Patent No: US 8,150,165B2

Date of Patent: April 3, 2012

ABSTRACT: A method for visual recognition of an object in an electronic image includes extracting unique points of an object to be learned and/or a target object. The unique points are obtained by cross-correlating the image with a structure. Generally, the structure and/or the size of the structure may vary to detect extremum information associated with the learned object and/or target object. An icon corresponding to each of the unique points is extracted. The size of the icon corresponds to the scale of the unique point. After extraction of the various icons, an object becomes a collection of icons. Each of these icons is un-rotated and normalized or resized to a constant size so it can be compared with other icons. One of the unique properties of these icons is their stability over scale and angle. Thus, this invention allows the recognition of an image(s) or object( s) from large number of trained images or objects very quickly.

Patent No: US 7,831,098 B2

Date of Patent: November 9, 2010

ABSTRACT: Disclosed is method of visual search for objects that include straight lines. A two-step process is used, which includes detecting straight line segments in an image. The lines are generally characterized by their length, midpoint location, and orientation. Hypotheses that a particular straight line segment belongs to a known object are generated and tested. The set of hypotheses is constrained by spatial relationships in the known objects. The speed and robustness of the method and apparatus disclosed makes it immediately applicable to many computer vision applications.

Patent No: US 8,144,193 B2

Date of Patent: March 27, 2012

ABSTRACT: A system and method of visual monitoring of a work implement (e.g., a welding torch) while a task is being performed (e.g., forming a welding joint) to train workers (e.g., apprentices, inexperienced workers) in proper welding technique, for example) and/or to evaluate the worker's use of a particular work implement (e.g., to determine if the welding torch was held in a desired relationship to the items being welded together, determine if the welding torch formed the joint at the current peed, etc.). In general, one or more cameras may acquire images of a target secured to and/or formed on the work implement. The images may be analyzed to provide feedback to the user, to be evaluated for weld integrity purposes; and/or may be used to compare the performance of a task (e.g., forming a welding joint) with a database of one or more profiles made by experienced and/or expert craftsmen.

Patent No: US 8,280,764

Date of Patent: October 2, 2012

ABSTRACT: A method for delivering an electronic coupon to a mobile device includes receiving via a wireless network a target image or icons extracted from the target image, comparing the target image to a plurality of learned images using a processor in communication with the wireless network, determining whether the target image matches at least one learned image, and when the target image matches at least one learned image, delivering to the mobile device over the wireless network an electronic coupon associated with the at least one learned image. The target image can represent at least a portion of a front surface of a consumer packaged good located in a retail outlet. The target image can be generated using a mobile device configured to communicate with the wireless network. The front surface of the consumer packaged good is the surface of the consumer packaged good that faces an aisle of the retail outlet carrying the consumer packaged good; accordingly, the consumer does not need to handle the consumer packaged good in search of a bar code.

Patent Application No: US 2010/0021051A1

Date of Publication: January 28, 2010

ABSTRACT: Disclosed herein are embodiments and methods of a visual guidance and recognition system requiring no calibration. One embodiment of the system comprises a servo actuated manipulator configured to perform a function, a camera mounted on the face plate of the manipulator, and a recognition controller configured to acquire a two dimensional image of the work piece. The manipulator controller is configured to receive and store the face plate position at a distance "A" between the reference work piece and the manipulator along an axis of the reference work piece when the reference work piece is in the camera's region of interest. The recognition controller is configured to learn the work piece from the image and the distance "A". During operation, a work piece is recognized with the system, and the manipulator is accurately positioned with respect to the work piece so that the manipulator can accurately perform its function.