Patents Examined by Michael Lee
  • Patent number: 12014554
    Abstract: A method and system for estimating road lane geometry includes a camera-estimated lane segment, for estimating lane geometry based on camera detection of road markings and a leading-vehicle-estimated lane segment, for estimating lane geometry based on traces of at least one leading vehicle. Estimated road geometry is obtained from a combination of the camera-estimated lane segment and the leading-vehicle-estimated lane segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2024
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Prashant Kramadhari, Peter Barth
  • Patent number: 12015842
    Abstract: Eyewear having an image signal processor (ISP) dynamically operable in a camera pipeline for augmented reality (AR) and computer vision (CV) systems. Multi-purpose cameras are used for simultaneous image capture and CV on wearable AR devices. The cameras are coupled to a frame and configured to generate images, wherein the cameras and the ISP are configured to operate in a first AR mode and capture images having a first resolution suitable for use in AR, and are configured to operate in a second CV mode to provide the images having a second resolution suitable for use in CV. The first resolution in the AR mode is higher than the second resolution in the CV mode, and the cameras and the ISP consume less power in the second CV mode than the first AR mode. The cameras and the ISP save significant system power by operating in the low power mode CV mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2024
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Bo Ding, Chintan Doshi, Alexander Kane, John James Robertson, Dmitry Ryuma
  • Patent number: 12010452
    Abstract: An endoscopic device generates an endoscopic image based on an image pickup signal generated by an image pickup device at a distal-end portion of an insertion portion, acquires channel information regarding a channel formed in the insertion portion, acquires angle information regarding a display angle of the endoscopic image, and generates and outputs a display image including a display endoscopic image generated based on modifying the endoscopic image based on the angle information, and a channel guide image generated based on the angle information and the channel information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryunosuke Matsushige, Hideyuki Wada, Aki Matsumoto, Takuya Ogura, Satoru Ono, Takahiro Yumoto, Sachiko Hashimoto, Tomomi Ouchi
  • Patent number: 12007544
    Abstract: A method for capturing an image of an object includes guiding a scanning beam along a scanning trajectory over the object using a scanner, with the scanning movement being periodic in a direction. The scanning movement is sampled at a first sampling frequency for detecting and capturing a current position of the scanner as position values and radiation from the object is captured as captured sampling values at a second sampling frequency. Current values of the amplitude and the phase of the scanning movement are calculated. A current amplitude, phase and/or frequency and future changes in the amplitude, phase and/or frequency over time are calculated. An image grid is set, with grid elements being assigned the sampling values based on times at which the scanning beam crosses or will cross at least one boundary of the grid elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: CARL ZEISS MICROSCOPY GMBH
    Inventors: Tobias Kaufhold, Frank Klemm, Thomas Egloff, Mirko Liedtke
  • Patent number: 12010409
    Abstract: A dedicated self-cleaning cycle for a camera for imaging a cavity of an oven is provided. An indication is received to perform a localized pyrolytic cycle to clean a view port glass protecting an image sensor of the camera from heat or detritus in the cavity of the oven. Responsive to the indication, a camera viewport heating element configured to provide localized heating to the view port glass is operated to perform the localized pyrolytic cycle. The camera is utilized to view the cavity of the oven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Margherita Basso, Luca Distaso
  • Patent number: 11991488
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, and methods related to an image processor formed in an array of memory cells are described. An image processor as described herein is configured to reduce complexity and power consumption and/or increase data access bandwidth by performing image processing in the array of memory cells relative to image processing by a host processor external to the memory array. For instance, one apparatus described herein includes sensor circuitry configured to provide an input vector, as a plurality of bits that corresponds to a plurality of color components for an image pixel, and an image processor formed in an array of memory cells. The image processor is coupled to the sensor circuitry to receive the plurality of bits of the input vector. The image processor is configured to perform a color correction operation in the array by performing matrix multiplication on the input vector and a parameter matrix to determine an output vector that is color corrected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Inventors: Fa-Long Luo, Jaime C. Cummins, Tamara Schmitz
  • Patent number: 11981279
    Abstract: A system for notifying an occupant of a vehicle of unauthorized interaction with his or her possessions includes one or more cameras that collect image data of a surrounding environment of the occupant. The surrounding environment of the occupant is an interior cabin of the vehicle. The system also includes one or more controllers in electronic communication with the one or more cameras, the one or more controllers execute instructions to monitor, by the one or more cameras, the image data of the surrounding environment of the occupant. In response to detecting the unauthorized interaction with the one or more possessions associated with the occupant, the one or more controllers generate a notification informing the occupant of the unauthorized interaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Jacob Alan Bond, Joseph F. Szczerba
  • Patent number: 11978192
    Abstract: A component mounting machine includes a component supply device, a head having a nozzle, and a control device configured to control each device. The control device is configured to control a cameras to image a component, determine the normality and abnormality of an operation executed immediately before a current imaging timing based on an image captured at the current imaging timing, classify the image captured at the current imaging timing as a normal image in a case in which a result of determination of the normality and abnormality is made as normal, and classify the image captured at the current imaging timing and a part or all of images captured at imaging timings prior to the current imaging timing as an abnormal image in a case in which the result of the determination of the normality and abnormality is made as abnormal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: FUJI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuta Yokoi, Kazuya Kotani, Mikiya Suzuki
  • Patent number: 11971331
    Abstract: Provided are a three-dimensional display device, a three-dimensional display method, and a program capable of notifying a user of an event having a causal relationship with a damage. The three-dimensional display device (10) includes a memory (16) that stores a three-dimensional model of a structure, a damage displayed in the three-dimensional model, and an event that has a causal relationship with the damage; a display unit (26); and a processor (20). In the three-dimensional display device (10), the processor (20) causes the display unit (26) to display the three-dimensional model, superimpose the damage on the three-dimensional model and display the damage, and display the event having the causal relationship with the damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuma Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 11974070
    Abstract: A conversion method for converting luminance of a video, including a luminance value in a first luminance range, to be displayed on a display apparatus includes: acquiring a first luminance signal indicating a code value obtained by quantization of the luminance value of the video; and converting the code value indicated by the acquired first luminance signal into a second luminance value determined based on a luminance range of the display apparatus, the second luminance value being compatible with a second luminance range with a maximum value smaller than a maximum value of the first luminance range and larger than 100 nit. This provides the conversion method capable of achieving further improvement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tadamasa Toma, Kengo Terada, Masayuki Kozuka, Takahiro Nishi
  • Patent number: 11968470
    Abstract: A display system includes a conversion apparatus converting video luminance including a luminance value in a first luminance range and a display apparatus connected thereto and displaying the video. The conversion apparatus includes a first acquisition unit, a first luminance converter, a second luminance converter, a quantization converter, and an output unit outputting a third luminance signal to the display apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kengo Terada, Masayuki Kozuka, Takahiro Nishi, Tadamasa Toma
  • Patent number: 11962880
    Abstract: A camera device's exposure to sunlight may be monitored. The sun exposure may be used to predict a solar event associated with the camera device, such as a critical temperature, a brightness level, or an angle of sunlight. Prior to occurrence of the solar event, one or more functions of the camera device may be enabled or disabled. For example, a cooling function of the camera device may be enabled or a characteristic of video streamed by the camera device may be modified. The function may be re-enabled or re-disabled after the solar event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher Stone
  • Patent number: 11956416
    Abstract: An image sensing device may include a plurality of test pixel blocks and a signal processing unit. The test pixel blocks may be simultaneously heated to different temperatures. The signal processing unit may be in communication with the test blocks and configured to obtain pixel signals for different colors, respectively, based on dark current information associated with the temperatures of the test pixel blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: SK HYNIX INC.
    Inventor: Yun Hui Yang
  • Patent number: 11945369
    Abstract: A display device installed in a vehicle includes a display, a reflectance control device, and a control circuit. The reflectance control device is capable of changing a reflectance for incident light. The control circuit controls the reflectance of the reflectance control device. The reflectance control device includes a first part and a second part. The first part is positioned in a first region overlapping the display surface when viewed in a normal direction being normal to the display surface. The second part is positioned in a second region surrounding the first region when viewed in the normal direction of the display surface. The control circuit controls a reflectance of the second part based on at least one of speed information indicating a speed of the vehicle and reverse information indicating whether the vehicle is reversing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasunobu Inaba, Yuji Matsumoto, Koji Marumo
  • Patent number: 11949989
    Abstract: One embodiment provides a system, including: an inspection platform configured to move through underground infrastructure; an imaging device coupled to the inspection platform; the imaging device comprising a camera housing that arranges an array of four or more cameras in a predetermined configuration; the camera housing comprising a plurality of apertures, wherein each aperture houses a respective camera therein with a viewing axis offset about 30 degrees to about 120 degrees from a viewing axis of an adjacent camera within the array; and circuitry that operates the imaging device to capture a plurality of images using the four or more cameras; where the circuitry captures the plurality of images for a composite image of an interior region of the underground infrastructure, and where the region is larger than a single viewing field of any of the four or more cameras. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: RedZone Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Starr, Galin Konakchiev, Foster J Salotti, Todd Kueny, Thorin Tobiassen, Nate Alford, Mark Jordan
  • Patent number: 11943543
    Abstract: An imaging device may include an image sensing device including a plurality of pixels to detect incident light from a scene to generate a pixel signal corresponding to the incident light and generate image data, wherein the image sensing device operates to perform imaging operation in response to a control signal, a luminance acquisition unit to acquire the image data corresponding to first pixels among the plurality of pixels associated with a target region of an image of the scene captured by the image sensing device, a controllable item acquisition unit to acquire one or more sensitivity items indicative of sensitivity of each pixel to light, as a controllable item, and a set value calculation unit to generate the control signal to the imagine sensing device by calculating a set value for the controllable item based on the image data of the target region and the controllable item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: SK HYNIX INC.
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Yahata
  • Patent number: 11933968
    Abstract: A microelectromechanical (MEMS) structure includes a fixed frame internally defining a cavity, and a mobile mass suspended in the cavity and movable with a first resonant rotational mode about a first rotation axis and with a second resonant rotational mode about a second rotation axis orthogonal to the first. A pair of supporting elements extends in the cavity, is rigidly coupled to the fixed frame, and is elastically deformable to cause rotation of the mobile mass about the first rotation axis. A pair of elastic-coupling elements is elastically coupled between the mobile mass and the first pair of supporting elements. Each of the elastic-coupling elements includes a first and second elastic portions, the first elastic portion being compliant to torsion about the second rotation axis. The second elastic portion is compliant to bending outside of a horizontal plane of main extension of the MEMS structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.r.l.
    Inventors: Nicolo' Boni, Roberto Carminati, Massimiliano Merli
  • Patent number: 11925326
    Abstract: A handheld C-mount HD endo-camera is disclosed which records images/videos, is able to transmit the images/videos to adaptable secondary monitor with removable Lithium-ion battery and attached to any rigid, semi-rigid, or flexible endoscope to allow a surgeon to see images and videos while manipulating the endoscope. The handheld C-mount HD endo-camera is portable, provides C-mount HD images, is adaptable with secondary devices and powered with a removable and rechargeable Lithium-ion battery. Attached to any rigid, semi-rigid, or flexible endoscope, a surgeon can see the surgical field directly on the camera monitor in their hand because the handheld C-mount HD endo-camera is self-contained and portable, thereby obviating the need for a video tower and associated conventional viewing equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Inventor: John Dawoodjee
  • Patent number: 11917299
    Abstract: One embodiment of an apparatus includes a reference position receiving unit configured to receive intermediate or end panorama reference position information input by a user, and a control unit configured to control an imaging device to begin generating a plurality of images to be used to generate a panoramic image based on the intermediate or end panorama reference position information input by the user after the reference position receiving unit receives the intermediate or end panorama reference position information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Sony Group Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuya Sento
  • Patent number: 11917322
    Abstract: An optical module including a light source and an optical sensor is provided. The optical sensor includes a pixel matrix and an opaque layer. The pixel matrix includes a plurality of unblocked pixels, a plurality of first pixels and a plurality of second pixels. The opaque layer covers upon a first region, which is a part of each first pixel, and upon a second region, which is a part of each second pixel, but does not cover upon the unblocked pixels, wherein the first region and the second region are symmetrically arranged in a first direction, and uncovered regions of the first pixels and the second pixels are arranged to be larger at a pixel edge than at a pixel center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: PIXART IMAGING INC.
    Inventors: Jung-Tai Lin, En-Feng Hsu