Patents Examined by Michael Lee
  • Patent number: 10848724
    Abstract: A correction unit of a display control device according to an embodiment corrects a projection position of the display target image to a second direction, which is from a first coordinate corresponding to a position where the virtual projection plane intersects with a first virtual straight line extending in a first direction corresponding to a vehicle length direction of the vehicle from the front image capture unit or the rear image capture unit that captures the display target image to a second coordinate corresponding to a position where the virtual projection plane intersects with a virtual reference line extending in the first direction that is apart from the first virtual straight line in a vehicle width direction of the vehicle to project the display target image on a corrected projection position and to generate a three-dimensional image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazuya Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10848705
    Abstract: A night-viewing device for use in an environment lacking light source, comprising a first image capturing module, a second image capturing module, a first light source illumination module and a second light source illumination module. The focal ranges of both image capturing modules are different. Meanwhile, the light output angles of both light source illumination modules are also different. When one of the image capturing modules is activated, a control module may select, in accordance with the change of the focal range of both image capturing modules, one of the light source illumination modules whose light output angle is greater than the focal range to drive it in operation such that the generated infrared light may cover the current focal range. In this way, when in observation at a large angle, it can effectively prevent the problem of the excessive darkness around the image capturing angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: NEW POCKET DEVICE CORP.
    Inventor: Chang Pei Hsiang
  • Patent number: 10848748
    Abstract: A method for generating a virtual viewpoint image includes generating, by a first image processing apparatus, first information for generating the virtual viewpoint image based on a first image captured by a first camera, generating, by a second image processing apparatus, second information for generating the virtual viewpoint image based on a second image captured by a second camera; specifying a viewpoint in the virtual viewpoint image; and generating, by a third image processing apparatus, a virtual viewpoint image corresponding to the specified viewpoint using the first information and the second information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masahiro Handa, Michio Aizawa, Shogo Mizuno, Katsumasa Tanaka, Akihiro Matsushita, Keisuke Morisawa, Tomohiro Yano, Mai Komiyama, Kenichi Fujii, Atsushi Date
  • Patent number: 10841571
    Abstract: A test system for testing a device for use in a vehicle includes a coupling element that is one of (i) a capacitive coupling element, (ii) an inductive coupling element and (iii) a magnetic coupling element. The coupling element is electrically coupled to components of a PCB circuit of a vehicle device to at least one of (a) acquire analog or digital data or information or conditions from the PCB circuit and (b) induce information or conditions into the PCB circuit. The coupling element electrically couples to components of the PCB circuit without physical contact with the PCB circuit. The vehicle device may comprise a vehicle camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Marc-Andre Sigle
  • Patent number: 10816205
    Abstract: A pre-diffuser fairing for a gas turbine engine is disclosed. In various embodiments, the pre-diffuser fairing includes a first side wall, a first radially inward portion and a first radially outward portion and a second side wall, a second radially inward portion and a second radially outward portion. The first side wall and the second side wall are spaced apart to form a cavity configured to receive a strut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: RAYTHEON TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gary J Dillard, Russell B Hanson
  • Patent number: 10807536
    Abstract: A vehicular interior rearview mirror assembly includes a mirror head having a mirror reflective element with a transflective mirror reflector. A video display device is disposed rearward of the mirror reflective element and has a display screen that occupies at least 75 percent of the reflective region of the mirror reflective element. The video display device is operable to display video images captured by a rearward viewing camera of the vehicle. When the video display device is operated to display video images, light emitted by the video display device passes through the transflective mirror reflector of the mirror reflective element for viewing of displayed video images by a driver of the vehicle viewing the mirror reflective element. Light emitted by the video display device may exit the mirror reflective element as circularly polarized light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Mark L. Larson, Christopher R. Koetje, Anthony J. LaCross, Eric Peterson
  • Patent number: 10812764
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes a display section that projects and displays an image on a display surface, an imaging section that captures an image of the display surface, a measurement section that measures the distance between the display surface and the display section, and a calibration processor that causes the display section to display a calibration image containing a position detection mark based on the distance measured by the measurement section, causes the imaging section to capture an image of the calibration image displayed on the display surface, and performs calibration that associates coordinates on the image with coordinates on the captured image captured by the imaging section based on the captured image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroki Senshiki
  • Patent number: 10809534
    Abstract: A photography device includes a light transmitter, a light receiver, a processor, an adjustable focusing lens, and a driving module. The light transmitter is configured to transmit light to an object. The light receiver is configured to receive the reflected light. The processor is configured to generate a driving value according to transmission and reception of the light. The adjustable focusing lens has a focal length. The driving module is configured to adjust the focal length by driving the adjustable focusing lens according to the driving value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: FASPRO SYSTEMS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Steve Tsao, Yi-Hung Chu, Shih-Hua Yu, Pao-Chyuan Chen, Wen-Kuang Hsieh, Ying-Hung Chen
  • Patent number: 10805583
    Abstract: A light projection system includes a GPU that receives video data containing video images, defines a two-dimensional grid (each element of which represents a position of a light beam at a different time), designates which elements of the two-dimensional grid correspond to positions of the light beam in a designated area, designates which elements correspond to positions of the light beam outside of the designated area with some positions outside being designated as calibration positions, maps each element corresponding to positions in the designated area to a corresponding pixel of a frame of a video image, and maps elements corresponding to calibration positions to calibration pixels. An ASIC receives the mapped pixels and mapped calibration pixels from the GPU, and generates a beam position control signal therefrom. A controller controls a movable mirror based on the beam position control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignees: STMicroelectronics S.r.l., STMicroelectronics Ltd
    Inventors: Massimo Ratti, Eli Yaser, Naomi Petrushevsky, Yotam Nachmias
  • Patent number: 10800345
    Abstract: In a vehicular camera apparatus, at least one imaging unit captures an image of a region located outside a vehicle, and a first housing configured to install the at least one imaging unit thereto. A housing assembly includes a second housing configured as a separate member from the first housing, and includes a vehicle attachment provided to the second housing and attached to a part of the vehicle. The housing assembly is configured to fixedly support the first housing between the part of the vehicle and the second housing while the vehicle attachment is attached to the part of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignees: DENSO CORPORATION, RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Wato, Tatsuhiko Futamura, Shuuji Takamatsu, Takayoshi Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10798365
    Abstract: A pair of cameras having an overlapping field of view is aligned based on images captured by image sensors of the pair of cameras. A pixel shift is identified between the images. Based on the identified pixel shift, a calibration is applied to one or both of the pair of cameras. To determine the pixel shift, the camera applies correlation methods including edge matching. Calibrating the pair of cameras may include adjusting a read window on an image sensor. The pixel shift can also be used to determine a time lag, which can be used to synchronize subsequent image captures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Macmillan, Scott Patrick Campbell, David A. Newman, Yajie Sun
  • Patent number: 10798319
    Abstract: A camera device includes an optronics system and an image capture control unit, for acquiring a sequence of images of a surrounding region of a vehicle. The optronics system includes a wide-angle optical system and a high-resolution image acquisition sensor. The optronics system and the image capture control unit are configured to generate a reduced-resolution binned image of the entire capture region of the optronics system, or to capture an unbinned high-resolution image of a subregion of the capture region, respectively for each individual image of the sequence of images, depending on a current traffic and/or surrounding situation. A height and a width of the subregion are set depending on the current situation. A size of the subregion is set such that the pixel count of the high-resolution image of the subregion is no greater than the pixel count of the reduced-resolution image of the entire capture region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Conti Temic microelectronic GmbH
    Inventors: Karsten Breuer, Dieter Kroekel, Robert Thiel, Martin Pfitzer
  • Patent number: 10788652
    Abstract: An imaging device includes two imaging optical systems each of the imaging optical systems including a wide-angle lens having an angle of view wider than 180 degrees, and an imaging sensor configured to image an image by the wide-angle lens, so as to obtain an image in a solid angle of 4? radian by synthesizing the images by the respective imaging optical systems, wherein the wide-angle lens of each of the imaging optical systems includes, in order from an object side to an image side, a front group having a negative power, a reflection surface and a back group having a positive power, and is configured to bend an optical axis of the front group by the reflection surface at 90 degrees toward the back group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Kensuke Masuda, Noriyuki Terao, Yoshiaki Irino, Tomonori Tanaka, Nozomi Imae, Toru Harada, Hirokazu Takenaka, Hideaki Yamamoto, Satoshi Sawaguchi, Daisuke Bessho, Hiroyuki Satoh, Makoto Shohara
  • Patent number: 10788742
    Abstract: To display easily-seen display information on any display area regardless of an installation location, a display system (1) includes: a projection device (10) that switches and projects emitted light from a spatial light modulator element onto a plurality of display areas; and a control device (20) that controls the projection device to switch a projection direction of projected light from the projection device (10), based on a display condition of display information to be displayed on the display areas. The projection device (10) has: a reflecting mirror that is put in and out of a light path of emitted light from the spatial light modulator element; and a light path switching means that switches the projection direction of projected light by putting the reflecting mirror in and out of the light path of emitted light from the spatial light modulator element in response to control of the control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Go Watanabe, Fujio Okumura
  • Patent number: 10789480
    Abstract: A method 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: October 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Inventor: Todd Martin
  • Patent number: 10767500
    Abstract: There are provided techniques and apparatuses for fan blade pitch setting. For example, there is provided an impeller including a ring disposed in a hub of the impeller. The ring can include a recess shaped and positioned to impart a specified pitch angle to a blade extending outwardly from the ring through the hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: GE AVIATION SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventor: Sukeyuki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10764573
    Abstract: An antenna system for use with a media device is provided. The antenna system includes a multi-mode active antenna configurable to operate in a plurality of modes. Each mode of the plurality of has a distinct radiation pattern. The antenna system includes a supplemental tuner that is separate from a primary tuner associated with the media device. The antenna system includes a switching device movable between at least two positions to selectively couple the active antenna to the supplemental tuner. When the switching device is in a first position, the active antenna is coupled to the supplemental tuner. When the switching device is in a second position, the active antenna is coupled to the media device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Ethertronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Roe, John Shamblin, Vahid Manian, Dhaval Bhavnagari
  • Patent number: 10753419
    Abstract: A hydraulic damping device includes a housing defining a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet, a damping plate disposed within the housing, the damping plate including a plurality of damping holes defined therethrough and positioned to allow fluid communication between the fluid inlet and the fluid outlet, and a blocking member disposed within the housing and configured to rotate relative to the damping plate to progressively block the damping holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventor: Gary Sasscer
  • Patent number: 10753231
    Abstract: A bushing apparatus includes: a housing with first and second ends, the housing having an outer bore passing therethrough from the first end to the second end, wherein the bore includes a reduced-diameter band located between the first and second ends; and a bushing received in the outer bore, the bushing having first and second ends and an inner bore passing therethrough from the first end to the second end of the bushing, wherein the bushing includes an outer surface having a reduced-diameter groove located between the first and second ends, wherein the band is received in the groove in a radially overlapping relationship, so as to block movement of the bushing relative to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Rodolfo Mena-Dominguez, Ehecatl Tonatiuh Astorga Triay
  • Patent number: 10757465
    Abstract: A system or method selects among multiple tuners to tune a particular channel. A request is received to tune a first channel. In response to this request, a first tuner is assigned to tune the first channel. A request is received to tune a second channel. If the program tuned by the first tuner is not being recorded, the first tuner is assigned to tune the second channel. If the program tuned by the first tuner is being recorded, the second tuner is assigned to tune the second channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Rovi Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Peter J. Potrebic, Geoffrey R. Smith