Multiple Channels Patents (Class 348/38)
  • Patent number: 10389938
    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: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Kenji Tokutake
  • Patent number: 10372165
    Abstract: A display device and a control method are disclosed. The display device comprises: a flexible display unit capable of displaying an image in two directions; a camera unit, which is disposed in a first direction and receives as an input the image in the first direction; and a control unit, wherein the control unit can temporarily capture the image input in the first direction and display the temporarily captured image in the first direction on the flexible display unit in a second direction or a bent region of the flexible display unit when the region of the flexible display unit, which includes the camera unit, is bent in the second direction at an angle equal to or greater than a preset angle, so that the camera unit can receive as an input the image in the second direction, which is opposite the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Doyoung Lee
  • Patent number: 10333728
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a reception apparatus, a reception method, a transmission apparatus, and a transmission method, by which efficient filtering processing can be performed. Provided is a reception apparatus, including: a reception unit that receives a broadcast wave of digital broadcasting using an IP (Internet Protocol) transmission system; and a filtering processing unit that performs filtering processing on a packet by using filtering information, the filtering information being provided in a header of the packet, the packet being transmitted in a baseband stream in a first layer via the broadcast wave, the first layer being lower than an IP layer in a hierarchy of a protocol of the IP transmission system. The present technology is applicable to a television receiver, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jun Kitahara, Naohisa Kitazato, Yasuaki Yamagishi
  • Patent number: 10293752
    Abstract: A first capturing image unit mounted on a vehicle body captures an image of surroundings of a work vehicle. A second capturing image unit is disposed above the work implement and captures an image of an area in front of the work implement. A first image generation unit generates, from the image captured by the first capturing image unit, a surroundings composite image, which depicts the surroundings of the work vehicle in a bird's-eye view and is synthesized with a vehicle model depicting the work vehicle. A second image generation unit generates, from the image captured by the second image capturing unit, a work implement composite image, which depicts the area in front of the work implement and is synthesized with the vehicle model and the surroundings composite image. A display unit displays a display image including the vehicle model, the surroundings composite image, and the work implement composite image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignees: THE UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO, KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventors: Atsushi Yamashita, Soichiro Iwataki, Hajime Asama, Yuushi Oshikawa, Takashi Noda
  • Patent number: 10237476
    Abstract: A display system for a machine includes multiple imaging devices configured to capture image data of an environment around the machine. The display system includes a position sensor configured to generate signals indicative of position of an operator seat. The display system further includes a display screen in communication with the imaging device and the position sensor. The display screen receives the image data from the multiple imaging devices. The display screen displays an image on the display screen based on the image data. The display screen receives the signals indicative of the position of the operator seat. Further, the display screen adjusts the image being displayed on the display screen based on the position of the operator seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Hassan Ali, Zarnaben Patel
  • Patent number: 10225467
    Abstract: A system and method of capturing view-point-encoded 360° video data with a 360° camera includes capturing a frame of video including a substantially 360° view and contemporaneously receiving position information from one or more mobile electronic devices such as cellphones linked to the camera. The position information identifies a viewpoint associated with each mobile electronic device. The camera records the captured video frame and the received position information together such that one or more of the viewpoints may be selected during later playback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Justin Eltoft, Michael Gunn
  • Patent number: 10198144
    Abstract: Systems and methods for multidimensional navigation are disclosed. An application presents an interface for displaying resources. The interface comprises a first control for navigating resources according to a first dimension and a second control for navigating resources according to a second dimension. The application presents a first resource. The application receives a user input for selecting a link to a second resource. The application determines whether to navigate to the second resource via the first dimension or via the second dimension. Upon determining to navigate to the second resource via the first dimension, the application provides for use of the first control to navigate back to the first resource. Upon determining to navigate to the second resource via the second dimension, the application provides for use of the second control to navigate back to the first resource.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: John Lee Munoz, Kevin O'Malley, Brett Aladdin Barros
  • Patent number: 10179544
    Abstract: A vehicle exterior observation device is provided with imaging devices (1L, 1R) and an image control unit (2). The imaging devices (1L, 1R) are each provided with: an imaging element (13) having an imaging surface; a first image-producing optical system (14t) configured so as to form, on the imaging surface, a first image of a first imaging area (13t) of the vehicle exterior at a first imaging magnification; and a second image-producing optical system (14w) configured so as to form, on the imaging surface, a second image of a second imaging area (13w) of the vehicle exterior at a second imaging magnification different from the first imaging magnification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Osamu Endo, Naoki Tatara
  • Patent number: 10126634
    Abstract: A camera array mount made with a series of links is provided that is easy to set up, dynamically reconfigurable, compact, and convenient to store and transport. The links are dynamically configurable into camera array mounts with adjustable radius of curvatures. The links are made of plastic, composites, metals, aluminum, or alloys that can be molded or cast for mass production. The links can be broken down for storage and transport. The links can be adapted for various camera sizes and camera mounts. The links provide improved indexing with angled slots that reduce pin slop. The links provide an optimized weight to support ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventor: Davo Scheich
  • Patent number: 10126532
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a mobile terminal, which includes a terminal body, an optical system located in the terminal body and being configured to receive light; a rod located at a side of the optical system; and a curved mirror located at an end portion of the rod, wherein the rod and the curved mirror are positionable between a first state and a second state, wherein in the first state the rod and the curved mirror are relatively closer to the optical system, and in the second state the rod and the curved mirror have been extended outward from the optical system, and wherein the curved mirror reflects omnidirectional light incident on the curved mirror toward the optical system when in the second state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jongpil Kim, Dongjin Lee, Sungbum Joo, Hakhae Kim
  • Patent number: 10122919
    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: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: FotoNation Limited
    Inventors: Igor Barcovschi, George Susanu, Serghei Carateev
  • Patent number: 10044933
    Abstract: A periphery monitoring device for a work machine includes imaging devices that capture an image of the surroundings of the work machine. An overhead view image is generated from the surroundings of the work machine based upon upper view-point images of the image devices. When generating an overhead view image of an overlap region of first and second upper view-point images relating to the images captured by the first and second imaging devices, the overhead view image generating unit, based upon a height of a virtual monitoring target, sets at least one of a first region in which the first upper view-point image is displayed and a second region in which the second upper view-point image is displayed, and also sets a third region in which a composite display image based upon the first and second upper view-point images is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Moritaka Oota, Yoichi Kowatari, Yoshihiro Inanobe
  • Patent number: 9996934
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method comprising obtaining a desired field of view (FOV) for an image arranged to be captured, determining a required field of view (r_fov) of the FOV for each active camera sensor of a camera array having a field of view (fov), comparing the r_fov and the fov, and determining a bend angle between adjacent camera sensors to achieve the FOV by camera sensors of the camera sensor array, if the r_fov is less than or equal to the fov. The invention further relates to an apparatus, a system and a computer program product that perform the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Sujeet Shyamsundar Mate, Jussi Leppanen, Junsheng Fu, Pouria Babahajiani
  • Patent number: 9992412
    Abstract: A camera device having verged cameras is disclosed. A camera device may include a housing and four cameras disposed in the housing. The housing may define a horizontal plane passing through the center of the housing. Each of the four cameras may be verged at an angle defined by a longitudinal center axis of the camera and the horizontal plane. Each camera may include a vertical field of view verged at the same angle. The camera device may produce a panoramic image (e.g., a panoramic still image or panoramic video) using two or more of the cameras. Systems and processes including the camera device are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Ambrish Tyagi
  • Patent number: 9973695
    Abstract: A first image sensor may generate images capturing a first portion of a capture field. The capture of images by the first image sensor may be characterized by a first rolling shutter direction. A second image sensor may generate images capturing a second portion of the capture field. The capture of images by the second image sensor may be characterized by a second rolling shutter direction. The first portion may be adjacent to the second portion. The first rolling shutter direction may be parallel to and the same as the second rolling shutter direction. A first image may be obtained from the first image sensor. A second image may be obtained from the second image sensor. A stitched image may be generated based on the first image and the second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Antoine Méler, Martin Arnoux
  • Patent number: 9967660
    Abstract: A signal processing apparatus is provided. The apparatus includes an obtaining unit configured to obtain direction sounds in respective directivity directions from audio signals picked up by a plurality of sound pickup units, and a control unit configured to control, in accordance with a frequency of the direction sounds obtained by the obtaining unit, a directivity direction count indicating the number of directivity directions corresponding to the direction sounds obtained by the obtaining unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Noriaki Tawada
  • Patent number: 9967444
    Abstract: Disclosed are an apparatus and a method to capture an image in an electronic device. The method includes capturing images focused on an object by a camera module mounted on a flexible display configured to bend in a direction of the object. The method also includes synthesizing the captured images and processing the synthesized image into an image of a set type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jongchul Choi, Heesung Kim, Hyungjin Park
  • Patent number: 9918011
    Abstract: A method for generating a 360 degree view. N input images are captured from N cameras fixed at a baseline height equidistantly about a circle in an omnipolar camera setup where N?3. Two epipolar lines are defined per field of view from the cameras to divide the field of view of each one of the cameras into four parts. Image portions from each one of the cameras are stitched together along vertical stitching planes passing through the epipolar lines. Regions corresponding to a visible camera are removed from the image portions using deviations performed along the epipolar lines. Output images are formed for left and right eye omnistereo views by stitching together the first one of the four parts from each one of the fields of view and the second one of the four parts from each one of the fields of view, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: VALORISATION-RECHERCHE, LIMITED PARTNERSHIP
    Inventors: Vincent Chapdelaine-Couture, Sébastien Roy
  • Patent number: 9900522
    Abstract: A camera or vision system for establishing a composite image for displaying in a vehicle includes a first camera and a second camera and a controller. Each camera has a respective field of view that overlaps partially with the respective field of view of the other camera. Each camera has a respective imager for generating a respective preliminary digital image. The cameras together have a combined field of view. The controller is programmed to generate a final composite digital image that corresponds to a selected digital representation of the combined field of view of the cameras by using a remapping table to remap selected pixels from each of the preliminary digital images into selected positions of the final composite digital image. A plurality of methods for establishing a composite image are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Yuesheng Lu
  • Patent number: 9856856
    Abstract: An automated system for mitigating risk from a wind farm. The automated system may include an array of a plurality of image capturing devices independently mounted in a wind farm. The array may include a plurality of low resolution cameras and at least one high resolution camera. The plurality of low resolution cameras may be interconnected and may detect a spherical field surrounding the wind farm. A server is in communication with the array of image capturing devices. The server may automatically analyze images to classify an airborne object captured by the array of image capturing devices in response to receiving the images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: IdentiFlight International, LLC
    Inventors: Eric S. Wenger, Andrew G. Oliver, Victor L. Babbitt, Thomas R. Hiester
  • Patent number: 9838600
    Abstract: Described herein are manufacturing methods and camera system designs that provide precise alignment between multiple camera modules mounted on a common chassis. The chassis includes a plurality of mounting regions, with each mounting region including one or more mounting posts. Each camera module includes one or more guiding holes into which the mounting posts are inserted. By precisely positioning the guiding holes and the mounting posts, the alignment of the camera modules with the chassis and the other camera modules may be controlled with high precision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Samuel Waising Tam, Tak Shing Pang, Wei Li
  • Patent number: 9835564
    Abstract: A camera head for inspecting pipes or cavities including an array of two or more imaging elements with overlapping Fields of View (FOV) is disclosed. The camera head may include one or more light source elements, such as LEDs, for providing illumination in dimly lit inspection sites, such as the interior of underground pipes. The imaging elements and LEDs may be used in conjunction with a remote display device, such as an LCD panel of a camera control unit (CCU) or monitor in proximity to an operator, to display the interior of a pipe or other cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: SEESCAN, INC.
    Inventors: Mark S. Olsson, Eric M. Chapman, Nicholas A. Smith
  • Patent number: 9826152
    Abstract: Single-unit, 360-degree cameras are provided with lighting arrays and a multifunctional lumens, as well as systems and methods for mounting, moving, and/or cooling the cameras such that the operator, lighting, and carriers of the camera are at least substantially invisible to the lens of the camera when taking a spherical image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: SPHERICAM INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Martin, Servaes Joordens
  • Patent number: 9778351
    Abstract: Described is system for surveillance that integrates radar with a panoramic staring sensor. The system captures image frames of a field-of-view of a scene using a multi-camera panoramic staring sensor. The field-of-view is scanned with a radar sensor to detect an object of interest. A radar detection is received when the radar sensor detects the object of interest. A radar message indicating the presence of the object of interest is generated. Each image frame is marked with a timestamp. The image frames are stored in a frame storage database. The set of radar-based coordinates from the radar message is converted into a set of multi-camera panoramic sensor coordinates. A video clip comprising a sequence of image frames corresponding in time to the radar message is created. Finally, the video clip is displayed, showing the object of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Deepak Khosla, David J. Huber, Yang Chen, Darrel J. VanBuer, Kevin R. Martin
  • Patent number: 9706118
    Abstract: There is described a camera setup for capturing omnistereo images using a minimum of three cameras with ultra wide angle lenses and a method for generating a substantially 360 degree view from images taken from the cameras. The field of view covered in stereo may be a dome. The baseline between pairs of cameras defines epipoles which can be used for stitching without any horizontal misalignments due to parallax. The method comprises capturing the images from a plurality of cameras fixed at a baseline height substantially equidistantly about a circle; and stitching together portions of the images from each one of the plurality of cameras along first and second borders corresponding at least in part to lines joining center points of neighboring ones of the plurality of cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: VALORISATION-RECHERCHE, LIMITED PARTNERSHIP
    Inventors: Vincent Chapdelaine-Couture, Sebastien Roy
  • Patent number: 9602721
    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 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Mobile Communications Inc.
    Inventor: Kenji Tokutake
  • Patent number: 9602700
    Abstract: Methods and systems of transmitting a plurality of views from a video camera are disclosed. The camera captures a plurality of views from the lens and scales the view to a specified size. Each view can correspond to a separate virtual camera view of a region of interest and separately controlled. The camera composites at least a portion of the plurality of views into one or more views within the camera, and then transmits one or more of the views from the video camera to a base station for compositing views from the camera into a single view within the base station. Cameras can be grouped into a network, with network addresses assigned to the camera and any virtual cameras generated therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: GRANDEYE LTD.
    Inventor: Yavuz Ahiska
  • Patent number: 9583133
    Abstract: Frame memories store captured images supplied from a plurality of imaging units, respectively. A motion detection portion detects the motion of a captured image of at least one of the imaging units. A mode determination portion sets, in accordance with at least either the amount of the motion detected by the motion detection portion or a power consumption limit of the image generation device, one of two modes, one for operating the plurality of imaging units simultaneously and the other for operating the plurality of imaging units intermittently. A control signal generation portion supplies, to the plurality of frame memories, a control signal adapted to control reading of the captured images from the plurality of frame memories in accordance with the mode set by the mode determination portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Shinichi Hirata, Hiroshi Osawa, Kyoko Furumura
  • Patent number: 9560274
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus provide for generating a component image in which, with images picked up using a front side camera and a rear side camera built in portable equipment, posture information of the portable equipment is associated; combining a plurality of component images between which the posture of the portable equipment is different to generate a synthesis image; changing over an image pickup mode between a double-sided synthesis image pickup mode in which a synthesis image of one half circumference picked up by the front side camera and a synthesis image of one half circumference picked up by the rear side camera are connected to each other to pick up a synthesis image of a whole circumference and a single-sided synthesis image pickup mode in which a synthesis image of a whole circumference is picked up by each of the front side camera and the rear side camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Shinichi Hirata, Kyoko Furumura, Takeshi Yamagishi
  • Patent number: 9521321
    Abstract: A user activation of an image capture function of a mobile device is received. The image capture function is for a surround image mode. Two or more camera lenses are approximately concurrently activated. A front-side image from a first camera lens and a rear-side image from a second camera lens can be optically captured. A second front-side image from the first camera lens and a second rear-side image from the second camera lens can be optically captured responsive to a manual pan/tilt/zoom operation of the front-side or rear-side lense. Content from the front-side images and content from the rear-side images are recorded in a non-transitory storage medium of the mobile device within a single file for a surround mode image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: 360 LAB LLC.
    Inventor: Dmitry Kozko
  • Patent number: 9479697
    Abstract: A method is provided for a surveillance system including a remote sensor apparatus a portable receiver. The method includes receiving, at the portable receiver, image data collected simultaneously from a plurality of image sensors installed in the remote sensor apparatus. The method also includes processing, at the portable receiver, the received image data by, for each of the first plurality of captured images, detecting image features and performing feature matches by matching control points across neighboring images based on a control-point assumption that the control points are relevant only in areas of field of view overlap. The areas of field of view are determined by positions of the plurality of image sensors and a field of view of a wide-angle lens fitted with each of the plurality of image sensors. The method further includes generating a panoramic view by blending the processed first plurality of captured images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: BOUNCE IMAGING, INC.
    Inventors: Francisco Aguilar, Pablo Alvarado-Moya, Mikhail Fridberg
  • Patent number: 9473758
    Abstract: Methods and systems for processing computer game videos for virtual reality replay are disclosed. The method, when executed by a processor, comprises first receiving a video recorded using a virtual camera array during a game play of a source computer game. Next, upscaling the received video to a higher resolution, and interpolating neighboring video frames of the upscaled video for insertion into the upscaled video at a server. Finally, generating a spherical video from the interpolated video for replay in a virtual reality environment. The virtual camera array includes multiple virtual cameras each facing a different direction, and the video is recorded at a frame rate and a resolution lower than those of the source computer game. The spherical videos are provided on a video sharing platform. The present invention solves the chicken-and-egg problem of mass adoption of virtual reality technology by easily generating VR content from existing computer games.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Sliver VR Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jieyi Long, Mitchell C. Liu
  • Patent number: 9462184
    Abstract: A provision of high quality panoramic or semi-panoramic 3D scenes is achieved at reasonable efforts by arranging the plurality of camera pairs, each of which is associated with a respective one of mirror plane surfaces of a pyramid or clipped-pyramid shaped mirror in that same is directed towards the respective associated mirror plane surface, such that for each camera pair the virtual positions of pivot points of the cameras of the respective camera pair are offset from each other along a straight baseline which, in turn, is offset from the axis of the mirror, and a distance between virtual points of a left-hand channel camera of a first camera pair associated with a first mirror plane surface and a right-hand channel camera of a second camera pair associated with a second mirror plane surface positioned neighboring the first mirror plane surface, deviates from a length of the baselines of the camera pairs by less than 10% of the length of the baselines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Peter Kauff, Peter Eisert, Joachim Schuessler, Christian Weissig, Arne Finn
  • Patent number: 9451180
    Abstract: A method and computing system for receiving a first video file containing a first plurality of video frames. A second video file containing a second plurality of video frames is received. The video files are processed to identify at least one non-graphical temporal alignment object included in each of the video files. The video files are temporally aligned using the at least one non-graphical temporal alignment object to produce temporally-aligned video files.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Vincent Mo, David Cohen, Aravind Krishnaswamy
  • Patent number: 9429435
    Abstract: An interactive capability enables a user to dynamically adjust the content of an electronic map. Different modes can be chosen to emphasize features relevant to a particular interest, e.g. commuting, tourism, weather, etc. Combinations of modes can be selected to create a customized map. When a search is conducted, the chosen mode functions as a filter for the retrieved results. The map responds to user input directed to a given feature, to display information relevant to that feature. Tapping or clicking on a highway displays the locations of services along the highway. Touching two points on the map causes available routes between them to be computed and displayed to the user, along with relevant data for each route. Geospatial applications can be integrated with the map to provide information pertaining to the area displayed on the map, and to refine search results to those that are relevant to the area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Blumenberg, Jaron I. Waldman, Marcel van Os, Richard J. Williamson
  • Patent number: 9412341
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an electronic device and an information processing method in the electronic device. The electronic device comprises a flexible display unit on which a first content is displayed. The method comprises: detecting whether a preset deformation of the flexible display unit occurs; and when the preset deformation of the flexible display unit occurs, displaying a second content which may or may not be related to the first content on the flexible display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Lenovo (Beijing) Limited
    Inventor: Gaofeng Lin
  • Patent number: 9392302
    Abstract: In a system for time-shifted viewing of television broadcasts, advertisements 41, 43 are provided with headers 50, 52 containing times of day at which that advert may be viewed or not viewed. A Personal Video Recorder (PVR) 60 stores adverts in an advertisement database 70, stores broadcast program segments in a program database 80, and broadcast rules in a rules database 90. For viewing of the program when time-shifted, the PVR checks the time of day, checks the headers of the adverts, and shows only adverts which are permissibly viewed at that time of day.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Cachebox TV Limited
    Inventor: Alistair Bruce Kelman
  • Patent number: 9380207
    Abstract: A user activation of an image capture function of a mobile device is received. The image capture function is for a surround image mode. Two or more camera lenses are approximately concurrently activated. A front-side image from a first camera lense and a rear-side image from a second camera lense can be optically captured. A second front-side image from the first camera lense and a second rear-side image from the second camera lense can be optically captured responsive to a manual pan/tilt/zoom operation of the front-side or rear-side lense. Content from the front-side images and content from the rear-side images are recorded in a non-transitory storage medium of the mobile device within a single file for a surround mode image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Inventor: Dmitry Kozko
  • Patent number: 9374529
    Abstract: A user activation of an image capture function of a mobile device is received. The image capture function is for a surround image mode. Two or more camera LENSs are approximately concurrently activated. Responsive to activating the LENSs, two or more front-side images from a first camera LENS and two or more rear-side image from a second camera LENS are optically captured. Content from the front-side images and content from the rear-side images are recorded in a non-transitory storage medium of the mobile device within a single file for a surround mode image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Inventor: Dmitry Kozko
  • Patent number: 9357116
    Abstract: A rectangular image sensor can be present within an optical capture device. Two lenses can capture and direct light from a real world environment upon the image sensor. Two reflectors can each be positioned between one of the two lenses and the sensor to direct light captured by each lens to produce a corresponding image circle on the sensor. The circles can be produced by the two lenses onto the sensor can be non-overlapping in area. A non-reflective separator can be positioned between the optical pathways of light from the two lenses from the time such light is reflected from the two reflectors respectively. The separator can absorb light from a region surrounding the image circle to prevent optical distortions from the image circles which are in close proximity to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Inventors: Dmitry Kozko, Ivan Onuchin
  • Patent number: 9350954
    Abstract: An image capture and display system comprises an image capture array positioned on a vehicle, the image capture array comprising a plurality of image sensing members. At least one transmitter is provided for transmitting images from the image sensing members. The system also includes a monitor display array positioned remotely from the image capture array. The monitor display array comprises a display monitor for and corresponding to each image sensing member, and a receiver for receiving the images corresponding to each transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: CRANE-COHASSET HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventor: David Wagreich
  • Patent number: 9149728
    Abstract: In order to provide an amusement ride having an enhanced experience factor, the amusement ride comprises a motion base, an audience platform mounted to the motion base, a plurality of seats, each accommodating at least one guest, supported on the audience platform, wherein the seats are arranged in at least one circular row, a 360° projection screen surrounding the audience platform, wherein the projection screen comprises a dome portion and a lower extension portion directly adjoining the dome portion, a plurality of projectors being arranged to project images on the entire projection screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Attraktion! GmbH
    Inventor: Markus Beyr
  • Patent number: 9088696
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method and a terminal for transmitting information. The method includes: determining shooting width information of a first system; determining an image adjustment parameter according to the shooting width information, where the image adjustment parameter is used to indicate the shooting width information in a form of spatial information; sending the image adjustment parameter to a second system, so that the second system adjusts a received or captured image according to the image adjustment parameter. According to the method and the terminal for transmitting information in embodiments of the present invention, an image adjustment parameter indicating shooting width information in a form of spatial information is sent to a second system, so that the second system can adjust an image according to the image adjustment parameter, thereby effectively obtaining and transmitting information used for image adjustment, improving user experience, and enhancing product competitiveness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuan Liu, Xianyi Chen, Jing Wang
  • Patent number: 9055220
    Abstract: A user activation of an image capture function of a mobile device is received. The image capture function is for a surround image mode. Two or more camera lenses of a mobile device case are approximately concurrently activated. Responsive to activating the lenses, a front-side image from a first camera lens and a rear-side image from a second camera lens are optically captured. Content from the front-side image and content from the rear-side are recorded in a non-transitory storage medium of the mobile device within a single file for a surround mode image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Inventor: Dmitry Kozko
  • Publication number: 20150145952
    Abstract: A bus interface/camera control interface connects a processor and a plurality of imaging units. A control data pass-through logic exchanges data between the bus interface/camera control interface and the plurality of imaging units. A pass-through mask register includes: a write register used to specify, of the plurality of imaging units, one or more imaging units to be selected so as to selectively supply write data to the one or more imaging units; and a read register used to specify, of the plurality of imaging units, a single imaging unit to be selected so as to selectively receive read data from the single imaging unit. The control data pass-through logic use the pass-through mask register to switch between input and output operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Shinichi Hirata, Hiroshi Osawa, Kyoko Furumura
  • Patent number: 9041794
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a pipe inspection system includes a push-cable, a sonde coupled to the push-cable, a locator configured to receive signals from the sonde and generate positional information associated with the pipe based at least in part on the received sonde signals, a processing element configured to generate mapping information from the position information, and a non-transitory memory for storing the generated mapping information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Seescan, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark S. Olsson, David A. Cox
  • Publication number: 20150138314
    Abstract: Methods and systems for generating panoramic images using images captured from, for instance, a camera-enabled mobile device (e.g., a smartphone, tablet, wearable computing device, or other device) are provided. More particularly, a panoramic image can be generated from images simultaneously captured from at least two cameras facing in different directions, such as a front facing camera and a rear facing camera of a camera-enabled mobile device. The images can be captured while the photographer rotates the device about an axis. The panoramic image can then be generated from the images captured from the different cameras. The first set of images and the second set of images can be calibrated to accommodate for different positions of the cameras on the device and/or can be processed to accommodate for different resolutions of the images captured by the different cameras.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Luc Vincent
  • Patent number: 9036003
    Abstract: This invention discloses a multi-pitching angle suspended space 3D display device with 360° FOV, comprising: a transmitted composite deflective diffusing screen, a high speed projector, an image generator, a detecting module and a rotating drive mechanism. The high speed projector projects the composite images of the 3D objects of different pitching angles and horizontal 360° views to the composite deflective diffusing screen that rotates at a high speed. The composite deflective diffusing screen is able to control the vertical deflecting and scattering angles and horizontal diffusing angle for incident rays with different angles, allowing the surrounding viewers at different height levels to see the images corresponding to their viewpoints, making the displayed 3D objects suspended over the composite deflecting scattering screen, of which the position does not change as the height of the viewpoint changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: ZHEJIANG UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Xu Liu, Xinxing Xia, Yifan Peng, Haifeng Li, Zhenrong Zheng
  • Patent number: 9030524
    Abstract: An image generating apparatus includes an image receiving unit, a projecting unit, and a panoramic image generating unit. The image receiving unit receives camera images captured by a plurality of cameras, the subject of which is common. The projecting unit projects, within each camera image received by the image receiving unit, images which are present below the horizontal line within each camera image on the bottom surface of an infinite hemisphere having a planar bottom surface and projects images which are present above the horizontal line within each camera image on the hemispherical surface of the infinite hemisphere. The panoramic image generating unit generates a panoramic image based on the images projected on the infinite hemisphere by the projecting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventor: Seiya Shimizu
  • Publication number: 20150124048
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods and apparatus for generating and transmitting a multimedia, multi-vantage point platform for viewing audio and video data. The present invention relates to methods and apparatus for providing a user switchable multiple video track platforms. More specifically, the present invention presents methods and apparatus for capturing multiple video streams of image data and video including 360° views and high definition (HD) image capture and transforming image and audio data into a viewing experience emulating observance of an event from multiple vantage points.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Kristopher King