Infrared Patents (Class 348/164)
  • Patent number: 11024082
    Abstract: A method includes sequentially outputting from an imaging sensor each pixel row of a set of pixel rows of an image captured by the imaging sensor. The method further includes displaying, at a display device, a pixel row representative of a first pixel row of the captured image prior to a second pixel row of the captured image being output by the imaging sensor. An apparatus includes an imaging sensor having a first lens that imparts a first type of spatial distortion, a display device coupled to the imaging sensor, the display to display imagery captured by the imaging sensor with the first spatial distortion, and an eyepiece lens aligned with the display, the eyepiece lens imparting a second type of spatial distortion that compensates for the first type of spatial distortion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Johnny Chung Lee, Steven B. Goldberg
  • Patent number: 11025839
    Abstract: There is provided a camera apparatus including: a capturing unit that includes a lens to which light, from a capturing area including IR light and visible light is incident, and that performs capturing based on the light; an IR lighting unit that irradiates the capturing area with IR light; and a controller that generates an instruction to change a focal position of the lens and an instruction to adjust a quantity of the IR light, in which the controller calculates an IR light ratio which indicates a ratio of the quantity of the IR light to the light included in a captured image of the capturing area, and selects and performs any one of a first focusing processing to change the focal position of the lens corresponding to the IR light, a second focusing processing to change the focal position of the lens corresponding to the visible light, and an IR light quantity adjustment determination processing to determine whether or not to adjust the quantity of the IR light, based on the IR light ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC l-PRO SENSING SOLUTIONS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Tamaru, Jun Ikeda, Kazuhiko Nakamura, Satoshi Kataoka
  • Patent number: 11015773
    Abstract: A stand light includes a telescoping body having a main center shaft, an extension pole extendable out of the main center shaft, and a sleeve movably supported on the main center shaft. A head assembly is supported by the extension pole and includes a light source. A plurality of legs is pivotally coupled to the body and is movable with the sleeve from a collapsed position to an extended position, in which distal ends of the plurality of legs are moved away from the body. When the plurality of legs is in the collapsed position, side portions of the plurality of legs come together to form a handle configured to be grasped by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventors: Josh Adams, Emily C. Doberstein, Ross McIntyre, David Proeber, Duane W. Wenzel
  • Patent number: 11005759
    Abstract: Systems and methods for delegating communication from a wearable computing device to a remote network via a host computing device connected to the remote network include providing a host routing service and a host data communications endpoint at the host computing device. Incoming data message(s) formatted according to an Internet Protocol and destinated for delivery to an application program at the wearable computing device are received via the host routing service. The incoming data message(s) are encapsulated using a transport protocol and transmitted to a data routing service of the wearable computing device. In a reverse direction, outgoing data message(s) destinated for delivery to a remote computing device connected to the remote network and encapsulated in a transport protocol are received via the host routing service. The outgoing data message(s) are de-encapsulated, re-encapsulated using an Internet Protocol, and transmitted to the remote computing device via the remote network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Mark Oliver Slevinsky, Roland Edwin Vane
  • Patent number: 10993625
    Abstract: Method for automatic detection of inflammation or functional disorder according to temperature asymmetry estimation in contralateral body parts is presented. Simultaneously recorded thermogram and the optical image of the inspected and contralateral body parts are sent to the processing unit, where they are stored, processed, and analyzed. Method automatically detects outlines of body parts in thermograms and optical images. Grid of points of interest is distributed inside the inspected and the contralateral body part's outline. Temperature maps are calculated according to both grids points and the temperature disparity map is estimated. The set of inflammation regions is obtained by analyzing the temperature disparity map and collecting adjacent points containing temperature differences surpassing the threshold. This is non-invasive and non-contact inspection method, suitable for real world environments with natural home or health care institutions background.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: UAB DIABETIS
    Inventors: Urte Steikuniene, Gintare Marine, Rytis Zajanckauskas, Jonas Guzaitis
  • Patent number: 10986288
    Abstract: Various techniques are provided to perform flat field correction (FFC) for infrared cameras. In one example, a system includes a focal plane array (FPA) of an infrared camera configured to capture thermal image data in response to infrared radiation received by the FPA via an optical path of the infrared camera. The system further includes a memory configured to store a set of supplemental FFC values. The system further includes a processor configured to determine a scale factor based at least on a temperature and/or a rate of temperature change of an internal component of the infrared camera; generate a scaled set of supplemental FFC values based on the scale factor and set of supplemental FFC values; and apply the scaled set of supplemental FFC values to the thermal image data to adjust for non-uniformities associated with at least a portion of the first optical path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: FLIR Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Kostrzewa, Jason Gardner
  • Patent number: 10947389
    Abstract: The composition includes two or more near infrared absorbing compounds having an absorption maximum in a wavelength range of 650 to 1000 nm and having a solubility of 0.1 mass % or lower in water at 23° C., in which the two or more near infrared absorbing compounds include a first near infrared absorbing compound having an absorption maximum in a wavelength range of 650 to 1000 nm, and a second near infrared absorbing compound having an absorption maximum in a wavelength range of 650 to 1000 nm which is shorter than the absorption maximum of the first near infrared absorbing compound, and a difference between the absorption maximum of the first near infrared absorbing compound and the absorption maximum of the second near infrared absorbing compound is 1 to 150 nm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Tokihiko Matsumura, Daisuke Sasaki, Kyohei Arayama, Yoshihiro Jimbo, Kazuya Oota, Keisuke Arimura, Takahiro Okawara
  • Patent number: 10939061
    Abstract: Optical systems that provide non-uniformity correction devices that are capable of providing low radiance level sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Wavefront Research, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas A. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 10929955
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for correcting nonuniformity noise in thermal images. The method comprises receiving a current image being part of a stream of thermal images; concatenating the current image from the stream of thermal images with hidden state images; processing, by a first convolutional neural network, the concatenated image to extract a number of feature channels; generating based on the feature channels at least a first multiplicative mask; processing, by a second convolutional neural network, a masked concatenated image to compute a weighting parameter, wherein the masked concatenated image is resulted by applying the first multiplicative mask on the concatenated image; and simulating, using the weighting parameter, an infinite impulse response (IIR)-style updating scheme to estimate the nonuniformity noise in the current image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Adasky, Ltd.
    Inventor: Oleg Kuybeda
  • Patent number: 10931893
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an image sensor, an image processing apparatus and method, and a program that enable a higher quality image to be obtained. An image processing apparatus includes: an extraction unit configured to, from a captured image having a first pixel having a first color component of visible light and an infrared component and a second pixel only having a second color component of visible light that is influenced by a color temperature more significantly than the first color component and less influences a luminance component than the first color component, extract the first pixel to generate an extracted infrared image; an infrared image generation unit configured to perform interpolation processing on the extracted infrared image to generate an infrared image; and a color image generation unit configured to generate a color image on a basis of a visible light low frequency image having a visible light component obtained from the captured image, and the infrared image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Takayoshi Ozone
  • Patent number: 10921185
    Abstract: A spectroscopic camera according to the present disclosure includes: a second light source; a first monochrome imaging element; a first spectral portion and a second spectral portion; and a control unit that controls operations of the second light source, the first monochrome imaging element, the first spectral portion, and the second spectral portion, the second light source and the first monochrome imaging element are disposed to be directed in the same direction, the first spectral portion is disposed between the first monochrome imaging element and the measurement target, and the second spectral portion is disposed between the second light source and the measurement target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventors: Teruyuki Nishimura, Ryohei Kuri, Naoki Kuwata
  • Patent number: 10891718
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for correcting nonuniformity noise in thermal images. The method comprises receiving a current image being part of a stream of thermal images; concatenating the current image from the stream of thermal images with hidden state images; processing, by a first convolutional neural network, the concatenated image to extract a number of feature channels; generating based on the feature channels at least a first multiplicative mask; processing, by a second convolutional neural network, a masked concatenated image to compute a weighting parameter, wherein the masked concatenated image is resulted by applying the first multiplicative mask on the concatenated image; and simulating, using the weighting parameter, an infinite impulse response (IIR)-style updating scheme to estimate the nonuniformity noise in the current image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Adasky, Ltd.
    Inventor: Oleg Kuybeda
  • Patent number: 10892287
    Abstract: Provided are an image sensor with one or more image receivers for image switching, and an imaging system and method therefor. The image sensor includes an image sensor array to generate first image data for a first image; a receiver to receive, into the image sensor, second image data for a second image; an image selection circuit coupled to the image sensor array and the receiver to receive the first image data and the second image data and select one of the first image data and the second image data according to one or more image selection criteria and at least one of the first image data and the second image data; and a transmitter coupled to the image selection circuit to transmit the selected one of the first image data and the second image data from the image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Cista System Corp.
    Inventors: Zhaojian Li, Jiangtao Pang
  • Patent number: 10891756
    Abstract: There is provided an image processing device including a far-infrared acquisition unit that acquires a far-infrared image, a first extraction unit that extracts a plurality of first markers having a first temperature from the far-infrared image, and a far-infrared specification unit that specifies a position of each of a plurality of second markers having a second temperature in the far-infrared image based on a geometric relationship between the plurality of respective first markers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hideki Oyaizu
  • Patent number: 10876957
    Abstract: An imaging system for a smartphone includes a housing configured to rigidly attach to a handheld smartphone device. The system further includes an arm extending from the housing, wherein the arm is configured to be adjustable such that the arm is movable toward and away from the housing. Additionally, the system includes a sample mounting portion attached to the arm, the mounting portion having a retaining device, wherein the retaining device is configured to secure a target sample, the mounting portion configured to direct an image of the target sample to a first camera in the handheld smartphone device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Purdue Research Foundation
    Inventor: Jian Jin
  • Patent number: 10846924
    Abstract: Provided herein are threat source mapping systems and related techniques. A threat source mapping system includes a threat sensor network and a logic device. The threat sensor network includes one or more threat detectors each configured to monitor at least a portion of a scene for at least one threat detection event. The logic device is configured to receive the at least one threat detection event from the threat sensor network, generate a threat source location heat map based, at least in part, on the at least one threat detection event, and generate a threat source image map based, at least in part, on the threat source location heat map and at least one image of the scene that at least partially overlaps the portions of the scene monitored by the one or more threat detectors. The threat source image map may then be displayed to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: FLIR DETECTION, INC.
    Inventor: Anthony Paul Shore
  • Patent number: 10841563
    Abstract: This invention relates to a sensor and sensor platform, for an autonomous system. The sensor and its platform sense, perform signal or data processing, and make the decision locally at the point of sensing. More specifically, the sensor along with its platform simulates the human-like or human capacity to make decisions by combing the data from several sensors that detect different data sets, and combine them in a series of data processes that allows autonomous decisions to be made. Additionally, the sensor platform combines multiple sensors in one metasensor with the functionality of multiple sensors placed on a common carrier or platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Banpil Photonics, Inc.
    Inventor: Achyut Kumar Dutta
  • Patent number: 10803353
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for acquiring information. A specific embodiment of the method includes: acquiring a to-be-processed near-infrared image and scenario information corresponding to the to-be-processed near-infrared image, the scenario information being used to represent a scenario of acquiring the to-be-processed near-infrared image; searching for a pre-trained near-infrared image recognition model corresponding to the scenario information, the near-infrared image recognition model being used to identify near-infrared feature information from the to-be-processed near-infrared image; and importing the to-be-processed near-infrared image into the near-infrared image recognition model to obtain the near-infrared feature information of the to-be-processed near-infrared image. This embodiment speeds up the acquisition of the near-infrared feature information and improves the accuracy and efficiency of acquiring the near-infrared feature information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Baidu Online Network Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zhibin Hong
  • Patent number: 10800553
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides for Non-Destructive Inspection of craft operating in high-atmosphere or outer space, by positioning a scintillating detector array leeward to a structural element of the craft relative to the Sun; collecting, by the detector array while the craft is in flight, solar radiation passing through the structural element; and outputting a radiographic image based on the solar radiation collected to an image analyzer. The image analyzer may composite several images taken over a period of time or decomposite images of intervening structural elements from the radiographic images. Automated alerts for non-conformances between the radiographic images and earlier-taken or architectural images are provided to users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Morteza Safai
  • Patent number: 10796166
    Abstract: An information processing system includes: a first detection device that acquires information about a first domain; a plurality of second detection devices, each of which acquires information about a domain included in the first domain; a selection unit that selects at least one second detection device from the plurality of second detection devices based on a state of a target obtained from the acquired information about the first domain; and an aggregating unit that aggregates the information about the domain acquired by the selected at least one second detection device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinichi Anami, Yushi Niwa
  • Patent number: 10789764
    Abstract: Systems and processes generate a viewing experience by determining location data and movement data of (a) at least one object and (b) at least one participant within an event area. A three-dimensional model of the event area, the participant and the object is determined based upon the location data and the movement data. A viewpoint of a spectator defines an origin, relative to the three-dimensional model, and a direction of the viewing experience. The viewing experience is generated for the viewpoint at least in part from the three-dimensional model to include one or more of augmented reality, mixed reality, extended reality, and virtual reality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Live CGI, Inc.
    Inventor: Marc Rowley
  • Patent number: 10791274
    Abstract: Disclosed are a camera module and a mobile terminal having the same. The camera module includes: a first lens assembly with a variable focal length; a second lens assembly that is provided under the first lens assembly, spaced apart therefrom, and corrects for spherical aberration of the first lens assembly; and an image sensor provided under the second lens assembly, wherein the second lens assembly corrects for spherical aberration of the first lens assembly according to the field of view (FOV) of the first lens assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jongpil Kim, Hakhae Kim
  • Patent number: 10762613
    Abstract: The technology described in this document can be embodied in a method that includes receiving during a first time period, information from a first sensor representing a target illuminated by a first illumination source radiating in a first wavelength range, and information from a second sensor representing the target illuminated by a second illumination source radiating in a second wavelength range. The method also includes receiving during a second time period, information from the first sensor representing the target illuminated by the second illumination source radiating in the first wavelength range, and information from the second sensor representing reflected light received from the target illuminated by the first illumination source radiating in the second wavelength range. The method also includes generating a representation of the image in which effects due to the first and second illumination sources are enhanced over effects due to ambient light sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Alibaba Group Holding Limited
    Inventor: Reza R. Derakhshani
  • Patent number: 10746965
    Abstract: An imaging lens includes: a first lens having a convex surface facing the object side, and having a positive refractive power; a second lens being a meniscus lens having a negative refractive power; a third lens having a concave surface facing the imaging side; a fourth lens being a meniscus lens having a positive refractive power, having a convex surface facing the image side; a fifth lens having a negative refractive power, having a concave surface facing the image side on an optical axis, the surface facing the image side having an inflection point outside the optical axis; a sixth lens having a rear surface facing the image side and a front surface facing the object side, the rear surface being aspherical with a inflection point outside an optical axis, the front surface having a curvature less than other lenses' curvatures, the sixth lens serving as an infrared cut-off filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: NANCHANG O-FILM OPTICAL-ELECTRONIC TECH CO., LTD
    Inventor: Shinichi Arita
  • Patent number: 10748267
    Abstract: The technology described in this document can be embodied in a method that includes receiving during a first time period, information from a first sensor representing a target illuminated by a first illumination source radiating in a first wavelength range, and information from a second sensor representing the target illuminated by a second illumination source radiating in a second wavelength range. The method also includes receiving during a second time period, information from the first sensor representing the target illuminated by the second illumination source radiating in the first wavelength range, and information from the second sensor representing reflected light received from the target illuminated by the first illumination source radiating in the second wavelength range. The method also includes generating a representation of the image in which effects due to the first and second illumination sources are enhanced over effects due to ambient light sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Alibaba Group Holding Limited
    Inventor: Reza R. Derakhshani
  • Patent number: 10742902
    Abstract: A tracking system is provided. The tracking system comprises a trackable device which comprises a first illuminating module and the first illuminating module emits an infrared (IR) light and a tracking device which comprises an optical sensing module and a processor. The optical module is configured to sense an IR spectrum to capture a first image and sense a visible spectrum to capture a second image, and the IR light is in the IR spectrum. The processor is coupled to the optical sensing module. The processor is configured to search in the first image a first region corresponding to the IR light, locate in the second image a second region associated with the first region in the first image, and calculate a spatial status of the trackable device according to the second region in the second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Yuan-Tung Chen, Hsu-Hong Feng, Tzu-Yin Chang, Wei-Ta Wang, Tzu-Chieh Yu
  • Patent number: 10742874
    Abstract: Disclosed are an imaging plan generation device, an imaging plan generation method, and a program that generate an imaging plan for efficiently imaging captured images for use in inspection of a bridge without omission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Shuhei Horita
  • Patent number: 10726559
    Abstract: The invention relates generally to edge detection and presentation in thermal images. Infrared and visible light images comprising at least partially overlapping target scenes are analyzed. An edge detection process is performed on the visible light image to determine which pixels represent edges in the target scene. A display image is generated in which some pixels include infrared image data and in which pixels corresponding to edges in the visible light image include a predetermined color and do not include corresponding infrared image data to emphasize edges. Edge pixels in the display image can include exclusively the predetermined color, or in some examples, a blend of a predetermined color and visible light image data. Methods can include replacing one or the other of visible light edge pixels or corresponding infrared pixels with the predetermined color before combining the visible light and infrared image data to create a display image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Fluke Corporation
    Inventors: Peter A. Bergstrom, Kirk R. Johnson, James T. Pickett
  • Patent number: 10719958
    Abstract: A method relating to an image fusion includes acquiring a thermal infrared image and a visible image. The method also includes receiving a fusion parameter corresponding to a color space and generating, based on the fusion parameter, a fused image of the thermal infrared image and the visible image. The method further includes receiving a regulation parameter, the regulation parameter including a color scheme or a partial contrast, and adjusting the fused image according to the regulation parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: ZHEJIANG DAHUA TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wei Lu, Qiankun Li
  • Patent number: 10714892
    Abstract: An embodiment includes a light source. The light source may include a substrate and an integrated diffuser. The substrate may include a first surface and a second surface. The second surface may be opposite the first surface. The integrated diffuser may be integrated at the chip-level and positioned directly on the second surface of the substrate. The integrated diffuser may be configured to receive an optical signal directly from the substrate after the optical signal propagates through the substrate and to control a particular profile of a resultant beam of the optical signal over two axes after the optical signal propagates through the integrated diffuser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: II-VI Delaware Inc.
    Inventors: Jimmy Alan Tatum, James K Guenter
  • Patent number: 10705310
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an automotive vision system, in particular for providing rear and/or side view, comprising; an image capturing device, and an optical filter device included in an optical path to the image capturing device, wherein the optical filter device comprises an optical filter medium that is moveable by a driving device with respect to the optical path in order to adjust filter characteristics, wherein the driving device comprises a cam transmission that imposes a reciprocating movement on the optical filter medium over an adjustment range between two extreme positions and wherein the cam transmission has a stop arrangement defining an operative position of the optical filter medium with respect to the optical path, wherein the operative position is within the adjustment range and the operative position is in the vicinity of any of the two extreme position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Orlaco Products B.V.
    Inventors: Alfred van den Brink, Josja Kneefel
  • Patent number: 10706459
    Abstract: Systems and methods for unlocking selective access for purchasing consumer products through augmented reality are disclosed. A user's mobile device may use augmented reality to capture an image and recognize a target in the image. Upon recognition of a target in the image, the device may overlay a three-dimensional model of a consumer product, and unlock the user access to purchase the consumer product shown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Ron Faris, Jett House, Aaron Uhrmacher
  • Patent number: 10690484
    Abstract: A depth information extracting device according to one embodiment of the present invention comprises a projecting unit that discontinuously projects IR (InfraRed) light of a predetermined pattern; a camera unit that captures images; and a signal processing unit that performs depth information extraction and RGB image information extraction by using the images captured by the camera unit, wherein the signal processing unit extracts depth information by using an image received during a first time interval and extracts RGB image information by using an image received during a second time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Myung Wook Lee, Gi Seok Lee, Sung Ki Jung
  • Patent number: 10691220
    Abstract: The present invention relates to method (1100) for display of information from real world environment on a virtual reality (VR) device (101). In accordance with one embodiment, the method comprises capturing (1101) an event in a real world environment; and presenting (1103) information pertaining to the captured event on a VR enabled display unit (106) without absolute interruption of an ongoing rendering of content on the VR enabled display unit (106), if the event thus captured satisfies at least one predetermined rule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Varun Nigam, Veenu Pandey
  • Patent number: 10674081
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are techniques for camera illuminator control. These techniques can be used in cameras that include an RGBIR (red green blue infrared) camera sensor and two illuminators—one visible light illuminator and one infrared illuminator. The techniques provide timing and control for such cameras for a variety of different camera modes. Particular camera modes may be defined as having different camera mode values for different camera mode parameters. That is, any particular camera mode is defined by a particular camera mode value for each of a set of camera mode parameters. Different parameters include a flash periodicity parameter, a simultaneity parameter, an autoexposure mode parameter, a shutter mode parameter, and a frame drop parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: ADVANCED MICRO DEVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Hui Zhou, Chunrong Zhang, Dapeng Liu
  • Patent number: 10668370
    Abstract: A system that incorporates the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method that determines a pattern for a mouse pad, wherein the mouse pad comprises an electronic paper display and a processor and transmits the pattern to the mouse pad to enable the processor to present the pattern on the electronic paper display. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: STEELSERIES ApS
    Inventor: Keny Chen
  • Patent number: 10659765
    Abstract: The present application provides a three-dimensional (3D) image system, comprising a structural light module, configured to emit a structural light, wherein the structural light module comprises a first light-emitting unit, the first light-emitting unit receives a first pulse signal and emits a first light according to the first pulse signal, a duty cycle of the first pulse signal is less than a specific value, an emission power the first light-emitting unit is greater than a specific power, and the first light has a first wavelength; and a light-sensing pixel array, configured to receive a reflected light corresponding to the structural light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Shenzhen Goodix Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Meng-Ta Yang
  • Patent number: 10638070
    Abstract: Disclosed are image data acquisition methods and systems that utilizes selective temporal co-adding of detector integration samples to construct improved high-resolution output imagery for arrays with selectable line rates. Configurable TDI arrays are used to construct output imagery of various resolutions dependent upon array commanding, the acquisition geometry, and temporal sampling. The image acquisition techniques may be applied to any optical sensor system and to optical systems with multiple sensors at various relative rotations which enable simultaneous image acquisitions of two or more sensors. Acquired image data may be up-sampled onto a multitude of image grids of various resolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Joseph McCorkle, Richard A. Zapor
  • Patent number: 10638071
    Abstract: Disclosed are image data acquisition methods and systems that utilizes selective temporal co-adding of detector integration samples to construct improved high-resolution output imagery for arrays with selectable line rates. Configurable TDI arrays are used to construct output imagery of various resolutions dependent upon array commanding, the acquisition geometry, and temporal sampling. The image acquisition techniques may be applied to any optical sensor system and to optical systems with multiple sensors at various relative rotations which enable simultaneous image acquisitions of two or more sensors. Acquired image data may be up-sampled onto a multitude of image grids of various resolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Joseph McCorkle, Richard A. Zapor
  • Patent number: 10634875
    Abstract: It is possible to (i) cause a sixth lens to more effectively correct various aberrations and (ii) make an optical overall length shorter. A first lens (L1) has positive refractive power. A fifth lens (L5) and a sixth lens (L6) each have negative refractive power. An object-side surface (L1F) of the first lens (L1) is a convex surface. At least one of an object-side surface and an image plane-side surface of each of a second lens (L2), a third lens (L3), a fourth lens (L4), and the fifth lens (L5) is an aspheric surface. An object-side surface (L6F) of the sixth lens (L6) is a concave surface and is an aspheric surface. An image plane-side surface (L6R) of the sixth lens (L6) is an optically planar surface throughout a region corresponding to an effective diameter of the image plane-side surface (L6R) of the sixth lens (L6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignees: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, KANTATSU Co., LTD
    Inventors: Norimichi Shigemitsu, Yoshihito Ishizue, Hisao Fukaya, Kaoru Yamazaki, Shingo Yuza
  • Patent number: 10630884
    Abstract: A camera focusing method, apparatus, and device for a terminal, and relate to the field of electronic device technologies to improve focusing precision of a terminal in a camera focusing process. The method includes obtaining a first confidence and a second confidence, determining a target ranging manner and a target object distance when the first confidence and the second confidence meet a preset condition, and determining a target position in a lens position interval to help a first camera and a second camera complete focusing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Cheng Du, Wei Luo, Xin Guo, Huaiyang Rong, Jin Wu
  • Patent number: 10620425
    Abstract: In a measurement apparatus, a first pupil is capable of transmitting first light of a first wavelength band, and a second pupil is capable of transmitting second light of a second wavelength band. An imaging device includes a plurality of first pixels generating first pixel signals based on third light of a third wavelength band transmitted through a first optical filter that is capable of transmitting the third light. The imaging device further includes a plurality of second pixels generating second pixel signals based on fourth light of a fourth wavelength band transmitted through a second optical filter that is capable of transmitting the fourth light. A light source outputs illumination light including only fifth light of a fifth wavelength band and sixth light of a sixth wavelength band not overlapping the fifth wavelength band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kiyotomi Ogawa, Naoki Yamamoto, Toshiyuki Noguchi
  • Patent number: 10614305
    Abstract: The present subject matter provides a technical solution for various technical problems associated with precision agriculture imagery. One solution to improving precision agriculture imagery includes identification and use of ground control points. A ground control point may include the association of a visible feature in an image of an agricultural field with a geospatial coordinate. A ground control point may be used as a common reference point between two aerial images, thereby improving alignment between the two images during stitching. The ground control points may be generated using planting prescription data or as-planted data, which may include one or more intentionally unplanted regions within an agricultural filed. Multiple aerial images may be stitched together using these ground control points to generate a precisely georeferenced output image, thereby improving the accuracy of the precision agriculture output image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Sentera, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Muehlfeld, Eric Taipale
  • Patent number: 10616517
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes an image sensor including a common sensor element, the common sensor element having a plurality of output systems therefrom, and a signal processing circuit that generates an image signal from outputs of the image sensor, wherein the plurality of output systems individually include a transistor, a capacitor that stores charge in accordance with a current flowing through the sensor element via the transistor, and output circuitry that outputs a sensor signal in accordance with a voltage of the capacitor, wherein the transistors individually allow the current to flow in time periods different with each other, and the signal processing circuit does not use the sensor signals if the sensor signals do not match with each other, and the signal processing circuit uses the sensor signals for generating the image signal if the sensor signals match with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Hironori Nishino, Yasuo Matsumiya
  • Patent number: 10607104
    Abstract: A system and method for processing a daytime IR image to discriminate between solar glints and hotspots, where the latter represent man-made activity. Two spectrally distinct thermal wavelength bands are defined and respective spectral intensities are detected for a corresponding pixel in an image. A figure of merit is calculated as a function of the detected spectral intensities. The calculated figure of merit is compared to a predetermined rule to determine whether the corresponding pixel is a glint or a hotspot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Joseph C. Landry, John J. Coogan
  • Patent number: 10600164
    Abstract: Imaging systems and methods are disclosed that use locally flat scenes to adjust image data. An imaging system includes an array of photodetectors configured to produce an array of intensity values corresponding to light intensity at the photodetectors. The imaging system can be configured to acquire a frame of intensity values, or an image frame, and analyze the image frame to determine if it is locally flat. If the image frame is locally flat, then that image data can be used to determine gradients present in the image frame. An offset mask can be determined from the image data and that offset mask can be used to adjust subsequently acquired image frames to reduce or remove gradients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Seek Thermal, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Lee, William J. Parrish, Andreas Engberg, Ross Williams
  • Patent number: 10598910
    Abstract: A system includes an optical waveguide configured to receive multispectral radiation from a scene, a first optical component and a second optical component. The first optical component is configured to cause a first portion of the multispectral radiation with wavelengths in a first range to exit the optical waveguide at a first position, and a second portion of the multispectral radiation with wavelengths in a second range to travel through the optical waveguide from the first position to a second position via total internal reflection. The second optical component is configured to cause the second portion of the multispectral radiation to exit the optical waveguide at the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Qioptiq Limited
    Inventor: Nicholas Karl Bustin
  • Patent number: 10586319
    Abstract: Systems and methods can be used for analyzing image data to determine an amount of vibration and/or misalignment in an object under analysis. In some instances, as operating equipment heats up during operation, temperature changes of various portions of the operating equipment leads to changes in dimensions of such portions, leading to misalignment. Multiple sets of data representative of the operating equipment in multiple operating conditions can be used to determine an amount of misalignment due to thermal offsets. Hot and cold temperatures of the equipment can be used to calculate thermal growth of various portions of the equipment, which can be used to determine an amount a misalignment due to thermal offsets. Additionally or alternatively, image data representing the equipment can be used to observe changes in alignment between states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Fluke Corporation
    Inventors: Michael D. Stuart, John C. Bernet
  • Patent number: 10587819
    Abstract: A video image processing device uses a plurality of video data captured by a plurality of cameras to generate a wide range video data of the entire celestial sphere having a 360-degree range around an area where the plurality of cameras is installed and to transmit the generated wide range video data of the entire celestial sphere to a video display device. The video display device detects a direction of the video display device as a direction of a sight line of the user, receives the transmitted wide range video data of the entire celestial sphere, segments a predetermined area of video data including a detection result of a sensor from the wide range video data of the entire celestial sphere, adjusts a luminosity of the extracted predetermined area of video data to fall in a certain range of luminosity, and displays the adjusted predetermined area of video data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryoji Ogino, Junya Kuwada, Hiroyasu Makino
  • Patent number: 10587826
    Abstract: A seeker includes a detection array having at least 2500 sensing pixels arranged in rows by row request lines and in columns by column request lines. At least one pixel includes an electromagnetic radiation sensor to trigger the pixel in response to sensing a triggering quantity of electromagnetic radiation, a row request circuit to send a row request after the pixel triggers, and a column request circuit to send a column request after the pixel triggers. The seeker further includes a row receiver to receive the row requests, a column receiver to receive the column requests, and a sequencer to receive, for each triggering pixel, the row of the row request and the column of the column request, and to generate an event including the received row and column of the pixel. The seeker also includes a time stamper to generate a time stamp for the generated event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Stobie, Michael J. Choiniere, R. Daniel McGrath