Patents by Inventor Ajit Ninan

Ajit Ninan has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20190222844
    Abstract: Techniques are provided to encode and decode image data comprising a tone mapped (TM) image with HDR reconstruction data in the form of luminance ratios and color residual values. In an example embodiment, luminance ratio values and residual values in color channels of a color space are generated on an individual pixel basis based on a high dynamic range (HDR) image and a derivative tone-mapped (TM) image that comprises one or more color alterations that would not be recoverable from the TM image with a luminance ratio image. The TM image with HDR reconstruction data derived from the luminance ratio values and the color-channel residual values may be outputted in an image file to a downstream device, for example, for decoding, rendering, and/or storing. The image file may be decoded to generate a restored HDR image free of the color alterations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Wenhui JIA, Ajit NINAN, Arkady TEN, Gregory John WARD
  • Publication number: 20190213966
    Abstract: A non-uniform illumination pattern is determined with a display panel of a display device. The non-uniform illumination pattern comprises different values of the one or more illumination properties in first and second spatial regions of the display panel. An illumination compensation pattern is generated based at least in part on the non-uniform illumination pattern. The illumination compensation pattern is configured to homogenize values of the illumination properties in a plurality of spatial regions of the display panel that include the first and second spatial regions, and implemented in the display device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2019
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ajit NINAN, Chun Chi WAN
  • Publication number: 20190172216
    Abstract: While a viewer is viewing a first stereoscopic image comprising a first left image and a first right image, a left vergence angle of a left eye of a viewer and a right vergence angle of a right eye of the viewer are determined. A virtual object depth is determined based at least in part on (i) the left vergence angle of the left eye of the viewer and (ii) the right vergence angle of the right eye of the viewer. A second stereoscopic image comprising a second left image and a second right image for the viewer is rendered on one or more image displays. The second stereoscopic image is subsequent to the first stereoscopic image. The second stereoscopic image is projected from the one or more image displays to a virtual object plane at the virtual object depth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Ajit NINAN, Chun Chi WAN
  • Publication number: 20190174125
    Abstract: Based on viewing tracking data, a viewer's view direction to a three-dimensional (3D) scene depicted by a first video image is determined. The first video image has been streamed in a video stream to the streaming client device before the first time point and rendered with the streaming client device to the viewer at the first time point. Based on the viewer's view direction, a target view portion is identified in a second video image to be streamed in the video stream to the streaming client device to be rendered at a second time point subsequent to the first time point. The target view portion is encoded into the video stream with a higher target spatiotemporal resolution than that used to encode remaining non-target view portions in the second video image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Ajit Ninan
  • Patent number: 10295863
    Abstract: Techniques for driving a dual modulation display include generating backlight drive signals to drive individually-controllable illumination sources. The illumination sources emit first light onto a light conversion layer. The light conversion layer converts the first light, such as blue or ultraviolet light, into second light, such as white light. The light conversion layer can include quantum dot materials. Liquid crystal display (LCD) modulation drive signals are generated to determine transmission of the second light through individual color subpixels of the display. These LCD modulation drive signals can be adjusted based on one or more light field simulations to account for non-uniform, spatial color shifts. Alternatively, one or more light field simulations based on a uniformity assumption determine intermediate LCD modulation drive signals. A compensation field simulation, using backlight drive signals, is then used to adjust the intermediate LCD modulation drive signal for color correction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Chun Chi Wan, Ajit Ninan
  • Publication number: 20190139296
    Abstract: A target view to a 3D scene depicted by a multiview image is determined. The multiview image comprising sampled views at sampled view positions distributed throughout a viewing volume. Each sampled view in the sampled views comprises a wide-field-of-view (WFOV) image and a WFOV depth map as seen from a respective sampled view position in the sampled view positions. The target view is used to select, from the sampled views, a set of sampled views. A display image is caused to be rendered on a display of a wearable device. The display image is generated based on a WFOV image and a WFOV depth map for each sampled view in the set of sampled views.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Haricharan LAKSHMAN, Ajit NINAN
  • Patent number: 10264259
    Abstract: Techniques are provided to encode and decode image data comprising a tone mapped (TM) image with HDR reconstruction data in the form of luminance ratios and color residual values. In an example embodiment, luminance ratio values and residual values in color channels of a color space are generated on an individual pixel basis based on a high dynamic range (HDR) image and a derivative tone-mapped (TM) image that comprises one or more color alterations that would not be recoverable from the TM image with a luminance ratio image. The TM image with HDR reconstruction data derived from the luminance ratio values and the color-channel residual values may be outputted in an image file to a downstream device, for example, for decoding, rendering, and/or storing. The image file may be decoded to generate a restored HDR image free of the color alterations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Wenhui Jia, Ajit Ninan, Arkady Ten, Gregory John Ward
  • Patent number: 10262603
    Abstract: A non-uniform illumination pattern is determined with a display panel of a display device. The non-uniform illumination pattern comprises different values of the one or more illumination properties in first and second spatial regions of the display panel. An illumination compensation pattern is generated based at least in part on the non-uniform illumination pattern. The illumination compensation pattern is configured to homogenize values of the illumination properties in a plurality of spatial regions of the display panel that include the first and second spatial regions, and implemented in the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Ajit Ninan, Chun Chi Wan
  • Publication number: 20190079302
    Abstract: A wearable device for augmented media content experiences can be formed with a mountable physical structure that has removably mountable positions and component devices that are removably mounted through the removably mountable positions. The component devices can be specifically selected based on a specific type of content consumption environment in which the wearable device is to operate. The mountable physical structure may be subject to a device washing process to which the component devices are not subject to, after the wearable device including the mountable physical structure and the component devices is used by a viewer in a content consumption session in the specific type of content consumption environment, so long as the component devices are subsequently removed from the mountable physical structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Ajit Ninan, Neil Mammen
  • Publication number: 20190064597
    Abstract: Techniques for driving a dual modulation display include generating backlight drive signals to drive individually-controllable illumination sources. The illumination sources emit first light onto a light conversion layer. The light conversion layer converts the first light, such as blue or ultraviolet light, into second light, such as white light. The light conversion layer can include quantum dot materials. Liquid crystal display (LCD) modulation drive signals are generated to determine transmission of the second light through individual color subpixels of the display. These LCD modulation drive signals can be adjusted based on one or more light field simulations to account for non-uniform, spatial color shifts. Alternatively, one or more light field simulations based on a uniformity assumption determine intermediate LCD modulation drive signals. A compensation field simulation, using backlight drive signals, is then used to adjust the intermediate LCD modulation drive signal for color correction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Chun Chi WAN, Ajit NINAN
  • Publication number: 20180359489
    Abstract: A target view to a 3D scene depicted by a multiview image is determined. The multiview image comprises multiple sampled views. Each sampled view comprises multiple texture images and multiple depth images in multiple image layers. The target view is used to select, from the multiple sampled views of the multiview image, sampled views. A texture image and a depth image for each sampled view in the selected sampled views are encoded into a multiview video signal to be transmitted to a downstream device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Publication date: December 13, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Haricharan LAKSHMAN, Ajit NINAN
  • Patent number: 10133120
    Abstract: Techniques for driving a dual modulation display include generating backlight drive signals to drive individually-controllable illumination sources. The illumination sources emit first light onto a light conversion layer. The light conversion layer converts the first light, such as blue or ultraviolet light, into second light, such as white light. The light conversion layer can include quantum dot materials. Liquid crystal display (LCD) modulation drive signals are generated to determine transmission of the second light through individual color subpixels of the display. These LCD modulation drive signals can be adjusted based on one or more light field simulations to account for non-uniform, spatial color shifts. Alternatively, one or more light field simulations based on a uniformity assumption determine intermediate LCD modulation drive signals. A compensation field simulation, using backlight drive signals, is then used to adjust the intermediate LCD modulation drive signal for color correction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Chun Chi Wan, Ajit Ninan
  • Patent number: 10121454
    Abstract: Displays, display components, image and video processing apparatus and related methods are described. A method for driving local-dimming displays comprises generating control values for driving pixels of a spatial light modulator from one image data component and generating control values for driving backlight elements from a second image data component. The first and second image data components may respectively comprise a tone map and a ratio image. Control values for the spatial light modulator and/or backlight may be obtained using cost effective hardware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Ajit Ninan, Wenhui Jia
  • Publication number: 20180302623
    Abstract: Techniques are provided to encode and decode image data comprising a tone mapped (TM) image with HDR reconstruction data in the form of luminance ratios and color residual values. In an example embodiment, luminance ratio values and residual values in color channels of a color space are generated on an individual pixel basis based on a high dynamic range (HDR) image and a derivative tone-mapped (TM) image that comprises one or more color alterations that would not be recoverable from the TM image with a luminance ratio image. The TM image with HDR reconstruction data derived from the luminance ratio values and the color-channel residual values may be outputted in an image file to a downstream device, for example, for decoding, rendering, and/or storing. The image file may be decoded to generate a restored HDR image free of the color alterations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Wenhui JIA, Ajit NINAN, Arkady TEN, Gregory John WARD
  • Publication number: 20180295351
    Abstract: A wearable device comprises a left view optical stack for a viewer to view left view cinema display images rendered on a cinema display and a right view optical stack for the viewer to view right view cinema display images rendered on the cinema display. The left view cinema display images and the right view cinema display images form stereoscopic cinema images. The wearable device further comprises a left view imager that renders left view device display images, to the viewer, on a device display, and a right view imager that renders right view device display images, to the viewer, on the device display. The left view device display images and the right view device display images form stereoscopic device images complementary to the stereoscopic cinema images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Ajit NINAN, Neil MAMMEN
  • Publication number: 20180293752
    Abstract: At a first time point, a first light capturing device at a first spatial location in a three-dimensional (3D) space captures first light rays from light sources located at designated spatial locations on a viewer device in the 3D space. At the first time point, a second light capturing device at a second spatial location in the 3D space captures second light rays from the light sources located at the designated spatial locations on the viewer device in the 3D space. Based on the first light rays captured by the first light capturing device and the second light rays captured by the second light capturing device, at least one of a spatial position and a spatial direction, at the first time point, of the viewer device is determined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Ajit NINAN, Neil MAMMEN
  • Publication number: 20180295352
    Abstract: A spatial direction of a wearable device that represents an actual viewing direction of the wearable device is determined. The spatial direction of the wearable device is used to select, from a multi-view image comprising single-view images, a set of single-view images. A display image is caused to be rendered on a device display of the wearable device. The display image represents a single-view image as viewed from the actual viewing direction of the wearable device. The display image is constructed based on the spatial direction of the wearable device and the set of single-view images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Ajit NINAN, Neil Mammen
  • Publication number: 20180261184
    Abstract: A handheld imaging device has a data receiver that is configured to receive reference encoded image data. The data includes reference code values, which are encoded by an external coding system. The reference code values represent reference gray levels, which are being selected using a reference grayscale display function that is based on perceptual non-linearity of human vision adapted at different light levels to spatial frequencies. The imaging device also has a data converter that is configured to access a code mapping between the reference code values and device-specific code values of the imaging device. The device-specific code values are configured to produce gray levels that are specific to the imaging device. Based on the code mapping, the data converter is configured to transcode the reference encoded image data into device-specific image data, which is encoded with the device-specific code values.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Ajit NINAN
  • Patent number: 10027961
    Abstract: Techniques are provided to encode and decode image data comprising a tone mapped (TM) image with HDR reconstruction data in the form of luminance ratios and color residual values. In an example embodiment, luminance ratio values and residual values in color channels of a color space are generated on an individual pixel basis based on a high dynamic range (HDR) image and a derivative tone-mapped (TM) image that comprises one or more color alterations that would not be recoverable from the TM image with a luminance ratio image. The TM image with HDR reconstruction data derived from the luminance ratio values and the color-channel residual values may be outputted in an image file to a downstream device, for example, for decoding, rendering, and/or storing. The image file may be decoded to generate a restored HDR image free of the color alterations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Wenhui Jia, Ajit Ninan, Arkady Ten, Gregory John Ward
  • Publication number: 20180176535
    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: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Ajit NINAN, Chaitanya ATLURU