Patent published on October 12, 2023

University's New Patent Could Make Photos and Videos Smaller, Keeping Quality Intact

In an era of digital media, memory space is crucial. Whether it's the cherished family pictures stored on your phone or professional videos that require storage on your work computer, dwindling space is an issue we all face. But good news might be around the corner, thanks to a recent patent filed by The Board of Regents of the University of Texas System, numbered US20230326086A1.

The heart of the problem is the large storage space required to keep pictures and videos, particularly high-quality ones. This issue not only eats up your device's memory but also hampers the process of sharing and streaming these files. The situation is worse for professionals, especially in the field of biomedical imaging, where the images carry a wealth of crucial data and cannot be compromised for lack of storage space. Add this to the irregularity in shapes and forms of biomedical images, and the storage format becomes even more complex.

Solution? Enter the new patent. The concept behind this patent is akin to cleverly packing different types of toys into a box using the most efficient method for each. The patented system splits an image or video into several regions and compresses each one using a tailored method. This approach not only ensures a significant reduction in data size for storage or streaming but also maintains the quality of crucial high-focus areas.

Imagine the world post implementation of this innovation. No more messages about shortage of storage space popping up on your device. Sharing high-quality videos or streaming your favorite shows would be as swift as the wind. For professionals, particularly in the biomedical field, this could change the game. High-quality, irregularly shaped images could be stored and shared with ease, enhancing research and collaborative efforts.

While the figures included in the patent elaborate on specific processes for image compression and decompression, achieving this vision might be a while away. Post application of the patented system, we could see an up to eight times size reduction compared to conventional compression methods, like the CODEC, with little to no discernible quality loss.

Remember, while patents are a promising starting point, we can't presume that they'll eventually turn up on the market. But here's to hoping this one does, so we can give our gadgets a breather!

P.S. As with all patents, this is simply a discourse on a possible solution to a common problem. It remains uncertain whether it will become an actual product available in the marketplace.

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