Special Applications Patents (Class 348/61)
  • Patent number: 10988993
    Abstract: A sheave wheel assembly includes a housing; a wheel attached to the housing and configured to rotate relative to the housing; an imaging system attached to the housing and configured to obtain images of a surrounding of the sheave wheel assembly; and a transceiver attached to the housing and configured to send the images in a wireless manner to a ground control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: GEODYNAMICS, INC.
    Inventors: Phillip Phelps, Rick Wallace, Cameron Kirkpatrick
  • Patent number: 10986287
    Abstract: A method of capturing a photo using a mobile device is described. The method comprises detecting a signature motion of the mobile device; capturing video using a camera of the mobile device upon detecting the signature motion; and automatically identifying a start frame and an end frame of the captured images using neural networks. A mobile device for capturing a photo is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: David Liu, Michael Polley, Youngjun F. Yoo, Hamid Rahim Sheikh, Kaimo Lin, George Chen, Chenchi Luo
  • Patent number: 10960961
    Abstract: Systems and methods for configurable dive masks in accordance with embodiments of the invention are illustrated. In one embodiment, a configurable dive mask including a dive mask frame, at least one lens located within the dive mask frame, a display device viewable through the at least one lens, a processor, a dive device data circuit that obtains dive device data from a set of sensor devices, a configuration interface circuit that communicates with configuration devices to obtain configuration data when the configuration interface is above water; and memory storing configuration data and dive device data, wherein the processor receives configuration data via the configuration interface, receives dive device data via the dive device interface, determines a portion of the dive device data to display based upon the configuration data, and displays dive device data in accordance with configuration data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Pelagic Pressure Systems Corp.
    Inventor: Michael S. Hollis
  • Patent number: 10965925
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus includes an image capturing unit configured to capture an infrared image and generate image data, a holding unit configured to hold a plurality of color palettes, a conversion unit configured to convert the image data into image data for display based on a the color palette of the plurality of color palettes; and a determination unit configured to determine, from among the plurality of color palettes, the color palette that is to be used by the conversion unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Osamu Yonishi
  • Patent number: 10953545
    Abstract: A system and method for autonomous navigation using a visual sparse map. The system includes a robotic device having an RGB-D camera, a processor and a storage device storing computer executable code. The computer executable code is configured to: obtain the visual sparse map based on captured RGB-D images; capture an RGB image; acquire a current pose of the robotic device; find a keyframes nearest to the current pose of the robotic device; find a target waypoint that is ahead of the nearest keyframe at about a pre-defined distance; compute transition velocity and rotation velocity of the robotic device based on relative location between the robotic device and the target waypoint; and control operation of the robotic device using the computed transition velocity and rotation velocity to achieve autonomous navigation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignees: Beijing Jingdong Shangke Information Technology Co., Ltd., JD.com American Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Soonhac Hong
  • Patent number: 10949998
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure provide an indoor positioning device, a movable device including the same, a method for positioning a movable device in an indoor space and a computer-readable medium. The indoor positioning device includes an imaging unit for capturing image information of at least one of a plurality of luminaires which are located at a top of the indoor space, a storage unit for storing information of a luminaire Voronoi diagram includes a plurality of Voronoi diagram units, each Voronoi diagram unit includes a generator which is located in a projection of a respective luminaire of the plurality of luminaires on a horizontal plane of the indoor space, and a processor for receiving the image information and the information of the luminaire Voronoi diagram, and calculate a position of the imaging unit in the indoor space based on the image information and the information of the luminaire Voronoi diagram.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Cheng Liu
  • Patent number: 10951310
    Abstract: A communication method including: determining whether a terminal is capable of performing visible light communication; when the terminal is determined to be capable of performing the visible light communication, obtaining a decode target image by an image sensor capturing a subject whose luminance changes, and obtaining, from a striped pattern appearing in the decode target image, first identification information transmitted by the subject; and when the terminal is determined to be incapable of performing the visible light communication in the determining pertaining to the visible light communication, obtaining a captured image by the image sensor capturing the subject, specifying a predetermined specific region by performing edge detection on the captured image, and obtaining, from a line pattern in the specific region, second identification information transmitted by the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Hideki Aoyama, Mitsuaki Oshima
  • Patent number: 10942698
    Abstract: A control method of a display system including a plurality of display devices includes: transmitting, by each of the plurality of display devices, management information including identification information indicating that grouping is supported; acquiring, by a first display device as one of the plurality of display devices, the management information transmitted from a second display device; transmitting, by the first display device, connection information necessary for wireless connection to the first display device to the second display device; and wirelessly connecting, by the second display device, to the first display device based on the connection information, when the second display device receives the connection information from the first display device, to thereby participate in a group of the first display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masahiko Honda
  • Patent number: 10932649
    Abstract: A system may control an illuminator to illuminate a surgical site with non-white light and control a camera to capture light reflected from the surgical site. The camera may separate the captured light into a plurality of color components. The plurality of color components may be captured by the camera as a plurality of sets of pixels of a frame in a video stream, and each set of the plurality of sets of pixels may be in a different color channel of the camera. The system may further control, based on color component characteristics of the light captured by the camera, the illuminator to configure the non-white light such that each color channel of the camera has an about equal response to the light captured by the camera for a subsequently captured frame in the video stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey DiCarlo, Stephen J. Blumenkranz, Brian D. Hoffman, Geoff Richmond, Tao Zhao
  • Patent number: 10925675
    Abstract: An optical imaging system for imaging a target during a medical procedure. The imaging system includes an optical assembly including moveable zoom optics and moveable focus optics. The system includes a zoom actuator and a focus actuator for positioning the zoom and focus optics, respectively. The system includes a controller for controlling the zoom and focus actuators independently in response to received control input. The system includes a camera for capturing an image of the target from the optical assembly. The system may be capable of performing autofocus during a medical procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: SYNAPTIVE MEDICAL INC.
    Inventors: Tammy Kee-Wai Lee, Michael Frank Gunter Wood, Cameron Anthony Piron, Brent Andrew Bailey, Sagar Saxena, Sean Adrian Conroy, Kamyar Abhari, Kai Michael Hynna, Gal Sela, Kelly Noel Dyer, Joshua Lee Richmond
  • Patent number: 10893260
    Abstract: An augmented reality (AR) headset includes a depth camera assembly that combines stereo imaging with structured light (SL) to generate depth information for an area of interest. The depth camera assembly includes at least two image capture devices and a SL illuminator and determines an imaging mode based on a signal to noise ratio or spatial variance of images captured by one or more of the cameras. Different imaging modes correspond to different operation of one or more image capture devices and the SL illuminator. The depth camera assembly includes different ranges of signal to noise ratios that each correspond to an imaging mode, and the depth camera assembly configures the image capture devices and the SL illuminator based on an imaging mode associated with a range of signal to noise ratios including the signal to noise ratio of a captured image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas Daniel Trail, Alexander Jobe Fix
  • Patent number: 10893184
    Abstract: The present invention provides an electronic device and a method for processing an image. A method of the electronic device according to various embodiments can comprise the operations of: obtaining, using an image sensor, a plurality of images including a first image and a second image corresponding to external objects, providing, using the image sensor, at least a part of processed images of the plurality of images as a preview image; detecting image information based on at least the preview image; storing, in a buffer, images including at least the first and second images of the plurality of images; and synthesising, in response to an image capture related input, an image set including at least the first and second images of the images stored in the buffer using the image information so as to create a third image. In addition, the present invention may include other embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Inventors: Sung-Hwan Moon, Jeong-Hwan Min, Dae-Yun Park, Min-Jung Kim
  • Patent number: 10887554
    Abstract: Provided is a mobile terminal including a plurality of cameras having different FOVs, the mobile terminal including: a display for displaying a preview sensed by an activated camera among the plurality of cameras; and a controller configured to control the plurality of cameras and the display, wherein the controller is configured for: controlling the display to output multi-previews of the plurality of cameras in response to a first signal indicating outputting the multi-previews of the plurality of cameras; when a camera of a field of view (FOV) smaller than a FOV of an activated camera among the plurality of cameras is deactivated, cropping a preview sensed by the activated camera and generating a preview of the deactivated camera using the cropped preview.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jiwon Yun, Eunyoung Noh, Seungmin Yang
  • Patent number: 10873680
    Abstract: A communication apparatus that communicates with an external apparatus includes a transmission unit that transmits, to the external apparatus via a first relay apparatus, connection information that the external apparatus uses to directly communicate with the communication apparatus and a control unit that controls direct communication with the external apparatus when disconnection of communication with the external apparatus via the first relay apparatus is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hideaki Ohshima
  • Patent number: 10863100
    Abstract: A control apparatus includes a determination unit configured to perform detection processing for detecting a volume of a sound obtained by sound obtaining unit corresponding to imaging unit, determine whether the volume is not less than a threshold, and execute volume determination processing for outputting a determination result, a change control unit configured to perform first change control for changing an imaging direction in the imaging unit, and a control unit configured to control to change control associated with the volume determination processing when the first change control is executed by the change control unit and the second change control is executed by the change control unit, so as not to set a state in which the first change control is performed, upon execution of the second change control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Yokomizo
  • Patent number: 10843816
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the field of aircrafts and provides a photographic assembly applied to an aircraft, where the aircraft includes a vehicle body. The photographic assembly includes: a vibration absorption member, a frame provided at the periphery of the vehicle body and connected to the vehicle body through a vibration absorption member, a gimbal connected to the frame and a camera connected to the gimbal. The frame of the photographic assembly in embodiments of the present invention can be mounted on unmanned aerial vehicle bodies of different specifications and the frame is sleeved over the vehicle body, so that the structure of the vehicle body can be designed compactly. The embodiments of the present invention further provide an unmanned aerial vehicle having the photographic assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: AUTEL ROBOTICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Feng Ni
  • Patent number: 10819758
    Abstract: A system and method are presented for the creation and management of live audio-visual streams between multiple parties. An organizing computer system requests a system server to establish a stream with a limited, preset number of slots. Other computer systems request to join the stream. Once the present number of slots is filled, a queue is established for waiting computer systems. Participating computer systems can be limited in their participation to a present time period, after which they are removed from the streams. Removal of one computer system from the stream opens a slot for another, which is filed from the queue of waiting computer systems. The queue can be sorted through a variety of means, including FIFO and auction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: See A Star LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth F. Krutsch, Emma C. Aversa
  • Patent number: 10810728
    Abstract: Semi-automated (with manual feeding) and fully automated (with automated feeding) solutions for using a vision system to evaluate shield trim quality on shielded cables. The vision system uses a multiplicity of cameras and a corresponding multiplicity of mirrors in order to achieve a 360-degree view of the cable segment to be inspected. Cables to be inspected are positioned in a repeatable location based on the strip length of the cable (where the edge of the cable jacket is located relative to the end of the cable). The processing system receives a live image feed from the camera system and then uses color and dimensional analysis of the acquired images to determine whether the shield trim meets quality control specifications or not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Grace L. Duncan, Bradley J. Mitchell, Damien O. Martin
  • Patent number: 10805517
    Abstract: The accessory apparatus includes an accessory communicator providing, with an image-capturing apparatus, three channels that are a notification channel, a first data communication channel and a second data communication channel. The image-capturing apparatus and the accessory apparatus are each configured to have a function of switching the second data communication channel between a first setting in which the data transmission from the image-capturing apparatus to the accessory apparatus is allowed and a second setting in which data transmission from the accessory apparatus to the image-capturing apparatus is allowed, The accessory controller is configured to, in response to receiving from the image-capturing apparatus through the notification channel a first notice indicating completion of switching from the first setting to the second setting in the image-capturing apparatus, switch from the first setting to the second setting in the accessory apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takahito Nakamichi
  • Patent number: 10799803
    Abstract: A multi-dimensional theatre based on a mechanical arm type roller coaster comprises a track, a track traffic control system, static scenes and dynamic scenes arranged based on a travelling path of the track and various special effect devices coordinated with a plot, and a plurality of mechanical arm type riding devices travelling on the track. The top of both wings of the track is combined with a wheel train of the riding devices, wherein the travel of the riding devices is controlled by the track traffic control system. Multiple groups of friction wheels driven by respective electric motors are mounted in parallel on the main body of the track. The electric motors are fixedly mounted within the main body via multiple groups of corresponding adjustable brackets. The riding devices comprises a roller coaster chassis and a mechanical arm, wherein a seat is mounted at an end of the arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: DALIAN WANDA GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zhanghong Hu, Yuan Wang, Yong Mei, Hengsheng Fu, Miao Wang, Chuzhu Feng
  • Patent number: 10789468
    Abstract: A method of performing context-based autonomous perception is provided. The method includes acquiring perception sensor data as an image by an autonomous perception system that includes a processing system coupled to a perception sensor system. Feature extraction is performed on the image by the autonomous perception system. The feature extraction identifies one or more features in the image. Contextual information associated with one or more conditions present upon acquiring the perception sensor data is determined. One or more labeled reference images are retrieved from at least one of a contextually-indexed database based on the contextual information, a feature-indexed database based on at least one of the features extracted, and a combined contextually- and feature-indexed database. The image is parsed, and one or more semantic labels are transferred from the one or more labeled reference images to form a semantically labeled version of the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hongcheng Wang
  • Patent number: 10778914
    Abstract: A portable multispectral imaging device comprises a first image sensing module, including at least one lens module and an image sensor. The image sensor is configured to acquire a plurality of images of light radiation, passing through the lens module, and the images include at least one first visible light image and an invisible light image. The center of the lens module and the center of the image sensor are aligned on an optical axis. Moreover, a plurality of light sources including at least one invisible light source are arranged to surround the first image sensing module. A flat-panel display module configured to show an image including the acquired images and previously saved images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventor: Zhongshou Huang
  • Patent number: 10775949
    Abstract: Touchscreen mirror device (100) comprising a touchscreen panel (10) and a mirror surface (20). The touchscreen panel (10) comprises a grid of capacitive sensors (12) for detecting a position of an input object such as a fingertip (F) near the touchscreen panel (10). The mirror surface (20) is configured to at least partially reflect a mirror image (M) at a front side of the mirror surface (20). The mirror surface (20) comprises a reflective metal layer (21) divided in separate metal islands (21a,21b) that are electrically isolated from each other by a single contiguous gap (G) for allowing the capacitive sensor (12) to detect a position of the input object through the mirror surface (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE N.V.
    Inventors: Robert Godlieb, Jeroen Christian Nijdam
  • Patent number: 10733739
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method and system for displaying a target image based on a robot. The method includes successively acquiring video frame images; when a following target in an acquired kth-frame picture is detected, detecting information of a position of the following target in the kth-frame picture; displaying the kth-frame picture at a position of a k+N+1th frame in a time axis, and marking the position of the following target in the kth-frame picture, N being a number of pictures acquired within a detection cycle; sequentially predicting positions of the following target in acquired k+N+1th to k+2N?1th-frame pictures according to the position information of the following target in the kth-frame picture; and sequentially displaying the k+N+1th to k+2N?1th-frame pictures and the predicted positions of the following target at positions of the k+N+2th to k+2Nth frames in the time axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Nanjing AvatarMind Robot Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yangyang Xie, Changye Guo
  • Patent number: 10728683
    Abstract: Systems and methods discussed herein can provide three-dimensional audio virtualization with sweet spot adaptation. In an example, an audio processor circuit can be used to update audio signals for sweet spot adaptation based on information from at least one depth sensor or camera about a listener position in a listening environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: DTS, Inc.
    Inventors: Guangji Shi, Vlad Ionut Ursachi, Daekyoung Noh, Themis George Katsianos, Antonius Kalker, Petronel Bigioi, Jean-Marc Jot
  • Patent number: 10718849
    Abstract: Techniques for determining an actual position of a portable device are disclosed. In an embodiment, a two-tier triangulation and wireless beacon-enabled luminaire detection approach is implemented. An estimated position of a device is determined using wireless (e.g., wireless beacon) triangulation based on a signal parameter of a signal received from a wireless access point. The field of view of the portable device may be used to estimate positions of luminaires proximate the portable device. The actual position of the luminaires may be determined from the estimated position by querying a database. A second triangulation may be performed using the known position of the luminaires to determine the position of the portable device with respect to the actual position of the luminaire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignees: OSRAM SYLVANIA Inc., Osram GmbH
    Inventors: Bernhard Siessegger, Christian Breuer, Barry Stout, Anant Aggarwal
  • Patent number: 10712126
    Abstract: A detector monitors the presence, absence, insertion, and/or removal of an object in a holster. The detector broadcasts a message to an electronic device reporting whether the object, such as a weapon, has been removed from the holster and/or if the holster lock has been unlocked. The detector repeatedly probes for the presence of the object in the holster. The electronic device, in response to authenticating the message, may control the recording of audio, video, and/or other data in conjunction with the insertion or withdrawal. The detector stores information about when an object has been removed or inserted from the holster and provides it the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Axon Enterprise, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy J. Crist, Daniel J. Wagner, Mark A. Hanchett, Matthew J. Morstad
  • Patent number: 10706585
    Abstract: An eyeball information estimation device includes: an acquisition unit acquiring an image including a pupil of a subject and a Purkinje image of the subject; a detection unit detecting a center position of the pupil and a position of the Purkinje image; a selection unit selecting which of first and second sight line angle calculation processings of calculating a sight line angle of the eye of the subject is to be executed; and a processing unit estimating an eyeball center position of the subject based on a three-dimensional face model and updating an eyeball center position of a storage unit, at least on a condition that a pupil reliability is higher than a first pupil threshold value, and a Purkinje reliability is higher than a first Purkinje threshold value, when the first sight line angle calculation processing is selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuya Yamada, Takashi Kato, Hironobu Hoda
  • Patent number: 10682966
    Abstract: A vision system for a vehicle includes a camera disposed at the vehicle and having a field of view exterior of the vehicle. The camera includes a lens and an imager. A control includes a processor that processes image data captured by the camera. A light emitting device includes at least one light emitting diode. The light emitting device, when the at least one light emitting diode is powered, emits near infrared light at a region encompassed by the field of view of the camera. The control, responsive to processing of image data captured by the camera, determines an ambient light level exterior the vehicle. The control, responsive to the determined ambient light level, automatically controls intensity of the near infrared light emitted by the light emitting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Krishna Koravadi
  • Patent number: 10647011
    Abstract: A networked shaving appliance system includes: (a) a shaving appliance including a handle and a shaving head cartridge connected to the handle and motion, orientation, and/or pressure sensors associated with the handle and/or shaving head cartridge; (b) a sensor circuit connected to receive sensor signals and generate shave event information from the sensor signals; (c) a network circuit wirelessly connected with a computer network and communicating at least the shave event information to the computer network; and (d) a computerized tool operating, at least in part, on a computerized user device connected to the computer network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: THE GILLETTE COMPANY LLC
    Inventors: Susan Clare Robinson, Balasundram Periasamy Amavasai, Matthew Lloyd Barker, Kate Budds, Ian Anthony Good, Robert Hinkle, Faiz Feisal Sherman, Nigel Weston, Matthew Stephen Bauer
  • Patent number: 10640216
    Abstract: A projection system for use with an aircraft seat includes a cassette frame defining an open ended cavity, a front panel configured to couple to a front of the cassette frame to enclose the cavity, and a projector system held in the cavity. The cassette frame includes a rear panel, an upper panel extending outwardly away from the rear panel, a lower panel extending outwardly away from the rear panel, and first and second side panels extending outwardly from the rear panel. The rear panel, the upper panel, the lower panel and the first and second side panels define an open ended cavity. The projector system and the front panel are configured such that an image and/or video projected by the projector system is projected from the cavity through the front panel. The cassette frame is sized and configured to be received and releasably held in an aircraft seatback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Thales Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Lori Elizabeth Salazar, Jeffrey S. Everhart
  • Patent number: 10638643
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a casing and substrates. The casing includes a plurality of fins including hollow fins. The substrates are inserted in the hollow fins so as to be sandwiched between inner walls of the hollow fins in a contact or non-contact manner, and that include electronic circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takahiro Furuya
  • Patent number: 10591407
    Abstract: Provided is an excrement analysis device capable of analyzing urine and feces simultaneously without increasing a burden of maintenance. The excrement analysis device 10 of the present invention includes: a light source 20 that emits an inspection light toward an inspection area in a toilet bowl; spectroscopic information acquisition means 30 that receives an inspection light emitted toward the inspection area and acquires spectroscopic information from the received inspection light; and analysis means 40 that extracts a first space containing the largest amount of urine components and a second space containing the largest amount of fecal components from the acquired spectroscopic information, and outputs a result of analysis of urine and feces on the basis of spectroscopic information regarding the first space and the second space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Takeshi Akagawa, Masahiro Kubo, Katsumi Abe, Kimiyasu Takoh, Ersin Altintas, Yuji Ohno, Tetsuri Ariyama
  • Patent number: 10592764
    Abstract: Systems and methods for reconstructing a document from a series of document images. An example method comprises: receiving a plurality of image frames, wherein each image frame of the plurality of image frames contains at least a part of an image of an original document; identifying a plurality of visual features in the plurality of image frames; performing spatial alignment of the plurality of image frames based on matching the identified visual features; splitting each of the plurality of image frames into a plurality of image fragments; identifying one or more text-depicting image fragments among the plurality of image fragments; associating each identified text-depicting image fragment with an image frame in which that image fragment has an optimal value of a pre-defined quality metric among values of the quality metric for that image fragment in the plurality of image frames; and producing a reconstructed image frame by blending image fragments from the associated image frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: ABBYY Production LLC
    Inventors: Vasily Loginov, Ivan Zagaynov, Irina Karatsapova
  • Patent number: 10592932
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present disclosure provides an intelligent dresser and a corresponding cloud expert device. The intelligent dresser introduces the cloud expert device on the basis of a conventional dresser to implement a customized recommendation of cosmetic product. The embodiment of the present disclosure meets the requirement of user's personalized and specialized requirements on cosmetic product caring to get a more targeted and effective skin care and dressing. Meanwhile, the embodiment of the present disclosure also provides a virtual dresser based on a mobile terminal, and has a good application prospect and valuable market.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yu Gu, Junmin Sun, Zhongcheng Gui, Hongli Ding, Kai Zhao, Yifei Zhang, Ying Zhang
  • Patent number: 10586317
    Abstract: An electronic device with a display screen provides drawing directions to guide a user to create artwork on a physical medium. The electronic device displays a first drawing direction for drawing a portion of a subject on a physical medium, and prompts a user for a user input indicating completion of the first drawing direction by the user. Upon receiving the prompted user input, the electronic device displays a second drawing direction for drawing another portion of the subject on the physical medium. The subject may be based on a computer-animated movie title. The first drawing direction may include a representation of a virtual host, which is also based on a computer-animated character from a computer-animated movie title.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: DreamWorks Animation L.L.C.
    Inventors: Scott Larocca, Campbell McGrouther
  • Patent number: 10582240
    Abstract: Certain exemplary embodiments relate to entertainment systems and, more particularly, certain exemplary embodiments relate to jukebox systems that incorporate digital downloading jukebox features along with karaoke jukebox and/or photo booth features. A combined karaoke/photo booth/jukebox may enable more integrated performance-like experiences in an in-home or out-of-home location or venue. By leveraging vast audio media libraries, trusted rights-respecting network infrastructure, and on-site image/video capturing from integrated recorders and/or remote portable devices, a more sociable experience may be created for karaoke jukebox patrons, e.g., where custom content can be generated and shared in a safe and legally appropriate manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: TouchTunes Music Corporation
    Inventors: Ed Rivera, Michael Tooker, Francois Guy, Francois Beaumier, Charles Battle, Mounir Khenfir, Charles Garneau
  • Patent number: 10564675
    Abstract: A mobile terminal includes a display unit disposed on a front surface and including a first portion and a second portion formed to be rotatable with respect to a boundary portion formed on one side of the first portion so as to be in a state in which the second portion covers the first portion or a state in which the second portion does not cover the first portion, a first sensing unit disposed on a left end of the terminal body and generating a first signal on the basis of a movement of the left end, a second sensing unit disposed on the right end of the terminal body and generating a second signal on the basis of a movement of the right end, and a controller controlling at least one of functions executable on the terminal on the basis of the first signal and the second signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hokyung Ka, Chul Park, Jaedong Kim, Kyoungho Lee, Jinho Cho
  • Patent number: 10528037
    Abstract: A system tag identifying a device of a process control loop is determined/derived from a unique identifier of the device while the loop is communicatively disconnected from a process plant's back-end environment or control room. The system tag may be stored at the device itself or at a proxy that is disposed in the field of the process plant (e.g., at another component of the loop). One or more commissioning activities that include the device are performed in the field using the device's system tag, and at least some of the field commissioning activities may be automatically triggered based on the derivation of system tag. Upon the loop being communicatively connected to the back-end environment of the plant, the device's system tag known to the loop in the field is synchronized with the device's system tag known to the back-end of the process plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Larry O. Jundt, Cristopher Ian S. Uy, Deborah R. Colclazier, Sergio Diaz, Gary K. Law, Julian K. Naidoo, Daniel R. Strinden, Kent A. Burr, Neil J. Peterson
  • Patent number: 10531192
    Abstract: A set of shielded headphones (1) having speaker housings (6) that are electroplated to provide metallic surfaces to create a Faraday cage around each speaker (5) contained therein. The protective metallic encasement prevents electromagnetic radiation from interfering with the speakers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: LINSTOL USA, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Russell, Zhong Gui Bin, Alberto de Lucio
  • Patent number: 10523839
    Abstract: Digital media can be automatically transferred between a digital capture device or storage device and one or more other devices with little or no user intervention. Media can be selected for automatic transfer based on one or more media-content or media-context characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventor: Thomas Nathan Millikan
  • Patent number: 10498946
    Abstract: A communication apparatus includes a first wireless communication unit, a second wireless communication unit, a control unit that remotely controls an imaging apparatus in a mode selected from among a plurality of modes including a first mode for remotely controlling the imaging apparatus via the first wireless communication unit and a second mode for remotely controlling the imaging apparatus via the second wireless communication unit, a display unit, wherein the control unit controls the display unit to display an item for inputting an instruction to cause the imaging apparatus to capture an image, wherein, in the first mode, the control unit controls the display unit to display the item in a first size, and wherein, in the second mode, the control unit controls the display unit to display the item in a second size that is larger than the first size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Torikai
  • Patent number: 10431108
    Abstract: Computer-implemented techniques for interactively training a user in performing a predetermined task related to at least one of food safety, workplace safety and food quality using a head wearable device are provided. The head wearable device comprises a digital display positioned within a field of view of the user, a camera to capture visual data from a first-person perspective, a user input device to provide control signals, and a processor. A series of steps are visually presented on the digital display in a predetermined order to direct the user through a process of performing the task. Visual data captured by the camera and the control signals provided from the user input device are analyzed during performance of one or more steps of the task. The computer-implemented techniques evaluate the user's performance of the one or more steps based on analysis of the visual data and the control signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: NSF International
    Inventors: Thomas Chestnut, Jennifer Leighanne Tong
  • Patent number: 10397468
    Abstract: A recorded image sharing system that detects a predetermined trigger and displays, on a display unit of an operator terminal, a recorded image of a predetermined time including the detected predetermined trigger among recorded images is provided. The recorded image sharing system 1 shares a recorded image of a captured image captured by a wearable terminal 10 with a connected operator terminal 20. The recorded image sharing system 1 includes a recording module 201 that records captured images captured by the wearable terminal 10, a detecting unit 204 that detects a predetermined trigger, and a display control unit 206 that displays, on a display unit 24 of the operator terminal 20, a recorded image of a predetermined time including the detected predetermined trigger among the recorded images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: OPTIM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shunji Sugaya
  • Patent number: 10389944
    Abstract: The effect of blur in digital images of an imaging device is corrected by displaying a preview image of a scene to be captured in a user interface of a device. A user input designates a first subject in the preview image and a plurality of images that include the first subject and a second subject are captured. The plurality of images are processed to obtain a combined image, taking into account at least one of a focal length of a lens of the imaging device and a zoom level of a lens of the imaging device, and the combined image includes the first subject and the second subject, the first subject in the combined image is substantially blur free, and the second subject in the combined image is blurred compared to the first image. The combined image is stored in a memory of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: CLEAR IMAGING RESEARCH, LLC
    Inventor: Fatih M. Ozluturk
  • Patent number: 10390017
    Abstract: A compressed image data transmitting device includes a compression unit dividedly reading captured image data from an image capturing element a plurality of times and performing a compression process on the captured image data to generate compressed image data; a determining unit determining whether a compressed image data occupancy ratio is equal to or larger than a predetermined threshold value; and a control unit instructing the compression unit to stop reading the captured image data when the compressed image data occupancy ratio is equal to or larger than the predetermined threshold value. When the captured image data which has not been read from the compression unit is present in the image capturing element, the control unit instructs the image capturing element not to perform the image capturing, and subsequently instructs the image capturing element to perform the image capturing operation after the above-mentioned captured image data is no longer present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Hasegawa, Shunsuke Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10345984
    Abstract: An apparatus for inputting information into a computer includes a 3d sensor that senses 3d information and produces a 3d output The apparatus includes a 2d sensor that senses 2d information and produces a 2d output The apparatus includes a processing unit which receives the 2d and 3d output and produces a combined output that is a function of the 2d and 3d output. A method for inputting information into a computer. The method includes the steps of producing a 3d output with a 3d sensor that senses 3d information. There is the step of producing a 2d output with a 2d sensor that senses 2d information. There is the step of receiving the 2d and 3d output at a processing unit. There is the step of producing a combined output with the processing unit that is a function of the 2d and 3d output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignees: New York University, Tactonic Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth Perlin, Charles Hendee, Alex Grau, Gerald Seidman
  • Patent number: 10338352
    Abstract: A wide-angle lens system comprises a first lens having a concave aspheric surface and a planar surface, a second lens having a convex aspheric surface and a planar surface, a substrate, wherein the planar surface of the first lens is adjacent to a first side of the substrate and the planar surface of the second lens is adjacent to a second side of the substrate, a third lens behind the second lens having a concave aspheric surface and a planar surface, and a stop disposed between the first lens and the substrate. The planar surface of the third lens is secured to an outermost surface of an image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: OmniVision Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Chuen-Yi Yin, Jau-Jan Deng, Ting-Yu Cheng
  • Patent number: 10334154
    Abstract: A portable electronic device with image capturing capabilities automatically or semi-automatically adjusts one or more image capturing parameters based on an input attribute of user engagement with a single-action haptic input mechanism. For example, the duration for which a single-action control button carried on a frame of the device is pressed automatically determines an image stabilization mode for on-board processing of captured image data. In one example, an above-threshold press duration automatically activates a less rigorous image stabilization mode, while button release before expiry of the threshold automatically activates a more rigorous photo stabilization mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Rong Yan, Liu Liu
  • Patent number: 10306287
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method including receiving, by a server, an input video and extracting features of the input video to produce extracted features. The method also includes comparing the extracted features of the input video with metadata stored in a metadata database storage and incorporating the input video into a matched video corresponding to metadata that matches the extracted features of the input video upon determining that the extracted features of the input video match metadata in the metadata database storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Yue Chen, Hong Heather Yu, Hongbing Li, Jianbin Dai, Zhenhua Liu