Patents Examined by Sherrie Hsia
  • Patent number: 10187637
    Abstract: A method and system for visualizing micro-contrast. At least one processor obtains a selected root image from a digital video, generates an assistive image, and blends the assistive image with the selected root image to obtain a mutated image, which configured to be displayed by a display device. The selected root image includes root pixels each associated with color values. The assistive image is generated based on a plurality of micro-contrast scores comprising a micro-contrast score calculated for each of at least a portion of the root pixels. The micro-contrast score is calculated for a selected one of the root pixels by identifying a submatrix centered at the selected root pixel, and calculating the micro-contrast score for the selected root pixel based on the color values associated with only sample pixels positioned one each at corners of the submatrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: FILMIC INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Cohen, Matthew Voss
  • Patent number: 10171711
    Abstract: A transmitter circuit coupled to output image data from an image sensor includes a plurality of transmitters. The transmitters may include a plurality of drivers coupled to receive a data signal, and output a differential signal in response to receiving the data signal. A de-emphasis circuit is coupled between a first output of a first driver in the plurality of drivers, and a second output of a second driver in the plurality of drivers. The de-emphasis circuit is coupled to receive a de-emphasis control signal, and in response to receiving the de-emphasis control signal, the de-emphasis circuit reduces a magnitude of the differential signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: OmniVision Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Min Liu, Yun Hak Koh, Charles Wu
  • Patent number: 10165156
    Abstract: With the present invention, it is possible to provide an image processing apparatus capable of reliably removing noise, even for a live image having a poor S/N ratio. The present invention has a configuration to search for where, on a frame F0, a target block BT is reflected. When superimposing the frame F0 and a frame F1, the target block BT, which is a fragment of the frame F0, and a plurality of blocks to be superimposed, which is a fragment of the frame F1 are set, and if, from fusion blocks BF generated by superimposing the target block BT on each of the blocks to be superimposed BR, a selection block BS is selected wherein superimposed subject images most reinforce one another, it is possible to reliably suppress duplication of the subject images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: SHIMADZU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hisanori Morita, Ryo Takeda
  • Patent number: 10158839
    Abstract: An apparatus including a processor and a non-transitory storage medium is provided. The non-transitory storage medium includes a program code executable by the processor. The apparatus is configured to execute the program code with the processor for processing a source image to generate a target image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Novatek Microelectronics Corp.
    Inventors: Chieh-Cheng Chen, Chih-Chia Kuo
  • Patent number: 10154249
    Abstract: A system for capturing horizontal disparity stereo panorama is disclosed. The system includes a multi surface selective light reflector unit, a secondary reflector and a computing unit. The multi surface selective light reflector unit (a) obtains light rays from a 3D scene of outside world that are relevant to create (i) a left eye panorama and (ii) a right eye panorama and (b) reflects the light rays without internal reflections between the light rays. The secondary reflector (a) obtains the reflected light rays from the multi surface selective light reflector unit and (b) reflects the light rays through the viewing aperture. The computing unit captures (i) the reflected light rays from the secondary reflector and (ii) the upper part of the 3D scene from a concave lens as a warped image and processes the warped image to (a) the left eye panorama and (b) the right eye panorama.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventors: Anoop M Namboodiri, Rajat Aggarwal, Amrisha Vohra
  • Patent number: 10152816
    Abstract: Provided is a top-view image generating method. The top-view image generating method estimates a posture angle of a camera providing at least one image, based on a ground feature point detected from the at least one image of front, rear, left, and right images and estimates a posture angle of a camera providing the other image from which the ground feature point is not detected. Subsequently, based on the estimated posture angles, the front, rear, left, and right images are rotation-converted, and then, a top-view image is generated by synthesizing images obtained through the rotation-conversion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Seong Soo Lee
  • Patent number: 10148907
    Abstract: In some aspects, the disclosure is directed to methods and systems for transformation between media formats, such as between standard dynamic range (SDR) and high dynamic range (HDR) media or between HDR media formats, without undesired hue shifting, via one or both of a luminance mapping ratio technique and a direct color component mapping technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: AVAGO TECHNOLOGIES INTERNATIONAL SALES PTE. LIMITED
    Inventors: David Wu, Jason Herrick, Richard Wyman
  • Patent number: 10142581
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a display device in which, when a pointer reaches an area change detection zone in which a screen is divided into a first area and a second area, a first device receives a control command from a second device so that a first device and a second device having different Oss installed therein can be controlled by one input device such as a display device, a keyboard, and a mouse, and data can be transmitted or received between the first device and the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Jaejun Lee
  • Patent number: 10134317
    Abstract: Provided is a projection device, comprising a light-emitting apparatus, a spatial light modulator, a pixel shifting apparatus, a projection lens, and a control processor; the light-emitting apparatus comprises an excitation light source, a colored-light generating apparatus, and a drive apparatus; the control processor is separately connected to the drive apparatus, the light source, the spatial light modulator, and the pixel shifting apparatus, and is used for: controlling the frequency of periodic motion of the drive apparatus; while the drive apparatus moves the conversion area of the colored-light generating apparatus to pass across the position illuminated by the excitation light, shutting off the light source or controlling the spatial light modulator to enter a non-projecting state. No light passes through the pixel shifting apparatus when it is changing states, thus it is prevented from affecting the contrast. Also provided are a projection control system and a projection control method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: APPOTRONICS CORPORATION LIMITED
    Inventors: Yi Li, Zeqin Wang
  • Patent number: 10136112
    Abstract: A projection system includes an invisible light projector, a background member, an imaging unit, an image generator, and a visible light projector. The invisible light projector projects a predetermined invisible light image onto the object via invisible light. The background member is disposed behind the object in a direction of the invisible light emitted from the invisible light projector. The imaging unit captures an image of the invisible light projected from the invisible light projector. The image generator measures a shape of the object based on the image captured by the imaging unit to generate image data showing image content for projection onto the object in accordance with the measured shape. The visible light projector projects the image content shown by the image data onto the object via visible light. The background member has a light shielding surface that does not diffusely reflect the invisible light incident thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Minami, Ryuji Fuchikami
  • Patent number: 10129539
    Abstract: A temporal alignment system and method for example for detecting temporal misalignment in video frames when the frames are divided for transport using a signal divider for dividing a single signal S into portions S1 . . . SN and using average picture level in determining whether data sets within a particular frame are misaligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Nevion Europe AS
    Inventor: Andrew Rayner
  • Patent number: 10127808
    Abstract: An infrared (IR) learning device is disclosed. A hardware device of the IR learning device amplifies, shapes, and samples an IR signal to acquire a better digital signal related to the IR signal. A software device of the IR learning device calculates the waveform of the IR signal and the frequency of a carrier wave of the IR signal according to the digital signal related to the IR signal. Accordingly, the IR learning device can learn the IR signal emitted from an external device by the hardware device and the software device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: REALTEK SEMICONDUCTOR CORP.
    Inventors: Jie Zhang, Shin-Yo Lin
  • Patent number: 10116977
    Abstract: Systems and methods of the present disclosure provide for dynamic delay equalization of related media signals in a media transport system. Methods include receiving a plurality of related media signals, transporting the related media signals along different media paths, calculating uncorrected propagation delays for the media paths, and delaying each of the related media signals by an amount related to the difference between the longest propagation delay (of the uncorrected propagation delays) and the uncorrected propagation delay of the related media signal/media path. Calculating the uncorrected propagation delays and delaying the related media signals may be performed in response to a change to the propagation delay of at least one of the related media signals/media paths. Additionally or alternatively, calculating the uncorrected propagation delays and delaying the related media signals may be performed while transporting the related media signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: BIAMP SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eugene Gurfinkel, Michael K. Davis, Charles H. Van Dusen
  • Patent number: 10116895
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a signal display output method, apparatus and system, which pertain to the field of computer technologies. The method includes: receiving, by a TV box expansion device, a radio television signal by using a radio frequency port; performing, by the TV box expansion device, demodulation processing on the radio television signal to obtain a to-be-decoded digital signal; and sending, by the TV box expansion device, the to-be-decoded digital signal to an IP TV box, so that the IP TV box performs decoding processing on the to-be-decoded digital signal to obtain the decoded digital signal for display output. Use flexibility of the IP TV box can be improved by using the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jichun Yang, Juntao Chen
  • Patent number: 10110843
    Abstract: An image display device includes: a display; and a controller configured to classify a plurality of remote control code sets which are stored in a storage into at least one group based on a control signal included in the plurality of remote control code sets, to select one of the at least one group, to transmit a control signal included in the selected group to a peripheral device connected to the image display device through a communicator, to control the display to display an image received from the peripheral device in response to the control signal, to extract peripheral device information included in the image, and to determine a remote control code set corresponding to the peripheral device based on the peripheral device information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Byuk-sun Kim, Kyoung-jae Park
  • Patent number: 10110822
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for tracking at least one object in a moving image signal recorded by a camera. Firstly, in a calibration step, at least one feature of the object is thereby detected in the moving image recorded by the camera and the position of this feature for different states of the camera, for example different orientations, is stored in an assignment memory. In a tracking step, the position of the object can then be read out, by means of the camera state, from the assignment memory so that a more reliable tracking of the object becomes possible. According to the invention, a method is indicated in addition, in which the object tracked in this way is replaced by a virtual object in the moving image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventor: Wolfgang Vonolfen
  • Patent number: 10110864
    Abstract: A projection system includes an invisible light projector, an imaging unit, an image generator, and a visible light projector. The invisible light projector projects a predetermined invisible light image onto the object via invisible light. The imaging unit captures an image of the invisible light projected from the invisible light projector. The image generator measures a shape of the object based on the image captured by the imaging unit to generate image data showing image content for projection onto the object in accordance with the measured shape. The visible light projector projects the image content shown by the image data onto the object via visible light. The invisible light projector emits pulsed invisible light to project the measurement pattern. The image generator generates the image data based on an image captured in accordance with a timing for the pulsed light emission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Minami
  • Patent number: 10110801
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer readable media are described for controlling a camera to perform a selected task from a set of tasks is provided. The method comprises determining a viewing condition of the camera to perform each task from the set of tasks, and determining a posterior probability of task success for each task from the set of tasks based on the determined viewing conditions and a prior probability of task success for each task. The method also includes determining a change in rate of information gain for task success for each task from the set of tasks based on the posterior probability, selecting the task to be performed based on the change in rate of information gain, and controlling the camera to perform the selected task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Ka Ming Leung, Geoffrey Richard Taylor
  • Patent number: 10104351
    Abstract: A projection system includes a projection unit, an optical path change unit, a capture unit, and a controller. The projection unit emits projection light for displaying an image. The optical path change unit changes an optical path for the projection light and guides the projection light toward a prescribed projection surface. The capture unit captures a projection image that is projected onto the projection surface from the optical path change unit, based on the image. The controller calculates a first distance that is a length from the projection unit to the optical path change unit along the optical path and a second distance that is a length from the projection unit to the projection surface along a vertical direction, based on the captured image by the capture unit, and controls the projection image based on the first distance and the second distance that are calculated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Fumio Muramatsu
  • Patent number: 10096256
    Abstract: Apparatus and associated methods relate to calculating position and/or range data of object(s) in a scene external to an aircraft. A light projector is configured to project, from an aircraft projector location, a collimated beam of light in a controllable direction onto the scene. The light projector is further configured to control the intensity of the projected light, based on the controlled direction of the collimated beam of light. The reflected beam is detected by a camera located apart from the light projector. An image processor is configured to use triangulation, to calculate position values and/or range data of the object(s) in the scene. The image processor can be further configured to identify the object(s) in the scene and to produce, based in object(s) in the scene, one or more maps of the scene. The intensity of the collimated beam can be controlled based on the produced maps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Rosemount Aerospace Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Rutkiewicz, Todd Anthony Ell, Joseph T. Pesik