Patents Examined by Zhubing Ren
  • Patent number: 11403902
    Abstract: Disclosed are an apparatus and a method for remotely managing access to an area. An access management platform, which can be an electronic lock that is installed on, e.g., a door of a house, can enable a user to establish a virtual presence at the door. In one example, a delivery person activates a doorbell button/icon of the access management platform, which sends a message to a smartphone of the owner of the platform. The owner, who is at work, uses his smartphone to initiate a video stream using a camera of the platform, and a two way audio stream. The owner sees and initiates a discussion with the delivery person. The owner uses his smartphone to unlock the door, and asks the delivery person to open the door and deliver the package inside. The owner uses his smartphone to capture his signature to acknowledge the delivery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Gate Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Harvey Ho, Ehsan Saeedi, Danial Ehyaie
  • Patent number: 11394944
    Abstract: A video providing device for providing video content having a plurality of viewpoints, the device including a video storage unit operable to store a plurality of versions of a video for each of a plurality of viewpoints in the video content, each video corresponding to the same viewpoint being encoded with a different resolution and a different group of pictures duration, a viewpoint determining unit operable to determine a requested viewpoint in the video content, a video selection unit operable to select a video from amongst the plurality of versions corresponding to the requested viewpoint, the selected video having a next-occurring group of pictures boundary, a video transmitting unit operable to transmit the selected video to a video receiving device, and a video switching unit operable to, if the selected video is not the highest-resolution video corresponding to that viewpoint, perform successive switches to higher-resolution videos at the next-occurring group of pictures boundary in a higher-resolutio
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony William Godar
  • Patent number: 11375167
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a processor including hardware. The processor is configured to: execute a first white balance adjustment on a first signal corresponding to multiple wavelength bands; generate a luminance signal from a second signal including an area having saturation caused by the first white balance adjustment; extract a detail component based on the first signal; and apply the detail component to the luminance signal to generate a corrected luminance signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Inventors: Taihei Michihata, Satoshi Mitsui
  • Patent number: 11363268
    Abstract: Coding quantization parameter variation or adaptation is made more effective by basing the determination of a coding quantization parameter for a predetermined block of the picture on a dispersion of a statistical sample value distribution of a high-pass filtered version of the predetermined block. The usage of the high-pass filtered version of the predetermined block as a basis for the determination of the dispersion instead of using, for instance, the un-filtered or original version of the predetermined block assists in a better adaptation of the resulting coding quantization parameter variation across the picture to the human visual system. Alternatively or additionally, coding quantization parameter variation or adaptation across a picture is made more efficient by a control of coding quantization parameter variation/adaptation across a picture in a manner dependent on a prediction of the actual dispersion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Christian Helmrich, Thomas Wiegand, Adam Wieckowski, Heiko Schwarz, Detlev Marpe, Sebastian Bosse, Benjamin Bross
  • Patent number: 11356703
    Abstract: An image decoding method performed by means of a decoding device according to the present invention comprises the steps of: obtaining first split information relating to a first target block; if the first split information indicates that the first target block is to be split, splitting the first target block into first sub-blocks; obtaining MPT split information relating to a second target block which is one of the first sub-blocks of the first target block; splitting the second target block into second sub-blocks on the basis of the MPT split information; and decoding the second sub-blocks, wherein the second sub-blocks are non-square blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Inventors: Junghak Nam, Seunghwan Kim, Hyeongmoon Jang, Jaehyun Lim
  • Patent number: 11354993
    Abstract: Image surveillance and reporting technology, in which an event that is indicative of potential physical activity within an area corresponding to a location of a camera unit is detected. In response to detection of the event, the camera unit is controlled to capture one or more images of the area corresponding to the location of the camera unit. The one or more images captured by the camera unit are analyzed to determine whether the one or more images include image data that is indicative of relevant physical activity within the area corresponding to the location of the camera unit. The one or more images are handled based on the determination of whether the one or more images include image data that is indicative of relevant physical activity within the area corresponding to the location of the camera unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Incorporated
    Inventors: Stephen Scott Trundle, Robert J. McCarthy, Jr., Jean-Paul Martin, Alison Jane Slavin, David James Hutz
  • Patent number: 11343443
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) includes a vehicle body and a multi-ocular imaging assembly. The multi-ocular imaging assembly includes at least two imaging devices disposed in and fixed to the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Inventors: Cong Zhao, Guyue Zhou, Honghui Zhang, Yin Tang, Guisheng Nong, Jiangang Feng
  • Patent number: 11336893
    Abstract: An example device for coding video data includes a memory configured to store video data; and one or more processors implemented in circuitry and configured to: determine a size of a dimension of a current block of the video data; calculate a context for entropy coding a last significant coefficient coordinate along the dimension, wherein to calculate the context, the one or more processors are configured to: calculate a context shift value according to ((log 2TrafoSize+1)>>2)<<1, wherein log 2TrafoSize represents a logarithmic value of the size of the dimension, ‘>>’ represents a bitwise right shift operator, and ‘<<’ represents a bitwise left shift operator; and calculate the context using the context shift value; and entropy code the last significant coefficient coordinate using the calculated context.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Dmytro Rusanovskyy, Yan Zhang, Marta Karczewicz
  • Patent number: 11323737
    Abstract: The present technique relates to an image processing device and method which can suppress an increase in an operation time. The image processing device has: an encoding control unit which, upon encoding independently performed per slice for dividing a picture into a plurality of pictures, controls whether or not to adopt for motion information a merge mode of merging a relevant region of an operation target with a surrounding region positioned in a surrounding of the relevant region, based on information of surrounding regions which belong to a relevant slice to which the relevant region belongs; and an encoding unit which encodes the relevant region in the merge mode or a mode other than the merge mode under control of the encoding control unit. The present disclosure is applicable to the image processing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventor: Kenji Kondow
  • Patent number: 11290699
    Abstract: View direction data of the viewer is collected in real time while the viewer is viewing a first reconstructed omnidirectional image. The view direction data is sent to the video streaming server to cause generating image layers from an omnidirectional image in reference to a view direction of the viewer. The image layers comprising a focal-vision image layer and a peripheral-vision image layer. A second reconstructed omnidirectional image is generated from the image layers. The second reconstructed omnidirectional image is subsequently rendered to the viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Ajit Ninan, Chaitanya Atluru
  • Patent number: 11266297
    Abstract: A portable monitor operable in a first orientation and a second orientation. The monitor includes a housing and a handle having arms. A back side of the housing includes grooves sized and shaped to receive, respectively, the arms of the handle. The handle is pivotable about handle axles to a plurality of positions including a first position, in which the arms are received by first sections of the grooves, a second position, in which the arms are received by second sections of the grooves, and intermediate positions between the first position and the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: AMBU A/S
    Inventors: Line Sandahl Ubbesen, Brian Nielsen, Henrik Frengler, Kasper Rieland Jakobsen, Nai-Hua Chen
  • Patent number: 11259009
    Abstract: A system and a process configuration generates a unitary rendered image for a video from at least two cameras. The configuration detects a communication coupling of at least two cameras and determines a master camera and a slave camera. The configuration determines an orientation of camera sensor of the master camera and the slave camera and determines a first frame of a video for a synchronization point for a start of a video capture. The configuration captures and reads images from the master camera sensor and the slave camera sensor in response to the start of the video capture and orientation of the camera sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas D. Woodman, David A. Newman, Stephen B. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 11240484
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an information processing apparatus, an information processing method, and a program capable of obtaining the accuracy of the parameter regarding the attitude of a plurality of viewpoints with higher accuracy. Provided is an information processing apparatus including: a plane estimator configured to estimate a plane on the basis of a first depth map, the first depth map being obtained on the basis of a plurality of captured images acquired by image-capturing at a plurality of viewpoints; and a correction unit configured to correct a parameter regarding an attitude of the plurality of viewpoints on the basis of comparison between the first depth map and the plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Inventor: Kenji Gotoh
  • Patent number: 11240504
    Abstract: A method for decoding a block of a picture represented in a current HDR/WCG format is disclosed. The method comprises receiving a bitstream representative of a coded block of picture, an indication representative of a default d QP table (index_d QP_table), an indication representative of a QP offset (slice_qp_delta); determining a quantization parameter responsive to the current format based on the default d QP table and the QP offset; decoding the coded block of a picture using the determined QP. Corresponding encoding method, transmitting method, decoding device, encoding device and transmitting device are disclosed. Besides an embodiment relative to adapting generic codec parameters to any HDR/WCG format as done for d QP table is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: InterDigital Madison Patent Holdings, SAS
    Inventors: Edouard Francois, Christophe Chevance, Franck Hiron
  • Patent number: 11235734
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for a vehicle security system. The vehicle security system includes a first camera positioned on a first vehicle and configured to capture first image data of a surrounding environment. The vehicle security system includes a memory that is configured to store the first image data. The vehicle security system includes a processor. The processor is configured to determine that an object or an action of the object within the surrounding environment is different than a baseline of the surrounding environment based on the first image data. The processor is configured to store, in the memory, the first image data based on the determination and cause a second camera positioned on a second vehicle or on an infrastructure to activate to capture second image data of the surrounding environment as the movement of the object in the interest was predicted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Katsumi Nagata
  • Patent number: 11226195
    Abstract: A method and system for measuring strain in a 3D printed part is disclosed herein. The printed part can be formed with internal features that can be analyzed with a digital image correlation system to determine strain levels in internal regions of the part. The features are visually identifiable due to a different color, shape, design or other visually distinguishable characteristics relative to that of the base structural material. The features can be the formed from the same material or a different material from that of the base structure material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventors: Alexander Pankonien, Joshua Deaton, Ryan Durscher
  • Patent number: 11228733
    Abstract: A remote observation or surveillance device for simultaneous 360 degree imaging comprising a housing defining an internal chamber wherein each side wall includes a viewing window, a means for mounting having a slot, configuration of slots, track or combination thereof, a plurality of camera mounting brackets slidably and/or adjustably affixed to the mounting means through the slot or track, each bracket being adjustably affixed to a camera, wherein the cameras are configured to provide simultaneous 360 degree live or recorded imaging. The cameras can be configured to provide any combination of viewing angles and degrees of magnification or zoom. The device may also comprise a processor or server in operable communication with the cameras, which is configured to control the cameras and/or store and archive video, imaging, and/or audio data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Inventor: Robert Sebastian Dietl
  • Patent number: 11228772
    Abstract: A method of rate control in coding of a video sequence to generate a compressed bit stream is provided that includes computing a sequence base quantization step size for a sequence of pictures in the video sequence, computing a picture base quantization step size for a picture in the sequence of pictures based on the sequence base quantization step size, a type of the picture, and a level of the picture in a rate control hierarchy, and coding the picture using the picture base quantization step size to generate a portion of the compressed bit stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Inventors: Soyeb Nagori, Arun Shankar Kudana, Manu Mathew
  • Patent number: 11202089
    Abstract: An apparatus for video decoding includes processing circuitry. The circuitry can be configured to receive a current block that is affine coded and included in a current coding tree unit (CTU), and determine an inherited affine candidate based on regular motion information of two minimum blocks in a rightmost column of minimum blocks of a left neighboring CTU of the current CTU when the current block is adjacent to a left boundary of the current CTU.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: Tencent America LLC
    Inventors: Guichun Li, Xiaozhong Xu, Xiang Li, Shan Liu
  • Patent number: 11190780
    Abstract: Techniques for selecting a coding mode for an image coding process are described. Coding modes can be selected through a coding mode transition state machine, a re-quantization process, selection of an optimal transform size, by skipping some quantization parameters, or by performing motion search.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Inventors: Alexandros Tourapis, Yan Ye