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04/17/14
20140108302
 Rapid image annotation via brain state decoding and visual pattern mining patent thumbnailnew patent Rapid image annotation via brain state decoding and visual pattern mining
Human visual perception is able to recognize a wide range of targets but has limited throughput. Machine vision can process images at a high speed but suffers from inadequate recognition accuracy of general target classes.
04/17/14
20140104104
 Simultaneous imaging and precision alignment of two millimeter wave antennas based on polarization-selective machine vision patent thumbnailnew patent Simultaneous imaging and precision alignment of two millimeter wave antennas based on polarization-selective machine vision
A system and method for imaging and aligning antennas that includes an overlay imaging aligner composed of two or more antennas in association with a polarization gate, a polarization beam splitter, a non-polarizing beam splitter, a beam dump, one or more imaging lens and a common detector array. The overlay imaging aligner aligns the antennas by overlaying simultaneous digital images associated with the antennas on the common detector array.
04/10/14
20140098225
 Component attachment devices and related systems and methods for machine vision systems patent thumbnailComponent attachment devices and related systems and methods for machine vision systems
In some aspects, camera systems can include a camera enclosure, a lens disposed in or along the camera enclosure along an optical axis of the camera system, and an optical accessory attached to camera enclosure, where the optical accessory is attached using a magnetic retention force that is provided by at least one magnetic element.. .
03/27/14
20140085427
 Method and device for 3-d display based on random constructive interference patent thumbnailMethod and device for 3-d display based on random constructive interference
The present invention relates to a method and an apparatus for 3-d display based on random constructive interference. It produces a number of discrete secondary light sources by using an amplitude-phase-modulator-array, which helps to create 3-d images by means of constructive interference.
02/27/14
20140055604
 Machine vision inspection system comprising two cameras having a rotational offset patent thumbnailMachine vision inspection system comprising two cameras having a rotational offset
A machine vision inspection system comprises an optical portion providing an image of a field of view of a workpiece which may be a magnified image. A first camera and a second camera provide first and second images of a shared or common field of view of the workpiece and are arranged such that the orientation of the common field of view imaged in the first camera is rotated relative to the orientation of the common field of view imaged in the second camera.
02/20/14
20140050387
 System and method for machine vision inspection patent thumbnailSystem and method for machine vision inspection
A computer-implemented method for use in machine vision systems is provided. The method can include receiving a source image and segmenting the source image into one or more segments.
02/13/14
20140041966
 Apparatus for guiding a vehicle onto a service lift using a machine vision wheel alignment system patent thumbnailApparatus for guiding a vehicle onto a service lift using a machine vision wheel alignment system
An apparatus is provided for guiding a vehicle onto a service lift having a pair of runways for receiving the wheels of the vehicle. In one embodiment, a machine vision wheel alignment system including an image sensor, a processor, and a display provides a visual display of the vehicle and the runways to guide an operator of the vehicle to drive the vehicle wheels onto the runways.
02/06/14
20140036092
 Automatic exposure calibration and compensation for machine vision patent thumbnailAutomatic exposure calibration and compensation for machine vision
An automatic process for calibrating the optical image exposure value to compensate for changes in machine vision systems to maintain optimal exposure of captured images and adjust for the different characteristics among cameras components, such as imaging sensor sensitivity, led strength, external lighting, reflective functions of any background material, different external lighting conditions, possible changes or updates of the systems over the years, such as led changes, and even the aging of camera sensor and leds over time. A series of images of a target are captured with a predetermined sequence of exposure values, the saturation exposure percentage of a region of interest is calculated in each of the images, and the saturation exposure percentages are compared to determine the exposure value that has a saturation exposure percentage that varies the least from the saturation exposure value of the preceding and following exposure values..
02/06/14
20140034736
 Scenario windowing for expedited decoding of multiple barcodes patent thumbnailScenario windowing for expedited decoding of multiple barcodes
A process system for expediting the interpretation of information encoded or contained with an optical image capture for barcode decoding and machine vision applications that uses one or more each of which define one or more windows arranged according to equal rows or columns in the captured image that will be further processed to extract encoded or designer information. The scenarios and windows contained therein may be defined in memory and then recalled as needed based on the particular application so that multiple barcodes contained within a single image may be efficiently and expeditiously decoded..
01/23/14
20140021267
 System and method for crop thinning with fertilizer patent thumbnailSystem and method for crop thinning with fertilizer
Utilizes machine vision to thin fields, for example by selectively spraying plants with enough fertilizer to kill the plants, for example to maintain a minimum distance between plants or to enable remaining plants to grow in a pattern, for example two dimension diamond pattern. The use of fertilizer to kill plants has the benefit of fertilizing the field, i.e., the remaining plants not to be killed, at the same time.
01/02/14
20140002876
Method of laser illumination with reduced speckling
Proposed is a method of laser illumination with reduced speckling for in optical microscopy, machine vision systems with laser illumination, fine optical metrology, etc. The method comprises forming a net of planar ridge waveguides into an arbitrary configuration and providing them with a plurality of holograms having holographic elements formed into a predetermined organization defined by the shape of a given light spot or light field which is to be formed by light beams emitted from the holograms on the surface of the object or in a space at a distance from the planar ridge waveguide.
01/02/14
20140002875
Speckle-reduced laser illumination device
Proposed is a speckle-reduced laser illumination device that may be used in optical microscopy, machine vision systems with laser illumination, fine optical metrology, etc. The device comprises a net of planar ridge waveguides formed into an arbitrary configuration and having a plurality of holograms with holographic elements formed into a predetermined organization defined by the shape of a given light spot or light field which is to be formed by light beams emitted from holograms on the surface of an object or in a space and at a distance from the planar ridge waveguide.
12/12/13
20130329036
Automated stent inspection system
A method for the rapid optical inspection of stents is described wherein a stent is mounted on a mandrel with optical properties suitable for machine vision inspection of the stent is conveyed to a first inspection station containing a camera and illumination light source. A driving member securely contacts the mandrel and the stent is rotated in view of the inspection camera.
12/05/13
20130321122
Method and system for airplane container tracking
Wireless tracking systems and devices to detect the status of aircraft cargo containers. The system uses a sensor array to deactivate and activate the tracking devices as needed to comply with faa regulations.
11/28/13
20130314530
Machine vision systems and methods with predictive motion control
Systems and methods trigger an image acquisition of an object using motion data communicated from a motion controller on a network, the motion controller coupled to a motion drive. A camera, upon receiving motion data from the motion controller, uses a virtual axis application to plan the movement of a virtual axis for a motion cycle, the virtual axis allowing an acquisition trigger rate to be calculated by the camera that follows movement of the object caused by the motion drive.
11/21/13
20130306862
Automated slice milling for viewing a feature
A method and apparatus for performing a slice and view technique with a dual beam system. The feature of interest in an image of a sample is located by machine vision, and the area to be milled and imaged in a subsequent slice and view iteration is determined through analysis of data gathered by the machine vision at least in part.
11/14/13
20130302482
Pepper de-stemming methods and apparatus
A way of dealing with challenges to the pepper processing industry and pepper growers is to mechanize pepper processing, including the de-stemming of whole peppers. The present example provides a method for mechanically de-stemming whole peppers.
11/14/13
20130300835
Method and apparatus to guarantee minimum contrast for machine vision system
In one aspect, this disclosure presents a method and apparatus for verifying that minimum object contrast requirements are met within a region representing a volume to be monitored by a machine vision system. In complementary fashion, the disclosure also presents a methodology for constraining the positions of the lighting sources to be used for illuminating the monitored volume at a minimum height above the floor, and for the use of a key light that provides asymmetrical lighting within the monitored volume relative to the camera(s) used for imaging the monitored volume.
10/31/13
20130286192
Machine vision system for frozen aliquotter for biological samples
A machine vision system for use with a system that takes frozen sample cores from samples that are in containers includes a camera. A processor is configured to receive image data from the camera and to determine locations where frozen sample cores have already been taken.
10/31/13
20130283530
Bedding system with support surface control
A bedding system uses machine vision to makes adjustments for comfort and/or support. In one aspect, a pressure mapping engine measures a two-dimensional pressure image of a sleeper on the bedding system while the sleeper is sleeping on the bedding system.
10/24/13
20130278750
Self-learning machine vision system
Embodiments of the invention include systems and methods relating to self-learning machine vision systems. In an embodiment, the invention includes a self-learning machine vision system including a video input; a processor in communication with the video input; and a video output in communication with the processor.
10/24/13
20130278013
Inflatable side rail deflector apparatus for small offset collisions
An inflatable member, or deflector, is attached to the frame of the vehicle. The deflector in the expanded condition at least partially fills a space defined by a bumper beam, a portion of the frame, a front tire and a portion of the vehicle body.
08/22/13
20130215282
Examining apparatus and method for machine vision system
Provided is an examining apparatus for a machine vision system according to at least an exemplary embodiment of the present invention, the examining apparatus including: a supporter including one or more illuminations that illuminate an inner part thereof and having a predetermined shape; a portable terminal having a camera function and photographing an examination object positioned in the supporter while being fixed to the supporter; and a control unit setting a photographing condition of the portable terminal according to an instruction of the portable terminal and controlling the illuminations according to the set photographing condition.. .
08/15/13
20130208011
High-performance closed-form single-scan calculation of oblong-shape rotation angles from image data of arbitrary size and location using running sums
A method and system for calculating oblong-shape rotation angles from image data of arbitrary size using running sums is described without the need of eigenvector routines and storage of the image data. The oblong shape may be of arbitrary size and location and need not be precisely elliptical.
07/18/13
20130184938
Gps-based machine vision roadway mark locator, inspection apparatus, and marker
An apparatus for locating, inspecting, or placing marks on a roadway. The apparatus includes a gps-based machine vision locator for sampling discrete geographical location data of a pre-existing roadway mark evident on the roadway.
07/18/13
20130182948
Method and apparatus for training a probe model based machine vision system
A method for training a pattern recognition algorithm including the steps of identifying the known location of the pattern that includes repeating elements within a fine resolution image, using the fine resolution image to train a model associated with the fine image, using the model to examine the fine image resolution image to generate a score space, examining the score space to identify a repeating pattern frequency, using a coarse image that is coarser than the finest image resolution image to train a model associated with the coarse image, using the model associated with the coarse image to examine the coarse image thereby generating a location error, comparing the location error to the repeating pattern frequency and determining if the coarse image resolution is suitable for locating the pattern within a fraction of one pitch of the repeating elements.. .
07/11/13
20130176428
Vehicle service system optical target assembly calibration
A machine vision vehicle wheel alignment system for acquiring measurements associated with a vehicle. The system includes at least one imaging sensor having a field of view and at least one optical target secured to a wheel assembly on a vehicle within the field of view of the imaging sensor.
06/27/13
20130162807
Points from focus operations using multiple light settings in a machine vision system
A method of automatically adjusting lighting conditions improves the results of points from focus (pff) 3d reconstruction. Multiple lighting levels are automatically found based on brightness criteria and an image stack is taken at each lighting level.
06/27/13
20130162806
Enhanced edge focus tool
A method for operating an edge focus tool to focus the optics of a machine vision inspection system proximate to an edge adjacent to a beveled surface feature is provided. The method comprises defining a region of interest (roi) including the edge in a field of view of the machine vision inspection system; acquiring an image stack of the roi over a z range including the edge; generating a point cloud including a z height for a plurality of points in the roi, based on determining a best focus z height measurement for the plurality of points; defining a proximate subset of the point cloud comprising points proximate to the beveled surface feature and corresponding to the shape of the beveled surface feature; defining a z-extremum subset of the proximate subset of the point cloud; and focusing the optics at a z height corresponding to the z-extremum subset..
06/13/13
20130147946
Lens apparatus for inspecting object and machine vision system including the same
Provided are a lens apparatus and a machine vision system including the lens apparatus. The lens apparatus includes: a first lens group and a second lens group which are designed to use a wavelength of light of a first single color as a reference wavelength and disposed on opposite sides of an aperture; and a converter lens group which is disposed at an object side of the first lens group, wherein the converter lens group performs selectively at least one of a first conversion for converting a magnification, and a second conversion for converting the reference wavelength..
06/06/13
20130141591
Human-machine-interface and method for manipulating data in a machine vision system
This invention provides a graphical user interface (gui) that operates in connection with a machine vision detector or other machine vision system, which provides a highly intuitive and industrial machine-like appearance and layout. The gui includes a centralized image frame window surrounded by panes having buttons and specific interface components that the user employs in each step of a machine vision system set up and run procedure.
06/06/13
20130141566
Method 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.
05/16/13
20130125044
Machine vision system program editing environment including synchronized user interface features
A machine vision system program editing environment including synchronized selection and/or identification of related features in a plurality of different user interface windows is provided. In particular, one of the windows is an editing window where a part program representation is displayed for editing by a user.
05/16/13
20130123945
Machine vision system program editing environment including real time context generation features
A machine vision system program editing environment includes near real time context generation. Rather than requiring execution of all preceding instructions of a part program in order to generate a realistic context for subsequent edits, surrogate data operations using previously saved data replace execution of certain sets of instructions.
05/16/13
20130120567
System and method utilizing an editing initialization block in a part program editing environment in a machine vision system
A method is provided for defining and utilizing an editing initialization block for a part program. The part program comprises a plurality of steps for taking measurements of a part and is displayed in an editing interface.
05/16/13
20130120553
Machine vision system editing environment for a part program in which a continuous stream of image acquisition operations are performed during a run mode
A machine vision system editing environment is provided for a part program in which a continuous stream of image acquisition operations are performed during a run mode. In one embodiment, a new common syntax and representations are utilized wherein continuous image acquisition operations are recorded in the same way as regular operations, with the running of the part program being performed in two stages.
04/25/13
20130100022
Interactive input system and pen tool therefor
A pen tool for use with a machine vision interactive input system comprises an elongate body, a tip on the body and a variable reflector disposed on the body. The variable reflector comprises a reflecting portion and an attenuating portion configured to control the amount of illumination reflected by the reflecting portion..
04/18/13
20130096697
Methods, apparatus, and systems for monitoring and/or controlling dynamic environments
A dynamic environment (e.g., an automated industrial process) has multiple conditions in response to which corresponding actions are required, and comprises various equipment, control device(s) to control the equipment, and one or more sensors to generate input signal(s) representing a monitored condition of the environment. A control system for the environment comprises a master processor and one or more co-processors, wherein the master processor configures a given co-processor to evaluate only a first subset of conditions expected to occur in the environment within a specified time period (e.g., less than a response time of the master processor), and to provide first control information representing an action to be taken if a particular condition of the first subset is satisfied.
04/18/13
20130095961
Trajectory detection and feedback system
A disclosed device provides a trajectory detection and feedback system. The system is capable of detecting one or more moving objects in free flight, analyzing a trajectory of each object and providing immediate feedback information to a human that has launched the object into flight, and/or one or more observers in the area.
04/18/13
20130095959
Trajectory detection and feedback system
A disclosed device provides a trajectory detection and feedback system. The system is capable of detecting one or more moving objects in free flight, analyzing a trajectory of each object and providing immediate feedback information to a human that has launched the object into flight, and/or one or more observers in the area.
04/11/13
20130090745
Methods and apparatus employing an action engine for monitoring and/or controlling dynamic environments
A dynamic environment (e.g., an automated industrial process) has multiple conditions in response to which corresponding actions are required, and comprises various equipment, control device(s) to control the equipment, and one or more sensors to generate input signal(s) representing a monitored condition of the environment. A control system for the environment comprises a master processor and one or more co-processors, wherein the master processor configures a given co-processor to evaluate only a first subset of conditions expected to occur in the environment within a specified time period (e.g., less than a response time of the master processor), and to provide first control information representing an action to be taken if a particular condition of the first subset is satisfied.
03/28/13
20130077856
Processes and systems for training machine typesets for character recognition
Processes and systems for training machine vision systems for use with ocr algorithms to recognize characters. Such a process includes identifying characters to be recognized and individually generating at least a first set of templates for each of the characters.
03/28/13
20130076892
Method 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.
03/28/13
20130076866
Method and apparatus for projective volume monitoring
According to one aspect of the teachings presented herein, a machine vision system includes one or more sensor units that are each advantageously configured to use different pairings among a set of spaced-apart image sensors, to provide redundant object detection for a primary monitoring zone, while simultaneously providing for the detection of objects that may shadow the primary monitoring zone. Further, a plurality of “mitigations” and enhancements provide safety-of-design and robust operation.
03/21/13
20130073847
Encryption authentication of data transmitted from machine vision tools
The technology provides, in some aspects, methods and systems for securely transmitting data using a machine vision system (e.g., within a pharmaceutical facility). Thus, for example, in one aspect, the technology provides a method that includes the steps of establishing a communications link between a machine vision processor and a remote digital data processor (e.g., a database server, personal computer, etc.); encrypting, on the machine vision processor, (i) at least one network packet containing machine vision data, and (ii) at least one network packet containing non-machine vision data; and sending to the remote digital data processor the encrypted network packets from the machine vision processor..
03/21/13
20130070113
Master and slave machine vision system
The technology provides, in some aspects, methods and systems for triggering a master machine vision processor and a slave machine vision processor in a multi-camera machine vision system. Thus, for example, in one aspect, the technology provides a method that includes the steps of establishing a communications link between a slave machine vision processor and a master machine vision processor; receiving on the slave machine vision processor a data message from the master machine vision processor; and triggering the slave machine vision processor to perform a machine vision function, the triggering occurring at a frequency based upon the data message, wherein at least one triggering of the slave machine vision processor occurs independent of the master machine vision processor..
03/14/13
20130061650
Optical aberration correction for machine vision inspection systems
A system and method for correcting surface height measurements for optical aberration is provided. Heights determined by an autofocus tool, which may depend on surface feature angles in a focus region of interest (roi) and on the roi location in the field of view, are corrected based on a novel error calibration.
03/07/13
20130057594
Reconfigurable control displays for games, toys, and other applications
Disclosed herein are new forms of computer inputs particularly using tv cameras, and providing affordable methods and apparatus for unique game play, such as rear projection devices for pinball and common board games using machine vision to determine the location of objects and/or features of objects. Particular embodiments employing fast and reliable acquisition and tracking of game related objects and their motion are disclosed, together with numerous applications.
01/31/13
20130031498
Machine vision based automatic maximal clamp measurement tool
System and method for measuring distances in an image. An image is received that includes curves corresponding to one or more objects in the image.
01/31/13
20130028608
Lcd bit display and communication system
A communication system and method are described for transmitting data from a display in a bit transmission data format to a machine vision system. The described system and method allows for the process and further application of a larger amount of data faster and more reliably than by use of the human readable data from the display.
01/31/13
20130027538
Multi-region focus navigation interface
A multi-region focus navigation interface for a machine vision inspection system is provided to assist a user with user-directed or manual focus operations. The multi-region focus navigation interface comprises a plurality of regional focus elements, each corresponding to a respective region of interest and superimposed on a displayed field of view.
01/17/13
20130016243
Method and system for image quality learning with solid state image sensors
The present disclosure relates to solid state image sensors in digital imaging systems, more particularly to an image quality learning method and system for solid state image sensors. One of the advantages of the method according to an embodiment of the present disclosure is to allow the implementation of a digital machine vision system with a faster convergence of an image quality algorithm, which results in a shorter delay for the user.


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