Direction Finding Or Location Determination Patents (Class 348/116)
  • Patent number: 10418068
    Abstract: A positional recording synchronization system can include: creating a time stamped telemetry point for an unmanned aerial vehicle; creating a time stamped recording; creating transformed data from the time stamped recording, the transformed data being tiles for zooming or thumbnails; creating a flightpath array, an image metadata array, and a video metadata array; determining whether entries of the video metadata array match with the flightpath array; determining whether entries of the image metadata array match with the flightpath array; synchronizing the time stamped telemetry point with the time stamped recording based on either the entries of the image metadata array matching the flightpath array, the entries of the visualizer module matching the flightpath array, or a combination thereof; and displaying the time stamped telemetry point as a selection tool for calling, viewing, or manipulating the time stamped recording on a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventors: David Dat Tran, David Allen Collmann
  • Patent number: 10401225
    Abstract: A method of calibrating a document scanner contact image sensor scan bar having an LED array to increase LED sensor array output and/or reduce total color scan line cycle time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: LEXMARK INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Mark Lane Mayberry, Karl Mark Thompson
  • Patent number: 10386839
    Abstract: Methods and systems for navigating a mobile robot through a crowded pedestrian environment based on a trained navigation model are described herein. The trained navigation model receives measurement data identifying nearby pedestrians and the velocity of each nearby pedestrian relative to the mobile robot, and the current position and desired endpoint position of the mobile robot in the crowded pedestrian environment. Based on this information, the trained navigation model generates command signals that cause the mobile robot to adjust its velocity. By repeatedly sampling the velocities of surrounding pedestrians and current location, the navigation model directs the mobile robot toward the endpoint location with a minimum of disruption to the pedestrian traffic flows. The navigation model is trained to emulate desirable pedestrian walking behaviors in a crowded pedestrian environment by tracking the movement of a behavioral trainer through a crowded pedestrian environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignees: Boston Incubator Center, LLC, East Japan Railway Company
    Inventors: Haruhiko Harry Asada, Kota Weaver, Baldin Lloren-Bonilla, Sheng Liu, Jun Maruyama
  • Patent number: 10353065
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for using a driver assistance device of a motor vehicle (1) to detect a mark (7) made on a ground (6) by providing a two-dimensional image by means of an imaging sensor (3) of the driver assistance device (2); by identifying a potential mark (7?) on the basis of the two-dimensional image (11); and by performing a distance measurement by means of a distance sensor (4) of the driver assistance device and also taking a result (17) of the distance measurement as a basis for determining whether the potential mark (7?) is the mark (7) made on the ground (6) or a mark (14) on an object (13) that is on the ground (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Valeo Schalter und Sensoren GmbH
    Inventor: Markus Heimberger
  • Patent number: 10347046
    Abstract: A first augmented-reality (AR) device comprises an optical sensor, a geographic location sensor, an orientation sensor, and a display. The first AR device accesses a first geographic location of the first AR device and an orientation of the first AR device and generates a picture taken at the first geographic location of the first AR device and associated with the orientation of the first AR device. The first AR device retrieves, from a server, transportation information from a second AR device in a vehicle. The server assigns the second AR device to the first AR device. The first AR device forms transportation AR content based on the transportation information and displays the transportation AR content in the display based on the first geographic location and orientation of the first AR device, the transportation information, and the picture generated at the first geographic location of the first AR device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: DAQRI, LLC
    Inventor: Brian Mullins
  • Patent number: 10303956
    Abstract: A system and method for using triplet loss for proposal free instance-wise semantic segmentation for lane detection are disclosed. A particular embodiment includes: receiving image data from an image generating device mounted on an autonomous vehicle; performing a semantic segmentation operation or other object detection on the received image data to identify and label objects in the image data with object category labels on a per-pixel basis and producing corresponding semantic segmentation prediction data; performing a triplet loss calculation operation using the semantic segmentation prediction data to identify different instances of objects with similar object category labels found in the image data; and determining an appropriate vehicle control action for the autonomous vehicle based on the different instances of objects identified in the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: TUSIMPLE
    Inventors: Zehua Huang, Panqu Wang, Pengfei Chen, Tian Li
  • Patent number: 10279261
    Abstract: A mobile device is configured as a point and shoot type weapon for gaming, training, or the like. Utilizing the mobile device based weapon, such as a smart phone for example, a user thereof can simply aim the mobile device at a target and shoot. Shooting may be accomplished by tapping the mobile device, activating a button or soft key on the mobile device, making a gesture (e.g., moving a finger as if a trigger is being pulled), providing an audible command (e.g., “shoot”), or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Robert J. Hall
  • Patent number: 10275665
    Abstract: A method for detecting a curbstone in an environment of a vehicle. The method includes recognizing at least one line segment that belongs to the curbstone with the aid of image data that are read in by an interface to a camera device of the vehicle. The line segment is projected onto a ground plane of the environment in order to generate a projected line segment. A subset of a plurality of three-dimensionally triangulated points in the environment of the vehicle is assigned to the line segment as a function of a position of the points relative to a position of the camera device, relative to a starting point of the projected line segment, and relative to an end point of the projected line segment. A flank plane of the curbstone is ascertained with the aid of the assigned points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Peter Lakatos, Peter Pozsegovics
  • Patent number: 10184787
    Abstract: Data streams from multiple image sensors may be combined in order to form, for example, an interleaved video stream, which can be used to determine distance to an object. The video stream may be encoded using a motion estimation encoder. Output of the video encoder may be processed (e.g., parsed) in order to extract motion information present in the encoded video. The motion information may be utilized in order to determine a depth of visual scene, such as by using binocular disparity between two or more images by an adaptive controller in order to detect one or more objects salient to a given task. In one variant, depth information is utilized during control and operation of mobile robotic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Brain Corporation
    Inventors: Micah Richert, Marius Buibas, Vadim Polonichko
  • Patent number: 10163027
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes an image data acquisition unit configured to acquire image data, a distance information acquisition unit configured to acquire distance information corresponding to the image data, a detection unit configured to detect one or more object regions, each representing an object, from the image data based on the distance information, an extraction unit configured to extract an object region representing an object which does not overlap a specific three-dimensional region, from among detected object regions, based on the distance information, and an image processing unit configured to perform image processing for the image data based on the extracted object region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kotaro Yano
  • Patent number: 10148584
    Abstract: A method for performing a file transfer comprises receiving a request for data where the data is to be compressed. A checkpoint is established, where the checkpoint occurs before the end of the transmission of the requested data. Also, a compression requirement is established for the requested data. The operations of extracting a segment of the data to be communicated, processing the extracted segment according to the compression requirement, and communicating the processed segment across the network are performed until the checkpoint is reached. Once the established checkpoint is reached, a checkpoint routine is performed by determining whether a desired level of performance in compression is achieved in communicating the processed segments. If the desired level of performance is achieved, each additional segment is processed based upon the compression requirement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: CA, Inc.
    Inventor: Heinz Sporri
  • Patent number: 10142319
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for protecting a network communication security. In one embodiment, there is provided a method for protecting network communication security at a server. The method comprises: in response to a request from a client, determining whether a token from the client is included in a valid token queue, the valid token queue being a First-In-First-Out queue; in response to the token being included in the valid token queue, managing the valid token queue based on a position of the token in the valid token queue; and sending a response to the client based on the managing of the valid token queue. There is further disclosed a corresponding method and apparatuses at client side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Yi Cheng Feng, Jun Liao, Wen Bao Yin
  • Patent number: 10140530
    Abstract: Method and device for identifying path boundary for vehicle navigation are disclosed. The method includes capturing a plurality of images of a path being traversed by a vehicle, through a plurality of cameras placed to meet predefined placement criteria. The method further includes processing shadowed regions within each of the plurality of images based on an associated Hue Saturation and Value (HSV) color space to generate a plurality of shadow processed images. The method includes identifying boundaries of the path within each of the plurality of shadow processed images based on a histogram of each of the plurality of shadow processed images. The method further includes estimating a distance between the boundaries of the path identified in the plurality of shadow processed images, based on a disparity map created for the plurality of shadow processed images and parameters associated with the plurality of cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: WIPRO LIMITED
    Inventors: Sujatha Jagannath, Ranjith Rochan Meganathan
  • Patent number: 10093332
    Abstract: Distance measurement means measures a distance from a measurement point to a construction gauge in a route of a track. A range identification unit identifies whether or not a measurement point falls within a predetermined range from the construction gauge based on the measured distance. A ground feature identification unit identifies whether or not the measurement point is a measurement point of a feature on a ground. Drawing means draws in a plan view a measurement point identified as a measurement point of a feature on the ground by the ground feature identification unit among the measurement points, and draws in side views a measurement point identified as not a measurement point of a feature on the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Katsuyuki Kamei, Masashi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10057593
    Abstract: Frame sequences from multiple image sensors may be combined in order to form, for example, an interleaved frame sequence. Individual frames of the combined sequence may be configured a by combination (e.g., concatenation) of frames from one or more source sequences. The interleaved/concatenated frame sequence may be encoded using a motion estimation encoder. Output of the video encoder may be processed (e.g., parsed) in order to extract motion information present in the encoded video. The motion information may be utilized in order to determine a depth of visual scene, such as by using binocular disparity between two or more images by an adaptive controller in order to detect one or more objects salient to a given task. In one variant, depth information is utilized during control and operation of mobile robotic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: BRAIN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Micah Richert
  • Patent number: 10021353
    Abstract: A method of optimizing detection of known light sources is provided herein. The method may include: positioning a plurality of cameras having different spectral bands to have at least partially identical fields of view in respect to a view that contains the light sources; capturing images of the light sources by the cameras at different spectral bands; estimating, for each pixel and all cameras, relative fraction values of collected sun light and of collected light sources; deriving, for each pixel, optimal fraction values of sun light and of the light sources, by minimizing, for each pixel, a mean square error estimation of an overall radiation with respect to the estimated relative fraction values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: OPGAL Optronic Industries Ltd.
    Inventor: Ernest Grimberg
  • Patent number: 10015116
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a switch for a network, and specifically the dynamic allocation of buffer memory within the switch. A communication channel is established between the switch and a network device. The switch configures and allocates a portion of memory to a receive socket buffer for the established channel. Upon receipt of a signal from the network device, the switch allocates a second portion of memory to the receive socket buffer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: 1E LIMITED
    Inventor: Mick Saxton
  • Patent number: 10014941
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a photon data transmission method and device for a mobile terminal, where to-be-transmitted data is encoded by tuning a light luminance intensity combination so as to send more information and improve security. Preferably, before encoding, luminance of a flash is controlled and data of a specific information amount is sent, and a photonic receive end recognizes a light signal, and according to a recognition result, determines a maximum quantity of luminance levels of signals supported by the photonic receive end, and then performs encoding according to a recognition capability of the photonic receive end. In this way, it is ensured that the photonic receive end can recognize the signals, and that sent code can make full use of luminance of a flash of a mobile phone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: KUANG-CHI INTELLIGENT PHOTONIC TECHNOLOGY LTD.
    Inventors: Ruopeng Liu, Silu Xu
  • Patent number: 10013766
    Abstract: A system and method for automatically changing the operation of a mobile device in response to a presence of information is described. In some examples, the system determines an information capture device is proximate to text, automatically changes operation of the capture device to a certain mode, captures the text, and performs an action associated with the captured text.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Martin T. King, Redwood Stephens, Claes-Fredrik Mannby, Jesse Peterson, Mark Sanvitale, Michael J. Smith
  • Patent number: 10008000
    Abstract: Systems, methods, apparatus, and computer-implemented methods are provided for determining a camera calibration. The method includes accessing video data for a geographic area captured by a video camera. The video data is processed to detect a plurality of moving vehicles in the video data. A detection area is defined based on the plurality of moving vehicles. A plurality of line segments are identified for each of the plurality of vehicles detected in the video data. A plurality of vanishing points are estimated based on at least a subset of the plurality of line segments. A camera calibration is determined based on the plurality of vanishing points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Conduent Business Services, LLC
    Inventors: Hao Wu, Robert P. Loce
  • Patent number: 10001381
    Abstract: The present invention aims to create an information presentation plan suitable for characteristics of output devices in view of driver's driving leeway. A presentation plan creation apparatus of the present invention includes: a driving behavior proportion prediction unit that predicts a driving behavior proportion, for each divided path; a device leeway acquisition unit that acquires device leeway data; a presentation item extraction unit that acquires presentation item data; and a presentation plan creation unit that creates a presentation plan in line with a selection condition. The selection condition is that a time of performing, on the selected path, any of the driving behaviors that allows the leeway of the selected device to be equal to or greater than the required leeway required to present the presentation item is equal to or longer than the required viewing time required to view the presentation item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Kengo Akaho
  • Patent number: 10001376
    Abstract: An apparatus monitors position for an aircraft. The aircraft includes a display, a position system, a vision system and a database comprising terrain data associated with an environment at a location of the aircraft. The apparatus includes a monitoring processor configured to perform character recognition or structure recognition on the image data to identify a structure or a character in the image data, correlate a position of the structure or character in the environment using a position from the position system and the terrain data, and cause the display to provide a confirmation in response to the position of the structure or character in the terrain data matches the position of the structure or character in the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: ROCKWELL COLLINS, INC.
    Inventors: Carlo L. Tiana, Sarah Barber
  • Patent number: 9996085
    Abstract: An automatic guiding system for analyzing pavement curvature in or on an autonomous mobile device comprises an image acquisition module, a pavement curvature analysis module, a posture sensing module, and a pavement curvature database. The image acquisition module collects pavement curvature images as the autonomous mobile device moves. The pavement curvature analysis module processes the pavement curvature images, and extracts contour information of the pavement curvature images. The posture sensing module continuously senses the posture of the autonomous mobile device. The pavement curvature database is configured to stores the contour information and the posture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: I-Hao Chung, Tien-Ping Liu, Shu-Fen Chen, Yu-Chien Hsiao, Yu-Tai Hung, Fu-Hsiung Yang
  • Patent number: 9990549
    Abstract: A complex marking determining device includes a brightness state calculating portion configured to calculate a lane marking representative value indicative of a brightness state of a plurality of pixels that make up a lane marking display region, and calculate a road surface representative value indicative of a brightness state of a plurality of pixels that make up the road surface display region; and a complex marking determining portion configured to determine that the lane marking is a complex marking at least when a degree of deviation between the lane marking representative value and the road surface representative value is equal to or greater than a first threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yusuke Kataoka, Naoki Kawasaki, Tadashi Sakai, Akihiro Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9983584
    Abstract: A method of developing a flight path for precision flying over an area of interest, the method including, in an electronic processing device, determining coordinate and elevation data relating to an area of interest, using the coordinate and elevation data to determine a flight path including precision paths corresponding to precision flying trajectories and non-precision paths interconnecting at least some of the precision paths, and generating path data at least partially indicative of the flight path, the path data being useable in generating control signals for at least partially controlling operation of the aircraft, in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: SPATIAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS RESEARCH LIMITED
    Inventors: Troy Bruggemann, Jason Ford
  • Patent number: 9952047
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a measuring instrument and a method implemented in such a measuring instrument. The measuring instrument includes an image sensor, an actuator, a control unit and a processor. The actuator is arranged to move a field of view of the image sensor. The control unit is configured to cause the image sensor to capture at least one digital image during motion of the field of view of the image sensor by the actuator. The exposure time for capturing the digital image is longer than an identifiable section of a regulating pattern for modulation of an optical radiation either emitted or reflected by at least one target. The processor is configured to process at least a portion of the captured image for detecting in the at least one portion the identifiable section of the regulating pattern. Such a measuring instrument is advantageous for detecting and/or identifying a target in the vicinity of the instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Trimble AB
    Inventors: Mikael Nordenfelt, Mikael Hertzman
  • Patent number: 9939253
    Abstract: Data streams from multiple image sensors may be combined in order to form, for example, an interleaved video stream, which can be used to determine distance to an object. The video stream may be encoded using a motion estimation encoder. Output of the video encoder may be processed (e.g., parsed) in order to extract motion information present in the encoded video. The motion information may be utilized in order to determine a depth of visual scene, such as by using binocular disparity between two or more images by an adaptive controller in order to detect one or more objects salient to a given task. In one variant, depth information is utilized during control and operation of mobile robotic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: BRAIN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Micah Richert, Marius Buibas, Vadim Polonichko
  • Patent number: 9875403
    Abstract: A method for geolocating an image sensor having an LoS and installed on board an aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: THALES
    Inventor: Jean-Marie Petit
  • Patent number: 9799142
    Abstract: A system and method for spatial data collection are described. Sensor data related to a position and an orientation of a device are generated over time using sensors of the device. Augmented reality content is generated based on a physical object captured by the device. A path bundle data package identifying a user interaction of the device with the augmented reality content relative to the physical object is generated. The user interaction identifies a spatial path of an interaction with the augmented reality content. The path bundle data package is generated based on the sensor data using a data model comprising a data header and a data payload. The data header comprises a contextual header having data identifying the device and a user of the device. A path header includes data identifying the path of the interaction with the augmented reality content. A sensor header includes data identifying the sensors. The data payload comprises dynamically sized sampling data from the sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: DAQRI, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Mullins, Matthew Kammerait, Frank Chester Irving, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9797981
    Abstract: A moving-object position/attitude estimation apparatus includes: an image-capturing unit configured to acquire a captured image; a comparative image acquiring unit configured to acquire a comparative image viewed from a predetermined position at a predetermined attitude angle; a likelihood setting unit configured to compare the captured image with the comparative image and to assigns a high attitude angle likelihood to the comparative image and to assigns a high position likelihood to the comparative image; a moving-object position/attitude estimation unit configured to estimate the attitude angle of the moving object based on the attitude angle of the comparative image assigned the high attitude angle likelihood and to estimate the position of the moving object based on the position of the comparative image assigned the high position likelihood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ichiro Yamaguchi, Naoki Kojo
  • Patent number: 9751639
    Abstract: A camera triggering and aerial imaging mission visualization system. More specifically, a system that controls camera triggering, manages data from a positioning system and an attitude measuring device, and provides real-time image coverage and mission visualization in manned and unmanned aerial imaging applications. The system includes a control and data management device that interfaces with at least one camera; one or more positioning systems; one or more attitude measuring devices; one or more data transmission devices; and a mission visualization system. The aerial imaging system may be interfaced with a variety of commercial, off-the-shelf or custom cameras for use in aerial imaging on manned and unmanned aircrafts, and may also be used on other types of vehicles or for other applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Field of View LLC
    Inventors: David Robert Dvorak, Daniel Joseph Hajicek
  • Patent number: 9738278
    Abstract: A method for creating an obstacle map of an area surrounding a motor vehicle on a road includes preparing a rasterized obstacle map, scanning an area surrounding the motor vehicle, dividing the surrounding into cells, recording those of the cells that are occupied by an obstacle, and identifying grid points of the obstacle map that correspond to occupied cells in the surrounding area. The dimensions of the cells are determined as a function of the position thereof relative to the course of the road.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Carsten Hasberg, Karsten Muehlmann, Oliver Pink
  • Patent number: 9713982
    Abstract: Data streams from multiple image sensors may be combined in order to form, for example, an interleaved video stream. The video stream may be encoded using a motion estimation encoder. Output of the video encoder may be processed (e.g., parsed) in order to extract motion information present in the encoded video. The motion information may be utilized in order to determine a depth of visual scene, such as by using binocular disparity between two or more images by an adaptive controller in order to detect one or more objects salient to a given task. In one variant, depth information is utilized during control and operation of mobile robotic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Brain Corporation
    Inventors: Marius Buibas, Micah Richert
  • Patent number: 9704404
    Abstract: Disclosed are a lane detection apparatus and an operating method for the same, and the operating method for the lane detection apparatus includes: detecting a plurality of edges in a driving image of a vehicle expressed by Cartesian coordinates; detecting a pattern of the plurality of edges; estimating a horizontal location of the vehicle in a driving lane based on the detected pattern; setting two regions of interest in the driving image based on the horizontal location; generating two Hough spaces corresponding two regions of interest, respectively, including a plurality of counting regions, and expressed by polar coordinates; calculating a polar coordinate value of each pixel included in the edge shown in each of two regions of interest among the plurality of edges by using Hough transform that transforms the Cartesian coordinates into the polar coordinates; accumulating the count of the counting region to which the polar coordinate value belongs, with respect to two respective Hough spaces; selecting a co
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sang jun Park
  • Patent number: 9678136
    Abstract: A back-plane connector connects component boards for a cubesat with a processing unit and a board connector electrically connected to the back-plane connector. The board connector mates with complimentary connectors on the component boards. The arrangement facilitates assembly, testing and operational reliability. An image capture system may be included and has an image capture device with a multiplexer for interactive collection and storage of image and video data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: SPIRE GLOBAL, INC.
    Inventors: Joel Spark, Jeroen Cappaert
  • Patent number: 9665780
    Abstract: In a travel division line recognition apparatus, an extracting unit extracts a travel division line candidate from an image of a surrounding environment including a road, captured by an on-board camera. A calculating unit calculates a degree of reliability that the extracted travel division line candidate will be the travel division line. A recognizing unit selects the travel division line candidate based on the calculated degree of reliability, and recognizes the travel division line using the selected travel division line candidate. In the calculating unit, a solid object processing unit recognizes solid objects including vehicles, sets a suppression area including a frontal-face suppression area covering a frontal face of the other vehicle and a side-face suppression area covering a side face of the other vehicle, based on the recognized solid objects, and reduces the degree of reliability of the travel division line candidate present within the suppression area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Syunya Kumano, Naoki Kawasaki, Shunsuke Suzuki, Tetsuya Takafuji
  • Patent number: 9659376
    Abstract: When a positional relationship between reference blocks differs from a positional relationship between comparison blocks, a filtering device replaces the corresponding comparison blocks to update positional relationship information (order of correlations and the positional relationship thereof) into a state where the information should be and, thus, appropriately derives a difference value of an object so that the positional relationship between the reference blocks become identical to the positional relationship between the comparison blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Ono
  • Patent number: 9625906
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for passenger docking location selection are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicolas Meuleau, Siddharth Kumar Thakur, Naoki Kojo, Daisuke Saito, Nikhil Lele
  • Patent number: 9552844
    Abstract: To easily edit dynamic image content suiting user's preferences in consideration of the geographical position. A trajectory information generation unit 230 generates trajectory information about a trajectory during imaging of dynamic image content based on position information, wherein the dynamic image content is associated with the position information and azimuth information. An editing point setting unit 260 sets a section of the dynamic image content on a time axis based on the generated trajectory information. For example, the section is set based on a comparison result of an imaging range of the trajectory identified by the generated trajectory information (imaging range identified by azimuth information) and a specific target area such as a landmark. A play list information generation unit 270 generates play list information about a playback of the dynamic image content based on the set section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Eisuke Fujimoto, Masayuki Ichihara, Masayoshi Ohno
  • Patent number: 9541387
    Abstract: A passive altimeter includes an imaging device, a groundspeed system, an image processing device operatively connected to receive an indication of groundspeed from the groundspeed system and to receive at least a first image from the imaging device taken at a first position and a second image from the imaging device taken at a second position spaced apart from the first position. The image processing device is configured to compare the first image and the second image to determine an altitude above ground using the indication of groundspeed from the groundspeed system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventor: Richard N. Lane
  • Patent number: 9522700
    Abstract: A driving support apparatus has a controller that performs a lane keeping assist that controls a vehicle such that the lateral position of the vehicle is a target lateral position in a running lane, recognizes a lane change operation by the driver for a lane change of the vehicle from the running lane to an adjacent lane, and, when it is determined that steering torque in a lane change direction by the driver has changed from a predetermined threshold or more to less than the predetermined threshold after the lane change operation is recognized and before it is determined that a previously set lane change operation termination condition has been met, sets the lateral position of the vehicle at the time of the determination as the target lateral position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masaaki Yamaoka
  • Patent number: 9489583
    Abstract: A road surface shape estimating device includes a target detecting unit, a coordinate calculating unit and an estimating unit. The target detecting unit detects a known target from a captured image capturing an area ahead of a vehicle. The known target is a target of which a size and positional relationship to a road surface is known. The coordinate calculating unit determines three-dimensional coordinates for each known target from a size and position in the captured image of the known target detected by the target detecting unit. The estimating unit estimates a road surface shape using the three-dimensional coordinates calculated by the coordinate calculating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shinya Kojima
  • Patent number: 9478061
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus synthesize a synthesized image by taking pixel values of pixels in a synthesized image corresponding to each point on the three dimensional projection plane as viewed from a specific viewpoint position, as pixel values of corresponding pixels of the first image based on the first correspondence relationship, and taking pixel values of each pixel in the synthesized image corresponding to pixels identified in the first image as being pixels representing a solid object, as pixel values of corresponding pixels of the second image based on the second correspondence relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Seiya Shimizu
  • Patent number: 9466215
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting a vehicle. One system includes a controller. The controller is configured to receive images from a camera mounted on a first vehicle, identify a surface of a second vehicle located around the first vehicle based on the images, and generate a three-dimensional model associated with the second vehicle. The model includes a first plane and a second plane approximately perpendicular to the first plane. The first plane of the model is associated with the identified surface of the second vehicle. The controller is further configured to track a position of the second vehicle using the three-dimensional model after the identified surface falls at least partially outside of a field-of-view of the at least one camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Yun Luo, Xavier Zhu
  • Patent number: 9441974
    Abstract: The inventive technique calculates lever arm values associated with a GNSS/INS system photogrammetrically. A calibrated camera on a device captures a plurality of images of the GNSS/INS system with the inclusion of a target, having known attributes and a plurality of control points. Thereafter, an application, executing on the device determines the lever arm values from the images of the GNSS/INS system utilizing the known attributes and the control points of the target. The INS may utilize the calculated lever arm values to combine information received from a GNSS receiver, of the GNSS/INS system, with information provided by sensors of the INS to compute updated positions, velocities, and/or orientations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: NOVATEL INC.
    Inventors: Kristian Morin, Ryan Dixon
  • Patent number: 9437000
    Abstract: Methods and systems for determining features of interest for following within various frames of data received from multiple sensors of a device are disclosed. An example method may include receiving data from a plurality of sensors of a device. The method may also include determining, based on the data, motion data that is indicative of a movement of the device in an environment. The method may also include as the device moves in the environment, receiving image data from a camera of the device. The method may additionally include selecting, based at least in part on the motion data, features in the image data for feature-following. The method may further include estimating one or more of a position of the device or a velocity of the device in the environment as supported by the data from the plurality of sensors and feature-following of the selected features in the images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Johnny Lee, Joel Hesch
  • Patent number: 9430707
    Abstract: A filtering device includes an evaluation value deriving module that derives, for a pair of generated images having mutual relevance, multiple evaluation values indicative of correlations between any one of blocks extracted from one of the images and multiple blocks extracted from the other image, respectively, a reference waveform part setting module that sets a reference waveform part of a transition waveform comprised of the multiple evaluation values, the reference waveform part containing the evaluation value having the highest correlation, and a difference value determining module that determines whether one or more similar waveform parts similar to the reference waveform part exist in the transition waveform, and determines, based on the result of the determination, whether the evaluation value with the highest correlation is valid as a difference value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: FUJI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Ono
  • Patent number: 9418525
    Abstract: A master device sends image data transmitted from a monitoring camera to a mobile phone terminal, the mobile phone terminal sends a request signal for starting a call to the monitoring camera when receiving an operation on a predetermined icon displayed on a display/input unit in a state in which the image data is displayed on the display/input unit, and the master device transmits the request signal for starting the call to the monitoring camera from the mobile phone terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Daisuke Wakeyama, Mitsuru Kawamura
  • Patent number: 9414036
    Abstract: A white balance adjustment method for a display, the method including acquiring spectrum stimulus values of q gray scales of red, green, blue and white of a display panel of a tested display; determining spectrum stimulus value brightness of white and green, and performing interpolation segmenting on brightness of white and green; normalizing brightness of white and green; acquiring an ideal brightness normalized value of white and an ideal brightness normalized value of green; comparing the normalized value for brightness white and the ideal brightness normalized value corresponding to the white and the normalized value for brightness of green and the ideal brightness normalized value corresponding to the green respectively, based on the closest principle, and determining optimal gray scales of white and green; determining a target chromaticity, and changing the gray scales of red and blue, acquiring a RGBW combination which is closest to the target chromaticity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: SHENZHEN CHINA STAR OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jinjun Wu, Chao Ning
  • Patent number: 9396396
    Abstract: A place estimation apparatus performs a place estimation process by using position-invariant feature values extracted by a feature value extraction unit. The feature value extraction unit includes local feature value extraction unit that extracts local feature values from each of input images formed from successively-shot successive images, feature value matching unit that obtains matching between successive input images based on the extracted local feature values, corresponding feature value selection unit that selects matched feature values as corresponding feature values, and position-invariant feature value extraction unit that obtains position-invariant feature values based on the corresponding feature values. The position-invariant feature value extraction unit extracts, from among the corresponding feature values, corresponding feature values whose position change is equal to or less than a predetermined threshold as the position-invariant feature values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: SOINN HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventors: Osamu Hasegawa, Gangchen Hua