Patents by Inventor Michael Tamir

Michael Tamir 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: 20150058157
    Abstract: A system and method for providing route information to a user, in which paths provided to the user are automatically selected based on personal information of the user, so that in following the provided paths, the user passes things in which the user may have particular interest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Michael Tamir, Robin Glinton
  • Publication number: 20130278727
    Abstract: Generating 3D representations of a scene represented by a first video stream captured by video cameras. Identifying a transition between cameras, retrieving parameters of a first set of viewing configurations, providing 3D video representations representing the scene at several sets of viewing configurations different from the first set of viewing configurations, and generating an integrated video stream enabling 3D display of the scene by integration of at least two video streams having respective sets of viewing configurations, which are mutually different. Another provided process is for synthesizing an image of an object from a first image, captured by a certain camera at a first viewing configuration. Assigning a 3D model to a portion of a segmented object, calculating a modified image of the portion of the object from a viewing configuration different from the first viewing configuration, and embedding the modified image in a frame for stereoscopy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2011
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: STERGEN HIGH-TECH LTD.
    Inventors: Michael Tamir, Itzhak Wilf, Shai Sabag, Rotem Littman, Michael Birnboim
  • Patent number: 8482612
    Abstract: It is provided a system for embedment within a sport playing object, a ball for example. The system is associated with continuous determination of a state of the object, its location and pose. The system includes an inertial navigation system (INS) module first state module adapted for measuring parameters associated with the object state, a wireless transmitter, a battery for providing electric power, and a mounting module connecting the object with the first state module, the wireless transmitter and the battery. Independent data relating to the object state is provided by a second state module, a camera system for example. The object state is calculated in accordance with the parameters measured by the first state module and in accordance with the independent provided data. The camera system capturing the object includes at least two mutually displaced camera clusters, and each camera cluster includes one or more cameras for providing a predetermined spatial resolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Stats LLC
    Inventors: Michael Tamir, Gal Oz
  • Patent number: 8395711
    Abstract: It is provided a method for converting video streams capturing a scene to video streams fitting a viewpoint configuration. The video streams are provided by video cameras, and the method includes receiving parameters associated with the viewpoint configuration, and converting video streams of the scene as captured by the video cameras to video streams fitting the viewpoint configuration. The viewpoint configuration may be a dynamic viewpoint configuration determined by a joystick module. The converting may be done using a three dimensional method, and includes separating objects of the scene from other portions of the scene. The method may includes integrating the scene into the video stream of a certain scene associated with the viewpoint configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Sportvu Ltd.
    Inventors: Gal Oz, Danielle Shor, Michael Tamir, Michael Birnboim
  • Publication number: 20120013711
    Abstract: It is provided a method for generating a 3D representation of a scene, initially represented by a first video stream captured by a certain camera at a first set of viewing configurations. The method includes providing video streams compatible with capturing the scene by cameras, and generating an integrated video stream enabling three-dimensional display of the scene by integration of two video streams. The method includes calculating parameters characterizing a viewing configuration by analysis of elements having known geometrical parameters. The scene may be a sport scene which a playing field, a group of on-field objects and a group of background objects. The method includes segmenting a frame to those portions, separately associating each portion to the different viewing configuration, and merging them into a single frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2010
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Applicant: Stergen Hi-Tech Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael Tamir, Itzhak Wilf
  • Publication number: 20110032361
    Abstract: It is provided a system for embedment within a sport playing object, a ball for example. The system is associated with continuous determination of a state of the object, its location and pose. The system includes an inertial navigation system (INS) module first state module adapted for measuring parameters associated with the object state, a wireless transmitter, a battery for providing electric power, and a mounting module connecting the object with the first state module, the wireless transmitter and the battery. Independent data relating to the object state is provided by a second state module, a camera system for example. The object state is calculated in accordance with the parameters measured by the first state module and in accordance with the independent provided data. The camera system capturing the object includes at least two mutually displaced camera clusters, and each camera cluster includes one or more cameras for providing a predetermined spatial resolution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Publication date: February 10, 2011
    Applicant: STATS LLC
    Inventors: Michael Tamir, Gal Oz
  • Publication number: 20100060793
    Abstract: It is provided a method for converting video streams capturing a scene to video streams fitting a viewpoint configuration. The video streams are provided by video cameras, and the method includes receiving parameters associated with the viewpoint configuration, and converting video streams of the scene as captured by the video cameras to video streams fitting the viewpoint configuration. The viewpoint configuration may be a dynamic viewpoint configuration determined by a joystick module. The converting may be done using a three dimensional method, and includes separating objects of the scene from other portions of the scene. The method may includes integrating the scene into the video stream of a certain scene associated with the viewpoint configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2009
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Applicant: SPORTVU LTD.
    Inventors: Gal OZ, Danielle SHOR, Michael TAMIR, Michael BIRNBOIM
  • Publication number: 20080192116
    Abstract: Non-intrusive peripheral systems and methods to track, identify various acting entities and capture the full motion of these entities in a sports event. The entities preferably include players belonging to teams. The motion capture of more than one player is implemented in real-time with image processing methods. Captured player body organ or joints location data can be used to generate a three-dimensional display of the real sporting event using computer games graphics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2006
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Applicant: SPORTVU LTD.
    Inventors: Michael Tamir, Gal Oz
  • Publication number: 20060238617
    Abstract: Methods and systems for surveillance are described. One described method for use in a surveillance system having a camera, comprises generating a background image of the camera's field of regard, receiving a live video image of the camera's current field of view, wherein the field of view is within the field of regard, and correlating a position of the live video image within the background image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2006
    Publication date: October 26, 2006
    Inventor: Michael Tamir
  • Patent number: 6567038
    Abstract: A cooperative tracking system designed to track multiple cooperative targets within a given field in real time with high precision and high update rate comprises a microwave transmitter and two receivers with each target being provided with one or more coded microwave transponders which enable calculation of both position, speed and in a preferred embodiment direction of movement of each target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2003
    Assignee: Orad Hi-Tec Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yair Granot, Michael Tamir, Avi Sharir
  • Patent number: 6559884
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for inserting virtual objects into a video sequence including a camera position sensing system which uses LED's to provide perspective information for the camera sensing system thereby allowing natural scenery to be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2003
    Assignee: Orad Hi-Tec Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael Tamir, Avi Sharir
  • Publication number: 20030035066
    Abstract: The tele-illustrator system enables a commentator to mark the progression of a player as defined on a pitch in real time as an event progresses and for this progressive position to be correctly positioned on a video screen regardless of the movement of a video camera creating the video image of the pitch as defined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2001
    Publication date: February 20, 2003
    Inventors: Michael Tamir, Avi Sharir
  • Patent number: 6438508
    Abstract: A position detecting device for an object within virtual set comprises providing the object with an emitting device and using the device in conjunction with a plain or patterned chroma-key background to provide the exact position of a TV camera or alone to provide a position for another object or actor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Assignee: Orad Hi-Tec Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael Tamir, Avi Sharir
  • Patent number: 6384871
    Abstract: Apparatus for automatic electronic replacement of a billboard in a video image including an automatic camera orientation measurement apparatus including motion measurement means operative to measure the Field of View (FOV) of the TV camera relative to a known reference position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Assignee: Orad Hi-Tec Systems Limited
    Inventors: Itzhak Wilf, Avi Sharir, Michael Tamir
  • Patent number: 6380933
    Abstract: The position of players which may be persons or other objects such as racing cars, sail boats etc. in a sports event is identified and this data is used to create a 3-D image of the event enabling the event to be viewed from any desired angle and also enabling the data to be transmitted to remote viewers enabling the viewers to view the event in 3-D and also to introduce virtual players to compete with real players in the event and to compete with other viewers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2002
    Assignee: Orad Hi-Tec Systems Limited
    Inventors: Avi Sharir, Michael Tamir, Zion Azar
  • Publication number: 20010048484
    Abstract: An icon representing a virtual player is displayed on a television screen, together with a real player in a current live event so that the progress of the real player can be compared by a viewer against the progress of the icon which can represent a previous performance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2001
    Publication date: December 6, 2001
    Inventors: Michael Tamir, Avi Sharir
  • Publication number: 20010048483
    Abstract: A method of determining the position of a TV camera relative to a patterned panel being viewed by the TV camera including the steps of:
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2001
    Publication date: December 6, 2001
    Applicant: Orad Hi-Tec Systems Limited
    Inventors: Alexander Steinberg, Zinovy Livshits, Itzhak Wilf, Moshe Nissim, Michael Tamir, Avi Sharir, David Aufhauser
  • Patent number: 6304298
    Abstract: A method of determining the position of a TV camera relative to a patterned panel being viewed by the TV camera including the steps of: identifying a plurality of edge points of the pattern from the video signal produced by said camera and using these edge points to calculate the perspective of the pattern relative to the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2001
    Assignee: Orad Hi Tec Systems Limited
    Inventors: Alexander Steinberg, Zinovy Livshits, Itzhak Wilf, Moshe Nissim, Michael Tamir, Avi Sharir, David Aufhauser
  • Patent number: 6297853
    Abstract: A system (FIGS. 7 and 8) and method (FIG. 1) for video transmission of active events, for example sports events, having in the background physical images in designated targets, wherein the physical images are electronically exchanged with preselected virtual images, so that objects or shadows actually blocking the same portions of the virtual images, and the motion of players or a ball blocking the physical image will block corresponding regions of the exchanged virtual image, so that the exchanged electronic image will remain in the background of the event, exactly as the original image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2001
    Assignee: Orad Hi-Tech Systems Ltd.
    Inventors: Avi Sharir, Michael Tamir
  • Patent number: 6292227
    Abstract: Apparatus for automatic replacement of a billboard in a video image is provided. The billboard comprises a chroma-key surface, and the apparatus includes a video camera for viewing the billboard, and a chroma-key unit operative to detect at least one chroma-key color of the billboard chroma-key surface. A reference color of the chroma-key unit is adjustable to conform to the color of the chrom-key surface, thereby enabling the chroma-key unit to correctly identify the billboard surface and to correctly replace the chroma-key surface of the billboard by a virtual advertisement in a video image with correct occlusion of any foreground object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Assignee: Orad Hi-Tec Systems Limited
    Inventors: Itzhak Wilf, Avi Sharir, Michael Tamir