Patent published on August 10, 2023

Making 360-Degree Photos Easier to Understand: B1 Institute Improves Image Processing

The world of image technology is ever-expanding and with the growing use of multimedia data and increasing demand for high-resolution images, companies are constantly coming up with new methods to keep up. One such recent advancement has been introduced by B1 Institute of Image Technology, which recently published a patent by the number US20230254582A1 on a promising, innovative technology focused on making 360-degree photos more understandable and easier to decode.

To put it in simple terms, this process is like unwrapping a gift. You receive a wrapped gift (the encoded image), you guess what's inside (predict), and finally, unwrap the gift to see the present (the decoded image). If you have guessed wrong about the content, a new guess is made based on the new data you attain. The game-changing aspect of this patent is how it deals with the challenges arising from decoding images to produce high-definition virtual reality and augmented reality visuals, particularly 360-degree images.

The market has seen more utilization of high-definition and ultra-high-definition images recently. However, when these images are transformed from a 3-dimensional space to a 2-dimensional one, issues can occur. These could range from insufficiency of image processing system performance to dealing with a massive increase in data during the processing. Furthermore, the prediction of areas including a curved edge can be challenging and may lead to reduced encoding performance. This is where B1 Institute of Image Technology's patent comes into play.

The patented invention aims to fulfill the need for improved performance in image processing, especially in encoding and decoding. By doing so, it plans to up the ante for how 360-degree images are handled. What's more, this invention promises to enhance compression performance, particularly beneficial for 360-degree images, by deploying a technology that provides settings for limiting the referential aspect of the added or deleted region.

Although B1 Institute of Image Technology currently does not have a known product line to utilize this patent as of 2022, the potential for a product like "B1 360-Degree Image Processing Software" employing this technology could very well be on the horizon.

Numerous diagrams are included in the patent to provide visual references for the technology. These cover aspects ranging from how this technology partitions the image into layers, to how it performs tasks for image resizing, reconstruction and partitioning for both 2D and 3D images.

Of course, as is the nature of patents, it's important to note that this technology may or may not make it to the open market. Keep an eye on B1 Institute of Image Technology as they continue their work in the exciting realm of image technology. For anyone in the field, this recent patent marks a significant step forward in making 360-degree images more accessible and easier to understand.

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