Patents Examined by Michael Lee
  • Patent number: 11516273
    Abstract: Various concepts for media content streaming are described. Some allow for streaming spatial scene content in a spatially unequal manner so that the visible quality for the user is increased, or the processing complexity or used bandwidth at the streaming retrieval site is decreased. Others allow for streaming spatial scene content in a manner enlarging the applicability to further application scenarios.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Robert Skupin, Cornelius Hellge, Thomas Schierl, Yago Sánchez De La Fuente, Thomas Wiegand, Dimitri Podborski
  • Patent number: 11516450
    Abstract: A method of regional color processing based on video content and a system using the same are provided, comprising: step 1: dividing a data area; step 2: denoising pixel video data; step 3: generating a representative value of small block; step 4: detecting a video scene type; step 5: smoothing of the representative value of the small block; step 6: dark block fading processing; step 7: HDR custom compensating/definition restoring; and step 8: generating a representative value of the large block. It divides the video source data into small blocks or large blocks according to the rendering granularity of the ambient light, and implements algorithms such as noise reduction, smooth processing and adaptive compensation according to the video format and content, and the lighting rendering can follow the video signal in real time, which can effectively reduce the sudden change of rendering light and bring users more soothing experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Inventor: Wenjun Xie
  • Patent number: 11509875
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for enhancing color consistency in images are disclosed. A method may include activating, by a device, a camera to capture first image data; while the camera is capturing the first image data, activating of a first light source; receiving the first image data, the first image data having pixels having first color values; identifying first light generated by the first light source while the camera is capturing the first image data; identifying, based on the first image data, second light generated by a second light source; generating, based on the first light, the second light, and a distance between the camera and the vehicle light, second color values for the pixels of the first image data; generating second image data based on the second color values; and presenting the second image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Michael Herman, Larry D. Sanders, Jr., Akshay Vaidya
  • Patent number: 11509858
    Abstract: A smart multimedia content receiver automatically resizes video images based on the content being displayed on the TV screen. Such a self-formatting content receiver includes on-board image processing capability that provides continuous video analysis to detect changes in program formatting and convert each frame as it is received in real time, as opposed to processing and re-releasing an entire program or movie, or relying on the viewer to re-format programs manually. In response to detecting a change, aspect ratio adjustments are made as needed. Because the self-formatting content receiver has access to the video data before it is displayed, such automatic on-the-fly adjustments ensure that the viewer's experience during program changes is seamless and without distortion. Subscribers can influence decisions made by the content receiver by pre-setting viewer preferences for aspect ratio adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Gregory Greene
  • Patent number: 11501618
    Abstract: A security device has user-configurable motion detection settings. The security device includes at least one camera configured to capture sequential frames of image data within a field of view; at least one processor; memory communicatively coupled with the processor(s); a location setting, stored in the memory, defining whether or not the security device is located at a common access area; and machine readable instructions stored in the memory. The machine readable instructions are executable by the processor(s) to determine the image data indicates motion; and determine that the motion indicates lingering presence at the common access area. In certain embodiments, the machine readable instructions are executable by the processor(s) to determine, from the image data, that the average ambient light over a daily period varies less than a light variation threshold, and configure the location setting to indicate that the security device is located at the common access area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: James Siminoff
  • Patent number: 11503255
    Abstract: A light projection system, including a light source to provide an output beam of light, an angular light modulator (ALM) comprising a plurality of pixels, each pixel having an ON state and an OFF state, the ALM positioned to receive output beam on the plurality of pixels, and a processor coupled to the ALM. The processor is programmed to control a first set of the pixels to transition between the OFF state and the ON state while the beam is incident on the pixels. An amount of light is selectively directed in a direction by the first set. The processor is also programmed to control a second set of the plurality of pixels to remain in the OFF state while the beam is incident on the plurality of pixels. As a result, the ALM operates as a spatial light modulator and an angular light modulator of the beam of light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Arizona Board of Regents on Behalf of the University of Arizona
    Inventors: Yuzuru Takashima, Brandon Hellman
  • Patent number: 11496541
    Abstract: Various concepts for media content streaming are described. Some allow for streaming spatial scene content in a spatially unequal manner so that the visible quality for the user is increased, or the processing complexity or used bandwidth at the streaming retrieval site is decreased. Others allow for streaming spatial scene content in a manner enlarging the applicability to further application scenarios.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Robert Skupin, Cornelius Hellge, Thomas Schierl, Yago Sánchez De La Fuente, Thomas Wiegand, Dimitri Podborski
  • Patent number: 11490753
    Abstract: A method, system and apparatus are disclosed. In one or more embodiments, a system for monitoring a mailbox is provided. The system may include a mailbox device including at least one sensor, such as a video camera, for detecting movement, and a mailbox communication interface configured to communicate information including sensor information generated by the at least one sensor. The system may further include a premises device including a premises communication interface configured to receive the sensor information from the mailbox device and processing circuitry configured to determine whether a mailbox event has occurred and trigger at least one alert if a mailbox event occurred. The system may further provide notification of the event to an authorized entity via mobile device, voice assistant, etc. An access control unit may be used to limit access to the mailbox to authorized individuals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: The ADT Security Corporation
    Inventor: Robert Arthur Van Valkenburg, III
  • Patent number: 11483548
    Abstract: A passive component for coupling to, and thereby tracking, an intermediary device within a cable television system is disclosed. The passive component includes a tracking circuit separate in functionality from an existing circuit of the intermediary device. The tracking circuit, which is unpowered and uncontrolled, receives a first signal from a first device in the cable television system, modifies the first signal to create a modified signal, and passes the modified first signal to a second device in the cable television system, the second device being configured to determine a type for the intermediary device based on the modification to the first signal. The first device is one of a cable modem or a CMTS, and the second device is the other of the cable modem and the CMTS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Inventors: David Wachob, Neil Tang, Michael Wu
  • Patent number: 11483516
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electronic apparatus. The electronic apparatus includes a memory configured to store a plurality of frames included in an input image and a processor configured to: identify whether one frame of the plurality of frames is a first interpolated frame generated based on at least two frames from remaining frames of the plurality of frames, and select a reference frame to be used in frame interpolation of the plurality of frames based on the first interpolated frame being identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wonseok Song, Yoosun Jung, Shinhaeng Kim, Sangsu Lee
  • Patent number: 11477419
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for image display include a projection screen, a projection device, a control unit, and an imaging element. The projection screen is movable back and forth along an axis perpendicular to the projection face under control from the control unit. The control unit is configured to divide an image to be projected into a set of sub-images depending on distances, of one or more objects in the image, to be perceived by a user along the axis, and to control the projection screen and the projection device such that the projection device projects the set of sub-images onto the projection face when the projection face is moving to different positions respectively. The imaging optical element is configured to form a virtual image of the respective sub-image when the projection face is moving to the corresponding position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventor: Zhen Xiao
  • Patent number: 11477351
    Abstract: Banding effects in an image or video are assessed. The image or each frame of a video is decomposed into luminance or color channels. Signal activity is computed at each spatial location in each channel. A significance of the signal activity at each spatial location is determined by comparing each element of the signal activity with a significance threshold. Banding pixels are detected as those pixels of the image or frame having significant signal activity at their respective spatial locations and having non-significant signal activity of at least a minimum threshold percentage of neighboring pixels to the respective spatial locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: SSIMWAVE, Inc.
    Inventors: Zhou Wang, Hojatollah Yeganeh, Ahmed Badr, Kai Zeng
  • Patent number: 11470289
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a retinal display apparatus for generating an image on the retina of an eye of a user, wherein the retinal display apparatus is configured to generate multiple light beams, each light beam conveying an instance of the image, wherein the multiple light beams correspond one-to-one to multiple potential orientations of the eye of the user. Moreover, the disclosure relates to a corresponding method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hector Navarro Fructuoso, Bogdan Cihodariu Ionita, Atanas Boev, Panji Setiawan
  • Patent number: 11458897
    Abstract: A vehicular dual-state interior rearview mirror assembly includes a mirror head including an electrochromic mirror reflective element having a transflective mirror reflector. A video display device is disposed rearward of the viewable reflective region and occupies at least 85 percent of the viewable reflective region of the mirror reflective element. With the mirror assembly operating in a first state, the video display device does not display video images and the driver views rearward via reflection at the viewable reflective region and, with the mirror assembly operating in a second state, the video display device displays video images for viewing at the viewable reflective region by the driver. Video images displayed by the display screen at a center zone of the viewable reflective region are at unit magnification, and video images displayed at driver-side and passenger-side zones are not displayed at unit magnification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Mark L. Larson, John T. Uken, Christopher R. Koetje
  • Patent number: 11462017
    Abstract: A system for identifying and timing an athlete during a timed sporting event. The athlete is timed using image recognition technology in which one or more images of the athlete taken during the sporting event by a camera (106a, 106b, or 106c) is time-stamped to generate a finish time for the athlete. The athlete is identified by comparing one of the images taken during the sporting event with a profile image of the athlete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Inventor: Todd Martin
  • Patent number: 11457175
    Abstract: A split-type display system includes a processing device, a display device, and a transmission cable connecting the processing device and the displaying device. The processing device includes a processing unit, a first and a second conversion unit. The display device includes a third and a fourth conversion unit, and a display unit. The processing unit generates a first image signal and a first timing control signal. The first and the second conversion units, respectively, converts the first image signal and the first timing control signal into a second image signal and a second timing control signal. The third and the fourth conversion units, respectively, receive and convert the second image signal and the second timing control signal into a third image signal and a third timing control signal. The display unit displays the third image signal according to the third timing control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: AICONNX TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hsu-Jung Tung, Wei-Liang Cheng, Lien-Hsiang Sung
  • Patent number: 11457264
    Abstract: A terminal apparatus having a function of remotely controlling a video display apparatus includes a communication unit that transmits a command related to setting of the video display apparatus and receives status information, a signal receiving unit that receives a signal output from a broadcast station and decodes a video content, a memory unit that stores a content of a command including a channel of the video content, and a display unit that displays the video content and various types of information. In this terminal apparatus, the communication unit transmits an identification code specific to the terminal apparatus when transmitting the command, and when the status information is received after a channel of the video display apparatus is set by remote control, the video content of the channel stored in the memory unit is decoded by the signal receiving unit and is displayed on the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventor: Masayuki Hirabayashi
  • Patent number: 11451755
    Abstract: A method for controlling an electronic instrument including a projection section that projects an image via a projection lens and an imaging section that performs imaging via an imaging lens includes causing a first storage to store first characteristic data representing the characteristics of the projection lens, second characteristic data representing the characteristics of the imaging lens, and arrangement data representing the arrangement of the projection lens and the imaging lens and then causing the projection section to project a pattern image on an object via the projection lens, causing the imaging section to capture an image of the pattern image on the object via the imaging lens to generate captured image data, and updating the arrangement data based on the captured image data, the first characteristic data, and the second characteristic data without updating the first characteristic data and the second characteristic data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Taisuke Yamauchi
  • Patent number: 11445166
    Abstract: An object is to provide an image projection system in which a size and weight of a head-mounted portion are reduced and binocular vision is enabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuhiko Nemoto
  • Patent number: 11445236
    Abstract: In some aspects, the disclosure is directed to methods and systems for enhanced remote control of diverse appliances or devices with support for “legacy” devices as well as providing enhanced functionality. In some implementations, the remote control may utilize a multi-device communications scheme and partner with a computing device, such as a smartphone or other such device, to provide added functionality, including network functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Arkade, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Allan Fuchs, Bob Steven Berns, Joel Abraham Kort, Michael Harold Pachter