Multiple Cameras Patents (Class 348/47)
  • Patent number: 10324293
    Abstract: A user wearing a virtual reality headset and holding a real-world input device, uses a finger to input data into the real-world input device under visual assistance within the virtual world. A corresponding virtual input device is positioned within the virtual world in a position similar to the position of the real-world input device relative to the headset, and a fingertip marker upon an input map of the virtual input device in the virtual world is positioned similar to the position of the real-world user's fingertip relative to the real-world input device, thus providing realistic visual assistance in the virtual world for reaching and stroking the desired key or point on the real-world input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Compedia Software and Hardware Development Ltd.
    Inventor: Shai Newman
  • Patent number: 10326976
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a method and apparatus for providing a personalized three-dimensional (3D) image. The apparatus for providing a personalized three-dimensional image using convergence matching may include a fixed screen set as a horopter region, a calculation unit configured to calculate a shift value of an image projected onto the screen based on a distance from a virtual stereo camera to a target object, a convergence matching unit configured to match a convergence angle to the horopter region based on the shift value, and a controller configured to control the convergence matching unit to maintain the convergence angle when a user's gaze is shifted to a nearby object having the same depth value as the target object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: INDUSTRY-ACADEMIC COOPERATION FOUNDATION, YONSEI UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Shi Ho Kim, Sang Ho Lee
  • Patent number: 10325521
    Abstract: The invention is directed to an apparatus for demonstrating the visual impression for a wearer of spectacles having polarizing spectacle lenses. The apparatus includes a memory for providing a first image having a motif and a first polarization direction corresponding thereto and a second image having the same motif and a second polarization direction corresponding thereto, which is different from the first polarization direction. The apparatus also includes a display device for displaying the first image with light polarized in the first polarization direction and the second image with light polarized in the second polarization direction in a superposed representation, such that the motif of the first image and the motif of the second image coincide dimensionally identically. The invention is also directed to a method for demonstrating the visual impression for a wearer of spectacles having polarizing spectacle lenses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignees: Carl Zeiss Vision International GmbH, Carl Zeiss AG
    Inventors: Peter Pacher, Dieter Braunger
  • Patent number: 10319141
    Abstract: Three dimensional model construction includes obtaining a first image of an object captured by a first camera facing a first direction, obtaining a second image of the object captured by a second camera facing a second direction, wherein the second camera captures the second image of the object as a reflection in a mirror, determining a virtual baseline distance between the first camera and a device including the second camera based on a location of the first camera, a known spatial relationship between the first camera and the device, and a reflected distance of the second camera, and generating at least a partial 3D model of the first object using the first image, the second image, and the virtual baseline distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Lejing Wang
  • Patent number: 10319152
    Abstract: Methods and devices for selecting objects in images are described. In one example aspect, a method includes: receiving stereoscopic image data, the stereoscopic image data includes a first image obtained from a first camera and a second image obtained from a second camera; identifying an object in the first image by analyzing the first image and the second image; displaying the first image, the identified object in the first image being selectable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: BLACKBERRY LIMITED
    Inventor: Steven Henry Fyke
  • Patent number: 10317194
    Abstract: Spaced-apart light spots are projected in a light pattern on a target surface lying in a target plane. A range spot is projected at a position on the target surface to find a target distance to the target surface. An image of the target surface, light pattern, and range spot is captured along an imaging axis that is perpendicular to an imager plane of an imager. A controller determines an angular relationship between the imager and target planes based on the light pattern in the captured image, determines a scale relationship between the target surface and the imager based on the position of the range spot in the captured image, displays a compensated image of the target surface that is corrected in tilt by the angular relationship and in scale by the scale relationship, and determines dimensions of the target surface based on dimensions of the displayed compensated image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Sanjeewa Thimirachandra
  • Patent number: 10321021
    Abstract: An image pickup device includes a first camera, a second camera, a first image signal processor (ISP) and a second ISP. The first camera obtains a first image of an object. The second camera obtains a second image of the object. The first ISP performs a first auto focusing (AF), a first auto white balancing (AWB) and a first auto exposing (AE) for the first camera based on a first region-of-interest (ROI) in the first image, and obtains a first distance between the object and the first camera based on a result of the first AF. The second ISP calculates first disparity information associated with the first and second images based on the first distance, moves a second ROI in the second image based on the first disparity information, and performs a second AF, a second AWB and a second AE for the second camera based on the moved second ROI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Duck-Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 10313588
    Abstract: An image capturing system comprising: a pixel area including pixels; processors that process an image signal read out from the pixel area; a generation unit that generates readout pixel patterns having different pixel densities and nonuniform pixel patterns used for reading out a signal from the pixels; a setting unit that sets one of the pixel densities for each of divided regions obtained by dividing the pixel area; and a control unit that controls to read out an image signal from each divided region using the readout pixel pattern corresponding to the set pixel density. The setting unit sets the pixel density for each divided region such that a higher pixel density is set to a divided region where image capturing processing with higher image quality is to be performed among the divided regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hideki Ikedo
  • Patent number: 10299880
    Abstract: A stereoscopic visualization camera and platform are disclosed. An example stereoscopic visualization camera includes a first plurality of lenses positioned along a first optical path and a first image sensor to record a first image stream of a target site from light in the first optical path. The stereoscopic visualization camera also includes a second plurality of lenses positioned along a second optical path, parallel to the first optical path, and a second image sensor to record a second image stream of the target site from light in the second optical path. The stereoscopic visualization camera also includes a processor configured to reduce spurious parallax between the first and second images streams by selecting pixel sets of pixel grids of the first and second image sensors such that zoom repeat points (“ZRP”) are located at a center of the respective pixel grids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: TRUEVISION SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Maximiliano Ramirez Luna, Michael Weissman, Thomas Paul Riederer, George Charles Polchin, Ashok Burton Tripathi
  • Patent number: 10306214
    Abstract: In a stereoscopic image presenting device, an image obtaining portion obtains an image to be presented. An image presenting portion presents a virtual image of the image obtained by the image obtaining portion to a field of view of a user of the stereoscopic image presenting device. The image presenting portion is configured to be able to change the position of the virtual image presented to the user, and changes the position at which the virtual image is presented on the basis of depth information of an object appearing in the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Yoshinori Ohashi
  • Patent number: 10298952
    Abstract: There are provided methods and apparatus for motion skip mode with multiple inter-view reference pictures. An apparatus includes an encoder for encoding an image block relating to multi-view video content by performing a selection, for the image block, of at least one of an inter-view reference picture list from a set of inter-view reference picture lists, an inter-view reference picture from among a set of inter-view reference pictures, and a disparity vector from among a set of disparity vectors corresponding to the inter-view reference picture. The encoder extracts motion information for the image block based on at least one of the inter-view reference picture list, the inter-view reference picture, and disparity vector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: INTERDIGITAL MADISON PATENT HOLDINGS
    Inventors: Dong Tian, Purvin Bibhas Pandit, Peng Yin
  • Patent number: 10292768
    Abstract: Devices and methods for performing a surgical step or surgical procedure with visual guidance using an optical head mounted display are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: Philipp K. Lang
  • Patent number: 10292369
    Abstract: A respiration rate detector is provided for determining a rate of respiration of an experimental animal. The respiration rate detector includes one or more optical detectors to observe an experimental animal and generate a video signal relating to the experimental animal. A controller is provided to process the video signal to determine an optical flow of the video signal and generate an optical-flow signal, and analyze the optical-flow signal to determine the respiration rate of the experimental animal based on a detected repetitive movement of the experimental animal. The respiration rate is thereby detected without requiring physical contact with the experimental animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Vium, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle Howard Heath, Jonathan Noble Betts-Lacroix
  • Patent number: 10284770
    Abstract: A dual-camera focusing method and apparatus, and a terminal device are provided. A dual camera includes a first camera and a second camera. A resolution of the first camera is higher than a resolution of the second camera. The method includes the following operations. The second camera is used for focusing. When the second camera is in focus, a second driving current value of a motor of the second camera is obtained. With the first camera and the second camera having a same in-focus distance, a first driving current value of a motor of the first camera is determined according to the second driving current value. The first driving current value is used to focus the first camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventor: Yi Wei
  • Patent number: 10274965
    Abstract: A sensor system for a vehicle including a first camera sensor and a second camera sensor configured to be mounted spaced apart from one another on a vehicle. A sensor module of the sensor system is configured to generate a three-dimensional image of an environment about the vehicle based on data collected by the first camera sensor and the second camera sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignees: DENSO International America, Inc., DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Trong Duy Nguyen, Lorraine Novak
  • Patent number: 10277887
    Abstract: A calibration method calibrates a stereo camera. The calibration method includes: measuring a relative position between the stereo camera and an object that is placed so as to fall within an image capturing area of the stereo camera; acquiring a captured image that is captured by the stereo camera and includes the object; and determining a calibration parameter for calibrating the stereo camera based on the relative position and the captured image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Shin Aoki, Naoki Kikuchi, Kagehiro Nagao, Jun Kishiwada
  • Patent number: 10277884
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method for acquiring a three-dimensional (3D) image including: acquiring a 3D primary image of an object from two-dimensional (2D) primary image data acquired by first and second cameras when a predetermined pattern is projected on the object by a projector and a 2D primary image of the pattern-projected object is acquired by the first and second cameras, and then converting it into a 2D re-viewpoint image; correcting a missing area in the 2D re-viewpoint image corresponding to the 3D data missing area for compensating for a 3D data missing area caused by a curvature of the object and the points of view of the first and second cameras; and generating a corrected 3D image by referring to the 2D primary image data acquired by the first or second camera and the corrected 2D re-viewpoint image information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: MEDIT CORP.
    Inventors: Soo Bok Lee, Sung Bin Im
  • Patent number: 10268498
    Abstract: Emulating as supported web browser feature when a webpage is merely testing for web browser support of various features. Frequently a web page may test for support of various features of a web browser. The present technology prevents the unnecessary and premature initiation of supported features saving a user time from having to authorize its use in addition to saving the valuable system resources (e.g. memory, power, etc.) before the supported features are actually needed by the webpage. By emulating or spoofing support of various features of a web browser, the user of a computing device can be spared authorizing use of the various features, and spared the extra power consumption of initializing the various features that may not be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Jong-Ho Lee, Craig M. Federighi, Dean Jackson, Roger Duan Fong
  • Patent number: 10262394
    Abstract: Technologies for determining a distance of an object from a vehicle include a computing device to identify an object captured in a fisheye image generated by a fisheye camera of the vehicle. The computing device projects a contour of the identified object on a selected virtual plane that is located outside the vehicle and selected from a predefined set of virtual planes based on a location of the identified object relative to the vehicle. The computing device identifies a bottom of the projected contour on the selected virtual plane and determines an intersection point of an imaginary line with a ground plane coincident with a plane on which the vehicle is positioned. The imaginary line passes through each of the identified bottom of the projected contour and the fisheye camera. The computing device determines a location of the identified object relative to the vehicle based on the determined intersection point and the identified bottom of the projected contour.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Kay-Ulrich Scholl, Koba Natroshvili
  • Patent number: 10257434
    Abstract: A multiview body camera system comprising a vest, a helmet, shoulder pads, camera units providing video, directional microphones providing audio, sensors providing motion detection and other functions is described herein. A control module controls camera units, microphones, sensors and all other circuitry. A tamper-proof locking compartment containing elements of the body camera system is operable by a remote control signal transmitted from an authorized party or by a security code. The body camera system features voice command recognition, real time monitoring, recording, storing, remote reporting; alerts the wearer of impending threats, such as approaching cars, persons, objects or gunshots and may incorporate a visor that provides a panoramic view. The body camera integrates all components internally. Bullet resistant material is used in the construction of the vest and helmet. The device operates continuously, and the wearer cannot disrupt the operation without consequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventor: Daniel Arnold
  • Patent number: 10247551
    Abstract: Provided is an image processing device capable of maintaining recognition accuracy for distance, and the like, while meeting conflicting demands such as suppressing the response delay from image input from a camera to calculation result output, enhancing recognition accuracy, reducing calculation load (enhancing processing efficiency), and enhancing response speed. The time of the starting of the processing (S105) of a first distance calculation unit (105) for calculating the relative distance to an object on the basis of current position information determined on the basis of a left or right image and past position information for the object is set to an earlier time than the ending of the processing (S107) of an object detection unit (107) for determining current position information for an object on the basis of parallax information obtained from the left and right images and detecting the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Hideaki Kido, Haruki Matono, Takeshi Nagasaki, Shinji Kakegawa
  • Patent number: 10244131
    Abstract: In general, an image forming apparatus according to the present embodiment comprises an image forming section, a reading section and a controller. The image forming section forms an image on a sheet. The reading section reads the image on the sheet to generate scan image information. The controller generates background image information obtained by excluding extraction image information from the scan image information and forms the background image information, first identification information of the sheet and orientation information indicating orientation of the sheet on the sheet through the image forming section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takayuki Sadakuni
  • Patent number: 10244225
    Abstract: A method is provided for generating a three dimensional frame. The method comprises the steps of: retrieving information that relates to a plurality of images of a target captured by two image capturing devices; determining data that will be applied for analyzing objects of interests included in the captured images; calculating disparity between groups of corresponding frames, wherein each of said groups comprises frames taken essentially simultaneously by the two image capturing devices; determining an initial estimation of a disparity range for the frames included in the groups of the corresponding frames; evaluating a disparity range value for each proceeding group based on information retrieved on a dynamic basis from frames included therein, and changing the value of said disparity range when required; and applying a current value of the disparity range in a stereo matching algorithm, and generating a three-dimensional frame for each proceeding group of corresponding frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: INUITIVE LTD.
    Inventor: Orna Bregman Amitai
  • Patent number: 10234873
    Abstract: A flight device includes a processor and a memory storing instructions which are executed by the processor causes the processor to: acquire an image; determine a scene; determine a height of the flight device; calculate an image first and second direction offsets of a second image frame relative to a first image frame of two adjacent image frames; acquire an acceleration and an angular velocity of the flight device in three dimensions; compensate for the image first and second direction offsets, according to the acceleration and the angular velocity, to obtain image correction offsets; calculate an first and second direction offsets in world coordinates corresponding to the image correction offsets; and derive a velocity of the flight device according to a time interval between time points at which the two adjacent image frames are captured and according to the first direction offset and the second direction offset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: AUTEL ROBOTICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Zuoguang Li
  • Patent number: 10225488
    Abstract: A terminal having a camera and a method of processing an image in the camera are disclosed. The method includes collecting, using a camera, a user image captured at a user focal length and a link image captured at a selective focal length, and storing the user image and the link image by linking the link image with the user image. Using this method, a user can capture a subject and circumstances around the subject when the image is captured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Han Chul Jung, Sun Ae Kim
  • Patent number: 10209773
    Abstract: The present specification describes methods and systems for modifying a media, such as Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, or Mixed Reality (VR/AR/MxR) media based on a vision profile and a target application. In embodiments of the specification, a Sensory Data Exchange (SDE) is created that enables identification of various vision profiles for users and user groups. The SDE may be utilized to modify one or more media in accordance with each type of user and/or user group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Vizzario, Inc.
    Inventors: Syed Khizer Rahim Khaderi, Mohan Komalla Reddy, Kyle Christopher McDermott
  • Patent number: 10212408
    Abstract: The techniques described herein segment objects represented in images using one or more depth maps, regardless of whether an initial depth map is of a threshold quality. To do so, the techniques contemporaneously generate, by a depth sensor, a depth map of an environment and capture, by an RGB camera, a color image of the environment. The techniques then determine whether the initial depth map is of the threshold quality. If so, the techniques use this depth map for performing segmentation on an image. If not, then the techniques generate a new depth in part by comparing an image captured by the depth sensor to the color image and performing block-matching between these images. That is, the techniques use the depth sensor and the RGB camera as stereo pair and fill in holes of the initial depth map based on the block-matching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Evangelos Pappas-Katsiafas, Ilya Vladimirovich Brailovskiy, Naushirwan N Patuck
  • Patent number: 10198868
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus comprises a luminance value obtaining unit for respectively obtaining first and second luminance values of first and second captured images of a physical space, wherein the first and second captured images are respectively captured by first and second image capturing units; a parameter obtaining unit for respectively obtaining first and second tracking parameters of automatic exposure control corresponding to a change in brightness of the physical space for the first and second image capturing units; and a setting unit for setting a first image capturing parameter for the first image capturing unit based on the first luminance value and the obtained first tracking parameter and a second image capturing parameter for the second image capturing unit based on the second luminance value and the obtained second tracking parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroichi Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 10200608
    Abstract: An image processing system, panoramic camera, and method use multiple image processors to process image data from an image sensor to provide a panoramic image output of different resolutions depending on a mode of operation. None of the image processors are capable of outputting an image at a full resolution of the image sensor's output image data. Depending on the mode of operation, each image processor can process a portion of the image data output by the image sensor to produce a respective image that may be joined with the image(s) produced by the other processor(s) to create a full resolution image, or a less than a full resolution image can be produced by turning off one or more of the image processors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: 360FLY, INC.
    Inventor: Gustavo D. Leizerovich, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10194135
    Abstract: A three-dimensional depth perception apparatus includes a synchronized trigger module, an MIPI receiving/transmitting module, and a multiplexing core computing module, a storage controller module, a memory, and an MUX selecting module. The synchronized trigger module is for generating a synchronized trigger signal transmitted to an image acquiring module; the MIPI receiving/transmitting module is for supporting input/output of the MIPI video streams and other formats of video streams; the multiplexing core computing module is for selecting a monocular structured or a binocular structured light depth perception working mode. The apparatus flexibly adopts a monocular or binocular structured-light depth sensing manner, so as to leverage the advantages of different modes: the MIPI in, MIPI out working manner is nearly transparent to the user, so as to facilitate the user to employ the apparatus, directly obtaining the depth graph.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventors: Chenyang Ge, Nanning Zheng, Yanhui Zhou
  • Patent number: 10194140
    Abstract: A binocular stereo vision device, adjusting method and apparatus thereof and a display device are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shuo Chen
  • Patent number: 10191285
    Abstract: A head mounted display that is mounted on the head of a user and used includes an irradiation unit that irradiates the eyes of the user with invisible light, a monitor that displays an image for the user to view wearing a glass for display that transmits visible light and reflects invisible light, an imaging device capable of capturing an image formed by the invisible light, and an output unit that outputs an image captured by the imaging device as an image for gaze detection, and the imaging device images the eyes of the user using the invisible light radiated from the irradiation unit, reflected by the eyes of the user, and reflected by the glass for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: FOVE, INC.
    Inventors: Lochlainn Wilson, Keiichi Seko
  • Patent number: 10194130
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes an image obtaining unit configured to obtain an image including an object, a distance obtaining unit configured to obtain distance information indicating an object distance corresponding to each pixel in the image, each pixel having a pixel value to be combined with the object distance thereof into a combination, a determination unit configured to determine a correction target pixel subjected to correction of the distance information based on the combination of each pixel in image with the combinations of the other pixels, and a correction unit configured to correct the distance information of the correction target pixel determined by the determination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kina Itakura
  • Patent number: 10186234
    Abstract: A mirror device with a display function includes a room mirror with a display function, a direction detection unit, and a switching unit. The room mirror with a display function includes a display panel that displays an image and a half mirror that is provided on a display surface of the display panel. The direction detection unit detects a direction of the room mirror with a display function. The switching unit performs, according to the direction of the room mirror with a display function detected by the direction detection unit, switching between a mirror mode operation, in which the display of the image on the display panel is stopped and a mirror surface of the half mirror is used, and a display mode operation in which the image is displayed on the display panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: JVC KENWOOD CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tomoko Kimura
  • Patent number: 10148870
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus includes a main image capturing system configured to capture an object image formed by a main optical system that can vary a magnification, a first sub capturing system configured to capture an object image formed by a first sub optical system having an angle of view equal to or wider than that at a wide-angle end of the main optical system, and a second sub capturing system configured to capture an object image formed by a second sub optical system having an angle of view narrower than that at a wide-angle end and equal to or wider than that at a telephoto end of the main optical system. An optical barrel configured to hold the main optical system can be retracted relative to a body of the image capturing apparatus. A predetermined condition is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Chiaki Inoue
  • Patent number: 10149110
    Abstract: Method and system for tracking a plurality of communication devices. One system includes a plurality of communication devices that each include a respective electronic processor, a respective camera, a respective location component, and a respective network interface. At least one of the plurality of communication devices is configured to receive location information from each of the other of the plurality of communication devices, generate a tracking map, and transmit the tracking map to each of the other of the plurality of communication devices. The tracking map assigns each of the plurality of communication devices only one of the other of the plurality of communication devices. Each of the plurality of communication devices is configured to control, with its respective electronic processor, its respective camera based on the tracking map to include in its field of view its respectively assigned one of the other of the plurality of communication devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Lan-Jian Cao, Quan-Wen Du, Shervin Sabripour, Ji-Feng Zheng
  • Patent number: 10139631
    Abstract: Tracking a user head position detects a change to a new head position and, in response, a remote camera is instructed to move to a next camera position. A camera image frame, having an indication of camera position, is received from the camera. Upon the camera position not aligning with the next camera position, an assembled image frame is formed, using image data from past views, and rendered to appear to the user as if the camera moved in 1:1 alignment with the user's head to the next camera position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Alexandre Da Veiga, Roger Sebastian Kevin Sylvan, Kenneth Liam Kiemele, Nikolai Michael Faaland, Aaron Mackay Burns
  • Patent number: 10132616
    Abstract: Using the same image sensor to capture both a two-dimensional (2D) image of a three-dimensional (3D) object and 3D depth measurements for the object. A laser point-scans the surface of the object with light spots, which are detected by a pixel array in the image sensor to generate the 3D depth profile of the object using triangulation. Each row of pixels in the pixel array forms an epipolar line of the corresponding laser scan line. Timestamping provides a correspondence between the pixel location of a captured light spot and the respective scan angle of the laser to remove any ambiguity in triangulation. An Analog-to-Digital Converter (ADC) in the image sensor generates a multi-bit output in the 2D mode and a binary output in the 3D mode to generate timestamps. Strong ambient light is rejected by switching the image sensor to a 3D logarithmic mode from a 3D linear mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yibing Michelle Wang
  • Patent number: 10133347
    Abstract: A near-eye display includes a human eye-oriented display screen, a microlens array located on the side of the display screen close to human eyes, and an image adjustment unit. The display screen has multiple display regions that are separate from each other. Each display region correspondingly displays a subimage, and the subimages displayed on the display regions combine a complete, gap-free and overlap-free image presented to a user. The microlens array focuses the image displayed on the display screen into a near-eye image that can be clearly seen by human eyes, each microlens being corresponding to one of the display region. The image adjustment unit adjusts in real time a displayed image size of each display region according to a visual acuity state of the user and/or the image adjustment unit moves in real time the position of each display region according to a gaze direction of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: BEIJING ANTVR TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Zheng Qin
  • Patent number: 10129530
    Abstract: An activity recording system is provided. The activity recording system includes a three-dimensional camera, a sensor arrangement that is fitted to a subject being recorded, and an activity recording device. The activity recording device receives image information from the three-dimensional camera and sensor arrangement information from the sensor arrangement. Both the image information and the sensor arrangement information include location measurements. The sensor arrangement information is generated by location sensors that are positioned at target features of the subject to be tracked. The sensor arrangement information is a key to the image information that specifies where, in any given image, the target features of the subject lie. Activity data having these characteristics may be applied to solve a variety of system development problems. Such activity data can be used to training machine learning components or test computer vision components for a fraction of the cost of using conventional techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Amit Bleiweiss
  • Patent number: 10121350
    Abstract: An information device includes a position detector, a communication unit, and a controller. The position detector detects specific position information indicating at least one of a fact that the information device is positioned at a specific location and a fact that the information device is away from the specific location. When the position detector detects the specific position information, the communication unit communicates with an electronic device and acquires from the electronic device remaining capacity information regarding at least one of a remaining battery capacity and a remaining memory capacity of the electronic device. The controller outputs a notification signal indicating that at least one of the remaining battery capacity and the remaining memory capacity indicated by the remaining capacity information is below a threshold set in advance in a case where at least one of the remaining battery capacity and the remaining memory capacity is below the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Ohgishi, Tatsuaki Mitsumata
  • Patent number: 10116874
    Abstract: Examples are disclosed that relate to adapting image output from a camera based on output from an orientation sensor. One example provides a display device comprising a display, a movable mount, a camera having an optical field-of-view, an orientation sensor, and a controller. The controller may be configured to receive image output from the camera, generate, based on the image output, a first clipped field-of-view of the camera comprising a target, and in response to a change in an orientation of the camera identified by output from the orientation sensor, generate, based on the image output and the output from the orientation sensor, a second clipped field-of-view comprising the target, the first and second clipped field-of-views being subsets of the optical field-of-view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventor: Charlie W. Case, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10109056
    Abstract: A method and device for eye gaze estimation with regard to a sequence of images. The method comprises receiving a sequence of first video images and a corresponding sequence of first eye images of a user watching at the first video images; determining first saliency maps associated with at least a part of the first video images; estimating associated first gaze points from the first saliency maps associated with the video images associated with the first eye images; storing of pairs of first eye images/first gaze points in a database; for a new eye image, called second eye image, estimating an associated second gaze point from the estimated first gaze points and from a second saliency map associated with a second video image associated with the second eye image; storing the second eye image and its associated second gaze point in the database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Phi Bang Nguyen, Julien Fleureau, Christel Chamaret, Philippe Guillotel
  • Patent number: 10104364
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for sharing a bus between multiple imaging sensors, include, in some aspects, a device having at least two imaging sensors, an electronic hardware processor, and an imaging sensor controller. The imaging sensor controller includes first clock and data lines, operably coupling the electronic hardware processor to the imaging sensor controller, and a second clock line, operably coupling the imaging sensor controller to the first imaging sensor and the second imaging sensor. A second data line operably couples the imaging sensor controller to the first imaging sensor. A third data line operably couples the sensor controller to the second imaging sensor. The imaging sensor controller is configured to use the second clock line, and second data line to send a first command to the first imaging sensor, and, use the second clock line, and third data line to send a second command to the second imaging sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Sergiu R Goma, Kalin Mitkov Atanassov, Vikas Ramachandra
  • Patent number: 10091489
    Abstract: An image capturing device includes at least two image sensors and an image processing unit that performs image processing on image information that is captured by image sensors and an image display unit that displays the image information on which the image processing is performed by the image processing unit. The image processing unit displays two base points on the image display unit in a same direction as a direction in which the two image sensors are arranged, calculates a disparity value between a first base point and a second base point that are the two base points with the two image sensors, calculates a length between the first base point and the second base point, and displays a result of calculation of the length between the first base point and the second base point on the image display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Daisuke Murayama, Kenichi Iwauchi, Kei Tokui, Yasutaka Wakabayashi, Shinichi Arita, Nao Shibuhisa
  • Patent number: 10083522
    Abstract: A Quantified Image Measurement System that creates accurate physical measurement data from digital pictures is disclosed. The system can use any image format and enhances the image file with measurement data and data transformation information that enables the creation of any type of geometrical or dimensional measurement from the stored photograph. This file containing the original digital image along with the supplemental data is referred to as a Quantified Image File or QIF. The QIF can be shared with other systems via email, cloud syncing or other types of sharing technology. Once shared, existing systems such as CAD applications or web/cloud servers can use the QIF and the associated QIF processing software routines to extract physical measurement data and use the data for subsequent processing or building geometrically accurate models of the objects or scene in the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: SMART PICTURE TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Dejan Jovanovic, Keith Beardmore, Kari Myllykoski, Mark O Freeman
  • Patent number: 10083352
    Abstract: A system configured to improve human presence detection and/or localization by generating aggregate confidence values. The system may aggregate confidence values corresponding to overlapping regions of interest. The system may perform human presence detection by comparing the aggregate confidence values to a universal threshold, with aggregate confidence values above the universal threshold indicating that human presence is detected. The system may use the aggregate confidence values to generate a heatmap, may identify a strongest cluster of pixels in the heatmap and determine a bounding box surrounding the strongest cluster. To reduce false positive detections, the system may track the false positive detections as heatmap base data and may remove the heatmap base data from the heatmap. Thus, pixel intensity values corresponding to the false positive detections may be reduced to improve an accuracy of the human presence detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mashhour Solh, Lelin Zhang, Jinglun Gao
  • Patent number: 10070116
    Abstract: A method for scanning and measuring an environment is provided. The method includes providing a three-dimensional (3D) measurement device having a controller. Images of the environment are recorded and a 3D scan of the environment is produced with a three-dimensional point cloud. A video image of the environment is recorded. The video image is displayed on a first portion of a display. A portion of the three-dimensional point cloud is displayed on a second portion of the display, the second portion of the display being arranged about the periphery of the first portion of the display. Wherein a portion of the 3D point cloud displayed in the second portion represents a portion of the environment outside of a field of view of the video image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Gerrit Hillebrand, Rasmus Debitsch, Rolf Heidemann
  • Patent number: 10063845
    Abstract: A 3D display is characterized by a quality of viewing experience (QVE) mapping which represents a display-specific input-output relationship between input depth values and output QVE values. Examples of QVE mappings based on a metric of “viewing blur” are presented. Given reference depth data generated for a reference display and a representation of an artist's mapping function, which represents an input-output relationship between original input depth data and QVE data generated using a QVE mapping for a reference display, a decoder may reconstruct the reference depth data and apply an inverse QVE mapping for a target display to generate output depth data optimized for the target display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Gopi Lakshminarayan, Samir Hulyalkar, Tao Chen, Hariharan Ganapathy, Santosh Chilkunda
  • Patent number: 10055027
    Abstract: A natural user interface (NUI) computer processor is provided herein. The NUI computer processor may include: at least one computer processing module; and a plurality of sensors, connected with direct, high bandwidth connectors to the at least one computer processing module, wherein the computer processing module is configured to support a full extent of processing power required for simultaneous multi-modal high resolution information handling gathered by said sensors, wherein the computer processing module and the high bandwidth connectors are cooperatively configured to eliminate any non-vital delays, to reduce latency between human user actions captured by said sensors and response by the NUI computer processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: INUITIVE LTD
    Inventors: Dor Zepeniuk, Shlomo Gadot, Ziv Tsoref