Unitary Image Formed By Compiling Sub-areas Of Same Scene (e.g., Array Of Cameras) Patents (Class 348/218.1)
  • Patent number: 10291901
    Abstract: Reception of the invisible light wavelength band in an incident luminous flux has not been considered. In view of this, an image sensor is provided, the image sensor including: a visible parallax pixel that is associated with a visible range light-receiving photoelectric conversion pixel having any of a plurality of types of aperture mask each including an aperture that is positioned to allow passage, to a photoelectric converting element, of a mutually different partial luminous flux of an incident luminous flux in a visible light wavelength band; and an invisible parallax pixel that is associated with an invisible range light-receiving photoelectric conversion pixel having any of a plurality of types of aperture mask each including an aperture positioned to allow passage, to the photoelectric converting element, of a mutually different partial luminous flux in an incident luminous flux in an invisible light wavelength band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kenichi Ishiga
  • Patent number: 10279824
    Abstract: A system for visually assisting an operator of a railcar mover that provides a visual display and a pair of alignment lines superimposed on the image of the display to assist the operator to properly align a railcar mover to the railroad rails when transitioning from driving on the road to driving on the railroad rails. The system further includes a set of cameras positioned around the railcar mover and a processor, which can create a composite image of a top view of the railcar mover to further assist the operator position the railcar mover properly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Trackmobile LLC
    Inventors: Thomas William Trammell, Justin Ryan Mantle
  • Patent number: 10269094
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for combining a composite image (4) of an object (8) composed of multiple sub-images (6) by means of so-called stitching. Multiple adjacent sub-images (6) of the object (8) are captured and are stitched by means of an image processing operation together to form a coherent composite image (4). In order to make it possible to stitch the sub-images (6) together in the correct position even in the case of little information about the image, it is proposed that the stitching of the sub-images (6) together to form the composite image in the image processing operation be performed using an optical pattern (30, 74) that is generated by means of a pattern means (44).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: SAKURA FINETEK U.S.A., INC.
    Inventor: Frank Fuchs
  • Patent number: 10269101
    Abstract: A restoration processing unit performs a restoration process based on an optical transfer function of an optical system for a target image. The entire angle of view of the optical system is greater than 90 degrees. A light amount evaluation region of the optical system is a region in which a distance from the center of an image formation plane is not less than 80% of half of the length of a diagonal line of an imaging surface of an imaging element. When a first evaluation wavelength is used, the ratio of the amount of light in the light amount evaluation region to the amount of light in a region of the optical system corresponding to the center of the image formation plane is not less than 25%. When a second evaluation wavelength is used, the value of the MTF of the optical system acquired at half of the Nyquist frequency of the imaging element is not less than 15%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Takuya Tanaka, Yousuke Naruse
  • Patent number: 10264277
    Abstract: Actually rendered portions of a renderable portion of a first view of a multi-view signal are introduced into a prediction loop of a multi-view encoder to form a reference signal for the block-based prediction of the encoder's view predictor may improve the prediction and thereby increasing the coding efficiency. The introduction may be performed by completely inserting the renderable portion into the prediction loop to form new reference pictures with their own reference picture indices in addition to reference pictures obtained by the reconstructed version of the multi-view signal of the block-based prediction. Alternatively, the actually rendered portion may be introduced into the prediction loop completely, but with replacing the normal prediction reference signal, i.e. the normally reconstructed signal as obtained by block-based prediction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: GE Video Compression, LLC
    Inventors: Sebastian Bosse, Heiko Schwarz, Thomas Wiegand, Heribert Brust
  • Patent number: 10264239
    Abstract: Method for producing a digital photo comprising pixels, wherein at least some of the pixels comprise position information, the method comprising of: taking a photo with a known geometry of the optical system with which the photo is taken; recording the position from which the photo has been taken; recording the direction in which the photo has been taken; providing a three-dimensional model comprising points which are comprised by at least an outer surface of an object in the field of view of the position where the photo has been taken, wherein the points comprise position information; relating a pixel on the one hand and a corresponding point in the three-dimensional model on the other; and recording, in a manner associated with the pixel, the position information of the corresponding pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Cyclomedia Technology B.V.
    Inventors: Bart Beers, Franciscus van den Heuvel
  • Patent number: 10264220
    Abstract: A display image switching device lightens the burden imposed upon an operator, when selecting a particular camera from a plurality of cameras accompanying movement, by providing an intuitive and easy to understand selecting method. When an operator selects an object from an image picked-up and displayed on a display by a camera selected from a plurality of cameras by a camera, selector, a camera extractor extracts all other cameras picking-up the selected object. A camera icon generator arranges camera icons at positions on the displayed image where the extracted cameras are located. When a camera icon displayed on the display is selected, an image picked-up by the camera at the position of the selected camera icon is displayed on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Mikio Morioka
  • Patent number: 10250800
    Abstract: Image data and position and orientation data collected by a computing device can be aggregated to create enhanced videos. One example of an enhanced video is a panoramic video generated from a single video camera having a standard field of view. Enhanced videos can also be created to have a display resolution that is greater than is capable of being recorded by at least one video camera of the computing device providing input to the computing device. Enhanced videos can also be streamed live to a viewer, and the viewer can change the perspective of the streamed video or auto-center and auto-focus on a specified location or object in the streamed video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: A9.COM, INC.
    Inventor: Colin Jon Taylor
  • Patent number: 10244227
    Abstract: Systems and method relating to creating a virtual reality, such as a three-dimensional virtual reality, representation of physical scene. In this aspect, such a method may comprise gathering information from an array of cameras positioned on a two-dimensional planar surface. In this particular aspect, one or more of the cameras may be positioned at a different angle relative to the two-dimensional planar surface based at least in part on a respective distance of each of the one or more cameras from a midpoint of the planar surface. Furthermore, in this general aspect the method may further comprise processing the gathered information at least in part to render a virtual reality representation of the physical scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventor: Daniel Erickson
  • Patent number: 10237473
    Abstract: A method for generating a depth map is described. The method includes obtaining a first image of a scene from a first image capture unit, the first image having a first depth-of-field (DOF), obtaining a second image of the scene from a second image capture unit, the second image having a second DOF that is different than the first DOF. Each pixel in the second image has a corresponding pixel in the first image. The method also includes generating a plurality of third images, each corresponding to a blurred version of the second image at each of a plurality of specified depths, generating a plurality of fourth images, each representing a difference between the first image and one or the plurality of third images, and generating a depth map where each pixel in the depth map is based on the pixels in one of the plurality of fourth images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Claus Molgaard, Thomas E. Bishop
  • Patent number: 10235585
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to determine the dimensions of a region of interest of a target object and a class of the target object from an image using target object landmarks are disclosed herein. An example method includes identifying a landmark of a target object in an image based on a match between the landmark and a template landmark; classifying a target object based on the identified landmark; projecting dimensions of the template landmark based on a location of the landmark in the image; and determining a region of interest based on the projected dimensions, the region of interest corresponding to text printed on the target object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US)
    Inventor: Kevin Deng
  • Patent number: 10230882
    Abstract: At least one image pickup apparatus includes an image pickup unit which photoelectrically converts object images formed by plural image pickup optical systems of different focal lengths. If an image plane most separated from an object side among the image planes of the plural image pickup optical systems is defined as a reference image plane, a longest distance among distances from a reference image plane to each of entrance pupil planes of the plurality of image pickup optical systems is defined as EPmax, a shortest distance among distances from the reference image plane to each of the entrance pupil planes of the plural image pickup optical systems is defined as EPmin, and a 35 mm equivalent focal length of an image pickup optical system having the longest focal length among a plurality of image pickup optical systems is defined as ftele35, then EPmax, EPmin, and ftele35 satisfy a predetermined condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Ko Ichihara, Chiaki Inoue
  • Patent number: 10220783
    Abstract: A vehicle-mounted stereo camera device that achieves high-precision distance detection is provided, including a left camera and a right camera disposed to cause visual fields to overlap each other, a first enclosure and a second enclosure that enclose the left camera and the right camera and have portions within the visual fields of the left camera and the right camera, respectively, and a stereo processor that calculates a distance to a body outside the vehicle based on images captured by the left camera and the right camera and on positions of the left camera and the right camera on the vehicle. The stereo processor detects displacement amounts of the left camera and the right camera based on amounts of change in positions of the first enclosure and the second enclosure within the visual fields of the left camera and the right camera, and changes a cutout position in the images captured by the left camera and the right camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigenori Yatsuri, Norikazu Yamamoto, Mitsuru Kashihara, Yuichi Suzuki, Ken Ishida
  • Patent number: 10207178
    Abstract: A method of calibration a video game system can include removing an optical filter that filters out visible light from a field of view of a camera to allow the camera to view visible light. The method can also include displaying a calibration image on a display screen located within the field of view of the camera, processing the video output feed from the camera with a computer processor to identify the calibration image, and calculating with the processor coordinates that represent corners of the display screen in the field of view of the camera once the calibration image is identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Performance Designed Products LLC
    Inventors: Steve Lavache, Richard Baxter, Thomas John Roberts
  • Patent number: 10210374
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are provided for a fingerprint enrollment. In one embodiment, a method for enrolling a fingerprint image may include instructing, by a controller, a user to roll a finger across a sensing surface of a fingerprint enrollment apparatus, capturing, by an image sensor, a current fingerprint image of the finger, capturing, by the image sensor, a next fingerprint image as the finger rolls across the sensing surface of the fingerprint enrollment apparatus, where the next fingerprint image is contiguous to the current fingerprint image, stitching, by the controller, the next fingerprint image to the current fingerprint image to form a stitched fingerprint image, determining, by the controller, whether the stitched fingerprint image meets fingerprint enrollment criteria, and storing, in a memory, the stitched fingerprint image in response to the stitched fingerprint image meeting the fingerprint enrollment criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: SecuGen Corporation
    Inventor: Dong Won Lee
  • Patent number: 10205969
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a space image reproduction method for loading two or more videos to a terminal to show videos of various angles and a system therefor. In particular, the present invention relates to a space image reproduction method configured to load a video, which is being reproduced, and a video adjacent to the video together, and to enable a user to drag and select a video of a desired angle and view, freely and in real time, a desired part of the selected video through an up and down-right and left movement, zoom in, and zoom out, and a system therefor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventor: Gwan Ho Jeong
  • Patent number: 10200636
    Abstract: Multiple cameras are arranged in an array at a pitch, roll, and yaw that allow the cameras to have adjacent fields of view such that each camera is pointed inward relative to the array. The read window of an image sensor of each camera in a multi-camera array can be adjusted to minimize the overlap between adjacent fields of view, to maximize the correlation within the overlapping portions of the fields of view, and to correct for manufacturing and assembly tolerances. Images from cameras in a multi-camera array with adjacent fields of view can be manipulated using low-power warping and cropping techniques, and can be taped together to form a final image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy MacMillan, Scott Patrick Campbell
  • Patent number: 10194169
    Abstract: To achieve a reduction in the amount of coding taken in the use of an asymmetric partition and to implement efficient encoding/decoding processes exploiting the characteristics of the asymmetric partition. An image decoding device includes a motion compensation parameter derivation unit configured to derive a motion compensation parameter indicating either a uni-prediction scheme or a bi-prediction scheme. In a case that a prediction unit has a size less than or equal to a predetermined value, the motion compensation parameter derivation unit is configured to derive the motion compensation parameter by switching between the prediction schemes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Yamamoto, Tomohiro Ikai, Yukinobu Yasugi
  • Patent number: 10192354
    Abstract: Systems and methods for developing a three-dimensional (3D) model of a cell site using an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to obtain photos and/or video include preparing the UAV for flight and programming an autonomous flight path about a cell tower at the cell site, wherein the autonomous flight path comprises a substantially circular flight path about the cell tower with one or more cameras on the UAV facing the cell tower; flying the UAV around the cell tower in a plurality of orbits comprising at least four orbits each with a different set of characteristics of altitude, radius, and camera angle, wherein the flying comprises of at least four orbits for a monopole cell tower and at least five orbits for a self-support/guyed cell tower; obtaining photos and/or video of the cell tower, the cell site, and cell site components during each of the plurality of orbits; and using the photos and/or video to develop the point cloud three-dimensional (3D) model of the cell site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: ETAK Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Charlie Terry, Jordan Bates, Alan Lombadu, Josh Godwin, Richard Murphy, Lee Priest
  • Patent number: 10194078
    Abstract: A haptic effect enabled system that includes a first image sensor, a second image sensor, a haptic output device and a processor coupled to the image sensors and haptic output device. The first image sensor generates a first digital image and the second image sensor generates a second digital image. The processor receives notification of an image event relating to the first or second digital image. The processor determines a haptic effect corresponding to the image event and applies the haptic effect with the haptic output device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hugues-Antoine Oliver
  • Patent number: 10187637
    Abstract: A method and system for visualizing micro-contrast. At least one processor obtains a selected root image from a digital video, generates an assistive image, and blends the assistive image with the selected root image to obtain a mutated image, which configured to be displayed by a display device. The selected root image includes root pixels each associated with color values. The assistive image is generated based on a plurality of micro-contrast scores comprising a micro-contrast score calculated for each of at least a portion of the root pixels. The micro-contrast score is calculated for a selected one of the root pixels by identifying a submatrix centered at the selected root pixel, and calculating the micro-contrast score for the selected root pixel based on the color values associated with only sample pixels positioned one each at corners of the submatrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: FILMIC INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Cohen, Matthew Voss
  • Patent number: 10182191
    Abstract: A camera rig for simultaneous recording holds a first smartphone with a first interactive touch screen, a second smartphone with a second camera, and a third smartphone with a third camera. The camera rig includes a handle, a first mount configured for holding the first smartphone orienting the first interactive touch screen oriented toward a user, a second mount adjacent the first mount is configured for holding the second smartphone with the second camera facing the user, and a third mount overlays the first mount. The third mount is configured for holding the third smartphone with the third camera oriented away from the user. Three simultaneous footage streams of the same event are then edited into a single clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Inventors: Michael Glasz, Mishka Komai, Matthew Pittman, Zach Wechter
  • Patent number: 10175487
    Abstract: Various technologies described herein pertain to a head mounted display device having a display with a central portion and a periphery portion. Graphical content can be displayed on the central portion of the display. The central portion can be a primary display that provides a field of view and displays the graphical content, and the periphery portion can be a peripheral display. The peripheral display can be positioned relative to the primary display such that an overall field of view provided by the primary display and the peripheral display is extended compared to the field of view of the primary display. Further, complementary content can be rendered based on the graphical content and caused to be displayed on the periphery portion (e.g., the peripheral display). The complementary content can include a countervection visualization viewable in a far periphery region of a field of view of human vision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Hrvoje Benko, Bo Robert Xiao
  • Patent number: 10171771
    Abstract: A camera system for a video conference endpoint includes a fixed wide lens camera providing a view of a space, a first fixed camera providing a view of a first portion of the space, a second fixed camera providing a view of a second portion of the space, a third fixed camera providing a view of a third portion of the space, and a processor operatively coupled to each of the cameras. Each of the cameras is configured to produce a video signal and the processor is configured to receive the video signals and select a relevant video signal from the video signals. The processor is also configured to process the relevant video signal by digitally panning, tilting, and zooming of the relevant video signal to generate a video stream from the processed video signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Kristian Tangeland, Knut Helge Teppan, Andre Lyngra
  • Patent number: 10163194
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer-readable medium encoded with a computer-readable program, which when executed by a processor, will cause a computer to execute a computational method, the computational method including collecting an image data, wherein the collecting the image data comprises collecting a first plurality of RGB images and a second plurality of hyperspectral images. The method further includes orthorectifying the image data to produce an RGB based orthophoto and a partially rectified hyperspectral orthophoto. The method further includes selecting tie features from each of the RGB based orthophoto and the partially rectified hyperspectral orthophoto. Lastly, the method includes registering the features of the partially rectified hyperspectral orthophoto into the tie features of the RGB based orthophoto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: PURDUE RESEARCH FOUNDATION
    Inventor: Ayman F. Habib
  • Patent number: 10158802
    Abstract: Trajectory planning is described for video stabilization. In one example, a sequence of video frames is received and low-pass filtered. If a subset of the low-pass filtered frames are determined to be zero-motion frames, then a smooth trajectory is estimated for the for the zero-motion frames. Jitter is removed from the zero-motion frames using the smooth trajectory and frame warping is applied to the zero-motion frames with jitter removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Xiaoxia Cai, Chen Wang, Lidong Xu, Yi-Jen Chiu
  • Patent number: 10151838
    Abstract: Imaging sensors that detect infrared and visible light are provided herein. In one example, an imaging sensor is presented that includes a semiconductor substrate comprising an array of pixel structures for concurrently sensing infrared light and visible light. Each of the pixel structures include a first pixel element configured to detect the infrared light and a second pixel element configured to detect the visible light. Each of the pixel structures further include a shared output circuit that couples the first pixel element and the second pixel element such that a first output state presents a first signal corresponding to detected infrared light of the first pixel element and a second output state presents a second signal corresponding to detected visible light of the second pixel element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Zhanping Xu
  • Patent number: 10151922
    Abstract: A wavefront correction element for an optical system, in particular an optical system of a microlithographic projection exposure apparatus or a mask inspection apparatus, has a carrier film (110, 210, 410) which at least partly transmits electromagnetic radiation that has an operating wavelength of the optical system and that impinges on the carrier film during operation of the optical system. The carrier film (110, 210, 410) is configured such that the real part of the complex refractive index of the carrier film varies over a used region of the surface of the carrier film (110, 210, 410).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: CARL ZEISS SMT GMBH
    Inventors: Matus Banyay, Martin Weiser, Boris Bittner
  • Patent number: 10148931
    Abstract: A three-dimensional video image display processing device that causes a three-dimensional image to be displayed on a display by processing a first video information and a second video information. The three-dimensional video image display processing device includes: a DP matching processor that sets a matching scan direction to a direction of a line segment connecting a viewpoint center of the first video information with a viewpoint center of the second video information, and that uses DP matching to obtain depth estimation information for pixels extracted by a first thinned image extraction section and a second thinned image extraction section; and a display information generation section that generates movie display information for the display using video information of either the first video information or the second video information and using the depth estimation information obtained by the DP matching processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Kaneko Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshihisa Haruyama
  • Patent number: 10142539
    Abstract: An optical apparatus includes a camera casing, a first optical module and a second optical module. The first optical module and the second optical module are installed on the camera casing. The first optical module receives an ambient light to capture a first image. The second optical module receives the ambient light to capture a second image, or the second optical module senses the ambient light. At least one of the first optical module and the second optical module has a non-linear optical axis in order to replace the front camera module and the rear camera module of the conventional panoramic camera. The optical apparatus is additionally installed on a periphery region of a portable electronic device or an extension position extended from the periphery region. Consequently, the optical apparatus provides a sufficient space to accommodate the first optical module and the second optical module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: EVERREADY PRECISION IND. CORP.
    Inventors: Jyh-Long Chern, Chih-Ming Yen
  • Patent number: 10142568
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present technology may comprise a method and apparatus for vignette and out-of-focus correction. The method and apparatus may be configured to reposition an adjustable lens during a series of image captures to direct light to the center and the outer edges and/or corners of the image sensor to focus various areas of an object and/or scene. The method and apparatus may further substitute image data from a first image capture with image data from subsequent image captures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventor: Yu Sha
  • Patent number: 10142562
    Abstract: The present invention includes a method and device that allows efficient mixing of multiple video images with a graphics screen while utilizing only one video buffer. The present invention partitions the sole video buffer, pre-scales the plurality of video images and inserts them into the partitioned video buffer in a predetermined range of buffer addresses. The present invention mixes the partitioned video including the pre-scaled video images with the graphics screen to produce a video display including both a video screen and a graphics screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Ted Dunn, James Amendolagine
  • Patent number: 10136119
    Abstract: In an example, a method of decoding video data includes determining whether a reference index for a current block corresponds to an inter-view reference picture, and when the reference index for the current block corresponds to the inter-view reference picture, obtaining, from an encoded bitstream, data indicating a view synthesis prediction (VSP) mode of the current block, where the VSP mode for the reference index indicates whether the current block is predicted with view synthesis prediction from the inter-view reference picture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incoporated
    Inventors: Ying Chen, Ye-Kui Wang, Li Zhang
  • Patent number: 10136110
    Abstract: A method of enhancing a low-light image includes receiving a first image from an RWB image sensor, receiving a second image from an RGB image sensor, receiving an illumination value from an illumination sensor, and selecting at least one of the first and second images and generating a third image using the at least one selected image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yong Ju Jung, Kwang Hyuk Bae, Chae Sung Kim, Joon Seo Yim
  • Patent number: 10123039
    Abstract: A method (200) of constructing at least one list of reference pictures for inter-layer prediction of a current picture is provided. The method comprises inserting (210) reference pictures into a first set of reference pictures or a second set of reference pictures, based on respective values of a scalability identifier associated with the reference pictures and a value of the scalability identifier associated with the current picture, and inserting (220) the first set of reference pictures and the second set of reference pictures into the at least one list of reference pictures. By taking indications for similarities between reference layers and the current layer into account, a more efficient multi-layer video compression is achieved. Further, a corresponding computer program, a corresponding computer program product, and a corresponding device are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Thomas Rusert, Andrey Norkin
  • Patent number: 10102827
    Abstract: An apparatus for generating a panoramic image(s) may include a processor and memory storing executable computer code causing the apparatus to at least perform operations including generating a panoramic image(s) based on performing registration on at least two images associated with depth map data and determining an overlap region(s) between the two images within first and second items of depth map data. The computer program code may further cause the apparatus to label the overlap region(s) within the first or second item of depth map data based on generating a virtual seam(s) connecting portions of the two images to generate a composite image. The portions correspond to image data within first and second items of depth map data. The computer program code may further cause the apparatus to blend the seam of the composite image to obtain the panoramic image. Corresponding methods and computer program products are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Gururaj Gopal Putraya, Pranav Mishra, Krishna Annasagar Govindarao
  • Patent number: 10075635
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method and an apparatus for generating a panoramic image based on an image quality. The method of generating a panoramic image includes extracting a matching point to connect a base image captured by a first camera and a reference image captured by a second camera, geometrically transforming the reference image by determining a homography between the base image and the reference image, determining a change in image quality of the geometrically transformed reference image, and generating a panoramic image in which the geometrically transformed reference image is connected to the base image based on the determined change in image quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Joo Myoung Seok, Sang Woo Ahn, Yong Ju Cho, Ji Hun Cha
  • Patent number: 10070132
    Abstract: An image coding method includes: writing, into a sequence parameter set, buffer description defining information for defining a plurality of buffer descriptions; writing, into the sequence parameter set, reference list description defining information for defining a plurality of reference list descriptions corresponding to the buffer descriptions; and writing, into a first header of each processing unit which is included in a coded bitstream, buffer description selecting information for specifying a selected buffer description.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: SUN PATENT TRUST
    Inventors: Viktor Wahadaniah, Chong Soon Lim, Sue Mon Thet Naing, Hai Wei Sun, Takahiro Nishi, Hisao Sasai, Youji Shibahara, Toshiyasu Sugio, Kyoko Tanikawa, Toru Matsunobu, Kengo Terada
  • Patent number: 10068130
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a method for querying user identification which comprises steps of; receiving an uploaded target image; identifying the target image to obtain identification information of the target image; obtaining original image matching the identification information; obtaining and returning user identification corresponding to the original image. Besides, also disclosed is a device for querying user identification, as well as a method and device for obtaining user identification. The method and device for querying user identification can improve convenience of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Tencent Technology (Shenzhen) Company Limited
    Inventor: Dawei Jiang
  • Patent number: 10068149
    Abstract: Embodiments are generally related to image processing utilizing reference images. An embodiment of a mobile device includes an image capture mechanism to capture a base image, the base image containing one or more objects including a target object; and a memory to store data, the data including the base image. The mobile device is to analyze the base image to identify one or more objects in the base image, and identify one or more reference images based on a comparison of one or more identified objects in the base image with reference images in a repository of images, wherein the one or more reference images include a first reference image containing the target object, the first reference image having a first set of first image characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kristine M. Karnos
  • Patent number: 10044985
    Abstract: A video-based monitoring and image post-processing system may include a plenoptic camera that has multiple mirrors in its field of view. The plenoptic camera may capture four-dimensional light-field information for multiple images of its field of view and may embed that information in image data sent to a local or backend server for post-processing. An image processing application on the server may extract image data for pixels that collectively represent one of the mirrors, and apply a focusing operation on the extracted image data to generate a video stream of a virtual camera represented by the mirror, dependent on the image information and the distance between the mirror and the camera. The application may correct distortions due to the curvature of the mirror. The system may provide video monitoring in areas without a single line of sight without the need for a large number of expensive cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Erik R. Parker
  • Patent number: 10043247
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus configured to generate a corrected image in which a deterioration caused by an aberration of an image capturing system is restrained, using a plurality of parallax images mutually having parallaxes generated by the image capturing system. The image processing apparatus includes at least one processor operatively coupled to a memory, serving a: a weight generator configured to generate a plurality of weights as weighting data, each of which corresponds to one of the parallax images, based on one of pixel values and pixel value gradients of pixels at a same position in the plurality of parallax images, and an image generator configured to generate the corrected image by summing up the pixel values at the same position in the plurality of parallax images using the plurality of weights, each of which corresponds to one of the parallax images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ko Ichihara
  • Patent number: 10038818
    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, determining at least one of the segments for enhancement, directing a user to take photographs with a smartphone to provide a separate segment image for the at least one 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 image 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 view of the document having lines superimposed thereon corresponding to the segments may provide a target to the user for photographing the at least one of the segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: EVERNOTE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Alexander Pashintsev, Boris Gorbatov, Leonid Kitainik
  • Patent number: 10033929
    Abstract: A image storing apparatus and method is provided for storing live view image in a camera device with the indication of the progress of storing the image. The method includes displaying a live view image in a preview mode; capturing the image in response to a capture request; processing a preconfigured image to generate an animation image, the animation image indicating progress of storing the captured image; and displaying, when the captured image is completely stored, a thumbnail image of the captured image instead of the animation image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Jaemyoung Lee, Sungsik Lee, Hoyoung Lee
  • Patent number: 10033980
    Abstract: A propeller provided on an aerial vehicle may include a digital camera or other imaging device embedded into a surface of one of the blades of the propeller. The digital camera may capture images while the propeller is rotating at an operational speed. Images captured by the digital camera may be processed to recognize one or more objects therein, and to determine ranges to such objects by stereo triangulation techniques. Using such ranges, a depth map or other model of the surface features in an environment in which the aerial vehicle is operating may be defined and stored or used for any purpose. A propeller may include digital cameras or other imaging devices embedded into two or more blades, and may also use such images to determine ranges to objects by stereo triangulation techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Patrick Boyd, Barry James O'Brien, Joshua John Watson, Scott Michael Wilcox
  • Patent number: 10026157
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus 100 includes a data storage unit 101 configured to store information on first optical characteristic data, a data generation unit 102 configured to generate second optical characteristic data based on the first optical characteristic data related to a shot image and defocus characteristic data, and a restoration unit 104 configured to restore the shot image based on the second optical characteristic data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takeshi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10021374
    Abstract: A camera system includes: a first camera and a second camera; a camera adaptor box; and a camera control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koji Kamiya, Seiji Sato, Tomoyasu Katsuyama
  • Patent number: 9998638
    Abstract: A camera device with a sensor which is mounted at an angle relative to a mounting surface or other reference surface is described. Camera modules, which include mirrors for light redirection, which are mounted at different angles in the camera device have sensors with different amounts of rotation. In some embodiments modules without mirrors use camera modules without rotated sensors while camera modules with mirrors may or may not use sensors which are rotated depending on the angle at which the modules are mounted in the camera device. By rotating the sensors of some camera modules rotation that maybe introduced by the angle at which a camera module is mounted can be offset. The images captured by different camera modules are combined in some embodiments without the need for computationally rotating an image thanks to the rotation of the sensor in the camera module used to capture the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Light Labs Inc.
    Inventors: Rajiv Laroia, Sapna A Shroff
  • Patent number: 9992483
    Abstract: An imaging architecture is described for a depth camera mode with mode switching. In one example, an imaging device has a primary camera to capture an image of a scene, a secondary camera to capture an image of the same scene, a third camera to capture an image of a second scene, a processor having a first port coupled to the primary camera to receive images from the primary camera and a second port to receive images, and a multiplexer coupled to the secondary camera and to the third camera to receive the captured images and to alternately couple the secondary camera or the third camera to the second port of the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Krishna Kaza, Vivek Kumar, Kabeer R. Manchanda, Sreenivasulu Gosangi, Jianxu Zheng, Lei Chen, Wen Wang
  • Patent number: 9986892
    Abstract: The present specification describes an endoscopy display system including an endoscope with a distal tip having at least three image capturing components, and a handle with an actuator that, when activated, generates a video processing command; a controller including a video processing system adapted to transmit commands to the three image capturing components and receive an image feed from each of said three image capturing components; and a display system, including at least one monitor that concurrently receives and concurrently visually displays each of said processed image feeds, where the video processing system is adapted to process each of said image feeds in accordance with the video processing command to cause at least one of changing a position of, zooming into or out of; recording; freezing; highlighting; or superimposing a navigation indicator upon the at least one of the processed image feeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: EndoChoice, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Gilreath, Will Parks, Avi Levy, Yoram Ashery, Yaniv Kirma, Anat Shimony, Charlie Jacobs, Stephan Wieth, Doug Ladd, Yuri Gershov, Leonid Krivopisk