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348142000 With camera and object moved relative to each other 62
348140000 Distance by apparent target size (e.g., stadia, etc.) 27
348139000 Multiple cameras on baseline (e.g., range finder, etc.) 27
348136000 Projected scale on object 24
348137000 Scale on camera target 11
348141000 By cursor coordinate location 1
20120081545Unattended Spatial Sensing - An unattended ground sensor system includes a sensor to produce pixel data from a radiating target within its field of view. The detection of such a target is implemented detectors in the sensor other than those used for imaging. Once a target has been detected, the sensor collects a linear array of pixels data at each sampling period throughout the time interval during which the target is within the field of view of the sensor. The linear arrays of pixels are transmitted to a location remote from the sensor, where they are analyzed to classify and identify the target and an alert is issued to applicable personnel when the classification and identification of the target warrants such.04-05-2012
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20130083189SCANNING APPARATUS - A scanning apparatus for scanning a biological sample labeled with fluorochrome includes a case, a sample table, a light source module, an image capture unit, and a driving unit. The light source module provides excitation light to the biological sample on the sample table, in which the fluorochrome is excited to generate fluorescence by fluorescence resonance energy transfer. The image capture unit catches images of the fluorescence from the biological sample. The driving unit is connected to the image capture unit to move the image capture unit. The present invention further includes a filter unit on the image capture unit to filter the fluorescence into the image capture unit.04-04-2013
20130083191Intravenous Flow Rate Controller - Tilting of a drip chamber from its vertical axis during fluid administration can have negative effects upon the accuracy of systems configured for drop counting and/or for volumetric measurement of individual drops passing through the drip chamber. To address these negative effects, in accordance with one embodiment of the present disclosure, a fluid delivery system that measures the flow volume of a fluid delivery system is disclosed, which includes an imaging apparatus that captures a first image of a drip chamber while a drop is falling therein and a second image of the drip chamber with no drop. Portions of each image that are in substantially the same position in each image are subtracted.04-04-2013
20130083188Brake component monitoring - A solution for evaluating a component of a vehicle, such as a brake pad of a rail vehicle, is provided. An imaging component can acquire image data for a target area of the vehicle within which at least a portion of the component is visible. The target area can be illuminated by an illumination device that is, for example, horizontally offset from the imaging device to highlight the three-dimensional structure in the target area by creating shadows in the image data. A set of points corresponding to the component can be identified in the image data using the shadows. A measurement for at least one attribute of the component can be calculated from the set of points.04-04-2013
20130083190DOUBLE-LIGHT CABINET FOR BIOLOGICAL TEST - A double-light cabinet for testing a biological sample labeled with fluorochrome includes a case, in which a light unit and a diffusion unit are received. The light unit has two spot light sources to emit spot lights with specified wavelengths according to the test, and the diffusion unit diffuses the spot lights into surface lights, to which that the biological sample is exposed. The present invention further includes an amber filter unit to filter the surface light to enhance the signal of biological samples. Using the lights with specified wavelengths, the present invention may serve both functions of excitation and illumination of the biological sample.04-04-2013
20100165102METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETERMINING A CHANGE IN THE PITCH ANGLE OF A CAMERA OF A VEHICLE - A method and device determine the change in pitch angle of a camera of a vehicle. At least three images, each reproducing a detection area in front of the vehicle, are sequentially recorded and corresponding image data are generated. A position of a first reproduction of a stationary object in the first image is determined as a first image position. A position of a second reproduction of the stationary object in the second image is determined as a second image position. On the basis of at least the first image position and the second image position, the course of a straight line is determined. A position of a third reproduction of the stationary object in the third image is determined as a third image position. On the basis of the distance between the third image position and the straight line, the change in the pitch angle is determined.07-01-2010
20100165101FEATURE DETECTION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MEASURING OBJECT DISTANCES - A feature detection apparatus and method for obtaining in a defined area of interest a parametric shape based on a selected combination of parameter values, constituting an approximation to an object feature. The feature detection apparatus includes an input unit for receiving at least two area indicator lines for defining in a digital image an area of interest, a parameter range defining unit for defining ranges of at least two parameters of a parametric shape, for which the parametric shape intersects at least one of the area indicator lines; a parameter selection unit for selecting a combination of parameter values from the parameter ranges, for which the parametric shape constitutes an approximation to an object feature of the object in the area of interest; and an output unit for providing the parametric shape based on said combination of parameter values for a display in the digital image.07-01-2010
20100165100DOOR MIRROR AND VEHICLE PERIPHERY MONITORING APPARATUS - A door mirror includes an imaging unit that is pointed downward, and a redirecting mechanism, which is positioned at least in front of and to the side of, with respect to the longitudinal direction of a vehicle, a lens of the imaging unit, for redirecting water droplets that would otherwise flow from the radially outer side to the radially inner side of the lens.07-01-2010
20100026800Club Cam Cruiser - The invention allows video cameras in night clubs, so people can see the action from the Internet and pick which club to go to. It keeps club goers from wasting gas, driving from club to club only to find that they don't like the atmosphere.02-04-2010
20110181713WET DETECTION DEVICE, WET DEVICE, AND WET DETECTING METHOD - A wet detection device includes an imaging unit, a wet detection unit and a liquid amount detection unit. The imaging unit images a target object detecting a wet condition and a standard object as a standard for a reflectivity determination under the same environment. The wet detection unit includes a function to detect a reflectivity of light irradiated toward the target object based on each image data of the target object and the standard object based on the imaging of the imaging unit and based on information representing a reflectivity of light irradiated toward the standard object found in advance. Further the wet detection unit includes a function to detect a wet condition of the target object based on the reflectivity of light irradiated toward the target object. The liquid amount detection unit includes a function to calculate an amount of liquid compensating for a wet deficiency of the target object compared with a predetermined wet condition based on the detected wet condition of the target object.07-28-2011
20120162413ENROLLMENT APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD - An apparatus for enrolling a package is disclosed including: a receiving surface for receiving the package; at least one weight sensor in communication with the receiving surface which generates a weight signal indicative of the weight of the package; at least one video camera which generates a video signal indicative of an image of the package on the receiving surface; and a processor in communication with the at least one weight sensor and the at least one video camera. The processor includes: a weight module which produces, in response to the weight signal, weight data indicative of the weight of the package; and a dimension capture module which produces, in response to the video signal, dimension data indicative of the size of the package. In some embodiments, the processor further includes a recognition module which produces, in response to the video signal, character data indicative of one or more characters present on the package.06-28-2012
20110193954APPARATUS FOR THE MEASUREMENT OF THE TOPOGRAPHY AND PHOTOELECTRIC PROPERTIES OF TRANSPARENT SURFACES - The apparatus for measurement of the topography of transparent surfaces is described. This is achieved by the observation and evaluation of patterns produced by optical beam emitted by projector, reflected from the measured surface, and projecting images on the screen. If the measured surface has photoelectric properties, then the same optical beam can be used to modulate the electrical currents and voltages measured in the measured material and produce spatially resolved data characterizing the photo-electric response of the sample.08-11-2011
20110193953SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ESTIMATING THE HEIGHT OF AN OBJECT USING TOMOSYNTHESIS-LIKE TECHNIQUES - Systems and methods to estimate the height profile of an object using tomosynthesis-like techniques. A plurality of raw images of an object to be characterized are acquired, where the plurality of raw images are representative of a plurality of spatial shifts of an imaging device relative to the object to be characterized. The raw images are processed to generate composite images, where each composite image corresponds to a unique image shift between spatially adjacent raw images. A volatility parameter value is calculated within a neighborhood of a same image pixel location for each composite image. The composite image having the largest volatility parameter value for the image pixel location is determined. A unique image shift, corresponding to the composite image having the largest volatility parameter value, is transformed into a height value representative of a height dimension of the image pixel location.08-11-2011
20110193957METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETECTING AND COUNTING PLATELETS INDIVIDUALLY AND IN AGGREGATE CLUMPS - A method for enumerating platelets within a blood sample is provided. The method includes the steps of: 1) depositing the sample into an analysis chamber adapted to quiescently hold the sample for analysis, the chamber defined by a first panel and a second panel, both of which panels are transparent; 2) admixing a colorant with the sample, which colorant is operative to cause the platelets to fluoresce upon exposure to one or more predetermined first wavelengths of light; 3) illuminating at least a portion of the sample containing the platelets at the first wavelengths; 4) imaging the sample, including producing image signals indicative of fluorescent emissions from the platelets, which fluorescent emissions have an intensity; 5) identifying the platelets by their fluorescent emissions, using the image signals; 6) determining an average fluorescent emission intensity value for the individual platelets identified within the sample; 7) identifying clumps of platelets within the sample using one or more of their fluorescent emissions, area, shape, and granularity; and 8) enumerating platelets within each platelet clump using the average fluorescent emission intensity value determined for the individual platelets within the sample.08-11-2011
20110193956APPARATUS AND A METHOD FOR PERFORMING A DIFFERENCE MEASUREMENT OF AN OBJECT IMAGE - An apparatus for difference measurement of an object image of an object has an optical phase shift masking unit (08-11-2011
20110193955CHASSIS TESTING UNIT AND METHOD FOR TESTING A CHASSIS - A chassis testing unit (08-11-2011
20130076893OBSTACLE SENSOR AND ROBOT CLEANER HAVING THE SAME - An obstacle sensor includes a line light irradiating unit including a light-emitting unit, a light-emitting driving unit to drive the light-emitting unit, and a first conical mirror, an apex of which is disposed towards the light-emitting unit in a light irradiation direction of the light-emitting unit and which converts light emitted from the light-emitting unit into line light irradiated in all directions, and a reflected light receiving unit including a second conical mirror to condense light, that is irradiated from the first conical mirror and is then reflected from an obstacle, a lens, that is spaced from the apex of the second conical mirror by a predetermined distance and transmits the reflected light, an imaging unit to image the reflected light that passes through the lens, an image processing unit, and an obstacle sensing control unit.03-28-2013
20130076894POSITION AND ROTATION OF A PORTABLE DEVICE RELATIVE TO A TELEVISION SCREEN - A method for determining the location of a portable device relative to a display is provided. An image stream is captured by the portable device when the portable device is positioned proximate to the display. The image stream is captured from a region of the display when the display is actively rendering a content stream, the content stream including embedded content for position determination. The embedded content is detected within the captured image stream, and the location of the portable device relative to the display is determined based on the detected embedded content.03-28-2013
20090122136OBJECT DETECTION DEVICE - An in-vehicle object detecting apparatus for detecting a distance equivalent (a distance itself, a disparity with stereo cameras, or the like) to an object, which includes first detecting devices for detecting a distance equivalent to an object; a second detecting device for detecting a distance equivalent to an object by a detection principle different from that of the first detecting devices; a determining device for determining whether the first detecting devices and the second detecting device detected an identical object; and a judging device for, when it is determined that an identical object was detected, judging whether the distance equivalent detected by the second detecting device is to be used for evaluation of a detection error of the distance equivalent detected by the first detecting devices.05-14-2009
20130044213SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DIFFUSE IMAGING WITH TIME-VARYING ILLUMINATION INTENSITY - Diffuse image measurement system and digital image formation method. The system includes a source of light with time-varying intensity directed at a scene to be imaged. A time-resolved light meter is provided for receiving light reflected from the scene to generate time-resolved samples of the intensity of light incident at the light meter. The temporal variation in the intensity of light incident at the light meter is associated with a function of a radiometric property of the scene, such as a linear functional of reflectance, and a computer processes the samples to construct a digital image. The spatial resolution of the digital image is finer than the spatial support of the illumination on the scene and finer than the spatial support of the sensitivity of the light meter. Using appropriate light sources instead of impulsive illumination significantly improves signal-to-noise ratio and reconstruction quality.02-21-2013
20130044212IMAGING DEVICE AND DISTANCE INFORMATION DETECTING METHOD - An imaging device is provided that includes an imaging processor, a distance information detector, an outline-component maximum image detector, and a distance information correcting processor. The imaging processor captures a plurality of secondary images of the same object at different lens positions. The distance information detector detects distance information of the objects captured in each area of an image based on the sum of outline components in each of the areas in each of the secondary images. The outline-component maximum image detector calculates the sum of outline components for each of the secondary images and detects an image with the maximum sum. The distance information correcting processor replaces distance information of a target area, where the sum of outline components is less than a threshold value, with distance information of the image with the maximum sum.02-21-2013
20130044211SYSTEM FOR MEASURING A MULTIPHASE FLOW - System for measuring a multiphase flow (02-21-2013
20130044210HYPERSPECTRAL IDENTIFICATION OF EGG FERTILITY AND GENDER - A hyperspectral method for detecting the present condition of an avian egg is disclosed in which a neural network algorithm is used to compare the spectrum of a test egg against a spectral library. The method can detect fertility with greater than 90% reliability on the day of laying and the gender of the chick with greater than 75% reliability on the 12th day after laying.02-21-2013
20100118140PARKING ASSISTING APPARATUS AND METHOD - A disclosed parking assisting apparatus can determine the angle of the own vehicle to be changed at the time of parking in a parking space by precisely estimating the direction of the parking space next to a parked vehicle. The parking assisting apparatus 05-13-2010
20100118139Portable Device to Detect the Spin of Table Tennis Ball - A portable device to detect the spin of table tennis ball is invented. The device helps a user to figure out the spin of a coming table tennis ball during a table tennis game. It is composed of a camera lens to acquire sequential images, an image processing chip to extract features of the table tennis ball and to calculate the direction and strength of the spin, and a mechanism to inform the user about the spin through certain methods.05-13-2010
20100073474Apparatus for interpreting image position - An apparatus for interpreting an image position is used for respectively reflecting an image of a target to a lens of at least one camera by means of first and second reflection mirrors to be respectively taken a photo as first and second images by the lenses. A microprocessor processes the first and the second images to obtain a relative coordinate value of a target in an operation plane range. A horizontal optical axis of at least one camera is parallel to the operation plane. Whereby, a position of an input zone touched by a user is interpreted more quickly so as to elevate the inputting efficiency of a data input device, and whether the user touches the input zone is interpreted more accurately so as to elevate the inputting accuracy of the data input device.03-25-2010
20130038720INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM THEREFOR - An information processing apparatus includes first and second position acquiring units which respectively acquire a position metadata piece from a target data piece and position metadata pieces from plural data pieces different from the target data piece. A target acquiring unit acquires target metadata pieces other than the position metadata pieces from the other data pieces, and an analysis unit analyzes a distribution of the target metadata pieces based on positions indicated by the position metadata pieces acquired from the other data pieces. An assignment unit assigns to the target data piece a target metadata piece that has a value related to the target data piece, the target metadata piece being selected from among the analyzed target metadata pieces, based on the distribution and the position indicated by the position metadata piece acquired from the target data piece.02-14-2013
20130038718IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGE ANALYSIS METHOD - An imaging device includes a separability calculating portion for calculating a separability of a frame image by filtering the frame image containing a ball image elliptically deformed using an ellipse separability filter having an inside region and an outside region located outside of the inside region, an estimating portion for estimating a set of a center position, major axis, minor axis and inclination angle of the inside region, the set resulting in a maximum separability by changing the center position, major axis, minor axis and inclination angle of the inside region, as a set of a center position, major axis, minor axis and inclination angle of the ball image, and a speed calculating portion for calculating a speed of the ball based on a difference between the center positions of the ball images estimated by the estimating portion, a number of frames between the frame images and a frame rate.02-14-2013
20130038719IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE - An image capturing device includes an image forming device including a sensor defining an optical reception axis, at least one reading distance, and a region framed by the sensor on a substrate at said at least one reading distance. An illumination device includes an array of adjacent light sources defining an optical illumination axis. The light sources are individually drivable, and each light source is adapted to illuminate an area of a size much smaller than the size of said region framed by the sensor. The illumination axis does not coincide with the reception axis. A driver of the light sources is adapted to drive the light sources so as to switch off at least the light sources that illuminate outside of the boundary of the region framed by the sensor on the substrate at said at least one reading distance.02-14-2013
20130038717Image Based Position Determination - A method and apparatus for identifying a position of a platform. Features are identified in a series of images generated by a camera system associated with the platform while the platform is moving. A shift in a perspective of the camera system is identified from a shift in a position of the features in the series of images. A change in the position of the platform is identified based on the shift in the perspective.02-14-2013
20130038721IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - An imaging apparatus includes an image capturing unit including an image sensor capable of photoelectrically converting a subject image and configured to generate moving image data based on an output signal of the image sensor, a storage unit configured to store foreign substance information including information relating to at least a position and a size of a foreign substance adhered to an optical element disposed on a front side of the image sensor, a detection unit configured to detect a shake amount of the image sensor, a control unit configured to control an image clipping position on an entire screen of the image sensor according to the shake amount of the image sensor detected by the detection unit, and a recording unit configured to record the foreign substance information and information indicating the image clipping position in association with the moving image data.02-14-2013
20130076892METHOD UTILIZING IMAGE CORRELATION TO DETERMINE POSITION MEASUREMENTS IN A MACHINE VISION SYSTEM - A method utilizing image correlation to determine position measurements in a machine vision system. In a first operating state, the machine vision system utilizes traditional scale-based techniques to determine position measurements, while in a second operating state, image correlation displacement sensing techniques are utilized to determine position measurements. The image correlation techniques provide for higher accuracy for measuring distances between features that are separated by more than one field of view. The user may toggle between the operating states through a selection on the user interface, and guidance may be provided regarding when the image correlation mode is likely to provide higher accuracy, depending on factors such as the distance to be measured and the characteristics of the surface being measured.03-28-2013
20130033596PROJECTION AIDED FEATURE MEASUREMENT USING UNCALIBRATED CAMERA - A method of measuring a feature of an article may include projecting a scale template onto the article at a predetermined size. The method may additionally include projecting a measurement pattern onto the article. An image containing the feature, the scale template, and the measurement pattern may be recorded by the camera. The method may further include determining a scale factor of the image based on the scale template, and determining a size and/or a location of the feature based upon the measurement pattern and the image scale factor.02-07-2013
20100134616COLOR MASK FOR AN IMAGE SENSOR OF A VEHICLE CAMERA - A color mask for an image sensor of a vehicle camera has a matrix arrangement made up of first filter pixels and second filter pixels. In every horizontal row and/or every vertical column, first filter pixels and second filter pixels are situated, the first filter pixels and the second filter pixels having different transmission behaviors. The second filter pixels have a more comprehensive transmission behavior, e.g., completely transparent to optical light. The first filter pixels are preferably red.06-03-2010
20120206594NONLINEAR NANOMECHANICAL OSCILLATORS FOR ULTRASENSITIVE INERTIAL DETECTION - A system for ultrasensitive mass and/or force detection of this invention includes a mechanical oscillator driven to oscillate in a nonlinear regime. The mechanical oscillator includes a piezoelectric base with at least one cantilever resonator etched into the piezoelectric base. The cantilever resonator is preferably a nonlinear resonator which is driven to oscillate with a frequency and an amplitude. The system of this invention detects an amplitude collapse of the cantilever resonator at a bifurcation frequency as the cantilever resonator stimulated over a frequency range. As mass and/or force is introduced to the cantilever resonator, the bifurcation frequency shifts along a frequency axis in proportion to the added mass.08-16-2012
20100103257SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CORRECTING AN IMAGE - A method for correcting an image of a physical object first captures images of a circle and a rectangle set of a calibration plate placed on a measurement machine, and determines correction data using the images of the circle and the rectangle. The method further corrects the image of the physical object captured by the measurement machine according to the correction data, and displays a corrected image of the physical object.04-29-2010
20100110179IMAGING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING EXTENDED DEPTH OF FOCUS, RANGE EXTRACTION AND SUPER RESOLVED IMAGING - An imaging system is presented for imaging objects within a field of view of the system. The imaging system comprises an imaging lens arrangement, a light detector unit at a certain distance from the imaging lens arrangement, and a control unit connectable to the output of the detection unit. The imaging lens arrangement comprises an imaging lens and an optical element located in the vicinity of the lens aperture, said optical element introducing aperture coding by an array of regions differently affecting a phase of light incident thereon which are randomly distributed within the lens aperture, thereby generating an axially-dependent randomized phase distribution in the Optical Transfer Function (OTF) of the imaging system resulting in an extended depth of focus of the imaging system. The control unit is configured to decode the sampled output of the detection unit by using the random aperture coding to thereby extract 3D information of the objects in the field of view of the light detector unit.05-06-2010
20100110177PARTICLE MEASURING DEVICE AND PARTICLE SIZE MEASURE DEVICE - Particles flowed through a micro-channel are imaged by imaging means. Particle speed measuring means determines the particle speed from the image data. Particle counting means counts the particles flowed for a predetermined time. Particle size measuring means measures the size of the particles. The measurements of the particles flowed at a predetermined timing are managed by data associating means. With this, the speed, number and size of particles flowed through a micro-channel can be determined at a time, and associated data can be obtained.05-06-2010
20130027546IMAGE MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, IMAGE MEASUREMENT METHOD, PROGRAM AND RECORDING MEDIUM - A marker is provided on a support member. A marker position detector detects a specific position of the marker from an image obtained by capturing an object to be measured and the marker by an image sensor. A shift amount calculator obtains a difference between a reference position of the specific position stored in a memory and the detected position, and calculates a shift amount of the image. A correction amount calculator obtains a correction amount, which cancels the calculated shift amount. An image corrector corrects the image with the obtained correction amount, thus obtaining the image with the distortion corrected. A measure measures a picture of the object to be measured by using the image with the distortion corrected. Accordingly, the distortion of the image is corrected with ease with respect to a relative movement between the object to be measured and the image sensor.01-31-2013
20130027547APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROJECTING INFORMATION ONTO AN OBJECT IN THERMOGRAPHIC INVESTIGATIONS - An apparatus and a method for assessing an object to be tested by a thermography are provided with a more accurate and reliable thermography investigation. A thermography light image of the object is recorded by an infrared camera having a lens with a first lens axis. An item of information is projected onto the object by a projection unit having a lens with a second lens axis. A distributor unit positioned with respect to the lens axis of the infrared camera and of the projection unit is provided for reflecting the lens axis of the infrared camera or of the projection unit into the respective other lens axis in the direction of the object and transmitting or deflecting infrared light from the object to the infrared camera and deflecting or transmitting light from the projection unit to the object.01-31-2013
20130027545APPARATUS AND METHOD OF INVESTIGATING COATINGS WITH EFFECT PIGMENTS - Radiation is irradiated by an irradiation device at a pre-set angle of incidence with respect to the surface onto the surface to be investigated, and the radiation scattered and/or reflected by this surface arrives at a radiation detector device arranged at a pre-set detection angle with respect to the surface and having an image-recording unit which records black-and-white images, wherein this radiation detector device permits a spatially resolved detection of the radiation reaching it. The irradiation device directs radiation in a first wavelength range onto the surface and the image-recording unit records a first spatially resolved image of this radiation scattered and/or reflected from the surface and the irradiation device directs radiation in a second wavelength range onto the surface and the image-recording unit records a second spatially resolved image of this radiation scattered and/or reflected from the surface.01-31-2013
20130027544ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR REGULATING COORDINATES OF PROBE MEASUREMENT SYSTEM - In a method for regulating coordinates of a probe measurement system using an electronic device, the method determines a first center of a reference object using a probe measurement system, and a second center of the reference object using an image measurement system. The method further determines regulation values between the probe measurement system and the image measurement system by calculating difference values between coordinates of the first center and the second center of the reference object, and stores the regulation values in a storage device of the electronic device.01-31-2013
20130033597CAMERA SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RECOGNIZING DISTANCE USING THE SAME - Disclosed herein are a camera system and a method for recognizing a distance using the same. The camera system includes: a reflector that forms an input picture in a predetermined region of an image sensor through a lens; a lens that transfers the picture transferred through the reflector to the image sensor; an image sensor that converts the picture in a light type through the lens into an image; and a distance recognition module that detects a spaced distance from a targeted object by analyzing the image converted by the image sensor.02-07-2013
20100066827FOLDING OPTICAL PATH TRANSFER VIDEOMETRICS METHOD FOR MEASURING THE THREE-DIMENSIONAL POSITION AND ATTITUDE OF NON-INTERVISIBLE OBJECTS - A folding optical path transfer videometrics method for measuring the three-dimensional position and attitude of non-intervisible objects is disclosed. In one aspect, the method includes the following: constructing a folding optic path between an invisible target and a reference, disposing transfer station comprising a camera, a cooperating mark and a laser range finder on each break point in the folding optic path. The method may further include processing an image shot by each camera, accounting for the distance measured by the laser range finder, obtaining a position and posture information corresponding to each adjacent transfer station, summing the values from the reference to the invisible target, and achieving three-dimensional position and posture of the invisible target relating to the reference.03-18-2010
20100328448UNDERWATER CCD CAMERA FOR VISUAL TESTING OF REACTOR COOLING SYSTEM - Disclosed is an underwater CCD camera for visual testing of a reactor cooling system. The underwater CCD camera includes a CCD camera, a casing having a supporter supporting the CCD camera and a cooling pin on a top surface thereof, a Pb-glass window on a front side of the easing to shield the CCD camera from radiation and to reduce a temperature difference between the interior and exterior of the casing, a sealing O-ring preventing a coolant from being introduced into a gap between the Pb-glass window and the casing, a sealing nut providing a fastening force to bring the Pb-glass window into close contact with the sealing O-ring, a rear cap, a silicon O-ring preventing the coolant from being introduced into a gap between the rear cap and the casing, and a fastening nut providing a fastening force to prevent leakage between a camera cable and the casing.12-30-2010
20120182417SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROJECTING REGISTERED IMAGERY INTO A TELESCOPE - Systems and methods are provided to automatically determine a position of a reticle of a rifle scope or other telescope that provides a visual image to an eye of a viewer. A near-infrared or other illuminating light is generated and applied to illuminate the reticle of the telescope. The illuminated image of the reticle is optically transmitted to a camera or other detector that captures an image of the reticle. Processing electronics then automatically determine the position of the reticle based upon the position of the illuminated image of the reticle within the captured image. Appropriate feedback about the determined position of the reticle or any other information may be displayed in the visual image provided by the telescope.07-19-2012
20130070088METHOD FOR MEASURING ELECTRONIC MULTIPLICATION FACTOR - In an electron multiplying imaging device 03-21-2013
20130070087SHAPE MEASUREMENT OF SPECULAR REFLECTIVE SURFACE - A method of measuring a shape of a specular reflective surface is provided. A pattern displayed on a surface of a target positioned at a target plane is produced from a specular reflective surface positioned at a measurement plane. An image of the reflection is recorded at an imaging plane. Positions of a plurality of points on the specular reflective surface relative to the imaging plane are determined. A first relation between feature positions on the image of the reflection and feature positions on the pattern is determined. The shape of the specular reflective surface is determined from a second relation involving a surface profile of the specular reflective surface and the first relation using the positions of the plurality of points as an initial condition.03-21-2013
20130070086Method for Controlling a Measuring System and Measuring System for Implementing the Method - In a method for controlling a measuring system in a chassis measuring station, the motor vehicle is detected automatically in the measuring station by at least one detection unit and its position is ascertained with respect to at least one measuring device which is controlled on the basis of a signal of the detection unit in that an operating state of the measuring device is activated. The measuring system includes at least two mutually opposite measuring devices, which respectively have one image acquisition unit and one transverse referencing unit, and at least one detection unit, which is a light barrier having at least one transmitter and receiver.03-21-2013
20130070089POSITION DETECTING DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM - The present invention provides a position detecting device which is operable even when a distance from an image sensor to a corner portion of a coordinate inputting device is shortened, and which enables cost reduction, and an image processing system having the same. In the present invention, a position detecting device is placed on an upper surface portion of a frame body of a coordinate inputting device, and each of at least two image sensors has a wide-angle lens which covers a substantially entire region of side surface and bottom surface portions of the frame body as an image pickup range. The at least two image sensors are arranged adjacent to a control device and fixed to the control device. The position detecting device is placed substantially in a center of the upper surface portion of the coordinate inputting device.03-21-2013
20130070085APPARATUS FOR SIZING PARCEL - Automatic parcel sizing device (03-21-2013
20110001821Method and Apparatus For Vehicle Service System Optical Target Assembly - A method and apparatus for determining the alignment of a vehicle wheel using an optical target assembly secured to the vehicle wheel in a non-determined position, the optical target assembly having a dimensionally stable shape and a plurality of optical target elements disposed on a plurality of target surfaces. Images of the optical target elements are acquired by an imaging system, together with target identifying indicia, and utilized together with previously stored target characterization data to determine a spatial orientation of the optical target assembly and an alignment of the vehicle wheel onto which it is secured.01-06-2011
20130050475ELECTRON MULTIPLICATION FACTOR MEASUREMENT METHOD AND IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE - An image acquisition section 02-28-2013
20130088591METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT FOR POSITIONING OF AN OBJECT IN A WAREHOUSE - An object identification and a tracking system and a method in an object identification and a tracking system for associating an object identity with a position for an object in a warehouse.04-11-2013
20130088590FAR INFRARED IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING METHOD USING SAME - Provided are a far infrared imaging device that illuminates a specimen with far infrared light and detects an image of the specimen, which is a device capable of imaging a specimen speedily without using a high-power light source and without generating damage or a non-linear phenomenon in the specimen as a target to be imaged and a method using the same. A specimen is illuminated with the far infrared light in a line shape or in a shape of a plurality of points arranged in line on the specimen; and an image of the specimen is detected while moving the specimen in a direction perpendicular to the line illuminated by the far infrared light. The far infrared light is emitted by applying pulsed pump light from a femtosecond pulse light source to the far infrared light emission element.04-11-2013
20130088589METHOD FOR MEASURING LUMINANCE OF LIGHT-EMITTING DISPLAY PANEL - Disclosed is a method for measuring luminance of each of entire pixels two-dimensionally arranged in a light-emitting display panel at regular intervals, using an image sensor in which light receiving elements are two-dimensionally arranged at regular intervals, the method including: providing an optical lens between the light-emitting display panel and the image sensor, and adjusting distances between the light-emitting display panel, the image sensor, and the optical lens by setting intervals of images of the entire pixels to be N times as large as intervals of the light receiving pixels, where N is a natural number, the images being to be formed on a light receiving surface of the image sensor through the optical lens; displaying, on the light-emitting display panel, a display pattern in which predetermined pixels from among the entire pixels produce a luminescence; and measuring the luminance of the predetermined pixels, using the light receiving elements.04-11-2013
20100134614SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR TRANSLATING SPORTS TRACKING DATA INTO STATISTICS AND PERFORMANCE MEASUREMENTS - A system and methods for automatically determining the states of game object possession, including those of free, under contention and in possession, for sporting contests. The system uses the minimum necessary and sufficient data 06-03-2010
20100134613APPARATUS FOR EVALUATING PARTS - An apparatus for evaluating a part may include a camera, a camera-holding member for holding the camera in place relative to the part being evaluated, and an indexing surface disposed in a fixed position relative to the camera-holding member. The camera may be positioned to take a simultaneous picture of both the indexing surface and the part in order to evaluate the part using the picture by comparing an indexing surface image with a part image.06-03-2010
20110007152FLOW LINE RECOGNITION SYSTEM - According to one embodiment, the flow line recognition system includes a first device, a first recording unit, a second device, a second recording unit and a generation unit. The first device detects a position of a moving object in a monitoring area by laser scanning. The second device detects a position of the moving object in a specific area, which is a part of the monitoring area, more accurately than the first device. The generation unit generates flow line information indicative of a path of the moving object moving in the monitoring area, based on the moving object information for the monitoring area recorded in the first recording unit, and the moving object information for the specific area recorded in the second recording unit.01-13-2011
20130057681IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING METHOD, INTEGRATED CIRCUIT, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - A camera limits an EDOF range using F-DOF through user interactions without causing any discomfort, and includes: a user input unit for accepting input of a focal length; a range determination unit for determining a moving range of an in-focus position, based on the focal length; and an imaging unit for capturing an image in such a manner that the in-focus position moves in the moving range during a exposure time.03-07-2013
20090040299LASER SAFETY SYSTEM WITH BEAM STEERING - A laser safety system providing a system for checking the presence, focus and integrity of a laser beam focusing lens is disclosed. The laser safety system checks the focusing lens properties by capturing an image of a target by viewing the target through the focusing lens from along the laser beam path. An initial, known good, image is compared to an image captured immediately before enablement of the laser beam source to determine if the focusing lens is present, focused and is not damaged. The system may also utilize a mask projected onto the target as well as a low-power visible light laser directed along the path of the processing laser to determine the focusing lens properties. The system can also provide target recognition.02-12-2009
20130057680SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MEASURING A COLOUR VALUE OF A TARGET - A method and system for measuring a colour value of a target comprising a mobile communication device having a camera with a sensor arranged to detect wavelengths of incident light reflected from an illuminated target. The mobile communication device also has a processor arranged to measure a colour value of the target based on the detected wavelengths received from the sensor, and to output the measured colour value of the target for display on a display of the mobile communication device.03-07-2013
20130057679HEAD MOUNT PERSONAL COMPUTER AND INTERACTIVE SYSTEM USING THE SAME - A head mount personal computer (HMPC) and an interactive system using the same are provided. The provided HMPC includes a microprocessing unit, an output unit and an image capture unit with a distance detection function (ICWDD). The microprocessing unit is served as an operation core of the HMPC. The output unit is coupled to and controlled by the microprocessing unit, and configured to project an optical image onto a space. The ICWDD is coupled to and controlled by the microprocessing unit, and configured to capture operation gestures on the projected optical image from a user wearing the HMPC, such that the microprocessing unit correspondingly controls operations of the HMPC in response to the operation gestures on the projected optical image from the user.03-07-2013
20130135465OPTO-ELECTRONIC SYSTEM FOR RADIOMETRIC MEASUREMENTS - An electro-optical system for the carrying out of radiometric measurements of luminous sources comprises an instrument equipped with: a sensor comprising a pixel matrix, an optical system for creating the image of an external luminous source on the sensitive surface of the sensor, an optical bandpass filter, interposed between the sensor and the external luminous source for separating the spectrum of radiation emitted by the external luminous source into two portions: the first portion having a relatively limited bandwidth is transmitted toward the sensor while the second does not reach the sensor; moreover, the system comprises a computer which, starting from the plurality of monochromatic images recorded from the sensor, allows the calculating both of the angular distribution of the incident luminous radiation on the instrument and the irradiance on the normal plane in the direction from which the luminous radiation originates.05-30-2013
20130135464IMAGING APPARATUS, DISPLAY METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An imaging apparatus includes an imaging unit, a position detection unit configured to detect position information of the imaging apparatus, an acquisition unit configured to acquire candidate object information indicating an object which a photographer may desire to capture an image thereof within a search range of position information based on the position information detected by the position detection unit, and a presenting unit configured to present the candidate object information to the photographer.05-30-2013
20130135463INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus comprises an image obtaining unit configured to obtain an image captured by an image capturing apparatus; an index detection unit configured to detect index information from the image; a measurement value obtaining unit configured to obtain a measurement value of at least one of a position and an orientation measured by a position and orientation sensor; a determination unit configured to determine a suitability of calibration data for the position and orientation sensor, which includes the index information and the measurement value, based on the index information and the measurement value, respectively; and a presentation unit configured to present the suitability.05-30-2013
20130135462OPTICAL TOUCH DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR OPTICAL TOUCH DEVICE - An optical touch device includes at least one light source, a first image capturing module, a second image capturing module and a control module. The at least one light source is disposed outside a display unit for emitting light to an object. The first image capturing module and the second image capturing module respectively capture images of an object, and a relative position between the first image capturing module and the second image capturing module can be adjusted. The control module is coupled to the first image capturing module and the second image capturing module for calculating a coordinate value of the object according to the images of the object captured by the first image capturing module and the second image capturing module and the relative position between the first image capturing module and the second image capturing module.05-30-2013
20090268022WAKEFULNESS LEVEL ESTIMATION APPARATUS - A wakefulness level estimation apparatus includes: an estimation portion that estimates a level of wakefulness of a subject person based on one of a wakefulness level estimation function, of which a variable is a wakefulness level correlation value of the subject person, and a difference between the wakefulness level correlation value of the subject person and a reference value of the wakefulness level correlation value; a stimulation detection portion that detects whether an awakening stimulation is externally applied to the subject person; and a correction portion that, when the stimulation detection portion detects that the awakening stimulation is applied to the subject person, performs a correction of one of the reference value of the wakefulness level correlation value and the wakefulness level estimation function, which is used for estimating the level of wakefulness of the subject person.10-29-2009
20120224056RUNWAY MEASUREMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD - A measuring system comprising a fixed measurement unit (09-06-2012
20120224055ROE MATURITY DETERMINATION DEVICE AND ROE MATURITY DETERMINATION METHOD - Roe W is loaded on a loading tray 09-06-2012
20120224054Optical Position Detecting Device - The optical position detecting device includes a plurality of light source sections, a camera section, a detection section and a control section. Each of the plurality of light source sections emits light to irradiate a predetermined region of the detection surface. The camera section has an angle of view capable of imaging the entire surface of the detection surface and images an image the indicator body irradiated by the light source sections. The detection section calculates an indicated position of the indicator body. The control section is adapted to turn on the plurality of light source sections simultaneously or in a predetermined sequence at time of initial scan and, once the indicated position of the indicator body is detected by the detection section, turns on the light source section irradiating a range covering the detected indicated position of the indicator body but turns off all the remaining light source sections.09-06-2012
20120224053METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR QUANTITATIVE MICROIMAGING - Optical detection platforms are described as well as methods of using such platforms to perform quantitative assays.09-06-2012
20120224052Method for Measuring Real Size of Object Using Camera of Mobile Terminal - A method for measuring a real size of an object using a camera of a mobile terminal, includes the steps (1) recognizing an object image taken using a camera of a mobile terminal; (2) measuring a size of an object image recognized in step (1); (3) measuring a distance between the object and the camera; and (4) computing a real size of the object using the characteristic of the camera, the size of the object image measured in step (2), and the distance between the object measured in step (3) and the camera.09-06-2012
20130063590METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MEASUREMENT OF THE PROFILE GEOMETRY OF CYLINDRICAL BODIES - A two-dimensional light-section method for measuring the profile geometry of cylindrical bodies is disclosed. A fan-shaped laser line forming a light-section line on the surface of the body is imaged with at least one laser, and the laser radiation reflected from the surface of the body is captured by at least one area imaging camera, wherein the laser and the camera are arranged at a triangulation angle in a normal plane aligned with the cylinder axis. The profile geometry is then measured by pivoting the laser out of the normal plane about the cylinder axis. The angle with respect to the normal plane is selected such that the optical axis of the area imaging camera with respect to the surface of the cylinder is located within the glancing angle range of the reflected beams.03-14-2013
20130063589RESOLVING HOMOGRAPHY DECOMPOSITION AMBIGUITY BASED ON ORIENTATION SENSORS - A homography between two captured images of a planar object is decomposed into at least one possible solution, and typically at least two ambiguous solutions. The ambiguity between the two solutions is removed, or a single solution validated, using measurements from orientation sensors. The measurements from orientation sensors may be used by comparing at least one of the yaw, pitch, and/or roll angles derived from a relative rotation matrix for the one or more solutions to a corresponding at least one of the yaw, pitch, and/or roll angles derived from the measurements from the orientation sensors.03-14-2013
20130063591APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR FEEDING CRIMP TERMINALS ON A CARRIER STRIP INTO A CRIMPING PRESS - An apparatus for feeding crimp terminals on a carrier strip into a crimping press, the separation between the terminals along the strip being the pitch of the strip, the apparatus comprising a feeding mechanism for displacing the carrier strip along a feed path; an image capture means adapted to capture an image of a portion of the feed path; and, an image processing means connected to the image capture means and being adapted to (a) determine the position of at least one terminal on the feed path from the image; (b) determine the pitch of the strip either from the image or from a pre-stored value; and, (c) calculate an alignment displacement of the strip along the feed path from the position and pitch such that a further terminal on the strip lies within a crimping zone on the feed path; the image processing means being connected to the feeding mechanism and adapted to provide a control signal thereto such that the feeding mechanism displaces the carrier strip along the feed path by the alignment displacement.03-14-2013
20110013016Visual Detection of Clear Air Turbulence - Presented is a system and method for detecting clear air turbulence comprising an image capturing element, a lens having focal length adapted to focus a scene onto the image capturing element such that the combination of the lens and array of pixels are capable of optically resolving any visual distortions of features in the scene that are caused by turbulent air, and a processor. The processor compares the image with a subsequent image, or a stored image of the scene, to detect a change in refraction of light received from the feature in the scene that is due to turbulence and produces an indication of the area of turbulence in the scene.01-20-2011
20120113251METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CALCULATING POSITION INFORMATION OF AN IMAGE - The present invention provides a method and apparatus for calculating position information of an image captured by an imaging device, the method including capturing the image by an imaging device; determining whether position information is available; measuring a movement direction and a velocity of the imaging device, when the position information is not available; re-determining whether the position information is available; selectively acquiring a current reference point using the position information, when the position information is now available; and calculating the position information corresponding to the image based on the movement direction, the velocity, and the current reference point.05-10-2012
20120113250APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING THE THREE DIMENSIONS OF A PARCEL - A method of determining the three dimensions of a parcel, in which method the parcel to be measured is placed against an orthogonal reference support and an image is acquired of said orthogonal reference support having three graduated scales defining the three perpendicular axes of the frame of reference, and a correspondence table is established giving the correspondence between the real distance between each of the graduations of the scales and the corresponding number of pixels of the image, and then an image is acquired of the parcel disposed on the orthogonal reference support, the edges of said parcel are determined along three perpendicular axes, the number of pixels forming each of the edges of the parcel is counted, and a corrector coefficient is applied taken from the correspondence table in order to obtain the looked-for three real dimensions.05-10-2012
20120113252DISTANCE MEASURING METHOD, DISTANCE MEASURING SYSTEM AND PROCESSING SOFTWARE THEREOF - A distance measuring system includes a light source module, an image capturing device and a processing module. The light source module transmits a light beam having a speckle pattern to a first flat surface and a second flat surface, and an object. The image capturing device captures the image of the speckle pattern shown on the first and second flat surfaces, and captures the image of the speckle pattern shown on a surface of the object to produce a first reference image information, a second reference image information, and an object image information. The processing module calculates a displacement vector of the speckle pattern according to the first and second reference image information. The processing module calculates the relative distance between the object and the first flat surface or the second flat surface according to the position of the speckle pattern on the object image information and the displacement vector.05-10-2012
20130188040System, Method, and Apparatus for Monitoring, Regulating, or Controlling Fluid Flow - An apparatus, system and method for regulating fluid flow are disclosed. The apparatus includes a curved, elongated support member elastically deformable and having first and second ends. The apparatus also include an opposing support member configured to position a tube against the curved, elongated support member between the first and second ends. Deformation of the curved, elongated support member by movement of the first and second ends toward each other reduces an internal volume of the tube.07-25-2013
20120236145RANGE SENSOR AND RANGE IMAGE SENSOR - A photogate electrode PG has first and second sides opposed to each other. First and second semiconductor regions FD1, FD2 are arranged as spatially separated from each other on the side where the first side of the photogate electrode PG exists and along the first side. Third and fourth semiconductor regions FD3, FD4 are arranged as spatially separated from each other on the side where the second side of the photogate electrode PG exists and along the second side. First gate electrodes TX1 are provided between the photogate electrode PG and the first and third semiconductor regions FD1, FD3. Second gate electrodes TX2 are provided between the photogate electrode PG and the second and fourth semiconductor regions FD2, FD4. The first to fourth semiconductor regions FD1-FD4 are formed so as to overlap with respective p-type well regions W1-W4 and so as to be surrounded by the respective well regions W1-W4.09-20-2012
20120236144SERVER AND CLIENT APPLICATION FOR COLOUR BASED COMPARISON, SELECTION AND PURCHASE - A mobile device comprising a camera and color detection software stored in memory of the mobile device, wherein the color detection application analyzes and displays component colors in a captured image and compares component colors in two such captured images. The color detection application displays component colors in a specific format such as red, green and blue and displays percentage of these colors in each of the compared images. The color detection provides textual and audio feedbacks of the extent of match between colors of the two images. The two captured images that are to be compared are displayed in split windows. A client-application compares a first digital image with a second digital image and describes the closeness of a color of the first digital image to the color of the second digital image.09-20-2012
20120236143CHARACTERIZING DYNAMIC REGIONS OF DIGITAL MEDIA DATA - A media analysis tool is provided for defining dynamic regions of a digital media segment. The dynamic regions may contain at least part of a visible feature of the segment. Correlation of the defined regions with external data quantifying attention of a subject viewing the segment to locations on the screen provides measures of interest level and attention to visible features in the segment. The dynamic regions may be defined in only some of the frames of a segment. The dynamic region may be interpolated or extrapolated for frames in which it is not explicitly defined.09-20-2012
20130188041DETECTING DEVICE, DETECTOR, AND IMAGING APPARATUS USING THE SAME - A detecting device which detects electromagnetic waves includes an antennal configured to receive electromagnetic waves, and a plurality of semiconductor rectifying devices serially connected to the antenna, and connected in parallel to each other such that the polarity is aligned, so as to receive electromagnetic waves propagated from the antenna, wherein the plurality of semiconductor rectifying devices are each disposed at positions where the phase of electromagnetic waves propagated from the antenna is substantially the same phase.07-25-2013
20130188042SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OBJECT MEASUREMENT - A technique is provided for measuring an object based on multiple views. The technique includes registering each of the plurality of images and a first model of the object with one another and reconstructing a second model of the object based on the plurality of images and the first model registered with one another.07-25-2013
20130162813SENSOR EVENT ASSESSOR TRAINING AND INTEGRATION - A sensor event assessor trainer and integrator is disclosed. In one embodiment, a sensor event assessor assesses any event detected by at least two sensors and provides assessment information about the event. A different event detection system provides an input regarding an event. A collaborator combines the assessment information with the different event detection system input to generate a user recognizable output for presenting the integrated event information.06-27-2013
20110043622MOUNTING APPARATUS AND MOUNTING METHOD - A mounting apparatus which mounts on a substrate, a component having an inclined surface which intersects with a contact surface of the substrate and the component, at an acute angle, includes a first light source having an optical path orthogonal to the contact surface, and a camera which picks up an image of the component and an image of the substrate, a second light source which irradiates light on the inclined surface, and a moving means which moves at least one of the component and the substrate relatively, in a plane parallel to the surface of contact, and reflected light which is irradiated from the second light source, and reflected by the inclined surface is incident on the image pickup section.02-24-2011
20120327218RESOURCE CONSERVATION BASED ON A REGION OF INTEREST - A detected region of interest is used to reduce the data processed by a capture device and/or transmitted by the capture device to a console, and/or to reduce power consumption by the capture device. Raw data from the one or more sensors is processed in the capture device to reduce data corresponding to regions outside the region of interest. Such a data reduces computational requirements, which conserves power. Operational parameters of the capture device are adjusted based on the region of interest mask. A field of view, the resolution, or the sensitivity of at least one of the sensors may be narrowed to focus resources on the region of interest. Adjusting the operational parameters of a sensor reduces the power consumption of the capture device and reduces data input. An illumination source may be adjusted to focus the illumination source on the region of interest to use less power.12-27-2012
20120293650IMAGING SYSTEM AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - An imaging system that acquires image data through imaging of an object, includes: an imaging unit having an imaging optical system that forms an image of an object, and an imaging device that captures the image of the object formed by the imaging optical system; a stain method estimation unit that estimates a stain method of the object by analyzing image data of the object as obtained from the imaging unit; and a data reduction processing unit that reduces data volume of image data of the object if the stain method estimated by the stain method estimation unit is a predetermined stain method.11-22-2012
20110032350ILLUMINATION DEVICE AND IMAGE ACQUISITION APPARATUS - An illumination device includes a first illumination section having a first light source which emits white light and a first optical system for applying, with a first directional characteristic, the white light emitted from the first light source, and a second illumination section having a second light source which emits light of a color different from the color of the light from the first light source, and a second optical system for applying the light emitted from the second light source with a second directional characteristic such that the light is applied to a second application area contained in and smaller than a first application area based on the first directional characteristic.02-10-2011
20100171827OPTICAL INSPECTION APPARATUS WITH A DETACHABLE LIGHT GUIDE - An optical inspection apparatus is disclosed including: a digital image sensing module, a light source, a detachable light guide configured for guiding incident light to transmit within the detachable light guide and to output from a first angle, and an adapter engaged with the digital image sensing module for guiding light emitted from the light source to the detachable light guide; wherein the detachable light guide is detachably engaged with the adapter.07-08-2010
20100171826METHOD FOR MEASURING RETAIL DISPLAY AND COMPLIANCE - Method and apparatus for measuring retail store display and shelf compliance are provided. A mobile capture unit, (07-08-2010
20120287265DEVICE FOR OPTICALLY SCANNING AND MEASURING AN ENVIRONMENT - In a device for optically scanning and measuring an environment, where the device is a laser scanner having a light emitter which, by a rotary mirror, emits an emission light beam, with a light receiver which receives a reception light beam, which, after passing the rotary mirror and a receiver lens which has an optical axis, is reflected from an object in the environment of the laser scanner. The laser scanner also includes a color camera which takes colored pictures of the environment of the laser scanner, and a control and evaluation unit which, for a multitude of measuring points, determines the distance to the object and links it with the colored pictures, the color camera being arranged on the optical axis of the receiver lens.11-15-2012
20110279669APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ASSISTING VERTICAL TAKEOFF VEHICLES - According to one aspect of the present invention, there is provided a radar altimeter which utilizes a downward looking MIMO phased array to form multiple beams, covering a relatively wide sector, e.g., +/−60 degrees or thereabouts. The distance to the ground is then measured in each beam allowing the ground profile to be formed. The beams may be tilted forward to cover from about +90 degrees forward (horizontal) to about 30 degrees behind nadir. The provision of such a forward tilt gives a greater degree of coverage in the direction of approach vector to the ground. This additional cover enables the altimeter to more accurately detect other vehicles in the proximity to the current approach vector of the vehicle to the desired landing zone.11-17-2011
20100214406Shape Measurement Of Specular Reflective Surface - A method of measuring a shape of a specular reflective surface is provided. A pattern displayed on a surface of a target positioned at a target plane is produced from a specular reflective surface positioned at a measurement plane. An image of the reflection is recorded at an imaging plane. Positions of a plurality of points on the specular reflective surface relative to the imaging plane are determined. A first relation between feature positions on the image of the reflection and feature positions on the pattern is determined. The shape of the specular reflective surface is determined from a second relation involving a surface profile of the specular reflective surface and the first relation using the positions of the plurality of points as an initial condition.08-26-2010
20130021467WINDOW COVERING SIZING METHOD AND APPARATUS - A method and apparatus of ordering a window covering comprises providing a measuring block that is mounted adjacent an architectural feature to be measured. A digital photograph is taken of the architectural feature with the measuring block. A display resolution of the photograph is determined. A scale of the photograph is determined using the measuring block. A dimension of the architectural feature is calculated based on the scale of the photograph. The window covering is cut to the calculated dimension.01-24-2013
20100220187OPTICAL MEASUREMENT OF FILL LEVEL - The invention relates to the optical measurement of fill level in the aseptic bottling or packaging of biopharmaceuticals. The process according to the invention allows in particular in-process fill level measurement of primary packaging means filled with protein solution with small volumes and with considerable variations in the packaging means. The invention also relates to an apparatus according to FIG. 09-02-2010
20100020170Vehicle Imaging System - A vehicle vision system includes an image sensor having a forward field of view and capturing image data of a road surface forward of the vehicle. An image processor processes the image data and the vehicle vision system determines at least an estimate of a traction condition of at least a portion of the imaged road surface. The vision system may detect objects forward of the vehicle and may distinguish between live and dead animals in the field of view of the image sensor, and may at least one of (a) generate an alert and (b) control the vehicle to assist in avoiding a collision. The system may detect situations in which the vehicle lighting system can be turned off or operated under reduced power consumption in order to enhance fuel efficiency of the vehicle.01-28-2010
20090284593ACCURATE IMAGE ACQUISITION FOR STRUCTURED-LIGHT SYSTEM FOR OPTICAL SHAPE AND POSITIONAL MEASUREMENTS - A system and method for the analysis of composite materials. Improved techniques for the measurement of the shape and position of the composite article are provided, which include improved scanning rates using structured light.11-19-2009
20110298917IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD, PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM USED IN THE PROGRAM - According to the present invention, a cut-out size with a predetermined aspect ratio common to a plurality of images acquired from each of a plurality of imaging units is determined based on a minimum size among sizes of possible areas around an initial optical axis center, and an image for output is cut out from each of the plurality of images in the common cut-out size determined by a size determination unit based on the initial optical axis center before each vibration correction of the plurality of imaging units. Alternatively, according to the present invention, a cut-out size with a predetermined aspect ratio common to images from each of a plurality of imaging units is determined based on a minimum value of sizes of possible cut-out areas independent of vibration correction corresponding to the plurality of imaging units, and an image for output is cut out from each of the plurality of imaging units in the common cut-out size determined by the size determination unit based on the initial optical axis center before each vibration correction of the plurality of imaging units. As a result, output images, in which the optical axis center position is maintained before and after the camera shake correction, can be obtained, and stereoscopic vision is possible using the images for output.12-08-2011
20120105628PARTICLE IMAGE VELOCIMETRY METHOD, PARTICLE IMAGE VELOCIMETRY METHOD FOR 3-DIMENSIONAL SPACE, PARTICLE IMAGE VELOCIMETRY SYSTEM, AND TRACER PARTICLE GENERATING DEVICE IN PARTICLE IMAGE VELOCIMETRY SYSTEM - A particle image velocimetry system is provided which supplies tracer particles to a flow field around an object (05-03-2012
20110285844METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DIGITAL IMAGE ANALYSIS OF EAR TRAITS - A method of evaluating one or more kernels of an ear of maize using digital imagery includes acquiring a digital image of the one or more kernels of the ear of maize, processing the digital image to estimate at least one physical property of the one or more kernels of the ear of maize from the digital image, and evaluating the at least one kernel of maize using the estimate of the at least one physical property of the at least one kernel of maize.11-24-2011
20110285843Image Processing Apparatus, Image Processing Method, and Computer Program - The invention provides an image processing apparatus, capable of detecting even a defect that exists in proximity to a contour line with high accuracy and determining a non-defective item with high accuracy. Edge intensities in two different directions are calculated for each pixel in the obtained first multivalued images, and a mean value of the edge intensities is calculated for each pixel in the first multivalued images. An intercorrelation distribution region of the edge intensities is calculated for each pixel in first multivalued images with the calculated mean value being the center. Edge intensities are calculated for each pixel in a second multivalued image of a determination target object, and determination is made as to whether the calculated edge intensities for each pixel in the second multivalued image are included in the calculated intercorrelation distribution region of the edge intensities for each pixel in the first multivalued images.11-24-2011
20110025844IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING IMAGES - An image processing apparatus includes a display section that displays a first image, which forms a stereaming video obtained by capturing blades periodically arrayed in a jet engine, and also displays information indicating the position of a blade corresponding to the first image.02-03-2011
20120013736METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR DETERMINING ANGLES AND LOCATIONS OF POINTS - An apparatus for determining an azimuth of a target point is provided. The apparatus includes a support structure and an imaging device coupled to the support structure and configured to provide image data. The apparatus also includes a position measuring device coupled to the support structure and configured to determine position information and a processor in electrical communication with the imaging device and the position measuring device. The processor is configured to receive the image data from the imaging device, receive the position information from the position measuring device, determine a baseline between a first position and a second position, determine an orientation between overlapping images, and compute the azimuth of the target point relative to the baseline.01-19-2012
20110292203SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MEASURING FLIGHT PARAMETERS OF A SPHERICAL OBJECT - A system and a method for measuring flight parameters of a spherical object are disclosed. A trigger signal-generating unit generates and outputs a first trigger signal upon detection of a spherical object, and generates and outputs a second trigger signal when a reference time interval which is set on the basis of the maximum flight speed and the maximum rotating speed of the spherical object has elapsed from the point in time when the first trigger signal was generated. A photographing unit photographs images in a first image acquiring region having a predetermined region in which the spherical object exists, in accordance with the first trigger signal and the second trigger signal. An image-acquiring unit provides the photographing unit with the first trigger signal and the second trigger signal inputted by the trigger signal generating unit, and converts a plurality of images inputted by the photographing unit in accordance with the first and second trigger signals into digital images, and stores the digital images. A parameter-measuring unit calculates flight parameters including the flight speed, flight angle, rotating speed, and rotational axis of the spherical object from the plurality of digital images.12-01-2011
20110292204Object Information Derived from Object Images - Search terms are derived automatically from images captured by a camera equipped cell phone, PDA, or other image capturing device, submitted to a search engine to obtain information of interest, and at least a portion of the resulting information is transmitted back locally to, or nearby, the device that captured the image.12-01-2011
20100271477Spray Angle Measurement Apparatus and Method - Direction of material emitted from orifices is directly related to the effectiveness of spray devices to deliver the material to an intended location area. Improper emission direction results in material, such as medication, paint, or fuel, not reaching its intended target and causes cascading effects, such as improper patient dosing, compromised patient relief, waste, poor target coverage, missed target penetration, poor engine performance, and other safety/performance problems. An apparatus for inspecting operation of an orifice according to an example embodiment measures actual material emission direction relative to an expected material emission direction determined as a function of position and orientation of an orifice. The apparatus may confirm whether the emission direction is within an expected emission direction and accepted tolerance range. Through use of the apparatus, accurate screening of production products can be performed efficiently and manufacturing defects can be diagnosed and eliminated.10-28-2010
20110267460VIDEO SPEED DETECTION SYSTEM - A system and method for measuring vehicle speeds using video sensing. The system comprises a tracking camera that generates accurately time-stamped video sequences of the monitored road at high frame rates and a processing unit that analyzes the video sequences in real time to detect moving vehicles and calculate their speeds using the time-over-distance method. The system automatically detects moving vehicles in each image frame and derives vehicle positions from a projective mapping established from reference markers on the road. Time information is obtained from the date and time stamp associated with each image frame. In one example, the system also allows a user of the system to set a trigger speed, and the system automatically saves a video clip of the vehicle whose speed exceeds the trigger speed, recording the speeding vehicle passing through the monitored traffic zone defined by the reference markers.11-03-2011
20110216190FOREIGN MATTER DETECTION DEVICE - A foreign matter inspection apparatus, which enables more sufficient detection of foreign matter included in inspection objects, comprises: (1) a transparent drum having a cylindrical shape turning around a horizontal central axis; (2) an object supplying unit for supplying inspection objects to such a given region on the surface of the drum as will not cause the inspection objects to slide; (3) a first image capturing unit for imaging the inspection objects placed on a first imaging area included in the given region, such imaging being done from outside the drum; (4) a second image capturing unit for imaging the inspection objects placed on a second imaging area included in the given region, such imaging being done from inside the drum; and (5) an analyzing unit for analyzing existence/nonexistence of any foreign matter mingling with the inspection objects, such analysis being done on the basis of images captured by the first image capturing unit and the second image capturing unit.09-08-2011
20110216189COLOR-UNEVENNESS INSPECTION APPARATUS AND METHOD - A color-unevenness inspection apparatus includes: an image pickup section picking up an image of an inspection target in a color-unevenness inspection; and an image generation section generating an uneven-color image by, in the picked-up image of the inspection target obtained by the image pickup section, calculating a chroma in each unit region and identifying an uneven-color region based on a magnitude of the calculated chroma. The color-unevenness inspection apparatus further includes: a calculation section calculating, for the uneven-color region in the uneven-color image, an evaluation parameter to be used in the color-unevenness inspection; and an inspection section performing the color-unevenness inspection based on the calculated evaluation parameter. The image generation section calculates the chroma, in each unit region of the picked-up image, while performing correction processing that reflects variations in color-unevenness visibility from color to color.09-08-2011
20110216188Optical Velocity Tracking for Paint Spray Gun - A method of tracking and reporting the velocity of a hand-held paint spray gun. The object to be painted is placed in a room having one or more fiducial walls. A camera is installed on the spray gun, with its field of view toward the one or more fiducial walls. As the object is painted, the camera detects fiducials, calculates their current position, and compares current positions to previous locations to determine movement and velocity. The current velocity is compared to a stored target velocity, and audible or visible feedback is provided to the spray gun operator.09-08-2011
20090284594Display control device, display system, and television set - A display control device includes: a signal supply unit that supplies an image signal to a display device; and a magnification change control unit that processes the image signal so as to change a magnification of a replay image according to a distance between a person who is observing the replay image upon the display device, and the replay image.11-19-2009
20110261191TEXTURED PATTERN SENSING AND DETECTION, AND USING A CHARGE-SCAVENGING PHOTODIODE ARRAY FOR THE SAME - A system for imaging a textured surface comprising includes a photoreceptor array having: at least a first photoreceptor and a second photoreceptor, each configured to receive electromagnetic radiation reflected from the textured surface and to generate a signal corresponding thereto; wherein the photoreceptor array is configured to detect an image of the textured surface based on the relative difference between the time of arrival of the signals from the first and second photoreceptors. Methods for imaging a textured surface and fabricating a photoreceptor array structure for imaging a textured surface are also provided.10-27-2011
20100002078PERIPHERY MONITORING APPARATUS - A vehicle periphery monitoring apparatus detects a three-dimensional object or obstacle even through a vehicle is stopped. When is stopping or parking, a processor controls operation to store a bird's-eye image obtained by viewpoint conversion unit of a captured image, which is captured by a rear camera immediately before the vehicle parks or stops. Thereafter, the obstacle is detected based on a difference between image portions corresponding to a same captured region in a bird's-eye image of a captured image obtained for each time period, and in the stored bird's-eye image.01-07-2010
20120140061Multi-Object Appearance-Enhanced Fusion of Camera and Range Sensor Data - A transportation vehicle configured to track an object external to the vehicle. The vehicle includes a camera, a range sensor, and an on-board computer. The on-board computer includes a processor and a tangible, non-transitory, computer-readable medium comprising instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform select steps. The steps include determining that new-object data corresponding to the object is available based on input received from the sensor sub-system of the vehicle. The steps also include registering the new-object data and estimating an expected location and an expected appearance for the object according to a prediction algorithm to generate a predicted track corresponding to the object. The steps also include analyzing motion for the object including comparing the predicted track with any existing track associated with the object and stored in a database of the on-board computer.06-07-2012
20080316307AUTOMATED METHOD FOR TEMPORAL SEGMENTATION OF A VIDEO INTO SCENES WITH TAKING DIFFERENT TYPES OF TRANSITIONS BETWEEN FRAME SEQUENCES INTO ACCOUNT - The automated detection of scene boundaries supports the user in browsing a video. Establishing the similarity between two respective frame sequences is made by choosing and comparing respective key-frames from each frame sequence, which are temporally as far apart from each other as possible but lie outside gradual transitions. Additionally or alternatively, film grammar- and probability-based taking into account of all types of transitions with respect to their separating and/or merging effect on the frame sequences surrounding the transitions and a differently weighted incorporation of the effects of the different types of transitions into uniting frame sequences k into scenes is provided. Thus, all types of transitions are incorporated in determining frame sequence boundaries as scene boundaries with a corresponding weighting, both their separating and merging effect is taken into account, and this knowledge is introduced on a probability basis into the decision in existing scene detection methods.12-25-2008
20110149070LIGHT SOURCE DETECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD - A light source detection method and system are provided. The method includes receiving incident light sources through light passing holes formed in a light spot forming board to form a light spot on an imaging board; capturing the image of the light spot and detecting the intensity thereof into divided zones so as to transmit such information that is calculated by preset algorithms to a processing device for identification, thereby improving on the drawbacks of prior techniques to achieve better accuracy of light sources and efficiency in use.06-23-2011
20090309966METHOD OF DETECTING MOVING OBJECTS - A method for detecting moving objects includes: (a) capturing and establishing a background image; (b) capturing at least one current image; (c) transforming the background image and the current image from an RGB color format into an HSI color format; (d) subtracting the background image from the current image according to a background subtraction rule for generating at least one moving object; (e) performing a vertical scanning and a horizontal scanning on the moving object for generating a minimum bounding box of the moving object; (f) calculating a characteristic datum of the moving object according to the minimum bounding box; (g) tracking the moving object according to the characteristic datum with a Euclidean distance rule; (h) classifying the moving object according to the characteristic datum, the tracking result generated by step (g) and a minimum distance classifier.12-17-2009
20100118141CONTROL METHOD BASED ON A VOLUNTARY OCULAR SIGNAL PARTICULARLY FOR FILMING - The invention relates to a control method based on a controlling eye signal, the method being characterized in that it comprises the following steps: detecting at least one slow movement corresponding to an eye movement of at least one eye of an operator; generating a said eye control signal from at least one detected slow movement; and producing a command from the eye control signal. The invention applies in particular to controlling cameras by eye.05-13-2010
20110169948Electro-Optical Distance Measuring Device - An electro-optical distance measuring device having a photodetection unit comprising a plurality of pixels arranged in a predetermined arrangement is disclosed. A signal processing unit has a storage unit for storing the detection result in correspondence with each of the pixels, wherein the signal processing control unit sequentially changes a position of the division for every cycle wave at which the photodetection amount is detected and continues detections until a detected range becomes at least one cycle or more. The arithmetic processing unit calculates a waveform for at least one cycle stored in the storage unit for each pixel, obtains a phase difference of the waveform with respect to the irradiated distance measuring light, and calculates the distance based on the phase difference.07-14-2011
20110169947IMAGE IDENTIFICATION USING TRAJECTORY-BASED LOCATION DETERMINATION - The subject matter disclosed herein relates to acquiring information regarding a target object using an imaging device of a handheld mobile device.07-14-2011
20110169946SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING GEO-LOCATION(S) IN IMAGES - Determining GPS coordinates of some image point(s) positions in at least two images using a processor configured by program instructions. Receiving position information of some of the positions where an image capture device captured an image. Determining geometry by triangulating various registration objects in the images. Determining GPS coordinates of the image point(s) positions in at least one of the images. Saving GPS coordinates to memory. This system and method may be used to determine GPS coordinates of objects in an image.07-14-2011
20110169945METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT FOR ESTIMATING AT LEAST ONE PARAMETER OF AN INTRUDER - A method for estimating, from a platform, at least one parameter of an intruder. The method includes generating consecutive frames of image data at different times of the intruder utilizing at least one passive sensor; determining a direction from the platform to the intruder based on the generated consecutive frames of image data; estimating a time period remaining until a potential collision between the platform and the intruder, estimating an angular extent of the intruder, as viewed by the passive sensor, based on the image data; and estimating a first relative location vector to a minimum intruder associated with the intruder, and/or estimating a second relative location vector to a maximum intruder associated with the intruder. An arrangement for generating input data to a sense-and-avoid system on-board a platform. A computer programme and a computer programme product. A platform carrying the arrangement.07-14-2011
20100201810IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD - Images are taken by a fixed camera and a moving camera, and a relative position calculation unit recognizes a current position and orientation of the moving object based on a detection signal that is input from a sensor for obtaining positional information of a moving object and calculates a relative positional relationship of the moving camera with respect to the fixed camera by comparing the current position and orientation of the moving object with a given position at which the fixed camera is installed. Based on the relative positional relationship, the image taken by the fixed camera and the image taken by the moving camera are synthesized into one image by an image composition unit, and a composite image viewed from a virtual viewpoint is displayed on a monitor.08-12-2010
20100201809CALIBRATION METHOD, CALIBRATION DEVICE, AND CALIBRATION SYSTEM INCLUDING THE DEVICE - To provide highly accurate calibration method or the like for use with a distance measuring device which provides captured images with significant lens aberration.08-12-2010
20100201808CAMERA BASED MOTION SENSING SYSTEM - Providing camera based motion detection is disclosed herein. A camera may track a reference element array of retroreflectors, which reflect light from a light source located proximate the camera. A known arrangement of the reference element array may be compared to a received arrangement on an image sensor of the camera to determine position information of at least one of the camera or the reference element array. The reference elements may include a style (pattern, shape) that may enable extraction of additional position information when the reference element array is captured by the camera. A user-manipulated device may be configured with the camera and light source, or alternatively, the reference elements, to enable communication with a computing device and display device.08-12-2010
20090278926CALIBRATION METHOD OF ELECTRONIC DEVICE TEST APPARATUS - In an electronic device test apparatus using image processing technology to position an IC device relative to a socket, a calibration method of an electronic device test apparatus of calibrating a relative position of a device camera with respect to a socket, the method comprising: calculating an offset amount of a socket guide with respect to the socket on the basis of a relative position of the socket camera with respect to the socket guide and a relative position of a socket camera with respect to the socket; and adding this offset amount to the relative position of the device camera with respect to the socket guide so as to calculate the relative position of the device camera with respect to the socket.11-12-2009
20110205357DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME - A distance measuring apparatus of the present invention is a distance measuring apparatus for determining a distance to an object, comprising: a plurality of optical systems for forming images of the object; and an image capturing section (N) having a plurality of image capturing areas which are associated with the plurality of optical systems on a one-to-one basis, the image capturing section (N) being configured to convert images of the object formed in respective ones of the image capturing areas through the plurality of optical systems to electric signals, the distance to the object being determined based on a parallax between the images of the object formed through the plurality of optical systems, wherein each of the plurality of optical systems includes n lens surfaces (r08-25-2011
20110205355Data Mining Method and System For Estimating Relative 3D Velocity and Acceleration Projection Functions Based on 2D Motions - A method for determining a transformation matrix used to transform data from a first image of a space to a second image of the space is disclosed. The method comprises receiving image data from a video camera monitoring the space, wherein the video camera generates image data of an object moving through the space and determining spatio-temporal locations of the object with respect to a field of view of the camera from the image data. The method further comprises determining observed attributes of motion of the object in relation to the field of view of the camera based on the spatio-temporal locations of the object, the observed attributes including at least one of a velocity of the object with respect to the field of view of the camera and an acceleration of the object with respect to the field of view of the camera. The method also includes determining the transformation matrix based on the observed attributes of the motion of the object.08-25-2011
20110267457SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR NUCLEIC ACID SEQUENCING - The present invention relates to systems and methods for sequencing nucleic acids, including sequencing nucleic acids in fluidic droplets. In one set of embodiments, the method employs sequencing by hybridization using droplets such as microfluidic droplets. In some embodiments, droplets are formed which include a target nucleic acid, a nucleic acid probe, and at least one identification element, such as a fluorescent particle. The nucleic acid probes that hybridize to the target nucleic acid are determined, in some instances, by determining the at least one identification element. The nucleic acid probes that hybridize to the target nucleic acid may be used to determine the sequence of the target nucleic acid. In certain instances, the microfluidic droplets are provided with reagents that modify the nucleic acid probe. In some cases, a droplet, such as those described above, is deformed such that the components of the droplets individually pass a target area.11-03-2011
20110267456DETECTING MOTION FOR A MULTIFUNCTION SENSOR DEVICE - To detect movement of a depth camera in a motion capture system, readings from an accelerometer in the depth camera are processed to provide short and long term moving averages for each of the x, y and z axes. For each axis, a difference between the short and long term averages is obtained. A sum of the differences is obtained by summing the absolute value of each difference, across all three axes. This sum of differences is then compared to a threshold to determine if movement is detected. In another approach, the short and long term averages of the accelerometer readings are converted to pitch and roll values, and the pitch and roll values are separately compared to a threshold to determine if movement is detected. A tracking algorithm can be temporarily halted while movement is detected. Readings in the vertical direction can be attenuated by a scaling factor.11-03-2011
20080266391Apparatus for and Method of Measuring Image - An image measuring apparatus for acquiring an image captured by an optical system and a method thereof are disclosed. The apparatus includes a CCD camera for capturing the object and outputting the captured image, a lamp for generating light to illuminate a capturing area of the object, an illumination controller for controlling the lamp to be turned on, a projection grating formed with gratings, a projection grating driving unit for adjusting a distance between the projection grating and the object, an image capturing device for acquiring the image captured by the CCD camera, a driving signal generator for outputting a driving signal to the illumination controller, the projection grating driving unit, and the image capturing unit simultaneously according to an enable signal generated from the CCD camera, and an image signal processor for estimating a three-dimensional image of the object from data transmitted from the image capturing unit.10-30-2008
20120033070LOCAL SEARCH DEVICE AND LOCAL SEARCH METHOD - A Local search device includes a camera module for taking a photo an image and acquired image information; a positioning module, a directional measurement module and an view field angle information acquisition module for acquiring location information of its own, direction information of photo and field angle of view information at a time when said camera module photographs an image, respectively; an information processing module for storing and processing information including said image information, said location information of its own, said direction information of photo and said field angle of view information; and an image display module for indicating said stored image information, wherein said information processing module determines, from said location information of its own, said direction information of photo and said field angle of view information acquired and stored when said camera module has photographed an image, a direction range fitting into a photographed image-plane of said photographed image, and extracts a target object existing within said direction range and data associated with said target object from a database, and wherein, in an image indicated when said stored image information is displayed on said image display module, data associated with said extracted target object is indicated corresponding to a place where said target object is located.02-09-2012
20100289893APPARATUS FOR MEASUREMENT OF SURFACE PROFILE - The present invention relates to an apparatus for measurement of the surface profile detecting 2D-image of the surface of the object. The apparatus for measurement of the surface profile according to the present invention comprises a first light source illuminating a first one-color light to the surface of the object; a second light source illuminating a second one-color light of which color is different from the first one-color light to the surface of the object; a black-and-white camera capturing the first one-color light and the second one-color light reflected from the surface of the object, which are illuminated from the first light source and the second light source; and a controller controlling the first light source, the second light source and the black-and-white camera to obtain a first black-and-white image data and a second black-and-white image data corresponding to the first one-color light and the second one-color light respectively in the state that the first one-color light and the second one-color light are illuminated to the surface of the object, and generating a synthesized color image of the surface of the object using the first black-and-white image data and the second black-and-white image data. Thus, it is possible to obtain the color 2D-image using the low-priced black-and-white camera, and it is also possible to improve processing speed by means of using the black-and-white camera of which processing speed is faster than that of a color camera.11-18-2010
20100265327System for recording Surroundings - A system and method to record the surroundings for a movable device. The system has at least one sensor for the visual recording of the surroundings, as well as respectively at least one sensor for recording the direction of motion and the orientation of the device, the system being developed to process information provided by the sensors.10-21-2010
20120293651DISTANCE MEASUREMENT DEVICE AND DISTANCE MEASUREMENT METHOD - A distance measurement device measures target distances to a measurement target by optically detecting the measurement target using a lens. The image formation relative quantity calculating part of the distance measurement device creates an image of the measurement target by causing light having a plurality of wavelengths from the measurement target to form an image by part of the lens. By further determining the image formation distances from the lens to the image for each wavelength, image formation relative quantities, which are quantities indicating the relative relationship between the image formation distances, are calculated. A recording part records correlation information, which is information defined by the chromatic aberration characteristics of the lens, in a manner so as to indicate the correlation between image formation relative quantities and target distances. A distance calculating part calculates the target distances by matching the image formation relative quantities to the correlation information.11-22-2012
20110007153Position Sensing of a Piston in a Hydraulic Cylinder Using a Photo Image Sensor - Described is a device and method of measuring the linear position of a piston 01-13-2011
20110007151Imaging Method For Determining Meat Tenderness - The present methods and systems relate to the automated determination of meat tenderness through the use of high-resolution imaging of meat surfaces. This imaging is performed at a resolution such that the ultra-structural organization of muscle fibers can be observed. Features are extracted from these images, which feature extraction can be aided by the use of texture analysis or wavelet analysis algorithms. In addition, observation of the colors of different areas or constituents of the muscle fibers can provide features. Furthermore, the muscle surface can be treated with indicators, which can include indicators of pH, calcium ions or protease activity, so as to provide information about the localized pH or calcium or other parameter of the muscle physiology. These features are then used to estimate tenderness using decision algorithms.01-13-2011
20110007150Extraction of Real World Positional Information from Video - In accordance with a particular embodiment of the invention, a method includes receiving a data stream. The data stream includes a video stream. The video stream includes one or more video frames captured by a video camera. Each video frame presents an image of a real-world scene. The data stream also includes positional information of the video camera corresponding to the video stream. The positional information of the video camera may then be extracted from the data stream. The positional information of the video camera may be synchronized with the one or more video frames such that a two-dimensional point on the image corresponds to a three-dimensional location in the real world at the real-world scene.01-13-2011
20130215263IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND METHOD OF IMAGE PROCESSING - A control unit shifts an imaging unit relatively with respect to a stage to take an image of a measuring object at a plurality of places by the imaging unit and thereby obtain a plurality of images, and generates a composite image of the measuring object having a range which is wider than an imaging range of the imaging unit by combining the plurality of images. The control unit shifts the imaging unit relatively with respect to the stage such that parts of images adjacent to one another obtained by the imaging unit overlap, and performs an image matching processing that performs image matching of an overlapped portion of the adjacent images. The control unit generates the composite image of the measuring object by joining the adjacent images at a position where the image matching is performed in the image matching processing.08-22-2013
20100141758APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY ADJUSTING SIZE OF CHARACTERS USING CAMERA - A method is provided for automatically adjusting a size of characters using a camera. The method includes receiving an image with characters; adjusting a focus of the image with characters and detecting a region and a size of characters in the image; determining whether the size of the characters in the image falls within a preset range; recognizing the characters in the image and displaying the recognition results, if the size of characters falls within the preset range; and automatically adjusting a zoom ratio of the image and recognizing the characters in the resized image, if the size of the characters does not fall within the preset range.06-10-2010
20100141757Method and apparatus for estimating depth, and method and apparatus for converting 2D video to 3D video - A depth estimation and conversion apparatus and method is provided. Depth of an video may be estimated by extracting feature information from the input video, and estimating the depth of the input video based on the extracted feature information.06-10-2010
20100271476 METHOD FOR PROCESSING LIGHT IN A STRUCTURE AND A LIGHTING SYSTEM - This invention relates to a method for processing light in a structure, such as a room or a part thereof, a vehicle, etc., where several light sources are arranged in the structure. The light sources emit light carrying individual codes. A camera is arranged in a camera position of the structure and registers images of spots of the light. The spots can be, “for instance, illuminated areas of a floor or the direct light images of the light sources. The individual codes are derived from the registered images and one or more properties, such as for instance light source position or light intensity, related to the associated light source, is determined. The method is performed by means of a lighting system having several light sources, a camera, and a signal processing apparatus. Typical applications for the invention are light source commissioning and real time foot-print measurements.10-28-2010
20110267458FLUORESCENCE OBSERVATION DEVICE - A fluorescence observation apparatus according to the present invention includes a light source section that can emit a plurality of excitation light beams for exciting a plurality of fluorescent substances and a reference light, an image pickup section that picks up images of a plurality of fluorescent light beams emitted by emitting the plurality of excitation light beams to the plurality of fluorescent substances and reflected light of the reference light, an image generation section that generates an image signal corresponding to the plurality of fluorescent light beams and the reflected light of the reference light whose images are picked up by the image pickup section, a brightness detection section that detects brightness of a plurality of image signals corresponding to the plurality of fluorescent light beams and brightness of an image signal corresponding to the reflected light of the reference light, sets an upper limit value and a lower limit value of brightness using brightness of the image signal corresponding to the reflected light of the reference light as a reference and detects whether or not the brightness of the plurality of image signals corresponding to the plurality of fluorescent light beams falls within a range between the upper limit value and the lower limit value, and a brightness adjusting section that adjusts brightness of each image signal outside the range out of the plurality of image signals corresponding to the plurality of fluorescent light beams so as to fall within the range based on a detection result by the brightness detection section.11-03-2011
20130120564IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING METHOD - Provided is an imaging device including: a lens optical system L including at least an optical plane area D05-16-2013
20090128627Test Support System and Image Processing Controller - There is provided a test support system having facilitated association of an execution log with processing of each unit in a case of creating a control program by blocking a series of processing procedure into a plurality of units, the system being configured such that a program creation apparatus generates a control program for an image processing controller based upon a flowchart generated by arranging the processing units, including an image pick-up unit and a measurement unit, on an execution flow, the image processing controller includes the log collecting section holds an execution log in association with the processing unit constituting the control program.05-21-2009
20110205356OPTICAL SURFACE PROFILOMETER AND METHOD THEREOF - Provided is an optical surface profilometer. The optical surface profilometer includes a Fabry-Perot resonator into which liquid crystals are inserted, a light source which supplies coherent light to the Fabry-Perot resonator, and a convex lens which is disposed in an interference pattern emitting plane of the Fabry-Perot resonator, wherein the coherent light supplied from the light source is incident to the Fabry-Perot resonator, wherein, when the light is incident, the Fabry-Perot resonator emits an interference pattern generated in a resonance mode, and wherein the interference pattern is configured so that a number of circular fringes having the same center are disposed non-linearly. As a voltage is applied to the liquid crystal layer of the Fabry-Perot resonator, an effective refractive index is changed, so that a resonance mode condition of the Fabry-Perot resonator is changed. As a result, a diameter of the interference pattern is also changed. A 3D surface profile of the object is measured by measuring and analyzing the change of the interference patterns.08-25-2011
20120140064IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image processing apparatus (06-07-2012
20120069178METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR TRACKING MOTION AND/OR ORIENTATION OF A MARKING DEVICE - Marking material is dispensed onto a target surface using a marking device, and one or more images are captured by one or more camera systems attached to the marking device. The image(s) is/are analyzed to determine tracking information indicative of the a motion or an orientation of the marking device. The tracking information is analyzed to determine marking information relating to the dispensed marking material. In one example, the image(s) is/are analyzed to obtain an optical flow plot indicative of a path on the target surface traversed by the marking device. One or more reference plots respectively representing a plurality of reference marking patterns are compared to one or more portions of the optical flow plot to identify at least one reference marking pattern that substantially matches the portion(s) of the optical flow plot.03-22-2012
20120069177PROJECTOR AND CONTROL METHOD FOR PROJECTOR - First imaginary screen outer peripheral line is calculated supplementing one side that is undetected with one side of an outer peripheral line of image light that is calculated, an imaginary screen aspect ratio that is an aspect ratio of an area defined by the first imaginary screen outer peripheral line is calculated, whether the imaginary screen aspect ratio is more vertically oriented than a first ratio or not is determined. When a result of the determination of the imaginary aspect ratio is more vertically oriented than the first ratio, the imaginary screen aspect ratio is changed to second ratio that is different from the first ratio, and the one undetected side is calculated according to the second ratio, and the first imaginary screen outer peripheral line is corrected and a second imaginary screen outer peripheral line is calculated.03-22-2012
20120069176APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR GENERATING DEPTH IMAGE - An apparatus and method for generating a depth image are provided. The apparatus includes an optical modulator, an optical sensor, and a depth image processor. The optical modulator optically modulates light which is reflected from an object to which light modulated using a first pseudorandom (PN) sequence is irradiated. The optical modulator optically modulates the reflected light using second PN-sequences, where each of the second PN-sequences has a same PN sequence as the first PN-sequence, but the second PN-sequences have N different time shifts. The optical sensor senses the optically modulated reflective light. The depth image processor samples N intensity images from the optically modulated reflective light sensed by the optical sensor and generates a depth image of the object using the sampled N intensity images.03-22-2012
20110141272APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR INSPECTING AN OBJECT SURFACE DEFECT - Disclosed is an apparatus having a light source of a deep ultraviolet ray for detecting a small foreign matter or pattern defect, which may arise during a process for manufacturing a semiconductor device or the like, in high resolution. The apparatus comprises a means for detecting a damage on an optical system due to a wavelength reduction thereby to save a damaged portion, and a means for comparing an optical system arrangement with that at the manufacturing time and detecting the abnormality thereof, to thereby make a correction, so that the apparatus can inspect the defect on an object substrate stably at a high speed and in high sensitivity. Also disclosed is a method for the stable inspection. The apparatus is provided, in the optical path of the optical system, with a means for detecting the intensity and the convergent state of an illumination light, and a means for detecting the abnormality of the optics system and for saving an abnormal portion from alignment with an optical axis. The apparatus is constituted such that the optical system is adjusted to make corrections for the optical conditions at the manufacturing time, thereby to elongate the lifetime of the optical system in the inspecting apparatus and to detect the small defect stably.06-16-2011
20110141271REARVIEW CAPTURE SYSTEM AND CAR USING SAME - A rearview capture system adapted to be used for a car includes a camera unit, a display unit, a processor, an energy conversion device, and a rechargeable battery. The camera unit is set in the car, and configured for capturing images of the rear view of the car. The display unit is provided in a compartment of the car. The processor is electrically connected to the camera unit and the display unit, and configured for controlling the display unit to display the images captured by the camera unit. The energy conversion device is configured for converting one or more types of natural energy into electrical energy. The rechargeable battery is capable of being charged by the energy conversion device, and configured for powering the rearview capture system.06-16-2011
20110228081VIDEO PROCESSING APPARATUS, VIDEO PROCESSING METHOD AND VIDEO IMAGING APPARATUS - According to one embodiment, a video processing apparatus of a mobile object, includes: a receiver configured to receive video information from at least one of external video imaging apparatuses; a video information analyzer configured to obtain imaging position information and information with respect to an imaging angle and an imaging method from the received video information; a position measure configured to measure a present position and traveling direction of the mobile object; a video mapping determiner configured to determine a mapping format of a video, which is a displaying object of a display screen region in the received video information, based on outputs of the video information analyzer and the position measure; a video converter configured to correct and convert the received video based on the mapping format; and an output controller configured to output the corrected and converted video to a display device.09-22-2011
20110221892Calculate Drop Delay for Flow Cytometry Systems and Methods - A method of calculating a drop delay in a stream of a flow cytometer. In one embodiment the method includes the steps of determining a widths plot by measuring the width of a stream based on an image of the stream and setting drop delay based on the widths plot. In another aspect the invention relates to a flow cytometer system for automatically calculating drop delay. In one embodiment the flow cytometer system includes means for determining a widths plot based on an image of the stream; and means for calculating drop delay based on the widths plot.09-15-2011
20110221889PARTICLE DETECTION - A particle detection system including; at least one light source adapted to illuminate a volume being monitored at least two wavelengths; a receiver) having a field of view and being adapted to receive light from at least one light source after said light has traversed the volume being monitored and being adapted to generate signals indicative of the intensity of light received at regions within the field of view of the receiver; a processor associated with the receiver adapted to process the signals generated by the receiver to correlate light received at least two wavelengths in corresponding regions within the field of view of the receiver and generate an output indicative of the relative level of light received at the two wavelengths.09-15-2011
20110221888Apparatus, method and computer-readable medium imaging through at least one aperture of each pixel of display panel - Provided is an imaging apparatus, method and computer-readable medium that photographs an object through at least one aperture of each of pixel of a display panel. The imaging apparatus includes a camera unit in back of the display panel and photographs the object through the at least one aperture of each of the pixels of the display panel to enable a location of the camera unit to be the same as a location of a display unit, measures a distance to the object using a blur effect occurring when photographing through the at least one aperture of the display panel, and restores an image where the blur effect is included.09-15-2011
20110141273HOLOGRAPHIC MICROSCOPY AND METHOD TO INVESTIGATE NANO-SIZED OBJECTS - A method for detecting a three dimensional object smaller than 300 nm includes providing a light source producing a first light beam (06-16-2011
20110228080UP-LOOK CAMERA BASED VISION APPARATUS TO AUTO ALIGN PICK-AND-PLACE POSITIONS FOR DEVICE HANDLERS - A method of pick-and-place alignment comprises (a) determining a pick location of a device from a tray of devices; (b) determining place location of the device using an up-looking camera; and (c) determining offset error for the device by comparing the pick location and the place location. The method may further comprise repeating steps (a)-(c) for additional devices on the tray of devices; and generating an offset map for alignment of devices on the tray. The method further uses the offset map to make pick and place corrections during runtime.09-22-2011
20120105627IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image processing apparatus has: a first image processing unit for generating first image data by executing a dodging processing to an image signal obtained by picking up an image of an object; and a second image processing unit for generating second image data by executing a dodging processing having a stronger effect thereof than that of the dodging processing by the first image processing unit to the image signal, wherein the first image processing unit repeats the dodging processing a plurality of times.05-03-2012
20120105626AUTOMATED WOOD SPECIES IDENTIFICATION - Embodiments provide methods, apparatuses, and systems for identification of wood species based on one or more pitch characteristics. A workpiece may be exposed to a beam of radiation from a radiation source. The beam of radiation may cause pitch on or within the workpiece to emit visible light. The emitted light may be imaged and used to determine pitch content, pitch location, a pitch deposition pattern, pitch emission wavelength, and/or other characteristics of the workpiece. One or more of these characteristics may be used to identify a tree species or group of tree species from which the workpiece was cut or manufactured.05-03-2012
20120105625METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR GENERATING INFRASTRUCTURE-BASED BASIC SAFETY MESSAGE DATA - A roadside infrastructure system configured to generate and broadcast basic safety message data to augment vehicle safety applications. In one example, a roadside module of the system includes a camera, video analytics to process images from the camera to detect vehicles, a BSM generator that generates a BSM for each detected vehicle, and an antenna for broadcasting the BSM. In another example, the roadside module is configured to detect BSM data generated by equipped vehicles, to determine whether any detected vehicles are equipped vehicles generating their own BSM data, and to generate a BSM only for unequipped detected vehicles.05-03-2012
20090244277Surveying system - The present invention provides a surveying system, which comprises a surveying device 10-01-2009
20120194670Determining Energy Consumption in a Structure - Methods, apparatus, and systems are provided for measuring the supply of a consumable product/energy source, such as electrical power, to a facility over time and analyzing the measurements to determine the consumption or supply of the product by one or more loads and/or sources in the facility, and to determine induced and residual heat flow through the facility's envelope. Various aspects compare the measured supply of the consumable product to a database of consumption signatures, which characterize access to the consumable product by particular users. Operating conditions and facility characteristics, such as temperatures, load factors, insulation factors, etc., may be further considered in determining a particular user's access of the consumable product. To aid in the controlling of energy use, thermal resistance factors of the building are determined, which are based on the induced and residual heat flow through the facility.08-02-2012
20090315989TACTILE SENSOR USING ELASTOMERIC IMAGING - A tactile sensor includes a photosensing structure, a volume of elastomer capable of transmitting an image, and a reflective skin covering the volume of elastomer. The reflective skin is illuminated through the volume of elastomer by one or more light sources, and has particles that reflect light incident on the reflective skin from within the volume of elastomer. The reflective skin is geometrically altered in response to pressure applied by an entity touching the reflective skin, the geometrical alteration causing localized changes in the surface normal of the skin and associated localized changes in the amount of light reflected from the reflective skin in the direction of the photosensing structure. The photosensing structure receives a portion of the reflected light in the form of an image, the image indicating one or more features of the entity producing the pressure.12-24-2009
20110128374DETECTION OF ABNORMAL BEHAVIOUR IN VIDEO OBJECTS - Disclosed herein are a method, system, and computer program product for classifying a behaviour of a detected object in a video frame, wherein the video frame includes a plurality of blocks and the detected object is associated with a subset of the plurality of blocks and a set of parameters. The method includes the step of associating a behaviour model with each of the plurality of blocks, wherein each behaviour model (06-02-2011
20100259609PAVEMENT MARKER RECOGNITION DEVICE, PAVEMENT MARKER RECOGNITION METHOD AND PAVEMENT MARKER RECOGNITION PROGRAM - A pavement marker recognition device for recognizing a pavement marker accurately is provided, the device being capable of recognizing an object even when it is difficult to be recognized only from tones or color information. A pavement marker candidate extraction unit extracts an image area having a feature similar to that of a pavement marker from an image captured by a car-mounted camera as a pavement marker candidate area, a road shape analysis unit analyzes the road shape from the image captured by the car-mounted camera, and a pavement marker verification unit determines whether the road shape analyzed by the road shape analysis unit and the pavement marker candidate area extracted by the pavement marker candidate extraction unit are in a correspondence relationship indicated by a road shape and pavement marker correspondence table, and based on the determination result, recognizes the pavement marker candidate area as a true pavement marker.10-14-2010
20100182425VEHICLE INTERIOR STATE RECOGNITION DEVICE - A vehicle interior state recognition device comprises an illuminating means for illuminating infrared rays into a vehicle compartment, an image pick-up means for picking up an image inside the vehicle compartment into which the infrared rays are illuminated by the illuminating means, and a recognizing means for recognizing specified information based on the image picked up by the image pick-up means. Objects of the image picked up by the image pick-up means include a seat which is movable relative to a vehicle body and a passenger seated in the seat, and the recognizing means determines a size of the passenger by comparing contour of the seat with contour of the passenger on the image picked up. Accordingly, the body size of the passenger seated in the seat can be determined accurately.07-22-2010
20100165099Antiglare system for a vehicle - An antiglare system in a vehicle includes a device for controlling antiglare means. The device includes at least one image acquisition means. The antiglare means is controlled as a function of a first signal of the image acquisition means. The light intensity in the passenger compartment of the vehicle is taken into account in controlling the antiglare means.07-01-2010
20100188502Optical image measurement device - A fundus oculi observation device acts as an optical image measurement device capable of measuring an OCT image such as a tomographic image of a fundus oculi, or the like, and is configured so as to calculate the signal level of the formed OCT image, determine whether the signal level exceeds a threshold value, and change the position of a reference mirror so that the signal level is determined to exceed the threshold value.07-29-2010
20100259608RECORDING MACHINE VISION SYSTEM - A method and a system for the quality control of objects after they have been supplied. After manufacturing, the object is checked by means of a measuring machine vision system. The measurement results of the machine vision system are recorded in a data system together with the corresponding calibration data. When the calibration data is known, new measurements can be conducted later from the recorded images at a time when the actual object has already been supplied and possibly placed in an end product.10-14-2010
20100177192THREE-DIMENSIONAL MEASURING DEVICE - A three-dimensional measuring device has an irradiation device that irradiates a light pattern having a striped light intensity distribution on a measurement object, an imaging device that images reflected light from the measurement object irradiated by the light pattern to obtain image data, an image processing device that performs measurement of height at various coordinate positions on the measurement object based on the image data imaged by the imaging device, and a correction calculation device that corrects of a distortion that occurs due to a field angle of a lens of the imaging device relative to height data and coordinate data of an measurement object point on the measurement object measured by the image processing device, by correction based on at least a height data of the imaging device and an irradiation angle data of the pattern light irradiated on the measurement object.07-15-2010
20100157047MEASURE DISPLAY SFR USING A CAMERA AND PHASE SHIFTING - A method for measuring the spatial frequency response (SFR) of an imaging system (06-24-2010
20100253775NAVIGATION DEVICE - A navigation device includes a last shot determining unit 10-07-2010
20120194668APPARATUS FOR DETECTING PARTICLES IN FLAT GLASS AND DETECTING METHOD USING SAME - The present invention relates to an apparatus for detecting particles in flat glass and a detecting method using the same. The present invention provides an apparatus for detecting particles in flat glass, comprising: an illumination unit which is installed in one region selected from upper and lower regions on the basis of flat glass; a first polarizer which is installed between the illumination unit and the flat glass, and has a first polarization direction; a first camera and a second camera which are installed in the opposite direction where the illumination unit is installed on the basis of the flat glass; a second polarizer which is equipped in a space between the first camera and the flat glass, and has a polarization direction in the range of 0° to 20° that is different from the polarization direction of the first polarizer; a fourth polarizer which is equipped in a space between the second camera and the flat glass, and has a polarization direction in the range of 70° to 90° that is different from the polarization direction of the first polarizer; and a processor which receives images obtained from the first camera and the second camera, and decides whether defects are benign particles or malignant particles.08-02-2012
20100238284INSPECTION METHOD OF HONEYCOMB STRUCTURE - An inspection method of a honeycomb structure comprises the steps of illuminating one end face 09-23-2010
20110058031IMAGE PROCESSING MEASURING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING MEASUREMENT METHOD - An image processing measuring apparatus includes an illuminator that has a red LED, a green LED, and a blue LED; a controller that can independently control illumination intensity of each light source; a color image separator that separates the reflected lights from the measured object into a red light, a green light, and a blue light, respectively converts the lights into a red light image signal, a green light image signal, and a blue light image signal based on each light, and outputs the signals; and an image processor that performs a grayscale image process with respect to one image signal having the same color as that of the radiated light among image signals obtained from the color image separator, when one of the lights from the red LED, the green LED, or the blue LED is radiated onto the measured object.03-10-2011
20100208060LIQUID DROPLET RECOGNITION APPARATUS, RAINDROP RECOGNITION APPARATUS, AND ON-VEHICLE MONITORING APPARATUS - Disclosed is a liquid droplet recognition apparatus for detecting liquid droplets attached to a front surface of a transparent member. The apparatus includes an image pickup apparatus that picks up a vertically polarized light image and a horizontally polarized light image at the front surface of the transparent member from a side of a rear surface of the transparent member; and a signal processing unit that determines whether the liquid droplets are attached to the front surface of the transparent member based on a polarized-light image ratio composed of the vertically polarized light image and the horizontally polarized light image picked up by the image pickup apparatus.08-19-2010
20100208057METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR DETERMINING THE POSE OF A CAMERA WITH RESPECT TO AT LEAST ONE OBJECT OF A REAL ENVIRONMENT - Method for determining the pose of a camera with respect to at least one object of a real environment for use in authoring/augmented reality application that includes generating a first image by the camera capturing a real object of a real environment, generating first orientation data from at least one orientation sensor associated with the camera or from an algorithm which analyses the first image for finding and determining features which are indicative of an orientation of the camera, allocating a distance of the camera to the real object, generating distance data indicative of the allocated distance, determining the pose of the camera with respect to a coordinate system related to the real object of the real environment using the distance data and the first orientation data. May be performed with reduced processing requirements and/or higher processing speed, in mobile device such as mobile phones having display, camera and orientation sensor.08-19-2010
20100208059WINDOW COVERING SIZING METHOD AND APPARATUS - A method and apparatus of ordering a window covering comprises providing a measuring block that is mounted adjacent an architectural feature to be measured. A digital photograph is taken of the architectural feature with the measuring block. A display resolution of the photograph is determined. A scale of the photograph is determined using the measuring block. A dimension of the architectural feature is calculated based on the scale of the photograph. The window covering is cut to the calculated dimension.08-19-2010
20110128373Determining Meat Tenderness - The present methods and systems relate to the automated determination of meat tenderness through the use of high-resolution imaging of meat surfaces. This imaging is performed at a resolution such that the ultra-structural organization of muscle fibers can be observed. Features are extracted from these images, which feature extraction can be aided by the use of texture analysis or wavelet analysis algorithms. In addition, observation of the colors of different areas or constituents of the muscle fibers can provide features. A laser scanner can be used instead of imaging methods, wherein data obtained from such scanner can be analyzed as linear waveforms, rather than two-dimensional arrays of information. These features are then used to estimate tenderness using decision algorithms.06-02-2011
20120194669FLUID SAMPLE ANALYSIS SYSTEMS - A fluid sample analyzing system may be formed from an image sensor integrated circuit substrate. A glass wafer may be used to cover a wafer of image sensors. The glass wafer and the image sensor wafer may be attached using oxide bonding. Fluid channels may be formed in a layer that is interposed between the image sensor wafer and the glass wafer. The layer may be deposited on the image sensor wafer and the glass wafer prior to oxide bonding. A spacer may be used to deliver the fluid channel layer to the image sensor wafer before the glass wafer is bonded to the image sensor wafer. The spacer may be formed from a silicon wafer. The silicon wafer may be bonded to the image sensor wafer and thinned, leaving a thin spacer wafer layer on the image sensor wafer in which fluid channels may be formed.08-02-2012
20120194667TURBINE ENGINE THERMAL IMAGING SYSTEM - In one embodiment, a system includes an imaging system configured to capture a first image of a rotating component within an interior of a turbine using a first integration time, to capture a second image of the rotating component within the interior of the turbine using a second integration time, different than the first integration time, and to subtract the first image from the second image to obtain a differential image.08-02-2012
20100271474SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INFORMATION FEEDBACK - An information feedback system includes a display module, an information acquisition module, a network module, and a processing module. The display module displays media content. The information acquisition module obtains numbers of viewers of the display module at different times in a time period. The processing module receives the numbers of the viewers via the network module, and obtains an accumulated number of the viewers.10-28-2010
20090115845Method and System for Inverse Telecine and Scene Change Detection of Progressive Video - Certain aspects of a method and system for inverse telecine and scene change detection of progressive video may include determining a cadence, for example, 3:2 or 2:2 pulldown, and phase of received progressive input pictures. A difference between two or more consecutive received progressive input pictures may be determined. The motion compensation of a plurality of output pictures may be controlled based on the determined cadence, phase and difference between two or more consecutive received progressive input pictures. The system may be enabled to determine repeated pictures and scene changes. The motion compensation of output pictures may be stopped during detected scene changes.05-07-2009
20130128033Method for Smear Measurement of Display Device and Device for Smear Measurement of Display Device - The present invention discloses a method for smear measurement of display device and a device for smear measurement of display device which comprises the following steps: a flash with a moving pattern and an unmovable scale is played in the display device; the smear extent of the moving pattern is judged in accordance with the scale number occupied by the smear in the flash. The present invention plays a flash with a moving pattern and an unmovable scale in the display device and judges smear extent of the moving pattern in accordance with the scale number occupied by the smear in the flash, so that the smear can be quantified by scales and different scale numbers corresponding to different smear extents are formed, to accurately judge the smear extent by observing the scale number occupied by the smear, thereby effectively monitoring the product quality.05-23-2013
20110043621Image Processing Device And Image Processing Method - The invention aims to execute image processing in synchronization with predetermined procedures with a single controller and eliminate an image pickup inhibit period for preventing incomplete image pickup. Pickup completing conditions of a plurality of types that are established when the image data is obtained from a predetermined image pickup unit (one of a camera 02-24-2011
20100295940METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING DISTANCE - A method for determining the distance of at least one object in a space relative to an image capturing device. A picture generating element displays at least a part of a spatial image captured by a picture generating element at a certain setting angle and a sensor element signal is generated corresponding to a sensor element. The relative velocity of movement of the image capturing device relative to the object is determined, and by evaluating the sensor element signals of at least two sensor elements—voxel—a spatial image angular speed is determined and the object distance is determined using the relative velocity of the image capturing device, the orthogonal object angular speed attained from the spatial image angular speed of the object displayed on the sensor elements and the setting angle of the object. As a result, comprehensive detection of object distances is possible with simple technical media.11-25-2010
20100302362METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETECTING WHETHER A VEHICLE HAS EXCEEDED A SPEED LIMIT - A method for detecting if a vehicle has exceeded a speed limit captures a vehicle feature characterizing a vehicle entering a monitoring section at a first time. A first coding value to be assigned to the vehicle feature is determined by one-way encryption. The vehicle feature of a vehicle leaving the monitoring section is captured at a second time. A second coding value to be assigned to the vehicle feature captured at the second point in time is determined by the one-way encryption. The first and second coding values are compared and if they match, the average speed of the vehicle is determined using the time required to travel through the monitoring section. The average speed is compared to a predefined maximum speed and the vehicle feature is only stored if the average speed exceeds the maximum speed. A corresponding device for carrying out the method is also provided.12-02-2010
20100302363Shade analysis device - A shade analysis device includes an accelerometer providing samples that represent an elevation defined by a sighting reference, an electronic compass providing samples that represent an azimuth heading defined by the sighting reference, and a processor under the control of a program included in the shade analysis device, acquiring an array of the samples that represent an azimuth heading and an array of corresponding samples that represent the elevation, in response to tracing with the sighting reference, a skyline at an interface between an open sky and at least one solar obstruction over a range of azimuth headings.12-02-2010
20100182427METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR IMAGING AND PROCESSING OF SAMPLES IN BIOLOGICAL SAMPLE CONTAINERS - Disclosed herein is a holder for biological sample containers such as well plates. The holder comprises a flat vacuum bed surrounded by a seal. A container is placed within the seal and a vacuum is applied, pressing and flattening the lower surface of the sample container against the flat vacuum bed. Samples in all portions of the container may then be imaged without the need to refocus on each portion of the container. For imaging, a sample in a well can be illuminated by a beam of light arranged so that a part or all of the sample is illuminated by direct rays that have not passed through the well plate. The beam is redirected to other parts of the well if a single illumination does not cover the whole well, so that the sample to be imaged using a series of partial images.07-22-2010
20110018992Monitoring device having waterproof structure - The present invention is to provide a monitoring device comprising a body, an image capture module and a corrugated pipe having an outer periphery covered by a waterproof layer and two ends connected to the body and image capture module respectively, wherein the image capture module includes a waterproof sleeve having an end away from the corrugated pipe and provided with a lens glass, and a printed circuit board disposed in the sleeve and provided with a camera element and a transmission line passing through the corrugated pipe and extended to connect with a control module of the body, and a signal connection line is connected to the body, so that a user can connect the monitoring device to an electronic device via the signal connection line, and extends the image capture module connected on the corrugated pipe into a zigzag, moist and dark environment for monitoring the condition therein.01-27-2011
20110018993Ranging apparatus using split complementary color filters - A system for estimating distance to regions in a scene during image capture comprising a lens; a split color filter with complementary colors located at a stop associated with the lens and configured to split an image of a scene received from the lens into two complementary images having complementary colors; a color image sensor configured to simultaneously receive the two complementary images; and a data processing system configured to at least estimate distances to regions in the scene based at least upon an analysis of the received complementary images.01-27-2011
20110025842Automatically capturing information, such as capturing information using a document-aware device - A system and method for automatically changing the operation of a mobile device in response to a presence of information is described. In some examples, the system determines an information capture device is proximate to text, automatically changes operation of the capture device to a certain mode, captures the text, and performs an action associated with the captured text.02-03-2011
20110025843Time of Flight Camera with Rectangular Field of Illumination - Improved field-of-illumination (FOI) and field-of-view (FOV) matching for 02-03-2011
20110128372System and Method for Determining an Orientation and Position of an Object - A system for determining an orientation and position of an object can include a computation device having an input module adapted to receive data defining a two dimensional image, an image analyzing module configured to receive the data and analyze the two dimensional image to determine a two dimensional orientation representative of a three dimensional orientation and position, a position calculating module configured to receive the two dimensional orientation from the image analyzing module and determine the three dimensional orientation and position of the object, and an output module adapted to send information relating to the three dimensional orientation and position of the object. A method for determining an orientation and position of an object is also disclosed.06-02-2011
20120033069SCANNER DISPLAY - Measuring a volume of space including providing a laser scanner having a transmitter, a receiver, a beam steering mechanism, and a display unit integral to the laser scanner. A plurality of distances to measuring points are determined based at least in part on propagation times of measuring beams sent from the beam steering mechanism and reflected beams. Gray-scale values representative of the measuring points are determined and assigned to elements of a measuring point array, and the measuring point array is transformed into a display point array that corresponds to a first number of display points. The measuring point array corresponds to a second number of measuring points greater than the first number. The transforming includes assigning display gray-scale values to elements of the display point array. For each display point, a pixel of the display unit is illuminated, with the level of illumination depending on the display gray-scale value.02-09-2012
20110043624METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PROCESSING RECORDED IMAGE INFORMATION FROM A VEHICLE - A method for improving the driver assistance function, in particular of driver assistance systems based on video images recorded from a vehicle, and a corresponding device for that purpose made up of a camera and processing unit. To improve the function during rain, the passing of a windshield wiper through the camera image be used to classify individual images and/or portions of images as being of higher or lower quality, in order to improve the quality of the images from the camera. The images from camera are intended to be used for automatic driver assistance systems.02-24-2011
20110115903INSPECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR HIGH SPEED IMAGING - A method and an inspection system, the inspection system includes a camera comprising multiple pixels having a pixel width; a mechanical stage, for introducing a movement between an inspected object and optics of the inspection system; wherein the inspected object is expected to move a distance that substantially equals the pixel width during a pixel movement period; an illumination module and optics for illuminating inspected portions of the inspected object and for directing light from the inspected portions to the camera; and wherein the camera is arranged to acquire multiple acquired images of the inspected portions during each pixel movement period, wherein at least two acquired images partially overlap.05-19-2011
20100171828Driving Assistance System And Connected Vehicles - A tractor and a trailer are connected together and a camera is installed on the trailer side of the connected vehicles. The camera captures images behind the trailer. A driving assistance system projects the captured images on bird's-eye view coordinates parallel with a road surface to convert the images into bird's-eye view images and obtains on the bird's-eye view coordinates an optical flow of a moving image composed of the captured images. The connection angle between the tractor and the trailer is estimated based on the optical flow and on movement information on the tractor, and further, a predicted movement trajectory of the trailer is obtained from both the connection angle and the movement information on the tractor. The predicted movement trajectory is overlaid on the bird's-eye view images and the resulting image is outputted to a display device.07-08-2010
20110115902ORIENTATION DETERMINATION OF A MOBILE STATION USING SIDE AND TOP VIEW IMAGES - A mobile station determines its orientation using an image of an object produced by the mobile station and a top view of that object obtained from an online server. The mobile station image is analyzed to identify lines on the object and to determine the direction of the lines with respect to the mobile station. The top view image, which may be a satellite image, is also analyzed to identify lines on the object that correspond to the lines identified in the mobile station image. The direction of the lines in the top view image are compared to the direction of lines in the mobile station image and based on their relative orientation the orientation of the mobile station may be determined. For example, the difference between the preliminary and corrected orientations may be stored as a calibration factor and used to correct subsequent orientation measurements from orientation sensors.05-19-2011
20110128375PARTICLE MEASURING INSTRUMENT, IN PARTICULAR FOR THE ANALYSIS OF GRAIN SIZES OF FINE AND VERY FINE BULK MATERIALS - Particle measuring instrument and method for the analysis of particles comprising a dosing device which dosing device can be set into vibrations by means of a vibration generator for conveying, while segregating, particles present in the dosing chute to at least one outlet of the dosing device. Other than a first vibration generator a second, different vibration generator is provided for segregating the particles present in the dosing device. The second vibration generator generates vibrations of a higher frequency compared to the first vibration generator.06-02-2011
20110074948PARTICLE ANALYZER AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A particle analyzer is disclosed that comprises: 03-31-2011
20110080477METHOD FOR INTELLIGENT SCANNING USING A TOTAL STATION - System and method for scanning an object using a surveying instrument is provided. The method includes designating an area associated with an object to be scanned. Defining one or more sections within the area associated with the object. Scanning a portion of the area associated with the object corresponding to a first section of the area associated with the object and designating one or more sections adjacent to the first section if scan results indicate presence of an object. Designating one or more sections adjacent to the first section for not scanning if the scan results of the portion of the area associated with the object corresponding to the first section do not indicate presence of an object. A remote control device is provided that can control the surveying instrument, receive the scan results, and analyze the scan results for subsequent use.04-07-2011
20110211066POSITION AND ORIENTATION MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, POSITION AND ORIENTATION MEASUREMENT METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A position/orientation measurement apparatus comprises an obtaining unit to obtain a range image to the target object; a determination unit to determine a coarse position/orientation of the target object based on the range image; a calculation unit to calculate a variation degree of distance information on a region of the range image, which region corresponds to a predetermined region on the shape model; a sampling unit to sample, for each predetermined region on the shape model, sample-points from the predetermined region to reduce the number of sample-points as the variation degree is smaller; an association unit to associate the sample-points and three-dimensional measurement points obtained by converting two-dimensional measurement points on the range image into three-dimensional coordinates based on the coarse position/orientation; and a position/orientation determination unit to determine the position/orientation of the target object based on a sum total of distances between the sample-points and the three-dimensional measurement points.09-01-2011
20110211064CORRECTION INFORMATION CALCULATING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE DISPLAY SYSTEM, AND IMAGE CORRECTING METHOD - A correction information calculating device calculates correction information representing correspondence relationship between positions of pixels in an image projected onto projection areas of a projection surface from projectors each including an image forming element and positions of pixels in the image forming element. The correction information calculating device includes a correction information calculating unit that calculates the correction information by associating and comparing positions of a plurality of characteristic points defined in original data of the characteristic point patterns that includes the plurality of the characteristic points and is supplied to the projectors and the positions of the plurality of characteristic points inside the photographed image acquired by photographing the characteristic point patterns projected based on the original data based on a correspondence information representing the correspondence relationship between identification patterns on the projection surface and the projectors projecting the identification patterns.09-01-2011
20100053322DETECTING EGO-MOTION ON A MOBILE DEVICE DISPLAYING THREE-DIMENSIONAL CONTENT - A method of measuring ego-motion speed of a mobile device is described. The linear motion of the device is measured using an image sensor component, thereby creating linear motion data. The rotational or angular motion of the device is measured using an inertial sensor component, thereby creating rotational motion data. The rotational and linear motion data of the device are used to calculate the ego-motion speed of the mobile device. This ego-motion speed can then be used to control a virtual camera control module for adjusting the view of 3D content viewed by the user on the mobile device as the user moves the device, changing the position of the virtual camera.03-04-2010
20100053320OBJECT POSITION DETECTION DEVICE AND METHOD THEREOF - The present invention discloses a fast object position detection device and a method thereof, particularly to a detection device and a method thereof which can directly apply to various image systems. The device of the present invention mainly comprises an image capturing system that captures images within the regions defined by the user, and an image processing unit determining the position of an object and obtaining related information. In the method of the present invention, a captured image is converted into 1-D distance-axis signal information; a differential value of the 1-D distance-axis signal information is used to determine a position of an object; and a difference of the 1-D distance-axis signal information of at least two adjacent time points is used to determine an approaching status of an object.03-04-2010
20110175998MOTION CALCULATION DEVICE AND MOTION CALCULATION METHOD - A motion calculation device includes an image-capturing unit configured to capture an image of a range including a plane and outputs the captured image, an extraction unit configured to extract a region of the plane from the image, a detection unit configured to detect feature points and motion vectors of the feature points from a plurality of images captured by the image-capturing unit at a predetermined time interval; and a calculation unit configured to calculate the motion of the host device based on both of an epipolar constraint relating to the feature points and a homography relating to the region.07-21-2011
20100134617LEVELING APPARATUS AND METHOD - A leveling apparatus for optically detecting a height difference relative to a leveling staff includes an objective, a two-dimensional detector, a mount for rotating both the objective and the detector about a fixed vertical axis of the apparatus, and a processor. The detector is arranged such that its rows are inclined to an image of a vertical axis of the object by an acute angle. A method of detecting a height difference of an apparatus relative to a leveling staff includes imaging the leveling staff onto an array of detectors such that the image of a vertical axis of the staff is inclined to detector rows at an acute angle.06-03-2010
20100134615SHAPE MEASUREMENT APPARATUS AND SHAPE MEASUREMENT METHOD - To provide a shape measurement apparatus and a shape measurement method with which it is possible to perform a shape measurement, when a shape of an end surface of a disk-shaped semiconductor wafer or the like is measured on the basis of a projection image thereof, without receiving an influence of a contaminant on the end surface.06-03-2010
20100128120OPTICAL INSPECTION STATION FOR DETECTING LIGHT-REFLECTING DEFECTS - The invention relates to an optical inspection station (05-27-2010
20110074947Speed Measurement System With Dynamic Image Capture And Speed Measurement System With Static Image Capture - A speed measurement system with dynamic image capture includes a dynamic camera, a velocimeter and an image combining unit. The dynamic camera is adapted to continuously shoot a predetermined region to capture a first dynamic image. The velocimeter is adapted to measure a moving speed of a moving object in the predetermined region. The image combining unit is adapted to combine the first dynamic image and the moving speed of the moving object into a second dynamic image. The speed measurement system with dynamic image capture achieves a speed measurement function and a dynamic image capture function. Further, a speed measurement system with static image capture is also provided.03-31-2011
20110249117IMAGING DEVICE, DISTANCE MEASURING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM STORING A PROGRAM - The distance between two points specified on an object is measured. The imaging part acquires a pair of images having parallax in one imaging operation on one and the same object. The display part displays a display image based on at least one image of the pair of images acquired. The reception part receives a start point and an end point specified on the object in the display image. The distance acquisition part calculates the positions in a real space of the start and end points specified on the object based on one pair or multiple pairs of images and acquires the distance between the start and end points on the object based on the calculated start and end point positions in the real space.10-13-2011
20110249116COLOR MEASURING APPARATUS AND COLOR MEASURING METHOD - A color measuring apparatus includes an image taking section; a signal generating section selecting a teach image in which a plurality of measurement regions are set or a measurement image for color measurement and making a display device display the selected image; a camera control section controlling the image taking section to make the image taking section take an image of the image displayed on the display device; a measurement region recognizing section recognizing the measurement regions by performing image processing on the teach image whose image was taken by the image taking section; and a color measuring section measuring the color of each of measured regions corresponding to the measurement regions recognized by the measurement region recognizing section, the measured regions in the measurement image whose image was taken by the image taking section.10-13-2011
20120200696Lock-In Imaging System for Detecting Disturbances in Fluid - A lock-in imaging system is configured for detecting a disturbance in air. The system includes an airplane, an interferometer, and a telescopic imaging camera. The airplane includes a fuselage and a pair of wings. The airplane is configured for flight in air. The interferometer is operatively disposed on the airplane and configured for producing an interference pattern by splitting a beam of light into two beams along two paths and recombining the two beams at a junction point in a front flight path of the airplane during flight. The telescopic imaging camera is configured for capturing an image of the beams at the junction point. The telescopic imaging camera is configured for detecting the disturbance in air in an optical path, based on an index of refraction of the image, as detected at the junction point.08-09-2012
20090153659SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING AND CLASSIFYING OBJECTS IN IMAGES, SUCH AS INSECTS AND OTHER ARTHROPODS - A color-based imaging system and method for the detection and classification of insects and other arthropods are described, including devices for counting arthropods and providing taxonomic capabilities useful for pest-management. Some embodiments include an image sensor (for example, a digital color camera, scanner or a video camera) with optional illumination that communicates with a computer system. Some embodiments include a color scanner connected to a computer. Sampled arthropods are put on a scanner to be counted and identified. The computer captures images from the scanner, adjusts scanner settings, and processes the acquired images to detect and identify the arthropods. Other embodiments include a trapping device and a digital camera connected by cable or wireless communications to the computer. Some devices include a processor to do the detection and identification in the field, or the field system can send the images to a centralized host computer for detection and identification.06-18-2009
20090153658VIDEO AND THERMAL IMAGING SYSTEM FOR MONITORING INTERIORS OF HIGH TEMPERATURE REACTION VESSELS - A system and method for real-time monitoring of the interior of a combustor or gasifier wherein light emitted by the interior surface of a refractory wall of the combustor or gasifier is collected using an imaging fiber optic bundle having a light receiving end and a light output end. Color information in the light is captured with primary color (RGB) filters or complimentary color (GMCY) filters placed over individual pixels of color sensors disposed within a digital color camera in a BAYER mosaic layout, producing RGB signal outputs or GMCY signal outputs. The signal outputs are processed using intensity ratios of the primary color filters or the complimentary color filters, producing video images and/or thermal images of the interior of the combustor or gasifier.06-18-2009
20120120233SYSTEM AND DEVICE FOR IMAGE-BASED BIOLOGICAL DATA QUANTIFICATION - A device and method for determining a concentration of a biological target including capturing an image of a ticket that contains the biological target; extracting a region of interest from the captured image; detecting a target from the extracted region of interest; computing intensity of the target in the region of interest; and determining the concentration of the biological target according to the computed intensity.05-17-2012
20120120232SHAPE MEASURING DEVICE, OBSERVATION DEVICE, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - A shape measuring device comprises a high speed image processor for extracting one target image and at least one reference image other than the target image from among the plurality of images, and for causing a digital operator to act on the target image and the reference image to calculate local degrees of focusing for each extracted pair of the target image and the reference image on a pixel by pixel basis for the target image; and a control computer for finding the surface height of the measurement object on the basis of the maximum relative movement position of each pixel from among a plurality of the local degrees of focusing calculated on a pixel by pixel basis.05-17-2012
20120120230Apparatus and Method for Small Scale Wind Mapping - An apparatus and method for wind profiling using a lighter than air tracer balloon moving under the influence of air currents. A retroreflective target is attached to the tracer balloon to improve the intensity of a return signal reflected back to the rangefinder. After the balloon is released, the rangefinder and attitude sensor are used to measure the range and direction angles of the retroreflective target on the tracer balloon at periodic time intervals. The recorded trajectory data are processed by a computer program using data smoothing and filtering techniques to calculate the wind velocity components, horizontal wind speed and direction, and an estimate of wind shear,05-17-2012
20090027494PROVIDING GRAPHICS IN IMAGES DEPICTING AERODYNAMIC FLOWS AND FORCES - A video broadcast of a live event is enhanced by providing graphics in the video in real time to depict the fluid flow around a moving object in the event and to provide other informative graphics regarding aerodynamic forces on the object. A detailed flow field around the object is calculated before the event, on an offline basis, for different speeds of the object and different locations of other nearby objects. The fluid flow data is represented by baseline data and modification factors or adjustments which are based on the speed of the object and the locations of the other objects. During the event, the modification factors are applied to the baseline data to determine fluid flow in real time, as the event is captured on video. In an example implementation, the objects are race cars which transmit their location and/or speed to a processing facility which provides the video.01-29-2009
20110063434Monitor system for monitoring riverbed elevation change at bridge pier - A monitor system for monitoring riverbed elevation changes at bridge piers is revealed. The monitor system includes a container, a rail, a holder, a photographic unit, a processor and a transmission unit. The container is disposed at a pier under the water and the rail is mounted in the container. The holder is arranged at the rail and is moved on the rail. The photographic unit is disposed on the holder to capture a monitor image of a riverbed under the water. As to the processor, it processes the monitor image so as to learn elevation change of the riverbed under the water. By the transmission unit, the riverbed elevation change is sent to a remote monitor unit so as to get the riverbed elevation according to the riverbed elevation change. Thus the riverbed elevation change at the bridge pier is monitored in real time.03-17-2011
20110050885DEPTH-SENSITIVE IMAGING VIA POLARIZATION-STATE MAPPING - A depth-sensitive imager for imaging a scene in three dimensions. The depth-sensitive imager comprises a light source configured to project a polarized illumination onto a surface of the scene, and a detector configured to capture an image of the scene by detecting light from the scene, in which image a polarization state of the light is encoded. The detected light includes a portion of the polarized illumination reflected from the surface. The depth-sensitive imager further comprises an analyzer configured to generate output responsive to a distance between the light source and the surface based on the image.03-03-2011
20110149069IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - In one image included in a moving image, a specific area is registered as a reference area, and a feature amount of the reference area is set based on the saturation and hue distributions of pixels in the reference area. At this time, when a value calculated from the saturations in the reference area is equal to or smaller than a threshold, the feature amount is set to have a lower resolution of the hue distributions in the reference area than a case in which the value is larger than the threshold. By deciding a position corresponding to the feature amount of the reference area in a frame image after the image including the reference area by a matching process, the reference area is tracked. Then, an object in a specific area can be stably tracked in a moving image.06-23-2011
20130162815COMPUTING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING RICOCHET VECTORS OF A PROBE OF A COORDINATE MEASURING MACHINE - In a method for determining ricochet vectors of a probe of a coordinate measuring machine (CMM) using a computing device, the computing device sets an approach distance between the probe and a manufactured object. Coordinates of a center of the probe and an initial vector of the probe for each measurement point of the manufactured object are obtained when the probe is manually operated to measure the manufactured object. A measurement element of the manufactured object is fit according to all measurement points of the manufactured object. For each measurement point, an approach point of the manufactured object is calculated, a position relation between the approach point and the measurement element of the manufactured object is determined, and a ricochet vector of the probe is calculated according to the position relation.06-27-2013
20130162814PROJECTOR IMAGE CORRECTION DEVICE AND METHOD - Disclosed are projector image correction device and method using a range image camera in order to efficiently use a beam projector in an arbitrary environment. In the projector image correction device, range information of a projected surface is determined by using a range image camera to detect a surface shape of the projected surface and determine a surface state such as a color and a material of the projected surface and a state of a surrounding illumination, thereby efficiently correcting an image to be outputted to perform an efficient image output in an arbitrary environment having various colors and materials.06-27-2013
20110211063GEODETIC APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - A geodetic apparatus for performing measurements using a target and a method for controlling the geodetic apparatus is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a detector for measuring a position of the target relative to a sighting axis of the apparatus, a light emitter for outputting to an outside of the geodetic apparatus a first cone of light having a first wavelength and a second cone of light having a second wavelength different from the first wavelength, and a controller connected to both the detector and the light emitter. The first cone of light overlaps with the second cone of light at the distance of one meter from the apparatus by at least 30%. The controller is configured to control said light emitter based on the detected position of the target to output at least one of the first cone of light and the second cone of light.09-01-2011
20110211065CORRECTION INFORMATION CALCULATING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE DISPLAY SYSTEM, AND IMAGE CORRECTING METHOD - A correction information calculating device calculates correction information representing correspondence relationship between a position of a pixel in an image projected onto a projection surface by projectors including an image forming element and a position of a pixel of the image forming element. The correction information calculating device includes a supply unit that supplies first and second measurement image data representing a first and second measurement pattern including a plurality of characteristic diagrams that define characteristic points to a first and second projector that projects an image onto a first and second projection area on the projection surface and a calculation unit that calculates the correction information by comparing positions of the plurality of characteristic points in a photographed pattern acquired by photographing the first and second measurement patterns.09-01-2011
20120229623Pendulum-type landslide monitoring system - A pendulum-type landslide monitoring system includes an outer tube for being implanted into a ground to be monitored; a plurality of measuring units, vertically aligned inside the outer tube for independently measuring displacement at different depths in the ground; a guiding tube inside the outer tube for a flexible image capturing device to pass therethrough; and a water-level monitoring tube installed in the outer tube. Thereby, the flexible image capturing device can capture data of the displacement obtained by the measuring units, for an operator to identify displacement of a sliding surface in the ground, and to visually observe images of flowing groundwater captured by the flexible image capturing device in the outer tube, in order to further determining groundwater flow patterns as well stratums in the ground.09-13-2012
20120229622LASER POINTER SYSTEM FOR DAY AND NIGHT USE - A novel eye-safe, long range laser pointer system for use in day or night conditions is described. The system uses a short pulse laser and a gated camera to detect the laser spot at long ranges in the presence of a strong solar background. The camera gate is synchronized with incident laser pulses using a separate large area, fast photodiode to detect the high peak power pulses. Alternately, gate synchronization using a GPS-disciplined clock can be used. Eye-safe systems operating in the near-UV or SWIR band are described.09-13-2012
20120229621OBJECT THICKNESS AND SURFACE PROFILE MEASUREMENTS - Determining spatial information about a part includes positioning the part in a fixture having two reference surfaces, where the part is positioned between the two reference surfaces, imaging the two reference surfaces and opposing surfaces of the part to different locations of a multi-element detector, simultaneously acquiring images of the opposing sides of the part and the two reference surfaces using the multi-element detector, and determining spatial information about the part based on the simultaneously acquired images.09-13-2012
20110254951PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS - A photographing apparatus including an imaging unit to photograph a subject to acquire image data; an object detection unit to detect a predetermined object from the image data; and a detection condition setting unit to allow a detection condition for the object detection unit to be set according to a photographing mode.10-20-2011
20100271475COMPACT SNAPSHOT POLARIMETRY CAMERA - An imaging polarimeter optics unit comprising: a first polarization-sensitive beam-splitter optic, a retarder, a second polarization-sensitive beam-splitter optic, and an analyzer, through which input light passes in sequence, wherein the retarder and polarization-sensitive beam-splitters cause the input light to have optical components that provide different information about the state of polarization of the input beam is provided.10-28-2010
20110149067System for Optical Recognition, Interpretation, and Digitization of Human Readable Instruments, Annunciators, and Controls - A system for optically recognizing, interpreting, and digitizing human readable instruments, annunciators, and controls includes an image acquisition sensor operable to capture images of at least one of the instruments, annunciators, and controls; and a logic processing unit operable to decode the images captured by the image acquisition sensor and interpret the decoded images to determine a state of the at least one of the instruments, annunciators, and controls.06-23-2011
20100073475MOVING OBJECT DETECTION - Systems and methods for detecting moving objects are provided. Systems illustratively include an image acquisition component, an image processing component, and a display component. Image acquisition components capture image data over a wide spatial area. Image processing components have dedicated algorithms for change detection and receive captured image data from image acquisition components. Image processing components utilize the captured data and the dedicated algorithms to perform image change detection. Display components receive processed image data from image processing components and provide visual indications that items of interest have been detected. Methods illustratively include obtaining first and second images covering a wide field-of-view. The second image is registered to and compared to the first image. Based at least in part on the comparison, a moving object within the wide field-of-view is detected. An indication of the moving object is provided.03-25-2010
20110149068APPARATUS FOR THREE-DIMENSIONALLY MEASURING OBJECT SHAPE - An apparatus for three-dimensionally measuring an object shape includes: a number of line lasers configured to emit laser lines to a subject to be measured and create a closed-curve shape related to a sectional contour line of the subject; and a camera configured to obtain an image of the created closed-curve shape.06-23-2011
20110254947METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR IMAGE PROCESSING AND ON - VEHICLE CAMERA APPARATUS - An image processing apparatus that includes an edge-enhancement filter that enhances sharpness of an image is provided. The edge-enhancement filter includes distance calculators that calculate values of a distance between a target pixel and an optical center of a captured image in two or more axial directions, edge detection filters that detect edge amounts in two directions, multipliers that multiplies each of the edge amounts detected by the edge detection filters by one of the distance values of a corresponding one of the axial directions, a first adder that adds outputs of the multipliers together, and a second adder that adds a pixel value of the target pixel and an output of the first adder. A coring unit can be interposed between the first adder and the second adder if necessary.10-20-2011
20110157353MEASUREMENT SYSTEM, IMAGE CORRECTION METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - A measurement system includes an illumination unit configured to irradiate a measurement target with illumination light, an imaging unit configured to capture an image of light reflected by or transmitted through the measurement target, an acquisition unit configured to acquire positional relationship information representing a positional relationship between the illumination unit and the measurement target and a positional relationship between the imaging unit and the measurement target, and a correction unit configured to correct a luminance of at least one of the illumination light emitted by the illumination unit and the image captured by the imaging unit based on the positional relationship information in such a way as to correct a luminance change of the measurement target image captured by the imaging unit, wherein at least two of the measurement target, the illumination unit, and the imaging unit are variable in spatial position.06-30-2011
20120242830GUIDE LIGHT DEVICE, SURVEY APPARATUS HAVING THE GUIDE LIGHT DEVICE, SURVEY SYSTEM USING THE SURVEY APPARATUS, SURVEY POLE USED IN THE SURVEY SYSTEM, AND MOBILE WIRELESS TRANSCEIVER USED IN THE SURVEY SYSTEM - A survey apparatus includes a guide light emitting optical system emitting a fan-like visible laser light elongated in upward and downward directions as a guide light, a cylindrical part having a scanning optical system searching a corner reflector provided on a survey pole and a ranging optical system measuring a distance to the corner reflector, a driving part rotating the cylindrical part about a vertical axis in a horizontal direction and rotating the cylindrical part about a horizontal axis, and an angle measurement part measuring a direction of the cylindrical part. The guide light emitting optical system is rotated about the vertical axis in a horizontal direction integrally with the cylindrical part.09-27-2012
20120242831Extended Source Wavefront Sensor through Optical Correlation - An atmospheric aberration sensor that uses two optically correlated images of a scene and the Fourier transform capabilities of a lens or other focusing element. The sensor receives light via an f-number matching element from a scene or from an external optical system and transmits it through a focusing optical element to an updateable display element such as a spatial light modulator or micro mirror array, which modulates the real time image from the focusing element with previous template image of the same extended scene. The modulated image is focused onto an autocorrelation detection sensor, which detects a change in centroid position corresponding to a change of the tip/tilt in the optical path. This peak shift is detected by centroid detection and corresponds to the magnitude of global wavefront tip/tilt. With a lenslet array and detector array, the system can also measure local tip/tilt and higher order aberrations.09-27-2012
20110254948METHOD AND DEVICE FOR SELECTIVELY TARGETING CELLS WITHIN A THREE -DIMENSIONAL SPECIMEN - The invention provides an apparatus for electromagnetically affecting a particle of interest in a specimen. The apparatus includes (a) a stage capable of supporting the specimen; (b) a detector including at least one camera, wherein the detector is capable of resolving a particle of interest within the specimen; (c) a means for locating the particle of interest in three dimensions; (d) a means for focusing electromagnetic radiation to a focal volume within the specimen; and (e) a means for adjusting the relative positions of the stage and electromagnetic radiation focusing means, thereby positioning the particle of interest within the focal volume.10-20-2011
20110164132Demodulation Sensor with Separate Pixel and Storage Arrays - A demodulation image sensor, such as used in time of flight (TOF) cameras, extracts all storage- and post-processing-related steps from the pixels to another array of storage and processing elements (proxels) on the chip. The pixel array has the task of photo-detection, first processing and intermediate storage, while the array of storage and processing elements provides further processing and enhanced storage capabilities for each pixel individually. The architecture can be used to address problems due to the down-scaling of the pixel size. Typically, either the photo-sensitivity or the signal storage capacitance suffers significantly. Both a lower sensitivity and smaller storage capacitances have negative influence on the image quality. The disclosed architecture allows for keeping the storage capacitance unaffected by the pixel down-scaling. In addition to that, it provides a high degree of flexibility in integrating more intelligence into the image sensor design already on the level of the pixel array. In particular, if applied to demodulation pixels, the flexibility of the architecture allows for integrating on sensor-level concepts for multi-tap sampling, mismatch compensation, background suppression and so on, without any requirement to adjust the particular demodulation pixel architecture.07-07-2011
20110134237COMMUNICATION DEVICE WITH PERIPHERAL VIEWING MEANS - The present invention relates to a transmitting communication device comprising:—a camera for capturing an image sequence with a display range; —a sensor for capturing environmental events that are not perceptible within the display range, —a processor for computing a control signal from the environmental events, and—a transmitting unit for transmitting the captured image sequence and the control signal to a receiving communication device.06-09-2011
20110134236METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR STABILIZING LOCUS OF OBJECT, AND IMAGE MONITORING SYSTEM - A method and apparatus for stabilizing a locus of an object detected from a continuously-captured image, and an image monitoring system are provided. The apparatus includes: a detection unit which detects first information about the locus provided at a first time, from the continuously-captured image; a storage unit which stores second information about the locus provided at at least one other time; a correction unit which corrects the first information based on the second information; and a display unit which applies the corrected first information to the object in the continuously-captured image to display a modified locus corresponding to the corrected first information.06-09-2011
20110254952SYSTEM FOR PRODUCING ENHANCED THERMAL IMAGES - An imaging device has a thermal sensor to remotely measure respective temperatures of regions within an imaging field and to generate temperature information signals. A motion tracking system tracks motion of the thermal sensor and generates position information signals representing positions of the thermal sensor during the temperature measurements. An image construction processor uses the position and temperature information signals to generate a two-dimensional image representative of the imaging field including respective temperature indications at different locations within the two-dimensional image, and stores the two-dimensional image within a memory. The two-dimensional image may be used as an output image for display to a user.10-20-2011
20110254950VISUAL TRACKING OF OBJECTS IN IMAGES, AND SEGMENTATION OF IMAGES - A method is discussed of tracking objects in a series of n-D images (10-20-2011
20090207246Interactive image acquisition device - The present invention tracks a specified target object and provides an image in real time in a way that gives a viewer a sense of reality. The present invention connects, in order to produce a spherical image Q08-20-2009
20110254953METROLOGY OF THIN FILM DEVICES USING AN ADDRESSABLE MICROMIRROR ARRAY - An addressable micromirror array is employed in conjunction with circuit topology navigation software to rapidly wavelength sample selected measurement points in an integrated circuit region.10-20-2011
20110074949Apparatus and method for determining the center of annual rings of a wood block - An apparatus and a method for determining the annual ring center of a wood block are disclosed. A plurality of lines of path is figured out and generated. Each line of path is composed of a plurality of lines each extending normal to a line that is tangential to an annual ring in an image of the wood block end. The normal line may be figured out, for example, by calculating the variance of values of pixels lying on each of a plurality of straight lines of a filter and the sum of the variances for the plurality of straight lines at a plurality of different angular positions of the filter. The annual ring center in the image of the wood block end is determined through calculation based on the points of intersection of the generated lines of path.03-31-2011
20110096160Chemistry Strip Reader And Method - A chemistry strip reader and method for analyzing chemistry strips. A conveyor moves chemical strips through different imaging positions at discrete points in time across the field of view of a camera, which captures images of each chemistry strip at different discrete times. A processor determines reflectance values for each of the chemical strips from the captured images at the discrete points in time. Calibration targets adjacent the chemistry strips can be used to adjust the determined reflectance values. The light source can sequentially illuminate each chemistry strip with three different wavelengths of light, where the processor calculates a concentration determination associated with the chemistry strip by calculating different chromaticity coordinates for the different wavelengths of light, and comparing them to known chromaticity coordinates for known analyte concentrations.04-28-2011
20100110175Video camera inspection system for roller hearth heat treating furnaces and the like - A heat treating furnace inspection system comprises a camera configured to move through the furnace chamber of the furnace. The system typically includes a carriage which carries the camera and is especially useful for inspecting a roller hearth furnace. Conveyor rolls or another conveyor mechanism of the furnace is operated to move the camera through the furnace chamber in order to photograph the interior of the chamber for the purposes of inspection. Images of the furnace chamber interior may be displayed on a display screen and merged with text which may communicate information related to inspection findings.05-06-2010
20100110176POSITION DETECTION METHOD AND POSITION DETECTION DEVICE - A position detection method and a position detection device for detecting with sufficient accuracy the position or the attitude of an object by using an image of the object captured by a single camera. The position detection method detects the position or the attitude of the object by using a measurement pixel position in images of multiple points on the object, which images are captured by the single camera and have a known positional relationship. The method has a step of acquiring, without consideration of non-pinhole camera properties of the camera and based on the positional relationship between the multiple points and on the measurement pixel position, a position matrix representing rotation and translation of the object, a step of obtaining, with consideration of the non-pinhole camera properties of the camera, a correction pixel position corresponding to the measurement pixel position, a step of adjusting the position matrix so that a difference between the correction pixel position and the measurement pixel position is within a permissible range, and a step of defining, as the estimated position of the object, the position corresponding to the adjusted position matrix.05-06-2010
20100110178IMAGE TAKING SYSTEM AND LENS APPARATUS - An image taking system comprises a distance calculator 05-06-2010
20110109739VEHICLE PERIPHERY MONITORING DEVICE - A vehicle periphery monitoring device is operable to recognize with high accuracy whether or not an object is a designated quadruped animal. According to the vehicle periphery monitoring device, for determining whether or not a first object region and a second object region correspond to the designated quadruped animal according to whether or not the aspect ratio of the first object region is equal to or greater 1, a plurality of the second object regions are extracted, and it is determined whether the ratio of the vertical dimension of the second object region to the vertical dimension of the first object region lies within the range of the ratio of the leg vertical dimension to the torso vertical dimension of a common designated quadruped animal.05-12-2011
20100214407CAMERA - A camera includes: an imaging unit that captures an image of a subject and obtains image data; a similarity level calculation unit that calculates a similarity level indicating a level of similarity of an image within a search frame to a template image in correspondence to each search frame position assumed as the search frame is shifted within a search target area set in each of frames input in time series from the imaging unit; a subject position determining unit that determines as a subject position a position assumed by the search frame, at which the similarity level is highest, in correspondence to each frame; a subject tracking unit that tracks the subject position from frame to frame; and a rangefinding unit that measures a distance (subject distance) from the camera to the subject, wherein: the similarity level calculation unit calculates the similarity level by factoring in rangefinding results.08-26-2010
20100066826OPTICAL METHOD AND MEASURING DEVICE FOR A WEB CONTAINING FIBERS - The present invention relates to a method for the optical recording and evaluation of characteristic properties, for example, faults in appearance, of moving web containing fibers, for example, cellulose fibers. The method for the present invention uses at least the following components: a light of a light source and a video signal generated by a light-sensitive sensor, for example, a video camera, whereby the light source and the light-sensitive sensor form a measurement system, and an evaluation system. The light source has two lights, a first light with a first color and a second light with a second color different to the first, which interact with the web containing fibers. The at least one light-sensitive sensor generates the video signal from parts of the first and second light which are received by it, such that the evaluation system can determine from the signal the characteristic properties of the web containing fibers.03-18-2010
20100194881SPEAKER DETECTION AND TRACKING USING AUDIOVISUAL DATA - Object tracking includes an audio model that receives at least two audio input signals and a video model that receives a video input. The audio model and the video model employ probabilistic generative models which are combined to facilitate object tracking. Expectation maximization can be employed to modify trainable parameters of the audio model and the video model.08-05-2010
20100194880IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS AND CONTROL PROGRAM - An image photographing apparatus is provided, which includes a camera section having a zoom function for changing a photographing field angle, a transmissive display section including a display surface that allows sides facing each other to be transmissively viewed from both directions of a housing front side and a housing back side, a distance detection section that detects a distance from a point of view of a photographer to the display surface of the display section, and a control section. The control section controls the display surface of the transmissive display section in a transmissively viewable state when in photographing mode so as to perform photographing by the camera section, and determines a photographing field angle using the zoom function of the camera section in response to the distance detected by the distance detection section.08-05-2010
20100194879OBJECT MOTION CAPTURING SYSTEM AND METHOD - In a system and method of capturing movement of an object, a tracking device is used having an optical marker and a motion sensor providing motion data representative of the position and orientation of the tracking device. The tracking device is connected to the object, and motion of the optical marker is registered by a camera to thereby provide video data representative of the position of the tracking device. The motion data and the video data are processed in combination to determine the position and orientation of the tracking device in space over time.08-05-2010
20100053321DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND RECORDING MEDIUM HAVING RECORDED THEREON COMPUTER PROGRAM TO IMPLEMENT THE METHOD - A digital photographing apparatus is provided that is capable of effectively distinguishing a background region and a motion region. Also provided is a method of controlling the digital photographing apparatus, and a recording medium having recorded thereon a computer program to implement the method. The digital photographing apparatus includes an imaging device generating data from light incident thereto, a first difference image data obtaining unit obtaining first difference image data regarding a first difference image, which represents a difference between a reference image and a current frame image, a second difference image data obtaining unit obtaining second difference image data regarding a second difference image, which represents a difference between the current frame image and a previous frame image, and a motion region determining unit determining a motion region in the current frame image, by using the first difference image data and the second difference image data.03-04-2010
20110187853CAMERA ADJUSTING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A camera adjusting system includes a first camera, a second camera, and a control apparatus. The first camera is used to monitor a locale. The second camera captures an image of a head of a subject. The control apparatus receives the captured image of the head of the subject and compares the captured image with a reference image, to compute a compared result, and outputs a control signal to the first camera to adjust parameters of the first camera according to the compared result.08-04-2011
20110187850 IMAGING POLAR NEPHELOMETER - This invention relates to measuring the light that is scattered from particulates (aerosols) in a gas or liquid. The sample typically flows into the instrument and the particulates are measured in-situ. The intensity of the scattered light is measured at many different angles, which determines both the amount of particulates in the sample, and detailed information about the particles such as average size, shape and composition. The measurement can be applied to climate and air pollution research, and clean room monitoring.08-04-2011
20110187854INTEGRATED STILL IMAGE, MOTION VIDEO AND SPEED MEASUREMENT SYSTEM - Devices capable of capturing still and motion imagery are integrated with an accurate distance and speed measuring apparatus. By measuring the changing distance of the target over that time, a target's speed can be determined. At substantially the same time as the target's speed is determined, imagery of the target is captured in both a still and moving format. Using a queuing mechanism for both distance and imagery data along with time stamps associated with each, a target's image, both in motion and still, can be integrated with its speed. In situations in which a still image is unavailable, a target's speed can be associated with a portion of a continuous stream of motion imagery to a point where a positive identification can be captured with a still image.08-04-2011
20110187852CAMERA ADJUSTING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A camera adjusting system includes a first camera, a second camera, and a control apparatus. The first camera is used to monitor a locale. The second camera captures a three dimensional (3D) image of a head of a subject. The control apparatus receives the captured 3D image of the head of the subject and models a corresponding 3D model according to the captured 3D image. Compares the actual 3D model with a reference 3D model, to compute a compared result, and outputs a control signal to the first camera to adjust parameters of the first camera according to the compared result.08-04-2011
20110187851CHASSIS-MEASURING SYSTEM AS WELL AS METHOD FOR DETERMINING THE POSITION PARAMETERS OF MEASURING HEADS OF A CHASSIS-MEASURING SYSTEM - A chassis measuring system according to the invention includes at least one pair of first and second measuring heads (08-04-2011
20110261193PASSIVE ELECTRO-OPTICAL TRACKER - A passive electro-optical tracker uses a two-band IR intensity ratio to discriminate high-speed projectiles and obtain a time-varying speed estimate from their time-varying temperature, as well as determining the trajectory back to the source of fire. In an omnidirectional system a hemispheric imager with an MWIR spectrum splitter forms two CCD images of the environment. Various methods are given to determine the azimuth and range of a projectile, both for clear atmospheric conditions and for nonhomogeneous atmospheric conditions. One approach uses the relative intensity of the image of the projectile on the pixels of a CCD camera to determine the azimuthal angle of trajectory with respect to the ground, and its range. A second uses a least squares optimization over multiple frames based on a triangle representation of the smeared image to yield a real-time trajectory estimate.10-27-2011
20100026801METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR GENERATING AN EVENT LOG - A method of generating an event log of game events associated with elements in a sporting event. The method includes tracking, within a sequence of video images, image features which correspond to respective elements in the sporting event and selecting, from the tracked image features, a first image feature which corresponds to one of the elements so as to designate that element as a selected element. The method further includes selecting a game event from an event list of possible game events for association with the selected element, and associating the selected game event with the selected element so as to generate the event log.02-04-2010
20100182424METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPTICALLY MEASURING EXTERNAL THREADS - The invention relates to a method and device for optically measuring external thread profiles, particularly at the ends of pipes, wherein the thread is previously synchronously produced in a production line and is continuously measured in line from start to finish of the thread prior to further processing. The aim of the invention is to allow cost-effective inspection of the thread during synchronous production of the thread. For this purpose, the profile of the previously produced thread is illuminated and/or scanned tangentially to the pipe cross section by means of a relative movement including rotation and translation, and by an optical measuring unit comprising a camera, and the scanning speed is adjusted such that the time for scanning the thread profile, considering the required local resolution of the camera, is within the cycle time for the production of the next thread, wherein the image of the thread contour is captured by the camera and the optical signals are then evaluated and compared to target specifications.07-22-2010
20100238283LANE DEPARTURE WARNING METHOD AND SYSTEM USING VIRTUAL LANE-DIVIDING LINE - The present invention relates to a lane departure warning system and method, which use a virtual lane-dividing line generated using lane width information that is calculated using previously detected lane-dividing lines even when it is difficult to detect a lane-dividing line according to the weather, illuminance, road surface conditions, etc. present during travel of a vehicle, thus allowing a lane departure warning to be provided to a driver on the basis of the virtual lane-dividing line.09-23-2010
20110025841ESTIMATING VEHICLE HEIGHT USING HOMOGRAPHIC PROJECTIONS - Multiple homography transformations corresponding to different heights are generated in the field of view. A group of salient points within a common estimated height range is identified in a time series of video images of a moving object. Inter-salient point distances are measured for the group of salient points under the multiple homography transformations corresponding to the different heights. Variations in the inter-salient point distances under the multiple homography transformations are compared. The height of the group of salient points is estimated to be the height corresponding to the homography transformation that minimizes the variations.02-03-2011
20110115904OBJECT-DETECTING SYSTEM - The invention discloses an object-detecting system including a periphery member, a first reflection device, a first image-capturing unit, and a data processing module. The periphery member thereon defines an indication space and an indication plane in the indication space for an object to indicate a target position. There is a contrast relation between the periphery member and the object. The first reflection device is disposed on the periphery member. The first image-capturing unit captures a first image of the indication space near a part of the periphery member and also captures a first reflected image reflected by the first reflection device of the indication space near a part of the periphery. The data processing module is electrically connected to the first image-capturing unit and processes the first image and the first reflected image so as to determine object information relative to the object in the indication space.05-19-2011
20120307046METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR THERMOGRAPHIC MEASUREMENTS - Methods and apparatus, including cameras and computer program products, implementing and using techniques for determining a temperature of a distant object in several temperature measurement points. A thermal image sensor measures thermal radiation from a distant object in several thermal measurement points on the object. A distance determination device includes an image sensor and calculates a distance to the object in several distance measurement points. A thermal image indicating an amount of thermal radiation from each thermal measurement point on the object is captured by the thermal image sensor. Reflected light from the object is captured by the image sensor. Several distances are calculated using the captured light. Each distance indicates a distance from the image sensor to a distance measurement point on the object. The data from the thermal image and the calculated distances are combined to determine a temperature in several temperature measurement points on the object.12-06-2012
20120307047IMAGING SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - An imaging system includes: an imaging unit that divides an imaging area of a subject into a plurality of blocks and captures images of the blocks; an image processing unit that merges the images of the respective blocks captured by the imaging unit to generate an entire image; a measuring unit that measures a plurality of points on the subject to acquire measured data before an image of the subject is captured by the imaging unit; and a dividing position adjusting unit that adjusts dividing positions of the subject based on the measured data of the measuring points acquired by the measuring unit so that boundaries of the blocks are arranged at positions having smaller spatial variations in values of the measured data. The imaging unit captures an image of each block according to the dividing positions adjusted by the dividing position adjusting unit.12-06-2012
20120098962METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING REFLECTING OBJECTS SUBJECTED TO VARIABLE LIGHTING CONDITIONS AND SYSTEM FOR PERFORMING SAID METHOD - A system and method for identifying reflecting objects subjected to variable lighting conditions by capturing and processing images obtained with a camera. The method includes predicting lighting conditions capable of affecting the quality of the images obtained, adapting at least one of the exposure time and the aperture of the camera to the predicted lighting conditions, and using the camera to obtain at least one image of the reflecting object.04-26-2012
20120098961SHAPE MEASURING APPARATUS, ROBOT SYSTEM, AND SHAPE MEASURING METHOD - A shape measuring apparatus includes a laser emitter that emits a laser beam, a scanner that scans the laser beam emitted by the laser emitter over a region in which an object is placed, a camera that detects reflected light of the laser beam, a recognizer that performs three-dimensional measurement of the object on the basis of the detection result of the camera, and a controller that performs control so as to change a scanning range of the scanner in accordance with the region in which the object is placed, the region being detected by the camera.04-26-2012
20120098960VIDEO COLLABORATION TYPE ILLUMINATING CONTROL SYSTEM AND VIDEO COLLABORATION TYPE ILLUMINATING CONTROL METHOD - A video link type illuminating control system and video link type illuminating control method allow a signal containing the idea of the content creator to be added to an airwave signal or a video content signal so that the audio-visual space is illuminated based on the control signal generated from the signal. As a result, illumination can be controlled in linkage with video, thus increasing visual realism.04-26-2012
20110304727APPARATUS FOR EVALUATING FIT OF A MODULAR ASSEMBLY INTO A BODY OPENING AND METHOD OF USING SAME - An apparatus for evaluating the fit of a modular window assembly into a simulated vehicle body opening includes a base member, a vehicle body opening/sheet metal simulator mounted to the base member, one or more light sources disposed in the vehicle body opening/sheet metal simulator and one or more devices for securing the vehicle window to the vehicle body opening/sheet metal simulator. A method of utilizing the apparatus is also a part of the invention.12-15-2011
20110050892IMAGE RECORDING AND COLOR MEASURING SYSTEM - An image recording and color measuring device for recording image data and color data of a surface of an object. The image recording and color measuring device including: at least one camera module with a line sensor; a first lens system associated with the line sensor to focus light rays; at least one color sensor; and a second lens system associated with the color sensor. The image recording and color measuring device recording image data of one point on the surface of the object with the camera module at the same time as color measuring data is recordable for the one point with the aid of the at least one color sensor. A plurality of image data and color data from individual points provide a total volume of image and color data of the object.03-03-2011
20110050891IMAGING DEVICE, GPS CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - An imaging device includes an imaging unit configured to execute processing to capture image data, a global positioning system (GPS) device configured to execute position calculation processing based on data received from a satellite, and a main controller configured to measure an imaging frequency of the imaging unit, to determine or update a control parameter as a condition for a transition of an operation state of the GPS device based on the measured imaging frequency, and to cause a transition of the operation state of the GPS device based on the determined or updated control parameter.03-03-2011
20110050890METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MEASURING STRUCTURAL VIBRATION USING CURVE FITTING FROM VIDEO SIGNAL - A method and system for measuring structural vibration using curve fitting from a video signal, which can reduce an error in vibration measurement displacement, is provided. A method for measuring structural vibration using curve fitting from a video signal, the method includes the steps of: obtaining a video signal of the object; converting the video signal of the object into a gray video signal; adjusting the brightness of the converted video signal; separating an area to be measured from the brightness-adjusted video signal; selecting an edge area of the object from a video signal of the separated area; removing noises from the edge regions; and performing curve fitting with respect to the noise-removed video signal of the edge area. Accordingly, a displacement error is reduced, so that vibration can be more exactly measured.03-03-2011
20110050889IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - An image processing apparatus includes a camera interface section connected to an imaging section, a plurality of arithmetic processing sections that process the image data; a display screen output section to output display image data; an input section that accepts input from an outside; a storage section for storing a plurality of processing units used to process the image data; a processing registration section that registers a processing procedure including a combination of the processing units; a mode selection section that selectably displays a plurality of parallel processing modes indicating kinds of parallel processing and accepts the selection of the parallel processing mode from the input section; and a parallelization section that allocates processing units included in the target processing procedure to one of the plurality of arithmetic processing sections according to the parallel processing mode.03-03-2011
20110050888INSPECTION SYSTEM, MOBILE TERMINAL, INSPECTION METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - First, a mobile terminal displays a parent evidence photo previously selected on an image display and then accepts a specification of an association position, which is a desired position for associating a child evidence photo on the parent evidence photo through an operation device. And then, the mobile terminal accepts an instruction to shoot an image from a user, and starts shooting and stores the shot the child evidence photo in a memory. The child evidence photo stored in the memory is displayed on the image display. The mobile terminal associates the child evidence photo stored in the memory with the ID of the parent evidence photo, coordinate information indicating the specified position on the parent evidence photo, and the shooting point ID uniquely allocated to the position, and then stores the associated child evidence photo in the memory again.03-03-2011
20110050887Projector Masks for Calibrating Projector-Based Display Systems - Methods having corresponding apparatus and tangible computer-readable media comprise: capturing a first image of ambient light upon a surface; generating a first grayscale image based on a selected color channel of the first image; projecting a primary color of light upon the surface; capturing a second image of the primary color of light projected upon the surface; generating a second grayscale image based on the selected color channel of the second image; generating a difference image, comprising subtracting the first grayscale image from the second grayscale image; and generating a projector mask, comprising detecting edges of a shape in the difference image, and reproducing the shape based upon the edges of the shape.03-03-2011
20110050886SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING GUIDANCE INFORMATION TO A DRIVER OF A VEHICLE - A system for providing guidance information to a driver of a vehicle. In one implementation, the system includes an image capture device and an object sensor attached to the vehicle. The image capture device acquires an image of the vicinity of the vehicle. The object sensor is configured to detect an object near the vehicle. A processing unit processes the acquired image from the image capture device to produce an output image. The processing of the acquired image is based on information obtained from the object sensor. An image display unit is connected to the processing unit and displays the output image produced by the central processing unit.03-03-2011
20100097459DEVICE FOR RECORDING IMAGES OF AN OBJECT SCENE - A device for recording images of an object scene has a lighting unit for illuminating the object scene with several lighting elements and an optical system for directing radiation of the lighting elements reflected from the object scene onto a detector. In order to achieve a simple and compact camera, the device includes a marking device for marking the radiation from each of the lighting elements and an evaluation device for differentiating the reflected radiation of the individual lighting elements by way of the marking.04-22-2010
20120038765OBJECT SENSING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - An object sensing system includes an indication plane, a first image sensing unit, a plurality of light emitting units and a processing unit. The indication plane is used for an object to indicate a position. The first image sensing unit is disposed at a first corner of the indication plane. The light emitting units are disposed around the indication plane. Each of the light emitting units is corresponding to at least one of a plurality of operation times, at least one exposure time is set within each of the operation times, and each exposure time is corresponding to at least one of the light emitting units. The processing unit controls the light emitting units to emit light according to each exposure time correspondingly and controls the first image sensing unit to sense a first image relative to the indication plane within each operation time.02-16-2012
20120127304SUSPICIOUS PERSON DETECTION DEVICE, SUSPICIOUS PERSON DETECTION METHOD AND SUSPICIOUS PERSON DETECTION PROGRAM - A suspicious person detection device is provided with a person detection section capable of detecting the position of persons for each of the persons, a person tracing section for continuously tracing the position of a person detected by the person detection section, and a suspicious person detection section for detecting a suspicious person according to the result of the trace of the person tracing section, wherein the person tracing section determines a person authenticated as a result of the agreement with a predetermined first condition as an authenticated person and determines a person who has agreed with a predetermined second condition associated with the authenticated person as an accompanying person at the time of the authentication, and wherein the suspicious person detection section issues a warning when the accompanying person is away from the authenticated person by a predetermined first distance or more.05-24-2012
20120098963IMAGE MEASURING APPARATUS - An image measuring apparatus includes: a light source; an imaging device; and a controller configured to adjust a light emission amount of the light source based on a light reception amount of the imaging device, wherein: when a light reception amount of the light receiving element is more than a maximum value, the controller reduces a light amount of the light source in next light reception; when the light reception amount of the light receiving element is less than the maximum value, the controller increases the light amount of the light source in the next light reception; and when the light amount of the light source reaches the maximum light amount and the light reception amount is smaller than a minimum value, the controller makes the light amount of the light source in the next light reception a minimum light amount.04-26-2012
20100238282Matrix Lighting System, Particularly of the Scialytic Type, Method for Controlling Such Lighting and Method for Calibrating a Camera Fitted on Said System - The matrix lighting system comprises an array of lighting sources that are activated by a power supply system provided with a processing means. It also comprises at least one camera and an object having marks characterizing the position and the orientation of the object in space, an area to be lit being designated according to the orientation of the object, the camera capturing the images of the object and transmitting them to the processing means which compute the space coordinates of the marks, the power supply system activating the lighting sources according to the position and the orientation of the object that are defined by the marks. The invention applies notably to shadowless lamps meeting the lighting requirements in the medical field.09-23-2010
20110063433ABSORBANCE MEASUREMENTS USING PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICES WITH BUILT-IN CAMERA - A method comprising obtaining a mobile electronic device comprising a color sensitive light sensor and outward facing optics, exposing a sample to light having a predetermined optical path-length between a light source and the color sensitive light-sensor, and measuring the amount of light transmitted though the sample with the color sensitive light sensor. Also a mobile electronic device comprising a color sensitive light sensor and outward facing optics, the mobile electronic device configured for quantitative analysis of absorbance in colored liquids. Additionally, a system comprising a mobile electronic device configured for quantitative analysis of absorbance in colored samples, the mobile electronic device comprising a color sensitive light sensor and outward facing optics and a light source.03-17-2011
20110063436DISTANCE ESTIMATING APPARATUS - A distance estimating apparatus includes a mirror, a camera device for obtaining an original image including a real image of the object and a mirror image of the object mirrored by the mirror, and a processor for calculating a distance between the camera device and the object on the basis of a correlation of a position of the real image included in the original image and a position of the mirror image included in the image.03-17-2011
20110317005Depth-Sensing Camera System - A depth-sensing camera system includes a common sensor configured to record color and infrared data from a target, an infrared illuminant that projects infrared light on the target, and a control logic that switches a mode of operation of the. camera between a color mode and an infrared mode. When the camera system is in the infrared mode, the infrared illuminant operates to project the infrared light on the target and when in the color mode, the infrared illuminant is disabled. The camera system also includes a color buffer for storing color chroma and luma values and a depth buffer for storing infrared luma data.12-29-2011
20110317004IV Monitoring by Digital Image Processing - We describe an apparatus using an image capturing device to obtain image of the IV container, and uses digital image processing technique to analyze information in the image. We also describe the use of barcode which can read by the apparatus so that relevant information of the drug, container, and the patient can be made use of.12-29-2011
20120057021Measuring Method And Measuring Device - The invention provides a measuring device, comprising a distance measuring unit 03-08-2012
20120002041Golf Ball Finder - A golf ball finder includes a thermal imaging camera or sensor, a display, a nonvolatile memory storing golf ball detection software, and a processor for executing the golf ball detection software. The processor is programmed to locate a golf ball by causing the thermal imaging camera or sensor to capture a thermal image of a golf course, searching the thermal image for one or more thermal signatures of the golf ball, and, when the golf ball is located, providing an indicator guiding a user toward the golf ball.01-05-2012
20120002042DEVICE FOR COUNTING THE NUMBER OF MEDICINES IN MEDICINE PACKAGING ENVELOPE - A device for counting the number of medicines in a medicine packaging envelope the device includes: an illumination part which is configured to irradiate near infrared rays toward a sheet surface of the medicine packaging envelope; an imaging part which is arranged at a position where the near infrared rays which pass through the medicine packaging envelope are received, and is configured to image the medicine packaging envelope; and a medicine counting unit which is configured to count the number of medicines based on a gray image from the imaging part, wherein the imaging part includes a visible light cut filter in a light receiving part thereof, and the visible light cut filter is configured to prevent a reflection light which is formed by the reflection of the visible light on the medicine packaging envelope from being incident on the imaging part.01-05-2012
20120002040Apparatus, System, and Method For Increasing Measurement Accuracy in a Particle Imaging Device Using Light Distribution - An apparatus, system, and method for increasing measurement accuracy in imaging cytometry. The system may include a light detector configured to measure light emitted by a particle in response to a first light source, and processor coupled to the light detector. The processor may be configured create a first image by taking a first measurement of light and create a second image by interpolating the first image, where the second image has higher resolution than the first image. The processor may be configured to determine a difference between pixels of the second image and an expected distribution and discard the first measurement of light if the difference is above a predetermined threshold.01-05-2012
20120002043OBSERVATION APPARATUS - An observation apparatus includes a sample holder to hold a sample, a blade to cut the sample and subsequently form a new cross section, an optical system including a first objective lens and a second objective lens, and an electronic camera to capture an image of the cross section of the sample. A main controller causes the electronic camera to capture a partial image corresponding to a part of the cross section via the first objective lens. The main controller moves an XY stage to change relative positions of the sample and the optical system within an XY plane, to thereby acquire a plurality of partial images. An image processing unit generates synthesized image data obtained by synthesizing the partial images for each cross section to display it on a display unit. Accordingly, a user can observe a high-resolution image.01-05-2012
20110096159MEASUREMENT APPARATUS - The present invention relates to a measurement apparatus capable of improving measurement precision of a measurement object using measurement light without deteriorating the visibility of the measurement object. An observation illumination device 04-28-2011
20110063435POSITION MEASURING TARGET, POSITION MEASUREMENT SYSTEM, CALCULATION DEVICE FOR POSITION MEASUREMENT AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM - A position measuring target includes four or more reference points and a plurality of shading pattern portions. The four or more reference points are defined on a plane. The references points have positional relationships among them. The plurality of shading pattern portions corresponds a plurality of geometric curved surfaces in relation to the degree of shading used for defining the reference points.03-17-2011
20120206595METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR COLLECTING AND ANALYZING OPERATIONAL INFORMATION FROM A NETWORK OF COMPONENTS ASSOCIATED WITH A LIQUID ENERGY COMMODITY - A method for collecting and analyzing operational information from a network of components associated with a liquid energy commodity comprises the steps of: (a) measuring an amount of the liquid energy commodity in storage at one or more storage facilities in the network, and storing that measurement data; (b) determining a flow rate of the liquid energy commodity in one or more selected pipelines in the network, and storing that flow rate data; (c) ascertaining an operational status of one or more processing facilities in the network, and storing that operational status information; (d) analyzing the measurement data, the flow rate data, and the operational status information to determine a balance of the liquid energy commodity in the network or a selected portion thereof at a given time; and (e) communicating information about the balance of the liquid energy commodity to a third-party market participant.08-16-2012
20120007980POSITION ENCODER APPARATUS - A position encoder apparatus, including a scale having a series of position features; and a readhead configured to read the series of position features via a snapshot capture process. The snapshot capture process is adaptable so as to compensate for the relative speed between the scale and readhead.01-12-2012
20100302361SIGN RECOGNITION DEVICE - A sign recognition device includes a sign effective range data recording unit for prestoring effective range conditions shown by a sign and an auxiliary sign, a sign recognition unit for recognizing a sign and an auxiliary sign by using a captured image of a roadway in front of a vehicle, a vehicle information acquiring unit for acquiring vehicle information, a map information acquiring unit for acquiring map information about a map of an area surrounding the vehicle, and a sign effective range determining unit for determining whether or not the vehicle is staying in the effective range specified with the sign and the auxiliary sign which have been recognized by the sign recognition unit by using the effective range conditions stored in the sign effective range data recording unit, the vehicle information, and the map information.12-02-2010
20120044348METHOD OF SELECTING AN OPTIMAL VIEWING ANGLE POSITION FOR A CAMERA - This invention relates to a method of selecting an optimal viewing angle position for a camera. A first quantitative score is determined for a first viewing angle position of the camera using pre-selected regions of interest as reference areas, the determining being performed in accordance to a pre-defined quantitative score rule. The angle position is adjusted from the first viewing angle position towards at least one second viewing angle position. For each at least one second viewing angle position a second quantitative score is determined in accordance to the pre-defined quantitative score rule, and finally a target viewing angle position is determined based on the determined quantitative scores.02-23-2012
20120057020SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE - According to an embodiment, a solid-state imaging device includes: an imaging device including an imaging area including a plurality of pixel blocks each of which includes a plurality of pixels; an image formation lens forming an image on an image formation plane by using light from a subject; an aperture unit including a plurality of aperture elements provided to associate with the plurality of pixel blocks, each of the aperture elements having an aperture portion and a shield portion, light from the image formation lens being filtered by each aperture element; a microlens array including a plurality of microlenses provided to associate with the plurality of aperture elements, each of the microlenses forming an image in the imaging area by using light filtered by an associated aperture element; and a signal processing circuit configured to process a signal of an image taken in the imaging area and estimates a distance to the subject.03-08-2012
20120013737IMAGE-CAPTURING DEVICE, AND IMAGE COMBINATION PROGRAM - An image-capturing device includes: an image-capturing unit that captures an image of a photographic subject; a selection unit that selects, as a reference image, a single image from among a plurality of images that have been captured in succession by the image-capturing unit; a calculation unit that calculates an amount of positional deviation between the reference image and each of the plurality of images other than the reference image; and a generation unit that generates a combined image by positionally aligning and then combining the reference image and those ones of the plurality of images whose amounts of positional deviation are less than or equal to a predetermined amount of deviation. The selection unit selects the reference image so that the number of images for which the amount of positional deviation is less than or equal to the predetermined amount of deviation becomes large.01-19-2012
20120013735IV monitoring by video and image processing - We describe a method and apparatus for monitoring the dripping speed in IV process, as well as detecting the its end. The apparatus includes a camera and a processing unit to analyze the information from the acquired video. Features from the image sequence are extracted and the dripping speed is computed accordingly by discrete Fourier transform. The apparatus is also capable of detecting the end of the dripping process by finding the location of liquid surface in the drip chamber. We also describe the use of barcode to provide information to the monitoring device and program.01-19-2012
20120057022APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ACQUIRING AN IMAGE OF A PALLET LOAD - An apparatus for acquiring an image of a pallet load comprises operating a linescan camera arranged for movement in a movement plane to acquire the image. A method of acquiring an image of a pallet load is also provided.03-08-2012
20120057019Dynamic In-Situ Feature Imager Apparatus and Method - An optical scanning apparatus and method confocally image comparatively small features such as particles or bubbles in a relatively large volume. The main components of the apparatus include an illumination source and focusing optics, whose light is scattered to an optical sensor, typically an imager such as a camera, focal plane array, or the like. The illumination beam is focused such that its height is much less than its width, thus creating an almost planar or rectangular parallelepiped illuminated object space. The optical imager is positioned with its object-space focal plane parallel to the illumination beam such that the illumination beam passes through the in-focus object space of the imager. Images are collected while a fluid stream containing features of interest passes through imaging volume defined by the intersection of the in-focus object space and the illuminated object space.03-08-2012
20120113249ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR CONTROLLING OPERATIONS ON THE BASIS OF SIGNALS FROM SENSORS - An electronic apparatus that receives a signal from a sensor device, the electronic apparatus having: an environmental signal acquiring unit that acquires an environmental signal at specific sampling intervals, the environmental signal being input from the sensor device; an environmental signal storage unit that stores the acquired environmental signal until at least a next sampling interval comes; a differential amount acquiring unit that acquires a differential amount that is a difference between a first environmental signal and a second environmental signal, the first environmental signal being the acquired environmental signal, the second environmental signal being the environmental signal that is acquired before the first environmental signal is acquired by the environmental signal acquiring unit and is stored in the environmental signal storage unit; and an operation selecting unit that selects a to-be-activated operation based on the acquired differential amount.05-10-2012
20120206596UNIFIED FRAMEWORK FOR PRECISE VISION-AIDED NAVIGATION - A system and method for efficiently locating in 3D an object of interest in a target scene using video information captured by a plurality of cameras. The system and method provide for multi-camera visual odometry wherein pose estimates are generated for each camera by all of the cameras in the multi-camera configuration. Furthermore, the system and method can locate and identify salient landmarks in the target scene using any of the cameras in the multi-camera configuration and compare the identified landmark against a database of previously identified landmarks. In addition, the system and method provide for the integration of video-based pose estimations with position measurement data captured by one or more secondary measurement sensors, such as, for example, Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs) and Global Positioning System (GPS) units.08-16-2012
20120154574SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONSTRUCTING HIGH RESOLUTION IMAGES - A system for constructing high resolution images includes a beam splitter assembly, a light intensity modulator, an image capturing module and an image processing module. The beam splitter assembly is utilized to reflect a light beam generated from a light source generating device and generate a splitting beam. The light intensity modulator is utilized to modulate the intensity of the splitting beam to generate a modulating beam, which includes a predetermined noise. The modulating beam is emitted onto an object to generate a modulating image. The image capturing module is utilized to obtain a plurality of modulating images. The image processing module is utilized to analyze the modulating images to generate a high resolution image.06-21-2012
20120154575INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus includes an estimation unit configured to estimate a state of a plurality of objects based on image data obtained by capturing the plurality of object with an imaging unit, a selection unit configured to select an object to be extracted from the plurality of objects based on first state information that indicates the state of the plurality of objects estimated by the estimation unit, and a generation unit configured to, based on second state information that indicates a state of an object other than the selected object among the plurality of objects, generate restriction range information that indicates a range for restricting estimation processing on a state of the other object, wherein the estimation unit estimates the state of the other object based on the restriction range information.06-21-2012
20120154573PLURAL ANODE TIME-OF-FLIGHT SENSOR - A time of flight (TOF) camera comprises a light source for illuminating an object with light and a plurality of light-sensitive pixels for collecting return image light reflected by the object. Further, each light-sensitive pixel of the TOF camera may comprise a photoelectric cathode for generating electrons responsive to return image light incident on the pixel and a plurality of anodes for collecting electrons generated at the photoelectric cathode.06-21-2012
20120026321 ONE-DIMENSION POSITION ENCODER - A one-dimension position measurement system includes: a first ruler having a first one-dimension binary code s02-02-2012
20120026318CAMERA SYSTEM FOR DETECTING A STATE OF A VEHICLE WINDOW PANE - A camera system for detecting a state of a vehicle window pane is described, having at least the following: a camera having an image sensor for detecting a first radiation emitted by the vehicle surroundings and for outputting image signals; and a radiation source for emitting a second optical radiation. At least a portion of the emitted second optical radiation is detectable by the image sensor as a function of a state of the window pane. The camera system is set up in such a way that a state of the vehicle window pane is determinable on the basis of the image signals output by the image sensor during measurements in which the vehicle window pane is illuminated differently by the second optical radiation. For this purpose, an evaluation unit which determines a state of the vehicle window pane on the basis of the image signals output by the image sensor during the measurements may be provided to record the image signals and to ascertain a state of the window pane. Measurements may be carried out in particular when the radiation source is switched on or off.02-02-2012
20120026320AIRCRAFT TRAFFIC LOGGING AND ACQUISITION SYSTEM - A portable aircraft identification system including a platform having at least one pair of wheels and a securable ball hitch assembly, a mast having one end fixed to the platform and being erectable to extend vertically from the platform, a camera and lens system mounted adjacent an upper end of the mast with the camera being positioned so as to aim generally horizontally from the mast, a local area network card connected to the camera and adapted for receiving images from the camera and for transmitting the received images to a remote location, a battery compartment mounted on the platform and containing sufficient batteries to power the camera and network card, a solar charging system mounted on the platform and connected for supplying recharge power to the batteries, and a wind turbine charging system mounted on the platform and connected for supplying recharge power to the batteries.02-02-2012
20120026319DISTANCE MEASURING SYSTEM AND DISTANCE MEASURING METHOD - The present invention provides a distance measuring system including a light source, an image sensor and a control and processing unit. The light source projects a light section onto an object with a projection angle. The image sensor senses reflected light from the light section on the object. The control and processing unit controls the light source to project the light section with the projection angle and determines a window of interest of the image sensor according to the projection angle and a predetermined system parameter. The present invention further provides a distance measuring method.02-02-2012
20120206597MOVING OBJECT DETECTION APPARATUS AND MOVING OBJECT DETECTION METHOD - A moving object detection apparatus includes: a stationary measure calculation unit calculating, for each of trajectories, a stationary measure representing likelihood that the trajectory belongs to a stationary object; a distance calculation unit calculating a distance representing similarity between trajectories; and a region detection unit (i) performing a transformation based on the stationary measures and the distances between the trajectories, so that a ratio of a distance between a trajectory on stationary object and a trajectory on moving object, to a distance between trajectories both belonging to stationary object becomes greater than a ratio obtained before the transformation and (ii) detecting the moving object region by separating the trajectory on the moving object from the trajectory on the stationary object, based on a geodesic distance between the trajectories.08-16-2012
20120062730AERIAL CAMERA SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CORRECTING DISTORTIONS IN AN AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH - The invention relates to a method for correcting a distortion in an aerial photograph caused by a flight movement in the forward direction. The aerial photograph is captured by a surface sensor, the sensor lines of which sensor are exposed at different, successive exposure times, so that each individual sensor line senses a strip of terrain of the terrain flow over at the different exposure times. A relative flight altitude above the strips of terrain captured by the respective sensor line is assigned to the individual sensor lines. Furthermore, a compensation factor is separately determined for each of the individual sensor lines, wherein the factor depends on an air speed of the flying object, a focal length of the aerial camera and the relative flight altitude assigned to the respective sensor line, and corrects the distortion in the aerial photograph for the lines based on the respective compensation factor.03-15-2012
20120062729RELATIVE POSITION-INCLUSIVE DEVICE INTERFACES - A computing device can analyze image or video information to determine a relative position of an active user. The computing device can optimize audio or video data capture based at least in part upon the relative location. The device can capture audio using one or more microphones pointing toward the relative location of the active user, and can use other microphones to determine audio from other sources to be removed from the captured audio. If video data is being captured, a video capture element can be adjusted to focus primarily on the active user. The position of the user can be monitored so the audio and video data capture can be adjusted accordingly.03-15-2012
20120176494SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR VIRTUAL RANGE ESTIMATION - A system and method for estimating the range to a target is based on logging images and related information as a vehicle is moving. When the vehicle is at a first observation point and an event of interest occurs at a target location, the log can be accessed to provide an image and related information of the target from a time in the past. This logged information provides a prior observation point, or in other words a second observation point, to use for triangulation, eliminating the need and time required to move the vehicle and acquire a second observation point. Using the current information from the first observation point, and the logged information of a prior observation point, triangulation can be used to estimate the range from the current observation point to the target.07-12-2012
20120176493INSPECTION APPARATUS AND INSPECTION METHOD - Disclosed are an inspection apparatus and an inspection method capable of stably acquiring image data of a wafer having a high contrast at alignment marks and the peripheral portions even when a film is formed on a surface of the wafer. Specifically disclosed is a flaw inspecting apparatus which comprises an alignment measuring device including a light source serving as an illuminating light, an imaging optical system that emits light beams from the light source to an object and that collects and focuses the reflected light beams, a camera that is disposed on a converging point in the imaging optical system and that captures images of the object, and an image processing function that processes the captured images. The images are captured using the reflected light beams in at least two different spectral bands, and image information of the object corresponding to the reflected light beams is appropriately computed so that the contrast of alignment marks is increased.07-12-2012
20110043623IMAGING DEVICE - A mode control section controls an image generation section to operate in a normal mode or a polarized light component reduction mode on the basis of a mode signal from a mode signal generation section to cause the image generation section to form a normal image or a polarized light component reduced image. When the possibility of occurrence of stray light is high, the imaging device automatically switches to the polarized light component reduction mode and when the possibility of occurrence of the stray light is low, the imaging device automatically switches to the normal mode. The polarized light component reduced image is obtained by reducing or eliminating stray light having a polarized light component, and the normal image is formed without reducing the stray light. Thus, the imaging device is capable of automatically switching between the two modes.02-24-2011
20110043620DETERMINING COORDINATES OF A TARGET IN RELATION TO A SURVEY INSTRUMENT HAVING AT LEAST TWO CAMERAS - A method is disclosed for determining coordinates of a target in relation to a surveying instrument wherein a first image is captured using a first camera in a first camera position and orientation, a target is selected by identifying at least one object point in the first image, and first image coordinates of the object point in the first image are measured. In at least one embodiment, a second image is captured using a second camera in a second camera position and orientation, the object point identified in the first image is identified in the second image, and second image coordinates of the object point in the second image are measured. Target coordinates of the target in relation to the rotation center of the surveying instrument are then determined based on the first camera position and orientation, the first image coordinates, the second camera position and orientation, the second image coordinates, and first and second camera calibration data. Furthermore, a surveying instrument for performing the method is disclosed.02-24-2011
20110074946Visual appearance measurement method and system for randomly and regularly arranged birefringent fibers - Methods and apparatus to measure visual appearance of birefringent fibers are disclosed. One method comprises emitting light, creating N03-31-2011
20110090332Image sensor device, apparatus and method for optical measurement - The invention relates to an apparatus and processes for optical measurement and detection with real-time closed-loop controls, which enable higher levels of performance. The invention is especially suitable for applications such as spectroscopy; microscopy; biochemical assays; processes and reactions on miniaturized formats (such as those involving micro-/nano-plates, micro-formats & micro-arrays, chemistry-on-chip, lab-on-chip, micro-channels and micro-fluidics, where dimensions are on micron scale and volumes are in the sub-nanoliter range). Such “intelligent sensing” allows higher data quality and reliability, higher measurement and analysis throughput and lower cost.04-21-2011
20110102582BIOLOGICAL GROWTH PLATE SCANNER - A biological growth plate scanner includes a multi-color illumination system that illuminates a biological growth plate with different illumination colors. A monochromatic image capture device captures images of the biological growth plate during illumination of the growth plate with each of the illumination colors. A processor combines the images to form a composite multi-color image, and/or individual components of the composite image, and analyzes the composite image to produce an analytical result such as a colony count or a presence/absence result. The biological growth plate scanner may include both front and back illumination components. The back illumination component may include a diffuser element disposed under the biological growth plate. The diffuser element receives light from one or more laterally disposed illumination sources, and distributes the light to illuminate a back side of the biological growth plate. The illumination sources in the front and back illumination components may take the form of sets of light emitting diodes (LEDs) that can be independently controlled by the processor.05-05-2011
20110102581TARGET POSITION IDENTIFYING APPARATUS - A target position identifying apparatus includes a color difference converting section for processing pixel values of an image of a target comprised of combination of a first color and a second color obtained from the target under influence of ambient light, thus generating a color component value of the first color, a color component value of the second color and a luminance value, a color region determining section for determining region of the first color and region of the second color, based on the first color component value and the second color component value, with using a determination condition based on either luminance of the captured image or the luminance value, a border detecting section for detecting border between the first color and the second color in the target based on result of the determination by the color region determining section and a target position calculating section for calculating the position of the target on the image based on result of the border detection by the border detecting section.05-05-2011
20110102580SPATIAL PREDICTIVE APPROXIMATION AND RADIAL CONVOLUTION - The present invention provides a method for approximating the location of a point of interest relative to a three dimensional coordinate system, the method including the steps of: orientating a camera toward the point of interest such that the point of interest can be seen within a camera view; retrieving camera data including a location relative to the three dimensional coordinate system, and a camera position including a camera heading and a camera tilt; querying an associated topographic map database to identify one or more coordinates located on the topographic map along the camera heading to form a first dataset; computing one or more coordinates located on a radial plane between the camera and the point of interest based on the camera heading and camera tilt to form a second dataset; and comparing the first dataset with the second dataset to identify a pair of matching coordinates; wherein the matching coordinates represent the three dimensional coordinate location of the point of interest. A system and software for performing the method is also provided.05-05-2011
20110102579STEERING CONTROL LEADING APPARATUS USING LANDMARK AND METHOD THEREBY - Disclosed is a steering control leading apparatus using a landmark when a car travels. The steering control leading apparatus includes: a coordinate controller that analyzes images obtained by photographing the landmark installed on a road by a photographing apparatus installed in a car to generate current coordinate data and current driving lane data of a car; a lane controller that compares the current driving lane data or the current coordinate data received from targeted coordinate data and a coordinate controller to generate determined result data determining whether the car is normally driven; and a display unit that displays the current coordinate data, and the targeted coordinate data, or the data indicating whether the car is normally driven05-05-2011
20110102578IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGE GENERATING METHOD - An imaging apparatus includes: an imaging unit for capturing an image of a fluorescent sample; a pixel shift unit for changing the relative position of the imaging unit for the image; an image correction unit for correcting the gray-scale levels of plural pieces of image data using the histograms of the image data acquired by the imaging unit at different relative positions; and an image combination unit for combining the plural pieces of image data corrected by the image correction unit.05-05-2011
20120120231ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVE IMAGING APPARATUS - A first optical system irradiates a target with a detecting wave and making the detecting wave that is transmitted through the target incident upon the electrooptical crystal. A second optical system slants a pulse plane of a probe wave relative to a pulse plane of the detecting wave and making the probe wave incident upon the electrooptical crystal. A camera detects the probe wave passing through the electrooptical crystal. The first or second optical system includes a compensating component which partitions a beam cross section of the detecting wave or the probe wave into unit areas. The optical component makes different an optical path length of a beam passing each unit area and compensates a phase shifting between the pulse plane of the detecting wave and the pulse plane of the probe wave at positions in a crossing direction of a surface of the electrooptical crystal and the virtual plane.05-17-2012
20100289895DISTANCE MEASURING APPARATUS - A distance measuring apparatus according to the present invention determines the distance to an object of range finding based on the amount of parallax between multiple images. The distance measuring apparatus includes: a number of simple lenses L11-18-2010
20100289894BROADCASTING SYSTEM, SENDING APPARATUS AND SENDING METHOD, RECEIVING APPARATUS AND RECEIVING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - The present invention relates to a broadcasting system, a sending apparatus and a sending method, a receiving apparatus and a receiving method, and a program that make it possible to cause a user to feel a sense of realism, to display an image suitable for the preferences of a user, or the like by performing an appropriate process on a receiving side of the broadcasting system.11-18-2010
20100245565METHOD AND/OR SYSTEM FOR MEASURING CONCENTRATION OF DETECTION TARGET USING TRANSMISSION OR REFLECTION OF LIGHT - Provided are a method and/or apparatus for measuring the concentration of a detection target using the transmission or reflection of light. The system includes an illumination unit disposed over a biodisc and configured to apply light to the detection target included in the biodisc and a camera module disposed below the biodisc and configured to measure the amount of light transmitted through the detection target.09-30-2010
20100245563SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FACILITATING THE USE OF WHITEBOARDS - Systems and methods for facilitating use of non-electronic whiteboards and other large displays. Images of whiteboard are input to a computer device to provide automatic detection of a collaborative portion of content on the board created during a collaborative session and distribution to relevant collaborators alone while personal content of board is not distributed. Modification history of writings are preserved and displayed as change histograms to assist a user locate content that may have been erased. User finds the content by inspecting regions of board that correspond to user's memory of approximate location and time of modifying the content and are shown on the histogram as having been modified. Persistent reminder notes that clutter board space are detected and stored based on their location on the board and duration of persisting on the board so that they may be erased.09-30-2010
20100245564METHOD FOR SELF LOCALIZATION USING PARALLEL PROJECTION MODEL - A method of recognizing a self location of an image acquisition device by acquiring an image of two or more reference objects is provided. The method of the present invention comprises setting an actual camera plane, two or more reference object planes, and two or more virtual viewable planes located between the actual camera plane and the reference object planes; projecting the reference objects to a corresponding one of the virtual viewable planes; calculating a distance between a viewing axis and the reference objects and a distance between the viewing axis and images on the actual camera plane, the images corresponding to the reference objects; and sensing the self location of the image acquisition device by using an orientation and a zoom factor of the image acquisition device and coordinates of the reference objects, wherein the zoom factor is a ratio of a length of the reference object plane and a distance between the reference object plane and the virtual viewable plane, and the actual camera plane, the virtual viewable plane, and the reference object plane are perpendicular to the viewing axis.09-30-2010
20120127302MIXED REALITY DISPLAY - An image processing device includes capture optics for capturing light-field information for a scene, and a display unit for providing a display of the scene to a viewer. A tracking unit tracks relative positions of a viewer's head and the display and the viewer's gaze to adjust the display based on the relative positions and to determine a region of interest on the display. A virtual tag location unit determines locations to place one or more virtual tags on the region of interest, by using computational photography of the captured light-field information to determine depth information of an object in the region of interest. A mixed-reality display is produced by combining display of the virtual tags with the display of objects in the scene.05-24-2012
20120127303Detecting System Component Failures In A Computing System - Detecting system component failures in a computing system, including: capturing, by a digital imaging device, a plurality of time sequenced images of a component in the computing system; comparing, by a digital imaging comparator, the plurality of time sequenced images of the component in the computing system; determining, by the digital imaging comparator, whether the plurality of time sequenced images of the component in the computing system have changed more than a predetermined threshold; and sending, by a notification system, a component alert notification upon determining that the plurality of time sequenced images of the component in the computing system have changed more than the predetermined threshold.05-24-2012
20120127301ADAPTIVE SPECTRAL IMAGING BY USING AN IMAGING ASSEMBLY WITH TUNABLE SPECTRAL SENSITIVITIES - Image capture using an imaging assembly having a spectral response which is tunable in accordance with a capture parameter. The capture parameter has high spectral dimensionality. A sample image of a scene is captured and the sample image is analyzed to identify multiple different regions in the scene. Each such region shares similar spectral content that is dissimilar from spectral content in other regions of the scene. Spectral bands for each region of the multiple different regions are determined so as to increase spectral differentiation for spectral content in each such region. A spectral mask is constructed for application to the imaging assembly. The spectral mask is constructed from the spectral bands for the multiple different regions. The spectral mask is applied as the capture parameter to the imaging assembly, and a spectral image of the scene is captured and stored.05-24-2012
20120162412IMAGE MATTING APPARATUS USING MULTIPLE CAMERAS AND METHOD OF GENERATING ALPHA MAPS - Disclosed herein are an image matting apparatus using multiple cameras and a method of generating alpha maps. The apparatus includes a multi-camera unit, a depth estimation unit, an alpha map estimation unit, and an image matting unit. The multi-camera unit acquires a main image generated when a main camera captures an object at a specific camera angle, and acquires a plurality of sub-images generated when a sub-camera captures the object at different camera angles. The depth estimation unit estimates a depth value, corresponding to a distance between the main camera and the object, for each cluster. The alpha map estimation unit estimates an alpha map of the main image using the depth value estimated by the depth estimation unit. The image matting unit extracts a foreground from the main image using the alpha map, and performs image matting using the extracted foreground.06-28-2012
20120162411METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR OPERATION OF MOVING OBJECT IN UNSTRUCTURED ENVIRONMENT - An apparatus for operation of a moving object in an unstructured environment includes a sensor unit configured to sense vibration of the moving object to produce a sensing signal; an image capturing unit configured to capture an image of a surrounding environment on which the moving object travels; a signal synchronization unit configured to synchronize the sensing signal from the sensor unit with the image captured by an image capturing unit through mapping therebetween; an amplitude extraction unit configured to extract a tilt of the moving object based on the sensing signal from the sensor unit and calculate a viewing angle and a moving distance of the moving object based on the calculated tilt; and an image correction unit configured to perform coordinate transformation on the captured image by using the viewing angle and the moving distance to generate a corrected image.06-28-2012
20120162409IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE - The input device and the input system include a hand detection means which detects the position of the hand, a body part detection means which detects positions of user's body parts such as the face, for example, a relative position calculation means which calculates a relative position of the hand with respect to body parts from hand position information being a detection result of the hand detection means and body part position information being a detection result of the body part detection means, and a gesture recognition means which recognizes a hand gesture on the basis of a change in the hand position information being the detection result of the hand detection means, wherein when a hand gesture is recognized, the operation of the input device with respect to the user's gesture is changed according to a relative position of the hand with respect to body parts.06-28-2012
20100208061METHOD OF SCANNING BIOCHIP AND APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING THE SAME - An apparatus for scanning a biometric device includes a camera that scans the biometric device to generate images, and a computer that extracts data from the images. The computer measures three-dimensional locations of at least three different positions on a surface of the biometric device, determines one of a virtual approximation plane and a curved surface with respect to the surface of the biometric device based on the measured three-dimensional locations, determines imaging locations of two or more panels disposed on the biometric device based on the one of the virtual approximation plane and the curved surface, obtains individual images of the two or more panels by scanning the biometric device based on the determined imaging locations, and extracts overall data of the biometric device from the individual images of the two or more panels.08-19-2010
20100208058MONITORING THE COLOR IMPRESSION OF MULTICOLOR PATTERNED AREAS - A method and an arrangement for testing the quality of multicolor patterned surfaces with an n-channel imaging sensor such as a color camera or an imaging spectrometer. The method determines from the captured images the deviations of the color/spectral statistics and of the image sharpness with respect to references and, before an assessment, converts at least one of the deviations or threshold values using a transformation which emulates the genetically and/or culturally specific perception of the targeted customer groups. The method further allows a quality produced to be associated with a genetically and/or culturally specific group of customers who accept this quality in terms of their perception of multicolor patterned surfaces.08-19-2010
20110181712METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TRACKING OBJECTS - A method utilizing an ultrasonic distance sensor to measure distances between the sensor and an object includes the steps of: identifying an object using a first object tracking apparatus; adjusting a first rotation direction of the first object tracking apparatus to pinpoint the object; measuring a distance between the object and the first object tracking apparatus; and obtaining a location of the object in accordance with the distance and the first rotation direction.07-28-2011
20110181714CONGESTION DEGREE MEASURING APPARATUS - A congestion degree measuring apparatus includes a reproducer. A reproducer reproduces a reference image representing a state in which a plane is overlooked. A taker repeatedly takes a scene image outputted from a camera having an imaging surface that captures the plane. An allocator allocates one or at least two second areas respectively corresponding to one or at least two first areas designated on the reference image reproduced by the reproducer to the scene image taken by the taker. A measurer executes a process of measuring a congestion degree of one or at least two dynamic objects existing on the plane at each second area allocated by the allocator, based on the scene image taken by the taker.07-28-2011
20120212608STAR PATTERN RECORDING RECOGNITION METHOD, AND STAR SENSOR APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING SPACECRAFT ATTITUDE - The present invention relates to a star pattern recognition method and to a star sensor apparatus for determining spacecraft attitude, and more particularly, to a star pattern recognition method and to a star sensor apparatus using statistical data. According to the present invention, a star pattern recognition method for determining spacecraft attitude is provided, as well as a star sensor apparatus for the method, wherein said method comprises: an observation data acquiring step of acquiring statistical data for a first reference star in images of stars obtained from a star sensor of a spacecraft; and a pattern recognition step of searching the registered plurality of reference stars for one reference star having statistical data closest to the statistical data of the first reference star. The statistical data for the relevant star are statistical indices determined by coordinates on a standard coordinate system of stars in a region-of-interest containing said relevant star.08-23-2012
20120212607IMAGE MEASURING APPARATUS - An image measuring apparatus includes: an imaging device of a rolling shutter type configured to image a work; a position control system configured to output a focusing position as information representing a position in a direction of a focusing axis by controlling an in-focus position of the imaging device; and a computing device configured to calculate, from image information acquired from the imaging device, contrast information corresponding to the image information, wherein the computing device divides an acquired image into a plurality of regions and corrects the contrast information corresponding to the image information based on a position of and the contrast information corresponding to each of the regions.08-23-2012
20120212606IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR DEALING WITH PICTURES FOUND BY LOCATION INFORMATION AND ANGLE INFORMATION - An image processing method includes: determining target location information and target angle information; and utilizing a search module for obtaining selected pictures from a plurality of candidate pictures by referring to location information and angle information of each of the candidate pictures, the target location information, and the target angle information. An image processing apparatus includes a determination module and a search module. The determination module is arranged to determine target location information and target angle information. The search module is coupled to the determination module, and implemented for obtaining selected pictures from a plurality of candidate pictures by referring to location information and angle information of each of the candidate pictures, the target location information, and the target angle information.08-23-2012
20120133765SPATIALLY-VARYING SPECTRAL RESPONSE CALIBRATION DATA - Systems, methods, and other embodiments associated with producing spatially varying spectral response calibration data are described. One example method includes controlling a digital camera to capture characteristic data arrays from light sensors in the digital camera in response to the digital camera being exposed to light stimuli from a multi-spectral reference display. The data arrays will be acquired multiple times at multiple locations in multiple stimuli provided from the multi-spectral reference display. The method also includes controlling a calibration logic to manipulate characteristic data arrays to produce spatially varying spectral response calibration data as a function of using characteristic data arrays and known wavelengths of the light in light stimuli. The method may also include providing the spatially varying spectral response calibration data to a downstream consumer (e.g., correction process, quality control process), displaying the data, or storing the data.05-31-2012
20120314061IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING METHOD, PROGRAM, AND INTEGRATED CIRCUIT - Ambiguous distinction of PSFs between positions in front of and behind an imaging point corresponding to a distance to an object is eliminated without decreasing the amount of light to be exposed, and the distance to the object is estimated from a small number of captured images. An imaging apparatus includes: an imaging device which captures an image; an optical system for forming an image of an object on the imaging device; a birefringent substance having a birefringence effect; and a distance measurement unit which measures a distance from the imaging device to the object, using the captured image and a point spread function having a form changed by the optical element between positions in front of and behind an image point corresponding to the distance to the object.12-13-2012
20120314060METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR OPTIMAL BALANCE AND SPATIAL CONSISTENCY - A method for assigning video signals includes receiving a plurality of video signals from a plurality of cameras located at one or more remote sites, the plurality of video signals for display on a plurality of monitors at a local site. The method includes determining an optimal monitor for displaying a first video signal associated with a first camera based on the location and alignment of the first camera in relation to one or more of the plurality of cameras. The method includes calculating a respective difference between a number of video signals assigned to the optimal monitor and a respective number of video signals assigned to each respective monitor of the plurality of monitors. The method further includes assigning the first video signal to the optimal monitor if the respective difference is not greater than a threshold value with respect to each of the plurality of monitors.12-13-2012
20120314058SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MEASURING A DISTANCE TO AN OBJECT - A system for measuring a distance to an object includes a camera positioned at a location and a signal generated by the camera that is reflective of a camera setting. A controller operably connected to the camera receives the signal and generates an accuracy signal based on the signal. The accuracy signal is reflective of a predicted accuracy of a distance measurement. An indicator operably connected to the controller provides an indication reflective of the accuracy signal. A method for measuring a distance to an object includes positioning a camera and generating a signal reflective of a predicted accuracy of a distance measurement. The method further includes providing an indication reflective of the signal, capturing one or more images of the object at the location, and calculating a distance to the object based on the one or more captured images of the object at the location.12-13-2012
201201624103D IMAGE SENSOR - An integrated image sensor capable of determining the distance to objects contained in a scene including at least a set of first pixels and a set of second pixels, the first and second pixels being alternately distributed in an array, the first pixels having a different angular aperture than the second pixels.06-28-2012
20120249782IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE AND IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD - The present invention is applied for an image capturing device having a light source and a camera that captures an image of a measurement subject placed in an optical path that lies between said camera itself and said light source. The image capturing device according to the present invention includes a control unit that subtracts a plurality of frame images captured by said camera during an OFF period of said light source from a plurality of frame images captured by said camera during an ON period of said light source, the number of frame images captured by said camera during the OFF period being the same as that number of frame images obtained by said camera during the ON period and integrates the differences between their images.10-04-2012
20120169868METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MEASURING SIZES OF OBJECTS IN IMAGE - Method and apparatus for measuring sizes of objects by using photograph. Method includes taking photograph by using camera; recognizing reference scale in photograph and measuring size of reference scale; measuring vertical direction angle and horizontal direction angle between the camera and the objects by using image properties of the recognized reference scale; recognizing the objects in the photograph and measuring vertical sizes and horizontal sizes of the objects; and acquiring actual vertical sizes and actual horizontal sizes of the objects by compensating the measured vertical size and the measured horizontal size of the objects based on the size of the reference scale, the actual size of the reference scale, and the vertical and horizontal direction angles. Therefore, heights and widths of objects distributed throughout a wide area may be precisely measured regardless of positions of the objects by using a reference scale for comparatively measuring sizes of the objects.07-05-2012
20120169867ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH MEAUREMENT FUNCTION AND MEAUREMENT METHOD THEREOF - A method for measuring size of an object is provided. The method includes controlling a distance measurement unit to measure a vertical distance between an electronic device and the object in response to a measurement operation, controlling an image capturing unit to capture an image in front of the electronic device, which includes an image of the object in response to the measurement operation. Computing an actual size of the captured area according to the distance measured by the distance measurement unit and an angle of view of the image capturing unit. In addition, obtaining the image of the object from the captured image, and further computing the proportion of the image of the object in the captured image. Then computing the size of the object according to the proportion and the actual size of the captured area, and displaying the measured size of the object.07-05-2012
20120169866THERMAL IMAGER WITH NON-UNIFORMITY CORRECTION - Infrared cameras are susceptible to fixed-pattern noise artifacts. These artifacts are due to numerous sources and typically show up as non-uniformities in an IR image of a uniform scene. Devices for and methods of refining non-uniformity corrections in an infrared (IR) camera are provided that correct for remaining fixed pattern noise.07-05-2012
20100182426Stabilized-Image Telemetry Method - The invention relates to a method of telemetry of a target performed by an operator by means of binoculars which comprise an image sensor (07-22-2010
20120314059METHOD FOR DYNAMICALLY DETECTING THE FILL LEVEL OF A CONTAINER, CONTAINER THEREFOR, AND SYSTEM FOR DYNAMICALLY MONITORING THE FILL LEVEL OF A PLURALITY OF CONTAINERS - The application pertains to detecting the fill level of a container for transporting and/or storing objects. This is achieved by determining an estimate of the number of objects in the container with the aid of a value of the container volume occupied by the objects or the already emptied container volume, on the basis of an average object volume of one or of a predetermined number of the objects, as long as the container bottom is covered by objects situated in the container. When a predetermined portion of the container bottom is visible, the objects in the container are counted, by identifying the individual objects on the container bottom. In addition, a container that is particularly suitable for the proposed methods and a system with a plurality of such containers are proposed.12-13-2012
20120075464VIDEO MONITORING SYSTEM - A monitoring system includes a camera adapted to capture images and output signals representative of the images. The camera may include one or more depth sensors that detect distances between the depth sensor and objects positioned within the field of view of the one or more cameras. A computer device processes the image signals and or depth signals from cameras and determines any one or more of the following: (a) whether a patient care protocol has been properly followed; (b) what condition a patient is in; (c) whether an infection control protocol has been properly followed; and (d) whether steps have been taken to reduce the risk of a patient from falling. Alerts may be issued if any conditions of importance are detected.03-29-2012
20120075463USER INTERFACE SYSTEM AND METHOD USING THERMAL IMAGING - A thermal imaging interface for control of a computer program may obtain one or more thermal infrared images of one or more objects with one or more thermographic cameras. The images may be analyzed to identify one or more characteristics of the objects. Such characteristics may be used as a control input in the computer program.03-29-2012
20120075462BLOW TRACKING USER INTERFACE SYSTEM AND METHOD - A blow tracking user interface method and apparatus may detect an orientation of blowing of a user's breath and a magnitude of blowing of the user's breath. A blow vector may be generated from the orientation and magnitude of the blowing of the user's breath. The blow vector may be used as a control input in a computer program.03-29-2012
20120249783TARGET POINT RECOGNITION METHOD AND SURVEYING INSTRUMENT - Target point recognition method including emitting electromagnetic radiation to illuminate targets, moving the scanning beam within a predetermined angular range in order to scan the surveying environment, detecting reflections of the electromagnetic radiation on the targets, wherein the targets are defining the target points, and determining the angle to the target points. The method further including a capturing procedure with capturing an overall image of the surveying environment, wherein the overall image comprises at least one single image taken by the camera, and determining target points and their angle on the overall image by image processing by matching targets with one or more predetermined search criteria, storing the target points together with their angle a data base, and displaying the overall image together with marks for indicating a position of the target points detected within the scanning procedure and the capturing procedure in the overall image.10-04-2012
20100283845VEHICLE PERIPHERY MONITORING DEVICE, VEHICLE, VEHICLE PERIPHERY MONITORING PROGRAM, AND VEHICLE PERIPHERY MONITORING METHOD - A vehicle periphery monitoring device comprising a distance detecting unit which detects the distance between cameras and an object, an object image extracting unit which extracts a first image portion of the object from the acquired image, a filtering unit which performs a filtering process to the acquired image, in which a target edge width is set to be narrower as the assumed value of the width is smaller and the distance is longer, and in which a target edge direction is set to a direction orthogonal to the predetermined direction, and an object type identifying unit which identifies, on the basis of a shape of a second image portion extracted by the filtering process, whether or not the type of the object in real space corresponding to the second image portion is the specific type.11-11-2010
20120257047GEOMETRIC REFERENCING OF MULTI-SPECTRAL DATA - A sensing device for obtaining geometric referenced multi-spectral image data of a region of interest in relative movement with respect to the sensing device, includes a first two dimensional sensor element and a spectral filter. The sensing device obtains subsequent multi-spectral images during the relative motion of the region of interest with respect to the sensing device, thus providing spectrally distinct information for different parts of a region of interest using different parts of the first sensor. A second two dimensional sensor element, using the second sensor element, provides an image of the region of interest for generating geometric referencing information to be coupled to the distinct spectral information.10-11-2012
20120257045IMAGE SYNCHRONIZATION FOR A MULTIPLE IMAGER SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF - An imager system and method thereof are provided, the imager system is configured for use with a vehicle and has a plurality of imagers including a first imager having a first field of view, and a second imager having a second field of view The imager system further includes a video processor module configured to approximately synchronize at least the first and second imagers, and a serial data communication connection communicatively connecting the plurality of imagers and the video processor module, wherein at least the first and second imagers are approximately synchronized by communicating a synchronization signal via a connection other than the serial data communication connection, and the images captured by the first and second imagers are approximately synchronized without buffering the captured images.10-11-2012
20120257050Method for Calibrating a Measurement Instrument of an Optronic System - A method for calibrating measurement instruments of an optronic system in motion, with positions P10-11-2012
20120188368METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SUPER-RESOLUTION SIGNAL RECONSTRUCTION - A method and system are presented for reconstructing an input field where the latter is sensed by a measurement system. The method comprises: providing measured data corresponding to output field of said measurement system; providing data about sparsity of the input field, and data about effective response function of the measurement system; and processing the measured data based on said known data, the processing comprising: determining a sparse vector as a function of said measured data, said data about the sparsity of the input field, and said data about the effective response function; and using the sparse vector for reconstructing the input information. The invention allows for sub-wavelength resolution in imaging applications, and allows for detection of very short pulses by slow detectors in some other applications.07-26-2012
20120188367SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DISPLAY CALIBRATION - Methods and data processing systems are disclosed for automatically calibrating display devices. In one embodiment, a data processing system includes a display device having a built-in image capturing device and a mirror system with at least one mirror that is operatively coupled to the image capturing device. The mirror system reflects one or more reference images in a first region of the display device and one or more references images in a second region of the display device to the image capturing device. The references images captured by the image capturing device allow a calibration of colors output from the display device. A reference image in the first region may be compared to different references images in the second region until a match is obtained. In another embodiment, an adjustable mirror system includes at least one adjustable mirror to allow adjustment of the mirror angle for the display calibration.07-26-2012
20110115905METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CHECKING THE FLUID IN A PIPET TIP - Methods for detecting the presence and/or volume and/or identity of liquid in a transparent carrier include directing a light source towards the carrier; recording an image of light refracted by the carrier with a camera; and deriving information regarding the presence and/or volume of the liquid in the carrier from the recorded image of the light refracted by the carrier. Devices for detecting the presence and/or volume and/or identity of liquid in a transparent carrier include a camera directed towards the carrier; a light source directed towards the carrier; and means for recording an image of light from the light source as refracted by the carrier and captured by the camera.05-19-2011
20120257049METHOD FOR VISUALIZING SPATIALLY-RESOLVED MEASUREMENT RESULTS AND CORRESPONDING MEASURING ARRANGEMENT - In a measuring apparatus (10-11-2012
20120257048VIDEO INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND VIDEO INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS - It is desired to check a difference of a given movement performed on different date.10-11-2012
20120229628DISTANCE MEASURING APPARATUS, DISTANCE MEASURING METHOD, DISTANCE MEASURING PROGRAM, DISTANCE MEASURING SYSTEM, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - A distance measuring apparatus according to the present invention includes an image input unit configured to input a plurality of viewpoint images obtained by capturing a subject from different viewpoints, an obtaining unit configured to obtain, regarding each of a plurality of distances of interest, a piece of calibration data corresponding to each of the plurality of distances of interest from a plurality of pieces of calibration data for matching two-dimensional coordinates of the viewpoint images and three-dimensional coordinates in a real space, an image correcting unit configured to correct, for each of the distances of interest, the plurality of viewpoint images based on each of the pieces of calibration data, a parallax calculation unit configured to calculate, for each of the distances of interest, a parallax between the plurality of corrected viewpoint images, a comparing unit configured to compare the corrected viewpoint images over the plurality of distances of interest to specify a piece of optimum calibration data from the plurality of pieces of calibration data, a distance calculation unit configured to calculate a subject distance based on the parallax, and an output unit configured to output, as a distance measurement result, the subject distance calculated from the parallax between the corrected viewpoint images with the piece of optimum calibration data.09-13-2012
20120229626METHOD OF PREDICTING A TRAJECTORY OF AN ASTEROID - Disclosed are a system, a method and an apparatus of predicting a trajectory of an asteroid. In one embodiment, a method of predicting a trajectory of an asteroid near a celestial object, includes continuously monitoring, through a high-definition camera optimized for space viewing, an unlimited expanse of space as visible from a location of the high-definition camera optimized for space viewing. The method also includes detecting a change in a light intensity of one of a plurality of stars. In addition, the method includes determining that the light intensity of a star has changed beyond a threshold parameter. The method further includes detecting an occultation, through a discriminating sensor, when the change in the light intensity of the star is determined. On detecting occultation, the method includes recording a set of properties associated with the occultation.09-13-2012
20120229625PROVIDING AFFINITY PROGRAM INFORMATION - Systems, methods, and computer program products are provided for using real-time video analysis and AR or the like to assist the user of mobile devices with commerce activities. Through the use of real-time vision object recognition objects, logos, artwork, products, locations and other features that can be recognized in the real-time video stream can be matched to affinity program information regarding the object and/or the user. The affinity program information may be presenting to the user of the mobile device in conjunction with display of the associated object in a live video stream.09-13-2012
20120229624REAL-TIME IMAGE ANALYSIS FOR PROVIDING HEALTH RELATED INFORMATION - Systems, methods, and computer program products are provided for using real-time video analysis and AR or the like to assist the user of mobile devices with commerce activities. Through the use of real-time vision object recognition objects, logos, artwork, products, locations and other features that can be recognized in the real-time video stream can be matched to health related information regarding the object and/or the user. The health related information may be presenting to the user of the mobile device in conjunction with display of the associated object in a live video stream.09-13-2012
20120262573SIX DEGREE-OF-FREEDOM LASER TRACKER THAT COOPERATES WITH A REMOTE LINE SCANNER - A method of measuring surface sets on an object surface with a coordinate measurement device and a target scanner, includes providing the scanner having a body, a first retroreflector incorporating a pattern, a projector, a camera, and a processor, providing the device, selecting the source pattern of light; projecting the source pattern of light onto the object to produce the object pattern of light; imaging the object pattern of light onto the photosensitive array to obtain the image pattern of light; obtaining the pixel digital values for the image pattern of light; sending the first beam of light from the device to the first retroreflector; receiving the second beam of light from the first retroreflector; measuring the orientational and translational sets based at least in part on the second beam of light; determining the surface sets corresponding to the plurality of collinear pattern elements; and saving the surface sets.10-18-2012
20120262572VISUAL OBSTRUCTION REMOVAL WITH IMAGE CAPTURE - An object located within an image foreground relative to image content within a field of view of at least one camera lens is identified, using image processing module, as an image obstruction. Responsive to identifying the image obstruction, points of view of at least one camera lens are determined that provide image content portions of the image content that, in combination, yield a complete image of the image content without the image obstruction located within the image foreground. The image content portions are combined to yield the complete image of the image content without the image obstruction located within the foreground. The combined complete image is stored to a memory.10-18-2012
20120262571CAMERA FLASH FOR IMPROVED COLOR BALANCE - A camera unit and method of control are described. The camera unit has a camera flash sub-unit configurable to emit flash light having an adjustable characteristic. A camera sensor sub-unit generates raw color data when exposed to light for processing into a digital image. The camera unit also includes a camera controller for coordinating operation of the camera flash sub-unit and the camera sensor sub-unit. The camera controller monitors one or more ambient light characteristics in a vicinity of the camera unit. Prior to receiving a command instructing the camera unit to generate the digital image, the camera controller repeatedly configures the camera flash sub-unit based on the monitored ambient light characteristics to adjust the characteristics of the emitted flash light. Once the camera controller receives the command, the camera sensor sub-unit is instructed to expose an image sensor using the pre-adjusted camera flash light to increase illumination.10-18-2012
20120229627VIDEO SPEED DETECTION SYSTEM - Multiple-object speed tracking apparatuses are disclosed, including a camera configured to capture a set of images of a monitored area (e.g., a roadway). The camera's longitudinal axis may be positioned at any viewing angle relative to a longitudinal axis of a roadway such that at least two moving objects moving on the roadway are included in a set of high or low resolution images. A computer system is configured to analyze the set of images to detect the two moving objects and substantially simultaneously determine a calculated rate of speed of at least one of the two moving objects. The computer system also provides an on-site speed calibration process for transforming locations of an image among the set of images into real-world coordinates by considering both perspective and scale of the image. An apparatus mount for at least one of either the camera or the computer system is also disclosed.09-13-2012
20100328451POSITION MEASURING SYSTEM, PROCESSING DEVICE FOR POSITION MEASUREMENT, PROCESSING METHOD FOR POSITION MEASUREMENT, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - A position measuring system includes a marker set having three or more basic markers that are known in positional relation and attached to a second area of an object which contains a first area having an acting portion and the second area continuous with the first area, an image-taking device having a two-dimensional image-taking element that takes an image of the marker set, a recording device that records the coordinate of the acting portion with respect to the marker set, and a processing device that calculates the three-dimensional position of the acting portion by using the position and angle of the marker set determined on the basis of the image of the marker set taken by the image-taking device and the coordinate of the acting portion with respect to the marker set that is recorded in the recording device.12-30-2010
20100328455Method for Object Localization Using Visual Images with Reference Coordinates - There is provided a method of localizing an object comprising projecting an object located on an object plane and a reference point corresponding thereto on a virtual viewable plane and an actual camera plane; estimating coordinates of the reference point; and prescribing a relationship between a location of the object and the coordinates of the reference point.12-30-2010
20100328454SHAPE MEASURING DEVICE AND METHOD, AND PROGRAM - The invention relates to a shape measuring device and method, and a program therefor, that allow measuring the shape of a test object, more simply and reliably, using a single-chip color sensor.12-30-2010
20100328453PROJECTOR WITH AUTOMATIC FOCUSING AND ILLUSTRATION PROCEDURE - A projector (12-30-2010
20100328452METHOD FOR POSE INVARIANT VESSEL FINGERPRINTING - A computer-implemented method for matching objects is disclosed. At least two images where one of the at least two images has a first target object and a second of the at least two images has a second target object are received. At least one first patch from the first target object and at least one second patch from the second target object are extracted. A distance-based part encoding between each of the at least one first patch and the at least one second patch based upon a corresponding codebook of image parts including at least one of part type and pose is constructed. A viewpoint of one of the at least one first patch is warped to a viewpoint of the at least one second patch. A parts level similarity measure based on the view-invariant distance measure for each of the at least one first patch and the at least one second patch is applied to determine whether the first target object and the second target object are the same or different objects.12-30-2010
20100328450OPTICAL PROCESSING TO CONTROL A WASHING APPARATUS - A control unit may automatically enable and/or disable a washing apparatus based on processing of an image of wares to be washed by the washing apparatus. In one example, a system includes a camera configured to capture an image of one or more wares to be washed by a washing apparatus, a computer-readable medium comprising a plurality of item profiles, each of the item profiles comprising a visual signature and one or more wash cycle characteristics, and a control unit configured to retrieve the image, detect one of the visual signatures of the plurality of item profiles in the image, select the one of the item profiles corresponding to the detected visual signature, enable the washing apparatus, and automatically disable the washing apparatus after the ware is determined to be clean in accordance with the selected one of the item profiles.12-30-2010
20100328449SUPPORT STAND AND IMAGING MEASUREMENT DEVICE USING THE SAME - A support stand includes a support member, and a connecting module assembled on the support member. The connecting module includes a first adjustment member, a first connection member rotatably connected to the first adjustment member, a second adjustment member assembled on the support member, a second connection member rotatably connected to the second adjustment member, and a fixing member connecting the first adjustment member and the second connection member. The connecting module further includes two first clamping members assembled on the first adjustment member to clamp the first connection member, and two second clamping members assembled on the second adjustment member to clamp the second connection member. The first and second clamping members are capable of adjusting the rotating angle of the first and second connection member around a first and second axis, respectively. An imaging measurement device utilizing the support stand is also provided.12-30-2010
20100328447CONFIGURATION OF DISPLAY AND AUDIO PARAMETERS FOR COMPUTER GRAPHICS RENDERING SYSTEM HAVING MULTIPLE DISPLAYS - To coordinate a coherent view across multiple display devices having an arbitrary physical layout, display offsets are determined by a computing platform based on image information received from a camera coupled to the computing platform. The computing platform may apply edge detection algorithms to determine relative positions, orientations and sizes of each of the multiple display devices from which display offsets associated with each display device may be derived as configuration settings for use in a subsequent rendering of a views to be displayed across the display devices.12-30-2010
20120262569VISUAL OBSTRUCTION REMOVAL WITH IMAGE CAPTURE - An object located within an image foreground relative to image content within a field of view of at least one camera lens is identified, using image processing module, as an image obstruction. Responsive to identifying the image obstruction, points of view of at least one camera lens are determined that provide image content portions of the image content that, in combination, yield a complete image of the image content without the image obstruction located within the image foreground. The image content portions are combined to yield the complete image of the image content without the image obstruction located within the foreground. The combined complete image is stored to a memory.10-18-2012
20120262570METHOD FOR CAPTURING A SIZE OF AN INSTALLATION SPACE FOR A DOOR/WINDOW USING REMOTE IMAGE - A method for capturing a size of an installation space for a door/window using remote image includes providing an installation space for a door/window having an edge, disposing a size-calibrating member at one side of the edge of the installation space for the door/window, using an image capturing device to acquire an image that contains with the installation space for the door/window and the size-calibrating member, transmitting mentioned image to an image measurement system, using the image measurement system to analyze the image and determine an image ratio between the installation space for the door/window and the size-calibrating member, and a practical size of the installation space can be figured out based on mentioned image ratio and a practical size of the size-calibrating member.10-18-2012
20120320190System for Calibrating a Vision System - A system for calibrating a vision system of an object. For example, a system for calibrating a surround view system of a vehicle. The system may be configured to capture, via a first and second image sensor, a first and second image of a plurality of objects. Upon capturing such information, the system may be configured to determine a position and orientation of the first and the second image sensor relative to the plurality of objects based on the first and the second captured image. Further, the system may be configured to determine a relative position and orientation between the first and the second image sensor based on a result of the determining a position and orientation of the first and the second image sensor. Also, the system may be configured to determine intrinsic and extrinsic parameters of the first and the second image sensor.12-20-2012
20120320191Device for Analyzing Hair Fibers and Methods of Using the Device - A method and device for analyzing hair fibers comprising positioning the hair fibers on an image sensor of the device wherein the image sensor receives light from a light source, transmitting light from the light source through the hair fibers to create an image of the hair fibers on the image sensor, evaluating the image of the hair fibers using a processor resulting in processor generated analysis values, and correlating the processor generated analysis values to hair property descriptors.12-20-2012
20120320189THERMAL IMAGER THAT ANALYZES TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENT CALCULATION ACCURACY - A method and computer program product for determining whether an object of interest can have its temperature measurement calculated by a thermal imaging camera. To do this, the distance between the camera and the object of interest is measured, then a measurement IFOV is calculated using the measure distance. The measurement IFOV may be displayed on the screen of the camera as a graphical indicator of the object of interest can be registered with the graphical indicator and then it is determined whether the temperature measurement of the object can be acceptably calculated.12-20-2012
20110037849TIME-OF-FLIGHT BASED IMAGING SYSTEM USING A DISPLAY AS ILLUMINATION SOURCE - The present invention concerns a time-of-flight based imaging system comprising a photon emitter used as an illumination source; a photon sensor (02-17-2011
20120268588METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING OPTICAL PROPERTIES OF A LENS SYSTEM - A system for determining at least one optical property of a lens system, comprising: a position sensitive detector 10-25-2012
20120320194SOFTWARE FOR THE DISPLAY OF CHROMATOGRAPHIC SEPARATION DATA - Techniques and systems for displaying chromatographic data using a graphical user interface are provided. Chromatographic separation data that represent multiple series of measurements for multiple samples can be displayed on a display device of a computer system as a series of bands, the bands being arranged to resemble output from an electrophoresis gel. The bands may be aligned using a marker included in each sample.12-20-2012
20110221890OBJECT TRACKING APPARATUS, OBJECT TRACKING METHOD, AND CONTROL PROGRAM - An object tracking apparatus that tracks an object in a time-series image including a plurality of frames has a positional relationship determining unit that determines a positional relationship between the object and an analog having a feature similar to that of the object in an earlier frame of a current frame, an object position specifying unit that specifies a position of the object in the current frame, and an analog position specifying unit that specifies a position of the analog in the current frame when the analog exists in a surrounding region that is of a predetermined region around the object. The object position specifying unit predicts the position of the object in the current frame to specify the position of the object based on the position of the object and a motional state of the object in an earlier frame when the positional relationship is in a first state.09-15-2011
20120320192COOPERATIVE OPERATION DEVICE, COOPERATIVE OPERATION METHOD, COOPERATIVE OPERATION CONTROL PROGRAM, AND DEVICE COOPERATION SYSTEM - In order to cooperatively operate a plurality of devices and use a relative relationship between these devices, a device cooperation system includes a first device which has a first transmission function to transmit first information and a second device which has a first relative relationship with the first device, has a first reception function to receive the first information, and generates third information based on the first relative relationship, the first information, and second information.12-20-2012
20120320193SURVEYING INSTRUMENT - The invention relates to a surveying instrument comprising a telescope, at least one camera providing first, second or more image signals and a controller, wherein the controller is adapted to combine the image signal data of the first, second or more image signals in order to simultaneously display at least two of the images corresponding to the first, second or more image signals on display means.12-20-2012
20100253776APPARATUS FOR REMOVING REFLECTED LIGHT - An apparatus for removing reflected light is provided, which is used for a measuring device that emits a sheet-like beam of light onto suspended particles and measures light scattered from the suspended particles. The apparatus includes a light introduction unit, a light reflective unit, a light sealing unit and a light absorption member. The light introduction unit has a first aperture, a second aperture, and a passage through which the light travels from the first aperture to the second aperture. The light reflective unit disposed opposite to the second aperture allows the light having traveled through the second aperture to reflect toward a predetermined direction so as to prevent the light from returning into the second aperture. The light sealing unit in which the light reflective unit is disposed has an inner wall to confine the light reflected from the light reflective unit.10-07-2010
20100231711METHOD FOR REGISTERING MODEL DATA FOR OPTICAL RECOGNITION PROCESSING AND OPTICAL SENSOR - To easily generate model data having high recognition accuracy and being consistent with measurement conditions and installation environment of each of optical sensors. Basic model representing a range in which a workpiece can be optically recognized is inputted, and pieces of processing of imaging and measuring the workpiece under the same condition as that in an actual measurement and matching feature data of the workpiece obtained from this measurement with the basic model are executed for a plurality of number of cycles. Then, in the basic model, information is set as unnecessary information where the information cannot be associated with the feature data of the workpiece in all of the pieces of matching processing, or where the number of times or ratio the information cannot be associated is more than a predetermined reference value, or where the information cannot be associated with the feature data in any one of the pieces of executed matching processing. Then, the unnecessary information is deleted from the basic model, and information after each deletion is identified as model data to be registered and is registered to the memory.09-16-2010
20100231710METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MEASURING THE CURVE OF A SPECTACLE FRAME - The invention relates to a method for measuring the curve of a spectacle frame (09-16-2010
20100231709POSITION MEASUREMENT SYSTEM, POSITION MEASUREMENT METHOD AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM - A position measurement system includes a marker set attached to an object, a camera and a computing apparatus. The marker set includes three or more directed basic markers each having a shape indicating a direction. The directed basic markers are oriented in directions toward a specific point. A positional relationship among the directed basic markers is known. The camera includes a two-dimensional imaging device configured to take an image of the marker set. The computing apparatus computes at least one of a position of the object and an angle of the object based on an image, taken by the camera, of the directed basic markers, which are oriented in the directions toward the specific point.09-16-2010
20100231712Image capturing apparatus and image capturing method - In an image capturing apparatus, an image recognition device detects an object to be monitored and calculates an object luminance and object coordinates by performing a recognition process on the detected object. A control device calculates a position and an illuminance in space where the object exists on the basis of the object luminance and the objet coordinates, calculates a camera parameter on the basis of the calculated position and illuminance and a present camera parameter, and controls the camera parameter of a video image capturing device according to the calculated camera parameter, so that the exposure amount is adjusted.09-16-2010
20120086802SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING WATER QUALITY - A system and system for monitoring water quality. The system comprises a container for receiving a flow of water to be monitored, the container containing a plurality of fish and configured such that a substantially 3-dimensional group behaviour of the fish is accommodated; a first imaging device disposed above the container for obtaining top view video data of the fish; and means for identifying individual fish based on foreground object detection.04-12-2012
20120086801TRACKING HEAD POSITION AND ORIENTATION - Methods, devices, and systems are presented for determining a distance to an object using a color camera and special markers mounted on the object that refract or reflect different colors depending on the angle at which they are viewed. Different colors can be refracted or reflected using lenticular lenses or other technologies. The color received by the camera reveals the orientation of the markers. The orientation information can be combined with the perceived angular distance between the markers and the known distance between the markers to determine the actual distance to the object.04-12-2012
20120327223OBJECT DETECTING DEVICE AND INFORMATION ACQUIRING DEVICE - An information acquiring device is provided with a light emitting device, a light receiving device, and a base plate having a heat conductivity. The light emitting device has a laser light source, a collimator lens, a diffractive optical element, a mirror which reflects laser light in a direction toward the diffractive optical element, and a housing having a heat conductivity. A side surface of the housing opposite to a reflecting direction of laser light by the mirror is formed into a flat surface, and the housing is mounted on a support plate in such a manner that the flat surface is placed on a top surface of the support plate. Heat generated in the laser light source is efficiently transferred to the support plate via the housing.12-27-2012
20120327222Light Field Data Acquisition - A light field data acquisition device includes optics and a light field sensor to acquire light field image data of a scene. In at least one embodiment, the light field sensor is located at a substantially fixed, predetermined distance relative to the focal point of the optics. In response to user input, the light field acquires the light field image data of the scene, and a storage device stores the acquired data. Such acquired data can subsequently be used to generate a plurality of images of the scene using different virtual focus depths.12-27-2012
20120327221METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT FOR TACTILE-OPTICAL DETERMINATION OF THE GEOMETRY OF A MEASUREMENT OBJECT - The invention relates to a method and arrangement for determining structures and/or geometry of a workpiece in a coordinate measuring machine by means of a tactile-optical measuring method, wherein the position of a shaped probe element is determined in at least one direction by means of a first sensor using an optically lateral measuring method, and the position of the shaped probe element is determined in at least one second direction using at least one distance sensor. In order to allow the error-free detection of the shaped probe element using the sensors, the invention proposes that at least one flexible connector element is used in a mounting for fastening the shaped probe element, permeated by the beam path of the first sensor in the beam direction, wherein the connecting element is transparent and/or is disposed severely out of focus with respect to the first sensor.12-27-2012
20120092489IMAGE RECOGNIZING METHOD AND IMAGE RECOGNIZING DEVICE - Provided is an image recognizing method. The image recognizing method includes selecting a partial data from a standard image data, recognizing image based on the selected data, reduction-converting the selected data, and recognizing image based on the reduction-converted data.04-19-2012
20120327220MULTI-VIEW ALIGNMENT BASED ON FIXED-SCALE GROUND PLANE RECTIFICATION - A system and method of generating a common ground plane from a plurality of image sequences includes detecting at least three observations for each image sequence, generating a plurality of rectified ground planes for the plurality of image sequences, determining a geometric property of the plurality of observations in the plurality of image sequences, determining a relative scaling factor of each of the plurality of rectified ground planes, and generating the common ground plane from the plurality of image sequences based on the rectified ground planes and the determined relative scaling factors.12-27-2012
20120327219SOLAR TRACKER DEVICE AND SYSTEM - A solar tracker device continuously captures sun rays to be redirected towards a target The device includes a mirror defining a center point and fixedly mounted to a heliostat, an imaging device having an optical axis passing through the mirror center point, an electronic board, and a partly transparent dome extending between the imaging device and the target When sun rays penetrate said dome, the mirror reflects rays toward the dome and a portion are reflected back by the dome to the imaging device to form an image of the mirror center point An image of the fixed target is formed on the imaging device through the dome and defines an image of the target Whenever the images of the mirror and the target center are not in coincidence, the electronic board is activated to rotate the heliostat reflecting surface toward an orientation for which coincidence is obtained12-27-2012
20120287267IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM - To easily edit dynamic image content suiting user's preferences in consideration of the geographical position. A trajectory information generation unit 11-15-2012
20120287266DETERMINATION OF A POSITION CHARACTERISTIC FOR AN OBJECT - A system for determining a position characteristic for an object in a room comprises an optically identifiable element (11-15-2012
20120140063SYSTEM AND PROGRAM FOR GENERATING INTEGRATED DATABASE OF IMAGED MAP - A photography unit photographs a target, a control unit acquires distance data between a photography position and a target to be photographed of the photography unit, an azimuth angle and an elevation/depression angle of a photography direction of the photography unit together with the image information by an angle distance measurement unit synchronously or asynchronously to the shutter operation of the photography unit. The angle distance measurement unit has a configuration without using an axis fixed onto a mobile object. Coordinate information of the photography position of the photography unit is acquired from the coordinate measurement unit synchronously to asynchronously to the shutter operation. The control unit calculates coordinate information of a photographing target, based on the data of the acquired distance data, the azimuth, elevation and depression angles, and the coordinate information.06-07-2012
20120140062IMAGING APPARATUS AND CAMERA - An imaging apparatus having a function of enabling focus detection at high speed while exposing an image sensor to light. Imaging apparatus 06-07-2012
20130010105SPECTROMETRIC INVESTIGATION OF HETEROGENEITY - In one general aspect, a spectroscopic apparatus is disclosed for investigating heterogeneity of a sample area. The apparatus includes an image acquisition system operative to acquire images of a plurality of sub-areas in the sample area and a sub-area selection interface operative to receive a selection designating one of the sub-areas for which an image has been obtained. A spectrometer has a field of view and is operative to acquire a spectrum of at least part of one of the sub-areas in its field of view, and a positioning mechanism is responsive to the sub-area selection interface and operative to position the field of view of the spectrometer relative to the sample area based on a received selection.01-10-2013
20130010106RANGING CAMERA APPARATUS - A ranging camera apparatus includes an imaging device that images a subject and outputs polarization image data having a phase difference; an operating process unit; a memory; and an image processing unit. The operating process unit includes first and second polarization ratio information processing units and a parallax calculating unit. The first and the second polarization ratio information processing units receive the polarization image data and calculate polarization ratio information image data and luminance information image data. The parallax calculating unit receives the polarization ratio information image data and generates parallax information image data. The polarization ratio information image data, the luminance information image data, and the parallax information image data are stored in the memory. The image processing unit recognizes the subject based on the data stored in the memory, and calculates a three-dimensional position of the subject based on the parallax information image data.01-10-2013
20130016210GEMSTONE SPARKLE ANALYSISAANM Smith; James Gordon ChartersAACI BuckinghamshireAACO GBAAGP Smith; James Gordon Charters Buckinghamshire GB - A system is described for obtaining images of a gemstone, and performing quantitative analysis on the images to obtain measures of properties of the gemstone. The system comprises a support structure for supporting the gemstone at an observation position. An illumination structure is arranged to illuminate the gemstone. The illumination structure comprises a plurality of radially dispersed directional light sources directed towards the observation position, the support structure and illumination system being rotatable relative to one another around a rotation axis so that the gemstone can be illuminated by one or more of the directional light sources at each of a plurality of rotational positions, the axis of rotation being normal to a selected facet of the gemstone. An imaging device is directed towards the gemstone for obtaining images of the gemstone at each of the rotational positions, the imaging device having an imaging axis parallel to or coincident with the axis of rotation. An image processor is provided for identifying sparkle regions in the images corresponding to reflections from individual light sources by individual facets and providing a quantitative measure of the gemstone on the basis of porperties of the sparkle regions.01-17-2013
20100128121METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR GENERATING AND VIEWING COMBINED IMAGES - A method and system for displaying a composite video image to a human viewer has a sub-system associated with a video camera to monitor position, viewing direction or depth of focus of the camera when positioned at a setting to view a modification scene at a recording time. A video recording of an image of the modification scene is made and stored. At a viewing time subsequent to the recording time, a viewer at the setting perceives an image of a foundation scene and a vantage position monitor sub-system associated with the viewer is used to monitor vantage position data related to the viewer's present vantage position at the time of perceives the foundation scene. Modification image data is selected and accessed from memory, the accessed data depending on the monitored vantage position data. The image data corresponding to the foundation scene and the modification scene are combined as a composite image and displayed to the viewer at the subsequent time.05-27-2010
20130021469SEED CLASSIFICATION USING SPECTRAL ANALYSIS TO DETERMINE EXISTENCE OF A SEED STRUCTURE - This disclosure relates to a method and system that models a seed structure and uses a spectral analysis to identify which morphological seed structures are existent in the seed/seedling. Additionally, this disclosure relates to a method and system that applies multi-spectral analysis using predetermined models of a seed/seedling to identify which morphological structures are existent in the seed/seedling. The information about the existence or non-existence of structures of the seed/seedling is used to classify the seed as having a specific characteristic, for later commercial use or sale. The seed market determines which specific characteristic the method will use to classify the seed/seedling. The individual seed classification may help determine associated seed lot germination values.01-24-2013
20130021470METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR COLLECTION OF DATA USEFUL FOR GEOMETRIC MODELING - A method for collecting data for geometric modeling of a physical object which includes: providing a first housing; providing an aperture in the first housing; providing a source of light within the housing that is strong enough to be perceptible in the ambient conditions at the aperture; providing a video recorder in a second housing; providing a rigid follower dimensioned and configured for following the surface of the physical object; rigidly fixing the rigid follower to one of the housings; and translating the follower along the surface of the physical object and simultaneously using the video recorder to video record the path of the aperture. Other embodiments of the present invention also include a method for guiding a tool. Still other embodiments of the present invention include a method for replicating a part.01-24-2013
20130021468OPTICAL DETECTION OF RADIOMETRIC EVENTS - A coherent fiber array is used to optically detect a radiometric event. The coherent fiber array has a dome-shaped detection surface and a planar output surface. Optical energy from the radiometric event is detected at the dome-shaped detection surface and transferred to the output surface. The coherent fiber array retains directionality of the radiometric event while transferring the optical energy from the dome-shaped detection surface to the planar output surface.01-24-2013
20120242829APPARATUS FOR OBTAINING 3-DIMENSIONAL CONTENT - An apparatus for obtaining 3D content is provided. The apparatus comprises: a lighting unit for outputting a lighting pattern having coordinate information; a depth sensor for receiving a returning beam output from the lighting unit and reflected from an object; a 2D image capturing unit for obtaining a second-dimensional image; a data processor for calculating the depth of each region using the distribution of characteristics represented on an image obtained by the depth sensor, and processing the 2D image data obtained by the 2D image capturing unit and the calculated depth data and encoding the same according to a predetermined format; and a controller for controlling the lighting unit, the 2D image capturing unit, and the data processor. The lighting unit comprises a light source and an optical element comprising a plurality of sub-grid regions for modulating beams coming from the light source.09-27-2012
20130169799METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PREDICTING ERRORS ON COMPONENTS OF ROTATING MACHINES BY THERMOGRAPHY - Computer-based detection of damage on machine components, such as misalignments and mechanical damage on bearings and clutches, is achieved using mathematical linkage of the temperatures of selected regions of thermography pictures. Photographs from the visible spectral range can be consulted in the computed-based detection.07-04-2013
20130169800DISPLACEMENT MAGNITUDE DETECTION DEVICE FOR VEHICLE-MOUNTED CAMERA - A displacement magnitude calculation device for a vehicle-mounted camera includes a reference value calculating unit 07-04-2013
20080225116Method and Apparatus For Defining and Reconstructing Rois in Scalable Video Coding - A multiple ROI (region of interest) setting method and apparatus in scalable video coding and an ROI reconstructing method and apparatus are provided. The multiple ROI setting apparatus includes: an ROI setting unit which sets at least one or more ROIs and allocates ROI identification numbers to the each of ROIs; a mapping unit which allocates at least one or more slice group identification numbers to the at least one or more ROI identification numbers; and a message generating unit which generates a message including ROI-associated information, slice-group-associated information, mapping information on mapping of the ROI identification number to the at least one or more slice group identification numbers, and scalability information.09-18-2008
20110261194SYSTEM FOR PERFORMING CLINICAL TRIALS - A system, method and device for monitoring a clinical trial and remotely evaluating the accuracy of data generated during the clinical trial.10-27-2011
20110261192APPARATUS FOR MEASURING AND DISPLAYING A FACTOR, METHOD FOR MEASURING AND DISPLAYING A FACTOR, A PROGRAM FOR MEASURING AND DISPLAYING A FACTOR BEING CONFIGURED TO CAUSE A COMPUTER TO RUN A METHOD FOR MEASURING AND DISPLAYING A FACTOR, AND SOUND SCANNER (As Amended) - A method for measuring and displaying a factor includes: sensing a factor by using a sensing unit, which is movable in a plane, a curved surface, or a space where the factor for sensing is generated or contained and senses the factor; photographing the plane, the curved surface, or the space; simultaneously recognizing a position of the sensing unit by targeting the sound sensing unit when sensing the factor in the step of sensing; generating a factor map data by mapping the factor sensed in the step of sensing onto the position sensed in the step of recognizing; overlaying the factor map data with the picture data; and displaying the factor map data overlaid with the picture data.10-27-2011
20130169798CHECKING DEVICE AND METHOD BASED ON IMAGE PROCESSING - A device for detecting objects includes a vessel intended to contain the objects. A sensor is configured to capture at least one image of the vessel. A processing device is configured to process at least one captured image by detecting objects of the at least one captured image, extracting characteristics of each detected object, and generating a list of the characteristics of each detected object. A memory stores the generated list, the memory also configured to store a first reference list of object characteristics. The processing device further generates a second list of characteristics from a captured image. The characteristics of each object of the second list are compared with, respectively, the characteristics of each object of the reference list.07-04-2013
20130176425SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ESTIMATING DAYTIME VISIBILITY - A system for estimating daytime visibility conditions includes a camera configured to capture a video sequence over a period time, an odometry sensor configured to monitor motion of the camera, and a video processing unit in communication with the camera and with the odometry sensor. The video processing unit is configured to receive the video sequence from the camera, detect an object within the video sequence, estimate a distance between the camera and the object for each frame of the video sequence, determine a mean perceived brightness of the object for each image frame, and estimate an ambient visibility using the estimated distance and mean perceived brightness of the object.07-11-2013
20130176426IMAGE SENSOR, METHOD OF SENSING IMAGE, AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE IMAGE SENSOR - The image sensor for sensing an image of an object by receiving reflected light obtained after output light is reflected by the object includes a pixel array that includes color pixels and depth pixels which receive the reflected light and a shuttering unit that facilitates outputting of color pixel signals by resetting the color pixels in units of a color integration time and reading the color pixels in units of the color integration time, and facilitates outputting depth pixel signals by resetting the depth pixels in units of a depth integration time, different from the color integration time, and reading the depth pixels in units of the depth integration time.07-11-2013
20130176427OPTICAL FLOW MEASUREMENT DIVIDE - Systems and methods may provide for identifying a plurality of areas in an image frame, and using fixed functionality logic to determine phase information for the image frame on an area-by-area basis. Additionally, a programmable processor can be used to identify motion associated with the image frame based at least in part on the phase information.07-11-2013
20120249781Method consisting of pulsing a laser communicating with a gated-sensor so as to reduce speckle, reduce scintillation, improve laser beam uniformity and improve eye safety in laser range gated imagery - This invention discloses a method for pulsing a laser communicating with a gated-imager so as to improve the optical performance of active range-gated imagery. Multiple laser pulses are generated with the time between pulses determined by range ambiguity. The pulse width time and imager gate time determine the range gate. The focal plane array (FPA) is gated on and off multiple times to integrate signal from all of the pulses. Read out of the FPA is not initiated until the multiple pulses are received. Since FPA read out is not initiated until many pulses are integrated, the time between laser pulses can be short leading to the ability to integrate many pluses. Integrating many pulses reduces scintillation and speckle and allows the use of low power high repetition sources like laser diodes and diode pumped solid state lasers. Uniformity of the beam profile also improves.10-04-2012
20100085429ANALYTICAL DEVICE FOR THE OPTICAL ANALYSIS OF A MEDIUM BY MEANS OF AT LEAST ONE IMAGING DEVICE - The invention relates to an analysis device for optical analysis of a medium by means of at least one imaging apparatus (04-08-2010
20130113924PLANT OBSERVATION DEVICE AND METHOD - A plant observation device measures the growing state of a plant placed in a measurement area and the growth environment in the measurement area while moving within the measurement area where the plant is cultivated. The quantity of light is measured during growth environment measurement, and a light transmitting state of the measurement area is detected based on the measured quantity of light and the time of light quantity measurement. The measured growing state information and growth environment information are transmitted, together with positional information, to a server of a remote monitoring system. The growth environment in the measurement area is then optimally controlled based on the growing state information and the growth environment information.05-09-2013
20130113921HADAMARD ENHANCED SENSORS - A method for increasing the pixel count delivered from a plurality of light detectors when scanning an object that includes positioning a mask, having a plurality of two dimensional Walsh-Hadamard filter patterns, in front of a plurality of light detectors to control the passage of light through the mask filter patterns to the light detectors. The method also includes positioning a lens assembly in front of the mask to project an image through the mask filter patterns on to the plurality of light detectors. The method also includes moving the mask, plurality of light detectors, or the image in a plane defined by a planar surface of the plurality of light detectors. The method also includes measuring the filtered image projected through the mask with the plurality of light detectors.05-09-2013
20130113920DETERMINING POSITION IN A PROJECTION CAPTURE SYSTEM - In one example, a projection capture system includes: a visible light projector to project a pattern on to a surface of a GUI control object placed on or above a work surface; a visible light camera to capture an image of the pattern projected on to the surface of the control object; and a controller operatively connected to the projector and the camera. Programming on the controller determines (1) a lateral position of the pattern relative to a reference position associated with the work surface based on the pattern image captured by the camera and (2) a height the pattern above the work surface based on the lateral position of the pattern.05-09-2013
20130093880Height Measurement Apparatus And Method - A height measurement apparatus measures the height of an object visible in a plurality of non-synchronous aerial images captured from a moving platform. The apparatus includes an identification section adapted to identify an object in each of a pair of images comprising first and second images. A motion compensation section is adapted to calculate a motion-compensated location of the object in the second image. An effective-synchronous displacement calculation section is adapted to calculate the effective-synchronous displacement of the object as the displacement with respect to the background between the motion-compensated location of the object in the second image and the location of the object in the first image. A height calculation section is adapted to calculate the height of the object using the effective synchronous displacement, the altitude of the platform, and the distance travelled by the platform between capturing the pair of images.04-18-2013
20130093882GEODETIC SURVEYING DEVICE HAVING AUTOMATIC HIGH-PRECISION TARGET POINT SIGHTING FUNCTIONALITY - A geodatic surveying device which is equipped with an automatic target point sighting functionality for determining the position of a target point. A reticle pattern that corresponds to the outer shape of the known reticle is stored, wherein a main point of the reticle pattern is predefined as indicating the target point. In order to carry out an automatic target point sighting functionality, the evaluation means are designed such that, after the function start, a camera image of the reticle is automatically recorded, the reticle pattern is aligned with the reticle in the camera image by means of image processing and, depending on a position of the main point in the camera image in the matched state of the reticle pattern, the orientation of the sighting apparatus is changed in a motorized manner such that the optical target axis OA is oriented with high precision at the target point.04-18-2013
20130100281Method, System and Computer Program Product for Detecting an Obstacle with a Camera - For detecting an obstacle with a camera, a first image is viewed by the camera at a first location during a first time. Points on a surface would project onto first pixels of the first image. A second image is viewed by the camera at a second location during a second time. The points on the surface would project onto second pixels of the second image. Coordinates of the second pixels are identified in response to coordinates of the first pixels, in response to a displacement between the first and second locations, and in response to a distance between the camera and the surface. The obstacle is detected in response to whether the first pixels substantially match the second pixels.04-25-2013
20130100282OPTICAL MEASUREMENT METHOD AND MEASUREMENT SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING 3D COORDINATES ON A MEASUREMENT OBJECT SURFACE - A measurement object surface is illuminated with a pattern sequence of various patterns using a projector, which is recorded with a camera system, and the 3D coordinates for the measurement points are determined by evaluation of the image sequence. While the image sequence is being recorded translational and/or rotational accelerations of the projector, the camera system and/or the measurement object are measured at least at a measurement rate such that in each case a plurality of values for the accelerations are acquired. It is thus possible, on the basis of the measured accelerations, to take into account algorithmically, when determining the 3D coordinates, movements of the projector, the camera system and/or the measurement object, which movements occur during the illumination times of the respective individual images of the image sequence and provoke unsteadiness and/or motion blur in the respective individual images of the image sequence.04-25-2013
20130100280DETECTING APPARATUS AND DETECTING METHOD THEREOF - A detecting apparatus for detecting an object includes at least a screen, at least a detecting unit and at least a holding unit. The screen is partial light-permeable and has a first surface and an opposite second surface. The object is disposed adjacent to the first surface of the screen. The detecting unit is disposed corresponding to the object and located adjacent to the second surface of the screen. The holding unit holds the relative distances between the screen, the object and the detecting unit. The detecting unit captures the image of the second surface of the screen so as to calculate the optical field distribution of the object. The detecting apparatus can measure the optical field distribution of an object quickly and has the advantages of low cost and high accuracy.04-25-2013
20130113923Blind Spot Detection Alert System - A blind spot detection alert system. The system comprises two image capturing modules, a processing module, a first display module and a second display module. The two image capturing modules capture a right image and a left image respectively. The first display module is disposed on the right of the second display module. The processing module receives the right image and the left image to analyze a car moving direction. When the processing module determines the car moving direction is a right direction, the first display module displays the right image. When the processing module determines the car moving direction is a left direction, the second display module displays the left image. The processing module calculates a distance to a coming car, a moving direction of the coming car and a speed of the coming car according to the image to get an alert message.05-09-2013
20130113922PLANT IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE AND IMAGE CAPTURE METHOD THEREOF - A plant image capture device and a method thereof are provided. A first mirror is disposed at a side of an image measurement position, so as to generate an mirror image of a plant disposed on the image measurement position; a first image capture device obtains at least one image including a direct image and the first mirror image of the plant; an image processing module uses a frame of the first mirror as a feature, so as to divide the at least one image including the direct image and the first mirror image of the plant and obtain the direct image and the first mirror image of the plant; an operation processing module processes the mirror image of the plant, so as to obtain a first image of the plant.05-09-2013
20130113926DETECTING DEVICE FOR DETECTING ICING BY IMAGE AND DETECTING METHOD THEREOF - A detecting device for detecting icing by an image includes an image acquiring system (05-09-2013
20130113925SPATIAL PHASE SHIFTING INTERFEROMETER USING MULTI WAVELENGTH - Provided is a spatial phase shifting interferometer using a multi wavelength. More particularly, provided is a spatial phase shifting interferometer using a multi wavelength capable of more rapidly measuring a precise shape of a measurement object by simultaneously oscillating laser having different wavelengths and passing oscillated laser through a beam splitter and a lens to analyze an interference fringe of the measurement object.05-09-2013
20110267459PORTABLE APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING MEASUREMENT DATA AND METHOD THEREOF - A portable apparatus for processing measurement data and a method thereof are provided. The portable apparatus may extract measurement data from a captured image representing a measurement device, and may store and manage the extracted measurement data together with a type of the measurement data.11-03-2011
20110267455SYSTEM FOR GENERATING A LIGHT BEAM IN THE AREA IN FRONT OF A MOTOR VEHICLE - A system is described for generating a light beam in the area in front of a motor vehicle, which system has the following components—a headlight which comprises at least one LED array comprising a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) which can be electrically actuated separately, —an object detection device for detecting objects in the area around the motor vehicle, and—a position determining device for determining the position of a detected object relative to the motor vehicle. In this context, the light beam which is generated by the LED array in conjunction with an optical imaging system can be characterized by at least one horizontal illumination intensity distribution value, in which the contributions of at least two LEDs to the illumination intensity distribution value overlap at least partially in terms of the horizontal angle, wherein the illumination intensity can be defined respectively for a) different positions in front of the motor vehicle and b) different horizontal angles relative to a reference direction. For a detected object, a horizontal angle range which is critical in terms of dazzle is then identified in each case as a function of the position of the object with respect to the motor vehicle and as a function of an assumed or identified object width, and the individual LEDs are driven, while taking into account the overlapping, in terms of horizontal angle, of their contributions to the illumination intensity distribution value, in such a way that an illumination intensity limiting value is not exceeded in the horizontal angle range which is critical in terms of dazzle and in terms of the position of the detected object.11-03-2011
20130120565LIGHT PROPAGATION TIME CAMERA SYSTEM HAVING SIGNAL PATH MONITORING - A time-of-flight camera system includes a photosensor having at least one receiving pixel and a source of illumination. A modulator is configured to provide a modulation signal to the photosensor and to the source of illumination. A control sensor is connected to at least one reference light source or an electric mixer. The control sensor is disposed in a vicinity of the source of illumination such that the control sensor receives at least a portion of the radiation emitted by the source of illumination. The control sensor is configured to provide an electric output signal that substantially matches an intensity-over-time curve of the received radiation.05-16-2013
20130120561INFRARED INSPECTION OF METALLIC WEB STRUCTURES - Systems and methods for detecting anomalies in web structures used in the formation of tires are disclosed. A thermal imaging device, such as an infrared camera, can be used to scan a portion of web structure as the web structure leaves a calender. The thermal images can be analyzed for temperature differentials in the web structure. The presence of a temperature differential can signify the presence of an anomaly in the web structure, such as a missing or out of place cable anomaly, an improper edge trim anomaly, or a missing rubber material anomaly.05-16-2013
20130169797COLOR DETECTOR FOR VEHICLE - A color detector for a vehicle that detects a color of an external image by receiving predetermined image data from a camera photographing the external image of the vehicle, may include an RGB converting unit converting a photographed image of the camera into RGB image data, an HSI (Hue, Saturation, and Intensity) image extracting unit extracting a hue image, a saturation image, and an intensity image of the RGB image data, a reverse image extracting unit extracting a reverse saturation image, a reverse modulo saturation image, and a reverse luminance image of the RGB image data, and a color detecting unit detecting white, black, red, and yellow colors by using two or more images selected from the hue image, the saturation image, the intensity image, the reverse saturation image, the reverse modulo saturation image, and the reverse luminance image by a predetermined algorithm.07-04-2013
20130128032SYSTEM AND METHOD TO VERIFY COMPLETE CONNECTION OF TWO CONNECTORS - An inspection system which verifies the complete connection of two connectors at an inspection station. An indicator is placed on one of the first and second connectors which becomes hidden from view only when the first and second connectors are in a fully connected position. A camera is positioned at the inspection station which generates an output signal representative of the field of vision of the camera. That camera output signal is coupled to an optical recognition circuit which generates an alarm signal if the indicator is present in the camera image.05-23-2013
20130128036Lateral Flow and Flow-through Bioassay Devices Based on Patterned Porous Media, Methods of Making Same, and Methods of Using Same - Embodiments of the invention provide lateral flow and flow-through bioassay devices based on patterned porous media, methods of making same, and methods of using same. Under one aspect, an assay device includes a porous, hydrophilic medium; a fluid impervious barrier comprising polymerized photoresist, the barrier substantially permeating the thickness of the porous, hydrophilic medium and defining a boundary of an assay region within the porous, hydrophilic medium; and an assay reagent in the assay region.05-23-2013
20130128035ROBOTIC ARM - An analytical laboratory system and method for processing samples is disclosed. A sample container is transported from an input area to a distribution area by a gripper comprising a means for inspecting a tube. An image is captured of the sample container. The image is analyzed to determine a sample container identification. A liquid level of the sample in the sample container is determined. A scheduling system determines a priority for processing the sample container based on the sample container identification. The sample container is transported from the distribution area to a subsequent processing module by the gripper.05-23-2013
20130128034Real-Time Player Detection From A Single Calibrated Camera - A method for detecting the location of objects from a calibrated camera involves receiving an image capturing an object on a surface from a first vantage point; generating an occupancy map corresponding to the surface; filtering the occupancy map using a spatially varying kernel specific to the object shape and the first vantage point, resulting in a filtered occupancy map; and estimating the ground location of the object based on the filtered occupancy map.05-23-2013
20130128030Thin Plenoptic Cameras Using Solid Immersion Lenses - Methods and apparatus for capturing and rendering high-quality photographs using relatively small, thin plenoptic cameras. Plenoptic camera technology, in particular focused plenoptic camera technology including but not limited to super-resolution techniques, and other technologies such as solid immersion lens (SIL) technology may be leveraged to provide thin form factor, megapixel resolution cameras suitable for use in mobile devices and other applications. In addition, at least some embodiments of these cameras may also capture radiance, allowing the imaging capabilities provided by plenoptic camera technology to be realized through appropriate rendering techniques. Hemispherical SIL technology, along with multiple main lenses and a mask on the photosensor, may be employed in some thin plenoptic cameras. Other thin cameras may include a layer between hemispherical SILs and the photosensor that effectively implements superhemispherical SIL technology in the camera.05-23-2013
20130169796LIGHT SYSTEM FOR EMPHASIZING OBJECTS - Light-emitting devices (07-04-2013
20130135461AMBIENT REFLECTIVITY ABSORPTION SYSTEM FOR IDENTIFYING PRECIOUS OR SEMI-PRECIOUS MATERIALS AND ASSOCIATED METHODS - A reflectivity absorption system for identifying a target precious or semi-precious material can include a detector, a filter system, and an output display. The detector system is capable of detecting a reflected electromagnetic radiation at a primary wavelength and a secondary wavelength. The reflected electromagnetic radiation can be produced from sunlight or other light source. The primary wavelength corresponds to an upper reflectivity of the target material while the secondary wavelength corresponds to a lower reflectivity of the target material. Reflectivity is a function of wavelength such that identifiable variations in wavelength can be observed for certain materials over specific wavelength ranges which are then compared to a known standard reflectivity response for the indicated wavelengths. These systems can be used in portable, handheld, or stationary configurations and can identify exposed target materials in real-time.05-30-2013
20130128031APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MEASURING MOISTURE CONTENT IN STEAM FLOW - An apparatus and method for estimating moisture content in a steam flow through a steam turbine is disclosed. At least a portion of a steam flow path through a turbine is illuminated using at least one laser assembly, and a plurality of digital images of the illuminated portion of the steam flow are obtained. The digital images are analyzed to measure an amount of light scattered in each digital image, and this analysis of each digital image is compared to estimate moisture content of the steam flow.05-23-2013
20130141571AIRTIGHTNESS INSPECTION METHOD AND AIRTIGHTNESS INSPECTION APPARATUS FOR SEALED BATTERY - A soft packaged sealed battery is contained in an airtight container. The airtight container is decompressed and images of the surface shape of the sealed battery in the airtight container before and after decompression are captured by a CCD camera or the like. Whether or not airtightness of the sealed battery is maintained is determined based on a change in the captured images, e.g. a change in the surface shape appearing as luminance differences of pixels. By this determination method, highly accurate airtightness determination is realized by eliminating the influence of invisible fine creases on a sealed battery surface.06-06-2013
20130141570INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD - A probability at which a target object takes a target object state is acquired for each of target object states that the target object is allowed to take, and a distribution of the probabilities is acquired. A success rate is acquired, for each relative target object state being determined in advance for a position and orientation of an image capturing device, at which the target object is successfully identified from a captured image obtained by capturing the target object having the relative target object state, and a distribution of the success rates is acquired. A position and orientation that the device is to take is determined based on the distribution of the success rates acquired for each of a plurality of positions and orientations that the image capturing apparatus is allowed to take, and the distribution of the probabilities.06-06-2013
20130141569INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus comprises a data generation unit configured to sequentially generate projection patterns; a projection unit configured to project a projection pattern onto a target object every frame; a trigger signal generation unit configured to generate a trigger signal in a case where the projection pattern of the current frame to be projected onto the target object is different from the projection pattern of the previous frame; and an imaging unit configured to image the target object onto which the projection pattern is projected, according to the trigger signal.06-06-2013
20130141568System and Method for Image Selection of Bundled Objects - A bundled object image selection system includes an array of sensors configured to at least partially surround a bundle of objects, wherein the sensors are lasers adapted to obtain physical dimensional data about the bundle. The system also includes at least one camera configured to obtain a plurality of images of the bundle, a processor for executing computer-executable instructions, and a memory for storing computer executable instructions. When the instructions are executed, the processor implements a limit module that processes the physical dimensional data to determine a limit of the bundle and a selection module that selects at least one image from the plurality of images corresponding to the limit.06-06-2013
20130141567MOBILE WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS DEVICE PROVIDING GUIDE DIRECTION INDICATOR FOR NEAR FIELD COMMUNICATION (NFC) INITIATION AND RELATED METHODS - A mobile device may include a display, an optical sensor having a field of view, a movement sensor, a first near-field communication (NFC) device, and a controller. The controller may be configured to display the field of view of the optical sensor on the display, locate a second NFC device within the field of view, and display a direction indicator(s) on the display to indicate a guide direction of movement to align the first NFC device with the second NFC device. When the second NFC device falls outside the field of view, the controller may be configured to display the guide direction indicator(s) on the display to relocate the second NFC device within the field of view based upon the movement sensor. The controller may also be configured to cause the first NFC device to communicate with the second NFC device based upon proximity to the second NFC device.06-06-2013
20130141566METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MACHINE VISION COUNTING AND ANNOTATION - A method of processing graphical image data representing optically scanned medication-related units may include receiving image data generated responsive to an application of light to a tray disposed a distance from an image acquisition component. The application of light may distinguish a background field from a plurality of the units disposed on the tray. The method may further include processing the image data to identify objects that correspond to respective ones of the units from the background field, counting the objects identified as corresponding to respective ones of the units, and generating an annotated image including at least a sequential number associated each one of the objects identified as corresponding to respective ones of the units.06-06-2013
20130141565Method and System for Location Determination and Navigation using Structural Visual Information - Methods and systems for location determination using structural visual information may comprise receiving global navigation satellite system (GNSS) signals in a wireless device (WD) for determining a first position of the WD. One ore more images of a structure or structures near the WD may be captured and a position may be determined based on a comparison of the structures in the images to structures in a stored database. The database may be pre-stored based on a known future location of a user of the WD. The database may be downloaded and stored when insufficient GNSS signals are present. The database may comprise a plurality of images or may comprise video of structures. A distance from the structures may be determined based on known optical properties of a camera in the WD, and may be used to determine an accurate location based on the images.06-06-2013
20110211067SAMPLE ANALYSIS APPARATUS AND A METHOD OF ANALYSING A SAMPLE - The invention relates to a sample analysis apparatus. The apparatus comprises: a radiation system to irradiate the sample in a vial and an analyser with a camera to analyse the radiation received from the sample in the vial. The apparatus is provided with a holder to releasable hold the vial and with an optical path for the radiation system to irradiate the sample and for the camera to make images of the sample. The radiation system can be used for front lighting of the sample in the vial or for back lighting of the sample in the vial. The camera may be provided with a telecentric lens.09-01-2011
20110273561Multistage Demodulation Pixel and Method - A demodulation structure for a n-tap pixel, mainly for 3D time-of-flight (TOF) applications uses a 2-stage switch structure for demodulating a modulated electromagnetic wave. An almost arbitrary number of storage sites per pixel can be implemented enabling an almost arbitrary number of samplings captured during one exposure. It also provides the option to demodulate and integrate different phasing samples according to the different modulation frequencies within the same exposure.11-10-2011
20110273560Apparatus and method for measurement of corona discharge of power facilities by UV sensor with optic lens - The present disclosure relates to a method and apparatus for measuring corona discharge of power facilities by a UV sensor with an optical lens. The apparatus includes a UV sensor array receiving UV rays from an analyzing target of a power facility at a location separated a predetermined distance from the target, an optical lens unit focusing the UV rays to the UV sensor array, a signal detector detecting the UV rays in the form of a pulse voltage waveform signal, a UV image processor processing the detected pulse voltage waveform signal into a UV image, a real image measurement unit photographing a real image of the analyzing target, a real image processor displaying a photographed real image; a matching unit combining the photographed real image with the UV image, and an image/data output unit detecting a location of corona discharge based on the combined UV image and real image.11-10-2011
20110273559ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELD SPACE DISTRIBUTION VISUALIZING DEVICE, ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELD SPACE DISTRIBUTION VISUALIZING METHOD, AND PROGRAM THEREOF - A device including: an electromagnetic field sensor (11-10-2011
20110221891INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, PROCESSING METHOD THEREFOR, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus generates pattern data including a plurality of measurement lines, and a reference line which has a plurality of intersection points with the plurality of measurement lines, respectively, and has a shape that is defined in an interval between the intersection points by a specific feature, captures an image of an object onto which projection pattern light, based on the generated pattern data, is projected, extracts the intersection points from the captured image, and obtains information, concerning the shape with a specific feature in the interval between the intersection points on the reference line in the captured image, as identification information used to identify the measurement lines.09-15-2011
20130147947METHOD FOR MONITORING THE QUALITY OF THE PRIMER LAYER APPLIED TO A MOTOR-VEHICLE BODY PRIOR TO PAINTING - A method for monitoring the quality of the primer layer applied to the body of a motor vehicle prior to painting (enamelling) envisages provision of at least one manipulator robot carrying a monitoring head. The monitoring head includes a light source constituted by an array of LED sources and a videocamera that are held in a position fixed with respect to one another whilst they are displaced with respect to the surface to be monitored following the profile of said surface. The signals at output from the videocamera are processed by dividing the area monitored into an array of sub-areas and executing the same processing procedure simultaneously on all the sub-areas.06-13-2013
20110254949METHOD OF CHECKING AN INSPECTION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF ESTABLISHING A MEASUREMENT VARIABLE OF THE INSPECTION APPARATUS - In order to establish a lighting intensity of an inspection apparatus, an inspection board is installed in an inspection apparatus. Then, a width of a histogram of a captured image acquired through a camera of the inspection apparatus is adjusted to avoid from a dark region and a bright region. Thereafter, a lighting intensity of the inspection apparatus is adjusted by adjusting the histogram to be near a middle of a graph. Thus, a setting time of an inspection condition stored in a job file may be reduced to increase the user's convenience, and measurement error due to mis-establishment may be reduced to enhance inspection precision.10-20-2011
20130147948IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGING APPARATUS USING THE SAME - It is possible to provide an image processing apparatus capable of carrying out calibration easily and precisely without requiring a special facility and provide an imaging apparatus making use of the image processing apparatus. The imaging apparatus comprises at least two cameras 06-13-2013
20120257046OPTICAL TOPOGRAPHIC IMAGING - Methods and devices of studying a predefined portion of an object having a feature of interest are disclosed. The feature of interest defines a class of objects that includes the object. Light sources directly illuminate the object from different illumination directions. The light sources are maintained in a stable configuration relative to the object. For each illumination direction, an image is generated from light scattered from the object with a camera maintained in a stable configuration relative to the light sources. A methodology derived from machine learning for the class of objects is applied to filter the generated images are filtered for a characteristic consistent with the fetaure of interest. Surface gradients are determined from the filtered images and integrated to generate a topography of a surface of the object.10-11-2012
20100295941SHAPE MEASUREMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD - A shape measurement apparatus includes a work stage supporting a target substrate, a pattern-projecting section including a light source, a grating part partially transmitting and blocking light generated by the light source to generate a grating image and a projecting lens part making the grating image on a measurement target of the target substrate, an image-capturing section capturing the grating image reflected by the measurement target of the target substrate, and a control section controlling the work stage, the pattern-projecting section and the image-capturing section, calculating a reliability index of the grating image and phases of the grating image, which is corresponding to the measurement target, and inspecting the measurement target by using the reliability index and the phases. Thus, the accuracy of measurement may be enhanced.11-25-2010
20120274762OBTAINING DISTANCE BETWEEN DIFFERENT POINTS ON AN IMAGED OBJECT - The present invention discloses an image capturing apparatus and a method for obtaining the distances between different points of an object to be shot during image capturing of said object. The method comprises: determining a pair of specified points on the object for distance measurement; focusing on each specified point respectively, and obtaining a focal length for obtaining a clear image of the specified point on an imaging device of an image capturing apparatus, a distance between the clear image point of the specified point and a longitudinal axis of a convex lens of the image capturing apparatus, and a distance between the convex lens and the imaging device of the image capturing apparatus during said focusing; and calculating a distance between the specified points in the pair on the object.11-01-2012
20120274761Vision System and Method of Operation - In an exemplary embodiment, a system includes a first camera, a second camera, and a processor wherein the second camera has a higher resolution than the first camera. The processor is communicatively coupled to the first camera and the second camera and is operable to determine a center coordinate of an udder of a dairy livestock based at least in part upon visual data captured by the first camera. The processor is also operable to determine a position of a teat of the dairy livestock based at least in part upon the center coordinate and visual data captured by the second camera.11-01-2012
20120274760METHOD AND PARTICLE ANALYZER FOR DETERMINING A BROAD PARTICLE SIZE DISTRIBUTION - A method and a particle analyzer are provided for determining a particle size distribution of a liquid sample including particles of a lower size range, particles of an intermediate size range, and particles of an upper size range. A dark-field image frame is captured in which the particles of the lower size range and the particles of the intermediate size range are resolved, and a bright-field image frame is captured in which the particles of the intermediate size range and the particles of the upper size range are resolved. Absolute sizes of the particles of the intermediate size range and the particles of the upper size range are determined from the bright-field image frame. Calibrated sizes of the particles of the lower size range are determined from the dark-field image frame by using the particles of the intermediate size range as internal calibration standards.11-01-2012
20100309312Monitoring Device For Monitoring A Display Device - A monitoring device for monitoring a display device, displaying target values. The values being predetermined by a target value specification device. The monitoring device has an image acquisition device, an analysis device, and a comparison device. The image acquisition device generates a recording of said display. The analysis device generates an analysis of the recording. The comparison device compares the analysis and the target value. A signal can be generated if the analysis and the target value are different.12-09-2010
20100309311LOCALIZATION OF A SURVEYING INSTRUMENT IN RELATION TO A GROUND MARK - A method is disclosed for localizing a surveying instrument having a housing including at least one camera in relation to a mark located at a ground level. The method comprises the steps of capturing a first image of the ground below the housing in a first camera position and orientation, wherein the first camera position is eccentric to a vertical rotational axis of the surveying instrument, identifying an object point corresponding to the mark in the first image, measuring first image coordinates of the object point in the first image. The method further comprises the steps of capturing a second image of the ground below the housing in a second camera position and orientation, identifying in the second image, an object point corresponding to the mark, and measuring second image coordinates of the object point in the second image. The height of a rotation center of the surveying instrument above the mark is then determined based on the first camera position and orientation, the first image coordinates, the second camera position and orientation, the second image coordinates, and camera calibration data. Furthermore, a surveying instrument for performing the method is disclosed.12-09-2010
20100309310AIRCRAFT MONITORING AND IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM - An aircraft tail number identification system for detecting, identifying, capturing, decoding, and recording pictures of all arriving and departing aircraft on airport pathways, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in all kind of weather.12-09-2010
20110242314IMAGE TAKING SYSTEM - An image taking system includes: an image taking unit for taking an image of an object; a ranging unit for measuring an object distance to the object in a shooting angle of field of the image taking unit; a turning unit for turning the image taking unit in a pan direction and a tilt direction; a support unit for supporting the turning unit at a predetermined location; a pan/tilt angle detecting unit for detecting a pan angle and a tilt angle of the turning unit; and a distance computing unit for computing a distance between the object and a reference plane, which is a plane including a direction of the optical axis at a predetermined pan angle of the turning unit and a vertical direction, based on the object distance obtained by the ranging unit and the pan angle and the tilt angle obtained by the pan/tilt angle detecting unit.10-06-2011
20130155223WARNING METHOD AND DEVICE - A warning device includes a lighting unit, an image capturing unit and a processing unit. The lighting unit is configured for generating at least one light spot. The image capturing unit is configured for capturing and recording a series of images of the light spot in time sequence. The processing unit is coupled to the image capturing unit for analyzing a position of the light spot in each of the images, computing an overall displacement of the light spot according to the positions in the respective images, determining whether the overall displacement is greater than a predetermined safe value, and generating a warning output when the overall displacement is greater than the predetermined safe value.06-20-2013
20120281086DISTANCE MEASUREMENT APPARATUS AND DISTANCE MEASUREMENT METHOD - A distance measurement apparatus includes: an imaging device which captures an image; a diffractive optical device which diffracts a subject image; an optical system which forms, on the imaging device, the image from the subject image diffracted by the diffractive optical device; and a distance measurement unit which measures a distance to a subject using the image captured by the imaging device. The distance measurement unit measures the distance to the subject based on an interval between diffraction figures of the subject image which are created by the diffractive optical device. The interval is on the image captured by the imaging device.11-08-2012
20120281085IN-SCENE DETERMINATION OF AEROSOL PARAMETERS FROM IMAGERY - A computer implemented method and apparatus estimate background reflectance, aerosol type and visibility within a multispectral imagery using the measured spectral radiance of one or more calibration targets of known reflectance and the measured radiance of the background of the target. The computer implemented method and apparatus uses predefined aerosol types, characterized by a plurality of known parameters, and the known reflectance of the one or more calibration targets, to select an aerosol that best matches the measured radiances.11-08-2012
20130182102IMAGING APPARATUS - An imaging apparatus includes: an imaging optical system that obtains an optical image of a photographic subject; a plurality of image sensor elements that output image data based on the optical image of the photographic subject obtained by the imaging optical system; an electric power supply controller that controls electric power supply to the plurality of image sensor elements; and a distance metering device that includes the plurality of image sensor elements and the electric power supply controller, and measures a distance to the photographic subject based on an output of the image sensor elements, wherein the plurality of image sensor elements are aligned in line and formed on one semiconductor wafer, and the electric power supply controller performs electric power supply to the plurality of image sensor elements in accordance with operating conditions set to the imaging apparatus.07-18-2013
20130120566TIRE CONTOUR MEASUREMENT DATA CORRECTION METHOD AND TIRE VISUAL INSPECTION DEVICE - In order to conduct a visual inspection correctly for a tire having deflection, contour deformation caused by the deflection of the tire is corrected with respect to tire contour measurement data. A tire contour measurement data correction method includes a step of obtaining a sidewall image in a tire radial direction at each certain rotation angle by a sensor portion while rotating a tire T to be inspected by a tire rotation portion, a step of dividing the sidewall image by a predetermined ratio by an image processing portion and approximating the sidewall image of each divided section by a straight line, a step of calculating an inclination angle in a horizontal direction of the approximate straight line, and a step of rotating the sidewall image of each divided section so that the inclination angle of the approximate straight line agrees with a predetermined angle determined for each divided section.05-16-2013
20130120563IMAGE GENERATION DEVICE - An image generation device 05-16-2013
20130120562COMPUTING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CALIBRATING STAR PROBE OF IMAGE MEASURING MACHINE - In a method for calibrating a star probe of an image measuring machine, the star probe includes one or more probe heads. Probe configuration information for the star probe is configured when there is no probe configuration file of the star probe stored in a storage device of the image measuring machine, and one of the probe heads to be calibrated is selected from the star probe. The method calibrates a radius value of the selected probe head, and calibrates the deviation between the center point of the selected probe head and the focus of the camera lens. The method further generates a star probe model of the star probe according to the probe configuration information and the probe calibration information, and displays the star probe model of the star probe on a display device of the image measuring machine.05-16-2013
20110304728Video-Enhanced Optical Detector - The document describes a method of transforming available live video output from a camera into a format compatible for combination with existing single element detectors operating at various spectral bands to achieve improved performance for non-imaging, optical event detectors, especially for optical flame detectors. The method can utilize data that is becoming increasingly available because of the expanding deployment of surveillance cameras that are prevalent in many sensing and security devices and systems. Augmenting output from established OFD sensors with the data stream converted from the video output and incorporating viable algorithms can yield a detection method with improved performance with respect to both sensitivity and selectivity without requiring additional hardware deployment.12-15-2011
20110310245TRAVEL DISTANCE DETECTION DEVICE AND TRAVEL DISTANCE DETECTION METHOD - A travel distance detection device includes: an image-capturing unit configured to capture an image; an alignment unit configured to align images in position of bird's-eye view image, the images captured at different times by the image-capturing unit; and a solid object detection unit configured to detect a solid object based on difference image data between data of the images captured at the different times and aligned by the alignment unit. The solid object detection unit counts the number of pixels which each express a certain difference on the difference image data and which are arranged in a direction in which the solid object is inclined when the image of the predetermined region is converted into the bird's-eye view image, then produces a frequency distribution of the counted pixels to generate a difference waveform, and calculates a travel distance of the solid object based on time variation of the difference waveform.12-22-2011
20130188043Active illumination scanning imager - An active-illumination scanning imager (07-25-2013
20120019652METHOD FOR CALIBRATING A CAMERA-BASED SYSTEM - Disclosed herein is a method for calibrating a camera-based system of a vehicle (F), having a pane (S), in particular of a camera-based driver assistance system. A type of the pane (S), in particular the tinting thereof, is detected by way of the camera-based system.01-26-2012
20130194417EVALUATION UNIT, EVALUATION METHOD, MEASUREMENT SYSTEM FOR A CRASH TEST VEHICLE MEASUREMENT AND A METHOD FOR PERFORMING A CRASH TEST VEHICLE MEASUREMENT - An evaluation unit is provided for processing images and/or image sequences of measurement areas (08-01-2013
20130194418Reduced Homography for Recovery of Pose Parameters of an Optical Apparatus producing Image Data with Structural Uncertainty - A reduced homography H for an optical apparatus to recover pose parameters from imaged space points P08-01-2013
20120044347IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD - An imaging apparatus appropriately determines a zoom angle of view in the case where the imaging apparatus is worn on the head of a user, and the imaging apparatus is worn on the head of the user, including a sight line direction detection unit which detects sight line direction of the user, a zoom angle determination unit which determines a zoom angle of view such that the zoom angle of view becomes smaller as variations in the sight line direction decrease, and an imaging unit which captures an image of a subject according to the determined zoom angle of view.02-23-2012
20130201324AUTOMATED RUNNING-ENGINE DETECTION IN STATIONARY MOTOR VEHICLES - A method for idling vehicle detection comprises shining a light source on an exterior surface of a vehicle with an illumination module, collecting light reflected from the exterior surface of the vehicle with a capture module, and processing the collected light reflected from the exterior surface of the vehicle surface with a processing module wherein the processing model determines if the vehicle's engine is running or if the vehicle's engine is not running.08-08-2013
20130201325SHAPE REFLECTOR AND SURFACE CONTOUR MAPPING - The three dimensional surface shape of one or more layers of a reflective object is determined by examining one or more captured images reflected from the reflective object. Curved surfaces reflect a distorted image altered by the surface shape. By analyzing one or more captured images of the distorted reflected images, the shape of the surface that caused the distortion is estimated. A captured distorted image is compared to a reference undistorted image having known geometric properties. A system to capture and process such images is assembled from components including an image capture assembly such as a digital camera to capture reflected images and a positioning assembly on which to orient the components with respect to each other. Multiple surface layers of the reflective object are separately estimated using polarizations, luminance levels, chroma values or combinations thereof contained in one or more captured images.08-08-2013
20130201326SINGLE CAMERA IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An apparatus includes a single camera and a computing terminal, and in the computing terminal, a storage means thereof stores, internal orientation parameters of the camera and actual coordinates of three feature points of a measured object, a data transfer means loads a camera image containing three feature points within a camera field of view, and a computing means performs, on camera view coordinates of the feature points in the loaded image, correction, based on the internal orientation parameters, of distortion in the image, calculates, from the camera view coordinates and the actual coordinates of the distortion-corrected feature points, a camera position and angle in a coordinate system based on the measured object during image capture, and calculates three-dimensional coordinates of the feature points in a camera-based coordinate system using a coordinate transformation with which the calculated camera position and angle during image capture are a reference position and angle.08-08-2013
20130100279SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING A SURVEYING DEVICE - A system and methods are provided for controlling a surveying device. In one embodiment, a method includes displaying a control screen including image data captured by a surveying device, detecting an input associated with the control screen, and determining a control command for the surveying device based on the input associated with the control screen. The method may further include controlling operation of the surveying device based on the control command, wherein the surveying device is configured to rotate in one more of a horizontal and vertical direction based on the control command. The device and methods may advantageously allow for precise pointing of a surveying device and translation of input position to surveying device commands.04-25-2013
20130100283IMAGE GENERATION DEVICE - An image generation device 04-25-2013
20130100284MONITORING DEVICE, AND PROGRAM - A monitoring device includes a range imaging sensor, a bed recognition unit, a person recognition unit, a movement determination unit and a notification unit. The range imaging sensor generates a range image wherein pixel values are distance values to an object, the entirety of a bed to be monitored being included in a field of vision thereof. The bed recognition unit extracts a location of the bed using the range image. The person recognition unit detects regions occupied by a person inside and outside of the range of the bed recognized by the bed recognition unit in the range image. The movement determination unit determines the movement of the person relative to the bed using a combination of the regions of the bed detected by the bed recognition unit and the person detected by the person recognition unit. The notification unit notifies a determination result of the movement determination unit.04-25-2013
20120300064SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR OVERHEAD IMAGING AND VIDEO - Examples of an imaging sensor include a two-dimensional staring sensor with spectral filter strips for multispectral overhead imaging. The sensor may also include a panchromatic sensor with block or strip filters. The sensor may be used to collect multispectral color image data at a sampling resolution from overhead imaging platforms such as airplanes or satellites. The sensor can be used to provide video images. If a panchromatic sensor is included, the sensor may be used to collect panchromatic image data. Examples of methods for processing the image date include using the panchromatic image data to perform multi-frame enhancement or panchromatic sharpening on spectral images to improve their quality and resolution.11-29-2012
20120300063Droop Tester Apparatus and Method - The invention relates to a system for testing heart valve leaflets. The system includes a leaflet support assembly with a support post for receiving and supporting a leaflet to be tested, the post being disposed in a target region of the support assembly. The system also has a transmitter assembly that includes a light source and is configured and arranged to direct light from the light source onto the target region. The system further includes a receiver assembly that has an image sensor configured and arranged to sense an image of the target region and generate image information indicative of the sensed image, such as leaflet droop.11-29-2012
20120300062Methods and apparatus for estimation of motion and size of non-line-of-sight objects - In exemplary implementations of this invention, a time of flight camera (ToF camera) can estimate the location, motion and size of a hidden moving object, even though (a) the hidden object cannot be seen directly (or through mirrors) from the vantage point of the ToF camera (including the camera's illumination source and sensor), and (b) the object is in a visually cluttered environment. The hidden object is a NLOS (non-line-of-sight) object. The time of flight camera comprises a streak camera and a laser. In these exemplary implementations, the motion and absolute locations of NLOS moving objects in cluttered environments can be estimated through tertiary reflections of pulsed illumination, using relative time differences of arrival at an array of receivers. Also, the size of NLOS moving objects can be estimated by backprojecting extremas of NLOS moving object time responses.11-29-2012
20120300061Eye Gaze to Alter Device Behavior - Methods, devices, and computer programs for controlling behavior of an electronic device are presented. A method includes an operation for operating the electronic device in a first mode of operation, and an operation for tracking the gaze of a user interfacing with the electronic device. The electronic device is maintained in a first mode of operation as long as the gaze is directed towards a predetermined target. In another operation, when the gaze is not detected to be directed towards the predetermined target, the electronic device is operated in a second mode of operation, which is different from the first mode of operation.11-29-2012
20130093881THREE DIMENSIONAL MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - A three dimensional measurement apparatus comprising: a projection unit configured to project a pattern including a measurement pattern and a feature pattern onto an object; an image capturing unit configured to capture an image of the object onto which the pattern is projected; a grouping unit configured to divide the captured image into a plurality of regions using the measurement pattern in the pattern and a plurality of epipolar lines determined based on a positional relationship between the projection unit and the image capturing unit, thereby grouping predetermined regions among the plurality of divided regions; a feature recognition unit configured to recognize the feature pattern based on a difference in the feature pattern between the predetermined regions; and a three-dimensional shape calculation unit configured to calculate a three-dimensional shape of the object based on the feature pattern.04-18-2013
20130208107Apparatus and a Method for Producing a Depth-Map - An apparatus including an image sensor; optics for the image sensor having optically symmetric characteristics about an optical axis; and an actuator configured to enable at least a first configuration and a second configuration, wherein in the first configuration the optical axis of the optics meets the image sensor at a first position and in the second configuration the optical axis of the optics meets the image sensor at a second position displaced from the first position.08-15-2013
20130208108PARALLAX BASED DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICE - A distance measuring device includes a first camera and a second camera arranged side by side. The first camera includes a shell, a shaft, a camera module rotatably held in the shell via the shaft, a driver configured for driving the camera module to rotate, and a measuring device configured for measuring an angle that the camera module rotates. The camera module includes an optical axis substantially perpendicular to and intersecting with the shaft.08-15-2013

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