Patents Examined by Chan Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10057493
    Abstract: Embodiments provide a lens moving apparatus including a bobbin having a lens barrel, a housing configured to accommodate the bobbin, an upper elastic member coupled to the bobbin and the housing, a lower elastic member coupled to the bobbin and the housing, a first coil disposed on the bobbin, a first magnet disposed on the housing, a circuit board disposed below the housing, a second coil disposed on the circuit board, a first sensor to output a first output signal based on a sensed result of a magnetic field strength of the first magnet, a first capacitor connected in parallel to the first sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tae Bong Park, Jin Suk Han, Jung Cheol Kim
  • Patent number: 10057479
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus performs control so as to, when a touch restriction mode is not set, change a setting of the apparatus in accordance with a touch operation having been performed in a case where a first screen is displayed, and execute a specific function in accordance with a touch operation having been performed in a case where a second screen different from the first screen is displayed, and when the touch restriction mode is set, change a setting of the apparatus in accordance with a touch operation having been performed in a case where the first screen is displayed, and to not execute at least the specific function in accordance with a touch operation in a case where the second screen is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Koji Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10057491
    Abstract: An image-based motion sensor has a camera system and a processing system. The camera system generates an image output including a plurality of captured images. The processing system obtains a motion sensor output by processing the image output, and identifies a user input as one of a plurality of pre-defined user actions according to the motion sensor output. Different functions of at least one application performed by one electronic device are controlled by the pre-defined user actions. The motion sensor output includes information indicative of at least one of a motion status and an orientation status of the image-based motion sensor. Each of the captured images has more than one color component, and only values of one single color component are involved in obtaining the motion sensor output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: MEDIATEK INC.
    Inventors: Chi-Cheng Ju, Cheng-Tsai Ho, Ding-Yun Chen
  • Patent number: 10044954
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a solid-state imaging device, an AD converter, and an electronic apparatus that improve a crosstalk characteristic. The AD converter includes a comparator that compares the pixel signal with the reference signal, a pixel signal side capacitor, and a reference signal side capacitor. The pixel signal side capacitor and the reference signal side capacitor are formed such that a first parasitic capacity, and a second parasitic capacity are substantially the same. The present technology is applicable to a CMOS image sensor, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yusuke Ikeda, Daijiro Anai, Rei Yoshikawa
  • Patent number: 10015381
    Abstract: An imaging system includes an illumination apparatus and imaging apparatus, and the illumination apparatus includes a light emitting unit, a movable unit including the light emitting unit, and configured to be rotatably held to a main body unit, a driving unit configured to drive the movable unit, a calculating unit configured to calculate an illumination direction of the light emitting unit, and a transmitting unit configured to transmit, to the imaging apparatus, information about a charged voltage of a capacitor for storing energy to cause the light emitting unit to emit light. The transmitting unit transmits, to the imaging apparatus, information indicating that the charged voltage of the capacitor is less than the predetermined value, when the driving unit is used to drive the movable unit to cause the calculating unit to calculate the illumination direction, even if the charged voltage of the capacitor is a predetermined value or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Junji Takai
  • Patent number: 10009536
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to user interfaces. In some examples, the electronic device transitions between user interfaces for capturing photos based on data received from a first camera and a second camera. In some examples, the electronic device provides enhanced zooming capabilities that result in visual pleasing results for a displayed digital viewfinder and for captured videos. In some examples, the electronic device provides user interfaces for transitioning a digital viewfinder between a first camera with an applied digital zoom to a second camera with no digital zoom. In some examples, the electronic device prepares to capture media at various magnification levels. In some examples, the electronic device enhanced capabilities for navigating through a plurality of values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Behkish J. Manzari, Pavel Pivo{hacek over (n)}ka, Alan C. Dye, Stephen O. Lemay
  • Patent number: 10003747
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes a movable member supporting an imaging device; a stationary member supporting the movable member to allow the movable member to spherically swing about a point on an optical axis of the imaging device; first and second actuators which apply two driving forces to the movable member in different tilting directions to vary an inclination of the optical axis; and a third actuator which applies a driving force to the movable member in a rotational direction about the optical axis. The first, second and third actuators are provided as three separate actuators installed at intervals in a circumferential direction about the optical axis, in an initial state of the movable member in the spherical-swinging operation relative to the stationary member. Part of each of the first, second and third actuators lies on a cylindrical surface centered on the optical axis in the initial state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: HOYA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takahiro Morinaga
  • Patent number: 9961248
    Abstract: To enable light emission shooting according to the condition of an imaging apparatus, an imaging system, which includes an illumination device capable of automatically driving a movable portion including a light emission unit to change a radiation direction of the light emission unit and an imaging apparatus, includes an acquisition unit configured to acquire information classifying a lens unit attached to the imaging apparatus, and a control unit configured to control the radiation direction of the light emission unit based on the information classifying the lens unit acquired by the acquisition unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Teruyuki Kojima, Yoshiro Ichihara
  • Patent number: 9936120
    Abstract: An image capture apparatus that performs interval shooting to acquire a plurality of captured images photographed with a predetermined photographing interval includes: an image capture unit; an image capture condition determination unit; and an interval shooting processing unit. The image capture unit is configured so as to be able to control focus. The image capture condition determination unit determines a photographing condition of an apparatus. The interval shooting processing unit controls focus of the image capture unit so as to change a focus control method for each photography in the interval shooting according to a photographing condition of the apparatus determined by the image capture condition determination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masanori Ishihara
  • Patent number: 9924106
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus performs a global electronic shutter operation in which exposure periods of a plurality of pixels coincide with one another. In a first period in which a photoelectric conversion unit of at least one of the pixels stores charge, signals based on charges stored in holding units of the pixels are successively output to output lines. In a second period after the output of the signals from the pixels is terminated, the holding units of the pixels hold charge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takeshi Ichikawa, Masahiro Kobayashi, Yusuke Onuki, Toru Koizumi
  • Patent number: 9924116
    Abstract: A method and an imaging system for adaptive shutter control wherein an imaging system can be configured to actuate a calibration element at various times and develop an offset correction or Non-Uniformity Correction (NUC). The system control processing units may acquire information derived from calibration data, regular imaging data or external data, which may be correlated with how fast the NUC is changing over time. How often calibration element is actuated may be adaptively determined from the correlating information and the actuation times may be adaptively controlled to optimally actuate as needed. In some embodiments the calibration element may be a shutter and calibration activation may include closing the shutter and providing a flat field image for calibration purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Seek Thermal, Inc.
    Inventors: Romeo Chahine, William J. Parrish, Jeffery Lee, Ross Williams, Andreas Engberg, Jason Wolfe
  • Patent number: 9912877
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus performs search processing for shooting frame images while moving the focus lens and obtaining a frame image which is focused on each AF area, performs moving image shooting processing for recording a moving image while moving the focus lens after ending the search processing, and performs still image generation processing for generating a still image from among a plurality of frame images composing the recorded moving image data, by referring to a result of the search processing after the moving image shooting processing. When a user performs an operation of changing a focus position on a subject during a period from an end of the search processing to an end of the moving-image shooting processing, the imaging apparatus displays a message that calls user's attention on the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Mitsuo Abe
  • Patent number: 9912850
    Abstract: An ultrasonic motor includes a vibrator to which a piezoelectric element is fixed and a friction member having a frictional contact surface in contact with the vibrator. A pressurizing member pressurizes the vibrator toward the friction member using a resilient force of a coil spring. A pressurizing force setting unit transmits a driving force of a pressurizing force setting motor to a holding member and then sets the pressurizing force by altering an amount of deflection of the coil spring depending on the relative position of the holding member with respect to the pressurizing member. The friction member is driven relative to the vibrator by an elliptic vibration of the vibrator in a state where the projections provided on a vibration plate are brought into pressurized contact with the frictional contact surface of the friction member by the pressurizing force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroki Ito
  • Patent number: 9883108
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes: a driving unit that moves a focus lens; a focusing unit that determines a focus state and outputs a focusing signal indicating a focus position of the focus lens; a control unit that controls the driving unit based on the focusing signal; an acceleration detection unit that detects acceleration in directions of three orthogonal axes; a distance calculation unit that calculates an acceleration component in an optical axis direction based on the acceleration in the directions of the three orthogonal axes detected by the acceleration detection unit and calculates an object distance corresponding to the focus position indicated by the focusing signal based on the acceleration component in the optical axis direction; and a shake correction unit that corrects an image blur caused by a translational shake in directions of two orthogonal axes perpendicular to at least an optical axis as defined herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Tetsu Wada
  • Patent number: 9883113
    Abstract: There is provided an imaging processing apparatus comprising: an imaging period controller configured, when driving an imager with an exposure time less than a standard imaging period, to generate a frame of the standard imaging period every certain frames and to control an imaging period so that one of a preceding frame and succeeding frame of the frame of the standard imaging period has an imaging period shorter than the standard imaging period and the other has an imaging period longer than the standard imaging period; a shutter controller configured to control reset timing of electric charges accumulated in the imager in accordance with the imaging period of the imager; a storage configured to store therein taken images by the imager with the reset timing controlled; and a reading controller configured to read and output the taken images stored in the storage with a reproduction speed corresponding to the standard imaging period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: JVC Kenwood Corporation
    Inventors: Akihito Shimoozono, Etsuya Takami
  • Patent number: 9838572
    Abstract: The method includes for each current pair of first and second successive video images determining movement between the two images. The determining includes a phase of testing homography model hypotheses on the movement by a RANSAC type algorithm operating on a set of points in the first image and first assumed corresponding points in the second image so as to deliver one of the homography model hypothesis that defines the movement. The test phase includes a test of first homography model hypotheses of the movement obtained from a set of second points in the first image and second assumed corresponding points in the second image. At least one second homography model hypothesis is obtained from auxiliary information supplied by an inertial sensor and representative of a movement of the image sensor between the captures of the two successive images of the pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS SA
    Inventors: Manu Alibay, St├ęphane Auberger
  • Patent number: 9826144
    Abstract: The invention relates to the field of portable electronic equipment, and discloses peripheral equipment for controlling a camera arranged in a terminal, a system and a method thereof. The peripheral equipment comprises: an external controller, comprising a user operation end for receiving an operation action of a user; and a trigger signal generator for generating a regular trigger event signal according to the operation action; and a transmission device, comprising an interface interacting with the terminal, for transmitting the trigger event signal to the terminal through a transmission medium. According to the invention, the problem that existing mobile terminals with relatively large sizes are unfavorable for photo taking operation of users is effectively solved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: LOOQ SYSTEM INC
    Inventors: Woody Yu, Chi-Min Huang
  • Patent number: 9813612
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus acquires, from an external apparatus, other image data obtained by other imaging apparatuses and other image data information containing information about the other image data, superimposes the other image data information on an imaging confirmation screen, and displays the other image data information on a display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Mikio Kiura
  • Patent number: 9800809
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus comprises: a pixel generating a photoelectric conversion signal; a comparator configured to compare a base signal based on the pixel at a reset state with a time-changing first reference signal, and for comparing an effective signal based on the pixel at a non-reset state with a time-changing second reference signal, wherein the second reference signal has a larger time-changing ratio than that of the second reference signal; a counter configured to count a first count value until an inversion of a magnitude relation between the base signal and the first reference signal, and configured to count a second count value until an inversion of a magnitude relation between the effective signal and the second reference signal; a correcting unit configured to correct a difference of resolutions of the first and second count values, and configured to correct a difference between the first and second count values corrected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Seiji Hashimoto, Yasushi Matsuno
  • Patent number: 9772680
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus includes a communication unit, a process unit, a transmission control unit, an obtaining unit and a process control unit. The communication unit is connected to an external device via a predetermined communication line so as to establish communication with the external device. The process unit successively processes images picked up by an image pickup unit. The transmission control unit makes the communication unit send the images to the external device via the communication line. The obtaining unit obtains communication quality information on quality of the communication with the external device. The process control unit controls at least one of (i) an action content of the image pickup unit and (ii) a process content of the process unit on the basis of the communication quality information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Kato, Toshiya Kiso, Hiroshi Suzuki