Patents Examined by Anthony J. Daniels
  • Patent number: 10694153
    Abstract: An imager having a lens defining a viewing angle. A lens holder is operably coupled with the lens. A printed circuit board includes a flex connector. The flex connector is operably coupled with a wire harness that extends in a direction orthogonal to the viewing angle. A housing includes a cover and a base. An electromagnetic interference shield is disposed on a rear surface of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Michael G. Hendricks
  • Patent number: 10694010
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a cover sheet having a feature that is configured to interface with a camera of the electronic device. The cover sheet has a contoured blind recess formed along an inner surface. The contoured blind recess is configured to receive at least a portion of a lens of a camera system. A contour of the contoured blind recess corresponds with a contour of the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Christopher D. Jones
  • Patent number: 10683962
    Abstract: This application is directed to a passively-cooled electronic device including a housing, a plurality of electronic assemblies and a plurality of thermally conductive parts. The electronic assemblies are enclosed in the housing, and include a first electronic assembly and a second electronic assembly. The first and second electronic assemblies are disposed proximately to each other within the housing, and the second electronic assembly is substantially sensitive to heat, including heat generated by operation of the first electronic assembly. The thermally conductive parts are coupled between the first electronic assembly and the housing, and configured to create a first plurality of heat conduction paths to conduct the heat generated by the first electronic assembly away from the second electronic assembly without using a fan. At least a subset of the thermally conductive parts mechanically supports one or both of the first and second electronic assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Arun Raghupathy, Benjamin Niewood, Cheng-Jung Lee, Adam Scott Kilgore
  • Patent number: 10666881
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a solid-state image sensor and an electronic device that can expand a dynamic range while suppressing degradation of image quality. A solid-state image sensor includes a pixel unit in which basic pattern pixel groups are arranged, each of the basic pattern pixel groups having output pixels of a plurality of colors arranged according to a predetermined pattern, the output pixel being a pixel based on an output unit of a pixel signal, the output pixel of at least one color among the output pixels having three or more types of sizes, and a signal processing unit configured to perform synthesis processing for a plurality of the pixel signals from a plurality of the output pixels having a same color and different sizes. The present technology can be applied to, for example, a CMOS image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuaki Kaneko, Yoshinori Takagi, Katsumi Yamagishi, Naoki Kawazu
  • Patent number: 10652442
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus comprises: a display unit visible via an eyepiece viewfinder; a proximity detection unit configured to detect proximity of an object to the eyepiece viewfinder; a specific operation unit arranged on a main body of the image capturing apparatus on a subject side with respect to an eyepiece unit, or arranged on a circumference of a barrel of an imaging lens; a memory; and at least one processor which functions as a control unit configured to perform control such that in a case where proximity of an object is detected, specific processing is performed in response to an operation made on the specific operation unit, and in a case where proximity of an object is not detected, the specific processing is not performed even when an operation is made on the specific operation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Nobuyuki Furukawa
  • Patent number: 10645276
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus which is capable of improving ease of operation for a photographer in bounce flash photography. The image pickup apparatus is able to be equipped with an illumination apparatus having a light emitter and has an operating portion for causing light from the light emitter to be reflected by a reflector to illuminate a subject. It is judged whether or not a first mode in which in response to operation on the operating portion, light from the light emitter to be reflected by the reflector to illuminate the subject is set as an operating mode of the illumination apparatus. According to whether or not the illumination apparatus is placed in the first mode, different types of control are provided when the operating portion is operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takuro Morita
  • Patent number: 10638078
    Abstract: A counter, a counting method and an apparatus for image sensing are introduced in the present disclosure. The counter includes a plurality of dual phase clock generators and a plurality of column counters. Each of the plurality of dual phase clock generator receives a common clock signal and generates dual phase clock signals which comprise a first clock signal and a second clock signal according to the common clock signal. Each of the plurality of column counters is coupled to one of the plurality of dual phase clock generators to receive the first clock signal and the second clock signal, and is configured to output a counting value according to the first clock signal and the second clock signal. Each of the plurality of dual phase clock generators provides the first clock signal and the second clock signal to a group of the plurality of column counters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shang-Fu Yeh, Kuo-Yu Chou, Calvin Yi-Ping Chao, Chih-Lin Lee, Chin Yin
  • Patent number: 10630903
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to systems and methods for generating High-Dynamic Range (HDR) images. An example device may include one or more processors and a memory. The memory may include instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the device to identify a number of regions of interest (ROIs) in a preview image, wherein the number of ROIs is more than one, determine a number of images to be captured for an HDR image to be the number of identified ROIs, and for each ROI associated with a respective image of the number of images to be captured, determine an exposure value to be used in capturing the respective image of the number of images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: Nitin Srivastava, Lucky Bagaria, Yashwant Deepak Sonawane
  • Patent number: 10616511
    Abstract: A method, system, and article is directed to camera control and image processing with a multi-frame-based window for image data statistics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Liron Ain-Kedem, Jarno Nikkanen
  • Patent number: 10609311
    Abstract: The provided solution is an optical system comprising an image sensor and a collecting entrance lens having a predetermined field of view, the optical device further comprising a dynamically configurable light barrier having at least two masking elements, the dynamically configurable light barrier being configured so that only one of the masking elements can be set in a state in which light passes through, the at least two masking elements being configured so that images acquired by the image sensor when one of the at least two masking elements is configured in a state in which light passes through represent different portions of the predetermined field of view than images acquired by the image sensor when another one of the at least two masking elements is configured in a state in which light passes through.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Alexandre Delattre
  • Patent number: 10609268
    Abstract: A control apparatus which performs control of a movable optical member of an optical apparatus based on a first operation amount of a first operation device and a second operation amount of a second operation device, comprises: a storage that stores information of a first operation sensitivity of the first operation device and a second operation sensitivity of the second operation device; and a processor configured to generate a target value for the control based on the first operation amount, the second operation amount, and the first operation sensitivity and the second operation sensitivity of which information is stored in the storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Junji Shigeta
  • Patent number: 10609295
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods are presented for taking a combination of images taken synchronous in time with one another. According to one example, the present disclosure proposes one or more sensor arrays, each of which comprises multiple pixel sensors arranged to capture image data responsive to light exposure. Light is incident on the respective sensor arrays during substantially synchronous exposures. The one or more sensor arrays are configured such that the image data captured by the respective sensor arrays during the synchronous exposure differ in at least one of a luminance output or a color profile from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Lerner
  • Patent number: 10594929
    Abstract: A photography system includes a remote server to store themed photograph overlays, and a themed photograph overlay image beacon located at a designated area to transmit a RF signal having a unique identifier associated therewith corresponding to at least one of the themed photograph overlays on the remote server. A portable electronic device includes a processor to execute a creative artworks picture application, and a transceiver. The transceiver is to receive the RF signal having the unique identifier associated therewith when the PED is in proximity to the themed photograph overlay image beacon, transmit the unique identifier to the remote server, and receive the least one themed photograph overlay from the remote server based on the unique identifier. A camera takes a photograph at the designated area, and a display displays the photograph with the at least one themed photograph overlay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Colorvision International, Inc.
    Inventors: Henry Tyson, Mark Simmons, Bryan Wilkins
  • Patent number: 10594968
    Abstract: An image sensor includes a unit pixel that includes a photoelectric converter configured to accumulate electric charges generated based on incident light, and an electric charger configured to store the electric charges transferred from the photoelectric converter, and a corrector configured to correct a signal corresponding to the electric charges output from the electric charger based on a transfer condition when the electric charges are transferred from the photoelectric converter to the electric charger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Mie Ishii
  • Patent number: 10574901
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus comprises: a conversion unit configured to convert a characteristic of an image signal; and a display control unit configured to generate information indicating a relationship of image signals before and after conversion is performed by the conversion unit, and cause a display to display the information indicating a relationship of image signals, wherein the display control unit generates the information indicating a relationship of image signals, so as to include information indicating a relationship of scales of signals before and after conversion and information indicating a relationship of signal values before and after conversion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tadayoshi Ono, Keisuke Matsuno, Taketoshi Kinoshita, Akihito Shin
  • Patent number: 10567661
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus which prevents and/or reduces photographing of contents is provided. The electronic apparatus includes a camera and a processor configured to cause the electronic apparatus to turn off the display and/or control a display to display a UI for restricting photographing of the content in response to a predetermined object being detected in an image received by the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jin-su Kim
  • Patent number: 10567625
    Abstract: A lens module with physically stronger foundations and enhanced stability includes a circuit board, an image sensor thereon, a mounting bracket, an optical filter, and a lens unit. The mounting bracket is connected to the surface of the circuit board which has the image sensor. The optical filter is connected to mounting bracket and positioned above the image sensor. The lens unit is connected to the mounting bracket facing away from the circuit board through a frame of adhesive. The surface of the lens unit connected to the mounting bracket has protrusions which are positioned at inner edges of the adhesive layer. The protrusions are taller than the depth of the adhesive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: TRIPLE WIN TECHNOLOGY(SHENZHEN) CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Shin-Wen Chen, Xiao-Mei Ma, Ke-Hua Fan, Long-Fei Zhang
  • Patent number: 10567627
    Abstract: Provided is a point of view camera that includes: an imaging unit; a body configured to selectively form a mechanical coupling to one of a surfboard, a bicycle, and an associate imaging device; and a communication unit configured to communicate wirelessly or in a wired way with the associate imaging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Junichi Sakai, Yasuhiro Iizuka, Tetsuo Kaneko
  • Patent number: 10560676
    Abstract: Color calibration of color image rendering devices, such as large color displays, which operate by either projection or emission of images, utilize internal color measurement instrument or external color measurement modules locatable on a wall or speaker. A dual use camera is provided for a portable or laptop computer, or a cellular phone, handset, personal digital assistant or other handheld device with a digital camera, in which one of the camera or a display is movable with respect to the other to enable the camera in a first mode to capture images of the display for enabling calibration of the display, and in a second mode for capturing image other than of the display. The displays may represent rendering devices for enabling virtual proofing in a network, or may be part of stand-alone systems and apparatuses for color calibration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: RAH COLOR TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventor: Richard A. Holub
  • Patent number: 10551724
    Abstract: One embodiment provides a monopole for a camera, including: a pole of length sufficient for two handed operation; an offset arrangement attached to an end of the pole, the offset arrangement comprising a first element connected at an angle to the end of the pole and a second element connected to the first element; the first element rotating about a first axis with respect to the end of the pole; the second element rotating about a second axis with respect to the first element; a camera mount attached to the second element, wherein the camera mount rotates about a third axis with respect to the second element; and at least one motor aligned with the first, the second or the third axis and imparting movement to the camera mount with respect to the pole in at least one degree of freedom selected from the group consisting of tilt, pan and roll. Other aspects are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Vincent H. Roberts, Kenneth D. Salter, Anthony M. Accardo, Miquel Angel Farre Guiu, Gunter Niemeyer