With Linear Array Patents (Class 348/145)
  • Patent number: 10288988
    Abstract: A camera stabilization system that is configured to stabilize a plurality of cameras mounted and positioned for virtual reality video recording. The system includes a support apparatus designed to accept and secure a variety of cameras with each camera in the support apparatus optimally orientated for recording still or moving images which can thereafter be processed to create a seamless, 360-degree image suitable for viewing with commercially available virtual reality head-mounted display (HMD). Stabilization of the apparatus is provided by means of stabilization system attached to the apparatus and which stabilization system includes a sensor, processor, controller and motors designed to receive indications about the horizon and dynamically stabilize motion along one or more of the X, Y, and/or Z axis of the apparatus, thereby allowing an operator to record steady, stabilized virtual reality images while moving the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventors: Nikolay Malukhin, Ruslan Skvortsov
  • Patent number: 10259580
    Abstract: A system and method for displaying on a display inside of an aircraft a panoramic view of a view outside the aircraft. The system includes a window plug configured to fit into a window of an aircraft. The window plug includes a camera positioned to capture video outside of the aircraft and a display positioned over the window plug. The camera and display are connected to a processor to display the captured video on the display. The system may include a control panel that controls the operation of the camera and display. A device may be used to control pan and zoom features of the camera. A plurality of cameras may be connected to the processor, which may combine the captured videos from the plurality of cameras to display a single panoramic video on a single display or a plurality of displays. The combined video may be a 3D video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: David Teo
  • Patent number: 10179655
    Abstract: A system is provided for generating an alert to the presence of emission vapors for a low altitude in-flight aircraft. An obstacle database and a terrain database provide parameters for obstacles and terrain features to a synthetic vision processor. The processor creates a graphic overlay of the terrain and obstacles that is combined with thermal images of emission vapors by a combined vision processor to create a combined synthetic image. An emissions threat calculator analyzes the synthetic image for the presence of emission vapors. If any emission vapors are detected in proximity to the aircraft, an alert and suggested maneuvers to avoid the emission vapors are sent to the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Jeevish Glastine Gurumoorthi, Mohammed Ibrahim Mohideen, Prabhudev Bhuyar
  • Patent number: 9554065
    Abstract: An image capture instrument implements an addition of accumulation signals for photodetectors which are adjacent within a row of photodetectors. Segments are defined in the row with one and the same common length of segment, while being progressively offset by an offset length which is constant. The accumulation signals are added together for photodetectors which belong to one and the same segment. The offset length is less than the segment length, and greater than half said segment length. Artifacts in the image captured, which are due to spectrum aliasing, are thus decreased. The signal-to-noise ratio of the image is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Airbus Defence and Space SAS
    Inventor: Philippe Luquet
  • Patent number: 9542738
    Abstract: Automated methods and systems of creating three dimensional LIDAR data are disclosed, including a method comprising capturing images of a geographic area with one or more image capturing devices as well as location and orientation data for each of the images corresponding to the location and orientation of the one or more image capturing devices capturing the images, the images depicting an object of interest; capturing three-dimensional LIDAR data of the geographic area with one or more LIDAR system such that the three-dimensional LIDAR data includes the object of interest; storing the three-dimensional LIDAR data on a non-transitory computer readable medium; analyzing the images with a computer system to determine three dimensional locations of points on the object of interest; and updating the three-dimensional LIDAR data with the three dimensional locations of points on the object of interest determined by analyzing the images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Pictometry International Corp.
    Inventors: Stephen L. Schultz, David R. Nilosek, David S. Petterson, Timothy S. Harrington
  • Patent number: 9532035
    Abstract: An imaging system on an aerial vehicle, includes: a group of rotating camera including at least a first and a second rotating cameras on the aerial vehicle; and a control part which controls a first virtual rotation track of the first rotating camera and a second virtual rotation track of the second rotating camera and allows shots to be taken at multiple photograph-shooting points on the first virtual rotation track and the second virtual rotation track; wherein the control part controls a set of multiple photograph-shooting points on the first virtual rotation track and those on the second virtual rotation track to be substantially in a grid shape. Accordingly, a 3D image could be acquired by using the group of rotating cameras on the aerial vehicle during a relatively short endurance flight and more information on images created in such a method could be estimated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: National Institute of Meteorological Research
    Inventors: Kyu Young Choi, Yong Hee Lee, Kwang Deuk Ahn, Hee Choon Lee
  • Patent number: 9521322
    Abstract: An imager contains an image sensor with laterally varying spectral response. The imager is scanned over a scene or object to form a spectral image. The spectral responses are repeated at different positions in the field of view so as to reduce the effect of scene nonidealities, such as angle dependence or temporal variation, on the spectral image data. A part of the image sensor may be used for conventional two-dimensional imaging. This part of the image sensor may be used to estimate the scene geometry and scan movement, enabling further improvement in the spectral integrity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Forsvarets forskningsinstitutt
    Inventor: Torbjørn Skauli
  • Patent number: 9402067
    Abstract: An imaging optical system and a three-dimensional (3D) image acquisition apparatus which includes the imaging optical system are provided. The imaging optical system includes an object lens configured to transmit light; first and second image sensors having different sizes from each other; a beamsplitter on which the light transmitted by the object lens is incident, the beamsplitter being configured to split the light incident thereon into light of a first wavelength band and light of a second wavelength band, and to direct the light of the first wavelength band to the first image sensor and the light of the second wavelength band to the second image sensor; and at least one optical element, disposed between the beamsplitter and the second image sensor, configured to reduce an image that is incident on the second image sensor, the optical element including at least one of a Fresnel lens and a diffractive optical element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yong-hwa Park, Alexander Gorelov, Jang-woo You, Alexander Shirankov, Seung-wan Lee
  • Patent number: 9390559
    Abstract: Systems and methods for enhanced display of obstacles in a combined vision display are provided. The system comprises a display unit and an enhanced vision system configured to generate first signals representative of enhanced vision images. Data storage device contains obstacle data representative of obstacles. Synthetic vision system is configured to selectively retrieve obstacle data from data storage device and generate second signals representative of synthetic vision images of one or more obstacles. Processor is in operable communication with display unit and coupled to receive first and second signals and configured, in response thereto, to: overlay the synthetic vision images of the one or more obstacles over the enhanced vision images and command display unit to display the synthetic vision images of the one or more obstacles overlaid over the enhanced vision images. The overlaid synthetic vision images of the one or more obstacles may be visually highlighted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Thea L. Feyereisen, Gang He, John G. Suddreth, Patricia May Ververs
  • Patent number: 9292913
    Abstract: An image display and analysis system is disclosed. The image display and analysis system and method includes a system for reading an image having an object of interest. The image includes corresponding location data indicative of position and orientation of the image capturing device(s) used to capture the image. The system receives one or more selected points within the image on the object of interest, and calculates a measurement of the object of interest using pixel location, the position and orientation of the image capturing device(s), and a TGP vertical plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Pictometry International Corp.
    Inventors: Stephen L. Schultz, David R. Nilosek, David S. Petterson, Timothy S. Harrington
  • Patent number: 9126700
    Abstract: The invention uses plurality of forward-looking preview cameras each looking at different nadir angle viewpoint to get cloud information from approaching target areas. The invention uses fuzzy logic system and other decision mechanisms to decide which target images should be acquired in which particular sequence and when the target image acquisition should start. The invention intends to give autonomous decision capability to agile earth observation satellites to make decision on their own to get the highest yield of quality images of target areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Inventors: Tarik Ozkul, Suhail Aldhafri
  • Patent number: 9103719
    Abstract: Described herein are technologies pertaining to computing the solar irradiance distribution on a surface of a receiver in a concentrating solar power system or glint/glare emitted from a reflective entity. At least one camera captures images of the Sun and the entity of interest, wherein the images have pluralities of pixels having respective pluralities of intensity values. Based upon the intensity values of the pixels in the respective images, the solar irradiance distribution on the surface of the entity or glint/glare corresponding to the entity is computed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Sandia Corporation
    Inventors: Clifford Kuofei Ho, Siri Sahib Singh Khalsa
  • 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: 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: 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: 8970673
    Abstract: Provided is a system and method for scanning a target area, including capturing images from onboard a platform for use in producing one or more stereoscopic views. A first set of at least two image sequences of at least two images each, covering the target area or a subsection thereof is captured. As the platform continues to move forward, at least one other set of images covering the same target area or subsection thereof is captured. At least one captured image from each of at least two of the sets may be used in producing a stereoscopic view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd.
    Inventors: Victor Gostynski, Dror Lubin
  • Patent number: 8953044
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed that include a video-based analysis system that detects, tracks and archives vehicles in video stream data at multiple resolutions. The system includes an image capturing device that captures video stream data having video at a first high resolution. A vehicle detection module detects at least one vehicle within the video. A vehicle analysis module is configured to analyze the video and to extract one or more key vehicle features from the video to enable identification of a vehicle of interest (VOI) according to a set of predetermined criteria. A subsampling module creates a reduced resolution video stream in a second subsampled resolution that is lower than the first high resolution while maintaining the one or more extracted key features within the reduced resolution video stream in the first high resolution, and archives the reduced resolution video stream into a video database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Wencheng Wu, Edgar A. Bernal, Robert P. Loce, Martin E. Hoover
  • Patent number: 8947527
    Abstract: Zoom illumination system for use with closed circuit TV cameras in applications requiring long distance illumination, such as surveillance and night vision. The system includes multiple strings of LEDs, which may have additional lenses, with each LED string capable of providing illumination for a predetermined viewing angle. The LED strings can be switched on and off to provide illumination as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventors: Valdis Postovalov, Dmitry Postovalov
  • Patent number: 8937656
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for testing bottles or the like containers (1) filled with a bulk material and mechanically closed by means of a container closure (2), the container closures (2) each comprising an original security ring (4) held on said container (1) in the closed state thereof in an interlocking and/or force-fit manner, such that opening the container (1) is possible only by separating and/or destroying the originality security ring (4), characterized in that the containers (1) are tested by means of at least one optoelectronic sensor system (10) after filling and closing for intactness of the originality security element (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Heinrich Wiemer, Horst Böcker, Jürgen Herrmann
  • Patent number: 8928750
    Abstract: An airborne reconnaissance system which comprises: (a) A focal plane array positioned at a focal plane of an optical unit, said focal plane array having an area A, and comprises a plurality of optical pixels sensitive to light; (b) Optical unit for acquiring light rays from a terrain portion, said optical unit comprises a plurality of optical components that are positioned along an optical path, and designed to maneuver said light rays to produce at the focal plane an image of said terrain portion, said image having an area which is several times larger than the focal plane array area A; (c) At least one light diversion optical component along said optical path which, for each acquired terrain portion image, switches between several n states, thereby causing in each state different diversion of said light rays within said path, thereby to impinge in each state another fraction of the terrain image on said focal plane array; and (d) Capturing means for recording in each state of the at least one light diversio
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Rafael-Armament Development Authority Ltd.
    Inventors: Zvi Yavin, Gabriel Katlan
  • Patent number: 8886484
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for air-borne or space-borne radiometric measurement of object points present in an object scene on the surface of a astronomical body. A corrected recording of image points in an image plane in which object points from the object scene are imaged on a detector, is carried out by determining recording errors of the detector caused by systematically occurring spatial and temporal changes in a scanning movement of the detector, with reference to a measurement line relative to a recording field, then generally an actuation function along the measurement line in the form of different trigger times in which measurements of the individual object points are initiated exactly at that time. Based on the triggering of the detector elements due to the actuation function synchronized measurements of all of the object points of every row of an object matrix are carrying out along the designated measurement line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Jena-Optronik GmbH
    Inventor: Alexander Pillukat
  • Patent number: 8860804
    Abstract: Systems and methods for automatically capturing, uploading, and publishing content. The system may include one or more monitoring modules for providing captured content to a remote site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Xanboo Inc.
    Inventors: Babak Rezvani, Jack L. Chen, Edward B. Kalin, Reza Jalili
  • Patent number: 8823797
    Abstract: Simulated high resolution, multi-view video based on video input from low resolution, single-direction cameras is provided. Video received from traffic cameras, security cameras, monitoring cameras, and comparable ones is fused with patches from a database of pre-captured images and/or temporally shifted video to create higher quality video, as well as multiple viewpoints for the same camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Billy Chen, Eyal Ofek
  • Publication number: 20140211006
    Abstract: An imaging device intended to be placed on board a satellite or an aircraft comprises at least two detector arrays that are arranged in the same focal plane. Each detector array itself comprises a unidirectional detector and at least one additional detector, produced on one same single-piece substrate dedicated to said detector array. The arrangement of the detectors in the focal plane is then carried out in a modular fashion, by positioning the respective substrates of the detector arrays. Several arrangements are proposed that are compatible with the unidirectional and bidirectional push-broom scanning modes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventors: Michel Tulet, Gilles Planche
  • Patent number: 8792005
    Abstract: A system and method for automatically determining the camera field of view in a camera network. The system has a plurality of spatially separated cameras and direction sensors, carried on respective cameras, configured to measure the angle directions of the field of views of the cameras. Elevation sensors are operably coupled to respective cameras to measure the elevation angles of thereof. A controller is configured to process direction and elevation measurement signals transmitted from the cameras to automatically determine the cameras' fields of views. One or more cameras having a field of view containing or nearby an event of interest can be selected from the determined field of views and indicated to a user via a graphical user interface. Selected cameras which are rotatably mounted can be rotated if need be to automatically bring the event of interest into the field of views of the selected cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Steve D. Huseth, Saad J. Bedros
  • Patent number: 8730323
    Abstract: An image converter for performing processes of cutting out a part of a distorted circular image photographed by use of a fisheye lens and converting the part into a planar regular image. The image converter includes a distorted circular image memory, a planar regular image memory, a parameter input unit, a corresponding coordinate calculating unit, and a planar regular image forming unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Koji Inagaki
  • Patent number: 8723950
    Abstract: An apparatus for evaluating the fit of a modular window assembly into a simulated vehicle body opening includes a base member, a vehicle body opening/sheet metal simulator mounted to the base member, one or more light sources disposed in the vehicle body opening/sheet metal simulator and one or more devices for securing the vehicle window to the vehicle body opening/sheet metal simulator. A method of utilizing the apparatus is also a part of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Pilkington Group Limited
    Inventor: Brian Hertel
  • Patent number: 8711220
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described that directly detect whether or not enhanced vision system images obtained from a moving vehicle are degraded. If they are, image display is turned off to reduce operator distraction. When image quality is restored, image display is turned back on so operators can take advantage of EVS capabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Aireyes, Inc.
    Inventor: Carlo L. M. Tiana
  • Patent number: 8620064
    Abstract: A method is provided for imaging a workpiece by capturing successive frames of an elongate stationary field of view transverse to a workpiece transit path of a robot, while the workpiece is transported by the robot. The robot transit path is illuminated with an elongate illumination pattern transverse to the transit path to obtain a workpiece image of successive frames. Motion-induced image distortion is prevented or reduced adjusting the camera frame rate in real time in proportion to changes in robot velocity profile of the workpiece along the transit path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Abraham Ravid, Todd Egan, Karen Lingel
  • Patent number: 8614743
    Abstract: A security camera system according to present invention embodiments includes a telephoto type lens with one or more factors of optical zoom. A set of prisms that steer incoming beams from the surrounding environment (to adjust the field of view) is disposed in front of the lens. The security camera system preferably includes a wide angle staring mode that encompasses a large field of view, where the prisms are oriented to provide no steering effect. The security camera system further includes a high-resolution zoom mode, where the telephoto lens focuses on a region of interest and the prisms perform beam steering to adjust the field of view and enable the region of interest or an object to remain at the center of the security camera system view. Image processing techniques may be employed that consider the beam steering angle and the field of view to compensate for distortion effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Exelis Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Scott Winsor
  • Publication number: 20130321626
    Abstract: A camera assembly is disclosed for mounting on a vehicle (e.g. an aircraft). An exemplary camera assembly can include: a fixture (e.g. a rotatable drum); a camera; and a mirror; wherein the fixture is arranged to be rotated relative to the vehicle about an axis; the camera is mounted on the fixture such that the camera has a substantially fixed position relative to the fixture; the mirror is mounted on the fixture such that, if the fixture rotates, the mirror rotates; the mirror is rotatable relative to the fixture about a further axis, the further axis being substantially perpendicular to the axis; and the camera is arranged to detect electromagnetic radiation reflected by the mirror. The axis and the further axis may intersect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: BAE SYSTEMS plc
    Inventors: Harry John Finn, Andrew Christopher Tebay, David Robert Parker, Simon Graham Stockton
  • Patent number: 8581981
    Abstract: An optical imaging system and associated methods for capturing images from an aircraft, such as a UAV. A camera unit on-board the aircraft is remotely controlled from an image control station. The image control station receives image data from the camera unit, and also delivers control signals for determining a viewing mode of the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Southwest Research Institute
    Inventors: Kevin Alley, Roger Lopez, Richard Somers
  • Publication number: 20130258106
    Abstract: A method of using an image sensor onboard a satellite or an aircraft comprises two simultaneous sequences of image capture. The first sequence corresponds to a capture of observation images, and the second sequence corresponds to a capture of images dedicated to the detection of a shifting of the observation images. The images dedicated to the detection of the shifting are restricted to windows that are at least in part contained in a main window the of observation images. Furthermore, said images dedicated to the detection of shifting are captured at a frequency greater than a frequency of the observation images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: ASTRIUM SAS
    Inventors: Michel Tulet, Xavier Sembely
  • Patent number: 8537219
    Abstract: An invention for identifying a spatial location of an event within video image data is provided. In one embodiment, there is a spatial representation tool, including a compression component configured to receive trajectory data of an event within video image data, and generate a set of compressed spatial representation of the trajectory data of the event within the video image data. A database component is configured to input the set of compressed spatial representations into a relational database, and a search component is configured to search the relational database to identify a spatial location of the event within the video image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael J. Desimone, Arun Hampapur, Zuoxuan Lu, Carl P. Mercier, Christopher S. Milite, Stephen R. Russo, Chiao-Fe Shu, Chek K. Tan
  • Patent number: 8452077
    Abstract: A method is provided for imaging a workpiece by capturing successive frames of an elongate stationary field of view transverse to a workpiece transit path of a robot, while the workpiece is transported by the robot. The robot transit path is illuminated with an elongate illumination pattern transverse to the transit path to obtain a workpiece image of successive frames. Motion-induced image distortion is corrected by computing respective correct locations of respective ones of the frames along the transit path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Abraham Ravid, Todd Egan, Karen Lingel
  • Publication number: 20130093885
    Abstract: An aerial imaging array including at least two imaging devices provided on a mount attachable to an aircraft, such that the imaging devices view downwards. Each imaging device has a field of view, and the imaging devices are arranged such that there is a gap between adjacent fields of view. Each imaging device has an image frame, and each image frame has a vertical centerline and a transverse centerline. The imaging devices are posed within the mount such that the projections of the vertical centerlines onto a horizontal plane are substantially parallel. The gap between adjacent fields of view is at least a quarter of the width of the smaller of the adjacent fields of view, and the viewing directions of imaging devices providing adjacent fields of view are less than 20 degrees apart.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Inventor: Matthew Paul Mellor
  • Patent number: 8416300
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein comprise a system and method for improving visibility of a roadway using an improved visibility system. The method comprising receiving data from a plurality of fog detectors located proximate a roadway and determining, based on the data from the plurality of fog detectors, that fog is present about the roadway. The method further comprising obtaining, after the determining that fog is present about the roadway, a plurality of images of the roadway by activating a plurality of cameras located proximate the roadway. The method further comprising creating a composite image by combining two or more of the plurality of images, wherein the composite image depicts the roadway unobstructed by fog and transmitting the composite image to a display device located in a vehicle traveling along the roadway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Giuseppe Longobardi
  • Patent number: 8416298
    Abstract: A method for moving object detection, comprising generating a time series of multi-exposures of scenes, each multi-exposure of a scene comprising a sequence of at least two at least partially overlapping images of that scene captured in rapid succession, wherein the time series of multi-exposures periodically revisits substantially the same scenes, detecting moving objects within each multi-exposure by comparing its sequence of overlapping images, and tracking objects by comparing moving objects detected within multi-exposures of substantially the same scenes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Visionmap Ltd.
    Inventor: Michael Pechatnikov
  • Publication number: 20130050973
    Abstract: A magnetic stand for a tablet device is disclosed. The magnetic stand is configured to rigidly hold a portion of the tablet device in place and to shield the magnetic field from adversely affecting nearby devices susceptible to strong magnetic fields. The shielding portion of the magnetic stand allows for significant increases in magnetic field strength when compared to similarly configured, unshielded products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew D. ROHRBACH
  • Patent number: 8305449
    Abstract: An apparatus for detecting a focus state has an optical image-forming system that forms an object image, a plurality of line sensors that is arranged on a projected area of the optical image-forming system; a plurality of monitor sensors that is arranged on the projected area along the direction of a line-sensor array, each monitor sensor being adjacent to a corresponding line sensor and monitoring an amount of light incident on the corresponding line sensor; and a signal processor that outputs image-pixel signals corresponding to the object image on the basis of electric charges accumulated in the plurality of line sensors. At least an endmost monitor sensor corresponding to an endmost line sensor is arranged on the center-facing side of the endmost line sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Pentax Ricoh Imaging Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Koichi Sato, Yutaka Takakubo, Kazuo Sugitani
  • Patent number: 8259176
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the present invention, it is possible to visually show both of information which is originally visually recognizable and information which is originally not seen that have been provided from equipment on the same image, so that it is possible to grasp the content of information and the source of providing the information corresponding to or in association with each other. Furthermore, it is possible to view information difficult to visually recognize together with visually recognizable information, and it is possible to clearly grasp, in addition to information which can be visually obtained at the place where a user currently stays, information related to the visually obtained information, from an image visually indicating the association.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventors: Takeshi Misawa, Sumie Mikami, Masaaki Koshiba, Akihisa Yamazaki, Motoari Ota
  • Patent number: 8228378
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for preparing a composite image from a video data stream and for identifying changed features in two composite images. Frames from the video data stream are transformed to a projected 2D image, aligned with adjacent frames and overlapping areas are averaged to provide a higher apparent resolution. The composite image can be stored in real-time. As a second composite image is prepared of the same location at a later time, portions of the second image can be compared to corresponding portions of the stored image after the intensities of the images are equalized. Image areas whose absolute difference exceeds a threshold are again intensity equalized. Areas that are again above threshold can be flagged for further scrutiny, either by a human or by a machine that performs object recognition. In this way, composite video images of a scene can be prepared and compared in real-time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Hexagon Technology Center GmbH
    Inventors: Gene A. Grindstaff, Sheila G. Whitaker
  • Patent number: 8193909
    Abstract: A method and a system for calibrating a camera in a surveillance system. The method and system use a mathematical rotation between a first coordinate system and a second coordinate system in order to calibrate a camera with a map of an area. In some embodiments, the calibration can be used to control the camera and/or to display a view cone on the map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Intergraph Technologies Company
    Inventors: Andrew D. Estes, Johnny E. Frederick
  • Patent number: 8189047
    Abstract: The invention relates to an airborne laser image capturing system which comprises: (a) A laser source and laser focal plan array; (b) A pulse generator; (c) A scanning unit for providing to the gimbals a scanning signal for effecting a sequential stepping-scanning movement to scan an area in which the target is included; (d) A motion compensation unit; (e) A timing unit for: (e.i) Activating said pulse generator during a scanning period, thereby to produce over the target a series of illumination spots, each of said spots overlaps at least a portion of one or more adjacent spots; and (e.ii) Activating said laser focal plan array during the illumination of the target thereby to capture many of distinct spot-images (f) A correlating unit for correlating images; and (g) A combining unit for combining the spot-images to a complete image of the scanned area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Rafael-Armament Development Authority Ltd.
    Inventor: Uzi Landau
  • Patent number: 8179439
    Abstract: A security system includes at least first and second monitoring units, each having a motion sensor for detecting motion, a camera for obtaining visual data, a transmitter, a receiver, and a processor in data communication with the motion sensor, camera, transmitter, and receiver. The security system includes means for outputting visual data from the first unit camera when the first unit motion sensor detects motion more recently than the second unit motion sensor detects motion. The security system includes programming for outputting the visual data from the second unit camera when the second unit motion sensor detects motion more recently than the first unit motion sensor detects motion. The system includes a telephone interface for transmitting visual data captured by a respective camera. A unit's camera is only activated when its associated motion detector detects motion and is deactivated when another unit's motion detector detects motion more recently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Inventors: Christopher T. Resch, Amy R. Resch
  • Patent number: 8098282
    Abstract: The present invention advantageously provides a means by which the privacy zone on a PTZ camera can be maintained so that an object in the camera's sight is always masked or covered. An algorithm which remembers the defined privacy zones as an area in space marked by four rays touching the four corners of the marked zone and having absolute Pan, Tilt angular coordinates is presented. The privacy zone is initially defined by a rectangle on the screen with known pixel co-ordinates which are translated into angular coordinates. Then, when the camera moves and prepares to display a new screen, the privacy zone is superimposed on the object to be masked. Locating the object and displaying its privacy zone is done by translating the absolute angular coordinates of the original privacy zone into pixel coordinates. Additionally, multiple privacy zones can be displayed on one camera screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Manoj Gopinath, Arathi Mariswamy
  • Patent number: 8085299
    Abstract: Disclosed is a digital line scan camera, having at least at least one focal plane, on which at least one linear photosensitive sensor is arranged, an objective lens, and a location measurement system. The location measurement system is used to determine six external location parameters, where the location system measurement comprises a satellite-supported position determination device and an inertial navigation measurement unit. The line scan camera includes at least on two-dimensional photosensitive sensor, which is synchronously driven with the linear sensor. At least one displacement vector ({right arrow over (x)}) is calculated from the data of the minimum of one two-dimensional photosensitive sensor, and where the displacement vector ({right arrow over (x)}) is used to correct the date of the inertial measurement unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V.
    Inventors: Anko Börner, Andreas Eckardt, Frank Lehmann
  • Patent number: 7962265
    Abstract: Vehicular sensor systems are provided. The vehicular sensor systems includes a support, first, second, and third sensors, and a support actuator. The first sensor is coupled to the support and configured to rotate about a first sensor axis. The first sensor has a first field of detection with a first central axis. The second sensor is coupled to the support and configured to rotate about a second sensor axis. The second sensor has a second field of detection with a second central axis. The third sensor is coupled to the support and configured to rotate about a third sensor axis. The third sensor has a third field of detection with a third central axis. The support actuator is coupled to the support and configured to rotate the support about a support axis. The first, second, and third central axes are substantially within a plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Charles P. Pinney
  • Patent number: 7961216
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for preparing a composite image from a video data stream and for identifying changed features in two composite images. Frames from the video data stream are transformed to a projected 2D image, aligned with adjacent frames and overlapping areas are averaged to provide a higher apparent resolution. The composite image can be stored in real-time. As a second composite image is prepared of the same location at a later time, portions of the second image can be compared to corresponding portions of the stored image after the intensities of the images are equalized. Image areas whose absolute difference exceeds a threshold are again intensity equalized. Areas that are again above threshold can be flagged for further scrutiny, either by a human or by a machine that performs object recognition. In this way, composite video images of a scene can be prepared and compared in real-time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Intergraph Software Technologies Company
    Inventors: Gene A. Grindstaff, Sheila G. Whitaker
  • Patent number: 7924311
    Abstract: A camera terminal where tables where camera operations are described are not required, and that continues thoroughly imaging a monitoring subject region as a complete system even when a portion of cameras shuts down due to a failure is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Atsushi Yoshida, Katsuji Aoki, Shoichi Araki