Image Segmentation Using Color Patents (Class 382/164)
  • Patent number: 10311327
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus comprises: a colored level calculation unit configured to calculate, for a first region in an image, an index indicating a strength of color; a feature amount calculation unit configured to calculate a first feature amount relating to luminance components in each of the first region and a second region, and a second feature amount relating to color components in the regions; an interest level calculation unit configured to calculate an interest level for the first region based on a difference for the first feature amount between the regions, a difference for the second feature amount between the regions, and an importance for each of the differences; and a region of interest detection unit; wherein the interest level calculation unit determines the importance for the differences based on the index.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Satoru Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10303967
    Abstract: Techniques for detecting an active area of interest within video data are disclosed. A videoconferencing system may include a sensor configured to capture sequential frames of video image data during a videoconference, and a processing subsystem. The processing subsystem may be configured to, for a given frame, apply filter(s) to individual pixels of the given frame to identify one or more pixels of interest within the given frame, where the filter(s) include a motion detection filter. The processing subsystem may further apply a multidimensional filter to the one or more pixels of interest, the multidimensional filter specifying one or more programmable density thresholds. The processing subsystem may further designate at least one group of pixels of interest that satisfies the one or more programmable density thresholds as an active area of interest; and control an aspect of the videoconference based at least in part upon the active area of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: LIFESIZE, INC.
    Inventors: Stephen Flosdorf, Sulanka Goonetilleke
  • Patent number: 10248887
    Abstract: An object tracking device and method and image shooting apparatus are provided. The object tracking device includes a processor and a memory, wherein the processor includes an image preprocessing module; a super-pixel matching module; and a background masking module configured to mask a super-pixel image having a matching area, in order to obtain a super-pixel masked image whose background area outside of the matching area is masked. The present invention is able to eliminate obstacles from a output area by a way of background masking, accurately and stably tracking the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoichiro Sato
  • Patent number: 10235785
    Abstract: A storage (240) of an image processing device (100) stores a background image (2410) and a first image (2420) and a second image (2430) that are foreground images with respect to the background image (2410), and a first basic mask image (the first basic mask image (2450) formed from pixels having a pixel value of ‘1’ indicating opacity and pixels having a pixel value of ‘0’ indicating transparence. An acquirer (250) acquires each of these images. An image generator (220) generates a first intermediate image by compositing the first image (2420) onto the background image (2410) only in pixels that are in the same positions as the pixels in the first basic mask image (2450) having the pixel value of ‘1’. The image generator (220) then generates a first composite image by overwriting the second image (2430) onto the first intermediate image only in the pixels that are in the same positions as the pixels in the first basic mask image (2450) having the pixel value of ‘1’.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: LIVE2D INC.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Nakajo, Masayuki Todate
  • Patent number: 10229337
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a method of segmenting a media item comprising media elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE (EPFL)
    Inventor: Radhakrishna Shri Venkata Achanta
  • Patent number: 10204413
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and method that uses polar dynamic programming PDP (PDP) method to generate a segmented image of a shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Arizona Board of Regents on Behalf of the University of Arizona
    Inventors: Jose Rosado-Toro, Jeffrey J. Rodriguez, Ryan Avery, Aiden Abidov
  • Patent number: 10204438
    Abstract: In some embodiments, the present invention provides for a computer system that may include a camera component configured to acquire a visual content, where the visual content includes a plurality of frames having a visual representation of a person's face; and a processor configured to: train a face detection regressor with a synthetic face model database to obtain a face detection trained regressor; apply, for each frame, the face detection trained regressor to detect or to track the face based on facial features, local features, and a pre-defined hyperparameter; construct an intermediate multi-dimensional face model; apply machine learning to determine features of an intermediate multi-dimensional head model; construct a multi-dimensional avatar; and utilize the multi-dimensional avatar to perform an activity associated with the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Banuba Limited
    Inventors: Yury Hushchyn, Dzmitry Kachatkou
  • Patent number: 10198823
    Abstract: Devices and techniques are generally described for segmentation of object image data from background image data. In some examples, the segmentation of object image data may comprise capturing image data comprising color data and depth data. In some examples, the segmentation of object image data may further include separating the depth data into a plurality of clusters of image data, wherein each cluster is associated with a respective range of depth values. In various examples, the segmentation of object image data may comprise selecting a main cluster of image data as corresponding to an object of interest in the image data. In various other examples, the segmentation of object image data may comprise identifying pixels of the main cluster that correspond to the object of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Amit Kumar Agrawal, Abhishek Singh, Visesh Uday Kumar Chari, Lelin Zhang, Qiang Liu, Rohith Mysore Vijaya Kumar, David Ting-Yu Wu
  • Patent number: 10186087
    Abstract: Techniques for occluding augmented reality objects are described in various implementations. In one example implementation, a method may include receiving an image captured by an image capture device and identifying a foreground object depicted in the image. The foreground object may be free of fiducial markers and may be positioned between the image capture device and a background depicted in the image. The method may also include generating an augmented reality image depicting an augmented reality object at least partially occluded by the foreground object such that, when the augmented reality image is displayed, the augmented reality object appears to be positioned behind the foreground object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L. P.
    Inventors: Stephen Davis, George Saklatvala
  • Patent number: 10184837
    Abstract: The present invention relates to charts, stacks and methods for evaluating skin color of a mammalian subject. The chart may include a substrate and an indicia visible from a first side of the substrate that includes a plurality of images of mammalian skin tones having varying degrees of yellowness, wherein each indicia is correlated with an index value. Also, the present invention relates to packaged topical cosmetic products that include a skin chart as well as to methods for evaluating anti-aging and skin lightening products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: ACCESS BUSINESS GROUP INTERNATIONAL LLC
    Inventors: Di Qu, Yulia Park
  • Patent number: 10176196
    Abstract: An image processing system for recognizing the scene type of an input image generates an image distance metric from a set of images. The image processing system further extracts image features from the input image and each image in the set of images. Based on the distance metric and the extracted image features, the image processing system computes image feature distances for selecting a subset of images. The image processing system derives a scene type from the scene type of the subset of images. In one embodiment, the image processing system is a cloud computing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Yi Li, Tianqiang Liu, Hao Chen, Meng Wang
  • Patent number: 10163244
    Abstract: Methods and systems for creating animation elements from digital drawings. In particular, one or more embodiments detect a digital drawing input stream including a plurality of strokes. One or more embodiments identify a plurality of stroke points for each stroke from the plurality of strokes, and determine a plurality of timestamps for the plurality of stroke points. One or more embodiments generate an animation element based on the plurality of stroke points and the plurality of timestamps. One or more embodiments also receive a selection to insert the animation element into a user interface, and insert the animation element with associated drawing time information and stroke point information into the user interface in response to the received selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: ADOBE SYSTEMS INCORPORATION
    Inventors: Sriraj Banerjee, Karnati Penchala Charith Chowdary, Ashish Garg
  • Patent number: 10152653
    Abstract: Examples relate to providing spatial analysis using attribute graphs. In one examples, there are a number of spatial points that each represent characteristics in a dimensional space. Non-data points are generated in the dimensional space, and a Delaunay triangulation is performed using the spatial points and the non-data points to generate a plurality of edges, where interior points of the plurality of non-data points that are in an interior space of the plurality of spatial points are excluded from the Delaunay triangulation. Next, spatial edges from the plurality of edges that each connect a spatial point that is connected to a first mixed edge to another spatial point that is connected to a second mixed edge are identified, where the spatial edges are used to generate a robust contour of a cluster of the spatial points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Nathan Moroney, Jun Zeng
  • Patent number: 10147288
    Abstract: An alarm method is disclosed. The method may comprise acquiring a monitoring video, detecting whether the monitoring video contains a moving target, determining whether the moving target is a preset object if it is detected that the monitoring video contains the moving target, and forbidding sending corresponding alarm information to a terminal if the moving target is determined to be the preset object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Xiaomi Inc.
    Inventors: Tao Zhang, Zhijun Chen, Pingze Wang
  • Patent number: 10147390
    Abstract: This application discloses a sub-pixel rendering method, and relates to the field of displaying. It is capable of making improvement with respect to the problem of distortion in the boundary region of the displayed image while ensuring a relatively high resolution of the display. The sub-pixel rendering method comprises: receiving a digital image; dividing, according to color values of image pixels in the digital image, the image pixels into boundary region pixels and continuous region pixels; generating a plurality of screen pixels on a screen, each screen pixel at least including one red sub-pixel, one blue sub-pixel, and one green sub-pixel, one of the plurality of screen pixels being used for correspondingly displaying one of the image pixels; wherein adjacent screen pixels for displaying the continuous region pixels share sub-pixels, and each screen pixel for displaying the boundary region pixels exclusively uses its sub-pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignees: BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd., Beijing BOE Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kai Yang, Peng Liu, Renwei Guo, Hao Zhang
  • Patent number: 10142520
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses methods and systems for generating a mixed raster content (MRC) format file for single background color image document. The method includes receiving an input document at an image capturing device. The input document is segmented into an image layer and a text layer. Then it is determined whether the image layer including a single background color. Upon affirmative determination, a new text layer with a background color mask is generated. The text layer and the new text layer is compressed using a compression scheme. The compressed text layer and the new text layer are integrated to generate an image data in the MRC file format. The generated image data is stored in a memory device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sainarayanan Gopalakrishnan, Rajasekar Kanagasabai, Vignesh Doss
  • Patent number: 10134116
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes a computing device accessing a deconvolution function for a point spread function describing at least part of a user's eyesight. The computing device applies the deconvolution function to an image to be displayed on a display to the user. The computing device then displays on the display the image as deconvolved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Benoit M. Schillings
  • Patent number: 10121251
    Abstract: A method for controlling tracking using a color model is disclosed. The method includes obtaining a window in a second frame of a video image corresponding to a window in a first frame of the video image using a tracking algorithm in a tracking mode, wherein each pixel in the video image has at least one color component. The method further includes defining a background area around the window in the first frame, assigning a pixel confidence value for each pixel in the second frame according to a color model, assigning a window confidence value for the window in the second frame according to the pixel confidence values of pixels in the window in the second frame, if the window confidence value is greater than a first confidence threshold, selecting the tracking mode, and if the window confidence value is not greater than the first confidence threshold, selecting a mode different from the tracking mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Fabrice Urban, Lionel Oisel, Tomas Enrique Crivelli
  • Patent number: 10114808
    Abstract: A method for updating automated annotations for a paper-based document is provided. The method may include receiving an image of the paper-based document, the image of the paper-based document including a plurality of highlighted annotations having at least one edited annotation. The method may also include extracting the at least one edited annotation from the received image of the paper-based document. The method may further include adding the extracted at least one edited annotation of the paper-based document to a data retention system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Varun Bhagwan, Daniel F. Gruhl, Neal R. Lewis, Steven R. Welch
  • Patent number: 10089554
    Abstract: A set of data comprising at least a first tile and a second tile is received. A determination of a measure is made, for a first pixel location included in both the first tile and the second tile, of whether the first pixel location corresponds to a boundary. A boundary map is generated as output. The boundary map can be used, in conjunction with an image, to regularize pixel brightness values of the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Descartes Labs, Inc.
    Inventor: Rick S. Chartrand
  • Patent number: 10062195
    Abstract: A method for processing a picture comprising at least one face is provided. The method comprises: —obtaining (S10) a cropping window in the picture; —processing (S18) the picture by cropping the picture part delimited by the cropping window; wherein the method further comprises detecting (S12) the at least one face, determining (S14) a weight for the detected at least one face and modifying (S16) the position of the cropping window in the picture based on the weight, wherein the weight is determined at least based on the size of the corresponding detected face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: THOMSON Licensing
    Inventors: Jean-Claude Chevet, Fabrice Urban, Christel Chamaret
  • Patent number: 10021275
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a control circuit and an image processing circuit. The control circuit divides a target image stored in a memory into predetermined units to generate a plurality of block image, generates rendering determination information for each of the plurality of block images, and stores the rendering determination information in the memory. The rendering determination information indicates whether the block image has a pixel value to be rendered. The image processing circuit acquires the generated rendering determination information for at least one block image of the target image from the memory, acquires, if the rendering determination information indicates that the block image has the pixel value to be rendered, the block image corresponding to the rendering determination information from the memory, and performs image processing on the acquired target image to generate rendering information for rendering the target image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Naoto Shiraishi
  • Patent number: 10019463
    Abstract: An image processing system for recognizing the scene type of an input image generates an image distance metric from a set of images. The image processing system further extracts image features from the input image and each image in the set of images. Based on the distance metric and the extracted image features, the image processing system computes image feature distances for selecting a subset of images. The image processing system derives a scene type from the scene type of the subset of images. In one embodiment, the image processing system is a cloud computing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Yi Li, Tianqiang Liu, Hao Chen, Meng Wang
  • Patent number: 9996900
    Abstract: Methods and systems are presented for converting a mosaiced image in which, for each pixel, a single color intensity value is defined for only one corresponding color, into a full color image in which, for each pixel, color intensity values are defined for each of three colors. For each color, the intensity values of the mosaiced image are interpolated, and regression filtering is performed using the intensity values of one or both of the other colors. Residual values are found as the difference between the result of the regression filtering and the mosaiced image, and these are interpolated, and added to the output of the regression, to form a full color image. The process may be iterated. In each iteration, the regression is performed using the refined channel images generated in the previous iteration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Kai-Kuang Ma, Wei Ye
  • Patent number: 9972067
    Abstract: A method for three-dimensional point cloud registration includes generating a first upsampled three-dimensional point cloud by identifying at least one missing point in the three-dimensional point cloud, determining an intensity of neighboring pixels, filling the at least one missing point in the three-dimensional point cloud with a filler point using depth information from depth values in the three-dimensional point cloud that correspond with the neighboring pixels, generating a second upsampled three-dimensional point cloud by determining at least one local area of the first upsampled three-dimensional point cloud, determining entropies of pixels in the two-dimensional image that correspond with the at least one local area, adding at least one point to the at least one local area based on the entropies of pixels in the two-dimensional image and a scaled entropy threshold, and registering the second upsampled three-dimensional point cloud with a predetermined three-dimensional model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Hyukseong Kwon, Kyungnam Kim
  • Patent number: 9955162
    Abstract: Apparatuses, methods, systems, and program products are disclosed for photo cluster detection and compression. An image module receives a set of images captured using a camera. A subset module determines a subset of the set of images based on a timestamp associated with each image of the set of images. The subset of images includes a plurality of images having a timestamp within a predefined time range. A compression module compresses the subset of images such that the compressed subset of images uses less storage space than the subset of images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Scott Wentao Li, Marco Alberto Gonzalez, Grigori Zaitsev
  • Patent number: 9947087
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for determining the safety of an image, which may be used to determine whether an image is appropriate for a given purpose or for use in a given context. Determining the safety of the image may include analyzing the image to determine the amount of skin exposed in various key body areas of each human represented in the image, such as a photograph.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: GumGum, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Scott Rosen
  • Patent number: 9928598
    Abstract: A depth measurement apparatus that calculates depth information of an object based on a first color image and a second color image. A depth calculator calculates depth information of a target pixel in a color plane, using the two color images. An evaluator calculates, for each color plane, an evaluation value to indicate a confidence coefficient of the depth information in the target pixel. The depth calculator (i) determines, based on the evaluation value, a color plane from which the depth information of the target pixel is calculated, (ii) calculates a correlation value in one color plane between the two color images, to calculate the depth information from the correlation value using a conversion table or a conversion formula that is different for each color plane, and (iii) calculates the depth information of the target pixel using a color plane of which a correlation value is a threshold or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Satoru Komatsu
  • Patent number: 9922681
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for adding interactive features to videos to enable users to create new media using a dynamic blend of motion and still imagery. The interactive techniques can include allowing a user to change the starting time of one or more subjects in a given video frame, or only animate/play a portion of a given frame scene. The techniques may include segmenting each frame of a video to identify one or more subjects within each frame, selecting (or receiving selections of) one or more subjects within the given frame scene, tracking the selected subject(s) from frame to frame, and alpha-matting to play/animate only the selected subject(s). In some instances, segmentation, selection, and/or tracking may be improved and/or enhanced using pixel depth information (e.g., using a depth map).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daniel C. Middleton, Oscar Nestares, Lucas B. Ainsworth
  • Patent number: 9906840
    Abstract: A system and method is provided where, in one aspect, a user signals that the user is interested in a particular image being displayed as part of a video, wherein objects in the image are detected and recognized, and wherein an action is taken based on information associated with the recognized objects. By way of example only, the actions may include recording a show (with or without a user's prior confirmation) or displaying information about a product in the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Nik Clayton
  • Patent number: 9892524
    Abstract: Image displaying methods, devices, and computer-readable non-transitory storage media containing instructions for implementing the displaying methods are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method includes acquiring an image upon receipt of a request for displaying the image, locating in the image an image region composed of at least three adjoining monochromatic sections, when a difference in color value between any two adjacent ones of the adjoining monochromatic sections in the image region is less than a threshold value, calculating one or more target color values using color values of the monochromatic sections in the image region, replacing color values of the image region with the target color values to generate a target image, and displaying the target image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Xiaomi Inc.
    Inventors: Chao Xu, Xingmin Wang, Kangxi Tan
  • Patent number: 9872040
    Abstract: In palette-based coding, a video coder may form a so-called “palette” as a table of colors representing the video data of a given block. The video coder may code index values for one or more pixels values of a current block of video data, where the index values indicate entries in the palette that represent the pixel values of the current block. A method includes determining a number of entries in a palette, and determining whether a block of video data includes any escape pixels not associated with any entry in the palette. The method includes responsive to determining that the number of entries is one, and that the block does not include any escape pixels, bypassing decoding index values for the pixel values of the block, and determining the pixel values of the block to be equal to the one entry in the palette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Wei Pu, Marta Karczewicz, Joel Sole Rojals, Liwei Guo, Rajan Laxman Joshi, Feng Zou
  • Patent number: 9849589
    Abstract: A mobile robot employing a method and a system for localizing the mobile robot using external surveillance cameras acquires images from the surveillance cameras installed indoors adjacent to each other, recognizes objects included in the images by removing shadows from the images and performing a homography scheme, and avoids the recognized objects. The mobile robot employing the method and the system for localizing the mobile robot using the external surveillance cameras enables rapider localization and lower price as compared with a conventional image-based autonomous robot, so that the commercialization of a service robot is accelerated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Gachon University of Industry-Academic Cooperation Foundation
    Inventor: Young-Im Cho
  • Patent number: 9852159
    Abstract: An image recognition apparatus is provided which comprises a first extracting means for extracting, from every registration image previously registered, a set of registration partial images of a predetermined size, and a second extracting means for extracting, from an input new image, a set of new partial images of a predetermined size. The apparatus further comprises a discriminating means for discriminating an attribute of the new partial image based on a rule formed by dividing the set of the registration partial images extracted by the first extracting means, and a collecting means for deriving a final recognition result of the new image by collecting discrimination results by the discriminating means at the time when the new partial images as elements of the set of the new partial images are input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroto Yoshii, Masakazu Matsugu
  • Patent number: 9846924
    Abstract: In accordance with embodiments of the present disclosure, an information handling system may include a processor and a non-transitory computer-readable medium embodying a program of instructions. The program of instructions may be configured to, when read and executed by the processor, receive a visible-light image from a visible-light sensor, receive an infrared image from an active infrared sensor, and compare the visible-light image to the infrared image to determine shadow regions of the visible-light image having shadows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Roman Joel Pacheco, Abu Shaher Sanaullah
  • Patent number: 9830567
    Abstract: A task management system and method that enables task assignment, that supports task monitoring, that produces task reminders, that verifies task completion, and that assigns rewards or penalties based on task performance. The task management system implements a method of receiving an indication of a particular task to be completed and first image data that corresponds to the particular task. The method further includes receiving second image data that corresponds to a second image, and processor comparing the first image data and the second image data. The processor can determine whether the particular task is completed based on comparing the first image data and the second image data. A notification indicating whether the particular task is completed is then sent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Location Labs, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew Weiss
  • Patent number: 9824299
    Abstract: Various features described herein may include ways of processing multiple images to determine whether any duplicates are among the multiple images. A hashing algorithm may be used to create a hash key of an image. Multiple hash keys corresponding to multiple images may be compared to determine whether those images are duplicate images. A root mean square algorithm may be used to further identify whether multiple images are duplicate images. An image variation engine, which uses intensity coding, may be used to display differences between images. For example, similar areas in images may be drawn with low intensity or high opacity, while different areas in images may be drawn with high intensity or low opacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventor: Shakti Suman
  • Patent number: 9818204
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method for camera identification and detection on color features. In some aspects, the method comprises: 1) starting the camera, the image processing unit and the display unit at the beginning of testing; 2) using the camera to capture the color characteristic value; and 3) moving the untested object to the detection area of the camera for it to be detected, wherein the image processing unit extracts the mean color characteristic value from the color pixels of the detection area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: CAPITALBIO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuan Xue, Guanbin Zhang, Cheng Chen
  • Patent number: 9773171
    Abstract: Disclosed are an event-specific taken picture arrangement device, a control method thereof and a control program thereof capable of efficiently observing the status of a change of a specific object by event. Multiple pictures P are divided into event picture groups ga1, gb1, gc1, and the like by event using a picture-taking date. The event picture groups ga1 and the like are further grouped into a plurality of groups of taken picture Ev1 to Ev6 by identical event. The taken pictures P of the identical event are consecutively arranged in an electronic album by identical event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Makoto Yonaha
  • Patent number: 9749607
    Abstract: Signal detection and recognition employees coordinated illumination and capture of images under to facilitate extraction of a signal of interest. Pulsed illumination of different colors facilitates extraction of signals from color channels, as well as improved signal to noise ratio by combining signals of different color channels. The successive pulsing of different color illumination appears white to the user, yet facilitates signal detection, even for lower cost monochrome sensors, as in barcode scanning and other automatic identification equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Jacob L. Boles, Alastair M. Reed, John D. Lord
  • Patent number: 9665943
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and/or methods may provide for segmenting an image by generating a histogram of its pixel values, dividing the histogram into class intervals, and then iteratively computing new, shifted weighted means and shifted class interval boundaries for the class intervals until a predetermined level of convergence to a limit is obtained. The pixels may then be updated to a last weighted mean for class intervals to which they belong, providing segmentation. Similarly, any data may be segmented to provide computational efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gilad Baruch, Doron Dag
  • Patent number: 9659224
    Abstract: Disclosed are techniques for merging optical character recognized (OCR'd) text from frames of image data. In some implementations, a device sends frames of image data to a server, where each frame includes at least a portion of a captured textual item. The server performs optical character recognition (OCR) on the image data of each frame. When OCR'd text from respective frames is returned to the device from the server, the device can perform matching operations on the text, for instance, using bounding boxes and/or edit distance processing. The device can merge any identified matches of OCR'd text from different frames. The device can then display the merged text with any corrections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Joseph Cole, Sonjeev Jahagirdar, Matthew Daniel Hart, David Paul Ramos, Ankur Datta, Utkarsh Prateek, Emilie Noelle McConville, Prashant Hegde, Avnish Sikka
  • Patent number: 9646056
    Abstract: Described is a system for rank-ordered and cognitive saliency schema-based object selection. The system receives a set of unnormalized probabilities corresponding to a set of objects competing for attentional selection in a current environment. Each unnormalized probability in the set of unnormalized probabilities is based on a likelihood estimation of encountering the corresponding object in the current environment. The set of objects is ranked based on a set of cognitive saliency values corresponding to the set of objects to generate a rank-ordered list of cognitive saliency values. The rank-ordered list of cognitive saliency values is analyzed to detect a schema of the current environment by which the set of objects is ranked. The schema is learned and stored along with a reward measure of the schema's utility. A maximum saliency object in the set of objects is selected based on the rank-ordered list of cognitive saliency values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew E. Phillips, Matthias Ziegler, Rajan Bhattacharyya
  • Patent number: 9633614
    Abstract: According to an aspect, a display device includes an image display panel and a signal processing unit. The signal processing unit derives a generation signal for a fourth sub-pixel in each of pixels based on an input signal for a first sub-pixel, an input signal for a second sub-pixel, an input signal for a third sub-pixel, and an extension coefficient. The signal processing unit derives a correction value based on a hue of an input color corresponding to a color to be displayed based on the input signal for the first sub-pixel, the input signal for the second sub-pixel, and the input signal for the third sub-pixel. The signal processing unit derives the output signal for the fourth sub-pixel in each of the pixels based on the generation signal for the fourth sub-pixel and the correction value and outputs the output signal to the fourth sub-pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Masaaki Kabe, Fumitaka Gotoh, Kazuhiko Sako, Toshiyuki Nagatsuma, Kojiro Ikeda, Tsutomu Harada
  • Patent number: 9633444
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an image segmentation method and device. The image segmentation method comprises: establishing a saliency model of an image; obtaining foreground sample points and background sample points of the image according to the saliency model; establishing a foreground and background classification model according to the saliency model, the foreground sample points and the background sample points; and segmenting the image according to a predefined graph cut algorithm which segments the image by using the foreground and background classification model and edge information related to pixels in the image. A problem that a user needs to manually and roughly select the foreground sample points and the background sample points and thus the segmentation efficiency is low for segmenting a large number of images is solved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: XIAOMI INC.
    Inventors: Lin Wang, Qiuping Qin, Zhijun Chen
  • Patent number: 9619729
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a density measuring device includes a first calculator, a second calculator, and a first generator. The first calculator calculates, from an image including objects of a plurality of classes classified according to a predetermined rule, for each of a plurality of regions formed by dividing the image, density of the objects captured in the region. The second calculator calculates, from the density of the objects captured in each of the regions, likelihood of each object class captured in each of the regions. The first generator generates density data, in which position corresponding to each of the regions in the image is assigned with the density of the object class having at least the higher likelihood than the lowest likelihood from among likelihoods calculated for object classes captured in the corresponding region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Quoc Viet Pham
  • Patent number: 9619897
    Abstract: Blotches may be identified and processed to reduce or eliminate the blotch. The blotch may be in just one of several separations and multiple separations may be used, for example, to identify the blotch. An implementation (i) compares a first component image of an image with a first component image of a reference image, (ii) compares a second component image of the image with a second component image of the reference image, and (iii) determines based on these comparisons whether the first component image of the image includes a blotch. Multiple image separations also, or alternatively, may be used, for example, to modify the blotch, as well as to evaluate whether a modification is beneficial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Keren O. Perlmutter, Sharon M. Perlmutter
  • Patent number: 9603300
    Abstract: Some embodiments described herein include a method for generating scaled terrain information with an unmanned autonomous gardening vehicle. In some embodiments the gardening vehicle includes a driving unit comprising a set of at least one drive wheel and a motor connected to the at least one drive wheel for providing movability of the gardening vehicle, a gardening-tool and a camera for capturing images of a terrain, the camera being positioned and aligned in known manner relative to the gardening vehicle. In context of the method the gardening vehicle is moved in the terrain while concurrently generating a set of image data by capturing an image series of terrain sections so that at least two (successive) images of the image series cover an amount of identical points in the terrain, wherein the terrain sections are defined by a viewing area of the camera at respective positions of the camera while moving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: HEXAGON TECHNOLOGY CENTER GMBH
    Inventor: Bo Pettersson
  • Patent number: 9609296
    Abstract: Signal detection and recognition employees coordinated illumination and capture of images under to facilitate extraction of a signal of interest. Pulsed illumination of different colors facilitates extraction of signals from color channels, as well as improved signal to noise ratio by combining signals of different color channels. The successive pulsing of different color illumination appears white to the user, yet facilitates signal detection, even for lower cost monochrome sensors, as in barcode scanning and other automatic identification equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Jacob L. Boles, Alastair M. Reed, John D. Lord
  • Patent number: 9602793
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for processing sensor data in an image processor that implements at least one image enhancement process, the method comprising: a) performing a skin tone detection operation to identify skin tone areas in the sensor data; b) selectively modifying at least one image enhancement process for the identified skin tone areas; and c) applying the at least one modified image enhancement process to the identified skin tone areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Imagination Technologies Limited
    Inventor: Hugh Phu Nguyen