Patents by Inventor Arthur Van Hoff

Arthur Van Hoff 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).

  • Patent number: 10334220
    Abstract: The disclosure includes a system and method for aggregating image frames and audio data to generate virtual reality content. The system includes a processor and a memory storing instructions that, when executed, cause the system to: receive video data describing image frames from a camera array; receive audio data from a microphone array; aggregate the image frames to generate a stream of three-dimensional (3D) video data, the stream of 3D video data including a stream of left panoramic images and a stream of right panoramic images; generate a stream of 3D audio data from the audio data; and generate virtual reality content that includes the stream of 3D video data and the stream of 3D audio data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventors: Arthur Van Hoff, Thomas M. Annau, Jens Christensen
  • Publication number: 20190180783
    Abstract: The disclosure includes a camera array comprising camera modules, the camera modules comprising a master camera that includes a processor, a memory, a sensor, a lens, a status indicator, and a switch, the switch configured to instruct each of the camera modules to initiate a start operation to start recording video data using the lens and the sensor in the other camera modules and the switch configured to instruct each of the camera modules to initiate a stop operation to stop recording, the status indicator configured to indicate a status of at least one of the camera modules. The camera modules of the camera array are configured to provide a 3× field of view overlap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventors: Arthur Van Hoff, Thomas M. Annau, Jens Christensen, Koji Gardiner
  • Publication number: 20190110042
    Abstract: A camera system is configured to capture video content with 360 degree views of an environment. The camera array comprises a housing including a first quadrant, a second quadrant, a third quadrant, and a fourth quadrant, wherein each of the first quadrant, the second quadrant, the third quadrant, and the fourth quadrant form a plurality of apertures, a chassis bottom that is removably coupled to the housing, and a plurality of camera modules, each camera module comprising a processor, a memory, a sensor, and a lens, wherein each of the camera modules is removably coupled to one of the plurality of apertures in the housing, wherein the first quadrant, the second quadrant, the third quadrant, and the fourth quadrant each include a subset of the plurality of camera modules. Each of the plurality of camera modules includes a heat sink.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Inventors: Arthur Van Hoff, Thomas M. Annau, Jens Christensen, Koji Gardiner, Punit Govenji, James Dunn
  • Publication number: 20190075280
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for secure transfer and playback of multimedia content enables the secure transfer of multimedia content from a digital video recorder (DVR) to a personal computer (PC) and further to a handheld device. A DVR determines which devices on a Local Area Network (LAN) are authorized to share and/or retrieve content from the DVR. The DVR receives a connection request from a PC on the LAN, authorizes the connection request and establishes a secure connection between the DVR and the PC. Once the secure connection is established, the DVR receives a request for multimedia content from the PC, prepares the multimedia content for transfer and transfers the multimedia content to the PC.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Publication date: March 7, 2019
    Inventors: Arthur van Hoff, James Barton
  • Patent number: 10210898
    Abstract: The disclosure includes a camera array comprising camera modules, the camera modules comprising a master camera that includes a processor, a memory, a sensor, a lens, a status indicator, and a switch, the switch configured to instruct each of the camera modules to initiate a start operation to start recording video data using the lens and the sensor in the other camera modules and the switch configured to instruct each of the camera modules to initiate a stop operation to stop recording, the status indicator configured to indicate a status of at least one of the camera modules. The camera modules of the camera array are configured to provide a 3X field of view overlap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventors: Arthur van Hoff, Thomas M. Annau, Jens Christensen, Koji Gardiner
  • Patent number: 10205930
    Abstract: A camera system is configured to capture video content with 360 degree views of an environment. The camera array comprises a housing including a first quadrant, a second quadrant, a third quadrant, and a fourth quadrant, wherein each of the first quadrant, the second quadrant, the third quadrant, and the fourth quadrant form a plurality of apertures, a chassis bottom that is removably coupled to the housing, and a plurality of camera modules, each camera module comprising a processor, a memory, a sensor, and a lens, wherein each of the camera modules is removably coupled to one of the plurality of apertures in the housing, wherein the first quadrant, the second quadrant, the third quadrant, and the fourth quadrant each include a subset of the plurality of camera modules. Each of the plurality of camera modules includes a heat sink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventors: Arthur Van Hoff, Thomas M. Annau, Jens Christensen, Koji Gardiner, Punit Govenji, James Dunn
  • Patent number: 10186301
    Abstract: The disclosure includes a camera array comprising camera modules, the camera modules comprising a master camera that includes a processor, a memory, a sensor, a lens, a status indicator, and a switch, the switch configured to instruct each of the camera modules to initiate a start operation to start recording video data using the lens and the sensor in the other camera modules and the switch configured to instruct each of the camera modules to initiate a stop operation to stop recording, the status indicator configured to indicate a status of at least one of the camera modules. Lens distortion effects may be removed from the frames described by the video data. The camera modules of the camera array are configured to provide a 3× field of view overlap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventors: Arthur van Hoff, Thomas M. Annau, Jens Christensen, Koji Gardiner
  • Patent number: 10158837
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for secure transfer and playback of multimedia content enables the secure transfer of multimedia content from a digital video recorder (DVR) to a personal computer (PC) and further to a handheld device. A DVR determines which devices on a Local Area Network (LAN) are authorized to share and/or retrieve content from the DVR. The DVR receives a connection request from a PC on the LAN, authorizes the connection request and establishes a secure connection between the DVR and the PC. Once the secure connection is established, the DVR receives a request for multimedia content from the PC, prepares the multimedia content for transfer and transfers the multimedia content to the PC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: TiVo Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur Van Hoff, James Barton
  • Publication number: 20180190321
    Abstract: The disclosure includes a camera array comprising camera modules, the camera modules comprising a master camera that includes a processor, a memory, a sensor, a lens, a status indicator, and a switch, the switch configured to instruct each of the camera modules to initiate a start operation to start recording video data using the lens and the sensor in the other camera modules and the switch configured to instruct each of the camera modules to initiate a stop operation to stop recording, the status indicator configured to indicate a status of at least one of the camera modules. The camera modules of the camera array are configured to provide a 3× field of view overlap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Inventors: Arthur van Hoff, Thomas M. Annau, Jens Christensen, Koji Gardiner
  • Patent number: 9973694
    Abstract: The disclosure includes a system and method for stitching images. The system includes a processor and a memory storing instructions that, when executed, cause the system to: receive a group of images captured at a particular time by a group of camera modules, the group of camera modules configured to form camera pairs with respective overlap fields of view; calibrate the group of images; generate pairs of disparity maps associated with the camera pairs, the generating including generating a corresponding pair of disparity maps for each camera pair from the camera pairs; apply morphed rendering to create morphed images from the group of images; and construct a left panoramic image and a right panoramic image from the morphed images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventors: Arthur van Hoff, Thomas M. Annau, Daniel Kopeinigg
  • Patent number: 9930238
    Abstract: The disclosure includes a system and method for stitching image frames. The system includes a processor and a memory storing instructions that, when executed, cause the system to: receive image frames that are captured by two or more camera modules at a particular time; interpolate a virtual camera between a first set of camera modules from the two or more camera modules; determine a set of disparity maps between the first set of camera modules; generate, based on the set of disparity maps, a virtual camera image associated with the particular time for the virtual camera from a set of image frames captured by the first set of camera modules at the particular time; and construct a left panoramic image and a right panoramic image associated with the particular time from the image frames captured by the two or more camera modules and the virtual camera image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventors: Thomas M. Annau, Arthur Van Hoff, Daniel Kopeinigg
  • Patent number: 9911454
    Abstract: The disclosure includes a camera array comprising camera modules, the camera modules comprising a master camera that includes a processor, a memory, a sensor, a lens, a status indicator, and a switch, the switch configured to instruct each of the camera modules to initiate a start operation to start recording video data using the lens and the sensor in the other camera modules and the switch configured to instruct each of the camera modules to initiate a stop operation to stop recording, the status indicator configured to indicate a status of at least one of the camera modules. The camera modules of the camera array are configured to provide a 3× field of view overlap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventors: Arthur van Hoff, Thomas M. Annau, Jens Christensen, Koji Gardiner
  • Publication number: 20180059783
    Abstract: The disclosure includes a system and method for receiving viewing data that describes a location of a first user's gaze while viewing virtual reality content. The method also determining an object of interest in the virtual reality content based on the location of the first user's gaze. The method also includes generating a social network that includes the first user as a member of the social network. The method also includes performing an action in the social network related to the object of interest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Inventors: Arthur van Hoff, Thomas M. Annau, Jens Christensen
  • Patent number: 9851793
    Abstract: The disclosure includes a system and method for receiving viewing data that describes a location of a first user's gaze while viewing virtual reality content. The method also determining an object of interest in the virtual reality content based on the location of the first user's gaze. The method also includes generating a social network that includes the first user as a member of the social network. The method also includes performing an action in the social network related to the object of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventors: Arthur van Hoff, Thomas M. Annau, Jens Christensen
  • Patent number: D813921
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventors: Arthur van Hoff, Thomas M. Annau, Jens Christensen, Koji Gardiner, Punit Govenji, James Dunn
  • Patent number: D813927
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventors: Arthur van Hoff, Thomas M. Annau, Jens Christensen, Koji Gardiner, Punit Govenji, James Dunn
  • Patent number: D813928
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventors: Arthur van Hoff, Thomas M. Annau, Jens Christensen, Koji Gardiner, Punit Govenji, James Dunn
  • Patent number: D813929
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventors: Arthur van Hoff, Thomas M. Annau, Jens Christensen, Koji Gardiner, Punit Govenji, James Dunn
  • Patent number: D813931
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventors: Arthur van Hoff, Thomas M. Annau, Jens Christensen, Koji Gardiner, Punit Govenji, James Dunn
  • Patent number: D849106
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventors: Arthur Van Hoff, Thomas M. Annau, Jens Christensen, Koji Gardiner, Punit Govenji, James Dunn