Patents by Inventor Peter Dürr

Peter Dürr 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: 20240244310
    Abstract: A tracking camera is disclosed, including a mirror assembly and sensors communicatively coupled to a controller. The controller receives data from the sensors and adjusts the mirror assembly based on the data. The sensors include a time-of-flight sensor for determining distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2022
    Publication date: July 18, 2024
    Applicant: Sony Group Corporation
    Inventors: Markus KAMM, Dario BRESCIANINI, Peter DÜRR
  • Patent number: 12038748
    Abstract: There is provided a control device including an image display unit configured to acquire, from a flying body, an image captured by an imaging device provided in the flying body and to display the image, and a flight instruction generation unit configured to generate a flight instruction for the flying body based on content of an operation performed with respect to the image captured by the imaging device and displayed by the image display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2024
    Assignee: SONY GROUP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kohtaro Sabe, Yasunori Kawanami, Kenta Kawamoto, Tsutomu Sawada, Satoru Shimizu, Peter Duerr, Yuki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 12025978
    Abstract: A remote control adapted to modify an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)'s autonomous flight of a predetermined trajectory is provided. The remote control includes at least one moveable control member for adjusting a set point of an adjustable control parameter of the UAV. Further, the remote control includes at least one actuator capable of controllably applying a torque to the at least one control member. The remote control additionally includes a processing circuit configured to determine a set point of torque to be applied to the at least one control member based on a reference set point of the control parameter. The reference set point of the control parameter is related to the predetermined trajectory. The processing circuit is further configured to control the at least one actuator to apply the determined set point of torque to the at least one control member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2024
    Assignee: SONY GROUP CORPORATION
    Inventor: Peter Dürr
  • Publication number: 20240201689
    Abstract: There is provided a control device including an image display unit configured to acquire, from a flying body, an image captured by an imaging device provided in the flying body and to display the image, and a flight instruction generation unit configured to generate a flight instruction for the flying body based on content of an operation performed with respect to the image captured by the imaging device and displayed by the image display unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 29, 2024
    Publication date: June 20, 2024
    Applicant: Sony Group Corporation
    Inventors: Kohtaro SABE, Yasunori KAWANAMI, Kenta KAWAMOTO, Tsutomu SAWADA, Satoru SHIMIZU, Peter DUERR, Yuki YAMAMOTO
  • Publication number: 20240184290
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes at least one imaging device attached to a vehicle and that captures multiple images, and a control circuit that generates a composite image from the multiple images and displays the composite image on a display unit. The vehicle is operated according to a user operation on a portion of the display unit on which the composite image is being displayed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2024
    Publication date: June 6, 2024
    Applicant: Sony Group Corporation
    Inventors: Kohtaro SABE, Peter DUERR
  • Patent number: 11987491
    Abstract: A MEMS (micro-electromechanical system) actuator element includes a substrate, a stationary first electrode structure with an edge structure, a second electrode structure with an edge structure, wherein the second electrode structure is deflectably coupled to the substrate by means of a spring structure and electrostatically deflectable by means of the first electrode structure to move the edge structure of the second electrode structure into an intermediate position between a minimum and maximum vertical deflection position, wherein the minimum and maximum deflection position specify a maximum deflection path, wherein the edge structures of the first and second electrode structures are to each other and are vertically spaced apart in the minimum deflection position and wherein, in the maximum deflection position, the vertical immersion path of the edge structure of the second electrode structure into the edge structure of the first electrode structure is up to 0.5 times the maximum deflection path zS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FÖRDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
    Inventors: Peter Dürr, Andreas Neudert, Linda Skatulla
  • Patent number: 11989022
    Abstract: There is provided a control device including an image display unit configured to acquire, from a flying body, an image captured by an imaging device provided in the flying body and to display the image, and a flight instruction generation unit configured to generate a flight instruction for the flying body based on content of an operation performed with respect to the image captured by the imaging device and displayed by the image display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: SONY GROUP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kohtaro Sabe, Yasunori Kawanami, Kenta Kawamoto, Tsutomu Sawada, Satoru Shimizu, Peter Duerr, Yuki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 11984038
    Abstract: Examples relate to a method for generating an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) controller model for controlling an UAV, a system including an UAV, a wind generator, a motion-tracking system and a control module, and to an UAV. The method for training the UAV controller model includes providing a wind generator control signal to a wind generator, to cause the wind generator to emit a wind current towards the UAV. The method includes operating the UAV using the UAV controller model. A flight of the UAV is influenced by the wind generated by the wind generator. The method includes monitoring the flight of the UAV using a motion-tracking system to determine motion-tracking data. The method includes training the UAV controller model using a machine-learning algorithm based on the motion-tracking data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Peter Dürr
  • Patent number: 11953904
    Abstract: There is provided a control device including an image display unit configured to acquire, from a flying body, an image captured by an imaging device provided in the flying body and to display the image, and a flight instruction generation unit configured to generate a flight instruction for the flying body based on content of an operation performed with respect to the image captured by the imaging device and displayed by the image display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: SONY GROUP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kohtaro Sabe, Yasunori Kawanami, Kenta Kawamoto, Tsutomu Sawada, Satoru Shimizu, Peter Duerr, Yuki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 11927960
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes at least one imaging device attached to a vehicle and that captures multiple images, and a control circuit that generates a composite image from the multiple images and displays the composite image on a display unit. The vehicle is operated according to a user operation on a portion of the display unit on which the composite image is being displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: SONY GROUP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kohtaro Sabe, Peter Duerr
  • Publication number: 20240015402
    Abstract: A tracking camera is disclosed, including a mirror assembly and event camera each communicatively coupled to a control unit. The control unit receives event data from the event camera and adjusts the mirror assembly based on the event data. A lens assembly includes at least one lens between the mirror assembly and the event camera.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2021
    Publication date: January 11, 2024
    Applicant: Sony Group Corporation
    Inventors: Dario BRESCIANINI, Peter DÜRR, Markus KAMM
  • Publication number: 20230401741
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method for determining a relative position of a first aerial vehicle and at least one second aerial vehicle to each other. The method comprises receiving first image data of a first camera system attached to the first aerial vehicle and second image data of a second camera system attached to the second aerial vehicle. Further, the method provides for determining the relative position using a geometric relation of the first and the second image data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2021
    Publication date: December 14, 2023
    Applicant: Sony Group Corporation
    Inventor: Peter DÜRR
  • Publication number: 20230298202
    Abstract: [Object] To provide a novel and improved information processing device that can make more efficient an inspection performed by a flying body capable of performing imaging. [Solution] Provided is an information processing device including an imaging position information acquisition unit configured to acquire imaging position information at a time when a structure is imaged which is acquired by an imaging device configured to fly over a periphery of the structure to image the structure on the basis of certain flight information, and a damage data generating unit configured to use a captured image of the structure imaged by the imaging device and the imaging position information and to generate data related to damage of the structure including position information of damage of the structure included in the captured image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2023
    Publication date: September 21, 2023
    Applicant: Sony Group Corporation
    Inventors: Kayoko TANAKA, Kohtaro SABE, Tsutomu SAWADA, Satoru SHIMIZU, Kousuke SUZUKI, Peter DUERR, Miki SHIBUYA, Hironari MIZUMURA
  • Publication number: 20230288207
    Abstract: Provided is a device including an acquisition unit that acquires information indicating a position estimation system selected from among a plurality of position estimation systems for estimating a position of a flight vehicle, and a position estimation unit that estimates the position of the flight vehicle from first information generated by using an inertial sensor of the flight vehicle and second information generated through the position estimation system based on a parameter for the position estimation system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2023
    Publication date: September 14, 2023
    Inventors: KOHTARO SABE, HARUTO TAKEDA, PETER DUERR, SATORU SHIMIZU, TSUTOMU SAWADA, KOUSUKE SUZUKI
  • Patent number: 11697499
    Abstract: A method for transporting a rescue device from an aerial vehicle to a person to be rescued includes launching an unmanned aerial vehicle from the aerial vehicle having an end portion releasable attached to the unmanned aerial vehicle via a first connection and a second connection. The method further includes enabling the person to be rescued to reach the end portion of the rescue device. and determining whether the end portion of the rescue device is released from the first connection. If the rescue device is released determining at the unmanned aerial vehicle whether the person to be rescued is safely attached to the rescue device. If so, the method comprises either releasing the rescue device from the second connection, or deactivating the unmanned aerial vehicle such that the unmanned aerial vehicle remains attached to the rescue device via the second connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2023
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Peter Dürr, Henrik Schäfer, Bi Wang
  • Patent number: 11668569
    Abstract: Provided is a device including an acquisition unit that acquires information indicating a position estimation system selected from among a plurality of position estimation systems for estimating a position of a flight vehicle, and a position estimation unit that estimates the position of the flight vehicle from first information generated by using an inertial sensor of the flight vehicle and second information generated through the position estimation system based on a parameter for the position estimation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: SONY GROUP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kohtaro Sabe, Haruto Takeda, Peter Duerr, Satoru Shimizu, Tsutomu Sawada, Kousuke Suzuki
  • Publication number: 20230171492
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally pertains to autofocus imaging circuitry, configured to: obtain, for a first adjusted focus, a first plurality of brightness change events from a brightness change event detection element; obtain, for a second adjusted focus, a second plurality of brightness change events from the brightness change event detection element; and determine a focus based on the first and the second plurality of brightness change events for autofocusing a scene.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2021
    Publication date: June 1, 2023
    Applicant: Sony Group Corporation
    Inventors: Kirk SCHEPER, Peter DÜRR, Oliver ERDLER
  • Patent number: 11657534
    Abstract: To provide a novel and improved information processing device that can make more efficient an inspection performed by a flying body capable of performing imaging. Provided is an information processing device including an imaging position information acquisition unit configured to acquire imaging position information at a time when a structure is imaged which is acquired by an imaging device configured to fly over a periphery of die structure to image the structure on the basis of certain flight information, and a damage data generating unit configured to use a captured image of the structure imaged by the imaging device and the imaging position information and to generate data related to damage of the structure including position information of damage of the structure included in the captured image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Assignee: SONY GROUP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kayoko Tanaka, Kohtaro Sabe, Tsutomu Sawada, Satoru Shimizu, Kousuke Suzuki, Peter Duerr, Miki Shibuya, Hironari Mizumura
  • Publication number: 20230106526
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes at least one imaging device attached to a vehicle and that captures multiple images, and a control circuit that generates a composite image from the multiple images and displays the composite image on a display unit. The vehicle is operated according to a user operation on a portion of the display unit on which the composite image is being displayed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2022
    Publication date: April 6, 2023
    Applicant: Sony Group Corporation
    Inventors: Kohtaro SABE, Peter DUERR
  • Publication number: 20230100412
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a system for generating a digital map of an environment. The system comprises at least one sensor which is configured to record sensor data and a position of an object within the environment together with a time-stamp of recording the sensor data. Further, the system comprises a data processing circuitry configured to determine a time-dependent presence probability distribution of the object based on the sensor data. The presence probability distribution is indicative of a probability of the object being at its position before, after and/or at a time of the time-stamp. The data processing circuitry is further configured to register the presence probability distribution of the object in the digital map of an environment of the object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2021
    Publication date: March 30, 2023
    Applicant: Sony Group Corporation
    Inventors: Matthias FREY, Peter DÜRR