Measuring Image Properties (e.g., Length, Width, Or Area) Patents (Class 382/286)
  • Patent number: 11247483
    Abstract: Provided is an image forming apparatus and a method, an abnormal nozzle detection method, and a printed matter manufacturing method that can suppress the consumption of an extra medium and can efficiently specify an abnormal nozzle. The image forming apparatus (10) includes a print head (16) that has a plurality of nozzles, an association unit (40) that associates the nozzle with a partial region in a user image, a first correction unit that performs a first correction assuming that the associated nozzle is abnormal in at least one of the partial regions, a streak detection unit (44) that detects streak information from a print result of the user image including the partial region subjected to the first correction, and a nozzle state estimation unit (46) that estimates a state of the nozzle on the basis of the streak information of two or more partial regions in a single user image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Shibata
  • Patent number: 11194027
    Abstract: Sensors, including time-of-flight sensors, may be used to detect objects in an environment. In an example, a vehicle may include a time-of-flight sensor that images objects around the vehicle, e.g., so the vehicle can navigate relative to the objects. Sensor data generated by the time-of-flight sensor can include noise. In some examples, the sensor data is filtered by comparing a measured intensity value to a threshold intensity value. The threshold intensity value can be determined on a per-pixel basis using depth information and/or intensity information for a corresponding image frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Subasingha Shaminda Subasingha, Turhan Karadeniz, Robert Nicholas Moor, Mehran Ferdowsi
  • Patent number: 11170510
    Abstract: Provided are a method and a device for detecting a flying spot on an edge of a depth image and an electronic device. The method includes the following. Image data of the depth image is collected. A normal vector of each pixel of the depth image is calculated according to the image data. An edge point of the depth image is calculated according to the normal vector with an edge detection operator. The edge point is taken as a seed point, and whether the seed point satisfies a growing condition is determined. Upon determining that the seed point satisfies the growing condition, the seed point is determined as the flying spot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventor: Yan Chen
  • Patent number: 11127132
    Abstract: Described is a computer-implemented method for determining material interfaces of an object by means of at least one measurement of the object, a rasterized representation of the object having a plurality of pixels being produced by means of the measurement, each pixel having at least one piece of image information, which indicates a value of a measurement variable for the object at the position of the measurement point. The method comprises the determining of a parameterization of the rasterized representation of the object, the parameterization assigning at least one parameter to each of the measurement points of a subset of the measurement points of the representation, and the applying of at least one parameter-dependent edge-detection operator to the measurement points of the rasterized representation, an edge-detection operator being designed to determine the location of at least one material interface in the rasterized representation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Volume Graphics GmbH
    Inventors: Christoph Poliwoda, Thomas Gunther, Christof Reinhart
  • Patent number: 11120252
    Abstract: A method may include obtaining an image including a face. The method may further include determining at least one time domain feature related to the face in the image and at least one frequency domain information related to the face in the image. The method may further include evaluating the quality of the image based on the at least one time domain feature and the frequency domain information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: ZHEJIANG DAHUA TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Siyu Guo, Haiyang Wang, Jingsong Hao, Gang Wang
  • Patent number: 11100624
    Abstract: In a method and apparatus for evaluating image segments for a correspondence calculation, an image signal is received from an image sensor and is evaluated in order to determine the extent to which, for a selected region of the image sensor, noise caused by the image sensor is present; and a resultant evaluation parameter, for an image segment of an image acquired by the image sensor, which describes whether the image segment is suitable for a correspondence calculation, is ascertained. The image segment corresponding to the selected region of the image sensor and the resultant evaluation parameter are ascertained based on the determined extent of the noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Stephan Simon
  • Patent number: 10964045
    Abstract: It is desired to provide technology that enables automatic measurement of the size of a subject with a reduced number of frames of images required, relaxed restrictions on the coverage and light projection, and no limitation on the shape of the subject. Provided is an information processing device including: a depth information acquiring unit configured to acquire depth information; a data conversion unit configured to convert the depth information into three-dimensional data; a subject extraction unit configured to extract a subject area where a subject is present on the basis of the three-dimensional data; and a size measurement unit configured to measure a size of the subject on the basis of the subject area, in which the size measurement unit detects six planes circumscribing the subject area and measures the size of the subject on the basis of the six planes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroaki Ono, Tomonori Masuno, Shun Li
  • Patent number: 10939742
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods for virtual facial makeup simulation through virtual makeup removal and virtual makeup add-ons, virtual end effects and simulated textures. In one aspect, the present disclosure provides a method for virtually removing facial makeup, the method comprising providing a facial image of a user with makeups being applied thereto, locating facial landmarks from the facial image of the user in one or more regions, decomposing some regions into first channels which are fed to histogram matching to obtain a first image without makeup in that region and transferring other regions into color channels which are fed into histogram matching under different lighting conditions to obtain a second image without makeup in that region, and combining the images to form a resultant image with makeups removed in the facial regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Shiseido Company, Limited
    Inventors: Yun Fu, Shuyang Wang
  • Patent number: 10930008
    Abstract: An image obtaining unit that obtains an image picked up by an image pickup apparatus, a first detection unit that detects a first feature from the image, a second detection unit that detects a second feature different from the first feature from the image by using a method different from a method of the first detection unit, a first position orientation derivation unit that derives a position orientation of the image pickup apparatus as a first position orientation on the basis of the first feature detected from the image, a second position orientation derivation unit that derives a position orientation of the image pickup apparatus as a second position orientation on the basis of the second feature detected from the image, and a decision unit that decides the position orientation of the image pickup apparatus on the basis of the first position orientation and the second position orientation are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shinichi Aratani
  • Patent number: 10930248
    Abstract: A display method includes changing a first transmission rate of a panel data clock signal to a second transmission rate, changing a first vertical synchronization period of a vertical synchronization signal to a second vertical synchronization period including a vertical pixel active synchronization interval and a blank interval according to at least the second transmission rate of the panel data clock signal, and merely enabling a backlight device during a time interval of any length within the blank interval. The second transmission rate is greater than the first transmission rate. The second vertical synchronization period is greater than the first vertical synchronization period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignees: BenQ Intelligent Technology (Shanghai) Co., Ltd, BENQ CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hsin-Nan Lin
  • Patent number: 10909686
    Abstract: Provided are techniques for identifying and extracting a sub-image in a document image file. Colors in a document image file are modified to form a modified document image file, wherein the document image file contains a first color, a second color, and a third color, wherein a threshold is used to determine whether each of different levels of the third color is to be one of the first color and the second color. Solid horizontal lines and solid vertical lines having one of a pre-defined width and a pre-defined height are removed from the modified document image file. A sub-image in the modified document image file is identified based on remaining solid horizontal lines and remaining solid vertical lines. A segment that includes the sub-image is extracted. Post-processing is performed on the segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Mang-Rong Ho
  • Patent number: 10890438
    Abstract: There is provided a method for measuring a laminated iron core. The method includes preparing a laminated iron core in which two or more kinds of metal plates with different shapes are laminated and a deformed part is formed inside a hole continuing in a lamination direction of the laminated iron core, acquiring a surface profile data indicating a surface shape of the deformed part through an inlet of the hole by a non-contact sensor located in an outside of the hole, and calculating a length from the inlet of the hole to the deformed part in the lamination direction by a calculator based on the surface profile data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: MITSUI HIGH-TEC, INC.
    Inventors: Go Kato, Takashi Fukumoto, Kazuki Namaike, Syoichi Ono
  • Patent number: 10872461
    Abstract: A method and device are provided for obtaining a 3D image. The method includes sequentially projecting a plurality of beams to an object, each of the plurality of projected beams corresponding to a respective one of a plurality of sectors included in a pattern; detecting a plurality of beams reflected off of the object corresponding to the plurality of projected beams; identifying time-of-flight (ToF) of each of the plurality of projected beams based on the plurality of detected beams; identifying a distortion of the pattern, which is caused by the object, based on the plurality of detected beams; and generating a depth map for the object based on the distortion of the pattern and the ToF of each of the plurality of projected beams, wherein the plurality of detected beams are commonly used to identify the ToF and the distortion of the pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Inventors: Andrii But, Ivan Safonov, Konstantin Morozov, Ruslan Iermolenko, Yaroslav Lavrenyuk
  • Patent number: 10853639
    Abstract: An image processing system accesses an image of a completed form document. The image of the form document includes one or more features, such as form text, at particular locations within the image. The image processing system accesses a template of the form document and computes a rotation and zoom of the image of the form document relative to the template of the form document based on the locations of the features within the image of the form document relative to the locations of the corresponding features within the template of the form document. The image processing system performs a rotation operation and a zoom operation on the image of the form document, and extracts data entered into fields of the modified image of the form document. The extracted data can be then accessed or stored for subsequent use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: ZENPAYROLL, INC.
    Inventor: Quentin Louis Raoul Balin
  • Patent number: 10747634
    Abstract: A testing device which includes a testing unit to perform test procedures on network elements of a communication network and a machine-readable code reader to read a machine-readable code associated with a network element of the communication network. The testing device further includes a computer device configured to: (i) determine a component type associated with the machine-readable code data read; (ii) select from a plurality of configuration files a configuration file based on the component type determined; and (iii) configure the test unit for a test procedure using the configuration file selected, and to perform the test procedure on the network element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: FLUKE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Clinton J. Wooton, John Paul Hittel, J. David Schell
  • Patent number: 10692531
    Abstract: One variation of a method for generating and distributing digital advertising content includes: accessing a static asset including a set of objects representing advertising content; extracting the set of objects from the static asset; generating a set of frames, an object in the set of objects inserted into each frame in the set of frames; defining an order for presenting the set of frames to a viewer; at a visual element loaded into a window of a first computing device, sequentially rendering the set of frames according to the order responsive to an interaction at the first computing device that moves the visual element within the window; and, based on the interaction, generating an engagement metric for a user interacting with the visual element at the first computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Yieldmo, Inc.
    Inventors: Connor Doherty, Farid Jawde, David Sebag, Michael Yavonditte
  • Patent number: 10540455
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for generating multiple room placements is disclosed. In the embodiment, the method involves obtaining information indicating a number of rooms to be placed in a department, the information including room type information, capturing at least one room pattern using a pattern language-based regular expression, and generating a plurality of room placements using the at least one room pattern by placing the rooms to be placed in the department according to the selected room pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: ADITAZZ, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Yu, Scott Ewart, John Victor-Faichney, Sudha Hajela, Sophia Lin
  • Patent number: 10475172
    Abstract: In one embodiment of the present invention, a quality trainer and quality calculator collaborate to establish a consistent perceptual quality metric via machine learning. In a training phase, the quality trainer leverages machine intelligence techniques to create a perceptual quality model that combines objective metrics to optimally track a subjective metric assigned during viewings of training videos. Subsequently, the quality calculator applies the perceptual quality model to values for the objective metrics for a target video, thereby generating a perceptual quality score for the target video. In this fashion, the perceptual quality model judiciously fuses the objective metrics for the target video based on the visual feedback processed during the training phase. Since the contribution of each objective metric to the perceptual quality score is determined based on empirical data, the perceptual quality score is a more accurate assessment of observed video quality than conventional objective metrics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: NETFLIX, INC.
    Inventors: Anne Aaron, Dae Kim, Yu-Chieh Lin, David Ronca, Andy Schuler, Kuyen Tsao, Chi-Hao Wu
  • Patent number: 10465362
    Abstract: A human detection system may detect the presence of a human around a shovel by using an image captured by an imaging device attached to the shovel. Also, the human detection system may have an extracting part that extracts a part of the captured image as an identification process target image, and an identifying part that identifies whether an image included in the identification process target image is an image of a human. A region of the identification process target image is preliminarily associated with one of head image positions in the captured image. The extracting part finds out a helmet image in the captured image, and extracts the identification process target image by associating a representative position of the helmet image with one of the head image positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshihisa Kiyota, Susumu Aizawa
  • Patent number: 10441500
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a computer-implemented method for representing intensity levels indicative of a first type of sense of a subject (150) by parameter values for a different second type of sense of the subject (150). The method comprises determining (210) a first parameter value for the second type of sense representing a first intensity level indicative of the first type of sense; and determining (220) a second parameter value for the second type of sense representing a second intensity level indicative of the first type of sense with reference to the first parameter value, wherein the first parameter value differs from the second parameter value by at least one Just-Noticeable-Difference (JND) of the second type of sense of the subject (150).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: National ICT Australia Limited
    Inventors: Hendrik Christiaan Stronks, Nick Barnes, Daniel John Parker
  • Patent number: 10438335
    Abstract: In one embodiment of the present invention, a quality trainer and quality calculator collaborate to establish a consistent perceptual quality metric via machine learning. In a training phase, the quality trainer leverages machine intelligence techniques to create a perceptual quality model that combines objective metrics to optimally track a subjective metric assigned during viewings of training videos. Subsequently, the quality calculator applies the perceptual quality model to values for the objective metrics for a target video, thereby generating a perceptual quality score for the target video. In this fashion, the perceptual quality model judiciously fuses the objective metrics for the target video based on the visual feedback processed during the training phase. Since the contribution of each objective metric to the perceptual quality score is determined based on empirical data, the perceptual quality score is a more accurate assessment of observed video quality than conventional objective metrics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: NETFLIX, INC.
    Inventors: Anne Aaron, Dae Kim, Yu-Chieh Lin, David Ronca, Andy Schuler, Kuyen Tsao, Chi-Hao Wu
  • Patent number: 10390040
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a method, an apparatus, and a system for deep feature coding and decoding. The method comprises: extracting features of respective video frames; determining types of the features, the types reflecting time-domain correlation degrees between the features and a reference feature; encoding the features using predetermined coding patterns matching the types to obtain coded features; and transmitting the coded features to the server such that the server decodes the coded features for a vision analysis task. By using the embodiments of the present disclosure, videos per se may not be transmitted to the cloud server; instead, the features of the video, after being encoded, are transmitted to the cloud server for a vision analysis task; compared with the prior art, data transmission pressure may be lowered, and the storage pressure at the cloud server may also be lowered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: PEKING UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Yonghong Tian, Lin Ding, Tiejun Huang, Wen Gao
  • Patent number: 10306192
    Abstract: First image data and second image data are image data in which each pixel value corresponds to one of a plurality of color components that constitute a color filter of an image sensor. Also, the second image data is image data whose field of view overlaps the field of view of the first image data, and whose resolution is higher than that of the first image data. An image processing apparatus performs color interpolation processing on the first image data by referring to, out of the values of the pixels that constitute the second image data, the value of a pixel at a first position corresponding to the position of a pixel to be interpolated in the first image data or a position closest to the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masaki Okita
  • Patent number: 10222301
    Abstract: An inspection system for assessing and visualizing structural damage to a structural platform comprises sensors operatively coupled to the structural platform that assess structural damage to or failure of the structural platform. A structural health monitoring processor operatively coupled to the sensors determines structural damage in response to the sensors. At least one RF transponder and associated reader determines the position of the structural platform relative to a user augmented reality viewing device. The user augmented reality viewing device includes a camera that captures images of the structural platform. The user augmented reality viewing device displays real world images of the structural platform and virtual indications of determined structural damage that are dependent on the position and orientation of the user augmented reality viewing device relative to the structural platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Embraer S.A.
    Inventors: Paulo Anchieta Da Silva, Marcelo Rosa Suzuki, Ricardo Rogulski, Andre Koji Fujimoto Tamba, Luís Gustavo Dos Santos
  • Patent number: 10204405
    Abstract: An apparatus for parameterizing a plant includes a recorder for recording a three-dimensional data set of the plant including not only volume elements of non-covered elements of the plant, but also volume elements of elements of the plants that are covered by other elements, and a parameterizer for parameterizing the three-dimensional data set for obtaining plant parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Peter Schmitt, Franz Uhrmann, Matthias Kube, Guenther Kostka
  • Patent number: 10178381
    Abstract: A method to test the fidelity of a depth-imaging camera to depth-change abruptness of an imaged subject includes digitally generating, with the depth-imaging camera, a machine-readable calibration depth image of a calibration subject arranged in a field of view of the depth-imaging camera. The method includes machine processing the calibration depth image in a spatial domain to obtain a machine-readable measure of the fidelity in the spatial domain, and machine processing the measure of the fidelity in the spatial domain to obtain a measure of the fidelity in a frequency domain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Hall, Monica Stewart
  • Patent number: 10067029
    Abstract: A method of determining a modulation transfer function (MTF) for an image includes receiving an image captured through the optical system, performing edge detection on columns or rows in the image to calculate a plurality of edge points, calculating a plurality polynomials to fit to the calculated edge points, each of the plurality of polynomials varying in degree, selecting a polynomial from the plurality of polynomials to represent the detected edge, and estimating the MTF based on the selected polynomial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Vlad Constantin Cardei, Boyd Albert Fowler
  • Patent number: 10037594
    Abstract: A resolution estimating device is achieved which is capable of adequately estimating the resolution of the original image of any received image signal. A resolution estimating device (1000) includes a proximity-degree acquiring unit (1), an accumulation unit (2), a frequency transform unit (3), and a spectrum analyzing unit (4). The proximity-degree acquiring unit (1) acquires the proximity degree value of each target pixel. The accumulation unit (2) accumulates the proximity degrees of the target pixels, for example, in the vertical direction on the image, and obtains a one-dimensional data sequence of the accumulated proximity degree values. The frequency transform unit (3) performs a frequency transform on the one-dimensional data sequence of the accumulated proximity degree values obtained by the accumulation unit (2), and obtains a one-dimensional frequency-component data sequence which is a one-dimensional data sequence for frequency regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshimitsu Murahashi, Masaaki Moriya
  • Patent number: 10007977
    Abstract: In one embodiment of the present invention, a quality trainer and quality calculator collaborate to establish a consistent perceptual quality metric via machine learning. In a training phase, the quality trainer leverages machine intelligence techniques to create a perceptual quality model that combines objective metrics to optimally track a subjective metric assigned during viewings of training videos. Subsequently, the quality calculator applies the perceptual quality model to values for the objective metrics for a target video, thereby generating a perceptual quality score for the target video. In this fashion, the perceptual quality model judiciously fuses the objective metrics for the target video based on the visual feedback processed during the training phase. Since the contribution of each objective metric to the perceptual quality score is determined based on empirical data, the perceptual quality score is a more accurate assessment of observed video quality than conventional objective metrics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: NETFLIX, INC.
    Inventors: Anne Aaron, Dae Kim, Yu-Chieh Lin, David Ronca, Andy Schuler, Kuyen Tsao, Chi-Hao Wu
  • Patent number: 9979868
    Abstract: There are provided an image pickup module manufacturing method and an image pickup module manufacturing device that can align an image pickup element unit with a lens unit at a low cost and with high accuracy. A manufacturing device 200 holds a lens unit 10 on a Z axis so that an x direction is parallel to a direction of gravity; holds an image pickup element unit 20 on the Z axis; changes a z direction position of the image pickup element unit 20 with respect to the lens unit 10, while holding an x-direction position of a lens group 12 at a predetermined position, to pick up an image of a measurement chart 89; and adjusts a position and a tilt of the image pickup element unit 20 with respect to the lens unit 10 on the basis of image pickup signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Tatsuya Fujinami, Kenichi Wakisaka
  • Patent number: 9970745
    Abstract: Provided are a measurement target measuring method, and a magnifying observation device which make it possible to readily and intuitively recognize a deviation between actual height image data and CAD data concerning a specific portion of a measurement target. A CAD height data generation unit generates a plurality of pieces of CAD height data based on basic CAD data. A reference height data selection unit selects reference height data from the plurality of pieces of CAD height data. A reference appearance image data acquisition unit acquires a reference appearance image corresponding to the reference height data. A target image display unit displays a target image based on texture image data or actual height image data, and a reference image display unit displays a reference image based on the reference appearance image data or the reference height data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Keyence Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuki Natori, Shinya Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9958318
    Abstract: The invention provides an apparatus and method for checking the integrity of visual display information and has particular application to checking images displayed in an automotive vehicle, such images containing safety critical information. The image intensity is checked only to an extent commensurate with a human being able to interpret its correct meaning. Hence, images which are defective in some way yet still recognisable by the human eye are not classified as failures. In one embodiment, a part of the image containing safety critical information is segmented into smaller areas and the luminance of pixels in each segmented area is compared with a threshold brightness level and a threshold darkness level. A histogram for each area is generated and compared with a reference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: NXP USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Staudenmaier, Vincent Aubineau, Wilhard Von Wendorff
  • Patent number: 9886749
    Abstract: An apparatus for parameterizing a plant includes a recorder for recording a three-dimensional data set of the plant including not only volume elements of non-covered elements of the plant, but also volume elements of elements of the plants that are covered by other elements, and a parameterizer for parameterizing the three-dimensional data set for obtaining plant parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Peter Schmitt, Franz Uhrmann, Matthias Kube, Guenther Kostka
  • Patent number: 9842397
    Abstract: A system and method for the measurement of distances related to an object depicted in an image. One aspect including delivery of supplemental materials for fenestration and for constructing insulating materials for fenestration. A digital image containing a primary object dimension and a reference object dimension in substantially the same plane undergoes digital image processing to provide improved measurement capability. Information regarding a primary object is provided to an automated measurement process, design and manufacturing system to provide customized parts to end users. A digital image is obtained having an observable constraint dimension to which a customized part is to conform wherein the digital image contains a reference object having a reference dimension and a constraint dimension is calculated from the digital image based on a reference dimension. The custom part is designed and manufactured based on the calculated constraint dimension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: WexEnergy Innovations LLC
    Inventor: Ronald M. Wexler
  • Patent number: 9574871
    Abstract: A user measures a length of a target using a mobile terminal and measure a length, irrespective of time and place. The mobile terminal and the target are photographed together in front of the mirror, and a size of the target is estimated using a ratio of the pictured size versus the actual size of the mobile terminal. The actual size of the target is calculated by adjusting the estimated length with an error associated with a difference between a distance from the mirror to the mobile terminal and a distance from the mirror to the target, and thus, a length is more accurately measured. In addition, the error associated with the distance is corrected based on the photographed picture and data stored in a database and thus, a separate distance measurement sensor for correcting the distance is not required and the cost may be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: GERWOOL SOFTWARE INC.
    Inventor: Jinwon Choi
  • Patent number: 9569666
    Abstract: Systems and methods for measuring image recognition accuracy are provided. One embodiment of a method includes locating an identifier in an environment, where the identifier is configured according to a predetermined format and where the identifier identifies an actual characteristic of an object. Some embodiments of the method include locating the object in the environment, determining a perceived characteristic of the object, and determining, from the identifier, the actual characteristic of the object. Similarly, some embodiments include comparing the actual characteristic of the object with the perceived characteristic of the object, determining whether the actual characteristic of the object substantially matches the perceived characteristic of the object and, in response to determining that the actual characteristic of the object does not substantially match the perceived characteristic of the object, determining a change to make for improving image recognition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenichi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9558558
    Abstract: A system and method directed to receiving a first data set corresponding to patient data at a first time, receiving a second data set corresponding to patient data at a second time, segmenting a first region of interest in the first data set and a second region of interest in the second data set, the first and second regions corresponding to one another and aligning the first region of interest with the second region of interest to highlight a first contour indicating a change in size, shape and orientation between the first and second regions of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Thomas Heiko Stehle, Astrid Ruth Franz, Carsten Meyer, Fabian Wenzel
  • Patent number: 9514545
    Abstract: Important information about an object is detected using less arithmetic processing. An object detection unit generates an edge image from a color image. The object detection unit evaluates symmetry of an image included in the edge image by performing processing in accordance with the position of a target pixel. The object detection unit identifies a symmetry center pixel forming an object having symmetry. The object detection unit detects an object width for each symmetry center pixel. The object detection unit identifies the width of the object in the vertical direction based on the width of the symmetry center pixels in the vertical direction, and identifies the width of the object in the horizontal direction based on the object width identified for each symmetry center pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: MegaChips Corporation
    Inventor: Hiromu Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 9470774
    Abstract: When map data is to be processed for display in a mapping or navigation apparatus, the application processor (705) of the apparatus first checks to see whether any existing data in a local cache memory (706) represents a similar map part to the new data that is to be processed. This is done by means of a similarity analysis (601). If the map data already in the cache (706) is determined to be sufficiently similar to the map data that is to be displayed, new map data from a main map storage (230) is not loaded and processed, but instead the existing data in the cache (706) is processed for display of the map part in question. This has the benefit of a reduced system load, since already processed data does not need to be reloaded and reprocessed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: TomTom International B.V.
    Inventors: Breght Roderick Boschker, Jeroen Trum
  • Patent number: 9354739
    Abstract: A self-capacitive touch control apparatus includes a plurality of electrodes, a plurality of sensors, and a number determining module. The sensors detect capacitance changes in the electrodes to generate a plurality of sensing results. The number determining module calculates a total sensing amount according to the sensing results, and determines the number of touch points according to the total sensing amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: MStar Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventors: Chun-Chen Liu, Meng-Che Tsai
  • Patent number: 9330324
    Abstract: A method for forming a three-dimensional (3D) map of an object, including illuminating the object from a light source so as to project a pattern onto the object, capturing an image of the pattern using an array of detector elements, and processing the captured image so as to measure respective offsets of elements of the pattern in the captured image relative to a reference pattern, the offsets including at least a first offset of a first element of the pattern and a second offset of a second element of the pattern, measured respectively in first and second, mutually-perpendicular directions in a plane of the array. The method further includes computing a correction factor in response to the first offset, applying the correction factor to the second offset so as to find a corrected offset, and computing depth coordinates of the object in response to the corrected offset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Daniel Cohen, Dmitri Rais, Erez Sali, Niv Galezer, Alexander Shpunt
  • Patent number: 9330318
    Abstract: Important information about an object is detected using less arithmetic processing. An object detection unit generates an edge image from a color image. The object detection unit evaluates symmetry of an image included in the edge image. The object detection unit identifies a symmetry center pixel forming an object having symmetry. The object detection detects an object width for each symmetry center pixel. The object detection unit identifies the width of the object in the vertical direction based on the width of the symmetry center pixels in the vertical direction, and identifies the width of the object in the horizontal direction based on the object width identified for each symmetry center pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: MegaChips Corporation
    Inventor: Hiromu Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 9305336
    Abstract: A noise estimation apparatus and method to prevent texture from being erroneously determined as noise. To this end, the noise estimation method includes generating an initial noise map for an input image signal, generating at least one noise map based on a temporal change of an image signal continuing from the image signal, calculating a correlation value for each region between the initial noise map and the noise maps, and determining noise of an image according to a temporal change based on the correlation value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hyun-seung Lee, Seung-gu Kim, Se-Hyeok Park
  • Patent number: 9280843
    Abstract: Hybrid images merge the benefits of map views and satellite images. A geographic information system includes a geographic information server and at least one database containing a plurality of map views and satellite images. A decomposition module of the geographic information server decomposes the map views and the satellite images into at least high frequency components and low frequency components. A map view and satellite image hybridization module blends the high frequency components from the map view and the high frequency components from the satellite image. Then, the hybridization module combines the low frequency components of the map view with the blended high frequency components from both the map view and the satellite image to form a hybrid image. The hybrid image can subsequently be stored in a database of the geographic information system and/or served to a client device via a network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Ming Cui
  • Patent number: 9269286
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for automatically calibrating content shown on an electronic display. According to certain embodiments, a picture of the display is taken while a calibration image is shown on the display. The picture is then analyzed to determine whether any adjustments need to be made. The analysis can, for example, include a comparison between the picture of the calibration image and a stored calibration image. If it is determined an adjustment needs to be made to correct how content is shown on the display, an adjustment is made accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Echostar Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Neil Marten
  • Patent number: 9208581
    Abstract: A system and method for the measurement of distances related to an object depicted in an image. One aspect includes delivery of supplemental materials for fenestration and for constructing insulating materials for fenestration. A digital image containing a primary object dimension and a reference object dimension in substantially the same plane undergoes digital image processing to provide improved measurement capability. Information regarding a primary object, including end user provided metadata related to the primary object and/or a reference object, is provided to an automated measurement process, design and manufacturing system to provide customized parts to end users. A digital image is obtained having an observable constraint dimension to which a customized part is to conform wherein the digital image contains a reference object having a reference dimension and a constraint dimension is calculated from the digital image based on a reference dimension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: WexEbergy Innovations LLC
    Inventor: Ronald M. Wexler
  • Patent number: 9159133
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus and methods for estimating gravity and/or scale in a mobile device are presented. A difference between an image-based pose and an inertia-based pose is using to update the estimations of gravity and/or scale. The image-based pose is computed from two poses and is scaled with the estimation of scale prior to the difference. The inertia-based pose is computed from accelerometer measurements, which are adjusted by the estimation for gravity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Arvind Ramanandan, Christopher Brunner, Mahesh Ramachandran, Murali Ramaswamy Chari
  • Patent number: 9076201
    Abstract: A method of deformable image registration for thoracic 4-D computed tomography (CT) images includes: receiving, by a processing device, a set of thoracic 4-D CT images; and iteratively solving, by the processing device, an energy function applied to subsequent images of the set of thoracic 4-D CT images to transform the subsequent images into respective optical flow fields between the subsequent images, the energy function enforcing the following constraints on the subsequent images: intensity constancy; mass conservation; gradient constancy; and spatio-temporal smoothness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: University of Louisville Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Mohammadrreza Negahdar, Amir A. Amini, Neal Dunlap, Shiao Woo
  • Patent number: 9064190
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for improving accuracy and computation efficiency in interpolation, upsampling and color channel estimation. A Bayesian estimator used to estimate the value of a pixel in an image is constructed using measurements of high-order (e.g., 3rd, 4th, 5th) statics for nearby points in natural images. These measurements reveal highly systematic statistical regularities that were ignored from the prior algorithms due to their restrictive measurements and assumptions. As a result, the accuracy in interpolation, upsampling and color channel prediction is improved. Furthermore, the process for constructing a Bayesian estimator is simpler and more direct by storing in a table the mean value of the pixel value to be estimated for each combination of values of nearby points in training samples. As a result of having a simpler and more direct approach than existing methods, the computational efficiency is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Board of Regents of the University of Texas System
    Inventors: Wilson S. Geisler, Jeffrey S. Perry
  • Publication number: 20150139569
    Abstract: A method and system for determining at least a size dimension of objects shown in multimedia content items are presented. The method includes receiving an input multimedia content item; identifying objects shown in the multimedia content item; generating at least a first signature for at least a first object of the plurality of objects and at least a second signature for at least a second object; identifying at least one concept that matches the at least a first object; determining an actual size of the first object respective of the match to the at least one concept; determining a size scale between the first object and the second object using the at least a first signature and the at least a second signature; and determining the at least size dimension of the second object respective of the size scale and the actual size of the first object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: Cortica, Ltd.
    Inventors: Igal Raichelgauz, Karina Odinaev, Yehoshua Y. Zeevi