Patents by Inventor Robin Atkins

Robin Atkins 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: 10275932
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to a display operable in 2D and 3D display modes. Methods and apparatus are provided for adjusting the colors and brightness of the image data and/or intensity of the display backlight based on the current display mode and/or color-grading of the image data. For example, when switching to a 3D display mode a color mapping may be performed on left and right eye image data to increase color saturation in particular regions, and/or the backlight intensity may be increased in particular regions to compensate for lower light levels in 3D display mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Eric Kozak, Robin Atkins
  • Patent number: 10242627
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for dynamically adjusting the backlight of a display during video playback. Given an input video stream and associated minimum, average, or maximum luminance values of the video frames in the video stream, values of a function of the frame min, mid, or max luminance values are filtered using a temporal filter to generate a filtered output value for each frame. The instantaneous dynamic range of a target display is determined based on the filtered output value and the minimum and maximum brightness values of the display. A backlight control level is computed based on the instantaneous dynamic range, and the input signal is tone mapped by a display management process to be displayed on the target display at the selected backlight level. The design of a temporal filter based on an exponential moving average filter and scene-change detection is presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Suzanne Farrell, Scott Daly, Robin Atkins, Timo Kunkel, Gregory John Ward, Samir N. Hulyalkar, Ning Xu
  • Patent number: 10242650
    Abstract: A handheld imaging device has a data receiver that is configured to receive reference encoded image data. The data includes reference code values, which are encoded by an external coding system. The reference code values represent reference gray levels, which are being selected using a reference grayscale display function that is based on perceptual non-linearity of human vision adapted at different light levels to spatial frequencies. The imaging device also has a data converter that is configured to access a code mapping between the reference code values and device-specific code values of the imaging device. The device-specific code values are configured to produce gray levels that are specific to the imaging device. Based on the code mapping, the data converter is configured to transcode the reference encoded image data into device-specific image data, which is encoded with the device-specific code values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Jon Scott Miller, Scott Daly, Mahdi Nezamabadi, Robin Atkins
  • Patent number: 10235947
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a dual modulator display systems and methods for rendering target image data upon the dual modulator display system are disclosed where the display system receives target image data, possible HDR image data and first calculates display control signals and then calculates backlight control signals from the display control signals. This order of calculating display signals and then backlight control signals later as a function of the display systems may tend to reduce clipping artifacts. In other embodiments, it is possible to split the input target HDR image data into a base layer and a detail layer, wherein the base layer is the low spatial resolution image data that may be utilized as for backlight illumination data. The detail layer is higher spatial resolution image data that may be utilized for display control data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Robin Atkins, Rabab K. Ward
  • Publication number: 20190045177
    Abstract: A projection display system includes a spatial modulator that is controlled to compensate for flare in a lens of the projector. The spatial modulator increases achievable intra-frame contrast and facilitates increased peak luminance without unacceptable black levels. Some embodiments provide 3D projection systems in which the spatial modulator is combined with a polarization control panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory John Ward, Robin Atkins
  • Publication number: 20190045181
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a display device is disclosed to optically communicating display parameters. The device receives input image data. Embedded in the input image data is a code value identifying a request for a portion of a display parameter of the display device. The device decodes the embedded code value. The device generates an optical image based on the request and transmits the generated optical image to an output of the display device to communicate the requested portion of the requested display parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Timo KUNKEL, Robin ATKINS, Tao CHEN
  • Patent number: 10194127
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus and methods are provided to map a video range of image data to the video range of a display. Embodiments apply a weighted combination of values in input image data streams to generate image data having a range which matches the display capabilities. The weighted combination may be determined based on relative capabilities of the display and input image data. The video range of the image data and display may be a range of colors (gamut) and/or luminance (dynamic range).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Robin Atkins
  • Publication number: 20190005919
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for mapping video signal parameters such as tone and color may be applied at various points in a video generation and delivery pipeline. apparatus may be configured to control mappings based on a range of inputs which may include one or more of: ambient conditions, user inputs, control information, adaptation models. Apparatus and methods may be applied to display video or other images so as to preserve a creative intent embodied in video or other image data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Helge Seetzen, Robin Atkins, Neil W. Messmer, Gerwin Damberg
  • Publication number: 20180366070
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for dynamically adjusting the backlight of a display during video playback. Given an input video stream and associated minimum, average, or maximum luminance values of the video frames in the video stream, values of a function of the frame min, mid, or max luminance values are filtered using a temporal filter to generate a filtered output value for each frame. The instantaneous dynamic range of a target display is determined based on the filtered output value and the minimum and maximum brightness values of the display. A backlight control level is computed based on the instantaneous dynamic range, and the input signal is tone mapped by a display management process to be displayed on the target display at the selected backlight level. The design of a temporal filter based on an exponential moving average filter and scene-change detection is presented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Suzanne FARRELL, Scott DALY, Robin ATKINS, Timo KUNKEL, Gregory John WARD, Samir N. HULYALKAR, Ning XU
  • Patent number: 10140953
    Abstract: Methods are disclosed for adaptive display management using one or more viewing environment parameters. Given the one or more viewing environment parameters, an effective luminance range for a target display, and an input image, a tone-mapped image is generated based on a tone-mapping curve, an original PQ luminance mapping function, and the effective luminance range of the display. A corrected PQ (PQ?) luminance mapping function is generated according to the viewing environment parameters. A PQ-to-PQ? mapping is generated, wherein codewords in the original PQ luminance mapping function are mapped to codewords in the corrected (PQ?) luminance mapping function, and an adjusted tone-mapped image is generated based on the PQ-to-PQ? mapping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Wanat, Robin Atkins, Scott Daly
  • Patent number: 10123002
    Abstract: A projection display system includes a spatial modulator that is controlled to compensate for flare in a lens of the projector. The spatial modulator increases achievable intra-frame contrast and facilitates increased peak luminance without unacceptable black levels. Some embodiments provide 3D projection systems in which the spatial modulator is combined with a polarization control panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory John Ward, Robin Atkins
  • Publication number: 20180262767
    Abstract: Several embodiments of scalable image processing systems and methods are disclosed herein whereby color management processing of source image data to be displayed on a target display is changed according to varying levels of metadata.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Inventors: Neil W. Messmer, Robin Atkins, Steve Margerm, Peter W. Longhurst
  • Patent number: 10062333
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for dynamically adjusting the backlight of a display during video playback or for generating filtered video metadata. Given an input video stream and associated metadata values of minimum, average, or maximum luminance values of the video frames in the video stream, values of a function of the frame min, mid, or max luminance values are filtered using a temporal filter to generate a filtered output value for each frame. At least one filtering coefficient of the temporal filter is adapted based on a logistic function controlled by slope and sensitivity values. The instantaneous dynamic range of a target display is determined based on the filtered metadata values and the minimum and maximum brightness values of the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Suzanne Farrell, Scott Daly, Robin Atkins, Timo Kunkel, Kimball Darr Thurston, III
  • Publication number: 20180240437
    Abstract: A handheld imaging device has a data receiver that is configured to receive reference encoded image data. The data includes reference code values, which are encoded by an external coding system. The reference code values represent reference gray levels, which are being selected using a reference grayscale display function that is based on perceptual non-linearity of human vision adapted at different light levels to spatial frequencies. The imaging device also has a data converter that is configured to access a code mapping between the reference code values and device-specific code values of the imaging device. The device-specific code values are configured to produce gray levels that are specific to the imaging device. Based on the code mapping, the data converter is configured to transcode the reference encoded image data into device-specific image data, which is encoded with the device-specific code values.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Publication date: August 23, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jon Scott MILLER, Scott DALY, Mahdi NEZAMABADI, Robin ATKINS
  • Patent number: 10056055
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for mapping video signal parameters such as tone and color may be applied at various points in a video generation and delivery pipeline. apparatus may be configured to control mappings based on a range of inputs which may include one or more of: ambient conditions, user inputs, control information, adaptation models. Apparatus and methods may be applied to display video or other images so as to preserve a creative intent embodied in video or other image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Helge Seetzen, Robin Atkins, Neil W. Messmer, Gerwin Damberg
  • Patent number: 10056042
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for filtering metadata to be used in display management. Given an input video stream and input metadata comprising at least one of minimum, average, or maximum luminance values of the video frames in the video stream, values of a function of the input metadata are filtered using a temporal filter to generate filtered metadata, wherein the filtering is based only on metadata for input frames in the same scene. Methods for temporal filtering based on an exponential moving average filter or a look-ahead sliding window filter are presented, including methods for scene-change detection using the input metadata.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Robin Atkins, Gregory John Ward, Samir N. Hulyalkar, Guan-Ming Su, Sheng Qu
  • Publication number: 20180234704
    Abstract: In a method to improve backwards compatibility when decoding high-dynamic range images coded in a wide color gamut (WCG) space which may not be compatible with legacy color spaces, hue and/or saturation values of images in an image database are computed for both a legacy color space (say, YCbCr-gamma) and a preferred WCG color space (say, IPT-PQ). Based on a cost function, a reshaped color space is computed so that the distance between the hue values in the legacy color space and rotated hue values in the preferred color space is minimized HDR images are coded in the reshaped color space. Legacy devices can still decode standard dynamic range images assuming they are coded in the legacy color space, while updated devices can use color reshaping information to decode HDR images in the preferred color space at full dynamic range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Publication date: August 16, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Robin ATKINS, Peng YIN, Taoran LU, Jaclyn Anne PYTLARZ
  • Patent number: 10015525
    Abstract: In high-dynamic range (HDR) coding, content mapping translates an HDR signal to a signal of lower dynamic range. Coding and prediction in layered coding of HDR signals is improved if content mapping utilizes signal color ranges beyond those defined by a traditional electro-optical transfer function (EOTF) or its inverse (IEOTF or OETF). Extended EOTF and IEOTF functions are derived based on their mirror points. Examples of extended EOTFs are given for ITU BT. 1886 and SMPTE ST 2084.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Robin Atkins, Guan-Ming Su, Tao Chen
  • Publication number: 20180160089
    Abstract: An existing metadata set that is specific to a color volume transformation model is transformed to a metadata set that is specific to a distinctly different color volume transformation model. For example, source content metadata for a first color volume transformation model is received. This source metadata determines a specific color volume transformation, such as a sigmoidal tone map curve. The specific color volume transformation is mapped to a color volume transformation of a second color volume transformation model, e.g., a Bézier tone map curve. Mapping can be a best fit curve, or a reasonable approximation. Mapping results in metadata values used for the second color volume transformation model (e.g., one or more Bézier curve knee points and anchors). Thus, devices configured for the second color volume transformation model can reasonably render source content according to received source content metadata of the first color volume transformation model.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Applicant: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Raymond YEUNG, Patrick GRIFFIS, Thaddeus BEIER, Robin ATKINS
  • Publication number: 20180144692
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for filtering metadata to be used in display management. Given an input video stream and input metadata comprising at least one of minimum, average, or maximum luminance values of the video frames in the video stream, values of a function of the input metadata are filtered using a temporal filter to generate filtered metadata, wherein the filtering is based only on metadata for input frames in the same scene. Methods for temporal filtering based on an exponential moving average filter or a look-ahead sliding window filter are presented, including methods for scene-change detection using the input metadata.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Applicant: DOLBY LABORATORIES LICENSING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robin ATKINS, Gregory John WARD, Samir N. HULYALKAR, Guan-Ming SU, Sheng QU