Measuring Image Properties (e.g., Length, Width, Or Area) Patents (Class 382/286)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 9035758
    Abstract: A method and a device for driver information, according to which a warning is produced on the basis of the lane information which indicates crossing of the lane edge. Upon branching of a roadway line, the particular outer lines are used as lane edge markings as the basis for the lane departure warning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventor: Alexander Maass
  • Patent number: 9024880
    Abstract: An interactive system capable of improving image processing includes a reference device, a processing module and a controller. The reference device is used for transmitting and/or reflecting light signals within a predetermined spectrum. The processing module includes an image sensor, an estimation unit and a transmission interface. The image sensor is used for sensing an image so as to generate pixel signals; the estimation unit is used for determining static parameters of at least one image object according to the pixel signals; and the transmission interface is used for serially outputting the static parameters of the at least one image object. The controller is used for controlling operation of the interactive system according to the static parameters of the at least one image object outputted from the transmission interface. The image sensor, the estimation unit, and the transmission interface can all be formed on the same substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: PixArt Imaging Inc.
    Inventors: Hsin-Chia Chen, Chih-Hung Lu, Cho-Yi Lin, Tzu-Yi Chao
  • Publication number: 20150110421
    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: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: WEXENERGY INNOVATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Ronald M. Wexler
  • Patent number: 9002719
    Abstract: Disclosed systems and methods automatically assess claims. A device may receive one or more images of a claimed object, such as a building or vehicle, compare the images to reference images and generate an estimate of financial damages to the object. The device may then generate a claim assessment based on previous comparisons and generated estimates. The claim assessment may be sent directly to a client or to an agent for review and/or processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventor: Nathan Lee Tofte
  • Patent number: 9002094
    Abstract: A reference image to serve as a reference for a non-defective determination is previously stored in association with identification information for identifying an inspection object. An image of the inspection object is displayed side by side with the reference image of corresponding identification information. A drawn position of the reference image and a drawn position of the acquired image are aligned, adjustment is made so as to make brightness of the reference image coincide with brightness of the acquired image, and adjustment is made so as to make a focus on the reference image coincide with a focus on the acquired image. Adjustment is made so as to make a focus of the reference image coincide with a focus of the acquired image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Kenyence Corporation
    Inventor: Aruto Hirota
  • Patent number: 9002119
    Abstract: The objective is to provide a finger shape estimating device that can estimate the image most similar to a finger image quickly and with high precision, and that can facilitate construction of a database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: University of Tsukuba, National University Corporation
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Hoshino, Motomasa Tomida
  • Patent number: 8990338
    Abstract: A photo is received from a mobile device. The photo is stored at an intermediary server. The photo is formatted at the intermediary server for at least one content provider website. The photo is transmitted to the at least one content provider website. Another method downloads a photo. The method receives in an intermediary web server, content from a content provider website. The content includes at least a photo. The intermediary server determines if the photo is new. If the photo is new, the intermediary server determines if the photo is properly formatted for the mobile device client program and sends the content including the photo to a user device including the client program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Christopher A. Mitra, Milan S. Brahmbhatt, Anish M. Shah
  • Patent number: 8989440
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes systems and computer-implemented methods for redesigning rooms in a house using digital image analysis. The analysis includes defining room parameters based on the architectural shape of the room as determined from an analysis of the walls, ceiling, windows, and doors, performing a room size calibration and defining an empty 3D room. Using the analyzed digital image, redesign can progress with selecting types of inner surfaces of the room from a pre-defined collection of architectural shapes, selecting types of furniture in the room, and selecting types of lighting. Then, a 3D model of the redesigned room is generated wherein the architectural shape is in the form of 2D and wherein the 2D image has an associated 3D image. At least one image of the redesigned 3D room may be generated and stored, and may be transmitted to a receiver wherein the corresponding showroom picture is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Way Out IP, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Klusza, James M. Janky
  • Patent number: 8983209
    Abstract: A method, system, and machine-readable medium for classifying an image element as one of a plurality of categories, including assigning the image element based on a ratio between an unoccluded perimeter of the image element and an occluded perimeter of the image element and coding the image element according to a coding scheme associated with the category to which the image element is classified. Exemplary applications include image compression, where categories include image foreground and background layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Leon Bottou, Patrick Guy Haffner
  • Patent number: 8983233
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for determining depth to objects. A depth image may be determined based on two light intensity images. This technique may compensate for differences in reflectivity of objects in the field of view. However, there may be some misalignment between pixels in the two light intensity images. An iterative process may be used to relax a requirement for an exact match between the light intensity images. The iterative process may involve modifying one of the light intensity images based on a smoothed version of a depth image that is generated from the two light intensity images. Then, new values may be determined for the depth image based on the modified image and the other light intensity image. Thus, pixel misalignment between the two light intensity images may be compensated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Sagi Katz, Avishai Adler
  • Patent number: 8983232
    Abstract: A method for calculating a centreline of an object is disclosed. An image of the object is divided into test areas. For each test area, detection direction and scanning direction are assigned from a list of limited directions. For each test area, at each scanning point a local point of the centreline is determined along the detection direction. An assigned smoothing function is applied to the collection of local points to determine the collection of pixels which define the centreline. The collection of pixels can be used to calculate the length of the centreline. Also, the coordinates of the pixels of the centreline can be used to average the intensity of the image along the centreline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: DCG Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Roman Louban
  • Patent number: 8983231
    Abstract: A method for reading a physical characteristic on an object includes: a step (240, 315, 405) of capturing a first image of at least a portion of the object with a first resolution; a step (245, 320, 415, 420) of determining the position of an area of the object to be processed, according to the first image; a step (255, 330, 430) of capturing a second image of the area of the object to be processed, with a second resolution higher than the first resolution; and a step (260, 335, 440) of determining the physical characteristic based on the second image. In some embodiments, there is, in addition, a step of marking the object with a mark bearing information representative of at least a portion of the physical characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Advanced Track & Trace
    Inventors: Zbigniew Sagan, Alain Foucou, Jean-Pierre Massicot
  • Patent number: 8977049
    Abstract: A method for estimating signal-dependent noise includes defining a plurality of pixel groups from among the image pixels. The method further includes computing, for one or more signal levels of the image, a difference value between two pixel groups, whereby a respective one or more difference values are computed collectively. The method determines an estimated noise response of the image as a function of the one or more computed difference values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: NVIDIA Corporation
    Inventors: Timo Aila, Samuli Laine
  • Patent number: 8977033
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer readable media are disclosed for determining a pixel-to-length ratio between a number of pixels disposed over a predetermined length of a reference object within an image of a siding sample and the predetermined length of the reference object. A first and second distance between respective first and second pairs of points within the image corresponding to respective first and second length measurements of the siding sample are determined, as well as a first and second number of pixels disposed between the first and second pair of points, respectively. Furthermore, the method, system, and computer readable medium disclose determining the first length measurement based on the pixel-to-length ratio and the first number of pixels, determining the second length measurement based on the pixel-to-length ratio and the second number of pixels, and identifying a siding product associated with the first and second length measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: State Farm Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Maurer, Nicholas U. Christopulos
  • Patent number: 8971665
    Abstract: Densest subgraphs of a graph are determined. The graph includes vertices and edges interconnecting the vertices. Each edge connects two of the vertices and has a weight. The vertices and the edges form subgraphs from which the densest subgraphs are determined as those subgraphs having densities greater than a threshold. Clusters at levels of a hierarchy are determined based on the densest subgraphs. Each cluster includes a set of the vertices and a set of the edges of the graph. Each level corresponds to a different density of the clusters. The hierarchy is ordered from a most-dense level of the clusters to a least-dense level of the clusters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Bin Zhang, Meichun Hsu
  • Patent number: 8965100
    Abstract: A first simulated inspection is conducted to provide a first waveform data set associated with the at least one irregularity parameter. The first simulated inspection is conducted using a first evaluation setting. A first image is produced based on the first waveform set, and it is determined whether a quality of the first image satisfies a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: John Z. Lin, Hong Tat, Richard H. Bossi
  • Patent number: 8953906
    Abstract: The disclosure concerns processing of electronic images, such as hyperspectral, multispectral or trichromatic images. In particular, but is not limited to, a method, software and computer for estimating parameters of a reflectance model applied to an image is disclosed. Examples of processing of the images using the estimated parameters includes material recognition, re-coloring and re-shading of objects represented in the image. That is, a computer implemented method is provided of estimating one or more of photogrammetric parameters, ?(u) surface shape N and index of refraction n(u,?) represented in a reflectance image having one or more known illumination directions L and a known viewing direction V, the method comprising optimizing (802) the difference between the reflectance image and a reflectance model, the reflectance model being based on surface shape N; the material index of refraction n(u,?) and a set of photogrammetric parameters ?(u).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: National ICT Australia Limited
    Inventors: Antonio Robles-Kelly, Cong Phuoc Huynh
  • Patent number: 8942511
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes an input unit configured to input an image, a determining unit configured to determine a foreground area and a background area in the image input by the input unit, an expansion unit configured to expand the foreground area determined by the determining unit, a calculating unit configured to calculate a feature amount of the foreground area expanded by the expansion unit, and a detecting unit configured to detect an object from the image using the feature amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Satoshi Yashiro
  • Patent number: 8934735
    Abstract: In a first exemplary embodiment of the present invention, an automated, computerized method is provided for processing an image. According to a feature of the present invention, the method comprises the steps of providing an image represented in a spatial plane, organizing spatio-spectral information for the image in a matrix equation expressed by normal and tangential constraints determined as a function of a spatial orientation of selected image locations, relative to the spatial plane of the image and utilizing the matrix equation to solve for an intrinsic image corresponding to the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Tandent Vision Science, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Neil Stein, Jean-Francois Lalonde
  • Patent number: 8934723
    Abstract: Embodiments are provided for organization and presentation of content. In some embodiments, a plurality of images and a plurality of similarity rules for image categorization are received. For each image in the plurality of images, that image and each remaining image from the plurality is compared by: applying each similarity rule to the image and a remaining image from the plurality to obtain a numeric result, and recording the numeric result for the pair of images in a numeric representation, the numeric representation embodying similarities. The numeric representation is used as a reference for clustering the plurality of images into clusters of similar images, and each image is stored with a marker denoting a cluster to which it has been assigned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Dropbox, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Dwan, Jinpeng Ren
  • Patent number: 8929678
    Abstract: A method is provided for automatic contour filter positioning for medical X-ray imaging in an X-ray apparatus comprising a collimator and at least one movable contour filter actuated by a motor based positioning subsystem, wherein a digital image in a frame of rows and columns of pixels is rendered for processing and obtaining control data for applying a contour filter. The method comprises identifying exposure of subareas, preparing for filter positioning, and defining filter position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Tamás Újvári
  • Patent number: 8926454
    Abstract: In one example, a system for fitting golf equipment for an individual can be configured to be used with an electronic device comprising a fitting processor module and a camera. The system can comprise an image analysis module configured to receive image data of at least a portion of the individual and one or more physical indicia proximate to the individual, where the image data can be captured by the camera. The image analysis module can also be configured to recognize one or more reference features of the individual from the image data, and to calculate one or more fitting dimensions between the one or more reference features in the image data. Other examples, devices, and related methods are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: John K. Solheim, Roger J. Cottam