Animal, Plant, Or Food Inspection Patents (Class 382/110)
  • Patent number: 11915366
    Abstract: The embodiments disclose a method comprising creating 3D models of an orchard with multiple plants in the form of a densified point cloud using oblique aerial RGB imaging and photogrammetry, identifying and segmenting individual plants of the orchard from the 3D models, simulating sunlight radiation in the 3D models, determining a shading effect of branches and neighboring plants on each individual plant at any time of the day, determining canopy light interception of each plant, analyzing canopy geometry of each plant in the 3D models, forecasting potential yield of each plant based on the measured canopy light interception and calculating nitrogen and water requirements of each plant based on the potential yield and other predetermined field, environmental and climate factors and validating the yield forecasting model using the canopy light interception data by measuring the actual yield for each plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventor: Alireza Pourreza
  • Patent number: 11908025
    Abstract: A method for controlling application of agrichemical products, comprises acquiring remotely sensed digital image data; developing a prescription to apply at least one agrichemical product in a variable manner based on at least the digital image data, wherein the prescription describes a plurality of passes of a particular autonomous vehicle over a field to apply the at least one agrichemical product; applying the at least one agrichemical product to a crop in the variable manner by the particular autonomous vehicle according to the prescription.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: CLIMATE LLC
    Inventor: Nick Nissing
  • Patent number: 11908122
    Abstract: In an illustrative embodiment, a system for identifying products on a production line includes image capturing devices that acquire images of containers moving along a production line at an inspection location. The system also includes a rejection device and a controller that configures the image capturing devices for image acquisition based on properties of the containers, identifies a product associated with each of the containers based on a portion of a product identification code and a portion of additional features detected in the images, and determines whether the identified product matches predetermined properties or characteristics, resulting in a pass result, otherwise a non-pass result occurs. When a non-pass result occurs, the controller outputs a signal to actuate the rejection device that removes the container from the production line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Sensors Incorporated
    Inventor: David J. Kotula
  • Patent number: 11896003
    Abstract: Implementations set forth herein relate to using fiducial markings on one or more localized portions of an agricultural apparatus in order to generate local and regional data that can be correlated for planning and executing agricultural maintenance. An array of fiducial markings can be disposed onto plastic mulch that surrounds individual crops, in order that each fiducial marking of the array can operate as a signature for each individual crop. Crop data, such as health and yield, corresponding to a particular crop can then be stored in association with a corresponding fiducial marking, thereby allowing the certain data for the particular crop to be tracked and analyzed. Furthermore, autonomous agricultural devices can rely on the crop data, over other sources of data, such as GPS satellites, thereby allowing the autonomous agricultural devices to be more reliable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: MINERAL EARTH SCIENCES LLC
    Inventor: Elliott Grant
  • Patent number: 11887351
    Abstract: System and method for imaging-based quality assessment of raw produce loads, including an imaging structure comprising a mounting beam, light sources; optical sensors, and additional sensors; wherein the mounting beam is configured to allow vertical, lateral and/or longitudinal and movement of the measurement chamber. The system also includes a processing unit configured to control the vertical, lateral and/or longitudinal movement of the measurement chamber relative to the mounting beam, control opto-mechanical parameters of the optical sensors, control the position, orientation, light projection and/or light intensity of the light sources; trigger signal acquisition, receiving and fusing spectral data from the optical sensors with data from the additional sensors; and feeding the fused data into machine learning algorithm and/or big-data analytics model, to derive internal and/or external quality attributes of the produce.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2023
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Inventors: Timea Ignat, Guy Morgan, Eliyahu Osherovich, Ze'ev Schmilovitch
  • Patent number: 11885683
    Abstract: A method of estimating chlorophyll content of a leaf including providing a device wherein the device includes a mobile computing device with a digital camera; and a peripheral removably attached to the mobile computing device, the peripheral including a light source aligned with the digital camera, wherein the peripheral provides for a space between the light source and the digital camera; capturing by the digital camera a first image of the light source turned on without the leaf interposed between the digital camera and the light source; retrieving exposure data of the first image; capturing by the digital camera a second image with the leaf interposed between the digital camera and the turned on light source; retrieving exposure data of the second image; and using a processor, estimating the chlorophyll content of the leaf based on the retrieved exposure data of the first and second images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: YARA INTERNATIONAL ASA
    Inventors: Idaly Ali, Matthew Lim, Robin Yeo, Zhide Loh, Muhammad Izuddin, Navin Twarakavi
  • Patent number: 11880981
    Abstract: This disclosure relates generally to estimating age of a leaf using morphological features extracted from segmented leaves. Traditionally, leaf age estimation requires a single leaf to be plucked from the plant and its image to be captured in a controlled environment. The method and system of the present disclosure obviates these needs and enables obtaining one or more full leaves from images captured in an uncontrolled environment. The method comprises segmenting the image to identify veins of the leaves that further enable obtaining the full leaves. The obtained leaves further enable identifying an associated plant species. The method also discloses some morphological features which are fed to a pre-trained multivariable linear regression model to estimate age of every leaf. The estimated leaf age finds application in estimation of multiple plant characteristics like photosynthetic rate, transpiration, nitrogen content and health of the plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: TATA CONSULTANCY SERVICES LIMITED
    Inventors: Prakruti Vinodchandra Bhatt, Sanat Sarangi, Srinivasu Pappula, Avil Saunshi
  • Patent number: 11875562
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods and systems for obtaining image information of an organism including a set of optical data; calculating a growth index based on the set of optical data; and calculating an anticipated harvest time based on the growth index, where the image information includes at least one of: (a) visible image data obtained from an image sensor and non-visible image data obtained from the image sensor, and (b) a set of image data from at least two image capture devices, where the at least two image capture devices capture the set of image data from at least two positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: Sony Group Corporation
    Inventors: Morio Ogura, Hirofumi Sumi
  • Patent number: 11856881
    Abstract: A computer system is provided comprising a classification model management server computer configured, by instructions, to: receive a new image from a user device; apply a first digital model to first regions within the new image for classifying each of the first regions into a particular class; apply a second digital model to second regions within the new image for classifying each of the second regions into a particular class; and transmit classification data related to the class of the first regions and the class of the second regions to the user device. In connection therewith, the second regions each generally correspond to a combination of multiple first regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2023
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: CLIMATE LLC
    Inventors: Wei Guan, Yichuan Gui
  • Patent number: 11861877
    Abstract: A system and method for detecting the origin of wooden planks in a sawmill is provided. The method scans surfaces of processed planks and, with the help of an AI algorithm comprising a deep-learning algorithm, determines the origin of said planks based on analysed parameters of the planks. The parameters used in the analysis are mainly properties of tool marks and the resulting analysis provides tools and equipment used. The deep learning algorithm may be in a self-learning mode or in a supervised training mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: BID GROUP TECHNOLOGIES LTD
    Inventors: Gabriel Beaudet, Francis Clement, Alexandre Prevost, Guy Morissette
  • Patent number: 11854237
    Abstract: A human body identification method, an electronic device and a storage medium, related to the technical field of artificial intelligence such as computer vision and deep learning, are provided. The method includes: inputting an image to be identified into a human body detection model, to obtain a plurality of preselected detection boxes; identifying a plurality of key points from each of the preselected detection boxes respectively according to a human body key point detection model, and obtaining a key point score of each of the key points; determining a target detection box from each of the preselected detection boxes, according to a number of the key points whose key point scores meet a key point threshold; and inputting the target detection box into a human body key point classification model, to obtain a human body identification result for the image to be identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: Beijing Baidu Netcom Science and Technology Co., LTD
    Inventors: Zipeng Lu, Jian Wang, Yuchen Yuan, Hao Sun, Errui Ding
  • Patent number: 11852618
    Abstract: A system and processing methods for configuring and utilizing a convolutional neural network (CNN) for plant disease recognition are disclosed. In some embodiments, the system is programmed to collect photos of infected plants or leaves where regions showing symptoms of infecting diseases are marked. Each photo may have multiple marked regions. Depending on how the symptoms are sized or clustered, one marked region may include only one lesion caused by one disease, while another may include multiple, closely-spaced lesions caused by one disease. The system is programmed to determine anchor boxes having distinct aspect ratios from these marked regions for each convolutional layer of a single shot multibox detector (SSD). For certain types of plants, common diseases lead to relatively many aspect ratios, some having relatively extreme values. The system is programmed to then train the SSD using the marked regions and the anchor boxes and apply the SSD to new photos to identify diseased plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: CLIMATE LLC
    Inventors: Yichuan Gui, Wei Guan
  • Patent number: 11844298
    Abstract: A system for managing the dosing of inputs to be applied to a surface includes an electronic device housed on board an agricultural machine and a remote management server. The electronic device includes a weather sensor for measuring a weather condition, a central unit for collecting a weather datum containing information relating to the measured weather condition, and first communication means for transmitting the weather datum to the management server. The management server includes a processor for processing the weather datum and usage-specific data so as to generate a dosing recommendation for the inputs on the basis of a predetermined and learning dosing model, and second transmission means for transmitting the dosing recommendation to a communication terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: ALVIE 1
    Inventors: Nadir Ghrous, Edita Bezegova
  • Patent number: 11842537
    Abstract: Example systems, methods, and non-transitory computer readable media are directed to determining a geographic location to be assessed; obtaining information associated with the geographic location, the information including at least one data point of the geographic location; classifying one or more habitats within the geographic location based on at least one machine learning model that processes the at least one data point of the geographic location; determining at least one respective metric for the one or more classified habitats based at least in part on the at least one data point of the geographic location; and providing an interface that includes at least a map of the geographic location and the at least one respective metric for the one or more classified habitats, the one or more classified habitats are visually segmented in the map by habitat type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: AIDash, Inc.
    Inventors: Pritesh Jain, Stephen A. Marland
  • Patent number: 11837107
    Abstract: A technique for controlling a human machine interface is provided. A first task includes outputting a predefined criterion applicable to each of a plurality of physical objects. Each object is associated with a category within a group of at least pairwise disjoint categories with the criterion fulfilled for each object in a first category and not fulfilled for each object in a second category. Controlling the HMI for the first task includes repeatedly performing the steps of rendering an object; monitoring the HMI for an input during a predefined first time period after the rendering of the object; and updating a first metric indicative of a performance measurement in the first task. The method further comprises rendering a plurality of receptacles each enclosing one of the objects for a second task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: UNIVERSITÉ DE FRIBOURG
    Inventors: Lucas Spierer, Maurizio Rigamonti, Hugo Najberg
  • Patent number: 11832595
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a system and a method for identification of individual animals based on images, such as 3D-images, of the animals, especially of cattle and cows. When animals live in areas or enclosures where they freely move around, it can be complicated to identify the individual animal. The present disclosure relates to a method for determining the identity of an individual animal in a population of animals with known identity, the method comprising the steps of acquiring at least one image of the back of a preselected animal, extracting data from said at least one image relating to the anatomy of the back and/or topology of the back of the preselected animal, and comparing and/or matching said extracted data against reference data corresponding to the anatomy of the back and/or topology of the back of the animals with known identity, thereby identifying the preselected animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Viking Genetics FmbA
    Inventors: Soren Borchersen, Claus Borggaard, Niels Worsoe Hansen
  • Patent number: 11823447
    Abstract: There is achieved short-time measurement of a measurement target such as a farm field with high accuracy. Therefore, processing is performed on a sampling image obtained by the imaging of a part of a range as a measurement target with a multi spectrum camera that performs imaging to capture images in a plurality of different wavelength bands. Then, arithmetic processing is performed on the sampling image as a processing target to generate a calculation result image serving as evaluation information for the entire measurement target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: Sony Group Corporation
    Inventor: Tetsu Ogawa
  • Patent number: 11823408
    Abstract: A maize ear scanning device and computer vision kernel counting pipeline is used to analyze a maize ear. The process of analyzing the maize ear comprises: placing the ear on a rotating motor, fastened at the top with a metal pin on the sliding portion of the scanner; starting the motor's rotation; capturing an image of rotating ear with camera; converting rotating ear video into flat image by extracting individual frames, cropping to center horizontal pixel row, and concatenating all pixel rows; and running computer vision pipeline on image to identify seed locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Cedar Warman, John E. Fowler
  • Patent number: 11823388
    Abstract: A farming machine moves through a field and includes an image sensor that captures an image of a plant in the field. A control system accesses the captured image and applies the image to a machine learned plant identification model. The plant identification model identifies pixels representing the plant and categorizes the plant into a plant group (e.g., plant species). The identified pixels are labeled as the plant group and a location of the pixels is determined. The control system actuates a treatment mechanism based on the identified plant group and location. Additionally, the images from the image sensor and the plant identification model may be used to generate a plant identification map. The plant identification map is a map of the field that indicates the locations of the plant groups identified by the plant identification model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2023
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: BLUE RIVER TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Grant Padwick, William Louis Patzoldt, Benjamin Kahn Cline, Olgert Denas, Sonali Subhash Tanna
  • Patent number: 11821888
    Abstract: A diagnostic support for a skin includes a radio-transparent structure that defines a folding surface of the skin and on which the skin may be stretched and consequently folded, thereby defining folded, mutually superimposed portions spaced apart from each other. The support may be used for radiographic inspection of a folded animal skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: EPICA INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Damiano Fortuna, Leonardo Manetti, Dario Brugnoli, Giulio Raimondi, Daniele Pasciuto, Giovanni De Santis, Corrado Taviani
  • Patent number: 11803958
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to methods and systems for determining muscle fascicle fracturing in a meat sample. In one embodiment, the methods and systems disclosed herein use automated methods to determine muscle fascicle fracturing. Methods and systems disclosed herein comprise imaging a meat sample with an imaging device to obtain one or more images; and using an iteratively trained training detection model to determine an objective classification, including the presence or absence of muscle fascicle fracturing in the images of the meat sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: TRIUMPH FOODS LLC
    Inventors: Emily Arkfeld, Barry Wiseman, Matt England
  • Patent number: 11804293
    Abstract: The present application relates to the use of soft nano material integrated to micro-electronics circuit to detect signals from nutritional substances and the subsequent conversion of these signals into format suitable for a trained machine learning model through pre-processing steps prior to sending to the machine learning model as well as the output format of the machine learning model and post processing in order to obtain a final determination of the quality and predicted expiration date of a nutritional substance within a probabilistic confidence level. The application encompasses a soft nano-material integrated with micro-electronics for signal capture and an analytics platform for machine learning model training, classification and prediction with a probabilistic confidence level result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Inventor: Annie Mafotsing Soh
  • Patent number: 11785889
    Abstract: A method and a system for determining an indicator of processing quality of an agricultural harvested material using a mobile device is disclosed. A computing unit analyzes image data of a prepared sample of harvested material containing grain components and non-grain components in an analytical routine to determine the indicator of the processing quality of the agricultural harvested material. Further, the computing unit uses a trained machine learning model in the analytical routine to perform at least one step of determining the indicator of the processing quality of the agricultural harvested material and that the computing unit adjusts at least one machine parameter of the forage harvester based on the indicator of processing quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Sven Carsten Belau, Frédéric Fischer, Christoph Heitmann, Ingo Bönig
  • Patent number: 11778991
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer-storage media, for escape detection and mitigation for aquaculture. In some implementations, a method includes obtaining one or more images that depict one or more fish within a population of fish that are located within an enclosure; providing, to one or more detection models configured to classify fish that are depicted within the images as likely being member or as likely not being member of a type of fish, the one or images; generating, as a result of providing the one or more images to the one or more detection models, a value that reflects a quantity of fish that are depicted in the images that are likely a member of the type of fish; and detecting a condition based at least on the value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventor: Barnaby John James
  • Patent number: 11763557
    Abstract: One or more images are used to analyze permanent cropland. The images can be obtained from one or more sensors on an aerial vehicle including, but not limited to, UAVs. The analysis of the permanent cropland includes, but is not limited to, analyzing the plants growing in the permanent cropland or analyzing the permanent crops growing on the plants. In one embodiment, the analysis can include estimating a total yield of the permanent crops where the estimated permanent crop yield is more accurate than the estimated yield obtained using traditional methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: Sentera, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory Emerick
  • Patent number: 11758847
    Abstract: A residue vision system includes a harvesting machine configured to traverse a field and harvest an agricultural material, a residue distribution system carried by the harvesting machine and configured to distribute a residue of the agricultural material onto a first harvested area of the field, at least one camera coupled to the harvesting machine and configured to acquire an image of a second harvested area of the field, and an electronic control unit in communication with the at least one camera and the residue distribution system. The electronic control unit is configured to analyze the image acquired by the at least one camera, and in response to the analysis adjust the residue distribution system to adjust distribution of the residue onto the first harvested area of the field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Nathan R. Vandike, Andrea M. Agarwal
  • Patent number: 11756431
    Abstract: A device may receive sensor data and video data associated with a vehicle, and may process the sensor data, with a rule-based detector model, to determine whether a probability of a vehicle accident satisfies a first threshold. The device may preprocess acceleration data of the sensor data to generate calibrated acceleration data, and may process the calibrated acceleration data, with an anomaly detector model, to determine whether the calibrated acceleration data includes anomalies. The device may filter the sensor data to generate filtered sensor data, and may process the filtered sensor data and anomaly data, with a decision model, to determine whether the probability of the vehicle accident satisfies a second threshold. The device may process the filtered sensor data, the anomaly data, and the video data, with a machine learning model, to determine whether the vehicle accident has occurred, and may perform one or more actions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: Verizon Connect Development Limited
    Inventors: Leonardo Taccari, Luca Kubin, Tommaso Bianconcini, Andrea Benericetti, Leonardo Sarti, Tommaso Innocenti
  • Patent number: 11748669
    Abstract: The method for classifying ambiguous objects, including: determining initial labels for an image set; determining N training sets from the initially-labelled image set; training M annotation models using the N training sets; determining secondary labels for each image of the image set using the M trained annotation models; and determining final labels for the image set based on the secondary labels. The method can optionally include training a runtime model using images from the image set labeled with the final labels; and optionally using the runtime model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: June Life, Inc.
    Inventors: Nikhil Bhogal, Nishit Kumar, Jithendra Paruchuri
  • Patent number: 11741589
    Abstract: An electronic data processor is configured to estimate a spatial region of interest of plant pixels of one or more target plants in the obtained image data for a harvestable plant component and its associated harvestable plant component pixels of the harvestable plant component. The electronic data processor is configured to identify the component pixels of a harvestable plant component within the obtained image data of plant pixels of the one or more target plants. An edge, boundary or outline of the component pixels is determined. The data processor is configured to detect a size of the harvestable plant component based on the determined edge, boundary or outline of the identified component pixels. A user interface is configured to provide the detected size of the harvestable plant component for the one or more target plants as an indicator of yield of the one or more plants or standing crop in the field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Noel W. Anderson, Gurmukh H. Advani, Benjamin M. Smith
  • Patent number: 11723305
    Abstract: Providing objective analysis of performance results of power equipment devices are detailed throughout this disclosure. Image data of vegetation cut by a power equipment device can be captured and uploaded to a server for analysis. Data pertinent to the performance results, such as environment conditions, mechanical parameter settings, type of vegetation or turf, and so forth can be submitted with the image data in some disclosed aspects. Analysis results, optionally in conjunction with adjustment data for adjusting mechanical settings of the power equipment can be provided in response to the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Assignee: MTD PRODUCTS INC
    Inventor: John Coleman
  • Patent number: 11720650
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a method can include receiving first images of produce. The method can further include executing a first machine learning model to generate second images of produce based on the first images of produce. The first images of produce can include (1) images of non-bagged produce or (2) images of bagged produce. The second images of produce can include the other of (1) images of non-bagged produce or (2) images of bagged produce. The method can further include training a second machine learning model based on the first images of produce and the second images of produce. The method can further include executing, after the training, the second machine learning model to classify as a bagged produce or a non-bagged produce an image not included in the first images and not included in the second images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2023
    Assignee: Tiliter Pty Ltd.
    Inventors: Christopher Bradley Rodney Sampson, Sufyan Asghar, Rui Dong
  • Patent number: 11715191
    Abstract: A method and a system for automated plant surveillance and manipulation are provided. Pursuant to the method and the system, images of target plants are obtained through a machine vision system having multiple cameras. The obtained images of the target plants are processed to determine tissue candidates of the target plants and to determine a position and an orientation of each tissue candidate. A tool is manipulated, based on the position and the orientation of each tissue candidate, to excise each tissue candidate to obtain tissue samples. The tissue samples are transported for subsequently manipulation including live processing of the tissue samples or destructive processing of the tissue samples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Assignee: UT-BATTELLE, LLC
    Inventors: Udaya C. Kalluri, Andrzej Nycz, Lonnie J. Love, Vincent C. Paquit, Xiaohan Yang, Samuel C. Leach, Harold Walters
  • Patent number: 11712008
    Abstract: A method for generating a localized data map, the method including (a) traversing an area with a machine, the machine including at least one sensor, wherein the sensor is configured to receive data; (b) collecting data of the area utilizing the sensor; and (c) communicating the data to generate a localized data map. A system and method for generating a localized turf grass data map, the method including (a) traversing an area of turf grass with an outdoor power equipment machine, the outdoor power equipment machine including at least one sensor, wherein the sensor is configured to receive data; (b) collecting turf grass data utilizing the sensor; and (c) communicating the turf grass data to generate a localized turf grass data map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Assignee: MTD PRODUCTS INC
    Inventors: John Coleman, Peter Hoffman
  • Patent number: 11696542
    Abstract: Techniques are described for generating population counts for seed production plants based on one or more images obtained from a camera on an aerial vehicle including, but not limited to, UAVs. The image(s) is processed to identify the plurality of rows of seed production plants, classify each one of the identified rows as either male or female, and produce a count of the number of seed production plants in the male rows and produce a count of the number of seed production plants in the female rows. The seed production plants can be corn seed plants or any other type of seed production plant in which male and female seed production plants can be distinguished from one another based on one or more aerial images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2023
    Assignee: Sentera, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Muehlfeld, Elliott Imhoff
  • Patent number: 11694397
    Abstract: In one aspect of the present application, a computer-implemented method for setting a local coordinate system of a tooth 3D digital model is provided, the method comprises: obtaining a first 3D digital model representing a first tooth, wherein the first 3D digital model is based on a world coordinate system; and setting a local coordinate system for the first 3D digital model using a first artificial neural network based on the first 3D digital model, where the first artificial neural network is a trained deep learning artificial neural network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2023
    Assignee: WUXI EA MEDICAL INSTRUMENTS TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
    Inventors: Yang Feng, Xiaolin Liu, Bowen Zhou
  • Patent number: 11694434
    Abstract: Various embodiments of an apparatus, methods, systems and computer program products described herein are directed to an agricultural observation and treatment system and method of operation. The agricultural treatment system may determine a first real-world geo-spatial location of the treatment system. The system can receive captured images depicting real-world agricultural objects of a geographic scene. The system can associate captured images with the determined geo-spatial location of the treatment system. The treatment system can identify, from a group of mapped and indexed images, images having a second real-word geo-spatial location that is proximate with the first real-world geo-spatial location. The treatment system can compare at least a portion of the identified images with at least a portion of the captured images. The treatment system can determine a target object and emit a fluid projectile at the target object using a treatment device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2023
    Assignee: Verdant Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Gabriel Thurston Sibley, Lorenzo Ibarria, Curtis Dale Garner, Patrick Christopher Leger, Andre Robert Daniel Michelin, John Phillip Hurliman, II, Wisit Jirattigalochote, Hasan Tafish
  • Patent number: 11694366
    Abstract: A first obtaining unit obtains two images obtained by capturing images of an inspection target object under different capturing environments with different illumination conditions inputted by a user. A second obtaining unit obtains area information that specifies two types of areas set by the user regarding an area in each image. The two types of areas include a reference area serving as a reference for comparison between the areas and a comparison target area serving as a target of comparison. A converting unit generates color conversion parameters for carrying out color conversion such that a color value of the reference area in one image coincides with a color value of the reference area in the other image. A deriving unit derives a color difference between the reference area and the comparison target area regarding each of the two images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2023
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kimitaka Arai
  • Patent number: 11681997
    Abstract: Computer vision grouping recognition is provided by receiving training images that include unpackaged items; identifying, by a computer vision model, a candidate identities for unpackaged items in a given training image; receiving, from a human user, a selected identity for the unpackaged item as feedback for the candidate identity; constructing a confusion matrix tallying matches and mismatches between candidate identities and the selected identities as analyzed across the training images for each unpackaged item; identifying at least one product category that includes at least a first unpackaged item and a second unpackaged item that the confusion matrix indicates as being misidentified for each other by the computer vision model; and reconfiguring the computer vision model to identify the product category instead of the first unpackaged item or the second unpackaged item when analyzing a given image including one or more of the first unpackaged item or the second unpackaged item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Assignee: Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions Holdings Corporation
    Inventors: Evgeny Shevtsov, Charles Ray Kirk, J. Wacho Slaughter, Andrei Khaitas, Srija Ganguly, Yevgeni Tsirulnik
  • Patent number: 11673166
    Abstract: A seed imaging system for imaging seeds includes a seed transfer station configured to move seeds through the system. An imaging assembly includes a first camera mounted relative to the seed transfer station and configured to acquire images of the seeds as the seeds move through the system. A second camera is mounted relative to the seed transfer station and is configured to acquire images of the seeds as the seeds move through the system. The second camera has an imaging modality different from an imaging modality of the first camera. First and second cameras may be disposed above and below the seed transfer stations, such as a transparent belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Assignee: Monsanto Technology LLC
    Inventors: Eric L. Borrowman, Govind Chaudhary, Hsin-Chen Chen, Jeffrey L. Kohne, Johnny J. Kotyk, Louis M. Pompe van Meerdevoort, Randall K. Rader, Brad D. White, Chi Zhang
  • Patent number: 11666004
    Abstract: A method includes obtaining data measurements associated with plants in at least one growing area. The plants have a common genotype and are grown under different growing or environmental conditions in the at least one growing area. The data measurements are associated with one or more characteristics of the plants and multiple characteristics of the growing or environmental conditions. The method also includes processing at least some of the data measurements to identify one or more of the growing or environmental conditions associated with at least one desired characteristic being expressed in the plants being grown. The method further includes outputting an identification of the one or more growing or environmental conditions identified as achieving a specific genotype or phenotype trait for the plants. The specific genotype or phenotype trait is associated with the at least one desired characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: Ecoation Innovative Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory E. Stewart, Adrian M. Fuxman, Lino E. Coria Mendoza, Saber Miresmailli, Allison Marie Christensen
  • Patent number: 11669976
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed to objectively identify sub-second behavioral modules in the three-dimensional (3D) video data that represents the motion of a subject. Defining behavioral modules based upon structure in the 3D video data itself—rather than using a priori definitions for what should constitute a measurable unit of action—identifies a previously-unexplored sub-second regularity that defines a timescale upon which behavior is organized, yields important information about the components and structure of behavior, offers insight into the nature of behavioral change in the subject, and enables objective discovery of subtle alterations in patterned action. The systems and methods of the invention can be applied to drug or gene therapy classification, drug or gene therapy screening, disease study including early detection of the onset of a disease, toxicology research, side-effect study, learning and memory process study, anxiety study, and analysis in consumer behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: President and Fellows of Harvard College
    Inventors: Sandeep Robert Datta, Matthew J. Johnson, Alexander B. Wiltschko
  • Patent number: 11663802
    Abstract: Provided in the present disclosure are an insect identification method and system. The system comprises a client and a server, and the client is connected to the server. The method comprises: the client acquires an image photograph that is captured by a target user and that contains an insect to be identified, acquires an insect region in the image photograph, slices the insect region to obtain an insect image, and sends the insect image to the server; the server identifies the insect image by invoking an insect species identification model deployed in the server, and sends the identification result to the client; and the client pushes the identification result to the target user. By applying the solution provided in the present disclosure, the problem in the prior art in which insect identification is very difficult and has low accuracy may be solved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Assignee: Hangzhou Glority Software Limited
    Inventors: Qingsong Xu, Qing Li
  • Patent number: 11645726
    Abstract: Provided are a computer program product, system, and method for generating constraints based on reported crop arrivals to marketplaces and remote sensed data to estimate farm yields of farm fields. A total arrival quantity constraint for a marketplace is generated comprising a function of a reported arrival of crops at a marketplace and an estimated arrival to the marketplace comprising a sum of farm yields for the farm fields, wherein the farm yields comprise variables to optimize. Sensed data of the farm fields is used to determine relationships of the farm yields for the farm fields. Comparative farm yield constraints are generated comprising relationships of the farm yields for different pairs of farms. A constraint optimization problem is solved based on the total arrival quantity constraint and comparative farm yield constraints to calculate the farm yields of the farm fields.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sushain Pandit, Smitkumar Narotambhai Marvaniya, Mohit Jain, Wesley Richards, Dean Daskalantonakis, Jagabondhu Hazra
  • Patent number: 11636588
    Abstract: Apparatus for assessing paddy rice grains including: a light source; a camera secured in a fixed position spaced from the light source; and a grain tray mountable between the light source and the camera. The grain tray defines openings dimensioned to receive the paddy rice grains. The light source is operable in a first mode to illuminate one end of at least some of the openings, and operable in a second mode to illuminate the opposed end of the at least some of the openings. The camera is operable to capture a first image of the at least some of the openings simultaneously with the light source being operated in the first mode, and a second image of the at least some of the openings simultaneously with the light source being operated in the second mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2023
    Assignee: Ricegrowers Limited
    Inventors: Mark Jeffrey Talbot, Trevor Ian Peacock
  • Patent number: 11631244
    Abstract: A method of evaluating one or more kernels of an ear of maize using digital imagery that includes acquiring a digital image of the one or more kernels of the ear of maize without the use of spatial reference points, processing the digital image to estimate at least one physical property of the one or more kernels of the ear of maize from the digital image, and evaluating the at least one kernel of maize using the estimate of the at least one physical property of the at least one kernel of maize. The method includes using one or more such digital images to estimate yield on a plant, management zone, field, county and country level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Inventors: Chad Clifford Berghoefer, Travis Allen Hanselman, Neil J Hausmann, Carlos Messina
  • Patent number: 11631242
    Abstract: Selection of an evaluation index based upon statistical values of respective evaluation indices is disclosed. In one example, an information processing apparatus comprises an evaluation index unit that determines a plurality of evaluation indices on a basis of imaging data obtained by imaging a subject, wherein the evaluation indices are respectively based upon different wavelength component combinations of the imaging data. An evaluation value unit determines an evaluation value based on a statistical value of each of the evaluation indices, for each of the evaluation indices. A selection unit then determines a selected evaluation index from the evaluation indices on a basis of the evaluation values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Assignee: Sony Group Corporation
    Inventors: Masatoshi Takashima, Hideki Date, Yu Kitamura
  • Patent number: 11615276
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a computer-implemented method is disclosed. The method comprises receiving a plant image from a user device and applying a first digital model to first regions within the image for classifying each of the first regions into a class of a first set of classes corresponding to a first plurality of plant diseases, a healthy condition, or a combination of a second plurality of plant diseases. The method also includes applying a second digital model to one or more second regions within the image for classifying each of the one or more second regions into a class of a second set of classes corresponding to the second plurality of plant diseases. The method then includes transmitting classification data related to the classes of the first set of classes and the classes of the second set of classes to the user device into which the regions are classified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2023
    Assignee: CLIMATE LLC
    Inventors: Wei Guan, Yichuan Gui
  • Patent number: 11604947
    Abstract: Implementations are described herein for automatically generating quasi-realistic synthetic training images that are usable as training data for training machine learning models to perceive various types of plant traits in digital images. In various implementations, multiple labeled simulated images may be generated, each depicting simulated and labeled instance(s) of a plant having a targeted plant trait. In some implementations, the generating may include stochastically selecting features of the simulated instances of plants from a collection of plant assets associated with the targeted plant trait. The collection of plant assets may be obtained from ground truth digital image(s). In some implementations, the ground truth digital image(s) may depict real-life instances of plants having the target plant trait.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Assignee: X DEVELOPMENT LLC
    Inventors: Kangkang Wang, Bodi Yuan, Lianghao Li, Zhiqiang Yuan
  • Patent number: 11596157
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for realizing batch-based traceability for pork based on a QR code. Based on the QR code, user information is added to a web address carried by the QR code to realize the traceability for the pork. The method includes: 1) registering basic information of pigs in breeding and brokering processes; 2) printing an initial traceability QR code of a carcass in a slaughtering process; 3) adding user information to the initial traceability QR code in a selling process, and updating the user information to the traceability system; and 4) scanning the traceability QR code to recall data of the traceability system in a catering process to achieve transparent information. The pork and pork products are traced from production process to the selling process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Assignee: Jilin University
    Inventor: Taibo Chen
  • Patent number: 11589559
    Abstract: Methods to conserve a sensor's power include training a model to predict a condition of an animal with a training data set, wherein the training data set comprises known outcomes associated with behavioral data and health data for a plurality of animals; sensing, with a sensor worn by a monitored animal, behavioral data and health data of the monitored animal; inputting the behavioral data and health data of the monitored animal into the model; predicting a condition of the monitored animal with the model based on the inputted behavioral data and health data; and configuring a parameter of the sensor associated with the monitored animal based on the predicted condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: FARM JENNY LLC
    Inventors: L. Robert Crouthamel, Tammy L. Crouthamel, Nathanial R. Drake