Camera, System And Detail Patents (Class 348/207.99)
  • Patent number: 11375109
    Abstract: A method for maintaining peak intensity frames is provided. The method includes receiving a plurality of frames, each of which has an associated frame intensity, from a camera sensor; selecting a preview frame and a previous preview frame from among the plurality of frames; performing a coarse phase detection based on a frame intensity of the previous preview frame and the preview frame to identify a trend of frame intensity; monitoring a plurality of transitional preview frames after the preview frame; detecting at least one transitional frame having a frame intensity less than a previous transitional frame; and selecting a next transitional frame as a succeeding preview frame after the preview frame based on a frame intensity of the at least one transitional frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Rahul Sharma, Yovan Sethi, Anamika Sharma, Amar Kumar
  • Patent number: 11368651
    Abstract: A device includes a housing having a top, a bottom opposite the top, a front, and a back opposite the front. One or more microphones are oriented substantially towards the top. A first camera, a display, a loudspeaker, and an emitter are oriented substantially towards the front. A second camera, a projector, and a sensor are oriented substantially towards the bottom. The second camera and the sensor may include field of views that at least partially overlap with a projection area of the projector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Rahul Gupta, Oszkar Tiberius Bajko, Kristina Perez de Tagle, Hung-Bing Tan, Mona Mayeh, Martin Peter Aalund, Sudarshan Rangaraj, Arivazhagan Chandrashekaran, Pierre Della Nave
  • Patent number: 11367220
    Abstract: A method and system for calibrating a lens. The method includes defining a plurality of omni-symmetrical regions within the lens, determining one or more localized lens parameters associated with each of the plurality of omni-symmetrical regions, and defining a localized set of calibration parameters for each of the plurality of omni-symmetrical region. The localized set of calibration parameters may then be employed in a computational image application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Edge 3 Technologies
    Inventors: Tarek El Dokor, Jordan Cluster
  • Patent number: 11348265
    Abstract: A method and system for creating a point cloud are disclosed. A first image is captured by a first camera sensor and a second image is captured by a second camera sensor. The first and the second image have an area of overlap. Location of the first camera relative to the second camera is predetermined and each of the first and the second camera is having a field of view of more than 180 degrees. Based on the area of overlap, the first and the second image are stitched to create a composite stitched image. In one aspect, depth information from the area of overlap is extracted based on the predetermined location and a point cloud is created from otherwise to be discarded image data in the area of overlap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Simon Saito Haagen Nielsen, John Christopher Collins, Allan Joseph Evans, Graham Shaw, Vikas Gupta
  • Patent number: 11350138
    Abstract: JavaScript in a Multiview template adjusts playout of two AV streams of the same event from two buffers such that the two streams are synchronized on a display. The playout from one buffer is adjusted based on an observed difference between actual playout times of frames from the respective buffers with the same timestamps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Steven Richman, Tanmay Agnihotri, Graham Clift
  • Patent number: 11313720
    Abstract: This invention relates to a system and method to improve the signal to noise ratio (SNR) of optical spectrometers that are limited by nonrandom or fixed pattern noise. A signal from a sample is collected using a short test exposure, a total observation time to maximize SNR is calculated, and the total observation time is achieved by averaging multiple exposures whose time is selected based on the time dependent noise structure of the detector. Moreover, with a priori knowledge of the time dependent noise structure of the spectrometer, this method is easily automatable and can maximize SNR for a spectrum of an unknown compound without any user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Rigaku Raman Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Roy, Jason Booth, Claude Robotham, Federico Izzia
  • Patent number: 11284035
    Abstract: Provided is a data transmission system including analog image frame buffer, line analog-to-digital converter, line buffer memory, and an interface. First, the analog image frame buffer stores the image data lines generated from the image sensor as analog signals, and then the line analog digital converter which is electrically connected to the analog image frame buffer converts the image data lines from analog signals to digital signals. Then, the image data lines converted into digital signals are stored in one of the line buffer memories. Then, according to the user's needs, the image data line of the digital signal is temporarily stored in another line buffer memory. Finally, according to the instructions of the master device, the interface outputs the image data lines of digital signals according to the conversion order of the line analog to digital converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Guangzhou Tyrafos Semiconductor Tech. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ping-Hung Yin, Jia-Shyang Wang, Pei-Ting Tsai
  • Patent number: 11275722
    Abstract: An indexing system indexes data entries in a database and processes queries of the database. The indexing system generates a key database storing keys that each represent a vector of a relative attribute between two data entries. For instance, a temporal distance indicates a relative time between timestamps of events represented by the two data entries. In other embodiments, relative attributes may be based on physical proximity, altitude, semantics, etc. The indexing system may also generate a key space database to enable efficient lookup of events associated with a target entity for indexing new data entries. For example, the indexing system may perform one read operation using the key space database to lookup all events associated with the target entity. Furthermore, the indexing system may determine responses for queries to retrieve events that occurred within a target temporal distance before or after a target type of event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Merck Sharp & Dohme, Corp.
    Inventors: David B. Hurry, David J. Tabacco
  • Patent number: 11269154
    Abstract: A camera device for a vehicle for driver observation, the camera device having a lens holder having a lens and a plurality of soldering pins, the soldering pins being situated on a side of the lens holder opposite the lens, in order to enable a soldering of the lens holder onto a circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Hoang Trinh, Juergen Pachur
  • Patent number: 11265620
    Abstract: A verification system includes: a code generation server publicizing time stamped codes; a proving device, including a video camera, that acquires a published time stamped code from the code generation server, and, while recording a video, incorporates the acquired time stamped code into the video; and a verifying device that receives the video, extracts the time stamped code from the content of the video, compares the time stamped code to published time stamped codes, and displays a verification of the published time stamped code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Inventor: Saad Al Mohizea
  • Patent number: 11262554
    Abstract: A lens system includes, in order from an object side to an image side, a first lens element, a second lens element, a third lens element, a fourth lens element, a fifth lens element and a sixth lens element. The first lens element with negative refractive power has a concave image-side surface in a paraxial region. The second lens element with refractive power has a convex object-side surface in a paraxial region. The third lens element has positive refractive power. The fourth lens element with positive refractive power has an object-side and an image-side surfaces being aspheric. The fifth lens element with negative refractive power has an aspheric concave object-side surface and an aspheric convex image-side surface in a paraxial region. The sixth lens element with refractive power has an image-side surface being concave in a paraxial region with a convex shape in an off-axis region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: LARGAN PRECISION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Cheng-Chen Lin, Po-Lun Hsu, Wei-Yu Chen
  • Patent number: 11252328
    Abstract: An electronic device includes an acquisition unit configured to acquire a first half-celestial sphere image; a generation unit configured to generate a second half-celestial sphere image by horizontally or vertically inverting the first half-celestial sphere image; a combining unit configured to generate an entire-celestial sphere image by connecting the first half-celestial sphere image and the second half-celestial sphere image together; and a recording unit configured to record the generated entire-celestial sphere image on a recording memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Genjiro Sano
  • Patent number: 11252389
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electronic apparatus comprising: a camera module; a communication module; and a processor electrically connected to the camera module and the communication module, wherein the processor is capable of: obtaining an image of one or more external objects by using the camera module; recognizing at least one specified external object among the one or more external objects; transmitting image color information, corresponding to said at least one recognized specified external object, to an external electronic apparatus via the communication module; receiving attribute information on a light source for the image, determined using reference color information, corresponding to said at least one specified external object, and the image color information, from the external electronic apparatus; and correcting the color temperature of the image by using the attribute information received from the external electronic apparatus. Other various embodiments identified in the description are possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Su Hee Kim, Jong Hyon Park
  • Patent number: 11238239
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes establishing a video call between multiple client systems while persistently maintaining access to an assistant system during the video call. A request to be performed by the assistant system during the video call may then be received from a first client system; this request may reference one or more second users in the video call. An intent of the request and one or more user identifiers of these one or more second users referenced by the request may be determined, and the assistant system may be instructed to execute the request based on the determined intent and user identifiers. Finally, a response to the request may be sent to one more of the multiple client systems while maintaining the video call between these client systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Xiaohu Liu, Baiyang Liu, Rajen Subba
  • Patent number: 11232593
    Abstract: In a calibration apparatus, a captured image acquisition unit acquires data of an image of a calibration chart captured by a fish-eye imaging apparatus. A distortion correction unit makes an assumption of a parameter of the imaging apparatus, takes into account a projection system to make a correction, and adjusts the parameter until an image of the original chart is obtained. A pseudo image drawing unit uses model data of a chart to draw a pseudo captured image. A point-of-view adjustment unit compares the pseudo image and the captured image and adjusts a point-of-view position of a virtual camera according to a difference between positions of markers or intervals of patterns to specify a position of the imaging apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Noriyuki Yamashita, Akio Ohba
  • Patent number: 11216307
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a processor and an operator readiness circuit. The processor may be configured to schedule one or more operators used to process a plurality of vectors based on one or more status signals indicating a readiness state of the one or more operators. The operator readiness circuit may be configured to (i) compare a target position and an actual position of each operand associated with the one or more operators to determine a readiness state of each operand, (ii) update the readiness state of the operands using a plurality of state machines, and (iii) generate the one or more status signals indicating the readiness state of the one or more operators based on the readiness state of each operand associated with the one or more operators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Inventor: Peter Verplaetse
  • Patent number: 11210946
    Abstract: One or more devices associated with a first vehicle receives location information that specifies a location of a second vehicle. The one or more devices determine, based on the location information, that the second vehicle is within a threshold distance of the first vehicle. The one or more devices establish, based on determining that the second vehicle is within the threshold distance of the first vehicle, a peer-to-peer (P2P) connection with the second vehicle. The one or more devices receive from the second vehicle, and by using the P2P connection, content that has been captured by a camera component associated with the second vehicle. The one or more devices cause an interface associated with the first vehicle to display the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Ketan Shridhar Adkar, Charles Forbes Stickels, Joseph Richard Cantrell, Thomas George Ancheriyil
  • Patent number: 11212499
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electronic apparatus comprising: a camera module; a communication module; and a processor electrically connected to the camera module and the communication module, wherein the processor is capable of: obtaining an image of one or more external objects by using the camera module; recognizing at least one specified external object among the one or more external objects; transmitting image color information, corresponding to said at least one recognized specified external object, to an external electronic apparatus via the communication module; receiving attribute information on a light source for the image, determined using reference color information, corresponding to said at least one specified external object, and the image color information, from the external electronic apparatus; and correcting the color temperature of the image by using the attribute information received from the external electronic apparatus. Other various embodiments identified in the description are possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Su Hee Kim, Jong Hyon Park
  • Patent number: 11199962
    Abstract: A memo and photo authenticating system comprises a multiuser touch input device configured for input by a plurality of users. The memo and photo authenticating system comprises at least one camera communicatively coupled to the multiuser touch input device. The memo and photo authenticating system comprises at least one processor. The memo and photo authenticating system comprises a non-transitory tangible machine readable medium. The non-transitory tangible machine readable medium comprises instructions configured to cause the at least one processor to capture a freehand memo employing the multiuser touch input device, store the freehand memo in a data storage device, capture at least one image of at least one user employing the at least one camera, store the at least one image in the data storage device, and associate the freehand memo with the at least one image of the at least one user in the data storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Inventor: Shane Venis
  • Patent number: 11196909
    Abstract: Disclosed are an electronic device and a method for generating a clock signal within a camera module. The electronic device includes a processor, and a camera module, wherein the camera module may include a clock generation circuit configured to generate a second clock signal, the second clock signal being independent from a first clock signal, the first clock signal being generated by the processor, an optical correction circuit configured to be driven based on the second clock signal, and an image sensor configured to be driven while being synchronized with the optical correction circuit based on the second clock signal, wherein the processor may be configured to transfer a control command to the camera module, based on an input for driving the camera module and to acquire at least one image through the synchronized optical correction circuit and image sensor based on the second clock signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hwa Joong Jung, Man-Ho Kim, Tae-Yun Kim, Yonghwan Choi, Kihuk Lee
  • Patent number: 11178407
    Abstract: A method for determining coding unit (CU) partitioning of a largest coding unit (LCU) of a picture is provided that includes computing a first statistical measure and a second statistical measure for the LCU, selecting the LCU as the CU partitioning when the first statistical measure does not exceed a first threshold and the second statistical measure does not exceed a second threshold, and selecting CUs in one or more lower layers of a CU hierarchy of the LCU to form the CU partitioning when the first statistical measure exceeds the first threshold and/or the second statistical measure exceeds the second threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Hyung Joon Kim
  • Patent number: 11172166
    Abstract: This video distribution system includes: an allocation output means for transmitting, at a notified frame rate, videos acquired from a plurality of cameras to analysis devices that process the videos; and a rate determination means for calculating a frame rate such that an objective function value, which increases with an increase of the total sum of the product of the variation amount among the frames of a transmitted video and the transmission frame rate, becomes maximum, under a condition that the total frame rates of the video received by an analysis device does not exceed the analysis processing speed of the analysis device, and for notifying the allocation output means about the calculated frame rate, to distribute, to each of analysis devices, a video having an appropriate frame rate according to the variation amount among frames of the video and the analysis process speed of the analysis device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hayato Itsumi
  • Patent number: 11172127
    Abstract: A dual-aperture camera comprising a first camera having a first sensor and a first image signal processor (ISP), the first camera operative to output a first stream of frames, a second camera having a second sensor and a second ISP, the second camera operative to output a second stream of frames, and a synchronization and operation control module configurable to control operation of one camera in a fully operational mode and operation of the other camera in a partially operational mode and to output an output of the fully operational camera as a dual-aperture camera output, whereby the partially operational mode of the other camera reduces a dual-aperture camera the power consumption in comparison with a full operational mode of the other camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Inventors: Noy Cohen, Gal Shabtay, Oded Gigushinski, Nadav Geva, Anat Leshem, Gil Bachar
  • Patent number: 11169386
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a beam source, beam forming optics, a first focusing lens having a focal length, a second focusing lens having a focal length similar to the focal length of the first lens, and a lens translator configured to move the second lens transversely relative to the beam forming optics and to the first lens, and thereby move the elongated focus transversely. In some embodiments, the beam forming optics are positioned between the beam source and the first focusing lens, the first focusing lens is positioned between the beam forming optics and the second focusing lens, and the beam forming optics, the first focusing lens, and the second focusing lens are arranged to receive a beam of laser radiation from the beam source and to form the beam into an elongated focus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Coherent, Inc.
    Inventors: Lei Meng, Michele Wayne Winz
  • Patent number: 11164330
    Abstract: Systems and techniques for determining a list of geographic location candidates from an image of an environment are described. Open source data indicative of the earth's surface may be obtained and combined into grids to create region data to gain a representation of the earth's surface within each grid cell. An image of an environment may be obtained from an unknown camera. Image characteristics may be compared to the region data to determine error between the image characteristics and projections of the region data. A list of lowest error geographic location candidates may be determined and provided to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Applied Research Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: Dirk B. Warnaar
  • Patent number: 11159711
    Abstract: An image-capturing apparatus includes a controller configured to perform tilt control in which an image sensor is tilted about a rotation axis with respect to a plane orthogonal to an optical axis of an image-capturing optical system, a focus position determiner configured to determine a position of a focus lens, a first area detector configured to detect a first area corresponding to the rotation axis in a captured image, and a second area detector configured to detect a second area which is an area to be focused by the tilt control, wherein the focus position determiner determines a third area in which the first area and the second area overlap as a focus position before the tilt control, and wherein the controller performs the tilt control after the position of the focus lens is adjusted so that the third area is in focus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ryo Kawasaki
  • Patent number: 11156753
    Abstract: An optical filter may include a monolithic substrate. The optical filter may include a first component filter disposed onto a first region of the monolithic substrate. The first component filter may be a near infrared (NIR) bandpass filter. The optical filter may include a second component filter disposed onto a second region of the monolithic substrate. The second component filter may include a red-green-blue (RGB) bandpass filter. A separation between the first component filter and the second component filter may be less than approximately 50 micrometers (?m).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: VIAVI Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Markus Bilger, Richard A. Bradley, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11157842
    Abstract: A real-time user connection system and equipment for device connection and signal transmission for telecommunications, real-time connection, distance assisted professional procedures and telemedicine. The system provides the performing and documenting of real-time distance assisted professional procedures, being applicable to distance assisted surgeries and distance assisted examinations. The equipment for transmitting a signal SE originating from at least one signal source has at least one encoder, which encodes the signal and sends an output signal S1, which is forwarded to a user group, and at least one user, located at remote base, sends information to a device located at a local base through a communication channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: ILTEC—LUBECK TECNOLOGIA LTDA
    Inventors: Mauro de Souza Leite Pinho, Thiago Magalhães Bramante, Miguel Angelo Pedroso
  • Patent number: 11140369
    Abstract: There is provided an image generation method and an image synthesis method each of which can achieve an entire image having excellent image quality. An image generation method according to an embodiment of the present invention includes: arranging an image taking apparatus, a first polarizing plate, an object, and a second polarizing plate in the stated order; arranging a retardation plate between the first polarizing plate and the second polarizing plate; and monochromatizing a color of the second polarizing plate recognized by the image taking apparatus to a color complementary to that of the object through use of the retardation plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: NITTO DENKO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Muneo Kaneko, Kazuya Yoshimura, Katsunori Takada, Reiko Shinagawa
  • Patent number: 11139916
    Abstract: A transmitter includes a data stream encoder layer having an output and a pattern generator having a bit pattern output. The transmitter further includes a first multiplexer having first and second inputs and a first multiplexer output. The first input is coupled to the output of the data stream encoder layer, and the second input is coupled to the bit pattern output of the pattern generator. While at least a portion of the data stream encoder layer is powered down, the pattern generator is configured to provide bit patterns on its bit pattern output, a control signal to the first multiplexer is configured to select the second input of the first multiplexer, and the first multiplexer is configured to output the bit patterns on the output of the first multiplexer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Sanjay Pennam, Vamsi Krishna Kandalla, Brahmendra Reddy Yatham, Shailesh Wardhen, Jaiganesh Balakrishnan, Jawaharlal Tangudu
  • Patent number: 11134184
    Abstract: Provided is a camera module including: a laminated lens structure in which substrates with lenses, each of which has a lens disposed inside a through-hole formed in the substrate, are bonded by direct bonding and laminated, the laminated lens structure including a plurality of optical units each of which has a plurality of the lenses laminated in an optical axis direction; and at least one of a light absorbing film and a blocking plate provided between the adjacent optical units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventor: Atsushi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 11132800
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods related to image processing are provided. A computing device can determine a first image area of an image, such as an image captured by a camera. The computing device can determine a warping mesh for the image with a first portion of the warping mesh associated with the first image area. The computing device can determine a cost function for the warping mesh by: determining first costs associated with the first portion of the warping mesh that include costs associated with face-related transformations of the first image area to correct geometric distortions. The computing device can determine an optimized mesh based on optimizing the cost function. The computing device can modify the first image area based on the optimized mesh.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Yichang Shih, Chia-Kai Liang, Wei-Sheng Lai, Ming-Hsuan Yang, Siargey Pisarchyk, Ryhor Karpiak
  • Patent number: 11126235
    Abstract: A first apparatus is disclosed, including: a detection circuitry to detect a first voltage level of reference current received from a second apparatus, where the second apparatus is to provide the reference current at a second voltage level; and a controller to negotiate a power transmission agreement with the second apparatus for transmission of power from the second apparatus to the first apparatus, based at least in part on a difference between the first voltage level and the second voltage level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Jagadish Vasudeva Singh, Tarakesava Reddy Koki, Arvind Sundaram, Vinaya Kumar Chandrasekhara
  • Patent number: 11122202
    Abstract: An imaging device includes a plurality of image sensors configured to capture a plurality of images, and processing circuitry. The processing circuitry is configured to determine whether a difference in brightness between the plurality of images exceeds a predetermined threshold. Based on a determination that the difference in brightness exceeds the predetermined threshold, the processing circuitry arranges the plurality of images side by side in one direction to be output as an output image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Daisuke Hohjoh, Ryoh Fukui
  • Patent number: 11102424
    Abstract: A medical observation apparatus includes: a camera including a first imager including a plurality of pixels and configured to image a first medical captured-image in which an observation target is imaged, and a second imager including a plurality of pixels, and configured to image a second medical captured-image in which the observation target is imaged, the second imager including more effective pixels than the first imager; and a display controller configured to cause displays to display the first medical captured-image and an image that corresponds to a region set to the second medical captured-image on a display screen of the respective one of the displays corresponding thereto, wherein one of the first medical captured-image and the second medical captured-image is a medical captured image for a right eye, and another one of the first medical captured-image and the second medical captured-image is a medical captured image for a left eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: SONY OLYMPUS MEDICAL SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Masaaki Ueda
  • Patent number: 11095550
    Abstract: The described technology is generally directed towards evaluating, weighting, and scheduling the use of network links. According to an embodiment, a system can comprise a memory that can store computer executable components, and a processor that can execute the computer executable components stored in the memory. The components can comprise a link mapper that can identify at least two network links between a first device and a second device, resulting in identified network links. The system can further comprise a link weighting component that can assign weights to respective ones of the identified network links resulting in weighted network links, based on a criterion and characteristics of the identified network links, the first device and the second device. The system can further comprise a link scheduler that can schedule the weighted network links based on the weights assigned to the respective ones of the weighted network links.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: EMC IP HOLDING COMPANY LLC
    Inventor: Venkata L. R. Ippatapu
  • Patent number: 11089288
    Abstract: A method of aligning optical axes of cameras for a non-transitory computer readable storage medium storing one or more programs is disclosed. The one or more programs comprise instructions, which when executed by a computing device, cause the computing device to perform by one or more autonomous vehicle driving modules execution of processing of images using the following steps comprising: calibrating intrinsic parameters of a set of cameras; extracting corner points associated with a pattern; and computing a vanishing point based on information on the extracted corner points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: TUSIMPLE, INC.
    Inventors: Bolun Zhang, Yi Wang, Ke Xu
  • Patent number: 11082594
    Abstract: An imaging device used in, for example, a smartphone controls a blade to avoid remaining open after unauthorized external access or a drop impact. The imaging device includes an image sensor, a blade operable to switch between a closed state in which the blade at least partially blocks light incident on the image sensor and an open state in which light is incident on the image sensor, a blade driver that drives the blade, and a blade controller that controls the blade driver. The blade controller determines whether the blade is in the closed state in a non-imaging mode in which imaging is off, and when determining that the blade is in the open state, the blade controller controls the blade driver to close the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: NIDEC COPAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenzo Imai, Nobuaki Watanabe, Daisuke Kakemizu
  • Patent number: 11077945
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments are directed at devices, methods, and systems for association of reader devices to IFE monitors in a commercial passenger vehicle. An example method includes determining at a client computing system included in an IFE monitor that at least one reader device is remotely located from the client computing system; using a wired Ethernet connection to a server, the client computing system requesting the server to discover an electronic tag information; and upon the client computing system receiving the electronic tag information from the server over the wired Ethernet connection, the client computing system processing the electronic tag information, wherein another IFE monitor supplies electrical power to the at least one reader device, wherein the client computing system is unaware of a physical location of the at least one reader device, and wherein the server is included in the another IFE monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC AVIONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sang Hyup Kim, He Zheng, Nirav Patel, Shawn Miller
  • Patent number: 11079341
    Abstract: A radiation imaging apparatus comprising: an imaging unit configured to capture a radiation image; a generation unit configured to generate each of thinned images of a plurality of radiation images captured by the imaging unit; and a transfer unit configured to wirelessly transfer a plurality of thinned images, wherein the transfer unit transfers each of remaining untransferred images obtained by excluding the thinned images from the radiation images after completion of the transfer of the plurality of thinned images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shimpei Tezuka
  • Patent number: 11074463
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses are disclosed for determining a characteristic of a device's object detection sensor oriented in a first direction. An example device may include one or more processors. The device may further include a memory coupled to the one or more processors, the memory including one or more instructions that when executed by the one or more processors cause the device to determine a direction of travel for the device, compare the direction of travel to the first direction to determine a magnitude of difference, and determine a characteristic of the object detection sensor based on the magnitude of difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Charles Wheeler Sweet, III, Hugo Swart
  • Patent number: 11070744
    Abstract: A method for image processing based on multiple camera modules, includes: when a first camera module is in a dominant shooting state currently and a target shooting subject within a view-finding area of the first camera module is not contained in an initial view-finding area of a second camera module, adjusting the view-finding area of the second camera module so that the adjusted view-finding area of the second camera module covers the target shooting subject, wherein a field angle of the second camera module is smaller than that of the first camera module; and fusing an auxiliary image acquired by the second camera module with a dominant image acquired by the first camera module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Beijing Xiaomi Mobile Software Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hui Du
  • Patent number: 11070863
    Abstract: The present invention refers to the field of television experience in particular the simultaneous use of the portable computing device and a television to share a user's experience. The present disclosure proposes a method to create a snapshot from a video transmission received by a receiver, said receiver being connected with a portable computing device and having a screen output, said method comprising the steps of receiving a video transmission by the receiver, converting by the receiver, the video transmission into a lower-bandwidth video transmission, sending the lower-bandwidth video transmission to the portable computing device, receiving from the portable computing device to the receiver, a command to execute a snapshot, producing by the receiver a snapshot from the video transmission, sending the snapshot to the portable computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: NAGRAVISION S.A.
    Inventors: Didier Hunacek, Olivier Schaer, Frederic Thomas
  • Patent number: 11068057
    Abstract: A virtual reality system enables a user to interact with virtual objects. The system includes a fiducial ring, an imaging device and a console. The fiducial ring includes a ring body that includes a plurality of fiducial markers that each correspond to a different location on the ring body. An imaging device is configured to capture one or more images of the fiducial ring. The console receives the images that include an image of one or more fiducial markers. Based on the received images of the fiducial markers, the console determines a location on the fiducial ring that corresponds to the imaged fiducial marker. The console determines a position of the fiducial ring based on the determined location of the fiducial marker on the fiducial ring. The console provides content to a head mounted display (HMD) based on the determined position of the fiducial ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Sean Jason Keller, David R. Perek, Tristan Thomas Trutna, Garett Andrew Ochs, Nicholas Roy Corson, Raymond King
  • Patent number: 11054716
    Abstract: A device suitable for use as a scanning directional radio receiver or transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: AMI Research & Development, LLC
    Inventors: John T. Apostolos, William Mouyos
  • Patent number: 11054719
    Abstract: A privacy shutter selectively covers and exposes a camera lens on a computer device. The privacy shutter has a frame with an aperture and a screen carried by the frame and slidable in the aperture. The screen moves between open and closed positions. A fingertip grip has a low-profile dome coupled to the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Handstands Promo, LLC
    Inventors: Brandon VanTassell, Stefan Leimer, Jason Fogg
  • Patent number: 11049212
    Abstract: Provided is a data processing device and a method of operating the same. The data processing device includes: a plurality of preprocessors configured to perform correction processing on a plurality of sensor data; a first switching circuit configured to selectively map and input the plurality of sensor data from at least two sensors to at least two preprocessors among the plurality of preprocessors; and a hybrid data processing engine configured to perform at least one of image enhancement and depth information determination on the plurality of sensor data received, via an on-the-fly method, from the at least two preprocessors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Young Jun Kim, Jin Aeon Lee
  • Patent number: 11050947
    Abstract: A method for image processing based on multiple camera modules, includes: when a first camera module is in a dominant shooting state currently and a target shooting subject within a view-finding area of the first camera module is not contained in an initial view-finding area of a second camera module, adjusting the view-finding area of the second camera module so that the adjusted view-finding area of the second camera module covers the target shooting subject, wherein a field angle of the second camera module is smaller than that of the first camera module; and fusing an auxiliary image acquired by the second camera module with a dominant image acquired by the first camera module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Beijing Xiaomi Mobile Software Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hui Du
  • Patent number: 11050925
    Abstract: An electronic device includes: a receiving unit configured to receive (i) a first instruction for designating, as a display range, a part of a range of an image that is read out from a storage and sent to an external device, and (ii) a second instruction for sending the image stored in the storage to the external device; a control unit configured to, according to the second instruction, send the stored image and information relating to the display range designated by the first instruction to the external device, and to associate the information with the stored image; and a display control unit configured to, in a case where the information is associated with the stored image, display the display range based on the associated information, wherein the display range designates a part of the range of the stored image for viewing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Seiji Ogawa
  • Patent number: RE48715
    Abstract: A media item selection application is provided for use with computing devices. The media item selection application is configured to identify media items that have significant similarities in metadata values, such as location and time period. The media item selection application is further configured to visualize similar media items as a group, depicted as a section within a collection or gallery, in which each group is a suggestion for a natural collection of media items representing an event. Where media items do not fall within a group of a particular size with significant similarities, groups are consolidated to create a second type of collection which covers a time-period between two significant groups. Further, the media item selection application is configured to depict media items that show extraordinary similarity as a virtual stack of all such media items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Animoto Inc.
    Inventors: Tom Clifton, Christopher James Maddern, Faisal Riaz Anwar, Josh Lambert, Gordon Mei