Image Based Patents (Class 345/634)
  • Patent number: 10292483
    Abstract: An eyebrow shaping apparatus, including: a camera, for capturing one image of each of two eyebrows of a user at an initial state; an image processor, for horizontally flipping one of the two images, and for searching for differences between the horizontally flipped image and the other image, and for suggesting corrections in at least one of the captured images for obtaining a requested state having two equal mirrored images; CNC (Computer Numerical Control), for producing a program including physical steps for modifying the eyebrows from the initial state to the requested state; and a painting tip, a hair removing tip, and a robotic arm, for executing the program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: Nisan Shlomov
  • Patent number: 10297083
    Abstract: The invention is related to a method of determining a model which describes at least part of a real object, which comprises the steps of: providing a first image of at least part of the real object to a first processing device, wherein the first image is captured by a camera, sending at least part of the first image to a second processing device which is physically separate from the first processing device, determining on the second processing device a registration between the first image and a first model provided on the second processing device according to the at least part of the first image received at the second processing device, determining geometric information for at least one pixel in the first image according to the registration, sending the geometric information from the second processing device to the first processing device, and using at least part of the geometric information received at the first processing device together with at least part of the first image to determine on the first proces
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Kurz, Lejing Wang
  • Patent number: 10269184
    Abstract: A wide angle image to be displayed on a screen fixed on the head or the face of a user is processed. When a display view angle reaches a boundary of an original wide angle image 701, an indicator 703 indicating reaching the boundary is added to a free viewpoint image 702. The indicator 703 is apart of the free viewpoint image 702 which is in contact with a boundary 704 of the wide angle image 701 or protrudes from the boundary 704 and is displayed as a black-painted frame. By observing such the indicator 703, the user can intuitively understand that the display area reaches the limit of the wide angle image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenta Kawamoto, Hirokazu Tatsuta, Yuichiro Koyama
  • Patent number: 10264947
    Abstract: A surgical instrument navigation system is provided that visually simulates a virtual volumetric scene of a body cavity of a patient from a point of view of a surgical instrument residing in the cavity of the patient. The surgical instrument navigation system includes: a surgical instrument; an imaging device which is operable to capture scan data representative of an internal region of interest within a given patient; a tracking subsystem that employs electro-magnetic sensing to capture in real-time position data indicative of the position of the surgical instrument; a data processor which is operable to render a volumetric, perspective image of the internal region of interest from a point of view of the surgical instrument; and a display which is operable to display the volumetric perspective image of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Veran Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Troy Holsing, Mark Hunter
  • Patent number: 10262444
    Abstract: Image processing for creating a composite image by using a plurality of input images is performed in the following manner. An ID map is created in which each pixel on a coordinate system of the composite image is assigned an ID value among ID values each of which identifies a corresponding one of the plurality of input images. The composite image is created based on the ID map. The composite image and the ID map are caused to be superimposed and displayed on a display device. User input that is a drag operation performed on the ID map that is superimposed and displayed together with the composite image is obtained. The ID map is changed in accordance with the user input. The composite image is updated in accordance with the change in the ID map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kyohei Kikuta
  • Patent number: 10238354
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a medical imaging device for generating a breast parameter map in order to improve mammographic images. The medical imaging device comprises an image unit, a raster unit, a definition unit, a generating unit, and a provision unit. The image unit is configured to provide image data of a breast. The raster unit is configured to provide a predefined raster with several subportions, which is preferably predefined based on a predefined coordinate system relative to predefined body characteristics of a standard breast. The definition unit is configured to define several subvolumes in the breast according to the subportions of the raster, preferably by identification of body characteristics in the image data for adaption of the raster subportions to the image data. The generating unit is configured to generate a breast parameter per breast subvolume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V
    Inventor: Klaus Erhard
  • Patent number: 10237511
    Abstract: In an illustrative embodiment, systems and methods for controlling projection of graphical elements onto surfaces of an aircraft cabin interior may include a projector mounted to a surface of a static element of an aircraft passenger suite that outputs the graphical element onto a projection surface. The graphical element may correspond to a received projection request. A controller may receive a projection request from a computing device indicating a type of graphical element for display onto the projection surface. The type of graphical element may correspond to a type of communication message such as a message between a passenger and a flight attendant within the aircraft cabin. The graphical element may generated for display by the projector based on at least one of the type of graphical element associated with the received projection request and a native language of the passenger or flight attendant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Francis Xavier L. Garing, Benjamin Stephens, Suzuko Hisata, Jae Hun Gu, Alyssa G. Mellett, Alexander Nicholas Pozzi, Robert J. Henshaw
  • Patent number: 10237490
    Abstract: A method for shooting a dynamic image and a shooting apparatus are disclosed. The method includes steps of selecting a dynamic object on a preview, and after the selection is completed, shooting a plurality of photographs; and synthesizing into the dynamic image according to the plurality of shot photographs and the selected dynamic objects. Thereby, an image of only a partial region dynamically changes or only a specified object dynamically changes in the dynamic image, thereby enabling the user to shoot a dynamic image of a character or a dynamic image of a certain object in a certain region in a crowded street. This achieves shooting of a regional dynamic image, increases the fun of shooting, provides unique shooting experience, and further improves the degree of freedom for creation, and the user can create more personalized works to improve the user's satisfaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Nubia Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mingshuang Zou
  • Patent number: 10235813
    Abstract: A method includes determining a specific or basic vehicle, retrieving a base image or modified base image corresponding to the specific or basic vehicle, and selecting an accessory. The method also includes retrieving an accessory image corresponding to the accessory and animating the accessory image onto the base image or modified base image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: THE REYNOLDS AND REYNOLDS COMPANY
    Inventors: Robert Brockman, Sidney Haider
  • Patent number: 10237602
    Abstract: A method of generating a personalized video for a user of a social networking service. For a plurality of images associated with the user, respective first metrics are determined for respective images of the plurality of images based on one or more predefined image-content criteria, a first set of images is selected from the plurality of images based at least in part on the respective first metrics, and the personalized video is populated with the first set of images. The method further includes providing the personalized video to the user for viewing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Boyan Lin, Peter Tuchen Lai, Jia Lu, Shu Wu, Can Cui
  • Patent number: 10217189
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for capturing spherical content. The systems and methods can include determining a region within a plurality of images captured with a plurality of cameras in which to transform two-dimensional data into three-dimensional data, calculating a depth value for a portion of pixels in the region, generating a spherical image, the spherical image including image data for the portion of pixels in the region, constructing, using the image data, a three-dimensional surface in three-dimensional space of a computer graphics object generated by an image processing system, generating, using the image data, a texture mapping to a surface of the computer graphics object, and transmitting the spherical image and the texture mapping for display in a head-mounted display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Andrew Ian Russell
  • Patent number: 10198955
    Abstract: Techniques for verifying a location and identification of a landing marker to aid an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to deliver a payload to a location may be provided. For example, upon receiving an indication that a UAV has arrived to a delivery location, a server computer may process one or more images of an area that are provided by the UAV and/or a user interacting with a user device. A landing marker may be identified in the image and a representation of the landing marker along with instructions to guide the UAV to deliver the payload to the landing marker may be transmitted to the UAV and implemented by the UAV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Patrick Boyd, Chengwu Cui, Sarah Graber, Barry James O'Brien, Joshua John Watson, Scott Michael Wilcox
  • Patent number: 10186066
    Abstract: A method, a device and a computer storage medium for image synthesis. The method for image synthesis includes: getting a default image, setting the default image to the background image of shooting; shooting the trajectory of moving objects; at the end of the shooting, synthesizing images of the trajectory of moving objects shot currently and the background image to generate a target image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Nubia Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mingshuang Zou, Qiang Li, Lei Miao, Xiaohui Cui, Yuxing Wei
  • Patent number: 10181178
    Abstract: A privacy image generation system may use a light field camera that includes an array of cameras or an RGBZ camera(s)) is used to capture images and display images according to a selected privacy mode. The privacy mode may include a blur background mode and a background replacement mode and can be automatically selected based on the meeting type, participants, location, and device type. A region of interest and/or an object(s) of interest (e.g. one or more persons in a foreground) is determined and the privacy image generation system is configured to clearly show the region/object of interest and obscure or replace the background according to the selected privacy mode. The displayed image includes the region/object(s) of interest clearly shown (e.g. in focus) and any objects in a background of the combined image shown having a limited depth of field (e.g. blurry/not in focus) and/or the background replaced with another image and/or fill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Ross Cutler, Ramin Mehran
  • Patent number: 10176303
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for generating digital media tasks, authorizing digital media associated with the digital media tasks, and evaluating the digital media is provided. In an embodiment, a server computer creates a digital media task and sends it to one or more mobile computing devices. When the server receives digital media from a mobile computing device, the server computer determines whether it is authorized to provide other computing devices with access to the digital media. Determining whether the server computer is authorized to provide other computing devices with access to the digital media may comprise determining whether the server computer has current waivers for the digital media or whether supervisory computing device has provided authorization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Linx Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew O'Neall, Donald O'Neall
  • Patent number: 10156976
    Abstract: A system includes: a display panel; a touch panel; an application processor; a visual accelerator combining video images from the application processor with overlay data in accordance with touch events from the touch panel and parameters from the application processor to supply combined images to the display panel; and memory coupled to the application processor, the memory storing: a request list including acceleration requests; and instructions that, when executed by the application processor, cause the application processor to execute a device driver to: identify an active acceleration request of the acceleration requests, the active acceleration request being associated with an application executed by the application processor; determine an active screen area of the display panel using window arrangement data from a window manager executed by the application processor; generate parameters in accordance with the active acceleration request and the active screen area; and transmit the parameters to the visu
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Igor Kozintsev, Ning Lu
  • Patent number: 10145704
    Abstract: Digital images are associated with geographic regions within a map area to be rendered on a display screen. Photo overlays include pictorial subsets of the digital images are generated to match the shapes of respective geographic regions within the map area. The map area is rendered on the display screen with photo overlays matching geographic region shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Streetography, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Lanza
  • Patent number: 10140354
    Abstract: An information processing device includes: a feature quantity obtaining unit which obtains a feature quantity of an object to be extracted, which is extracted from a retrieval target, and specific information to be specified an appearing location of it; a feature quantity holding unit which, when storing the feature quantity in a feature quantity table, adds new identification information to the feature quantity and holds the feature quantity in the feature quantity table when a similar feature quantity in which a similarity with the feature quantity is no less than a threshold is not included in the feature quantity table, and outputs identification information of the similar feature quantity as identification information of the feature quantity when the similar feature quantity is included in the feature quantity table; and a retrieval table holding unit which holds the specific information associated with the added identification information or the outputted identification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takuya Araki
  • Patent number: 10109032
    Abstract: In an example method and system, image data to an image processing module. Image data is read from memory into a down-scaler, which down-scales the image data to a first resolution, which is stored in a first buffer. A region of image data which the image processing module will request is predicted, and image data corresponding to at least part of the predicted region of image data is stored in a first buffer, in a second resolution, higher than the first. When a request for image data is received, it is then determined whether image data corresponding to the requested image data is in the second buffer, and if so, then image data is provided to the image processing module from the second buffer. If not, then image data from the first buffer is up-scaled, and the up-scaled image data is provided to the image processing module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Imagination Technologies Limted
    Inventors: Paul Brasnett, Jonathan Diggins, Steven Fishwick, Stephen Morphet
  • Patent number: 10109098
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product for displaying representative images within a collection viewer is disclosed. The method comprises receiving an indication of a new orientation for the collection viewer, displaying a sequence of animation frames that depict an in-place rotation animation for the representative images, generating a rotation angle in a sequence of rotation angles, and displaying a rendered representative image for each of the two or more representative images by rendering the two or more representative images, wherein each rendered representative image is rotated according to the rotation angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: DUELIGHT LLC
    Inventors: Adam Barry Feder, Brian J. Kindle, William Guie Rivard
  • Patent number: 10091486
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus and a method for receiving a digital broadcasting signal including a three-dimensional image and displaying a two-dimensional image. The apparatus for receiving the digital broadcasting signal according to one embodiment of the present invention includes: a tuner for receiving the digital broadcasting signal including a video stream for forming the three-dimensional image and signaling data; a signaling data processor for decoding the digital broadcasting signal including a 2D display window table, which includes information for a partial area of a video image according to the video stream; and a display unit for displaying the video image of the video stream as the two-dimensional image using the information for the partial area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jeehyun Choe, Joonhui Lee, Jongyeul Suh, Kwansuk Kim
  • Patent number: 10091424
    Abstract: An image blur correction apparatus includes a first detection unit configured to detect motion vectors in plural different areas using a plurality of images, a determination unit configured to determine an amount of movement of a main object based on the motion vectors in the plural different areas detected by the first detection unit, and a control unit configured to correct an image blur of the main object based on the amount of movement of the main object determined by the determination unit. The determination unit determines a center of gravity or a peak movement amount of which value is included in a determination range near zero (0) among plural amounts of movement represented by the motion vectors in the plural different areas to be the amount of movement of the main object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Wataru Takayanagi
  • Patent number: 10062133
    Abstract: Implementations generally relate to retrieving images from a device for consumption by the receiving device. In some implementations, a computing device may receive from a communication device an update to a collection of images including at least one image not previously received in a prior version of the collection. The computing device may store in long term memory the update to the collection and copy at least one of the images from the update to a non-persistent memory. The images in non-persistent memory may not exceed a maximum threshold. In response to the computing device changing from inactive to active, the computing device may display an image from non-persistent memory as a background image on the computing device. In further response to a minimum threshold number of images in non-persistent memory, the computing device may copy at least one of the new images to non-persistent memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Parthsarthi Mishra, Madhur Khandelwal, Zihao Wang
  • Patent number: 10057202
    Abstract: A method for managing personal communication data, wherein the personal communication data including a plurality of chat histories from a plurality of chat applications is provided. The method may include converting a first chat history from a first application and a second chat history from a second application into an integrated unified format, whereby the second application is different from the first application. The method may also include storing the integrated unified format into an indexed storage. The method may further include providing a user interface (UI) to access the integrated unified format via the indexed storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Su Liu, Michael S. Ly, Robert K. Sloan
  • Patent number: 10027615
    Abstract: A method for managing personal communication data, wherein the personal communication data including a plurality of chat histories from a plurality of chat applications is provided. The method may include converting a first chat history from a first application and a second chat history from a second application into an integrated unified format, whereby the second application is different from the first application. The method may also include storing the integrated unified format into an indexed storage. The method may further include providing a user interface (UI) to access the integrated unified format via the indexed storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Su Liu, Michael S. Ly, Robert K. Sloan
  • Patent number: 9996943
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to human facial feature analysis. Specifically, embodiments of the present invention relate a system and method for utilizing one or more overlay grids in conjunction with imagery of a human face in order to analyze beauty and attractiveness of the face in the underlying imagery. In a preferred embodiment, the system utilizes computerized image capture features and processing features to analyze a human face in relation to a plurality of overlay grids in order to identify and empirically measure beauty and attractiveness based on the alignment of said overlay grids with specific features (e.g., nose, lips, eyebrows) of the human face and whether a successful fit exists with specifically defined Hayduke facial grids or by how close the individual's facial features align with specifically defined Hayduke facial grids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Inventor: Andrew John-Haidukewych Hayduke
  • Patent number: 9959017
    Abstract: Book definitions can be dynamically created based on content provided by a user. Such dynamic creation can include organization of user-supplied content into appropriate form, adjustment of book cover properties to match the user-supplied content, and verification that the user supplied content is appropriate for presentation in book form. Various interfaces can also be provided which allow users to generate a book definition based on a minimum of information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Making Everlasting Memories, LLC
    Inventor: Gordon Scott Mindrum
  • Patent number: 9921751
    Abstract: A memory system includes a CPU that communicates commands and addresses to a main-memory module. The module includes a buffer circuit that relays commands and data between the CPU and the main memory. The memory module additionally includes an embedded processor that shares access to main memory in support of peripheral functionality, such as graphics processing, for improved overall system performance. The buffer circuit facilitates the communication of instructions and data between CPU and the peripheral processor in a manner that minimizes or eliminates the need to modify CPU, and consequently reduces practical barriers to the adoption of main-memory modules with integrated processing power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Rambus Inc.
    Inventors: Richard E. Perego, Pradeep Batra, Steven Woo, Lawrence Lai, Chi-Ming Yeung
  • Patent number: 9906712
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to capture photographs using mobile devices are disclosed. An example method includes receiving sensor data from a sensor in a mobile device. The example method further includes presenting visual feedback to a user, via a display of the mobile device, to guide the user in capturing a photograph with a camera of the mobile device. The visual feedback based on the sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: THE NIELSEN COMPANY (US), LLC
    Inventors: Diego Garcia Morate, Antonio Hurtado Garcia, Javier Tovar Velasco, Carlos Barrales Ruiz
  • Patent number: 9891791
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for generating presentations of views of building entities according to an interaction graph. One of the methods includes processing building information model data to identify a plurality of building entities, wherein each building entity represents a respective feature of a building modeled by the data. Relationships between different respective pairs of the building entities are determined. The relationships are traversed according to simulated user interactions with respective presentations of a plurality of the building entities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Autodesk, Inc.
    Inventors: Azam Khan, Simon Breslav, Alexander Tessier, Ramtin Attar, Michael Lee
  • Patent number: 9880591
    Abstract: An electronic device and a display control method are provided that won't make a user's operation troublesome even if a cover component is arranged in the electronic device so that the user's experience is improved. The display control method includes obtaining a parameter that represents a separation level of a cover component separating from a first surface of the electronic device by one or more sensors arranged in the electronic device; determining first display content to be displayed on a display, according to the parameter; and displaying the first display content by the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignees: BEIJING LENOVO SOFTWARE LTD., LENOVO (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yang Yuan
  • Patent number: 9870638
    Abstract: Appearance transfer techniques are described in the following. In one example, a search and vote process is configured to select patches from the image exemplar and then search for a location in the target image that is a best fit for the patches. As part of this selection, a patch usage counter may also be employed in an example to ensure that selection of each of the patches from the image exemplar does not vary by more than one, one to another. In another example, transfer of an appearance of a boundary and interiors regions from the image exemplar to a target image is preserved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Inventors: Ondrej Jamri{hacek over (s)}ka, Jakub Fiser, Paul J. Asente, Jingwan Lu, Elya Shechtman, Daniel Sýkora
  • Patent number: 9851894
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a display control device, a display control method, and a program, enabling realization of various playing display using frame images subjected to compositing processing as a motion transition image. A recording medium has recorded therein, as a series of recording frame image data, each of composited image data generated by sequentially performing image compositing processing for each input of frame image data, each of composited image data being enabled of moving image display in which a moving subject image in each frame image data is sequentially placed so as to be arrayed in a predetermined direction, with each recording frame image data being playable. In accordance with operation of an operation input unit such as a touch panel, a frame position to be played is determined out of the series of recording frame image data, and playing of the recording frame image data at the determined frame position is executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Tetsuji Ogata
  • Patent number: 9852195
    Abstract: An event matrix may comprise labels and indicators corresponding to objects and links of an ontology. The objects and links may be determined from a plurality of data sources by a data integration system. Some of the labels may correspond to event objects, and may be arranged in a first spatial dimension at least in part on the basis of dates associated with said event objects. Other labels may correspond to non-event objects, and may be arranged in a second spatial dimension. Indicators may correspond to links between the event and non-event objects. An indicator for a particular link may be positioned with respect to the first and second spatial dimensions in accordance with the locations of the labels that correspond to the objects connected by the link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: PALANTIR TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventors: Jason Ma, Brian Lee, Evan Minamoto
  • Patent number: 9843694
    Abstract: In a preferred aspect of the present invention, manuscript image data is analyzed, and a feature amount to be used for specifying a positional relationship between the manuscript image data and read image data of a printed material read by a reading unit that performs reading of the printed material on which an image is printed on the basis of the manuscript image data, is detected. At least one or more areas including the feature amount in the manuscript image data is set as a reading area. A setting position of the printed material with respect to the reading unit is displayed on the basis of a result of the setting of the reading area. Reading of the printed material set in the reading unit is performed after the setting position is displayed by a display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: FUJIFILM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takahiro Mishima
  • Patent number: 9821591
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus according to an embodiment includes a decolorable image forming unit that forms a decolorable image with a decolorable material. A mask control unit controls the decolorable image forming unit to form, with the decolorable material on a sheet, a mask that hides at least one portion of an image formed on the sheet with non-decolorable material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Mitsuhisa Kato
  • Patent number: 9818150
    Abstract: A decade from now, a visit to the supermarket will be a very different experience than the familiar experiences of decades past. Product packaging will come alive with interactivity—each object a portal into a rich tapestry of experiences, with contributions authored by the product brand, by the store selling the product, and by other shoppers. The present technology concerns arrangements for authoring and delivering such experiences. A great variety of other features and technologies are also detailed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Geoffrey B. Rhoads, William Y. Conwell
  • Patent number: 9801253
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing an emission panel which has an emission portion including pixels, through which currents of mutually different values flow under a condition that voltages of mutually identical values are applied to the respective pixels is disclosed. This manufacturing method includes: an acquisition step of acquiring correction coefficients for correcting the values of the voltages applied to the respective pixels to reduce differences among the values in current flowing through the respective pixels; and an aging step of executing aging processing on the pixels, the aging processing being executed by correcting the values of the voltages applied to the respective pixels using the correction coefficients and by applying the corrected voltages to the respective pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: JOLED INC.
    Inventors: Hiroki Yamamoto, Hiroyuki Yamakita, Kenichi Masumoto
  • Patent number: 9792695
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a position information obtaining unit and a region detection unit. The position information obtaining unit obtains position information indicating a representative position of one or more designated regions in an image. The region detection unit detects the one or more designated regions from the position information. The region detection unit cancels a setting of the one or more designated regions for pixels within a predetermined portion of the image, and detects the one or more designated regions again for the pixels within the predetermined portion, based on a reference pixel selected from among pixels on the image for which the setting of the one or more designated regions has not been canceled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Makoto Sasaki
  • Patent number: 9785852
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a method, a TV set and a system for recognizing a TV station logo. The method includes: obtaining a TV screen image; for each of a plurality of pre-stored standard TV station logos, selecting a matching area of the standard TV station logo from the TV screen image according to position information of the standard TV station logo, the position information indicating a position of the standard TV station logo in a TV screen; and recognizing a TV station logo in the TV screen image by matching the standard TV station logos with their respective matching areas. The present disclosure reduces the size of the matching area for logo recognition, solves the low speed problem of conventional logo recognition methods due to the selected matching area being large, and brings the effects of reducing the matching area and improving the speed for logo recognition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: XIAOMI INC.
    Inventor: Jiajia Li
  • Patent number: 9781341
    Abstract: An image processing system includes an image acquisition section that consecutively acquires still images, a direction determination section that determines a camera moving direction that is a moving direction of an imaging section during capture, and a panoramic image generation section that performs a synthesis process of the consecutively acquired still images to generate a panoramic image. The direction determination section determines whether the camera moving direction is a first camera moving direction or a second camera moving direction that differs from the first camera moving direction when the imaging section is moved during capture. The panoramic image generation section performs the synthesis process of a still image among the consecutively acquired still images based on the camera moving direction when the consecutively acquired still images were captured to generate the panoramic image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Arata Shinozaki, Mitsunori Kubo, Takayuki Nakatomi
  • Patent number: 9779523
    Abstract: A display control apparatus includes a search unit for searching for a second content related to a first content in accordance with at least part of metadata attached to each of the first content and the second content, a generating unit for generating a three-dimensional display model, the three-dimensional display model including a first layer and a second layer, the first layer having one of a first image and a first character representing the first content arranged therewithin, and the second layer having one of a second image and a second character representing the second content arranged therewithin, and a display control unit for controlling displaying one of the first image and the first character and one of the second image and the second character using the three-dimensional display model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takuo Ikeda, Kazuto Mugura, Nobuki Furue, Wataru Tajika, Takashi Kitao, Meng Ni, Takatoshi Ono, Kei Tateno, Noriyuki Yamamoto, Tomohiro Tsunoda
  • Patent number: 9756289
    Abstract: Systems, methods and computer-readable media for uniquely identifying a digital medium by receiving a request for the digital medium, the request corresponding to a requestor, associating a unique identification with the requestor, encoding the digital medium based on the unique identification to provide a watermarked digital medium, the watermarked digital medium including a watermark that can be used to determine the unique identification, and providing the watermarked digital medium to the requestor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Snowflake Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse Bickmore, Fletcher Lee, Alex Thurlow
  • Patent number: 9746288
    Abstract: A garment assembly such as a uniform, a military uniform and a military combat uniform is presented. The garment assembly includes a helmet or head cover being cut from a fabric having a first camouflage pattern with a first set of intermixed colored blotches thereon. The colors of the first set of intermixed colored blotches being selected from a first group of colors including an Olive 527 color, a Dark Green 528 color, a Tan 525 color, a Brown 529 color, a Bark Brown 561 color and a Dark Cream 559 color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Scotlund McIntosh, Lisa Bareiss Hepfinger, Cheryl Ann Stewardson, Anabela Dugas, James George Fairneny
  • Patent number: 9736366
    Abstract: A computing device may obtain a first captured image of a scene and a second captured image of the scene. For a plurality of m×n pixel tiles of the first captured image, the computing device may determine respective distance matrixes. The distance matrixes may represent respective fit confidences between the m×n pixel tiles and pluralities of target p×q pixel tiles in the second captured image. The computing device may approximate the distance matrixes with respective bivariate quadratic surfaces. The computing device may upsample the bivariate quadratic surfaces to obtain respective offsets for pixels in the plurality of m×n pixel tiles. The respective offsets, when applied to pixels in the plurality of m×n pixel tiles, may cause parts of the first captured image to estimate locations in the second captured image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan T. Barron, Dillon Sharlet
  • Patent number: 9727994
    Abstract: An image jointing method includes steps of obtaining a first image, a second image including a line image, and a displacement data, dividing a specific region of the line image as image blocks and calculating to obtain feature values corresponded to the image blocks, comparing the feature values and utilizing an initial coordinate of the image block corresponding to the maximum of the feature values as a feature point representing the line image, corresponding the feature point to a base point of the first image according to the displacement data and obtaining a first jointing point corresponding to the first image and a second jointing point corresponding to the second image according to the base point and the feature point, and jointing the first image and the second image through the first jointing point and the second jointing point, thereby significantly reducing the operation time and enhancing the user experiences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: TECO IMAGE SYSTEMS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yi-Chun Yen, Ko-Meng Chen, Kurt Eugene Spears
  • Patent number: 9728010
    Abstract: Methods for generating virtual proxy objects and controlling the location of the virtual proxy objects within an augmented reality environment are described. In some embodiments, a head-mounted display device (HMD) may identify a real-world object for which to generate a virtual proxy object, generate the virtual proxy object corresponding with the real-world object, and display the virtual proxy object using the HMD such that the virtual proxy object is perceived to exist within an augmented reality environment displayed to an end user of the HMD. In some cases, image processing techniques may be applied to depth images derived from a depth camera embedded within the HMD in order to identify boundary points for the real-world object and to determine the dimensions of the virtual proxy object corresponding with the real-world object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Mike Thomas, Cameron G. Brown, Nicholas Gervase Fajt, Jamie Bryant Kirschenbaum
  • Patent number: 9729824
    Abstract: A privacy camera, such as a light field camera that includes an array of cameras or an RGBZ camera(s)) is used to capture images and display images according to a selected privacy mode. The privacy mode may include a blur background mode and a background replacement mode and can be automatically selected based on the meeting type, participants, location, and device type. A region of interest and/or an object(s) of interest (e.g. one or more persons in a foreground) is determined and the privacy camera is configured to clearly show the region/object of interest and obscure or replace the background according to the selected privacy mode. The displayed image includes the region/object(s) of interest clearly shown (e.g. in focus) and any objects in a background of the combined image shown having a limited depth of field (e.g. blurry/not in focus) and/or the background replaced with another image and/or fill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Ross Cutler, Ramin Mehran
  • Patent number: 9721387
    Abstract: A method implemented in a video playback system is described for incorporating augmented reality (AR) into a video stream. The method comprises determining a target pattern, determining an inner pattern in the target pattern, determining a relationship between the target pattern and the inner pattern, and receiving, by the video playback system, frames of the video stream. For each frame within the frame sequence, binarization is performed according to a predetermined threshold. Based on whether a location of the target pattern can be determined, a location of the inner pattern is determined. Based on the location of the inner pattern on received frames and the determined relationship between the target pattern and the inner pattern, a location of the target pattern is determined. The method further comprises displaying a virtual object with the target pattern on an output device based on the location of the target pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: CYBERLINK CORP.
    Inventor: Chen-Wei Chou
  • Patent number: 9721146
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to human facial feature analysis. Specifically, embodiments of the present invention relate a system and method for utilizing one or more overlay grids in conjunction with imagery of a human face in order to analyze beauty and attractiveness of the face in the underlying imagery. In a preferred embodiment, the system utilizes computerized image capture features and processing features to analyze a human face in relation to a plurality of overlay grids in order to identify and empirically measure beauty and attractiveness based on the alignment of said overlay grids with specific features (e.g., nose, lips, eyebrows) of the human face and whether a successful fit exists with specifically defined Hayduke facial grids or by how close the individual's facial features align with specifically defined Hayduke facial grids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventor: Andrew John-Haidukewych Hayduke