Patents Examined by Naod W Belai
  • Patent number: 11455712
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for segmenting an image are provided. The method may include the steps of clustering pixels from one of a plurality of images into one or more segments, determining one or more unstable segments changing by more than a predetermined threshold from a prior of the plurality of images, determining one or more segments transitioning from an unstable to a stable segment, determining depth for one or more of the one or more segments that have changed by more than the predetermined threshold, determining depth for one or more of the one or more transitioning segments, and combining the determined depth for the one or more unstable segments and the one or more transitioning segments with a predetermined depth of all segments changing less than the predetermined threshold from the prior of the plurality of images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Edge 3 Technologies
    Inventors: Tarek El Dokor, Jordan Cluster
  • Patent number: 11445223
    Abstract: Video data is received at a decoding device. An encoded first frame of the video data is received with a current frame description for the first frame comprising: an identifier of the first frame, and an indicator of a storage location at the receiving device for the first frame and its frame identifier. An encoded second frame of the video data is also received with at least one reference frame description for the second frame comprising: a reference frame identifier, and an indicator of said storage location. This allows the decoding device to check that the correct reference frame for decoding the second frame is stored thereat. Corresponding encoding operations are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Sergey Sablin, Adriana Dumitras, Gary J. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 11368700
    Abstract: There is disclosed an apparatus, a method and a computer program for video coding. The apparatus comprises a selector configured for selecting a pixel for prediction; a projection definer configured for determining a projection of said pixel to a set of reference pixels; and a prediction definer configured for selecting one or more reference pixels from said set of reference pixels on the basis of said projection, and using said selected one or more reference pixels to obtain a prediction value for said pixel to be predicted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: NOKIA TECHNOLOGIES OY
    Inventors: Jani Lainema, Kemal Ugur
  • Patent number: 11363382
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to audio synchronization. An example method includes, at a first device with a communication device: performing an audio timing synchronization process that includes: transmitting, via the communication device, to a second device, a request for the second device to participate in the audio timing synchronization process; subsequent to transmitting the request to the second device, causing an output of an audio tone; subsequent to causing the output of the audio tone, receiving data from the second device based on the audio tone; and adjusting an audio timing synchronization setting of a third device based at least in part on the data received from the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Taylor G. Carrigan, Joseph Labarck, Christopher John Sanders, Jarrad A. Stallone, Patrick L. Coffman
  • Patent number: 11328602
    Abstract: System, methods, and other embodiments described herein relate to selecting a route for a vehicle to travel. In one embodiment, the detection system generates a driving maneuver recommendation for a vehicle having a plurality of sensors configured to acquire information about an environment around the vehicle, the sensors including at least a camera to capture one or more images of a scene within the environment, by determining that at least a portion of each image in a set of images captured by the camera indicates an external display in the environment, tracking an object within the portion of each image in the set of images to determine a state of the object, the state including at least a trajectory estimate for the object, and determining a recommended driving maneuver based at least in part on the determined state of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Rini Sherony, Paxton S. Williams
  • Patent number: 11330189
    Abstract: An imaging control device includes: an exposure control portion configured to control an exposure length of an imaging unit, which is capturable an image of a region where an occupant is allowed to occupy in a vehicle cabin, to at least a first exposure period and a second exposure period longer than the first exposure period; an image acquisition portion configured to acquire first captured image data captured in the first exposure period and second captured image data captured in the second exposure period; and a processing unit configured to separately process the first captured image data and the second captured image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: AISIN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuhito Kadomae
  • Patent number: 11330284
    Abstract: In an example, a method of processing video data includes splitting a current block of video data into a plurality of sub-blocks for deriving motion information of the current block, where the motion information indicates motion of the current block relative to reference video data. The method also includes deriving, separately for each respective sub-block of the plurality of sub-blocks, motion information comprising performing a motion search for a first set of reference data that corresponds to a second set of reference data outside of each respective sub-block. The method also includes decoding the plurality of sub-blocks based on the derived motion information and without decoding syntax elements representative of the motion information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Xiang Li, Ying Chen, Li Zhang, Hongbin Liu, Jianle Chen, Marta Karczewicz
  • Patent number: 11323701
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided encoding a video. Video data is captured. The video data is stored in a group of pictures format, where the group of pictures format comprises a plurality of GOP files, each GOP file including exactly one group of pictures unit. The video data is encoded into a prespecified format. Encoding includes accessing the GOP files containing the video data in the group of pictures format, and encoding the video data into the prespecified format using the GOP files to generate an encoded video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Panopto, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric Burns
  • Patent number: 11317113
    Abstract: Innovations in intra block copy (“BC”) prediction mode facilitate intra BC prediction that is more effective in terms of rate-distortion performance and/or computational efficiency of encoding and decoding. For example, some of the innovations provide ways to select block vector (“BV”) values more effectively. Other innovations provide ways to encode/decode BV values more efficiently. Still other innovations address how to perform in-loop deblock filtering when a block has intra BC prediction mode, or address how to perform intra BC prediction when constrained intra prediction is enabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Bin Li, Jizheng Xu, Gary J. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 11259038
    Abstract: Disclosed is a video decoding method that decodes a bitstream, the method including receiving a picture parameter set (PPS) comprising at least one of first information indicating whether the same reference picture list is applied to slices comprised in a picture and second information indicating whether additional information on modification of the reference picture list is present, and deriving a construction of the reference picture list based on the PPS. Accordingly, there are provided a method and an apparatus for signaling by a picture whether the construction of the reference picture list is modified when constructing the reference picture list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Hendry Hendry, Yongjoon Jeon, Chulkeun Kim, Jungsun Kim, Byeongmoon Jeon, Joonyoung Park
  • Patent number: 11252376
    Abstract: A vehicular vision system includes an electronic control unit having at least four coaxial connectors. At least four coaxial cables are electrically connected at respective coaxial connectors of the electronic control unit and respective cameras of at least four cameras. Each of the coaxial cables carries DC power from the electronic control unit to the respective camera. Each of the coaxial cables carries respective control data from the electronic control unit to the respective camera. Each of the coaxial cables carries image data captured by an imager of the respective camera to the electronic control unit via low-voltage differential signaling. Image data carried to the electronic control unit is processed at the electronic control unit by a processor of the electronic control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Joern Ihlenburg
  • Patent number: 11252437
    Abstract: Innovations in the use of base color index map (“BCIM”) mode during encoding and/or decoding simplify implementation by reducing the number of modifications made to support BCIM mode and/or improve coding efficiency of BCIM mode. For example, some of the innovations involve reuse of a syntax structure that is adapted for transform coefficients to instead signal data for elements of an index map in BCIM mode. Other innovations relate to mapping of index values in BCIM mode or prediction of elements of an index map in BCIM mode. Still other innovations relate to handling of exception values in BCIM mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Bin Li, Feng Wu, Jizheng Xu
  • Patent number: 11252338
    Abstract: A left infrared camera module includes a left infrared irradiation unit configured to emit infrared toward a left side region of a vehicle, a left infrared camera configured to acquire infrared image data indicative of a surrounding environment in the left side region of the vehicle, and a control unit configured to control an operation of the left infrared irradiation unit. The control unit is configured to change an intensity of the infrared to be emitted from the left infrared irradiation unit, in correspondence to a condition relating to a traveling state of the vehicle. The left infrared camera module configured as described above can detect the surrounding environment in the side region of the vehicle without causing an uncomfortable feeling to other vehicle, a pedestrian and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takao Muramatsu, Shigeyuki Watanabe, Masaaki Sato, Akinobu Kubota
  • Patent number: 11252422
    Abstract: A number of negatively affected (correctly received) packets due to packet loss is reduced by providing, and analyzing, error resilience in the packets of the sequence of packets and identifying, for each of runs of one or more lost packets of the sequence of packets, a first packet in the sequence of packets after the respective run of one or more lost packets, which carries a beginning of any of the tiles of the video data stream, and concurrently carries a slice, the slice header of which is contained in any of the packets of the sequence of packets not being lost. In particular, the side information overhead for transmitting the error resilience data is comparatively low compared to the reduction in negatively affected packets due to packet loss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: GE Video Compression, LLC
    Inventors: Karsten Suehring, Thomas Schierl, Detlev Marpe, Robert Skupin, Yago Sanchez De La Fuente, Gerhard Tech
  • Patent number: 11234378
    Abstract: Systems and methods to control irrigation. An image of an area of vegetation is received from a video camera supporting security monitoring wherein the video camera provides image data to both a security monitoring system and an irrigation control system. Vegetation is identified in the image based on processing the image's pixel information. Respective colors of the vegetation are determined by further processing color information within the pixel information depicting the vegetation. Based on the respective color of the vegetation, a respective irrigation state of the vegetation is determined. An irrigation need is determined based on the respective determined irrigation state of the vegetation. Irrigation is provided to the vegetation independently of a set irrigation schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: FPL Smart Services, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick G. McElhaney, Christine S. Donayri
  • Patent number: 11237628
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are techniques for eye illumination for eye position tracking. An illumination system includes a light source configured to emit a light beam in a first wavelength range, a beam splitter configured to split the light beam emitted by the light source into a plurality of light beams, a substrate configured to be placed in front of an eye of a user, and a plurality of reflectors located within the substrate. Each of the plurality of reflectors is configured to intercept one or more light beams from the plurality of light beams, reflect light in the one or more light beams from the plurality of light beams to the eye of the user, and transmit light in a second wavelength range different from the first wavelength range to the eye of the user. The substrate is transparent to both light in the first wavelength range and light in the second wavelength range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: FACEBOOK TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Robin Sharma, Andrew John Ouderkirk, Brian Wheelwright
  • Patent number: 11212463
    Abstract: Method for visually representing scanning data, which are composed of a multiplicity of individual measurement data. The individual measurement data in each case have at least one measurement value that is linked to a respective measurement direction, wherein the measurement directions are different from one another such that a predetermined scanning region with a predetermined scanning resolution is covered. The representation of the scanning data is effected by way of an image map with a number of map points that is dependent on a predetermined display resolution and by way of an assignment rule for assigning measurement value to map point, wherein the assignment is effected immediately on the basis of the respective measurement direction that is linked to the measurement value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: LEICA GEOSYSTEMS AG
    Inventor: Christoph Herbst
  • Patent number: 11202087
    Abstract: Basic format image data and the predetermined number of pieces of high-quality format image data are successfully transmitted. A basic video stream obtained by encoding basic format image data and a predetermined number of extended video streams obtained by encoding the predetermined number of pieces of high-quality format image data are generated. A container in a predetermined format including each of the video streams is transmitted. Identification information in a high-quality format corresponding to each of the predetermined number of extended video streams is inserted into a layer of the container and/or the video stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ikuo Tsukagoshi
  • Patent number: 11190766
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for determining division of a coding unit, a and a readable storage medium are provided. The method includes: determining whether a size of a current coding unit is greater than a size of a smallest coding unit; obtaining a gradient of the current coding unit when the size of the current coding unit is greater than the size of the smallest coding unit; determining to divide the current coding unit when the gradient of the current coding unit is not less than a first threshold; and when the gradient of the current coding unit is less than a first threshold, obtaining gradients of sub-coding units included in the current coding unit; and determining, according to the gradients of the sub-coding units, whether to divide the current coding unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Xunan Mao
  • Patent number: 11164213
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods are provided for storing information related to objects associated with a hand of a user via a wearable camera system. In one implementation, a wearable apparatus for storing the information is provided comprising a wearable image sensor configured to capture a plurality of images from the environment of the user, and at least one processing device programmed to process the images. The processing device may detect the hand of the user, and an object associated with the user's hand. The processing device may proceed to store information related to the object. Consistent with disclosed embodiments, the stored information may be used for various purposes, such as warning the user of dangers, catering advertising to the user, and helping the user find objects when they are lost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: OrCam Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Yonatan Wexler, Amnon Shashua