Image Sensing Patents (Class 382/312)
  • Patent number: 10324319
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes a display panel, a gate driving part, and a data driving part. The display panel is configured to display an image, and includes a gate line and data lines. The gate driving part is configured to output a gate signal to the gate line. The data driving part includes a plurality of data driving integrated circuit parts. Each of the plurality of data driving integrated circuit parts includes channels, configured to output data signals to the data lines, and a dummy data channel. A sensing pin, configured to receive the gate signal, is formed in each dummy data channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jae-Han Lee, Sun-Koo Kang, Taegon Kim
  • Patent number: 10291854
    Abstract: A moving image, obtained by an image capture unit for obtaining light-field data, is successively displayed. When displaying an assistance display indicating information related to light-field data to be obtained with present shooting parameters together with the moving image, the assistance display is controlled such that during moving image recording is being performed, visibility of the moving image is not degraded by the assistance display in comparison to a case where moving image recording is not being performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akihiko Sato, Yoshinobu Sato
  • Patent number: 10285248
    Abstract: A transmitting device comprises a transmitter, and a controller for receiving transmission requests from a request source. The controller comprises a queue, and is configured to queue the transmission requests in order from the front of the queue backwards, and to enact the transmission request at the front of the queue by controlling the transmitter to perform the transmission of the corresponding message. The controller is further configured to detect that at least one of these transmission requests is to be treated as a repeating request, and in response, to re-insert the repeating request in the queue in one of the places farther back than the front after transmission of the corresponding message, so as to retransmit the corresponding message at least once.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Robert James Davies, Ronald Rietman
  • Patent number: 10191616
    Abstract: A method, a system, an apparatus, and a computer readable medium storing instructions for tagging information about an object included in an image to the image. The tagging information is used for searching for the image. The method includes detecting one or more objects included in a displayed image. The method also includes receiving, from a user, information about the detected object, and tagging the received information to the displayed image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Won-jong Choi, Hyung-tak Choi, O-hoon Kwon
  • Patent number: 10148853
    Abstract: An image processing device includes a writing circuit to write image data to a first memory, a second memory with a capacity of lines, a coordinate generating circuit to generate coordinate information based on inclination information, a deviation calculating circuit to calculate a maximum deviation amount of the image data from the coordinate information, a division number calculating circuit to calculate a division number based on the number of the lines and the deviation amount, an address generating circuit to generate an address for reading each of divided areas of the image data from the first memory, a burst length calculating circuit to calculate a burst length based on the division number and a main scanning width of the image data, and a transferring circuit to read and burst-transfer the image data from the first memory to the second memory based on the address and the burst length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Yuuto Watanabe, Tomonori Tanaka, Naoki Ohta, Mitsutaka Iwasaki
  • Patent number: 10134056
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing information based on a user's location are described. A system may include an inventory module to identify an instance of a product within a field of vision of a user. A search module may identify incentives to purchase the product. A location module may generate a pictorial representation of the field of vision where an image of the product is located within the pictorial representation based on the position of the product in the field of vision of the user. A mapping module may map an icon representing at least one of the one or more incentives to a location within the pictorial representation corresponding to the position of the product. A display module may provide a user interface including a display comprising the icon located within the pictorial representation at a location corresponding to the position of the image of the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Guy Schory, Robert Dean Veres
  • Patent number: 10027833
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus including a reading unit comprising a photodetector configured to read an image information on a sheet, and a projecting portion, a case storing the photodetector therein, the case comprising a transparent portion configured to transmit light to be received by the photodetector, and a portion defining an opening through which the projecting portion is projected outward from the case, and an elastic portion provided to fill a space where the projecting portion is not present in the opening. The case movably stores the photodetector within a range where the projecting portion is movable in the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takayuki Fukushima
  • Patent number: 10011136
    Abstract: An ink curing apparatus for curing ink on an object and method includes at least one thermal imaging sensor that is configured to image thermal radiation of the object and at least one heating element that is configured to generate heat energy. A control responsive to the imaging sensor controls the heating element. The control controls the heating element as a function of the thermal radiation of the object to heat the object to a particular radiation level. The method may be used to cure ink on the object. The object may be made of a textile. The method may be used with at least one chosen from screen printing, digital printing, sublimation ink printing, discharge ink printing, and pad printing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Brown Manufacturing Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Hans P. Broeckert, Stephen M. Harpold
  • Patent number: 9866618
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus capable of reducing the burden of user's operation for sharing uploaded images, in a case where image upload destinations set by the users using their own devices are different. The apparatus includes a device detection section that detects a device that holds image information, a device communication section that communicates with the detected device, and a server communication that communicates with a plurality of servers via a communication network. Server information indicative of an image upload destination set for each detected device is acquired via the device communication section. Image information held by each device is acquired via the device communication section. The acquired image information is uploaded to the servers corresponding to the server information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yasushi Kachi
  • Patent number: 9857773
    Abstract: The invention discloses a smart watch, which comprises: a dial (10), a first and a second strap (20, 24), connected respectively to both sides of the dial (10), a main display (12) disposed on a front of the dial (10), a first secondary display (13) disposed on the end of the first strap (20) connected to the dial (10), and a second secondary display (14) disposed on the end of the second strap (24) and connected to the dial (10) to increase the display area of the smart watch to achieve complex human machine interaction to satisfy various demands for display by the users. By using monolithic manufacturing method, the invention achieves reducing the number of control circuit and cost. The present invention provides a multiple numerical operation method for smart watch is easy to operate and can enhance user experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: WUHAN CHINA STAR OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuejun Tang
  • Patent number: 9855740
    Abstract: A printing apparatus including a printing head that discharges a liquid onto a paper sheet, a drying section into which it is possible to the paper sheet, a transport roller that is provided further on an upstream side than the drying section, a nip roller that is provided further on a downstream side than the drying section, and a control section that regulates movement of the paper sheet by controlling the nip roller, in which the control section performs a first transport control that transports paper sheet in the transport direction by driving the transport roller, and stops driving of the nip roller, and a second transport control that stops driving of the transport roller, and transports the paper sheet in the transport direction by driving the nip roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Shuichiro Nakano
  • Patent number: 9852464
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a method and system for capturing and utilizing item attributes are described. Various embodiments may include a mobile image capture apparatus, which may include a computer system configured to execute an image capture application. The image capture application may instruct an agent to capture an image of an item label. A data extraction component may be configured to process the images captured by the mobile image capture apparatus. For a given captured image, the data extraction component may in various embodiments be configured to perform OCR to determine one or more strings of characters from the image. The data extraction component may be further configured to determine whether one or more patterns match a determined string of characters. In response to the detection of a particular pattern matching a particular string of characters, the data extraction component may extract and store an attribute of the corresponding item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Sean Tyra, Ian D. Clarkson
  • Patent number: 9805296
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a system and a method for decoding QR codes in complex scenes, a system and a method for generating multi-layer color QR codes and applications enabled by the systems and methods. The method for decoding a QR code may include detecting rough locations of the QR code by a learning-based QR code detector which is pre-trained off-line; localizing finder patterns and alignment patterns within each detected location; correcting geometric distortion of each QR code, based on the localized finder patterns and alignment patterns; restoring a color of each data module within each corrected QR code by a learning-based classifier; and decoding the QR code from each restored QR code. The application also discloses a system and a method to determine the optimal setting parameters for creating a multi-layer QR code to fulfill the user's requirements. Some applications enabled by these systems and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: The Chinese University of Hong Kong
    Inventors: Chen Change Loy, Wing Cheong Lau, Zhibo Yang, Zhiyi Cheng, Chak Man Li
  • Patent number: 9798910
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for performing a process associated with an item to be imaged is disclosed. The process requires data associated with a plurality of required features of the item to be imaged. A handheld device is used to obtain a sequence of images. For at least a subset of the obtained images, a camera field of view is directed toward the item from different relative juxtapositions while obtaining the images. At least a subset of the obtained images are examined to identify the required features. Images are obtained until each of the required features are identified in at least one image. Feedback is provided to a user indicating at least one additional required features to be imaged, required features that have already been imaged and guidance indicating how to manipulate the handheld device to obtain images of additional required features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: COGNEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Carl W. Gerst, III, Justin Testa
  • Patent number: 9784694
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an X-ray computed tomography apparatus includes an X-ray generation unit, an X-ray detection unit, a unit to reconstruct volume data for a reconstruction region having an operator-designated diameter based on projection data, a unit to generate interpolation data based on measurement data to complete projection data for end portions of the reconstruction region wherein the projection data required for reconstructing the volume data of a middle portion of the reconstruction region is acquired as the measurement data, and a unit to decide a width of the end portions based on the set radiation range along the top's longitudinal direction, reconstruction region's diameter, and object's imaging target portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Satoru Nakanishi, Naruomi Akino, Yoshinori Uebayashi, Takahiro Goto
  • Patent number: 9751334
    Abstract: A liquid ejecting apparatus includes a heating unit; a detecting unit capable of detecting the energies of plural detection areas in a heating area to be heated by the heating unit; and a controller that controls the heating unit on the basis of the energies of the plural detection areas detected by the detecting unit. The controller controls the number of detection areas which are used in control of the heating unit in a case where a medium has been transported to a position where the medium overlaps with at least one of the plural detection areas so that the number is larger than the number of detection areas which are used in the control of the heating unit in a case where a medium has been transported to a position where the medium does not overlap with at least one of the plural detection areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Osamu Hara, Shuichiro Nakano
  • Patent number: 9740343
    Abstract: A capacitive fingerprint sensor that may be formed of an array of sensing elements. Each capacitive sensing element of the array may register a voltage that varies with the capacitance of a capacitive coupling. A finger may capacitively couple to the individual capacitive sensing elements of the sensor, such that the sensor may sense a capacitance between each capacitive sensing element and the flesh of the fingerprint. The capacitance signal may be detected by sensing the change in voltage on the capacitive sensing element as the relative voltage between the finger and the sensing chip is changed. Alternately, the capacitance signal may be detected by sensing the change in charge received by the capacitive sensing elements as the relative voltage between the finger and the sensing chip is changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Steven P. Hotelling, Jean-Marie Bussat, Benjamin B. Lyon
  • Patent number: 9734168
    Abstract: A system for organizing digital files is provided, wherein tagging data is applied to a sequence of files. A tagging image having tagging data therein is preferably provided before or after the sequence, or both. A text recognizing technology may be used to extract the tagging data from a tagging image. For example, if a tagging image is taken on a camera prior to a sequence of images, the system may extract tagging data from the tagging image and apply such tagging data to the sequence of image files. Preferably, the system provides for renaming of the image files utilizing the tagging data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Inventor: Jennifer Shin
  • Patent number: 9658347
    Abstract: A digital X-ray detector is provided. The digital X-ray detector includes multiple pixels, each pixel including a pinned photodiode, and multiple readout channels coupled to each pinned photodiode, wherein each readout channel includes at least one charge-storage capacitor, an amplifier, and a transfer gate. The digital X-ray detector also includes control circuitry coupled to each pixel of the multiple pixels and configured to selectively control a flow of photocharge generated by each pinned photodiode to a respective at least one charge-storage capacitor of each respective readout channel via control of each respective transfer gate of each respective readout channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Biju Jacob, Jianjun Guo, Brian David Yanoff, Uwe Wiedmann
  • Patent number: 9607384
    Abstract: A method of determining a coordinate transform between a first image and a second image, said method comprising the steps of: determining a rate of change of pixel values for locations on the first image to identify candidate alignment patches in the first image; specifying subsets of patches from the set of candidate alignment patches based on an error metric, selecting a subset of candidate alignment patches from said plurality of subsets of candidate alignment patches based upon a predetermined criterion; estimating, for each patch in the selected subset, a shift between the patch and a corresponding patch in the second image, the location of the corresponding patch in the second image being determined from the location of the patch in the first image; and determining the coordinate transform between the first image and second image based on the estimated shifts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Andrew Docherty, James Austin Besley
  • Patent number: 9519404
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to image segmentation for data verification. A method of the disclosure comprises: receiving, using a processing device, an image of at least a part of a document; identifying a first image region in the image that corresponds to data to be verified by a user; extracting data from the image of at least the part of the document partitioning the image into a plurality of image segments based on positioning information related to the first image region, wherein the plurality of image segments comprises a first image segment and a second image segment, and wherein the second image segment comprises the first image region; and presenting data extracted from the first image region in association with the first image segment and the second image segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: ABBYY Development LLC
    Inventor: Diana Kanivets
  • Patent number: 9423601
    Abstract: An image acquisition system 1 includes: a light source 3 which outputs illumination light; an optical scanner 7 which scans a sample S with the illumination light; an optical scanner control unit 9; a detection optical system 15, 17 which focuses fluorescence from the sample S; an imaging device 19 which has a light receiving surface 19c in which a plurality of pixel rows 19d are arranged, and an imaging control section 19b, and which can perform signal readout of each of the plurality of pixel rows 19d from the light receiving surface 19c; and a calculation unit 21 which calculates an interval of signal readout between adjacent pixel rows 19d, based on a moving speed of an illuminated region on the light receiving surface 19c; the imaging control section 19b controls signal readout of each pixel row 19d, based on the interval of the signal readout thus calculated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: HAMAMATSU PHOTONICS K.K.
    Inventors: Eiji Toda, Takuo Kameyama
  • Patent number: 9372332
    Abstract: An image acquisition system 1 includes: a light source 3 which outputs illumination light; an optical scanner 7 which scans a sample S with the illumination light; an optical scanner control unit 9; a detection optical system 15, 17 which focuses fluorescence from the sample S; an imaging device 19 which has a light receiving surface 19c in which a plurality of pixel rows 19d are arranged, and an imaging control section 19b, and which can perform signal readout of each of the plurality of pixel rows 19d from the light receiving surface 19c; and a calculation unit 21 which calculates an interval of signal readout between adjacent pixel rows 19d, based on a moving speed of an illuminated region on the light receiving surface 19c; the imaging control section 19b controls signal readout of each pixel row 19d, based on the interval of the signal readout thus calculated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: HAMAMATSU PHOTONICS K.K
    Inventors: Eiji Toda, Takuo Kameyama
  • Patent number: 9363407
    Abstract: In an image sensor unit including a plurality of sensor chips mounted in a line on a sensor substrate, image signals from the sensor chips are sequentially read according to a reading order among the sensor chips, a current consumption circuit that consumes set current is arranged, and the current consumption circuit starts consuming the set current in response to a signal indicating end of reading of the image signals by all of the sensor chips and ends consuming the set current in response to a signal indicating start of reading of the image signals first by the sensor chip after a start signal to thereby reduce variation in the current consumption of the image sensor unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: CANON COMPONENTS, INC.
    Inventor: Takahiro Kaihotsu
  • Patent number: 9357142
    Abstract: An image sensor includes a pixel array and a row driver block. The pixel array includes a plurality of subpixel groups, each including a plurality of subpixels. Each of the plurality of subpixels is configured to generate a subpixel signal corresponding to photocharge accumulated in response to a photon. The row driver block is configured to generate a first control signal to control the subpixels included in each of the plurality of subpixel groups to accumulate the photocharge in parallel from a first time point to a second time point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tae Chan Kim, Min Ho Kim, Dong Ki Min, Sang Chul Sul, Tae Seok Oh, Kwang Hyun Lee, Tae Yon Lee, Jung Hoon Jung, Young Gu Jin
  • Patent number: 9324171
    Abstract: Example methods disclosed herein include overlaying a semi-transparent version of a reference image over a sequence of captured images as respective ones of the captured images are displayed on a display of a portable device. Such disclosed example methods also include determining a directional difference between a first one of the captured images and the reference image. Such disclosed example methods further include presenting a directional prompt to indicate a direction to move the portable device to cause a subsequent second one of the captured images to coincide with the reference image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventor: Michael A. Hicks
  • Patent number: 9305210
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an electronic apparatus includes a display controller, a detector and a processor. The display controller displays a document on a screen of a touch screen display, the document including one or more elements corresponding to a first layer and one or more elements corresponding to a second layer. The detector is configured to detect a position and a contact pressure of a first contact on the screen. The processor is configured to delete either a first element corresponding to the first layer or a second element corresponding to the second layer, by using the position and the contact pressure of the first contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Ookawara
  • Patent number: 9280860
    Abstract: Various embodiments of access control systems and fingerprint sensing systems are disclosed. One or more fingerprints of an authorized person are recorded in a fingerprint database together with a sequence of angular positions. The authorized person may subsequently gain access to a secured item by scanning the authorized person's finger or fingers in accordance with the sequence of angular positions. Various embodiments of fingerprint sensors for determining the angular position of a finger on the sensor are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: RISST Ltd.
    Inventors: Arun Malhotra, Harpal Dhaliwal, Frank Gerlach
  • Patent number: 9268979
    Abstract: A data reading system including one or more imagers and a lower main housing structure with a horizontal surface and a horizontal window, across which items to be read are passed. At least one or more of the imagers in the data reading system is a part of a top-down data reader having a generally downwardly-facing field of view projecting through a scan window and onto the horizontal surface and the horizontal window. The top-down data reader may be freely repositioned at a range of height positions and angular configurations for processing items of various dimensions. The data reading system may further include a calibration system for assisting in adjusting the field of view of the top-down data reader to ensure proper aim and focus of the top-down data reader after adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Datalogic ADC, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan B Thompson, Alan Shearin, Brett T Howard
  • Patent number: 9189698
    Abstract: A method of converting user-selected printed text to a synthesized image sequence is provided. The method includes capturing a first image of printed text and generating a model information associated with the text.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Alistair K. Chan, William Gates, Pablos Holman, Roderick A. Hyde, Edward K. Y. Jung, Jordin T. Kare, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Keith D. Rosema, Clarence T. Tegreene, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9179035
    Abstract: A method of editing a combined image which includes a plurality of object images. This editing method includes displaying an outline rectangle which forms outlines of one or more object images within the combined image, and when a predetermined first operation is performed on an object image selected from among the object images located within the outline rectangle, segmenting the selected object image and another object image located within the outline rectangle, and alternatively, when a predetermined second operation is performed on an object image selected from among the object images located within the outline rectangle, combining the selected object image with another object image located within an outline rectangle other than the outline rectangle. After the segmenting or combining is performed, renewing displaying of the outline rectangle according the segmenting or combining result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ilya Vasilievich Kurilin, Ho-keun Lee, Ilya Vladimirovich Safonov
  • Patent number: 9147142
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a reception unit receiving the number of sheet identifiers to be allocated to a form definition, a comparison unit comparing the number of sheet identifiers received by the reception unit with the number of usable sheet identifiers, an information allocation unit allocating the number of usable sheet identifiers being equal to or greater than the number of sheet identifiers received by the reception unit among the usable sheet identifiers as a definition identifier to the form definition when the comparison result of the comparison unit shows that the number of sheet identifiers received by the reception unit is equal to or less than the number of usable sheet identifiers, a prohibition unit excluding the sheet identifiers included in the definition identifier from the sheet identifiers to be allocated later, and an association unit associating the definition identifier with the form definition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masaki Kyojima, Kazuo Saito
  • Patent number: 9137526
    Abstract: The description relates to enhancing images. One device includes a lens configured to focus images on an image sensor. The device also includes point spread function (PSF) lens data relating to manufacturing specifications of the lens and a PSF measurement of the lens associated with a test image of a planar calibration pattern at a single depth of field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Brian K. Guenter, Neel S. Joshi, Yichang Shih
  • Patent number: 9135693
    Abstract: Systems, methods, apparatuses and computer program products for image calibration and analysis are described. One aspect provides quantitatively analyzing a representation of a dermatological condition of an image; and providing one or more outputs responsive to said quantitatively analyzing said representation of said dermatological condition of said image. Other embodiments are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: SKIN OF MINE DOT COM, LLC
    Inventor: Ellen Eide Kislal
  • Patent number: 9135489
    Abstract: Method and system for decoding a two dimensional code is disclosed. In the binarization process of a two dimensional code image, through performing a dividing operation on the two dimensional code image, each block region has a different grayscale threshold. For each block region, whether a pixel in the block region is determined as black or white is not solely based on the grayscale value of the pixel itself, but also an average grayscale value of a predetermined area set for the block region where the pixel locates. When the predetermined area in which the block region locates has a larger grayscale value as a whole, the grayscale threshold corresponding to the block region may become larger, and vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignees: PEKING UNIVERSITY FOUNDER GROUP CO., LTD., FOUNDER MOBILE MEDIA TECHNOLOGY (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ling Zhang, Chao Guan, Zhenhua Liu, Gezhang Liu, Wanyi Che
  • Patent number: 9092689
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an apparatus which can acquire, readout and perceive a scene based on the insertion, or embedding of photosensitive elements into or on a transparent or semi-transparent substrate such as glass or plastic. The substrate itself may act as the optical device which deflects the photons of an incident image into the photosensitive elements. A digital neural memory can be trained to recognize patterns in the incident photons. The photosensitive elements and digital neural memory elements may be arranged with light elements controlled in accordance with the patterns detected. In one application, intelligent lighting units provide light while monitoring surroundings and/or adjusting light according to such surroundings. In another application, intelligent displays display images and/or video while monitoring surroundings and/or adjusting the displayed images and/or video in accordance with such surroundings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignees: AGC FLAT GLASS NORTH AMERICA, INC., NORLITECH, LLC
    Inventors: Guy Paillet, Anne Menendez
  • Patent number: 9083842
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device includes a color filter unit disposed on a pixel array unit including pixels two-dimensionally arranged in a matrix and a conversion processing unit disposed on a substrate having the pixel array unit thereon. The color filter unit has a color arrangement in which a color serving as a primary component of a luminance signal is arranged in a checkerboard pattern and a plurality of colors serving as color information components are arranged in the other area of the checkerboard pattern. The conversion processing unit converts signals that are output from the pixels of the pixel array unit and that correspond to the color arrangement of the color filter unit into signals that correspond to a Bayer arrangement and outputs the converted signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Isao Hirota
  • Patent number: 9049356
    Abstract: The image processing apparatus includes an image inputting part configured to acquire a captured image produced by an image pickup system including an optical system and an image sensor, a filter producing part configured to produce an image restoration filter, and a restoration processing part configured to perform an image restoration process on the captured image by using the image restoration filter to produce a restored image. The filter producing part is configured to set amplification factors for respective frequency components in the image restoration filter according to a frequency characteristic of an alias signal that may be generated in the image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takeshi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9036950
    Abstract: A method of converting user-selected printed text to a synthesized image sequence is provided. The method includes capturing a first image of printed text and generating a model information associated with the text.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: ELWHA LLC
    Inventors: Alistair K. Chan, William Gates, Paul Holman, Roderick A. Hyde, Edward K. Y. Jung, Jordin T. Kare, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Keith David Rosema, Clarence T. Tegreene, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9030492
    Abstract: A method for overlaying AR objects on an environmental image representing the environment includes recording a depth image of the environment from a point of vision; modifying the representation of an AR object to be placed in the environmental image in terms of how it appears from the point of vision at a pre-defined spot in the environmental image; determining how the parts of the AR object facing the point of vision are arranged in relation to an associated image point of the depth image, from the point of vision; modifying at least the representation of parts of the AR object in a pre-determined manner in relation to the apparent depth in the image; and overlaying the processed AR object on the environmental image. A device for overlaying AR objects on an environmental image displaying the environment operates according to the method steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: KUKA Roboter GmbH
    Inventors: Rainer Bischoff, Arif Kazi
  • Patent number: 9002120
    Abstract: A method for browsing a collection of digital images on a soft-copy display comprising: receiving a collection of digital images; interactively user selecting a digital image using a user interface; determining a plurality of subsets of the digital images, wherein each subset shares a common category with the selected digital image; and displaying the subsets of digital images on the soft-copy display, together with the selected digital image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Intellectual Ventures Fund 83 LLC
    Inventors: Peter Thomas Fry, John Denis Piper, Graham Robert Kiddle, Hani Muammar, Alan Payne
  • Patent number: 8995787
    Abstract: Reference-free compensated imaging makes an estimation of the Fourier phase of a series of images of a target. The Fourier magnitude of the series of images is obtained by dividing the power spectral density of the series of images by an estimate of the power spectral density of atmospheric turbulence from a series of scene based wave front sensor (SBWFS) measurements of the target. A high-resolution image of the target is recovered from the Fourier phase and the Fourier magnitude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Lisa A Poyneer, Brian J Bauman
  • Patent number: 8989498
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a system stores a plurality of contents in a storage medium, each content includes handwritten data including stroke data corresponding to strokes which are handwritten, image data corresponding to the strokes, and retrieval information for retrieving the handwritten data. The system provides, upon receiving a retrieve request including a character string from a terminal, to the terminal either the handwritten data in the content corresponding to first retrieval information, the first retrieval information corresponding to the character string from among retrieval information of the plurality of contents, or the image data in the content corresponding to the first retrieval information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Aiko Akashi
  • Patent number: 8989475
    Abstract: Methods, compositions and kits for determining the developmental potential of one or more embryos or pluripotent cells and/or the presence of chromosomal abnormalities in one or more embryos or pluripotent cells are provided. These methods, compositions and kits find use in identifying embryos and oocytes in vitro that are most useful in treating infertility in humans.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Connie C. Wong, Kevin E. Loewke, Thomas M. Baer, Renee A. Reijo-Pera, Barry Behr
  • Patent number: 8976051
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to floating point timers and counters that are used in a variety of contexts. In some implementations, a floating point counter can be used to generate a wave form made up of a series of pulses with different pulse lengths. An array of these floating point counters can be used to implement a pool of delays. In other implementations, an array of floating point counters can be used to analyze waveforms on a number of different communication channels. Analysis of such waveforms may be useful in automotive applications, such as in wheel speed measurement for example, as well as other applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Ljudmil Anastasov, Jens Barrenscheen
  • Patent number: 8948545
    Abstract: According to various embodiments, the system and method of the present invention process light-field image data so as to reduce color artifacts, reduce projection artifacts, and/or increase dynamic range. These techniques operate, for example, on image data affected by sensor saturation and/or microlens modulation. Flat-field images are captured and converted to modulation images, and then applied on a per-pixel basis, according to techniques described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Lytro, Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt Barton Akeley, Brian Cabral, Colvin Pitts, Chia-Kai Liang, Bennett Wilburn, Timothy James Knight, Yi-Ren Ng
  • Patent number: 8948513
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer program products, for identifying regions of interest in an image and identifying a barcode in a degraded image are provided. A region of interest is identified by pre-processing an image, generating a binary image based on a metric calculated on the pre-processed image, and analyzing regions of the image identified using connected components and other analysis. A barcode is identified by searching a population of barcodes, degrading ideal image intensity profiles of candidate barcodes, and comparing the degraded ideal image intensity profiles to an image intensity profile of the degraded image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Rudolph van der Merwe, Richard Eugene Crandall, Samuel Gordon Noble, Bertrand Serlet, Stanislav Kounitski
  • Patent number: 8942481
    Abstract: Disclose embodiments include an image processor for feature detection comprising a single non-planar chip containing a plurality of integrated sensing and processing resources across two or more layers adapted to capture image frames and extract image features. In a particular embodiment, the non-planar chip is a three dimensional CMOS integrated circuit (3D CMOS IC) with vertical distribution of sensing and processing resources across two or more vertical integrated circuit layers. The 3D CMOS IC implements two or more feature detectors in a single chip by reusing a plurality of circuits employed for gradient and keypoint detection. Feature detectors include a scale invariant feature transform detector (SIFT), a Harris-based feature detector, and a Hessian-based feature detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignees: Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Universidad de Sevilla
    Inventors: Manuel Suárez Cambre, Víctor Manuel Brea Sánchez, Fernando Rafael Pardo Seco, Ángel Rodríguez Vázquez, Ricardo Carmona Galán
  • Patent number: 8942570
    Abstract: The invention relates to a detection system for determining data embedded into the light output of a light source in a form of a repeating sequence of N symbols. The detection system includes a camera and a processing unit. The camera is configured to acquire a series of images of the scene via specific open/closure patterns of the shutter. The processing unit is configured to process the acquired series of images to determine the repeating sequence of N symbols. By carefully triggering when a shutter of the camera is open to capture the different symbols of the encoded light within each frame time of a camera, a conventional camera with a relatively long frame time may be employed. Therefore, the techniques presented herein are suitable for detecting the invisible “high frequency” coded light while using less expensive cameras as those used in the prior art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Koninklijke Phillips N.V.
    Inventors: Tim Corneel Wilhelmus Schenk, Frederik Jan De Bruijn, Ruud Vlutters, Lorenzo Feri
  • Patent number: 8927917
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and systems for optoelectronic detection and location of moving objects. The disclosed methods and systems capture one-dimensional images of a field of view through which objects may be moving, make measurements in those images, select from among those measurements those that are likely to correspond to objects in the field of view, make decisions responsive to various characteristics of the objects, and produce signals that indicate those decisions. The disclosed methods and systems provide excellent object discrimination, electronic setting of a reference point, no latency, high repeatability, and other advantages that will be apparent to one of ordinary skill in the art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Cognex Corporation
    Inventor: William M. Silver