More Than Two Cameras Patents (Class 348/48)
  • Patent number: 10334220
    Abstract: The disclosure includes a system and method for aggregating image frames and audio data to generate virtual reality content. The system includes a processor and a memory storing instructions that, when executed, cause the system to: receive video data describing image frames from a camera array; receive audio data from a microphone array; aggregate the image frames to generate a stream of three-dimensional (3D) video data, the stream of 3D video data including a stream of left panoramic images and a stream of right panoramic images; generate a stream of 3D audio data from the audio data; and generate virtual reality content that includes the stream of 3D video data and the stream of 3D audio data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventors: Arthur Van Hoff, Thomas M. Annau, Jens Christensen
  • Patent number: 10308374
    Abstract: A stereo distance measuring apparatus includes a first optical camera and a second optical camera, a position-posture calculator, an image corrector, and a stereo distance measuring unit. The first and second optical cameras are provided in an elastic structure part of an aircraft and separated from each other. The first and second optical cameras constitute a stereo camera. The position-posture calculator calculates, on the basis of a displacement amount of the elastic structure part, first and second position-posture information regarding positions and postures of the first and second optical cameras, respectively. The image corrector generates first and second corrected images by correcting, on the basis of the first and second position-posture information, positions and orientations of images taken by the first and second optical cameras, respectively. The stereo distance measuring unit calculates a distance to a photographing target, on the basis of the first and second corrected images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoichi Onomura, Akihiro Yamane, Akitoshi Sakaguchi
  • Patent number: 10313702
    Abstract: At least one disclosed method and apparatus relate to inter-view prediction with different resolution reference picture. A particular method includes accessing at least a portion of an encoded picture (614), the encoded picture being from a particular view of multiple views, and the portion being encoded at a particular resolution. The method further includes determining a particular view level based on the particular view (614), determining the particular resolution based on the particular view level (606), and decoding the portion based on the particular resolution (630).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: INTERDIGITAL MADISON PATENT HOLDINGS
    Inventors: Purvin Bibhas Pandit, Peng Yin, Cristina Gomila
  • Patent number: 10313659
    Abstract: Provided are a stereoscopic distance measuring apparatus and method, and a computer readable program. The apparatus includes first and second optical cameras, first and second position-posture meters, an image corrector, and a stereoscopic distance measuring unit. The first and second position-posture meters acquire first and second position-posture information regarding the first and second optical cameras. The image corrector corrects, on the basis of the first and second position-posture information, positions and orientations of a plurality of first and second images taken by the first and second optical cameras, to generate a plurality of first and second corrected images. The stereoscopic distance measuring unit calculates a distance to a photographing target, on the basis of a pair of the corrected images including one of the plurality of the first corrected images and one of the plurality of the second corrected images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoichi Onomura
  • Patent number: 10260866
    Abstract: A 3D imaging system uses a depth sensor to produce a coarse depth map, and then uses the coarse depth map as a constraint in order to correct ambiguous surface normals computed from polarization cues. The imaging system outputs an enhanced depth map that has a greater depth resolution than the coarse depth map. The enhanced depth map is also much more accurate than could be obtained from the depth sensor alone. In many cases, the imaging system extracts the polarization cues from three polarized images. Thus, in many implementations, the system takes only three extra images—in addition to data used to generate the coarse depth map—in order to dramatically enhance the coarse depth map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Achuta Kadambi, Vage Taamazyan, Boxin Shi, Ramesh Raskar
  • Patent number: 10210898
    Abstract: The disclosure includes a camera array comprising camera modules, the camera modules comprising a master camera that includes a processor, a memory, a sensor, a lens, a status indicator, and a switch, the switch configured to instruct each of the camera modules to initiate a start operation to start recording video data using the lens and the sensor in the other camera modules and the switch configured to instruct each of the camera modules to initiate a stop operation to stop recording, the status indicator configured to indicate a status of at least one of the camera modules. The camera modules of the camera array are configured to provide a 3X field of view overlap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventors: Arthur van Hoff, Thomas M. Annau, Jens Christensen, Koji Gardiner
  • Patent number: 10212341
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of a mobile electronic device with multiple cameras are provided. In one embodiment, an apparatus is provided comprising a mobile electronic device having a first side and a second opposing side, a first camera on the first side of the mobile electronic device, and a second camera on the first side of the mobile electronic device, wherein the first camera is configured to obtain a first image and the second camera is configured to obtain a second image simultaneously, wherein the second image partially overlaps the first image, and wherein the mobile electronic device merges the first image and the second image to create an image which comprises at least a portion of the first image and the second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Amit Sondhi
  • Patent number: 10175100
    Abstract: There is provided an image display apparatus including: a light source unit; at least one light modulation device configured to modulate light from the light source unit, and to emit a modulated light beam; and a sensor configured to receive diffracted light of the modulated light beam emitted from the at least one light modulation device, and to measure intensity of the modulated light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keisuke Homma, Yoshihisa Aikoh, Yuji Kato, Kazumasa Ikeura, Tomomi Yuno, Shiun Sakai
  • Patent number: 10165182
    Abstract: Panoramic imaging systems and devices are disclosed. In one aspect, a disclosed panoramic camera assembly of a panoramic imaging system includes a first camera module including a first wide-angle-lens camera positioned to cover one half of a full spherical space and a second camera module including a second wide-angle-lens camera positioned to cover the other half of the full spherical space. Moreover, the optical axis of the first camera and the optical axis of the second camera are separated by a predetermined distance in a lateral direction perpendicular to the optical axes. Furthermore, the first camera module and the second camera module are positioned to have a predetermined amount of overlap in the vertical direction so that a height of the panoramic camera assembly is significantly smaller than a dimension of the first camera module plus a dimension of the second camera module in the vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventor: Scott Zhihao Chen
  • Patent number: 10157315
    Abstract: There is provided an image capturing apparatus that captures a plurality of images, calculates a three-dimensional position from the plurality of images, and outputs the plurality of images and information about the three-dimensional position. The image capturing apparatus includes an image capturing unit, a camera parameter storage unit, a position calculation unit, a position selection unit, and an image complementing unit. The image capturing unit outputs the plurality of images using at least three cameras. The camera parameter storage unit stores in advance camera parameters including occlusion information. The position calculation unit calculates three dimensional positions of a plurality of points. The position selection unit selects a piece of position information relating to a subject area that does not have an occlusion, and outputs selected position information. The image complementing unit generates a complementary image, and outputs the complementary image and the selected position information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kunio Nobori, Satoshi Sato, Takeo Azuma
  • Patent number: 10154272
    Abstract: There are provided methods and apparatus for video usability information (VUI) for scalable video coding (SVC). An apparatus includes an encoder (100) for encoding video signal data into a bitstream. The encoder specifies video user information, excluding hypothetical reference decoder parameters, in the bitstream using a high level syntax element. The video user information corresponds to a set of interoperability points in the bitstream relating to scalable video coding (340, 355).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: InterDigital VC Holdings Inc.
    Inventors: Jiancong Luo, Peng Yin, Lihua Zhu
  • Patent number: 10146999
    Abstract: A video management apparatus includes a video database for holding a plurality of pieces of video information each associated with an image position, a geographic information database for holding a plurality of pieces of geographic information each indicating a position of a different one of spots on a map, and a controller. The controller extracts spots located within a first range from a current position as a first spot group, based on the current position and the plurality of pieces of geographic information. Further, the controller extracts spots located within a second range from the image position as a second spot group, based on the image position and the plurality of pieces of geographic information. Then, the controller selects video information from the plurality of pieces of video information, based on a similarity degree of the second spot group with respect to the first spot group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Keijiroh Nagano, Hiroki Sunagawa, Yoshifumi Asao, Masaharu Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 10088296
    Abstract: A method for scanning and obtaining three-dimensional (3D) coordinates is provided. The method includes providing a 3D measuring device having a projector, a first camera and a second camera. The method records images of a light pattern emitted by the projector onto an object. A deviation in a measured parameter from an expected parameter is determined. The calibration of the 3D measuring device may be changed when the deviation is outside of a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Gerrit Hillebrand, Rolf Heidemann, Martin Ossig
  • Patent number: 10067570
    Abstract: To improve the user's convenience related to non-contact operation. An on-vehicle device 1 includes a control section that is configured to detect non-contact operation, and is configured, in a first mode, to analyze the detected non-contact operation and determine, on the basis of a first rule, whether or not the non-contact operation is an effective operation, and in a second mode, to analyze the detected non-contact operation and determine, on the basis of a second rule, whether or not the non-contact operation is an effective operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: CLARION CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shizue Kato
  • Patent number: 10052955
    Abstract: A method for providing an operating device in a vehicle, wherein a control device generates graphics data which control a display surface so that a graphics object relating to an executed application is displayed, and the geometric structure of an actuating object is detected in a detection space in front of the display surface and, depending upon the detected structure, a control signal for controlling the executed application is generated. A control signal for stopping the executed application is generated by the control system if a geometric structure of the actuating object has been detected in the detection space, wherein a substantially planar surface of the actuating object which is oriented substantially parallel to the display surface is spaced apart from the display surface. Also disclosed is a corresponding operating device for carrying out the method and a vehicle having such an operating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventors: Rainer Dehmann, Frank Hauschild, Sönke Petersen, Mathias Kuhn
  • Patent number: 10045000
    Abstract: An omni-directional audio signal acquisition and playback system is disclosed. In some embodiments, the described system includes a set of microphones positioned substantially evenly with respect to a center of the audio signal acquisition environment, the set of microphones are configured to acquire multiple channels of omni-directional audio signals. The system further includes one or more processors configured to: determine current positions of both the left and the right ears of a viewer's head; identify a subset of microphones within the set of microphones which is closest to the current positions of the left and right ears of the viewer's head; and compute a left channel and a right channel of audio output signals using the omni-directional audio signals recorded by the identified subset of microphones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventor: Scott Zhihao Chen
  • Patent number: 10009597
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods disclosed herein may generate captured views and a plurality of intermediate views within a pixel disparity range, Td, the plurality of intermediate views being extrapolated from the captured views.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: LIGHT FIELD LAB, INC.
    Inventors: Jon Karafin, Miller H. Schuck, Douglas J. McKnight, Mrityunjay Kumar, Wilhelm Taylor
  • Patent number: 9900505
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating a panoramic video from unstructured camera arrays. The systems and methods are configured to statically align corresponding image-frames of respective input video streams, warp the aligned image-frames according to a warping-order, and relax the warped image-frames thereby generating a temporally coherent panoramic video. Methods according to embodiments this invention utilize a new parallax-warping-error metric that is devised to capture structural differences created by parallax artifacts. The parallax-warping-error metric is effective in finding an optimal warping-order and in driving the warping process, resulting in a panoramic video with minimal parallax artifacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Federico Perazzi, Alexander Sorkine Hornung, Henning Zimmer, Oliver Wang, Peter Kaufmann, Scott Watson
  • Patent number: 9880457
    Abstract: Apparatus for the automatic positioning of at least two, or for the automatic selection from at least three cameras (K), coupled for three-dimensional image recording, including a device for distance measurement (EM), which is configured to measure the distances of relevant points (0) in the object space (OR) relative to the recording apparatus (A) and to supply corresponding output signals, wherein the relevant points (0) can be selected manually or automatically; a computer unit (RE), which is configured to calculate the parameters such as stereo base, swivel angle, correction parameters and internal parameters of the cameras (K) and/or a positioning device (P), to adjust the cameras (K) depending on the calculated parameters; and a switching apparatus (S), which together with the computer unit (RE) can form a single unit which can effect a selection of camera bundles depending on the size of the stereo base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventor: Florian Maier
  • Patent number: 9879975
    Abstract: A method for scanning and obtaining three-dimensional (3D) coordinates is provided. The method includes providing a 3D measuring device having a projector, a first camera and a second camera. The method records images of a light pattern emitted by the projector onto an object. A deviation in a measured parameter from an expected parameter is determined. The calibration of the 3D measuring device may be changed when the deviation is outside of a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Gerrit Hillebrand, Rolf Heidemann, Martin Ossig
  • Patent number: 9851793
    Abstract: The disclosure includes a system and method for receiving viewing data that describes a location of a first user's gaze while viewing virtual reality content. The method also determining an object of interest in the virtual reality content based on the location of the first user's gaze. The method also includes generating a social network that includes the first user as a member of the social network. The method also includes performing an action in the social network related to the object of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventors: Arthur van Hoff, Thomas M. Annau, Jens Christensen
  • Patent number: 9849895
    Abstract: A system and method for inspecting a railway track bed using a plurality of sensors that are synchronized for rapid interrogation of a railway track bed while the sensors are in motion at a high rate of speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: TETRA TECH, INC.
    Inventor: Darel Mesher
  • Patent number: 9817299
    Abstract: Wired portable or permanent pylon-mounted, single or multiple camera assemblies providing high-definition images, remote video parameter adjustment, real time imaging, lower camera mounting, microphone use, no overheating problems, longer run times, and installation and removal without disturbing field surface. Pylon is molded from high-density, impact resistant foam, integrated with a break-away connect providing for non-destructively breaking and remaking electrical connections. Increased content of high impact, resistant material provides player and pylon protection. Camera wiring extends internally to integral connecting base fitted with magnets for quick and accurate mating with stationary turf base. Wires in turf carry signals from camera to a fiber optic transmitter that powers the pylon cameras, converts the electrical signals to optical signals, and receives control signals converting them to electrical signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Admiral Video, LLC
    Inventor: Paul M. Halsey
  • Patent number: 9781404
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method for transmitting two consecutive pairs of images. The method may include decimating each image with a ratio of 2, assembling the two decimated images of each pair in a composite image, transmitting the composite images, and reconstructing complete images from the composite images. In decimation, the information removed from the images of the first pair may be kept in the images of the second pair, from the spatial point of view, and the complete images may be reconstructed by de-interlacing processing from the composite images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS (GRENOBLE 2) SAS
    Inventors: Frankie Eymard, Jean-Louis Labyre
  • Patent number: 9762886
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method for transmitting two consecutive pairs of images. The method may include decimating each image with a ratio of 2, assembling the two decimated images of each pair in a composite image, transmitting the composite images, and reconstructing complete images from the composite images. In decimation, the information removed from the images of the first pair may be kept in the images of the second pair, from the spatial point of view, and the complete images may be reconstructed by de-interlacing processing from the composite images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS (GRENOBLE 2) SAS
    Inventors: Frankie Eymard, Jean-Louis Labyre
  • Patent number: 9693040
    Abstract: A method for scanning and obtaining three-dimensional (3D)l coordinates is provided. The method includes providing a 3D measuring device having a projector, a first camera and a second camera. The method records images of a light pattern emitted by the projector onto an object. A deviation in a measured parameter from an expected parameter is determined. The calibration of the 3D measuring device may be changed when the deviation is outside of a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Gerrit Hillebrand, Rolf Heidemann, Martin Ossig
  • Patent number: 9554113
    Abstract: A video frame processing method, which comprises: (a) capturing at least two video frames via a multi-view camera system comprising a plurality of cameras; (b) recording timestamps for each the video frame; (c) determining a major camera and a first sub camera out of the multi-view camera system, based on the timestamps, wherein the major camera captures a major video sequence comprising at least one major video frame, the first sub camera captures a video sequence of first view comprising at least one video frame of first view; (d) generating a first reference video frame of first view according to one first reference major video frame of the major video frames, which is at a reference timestamp corresponding to the first reference video frame of first view, and according to at least one the video frame of first view surrounding the reference timestamp; and (e) generating a multi-view video sequence comprising a first multi-view video frame, wherein the first multi-view video frame is generated based on the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: MEDIATEK INC.
    Inventors: Chia-Ming Cheng, Po-Hao Huang, Yuan-Chung Lee, Chung-Hung Tsai, Chi-Cheng Ju, Ding-Yun Chen, Cheng-Tsai Ho
  • Patent number: 9521392
    Abstract: A 3-dimensional (3D) video rendering device may convert a first left view video of a decompressed 3D video having a first frame rate to generate a second left view video having a second frame rate, and convert a first right view video having the first frame rate to generate a second right view video having the second frame rate. The second left view video having a particular pixel resolution may be converted by the 3D video rendering device to generate a third left view video having full pixel resolution of the decompressed 3D video. The second right view video having the particular pixel resolution may be converted to generate a third right view video having the full pixel resolution. The 3D video rendering device may generate a sequence of video frames for 3D video display based on the third left view video and the third right view video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: BROADCOM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Priya Dwivedula, Michael Erwin, Eric Klings, Paul Gehman, Larry Pearlstein
  • Patent number: 9499052
    Abstract: A method for providing an operating device in a vehicle, wherein a control device generates graphics data which control a display surface so that a graphics object relating to an executed application is displayed, and the geometric structure of an actuating object is detected in a detection space in front of the display surface and, depending upon the detected structure, a control signal for controlling the executed application is generated. A control signal for stopping the executed application is generated by the control system if a geometric structure of the actuating object has been detected in the detection space, wherein a substantially planar surface of the actuating object which is oriented substantially parallel to the display surface is spaced apart from the display surface. Also disclosed is a corresponding operating device for carrying out the method and a vehicle having such an operating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AG
    Inventors: Rainer Dehmann, Frank Hauschild, Sönke Petersen, Mathias Kuhn
  • Patent number: 9451232
    Abstract: Representation and coding of multi-view images using tapestry encoding are described. A tapestry comprises information on a tapestry image and a world coordinates map associated with the tapestry image, each of which may contain information from one or more perspectives of a scene. Perspective images of a scene can be generated from the tapestry image and the world coordinates map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory John Ward, Scott Daly
  • Patent number: 9411338
    Abstract: A cleaning robot (1) which is an autonomous mobile system performs coordinate conversion of three-dimensional coordinate data acquired by measurement in a distance image sensor (20) which is arranged in a frontward and obliquely downward direction to generate three-dimensional coordinate data of a floor surface reference. Labels are applied to this data by judging a level difference or an obstacle according to height from a floor surface (F) to create overhead view image data seen from directly above a cleaning robot main body. The overhead view image data is scanned, and only when the labels are arranged in a specific order, processing for substituting an unspecified area with a level difference is performed. Thereby, positional deviation of an edge of the level difference, which is caused by a blind spot, is corrected and a position of the level difference is able to be grasped accurately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tohru Hanaoka, Toshihisa Matsuo, Kohhei Matsuo
  • Patent number: 9384540
    Abstract: A method for measuring phase shift to detect irregularities of a surface is described. Additionally, a system for measuring phase shift to detect irregularities of a surface is provided. Further, a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium having computer-executable instructions embodied thereon is described. The computer-executable instructions are for measuring phase shift to detect irregularities of a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: SunEdison Semiconductor Limited (UEN201334164H)
    Inventor: Benno Orschel
  • Patent number: 9332222
    Abstract: A controlled three-dimensional (3D) communication endpoint system and method for simulating an in-person communication between participants in an online meeting or conference and providing easy scaling of a virtual environment when additional participants join. This gives the participants the illusion that the other participants are in the same room and sitting around the same table with the viewer. The controlled communication endpoint includes a plurality of camera pods that capture video of a participant from 360 degrees around the participant. The controlled communication endpoint also includes a display device configuration containing display devices placed at least 180 degrees around the participant and display the virtual environment containing geometric proxies of the other participants. Placing the participants at a round virtual table and increasing the diameter of the virtual table as additional participants are added easily achieves scalability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Yancey Christopher Smith, Eric G. Lang, Christian F. Huitema, Zhengyou Zhang
  • Patent number: 9294756
    Abstract: Provided is an imaging apparatus including an imaging lens, and an image sensor array of first and second image sensor units, wherein a single first image sensor unit includes a single first microlens and a plurality of image sensors, a single second image sensor unit includes a single second microlens and a single image sensor, light passing through the imaging lens and reaching each first image sensor unit passes through the first microlens and forms an image on the image sensors constituting the first image sensor unit, light passing through the imaging lens and reaching each second image sensor unit passes through the second microlens and forms an image on the image sensor constituting the second image sensor unit, an inter-unit light shielding layer is formed between the image sensor units, and a light shielding layer is not formed between the image sensor units constituting the first image sensor unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tomohiro Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 9277217
    Abstract: Provided are video encoding device that encodes high-quality video, restricting increase of the required bandwidth, while maintaining playback compatibility with playback devices conforming to MPEG-2 standard, and video playback device. Data creation device 5401 includes: 2D compatible video encoder 2602 that generates stream conforming to MPEG-2 format by compress-encoding original video of normal quality; base-view video encoder 2605 that generates stream, composed of black images, that includes the same number of pictures as stream that is obtained by compress-encoding original video; and dependent-view video encoder 5409 that generates dependent-view video stream by compress-encoding higher-quality original video, by using, as reference pictures, pictures included in stream conforming to the MPEG-2 format that have the same time information as pictures included in the base-view video stream that correspond to pictures constituting higher-quality original video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Taiji Sasaki, Hiroshi Yahata, Tomoki Ogawa, Tadamasa Toma
  • Patent number: 9253474
    Abstract: A dual-view image display device includes a signal input module, a video processing module, a dual-view processing module and a display module, and the video processing module includes a nonlinear processing module. A dual-view image display method includes: inputting a video signal having a frame image that is split into two first images, processing the video signal to obtain the two first images, horizontally or vertically splitting each of the two first images into areas, nonlinearly enlarging each of the areas, and interpolating pixels to each of the enlarged areas to obtain two fullscreen second images. The nonlinear enlargement is used to allow the enlarged images generated during the dual-view image display to be robust to distortion, resulting in better image quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: TPV Display Technology (Xiamen) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ming-Zhao Rui
  • Patent number: 9225977
    Abstract: An example system for testing camera modules includes: a structure for holding camera modules under test, where each of the camera modules includes an image sensor, and where the camera modules are arranged in a same plane on the structure and offset from each other in the plane; and a target for use in testing the camera modules concurrently, where the target includes multiple tiles that are repeated, where each tile contains information for use in testing a camera module, and where the camera modules and the tiles are arranged so that different camera modules face different tiles but see at least some of the same information at the same angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Teradyne, Inc.
    Inventors: David Walter Lewinnek, Eric L. Truebenbach
  • Patent number: 9204123
    Abstract: The features relate generally to acquiring, formatting, and distributing video content to a variety of devices in multiple geographies. Some features described herein relate to preserving the stereoscopic effect for the formatting and distribution of 3D video content. Additionally, features described herein relate to customized and/or dynamic generation of a 3D stream based on a user device and/or user preferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Austin J. Vrbas, Danial E. Holden
  • Patent number: 9204124
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for making 3D stereo digital broadcast service compatible in an MPEG-2-TS format which is used for transmitting and receiving digital TV. To this end, suggested is a method for transmitting detailed information which supports both TS-level multiplexing and ES-level multiplexing when left and right compressed bitstreams are multiplexed, when service compatibility is enabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Korea Electronics Technology Institute
    Inventors: Byeong Ho Choi, Hwa Seon Shin, Jae Gon Kim, Byung Tak Lee, Euy Doc Jang
  • Patent number: 9196039
    Abstract: Multiple cameras are arranged in an array at a pitch, roll, and yaw that allow the cameras to have adjacent fields of view such that each camera is pointed inward relative to the array. The read window of an image sensor of each camera in a multi-camera array can be adjusted to minimize the overlap between adjacent fields of view, to maximize the correlation within the overlapping portions of the fields of view, and to correct for manufacturing and assembly tolerances. Images from cameras in a multi-camera array with adjacent fields of view can be manipulated using low-power warping and cropping techniques, and can be taped together to form a final image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy MacMillan, Scott Patrick Campbell
  • Patent number: 9161015
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes an image obtaining unit configured to obtain a plurality of images, which are images of the same subject captured from different viewpoints; an image offset correction unit configured to modify the plurality of images obtained by the image obtaining unit on the basis of parameters for correcting image offset and generate a correction image for each of the obtained images; an evaluation value calculation unit configured to calculate, as an evaluation value, an integration value, for an entire screen, of an error amount indicating a degree at which association in a parallax direction among the plurality of correction images generated by the image offset correction unit is not possible; and an update unit configured to change a parameter that is necessary for association in the parallax direction among the parameters so as to update the parameter so that the evaluation value becomes a minimum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Myokan, Takayuki Yoshigahara, Kiyoto Someya
  • Patent number: 9152019
    Abstract: A camera holding assembly that is configured to hold a plurality of cameras in a predetermined orientation includes a support having a plurality of receptacles. Each of the receptacles include at least one feature enabling a camera to be releasably retained therein as well as at least one and preferably at least three attachment features configured for enabling the camera holding assembly to be secured to another object. The receptacles are oriented about the support so that each camera, when loaded into the defined receptacles, is aimed in a different angular orientation. Images obtained from each retained camera can be stitched to create either a composite 360 degree×180 degree full spherical image or a composite 360 degree composite image of a scene of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Inventor: Michael J. Kintner
  • Patent number: 9154786
    Abstract: Provided are an apparatus and method for predictive coding/decoding for improving a compression rate of multiview video using one or two additional reference frame buffers. The predictive encoding apparatus includes: a multiview reference picture providing unit for providing a reference picture for a predictive encoding according to temporal and spatial GOP structure information; a prediction unit for creating a vector by predicting which part of the reference picture inputted from the multiview reference picture providing unit is referred by a picture to currently encode; a transforming and quantizing unit for obtaining a difference signal between the predicted signal inputted from the prediction unit and a picture signal to currently encode, transforming the obtained difference signal, quantizing the transformed signal, and compressing the quantized signal; and an entropy encoding unit for encoding the quantized signal and the vectors according to a predetermined scheme and outputting the encoded signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Dae-Hee Kim, Nam-Ho Hur, Soo-In Lee, Yung-Lyul Lee, Jong-Ryul Kim, Suk-Hee Cho
  • Patent number: 9131220
    Abstract: There is provided in accordance with some embodiments of the present invention an optical assembly including a set of optical paths, wherein two or more optical paths receive an image from a common surface. The optical paths may direct received images onto a common image sensor generating a complex multidimensional data set, an image processing block may extrapolate each of the subset of optical paths printed on the image sensor and may generate a multidimensional data set based on the collected images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: EXTREME REALITY LTD.
    Inventor: Dor Givon
  • Patent number: 9118928
    Abstract: A method and system for producing a single view video signal based on a multiview video coding (MVC) signal stream. A MVC signal stream representing multiple spatially related views of a scene, including a base view and at least one dependent view, is decoded to provide multiple decoded video signals representing the spatially related views, with respective portions of the MVC signal stream representing one of multiple temporally adjacent video frames, and the MVC signal stream representing multiple sequences of spatially adjacent video frames. The decoded video signals are processed to provide a processed video signal representing one of the spatially related views using image information from more than one of the decoded video signals. As a result, more image data is used during processing, thereby improving the spatial and temporal image quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: ATI Technologies ULC
    Inventors: Gabor Sines, Pavel Siniavine, Jitesh Arora, Alexander Zorin, Xingping Cao, Mohamed Cherif, Edward Callway
  • Patent number: 9077976
    Abstract: Present invention provides a single-eye stereoscopic image capturing device which can reduce the discomfort of a photographer by constantly maintaining a parallax quantity of a left-eye image and a right-eye image that are stereoscopically-displayed even if a focus lens is moved. The single-eye stereoscopic image capturing device comprises, a photographic optical system, pupil division part, imaging part, focus lens driving part, parallax correction quantity calculation part, parallax correction part, and output part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Hirofumi Horii
  • Patent number: 9041807
    Abstract: An image processing device configured to be installed in a vehicle includes an image acquirer, an image selector, a first luminance adjuster, a synthetic image generator, and an image provider. The image acquirer acquires camera images captured by cameras provided on the vehicle. The image selector selects one of the camera images as a representative image based on luminances of the camera images. The first luminance adjuster adjusts a luminance of at least one of the other camera images based on a luminance of the representative image. The synthetic image generator generates a synthetic image showing a periphery of the vehicle, based on the representative image and the other camera images the luminance of at least one of which has been adjusted by the first adjuster. The image provider outputs, to a display device installed in the vehicle, information corresponding to the synthetic image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignees: FUJITSU TEN LIMITED, FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Masahiko Murakami, Nobunori Asayama
  • Patent number: 9037737
    Abstract: Computing devices can collaborate in order to take advantage of various components distributed across those devices. In various embodiments, image information captured by multiple devices can be used to identify and determine the relative locations of various persons and objects near those devices, even when not every device can view those persons or objects. In some embodiments, one or more audio or video capture elements can be selected based on their proximity and orientation to an object to be captured. In some embodiments, the information captured from the various audio and/or video elements can be combined to provide three-dimensional imaging, surround sound, and other such capture data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth Mark Karakotsios, Isaac Scott Noble
  • Patent number: 9025009
    Abstract: An exemplary technique is provided for obtaining an improved depth precision for a stereo image of an object of interest. The technique includes imaging a first image of the object of interest from a first position, imaging a second image of the object of interest from a second position different from the first position, determining a rough estimate of a depth for the object of interest based on the first image and the second image, determining an improved set of imaging positions corresponding to an improved depth precision for the object of interest based on the rough estimate of the depth, imaging improved images from the improved set of imaging positions, and determining an improved depth based on the improved images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Sammy Lievens, Donny Tytgat, Jean-Francois Macq, Maarten Aerts
  • Patent number: 9019386
    Abstract: Switching device (1) for the alternating connection of at least one television camera (2) to one of at least two television camera control units (3) or for the alternating connection of at least one television camera control unit (3) to one of at least two television cameras (2); with the switching device (1) having connectors (4, 5) for the television camera(s) (2) and the television camera control unit(s) (3); and each connector (4, 5) having electrical supply contacts (6, 7) for the power and voltage supply of the television camera (2) through the television camera control unit (3); and having at least one optical contact (8, 9) for the transmission of information over fiberoptic cables between the television camera (2) and the television camera control unit (3); and with the switching device (1) having at least one power supply line switch (10) and at least one optical switch (11) and at least one switching control unit (12) to actuate the power supply line switch (10) and to actuate the optical switch (1
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Neutrik AG
    Inventor: Christian Ganahl