Applications Patents (Class 382/100)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 9838551
    Abstract: An image transmitting apparatus is provided that automatically displays an address before transmission if a user gives an instruction for adding a mark such as “CONFIDENTIAL” or “IMPORTANT”. The image transmitting apparatus of the present invention is the image transmitting apparatus transmits image data to a specified address includes an image adding portion that adds a predetermined specific image to the image data in accordance with a user's operation, wherein displays a specified address of image data before transmitting the image data to which it is indicated to add the specific image and transmits the image data with the specific image added in accordance with a user's confirming operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Haruo Nishiyama, Takeshi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9838562
    Abstract: An information system includes a multifunction apparatus and a first server which are linked to each other over a network. The multifunction apparatus includes a reading section, an information obtaining section, a first transmitter, and a memory. The reading section reads the image of an original document. The information obtaining section obtains a destination information from the first server, the destination information indicating a destination to which the image is transmitted. The first transmitter transmits the image to the destination. The first server includes a memory and a second transmitter. The memory stores the destination information therein. The second transmitter transmits the destination information in the memory to the multifunction apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: OKI DATA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kengo Ochi
  • Patent number: 9838597
    Abstract: An imaging device includes: an imaging unit imaging an object and generating image data of the object; a display unit displaying an image corresponding to the image data; a display controller controlling the display unit to display an expression guide image in which at least a part of expression of a face in the object has been changed; an expression determination unit determining similarity between the expressions in the image and in the expression guide image; an imaging controller controlling the imaging unit to continuously image the object until the expression determination unit determines that the expressions in the image and in the expression guide image are matched, wherein the display controller controls the display unit to display another expression guide image at a time the expression determination unit determines that the expressions in the image in the expression guide image are matched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomomi Uemura, Mai Yamaguchi, Yuiko Uemura, Sachie Yamamoto, Osamu Nonaka
  • Patent number: 9830494
    Abstract: A capacitive fingerprint sensing apparatus including sensing electrodes, a scanning driver, a sensing driver and a processing module is disclosed. In a self-capacitive sensing mode, the scanning driver drives a pair of adjacent scanning lines among the scanning lines and the sensing driver performs self-capacitive sensing through at least one sensing line among the sensing lines to obtain a first fingerprint sensing signal. In a mutual-capacitive sensing mode, the scanning driver drives the pair of adjacent scanning lines and the sensing driver performs mutual-capacitive sensing through at least two adjacent sensing lines among the sensing lines to obtain a second fingerprint sensing signal. The processing module generates a first fingerprint pattern and a second fingerprint pattern according to the first fingerprint sensing signal and the second fingerprint sensing signal and combines the first fingerprint pattern and the second fingerprint pattern into a combined fingerprint pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Raydium Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventors: Chang-Ching Chiang, Kun-Pei Lee
  • Patent number: 9830516
    Abstract: Embodiments disclose methods, systems and non-transitory computer readable medium for joint temporal segmentation and classification of user activities in an egocentric video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: VideoKen, Inc.
    Inventors: Sovan Biswas, Ankit Gandhi, Arijit Biswas, Om D Deshmukh
  • Patent number: 9824236
    Abstract: A system for anonymizing and aggregating protected information (PI) from a plurality of data sources includes a master index server coupled to a data repository. The master index server receives an anonymized records associated with an individual from a plurality of data hashing appliances. The system includes a cluster matching engine that applies a plurality of rules to hashed data elements of the received record for comparing hashed data elements of the record with hashed data elements of a plurality of clusters of anonymized records associated with different individuals stored in the data repository to determine whether the individual associated with the received record corresponds to an individual associated with one of the clusters of anonymized records. When a match is found, the cluster matching engine adds the received record to the cluster of anonymized records associated with that individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: ACCENTURE GLOBAL SERVICES LIMITED
    Inventors: Cecil O'Dell Lynch, Dennis James Carroll, Andrew John Truscott, German Acuna
  • Patent number: 9824694
    Abstract: A method for a machine or group of machines to carry watermark data in an encoded audio data frame of an audio signal includes receiving the encoded audio data frame having encoded therein a portion of the audio signal. The encoded audio data frame includes a plurality of data blocks, wherein the plurality of data blocks includes, a synchronization information block, at least one encoded data block, and an error check block. The method further includes receiving modified watermark data as modified based on a masking threshold analysis of the audio signal and transforming the encoded audio data frame into a modified encoded audio data frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: TLS Corp.
    Inventors: Barry Blesser, Timothy J. Carroll
  • Patent number: 9819969
    Abstract: A method for encoding at least one extra bit in an image compression and decompression system. The method includes accessing an input image, and compressing the input image into a compressed image using an encoder system, wherein said encoding system implements an algorithm for encoding at least one extra bit. The method further includes communicatively transferring the compressed image to a decoding system, and decompressing the compressed image into a resulting uncompressed image that is unaltered from said input image, wherein the algorithm for encoding enables the recovery of the at least one extra bit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Nvidia Corporation
    Inventors: Walter E. Donovan, Marilyn J. Lang
  • Patent number: 9817625
    Abstract: An approach is provided for selecting and displaying image(s). A user and user profile information corresponding to the user are identified. A sentiment of the user is identified. Based on the user profile information, an association between the identified sentiment of the user and sentiment(s) is determined. The sentiment(s) are included in a plurality of sentiments conveyed by a plurality of images. Image(s) included in the plurality of images are determined to convey the sentiment(s). Based on the association between the identified sentiment of the user and the sentiment(s) and the image(s) conveying the sentiment(s), the image(s) are selected from the plurality of images. The selected image(s) are displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Travis W. Chun, Romelia H. Flores, Marlentae A. Johnson, Michael A. Lau, Roberto R. Rodriguez, Ronald J. Rutkowski
  • Patent number: 9813780
    Abstract: A receiver device having a processor, memories, descrambler and decoders modules configured to produce a sequence of elementary media content packets. The receiver device further comprises a marker unit configured to mark data in the sequence of elementary media content packets according to a pattern defined by an internal parameter associated to the receiving device. The marker unit is configured to determine, in the sequence of elementary media content packets at least one segment of a predetermined length and starting at a predetermined position in the sequence, to divide the segment into a predetermined number of contiguous windows including data of all or part of at least one elementary media content packet. Each window in the segment defined in the sequence of elementary media content packets is indexed by an index defining a position of a window in the segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: NAGRAVISION S.A.
    Inventors: Pierre Sarda, Jean-Philippe Aumasson, Minh Son Tran
  • Patent number: 9811671
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and apparatus for the production and labeling of objects in a manner suitable for the prevention and detection of counterfeiting. Thus, the system incorporates a variety of features that make unauthorized reproduction difficult. In addition, the present invention provides an efficient means for the production of labels and verification of authenticity, whereby a recording apparatus which includes a recording medium, having anisotrophic optical domains, along with a means for transferring a portion of the recording medium to a carrier, wherein a bulk portion of the recording medium has macroscopically detectable anisotrophic optical properties and the detecting apparatus thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Copilot Ventures Fund III LLC
    Inventors: David I. Durst, Norman Kaish, Jay Fraser
  • Patent number: 9812152
    Abstract: Systems and methods for identifying a perceived sound event are provided. In one exemplary embodiment, the system includes an audio signal receiver, a processor, and an analyzer. The system deconstructs a received audio signal into a plurality of audio chunks, for which one or more sound identification characteristics are determined. One ore more distances of a distance vector are then calculated based on one or more of the sound identification characteristics. The distance vector can be a sound gene that serves as an identifier for the sound event. The distance vector for a received audio signal is compared to distance vectors of predefined sound events to identify the source of the received audio signal. A variety of other systems and methods related to sound identification are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: OtoSense, Inc.
    Inventor: Sebastien J. V. Christian
  • Patent number: 9811729
    Abstract: Iris recognition can be accomplished for a wide variety of eye images by using plenoptic imaging. Using plenoptic technology, it is possible to correct focus after image acquisition. One example technology reconstructs images having different focus depths and stitches them together, resulting in a fully focused image, even in an off-angle gaze scenario. Another example technology determines three-dimensional data for an eye and incorporates it into an eye model used for iris recognition processing. Another example technology detects contact lenses. Application of the technologies can result in improved iris recognition under a wide variety of scenarios.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: UT-Battelle, LLC
    Inventors: Hector J. Santos-Villalobos, Chris Bensing Boehnen, David S. Bolme
  • Patent number: 9811754
    Abstract: The techniques include an image recognition system to receive a realogram image including a plurality of organized objects and to detect and identify objects in the realogram image of one or more items on a retail shelf, identify shelf fronts and labels on the shelf fronts, identify empty space under shelves, identify areas where unidentified products may be, and identify areas where products are “out of stock”.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Edward Schwartz
  • Patent number: 9800879
    Abstract: Methods and systems for providing multi-layer reversible data hiding are disclosed. According to the methods and systems, multi-layer reversible data hiding process may be implemented in two stages. The first stage provides embedding of the sensitive data on a secret layer and hiding the secret layer behind single or multiple layers for secure transmission for intended recipient. Subsequently, the second stage is concerned about retrieving or extracting the hidden sensitive data through proper authentication. In the extraction process, the recipient needs to provide the right authentication code for each of embedded layer in order to reach to the secret layer. Upon unsuccessful authentication of any embedded layer, the proposed method enables an intelligent security technique termed as SMART (Suspect Malicious Activity on Rich Tract), which ensures to protect the sensitive data by suspecting the attempts of theft and intrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Arindam Das, Mahesh Ramasamy, Punitha Puttuswamy
  • Patent number: 9800952
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of transmitting broadcast signals. The method includes, receiving an uncompressed broadcast content from an external receiving unit, wherein an watermark is embedded in a frame of the uncompressed broadcast content; extracting the embedded watermark from the uncompressed broadcast content; parsing the extracted watermark; generating an URL by using information in the parsed watermark; and launching an application by using the generated URL, wherein the application provides the interactive services related to the uncompressed broadcast content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Seungjoo An, Kyoungsoo Moon, Jinwon Lee, Woosuk Ko, Sejin Oh, Donghyun Kang, Sungryong Hong
  • Patent number: 9792828
    Abstract: A resource allocation can be utilized to control resources to determine trustworthy item scores for a respondent's response to an assessment item. Embodiments may utilize one or more resources to extract the student response to an item, one or more resources to establish an item score for that item based on the extracted response, and one or more resources to evaluate the extracted or score and further utilize such resources until a trustworthy item score is established. Confidence indicators may be used for both digital representations of student responses and the scores derived from such digital representations of student responses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: MCGRAW-HILL SCHOOL EDUCATION HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventors: David Deas Sinkler Poor, Randal B. Fry
  • Patent number: 9792661
    Abstract: The disclosure describes methods and apparatus of providing steganographic indicia or digital watermarking in image or video data. One implementation provides a method of embedding a digital watermark in image data captured by an imager, with watermark embedding occurring on-chip with the imager. Another implementation provides a method of managing images. Each of the images comprises plural-bit data steganographically embedded therein in the form of a digital watermark, with the plural-bit data corresponding to a geo-location. Yet another implementation provides a method of identifying locations on a map, with the map being for display via a computer display. Still another implementation provides a method of introducing a watermark message to a watermark embedder located on-chip with an image array. Other implementations and embodiments are provided as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Tony F. Rodriguez, Trent J. Brundage, Steven Michael Shovoly
  • Patent number: 9786046
    Abstract: A method for determining a lateral offset of a pattern on a substrate relative to a desired position with the steps: a) providing a plurality of measurement and simulation images of the pattern with equidistant defocus positions, b) forming a plurality of first and second pairs, which each has a measurement image and a simulation image, wherein each first pair has the same first focal distance and each second pair has the same second focal distance, being different from the first focal distance, of the defocus positions thereof, and determining a first and second lateral distance of the patterns for each first and second pair, respectively, c) determining a first and a second linear fit line based on the determined first and second lateral distances, respectively, and d) determining the lateral offset of the pattern on the substrate relative to the desired position using the linear fit lines of step c).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Arnz, Dirk Seidel
  • Patent number: 9779552
    Abstract: An information processing method and an apparatus thereof are provided, which are applicable to a head-mounted device with a display unit. The information processing method includes: determining a virtual vision area for a user in a case that the user wears the head-mounted device; searching an environment space for a first object which is located in the virtual vision area and satisfies a predetermined condition; determining a first display area of the display unit which matches the first object; and outputting first display content in the first display area, such that when the user watches the display unit, the user sees that the first display content is presented on the first object in the virtual vision area. Display effect of the head-mounted device is improved according to the embodiments of the disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Lenovo (Beijing) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ligang Li
  • Patent number: 9773166
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for classifying documents. One of the methods includes obtaining a collection of training documents, the training documents including positive documents identified as being longform documents and negative documents identified as not being longform documents; extracting one or more features from the training documents, wherein the features represent lexical or textual content of the training documents; and generating a longform document classifier trained using feature instances extracted from the training documents, wherein the generated longform document classifier is trained such that input documents are classified as being longform documents or classified as not being longform documents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Miriam King Connor, Isabelle L. Stanton, Amarnag Subramanya
  • Patent number: 9773022
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for displaying surfaces of an object from a vantage point different from the vantage point from which imagery of the object was captured. In some aspects, imagery may be generated for display by combining visual characteristics from multiple source images and applying greater weight to the visual characteristics of some of the source images relative to the other source images. The weight may be based on the orientation of the surface relative to the location from which the image was captured and the location from which the object will be displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Janne Matias Kontkanen
  • Patent number: 9770934
    Abstract: The invention relates to a multi-layer body (1) comprising a first layer (13) having a multiplicity of first zones (21), which are respectively separated from one another by one or a plurality of transparent second zones (22). The multi-layer body has a second layer (14) composed of a transparent material, said second layer being arranged below the first layer (13), and a reflection layer (15) arranged below the second layer (14). The second layer (14) has a multiplicity of third zones (23), in each of which a microstructure (17) is impressed into the interface—facing away from the first layer—between the second layer (14) and the reflection layer, which is covered with the reflection layer (15).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: OVD Kinegram AG
    Inventors: Andreas Schilling, Wayne Robert Tompkin, Achim Hansen
  • Patent number: 9774843
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for generating a composite image in an electronic device are provided. The method includes identifying a first image element of a first event from first images successively captured by a first image sensor of the electronic device, and identifying a second image element of a second event from second images successively captured by a second image sensor of the electronic device, the first images and the second images being simultaneously captured. The method further includes combining the first image element with the second image element based on a synchronization parameter to generate the composite image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Alok Shankarlal Shukla, Girish Kulkarni, Balvinder Singh, Narasimha Gopalakrishna Pai
  • Patent number: 9768994
    Abstract: A method for generating a variable-band modulated signal (x) where the modulating digital signal (X) of the modulated signal (x) includes at least one component (C, S, P); the digital information (r) about the variable band is repeatedly or periodically superimposed on the at least one component (C, S, P) or on the modulating signal (X). While processing the received modulated signal (x?), the modulated digital signal (X?) is extracted, the superimposed digital information (r) is obtained, and the extracted digital information (r) is used to determine the band of the modulated signal (x?) and to complete the demodulation and decoding of the modulated signal (x?).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: S.I.SV.EL. SOCIETA' ITALIANA PER LO SVILUPPO DELL'ELETTRONICA S.P.A.
    Inventors: Roberto Borri, Floriana Crespi, Alberto Perotti
  • Patent number: 9767101
    Abstract: A media store, as disclosed herein, may be composed of one or more canonical documents. Each of the canonical documents may refer to one or more of content items. Each content item may be a source file for a specific piece of content such as a movie or song. The system may represent variants of the content items as a single document, the canonical document. A user may view one or more of the content items referred to in the canonical document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Andrew Abramson, Benjamin David Poiesz
  • Patent number: 9769380
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus obtains information of a digital watermark based on an image obtained by causing an image capturing device to capture a print product in which the digital watermark is embedded. An image capturing unit is configured to cause the image capturing device to capture a plurality of areas on the print product by repeating continuous shooting a plurality of times under a plurality of image capturing conditions. A selection unit is configured to select, from a plurality of images obtained by the plurality of times of the continuous shooting by the image capturing unit, an image from which the information of the digital watermark is to be obtained. An obtaining unit is configured to obtain the information of the digital watermark based on the image selected by the selection unit from the plurality of images obtained by the respective times of the continuous shooting by the image capturing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Ryosuke Iguchi, Yuki Ishida, Wei Song, Nobutaka Miyake
  • Patent number: 9769607
    Abstract: In some implementations a method includes receiving a first request for a first ultrasonic audio signature from a first computing device. The method also includes transmitting first data indicative of the first ultrasonic audio signature to the first computing device. The method further includes receiving audio data from a second computing device. The method further includes determining that the audio data is indicative of the first ultrasonic audio signature. The method further includes transmitting, to one or more of the first computing device or the second computing device, a message indicating that the first computing device is in proximity to the second computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Yun Yaw Chu, Laurent Chauvier, Olivier Paris, Noureddine Taibi, Simon John Parnall
  • Patent number: 9757035
    Abstract: A membrane assembly for use with a three-dimensional imager to obtain a topographical plantar image of a foot is provided. The assembly includes a support structure having a front end and a rear end elevated relative to the front end, and a flexible membrane suspended from the support structure and configured to receive and support an entire plantar surface of the foot. The membrane defines and encloses an upper portion of an inflatable chamber, and includes a forefoot- and a rearfoot-receiving region respectively adjacent to the front and the rear end of the support structure. The rearfoot-receiving region is under less tension than the forefoot-receiving region. The imager is positionable under the membrane in order to acquire the plantar image when the foot is disposed on the membrane. An apparatus including a membrane assembly and a three-dimensional imager, and a method for imaging a foot are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: CRYOS TECHNOLOGIES INC
    Inventors: Patrick Mougin, Mohamed Lachhab, Philippe Légaré
  • Patent number: 9762937
    Abstract: Systems and methods for partial frame encryption in accordance with embodiments of the invention are disclosed. In one embodiment, the method receives a video bitstream that includes several frames, each frame including several independently encoded compression units within the frame, encrypts a portion of each of several compression units in several frames, and generates an output bitstream that includes the several independently encoded compression units including the encrypted portions of the compression units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Sonic IP, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Braness, William David Amidei, Mayur Srinivasan
  • Patent number: 9760930
    Abstract: A method and system for analyzing user behavior as users search for items within an electronic marketplace is provided. A query is submitted by a user of the electronic marketplace, the query is processed to identify a series of actions or behaviors performed by the user in relation to the query and fingerprint information for the query is determined based at least in part on analyzing the actions. In one embodiment, the electronic marketplace modifies a user experience for the user based on the fingerprint information. Search results presented to the user are modified by arranging items of the search results in accordance with one or more layouts and views based on query fingerprint information. Various categories of items related to a query issued by the user are identified based on fingerprint information and the search results are organized based on categories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Luis Antonio Diniz Fernandes de Morais Sarmento, Lisa Jane Hinegardner, Thomas Jay Hoover, Alexander Michael Spinelli
  • Patent number: 9754170
    Abstract: Systems and methods for replacing original media bookmarks of at least a portion of a digital media file with replacement bookmarks is described. A media fingerprint engine detects the location of the original fingerprints associated with the portion of the digital media file and a region analysis algorithm characterizes regions of media file spanning the location of the original bookmarks by data class types. The replacement bookmarks are associated with the data class types and are overwritten or otherwise are substituted for the original bookmarks. The replacement bookmarks then are subjected to a fingerprint matching algorithm that incorporates media timeline and media related metadata.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: SYNERGY SPORTS TECHNOLOGY, LLC
    Inventors: Nils B. Lahr, Garrick C. Barr
  • Patent number: 9756401
    Abstract: A reception apparatus, method, and non-transitory computer-readable storage medium for processing an image in which a plurality of symbols is encoded, and an information providing apparatus for providing the image. The reception apparatus includes circuitry configured to receive or retrieve an image in which a plurality of symbols is encoded. The circuitry determines a set of luminance values used to encode the symbols based on luminance values of a plurality of pixels included in the image. The circuitry determines a highest luminance value used to encode the symbols in the image based on the determined set of luminance values. Further, the circuitry derives data values of the symbols encoded in the image based on the set of luminance values and using the determined highest luminance value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Mark Eyer
  • Patent number: 9749804
    Abstract: Pre-caching may decrease the response time necessary for a wireless communication network to fulfill a user request. Pre-caching includes predicting what data the user will request next and preemptively fetching that data from a network (e.g., the Internet). Additionally, the wireless communication network may predict the geographic location of the mobile device when it makes the request. Instead of pre-caching the data in the memory of the mobile device, the data may be stored at a wireless access point that has a radiation pattern that covers the predicted geographic location of the mobile device. Once the wireless access point receives the request from the mobile device for the pre-cached data, the pre-cached data may be transmitted wirelessly to the mobile device, thereby avoiding having to forward the request to rest of the communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Brad L. Brech
  • Patent number: 9747867
    Abstract: A display control apparatus includes a viewing condition recognition circuit, a content classification circuit, and a display adjustment circuit. The viewing condition recognition circuit recognizes a viewing condition associated with a display device to generate a viewing condition recognition result. The content classification circuit analyzes an input frame to generate a content classification result of contents included in the input frame. The display adjustment circuit generates an output frame by performing image content adjustment according to the viewing condition recognition result and the content classification result, wherein the image content adjustment comprises at least content-adaptive adjustment applied to at least a portion of pixel positions of the input frame based on the content classification result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: MEDIATEK INC.
    Inventors: Wen-Fu Lee, Keh-Tsong Li, Ying-Jui Chen, Ching-Sheng Chen
  • Patent number: 9747509
    Abstract: A mobile device with camera automatically captures an image of a check from a video sequence. A computing application assesses quality metrics of a frame of the video and, if acceptable, initiates capture of the check in that frame without user selection. Metrics include an aspect ratio of the check, image quality of the routing transit symbols that delineate a routing transit number on a MICR line of the check, distances between the routing transit symbols and to an edge of the check, recognition of digits of the routing transit number, checksum of the routing transit numbers, and image sharpness. Other embodiments note cropping of the check from the background of the image, properly orienting the check for viewing, and providing color coded visual feedback to users about the quality of the image frame about the check, to name a few.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: LEXMARK INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Ahmed Hamad Mohamed Eid, Tomasz Jan Cholewo, Stuart Willard Daniel, Stacy Lee Simpson