Patents by Inventor G. David Ripley

G. David Ripley 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: 7196722
    Abstract: Multiple streams of data are streamed to a user's terminal with images from different cameras. Low resolution thumbnail images tell the user what image streams are available. A focus stream provides high resolution images from a selected camera. A user can switch the focus stream to another stream by clicking on the associated thumbnail. The users can also be provided with a thumbnail of panoramic image. Other data streams sent to the user can contain (a) audio data, (b) interactivity markup data which describes regions of the image which provide interactivity opportunities such as hotspots, (c) presentation markup data which defines how data is presented on the user's screen, (d) a telemetry data stream which can be used for various statistical data. One data stream contains a low quality base image for each data stream which can be enhanced to form a high resolution focus image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Assignee: iMove, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick White, Brian Hunt, G. David Ripley
  • Patent number: 6738073
    Abstract: An improved surveillance system which includes a multi-lens camera system and a viewer. The camera system includes a plurality of single lens cameras each of which have a relatively wide angle lens. These single lens cameras simultaneously capture images that can be seamed into a panorama. The camera system also includes a high resolution camera (i.e. a camera with a telephoto lens) that can be pointed in a selected direction that is within the field of view of the other cameras. The system displays a view window into the panorama that is created from images captured by the wide angle lenses. The image from the high resolution camera is either superimposed on top of the panoramic image or it is displayed on a separate monitor. If it is displayed in the panorama, the higher solution image is positioned at the point in the panorama which is displaying the same area in space at a lower resolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Assignee: iMove, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael C. Park, G. David Ripley
  • Publication number: 20040075738
    Abstract: Spherical surveillance system architecture delivers real time, high-resolution spherical imagery integrated with surveillance data (e.g., motion detection event data) to one or more subscribers (e.g., consoles, databases) via a network (e.g., copper or wireless). One or more sensors are connected to the network to provide the spherical images and surveillance data in real time. In one embodiment, the spherical images are integrated with surveillance data (e.g., data associated with motion detection, object tracking, alarm events) and presented on one or more display devices according to a specified display format. In one embodiment, raw spherical imagery is analyzed for motion detection and compressed at the sensor before it is delivered to subscribers over the network, where it is decompressed prior to display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2003
    Publication date: April 22, 2004
    Inventors: Sean Burke, Mark Denies, Gwendolyn Hunt, Mark Lam, Michael C. Park, G. David Ripley
  • Patent number: 6690374
    Abstract: A surveillance system that includes a number of camera subsystems. Each camera subsystem includes a number of single lens cameras pointing in different directions which simultaneously capture images. Each camera subsystem covers a particular theater of interest. Each single lens camera captures an image of a particular region in a particular theater. When an object of interest is identified, the system can follow the object as it moves between regions and theaters in a facility. When an object is being followed, the system can provide a view of the object as it transitions between regions covered different single lens cameras in a particular camera subsystem and as it transitions between theaters covered by different camera subsystems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Assignee: iMove, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael C. Park, Gwendolyn Hunt, G. David Ripley
  • Patent number: 6654019
    Abstract: Movement through multi-dimensional space is simulated using a series of panoramic images which are projected or displayed in sequence. The user's direction of view, that is the selected view window, is maintained as the series of images is projected or displayed. Motion in directions other than forward or reverse is simulated by utilizing “branch” points in the sequence. Each path from a branch point simulates motion in a different direction. Branch points are generally indicated to a viewer by visual indicators called “hot spots”; however, branch points may also be hidden and activated in response to the viewer's selected direction of view. If a branch point is indicated by a visual indicator, a user can select motion in a desired direction by clicking on a “hot spot”. In order to conserve storage space, the image representing each panorama can be stored in a compressed format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Assignee: iMove, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Gilbert, David J. Kaiman, Michael C. Park, G. David Ripley
  • Publication number: 20030197785
    Abstract: Multiple streams of data are streamed to a user's terminal with images from different cameras. Low resolution thumbnail images tell the user what image streams are available. A focus stream provides high resolution images from a selected camera. A user can switch the focus stream to another stream by clicking on the associated thumbnail. The users can also be provided with a thumbnail of panoramic image. Other data streams sent to the user can contain (a) audio data, (b) interactivity markup data which describes regions of the image which provide interactivity opportunities such as hotspots, (c) presentation markup data which defines how data is presented on the user's screen, (d) a telemetry data stream which can be used for various statistical data. One data stream contains a low quality base image for each data stream which can be enhanced to form a high resolution focus image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2001
    Publication date: October 23, 2003
    Inventors: Patrick White, Brian Hunt, G. David Ripley
  • Publication number: 20020196330
    Abstract: A surveillance system that includes a number of camera subsystems. Each camera subsystem includes a number of single lens cameras pointing in different directions which simultaneously capture images. Each camera subsystem covers a particular theater of interest. Each single lens camera captures an image of a particular region in a particular theater. When an object of interest is identified, the system can follow the object as it moves between regions and theaters in a facility. When an object is being followed, the system can provide a view of the object as it transitions between regions covered different single lens cameras in a particular camera subsystem and as it transitions between theaters covered by different camera subsystems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2002
    Publication date: December 26, 2002
    Applicant: iMove Inc.
    Inventors: Michael C. Park, Gwendolyn Hunt, G. David Ripley
  • Publication number: 20020180759
    Abstract: An improved surveillance system which includes a multi-lens camera system and a viewer. The camera system includes a plurality of single lens cameras each of which have a relatively wide angle lens. These single lens cameras simultaneously capture images that can be seamed into a panorama. The camera system also includes a high resolution camera (i.e. a camera with a telephoto lens) that can be pointed in a selected direction that is within the field of view of the other cameras. The system displays a view window into the panorama that is created from images captured by the wide angle lenses. The image from the high resolution camera is either superimposed on top of the panoramic image or it is displayed on a separate monitor. If it is displayed in the panorama, the higher solution image is positioned at the point in the panorama which is displaying the same area in space at a lower resolution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2002
    Publication date: December 5, 2002
    Applicant: iMove Inc.
    Inventors: Michael C. Park, G. David Ripley
  • Publication number: 20020089587
    Abstract: Multiple streams of data are streamed to a user's terminal with images from different cameras. Low resolution thumbnail images tell the user what image streams are available. A focus stream provides high resolution images from a selected camera. A user can switch the focus stream to another stream by clicking on the associated thumbnail. An intelligent buffer is provided which anticipates the commands that will be issued by a user. Unused bandwidth is utilized to transmit data to the intelligent buffer to prepare to execute the anticipated commands. The data so accumulated is used to execute commands without any significant (or with less) latency. Data concerning a user and data concerning the operation of the system is gathered and added to a data base of user actions. Reports concerning the usage are later prepared.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2001
    Publication date: July 11, 2002
    Applicant: iMove Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick White, Brian Hunt, G. David Ripley
  • Publication number: 20020075258
    Abstract: An improved surveillance system which includes a multi-lens camera system and a viewer. The camera system includes a plurality of single lens cameras each of which have a relatively wide angle lens. These single lens cameras simultaneously capture images that can be seamed into a panorama. The camera system also includes a high resolution camera (i.e. a camera with a telephoto lens) that can be pointed in a selected direction that is within the field of view of the other cameras. The system displays a view window into the panorama that is created from images captured by the wide angle lenses. The image from the high resolution camera is superimposed on top of the panoramic image. The higher solution image is positioned at the point in the panorama which is displaying the same area in space at a lower resolution. Thus an operator sees a relatively low resolution panorama; however, a selected portion of the panorama is displayed at a high resolution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2001
    Publication date: June 20, 2002
    Applicant: iMove Inc.
    Inventors: Michael C. Park, G. David Ripley
  • Publication number: 20020063709
    Abstract: Movement through multi-dimensional space is simulated using a series of panoramic images which are projected or displayed in sequence. The user's direction of view, that is the selected view window, is maintained as the series of images is projected or displayed. Motion in directions other than forward or reverse is simulated by utilizing “branch” points in the sequence. Each path from a branch point simulates motion in a different direction. Branch points are generally indicated to a viewer by visual indicators called “hot spots”; however, branch points may also be hidden and activated in response to the viewer's selected direction of view. If a branch point is indicated by a visual indicator, a user can select motion in a desired direction by clicking on a “hot spot”. In order to conserve storage space, the image representing each panorama can be stored in a compressed format.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2001
    Publication date: May 30, 2002
    Inventors: Scott Gilbert, David J. Kaiman, Michael C. Park, G. David Ripley
  • Publication number: 20020063711
    Abstract: An improved surveillance system which includes a multi-lens camera system and a viewer. The camera system includes a plurality of single lens cameras each of which have a relatively wide angle lens. These single lens cameras simultaneously capture images that can be seamed into a panorama. The camera system also includes a high resolution camera (i.e. a camera with a telephoto lens) that can be pointed in a selected direction that is within the field of view of the other cameras. The system displays a view window into the panorama that is created from images captured by the wide angle lenses. The image from the high resolution camera is superimposed on top of the panoramic image. The higher solution image is positioned at the point in the panorama which is displaying the same area in space at a lower resolution. Thus an operator sees a relatively low resolution panorama; however, a selected portion of the panorama is displayed at a high resolution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2001
    Publication date: May 30, 2002
    Applicant: iMove Inc.
    Inventors: Michael C. Park, G. David Ripley
  • Publication number: 20020049979
    Abstract: Multiple streams of data are streamed to a user's terminal with images from different cameras. Low resolution thumbnail images tell the user what image streams are available. A focus stream provides high resolution images from a selected camera. A user can switch the focus stream to another stream by clicking on the associated thumbnail. The users can also be provided with a thumbnail of panoramic image. Other data streams sent to the user can contain (a) audio data, (b) interactivity markup data which describes regions of the image which provide interactivity opportunities such as hotspots, (c) presentation markup data which defines how data is presented on the user's screen, (d) a telemetry data stream which can be used for various statistical data. One data stream contains a low quality base image for each data stream which can be enhanced to forma high resolution focus image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2001
    Publication date: April 25, 2002
    Inventors: Patrick White, Brian Hunt, G. David Ripley
  • Publication number: 20020046218
    Abstract: The present invention provides a very flexible, digital system for capturing and storing panoramic images using progressive scan (that is, non interlaced) technology. The system includes a digital image input device and an associated control computer. Since the image capture device is digital it can be easily and flexibly controlled by software in the control computer. The image input device has six lenses positioned on the six faces of a cube. While the image input system can have other lens configurations, the use of six lenses in a cubic configuration is optimal for a system that is used to capture a spherical panorama. The six lenses simultaneously focuses different images on six CCDs (Charge Coupled Devices). The image input device also includes an embedded controller, and data compression circuitry. The embedded controller controls the exposure time of the CCDs (i.e. the effective aperture and effective shutter speed) and reads image data from the CCDs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2001
    Publication date: April 18, 2002
    Inventors: Scott Gilbert, David J. Kaiman, Michael C. Park, G. David Ripley
  • Patent number: 6337683
    Abstract: Movement through multi-dimensional space is simulated using a series of panoramic images which are projected or displayed in sequence. The user's direction of view, that is the selected view window, is maintained as the series of images is projected or displayed. Motion in directions other than forward or reverse is simulated by utilizing “branch” points in the sequence. Each path from a branch point simulates motion in a different direction. Branch points are generally indicated to a viewer by visual indicators called “hot spots”; however, branch points may also be hidden and activated in response to the viewer's selected direction of view. If a branch point is indicated by a visual indicator, a user can select motion in a desired direction by clicking on a “hot spot”. In order to conserve storage space, the image representing each panorama can be stored in a compressed format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2002
    Assignee: iMove Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Gilbert, David J. Kaiman, Michael C. Park, G. David Ripley
  • Patent number: 6323858
    Abstract: The present invention provides a very flexible, digital system for capturing and storing panoramic images using progressive scan (that is, non interlaced) technology. The system includes a digital image input device and an associated control computer. Since the image capture device is digital it can be easily and flexibly controlled by software in the control computer. The image input device has six lenses positioned on the six faces of a cube. While the image input system can have other lens configurations, the use of six lenses in a cubic configuration is optimal for a system that is used to capture a spherical panorama. The six lenses simultaneously focuses different images on six CCDs (Charge Coupled Devices). The image input device also includes an embedded controller, and data compression circuitry. The embedded controller controls the exposure time of the CCDs (i.e. the effective aperture and effective shutter speed) and reads image data from the CCDs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2001
    Assignee: iMove Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Gilbert, David J. Kaiman, Michael C. Park, G. David Ripley