Weighted Patents (Class 345/639)
  • Patent number: 10290110
    Abstract: Video overlays are modified to enhance readability. In one example a frame of a video sequence of frames is received and an overlay for display on the frame is received. A location of the overlay in the frame is determined. Background pixels in the frame that are in the overlay location are determined. Values of the identified pixels are analyzed and an overlay color is selected based on the analysis. The overlay is then blended into the frame using the selected overlay color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventors: Sean J. W. Lawrence, Raghavendra Angadimani
  • Patent number: 10198654
    Abstract: In various example embodiments, a system and method are provided for automated estimation of a saliency map for an image based on a graph structure comprising nodes corresponding to respective superpixels on the image, the graph structure including boundary-connecting nodes that connects each non-boundary node to one or more boundary regions. Each non-boundary node is in some embodiments connected to all boundary nodes by respective boundary-connecting edges forming part of the graph. Edge weights are calculated to generate a weighted graph. Saliency map estimation comprises bringing respective nodes for similarity to a background query. The edge weights of at least some of the edges are in some embodiments calculated as a function of a geodesic distance or shortest path between the corresponding nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Qiaosong Wang, Wen Zheng, Robinson Piramuthu
  • Patent number: 10151962
    Abstract: A variable focal length (VFL) lens system is provided including a tunable acoustic gradient (TAG) lens and an optical focus monitoring configuration for providing a focus monitoring signal that reflects a focus state with high accuracy and without significant latency. An input illumination pattern is transmitted through the TAG lens to provide a corresponding output illumination pattern that has a size and intensity that depends on the optical power of the TAG lens. An optical focus signal detector portion includes a filtering configuration and a focus photodetector that provides a focus output signal that varies in relation to the total light energy that the focus photodetector receives, wherein the filtering configuration receives the output illumination pattern and limits the amount of included focus detection light that reaches the focus photodetector. A focus monitoring signal is provided based on the focus output signal provided by the focus photodetector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Mitutoyo Corporation
    Inventors: Paul Gerard Gladnick, Kim Atherton
  • Patent number: 10140741
    Abstract: A mobile computing device for providing an indication of process readings of a machine includes a processor configured to receive an image of a process indicator wherein capture of the image is initiated using the mobile computing device proximate the machine. The at least one processor is also configured to determine a template including a template image of the process indicator and template components of the process indicator. The at least one processor is further configured to display the received image and the determined template image such that they overlay each other and align the received image with the determined template image. The at least one processor is also configured to determine a position of a value indicator with respect to a scale of the process indicator, transform the determined position to a process indicator value, and store the process indicator value in the one or more memory devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Nigel Trevor Leigh, Brett Ralph Taylor, Robert Steven Craft, Stephen James Post
  • Patent number: 10127728
    Abstract: A method, system, computer readable media and cloud systems are provided for rendering virtual reality (VR) views into VR scenes for presentation to a head mounted display (HMD). One method includes sensing a position of a nose of the user when the HMD is worn by the user. The method includes identifying a model of the nose of the user based on the position that is sensed. The model of the nose having a dimension that is based on the position of the nose of the user, when the HMD is worn. The method further includes rendering images to a screen of the HMD to present the VR scenes. The images being augmented to include nose image data from the model of the nose. In one example, the HMD is configured to capture facial feature expressions which are usable to generate avatar faces of the user, and convey facial expressions and/or emotion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Osman
  • Patent number: 10061509
    Abstract: An apparatus can include a processor; memory accessibly by the processor; a display operatively coupled to the processor; an object detector operatively coupled to the processor; and display circuitry that controls transparency of a rendered keyboard based at least in part on input sensed via the object detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: John Carl Mese, Russell Speight VanBlon, Nathan J. Peterson, Arnold S. Weksler
  • Patent number: 9959637
    Abstract: The disclosure is related to a method and a computer apparatus for processing a border of a computer figure and merging the figure into a background image. In the method, a user interface is provided for the user to operate the computer figure through a touch screen. The computer figure is configured to be merged into a background image, or a specific image object. The computer figure is processed by performing a border-treatment algorithm when it is moved and combined with the background image. In the process of border-treatment, the graphic information of the background image is taken into consideration. The computer figure is allowed to be well merged into the background image by considering the background's graphic information when the images are combined. Therefore, a visual effect of fusing the images can be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: FRAMY INC.
    Inventors: Yu-Hsien Li, Chen-Chou Lin
  • Patent number: 9924234
    Abstract: A program guide in which a video layer includes a plurality of video objects including title objects, each title object having associated with it a channel and at least one time slot, the video layer being formed in response to a received video stream and a graphics layer comprising a plurality of graphics objects including title overlay objects, each of the title overlay objects selectively imparting at least a visual de-emphasis to a respective title object in the video layer, the visual de-emphasis being imparted to title objects not being associated with a desired time slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Comcast IP Holdings I, LLC
    Inventors: Donald F. Gordon, Edward A. Ludvig, Nathan W. Osborn, Jeremy S. Edmonds
  • Patent number: 9881406
    Abstract: An image processing program for causing a computer to execute: a procedure for obtaining a first image; a procedure for obtaining a second image; a procedure for changing at least a part of the second image in accordance with a signal; and a procedure for processing the first image using the changed second image. The second image is at least one of a handwritten image, a letter image, and a selected image, and the signal is used in a process which splashes the second image in a procedure which changes at least a part of the second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Fast Retailing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yugo Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9881592
    Abstract: An aspect of the present invention proposes a novel approach that can reduce the total number of the overlays to be composited during the display of graphical output in a mobile computing device. As a result, the total number of memory bandwidth and the usage of a graphics processing unit by a pre-compositor can be decreased significantly. According to one embodiment, this new approach is implemented with a display panel with embedded memory which supports a partial update, or refresh feature. Which such a feature, the layer compositor (typically either the display controller or GPU) is able to keep track of actively updating regions of a display panel by checking if each layer has new content to be displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventors: Donghan Ryu, Naoya Yamoto
  • Patent number: 9807372
    Abstract: An image processing device including an image sensor array, an image pre-processing unit, a depth information generator, and a focusing unit is provided. The image sensor array takes multiple images of a first object and a second object. The image pre-processing unit processes the images to generate two shift images associated with the two objects. The depth information generator generates depth information according to the two shift images. The depth information includes distance information associated with the first object. The focusing unit generates a pair of focused images that have the first object focused thereon according to the depth information and the two shift images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Jing-Jo Bei, Heng-Chien Wu
  • Patent number: 9798921
    Abstract: A wrinkle care support device includes: a wrinkle change detector that detects a change made in a wrinkle after occurrence of the wrinkle, the wrinkle having occurred in skin by provision of predetermined stimulation; a wrinkle care information determiner that determines, based on the detected change, user presentation information relating to wrinkle care; and an information outputter that outputs the determined user presentation information. Note that the wrinkle care support device may further include: an image obtainer that obtains an image where the skin is photographed; and a wrinkle detector that detects the wrinkle from the obtained image. The detection of the change may include a detection of a wrinkle disappearing time starting from when the predetermined stimulation is provided until the wrinkle is no longer detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventors: Masayo Shinoda, Rieko Asai, Chie Nishi, Tetsuro Sato, Kaori Ajiki, Tomofumi Yamanashi
  • Patent number: 9710730
    Abstract: Image registration is described. In an embodiment an image registration system executes automatic registration of images, for example medical images. In an example, semantic information is computed for each of the images to be registered comprising information about the types of objects in the images and the certainty of that information. In an example a mapping is found to register the images which takes into account the intensities of the image elements as well as the semantic information in a manner which is weighted by the certainty of that semantic information. For example, the semantic information is computed by estimating posterior distributions for the locations of anatomical structures by using a regression forest and transforming the posterior distributions into a probability map. In an example the mapping is found as a global point of inflection of an energy function, the energy function having a term related to the semantic information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Ender Konukoglu, Sayan Pathak, Khan Mohammad Siddiqui, Antonio Criminisi, Steven White, Jamie Daniel Joseph Shotton, Duncan Paul Robertson
  • Patent number: 9690748
    Abstract: Described herein are systems and methods providing notifications to an application in a background state on a device such as a user device. The device may be resource constrained such as having limited memory, processor, power, or other resources for execution of applications. While in a background state, notifications from other applications may be sent to the application in the background state. To other applications, the application in the background state may appear to be operating in the foreground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Tapas K. Roy, Yaron Lissack, Saldy Antony, Mark S. Urbanus
  • Patent number: 9681066
    Abstract: A method for improved calibration of captured infrared data values by an IR imaging system in a thermography arrangement dependent on an infrared (IR) image depicting an observed real world scene. The IR image may be captured by a thermography arrangement including the IR imaging system, wherein infrared (IR) image is related to temperature dependent on IR calibration parameters. A predefined feature may be detected from the IR image, and the IR imaging system may be calibrated based on the predefined feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: FLIR SYSTEMS AB
    Inventor: Katrin Strandemar
  • Patent number: 9674586
    Abstract: A program guide in which a video layer includes a plurality of video objects including title objects, each title object having associated with it a channel and at least one time slot, the video layer being formed in response to a received video stream; and a graphics layer comprising a plurality of graphics objects including title overlay objects, each of the title overlay objects selectively imparting at least a visual de-emphasis to a respective title object in the video layer, the visual de-emphasis being imparted to title objects not being associated with a desired time slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Comcast IP Holdings I, LLC
    Inventors: Donald F. Gordon, Edward A. Ludvig, Nathan W. Osborn, Jeremy S. Edmonds
  • Patent number: 9665334
    Abstract: One device generates a first screen by executing some processes including a first process of rendering processing of the screen to be displayed in accordance with the information required to determine the rendered contents. On the other hand, devices except for the one device generates a second screen by executing some processes, which do not include the first process but include a second process different from the first process, of the rendering processing of the screen to be displayed in accordance with that information, and sends the second screen to the one device. Then, the one device receives the second screens generated by the respective devices except for the one device, and generates the screen to be displayed by compositing the first and second screens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Inventor: Tetsuji Iwasaki
  • Patent number: 9658736
    Abstract: Many devices present a cursor on a display. In order to facilitate the user's visual identification and tracking of the location of the cursor, the device may present the cursor with many visual variations, such as blinking the cursor, or selecting colors for the cursor that contrast with the background. However, these techniques may only marginally increase the visibility of the cursor in some circumstances, and/or may appear visually unappealing to the user. Presented herein are techniques for presenting a cursor on the display as a first cursor layer in a first cursor color that blends with the background color, and, under the first layer, a second cursor layer in a contrasting cursor color with respect to the first cursor color and the background. The device may also periodically remove the first layer to display the contrasting second layer and to indicate the location of the cursor to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Peter Frem, Tyler Robert Adams, Christopher Maloney, Kimberly Shay Koenig
  • Patent number: 9607394
    Abstract: An information processing method is described that includes obtaining a first operation that is used to select a foreground image from a first picture; determining the foreground image in the first picture based on the first operation; obtaining status information of the foreground image; obtaining a second operation that is used to place the foreground image into a second picture; determining the second picture which serves as a background based on the second operation; obtaining status information of the second picture; determining a target size occupied by the foreground image in the second picture based on the status information of the foreground image and the second picture; scaling the foreground image into the target size; and displaying the foreground image in the second picture with the target size. An electronic device is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: LENOVO (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Qiong Yan, Lin Sun
  • Patent number: 9472007
    Abstract: In phase-contrast imaging, different types of image information, such as absorption image information and differential phase-contrast image information, may be obtained by a single image acquisition process and have different image properties. A frequency dependent combination of different types of image information is obtained, the combined image having improved properties over the image information and respective image information types. Accordingly, an apparatus and a method for image processing in X-ray imaging of an object is provided, including receiving first and second image information of the object of first and second image information types, respectively, where the second image information type is different from the first image information type. The first and second image information is combined to obtain combined image information of the object, where the combined image information is frequency-dependent, depending on spatial frequencies of the first and second image information, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Inventors: Hanns-Ingo Maack, Ewald Roessl, Thomas Koehler, Roland Proska
  • Patent number: 9189251
    Abstract: The invention discloses a method for adjusting a window display status, which relates to a technology for adjusting the window display status while facilitating an adjustment for the existing window display status. The method includes: receiving an instruction including an adjustment parameter and a window ID; determining an application corresponding to the window ID based on the window ID, wherein the application having a corresponding window once the application is executed; and adjusting a display status item in the application window based on the adjustment parameter. The present invention further discloses an apparatus for implementing the method as described above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Inventor: Bo Liu
  • Patent number: 9092903
    Abstract: Metabrushes for digital painting (such as 3D painting) are provided. Metabrushes may be defined by 3D paint strokes embedded on an elementary piece of geometry. Paint strokes are replicated in 3D over a user's painting gesture, allowing a fast embedding of numerous strokes using only a few user input gestures. Hierarchical metabrushes are further provided for providing faster and more diverse creation of digital paintings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Inventors: Robert Sumner, Marie-Paule Cani, Stelian Coros, Antoine Milliez, Ilya Baran
  • Patent number: 9075805
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the methods and apparatuses synchronizing and tracking content receive a request corresponding to a specific content; review a record associated with the specific content in response to the request; selectively transmit a confirmation for the request based on the reviewing; and perform the request based on receiving the confirmation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Inventors: Clay Fisher, Eric Edwards, Neal Manowitz, Robert Sato, Brian Beaver
  • Publication number: 20150062175
    Abstract: A display device is provided that includes a transparent display unit, a setting unit that sets transparency of a first screen that is output in the foreground to the transparent display unit, and a controller that determines transparency of a background object that is seen through the transparent display unit, based on the transparency of the first screen that is set, such that the transparency of at least one of the background object and at least one region of the first screen is changed, based on a detected event that is associated with transparency control of the transparent display unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Hansu KIM
  • Patent number: 8817044
    Abstract: A method, system and apparatus for blending overlapping images are provided. Image areas mapped to a common image space that includes a blend region: fixed image values are assigned to areas outside the blend region. Pixels from the blend region are iteratively sampled in the common image space, and for each respective sampled pixel corresponding to the sampled pixel in a respective image area: a value of the respective sampled pixel is changed to an average of neighbouring pixel values in the respective image area; and, when each respective sampled pixel in each of the at least two image spaces is changed to the average of the neighbouring pixels, each averaged respective sampled pixel value is normalize to a blended value, wherein iterations are repeated until a convergence criteria is met. One or more blend masks is output, each comprising at least normalized blended pixel values in the blend region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc.
    Inventor: David Swart
  • Patent number: 8810582
    Abstract: A lighting module of a hair/fur pipeline may be used to produce lighting effects in a lighting phase for a shot and an optimization module may be used to: determine if a cache hair state file including hair parameters exists; and determine if the cache hair state file includes matching hair parameters to be used in the shot, and if so, the hair parameter values from the cache hair state file are used in the lighting phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc
    Inventors: Armin Walter Bruderlin, Francois Chardavoine, Clint Chua, Gustav Melich
  • Patent number: 8810602
    Abstract: Provided is an image processing apparatus, medium, and method. The image processing apparatus may include a first calculator and a second calculator. The first calculator may calculate a first weight of a first frame depth value of a first pixel of a depth image and a second weight of a second frame depth value of the first pixel, based on an obtainment time difference between the first frame depth value of the first pixel and the second frame depth value of the first pixel among a plurality of frame depth values of the first pixel. The second calculator may determine a corrected first frame depth value of the first pixel using a linear sum that is calculated by applying the first weight to the first frame depth value of the first pixel, and by applying the second weight to the second frame depth value of the first pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hwa Sup Lim, Byong Min Kang, Seong Jin Kim
  • Patent number: 8810596
    Abstract: Systems and techniques are disclosed for applying an effect to a digital image using a cursor. An effect can be applied to an image at a region under a cursor. The cursor has an outer periphery and an effect indicating periphery within the outer periphery. The outer periphery defines a maximum extent to which the effect is applied. The effect indicating periphery indicates how the effect will be applied to the image, such as providing a visual indication of a softness setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Joseph Ahmann, Mark Lee Kawano
  • Patent number: 8773445
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention sets forth a method, which includes the steps of generating a first rendered image associated with a first application, independently generating a second rendered image associated with a second application, applying a first set of blending weights to the first rendered image to establish a first weighted image, applying a second set of blending weights to the second rendered image to establish a second weighted image, and blending the first weighted image and the second weighted image before scanning out a blended result to a first display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: NVIDIA Corporation
    Inventor: Franck R. Diard
  • Patent number: 8736632
    Abstract: An image processing system computes blended pixel data from two image layers and ?-layer data. ?-layer data indicates a transparency of one of the image layers. The image processing system includes more than one memory capable of storing pixel data. A processor is programmed to apply different processing methods to pixel data based on their storage locations. A selector may obtain pixel data from each image layer and the ?-layer data. The selector may transmit the pixel data to one of the multiple memories based on the ?-layer data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Harman Becker Automotive Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Jochen Frensch, Karl Bühler
  • Patent number: 8711151
    Abstract: A hair pipeline utilizes a surface definition module to define a surface and a control hair and a hair motion compositor module combines different control hair curve shapes associated with the control hair and the surface. In particular, the hair motion compositor module generates a static node defining a static control hair curve shape; generates an animation node defining an animation control hair curve shape; and combines the static control hair curve shape of the static node with the animation control hair curve hair shape of the animation node to produce a resultant control hair curve shape for the control hair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Armin Walter Bruderlin, Francois Chardavoine, Clint Chua, Gustav Melich
  • Patent number: 8682105
    Abstract: An image processing method of the present invention includes a detection step detecting a characteristic area from each of three or more shot images having a common graphic pattern in part thereof, the characteristic area having an image significantly different from the other shot images, and a combining step extracting a partial image located in the characteristic area from each of the three or more shot images and combining these partial images into one image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Nikon Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuto Kawahara
  • Patent number: 8675021
    Abstract: Given two video sequences, a composite video sequence can be generated (15) which includes visual elements from each of the given sequences, suitably synchronized (11) and represented in a chosen focal plane. A composite video sequence can be made also by similarly combining a video sequence with an audio sequence. In the composite video sequence, contestants, action figures or objects can be shown against a common background (12) even if the given video sequences differ as to background, with the common background taken from one or the other of the given sequences, for example. Alternatively, a different suitable background can be used, e.g. as derived from the given video sequences, as obtained from another video sequence or image, or as otherwise synthesized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Dartfish SA
    Inventors: Emmanuel Reusens, Martin Vetterli, Serge Ayer, Victor Bergonzoli
  • Patent number: 8649551
    Abstract: An image processing system is described which is arranged to highlight information in image displays by selectively blurring less important areas of an image. By generating such displays comprising areas which are in focus and areas which are out of focus, a viewer's attention is preferentially drawn towards those areas of an image which appear sharp. By having a display system which is arranged to generate such images a means is provided to direct a viewer's attention towards considering the sharp areas of the image display first. Further the selective blurring portions of an image reduces rather than increases the amount of information presented to a viewer and hence reduces the likelihood that a viewer will become overloaded with information. Display systems of this type are therefore especially applicable to complex control environments as means of directing viewer's attention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: University of Newcastle Upon Tyne
    Inventor: Yoav Tadmor
  • Patent number: 8633942
    Abstract: Images provide rich information regarding what they depict. For example, an image may have additional information, such as depth and/or 3D location values, for some points within the image. It may be advantageous to extrapolate the values from the valued points to the entire image because a new view of the image may be generated based upon values of points. Accordingly, an interpolated image may be generated by interpolating values for unvalued points based upon values of valued points. In particular, a set of valued points having desired cost paths may be determined for an unvalued point. A model may be applied to the set of valued points to interpolate a value for the unvalued point. One or more interpolated images may be projected onto a new view. In particular, points within an interpolated image may be projected onto locations within the new view based upon values of the points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Yonatan Wexler, Eyal Ofek, Blaise Hilary Aguera y Arcas
  • Patent number: 8633938
    Abstract: A method and a portable device controls output of a display unit to display information accurately and clearly regardless of a background image. Disclosed is an arrangement for calculating a difference between an arbitrary expression value of an arbitrary screen configuration element to be displayed on a given area of the background image and an actual expression value of the given area of the background image. Each expression value includes at least one of a color and lightness. The arrangement automatically selects the expression value of the screen configuration element based on the calculation result. The screen configuration element is displayed at the given area of the background image based on the selected arbitrary expression value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Dae Woong Kim
  • Publication number: 20140009497
    Abstract: An image processing device performs: setting a focal pixel among a plurality of pixels in an original image that is represented by original image data; setting a pixel near the focal pixel as a near pixel; acquiring a degree of difference in luminance for the focal pixel and the near pixel; determining, based on the degree of difference, at least one of: a size of a supplemental image; a shape of the supplemental image; color of the supplemental image; and luminance of the supplemental image; and generating edited image data by editing the original image data, the edited image data representing an edited image obtained by superimposing the supplemental image on the original image, the supplemental image being superimposed on an area around the focal pixel in the original image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventors: Ryohei OZAWA, Masaki KONDO
  • Patent number: 8619094
    Abstract: Morphological anti-aliasing (MLAA) of a re-projection of a two-dimensional image can be implemented in a way that produces a better result while using fewer processor resources. One or more discontinuities between each neighboring pixel of the two-dimensional image are determined. One or more pre-defined patterns formed by the one or more discontinuities are identified. A blend amount is calculated for each pixel neighboring the identified pre-defined patterns. A re-projection is applied to the two-dimensional image and to the blend amount for each pixel thereby generating re-projected blend amounts. The neighboring pixels of the re-projection are then blended according to the re-projected blend amounts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC
    Inventors: Barry M Genova, Tobias Berghoff
  • Patent number: 8564610
    Abstract: An in-vehicle device for displaying a meter image in real time, wherein the processing load is reduced without deterioration of the appearance of the meter image. The in-vehicle device stores therein a plurality of basic images which can indicate a first measured value and a second measured value both of which are measured values relating to the vehicle. According to the acquired first and second measured values, the in-vehicle device selects a predetermined basic image out of the plurality of basic images, transmits a partial area of the selected basic image, and synthesizes these basic images, to thereby generate a meter image to be displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Clarion Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takanobu Nagashima
  • Patent number: 8547399
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus which includes a extension width determination unit for determining a extension width based on a depression time of the cursor at a reference position on an image display unit where a releasing operation of the cursor was performed, which is a time during which the cursor had been kept depressed until the releasing operation was performed, and an ornament piece arrangement unit for arranging the plurality of ornament pieces at positions radially extended away from the reference position with the extension width determined by the extension width determination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Yukita Gotohda, Karin Kon
  • Patent number: 8547389
    Abstract: Embodiments are described for a method to generate an image that includes image structure detail captured from a first image and color from a second image. The first image of a defined subject can be obtained from a computer memory. The first image may be a downsampled fine image with image detail. The second image captured of the defined subject in the first image can be obtained from a computer memory. The second image may be a coarse image. A target pixel in the second image can be selected. A target color distribution for a pixel window of the target pixel can then be computed. A source color distribution for a pixel window of a corresponding pixel in the first image can be computed using a computer processor. Further, a statistic of the target pixel can be determined with respect to the target color distribution. The source color in the source color distribution can be computed with the statistic. The target pixel color can then be replaced by the source color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Hugues Hoppe, Charles Han, Matt Uyttendaele
  • Patent number: 8519321
    Abstract: An optical sensor for detecting motion or movement in an area of interest and a method of operation is provided. The system includes a CMOS sensor having an array of pixels that captures images in an area of interest. The system monitors the average pixel value for the array to define a first state. If the average pixel value changes beyond a defined threshold, the system defines a second state. For each change in state, a signal is generated. In one embodiment, the optical sensor is used with a meter having a dial with an indicator. The optical sensor generates a signal each time the indicator passes through the area of interest to allow for the remote monitoring of a consumable commodity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignees: Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., Itron, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony F. Barna, Lawrence P. Nardo, Charles W. Melvin, Jr., Jason P. Walton, A. Arthur Kressner
  • Patent number: 8421824
    Abstract: An image generation method and system. The method includes receiving by a computing apparatus from a video recording device attached to a backside of a video monitor connected to the computing apparatus, a video data stream comprising a first video image of an input device connected to the computing apparatus and a second video image of a users hands enabling switches on the input device. An input device image associated with the input device is displayed. The computing apparatus super-imposes and displays a hand image associated with the user's hands over the input device image. The computing apparatus adjusts a brightness of the hand image such that the input device image is visible through the hand image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas Stuart Brown, John Falk Kelley, James Robert Rudd, Robert J. Torres
  • Patent number: 8391639
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed to realistically simulate facial wrinkle aging of a person using a neutral state (natural look) image and one or more expression images (e.g., smile, frown, pout, wink) that induce wrinkles. The neutral and expression images are processed to simulate wrinkle aging by registering the wrinkles that are visible in the expression image onto the neutral image, thereby generating a wrinkle-aged simulated image. Advantageously, a person's own wrinkle histological data is utilized, hence providing an accurate and realistic wrinkle aging simulation. Similarly, the neutral image is processed to eliminate all visible wrinkles thereby generating a wrinkle de-aged simulation image. Additionally, blending of a neutral image with an aged or de-aged simulation image is disclosed, where the degree of blending is based on statistical modeling of skin condition with age and/or expected outcome of a particular type of treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Greg George Hillebrand, Ramazan Demirli
  • Patent number: 8368696
    Abstract: A temporal parallax induced display includes the presentation of different views of a scene. The system likewise uses a model of the human visual system to modify the image to reduce the rocking artifacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott J. Daly, Chang Yuan
  • Patent number: 8358876
    Abstract: A system and method for performing content aware cropping or expansion may be applied to translate an object within an image. The object may be selected by defining an approximate bounding box of the object. The method may receive input indicating a lowest priority edge or corner of the object to be translated (e.g., using a drag operation). Respective energy values for pixels in regions of the image adjacent to a region comprising the selected object may be weighted based on their distance from the region and/or lowest priority edge/corner, on a cropping or expansion graph, and/or on the translation dimension and direction. Relative costs may be determined for seams of these regions dependent on the energy values. Low cost seams may be removed from one region and replicated in another region, and the region comprising the translated object may be combined with these resized regions in a modified image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: Anant Gilra, Shmuel Avidan
  • Patent number: 8334880
    Abstract: A image processing apparatus includes a first image converting section for converting an original image into an output resolution image, a second image converting section for converting the original image into an intermediate resolution image, a similarity information generating section for detecting a plurality of similar areas, in a block in the intermediate resolution image corresponding to a predetermined partial area in the output resolution image, that resemble the partial area, and for generating similarity information including a position of each of the plurality of similar areas in the intermediate resolution image and a weight of the position, a texture generating section for generating a texture image by combining high-frequency components of the intermediate resolution image at the position according to the weight, and a texture blending section for blending the output resolution image and the texture image to generate output image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yasunari Hatasawa, Shinichiro Gomi, Masami Ogata
  • Patent number: 8330769
    Abstract: There are provided systems and methods for tinting an image by monochromatic tinting using saturation maps for use by an application providing a user interface supporting customizable tinted images. By using saturation map and a monochromatic value map derived from the image and configuring the saturation map to specify areas for tinting, a tint color can be applied to the image by a series of quickly processed arithmetic calculations. This provides a lightweight and high quality method for tinting images within an application without wasting unnecessary network bandwidth or processor resources. Furthermore, the method can be adapted to apply multiple tint colors for multiple tints or use an alpha channel to restore color information lost due to the monochromatic value map. The resulting tinted image can also be used as a texture for a three-dimensional rendering engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Moore, Jackson Dunstan
  • Patent number: 8289326
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to the development of terrain image analogy filters which may be used to convert visible terrain imagery from a first condition to a second condition. For example, from a seasonal “daytime/summer” view to a “nighttime/winter” appearance. The image analogy filters may be generated using processors such as one or more graphics processing units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Southwest Research Institute
    Inventors: Warren Carl Couvillion, Eric C. Peterson
  • Patent number: 8279240
    Abstract: A video scaler is disclosed. A polyphase filter can be used to generate interpolated pixels. The values of pixels adjacent an interpolated pixel are examined to determine variation in values among the adjacent pixels to determine minimum and maximum value variations. The value of the interpolated pixel is limited based on the minimum and maximum value variations. Ringing artifacts can be reduced by limiting the color range of an interpolated pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Sreenath Kurupati