Patents Examined by Antoinette T Spinks
  • Patent number: 11032477
    Abstract: An image sensor includes: an image obtainer configured to generate image information by converting received light into an electrical signal; a first detector configured to detect first time information regarding a first time at which the image obtainer acquires the image information; a second detector configured to receive a plurality of pieces of movement information indicating movements of the image obtainer, and detecting second time information regarding a second time at which at least one piece of movement information among the plurality of pieces of movement information is received. A single port is configured to output the image information, the first time information, output movement information selected from among the plurality of pieces of movement information, and the second time information regarding the selected output movement information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Young Mi Jo, Hoe Won Kim, Chae Sung Kim, Jae Sung Heo
  • Patent number: 11029491
    Abstract: Disclosed is a camera module. The camera module includes: a lens barrel disposed in a housing to receive a lens assembly; an elastic member in at least one of the housing and the lens barrel; a driving unit moving the lens barrel relative to the housing; and a sensor unit fixed to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: In Jae Yeo
  • Patent number: 11029459
    Abstract: Image-sensing devices include odd-symmetry gratings that cast interference patterns over a photodetector array. Grating features offer considerable insensitivity to the wavelength of incident light, and also to the manufactured distance between the grating and the photodetector array. Photographs and other image information can be extracted from interference patterns captured by the photodetector array. Images can be captured without a lens, and cameras can be made smaller than those that are reliant on lenses and ray-optical focusing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Rambus Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick R. Gill, David G. Stork
  • Patent number: 11025828
    Abstract: There is provided an imaging control apparatus including a control section that creates a first image by performing exposing to a pixel with first exposure by a first exposure time and creates a second image by performing exposing to a pixel with second exposure by a second exposure time in succession to the first image and a synthesizing section that synthesizes a synthesized image in which the first image and the second image have been synthesized and a selected image selected from either the first image or the second image. The control section decides the first exposure time and the second exposure time such that an image to be selected as the selected image in the synthesizing section is switched over on a basis of an exposure ratio being a ratio of an exposure time of the synthesized image and an exposure time of the selected image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Fumihito Yasuma, Ryo Hirono, Keita Sasaki
  • Patent number: 11017585
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes a computing system which may receive captured image data from a camera assembly. The camera assembly may include one or more cameras and an actuator to move the cameras. The image data may include frames that were captured while the actuator was moving the cameras. The computing system may determine for each frame, the time and position of the camera at the point that the image data was captured. The computing system may then generate an index of the captured image data and the associated time and position data. The index may be utilized for reconstructing the scene around the camera assembly from a viewpoint which is different from the viewpoint of any one of the cameras. This reconstruction may be performed based on one or more frames of the captured image data queried using the index, the viewpoint, and a time of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael John Toksvig, Brian Keith Cabral, Joyce Hsu, Andrew Hamilton Coward
  • Patent number: 11012615
    Abstract: A digital camera includes a detection unit, an operation history storage unit, an analysis unit, a determination unit, and a warning unit. The detection unit detects an imaging operation and a setting operation of a user as user operation information. The setting operation is an operation to set setting information of a first setting item and setting information of a second setting item selectable exclusively with respect to the setting information of the first setting item for setting items relating to imaging conditions. The analysis unit acquires normal operation information based on an imaging operation history and a setting operation history stored in the operation history storage unit. After the normal operation information is acquired, in a case where the user operation information is different from the normal operation information, the determination unit determines that the user is in the confused state. The warning unit issues a warning in a case where determination is made to be the confused state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Satoru Wakabayashi, Yuji Hasegawa, Shunta Ego, Tomoyuki Mizuta, Yukinori Nishiyama, Atsushi Misawa
  • Patent number: 10999543
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a solid-state imaging device, an electronic apparatus, a lens control method, and a vehicle capable of suppressing deterioration in quality of a captured image. A sub block includes a plurality of pixels of the same color, a block includes a plurality of sub blocks including different colors, and phase difference detection pixels are disposed at positions corresponding to each other in two or more sub blocks in a case in which the phase difference detection pixels are disposed in two or more sub blocks among the plurality of sub blocks configuring the block. For example, the present technology is able to be applied to a camera that calculates an amount of a deviation of a focus and performs focus control on a basis of a calculated defocus amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazumi Kageyama, Shinichi Fujii
  • Patent number: 10996431
    Abstract: Disclosed is a camera module. The camera module includes: a lens barrel disposed in a housing to receive a lens assembly; an elastic member in at least one of the housing and the lens barrel; a driving unit moving the lens barrel relative to the housing; and a sensor unit fixed to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: In Jae Yeo
  • Patent number: 10992873
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media are provided for transferring color information from a no-flash image of a scene to a flash image of the scene using a localized tonal mapping algorithm. In some aspects, an example method can include obtaining a no-flash image and a flash image, mapping color information from the no-flash image to the flash image, and generating an output image including the flash image modified based on the mapping to include at least a portion of the color information from the no-flash image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: Reza Pourreza Shahri, Ramin Rezaiifar
  • Patent number: 10986271
    Abstract: In general, the subject matter can be embodied in methods, systems, and program products for identifying, by a computing system and using first and second frames of a video, a transformation that indicates movement of a camera with respect to the frames. The computing system generates a modified transformation so that the transformation is less representative of recent movement. The computing system uses the transformation and the modified transformation to generate a second transformation. The computing system identifies an anticipated distortion that would be present in a stabilized version of the second frame. The computing system determines an amount by which to reduce a stabilizing effect. The computing system applies the second transformation to the second frame to stabilize the second frame, where the stabilizing effect has been reduced based on the determined amount by which to reduce the stabilizing effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Wei Hong, Rodrigo Carceroni
  • Patent number: 10986290
    Abstract: An image sensor includes a photodiode disposed in a semiconductor material to generate image charge in response to incident light, and a first transfer gate is coupled to the photodiode to extract image charge from the photodiode in response to a first transfer signal. A first storage gate is coupled to the first transfer gate to receive the image charge from the first transfer gate, and a first output gate is coupled to the first storage gate to receive the image charge from the first storage gate. A first capacitor is coupled to the first output gate to store the image charge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: OmniVision Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Sohei Manabe, Keiji Mabuchi
  • Patent number: 10964060
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide systems, methods, and computer storage media directed to generating training image data for a convolutional neural network, encoding parameters into a convolutional neural network, and employing a convolutional neural network that estimates camera calibration parameters of a camera responsible for capturing a given digital image. A plurality of different digital images can be extracted from a single panoramic image given a range of camera calibration parameters that correspond to a determined range of plausible camera calibration parameters. With each digital image in the plurality of extracted different digital images having a corresponding set of known camera calibration parameters, the digital images can be provided to the convolutional neural network to establish high-confidence correlations between detectable characteristics of a digital image and its corresponding set of camera calibration parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: ADOBE INC.
    Inventors: Kalyan K. Sunkavalli, Yannick Hold-Geoffroy, Sunil Hadap, Matthew David Fisher, Jonathan Eisenmann, Emiliano Gambaretto
  • Patent number: 10965890
    Abstract: An imaging device includes pixels each including a photoelectric conversion unit and a charge holding unit and a control unit that performs first control, which causes the pixels to perform an operation that includes an exposure operation of the photoelectric conversion unit, a reset operation of the charge holding unit, and a charge transfer operation from the photoelectric conversion unit to the charge holding unit and updates charges held by the charge holding unit by the reset and charge transfer operations, and second control to read out a signal based on charges held by the charge holding unit from each of the pixels. The control unit repeats the first control at a predetermined cycle without inserting the second control in a first period before a trigger signal is externally input and changes the first control to the second control when the trigger signal is externally input after the first period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazuyuki Shigeta
  • Patent number: 10951810
    Abstract: Provided is a technique capable of generating data of a screen suitable for each operation terminal displaying information of an image sensor. An image sensor system has an image sensor that performs an examination of a product and an operation terminal for externally operating the image sensor. In addition, the image sensor system includes a recognition part configured to specify user information of a user who uses the operation terminal and device information of the operation terminal, a determination part configured to determine display information on the examination displayed on a display part used by the operation terminal and a disposition of the display information on the display part on the basis of the specified user information and the specified device information, and a generation part configured to generate data for displaying the display information in the determined disposition on the display part of the operation terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventor: Naoki Okada
  • Patent number: 10935801
    Abstract: An imaging lens assembly includes a plastic barrel and an imaging lens set. The plastic barrel includes an object-side aperture and a first annular surface. The imaging lens set includes a plurality of optical elements, wherein at least one of the optical elements is a plastic lens element, and the plastic lens element includes an effective optical portion, a peripheral portion, a second annular surface, and an object-side connecting surface. The peripheral portion is formed around the effective optical portion. The second annular surface is formed on an object-side surface of the plastic lens element and surrounds the effective optical portion. The object-side connecting surface is formed on the object-side surface of the plastic lens element and surrounds the effective optical portion, and the object-side connecting surface is connected with one of the optical elements disposed on an object side of the plastic lens element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: LARGAN PRECISION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hsiang-Chi Tang, Cheng-Chen Lin, Ming-Ta Chou
  • Patent number: 10931858
    Abstract: Certain aspects of the present disclosure provide a method and apparatus for image sensing. Embodiments include a first plurality of light-sensing elements arranged in a first plurality of rows and a first plurality of columns in a first image sensing plane. Embodiments include a first lens element disposed within a position in a central row of the first plurality of rows and in a central column of the first plurality of columns. Embodiments include a second plurality of light-sensing elements arranged in a second plurality of rows in a second image sensing plane, different from the first image sensing plane. In certain embodiments, the first lens element is configured to redirect incident light reflected from a destination onto the second plurality of light-sensing elements in the second image sensing plane for use in guiding a steerable object toward the destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Colin Anthony Minor Diehl, David Keith Mefford
  • Patent number: 10924697
    Abstract: An image sensor includes: a first imaging region that captures an image of light entering through an optical system under a first imaging condition and generates a detection signal to perform focus detection of the optical system; and a second imaging region that captures an image of the light entering through the optical system under a second imaging condition other than the first imaging condition and generates an image signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hidefumi Ota
  • Patent number: 10888217
    Abstract: An imaging module includes: an image-sensing device that includes a terminal group having a plurality of image-sensing terminals; a flexible substrate that includes: a first surface, a second surface on the opposite side of the first surface, and conductors disposed on the first surface and the second surface; a single-core wire unit that: is disposed between the image-sensing device and the flexible substrate, electrically connects the terminal group to the conductors, and includes a plurality of flexible single-core wires; and a coaxial cable that is connected to the conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Fujikura Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Domoto
  • Patent number: 10893178
    Abstract: A camera module includes: a lens module disposed in a housing and a stop module coupled to the lens module. The stop module includes apertures having different diameters from each other so as to selectively change an amount of light incident on the lens module, a magnet portion to select any one of the apertures by movement of the magnet portion, and a coil disposed on the housing facing the magnet portion to move the magnet portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chuel Jin Park, Soo Cheol Lim, Jung Seok Lee, Sang Ho Seo
  • Patent number: 10880484
    Abstract: An imaging device and a horizontal direction detection method capable of detecting a horizontal angle of a camera with high accuracy in a simple configuration are provided. The imaging device includes an imaging unit configured to obtain image data by photographing a predetermined subject, an image rotation unit configured to cause a display image based on the image data to be rotated on a display plane step by step, a count unit configured to count the number of pixels of a specific color included in the display image in a scanning line direction within the display plane and obtain a count value for each of rotated display images, and a determination unit configured to determine a horizontal direction of a photographing angle of the imaging unit based on the count value for each of the rotated display images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: LAPIS SEMICONDUCTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuki Imatoh