Patents by Inventor Gary Fong

Gary Fong 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: 20180106422
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electronic gimbal with camera and mounting configuration. The gimbal can include an inertial measurement unit which can sense the orientation of the camera and three electronic motors which can manipulate the orientation of the camera. The gimbal can be removably coupled to a variety of mount platforms, such as an aerial vehicle, a handheld grip, or a rotating platform. Moreover, a camera can be removably coupled to the gimbal and can be held in a removable camera frame. Also disclosed is a system for allowing the platform, to which the gimbal is mounted, to control settings of the camera or to trigger actions on the camera, such as taking a picture, or initiating the recording of a video. The gimbal can also provide a connection between the camera and the mount platform, such that the mount platform receives images and video content from the camera.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Inventors: Noriaki Saika, Ryan Harrison, Joshua Todd Druker, Himay Rashmikant Shukla, Nenad Uzunovic, Edward Gordon Russell, Gary Fong
  • Patent number: 9930234
    Abstract: A positioning system is designed to align a lens barrel with a sensor assembly. A first end of a lens barrel includes ridges along an edge. The sensor assembly includes a recessed channel with reciprocal ridges for mating with the ridges of the lens barrel. The sensor assembly also includes a plurality of shim platforms structured, each structured to position a wedge shaped shim, the wedge shaped shim including a flat bottom to slide on the shim platform and raise or lower the lens barrel relative to the reciprocal ridges on which the lens barrel rests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Patrick Campbell, Leo Baldwin, Gary Fong
  • Publication number: 20180075834
    Abstract: A noise cancellation system for an unmanned aerial vehicle may have an audio capture module, a metadata module and a filter. The audio capture module may be configured to receive an audio signal captured from a microphone, e.g., on a camera. The metadata module may be configured to retrieve noise information associated with noise generating components operating on the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The filter may be configured to receive the audio signal and noise information from the audio capture module. The filter also may be configured to retrieve a baseline profile from a database based on the noise information. The baseline profile includes noise parameter to filter out audio frequencies from the audio signal corresponding to the noise generating component. The filter may generate a filtered audio signal for output.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Inventor: Gary Fong
  • Patent number: 9910278
    Abstract: A visualization device allows a user to be immersed in visual content by projecting the visual content to the user. A projection element is positioned such that visual content projected from the projection element is reflected off of a mirror, which is angled such that the reflected projection is reflected onto a lens doublet. The lens doublet is angled such that the visual content projection reflected onto the lens doublet is partially reflected toward the user. In addition, an electrochromic slab can be controlled to allow configurable amounts of ambient light into the visualization device. If the electrochromic slab is configured such that no ambient light is allowed into the visualization device, the user is only able to see the visual content projected by the display device. The electrochromic slab can also be configured to allow some or all ambient light to travel into the visualization device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Patrick Campbell, Leo Baldwin, Gary Fong
  • Publication number: 20180059414
    Abstract: A visualization device allows a user to be immersed in visual content by projecting the visual content to the user. A projection element is positioned such that visual content projected from the projection element is reflected off of a mirror, which is angled such that the reflected projection is reflected onto a lens doublet. The lens doublet is angled such that the visual content projection reflected onto the lens doublet is partially reflected toward the user. In addition, an electrochromic slab can be controlled to allow configurable amounts of ambient light into the visualization device. If the electrochromic slab is configured such that no ambient light is allowed into the visualization device, the user is only able to see the visual content projected by the display device. The electrochromic slab can also be configured to allow some or all ambient light to travel into the visualization device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Inventors: Scott Patrick Campbell, Leo Baldwin, Gary Fong
  • Publication number: 20180043988
    Abstract: A variable pitch propeller is designed to adjust the pitch of the propeller blade during flight to maximize the propeller efficiency. The propeller blade may comprise airfoil cross-sections. Each cross-section may be composed of different materials at the leading edge and trailing edge. In various embodiments, these materials are selected and oriented to achieve the necessary elastic moduli of the leading and trailing edge for the airfoil cross-section. During liftoff, the airfoil at the blade tip possesses a high blade pitch (e.g. 20 degrees), thereby increasing the generated lift on the propeller blades. During flight or hover conditions when maximal lift is no longer required, the trailing edge of the airfoil displaces upward and reduces the blade pitch to minimize the drag forces on the blade tip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Inventors: Scott Patrick Campell, Leo Baldwin, Gary Fong
  • Publication number: 20180046064
    Abstract: A diffuser for a camera, the diffuser including a base configured to be accommodated on a hotshoe assembly of the camera; a body configured to cover a display screen of the camera and also configured to act as a light diffuser; and a bridge being directly coupled to and extending between the base and the body; wherein the diffuser can be oriented in a first orientation in the hotshoe assembly such that the body extends away from the camera to act as a light diffuser or in a second orientation in the hotshoe assembly such that the body covers a display screen of the camera.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Inventor: GARY FONG
  • Patent number: 9876996
    Abstract: An image processor adjusts luminance values of pixels in a captured image to compensate for effects on focal quality due to thermal expansion or contraction. Responsivity values for different colors are characterized and a table is generated mapping temperature values to weights for each pixel color based on the relationship between temperature and focal length and the relationship between focal length and focal quality in each different color. Luminance values for one color may be compensated based on the measured luminance values for other colors, the relative responsivity values, and the weights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Patrick Campbell, Gary Fong
  • Patent number: 9874308
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electronic gimbal with camera and mounting configuration. The gimbal can include an inertial measurement unit which can sense the orientation of the camera and three electronic motors which can manipulate the orientation of the camera. The gimbal can be removably coupled to a variety of mount platforms, such as an aerial vehicle, a handheld grip, or a rotating platform. Moreover, a camera can be removably coupled to the gimbal and can be held in a removable camera frame. Also disclosed is a system for allowing the platform, to which the gimbal is mounted, to control settings of the camera or to trigger actions on the camera, such as taking a picture, or initiating the recording of a video. The gimbal can also provide a connection between the camera and the mount platform, such that the mount platform receives images and video content from the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Noriaki Saika, Ryan Harrison, Joshua Todd Druker, Himay Rashmikant Shukla, Nenad Uzunovic, Edward Gordon Russell, Gary Fong
  • Publication number: 20170355447
    Abstract: An offset blade of a propeller varies the blade pitch according to in-flight conditions in order to maximize the performance and efficiency of the propeller. As the propeller begins to rotate, upward thrust forces and lateral centrifugal forces are generated on the blade. The balance between the thrust and centrifugal forces determines the blade pitch. At rest, the blade pitch is minimized whereas when in-flight, the blade pitch of the propeller blade is maximized. The blade is coupled with a rotor hub through a connector that determines the maximum and minimum blade pitches of the blade. Furthermore, the connector reduces blade pitch oscillations that often occur in flight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Inventors: Bruno Cesar Douady-Pleven, Gary Fong
  • Publication number: 20170353637
    Abstract: A positioning system is designed to align a lens barrel with a sensor assembly. A first end of a lens barrel includes ridges along an edge. The sensor assembly includes a recessed channel with reciprocal ridges for mating with the ridges of the lens barrel. The sensor assembly also includes a plurality of shim platforms structured, each structured to position a wedge shaped shim, the wedge shaped shim including a flat bottom to slide on the shim platform and raise or lower the lens barrel relative to the reciprocal ridges on which the lens barrel rests.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Publication date: December 7, 2017
    Inventors: Scott Patrick Campbell, Leo Baldwin, Gary Fong
  • Publication number: 20170309088
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle manages storage of data and transfer between other connected devices. The unmanned aerial vehicle captures sensor data from sensors on the unmanned aerial vehicle. The unmanned aerial vehicle transfers the captured sensor data from the unmanned aerial vehicle to a remote controller via a wireless interface. The captured data may be transferred via a TCP link, a UDP link, or a combination thereof If a loss of link is detected, the captured sensor data is stored to a buffer and a battery level of the unmanned aerial vehicle and a flight status of the unmanned aerial vehicle is monitored. The stored sensor data is transferred from the buffer to a non-volatile storage responsive to the battery level dropping below a predefined threshold or detecting that the unmanned aerial vehicle is stationary and a shutdown may be imminent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Inventors: Ashwani Arya, Gary Fong
  • Patent number: 9779383
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to system, method and computer readable storage medium that includes matching media content with inventory, the media content for display within a point of purchase apparatus. The apparatus is identified by a remote system using a computer remote at the apparatus. The physical inventory within the identified apparatus remotely identifiable and matchable to remotely available media content stored at the remote system for subsequent display at the point of purchase apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter William Bain, Colleen Erin Juretus, Gary Fong
  • Publication number: 20170227162
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electronic gimbal with camera and mounting configuration. The gimbal can include an inertial measurement unit which can sense the orientation of the camera and three electronic motors which can manipulate the orientation of the camera. The gimbal can be removably coupled to a variety of mount platforms, such as an aerial vehicle, a handheld grip, or a rotating platform. Moreover, a camera can be removably coupled to the gimbal and can be held in a removable camera frame. Also disclosed is a system for allowing the platform, to which the gimbal is mounted, to control settings of the camera or to trigger actions on the camera, such as taking a picture, or initiating the recording of a video. The gimbal can also provide a connection between the camera and the mount platform, such that the mount platform receives images and video content from the camera.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Publication date: August 10, 2017
    Inventors: Noriaki Saika, Ryan Harrison, Joshua Todd Druker, Himay Rashmikant Shukla, Nenad Uzunovic, Edward Gordon Russell, Gary Fong
  • Patent number: 9720413
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to providing flight control for an unmanned aerial vehicle based on opposing fields of view with overlap. The UAV may include a housing, a motor, a first image sensor, a second image sensor, a first optical element having a first field of view greater than 180 degrees, a second optical element having a second field of view greater than 180 degrees, and one or more processors. The first optical element and the second optical element may be carried by the housing such that a centerline of the second field of view is substantially opposite from a centerline of the first field of view, and a peripheral portion of the first field of view and a peripheral portion of the second field of view overlap. Flight control for the UAV may be provided based on parallax disparity of an object within the overlapping fields of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Pablo Lema, Gary Fong, Shu Ching Ip
  • Publication number: 20170195545
    Abstract: An image processor adjusts luminance values of pixels in a captured image to compensate for effects on focal quality due to thermal expansion or contraction. Responsivity values for different colors are characterized and a table is generated mapping temperature values to weights for each pixel color based on the relationship between temperature and focal length and the relationship between focal length and focal quality in each different color. Luminance values for one color may be compensated based on the measured luminance values for other colors, the relative responsivity values, and the weights.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Publication date: July 6, 2017
    Inventors: Scott Patrick Campbell, Gary Fong
  • Patent number: 9618185
    Abstract: An LED lighting assembly is provided as a drop-in replacement for standard flourescent tubes. An LED lighting assembly and corresponding method for its assembly comprises a substrate having an LED array mounted thereon. The LED array can be mounted in traditional wirebonded or flip chip arrangements. The assembly further includes a heat sink layer, a light diffusion layer, a UV filter layer, and a structural frame for supporting the assembly. The structural frame can be adjusted to replace any length flourescent tube. A voltage controller is provided to filter out voltage spikes from a power source. A microcontroller is provided for receiving any control instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Flextronics AP, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher P. Ricci, Gary Fong
  • Publication number: 20170075701
    Abstract: Methods and systems for a driver or impairment assistive on board vehicle display, inactive control surface, and customization of a vehicle interface based on one or more of user impairment, user medical condition, user age, user physical condition, user driving characteristic and driving history are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Inventors: Christopher P. Ricci, Gary Fong
  • Publication number: 20160292631
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to system, method and computer readable storage medium that includes matching media content with inventory, the media content for display within a point of purchase apparatus. The apparatus is identified by a remote system using a computer remote at the apparatus. The physical inventory within the identified apparatus remotely identifiable and matchable to remotely available media content stored at the remote system for subsequent display at the point of purchase apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Publication date: October 6, 2016
    Inventors: Peter William Bain, Colleen Erin Juretus, Gary Fong
  • Publication number: 20150279038
    Abstract: Multiple cameras are arranged in an array at a pitch, roll, and yaw that allow the cameras to have adjacent fields of view such that each camera is pointed inward relative to the array. The read window of an image sensor of each camera in a multi-camera array can be adjusted to minimize the overlap between adjacent fields of view, to maximize the correlation within the overlapping portions of the fields of view, and to correct for manufacturing and assembly tolerances. Images from cameras in a multi-camera array with adjacent fields of view can be manipulated using low-power warping and cropping techniques, and can be taped together to form a final image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Publication date: October 1, 2015
    Inventors: Timothy MacMillan, Scott Patrick Campbell, Gary Fong