Camera And Video Special Effects (e.g., Subtitling, Fading, Or Merging) Patents (Class 348/239)
  • Patent number: 9532715
    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 3, 2017
    Assignee: Osterhout Group, Inc.
    Inventors: John N. Border, John Haddick, Joseph Bietry
  • Patent number: 9536566
    Abstract: An imaging device includes a video acquisition unit, a tilt information acquisition unit, and an extraction period determination unit. The video acquisition unit obtains videos. The tilt information acquisition unit obtains information about shifts in posture, which are changes in angles of view or the like, during obtaining of the videos by the video acquisition unit. The extraction period determination unit determines periods to extract in the respective videos in accordance with the information obtained by the tilt information acquisition unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Kato
  • Patent number: 9532714
    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 3, 2017
    Assignee: Osterhout Group, Inc.
    Inventors: John N. Border, John Haddick, Joseph Bietry
  • Patent number: 9538074
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus according to an embodiment of the present invention which performs blurring processing on captured image data based on distance information of a subject includes a dividing unit configured to divide the captured image data into a plurality of image data pieces corresponding to pieces of the distance information different from each other, a generating unit configured to generate a plurality of blurred image data pieces by performing blurring processing on the plurality of divided image data pieces including an occlusion region, and a synthesizing unit configured to synthesize the plurality of blurred image data pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shin Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9521316
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus generates an output image using an input image including object space information, the image processing apparatus includes a region dividing unit configured to divide the input image into a first region and a second region, and a reconstructed image generating unit configured to reconstruct the input image to generate the output image, and the reconstructed image generating unit applies different shooting conditions from each other to the first region and the second region respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kaoru Eguchi, Koshi Hatakeyama, Norihito Hiasa
  • Patent number: 9509902
    Abstract: A device and a method for dynamically correcting camera module sensitivity variation using face data are disclosed. The method includes accessing a digital image frame of a scene where the digital image frame originates from a camera module. In response to detection of a face area in the digital image frame, a face chromaticity is calculated from the face area detected in the digital image frame by a processor. The method further includes determining a lighting condition at the scene associated with the digital image frame. Further, the method includes comparing the face chromaticity with a reference face chromaticity associated with the lighting condition to determine a chromaticity gain shift. Thereafter, the method includes correcting a gray point curve of the camera module based on the chromaticity gain shift to obtain a corrected gray point curve of the camera module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Euan Barron, Jarkko Pekkarinen
  • Patent number: 9509907
    Abstract: An example of an information processing device displays a moving image on at least one display device. The information processing device first acquires moving image data which includes at least one piece of data of panorama moving image including panorama images each representing an image of a range wider than the range displayed on the display device and also includes at least one piece of data of non-panorama moving image including non-panorama images each representing an image of a range substantially the same as the range displayed on the display device. The information processing device reproduces the at least one piece of data of panorama moving image and the at least one piece of data of non-panorama moving image in an order defined by the moving image data during a time duration from a start to an end of the moving image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Toshiaki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9485442
    Abstract: An image sensor for on-chip phase detection includes a pixel array for capturing an image of a scene, wherein the pixel array has a plurality of horizontal phase-detection rows, each including phase-detection pixels for detecting horizontal change in the scene, and a plurality of vertical phase-detection columns, each including phase-detection pixels for detecting vertical change in the scene, and wherein each of the horizontal phase-detection rows intersects each of the vertical phase-detection columns. A phase-detection method includes generating a pair of horizontal line profiles using one of a plurality of phase-detection rows; generating a pair of vertical line profiles using one of a plurality of phase-detection columns intersecting with the one of a plurality of phase-detection rows; and determining phase shift associated with at least one arbitrarily oriented edge in a scene, based upon the pair of horizontal line profiles and the pair of vertical line profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: OmniVision Technololgies, Inc.
    Inventors: Chengjun Li, Guansong Liu, Jizhang Shan, Chin Poh Pang
  • Patent number: 9485421
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for operating a camera function in a portable terminal are provided. State information representing at least one of a direction and a rotation state of the portable terminal is obtained, and at least one of a sequence of reading an image from a camera sensor and an appropriate user interface is determined depending on the state information. Thus, the camera function is performed depending on the determined sequence or user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Cheol-Ho Cheong, Dong-Hoon Kim
  • Patent number: 9462191
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes an acquiring unit configured to acquire an image signal, a generating unit configured to perform enhancement processing on the image signal to generate a first image and a second image, a synthesizing unit configured to generate a synthetic image with the first image used in a region having a first brightness and the second image used in a region having a second brightness lower than the first brightness, and a recording unit configured to record the synthetic image on a recording medium, the generating unit being configured to perform the enhancement processing such that the second image is more enhanced than the first image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tsutomu Ogasawara
  • Patent number: 9460518
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for efficiently identifying relevant product images based on product items detected in a query image. In general, a query image may represent a digital image in any format that depicts a human body and one or more product items. For example, a query image may be an image for display on a webpage, an image captured by a user using a camera device, or an image that is part of a media content item, such as a frame from a video. Product items may be detected in a query image by segmenting the query image into a plurality of image segments and clustering one or more of the plurality image segments into one or more image segment clusters. The resulting image segments and image segment clusters may be used to search for visually similar product images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: YAHOO! INC.
    Inventors: Lyndon Kennedy, Jia Li, Ioannis Kalantidis
  • Patent number: 9454848
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for enhancing an image capture of a geographic area is presented. The enhancement involves receiving an image and aligning a three dimensional model to the received image. A view of the three dimensional model defined by the outline of the received image may be determined. A point of interest in the determined view of the aligned three dimensional model may be identified. A transition may be triggered between the received image to information from the three dimensional model associated with the point of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventor: Ville-Veikko Mattila
  • Patent number: 9451172
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for correcting a multi-exposure motion image are disclosed, where the method includes determining a luminance mapping function, where the luminance mapping function is a luminance mapping relationship between a reference frame and multiple extended frames; mapping a luminance of an extended frame by using the luminance mapping relationship to obtain a virtual frame; calculating a global motion vector between the virtual frame and the reference frame; correcting a pixel of the extended frame according to the global motion vector to obtain a first extended frame after correction; detecting a pixel of the first extended frame according to the reference frame to obtain a local error pixel of the first extended frame; and correcting a luminance of the local error pixel of the first extended frame to obtain a second extended frame after correction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hai Chen, Meijun Wan
  • Patent number: 9413977
    Abstract: In accordance with one or more embodiments of the invention, methods and systems for user guided automatic exposure control. Multiple sequential user settings for ordered choices of image capture settings and associated limit values are used to determine values of image capture settings including aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, such that a proper exposure is obtained within the guides set by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Inventor: Seth A. Rudin
  • Patent number: 9402048
    Abstract: The invention is provided with: an acquisition unit that acquires, from an external machine, image data as well as time data when an image based on the image data has been displayed on the external machine; a data memory unit that stores, for each unit of the image data, the image data and the time data acquired in the acquisition unit; and a prioritization determination unit that determines, on the basis of the time data, a prioritization of the image data stored in the data memory unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yusuke Yamasaki, Noboru Akami
  • Patent number: 9386235
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products are disclosed and include: initiating a capture operation using an image capture component of the mobile device, the capture operation comprising; capturing video data; and estimating a plurality of motion vectors corresponding to motion of the image capture component during the capture operation. The systems, techniques, and computer program products also include detecting a document depicted in the video data; tracking a position of the detected document throughout the video data; selecting a plurality of images using the image capture component of the mobile device, wherein the selection is based at least in part on: the tracked position of the detected document; and the estimated motion vectors; and generating a composite image based on at least some of the selected plurality of images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Kofax, Inc.
    Inventors: Jiyong Ma, Anthony Macciola, Jan W. Amtrup
  • Patent number: 9380257
    Abstract: A portable electronic equipment comprises a first sensor to record media and at least one second sensor to capture data representing a physical condition of a user of the portable electronic equipment, the at least one second sensor being configured to capture the data in response to the first sensor recording the media. A processing device is interfaced with the at least one second sensor. The processing device is configured to retrieve the data captured by the at least one second sensor, to generate metadata for the recorded media based on the data, the metadata being indicative of the physical condition, and to cause the metadata to be stored in association with the recorded media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Mobile Communications Inc.
    Inventors: Pär-Anders Aronsson, Håkan Jonsson, David De Leon, Ola Thörn, Gunnar Klinghult
  • Patent number: 9373179
    Abstract: Technologies for modifying a digital image to take on the appearance of an antique image. Such modifying is typically based on generating and rendering various effects that are blended with the input image, such as color transformation, simulating film grain, dust, fibers, tears, and vintage borders. Such effects may be rendered to various layers that are overlaid on a color transformed image resulting in what appears to be an antique image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Catalin Negrila, John Gabriel D'Angelo, Allison Light, David Lee
  • Patent number: 9369668
    Abstract: A bitstream encoded with video information is received at a first network enabled device from a second network enabled device. The bitstream is analyzed prior to generating an image frame corresponding to the bitstream values, and visual characteristics of the video information are determined from bitstream values in the bitstream. A modified video display is determined in response to the visual characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul G. Bright-Thomas
  • Patent number: 9363442
    Abstract: An information processing device including a control unit that, based on a specific subject that is an imaging target of a during-exposure zoom imaging operation, performs control decide control details for a zoom lens in the during-exposure zoom imaging operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: WeiJie Wang, Kaoru Hatta
  • Patent number: 9357117
    Abstract: A photographing device includes a photographing unit, an image processor which separates an object from a first photographing image obtained by the photographing unit, a display which displays a background live view obtained by superimposing the separated object on a live view of a background, and a controller which obtains a second photographing image corresponding to the live view of the background when a command to shoot the background is input and generates a composite image based on the separated object and the second photographing image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ji-Hwan Woo, Se-Hoon Kim, Tae-gyu Lim, Han-tak Kwak, Woo-sung Shim, Seo-young Lee
  • Patent number: 9341861
    Abstract: A mobile terminal and controlling method thereof are disclosed, by which fluctuation of a screen can be reduced. The present invention includes a lens, a lens drive unit configured to move the lens along an x-axis and y-axis which are vertical to an optical axis and a z-axis parallel to the optical axis or to rotate the lens centering on the x-axis and the y-axis, an image pickup unit configured to generate a digital signal by detecting a light having passed through the lens, an image processor configured to create a preview image by applying an image processing to the digital signal, a display unit configured to display the preview image, and a controller, if a distance between the lens and the image pickup unit is shorter than a preset distance, controlling a partial region of the preview image to be outputted through the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Kyunghee Kang
  • Patent number: 9329037
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and method for photographing a moving subject by means of a fixed camera, and acquiring a projection image of the actual movement trajectory of the subject on the basis of the photographed image. One embodiment of the present invention provides a method for acquiring a projection image of the actual movement trajectory of a subject, the method comprising: a step for photographing a moving subject by means of a fixed camera; and a step for converting the coordinates of the photographed image of the subject on the camera image frame to coordinates of the image on an actual background portion, the conversion being implemented on the basis of information on mapping between coordinates on an actual background portion having a specific pattern, acquired by pre-photographing, with a fixed camera, the specific pattern of the actual background portion, and the coordinates on the camera image frame of the photographed image thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: CREATZ INC.
    Inventor: Yong Ho Suk
  • Patent number: 9324292
    Abstract: Techniques for selecting an interaction scenario based on an object are described in various implementations. A method that implements the techniques may include receiving, at a computer system and from an image capture device, an image that depicts a viewing area proximate to a presentation device. The method may also include processing the image, using the computer system, to detect a user in the viewing area presenting an object in a manner that indicates desired interaction with the presentation device. The method may also include selecting, using the computer system, an interaction scenario for presentation on the presentation device based on the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Roberto Bender, Diogo Strube de Lima, Otavio Correa Cordeiro, Rodrigo Menezes do Prado, Soma Sundaram Santhiveeran
  • Patent number: 9324298
    Abstract: A marker image that, if included in a captured image captured by an image capturing apparatus, performs image processing on the captured image and is thereby allowed to cause a predetermined virtual object to appear is placed in a virtual space. Then, a viewpoint for displaying a part of the virtual space on a display apparatus is changed in accordance with a user input, and the virtual space viewed from the viewpoint is displayed on the display apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akihiro Umehara, Toshiaki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9319584
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus comprises an image sensor including a first semiconductor substrate on which a photodiode is arranged, a second semiconductor substrate on which a storage element is arranged, and a connection unit configured to electrically connect the photodiode and the storage element, a first transfer unit configured to transfer pixel signals of a first pixel group to the storage element, a first readout unit configured to read out the pixel signals of the first pixel group, a second transfer unit configured to transfer pixel signals of a second pixel group to the storage element, and a second readout unit configured to read out some of the pixel signals of the second pixel group, wherein an image of one frame is generated by composing the pixel signals of the second pixel group and the first pixel group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hideaki Sambonsugi
  • Patent number: 9319548
    Abstract: Devices, methods, and software are disclosed for an interactive user interface for capturing a frame of image data having a representation of a feature. In an illustrative embodiment, a device includes an imaging subsystem, one or more memory components, and one or more processors. The imaging subsystem is capable of providing image data representative of light incident on said imaging subsystem. The one or more memory components include at least a first memory component operatively capable of storing an input frame of the image data. The one or more processors may be enabled for performing various steps. One step may include receiving the image data from the first memory component. Another step may include attempting to identify linear features defining a candidate quadrilateral form in the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Edward Showering, Eize Oosting
  • Patent number: 9319591
    Abstract: A display control device includes: a composition determining unit that determines a plurality of recommended compositions of an input image; and a display controller that controls one recommended composition to be displayed distinguishably from other recommended compositions among the plurality of recommended compositions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Atsushi Matsutani, Akira Sassa
  • Patent number: 9313556
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the User Interface (UI) provides a live stream from the webcam, with markers on the side indicating the stored, detected important events (such as by using a series of bubbles indicating how long ago an event occurred). The indicators are marked to indicate the relative importance, such as with color coding. Upon selection of an indicator by the user, the time-lapse summary is displayed, along with a time of day indication. Alternately, the user can select to have a time-lapse display of all the events in sequence, using a more condensed time lapse, with less important events having less time or being left out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Vincent Borel, Aaron Standridge, Fabian Nater, Helmut Grabner
  • Patent number: 9298980
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide an image pre-processing method to accelerate image computing tasks. For example, an image is obtained from a camera of a portable computing device. Salient features of the image are identified by a number of techniques, such as identifying feature points, identifying gradients within the image, and other techniques and methods discussed herein. Based at least in part on the identified salient features, a saliency map of the image is computed. The saliency map includes a saliency value for each of at least a portion of the plurality of pixels. In this example pixels above a threshold saliency value are processed with an optical character recognition engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Chang Yuan, Geoffrey Scott Heller
  • Patent number: 9297640
    Abstract: A method for calibrating an optical arrangement in respect to a global coordinate system is provided. The optical arrangement includes a rigid carrier, an optical acquiring unit and a light emitting unit both releasably connected to the carrier. The optical acquiring unit or the light emitting unit is calibrated in respect to a reference coordinate system offline and independently from the optical arrangement. Values of a conversion matrix are determined for converting the calibration data into corresponding calibration data in respect to the global coordinate system. A calibration of the entire optical arrangement is performed once in respect to the global coordinate system. During the intended use of the optical arrangement, the calibration data acquired for the unit and/or the respective values of the conversion matrix are considered when generating control signals for the unit and/or when processing sensor signals received from the unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: INOS AUTOMATIONSSOFTWARE GMBH
    Inventors: Charalambos Tassakos, Constantinos Theiakos, Thomas Gerhard Lesch, Andreas Demopoulos
  • Patent number: 9286706
    Abstract: Implementations relate to editing image regions based on previous user edits. In some implementations, a method includes detecting a region depicting an identified subject in a target image and determining an identity of the identified subject. The method retrieves one or more stored user edits associated with the identity of the identified subject, where the user edits were previously made by a user to one or more other regions in one or more source images, and the other regions depict the identified subject having the identity. The method applies the one or more user edits to the region in the target image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Aravind Krishnaswamy, David Gary Besbris
  • Patent number: 9288392
    Abstract: An image capturing device and an image processing method are provided. The present method includes following steps. A first image and a second image are captured with a first focal length and a second focal length correspondingly. The motion corrected second image is produced by performing geometric correction procedure on the second image. A gradient operation is performed on each of the pixels of the first image to obtain a plurality of first gradients, and the gradient operation is performed on each of the pixels of the motion corrected second image to obtain a plurality of second gradients. The first gradients and the second gradients are compared and a first parameter map is generated according to the comparison results. A blending image is produced in according with the first parameter map and the first image, and an output image is produced at least in according with the blending image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Altek Semiconductor Corp.
    Inventors: Che-Lun Chuang, Hong-Long Chou
  • Patent number: 9274403
    Abstract: A method is disclosed whereby motion pictures photographed and exhibited at high frame rates, typically 48 frames-per-second, are modified to impart a cinematic appearance which tempers the level of motion detail inherent at such high frame rates. Motion pictures can be photographed either on film or by digital means. A controlled amount of motion blur is imparted selectively to certain scenes, sequences, frames or components of images. This can be accomplished by using different shutter angles for digital photography, or by imparting motion blur in post-production. The result is a motion picture that provides viewers with a cinematic appearance while at the same time, retains the spatial and temporal resolution of HFR, due to the high frame rate of photography and exhibition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Inventor: Robert C. Weisgerber
  • Patent number: 9277125
    Abstract: An imaging device includes a moving image special effect image processing unit that performs image processing of applying a first special effect causing a visual effect over a plurality of frames corresponding to image data of a moving image, and image processing of applying a second special effect corresponding to the first special effect to a still image captured during moving image capturing using image data of a moving image captured before the still image, and a control unit that controls an application form of the first and second special effects in the moving image special effect image processing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Keiji Kunishige, Manabu Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 9241134
    Abstract: An automated method of attaching metadata to a segment of content using a programmed processor consistent with certain embodiments involves retrieving metadata relating to the segment of content; rendering the metadata as visually perceptible text in one or more frames of video; appending the one or more frames of video to the video as the first one or more frames of the video to produce metadata enhanced video; and storing or transmitting the metadata enhanced video. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Brant L. Candelore
  • Patent number: 9241102
    Abstract: A system captures or otherwise receives a video and uses the video to create an electronic file corresponding to a multi-faceted printed artifact, such as a multi-page document. When the system receives the video, it selects a set of some or all of the video's image frames, determines a frame quality for each frame in the set, and identifies a subset of the frames such that the frame quality of each frame in the subset satisfies one or more image quality criteria. The subset will include at least one frame for each facet of the multi-faceted printed artifact, such as a page of the document. The processor then automatically combines the subset of frames into a single electronic file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Raja Bala, Hengzhou Ding, Jayant Kumar
  • Patent number: 9232143
    Abstract: The disclosure relates generally to photography techniques, and more specifically to a method and system for assistive photography. In one embodiment, an assistive photography method is disclosed, which comprises: capturing one or more image frames of a subject using a photographic device, selecting dynamically, using one or more processors, an assistive stencil based on the one or more image frames and at least one predefined subject photograph requirement; and providing the dynamically selected assistive stencil in a preview display of the photographic device; wherein the assistive stencil assists in at least partially satisfying the at least one predefined subject photograph requirement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: WIPRO LIMITED
    Inventors: Ragupathy Jayaraj, Mukesh Manjunath Prabhu
  • Patent number: 9232139
    Abstract: An image signal processor of a device, apparatus, or computing system that includes a camera capable of capturing video clips may be configured to apply non-warping and warping transformations (including image stabilization transformations) to image data received from the camera's image sensor. The transformations may be applied piecewise to pixels of the image data gathered into multiple line buffers. The line buffers may be divided into vertical slices, each of which may be processed in parallel by a respective portion of the image signal processor circuitry (or circuitry of an output rescaling unit thereof). The image signal processor may not write the received image data to system memory until after the transformations have been performed. By leveraging existing filters and scalers of the image signal processor, rather than a CPU or GPU, image stabilization may be provided that consumes half of the bandwidth and power consumed by existing techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher L. Mills
  • Patent number: 9192297
    Abstract: A system and related method for acquiring high quality images of the iris of an unconstrained subject comprising a camera; a controllable focusing component; a focus controller component that controls the lens to focus at successively different points within a focus range, such focus control performed without any input from measurement of whether the image is in focus or out of focus, be it based from measurements of the image or other distance metrics to the subject; and a sharpness detection component that rejects the most out-of-focus images based on measurement of focus on the image is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: EyeLock LLC
    Inventor: Keith J. Hanna
  • Patent number: 9177356
    Abstract: Among other things, methods, systems and computer program products are disclosed for displaying a sequence of multiple images to provide an appearance of a three-dimensional (3D) effect. A data processing device or system can identify multiple images to be displayed. The data processing device or system can divide a two-dimensional (2D) display area into multiple display portions. The data processing device or system can display a sequence of the identified images on the display portions so as to provide an appearance of a three-dimensional (3D) effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Michael Van Osten, Craig Dehner, Guillaume Vergnaud
  • Patent number: 9165605
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing a user with a floating video of a subject are provided. The systems and methods generate a floating video by removing background pixels of a primary video using a background image/video, where the user records the primary video and the background image/video. The floating video may be generated on a recording device of the user and/or a remote server. Further, the user and/or the remote server may host the floating video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Inventor: Lindsay Friedman
  • Patent number: 9153202
    Abstract: An object display device includes: an image acquisition unit for acquiring an image in real space; a shade computation unit for acquiring shade information indicating an appearance position of a shadow in real space; an image processing unit for correcting the image in real space or an image of a marker stored in advance, so as to eliminate the effects of a shadow, based on the shade information; a marker sensing unit for extracting the marker from the image in real space using the image in real space and the image of the marker at least one of which is corrected; and a display unit for overlaying a virtual object associated with the marker on the image in real space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: NTT DOCOMO, INC.
    Inventors: Yasuo Morinaga, Manabu Ota
  • Patent number: 9148625
    Abstract: A method for transition control in a videoconference comprises receiving a plurality of video streams from a plurality of cameras, displaying a first video stream of the plurality of video streams, detecting a stream selection event for display of a second video stream of the plurality of video streams, determining a transition category for a transition from the first video stream to the second video stream, and selecting a display transition based on the transition category for displaying the transition from the first video stream to the second video stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Kleinsteiber, J. William Mauchly, Jonathan Yang
  • Patent number: 9146455
    Abstract: Embodiments provide techniques for creating a composite video stream. Additionally, a first selection of pixels from the first video stream and a second selection of pixels from the second video stream are received. Here, both the first selection of pixels and the second selection of pixels indicate pixels that are to be included in the composite video stream. Embodiments identify a plurality of spatiotemporal seams across the first video stream and the second video stream, based at least in part on the first selection of pixels and the second selection of pixels. The first video stream and the second video stream are then composited into the composite video stream, by joining frames from the first video stream and the second video stream at the identified plurality of spatiotemporal seams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignees: Disney Enterprises, Inc., ETH Zurich (Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule Zurich)
    Inventors: Jan Ruegg, Oliver Wang, Aljosa Smolic, Markus Gross
  • Patent number: 9137445
    Abstract: A user-preferred image is easily displayed for a plurality of images generated by bracketing capture. A recording control unit adds the same group identifier to a plurality of captured images generated by the same bracketing-capture operation, allocates the plurality of captured images to the same folder, and records the plurality of captured images on a recording unit as bracketing-captured images. A priority image setting unit adds priority information to a bracketing-captured image selected by a user among the bracketing-captured images recorded on the recording unit, and sets a priority image. In addition, the priority image setting unit allocates the priority image to a main folder, and allocates bracketing-captured images other than the priority image to a sub-folder. In a predetermined display mode, a display control unit displays only the priority image among the bracketing-captured images on the display unit on the basis of the priority information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Inventor: Yoshito Terashima
  • Patent number: 9129307
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide techniques for commercial transactions for the sale of images carried out over short-range wireless transmissions. In one embodiment, the transaction may be initiated by a vendor (e.g., a professional photographer), who transmits a wireless signal including an offer for sale of an image. A customer wishing to purchase the image responds by sending a wireless signal including an acceptance of the offer. In another embodiment, the transaction may be initiated by a customer, who transmits a wireless signal including a request for an image to be fulfilled by a vendor. A vendor agreeing to supply the image responds by sending a wireless signal including an acceptance of the request. By offering the images to customers who are in close proximity to the image capture, the vendor may increase the likelihood that the images will be purchased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: David Keith Fowler, Zachary Adam Garbow
  • Patent number: 9118844
    Abstract: An image processing unit performs image processing with respect to image data. A still image information storage unit stores still image data in accordance with an instruction from a still image shooting instruction unit. A moving image recording unit records moving image data in accordance with an instruction from a moving image shooting instruction unit. The timing information acquisition unit acquires timing information. The image processing unit performs special effect image processing of combining the still image data to image data associated with the timing information in the pieces of image data constituting the moving image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Manabu Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 9106829
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for photographing a subject in a photographing device are provided. The method includes determining a capture pose; determining a pose of a subject for photographing; and photographing the subject automatically based on a similarity between the capture pose and the pose of the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Won-Jong Choi, Rakie Kim, Hwan-Sun Sung
  • Patent number: 9100647
    Abstract: High-frequency noise is generated that approximates the appearance of traditional “film grain” for a digital video signal. By adding a relatively small amount of film grain noise, the video can be made to look more natural and more pleasing to the human viewer. The digital film grain generator can generate film grain in real-time. The generated film grain is preferably free from spatial or temporal patterns. Level adaptivity adjusts the amount of variation permitted for each pixel within a programmable range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: MARVELL INTERNATIONAL LTD.
    Inventors: Nikhil Balram, Shilpi Sahu, Sanjay Garg