California Patent of the Month – February 2024

Fyusion, Inc. has made a name for themselves by developing novel AI-based light field imaging technology. Their solutions currently help customers view and analyze millions of 3D automotive images every year, and remain on the cutting edge of VI research and development.

Recently, the company has been granted a patent for their multi-view visual data damage detection tool. This novel system is poised to revolutionize the way we inspect and evaluate objects, particularly vehicles. This innovation introduces a method that combines advanced imaging technology with intelligent processing to streamline the process of object damage detection.

At the core of Fyusion’s invention is a sophisticated methodology beginning with capturing a series of images of an object from various viewpoints using a mobile computing device’s camera. Through the power of artificial intelligence, a processor on the device then identifies numerous object components within these images, utilizing neural networks for robust analysis.

What sets Fyusion’s invention apart is its ability to go beyond mere identification. The processor further estimates damage to a subset of the identified object components, introducing a level of analysis that was previously unprecedented. These damage estimates are not static; they evolve based on subsequent images captured during the inspection process.

To guide users through this novel inspection journey, Fyusion presents a graphical user interface on the device’s display screen. This interface acts as a dynamic visual aid, overlaying live camera views with component segmentation information. Users can witness a real-time representation of the object’s components, each marked with areas of color corresponding to the identified damage.

The interface doesn’t stop at mere visual representation; it provides invaluable recording guidance. Users are directed on capturing additional images to enhance coverage levels, ensuring a comprehensive inspection. As these new images are integrated, the damage estimates are updated, and the graphical user interface reflects the latest information.

Primarily designed for inspecting vehicles, Fyusion’s invention addresses the limitations of manual inspection processes. The traditional approach, laden with human subjectivity, often leads to variations in results and increased costs. Fyusion’s method not only automates the process but also introduces a new standard of accuracy and efficiency.

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