Multiple Cameras On Baseline (e.g., Range Finder, Etc.) Patents (Class 348/139)
  • Patent number: 11403769
    Abstract: A motion capture tracking device comprising a base portion including a first alignment feature, a first magnetic element and an attachment mechanism operative to mechanically couple the base portion to a rod, a detachable end cap configured to be removably mated with the base portion, and a plurality of motion capture markers coupled to the end cap. The detachable end cap can include a second alignment feature and a second magnetic element, such that, during a mating event in which the detachable end cap is coupled to the base portion, the second alignment feature cooperates with the first alignment feature to ensure that the base portion and detachable end cap are mated in accordance with a unique registration and the second magnetic feature cooperates with the first magnetic feature to magnetically retain the detachable end cap in physical contact with the base portion upon completion of the mating event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: LUCASFILM ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY LTD.
    Inventor: Paige M. Warner
  • Patent number: 11393123
    Abstract: An information processing device finds a position/orientation of an image capturing unit including first and second cameras whose image capturing fields are partially overlapped, the information processing device comprises an input unit that inputs first and second images from the first and second cameras a holding unit holding a learning model; a first estimating unit that estimates first provisional geometric information from the first and second images; a second estimating unit that estimates second provisional geometric information on the basis of the first image and the learning model; a third estimating unit that estimates third provisional geometric information on the basis of the second image and the learning model; and a generating unit that, on the basis of the first, second, and third provisional geometric information, generates the position/orientation information of the image capturing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomoaki Higo, Daisuke Kotake, Masahiro Suzuki, Nozomu Kasuya, Makoto Tomioka
  • Patent number: 11373341
    Abstract: A method for controlling a device, in particular a prosthetic hand or a robotic arm, includes using an operator-mounted camera to detect at least one marker positioned on or in relation to the device. Starting from the detection of the at least one marker, a predefined movement of the operator together with the camera is detected and is used to trigger a corresponding action of the device. The predefined movement of the operator is detected in the form of a line of sight by means of camera tracking. A system for controlling a device, in particular a prosthetic hand or a robotic arm, includes a pair of AR glasses adapted to detect the at least one marker and to detect the predefined movement of the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Hochschule Offenburg
    Inventors: Harald Hoppe, Andreas Otte, Simon Hazubski
  • Patent number: 11334756
    Abstract: Provided is a method and system that includes an imaging device to be disposed in a lighting fixture to capture images, a remote computing device in communication with the imaging device, and comprising at least one processor. The processor is capable of processing data related to images from the at least one imaging device and from a satellite imagery system, performing comparison operation by detecting a first set of points of interest in an image from the at least one imaging device and corresponding second set of points of interest in an image of a same area from the satellite imagery system, and calculating a homography matrix by matching the first set of points of interests in the image from the at least one imaging device and the second set of points of interest in the image from the satellite imagery system, to determine latitude and longitude coordinates of the image from the imaging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Ubicquia IQ LLC
    Inventor: Morne Neser
  • Patent number: 11307309
    Abstract: Mobile LiDAR platforms for vehicle tracking are provided. In various embodiments, a time-series of point clouds is received from a LiDAR sensor. Each point cloud of the time series of point clouds is projected onto a plane. The projected point clouds are provided to a convolutional neural network. At least one bounding box of a vehicle within each of the projected point clouds is received from the convolutional neural network. A relative speed of the vehicle is determined from the bounding boxes with the projected point clouds. A reference speed of the LiDAR sensor is determined from the GPS receiver. From the relative speed and the reference speed, an absolute speed of the vehicle is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: COM-IoT Technologies
    Inventors: Mohamed Sadek, Omar Barakat, Mahmoud Zidan, Loay Amin
  • Patent number: 11308809
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a collision control method and apparatus, an electronic device, and a storage medium. The method includes: detecting a target object in an image photographed by a traveling object; determining a forward collision hazard region of the traveling object; and executing collision control on the traveling object based on a relative relationship between the target object and the forward collision hazard region, where the collision control includes collision warning and/or driving control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Shenzhen Sensetime Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuanyang Tong, Ningyuan Mao, Wenzhi Liu
  • Patent number: 11292310
    Abstract: A method for adjusting the damper hardness of a vibration damper of a wheel of a transportation vehicle, wherein the transportation vehicle body movement signal is generated by a control device of the transportation vehicle from a first sensor signal of the first sensor unit connected fixedly in to a transportation vehicle body, a wheel movement signal is generated from a second sensor signal of a second sensor unit which detects a wheel position of the wheel with respect to the body, a speed signal which describes a speed of the transportation vehicle body is generated based on the transportation vehicle body movement signal, and the wheel movement signal and an actuation signal for setting the damper hardness is generated based on the speed signal. The transportation vehicle body movement signal is filtered by a first filter unit and/or the wheel movement signal is filtered by a second filter unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Inventors: Frank Bärecke, Stefan Kukla
  • Patent number: 11237251
    Abstract: In described examples of a system for outputting a patterned light beam, the system includes: an illumination source; a positive optical element positioned to receive light from the illumination source and to output converging light; a reflective element positioned to receive the converging light from the positive optical element, the reflective element configured to reflect the converging light to form a scan beam; and a negative optical element to receive the scan beam from the reflective element, the negative optical element configured to output the scan beam to a field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Terry A. Bartlett
  • Patent number: 11232293
    Abstract: A performance capture system is provided to detect one or more active marker units in a live action scene. Active marker units emanate at least one wavelength of light that is captured by the performance capture system and used to detect the active markers in the scene. The system detects the presence of the light as a light patch in a capture frames and determines if the light patch represents light from an active marker unit. In some implementations, various active markers in a scene may emanate different wavelengths of light. For example, wavelengths of light from multi-emitting active marker units may be changed due to various conditions in the scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: WETA DIGITAL LIMITED
    Inventors: Dejan Momcilovic, Jake Botting
  • Patent number: 11184587
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses an image surveillance system that includes an image recording host and IP cameras. Each of the IP cameras includes a storage circuit that stores identification information including identification codes, a communication circuit that performs network communication and a processing circuit. The processing circuit executes software and firmware executable commands to execute an image surveillance system establishing method that includes the steps outlined below. The other IP cameras are identified according to the identification information by using the communication circuit to perform network connection thereto to form a local area network that only includes the IP cameras. Within the local area network, a connection path is set to connect the image recording host either indirectly through at least one of the other IP cameras or directly. An image stream is transmitted to the image recording host through the connection path by using the communication circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: SIGMASTAR TECHNOLOGY LTD.
    Inventor: Jin-Hua Fan
  • Patent number: 11115492
    Abstract: An enhanced product recommendation service observes a user engaging in an activity to automatically recommend products that facilitate performance of the activity. Photographs and/or video of the user performing the activity may be analyzed to identify an output that results from the activity and/or an activity task sequence that includes multiple tasks associated with completing the activity. Then, the enhanced product recommendation service may identify a product that is usable to generate the output(s) of the activity and/or complete the activity without performing one or more individual tasks of the activity task sequence. The product may be an existing product. Alternatively, the product may be a customized product that is designed based on observing the user engage in the activity. Physical measurements of the customized product may be determined based on various measurements determined by analyzing the photographs and/or video of the user performing the activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: eBay, Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Yankovich, Sergio Pinzon Gonzales, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11074811
    Abstract: An approach is provided for using aerial drones for road and traffic monitoring. The approach, for example, involves navigating an aerial drone to a physical marker located on a road link. The approach also involves initiating a capture of sensor data of the physical marker by a sensor of the aerial drone. The approach further involves adjusting a position, an altitude, or a combination thereof of the aerial drone to a reference position, a reference altitude, or a combination thereof over the physical marker based on the sensor data. The approach further involves initiating a capture of one or more images of the road link by the aerial drone at the reference position, the reference altitude, or a combination thereof. By way of example, the captured images can be processed for road and traffic monitoring and/or other similar applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: James Fowe, Filippo Pellolio
  • Patent number: 11039083
    Abstract: Embodiments can enable motion capture cameras to be optimally placed in a set. For achieving this, a virtual set can be generated based on information regarding the set. Movement of a virtual actor or a virtual object may be controlled in the virtual set to simulate movement of the corresponding real actor and real object in the set. Based on such movement, camera aspects and obstructions in the set can be determined. Based on this determination, indication information indicating whether regions in the set may be viewable by one or more cameras placed in the physical set may be obtained. Based on the indication information, it can be determined an optimal placement of the motion capture cameras in the set. In some embodiments, an interface may be provided to show whether the markers attached to the actor can be captured by the motion capture cameras placed in a specific configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: LUCASFILM ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY LTD.
    Inventors: John Levin, Mincho Marinov, Brian Cantwell
  • Patent number: 11029160
    Abstract: A projector includes a light source arranged along an optical axis, a reticle optically coupled to the light source by the optical axis, and a projection lens. The projection lens is optically coupled to the reticle by the optical axis and has a navigation feature defined thereon for displaying an image of the navigation feature projected along the optical axis on terrain disposed within a field of view of the projector. Projection systems and methods of navigating terrain using projected images are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventors: Christopher A. Keith, Bobby Foote, Weston James Lahr
  • Patent number: 10972699
    Abstract: A local video communication device, the device includes a local translucent display device configured to display remote video information received from a remote video communication device; and a local camera array configured to capture local video information of a plurality of local users; wherein the local translucent display device includes a naked-eye three-dimensional display, the local camera array comprises a plurality of cameras arranged in a two-dimensional array, the local camera array is placed on a back of the local translucent display device, and the local translucent display device further comprises a micro processing unit, wherein the micro processing unit includes: a micro processing unit, where the micro processing unit includes a video capture and processing module, a location acquisition module, a communication module and a display module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Beijing FUNATE Innovation Technology Co., LTD.
    Inventor: Liang Liu
  • Patent number: 10955236
    Abstract: A system includes a polarization target having two or more surfaces, a polarization camera that captures an image of the polarization target and records polarization of light that formed the image, and a processor that determines an orientation of the polarization target based at least in part on the captured image and the determined polarization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Matthias Wolke
  • Patent number: 10846656
    Abstract: Techniques are described with regard to determining and controlling a location and status of assets directly and/or indirectly. The techniques may be used to track and control the respective locations and status of any number of objects. Applications include but are not limited to tracking dry and refrigerated trailers and their status in a supply-chain yard; tracking pallets and boxes and their status in a warehouse; tracking items in a retail environment; tracking finished goods and work in progress in and around a manufacturing plant; tracking vehicles in a parking lot; tracking cargo and equipment at an airport; tracking equipment in a lay down yard; etc. In all cases the laborious and error prone data gathering is replaced with automated data collection methods reducing cost, increasing accuracy, and increasing efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: PINC Solutions
    Inventor: Aleks Göllü
  • Patent number: 10846822
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus performs a first detection that detects motion information of an image sensor during a period in which the image sensor captures a first image and a second image based on an output of a sensor different from the image sensor, a second detection that detects a plurality of motion vectors between the first image and the second image, a determination of first reliability of the motion information detected by the first detection and second reliability of the motion vectors detected by the second detection, and an alignment based on either one of the motion vectors or a vector indicated by the motion information, which has higher reliability, or a vector obtained from the motion vectors and the motion information according to the reliability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takeshi Yasutomi, Yoichi Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10819946
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and techniques for projecting streamed video are provided. An Example Surround Video Projection System (SVPS) provides support for interacting with the displayed virtual reality environment, capturing a video of a user in the VR environment, and displaying the VR environment on deformations. Also, the SVPS may change the displayed VR environment responsive to attributes and/or characteristics of the user. In one example, the SVPS comprises a real time, interactive rendering system, a display system, and one or more display units. The rendering system comprises a high resolution graphics engine capable of generating high resolution video. The projection system comprises video capture cards to capture the generated video stream and forward it to a projection mapping engine. The projection mapping engine consolidates and stitches together the received video stream as appropriate to render the video stream over display units to the target viewing environment such as a dome/sphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: KILBURN LIVE, LLC
    Inventors: Mars Tanumihardja, Joseph Laurino, Ashly Yeo
  • Patent number: 10817747
    Abstract: Provided is a method and system that includes an imaging device to be disposed in a lighting fixture to capture images, a remote computing device in communication with the imaging device, and comprising at least one processor. The processor is capable of processing data related to images from the at least one imaging device and from a satellite imagery system, performing comparison operation by detecting a first set of points of interest in an image from the at least one imaging device and corresponding second set of points of interest in an image of a same area from the satellite imagery system, and calculating a homography matrix by matching the first set of points of interests in the image from the at least one imaging device and the second set of points of interest in the image from the satellite imagery system, to determine latitude and longitude coordinates of the image from the imaging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: UBICQUIA IQ LLC
    Inventor: Morne Neser
  • Patent number: 10796167
    Abstract: Provided is a periphery recognition device that makes it possible to: minimize the load from object recognition processing for recognizing an object moving between one region covered by a long-distance sensor and/or a wide-angle short-distance sensor to another such region; the periphery recognition device being able to reduce the proportion of non-recognition or erroneous recognition of objects moving from a region covered by the long-distance sensor or the wide-angle short-distance sensor to a boundary region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Felipe Gomezcaballero, Masayuki Takemura, Takeshi Nagasaki, Shouji Muramatsu
  • Patent number: 10788574
    Abstract: The described technology relates to a light detection and ranging (LIDAR) device. The LIDAR device can include a transmission unit configured to emit a first signal, a first lens unit configured to convert the first signal into parallel light, a reflection unit configured to adjust a direction of the converted first signal and a second lens unit configured to enable the first signal to have the same focal plane even when a reflection angle of the reflection unit changes. The LIDAR device can also include a third lens unit configured to convert the first signal passing through the second lens unit into parallel light, a fourth lens unit configured to increase an angle of the first signal passing through the third lens unit and a reception unit configured to receive a second signal reflected by an object after passing through the fourth lens unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: KOREA ELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Young Bo Shim, Yeon Kug Moon
  • Patent number: 10780643
    Abstract: Techniques and systems for 3D printing using mirrors that are oriented at about 45 degrees from an X-axis and Y-axis are described. A technique includes receiving an object model; rotating the object model about 45 degrees around the Z-axis; generating cross-sectional images of the rotated object model; mapping pixels of the cross-sectional images to corresponding mirrors of a digital micromirror device of an additive manufacturing apparatus to form additive-manufacturing images, wherein edges of the mirrors are oriented about 45 degrees from the X-axis of the digital micromirror device and about 45 degrees from the Y-axis of the digital micromirror; and providing the additive manufacturing images to generate a build piece corresponding to the object model. Other implementations can include corresponding systems, apparatus, and computer program products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: HOLO, INC.
    Inventors: Richard M Greene, Michael Daum
  • Patent number: 10775485
    Abstract: The described technology relates to a light detection and ranging (LIDAR) device. The LIDAR device can include a transmitter configured to emit an optical signal, a first lens section configured to convert the optical signal into collimated light, a reflector configured to adjust a direction of the converted optical signal, a second lens section configured to allow the adjusted optical signal to have the same focal plane even though a reflection angle of the reflector is varied and a third lens section configured to convert the optical signal passed through the second lens section into collimated light. The LIDAR device can also include a fourth lens section configured to allow the optical signal, and a receiver configured to receive the optical signal passed through the fourth lens section. The third lens section and the fourth lens section are positioned on the same line in a first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Korea Electronics Technology Institute
    Inventors: Young Bo Shim, Yeon Kug Moon
  • Patent number: 10755432
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an indoor positioning system, which includes: N positioning lamps, M camera devices, and a processor, where N is a positive integer greater than 1 and M is a positive integer greater than or equal to 1. The N positioning lamps are arranged at different positions respectively in a room where a target to be positioned is located. The M camera devices are arranged at different positions in the room respectively, and are used for capturing a complete image of the room respectively at different angles and at the same time. The processor is configured to determine a position of the target to be positioned in the room according to the M images acquired by the M camera devices respectively at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Heliang Di, Yu Gu
  • Patent number: 10753794
    Abstract: Technologies are generally described for concurrent activation of multiple illumination sources to analyze a sample. A controller may be configured to activate the illumination sources substantially simultaneously, where a current or voltage of each activated illumination source is modulated at a different frequency by respective circuit drivers of the controller. Each activated illumination source may be configured to illuminate the sample with light at a different emission wavelength, and one or more detectors may be configured to detect a composite signal from the sample in response to the illumination. The composite signal may include multiple returned signals, where each returned signal corresponds to light emitted from one of the activated illumination sources at a respective emission wavelength. One or more filters, each associated with a respective modulation frequency of one activated illumination source, may be configured to extract each returned signal from the composite signal for analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Empire Technology Development LLC
    Inventors: Mordehai Margalit, Curtis D. Moyer
  • Patent number: 10748244
    Abstract: A method for detecting stereo images includes receiving an image and analyzing at least a portion of the image. The method further includes determining whether the image is a stereo image based on the analysis. The method may include determining if a portion of the image contains an expected icon, may determine if left and right halves of the image contain expected symmetry, may determine if histograms of the left and right halves are similar, or the like. The method further includes generating a confidence value related to the determination of whether the image is stereo or non-stereo, the confidence value indicating a likelihood that the determination is correct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ciaran Rochford, Thomas Flynn, Danke Xie, Teresa Mao
  • Patent number: 10706528
    Abstract: Described are methods, systems, apparatus, and computer program products for determining the presence of an object on a target surface. A machine vision system includes a first image capture device configured to image a first portion of a target surface from a first viewpoint and a second image capture device configured to image a second portion of the target surface from a second viewpoint. The machine vision system is configured to acquire a first image from the first image capture device, a second image from the second image capture device, rectify the first image and second image, retrieve a disparity field, generate difference data by comparing, based on the mappings of the disparity field, image elements in the first rectified image and a second image elements in the second rectified image; and determine whether the difference data is indicative of an object on the target surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Cognex Corporation
    Inventors: Cyril C. Marrion, Nickolas James Mullan
  • Patent number: 10701313
    Abstract: A local video communication device includes a local translucent display device and a plurality of local cameras, the local translucent display device is configured to display remote video information from a remote video communication device; and the plurality of local cameras configured to capture a local video information; wherein the plurality of local cameras are placed on the back of the local translucent display device, and the plurality of local cameras are arranged in a two-dimensional camera array, and the local translucent display device further comprises a micro processing unit, wherein the micro processing unit comprises: a video capture and processing module, a location acquisition module configured to obtain the local user's face location, a communication module configured to communicate with the remote video communication device, and a display module configured to display the remote video information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Beijing FUNATE Innovation Technology Co., LTD.
    Inventor: Liang Liu
  • Patent number: 10646160
    Abstract: A method for locating a vessel, the method comprising illuminating at least a portion of the vessel with a background light having a substantially high susceptibility to absorption by particles in said portion of the vessel; detecting backscattered light from said illuminated portion of the vessel; reproducing an image from said backscattered light; and identifying dark regions within said reproduced image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Technion Research & Development Foundation Limited
    Inventors: Dvir Yelin, Lior Golan
  • Patent number: 10648774
    Abstract: In a display apparatus of an interception area, a first detection device scans a first area containing at least a part of a firing range of a first weapon to detect an obstacle. A first terminal calculates the first interception area in which the first weapon is possible to intercept, based on data of the detected obstacle and data of the first weapon; calculates a first display area showing the first interception area on a screen based on the first interception area; receives second area data generated by a second terminal, and calculates a second display area based on the second area data. The second display area shows on the screen an area in which a second weapon is possible to intercept. The first terminal displays the first display area and the second display area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Tomoaki Usuki
  • Patent number: 10606079
    Abstract: A head up display HUD can be a worn display, a helmet mounted display (HMD, or other display system. The HUD includes a projector including a light processor. The projector provides light to a projector path and a dump path. The HUD also includes a camera disposed to capture the light in the dump path and a processor. The processor is configured to process image data from the camera and image data associated with the light in the projection path to determine an error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: ROCKWELL COLLINS, INC.
    Inventor: Christopher A. Keith
  • Patent number: 10600234
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for inter-vehicle cooperation for vehicle self imaging. An example vehicle includes an inter-vehicle communication module and a infotainment head unit. The infotainment head unit determines a pose of the vehicle and, in response to receiving an input to generate a composite image, broadcasts a request for images of the vehicle. The request message includes the pose. The infotainment head unit also generates the composite image of the vehicle based on the images and display the composite image on a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Michael Herman, David A. Herman, David Joseph Orris, Nicholas Alexander Scheufler, Nunzio DeCia, Stephen Jay Orris, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10589423
    Abstract: A robot vision supervisor system for use with industrial robots being placed with average home consumers or at restaurants that is capable of guiding the robot to its homing position for initial homing or when a loss of reference has occurred. Further the robot vision supervisor is able to detect presence of unidentified foreign objects in the workspace and guide the robot to navigate around and prevent collisions. Image processing algorithms are used with primary, orthogonal and cross camera arrays to increase reliability and accuracy of the robot vision supervisor. Lookup tables of images are captured and stored by controller for discretized positions in the full robot workspace when robot is in known good calibration to compare with images during regular operation for detecting anomalies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Inventor: Shambhu Nath Roy
  • Patent number: 10575719
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention may be used to perform measurement of surfaces, such as external and internal surfaces of the human body, in full-field and in 3-D. Embodiments of the present invention may include an electromagnetic radiation source, which may be configured to project electromagnetic radiation onto a surface. The electromagnetic radiation source may be configured to project the electromagnetic radiation in a pattern corresponding to a spatial signal modulation algorithm. The electromagnetic radiation source may also be configured to project the electromagnetic radiation at a frequency suitable for transmission through the media in which the radiation is projected. An image sensor may be configured to capture image data representing the projected pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Virtual 3-D Technologies Corp.
    Inventor: Robert Zeien
  • Patent number: 10535134
    Abstract: A processing apparatus processes an image signal generated by pixels that have received light from an object irradiated with first wavelength light. The processing apparatus includes a processor having hardware. The processor is configured to: extract first and second image signals from the image signal of one frame generated by the pixels, the first image signal being generated by a pixel that has received the first wavelength light, the second image signal being generated by a pixel that has received second wavelength light that is fluorescence emitted in response to the first wavelength light; estimate an image signal to be generated by the pixel that has received the second wavelength light, based on the first image signal; and calculate a difference, on a corresponding image signal portion, between the second image signal and the estimated image signal, thereby to obtain a differential image signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tetsuo Minai, Norio Nishimura
  • Patent number: 10419716
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and techniques for projecting streamed video are provided. An Example Surround Video Projection System (SVPS) provides support for interacting with the displayed virtual reality environment, capturing a video of a user in the VR environment, and displaying the VR environment on deformations. Also, the SVPS may change the displayed VR environment responsive to attributes and/or characteristics of the user. In one example, the SVPS comprises a real time, interactive rendering system, a display system, and one or more display units. The rendering system comprises a high resolution graphics engine capable of generating high resolution video. The projection system comprises video capture cards to capture the generated video stream and forward it to a projection mapping engine. The projection mapping engine consolidates and stitches together the received video stream as appropriate to render the video stream over display units to the target viewing environment such as a dome/sphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Vulcan Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Mars Tanumihardja, Joseph Laurino, Ashly Yeo
  • Patent number: 10394022
    Abstract: A display apparatus (1) for use in displaying an image to a viewer, comprising a transparent optical waveguide display unit (2) arranged for receiving image-bearing light (4) into the optical waveguide display unit, for guiding the received light therealong to an output area (24) thereof, and for outputting from the output area the image-bearing light (6) collimated to present a viewable image. A light-emitting display screen (3) arranged adjacent to and behind the output area of the optical waveguide display unit is visible therethrough behind the output area (24). This combines the light from the light-emitting display screen (e.g. imagery) with the viewable image (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: BAE SYSTEMS plc
    Inventor: Stephen Paul Mason
  • Patent number: 10359256
    Abstract: A camera sighting device, configured for securing about a firearm, the sighting device housed in a housing, with a smart phone or smart device mounting platform rotatably coupled thereon, with an additional rear viewing camera, integral or attachable to an armature. This said armature, additionally passes through an open portion of a clamping device, that is attachable to a threaded base portion, of the back side of said smart device mounting platform, and is both height and angularly adjustable. This said sighting device, provides the target image that is either received from other target viewing devices mounted on the firearm, or provides its own target image, to the smart device, where this said target image is viewable by the user, from any position that the user could position himself in relation to the firearm, by means of the said rotatable smartphone or smart device mounting platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: HOOKSHOTTACTICAL, LLC
    Inventor: Robert Marshall Campbell
  • Patent number: 10342459
    Abstract: An endoscope apparatus measuring a subject using a pattern projection image of the subject on which a light and dark pattern of light is projected, includes an insertion tube; an image sensor; an objective optical system forming the subject image on the image sensor; an illumination light source illuminating the subject; a pattern projector projecting the light and dark pattern onto the subject; and a projection window disposed at a distal end portion of the insertion tube. When the projection window is viewed from the front and the distal end portion of the insertion tube is divided into two sides by an imaginary first plane which includes a central axis of the insertion tube, a center of the projection window is at one of the two sides of the distal end portion of the insertion tube. An observation window is disposed at the distal end portion of the insertion tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masayoshi Yokota
  • Patent number: 10332050
    Abstract: A computing platform may receive a plurality of messages comprising data indicating physical presence of a plurality of customers of a financial institution at a physical banking center location of the financial institution from an indoor positioning system located at the physical banking center location of the financial institution. The computing platform may identify one or more attributes of at least a portion of the plurality of customers of the financial institution at the physical banking center location of the financial institution, and one or more adjustments to a personnel-staffing schedule for the physical banking center location of the financial institution based on at least a portion of the data indicating the physical presence of the plurality of customers of the financial institution at the physical banking center location of the financial institution and the one or more attributes of the at least a portion of the plurality of customers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventor: Carrie Anne Hanson
  • Patent number: 10281276
    Abstract: A system is disclosed that comprises a camera module and a control and evaluation unit. The camera module is designed to be attached to the surveying pole and comprises at least one camera for capturing images. The control and evaluation unit has stored a program with program code so as to control and execute a functionality in which a series of images of the surrounding is captured with the at least one camera; a SLAM-evaluation with a defined algorithm using the series of images is performed, wherein a reference point field is built up and poses for the captured images are determined; and, based on the determined poses, a point cloud comprising 3D-positions of points of the surrounding can be computed by forward intersection using the series of images, particularly by using dense matching algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: HEXAGON TECHNOLOGY CENTER GMBH
    Inventors: Knut Siercks, Bernhard Metzler, Elmar Vincent Van Der Zwan, Thomas Fidler, Roman Parys, Alexander Velizhev, Jochen Scheja
  • Patent number: 10270939
    Abstract: An image is rendered on a display having a limited number of primary colors by (104) combining input data representing the color of a pixel to be rendered with error data to form modified input data, determining in a color space the simplex (208—typically a tetrahedron) enclosing the modified input data and the primary colors associated with the simplex, converting (210) the modified image data to barycentric coordinates based upon the primary colors associated with the simplex and (212) setting output data to the primary having the largest barycentric coordinate, calculating (214) the difference between the modified input data and the output data for the pixel, thus generating error data, applying (106) this error data to at least one later-rendered pixel, and applying the output data to the display and thus rendering the image on the display. Apparatus and computer-storage media for carrying out this process are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: E Ink Corporation
    Inventor: Kenneth R. Crounse
  • Patent number: 10228556
    Abstract: According to an exemplary embodiment of the present disclosure, apparatus and process for providing at least one radiation can be provided. For example, with at least one multi-mode waveguide, it is possible to transmit the radiation(s). In addition, with a shape sensing arrangement, it is possible To dynamically measure a shape of the multi-mode waveguide(s). Further, with a specifically programmed computer arrangement, it is possible to control a light modulator arrangement based on the dynamically-measured shape to cause the radiation(s) transmitted through the multi-mode waveguide(s) to have at least one pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: The General Hospital Corporation
    Inventors: Rohith K. Reddy, Guillermo J. Tearney
  • Patent number: 10154240
    Abstract: To generate a warning that a stereoscopic image sequence has been synthesised from a 2D image sequence, a video processor correlates left-eye image data and right-eye image data to identify any sustained temporal offset between the left-eye and right-eye image data. A measure of sustained correlation between a measured spatial distribution of horizontal disparity and a spatial model can also be used to generate the warning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Snell Advanced Media Limited
    Inventors: Jonathan Diggins, Michael James Knee
  • Patent number: 10116842
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an underwater method and system for gathering range and dimensional information of subsea objects, the system comprising a camera module suitable for capturing images of sub-sea scenes; and a reference projection light source that, in use, projects a structured light beam onto a target. The structured light beam is preferably generated by a laser and may comprise spots, lines, grids and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: CATHX RESEARCH LTD.
    Inventors: Adrian Boyle, Michael Flynn, James Mahon
  • Patent number: 10062180
    Abstract: Various technologies described herein pertain to correction of an input depth image captured by a depth sensor. The input depth image can include pixels, and the pixels can have respective depth values in the input depth image. Moreover, per-pixel correction values for the pixels can be determined utilizing depth calibration data for a non-linear error model calibrated for the depth sensor. The per-pixel correction values can be determined based on portions of the depth calibration data respectively corresponding to the pixels and the depth values. The per-pixel correction values can be applied to the depth values to generate a corrected depth image. Further, the corrected depth image can be output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Grigor Shirakyan, Michael Revow, Mihai Jalobeanu
  • Patent number: 9983571
    Abstract: A remote control station that accesses one of at least two different robots that each have at least one unique robot feature. The remote control station receives information that identifies the robot feature of the accessed robot. The remote station displays a display user interface that includes at least one field that corresponds to the robot feature of the accessed robot. The robot may have a laser pointer and/or a projector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: INTOUCH TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Yulun Wang, Marco Pinter, Kevin Hanrahan, Daniel Steven Sanchez, Charles S. Jordan, David Bjorn Roe, James Rosenthal, Derek Walters
  • Patent number: 9978135
    Abstract: Described are methods, systems, apparatus, and computer program products for determining the presence of an object on a target surface. A machine vision system includes a first image capture device configured to image a first portion of a target surface from a first viewpoint and a second image capture device configured to image a second portion of the target surface from a second viewpoint. The machine vision system is configured to acquire a first image from the first image capture device, a second image from the second image capture device, rectify the first image and second image, retrieve a disparity field, generate difference data by comparing, based on the mappings of the disparity field, image elements in the first rectified image and a second image elements in the second rectified image; and determine whether the difference data is indicative of an object on the target surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Cognex Corporation
    Inventors: Cyril C. Marrion, Nickolas James Mullan
  • Patent number: 9934563
    Abstract: Technologies are generally described for 3D object recognition through 2D image processing based on white balancing and object-rotation in machine vision systems. According to some examples, image recognition of an object captured with a camera under insufficient lighting may be achieved through white balancing. Processing cost reduction may be achieved in the learning process for image recognition through automatic generation of rotated 2D images of target objects to be detected, such as machine parts, from a small number of 2D images of a target object and generation of a 3D image of the target object from the rotated 2D images. Image recognition may thus be ensured even under insufficient lighting through execution of the image recognition process for multiple images and learning the successful recognition results. Some examples may be implemented in mechanical parts selection, where 2D images of the parts may be available beforehand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: EMPIRE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT LLC
    Inventor: Naofumi Yoshida