Panoramic Patents (Class 348/36)
  • Patent number: 10063775
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a content transmission apparatus, including: a retaining section adapted to retain a multi viewpoint video content formed from a plurality of viewpoint videos imaged simultaneously by a plurality of different video cameras; a production section adapted to produce a VRT including acquisition destination information of the viewpoint videos which configure the multi viewpoint video content, VRT standing for View Relation Table; a supplying section adapted to supply the produced VRT to a content reproduction apparatus; a broadcasting section adapted to broadcast one or plural ones of the viewpoint videos which configure the retained multi viewpoint video content; and a delivery section adapted to deliver one or plural ones of the viewpoint videos which configure the retained multi viewpoint video content through a network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Saturn Licensing LLC
    Inventor: Naohisa Kitazato
  • Patent number: 10055644
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, observing a plurality of objects viewed through a smart lens, wherein the plurality of objects are in a frame of an image viewed by the smart lens, determining an identification for an object of the plurality of objects, assigning tag information for the object based on the identification, storing the tag information for the object and the frame in which the object was observed, receiving a recall request for the object, retrieving the tag information for the object and the frame responsive to the receiving the recall request, and displaying the tag information and the frame. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Roque Rios, III
  • Patent number: 10048042
    Abstract: An adaptive masking method for an element in a field of operations. According to this method, at least one cover allowing to cover the element is implemented, the cover carrying at least one image generator network connected to an image synthesizer coupled to a camera. According to this method, the camera is positioned so as to cover both a portion of a background of the element and the entire cover, the image synthesizer controlling the at least one image generator network so as to minimize the contrast and optionally the frequency deviation between the background and the cover. The device implementing such a method is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: NEXTER SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Sylvain Muller, Eric Petitpas
  • Patent number: 10043076
    Abstract: The described positional awareness techniques employing visual-inertial sensory data gathering and analysis hardware with reference to specific example implementations implement improvements in the use of sensors, techniques and hardware design that can enable specific embodiments to provide positional awareness to machines with improved speed and accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: PerceptIn, Inc.
    Inventors: Zhe Zhang, Grace Tsai, Shaoshan Liu
  • Patent number: 10044963
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes a rolling shutter type first image sensor and second image sensor, a timing generator that controls operation timings of these two image sensors, and a controller that subjects generated image data to image processing and controls the timing generator. The first image sensor captures an image of a subject to generate first image data, and the second image sensor captures an image of the subject to generate second image data. Each of the first image data and the second image data has a duplicate region in which the subject is partly duplicated. The controller controls the timing generator in such a way that a period over which the first image sensor exposes lines within the duplicate region in the first image data coincides with a period over which the second image sensor exposes lines within the duplicate region in the second image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Genki Sato, Katsuji Kunisue, Hisako Chiaki
  • Patent number: 10039198
    Abstract: A charger plug for a smartphone is disconnected from its electrical cord and positioned on its back face with its electrical connector prongs extending upward, then the smartphone is oriented with a side edge facing generally downward and placed on the charger plug on its front face between its electrical connector prongs for use as a stand to stably support the smartphone for use. When standing on the charger in this way, the smartphone can be used for general purposes such a watching videos or it can be used particularly with a software application that automatically controls the smartphone's vibrator to induce hands-free controlled rotation of the smartphone. In typical embodiments, the smartphone and the charger-stand rotate together to compose a panoramic photograph, or for video-conferencing, gaming, or other uses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: EGOS VENTURES INC.
    Inventor: Bruno Jean-Marie Francois
  • Patent number: 10038860
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus relating to capturing images of a scene area in a synchronized manner using a plurality of optical chains are described. In various embodiments image sensors corresponding to the plurality of optical chains of a camera are operated in rolling shutter mode to read out rows of pixel values corresponding to a current scan position when the image sensors have a row of pixel values corresponding to the current scan position. In some embodiments a scene area of interest is captured by initiating a scan and thus image capture of the scene area by one or more optical chains which are operated in a coordinated manner. In some embodiments a controller controls the plurality of image sensors to perform a read out of pixel values in a synchronized manner, e.g., with rows of pixel values being read out sequentially in accordance with operation of a rolling shutter implementation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Light Labs Inc.
    Inventor: Rajiv Laroia
  • Patent number: 10033935
    Abstract: In order to improve imaging performance, an imaging apparatus is provided to include an image capturing unit configured to detect incident light and generate a raw image data, a compression unit configured to compress the raw image data to generate a coded data having a data amount smaller than that of the raw image data, and an output unit configured to output the coded data to a processing unit for processing the coded data. Furthermore, the image capturing unit, the compression unit, and the output unit are configured to be within a same semiconductor package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nobuo Ueki, Masuyoshi Kurokawa, Yoichi Yagasaki, Makoto Aoki
  • Patent number: 10027949
    Abstract: Based on a disparity amount of an object image in a left-eye viewpoint and a right-eye viewpoint and a seam position decided for one of the left-eye viewpoint and the right-eye viewpoint, a seam position of the other viewpoint is decided, and a panoramic image for left eye and a panoramic image for right eye are generated by using the decided seam position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuji Kato
  • Patent number: 10026219
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention relate generally to systems and methods for analyzing and manipulating images and video. According to particular embodiments, the spatial relationship between multiple images and video is analyzed together with location information data, for purposes of creating a representation referred to herein as a surround view. In particular embodiments, a surround view can be generated by combining a panoramic view of an object with a panoramic view of a distant scene, such that the object panorama is placed in a foreground position relative to the distant scene panorama. Such combined panoramas can enhance the interactive and immersive viewing experience of the surround view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: FYUSION, INC.
    Inventors: Stefan Johannes Josef Holzer, Stephen David Miller, Radu Bogdan Rusu
  • Patent number: 10028088
    Abstract: A request is received from a mobile device located in a first geographic location for an image displaying a second geographic location. Mobile devices are geolocated and those located within a predetermined distance from the second geographic location are identified. A description of the desired image is delivered to each such identified such mobile device, whereupon the desired image is received from at least one such identified mobile device and forwarded to the requesting mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventor: Ouri Shifman
  • Patent number: 10005263
    Abstract: A display device may include a first substrate, a lower barrier layer disposed on a rear surface of the first substrate, an upper barrier layer disposed on a front surface of the first substrate, a display structure disposed on the upper barrier layer, and a second substrate disposed on the display structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seung-Ho Jung, Chaun-Gi Choi, Hye-Young Park, Young-Sik Yoon, Joo-Hee Jeon
  • Patent number: 10002305
    Abstract: A fisheye image display method is adapted to a display device, wherein a display screen of the display device is divided into a plurality of view cells. The fisheye image display method includes steps of receiving a fisheye image; generating an original image and a plurality of regional images according to the fisheye image, wherein the regional images are corresponding to a plurality of regions of interest in the original image; and arranging the regional images in at least two of the view cells, wherein the at least two view cells are adjacent to each other horizontally or vertically, and one of the at least two view cells includes at least two of the regional images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: VIVOTEK INC.
    Inventors: Yi-Hsuen Shih, Chien-Wen Liu
  • Patent number: 10003743
    Abstract: In an example embodiment, a method, apparatus and computer program product are provided. The method includes facilitating receipt of a plurality of light-field images of a scene captured in a burst capture by a light-field camera. The method includes determining shifts between images of the plurality of light-field images, where the shifts between the images of the plurality of light-field images are associated with shake of the light-field camera while capturing the plurality of light-field images. The method includes generating a plurality of depth maps for the plurality of light-field images, and generating a set of view images of the scene based on the plurality of light-field images and the plurality of depth maps. The method includes generating a refocus image by combining the set of view images based at least on the shifts between the images of the plurality of light-field images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Basavaraja S V, Mithun Uliyar, Gururaj Gopal Putraya
  • Patent number: 10002406
    Abstract: An electronic device, method, and computer readable medium for a consistent spherical photo and video orientation correction. The electronic device includes a memory and at least one processor. The at least one processor is operably connected to the memory. The at least one processor is configured to capture orientation information corresponding to a spherical frame. The at least one processor is also configured to reorient the spherical frame using the orientation information. The at least one processor is further configured to store the reoriented spherical frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Thomas Flynn
  • Patent number: 9998660
    Abstract: A method of mosaicing of a scene as a 3D mosaic, characterized in that at least one 3D reconstruction having been obtained, comprises the following steps: A) acquiring successive images by means of a panoramic sensor moving in displacement along a predefined mosaicing trajectory, the last image acquired being referred to as the current panoramic image; B) choosing one or more scene-related projection surfaces on which the mosaic will be constructed, C) from the textures of the panoramic images overlapping each 3D reconstruction, retrieving the textures originating from the current panoramic image, D) from among these textures, selecting the visible parts in each projection surface with the aid of the 3D reconstruction, E) projecting these textures onto each projection surface and fusing the textures in each projection surface to thus obtain a conformal mosaic on each projection surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: THALES
    Inventor: Raphael Horak
  • Patent number: 9996895
    Abstract: An image display system is provided that includes an information processing apparatus and a terminal apparatus that receives a wide-angle image from the information processing apparatus. The information processing apparatus includes a region determining unit that determines a region of the wide-angle image that is viewed less frequently than other regions of the wide-angle image, a reduction unit that deletes the region determined as less frequently viewed by the region determining unit from the wide-angle image to generate a reduced wide-angle image, and a first transmitting unit that transmits the reduced wide-angle image generated by the reduction unit to the terminal apparatus. The terminal apparatus includes a receiving unit that receives the reduced wide-angle image from the information processing apparatus, and an image display unit that displays the reduced wide-angle image on a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yohei Fujita
  • Patent number: 9998659
    Abstract: Methods for correcting an image acquired through an Ultra Wide-Angle (UWA) lens is disclosed, where the entire image is mapped via a transformation that substantially improves the perspective, yet maintains all image information. Additional locally adaptive transformations can be applied to regions of interest in the image to fully restore the perspective. This de-warping scheme allows for flexible manipulation of the image while no content would be lost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: GEO SEMICONDUCTOR INC.
    Inventor: Zorawar Singh Bassi
  • Patent number: 9995910
    Abstract: An optical assembly for a point action camera or other compact digital camera having a wide field of view, includes multiple lens elements, including at least one lens element that has an aspheric lens surface. The optical assembly is configured to provide a field of view in excess of 120 degrees. The optical assembly has a modulation transfer function (hereinafter “MTF”) at the Nyquist frequency that is above 0.3 and a MTF at half Nyquist frequency that is above 0.5 across the wide field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Navitar Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Russell Hudyma, Michael Thomas, Ian Wallhead, Arash Ghorbani
  • Patent number: 9986219
    Abstract: This disclosure describes a system configured to present primary and secondary, tertiary, etc., virtual reality content to a user. Primary virtual reality content may be displayed to a user, and, responsive to the user turning his view away from the primary virtual reality content, a sensory cue is provided to the user that indicates to the user that his view is no longer directed toward the primary virtual reality content, and secondary, tertiary, etc., virtual reality content may be displayed to the user. Primary virtual reality content may resume when the user returns his view to the primary virtual reality content. Primary virtual reality content may be adjusted based on a user's interaction with the secondary, tertiary, etc., virtual reality content. Secondary, tertiary, etc., virtual reality content may be adjusted based on a user's progression through the primary virtual reality content, or interaction with the primary virtual reality content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Visionary VR, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan Michael Ross
  • Patent number: 9973697
    Abstract: One or more techniques and/or systems are provided for ordering images for panorama stitching and/or for providing a focal point indicator for image capture. For example, one or more images, which may be stitched together to create a panorama of a scene, may be stored within an image stack according to one or more ordering preferences, such as where manually captured images are stored within a first/higher priority region of the image stack as compared to automatically captured images. One or more images within the image stack may be stitched according to a stitching order to create the panorama, such as using images in the first region for a foreground of the panorama. Also, a current position of a camera may be tracked and compared with a focal point of a scene to generate a focal point indicator to assist with capturing a new/current image of the scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Blaise Aguera y Arcas, Markus Unger, Donald A. Barnett, David Maxwell Gedye, Sudipta Narayan Sinha, Eric Joel Stollnitz, Johannes Kopf
  • Patent number: 9973692
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method for displaying a panoramic view image includes transmitting video data from a plurality of sensors to a data processor and using the processor to stitch the video data from respective ones of the sensors into a single panoramic image. A focus view of the image is defined and the panoramic image is scrolled such that the focus view is centered in the display. A high resolution camera is aimed along a line corresponding to a center of the focus view of the image and an image produced by the camera is stitched into the panoramic image. A mapping function is applied to the image data to compress the data and thereby reduce at least the horizontal resolution of the image in regions adjacent to the side edges thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: FLIR SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew Joseph Szabo, Phillip Vickery, Brian D. O'Dell, Andrew C. Teich, Jeffrey D. Frank
  • Patent number: 9967527
    Abstract: An imaging unit includes a color filter in which filter elements of R, G and B are arranged in a plane thereof. The imaging unit captures an object in a state where infrared light with three frequencies assigned to R, G and B are projected so as to generate first to third frames. A synthesizing unit in a pre-signal processing unit arranges pixel data for the three primary colors including pixel data for R in the first frame, pixel data for G in the second frame and pixel data for B in the third frame in such a manner as to have the same array as the filter elements in the color filter, so as to generate synthesized image signals synthesized in one frame. A demosaicing unit subjects the frame of the synthesized image signals to demosaicing so as to generate frames of the three primary colors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: JVC KENWOOD CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoru Sekiguchi, Takayoshi Sasao
  • Patent number: 9967478
    Abstract: A low-level region detection unit is configured to detect a low-level region from a far-infrared camera image. A transparent region detection unit is configured to detect a low-level region based on at least the near-infrared camera image, the low-level region having a predetermined level or less resulting from being a transparent region that is a region covered with a visually transparent material, within the low-level region detected by the low-level region detection unit. The image segmentation unit is configured to segment a portion of the transparent region from the near-infrared camera image. The superimposition unit is configured to superimpose the portion of the transparent region onto a position of the far-infrared camera image, which corresponds to a position of the transparent region, and generate a synthetic image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: JVC KENWOOD CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tomohiro Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 9961722
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a camera module, and a dew condensation prevention system of the camera module, and there is disclosed a camera module including a lens assembly; a lens barrel in a cylindrical shape with a predetermined height configured to accommodate the lens assembly; and a heat radiation member formed along an outer surface of the lens barrel to transfer heat to an outermost lens of the lens assembly, wherein the lens assembly has a field-of-view region formed in a first direction and a second direction crossed with the first direction, and at least one of the first and the second field of view is above 180 degrees, and a dew condensation prevention system using the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Dongwook Chae, Salkmann Ji, Hyungjoo Kang, Hyunjoon Kim, Samnyol Hong
  • Patent number: 9958651
    Abstract: A panoramic lens assembly includes a first lens assembly which includes a first lens group, a first prism and a second lens group, all of which are arranged in order from a first object side to a first image side along a first optical axis. The first lens group is with negative refractive power and includes a first and a second lens. The first prism includes a first incident surface, a first reflective surface and a first exit surface. The second lens group is with positive refractive power and includes a third, a fourth, a fifth, a sixth and a seventh lens. The first lens assembly satisfies: 0.2?TTL1/?1m?0.4, wherein TTL1 is an interval in mm from an object surface of the first lens to a first image plane along the first optical axis and ?1m is a half maximum field of view in degree for the first lens assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignees: SINTAI OPTICAL (SHENZHEN) CO., LTD., ASIA OPTICAL CO., INC.
    Inventor: Ching-Chung Yeh
  • Patent number: 9961305
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method and a system for video stitching. After it is determined that initial mounting of cameras in a M×N video stitching scene is completed, a reference image is selected from M×N images corresponding to M×N cameras; where both M and N are positive integers, at least one of M and N is larger than 1, and a rotating mirror is set in front of a camera lens of each camera; an image whose position does not meet a requirement among respective images except for the selected reference image is adjusted by controlling a rotating mirror corresponding to the image to rotate according to the selected reference image; and video stitching is performed according to an adjustment result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: HANGZHOU HIKVISION DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bin Guo, Xing Shi
  • Patent number: 9955082
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus relating to image capture of image portions using optical chains with non-parallel optical axis are described. In some embodiments different portions of a scene area of interest captured by different optical chains operating in parallel are combined. The use of multiple optical chains in parallel facilitates generation of an image with a higher overall pixel count than would be possible using a single sensor of one of the optical chains and/or with more light capture than would be captured using a single one of the optical chains.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Light Labs Inc.
    Inventor: Rajiv Laroia
  • Patent number: 9955068
    Abstract: A method and an electronic device are provided. An electronic device wirelessly connects to another electronic device including a camera unit, receives image data from the other electronic device, displays an image using the image data, receives a user input for changing a photographic composition, and transmits, to the other electronic device, a control signal formed based on the user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yong Ha Choi, Alexander Larionov, Jae Ki You, Soon Hyun Cha
  • Patent number: 9939843
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an apparel-mounted panoramic camera system includes a panoramic camera module, a base module, and a mounting apparatus. The camera module includes a panoramic lens having a longitudinal axis, an image sensor positioned below the lens, a processor operable to process image data received from the sensor, a wireless communication transceiver operable to transmit processed image data provided by the processor, and a battery that supplies power to the camera module components. The base module includes a wireless communication transceiver operable to receive the processed image data from the camera module communication transceiver, a processor operable to further process the received processed image data, and a battery that supplies power to the base module components. The mounting apparatus attaches the camera module to an item of apparel such that the longitudinal axis of the panoramic lens is tilted from a vertical direction by a non-zero tilt angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: 360fly, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Rondinelli, Bradley A. Simon
  • Patent number: 9939619
    Abstract: A panoramic optical device includes a quadric reflector, a mirror, and a set of one or more optical elements. The quadric reflector has a conical shape, which tapers from a wide base to an apex. The apex includes an aperture. The mirror is positioned within the device in a plane approximately parallel to a circular cross section of the conical shape. The mirror reflects environmental light that is reflected by the quadric reflector into the aperture or reflecting light emitting from the aperture onto the quadric reflector. The set of one or more optical elements are positioned at least partially within a volumetric region of the quadric reflector. The one or more optical elements focus light passing through the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: HOYOS INTEGRITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: William H. Robertson, Jr., John Shemelynce, Julio A. Abdala, Gary Peterson, Patricio Durazo, Mark Fink
  • Patent number: 9933602
    Abstract: An optical imaging lens includes a first lens of an image-side surface with a concave portion in a vicinity of its optical-axis, a second lens of an object-side surface with a convex portion in a vicinity of its optical-axis, a third lens of an image-side surface with a concave portion in a vicinity of its optical-axis, a fifth lens of negative refractive power and with a thickness along its optical-axis larger than that of the second lens. EFL is the effective focal length of the optical imaging lens, TTL is the distance from the object-side surface of the first lens element to an image plane, ALT is a total thickness of all five lenses, the second lens has a second lens thickness T2 and an air gap G34 is between the third lens element and the fourth lens element along the optical axis to satisfy TTL/EFL?1.000, TTL/G34?12.000 and ALT/T2?12.900.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Genius Electronic Optical (Xiamen) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Guangyun Li, Yanbin Chen, Yanxuan Yin
  • Patent number: 9934823
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods are disclosed for improving a display of panoramic video data by including an angle indicator as a visual representation of a direction of a displayed portion of the panoramic video data relative to a reference location. For example, the angle indicator may illustrate an angle of the displayed portion of the video data relative to a front of the video capture device, using 360 degrees, and the user of the device may specify a desired angle and/or desired portion of the video data to display. In addition, the device may generate video tags including angle information based on the user input. For example, the device may determine the desired angle and/or desired portion of the video data to display and may generate a video tag associating the angle with a timestamp and/or video frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Van Tuyl Bentley, Robert James Hanson, Mark Eugene Pearson, Manlio Armando Lo Conte
  • Patent number: 9930225
    Abstract: Creating spherical video and corresponding audio utilizing a plurality of cameras by acquiring images via the cameras, processing the images, and mathematically converting and/or transforming the images into a combined spherical image file. A camera device creates the spherical image file and transfers it to devices running a viewer application, whereby the transfer occurs by saving the file to a storage file, streaming it to the devices via wired/wireless communication, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: VILLMER LLC
    Inventor: Jason Villmer
  • Patent number: 9930254
    Abstract: An optical system including a plurality of wide angle lenses, each having a peripheral area with a decreased magnification per unit angle of view and an inside area ranging from an optical axis to an inside edge of the peripheral area. The inside area includes a first area ranging from the optical axis toward the peripheral area, the first area having a constant magnification per unit angle of view and a second area ranging from an outside edge of the first area to the inside edge of the peripheral area. The second area has a magnification per unit angle of view that continuously varies in a direction from the outside edge of the first area toward the peripheral area. An image portion formed by the peripheral area overlaps with another image portion formed by the peripheral area of another wide angle lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Satoh
  • Patent number: 9930322
    Abstract: A stereoscopic image display device includes a viewpoint division unit that divides an image displayed in a plurality of pixels into images that correspond to k viewpoints, wherein the viewpoint division unit comprises a plurality of viewpoint division units inclined with an inclination angle that satisfies V ? ? A = tan - 1 ? ? b × Hp m × Vp , where Hp denotes a pitch of a row direction of the pixels, Vp denotes a pitch of a column direction of the pixels, and m and b are natural numbers, and a number of first pixels arranged in an area defined by a unit of m×b among a plurality of first pixels emitting light transmitting the same viewpoint division unit among the plurality of viewpoint division units is n=b+m?1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Goro Hamagishi, Se Huhn Hur, Il-Joo Kim, Seung Jun Jeong
  • Patent number: 9913571
    Abstract: An endoscope system includes: an insertion portion inserted into a subject; a forward image pickup device configured to acquire a first subject image from a first direction; an image pickup device configured to acquire a second subject image from a second direction; and an image processing section configured to generate a bird's-eye view image based on a bird's-eye view subject image looking down on the subject from a virtual point of view away from the insertion portion and configured to execute a process of associating the first subject image and the first direction in the bird's-eye view subject image and associating the second subject image and the second direction in the bird's-eye view subject image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPOUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tatsuya Obara, Takeshi Takahashi, Takashi Ito, Hideyuki Kugimiya
  • Patent number: 9911022
    Abstract: This patent specification describes a barcode-reading system for a mobile device. The mobile device includes a camera and a white illumination source on the backside of the mobile device. The system includes a barcode reading accessory with at least one reflective surface folding both the field of view of the camera and the field of illumination of the mobile device towards a target area beyond the top side of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: The Code Corporation
    Inventors: Phil Utykanski, George Powell, Ryan Hoobler
  • Patent number: 9912835
    Abstract: Provided is an image forming apparatus including a receiver, the image forming apparatus being controlled based on a copy mode for copying an original read by a reading device that is connectable to the image forming apparatus and a print mode for printing image data received by the receiver. The image forming apparatus further includes an image forming unit configured to form an image, a measurement unit configured to measure a measurement image formed by the image forming unit, a controller configured to control the image forming unit to form the measurement image, and to control the measurement unit to measure the measurement image, and a detector configured to detect a connection state of the reading device. The measurement image includes a first measurement image for the copy mode and a second measurement image for the print mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masami Hano
  • Patent number: 9905096
    Abstract: In a monitoring apparatus, a monitoring area is scanned by an area sensor device to detect objects. Moving objects are identified among the detected objects, and, among the identified moving objects, a moving object which is the closest to a priority monitoring object which is preset in the monitoring area is set as a tracking target. The object which is set to be tracked is automatically tracked by a camera device. As a result, even if there are present a plurality of moving objects in the monitoring area, tracking targets are switched from one to another, so that it is possible to set a moving object desired by an observer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignees: DENSO WAVE INCORPORATED, DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masahiro Takiguchi, Tetsuya Iwasaki, Kenji Tsubone
  • Patent number: 9906767
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus and method for digital holographic table top display. The digital holographic table top display apparatus includes: a camera array configured to capture a plurality of channel images in an omni-directional range from a table by using a plurality of cameras; a controller configured to detect an observer from the plurality of channel images and to track a position of pupils of the observer in at least one channel image from which the observer is detected; and a display configured to reproduce a digital holographic image in a three-dimensional (3D) space according to the tracked position of the pupils.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Hyon Gon Choo, Soo Hyun Lee, Jin Woong Kim, Kyung Ae Moon
  • Patent number: 9894274
    Abstract: Digital photographing apparatus, methods of controlling the same, and computer-readable storage medium to increase success rates in panoramic photography are disclosed. A method of controlling a digital photographing apparatus is provided that includes initiating panoramic photography, and providing a capture guide when an image is captured during the panoramic photography.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kun-sop Kim, Seung-kyoon Shin
  • Patent number: 9892488
    Abstract: Various examples are directed to an image processing system comprising a mounting assembly, a first image sensor, a second image sensor, and a third image sensor. A processor may be programmed to receive, from the first image sensor, a first frame, receive, from the third image sensor, a third frame, and identify a first optical flow from the first frame to the third frame. Based at least in part on the first optical flow, the processor may generate a translation kernel describing a first translation from a first position of the first frame to a destination position, and apply the translation kernel to generate a translated first frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Ilya Vladimirovich Brailovskiy, Ilia Vitsnudel
  • Patent number: 9894273
    Abstract: A modular compound lens comprises an elementary unit with five powered optical elements capable of imaging a field of view of approximately 100 degrees with an F-number of 1.7. The compound lens exhibits image distortion of no more than 10% and a nearly diffraction limited modulation transfer function (MTF) of up to 100 line-pairs per millimeter. Additional optical components can be added to the compound lens to widen the field of view as desired without changing the F-number and without significant increase in image aberrations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael M. Tilleman
  • Patent number: 9888284
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed for bandwidth-efficient streaming of immersive content. In the context of a method, an example embodiment includes causing generation of immersive content by an immersive content capture device, retrieving, from a memory, buffer information regarding a current view buffer (CVB), one or more pre-fetch buffers (PFBs), and a free viewpoint buffer (FVB), and causing transmission, by a streaming server, of portions of the immersive content to an immersive content viewing system based on the retrieved buffer information regarding the CVB, the one or more PFBs, and the FVB. A corresponding apparatus and computer program product are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Sujeet Shyamsundar Mate, Igor Danilo Diego Curcio
  • Patent number: 9886776
    Abstract: Thermal imaging camera images are obtained from a thermal imaging camera that rotates through a plurality of stop positions. The camera captures images at a constant frame rate and at least some of the images correspond to stop positions. Thermal imaging camera images that correspond to a stop position are retained, while images that do not correspond to a stop position are discarded. Retained images are sent in a video stream to a video processor. The video stream is separated into individual thermal imaging camera images and stored for corresponding virtual camera devices that correspond to specific stop positions. In addition, the position of the camera and individual pixels of images are both correlated to geographical location data, and depth values for the pixels are determined based on the geographical data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Thermal Imaging Radar, LLC
    Inventors: Michael D. Dortch, Larry J. Price
  • Patent number: 9875579
    Abstract: The described technology regards an augmented reality system and method for estimating a position of a location of interest relative to the position and orientation of a display. Systems of the described technology include a plurality of sensors, a processing module or other computation means, and a database. Methods of the described technology use data from the sensor package useful to accurately generate signals to render graphical user interface information on a display, using vision-aiding processes, including horizon-matching, land-matching and Sun-matching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Applied Research Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Alberico Menozzi, Herman Towles
  • Patent number: 9877016
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described include defining, at a computing device, a set of images based on captured images, projecting, at the computing device, a portion of the set of images from a planar perspective image plane onto a spherical image plane by recasting a plurality of viewing rays associated with the portion of the set of images from a plurality of viewpoints arranged around a curved path to a viewpoint, determining, at the computing device, a periphery boundary corresponding to the viewpoint and generating updated images by removing pixels that are outside of the periphery boundary, and providing, for display, the updated images within the bounds of the periphery boundary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Carlos Hernandez Esteban, Robert Anderson, Changchang Wu, Michael Krainin
  • Patent number: 9874443
    Abstract: The method employs a computer interconnected with a GPS transceiver and a distance measurement means and operatively interconnected with a digital camera, all provided on a moving vehicle, to acquire a plurality of geographic location related images. A first geographic position is obtained from the GPS transceiver and a plurality of distance measurements are then received before a second geographic position is taken. A photo request is generated after a pre-determined distance is traveled, as determined by the distance measurement means, and transmitted to the digital camera. The camera takes a photo based on the request; and the photos, photo requests, first and second positions and distance measurements are stored for post-processing. Post-processing determines a path traveled by the vehicle using the positions and distance measurements to determine an accurate geographic location and orientation for each photo. The method is suitable for building a database of geographically related images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Inventor: Jeffrey Hack
  • Patent number: 9875520
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method comprises: extracting a setting from a description file of a virtual pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera used to capture an original image through a wide-angle lens; determining a first set of coordinates of a pixel of the original image for each cell of a sparse conversion map represented as a first look-up table, wherein the sparse conversion map corresponds to a sparse grid of pixels of an output image; determining, via interpolating the first set of coordinates, a second set of coordinates of a pixel of the original image for each cell of a full conversion map, wherein the second set of coordinates is represented as a second look-up table, wherein the full conversion map corresponds to a full grid of pixels of the output image; instructing a display to present the output image, wherein the original image is less rectilinear than the output image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Intelligent Security Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Oleg Vladimirovich Stepanenko