Patents Examined by On S Mung
  • Patent number: 10694210
    Abstract: Innovations in scalable compression and decompression of point cloud data are described. For example, after an encoder uses a transform such as a region-adaptive hierarchical transform (“RAHT”) on attributes of occupied points in point cloud data, the encoder separates transform coefficients into partitions. The partitions can be associated with different regions of a point cloud frame (spatial location scalability), different spatial resolutions of point cloud data (spatial resolution scalability), different reconstruction quality levels (SNR scalability), different point cloud frames organized in temporal layers (temporal resolution scalability), or different combinations of the preceding types of partitions. For decoding, a decoder can select all of the partitions or a subset of the partitions. The decoder decodes encoded data for the selected partitions, applying an inverse transform such as an inverse RAHT to transform coefficients for attributes of occupied points in point cloud data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Philip A. Chou, Ricardo L. de Queiroz
  • Patent number: 10694163
    Abstract: A first image is generated by imaging a first three-dimensional virtual space including a predetermined object by a first virtual camera. In addition, a map object formed by a three-dimensional model corresponding to the first three-dimensional virtual space is generated, and an indicator object indicating the position of a predetermined object is placed on the map object. Then, a second image is generated by imaging the map object by a second virtual camera. At this time, the second image is generated such that, regarding the indicator object placed on the map object, the display manners of a part hidden by the map object and a part not hidden by the map object as seen from the second virtual camera are different from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Ueda, Kazuhide Ueda, Norihiro Morita, Arisa Kitani
  • Patent number: 10690646
    Abstract: An underwater camera and water quality monitoring system provides the capability of shooting video or time lapse photography together with recording water condition or quality measurements in an integrated device for stationary, submerged deployment in a body of water under study. The underwater camera and water quality monitoring system has a configurable delay from submerged deployment in the waterway until image/video recording and water quality measurement sampling begins, allowing aquatic life activity to resume in the vicinity after disruption of the system deployment. The monitoring device may be used in combination with recognition software utilizing artificial intelligence techniques to identify species or individuals observed during monitoring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventors: Madison Mckensi Howard, Robert Lee Richards, Colin James Lilley, Faith Danielle Whitt, Sylvia Rebecca Whitt, Chelsey Ann Asquith, Hailey Ryanne Howard, Kael Allen Bunce, Julia Rose Marhofer, Kelly Renee Cool, Lauren Lee Morris, Jillian Raye Cadieux, Michelle Elizabeth Zemke, Katelyn Marie Knieper, Baylee Ruthann Heidrich, Hailee Alesandra Fraser-Gutting
  • Patent number: 10681369
    Abstract: According to the present invention, there is provided a method of encoding a three-dimensional (3D) image, the method comprising: determining a prediction mode for a current block as an inter prediction mode; determining whether a reference block corresponding to the current block in a reference picture has motion information; when the reference block has the motion information, deriving motion information on the current block for each sub prediction block in the current block; and deriving a prediction sample for the current block based on the motion information on the current block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY-INDUSTRY COOPERATION GROUP OF KYUNG HEE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Gwang Hoon Park, Min Seong Lee, Young Su Heo, Yoon Jin Lee
  • Patent number: 10666968
    Abstract: A method of block vector (BV) prediction for an IntraBC mode (Intra-block copy mode) coded block in a video coding system according to the present invention is disclosed. Multiple BV candidate lists are derived from neighboring blocks of the current block. A BV candidate list is selected as a BV predictor for the BV of the current block. The current block is coded based on an Intra reference block located according to the BV of the current block. In one embodiment, a left-bottom (LB) block of the current block is used to derive the first BV candidate list and an above-right (AR) block of the current block is used to derive the second BV candidate list. A 1-bit index code is signaled to select a BV predictor between the first BV candidate list and the second BV candidate list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: HFI Innovation Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaozhong Xu, Shan Liu, Tzu-Der Chuang
  • Patent number: 10659791
    Abstract: A video decoder is configured to obtain an index value for a current video block. The video decoder obtains a partition type for a current video block. The video decoder selects one of a plurality of defined sets of ordered candidate predictive video blocks based on the partition type of the current video block. A video decoder selects a predictive video block from a selected one of the plurality of defined sets of ordered candidate predictive video blocks based on an index value. A video decoder generates a motion vector for a current video block based on motion information of the predictive video block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Yunfei Zheng, Wei-Jung Chien, Marta Karczewicz
  • Patent number: 10647272
    Abstract: A method for retrofitting a vehicle device, the method comprising the steps of: (i) providing an interface device with a wiring harness and a control system; (ii) connecting the wiring harness between a first input of a vehicle component and an input of the vehicle device, wherein the wiring harness is configured to communicate a signal from the first input to the vehicle device input, and further wherein the wiring harness is configured to communicate a signal from the first input to the control system; (iii) detecting, by the control system, one or more data settings of the vehicle device; and (iv) modifying, by the control system, the one or more data settings of the vehicle device such that the vehicle device can process the signal from the first input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: United Radio, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel F. Marafino
  • Patent number: 10634889
    Abstract: Provided are a medical observation apparatus and a medical observation system that are optimal in manipulability and favorable for downsizing and include: an observation unit including a microscope unit that is configured to collect light from an object to be observed via one end in a height direction of the microscope unit and capture a magnified image of a minute part of the object to be observed and has a columnar shape to be grasped by a user during movement, a center of gravity of which observation unit is located farther from the one end than a center in the height direction is; and a support unit supporting the observation unit in a rotationally movable manner around an axis passing through the center of gravity or a vicinity of the center of gravity and perpendicular to the height direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: SONY OLYMPUS MEDICAL SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventors: Shigeru Tamura, Kenji Hirose, Yoshiyuki Kamata
  • Patent number: 10631004
    Abstract: An image coding method includes: deriving a candidate for a motion vector of a current block from a co-located motion vector; adding the candidate to a list; selecting the motion vector of the current block from the list; and coding the current block, wherein the deriving includes: deriving the candidate by a first derivation scheme in the case of determining that each of a current reference picture and a co-located reference picture is a long-term reference picture; and deriving the candidate by a second derivation scheme in the case of determining that each of the current reference picture and the co-located reference picture is a short-term reference picture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: SUN PATENT TRUST
    Inventors: Viktor Wahadaniah, Chong Soon Lim, Sue Mon Thet Naing, Hai Wei Sun, Takahiro Nishi, Hisao Sasai, Youji Shibahara, Kyoko Tanikawa, Toshiyasu Sugio, Kengo Terada, Toru Matsunobu
  • Patent number: 10623748
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for video coding are provided. The apparatus includes processing circuitry. Prediction information of a first block from a coded video bitstream is decoded by the processing circuitry. The first block is a non-square block and the prediction information of the first block is indicative of a first intra prediction direction mode in a first set of intra prediction direction modes that is associated with the non-square block. The first set of intra prediction direction modes includes a subset of a second set of intra prediction direction modes that is associated with a square block and at least one additional intra prediction direction mode that is different from the second set of intra prediction direction modes. At least one sample of the first block is subsequently reconstructed by the processing circuitry according to the first intra prediction direction mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Tencent America LLC
    Inventors: Liang Zhao, Shan Liu, Xin Zhao, Xiang Li
  • Patent number: 10621675
    Abstract: Systems and methods provide for an automated system for analyzing damage and processing claims associated with an insured item, such as a vehicle. An enhanced claims processing server may analyze damage associated with the insured item using cameras and lasers for determining the extent and severity of the damage. To aid in this determination, the server may also interface with various internal and external databases storing reference images of undamaged items and cost estimate information for repairing previously analyzed damages of similar items. Further still, the server may generate a payment for compensating a claimant for repair of the insured item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Danuta Genser, Devbratt Harlalka, Rohit Garg, Gaurang Katyal
  • Patent number: 10612914
    Abstract: A vehicle equipment comprises a scanning system for the contactless measurement of at least one projector arranged at least for the projection onto an object to be measured of a structured light with a pattern, at least one video camera arranged for the acquisition of the image of the object to be measured, and a processing unit for processing the acquired image for the three-dimensional reconstruction of the object to be measured, the projector comprising in turn at least one matrix of emitters integrated into a monolithic substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: CEMB S.P.A.
    Inventors: Giancarlo Torri, Gabriele Corrain
  • Patent number: 10616604
    Abstract: A video coder, such as a video encoder or a video decoder, uses a first Rice parameter derivation method and a second Rice parameter derivation method for coding coefficient levels of the TU. The first Rice parameter derivation method is a statistics-based derivation method. The second Rice parameter derivation method is a template-based derivation method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Li Zhang, Marta Karczewicz, Jianle Chen
  • Patent number: 10600297
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on storage devices, for monitoring, security, and surveillance of a property. In one aspect, a system includes a virtual reality headset, a plurality of cameras, a plurality of sensors that includes a first sensor, a control unit, wherein the control unit includes a network interface, a processor, a storage device that includes instructions to perform operations that comprise receiving data from the first sensor that is indicative of an alarm event, determining a location of the first sensor, identifying a set of one or more cameras from the plurality of cameras that are associated with the first sensor, selecting a particular camera from the identified set of one or more cameras; and transmitting one or more instructions to the particular camera that command the particular camera to stream a live video feed to a user interface of the virtual reality headset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventor: Daniel Kerzner
  • Patent number: 10595024
    Abstract: Methods and devices for modified coding of blocks of residuals in the case of transform skipping. To better align the data with assumptions upon which the entropy coding scheme is based, the block of residual data is permuted at the encoder prior to entropy coding. The block of reconstructed data is then inverse permuted at the decoder to recover the reconstructed block of residuals. The permutation may include 180 rotation of the block, which may be of particular benefit in the case of intra-coded residuals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Velos Media, LLC
    Inventors: Dake He, Jing Wang, Gaelle Christine Martin-Cocher
  • Patent number: 10587859
    Abstract: A method for a three-dimensional encoding or decoding system incorporating sub-block based inter-view motion prediction is disclosed. The system utilizes motion or disparity parameters associated with reference sub-blocks in a reference picture of a reference view corresponding to the texture sub-PCU split from a current texture PU (prediction unit) to predict the motion or disparity parameters of the current texture PU. Candidate motion or disparity parameters for the current texture PU may comprise candidate motion or disparity parameters derived for all texture sub-PUs from splitting the current texture PU. The candidate motion or disparity parameters for the current texture PU can be used as a sub-block-based inter-view Merge candidate for the current texture PU in Merge mode. The sub-block-based inter-view Merge candidate can be inserted into a first position of a candidate list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: HFI Innovation Inc.
    Inventors: Jicheng An, Kai Zhang, Jian-Liang Lin
  • Patent number: 10582108
    Abstract: A method for enabling control, by a control device, of a video camera in a video surveillance system comprising a plurality of video cameras is disclosed. According to the method, first a signature of the control device is obtained from the control device. Information corresponding to the signature of the control device from a video stream generated by a video camera of the system is identified, and the control device is associated with the video camera that generated the video stream in which information corresponding to the signature of the control device has been identified, thereby enabling control of the video camera by the control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Eric Nassor, Naél Ouedraogo, Jonathan Taquet
  • Patent number: 10567767
    Abstract: There is provided an image processing apparatus. A splitting unit splits an image into a block. A quantization unit performs quantization of the block using a plurality of methods. A calculating unit calculates a distance between the block and a result of the quantization. A selecting unit selects a quantization result of the quantization unit using the distance. An encoding unit performs fixed-length encoding of the quantization result selected by the selecting unit. The quantization unit includes a first quantization unit that preserves texture in the block, and a second quantization unit that represents pixels in the block in a plurality of colors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Keigo Hattori, Taro Yokose, Tomoki Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 10560642
    Abstract: Provided is an image processing device for improving quality of an image generated using an image obtained when infrared light is radiated and an image obtained when infrared light is not radiated. A modulation coefficient setting unit sets a first modulation coefficient used for correction of infrared luminance information of an infrared image obtained when infrared light is radiated. The first modulation coefficient is set on the basis of a ratio between the infrared luminance information and visible luminance information of a visible image obtained when the infrared light is not radiated. A modulation coefficient correcting unit corrects the first modulation coefficient to a second modulation coefficient on the basis of a parameter indicating brightness of a subject of the visible image or brightness of a photographing environment. A luminance correcting unit corrects the infrared luminance information using the second modulation coefficient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshinobu Sugiyama, Yasushi Sato
  • Patent number: 10547850
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for splitting the audio of media content into separate content files without introducing boundary artifacts is described. A computing system for streaming media content including audio and video comprises a database to store a plurality of content files and a server coupled to the database to deliver the plurality of content files over one or more network connections. Each of the plurality of content files comprises an encoded portion of the video encoded according to a frame rate and having a fixed-time duration and an encoded portion of the audio encoded according to a codec-enforced frame size and having a plurality of full audio frames having the codec-enforced frame size. A duration of the encoded portion of the audio of one or more of the plurality of content files is greater than or less than the fixed-time duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Calvin Ryan Owen