Patents Examined by Amy R Hsu
  • Patent number: 10264171
    Abstract: An interchangeable-lens image capture apparatus receives, from an external device, a command to control a zoom adapter for mechanically driving a zoom mechanism in an interchangeable lens from outside the interchangeable lens. The image capture apparatus then transmits the received command to the zoom adapter through the interchangeable lens. A zoom operation can be remotely performed from the external device on a manual zoom lens attached to the interchangeable-lens image capture apparatus, which has a function of communicating with the external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kaori Ikeda
  • Patent number: 10257502
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present application disclose various methods and an apparatus for controlling light field capture. One method for controlling light field capture comprises: determining, at least according to at least one sub-lens that affects imaging of a first region in a sub-lens array of a light field camera, at least one first sub-lens to be adjusted, the first region being a part of a scene to be shot; determining an object refocusing accuracy of a light field image section captured by the first sub-lens in a light field image of the scene to be shot; adjusting, according to the object refocusing accuracy, a light field capture parameter of the first sub-lens; and performing, based on the light field camera after being adjusted, light field capture on the scene to be shot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Beijing Zhigu Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lin Du, Liang Zhou
  • Patent number: 10257412
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for obtaining the chromatic attributes of natural surroundings, which can be used, under the same parameters, in artificial surroundings or mixed surroundings, by means of digital extraction by taking photographs to generate color patterns (natural surroundings are understood to be those linked to the environment and include landscape, vegetation and fauna; artificial surroundings are those in which humans and/or built; and mixed surroundings involve physical characteristics of artificial and natural surroundings).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: UNIVERSIDAD DE LOS ANDES
    Inventors: Samira Kadamani Abiyoma, Olga Amparo Quijano de Rincon, Jorge Enrique Gutierrez Valderrama, Camilo Andres Nemocon Farfan, David Naranjo Romero
  • Patent number: 10257437
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus that performs positioning of a plurality of images that has been continuously captured by an image sensor includes at least one memory, and at least one processor coupled to the at least one memory. The at least one processor functions as a detection unit configured to detect a difference in position between the images captured by the image sensor, a drive unit configured to drive a shake correction unit that optically corrects image blur of each image based on the difference in position detected by the detection unit, and a coordinate transformation unit configured to perform positioning of the images in which the image blur has been corrected by the shake correction unit, based on the difference in position detected by the detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Fumihiro Kajimura, Koichi Washisu
  • Patent number: 10250797
    Abstract: Dual-aperture digital cameras with auto-focus (AF) and related methods for obtaining a focused and, optionally optically stabilized color image of an object or scene. A dual-aperture camera includes a first sub-camera having a first optics bloc and a color image sensor for providing a color image, a second sub-camera having a second optics bloc and a clear image sensor for providing a luminance image, the first and second sub-cameras having substantially the same field of view, an AF mechanism coupled mechanically at least to the first optics bloc, and a camera controller coupled to the AF mechanism and to the two image sensors and configured to control the AF mechanism, to calculate a scaling difference and a sharpness difference between the color and luminance images, the scaling and sharpness differences being due to the AF mechanism, and to process the color and luminance images into a fused color image using the calculated differences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Corephotonics Ltd.
    Inventors: Gal Shabtay, Noy Cohen, Nadav Geva, Oded Gigushinski, Ephraim Goldenberg
  • Patent number: 10241382
    Abstract: There is provided an image pickup apparatus including: a main body provided with an image pickup section; a viewfinder capable of performing state transition between a housed state in which the viewfinder is housed in the main body and a usage state in which the viewfinder projects from the main body; a first detection section configured to detect use of the viewfinder unit by a user; and a control section configured to turn on or turn off the first detection section based on the state transition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mayuko Sato, Fumikazu Hatanaka, Toshiyuki Kaimi
  • Patent number: 10240713
    Abstract: This application discloses a stand assembly that includes an upper portion for holding electronic components and a lower portion for supporting the upper portion. The lower portion including a base, a joint, and a second fastener structure configured to mate with a first fastener structure of the upper portion. The first fastener structure and the joint are configured to respectively provide a first degree of freedom of motion and a second degree of freedom of motion of the upper portion with respect to the lower portion. Movement of the upper portion at the first degree of freedom has substantially consistent resistance through first part of a first full range of motion associated with the first degree of freedom of motion. Movement of the upper portion at the second degree of freedom has substantially consistent resistance through a second full range of motion associated with the second degree of freedom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Adam Scott Kilgore, Adam Duckworth Mittleman
  • Patent number: 10237504
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device and a camera system are disclosed. The solid-state imaging device includes a pixel unit and a pixel signal readout circuit. The pixel signal readout circuit includes a plurality of comparators disposed to correspond to a pixel column array, and a plurality of counters. Each counter includes a first amplifier, a second amplifier, and a mirror circuit to from a current mirror in parallel with the second amplifier. The first amplifier includes differential transistors, initializing switches connected between gates and collectors of the differential transistors, and first and second capacitors connected to each of the gates of the differential transistors. The second amplifier includes an initializing switch and a third capacitor. The mirror circuit includes a gate input transistor whose gate is inputted with a voltage sampled by the first amplifier or a voltage sampled by the second amplifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Kenichi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10230875
    Abstract: A camera module for a vision system for a vehicle includes a housing, a lens holder and a rear cover. The housing houses a printed circuit board having an imager disposed thereat. The lens holder is attached at a front portion of the housing so that a lens assembly is optically aligned with the imager. The rear cover attaches at an opening at a rear portion of the housing and includes a connecting element for electrically connecting to circuitry at the printed circuit board when the rear cover is attached at the opening at the rear portion of the housing. An outer portion of the connecting element is disposed in a connector portion of the rear cover so as to be electrically connectable to electrically conductive elements of a vehicle connector when the camera module is disposed at the vehicle and the vehicle connector is connected to the connector portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jamie A. Mleczko, Jonathan D. Conger, Steven V. Byrne, Yuesheng Lu
  • Patent number: 10225450
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus (1) includes a first image capturer (100) including a first image capturing optical system (101) and a first image sensor (102), and a second image capturer (110) including a second image capturing optical system (111a) and a third image capturing optical system (111b) with different viewpoints from each other and a second image sensor (112), an angle of field of each of the second image capturing optical system and the third image capturing optical system is larger than an angle of field of the first image capturing optical system, each of the second image capturing optical system and the third image capturing optical system includes at least two reflection members (P1a, P2a; P1b, P2b) that introduces light from an object to the second image sensor, and a predetermined conditional expression is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Ko Ichihara, Chiaki Inoue
  • Patent number: 10225454
    Abstract: [Object] To provide an information processing apparatus, information processing method, program, and information processing system that are capable of preventing image capturing instructions transmitted from a plurality of information processing terminals from contending with each other in a communication mode where the plurality of information processing terminals are connected to an image capturing apparatus. [Solution] An information processing apparatus includes: a receiver configured to receive an instruction to capture an image from at least one of a plurality of external devices via a wireless communication channel, each of the external devices having priority set previously; and a controller configured to control an operation of an imaging unit based on the instruction depending on the priority set in the external device serving as a source for transmission of the instruction, the imaging unit being configured to capture the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryogo Ito, Shiro Eshita, Kazuma Akamatsu
  • Patent number: 10220529
    Abstract: System and method for improving the shaving experience by providing improved visibility of the skin shaving area. A digital camera is integrated with the electric shaver for close image capturing of shaving area, and displaying it on a display unit. The display unit can be integral part of the electric shaver casing, or housed in a separated device which receives the image via a communication channel. The communication channel can be wireless (using radio, audio or light) or wired, such as dedicated cabling or using powerline communication. A light source is used to better illuminate the shaving area. Video compression and digital image processing techniques are used for providing for improved shaving results. The wired communication medium can simultaneously be used also for carrying power from the electric shaver assembly to the display unit, or from the display unit to the electric shaver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: May Patents Ltd.
    Inventor: Yehuda Binder
  • Patent number: 10217194
    Abstract: The invention provides an image shooting apparatus and an image shooting method that obtain a recovered image with high precision by using an optimal point spread function (PSF) without deriving an image shooting distance of a photographed object, an image shooting program, and a recording medium that records the image shooting program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Ying Wang, Shinya Matsumoto, Tuo Zhuang
  • Patent number: 10211145
    Abstract: An imaging element includes a layered structural body formed of a first electrode, a light receiving layer formed on the first electrode, and a second electrode formed on the light receiving layer, and a single first buffer layer formed of an amorphous organic material and a single second buffer layer formed of an amorphous inorganic material are provided between the light receiving layer and the second electrode from the light receiving layer side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Toshiki Moriwaki
  • Patent number: 10212346
    Abstract: An aerial vehicle may include a first sensor, such as a digital camera, having a lens or other component that includes a second sensor mounted thereto. Information or data, such as digital images, captured using the second sensor may be used to determine or predict motion of the lens, which may include components of translational and/or rotational motion. Once the motion of the lens has been determined or predicted, such motion may be used to stabilize information or data, such as digital images, captured using the first sensor, according to optical or digital stabilization techniques. Where operations of the first sensor and the second sensor are synchronized, motion of the second sensor may be modeled based on information or data captured thereby, and imputed to the first sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Raymond Harris, Ishay Kamon, Joshua John Watson
  • Patent number: 10209478
    Abstract: A filter unit that is used by being detachably mounted on a lens barrel constituting an imaging device is configured so as to include a discoidal filter body, an annular filter frame that receives the filter body, an adhesion film that is formed between the filter frame and the filter body and that is formed of an elastic adhesion, and a decorative annular frame received at a portion that is inside the filter frame and that is, when mounted on the lens barrel, on the imaging object side with respect to the filter body. The filter body and the filter frame are in noncontact with each other by forming the adhesion film between the filter frame and the filter body, and by disposing the decorative annular frame, the adhesion film is hidden under the appearance of the filter unit when the filter unit is mounted on the lens barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Kenko Tokina Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Eiji Okado
  • Patent number: 10205893
    Abstract: An imaging device of a CMOS type having a global shutter function is downsized. In the imaging device, a photoelectric conversion unit generates charge corresponding to an exposure amount in a predetermined exposure period. A generated charge retaining unit is formed to have a predetermined impurity concentration in a semiconductor substrate and retains the charge. A generated charge transferring unit renders the photoelectric conversion unit and the generated charge retaining unit conductive therebetween after the exposure period has elapsed and transfers the charge from the photoelectric conversion unit to the generated charge retaining unit. An output charge retaining unit is formed to have substantially the same impurity concentration as that of the generated charge retaining unit and retains charge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshiharu Kudoh
  • Patent number: 10194076
    Abstract: The present invention provides a fixed focus-type photographing apparatus, which can inexpensively and simply increase a depth of field by disposing a removable light diffusion plate in an existing lens optical system, and an optical system of the photographing apparatus. A photographing apparatus includes: an optical system, including two or more than two lenses, a diaphragm disposed between any two adjacent lenses of the lenses, and a light diffusion plate disposed at a position that is in front of a forefront first lens; and a photographing element, disposed at a position that is behind a rearmost final lens, where: the light diffusion plate includes a light diffusion surface, and a distance a from a front surface of the first lens to the diaphragm is less than a distance b from the diaphragm to the photographing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Shinya Matsumoto, Tuo Zhuang
  • Patent number: 10183633
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicle-mounted-camera bracket (10) for attaching a vehicle-mounted camera (20) to a vehicle body (30), wherein the durability of a hook (103) is enhanced and the vehicle-mounted-camera bracket (10) is capable of inserting into an attachment hole (31) of the vehicle body (30) along a narrow insertion trajectory. The present invention has: a bracket main body (100) capable of fastening a vehicle-mounted camera (20); and three or more planar hooks (103) for fixing the vehicle-mounted camera (20) to the vehicle body (30), the hooks (103) being formed in the bracket main body (100); the three or more planar hooks (103) being arranged so as to be suspended on at least two facing inside edges of a substantially rectangular attachment hole (31) provided in the vehicle body (30) when the hooks (103) are attached to the vehicle body (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinichi Mizota, Yukihiro Ooba, Ryo Fukasawa, Jinsheng Wang
  • Patent number: 10185628
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media for prioritizing backups of data on cameras. In some examples, a camera records media content items captured by the camera and detects features within respective media content items captured by the camera. The camera tags the media content items with data identifying the features detected within the respective media content items and, based on the data identifying the features detected within the respective media content items, ranks the media content items to yield respective media content item rankings. Based on the respective media content item rankings, the camera selects one or more of the media content items for a prioritized remote backup and, in response to detecting a threat to the camera, sends, according to one or more rules defined for the prioritized remote backup, data associated with the one or more of the media content items to a network destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Ian Matthew Snyder, Nicholas Dye Abalos, Peter W. Gleason