Patents by Inventor Eckehard Steinbach

Eckehard Steinbach 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: 10956489
    Abstract: There is provided a visual localization method comprising: (a) transmitting data representative of one or more detected visual features from a mobile device to a server; (b) estimating the location of the mobile device at the server based on the visual features received from the mobile device; (c) transmitting reference data associated with the estimated location from the server to the mobile device; and (d) the mobile device determining its location based on the reference data received from the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: NavVis GmbH
    Inventors: Mohammad Abu-Alqumsan, Anas Al-Nuaimi, Robert Huitl, Georg Schroth, Florian Schweiger, Eckehard Steinbach
  • Publication number: 20210023719
    Abstract: A method for determining the joint positions of a kinematic chain uses only an imaging sensor and a computing unit. Characteristic features on the links and joints of the kinematic chain are identified and the joint positions are calculated from these visual measurements. The robot can be controlled without the use of joint encoders. A sensor system for monitoring the status of a kinematic chain includes a computing unit and an imaging sensor. The imaging sensor may be mounted to the kinematic chain or in the surroundings of the kinematic chain and monitors the kinematic chain and/or the surroundings of the kinematic chain. The computing unit determines a pose and/or movement parameters of at least one element of the kinematic chain by analyzing an output signal of the imaging sensor, in particular by analyzing characteristic features and determines a rotational joint position by analyzing the characteristic features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2019
    Publication date: January 28, 2021
    Applicant: Technische Universität München
    Inventors: Nicolas ALT, Clemens SCHUWERK, Eckehard STEINBACH, Stefan LOCHBRUNNER, Dong QIUWEI
  • Publication number: 20200312103
    Abstract: An encoding apparatus for encoding a vibrotactile signal includes a first transforming unit configured to perform a discrete wavelet transform of the signal, a second transforming unit configured to generate a frequency domain representation of the signal, a psychohaptic model unit configured to generate at least one quantization control signal based on the generated frequency domain representation of the sampled signal and on a predetermined perceptual model based on human haptic perception, a quantization unit configured to quantize wavelet coefficients resulting from the performed discrete wavelet transform and adapted by the quantization control signal, a compression unit configured to compress the quantized wavelet coefficients, and a bitstream generating unit configured to generate a bitstream corresponding to the encoded signal based on the compressed quantized wavelet coefficients.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Inventors: Andreas Noll, Basak Gülecyüz, Eckehard Steinbach
  • Publication number: 20200167382
    Abstract: There is provided a visual localization method comprising: (a) transmitting data representative of one or more detected visual features from a mobile device to a server; (b) estimating the location of the mobile device at the server based on the visual features received from the mobile device; (c) transmitting reference data associated with the estimated location from the server to the mobile device; and (d) the mobile device determining its location based on the reference data received from the server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2020
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Inventors: Mohammad Abu-Alqumsan, Anas Al-Nuaimi, Robert Huitl, Georg Schroth, Florian Schweiger, Eckehard Steinbach
  • Patent number: 10585938
    Abstract: There is provided a visual localization method comprising: (a) transmitting data representative of one or more detected visual features from a mobile device to a server; (b) estimating the location of the mobile device at the server based on the visual features received from the mobile device; (c) transmitting reference data associated with the estimated location from the server to the mobile device; and (d) the mobile device determining its location based on the reference data received from the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: NavVis GmbH
    Inventors: Mohammad Abu-Alqumsan, Anas Al-Nuaimi, Robert Huitl, Georg Schroth, Florian Schweiger, Eckehard Steinbach
  • Publication number: 20190376860
    Abstract: The present disclosure presents a visuo-haptic sensor, which is based on a passive, deformable element whose deformation is observed by a camera. In particular, the improved simplified sensor may determine the force and/or torque applied to a point of the sensor in multiple spatial dimensions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Publication date: December 12, 2019
    Inventors: Nicolas Alt, Eckehard Steinbach, Martin Freundl
  • Patent number: 10481693
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a manually operable tactile input/output device for a data processing system, in particular a tactile computer mouse, which is configured with a housing and a plurality of actuators in operative connection with the housing and in which the actuators are arranged and jointly controlled in the housing to cause at least temporarily a tactile perception by a user in manual contact with the housing, by which simultaneously at least two and in particular all five tactile perception dimensions of microscopic roughness, macroscopic roughness, friction, hardness and heat are simulated. Furthermore, the disclosure relates to an operating method for a manually operable tactile input/output device and a data processing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Technische Universität München
    Inventors: Matti Strese, Kevin Kuonath, Andreas Noll, Eckehard Steinbach, Martin Piccolrovazzi
  • Publication number: 20190287293
    Abstract: In an embodiment of the invention there is provided a method of visual localization, comprising: generating a plurality of virtual views, wherein each of the virtual views is associated with a location; obtaining a query image; determining the location where the query image was obtained on the basis of a comparison of the query image with said virtual views.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2019
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Inventors: Eckehard Steinbach, Robert Huitl, Georg Schroth, Sebastian Hilsenbeck
  • Patent number: 10393603
    Abstract: The present disclosure presents a visuo-haptic sensor, which is based on a passive, deformable element whose deformation is observed by a camera. In particular, the improved simplified sensor may determine the force and/or torque applied to a point of the sensor in multiple spatial dimensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Technische Universität München
    Inventors: Nicolas Alt, Eckehard Steinbach, Martin Freundl
  • Patent number: 10319146
    Abstract: In an embodiment of the invention there is provided a method of visual localization, comprising: generating a plurality of virtual views, wherein each of the virtual views is associated with a location; obtaining a query image; determining the location where the query image was obtained on the basis of a comparison of the query image with said virtual views.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: NAVVIS GMBH
    Inventors: Eckehard Steinbach, Robert Huitl, Georg Schroth, Sebastian Hilsenbeck
  • Publication number: 20190155837
    Abstract: There is provided a visual localization method comprising: (a) transmitting data representative of one or more detected visual features from a mobile device to a server; (b) estimating the location of the mobile device at the server based on the visual features received from the mobile device; (c) transmitting reference data associated with the estimated location from the server to the mobile device; and (d) the mobile device determining its location based on the reference data received from the server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Mohammad Abu-Alqumsan, Anas Al-Nuaimi, Robert Huitl, Georg Schroth, Florian Schweiger, Eckehard Steinbach
  • Patent number: 10229136
    Abstract: There is provided a visual localization method comprising: (a) transmitting data representative of one or more detected visual features from a mobile device to a server; (b) estimating the location of the mobile device at the server based on the visual features received from the mobile device; (c) transmitting reference data associated with the estimated location from the server to the mobile device; and (d) the mobile device determining its location based on the reference data received from the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: NAVVIS GMBH
    Inventors: Mohammad Abu-Alqumsan, Anas Al-Nuaimi, Robert Huitl, Georg Schroth, Florian Schweiger, Eckehard Steinbach
  • Publication number: 20180267609
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a manually operable tactile input/output device for a data processing system, in particular a tactile computer mouse, which is configured with a housing and a plurality of actuators in operative connection with the housing and in which the actuators are arranged and jointly controlled in the housing to cause at least temporarily a tactile perception by a user in manual contact with the housing, by which simultaneously at least two and in particular all five tactile perception dimensions of microscopic roughness, macroscopic roughness, friction, hardness and heat are simulated. Furthermore, the disclosure relates to an operating method for a manually operable tactile input/output device and a data processing system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: Technische Universität München
    Inventors: Matti Strese, Kevin Kuonath, Andreas Noll, Eckehard Steinbach, Martin Piccolrovazzi
  • Publication number: 20180189327
    Abstract: There is provided a visual localization method comprising: (a) transmitting data representative of one or more detected visual features from a mobile device to a server; (b) estimating the location of the mobile device at the server based on the visual features received from the mobile device; (c) transmitting reference data associated with the estimated location from the server to the mobile device; and (d) the mobile device determining its location based on the reference data received from the server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Inventors: MOHAMMAD ABU-ALQUMSAN, ANAS AL-NUAIMI, ROBERT HUITL, GEORG SCHROTH, FLORIAN SCHWEIGER, ECKEHARD STEINBACH
  • Patent number: 9946733
    Abstract: There is provided a visual localization method comprising: (a) transmitting data representative of one or more detected visual features from a mobile device to a server; (b) estimating the location of the mobile device at the server based on the visual features received from the mobile device; (c) transmitting reference data associated with the estimated location from the server to the mobile device; and (d) the mobile device determining its location based on the reference data received from the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: NAVVIS GMBH
    Inventors: Mohammad Abu-Alqumsan, Anas Al-Nuaimi, Robert Huitl, Georg Schroth, Florian Schweiger, Eckehard Steinbach
  • Publication number: 20170328795
    Abstract: The present disclosure presents a visuo-haptic sensor, which is based on a passive, deformable element whose deformation is observed by a camera. In particular, the improved simplified sensor may determine the force and/or torque applied to a point of the sensor in multiple spatial dimensions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Applicant: Technische Universität München
    Inventors: Nicolas Alt, Eckehard Steinbach, Martin Freundl
  • Patent number: 9757862
    Abstract: A visuo-haptic sensor is presented which uses a deformable, passive material that is mounted in view of a camera. When objects interact with the sensor the deformable material is compressed, causing a change in the shape thereof. The change of shape is detected and evaluated by an image processor that is operatively connected to the camera. The camera may also observe the vicinity of the manipulator to measure ego-motion and motion of close-by objects. The visuo-haptic sensor may be attached to a mobile platform, a robotic manipulator or to any other machine which needs to acquire haptic information about the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Technische Universität München
    Inventors: Nicolas Alt, Eckehard Steinbach
  • Publication number: 20170212911
    Abstract: There is provided a visual localization method comprising: (a) transmitting data representative of one or more detected visual features from a mobile device to a server; (b) estimating the location of the mobile device at the server based on the visual features received from the mobile device; (c) transmitting reference data associated with the estimated location from the server to the mobile device; and (d) the mobile device determining its location based on the reference data received from the server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Inventors: MOHAMMAD ABU-ALQUMSAN, ANAS AL-NUAIMI, ROBERT HUITL, GEORG SCHROTH, FLORIAN SCHWEIGER, ECKEHARD STEINBACH
  • Publication number: 20170201805
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a compression device for compressing a data stream from a source to at least one sink in which at least one first bandwidth and one second bandwidth of a network, which is available to the source for transmitting the data stream to the at least one sink, is determined. The data stream may be is compressed to a first compressed data stream using at least one first compression rate, and to a second compressed data stream using a second compression rate. The first compression rate may be optimized for transmission using the first bandwidth, while the second compression rate may be optimized for transmission using the second bandwidth. The first compressed data stream and the second compressed data stream may then be providing for transmission at the same time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Publication date: July 13, 2017
    Inventors: Damien Schroeder, Christian Lottermann, Eckehard Steinbach
  • Patent number: 9641981
    Abstract: There is provided a visual localization method comprising: (a) transmitting data representative of one or more detected visual features from a mobile device to a server; (b) estimating the location of the mobile device at the server based on the visual features 5 received from the mobile device; (c) transmitting reference data associated with the estimated location from the server to the mobile device; and (d) the mobile device determining its location based on the reference data received from the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: NAVVIS GMBH
    Inventors: Eckehard Steinbach, Georg Schroth, Mohammad Abu-Alqumsan, Robert Huitl, Anas Al-Nuaimi, Florian Schweiger