Patents Examined by Sherali Ishrat
  • Patent number: 8948459
    Abstract: A digital image of the object is captured and the object is recognized from plurality of objects in a database. An information address corresponding to the object is then used to access information and initiate communication pertinent to the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Nant Holdings IP, LLC
    Inventors: Wayne C. Boncyk, Ronald H. Cohen
  • Patent number: 8315466
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to decoder-side region-of-interest (ROI) video processing. A video decoder determines whether ROI assistance information is available. If not, the decoder defaults to decoder-side ROI processing. The decoder-side ROI processing may estimate the reliability of ROI extraction in the bitstream domain. If ROI reliability is favorable, the decoder applies bitstream domain ROI extraction. If ROI reliability is unfavorable, the decoder applies pixel domain ROI extraction. The decoder may apply different ROI extraction processes for intra-coded (I) and inter-coded (P or B) data. The decoder may use color-based ROI generation for intra-coded data, and coded block pattern (CBP)-based ROI generation for inter-coded data. ROI refinement may involve shape-based refinement for intra-coded data, and motion- and color-based refinement for inter-coded data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Khaled Helmi El-Maleh, Vijay Mahadevan, Haohong Wang
  • Patent number: 8135169
    Abstract: This invention relates to an apparatus for capturing data a first capture device interfacing with a primary data source to capture data therefrom for storage into a primary data set. A second capture device is provided interfacing with a secondary data source to capture data therefrom for storage into a secondary data set. An associating device is then operable to associate the converted data set with the primary data set. A data converter converts the data stored in the second data set to a different and converted form as a converted data set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Myport Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael F. Malone
  • Patent number: 8126051
    Abstract: An encoding method applied to an input video sequence corresponding to successive scenes subdivided into successive video object planes (VOPs) is provided that generates, for coding all the video objects of said scenes, a coded bit stream the content of which is described in terms of separate channels and constituted of encoded video data in which each data item is described by a bitstream syntax that allows the recognition and decoding of all the elements of the content. The syntax comprises an additional syntactic information provided for describing independently the type of temporal prediction of the various channels. The additional information is a syntactic element placed at the slice level or the macroblock level in the coded bitstream, and its meaning is either specific for each present channel or shared by all existing channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Trident Microsystems (Far East) Ltd.
    Inventors: Cécile Dufour, Gwenaëlle Marquant, Stéphane Valente
  • Patent number: 8031976
    Abstract: An image processing circuit includes a processor that receives an encoded portion of a first version of an image. The processor decodes this encoded portion directly into a decoded portion of a second version of the image, the second version having a resolution that is different than the resolution of the first version. Therefore, such an image processing circuit can decode an encoded hi-res version of an image directly into a decoded lo-res version of the image. Alternatively, the image processing circuit includes a processor that modifies a motion vector associated with a portion of a first version of a first image. The processor then identifies a portion of a second image to which the modified motion vector points, the second image having a different resolution than the first version of the first image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Inventors: Ramachandran Natarajan, T. George Campbell
  • Patent number: 8019174
    Abstract: An image processing system includes an extraction unit for extracting a local region which contains one target region and at least one or more neighborhood regions from an image signal formed of a plurality of color signals from a CCD, a vectorizing unit for obtaining vector signals which contain the plurality of the color signals as components for each of the target and the neighborhood regions, a weighting set unit for setting weighting factors with respect to each of the vector signals in the local region based on the vector signal in the target region, a filtering unit for performing a filtering process using the weighting factors with respect to the vector signals in the local region, and a noise reducing unit for reducing the noise of the vector signal in the target region based on the vector signal through the filtering process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Takao Tsuruoka
  • Patent number: 8019165
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus which compresses an image, the apparatus includes: a storage unit which stores a code book, the code book being prepared by allocating identification codes to code blocks, the code blocks being formed by executing quantization processing regarding a plurality of first image blocks as multidimensional vectors, the plurality of first image blocks being generated by cutting, in preset sizes, first regions out of a code book preparation image containing a first edge, each of the first regions surrounding and including an edge point of the first edge, the first edge being detected from the code book preparation image; an edge detection unit which detects a second edge from a compression target image containing the second edge; an image block generation unit which cuts, in preset sizes, second regions out of the compression target image to generate a plurality of second image blocks, each of the second regions surrounding and including an edge point of the detected second edge; a searc
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Tadashi Mitsui
  • Patent number: 8019171
    Abstract: Systems and methods provide vision-based image compression. In one implementation, inpainting is the vision-based technique selected to augment a conventional signal-processing-based technique. For some regions of a source image, an exemplary system efficiently extracts and organizes structural edge information instead of compressing the regions. In one implementation, the system applies binary curve fitting to capture the edge information. A structure-aware inpainter in the decoder can then restore the regions via the edge information, which occupies very little data space or minimal bandwidth in a bitstream that is transmitted from encoder to decoder. Key visual components of the image can still be conventionally compressed. Extracting edge information for some regions instead of compressing them considerably increases overall image compression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Xiaoyan Sun, Feng Wu, Shipeng Li, Dong Liu
  • Patent number: 8014613
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention relate to methods and systems for predicting an offset factor for a target block of a multi-layer image having a low-dynamic-range layer and a high-dynamic-range layer wherein the offset factor is used to predict the high-dynamic-range layer from the low-dynamic-range layer. Some aspects relate to determining a first scaling parameter and a first offset parameter for a first adjacent block adjacent to the target block and determining a second scaling parameter and a second offset parameter for a second adjacent block adjacent to the target block. Some aspects relate to fitting a mathematical model to the first scaling parameter, the second scaling parameter, the first offset parameter and the second offset parameter and to determining a target scaling parameter for the target block. Some aspects relate to determining a target offset parameter for the target block using the target scaling parameter and the mathematical model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher A. Segall
  • Patent number: 8014558
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method, apparatus and system for providing fast access to film grain patterns in a film grain simulation process including providing a first memory storing at least one film grain pattern and in response to a film grain pattern required by the film grain simulation process not being stored in the first memory, updating the first memory to obtain at least the required film grain pattern from at least a second memory. In one embodiment, the first memory is a local cache, the second memory is a film grain pattern database and a controller causes the examination of the local cache for a particular film grain pattern required in the film grain simulation process. In response to the required film grain pattern not being stored in the local cache, the controller causes the update of the local cache using the film grain pattern database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Jeffrey Allen Cooper, Joan Llach, Cristina Gomila
  • Patent number: 8014633
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for reducing ringing artifacts when generating super-resolution pictures and/or videos and for controlling the balance between sharpness and introduction of artifacts. After motion estimation and motion masking for all input frames, the method enters a frame loop within which high frequency information is extracted from the input SR image for each low-resolution input image. Extracted information from each input frame is not directly utilized within the frame loop for changing the SR input as with conventional SR processes, but is used within a means for averaging high frequency information over a desired number of frames (N) and outputting higher resolution versions of low resolution images. Changing (N) alters the tradeoff between ringing suppression and sharpness boosting. Invention can be implemented in a number of imaging apparatus, in particular those having a processor for executing the method steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Ming-Chang Liu
  • Patent number: 8000560
    Abstract: In a virtual slide generation device for generating a virtual slide by patching/combining a plurality of observation images obtained by shooting and picking up an observation object observed by a microscope, by comprising an image patching/combination information calculation unit for calculating image patching/combination information about an area overlapping between observation images for the patching/combination on the basis of a plurality of observation images shot and picked up by a first observation method and an image patching/combination unit for patching and combining a plurality of image areas shot and picked up by a second observation method on the basis of the image patching/combination information calculated by the image patching/combination information calculation unit, image patching/combination computation by a plurality of microscopic examination methods can be reduced, thereby more particularly preventing the fading when shooting and picking up a fluorescence (FL) observation image and obtain
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Tetsuya Shirota
  • Patent number: 7995859
    Abstract: Systems and methods provide scene-based non-uniformity correction for infrared images, in accordance with one or more embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Flir Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Nicholas Högasten
  • Patent number: 7986859
    Abstract: In one embodiment, R and B values for each G pixel element are interpolated and the RGB values are converted to HSI values. The converted HSI values are interpolated to determine interpolated HSI values for the R and B pixel elements and then the interpolated HSI values are converted to RGB values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: Clarity Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Philip Leapold Charles Fischer
  • Patent number: 7986732
    Abstract: To enable to output, from a transcoder, a coded bit stream which can be decoded and reproduced by a receiving side moving image decoding device, irrespective of whether a coding tool or the like of the moving image compression-coding system being used in the receiving side moving image decoding device. A coding control unit outputs coding tool control information based on receiving decoding information received from the receiving side moving image decoding device. A DCT, a quantizer and a variable length encoder change operations based on the coding tool control information. The coding control unit outputs coding start information based on the receiving decoding information. A transcode start judging unit outputs a moving image signal based on the coding start information so as to operate to start transcoding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Koyama
  • Patent number: 7978933
    Abstract: A robust video temporal method for registration between test and reference video sequences without a priori knowledge of the respective signal parameters initially produces frame and subimage distillation measurements from the test and reference video sequences. The frame distillation measurements are linearly aligned using a local Pearson's cross-correlation coefficient (LPCCC) image to obtain a best alignment line, each pixel of which represents an LPCCC cross-correlation coefficient between frames of the test and reference video sequences. For each pixel of the best alignment line that is below a threshold, a vertical search is performed in the LPCCC image for a higher cross-correlation coefficient as the best cross-correlation coefficient to achieve temporal mapping between frames of the test and reference video sequences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Tektronix, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin M. Ferguson
  • Patent number: 7974493
    Abstract: Processes and apparatus for personalizing video through partial image replacement are disclosed. Personalization may include partial or full replacement of the image of an actor, an object or both. Personalization may also include insertion or replacement of an object, and full or partial replacement of the background and/or sound track. A video preparation process may be used to create a library of personalization-ready videos.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Flixor, Inc.
    Inventors: Blake Senftner, Liz Ralston, Miles Lightwood, Todd Shifflett
  • Patent number: 7957601
    Abstract: A system and method for rendering images, and performing operations such as windowing and leveling, when the parameters of a client appliance are known and rendering images when the parameters of a client appliance are unknown. The invention also considers the rendering from the client appliance perspective and the server appliance perspective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignees: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc., Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Qiang Cheng, Michael Pisot, Min Xie
  • Patent number: 7945090
    Abstract: Monochrome images are detecting by analysing the skew of the statistical distribution of color difference values of pixels. A skew parameter is derived from an upper percentile, a lower percentile and a median value of the statistical distribution of color difference values and color is detected when the said skew parameter exceeds a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Snell & Wilcox Limited
    Inventor: Jonathan Diggins
  • Patent number: 7936924
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for automatic segmentation of an image representing a mass of a tissue region based on dynamic programming that guarantees an accurate and closed contour of the mass is disclosed. The method according to one embodiment accesses digital image data representing an image including the mass of the tissue region, creates a mirror image of the digital image data, extracts a Region of Interest (ROI) which includes a portion of the mirror image containing the mass, transforms the ROI to polar space for obtaining a polar image of the ROI, assigns local cost to sub portions of the polar image, and finds a contour of the mass based on the assigned local cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventors: Chao Shi, Daniel Russakoff