Patents Examined by Sherrie Hsia
  • Patent number: 9959609
    Abstract: Image capture systems including a moving platform; an image capture device having a sensor for capturing an image, the image having pixels, mounted on the moving platform; and a detection computer executing an abnormality detection algorithm for detecting an abnormality in the pixels of the image immediately after the image is captured by scanning the image utilizing predetermined parameters indicative of characteristics of the abnormality and then automatically and immediately causing a re-shoot of the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Pictometry International Corporation
    Inventors: Frank Giuffrida, Stephen Schultz
  • Patent number: 9953403
    Abstract: A stereoscopic camera and associated method for capturing a stereoscopic image pair are provided. As an example, a stereoscopic camera includes first and second lenses defining parallel optical axes. The stereoscopic camera also includes first and second image sensors for receiving optical signals from the first and second lenses. The first and second fields of view are defined so as to overlap to define a first area of coincidence when the first and second lenses are spaced apart by a first distance. The first and second lenses are configured to be repositioned to be spaced apart by a second distance with the first and second image sensors being correspondingly repositioned to alter a space therebetween such that the first and second fields of view overlap to define a second area of coincidence when the first and second lenses are spaced apart by the second distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Gregg W. Podnar
  • Patent number: 9948834
    Abstract: An original image layer is mixed with one or more graphics layers to form a composite video signal, such as in a vision mixer. Also, the same graphics layers are mixed identically into another, known background image layer to give a second composite video signal. The currently applied added graphics layers are determined, without directly accessing the added graphics layers themselves, using only the first and second composite video signals, the original image layer, and the known background image, such as in a graphics layer detection device. A triangulation matting algorithm may be used in one example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Supponor Oy
    Inventors: Niko Nevatie, Dmitry Sushko
  • Patent number: 9948843
    Abstract: A super resolution bore imaging system is disclosed for imaging a cylindrical bore. The system includes a controller, a photodetector configuration having a known pixel geometry, and an imaging arrangement that images bore surface segments onto the photodetector. In one embodiment, the controller is configured to acquire respective combinable sets of raw bore segment image data using the pixels of the photodetector configuration positioned, relative to the bore segment, at respective imaging-Z coordinates which are separated along the bore axial direction by a subpixel shift. In some embodiments, the pixel geometry is configured to provide super resolution along the circumferential direction without a change in position along the circumferential direction between acquiring the respective sets of image data. The controller combines the sets of raw image data to form a super resolution image data for the bore segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Mitutoyo Corporation
    Inventor: Yuhua Ding
  • Patent number: 9940535
    Abstract: Sensor calibration relative to common coordinates with depth, height and shift dimensions includes obtaining, via a mobile apparatus camera, an image of a calibration target. The calibration target includes first and second surfaces at first and second predefined depths, bearing first and second sets of indicia at heights encoded by the indicia and having predefined shifts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Alexandre Obotnine
  • Patent number: 9939605
    Abstract: Certain aspects relate to systems and techniques for submicron alignment in wafer optics. One disclosed method of alignment between wafers to produce an integrated lens stack employs a beam splitter (that is, a 50% transparent mirror) that reflects the alignment mark of the top wafer when the microscope objective is focused on the alignment mark of the bottom wafer. Another disclosed method of alignment between wafers to produce an integrated lens stack implements complementary patterns that can produce a Moiré effect when misaligned in order to aid in visually determining proper alignment between the wafers. In some embodiments, the methods can be combined to increase precision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Todor Georgiev Georgiev
  • Patent number: 9924132
    Abstract: Even when mixing video data whose video formats are different, appropriate mix processing can be performed. Output video data is obtained by performing mix processing such as dissolve and wipe on first video data and second video data. Before performing the mix processing, a format of the first video data and the second video data is made the same as a video format handled by the mixing unit. Further, after performing the mix processing, a format of the output video data is made the same as an output video format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shozo Into
  • Patent number: 9912922
    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: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Minami, Ryuji Fuchikami
  • Patent number: 9912843
    Abstract: A High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) receiving circuit receives an image signal and an input clock transmitted via HDMI and generates output data. The HDMI receiving circuit includes: a sampling circuit, sampling the image signal according to a transmission mode and the input clock to generate the output data; a data comparison circuit, coupled to the sampling circuit, determining whether the output data includes predetermined data to generate a determination result; and a control circuit, coupled to the sampling circuit and the data comparison circuit, determining the transmission mode according to the determination result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: MStar Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventors: Chun Wen Yeh, Shuo-Ting Kao, Te-Chuan Wang
  • Patent number: 9912845
    Abstract: A video information reproduction system includes first and second video information reproduction devices. A first synchronization signal processor of the video information reproduction device as a master device generates a phase synchronization signal including a first vertical synchronization signal and a first counter value and sends it to the second video information reproduction device. A second synchronization signal processor of the second video information reproduction device as a slave device compares the phase synchronization signal with a second vertical synchronization signal on the basis of a second video clock signal, and a second clock generator changes the frequency of a second decode reference clock signal on the basis of a result of the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Yamada, Kiyoyasu Maruyama, Keiji Uemura
  • Patent number: 9906737
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a co-aperture multi-field of view (FOV) image-spectrum cooperative detection system, and the system includes an infrared optical window, a large FOV two-dimensional scanning mirror, a co-aperture multi-FOV main optical system, a large FOV scanning detector, a staring infrared detector, an infrared non-imaging broadband spectrum measuring unit, a data processing unit, a control unit, and a servo system. Correspondingly, the present invention further provides a method based on the system. The present invention searches a target area by using large FOV scanning, and identifies a target by using medium FOV staring infrared detection, and small FOV fine detection is finally performed on the area to identify the target in combination with spectrum data analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignees: Nanjing Huatu Information Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tianxu Zhang
  • Patent number: 9903987
    Abstract: A laser optical device is provided with a plurality of laser light sources, a collimating lens that has an optical axis that intersects a line connecting the plurality of laser light sources in a plan view viewed from a direction perpendicular to both this line and the optical axis and collimates lights respectively emitted from the plurality of laser light sources, and a deflecting element that deflects a plurality of lights emitted from the collimating lens so output lights where the lights respectively emitted from the plurality of laser light sources are optically processed make contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Nagashima, Toyoshi Nogami, Tatsuya Ito
  • Patent number: 9900563
    Abstract: An optical unit includes a digital micromirror device in which each of micro-mirrors is driven biaxially in ON/OFF control, a first prism directs illumination light to the digital micromirror device, a second prism including an OFF-light reflecting surface reflects OFF light reflected from the micro-mirrors in an OFF state and transmits ON light reflected from the micro-mirrors in an ON state, and a third prism emits the ON light incident from the second prism toward a projection side. The micro-mirrors reflect the OFF light so that an optical axis of the OFF light is directed away from a projection-optical-axis plane including an optical axis of the ON light and an optical axis of the illumination light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Masahiro Terada
  • Patent number: 9900550
    Abstract: An frame rate up-conversion (FRC) apparatus and method are provided. The motion vector generating circuit compares a previous original frame with a current original frame to obtain the first motion vectors of the blocks of the current original frame, and compares the current original frame and a posterior original frame to obtain the second motion vectors of the blocks of the current original frame. The motion vector correction circuit checks whether the blocks of the second original frame are located in an occlusion area, and corrects the motion vectors of the blocks in the occlusion area based on the first motion vectors and the second motion vectors of the first original frame, the second original frame and the third original frame. The interpolation frame generating circuit creates at least one interpolation frame between the first original frame and the second original frame based on the corrected motion vectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Novatek Microelectronics Corp.
    Inventors: Cheng-Wei Chou, Hsiao-En Chang, Chun-Wei Chen
  • Patent number: 9894330
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes an obtaining unit, a setting unit, and a correction unit. The obtaining unit obtains a first image including a first overlap area having a first end side portion and a second image including a second overlap area having a second end side portion. The setting unit sets a first reference line that forms a first division area in the first overlap area and a second reference line that forms a second division area in the second overlap area. The correction unit executes corrections for the first overlap area, the first division area, and the second division area with the first reference line, the first end side portion, and the second end side portion respectively, the corrections being based on shapes of the first and second overlap areas and based on projection of the first image and the second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hideo Tomita
  • Patent number: 9894313
    Abstract: A video signal processing method includes: dividing a current frame which is to be processed into a plurality of blocks which are predetermined rectangular blocks; calculating, for each of the plurality of blocks divided into in the dividing, a feature quantity relating to luminance of pixels in the block; calculating first correction data, based on a feature quantity calculated from each of first blocks located above a first horizontal boundary in the current frame and a feature quantity calculated from each of one or more blocks located below a first horizontal boundary in a previous frame which has been processed immediately before the current frame; and correcting luminance of pixels in each of the first blocks in the current frame, based on the first correction data calculated in the calculating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: JOLED INC.
    Inventor: Toshiyuki Kato
  • Patent number: 9894332
    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: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Minami
  • Patent number: 9888219
    Abstract: An image projection system of the type which directs at least a pair of overlapping image tiles toward a screen, with portions of each image tile in the pair directed toward an overlap region on the screen, comprising an optical mask apparatus for defining on the overlap region a transition zone between projection of one or the other of the overlapping tiles, the optical mask apparatus including first and second optical mask plates, each providing an edge profile to define a line or zone of transition, when the system projects the pair of overlapping image tiles toward the screen, by each plate blocking a portion of a different one of the two adjacent projection beams with a provided edge profile to create a transition between portions of an image formed on the overlap region with the different projection beams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Electric Picture Display Systems
    Inventor: Craig Beam
  • Patent number: 9883082
    Abstract: A device that stabilizes video timing signals from an analog video signal is provided. In one embodiment, such a device includes a video PLL controller and a vertical synchronization (Vsync) signal generator. The device output a clock for digital video data, where the clock follows the Vsync signal from the analog video but within the jitter requirements for the clock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Lattice Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventors: Genlin Liu, Bing Zhang
  • Patent number: 9880385
    Abstract: A method of projecting an image includes emitting a light beam, forming an image from the light beam, and attenuating the light beam by controlling an AC signal between two voltage levels. The image is formed by projecting image frames. The switching of the AC signal from one voltage level to the other is controlled between projections of the image frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: VALEO COMFORT AND DRIVING ASSISTANCE
    Inventor: Michael Irzyk