Applications Patents (Class 382/100)
  • Patent number: 9930376
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a video analysis method, including: requesting a plurality of chunks from different locations within a video from a server; receiving the plurality of chunks of the video streamed from the server; extracting one or more frames from each chunk; analysing each frame in accordance with a static image analysis engine to generate a pornographic content rating for the frame; and combining the ratings of the frames from the plurality of chunks to generate a pornographic content rating for the video, wherein the plurality of chunks received are non-contiguous. A system and software for analysing video also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: IMAGE ANALYSER LTD.
    Inventors: Crispin Pikes, Randhir Shinde
  • Patent number: 9922486
    Abstract: A method of producing an authenticatable article. An overt feature is produced in the article using a fabricating technique which is selected based on a material of the article so as to produce the overt feature having predetermined, reproducible macroscopic characteristics as well as random, non-reproducible microscopic characteristics rendering the article physically unique. The overt feature including the microscopic characteristics are imageable using a predetermined imaging technology to produce an overt feature image. An authentication signature is generated based on the overt feature image and stored in a central database. The overt feature may alternatively be produced in an apparatus or means used to manufacture authenticatable articles such that the overt feature including the random, microscopic characteristics is reproduced in the articles. The overt feature and generated authentication code therefore corresponds to articles manufactured using that apparatus or means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignees: Arjo Solutions, Royal Canadian Mint
    Inventors: Hieu Truong, Yann Boutant
  • Patent number: 9922260
    Abstract: An information providing method of an electronic device is provided. The information providing method includes determining a selected area based on a user input, determining an extraction method based on types of one or more objects included in the selected area, extracting information from the selected area according to the determined extraction method, and performing a specific function based on the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bang Hyun Kwon, Keun Soo Kim, Jae Ho Lee, Chong Hoon Lee, Hyun Woong Kwon, Soon Sang Park
  • Patent number: 9922243
    Abstract: Embodiments include methods for predicting one or more characteristics of an individual, such as a human or non-human animal, by applying computational methods to image(s) of the individual to generate one or more metrics indicative of the characteristics. Embodiments determine predictors of characteristics by creating a sample library of individuals, determining facial measurements for each individual, determining relationships between facial measurements and additional library data, and selecting predictors from these relationships. Embodiments include methods for predicting characteristics of individuals not in the library. Embodiments include methods for predicting characteristics of groups using predicted characteristics of individuals. Embodiments determine suitability of a pair of individuals (from the same or different species) for a particular purpose, task, or relationship based on characteristics of individuals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventor: Catherine G. McVey
  • Patent number: 9922151
    Abstract: The invention concerns a 3D circuit design method implemented by a processing device involving partitioning a 2D circuit representation into two or more tiers, the 2D circuit representation defining circuit elements interconnected by interconnecting wire each weighted based on at least one of: its length; its propagation delay; and its priority level, the 2D circuit representation initially forming a first tier, the partitioning involving: a) selecting a first highest ranking wire, interconnecting at least first and second circuit elements in the first tier; b) moving one of the first and second circuit elements connected by the selected wire to a further tier of the 3D circuit representation and replacing the interconnecting wire with a connecting via between the first and further tiers; and c) repeating a) and b) for one or more further interconnecting wires of the first tier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique et aux Énergies Alternatives
    Inventors: Hossam Sarhan, Olivier Billoint, Fabien Clermidy, Sébastien Thuries
  • Patent number: 9922390
    Abstract: A method of watermarking includes determining a first substantially uniform color pixel space in a first frame of a video, determining a first offset color based on the first substantially uniform color pixel space, and compositing a first watermark trace of a watermark key having the first offset color into the substantially uniform color pixel space so that a modified video frame is creating having the first watermark trace of the watermark key having the first offset color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventor: Brady Jennings Beaubien
  • Patent number: 9924226
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method and a device for processing an identification of a video file. The method includes detecting a video on a display of a device, wherein the video includes a plurality of frames; identifying a detection area in at least one frame of the plurality of frames of the video; detecting a video identification mark in the detection area of the at least one frame; and concealing the video identification mark based on pixel values of boundary pixels of the detection area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Xiaomi Inc.
    Inventors: Jie Liu, Xiaoyong Wu, Wei Wang
  • Patent number: 9922278
    Abstract: For ensuring the integrity of a physical document, an apparatus is disclosed. A system, method, and program product also perform the functions of the apparatus. The apparatus for ensuring the integrity of a physical document includes a processor, a memory that stores code executable by the processor. The processor identifies an integrity symbol within a physical document, the first integrity symbol representative of content of the physical document, and converts the integrity symbol into an integrity map having at least two values, the integrity symbol being a symbolic representation of the integrity map suitable for printing. The processor compares content of the physical document to the integrity map to verify integrity of the physical document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Robert James Kapinos, Timothy Winthrop Kingsbury, Scott Wentao Li, Russell Speight VanBlon
  • Patent number: 9916492
    Abstract: A method for preventing overlap during the application of a universal identifier (UID) to a signature document in an electronic signature service is disclosed. The method includes parsing an image file of the signature document to obtain a content vector. A set of addresses of the content vector uniquely correspond with a set of locations in the image. Each value in the content vector indicates content at a corresponding location in the image. The method also includes measuring an overlap quantity for a potential UID location using the content vector to measure the overlap quantity. The method also includes selecting a UID location in the signature document using the overlap quantity. The method also includes applying the UID to the signature document using the UID location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: SkySlope, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Barreiro, Tyler Smith
  • Patent number: 9918141
    Abstract: The embodiments herein provide a system and method for monitoring and detecting Television (TV) ads in real-time using content databases. The method comprises an ingest process and a lookup process. An audio stream of an ad is chopped into predetermined timeframe samples. The chopped samples are stored in an ingest database. A TV broadcast stream of predefined length is chopped into samples which are compared with the ingest database. When the threshold value of a candidate is more than an average value, the candidate is shortlisted for further filtrations. Then the TV broadcast stream is compared with contents of an additional database. The additional database stores the whole length of an ingested ad without any chopping. A shifted search is performed on short listed candidates to detect the version of the ad played in the TV channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: SUREWAVES MEDIATECH PRIVATE LIMITED
    Inventors: Kishore Adekhandi Krishnamurthy, Roopak Arayakkandi Nelliat
  • Patent number: 9915946
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for an unmanned aerial system inspection system. One of the methods is performed by a UAV and includes receiving, by the UAV, flight information describing a job to perform an inspection of a rooftop. A particular altitude is ascended to, and an inspection of the rooftop is performed including obtaining sensor information describing the rooftop. Location information identifying a damaged area of the rooftop is received. The damaged area of the rooftop is traveled to. An inspection of the damaged area of the rooftop is performed including obtaining detailed sensor information describing the damaged area. A safe landing location is traveled to.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: UNMANNED INNOVATION, INC.
    Inventors: Alan Jay Poole, Mark Patrick Bauer, Volkan Gurel, Bernard J. Michini, Justin Eugene Kuehn
  • Patent number: 9907526
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method and system using software and associated equipment to automatically identify two or more preselected anatomical features by examining pixels within images, such as computerized tomography (CT) scanned images, determining appropriate measurements between such identified features based on dimensions and scaling available within the image file, comparing these measurements to normative data, and providing output of the results to a user, such as medical personnel. In at least one embodiment, the system can measure an interval between a first bone and a second bone that may be useful for medical analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignees: Baylor University, Scott & White Healthcare
    Inventors: Brian A. Garner, Christopher Chaput, Jacob Hoffman
  • Patent number: 9908034
    Abstract: A device for forming a random set of playing cards comprises a card in-feed area, a shuffling system, a card removal area, and a card reading system located within the device, the card reading system employing a complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) sensor and a hardware component, the hardware component capable of converting signals from the CMOS sensor into vector sets and comparing the vector sets to known vectors to determine rank and suit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin G. Downs, James D. Roberts, Vladislav Zvercov, Kapilkumar N. Kulakkunnath
  • Patent number: 9904960
    Abstract: A computer system may generate a lineage graph for a data processing system. The lineage graph may contain one or more nodes, and it may identify the flow of data through the data processing system. The computer system may determine that a first node in the lineage graph defunct. The computer system may then generate a report for the data processing system and provide the report to a user. The report may include an explanation of why the first node is defunct. The computer system may insert an indication that the first node is defunct into metadata for the first node. The indication may also include the explanation of why the first node is defunct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Marc N. Haber, Boris Melamed, Gideon Sireling, Gidi Weber
  • Patent number: 9905234
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for hiding and extracting data based on a pilot code sequence are provided. A data hiding method may include converting an input audio signal to a frequency domain, distorting phase information of the audio signal converted to the frequency domain based on a pilot code sequence representing data to be hidden, and converting the audio signal with the distorted phase information to a time domain and transmitting the audio signal converted to the time domain. The pilot code sequence may be a set of phase values corresponding to a bit value “0” or “1” of data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Resarch Institute
    Inventors: Seung Kwon Baeck, Tae Jin Park, Jong Mo Sung, Yong Ju Lee, Tae Jin Lee, Jin Soo Choi
  • Patent number: 9904968
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture (e.g., physical storage media) to implement power efficient detection of watermarks in media signals are disclosed. Example watermark detection methods disclosed herein include operating a watermark detector in a first operating mode to detect a first watermark in a media signal. Disclosed example watermark detection methods also include, in response to the first watermark being verified, operating the watermark detector in a second operating mode in which the watermark detector cycles between sleep intervals and active intervals to detect a second watermark at a second location in the media signal relative to a first location of the first watermark in the media signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: David Gish, Sadhana Gupta, Vladimir Kuznetsov, Wendell D. Lynch, Alan R. Neuhauser
  • Patent number: 9904773
    Abstract: A process for marking authorship of a digital asset in binary format can be done in the following manner. A first author adds a first binary code to the digital asset. Then, a record of a first ownership metadata in the digital asset is stored in a system of records. Next, an ownership of the first binary code is ascribed to the first author. After that, a first licensing metadata is embedding into the digital asset with a time-stamped and auditable record ascribing readability to a first user. Following that, the digital asset is secured by requiring a digital key to obtain the ability to write changes to the digital asset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Inventor: Christopher Lee Stavros
  • Patent number: 9900447
    Abstract: A method of obtaining identification information, and based on the obtained identification, wirelessly transmitting content between apparatuses, and a content transmission apparatus are provided. The method obtains the identification information on a content reception apparatus or a content backup apparatus by using an affordance function of a content transmission apparatus or a content providing apparatus. The method and the content transmission apparatus include obtaining identification information on a second apparatus by using a first apparatus; outputting confirmation information on the second apparatus from the first apparatus, based on the obtained identification information on the second apparatus; and wirelessly transmitting the content from the first apparatus to the second apparatus, so as to enable the content to be conveniently transmitted between the apparatuses and to provide easy accessibility to a content reception apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Young-sun Kim, Hyun-cheol Park, Chang-seog Ko, Yoo-jin Choi
  • Patent number: 9900463
    Abstract: There is described a new coding approach for printed document authentication, one objective of which is to increase the difficulty of copying. In addition, this new coding approach provides better performance compared to other 2D coding technologies under certain constraints. The new coding technique requires less print space in comparison to other coding techniques. This is achieved by optimizing some of the features which are used in standard 2D-codes for stabilization and which are necessary for e.g. mobile applications. Furthermore, the code can be decomposed in elementary units, or “byte-units” which can be widely spread over a text document. Such “byte-units” can in particular be used for integration in text symbols. If a document protected with such a coding is copied, at least some of these symbols will be extensively degraded by the copying process. Therefore, copy detection is intrinsically achieved thanks to the new coding technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: KBA-NotaSys SA
    Inventors: Jan-Friedrich Ehlenbröker, Volker Lohweg
  • Patent number: 9892280
    Abstract: Techniques for restricting access to certain members of an online service are provided. Member accounts include one or more images. Attributes of member accounts that share the same image are analyzed to determine whether to label the image “bad.” In one technique, a model is created and trained to learn the attributes or features (and their corresponding weights) that are associated with “bad” user accounts that share the same image. As a result, member accounts that are associated with a “bad” image may be restricted in one or more ways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Prashant V. Ullegaddi, David S. M. Freeman
  • Patent number: 9892206
    Abstract: Audio signals are processed in a distributed reader and metadata routing system to provide metadata responses to mobile application programs. A routing system registers identifiers for different content ID schema. These identifiers are encoded in audio signals. Mobile device application programs are equipped with reader programs to extract identifiers from audio sensed by the microphone of a mobile device. Metadata responses are identified by the ID provider of the content ID schema and extracted identifiers. The metadata routing system routes metadata responses to a requesting mobile device, supporting a variety of different ID providers and mobile device applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventor: Kenneth L. Levy
  • Patent number: 9887845
    Abstract: Systems and methods for watermarking content and authenticating watermarked content are provided. Content is rendered on a display while watermarking information embedded in portions of the content are obtained. The watermarking information is verified to authenticate the content. If the content is not authentic, or is not authenticated within a period of time, the content can be terminated or otherwise blocked from rendering on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Gilbarco
    Inventors: Giovanni Carapelli, Bruce Welch
  • Patent number: 9886746
    Abstract: This disclosure relates generally to image processing, and more particularly to system and method for image inpainting. In one embodiment, a method for image inpainting includes aligning a plurality of multi-view images of a scene with respect to a reference image to obtain a plurality of aligned multi-view images. A region of interest (ROI) representing a region to be removed from the reference image for image inpainting is selected. A dictionary is created by selecting image-patches from the reference image and the plurality of aligned multi-view images, and 3D rotations thereof. A priority value of each of a plurality of pixels of the ROI is created. The ROI is systematically reconstructed in the reference image based at least on the priority values of the plurality of pixels and the dictionary by computing a linear combination of two or more image-patches selected from the plurality of image-patches of the dictionary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Tata Consultancy Services Limited
    Inventors: Shirish Subhash Karande, Sandhya Sree Thaskani, Sachin P Lodha, Purushotam Gopaldas Radadia, Mandar Shrikant Kulkarni
  • Patent number: 9888214
    Abstract: Systems and methods for streaming video and/or audio from multiple devices are provided. A camera may include an optical sensor, a wireless communication device, and a processor configured to establish a first connection with a remote location, establish a second connection with one or more other cameras, and stream video from the cameras to the remote location. The remote location may be, for example, a remote website, a remote server, or a remote client device. The camera may be further configured to provide control signals to the other cameras, such as for controlling applications running on the other cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: John Bateman, Oleg Ostap, Oliver Hoheisel, David Kim, Vijay Karnataki
  • Patent number: 9888171
    Abstract: By grading preview images of original images for the purpose of filtering eye blink patterns off and/or introducing face smile patterns, a result image can be generated with least eye blink patterns and most face smile patterns for satisfying image quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Chou, Drew Bamford, John C. Wang, Sung-Hao Lin, Jr-Ben Tian, Hao-Wei Miao
  • Patent number: 9881623
    Abstract: A digital watermark embedding device includes a synthesized voice generating unit that outputs a synthesized voice according to an input text and outputs phoneme-based alignment regarding phonemes included in the synthesized voice; an estimating unit that estimates whether or not a potentially risky expression is included in the input text, and outputs a potentially risky segment in which the potentially risky expression is estimated to be included; an embedding control unit that associates the potentially risky segment with the phoneme-based alignment, and decides and outputs an embedding time for embedding a watermark in the synthesized voice; and an embedding unit that embeds a digital watermark in the synthesized voice at a time specified as the embedding time for the synthesized voice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Masanobu Nakamura, Masahiro Morita
  • Patent number: 9881350
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a watermark is embedded in a sequence of video frames, for each one of the video frames, a set of N rectangular patches, two palettes of pixel values in a selected color space, such that the two palettes are denoted as P0 and P1, and P0?P1, and in each one of the N patches a processor which chooses one of P0 and P1 according to a value of a payload bit to be encoded, a calculator which calculates one of a variance of pixel values in the frame, and edginess for the pixel values in the frame, thereby determining a calculated value, and a processor which determines if the calculated value is beneath a given threshold value, if the calculated value is beneath the given threshold value the processor is operative to calculate a function of the pixel values, the closest value to a result of the calculation of the function in the chosen palette is chosen, and a replacer which replaces the pixel values within the patch with the chosen closest value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Harel Cain, Michal Devir
  • Patent number: 9880384
    Abstract: A gaze detection system includes a head mounted display and a gaze detection device detecting the gaze of the user. The head mounted display illuminate users eyes with infrared light, displays three-dimensional image comprising a plurality of layers in the depth direction and captures an image of user's eye illuminated by the infrared light. The gaze detection device detects the user's right eye's gaze direction (vector) and left eye's gaze direction (vector) with use of the captured images. The gaze detection device identifies the layer that the user is gazing at by selecting the layer having the shortest distance between the intersection points of the right eye gaze vector and the left eye gaze vector with each layer as a gaze point in the depth direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: FOVE, Inc.
    Inventors: Lochlainn Wilson, Keiichi Seko, Yuka Kojima, Yamato Kaneko
  • Patent number: 9881425
    Abstract: Systems and methods that enable the synchronized display of both “as-built” and “as-designed” representations and automated data updates of a target object of interest (e.g., specific line number aircraft). More specifically, the process allows users to display a panoramic image captured for a reference environment, and then display a visualization of the corresponding 3-D model at the same viewpoint. Interprocess communication between a panoramic image viewer application and a 3-D model visualization application provides the ability to synchronize viewpoints, fields-of-view and other display features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jeremiah K. Scott, James J. Troy, Katherine I. Meza
  • Patent number: 9875412
    Abstract: This crowd monitoring system (MS) is provided with: a storage unit in which a plurality of images of a crowd including moving bodies are stored; a feature-value extraction unit which extracts a feature of each image; a number of persons input image selection unit which takes into account the distribution of the features, and selects, from among the images, a sample image for inputting the number of persons among the moving bodies; the number of persons input reception unit which displays, on a display unit, an input screen for inputting the number of persons among the moving bodies in the sample image, and receives an input of the number of persons among the moving bodies in the sample image; and a feature total number function generation unit which generates a function indicating the relationship between the features and the total number among the moving bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc.
    Inventors: Miyako Hotta, Masanori Miyoshi, Kazunari Iwanaga, Mitsue Ito
  • Patent number: 9875509
    Abstract: A method and system may determine the condition of insured properties in a neighborhood using aerial images captured from an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or from a satellite device. The neighborhood may be selected by identifying a neighborhood having a large concentration of properties which are insured by a particular insurance provider. Aerial images of the entire neighborhood may then be captured and received from the UAV or the satellite device. For each insured property in the neighborhood, a condition and level of risk may be automatically determined based on the received aerial images, and the aerial images along with indications of the level of risk may be displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Brian N. Harvey, Nathan L. Tofte, Roger D. Schmidgall, Michael Jeffrey Aviles, Kyle Pott, Rosemarie Geier Grant, Michael Shawn Jacob
  • Patent number: 9875550
    Abstract: A method and device generates a trajectory. The method includes receiving a plurality of tracklets indicative of movement of a plurality of targets over a predetermined temporal interval. The method includes determining a plurality of context data for a pair of tracklets based upon at least one additional tracklet. The method includes computing a probability that the pair of tracklets relate to a first one of the targets. The method includes generating a trajectory for the first target based upon a concatenation of select ones of the tracklets. The concatenation maximizes the probability that the pair of tracklets correspond to the first target based upon the context data associated with the pair of the tracklets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Jingchen Liu, G. Peter K. Carr
  • Patent number: 9870609
    Abstract: A system estimates quality of a digital image by accessing a corpus of digital images of one or more subjects, such as a facet of a property. The system will receive, for at least a subset of the corpus, an indicator that one or more patches of each image in the subset is out of focus. The system will train a classifier by obtaining a feature representation of each pixel in each image, along with a focus value that represents an extent to which each pixel in the image is in focus or out of focus. The system will use the classifier to analyze pixels of a new digital image and assess whether each analyzed pixel in the new digital image is in focus or out of focus. The system may use the image to assess whether an incident occurred, such as storm-related damage to the property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Conduent Business Services, LLC
    Inventors: Pramod Sankar Kompalli, Arjun Sharma, Richard L. Howe
  • Patent number: 9864920
    Abstract: A document validation system receives a scan of a certified document. The system identifies a security template for the document, prompts a user to enter a validation document into the scanning device, receives the validation document, uses the security template identify the location of one or more security elements on the certified document, and analyzes the validation document to identify expected content that should appear on the certified document at the security element locations. The system determines whether the expected content matches actual content of the scan at the security element locations and generates a report of the result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Reiner Eschbach, Edward N. Chapman, Phillip J. Emmett, Saurabh Prabhat
  • Patent number: 9866724
    Abstract: Techniques disclosed herein provide an approach using pixel perturbation to transmit information. In one embodiment, a pixel perturbation engine perturbs pixels of an image to encode meta-information therein. In particular, the perturbation engine may perform controlled perturbation of pixel bits which are unlikely to affect visual quality are perturbed, such as perturbing the least significant bits in one or more channels of a RGB or YUV image. Higher order bits may also be perturbed in color channels such as the blue or UV channels that the human eye is less sensitive to. To mitigate loss of information, the information may be encoded using error correcting codes. After the image having meta-information encoded therein is transmitted to a client device, the meta-information may be recovered and used to determine performance of the virtual desktop infrastructures (VDI) system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: VMware, Inc.
    Inventors: Uday Kurkure, Hari Sivaraman, Peter Farkas, Xingze He
  • Patent number: 9864906
    Abstract: A document validation system receives a scan image of a document to be certified, analyzes the scan image to identify one or more characteristics of the scan image, and uses the identified characteristics to identify a security template. In response to a validation request, the system uses the identified security template to create a validation document that includes descriptive material comprising the location of one or more security elements on the document to be certified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Reiner Eschbach, Edward N. Chapman, Saurabh Prabhat
  • Patent number: 9864862
    Abstract: Disclosed are a data concealment apparatus and a data concealment method using an Error Correction Code. According to exemplary embodiments of the present invention, it is possible to prevent important information from being easily exposed to a third person by generating encoding data through convolution encoding of input data and thereafter, concealing the encoding data on an image through adjustment of a pixel value on the image and minimize an error which can occur at the time of recovering the input data by extracting the encoding data from the image in a soft decision scheme and performing Viterbi-decoding on the extracted encoding data in order to recover the input data concealed in the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: DONGGUK UNIVERSITY INDUSTRY-ACADEMIC COOPERATION FOUNDATION
    Inventor: Daewoon Lim
  • Patent number: 9864757
    Abstract: A method for dynamically displaying results of simultaneous two dimensional image search comprises: maintaining a first database comprising a set of records, each record comprising an image and an associated set of annotations describing the image, receiving an annotation criterion and a color scheme from a user, generating a target color scoring template from the color scheme, conducting a content based search by searching the first database to identify a set of pertinent images satisfying the annotation criterion, and performing the following operations for each image in the set of pertinent images: resizing a given image to a predefined size before generating an image color spectrum histogram for the given image, adding the given image to a pool of acceptable images if the generated image color spectrum histogram matches with the target color scoring template; and dynamically displaying images in the pool of acceptable images to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: SHUTTERSTOCK, INC.
    Inventors: David Chester, Wyatt Jenkins, Andrew Rodland, Eric Smiling, Chris Becker
  • Patent number: 9858270
    Abstract: Converting technical data from field oriented electronic data sources into natural language form is disclosed. An approach includes obtaining document data from an input document, wherein the document data is in a non-natural language form. The approach includes determining a data type of the document data from one of a plurality of data types defined in a detection and conversion database. The approach includes translating the document data to a natural language form based on the determined data type. The approach additionally includes outputting the translated document data in natural language form to an output data stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: John J. Bird, Doyle J. McCoy
  • Patent number: 9860444
    Abstract: A stereographic image associated with a panoramic camera can be identified. The panoramic camera can include of a set of lenses and an image sensor. A pixel degradation curve associated with the image and/or the hardware of the panoramic camera can be determined, as can a sensor geometry of an image sensor used by the panoramic camera. A fixed smoothing function based on the pixel degradation curve and/or the sensor geometry can be created. The fixed smoothing function can be applied to a stereographic image to modify the image so it includes substantially uniform image detail per image region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: HOYOS INTEGRITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Moises De La Cruz, John Shemelynce, Hao Nguyen, Biren Patel, Gustavo D. Leizerovich, Amit Verma
  • Patent number: 9857871
    Abstract: A method for rendering computer graphics based on saccade detection is provided. One embodiment of the method includes rendering a computer simulated scene for display to a user, detecting an onset of a saccade that causes saccadic masking in an eye movement of the user viewing the computer simulated scene, and reducing a computing resource used for rendering frames of the computer simulated scene during at least a portion of a duration of the saccade. Systems perform similar steps, and non-transitory computer readable storage mediums each storing one or more computer programs are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Dominic Saul Mallinson
  • Patent number: 9858633
    Abstract: Embedding a watermark payload in content, including: a counter configured to store a random seed; a permutation generator configured to receive and process the watermark payload and the random seed, and generate a shuffled payload based on the random seed; and a watermark embedder configured to receive and embed the shuffled payload into the content. Key words include watermark payload and collusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Eric Diehl
  • Patent number: 9858478
    Abstract: A system for transmitting notifications based on image data analysis may comprise: an image registration module to receive, from an unmanned aerial vehicle, current image data of a geographic location; a change detection module to: compare the current image data with previous image data of the geographic location to identify a change in the geographic location; and analyze the change to determine a category of the change in the geographic location; and an action module to: determine at least one party to notify about the change based on the category; and transmit a notification to the at least one party via an unmanned aerial vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Igor Tatourian, Hong Li, Rita H Wouhaybi
  • Patent number: 9852489
    Abstract: A watermark encoder receives a current video image together with current metadata associated with the current image. A metadata delay also makes available to the watermark decoder delayed metadata associated respectively with four or more of the preceding. Then the watermark encoder modifies pixel values of the current image not only to encode the current metadata but also the delayed metadata. At a decoder, if metadata for the current image is corrupted or missing, it can be recovered from one of the succeeding images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Snell Advanced Media Limited
    Inventor: Jonathan Diggins
  • Patent number: 9852568
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for checking value documents, in particular bank notes, and a value-document processing system having at least one sensor for capturing an electromagnetic radiation. Transmitted by a value document and generating corresponding first sensor signals and for capturing an electromagnetic radiation remitted by the value document and generating corresponding second sensor signals, and an evaluation device for checking whether the value document has a foreign object. In particular adhesive tape, taking into account the first and second sensor signals which correspond to the electromagnetic radiation respectively transmitted or remitted in the region of the edge of the value document. The apparatus and method prevent a deformation in the region of the edge of a value document from being identified as a foreign object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: GIESECKE+DEVRIENT CURRENCY TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventors: Shanchuan Su, Steffen Schmalz
  • Patent number: 9854328
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and apparatus for augmenting a user's multimedia consumption experience. The methods comprise while the user is consuming the multimedia presentation using a first device, that device provides (to one or more remote processors) information that may be used to identify a relevant location. The one or more processors use this information to identify the location and acquire a virtual environment. This virtual environment may be a virtual representation the location. The virtual environment is presented to the user on a second (companion) device. Using the second device, the user may explore the virtual environment and interact with virtual objects therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Narayanan Venkitaraman, Shirley A. Chaysinh, Hiren M. Mandalia, Crysta J. Metcalf, Ashley B. Novak, Isaac G. Kulka
  • Patent number: 9846915
    Abstract: A system for capturing property damage images includes an imaging device and a knowledge base of property damage incident types. The knowledge base also includes, for each category, one or more image acquisition parameters that are associated with the category. A processor receives a property damage incident type for a property damage claim that is associated with a property that reportedly experienced an incident, retrieves from the knowledge base one or more image acquisition parameters that are associated with the received incident type, and uses the one or more applicable image acquisition parameters to automatically cause the imaging device to capture digital images of the property using the retrieved one or more image acquisition parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Conduent Business Services, LLC
    Inventors: Richard L. Howe, Valerie J. Raburn, Edgar A. Bernal, Matthew Adam Shreve, Peter Paul, Pramod Sankar Kompalli
  • Patent number: 9846982
    Abstract: Various embodiments herein each include at least one of systems, methods, and software that assists in identification of a source of an unauthorized disclosure of a document, such as a public disclosure of check, receipt, or other document type. One method embodiment includes receiving a request for a stored document image from a requestor and retrieving the requested stored document image. This method may then apply a parameterized image deformation algorithm according to at least one input parameter to generate a watermarked image and then stores the at least one parameter and an identifier of the requestor in association with an identifier of the requested stored document in a watermarked image log. The watermarked image is then transmitted to the requestor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Jeffrey Cooper
  • Patent number: 9839409
    Abstract: Provided is an image processing apparatus for fitting a model to image data. The image processing apparatus determines a final parameter set and a final inlier scale of a first model by iteratively performing a model estimation process and an inlier scale estimation process, wherein the model estimation process determines a model parameter set, and the inlier scale estimation process determines an inlier scale by using the determined model parameter set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG MEDISON CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kwang-hee Lee, Jae-moon Jo
  • Patent number: 9842387
    Abstract: Techniques disclosed herein provide an approach using pixel perturbation to measure image quality. In one embodiment, a pixel perturbation engine perturbs pixels in an image with a reference image for measuring quality of the image after transmission. By perturbing least significant bits, a composite image may be generated in which the reference image is hidden in the original image. The perturbations in the composite image may then be recovered after the composite image is transmitted to a remote device and used to determine image quality based on preservation of the perturbations. In another embodiment, image(s) perturbed with reference image(s) at increasingly higher order bit positions may be transmitted, and quality of the transmitted reference image determined, until the determined quality exceeds a threshold, with the perturbed bit position at which the determined quality exceeds the threshold being indicative of the quality of the image(s) transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: VMware, Inc.
    Inventors: Uday Kurkure, Hari Sivaraman, Peter Farkas, Xingze He