Patents Examined by William C. Vaughn, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10327005
    Abstract: An encoding apparatus of a video coding system includes a setting unit and an encoder which is connected to the setting unit. The setting unit sets video usability information (VUI) parameter including field_seq_flag. The field_seq_flag indicates whether a video stream includes a video representing field and common to all occurrences of a temporal layer. The encoder encodes the video stream based on the temporal layer to generate an encoding bitstream including the VUI set by the setting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Munsi Haque, Kazushi Sato, Ali Tabatabai, Teruhiko Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10321158
    Abstract: An inter-view video decoding method includes determining a reference value that is a reference for splitting a current block of a depth image corresponding to a texture image, from reference samples at a predetermined location of a reference block included in the texture image; determining a binary map of the current block by comparing the reference value and reference samples of the current block; splitting the current block into a plurality of partitions based on the binary map; and determining prediction values of the plurality of partitions based on adjacent samples of the current block and the binary map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Min-woo Park, Jin-young Lee
  • Patent number: 10321099
    Abstract: Software, systems, and methods for recording a scene encompassing a transaction, such as a point-of-sale transaction, are presented. In one implementation of a method, the scene is recorded to a data storage system using a first video camera capable of capturing protected data associated with the transaction. While recording the scene using the first camera, and in response to receiving a first trigger, the recording of the scene is continued using a second video camera not capable of capturing the protected data. While then recording the scene using the second camera, and in response to receiving a second trigger, the recording of the scene is continued using the first video camera. The first and second timing triggers are initiated based on at least one event associated with the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: VERINT AMERICAS INC.
    Inventors: Kurt Heier, Eran Wachman
  • Patent number: 10321102
    Abstract: A helmet with a sports camera comprises a body and a picture recording module which is detachably mounted on the body. The picture recording module includes an outer shell and a camera disposed in the outer shell. The camera is electrically connected to a control system; the control system is connected to a power module; the control system is further electrically connected to an LED indicator and an operating button; in use, through controlling the operating button, a user can take photos or record a video. Advantages of the helmet with a sports camera are summarized as follows. 1. The helmet and the camera are integrated, which facilitates the photographing of sceneries. 2. LED indicators and operation buttons on the helmet can control the start-up, shooting, or recording of the camera, and the micoUSB data interface can be used for charging, data copying, or connected to a PC camera. 3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventor: Ming Zhang
  • Patent number: 10315576
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a camera, a sensor and a processor. The camera may generate a video signal based on a targeted view of a driver. The sensor may generate a proximity signal in response to detecting an object within a predetermined radius. The processor may determine a location of the object with respect to the vehicle, determine a current location of eyes of the driver, determine a field of view of the driver at a time when the proximity signal is received based on the current location of the eyes, determine whether the object is within the field of view using the current location of the eyes, and generate a control signal. The distance may be determined based on a comparison of reference pixels of a vehicle component in a reference video frame to current pixels of the vehicle component in the video frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Ambarella, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Fink, Shimon Pertsel
  • Patent number: 10311690
    Abstract: Some systems and methods for detecting motion based on a video pattern can include creating a motion image from a sequence of raw images, masking the motion image with a lens pattern associated with a PIR sensor and an associated Fresnel lens, splitting each of a plurality of blocks of the lens pattern into first and second negative areas, identifying a positive area pixel value as a sum of all pixels in the motion image aligned with the first positive area in the plurality of blocks, identifying a negative area pixel value as a sum of all pixels in the motion image aligned with the second negative area in the plurality of blocks, identifying a motion image response value as a difference between the positive and negative area pixel values, and identifying a presence of motion when the motion image response value exceeds a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: ADEMCO INC.
    Inventors: Xiaomin Xia, Di Wu, Chao Liu, Tianfeng Zhao
  • Patent number: 10313680
    Abstract: Approaches to selection of motion vector (“MV”) precision during video encoding are presented. These approaches can facilitate compression that is effective in terms of rate-distortion performance and/or computational efficiency. For example, a video encoder determines an MV precision for a unit of video from among multiple MV precisions, which include one or more fractional-sample MV precisions and integer-sample MV precision. The video encoder can identify a set of MV values having a fractional-sample MV precision, then select the MV precision for the unit based at least in part on prevalence of MV values (within the set) having a fractional part of zero. Or, the video encoder can perform rate-distortion analysis, where the rate-distortion analysis is biased towards the integer-sample MV precision. Or, the video encoder can collect information about the video and select the MV precision for the unit based at least in part on the collected information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Gary J. Sullivan, You Zhou, Chih-Lung Lin
  • Patent number: 10313604
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus comprises a light emitting unit which provides, by light emission, a notification of an operation status of a self-timer when performing self-timer shooting; a mode setting unit which sets one of a plurality of operation modes; and a control unit which controls the light emitting unit to provide the notification of the operation status of the self-timer in self-timer shooting if the mode setting unit has set a first operation mode, and controls the light emitting unit not to provide the notification of the operation status of the self-timer in self timer shooting if the mode setting unit has set a second operation mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koji Sudo, Seiji Ogawa
  • Patent number: 10313691
    Abstract: A signaling of the layer ID for packets of a multi-layered video signal is described. In particular, an efficient way of signaling this layer association is achieved, with maintaining the backward compatibility with codecs according to which a certain value of the base layer-ID field is restricted to be non-extendable such as base layer-ID value 0 in the base layer-ID field. Instead of circumventing this restriction specifically with respect to this non-extendable base layer-ID value, the layer-ID of portions of the multi-layer data stream is signaled in an extendable manner by sub-dividing the base layer-ID field into a first sub-field and a second sub-field: whenever the first sub-field of the base layer-ID field fulfills a predetermined criterion, an extension layer-ID field is provided, and if the first sub-field of the base layer-ID field does not fulfill the predetermined criterion, the extension layer-ID field is omitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: GE VIDEO COMPRESSION LLC
    Inventors: Karsten Suehring, Thomas Schierl, Detlev Marpe, Robert Skupin, Yago Sanchez de la Fuente, Gerhard Tech
  • Patent number: 10306235
    Abstract: Motion-vector deriving processing using inter-view shift prediction according to the related art makes processing for determining a reference position complicated. In a sequence parameter set, it is not possible to independently set an ON/OFF flag of a texture extension tool and an ON/OFF flag of a depth extension tool. Additionally, even in a case in which only one of an intra SDC wedge segmentation flag IntraSdcWedgeFlag and an intra contour segmentation flag IntraContourFlag is 1, depth_intra_mode_flag for selecting one of the wedge segmentation mode and the contour segmentation mode is unnecessarily decoded. A prediction-vector deriving device derives the coordinates of a reference block of an inter-view merge candidate IV from the sum of the top-left coordinates of a target block, half the size of the target block, and a disparity vector of the target block which is converted into the integer precision. In this case, the value of the sum is normalized to a multiple of 8 or a multiple of 16.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomohiro Ikai, Takeshi Tsukuba
  • Patent number: 10306265
    Abstract: In general, this disclosure describes techniques for simplifying SDC coding of large intra-prediction blocks, such as 64×64 blocks, in a 3D video coding process, such as 3D-HEVC. In some examples, the techniques may include processing 64×64 intra-prediction blocks as four 32×32 intra-prediction blocks in intra SDC. Processing large intra-prediction blocks as multiple, smaller intra-prediction blocks in intra SDC may reduce maximum buffer size requirements in the intra SDC process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: Hongbin Liu, Ying Chen
  • Patent number: 10306246
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for loop filter processing of reconstructed video data for a video coding system are disclosed. The system receives reconstructed video data for an image unit. The loop filter processing is applied to reconstructed pixels above a deblocking boundary of the current CTU. In order to reduce line buffer requirement and/or to reduce loop filter switching for image units, the sample adaptive offset (SAO) parameter boundary and spatial-loop-filter restricted boundary for the luma and chroma components are determined by global consideration. In one embodiment, the SAO parameter boundary and the spatial-loop-filter restricted boundary are aligned for the luma and chroma components respectively. In another embodiment, the SAO parameter boundary and the spatial-loop-filter restricted boundary for the luma and chroma components are all aligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: MEDIATEK INC.
    Inventors: Ping Chao, Huei-Min Lin, Chih-Ming Wang, Yung-Chang Chang
  • Patent number: 10298946
    Abstract: Provided is a method for encoding parameter sets at slice level. The method includes: when there are one or more parameter sets, in which the coding tool parameters are identical to the coding tool parameters of a part of coding tools used for the current slice, in the existing parameter sets, encoding the identifiers of parameter sets into bit-stream of the current slice, wherein a parameter set contains common information of the coding tools used in the process of encoding/decoding slice(s). Correspondingly, also provided is a method for decoding parameter sets at slice level and a device for encoding and decoding parameter sets at slice level, which can make full use of the encoded parameter set information when the slice header refers to a plurality of parameter sets, implement flexible configuration of the coding tools used in the process of encoding/decoding slice(s) and reduce information redundancy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: ZTE Corporation
    Inventors: Ming Li, Ping Wu
  • Patent number: 10298825
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods are provided for storing information related to objects associated with a hand of a user via a wearable camera system. In one implementation, a wearable apparatus for storing the information is provided comprising a wearable image sensor configured to capture a plurality of images from the environment of the user, and at least one processing device programmed to process the images. The processing device may detect the hand of the user, and an object associated with the user's hand. The processing device may proceed to store information related to the object. Consistent with disclosed embodiments, the stored information may be used for various purposes, such as warning the user of dangers, catering advertising to the user, and helping the user find objects when they are lost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: OrCam Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Yonaton Wexler, Amnon Shashua
  • Patent number: 10298923
    Abstract: In layered Visual Dynamic range (VDR) coding, inter-layer prediction requires several color-format transformations between the input VDR and Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) signals. Coding and decoding architectures are presented wherein inter-layer prediction is performed in the SDR-based color format, thus reducing computational complexity in both the encoder and the decoder, without compromising coding efficiency or coding quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Guan-Ming Su, Sheng Qu, Walter C. Gish, Zhen Li
  • Patent number: 10298841
    Abstract: Various aspects of a device, such as an imaging device, and method to generate a panoramic image are disclosed herein. The imaging device comprises a micro-lens array configured to capture light-field (LF) data associated with a field-of-view (FOV) of the imaging device. One or more circuits in the imaging device focus on a first subject to determine a first frame. The first frame is based on a first realignment of the stored LF data of the first subject in the FOV. Determination of one or more other frames occurs when the one or more circuits dynamically refocus on one or more other subjects. A panoramic image is generated from a combination of the determined first frame and the determined one or more other frames. The generated panoramic image corresponds to a pseudo three-dimensional image that contributes to the depth perception of the selected one or more subjects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Nabarun Goswami, Madhvesh Sulibhavi, Pramod Chintalapoodi
  • Patent number: 10296281
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods and apparatus for utilizing a portable handheld device for viewing streaming video captured from multiple vantage points. More specifically, the present invention presents methods and apparatus for controlling the immersive experience through player configurations for viewing image data captured in two dimensional or three dimensional data formats and from multiple disparate points of capture based on venue specific characteristics, wherein the viewing experience may emulate observance of an event from at least two of the multiple points of capture in specifically chosen locations of a particular venue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Livestage, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff Prosserman, Kristopher King
  • Patent number: 10298925
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer program product for compressing an image using similar images includes: receiving a first image; storing the first image on a storage server; comparing the first image to one or more stored intra-frames (I-Frames) to determine a similar I-Frame from the one or more stored I-Frames; in response to determining the similar I-Frame, determining that one or more stored predicted frames (P-Frames) reference the similar I-Frame; comparing the first image to the one or more stored P-Frames to determine a similar P-Frame; determining whether the first image meets a P-Frame threshold level for the similar P-Frame; in response to determining that the first image meets the P-Frame threshold level, generating a first P-Frame for the first image using data from the similar P-Frame and data from the similar I-Frame to compress storage space used by the first image on the storage server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: John Werner, Arkadiy Tsfasman, Gary Chernega
  • Patent number: 10296049
    Abstract: A chassis defines a system housing that houses a processing system and a display system. A chassis wall provided on the chassis includes a first carbon fiber layer that provides an outer surface of the chassis that is located opposite the chassis wall from the housing and a ceramic layer that is bonded to the first carbon fiber layer and located opposite the first carbon fiber layer from the outer surface. The ceramic layer provides additional stiffness to the chassis wall to resist deflection of the chassis wall into at least one of the display system and the processing system in response to a force. The chassis wall may include a second carbon fiber layer that is bonded to the ceramic layer and located opposite the ceramic layer from the first carbon fiber layer to provide an inner surface of the chassis wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Jason S. Morrison, Kevin L. Kamphuis
  • Patent number: 10291932
    Abstract: This disclosure provides systems and methods for low complexity quarter pel generation in motion search for video coding. The method can include storing full-pixel position information related to a plurality of rows of video information of a reference frame in a memory. The method can also include applying a vertical interpolation filter to the full-pixel position information for video information related to the reference frame to determine a first sub-pel position information. The method can also include applying a horizontal interpolation filter to the first sub-pel position information to determine a second sub-pel position information for the every other row of video data. The method can also include generating a syntax element indicating pixel motion of a current frame based on the first sub-pel position information. The method can also include encoding a block based on the generated syntax element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Wei-Jung Chien, Xianglin Wang, Xin Zhao