Patents Examined by Aung S. Moe
  • Patent number: 9661745
    Abstract: In accordance with disclosed embodiments, there are provided methods, systems, and apparatuses for vacuum lamination of a depth-sensing camera module PCB to a stiffener using built-in vacuum channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Kyle Yazzie, Pramod Malatkar
  • Patent number: 9615030
    Abstract: The luminance information of an image captured by a multi-lens camera system can be improved by selecting a luminance information source for each portion of the captured image. Each lens of the camera system can capture an initial image. For each portion of a final image, a corresponding initial image portion can be selected as the luminance information source. The portions of the final image and initial images can be pixels, groups of pixels, or other image portions. The luminance information from the selected initial image portions is combined to form final image luminance information. Chrominance information can also be selected from the initial images to form final image chrominance information, and the final image chrominance information and the final image luminance information can be combined to form a final image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: LinX Computational Imaging Ltd.
    Inventors: Ziv Attar, Chen Aharon-Attar
  • Patent number: 9609225
    Abstract: Provided is an operating method of a flexible display device including a display. The method includes: displaying, at a preview area of the display, a preview image corresponding to an object; expanding the display in an first direction according to detecting the display is expanded in the first direction; and capturing an image of the object when the display is expanded in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Yunmi Kwon, Kiseon Lee
  • Patent number: 9602804
    Abstract: Methods of forming 3D camera devices and structures formed thereby are described. An embodiment includes a first optics module and a second optics module disposed on a board, wherein a first sensor die is coupled to the first optics module and a second sensor die is coupled to the second optics module. The first and second sensor die are directly coupled to the board, and a flexible conductive connector is coupled to both the first and second optics modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Wei Shi
  • Patent number: 9596394
    Abstract: A camera and a lens module are provided. The camera includes a lens module and an image sensor. The lens module includes a lens unit including a protrusion, the lens unit being configured to move in a direction of an optical axis of the camera. The lens module further includes a movement guide including an inclination part, the protrusion being configured to slide along the inclination part while the lens unit moves in the direction of the optical axis. The lens module further includes a driver configured to drive the lens unit in the direction of the optical axis, and a pre-loader configured to provide a pre-load between the lens unit and the movement guide in the direction of the optical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hae-In Chung, Jin-won Lee, Jong-chul Choi
  • Patent number: 9596363
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus capable of confirming connection between a body and an accessory without performing communication therebetween. When transmitting first data to the accessory in synchronism with a clock signal and receiving second data from the accessory in synchronism with the clock signal, the body can perform data communication selectively by the first or second communication method. A body microcomputer changes the level of the first data from high level to low, and then further changes the same from low to high in a state where the clock signal is at high in the first communication method. The microcomputer detects a change in level of the second data responsive to the change in level of the first data, and detects accessory connection and compatibility with the second communication method based on detection result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kei Tohyama
  • Patent number: 9591230
    Abstract: Systems and methods for reducing or substantially eliminating image flicker are provided. The method includes capturing a frame from a video data stream from a monitored region at a frame capture rate wherein the monitored region is illuminated by a lighting system with a predetermined cycle variation, determining a minimum common multiple of the frame capture rate and the cycle variation, determining a number of frames captured within the determined minimum common multiple of the frame capture rate and the cycle variation, and measuring accumulation at a multiple of the determined number of frames. Measuring the accumulation at a multiple of the determined number of frames substantially eliminates image flicker in the video data stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Hongguang Jiao, Robert S. Gao, Kevin Liu
  • Patent number: 9591170
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus generates second image data having different numbers of pixels from image data having first resolution for each frame, outputs first and second image data in a first order, subjects the first and second image data to a predetermined process in a second order which is different from the first order, and controls the writing of the output image data in a memory and the readout of the processed image data from the memory by the unit of the frame, according to the first and second order. The read address in the first frame and the write address of the second frame which is subsequent to the first frame are an address of a first storage region of the memory, and the write address in the second frame is determined to be the read address according to which the first frame has been read out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Yaguchi
  • Patent number: 9591206
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method detect and connect a counterpart device by capturing an image of the counterpart device in a wireless device. A Relative Distance Value (RDV) between the wireless device and the counterpart device is determined via image capture using a camera. The counterpart device is identified using the determined RDV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shin-Il Kang, Hun-Je Yeon, Jin-Wook Lee
  • Patent number: 9584727
    Abstract: In a photographing apparatus and a photographing control system, an image sensor drive controller drives an image sensor in a direction which is different from the direction of an optical axis of a photographing optical system via an electromagnetic drive system in accordance with a first drive signal, which is generated by a first drive signal generator, and a second drive signal, which is generated by a second drive signal, during a period of exposure of the image sensor, and drives the image sensor in the direction which is different from the direction of the optical axis of the photographing optical system via the electromagnetic drive system in accordance with the first drive signal, which is generated by the first drive signal generator, during the period of signal readout of the image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9578308
    Abstract: Video capture devices may be held in a frame having at least two openings and a plurality of slots on a first side and a plurality of tabs on a second side opposite the first side, the slots and tabs positioned such that when the frame is folded by folding the first side toward the second side, the tabs may be folded toward the first side, inserted into the slots and then folded parallel to the first side to secure the frame in a closed position. An application on a first device in the frame may establish a connection with a second device in the frame, synchronize a clock in the first device with a clock in the second device, initiating simultaneous video capture, record data indicating changes in orientation of the devices, and transmit the captured videos and the data indicating changes in orientation to a video processing tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Charles Perng, Haixun Wang, Hao Yang, Zhen Wen
  • Patent number: 9578257
    Abstract: Spatial resolution can be improved in multi-lens digital cameras. Each lens can have the same or similar field of view, but can be associated with different geometric distortions defining, for example, a magnification at various field of view portions. A final image can be generated based on an initial image captured by each lens. Luminance information from the magnified portions of the initial images can be combined to form final image luminance information. Chrominance information from the initial images can be combined to form final image chrominance information. The final image can be generated based on the final image luminance information and the final image chrominance information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: LinX Computational Imaging Ltd.
    Inventors: Ziv Attar, Chen Aharon-Attar
  • Patent number: 9571743
    Abstract: A dynamic exposure adjusting method and an electronic apparatus using the same are provided. The method includes the following steps: capturing a plurality of preview images, a plurality of additional images and a first image, wherein the additional images are not displayed in a display unit of the electronic apparatus; analyzing a luminance distribution condition of the first image; obtaining a long exposure time and a short exposure time according to the luminance distribution condition; retrieving at least one specific image corresponding to the long exposure time and the short exposure time from the additional images; combining the first image with the at least one specific image as a processed image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Acer Incorporated
    Inventors: Shih-Ting Huang, Jian-Wei Lee, Wu-Chu Tsai
  • Patent number: 9571760
    Abstract: An electronic sensor and a method for controlling the electronic sensor are provided. The electronic sensor includes at least two pixels having different light-receiving efficiencies and at least two pixel groups having different exposure settings. At least one of the at least two pixels corresponds to at least one of the at least two pixel groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hwa-Young Kang, Young-Kwon Yoon, Jin-Hong Jeong
  • Patent number: 9565345
    Abstract: Provided is an image capture device including a lens unit that includes a lens, a supporting member that supports the lens unit and rotates in a predetermined rotating direction with the lens unit, a rotation regulating member that regulates rotation of the supporting member by coming into contact with the supporting member while the supporting member is rotating, and a move permitting part that permits the rotation regulating member being in contact with the supporting member to move a predetermined amount in the rotating direction in a manner that the supporting member is rotatable 360 degrees or more in the rotating direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Takanori Mukai
  • Patent number: 9560278
    Abstract: An imaging device includes an imaging-lens, an image-sensor, a lens-moving-mechanism, a ROM, and an intersection-point-position-control-section. The lens-moving-mechanism moves an intersection point on the image-sensor by moving a second lens in a plane perpendicular to an optical axis. The ROM stores, in advance, a LUT that stores the intersection point and an image quality evaluation value of an image, which is obtained through image capturing performed at the intersection point, in association with each other. The intersection-point-position-control-section acquires the current intersection point, calculates distances between the current intersection point and the plurality of intersection points stored in the LUT, and selects an intersection point for imaging, at which a ratio of the image quality evaluation value to the distance from the current intersection point is at the maximum, among the positions of the plurality of intersection points stored in the LUT.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Makoto Yamada
  • Patent number: 9560247
    Abstract: Some embodiments include an optical image stabilization system. The optical image stabilization system includes a sensor. The sensor is configured for measuring movements of a camera module stabilized by the optical image stabilization system. Some embodiments further include an optical image stabilization control system for calculating from the movements a calculated position of a moving body. In some embodiments, the moving body is part of a camera module. Some embodiments further include an actuator control for generating electrical signals to move at least two actuators to achieve a calculated position of the moving body. In some embodiments, the actuator control system receives measurements from positions sensors that assess the position of the moving body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Richard J. Topliss, Richard H. Tsai, Richard L. Baer, David C. Beard, Damien J. Thivent
  • Patent number: 9560256
    Abstract: An image capture system is provided that increases processing speed after an image is captured and also increases the rate at which data is read from an image capture device during a shooting sequence. The image capture system includes an image capture device for capturing an object image and converting the captured object image into an electrical signal, a plurality of image processing devices, and a distribution device for distributing the electrical signal from the image capture device to the plurality of image processing devices. The plurality of image processing devices generate image signals by processing the electrical signal output from the distribution device and are provided in parallel with each other. Each of the plurality of image processing devices concurrently processes the electrical signal for one frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yasuhiko Shiomi
  • Patent number: 9558593
    Abstract: There is provided a terminal apparatus including: a photographing portion configured to photograph a subject which is present in a reality space; an additional information acquiring portion configured to acquire additional information which is made to correspond to an object an image of which is recognized within a photographed image; and an additional information storing portion configured to store therein the acquired additional information in relation to either user identification information or photographing apparatus identification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Hisashi Tomita
  • Patent number: 9557629
    Abstract: An aspect of the present invention provides an interchangeable lens camera having a camera body and a lens unit that is freely attachable and detachable to the camera body. In the interchangeable lens camera, a communications unit in the camera body sends via communications terminals (MT_MOSI and MT_MISO) an INTR_BUSY control instruction that instructs whether to make notification with a busy signal (INTR_BUSY signal) for any operation out of a plurality of types of operations that can be executed, and the lens unit or camera body communications unit sets the busy signal (INTR_BUSY) to an ON state (low level) only during the period of operation of the type indicated by the INTR_BUSY control instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Kenshi Imamura