Including Means For Scanning Field Of View Patents (Class 250/334)
  • Patent number: 10269110
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting the cracks in illuminated electronic device screens are disclosed. In one embodiment, the method includes receiving an image of an electronic device screen and retrieving a plurality of kernels, each having values corresponding to a line region and a non-line region, with the orientation of the line region and the non-line region differing for each kernel. At least some of the kernels are applied to the image to obtain, at various locations of the image, values corresponding to the line regions and the non-line regions. Based on the values corresponding to the line regions and the non-line regions, cracks are automatically identified in the electronic device screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: ecoATM, LLC
    Inventors: Babak Forutanpour, Jeffrey Ploetner
  • Patent number: 10261578
    Abstract: Mapping apparatus includes a transmitter, which is configured to emit at least one beam including a sequence of pulses of light toward a plurality of points in a scene. A receiver is configured to receive the light reflected from the scene and to generate an output indicative of a time of flight of the pulses to and from the points in the scene. A processor is coupled to process the output of the receiver so as to generate a 3D map of the scene, while controlling a power level of the pulses emitted by the transmitter responsively to a level of the output from the receiver in response to one or more previous pulses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Alexander Shpunt, Raviv Erlich
  • Patent number: 10223914
    Abstract: Disclosed are an emergency vehicle supporting device and system using a drone that resolve forward traffic congestion on a road on which an emergency vehicle is driving via the drone and supports securing of a driving path for the emergency vehicle. According to the present invention, an emergency vehicle supporting device mounted on the emergency vehicle generates drone control information and transmits the generated drone control information to the drone. Further, the drone flies according to the drone control information and a location change of the emergency vehicle and broadcasts an avoidance warning to surrounding vehicles around the flying drone, so that the surrounding vehicles may help the emergency vehicle secure a driving path and thus the emergency vehicle may arrive at a destination within a desired time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Mando Corporation
    Inventor: Man Bok Park
  • Patent number: 10109224
    Abstract: Assemblies for creating graphic displays and art are disclosed. The assemblies include at least one vehicle that is capable of flight; a series of light emitting elements independently affixed to the vehicle or mounted to one or more radially extending elements; an axis around which the radially extending elements are configured to rotate; and at least one motor that is configured to cause the axis and the radially extending elements to rotate. Rotation of the radially extending elements generates a graphic display produced by the light emitting elements (through a “persistence of vision” optical illusion). Methods of using such assemblies are also disclosed, such as methods for producing a graphic display (including aggregated graphic displays), methods for creating three-dimensional structures, and methods for camouflaging aerial vehicles and other objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventors: Jayant Ratti, Steven Chan
  • Patent number: 10032140
    Abstract: The system enables one to securely recycle an electronic device in a publicly accessible location. In particular, the embodiment described may be used by a mobile phone owner to submit his/her mobile phone for recycling via an electronic kiosk and receive compensation in some form. The compensation might be dispersed via cash, voucher, credit or debit card, or other magnetic or electronic transaction methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: ecoATM, LLC.
    Inventors: Mark Vincent Bowles, Michael Librizzi
  • Patent number: 9972759
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (1), comprising at least one optoelectronic semiconductor component (2) and a substrate (5), on which the semiconductor component is arranged, wherein an insulating layer (4) is adjacent to a lateral surface (25) that bounds the semiconductor component; a contact track (6) is arranged on a radiation passage surface of the semiconductor component and is connected to an electrically conductive manner to the semiconductor component; the contact track extends beyond the lateral surface of the semiconductor component and is arranged on the insulating layer; and the contact track is relieved with respect to a thermomechanical load occurring perpendicularly to the lateral surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: OSRAM Opto Semiconductors GmbH
    Inventors: Walter Wegleiter, Paola Altieri-Weimar, Juergen Moosburger, Stefan Stegmeier, Karl Weidner
  • Patent number: 9939343
    Abstract: Systems and methods of detecting and identifying a leak from a container or building. Acoustic pressure and velocity are measured. Acoustic properties are acquired from the measured values. The acoustic properties are converted to infiltration/leakage information. Nearfield Acoustic Holography (NAH) may be one method to detect the leakages from a container by locating the noise sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: UChicago Argonne, LLC
    Inventors: Ralph T. Muehleisen, Ganesh Raman
  • Patent number: 9934739
    Abstract: A display driver includes a symbology generator having an electronic architecture optimized for symbology display, along with an interface to a microdisplay. The interface is configured to operatively couple the symbology generator to the microdisplay, to support a display of symbol objects on the microdisplay. The symbology generator may be a one-bit symbology generator configured to provide bi-level pixel data representing symbology to the microdisplay. The symbology generator may be configured to provide video information to the microdisplay in addition to the bi-level pixel data. The symbology generator may be further configured to coordinate the bi-level pixel data with the video information. The coordination may include various types of blending of the symbology data and the video data, or a hybrid mode where symbology data is applied to one set of pixels of the microdisplay, and video data is applied to another set of pixels of the microdisplay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Kopin Corporation
    Inventor: Timothy Brandon Hogan
  • Patent number: 9906738
    Abstract: A weak target detection-oriented multi-modal infrared imaging system includes an infrared optical window, a large-field of view (FOV) two-dimensional scanning mirror, a Cassegrain reflector group, a broadband spectrum relay mirror, a first lens group, a space-adjustable and transmittance-variable lens, a second lens group, a focal plane array (FPA) module, a data processing module and a space addressable transmittance modulation module. The data processing module generates a transmittance modulation control signal and an imaging integration time modulation signal according to an image data signal output by the FPA module, and the space-adjustable and transmittance-variable lens dynamically adjust an optical field transmittance under the effect of the transmittance modulation control signal. The FPA module adaptively adjusts an imaging integration time under the effect of the imaging integration time modulation signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignees: Nanjing Huatu Information Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tianxu Zhang, Xinyu Zhang
  • Patent number: 9879992
    Abstract: An apparatus for acquiring image and location information includes an antenna comprising an element configured to receive signals for determining the location information, and an imaging device coupled to the antenna and configured to acquire the image information. A virtual perspective center of the imaging device is coincident with the element of the antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Trimble Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin Sharp
  • Patent number: 9723229
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for thermal detection. A thermal detection device includes a visual camera, a thermal detector, a controller, a user interface, a display, and a removable and rechargeable battery pack. The thermal detection device also includes a plurality of additional software and hardware modules configured to perform or execute various functions and operations of the thermal detection device. An output from the visual camera and an output from the thermal detector are combined by the controller or the plurality of additional modules to generate a combined image for display on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC TOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Evans H. Nguyen, Matthew J. Mergener, Wade Burch
  • Patent number: 9675000
    Abstract: System and techniques for optical flow sensing applications in agricultural vehicles are described herein. A plurality of digital images of an agricultural environment can be obtained from a sensor affixed to agricultural equipment. The plurality of digital images can include a first image and a second image, the second image being captured subsequent to the first image. A transformation of a landmark between the first image and the second image can be identified. A degree of motion for the agricultural equipment relative to an environmental target can be calculated based on the transformation of the landmark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Raven Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Edwin Ernest Wilson, Robert Leonard Nelson, Jr., David Anthony Fowler
  • Patent number: 9651428
    Abstract: A battery system including a plurality of battery cells and at least one electronic unit having a circuit board and a temperature measuring device with at least two infrared temperature sensors arranged on and operatively connected to the circuit board and configured to measure a temperature of a predetermined measurement region on a surface of the battery cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Michael Erhart
  • Patent number: 9551993
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a logistics manager that includes a processor. The logistics manager is communicably coupled to at least one of a first wireless communication module onboard a first vehicle and a second wireless communication module onboard a second vehicle. The logistics manager is configured to: receive, via the first wireless communication module, first data regarding the first vehicle, where the first data is provided by a first sensor module onboard the first vehicle; receive, via the second wireless communication module, second data regarding the second vehicle, where the second data is provided by a second sensor module onboard the second vehicle; and provide navigational commands to at least one of the first vehicle and the second vehicle based on a cost and benefit analysis in response to at least one the first data and the second data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: CUMMINS, INC.
    Inventors: Steven J. Kolhouse, Carlos A. Lana, Vivek A. Sujan, Phani Vajapeyazula, J. Stephen Wills, Thomas M. Yonushonis
  • Patent number: 9503149
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a transceiver including a transmitting interface and a receiving interface; a wireless network processor for transmitting or receiving wireless local area network signal; an antenna for transmitting or receiving the radio-frequency signal and transmitting or receiving the wireless local area network signal; an amplifier for amplifying the signal from the transmitting interface of the transceiver, the radio-frequency signal received from the antenna by the transceiver and the wireless local area network signal transmitted or received through the transmission interface by the wireless network processor; and a controller for controlling the amplifier to amplify the radio-frequency signal, or amplify the wireless local area network signal according to detection signals from the transceiver and the wireless network processor. The electronic device can reduce manufacturing costs and improve the connection performance of the wireless local area network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignees: BEIJING LENOVO SOFTWARE LTD., LENOVO (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Xiaofeng Hong
  • Patent number: 9494385
    Abstract: A target marking system includes a light source emitting a thermal beam having a predetermined temporal modulation, and an optics assembly directing the thermal beam to impact a target, the target directing radiation to the optics assembly in response to the impact. A portion of the radiation having the predetermined temporal modulation. The target marking system further includes a detector configured to distinguish the portion of the radiation having the predetermined temporal modulation from a remainder of the radiation, the portion of the radiation passing to the director through the optics assembly. The system also includes a readout integrated circuit, the detector directing an input signal to the readout integrated circuit, and the readout integrated circuit producing a digitally enhanced output signal in response to receipt of the input signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: LaserMax, Inc.
    Inventor: Susan Houde-Walter
  • Patent number: 9426397
    Abstract: An apparatus and corresponding method for line-scan imaging can include a 2D array of light-sensitive detector elements that detect light from a target scene. The 2D array can be divided into a plurality of sub-arrays and supported by an analog amplification and signal conditioning module portion of a read-out integrated circuit (ROIC), the analog module having one or more replicated amplification and signal conditioning circuits in communication with the 2D array detector elements. An analog-to-digital (A/D) conversion electrical circuit module and one or more digital time-delay and integration (TDI) modules can be situated in a portion of the ROIC not supporting the 2D array. The TDI modules can perform TDI of the detector sub-arrays. Embodiments enable hyperspectral images to be obtained with greater imaging range and higher signal-to-noise ratios.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: EO Vista, LLC
    Inventor: Steven J. Wein
  • Patent number: 9412005
    Abstract: A method of removing a potential false positive result in a stained sample. The method includes the steps of: acquiring a spectral image set of a stained sample; performing linear spectral unmixing of the spectral image set to obtain a plurality of rule images; calculating an error image for the stained sample; thresholding at least one of the plurality of rule images, wherein thresholding is based on the error image; and removing a potential false positive result from the at least one of the plurality of rule images based on thresholding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Gooch & Housego PLC
    Inventors: Elliot S. Wachman, Joel M. Recht
  • Patent number: 9395157
    Abstract: A target marking system includes a light source emitting a thermal beam having a predetermined temporal modulation, and an optics assembly directing the thermal beam to impact a target, the target directing radiation to the optics assembly in response to the impact. A portion of the radiation having the predetermined temporal modulation. The target marking system further includes a detector configured to distinguish the portion of the radiation having the predetermined temporal modulation from a remainder of the radiation, the portion of the radiation passing to the director through the optics assembly. The system also includes a readout integrated circuit, the detector directing an input signal to the readout integrated circuit, and the readout integrated circuit producing a digitally enhanced output signal in response to receipt of the input signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: LaserMax, Inc.
    Inventor: Susan Houde-Walter
  • Patent number: 9354216
    Abstract: A method and system for monitoring the health of plants in a field. The method and system acquire a thermal image indicative of thermal energy emitted by the plants and process the thermal image to assess variations in the temperatures among the plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Inventor: Brian Harold Sutton
  • Patent number: 9347743
    Abstract: An offset aperture two-axis gimbaled optical system comprises a two-axis gimbal and an optics assembly that is mounted on the inner gimbal and offset radially from the rotation axis of the outer gimbal. The optics assembly is suitably offset so that its optical aperture does not overlap the rotation axis of the outer gimbal and its optical aperture is symmetric about the rotation axis of the inner gimbal. In different applications, the offset aperture provides for reduced optical aberrations and improved utilization of the available packaging volume to accommodate multiple offset aperture optics assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Chadwick B. Martin, David J. Knapp, Gregory P. Hanauska
  • Patent number: 9322647
    Abstract: A camera at a fixed vertical height positioned above a reference plane, with an axis of a camera lens at an acute angle with respect to a perpendicular of the reference plane. One or more processors receive images of different people. The vertical measurement values of the images of different people are determined. The one or more processors determine a first statistical measure associated with a statistical distribution of the vertical measurement values. The known heights of people from a known statistical distribution of heights of people are transformed to normalized measurements, based in part on a focal length of the camera lens, the angle of the camera, and a division operator in an objective function of differences between the normalized measurements and the vertical measurement values. The fixed vertical height of the camera is determined, based at least on minimizing the objective function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ankur Datta, Rogerio S. Feris, Sharathchandra U. Pankanti, Yun Zhai
  • Patent number: 9250182
    Abstract: Apparatus for inspecting an article comprising: a controller configured to generate a drive signal having a periodic amplitude variation; a source, the source being operable by the controller to emit a source beam thereby to irradiate an article, the source beam comprising a beam of electromagnetic radiation having a periodic amplitude variation corresponding to that of the drive signal; and a detector, the detector being configured to detect a portion of the source beam that has been transmitted through at least a portion of the article, and to generate a detector signal having an amplitude variation corresponding to the amplitude variation of said portion of the source beam, the controller being further configured to generate a difference value corresponding to a difference between the amplitude of the detector signal and the amplitude of a reference signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: The University of Warwick
    Inventors: Tat Hean Gan, David Arthur Hutchins, Geoffrey Graham Diamond
  • Patent number: 9201006
    Abstract: Apparatus for inspecting an article comprising: a controller configured to generate a drive signal having a periodic amplitude variation; a source, the source being operable by the controller to emit a source beam thereby to irradiate an article, the source beam comprising a beam of electromagnetic radiation having a periodic amplitude variation corresponding to that of the drive signal; and a detector, the detector being configured to detect a portion of the source beam that has been transmitted through at least a portion of the article, and to generate a detector signal having an amplitude variation corresponding to the amplitude variation of said portion of the source beam, the controller being further configured to generate a difference value corresponding to a difference between the amplitude of the detector signal and the amplitude of a reference signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Inventor: Geoffrey Graham Diamond
  • Patent number: 9111128
    Abstract: A three-dimensional data processing and recognizing method including scanning and re-constructing objects to be detected so as to obtain three-dimensional data for recognition of the objects to be detected; extracting data matching to features from the three-dimensional data, so that the extracted data constitutes an interested target; with respect to the data matching to features, merging and classifying adjacent data points as one group, to form an image of the merged interested target; recognizing a cross section of the interested target; cutting the interested targets by a perpendicular plane which passes through a central point of the cross section and is perpendicular to it, in order to obtain a graph; and recognizing shape of the interested targets based on a property of the graph.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignees: NUCTECH COMPANY LIMITED, TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Mingliang Li, Zhiqiang Chen, Yuanjing Li, Li Zhang
  • Patent number: 9074878
    Abstract: A laser scanner for optically scanning and measuring an environment is provided. The laser scanner includes a light transmitter for emitting a light beam to measure a plurality of points in the environment, the light transmitter coupled to the rotating unit. A receiver is provided for receiving a reflected light beam reflected from the plurality of measurement points, the receiver being coupled to the rotating unit. A first image acquisition unit is configured to record a visible image of an area of the environment that includes the plurality of points. A sensing device is configured to record data of the area. A processor is operably coupled to the receiver, the first image acquisition unit and the sensing device, the processor is configured to associate a color value from the visible image and a recorded data value from the sensing device with each of the plurality of points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth Steffey, Reinhard Becker, Bernd-Dietmar Becker
  • Patent number: 8933401
    Abstract: A scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) system is disclosed. The system may make use of an electron beam scanning system configured to generate a plurality of electron beam scans over substantially an entire sample, with each scan varying in electron-illumination intensity over a course of the scan. A signal acquisition system may be used for obtaining at least one of an image, a diffraction pattern, or a spectrum from the scans, the image, diffraction pattern, or spectrum representing only information from at least one of a select subplurality or linear combination of all pixel locations comprising the image. A dataset may be produced from the information. A subsystem may be used for mathematically analyzing the dataset to predict actual information that would have been produced by each pixel location of the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC
    Inventor: Bryan W. Reed
  • Patent number: 8921788
    Abstract: Laser sensor with integrated rotating mechanism has a camera, a laser, and a chassis configured to rotate on its own axis, which has an indexed rotating mechanism which includes, in turn: a motorized set made up of a rotating motor positioned on an axis parallel to the rotating axis, and connected to this rotating axis by gears, and a motorized set made up of a locking motor housed inside the axis on a support; and in which the bottom of the support includes locking rollers and a ring coupled to this support in such a way that locking occurs as a result of contact between balls housed in the chassis and the rollers adjacent to the bottom of the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Unimetrik, S.A.
    Inventor: Borja De La Maza Uriarte
  • Patent number: 8908178
    Abstract: A method involves obtaining a first beam image on a focal plane of a first camera and a second beam image on a focal plane of a second camera from light scattered by ambient atmospheric aerosols in the path of a laser beam. First and second projected beam images are formed, representing the respective first and second beam images in the projected scenes of the respective first and second cameras. First and second ambiguity planes are then formed from the respective first and second projected beam images. An intersection of the first and second ambiguity planes is then determined, identifying the position of the laser beam. A source of the laser beam is then determined, along with a camera-source plane. A beam elevation angle with respect to this plane is then determined, as well as beam azimuth angles with respect to lines between the respective camera and the source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Frank E. Hanson, Charles S. Bendall
  • Patent number: 8868291
    Abstract: A solution for evaluating an object using infrared data is provided. In particular, infrared data corresponding to the object is processed to enhance a set of signal features. The infrared data is analyzed to determine whether one or more anomalies are present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: International Electronics Machines Corp.
    Inventors: Zahid F. Mian, Robert W. Foss
  • Patent number: 8795040
    Abstract: An autonomous ventilation system includes a variable-speed exhaust fan, a controller, an exhaust hood, and an infrared radiation (“IR”) sensor. The exhaust fan removes air contaminants from an area. The controller is coupled to the exhaust fan and adjusts the speed of the exhaust fan. The exhaust hood is coupled to the exhaust fan and directs air contaminants to the exhaust fan. The IR sensor is coupled to the controller, detects changes in IR index in a zone below the exhaust hood, and communicates information relating to detected changes in IR index to the controller. The controller adjusts the speed of the exhaust fan in response to information relating to detected changes in IR index. The autonomous ventilation system also includes an alignment laser to indicate a point at which the IR sensor is aimed and a field-of-view (“FOV”) indicator to illuminate the zone in which the IR sensor detects changes in IR index.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Oy Halton Group Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael P. Burdett, Daniel Reich
  • Patent number: 8742982
    Abstract: An indirect radar holography apparatus for scanning a scene and generating a high-density signal pattern representing the scene. The apparatus illuminates the scene with radiation according to an illumination signal; generates a reference signal from the illumination signal; detects radiation emitted in a predetermined spectral range from a spot of the scene; generates a radiation signal per spot from the detected radiation; performs control so that radiation is detected at a number of spots distributed over the scene, the number being lower than the number of intensity signals of the high-density signal pattern; combines the radiation signals generated from the detected radiation and the reference signals to obtain a low-density signal pattern of intensity signals; and processes the intensity signals of said low-density signal pattern to generate the high-density signal pattern by applying compressive sensing to the low-density signal pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Michel Sarkis
  • Patent number: 8692708
    Abstract: Radiometric imaging for scanning a scene includes a radiometer for detecting radiation emitted in a predetermined spectral range from a spot of the scene and for generating a radiation signal from the detected radiation. Spot movement circuitry effects a movement of the spot, from which the radiation is detected, to various positions. Control circuitry controls the spot movement circuit to effect the movement of the spot from one position to another position so that radiation is detected at a number of spots distributed over the scene. The number is lower than the number of pattern signals of the high-density signal pattern and the radiation signals generated from the radiation detected at the number of spots form a low-density signal pattern. Processing circuitry processes the radiation signals of the low-density signal pattern and generates the high-density signal pattern by applying compressive sensing to the low-density signal pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Juan Nogueira-Nine
  • Patent number: 8649932
    Abstract: A solution for evaluating a vehicle using infrared data is provided. In particular, evaluation data for the vehicle is obtained, which includes infrared data for a plurality of sides of the vehicle as well as vehicle identification data for distinguishing the vehicle from another vehicle. The infrared data is processed to enhance a set of signal features. Additional non-infrared based data also can be obtained for evaluating the vehicle. The evaluation data is analyzed to determine whether one or more anomalies are present. The anomaly(ies) can be correlated with a possible problem with a component of the vehicle. Data on the anomaly, problem, and/or vehicle identification can be provided for use on another system, such as a remote inspection station, maintenance system, and/or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: International Electronic Machines Corp.
    Inventors: Zahid F. Mian, Robert W. Foss
  • Patent number: 8569684
    Abstract: A system and method for optimizing fixed and temporal noise in an infrared imaging system. The system may use correction tables with correction factors, each correction factor indexed to a plurality of system parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Inventors: Steven J. Olson, Jordan L. Holt
  • Patent number: 8478480
    Abstract: A solution for evaluating a vehicle using infrared data is provided. In particular, evaluation data for the vehicle is obtained, which includes infrared data for a plurality of sides of the vehicle as well as vehicle identification data for distinguishing the vehicle from another vehicle. The infrared data is processed to enhance a set of signal features. Additional non-infrared based data also can be obtained for evaluating the vehicle. The evaluation data is analyzed to determine whether one or more anomalies are present. The anomaly(ies) can be correlated with a possible problem with a component of the vehicle. Data on the anomaly, problem, and/or vehicle identification can be provided for use on another system, such as a remote inspection station, maintenance system, and/or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: International Electronic Machines Corp.
    Inventors: Zahid F. Mian, Robert W. Foss
  • Patent number: 8357898
    Abstract: A thermal imaging camera is provided with at least two different sensitivities for alternating reading and with has a device for linking at least two more and less sensitive images read consecutively. The recording and displaying of thermal images makes it possible to combine images with two different dynamic ranges in a common thermal image, wherein the noise and drift of the pixel signals as well as the amount of storage needed for buffering and processing are reduced at the same time. An image buffering unit is designed as a common accumulator (8) for both more sensitive and less sensitive original images (B) and makes available a common output image (A).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Dräger Safety AG & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Frank Weisbach, Ingo Kaneblei, Markus Wansing
  • Patent number: 8355536
    Abstract: A passive electro-optical tracker uses a two-band IR intensity ratio to discriminate high-speed projectiles and obtain a speed estimate from their temperature, as well as determining the trajectory back to the source of fire. In an omnidirectional system a hemispheric imager with an MWIR spectrum splitter forms two CCD images of the environment. Three methods are given to determine the azimuth and range of a projectile, one for clear atmospheric conditions and two for nonhomogeneous atmospheric conditions. The first approach uses the relative intensity of the image of the projectile on the pixels of a CCD camera to determine the azimuthal angle of trajectory with respect to the ground, and its range. The second calculates this angle using a different algorithm. The third uses a least squares optimization over multiple frames based on a triangle representation of the smeared image to yield a real-time trajectory estimate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Light Prescriptions Innovators LLC
    Inventors: Ilya Agurok, Waqidi Falicoff, Roberto Alvarez
  • Patent number: 8217375
    Abstract: In an integrated gimbal and High-Powered Multiband Laser (HPMBL) for use in an infrared countermeasure apparatus in a pod mounted on an aircraft, the improvement comprises an optical bench that connects the optical path between side-by-side mounted gimbal and high power laser; and a kinematic mounting system that prevents optical bench bending.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventors: Heather L. Keegan, Robert C. Guyer, William T. Fielder, Donald K. Smith
  • Patent number: 8203116
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a method and system for compensating non-uniformities among detector elements of a detector array, without the use of dither mirrors or requirement of scene motion for non-uniformity correction achieved by computing scene spatial gradient and temporal gradient of image frames of the scene captured by the detector array at different times, and utilizing both the scene spatial and temporal gradients in detailed local gradient processing. Such local gradient processing may include computing masks to preserve spatial scene details, while eliminating scene noise (e.g., fixed pattern noise) from the captured image frames and correcting non-uniformity among detector elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: Ching-Ju J. Young
  • Patent number: 8097855
    Abstract: Methods and systems for detecting the presence of concealed objects that can be utilized at locations where conventional methods cannot be utilized are disclosed. One embodiment of the method of these teachings for detecting the presence of concealed objects uses thermal radiation of a body as a source of radiation. Other embodiments include portable and handheld systems, devices, methods, and apparatus to determine the presence of a concealed object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Iscon Video Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Izrail Gorian, Galina Doubinina, Mikhail Shterenberg, Igor Joseph Pogorelsky, Henry Droznin
  • Patent number: 8063368
    Abstract: An imaging arrangement combines a thermal imager with a laser imager to enable several correlated pictures to be produced which show different properties of the same field of view. A common scanning device is used to scan each pixel in the field of view in a raster-like pattern, and for each pixel data can be derived representing thermal content, range, optical reflectivity and velocity. The last three properties are obtained by coupling an optical interferometer to the scanning device which generates the picture representing the thermal content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Selex Sensors and Airborne Systems Limited
    Inventors: Eric Geoffrey Dunlop Youngs, Raymond Samuel Cox, Kevin Daryl Blackmore
  • Publication number: 20110260060
    Abstract: A searchlight includes a canopy, a thermal-imaging camera, and an infrared (IR) light source. The thermal-imaging camera is mounted within the canopy so that the thermal-imaging camera is operable to move in conjunction with the canopy. The IR light source disposed along a periphery of the canopy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Inventors: John B. Gunter, Kenneth W. Walling, Joseph Crenshaw
  • Patent number: 7996066
    Abstract: A topographic optical infrared tomography system for biophysical imaging includes a thermal camera operably disposed adjacent a body part equipped for obtaining thermal data readings from the body part and apparatus operably connected to the thermal camera for correcting thermal emissivity variations in the thermal data readings to provide corrected thermal data. A method for obtaining physiological data using the thermally corrected data is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: New Frontier Imaging LLC
    Inventors: Jerry Schlagheck, T Randall Lane
  • Patent number: 7989769
    Abstract: Thermographic imaging equipment is incorporated directly into cabinets housing electrical switchgear to provide for dedicated, nearly continuous monitoring of the contained equipment. A mechanical scanning technique may allow low-cost sensors to provide essentially continuous thermographic monitoring. Dedicated thermal imaging equipment allows automatic analysis through predefined temperature threshold maps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: David D. Brandt, David L. Jensen
  • Publication number: 20110168891
    Abstract: The present invention provides devices, systems and methods for imaging and sensation of objects. In particular, the present invention provides devices, systems and methods for spectroscopic imaging and sensation of objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2008
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Applicant: TERA-X, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel van der Weide, John Grade
  • Publication number: 20110147588
    Abstract: A system and method for generating a fused image is provided. The system comprises processing circuitry configured to access a plurality of images, group the images into a plurality of sets, fuse the images of each set to form a plurality of fused images and fuse the fused images to form a final fused image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2010
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Applicant: Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
    Inventors: Subhasis Chaudhuri, Ketan Kotwal, Shanmuganathan Raman
  • Patent number: 7956325
    Abstract: Infrared light emitted by a fluorescent material is weak. When an infrared image obtained by this fluorescent material is superposed and displayed on a visible-light image, the infrared image is made clear. A signal <IR> of an IR pixel having selective sensitivity to infrared light is subtracted from RGB pixel signals <R>, <B>, and <G> of a solid-state image sensor by adders (20), and signals R0, G0, and B0 that correspond to the R, G, and B components of incident light within <R>, <G>, and <B> are separated and extracted. <IR> is multiplied by each of the gains ?R, ?G, and ?B to enhance the IR component by multipliers (22), and each is synthesized with R0, G0, and B0 by adders (24). ?R, ?G, and ?B are set so that the infrared image displayed on the visible-light image by the synthesized IR component is enhanced and displayed in a hue that can be distinguished from the color white or another visible-light image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignees: Sanyo Electronic Co., Ltd., Sanyo Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takishi Tanimoto
  • Patent number: 7936903
    Abstract: A method of detecting a road feature in an image signal derived from an infrared-sensitive camera. The method, in overview, comprises processing an image frame by assigning binary values to pixels in the frame in response to their representative temperature, and then to analyze spatially the binary mask to identify regions of pixels having mutually similar assigned binary values. The road feature is subsequently found from the analysis of the identified regions of mutually similar binary values and a visual indication of the road feature in relation to the image frame provided to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventor: Ahmet Ekin
  • Patent number: 7916898
    Abstract: A method and system for identifying an edge of a crop facilitates guidance of an agricultural machine or other work vehicle along an edge of a crop at an interface between harvested and unharvested portions of a field. A transmitter emits a plurality of a transmitted radiation pattern of one or more generally linear beams spaced apart within a defined spatial zone. A receiver collects an image of the defined spatial zone. A detector detects a presence of crop edge between a harvested and unharvested portion of a field based on an observed illumination radiation pattern on the unharvested portion formed by at least one of the generally linear beams. A data processor identifies coordinate data, in the collected image, associated with the detected crop edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: Noel Wayne Anderson