Point Features (e.g., Spatial Coordinate Descriptors) Patents (Class 382/201)
  • Patent number: 10909769
    Abstract: The mixed reality based 3D sketching device includes a processor; and a memory connected to the processor. The memory stores program commands that are executable by the processor to periodically tracks a marker pen photographed through a camera, to determine whether to remove a third point using a distance between a first point corresponding to a reference point, among points that are sequentially tracked, and a second point at a current time, a preset constant, and an angle between the first point, the second point, and the previously identified third point, to search an object model corresponding to a 3D sketch that has been corrected, after correction is completed depending on the removal of the third point, and to display the searched object model on a screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: INDUSTRY ACADEMY COOPERATION FOUNDATION OF SEJONG UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Soo Mi Choi, Jun Han Kim, Je Wan Han
  • Patent number: 10896493
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed toward intelligently mixing and matching faces and/or people to generate an enhanced image that reduces or minimize artifacts and other defects. For example, the disclosed systems can selectively apply different alignment models to determine a relative alignment between a references image and a target image having an improved instance of the person. Upon aligning the digital images, the disclosed systems can intelligently identify a replacement region based on a boundary that includes the target instance and the reference instance of the person without intersecting other objects or people in the image. Using the size and shape of the replacement region around the target instance and the reference instance, the systems replace the instance of the person in the reference image with the target instance. The alignment of the images and the intelligent selection of the replacement region minimizes inconsistencies and/or artifacts in the final image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: ADOBE INC.
    Inventors: Seyed Morteza Safdarnejad, Chih-Yao Hsieh
  • Patent number: 10783658
    Abstract: A method of processing an image including pixels distributed in cells and in blocks is disclosed, the method including the steps of: a) for each cell, generating n first intensity values of gradients having different orientations, each first value being a weighted sum of the values of the pixels of the cell; b) for each cell, determining a main gradient orientation of the cell and a second value representative of the intensity of the gradient in the main orientation; c) for each block, generating a descriptor of n values respectively corresponding, for each of the n gradient orientations, to the sum of the second values of the cells of the block having the gradient orientation considered as the main gradient orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: COMMISSARIAT À L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
    Inventors: Camille Dupoiron, William Guicquero, Gilles Sicard, Arnaud Verdant
  • Patent number: 10765864
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method and device for filtering sensor data. Signals from an array of sensor pixels are received and checked for changes in pixel values. Motion is detected based on the changes in pixel values, and motion output signals are transmitted to a processing station. If the sum of correlated changes in pixel values across a predetermined field of view exceeds a predetermined value, indicating sensor jitter, the motion output signals are suppressed. If a sum of motion values within a defined subsection of the field of view exceeds a predetermined threshold, indicating the presence of a large object of no interest, the motion output signals are suppressed for that subsection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC
    Inventors: Frances S. Chance, Christina E. Warrender
  • Patent number: 10753881
    Abstract: Systems and methods suitable for capable of autonomous crack detection in surfaces by analyzing video of the surface. The systems and methods include the capability to produce a video of the surfaces, the capability to analyze individual frames of the video to obtain surface texture feature data for areas of the surfaces depicted in each of the individual frames, the capability to analyze the surface texture feature data to detect surface texture features in the areas of the surfaces depicted in each of the individual frames, the capability of tracking the motion of the detected surface texture features in the individual frames to produce tracking data, and the capability of using the tracking data to filter non-crack surface texture features from the detected surface texture features in the individual frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Purdue Research Foundation
    Inventors: Mohammad Reza Jahanshahi, Fu-Chen Chen
  • Patent number: 10728543
    Abstract: An encoder includes memory and circuitry. Using the memory, the circuitry: in a first operating mode, derives a first motion vector in a unit of a prediction block obtained by splitting an image included in a video, and performs, in the unit of the prediction block, a first motion compensation process that generates a prediction image by referring to a spatial gradient of luminance in an image generated by performing motion compensation using the first motion vector derived; and in a second operating mode, derives a second motion vector in a unit of a sub-block obtained by splitting the prediction block, and performs, in the unit of the sub-block, a second motion compensation process that generates a prediction image without referring to a spatial gradient of luminance in an image generated by performing motion compensation using the second motion vector derived.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Corporation of America
    Inventors: Kiyofumi Abe, Takahiro Nishi, Tadamasa Toma, Ryuichi Kanoh
  • Patent number: 10628702
    Abstract: A template image of a form document is processed to identify alignment regions used to match a query image to the template image and processing regions to identify areas from which information is to be extracted. Processing of the template image includes the identification of a set of meaningful template vectors. A query image is processed to determine meaningful query vectors. The meaningful template vectors are compared with the meaningful query vectors to determine whether the format of the template and query images match. Upon achievement of a match, a homography between the images is determined. In the event a homography threshold has been met, information is extracted from the query image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventors: Candice R. Gerstner, Katelyn J. Meixner
  • Patent number: 10510145
    Abstract: A medical image comparison method is firstly to obtain plural images of the same body at different time points. Then, obtain a first feature point group by detecting feature points in the first image captured at a first time point, and a second feature point group by identifying feature points in the second image captured at a second time point. An overlapping image information is generated by aligning the second image with the first image according to the first and second feature point groups. Then, window areas corresponding to a first matching image and a second matching image of the overlapping image information are extracted one by one by sliding a window mask, and an image difference ratio for each of the window areas is calculated. In addition, a medical image comparison system is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Jian-Ren Chen, Guan-An Chen, Su-Chen Huang, Yue-Min Jiang
  • Patent number: 10496694
    Abstract: For an augmented reality (AR) content creation system having a marker database, when a user requests this system to use a first sub-image of an image to update the marker database, this system computes a suitability score of the first sub-image for rating feature richness of the first sub-image and uniqueness thereof against existing markers in the marker database. When the suitability score is less than a threshold value, a second sub-image of the image having a suitability score not less than the threshold value and completely containing the first sub-image is searched. Then the second sub-image, the suitability score thereof and the suitability score of the first sub-image are substantially-immediately presented to the user for real-time suggesting the user to use the second sub-image instead of the first sub-image as a new marker in updating the marker database to increase feature richness or uniqueness of the new marker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited
    Inventors: Kar-Wing Edward Lor, King Wai Chow, Laifa Fang
  • Patent number: 10460156
    Abstract: Various aspects of an image-processing apparatus and method to track and retain an articulated object in a sequence of image frames are disclosed. The image-processing apparatus is configured to segment each image frame in the sequence of image frames into different segmented regions that corresponds to different super-pixels. An articulated object in a first motion state is detected by non-zero temporal derivatives between a first image frame and a second image frame. A first connectivity graph of a first set of super-pixels of the first image frame, is constructed. A second connectivity graph of a second set of super-pixels of the second image frame, is further constructed. A complete object mask of the articulated object in a second motion state is generated based on the first connectivity graph and the second connectivity graph, where at least a portion of the articulated object is stationary in the second motion state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Daniel Usikov
  • Patent number: 10460432
    Abstract: A system for strain testing employs an ink aspiration system adapted to apply a stochastic ink pattern. The stochastic pattern is applied to a test article and a test fixture receives the test article. A digital image correlation (DIC) imaging and calculation system is positioned relative to the test article to image the stochastic ink pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Antonio L. Boscia
  • Patent number: 10215858
    Abstract: Examples relating to the detection of rigid shaped objects are described herein. An example method may involve a computing system determining a first point cloud representation of an environment at a first time using a depth sensor positioned within the environment. The computing system may also determine a second point cloud representation of the environment at a second time using the depth sensor. This way, the computing system may detect a change in position of a rigid shape between a first position in the first point cloud representation and a second position in the second point cloud representation. Based on the detected change in position of the rigid shape, the computing system may determine that the rigid shape is representative of an object in the environment and store information corresponding to the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Greg Joseph Klein, Arshan Poursohi, Sumit Jain, Daniel Aden
  • Patent number: 10192287
    Abstract: An image processing method is adapted to process images captured by at least two cameras in an image system. In an embodiment, the image processing method comprises: matching two corresponding feature points for two images, respectively, to become a feature point set; selecting at least five most suitable feature point sets, by using an iterative algorithm; calculating a most suitable radial distortion homography between the two images, according to the at least five most suitable feature point sets; and fusing the images captured by the at least two cameras at each of timing sequences, by using the most suitable radial distortion homography.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Sheng-Wei Chan, Che-Tsung Lin
  • Patent number: 10181088
    Abstract: A system and method for performing foreground/background separation on an input image. The method identifies a corresponding model visual element in a scene model associated with the input image, the model visual element being associated with a set of element models, each element model including a plurality of visual data sets. Select an element model from the set of element models, dependent upon a visual distance between the input visual element and a visual data set of the selected element model satisfying a predetermined criterion. The method classifies the input visual element as one of foreground and background, dependent upon the selected element model, and then updates each visual data set in the selected element model, dependent upon the input visual element and at least first and second different methods of updating a visual data set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Amit Kumar Gupta, Ashley Partis, Xin Yu Liu
  • Patent number: 10157372
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods are disclosed that detect and interpret the meaning of visual indicators (such as LEDs) of devices, and provide information and solutions to potential malfunctions to users. For example, image data of the visual indicators can be captured by an image capture device (such as a camera). The image data may then be analyzed to identify an object captured in the image data. Luminescence of pixel values in the image data corresponding to a visual indicator of the object may be used to determine a sequence of the visual indicator. Then, information corresponding to the meaning of the sequence may be sent to a device of a user or owner of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ilya Vladimirovich Brailovskiy, Paul Berenberg
  • Patent number: 10140549
    Abstract: Various embodiments may increase scalability of image representations stored in a database for use in image matching and retrieval. For example, a system providing image matching can obtain images of a number of inventory items, extract features from each image using a feature extraction algorithm, and transform the same into their feature descriptor representations. These feature descriptor representations can be subsequently stored and used to compare against query images submitted by users. Though the size of each feature descriptor representation isn't particularly large, the total number of these descriptors requires a substantial amount of storage space. Accordingly, feature descriptor representations are compressed to minimize storage and, in one example, machine learning can be used to compensate for information lost as a result of the compression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: A9.COM, INC.
    Inventors: Simant Dube, Sunil Ramesh, Xiaofan Lin, Arnab Sanat Kumar Dhua, Colin Jon Taylor, Jaishanker K. Pillai
  • Patent number: 10102421
    Abstract: A method for face recognition in the video comprises: performing feature extraction on a target face in multiple image frames in the video to generate multiple face feature vectors respectively corresponding to the target face in the multiple image frames; performing time sequence feature extraction on the plurality of face feature vectors to convert the plurality of face feature vectors into a feature vector of a predetermined dimension; and judging the feature vector of the predetermined dimension by using a classifier so as to recognize the target face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: PINHOLE (BEIJING) TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Erjin Zhou, Qi Yin
  • Patent number: 10095952
    Abstract: The invention provides a method and device for acquiring clothing image attribute points, which can increase an efficiency of acquiring the clothing image attribute points. The method comprises: saving five attribute points manually calibrated and determining first to eleventh points in sequence by taking a horizontal direction as a horizontal coordinate and a vertical direction as a vertical coordinate, for a first side of two bilaterally symmetric sides of the clothing image. By means of a technical solution of an embodiment of the present invention, for the clothing image, five points are manually calibrated first; and then the other eleven attribute points can be determined by a computer, so that a manual workload is reduced, and the efficiency of acquiring the clothing image attribute points is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignees: BEIJING JINGDONG SHANGKE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD., BEIJING JINGDONG CENTURY TRADING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Gang Zhao
  • Patent number: 10089417
    Abstract: Structure boundaries may be determined by receiving a plurality of three dimensional (3D) data points representing a geographic area. The 3D data points may be projected into a two dimensional (2D) grid comprised of area elements. A structure boundary may be determined based on an analysis of the area elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Xi Zhang, Xin Chen
  • Patent number: 10089601
    Abstract: A solution for inventory identification and quantification using a portable computing device (“PCD”) comprising a camera subsystem is described. An exemplary embodiment of the solution comprises a method that begins with capturing a video stream of a physical inventory comprised of a plurality of individual inventory items. Using a set of tracking points appearing in sequential frames, and optical flow calculations, coordinates for global centers of the frames may be calculated. From there, coordinates for identified inventory items may be determined relative to the global centers of the frames within which they are captured. Comparing the calculated coordinates for inventory items identified in each frame, as well as fingerprint data, embodiments of the method may identify and filter duplicate image captures of the same inventory item within some statistical certainty. Symbology data, such as QR codes, are decoded and quantified as part of the inventory count.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventors: Jed Wasilewsky, Chase Campbell, Kelly Storm
  • Patent number: 10068128
    Abstract: The present disclosure pertains to the field of image processing technologies and discloses a face key point positioning method and a terminal. The method includes: obtaining a face image; recognizing a face frame in the face image; determining positions of n key points of a target face in the face frame according to the face frame and a first positioning algorithm; performing screening to select, from candidate faces, a similar face whose positions of corresponding key points match the positions of the n key points of the target face; and determining positions of m key points of the similar face selected through screening according to a second positioning algorithm, m being a positive integer. In this way, the problem that positions of key points obtained by a terminal have relatively great deviations in the related technologies is resolved, thereby achieving an effect of improving accuracy of positioned positions of the key points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Tencent Technology (Shenzhen) Company Limited
    Inventors: Chengjie Wang, Jilin Li, Feiyue Huang, Yongjian Wu
  • Patent number: 10013619
    Abstract: The invention relates to method of detecting elliptical structures (10) in an image (9), comprising: detecting circular arc-shaped structures (11) in the image (9) using a circle Hough transform (CHT) of the image (9), wherein a radius and a center point (12) are determined for each circular arc-shaped structure (11), identifying pairs of circular arc-shaped structures (11) consisting of two of the detected circular arc-shaped structures (11) with substantially equal radii, defining, for each one of these pairs, a search area (14) within the image (9) depending on the center points (12) of the respective pair of circular arc-shaped structures (11), searching in the search area (14) defined for any given pair of circular arc-shaped structures (11), for a pair of edges (16) connecting these two circular arc-shaped structures (11). The invention further relates to a device for detecting elliptical structures in an image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: MANDO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jochen Abhau
  • Patent number: 9959454
    Abstract: A face recognition device includes a processor configured to: extract a plurality of feature points of a face included in an input image; detect a first and a second feature points that are paired from among the plurality of the feature points, a third feature point that is away from a straight line that connects the first and the second feature points, and two inter-feature vectors starting from the third feature point to the respective first the second feature points; calculate a feature angle formed by the two detected inter-feature vectors; and perform face recognition based on the feature angle formed by the two inter-feature vectors included in face information that is previously set as the face targeted for recognition and based on the calculated feature angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Toshiro Ohbitsu
  • Patent number: 9953238
    Abstract: The invention relates to an image processing method for automatically extracting distorted circular image elements (109; 601) from an image (101), comprising the steps of determining, by means of a circle detection (102), at least one circular image section (103; 301, 301?) as a first approximation of at least one distorted circular image element (109; 601), then determining, via a statistical color analysis of the at least one determined circular image section (301, 301?), whether the circular image section (301, 301?) belongs to one of one or more predefined color classes and, in case thereof, assigning the circular image section to the respective color class, and, finally, determining an exact shape (109; 601) of the at least one distorted circular element by starting with at least one of the one or more determined circular image sections assigned to one of the one or more color classes and varying the image section to maximize a value of a color-class specific function of the image section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: MANDO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jochen Abhau
  • Patent number: 9934304
    Abstract: Systems and methods for optimizing memory in an interest-driven business intelligence system in accordance with embodiments of the invention are illustrated. A dictionary for storing values of a dataset may be partitioned in accordance with some embodiments. The partitions of the dictionary may be generated by mapping and reducer processes. The mapping processes receive a value, determine the dimension of the data to which the value belongs, and provides the value to a reducer process that handles the determined dimension. Each reducer process generates partitions of the dictionary for each dimension. The number of values in each partition is determined and compared to a threshold value. Partitions that have a number of values greater than the threshold are stored in a common memory. Partitions smaller than the threshold value can be combined with other partitions such that the cardinality of the combined partition exceeds the threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Workday, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Beyer, Mayank Pradhan, Vignesh Sukumar
  • Patent number: 9858501
    Abstract: A reliability acquiring apparatus includes a section that stores information on a classifier that outputs part likelihood concerning a predetermined part of a detection target when applied to an image, a section that calculates, concerning an image region included in an input image, the part likelihood on the basis of the information on the classifier, a section that determines, on the basis of the calculated part likelihood, a position of the predetermined part in the input image, a section that stores information on a reference position of the predetermined part, a section that calculates, on the basis of the information on the reference position, difference information between the reference position of the predetermined part and the determined position of the predetermined part, and a section that calculates, on the basis of the difference information, reliability indicating possibility that the input image is an image of the detection target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yusuke Morishita
  • Patent number: 9838572
    Abstract: The method includes for each current pair of first and second successive video images determining movement between the two images. The determining includes a phase of testing homography model hypotheses on the movement by a RANSAC type algorithm operating on a set of points in the first image and first assumed corresponding points in the second image so as to deliver one of the homography model hypothesis that defines the movement. The test phase includes a test of first homography model hypotheses of the movement obtained from a set of second points in the first image and second assumed corresponding points in the second image. At least one second homography model hypothesis is obtained from auxiliary information supplied by an inertial sensor and representative of a movement of the image sensor between the captures of the two successive images of the pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS SA
    Inventors: Manu Alibay, Stéphane Auberger
  • Patent number: 9798955
    Abstract: Image processing apparatus includes a local amount generation unit, a correspondence point calculation unit, a relative correspondence point information calculation unit, a correspondence point selecting unit and a decision unit. The local feature value generation unit calculates, for a first image, a set of information about first local feature values including a first feature point(s). The correspondence point calculation unit calculates, for a second image, as information about correspondence point(s), a correspondence relation between the first and second feature point(s) contained in a set of information about second local feature values calculated from the second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ruihan Bao, Kyota Higa
  • Patent number: 9727586
    Abstract: To reduce communication costs and computational complexity, only a subset of ranked SIFT points within a query image for a visual search request is transmitted to the visual search server in each iteration of an incremental search. For each candidate match, a flag identifying the matching points is returned by the server for use in computing holistic (e.g., histogram) information for a bounding box within the query image including the matching points. Distance from that query image holistic information is used to reject images from a short list used for a subsequent iteration, if any. If all images are rejected or a match criteria is met during one iteration, the search may terminate early without consideration of remaining SIFT points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhu Li, Ankur Saxena, Abhishek Nagar, Gaurav Srivastava, Kong Posh Bhat
  • Patent number: 9659227
    Abstract: Object detecting apparatus and method enable to easily and accurately generate a feature quantity for detecting an object at low cost. To achieve this, in the object detecting apparatus and method, a value is assigned in consideration of relations of rotation and reversal in uniform patterns by using a small-sized conversion table, and, an ULBP feature quantity after rotation and reversal is generated from a previous ULBP feature quantity by simple calculation without using a conversion table indicating a correspondence relation between previous values and values after rotation and reversal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Daisuke Nakashima, Tsewei Chen
  • Patent number: 9654685
    Abstract: A camera apparatus and method enabling a user to conveniently control an operation of the camera apparatus according to a gesture of a subject for photography input through a lens of a camera, and a method of controlling the camera apparatus are provided. The method includes generating a current frame by receiving an image input through a camera; comparing the current frame and one or more previous frames stored before the current frame and detecting a gesture of a subject for photography included in the current frame and the one or more previous frames; determining whether the gesture is a gesture UI; and when the gesture is the gesture UI, executing an operation corresponding to the gesture UI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Ivan Koryakovskiy, Moon-Sik Jeong, Sung-Do Choi, Dong-Wook Kwon
  • Patent number: 9639755
    Abstract: A system for automatically characterizing areas of interest (e.g., urban areas, forests, and/or other compound structures) in high resolution overhead imagery through manipulation of a dictionary of visual words. The pixels of an input overhead image are initially clustered into a plurality of hierarchically-arranged connected components of a first hierarchical data structure. Image descriptors (e.g., shape, spectral, etc.) of the connected components are then clustered into a plurality of hierarchically-arranged nodes of a second hierarchical data structure. The nodes at a particular level in the second hierarchical data structure become a dictionary of visual words. Subsets of the visual words may be used to label the cells of a grid over the geographic area as falling into one of a number of areas of interest. Categorization information from the grid may be mapped into a resultant image whereby pixels depict their respective type of area of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: DigitalGlobe, Inc.
    Inventor: Lionel Gueguen
  • Patent number: 9612131
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, at a processor from a camera, image data associated with a control panel. The method also includes presenting one or more images at a display. The one or more images are generated based on the image data. The method includes determining a location of a first control of the control panel based on the image data and based on control settings data. The method includes providing an indication of the location of the first control at the display, and providing an indication of a desired configuration of the first control at the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Thomas O. Smailus, Monica C. Rosman Lafever
  • Patent number: 9595095
    Abstract: A robot system includes a processing apparatus that detects one work from a plurality of works, and a robot that operates the detected one work. The processing apparatus includes a display unit that displays image data containing an image of the plurality of works captured by an imaging apparatus, a selection unit that selects a first image and a second image from the image data, and a processing unit that generates a model based on the first image and the second image and detects the one work using the generated model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Seiji Aiso
  • Patent number: 9536171
    Abstract: To detect the presence of a logo in a search image, the positions of edges, in an image of the logo and in the search image, are represented by ratios of distances between the respective edge and a plurality of preceding edges. This can be carried out both horizontally and vertically. A sequence of edges at a selected position in the logo image is then compared with sequences of edges from a plurality of positions in the search image, and the position of the logo in the search image is determined from the position of a match between the respective sequences of edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Snell Limited
    Inventor: Jonathan Diggins
  • Patent number: 9536167
    Abstract: The techniques include an image recognition system to receive a realogram image including a plurality of organized objects and to detect and identify objects in the realogram image of one or more items on a retail shelf, identify shelf fronts and labels on the shelf fronts, identify empty space under shelves, identify areas where unidentified products may be, and identify areas where products are “out of stock”.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Ricoh Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Edward Schwartz
  • Patent number: 9449227
    Abstract: Systems/apparatuses and methods are provided for creating aerial images. A three-dimensional point cloud image is generated from an optical distancing system. Additionally, at least one two-dimensional street level image is generated from at least one camera. The three-dimensional point cloud image is colorized with the at least one two-dimensional street level image, thereby forming a colorized three-dimensional point cloud image. The colorized three-dimensional point cloud image is projected onto a two-dimensional plane, using a processor, thereby forming a synthetic aerial image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Xin Chen, Roman Ostrovskiy, Xiang Ma
  • Patent number: 9430711
    Abstract: A feature point matching device includes a position feature generation unit for generating a position feature quantity for a feature point based on a position of the feature point included in an image, a pixel value feature generation unit for generating a pixel value feature quantity for the feature point based on a pixel value of the feature point included in the image, and a feature matching unit for matching a first feature point and a second feature point based on a degree of matching between a first position feature quantity generated from a first image and a second position feature quantity generated from a second image and a degree of matching between a first pixel value feature quantity generated from the first image and a second pixel value feature quantity generated from the second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tatsuo Akiyama
  • Patent number: 9397850
    Abstract: The conference system (KS) can comprise at least one mobile terminal with a respective signaling apparatus which contains a sensor which detects motion by the signaling apparatus and outputs a corresponding motion signal. In addition, it can contain a motion signal processing apparatus which associates the motion signal from a gesture in nonverbal interhuman communication with a motion signal pattern and, as a result of an association having been made, produces an output signal with a corresponding piece of information about the type of detected gesture in the nonverbal interhuman communication. Furthermore, the conference system can include a transmission apparatus for supplying the output signal to a transmission channel which is respectively connected to a local area network. The network can include other network elements, such as a telephone for a moderator and a screen for conference control connected to it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Unify GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Florian Agsteiner, Tobias Haeberie, Matthias Hanel, Adnane Jadid, Thomas Lederer, Maximillian Reiss
  • Patent number: 9304600
    Abstract: A gesture recognition device that recognizes a gesture of a person from an image captured by a camera, and outputs information to an electronic apparatus in order to control the electronic apparatus based on the recognized gesture, has a person determination section that determines whether the person is included in the image, and an output section that outputs person out-of-view angle notification instruction information issuing an instruction to make a notification that the image of the person is not captured, when the person determination section determines that the person is not included in the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Motoo Yamamoto, Yuichi Abe, Yuki Hanzawa, Takahiro Takayama
  • Patent number: 9299006
    Abstract: An authentication device includes: a memory; and a processor coupled to the memory and configured to: acquire a plurality of images with regard to a certain living body, extract first biometric information from each of the plurality of images, perform an alignment between the plurality of images, based on the first biometric information, calculate a coefficient based on feature of the certain living body, the feature being identified by a result of the alignment, and generate a normalized image by normalizing at least one image from among the plurality of images based on the coefficient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Takashi Shinzaki, Toshio Endoh
  • Patent number: 9292947
    Abstract: To generate a high-quality mosaic image even in a case where a material image having a shape different from that of a region in which the material image is to be placed is used. A target image is divided into a plurality of different-sized regions. The size of a material image is changed in accordance with the area of corresponding one of the regions, and is placed in the region on the basis of the chromatic component of the region. In the case of overlapping material images that have been placed, control processing is performed so that a smaller one of them is placed on a larger one of them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Watanabe, Wataru Kaku, Hiroyuki Fukushima, Kaori Miyake
  • Patent number: 9288386
    Abstract: An object of the exemplary embodiment is to make it possible to easily take a group photo of a plurality of persons including a photographer. In a digital camera 1, an image a of other photographed persons is taken by a photographer immediately after an instruction of a composite shooting mode is given. Next, the digital camera 1 is handed over to one of the other photographed persons, by whom an image b of the photographer is taken. When predetermined synthesizing conditions are satisfied, a facial image contained in one of the two taken images a and b shot in series is synthesized with the other taken image so that a new composite image c is created. Thus, a group photo in which all the persons have been photographed can be synthesized easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hitoshi Amagai, Naotaka Uehara, Takayuki Kogane, Sumito Shinohara, Masato Nunokawa, Tetsuya Handa, Kimiyasu Mizuno, Takehiro Aibara
  • Patent number: 9239963
    Abstract: An image processing device comprises a part-point specifying unit configured to specify a part point of an object; a feature-quantity extracting unit configured to extract one or a plurality of feature quantities from a pixel of a sampling point or from a pixel group including the pixel of the sampling point, for each of a plurality of sampling points, and extract candidate feature quantities corresponding to the part point constituted by the extracted plurality of feature quantities corresponding to the respective sampling points, the plurality of sampling points comprising the part point specified by the part-point specifying unit and at least one point on the image other than the part point; and a feature-quantity generating unit configured to generate one or a plurality of comparison feature quantities corresponding to the part points based on a predetermined standard by using the candidate feature quantities extracted by the feature-quantity extracting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: OMRON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Atsushi Irie
  • Patent number: 9235780
    Abstract: To improve feature selection accuracy during a visual search, interest points within a query image are two-way matched to features in an affine transformed image or otherwise transformed version of the query image. A user device implements a method for selecting local descriptors in the visual search. The method includes: detecting a first set of interest points for the original image; computing an affine transform matrix; computing a new image as a transformation of the original image using the affine transform matrix; detecting a second set of interest points from the and new image; performing a two-way matching between the first set of interest points and the second set of interest points; sorting matching pairs according to a specified self-matching score (SMS); assigning an infinite value to SMS of unmatched interest points from the original image; selecting the interest points based on SMS. Significant performance gains reduce false positive matches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zhu Li, Xin Xin, Abhishek Nagar, Gaurav Srivastava, Kong Posh Bhat, Felix Carlos Fernandes
  • Patent number: 9076067
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes an information input section that reads input image information, a cumulative image information generator that generates cumulative image information for pixels corresponding to positions of pixels of a prescribed pixel pattern in the read input image information, and a memory controller that stores in the cumulative image information holding memory the cumulative image information generated in the cumulative image information generator. This configuration allows memory resources necessary for holding the cumulative image information to be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Noriyasu Hashiguchi
  • Publication number: 20150146990
    Abstract: A pattern extracting device, an image projecting device, a pattern extracting method, and a program capable of extracting all the feature points by interpolating defective feature points even when there are defective feature points of an image pattern. The pattern extracting device extracts feature points to be interpolated based on a captured image of a projected image pattern, and interpolates the feature point to be interpolated by using near-by feature points that are located near the feature point, divides the near-by feature points into groups, calculates extrapolation coordinates of the groups, and calculates coordinates of the feature point to be interpolated in view of significance of the extrapolation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Yukinaka Uchiyama, Fumihiro Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 9042659
    Abstract: Identification of objects in images. All images are scanned for key-points and a descriptor is computed for each region. A large number of descriptor examples are clustered into a Vocabulary of Visual Words. An inverted file structure is extended to support clustering of matches in the pose space. It has a hit list for every visual word, which stores all occurrences of the word in all reference images. Every hit stores an identifier of the reference image where the key-point was detected and its scale and orientation. Recognition starts by assigning key-points from the query image to the closest visual words. Then, every pairing of the key-point and one of the hits from the list casts a vote into a pose accumulator corresponding to the reference image where the hit was found. Every pair key-point/hit predicts specific orientation and scale of the model represented by the reference image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Telefonica, S.A.
    Inventors: Tomasz Adamek, Javier Rodriguez Benito
  • Publication number: 20150139537
    Abstract: Certain aspects of the present disclosure relate to methods and apparatus for neuro-simulation with a single two-dimensional device to track objects. The neuro-simulation may report a point of interest in an image that is provided by the device. The device may center on the point of interest using one or more actuators. The simulation mechanism may input pixels and output a plurality of angles to the actuators to adjust their direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Adrienne MILNER, Kiet CHAU, Victor Hokkiu CHAN, Michael-David Nakayoshi CANOY
  • Patent number: 9036920
    Abstract: A method of detecting feature points of an object in a system for motion detection includes obtaining a first image of the object from a first camera and a second image of the object from a second camera, extracting a foreground image from each of the first image and the second image, based on an assumption that the foreground image is a T-pose image, segmenting the foreground image into a first set of sections, identifying a first set of feature points associated with the first set of sections, obtaining a T-pose image with a set of predetermined feature points, and determining whether the foreground image is a T-pose image by comparing the first set of feature points with the set of predetermined feature points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignees: INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE, CYWEE GROUP LTD.
    Inventors: Po-Lung Chen, Chien-Chun Kuo, Wen-Yang Wang, Duan-Li Liao