Animal, Plant, Or Food Inspection Patents (Class 382/110)
  • Patent number: 10262407
    Abstract: A system and method for identifying developmental anomalies. The method includes obtaining a first set of at least one multimedia content element showing at least one crop and captured using a first set of at least one capturing parameter; obtaining normal development data for the at least one crop, wherein the normal development data represents at least one normal development characteristic of the at least one crop; analyzing, via machine vision, the first set of at least one multimedia content element to identify a first set of at least one characteristic of the at least one crop; determining, based on the first set of at least one characteristic and the normal development data, whether a suspected anomaly is identified; and verifying if the suspected anomaly is an anomaly using a second set of at least one multimedia content element captured using a second set of at least one capturing parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Prospera Technologies, Ltd.
    Inventors: Raviv Itzhaky, Daniel Koppel, Simeon Shpiz
  • Patent number: 10251386
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the present application, a bird deterrence system is proposed comprising a laser device for producing a laser beam; comprising scanning equipment for rotating the laser beam at designated lateral and elevational angular speeds relative to the normal axis; a power supply for feeding the laser device and the scanning equipment; and a control unit for controlling the laser device and scanning equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Bird Control Group, B.V.
    Inventors: Steinar Finn Boye Henskes, Pim Roelof Clement Tammes, Tim Sprang, Pepijn Bastiaan Cox
  • Patent number: 10226053
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for monitoring a meat processing machine having a meat processing unit for processing input meat products fed thereto into output meat products, an input sensor unit, and a control unit for controlling the meat processing unit, wherein the control unit is connected to the input sensor unit, comprising the steps: feeding input meat products to the meat processing unit, acquiring input product data, in particular geometric data and/or weight data, of the input meat product fed to the meat processing unit by means of the input sensor unit, and determining a tolerance variable for a yield-relevant processing parameter by means of a mathematical model or a database, in each case depending on the acquired input product data. The invention further relates to a meat processing machine for performing the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Nordischer Maschinenbau Rud. Baader GmbH + Co., KG
    Inventors: Ulf Jacobsen, Henning B. Pedersen
  • Patent number: 10212876
    Abstract: Methods and systems are presented for making good use of recently obtained biometric data and for configuring propagule capsules for deployment via an unmanned vehicle so that each has an improved chance of survival.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: DRONESEED CO.
    Inventors: Matthew M. Aghai, Grant Canary, John Thomson, Robert Alexander Krob
  • Patent number: 10209242
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a fluorescence histo-tomography (FHT) system is disclosed. The FHT system includes a housing, a fluorescence camera located within the housing, a white light camera located within the housing, and a fluorescence light source located within the housing. The FHT system further includes a support mount configured to support the housing within a chamber of a slicing apparatus such that the cameras and fluorescence light source are aimed towards a block face of a tissue specimen retained within the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: EMIT IMAGING, INC.
    Inventors: John W. Hoppin, John V. Frangioni, Robert William Holt, Mohammed Q. Qutaish, Marc Edward Seaman, Mark W. Bordo, Jacob Yost Hesterman
  • Patent number: 10178828
    Abstract: At least one sensor carried by a mobile machine senses a sensed forage crop attribute value independent of plant population for an individual forage plant. A processing unit derives a derived forage crop attribute value based on the sensed forage crop attribute value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Larry L. Hendrickson, Niels Dybro, Noel W. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10172299
    Abstract: A rover includes a base having wheels and a propulsion system coupled to the wheels to propel the rover around a field. A tower is coupled to the base and extends over the base. Sensors are set on the tower and the base and are configured to sense environmental conditions around the rover at different elevations. A computing system includes a processor and memory. The memory is configured to receive measured data from the sensors and determine an amount and manner of water to be dispensed on plant life in the field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Sergio A. Bermudez Rodriguez, Levente Klein, Alejandro G. Schrott, Theodore G. van Kessel
  • Patent number: 10146993
    Abstract: A non-invasive biometrical identification method and system (100) of animals, comprising: receiving characteristic data of an individual from at least one biometric sensor (102); processing the characteristic data to form biometric data identifying minutiae based skin markings of the individual and biometric data identifying physical characteristics of the individual; evaluating the biometric data identifying minutiae based skin markings of the individual and biometric data identifying physical characteristics of the individual to form biometric characteristic data of the individual; comparing the biometric characteristic findings of the individual to characteristic data of predetermined registered individuals; determining whether the individual is registered; giving the individual a unique identification if the individual is not registered; and registering the unique identification in a data storage (112).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: ADVANCED APPLIED TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
    Inventors: Kjell Ivar Kasin, Clas Gerhard Sivertsen
  • Patent number: 10095225
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, there is provided a quality controlling device including: a predictor, a frequency calculator, and an implementing signal creator. The predictor employs a prediction model that associates an inspection result value of a first inspection with a predicted value being a value relating to a possibility of pass or failure in a second inspection and calculates the predicted value from an inspection result value that is obtained for an inspection target in the first inspection. The frequency calculator calculates, for the inspection target, an implementation frequency to implement the second inspection in accordance with the predicted value calculated by the predictor. The implementing signal creator creates a signal that indicates, for the inspection target, necessity of implementing the second inspection in accordance with the implementation frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Toshiaki Ohgushi, Takeichiro Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 10078784
    Abstract: Methods and systems are presented for obtaining photographic data recently taken via one or more airborne vehicles (drones, e.g.) and for prioritizing forestry-related review and decision-making as an automatic response to the content of the photographic data even where remote decision-makers are only available via limited-bandwidth connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: DRONESEED CO.
    Inventors: Jeff Prouty, Logan Ullyott, Grant Canary
  • Patent number: 10074041
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for deep learning and classifying images of objects by receiving images of objects for training or classification of the objects; producing fine-grained labels of the objects; providing object images to a multi-class convolutional neural network (CNN) having a softmax layer and a final fully connected layer to explicitly model bipartite-graph labels (BGLs); and optimizing the CNN with global back-propagation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Feng Zhou, Yuanqing Lin
  • Patent number: 10059001
    Abstract: An image acquisition unit acquires an image including an object, and a controller starts a visual servo using the acquired image, on the basis of at least one of an error in calibration, an error in installation of a robot, an error resulting from the rigidity of the robot, an error of a position where the robot has gripped the object, an error regarding imaging, and an error regarding a work environment. Additionally, the controller starts the visual servo when the distance between one point of a working unit of the robot and the object is equal to or greater than 2 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Miyazawa, Yukihiro Yamaguchi, Nobuhiro Karito
  • Patent number: 10058076
    Abstract: A method of monitoring an infectious disease, a system using the same, and a recording medium for performing the same are provided. The infectious disease monitoring system includes an imaging device for capturing and transmitting image data on animals managed in a barn, a first server for determining whether a subject suspected of having an infectious disease is detected from the image data and, when the subject suspected of having the infectious disease is detected, transmitting a signal along with the image data, a second server for confirming an occurrence of the infectious disease by analyzing the image data of the subject suspected of having the infectious disease, and transmitting a warning signal when confirmed the occurrence of the infectious disease, and a manager terminal for requesting the image data on the animals to the first server upon receipt of the warning signal and displaying the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Foundation of Soongsil University-Industry Cooperation
    Inventors: Youngjoon Han, Cheongshim Ko, Namki Lee, Hwanik Chung, Seungmo Hong, Youngtak Kim
  • Patent number: 10051832
    Abstract: A system includes a robotic arm, an imaging device coupled to the robotic arm, a tail positioner coupled to the robotic arm, and a processor. The imaging device captures imaging data of a rearview of a dairy livestock through a field of view of the imaging device. The tail positioner is able to move from a down position to an up position. The processor is coupled to both the imaging device and the tail positioner and is configured to identify a tail of the dairy livestock within the imaging data captured by the imaging device and send one or more instructions to raise the tail positioner from the down position to the up position, thereby moving the tail out of the field of view of the imaging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Technologies Holdings Corp.
    Inventors: Mark A. Foresman, Peter Willem van der Sluis, Robert J. Godfrey
  • Patent number: 10028452
    Abstract: An example plant monitoring system can include sensors connected to a horticultural monitor. The sensors can measure the soil, the environment, individual plant characteristics, etc. At least one horticultural monitor can send sensor data to a local beacon. The local beacon can then receive the data and send it to cloud resources which can process the data. The cloud resources can determine the health of the plant and monitor its development. A user can track this health and development using an interaction device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: BEESPROUT, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Workman, Maria Bocanegra
  • Patent number: 10013750
    Abstract: Disclosed are object detection method, display methods and apparatuses. The method includes obtaining slice data of inspected luggage in the CT system; generating 3D volume data of objects in the luggage from the slice data; for each object, determining a semantic description including at least a quantifier description of the object based on the 3D volume data; and upon reception of a user selection of an object, presenting the semantic description of the selected object while displaying a 3D image of the object. The above solutions can create a 3D model for objects in the inspected luggage in a relatively accurate manner, and thus provide better basis for subsequent shape feature extraction and security inspection, and reduce omission factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignees: Tsinghua University, Nuctech Company Limited
    Inventors: Li Zhang, Zhiqiang Chen, Ziran Zhao, Qiang Li, Jianping Gu, Yunda Sun
  • Patent number: 9984183
    Abstract: A method of identifying and classifying social complex behaviors among a group of model organisms, comprising implanting at least one RFID transponder in each model organism in said group of model organisms; enclosing said group of model organisms in a monitored space divided into RFID monitored segments; RFID tracking a position of each model organism by reading said at least one RFID transponder in each model organism over a period of time; capturing a sequence of images of each model organism over said period of time; and calculating at least one spatiotemporal model of each model organism based on time synchronization of said RFID tracked position of said model organism with said sequence of images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Yeda Research and Development Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Tali Kimchi, Aharon Weissbrod, Genadiy Vasserman
  • Patent number: 9984470
    Abstract: A system that includes a three-dimensional (3D) camera configured to capture a 3D image of a rearview of a dairy livestock in a stall, a memory, and a processor. The processor is configured to obtain the 3D image, identify one or more regions within the 3D image comprising depth values greater than a depth value threshold, and apply the thigh gap detection rule set to the one or more regions to identify a thigh gap region. The processor is further configured to demarcate an access region within the thigh gap region and demarcate a tail detection region. The processor is further configured to partition the 3D image within the tail detection region to generate a plurality of image depth planes, examine each of the plurality of image depth planes, and determine position information for the tail of the dairy livestock in response to identifying the tail of the dairy livestock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Technologies Holdings Corp.
    Inventors: Mark A. Foresman, Bradley J. Prevost
  • Patent number: 9977980
    Abstract: A “Food Logger” provides various approaches for learning or training one or more image-based models (referred to herein as “meal models”) of nutritional content of meals. This training is based on one or more datasets of images of meals in combination with “meal features” that describe various parameters of the meal. Examples of meal features include, but are not limited to, food type, meal contents, portion size, nutritional content (e.g., calories, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, protein, salt, etc.), food source (e.g., specific restaurants or restaurant chains, grocery stores, particular pre-packaged foods, school meals, meals prepared at home, etc.). Given the trained models, the Food Logger automatically provides estimates of nutritional information based on automated recognition of new images of meals provided by (or for) the user. This nutritional information is then used to enable a wide range of user-centric interactions relating to food consumed by individual users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Neel Suresh Joshi, Siddharth Khullar, T Scott Saponas, Daniel Morris, Oscar Beijbom
  • Patent number: 9933405
    Abstract: Methods for evaluating one or more immature ears of maize are presented in which digital imagery and image processing are used to assess physical properties of immature maize ears that are correlated with yield and other yield-related traits. Also provided are methods for identifying leads using immature ear photometry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: PIONEER HI-BRED INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Guofu Li, Travis A Hanselman, Jacque Hockenson, Dale F Loussaert, Timothy Michael Moriarty, Rachael Woods
  • Patent number: 9935726
    Abstract: A wireless data acquisition system includes a data acquisition unit including a data sensor; a first wireless data link and a second wireless timing link with predicable or low latency. Stimulus and time markers come from a trigger generator. Data signals from the data sensor are transmitted across the wireless data link and timing information of the data acquisition unit is transmitted across the wireless timing link. A receiving host receives the transmitted data and timing information for logging and/or processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Cognionics, Inc.
    Inventor: Yu Mike Chi
  • Patent number: 9922242
    Abstract: Systems and methods for improving the health and wellbeing of subjects in an industrial setting are disclosed. The systems may include a camera arranged so as to observe one or more features of a subject, and a processor, coupled to the camera, the processor configured to analyze one or more images obtained therefrom, to extract one or more features from the image(s) of the subject, and to analyze one or more of the features, or sub features nested therein to predict an outcome of a state of the subject. In particular the system may be configured to generate a diagnostic signal (e.g. an outcome, fever, mastitis, virus, bacterial infection, rut, etc.) based upon the analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: AGRICAM AB
    Inventors: Ellinor Eineren, Landy Toth, Jorgen Ahlberg
  • Patent number: 9892501
    Abstract: There is disclosed a system for estimating the volume of food on a plate, for example meal, with a mobile device. The system uses a camera and a light pattern projector. Images of the food with and without a projected light pattern on it enable to compute the tridimensional shape and volume, while image segmentation and recognition steps estimate one or more food types in said images. By applying accessible knowledge databases, the carbs content is estimated and the associated insulin bolus doses are provided. Developments comprise coding of the light pattern, different light sources and associated wavelengths, motion compensations, additional optics, estimation of fat content and associated multi-wave boluses. The invention can be implemented in a glucometer or in an insulin pump controller provided with a test strip port or with a mobile phone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignees: Roche Diabetes Care, Inc., University of Bern
    Inventors: Joachim Dehais, Alan Greenburg, Sergey Shevchick, Abhishek Soni, Marios Anthimpoulos, Stavroula Mougiakakou
  • Patent number: 9886016
    Abstract: An automated irrigation control comprising crop sensor physically attached to a crop and a light sensitive sensor having a photo-detector for monitoring light intensity of a crop, an irrigation conduit extending along the span of the irrigation zone and adapted to carry fluid, with one or more controllable valves and sensors, growth sensors placed in close proximity of the crop sensors, a computer control system, an irrigation controller, and a communications link between the computer control system, the one or more crop sensor, the three or more growth sensors, and the irrigation controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Sergio A. Bermudez Rodriguez, Hendrik F. Hamann, Levente Klein, Fernando J. Marianno
  • Patent number: 9857172
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for implementing high-precision orientation and evaluating orientation precision of a large-scale dynamic photogrammetry system, including steps: a) selecting a scale bar, arranging code points at two ends of the scale bar, and performing length measurement on the scale bar; b) evenly dividing a measurement space into multiple regions, sequentially placing the scale bar in each region, and photographing the scale bar by using left and right cameras; d) limiting self-calibration bundle adjustment by using multiple length constraints, adjustment parameters including principal point, principal distance, radial distortion, eccentric distortion, in-plane distortion, exterior orientation parameter and spatial point coordinate; and e) performing traceable evaluation of orientation precision of the photogrammetry system. The present invention can effectively reduce the relative error in length measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: BEIJING INFORMATION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Mingli Dong, Peng Sun, Wei Li, Jun Wang, Bixi Yan, Naiguang Lv
  • Patent number: 9805292
    Abstract: Techniques for providing image search templates are provided. An image search template may be associated with an image search query to aid the user in capturing an image that will be appropriate for processing the search query. The template may be displayed as an overlay during an image capturing process to indicate an appropriate image capturing pose, range, angle, or other view characteristics that may provide more accurate search results. The template may also be used in the image search query to segment the image and identify features relevant to the search query. Images in an image database may be clustered using characteristics of the images or metadata associated with the images in order to establish groups of images from which templates may be derived. The generated templates may be provided to users to assist in capturing images to be used as search engine queries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Troy Chinen, Ameesh Makadia, Corinna Cortes, Hartwig Adam, Nemanja Petrovic, Teresa Ko, Sebastian Pueblas
  • Patent number: 9741172
    Abstract: In order to aid a user in filling a container with a target volume of a substance, an image is received. The image includes a view of the container and a view of a reference object. The reference object has a known dimension. The view of the reference object and the view of the container are then compared with reference to the known dimension. Based on the comparison, a volume of the container is determined. Based on the volume of the container, a volume indicator is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ilse M. Breedvelt-Schouten, Jana H. Jenkins, Jeffrey A. Kusnitz
  • Patent number: 9646223
    Abstract: An image measuring system includes: a reflecting body arranged near a plant to be measured; a photographing unit for photographing the reflecting body and outputting the photographed image; an image analyzing unit for detecting, in the photographed image, the area of the reflecting body and acquiring the color information of the area; an absolute spectral irradiance distribution calculating unit for calculating, on the basis of the color information, the absolute spectral irradiance distribution, which is the distribution of the absolute values of the spectral irradiance in the area; a photon flux density calculating unit for calculating, on the basis of the absolute spectral irradiance distribution, the photon flux density; and a Leaf Area Index calculating unit for calculating, on the basis of the photon flux density, the Leaf Area Index.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akari Sato
  • Patent number: 9585307
    Abstract: A method for application of an agricultural product to a field, the method includes acquiring real-time sampled data using real-time agricultural sensors, wherein the real-time agricultural sensors include a soil sensor, auto-calibrating the real-time agricultural sensors using statistical characteristics of the real-time sampled data to determine an application rate, and applying the agricultural product to the field based on the application rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Inventor: Kyle H. Holland
  • Patent number: 9547793
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method and system for dividing a plant organ point cloud. According to information about lamina point cloud blocks and stem point cloud blocks in a previous adjacent point cloud frame of a point cloud frame to be divided and a flatness feature of a data point of the point cloud frame to be divided, a point cloud of the point cloud frame to be divided is divided into lamina point cloud blocks and stem point cloud blocks; taking the adjacent point cloud frame as a reference to divide the point cloud frame facilitates the divided organ in maintaining the consistency of time and space between adjacent point cloud frames, and improves the accuracy of plant organ division.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology
    Inventors: Yangyan Li, Baoquan Chen, Xiaochen Fan
  • Patent number: 9508007
    Abstract: A method for determining the yield loss of a crop using remote sensor data is described. The yield loss is determined using the reflectivity of light by the crop canopy measured from remote sensor data such as an aerial photograph that is digitized and spatially referenced to the field's longitude and latitude. Pixel values from the aerial photograph, expressed relative to pixel values from well fertilized areas of the field, are transformed to yield losses using a linear transformation that was developed using empirical data. A similar method is described to determine recommended nitrogen fertilization rates for the crop fields. The yield loss data is useful for nitrogen fertilization management, as it allows a producer of crops to weigh the expense of fertilization against the loss of revenue due to yield loss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: The Curators of the University of Missouri
    Inventors: Peter Clifton Scharf, Victoria Cacnio Hubbard
  • Patent number: 9495597
    Abstract: A method for recognizing individual plants of a selected type growing in a field, wherein the method comprises capturing color NIR image data of an entire field having plants of a selected type growing therein utilizing an automated plant counting system and calculating a ratio value between each pixel of the color image data and the corresponding pixel of the NIR image data utilizing a plant recognition algorithm executed via a data processing system of the plant counting system. The method additionally comprises generating, via execution of the plant recognition algorithm, a false color image of the field based on the calculated ratios for each pixel, and identifying, via execution of the plant recognition algorithm, all plants of the selected type in the false color image based on a plant distinguishing characteristic uniquely rendered for each individual plant of the selected type in the false color image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Monsanto Technology LLC
    Inventors: Christopher A. Hundley, James H. Crain
  • Patent number: 9460562
    Abstract: In order to aid a user in filling a container with a target volume of a substance, an image is received. The image includes a view of the container and a view of a reference object. The reference object has a known dimension. The view of the reference object and the view of the container are then compared with reference to the known dimension. Based on the comparison, a volume of the container is determined. Based on the volume of the container, a volume indicator is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ilse M. Breedvelt-Schouten, Jana H. Jenkins, Jeffrey A. Kusnitz
  • Patent number: 9443166
    Abstract: An animal identification system and method is provided. The system includes a biometric sensor configured to capture a biometric feature of an animal as a biometric representation of the animal and a biometric identification module configured to receive the biometric representation of the animal and compare said biometric representation of the animal with stored biometric data for a plurality of animals and evaluate matching characteristics between the biometric representation of the animal and stored biometric data for the plurality of animals. The biometric sensor may include a nose print sensor, capacitive sensor, or camera. The biometric feature may include a nose print, an iris image of an eye of the animal, or an image of the unique vein pattern in the sclera of an eye of the animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Inventor: William Brian Kinard
  • Patent number: 9412160
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described that provide a fast and simple way of processing meat or food products. Information is compiled and analyzed regarding the condition of a carcass, meat product, styling of the meat product and associated tray or package. Information is used in various processes, including determining which further processing steps are required. The information is also stored for future reference and analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: JBS USA, LLC
    Inventor: John Erick Johnson
  • Patent number: 9401030
    Abstract: A system processes images of soil using image processing techniques that help to reveal soil characteristics and differences between soil characteristics. The characteristics may be indicative of soil type, and the differences between soil characteristics help to identify where soil types change in a field. The system may determine management zones for a field based on the soil characteristics, e.g., by identifying multiple regions within a field, each management zone corresponding to similar soil characteristics. The system may communicate the management zones to devices in the field, to land appraisers, or to customers who use the results to manage the soil, as just a few examples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Tazco Soil Service Co.
    Inventor: Austin Lee Nelan
  • Patent number: 9377294
    Abstract: What is disclosed is a wireless cellular device capable of determining a volume of an object in an image captured by a camera of that apparatus. In one embodiment, the present wireless cellular device comprises an illuminator for projecting a pattern of structured light with known spatial characteristics, and a camera for capturing images of an object for which a volume is to be estimated. The camera is sensitive to a wavelength range of the projected pattern of structured light. A spatial distortion is introduced by a reflection of the projected pattern off a surface of the object. And processor executing machine readable program instructions for performing the method of: receiving an image of the object from the camera; processing the image to generate a depth map; and estimating a volume of the object from the depth map. A method for using the present wireless cellular device is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Wencheng Wu, Edgar A. Bernal, Lalit Keshav Mestha, Paul R. Austin
  • Patent number: 9377404
    Abstract: This invention provides a plant health diagnostic method and a plant health diagnostic device for detecting initial disorder of a plant individual body carrying pests or the like in a large-scale plant cultivation field. The plant health diagnostic method is for diagnosing a health state of a plant in accordance with chlorophyll fluorescence emitted from chlorophyll of a plant body. The method includes: obtaining a first minimum point s after a maximum point p having largest chlorophyll fluorescence intensity and a first maximum point m after the minimum point s on a time course curve for the chlorophyll fluorescence intensity; defining chlorophyll fluorescence intensity values at the minimum point s and the first maximum point m after the minimum point s as S and M, respectively; and comparing the value S and the value M to evaluate the state of the plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPORATION EHIME UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Kotaro Takayama, Hiroshige Nishina, Soushi Iyoki
  • Patent number: 9378545
    Abstract: The sanitary management system S includes a plurality of portable communication terminal devices 10, a manager terminal device 20 and a server device 40. The server device 40: (1) extracts two or more feature values related to the color of each pixel constituting a culture medium image; (2) executes statistical analysis based on distribution of pixels of the culture medium image by using a coordinate system prescribed by the extracted two or more feature values of each pixel, and calculates a linear function prescribing relation of the two or more feature values in each pixel; and (3) detects the colonies in the culture medium image based on the calculated linear function and counts the number of colonies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: DAI NIPPON PRINTING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryoma Bise, Yuji Tsuzuki, Masanori Kagota, Rui Saitou, Hitoshi Kyoutani
  • Patent number: 9330460
    Abstract: A treatment recommending system of plant symptom includes an operation interface, an image capture unit, a processing unit and a storage unit for storing plant symptom data and diagnostic data. The processing unit may find target contour data presenting a plant part according to symptom description and symptom characteristic data. The image capture unit obtains plant image data corresponding to the target contour data. The processing unit analyzes the plant image data, and coordinates with the symptom characteristic data to determine corresponding treatment recommendation data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: INSTITUTE FOR INFORMATION INDUSTRY
    Inventors: Ming-Cheng Lin, Po-Cheng Huang, Mao-Yuan Chin
  • Patent number: 9325966
    Abstract: Illumination of an object with spectral structured light, and spectral measurement of light reflected therefrom, for purposes which include derivation of a three-dimensional (3D) measurement of the object, such as depth and/or contours of the object, and/or for purposes which include measurement of a material property of the object, such as by differentiating between different types of materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Siu-Kei Tin
  • Patent number: 9298978
    Abstract: Example techniques are disclosed for performing optical recognition of fish. For example, image features can be extracted from an image of a fish and used in conjunction with location or time information to determine a species of the fish. The classification can be performed with one or more trained classifiers that are trained using training images of fish having labels indicating species of the fish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Inventors: Joseph F Hlatky, Steven Dwight Thomas, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9269005
    Abstract: A commodity recognition apparatus acquires an image including a commodity captured by an image capturing module and displays the acquired image on a display module. The commodity recognition apparatus displays a frame border surrounding the commodity on at least a portion of the image displayed on the display module. Moreover, the commodity recognition apparatus recognizes the commodity existing in the frame border according to a feature amount of the image in the area surrounded by the frame border. The commodity recognition apparatus outputs information of the commodity recognized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hitoshi Iizaka
  • Patent number: 9256786
    Abstract: A method of referencing an imaged object includes, among other things, obtaining a series of images, observing key characteristics of the object in each of the series of images, associating the observed key characteristics with the object; and assigning a unique identifier to the object based upon the associated key characteristics. The series of images includes spectral and spatial imagery. Some of the key characteristics are in the spectral imagery and some of the key characteristics are in the spatial imagery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: GE AVIATION SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Eric Daniel Buehler, Benjamin Thomas Occhipinti, Konrad Robert Kuczynski, Thomas Baby Sebastian, Stefano Angelo Mario Lassini, Ana Isabel Del Amo, Richard Shawn Kelly
  • Patent number: 9251597
    Abstract: A method for detecting a pupil in an image of an eye, comprises analyzing the image, exploiting an expected shape of the pupil, to identify portions of the image that are candidate portions of the pupil. A first region of the image, which corresponds to a lower part of the pupil, is analyzed in preference to a second region of the image, which corresponds to an upper part of the pupil, so as to reduce or avoid errors arising from artifacts that tend to be present in said second region of the image. A computer or processor program and an apparatus for performing the method are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kamil Zukowski
  • Patent number: 9237279
    Abstract: A method of investigating a solid sample, in particular a geological sample, such as a borehole core sample, includes the steps of positioning the sample on a sample support device, positioning a hyperspectral camera device, so that a line-shaped surface region of the sample is covered by a field of view of the hyperspectral camera device, illuminating the sample on the sample support device, moving the hyperspectral camera device and the sample support device relative to each other, wherein the field of view of the hyperspectral camera device is moved along a scanning direction over the surface of the sample, and collecting a hyperspectral image of the sample during the moving step, wherein the hyperspectral image is composed of multiple hyperspectral line images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Bergen Teknologioverfoering AS
    Inventors: Tobias Herbert Kurz, Simon John Buckley, John Anthony Howell
  • Patent number: 9208560
    Abstract: An image registration method for registering images into a coordinate system includes the following steps: (a) performing image normalization on a source image and generating a normalized image; (b) retrieving at least one color-deconvoluted image from color-deconvoluting the source image; (c) determining at least one image feature from the at least one color-deconvoluted image; (d) comparing the at least one image feature of the at least one color-deconvoluted image with a target image, and generating a relative matching structural feature result; and (e) transforming the normalized image into a registered image according to the matching structural feature result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: National Taiwan University of Science and Technology
    Inventor: Ching-Wei Wang
  • Patent number: 9194942
    Abstract: Apparatus for producing image data representing a specimen being imaged using ultrasound includes a processor and memory. The processor receives input data representing output from an ultrasound probe, and performs an iterative algorithm on the input data until a converged estimate of the mean of the distribution of the image data is reached. This estimate is used to produce output image data for display. The algorithm updates estimates for the image data, the echogenicity of the image data, and the variance of the noise of the image data. The step of updating the variance of the noise of the image data uses an update rule that assumes the noise to be varying across the image data but locally invariant for any small enough region of the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Inventor: William Henry Gomersall
  • Patent number: 9185885
    Abstract: In an aspect, a system includes a touch-sensitive surface and a camera mounted to be movable relative to the touch-sensitive surface to acquire an image of an animal interacting with the touch-sensitive surface. The system includes a processor coupled to a memory, the processor and memory configured to cause each of multiple sections of the display screen to be associated with a corresponding activity in which the animal can engage; detect a selection of one of the multiple sections of the touch-sensitive surface; and enable the activity associated with the selected section of the touch-sensitive surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Forget You Not, LLC
    Inventors: Nissim Shani, Roni Shani, Daniel Shani
  • Patent number: 9159126
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described that provide a fast and simple way of processing meat or food products. Information is compiled and analyzed regarding the condition of a carcass, meat product, styling of the meat product and associated tray or package. Information is used in various processes, including determining which further processing steps are required. The information is also stored for future reference and analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: JBS USA, LLC
    Inventor: John Erick Johnson