Patents Examined by Amy Hsu
  • Patent number: 10187555
    Abstract: A camera system for capturing a substantial portion of a spherical image, the capturing being triggered adjacent the highest point of a free, non-propelled trajectory, comprising two or more camera modules, the two or more camera modules being oriented with respect to in each such camera module optical main axis in two or more directions different to each other, at least one control unit that connects to the two or more camera modules, and a sensor system including an accelerometer, wherein the camera system does not comprise a position detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: AMARYLLIS INNOVATION GMBH
    Inventors: Rianne Houba, Hans-Peter Constien, Robert Arend, Andreas Kampf, Thomas Gillen, Jonas Pfeil
  • Patent number: 10178333
    Abstract: An image sensor comprising a plurality of imaging pixels, a plurality of focus detecting pixels in which opening positions of light receiving sections are shifted from those of the imaging pixels, and a plurality of color filters arranged corresponding to the imaging pixels and the focus detecting pixels, wherein first focus detecting pixels in which opening positions are shifted in a first direction are arranged at positions corresponding to first color filters of the imaging pixels, and second focus detecting pixels in which opening positions are shifted in the first direction and which have opening ratios different from those of the first focus detecting pixels are arranged at positions corresponding to the first color filters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsuo Kikuchi, Atsuro Okazawa
  • Patent number: 10176543
    Abstract: [Object] To generate a color image with further improved image quality. [Solution] Provided is an image processing device including: an image acquisition unit that acquires a far-infrared image, a near-infrared image, and a visible light image in which a common imaged object is captured; and a generation unit that generates a color image by filtering filter taps including pixels of the far-infrared image, the near-infrared image, and the visible light image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenichiro Hosokawa, Takuro Kawai, Masatoshi Yokokawa, Toshiyuki Sasaki, Kazunori Kamio
  • Patent number: 10171742
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an image capturing apparatus, a method, and a program for performing appropriate zoom control. An angular velocity detection unit detects an angular velocity of movement of an image capturing apparatus. An operation determination unit determines an operation state of a user based on the angular velocities at a plurality of times. A zoom control unit performs zoom control based on the operation state. As described above, by using angular velocities at a plurality of times, it is possible to identify the operation state in more detail and to perform appropriate zoom control depending on the user's operation state. The present technology can be applied to a digital camera, a digital still camera, a multifunctional mobile phone and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Bryn Baritompa, Hiroyuki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10165212
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device is capable of simplifying the pixel structure to reduce the pixel size and capable of suppressing the variation in the characteristics between the pixels when a plurality of output systems is provided. A unit cell includes two pixels. Upper and lower photoelectric converters and, transfer transistors and connected to the upper and lower photoelectric converters, respectively, a reset transistor, and an amplifying transistor form the two pixels. A full-face signal line is connected to the respective drains of the reset transistor and the amplifying transistor. Controlling the full-face signal line, along with transfer signal lines and a reset signal line, to read out signals realizes the simplification of the wiring in the pixel, the reduction of the pixel size, and so on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Abe, Nobuo Nakamura, Tomoyuki Umeda, Keiji Mabuchi, Hiroaki Fujita, Eiichi Funatsu, Hiroki Sato
  • Patent number: 10158817
    Abstract: Provided is a solid-state imaging apparatus, including pixels each including: a photoelectric conversion unit; a charge accumulation unit; a transistor including a control electrode; a waveguide; and a light-shielding portion. The waveguide includes an incident portion and an output portion, the light-shielding portion includes a first portion that covers the control electrode of the transistor and a second portion that covers a part of the photoelectric conversion unit, the output portion and the photoelectric conversion unit are arranged with an interval therebetween, the interval between the output portion and the photoelectric conversion unit is larger than an interval between a lower end of the second portion of the light-shielding portion and the photoelectric conversion unit, and the interval between the output portion and the photoelectric conversion unit is smaller than an interval between an upper end of the second portion of the light-shielding portion and the photoelectric conversion unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Mineo Shimotsusa, Masatsugu Itahashi, Masahiro Koboyashi, Kazunari Kawabata, Takeshi Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 10154180
    Abstract: A camera including an image capture module, and at least one other module. The image capture module is a sealed module and includes: a housing; at least one image sensor to convert light into electrical signals; an optical system associated with the image sensor and arranged to transmit light through the housing to the at least one image sensor; the image capture module and the at least one other module being directly or indirectly mounted to each other, and interoperable with each other to capture images. An image capture module and method of construction of a camera are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: BLACKMAGIC DESIGN PTY LTD.
    Inventors: Grant Petty, Simon Kidd, Michael Cornish, Stuart Elford, David Lunn, John Vanzella, Carsten Buettner, Patrick Tolcher
  • Patent number: 10146025
    Abstract: The lens tube includes a cylindrical barrel, a holder, a cap, and a stress applying portion. The barrel houses at least one first lens. The holder houses an imaging element and is fixed to a substrate. The holder is configured to allow one end of the barrel in an axial direction to be screwed into the holder such that an optical axis of the first lens and an optical axis of the imaging element are aligned with each other. The cap is mountable to the barrel by allowing the other end of the barrel in the axial direction to be screwed into the cap. The stress applying portion is located between the holder and the cap when the barrel is screwed into the holder and the cap, and applies a stress in a direction in which the cap is separated from the holder. The first lens is held and fixed between a first stopper formed on the cap and a second stopper formed in the barrel when the cap is mounted to the barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daisuke Takama, Noboru Kawasaki, Takayuki Kimura
  • Patent number: 10142564
    Abstract: An imaging device for capturing an image of a scene, comprising: an image sensor; an optical arrangement operable to focus light from a portion of the scene onto the image sensor while preventing light from other portions of the scene from being focused onto the sensor; a controller configured to cause the optical arrangement to focus light from a sequence of portions of the scene onto the sensor so that the sensor captures the said sequence of portions of the scene; and a processor configured to use the captured portions of the scene to construct an image of the scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Imagination Technologies Limited
    Inventor: Crescenzo D'Alessandro
  • Patent number: 10142532
    Abstract: A vehicular camera module includes a circuit element and a lens mounting element disposed at the circuit element and optically aligned with an imager of the circuit element. An inner lower pressure polymer molding is formed at least partially over and around the circuit element and the lens mounting element so that the inner molding and the lens mounting element substantially encase the circuit element. A connector element is disposed at an aperture of the inner molding so as to be in electrical contact with the electrical connecting elements of the circuit element. An outer higher pressure injection molded shell is molded over and around the inner molding and part of the lens mounting element so as to encase the inner molding. The outer shell includes a connector portion that generally surrounds the connector element, with the connector element being accessible at the connector portion of the outer shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Jamie A. Mleczko
  • Patent number: 10142599
    Abstract: An image capturing device includes: a plurality of first pixels that have a plurality of color components, and that generate first signals by photoelectrically converting incident light; a plurality of second pixels that generate second signals by photoelectrically converting light that has passed through the first pixels; and a drive unit that reads out the first signals from the first pixels, and that reads out the second signals from the second pixels at timings that are different from timings of reading out the first signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yuki Kita
  • Patent number: 10136045
    Abstract: An imaging device, a control method, and a program with automatic power-on control in response to contactless communication are disclosed. An imaging preparation operation is performed after the completion of a transmission of connection information for a wireless communication connection. In one example, an imaging device includes a contactless communication part configured to perform contactless communication with an external device, and a control part configured to control power-on/off of the imaging device and an imaging preparation operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shiro Eshita
  • Patent number: 10136071
    Abstract: Provided are an image zooming method and an image zooming apparatus for optical zooming by using a plurality of lenses with different focal lengths. The image zooming method includes capturing an identical scene via a plurality of lenses; obtaining a first image and a second image of the identical scene that have different resolving powers; determining a first area of the first image and a second area of the second image which corresponds to the first area; and generating a composite image the second area and a remaining area of the first image from which the first area is excluded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hee-chul Han
  • Patent number: 10129590
    Abstract: While presenting on a display apparatus videos of high picture quality obtained from portable video processing apparatuses such as a camera and a cellular, it is possible to communicate with the Internet and/or a home network. A display apparatus includes a first radio communication unit capable of receiving video information by radio from an external video processing apparatus, a second radio communication unit capable of connecting by radio to a network, and a control unit for controlling assignment of connection by radio transmission for each of the first and second radio communication units. The control unit assigns connection of the first radio communication unit with higher priority and controls the assignment of the transmission rate such that the transmission rate between the first radio communication unit and the external video processing apparatus is more than that between the second radio communication unit and the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Kurita, Hitoaki Owashi
  • Patent number: 10122952
    Abstract: Imagers and associated devices and systems are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, an imager includes a pixel array and control circuitry operably coupled to the pixel array. The pixel array includes an imaging pixel configured to produce a reset signal and a non-imaging pixel configured to produce a nominal reset signal. The control circuitry is configured to produce an output signal based at least in part on one of (a) the nominal reset signal when distortion at the imaging pixel exceeds a threshold and (b) the reset signal when distortion does not exceed the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Espen A. Olsen
  • Patent number: 10122951
    Abstract: To increase image quality of a moving image by suppressing a color afterimage while reducing color noise, provided is an imaging apparatus, including: an imaging device; and a signal processing unit, in which: the imaging device includes a first pixel group and a second pixel group each including a plurality of pixels each configured to output a pixel signal; and the signal processing unit is configured to perform weighted addition for a second pixel signal output from the second pixel group by inter-frame processing, and to change a weight on each frame in the weighted addition based on an inter-frame differential of a first pixel signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hisashi Takado, Noriyuki Kaifu, Fujio Kawano, Tomoya Onishi
  • Patent number: 10116872
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an image capturing apparatus, a method, and a program for performing appropriate zoom control. An angular velocity detection unit detects an angular velocity of movement of an image capturing apparatus. An operation determination unit determines an operation state of a user based on the angular velocities at a plurality of times. A zoom control unit performs zoom control based on the operation state. As described above, by using angular velocities at a plurality of times, it is possible to identify the operation state in more detail and to perform appropriate zoom control depending on the user's operation state. The present technology can be applied to a digital camera, a digital still camera, a multifunctional mobile phone and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Bryn Baritompa, Hiroyuki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10116852
    Abstract: A remote camera control device and method therefor includes a communication circuit that transmits an operation request to an external camera device, and selectively transmits a sensor information to the external camera device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Keiichiro Kadota
  • Patent number: 10097737
    Abstract: An image capture system includes a first image capture device, a second image capture device and a processing device, and the processing device is electrically connected to the first image capture device and the second image capture device. The first image capture device is configured to capture a first image, and the second image capture device is configured to capture a second image. The processing device is configured to receive first information transmitted from the first image capture device and second information transmitted from the second image capture device, and determines whether the first image and the second image have a same object based on the first information and the second information. If the processing device determines that the first image and the second image have the same object, the processing device synchronizes timestamps of the first image and the second image according to an event of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: VIVOTEK INC.
    Inventors: Cheng-Chieh Liu, Chao-Ming Chang, Wei-Ming Liu
  • Patent number: 10091409
    Abstract: In an example embodiment, method, apparatus and computer program product for improving image and video captures using depth maps of viewfinder depth map, are provided. The method includes facilitating receipt of a viewfinder depth map of a scene, the viewfinder depth map comprising depth information of a plurality of objects in the scene. One or more objects are selected from the plurality of objects based on depth information of the one or more objects in the viewfinder depth map. Two or more images of the scene are facilitated to be captured by at least adjusting focus of a camera corresponding to the depth information of the one or more objects that are selected. In an example, a method also includes facilitating capture of an image of the scene by at least adjusting focus of a camera corresponding to the depth information of the two or more objects that are selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Krishna Annasagar Govindarao, Soumik Ukil, Ravi Shenoy