New patent applications are published by the USPTO on Thursdays. Both of today's Spotlight Applications address aspects of digital fingerprinting. Assigned to Boeing, the first application discloses techniques for generating a fingerprint for verification of a reference object. Assigned to Dropbox, the second application discloses techniques for duplicate/near duplicate detection and image registration.
20170046824, "Methods and systems for generating a fingerprint for verification of a reference object," assigned to Boeing.
Disclosed herein are methods and systems for generating a fingerprint for verification of a reference object, such as a layer or ply during a composite laminate layup procedure. An exemplary method includes the steps of generating at least one reference image of a reference object; removing lighting effects from the at least one reference image to create at least one processed image; generating a reference fingerprint for the reference object based on the at least one processed image; generating at least one candidate image of a candidate object; generating a candidate fingerprint for the candidate object based on the at least one candidate image; and comparing the candidate fingerprint and the reference fingerprint to determine a correlation. An alert is generated based on the comparison. The alert is indicative that the correlation between the candidate fingerprint and the reference fingerprint exists.
20170046595, "Duplicate/near duplicate detection and image registration," assigned to Dropbox.
Embodiments are disclosed for detecting duplicate and near duplicate images. An exemplary method includes receiving an original image, preparing the image for fingerprinting, and calculating an image fingerprint, the fingerprint expressed as a sequence of numbers. The method further includes comparing the image fingerprint thus obtained with a set of previously stored fingerprints obtained from a set of previously stored images, and determining if the original image is either a duplicate or a near duplicate of an image in the set if the dissimilarity between the two fingerprints is less than a defined threshold T. Once a duplicate or near duplicate is detected, various defined actions may be taken, including culling the less desirable image or referring the redundancy to a user.