Patents Examined by Chan T. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10298850
    Abstract: A mobile terminal that includes a camera; a display unit; and a controller configured to: control the camera, display a preview screen on the display unit, obtain a first image through the camera while displaying the preview screen, obtain a second image in response to receiving a first input, generate a background image using the first image, combine the background image and the second image to generate a combined image, store the combined image, and display, on the display unit, the combined image, in response to receiving a second input is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sooyon Chung, Sujin Kim, Sunghye Yoon
  • Patent number: 10298843
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an image processing device, image processing method, electronic apparatus, and program, capable of performing motion detection allowing the effects by periodic noise such as flicker to be reduced. An image processing device includes an intensity ratio calculation unit configured to calculate a ratio relating to an intensity of a signal value at a predetermined position in an image captured under different exposure conditions, and a contribution calculation unit configured to calculate a contribution indicating whether an intensity ratio calculated by the intensity ratio calculation unit is derived from a periodic noise component or is derived from motion. The periodic noise is, for example, flicker. The intensity ratio calculation unit calculates the intensity ratio from one image captured using an image sensor in which pixels for which the different exposure conditions are set exist together. The present technology is applicable to an imaging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: Hiroaki Ono
  • Patent number: 10298863
    Abstract: Systems and methods for automatic lens flare compensation may include a non-uniformity detector configured to operate on pixel data for an image in an image sensor color pattern. The non-uniformity detector may detect a non-uniformity in the pixel data in a color channel of the image sensor color pattern. The non-uniformity detector may generate output including location and magnitude values of the non-uniformity. A lens flare detector may determine, based at least on the location and magnitude values, whether the output of the non-uniformity detector corresponds to a lens flare in the image. In some embodiments, the lens flare detector may generate, in response to determining that the output corresponds to the lens flare, a representative map of the lens flare. A lens flare corrector may determine one or more pixel data correction values corresponding to the lens flare and apply the pixel data correction values to the pixel data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: D. Amnon Silverstein, Sheng Lin, David R. Pope, Suk Hwan Lim
  • Patent number: 10284778
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a detection unit that detects voltages of main and sub-power sources and a control unit that controls a display of the voltage of the main power source and a display of the voltage of the sub-power source on a display unit such that the displayed voltage of the main power source is updated to a newly-detected voltage even if a change between the new and displayed voltages is smaller than a predetermined threshold, and that the displayed voltage of the sub-power source is not updated to a newly-detected voltage if a change between the new and displayed voltages is smaller than the predetermined threshold, but is updated to the newly-detected voltage if the change between the new and displayed voltages is equal to or greater than the predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Satoshi Ishimaru
  • Patent number: 10277855
    Abstract: An image sensing device includes: a plurality of pixels; and an AD converter that compares a pixel signal output from the plurality of pixels with a slope voltage having a temporally variable potential so as to perform AD conversion on the pixel signal, and switching is performed between a first mode and a second mode according to an imaging condition, the first mode being a mode in which the pixel signal is AD converted by selecting one from among a plurality of slope voltages and comparing the pixel signal with the selected slope voltage, and the second mode being a mode in which the pixel signal is AD converted by comparing the pixel signal with a predetermined slope voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Mie Ishii
  • Patent number: 10277806
    Abstract: A method comprising using at least one hardware processor for: receiving a continuous stream of images; and in real time, for each image of some of the images: extracting composition features from the image, determining photographic composition functions for at least some of the extracted composition features based on a plurality of composition rules, defining a photographic composition sum-function by summing up at least some of the photographic composition functions, and calculating an extremum of the photographic composition sum-function, wherein the extremum reflects a photographic composition suggestion with respect to a photographic composition of the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: ARTINCAM LTD.
    Inventors: Ofri Masad, Ariel Shamir
  • Patent number: 10277795
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus that is capable of obtaining a high-quality image that is focused on an object designated by a user at the time of reproducing an image. A detection unit detects an object from an image obtained by photographing. A first computation unit computes a distance between the object and the image pickup apparatus as an object distance based on a distance map obtained according to the image. A decision unit decides a focus interval that is an interval of in-focus positions at which objects are focused and a focus frequency that is a count of the in-focus positions according to the object distance and a preset condition. A second computation unit computes the in-focus positions according to the object distance, the focus interval, and the focus frequency. A photographing unit obtains a plurality of images by photographing continuously at the in-focus positions by performing focus bracket photography.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Chiaki Mikawa
  • Patent number: 10270964
    Abstract: A camera includes a data acquisition unit, a photographing area control unit, a photographing unit and a communication unit. The data acquisition unit acquires, as photographing information, at least one of time information, information on a position of the sun, information on an angle between a sunlight and a ground, and projection information of an external projection device. The photographing condition calculation unit calculates a photographing condition based on the photographing information. The photographing area control unit controls a photographing area based on the photographing condition. The photographing unit generates an image data by photographing the photographing area. The communication unit transmits the image data to the external projection device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventors: Kentaro Yamauchi, Kohji Hiramatsu
  • Patent number: 10264182
    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: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tae Bong Park, Jin Suk Han, Jung Cheol Kim
  • Patent number: 10257409
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a selection unit that selects any of a plurality of items arranged in a first area, a switching unit that switches a mode between a at least first mode, in which an item displayed in the first area selectable, and a second mode, in which the image processing apparatus accepts an operation for an item line including a plurality of items arranged in a second area, and a control unit that performs control to display the item line so that a boundary area between two items included in the item line is not at a predetermined position in the second area in the second mode, and display the item line so that the boundary area is at the predetermined position based on switching to the first mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Sayaka Harada, Yosuke Takagi, Rui Nabeshima, Seiji Ogawa
  • Patent number: 10250871
    Abstract: Systems and methods for dynamically calibrating an array camera to accommodate variations in geometry that can occur throughout its operational life are disclosed. The dynamic calibration processes can include acquiring a set of images of a scene and identifying corresponding features within the images. Geometric calibration data can be used to rectify the images and determine residual vectors for the geometric calibration data at locations where corresponding features are observed. The residual vectors can then be used to determine updated geometric calibration data for the camera array. In several embodiments, the residual vectors are used to generate a residual vector calibration data field that updates the geometric calibration data. In many embodiments, the residual vectors are used to select a set of geometric calibration from amongst a number of different sets of geometric calibration data that is the best fit for the current geometry of the camera array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: FotoNation Limited
    Inventors: Florian Ciurea, Dan Lelescu, Priyam Chatterjee
  • Patent number: 10250782
    Abstract: A camera module, an electronic device and a method of operating the same are provided. The camera module includes a lens module including lenses, and a sensor module including an image sensor configured to sense an image input through the lens module and a logic unit configured to process the image from the image sensor and the logic unit stores a lens-customized point spread function pre-estimated to correct blur characteristics of the lenses within the lens module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Myung Gu Kang, Young Kyun Lee, Yun Hee Lee
  • Patent number: 10250813
    Abstract: A method at a first device with a display includes: receiving image information from a camera device, the image information corresponding to a first field of view associated with the camera device; receiving sensory information from a second device, the sensory information corresponding to a second field of view associated with the second device; and displaying on the display the image information and a visualization of at least one of the first field of view and the second field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Donald Kimber, Sven Kratz, Patrick F. Proppe, Maribeth Joy Back, Bee Y. Liew, Anthony Dunnigan
  • Patent number: 10240716
    Abstract: An ergonomic rig for operating a virtual camera device comprises, in one embodiment, a first leg rigidly coupled to a center mount configured to support a virtual camera display. Additionally, a second leg is spaced apart from the first leg and rotatably coupled to the center mount, and one or more means for executing motion tracking, such as motion capture display rods and markers, are disposed on a top end of the second leg. Finally, an ergonomically-shaped handle is rotatably secured to the second leg below a joint defined by the rotatable coupling of the second leg and center mount. Thus, two linearly displaced rotational joints may be provided in order to increase rotation achievable by any virtual camera calibration devices secured to the rig while avoiding excessive flexion and extension in a user's wrist, fingers, and/or shoulder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: Dan Neufeldt
  • Patent number: 10237505
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device including: a pixel array unit in which a plurality of pixels outputting an analog pixel signal are arranged in a two-dimensional matrix form; a ramp signal generation unit configured to generate and output a ramp wave; a clock generation unit configured to generate and output multiphase clocks; and a signal-processing unit, wherein the signal-processing unit including: a plurality of analog-to-digital conversion circuits, and a plurality of repeater circuits, wherein each of the plurality of analog-to-digital conversion circuits includes: a comparison unit, and a latch unit, wherein each of the plurality of the analog-to-digital conversion circuits outputs the digital value according to the state of the phase held by each latch circuit, and wherein each of the plurality of the repeater circuits corresponding to the same set are arranged side by side, and the repeater circuits are connected in series.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: Yusaku Koyama
  • Patent number: 10230886
    Abstract: [Object] To provide an image pickup apparatus suited for self-shooting. [Solving Means] An image pickup apparatus according to an embodiment of the present technology includes a main body and a movable unit. The main body includes a lens tube portion. The movable unit includes a movable portion and a bias portion that biases the movable portion toward the lens tube portion, the movable portion having a relative position with respect to the lens tube portion being variable along an axial direction orthogonal to an optical axis of the lens tube portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventor: Yasuaki Isonaga
  • Patent number: 10205860
    Abstract: A chassis for use in a panoramic camera is disclosed. The chassis comprises a base; an a heat sink formed on a first portion of the base; and an isothermal mounting structure formed on a second portion of the base, wherein an isothermal mounting structure defines a plurality of mounting formations for securing imaging sensors thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Altia Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Atif Sarwari, Aurangzeb Khan
  • Patent number: 10184606
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a camera including a light receiving section and a camera body incorporating the light receiving section. An outside surface of the camera body has, at least on a portion thereof, a curve surface curving around a rotation centerline extending along a left-right direction, and the curve surface is formed at least at portions positioned opposite to each other around the rotation centerline when the camera body is seen in the left-right direction. Also disclosed herein is a stand including a camera holding section configured to hold the outside of the camera. The camera holding section is formed so as to enclose the outside surface of the camera at an angle of at least 180 degrees when seen in the left-right direction, and the camera holding section has an inside surface formed so as to make the camera rotatable around the rotation centerline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Taichi Nokuo, Katsuhisa Tadano, Kenji Kawashima
  • Patent number: 10171723
    Abstract: Examples disclosed herein relate to determining peak distances between an origin, point in the frequency domain and peak points of a discrete Fourier transform magnitude of an image of a periodic or quasi-periodic target. In some implementations, a range distance between the target and the imaging lens is determined based on the peak distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert Ulichney, Matthew D Gaubatz, Stephen Pollard
  • Patent number: 10148890
    Abstract: According to the present invention, an image pickup apparatus includes, an image pickup control unit which drives shutter unit and picks up a still image by image pickup device, captures a first through image by the image pickup device when the shutter unit is opened, and picks up a second through image including a light-shielded area by the image pickup device, the light-shielded area being formed by shielding part of light incident upon imaging plane by the shutter unit when the shutter unit is half light-shielded, and a display control unit which causes a display device to display a through image using at least the first through image and the second through image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Takayuki Matsuhashi, Haruyuki Ishihara, Ryosuke Mochizuki, Mika Muto