Underwater Patents (Class 348/81)
  • Patent number: 11164291
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention disclose a method for color reconstruction of individual detected objects of an underwater image using a library of reference images. The method includes one or more processors obtaining image data of a computing device that includes an underwater image. The method further includes determining a depth measurement corresponding to the underwater image. The method further includes identifying an object of the underwater image based at least in part on a shape of the object. The method further includes reconstructing one or more colors of the object of the underwater image based at least in part on a reference image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Thomas Snellgrove, Rajeev Puri, Tomas Krojzl, Erik Rueger
  • Patent number: 11150539
    Abstract: The invention relates to a camera module (100) for a vehicle. The camera module (100) has a housing section (105) with a camera lens (110) and is characterized in that the camera module (100) contains a cylindrical front cover receiver (115) surrounding the housing section (105) that extends beyond the camera lens (110). A transparent front cover (120) for the camera lens (110) is received in the front cover receiver (115). The front cover (120) has an outer surface (125) that can be exposed to environmental effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG
    Inventors: Johannes Kirchhoff, Alex Hessel
  • Patent number: 11077923
    Abstract: A watercraft and method for operating the watercraft, wherein the watercraft includes an electrical system that is present in a space that has an atmosphere that differs from air, where the space is formable by a pressure hull, where the atmosphere contains, for example, an inert gas, and where the space having the electrical system is filled with the atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: SIEMENS ENERGY GLOBAL GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Thorben Kriews, Kay Tigges
  • Patent number: 11047842
    Abstract: A sensor module assembly includes a sensor housing that houses a sensing element configured to sense a characteristic of a process and generate a sensor signal indicative of the characteristic. The sensor module assembly includes a wireless device housing that houses communication circuitry configured to receive the sensor signal and a wireless transmitter configured to send the sensor signal wirelessly to a remote device. The sensor module assembly also includes a communication cable that communicatively couples the sensing element in the sensor housing to the communication circuitry in the wireless device housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Rosemount Inc.
    Inventors: Greg E. Gindele, Sean P. McLeskey, Robert M. Weinberger
  • Patent number: 10997707
    Abstract: An improved leak detection system for oil and gas pipelines and the like, including submerged or buried structures, the system including an aerial- or space-based platform with GPS and Attitude Determination and Control System (ADCS) capability, the platform connected to a hyperspectral imaging sensor, the system including processor and memory structured with a vegetative index such that chemical and hydrocarbon leaks are detected within regulatorily-approved time limits based on changes in the vegetative index.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Orbital Sidekick, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel L. Katz, Tushar Prabhakar
  • Patent number: 10955517
    Abstract: An underwater ultrasonic device includes at least one first ultrasonic transducer and at least one second ultrasonic transducer. The first ultrasonic transducer is configured to transmit a plurality of ultrasonic signals and the second ultrasonic transducer is configured to receive a plurality of reflected signals of the ultrasonic signals. The first ultrasonic transducer and the second ultrasonic transducer are disposed with respect to each other. One of the first ultrasonic transducer and the second ultrasonic transducer is curvilinear and another one of the first ultrasonic transducer and the second ultrasonic transducer is curvilinear or straight linear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Qisda Corporation
    Inventors: Fu-Sheng Jiang, Chun-Chieh Wang
  • Patent number: 10950041
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of generating 3D data of an object, in particular for the generation of underwater maps. This method comprises the following steps: provision of two-dimensional image data of the surface of the object, such as e.g. the bottom of a body of water, together with reference information provision of a three-dimensional relief map of a predetermined area of the object or of the bottom of a body of water, and mapping of the two-dimensional image data as texture on the three-dimensional relief map by means of the reference information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: OCEAN MAPS GMBH
    Inventors: Thomas Nemetz, Kreshnik Halili
  • Patent number: 10873686
    Abstract: A thermal imaging system is provided. The thermal imaging system includes an explosion-proof housing with an optical window configured to contain an explosive pressure. The optical window allows electromagnetic thermal energy to pass. A thermal imaging sensor is disposed within the explosion-proof housing. Thermal imaging electronics are coupled to the thermal imaging sensor and configured to provide at least one thermal image based on a signal from the thermal imaging sensor. A lens assembly is disposed at least in front of the optical window external to the explosion-proof housing. A composite optical window for thermal imaging is also provided. In another embodiment, a thermal imaging system includes an explosion-proof housing having an optical window configured to contain an explosive pressure. An infrared (IR) camera is disposed within the explosion-proof housing. A reflector reflects electromagnetic thermal energy to the IR camera, but prevent an object from impacting the optical window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Rosmeount Inc.
    Inventors: Jason H. Rud, Andrew J. Kitzman, Sascha Ulrich Kienitz, Ulrich Kienitz, Johannes Gentz
  • Patent number: 10864559
    Abstract: Techniques for reducing biofouling on optical equipment, using minimum power in a marine environment are provided. An example of an apparatus according to the disclosure includes a housing including a cavity and an ultraviolet transparent window disposed over the cavity, an optical device disposed in the cavity and directed towards the ultraviolet transparent window, one or more ultraviolet light emitting diodes disposed in the cavity and directed towards the ultraviolet transparent window, and a controller operably coupled to the one or more ultraviolet light emitting diodes and configured to provide at least one lamp power function to the one or more ultraviolet light emitting diodes, wherein the at least one lamp power function is based on at least a flash power value, a flash duration, a rest power value and a rest duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: INNOVENT TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Egbert Woelk
  • Patent number: 10852208
    Abstract: A method of quantifying gas leak rate includes receiving image frames acquired with a camera and including a plume from a gas leak source, determining a real-world size that each pixel represents, identifying pixels corresponding to the plume in a first image frame, calculating gas concentration path lengths of the plume for the pixels in the first image frame, calculating, based on the first image frame and a second image frame, an image velocity field of the plume including displacement vectors for the pixels, identifying, within the first image, a closed boundary enclosing the gas leak source of the plume, and calculating a first gas leak rate in the first image frame by calculating a volume rate of the plume flowing across the closed boundary based on the image velocity field, the gas concentration path lengths, and a time interval between the first and the second image frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Laboratory U.S.A., Inc.
    Inventor: Leiming Wang
  • Patent number: 10841470
    Abstract: A camera module comprising: a lens barrel comprising a lens; a lens holder for accommodating the lens barrel; an image sensor disposed below the lens barrel; a printed circuit board on which the image sensor is mounted and is coupled to the lens barrel; and at least one welding point for mutually coupling the lens barrel and the lens holder while an optical axis of the lens and an optical axis of the image sensor are aligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jae Hun Sung, Min Woo Lee
  • Patent number: 10838894
    Abstract: An electronic device and method for communicating with an external electronic device that is connected via a connector of the electronic device are provided. The electronic device includes a connector including a first pin and a second pin, a communication interface connected with the connector, and at least one processor electrically connected with the communication interface, wherein the at least one processor may be configured to apply a first current to the first pin, determine whether liquid is introduced into the connector using the second pin, and if the liquid is introduced into the connector, apply a second current smaller than the first current to the first pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yeon-Rae Jo
  • Patent number: 10832542
    Abstract: A system and method for viewing what person or movement may be at their door via their smartphone, without having to do any destructive installation, is disclosed. The camera system attaches to the typical residential door via adhesive pad anchor which uses a hinge portion to orient the camera system through a peephole within the door. One purpose of the camera system is to enable a user to see what's happening at their door, and be alerted to what's going on outside their door at all times, and/or anytime they want to look.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Guardifi Security, LLC
    Inventor: Sam Glover
  • Patent number: 10802379
    Abstract: Low profile concavely curved cameras, camera housings and related systems and methods. These devices, etc., simultaneously reduce snags and other hazards and also provide improved protection to people such as military and first-responder personnel and athletes by improving the attachment of the camera housing to a helmet or other complexly curved convexly curved base substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: MOHOC, Inc.
    Inventors: Connor J. Duncan, Daniel S. Fuhrman, John M. Prosser
  • Patent number: 10638024
    Abstract: A pole mounted lighted camera preferably includes a camera unit, a light board, a camera housing, a liquid cap, a swivel base and a swivel bracket. The camera unit preferably includes a camera, a camera circuit board and a wireless transmitter circuit board. A second embodiment of a pole mounted lighted camera includes a camera housing, a front end cap, a rear end cap housing, a light board, a wireless transmission board, a power supply board and a self-leveling unit. The front end cap includes a lens and is attached to a front of the camera housing. The self-leveling unit is attached to the rear end cap housing. The rear end cap housing is attached to a rear of the camera housing. The self-leveling unit includes a stationary housing, a self-leveling mounting block, a bearing plate, a camera eye mounting plate and an optical imaging board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: UEMSI/HTV
    Inventors: Richard D. Dresang, Richard D. Ohlendorf, Jacob E. Kaad, Stephen R. Frey
  • Patent number: 10549828
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a foldable breathing mask, comprising: a mask body and a breathing tube, wherein the top end of the mask body extends upwardly to form a connecting tube, and one side of the connecting tube and the corresponding side of the breathing tube are respectively provided with a hinge mechanism, such that the breathing tube is turned over downwardly to be flatly attached to the mask body or turned over upwardly to be communicated with the connecting tube, the other side of the connecting tube corresponding to the hinge mechanism is provided with an elastic hook, and the breathing tube is correspondingly provided with a hook groove or a hook opening. The foldable breathing mask has the advantages of quickness in folding and convenience in assembling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Shenzhen Xingrui Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zhiming Zheng
  • Patent number: 10511750
    Abstract: A four-sided frame for a camera is disclosed. The four-sided frame includes a first side including a hinge mechanism and a second side having a first segment, a second segment that is separable from the first segment, and a latch mechanism. The four-sided frame includes a third side between the first side and the second side and a fourth side between the first side and the second side. The four-sided frame includes a latch mechanism that couples the first segment to the second segment. In an open configuration of the latch mechanism, the first segment and the second segment are separated to allow insertion or removal of the camera. In a closed configuration of the latch mechanism, a distance between the first segment and the second segment is reduced as compared to the open configuration and the four-sided frame secures the outer perimeter of the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Aaron Clearman, Rudy Lucas Samuels, Richard Gioscia
  • Patent number: 10463345
    Abstract: Ultrasound signal processing device including: transmitter causing transmission array composed of all or some transducer elements of ultrasound probe to transmit ultrasound; reception aperture setter designating reception array having center position corresponding to center position of transmission array; transmission time calculator calculating, for each of measurement points arranged within area of reach of ultrasound, transmission time from transmission of ultrasound until arrival of ultrasound at measurement point; reception time calculator calculating reception time from reflection of ultrasound at measurement point until arrival of ultrasound at reception transducer element; delay amount calculator calculating total propagation time being sum of transmission time and reception time, and calculating delay amount for reception transducer element based on total propagation time; delay processor specifying reception signal value corresponding to delay amount, from reception signal sequence corresponding to
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Mineo Tsushima
  • Patent number: 10445266
    Abstract: An electronic device and method for communicating with an external electronic device that is connected via a connector of the electronic device are provided. The electronic device includes a connector including a first pin and a second pin, a communication interface connected with the connector, and at least one processor electrically connected with the communication interface, wherein the at least one processor may be configured to apply a first current to the first pin, determine whether liquid is introduced into the connector using the second pin, and if the liquid is introduced into the connector, apply a second current smaller than the first current to the first pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yeon-Rae Jo
  • Patent number: 10440248
    Abstract: The present embodiment relates to a camera module comprising: a first body; a second body coupled to the first body; a lens unit coupled to the second body; a circuit substrate unit located in an internal space formed by the first body and the second body and having an image sensor mounted thereon; and a focusing unit formed in the second body, and moving and fixing the lens unit or the circuit substrate unit in an optical axis direction of the lens unit, wherein a distance between the lens unit and the image sensor in the optical axis direction is adjusted through the focusing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Seung Ryong Park
  • Patent number: 10405445
    Abstract: A door assembly for a marine electronics device including a door defining a first end and a second end, a substantially planar surface, at least one hinge element disposed proximate the first end, and a finger recess. The finger recess is sized to enable a user to fit at least a portion of a finger therein to enable movement of the door to an open position. The door assembly also includes a deformable tab disposed at the peripheral edge of the planar surface of the door at the second end. The deformable tab fills the finger recess of the door and is movable between a resting position and a deflected position, is biased to the resting position. Movement of the deformable tab to the deflected position enables the user to move the door to the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: NAVICO HOLDING AS
    Inventor: Paul Robert Bailey
  • Patent number: 10386703
    Abstract: Systems and methods for capturing an orbiting image of a subject are disclosed. The system includes a rotatable turntable mountable to an overhead surface with a spindle formed therein and a retractable line extending therefrom at a proximal end thereof. First and second lines extend from a distal end of retractable line in opposite directions as retractable line is extended from an exterior of rotatable turntable. The system further includes an imaging assembly with a housing and an interior compartment in which housing includes first and second rotors at first and second ends thereof such that first and second lines are connected to first and second rotors. Interior compartment receives a multimedia device attached thereto and is at least partially visible from an exterior of housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventor: Chandler Evans
  • Patent number: 10382690
    Abstract: An information acquiring device for acquiring information data of an object includes: a condition detecting unit configured to detect use condition data of the information acquiring device; and a file generating unit configured to generate a file in which the information data, the use condition data, and information on response characteristics of the condition detecting unit are associated with one another. A method for acquiring information executed by an information acquiring device includes: acquiring information data of an object and storing the information data in a storage unit; detecting use condition data of the information acquiring device and storing the use condition data in the storage unit; and reading the information data and the use condition data from the storage unit, and generating a file in which the information data and the use condition data are associated with information on response characteristics in detecting the use condition data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Toshikazu Hayashi, Toshihiro Ogata, Kazuo Kanda, Hideaki Yoshida, Osamu Nonaka
  • Patent number: 10325582
    Abstract: A mounting assembly may effectively mount a transducer and a marine electronic display via the same mounting assembly. In order to mount the mounting assembly, the mounting assembly may be configured to utilize a hole or a surface of a watercraft without needing any additional fastening elements (e.g., screw or bolts) being attached to or inserted into the hole or watercraft. Accordingly, no screw holes are required in order to mount either the marine electronic display or the transducer. Thereby, the user may put the mounting assembly through the hole or attach it to a surface of the watercraft, and then attach the marine electronic display and transducer to the appropriate components of the mounting assembly. Thereby, the mounting of a transducer and a marine electronic display will take less time and require less parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: NAVICO HOLDING AS
    Inventors: Barry M. Antao, Jeremy Schroeder
  • Patent number: 10250337
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method including receiving, via a bridge system including a first adapter and a second adapter, a service set identifier and a password of a capture device and discovering the capture device via the first adapter and the second adapter of the bridge system. Based on a comparison of a first signal-to-noise ratio between the first adapter and the capture device with a second signal-to-noise ratio between the second adapter and the capture device, the method includes assigning one of the first adapter and the second adapter as a host adapter in the bridge system to communicate with the capture device, transmitting, from the host adapter, a signal to the capture device to prioritize a frequency band to use for communication with the bridge system, receiving, via the frequency band, IP packets from the capture device at the host adapter and forwarding the IP packets from the bridge system to a client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: WAHOO TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin Craig Tobias, Mark Gottlieb, Karl Kenneth Lenz
  • Patent number: 10152562
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments provide autonomous surveillance systems for underwater environments. In one embodiment, a submerged node rests on a floor of a body of water, a module floats on the surface of the water, and a cable connects the submerged node to the floating module. The floating module collects sensor data and generates electricity, and provides both to the submerged node over the cable for storage by the submerged node. The submerged node receives a query for the sensor data from an antenna on the floating module. The submerged node identifies the sensor data based on the query, and transmits a response to the query for the sensor data using the antenna on the array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Minas Tanielian
  • Patent number: 10147538
    Abstract: An apparatus including a first layer having a first coil; a second layer having a second coil, where the first and second coils are stacked relative to each other and configured to be located at an aperture of a housing member including electrically conductive material; and a third layer located under the second layer. The third layer includes a ferrite member located under the second coil such that the second coil is between the first coil and the ferrite member. The first coil or the second coil has a substantially “8” shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Wei Huang, Niels Bonne Larsen, Marie Van Deusen, Jorge Zabaco
  • Patent number: 10130802
    Abstract: A capsule endoscope for photodynamic and sonodynamic therapy is disclosed. The capsule includes: an endoscope body; a light and ultrasonic wave irradiation portion provided on the outer surface of the endoscope body and irradiating light of different wavelengths and ultrasonic waves; and a photodynamic and sonodynamic therapy portion connected to the outer surface of the endoscope body and comprising a material for photodynamic and sonodynamic therapy, wherein the photodynamic and sonodynamic therapy portion can be activated by the light and ultrasonic waves irradiated from the light and ultrasonic wave irradiation portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Catholic University Industry Academic Cooperation Foundation
    Inventor: Hiun Suk Chae
  • Patent number: 10104272
    Abstract: An optical unit (13) includes an optical system (16), a lens barrel (15), and a securing portion (21). The optical system (16) includes a plurality of optical elements (22 to 26). The lens barrel (15) has an object side opening smaller than an outermost periphery of the optical element (22) closest to an object side in the optical system (16). The lens barrel (15) has an imaging side opening equal to or larger than an outermost periphery of the optical element (26) closest to an imaging side in the optical system (16). The lens barrel (15) accommodates the optical system (16). The securing portion (21), at the imaging side opening, secures the optical system (16) inserted from the imaging side opening and accommodated in the lens barrel (15).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventors: Riyou Morishima, Makoto Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10061320
    Abstract: A remotely operated vehicle (“ROV”) camera apparatus is disclosed. An ROV includes an anchor housing connected to a body of the ROV. The anchor housing includes a first magnet. The ROV also includes a camera connection housing configured to be rotatably connected to the anchor housing. The camera connection housing includes a connector cup configured to contact the anchor housing, a second magnet located inside the connector cup, the second magnet configured to magnetically couple to the first magnet, and a motor assembly including a motor configured to rotate a drive shaft, the drive shaft being connected to the magnet plate. The ROV further includes a camera device mechanically coupled to the camera connection housing. Actuation of the motor causes the connector cup to rotate with respect to the anchor housing causing the camera device to rotate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Aquabotix Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Durval M. Tavares, Michael Aprea, Joshua Michael Normandin
  • Patent number: 9832356
    Abstract: A camera module, in particular for a vehicle, the camera module having at least: an objective having a lens mount and at least one lens, an image sensor for acquiring and converting optical signals into electrical signals, a bearer device on which the image sensor is mounted and contacted, and a camera housing for accommodating the objective and the bearer device. The objective is connected to the camera housing, in particular to a first housing part, and is borne by the camera housing. The bearer device can in particular be fixed on the objective or on the first housing part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Steffen Fritz, Uwe Apel, Ulrich Seger
  • Patent number: 9802147
    Abstract: A filter tube for high temperature gas-solid separation is provided that has a first cylinder and a second cylinder coaxially nested in the first cylinder with the first cylinder arranged so that an opening thereof faces upward, a first connection flange provided at a periphery of the opening of the first cylinder, and a circular through-hole provided at a bottom of the first cylinder. The second cylinder is nested in the first cylinder so that an opening of the second cylinder faces downward. The second cylinder has an end at an opening thereof that is hermetically connected to the circular through-hole of the first cylinder. The second cylinder has a bottom, and the bottom of the second cylinder and the opening of the first cylinder are at the same horizontal level. An annular gas passage is formed between the first cylinder and the second cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: CHINA UNIVERSITY OF PETROLEUM—BEIJING
    Inventors: Zhongli Ji, Xiaolin Wu, Honghai Chen, Liang Yang, Zhiyi Xiong
  • Patent number: 9729253
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a system including an underwater housing having an underwater wireless module communicating with a camera, an above-water wireless module configured in a floating above-water housing, the underwater wireless module communicating with the above-water wireless module via a tether and a tether extension and retraction device that extends and retracts the tether. The above-water wireless module can be configured on a boat or a separate floating housing. The underwater module receives a first wireless signal from the media capture device capturing images to yield a first signal. The underwater module in the extended system transmits the first signal via the tether to the above-water module and the above-water module in the extended system transmits the first signal to yield a second wireless signal, wherein a mobile device can receive the second wireless signal and display the images or video captured from the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Wahoo Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin Craig Tobias, Mark Gottlieb, Karl Kenneth Lenz
  • Patent number: 9661201
    Abstract: An image monitoring apparatus includes a casing, a camera module in the casing, and a lighting module disposed on the casing and located above or under the camera module on a plane corresponding to a vertical angle of view of the camera module. A horizontal light-emitting plane of a LED of the lighting module is perpendicular to the plane corresponding to the vertical angle of view. A lens of the lighting module covers the LED and has a convex light-exit surface, a bottom surface, and a concave light-entrance surface. A long axis of the convex light-exit surface is located at the horizontal light-emitting plane. A section thickness of the lens from the concave light-entrance surface to the convex light-exit surface along the long axis is greater than a section thickness of the lens from the concave light-entrance surface to the convex light-exit surface along a normal of the bottom surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: VIVOTEK INC.
    Inventors: Chiung-Wei Tsai, Yi-Hsin Yeh, Chih-Hung Chang
  • Patent number: 9553351
    Abstract: The invention is a new type of antenna connection which allows two or more antennas to be connected to an external circuit via a small surface contact. Surface contact size is reduced due to the use of coupling electrodes, at least portions of which are laid adjacent to and parallel with each other such that alternating current coupling occurs between them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: PILKINGTON GROUP LIMITED
    Inventor: Detlef Baranski
  • Patent number: 9482929
    Abstract: A subaquatic monopod for photographic equipment is disclosed. The subaquatic monopod is adapted from a standard telescoping monopod. A photographer affixes anchoring weights to a base of the monopod and affixes flotation devices to an upper end of the monopod. The photographer affixes anchoring weights of sufficient mass to hold the base on a bottom surface of a body of water. The underwater photographer affixes flotation devices of sufficient buoyancy to steady the monopod in a vertical position, without lifting the monopod and attached photographic equipment from the bottom surface. The photographer places or “throws” the subaquatic monopod into position on the bottom surface. The photographer can then record photographic images without manually steadying the photographic equipment. The subaquatic monopod optionally includes a ring for attachment of a retrieval line. The retrieval line allows deployment and retrieval from a distance (including by a photographer who is not underwater).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Inventor: Nathan Putbrese
  • Patent number: 9433750
    Abstract: Described is a locomotive implant for usage within a predetermined magnetic field. In one embodiment magnetohydrodynamics is used to generate thrust with a plurality of electrodes. In another embodiment, asymmetric drag forces are used to generate thrust.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Daniel Michael Pivonka, Anatoly Anatolievich Yakovlev, Ada Shuk Yan Poon, Teresa H. Meng
  • Patent number: 9270962
    Abstract: A method of eliminating a color cast of image in photographic device includes: obtaining a color cast image; determining a color temperature of the color cast image; analyzing a brightness ratio among a first primary color, a second primary color, and a third primary color of the color cast image; choosing one parameter group from a plurality of color cast calibration parameter groups according to the color temperature; calibrating the brightness ratio among the first primary color, the second primary color, and the third primary color of the color cast image via the chosen color cast calibration parameter group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC.
    Inventors: Po-Yu Yeh, Po-Yin Lai
  • Patent number: 9240054
    Abstract: In a method for monitoring water level of a water body, a monitoring system is configured to: capture a current image that has a portion of the water body, and a remaining portion aside from the portion of the water body; process the current image into a processed image that includes a water body region corresponding to the portion of the water body, and a background region corresponding to the remaining portion of the current image; mark, on the processed image, a plurality of virtual alert points according to a predetermined water level of the water body; determine whether at least one of the virtual alert points is located within the water body region of the processed image; and generate a monitoring result according to the determination thus made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: National Applied Research Laboratories
    Inventors: Shi-Wei Lo, Chien-Hao Tseng, Lun-Chi Chen, Jyh-Hong Wu, Fang-Pang Lin, Wei-Fuu Yang, Ming-Chang Shieh, Chun-Ming Su, Hui-Lin Chen
  • Patent number: 9208673
    Abstract: A monitoring system for a periphery of a structure (100) comprises a monitoring module (102) having a detection and ranging system (304, 308) arranged to support monitoring of a portion of the periphery in order to detect passage of a body beyond the periphery. The detector (304, 308) has an imaging resolution that prevents conclusive visual identification by a human operator of the nature of the body. The monitoring module also comprises a video capture apparatus (312, 314) arranged to provide video data. The system also comprises a monitoring station apparatus (200) arranged to receive data from the monitoring module (102). In response to detection of the passage of the body by the detection system (304, 308), the monitoring station (200) enables the operator to review the video data. The video data enables the operator to identify readily the nature of the body detected and thereby to provide confirmatory visual evidence when the body is human.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Blueburg Overseas SA
    Inventors: Patrick Grignan, Alberto Baldacci, Johannes Pinl, Douglas Boit, Marco Cappelletti
  • Patent number: 9174713
    Abstract: An unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) is disclosed. The UUV includes a body and a propulsion system for propelling and orienting the UUV. The propulsion system has an inlet formed in the body that facilitates fluid being drawn into the UUV from outside the body. The propulsion system also has a duct in fluid communication with the inlet. The duct is adapted to direct the fluid along a flow path. The propulsion system further includes a pump operable with the duct to increase the velocity of the fluid. In addition, the propulsion system includes a nozzle in fluid communication with the duct to receive the fluid at the increased velocity. The nozzle is supported about a side of the body and adapted to moveably redirect fluid out of the UUV. The propulsion system provides multi-axis control of the UUV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Erik F. Item, Mark S. Langelier, Curtis B. Carlsten, Daniel B. Minarik
  • Patent number: 9087385
    Abstract: A method for image processing, the method executed at least in part by a computer system, acquires a digital image as a collection of image pixels and calculates from a plurality of the image pixels, at least one statistical measurement. The at least one calculated statistical measurement is associated with a predetermined modification function setting according to a best-fit function that has been calculated from a database of sample images. A processed image is formed by adjusting the acquired collection of image pixels according to the associated predetermined modification function setting and the processed image is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: FMV Innovations, LLC.
    Inventors: John R. Fredlund, Steven M. Rogers
  • Publication number: 20150145984
    Abstract: A waterproof camera includes an image pickup section, a display section that displays image data, a mode setting section that sets a semi-underwater mode in which both objects under water and above water are simultaneously photographed, and a display control section that limits a display range of the display section when the semi-underwater mode is set, wherein the mode setting section controls the position of a photographing lens or the like to adjust a focus balance of at least one of under water and above water, and the display control section displays both object images under water and above water within a limited display range of the display section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
    Inventors: Osamu NONAKA, Kazuya NAKABE
  • Patent number: 9041789
    Abstract: A driver alertness detection system includes an imaging unit configured to image an area in a vehicle compartment where a driver's head is located; an image processing unit configured to receive the image from the imaging unit, and to determine positions of the driver's head and eyes; and a warning unit configured to determine, based on the determined position of the driver's head and eyes as output by the image processing unit, whether the driver is in an alert state or a non-alert state, and to output a warning to the driver when the driver is determined to be in the non-alert state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: TK Holdings Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory G. Schamp
  • Patent number: 9041787
    Abstract: A portable eye tracker device is disclosed which includes a frame, at least one optics holding member, and a control unit. The frame may be adapted for wearing by a user. The at least one optics holding member may include at least one illuminator configured to selectively illuminate at least a portion of at least one eye of the user, and at least one image sensor configured to capture image data representing images of at least a portion of at least one eye of the user. The control unit may be configured to control the at least one illuminator for the selective illumination of at least a portion of at least one eye of the user, and receive the image data from the at least one image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: TOBII AB
    Inventors: Jonas Andersson, Simon Gustafsson, Erik Engwall, Richard Hainzl, Anders Clausen, Jan Norden
  • Publication number: 20150138336
    Abstract: The present invention provides a housing for use in an underwater video camera which does not require a window comprised from a thick parallel flat plate and large scale pressure resistant sealing container and which can take 3D images in deep water or hadal zone. A housing for an underwater video camera formed from a glass hollow sphere for housing an imaging video camera including filling a roughly spherical segmental shape correction lens to a spherical segment enclosed by a cutting plane parallel to a lens surface of an imaging lens of the imaging video camera housed inside the glass hollow sphere, the cutting plane being a flat surface facing the lens surface and an inner surface of a spherical crown of the glass hollow sphere cut out using the cutting plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Ariho UENO, Daisuke KOJIMA, Masami KATSURAGAWA
  • Patent number: 8994812
    Abstract: An optical sensor including a photo emitting element and a photo receiving element carried side-by-side by a supporting and feeding element either associated or associable in use with a support for a container, and a composite lens, either associated or associable with the container, designed so as to remain in use immersed in a liquid contained in the container and facing the photo emitting and photo receiving elements; the lens including: a first cylindrical body made of a light-permeable material, mountable in use vertically from the top of the container facing the photo emitting and photo receiving elements to a bottom wall of the container; and a second cylindrical body, arranged concentrically with and outside the first body and open towards the bottom wall; respective side walls of the first and second cylindrical bodies having the same length, that of the second body being separated from that of the first body by a predetermined annular clearance, and being made so as to be at least partially reflecti
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Sergio Giordano, Alessio Chianura, Domenico Pietrafesa, Klemen Dobravec
  • Patent number: 8970689
    Abstract: A camera mounting assembly is configured to couple to a camera housing. The camera mounting assembly includes a plurality of indentations configured to allow for the passage of light through the indentations and upon the image sensor of a camera enclosed by the camera housing. The camera mounting assembly can further include recessed channels within an inner-front surface of the camera mounting assembly configured to further allow for the passage of light through the indentations, through the recessed channels, and upon the image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Patrick Campbell, Michael Zaven Demerjian, Rudy Lucas Samuels
  • Patent number: 8970771
    Abstract: A waterproof camera includes an image pickup section, a display section that displays image data, a mode setting section that sets a semi-underwater mode in which both objects under water and above water are simultaneously photographed, and a display control section that limits a display range of the display section when the semi-underwater mode is set, wherein the mode setting section controls the position of a photographing lens or the like to adjust a focus balance of at least one of under water and above water, and the display control section displays both object images under water and above water within a limited display range of the display section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Olympus Imaging Corp.
    Inventors: Kazumi Ito, Osamu Nonaka
  • Patent number: 8941728
    Abstract: A method for automated real-time acquisition of a marine mammal in a natural body of water in the surroundings of a vessel includes detecting a thermal signature of the marine mammal is detected by imaging thermographic scanning of a water surface with an infrared camera system so as to generate an image data stream of consecutive images. A modular processing of the image data stream is performed including performing an image pre-processing, detecting local changes in contrast in the images, classifying the detected local changes in contrast so as to detect a pattern of the thermal signature of the marine mammal, localizing the classified thermal signature of the marine mammal, verifying the classified, localized thermal signature of the marine mammal and documenting the classified, localized and verified thermal signature of the marine mammal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Alfred-Wegener-Institut Helmholtz-Zentrum fuer Polar—und Meeresforschung
    Inventors: Daniel Paranhos Zitterbart, Lars Kindermann, Olaf Boebel