Patents Examined by Tyler Edwards
  • Patent number: 9930298
    Abstract: A system for tracking and video surveillance using an aerial videographic platform. The system may be adapted to follow a user possessing a GPS device with a transmitter, such as an advanced cellular telephone. The aerial platform may be commanded by the user to follow the user during a course of time, such as during the completion of an outdoor activity. The aerial platform may use a video camera to record the user while the user is engaged in the activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventor: JoeBen Bevirt
  • Patent number: 9922680
    Abstract: There are disclosed various methods, apparatuses and computer program products for video encoding. According to an embodiment, an encoding method comprises including a static media item into a container file; including one or more media tracks into the container file; indicating, in the file, that the static media item and one or more entities form a group; and indicating, in the file, a grouping type for the group. According to an embodiment, a decoding method comprises parsing, from a container file, that a static media item and one or more entities form a group; parsing, from the container file, a grouping type for the group; determining a processing for the static media item and the one or more of the entities based on the group and the grouping type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: NOKIA TECHNOLOGIES OY
    Inventors: Vinod Kumar Malamal Vadakital, Miska Matias Hannuksela, Jani Lainema
  • Patent number: 9916771
    Abstract: A vision aid device comprises a housing, an eyepiece for holding up to an eye and viewing into the vision aid device, a camera mounted within the housing, a controller and memory operably coupled to the camera, a motion sensor operably coupled to the controller and a display operably coupled to the controller. The controller is configured to: activate the camera to capture an electronic image; store the electronic image in the memory; display on the display a magnified image which is a magnified view of the electronic image; and electronically pan the electronic image from the magnified image to display successive magnified images based on motion information generated by the motion sensor, the motion information based on motion of the vision aid device as sensed by the motion sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: ENHANCED VISION SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Kamran Siminou
  • Patent number: 9912959
    Abstract: A hierarchical moving image decoding device (1) includes an inter-layer reference image list setting section (155) that derives an inter-layer reference image list and an inter-layer reference image set used in pictures on a specific target layer based on a parameter set of a target layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Yamamoto, Tomohiro Ikai, Takeshi Tsukuba, Yukinobu Yasugi
  • Patent number: 9911048
    Abstract: In some embodiments, systems, apparatuses, and methods are described herein including a shelf assembly that utilizes the accumulated weight of products stocked thereon to compress a compression member disposed within the assembly. An electronic imaging device can be mounted proximate to the assembly and can be oriented to capture an image of the compression member to determine whether a particular shelf needs to be restocked and avoid having to manipulate or remove products from a shelf to determine a current stock level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholaus A. Jones, Matthew A. Jones
  • Patent number: 9906739
    Abstract: Provided is an image pickup device capable of facilitating distinction between a normal area and a specific area for a camera for medical or industrial use. The image pickup device for picking up images in a plurality of wavelength bands includes a first image pickup part for picking up an optical image in a near-infrared band, a second image pickup part for picking up an optical image in a visible-light band, an image processing part for performing processing for extracting necessary information from a near-infrared image acquired by the first image pickup part, and a synthesized-image generating part for adding a visible image acquired by the second image pickup part and an image obtained by the image processing part at a predetermined ratio to generate a synthetized image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Engineering Company, Limited
    Inventors: Tetsuo Sugano, Satoshi Shikita
  • Patent number: 9898830
    Abstract: An oil leakage detector of the present invention includes an image processing unit wherein the image processing unit calculates the values of saturation and intensity of each pixel in the color image of the object after an ultra-violet light is irradiated thereon, draws an intensity-saturation characteristic line of the saturation expressed in an X-axis and the intensity expressed in a Y-axis, sets an upper limit and a lower limit of intensity of each saturation as a threshold value based on an area without oil adhesion on the surface of the object, and determines, in the intensity-saturation characteristic line, an area corresponding to a pixel group where the intensity exceeds the threshold value of the upper limit and a pixel group where the intensity falls below the threshold value of the lower limit, to be an oil leakage adhered area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Li Lu, Satoshi Ichimura, Tomohiro Moriyama, Jun Nukaga, Toshiaki Rokunohe, Akira Yamagishi, Yasutomo Saito
  • Patent number: 9886764
    Abstract: The invention relates to an image acquisition system and an image acquisition method, as well as to an inspection system having at least one such image acquisition system. A projector projects a pattern on a surface of a sample, a camera records light intensity information from within at least two detection fields defined by the camera on the surface of the sample. A relative motion between the sample on the one hand and the camera and projector on the other hand is generated. From the acquired at least one image a height profile of the surface of the sample may be inferred. The pattern may comprise a number of sub-patterns related to each other by a phase shift. Alternatively, the pattern may be a fringe pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: KLA-Tencor Corporation
    Inventors: Guoheng Zhao, Stanley E. Stokowski, Andrew Hill, Johan De Greeve, Maarten Van Der Burgt, Karel Van Gils
  • Patent number: 9883115
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method of determining a whole-scene image by using multiple image-capturing devices, and the method has two main features including non-contact formation digital image method and the parallax elimination process for captured images. The former feature uses a concyclic fitting calculation to easily determine the locations and orientations of the image-capturing devices, so as to achieve the objective of assisting in capturing the whole-scene image. The latter feature can effectively improve the image quality, so as to effectively solve the problems in conventional technology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: NATIONAL APPLIED RESEARCH LABORATORIES
    Inventors: Chi-Hung Huang, Yung-Hsiang Chen, Wei-Chung Wang
  • Patent number: 9883090
    Abstract: In an example embodiment, an item listing process is run in an item listing application. Upon reaching a specified point in the item listing process, a camera application on the user device is triggered (or the camera directly accessed by the item listing application) to enable a user to capture images using the camera, wherein the triggering includes providing a wireframe overlay informing the user as to an angle at which to capture images from the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Dane Glasgow
  • Patent number: 9877009
    Abstract: A system for capturing live-action three-dimensional video is disclosed. The system includes pairs of stereo cameras and a LIDAR for generating stereo images and three-dimensional LIDAR data from which three-dimensional data may be derived. A depth-from-stereo algorithm may be used to generate the three-dimensional camera data for the three-dimensional space from the stereo images and may be combined with the three-dimensional LIDAR data taking precedence over the three-dimensional camera data to thereby generate three-dimensional data corresponding to the three-dimensional space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: HypeVR
    Inventors: Anthony Tran, Jason Juang
  • Patent number: 9872010
    Abstract: A system for capturing live-action three-dimensional video is disclosed. The system includes pairs of stereo cameras and a LIDAR for generating stereo images and three-dimensional LIDAR data from which three-dimensional data may be derived. A depth-from-stereo algorithm may be used to generate the three-dimensional camera data for the three-dimensional space from the stereo images and may be combined with the three-dimensional LIDAR data taking precedence over the three-dimensional camera data to thereby generate three-dimensional data corresponding to the three-dimensional space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: HypeVR
    Inventors: Anthony Tran, Jason Juang
  • Patent number: 9848181
    Abstract: A hand-held electronic apparatus, an image capturing apparatus and a method for obtaining depth information are provided. The image capturing apparatus includes a time of fly (TOF) image capturer, a TOF controller, a main and sub image capturers, and a controller. The TOF image capturer calculates a TOF depth map according to a TOF image, defines an effective region and an un-effective region according to the TOF depth map, and obtains a first depth information set of the effective region. The main and sub image capturers captures a first and second images, respectively. The controller obtains a second depth information set of the un-effectively region by comparing the first and second images, and generates an overall depth map by combining the first depth information set and the second depth information set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventor: Chun-Ta Lin
  • Patent number: 9848182
    Abstract: A digital cinematographic and projection process that provides 3D stereoscopic imagery that is not adversely affected by the standard frame rate of 24 frames per second, as is the convention in the motion picture industry worldwide. A method for photographing and projecting moving images in three dimensions includes recording a moving image with a first and a second camera simultaneously and interleaving a plurality of frames recorded by the first camera with a plurality of frames recorded by the second camera. The step of interleaving includes retaining odd numbered frames recorded by the first camera and deleting the even numbered frames, retaining even numbered frames recorded by the second camera and deleting the odd numbered frames, and creating an image sequence by alternating the retained images from the first and second camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: MAGI INTERNATIONAL LLC
    Inventor: Douglas Trumbull
  • Patent number: 9807292
    Abstract: Technologies for calibrating a pan tilt unit with a robot include a robot controller to move a camera of the pan tilt unit about a first rotational axis of the pan tilt unit to at least three different first axis positions. The robot controller records a first set of positions of a monitored component of the robot in a frame of reference of the robot and a position of the camera in a frame of reference of the pan tilt unit during a period in which the monitored component is within a field of view of the camera for each of the at least three different first axis positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Remus Boca, Jianjun Wang, Thomas Fuhlbrigge, Biao Zhang
  • Patent number: 9800864
    Abstract: An apparatus and method generate a three-dimensional image by presenting, using a stereoscopic display, a representation of a scene comprising one or more objects, tracking a gaze of the user to determine a direction of gaze within the scene, determining depths associated with one or more objects in the scene, and determining which of the objects in the scene are inside and which are outside a comfort zone based at least in part on the direction of gaze of the user and the depths associated with the one or more objects in the scene. In some embodiments, the method includes identifying one or more objects proximate the direction of gaze of the user, determining depths associated with the one or more identified objects, determining a range of depths based at least in part on the depths associated with the one or more identified objects, and establishing the comfort zone based at least in part on the range of depths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Mobile Communications Inc.
    Inventors: Pär-Anders Aronsson, Martin Ek
  • Patent number: 9794579
    Abstract: A method of decoding video data comprising partitioning a decoded picture buffer (DPB) into a plurality of sub-DPBs, receiving at least one indication of a sub-DPB size for the plurality of sub-DPBs for one or more operation points of a multi-layer video coding process, and allocating memory space for the plurality of sub-DPBs based on the at least one indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Adarsh Krishnan Ramasubramonian, Ying Chen, Ye-Kui Wang
  • Patent number: 9791682
    Abstract: A nonlinear optical microscope is provided, including source of a pulsed laser beam; a spatial light modulator for modulating the spatial profile of the pulsed laser beam; an objective for guiding the modulated beam towards a slide intended to carry a specimen; and a detector for collecting signals originating from the specimen, wherein the spatial light modulator is designed to modulate the intensity and/or the phase of the pulsed laser beam on the rear pupil of the objective to produce a beam that is axially extended and confined in one or two lateral directions after focusing by the objective, and wherein the slide is placed on a motorized stage of a histology slide scanner assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignees: ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE, CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
    Inventors: Marie-Claire Schanne-Klein, Emmanuel Jean-Marc Beaurepaire, Mathias Strupler, Delphine Debarre, Nicolas Olivier, Pierre Mahou
  • Patent number: 9785863
    Abstract: Systems and methods of an electronic device include an imaging device and a button. The electronic device also has circuitry configured to acquire a first fingerprint image captured by the imaging device in which the button is not engaged; extract first fingerprint features from the first fingerprint image; store the first fingerprint features as a registered fingerprint image; acquire a second fingerprint image captured by the imaging device in which the button is engaged; extract second fingerprint features from the second fingerprint image; compare the first fingerprint features of the registered fingerprint image and the second fingerprint features extracted from the second fingerprint image; and calculate and store an amount of distortion of the second fingerprint image based on a result of the comparing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Mobile Communications Inc.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Naruse, Myungjin Jung
  • Patent number: 9781361
    Abstract: An integrated camera, ambient light detection, and rain sensor assembly suitable for installation behind a windshield of a driver operated vehicle or an automated vehicle includes an imager-device. The imager-device is formed of an array of pixels configured to define a central-portion and a periphery-portion of the imager-device. Each pixel of the array of pixels includes a plurality of sub-pixels. Each pixel in the central-portion is equipped with a red/visible/visible/visible filter (RVVV filter) arranged such that each pixel in the central-portion includes a red sub-pixel and three visible-light sub-pixels. Each pixel in the periphery-portion is equipped with a red/green/blue/near-infrared filter (RGBN filter) arranged such that each pixel in the periphery-portion includes a red sub-pixel, a green sub-pixel, a blue sub-pixel, and a near-infrared sub-pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: DELPHI TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Ronald M. Taylor, Dennis P. Griffin