Surface Texture Or Roughness Measuring Patents (Class 382/108)
  • Patent number: 10740802
    Abstract: Systems and methods to analyze a person's social media photos or videos, such as those posted on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. and determine properties of their social life. Using information on the number of people appearing in the photos or videos, their ages, and genders, this method can predict whether the person is in a romantic relationship, has a close family, is a group person, or is single. This information is valuable for generating audiovisual content recommendations as well as for advertisers, because it allows targeting personalized advertisements to the person posting the photos. The described methods may be performed (and the advertisements or other content may be selected for recommendation) substantially in real-time as the user accesses a specific online resource.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dhiraj Joshi, Lynn Wilcox, Francine Chen
  • Patent number: 10735654
    Abstract: The present invention relates to projectiles and munitions, and more specifically to such in flight. More particularly the present invention relates to projectiles and munitions in flight equipped with one or more image sensors adapted for acquiring image data of the environment surrounding the projection or munition in flight. The present invention further relates to systems and methods for correcting or stabilizing motion effects and artifacts present in the image data related to the movement or motion of the projectile or munition in flight, including spin or rotation of the projectile or munition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Orbital Research Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Jankowski, Douglas E. Russell
  • Patent number: 10726229
    Abstract: A fingerprint detection device including a plurality of fingerprint sensing elements, and each fingerprint sensing element includes: a sensing electrode for forming a sensing capacitance from a relationship with a subject; an amplifier having a first input end connected to the sensing electrode and a second input end into which a bias signal, of which a potential is changed from a high level to a low level or from the low level to the high level during a fingerprint detection operation, is inputted; and a gain controller including a plurality of sub-feedback capacitances, the gain controller selectively connected between the first input end and an output end of the amplifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Crucialtec Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jung Hyun Kim, Taek Moo Kim, Dong Woon Kim
  • Patent number: 10697899
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a method of determining tool mark identity using machine learning may include: obtaining surface height data of at least two tool strip marks by photographing tool strip marks generated using at least two tools with a three-dimensional (3D) microscope; generating a data set by calculating a cross-correlation coefficient for the surface height data of the tool strip marks; separating the data set into a training set for machine learning training and a test set for verifying a machine learning result; performing the machine learning training to determine whether the tool strip marks are identical using the training set; and verifying a result of the machine learning training using the test set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: REPUBLIC OF KOREA (MANAGEMENT NATIONAL FORENSIC SERVICE DIRECTOR, MINISTRY OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SECURITY)
    Inventors: Nam Kyu Park, Jae Mo Goh, Jin Pyo Kim, Young Il Seo, Eun Ah Joo, Je Hyun Lee, Sang Yoon Lee, Dong A Lim, Kyung Mi Kim
  • Patent number: 10650538
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods that measure soil roughness in a field from imagery of the field. In particular, the present subject matter is directed to systems and methods that include or otherwise leverage a machine-learned clod detection model to determine a soil roughness value for a portion of a field based at least in part on imagery of such portion of the field captured by an imaging device. For example, the imaging device can be a camera positioned in a downward-facing direction and physically coupled to a work vehicle or an implement towed by the work vehicle through the field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignees: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd., Autonomous Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Luca Ferrari, John H. Posselius, James W. Henry, Taylor C. Bybee
  • Patent number: 10641088
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the technical field of well logging interpretation. The present invention provides a method for determining the karst development degree of a reservoir, a computer readable storage medium and a device, and pertains to the technical field of well logging interpretation, the method comprising: extracting vertical denudation pore features and horizontal denudation pore features from electrical imaging logging image data of a undetermined reservoir, and counting well logging feature parameters; determining karst belts of the undetermined reservoir and classifying the karst development degree according to the vertical denudation pore features, the horizontal denudation pore features and the well logging feature parameters; and determining the available reservoir development degree of the undetermined reservoir according to the karst belts and the result of the classified karst development degree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: PETROCHINA COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Ning Li, Hongliang Wu, Zhou Feng, Qingfu Feng, Kewen Wang, Xiaotao Zhang, Gong Zhang
  • Patent number: 10621739
    Abstract: The present subject matter at-least provides a system for measurement of topography of specular surfaces. The system comprises a set of indexed light-sources and a controller configured to drive the set of light-sources for irradiating a specular-surface by sequentially illuminating a plurality of sub-sets of the light-sources in accordance with a pre-defined encoding criteria. Further, at least one camera is provided to capture reflected light-radiation from the specular-surface and thereby generate a plurality of images in accordance with the sequential-illumination, such that each of the generated-image corresponds to a particular sub-set of illuminated light sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: APPLEJACK 199 L.P.
    Inventors: Wojciech J Walecki, Wei-Chun Hung
  • Patent number: 10559076
    Abstract: Characteristic data of a relevant component is extracted from a component image captured by camera, and the extracted characteristic data is compared with reference characteristic data of multiple types of component registered in a database to distinguish a type of component for which the two sets of data match most closely. As a result of this, a power spectrum image is created by applying an FFT for each scanning line to a lead presence candidate region corresponding to a candidate for a lead being present in a component image distinguished as an odd form component. Further, an HLAC characteristic is calculated from the power spectrum image in order to extract a periodic characteristic of the power spectrum image, and a connector component with leads is distinguished from an odd form component by learning a characteristic amount of the LAC characteristic using an SVM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignees: FUJI CORPORATION, NAGOYA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Shuichiro Kito, Taizo Umezaki, Koosuke Hattori
  • Patent number: 10513400
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method and/or a system for real-time analysis and marking of a target surface using a digital camera coupled marking device. In one embodiment, a master controller receives a real-time digital camera signal from the digital camera of a marking device communicatively coupled to the master controller. The master controller analyzes the digital camera signal using an image recognition algorithm, a machine vision algorithm, and a database and archives a visual state and an object design parameter of an object. The master controller compares the visual state of an object with a library of known visual states in the database to extract an associated marking pattern and a desired marking location of the object. The master controller generates and sends a marking command to a pin marker of the marking device. The pin marker engraves the marking pattern onto the object in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Inventors: Ashot Mesropyan, Robert Neal French, Philip Lee Brooks, Aaron Lee Hampton
  • Patent number: 10489624
    Abstract: A control method of controlling an electronic device is provided. The control method includes sequencing the number of times of gains used by a fingerprint sensor of the electronic device when fingerprint unlocking of the electronic device is successful, and controlling the fingerprint sensor to directly use a gain with the maximum number of times to obtain a fingerprint image to conduct fingerprint unlocking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Guangdong Oppo Mobile Telecommunications Corp., Ltd.
    Inventors: Haiping Zhang, Yibao Zhou
  • Patent number: 10474865
    Abstract: Provided is a fingerprint identification system, comprising: a plurality of first pixel circuits; a first sensing circuit for sensing a contact capacitance and outputting a first output signal, where the first output signal contains a big signal component and a small signal component, and the small signal component correlates with a change amount of the contact capacitance; at least one second pixel circuit; a second sensing circuit for outputting a second output signal, where the second output signal is equal to the big signal component; and a differential amplifying circuit for amplifying a difference value between the first output signal and the second output signal so as to generate an amplifying output signal, where the amplifying output signal correlates with the small signal component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: SHENZHEN GOODIX TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kuohao Chao, Mengta Yang
  • Patent number: 10475174
    Abstract: A generative adversarial network (GAN) system includes a generator neural sub-network configured to receive one or more images depicting one or more objects. The generator neural sub-network also is configured to generate a foreground image and a background image based on the one or more images that are received, the generator neural sub-network configured to combine the foreground image with the background image to form a consolidated image. The GAN system also includes a discriminator neural sub-network configured to examine the consolidated image and determine whether the consolidated image depicts at least one of the objects. The generator neural sub-network is configured to one or more of provide the consolidated image or generate an additional image as a training image used to train another neural network to automatically identify the one or more objects in one or more other images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Ser Nam Lim, David Diwinsky, Yen-Liang Lin, Xiao Bian
  • Patent number: 10452886
    Abstract: A control method for controlling an electronic device is provided. The control method includes sequencing the number of usage times of each of gains used by a fingerprint sensor of the electronic device when fingerprint unlocking of the electronic device is successful, and controlling the fingerprint sensor to directly use a gain with the maximum number of usage times to obtain a fingerprint image to conduct fingerprint unlocking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Guangdong Oppo Mobile Telecommunications Corp., Ltd.
    Inventors: Haiping Zhang, Yibao Zhou
  • Patent number: 10452953
    Abstract: A plurality of captured images obtained by repeatedly shooting a rotating object are obtained. In a case where a feature point corresponding to a certain point on the object is specified in one captured image and another captured image, a position information obtaining unit obtains position information relating to a position of the feature point in the one captured image and the another captured image. A rotation angle information obtaining unit obtains rotation angle information relating to a rotation angle of the object between a point of time when the one captured image is shot and a point of time when the another captured image is shot based on position information. A moving image data generating unit generates moving image data by selecting frame images of the moving image data from the plurality of photographed images based on rotation angle information of each of the plurality of photographed images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Rakuten, Inc.
    Inventors: Hiromi Hirano, Udana Bandara
  • Patent number: 10447920
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture are disclosed relating to micro-saccadic actuation for an event camera. An example event-based imaging device includes a sensor including a pixel array and an optical pathway modulator to move, via a micro-saccadic movement, one or more components of an optical pathway including the sensor to shift incident light on the pixel array to cause a change in light intensity on the pixel in at least one pixel of the pixel array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Nizan Horesh
  • Patent number: 10434652
    Abstract: A workpiece picking system including: a robot; a hand, attached to a hand tip portion of the robot, for picking workpieces; a three-dimensional sensor, attached to the hand tip portion, for acquiring positional information of a three-dimensional point group in a partial region in a container; a workpiece state calculation unit which calculates a position and posture of a workpiece based on positional information of a three-dimensional point group in an acquired first partial region; a data acquisition position calculation unit which calculates a robot corresponding to a second partial region where positional information is to be acquired next, based on the positional information of the three-dimensional point group in the acquired first partial region; and a control unit which controls the robot and the hand based on the calculated position and posture of the workpiece and based on the calculated robot position corresponding to the second partial region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Fanuc Corporation
    Inventor: Toshiyuki Ando
  • Patent number: 10410032
    Abstract: A fingerprint sensor includes a pixel array and a controller. The pixel array includes a plurality of unit pixels arranged in rows and columns, each of the plurality of unit pixels including, a sensing electrode configured to form a detection capacitance with a finger, a signal generation circuit configured to output an analog signal through a column line based on the detection capacitance, and a protection circuit configured to control a voltage transfer between the sensing electrode and a common line. The controller is configured to control the protection circuit in each of the plurality of unit pixels to transfer a voltage at the sensing electrode of an active unit pixel of the plurality of unit pixels to the sensing electrode in at least one protection unit pixel of the plurality of unit pixels through the common line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shin-Wuk Kang, Sun-Kwon Kim, Jin-Uk Jeon
  • Patent number: 10402954
    Abstract: Disclosed systems and methods perform histogram-based shape mapping for propagating changes across similar shapes in multiple artboards. An image processing application executed by one or more processing devices accesses a first shape to be displayed in a master artboard and a second shape to be displayed in a child artboard. The image processing application computes a first histogram for the first shape and a second histogram for the second shape. The image processing application maps the first shape to the second shape based on a level of similarity between the first and second histograms. The image processing application detects a change to the first shape in the master artboard. The image processing application propagates the change to the second shape in the child artboard based on the first shape being mapped to the second shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Adobe Inc.
    Inventor: Sanjeev Kumar Biswas
  • Patent number: 10394882
    Abstract: A search engine: (i) receives a search query including a subject-matter-describing data set, a first boundary-condition-describing data set and a second boundary-condition-describing data set; (ii) determines a first boundary condition based on the first boundary-condition-describing data set; (iii) determines a second boundary condition based on the second boundary-condition-describing data set; and (iv) finds search results that meet the following criteria: (a) apparently relate to the subject matter of the subject-matter-describing data set, and (b) apparently fall between a first boundary condition and a second boundary condition. Also, a user specifies a document, along with a search query, and the search engine uses the document to limit and/or organize the search results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Sandeep R. Patil, Sarbajit K. Rakshit
  • Patent number: 10389984
    Abstract: To provide a crack analysis device, a crack analysis method, and a crack analysis program capable of correctly evaluating deterioration in a road surface. A crack analysis device includes an image acquisition unit, a crack detector, and a display. The image acquisition unit acquires an image of a road surface. The crack detector detects cracks in which a closed region is formed on the photographed road surface based on the photographed image. The display displays a detection result of the detected cracks; and the crack detector detects the cracks which intersect each other on the road surface to form the closed region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Toshiba Infrastructure Systems & Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Yoko Yonekawa, Nobuyuki Kumakura, Takahiko Yamazaki, Tomotaka Ueta
  • Patent number: 10360667
    Abstract: Biological material fouling assessment systems and methods are described. According to one aspect, a biological material fouling assessment system includes processing circuitry configured to access image data of an image of a surface of a substrate which has been fouled with biological material, wherein the image data comprises intensity information regarding a plurality of pixels of the image, and wherein the processing circuitry is further configured to process the intensity information regarding the pixels of the image to generate information which is indicative of an amount of the fouling of the biological material upon the surface of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventors: George T. Bonheyo, Curtis J. Larimer, Eric M. Winder, Raymond S. Addleman, Robert T. Jeters, Matthew S. Prowant, Anthony D. Cinson
  • Patent number: 10359518
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to methods for efficiently encoding sensor data captured by an autonomous vehicle and building a high definition map using the encoded sensor data. The sensor data can be LiDAR data which is expressed as multiple image representations. Image representations that include important LiDAR data undergo a lossless compression while image representations that include LiDAR data that is more error-tolerant undergo a lossy compression. Therefore, the compressed sensor data can be transmitted to an online system for building a high definition map. When building a high definition map, entities, such as road signs and road lines, are constructed such that when encoded and compressed, the high definition map consumes less storage space. The positions of entities are expressed in relation to a reference centerline in the high definition map. Therefore, each position of an entity can be expressed in fewer numerical digits in comparison to conventional methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: DeepMap Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Damon Wheeler
  • Patent number: 10354115
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a capacitive fingerprint sensor, and the capacitive fingerprint sensor includes: a fingerprint sensor electrode for sensing a fingerprint of a human body; a first transistor of which a current or an output voltage is changed according to a voltage change of capacitive coupling formed by fingerprint capacitance formed when a fingerprint contacts the fingerprint sensor electrode and coupling capacitance formed for capacitive coupling; a fifth transistor that resets a gate electrode of the first transistor and applies capacitive coupling to the gate electrode of the first transistor through a coupling pulse; a second transistor of which a current or an output voltage is changed due to a difference in the current flowing through the first transistor and a gate voltage is maintained by a capacitor; a third transistor that resets a gate electrode of the second transistor; and a fourth transistor that controls a current flowing through the second transistor or an output voltage of th
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: SILICON DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Ki Joong Kim, Jin Hyeong Yoo, Bong Yeob Hong, Yong Kuk Kim, Ji Ho Hur
  • Patent number: 10346597
    Abstract: A method for screen unlocking, a method for image acquiring, and an electronic terminal are provided. In the method for screen unlocking, a most frequently used debug parameter is counted according to recorded debug parameters used for image selection in the most recent N instances. Auto-adjustment is performed on the debug parameters from the most frequently used debug parameter, and an image current acquired is debugged with the debug parameters adjusted, to obtain debugged images. A target fingerprint image is selected from the debugged images. Whether the target image satisfies an unlocking condition is identified and a screen of the electronic terminal is unlocked when the unlocking condition is satisfied. Accordingly, a method for image acquiring and an electronic terminal are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Guangdong Oppo Mobile Telecommunications Corp., Ltd.
    Inventors: Le Yang, Yibao Zhou
  • Patent number: 10303917
    Abstract: A biometric image processing apparatus includes an imaging device that captures a first image of a biometric part that is irradiated with light having a first wavelength, and a second image of the biometric part irradiated with light having a second wavelength shorter than the first wavelength, and a computing device that computes a third image by subtracting from the first image an image in which a luminance of the second image is attenuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Soichi Hama, Satoshi Semba
  • Patent number: 10289818
    Abstract: A screen unlocking method of an electronic terminal is provided as follows. Recorded debug parameters used for selecting target fingerprint images in the most recent N instances are counted, to determine a most frequently used debug parameter, where N is a natural number. Current debug parameters are adjusted based on the most frequently used debug parameter, to debug fingerprint images currently acquired. A target fingerprint image is selected from the fingerprint images debugged. Whether the target fingerprint image satisfies an unlocking condition is identified and a screen of the electronic terminal is unlocked when the unlocking condition is satisfied. Accordingly, an image acquiring method and an electronic terminal are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Guangdong Oppo Mobile Telecommunications Corp., Ltd.
    Inventors: Le Yang, Yibao Zhou
  • Patent number: 10262243
    Abstract: A system includes one or more processors and a memory that stores a generative adversarial network (GAN). The one or more processors are configured to receive a low resolution point cloud comprising a set of three-dimensional (3D) data points that represents an object. A generator of the GAN is configured to generate a first set of generated data points based at least in part on one or more characteristics of the data points in the low resolution point cloud, and to interpolate the generated data points into the low resolution point cloud to produce a super-resolved point cloud that represents the object and has a greater resolution than the low resolution point cloud. The one or more processors are further configured to analyze the super-resolved point cloud for detecting one or more of an identity of the object or damage to the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Ser Nam Lim, Jingjing Zheng, Jiajia Luo, David Scott Diwinsky
  • Patent number: 10255685
    Abstract: This disclosure relates generally to image processing, and more particularly to image texture determination. In one embodiment a processor a memory coupled to the processor, wherein the processor coupled with a plurality of modules stored in the memory: At least one image having a plurality of pixels is accepted. Any noise is removed from the image to obtain at least one noise free image. The at least one noise free image is converted to at least one gray scale image. Horizontal and Vertical Gradient for plurality of pixels of the at least one gray scale image are computed. Gradient magnitude is calculated for the generated gradient. Histogram of the gradient magnitude is generated based on the gradient magnitude, and the plurality of generated histograms are compared with a plurality of predetermined histograms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Tata Consultancy Services Limited
    Inventors: Monika Sharma, Hiranmay Ghosh
  • Patent number: 10255680
    Abstract: A method of localizing a transportable apparatus (102) within an environment around the apparatus is disclosed. The method comprises obtaining a sequence of images (200) of the environment and generating one or more sequences of transformed images (204) from the sequence of images wherein an image from the sequence of images has undergone a transformation to provide a transformed image within the sequence of transformed images. Processing circuitry (112) is then used to compare one or more images from the sequence of transformed images (204) and one or more images from at least one of the sequence of images (200) and a further sequence of transformed images against a representation of the environment. The comparison determines corresponding features within the images (200) and/or transformed images (204) and the representation. The transportable apparatus (102) is then localized according to a position of the one or more corresponding features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Oxford University Innovation Limited
    Inventors: Paul Newman, William Maddern, Alexander Douglas Stewart, Winston Churchill, Colin McManus
  • Patent number: 10183677
    Abstract: Example ice and snow detection systems and methods are described. In one implementation, a method activates an ice and snow detection system in response to receiving weather data indicating a likelihood of ice or snow on a roadway near a vehicle. The method receives data from multiple vehicle sensors and analyzes the received data to identify ice or snow on the roadway. If ice or snow is identified on the roadway, the method adjusts vehicle operations and reports the ice or snow condition to a shared database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Vincent Myers, Ashley Elizabeth Micks, Sneha Kadetotad, Harpreetsingh Banvait, Ashok E. Rodrigues
  • Patent number: 10169634
    Abstract: A method, device and a computer-readable storage medium for fingerprint recognition are provided. The method for fingerprint recognition may be applied to an electronic device including a liquid crystal display, and the liquid crystal display has fingerprint recognition sensors and optical proximity sensors. The method includes: acquiring a fingerprint recognition instruction; determining an area made up of a part of the optical proximity sensors after acquisition of the fingerprint recognition instruction, the distance between each of the part of the optical proximity sensor and a touch operation being less than a predetermined distance threshold; selecting a part of the fingerprint recognition sensors according to the area; and controlling the selected part of the fingerprint recognition sensors to perform fingerprint recognition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: XIAOMI INC.
    Inventors: Guosheng Li, Anyu Liu, Linghua Gu
  • Patent number: 10074033
    Abstract: Certain embodiments involve using labels to track high-frequency offsets for patch-matching. For example, a processor identifies an offset between a first source image patch and a first target image patch. If the first source image patch and the first target image patch are sufficiently similar, the processor updates a data structure to include a label specifying the offset. The processor associates, via the data structure, the first source image patch with the label. The processor subsequently selects certain high-frequency offsets, including the identified offset, from frequently occurring offsets in the data structure. The processor uses these offsets to identify a second target image patch, which is located at the identified offset from a second source image patch. The processor associates, via the data structure, the second source image patch with the identified offset based on a sufficient similarity between the second source image patch and the second target image patch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: Nathan Carr, Kalyan Sunkavalli, Michal Lukac, Elya Shechtman
  • Patent number: 10043268
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a medical image processing apparatus includes a storage, processing circuitry and a display. The storage stores a first image obtained by capturing a target region of a subject and a second image obtained by capturing the target region. The circuitry is configured to modify a first parameter of each of pixels of the first image based on a second parameter of each corresponding pixel of the second image and a function of the second parameter to generate a third parameter. The display displays a display image based on the third parameter which the processing circuitry determines for each of the pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Masaki Yoshida
  • Patent number: 9962089
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a method and apparatus for assessing data from digital images of psoriasis lesion for said psoriasis lesion thickness by utilizing a developed computer vision system to obtain Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI) parameters in particular.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY PETRONAS SDN BHD
    Inventors: Ahmad Fadzil Mohamad Hani, Hurriyatul Fitriyah
  • Patent number: 9921584
    Abstract: A route examination system includes a thermographic camera configured to be logically or mechanically coupled with a vehicle that travels along a route. The thermographic camera is also configured to sense infrared radiation emitted or reflected from the route and to generate a sensed thermal signature representative of the infrared radiation that is sensed. The system also includes a computer readable memory device configured to store a designated thermal signature representative of infrared radiation emitted from a segment of the route that is not damaged. The system also includes an analysis processor configured to determine a condition of a first portion of the route relative to other portions of the route at least in part by comparing the sensed thermal signature and the designated thermal signature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Dattaraj Jagdish Rao, Nidhi Naithani, Anju Bind, Sreyashi Dey Chaki
  • Patent number: 9924105
    Abstract: A system and a method for inspecting a stream of products (3, 3?, 3?) is disclosed, comprising a scanning focused light beam (5) for scanning the product stream and a camera (7) for detecting light beams directly returned from the scanned product stream, whereby the scanning movement of the focused light beam is synchronized with the exposure time of the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Visys NV
    Inventors: Dirk Adams, Pieter Op de Beeck
  • Patent number: 9910828
    Abstract: A method of performing context inference is described. The method includes collecting ambient light at a spectrometer sensor integrated in a portable device, characterizing the collected light to obtain optical information, comparing the optical information to optical data predetermined to match one or more contexts, inferring at least one characteristic of a specific context based on the comparison, and determining a probability that the portable device is in the specific context.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Edward Harrison Teague, Ashwin Swaminathan
  • Patent number: 9898639
    Abstract: A fingerprint sensor, comprising: a pixel array including a plurality of unit pixels arranged in rows and columns, each of the plurality of unit pixels including: a sensing electrode configured to form a detection capacitor; and a signal generation circuit configured to generate an analog signal based on a capacitance of the detection capacitor; and a controller configured to control an operation of the pixel array, wherein the controller is configured to electrically connect sensing electrodes of at least two unit pixels adjacent to each other and activate only one of the signal generation circuits included in the at least two unit pixels to generate the analog signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Choong-Hoon Lee
  • Patent number: 9869604
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for detecting leakage from a composition-containing pouch during the high-speed manufacturing process. The apparatus comprises: a platen comprising a pouch cavity and a plurality of platen edges adjacent to the cavity; an image capturing unit; an image processing unit; and ultraviolet-light emitting source. The composition itself comprises a fluorescent whitening compound. The ultra-violet emitting light source is arranged to illuminate the cavity and plurality of platen edges. The image capturing unit is arranged to capture an image of the illuminated cavity and plurality of platen edges. The image capturing unit is communicably attached to the image processing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Suzanne Khalaf, Stefan Meskens, Kerry Brian Johnson, Leon Byrd, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9842242
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for determining a finger movement event on a fingerprint sensor. The method comprises to acquire signals indicative of the portion of finger detecting structures that may be touched by a finger. Based on the ratio between the signals and a total signal level, the position of the finger on the fingerprint sensing device can be determined at two different time instances. Based on the positions which may be the same, a finger movement event may be determined. The invention also relates to a corresponding fingerprint sensing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: FINGERPRINT CARDS AB
    Inventors: Andreas Larsson, David Carling, Fredrik Ramberg, Hans Thörnblom
  • Patent number: 9805456
    Abstract: A method and system may assess the damage to infrastructure using aerial images captured from an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), a manned aerial vehicle (MAV) or from a satellite device. Specifically, an item of infrastructure may be identified for assessing damage. The UAV, MAV, or satellite device may then capture aerial images within an area which surrounds the identified infrastructure item. Subsequently, the aerial images may be analyzed to determine a condition and the extent and/or severity of the damage to the infrastructure item. Furthermore, the aerial images along with indications of the extent of the damage may be displayed on a computing device, where one indication of the severity of the damage surrounds another indication of the severity of the damage on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    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, Eric Haefli, Michael Shawn Jacob
  • Patent number: 9750646
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods and apparatuses for monitoring substrates advancing along a converting apparatus in a machine direction. The apparatus may include an analyzer connected with a line scan camera through a communication network. The analyzer may be configured as a field programmable gate array, an application specific integrated circuit, or a graphical processing unit. In addition, the line scan camera may include a linear array of pixel data and define a linear field of view, wherein the line scan camera is arranged such that the linear field of view extends in the machine direction. The apparatus may further include an illumination source that illuminates the linear field of view. In operation, the substrate is advanced in the machine direction such that a portion of the substrate advances through the linear field of view. In turn, the apparatus may be configured to perform various monitoring and/or control functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Stephen Michael Varga, Bradley Edward Walsh
  • Patent number: 9747489
    Abstract: Provided are an electric field type fingerprint identification apparatus and a state control method and a prosthesis identification method. The electric field type fingerprint identification apparatus includes a signal acquisition module and a signal processing module. In a case that a measuring state signal processing unit is electrically connected to a signal acquisition unit, a to-be-measured state signal processing unit is at least electrically connected to at least one signal acquisition unit peripheral to the signal acquisition unit in a measuring state. Charging and discharging processes of sensing capacitors electrically connected to the measuring state signal processing unit and the to-be-measured state signal processing unit are coordinated to restrain charging and discharging quantities of a parasitic capacitor between the signal acquisition unit in the measuring state and the signal acquisition unit in a to-be-measured state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventors: Lianghua Mo, Haijun Hu
  • Patent number: 9740359
    Abstract: Provided is a new capacitive touch detection device, detection method, and touch screen panel for detecting a touch signal by detecting a voltage difference of a sensor pattern from a driving voltage applied by an auxiliary capacitor, and to a display device having a built-in capacitive touch screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: G2TOUCH CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sung Ho Lee
  • Patent number: 9679188
    Abstract: A fingerprint sensor packaging module includes a light-pervious cover layer, a conductive pattern layer on the light-pervious cover layer, a finger sensing chip on the conductive pattern layer, a circuit board on the light-pervious cover layer, and a package member. The conductive pattern layer includes a plurality of pads. The fingerprint sensing chip is electrically connected to the conductive pattern layer by contacting to the pads. The circuit board is electrically connected to the conductive pattern layer and has a hole and the hole exposes the fingerprint sensing chip. The fingerprint sensing chip is disposed in the hole. The package member disposed in the hole and at least cover the fingerprint sensing chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: J-METRICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Wei-Ting Lin
  • Patent number: 9613414
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method and an accompanying system for inspecting objects (5) provided with a gas-barrier layer. The objects have at least one base layer (5a) of a first material, polyethylene or polypropylene, for example, and at least one gas-barrier layer of a different material, EVA or EVOH, for example. An image-recording module (6), such as an infrared camera, records an image of each object (5) and processes the images by means of a processing module (7) in such a way that faulty objects (5) are detected and eliminated. More specifically, the image recording module (6) creates the image of each object (5) within the invisible light spectrum, and the processing module (7) then examines the recorded image, wherein the presence, the absence or the thickness of the gas-barrier layer is determined on the basis of the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Finatec Holding AG
    Inventors: Matthias Schärer, Bernhard Kubalek, Fridolin Maibach, Matthias Hermle
  • Patent number: 9486290
    Abstract: A variety of systems and methods are described which enable quantitative information to be extracted regarding automated procedures, including those performed at a high speed that may require a user input, without having to interrupt the procedure. In addition, these systems and methods serve to provide information on one or more parameters of the automated procedure, whereby they may be modified, if required, to improve the automated procedure or the results from such a procedure. The systems and methods provided are especially useful in automated hair transplantation procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Restoration Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Gabriele Zingaretti, Mohan Bodduluri, Miguel G. Canales, Brian E. Tippett, Hui Zhang
  • Patent number: 9482622
    Abstract: In illustrative implementations of this invention, light sources illuminate a surface with multi-spectral, multi-directional illumination that varies in direction, wavelength, coherence and collimation. One or more cameras capture images of the surface while the surface is illuminated under different lighting conditions. One or more computers take, as input, data indicative of or derived from the images, and determine a classification of the surface. Based on the computed classification, the computers output signals to control an I/O device, such that content displayed by the I/O device depends, at least in part, on the computed classification. In illustrative implementations, this invention accurately classifies a wide range of surfaces, including transparent surfaces, specular surfaces, and surfaces with few features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Munehiko Sato, Ramesh Raskar, Boxin Shi, Alex Olwal
  • Patent number: 9476700
    Abstract: A shearography system and method provide advances allowing for rapid processing to produce shearograms which provide surface motion information which may be helpful in multiple fields. For instance, amongst virtually endless possibilities, the system and method may allow for detection of underground structures or ordnance and or be used in the medical field to provide non-contact sensing of a person's internal structures or movements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. DeWeert, Andrew N. Acker
  • Patent number: 9424488
    Abstract: An image processing method includes applying a segmentation engine to different mappings of a digital image, and generating primitives by tessellating non-congruent segments of the different mappings, where the primitives are defined by boundaries of the non-congruent segments in the different mappings. The method further includes classifying the primitives. Classifying the primitives is accomplished by assessing, using a plurality of classifiers, a quality of each segment of each mapping, and assigning a classification to each primitive based upon the assessing. Each of applying, generating and classifying is performed by a processor programmed by machine memory encoded with data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven J. Simske, Malgorzata M. Sturgill