Textiles Or Clothing Patents (Class 382/111)
  • Patent number: 8711175
    Abstract: A method and system for creating and using a virtual dressing room, by superimposing a non-linearly stretchable object image onto a base image in a display screen of a communication device, the images being planar. The method comprises scanning an encoded indicium associated with the object image, accessing and uploading a URL associated with the object image, the object image including a plurality of object image critical points, accessing the base image at the communication device, the base image including a plurality of base image critical points respectively corresponding to the object image critical points, re-mapping the object image via global transformation of coordinates associated with the object image critical points, such that the re-mapped object image critical points coincide with the respective base image critical points, and superimposing the re-mapped object image onto the base image for display at the display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Modiface Inc.
    Inventor: Parham Aarabi
  • Publication number: 20140056483
    Abstract: A computer system generates video based cohorts. Digital video data is processed to identify a set of color and texture based attributes associated with clothing worn by a set of objects. The digital video data comprises metadata describing the set of objects. The set of color and texture based attributes are analyzed using cohort criteria to form a result. The cohort criteria specify attributes that are associated with members of a given cohort. A set of cohorts is generated based on the result. Each cohort in the set of cohorts comprises a subset of objects from the set of objects that share at least one color and texture based attribute in common.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: ROBERT L. ANGELL, SERGIO BORGER, ROBERT R. FRIEDLANDER, JAMES R. KRAEMER, YASHODHARA M. PATNAIK
  • Patent number: 8633982
    Abstract: A monitoring system for use with a sewing machine. The monitoring system includes a camera assembly mounted to a base of the sewing machine with a camera that collects images from a bottom side of the fabric. The camera assembly delivers images of the back side of the fabric to a monitor assembly that includes a display device. The display device displays the images collected by the camera. The monitor can be mounted to an upper or arm portion of the sewing machine for convenient viewing by the operator during use of the sewing machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: A Quilter's Eye, Inc.
    Inventors: Susan Gylling, Ren Livingston
  • Publication number: 20130343615
    Abstract: Examples disclose a method executed on a computing device to locate a clothing region within an image to segment into a region of related clothing. Further, the examples provide detecting a feature of the related clothing. Additionally, the examples also disclose determining a style of the related clothing in the region based on the detection of the feature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventors: Tong Zhang, Daniel R. Tretter, Qian Lin
  • Patent number: 8600147
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for measuring full field deformation characteristics of a deformable body. The method includes determining optical setup design parameters for measuring displacement and strain fields, and generating and applying a dot pattern on a planar side of a deformable body. A sequence of images of the dot pattern is acquired before and after deformation of the body. Irregular objects are eliminated from the images based on dot light intensity threshold and the object area or another geometrical cutoff criterion. The characteristic points of the dots are determined, and the characteristic points are matched between two or more of the sequential images. The displacement vector of the characteristic points is found, and mesh free or other techniques are used to estimate the full field displacement based on the displacement vector of the characteristic points. Strain tensor or other displacement-derived quantities can also be estimated using mesh-free or other analysis techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secreatary of the Navy
    Inventors: Athanasions Iliopoulos, John G. Michopoulos, Nikos Andrianopoulos
  • Patent number: 8594382
    Abstract: A method and system of determining fiber diameter distribution of a fibrous media is disclosed. The method includes providing at least one digital image representative of the fibrous media, pre-processing the images, binarizing the images, generating virtual lines on the image, solving for fiber fringe points on each of generated line, solving for fiber center points as a mean of the fringe points, generating and growing measurement circles about the fiber center points, repositioning circles and center points to avoid fiber intersections, resizing the repositioned measurement circles to intersect the opposing fringes, and calculating fiber diameters and fiber spacing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Mann+Hummel GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Lehmann, Holger Bastuck, Michael Harenbrock, Heiko Brosi, Sylvia Beier-Hoys
  • Patent number: 8571267
    Abstract: A method for characterizing a fibrous material having a plurality of fibers is provided. The method includes accessing an image of the fibrous material with the plurality of fibers and identifying each of the plurality of fibers based upon a magnitude and a direction of an intensity gradient of the image. The method also includes tracking each of the identified fibers based upon at least one of a diameter of the fiber, a fiber alignment angle and a vector orientation angle of the fiber and estimating a plurality of structural parameters for each of the tracked fibers of the fibrous material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
    Inventors: Dhirendra S. Katti, Anupam Pal, Shaunak G. Pandya
  • Publication number: 20130243262
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a processor and a memory configured to store computer-readable instructions that, when executed, cause the apparatus to perform steps comprising calculating a first angle characteristic and an intensity of the first angle characteristic with respect to each of pixels, arranging a first line segment in a position corresponding to a first pixel based on the first angle characteristic, calculating a second angle characteristic of a second pixel based on the first angle characteristic of at least one pixel adjacent to the second pixel, acquiring information indicating a third angle characteristic, calculating a fourth angle characteristic based on the second angle characteristic and on the third angle characteristic, arranging a second line segment in a position corresponding to the second pixel based on the calculated fourth angle characteristic, and creating data indicating at least stitches that respectively correspond to the first line segment and the second line segment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventor: Kenji YAMADA
  • Publication number: 20130236065
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein relate to a semantic clothing attribute in an image. A probability of a semantic clothing attribute in an image may be determined. The probability of the semantic clothing attribute may be determined based on a comparison of the image to an image feature associated with the semantic clothing attribute.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventors: Xianwang Wang, Tong Zhang
  • Patent number: 8528229
    Abstract: A laundry treating appliance having a rotatable drum defining a laundry treating chamber, where the laundry in the laundry treating chamber may be imaged and a motion condition of the laundry determined based on the imaging of the laundry. The operation of the laundry treating appliance may be based on the determined motion condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Farhad Ashrafzadeh, James P. Carow, Shreecharan Kanchanavally
  • Patent number: 8528228
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of determining the presence of a drying rack based on image data of the laundry located in a treating chamber of a laundry treating appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Farhad Ashrafzadeh, James P. Carow, Shreecharan Kanchanavally, Sathish Andrea Sundaram
  • Patent number: 8528230
    Abstract: A laundry treating appliance and method for controlling the operation of a laundry treating appliance comprising a treating chamber by determining the presence of a bulky laundry item based on image data of the laundry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Farhad Ashrafzadeh, James P. Carow, Shreecharan Kanchanavally
  • Patent number: 8528019
    Abstract: A method of selecting, storing and delivering desired audio/data/visual information includes the steps of determining viewing preferences of a viewer and receiving a first group of audio/data/visual signals, for example, broadcast and cable television signals or internet-based signals. Based on the first group of audio/data/visual signals, a second group of audio/data/visual signals, which is a subset of the first group of audio/data/visual signals, is identified. The second group of audio/data/visual signals is selected based on the association of EPG data for each signal with the viewing preferences of the viewer. Content data is then extracted from the second group of audio/data/visual signals and compared with the viewing preferences. The content data may include, for example, closed-captioned text, EPG data, audio information, visual information and transcript information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Nevenka Dimitrova, Thomas McGee, Jan Hermanus Elenbaas, Lalitha Agnihotri, Radu Jasinschi, Serhan Dagtas, Aaron S Mendelsohn
  • Patent number: 8522452
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of operating a laundry treating appliance having a rotatable drum defining a laundry treating chamber. The laundry in the laundry treating chamber may be imaged and a state of dryness of the laundry determined based on the imaging of the laundry. The operation of the laundry treating appliance may be based on the determined state of dryness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Farhad Ashrafzadeh, James P. Carow, Shreecharan Kanchanavally, Sathish Andrea Sundaram
  • Patent number: 8525828
    Abstract: Technologies are described herein for providing visualization of fit, flow, and texture of clothing to an online consumer. A merchant maintains detailed measurements and a number of 3-D models for a clothing item offered for sale. The 3-D models may represent a representative size of the clothing item as worn by similarly sized mannequins or body models of varying body shapes. Each of the 3-D models captures the fit, flow, and texture of the clothing item as worn by the corresponding mannequin. When a consumer selects the clothing item, a 3-D virtualization representing the clothing item worn by the consumer may be generated by scaling the appropriate 3-D model based on dimensional data regarding the consumer, and then combining the scaled 3-D model with a 3-D avatar for the consumer. The dimensional data and 3-D avatar for the consumer may be supplied from a user profile associated with the consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Amy Bates
  • Patent number: 8515196
    Abstract: Systems and methods disclosed herein, in accordance with one or more embodiments, provide for processing infrared images. In one embodiment, a system includes an infrared sensor adapted to capture infrared images and a processing component adapted to process the captured infrared images by extracting a high pass part from the captured infrared images, extracting a mid-spatial frequency part from the captured infrared images, extracting a low pass part from the captured infrared images, separately scaling each of the parts, and merging the scaled parts to generate enhanced output images. The system may include a display component adapted to display the enhanced output images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Flir Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Nicholas Högasten
  • Patent number: 8514220
    Abstract: A product modeling system and method are provided. On one embodiment, the product modeling system is used to model a piece of apparel, such as a shirt, with a design wherein the model with the design is used to display the piece of apparel with the design to a consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Zazzle Inc.
    Inventors: Young Harvill, Minh Thai, Robert Irven Beaver, III
  • Publication number: 20130177215
    Abstract: Methods and computer program for processing coverings such as leather hides and fabrics are provided. A method for processing coverings can include placing a covering on a work surface and projecting a captured image of the covering by a projector onto the covering. Virtual markings of boundary lines and defects on the covering on the capture image can be registered using the controller. Nesting of templates can be performed on the captured image of the covering with the virtual markings and the nested templates stored as virtual markings with the captured image of the covering. The covering can then be marked, die pressed, or cut along the virtual markings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: Automated Vision, LLC
    Inventor: Automated Vision, LLC
  • Publication number: 20130177216
    Abstract: Body art, such as tattoos, are integrated or extended onto clothing. Clothing patterns may be integrated or extended onto body art, such as temporary tattoos. In one embodiment, a computer analyzes an image of a body with a tattoo and generates an image suitable for application to clothing. When applied to clothing, the image displays the portion of the tattoo that is covered by the clothing, or may extend the appearance of the tattoo from the skin to the adjacent clothing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Inventor: GARY SHUSTER
  • Publication number: 20130170715
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a system and method of simulating modeling a garment, comprising the steps of providing a dictionary having a plurality of figure frameworks, the plurality of figure frameworks comprising varying body characteristics and measurements, with each of the figure frameworks comprising at least one image and body reference data. The system providing a garment database comprising images and pairing data for a plurality of garments. It receives a user image and a garment selection and selects a figure framework in response to user input and garment selection. It extracts the facial region and determines a skin tone identifier from the user image. It renders a three dimensional user model from the user image and the selected figure framework to form a user model, shading based on the skin tone identifier. It the overlays and scales the selected garment on the user model, whereby the user model simulates the user wearing the selected garment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventors: Waymon B. Reed, Chris C. Ritchie, Ergun Akleman
  • Publication number: 20130163826
    Abstract: Methods and systems for processing coverings such as leather hides and fabrics are provided. A system can include a worktable having a surface on which a covering is placeable. An imaging device can be positionable relative to the worktable. The imaging device can be configured to obtain an image of the covering on the surface of the worktable. A projector can be positionable relative to worktable. The projector can be configured to project an image onto the surface of the worktable and the covering on the surface of the worktable. A controller can be in communication with the imaging device and projector. The controller can be configured to correct images taken by the imaging device. The controller can also be configured to correct the images projected onto the surface of the worktable and the covering thereon. The controller can be configured to permit the showing of virtual markings on the covering placed on the surface of the worktable through an image projected thereon by the projector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: Vision Automation, LLC
    Inventor: Vision Automation, LLC
  • Publication number: 20130136313
    Abstract: In the image evaluation apparatus, a clothing recognition unit 106 performs, for each person appearing in each of images included in an image group generated by an image group generation unit 102, recognition of clothing that the person is wearing. An image event evaluation unit 107, according to types of clothing recognized by the clothing recognition unit 106 and a frequency of appearance of each type of clothing in the images in the image group, collectively evaluates the images included in the image group.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Inventor: Kazuhiko Maeda
  • Publication number: 20130108121
    Abstract: Method for remotely ordering clothing for a person (1), the person sends two profile images of himself/herself to the processing means (11), which determines there from two person profiles. The processing means determines the requested clothes size or clothes dimensions, by using a data set (12) with representations of virtual persons or pieces of clothing. The processing means use a matching, fitting or rendering algorithm for determining the largest similarity between the supplied person profiles and the representations of virtual people or clothes in said generic data set. Input into the processing means is done via a local terminal, via the Internet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Applicant: SUIT SUPPLY B.V.
    Inventor: Fokke Marten de Jong
  • Patent number: 8422743
    Abstract: The present invention provides a surface-reading apparatus that includes a subject-flexing mechanism and a surface-reading component. The subject-flexing mechanism causes a subject to flex in one of a convex form and a concave form. The surface-reading component reads a characteristic of a surface condition of the subject that has been flexed by the subject-flexing mechanism. The surface-reading component can includes an optical reading component that optically reads the characteristic of the surface condition of the subject. The optical reading component may be a reflected light-reading component that reads the characteristic of the surface condition of the subject with reflected light or may be a transmitted light-reading component that reads the characteristic of the surface condition of the subject with transmitted light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tadashi Shimizu, Tetsuya Kimura, Kensuke Ito
  • Patent number: 8391594
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for generating variable-width border masks for objects in input images. Given an input image and an initial binary selection of an object in the image, a variable-width border mask method may be applied to automatically generate an accurate, variable-width border mask for the object. An initial border mask may be generated. An initial foreground probability map may be generated within the initial border mask using a Gaussian Mixture color modeling technique. A geodesic smoothing technique may be applied to the initial foreground probability map to reduce or remove noise. An optimization technique may be applied to optimize the foreground boundary, and a final variable-width border mask may be generated. The variable-width border mask may be used as input to image matting algorithms to generate an accurate alpha mask of the foreground object selected from the input image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: Jue Wang, Sarah Kong
  • Patent number: 8386486
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention provides a system for facilitating social networking based on fashion-related information. During operation, the system receives fashion-related information from a user. Next, the system extracts the user's fashion preferences from the received information and compares the user's fashion preference with other users' fashion preferences. Finally, the system groups users based on similarity of their fashion preferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventors: Wei Zhang, Takashi Matsumoto, Maurice K. Chu, James M. A. Begole
  • Patent number: 8342030
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a housing comprising an end wall and side walls defining a first chamber open at one end a slide at the open end a diaphragm in the chamber spaced from the slide and generally parallel to it, defining, with the slide and side walls of the first chamber, a second chamber; and an opening in the first chamber for permitting fluid to enter and exit the first chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: University of New Brunswick
    Inventors: Dongbo Yan, Kecheng Li
  • Patent number: 8340358
    Abstract: A visual camouflage system that provides at least one of thermal or radar suppression is described. The system includes a vinyl layer having a camouflage pattern on a front surface of the vinyl layer. The camouflage pattern includes a site-specific camouflage pattern. A laminate layer is secured over the front surface of the vinyl layer coating the camouflage pattern to provide protection to the camouflage pattern and strengthen the vinyl layer. One or more nanomaterials are disposed on at least one of the vinyl layer, camouflage pattern, or the laminate to provide at least one of thermal or radar suppression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Military Wraps Research and Development, Inc.
    Inventors: K. Dominic Cincotti, Trevor J. Kracker
  • Patent number: 8332255
    Abstract: A mirror system includes an image sensor coupled to a mirror, and gathers consumer shopping preferences for merchandise items. During operation, the system gathers one or more sequential images, from the image sensor, of a consumer wearing a first wearable merchandise item in front of the image sensor. Next, the system identifies in the one or more sequential images a first merchandise item being worn by the consumer. Then, the system determines a demographic group associated with the consumer, and detects behavior patterns for the consumer, wherein the behavior pattern indicates an interest level of the consumer for the identified merchandise item. The system then determines a mapping between the identified consumer demographic group and an interest level for the identified merchandise item, and produces a model which encodes the mapping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventors: Maurice K. Chu, James M. A. Begole
  • Patent number: 8331608
    Abstract: The invention is concerned with a hidden image product, an identification device which shows the hidden image information, an identification system, the produce method of the produce and the identification equipment, the identification equipment contains a single layer or multi-layer lens with the specified array micro-structure. The produce contains the array pixels with same-level array-distance corresponding with the identification equipment array micro-structure. The selected area of the array pixels and the identification equipment array micro-structure has the entirely or partly controlling phase excursion, shows the micro-structure or the hidden image in the pixel when the array of pixels of the product or the array of the identification equipment array micro-structure is superposition or spacedly squaring with distance. The invention overcomes the low anti-false precision and the inconvenience of the existing hidden image identification technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Digigraphics Toys & Games Ltd.
    Inventor: Wah Sing Alex Cheung
  • Patent number: 8320634
    Abstract: The wearing of required medical garments by caregivers and other persons is detected through the use of a digital imaging system and methods that employ digital imaging. The medical garments include colors, symbols or other features that allow them to be identified by the system. A moving object within an isolation room or other area requiring the wearing of medical garments is detected. Various stages of processing confirm that the moving object is indeed a person and that the person is wearing the required medical garments. In order to enhance the digital imaging procedure, the person may be instructed to move to a selected position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Inventor: Richard Deutsch
  • Patent number: 8295555
    Abstract: Methods and systems for processing coverings such as leather hides and fabrics are provided. A system can include a worktable having a surface on which a covering is placeable. An imaging device can be positionable relative to the worktable. The imaging device can be configured to obtain an image of the covering on the surface of the worktable. A projector can be positionable relative to worktable. The projector can be configured to project an image onto the surface of the worktable and the covering on the surface of the worktable. A controller can be in communication with the imaging device and projector. The controller can be configured to correct images taken by the imaging device. The controller can also be configured to correct the images projected onto the surface of the worktable and the covering thereon. The controller can be configured to permit the showing of virtual markings on the covering placed on the surface of the worktable through an image projected thereon by the projector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Automated Vision, LLC
    Inventors: Robert L. Campbell, Jr., Charles A. Leonard, Robert L. Miller
  • Publication number: 20120250946
    Abstract: A fabric product identification device which can identify a type of a fabric product and a fabric product handling system including the fabric product identification device is provided. A fabric product handling system grasps a fabric product placed on a first table before setting out and resetting the fabric product on a second table. The system includes a handling device, a fabric product identification device having the second table and a part of a controller, and a camera. A distinction part distinguishes a specific part of the fabric product based on a quantity of light rays passing through the fabric product from image data being imaged with the camera.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2010
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicant: SEVEN DREAMERS LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Kitagawa, Fumiaki Osawa
  • Patent number: 8244022
    Abstract: A method for measuring a property of a fiber, such as flexibility, collapsibility and moment of inertia. A fiber is wetted and deformed in its wet state, and an optical section image of the deformed fiber is taken. A measurement is made on the image and the desired property is calculated using the measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: University of New Brunsick
    Inventors: Kecheng Li, Dongbo Yan
  • Patent number: 8238646
    Abstract: A system for the characterization of webs that permits the identification of anomalous regions on the web to be performed at a first time and place, and permits the localization and marking of actual defects to be performed at a second time and place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Steven P. Floeder, James A. Masterman, Carl J. Skeps
  • Patent number: 8189000
    Abstract: A computerized method and system for displaying garments on a computer-rendered three-dimensional rotatable model in an interactive virtual reality software product, comprising: storing information related to a computer-rendered three-dimensional model; storing information related to a plurality of computer-rendered three-dimensional garments; accepting a selection of a three-dimensional garment from the user; accessing the information related to a plurality of computer-rendered three-dimensional garments in order to transform information related to the selection of a three-dimensional garment into a display of the selection of the three-dimensional garment on the computer-rendered three-dimensional model; accepting a rotation command on a rotational control, the rotational control being in a vertical axis to simulate a person turning left and/or right; accepting a camera command allowing the display of the selection of the three-dimensional garment to be shown from a variety of camera distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Zenimax Media, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher S. Weaver
  • Patent number: 8184864
    Abstract: This invention protects the processes and technologies used to produce kitting foam inserts. The manufactured inserts are in the form of foam silhouettes with a thin hard plastic backing. The process is unique in that it utilizes software and automations that were previously unknown in the kitting industry. The hard plastic backed foam inserts will retain the positions of items within the kit and allow, at a glance, identification of missing or displaced items and tools. The foam inserts also provide for rapid restocking of reusable assembly kits. Pocket marks can incorporate human and/or machine-readable symbols into the foam inserts. This patent is unique with respects to the referenced U.S. Pat. No. 7,410,053 B2 in that this invention describes in detail the manufacturing process for producing foam kitting inserts to be used for organizing tool and assembly kits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Inventors: Steven R. Sackett, Arlen R. Hill, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8174521
    Abstract: A product modeling system and method are provided. On one embodiment, the product modeling system is used to model a piece of apparel, such as a shirt, with a design wherein the model with the design is used to display the piece of apparel with the design to a consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Zazzle.com
    Inventors: Young Harvill, Minh Thai, Robert Irven Beaver, II
  • Publication number: 20120106804
    Abstract: A method for determining the recovery grade in artificial fiber carpets, such as artificial turf, including obtaining samples of the artificial fiber carpets to be examined in order to capture an image, by a camera and lightbulb under conditions of controlled exposure, of the area of the fibers which will subsequently be subjected to supporting a load. In a certain area of the fibers, in a vertical compressive manner, a load of known mass during a predetermined time is applied, for once the load is released, capturing elevational images, according to the same area of the fibers subjected to the load, at predetermined time intervals. The recovery index of the fibers subjected to analysis based on the area occupied by the fibers is determined before being subjected to the load and after the different predetermined time intervals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Applicant: MONDO S.P.A.
    Inventors: Margarita Canales Compes, Miguel Angel Jimenez Caballero, Cristina Gomez Andres, Emanuel Testa
  • Patent number: 8170842
    Abstract: A method of modelling fabric properties and behavior first involves generating (16) a yarn model from fiber parameters, which may be empirically determined. The yarn model is homogenised (18, 20) to produce a homogenous representation of the yarn (YMM), suitable for use in finite element analysis. The method may then, secondly, involve generating (24) a fabric weave model by finite element analysis of the yarn representation (YMM). The fabric model is then also homogenised (26, 28) to produce a homogeneous representation of the fabric (FMM), suitable for use in finite element analysis. Finite element analysis of the fabric representation (FMM) can then be used to assess the suitability of various fabric materials for technical applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Innoval Technology Limited
    Inventor: Rade Ognjanovic
  • Patent number: 8160305
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for measuring the depositability of particulate contaminants present in a pulp or paper mill fluid stream and evaluating interactions of such particulate contaminants with other contaminants collects the particulate contaminants on a suitable substrate, such as a plastic film coated with an adhesive or coated with organic contaminate, placed in contact with the pulp or paper mill fluid stream for at least five minutes up to several hours. The amount of contaminants collected on the substrate is quantified and evaluated by taking one or more scanned images of the substrate with a resolution of at least 2,000 dots per inch (DPI) and analyzing the scanned images with image analysis technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Hercules Incorporated
    Inventors: Mark Laurint, Lloyd Lobo, Catherine Kelly
  • Publication number: 20120030928
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and apparatus for producing custom-made gloves. In the present invention, an order management server receives customer information and hand scan data from a measurement and order processing apparatus, generates pattern information to be used for glove production using a pattern generation apparatus, and requests a leather processing apparatus to produce a glove according to the pattern information. According to the present invention, it is possible to realize an online ordering and production process involving size measurement and manufacturing procedures in the production process for leather gloves. In addition, as body scan data is obtained by a low-cost 2D body scanner instead of a high-cost 3D body scanner, it is possible to produce precise custom-made leather gloves at reduced cost.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2010
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Applicant: I-Omni Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chang Kyu Park, Yongsoo Park, Sung Min Kim, Ji Young Kim, Hyung Joong Jeon
  • Publication number: 20120019649
    Abstract: Apparatus for the measurement of textile fabrics comprising at least one sensor having an associated sensor field. A feed arrangement presents an area of a textile fabric length at the sensor field. The feed arrangement also provides relative movement between the sensor and the textile fabric length to present a sequence of areas of fabric at the sensor field. The sensor is repeatedly operated to provide a colour output representing fabric colour and measured from respective areas of the fabric, as sequentially presented at the sensor field. The feed arrangement operates, each time the sensor provides a colour output, to provide a respective position output representing the position of the sensor relative to the fabric. The feed arrangement and sensor provide a sequence of colour outputs measured from known areas of the fabric, represented by the respective position outputs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Inventors: Christopher Nixon, Andrew Thorne
  • Publication number: 20110298897
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is provided for 3D virtual try-on of apparel on an avatar. A method of fitting a garment on a person's body online may comprise receiving specifications of a garment, receiving body specifications of one or more fit models, receiving one or more grade rules, receiving one or more fabric specifications, and receiving specifications of a consumer's body. The value of one or more fabric constants may be determined according to the received one or more fabric specifications. One or more virtual garments in graded sizes may be created and stored in a database based on the received garment specifications and fabric constants. Moreover, one or more graded virtual fit models may be created and stored in a database based on the received specifications of the fit model. Each virtual garment may be draped on the related virtual fit model to create a fit-model drape. An avatar is received or created to represent a consumer's body shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Inventors: Raj Sareen, Iva Sareen, Jason Benjamin Delevan, Boris Vishnevsky
  • Patent number: 8068676
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention provides a system for recognizing and classifying clothes. During operation, the system captures at least one image of a clothing item. The system further determines a region on the captured image which corresponds to a torso and/or limbs. The system also determines at least one color composition, texture composition, collar configuration, and sleeve configuration of the clothing item. Additionally, the system classifies the clothing item into at least one category based on the determined color composition, texture composition, collar configuration, and sleeve configuration. The system then produces a result which indicates the classification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventors: Wei Zhang, Juan J. Liu, Maurice K. Chu, James M. A. Begole
  • Publication number: 20110280449
    Abstract: Methods and systems for processing coverings such as leather hides and fabrics are provided. A system can include a worktable having a surface on which a covering is placeable. An imaging device can be positionable relative to the worktable. The imaging device can be configured to obtain an image of the covering on the surface of the worktable. A projector can be positionable relative to worktable. The projector can be configured to project an image onto the surface of the worktable and the covering on the surface of the worktable. A controller can be in communication with the imaging device and projector. The controller can be configured to correct images taken by the imaging device. The controller can also be configured to correct the images projected onto the surface of the worktable and the covering thereon. The controller can be configured to permit the showing of virtual markings on the covering placed on the surface of the worktable through an image projected thereon by the projector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2010
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Inventors: Robert L. Campbell, JR., Charles A. Leonard, Robert L. Miller
  • Publication number: 20110242310
    Abstract: Nanofiber electroprocessing apparatus comprising a conductive stylus having a 5 to 250 nm diameter tip; a collector spaced below the tip; a continuous supply of flowable polymer to the tip, and a power supply for creating a potential difference between the tip and the collector sufficient to produce a nanofiber. The conductive stylus may comprise an atomic force microscope (AFM) tip and may further be mounted within an AFM scanning holder having a mechanism for moving the tip. A method of electroprocessing a nanofiber comprises providing the conductive stylus, such as an AFM tip, providing a collector below the tip, supplying the tip with the flowable polymer, energizing the tip to create a potential difference between the tip and the collector, and thereby producing the nanofiber. Systems and methods for using nanofibers so created may be used for anticounterfeiting or object identification.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Applicant: University of Delaware
    Inventors: Thomas Paul Beebe, JR., Bruce Chase, Giriprasath Gururajan, John Rabolt, Shawn Sullivan
  • Publication number: 20110235867
    Abstract: A method and system of determining fiber diameter distribution of a fibrous media is disclosed. The method includes providing at least one digital image representative of the fibrous media, pre-processing the images, binarizing the images, generating virtual lines on the image, solving for fiber fringe points on each of generated line, solving for fiber center points as a mean of the fringe points, generating and growing measurement circles about the fiber center points, repositioning circles and center points to avoid fiber intersections, resizing the repositioned measurement circles to intersect the opposing fringes, and calculating fiber diameters and fiber spacing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Applicant: MANN+HUMMEL GMBH
    Inventors: Martin J. Lehmann, Sylvia Beier-Hoys, Heiko Brosi, Michael Harenbrock, Holger Bastuck
  • Patent number: 7974459
    Abstract: A system for the characterization of webs that permits the identification of anomalous regions on the web to be performed at a first time and place, and permits the localization and marking of actual defects to be performed at a second time and place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Steven P. Floeder, James A. Masterman, Carl J. Skeps
  • Patent number: 7916891
    Abstract: Taught herein is an apparatus for measurement of floating body posture of a person wearing a life jacket, comprising a backpack frame having a plurality of reference points, an image collecting system, and an image processing system; wherein the image collecting system collects image sequence information of the person wearing the life jacket via the reference points; the image processing system processes the image sequence information, so as to obtain the dynamics of a movement of the person and the quasi-static parameters of such movement. The system is capable of reflecting the dynamics of a movement of a body in water and the quasi-static parameters thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: The Soldier System Research Center of the Quartermaster Research Institute of the General Logistics Department of the CPLA
    Inventors: Hong Zhou, Meiwu Shi, Hong Xiao, Fei Duan, Shiliang Dai, Jinyu Zhu