Camera Connected To Computer Patents (Class 348/207.1)
  • Patent number: 9756278
    Abstract: An image processing system includes an image capturing apparatus and an image processing apparatus to perform development processing of RAW images captured by the image capturing apparatus. The image capturing apparatus includes a first development unit configured to develop a piece of RAW image data, a recording unit configured to record the piece of first developed image data, and an image display unit. The image processing apparatus includes a second development unit configured to develop the piece of RAW image data received from the image capturing apparatus and an access information transmitting unit configured to transmit a piece of access information for the obtained piece of second developed image data. The image capturing apparatus controls display of an image to be played and displayed on the display unit based on the piece of access information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tetsuya Hata, Jun Makino
  • Patent number: 9747519
    Abstract: Examples are disclosed herein that relate to classifying ambiguous data in an image. One example provides, on a computing device, a method of processing image data, the method comprising defining a contiguous area of ambiguous data in an image, determining a border surrounding the contiguous area, classifying the contiguous area as dark or far based on a characteristic of one or more pixels of the border, and for the classified contiguous area, processing one or more pixels of the contiguous area differently if the contiguous area is classified as far than if the contiguous area is classified as dark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventor: Michael John Schoenberg
  • Patent number: 9740929
    Abstract: The technology of the present disclosure includes computer-implemented methods, computer program products, and systems to filter images before transmitting to a system for optical character recognition (“OCR”). A user computing device obtains a first image of the card from the digital scan of a physical card and analyzes features of the first image, the analysis being sufficient to determine if the first image is likely to be usable by an OCR algorithm. If the user computing device determines that the first image is likely to be usable, then the first image is transmitted to an OCR system associated with the OCR algorithm. Upon a determination that the first image is unlikely to be usable, a second image of the card from the digital scan of the physical card is analyzed. The optical character recognition system performs an optical character recognition algorithm on the filtered card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Xiaohang Wang, Alessandro Bissacco, Glenn Merlind Berntson, Marria Nazif, Justin Scheiner, Sam Shih, Mark Leslie Snyder, Daniel Talavera
  • Patent number: 9740846
    Abstract: Described herein are devices and techniques for remotely controlling user access to a restricted computer resource. The process includes obtaining an image from a communication device of a user. An individual and a landmark are identified within the image. Determinations are made that the individual is the user and that the landmark is a predetermined landmark. Access to a restricted computing resource is granted based on the determining that the individual is the user and that the landmark is the predetermined landmark. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: ANGEL SECURE NETWORKS, INC.
    Inventor: Fred Hewitt Smith
  • Patent number: 9743248
    Abstract: Systems and methods for sharing media over a network. The system includes an event server running an event application and configured to store event data and communicate with computing devices over a network. Events are defined based on a geolocation and a time period. Computing devices run a client application configured to send media, geolocations, authentication keys and timestamps over the network. The event server determines whether a computing device matches the event parameters, and if so, associates the computing device with the event. Associated computing devices are then able to access all media associated with the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Prem Venkatesan, Ronen Erlich, Sriram Sampathkumaran, Takaaki Ota, Lucas Eberle, Maximilien Takano
  • Patent number: 9736371
    Abstract: The present invention is concerning to an image management system that communicates with a first communication terminal via a communication network, the image management system comprising: an image storage unit configured to store image data; a receiving unit configured to receive, from the first communication terminal, link information that includes image identification information for identifying the image data and includes predetermined-area information that indicates a predetermined area in the image data; and a transmitting unit configured to transmit, to the first communication terminal, the image data that is indicated by the image identification information included in the link information received by the receiving unit and the predetermined-area information included in the link information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Satoshi Taneichi, Takeshi Ito, Masanori Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9736401
    Abstract: An infrared photographing device and infrared photographing method in the invention relate to an infrared photographing device and an application field of infrared imaging detection. According to an infrared photographing device in the prior art, the objects to be photographed are selected according to subjective experience of users, with lower efficiency and omissions. According to the infrared photographing device and infrared photographing method in the invention, based on the stored object information, the object information and the sequence related to the object to be photographed is determined. Then, the special object information is designated, and the object instructing information acquired according to the special object information is displayed specially, using as the information instruction of the object to be photographed at present. When the switch instruction is sent, the designated special object information is switched according to the sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: MISSION INFRARED ELECTRO OPTICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventor: Hao Wang
  • Patent number: 9729732
    Abstract: A transmission apparatus transmits second metadata when it receives a second acquisition request of metadata (e.g., playlist) after the transmission apparatus has received a first acquisition request of the metadata. Segment data indicated by the second metadata to be acquirable by a reception apparatus includes not segment data already transmitted to the reception apparatus but segment data yet to be transmitted to the reception apparatus among segment data indicated by first metadata transmitted in response to the first acquisition request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ryo Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9716880
    Abstract: An image calibrating method for stitching images includes calculating contrast values of a plurality of images, and comparing the contrast values to set the image with maximal contrast value as a reference image; others of the plurality of images are set as target images. The image calibrating method further includes calculating cumulative distribution functions of the reference image and the target images respectively, and obtaining a transform function according to the cumulative distribution functions of the reference image and the target images for pixel adjustment of the target images. Further, a camera with an image calibrating function and a related image processing system are disclosed in the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: VIVOTEK INC.
    Inventors: Szu-Han Chen, Pei-Hsien Lin
  • Patent number: 9712754
    Abstract: A system and a method for object selective camera flash are provided herein. The steps of the method may include: capturing a raw image of a scene using a capturing device, wherein a scene comprises background and objects viewed by the capturing device; indicating at least one location on the captured raw image, wherein the location on the captured image corresponds with a location in the scene; calculating a volume portion within the scene based on the indicated at least one location on the captured raw image; generating a flash pulse having specified parameters directed at the scene; synchronizing an exposure of the capturing device to be carried out when reflections of the flash pulse from the calculated volume portion reaches the capturing device; and accumulating the reflections to yield an enhanced image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: BRIGHTWAY VISION LTD.
    Inventors: Yoav Grauer, Ofer David, Eyal Levi
  • Patent number: 9692956
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes: an imaging unit that generates image data; a feature information generation unit that generates feature information smaller in data amount than the image data, the feature information indicating features of a subject image included in an image corresponding to the image data; an imaging-side first and second communication units; a communication status determination unit that determines the status of communication between an external communication device and the imaging-side first communication unit; and an imaging-side communication control unit that transmits the feature information to the communication device via the imaging-side second communication unit when the status of communication between the communication device and the imaging-side first communication unit is not favorable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Akinobu Sato, Keito Fukushima, Saori Matsumoto, Koji Sakai, Yoshihiro Yokomae, Hiroki Amino, Tsuyoshi Yaji, Osamu Nonaka
  • Patent number: 9686460
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides techniques for enabling a metadata storage subsystem. A directory of available metadata is created, and the metadata is stored in various system data stores. The metadata is retrieved as requested by a host device, and the metadata is transferred to the host device. Additionally, the metadata is executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Brent Chartrand
  • Patent number: 9681021
    Abstract: Terminating a wireless connection is simplified. A printer has a print unit configured to print on a recording medium; a wireless communication unit configured to connect wirelessly and communicate wirelessly with an external device; and a control unit configured to control the print unit based on print data received from the external device, and execute a communication termination process to terminate the wireless connection when a command instructing terminating the wireless connection is received from the external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroki Abe
  • Patent number: 9674377
    Abstract: A system and method for distributing at least one digital photographic image is presented, the system and method comprising at least one capturing device and at least one receiving device disposed in a communicative relation with one another via at least one wireless network. In particular, the capturing device is structured to capture the at least one digital photographic image via, for example, a capture assembly, whereas the receiving device is cooperatively structured to receive the digital photographic image via, for example, the at least one wireless network. In addition, the capturing device(s) and receiving device(s) may be disposed in a selectively paired relationship via one or more common pre-defined pairing criteria. Further, the at least one digital photographic image may be filtered via at least one pre-defined transfer criteria disposed on the capturing device and/or receiving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventor: Leigh M. Rothschild
  • Patent number: 9674396
    Abstract: Enhancing image quality of an initial full image of a document includes subdividing the initial full image of the document into a number of segments, directing a user to take photographs with a smartphone to provide a separate segment image for each of the segments by presenting on a screen of the smartphone a view of the document having lines superimposed thereon corresponding to the segments, and merging the separate segment images to provide an enhanced full image. The number of segments may depend upon a size of text in the initial full image and a desired height of text in the enhanced full image. The initial full image may be provided by a photograph taken by the user with the smartphone. The view of the document having lines superimposed thereon corresponding to the segments may provide a target to the user for photographing the segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: EVERNOTE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Alexander Pashintsev, Boris Gorbatov, Leonid Kitainik
  • Patent number: 9665627
    Abstract: The invention concerns a device for multimedia data retrieval. The multimedia data is associated with an active component. The device for multimedia retrieval being characterized in that, depending on an external event, some of the active components trigger an action that make the user aware of the multimedia data associated with said active components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: THOMSON LICENSING DTV
    Inventors: Jürgen Stauder, Izabela Grasland, Joel Sirot
  • Patent number: 9667473
    Abstract: One or more embodiments identify server management actions for resolving problems associated with one or more nodes in information technology infrastructure. In one embodiment, a node-ticket record for an information processing node associated with at least one problem ticket is generated. A set of node-ticket clusters is queried based on the node-ticket record. Each of the set of node-ticket clusters maps a set of server management actions to set of historical node-ticket records associated with the node-ticket cluster. The set of server management actions was previously performed to resolve at least one operational problem associated with at least one information processing node. At least one set of server management actions associated with at least one of the set of node-ticket clusters corresponding to the node-ticket record within a given threshold is identified based on the querying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Nikolaos Anerousis, Anuradha Bhamidipaty, Shang Q. Guo, Suman K. Pathapati, Daniela Rosu, Mitesh H. Vasa, Anubha Verma, Frederick Wu, Sai Zeng
  • Patent number: 9667849
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides techniques for enabling a metadata storage subsystem. A directory of available metadata is created, and the metadata is stored in various system data stores. The metadata is retrieved as requested by a host device, and the metadata is transferred to the host device. Additionally, the metadata is executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Brent Chartrand
  • Patent number: 9660821
    Abstract: A system for distributing digital content obtained from a variety of sources in a variety of formats is described that utilizes a content distribution system configured to receive and store the content files, convert the content file both into a standardized format file and into a thumbnail file, and associate the content with one or more tags that can signify characteristics or relevant facts about the content file. Users of the system select one or more tags on their remote devices in order that the content distribution system automatically transmit to the remote device thumbnail images of those content files that match the selected tags. Users can then select the thumbnail image in order to cause the system to transmit to the remote device the standardized format version of the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Pushfor, Ltd.
    Inventor: John Safa
  • Patent number: 9661281
    Abstract: A camera device for use in a storage unit includes a case configured to be detachably installable inside the storage unit to a holder unit configured to hold the case inside the storage unit, an image capturing element provided inside the case and configured to capture an image inside the storage unit where the case is installed, an image capture window provided on a first surface portion of the case and configured for capturing the image inside the storage unit by the image capturing element, and a preventing element configured to prevent the case from being attached to the holder unit in an orientation other than a predetermined orientation. The image capture window is configured for capturing image inside the storage unit by the image capturing element. The holder unit holds the case inside the storage unit. The image capturing element captures the image inside the storage unit with the case being installed in the predetermined orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: TOSHIBA LIFESTYLE PRODUCTS & SERVICES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hirokazu Izawa, Kazuhiro Furuta, Yuuki Marutani, Kota Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9641908
    Abstract: A method and system for transferring real-time audio/video stream (AVS) is provided. The method for transferring real-time AVS includes the following steps of: first, receiving a real-time AVS by a server; transforming the real-time AVS into a fragmented media data (FMD) and storing the FMD in a storage module of the server, wherein the FMD comprises a starting-point, an overall fragment information and at least one media fragment (MF); next, generating a segmented media data (SMD) by encapsulating the FMD when the server receives a playback command. The step of generating the SMD comprises encapsulating the starting-point and the overall fragment information into an initial segment information of the SMD. Each playable segment of the SMD has multiple MFs and a segment index recording segment order to indicate each MF. The final step is to transfer the SMD to browser software for playback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: YUAN ZE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Chi-Fang Lin, Hao-Ting Wei, Yang-Cheng Chang
  • Patent number: 9635430
    Abstract: In the case of receiving a request for list display of a plurality of images from a communication apparatus, an imaging apparatus acquires image data of a plurality of images recorded in a recording medium and analyzes a shooting mode or a relationship of each of the plurality of images with one or more other images referring to supplementary information such as Exif tag information of the image. In the case of determining that there are images taken in a continuous shooting mode or processed images acquired by performing copy or special processing, the imaging apparatus transmits an icon image for thumbnail for distinguishing the images to the communication apparatus via a predetermined wireless communication line. The communication apparatus receives image data of icon images for thumbnail transmitted by the imaging apparatus and list displays the received image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shoichi Nagatomo
  • Patent number: 9635273
    Abstract: One embodiment relates to a method of outputting multiple views from a networked camera. Each imager of an array of imagers in the camera captures image frames and transmits the captured image frames to an associated image flow processor. Each image flow processor processes the captured image frames and transmits the processed image frames to a multi-imager video processor. An updating of parameters for said processing by each image flow processor is performed on a frame-by-frame basis. Another embodiment relates to a video camera including a plurality of imagers, a plurality of image flow processors, a multi-imager video processor, and a plurality of update queues. Other embodiments and features are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: ALTIA SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Atif M. Sarwari, Naveed Alam, Khurshed Mazhar
  • Patent number: 9627006
    Abstract: Provided are a content information display method and apparatus. The method includes: receiving a content file list; receiving additional information having a same property from among additional information on each of content files included in the content file list; generating a graph representing a degree of the property by comparing the received additional information on each content file with additional information on another content file; and displaying the graph and the content file list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jung-kun Lee, Young-mi Kang, Hye-rin Kim, Ju-il Um, Young-shil Jang
  • Patent number: 9615393
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus, for communicating with a communication device using a first wireless communication protocol and a second wireless communication protocol, includes a first wireless communication unit configured to use the first wireless communication protocol and configured to receive information, relating to a start-up state of the communication device, from the communication device using the first wireless communication protocol, a second wireless communication unit configured to use the second wireless communication protocol, and a control unit configured to control a sequence for establishing connection, using the second wireless communication unit and the second wireless communication protocol, with the communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shunji Fujita
  • Patent number: 9609219
    Abstract: A camera lens element is suspended on a support structure by balls that allow movement of the camera lens elementorthogonal to the optical axis and plural flexures connected between the support structure and the camera lens element to bias them against the balls while permitting said movement of the camera lens elementorthogonal to the optical axis. Lateral movement is driven by a lateral actuation arrangement comprising plural SMA actuator wires. The flexures provide a lateral biasing force that biases the camera lens element towards a central position. An electrical connection is made through the flexures from the support structure to the camera lens element. The flexures may be connected to laminated structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: CAMBRIDGE MECHATRONICS LIMITED
    Inventors: James Howarth, Andrew Benjamin David Brown
  • Patent number: 9602740
    Abstract: An example information processing apparatus includes: an image acquiring unit that acquires a captured image of a real space; a feature detecting unit that detects a feature from the captured image; a determining unit that determines a virtual object, or, a virtual object and an aspect of the virtual object while changing the same in accordance with a condition of imaging device for the captured image; an image generating unit that generates an image of a virtual space in which the determined virtual object or the virtual object in the determined aspect is placed on a basis of the feature; and a display controlling unit that displays an image on a display device such that the image of the virtual space is visually recognized by a user while being superimposed on the real space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takeshi Hayakawa
  • Patent number: 9596443
    Abstract: Methods and systems for providing depth data and image data to an application processor on a mobile device are described. An example method involves receiving image data from at least one camera of the mobile device and receiving depth data from a depth processor of the mobile device. The method further involves generating a digital image that includes at least the image data and the depth data. The depth data may be embedded in pixels of the digital image, for instance. Further, the method then involves providing the digital image to an application processor of the mobile device using a camera bus interface. Thus, the depth data and the image data may be provided to the application processor in a single data structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: James Fung, Johnny Lee
  • Patent number: 9582873
    Abstract: Active imaging systems for plant growth monitoring acquire images in which each pixel represents an absolute NDVI value obtained with active illumination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Trimble Inc.
    Inventor: Morrison Ulman
  • Patent number: 9582158
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments provide a computer implemented method and computer program product for efficient usage of screen real estate, and an electronic device configured to execute the computer program product, by controlling the display of GUI objects on a display screen of an electronic device. This controlled display further comprises identifying a user-selected part of an original GUI object that is associated with an application program, in response to detection of a predefined user interaction with the original GUI object. A new representative GUI object is then created and displayed on screen, and this new object comprises a visual representation of the selected part of the first GUI object. This second GUI object automatically replaces the first GUI object on the display screen. Subsequent user interactions with the second GUI object are mapped to instructions to the application program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kyle E. Hayes, Christopher Monahan, Thomas L. Roach, Domanic N. Smith-Jones, Joseph R. Winchester
  • Patent number: 9578189
    Abstract: A communication apparatus includes a conversion unit configured to convert data, an estimation unit configured to estimate a size after conversion of the data by the conversion unit before the conversion unit converts the data, and a notification unit configured to notify another communication apparatus of the size estimated by the estimation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tomoki Hiramatsu
  • Patent number: 9578202
    Abstract: A communication apparatus is connected to an external apparatus in a connection mode selected from a plurality of connection modes including a first connection mode in which an external apparatus is connected in accordance with a predetermined operation on the communication apparatus and a second connection mode in which an external apparatus is connected in accordance with an operation whose operation amount is smaller than the predetermined operation. The communication apparatus has a plurality of operation modes to select at least one of contents saved in a recording medium. When connecting the external apparatus in the second connection mode, an operation mode in which the contents are selected based on the operation on the external apparatus is selected out of the plurality of operation modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Jun Matsuda
  • Patent number: 9571752
    Abstract: There is provided a display control apparatus including a predicted-image generation unit configured to generate a predicted image of an imaging result based on a shutter speed, and a display control unit configured to update display of the predicted image in an update cycle corresponding to the shutter speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takao Morita
  • Patent number: 9563982
    Abstract: An image generating device includes a background image acquirer that acquires an image of a background on which an image of an object is to be superimposed, a color extractor that extracts a color about one or a plurality of places in the image of the background, and a light source decider that decides the color of light output by a light source that illuminates the object based on the color extracted about the one or plurality of places. The image generating device further includes a drawing section that draws the image of the object based on the decided color of the light of the light source and an output image generator that generates an output image obtained by superimposing the image of the object on the image of the background.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Yoshikatsu Kanemaru, Fumiteru Sato, Yuichi Nishizawa
  • Patent number: 9565359
    Abstract: A mobile communications device includes a display, one or more sources comprising at least one microphone and at least one camera, a wireless communications module, a main processor, and a secured processor inaccessible by the main processor. A housing supports components of the device and is configured for hand-held manipulation. A shutter is supported by the housing, and comprises a lens shutter situated within the housing and configured to obscure a lens of the at least one camera when activated. A user actuatable switch is coupled to at least the one or more sources, the main processor, the secured processor, and the shutter. The switch is configured to selectively activate and deactivate the lens shutter. The switch is also configured to divert signals produced by the sources away from the main processor when activated, and couple signals produced by the sources to the main processor when deactivated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: VYSK COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Waleed Sami Haddad, Victor E. Cocchia
  • Patent number: 9565351
    Abstract: A remote imaging method includes: continuously imaging a person having an operating terminal in an imaging spot by a camera; obtaining a display content displayed on a screen of the operating terminal during the continuous imaging; determining whether or not the operating terminal has imaging authority with the camera using the obtained display content; and sending a specified timing image taken by the camera at imaging timing specified by the operating terminal determined to have the imaging authority to the operating terminal. The determining further includes assessing whether the obtained display content and temporal transition of the obtained display content make a predetermined pattern is carried out, and when an assessment result is positive, the determining determines that the operating terminal has the imaging authority, and the predetermined pattern is to display each authentication image on the display of the operating terminal for display time predefined in an order predefined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuhiko Yamashita
  • Patent number: 9553968
    Abstract: A method for a mobile terminal to record information, including: detecting an acceleration of the mobile terminal; determining whether the detected acceleration is higher than or equal to a preset acceleration threshold; and initiating a recording function of the mobile terminal to record information if it is determined that the detected acceleration is higher than or equal to the preset acceleration threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Xiaomi Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaohua Liu, Zhen Chen, Dongliang Chen
  • Patent number: 9542974
    Abstract: Provided is a video management apparatus and a method for event recording using the same, which are capable of reducing loss of video data in an event recording. The video management apparatus performs an event recording in cooperation with a network camera to transmit a first frame with basic information of video data and a plurality of second frames with changed information of the video data. The video management apparatus includes a buffer unit to store the first and the plurality of second frames, and eliminate the stored frames according to an external control signal. The video management apparatus further includes an event recording unit to save the first frame and at least one of the second frames stored in the buffer unit, and when detecting an occurrence of events, and frames transmitted from the network camera after the detection of the occurrence of events on a storage medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: IDIS Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hee Lock Jung, Jin Hui Park, Jai Min Jung
  • Patent number: 9538071
    Abstract: In an electronic apparatus having a photographing function and a method of controlling the same, a qualitative description and a quantitative setting link with each other flexibly so as to provide a mixed linkage guide so that the qualitative description and the quantitative setting may be reused, and a qualitative description and a quantitative setting which will be added later may link with each other freely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Su-kyung Kim, Jin-pyo Gwak, Hyun-ock Yim, Won-hyung Cho, Dae-hong Ki, Sung-ho Kim, Jin-ha Kim
  • Patent number: 9538058
    Abstract: The imaging device has a display section, an imaging section configured to generate an image of an object, an operation section configured to accept an operation, and a record control section. The record control section starts recording of video image data based on the generated image after a predetermined operation through the operation section is accepted and a predetermined period of time passes thereafter. Until the operation section accepts the predetermined operation, the display section displays a first mark in a first form. Until the predetermined period of time passes after acceptance of user operation thorough the operation section, the display section displays the first mark in a second form. After the predetermined period of time passes, the display section displays a second mark different from the first mark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazumasa Tabata, Hiroyuki Kamezawa
  • Patent number: 9524333
    Abstract: There is provided a network system in which image data items are uploaded from a plurality of user terminals to a server and images are opened to public among the users. The system includes a category division unit configured to divide the works classified into the categories into a first group of works with each of which the counted browse request number of times is greater than or equal to a predetermined number, and a second group of works other than the works in the first group, and classify one of the first and second groups of the divided works as another category different from the categories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshiharu Houjou
  • Patent number: 9525867
    Abstract: Embodiments of a method for performing image analysis include accessing a digital image of a subject, the digital image comprising a portion of a target substrate of the subject, the digital image comprising a portion of a calibration device; detecting a position of the calibration device by searching the digital image for a predetermined background color; detecting a plurality of color chips on the calibration device; mapping a position of the plurality of color chips on the digital image, each of the plurality of color chips comprising a predetermined chip color; comparing at least a portion of the plurality of color chips with a predetermined color standard; and altering the digital image, based on the comparison, to provide consistent image parameters with other images of the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Canfield Scientific, Incorporated
    Inventors: Mani V. Thomas, William Paul Halas, Daniel Gregory Cherill
  • Patent number: 9516218
    Abstract: A user captures images on a user computing device. The user signs in to an application, which transmits the user's images to an account management system, which recognizes objects within the images and assigns one or more object categories to the images and recognizes multiple images comprising objects in a common object category. After receiving user consent, the application groups the images on the user computing device according to object category. The user computing device captures an image of another object. The application transmits the image to the account management system, which detects objects within the image, identifies the object category, and saves the image to the corresponding object category group on the user computing device. After receiving user consent, the account management system finds information for each image in the object category group of images and transmits the information to the user computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventor: Maryam Tohidi
  • Patent number: 9503637
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes an image processing unit that calculates two types of image data from one image data and outputs the calculated image data, a data combination unit that combines the two type of data supplied from the image processing unit and outputs the combined data to one terminal, an output buffer that adjusts an output timing of the combined data according to an instruction supplied from bus arbitration means for arbitrating a bus, and a data distribution unit that outputs the combined data output from the output buffer to the bus in a form of the combined data, or distributes the combined data and outputs the distributed data to the bus according to an external combination distribution instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Renesas Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Hamasaki, Atsushi Nakamura, Manabu Koike, Hideaki Kido, Nobuyasu Kanekawa
  • Patent number: 9485420
    Abstract: An image capture system and method wherein an image capture device has a plurality of virtual image capture devices and is configured to capture images according to a selected virtual image capture device. The selection of virtual image capture devices may vary with time, the number of images taken, or the occurrence of certain events. Images may be communicated over a data link to one or more processors, which may display the images to users. Users may add, edit or delete profiles, causing corresponding changes to virtual imaging devices. Virtual image capture devices may communicate with each other and may be configured to capture images based on analysis of images taken by other virtual capture devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Point Grey Research Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Ray Murray, Vladimir Tucakov, Michael Charles Park
  • Patent number: 9477093
    Abstract: A lens drive apparatus that displaces a lens holder in a direction of an optical axis and a direction orthogonal to the optical axis comprises: a drive section that displaces an assembly, which is formed by assembling a lens holder displaceable in the direction of the optical axis together with a plurality of magnets disposed around the lens holder, in the direction orthogonal to the optical axis by the plurality of magnets and a plurality of coils disposed at positions facing the magnets in collaboration with each other; and a Hall device that is disposed between any two of the plurality of coils and detects a position of any one of the plurality of magnets in the direction orthogonal to the optical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: MITSUMI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akihiro Moriya, Masayoshi Sugawara
  • Patent number: 9478008
    Abstract: Images captured by multi-camera arrays with overlap regions can be stitched together using image stitching operations. An image stitching operation can be selected for use in stitching images based on a number of factors. An image stitching operation can be selected based on a view window location of a user viewing the images to be stitched together. An image stitching operation can also be selected based on a type, priority, or depth of image features located within an overlap region. Finally, an image stitching operation can be selected based on a likelihood that a particular image stitching operation will produce visible artifacts. Once a stitching operation is selected, the images corresponding to the overlap region can be stitched using the stitching operation, and the stitched image can be stored for subsequent access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Balineedu Chowdary Adsumilli, Scott Patrick Campbell, Timothy Macmillan
  • Patent number: 9473750
    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: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: ALEX IS THE BEST, LLC
    Inventor: Frank Clemente
  • Patent number: 9466130
    Abstract: A method of enhancing an image includes displaying an image, receiving eye-tracking information associated with the displayed image, and identifying a region of interest in the displayed image using the eye tracking information. The method further includes enhancing the region of interest and displaying the enhanced region of interest adjacent to or superimposed upon an unenhanced region of the displayed image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventor: Lawrence Scarff
  • Patent number: 9451432
    Abstract: An input/output system interconnects a mobile terminal, a cooperative processing apparatus, and a plurality of electronic devices, and is configured to implement a cooperative process of prompting an electronic device corresponding to an input apparatus to input electronic data and prompting an electronic device corresponding to an output apparatus to output the input electronic data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Masaki Arai