Patents by Inventor Douglas Price

Douglas Price 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: 20170203170
    Abstract: A beach golf game system includes a shovel that may dig a plurality of holes in a support surface. A plurality of cups is provided and each of the cups is positioned within an associated one of the holes. Each of the cups defines an associated goal when the cups are positioned within positioned in an associated one of the holes. A plurality of putters is provided. A plurality of balls is provided and each of the balls may be placed on the support surface. A selected one of the balls is selectively struck by a selected one of the putters. The selected ball is urged toward a selected goal. A case is provided. The shovel, the cups, the markers, the putters and the balls is selectively stored in the case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Inventor: Douglas Price
  • Patent number: 9602819
    Abstract: In a video coder/decoder system using variable resolution adaptation, decoder techniques provide a mechanism to changing resolution of coded lower-resolution video to a higher resolution for rendering. Coded video data of a low resolution frame may be decoded. A motion estimation search may be performed between the decoded low resolution frame and a cache of previously-stored high resolution video frames. If the motion estimation search generates one or more matches, high resolution video data of the decoded frame may generated as a derivation of matching data from the cached video frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Hsi-Jung Wu, Xiaosong Zhou, Douglas Price
  • Patent number: 9516305
    Abstract: An adaptive scaler switching system may implement multiple scalers including both a software scaler and a hardware scaler, and a controller that may manage the switch between scalers by considering the real-time constraints of the system and the available system resources. Information about the availability of system resources may be received in real-time, for example the controller may receive information about the system thermal status, the timing requirements for processing the video data, the quality of the scaled data, and any other relevant system statistics that may affect the scaler switch decision. According to an embodiment, the system may maintain statistics in a table, and update the table information as necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jiefu Zhai, Douglas Price, Albert Keinath, Xiaosong Zhou, Hsi-Jung Wu
  • Patent number: 9300846
    Abstract: In certain low-light or other poor image capture conditions, the camera capture settings may create noise fitting a known profile, including certain specific color ranges and signal frequencies, in the captured image. A pre-processor may identify frequency bands and DC offsets that may indicate noise in an image captured with known settings. Then the areas of the image containing the identified frequencies and offsets may be analyzed spatially and temporally to confirm that the identified regions are noise and not part of the scene and an appropriate filter defined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Price, Xiaosong Zhou, Hsi-Jung Wu
  • Publication number: 20140071309
    Abstract: In certain low-light or other poor image capture conditions, the camera capture settings may create noise fitting a known profile, including certain specific color ranges and signal frequencies, in the captured image. A pre-processor may identify frequency bands and DC offsets that may indicate noise in an image captured with known settings. Then the areas of the image containing the identified frequencies and offsets may be analyzed spatially and temporally to confirm that the identified regions are noise and not part of the scene and an appropriate filter defined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas PRICE, Xiaosong ZHOU, Hsi-Jung WU
  • Publication number: 20140072029
    Abstract: An adaptive scaler switching system may implement multiple scalers including both a software scaler and a hardware scaler, and a controller that may manage the switch between scalers by considering the real-time constraints of the system and the available system resources. Information about the availability of system resources may be received in real-time, for example the controller may receive information about the system thermal status, the timing requirements for processing the video data, the quality of the scaled data, and any other relevant system statistics that may affect the scaler switch decision. According to an embodiment, the system may maintain statistics in a table, and update the table information as necessary.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jiefu ZHAI, Douglas PRICE, Albert KEINATH, Xiaosong ZHOU, Hsi-Jung WU
  • Publication number: 20140023299
    Abstract: A reclosable pouch includes an elongated closure mechanism, at a top portion of the pouch, capable of closing an opening of the pouch. The closure mechanism includes a male closure element having a base, a stem, and an engagement end, and a female closure element that has first and second spaced legs. The male closure element is constructed and arranged to engage the legs of the female closure element in order to close the opening of the pouch. The closure mechanism further includes a plurality of normal segments and a plurality of deformed segments, such that at least one of the male and female closure elements comprises an asymmetric deformation in each of the deformed segments. The asymmetric deformation creates at feast one of a clicking feel and a clicking sound when the male closure element engages the female closure element to close the opening of the pouch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventors: William Douglas Price, Richard Dawkins
  • Publication number: 20130312722
    Abstract: A money gun shoots out paper currency and includes a receptacle for placing money and an exit slot from which the money is shot. The money gun may be used, for example, in clubs to allow customers to spend money faster while tipping dancers. By putting money into the money gun, it frees up the customer from using their hands and keeps count of all the money he or she is spending.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Inventor: Derrick Douglas Price
  • Patent number: 8493501
    Abstract: A scene-aware auto-exposure control process stabilizes changes in a camera's auto-exposure settings so as to reduce lighting and color flicker during image capture operations. A metric, referred to as the Modified Adjusted Luminance (MAL) metric, is defined to remain relatively constant as long as the lighting of the scene being captured remains relatively constant. Thus, scene changes such as an object moving into, out of, or around in a scene do not significantly affect the MAL metric's value and do not, therefore, trigger an exposure adjustment. Once the MAL metric indicates a scene's lighting is stable, the camera's auto-exposure operation may be suppressed. As long as incoming frames indicate a stable lighting condition (based on the MAL metric), auto-exposure operation may remain suppressed. When incoming frames result in a substantially different MAL over a specified number of frames, auto-exposure operation may be restored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Price, Xiaosong Zhou, Hsi-Jung Wu, James Oliver Normile
  • Patent number: 8308485
    Abstract: The invention describes a method for evaluating educational programs which, firstly, develops criteria which will address the strengths and weaknesses of the educational program. The second step of the method is to observe the criteria, chosen in step one, in the educational program. The third step is to assign a numerical value to each of the criteria observed in step two. The next step is to assign an overall rating to the educational program based on the numerically valued criteria. The personnel involved in the educational program can then decide what steps in addition to the assessment can be done to improve or maintain the educational program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Qualistar Early Learning
    Inventors: Douglas Price, Anna Jo Haynes, Meera Mani, Gerrit Westervelt
  • Publication number: 20120195376
    Abstract: In a video coder/decoder system using variable resolution adaptation, decoder techniques provide a mechanism to changing resolution of coded lower-resolution video to a higher resolution for rendering. Coded video data of a low resolution frame may be decoded. A motion estimation search may be performed between the decoded low resolution frame and a cache of previously-stored high resolution video frames. If the motion estimation search generates one or more matches, high resolution video data of the decoded frame may generated as a derivation of matching data from the cached video frames.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Applicant: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Hsi-Jung Wu, Xiaosong Zhou, Douglas Price
  • Publication number: 20120183936
    Abstract: The invention describes a method for evaluating educational programs which, firstly, develops criteria which will address the strengths and weaknesses of the educational program. The second step of the method is to observe the criteria, chosen in step one, in the educational program. The third step is to assign a numerical value to each of the criteria observed in step two. The next step is to assign an overall rating to the educational program based on the numerically valued criteria. The personnel involved in the educational program can then decide what steps in addition to the assessment can be done to improve or maintain the educational program.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Applicant: Qualistar Early Learning
    Inventors: Douglas Price, Anna Jo Haynes, Meera Mani, Gerrit Westervelt
  • Patent number: 8152530
    Abstract: The invention describes a method for evaluating educational programs which, firstly, develops criteria which will address the strengths and weaknesses of the educational program. The second step of the method is to observe the criteria, chosen in step one, in the educational program. The third step is to assign a numerical value to each of the criteria observed in step two. The next step is to assign an overall rating to the educational program based on the numerically valued criteria. The personnel involved in the educational program can then decide what steps in addition to the assessment can be done to improve or maintain the educational program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Qualistar Early Learning
    Inventors: Douglas Price, Anna Jo Haynes, Meera Mani, Gerrit Westervelt
  • Publication number: 20120057073
    Abstract: A scene-aware auto-exposure control process stabilizes changes in a camera's auto-exposure settings so as to reduce lighting and color flicker during image capture operations. A metric, referred to as the Modified Adjusted Luminance (MAL) metric, is defined to remain relatively constant as long as the lighting of the scene being captured remains relatively constant. Thus, scene changes such as an object moving into, out of, or around in a scene do not significantly affect the MAL metric's value and do not, therefore, trigger an exposure adjustment. Once the MAL metric indicates a scene's lighting is stable, the camera's auto-exposure operation may be suppressed. As long as incoming frames indicate a stable lighting condition (based on the MAL metric), auto-exposure operation may remain suppressed. When incoming frames result in a substantially different MAL over a specified number of frames, auto-exposure operation may be restored.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Price, Xiaosong Zhou, Hsi-Jung Wu, James Oliver Normile
  • Patent number: 8077256
    Abstract: A scene-aware auto-exposure control process stabilizes changes in a camera's auto-exposure settings so as to reduce lighting and color flicker during image capture operations. A metric, referred to as the Modified Adjusted Luminance (MAL) metric, is defined to remain relatively constant as long as the lighting of the scene being captured remains relatively constant. Thus, scene changes such as an object moving into, out of, or around in a scene do not significantly affect the MAL metric's value and do not, therefore, trigger an exposure adjustment. Once the MAL metric indicates a scene's lighting is stable, the camera's auto-exposure operation may be suppressed. As long as incoming frames indicate a stable lighting condition (based on the MAL metric), auto-exposure operation may remain suppressed. When incoming frames result in a substantially different MAL over a specified number of frames, auto-exposure operation may be restored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Apple, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Price, Xiaosong Zhou, Hsi-Jung Wu, James Oliver Normile
  • Publication number: 20110298965
    Abstract: A scene-aware auto-exposure control process stabilizes changes in a camera's auto-exposure settings so as to reduce lighting and color flicker during image capture operations. A metric, referred to as the Modified Adjusted Luminance (MAL) metric, is defined to remain relatively constant as long as the lighting of the scene being captured remains relatively constant. Thus, scene changes such as an object moving into, out of, or around in a scene do not significantly affect the MAL metric's value and do not, therefore, trigger an exposure adjustment. Once the MAL metric indicates a scene's lighting is stable, the camera's auto-exposure operation may be suppressed. As long as incoming frames indicate a stable lighting condition (based on the MAL metric), auto-exposure operation may remain suppressed. When incoming frames result in a substantially different MAL over a specified number of frames, auto-exposure operation may be restored.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Applicant: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Douglas Price, Xiaosong Zhou, Hsi-Jung Wu, James Oliver Normile
  • Publication number: 20110249742
    Abstract: A video coding system includes a coding engine operable to code source video according to motion compensated prediction techniques, a reference picture cache to store decoded picture data of previously-coded reference pictures, and a programmable filter to apply selected filtering operation(s) to picture data retrieved from the reference picture cache and provided to the coding engine. A video decoding system includes a decoding engine operable to decode coded video data, a reference picture cache to store decoded picture data of previously-decoded reference pictures, and a programmable filter to apply a filtering operation to picture data retrieved from the reference picture cache and provided to the decoding engine as determined by the coded video data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2010
    Publication date: October 13, 2011
    Applicant: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Douglas PRICE, Xiaosong ZHOU, Hsi-Jung WU
  • Publication number: 20100167245
    Abstract: The invention describes a method for evaluating educational programs which, firstly, develops criteria which will address the strengths and weaknesses of the educational program. The second step of the method is to observe the criteria, chosen in step one, in the educational program. The third step is to assign a numerical value to each of the criteria observed in step two. The next step is to assign an overall rating to the educational program based on the numerically valued criteria. The personnel involved in the educational program can then decide what steps in addition to the assessment can be done to improve or maintain the educational program.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Applicant: Qualistar Early Learning
    Inventors: Douglas Price, Anna Jo Haynes, Meera Mani, Gerrit Westervelt
  • Publication number: 20090061403
    Abstract: The invention describes a method for evaluating educational programs which, firstly, develops criteria which will address the strengths and weaknesses of the educational program. The second step of the method is to observe the criteria, chosen in step one, in the educational program. The third step is to assign a numerical value to each of the criteria observed in step two. The next step is to assign an overall rating to the educational program based on the numerically valued criteria. The personnel involved in the educational program can then decide what steps in addition to the assessment can be done to improve or maintain the educational program.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2008
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Applicant: QUALISTAR EARLY LEARNING
    Inventors: Douglas Price, Anna Jo Haynes, Meera Mani, Gerrit Westervelt
  • Patent number: D798247
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: NanoLumens Acquisition, Inc.
    Inventors: Drew F. Meincke, Jorge Perez-Bravo, Douglas A. Price