Picture Signal Generators (epo) Patents (Class 348/E13.074)
  • Patent number: 9036010
    Abstract: A digital display interface (40) connects a first audio-visual device (10) to a second audio-visual device (20). Stereoscopic image data is transmitter over the display interface (40). Components of stereoscopic image data are multiplexed and inserted into an image data carrying element. An existing deep color mode can be re-used for this purpose. Signaling information to help identify or decode the stereoscopic image data is carried in auxiliary data carrying elements. Stereoscopic image data can be distributed between image data carrying data elements and auxiliary data carrying data elements. Auxiliary data carrying elements can be transmitted in horizontal or vertical blanking periods, and can comprise HDMI Data Island Packets. Stereoscopic image data can be sent over an auxiliary data channel. The auxiliary data channel can form part of the same cable as is used to carry a primary channel of the display interface, a separate cable, or a wireless link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventor: Nicoll Burleigh Shepherd
  • Patent number: 9013547
    Abstract: The disclosure is disclosed an apparatus of processing an image and a method thereof. According to the present invention, the method of transmitting a broadcast signal for 3-dimensional, 3D, service, may include encoding video data for a 3D service into a stream, generating first service information including a first descriptor including first information for specifying that a type of the stream is a video stream and second information for specifying a type of a component included in the video stream is a 3D video component and transmitting a broadcast signal including the encoded stream and the generated service information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jong Yeul Suh, Jin Pil Kim, Jee Hyun Choe, Ho Taek Hong, Kwan Suk Kim
  • Patent number: 9013553
    Abstract: In embodiments, a virtual advertising platform may use a three-dimensional mapping algorithm to insert a virtual image within a digital video stream. The virtual advertising platform may apply a three-dimensional mapping algorithm to the virtual digital image, wherein the three-dimensional mapping algorithm causes the virtual digital image to be recomposited within a plurality of frames within a received two-dimensional digital data feed in place of a spatial region within the two-dimensional data feed. The mapping algorithm may enable application of analogous geometric changes to the virtual digital image that are present in the spatial region within the plurality of video frames within the two-dimensional digital video data feed, and may send the recomposited digital data feed for display to a user, wherein the recomposited digital data feed is a virtualized digital data feed that includes the virtual digital image in place of the spatial region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Rocks International Group Pte Ltd.
    Inventor: Karel Paul Stephan
  • Patent number: 9007443
    Abstract: A camera objective for a camera includes a mask having a plurality of masking sections which are permeable for radiation of a first spectral range and are impermeable for radiation of a second spectral range different from the first spectral range. A camera system includes a digital camera for taking images. The camera system includes such a camera objective and an optoelectronic sensor arrangement having a plurality of sensor elements for generating exposure-dependent received signals which form a respective image. The plurality of sensor elements includes a first group of sensor elements for generating received signals in dependence only on radiation of the first spectral range and a second group of sensor elements for generating received signals in dependence on radiation of the second spectral range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Arnold & Richter Cine Technik GmbH & Co. Betriebs KG
    Inventor: Johannes Steurer
  • Patent number: 8988510
    Abstract: A three-dimensional (3D) image display device includes a liquid crystal display panel alternately displaying a left eye image and a right eye image every unit frame period, a data driving circuit, a gate driving circuit, a timing controller that divides the unit frame period into first and second sub-frame periods, repeatedly supply the same frame data to the data driving circuit during the first and second sub-frame periods, and control operations of the data and gate driving circuits using a frame frequency higher than an input frame frequency, backlight light sources generating light to be provided to the liquid crystal display panel, and a light source driving circuit that sequentially turns on the backlight light sources when liquid crystals of the liquid crystal display panel are kept in a saturation state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Byungsam Min, Kiduk Kim, Sunhwa Lee, Jinwoo Hong
  • Patent number: 8970671
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate a nondiffracting beam detection module for generating three-dimensional image data that has a surface layer having a first surface and a light transmissive region, a microaxicon, and a light detector. The microaxicon receives light through the light transmissive region from outside the first surface and generates one or more detection nondiffracting beams based on the received light. The light detector receives the nondiffracting beams and generates three-dimensional image data associated with an object located outside the first surface based on the one or more detection nondiffracting beams received. In some cases, the light detector can localize a three-dimensional position on the object associated with each detection nondiffracting beam received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: California Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Sri Rama Prasanna Pavani, Changhuei Yang
  • Patent number: 8947510
    Abstract: A method for 3D imaging of a biologic object (1) in an optical tomography system where a subcellular structure of a biological object (1) is labeled by introducing at least one nanoparticle-biomarker. The labeled biological object (1) is moved relatively to a microscope objective (62) to present varying angles of view and the labeled biological object (1) is illuminated with radiation having wavelengths between 150 nm and 900 nm. Radiation transmitted through the labeled biological object (1) and the microscope objective (62) within at least one wavelength bands is sensed with a color camera, or with a set of at least four monochrome cameras. A plurality of cross-sectional images of the biological object (1) from the sensed radiation is formed and reconstructed to make a 3D image of the labeled biological object (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Visiongate, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael G. Meyer, J. Richard Rahn, Anna V. Tourovskaia, Julia Oi Yan Yu, Christy A Lancaster, Thomas Neumann, Mark E. Fauver
  • Patent number: 8933992
    Abstract: The invention relates to an image recording device, an image reproduction device and a system with such a recording and reproduction device. The recording device comprises an optical axis (1) and a concave mirror (10), whereas through the use of said concave mirror (10) an image of an object (12) can be generated through reflection, the object being located at or projected onto the optical axis (1) near the focal point (11) of the concave mirror (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Deutsche Telekom AG
    Inventor: Stefanus Roemer
  • Publication number: 20150009300
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and system for detecting and mapping three-dimensional information pertaining to one or more target objects. More particularly, the invention consists of selecting one or more target objects, illuminating the one or more target objects using a first light source and capturing an image of the one or more target objects, then, illuminating the same one or more target objects using a second light source and capturing an image of the one or more target objects and lastly calculating the distance at the midpoint between the two light sources and the one or more target objects based on the decay of intensities of light over distance by analyzing the ratio of the image intensities on a pixel by pixel basis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2008
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Keigo Iizuka
  • Patent number: 8928738
    Abstract: A combination of a 3D optical adapter and corresponding digital process methods attached and updated to a conventional 2D digital camera so the digital camera can capture, save and transfer 3D stereoscopic digital images as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Wenge David An
  • Patent number: 8922624
    Abstract: An optical observation instrument has two optical transmission channels for transmitting two partial ray bundles (9A, 9B). The optical observation instrument has a main objective (1) common to the optical transmission channels, an electronic image sensor (7) for sequentially recording the partial ray bundles (9A, 9B), an intermediate imaging optical system (3) between the main objective (1) and the image sensor (7) and common to the optical transmission channels, and a tilting mirror matrix (5) between the main objective (1) and the image sensor (7). The intermediate imaging optical system (3) is arranged so that the respective partial ray bundle (9A, 9B) is deflected toward the image sensor (7) and passes the intermediate imaging optical system (3) both on the way from the main objective (1) to the tilting mirror matrix (5) and on the way from the tilting mirror matrix (5) to the image sensor (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss Meditec AG
    Inventors: Marco Pretorius, Enrico Geissler, Guenter Rudolph, Christoph Nieten, Bryce Anton Moffat, Artur Hoegele
  • Patent number: 8909326
    Abstract: The present invention provides systems and methods for obtaining a three-dimensional (3D) representation of one or more light sources inside a sample, such as a mammal. Mammalian tissue is a turbid medium, meaning that photons are both absorbed and scattered as they propagate through tissue. In the case where scattering is large compared with absorption, such as red to near-infrared light passing through tissue, the transport of light within the sample is described by diffusion theory. Using imaging data and computer-implemented photon diffusion models, embodiments of the present invention produce a 3D representation of the light sources inside a sample, such as a 3D location, size, and brightness of such light sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Xenogen Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel G. Stearns, Bradley W. Rice, Michael D. Cable
  • Patent number: 8902295
    Abstract: A 3D camera comprises first and second laterally displaced optical imaging systems each comprising one or more lenses. The optical imaging systems also each comprise one or more actuators arranged to move one or more lenses of the respective optical imaging system, and a digital image analyzer configured to evaluate the respective field of view of first and second images of a stereoscopic image pair obtained respectively from the first and second optical imaging systems and to generate a disparity value based on a disparity between the respective fields of view. The 3D camera is arranged in operation to adjust the field of view of one or more images generated by the first and second optical imaging systems responsive to the disparity value so as to reduce the disparity between the respective fields of view of stereoscopic image pairs obtained from the first and second optical imaging systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Limited
    Inventors: Ian Bickerstaff, Simon Benson, Nigel Kershaw, Ian Michael Hocking
  • Patent number: 8902289
    Abstract: A method for capturing a three dimensional (3D) image by using a single-lens camera is provided. First, a first image is captured. According to a focus distance of the single-lens camera in capturing the first image and an average distance between two human eyes, an overlap width between the first image and a second image required for capturing the second image of the 3D image is calculated. Then, the first image and a real-time image captured by the single-lens camera are displayed, and an overlap area is marked on the first image according to the calculated overlap width. A horizontal shift of the single-lens camera is adjusted, to locate the real-time image in the overlap area. Finally, the real-time image is captured as the second image, and the first and second images are output as the 3D image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Altek Corporation
    Inventors: Yun-Chin Li, Chan-Min Chou, Chin-Lung Yang
  • Patent number: 8896669
    Abstract: An image adjustment apparatus for processing images output by two image capturing devices arranged with respect to one another so as to capture images representing different respective views of a scene comprises a noise combiner for combining a noise signal with one or both of a pair of corresponding images captured by the two image capturing devices; a difference detector for detecting differences in color properties between the pair of corresponding images output by the noise combiner; and a color property adjuster for adjusting color properties of images from at least one of the image capturing devices on the basis of the differences detected by the difference detector, so as to reduce the differences in color properties between corresponding images captured by the two image capturing devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Katsuakira Moriwake
  • Patent number: 8890935
    Abstract: A capturing device includes a display section that changes between and displays a three-dimensional (3D) image and a two-dimensional (2D) image, and a controller that performs an image display control for the display section, wherein the controller changes a display mode of an image displayed on the display section, from a 3D image display to a 2D image display, in accordance with preset setting information, at the time of performing a focus control process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Mitsuru Shibata
  • Patent number: 8872898
    Abstract: Methods and systems for capturing and displaying multiple-angle imagery of physical objects are presented. With respect to capturing, multiple images of an object are captured from varying angles in response to user input. The images are analyzed to determine whether at least one additional image is desirable to allow generation of a visual presentation of the object. The user is informed to initiate capturing of the at least one more image based on the analysis. The additional image is captured in response to second user input. The presentation is generated based on the multiple images and the additional image. For displaying, a visual presentation of an object is accessed, the presentation having multiple images of the object from varying angles. The presentation is presented to the user of a mobile device according to user movement of the device. The user input determines a presentation speed and order of the images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Rolf Skyberg
  • Patent number: 8866884
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes an image input unit that inputs a two-dimensional image signal, a depth information output unit that inputs or generates depth information of image areas constituting the two-dimensional image signal, an image conversion unit that receives the image signal and the depth information from the image input unit and the depth information output unit, and generates and outputs a left eye image and a right eye image for realizing binocular stereoscopic vision, and an image output unit that outputs the left and right eye images. The image conversion unit extracts a spatial feature value of the input image signal, and performs an image conversion process including an emphasis process applying the feature value and the depth information with respect to the input image signal, thereby generating at least one of the left eye image and the right eye image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Atsushi Ito, Toshio Yamazaki, Seiji Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 8860787
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for telepresence sharing is described. The method may include providing an indication of a plurality of remote vehicles that are available for telepresence sharing to a user. The method may also include receiving a selection from the user to engage a remote vehicle from the plurality of remote vehicles in a telepresence sharing session. Furthermore, the method may also include providing a live video feed captured by the remote vehicle to a mobile device associated with the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Hartmut Neven
  • Publication number: 20140285624
    Abstract: One exemplary embodiment involves receiving a plurality of three-dimensional (3D) track points for a plurality of frames of a video, wherein the 3D track points are extracted from a plurality of two-dimensional source points. The embodiment further involves rendering the 3D track points across a plurality of frames of the video on a two-dimensional (2D) display. Additionally, the embodiment involves coloring each of the 3D track points wherein the color of each 3D track point visually distinguishes the 3D track point from a plurality of surrounding 3D track points, and wherein the color of each 3D track point is consistent across the frames of the video. The embodiment also involves sizing each of the 3D track points based on a distance between a camera that captured the video and a location of the 2D source points referenced by the respective one of the 3D track points.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: James Acquavella, David Simons, Daniel M. Wilk
  • Patent number: 8836776
    Abstract: There is provided an endoscope apparatus capable of stably and precisely measuring a distance to an object by suppressing variations in measured values of the distance to the object depending on the presence or absence of pigment dispersion or the like and capable of enabling observations based on clear and high quality images. The endoscope apparatus includes an optical system that condenses light from an object and simultaneously forms two optical images having the same characteristics with difference only in focal point; an imaging element that captures the two optical images formed by the optical system and acquires two images; and a calculation unit that obtains distance information corresponding to a distance to the object based on a contrast ratio of the two images in a range in which the two images acquired by the imaging element have a common contrast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventor: Mitsujiro Konno
  • Patent number: 8823775
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention may provide a portable, inexpensive two-view 3D stereo vision imaging system, which acquires a 3D surface model and dimensions of an object. The system may comprise front-side and back-side stereo imagers which each have a projector and at least two digital cameras to image the object from different perspectives. An embodiment may include a method for reconstructing an image of a human body from the data of a two-view body scanner by obtaining a front scan image data point set and a back scan image data point set. A smooth body image may be gained by processing the data point sets using the following steps: (1) data resampling; (2) initial mesh generation; (3) mesh simplification; and (4) mesh subdivision and optimization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Board of Regents, The University of Texas System
    Inventors: Bugao Xu, Wurong Yu
  • Patent number: 8810634
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for generating an image with shallow depth of field, suitable for a three-dimensional imaging system having a left lens and a right lens, are provided. First, the left lens and the right lens are used to capture a left-eye image and a right-eye image. Next, a disparity between each of a plurality of corresponding pixels in the left and right-eye images is calculated. Then, the depth information of each pixel is estimated according to a focus of the left and right lens, a lens pitch between the left lens and the right lens, and the calculated disparity of each pixel. Finally, the pixels in the left-eye image and the right-eye image are blurred according to the focus of the left lens and the right lens and the estimated depth information of each pixel, so as to obtain the image with shallow depth of field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Altek Corporation
    Inventor: Yun-Chin Li
  • Patent number: 8786675
    Abstract: A display device is mounted on and/or inside the eye. The eye mounted display contains multiple sub-displays, each of which projects light to different retinal positions within a portion of the retina corresponding to the sub-display. The projected light propagates through the pupil but does not fill the entire pupil. In this way, multiple sub-displays can project their light onto the relevant portion of the retina. Moving from the pupil to the cornea, the projection of the pupil onto the cornea will be referred to as the corneal aperture. The projected light propagates through less than the full corneal aperture. The sub-displays use spatial multiplexing at the corneal surface. Various electronic devices interface to the eye mounted display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Michael F. Deering
  • Patent number: 8786682
    Abstract: A method including providing a device that projects a pattern of coherent radiation. The method further includes capturing a reference image of the pattern using an image sensor by projecting the pattern of the coherent radiation onto a reference surface and engendering a relative motion between the reference surface and the image sensor while capturing the reference image. The method also includes storing the reference image in a memory associated with the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Primesense Ltd.
    Inventors: Alexander Shpunt, Dmitri Rais, Niv Galezer
  • Patent number: 8780180
    Abstract: A digital camera for capturing stereoscopic images, including: an image sensor; an optical system; a user interface; a color image display; a data processing system; a buffer memory; a storage memory; and a program memory storing instructions configured to implement a method for capturing stereoscopic images. The method includes: capturing a first digital image of a scene in response to user activation of a user interface element; storing the first digital image; displaying a stream of stereoscopic preview images on the color image display, wherein the stereoscopic preview images are anaglyph stereoscopic images formed by combining the stored first digital image with a stream of evaluation digital images of the scene captured using the image sensor; capturing a second digital image of the scene in response to user activation of a user interface element; and storing a stereoscopic image based on the first digital image and the second digital image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth Alan Parulski
  • Patent number: 8760502
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for improving three dimensional (3D) effect of a 3D image collected by a 3D photographing apparatus, and reducing visual fatigue, are provided. A feature point of a left-eye image entering through a left-eye lens and of a right-eye image entering through a right-eye lens is acquired, a disparity between the left- and right-eye images is detected, a distance between the left- and right-eye lenses is controlled so that the disparity between the left- and right-eye images becomes a previously-set reference disparity, and at least one of the left- and right-eye images is shifted so that a convergence point is placed on an object located within the left- and right-eye images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignees: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Kuk-jin Yoon, Makoto Kimura, Jin-kyung Lee, Yasuo Takane, Tae-kyung Kim, Hyun-seok Choi, Taek-seong Jeong, Kyoung-hwan Moon, Takashima Masahiro
  • Patent number: 8760501
    Abstract: A stereo camera apparatus includes a first image capturing unit having first and second lens units, a first light synthesis unit, a first area-divided filter, and a first image capturing element. The first light synthesis unit and the first area-divided filter guide S-polarized and P-polarized light components to the first image capturing element. The second image capturing unit includes third and fourth lens units, a second light synthesis unit, a second area-divided filter, and a second image capturing element. The second light synthesis unit and the second area-divided filter guide S-polarized and P-polarized light components to the second image capturing element. The control unit includes first and second controllers to compute three-dimensional data of object using the S-polarized and P-polarized light component images, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigeru Oohchida, Shin Aoki, Masahiro Fujimoto, Hideaki Hirai, Yasufumi Yamada, Nobuhiro Morita
  • Patent number: 8743179
    Abstract: Disclosed is a compact type 3D image photographing apparatus which adjusts a convergence angle with respect to a subject using two lenses in order to photograph a stereoscopic image. The compact type image photographing apparatus includes a housing; a first actuator having a first lens and disposed in the housing so as to be moved left and right; a second actuator having a second lens, disposed in the housing so as to be moved left and right, and disposed to be spaced apart from the first actuator; a left/right driving part which is disposed at each of the first and second actuators so as to move the first actuator or the second actuator left and right when power is applied; an image sensor which is disposed at each lower side of the first and second actuators so as to photograph a subject through the first and second lenses; and a control part which is disposed at a lower side of the image sensor so as to control power supplied to the left/right driving part, the first actuator and the second actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Hysonic Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae Wook Ryu, He-Won Jung, Jae-Kyu Shim, Hye-Kyoung Ji
  • Patent number: 8743183
    Abstract: A stereo camera implements ranging of an object that includes consecutive similar patterns. In stereo matching using the stereo camera, if a plurality of corresponding point candidates are present in a sum of absolute differences (SAD) or suchlike evaluation value distribution for a target point, an evaluation value map is generated by superimposing an evaluation value distribution of a target point for which a plurality of corresponding points are determined to be present and an evaluation value distribution of each other target point present in a peripheral area of that target point. By this means, the shape of an object is represented in real space around a target point for which a plurality of corresponding points are determined to be present, and it is possible to calculate the true distance of a railing or the like that extends in a straight line by extracting a line segment with the strongest linearity in the evaluation value map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Takuya Nanri, Hirofumi Nishimura
  • Publication number: 20140132733
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method for increasing points in a point cloud. In one illustrative embodiment, a two-dimensional image of a scene and the point cloud of the scene are received. At least a portion of the points in the point cloud are mapped to the two-dimensional image to form transformed points. A fused data array is created using the two-dimensional image and the transformed points. New points for the point cloud are identified using the fused data array. The new points are added to the point cloud to form a new point cloud.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: The Boeing Company
  • Patent number: 8723922
    Abstract: An example embodiment of the present invention may include an apparatus that captures 3D images having a lens barrel, including a lens disposed at a first end of the lens barrel, an image capture element at the second end of the lens barrel, and a refracting lens positioned along the optical axis of the lens barrel. The image capture device may have an adjustable active region, the adjustable active region being a region capable of capturing an image that is smaller than the total image capture area of the image capture element. The image capture element may capture images continuously at a predetermined frame rate. The image capture element may change the adjustable active region and the set of positioning elements may be adapted to continuous change the position of the refracting lens among a series of predetermined positions at a rate corresponding to the predetermined frame rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew M. Berger
  • Publication number: 20140118495
    Abstract: Embodiments alter the swoop trajectory depending on the terrain within the view of the virtual camera. To swoop into a target, a virtual camera may be positioned at an angle relative to the upward normal vector from the target. That angle may be referred to as a tilt angle. According to embodiments, the tilt angle may increase more quickly in areas of high terrain variance (e.g., mountains or cities with tall buildings) than in areas with less terrain variance (e.g., flat plains). To determine the level of terrain variance in an area, embodiments may weigh terrain data having higher detail more heavily than terrain data having less detail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Greg Coombe
  • Publication number: 20140118506
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for synthesizing stereoscopic [that is, ā€œ3-Dā€] images from 2-D images, for example, 2-D video or 2-D still images. The method includes capturing a series of images exhibiting at least some relative movement to provide a first series of images; generating a second series of temporally modified images from the first series of images by varying the relative timing of at least some of the images of the first series of images; and displaying the first series of images with at least some of the second series of temporally modified images to produce a series of stereoscopic images. The stereoscopic images may then be viewed with appropriate stereoscopic devices, for example, 3-D glasses. Methods and systems for capturing the images whereby the stereoscopic appearance of the images is enhanced are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventor: Christopher L. UHL
  • Publication number: 20140104394
    Abstract: A system and method for combining depth images taken from multiple depth cameras into a composite image are described. The volume of space captured in the composite image is configurable in size and shape depending upon the number of depth cameras used and the shape of the cameras' imaging sensors. Tracking of movements of a person or object can be performed on the composite image. The tracked movements can subsequently be used by an interactive application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yaron Yanai, Maoz Madmoni, Gilboa Levy, Gershom Kutliroff
  • Publication number: 20140098197
    Abstract: Methods and devices for generating a stereoscopic image are described. In one aspect, the electronic device includes a first camera for generating first camera data, a second camera for generating second camera data and a third camera for generating third camera data. The cameras are positioned on a same side of the electronic device and in spaced relation to each other. The electronic device also includes a controller coupled with the first camera, the second camera and the third camera. The controller is configured to: identify an orientation of the electronic device; and generate a stereoscopic image based on the first camera data and the second camera data when the electronic device is at a first orientation, and generate the stereoscopic image based on the first camera data and the third camera data when the electronic device is at a second orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: RESEARCH IN MOTION LIMITED
    Inventors: Ryan Alexander GERIS, William Keith BAKER, Amandeep Singh BHULLAR
  • Publication number: 20140098183
    Abstract: A controlled three-dimensional (3D) communication endpoint system and method for simulating an in-person communication between participants in an online meeting or conference and providing easy scaling of a virtual environment when additional participants join. This gives the participants the illusion that the other participants are in the same room and sitting around the same table with the viewer. The controlled communication endpoint includes a plurality of camera pods that capture video of a participant from 360 degrees around the participant. The controlled communication endpoint also includes a display device configuration containing display devices placed at least 180 degrees around the participant and display the virtual environment containing geometric proxies of the other participants. Placing the participants at a round virtual table and increasing the diameter of the virtual table as additional participants are added easily achieves scalability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Yancey Christopher Smith, Eric G. Lang, Christian F. Huitema, Zhengyou Zhang
  • Publication number: 20140098191
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an annotating method comprising the steps of: capturing (100) data representing a light field with a plenoptic image capture device (4); matching (101) the captured data with a corresponding reference data; retrieving an annotation associated with an element of said reference data (102); rendering (103) a view generated from said captured data and including at least one annotation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: VIDINOTI SA
    Inventors: Laurent RIME, Mathieu MONNEY, Serge AYER, Martin VETTERLI
  • Publication number: 20140098195
    Abstract: A stereographic camera system and method of operating a stereographic camera system. A camera platform may include a first camera head including first left and right cameras separated by a first interocular distance, the first camera head providing first left and right video streams, and a second camera head aligned with the first camera head, the second camera head including second left and right cameras separated by a second interocular distance, the second camera head providing second left and right video streams. An output selector may select either the first left and right video streams or the second left and right video streams to output as a 3D video output. The first interocular distance may be settable over a first range, and the second interocular distance may be settable over a second range, at least a portion of the second range smaller than the first range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: Cameron Pace Group LLC
    Inventors: Vincent Pace, Patrick Campbell, James Cameron
  • Publication number: 20140098193
    Abstract: Methods and devices for generating a stereoscopic image are described. In one aspect, the electronic device includes a main body and a support rotatably coupled with the main body about an axis of rotation. The support is rotatable between a plurality of positions including a first position and a second position. The electronic device also includes a first camera module for generating first camera data and a second camera module for generating second camera data. The second camera module is positioned in spaced relation to the first camera module and coupled to the support away from the axis of rotation. The electronic device further includes a controller coupled with the first camera module and the second camera module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: RESEARCH IN MOTION LIMITED
    Inventors: Ryan Alexander GERIS, Amandeep Singh BHULLAR, William Keith BAKER
  • Publication number: 20140098194
    Abstract: Described are methods and apparatus for adjusting images of a stereoscopic image pair. The methods and apparatus may capture a first and second image with first and second imaging sensors. The two imaging sensors have intrinsic and extrinsic parameters. A normalized focal distance of a reference imaging sensor may also be determined based on intrinsic and extrinsic parameters. A calibration matrix is then adjusted based on the normalized focal distance. The calibration matrix may be applied to an image captured by a image sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Sergiu R Goma, Kalin Mitkov Atanassov, Vikas Ramachandra
  • Publication number: 20140092218
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for a video capture device for recording 3 Dimensional (3D) stereoscopic video with motion sensors is provided are provided. The apparatus includes includes a camera unit having one lens for capturing video, a video encoder/decoder for encoding the captured video, a motion sensor for capturing motion data of the video capture device corresponding to the captured video, and a controller for controlling the video encoder/decoder and motion sensor to encode the captured video with the captured motion data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Ruifeng XU, Ming JIANG, Xu CAO, Bartley CALDER
  • Patent number: 8687047
    Abstract: A stereoscopic image with a predetermined parallax can be automatically taken, and a stereoscopic image with an arbitrary parallax can also be taken based on selection made by a photographer. An imaging apparatus includes two or more imaging systems. First, a guidance indicating that a first imaging system is used to take a first image and that a second imaging system is used to take a second image, is displayed on a monitor of the imaging apparatus. After the first image is shot by the first imaging system, a live view image shot by the second imaging system is displayed in a semi-transparent manner with the shot first image on the monitor, and a guidance is also displayed on the monitor. When the release switch is depressed, the second image is shot by the right imaging system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Yuji Hasegawa
  • Publication number: 20140071240
    Abstract: In free space detection system and method for a vehicle, left and right images captured from the vehicle environment in a direction of travel of the vehicle are transformed to obtain a depth image with disparity values. The depth image is transformed to obtain a road function and an occupancy grid map. A cost estimation value corresponding to each disparity value on the same image column in a detecting area of the occupancy grid map is estimated using a cost function and the road function such that initial boundary disparity values each defined by one disparity value on the same image column whose the cost estimation value is maximum are optimized to obtain optimized boundary disparity values by which a free space is determined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: Automotive Research & Testing Center
    Inventors: Yu-Sung Chen, Yu-Sheng Liao, Jia-Xiu Liu
  • Publication number: 20140071241
    Abstract: In a particular embodiment, a method includes evaluating, at a mobile device, a first area of pixels to generate a first result. The method further includes evaluating, at the mobile device, a second area of pixels to generate a second result. Based on comparing a threshold with a difference between the first result and the second result, a determination is made that the second area of pixels corresponds to a background portion of a scene or a foreground portion of the scene.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Ruiduo Yang, Ning Bi
  • Publication number: 20140071242
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method for counting the number of the targets using the layer scanning method. The steps of this method includes constructing a background frame, filtering the noise of foreground frame and classifying the targets, and screening the area of targets based on layer scanning to calculate the number of targets by determining the highest positions of the respective targets. In addition, the dynamic numbers of targets are calculated using algorithm. Accordingly, the present invention is beneficial in automatically, effectively and precisely calculating the number of the targets in/out a specific area, achieving the flow control for targets and reducing artificial error upon calculation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: NATIONAL CHIAO TUNG UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Daw-Tung Lin, Dong-Han Jhuang
  • Publication number: 20140071245
    Abstract: A system and method for stereoscopic image capture. The method includes capturing a first image with a first camera and capturing a second image with a second camera. The second camera comprises a lower resolution sensor than a sensor of the first camera. The method further includes determining a third image based on adjusting the first image to a resolution of the lower resolution sensor of the second camera and generating a stereoscopic image comprising the second image and the third image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: NVIDIA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Guanghua Gary Zhang, Michael Lin, Patrick Shehane, Hugh Phu Nguyen
  • Patent number: 8670024
    Abstract: A camera objective for a camera includes a mask having a plurality of masking sections which are permeable for radiation of a first spectral range and are impermeable for radiation of a second spectral range different from the first spectral range. A camera system includes a digital camera for taking images. The camera system includes such a camera objective and an optoelectronic sensor arrangement having a plurality of sensor elements for generating exposure-dependent received signals which form a respective image. The plurality of sensor elements includes a first group of sensor elements for generating received signals in dependence only on radiation of the first spectral range and a second group of sensor elements for generating received signals in dependence on radiation of the second spectral range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Arnold & Richter Cine Technik GmbH & Co. Betriebs KG
    Inventor: Johannes Steurer
  • Publication number: 20140063198
    Abstract: This document describes various apparatuses and techniques for changing perspectives of a microscopic-image device based on a viewer's perspective. Various embodiments of these techniques sense a change to a viewer's perspective based on the viewer's head position and control a microscopic-image device effective to display images of an object based on the change to the viewer's perspective.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Catherine N. Boulanger, Paul Henry Dietz, Steven Nabil Bathiche
  • Publication number: 20140055564
    Abstract: Disclosed are an apparatus and method for processing a digital signal including a 3D image. The apparatus includes a receiver for receiving a first digital signal including a main image and a second digital signal including an additional image, the main image and the additional image being 3D images, and the additional image being an expanded image of the main image seamlessly connected to an edge region of the main image, an image processor for generating the main image and the additional image to output a 3D image by decoding the first and second digital signals, and a display unit for displaying the output 3D image. The display unit includes a first display unit for displaying the main image, and a transparent second display unit connected to an edge of the first display unit, the second display unit configured to display the additional image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventor: Eunhyung CHO