Abstract: An apparatus includes an acquisition unit configured to acquire a measurement result of a number of luminance changes, based on an address event signal indicating an address of a pixel having changed in luminance and a time, and a control unit configured to cause a relationship between the time and the measurement result to be displayed. The control unit causes the measurement result to be displayed in accordance with a direction of the luminance changes.
Abstract: An imaging element comprising: an imaging unit that has: a plurality of groups each including at least one pixel; and a plurality of signal readout units that are each provided to each of the groups and read out a signal from the pixel; and a control unit that controls the signal readout unit in at least one group among the plurality of groups is provided. Each of the plurality of groups may include a plurality of the pixels. The control unit may select at least one group among the plurality of groups and control the signal readout unit by using a control parameter that is different from a control parameter that is used for another group among the plurality of groups.
Abstract: A flicker measuring device of the present invention: receives light emitted from an object to be measured and outputs a light reception signal corresponding to an amount of received light; acquires the output light reception signal a plurality of times from a measurement start time point to a steady time point at which the object to be measured is in a steady state, obtains a flicker value of the object to be measured for each of the plurality of times on the basis of the acquired light reception signal, and stores the flicker value obtained for each of the plurality of times in a storage in association with an acquisition time point of the light reception signal; and performs an arithmetic processing of obtaining a flicker shift time by using each flicker value stored, in which in the arithmetic processing, an amount of overall change is obtained that is an amount of change of the flicker value from the initial flicker value to the steady flicker value, a predetermined ratio time point is obtained at which a
Abstract: Systems and techniques are provided for processing one or more frames. For example, a process can include obtaining a first plurality of frames associated with a first settings domain from an image capture system, wherein the first plurality of frames is captured prior to obtaining a capture input. The process can include obtaining a reference frame associated with a second settings domain from the image capture system, wherein the reference frame is captured proximate to obtaining the capture input. The process can include obtaining a second plurality of frames associated with the second settings domain from the image capture system, wherein the second plurality of frames is captured after the reference frame. The process can include, based on the reference frame, transforming at least a portion of the first plurality of frames to generate a transformed plurality of frames associated with the second settings domain.
September 15, 2021
Date of Patent:
October 24, 2023
Wesley James Holland, Micha Galor Gluskin, Venkata Ravi Kiran Dayana, Upal Mahbub, Scott Barker
Abstract: A camera module includes a housing defining an internal space; a reflection module disposed in the internal space and including a reflective member and a holder movably supported by an inner wall of the housing; and a lens module provided in the internal space, and including lenses aligned in an optical axis direction so that light reflected by the reflective member is incident to the lenses. The lens module includes lens barrels accommodating the lenses, and the plurality of lens barrels move in an approximate optical axis direction in the internal space while being supported by ball bearings. At least two of the lens barrels share a guide groove to guide movements of the ball bearings.
Abstract: An image capturing device includes an image capturing module, a plurality of light emitting elements, and a processing module. The image capturing module captures an image of a field of view. The light emitting elements emit light that irradiates to the field of view, and form a plurality of speckle regions in the field of view, and the speckle regions are consecutively arranged in the field of view. The processing module is electrically connected to the image capturing module and the light emitting elements. The processing module receives the image of the field of view from the image capturing module. The processing module obtains a target position according to a target image, and adjusts brightness of the light emitting elements according to the target position.
Abstract: An image pickup apparatus capable of keeping a focus on a subject even when a moving direction of the subject changes in time series is provided. The image pickup apparatus comprising at least one processor and/or circuit configured to function as following units, an image pickup unit configured to pick up a subject image formed by an image pickup optical system and generate image data, a subject detecting unit configured to detect a subject included in the image data generated by the image pickup unit and obtain a subject detection result, a focus detection unit configured to obtain a focus detection result of a focus detection area, which is set based on the subject detection result, and a control unit configured to perform a predictive calculation, which predicts a position of the subject detected by the subject detecting unit at a time after a predetermined period of time has elapsed from a focus detection time, and perform focus control of the image pickup optical system.
Abstract: An image pickup apparatus includes a plurality of pixels each of which includes a photoelectric conversion circuit that generates electric charges in accordance with incident light from an object, a measuring circuit that measures electric charges generated in the photoelectric conversion circuit in a period outside an exposure period of the photoelectric conversion circuit, a specifying circuit that specifies a characteristic of a light source, based on a measurement result by the measuring circuit, and an adjusting circuit that adjusts the exposure period of the photoelectric conversion circuit, based on the characteristic specified by the specifying circuit.
Abstract: An apparatus including an image capturing section for capturing an image of an object, a lens for causing the image of the object to be formed on an image sensor, and an operation section for acquiring photographing conditions including a focus movement amount and a number of images to be photographed from a user. The lens and the photographing unit are controlled to sequentially acquire the number of images to be photographed by discretely displacing a focal length by the acquired focus movement amount. Whenever an image to be photographed is acquired, a combining map indicative of a combining ratio of respective pixels at same positions in all of the acquired images is calculated, and a combined image is generated based on all of the acquired images according to the combining map and sequentially displayed by superimposing information on the combining map thereon.
Abstract: An anti-shake image processing method, apparatus, electronic device and storage medium are disclosed. The method includes the following steps. A current actual posture of an imaging device at a current shooting moment of capturing an original image of current frame and multiple reference actual postures of the imaging device at multiple shooting moments of capturing the original images of adjacent multiple frames of the original image of the current frame are obtained. A path smoothing process is performed to determine a current virtual posture after path smoothing at the current shooting moment. A coordinate transformation is performed on the original image of the current frame captured in the current actual posture to an estimated position of the original image of the current frame when captured in the current virtual posture in a pixel coordinate system to obtain a first correction image of the current frame.
Abstract: According to an embodiment, an optical apparatus includes a lighting unit, an imaging unit, and a processor. The lighting unit emits illumination rays. The imaging unit includes: a wavelength selecting unit including first and second wavelength selection regions; and a sensor. The first wavelength selection region converts a first ray passing through the first wavelength selection region into a first selected ray. The second wavelength selection region converts a second ray passing through the second wavelength selection region into a second selected ray. The sensor can acquire color phase information indicating color phases of the first selected ray and the second selected ray. The processor estimates a ray direction of the first ray and a ray direction of the second ray based on the color phase information and a relative position of the wavelength selecting unit in the imaging unit.
Abstract: An imaging device includes a plurality of unit pixels or pixels, with each pixel separated from every other unit pixel by an isolation structure. Each unit pixel includes a photoelectric conversion unit, a pixel imaging signal readout circuit, and an address event detection readout circuit. A first transfer transistor selectively connects the photoelectric conversion unit to the pixel imaging signal readout circuit, and a second transfer transistor selectively connects the photoelectric conversion unit to the address event detection readout circuit. The photoelectric conversion unit, the pixel imaging signal readout circuit, the address event detection readout circuit, and the first and second transfer transistors for a given pixel are located within a pixel area defined by the isolation structure. The isolation structure may be in the form of a full thickness dielectric trench isolation structure.
January 24, 2022
Date of Patent:
September 12, 2023
Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
Abstract: An exposure control apparatus accepts a specification of a shutter speed, determines, based on the specified shutter speed, a first accumulation time in which an image sensor accumulates a charge for image capture during a live view, determines, based on the specified shutter speed, a second accumulation time in which the image sensor accumulates a charge for image capture when obtaining a still image; and controls the image sensor to accumulate a charge over the first accumulation time or the second accumulation time. The accumulation time that can be set in the image sensor differs between during the live view and when obtaining a still image, and the first determination unit varies a method of determining the first accumulation time according to whether or not the specified shutter speed is longer than a predetermined shutter speed.
Abstract: Example embodiments are directed to a system of image enhancement. An interface device is configured to receive as input one or more input images. The one or more input images have one or more exposure values. A processing device is configured to execute an exposure value (EV) resampling module to generate one or more resampled images having exposure values different from the one or more exposure values of the one or more input images. The resampled images have a range of exposure values. The processing device is configured to execute a filtering module to filter the resampled images, and output a set of filtered images. The processing device is configured to execute a blending module to sequentially blend the set of filtered images, and output a merged image.
Abstract: The image sensor includes an array of photosensitive pixels comprising at least two sets of at least one pixel, control circuit configured to generate at least two different timing signals and adapted to control an acquisition of an incident optical signal by the pixels of the array, and distribution circuit configured to respectively distribute said at least two different timing signals in said at least two sets of at least one sensor, during the same acquisition of the incident optical signal.
Abstract: Apparatus and methods for stitching images, or re-stitching previously stitched images. Specifically, the disclosed systems in one implementation save stitching information and/or original overlap source data during an original stitching process. During subsequent retrieval, rendering, and/or display of the stitched images, the originally stitched image can be flexibly augmented, and/or re-stitched to improve the original stitch quality. Practical applications of the disclosed solutions enable, among other things, a user to create and stitch a wide field of view (FOV) panorama from multiple source images on a device with limited processing capability (such as a mobile phone or other capture device). Moreover, post-processing stitching allows for the user to convert from one image projection to another without fidelity loss (or with an acceptable level of loss).
September 15, 2022
Date of Patent:
August 29, 2023
Adeel Abbas, Cesar Douady, Timothy MacMillan
Abstract: A camera (10) is provided for the detection of objects (48) moved through a detection zone that has an image sensor (18) for recording image data, a reception optics (16) having an adjustable diaphragm (17), and a control and evaluation unit (38) to read the image data and to set the diaphragm (17), In this respect, the control and evaluation unit (38) is furthermore configured to set the diaphragm (17) per object (48) such that the object (48) is recorded in a depth of field range.
Abstract: An apparatus comprises: a sensor; a controller that controls the sensor so as to obtain images by repeatedly capturing an image of a subject, and to output a detection signal for detecting flicker during a period since capturing of an Nth image is performed to capturing of an N+1th image is performed; a calculation unit that calculates information relating to flicker based on the detection signal; a selector that selects Nth information calculated based on the detection signal or N?1th information calculated immediately before the Nth information according to a predetermined condition relating to a period required for performing calculation based on the detection signal; and a determination unit that determines a capturing timing of the N+1th image based on the Nth information or the selected N?1th information.
Abstract: When the amplification ratio is low and strong incident light causes a large charge, the signal retrieved from regions where the incident light is weak is also weak, but when the amplification ratio is high in regions where the incident light is weak, the signal retrieved from regions where the incident light is strong becomes saturated. Therefore, the dynamic range of the imaging unit is narrow. Provided is an imaging unit comprising an imaging section that includes a first group having one or more pixels and a second group having one or more pixels different from those of the first group; and a control section that, while a single charge accumulation is performed in the first group, causes pixel signals to be output by performing charge accumulation in the second group a number of times differing from a number of times charge accumulation is performed in the first group.
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.
September 14, 2020
Date of Patent:
August 15, 2023
James A. Negro, Xiangyun Ye, Ahmed El-Barkouky