Patents Examined by Sathyanaraya V Perungavoor
  • Patent number: 10158874
    Abstract: System and method for improving operational efficiency of a video encoding pipeline used to encode image data. In embodiments, the video encoding pipeline includes a transcode pipeline that provides entropy encoding of binarized syntax elements. More specifically, multiple bins may be encoded in parallel, resulting in increased encoding throughput.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jim C. Chou, Syed Muhammad Ali Rizvi, Weichun Ku
  • Patent number: 10158849
    Abstract: A projection apparatus includes an image control device, a display device, and an image shift device. The image control device is configured to generate a plurality of left-eye sub-image data according to a left-eye image data and generate a plurality of right-eye sub-image data according to a right-eye image data. The display device is configured to sequentially display a plurality of left-eye images and right-eye images according to the left-eye sub-image data and the right-eye sub-image data. The image shift device is configured to shift the left-eye sub-images from each other and shift the right-eye sub-images from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: DELTA ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Chung-Yi Yang, Bor Wang, Yu-Cheng Lin
  • Patent number: 10158854
    Abstract: A method for pyramid vector quantization indexing of audio/video signals comprises obtaining of an integer input vector representing the audio/video signal samples. A leading sign is extracted from the integer input vector. The leading sign is a sign of a terminal non-zero coefficient in the integer input vector. The terminal non-zero coefficient is one of a first non-zero coefficient and a last non-zero coefficient in the integer input vector. The integer input vector is indexed with a pyramid vector quantization enumeration scheme into an output index representing the audio/video signal samples. The pyramid vector quantization enumeration scheme is designed for neglecting the sign of the terminal non-zero coefficient. The output index and the leading sign are outputted. A corresponding method for de-indexing, an encoder, a decoder, and computer programs therefore are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (publ)
    Inventor: Jonas Svedberg
  • Patent number: 10157457
    Abstract: A method of generating 3D information of a sample using an optical microscope includes: varying the distance between the sample and an objective lens of the optical microscope at pre-determined steps, capturing an image at each pre-determined step, determining a characteristic value of each pixel in each captured image, determining a first captured image that is focused on a first surface of the sample based on the characteristic value of each pixel in each captured image, and determining a measurement of an opening in the first surface of the sample based on the first captured image. The first surface of the sample and the second surface of the sample are within a field of view of each of the captured images. The first captured image includes a pattern overlay. In another example, the opening measurement is determined using a second captured image without a pattern overlay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: KLA-TENCOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: James Jianguo Xu, Ronny Soetarman, Ken Kinsun Lee, Nitigya Kathuria
  • Patent number: 10156720
    Abstract: An information display apparatus reflects light representing information off a projection target to display the information as a virtual image, and includes a projector, at least two image forming devices and a focus adjusting device. The projector projects the light representing information. The image forming devices, to which the light from the projector is projected, are on an optical path from the projector to the projection target. At least one of the image forming devices is at a distance from the projector different from that of other image forming devices. The focus adjusting device adjusts a focal length of one optical system on an optical path from the projector to each of the image forming devices such that the light from the projector is in focus at each of the image forming devices. An image of information on each of the image forming devices is reflected off the projection target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Ando, Shinji Kashiwada
  • Patent number: 10154259
    Abstract: An image decoding method supporting a plurality of layers according to the present invention may comprise the steps of: receiving location information on a location in which an inter-layer reference picture set for one or more reference layers, to which a current picture can refer, is added to a reference picture list; generating an initial reference picture list including the inter-layer reference picture set on the basis of the location information; and predicting the current picture on the basis of the initial reference picture list. Accordingly, the present invention provides a method for signaling location information on a location in which an inter-layer reference picture is added to a reference picture list, and an apparatus using the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: KT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bae Keun Lee, Joo Young Kim
  • Patent number: 10148949
    Abstract: A scalable video signal decoding method according to the present invention decodes a corresponding picture of a reference layer corresponding to a current picture of a current layer, generates an inter-layer reference picture by up-sampling the decoded corresponding picture, generates a reference picture list including a temporal reference picture and an inter-layer reference picture, and inter-predicting the current picture on the basis of the generated reference picture list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: KT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bae Keun Lee, Joo Young Kim
  • Patent number: 10148950
    Abstract: An image decoding method supporting a plurality of layers according to the present invention may comprise the steps of: generating an inter-layer reference picture set with respect to one or more reference layers to which a current picture can refer; generating an initial reference picture list including the inter-layer reference picture set; and predicting the current picture on the basis of the initial reference picture list. Accordingly, the present invention provides a method for generating a reference picture list including a picture of a layer, which is different from a layer to be currently encoded and decoded, and an apparatus using the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: KT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bae Keun Lee, Joo Young Kim
  • Patent number: 10148952
    Abstract: An image decoding method supporting a plurality of layers according to the present invention may comprise the steps of: generating an inter-layer reference picture set with respect to one or more reference layers to which a current picture can refer; generating an initial reference picture list including the inter-layer reference picture set; and predicting the current picture on the basis of the initial reference picture list. Accordingly, the present invention provides a method for generating a reference picture list including a picture of a layer, which is different from a layer to be currently encoded and decoded, and an apparatus using the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: KT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bae Keun Lee, Joo Young Kim
  • Patent number: 10144353
    Abstract: A multi-camera vision system for a vehicle includes a plurality of cameras viewing exterior the equipped vehicle and at least one non-visual sensor sensing exterior of the equipped vehicle. Captured image data and sensor data are provided to a central data processor. At the central data processor, image data is fused with sensor data and processed in order to detect vehicles that are present external the equipped vehicle. The central data processor includes a digital signal processor operable to process data at a data processioning speed of at least 30 MIPS. Via processing at the central data processor of image data and sensor data, a potential hazard present exterior the equipped vehicle is determined to exist. The potential hazard arises from presence of rear-approaching traffic in at least one of (i) a side lane to the equipped vehicle and (ii) a rear lane to the equipped vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Lee Karner, Kenneth Schofield, Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 10142550
    Abstract: A method for controlling an imaging system comprising a variable focal length (VFL) lens having first and second operating resonant frequencies, a lens controller, and a camera is disclosed. The first frequency provides a larger optical power variation and large focus range, at the expense of aberration in the imaging system. The second frequency provides a smaller optical power variation and small focus range, but provides low aberration in the imaging system. The method comprises: providing an extended focus range demand to the lens controller and, in response, configuring the lens controller to operate the VFL lens at the first resonant frequency (e.g., to provide a large autofocus search range). The method further comprises: providing an accurate image demand signal to the lens controller and, in response, configuring the lens controller to operate the VFL lens at the second resonant frequency (e.g., to provide low aberration images).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Mitutoyo Corporation
    Inventor: Paul Gerard Gladnick
  • Patent number: 10134120
    Abstract: Dimensioning systems may automate or assist with determining the physical dimensions of an object without the need for a manual measurement. A dimensioning system may project a light pattern onto the object, capture an image of the reflected pattern, and observe changes in the imaged pattern to obtain a range image, which contains 3D information corresponding to the object. Then, using the range image, the dimensioning system may calculate the dimensions of the object. In some cases, a single range image does not contain 3D data sufficient for dimensioning the object. To mitigate or solve this problem, the present invention embraces capturing a plurality of range images from different perspectives, and then combining the range images (e.g., using image-stitching) to form a composite range-image, which can be used to determine the object's dimensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian L. Jovanovski, Jingquan Li
  • Patent number: 10132547
    Abstract: A refrigerating device includes a camera module for capturing a first digital image with markings in the interior of the refrigerating device. The refrigerating device includes a processing device which is configured to convert the first digital image into a second digital image on the basis of the captured markings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Jochen Grimminger, Stephan Kempfle, Hans Peter Werner, Gerhard Wetzel
  • Patent number: 10136160
    Abstract: An encoding method includes applying a search range constraint on a search range of a block in a current frame, and encoding the block in the current frame with pixel information in a reference frame according to inter prediction performed based on the search range of the block in the current frame, wherein a resolution of the current frame is different from a resolution of the reference frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: MEDIATEK INC.
    Inventors: Tung-Hsing Wu, Han-Liang Chou, Ting-An Lin
  • Patent number: 10129566
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are innovations in decoding compressed video media data. The disclosed innovations facilitate decoding operations with improved computational efficiency, faster speeds, reduced power, reduced memory usage, and/or reduced latency. In one embodiment, for example, an encoded bitstream of video media data is input from an external video content provider, the encoded bitstream being encoded according to a video codec standard. A decoder is then configured to decode the encoded bitstream based at least in part on supplemental information that identifies a property of the encoded bitstream but that is supplemental to the encoded bitstream (e.g., supplemental information that is not part of the encoded bitstream or its associated media container and that is specific (or related) to the application for which the bitstream is used and/or the standard by which the bitstream is encoded and/or encrypted).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Shyam Sadhwani, Yongjun Wu, Wenbo Zhang, Sudhakar V. Prabhu
  • Patent number: 10129531
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus including an imaging lens, and an image sensor array of first and second image sensor units, wherein a single first image sensor unit includes a single first microlens and a plurality of image sensors, a single second image sensor unit includes a single second microlens and a single image sensor, light passing through the imaging lens and reaching each first image sensor unit passes through the first microlens and forms an image on the image sensors constituting the first image sensor unit, light passing through the imaging lens and reaching each second image sensor unit passes through the second microlens and forms an image on the image sensor constituting the second image sensor unit, an inter-unit light shielding layer is formed between the image sensor units, and a light shielding layer is not formed between the image sensor units constituting the first image sensor unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tomohiro Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 10121379
    Abstract: An apparatus for safety-driving of a vehicle, including: a camera unit outputting images of different directions based on a vehicle by photographing the vicinity of the vehicle, the images including a left image and a right image of the vehicle; a top-view image output unit synthesizing the images to output a top-view image; a traffic lane detecting unit detecting a left or right traffic lane of the vehicle from the top-view image by considering a traffic lane feature of the top-view image; a side vehicle detecting unit detecting a wheel of another vehicle in at least one of the left image and the right image; an another vehicle area estimating unit estimating an existing area of another vehicle by considering the location of the detected wheel; and a warning signal output unit outputting a warning signal when the vehicle enters the existing area of another vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Seong Soo Lee
  • Patent number: 10122919
    Abstract: A hand-held digital camera has a touch-sensitive display screen (“touch screen”) for image preview and user control of the camera, and a user-selectable panorama mode. Upon entering panorama mode the camera superimposes upon the touch screen a horizontal rectangular bar whose width and/or height are user-adjustable by interaction with the touch screen to select a desired horizontal sweep angle. After the sweep angle is set the camera automatically captures successive horizontally overlapping images during a sweep of the device through the selected sweep angle. Subsequently the camera synthesizes a panoramic image from the successively captured images, the panoramic image having a width corresponding to the selected sweep angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: FotoNation Limited
    Inventors: Igor Barcovschi, George Susanu, Serghei Carateev
  • Patent number: 10121280
    Abstract: A three dimensional system including rendering with a three dimensional transformation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: VEFXI Corporation
    Inventors: Craig Peterson, Markus Roberts, Sergey Lomov
  • Patent number: 10121073
    Abstract: A system and method for authenticating a user of a device. A biometric camera system includes a light source having a variable illumination wavelength output, and a camera including an imaging sensor and a bandpass filter for filtering ambient illumination received at the imaging sensor. An optical image of a user, for example an image of an iris, is generated by illumination from the light source, filtered by the bandpass filter, and received at the imaging sensor. An authentication status of the user can be determined using the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., LTD
    Inventor: Gerard Dirk Smits