Patents Examined by Wendy Garber
  • Patent number: 7183898
    Abstract: A method of coupling a wireless portable communications device (PCD) to a base station by way of a second network is disclosed. The PCD is normally in communication with the base station by way of a first network, and is coupled to the base station by way of the second network when the PCD is out of communication with the base station by way of the first network. In particular, the PCD is coupled to the second network, and is caused to leave an base station mode and enter a second network mode. A network connection is established with the base station by way of the second network, and communication with the base station is entered into by way of the second network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Assignee: BellSouth Intellectual Property Corp.
    Inventors: Greg M. Griffith, Charles Link, II
  • Patent number: 7183896
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments may relate to vehicle (10) having a control system (12) located within the vehicle (10). The control system (12) may include a processor (26) and a wake-up circuit (46) coupled to the processor (26). The processor (26) may utilize a program (34) during a standby mode of operation. The program (34) is configured to provide a voltage to the wake-up circuit (46) for a first time period (T1) once an interrupt is received by the processor (26). Then, the program (34) may monitor the wake-up circuit (46) for a second time period (T2). If a response of the wake-up circuit (46) exceeds at least one of a plurality of predetermined limits, then the program (34) may recalibrate the wake-up circuit (46).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Assignee: Temic Automotive of North America, Inc.
    Inventors: John R. Qualich, Perry A. Emrath
  • Patent number: 7173515
    Abstract: A RFID tag structure determining the authenticity of an article, and an information processing system for reading RFID tags, enable authenticity determinations of articles using read only RFID tags. A plurality of RFID tags, each holding tag information inside ROM (read-only memory) and responding to tag information via a radio wave received from a reader, are designed to have a service identifier which designates a common utilization goal for which the same value is set, and service data which sets different values for the respective RFID tags, as tag information. By dividing the data structure of a RFID tag having a read-only memory into a service identifier, which is common to a certain product, and sequential data for managing individual products, it is possible to confirm that an article is authentic by simply confirming the service identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaru Ohki, Hideki Tokuyama, Rei Itsuki, Shojiro Asai, Kazuo Takaragi, Atsushi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 7154375
    Abstract: A method for facilitating biometric security in a transponder-reader transaction system is provided. The method includes determining if a transaction violates an established rule, such as a preset spending limit. The method also includes notifying a user to proffer a biometric sample in order to verify the identity of said user, and detecting a proffered biometric at a sensor to obtain a proffered biometric sample. The method additionally comprises verifying the proffered biometric sample and authorizing a transaction to continue upon verification of the proffered biometric sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Blayn W. Beenau, David S. Bonalle, Seth W. Fields, William J. Gray, Carl Larkin, Joshua L. Montgomery, Peter D. Saunders
  • Patent number: 6714238
    Abstract: A system utilizes the camera control server of the CPU to transfer the camera control command, received through the network, to the camera control device to control the camera in order to vary the audio input/output characteristics in linkage with the camera operation and to thereby improve the realistic feeling. In more details, the camera control server also sends control commands to the audio input control device, the audio output device and the video display control device according to the camera control thereby controlling the input characteristics (spreading, direction and sensitivity) of the microphone and the output characteristics (spreading, direction and depth) of the speaker and varying the image displayed on the monitor. The system also includes technology for displaying, on the monitor, the information on the operator of the camera and on the receiver of the image, and for varying the direction of the monitor according to the panning or tilting operation of the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shinya Urisaka, Tomoaki Kawai
  • Patent number: 6411771
    Abstract: An MPEG1 real time encoder board generates index data as an evaluation value representing the complexity of a picture. A scene change parameter representing the degree of a scene change occurring in the picture is then calculated from the index data. The scene change parameter is associated with a scene change pointer, that is, position information on a location of the picture in which a scene change occurs to a degree indicated by the scene change parameter. The scene change parameter and the scene change pointer are recorded as an index in an index file. On the other hand, an MPEG system stream output by the MPEG1 real time encoder board is stored in an MPEG file separated from the index file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Hidenori Aotake
  • Patent number: 6380973
    Abstract: An image in a field inputted by interlace scanning is delayed for a time period corresponding to one field, then, by comparing the delayed image signals and the not-delayed image signals of the image, a movement detecting unit determines whether the input image is a moving image or a still image and outputs a signal indicating the determined result. A selecting unit which includes an image combining unit combines the delayed image signals and the not-delayed image signals, and selects either the combined image signals or not-combined image signals on the basis of the detected result by the movement detecting unit. Accordingly, the image signals realizing a high quality image displayed on a multimedia device are obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2002
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Norihiro Kawahara
  • Patent number: 6363207
    Abstract: A digital video processor and operating method for a receiving raw audio and video data representing images and sound to be played. The processor includes a demultiplexer for receiving the raw audio and video data and providing demultiplexed audio and video data to a memory. A first system time clock provides first time values in response to being continuously clocked by the demultiplexer. A CPU decodes and plays back the audio and video data as a function of the audio and video PTS values. The processor further includes a second system time clock providing second time values in response to being periodically incremented by the CPU. The CPU periodically sets the second system time clock to a second time value equal to a current first time value of the first system time clock in response to a standard play mode, and the CPU periodically sets the first system time clock to a first time value equal to a current second time value of the second system time clock in response to a trick play mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Cem Duruoz, Taner Ozcelik, Gong-san Yu
  • Patent number: 6360055
    Abstract: Data on multiple stories or scenes are recorded on a recording medium so as to reduce the physical distance moved by a pickup at playback time and to suppress breaks or disturbances in reproduced video. A multi-scene program having a plurality of optionally selectable branch stories B0, B1, B2, B3, etc., is recorded between a branch point X and a connection point Y. The preceding main story of a video program, made up of video, sound, text and the like, branches off at branch point X to the branch stories, and at connection point Y connects to the succeeding main story in the video program. The recorded state between the branch point X and the connection point Y is such that the branch stories are each divided into multiple cells and the cells of the respective branch stories are recorded time-division multiplexed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2002
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Toshihiko Kaneshige, Sigeru Todokoro, Tadashi Kojima
  • Patent number: 6351285
    Abstract: A motion correction device for images recorded by a camcorder from incident light having an incident direction. The device comprises at least one of horizontal and vertical component pick-ups. Each component pick-up comprises a converter for converting light into electrical signals, and a thin transmitter-reflector for transmitting a portion of the incident light at substantially the incident direction and for reflecting a remaining portion of the incident light at a range of other directions such that substantially all the reflected light impinges on the converter. The thin transmitter-reflector may be a curved transmission mirror for focusing the reflected light on the converter or a flat transmitter-reflector with a condenser disposed between the thin transmitter-reflector and the converter for focusing the reflected light onto the converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jung Hyun Hwang, Chul Ho Lee
  • Patent number: 6323903
    Abstract: A mount for directional devices such as cameras, optical devices or laser devices, providing independent orthogonal adjustment of panning alignment of such devices in a horizontal plane in combination with independent adjustment of rotation alignment of such devices about a vertical axis parallel to the optical axis. In a preferred embodiment, a CCD camera is aligned over a Liquid Crystal Display under test. Threaded adjustment screws angularly separate opposing plates disposed along each of x-, y- and z-axes. This angular separation generates a moment about the axis of rotation, causing a corresponding shift in the camera's alignment. Structure is also provided to compensate for differential thermal behavior of opposing plates. The inventive mount is advantageously designed to be reversible so that left-handed and right-handed embodiments can be nested to facilitate a multi-camera deployment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2001
    Assignee: Agilent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew S. Poulsen, Russell S. Krajec
  • Patent number: 6292624
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a home entertainment system and method for selectively recording or purchasing a show broadcast for receipt by the home entertainment system to perform selective recording or purchasing an electronic guide screen is initially produced. Upon viewing the electronic guide screen, a viewer may select a show to be entered into timer memory. This selection prompts the viewer to select whether or not to record the show. Thereafter, the programming data associated with the show is loaded into timer memory along with information indicating whether the show is scheduled to be recorded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Saib, Atsushi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 6292215
    Abstract: An image system which captures, along with the images, information defining both the position and the orientation of the camera along with the distance to the subject. A video camera is attached to three accelerometers, two gyroscopes, and a rangefinder. Data gathered from these devices and defining the pitch, yaw, and roll of the camera, the camera's acceleration, and the distance to the subject is captured and recorded along with video images. The video images are later stored within a computer's data base along with data defining the position and orientation of the camera and the distance to the subject for each image, this latter data being computed from the captured data. The images may then be presented to the user in a three-dimensional display in which the user can navigate through the images using a joystick device, with the images located in positions corresponding to the positions in space of the objects that were imaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Assignee: Transcenic L.L.C.
    Inventor: Robert S. Vincent
  • Patent number: 6288744
    Abstract: The invention is intended to provide a highly integrated solid-state image pickup device, in which the number of transfer electrodes of a horizontal shift register is reduced, and a plurality of vertical shifter registers are arranged with a reduced pitch therebetween. Output-control gate electrodes are disposed at an output end of the vertical shift registers. These output-control gate electrodes are operated independently from vertical transfer gate electrodes, and temporarily reserve information charges. Horizontal transfer gate electrodes corresponding to the vertical shift registers on odd-numbered columns are turned on, so signals charges in these vertical shift registers are read into a horizontal shift register. During horizontal transfer of these information charges, information charges of vertical shift registers on even-numbered columns are reserved, for half of a horizontal scanning period, in output ends of the vertical shift registers by the output-control gate electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2001
    Assignee: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideki Takahashi, Tohru Watanabe
  • Patent number: 6275260
    Abstract: Method and system aspects for digital image stamp positioning are disclosed. A method aspect, and system for providing same, positions a stamp in a digital image captured with a digital image capture unit independently of the digital image orientation. Included are the selecting of at least two offset values for a stamp and identifying of an area in an image for placing the stamp based on the at least two offset values. Additionally included is the positioning of the stamp within the identified area based on the at least two offset values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2001
    Assignee: FlashPoint Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric C. Anderson
  • Patent number: 6259478
    Abstract: An electronic shutter camera with full frame resolution employs a progressively scanned interline transfer charge coupled device for generating full frame images of objects moving past an observation point either asynchronously in response to an external trigger signal or synchronously with internal timing. The image charges accumulated on the pixel regions of the CCD are discharged once per frame time, and the pixel regions are also initially discharged prior to the beginning of an image charge integration period to remove noise. A special double pulse mode enables the shutter speed to be specified by externally generated double trigger pulses, with the spacing between pulses specifying the desired shutter time. Manual selection of a wide range of shutter speeds is also provided. Each image frame is stored in a digital memory and is output as either interlaced or non-interlaced analog or digital video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2001
    Inventor: Toshikazu Hori
  • Patent number: 6249640
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is to improve the rapid SPU playback scheme in a DVD player. In order to achieve this end, the method in accordance with the invention comprises the steps of: comparing the system time clock (STC) with the execution time of an instruction set that provides display control in the sub-picture units (SP_DCSQ_STM_N), forcing the display of pixel data (PXD) contained in a sub-picture unit to suspend operation and to proceed to instruction interpretation of the instruction set in a next sub-picture unit if said comparison means determines, when the sub-picture units are being rapidly played back, that the system time clock performing a rapid increment operation has a greater value than the execution time of the instruction set at least one ahead (SP_DCSQ_STM_N+1) and continuously repeating the instruction interpretation until the execution time of the instruction set coincides with the system time clock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2001
    Assignee: LSI Logic Corporation
    Inventors: Osamu Takiguchi, Takumi Nagasako, Katsuhiko Muromachi
  • Patent number: 6243530
    Abstract: In a recording device (1), a switching portion (19) is supplied with an ID signal from an identification signal generating portion (21) in a video display device (2) through a connector output portion (8). The switching portion (19) is also supplied with an ID signal outputted from an identification signal generating portion (15) in the recording device (1). When the ID signal indicating the video display device (2) is outputted from a return identification signal distinguishing portion (17) to a recording standby signal generating portion (18), the switching portion (19) is switched to the side-b so that the ID signal inputted to the recording device (1) is outputted to the outside as it is. The ID signal passed through the recording device (1) is inputted to an identification signal input portion (41) in an analog video signal output processing portion (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2001
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Naoki Kato
  • Patent number: 6239839
    Abstract: An MOS-type solid-state imaging apparatus includes an imaging region formed by two-dimensionally arranging unit cells serving as photoelectric conversion portions on a semiconductor substrate, a plurality of vertical address lines arranged in a row direction of the imaging region to select a row of unit cells to be addressed, a plurality of vertical signal lines arranged in a column direction of the imaging region to read out signals from the unit cells in each column, a plurality of load transistors each connected to one end of each of the vertical signal lines, and a plurality of horizontal selection transistors each connected to the other end of each of the vertical signal lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2001
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Matsunaga, Shinji Ohsawa, Nobuo Nakamura, Hirofumi Yamashita, Hiroki Miura
  • Patent number: 6239837
    Abstract: In a digital camera, the state of copying is monitored and displayed when image data stored in a main memory are copied to an auxiliary memory, and data for preventing illegal copying are added thereto, in order to improve operability and reliability. When a copying mode is designated, the image data stored in the main memory MM upon photographing are transferred and copied to a detachable auxiliary memory MC by way of a bus B. During copying, the number of uncopied image data in the main memory MM and the number of image data which can be copied to the auxiliary memory MC are sequentially displayed in a liquid crystal display section 30, while each image data is copied with management data indicative of the date and time of copying or the like added thereto. Also, flag data indicating that copying is in progress and that copying has been completed are added thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2001
    Inventors: Masayuki Yamada, Urato Aruga, Kazuki Itoh