With Camera And Object Moved Relative To Each Other Patents (Class 348/142)
  • Patent number: 10535191
    Abstract: Techniques for identifying and labeling distinct objects within 3-D images of environments in which vehicles operate, to thereby generate training data used to train models that autonomously control and/or operate vehicles, are disclosed. A 3-D image may be presented from various perspective views (in some cases, dynamically), and/or may be presented with a corresponding 2-D environment image in a side-by-side and/or a layered manner, thereby allowing a user to more accurately identify groups/clusters of data points within the 3-D image that represent distinct objects. Automatic identification/delineation of various types of objects depicted within 3-D images, automatic labeling of identified/delineated objects, and automatic tracking of objects across various frames of a 3-D video are disclosed. A user may modify and/or refine any automatically generated information. Further, at least some of the techniques described herein are equally applicable to 2-D images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Luminar Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Prateek Sachdeva, Dmytro Trofymov
  • Patent number: 10536666
    Abstract: A system for transmitting camera data may include (i) identifying at least two streams of video data that are each produced by a different video source, (ii) receiving a set of at least two frames of video data that includes exactly one frame from each of the at least two streams of video data, (iii) placing, within an image, the set of at least two frames of video data received from the at least two streams of video data, and (iv) transmitting the image that includes the set of at least two frames of video data received from the at least two streams of video data via a single transmission channel. Various other apparatuses, systems, and methods, are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: John Enders Robertson
  • Patent number: 10516876
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and techniques related to matching features between a dynamic vision sensor and one or both of a dynamic projector or another dynamic vision sensor are discussed. Such techniques include casting a light pattern with projected features having differing temporal characteristics onto a scene and determining the correspondence(s) based on matching changes in detected luminance and temporal characteristics of the projected features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Richmond Hicks
  • Patent number: 10493916
    Abstract: An image, such as a frame of video, is captured by a single camera positioned on a vehicle to capture a scene external to the vehicle. A first image manipulation is performed on a first region of the image to generate a first manipulated region. A second image manipulation is performed on a second region of the image to generate a second manipulated region. The second region is different from the first region. The second image manipulation is different from the first image manipulation. A manipulated image including the first manipulated region and the second manipulated region is generated by a processor and displayed on a display in the cabin of the vehicle. In this way, central, left, and right regions of the image can be manipulated differently to aid the driver of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Yuesheng Lu
  • Patent number: 10484614
    Abstract: An apparatus for observing a fine object is disclosed. The observation apparatus includes: a camera configured to capture each of a plurality of fine objects contained in at least some of a plurality of partitioned wells of a plate; a drive unit configured to allow the camera to relatively move with respect to the plate in such a manner that the camera scans the plate; and a controller configured to control the drive unit in such a manner that the camera captures only at least some wells having the plurality of fine objects from among the plurality of wells. The controller determines a shortest movement route of the camera on the basis of a position of at least some wells having the plurality of fine objects, and controls the drive unit in such a manner that the camera moves in the determined shortest movement route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: KOREA RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF CHEMICAL TECHNOLOGY
    Inventor: Woo-Keun Kim
  • Patent number: 10400416
    Abstract: A method for the autonomous anchoring of foundations for offshore structures consisting of a self-floating concrete caisson manufactured in a floating dock, capable of being towed to their final location, provided with internal vertical cells, which are divided into cells that are interconnected with each other and equipped with emptying and filling devices that allow the regulation of the ballast level for anchoring when they are filled with seawater. This method comprises the following stages: constraining the foundation, fastening and mooring by at least three tugboats pulling radially on the foundation to be anchored from at least 3 different directions; connecting the different sensors needed for controlling the operation with a control unit; gradual and controlled sinking of the foundation until it reaches its position of installation on the seabed; and final ballasting of the foundation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: DRACE INFRAESTRUCTURAS, S.A.
    Inventors: Carlos Jesús Polimón Olabarrieta, Miguel Eguiagaray Garcia, Rafael Molina Sanchez, Miguel Angel Cabrerizo Morales, Alberto Rodriguez Moreno
  • Patent number: 10394237
    Abstract: The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for perceiving roadway conditions from fused sensor data. Aspects of the invention use a combination of different types of cameras mounted to a vehicle to achieve visual perception for autonomous driving of the vehicle. Each camera in the combination of cameras generates sensor data by sensing at least part of the environment around the vehicle. The sensor data form each camera is fused together into a view of the environment around the vehicle. Sensor data from each camera (and, when appropriate, each other type of sensor) is fed into a central sensor perception chip. The central sensor perception chip uses a sensor fusion algorithm to fuse the sensor data into a view of the environment around the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Wei Xu, Fazal Urrahman Syed, Venkatapathi Raju Nallapa, Scott Vincent Myers
  • Patent number: 10362228
    Abstract: An aerial vehicle platform includes an aerial vehicle, a gimbal coupled to the aerial vehicle, and a camera mounted to the gimbal. An attitude sensing system includes an inertial measurement unit to sense attitude and an attitude adjustment module to generate an attitude adjustment for adjusting the sensed attitude to compensate for drift error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Gubler, Garance Bruneau, Axel Murguet, Pascal Gohl
  • Patent number: 10337714
    Abstract: A luminaire includes a housing defining an interior volume. The luminaire also includes a lamp within the interior volume and configured to emit light. Additionally, the luminaire includes a wireless antenna positioned within the interior volume, configured to transmit or receive a wireless signal along a first direction, and configured to be operatively coupled to an access point. The wireless antenna can be entirely within the interior volume. The luminaire can include a first reflective surface within the interior volume and configured to redirect the wireless signal. The lamp can be configured to be electrically coupled to a power inserter that powers the access point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: CSC HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Alexander, Robert Anderson, Alvin Clark
  • Patent number: 10298826
    Abstract: Mechanisms for spatially isolating a region of interest (ROI) in a scene. A first sensor generates sensor data that quantifies energy received from a scene within a field of view (FOV) of the first sensor to generate a real-time FOV full motion video. A processor analyzes the sensor data to identify a first ROI during a wait period of a frame period of the first sensor. A first subset of micromirrors in a micromirror array that is directed toward the scene is identified. The first subset of micromirrors receives energy from the first ROI. A micromirror in the first subset is controlled to move from a primary position of the at least one micromirror to a first tilt position of the micromirror to reflect the energy from the first ROI toward a second sensor, the first ROI being spatially isolated from the real-time FOV full motion video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Calvin L. Powell, Mark T. Myers, Trisha Fish
  • Patent number: 10274715
    Abstract: Accurate, reliable, and robust laser-based autofocus solutions are presented for through-the-lens microscope applications using slides or micro-titer plates. The laser-based autofocus solutions solve many of the problems that have arisen due to multiple reflective surfaces at varying distances relative to a sample of interest. The laser-based autofocus solutions provide a unique solution to resolve the ambiguity caused by these multiple reflective surfaces by using an image-based approach.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: CELLOMICS, INC.
    Inventors: Ronald Albert Kuhn, Kim Anthony Ippolito, Dirk John Vandenberg, III
  • Patent number: 10275684
    Abstract: An authentication method and apparatus, and a method and apparatus for training a recognizer are provided. The authentication method may include determining whether authentication of an input image succeeds by comparing a similarity associated with an intermediate layer to a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seungju Han, Byungin Yoo, Jaejoon Han
  • Patent number: 10248876
    Abstract: A method of determining a summation of pixel characteristics for a rectangular region of a digital image includes determining if a base address for a data element in an integral image buffer is aligned for an SIMD operation by a processor embedded in an electronic assembly configured to perform Haar-like feature calculations. The data element represents a corner of the rectangular region of an integral image. The integral image is a representation of the digital image. The integral image is formed by data elements stored in the integral image buffer. The data element is loaded from the integral image buffer to the processor when the base address is aligned for the SIMD operation. An offset data element of an offset integral image is loaded from an offset integral buffer when the base address is non-aligned for the SIMD operation. The offset data element represents the corner of the rectangular region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Deepak Kumar Poddar, Pramod Kumar Swami
  • Patent number: 10163341
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a stereoscopic sensor comprising: a first camera pair for capturing a first and a second image wherein the stereoscopic sensor is adapted to monitor and define a main surveillance zone in a surveillance plane at a predetermined distance from the stereoscopic sensor, said main surveillance zone comprising a first and a second surveillance zone and the first camera pair defines a first surveillance zone with a primary coverage in a first direction and a secondary coverage in a second direction wherein the stereoscopic sensor further comprises a second camera pair for capturing a first and a second image, said images being processable into a height image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Kapsch TrafficCom AB
    Inventors: Göran Boström, Björn Crona
  • Patent number: 10165222
    Abstract: Video capture is described in which the video frame rate is based on an estimate of motion periodicity. In one example, a period of motion of a moving object is determined at a sensor device. A frame capture rate of a video camera that is attached to the moving object is adjusted based on the period of motion. Video frames are captured at the adjusted frame rate, and the captured video frames are stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Stanley J. Baran, Barnan Das, Richmond Hicks
  • Patent number: 10161745
    Abstract: Provided is a real-time-measurement projection device which can measure a distance to a changing target object in real time, and, particularly, can appropriately perform projection and mapping on a changing target object. A real-time-measurement projection device includes a projection device that projects pattern light including a pattern image onto a projection target, an imaging device that electronically acquires a captured image of the projection target irradiated with the pattern light for each pixel for a predetermined exposure time, and a calculation device that calculates a distance to each point of the projection target by contrasting data of the captured image with data of the pattern image, in which the imaging device temporally deviates a start point and an end point of the predetermined exposure time for each pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ryuji Fuchikami
  • Patent number: 10125961
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, a light bulb may include a base adapted to be coupled to a power socket, lighting circuitry supporting at least one lighting element to provide illumination, a communication element to exchange information with at least one remote device, and a receiving portion. An extendable sensor mount may include a first end attached to be attached to the receiving portion of the light bulb and a second end, opposite the first end, extendable with respect to the light bulb. A sensor may be coupled to the second end of the extendable sensor mount, and data collected by the sensor may be transmitted to the at least one remote device via the communication element of the light bulb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Linkbee, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Slosberg, Nagendra Cherukupalli, Michael R. Loeb
  • Patent number: 10052600
    Abstract: A system for analyzing feed mixtures, which comprises: a mixing apparatus suitable for containing a plurality of feeds and comprising a mixing means suitable for mixing said plurality of feeds so as to define a feed mixture; a sensing means suitable for acquiring chemical and/or physical parameters of the feed mixture; and a processing unit connected to the sensing means. The sensing means comprises at least an image acquisition device and the processing unit is configured to determine the degree of homogeneity of the feed mixture and/or configured to determine the length of the fibers included in the mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: DINAMICA GENERALE S.P.A.
    Inventor: Matteo Bresciani
  • Patent number: 9990750
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to geographical image applications. A user may transition between nadir and street level imagery using unstitched oblique imagery. Oblique images offer a rich set of views of a target location and provide a smooth transition to or from other images such as nadir photographs taken by satellites or street level photographs taken by ground level users. Using unstitched oblique images avoids artifacts that may be introduced when stitching together one or more images. This allows an application to display images to a user and create the illusion of three dimensional motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Tilman Reinhardt, Stephane Lafon, Andrew Timothy Szybalski
  • Patent number: 9964496
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for the quality assessment of a component produced by means of an additive manufacturing method. In the course of the method, it is checked first of all whether the component violates predetermined absolute limits in order to rule out the existence of serious malfunctions in the additive manufacturing process. Subsequently, a component-dependent targeting process is determined. On the basis of this targeting process, the limits for deviations are established and deviating actual values of the component are isolated and assessed by means of various parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: MTU Aero Engines AG
    Inventors: Thomas Hess, Alexander Ladewig
  • Patent number: 9904856
    Abstract: A method for detecting a target object in a blind area of a vehicle is provided by embodiments of the application. The method includes: acquiring at least one frame of an image generated by shooting a blind area of a vehicle by a shooting device; extracting an image feature of an area where at least one predetermined detection gate is located in the image; and matching the image feature of the area where the predetermined detection gate is located with a matching template of the predetermined detection gate to determine a target object. An apparatus for detecting a target object in a blind area of a vehicle is further provided by embodiments of the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: NEUSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Wei Liu, Chengwei Duan, Huai Yuan
  • Patent number: 9900404
    Abstract: The operational status of devices (such as routers, gateways, etc.) may be determined automatically, without the need for a user to look up status lights or sounds in a manual. A particular device may be automatically identified (e.g., by image recognition techniques), and the operational status may also be automatically identified. For example, a user device may capture an image, video, and/or audio of the device, and may automatically identify an operational status of the device based on the captured image, video, and/or audio. A message and/or suggested set of actions may also be presented to the user, which may indicate the operational status and instructions for one actions that the user may perform to improve the operational status of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: James Mathison, Peter Li
  • Patent number: 9879993
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques that can be used to enhance the effectiveness of photogrammetric tools, such as bundle adjustment. One set of techniques can include a photo-observable backsight operation, in which a position of target point can be observed non-photographically, and this observed position can be used to constrain a pixel coordinate location of the same target point in a bundle adjustment operation. Using another technique, a photo-observable check shot operation, the observed position of another target point can be used to verify the validity of a bundle adjustment calculation. Such techniques can be used together or separately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Trimble Inc.
    Inventors: Chad McFadden, Amit Joshi, Christian Grässer, Troy L. Brown, Shaojun He
  • Patent number: 9854209
    Abstract: A vehicle and trailer display system is disclosed. The display system includes a plurality of imaging devices disposed on the vehicle, each having a field of view. The display system further includes a screen disposed in the vehicle operable to display images from the imaging devices. A controller is in communication with the imaging devices and the screen and is operable to receive a hitch angle corresponding to the angle between the vehicle and the trailer. Based on the hitch angle, the controller is operable to select a field of view of an imaging device to display on the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Sudipto Aich, Roger Arnold Trombley, John Shutko, Alex Maurice Miller
  • Patent number: 9845948
    Abstract: A Light device having built-in digital data means is powered by an unlimited power source for a lamp-holder, LED bulb, or light device connected to unlimited power source by prongs or a base that or conductive wires can be inserted into a socket that would otherwise receiving a bulb or light source. The device may take the form of a webcam having auto tracking added one of plurality functions to make different products and functions and retractable prongs that plug directly into a wall outlet or insert into existing lamp base or incorporate conductive wire to make electric connection at least one of built-in camera, storage unit, wireless kits, Bluetooth kits, motion sensor, light device. The said motion sensor and digital data related device(s) may in separated housing with light source assembly so people can upgrade the non-camera device to has built-in camera and digital device for their old non-camera security light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Inventor: Tseng-Lu Chien
  • Patent number: 9834141
    Abstract: A vehicle object detection system includes a vehicle body structure, a sensing device, a video display and a controller. The vehicle body structure defines a passenger compartment and has an outer surface. The sensing device is configured to detect an object within a prescribed area adjacent to the outer surface of the vehicle body structure. The video display is viewable from within the passenger compartment and is configured to display images representing the prescribed area adjacent to the outer surface of the vehicle body structure. The controller is configured to process object information received from the sensing device, determine the distance between the outer surface of the vehicle body structure and the object, and display on the video display a representation of the object and a numeric representation of the distance between the outer surface of the vehicle body structure and the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Adrian Tan, William M Tierney, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9827719
    Abstract: A method for fabricating custom surface reflectance and spatially-varying bi-directional reflectance distribution functions (BDRFs or svBRDFs). The 3D printing method optimizes micro-geometry to produce a normal distribution function (NDF) that can be printed on surfaces with a 3D printer. Particularly, the method involves optimizing the micro-geometry for a wide range of analytic NDFs and simulating the effective reflectance of the resulting surface. Using the results of the simulation, the appearance of an input svBRDF can be reproduced. To this end, the micro-geometry is optimized in a data-driven fashion and distributed on the surface of the printed object. The methods were demonstrated to allow 3D printing svBRDF on planar samples with current 3D printing technology even with a limited set of printing materials, and the described methods have been shown to be naturally extendable to printing svBRDF on arbitrary shapes or 3D objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jan Kautz, Olivier Roullier, Bernd Bickel, Marc Alexa, Wojciech Matusik
  • Patent number: 9725040
    Abstract: A vehicle object detection system includes a vehicle body structure, a sensing device, a video display and a controller. The vehicle body structure defines a passenger compartment and has an underside section a predetermined height above ground. The sensing device detects height of an object within a prescribed area adjacent to the underside section as the vehicle body structure approaches the object. The video display is viewable from within the passenger compartment and displays images representing the prescribed area adjacent to the underside section of the vehicle body structure. The controller is configured to process object information received from the sensing device in order to determine the height of the object, and display images on the video display representing the object along with a representation of the height of the object relative to the underside section and images representing the underside section of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Adrian Tan, William M Tierney, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9725039
    Abstract: In a vehicular visibility support apparatus, a camera positioned on a front portion that is either the left side or the right side of a vehicle provides an image of a view laterally behind the vehicle including a part of a face of the side of the vehicle as a camera image. An input portion accepts input manipulation to generate an input signal. A control portion trims a desired region in the camera image based on the input signal and provides a trimmed image. The control portion trims the camera image based on: a vertical reference line including a part of the face on the side of the vehicle in a trimmed image before the input manipulation is accepted by the input portion, and a horizontal reference line orthogonal to the vertical reference line; and a direction of movement for change to the desired region inputted to the input portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Norifumi Matsukawa, Muneaki Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 9633446
    Abstract: In an example embodiment a method, apparatus and computer program product are provided. The method includes extracting a first set of target-object regions and at least one set of non-target object regions from a plurality of regions of a video content based at least on likelihood information. A plurality of unlabeled regions of the video content are classified based on the first set of target-object regions and the at least one set of non-target object regions to generate a second set of target object regions that is denser than the first set of target object regions. A model is learned for modelling at least one of the target object and non-target objects of the video content based at least on the second set of target object regions. The target object in the video content is segmented based on the model and the second set of target object regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventor: Tinghuai Wang
  • Patent number: 9618830
    Abstract: A photography workstation comprises a base and a working platform defining an inner region and an outer region having a plurality of accessory mounting stations constructed to removably secure a variety of image capturing accessories, the workstation further including an object positioner to removably secure an object to be photographically captured wherein at least one image capturing accessory may be removably secured to a mounting station and used to cooperate with an image capturing device to capture one or more images or videos of the object when the object is removably secured to the object positioner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventors: Mark Nicholas, Jose Pinela
  • Patent number: 9594964
    Abstract: A method for determining a wet road surface condition for a vehicle driving on a road. A first image exterior of the vehicle is captured by an image capture device. A second image exterior of the vehicle is captured by the image capture device. A section of the road is identified in the first and second captured images. A texture of the road in the first and second images captured by a processor are compared. A determination is made whether the texture of the road in the first image is different from the texture of the road in the second image. A wet driving surface indicating signal is generated in response to the determination that the texture of the road in the first image is different than the texture of the road in the second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Qingrong Zhao, Wende Zhang, Jinsong Wang, Bakhtiar Brian Litkouhi
  • Patent number: 9508189
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and apparatus for creating a 3D image of vehicle surroundings. The method according to the present invention includes the steps of: mapping images captured by a plurality of cameras installed in a vehicle to a virtual plane defined by a 3-dimensional space model having a container shape with a flat bottom surface and a top surface which has an increasing radius; and creating a view image having a viewpoint of a virtual camera by using the image mapped to the virtual plane. According to the present invention, it is advantageous that an image of vehicle surroundings including surrounding obstacles can be expressed naturally and three-dimensionally. It is also advantageous that an optimal image of vehicle surroundings can be provided by changing the virtual viewpoint according to a traveling state of the vehicle. There is also the advantage that a user can conveniently adjust the viewpoint of the virtual camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: KSS-IMAGENEXT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Young-In Han, Sung-Je Cheon, Jong-Woon Park, Won-In Baek
  • Patent number: 9453267
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and an apparatus for stretching a pelt on a pelt board, by determining a length of the pelt and adjusting the stretch force in accordance with the determined length. In particular, the length may be determined prior to stretching of the pelt, or the length may be determined after the primary stretching of the pelt stretching the pelt, where after the stretching force is reduced before securing the pelt to the pelt board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: EIKON TECHNOLOGIES HOLDING SARL
    Inventor: Kurt Pedersen
  • Patent number: 9339700
    Abstract: A golf club 2 is provided with a head 4 having a hosel hole 18 and a shaft 6. The golf club 2 has a mounting/detaching mechanism detachably mounting the head 4 and the shaft 6 to each other. The mounting/detaching mechanism can fix the shaft 6 to the hosel hole 18 of the head 4 at a plurality of circumferential mounting positions. The shaft 6 has anisotropy producing coupled deformations of bending and torsion. Preferably, an angle ?1 between an axis line of the shaft 6 and an axis line of the hosel hole 18 is 0 degree. Preferably, a bending torsional amount of the shaft 6 is equal to or greater than 0.5 degree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: DUNLOP SPORTS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hitoshi Oyama
  • Patent number: 9336460
    Abstract: One or more apparatus and method for adaptively detecting motion instability in video. In embodiments, video stabilization is predicated on adaptive detection of motion instability. Adaptive motion instability detection may entail determining an initial motion instability state associated with a plurality of video frames. Subsequent transitions of the instability state may be detected by comparing a first level of instability associated with a first plurality of the frames to a second level of instability associated with a second plurality of the frames. Image stabilization of received video frames may be toggled first based on the initial instability state, and thereafter based on detected changes in the instability state. Output video frames, which may be stabilized or non-stabilized, may then be stored to a memory. In certain embodiments, video motion instability is scored based on a probability distribution of video frame motion jitter values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Lidong Xu, Chen Wang, Yi-Jen Chiu, Jong Dae Oh, Heon-Mo Koo
  • Patent number: 9324136
    Abstract: A method, an electronic apparatus, and a computer readable medium for processing reflection in an image are proposed. In the method, a first image and a second image are obtained. A plurality of objects in the first image and the second image are recognized and a plurality of lighting regions having a brightness higher than a first threshold in the first image and the second image are detected. Then, a plurality of displacements between corresponding objects and corresponding lighting regions in the first image and the second image are calculated. It is determined whether a ratio of the displacement of the object nearby one of the lighting regions to the displacement of the lighting region is over a second threshold. Finally, the lighting region is determined as a reflection if the ratio is over the second threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Ruey-Jer Chang, Lun-Cheng Chu, Wei-Chung Yang
  • Patent number: 9285906
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus include a position detecting unit that detects positions of a plurality of users existing in a detection target area; a calculating unit that calculates a plurality of feature quantities representing a relation between the positions of the users detected by the position detecting unit and a projection plane on which a projection image is projected; and a determining unit that determines display control processing for the projection image depending on the feature quantities calculated by the calculating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Haruomi Higashi, Akira Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 9262817
    Abstract: An environment estimation apparatus includes an image area dividing unit for dividing a camera image taken with a vehicle camera into a plurality of image areas, a camera image information extracting unit for extracting, from an image area that has the sky taken and is acquired from among the plurality of image areas undergoing the division by the image area dividing unit, image information indicating features of the image area, and an environment estimation unit for estimating, from the image information extracted by the camera image information extracting unit, the weather or intensity of light of a surrounding environment by referring to corresponding data indicating the correspondence between the features of the image area and the weather or the intensity of light of the surrounding environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tatsuya Mitsugi
  • Patent number: 9041796
    Abstract: A method, tool, and device for determining the coordinates or a plurality of points on a substantially plane surface by means of an accelerometer and a camera. The coordinates of each point are computed by determining a perpendicular projection of the camera onto the surface, identifying each point, measuring an inclination (the angle between the line of sight of the camera and gravity) using the accelerometer, and determining an azimuth (the angle of the line of sight of the camera around gravity).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventors: Francis Ruben Malka, Gilles Jean Desforges
  • Patent number: 9030552
    Abstract: A method for calibrating measurement instruments of an optronic system in motion, with positions P1, P2, . . . , Pi, . . . , comprises: a device for acquiring images of a scene comprising a fixed object G0; and means for tracking the fixed object G0 during the acquisition of these images; means for obtaining the positions P1, P2, . . . ; at least one instrument for measuring the distance and/or an instrument for measuring angles of orientation and/or of attitude between this measurement instrument and the fixed object G0, according to a line of sight LoS. It comprises the following steps: acquisition at instants t1, t2, . . . of at least two images, each image being acquired on the basis of different positions P1, P2, . . . of the system, the fixed object G0 being sighted in each image, but its position being unknown; acquisition at the instants t?1, t?2, . . . of measurements of distance and/or of angle; synchronization of the measurements of distance and/or of angle with the positions P1, P2, . . .
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventor: Alain Simon
  • Patent number: 9025024
    Abstract: What is disclosed is a system and method for identifying materials comprising an object captured in a video and for using the identified materials to track that object as it moves across the captured video scene. In one embodiment, a multi-spectral or hyper-spectral sensor is used to capture a spectral image of an object in an area of interest. Pixels in the spectral planes of the spectral images are analyzed to identify a material comprising objects in that area of interest. A location of each of the identified objects is provided to an imaging sensor which then proceeds to track the objects as they move through a scene. Various embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Beilei Xu, Wencheng Wu, Lalit Keshav Mestha, Graham Pennington
  • Patent number: 9025030
    Abstract: Improvements in a video system are presented that uses one or more camera(s) with a display system. The camera and display system operate together to allow a person to view the back or side of their head as they apply makeup or style their hair. The use of multiple cameras allows the person to view their hair, face or profile from different angles without requiring a single camera to be re-positioned or requiring the person to turn their head to view a particular area. The video system can blend the image from multiple cameras to achieve a view that is not from a single camera. The blending or morphing of the image allows the user the ability to obtain a view from nearly any angle without requiring them to move their head or adjust the camera angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventors: Cheryl Garcia, Christopher Sauceda
  • Patent number: 9019379
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a license plate image-pickup device and an image exposure adjustment method thereof. The license plate image-pickup device comprises an image-sensing module, a recognition module and a processing module. The license plate image-pickup device takes a scene. The image-sensing module senses the scene to produce an image. The recognition module detects a vehicle object. The processing module adjusts the exposure of the vehicle object to produce an exposure adjusted vehicle object, and then the recognition module detects a license plate object from the exposure adjusted vehicle object, and the processing module adjusts the exposure of the license plate object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Altek Corporation
    Inventors: Wen-Yan Chang, Tai-Chang Yang, Chia-Chun Hsieh, Shan-Lung Chao, Hsin-Te Wang, Hong-Long Chou
  • Patent number: 9019375
    Abstract: There is provided in one embodiment a target locator and interceptor imaging and sensing assembly. The assembly has a disc shaped aerodynamic member configured to spin and self-position in flight, a plurality of pulsed thrusters positioned on the member, and a plurality of imaging and sensing devices positioned along a perimeter of the member. The assembly further has one or more munitions devices coupled to one or more detonators, both being coupled to the aerodynamic member. The assembly further has one or more antenna devices positioned on the member and in communication with a first processor device on the member. The first processor device receives data obtained by the plurality of imaging and sensing devices and wirelessly transmits the data to a second processor device not positioned on the member. The assembly further has a power supply powering the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: David A. Whelan, John W. Hunter
  • Patent number: 9019373
    Abstract: A monitoring device includes an indicating unit configured to indicate an object to be monitored; a camera to acquire time-series images; a predicting unit configured to predict the position of destination of the characteristic points belonging to a first aggregation including characteristic points having an amount of movement larger than a reference amount of movement set in advance; a detecting unit configured to detect the position of center of gravity of the changed area; a determining unit configured to determine the positions of destination as an indicating position when representative amount of movement is larger than a first threshold value and determine the position of center of gravity as the indicating position when the representative amount of movement is smaller than the first threshold value; and a control unit configured to control the indicating unit to cause the indicating unit to indicate the indicating position are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Tasaki, Daisuke Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9019370
    Abstract: A method for minimizing glare and/or increasing privacy for a user of a self-service device is provided. The method may include mechanical means such as a fixed visor and/or hood or a user operated hinged glare reducing overlay screen. The method may further include as using sensors that detect the user's eyes and other sensors to detect a source of light that produces glare. Information from these sensors may be sent to a computer controlled system that operates system of actuators. The actuators are operated by the computer in response to sensor inputs to adjust the screen angle relative the user to minimize glare for that user and/or increase privacy from surreptitiously observing eyes or cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventor: Daryoosh Shirbabadi
  • Patent number: 9013576
    Abstract: An aerial photographing image pickup method comprises a step of making a flying object fly meanderingly, a step of taking the image at each vertex where a direction is changed in the meandering flight, a step of extracting feature points from a common overlay portion of the images taken from at least three adjacent vertices, a step of determining two images of two vertices in the images as one set and acquiring positional information of the two vertices by a GPS device for each set regarding at least two sets, a step of performing photogrammetry of the measuring points corresponding to the feature points based on positional information and based on the feature points of the two images and a step of determining the feature points when the surveying results of the measuring points coincide with each other in at least the two sets as tie points for image combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha TOPCON
    Inventors: Fumio Ohtomo, Kazuki Osaragi, Tetsuji Anai, Hitoshi Otani
  • Patent number: 9013579
    Abstract: A vehicle surrounding-area monitoring apparatus that, when recognizing an obstacle, allows for easy determination of the positional relationship between the obstacle and scenery included in a video image of the area surrounding the vehicle, generates a narrow view-field region that is a part of the video image as a notable video image, and if an obstacle region that is a region of the recognized obstacle in the video image is located outside of the narrow view-field region and if the obstacle region is contained in an image region that is partially overlapping with the narrow view-field region and is a part of the video image, generates the image region as a notable obstacle image so as to generate a surrounding-area monitoring display image comprised of the notable video image and the notable obstacle image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Keigo Ikeda, Hiroyuki Watanabe, Takashi Kato, Masaki Katagiri
  • Patent number: 9007462
    Abstract: A driving assist apparatus acquires vehicle information which includes a gear state and speed of a vehicle; judges a state of preparing for movement, a state of starting movement, and a state during movement; generates a wide-angle image that is an image that can see a wide range although having distortion when the vehicle state is the state of preparing for movement or the state of starting movement; and generates a no-distortion image that is an image in which the distortion due to the lens shape and the distortion by the projection system are eliminated from the camera image when the vehicle state is the state during movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Tatsuya Mitsugi