Display Patents (Class 342/176)
  • Patent number: 10295663
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a data obtaining unit that obtains a plurality of data items each indicating a result of observation from a plurality of radars for observing surroundings, converts the plurality of data items into data items in a polar coordinate format, and stores them in a storage unit, an axial position converting unit that performs conversion on the plurality of data items in the polar coordinate data format stored in the storage unit so that their axial positions will be the same, generates the plurality of data items on which axial position conversion has been performed, and stores them in the storage unit, a data superimposing unit that superimposes the plurality of data items on which the axial position conversion has been performed to generate superimposed data, and a coordinate converting unit that converts the superimposed data into data in a Cartesian coordinate format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: RENESAS ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yuki Kajiwara
  • Patent number: 10228812
    Abstract: A device for assisting with the detection of a sought object on the ground, said object having a first preset height, comprising: a display device configured to display an image (12) generated from echoes measured by a device for imaging reflected waves, the image (12) representing the intensities of echoes generated by the observed zone and extending at least along a distance axis (d) representing the oblique distances separating the reflected-wave imaging device from echo-generating reflectors, the display device allowing a cursor (14) to be displayed superposed on said image on said screen; and a computational module configured to determine an expected length (w), along the distance axis (d), of an expected shadow (19, 20) projected in the image (12) by the sought object assuming that the sought object is positioned at a sighted position on the ground corresponding to the position of the observed zone associated with a position (P) designated by the cursor (14), the cursor (14) comprising at least one g
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: THALES
    Inventors: Julien Ferrand, Ludovic Marchal
  • Patent number: 10037124
    Abstract: A vertical profile display includes weather information for an aircraft. In some examples, the vertical profile display includes one or more weather icons, each weather icon indicating a weather condition for a volume of space at a particular altitude. Each weather icon is displayed within the vertical profile display at a portion of the vertical profile display corresponding to the altitude of the weather condition indicated by the particular weather icon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Ratan Khatwa, Santosh Mathan, Brian P. Bunch
  • Patent number: 10007996
    Abstract: A detection system that detects subsurface objects within a medium and estimates various features of the objects is provided. The detection system receives a streaming sequence of image frames of the medium at various along-medium locations. An image frame contains voxel values (intensities) representing characteristics of the medium across the medium and in the depth (range) direction. The detection system depth-compensates the intensities for determining which voxels are part of an object using an unsupervised binary classifier. The detection system then connects object voxels into distinct objects and recursively estimates the features of those objects as the image frames stream based on the locations and intensities of the object voxels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Inventors: David W. Paglieroni, N. Reginald Beer
  • Patent number: 9921308
    Abstract: An exemplary computer implemented digital image processing method conveys probabilities of detecting terrestrial targets from an observation aircraft. Input data defining an observation aircraft route relative to the geographical map with lines of communications (LOC) disposed thereon are received and stored as well as input data associated an aircraft sensor's targeting capabilities and attributes related to the capability of targets to be detected. Percentages of time for line-of-sight visibility from the aircraft of segments of LOC segments are determined. Probability percentages that the sensor would detect a terrestrial target on the segments are determined. The segments are color-coded with visibility and sensor detection information. A visual representation of the map with the color-coded segments is provided to enhance the ability to select appropriate observation mission factors to achieve a successful observation mission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation
    Inventor: James Palmer-Smith
  • Patent number: 9881212
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for detecting hydrocarbon spill in an aqueous medium from a plurality of images of the surface of the aqueous medium obtained by an infrared camera comprising analyzing an image of the plurality of images; checking whether at least one region that could be identified as spill is displayed in the image, in case of positive result, assessing whether the point representing a multidimensional vector of characteristics associated with the region is within a reference zone defined in a multidimensional space, this reference zone being representative of multidimensional vectors of characteristics of regions corresponding to real spills; if it is determined that the point representing the multidimensional vector of characteristics is within the multidimensional reference zone, generating a warning signal of spill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignees: REPSOL, S.A., INDRA SISTEMAS, S.A.
    Inventors: José Vicente Solano Ferrández, Ivana Daniela Esposito Cassiba, Marcos García Caravantes, Juan Pablo Gómez González, Javier Rodriguez Martín De Los Santos, Ignacio Miñambres Chamorro
  • Patent number: 9739880
    Abstract: The disclosed technology includes a device and method of use for direct printing and ink or other marking, in conjunction with GPR techniques. In a most basic embodiment of the disclosed technology, a relevant date, time, filename, and other parameters are printed or otherwise physically exhibited on the measurement surface, so that RADAR files can be later attributed to a specific data collection site. In a more advanced embodiment of the disclosed technology, actual RADAR target information is printed, or otherwise physically exhibited, on the measurement surface, such as while measuring, or substantially while measuring, the surface and substrate beneath with GPR.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: GEOPHYSICAL SURVEY SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Jeffrey R Feigin
  • Patent number: 9489758
    Abstract: A method of contributing to making safe a synthetic vision display of an aircraft for displaying on viewing means an at least partial view in perspective of the environment of the aircraft together with piloting symbology. During the method, at least one check point (P1, P2, P3) is defined that is situated in the environment and that co-operates with a reference point (Pr) of the aircraft to form a first straight line (DP). Thereafter, a first display function (F1) is used to calculate display coordinates (a1,b2), (a2,b2), (a3,b3) for each check point (P1, P2, P3) on the viewing means, and then the inverse (F2)?1 of a second display function (F2) is used together with the display coordinates (a1,b2), (a2,b2), (a3,b3) to calculate a second straight line (DS) passing through the reference point (Dr). Finally, the first and second lines (DP, DS) corresponding to a common check point (P1, P2, P3) are compared in order to define whether the synthetic vision display is trustworthy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Airbus Helicopters
    Inventor: Adrien Ott
  • Patent number: 9470785
    Abstract: A method for detecting oil at the sea by means of a coherent oil spill radar with a transmitter and a receiver antenna includes the transmitter and receiver antenna being directed towards a sea surface in the near area out to a given distance of 1000-4000 m under a grazing angle of between 0.5 and 30 degrees, the transmitter antenna transmits at a frequency between 2 GHz and 18 GHz, and frequency modulated with an adjustable bandwidth and with a given transmitted effect less than 10 W. The transmitter antenna has a horizontal antenna lobe smaller than its vertical antenna lob. The transmitter and receiver antenna are controlled electronically to transmit and detect vertical polarization and horizontal polarization, with an adjustable modulation time of less than 4 ms between the polarizations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: ISPAS AS
    Inventor: Richard Norland
  • Patent number: 9354307
    Abstract: There are provided an ultra-wideband radar imaging system comprising an antenna with at least one receiver and a plurality of transmitters operating in multi-static mode, method of operating thereof and volume visualization unit to be used in conjunction with the multi-static ultra-wideband radar imaging system. The method comprises: receiving by said at least one receiver a plurality of signals, each respectively representing return data in a channel associated with the receiver and one of the transmitters among said plurality of transmitters, thus giving rise to a plurality of spatial data channels; among said plurality of spatial data channels selecting data channels for further processing; and providing volume visualization by processing data corresponding merely to the selected spatial data channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: CAMERO-TECH LTD.
    Inventors: Amir Beeri, Ron Daisy
  • Patent number: 9354303
    Abstract: A signal processing device is provided. The device includes an echo signal input unit for receiving echo signals resulted from transmission signals reflected on an object. The transmission signals are transmitted from a transmission source at transmission timings at predetermined time intervals, at least one of the transmission timings shifted from the other timings in time. The device includes a complex reception signal generator for generating complex reception signals, a phase calculator for calculating a phase change amount of the complex reception signals with respect to a reference phase, a phase corrector for phase-correcting the complex reception signals and outputting the corrected signals, and a Doppler processor for performing Doppler processing on the corrected signals and outputting the Doppler-processed signals as Doppler echo signals of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Furuno Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasunobu Asada, Akira Okunishi, Koji Dai, Sae Takemoto
  • Patent number: 9161166
    Abstract: A computer implemented method includes, at an electronic device having an input interface and a display, receiving information relating to a current relative location of at least one other electronic device, displaying on the display a representation of the at least one other electronic device and its relative location, and receiving at the input interface user input associated with the displayed representation of the at least one other electronic device for communicating with the at least one other electronic device. The electronic device has up-to-date knowledge of the relative position of the at least one other device and displays this visually. Information may be sent to the at least one other electronic device in response to receiving the user input associated with the displayed representation of the at least one other electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Karl-Anders Reinhold Johansson, Dan Zacharias Gärdenfors, Emil Alexander Wasberger, Michael Erik Winberg, Mathias Lewin
  • Patent number: 9143768
    Abstract: In a mobile phone 1, when displaying content received from a television broadcast receiving section 17 or the like in a display section 19 capable of three-dimensional display, a central controlling section 11 judges the suitability in 3D display of the content based on the reception condition at the time of the content reception, and displays the content in the display section 19 in accordance with display control determined based on the suitability in 3D display. As a result, a suitable display ranging from an easy-to-view 2D display to a realistic 3D display is actualized based on a reception condition of content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Tatsuo Aramaki
  • Patent number: 9030353
    Abstract: This disclosure provides an information display device. The information display device includes an acquirer for acquiring positional information on one or more display targets including at least one of a landmark serving as a reference mark used when a movable body is in move, another movable body, and a location registered by an operator, and a controller for displaying positional information and circumferential information on the movable body in an information display area, associating at least one of the one or more display targets of which a position is outside the information display area with a direction to which the at least one of the one or more display targets is located centering on the movable body, and displaying the at least one of the one or more display targets in an outer circumferential area of the information display area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Furuno Electric Company Limited
    Inventor: Yugo Kubota
  • Patent number: 9030351
    Abstract: A land-based Smart-Sensor System and several system architectures for detection, tracking, and classification of people and vehicles automatically and in real time for border, property, and facility security surveillance is described. The preferred embodiment of the proposed Smart-Sensor System is comprised of (1) a low-cost, non-coherent radar, whose function is to detect and track people, singly or in groups, and various means of transportation, which may include vehicles, animals, or aircraft, singly or in groups, and cue (2) an optical sensor such as a long-wave infrared (LWIR) sensor, whose function is to classify the identified targets and produce movie clips for operator validation and use, and (3) an IBM CELL supercomputer to process the collected data in real-time. The Smart Sensor System can be implemented in a tower-based or a mobile-based, or combination system architecture. The radar can also be operated as a stand-alone system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Vista Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip A. Fox, Joseph W. Maresca, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9019149
    Abstract: One or more micro-impulse radars (MIRs) are configured to determine the movement of at least one person. Media can be output to the person responsive to the movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Mahalaxmi Gita Bangera, Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Edward K. Y. Jung, Jordin T. Kare, Eric C. Leuthardt, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Clarence T. Tegreene, David B. Tuckerman, Thomas A. Weaver, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Victoria Y. H. Wood
  • Patent number: 9019146
    Abstract: A method for indicating a weather threat to an aircraft is provided. The method includes inferring a weather threat to an aircraft and causing an image to be displayed on an aviation display in response to a determination by aircraft processing electronics that the inferred weather threat to the aircraft is greater than a measured weather threat to the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffery A. Finley, Roy E. Robertson, Hubert C. Dyche, Gregory J. Koenigs, Charles J. Dickerson
  • Patent number: 9000972
    Abstract: A system for displaying vertical weather information on an aviation display aboard an aircraft, the aircraft including an aircraft radar system for scanning a target, is provided. The system includes processing electronics configured to receive a target selection from a user input device, to receive an altitude value of an echo top of the target based on radar return data, and to cause the altitude value to be displayed on plan view of weather images on an aviation display in response to the received target selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: James D. Cahoon, Patricia R. Barbosa, Alexander M. Oranskiy, Mark B. Godfrey, Jeffery A. Finley
  • Publication number: 20150084811
    Abstract: A radar assembly for linear and nonlinear radar transmission and reception comprising a signal generator; at least one filter operatively connected to the signal generator; a transmitter operatively connected to the at least one filter for transmitting radar signals; a receiver operative to receiving received signals comprising linear and nonlinear responses from the reflected transmitted signals; the receiver comprising a first channel for processing the linear response of the received signal; a second channel for the processing the nonlinear response of the received signal; at least one switch operative to select one of the first or second channels; at least one high pass filter operatively connected to the second channel to attenuate the linear response; at least one amplifier to amplify the nonlinear response; and at least one display operatively connected to both the first and second channels for displaying both linear and nonlinear responses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Gregory J. Mazzaro, Kelly D. Sherbondy, DaHan Liao
  • Patent number: 8976056
    Abstract: Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) collect and transmit information about ice floe thickness; this is combined with SYNTHETIC APERTURE RADAR images from satellites to identify and track dangerously thick regions of ice. The overlayed data is presented graphically to allow tracking of the thick ice regions over time. This information is used to alert drilling platforms in icy ocean conditions of pending ice floe dangers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: ConocoPhillips Company
    Inventors: Rolf Christer Broman, Dominique P. Berta, Khalid A. Soofi, Peter G. Noble
  • Publication number: 20150048971
    Abstract: An echo signal processing device is provided. The device includes an image generating module configured to generate an echo image at a plurality of timings, the echo image generated based on echo signals received by an antenna installed in a movable body. The device also includes a positional information acquiring module configured to acquire absolute positional information of the movable body. The device also includes an analytic area specifying module configured to specify an analytic area in the echo image by an absolute position, based on the absolute positional information. The device also includes a storage configured to store analytic area images, each analytic area images being a part of each echo image, the part corresponding to the analytic area. The device also includes a calculating module configured to calculate echo signal information regarding the echo signals from the analytic area, based on the stored analytic area images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Hironori Susaki
  • Patent number: 8957809
    Abstract: In an embodiment of the disclosed technology, a visual output of data from a ground-penetrating radar is displayed on a visual medium. The display has a first exhibition of output from a higher frequency range antenna, a second exhibition of output from a lower frequency range antenna (compared to the other antenna; see definition in the “detailed description”), and a transition area between the first and second exhibition having merged data from the lower frequency antenna and the higher frequency antenna. The depth range of the transition area may be varied based on optimal depth range of each antenna, such as manually by a viewer viewing the visual output, which may occur in real-time, that is, while operating the radar and viewing the visual output thereof. Or, the transition depth range and/or width of the transition region may be varied as part of post-processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Geophysical Survey Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: David B. Cist
  • Patent number: 8947297
    Abstract: One aspect relates to determining a position of at least one positional display element that can be used to display at least an image portion; and displaying the at least the image portion with the at least one positional display element based at least in part on the determining the position of the at least one positional display element. Another aspect relates to determining a position of at least one positional display element, in which the position can be used to affect a visual presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Edward K. Y. Jung, Royce A. Levien, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud, John D. Rinaldo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8922420
    Abstract: An electromagnetic body scanning system may include a measuring system for measuring data of radio waves scattered by a body in two distinct subbands; and a computer system. The computer system is arranged for constructing a first image of the body using the measured data, generating synthetic scattered data of the body in a frequency range outside the subbands, and constructing a second image of the body using both the measured data and the synthetic data. The step of constructing a first image includes matching an image to a human model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast-Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek TNO
    Inventor: Albert Gezinus Huizing
  • Patent number: 8912944
    Abstract: A presence detector unit (PDU) of the type relying on microwave radiation provides a signal indicating movement within a defined space when such movement occurs. A source of microwave radiation within a housing projects a beam of microwave radiation directed through a side of the housing to suffuse at least a portion of the defined space. A detector within the housing senses changes in microwave radiation reflected back toward the detector. An adjustable beam occlusion structure is supported by the housing and blocks a portion of the microwave radiation emanating from the source and through the side of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventors: Thomas W. Gow, Edward L. Schwarz
  • Publication number: 20140354466
    Abstract: A radar device is provided, which includes an extractor configured to extract a representative point of a target from a radar echo, a representative point memory configured to store the representative points extracted by the extractor, for a plurality of scans, an estimator configured to estimate movement information on the target indicated by the representative points based on the information stored in the representative point memory, a determinator configured to determine a possibility of a collision based on the movement information on the target estimated by the estimator, and an acquisition-and-tracking module configured to acquire and track the target determined to have the possibility of a collision by the determinator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: Furuno Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Nomura
  • Patent number: 8896480
    Abstract: An apparatus is for use with an aircraft radar system having a radar antenna. The apparatus comprises processing electronics configured to provide image data associated with an image associated with radar return data from the radar system. The radar return data is updated at a first frequency. The processing electronics are configured to update the image data at a second frequency greater than the first frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: John G. Wilson, Robert D. Brown, Khai M. Do, Nathaniel S. Kowash
  • Patent number: 8884807
    Abstract: A system and method for pseudo real time collection of receive signal data in a single- or multi-channel ground penetrating radar. Each channel transmits electromagnetic impulses into a medium under test during each of a plurality of runs over the medium. Run receive signals are received in response to the transmitted impulses. Each run receive signal is sampled multiple times at a run sample rate. The sample points of each run are delayed by delay sequences with respect to the sample points of the other runs. The sample points of the individual runs are stored as a composite set of sample points representative of a receive signal sampled at an effective sample rate equal to a multiple of the run sample rate where the multiple is the number of runs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Malå Geoscience USA
    Inventors: Bernth A. T. Johansson, Johan Gustaf Friborg
  • Publication number: 20140300508
    Abstract: A system for tracking objects. Objects such as aircraft, ground vehicles, or vessels may be sensed with various sensors, including an Integrated Broadcast Service (IBS) (220), an Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System (AFATDS) (225), a network (230) of airborne radar sensors, a network (235) of aircraft each reporting its own position, a Blue Force Tracker (BFT) (240), and a network (245) of ground-based mobile radar sensors. Data from each sensor or network of sensors may also be fed, via a display interface layer (250), to a display. A tracker which may be referred to as a coherent aggregator (120) receives input from sensors or other trackers and also from an operator. The operator monitors the display and provides input to the coherent aggregator (120) to assist the coherent aggregator (120) in inferring tracks from measurement reports. Multiple coherent aggregators, in communication with each other and loosely coupled, may be operated simultaneously.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: RAYTHEON COMPANY
    Inventor: RAYTHEON COMPANY
  • Patent number: 8854248
    Abstract: A method and system for detecting the presence of subsurface objects within a medium is provided. In some embodiments, the imaging and detection system operates in a multistatic mode to collect radar return signals generated by an array of transceiver antenna pairs that is positioned across the surface and that travels down the surface. The imaging and detection system pre-processes the return signal to suppress certain undesirable effects. The imaging and detection system then generates synthetic aperture radar images from real aperture radar images generated from the pre-processed return signal. The imaging and detection system then post-processes the synthetic aperture radar images to improve detection of subsurface objects. The imaging and detection system identifies peaks in the energy levels of the post-processed image frame, which indicates the presence of a subsurface object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC
    Inventors: David W. Paglieroni, N. Reginald Beer, Steven W. Bond, Philip L. Top, David H. Chambers, Jeffrey E. Mast, John G. Donetti, Blake C. Mason, Steven M. Jones
  • Patent number: 8854249
    Abstract: A method and system for detecting the presence of subsurface objects within a medium is provided. In some embodiments, the imaging and detection system operates in a multistatic mode to collect radar return signals generated by an array of transceiver antenna pairs that is positioned across the surface and that travels down the surface. The imaging and detection system pre-processes the return signal to suppress certain undesirable effects. The imaging and detection system then generates synthetic aperture radar images from real aperture radar images generated from the pre-processed return signal. The imaging and detection system then post-processes the synthetic aperture radar images to improve detection of subsurface objects. The imaging and detection system identifies peaks in the energy levels of the post-processed image frame, which indicates the presence of a subsurface object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC
    Inventors: David W. Paglieroni, N. Reginald Beer
  • Patent number: 8823581
    Abstract: A system and method for detecting dangerous objects and substances are disclosed. According to one embodiment, a method comprises generating a microwave signal that is reflected by a target to render one or more reflected signals. The one or more reflected signals are received at an antenna array. The one or more reflected signals are converted into digital reflected signals. The microwave signal is converted into a digital signal. The digital reflected signals and the digital signal are processed to determine the three dimensional position of the target. The digital reflected signals and the digital signal are processed to identify the target. The digital reflected signals and the digital signal are processed to determine a state of the target; and determine whether the target a dangerous object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Radical Development Holding S.A.
    Inventors: Kirill Mostov, Kfim Liptsen
  • Patent number: 8791852
    Abstract: A standoff range, sense-through-obstruction radar system is capable of detecting micro-Doppler, or life form signatures, and movements through obstructions at stand-off ranges and displaying the target information over a live video feed of the area under surveillance. The sense-through-obstruction radar system comprises an antenna assembly that includes a horn antenna and a reflector configured to reflect radio frequency (RF) energy to/from the horn antenna. An antenna pointing assembly supports the antenna assembly. The antenna pointing assembly is configured to move the antenna assembly to point the antenna assembly toward an obstruction. A sensor assembly is mounted to the antenna assembly so that the sensor assembly is aligned with the RF beam formed from the RF energy reflected from the reflector to the horn antenna. The sensor assembly is configured to detect the location of the obstruction and to provide information to assist pointing of the antenna assembly toward the obstruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: VAWD Applied Science and Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Vinh H. Adams, Robert Adams, Wesley H. Dwelly
  • Patent number: 8786486
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer-readable media relating to providing weather data generated by a weather radar system of an aircraft are provided. A method comprises transmitting scan status data indicating that a weather cell is currently being scanned by the weather radar system to a display device. The display device is configured to display an indication that the weather cell is currently being scanned after receiving the scan status data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Sperling, Daniel L. Woodell, Roy E. Robertson, Nathanael A. Meyer, Gregory J. Koenigs
  • Patent number: 8760339
    Abstract: Wireless and other external connectivity technology is used in various ways to enhance or improve upon existing radar detector and police activity detection systems. External memory interfaces, such as SD cards or USB, provide external storage. Wireless interfaces such as Bluetooth, Zigbee, 802.11, and wireless personal area network communication protocols, allow a detector processor to interact wirelessly with external devices, such as a Bluetooth headset, a cellular network device providing a server connection, or toggle buttons used to indicate the presence of police activity at a current position. Further, radar detectors are upgraded to provide GPS capabilities, using the existing power/data connector of the radar detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Escort Inc.
    Inventor: John Kuhn
  • Patent number: 8744213
    Abstract: Provided herein are systems methods including a design of a microscope slide scanner for digital pathology applications which provides high quality images and automated batch-mode operation at low cost. The instrument architecture is advantageously based on a convergence of high performance, yet low cost, computing technologies, interfaces and software standards to enable high quality digital microscopy at very low cost. Also provided is a method based in part on a stitching method that allows for dividing an image into a number of overlapping tiles and reconstituting the image with a magnification without substantial loss of accuracy. A scanner is employed in capturing snapshot images. The method allows for overlapping images captured in consecutive snapshots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Ventana Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Lokesh Tatke, Suraj Somwanshi, Suhas Patil, Sujit Chivate
  • Patent number: 8723717
    Abstract: An adaptive sensing system including a passive sensor that receives electromagnetic radiation, an active sensor that emits and receives electromagnetic radiation, a detection unit that detects the presence of human beings and objects other than human beings in a region of observation, and a control unit that controls the active sensor and the passive sensor based on a result of the detection by the detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Shin Saito
  • Patent number: 8718915
    Abstract: A present novel and non-trivial system, module, and method for generating an image of a flight route corridor displayed an aircraft display unit. A processor generates an image data set using navigation data and object data, where object data includes terrain and obstacle data. The image data set is determined using the object data and flight route corridor data, wherein the flight route corridor data is determined by applying navigation and object data to flight route corridor design criteria. The image data set is provided to a display unit to display a flight route corridor and at least one “offending” object against the background of the scene outside the aircraft, where offending objects include those objects penetrating an obstacle clearance surface and those objects penetrating the flight route corridor. The depiction of the flight route corridor and offending objects may be enhanced with the use of highlighters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Felix B. Turcios, Patrick D. McCusker, Sarah Barber
  • Patent number: 8717228
    Abstract: This disclosure provides a method of detecting a target object by receiving reflection echoes of detection signals transmitted sequentially from a revolving antenna, and by detecting a target object based on detection data resulted from sampling reception signals at a predetermined time interval. The method comprises temporarily storing the detection data within a predetermined geographical range, and identifying the type of the reflection echo based on a change between values of the detection data at physically-close locations within the predetermined geographical range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Furuno Electric Company Limited
    Inventor: Koji Nishiyama
  • Patent number: 8681035
    Abstract: A microwave imaging system uses microwave radiation provided by a microwave source to image targets. The system includes an array of antenna elements that are capable of being programmed with a respective direction coefficient to direct the microwave illumination from the microwave source toward a position on the target. The antenna elements are further capable of being programmed to receive reflected microwave illumination reflected from the position on the target. A processor is operable to measure an intensity of the reflected microwave illumination to determine a value of a pixel within an image of the target. Multiple beams can be directed towards the target to obtain corresponding pixel values for use by the processor in constructing the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Agilent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Izhak Baharav, Robert C. Taber, Gregory S. Lee, John Stephen Kofol
  • Patent number: 8674875
    Abstract: The invention provides a security scanner that produces a radar profile of a clothed person or another object such as a bag carried by a person at a distance and does not require close proximity of the person or object to the scanner itself. The scanner includes a millimeter wave antenna system optimised for short-range active imaging and arranged to provide rapid high-resolution images of an object or person of interest and processing means for resolving the images so as to detect the presence of predetermined objects. The processing means preferably includes means for comparing contrasts in reflectivity in the scanned images with predetermined expected values from skin and light clothing. The processing means may also include means for detecting predetermined behavioral or physical traits such as the effect on gait on carried weighty objects or stiff structures strapped to the person from the images of a scanned object or person. The scanner may be incorporated within a turnstile access arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: MBDA UK Limited
    Inventors: Christopher Ralph Carter, Charles Anthony Rowatt
  • Patent number: 8665136
    Abstract: This disclosure provides an image processing device, which includes a relative trail image memory for storing a relative trail data group indicating relative changes in position of a target object detected by echo signals obtained corresponding to detection signals transmitted while changing a transmitting azimuth direction, with respect to a transmitting position from which the detection signals are transmitted, and an approaching target object determination processing module for determining whether the target object detected with the detection signals is an approaching target object that approaches the transmitting position based on relative trail data existing on the same sweep line among the relative trail data group stored in the relative trail image memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Furuno Electric Company, Limited
    Inventors: Tatsuya Kojima, Takumi Fujikawa
  • Patent number: 8665133
    Abstract: Systems and methods for improving situational awareness on an in-trails procedures display. A radar system transmits a radar signal and receives and stores weather radar reflectivity values into a three-dimensional buffer. A processor determines whether any of the stored weather reflectivity values indicate the presence of a weather hazard and generates one or more weather hazard icons based on the stored weather reflectivity values. An in-trail procedures display device displays the generated weather hazard icons. Wake vortex information for other aircraft is generated and outputted on the in-trail procedures display. Also, the processor receives a request for an altitude change and generates an alert when the aircraft is determined not to be cleared to transition to the requested altitude based on a projected transition, any existing weather hazards, wake vortices of proximate aircraft, and in-trail procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Ratan Khatwa, Dave Pepitone
  • Publication number: 20140043186
    Abstract: A method for wirelessly transmitting geographic coordinate information and a system and apparatus implementing the method. The method may include obtaining a latitude coordinate and a longitude coordinate, correlating a first radio frequency to the latitude coordinate, correlating a second radio frequency to the longitude coordinate, transmitting a signal at the first radio frequency, and transmitting a signal at the second radio frequency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: Loka Wireless Sdn. Bhd.
    Inventors: Narayanan Manoj KARAYIL THEKKOOTT, Anila Manoj
  • Publication number: 20140022117
    Abstract: In an embodiment of the disclosed technology, a visual output of data from a ground-penetrating radar is displayed on a visual medium. The display has a first exhibition of output from a higher frequency range antenna, a second exhibition of output from a lower frequency range antenna (compared to the other antenna; see definition in the “detailed description”), and a transition area between the first and second exhibition having merged data from the lower frequency antenna and the higher frequency antenna. The depth range of the transition area may be varied based on optimal depth range of each antenna, such as manually by a viewer viewing the visual output, which may occur in real-time, that is, while operating the radar and viewing the visual output thereof. Or, the transition depth range and/or width of the transition region may be varied as part of post-processing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: GEOPHYSICAL SURVEY SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: David Cist
  • Patent number: 8604971
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is devised for detecting objects of interest in which frequency-scanned RF in the HF region of the electromagnetic spectrum is projected out across a given area and returns are detected and converted into image data in which phase, amplitude, range and frequency associated with the incoming data is correlated with frequency-dependent range templates to determine the existence of, the range of and the direction of the objects of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventors: John T. Apostolos, Richard J. Millard
  • Patent number: 8599064
    Abstract: A radar information processing system is operable to process high bandwidth radar information received from a radar system into low bandwidth radar information that may be communicated to a low bandwidth connection coupled to an electronic flight bag (EFB). An exemplary embodiment receives radar information from a radar system, the radar information communicated from the radar system at a first bandwidth; processes the received radar information into processed radar information, the processed radar information configured for communication over a connection operable at a second bandwidth, the second bandwidth lower than the first bandwidth; and communicates the radar information from a radar system, the radar information communicated from the radar system at a first bandwidth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Bunch, Roland Szeto, Brad Miller
  • Patent number: 8593332
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for detecting objects. The device comprises at least one microwave-frequency transmitter and one microwave-frequency receiver. The receiver makes a relative rotary movement about the transmitter, a signal being transmitted toward an individual for several positions of the receiver on the circle of relative rotation, the signals reflected by points of an object and received by the receiver at the positions being supplied to processing means in order to form a radar image. The receiver and the transmitter can be installed on a disk with a very low moment of inertia. The invention applies notably for the detection of weapons or explosives carried by persons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventors: Claude Chekroun, Gilles Chekroun
  • Patent number: 8593335
    Abstract: A method includes inputting an echo signal from an antenna for discharging an electromagnetic wave to a predetermined area and receiving an echo signal reflected on a target object, outputting a level of the echo signal from every location so as to associate the level with a distance from the antenna in an azimuth direction where the electromagnetic wave is discharged, calculating a degree of change in the level of the echo signal from mutually adjacent locations among all the locations concerned, performing edge emphasis processing for the level of the echo signal in the azimuth direction based on the degree of change and outputting an edge-emphasized echo signal, and performing scan-to-scan correlation processing to calculate a correlation value of the echo signals of two or more scans using the edge-emphasized echo signals, where the echo signals from the entire predetermined area is used as one scan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: FURUNO Electric Company Limited
    Inventor: Kazuya Nakagawa
  • Publication number: 20130307714
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present innovation relate to a system and technique for passive millimeter wave imaging for concealed object detection. In one arrangement, millimeter wave imaging is provided in conjunction with an environment which is, radiometrically, at a lower temperature than the human subject. In one arrangement, the environment is configured as part of a system wherein the subject may easily pass into the system for scanning and then out of the system. Size of the overall system is minimized. Furthermore, the system includes a structure configured with sufficient strength to withstand reasonable abuse but, at the same time, is substantially transparent to the radiometric wavelengths being employed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: MVT Equity, LLC
    Inventor: MVT Equity, LLC