Image File Management Patents (Class 348/231.2)
  • Patent number: 10356302
    Abstract: A monitoring camera, which can communicate with a client apparatus via an IP network, includes a communication unit configured to output an image and metadata relating to the image. The communication unit transmits encoding method information, which indicates configurability of an encoding method for each of the image and the relevant metadata output from the communication unit, to the client apparatus via the IP network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takahiro Iwasaki
  • Patent number: 10321160
    Abstract: An approach is provided for compressing video frames captured by a camera. A location, focal length, and direction of the camera, and the time of day during capture of the video frames (i.e., meta data) are determined. The meta data is associated with the video frames. Clusters of the video frames are determined, where the clusters have correlations to respective sets of values of the meta data. Based on multiple video frames within each of the clusters being compared with each other but not being compared with a video frame in another cluster, base and delta frames are determined and stored for each of the clusters. An amount of storage required for the base and delta frames is based in part on each of the correlations to the respective sets of values of the meta data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Vijay Kumar Ananthapur Bache, Vijay Ekambaram, Sarbajit K. Rakshit, Saravanan Sadacharam
  • Patent number: 10303730
    Abstract: Computer implemented systems store descriptions of multiple different types of marketplace items as a collection of parameter-value pairs, using a table having a plurality of rows and columns, wherein values for at least two of the items are stored in cells of first and second ones of the rows, respectively; keys that provide information that can be used to decipher differential mappings of a plurality of the columns to a plurality of parameters in different ones of the rows; and one or more interfaces that collectively display previously stored parameters and values to a human end-user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Robert D. Fish
  • Patent number: 10275643
    Abstract: An electronic device includes: a storage unit that stores therein a plurality of images in which a first subject is imaged, and a plurality of images in which a second subject which is different from the first subject is imaged, and stores therein supplementary information about the first subject and the second subject including information about dates and times of imaging, and sites of imaging; and an extracting unit that extracts images whose dates and times of imaging are different from each other, and images imaged at a common site of imaging based on the supplementary information when extracting an image in which the first subject is imaged and an image in which the second subject is imaged. In the electronic device, when the first subject and the second subject are humans, the storage unit stores therein, as the supplementary information, birth dates of the first and second people.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Nikon Corporation
    Inventors: Yuko Nakada, Toshinori Take, Hiroki Uwai, Maki Suzuki, Kazuma Hosoi, Masakazu Sekiguchi
  • Patent number: 10270962
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a camera or camera accessory device may read, via a sensor, a test image related to an environment of the device, and obtain, via a neural network, a feature vector of the test image that indicates a set of features representing the test image. The device may perform clustering of sets of camera settings based on the feature vector of the test image to determine clusters of camera settings sets, and select, from the clusters of camera settings sets, a cluster of camera settings sets based on scores related to the images similar to the test image. The device may determine environment-specific camera settings based on the cluster of camera settings sets, and cause a camera adjustment based on the environment-specific camera settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: NORTH OF YOU LLC
    Inventor: Ryan Stout
  • Patent number: 10229138
    Abstract: An approach is provided for deleting a user's online data across different services and platforms based on contextual selection criteria. The deletion manager determines at least one request to delete data associated with at least one user, the request specifying at least in part one or more contextual parameters. The deletion manager determines one or more data records associated with the at least one user from one or more services, one or more applications, or a combination thereof. The deletion manager causes, at least in part, a deletion of the one or more data records based, at least in part, on whether the data at least substantially meet the one or more contextual parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: NOKIA TECHNOLOGIES OY
    Inventors: Debmalya Biswas, Gian Paolo Perrucci
  • Patent number: 10225511
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an image capture, curation, and editing system that includes a resource-efficient mobile image capture device that continuously captures images. In particular, the present disclosure provides low power frameworks for controlling image sensor mode in a mobile image capture device. On example low power frame work includes a scene analyzer that analyzes a scene depicted by a first image and, based at least in part on such analysis, causes an image sensor control signal to be provided to an image sensor to adjust at least one of the frame rate and the resolution of the image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Suk Hwan Lim, Blaise Aguera-Arcas
  • Patent number: 10212325
    Abstract: Systems and methods to control operations of a camera based on one or more sensors attached to one or more actors. Sensor data collected from the sensors is analyzed to identify a state of an actor. The state of the actor is used to determine an operation parameter of the camera, such as the zoom level of the camera and/or the direction of the camera, and control the operation of the camera. For example, an actor who is in a state about to perform an interesting action can be selected from a plurality of actors; and the direction and the zoom level of the camera can be adjusted to focus on the selected actor in capture one or more subsequent images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: ALPINEREPLAY, INC.
    Inventors: David J. Lokshin, Anatole M. Lokshin
  • Patent number: 10169375
    Abstract: This disclosure provides a federated wide area motion imagery (WAMI) collection service (CS) by: receiving an alert from a WAMI alert-service (A) respectively associated with a WAMI CS regarding any updates to WAMI data served by the WAMI CS at the federated WAMI CS, the WAMI CS providing WAMI collection metadata; issuing a request to the WAMI A associated with the WAMI CS to read information on what is updated; receiving a response from the WAMI A at the federated WAMI CS, the response comprising tree nodes corresponding to WAMI collection metadata that are updated by the WAMI CS; issuing a subsequent request to the WAMI CS from the federated WAMI CS to retrieve the WAMI collection metadata from the WAMI CS corresponding to the collection tree nodes that are updated; receiving a response including the WAMI collection metadata from the WAMI CS; and storing the received WAMI collection metadata in cache of the federated WAMI CS of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: PIXIA CORP.
    Inventors: Rahul C. Thakkar, Michael L. Maraist
  • Patent number: 10158800
    Abstract: A display control device includes a detection unit that detects a touching operation on a display portion, a control unit that performs control about an item displayed in the display portion in response to a touching operation on the item, a selection unit that selects, based on an operation, one or more items from among a plurality of items to be displayed, and a display control unit that performs control such that from among items to be displayed in a first display area and a second display area, the items selected by the selection unit are displayed in the first display area and a plurality of predetermined items are displayed in the second display area. The first display area extends along a side nearest a grip portion for holding the device, and the second display area is further from the grip portion than the first display area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Akio Yoshikawa
  • Patent number: 10146799
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer program product for saving events information in image metadata are provided in the illustrative embodiments. A first event is detected at a first time, using a processor and a memory in a device. Information related to the first event is collected. At a second time, the capturing of a first image is detected, the second time being later than the first time. The information related to the first event is associated with the first image as first metadata of the first image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: James E. Bostick, John M. Ganci, Jr., Sarbajit K. Rakshit, Craig M. Trim
  • Patent number: 10134037
    Abstract: The present application relates to a multimedia data capture and processing (C&P) device. In an example, the multimedia data C&P device comprises a multimedia sensor configured to capture a first multimedia data; and a device processor configured to obtain a preset information, and generate a second multimedia data according to the first multimedia data and the preset information, at least a part of the second multimedia data presenting the preset information. The present application also relates to a user terminal and multimedia data processing server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: CISTA SYSTEM CORP.
    Inventors: Guangbin Zhang, Jiangtao Pang
  • Patent number: 10129473
    Abstract: A video recording apparatus that is capable of reducing generation of error in a time code due to an auto-power-off function. A setting unit sets a count method by which a time code given to a video image is counted by selecting from among a plurality of count methods including a free run mode in which the time code is counted regardless of whether a video image is recording. A control unit controls so as to perform auto power off to turn off power when a predetermined condition, which includes a condition where there is no user's operation within a predetermined period, is satisfied in a mode other than the free run mode. The control unit controls so as not to turn off the power even when the predetermined condition is satisfied in the free run mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kurumi Mori
  • Patent number: 10122957
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus that records separately shot two images as one image file includes a clip image shooting mode that creates the one image file having one of the separately shot two images as a supplemental image of the other of the separately shot two images as a main image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Koji Oka
  • Patent number: 10115017
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are provided for displaying an image. A method includes acquiring at least one image and at least one tag corresponding to the image; classifying the image into at least one group, based on the tag; and displaying the image corresponding to the group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Seunghwan Jeong, Daehee Kim, Chang-Sun Lee, Seungbum Lee
  • Patent number: 10108626
    Abstract: A device may monitor an amount of storage available on a user device; determine, based on the monitoring, that the amount of storage is below a particular threshold; score multiple data files stored by the user device; determine particular data files, of the multiple data files, that should be deleted from the user device based on the scoring and based on the amount of storage available on the user device; and cause, based on determining that the amount of storage is below the particular threshold, the user device to delete the particular data files from the user device. The user device may have an amount of available storage space exceeding the particular threshold after deleting the particular data files.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Rahim Charania, Brian P. Higgins, Joseph E. Berger, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10111133
    Abstract: Disclosed is a broadcast signal transmitting apparatus, a broadcast signal receiving apparatus, and a broadcast signal transceiving method in a broadcast signal transceiving apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hotaek Hong, Sangchul Moon, Joonhui Lee, Woosuk Ko
  • Patent number: 10108640
    Abstract: A communication apparatus includes a communication unit that requests image data from an external apparatus and receives image data from an external apparatus in response to the request, a display control unit that displays the received image data on a display unit, and a receiving unit that receives an instruction for selecting displayed image data. The communication unit further requests, from the external apparatus, metadata of selected image data and receives the metadata without receiving the image data. The metadata is recorded in a header area of a file containing the image data stored in the external apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yuji Kawai
  • Patent number: 10055499
    Abstract: A digital search system for processing and transmitting data structures comprising information relating to points of interest based on a digital image file containing a photo taken by a device. The digital search system includes a location-based retrieval module and an image matching module for receiving and processing digital image files. The system generates a set of places of interest based on the location and heading of the device and the image-based retrieval module and transmits a final results list to the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: PHIND, INC.
    Inventors: Rishi Jhunjhnuwala, Dmitry Semenov
  • Patent number: 10038851
    Abstract: A mobile terminal including a display unit; a camera configured to capture a plurality of images; a wireless communication unit configured to obtain location information corresponding to each of the plurality of the images; a memory configured to store at least one of the location information, a date on which each of the plurality of the images is captured and a time at which each of the plurality of the images is captured together with the plurality of the images; and a controller configured to display a group of images having a matching at least one of the location information, the date and the time, in response to a first command, and sequentially arrange the group of images according to a predetermined image quality condition different than the at least one of the location information, the date and the time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Yunmi Kwon, Kiseon Lee
  • Patent number: 10020024
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide a so-called smart gallery that is designed to create a short summary view of a collection of content, such as photographs and video. The content can be prioritized and presented in a smart gallery user interface that includes gallery elements that can be sized in accordance with prioritized content. Prioritization can take place based on whether content is manually captured or automatically captured. Alternately or additionally, prioritization can take place based on content analysis that looks at content quality and/or objects that appear in the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Lammers, Seang Y. Chau
  • Patent number: 10007847
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of positioning a video frame within a collage cell includes, for a given one of a plurality of video frames, generating a polygon encompassing a portion of the respective video frame containing at least one visual element. The polygon has a center position corresponding to a first point within the respective video frame. The center position of the polygon of a given frame is then changed to a new center position based at least in part on an average center position of polygons encompassing portions of at least two consecutive video frames containing the visual element(s). The new center position corresponds to a second point within the given video frame. Next, a cropped portion of the given video frame encompassed by the polygon having the new center position is generated and displayed within a collage cell of a graphical user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: ADOBE SYSTEMS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Abhishek Shah, Sameer Bhatt
  • Patent number: 9986168
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus of the disclosure includes a body, a display section, and a display controller. The display section is pivotable on the body between a first state in which a display surface is oriented to rear surface side of the body and a second state in which the display surface is oriented to front surface side of the body. The display controller varies an arrangement state of a predetermined icon depending on orientation of the body, when the display section is in the second state. The predetermined icon is displayed on the display section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mayuko Sato, Fumikazu Hatanaka, Toshiyuki Kaimi
  • Patent number: 9977634
    Abstract: In a communication system, an image forming apparatus sends an address of a receiving section to a mobile terminal. The mobile terminal receives a selection of an image data among plural thumbnails displayed on a display section, and wirelessly sends the selected image data to the image forming apparatus with the address. The image forming apparatus receives the selected image data sent with the address by the mobile terminal, and prints an image based on the selected image data. A communication between the mobile terminal and the image forming apparatus is performed wirelessly with an IEEE 802.11 standard. The image forming apparatus continuously performs a second printing, when the receiving section receives a selected image data again in a condition that the communication with the mobile terminal is continuously established by the receiving section after the printing of the received image data is finished.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masafumi Okigami, Masanori Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 9959294
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods obtain lists of image identifiers from multiple image repositories; organize the image identifiers in the lists of image identifiers into an image queue, thereby generating an image queue that includes image identifiers from multiple image repositories; and obtain a first image that is identified by a first image identifier in the queue, wherein the first image is obtained from a first image repository of the multiple image repositories. The devices, systems, and methods also add the first image to a display, obtain a first input from a user interface, remove the first image from the display, and change a storage location of the first image based on the first input. And the devices, systems, and methods obtain a second image that is identified by a second image identifier in the queue and add the second image from the image queue to the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignees: Canon Canada Inc., Canon U.S.A., Inc.
    Inventors: Teodor Mihai Tiuca, Imaad Umar, Khurram Ahmad, Matt Scobel, Mimi Vuong, Aaron Lobo
  • Patent number: 9940718
    Abstract: An apparatus for extracting a peak image includes an image selector configured to select one of continuously photographed images; a base image determiner configured to determine at least one base image according to a predetermined criterion; a difference calculator configured to calculate a difference between the selected image and the at least one base image; and a peak image determiner configured to determine a peak image among the continuously photographed images based on the calculated difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyun-Jun Kim, Young-Sang Choi
  • Patent number: 9930267
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus that enables automatic generation of a time-lapse moving image for each photographing condition of an automatic bracket photographing function set in combination with a time-lapse photographing function. The image pickup apparatus acquires a plurality of photographed images by repeatedly performing photographing according to a plurality of photographing conditions set in advance, at time interval set in advance, and generates a plurality of time-lapse moving images by composing the plurality of acquired photographed images for each of the plurality of photographing conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tatsuya Hanayama
  • Patent number: 9912879
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an image sensor and an electronic device capable of outputting image data corresponding to frames of a moving image in such a manner that the image data can be reconstructed in temporal order. An image sensor according to a first aspect of the present disclosure includes: a pixel unit configured to generate a pixel signal in response to incident light; an image generating unit configured to generate image data corresponding to frames of a moving image on the basis of the generated pixel signal; a tag information generating unit configured to generate tag information to be embedded into the generated image data; an output unit configured to output the image data having the tag information embedded therein through at least one of first and second logical channels; and a control unit configured to control the pixel unit, the image generating unit, the tag information generating unit, and the output unit to operate in a Slow Movie mode or in a Super Slow Movie mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jun Hashizume
  • Patent number: 9888186
    Abstract: Image processing technologies and acquisition methods and apparatus are provided. A method comprises obtaining at least two images of different image quality of a target scene, and combining, according to data characteristics of the at least two images, the at least two images locally to obtain a target image. In a method and apparatus of the embodiments of the present application, local combination is performed on at least two images of different image quality according to data characteristics of the images, so that the dynamic range and/or signal-to-noise ratio can be improved locally on the basis of presenting image details as fully as possible, that is, the image quality can be improved according to requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: BEIJING ZHIGU RUI TUO TECH CO., LTD
    Inventors: Hanning Zhou, Dayong Ding
  • Patent number: 9881029
    Abstract: A method and a computer system for providing a federated wide area motion imagery (WAMI) collection service are provided. The method may include collecting WAMI collection metadata by issuing a request for retrieving WAMI collection metadata from one WAMI collection service (CS) and storing the response. The WAMI CS may run at a geographic location, and WAMI data may be collected and stored there. The WAMI collection metadata may indicate where the WAMI data is stored, and it may be transmitted to the federated WAMI CS. The method may further include organizing the WAMI collection metadata in a tree structure or directed acyclic graph (DAG). A request for accessing the stored WAMI data may then be received from a client using the stored WAMI collection metadata. Access may be provided to the geographic location of the WAMI CS to retrieve a portion of the WAMI data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: PIXIA CORP.
    Inventors: Rahul C. Thakkar, Michael L. Maraist
  • Patent number: 9874998
    Abstract: A mobile terminal including a wireless communication unit configured to perform wireless communication; a display unit; a memory configured to store a plurality of images; and a controller configured to receive a command for displaying a focus-based thumbnail list, and display the focus-based thumbnail list to include at least one thumbnail corresponding to an image stored in a memory with focus information, said focus information indicating a focal region focused in the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sungmin Woo, Sungon Jung
  • Patent number: 9860507
    Abstract: Certain aspects relate to systems and techniques for dynamically configuring frame skip for AWB calculations. For example, if RGB gains are deemed to be stable across a number of frames, the frame skip value used for AWB calculations can be increased. Changing RGB gains are indicators of image changes such as a changing scene and/or changing illuminant, which can indicate a need for updated AWB calculations, and accordingly the frame skip value can be set to zero or a low number of frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Soman Nikhara, Vignesh Bhuvaneshwar
  • Patent number: 9852377
    Abstract: One or more embodiments of a content system provide machine-learned storage location recommendations for storing content items. Specifically, an online content management system can train a machine-learning model to identify a storage pattern from previously stored content items in a plurality of storage locations corresponding to a user account of a user. Training the machine-learning model includes training a plurality of classifiers for the plurality of storage locations. The online content management system uses the classifiers to determine whether a content item is similar to the content items in any of the storage locations, and based on the output of the classifiers, provides graphical elements indicating recommended storage locations within a graphical user interface. The user can select a graphical element to move the content item to the corresponding storage location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: DROPBOX, INC.
    Inventor: Neeraj Kumar
  • Patent number: 9848072
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for checking use of an electronic device based on a video signal obtained by a camera in the state that the device displays an authentication screen. The electronic device of the present disclosure includes a memory that stores user authentication information, a camera module, an input interface, and a processor. The processor receives a request for displaying a lock screen, activates the camera module based on the request, acquires images including at least one object in association with the electronic device, receives an input made through the input interface, compares the input with the authentication information, and transmits, when the input mismatches the authentication information, the acquired images to an external electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yunjeong Kang, Daehwan Kim, Hwiwoong Kim, Goun Lee
  • Patent number: 9811539
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of organizes photographs for display on an on-line map by selecting from a plurality of photographs a candidate set of photographs based on scores of the photographs, determining clusters from the selected photographs for display on the on-line map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Marek Vanco, Wei Luo
  • Patent number: 9781392
    Abstract: A mechanism is described for facilitating personal assistance for curation of multimedia and generation of stories at computing devices according to one embodiment. A method of embodiments, as described herein, includes receiving, by one or more capturing/sensing components at a computing device, one or more media items relating to an event, and capturing a theme from the one or more media items, where the theme is captured based on at least one of activities, textual content, and scenes associated with the event. The method may further include forming a plurality of story elements to generate a story relating to the event, where the plurality of story elements are formed based on at least one of one or more characters, the theme associated with the event, and one or more emotions associated with the one or more characters, wherein the story is presented, via one or more display devices, to one or more users having access to the one or more display devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Saurav Sahay, Lama Nachman, Rita H. Wouhaybi, Omar U. Florez, Giuseppe Raffa, Rahul C. Shah
  • Patent number: 9774804
    Abstract: In one application, an imaging device includes an image sensor having an array of pixels, and a mask coupled with the image sensor. The mask is configured to darken a plurality of isolated pixels or groups of pixels interspersed within the array of pixels. The imaging device also includes a processor coupled with the image sensor and configured to receive image data from the image sensor, and determine a dark current fixed pattern noise based on the image data received from the plurality of darkened pixels or groups of pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Boaz Ran, Steve Swihart, Evan Thrush, Itay Barak
  • Patent number: 9723231
    Abstract: A write control unit selects, in a row or column direction, N storing units from N×N storing units for storing pixel data of N (N?2) read lines of image pickup devices and writes the data in sets of N pixels thereto, and switches a selection direction for selecting the storing units each time writes of the data of N lines are completed. A read control unit selects, in a direction different from the selection direction, N storing units and starts parallel reads of the data of N lines during writes of the data of every N-th line. Each storing unit to be first selected in the writes of the data of every N-th line performs write and read operations using different terminals, and each of the remaining storing units performs write and read operations using a common terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: SOCIONEXT INC.
    Inventor: Masaki Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9703807
    Abstract: A method and a computer system for WAMI discovery are provided. The method includes issuing a request to a WAMI collection service in one or more WAMI collection services to retrieve an entire collection tree metadata at said WAMI collection service; receiving a response from the WAMI collection service, the response comprising the entire collection tree metadata, the response being in a first format; and translating the response from the first format into KML format, wherein the translating includes mapping a one-to-one of WAMI collection tree nodes from the first format into KML nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: PIXIA CORP.
    Inventors: Rahul C. Thakkar, Ian D. Heffernan
  • Patent number: 9706113
    Abstract: An imaging device including a data processor configured to execute processing for selecting picture portions corresponding to important scenes from captured picture data, on the basis of input information that is input during a period of taking a picture. The data processor generates highlight point information that allows identification of the picture portions corresponding to the important scenes, the picture portions being selected on the basis of the input information, and records the highlight point information on a recording medium as information associated with the captured picture data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takashi Nunomaki
  • Patent number: 9691170
    Abstract: A method for proactively creating a photobook includes identifying a group of images by a computer system and automatically creating a design for a photobook by the computer system without receiving a user's request for designing a photobook if the number of images in the group is determined to be within a predetermined range. Pages of the photobook incorporate a plurality of images in the group. The method further includes presenting the design of the photobook to a user for preview and receiving an order from the user for a physical manifestation of the photobook based on the design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Shutterfly, Inc.
    Inventors: Eugene Chen, Preeti Nathan, Trynne Anne Miller, Wiley H. Wang, Mohan A. Dasannacharya, John M. Josling, Greg C. Bosch, Stephanie I. Tang
  • Patent number: 9672223
    Abstract: In an exemplary method, a request for images of a location is received. In response to the request, a set of images depicting different conditions at the location is identified. Each image of the set of images is associated with condition information defining the conditions depicted in that image. It may be determined when a user will be at the location at a future point in time. Information identifying current environmental conditions at the location for the future point in time may be received. The set of images are ranked based on the received environmental information and the condition information for each image. An image from the set of images is selected for display based on the selected image's rank relative to other images of the set of images. The selected image depicts current conditions at the location most closely matching environmental conditions expected at the future point in time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Evan Rapoport, Jeremy Bryant Pack
  • Patent number: 9667824
    Abstract: A method and system to facilitate identifying and recording capture location of recorded video. A computing system determines multiple locations where a video camera has been substantially stationary over time, such as by tracking location of the video camera itself or by evaluating where supplemental device carried with the video camera has been substantially stationary over time. The computing system then outputs, for presentation to the videographer or another user, a location-selection prompt that specifies the multiple determined locations as candidate capture-locations for a video that was captured by the video camera. Further, the computing system receives, in response to the location-selection prompt, data that represents a user selection of one of the specified locations. The computing system then records the selected location as capture-location metadata for the video, such as capture-location data integrated with the video or in a database relationship with the video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Tribune Broadcasting Company, LLC
    Inventor: Hank Hundemer
  • Patent number: 9665773
    Abstract: A system, computer-implemented method and non-transitory computer-readable medium for automatically searching for images from events is provided. One or more personal identity tags are provided, wherein the personal identity tags relate to identification information for one or more individuals. Next, at least one event group is identified, wherein the event group is a collection of images associated with an event, the collection of images including one or more images tagged with one or more of the provided personal identity tags. A collection of the images for each of the identified event groups is then received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Asaf Zomet, Ehud Rivlin, Gal Chechik
  • Patent number: 9652679
    Abstract: Provided is a device including: a display unit configured to display handwritten content based on an analog handwritten input of a user; a user input unit that receives a user input of selecting a portion of the handwritten content displayed on the display unit; and a control unit reproduces a segment of multimedia content, which corresponds to the portion of the handwritten content, from the multimedia content synchronized with the handwritten content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Pil-seung Yang, Da-hye Park, Seol-hye Won, In-kuk Yun, Yong-gook Park
  • Patent number: 9654680
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus comprising: an image sensor controlled at different readout intervals in a plurality of different regions; a selection unit configured to select one of a first image signal read out from a first region and a second image signal read out from a second region that is controlled at a readout interval shorter than those of the first region; a detection unit configured to detect a focus state level based on an image signal read out from the image sensor; and a focus control unit configured to, based on the focus state level detected by the detection unit based on the image signal selected by the selection unit, control a focus lens. The first image signal is used for at least one of display in a display unit and storage in a storage medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Satoshi Kimoto
  • Patent number: 9613661
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing that acquires captured image data of a subject; and associates a plurality of time points of the image data and a plurality of time points of event information based on sensor time information, the event information acquired based on sensor information acquired in time series by a sensor apparatus and indicating occurrence of an operation of the sensor apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hideyuki Matsunaga, Kosei Yamashita
  • Patent number: 9615026
    Abstract: A digital camera includes: a display unit of a variable angle monitor unit linked to a main body unit including an imaging unit, so as to be capable of opening and closing as to the main body unit; a variable angle state detecting unit to detect the position of the variable angle monitor unit as to the main body unit; and a system control unit to effect control such that, in a case of the variable angle state detecting unit detecting that the position of the variable angle monitor unit has changed from a closed position to an open position, a newest image is not displayed on the display unit if time elapsed from shooting immediately prior is a predetermined amount of time or more, and the newest image shot immediately prior is displayed on the display unit if the time elapsed is less than the predetermined amount of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Sho Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 9607281
    Abstract: A tracking system that includes equipment and methodology to determine when the tracked container is in close proximity to an aircraft. In general, the tracking device is deactivated while the aircraft container is close to or on board of the aircraft, and the tracking device is activated while the aircraft container is outside the aircraft. The tracking system includes multiple machine vision sensors associated with the tracking device positioned on the container to identify the curvature associated with the container's surroundings. Activation and deactivation of the tracking device is associated with the information transmitted and received by the tracking device, based on various features of the geographic position of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Senaya, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Lee, Mrinmoy Chakraborty, Jamshed Dubash, Jahangir Nakra
  • Patent number: 9602589
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining room types for regions of a map are provided. One example method includes determining, by a client computing device, a current location of the client computing device. The method includes obtaining, by the client computing device, one or more audio samples describing ambient audio around the client computing device. The method includes analyzing, by the client computing device, the one or more audio samples to identify one or more room characteristics associated with the current location of the client computing device. A room type is identified for a room associated with the current location of the client computing device based at least in part on the one or more room characteristics. One example system includes a plurality of client computing devices and one or more server computing devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Dean Kenneth Jackson, Daniel Victor Klein