Aerial Viewing Patents (Class 348/144)
  • Patent number: 10769436
    Abstract: An image capture device may capture visible and infrared light, and image analysis may be used to generate a map of the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) of healthy vegetation. Because NDVI data focuses on red and near infrared (NIR) reflectance of plants, NDVI data may be generated using an aircraft-mounted camera with optical filtering to collect various wavelengths. To reduce the size, weight, complexity, and cost of the image analysis system, a multiband optical filter may be used to capture multiple passbands simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Sentera, Inc.
    Inventor: Ryan Lee Nelson
  • Patent number: 10771748
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method and system is disclosed for capturing and distributing aerial images and/or videos. Images and/or videos are captured from aircraft and transmitted to a ground station. Users are able to view captured images on a real-time or near real-time basis through a user platform on mobile devices and web browsers. The location of the user may also be determined and used to interpolate the user's location with the captured images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE CO.
    Inventor: Richard Hong
  • Patent number: 10757376
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) may perform a surveillance action at a property of an authorized party. The property may be defined by a geo-fence, which may be a virtual perimeter or boundary around a real-world geographic area. The UAV may image the property to generate surveillance images, and the surveillance images may include image data of objects inside the geo-fence and image data of objects outside the geo-fence. While gathering surveillance images, or after the surveillance images have been gathered, the geo-fence information may be used to obscure or remove image data referring to objects outside the geo-fence. Geo-clipped surveillance images may be generated by physically constraining a sensor of the UAV, by performing pre-image capture processing, or post-image capture processing. Geo-clipped surveillance images may be limited to authorized property, so privacy is ensured for private persons and property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kalidas Yeturu, Howard Lee Huddleston, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10755443
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes receiving a reference image of an outdoor area, identifying that a portion of the outdoor area shown in the reference image corresponds to living vegetation, determining, from multiple images of the outdoor area, a reference color that corresponds to a dry condition in the portion of the outdoor area, receiving a sample image of the portion of the outdoor area, determining that a sample color of the portion of the outdoor area shown in the sample image corresponds to the reference color, and based on a determination that the sample color of the portion of the outdoor area shown in the sample image corresponds to the reference color, triggering a watering device to provide water to the portion of the outdoor area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Stephen Scott Trundle, Alison Jane Slavin
  • Patent number: 10733798
    Abstract: Disclosed are a system, apparatus, and method for in-situ creation of planar natural feature targets. In one embodiment, a planar target is initialized from a single first reference image one or more subsequent images are processed. In one embodiment, the planar target is tracked in six degrees of freedom upon the processing of the one or more subsequent images and a second reference image is selected from the processed one or more subsequent images. In one embodiment, upon selecting the second reference image the planar target is refined to a more accurate planar target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Daniel Wagner, Qi Pan
  • Patent number: 10733312
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices for context driven subscriptions are provided. In general, a user interface for a pipeline management system can be configured to provide information regarding one or more pipelines to authorized users. The information can include data gathered using one or more sensors sensing various parameters. The information on the user interface can include results of analysis of the gathered data, such as notifications that the gathered data indicates an anomaly with a pipeline. The notifications of anomalies can be provided on the user interface in real time with the data analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Bruce J. Jacobson, Trent Gillham, Patrick Bergeron
  • Patent number: 10725280
    Abstract: A multiscale telescopic imaging system is disclosed. The system includes an objective lens, having a wide field of view, which forms an intermediate image of a scene at a substantially spherical image surface. A plurality of microcameras in a microcamera array relay image portions of the intermediate image onto their respective focal-plane arrays, while simultaneously correcting at least one localized aberration in their respective image portions. The microcameras in the microcamera array are arranged such that the fields of view of adjacent microcameras overlap enabling field points of the intermediate image to be relayed by multiple microcameras. The microcamera array and objective lens are arranged such that light from the scene can reach the objective lens while mitigating deleterious effects such as obscuration and vignetting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Duke University
    Inventors: David Jones Brady, Jungsang Kim, Daniel Marks, Hui Seong Son
  • Patent number: 10721461
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and system provide for three-dimensional (3D) image reconstructing. Two or more cameras are mounted to one or more vehicles. The cameras are capable of moving with respect to each other. A baseline distance between each of the cameras is determined. A two-dimensional (2D) image is simultaneously acquired from each of the cameras. The acquiring is time synchronized and the vehicles are moving during the acquiring. The 2D images from the two or more cameras are matched. A delta pose between the cameras is reconstructed based on the matching and baseline distance. Based on the delta pose, a 3D image is instantaneously constructed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Roland Brockers, Curtis W. Padgett
  • Patent number: 10704732
    Abstract: A posture maintaining device for a 360° camera according to an embodiment of the present invention may comprise: a first correcting portion comprising a seating portion, on which a camera having a 360° view angle is seated, the first correcting portion being able to make a rotational movement about a first direction; a second correcting portion arranged on one side of the first correcting portion to be able to make a rotational movement about a second direction, which is different from the first direction; a third correcting portion arranged on the lower end of the second correcting portion to be able to make a rotational movement about a third direction, which is different from the first or second direction; and a counterbalance connected to the first correcting portion and configured to guide the camera so as to remain horizontal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoon-Seok Kang, Bon-Min Koo, Min-Hyuk Nam, Sung-Jin Park, Jae-Kyu Shim, Hyun-Min Oh, Bae-Seok Lim, Woo-Jong Cho, Hee-Seung Choi
  • Patent number: 10688913
    Abstract: A visibility evaluation unit of a light intensity adjustment apparatus calculates, for a detected object ahead of a moving body detected by a non-visible light sensor such as a laser range sensor, a visibility evaluation value resulting from evaluation of visibility, based on image data obtained by a visible light sensor such as a camera. A light intensity adjustment unit of the light intensity adjustment apparatus adjusts the light intensity of headlights for illuminating an area in which the detected object is present in accordance with the calculated visibility evaluation value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kimihiko Hiroi
  • Patent number: 10694164
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to a method to generate a stereoscopic video image stream of a zenith or nadir view perspective of a scene. In another aspect, a system is disclosed for generating a zenith or nadir view perspective utilizing a relative user view orientation. In yet another aspect, a video processing computer is disclosed operable to generate a zenith or nadir view perspective utilizing a user view orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Nvidia Corporation
    Inventor: David Cook
  • Patent number: 10682677
    Abstract: A three-dimensional model data store may contain a three-dimensional model of an industrial asset, including points of interest associated with the industrial asset. An inspection plan data store may contain an inspection plan for the industrial asset, including a path of movement for an autonomous inspection robot. An industrial asset inspection platform may receive sensor data from an autonomous inspection robot indicating characteristics of the industrial asset and determine a current location of the autonomous inspection robot along the path of movement in the inspection plan along with current context information. A forward simulation of movement for the autonomous inspection robot may be executed from the current location, through a pre-determined time window, to determine a difference between the path of movement in the inspection plan and the forward simulation of movement along with future context information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Shiraj Sen, Steven Gray, Nicholas Abate, Roberto Silva Filho, Ching-Ling Huang, Mauricio Castillo-Effen, Ghulam Ali Baloch, Raju Venkataramana, Douglas Forman
  • Patent number: 10652464
    Abstract: A camera can include a box housing, a rotatable mechanical mechanism carried within the box housing, and a sensor board carried by the rotatable mechanical mechanism. The rotatable mechanical mechanism can rotate the sensor board from a first orientation to a second orientation to switch the camera from operating in a normal mode to operating in a corridor mode. Additionally or alternatively, the camera can include a CMOS sensor and an accelerometer sensor carried by the sensor board and firmware carried by the box housing. The firmware can identify a first direction of the CMOS sensor, receive a signal from the accelerometer sensor identifying a second direction of gravity, compare the first direction and the second direction, and, responsive thereto, rotate an image captured by the camera to switch the camera from operating in the normal mode to operating in the corridor mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: ZhongWei Ding, JunWei Geng, Bin Ye
  • Patent number: 10630877
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide a system to take an image efficiently at a measurement accuracy which the user desires without changing the zoom factor of the camera. The system for calculating a distance 1 of the present invention includes an airborne imaging device 2 and a controller 3. The control unit 40 of the airborne imaging device 2 performs the rectangular size acquisition module 41 and acquires the rectangular size of an object to be imaged that is computer analyzable. Then, the control unit 40 performs the distance calculation module 42 and calculates the distance between the object to be imaged and the imaging device based on the rectangular size acquired by the processing of the rectangular size acquisition module 41.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: OPTIM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shunji Sugaya
  • Patent number: 10628672
    Abstract: What is provided is a method and system for more precisely, accurately, and reliably detecting aquatic species, namely infestations of invasive aquatic plants. The system and methods disclosed herein allow for a more effective determination of a treatment plan to reduce any potential negative impact on the aquatic ecology and to minimize any unnecessary human exposure to toxic chemicals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventor: Dennis Wiand
  • Patent number: 10621461
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a surveillance system and, more particularly, to a graphical display and user interface system that provides high-speed triage of potential items of interest in imagery. The system receives at least one image of a scene from a sensor. The image is pre-processed to identify a plurality of potential objects of interest (OI) in the image. The potential OI are presented to the user as a series of chips on a threat chip display (TCD), where each chip is a region extracted from the image that corresponds to a potential OI. Finally, the system allows the user to designate, via the TCD, any one of the chips as an actual OI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: David J. Huber, Deepak Khosla, Kevin R. Martin, Yang Chen
  • Patent number: 10616492
    Abstract: Images of a scene are acquired from a moving carrier that is equipped with a sensor. The angular direction of the line of sight of the sensor is automatically controlled. The acquisition is carried out: for a first position of the carrier, with automatic control allowing an outward scan, combined with a scan in step-and-stare mode with a biaxial stare micro-movement, of a band of terrain of the scene to be carried out, a first strip of images thus being acquired, at least one other strip of images of the same zone of terrain being acquired by reiterating these scanning steps for at least one other position of the carrier, and each image of another strip being acquired with a preset degree of overlap with the images of the first strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: THALES
    Inventor: Raphaël Horak
  • Patent number: 10609860
    Abstract: In an approach, hyperspectral and/or multispectral remote sensing images are automatically analyzed by a nitrogen analysis subsystem to estimate the value of nitrogen variables of crops or other plant life located within the images. For example, the nitrogen analysis subsystem may contain a data collector module, a function generator module, and a nitrogen estimator module. The data collector module prepares training data which is used by the function generator module to train a mapping function. The mapping function is then used by the nitrogen estimator module to estimate the values of nitrogen variables for a new remote sensing image that is not included in the training set. The values may then be reported and/or used to determine an optimal amount of fertilizer to add to a field of crops to promote plant growth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: The Climate Corporation
    Inventors: Wei Guan, Ying Xu
  • Patent number: 10607078
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods and systems for obtaining image information of an organism including a set of optical data; calculating a growth index based on the set of optical data; and calculating an anticipated harvest time based on the growth index, where the image information includes at least one of: (a) visible image data obtained from an image sensor and non-visible image data obtained from the image sensor, and (b) a set of image data from at least two image capture devices, where the at least two image capture devices capture the set of image data from at least two positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Morio Ogura, Hirofumi Sumi
  • Patent number: 10600162
    Abstract: A method, a computer program product, and a system are disclosed to compensate for bidirectional reflectance distribution function (BRDF). The method including selecting an area of a landscape to be imaged; obtaining a plurality of aerial images of the selected area from a sensor or camera, wherein each of the plurality of aerial images comprises a plurality of pixels; combining the plurality of pixels from each of the plurality of images to form a plurality of superpixels, each of the plurality of superpixels comprising the plurality of pixels from one or more of the plurality of aerial images, and wherein each of the superpixels has a same resolution; combining the plurality of the superpixels into a single image, which simulates a satellite image; and performing a BRDF correction on one more of the obtained aerial images to adjust and/or change an intensity of the plurality of pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Laboratory U.S.A., Inc.
    Inventor: John Randall Christ
  • Patent number: 10602064
    Abstract: A photographing method and a photographing device of an unmanned aerial vehicle, the unmanned aerial vehicle, and a ground control device are provided. The method includes steps of: receiving a photographing instruction of the unmanned aerial vehicle; selecting a photographing model of the unmanned aerial vehicle, wherein the photographing model includes a photographing object and a photographing mode of the unmanned aerial vehicle which are correlated with each other; when the photographing object corresponding to the photographing model of the unmanned aerial vehicle is identified to exist in a captured image, adopting the photographing mode correlated to the photographing object of the unmanned aerial vehicle, for adjusting a flight condition of the unmanned aerial vehicle and for photographing the photographing object of the unmanned aerial vehicle. The present invention enables the unmanned aerial vehicle to automatically capture image data of ideal effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Haoxiang Electric Energy (Kunshan) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yu Tian, Wenyan Jiang
  • Patent number: 10591911
    Abstract: A drone formation control apparatus for controlling a plurality of drones included in a drone formation includes: an input unit which receives a drone control command which is a command for controlling the plurality of drones together; a movement command generating unit which generates a drone movement command which is a command to move the plurality of drones to a specific destination, based on the drone control command; and a movement command transmitting unit which transmits the drone movement command to at least one drone of the plurality of drones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: KOREA UNIVERSITY RESEARCH AND BUSINESS FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Hwang Nam Kim, Woong Gyu La, Seung Ho Yoo, Seong Joon Park, Joon Yeop Lee
  • Patent number: 10594937
    Abstract: An aerial vehicle may include a first sensor, such as a digital camera, having a lens or other component that includes a second sensor mounted thereto. Information or data, such as digital images, captured using the second sensor may be used to determine or predict motion of the lens, which may include components of translational and/or rotational motion. Once the motion of the lens has been determined or predicted, such motion may be used to stabilize information or data, such as digital images, captured using the first sensor, according to optical or digital stabilization techniques. Where operations of the first sensor and the second sensor are synchronized, motion of the second sensor may be modeled based on information or data captured thereby, and imputed to the first sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Raymond Harris, Ishay Kamon, Joshua John Watson
  • Patent number: 10583778
    Abstract: A system for generating a moving image in an aircraft, includes a multiplicity of LEDs, a signal input unit, into which image information is fed, a signal output unit coupled to the multiplicity of LEDs and configured for transmitting the image information to the multiplicity of LEDs, and a gyroscopic sensor for acquiring a spatial position of the aircraft, wherein the LEDs are arranged in the form of a grid on an aircraft interior wall, such that the image is a schematic reproduction of the image information and the signal output unit is coupled to the gyroscopic sensor in such a way that the position of the image is matched to the spatial position of the aircraft, such that the image forms an artificial horizon for a viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventor: Marvin Bruhn
  • Patent number: 10579863
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are system, method, and computer program product embodiments for locating, identifying, and tracking a known criminal, fugitive, missing person, and/or any other person of interest. An embodiment operates by deploying an unmanned aerial vehicle, determining the mode of operation of the UAV, operating the UAV in accordance with the mode of operation of the UAV, determining whether a subject has been detected, capturing a first voice sample associated with the subject, authenticating the identity of the subject, and transmitting the GPS location of the unmanned aerial vehicle to a computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Global Tel*Link Corporation
    Inventor: Mitch Volkart
  • Patent number: 10577131
    Abstract: Techniques for improving the quality of images captured by a remote sensing overhead platform such as a satellite. Sensor shifting is employed in an open-loop fashion to compensate for relative motion of the remote sensing overhead platform to the Earth. Control signals are generated for the sensor shift mechanism by an orbital motion compensation calculation that uses the predicted ephemeris (including orbit dynamics) and image geometry (overhead platform to target). Optionally, the calculation may use attitude and rate errors that are determined from on-board sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: DIGITALGLOBE, INC.
    Inventor: Victor Solanyk
  • Patent number: 10565732
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices are provided for controlling a movable object using multiple sensors. In one aspect, a method for calibrating one or more extrinsic parameters of a movable object having a plurality of sensors in an initial configuration is provided. The method can comprise: detecting that the initial configuration of the plurality of sensors has been modified; receiving inertial data from at least one inertial sensor during operation of the movable object; receiving image data from at least two image sensors during the operation of the movable object; and estimating the one or more extrinsic parameters based on the inertial data and the image data in response to detecting that the initial configuration has been modified, wherein the one or more extrinsic parameters comprise spatial relationships between the plurality of sensors in the modified configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignees: SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD., THE HONG KONG UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Kaiyong Zhao, Shaojie Shen, Yi Lin, Tianbo Liu, Yonggen Ling, Zhenfei Yang
  • Patent number: 10559097
    Abstract: Systems and methods are used for providing mapping, data management and analysis. Data for at least two different data sets can be accepted. A vector density analysis of each data set can be performed using: temporal analysis, intersection analysis, spatial concentration analysis, or spatial correlation analysis. Each loaded data set can rastorized. Each rasterized data set can be converted to a certain scale. A convolution operation can be performed on each converted data set. Convolution results can be applied to a color ramp. Each map can be created based on the color ramp and the convolution results. A combination map illustrating where the at least two different data sets intersects each other can be created. Proximity and magnitude of the at least two different data sets can be illustrated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: ESRI TECHNOLOGIES, LLC.
    Inventors: Christopher Allen Ingrassia, Pramukta Satya Kumar, Sean Gorman
  • Patent number: 10521664
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) assessment and reporting system may utilize one or more scanning techniques to provide useful assessments and/or reports for structures and other objects. The scanning techniques may be performed in sequence and optionally used to further fine-tune each subsequent scan. The system may include shadow elimination, annotation, and/or reduction for the UAV itself and/or other objects. A UAV may receive or determine a pitch of roof of a structure or otherwise orthogonally align an optical axis of a camera with respect to a planar roof surface. An imaging system may capture perpendicular images of sample regions that have a defined area-squared.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Loveland Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Jim Loveland, Leif Larson, Dan Christiansen, Tad Christiansen, Cam Christiansen
  • Patent number: 10518411
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, via at least one sensor of a robot, sensor data indicating one or more characteristics of an asset. The method includes detecting, based on the sensor data, an existing or imminent defect of the asset. The method includes fabricating a part suitable for use in correcting the defect. The structure of the part is derived using one or both of a digital representation of the asset generated using the sensor data or stored reference data related to the asset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Charles Robert Gilman, Mauricio Castillo-Effen, Charles Burton Theurer
  • Patent number: 10521663
    Abstract: Herein is disclosed an image location iteration system comprising one or more processors configured to receive from one or more unmanned aerial vehicles a plurality of images and corresponding detected positions; determine an alignment of the plurality of images according to one or more image features; calculate a first set of measured locations for the plurality of images according to the alignment and the detected positions; and calculate a second set of measured locations the plurality of images according to the alignment and a first subset of the detected positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Intel IP Corporation
    Inventors: Cornelius Claussen, Marco Moeller
  • Patent number: 10520605
    Abstract: A satellite signal reception characteristic estimation apparatus includes a satellite orbital information collection unit that collects and outputs orbital information for a satellite; a peripheral environment spatial information collection unit that collects spatial information for a peripheral environment of an installation position of a satellite antenna; a positional information collection unit that collects and outputs positional information for the installation position of the satellite antenna; and a simulation server unit that estimates reception characteristics of satellite signals at the installation position of the satellite antenna by performing a simulation based on the orbital information, the spatial information, and the positional information outputted from the satellite orbital information collection unit, the peripheral environment spatial information collection unit, and the positional information collection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: NIPPON TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keisuke Nishi, Youichi Fukada, Akihiro Morita, Seiji Yoshida, Takashi Hirose
  • Patent number: 10511762
    Abstract: An alignment system for images produced by cameras externally mounted on an aircraft includes a visual display positioned at a first location in the aircraft (such as a flight deck) and an alignment device positioned at a second location in the aircraft (such as an electronics bay). The visual display displays images provided by the cameras. The alignment device includes a user interface, which includes user inputs for selecting one of the cameras and for aligning an image from the camera selected on the visual display, a depiction of an aircraft, and indicators positioned adjacent the depiction. Each of the indicators represents selection of one of the cameras for aligning the image from that camera on the visual display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Rosemount Aerospace Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Lovaasen, Travis W. Fleck
  • Patent number: 10507915
    Abstract: Method for providing obstacle avoidance using depth information of image is provided. The method includes the following steps. Shoot a scene to obtain a depth image of the scene. Determine a flight direction and a flight distance according to the depth image. Then, fly according to the flight direction and the flight distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignees: INVENTEC APPLIANCES (PUDONG) CORPORATION, INVENTEC APPLIANCES CORP.
    Inventors: Cheng-Yu Lin, Kuo-Feng Hsu
  • Patent number: 10497286
    Abstract: The application concerns a method for creating maps in an automatic manner using sub-maps created randomly and combined by statistical accumulation. The measurements from information sensors, positioned on mobile platforms, are sent to reception means disposed randomly and independent of each other and transmitting the received information to a random computer processing layer. The random processing layer, creates within same random sub-maps as the information received by the computer network becomes available, the random sub-maps being dispersed arbitrarily in the random processing layer, access pointers being associated with the random sub-maps in order to make it possible to find them. An organising layer, using the access pointers, carries out the statistical recombination of the random sub-maps dispersed in the random processing layer with a view to reconstructing the desired final map or maps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Inventor: Jean-Pierre Antikidis
  • Patent number: 10475171
    Abstract: A satellite imaging system uses multiple cameras. For example, the incoming light from a telescope section of the satellite goes through a dichroic beam splitter, with the standard visible spectrum going to a first camera and wavelengths outside of the standard visible spectrum, such as in the infrared or coastal blue range, are sent to a second camera, allowing image data from multiple wavelength ranges to be captured simultaneously. The image data from the different wavelengths of the two cameras can then be selectively recombined. In a more general case, there is a first range of wavelengths and a second range of wavelengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Hera Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Mrdjen, David D. Squires, Robert Machinski, Jolyon D. Thurgood, Brij Agrawal, Greg Defouw, Jeffrey Wedmore
  • Patent number: 10472062
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide a system, a method, and a program for controlling a drone to take an image at high resolution if a predetermined condition is satisfied. The system includes an image acquisition unit that acquires an image taken by a drone; an image analysis unit that analyzes the acquired image; an extraction unit that extracts a point that satisfies a predetermined condition based on the result of the image analysis; a position coordinate acquisition unit that acquires the position coordinate of the extracted point; and a control unit that controls the drone to fly to the acquired position coordinate and take an image at a higher resolution than that of the analyzed image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: OPTIM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shunji Sugaya
  • Patent number: 10474012
    Abstract: The present invention provides a gimbal, a gimbal assembly and an unmanned aerial vehicle. The gimbal includes a mounting frame used for mounting a photographic device and a bind buckle used for fastening the photographic device. The bind buckle includes a main body and an adjustment structure. The main body is coupled to the mounting frame by using the adjustable structure, so that the bind buckle is capable of matching different types of photographic devices by adjusting the adjustable structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: AUTEL ROBOTICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Huai Peng
  • Patent number: 10469790
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling an aerially moved payload having at least one information capturing device and at least one line, reel, and motor combination for maneuvering the payload. The system includes a database having at least one control parameter or location parameter input therein. An image viewing device is provided for displaying information from the at least one information capturing device and software for overlaying at least one of the at least one control or location parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: CABLECAM, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen Wharton
  • Patent number: 10453178
    Abstract: A method for generating improved image mosaics includes using a set of overlapping images of a landscape to determine three-dimensional locations for a plurality of features of the landscape. Based on the three-dimensional locations of the plurality of features, a three-dimensional plane of interest is determined. The overlapping images are warped onto the plane of interest to form a mosaic of images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Regents of the University of Minnesota
    Inventors: Ibrahim Volkan Isler, Zhengqi Li
  • Patent number: 10455197
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a method for transmitting sensor data and positional data for geo-referencing oblique images from a moving platform to a ground station system in real-time. The method involves the aid of a moving platform system to capture sensor data and positional data for the sensor data, save the sensor data and positional data to one or more directories of one or more computer readable medium, monitor the one or more directories of the one or more computer readable medium for sensor data and positional data, and transmit the sensor data and positional data from the moving platform system to the ground station system over a wireless communication link responsive to the sensor data and positional data being detected as within the one or more directories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Pictometry International Corp.
    Inventors: Frank D. Giuffrida, Mark A. Winkelbauer, Charles Mondello, Robert S. Bradacs, Craig D. Woodward, Stephen L. Schultz, Scott D. Lawrence, Matt Kusak, Kevin G. Willard
  • Patent number: 10452926
    Abstract: An image capture device can include one or more image sensors and one or more image processors. The image sensor(s) can be configured to detect incoming light provided incident to a surface of each image sensor, each image sensor configured to provide full image frames of image capture data at a first resolution. The image processor(s) can be coupled to the image sensor(s) and configured to receive the image capture data at the first resolution, downsample the image capture data outside one or more regions of interest, and provide a digital image output having a second resolution within the one or more regions of interest and a third resolution outside the one or more regions of interest, wherein the third resolution is less than the second resolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Brueckner, Carl Wellington, David Driscoll
  • Patent number: 10436941
    Abstract: A platform configured to acquire images and/or radio signals and to be carried by lightweight aircraft includes housing structure that houses an acquisition sensor to acquire still and/or moving images and radio signals receivers to acquire radio signals. The housing is configured to be coupled to light aviation aircraft. Sensing data is provided from a position and motion sensing unit coupled to the sensor. The processing structure controls and/or programs, on the basis of the received sensing data, each sensor to enable the sensor to acquire images and/or radio signals when the sensor is in a determined position and is subject to oscillations below a maximum velocity value. A rate of variation of actual aiming of the sensor is not larger in absolute value than a respective maximum value of offset variation rate with respect to an ideal aiming, so as to ensure focusing on an aimed area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: ALTEC S.p.A.
    Inventor: Ivano Musso
  • Patent number: 10435176
    Abstract: Embodiments are described for an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) configured for autonomous flight using visual navigation that includes a perimeter structure surrounding one or more powered rotors, the perimeter structure including image capture devices arranged so as to provide an unobstructed view around the UAV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: SKYDIO, INC.
    Inventors: Stephen R. McClure, Benjamin S. Thompson, Adam Bry, Abraham Bachrach, Matthew Donahoe
  • Patent number: 10424070
    Abstract: Described examples include an integrated circuit having a point identifier configured to receive a stream of input frames and to identify point pairs on objects in the input frames. A ground plane converter transposes a position of the point pairs to a ground plane, the ground plane having a fixed relationship in at least one dimension relative to a source of the input frames. A motion estimator estimates a motion of the source of the input frames by comparing a plurality of point pairs between at least two input frames as transposed to the ground plane, in which the motion estimator compares a motion estimate determined by the plurality of point pairs and determines a refined motion estimate based on the plurality of point pairs excluding outliers from the plurality of point pairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Martin Fritz Mueller
  • Patent number: 10416667
    Abstract: Various aspects of a system and method for utilization of multiple-camera network to capture static and/or motion scenes are disclosed herein. The system comprises a plurality of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Each of the plurality of UAVs is associated with an imaging device configured to capture a plurality of images. A first UAV of the plurality of UAVs comprises a first imaging device configured to capture a first set of images of one or more static and/or moving objects. The first UAV is configured to receive focal lens information, current location and current orientation from one or more imaging devices. A target location and a target orientation of each of the one or more imaging devices are determined. Control information is communicated to the one or more other UAVs to modify the current location and current orientation to the determined target location and orientation of each of the one or more imaging devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Alexander Berestov, Ming-Chang Liu, Chuen-Chien Lee
  • Patent number: 10410325
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer-readable medium encoded with a computer-readable program, which when executed by a processor, will cause a computer to execute a computational method, the computational method including collecting an image data, wherein the collecting the image data comprises collecting a first plurality of RGB images and a second plurality of hyperspectral images. The method further includes orthorectifying the image data to produce an RGB based orthophoto and a partially rectified hyperspectral orthophoto. The method further includes selecting tie features from each of the RGB based orthophoto and the partially rectified hyperspectral orthophoto. Lastly, the method includes registering the features of the partially rectified hyperspectral orthophoto into the tie features of the RGB based orthophoto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Purdue Research Foundation
    Inventor: Ayman F. Habib
  • Patent number: 10395390
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices are provided for controlling a movable object using multiple sensors. In one aspect, a method for calibrating one or more extrinsic parameters of a movable object having a plurality of sensors in an initial configuration is provided. The method can comprise: detecting that the initial configuration of the plurality of sensors has been modified; receiving inertial data from at least one inertial sensor during operation of the movable object; receiving image data from at least two image sensors during the operation of the movable object; and estimating the one or more extrinsic parameters based on the inertial data and the image data in response to detecting that the initial configuration has been modified, wherein the one or more extrinsic parameters comprise spatial relationships between the plurality of sensors in the modified configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kaiyong Zhao, Shaojie Shen, Yi Lin, Tianbo Liu, Yonggen Ling, Zhenfei Yang
  • Patent number: 10384607
    Abstract: A system for estimating hitch angle offset is provided herein. A sensor system is configured to measure hitch angles between a vehicle and a trailer attached thereto. A controller is configured to calculate hitch angle offsets for a plurality of measured hitch angles, and extrapolate additional hitch angle offsets based on the calculated hitch angle offsets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Erick Michael Lavoie, Donald Jacob Mattern, Joseph M. Raad, Tyler Daavettila, Robert Bell
  • Patent number: 10369693
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for obtaining a three-dimensional (3D) model of an operating volume for a cable-suspended robotic system, where the operating volume is defined, at least in part, by a plurality of cable support structures. Identifying a cable positioned device suspended from a plurality of cables and an object that obstructs a path of the cable positioned device within the operating volume within the 3D model. Locating the cable positioned device relative to the object using the 3D model. Controlling one or more cable motors to navigate the cable positioned device within the operating volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventors: Gabriella Levine, Mitchell Heinrich