The technology industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity is driven by the advancements in display technology, the demand for enhanced image processing in fields like medical imaging and computer graphics, and the proliferation of high-resolution content creation, and growing importance of technologies such as deep learning, neural networks and generative adversarial networks (GANs). In the last three years alone, there have been over 4.1 million patents filed and granted in the technology industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Innovation in technology: digital image interpolation. Buy the report here.
However, not all innovations are equal and nor do they follow a constant upward trend. Instead, their evolution takes the form of an S-shaped curve that reflects their typical lifecycle from early emergence to accelerating adoption, before finally stabilizing and reaching maturity.
Identifying where a particular innovation is on this journey, especially those that are in the emerging and accelerating stages, is essential for understanding their current level of adoption and the likely future trajectory and impact they will have.
190+ innovations will shape the technology industry
According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which plots the S-curve for the technology industry using innovation intensity models built on over 1.5 million patents, there are 190+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.
Within the emerging innovation stage, network-on-a-chip, in-memory computing, and aural exciters are disruptive technologies that are in the early stages of application and should be tracked closely. Electron beam lithography, OLED pixel compensation circuits, and PCI power management are some of the accelerating innovation areas, where adoption has been steadily increasing. Among maturing innovation areas are capacitive touch panels and emergency communications network, which are now well established in the industry.
Innovation S-curve for the technology industry
Digital image interpolation is a key innovation area in technology
Digital image interpolation involves augmenting the resolution or dimensions of a digital image by approximating the absent data points that lie between existing pixels. It is a widely employed method in image processing to elevate image clarity and refine visual intricacies, achieved by generating additional pixels using information from neighboring pixel values.
GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 30+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established technology companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of digital image interpolation.
Key players in digital image interpolation – a disruptive innovation in the technology industry
‘Application diversity’ measures the number of applications identified for each patent. It broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.
‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of countries each patent is registered in. It reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.
Patent volumes related to digital image interpolation
|Company||Total patents (2010 - 2022)||Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies|
|Silicon Motion Technology||8||Unlock Company Profile|
|Fujifilm||26||Unlock Company Profile|
|Qualcomm||7||Unlock Company Profile|
|Spreadtrum Communications (Shanghai)||8||Unlock Company Profile|
|Texas Instruments||7||Unlock Company Profile|
|BYD||4||Unlock Company Profile|
|Apple||24||Unlock Company Profile|
|Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique||2||Unlock Company Profile|
|JVCKENWOOD||3||Unlock Company Profile|
|MegaChips||11||Unlock Company Profile|
|Olympus||27||Unlock Company Profile|
|Mitsubishi Electric||4||Unlock Company Profile|
|Silicon Hive||4||Unlock Company Profile|
|Intuitive Surgical||4||Unlock Company Profile|
|Canon||32||Unlock Company Profile|
|Realtek Semiconductor||3||Unlock Company Profile|
|Basler||18||Unlock Company Profile|
|Samsung Electro-Mechanics||3||Unlock Company Profile|
|Sony Group||58||Unlock Company Profile|
|STMicroelectronics||3||Unlock Company Profile|
|Toshiba||2||Unlock Company Profile|
|Intel||14||Unlock Company Profile|
|GoPro||16||Unlock Company Profile|
|Blackmagic Design||10||Unlock Company Profile|
|SZ DJI Technology||8||Unlock Company Profile|
|INUITIVE||4||Unlock Company Profile|
|Oppo||3||Unlock Company Profile|
|Raytheon||2||Unlock Company Profile|
|Guangdong Oppo Mobile Telecommunications||48||Unlock Company Profile|
|Centre National Research Scientific||6||Unlock Company Profile|
Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics
Among the companies innovating in digital image interpolation, Guangdong Oppo Mobile Telecommunications is one of the leading patents filers. The company’s patents are aimed at describing the control technique for an electronic device involves directing an image sensor to produce both a combined image and a color-blocked version of the same scene. A specific area is identified in the combined image based on user input. The color-blocked image is transformed into an imitation image, while the combined image is converted into a restored version. In the color-blocked image, a designated region is processed using a first interpolation method, corresponding to the identified area. Meanwhile, in the combined image, a different area outside the identified region is processed using a second interpolation method. The final imitation image is generated by merging the first imitation image with the restored version. This method is applicable to an electronic device. Other prominent patent filers in the space include Canon and Olympus.
In terms of application diversity, Olympus leads the pack, while Inuitive and Fujifilm stood in second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, Guangdong Oppo Mobile Telecommunications held the top position, followed by GoPro and Spreadtrum Communications.
Digital image interpolation, by estimating missing data points between existing pixels, allows for the augmentation of image resolution and size. This technology finds extensive applications in fields like computer graphics, medical imaging, and computer vision. It enables the creation of higher-quality images, facilitating clearer visual representations and improving the effectiveness of various image processing tasks. Additionally, digital image interpolation is instrumental in tasks like super-resolution, image inpainting, and edge-preserving techniques, making it a critical tool in modern image processing applications.
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