Patents Examined by Chriss S. Yoder, III
  • Patent number: 10999508
    Abstract: The present invention reduces magnetic fog noise of an actuator. An actuator is used jointly with a position detection element to locate a lens in a direction of a first axis. A coil is formed in a manner of setting a second axis perpendicular to the first axis as a length direction, and has a first side and a second side parallel to the second axis, and a third side and a fourth side parallel to the first axis. A permanent magnet produces magnetic fields perpendicular to the first axis and the second axis and being in opposite directions with respect to the first side and the second side, respectively. During use, the position detection element is configured near the third side. The coil is split into multiple parts in a width direction on at least the third side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: ROHM CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinichi Abe, Akihito Saito, Yoshihiro Sekimoto
  • Patent number: 10992842
    Abstract: An illumination condition, which is used to irradiate a print product with light having illuminance higher than normal illumination, is derived based on exposure condition information at the time of photographing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takeshi Yazawa, Satoshi Wada, Kei Yoshizawa, Naomi Yamamoto, Makoto Torigoe, Yuji Konno, Hiroshi Tajika, Hidetsugu Kagawa
  • Patent number: 10972669
    Abstract: An operation apparatus for operating an optical element movable for changing an optical characteristic of an optical apparatus includes an operation member, a detector configured to detect an operation amount of the operation member, a controller configured to generate an operation command for the optical element based on the operation amount, and a memory configured to store an operation target for the optical element. The controller is configured to cause a display to display the operation command and the operation target in a first region of the display corresponding to a range which the operation command can take, and the operation command and the operation target in a second region of the display corresponding to a partial region in the first region and larger than the partial region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Taiki Homma
  • Patent number: 10958833
    Abstract: An electronic device for controlling a frame rate and a method therefor are provided. The electronic device includes an image sensor, and a processor. The processor is configured to sequentially obtain a first image, a second image, and a third image through the image sensor at a first time interval, generate a synthesized image by using the first image and the third image, identify a similarity between the second image and the synthesized image, sequentially obtain a fourth image, a fifth image, and a sixth image through the image sensor, at a second time interval long than the first time interval, based on the similarity being equal to or greater than a first threshold value, and sequentially obtain the fourth image, the fifth image, and the sixth image through the image sensor, at the first time interval, based on the similarity being less than a first threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chansik Park, Hyungsuk Kim, Jaehun Cho, Jungeun Lee
  • Patent number: 10951802
    Abstract: A camera module includes multiple camera units, a bracket, and multiple mounting rods. Each of the camera units includes a main body and a lens on the main body. The main body includes two protrusions. The two protrusions protrude from opposite sides of the main body. Each of the two protrusions includes a fixing hole. The bracket is mounted in an electronic device and includes multiple mounting holes and multiple mounting grooves disposing in a surface of the bracket. Each two of the multiple mounting grooves connect with corresponding mounting holes at opposite sides of the mounting holes. The mounting rods protrude from the mounting grooves. When the mounting holes receive the camera units, the corresponding mounting grooves receive the corresponding protrusions and the mounting rods pass through the corresponding fixing holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Chiun Mai Communication Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Wei-Hua Hsu, Peng-Yu Chiu, Ching-Chu Huang
  • Patent number: 10951833
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method and a device for switching between cameras and a terminal. When it is determined that a current zoom factor satisfies a first switching condition, a distance between a current object to be photographed and the camera and/or current illumination is obtained. It is determined whether the distance between the current object to be photographed and the camera and/or the current illumination satisfies a second switching condition. When the distance between the current object to be photographed and the camera and/or the current illumination satisfies the second switching condition, a switch is performed between the cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventor: Quan Yuan
  • Patent number: 10944924
    Abstract: An image sensor includes a first semiconductor substrate provided with a pixel, including a photoelectric conversion unit that photoelectrically converts incident light to generate an electric charge, an accumulation unit that accumulates the electric charge generated by the photoelectric conversion unit, and a transfer unit that transfers the electric charge generated by the photoelectric conversion unit to the accumulation unit, and a second semiconductor substrate provided with a supply unit for the pixel, the supply unit supplying the transfer unit with a transfer signal to transfer the electric charge from the photoelectric conversion unit to the accumulation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Osamu Saruwatari, Shutaro Kato, Ryoji Ando, Yojiro Tezuka, Atsushi Komai
  • Patent number: 10939056
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes: an imaging element; an imaging controller; a signal output controller; and an imaging condition determination section as defined herein, the signal output controller divides the first imaging signal stored in the storage section into a plurality of groups and sequentially outputs the first imaging signal from the imaging element for each of the groups, and the imaging controller causes the sensor section to perform the temporary imaging by performing the temporary imaging control, during a period from when all the imaging signals belonging to at least one of the groups are output from the imaging element until all the imaging signals belonging to all the groups are output from the imaging element, and determines the exposure condition at the temporary imaging based on the imaging signal stored in the storage section through the imaging performed by the sensor section before the actual imaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Fuminori Irie
  • Patent number: 10924693
    Abstract: An image sensor, comprises: a pixel area that includes first and second pixel groups each constituted by a plurality of pixels; first and second output channels that output image signals obtained from the first and second pixel groups, respectively; and a driver that performs drive according to a first drive method in which the first pixel group is alternately exposed in a medium exposure period and a short exposure period in a first cycle so that a first and second image signals are read out, and in which the second pixel group is exposed in a long exposure period in a second cycle longer than the first cycle so that a third image signal is read out. The reading out of the third image signal and reading out of the first or the second image signal are performed in parallel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takashi Gyotoku
  • Patent number: 10917573
    Abstract: A video may be captured by an image capture device in motion. A stabilized view of the video may be generated by providing a punchout of the video. The punchout of the video may compensate for rotation of the image capture device during capture of the video. The size of the punchout of the video may be changed based on different rotational positions of to provide a view that includes different extents of the captured visual content. The changes in the size of the punchout may simulate changes in zoom of the visual content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Daryl Stimm, Kyler William Schwartz, Peter Tran
  • Patent number: 10915169
    Abstract: Correction method and device for an eye-tracker are provided. A non-predetermined scene frame is provided and analyzed to obtain a salient feature information, which is in-turn used to correct an eye-tracking operation. The correction can be done at the initial or during the wearing of an eye-tracker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: National Taiwan University
    Inventors: Shao-Yi Chien, Chia-Yang Chang, Shih-Yi Wu
  • Patent number: 10911692
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus is provided to facilitate a user's understanding of which area of an image has a higher degree of change when image processing is performed on the image. The information processing apparatus displays, on a display device, information indicating a relationship in magnitude between a first amount of change by the image processing in a first area included in a predetermined image and a second amount of change by the image processing in a second area included in the predetermined image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Sho Fukuoka
  • Patent number: 10911621
    Abstract: A display control apparatus includes: a determination unit configured to determine whether each of a plurality of images is an image having a high dynamic range (HDR) or an image having a standard dynamic range (SDR); and a control unit configured to display a list of the plurality of images in a display unit and display an image selected from the list of the plurality of images in the display unit, wherein the control unit is further configured: to display a selected image in the plurality of images using the HDR, in a case where the image having the HDR is selected, and to display the plurality of images in the list uniformly using the HDR or the SDR, in a case where the plurality of images in the list includes both the image having the HDR and the image having the SDR.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toshitaka Aiba
  • Patent number: 10904658
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an apparatus. The apparatus includes a housing, electronic circuitry, and an audio-visual source tracking system. The electronic circuitry is in the housing. The audio-visual source tracking system includes a first video camera and an array of microphones. The first video camera and the array of microphones are attached to the housing. The audio-visual source tracking system is configured to receive video information from the first video camera. The audio-visual source tracking system is configured to capture audio information from the array of microphones at least partially in response to the video information. The audio-visual source tracking system might include a second video camera that is attached to the housing, wherein the first and second video cameras together estimate the beam orientation of the array of microphones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Marius Tico, Matti S. Hamalainen, Koray Ozcan, Markku K. Vehvilainen
  • Patent number: 10904463
    Abstract: An image sensor includes a first semiconductor substrate provided with a pixel, including a photoelectric conversion unit that photoelectrically converts incident light to generate an electric charge, an accumulation unit that accumulates the electric charge generated by the photoelectric conversion unit, and a transfer unit that transfers the electric charge generated by the photoelectric conversion unit to the accumulation unit, and a second semiconductor substrate provided with a supply unit for the pixel, the supply unit supplying the transfer unit with a transfer signal to transfer the electric charge from the photoelectric conversion unit to the accumulation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Osamu Saruwatari, Shutaro Kato, Ryoji Ando, Yojiro Tezuka, Atsushi Komai
  • Patent number: 10887538
    Abstract: An imaging device includes a plurality of pixels including a first pixel and a second pixel, and a differential amplifier including a first amplification transistor, a second amplification transistor, and a first load transistor. The first load transistor receives a power source voltage. The imaging device includes a first signal line coupled to the first amplification transistor and the first load transistor, a second signal line coupled to the second amplification transistor, and a first reset transistor configured to receive the power source voltage. A gate of the first reset transistor is coupled to the first load transistor. The first pixel includes a first photoelectric conversion element and the first amplification transistor, and the second pixel includes a second photoelectric conversion element and the second amplification transistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Hongbo Zhu, Mamoru Sato, Akihiko Kato
  • Patent number: 10877288
    Abstract: There is provided an imaging device including: an imaging section configured to set pixels as polarization pixels having any of polarization directions, the pixels generating pixel signals on the basis of incident light; a polarization direction rotating section provided on an incidence plane side of the imaging section, and configured to rotate a polarization direction of the incident light; and a control section configured to control the imaging section and the polarization direction rotating section to generate a polarized image or a non-polarized image having higher resolution than resolution of the polarized image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Hitoshi Mitani, Masafumi Wakazono
  • Patent number: 10872919
    Abstract: Provided are a solid-state imaging device and an electronic apparatus that include a charge storage unit. The charge storage unit is formed by a method in which a hole is bored in a substrate, a diffusion layer is formed in a surface of the hole, and an insulating film and an upper electrode are formed so as to fill the hole. The charge storage unit is formed by a method in which a hole is bored in a substrate, a diffusion layer is formed in a half (one side) of a surface of the hole, and an insulating film and an upper electrode are formed so as to the hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masaaki Takizawa, Yasushi Tateshita, Takahiro Toyoshima, Takuya Toyofuku, Yorito Sakano, Motonobu Torii
  • Patent number: 10873716
    Abstract: A pixel cell and row select and row driver circuits include two column bias circuits and row driver circuits, one placed at the right and one placed at the left side of the array of pixel cells. The digital control signals for the two sets of bias and row driver circuits enter at the center top or bottom of the array of pixel cells and drive the circuits symmetrically. The combination of two-sided row driver and column bias helps eliminate any signal delay and bias difference between the left and right side of the pixel cell array. More significantly this circuit construction can minimize horizontal shading in the resulting image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: SmartSens Technology (HK) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chen Xu, Yaowu Mo, Zexu Shao, Weijian Ma
  • Patent number: 10863069
    Abstract: An image processing system and a setting method capable of performing lighting setting of illumination in a simpler manner are provided. The control device (100) evaluates evaluation lighting patterns (xi) one by one to calculate evaluation values (Pi), and uses coefficients (1i) determined based on the evaluation values (Pi) to linearly combine each evaluation lighting pattern (xi) to determine a lighting pattern for measurement (L).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Jaewook Hwang, Shingo Inazumi, Yutaka Kato