Patents Examined by Antoinette T Spinks
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 10871599
    Abstract: A camera module according to an embodiment includes a liquid lens unit including a cavity, a conductive liquid and a non-conductive liquid disposed in the cavity, ā€œnā€ individual electrodes (n being an integer of 2 or more), and a common electrode, an interface being formed between the conductive liquid and the non-conductive liquid, a main board including an element constituting a control circuit for controlling the operation of the liquid lens unit, and a holder coupled to the main board such that the open area of an insertion hole for insertion of the liquid lens unit is disposed along a first side of the main board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yong Bok Choi
  • Patent number: 10871642
    Abstract: Plane Wave Imagers (PWI) directly sense the amplitude and phase of electromagnetic waves and do not require a lens to image a scene. PWI's can also be used in the exit pupil of an afocal lens. PWI's are implemented in CMOS using silicon waveguide technology. Since the wavelength of light ranges from less than one to tens of microns, PWI's fabricated on silicon are essentially flat plates, making a PWI a thin and light structure. A CMOS PWI can operate in the visible, near infrared, short wave infrared, and mid wave thermal spectral bands. Benefits of using a PWI include the ability to achieve large optical aperture performance by digitally processing the outputs of multiple small aperture PWI's that are not necessarily precisely optically aligned. Enhanced scene resolution can be obtained by collecting imagery from several adjacent positions and then digitally combining the digital data into one large dataset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Inventor: Richard H. Vollmerhausen
  • Patent number: 10863075
    Abstract: An interchangeable lens includes: a mount unit on which a camera body can be mounted; a driven member; a drive unit that drives the driven member; a storage unit that stores lens data related to driving of the driven member by the drive unit; and a transmitter that sends lens-side judgment data, based on which whether the lens data is properly stored in the storage unit can be judged at the camera body, to the camera body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenji Isono, Natsuki Shirai, Takashi Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10855910
    Abstract: An electronic device according to a first aspect comprises an imaging device and a processor. The imaging device has a predetermined imaging region, and is configured to capture images having different focal distances. The processor is configured to execute a first process of identifying two or more focus identification regions included in a first imaging region included in the predetermined imaging region by comparing the captured images in the first imaging region, and a second process of interpolating a focal distance of a middle region not belonging to the two or more focus identification regions in the first imaging region. The second process includes a process of interpolating the focal distance of the middle region based on a focal distance of an interpolation focus region that is located inside or outside the middle region and that is one of the two or more focus identification regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventors: Masaki Tano, Masayoshi Kondo, Yusuke Suzuki, Masaya Kawakita, Seiji Yamada, Tomohiro Hamaguchi, Koji Saijo
  • Patent number: 10855930
    Abstract: This video system includes a camera system and a video converter. The camera system includes an image pickup unit that captures a subject and obtains a pixel signal thereof, and a first processing circuit that generates two video signals from the pixel signal while respectively carrying out mutually-different adjustments and transmits transmission information obtained by adding information related to the respective adjustments of the video signals to one of the video signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Koji Kamiya
  • Patent number: 10848651
    Abstract: An image capturing device is provided. The image capturing device includes a housing, an image capturing module, a cover, and a clip member. The housing includes an open end. The image capturing module is disposed in the housing. The cover detachably covers the open end. The clip member clips the housing and the cover to prevent the cover from being separated from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: WISTRON NEWEB CORP.
    Inventors: Yung-Ping Tsai, Ting-Hsuan Chen
  • Patent number: 10848656
    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: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chuel Jin Park, Soo Cheol Lim, Jung Seok Lee, Sang Ho Seo