponding frame compensation value, each secondary camera adjusts an image length of the image according to the corresponding frame compensation value, to synchronize exposure time of all cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventors: Yongtai Cui, Zhe Yan
  • Patent number: 11317063
    Abstract: An image sensor including a pixel array including a plurality of sub-pixels arranged along a plurality of rows and a plurality of columns, and k number of sub-pixels representing one color pixel in conjunction with each other, where k is an integer equal to or greater than four and calibration circuitry may be provided. The calibration circuitry may be configured to receive digital image signal generated based on pixel signals output from the pixel array, calculate a color gain of the digital image signal based on a coefficient set calculated based on a reference image signal generated by a reference image sensor under a first light source having a first color temperature, store coefficient sets associated with a plurality of color temperatures including the first color temperature, and apply the color gain to the digital image signal to generate a calibrated image signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dahee Lee, Yongseong Kim, Youngmi Jo, Dongki Min, Wooseok Choi
  • Patent number: 11310456
    Abstract: A photoelectric conversion device includes pixels forming columns, an amplifier, signal holding capacitors, switches, and a control unit. The pixels forming columns are configured to amplify, at multiple gains, a signal based on charge generated by a photoelectric converter of the pixel. The signal holding capacitors are provided in association with the columns. The switches control sample-and-hold operations to the signal holding capacitors on corresponding columns. The control unit supplies a control signal that controls the switches. The control unit supplies the control signal whose settling time when the switches transition from an on-state to an off-state is a first length and a second length when the signal amplified at a first gain and a second gain, respectively, is held in the signal holding capacitor. The second gain is higher than the first gain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Oguro, Takanori Yamashita, Tomoya Kumagai
  • Patent number: 11308584
    Abstract: A method for denoising video content includes identifying a first frame block associated with a first frame of the video content. The method also includes estimating a first noise model that represents characteristics of the first frame block. The method also includes identifying at least one frame block adjacent to the first frame block. The method also includes generating a second noise model that represents characteristics of the at least one frame block adjacent to the first frame block by adjusting the first noise model based on at least one characteristic of the at least one frame block adjacent to the first frame block. The method also includes denoising the at least one frame block adjacent to the first frame block using the second noise model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Damien Kelly, Neil Birkbeck, Balineedu Adsumilli, Mohammad Izadi
  • Patent number: 11294471
    Abstract: An intelligent television system provides an operating system and an application framework for controlling a user interface to handle user input events from a handheld remote control. The remote control includes color keys that are configured for triggering different functions in different application panels displayed on the television.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Hisense Visual Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sanjiv Sirpal, Mohammed Selim
  • Patent number: 11297279
    Abstract: A transmission device includes an image processing unit that controls transmission of a first packet including region information regarding a region detected from an image and controls transmission of a second packet for each of lines in which at least the region has been detected in the image. The second packet comprises a header including information regarding the line, and a payload including region data concerning a partial region corresponding to the line, out of the region, in which the header includes: identification information of the data included in the payload; an error correction code of the information included in the header; and an extension region provided so as to be interposed between the identification information and the error correction code, and information indicating whether or not the region data is included in the payload corresponding to the header is set in at least a part of the extension region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Naoki Yoshimochi, Tomohiro Takahashi, Miho Ozawa
  • Patent number: 11290660
    Abstract: A system and, related method, is disclosed for enabling Chroma key compositing using a smart device, wherein an image/video of a subject situated in front of a portable monochromatic background is captured, and simultaneously layered upon a different desired background replacement that will replace only the monochromatic background captured. The portable monochromatic background structure can be an inflatable structure affixed with a plurality of lighting modules configured to ensure a uniform light distribution across the monochromatic background and separately ensure a uniform light distribution on the subject during the image/video capture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Inventor: Rockwell L. Scharer, III
  • Patent number: 11290689
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein provide various examples of synchronizing the playback of a recorded video of a surgical procedure with a live video feed of a user performing the surgical procedure. In one aspect, a system can simultaneously receive a recorded video of a surgical procedure and a live video feed of a user performing the surgical procedure in a training session. More specifically, the recorded video is shown to the user as a training reference, and the surgical procedure includes a set of surgical tasks. The system next simultaneously monitors the playback of a current surgical task in the set of surgical tasks in the recorded video and the live video feed depicting the user performing the current surgical task. Next, the system detects that the end of the current surgical task has been reached during the playback of the recorded video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: VERB SURGICAL INC.
    Inventors: Pablo Garcia Kilroy, Jagadish Venkataraman
  • Patent number: 11287644
    Abstract: A mechanically resonant system exhibits a resonant mode frequency response. A conductor is included on a resonant member within the mechanically resonant system. A current in the conductor causes a modification of the resonant mode frequency response when in the presence of a magnetic field. The modification of the resonant mode frequency response may include an offset in the natural frequency of the mechanically resonant system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Microvision, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan A. Morarity, Matthew Ellis, Christopher Brian Adkins
  • Patent number: 11284038
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes: a memory; and a processor configured to: execute genetic processing on class classification programs of a set of class classification programs; acquire a distance between each learning data and an identification boundary regarding evaluation identifiers created by using first class learning data belonging to a first class and second class learning data belonging to a second class according to the class classification program; calculate a statistic amount of a distribution of a distance to the identification boundary for each of the first class learning data and the second class learning data; define a fitness calculation equation based on the statistic amounts of the first class learning data and the second class learning data; calculate the fitness of the class classification program; and determine whether or not to replace the class classification program with one of class classification programs of the set depending on the fitness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Hiroaki Okamoto, Tsuyoshi Nagato, Tetsuo Koezuka
  • Patent number: 11277593
    Abstract: A video signal transmitter or receiver for handling multiple video signals, including mainboard signal processing circuitry, one master fiber module, and one or more add-on fiber modules. Video data signal for the multiple videos are transmitted over the master and add-on fiber modules, but no video control signal is transmitted over any add-on fiber module. Video control signal for all of the multiple videos are transmitted on a first subset of channels of the master fiber module in a multiplexed manner. The mainboard signal processing circuitry cooperates with the signal processing chip of the master fiber module to process all video control signals, with the master fiber module processing video control signals for at least two videos. Non-video signals are processed by the mainboard circuitry and transmitted on a second subset of channels of the master fiber module (same as or different from the first subset of channels).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Celerity Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Xiaolin Tong
  • Patent number: 11272138
    Abstract: A display device may include a display panel, N receiving antennas integrated with the display panel, where N is an integer greater than 2, a communication module, and a display driver. The communication module receives a video communication signal using a subset of receiving antennas of the N receiving antennas and an audio communication signal using at least one receiving antenna of the N receiving antennas that is different from the subset of receiving antennas and generates original video data based on the video communication signal and audio data based on the audio communication signal. The display driver receives the original video data from the communication module and drives the display panel based on the original video data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Inventors: Dale Yim, Hosuk Maeng
  • Patent number: 11265615
    Abstract: A transmission apparatus that includes circuitry configured to generate transport protocol selection information used for selecting a transport protocol to be used in a specific service from a plurality of transport protocols conforming to a predetermined standard; and transmit, together with the transport protocol selection information, a content provided by the specific service according to the transport protocol set in the transport protocol selection information, and the plurality of transport protocols include at least ROUTE (Real-Time Object Delivery over Unidirectional Transport) and MMT (MPEG Media Transport).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: SATURN LICENSING LLC
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Takahashi, Yasuaki Yamagishi
  • Patent number: 11258967
    Abstract: An imaging device includes a drive unit that drives pixels each including a photoelectric converter to output a first signal based on charge generated by the photoelectric converter in a first exposure period and a second signal based on charge generated by the photoelectric converter in a second exposure period shorter than the first exposure period, a detection unit that detects a change in a relative position between an object and the imaging device by using the first and second signals, and an image generation unit that generates an image by using the first and second signals. When selecting the first or second signal for each pixel, in accordance with a result of determination whether the first signal is saturated, the image generation unit decides whether or not to use a detection result from the detection unit as a criterion in selecting the first or second signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shinji Yamanaka
  • Patent number: 11258991
    Abstract: The present application describes a video processing request system that receives video files and synchronous task requests, converts the synchronous task requests into asynchronous task requests, provides the video files to various processing units in response to the conversion, and subsequently provides processed video files back to requesting computing devices in response to the received synchronous task requests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Evolon Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Shannon Scott, Jesse Plymale
  • Patent number: 11250887
    Abstract: A machine includes a processor and memory coupled to the processor. The memory stores instructions executed by the processor to perform operations comprising receiving, from a plurality of computing devices, a plurality of messages, each message comprising at least one message parameter. For each message of the plurality of messages, the machine determines whether the at least one message parameter comprises temperature data indicating a temperature of a location of a respective computing device. Based on determining that the at least one message parameter comprises temperature data, the temperature data is evaluated to determine whether the temperature of the location of the respective computing device corresponds to a first media collection. The message is added to the first media collection based on determining that the temperature of the respective computing device corresponds to the first media collection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy Sehn
  • Patent number: 11232595
    Abstract: Implementations facilitate the calibration of cameras in a live action scene. In some implementations, a system includes a base, where the base is configured to removably couple to a camera in the live action scene. The system further includes a plurality of extensions coupled to the base, where the plurality of extensions extends outwardly away from the base. The system further includes a plurality of reference points identifiable by a sensor, where the reference points are coupled to ends of corresponding extensions of the plurality of extensions, and where the plurality of extensions positions the plurality of reference points in a three-dimensional arrangement. Distances between pairs of reference points are based on one or more aspects of the extensions, and the distances between the pairs of reference points are used to compute reference point data generated from a performance capture system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: WETA DIGITAL LIMITED
    Inventors: Dejan Momcilovic, Jake Botting
  • Patent number: 11218692
    Abstract: A method for testing and/or calibrating a camera is provided. An optical test standard is produced. A plurality of subareas, with different grey tones, are applied to a substrate. At least one reference image of the substrate is captured using a reference camera, using a predetermined setting comprising at least one parameter. Reference greyscale values for the subareas are determined from the reference image and assigned to the substrate. At least one image of the optical test standard is captured by the camera using a predetermined setting of the camera, the setting comprising at least one parameter. Actual greyscale values for the subareas are determined from this image. An assertion about a sufficient or insufficient calibration of the camera is made based on a comparison of the actual greyscale values with the reference greyscale values or with a predetermined range of permissible actual greyscale values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: WIPOTEC GMBH
    Inventors: Stefan Schulz, Rene Elspass
  • Patent number: 11218743
    Abstract: Techniques for a fast approximation of linear light scaling for inputs of non-linear light values are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Benjamin Waggoner, Hai Wei
  • Patent number: 11216977
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to methods and apparatuses for outputting information and calibrating a camera. The method may include: acquiring a first image, a second image, and a third image, the first image being an image photographed by a to-be-calibrated camera, the second image being a high-precision map image including a target area indicated by the first image, and the third image being a reflectance image including the target area; fusing the second image and the third image to obtain a fused image; determining a matching point pair based on points selected by a user in the first image and the fused image; and calibrating the to-be-calibrated camera based on coordinates of the matching point pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: BEIJING BAIDU NETCOM SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xiang Liu, Shuang Zhang, Bin Gao, Xiaoxing Zhu, Fan Yang