Patents Examined by Mikhail Itskovich
  • Patent number: 10318838
    Abstract: A drawing apparatus includes an object insertion portion to which an object is inserted, the object being a finger or a toe having a nail; a light source unit configured to emit light to the nail of the object inserted into the object insertion portion; an image acquisition unit configured to acquire image data of the object with the nail illuminated by the light; and a control unit. The light source unit includes at least one light source disposed obliquely above the nail so that a shadow is formed near a border between the nail and a cuticle part on the root side of the nail by the light emitted from the light source. The control unit detects a position of the border based on the shadow and detects a region of the nail based on the position of the border.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Nagao
  • Patent number: 10298814
    Abstract: A portable vehicle alignment system is provided having two base tower assemblies, each having a pedestal, a columnar tower removably attachable to the top of the pedestal, and a camera pod movable along a length of the tower; and a data processor with a wireless communication device for processing image data from the camera pods. Each camera pod includes a camera for capturing image data of a target mounted on a vehicle, and a communication device for wirelessly communicating with the data processor. One pod has a calibration target and the other pod has a calibration camera for capturing images of the calibration target. The pedestals each have a manually-operated clamp for removably fixedly attaching the tower to the pedestal in one of a plurality of positions such that the orientation of the camera pod to the pedestal is angularly adjustable, allowing horizontal rotation of the camera pod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: SNAP-ON Incorporated
    Inventors: Rodney Harrell, Brian K. Gray, David A. Jackson, Ronald D. Swayne, Darwin Y. Chen, Bryan C. Minor
  • Patent number: 10284819
    Abstract: A method corrects a captured image and includes the steps of determining an effect of atmosphere and a distance from an image capture device which is spaced relatively far from an area of interest. The method utilizes a transmission and reception device to identify the effect on a transmitted and reflected signal due to the atmosphere and distance. An image of the area of interest is captured. The image is corrected based upon the effect of the distance and atmosphere on the transmitted and reflected signal. An apparatus programmed to perform the method is also disclosed. An apparatus for capturing an image from a distance is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: Ian Peter Humphrey, David Eric Berman Lees
  • Patent number: 10205943
    Abstract: There is provided a method of processing video information, the method comprising encoding (430) received video information, the encoded video information having an encoded video bitrate (330), wherein the encoded video bitrate is variable in response to the complexity of the received video information. The method further comprises buffering (440) the encoded video information in a buffer (145), wherein the size of the buffer (145) is controlled in response to the complexity of the received video information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Li Chen, Alois Martin Bock, David Horton
  • Patent number: 10142612
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of binocular depth perception based on active structured light, adopting a coded pattern projector to project a coded pattern for structured light coding of the projective space or target object (characteristic calibration), then obtaining the coded pattern by means of two cameras on the same baseline and respectively located symmetrically on both sides of the coded pattern projector, after preprocessing and projection shadow detection, estimating the block matching movement in two modes based on the image blocks (binocular block matching and automatic matching) to obtain the offset of the optimal matching block, finally working out the depth value according to the formula for depth calculation and compensating the depth of the projection shadows to generate high-resolution and high-precision depth information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventors: Chenyang Ge, Nanning Zheng
  • Patent number: 10096218
    Abstract: An RFID/object recognition system monitors the passage of an object through a portal into a space. An RFID reader adjacent the portal communicates with an RFID tag within a preselected distance from the RFID reader. A data processor processes data from the RFID reader. A 3-dimensional scanner has an RGB camera and a depth sensor with an infrared laser projector and a monochrome CMOS sensor. An infrared laser controller is electronically coupled with the infrared laser projector, and a monochrome CMOS processor is electronically coupled with the monochrome CMOS sensor. The infrared laser controller, monochrome CMOS processor, and RGB camera are electronically coupled with a processor. The RFID reader receives data from an RFID tag when an RFID-tagged object passes within the preselected distance from the RFID reader through the portal. The 3-dimensional object recognition assembly identifies where the RFID-tagged object is located within the defined space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: eAgile, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary P. Burns, Peter Phaneuf, Michael Isabell
  • Patent number: 10002297
    Abstract: In vision-based authentication platforms for secure resources such as computer systems, false positives and/or false negatives in the detection of walk-away events are reduced or eliminated by incorporating depth information into tracking authenticated system operators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: IMPRIVATA, INC.
    Inventor: Kuntal Sengupta
  • Patent number: 9931023
    Abstract: A dual objective endoscope for insertion into a cavity of a body for providing a stereoscopic image of a region of interest inside of the body including an imaging device at the distal end for obtaining optical images of the region of interest (ROI), and processing the optical images for forming video signals for wired and/or wireless transmission and display of 3D images on a rendering device. The imaging device includes a focal plane detector array (FPA) for obtaining the optical images of the ROI, and processing circuits behind the FPA. The processing circuits convert the optical images into the video signals. The imaging device includes right and left pupil for receiving a right and left images through a right and left conjugated multi-band pass filters. Illuminators illuminate the ROI through a multi-band pass filter having three right and three left pass bands that are matched to the right and left conjugated multi-band pass filters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Inventors: Hrayr Karnig Shahinian, Youngsam Bae, Harish M. Manohara, Victor E. White, Kirill V. Shcheglov, Robert S. Kowalczyk
  • Patent number: 9866818
    Abstract: There is provided an image processing apparatus including a plurality of imaging units included in a stereo camera, the plurality of imaging units being configured to image a first chart pattern including a pattern that is a plurality of feature points and a mirror surface, and a correction parameter calculation unit configured to calculate a correction parameter that corrects a gap of the plurality of imaging units, based on the pattern included in the first chart pattern imaged by the plurality of imaging units and a pattern mirrored in the mirror surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Myokan, Hideki Oyaizu, Nodoka Tokunaga, Akio Ohba, Hiroyuki Segawa
  • Patent number: 9829693
    Abstract: A image acquisition device including a connection section having an opening; an optical-path switching unit that changes an optical path of light entering from the opening; and two image acquisition elements. The optical-path switching unit includes two parallel reflective surfaces disposed with a distance therebetween and is swivelable about a swivel axis such that the reflective surface is insertable into and withdrawable from an incident optical axis. The first image acquisition element is disposed on the incident optical axis at the opposite side of the opening with the optical-path switching unit interposed therebetween. The second image acquisition element is disposed at a position where the second image acquisition element acquires an image of the light that has been deflected by the two reflective surfaces and is tilted about central axes of the two image acquisition elements relative to a straight line extending orthogonally to the central axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventor: Takayuki Kono
  • Patent number: 9819880
    Abstract: Various techniques are provided for systems and methods to process images to reduce consumption of an available output dynamic range by the sky in images. For example, according to one or more embodiments of the disclosure, a region or area in images that may correspond to the sky may be identified based on the location of the horizon in the images. A distribution of irradiance levels in the identified sky region may be analyzed to determine a dynamic range attributable to the sky region. A transfer function that compresses the dynamic range attributable to the sky region may be generated and applied so that the sky in the images may be suppressed, thereby advantageously preserving more dynamic range for terrestrial objects and other objects of interest in the images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: FLIR Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Högasten, Mark Nussmeier, Eric A. Kurth, Theodore R. Hoelter, Katrin Strandemar, Pierre Boulanger, Barbara Sharp
  • Patent number: 9802693
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for calibrating a set of transducers. In one illustrative embodiment, an apparatus comprises a target device, an imaging device, and a calibrator. The imaging device generates a plurality of images of a target formed by the target device as the target device is rotated relative to the imaging device about a pivot axis formed at an interface between a first structure and a second structure in response to the first structure being rotated about the pivot axis relative to the second structure. The calibrator identifies a plurality of angles of the target about the pivot axis using the plurality of images. The calibrator further identifies calibration information using the plurality of angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventor: Christopher J. Yeeles
  • Patent number: 9794562
    Abstract: A method of processing a video transport stream includes receiving a video transport stream and identifying at least one portion of the video transport stream that is not to undergo modification when processed by a rate shaping device. An indicator is inserted into the video transport stream. The indicator is used to signal the statistical multiplexer that the at least one portion of the video transport stream is not to be modified when the video transport stream is processed by the rate shaping device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark E. Gregotski, Thomas L. Du Breuil, Fabrice M. Quinard
  • Patent number: 9781477
    Abstract: Systems and methods for transmitting a multimedia stream over a communication link on a network are disclosed. The systems and methods adaptively adjust encoding parameters based on monitoring changing conditions of the network. A transmitter includes an adaptive-rate encoder that adaptively adjusts a video encoding bit rate in response to changing conditions of the communication link. The encoder maintains tight rate control by utilizing slice processing and sub-frame rate adaptation, as well as maintaining a headroom between the channel bit rate and the video encoding bit rate. The adaptive-rate encoder also embeds intra-frame constraints in predictive frames traffic in order to reduce latency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Cavium, Inc.
    Inventors: Farhad Mighani, Alberto Duenas, Nguyen Nguyen, Gorka Garcia
  • Patent number: 9743020
    Abstract: A super resolution optofluidic microscope device comprises a body defining a fluid channel having a longitudinal axis and includes a surface layer proximal the fluid channel. The surface layer has a two-dimensional light detector array configured to receive light passing through the fluid channel and sample a sequence of subpixel shifted projection frames as an object moves through the fluid channel. The super resolution optofluidic microscope device further comprises a processor in electronic communication with the two-dimensional light detector array. The processor is configured to generate a high resolution image of the object using a super resolution algorithm, and based on the sequence of subpixel shifted projection frames and a motion vector of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: California Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Guoan Zheng, Changhuei Yang, Samuel Yang, Seung Ah Lee
  • Patent number: 9703109
    Abstract: A three-dimensional (3D) image display device includes a display panel including an upper substrate and a lower substrate, the display panel displaying a left eye image and a right eye image; a patterned retarder that applies first and second circular polarizations to the light corresponding to the left and right eye images, respectively; a conductive tape attached to the upper substrate to discharge static electricity from the display panel; a panel guide on which the display panel and the patterned retarder are mounted; an electrically conductive gasket disposed on the panel guide in contact with the conductive tape; and a top case disposed on the panel guide and the conductive gasket such that the conductive gasket electrically connects the conductive tape to the top case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mingyu Lee, Hoon Kang, Jinman Bae
  • Patent number: 9703179
    Abstract: Modular shelving systems and display shelves for modular shelving systems are disclosed. In one embodiment, a modular shelving system includes a shelf support frame comprising a back plane portion and a base portion. At least one display shelf module is removably coupled to the back plane portion of the shelf support frame such that the display shelf module is vertically and horizontally positionable on the back plane portion of the shelf support frame. The display shelf module may include a top and bottom panels, and side panels that define an interior volume. A display panel may be affixed to a front of the display shelf module. A projector may be disposed in the interior volume of the display shelf module. The projector projects an optical signal onto a rear surface of the display panel such that image data is visible on a front surface of the display panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Sunrise R&D Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Brett Bracewell Bonner, Titus Arthur Jones, Thomas Gonsiorowski, Torsten Volker Platz
  • Patent number: 9681155
    Abstract: A method for delivering video over a network includes encoding, by a hosting service, a moving picture which includes a sequence of video frames as a primary compressed video stream and a secondary compressed video stream comprising a subset of the primary compressed video stream. The primary and secondary compressed video streams are then and the secondary compressed video stream transmitted over a network to a client device. The client device selects the primary compressed video stream for decoding in the absence of packet loss; however, if packet loss is detected, the client device selects the secondary compressed video stream for decoding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment America LLC
    Inventor: Roger Van der Laan
  • Patent number: 9648356
    Abstract: A data structure defining a high dynamic range image comprises a tone map having a reduced dynamic range and HDR information. The high dynamic range image can be reconstructed from the tone map and the HDR information. The data structure can be backwards compatible with legacy hardware or software viewers. The data structure may comprise a JFIF file having the tone map encoded as a JPEG image with the HDR information in an application extension or comment field of the JFIF file, or a MPEG file having the tone map encoded as a MPEG image with the HDR information in a video or audio channel of the MPEG file. Apparatus and methods for encoding or decoding the data structure may apply pre- or post correction to compensate for lossy encoding of the high dynamic range information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory John Ward, Maryann Simmons
  • Patent number: 9625402
    Abstract: A method, non-transitory computer readable medium, and apparatus for detecting defective brakes are disclosed. For example, the method detects that a wheel of a vehicle is in a position to be read by an infrared (IR) thermometer, signals the IR thermometer to take a temperature measurement of a brake of the wheel, receives the temperature measurement of the brake and determines that a defective brake condition exists when the temperature measurement of the brake is outside a temperature range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Edul N. Dalal, Wencheng Wu