Panoramic Patents (Class 348/36)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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
  • 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: 9869779
    Abstract: A method is described for setting the detection of a macropixel signal of an x-ray detector with a plurality of pixels, each combined to form at least one macropixel. The geometrical efficiency and the signal drift factor of the individual pixels are first established. A target drift value is established. A parameter, which sets a compromise between an allowed drift of the macropixel signals and the achievable dose efficiency, is also defined. Based on the established parameters, the weighting of the individual pixel signals, taking into account a function taking account of the signal drift and the dose utilization of the resulting macropixel signal depending on the weightings of the pixel signals, is established. A weighted addition of the individual pixel signals to form macropixel signals is defined on the basis of the weightings. A signal detection device, an x-ray detector and a computed tomography system are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Steffen Kappler
  • Patent number: 9858642
    Abstract: Techniques herein are for generating geometric models. A method involves receiving a raw data set. Generation parameters include an abstraction function, a raw data set, a plurality of size pairs, and a quality interval. Each size pair comprises a view size and a portion size. The view size comprises an amount of display area. The portion size comprises an amount of raw data. For each size pair, associate a set of grid square sizes with the size pair. Each grid square size comprises a multiple of natural units. The quality interval contains a multiplicative product of the grid square size times a ratio of the view size to the portion size. Generate a set of geometric models based on the raw data set, the plurality of size pairs, the abstraction function, and the set of grid square sizes associated with the plurality of size pairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rupesh Verma, Subramanian Venkateswaran, Yao-Cheng Tien, Jay J. Zhu
  • Patent number: 9853758
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a signal mixing device are provided. An example method includes generating a mixing request during a live performance based on sensed mouth movement when sensed audio from the mouth is less than a threshold. In such an example method, the sensed mouth movement may be generated from a sensor mounted separately from an audio sensor of a microphone, and may be displayed at a mixing console during the live performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Harman International Industries, Incorporated
    Inventor: Vinod Channegowda
  • Patent number: 9854225
    Abstract: An imaging unit includes a plurality of imaging devices configured to capture images of an object; a circuit substrate configured to generate image data based on the images captured by the imaging devices; a chassis that holds the imaging devices; and a heat transfer member including a contacting portion configured to contact an installed member in a case where the imaging unit is installed on the installed member. The heat transfer member contacts the chassis or the circuit substrate, and heat conductivity of the heat transfer member is greater than the heat conductivity of the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Tomonori Kimura, Shu Kambe, Maiko Yasui, Shuji Takamatsu, Masashi Adachi
  • Patent number: 9848128
    Abstract: A photographing apparatus is provided. The apparatus includes a first buffer configured to store a plurality of images generated by a first camera module among a plurality of camera modules, a second buffer configured to store a plurality of images generated by a second camera module among the plurality of camera modules, a display configured to display an image generated by the first camera module as a live image, and a controller configured to analyze the images stored in the first buffer and the second buffer using at least one of image information of each image stored in the first buffer and the second buffer and photographing information of the plurality of camera modules, and in response to an event occurring in at least one of the plurality of images stored in the second buffer, to control the display to provide a state notification service on the second camera module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tae-hee Lee, Kyoung-hwan Moon, Kwon-jeong Kang, Hee-chul Han, Jae-gon Kim
  • Patent number: 9843726
    Abstract: A device includes one or more image sensors that capture live video data and a memory that stores the captured live video data. The device includes circuitry that determines an angle-of-view for one or more frames of the live video data and generates wide angle video data that has a larger angle-of-view than the one or more frames of the live video data. The circuitry determines one or more angles-of-view not represented in the wide angle video data by the live video data. The circuitry generates make-up image data captured at a later time than the live video data, wherein the make-up image data has an angle-of-view corresponding to at least one of the one or more angles-of-view that are not represented in the wide angle video data by the live video data. The circuitry updates the wide angle video data to include the make-up image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Mobile Communications Inc.
    Inventor: Kenji Tokutake
  • Patent number: 9836408
    Abstract: A data processing method, a computer readable medium, and a data processing device capable of improving processing efficiency are provided. A storage destination of sub-read blocks is changed to a high-speed small-capacity memory on a high layer by adding a shape attribute in an attribute group for data blocks, adding a memory access monitoring unit for obtaining the shape attribute of a data block to the configuration of a data processing device, obtaining the shape attribute of the non-rectangular read block by executing a program on a trial basis, and propagating this shape attribute in a direction opposite to a data flow or a process flow within the program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Renesas Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Katsunori Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9832448
    Abstract: Using the techniques discussed herein, a set of images is captured by one or more array imagers (106). Each array imager includes multiple imagers configured in various manners. Each array imager captures multiple images of substantially a same scene at substantially a same time. The images captured by each array image are encoded by multiple processors (112, 114). Each processor can encode sets of images captured by a different array imager, or each processor can encode different sets of images captured by the same array imager. The encoding of the images is performed using various image-compression techniques so that the information that results from the encoding is smaller, in terms of storage size, than the uncompressed images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: John T. Bretscher, Randall S. Vaas
  • Patent number: 9823441
    Abstract: A three-piece optical lens for capturing image and a three-piece optical module for capturing image, along the optical axis in order from an object side to an image side, include a first lens with positive refractive power, wherein an object-side surface thereof can be convex; a second lens with refractive power; and a third lens with refractive power, wherein both surfaces of each of the aforementioned lenses can be aspheric; the third lens can have positive refractive power, wherein an image-side surface thereof can be concave, and both surfaces thereof are aspheric; at least one surface of the third lens has an inflection point whereby the optical lens can increase aperture value and improve the imaging quality for use in compact cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ability Opto-Electronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yao-Wei Liu, Yeong-Ming Chang
  • Patent number: 9819863
    Abstract: Aspects relate to methods and systems for producing ultra-wide field of view images. In some embodiments, an image capture system for capturing wide field-of-view images comprises an aperture, a central camera positioned to receive light through the aperture, the center camera having an optical axis, a plurality of periphery cameras disposed beside the central camera and pointed towards a portion of the optical axis of the center camera, the plurality of cameras arranged around the center camera, and a plurality of extendible reflectors. The reflectors are configured to move from a first position to a second position and have a mirrored first surface that faces away from the optical axis of the center camera and a second black surface that faces towards the optical axis of the center camera, the plurality of periphery cameras arranged around the center camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Thomas Wesley Osborne, Todor Georgiev Georgiev, Sergiu Radu Goma
  • Patent number: 9819854
    Abstract: A mobile terminal and a method for controlling the same are disclosed. The mobile terminal and method for controlling same can recognize a first input, which is applied to a first area of the display unit on which a preview image obtained by driving a camera is displayed, as a triggering signal for entering a specific photographing mode and enter the specific photographing mode, upon reception of the first input. According to the present invention, grip of the mobile terminal can be improved by processing an operation of gripping the mobile terminal as a valid input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Daeduek Cho
  • Patent number: 9811934
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a mobile terminal capable of image capture and a control method thereof. A mobile terminal according to an embodiment of the present disclosure may include a display unit, a camera arranged with a plurality of lenses along a plurality of lines, and a controller configured to capture images entered through the plurality of lenses, and display a first image on the display unit among a plurality of captured images, wherein the controller changes at least one region of the first image to at least part of an image different from the first image among the plurality of images based on the user's selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Minchul Kim, Jeonghyun Lee, Kyungmin Cho, Jaemoo Lee, Jongkyeong Park
  • Patent number: 9811733
    Abstract: A method of selecting a frame from a plurality of video frames captured by a camera (120). The method determines features to which map points in a three dimensional space are projected. A histogram of the determined features for a plurality of regions in the frame is created. One of the regions may be determined as being an unmapped region based on the created histogram. The frame is selected based on the size of the unmapped region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ka Ming Leung
  • Patent number: 9804023
    Abstract: A glare measuring system is configured to have an imaging camera which is supported to be rotatable within a horizontal plane, and a processing device which calculates equivalent veiling luminance on the basis of a pickup image of the imaging camera and calculates the value of a glare rating GR on the basis of the equivalent veiling luminance. The imaging camera has a super-wide-angle lens mounted thereon, and picks up an image in a position which is rotated within the horizontal plane by every angle corresponding to the angle of view ? of the super-wide-angle. The processing device combines pickup images to generate a composite image in which a glare measurement direction is set to the center of the composite image, calculates equivalent veiling luminance on the basis of the composite image, and calculates the value of the glare rating in the glare measurement direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: IWASAKI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tetsuji Yamada, Kosuke Oshima
  • Patent number: 9802538
    Abstract: A method provides driver information in a motor vehicle, in which method a recording device of the motor vehicle captures an image flow containing images of at least one part of the environment of the motor vehicle. A display unit in the interior of the motor vehicle reproduces at least one image section of the image flow. A display control unit of the motor vehicle automatically modifies the environmental section shown to the driver by reproducing the image section using the display unit. During the reproduction of the image section, in addition to the representation of the environmental section, at least first optical information relating to the position of the environmental section relative to the motor vehicle is output to the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Alexander Augst
  • Patent number: 9800786
    Abstract: A stable and controllable shooting apparatus, comprising a shooting module, a stabilizer module and a main control module, wherein the shooting module and the stabilizer module are respectively connected with the main control module, the stabilizer module comprises a handheld part and an X-axis motor, a Y-axis motor, and a Z-axis motor which are arranged at top of the handheld part and are orthogonal in a space, wherein a stator of the Z-axis motor is connected with the handheld part, a rotor of the Z-axis motor is connected with a stator of the Y-axis motor, a rotor of the Y-axis motor is connected with a stator of the X-axis motor, and a rotor of the X-axis motor is connected with the shooting module. The stable and controllable shooting apparatus may be quickly stabilized during moving shooting and its shooting direction may be controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Guilin Feiyu Technology Corporation Ltd.
    Inventor: Chengyun Wei
  • Patent number: 9794498
    Abstract: Multiple cameras are arranged in an array at a pitch, roll, and yaw that allow the cameras to have adjacent fields of view such that each camera is pointed inward relative to the array. The read window of an image sensor of each camera in a multi-camera array can be adjusted to minimize the overlap between adjacent fields of view, to maximize the correlation within the overlapping portions of the fields of view, and to correct for manufacturing and assembly tolerances. Images from cameras in a multi-camera array with adjacent fields of view can be manipulated using low-power warping and cropping techniques, and can be taped together to form a final image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy MacMillan, Scott Patrick Campbell
  • Patent number: 9792690
    Abstract: A shape measurement system includes one or more lighting units located in a case that illuminate a target object located in the case, one or more image capture units located in the case that capture an image of the target object, a holding unit that holds the image capture units and the lighting units so as to form a polyhedron shape approximating a sphere, a selector that selects at least one of the image capture units and at least one of the lighting units to be operated, and a shape calculator that calculates a 3-D shape of the target object based on image data captured by the selected image capture unit under light emitted by the selected lighting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Kinoshita, Atsuo Kawaguchi, Shogo Ishida, Kazuki Tokoyoda
  • Patent number: 9794479
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the field of panoramic still and motion photography. In a first embodiment, a camera apparatus for panoramic photography includes a first image sensor positioned to capture a first image. The first image sensor has a rolling-shutter readout arranged in portrait orientation. The camera apparatus also includes second image sensor positioned to capture a second image. The second image sensor has a rolling-shutter readout arranged in portrait orientation. Finally, the camera apparatus includes a controller configured to signal the second image sensor to start capturing the second image before the first image sensor finishes capturing the first image. At least a portion of the first image is in front of the second image relative to a forward direction of the camera apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Francis Lyon, Gary Embler, Iain Richard Tyrone McClatchie, Jason Holt
  • Patent number: 9787939
    Abstract: Video conferencing is performed using near-end and far-end devices at near-end and far-end sites, respectively. Each device has a display surface and a video camera. The view of the far-end scene displayed by the near-end device is selected as a function of the position of the near-end user relative to the near-end device. As the near-end user moves toward the left, the view pans toward the right of the far-end scene. As the near-end user moves toward the right, the view pans toward the left of the far-end scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Julien George Beguin, Eric Alan Breitbard, Robert Steven Murdock, Meng Li, Michael Douglas McQueen
  • Patent number: 9779093
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and computer program product are provided in order to playback video and/or audio files wherein a desired segment is selected and played back based on its spatial audio content. In the context of a method, playback of media data is provided. The method may include generating one or more spatial seek points for the media data and causing display of information corresponding to the one or more spatial seek points. The method may further include performing the generation of the one or more seek points based on receiving a request for spatial seek points, automatically upon receiving the media data or upon starting playback of the media data, or based on the format of the media data. The method may further include receiving a selection of one of the one or more spatial seek points and providing for playback of the media data from a time point corresponding to the selected spatial seek point. A corresponding apparatus and a computer program product are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Roope Olavi Jarvinen, Miikka Vilermo
  • Patent number: 9781342
    Abstract: Systems and methods for identifying comment clusters for panoramic content segments. A panoramic content segment of digital content may be hosted to client computing platforms. User comment information may be received. The user comment information may convey user comments, include time indications for a duration of a content segment, and/or include location indications for a panorama of the panoramic content segment. A comment distribution may be determined from the user comment information. A comment cluster may be identified based on the comment distribution. View information may be received from a client computing platform. Whether a view range associated with the comment cluster identified is located within or outside one or more visible ranges of viewing angles selected by the user may be determined. Alert information may be generated and/or transmitted for effectuating presentation of a notification on the client computing platform associated with the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Logan Turley, David Chalmers, Todd Garnet Wagner, Karan Nischol
  • Patent number: 9781334
    Abstract: A control method, a camera device and an electronic equipment are provided in the disclosure. After acquiring a first control instruction, the lens of the camera device is controlled to perform a preset operation according to the first control instruction, until a preview image captured by the camera device meets a first preset requirement. The preset operation at least includes controlling the lens to form a first inclination angle with respect to an initial position of the lens. Thus the angle between a lens plane and an image plane is adjusted, i.e., the clarity at various parts of the image acquired by the camera device is adjusted, thus a target image desired by a user can be acquired by the camera device, thereby improving user experiences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignees: Beijing Lenovo Software Ltd., Lenovo (Beijing) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jiefeng Chen
  • Patent number: 9770203
    Abstract: A force measurement system is disclosed herein. The force measurement system includes a force measurement assembly configured to receive a subject thereon, at least one visual display device having an output screen, and one or more data processing devices configured to generate a screen image comprising a plurality of substantially concentric bands on the output screen of the at least one visual display device that is configured to create a visual stimuli for the subject disposed on the force measurement assembly. A method for testing a subject is also disclosed herein. The method for testing a subject utilizes reality-altering glasses that are used to perturb a visual input of a subject. Also, in one or more embodiments, the reality-altering glasses are used in conjunction with a force measurement assembly configured to receive the subject thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Bertec Corporation
    Inventors: Necip Berme, Scott Zerkle Barnes, Lewis Michael Nashner
  • Patent number: 9761050
    Abstract: Provided is an information provision device for a glasses-type terminal, including: a camera; and a controller that is configured to detect a first object from an image that is captured through the camera, to recognize information that is indicated on the detected first object, to recognize a second object associated with the recognized information from the image that is captured through the camera for a predetermined first time starting from a point in time at which the first object is detected, and to store the recognized second object in a storage unit along with the recognized information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sunryang Kim, Jinsung Im, Jongpil Won
  • Patent number: 9757985
    Abstract: A system and method for providing a gear selection indication for a vehicle that includes receiving an image of a gear shifting region of the vehicle from a vehicle camera system. The system and method also include processing the image of the gear shifting region into processed image data. Additionally, the system and method include determining a currently selected gear of a plurality of gears of a transmission unit of the vehicle based on the processed image data. The system and method further include outputting the currently selected gear of the plurality of gears. Outputting the determined currently selected gear includes at least one of: communicating the currently selected gear to a gear selection indicator that presents the determined currently selected gear, and communicating the currently selected gear to vehicle systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jun Iwamoto
  • Patent number: 9762796
    Abstract: There is provided an image processing apparatus including a display image generation section configured to generate display image data by performing a display projection process in a case where panorama image data to be a display target is judged to be a full circumference panorama image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Atsushi Kimura
  • Patent number: 9749539
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus that records a moving image used for generating a still image by a generation unit, comprises: a correction amount calculation unit configured to calculate, for each frame of the moving image, a correction amount for correction of a rolling shutter distortion of an image signal based on a shake amount detected by a camera shake amount detection unit; and a recording unit configured to record the correction amount in association with an image for each frame of the moving image, wherein the generation unit corrects an image of a selected frame from among the images of the frames based on the associated correction amount, and generates a still image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kenichi Miyasako
  • Patent number: 9747677
    Abstract: An example disclosed method includes generating a composite image by merging unblocked portions of first and second images, each of the first and second images being representative of an environment; identifying a blocked portion of the first and second images; determining, by the processor, whether the blocked portion has been blocked for greater than a threshold amount of time; and in response to determining that the blocked portion has been blocked for greater than the threshold amount of time, including the blocked portion in the composite image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Richard M. Clayton, Karthik Lakshminarayanan, Miklos Stern
  • Patent number: 9742994
    Abstract: This specification describes technologies relating to digital images. In general, one aspect of the subject matter described in this specification can be embodied in methods that include the actions of receiving a source wide-angle image; identifying one or more locally salient features of the source wide-angle image; calculating a mapping from the source wide-angle image to a two-dimensional mapped wide-angle image according to constraints using the identified one or more spatially variable salient features; and rendering the mapped wide-angle image using the calculated mapping such that the mapped wide-angle image reduces distortion of the locally salient features relative to the distortion of the source wide angle image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: Aseem O. Agarwala, Robert E. Carroll
  • Patent number: 9734413
    Abstract: An image generation apparatus includes a processor that generates an output image based on input images captured by multiple imaging units mounted on a paver including a hopper, a tractor, and a screed. The output image includes a hopper image representing a downward view of the hopper, a left-side surrounding image representing a downward view of a surrounding area on the left side in a movement direction of the paver, a right-side surrounding image representing a downward view of a surrounding area on the right side in the moving direction of the paver, and an illustration image of the tractor. The processor arranges the hopper image, the left-side surrounding image, the right-side surrounding image, and the illustration image such that the output image represents a downward view of the paver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: SUMITOMO HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Tomoko Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 9733458
    Abstract: Aspects relate to an array camera exhibiting little or no parallax artifacts in captured images. For example, the planes of the central mirror surfaces of the array camera can be located at a midpoint along, and orthogonally to, a line between the corresponding camera location and the virtual camera location. Accordingly, the cones of all of the cameras in the array appear as if coming from the virtual camera location after folding by the mirrors. Each sensor in the array “sees” a portion of the image scene using a corresponding facet of the central mirror prism, and accordingly each individual sensor/mirror pair represents only a sub-aperture of the total array camera. The complete array camera has a synthetic aperture generated based on the sum of all individual aperture rays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Todor Georgiev Georgiev, Thomas Wesley Osborne, Sergiu Radu Goma
  • Patent number: 9736370
    Abstract: A hand-held digital camera has a touch-sensitive display screen (“touch screen”) for image preview and user control of the camera, and a user-selectable panorama mode. Upon entering panorama mode the camera superimposes upon the touch screen a horizontal rectangular bar whose width and/or height are user-adjustable by interaction with the touch screen to select a desired horizontal sweep angle. After the sweep angle is set the camera automatically captures successive horizontally overlapping images during a sweep of the device through the selected sweep angle. Subsequently the camera synthesizes a panoramic image from the successively captured images, the panoramic image having a width corresponding to the selected sweep angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: FotoNation Limited
    Inventors: Igor Barcovschi, George Susanu, Serghei Carateev
  • Patent number: 9729771
    Abstract: A three-piece optical lens for capturing image and a three-piece optical module for capturing image, along the optical axis in order from an object side to an image side, include a first lens with positive refractive power; a second lens with refractive power; and a third lens with refractive power; and at least one of the image-side surface and object-side surface of each of the three lens elements are aspheric. The optical lens can increase aperture value and improve the imaging quality for use in compact cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: ABILITY OPTO-ELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kuo-Yu Liao, Yao-Wei Liu, Yeong-Ming Chang
  • Patent number: 9720413
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to providing flight control for an unmanned aerial vehicle based on opposing fields of view with overlap. The UAV may include a housing, a motor, a first image sensor, a second image sensor, a first optical element having a first field of view greater than 180 degrees, a second optical element having a second field of view greater than 180 degrees, and one or more processors. The first optical element and the second optical element may be carried by the housing such that a centerline of the second field of view is substantially opposite from a centerline of the first field of view, and a peripheral portion of the first field of view and a peripheral portion of the second field of view overlap. Flight control for the UAV may be provided based on parallax disparity of an object within the overlapping fields of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Pablo Lema, Gary Fong, Shu Ching Ip
  • Patent number: 9723034
    Abstract: An online system and method are disclosed. An exemplary method includes providing meeting information to a server and/or a participant device prior to the online meeting and streaming audio content to participants during the meeting. The system and method allow online meeting participants to connect to and view meeting information using less network bandwidth during the meeting, compared to traditional online meeting systems and methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Mitel Networks Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Yeung, Jim Davies
  • Patent number: 9723223
    Abstract: A server includes an input node to receive video streams forming a panoramic video. The server also receives audio tracks corresponding to the video streams. A module forms an audio track based upon a combination of at least two of the audio tracks and directional viewing data. The audio track may be a stereo, mixed or surround sound audio track with volume modulation based upon the directional viewing data. An output node sends the audio track to a client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Bill Banta, Paul Alioshin
  • Patent number: 9709772
    Abstract: A three-piece optical lens for capturing image and a three-piece optical module for capturing image, along the optical axis in order from an object side to an image side, include a first lens with positive refractive power; a second lens with refractive power; and a third lens with refractive power; and at least one of the image-side surface and object-side surface of each of the three lens elements are aspheric. The optical lens can increase aperture value and improve the imaging quality for use in compact cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: ABILITY OPTO-ELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yao-Wei Liu, Yeong-Ming Chang
  • Patent number: 9712746
    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: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    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: 9704361
    Abstract: A user may input one or more messages (e.g., visual or audio content) with respect to a projection device that is to project the messages to users within an environment. The user may additionally input related information that dictates a context and manner in which the messages are to be projected. The projection device may monitor the environment to identify users, events or actions within the environment. Upon detecting and identifying a particular user, the projection device may visually project the messages onto a surface within the environment, or may audibly output the messages within the environment, which may convey a particular meaning to that user. Optionally, the projection device may authenticate the user in order to determine that the user is the intended recipient of the messages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: William R. Hazlewood, Shweta D. Grampurohit, Daniel C. Bay, Sunny A. Consolvo, Beverly L. Harrison
  • Patent number: 9704298
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating a 360 degree mixed virtual reality environment that provides a 360 degree view of an environment in accordance with embodiments of the invention are described. In a number of embodiments, the 360 degree mixed virtual reality environment is obtained by (1) combining one or more real world videos that capture images of an environment with (2) a virtual world environment that includes various synthetic objects that may be placed within the real world clips. Furthermore, the virtual objects embedded within the 360 degree mixed reality environment interact with the real world objects depicted in the real world environment to provide a realistic mixed reality experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Paofit Holdings Pte Ltd.
    Inventors: Tonny Espeset, Andrei Richard Frank, Marc Scott Hardy