Camera Connected To Computer Patents (Class 348/207.1)
  • Patent number: 10230886
    Abstract: [Object] To provide an image pickup apparatus suited for self-shooting. [Solving Means] An image pickup apparatus according to an embodiment of the present technology includes a main body and a movable unit. The main body includes a lens tube portion. The movable unit includes a movable portion and a bias portion that biases the movable portion toward the lens tube portion, the movable portion having a relative position with respect to the lens tube portion being variable along an axial direction orthogonal to an optical axis of the lens tube portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasuaki Isonaga
  • Patent number: 10225510
    Abstract: A system, apparatus, and computer program product for monitoring a subject person's environment while the person is isolated from the environment. The system can use a microphone and/or a digital camera or imager to detect and capture sounds, voices, object, symbols, and faces in the subject person's environment, for example. The captured items can be analyzed, identified, and provided in an events log. The subject person can later review the events log to understand what happened while isolated. In various instances, the subject person can select an event from the log and review the underlying detected sounds, voices, object, symbols, and faces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: HARMAN INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRIES, INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Davide Di Censo, Stefan Marti
  • Patent number: 10225452
    Abstract: A communication apparatus capable of controlling an image capture apparatus is disclosed. The communication apparatus receives live image data from an image capture apparatus in which information regarding a predetermined parameter related to a capturing of the live image is added. When the reception of the live image data is restricted, the communication apparatus restricts an instruction to change the value of the predetermined parameter. This enables to prevent the occurrence of a difference between an actual state of the image capture apparatus and a state assumed by a user of the communication apparatus, in a state where a moving image captured by the image capture apparatus is not displayed on the communication apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kozue Kozakura
  • Patent number: 10210644
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus include computer programs encoded on a computer-readable storage medium, including a method for processing images. A structure provides a light sources configured to illuminate a target area. Illumination is controlled in a sequence over a first time period. At a given point in time, light sources are powered to enable illumination of the target area. An image of a target object is captured from a single reference location. The captured image is evaluated including processing the evaluated images on a pixel by pixel basis to produce a single composite image having respective pixel values derived from the evaluated captured images. The target object is 3D scanned to determine height information for a surface of a target on the target area. The height information is used to flatten respective pixels of the composite image. The composite image is provided after the flattening of the respective pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: YesVideo, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew Chung-Kay Choi
  • Patent number: 10205914
    Abstract: Systems and methods for streaming video and/or audio from wireless cameras are provided. Methods may include, at a network camera, receiving an instruction to begin video capture from a first network node, including information identifying a second network node. A first video stream may be sent from the network camera to the first network node, and a second video stream may be simultaneously sent to the second network node. The first and second video streams may be based on common video capture data, and may be sent at different bitrates, different resolutions, different frame-rates, and/or different formats. A parameter of the second video stream may be adjusted in response to performance data received from the second network node or another network node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: John Bateman, Oleg Ostap, Oliver Hoheisel, David Kim, Vijay Karnataki
  • Patent number: 10200643
    Abstract: An apparatus includes an interface and a processor. The interface may be configured to receive a plurality of sensed values from a plurality of sensing elements in a sensor. The processor may be connected to the interface and configured to (i) generate a list of a plurality of bad values among said sensed values and (ii) calculate a unique identification value of the sensor based on the bad values. Each of the bad values generally indicates an improper performance of a corresponding one of the sensing elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Ambarella, Inc.
    Inventors: Luyi Sun, Zhi He
  • Patent number: 10200370
    Abstract: Systems include a service-provider device; and a browser loaded on a first device. To connect the service-provider device with the first device, the browser fetches a device ID from the first device, and sends a request for a service to the service-provider device with the device ID. The service-provider device determines whether the service is allowed to be provided by checking whether the device ID is registered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignees: Canon Information and Imaging Solutions, Inc., Canon U.S.A., Inc.
    Inventors: Kosuke Nakashima, Atsushi Kamasuka, Song Cang, Robert Dellago, Jiayin Peng, Ryutaro Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10198791
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for correcting facial sentiment of digital images. Facial data captured in a target image is analyzed to obtain facial-based sentiment. A favored sentiment is determined based at least in part on the facial-based sentiment. The favored sentiment is then applied to at least one face included in the target image that doesn't reflect the favored sentiment. Analyzing facial data may include detecting facial landmarks that are good indicators of sentiment (e.g., eyes, mouth, eyebrows, jawline, and nose). Such landmarks can be processed, with supervised machine learning, to detect the corresponding facial sentiment. A favored sentiment of the target image is thus identified, and can be applied to one or more non-compliant faces in the target image. In some embodiments, the favored sentiment can be further based on a plurality of additional sentiment indicators, including geo data, text, and/or other images associated with the target image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Adobe Inc.
    Inventors: Srinivasa Madhava Phaneendra Angara, Lance Lewis, Anmol Dhawan
  • Patent number: 10194192
    Abstract: An Internet direct device comprises an imaging system to capture at least one of audio, still images and video images, and a microprocessor. The microprocessor transmits at least one of the captured audio, the captured still images and the captured video images to a website archive and review center and/or another Internet direct device upon image capture over a communications network. The Internet direct device automatically connects to the communications network on power-up using one of a plurality of available modes of connection, which is designated as a primary mode of connection. The Internet direct device automatically switches to another available mode of connection when the communications network is unavailable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: ALEX IS THE BEST, LLC
    Inventor: Frank Clemente
  • Patent number: 10192139
    Abstract: The presently disclosed subject matter includes a tracking system and method which for tracking objects by a sensing unit operable to communicate over a communication link with a control center which enables to execute a command generated at the control center with respect to a selected object in an image captured by the sensing unit, notwithstanding a time-delay between a time when the sensing unit acquires the image with the selected object, to a time when the command is received at the sensing unit with respect to the selected object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: ISRAEL AEROSPACE INDUSTRIES LTD.
    Inventor: Meir Weichselbaum
  • Patent number: 10185816
    Abstract: Described herein are devices and techniques for remotely controlling user access to a restricted computer resource. The process includes obtaining an image from equipment of a user, wherein the image includes an indication of an individual and an indication of a local environment. The individual is identified within the image to obtain an identification of the individual, and the local environment is determined as a predetermined local environment based on the identification of the local environment. Access to a restricted computing resource is facilitated based on the determining that the individual is the user and that the local environment is the predetermined local environment. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Angel Secure Networks, Inc.
    Inventor: Fred Hewitt Smith
  • Patent number: 10178311
    Abstract: A display apparatus and a control method thereof include a display and a camera configured to be provided at an upper portion of the display apparatus to generate an image signal, the camera being movable to an up position or a down position. Also included are a voice sensor configured to receive a voice of a user, a power supply configured to supply electric power to the camera and a controller configured to control the camera to generate the image signal when the camera is in the up position. The controller is also configured to control the camera to disable the generation of the image signal and to output a message indicating that the camera is in the down position, when the camera is in the down position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Young-ick Jang, Se-jun Kim, Chang-yong Kim
  • Patent number: 10178338
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes: a processing unit that processes an image capture signal captured by an image capturing unit; a communication unit that is capable of transmitting the image capture signal captured by the image capturing unit to an external apparatus; and a determination unit that determines whether or not to transmit the image capture signal to the external apparatus, according to a capture setting for the image capturing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sho Kamide, Yasuyuki Motoki, Kunihiro Kuwano, Teppei Okuyama, Takeo Motohashi, Yae Jotaki, Masakazu Sekiguchi
  • Patent number: 10148908
    Abstract: Systems, methods and media for providing modular cameras are provided. In some embodiments, a modular imaging device is provided, comprising: a base module comprising: a user device interface configured to receive signals from a user device; a first magnet; a first plurality of electrical contacts; and one or more circuits that are configured to receive information transmitted to the base module from the user device via the user device interface; and an image sensor module comprising: a second plurality of electrical contacts; a second magnet; a third plurality of electrical contacts; an image sensor; and one or more circuits that are configured to: receive a first control signal; cause the image sensor to capture image data; and transmit the captured image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York
    Inventors: Makoto Odamaki, Shree K. Nayar
  • Patent number: 10148843
    Abstract: A communication apparatus comprises: a communication unit configured to communicate with a recording apparatus having storage medium and capable of accepting an operation on the content data stored in the storage medium via communication; a registration unit configured to register a predetermined recording apparatus; and a control unit configured to perform control for receiving the content data stored in the storage medium, and to control predetermined processing for causing the recording apparatus to delete the content data stored in the storage medium, wherein the control unit, in a case where the recording apparatus is the predetermined recording apparatus registered by the registration unit, performs control so as to perform the predetermined processing for causing the content data stored in the storage medium to be deleted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kaori Ikeda, Eiko Hirose
  • Patent number: 10140015
    Abstract: In an example embodiment, an application is executed on a mobile device, causing generation of application graphical output in an application layer. The application layer is rendered on a touchscreen display. A first gesture of a user is detected, and in response to the first gesture a viewfinder layer is generated, the viewfinder layer containing real-time image data from the embedded camera via a camera service. A composite of the application layer, the viewfinder layer, and a transparency mask is rendered so that a portion of the viewfinder layer is visible and a portion of the application layer is visible on the touchscreen display at the same time. Then a second gesture by the user is detected, and in response to the second gesture, viewfinder data from the viewfinder layer is captured and the viewfinder layer and transparency mask are removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert McCarthy, Anthony Mazzola
  • Patent number: 10136072
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus capable of communicating with an external apparatus via a network includes an image pickup unit, a receiving unit, a control unit, and a transmitting unit. The receiving unit receives, from the external apparatus via the network, a synthesizing command for controlling an operation to synthesize a plurality of images captured by the image pickup unit under different exposure conditions and an exposure setting command for controlling an operation to obtain an image generated under a preset exposure condition. The control unit selectively controls the operations requested by the synthesizing command and the exposure setting command if the synthesizing command and the exposure setting command are received by the receiving unit. The transmitting unit transmits, to the external apparatus via the network, a non-error response to at least one of the received synthesizing command and the received exposure setting command that requests an operation not selectively controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takahiro Iwasaki
  • Patent number: 10122821
    Abstract: Provided is a system that includes circuitry that transmits first image data to a second communication terminal in response to a first request for image transmission from a first communication terminal; transmits second image data to the first communication terminal in response to a second request for image transmission from the second communication terminal; and transmits, in a case that the first request for image transmission and the second request for image transmission are a predetermined combination, third image data corresponding to the predetermined combination to the first communication terminal and the second communication terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: GREE, Inc.
    Inventor: Takashi Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 10114221
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments include a method performed by a handheld mobile device (HMD). The method can include enabling the HMD to capture one or more views spanning 360-degrees including a view facing a user of the HMD, receiving an input by the HMD to view an image of a view of the views spanning 360-degrees, and responsive to another input, toggling from any image of any view of the views spanning 360-degrees to an image of the view facing the user of the HMD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventor: David John Evans, V
  • Patent number: 10108850
    Abstract: A mechanism is described for facilitating recognition, reidentification, and security in machine learning at autonomous machines. A method of embodiments, as described herein, includes facilitating a camera to detect one or more objects within a physical vicinity, the one or more objects including a person, and the physical vicinity including a house, where detecting includes capturing one or more images of one or more portions of a body of the person. The method may further include extracting body features based on the one or more portions of the body, comparing the extracted body features with feature vectors stored at a database, and building a classification model based on the extracted body features over a period of time to facilitate recognition or reidentification of the person independent of facial recognition of the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Barnan Das, Mayuresh M. Varerkar, Narayan Biswal, Stanley J. Baran, Gokcen Cilingir, Nilesh V. Shah, Archie Sharma, Sherine Abdelhak, Praneetha Kotha, Neelay Pandit, John C. Weast, Mike B. Macpherson, Dukhwan Kim, Linda L. Hurd, Abhishek R. Appu, Altug Koker, Joydeep Ray
  • Patent number: 10110765
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus controls a display of an operation screen, receives an operation signal corresponding to first operation content through the operation screen, and performs a process based on the operation signal. The operation signal is generated based on second operation content through a display screen of imaging data which is imaged of the operation screen. The second operation content has operation item positional information and screen identification information. When performing the process, the first operation content is associated with the second operation content based on the operation item positional information and the screen identification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Ryou Sei, Katsutoshi Sawada
  • Patent number: 10089531
    Abstract: A method of operating a mobile terminal includes obtaining at least one image and determining event information that is to be associated with the obtained at least one image. The method also includes storing, in computer memory, the obtained at least one image and information that associates the obtained at least one image with the event information. The method additionally includes detecting an event on the mobile terminal, and determining that the detected event corresponds to the event information. The method further includes displaying, on a display of the mobile terminal and based on the determination that the detected event corresponds to the event information, a first image among the at least one image that has been stored and associated with the event information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Juhyun Lee, Byoungzoo Jeong, Suyoung Lee, Eugene Myung, Nayeoung Kim
  • Patent number: 10089548
    Abstract: An image recognition device includes: a plurality of first charge storage circuits that store signal charges generated by photoelectric conversion sections; a plurality of second charge storage circuits that store signal charges generated by the photoelectric conversion sections; a first charge read circuit section that reads a pixel signal and outputs an image as a first image; a second charge read circuit section that reads a pixel signal and outputs an image as a second image; a read circuit selection section that selects one of the first charge read circuit section and the second charge read circuit section; and a feature amount determination section, wherein the feature amount determination section determines a detection target subject according to a feature amount of a subject in the second image, and whether to perform the determination for a subject in the first image is determined based on the determination result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jun Ando
  • Patent number: 10089534
    Abstract: Various embodiments calculate a score for each frame of a video segment based on various subject-related factors associated with a subject (e.g., face or other object) captured in a frame relative to corresponding factors of the subject in other frames of the video segment. A highest-scoring frame from the video segment can then be extracted based on a comparison of the score of each frame of the video segment with the score of each other frame of the video segment, and the extracted frame can be transcoded as an image for display via a display device. The score calculation, extraction, and transcoding actions are performed automatically and without user intervention, which improves previous approaches that use a primarily manual, tedious, and time consuming approach.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: Abhishek Shah, Sagar Tandon, Andaleeb Fatima
  • Patent number: 10085053
    Abstract: Technologies for dynamically implementing an image protection policy include a camera device with a camera to capture an image of at least one person. The camera device determines a location in the image of at least one person in the image, determines a location of at least one personal computing device, and maps the personal computing devices to the persons captured in the image based on the determined device and image locations. The camera device may broadcast an announcement of the creation of the image to the personal computing devices, negotiate an image protection policy with each of the personal computing devices, and implement the negotiated image protection policy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Tobias M. Kohlenberg, Rita H. Wouhaybi, Mubashir A. Mian, Stanley Mo, Jim S. Baca
  • Patent number: 10078636
    Abstract: A method and system presents a sensory trait to a person for providing a human-sense perceivable representation of an aspect of an event. Information associated with an event can be received which has a first aspect being perceivable by a human via a first human sense at a distance from the event. A second aspect of the event is imperceivable by the human via a second human sense at the distance from the event. A query can be sent to a database for a representation of the first aspect of the event. A response to the query can be received which identifies the representation of the second aspect. The representation of the second aspect can be outputted in a manner that is perceivable by the human via the second human sense, while the human perceives the first aspect via the first human sense at the distance from the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Aleksandr Y. Aravkin, Dimitri Kanevsky, Peter K. Malkin, Tara N. Sainath
  • Patent number: 10075227
    Abstract: A communication system includes a terminal apparatus, an information providing apparatus outputting content data, a wireless communication relay apparatus relaying communication between the terminal apparatus and the information providing apparatus, a wireless apparatus coupled to the terminal apparatus, and a reception apparatus coupled to the information providing apparatus and the wireless apparatus, wherein the terminal apparatus transmits attribute information to the information providing apparatus, the information providing apparatus transmits identification information to the terminal apparatus, the terminal apparatus transmits the identification information to the wireless apparatus, the wireless apparatus transmits the identification information to the reception apparatus, the reception apparatus transmits the identification information to the information providing apparatus, and the information providing apparatus outputs the content data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Yasushi Hara
  • Patent number: 10070050
    Abstract: An image capture device includes a camera lens capturing image data, a microphone receiving a voice command from a user, a network interface, a memory storing a computer program, and a processor configured to execute the computer program. The computer program is configured to identify a target subject and an image capture function based on the voice command and user preference data. The computer program is configured to search a first database for the target subject and search a second database for the target subject, extract a visual representation of the target subject, detect the target subject in an environment viewed through camera lens, and apply the image capture function to the target subject detected in the environment. It is determined if image data is captured by the user and the user preference data is updated based on whether the image data is captured or not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Maira Gatti De Bayser, Maximilien Philippe Marie Arnaud De Bayser
  • Patent number: 10057476
    Abstract: An image capture apparatus is provided with an image capture unit and a communication unit, and is configured to: perform automatic transmission for automatically transmitting an image photographed with the image capture unit to an external device through the communication unit; switch and control a first functional mode for enabling a photography function, and a second functional mode for disabling the photography function and enabling a communication function in relation to image transmission; in a case in which an image is photographed in the first functional mode, record the photographed image as a transmission target image that is targeted for the automatic transmission; and even if the transmission target image is recorded, control the communication unit not to start automatic transmission of the transmission target image to the external device during the first functional mode, and control the communication unit to start automatic transmission of the transmission target image to the external device duri
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hitoshi Tanaka, Taku Koreki, Takashi Onoda, Ai Nakajima, Genki Kumazaki
  • Patent number: 10057439
    Abstract: A system and method for customized multifunction peripherals provides for editing device functions, user interface functions and user interface appearance. A user selects a business type which generates an initial set of device characteristics or user interface layout which includes fixed characteristics and characteristics editable by a user. Available device customizations comprise those compatible with a firmware version of the multifunction peripheral. Fixed characteristics and editable characteristic are automatically registered for operation of the multifunction peripheral.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba TEC Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: William Su
  • Patent number: 10055185
    Abstract: An image display device includes: a projection unit that projects and displays an image onto a screen; a superimposed image drawing unit that generates a superimposed image which is to be displayed to be superimposed on the image; a browser storage unit that stores a browser screen for controlling a display position of the superimposed image from a mobile terminal; a transmission unit that transmits the browser screen to the mobile terminal; a reception unit that receives display position information of the superimposed image obtained by an operation on the browser screen displayed on the mobile terminal; and a control unit that displays the superimposed image, which is generated by the superimposed image drawing unit, so as to be superimposed on the image projected by the projection unit on the basis of the received display position information of the superimposed image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Sadahiko Shimazaki, Toshinori Furuhashi, Ryoichi Yonezawa, Junya Doi
  • Patent number: 10057626
    Abstract: Television broadcast standards are continuously improved and new standards are introduced, often with increased resolution. Many users keep their television set that cannot take advantage of the improvements. However, in a case where a higher resolution video signal is available, additional services can be provided to the users of standard resolution television sets. A method for displaying a video comprises steps of enabling a user to define (71) first view settings, applying (72) the first view settings to a first view of a first video scene, determining (73) a first camera corresponding to the first view, storing (74) the first view settings, after a scene change towards a new scene detecting (76) that the new scene corresponds to the first view, and automatically applying (78) the first view settings for displaying the new scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Malte Borsum, Axel Kochale
  • Patent number: 10051142
    Abstract: Implementations relate to adaptive display of image capacity for an image capture device. In some implementations, a computer-implemented method to display available image capacity for an image capture device includes determining local storage capacity of local storage accessible to the image capture device and determining whether secondary storage is accessible to the image capture device over a network. The method includes determining total storage capacity based at least in part on the determining whether the secondary storage is accessible. The method determines image capture settings of the image capture device, calculates the available image capacity based on the total storage capacity and the image capture settings, and causes the available image capacity to be displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Arneil Villena, Todd Wallace Zabel
  • Patent number: 10049086
    Abstract: A service control system controls access to secured online testing services, such as accredited or standardized tests, examinations in educational courses, tutoring services, and continuing professional development courses or seminars. The secured services may be published by an educational publishing platform and made available to users through online configured browser applications executing on the users' devices. Based on access conditions associated with a secured testing service and the capturing and processing of one or more images, the service control system determines how users are authorized to access the services. When users have been authorized to access a service or a subset of the service, the service may be distributed through the browser applications executing on the users' devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Chegg, Inc.
    Inventors: Vincent Le Chevalier, Charles F. Geiger
  • Patent number: 10043260
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for synthesizing an image and an electronic apparatus using the method are provided. The electronic apparatus includes a memory that stores pictures, a transceiver that communicates with an external server, a display that detects a user interaction, and a processor that reads pictures from the memory. The processor first selects pictures based on a weighted value, determines first attribute information and second attribute information from the first selected pictures, stores the first attribute information and the second attribute information in a database form, second selects at least one picture from among the first selected pictures based on the first attribute information, the second attribute information and user context information, controls the transceiver to receive a product image corresponding to the second selected picture from the external server, and creates a composite image by synthesizing the second selected picture and the product image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun-sung Chung, Sun-hwa Kim, Jae-young Lee, Gi-ppeum Choi, Sun Choi
  • Patent number: 10026231
    Abstract: A system configured for providing views of virtual content in an augmented reality environment may comprise one or more of a light source, an optical element, one or more physical processor, non-transitory electronic storage, and/or other components. The light source may be configured to emit light. The optical element being configured to reflect light emitted from the light source into one or more eyes of a user. The non-transitory electronic storage may be configured to store virtual content information defining virtual content. The virtual content may include one or more of an annular dock, one or more virtual objects, and/or other virtual content. The annular dock may comprise a set of sockets. The annular dock may be configured to simulate removable engagement of individual virtual objects to individual sockets. The light source may be controlled to generate views of the annular dock to be perceived as surrounding the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Meta Company
    Inventors: Meron Gribetz, Rebecca B. Frank
  • Patent number: 10027889
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a backup battery device. The backup battery device includes a housing, a power button, two connecting feed points, a charging interface, an indicator, a battery, a processor, and a voltage-converter. One of the two connection feed point is coupled to the indicator and further coupled to the battery. The battery is further coupled to the charging interface and the processor. The processor is coupled to the voltage-converter. The backup battery device further includes a manual button. When a user wants to charge a camera (which has two camera feed points corresponding to the two connecting feed point), the user connects the camera feed points with the connecting feed points and then presses the manual button. The processor then controls the charging process by enabling the battery to provide power to the camera. After sufficient amount of electricity has been transferred to the camera, the charging process can be stopped so as to protect the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Chengdu CK Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Wen-cai Xu
  • Patent number: 10019788
    Abstract: A computer system may train and use a machine-learning model to quantitatively analyze an image. In particular, the computer system may generate the machine-learning model based on a set of reference images that include content with instances of a quantitative feature attribute and one or more feedback metrics that specify locations of the instances of the quantitative feature attribute in the reference images and numerical values associated with the instances of the quantitative feature attribute. Then, after receiving the image from an electronic device, the computer system may analyze the image using the machine-learning model to perform measurements of one or more additional instances of the quantitative feature attribute in the image. Moreover, the computer system may provide a measurement result for the image, the measurement result including a second numerical value associated with the one or more additional instances of the quantitative feature attribute in the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Inventors: William S Kish, Huayan Wang, Sandip C. Patel, Yui Ming Tsang
  • Patent number: 10015233
    Abstract: Format negotiation for media remoting involves at least one media data format. In an example embodiment, a media format negotiation for playing media data is begun between a server and a client. The media data format is transferred from the server to the client. A notification that indicates if an attempt at the client to construct a media topology responsive to the media data format was a success or a failure is transferred from the client to the server. Whether and/or how the media data is to be transferred from the server to the client may be impacted by the notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Vladimir Stoyanov, Rajneesh Mahajan
  • Patent number: 10009484
    Abstract: There is provided a terminal device. An image acquiring unit acquires a processing apparatus image serving as an image of a data processing apparatus. A display unit displays a request screen used for requesting a data processing apparatus to process data. At least one of processing apparatus images acquired by the image acquiring unit and at least one of data images indicating data that is requested to be processed are displayed on the request screen. In response to an operation of an operator of designating one of the processing apparatus images and one of the data images on the request screen, a request for processing the data indicated by the designated data image is transmitted to the data processing apparatus indicated by the designated processing apparatus image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Daisuke Yasuoka
  • Patent number: 10002361
    Abstract: A server device may receive a series of at least two screen capture representations of a graphical user interface on a client device. A first active window for a first screen capture representation of the series and a second active window for a second screen capture representation of the series may be determined. The first screen capture representation may have been screen captured by the client device at a first time and the second screen capture representation may have been screen captured by the client device at a second time. A first application associated with the first active window and a second application associated with the second active window may be identified, at least one of which may be a pre-determined target application. Based on the identified applications, an activity log for the client device may be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Esquify, Inc.
    Inventors: Drew A. Stern, Rongkai Zhao, Scott Y. Stuart, Christian Auty
  • Patent number: 10001629
    Abstract: There is presented a transparent optical device element (700) comprising an optical lens (744), comprising one or more piezoelectric actuators (206, 208, 210), wherein said optical lens (744) comprises an optical aperture (632), and wherein the optical device element furthermore comprises a passivation layer (312, 314, 742, 628) placed on said optical lens, said passivation layer comprising a barrier layer (312) forming a humidity barrier, and being located on at least a portion of said cover member, where said portion of said cover member is intersected by the optical axis, and on said piezoelectric actuators, and wherein the passivation layer furthermore comprises one or more further layers (628) located on at least said portion of said cover member being intersected by the optical axis, wherein said passivation layer forms an anti-reflection coating for said optical lens (744) at least along the optical axis (634).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: POLIGHT AS
    Inventors: Pierre Craen, John Phair, Nicolas Tallaron
  • Patent number: 9984544
    Abstract: A candidate position selector determines locations for M candidate positions along pathways within an area defining potential routes for moving objects within the area. A coverage rate calculator calculates a coverage rate for a device layout of N media capture devices among the M candidate positions, including calculating the coverage rate as a ratio of the moving objects captured by the N media capture devices in the device layout to a total number of the moving objects in the area within a defined period of time. A layout selector iteratively tests different device layouts of the N media capture devices among the M candidate positions, based on corresponding coverage rates calculated by the coverage rate calculator for each tested device layout, until a termination condition is reached and a final device layout of the tested device layouts is selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Mengjiao Wang, Wen-Syan Li
  • Patent number: 9971741
    Abstract: A service control system controls access to secured online testing services, such as accredited or standardized tests, examinations in educational courses, tutoring services, and continuing professional development courses or seminars. The secured services may be published by an educational publishing platform and made available to users through online configured browser applications executing on the users' devices. Based on access conditions associated with a secured testing service and the capturing and processing of one or more images, the service control system determines how users are authorized to access the services. When users have been authorized to access a service or a subset of the service, the service may be distributed through the browser applications executing on the users' devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Chegg, Inc.
    Inventors: Vincent Le Chevalier, Charles F. Geiger
  • Patent number: 9965061
    Abstract: An input device including an operating portion and a palm rest is provided. The operation portion includes an operating surface for accepting an operating input from a fingertip. The palm rest is positioned forward of the operating surface as viewed from an operator who places a palm on the palm rest. A tangent plane of a palm-resting surface of the palm rest is disposed on a front surface side of the operating surface. A portion of the operating surface that is close to the palm rest is inclined so that the portion of the operating surface becomes closer to the palm-resting surface of the palm rest as the portion of the operating surface is closer to the palm rest, as compared with another portion of the operating surface that is apart from the palm rest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Suzuki, Shigeaki Nishihashi, Shinsuke Hisatsugu
  • Patent number: 9967259
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes analyzing information received from a first network-enabled device to identify instructions for a second network-enabled device associated with a second user of a social-networking system, the first network-enabled device being associated with a first user of the social-networking system. The method also includes determining (1) that the first user is connected to the second user with respect to a social graph of the social-networking system and (2) that the first user has authorization to provide instructions to the second network-enabled device, where the authorization is based on social-networking information. The method further includes providing the instructions to the second network-enabled device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Yael G. Maguire, Damian Kowalewski
  • Patent number: 9961528
    Abstract: Methods and systems for registering detection of electronic devices are provided. First, a first signal is wirelessly received by an electronic device, wherein the first signal is broadcasted by a first electronic device, and the first signal at least includes identification data and specific information corresponding to the first electronic device. The specific information includes motion information of the first electronic device, or specific data generated based on the motion information. Then, a registration process is performed for the first signal by first determining whether the specific information conforms to predefined information. When the specific information conforms to predefined information, the identification data corresponding to the first electronic device is registered. Signals having the registered identification data will be further processed in the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: NOODOE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Chih-Feng Hsu
  • Patent number: 9959459
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein use depth images to extract user behavior, wherein each depth image specifies that a plurality of pixels correspond to a user. In certain embodiments, one or more average extremity positions of a user, which can also be referred to as average positions of extremity blobs, are extracted from a depth image. An application is then updated based on the average positions of extremity blobs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Hoof, Anis Ahmad, Daniel Kennett
  • Patent number: 9961567
    Abstract: A wireless communication device according to the present invention includes a storage unit, a delivery unit, and a control unit. The storage unit holds identification information indicating the wireless communication device, and related information related to the identification information. The delivery unit delivers the identification information and the related information in such a manner that the identification information and the related information are included in a wireless beacon. The control unit establishes a wireless communication upon acquisition of a connection request signal based on the delivered identification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: NEC PLATFORMS, LTD.
    Inventor: Kensuke Sato
  • Patent number: 9958264
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a system and/or method may include assessing surface cleanliness. In some embodiments, the system may include a dispensing device. The dispensing device may dispense, during use, a liquid on a surface forming a drop. In some embodiments, the system may include a stage. The stage may support, during use, a digital imaging device above the drop positioned on the surface. In some embodiments, the system may include a light emitter. The light emitter may emit, during use, a beam of light substantially parallel to the surface at the drop. In some embodiments, the system may include an adjustable support coupled to the stage. The adjustable support may adjust, during use, an angle of the stage relative to the surface. In some embodiments, the system is configured to determine a contact angle of the drop relative to the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Sam Houston State University
    Inventor: Darren L. Williams