Patents Examined by Ahmed A Berhan
  • Patent number: 11006067
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes: an input unit that inputs data for imaging conditions for each of a plurality of imaging regions included in an image capturing unit, different imaging conditions being set for each of the imaging regions; and a recording control unit that correlates the data for imaging conditions inputted from the input unit with the imaging regions and records correlated data in a recording unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Miyakawa, Naoki Yamagata
  • Patent number: 11006059
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an imaging device, a driving method, and an electronic apparatus that can capture an image with a higher dynamic range. The imaging device includes a pixel region in which pixels are arranged, the pixels each including a photoelectric conversion unit that converts incident light into electric charges through electric conversion and stores the electric charges, and two or more charge storage units that store the electric charges transferred from the photoelectric conversion unit; and a drive unit that drives the pixels. The drive unit drives each pixel to cause the photoelectric conversion unit to repeatedly transfer electric charges with different exposure times to the two or more charge storage units during the light reception period of one frame. The present technology can be applied to an imaging device capable of capturing an HDR image, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Isao Hirota
  • Patent number: 10999520
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an image capture device, a method of image capture, a signal processing device, a method of signal processing, and a program capable of capturing reliably a blinking image capture target. A predetermined image capture timing of an image capture unit is controlled so that image capture is performed N times during an exposure time in which at least a part of a turn-on period in which an image capture target is on overlaps with an exposure time of image capture of at least one time at a timing of dividing a blinking cycle in which the image capture target to be captured by the image capture unit configured to perform image capture at the image capture timing blinks into N equal parts where N represents more than one. The present technology is applicable to, in one example, a camera unit or the like used to capture an image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Makoto Koizumi, Hiroyuki Tanaka, Jun Ono, Daisuke Kawamata, Masakatsu Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 10992897
    Abstract: A pixel circuit including a photodiode, a first storage capacitor and a second storage capacitor is provided. The first storage capacitor discharges to a first output voltage in a first exposure time and to a third output voltage in a third exposure time. The second storage capacitor discharges to a second output voltage in a second exposure time and to a fourth output voltage in a fourth exposure time. The first and second exposure times are included in a first frame period. The third and fourth exposure times are included in a second frame period. The second frame period is a next frame period of the first frame period. In the first frame period, the first exposure time is subsequent to the second exposure time. In the second frame period, the third exposure time is prior to the fourth exposure time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: PIXART IMAGING INC.
    Inventors: Kwai-Lee Pang, Swee-Lin Thor
  • Patent number: 10986266
    Abstract: A camera input expansion unit includes a camera-setting-information storage, a camera expansion processor, an image-recorder, and an image capture interface. The camera-setting-information storage stores setting information on the camera including the conditions of the image capture trigger. The camera expansion processor generates an ON/OFF signal for defining the image capture trigger based on the setting information of the camera. Based on the ON/OFF signal as the image capture trigger, the camera expansion processor acquires the image data which is generated by the camera. The image-recorder records the image data acquired by the camera expansion processor. The image capture interface is provided between the camera expansion processor and the camera. The image capture interface has an image-capture-trigger line propagating the ON/OFF signal to the camera and an image communication line propagating the image data generated by the camera to the camera expansion processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: KEYENCE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryosuke Tsujikawa
  • Patent number: 10979611
    Abstract: A method of assembling a vehicular camera includes providing a metallic front housing member, a metallic rear housing member, a lens assembly and a circuit board. The front housing member has a lens receiving portion and a circuit board attachment portion. An imager is disposed on a first side of the circuit board and a connector is disposed on a second side of the circuit board. With the circuit board attached at the front housing member and with the lens assembly disposed at a lens receiving portion of the front housing member, images are focused at an imaging plane of the imager by adjusting the lens assembly relative to the imager. With the images focused at the imaging plane of the imager, the lens assembly is retained relative to the front housing member via an ultra-violet (UV) curable adhesive. The front housing member and the rear housing member are attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Steven V. Byrne, Ben Stickler, Richard Rieden, Matthew C. Sesti, Brian D. Brasier
  • Patent number: 10979625
    Abstract: A method for editing an image based on artificial intelligence and an artificial intelligence device are disclosed. In the method for editing an image based on artificial intelligence, a recommended photographic composition is created by applying an image acquired by a camera to a pre-trained composition recommendation model, and the image is corrected based on the created recommended photographic composition, whereby it is possible to capture and edit an image at the same time without the trouble of correcting the image after capturing it. One or more of an artificial intelligence device of the present disclosure can be associated with artificial intelligence modules, drones (unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)), robots, augmented reality (AR) devices, virtual reality (VR) devices, devices related to 5G service, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Kyuho Lee, Jaewoong Jeong, Seunghyun Hwang, Youngman Kim, Sangjun Oh
  • Patent number: 10976645
    Abstract: A spherical camera is disclosed. The camera includes an imaging unit. A base of the camera includes a track. A spherical housing includes a first housing part for containing the imaging unit. A second housing part includes a dove tail shaped to be slidably received within the track of the base. A loop is positionable around a periphery surface of the base, the loop being tightenable from a first position wherein the spherical housing is tiltable along the track to a second position wherein the spherical housing is locked in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventors: Luke William Bingleman, Thomas W. Holbrook, Sudeep Mohan, Hsin-Chin Lee, Eric Little, Nigel Geoffrey Taylor, Colin Paul Janssen
  • Patent number: 10979606
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention relates to a camera module comprising: a housing comprising a through hole; a lens module disposed in the through hole; a connector penetrating the housing and extending to an outside from an inside of the housing; a first substrate unit located inside the housing and having an image sensor mounted thereon; a second substrate unit disposed inside the housing and connected to the connector; and a flexible substrate for electrically connecting the first substrate and the second substrate unit, wherein the flexible substrate is coupled to a lower surface of the first substrate unit and a side surface of the second substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jae Wook Ahn, Sun Min Hwang, Je Kyung Park, Kyung Mok Yoon, Chul Ho Lee, Jong Chul Choi
  • Patent number: 10971152
    Abstract: An imaging control method includes acquiring a device identifier of an imaging device; acquiring voice information; performing information comparison on content data included in the voice information based on the device identifier; analyzing the voice information to identify control information in response to the content data including matching information that matches the device identifier; generating a control command based on the control information; and transmitting the control command to the imaging device to control the imaging device to capture an image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: SZ DJI Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Dan Wu
  • Patent number: 10965879
    Abstract: An imaging device includes: an imaging unit having an imaging element; a first video signal processing unit that generates a first video signal of a first dynamic range from a pixel signal obtained by the imaging unit; and a second video signal processing unit that generates an information signal of a high-pass luminance change component of at least a high luminance portion from the first video signal, reduces a luminance value of a high luminance portion of the first video signal to generate a luminance reduction video signal of a second dynamic range narrower than the first dynamic range, and adds the generated luminance reduction video signal to the information signal of the luminance change component to generate a second video signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koji Kamiya, Masato Izawa
  • Patent number: 10958824
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus and an image processing method capable of increasing correction accuracy of a phase difference detection pixel even in a case where the phase difference detection pixel is densely arranged in an imaging element in order to secure AF performance are provided. An imaging element includes normal pixels of RGB and first and second phase difference pixels of which opening portions are adjacently arranged to face each other in a horizontal direction and in which a G filter is arranged. A pixel value addition unit (64) generates an addition pixel corresponding to a virtual G pixel at a pixel position between the first and second phase difference pixels by adding pixel values of the pair of the first and second phase difference pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Koichi Tanaka, Seiji Tanaka, Makoto Kobayashi, Tomoyuki Kawai
  • Patent number: 10951816
    Abstract: A method, an electronic device, and a storage medium are provided for processing an image. The method includes: at least one first image frame is acquired based on a first pixel arrangement pattern when receiving a photographing instruction, where a pixel in the first pixel arrangement pattern includes sub-pixels of the same color component distributed in a square array in a photosensitive element; at least one second image frame is acquired based on a second pixel arrangement pattern, where the second pixel arrangement pattern is a standard Bayer arrangement pattern; and the at least one first image frame and the at least one second image frame are fused to obtain the image to be displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Beijing Xiaomi Mobile Software Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zifei Dou
  • Patent number: 10944929
    Abstract: Image sensor having multiple pixels; a number of phase pixels which are included in the multiple pixels and which output a first signal indicating intensity of light; a first adjustment portion conducting gain adjustment on the number of phase pixels in reference to the first signal; an auto-focus portion adjusting a focal point of the image in reference to a second signal output from the number of phase pixels after the gain adjustment; a compensation portion generating and outputting a compensation signal indicating intensity of light received by the number of phase pixels in reference to signals output from the multiple pixels; a second adjustment portion determining exposure and gain for taking the image in reference to signals output from the multiple pixels and applying the exposure and the gain to the multiple pixels; and an image processing portion inputting both the compensation signal and signals and generating image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wah Tung Jimmy Wan, Jun Wu
  • Patent number: 10931882
    Abstract: A first imaging unit according to the present embodiment has a plurality of imaging units arranged such that capturing ranges partially overlap with each other and generates a combined image in which images captured by the plurality of imaging units are connected and combined to each other by a combining processing unit. A second imaging unit according to the present embodiment captures a part of a capturing range of the first imaging unit. A control unit according to the present embodiment controls exposure levels of the plurality of imaging units based on at least one of a state of the second imaging unit and information included in an image captured by the second imaging unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Aihiko Numata
  • Patent number: 10924659
    Abstract: Portable electronic devices can be provided with stimulus features for the benefit of the subject to be captured in an image. Such stimulus features can attract the attention of the subject toward the camera when provided by components that are integrated with or coupled to the electronic device. The stimulus features can attract the attention and gaze of the subject prior to and during capture of the image. The stimulus features can also be provided to the subject as a reward during and after capture of the image. These features allow the user of the electronic device to focus on operation of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen B. Lynch
  • Patent number: 10924678
    Abstract: An electronic device according to the present invention, includes: a specific operation member; an assigning unit configured to assign, in accordance with a designating operation by a user, a function to be executed in accordance with an operation with respect to the specific operation member; and a display controlling unit configured to control so as not to display a guide showing that function assignment to the specific operation member is possible even when a specific operation with respect to the specific operation member is performed in a case where function assignment by the assigning unit has been performed, and configured to control so as to display the guide in accordance with the specific operation with respect to the specific operation member in a case where function assignment by the assigning unit has not been performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Daiyu Ueno, Koji Yoshida, Ryu Wakui, Eriko Sato
  • Patent number: 10914912
    Abstract: A lens assembly includes a lens barrel formed of a first material, and a lens holder coupled to the lens barrel and formed of a second material, wherein a bonding portion in which the lens barrel and the lens holder are bonded to each other includes a mixed layer in which the first material and the second material are mixed with each other, and the bonding portion includes one or more voids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seong Chan Park, Sang Hyun Kwon, Hye Lee Kim
  • Patent number: 10911680
    Abstract: A method, system, and article is directed to geolocation and attitude correction for mobile rolling shutter cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Gregoire Kerr, Zoran Zivkovic
  • Patent number: 10911665
    Abstract: An accessory includes: a clock transmission unit that transmits a first clock signal; a first transmission unit that transmits to the camera body information pertaining to a drive target member in synchronization with the first clock signal; a clock reception unit that receives a second clock signal from the camera body; a second transmission unit that transmits to the camera body a first value indicating a communication specification according to which the first transmission unit transmits the information to the camera body in synchronization with the second clock signal; a reception unit that receives from the camera body a second value in synchronization with the second clock signal, indicating a communication specification; and a control unit that engages the first transmission unit to start transmitting the information according to the communication specification indicated by the second value, upon receiving the second value after the first value has been transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akihiko Kawai