New pending patent applications are published by the USPO on Thursdays. Both of today's Spotlight Applications concern aspects of digital watermarking and both are assigned to Digimarc. The first application discloses techniques for signal encoding to reduce perceptibility of changes over time. The second application discloses techniques for advanced signal processing including signal embedding, digital watermarking and steganography.
20180130165, "Signal encoding to reduce perceptibility of changes over time," assigned to Digimarc..
The present disclosures relates generally to digital watermarking and data hiding. One claim recites a smartphone comprising: a camera to capture video of a display that is rendering video, in which the video comprises a first watermark signal embedded in a first portion of the data, a second watermark signal embedded in a second portion of the data, and a third watermark signal embedded in a third portion of the data, in which at least two of the first watermark signal, second watermark signal and third watermark signal are inversely related to one another; electronic memory for buffering data representing captured video; one or more electronic processors programmed for: applying a first perspective distortion to the data representing the captured video to yield first perspective distorted video; and analyzing the first perspective distorted video to detect digital watermarking, in which a second perspective distortion is applied to the data representing the captured video to yield second perspective distorted video when the analyzing does not detect digital watermarking, and then performing analyzing the second perspective distorted video to detect digital watermarking. Of course, other claims are provided too.
20180131836, "Methods for estimating watermark signal strength, an embedding process using the same, and related arrangements," assigned to Digimarc.
The present disclosure relates to advanced signal processing including signal embedding, digital watermarking and steganography. One method includes: obtaining image data representing imagery; using one or more multi-core processors, embedding a machine-readable signal into the image data, thereby generating transformed image data; obtaining substrate data, the substrate data associated with a substrate upon which the transformed image data is to be printed upon; obtaining printer data, the printer data associated with a printer that is anticipated to print the transformed image data upon the substrate; processing the transformed image data with reference to the substrate data and the printer data, thereby generating processed, transformed image data; estimating a signal strength of the machine-readable signal embedded within the processed, transformed image data, in which said estimating yields an estimated signal strength; and visually displaying the estimated signal strength spatially relative to the image data. Of course, other combinations are described as well.