Patents Examined by Angel L Garces-Rivera
  • Patent number: 10924696
    Abstract: An image sensor for acquiring an image of an object comprises: an array of photo-sensitive areas (112); and a mosaic filter (114) associated with the array dividing the array into sub-groups (118) of photo-sensitive areas (112) extending across at least two rows and two columns, wherein the mosaic filter (114) transmits unique light properties to the photo-sensitive areas (112) within the sub-group (118); wherein the mosaic filter (114) comprises a sequence of unique filter portions associated with a set of photo-sensitive areas (112) along a row, wherein the set extends through more than one sub-group (118); wherein sequences comprising the unique filter portions are associated with each row and wherein the sequences associated with adjacent rows comprise different orders of the unique filter portions, such that different light properties are transmitted to photo-sensitive areas (112) in the same column of adjacent rows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: IMEC VZW
    Inventors: Julien Pichette, Nicolaas Tack
  • Patent number: 10911690
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus includes an imaging element which is capable of simultaneously performing exposures of different exposure times, a detection unit configured to detect flicker; and a control unit configured to control the imaging element such that, in a case where imaging is performed at a frame rate shorter than a period of the flicker, a first image is captured in a first region of the imaging element for a first exposure time which is an exposure time settable in one frame, and a second image is captured in a second region of the imaging element for a second exposure time which is a difference between a time of an integer multiple of the first exposure time and a time of the period of the flicker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hinako Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10911684
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus generates a second image having a second dynamic range which is narrower than a first dynamic range by processing a first image having the first dynamic range, generates an image that includes a distribution image for indicating luminance distribution of the first image and a scale image for indicating a predetermined luminance level in the second dynamic range, and controls a display unit to display the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takayuki Sudo, Takashi Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10911663
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus is provided and configured to perform control, in response to a specific touch operation on the area corresponding to an unselected specific subject area detected from an image by a detection unit from the image displayed with a first magnification, to select the specific subject area without selecting an organ area included in the specific subject area, and, in response to the specific touch operation on the area corresponding to an organ area included in the specific subject area out of the image displayed with a second magnification larger than the first magnification, to select the organ area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Noriaki Sato
  • Patent number: 10897559
    Abstract: A camera includes a housing, a lens assembly accommodated in the housing, a connection rod, and a circuit board. One end of the connection of the connection rod fixes the lens assembly in the housing. The circuit board is accommodated in the housing and supported by another end of the connection rod. The circuit board is spaced apart from the lens assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dahu Pan, Xingwang Xu, Zihan Chen
  • Patent number: 10887512
    Abstract: A camera system includes: a first imaging element; a second imaging element different from the first imaging element; an oscillator for supplying a clock signal to the first imaging element and the second imaging element; and a controller that controls an operation of the first imaging element and an operation of the second imaging element, and acquires image signals outputted by the first imaging element and the second imaging element. The controller synchronizes and outputs image data of a first region, which is a part of an effective pixel region of the first imaging element, and image data of a second region, which is a part or a whole of an effective pixel region of the second imaging element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshikazu Murao, Nobuhisa Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10887502
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus, information processing method, and program are disclosed. In the information processing apparatus, circuitry is configured to transmit an input command to at least one of a plurality of imaging devices that are associated with the information processing apparatus, the command being executable as a synchronous operation or an asynchronous operation based on information relating to at least one of the imaging devices. The information may, for example, be the number of the imaging devices to which the input command is transmitted. In that example, when the number of the imaging devices is below a threshold amount, the input command is transmitted as the synchronous operation, and when the number of the imaging devices is above the threshold amount, the input command is transmitted as the asynchronous operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Ryogo Ito, Keiji Okamoto, Kazuma Akamatsu
  • Patent number: 10868993
    Abstract: A method of controlling parameters for image sensors includes; receiving a first image and a second image, calculating first feature values related to the first image and second feature values related to the second image; generating comparison results by comparing the first feature values of fixed regions and first variable regions of the first image with the second feature values of fixed regions and first variable regions of the second image, and controlling at least one parameter on the basis of the comparison results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ha Young Ko, Yo Hwan Noh, Chae Sung Kim
  • Patent number: 10855944
    Abstract: A solid-state image pickup apparatus includes a light receiving element, a reading gate, a former-stage storage unit, a latter-stage storage unit, a floating diffusion, an amplification transistor, a reset transistor, and an address transistor. The former-stage storage unit stores a signal charge read from the light receiving element. The latter-stage storage unit stores the signal charge transported from the former-stage storage unit. The floating diffusion converts the signal charge transferred from the latter-stage storage unit into a signal voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corporation
    Inventor: Minoru Kashiwagi
  • Patent number: 10841551
    Abstract: A smartphone may be freely moved in three dimensions as it captures a stream of images of an object. Multiple image frames may be captured in different orientations and distances from the object and combined into a composite image representing an image of the object. The image frames may be formed into the composite image based on representing features of each image frame as a set of points in a three dimensional point cloud. Inconsistencies between the image frames may be adjusted when projecting respective points in the point cloud into the composite image. Quality of the image frames may be improved by processing the image frames to correct errors. Distracting features, such as the finger of a user holding the object being scanned, can be replaced with background content. As the scan progresses, a direction for capturing subsequent image frames is provided to a user as a real-time feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: ML Netherlands C.V.
    Inventors: Alexander Ilic, Peter Weigand, Erik Fonseka
  • Patent number: 10841492
    Abstract: In connection with video production equipment, data communication is made available through battery pack ports other than the main power output. This availability enables, regardless of the device being utilized, knowledge as to the attributes and status of the power source of the battery pack and also access to information that may be stored in the battery pack. Auxiliary ports, such as a power tap port and a universal serial bus port, are equipped for establishing data communication between the battery pack and accessory devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: CORE SWX, LLC
    Inventor: Ross Kanarek
  • Patent number: 10827103
    Abstract: The present invention provides a fixed-focus camera module and a manufacturing method therefor. The fixed-focus camera module comprises a light-sensitive chip, an optical lens assembly, and a lens base. The optical lens assembly is directed packaged in the lens base, and the optical lens assembly is kept in a light-sensitive path of the light-sensitive chip. In this manner, the size and the manufacturing costs of the fixed-focus camera module can be effectively reduced, so as to improve the product competitiveness of the fixed-focus camera module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Ningbo Sunny Opotech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhenyu Chen, Mingzhu Wang, Xiaojuan Su, Bojie Zhao
  • Patent number: 10819908
    Abstract: An image sensor that obtains an image in which shake is corrected, while at the same time suppresses an increase in the circuit size, is disclosed. The image sensor has a plurality of pixels. Each of the plurality of pixels includes a light-sensitive element that detects the incidence of single photons; and a counter that counts a pulse contained in a signal. The image sensor further comprises a control unit that, on the basis of detected shake, switches a signal of the light-sensitive element supplied to the counter in a pixel, or replaces a count value of the counter of the pixel with a count value of the counter in another pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Satoshi Kumaki, Hirokazu Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10802286
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a camera separately capturing an omnidirectional subject depending on a specified angle to generate a plurality of split images, and generating an omnidirectional image from capturing all orientations with respect to a specified location by using the generated plurality of split images, a memory storing the generated omnidirectional image, an input device sensing an input of a user, a display, and a processor generating field of view (FOV) information corresponding to the input of the user via the input device and displaying an FOV image corresponding to the FOV information in the omnidirectional image on the display. The processor is configured to determine shaking of the omnidirectional image and to correct at least one of the FOV information and the omnidirectional image to generate the FOV image, when it is determined that the shaking of the omnidirectional image is present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jeong Moon Byun
  • Patent number: 10798350
    Abstract: Described examples include an optical apparatus having a first lens, a first optical element having a first aperture, a second lens, and a second optical element having a second aperture. The optical apparatus includes a third lens having a first portion to receive projected light from the first lens through the first aperture and to project the projected light onto a target. Also, the third lens has a second portion to receive reflected light reflected from the target and to provide the reflected light to the second lens through the second aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Vikrant R. Bhakta, Jeffrey Matthew Kempf
  • Patent number: 10798357
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method and a device for correcting a color temperature of a flash lamp in the field of the computer technology. The method includes: obtaining a first color temperature value of a gray point region in a first image, in which the first image is obtained by capturing a scene when the flash lamp is closed; searching for an image region corresponding to the gray point region in a second image, in which the second image is obtained by capturing the scene when the flash lamp is open; and correcting the color temperature for the light compensation of the flash lamp according to a difference obtained by subtracting the first color temperature value from the second color temperature value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Beijing Xiaomi Mobile Software co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Guosheng Li, Yihan Wu
  • Patent number: 10776972
    Abstract: A system may comprise a transport device for moving at least one object, wherein at least one substantially planar surface of the object is moved in a known plane locally around a viewing area, wherein the substantially planar surface of the object is occluded except when the at least one substantially planar surface passes by the viewing area, at least one 2D digital optical sensor configured to capture at least two sequential 2D digital images of the at least one substantially planar surface of the at least one object that is moved in the known plane around the viewing area, and a controller operatively coupled to the 2D digital optical sensor, the controller performing the steps of: a) receiving a first digital image, b) receiving a second digital image, and c) stitching the first digital image and the second digital image using a stitching algorithm to generate a stitched image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Cognex Corporation
    Inventors: James A. Negro, Xiangyun Ye, Ahmed El-Barkouky
  • Patent number: 10771699
    Abstract: An image processing method includes obtaining an image frame through an imaging device over a period of time. The image frame includes a plurality of groups of pixels that are exposed to light at different time points within the period of time. The method further includes obtaining attitude information of the imaging device during the period of time, deriving positional state of an individual group of pixels in the plurality of groups of pixels based on the attitude information of the imaging device, and processing the image frame using the positional state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: You Zhou, Cong Zhao, Jie Qian, Peiliang Li
  • Patent number: 10753874
    Abstract: A system including: a mobile device, including: a camera configured to capture multiple images of a subject; a processor configured to identify a first image of the captured images as a blue frame, wherein the image was captured while the subject was illuminated by blue light, and identify a second image of one of the captured images as a white frame, wherein the image was captured while the subject was illuminated by white light; associate the blue frame with the white frame; detect a feature depicted in the blue frame that is not depicted in the associated white frame, and indicate the detection of the feature to a user; and a user interface display configured to separately render the blue frame and the white frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: MOBILEODT LTD.
    Inventors: David Levitz, Ariel Beery, Ronit Slyper
  • Patent number: 10750064
    Abstract: A camera module for a vehicular vision system includes a lens barrel having a lens accommodated therein, a front camera housing portion that accommodates an imager printed circuit board therein, and a rear camera housing portion mated with a rear portion of said front camera housing so as to encase the imager printed circuit board in the camera module. The imager printed circuit board is disposed at the lens barrel and bonded thereat with the imager optically aligned with an optical axis of the optical elements. The front camera housing portion may include mounting structure for mounting at a vehicle. The camera module has a center of mass, and distance from the optical axis of the lens to the mounting structure may be the same as distance from the center of mass to the mounting structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Steven V. Byrne, Yuesheng Lu, Jonathan D. Conger, Rene Dreiocker