3d Orientation Patents (Class 702/153)
  • Patent number: 10766142
    Abstract: The electronic device manufacturing apparatus includes a cable holding tool, a work stage, a robot section, a first position detector, a second position detector, and a controller. The first position detector detects positions in a two-dimensional plane direction of the cable held by the cable holding tool and the connector of the electronic device held by the work stage. The second position detector detects positions in a height direction of the cable held by the cable holding tool and the connector of the electronic device held by the work stage. The controller controls the robot section based on the detection result of the first position detector and the second position detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ken Takano, Minoru Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10723026
    Abstract: The electronic device manufacturing apparatus includes a cable holding tool, a work stage, a robot section, a first position detector, a second position detector, and a controller. The first position detector detects positions in a two-dimensional plane direction of the cable held by the cable holding tool and the connector of the electronic device held by the work stage. The second position detector detects positions in a height direction of the cable held by the cable holding tool and the connector of the electronic device held by the work stage. The controller controls the robot section based on the detection result of the first position detector and the second position detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ken Takano, Minoru Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10656537
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for detecting the position of a mask holder for photolithographic masks, said method including the following steps: positioning the mask holder with the mask on a measuring table of a measurement apparatus, measuring the mask holder by use of an algorithm, storing the absolute position of the mask holder on the measuring table, and recording and storing at least one reference image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH
    Inventor: Hans-Michael Solowan
  • Patent number: 10509477
    Abstract: With the addition of directional information and gesture based input in a location based services environment, a variety of service(s) can be provided. For example, a computer system can identify a spatially-related point of interest based on a geographical location of the computer system and based on directional information. The computer system can display a first visualization of a first type, including an indication of the point of interest, which represents the geographical location. Then, based on detecting a gesture, the computer can display a second visualization of a second type, also including an indication of the point of interest, which also represents the geographical location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Moe Khosravy, Lev Novik, Katrika Marie Morris
  • Patent number: 10489930
    Abstract: A system and method for markers with digitally encoded geographic coordinate information for use in an augmented reality (AR) system. The method provides accurate location information for registration of digital data and real world images within an AR system. The method includes automatically matching digital data within an AR system by utilizing a digitally encoded marker (DEM) containing world coordinate information system and mathematical offset of digital data and a viewing device. The method further includes encoding geographic coordinate information into markers (e.g., DEMs) and decoding the coordinate information into an AR system. Through use of the method and corresponding system, marker technology and the basis of geo-location technology can be combined into a geo-located marker, thereby solving the problem of providing accurate registration within an augmented reality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: LIMITLESS COMPUTING, INC.
    Inventors: Errin T. Weller, Jeffrey B. Franklin
  • Patent number: 10271123
    Abstract: A wearable electronic device includes a headphone including two sound generators and an elastic band connecting the two sound generators; a display portion including two ends and a middle portion located between the two ends; and two extension mechanisms each of which connects one sound generator with a corresponding end of the display portion, a distance between the corresponding end of the display portion and the one sound generator being variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: SHENZHEN ROYOLE TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Songling Yang, Chao Jiang, Songya Chen, Zihong Liu
  • Patent number: 10240960
    Abstract: A method for reducing an error rate is provided. The method includes obtaining a first analog signal representing a first kinematic property of a first position with a sensor, obtaining a second analog signal representing a second kinematic property of the first position, digitizing the first analog signal into a first digital signal, and digitizing the second analog signal into a second digital signal. The method also includes combining the first digital signal and the second digital signal into a combined signal such that an error rate of the combined signal is less than an error rate of one of the first digital signal and the second digital signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Micro Motion, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul J Hays, Craig B McAnally
  • Patent number: 10175778
    Abstract: A method for a computing device includes determining in a magnetometer, magnetic data in response to a physical perturbation, determining in an accelerometer, acceleration data in response to the physical perturbation, determining with a processor, computed parameters in response to the magnetic data and the acceleration data, wherein the computed parameters includes a first and a second computed parameter, determining with the processor, an initial motion direction indicator in response to a weighted combination of the first computed parameter and the second computed parameter, determining with the processor, a motion direction indicator in response to the initial motion direction indicator, determining with the processor, a function to perform in response to the motion direction indicator, and displaying on a display of the portable computing device with the processor, a graphic image in response to the function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: MCUBE, INC.
    Inventors: James Wang, Chenglong Fu, Aga Hsu, Kevin Huang
  • Patent number: 10169916
    Abstract: There is provided an image processing device including: a setting unit configured to set a filter intensity based on a degree of how exactly an imaging device that produces a captured image containing a marker related to display of a virtual object faces the marker, the degree being detected based on the captured image; and an image processing unit configured to combine the virtual object corresponding to the marker with the captured image by using a filter having the set filter intensity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tetsuo Tawara
  • Patent number: 10034624
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for calculating point values for users who participate in activities. An activity is first captured with a sensor. A processor classifies the activity by comparing a sensor signal to templates. Once the activity is classified, an activity factor is selected. Point values are then calculated as a function of the activity factor and duration of the activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Kwamina Crankson, Aaron B. Weast
  • Patent number: 10029857
    Abstract: An arrangement of loaded packages is estimated three-dimensionally. A loading position at which a target package is loaded next is determined based on the estimated arrangement. A position at which the target package is loaded is instructed by irradiation with an index light indicating the determined loading position. This method allows a package to be loaded in a limited space, for example, the package to be loaded optimally in a transport device or in a storehouse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kimiaki Toshikiyo, Daisuke Nishimura
  • Patent number: 9995598
    Abstract: A method for measuring a position using a magnet and a sensor for detecting the magnetic field strength of the magnet. The magnet and/or the sensor interact with a movable element so that a relative movement between the sensor and the magnet can be effected. The position of the movable element in accordance with the coordinates in a system of coordinates can be ascertained on the basis of the magnetic field having a predetermined shape generated by the magnet and detected by the sensor. The sensor ascertains three linearly independent spatial direction components of the magnetic field strength of the magnetic field acting at the location of the sensor. Each coordinate along a coordinate axis of the system coordinates of the magnetic field is determined individually and unambiguously by the combination of the three linearly independent spatial direction components of the magnetic field strength detected by the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Marquardt Mechatronik GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Allmendinger, Eberhard Binder
  • Patent number: 9910501
    Abstract: Systems and methods for implementing retail processes based on machine-readable images and user gestures are disclosed. According to an aspect, a method includes capturing one or more images including a machine-readable image and a user gesture. The method also includes identifying the machine-readable image as being associated with a product. Further, the method includes determining whether the user gesture interacts with the machine-readable image in accordance with a predetermined gesture. The method also includes implementing a predetermined retail process in association with the product in response to determining that the user gesture interacts with the machine-readable image in accordance with the predetermined gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: TOSHIBA GLOBAL COMMERCE SOLUTIONS HOLDINGS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jason Chirakan, Douglas Hanthorn, Dean F. Herring
  • Patent number: 9875542
    Abstract: There is provided a camera calibration device capable of highly precisely and easily estimating camera parameters without installing a piece of special calibration equipment or measuring 3D coordinates of reference points employed for calibration. A normal vector acquisition unit acquires normal vectors perpendicular to a reference horizontal plane from an image of a camera to be calibrated. A rotation matrix estimation unit projects the acquired normal vectors on a projection virtual plane perpendicular to the reference horizontal plane and evaluates that the projected normal vectors are perpendicular to the reference horizontal plane thereby to estimate a rotation matrix employed for calibrating the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroo Ikeda
  • Patent number: 9654129
    Abstract: There is provided a signal processing device comprising a combination unit (3) configured to combine plural element signals based on plural physical quantity signals including signal components in accordance with desired physical quantities, respectively, by the number of times equal to or greater than a number of the plural physical quantity signals, and to output combined signals different from each other; a measuring unit (4) configured to sequentially receive the combined signals output from the combination unit (3); and a computing unit (5) configured to compute signal components based on the desired physical quantities from signals that are generated based on the combined signals sequentially output from the measuring unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Asahi Kasei Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Sasaki, Masaya Yamashita
  • Patent number: 9519971
    Abstract: A position and orientation measurement device includes a grayscale image input unit that inputs a grayscale image of an object, a distance image input unit that inputs a distance image of the object, an approximate position and orientation input unit that inputs an approximate position and orientation of the object with respect to the position and orientation measurement device, and a position and orientation calculator that updates the approximate position and orientation. The position and orientation calculator calculates a first position and orientation so that an object image on an image plane and a projection image of the three-dimensional shape model overlap each other, associates the three-dimensional shape model with the image features of the grayscale image and the distance image, and calculates a second position and orientation on the basis of a result of the association.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Daisuke Kotake, Keisuke Tateno, Shinji Uchiyama
  • Patent number: 9393487
    Abstract: One embodiment provides a method for use in a game that includes the steps of receiving position information for a controller that is being manipulated by a user, analyzing the position information to determine whether a predetermined movement of the controller associated with a command has been performed, and executing the command if the predetermined movement of the controller associated with the command has been performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Gary M. Zalewski, Richard Marks, Xiadong Mao
  • Patent number: 9381424
    Abstract: One embodiment provides a method for use in providing input to a system that includes the steps of determining position information for a controller for the system, comparing the determined position information for the controller with predetermined position information associated with commands, and providing a command to the system if the determined position information matches predetermined position information for the command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment America LLC
    Inventors: Gary Zalewski, Richard Marks, Xiadong Mao
  • Patent number: 9355453
    Abstract: A three-dimensional measurement apparatus generates a plurality of view-point images obtained by observing a measurement object from a plurality of different view-points using a three-dimensional geometric model, detects edges of the measurement object from the plurality of view-point images as second edges, calculates respective reliabilities of first edges of the three-dimensional geometric model based on a result obtained when the second edges are associated with the first edges, weights each of the first edges based on the respective reliabilities, associates third edges detected from a captured image with the weighted first edges, and calculates a position and an orientation of the measurement object based on the association result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Daisuke Watanabe, Masakazu Fujiki, Shinji Uchiyama
  • Patent number: 9317147
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide an input test tool that promotes precision testing, flexibility and repeatability over a wide variety of functionality tests that are utilized in both touch and near-touch input scenarios. The input test tool enables a variety of degrees of motion, including both linear and rotational motion, so that a device under test can be tested utilizing a number of different linear and/or rotational input scenarios.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC.
    Inventors: Steven Andrew Welch, Takahiro Shigemitsu, Timothy Allen Wright, Mark D. Vance, Steven E. Wittenberg
  • Patent number: 9122945
    Abstract: A method for processing data includes identifying a time signature of an infra-red (IR) beacon. Image data associated with the IR beacon is identified using the time signature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: David J. Cowperthwaite, Bradford H. Needham
  • Patent number: 9079510
    Abstract: An adjustment device has a control unit with a memory, in which vehicle occupant data is storable. The data enable an automatic setting of all adjustable seat components and/or vehicle components. A read-in unit allows the necessary vehicle occupant data to be read into the memory of the control unit from a mobile data medium. The data medium obtains the necessary vehicle occupant data as a defined two dimensional image from a digital image acquisition system. The control unit or the data medium has an algorithm that determines proportions of given body parts in relation to each other from the two dimensional image such that a certain, at least relative, automatic setting of the seat components and/or the vehicle components is derivable. An input unit, which is manually operable as a touch screen, sets defined body part positions using marks superposed in succession on the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Andreas Huber
  • Patent number: 9035762
    Abstract: A method and system for determining a location of a first device that emits a signal: provide at least three sensors separated and spaced apart from each other; at each of the sensors, receive the signal emitted by the first device; determine the received signals for each of the sensors; determine cross-correlations of the received signals for pairs of the sensors; and determine the location of the first device from the magnitudes of the cross-correlations of the received signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Keysight Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Thomas Cutler, Deitrich Werner Vook, Andrew David Fernandez
  • Patent number: 9009516
    Abstract: In one example, a method includes determining, based on motion data generated by a motion sensor of a wearable computing device, a plurality of motion vectors, wherein one or more components operatively coupled to the wearable computing device are operating in a first power mode during a first time period; determining, based on the plurality of motion vectors, a plurality of values. In this example, the method also includes, responsive to determining that each of the plurality of values satisfies a corresponding threshold, transitioning, by at least one component of the one or more components, from operating in the first power mode to operating in a second power mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Gabayan, William Haldean Brown
  • Patent number: 8996311
    Abstract: A navigation system for use with moving vehicles includes target points proximate to a rendezvous site located on a first moving vehicle. One or more transmitters associated with the target points broadcast time-tagged target point positioning information. A navigation unit on a second moving vehicle utilizes a camera with known properties to capture images that include the target points. The navigation unit processes the image that corresponds in time to the positioning information, to determine the relative position and orientation of the rendezvous site at the second vehicle. The navigation unit utilizes the relative position and orientation and an absolute position and orientation of the rendezvous site calculated from the target position information and calculates an absolute position and orientation corresponding to the second vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: NovAtel Inc.
    Inventors: Kristian Morin, Michael Bobye, Sandy Kennedy
  • Patent number: 8988033
    Abstract: A machine tool includes a main axis 30 to which a touch probe 17 is attached, a motor 15 that rotationally drives the main axis 30, a rotation angle position detector 16 that detects a rotation angle position of the motor 15, and a control device 20. The control device, when a measurement mode command for performing measurement of a workpiece by the touch probe 17 is input, multiplies a d-axis current command value Idc by a d-axis current correction coefficient K that is less than 1 to reduce the d-axis current command value Idc to a d-axis current command correction value Idc?, using a d-axis current command correction section 4. Thus, in the machine tool, small rotation vibrations of the main axis, generated when rotating the main axis to which the probe is attached and performing measurements of a workpiece, can be suppressed to thereby increase the measurement accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: OKUMA Corporation
    Inventors: Tomohiro Shibata, Tomohisa Kameyama
  • Patent number: 8983794
    Abstract: A non-destructive inspection system for a structure is described. The inspection system includes a local positioning system (LPS) configured for determining position and orientation of objects relative to a structure coordinate system, a six degree-of-freedom digitizer operable for at least one of temporary attachment to the structure and placement proximate the structure, a non-destructive sensor array, and a processing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: William P. Motzer, Gary E. Georgeson, Scott W. Lea, James J. Troy
  • Publication number: 20150032410
    Abstract: A method and system are disclosed using a position sensor for tracking a trajectory of a paddling instrument. Optionally the trajectory may be used for determining a paddling improvement strategy, for recognizing a stroke type, for coordinating a rowing team and/or for calculating a paddling force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Eyal POSTELNIK, Guy AHARON, Sivan POSTELNIK
  • Patent number: 8923893
    Abstract: Generating a planogram of a facility in real-time, includes positioning a wireless mobile device at a plurality of geometric positions within the facility. A location of the mobile device at each position is then established using a location mechanism. Each geometric position is then associated with that location of the mobile device. The planogram is then updated with information about the geometric position. The geometric positions are associated with physical objects modeled in the planogram. Non-geometric information can also be obtained at the location of the mobile device, and this non-geometric information can be overlaid onto the planogram.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Austin, Russell Calvarese
  • Publication number: 20140372073
    Abstract: A two-filter based method of detecting and tracking a target that can track an unknown and time-varying number of targets, while keeping continuous track, even in scenarios with large number of false contacts or missing measurements, is provided. More specifically, a first filter provides target detection, a second filter provides target tracking of the detected targets, and a clustering technique that operates after the first filter. The first filter starts with a uniform distribution over the surveillance area and resets periodically after the clustering technique is run. When the clustering technique runs, it detects the clusters corresponding to the different targets and passes them to the second filter that tracks these targets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Jacques Georgy, Aboelmagd Noureldin
  • Patent number: 8909483
    Abstract: The present invention relates to peptide fragments which have one or more shared and/or similar amino acid sequences to amino acid sequences of specific portions of the 14 kDa protein of S. mansoni (Sm14) or related FABPs (Fatty Acid Binding Proteins), the peptide fragments functioning as continuous or discontinuous epitopic regions of the molecule or mimicking its biological activity. More particularly, the present invention relates to a method for constructing active peptide fragments, peptide fragments, immunogenic composition and diagnostic kit using peptide fragments of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Fundação Oswaldo Cruz—FIOCRUZ
    Inventors: Miriam Tendler, Richard Charles Garratt, Naftale Katz, Andrew John George Simpson, Frank Jefferson Alarcon de Barrientos, Mônica Magno Vilar, Marilia Sirianni dos Santos Almeida
  • Patent number: 8903517
    Abstract: Sensor fusion algorithm techniques are described. In one or more embodiments, behaviors of a host device and accessory devices are controlled based upon an orientation of the host device and accessory devices, relative to one another. A combined spatial position and/or orientation for the host device may be obtained based on raw measurements that are obtained from at least two different types of sensors. In addition, a spatial position and/or orientation for an accessory device is ascertained using one or more sensors of the accessory device. An orientation (or position) of the accessory device relative to the host computing device may then be computed based on the combined spatial position/orientation for the host computing device and the ascertained spatial position/orientation for the accessory device. The relative orientation that is computed may then be used in various ways to control behaviors of the host computing device and/or accessory device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: David R. Perek, Michael A. Schwager, Sharon Drasnin, Mark J. Seilstad
  • Patent number: 8903656
    Abstract: There is described herein a method to synchronize the position and orientation of an IGD 3D Coordinate System with the position and orientation of a 3DM 3D Coordinate System, in which the IGD's gravity direction measurement device and electronic compass are used explicitly. There is also described a method for maintaining the synchronization while the IGD is moving, in which the IGD's three-axis accelerometer is used explicitly. There is further described how an IGD, once its position and orientation have been synchronized to the position and orientation of a 3DM, can be used to display 3D graphics that guide the measurement process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Innovmetric Logiciels Inc.
    Inventors: Marc Soucy, Hans-Peter Duwe
  • Patent number: 8892390
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for determining a motion state of a mobile device. Accelerometer data is received from accelerometer sensors onboard the mobile device, wherein the accelerometer data represents acceleration of the mobile device in three-dimensional space. An accelerometer signal vector representing at least a force due to gravity on the mobile device is determined. Two-dimensional accelerometer data orthogonal to the accelerometer signal vector is calculated. A motion state of the mobile device is determined based on the two-dimensional accelerometer data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Glenn Donald MacGougan, Robert Mayor, Ronald K. Huang
  • Patent number: 8886258
    Abstract: A wireless communication device (200) is disclosed. It can include: an electronic device (210) including a display (240); a wearable device (242) including a first orientation detector (244) configured to detect a suitable display viewing orientation; and a controller (220) including a power saving module (290) coupled to the electronic device (210), the controller (220) configured to control the operations of at least the display (240) in response to a suitable orientation detection. Advantageously, the wireless communication device (200) can provides a simple, portable, compact and robust power savings feature that can actuate a display when properly orientated for viewing by a user and not actuate the display when not suitably oriented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Rachid M Alameh, Gregory R. Black, Daniel J Sadler
  • Patent number: 8874385
    Abstract: The present invention provides, at low cost, a multilayer radiation detector whose position relative to a beam axis can be verified. The radiation detector includes a plurality of sensors that react to radiation and are stacked in parallel inlayers in a traveling direction of the radiation. The sensors are each sectioned into a central region including the center of the sensor and another region surrounding the central region. The radiation detector independently measures signals measured by the central regions and signals measured by the other regions. Thus, the position of the radiation detector can be verified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Taisuke Takayanagi, Hideaki Nihongi, Yusuke Fujii, Hiroshi Akiyama, Masahiro Tadokoro, Rintaro Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 8868374
    Abstract: With the addition of directional information and gesture based input in a location based services environment, a variety of service(s) can be provided on top of user identification or interaction with specific object(s) of interest. For instance, when a user gestures at or points at a particular item, or gestures at a particular location or place, this creates an opportunity, e.g., an advertising opportunity, for anyone having an interest in that particular item or place to communicate with the user regarding that item or related items at a point in time when the user's focus is on the particular item. User context for the interaction can also be taken into account to supplement the provision of one or more interactive direction based services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Moe Khosravy, Lev Novik, Katrika Marie Morris
  • Patent number: 8868368
    Abstract: A method of estimating and extrapolating the position of an article is provided. The article's position is detected by relatively infrequent ultrasonic ranging, and provides more frequent reports from internal accelerometers, gyroscopes and optional magnetometers. In a first instance, the method includes calculating new position, velocity and orientation vectors by linearly interpolating between the readings of the sensors at two times. In a second instance, the method includes estimating the orientation of the article by calculating the duration of a timeslice, making a rotational increment matrix and taking the product of the initial orientation and the increment matrix for the appropriate number of timeslices. In a third instance, the method includes calculating the acceleration of an article between three ultrasonically determined locations and recalibrating the accelerometers to align the measured acceleration with the calculated acceleration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Performance Designed Products LLC
    Inventor: Thomas Peter Heath
  • Publication number: 20140278225
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining whether a device has moved based upon sensed changes to the observed magnetic field are disclosed herein. Various embodiments function on the principle that it is highly unlikely that the observed magnetic field will be the same in any two given locations (at least, when the observed magnetic field is measured in three dimensions), and moreover, it is unlikely that the observed magnetic field will change if the device remains stationary. Various embodiments therefore include one or more magnetic sensors (e.g., a compass) disposed within the device. The device can be configured to periodically check its current reading of the observed magnetic field. If the device determines that its magnetic reading has changed relative to its last reading, a possible or actual relocation event can then be declared.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Novatel Wireless, Inc.
    Inventors: Calvin Gerard French, Charles Chapman Moore
  • Patent number: 8793097
    Abstract: A graphical representation of a feature and associated tolerance includes a memory storing a description of the feature including at least one nominal dimension of the feature and an associated tolerance; a graphical representation of a nominal definition of the feature; and a graphical representation of the tolerance zones, derived from the nominal definition of the feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Quality Vision International, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth L. Sheehan
  • Publication number: 20140207401
    Abstract: An apparatus for recognizing a user's motions based on sensor information and label information, a method for establishing an ONMF-based basis matrix, and a method for establishing an OSSNMF-based basis matrix are provided, where the basis matrices are used to extract motion features of the user. The apparatus for recognizing the user's motions may include a feature vector extractor configured to multiply a transposed matrix of an orthogonalized basis matrix by a sensor data matrix of frequency domain sensor data acquired from sensors to extract an ONMF-based feature vector and a multi-class classifier configured to use the extracted ONMF-based feature vector to classify the user's motion into a type from among types of a user's motions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicants: POSTECH ACADEMY-INDUSTRY FOUNDATION, SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jae-Mo SUNG, Won-Keun KONG, Sae-Hun KIM, Seung-Jin CHOI
  • Patent number: 8787587
    Abstract: An audio processing system processes an audio signal that may come from one or more microphones. The audio processing system may use information from one or more non-acoustic sensors to improve a variety of system characteristics, including responsiveness and quality. Those audio processing systems that use spatial information, for example to separate multiple audio sources, are undesirably susceptible to changes in the relative position of any audio sources, the audio processing system itself, or any combination thereof. Using the non-acoustic sensor information may decrease this susceptibility advantageously in an audio processing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Audience, Inc.
    Inventors: Carlo Murgia, Michael M. Goodwin, Peter Santos, Dana Massie
  • Patent number: 8768649
    Abstract: It is possible to rapidly or highly accurately estimate a highly reliable offset according to situations and improve further the reliability of the estimated offset even if a measurement data is not obtained in a space in which the magnitude of a vector physical quantity to be measured is uniform. The offset included in the obtained vector physical quantity data are statistically estimated based on a predetermined evaluation formula using difference vectors. In the estimation of the offset, reliability information on a reference point is calculated based on at least one of the vector physical quantity data, the difference vectors and a plurality of estimated reference points according to a calculation parameter for calculating the reliability information on the reference point, whether or not the reference point is reliable is determined by comparing the reliability information with a determination threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corporation
    Inventors: Touru Kitamura, Norihiko Mikoshiba
  • Patent number: 8768639
    Abstract: A dynamically self-adjusting magnetometer is disclosed. In one embodiment, a first sample module periodically generates an electronic signal related to at least one magnetic field characteristic of a monitored environment. A second sample module periodically generates an electronic signal related to at least one magnetic field characteristic of a monitored environment. A summing module sums the absolute value of the electronic signal from the first sample module and the electronic signal from the second sample module. A delta comparator module receives the electronic signals from each of the first sample module, the second sample module and the summing module and compares each of the electronic signals with a previously received set of electronic signals to establish a change, wherein an output is generated if the change is greater than or equal to a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Broadband Discovery Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Cory James Stephanson
  • Publication number: 20140180632
    Abstract: A motion analysis device includes an observation data acquisition unit that acquires observation data indicating a trajectory of a target observation point which moves in conjunction with motion of a user (for example, a specified point in a club used by the user); a comparison unit that compares each of a plurality of reference data indicating a predetermined trajectory of the target observation point with the observation data acquired by the observation data acquisition unit; and an audio control unit that generates an audio signal according to a comparison result obtained by using the comparison unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventor: Koji YATAKA
  • Patent number: 8758275
    Abstract: A moving body attitude angle processing apparatus capable of reducing cumulative errors in continuously measuring the attitude angle of a moving body is provided. The moving body attitude angle processing apparatus estimates the attitude angle of a moving body in accordance with outputs from an acceleration sensor, a magnetic sensor, and a gyro sensor that are mounted to the moving body, and outputs the attitude angle thus estimated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
    Inventors: Masakatsu Kourogi, Takeshi Kurata
  • Patent number: 8744624
    Abstract: A substrate loading system, having a vision system adapted to view a substrate and provide position signals indicative of substrate position. A controller receives the position signals from the vision system, determines the substrate position, and sends transport signals to a robot arm. The robot arm engages the substrate in a beginning location and a beginning position and transports the substrate to a desired location and a desired position, based at least in part on the transport signals received from the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: KLA-Tencor Corporation
    Inventors: Farro Kaveh, Martin P. Aalund
  • Patent number: 8728014
    Abstract: A moving body attitude angle processing apparatus capable of reducing cumulative errors in continuously measuring the attitude angle of a moving body is provided. The moving body attitude angle processing apparatus estimates the attitude angle of a moving body in accordance with outputs from an acceleration sensor, a magnetic sensor, and a gyro sensor that are mounted to the moving body, and outputs the attitude angle thus estimated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
    Inventors: Masakatsu Kourogi, Takeshi Kurata
  • Patent number: 8723509
    Abstract: Magnetic tracking systems and methods for determining the position and orientation of a remote object. A magnetic tracking system includes a stationary transmitter for establishing a reference coordinate system, and at least one receiver. The remote object is attached to, mounted on, or otherwise coupled to the receiver. The transmitter can include a set of three mutually perpendicular coils having a common center point, or a set of three coplanar coils with separate centers. The receiver can include a set of three orthogonal coils. The position and orientation of the receiver and the remote object coupled thereto is determined by measuring the nine mutual inductances between the three transmitter coils and the three receiver coils. The magnetic tracking system provides reduced power consumption, increased efficiency, digital compensation for component variation, automatic self-calibration, automatic synchronization with no connections between transmitter and receiver, and rapid low-cost implementation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Brown University
    Inventors: William R. Patterson, III, Harvey F. Silverman, Kenneth J. Silverman
  • Patent number: 8712577
    Abstract: An electronic system for compensating the dimensional accuracy of a 4-axis CNC machining system includes a CNC machining system configured to machine a plurality of features into a part, a dimensional measuring device configured to measure a plurality of dimensions of the part, and to provide an output corresponding to the measured dimensions and a compensation processor in communication with the CNC machining system and dimensional measuring device. The CNC machining system includes a global coordinate system, and at least one feature being defined relative to a local coordinate system that is translated from the machine coordinate system. Additionally, the compensation processor is configured to receive the output from the dimensional measuring device, to calculate a plurality of CNC offsets, including at least one local offset, and to provide the offsets to the CNC machining system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Jie Gu, Sheri K. Kurgin, Paula J. Deeds