Patents Examined by Paulos M. Natnael
  • Patent number: 10205922
    Abstract: A display control apparatus which projects and displays at least one image on a screen, converts a frame frequency for a display of the at least one image to N times (N>1), generates an added image by adding a predetermined pattern to the converted frame and a subtracted image by subtracting the predetermined pattern from the converted frame as a first frame and a second frame following the first frame, projects the generated first frame and the second frame for an image on the screen at the N-times frequency, acquires the image projected on the screen, extracts the pattern from the acquired image, and corrects a shape of the image based on the extracted pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Akihiro Ouchi
  • Patent number: 10200742
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, at a computing device, input indicating a request to view a list. The list includes multiple elements, each of the elements corresponding to respective video content. The method also includes sending the list to a display device in response to the request, where the elements of the list are ordered based on a display order of the respective video content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Charles Stahulak, Bruce Barnes, Dolores J. Mallian, Nikhil Marathe
  • Patent number: 10194123
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes: a light source to emit light; a dimming unit including a plurality of regions having transmittances that are mutually different from one another; a switching unit to switch a region of the dimming unit through which the light passes, between the plurality of regions of the dimming unit; a scanning unit to scan a scan area at a predetermined frame rate with the light, the scan area having a first area in which an image is formed and a second area different from the first area; a sensor to detect a light amount of the light emitted to the second area; and a controller to determine a boundary timing at which the light has passed through a boundary portion between two adjacent regions of the dimming unit based on characteristics of a temporal change in the detected light amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Takayuki Shitomi
  • Patent number: 10194069
    Abstract: A camera detects devices, such as other cameras, smart devices, and access points, with which the camera may communicate. The camera may alternate between operating as a wireless station and a wireless access point. The camera may connect to and receive credentials from a device for another device to which it is not connected. In one embodiment, the camera is configured to operate as a wireless access point, and is configured to receive credentials from a smart device operating as a wireless station. The camera may then transfer the credentials to additional cameras, each configured to operate as wireless stations. The camera and additional cameras may connect to a smart device directly or indirectly (for instance, through an access point), and the smart device may change the camera mode of the cameras. The initial modes of the cameras may be preserved and restored by the smart device upon disconnection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard T. Brockway, III, Jeffrey S. Youel, John S. Chen, Fabrice Barbier
  • Patent number: 10187604
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes a display unit configured to display an image, a wireless tag, a wireless communication unit configured to wirelessly communicate with an external terminal apparatus, and a control unit configured to switch an operation state of the display apparatus to at least a normal operation state and a power saving state. When detecting that the wireless tag communicates with the terminal apparatus in the power saving state, the control unit shifts the operation state to the normal operation state. The wireless communication unit returns from the power saving state to the normal operation state and establishes a wireless communication with the terminal apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenichiro Tomita, Takeshi Yoshii
  • Patent number: 10182193
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatuses are described for automatic identification and mapping of consumer electronic devices to ports on an HDMI switch. A device that is connected to an HDMI switch is identified based on data received over an HDMI connection, and ports on the HDMI switch are automatically mapped and configured. Methods, systems, and apparatuses are described for back-end database creation for automatic identification and mapping of consumer electronic devices to ports on an HDMI switch. The back-end database may be created by the based on video and audio signatures received from a consumer electronic device and based on remote control information and signatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Caavo Inc
    Inventors: Vinod Gopinath, Sharath Hariharpur Satheesh, Neha Mittal, Siddharth Kumar, Bitto Niclavose, Ashish Aggarwal
  • Patent number: 10165978
    Abstract: A method of measuring human body information and an electronic device thereof are provided. The method includes displaying a guide image when a human body measurement mode is detected, acquiring, by a camera, a human body image, displaying the human body image, measuring a human body when the human body image corresponds to the guide image and outputting a result of the measurement of the human body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Yong-Yi Kim
  • Patent number: 10169898
    Abstract: This application provides a TV screenshot method and an associated television (TV). The method includes: upon receiving a screenshot request, acquiring a layer range of On Screen Display (OSD) sub-layers corresponding to windows of every application displayed on an OSD layer; and generating the screenshot image by taking a snap shot of the OSD sub-layers in the layer range. This application can prevent unwanted system notification information image from being captured when a snap shot is taken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignees: HISENSE ELECTRIC CO., LTD., HISENSE USA CORPORATION, HISENSE INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shuo Zhu, Chenglong Liu
  • Patent number: 10165335
    Abstract: In one aspect, an example method for outputting an alert indicating a functional state of a back-up video-broadcast system involves a computing device receiving first closed-captioning data that corresponds to a first video-stream; the computing device receiving second closed-captioning data that corresponds to a second video-stream; the computing device making a determination that the received first closed-captioning data and the received second closed-captioning data lack a threshold extent of similarity; and responsive to the determination that the received first closed-captioning data and the received second closed-captioning data lack the threshold extent of similarity, the computing device outputting an alert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Tribune Broadcasting Company, LLC
    Inventor: Hank J. Hundemer
  • Patent number: 10165239
    Abstract: A digital theatrical lighting fixture that can be used to provide a new lighting system with improved features and functionality. The digital theatrical lighting fixture integrates light production, light modulation, and a camera into a single device along with a control interface, integrated image processing capability such as for processing images captured by the camera, and communication capability, e.g., for communicating with a central controller and/or with other digital theatrical lighting fixtures. This highly integrated fixture uses the camera to monitor a lit scene, and its (or the central controller's) intelligence/software to dynamically adjust its output as well as to implement a show lighting script much like a projector. In a lighting system, the lighting fixtures described herein can communicate to each other and to a central controller (or control systems) such that lighting produced by the lighting system can be calibrated and coordinated in a comprehensive way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Thomas F. Laduke
  • Patent number: 10158810
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein enable detection of remote control activity. For example, a determination may be made whether an RF remote control is in use by detecting a non-RF signal transmitted by the RF remote control. The non-RF signal need not actually control any device, but it may be used to detect when the RF remote control is in use. An AV switch may detect an RF remote control is in use by detecting a non-RF signal. For example, when a user uses an RF remote (e.g., to control an STB with an RF signal) the use may be detected by detecting a non-RF (e.g., an IR signal) signal and the AV switch may use the detection, for example, to control a TV (e.g., turn on), control the switch (e.g., port selection for a TV to display STB output) and/or other devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Caavo Inc
    Inventors: Nino Vincenzo Marino, Andrew E. Einaudi, Ashish Dharmpal Aggarwal
  • Patent number: 10158834
    Abstract: Projecting an image is described. A test pattern is rendered over each of two dimensions of a projection surface. Upon the rendered test pattern conforming to a perspective related specification for a spatial configuration of data disposed over the two dimensions the data are decoded. An angle of a projection in each of the two dimensions corresponding to the rendering of the test pattern is detected, relative to a line orthogonal to a plane corresponding to a portion of the projection surface. Upon a nonconformity of the rendered test pattern to the specification, a transformation is computed to a spatial configuration of the rendered test pattern. The computed transformation relates to a perspective related characteristic of the spatial configuration corresponding to the angle of the projection. The projector is controlled based on the computed transformation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Erik Todeschini
  • Patent number: 10154238
    Abstract: A projection system generates a pre-projective transformation image based on an extracted image obtained from a source image, applies projective transformation to the pre-projective transformation image using the parameters to produce an output image, and causes the projector assembly to output the output image and project a projected image on a surface for projection. If the extracted image has been obtained in a predetermined range of the source image, the projected image is projected onto the surface for projection so that an origin of the pre-projective transformation image is located at a predetermined position in the surface for projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: ROLAND DG CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jun Ueda
  • Patent number: 10148999
    Abstract: An automatic RF combiner receives signals from an over-the-air antenna, a cable television signal source and at least one satellite antenna, and combines the signals for output to one or more television receivers. The combiner includes a first signal combiner connected to the input for the over-the-air antenna and the cable television signal source and providing an output signal. The output from the first signal combiner is supplied to a second signal combiner together with signal at the input for the at least one satellite antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Steiner Enterprises
    Inventors: Thomas P. Hicks, Donald E. DeWitt, Joshua E. DeWitt, Wade M. Seaburg
  • Patent number: 10142562
    Abstract: The present invention includes a method and device that allows efficient mixing of multiple video images with a graphics screen while utilizing only one video buffer. The present invention partitions the sole video buffer, pre-scales the plurality of video images and inserts them into the partitioned video buffer in a predetermined range of buffer addresses. The present invention mixes the partitioned video including the pre-scaled video images with the graphics screen to produce a video display including both a video screen and a graphics screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Ted Dunn, James Amendolagine
  • Patent number: 10142678
    Abstract: A video processing device capable of automatically determining an operation mode is provided. The video processing device includes a control signal processing circuit and a controller. The control signal processing circuit receives a control signal from a transmitter, and, according to at least one data access address indicated by the control signal, performs at least steps of determining whether the data access address satisfies a predetermined access address, and outputting a notification signal when the data access address satisfies the predetermined access address. The controller causes the video processing device to operate in a first mode according to the notification signal, and causes the video processing device to operate in a second mode when the notification signal is not received within a predetermined time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: MSTAR SEMICONDUCTOR, INC.
    Inventors: Chin-Lung Lin, Te-Chuan Wang, Chi-En Peng
  • Patent number: 10121227
    Abstract: A method of reconstructing videos by using super-resolution algorithm includes the steps: (a) providing a video, wherein the video is composed of a plurality of frames having a sequence; (b) starting a first thread and a second thread, the first thread performing a first algorithm and the second thread performing a second algorithm for improving resolution, wherein a time complexity of the first algorithm is greater than a time complexity of the second algorithm; (c) the first thread sequentially reading the frames of the video in units of a first interval and processing the frames in order to obtain first processed frames, and the second thread sequentially reading the frames of the video in units of a second interval and processing the frames in order to obtain second processed frames, wherein a value of the first interval is an integer greater than 1, and a value of the second interval is 1; (d) performing a fusion operation on the second processed frames which is processed by the second thread and the nea
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: ULSee Inc.
    Inventor: Yang Liu
  • Patent number: 10122962
    Abstract: A device for filtering a cable television (CATV) signal includes an input port configured to receive downstream signals from a CATV headend and provide upstream signals thereto, an output port configured to be coupled to a subscriber device and provide the downstream signals thereto and to receive the upstream signals therefrom, and a filter circuit configured to transmit the upstream and the downstream signals between the input port and the output port for a predetermined duration after the output port is coupled to the subscriber device. The filter circuit is configured to block at least a portion of the upstream signals, at least a portion of the downstream signals, or both from being transmitted between the input port and the output port in response to an expiration of the predetermined duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: PPC BROADBAND, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Hart, Calvin Howard
  • Patent number: 10121083
    Abstract: A vehicle exterior environment recognition apparatus includes a computer configured to serve as a vehicle identifier, a candidate identifier, a shift amount deriving unit, a candidate remover, and a lamp determiner. The vehicle identifier identifies, from respective captured images, a preceding vehicle and a vehicle region occupied by the preceding vehicle. The candidate identifier identifies, as a light-emission source candidate, a candidate determinable as a light-emission source in the identified vehicle region. The shift amount deriving unit derives a shift amount in a predetermined period of the light-emission source candidate in the vehicle region. The candidate remover removes, from the light-emission source candidate identified by the candidate identifier, the light-emission source candidate in which the shift amount is equal to or greater than a predetermined shift amount threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Seisuke Kasaoki
  • Patent number: 10122959
    Abstract: A display control device includes a detector, a frequency adjusting signal generator, a clock generator and an output timing generator. The detector compares an input field reference signal with an output field reference signal to determine a time difference signal. The frequency adjusting signal generator outputs a frequency adjusting signal. The clock generator outputs a clock according to the frequency adjusting signal. The output timing generator generates an output field synchronization signal according to the clock. The clock generator adjusts the frequency of the clock according to the frequency adjusting signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: MSTAR SEMICONDUCTOR, INC.
    Inventors: Hsin-Cheng Lai, Yu-Jen Lai, Wen-Yu Chen