Patents Examined by Ping Y Hsieh
  • Patent number: 10467509
    Abstract: A computationally-efficient method for a smart assistant computer to track a human includes receiving data from one or more sensors configured to monitor a physical environment. The data is computer-analyzed to recognize presence of a human in the physical environment, and upon confirming an identity of the human, a first level of computational resources of the smart assistant computer is dedicated to track the human. Upon failing to confirm the identity of the human while a known user is present, a second level of computational resources of the smart assistant computer, greater than the first level, is dedicated to determine the identity of the human. Upon failing to confirm the identity of the human while the known user is absent, a third level of computational resources of the smart assistant computer, is dedicated to determine the identity of the human.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Haithem Albadawi, Zongyi Liu
  • Patent number: 10460210
    Abstract: A method of neural network operations by using a grid generator is provided for converting modes according to classes of areas to satisfy level 4 of autonomous vehicles. The method includes steps of: (a) a computing device, if a test image is acquired, instructing a non-object detector to acquire non-object location information for testing and class information of the non-objects for testing by detecting the non-objects for testing on the test image; (b) the computing device instructing the grid generator to generate section information by referring to the non-object location information for testing; (c) the computing device instructing a neural network to determine parameters for testing; (d) the computing device instructing the neural network to apply the neural network operations to the test image by using each of the parameters for testing, to thereby generate one or more neural network outputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: STRADVISION, INC.
    Inventors: Kye-Hyeon Kim, Yongjoong Kim, Insu Kim, Hak-Kyoung Kim, Woonhyun Nam, SukHoon Boo, Myungchul Sung, Donghun Yeo, Wooju Ryu, Taewoong Jang, Kyungjoong Jeong, Hongmo Je, Hojin Cho
  • Patent number: 10455112
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to digital watermarking for retail product packaging. A digital watermark can be carried in different color channels, and at with different signal polarities. Detection can utilize different illumination sources or image sensors with various filters to highlight signal in one or more of the channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Kristyn R. Falkenstern, Alastair M. Reed
  • Patent number: 10454703
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods of wirelessly controlling appliances and electronic devices, such as ceiling fans, air conditioners, garage doors, or the like. A receive-only ceiling fan is wirelessly controlled by a proprietary remote control unit. A cloning unit is able to clone or duplicate the proprietary wireless signal, and to replay it or re-generate it in response to a triggering command that a user submitted via a smartphone or tablet; thereby enabling to control such appliances via mobile electronic devices. The cloning unit utilizes recording of the wireless signal payload and carrier frequency; wireless signal analysis; image analysis of the appliance or of the remote control unit; queries to a remote server to obtain properties of the proprietary wireless signal; or other techniques of signal analysis or duplication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: OLIBRA LLC
    Inventor: Zohar Shinar
  • Patent number: 10454513
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a phone holder for holding a mobile phone. The holder includes at least one lateral support. At least one insert can be located between the lateral support and the phone. Preferably, the insert can be replaceable, and the lateral support is manufactured separately and fastenable to a common body used with holders for multiple phone types.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: CAMEL IP PTY LTD
    Inventors: Christopher John Ryan, Alexei Kholodov
  • Patent number: 10445876
    Abstract: The instant disclosure provides methods of extracting stain-independent features from digital images of histologically stained cells. Stain-independent features provide consistent assessment of cell morphology in the presence of staining variation and across different stains or stain formulations. Improved consistency in cell morphology assessments finds use in automated cell classification and other image processing applications. Also included are systems for practicing the described methods. The instant disclosure also provides computer readable media storing instructions that, when executed by a computing device, cause the computing device and/or components of a described system to perform steps of a method involving of extraction of stain-independent features from digital images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: Rene Nieves Alicea, Wenjing Li
  • Patent number: 10447333
    Abstract: A matching network of a communication device that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a controller that executes instructions facilitating an identifying a subset of usage scenarios based on a usage condition of the communication device and adjusting the matching network device based on a subset of different tuning scenarios corresponding to the subset of usage scenarios. A group of operational parameters is obtained via parametric measurements for each tuning scenario change between the tuning scenarios corresponding to each of the subset of usage scenarios. Multiple operational parameters are averaged corresponding to each of the tuning scenarios to identify an average operational parameter for each tuning scenario, and a tuning scenario is selected from among the subset of different tuning scenarios based on a determination as to which of the average operational parameters correlates with a desired performance goal. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Carsten Hoirup, Keith Manssen, Matthew Russell Greene
  • Patent number: 10445881
    Abstract: Systems and methods for eye image segmentation and image quality estimation are disclosed. In one aspect, after receiving an eye image, a device such as an augmented reality device can process the eye image using a convolutional neural network with a merged architecture to generate both a segmented eye image and a quality estimation of the eye image. The segmented eye image can include a background region, a sclera region, an iris region, or a pupil region. In another aspect, a convolutional neural network with a merged architecture can be trained for eye image segmentation and image quality estimation. In yet another aspect, the device can use the segmented eye image to determine eye contours such as a pupil contour and an iris contour. The device can use the eye contours to create a polar image of the iris region for computing an iris code or biometric authentication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Magic Leap, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexey Spizhevoy, Adrian Kaehler, Vijay Badrinarayanan
  • Patent number: 10448240
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of communicating data with an electronic device, comprising the step of receiving signals conveyed by an electrical lead. The method is distinguished in that it comprises the following steps: fitting an RF radiofrequency interface with electrical terminals in the device, extracting signals from the electrical lead, and injecting signals resulting from the extracted signals, in the form of frames of radiofrequency signals in the RF interface with electrical terminals. The invention also relates to a radiofrequency communication device, a system comprising the device and a machine using the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: THALES DIS FRANCE SA
    Inventors: Jean-Paul Caruana, Gregory Capomaggio
  • Patent number: 10438334
    Abstract: Three dimensional image fusion method and device are disclosed. The method includes steps of obtaining a spherical image and a two dimensional image; projecting the two dimensional image onto a planar surface predetermined in a spherical coordinate system where the spherical image is located, so as to acquire a projected image having a predetermined number of feature points on the spherical surface corresponding to the spherical image; determining multiple mapping points on the spherical surface which correspond to the predetermined number of feature points, letting the predetermined number of feature points superpose on the multiple mapping points, respectively, and carrying out spatial coordinate conversion, so as to attain a converted image; and mapping multiple points except the predetermined number of feature points in the converted image onto the spherical image based on a predetermined mapping relationship, so as to fuse the two dimensional image onto the spherical image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hong Yi, Weitao Gong, Haihua Yu, Wei Wang
  • Patent number: 10430960
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a generation unit configured to generate first region data indicating a region corresponding to a general uneven shape of each of a plurality of bundles included in a three-dimensional object and second region data indicating a region corresponding to an uneven shape of an extremely small substance included in each of the bundles by analyzing image data, and an output unit configured to output shape data after correcting the shape data by adding the general uneven shape of each of the plurality of bundles included in the three-dimensional object to the general uneven shape of the three-dimensional object and adding the uneven shape of the extremely small substance included in each of the bundles on the general uneven shape of each of the plurality of bundles included in the three-dimensional object based on the first region data and the second region data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tomoyori Iwao
  • Patent number: 10430937
    Abstract: A material characterization system includes an imaging unit, a material characterization controller, and an imaging unit controller. The electronic imaging unit generates a test image of a specimen composed of a material. The electronic material characterization controller determines values of a plurality of parameters and maps the parameters to corresponding ground truth labeled outputs. The mapped parameters are applied to at least one test image to predict a presence of at least one target attribute of the specimen in response to applying the learned parameters. The test image is convert to a selected output image format so as to generate a synthetic image including the predicted at least one attribute. The electronic imaging unit controller performs a material characterization analysis that characterizes the material of the specimen based on the predicted at least one attribute included in the synthetic image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael J. Giering, Ryan B. Noraas, Kishore K. Reddy, Edgar A. Bernal
  • Patent number: 10415966
    Abstract: An identification unit obtains a plurality of photographic images including two or more markers. The makers are placed on a different object, respectively. The identification unit identifies, from the plurality of photographic images thus obtained, three-dimensional positions of the two or more markers. A generating unit transforms coordinate system of the plurality of photographic images into a common coordinate system. Relative positions of the two or more markers based on a specific location are indicated in the common coordinate system. The generating unit generates map data which associates the positions of the two or more markers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshiaki Sato
  • Patent number: 10417752
    Abstract: A method of reducing purple fringing in images captured by a camera, comprises: acquiring a raw image of a scene with an image sensor of the camera, demosaicing the raw image, and applying an adjusted color correction matrix to the demosaiced raw image. The adjusted color correction matrix is deduced by calibrating the spectral response of the image sensor to a color rendition chart to which the color data of a purple fringe has been added, and furthermore the color correction matrix is adjusted such that the image sensor response for color values of the purple fringe is transformed into color values of a predetermined replacement color following application of the color correction matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Axis AB
    Inventors: Sebastian Fors, Johan Jeppsson
  • Patent number: 10419044
    Abstract: A system and method for improving radio performance through automatic channel selection utilizing a closed-channel model is disclosed. A measurement engine records maximum user throughput on a per station basis during normal traffic operation. The measurement engine further records throughput metrics based on test traffic sent to all associated stations during idle operation. A policy logic engine utilizes the measurements to determine an optimal transmission channel for transmission and receipt of data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises LLC
    Inventor: William S. Kish
  • Patent number: 10410454
    Abstract: An image sensor and a banknote processing apparatus are provided. The image sensor includes a first photosensitive assembly and a first light source assembly which is configured to irradiate light to an original, and further includes a first lens array configured to aggregate light reflected by the original to the first photosensitive assembly, and a light-entering surface of the first lens array is located in a transmission path of reflected light generated due to specular reflection occurred when light emitted from the first light source assembly irradiates on the original. According to different image grayscale values generated by the image sensor, the banknote processing apparatus judges whether a banknote surface is stuck to an adhesive tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: SHANDONG NEW BEIYANG INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Peng Jiao, Bingqing Liu, Jigang Zhang, Lingang Li
  • Patent number: 10397876
    Abstract: Wireless devices are provisioned using multiple factors. As part of a wireless detection phase, multiple wireless communications are received that were transmitted by multiple wireless devices. Individual wireless devices are distinguished from each other among the multiple wireless devices based on a distinguishing feature of each of the multiple wireless communications to obtain a provisional set of wireless devices. As part of an electrical load detection phase, one or more wireless devices connected to an electrical power circuit are identified based on time-based measurements of electrical power consumed by electrical loads on the electrical power circuit and/or powerline communications received via the electrical power circuit. The provisional set of wireless devices obtained by wireless detection may be filtered to obtain a filtered set of wireless devices that excludes wireless devices of the provisional set not connected to the same electrical power circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: IOTAS, INC.
    Inventors: Scevhur Y. Pike, Chau M. Doan, Jeremy Daniel Steinhauer
  • Patent number: 10395339
    Abstract: In a data processing system, an input data array to be downscaled is split into plural parts along its horizontal extent and the different parts of the input data array are then provided to respective scalers of the data processing system and are respectively downscaled by those scalers to provide a plurality of downscaled output parts. The plural downscaled output parts are then combined (merged) to provide the desired downscaled output data array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Arm Limited
    Inventors: Michal Karol Bogusz, Tomasz Jan Pabis
  • Patent number: 10395114
    Abstract: Automated detection of features and/or parameters within an ocean environment using image data. In an embodiment, captured image data is received from ocean-facing camera(s) that are positioned to capture a region of an ocean environment. Feature(s) are identified within the captured image data, and parameter(s) are measured based on the identified feature(s). Then, when a request for data is received from a user system, the requested data is generated based on the parameter(s) and sent to the user system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: SURFLINE\WAVETRAK, INC.
    Inventor: Benjamin Freeston
  • Patent number: 10388099
    Abstract: Provided are a device and method for identifying a paper currency fold. The device includes: a transparent protective body, configured to maintain components in the device to be clean; a laser source, configured to emit laser light a rectangular grating, configured to modulate the laser light into stripes which changes to be bright or dark according to a certain rule on a surface of a paper currency; an area array photoelectric sensor, configured to capture an image; an imaging lens group, configured to converge an image of the surface of the paper currency onto the area array photoelectric sensor; and an information processing module electrically connected with the area array photoelectric sensor, configured to process an image signal captured by the area array photoelectric sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: GRG BANKING EQUIPMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Panfeng Luo, Tiancai Liang, Xiaofeng Jin, Yong Zhang