Using A Facial Characteristic Patents (Class 382/118)
  • Patent number: 9973730
    Abstract: A method comprising: displaying a UI for display of received video; detecting selection of a UI displayed button while a received video frame is displayed; in response, disabling the display of video frames received after the received video frame; determining a position of a face of a user in the received frame; receiving a plurality of drawing inputs while the button is selected, each drawing input defining image data to be applied at a position on said face; modifying the video frame in accordance with the drawing inputs by applying the image data to each of the positions; detecting a condition and in response, for each video frame received after the detection, determining a position of the face in the frame to determine the location of the positions in the frame, applying the image data to each of the positions, and displaying the modified video frame in the UI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventor: Henrik Valdemar Turbell
  • Patent number: 9971949
    Abstract: An imaging processing system includes one or more image capturing apparatuses, a reading unit configured to read biometric information from an authentication object person, a similarity calculation unit configured to calculate similarity based on a result of comparing biometric information read by the reading unit with true biometric information of the authentication object person, an authentication unit configured to perform authentication based on a comparison between the similarity calculated by the similarity calculation unit and a preliminarily set threshold, and a control unit configured to control, if the authentication performed by the authentication unit is successful, imaging processing, which is performed by the image capturing apparatus, based on the similarity calculated by the similarity calculation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kei Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9965673
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed that involve face detection. For instance, face detection tasks may be decomposed into sets of one or more sub-tasks. In turn the sub-tasks of the sets may be allocated across multiple image frames. This allocation may be based on a multiple layer, quad-tree approach. In addition, face tracking tasks may be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yangzhou Du, Jianguo Li, Ang Liu, Tao Wang, Yimin Zhang
  • Patent number: 9965610
    Abstract: A machine access control system and corresponding method are provided. The machine access control system includes a camera configured to capture an input image of a subject purported to be a person associated with operating a particular workplace machine. The machine access control system further includes a memory storing a deep learning model configured to perform multi-task learning for a pair of tasks including a liveness detection task and a face recognition task. The machine access control system also includes a processor configured to apply the deep learning model to the input image to recognize an identity of the subject in the input image regarding being authorized to use the particular workplace machine and a liveness of the subject. The liveness detection task is configured to evaluate a plurality of different distractor modalities corresponding to different physical spoofing materials to prevent face spoofing for the face recognition task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignees: NEC Corporation, NEC Hong Kong Limited
    Inventors: Manmohan Chandraker, Xiang Yu, Eric Lau, Elsa Wong
  • Patent number: 9967742
    Abstract: Systems and methods for device-agnostic, multi-factor network authentication are disclosed. In some embodiments, a wireless network connection can authenticate a device over secure authentication means with a certificate that confirms a device identity. After authenticating the device, a user can be prompted to provide credentials in a captive portal. The captive portal can be inaccessible to devices that have not already authenticated using a certificate. After providing approved credentials to the captive portal, the user can access the network. This embodiment and additional embodiments are readily integrated into private wireless networks and others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A.
    Inventors: Lawrence T. Belton, Jr., Brian Beaty, Timothy H. Morris, Douglas S. Rodgers, Lynn Allen Smith
  • Patent number: 9967277
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to systems and methods for providing digital dye packs in connection with a transaction via a device user interface. In an embodiment, a system includes a communication module of a remote server that interacts with a device that receives, from a user of the device, specific identifier information in connection with conducting a transaction with a recipient server; wherein the specific identifier information is associated with an alert of potential risk of the transaction. The system also includes a non-transitory memory comprising a database storing specific identifier information with corresponding actions that are executed based on the specific identifier information. The system further includes at least one hardware processor for executing an action in response to receiving corresponding identifier information associated with the alert of potential risk from the device in connection with the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: PayPal, Inc
    Inventors: Kevin Tijerina, Abraham Doris-Down, Miguel Angel Escobedo, Matthew Alexander Wilczynski
  • Patent number: 9959453
    Abstract: A system for rendering a merged virtual 3D augmented replica of a 3D product image and a 3D model image of a body part. A 3D modeling engine transforms an acquired 2D image of a body part into a 3D augmented replica thereof. A GUI enables the merging, displaying and manipulating of the 3D product image and the 3D augmented replica of a body part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: AR (ES) Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Alex Eikelis, Rami Shtainer, Darya Frolova, Alex Sadikov, Dmitry Pundik
  • Patent number: 9959603
    Abstract: The present application discloses a method and a device for image processing. The method comprises: performing facial recognition on an image to be processed; determining a skin area to be processed in a facial area according to detection results; determining the locations of skin blemishes in the skin area to be processed; removing the skin blemishes in the facial area according to the determined locations of the skin blemishes in the skin area to be processed to obtain a processed image. The method and the device for image processing can modify people's skin in an image automatically, that is to say, both light-colored blemishes and obvious problems on the skin are removed. In contrast to the solutions for removing skin blemishes manually in various existing APPs for skin beautification, the method provided by the present application provides a better experience for users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Beijing Cheetah Network Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Guangsheng Xu, Jian Ma, Dingpan Li
  • Patent number: 9959345
    Abstract: Methods and systems for searching for and retrieving video content via fingerprint matching are described. In some example embodiments, the methods and systems access an index of reference fingerprints, such as quantized values associated with multiple values calculated from patches of a frame, that are associated with sequential frames of known video content. The methods and systems may receive a search query that includes a group of query fingerprints associated with sequential frames of video content presented at a client device, access the index, compare the group of query fingerprints to reference fingerprints of the index, determine that the group of query fingerprints match the reference fingerprints of the index, and identify the video content presented at the client device based on the determined match.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Gracenote, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven D. Scherf, Wilson Harron
  • Patent number: 9959455
    Abstract: A system for facial recognition comprising at least one processor; at least one input operatively connected to the at least one processor; a database configured to store three-dimensional facial image data comprising facial feature coordinates in a predetermined common plane; the at least one processor configured to locate three-dimensional facial features in the image of the subject, estimate three-dimensional facial feature location coordinates in the image of the subject, obtain the three-dimensional facial feature location coordinates and orientation parameters in a coordinate system in which the facial features are located in the predetermined common plane; and compare the location of the facial feature coordinates of the subject to images of people in the database; whereby recognition, comparison and/or likeness of the facial images is determined by comparing the predetermined common plane facial feature coordinates of the subject to images in the database. A method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Shiqiong Susan Young, Jinwei Ye
  • Patent number: 9949714
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a method, an electronic apparatus, and a computer readable medium of constructing a classifier for disease detection. The method includes the following steps. A codebook of representative features is constructed based on a plurality of disease-irrelevant data. Transfer-learned disease features are extracted from disease-relevant bio-signals according to the codebook without any medical domain knowledge, where both the disease-irrelevant data and the disease-relevant bio-signals are time-series data. Supervised learning is performed based on the transfer-learned disease features to train the classifier for disease detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Meng-Hsi Wu, Edward Chang
  • Patent number: 9955075
    Abstract: [Problems to be solved] To provide an information terminal, a power saving method in the information terminal and a recording medium which records a program which are capable of efficiently suppressing power consumption related to human detection. [Solution] A human detector performs human detection processing using a captured image by a camera and notifies a control unit of the detection result. Various sensors, an RF unit and a position information detector acquire information related to a change in a position of the information terminal and notify the control unit. The control unit performs power control for the camera on the basis of at least one of the human detection processing result and the information related to the change in the position of the information terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: NEC Platforms, Ltd.
    Inventor: Takashi Aoshima
  • Patent number: 9953211
    Abstract: An image recognition apparatus, method and non-transitory computer-readable storage medium are disclosed. An image recognition apparatus may include a memory storing instructions, and at least one processor configured to process the instructions to, determine an occlusion pattern of a face in a facial image representing the face by comparing the facial image with a standard facial image representing a standard face, and identify the facial image using a region determined by the occlusion pattern in the facial image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Akihiro Hayasaka
  • Patent number: 9946934
    Abstract: A machine-learning engine is disclosed that is configured to recognize and learn behaviors, as well as to identify and distinguish between normal and abnormal behavior within a scene, by analyzing movements and/or activities (or absence of such) over time. The machine-learning engine may be configured to evaluate a sequence of primitive events and associated kinematic data generated for an object depicted in a sequence of video frames and a related vector representation. The vector representation is generated from a primitive event symbol stream and a phase space symbol stream, and the streams describe actions of the objects depicted in the sequence of video frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: AVIGILON PATENT HOLDING 1 CORPORATION
    Inventors: John Eric Eaton, Wesley Kenneth Cobb, Dennis G. Urech, David S. Friedlander, Gang Xu, Ming-Jung Seow, Lon W. Risinger, David M. Solum, Tao Yang, Rajkiran K. Gottumukkal, Kishor Adinath Saitwal
  • Patent number: 9940504
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for the 3D scanning of a person's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Itseez3D, Inc.
    Inventor: Ilya Lysenkov
  • Patent number: 9940577
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to finding semantic parts in images. In implementation, a convolutional neural network (CNN) is applied to a set of images to extract features for each image. Each feature is defined by a feature vector that enables a subset of the set of images to be clustered in accordance with a similarity between feature vectors. Normalized cuts may be utilized to help preserve pose within each cluster. The images in the cluster are aligned and part proposals are generated by sampling various regions in various sizes across the aligned images. To determine which part proposal corresponds to a semantic part, a classifier is trained for each part proposal and semantic part to determine which part proposal best fits the correlation pattern given by the true semantic part. In this way, semantic parts in images can be identified without any previous part annotations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: Hailin Jin, Jonathan Krause, Jianchao Yang
  • Patent number: 9933935
    Abstract: An electronic device with a display and a touch-sensitive surface automatically crops a video content item in an editing mode of a video application; displays an automatically cropped area of the video content item on the display in the editing mode of the video application; and, while displaying the cropped area of the video content item on the display in the editing mode of the video application: detects a gesture on the touch-sensitive surface; and, in response to detecting the gesture on the touch-sensitive surface: overrides automatic cropping of the video content item by modifying the cropped area of the video content item in accordance with the gesture; and displays the modified cropped area of the video content item on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Gary W. Flint
  • Patent number: 9927862
    Abstract: A digital signal processor includes a variable precision hardware pipeline that provides a maximum level of precision using a first plurality of bits for a mathematical representation. The pipeline stages include data registers to store the first plurality of bits. A precision select module selects a level of precision for processing a block of instructions and sets a precision control register. Logic circuitry utilizes the precision control register to gate the clock signal for one or more of the first plurality of bits to reduce the precision of the hardware pipeline. The logic circuitry disables the clock signal for the data latches in the pipeline corresponding to bits to be disabled to reduce the precision. By disabling the clock signal for the data registers, the amount of power consumed by the pipeline can be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Shearer, Matthew Tubbs, Ryan Haraden
  • Patent number: 9928409
    Abstract: Video is often used to count and identify people entering and exiting an area, such as a store. This information may be used to determine the number and amount of time people are in the area, and other statistics and characteristics. These variables may be skewed by the associates employed or working in the area, instead of patrons or others. The present disclosure is directed to method for eliminating associates from video by facial analysis and the application of analytics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: VERINT SYSTEMS LTD.
    Inventor: Boaz Dudovich
  • Patent number: 9923974
    Abstract: Computer-based methods and devices for identifying devices and objects that can be targeted for the purpose of establishing a communication session are described. In an example embodiment, a mobile handset displays a visual indication of the location of devices in proximity relative to the location and orientation of the mobile handset. A mobile handset includes object recognition logic for determining when the mobile handset is targeting another device with which the mobile handset is authorized to communicate. In some cases, the targeted device may be a non-computing object serving as a proxy for another computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: Marcos Weskamp, Gever Tulley
  • Patent number: 9922184
    Abstract: A taken-image display unit displays a taken image on a display. By use of face identification data held in a registered user information holding section, a face authentication unit detects a face image of a registered user existing in a taken image. A face frame processing unit displays a face frame on the display for the detected registered user. If, when the face frame is being displayed, the face authentication unit detects by use of the face identification data held in the user information holding section that the face image of the registered user is included in the face frame, a login processing unit lets this user log in.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Nodoka Tokunaga, Keigo Tamura, Shoichi Ikenoue, Tomohiro Ogawa
  • Patent number: 9922237
    Abstract: A face authentication system of an example of the present invention includes: a first face area detection unit configured to detect a first face image from a first captured image captured by a camera; a first deformation unit configured to deform the first face image non-linearly using a template face image; a face image recording unit configured to record the deformed first face image as a registered face image; a second face area detection unit configured to detect a second face image from a second captured image captured by a camera; a second deformation unit configured to deform the second face image non-linearly using the template face image; and a face image matching unit configured to compare the deformed second face image with the registered face image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Zisheng Li, Tsuneya Kurihara, Harumi Kiyomizu, Tatsuhiko Kagehiro
  • Patent number: 9916495
    Abstract: A face comparison device according to the present invention includes: an occluded-feature point estimation unit that estimates an occluded-feature point that is a feature point of an invisible face, and outputs position information of the occluded-feature point; a pseudo-feature point estimation unit that estimates a pseudo-feature point that is an erroneously detected feature point not captured within the input image due to occlusion, and outputs position information of the pseudo-feature point; and a comparison unit that generates a normalized image of the input image by using the position information of the occluded-feature point and the pseudo-feature point, generates a normalized image of an acquired comparison image, and compares the first facial feature vector extracted from the normalized image of the input image and the second facial feature vector extracted from the generated normalized image of the comparison image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akihiro Hayasaka
  • Patent number: 9916685
    Abstract: A system and method for providing a fast, efficient and accurate method for recovery of depth information from a single image of a face is disclosed. The technique uses a novel thin-plate spline-based dense-correspondence method to align the face, and the representation incorporates a weighted framework, interpreting the depth recovery problem as a weighted data problem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Carnegie Mellon University
    Inventors: Utsav Prabhu, Marios Savvides
  • Patent number: 9912870
    Abstract: An image transmitting method and a photographing apparatus using the same are provided. According to the image transmitting method, a face included in an image is recognized and contents to be transmitted or a transmission destination is determined using a recognized face. Accordingly, a user may transmit a photographed image to another person easily using the photographing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Seung-dong Yu, Woo-yong Chang, Se-jun Park, Min-jeong Moon
  • Patent number: 9911056
    Abstract: In a method of generating a training image for teaching of a camera-based object recognition system suitable for use on an automated vehicle which shows an object to be recognized in a natural object environment, the training image is generated as a synthetic image by a combination of a base image taken by a camera and of a template image in that a structural feature is obtained from the base image and is replaced with a structural feature obtained from the template image by means of a shift-map algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: DELPHI TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Anslem Haselhoff, Dennis Mueller, Mirko Meuter, Christian Nunn
  • Patent number: 9904979
    Abstract: A method to frame a video stream is provided. A video stream is captured, then motion of the camera, object presence in the video stream, and position of the object are detected. A framed video stream is generated using a framing in dependence on the motion of the camera and the position of the object. A system for framing a video stream is also provided, wherein the system comprises a camera and a processing unit, and the processing unit comprises at least one processor and at least on memory including computer program instructions to execute a method to frame a video stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Apical Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael Tusch, Ilya Romanenko
  • Patent number: 9905104
    Abstract: A baby detection system and corresponding method are provided. The baby detection system includes a camera configured to capture an input image of a subject purported to be a baby and presented at an electronic-gate system. The baby detection system further includes a memory storing a deep learning model configured to perform a baby detection task for an electronic-gate application corresponding to the electronic-gate system. The baby detection system also includes a processor configured to apply the deep learning model to the input image to provide a baby detection result of either a presence or an absence of an actual baby in relation to the subject purported to be the baby. The baby detection task is configured to evaluate one or more different distractor modalities corresponding to one or more different physical spoofing materials to prevent baby spoofing for the baby detection task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignees: NEC Corporation, NEC Hong Kong Limited
    Inventors: Manmohan Chandraker, Wongun Choi, Eric Lau, Elsa Wong, Guobin Chen
  • Patent number: 9898836
    Abstract: A method for automatic video face replacement includes steps of capturing a face image, detecting a rotation angle of the face image, defining a region to be replaced in the face image, and pasting a region to be replaced of one of the replaced images having the corresponding rotation angle of the face image into a target replacing region. Therefore, the region to be replaced of a static or dynamic face image can be replaced by a replaced image quickly by a single camera without requiring a manual setting of the feature points of a target image. These methods support face replacement at different angles and compensate the color difference to provide a natural look of the replaced image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ming Chuan University
    Inventors: Chaur-Heh Hsieh, Hsiu-Chien Hsu
  • Patent number: 9892652
    Abstract: A scoring device has an acquisition unit that acquires image data in which a singer is photographed, a detector that detects a feature associated with an expression or a facial motion during singing as a facial feature of the singer from the image data acquired by the acquisition unit, a calculator that calculates a score for singing action of the singer based on the feature detected by the detector, and an output unit that outputs the score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Tatsuya Murakami, Lizhou Zhang
  • Patent number: 9892324
    Abstract: Approaches, techniques, and mechanisms are disclosed for generating thumbnails. According to one embodiment, a subset of images each depicting character face(s) is identified from a collection of images. An unsupervised learning method is applied to automatically cluster the subset of images into image clusters. Top image clusters are selected from the image clusters based at least in part on weighted scores of images clustered within the image clusters. Thumbnail(s) are generated from images in the top image clusters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: PCCW VUCLIP (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD.
    Inventor: Kulbhushan Pachauri
  • Patent number: 9886502
    Abstract: A system and method in which metadata associated with content data received from an information processing apparatus is used in determining related content data that includes a similar feature as the content data. The related content data may be determined from a channel in which the content data belongs according to a playback rate determination by the information processing apparatus of give content data used in determining the similar feature as the feature in the content data. The related content data may then be transmitted to the information apparatus, which may selectively playback the content data and the related content data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yuki Murata, Soichiro Atsumi
  • Patent number: 9886622
    Abstract: Technologies for generating an avatar with a facial expression corresponding to a facial expression of a user include capturing a reference user image of the user on a computing device when the user is expressing a reference facial expression for registration. The computing device generates reference facial measurement data based on the captured reference user image and compares the reference facial measurement data with facial measurement data of a corresponding reference expression of the avatar to generate facial comparison data. After a user has been registered, the computing device captures a real-time facial expression of the user and generates real-time facial measurement data based on the captured real-time image. The computing device applies the facial comparison data to the real-time facial measurement data to generate modified expression data, which is used to generate an avatar with a facial expression corresponding with the facial expression of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Yangzhou Du, Wenlong Li, Wei Hu, Xiaofeng Tong, Yimin Zhang
  • Patent number: 9881203
    Abstract: An image processing device (10) includes a posture estimation unit (110) that estimates posture information including a yaw angle and a pitch angle of a person's face from an input image including the person's face, and an image conversion unit (120) that generates a normalized face image in which an orientation of a face is corrected, on the basis of positions of a plurality of feature points in a face region image which is a region including the person's face in the input image, positions of the plurality of feature points in a three-dimensional shape model of a person's face, and the posture information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akihiro Hayasaka
  • Patent number: 9881209
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an image processing device for detecting tampering in a document image is disclosed. The image processing device comprises a processor and a memory communicatively coupled to the processor. The memory stores processor instructions, which, on execution, causes the processor to determine an image quality of the document image by analyzing one or more quality features extracted from the document image. The processor is caused to pre-process the document image based on a pre-defined ontology of documents when the image quality is above a pre-defined quality threshold. Further, the processor is caused to segment the pre-processed document image into one or more region of interests based on the pre-defined ontology of documents and detect tampering in a region of interest in the document image by processing each region of interest of the one or more region of interests to detect tampering in the document image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: WIPRO LIMITED
    Inventors: Ramachandra Budihal, Sujatha Jagannath, Sendil Kumar Jaya Kumar
  • Patent number: 9875395
    Abstract: A system and method for tagging an image of an individual in a plurality of photos is disclosed herein. A feature vector of an individual is used to analyze a set of photos on a social networking website to determine if an image of the individual is present in a photo of the set of photos. Photos having an image of the individual are tagged preferably by listing a URL or URI for each of the photos in a database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: AVIGILON PATENT HOLDING 1 CORPORATION
    Inventors: Charles A. Myers, Alex Shah
  • Patent number: 9875608
    Abstract: A sports-wagering kiosk including at least a (i) display; (ii) identification card reader; (iii) camera; (iv) processing means; (v) printer; (vi) ticket reader; (vii) bill validator; and (viii) communication link for communicating with a central computer system. The sports-wagering kiosk facilitates a registration and wagering process by: (i) capturing an image of a prospective player; (ii) reading data from an identification card including a photograph; (iii) verifying an age of the prospective player and validity of the identification card based on reading the data therefrom; (iv) transmitting at least some of the data read from the identification card to a central computer system; (v) verifying the identification of the prospective player by comparing the captured photograph to a photograph on the identification card; (vi) once the identification is verified, prompting the prospective player to enter a password; and (vii) printing a receipt with player account information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: American Wagering, Inc.
    Inventors: Sandra Drozd, Ronald Tabat, Sean Cronan
  • Patent number: 9876950
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus capable of setting a focus detection area in an imaging range includes a photometry unit, a face detection unit configured to detect a face area, and a photometry area setting unit configured to set a position of a main photometry area. When a user sets the focus detection area and the face detection unit detects a face area, the photometry area setting unit determines whether to set a position of the main photometry area to a position corresponding to the face area or to set a position of the main photometry area to a position corresponding to the focus detection area based on information regarding the face area and information regarding the focus detection area set by the user, and the photometry unit performs photometry on the object based on the position of the main photometry area set by the photometry area setting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hinako Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9875255
    Abstract: A terminal and a method for sharing content are provided. A terminal includes an image acquirer configured to acquire face image data from a camera while content is being displayed, a face recognizer configured to recognize a face included in the face image data, a face change detector configured to detect whether the recognized face is different from a face recognized in a previous image data, a contact searcher configured to, in response to the detection that the recognized face is different from the face recognized in the previous image data, search a contact corresponding to the recognized face, and an information transmitter configured to transmit content usage information to the searched contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sang Hyun Yoo, Kyoung Gu Woo, Seok Jin Hong, Yo Han Roh, Ji Hyun Lee, Ho Dong Lee
  • Patent number: 9875392
    Abstract: According to an example, a face capture and matching system may include a memory storing machine readable instructions to receive captured images of an area monitored by an image capture device, and detect one or more faces in the captured images. The memory may further store machine readable instructions to track movement of the one or more detected faces in the area monitored by the image capture device, and based on the one or more tracked detected faces, select one or more images from the captured images to be used for identifying the one or more tracked detected faces. The memory may further store machine readable instructions to select one or more fusion techniques to identify the one or more tracked detected faces using the one or more selected images. The face capture and matching system may further include a processor to implement the machine readable instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: ACCENTURE GLOBAL SERVICES LIMITED
    Inventors: Cyrille Bataller, Anders Astrom
  • Patent number: 9870507
    Abstract: In the image extraction device, an instruction acquisition unit acquires an instruction input by a user, and an image group selection unit selects a second image group, which has a smaller number of images than a first image group, from the first image group in response to the instruction. Then, an extraction reference determination unit determines an image extraction reference when extracting an image from the second image group based on images included in the first image group, and an image extraction unit extracts one or more images, the number of which is smaller than the number of images in the second image group, from the second image group according to the image extraction reference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Kei Yamaji, Junichi Asada
  • Patent number: 9864901
    Abstract: Implementations relate to image feature detection and masking in images based on color distributions. In some implementations, a computer-implemented method to determine a mask for an image includes determining a spatial function for a detected feature depicted in the image, the function indicating pixels of the image relative to an estimated feature boundary. A respective color likelihood distribution is determined for each of multiple regions of the image based on one or more distributions of color values in the regions, including a feature region and a non-feature region. A confidence mask is determined based on the spatial function and one or more of the color likelihood distributions. The confidence mask indicates, for each of multiple pixels of the image, an associated confidence that the pixel is a feature pixel. A modification is applied to pixels in the image using the confidence mask.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Jason Chang
  • Patent number: 9864902
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes: a holding unit that holds a plurality of images; a condition checking unit that checks imaging conditions of the plurality of images; a collation determining unit that determines whether to collate images among the plurality of images based on the imaging conditions of the images; a collation unit that collates the images determined to be collated by the collation determining unit to obtain a degree of similarity; and a classifying unit that classifies the collated images into a same category when the degree of similarity is equal to or greater than a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shunsuke Nakano, Hiroshi Sato, Yuji Kaneda, Takashi Suzuki, Atsuo Nomoto
  • Patent number: 9864903
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems, computer-implemented methods, and tangible computer-readable media for matching faces. The method includes receiving an image of a face of a first person from a device of a second person, comparing the image of the face of the first person to a database of known faces in a contacts list of the second person, identifying a group of potential matching faces from the database of known faces, and displaying to the second person the group of potential matching faces. In one variation, the method receives input selecting one face from the group of potential matching faces and displays additional information about the selected one face. In a related variation, the method displays additional information about one or more face in the displayed group of potential matching faces without receiving input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: William Roberts Cheswick
  • Patent number: 9858525
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are technologies directed to training a neural network to perform semantic segmentation. A system receives a training image, and using the training image, candidate masks are generated. The candidate masks are ranked and a set of the ranked candidate masks are selected for further processing. One of the set of the ranked candidate masks is selected to train the neural network. The one of the set of the set of the ranked candidate masks is also used as an input to train the neural network in a further training evolution. In some examples, the one of the set of the ranked candidate masks is selected randomly to reduce the likelihood of ending up in poor local optima that result in poor training inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Jifeng Dai, Kaiming He, Jian Sun
  • Patent number: 9858470
    Abstract: A method for performing a method for performing a performing a face tracking function in an electric device is provided. The electric device has a touch panel, a camera, and a processor. The method includes the following steps. A touch signal is receiving by the touch panel. Under a video call, a face tracking mode is entered based on the touch signal by the processor. Face tracking is performed on a captured frame from the camera to obtain at least one region of interesting (ROI) of the captured frame by the processor, each of the ROI having an image of a face. A target frame is generated by combining the at least one ROI by the processor. The target frame is transmitted to another electric device by the processor, so that the target frame is shown on the another electric device as a video talk frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: HTC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ming-Che Kang, Chung-Ko Chiu
  • Patent number: 9858679
    Abstract: Systems and methods associated with dynamic face identification are disclosed. One example method includes matching a query face against a set of clusters in a dynamic collection. Matching the query face against the set of clusters may facilitate identifying a person associated with the query face. The example method also includes matching the query face against a set of images in a static gallery to identify the person. Matching the query face against the static gallery may be performed when matching the query face against the set of clusters fails to identify the person. The example method also includes updating the set of clusters in the dynamic collection using the query face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Tong Zhang
  • Patent number: 9858471
    Abstract: An identification apparatus has an extraction unit comprising: an extraction unit; an acquisition unit; and an identification unit. The extraction unit extracts, from an object region in an image, a candidate region including candidate points of a predetermined object using parallax information. The acquisition unit acquires a characteristic value based on image information in the candidate region. The identification unit that identifies whether or not the candidate region includes the predetermined object based on similarity between the characteristic value and a reference characteristic value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Guifen Tian
  • Patent number: 9860282
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for enabling real-time synchronous communication with persons appearing in image or video files. For example, an image or video file is displayed on a display screen of a computing device. The computing device detects a user selection of a person present in the displayed image or video. A request is sent from the computing device to a service provider for profile information associated with the user-selected person. The computing device receives from the service provider profile information associated with the user-selected person, wherein the profile information includes a communications address of the user-selected person. The communications address is utilized to initiate a communications session on the computing device with the user-selected person present in the displayed image or video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Robert G. Farrell
  • Patent number: 9858404
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention may involve a method, system, and computer program product for controlling privacy in a face recognition application. A computer may receive an input including a face recognition query and a digital image of a face. The computer may identify a target user associated with a facial signature in a first database based at least in part on a statistical correlation between a detected facial signature and one or more facial signatures in the first database. The computer may extract a profile of the target user from a second database. The profile of the target user may include one or more privacy preferences. The computer may generate a customized profile of the target user. The customized profile may omit one or more elements of the profile of the target user based on the one or more privacy preferences and/or a current context.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Seraphin B. Calo, Bong Jun Ko, Kang-Won Lee, Theodoros Salonidis, Dinesh C. Verma