Camera And Video Special Effects (e.g., Subtitling, Fading, Or Merging) Patents (Class 348/239)
  • Patent number: 9953398
    Abstract: A computer detects a person in an environment. The computer determines a view direction of the person. The computer displays content relevant to the determined view direction of the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: James E. Bostick, John M. Ganci, Jr., Sarbajit K. Rakshit, Craig M. Trim
  • Patent number: 9939647
    Abstract: An extended field of view (FOV) is provided by an exit pupil expander in a near-eye display system that uses a waveguide with multiple diffractive optical elements (DOEs) for in-coupling light, expanding the pupil in two directions, and out-coupling light to a system user's eye. Left and right in-coupling DOEs in-couple pupils respectively produced by a pair of imagers—one imager provides a left portion of the FOV and the other imager provides the right portion. The left portion and right portion of the FOV respectively propagate in a left and right intermediate DOEs which expand the pupil in a first direction and diffract light to an out-coupling DOE. The out-coupling DOE expands the pupil in a second direction, stitches the extended FOV together by combining the left and right portions of the FOV produced by the imagers, and out-couples the extended FOV to the user's eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Tuomas Vallius, Pasi Petteri Pietilae
  • Patent number: 9924133
    Abstract: An image signal processing apparatus includes a down-converter unit configured to down-convert an image signal having a first resolution into an image signal having a second resolution lower than the first resolution, a high-frequency-band-edge detection unit configured to perform filtering on the image signal having the first resolution to extract components in a higher frequency band than a frequency corresponding to the second resolution and to perform down-conversion on an edge detection signal obtained through the filtering to obtain an edge detection signal having the second resolution, and a combination unit configured to combine the edge detection signal obtained by the high-frequency-band-edge detection unit with the image signal having the second resolution generated by the down-converter unit so as to obtain an image signal having the second resolution and being to be displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Jun Gomita, Koji Kamiya
  • Patent number: 9916641
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a picture display method and apparatus that relate to the field of image processing and are increase flexibility of picture display and reducing a memory occupation rate of a terminal on the premise of not modifying an attribute of an original picture. The method and apparatus include receiving an instruction for displaying a picture; obtaining, according to an identifier of a to-be-displayed picture included in the instruction, an original bitmap of the to-be-displayed picture and searching, a database of a current device for a pre-stored first rotation angle corresponding to the to-be-displayed picture; adjusting, according to a resolution of a current screen and/or a current window size, a display size of the original bitmap of the to-be-displayed picture, so as to obtain a compressed bitmap of the original bitmap; and displaying, according to the first rotation angle, a compressed bitmap of the original bitmap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignees: Hisense Electric Co., Ltd., Hisense USA Corp., Hisense International Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Weina Feng, Huanjie Zhao, Xianjian Wang
  • Patent number: 9912970
    Abstract: Systems and methods for superimposing the human elements of video generated by computing devices, wherein a first user device and second user device capture and transmit video to a central server which analyzes the video to identify human elements, superimposes these human elements upon one another, and transmits the newly created superimposed video back to at least one of the user devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventor: Russell Holmes
  • Patent number: 9912869
    Abstract: An image stabilization apparatus comprising: a conversion unit that corrects an angular velocity signal detected by a camera shake detection unit based on an output variation of the camera shake detection unit and converts it into a camera shake amount; a separation unit that divides each frame of image into a plurality of regions and separates motion vectors each calculated from a difference in each region between frames of images into subject vectors and background vectors using the camera shake amount; an identification unit that identifies the output variation based on the angular velocity signal before the correction, the background vector, and a position signal of a correction unit; and a changing unit that changes the subject vector into a drive amount of the correction unit. The conversion unit corrects the angular velocity signal based on the identified output variation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shimpei Miyahara
  • Patent number: 9906735
    Abstract: A method for capturing a picture includes: capturing a first picture; overlapping the first picture with a framed image for framing a second picture, and displaying an overlapped picture, where transparency of the first picture is different from transparency of the framed image; receiving a selecting signal to select a target reserved region of the first picture, or to select a region of the framed image as a target reserved region of the second picture; capturing the second picture; and combining the target reserved region of the first picture and the second picture into one picture, or combining the first picture and the target reserved region of the second picture into one picture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Tencent Technology (Shenzhen) Company Limited
    Inventors: You Zhou, Jia Qu, Yi Xie
  • Patent number: 9860487
    Abstract: In one example embodiment, a method performed by a server may include: receiving user videos from a plurality of devices; generating conference video data that includes at least one portion of the user videos; assigning a first portion of the at least one portion a first security attribute for a first device that has a first security level; generating first security data corresponding to the first security attribute; streaming, to the first device, the conference video data with the first security data; and streaming, to a second device having a second security level higher than the first security level, the conference video data without the first security data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: KT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jun-won Kim, Ji-young Choi, Gyung-mo Kang, Ho-young Lee
  • Patent number: 9848121
    Abstract: Methods and electronic devices are provided that obtain a reference image of an imaged body using a first camera disposed on a first side of an electronic device, obtain image data of the imaged body using a second camera disposed on an opposite, second side of the electronic device, and provide guidance to an operator of the electronic device based on a comparison between the reference image and the image data. The guidance notifies the operator how to move the electronic device so that the imaged body in the image data is closer to being spatially aligned with a reference location of the imaged body in the reference image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: David Perez-Feliciano, Guillermo Regulez, Justin Michael Ringuette
  • Patent number: 9843732
    Abstract: Provided is a mobile terminal including: a setting unit that is configured to set a reference image; an imaging unit that captures multiple subordinate images associated with the reference image that is set; a controller that brings the multiple captured subordinate images into a group based on the reference image and stores the group, and determines a display position on the reference image, of each of the subordinate images brought into the group, according to the preset reference; and a display unit, on whose entire screen the reference image is displayed and a graphic object corresponding to each of the subordinate images brought into the group is output to the determined display position, when a group image view mode is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Kyungju Lee, Joonsoo Kim, Youngho Shin
  • Patent number: 9835782
    Abstract: An irradiation module mechanically detachably attached to a light source module includes a first light source light entrance end which allows entry of first light source light from a first light source module, a first light guide member to guide the first light source light entered the first light source light entrance end, a second light source light entrance end which allows entry of second light source light from a second light source module, and a second light guide member to guide the second light source light entered the second light source light entrance end. The first light guide member and the second light guide member have optical specifications which correspond to optical characteristics of the light source light to be guided and in which the optical characteristics are different from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takeshi Ito, Eiji Yamamoto, Masahiro Nishio
  • Patent number: 9813643
    Abstract: Various techniques are disclosed for providing object recognition using thermal imaging. Unique thermal features of an object such as a human face can be detected using a thermal imaging module. The thermal imaging module may be included in an authentication system that performs authentication operations for users of a secure system based on the detected thermal features. The thermal features may include a thermal map of a user's face. An object recognition system such as an authentication system may include a non-thermal imaging module that captures non-thermal images of the object. The object recognition system may recognize objects using thermal images and non-thermal images in separate object recognition operations or by combining the thermal and non-thermal images and performing object recognition operations using the combined image. A thermal imaging authentication system may help eliminate user passwords on phones, tablets, computers and/or other secure access systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: FLIR Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: William A. Terre, Nicholas Högasten
  • Patent number: 9807300
    Abstract: A display apparatus is provided. The display apparatus includes a storage unit configured to, in response to a subject being captured, store a captured first image, an output unit configured to, in response to the first image being stored, output a guide message for guiding a subject so as to move out of a subject area of the first image, and a controller configured to, in response to the subject being moved and re-capturing being performed, acquire a re-captured second image, detect a local image area corresponding to the subject area of the first image from the second image, synthesize the detected local image area with the first image, generate a background image from which the subject is removed, and store the background image in the storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jeong-ho Han
  • Patent number: 9792670
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a picture display method and apparatus that relate to the field of image processing and are increase flexibility of picture display and reducing a memory occupation rate of a terminal on the premise of not modifying an attribute of an original picture. The method and apparatus include receiving an instruction for displaying a picture; obtaining, according to an identifier of a to-be-displayed picture included in the instruction, an original bitmap of the to-be-displayed picture and searching, a database of a current device for a pre-stored first rotation angle corresponding to the to-be-displayed picture; adjusting, according to a resolution of a current screen and/or a current window size, a display size of the original bitmap of the to-be-displayed picture, so as to obtain a compressed bitmap of the original bitmap; and displaying, according to the first rotation angle, a compressed bitmap of the original bitmap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignees: Qingdao Hisense Electronics Co., Ltd., Hisense USA Corp., Hisense International Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Weina Feng, Huanjie Zhao, Xianjian Wang
  • Patent number: 9781292
    Abstract: Obtaining a digital image tagged with corrected image direction information includes capturing and storing a digital image of a scene defined by a field of view of a lifelog camera (10) used to capture the image. A forward-facing direction (28) of a user of the lifelog camera is identified, the forward-facing direction within the field of view of the lifelog camera. A component of the image that contains image data corresponding to a portion of the scene containing the forward-facing direction of the user is also identified. The digital image is then tagged with the identified component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Mobile Communications Inc.
    Inventors: Linus Mårtensson, Ola Thörn, Henrik Bengtsson
  • Patent number: 9781351
    Abstract: A zooming control device includes a first determination unit configured to determine whether a current state is a specific image capturing state in which a photographer can perform self photographing, a zooming control unit configured to, in a case in which it is determined that an image does not satisfy a predetermined composition condition, perform zooming control so as to satisfy the predetermined composition condition, and a reception unit configured to receive a predetermined operation for instructing an image capturing preparation operation. The zooming control unit performs the zooming control in a first state in which the predetermined operation is not received, and in a case in which the first determination unit determines that the current state is the specific image capturing state, the zooming control unit continues the zooming control even in a second state in which the predetermined operation is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shinnosuke Osawa
  • Patent number: 9760208
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus has a touch sensor provided with a first touching zone including at least a second touching zone and a third touching zone, the second and third touching zones being allocated with different functions. The electronic apparatus is controlled to perform a specific function assigned to a specific touching zone that is the second or the third touching zone when there is a first touch input at first through the specific touching zone and continuously perform the specific function even if there is a second touch input that follows the first touch input, through either the second or the third touching zone that is not the specific touching zone, as long as there is a continuous touch input through the first touching zone from the first to the second touch input with no intermission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Rakuten, Inc.
    Inventor: Takashi Ohuchi
  • Patent number: 9762817
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices are described for presenting non-video content through a mobile device that uses a video camera to track a video on another screen. In one embodiment, a system includes a video display, such as a TV, that displays video content. A mobile device with an integrated video camera captures video data from the TV and allows a user to select an area in the video in order to hear/feel/smell what is at that location in the video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventor: Steven Osman
  • Patent number: 9756247
    Abstract: A method for automatic image capture control and digital imaging is described. An image buffer is initialized to store a digital image produced by an image sensor, through allocation of a region in memory for the buffer that is large enough to store a full resolution frame from the image sensor. While non-binning streaming frames, from the sensor and in the buffer, are being displayed in preview, the sensor is reconfigured into binning mode, and then binned streaming frames are processed in the buffer, but without allocating a smaller region in memory for the buffer. Other embodiments are also described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Yongfang Liang, Munchiro Mori, Haitao Guo, Ting Chen
  • Patent number: 9740914
    Abstract: The location of a face is detected from data about a scene. A 3D surface model from is obtained from measurements of the scene. A 2D angle data image is generated from the 3D surface model. The angle data image is generated for a virtual lighting direction, the image representing angles between a ray directions from a virtual light source direction and normal to the 3D surface. A 2D face location algorithm is applied to each of the respective 2D images. In an embodiment respective 2D angle data images for a plurality of virtual lighting directions are generated and face locations detected from the respective 2D images are fused.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Karl Catharina Van Bree, Ruud Vlutters, Dmitry Nikolayevich Znamenskiy
  • Patent number: 9728011
    Abstract: Disclosed is an augmented reality system, including: an augmented reality apparatus including: an image acquisition unit configured to acquire an image of an augmented reality 3D marker attached to a real object; a marker analysis unit configured to analyze the image and obtain a 3D feature of the augmented reality 3D marker based on a predetermined image parameter of the image; and an augment process unit configured to perform a corresponding augmented reality process based on the 3D feature. An augmented reality method is also disclosed. The present patent application can achieve more interaction between the real world and a virtual environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: SenMedia Limited
    Inventor: Hiu Fung Lam
  • Patent number: 9729794
    Abstract: In a smartphone, the imaging mode of an imager or the display mode of a display is changed from a normal mode when an image of an optical communication region is captured. More specifically, a process of lowering the contrast of the entire image (frame), a process of superimposing an icon image on the candidate region, a masking process for lowering the contrast of the candidate region, a process of reducing the count of display frames by image averaging or thinning, or a zoom limiting process of limiting the upper limit of the zoom ratio of the imager or the upper limit of the enlarged display magnification on the display is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masaaki Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 9727993
    Abstract: An in-image capturing unit captures an image of a subject in a direction facing a front surface of an image processing apparatus, as an in-image, and an out-image capturing unit captures an image of a subject in a direction facing a back surface of the image processing apparatus, as an out-image. A signal processing unit obtains a binary image as additional information, the binary image being obtained by binarizing the in-image, for example, and adds the additional information to image data of the out-image. Additionally, the signal processing unit combines the binary image serving as the additional information with the out-image when the out-image is reproduced, and displays the resultant image. In such a manner, information obtained from the in-image is added to the out-image as additional information, and thus it is possible to more effectively display an image and improve convenience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Hideshi Yamada, Shinichi Yoshimura, Mitsuharu Ohki, Shuichi Konami, Masayuki Tachi, Hirotaka Shinozaki, Mayuko Maruyama
  • Patent number: 9723250
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for recording image data in an electronic device are provided. The method includes storing image data of different directions obtained via a plurality of cameras. In the method for storing image data in an electronic device, first image data and second image data are obtained. A state of an object of the second image data is determined while the first image data is stored. When the state of the object of the second image data meets a certain condition, the second image data is stored together with the first image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hang-Kyu Park, Seung-Kyung Lim, Dae-Sung Kim, So-Ra Kim, Hyun-Kyoung Kim
  • Patent number: 9721489
    Abstract: A profile set by a particular user from a social network application may be used to determine a view provided by the mobile electronic device to a user of the mobile electronic device. The particular user in a captured video of the current view is detected and augmented in real time to mimic a virtual character in an augmented video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: HJ Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Harry Vartanian, Jaron Jurikson-Rhodes
  • Patent number: 9721178
    Abstract: Exemplary methods of extracting closed caption (CC) image from a frame of an audio video (AV) stream are described. For all pixels of the frame, setting a color value of the pixels to a determined pixel value when the color value of the pixel is different from a background color value associated with CC image. A set edges is analyzed to identify one or more polygons. A polygon that contains text is determined from the one or more polygons. The frame is cropped along the polygon to obtain a CC image. Upon determination that the CC image is identical to another closed caption image a frame count associated with the other closed caption image is increased by 1; and upon determination that the CC image is not identical to the other CC image the closed caption image is stored along with a position and a time value as metadata information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSON (PUBL)
    Inventors: Bhushan Ramnani, Aparna Varanasi
  • Patent number: 9712734
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for photographing a panoramic image. The method includes comparing an current image input with a previous image to obtain a motion information of a corresponding photographing apparatus, when photographing respective images forming the panoramic image, recognizing a degree of movement of the corresponding photographing apparatus at least based on the obtained motion information, and photographing corresponding image by a manual input or automatically when the recognized degree of movement is satisfied with a pre-set movement distance reference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young-Min Jeong, Sung-Dae Cho, Hee-Won Jung
  • Patent number: 9704453
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a picture display method and apparatus that relate to the field of image processing and are increase flexibility of picture display and reducing a memory occupation rate of a terminal on the premise of not modifying an attribute of an original picture. The method and apparatus include receiving an instruction for displaying a picture; obtaining, according to an identifier of a to-be-displayed picture included in the instruction, an original bitmap of the to-be-displayed picture and searching, a database of a current device for a pre-stored first rotation angle corresponding to the to-be-displayed picture; adjusting, according to a resolution of a current screen and/or a current window size, a display size of the original bitmap of the to-be-displayed picture, so as to obtain a compressed bitmap of the original bitmap; and displaying, according to the first rotation angle, a compressed bitmap of the original bitmap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignees: Hisense Electric Co., Ltd., Hisense USA Corp., Hisense International Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Weina Feng, Huanjie Zhao, Xianjian Wang
  • Patent number: 9703456
    Abstract: A mobile terminal is disclosed. The mobile terminal, if a memo-writing function is activated during video play, assigns at least one part of a touchscreen as an area for handwriting inputs while displaying a video on the touchscreen and obtains a first play timing corresponding to a memo-start time; and if a memo-saving function is carried out, obtains a second play timing which corresponds to the memo-saving time and stores a memo generated based on handwriting inputs received through the handwriting input area in association with the video by reflecting at least one of the first and the second play timing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Jongseok Park
  • Patent number: 9692962
    Abstract: A control device configured to track a subject by controlling a correcting lens so that the subject is moved to a target position of a photographed image. The control device performs feedback control so that a difference between a position of the subject and a target position of the subject in the photographed image becomes small. The control device detects a photographing condition and changes a degree of tracking of the subject by changing a control gain in the feedback control based on the detected photographing condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Nobushige Wakamatsu
  • Patent number: 9686478
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for generating high-dynamic range images. In particular, a signal-to-noise (SNR) ratio objective associated with an imaging platform configured to capture one or more images of a region of interest using an image sensor having a first portion and a second portion can be determined. The SNR objective can specify a desired SNR response as a function of a brightness of the region of interest. A first integration time and a second integration time can then be determined based at least in part on the SNR objective. Data indicative of a plurality of image frames can then be obtained. Each image frame is captured by exposing the first portion of the image sensor for the first integration time and exposing the second portion of the image sensor for the second integration time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Allen Robertson, Ken James Kryda
  • Patent number: 9679397
    Abstract: An image-processing device for performing processing of coloring a skin of an image of a person with a pattern in a certain color, comprising a color-correction unit that corrects the color of the pattern to determine a color for each region such that the color of the pattern applied to each region varies in a plurality of regions colored with the pattern in the image of the person; and a coloring unit that colors the image of the person with the pattern by superimposing the color for each region on a color of each region of the image of the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventor: Hiromatsu Aoki
  • Patent number: 9681044
    Abstract: An imaging device includes: an optical system; an imaging element that continuously generates image data of an object; a position changing unit that changes a relative positional relationship between the optical system and the imaging element; a touch panel that detects a contact position thereon, and periodically outputs a position signal according to the contact position; a position controller that controls the position changing unit based on duration of maintaining the contact position to change the positional relationship; a trimming unit that generates pieces of trimming image data by sequentially cutting out an area including a touch position corresponding to the position signal from an image corresponding to the image data each time the positional relationship is changed; and a super-resolution processer that performs pixel interpolation using the pieces of trimming image data to generate super-resolution image data having a higher resolution than that of each trimming image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Shinsuke Homma
  • Patent number: 9681042
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus (10) capable of generating a plurality of output images having different focus positions by reconstructing an input image, the image pickup apparatus includes an input image obtaining unit (100) configured to obtain the input image, an image processing unit (105) configured to generate a display image from the input image, and a display unit (106) configured to display the display image, and the image processing unit (105) obtains a focus control range in which a focus position is controllable, and generates the display image including information on the focus control range by using at least a part of the input image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Norihito Hiasa, Koshi Hatakeyama, Kaoru Eguchi
  • Patent number: 9667880
    Abstract: A method, which is performed by an electronic device, of automatically activating a flash for an image sensor of the electronic device is disclosed. The method may include receiving a first image including at least one text region and determining feature data characterizing the at least one text region in the first image. The method may also identify at least one candidate specular reflection region in the first image. Based on the feature data and the at least one candidate specular reflection region, the flash may be activated. Upon activating the flash, a second image including the at least one text region may be captured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Seungwoo Yoo, Hyun-Mook Cho, Hee-Seok Lee, Duck Hoon Kim
  • Patent number: 9648224
    Abstract: Image processing apparatus and method of calculating distance information and size information of an object within an image frame are provided. The method of processing an image includes: sequentially moving a focus lens from infinity to a short distance; overlapping and storing frames including an object focused at each movement location of the focus lens; and displaying a synthesis frame that synthesizes the overlapped frames in one frame, and simultaneously, calculating relative distance information of objects focused at different locations of the focus lens based on an object focused at an arbitrary location of the focus lens, and displaying the relative distance information in the synthesis frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Hanwha Techwin Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Moon Gyu Choi, Ji Hong Kim, Seok Jun Yoon
  • Patent number: 9641760
    Abstract: A method of taking an image of a scene that includes an item of interest, includes providing a digital imaging device having an imaging lens and a viewing screen and electronically providing an alignment feature on the viewing screen. The alignment feature is configured to allow a viewer to see both the alignment feature and an image of the item of interest on the viewing screen. The method includes adjusting at least one parameter from the group consisting of angular position of the digital imaging device with respect to the item of interest and angular orientation of the digital imaging device to achieve alignment of the image of the item of interest on the viewing screen with the alignment feature wherein the alignment feature has a structure so that the adjusting to achieve alignment restricts to exclusively one angular position of the digital imaging device with respect to the item of interest and exclusively one angular orientation of the digital imaging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Dealer Dot Com, Inc.
    Inventors: James LaScolea, Jesse Stein, Michael McKennedy
  • Patent number: 9639987
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods for generating proxy models obtain an image of a scene, generate a proxy model at an initial position and orientation in a world-coordinate system, and repositioning the proxy model to a second position or orientation in the world-coordinate system according to commands received from a controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignees: Canon Information and Imaging Solutions, Inc., Canon U.S.A., Inc.
    Inventor: Colin Fahey
  • Patent number: 9635281
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes a first imaging unit, a second imaging unit, a mode setting unit that sets a still image capturing mode, and a control unit that performs control to display on a display unit an image obtained by superimposing an image captured by the second imaging unit on an image captured by the first imaging unit, wherein the control unit performs control in such a manner that when a first still image capturing mode has been set by the mode setting unit, the image captured by the second imaging unit is displayed at a position further away from an end portion of the image captured by the first imaging unit than a position of when a second still image capturing mode has been set by the mode setting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ryo Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9635260
    Abstract: An imaging sensor unit captures a subject through an optical system. A compression unit compresses image data continuously acquired from the image sensor unit to output to a recording unit. A feature amount extraction unit extracts a feature amount for each pixel of the image data and a coordinate selection unit selects a plurality of coordinates having a relatively high feature amount. A movement detection unit detects a movement vector of coordinate points according to the plurality of coordinates selected by the coordinate selection unit. A geometric deformation parameter generation unit generates a geometric deformation parameter based on the movement vector and lens information for the optical system. The recording unit records the geometric deformation parameter in association with the image data compressed by the compression unit (each frame of the image data).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takayuki Hara
  • Patent number: 9628660
    Abstract: A method and a device for recognizing a document image, and a photographing method using the same are provided. The method includes extracting, from an input image, a primary feature, including information on feature points, by determining each pixel that is not similar to comparison pixels to be a feature point through a comparison of the pixel to the comparison pixels spaced a predetermined distance apart from the pixel, and classifying the input image as a document image or a non-document image by applying preset primary classification criteria, including criteria for the total number of the feature points to the primary feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Moo-Rim Kim, Mu-Sik Kwon
  • Patent number: 9615016
    Abstract: In an image processing apparatus of the present invention, multiple subjects are selected in an image signal, and subject distances for focusing on each of the selected subjects are specified. A subject distance range defined by the specified subject distances is then set. Then, based on the image signal, the image processing apparatus generates a reconstructed image that is focused on each of the subjects that are to be focused on in the set subject distance range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Satoshi Yamada
  • Patent number: 9609301
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus including an imaging unit detects the attitude of the electronic apparatus, and performs specific processing for an image captured by the imaging unit based on the detected attitude. When performing interval recording in which an image captured by the imaging unit is recorded at an interval based on a predetermined setting interval, the electronic apparatus performs, for images recorded in the second and subsequent operations, the specific processing based on information of an attitude used to perform the first image recording operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Satoshi Ishimaru
  • Patent number: 9596770
    Abstract: An electronic device is described that includes a first body; a second body; and a connection member through which the first body is connected with the second body. The connection member includes a rotary connection part for supporting the first body to rotate around an axis line of the rotary connection part and an extensible connection part for supporting the first body to be close to or away from the second body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: LENOVO (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zhijun Gao, Shipeng Zhang
  • Patent number: 9582744
    Abstract: An image processing device includes a processor and a memory. The image processing device acquires target image data including each pixel value of a plurality of pixels. The image processing device extracts a plurality of photographic pixels and a plurality of non-photographic pixels from the plurality of the pixels in the target image. The image processing device generates photographic correspondence data. The image processing device generates non-photographic correspondence data. The image processing device converts an original pixel value of a pixel of the plurality of photographic pixels into a respective converted pixel value by using the photographic correspondence data. The image processing device converts an original pixel value of a pixel of the plurality of non-photographic pixels into a respective converted pixel value by using the non-photographic correspondence data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tomohiko Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 9582706
    Abstract: The location of a face is detected from data about a scene. A 3D surface model from is obtained from measurements of the scene. A 2D angle data image is generated from the 3D surface model. The angle data image is generated for a virtual lighting direction, the image representing angles between a ray directions from a virtual light source direction and normal to the 3D surface. A 2D face location algorithm is applied to each of the respective 2D images. In an embodiment respective 2D angle data images for a plurality of virtual lighting directions are generated and face locations detected from the respective 2D images are fused.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Karl Catharina Van Bree, Ruud Vlutters, Dmitry Nikolayevich Znamenskiy
  • Patent number: 9575656
    Abstract: A method, an electronic device, and a computer program product for displaying a virtual button are provided in the invention. The method includes the following steps. First, the virtual button is activated. Each interactive object displayed on a display frame of a touch screen is detected to obtain an object region occupied by each of the interactive objects, and an initial position of the virtual button on the display frame is obtained. Next, whether the initial position of the virtual button is located within the object region determined. If yes, the virtual button would be displayed at the initial position. If no, whether a non-object region satisfies a first predetermined condition is determined so as to accordingly display the virtual button at the initial position, a first designated position lies within the non-object region, or a second designated position lies within both of the object region and the non-object region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Ya-Shian Huang, Ting-Yao Cheng, Yi-Chi Li, Chen-Pu Yang
  • Patent number: 9576386
    Abstract: Architecture that enhances the visual experience of a slide presentation by animating slide content as “actors” in the same background “scene”. This is provided by multi-layered transitions between slides, where a slide is first separated into “layers” (e.g., with a level of transparency). Each layer can then be transitioned independently. All layers are composited together to accomplish the end effect. The layers can comprise one or more content layers, and a background layer. The background layer can further be separated into a background graphics layer and a background fill layer. The transition phase can include a transition effect such as a fade, a wipe, a dissolve effect, and other desired effects. To provide the continuity and uniformity of presentation the content on the same background scene, a transition effect is not applied to the background layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Zhao, Mark Pearson, Peter Lai
  • Patent number: 9538915
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention relate to methods and systems for imaging, recognizing, and tracking of a user's eye that is wearing a HWC. Aspects further relate to the processing of images reflected from the user's eye and controlling displayed content in accordance therewith. Aspects further relate to determining health conditions of the user based on eye imaging technologies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Osterhout Group, Inc.
    Inventors: John N. Border, John Haddick, Joseph Bietry
  • Patent number: 9538022
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for applying cloud-based time-lapse imaging systems. The method comprises a step for an camera device to receive a recording command, a step for the camera device to obtain a start time, an end time, and a time interval from the recording command, a step for the camera device to capture and upload still images to a cloud-based server at the time interval, a step for the cloud-based server to transfer the still images to a display device, and a step for the display device to present the still images as a time-lapse video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: RAYLIOS TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventors: Zong-En Yu, Hoi-Yu Tong, Tung-Lung Lai, Bo-Sen Chang, Sheng-Chao Huang