Combining Plural Sources Patents (Class 348/584)
  • Patent number: 10834458
    Abstract: A method and system for improving automated video detection and correction is provided. The method includes retrieving a portion of a video stream and dividing the portion into video frames and an audio file. The video frames and audio file are analyzed, and a speech polarity of the audio file is detected. Likewise, a visual action epicenter of the portion of the video stream is detected and a fade portion of the portion of the video stream is removed. An edited fade portion associated with the fade portion is generated and patched into the video stream. The edited fade portion patched into the video stream is presented via a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Aaron K. Baughman, Stephen C Hammer
  • Patent number: 10819969
    Abstract: An apparatus for generating a presentation from content having original audio and video components is described wherein an environment detector is configured to output an environment-type signal indicating a detected particular environment. An acoustics memory is configured to output selected acoustic characteristics indicative of the environment identified by the environment-type signal. An audio processor receives the audio components and the acoustic characteristics and operates to modify the original audio components to produce modified audio components based on the selected acoustic characteristics. The presentation including the modified audio components is output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Lewis S. Ostrover, Bradley Thomas Collar
  • Patent number: 10791281
    Abstract: An image processing method based on adjustments performed according to environment includes capturing an environmental parameter of an image, determining a scene mode of the image according to the environmental parameter, estimating a brightness correction parameter of the image according to the scene mode, and performing an image area determination to obtain an image area and an area brightness of the image area, followed by performing brightness correction on the image according to the image area, the area brightness and the brightness correction parameter, so as to ensure image quality. An image processing system based on adjustments performed according to environment is further provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: GETAC TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Wu-Chieh Liao
  • Patent number: 10777087
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems and computer-implemented methods are disclosed for augmented reality stimulus removal. A field definition module determines a permitted field of view for a user. A field recognition module identifies a portion of an image stream outside the permitted field of view. The image stream is obtained by an augmented reality device of the user. An overlay module modifies the image stream for display to the user via the augmented reality device. The overlay module modifies the image stream by obscuring the portion of the image stream outside the permitted field of view in response to a restrictive mode being set for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Austin Dorenkamp, Paul Gerver, Jonathan Fouk, Nicholas Roessler
  • Patent number: 10757347
    Abstract: A client device receives video data and displays the video data via a display device. An overlay including content other than the video data is also displayed in a specific area of the display device and at least partially occludes the video data displayed within the specific area of the display device. The client device identifies coordinates of regions of interest within frames of the video data. When the client device determines that at least a threshold amount of a region of interest within the video data is displayed within the specific area of the display device, where the overlay is displayed, for at least a threshold amount of time, the client device increases a transparency of the overlay, repositions the overlay, of otherwise modifies the overlay to prevent the overlay from occluding the region of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence Alan Corwin, Eric W. Hwang, David Kaufman, Alan Liu
  • Patent number: 10725721
    Abstract: An information processing system includes a CPU, computers, and a display device that displays a display screen including videos or images transmitted from the computers on a display. The display device includes a first input port to a fourth input port for receiving a video signal transmitted from each of the computers and a first output port to a fourth output port for outputting an operation signal to each of the computers. The CPU outputs a detection signal for changing the image to each of the first output port to the fourth output port, detects a change in the image on the display screen, and sets a combination of the output port that has output the detection signal and the input port corresponding to the display screen in which the image has changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Motohiro Akiyama
  • Patent number: 10685462
    Abstract: The invention relates to a computer-implemented method for automatically extracting data from a digital image comprising a graphical representation of quantitative data. The method comprises: Basic graphical objects are detected and structural primitives determined comprising grouping the basic graphical objects based on geometric relations. A semantic label is assigned to each of the structural primitives. A spatial data region of the graphical representation is determined using the semantic labels of the structural primitives. Quantitative data values are extracted which are represented by structural primitives within the data region which are assigned with first semantic labels identifying the respective structural primitives to represent quantitative data. The extracted quantitative data values are provided in units of pixels according to an image coordinate system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Konstantinos Bekas, Gabriel Cuendet, Maria Gabrani, Peter W. J. Staar
  • Patent number: 10643304
    Abstract: Provided is an image providing method including generating a first layer on which a first image is displayed; generating a second layer on which a second image is displayed, the second image being different from the first image; generating a mask based on a position of a region of interest in the first image; and generating a display image based on at least one of the first layer, the second layer, and the mask.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: HANWHA TECHWIN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ho Jung Lee, Yeon Woo Kim, Jeong Hun Lee, Hyun Ho Kim
  • Patent number: 10573277
    Abstract: A display device includes: a zoom ratio determining unit configured to determine whether a zoom ratio different from a current zoom ratio is set for a first image; a data type determining unit configured to determine a type of the first image; state determining unit configured to determine an operating state of the display device; a display item acquiring unit configured to acquire an item to be displayed in a second image that indicates information on the display device in accordance with the type that has been determined and the operating state that has been determined; and a position adjusting unit configured to adjust a display position of the second image in accordance with the zoom ratio that is different from the current zoom ratio set for the first image, in response to the zoom ratio determining unit determining that the zoom ratio is set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Takuro Mano, Yoko Sugiura, Taeko Ishizu, Takahiro Kamekura
  • Patent number: 10554923
    Abstract: A subject, such as a billboard, has a filtering film to absorb electromagnetic radiation specifically in a first wavelength band. A detector provides a first detector signal relating to the first wavelength band and a second detector signal relating to another, different, second wavelength band, respectively. Suitably, the subject appears with high intensity in one band and with low intensity in the other. A content replacement unit produces a mask signal by identifying regions of contrast between the first and second detector signals as target areas. A content substitution unit selectively replaces the target areas with alternate image content to generate modified video images. The system is useful, for example, to generate multiple live television broadcasts each having differing billboard advertisements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Supponor Oy
    Inventor: Erkki Rantalainen
  • Patent number: 10535190
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for a media guidance application (e.g., implemented on a user device) that allows users to select any arbitrary position in a virtual reality environment from where to view the virtual reality content and changes a user's perspective based on the selected position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: ROVI GUIDES, INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan A. Logan, Adam Bates, Hafiza Jameela, Jesse F. Patterson, Mark K. Berner, Eric Dorsey, David W. Chamberlin, Paul Stevens, Herbert A. Waterman
  • Patent number: 10528803
    Abstract: A living body detection device (1) includes: an image acquisition unit (171), a determination unit (173) and a detection unit (174). The image acquisition unit (171) acquires a first image in which a subject irradiated by light in a first wavelength range is imaged, and a second image in which the subject irradiated by light in a second wavelength range is imaged, the second wavelength range being different from the first wavelength range. The determination unit (173) determines whether a relation expressed by luminance of the subject imaged in the first image and luminance of the subject imaged in the second image is a relation exhibited by a living body. The detection unit (174) detects that the subject is a living body in a case where the determination unit (173) has determined that it is the relation exhibited by the living body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Leiming Su, Mamoru Inoue, Kenta Aino, Hiroaki Morita
  • Patent number: 10484609
    Abstract: A mobile terminal includes first and second cameras located on a rear side of the terminal. A controller is included that is configured to cause the display to display a first preview image of a first image received from the first camera, where the first preview image includes an image object corresponding to a specific subject. The controller further selects the image object in response to an input, captures the first image as a still image in response to an image capture request, controls the second camera to capture video that includes the specific subject, and causes the display to display a synthesized image comprising a first area and a second area, where the first area includes portions of the captured first image, and the second area corresponds to the specific subject included in the first image and includes a portion of the captured video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hyerim Ku, Arim Kwon, Hyungtae Jang, Hyungsun Kim
  • Patent number: 10475086
    Abstract: The invention and product form a process enhancement with which one centrally in a simple way can increase and direct sales efforts “individually” to customers at different sections of a store. This creates an added service, is convenient, effectivises, creates worker wellbeing, is inexpensive and can lead to considerable financial gain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventor: Carl Mattias Bremer
  • Patent number: 10440368
    Abstract: The invention relates to methods for hiding values of a hierarchically layered coding unit in other values comprised by the coding unit is provided (encoding methods). Furthermore, the invention also relates to methods for reconstructing hidden data from an encoded coding unit (decoding method). The invention is also related to the implementation of these encoding and/or decoding methods in an apparatus and on a (non-transitory) computer readable medium. According to the invention, data are hidden in values of different layers of a hierarchically structured coding unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Alexey Konstantinovich Filippov, Vasily Alexeevich Rufitskiy
  • Patent number: 10395273
    Abstract: A method of providing advertising from a central database server connected to a global computer network to distributed sites via interactive television. A representative icon is presented to a subscriber on a television screen indicating an advertisement. When the icon is selected, an advertisement information detail is retrieved from storage in a local memory, or from the central database server and presented to the subscriber on the television screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: YOUR CHOICE INTERACTIVE, INC.
    Inventors: Peter M. Redling, Jackie Skipper Barrios
  • Patent number: 10388001
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus for compensating an image distortion and an apparatus for compensating an image distortion according to exemplary embodiments of the present invention, which compensates distortion of an image including a plurality of image division units includes: a compensation rate setting unit setting a variable distortion compensation rate so that the plurality of respective image division units are compensated at different ratios; and a compensation unit compensating the plurality of image division units according to the variable distortion compensation rate set by the compensation rate setting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Autron Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kee Beom Kim
  • Patent number: 10375313
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to displaying visual effects in image data. In some examples, visual effects include an avatar displayed on a user's face. In some examples, visual effects include stickers applied to image data. In some examples, visual effects include screen effects. In some examples, visual effects are modified based on depth data in the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Marcel Van Os, Jessica Aboukasm, David R. Black, Robert Chinn, Gregory L. Dudey, Katherine K. Ernst, Grant Paul, William A. Sorrentino, III, Brian E. Walsh, Jean-Francois Albouze, Jae Woo Chang, Aurelio Guzman, Christopher J. Moulios, Joanna M. Newman, Nicolas Scapel, Joseph-Alexander P. Weil, Christopher Wilson
  • Patent number: 10363876
    Abstract: An image control unit of an image display device provides, on display screens of a display unit, a captured-image-only region in which only a captured image is displayed when the display unit displays the captured image, and multiple-image regions in which the captured image or a different image that is different from the captured image is selectively displayed when the display unit displays the captured image. In an embodiment, the image control unit fixes a position of the captured-image-only region on the display screens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Junichiro Onaka
  • Patent number: 10332263
    Abstract: An image processing device includes a division unit which divides an input image into a first content area and a first background area, a generation unit which corrects a first content area pixel included in the first content area by using a first peripheral pixel existing in the vicinity of the first content area among first background area pixels included in the first background area to generate a first background image formed with the after-correction first content area pixel and the first background area pixel, and a removal unit which removes the first background image from the input image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: PFU LIMITED
    Inventors: Hiroki Tanizaki, Kiyoto Kosaka
  • Patent number: 10305948
    Abstract: A computer system and method providing for viewing and switching of audio-video data. The system comprises: a plurality of audio/video sources containing information referring to an event; a streaming server, streaming the contents of a first audio signal and a first video signal from the audio and video sources to a user; a feed distributor controllably feeding the first audio signal and first video signal to the streaming server; and a user-operated control unit communicating with the feed distributor and controlling operation of the feed distributor, so as to instruct the feed distributor to switch between audio or video. Switching between audio signals occurs without altering the video signals and switching between video signals occurs without altering the audio signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventors: Flippo Costanzo, Saverio Roncolini, Antonio Rossi
  • Patent number: 10290149
    Abstract: A system and method of interacting with a virtual object in a virtual environment using physical movement. The virtual scene contains a 3D object that appears to extend forward or above the plane of the display. A sensor array is provided that monitors an area proximate the display. The sensor array can detect the presence and position of an object that enters the area. Action points are programmed in, on, or near the virtual objects. Each action point has virtual coordinates in said virtual scene that correspond to real coordinates within the monitored area. Subroutines are activated when the sensor array detects an object that moves to real coordinates that correspond to the virtual coordinates of the action points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Maxx Media Group, LLC
    Inventor: Richard S. Freeman
  • Patent number: 10282632
    Abstract: A system and/or method configured to determine a sample frame order for analyzing a video. The video may have multiple frames ordered in a sequence from a beginning to an end. A first sample frame order for analyzing the video may be determined. Determining the first sample frame order may include determining an initial frame for a first iteration, and determining secondary frames for a second iteration. Determining the initial frame and the secondary frames may be based on a function of frame position in the sequence of frames. The initial frame may be associated with a first sample position, and the secondary frames may be associated with secondary sample positions in the sample frame order. A first feature of the video may be determined based on an analysis of the frames in the video performed on the frames in the first sample frame order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Wills, Daniel Tse, Desmond Chik
  • Patent number: 10271009
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing additional information included in a video displayed on a display device using visible light communication (VLC). A data packet including video data and additional information for an object included in the video data is received. The video data is extracted from the data packet, and the video data is decoded. The additional information from the data packet is extracted, and the additional information decoded. The decoded video data is output through the display device, and at the same time, the additional information is transmitted for a particular object included in a video based on a VLC protocol using a light emitting device prepared in the display device. The additional information providing apparatus includes an image sensor module, a display module, a visible light receiving module, an additional information manager and a controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jong-Hoon Ann, Eun-Tae Won, Jae-Seung Son
  • Patent number: 10268898
    Abstract: System and/or method configured to determine a sample frame order for analyzing a video. The video may have multiple frames ordered in a sequence from a beginning to an end. Segments of the video may be determined based on an analysis of the frames of the video. A first sample frame order for analyzing the video may be determined based on multiple iterations performed on individual ones of the segments of the video. Determining the first sample frame order may include determining initial frames for a first iteration, and determining secondary frames for a second iteration based on a function of frame position in the sequence of frames. The initial frames and the secondary frames may be associated with sample positions in the sample frame order. A first feature of the video may be determined based on an analysis of the frames performed in the first sample frame order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Wills, Daniel Tse, Desmond Chik
  • Patent number: 10257442
    Abstract: Systems and methods for creating and distributing professional quality pictorial souvenirs giving the illusion that guests of a facility were imaged at other locations, including making initial arrangements with guests, showing selections of background scene images at video displays and flashing chrome key images interspersed with frames of the scene images, taking key guest images in synch with the flashed key images, extracting guest image content from the key guest images and merging into selecting scene images, showing preview merges images for guest selection and providing souvenir portfolios that include merged images to guests or designees after making financial arrangements, including for payment to third parties for copyright content included in the souvenirs and with advertisers for promotional material included in the souvenirs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: FREEZE FRAME, LLC
    Inventor: Clifford R David
  • Patent number: 10257583
    Abstract: A method is provided for delivering targeted advertisements into a QAM or IP stream that provides accurate synchronization. The method includes synchronizing the internal content of a IP stream delivering video with an advertisement (ad) stream by providing content information in the IP stream and the network stream, the content information including positional information and/or referential information, wherein the positional information is inserted at key locations identified with a PTS value, and wherein the referential information refers to a position in the IP stream or the ad stream, the referential information including either a PTS value or a frame count.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Scott D. Sellers, Albert F. Elcock
  • Patent number: 10199073
    Abstract: The content reproduction method includes receiving a select signal for selecting one or more pieces of content; and reproducing the selected pieces of content and one or more pieces of content which were generated or reproduced together with the selected pieces of content in a temporal space within a range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Young-sun Kim, Ji-young Kwahk
  • Patent number: 10178325
    Abstract: Disclosed are a system and a method for managing a set of videos originating from a camera setup having a plurality of cameras. The system and method provides a mesh of graphical elements superposed with an active video at a display of a user device. The graphical elements are arranged on a virtual surface representing positions of the cameras in a co-ordinate system. The active video originates from the at least one camera, which at least one camera is associated with the graphical element located in the middle portion of the display. In addition, the present disclosure enables correlating relative position, recording direction and order of the multiple cameras for providing multiple viewing positions, for example, on a user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Oy Vulcan Vision Corporation
    Inventors: Jussi Hyttinen, Mikko Välimäki, Hannu Eronen, Asko Roine
  • Patent number: 10176845
    Abstract: Techniques and devices for creating a Forward-Reverse Loop output video and other output video variations. A pipeline may include obtaining input video and determining a start frame within the input video and a frame length parameter based on a temporal discontinuity minimization. The selected start frame and the frame length parameter may provide a reversal point within the Forward-Reverse Loop output video. The Forward-Reverse Loop output video may include a forward segment that begins at the start frame and ends at the reversal point and a reverse segment that starts after the reversal point and plays back one or more frames in the forward segment in a reverse order. The pipeline for the generating Forward-Reverse Loop output video may be part of a shared resource architecture that generates other types of output video variations, such as AutoLoop output videos and Long Exposure output videos.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Arwen V. Bradley, Jason Klivington, Rudolph van der Merwe, Douglas P. Mitchell, Amir Hoffnung, Behkish J. Manzari, Charles A. Mezak, Matan Stauber, Ran Margolin, Etienne Guerard, Piotr Stanczyk
  • Patent number: 10165200
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses are disclosed for processing a plurality of captured image frames. An example method may include receiving a first image frame and a second image frame from a camera sensor. The example method may also include determining a first portion of the second image frame with a temporal difference from a corresponding first portion of the first image frame, wherein a second portion of the second image frame is without a temporal difference from a corresponding second portion of the first image frame. The example method may also include processing the second image frame, including processing the first portion of the second image frame, and preventing processing the second portion of the second image frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Pia Zobel, Roee Hardoon
  • Patent number: 10129506
    Abstract: Enterprise communication display systems enable life-like images for videoconferencing and entertainment productions. Life-like images appear in a 3D environment where imaged people are visible through specially configured see-through displays. Imaged people can be viewed amongst a reflected foreground. Methods for enterprise-wide deployments for corporate, healthcare, education, and government communications, including hotel properties and a property management system are shown. Direct projection see-through screen configurations are created that eliminate unwanted secondary images in the room, conceal exposed projector lenses, reduce lens flare, makes practical multi-use room installations, images conferees among a room environment, enables touch screen interactivity, and utilizes extreme short throw projectors to reduce cost and bulk of common throw projectors. Further, a multi-format VR/AR production system is disclosed enabling several formats to be created simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventors: Steve H. McNelley, Jeffrey S. Machtig
  • Patent number: 10070041
    Abstract: Various exemplary embodiments related to an electronic apparatus and a method for taking a photograph in the electronic apparatus are disclosed, and according to an exemplary embodiment, the electronic apparatus may include a display that displays a screen; a depth sensor that outputs a first image signal and depth information; an image sensor that outputs a second image signal; and a control unit that controls to display a preview screen on the display using the first image signal, obtain both depth information of a photographing moment and an image of the photographing moment using the second image signal in response to a request of photographing, and store the image and the depth information. Also, other various exemplary embodiments may be possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hee-Chan Park, Han-Kil Yoon
  • Patent number: 10038841
    Abstract: A wide-angle camera emulating a PTZ camera via image data processing is used to generate a panoramic image of multiple regions for ease of viewing. A client can specify multiple regions for extraction from the panoramic image to stream to a separate server for further image processing and analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Grandeye Ltd.
    Inventor: Mark Kenneth Davey
  • Patent number: 10033959
    Abstract: A subject (10), such as a billboard, has a filtering film (15) to absorb electromagnetic radiation specifically in a first wavelength band. A detector (60) provides a first detector signal (61a) relating to the first wavelength band and a second detector signal (61b) relating to another, different, second wavelength band, respectively. Suitably, the subject (10) appears with high intensity in one band and with low intensity in the other. A content replacement unit (40) produces a mask signal (43) by identifying regions of contrast between the first and second detector signals (61a, 61b) as target areas (75). A content substitution unit (47) selectively replaces the target areas (75) with alternate image content (42) to generate modified video images (72). The system is useful, for example, to generate multiple live television broadcasts each having differing billboard advertisements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Supponor Oy
    Inventor: Erkki Rantalainen
  • Patent number: 10025470
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are described herein for objectizing and animating images. In accordance with the concepts and technologies disclosed herein, a presentation program is configured to import an image, to analyze the image and/or data describing the image, and to identify entities within the image. The presentation program creates objects corresponding to the identified entities, and program presents the identified entities and/or the created objects via a user interface. The presentation program also can be configured to present one or more user interfaces via which a user selects entities and/or objects and specifies or controls animations of the selected entities or objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventor: Kimberly Jan Burt
  • Patent number: 10015339
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes an imaging unit, an image data analysis unit, and an image combination unit. The imaging unit images the document image multiple times from mutually differing angles to generate a plurality of data images each representing the document image. The image data analysis unit performs matching on the plurality of data images by matching the plurality of data images, on a per-region basis in each of the plurality of images of the document represented by the plurality of data images, so as to obtain per-region brightnesses for the plurality of data images, and comparing the obtained brightnesses among the plurality of data images to select from among the plurality of data images each data image whose region is comparatively brighter. The image compositing unit uses the data images selected on the per-region basis as comparatively bright to generate a composite data image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Seiki Satomi
  • Patent number: 10013154
    Abstract: A broadcast control apparatus for visual data includes a touch screen (32, 34) display panel operable to receive and display visual data simultaneously in real time from a plurality of visual sources. It also includes a touch screen graphical panel for the retrieval of control functions from a control function register. The visual data from at least one of the visual sources is selectable for use by finger pressure on the associated portion of the touch screen (32, 34) display panel and the selected data is modifiable in accordance with the retrieved control function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: GRASS VALLEY CANADA
    Inventors: Mark Stoneham, David Griggs, David Sabine, Matthew Caves, Graham Broadbridge, Michael Reznik, Colin Grealy, Craig Morrison, Thomas Barnett, Christopher McMillan
  • Patent number: 9967476
    Abstract: Parallel video effects, mix trees, and related methods are disclosed. Video data inputs are mixed in parallel according to a mix parameter signal associated with one of the video data inputs. A resultant parallel mixed video data output is further mixed with a further video data input according to a composite mix parameter signal, which corresponds to a product of mix parameter signals that are based on mix parameter signals respectively associated with multiple video data inputs. The mix parameter signals could be alpha signals, in which case the composite mix parameter signal could correspond to a product of complementary alpha signals that are complements of the alpha signals. Composite mix parameter signals and mix results could be truncated based on a number of levels in a multi-level mix tree and an error or error tolerance. Rounding could be applied to a final mix output or an intermediate mix result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: ROSS VIDEO LIMITED
    Inventor: Yu Liu
  • Patent number: 9965900
    Abstract: In current systems, augmented reality graphics is generated at a central broadcast facility or studio where it is combined with the video that is transmitted to subscribers. By contrast, in the described system, the studio does not generate the graphics, but transmits video together with real-time metadata to the end-user set-top device. The end-user device generates the augmented reality graphics, using the metadata to determine positional and other parameters for displaying the graphics. Shifting the generation of augmented reality graphics to the consumer level facilitates end-user customization and individualized targeting of information by a broadcaster or advertiser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Avid Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrzej Wojdala, Piotr A. Borys, Ofir Benovici, Tomer Sela
  • Patent number: 9961274
    Abstract: In a method of setting an OSD function according to a related technique, it is not allowed to select various superimposing techniques. In a case where a monitoring camera supports a plurality of superimposing techniques, a user is supposed to select one of the superimposing techniques via a troublesome operation. In view of the above, an image pickup apparatus is provided which includes a reception unit configured to receive an acquisition request for information associated with an image superimposing method of the image pickup apparatus, and a transmission unit configured to, in a case where the acquisition request for the information associated with the image superimposing method of the image pickup apparatus is received by the reception unit, transmit information associated with the image superimposing method of the image pickup apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Mitsuo Niida
  • Patent number: 9948870
    Abstract: Systems and methods for creating and distributing professional quality pictorial souvenirs giving the illusion that guests of a facility were imaged at other locations, including making initial arrangements with guests, showing selections of background scene images at video displays and flashing chroma key images interspersed with frames of the scene images, taking key guest images in synch with the flashed key images, extracting guest image content from the key guest images and merging into selecting scene images, showing preview merges images for guest selection and providing souvenir portfolios that include merged images to guests or designees after making financial arrangements, including for payment to third parties for copyright content included in the souvenirs and with advertisers for promotional material included in the souvenirs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Freeze Frame, LLC
    Inventor: Clifford R David
  • Patent number: 9947134
    Abstract: The invention is a system for generating a dynamic three-dimensional model of a space, comprising a camera module (100) comprising an optical sensor adapted for recording image information of the space, and a depth sensor adapted for recording depth information of the space, and a modelling module (300) adapted for generating a dynamic three-dimensional model of the space on the basis of the image information and the depth information. In the system according to the invention the image information with the optical sensor and the depth information with the depth sensor are recorded at a plurality of discrete times. The system according to the invention comprises a synchronisation signal generating module determining synchronised with each other the discrete times associated with the image information and the discrete times associated with the depth information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Zinemath Zrt.
    Inventors: Norbert Komenczi, Balazs Oroszi, Gergely Balazs Soos
  • Patent number: 9934818
    Abstract: Techniques and devices for creating an AutoLoop output video by adding synthetic camera motion to the AutoLoop output video. The AutoLoop output video is created from a set of frames. After generating the AutoLoop output video based on a plurality of loop parameters and at least a portion of the frames, synthetic camera motion is combined with the AutoLoop output video. The synthetic camera loop is based on the subset of the input frames and exhibits some amount of camera motion for the subset of the input frames. Once the synthetic camera loop is generated, the synthetic camera loop and the video loop is combined to enhance the AutoLoop output video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Arwen V. Bradley, Samuel G. Noble, Rudolph van der Merwe, Jason Klivington, Douglas P. Mitchell, Duncan Robert Kerr
  • Patent number: 9894423
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for providing composite content, such as video content, by compositing. A template content may be received and may have one or more color blocks. One or more drop-in content sets may each have one or more drop-in content that correspond to the one or more colors of the template content color blocks. The one or more color blocks of the template content may be replaced with its corresponding drop-in content from one of the one or more drop-in content sets to generate a composite content. Furthermore, the composite content may have demographic, geographic, and/or behavioral parameters associated with it to enable targeting the composite content, such as in the form of advertisements and/or product or service recommendations, to one or more users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Simon Lloyd Spencer, Brian Fergus Burns, Reginald Jassal, Martin Christopher Hare Robertson, Alistair Francis Smith, David Neil Turner, Guy Adam Taylor
  • Patent number: 9886648
    Abstract: An image processing device acquires first image data representing a first image and second image data representing a second image. The first image shows a part of a target object and the second image showing another part of the target object. The first image includes a first edge. The image processing device generates a plurality of first pixels so as to be arranged outside the first image and along the first edge by using a plurality of pixels that are arranged inside the first image and along the first edge. The image processing device determines a relative position between the first image and the second image by using the plurality of first pixels. The image processing device generates arranged image data representing an arranged image in which the first image and the second image are arranged according to the relative position so that the arranged image shows the target object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takuya Shimahashi, Ryohei Ozawa, Tomohiko Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 9864387
    Abstract: Provided is a voltage regulator which is not affected by a variation in output impedance of a reference voltage circuit, that is, which is configured to output voltage with a small change due to temperature. Two reference voltages respectively having positive and negative temperature coefficients are added together through transconductance amplifiers having large input impedances, respectively, and the resultant is amplified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: SII SEMICONDUCTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Ogura, Kaoru Sakaguchi
  • Patent number: 9814163
    Abstract: A modular data center build method and system including prefabricated data center modules comprised of a plurality of racks, a plurality of rack-mounted computer systems, a door, electrical systems, cooling systems, power connections, water connections, video systems, biometric access system and a fire safety system. A steel beam structure may be employed to secure multiple vertical levels of a plurality of data center modules. The described modular data center build method and system with prefabricated data center modules may be employed to quickly deploy a data center in a repeatable sustainable manner, drastically reducing the build deployment time of a data center from design to fully operational.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: NAUTILUS DATA TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Arnold C. Magcale, Daniel Kekai
  • Patent number: 9779774
    Abstract: A cinemagraph is generated that includes one or more video loops. A cinemagraph generator receives an input video, and semantically segments the frames to identify regions that correspond to semantic objects and the semantic object depicted in each identified region. Input time intervals are then computed for the pixels of the frames of the input video. An input time interval for a particular pixel includes a per-pixel loop period and a per-pixel start time of a loop at the particular pixel. In addition, the input time interval of a pixel is based, in part, on one or more semantic terms which keep pixels associated with the same semantic object in the same video loop. A cinemagraph is then created using the input time intervals computed for the pixels of the frames of the input video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Sing Bing Kang, Neel Suresh Joshi, Hugues Hoppe, Tae-Hyun Oh, Baoyuan Wang
  • Patent number: 9747715
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus performs: determining a reference region that is a part region of a first image; calculating, for at least one of candidate regions, a degree of similarity between the reference region and each of the at least one candidate regions; identifying a corresponding region from among the plurality of candidate regions based on at least one degree of similarity; and generating combined image data by using the first image data and the second image data. The combined image data represents a combined image in which the first image is combined with the second image by overlapping the reference region with the identified corresponding region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takuya Shimahashi, Tomohiko Hasegawa