Patents Examined by Chriss S. Yoder, III
  • 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 10848744
    Abstract: A system includes two stereo cameras mounted on a vehicle, at least one sensor arranged to detect a relative alignment of the stereo cameras, and a computer communicatively coupled to the stereo cameras and the at least one sensor. The computer is programmed to continuously apply a compensating adjustment to one of the stereo cameras based on the relative alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alexander Petniunas, Patrick Brautigan, Venkatesh Krishnan
  • Patent number: 10839485
    Abstract: Systems and methods in accordance with embodiments of the invention are disclosed that use super-resolution (SR) processes to use information from a plurality of low resolution (LR) images captured by an array camera to produce a synthesized higher resolution image. One embodiment includes obtaining input images using the plurality of imagers, using a microprocessor to determine an initial estimate of at least a portion of a high resolution image using a plurality of pixels from the input images, and using a microprocessor to determine a high resolution image that when mapped through the forward imaging transformation matches the input images to within at least one predetermined criterion using the initial estimate of at least a portion of the high resolution image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: FotoNation Limited
    Inventors: Dan Lelescu, Gabriel Molina, Kartik Venkataraman
  • Patent number: 10841473
    Abstract: A photo terminal stand system is provided having a case, a one-way mirror, a computer display for presenting a graphical presentation seen through the one-way mirror, a camera, a touch overlay frame, a computer, configured to receive touch input from the touch overlay frame and responsively to activate the camera to record an image or a video sequence, a camera flash, and at least one of a reflector, a wheel bumper brake, and a service step ladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: FOTO MASTER LTD.
    Inventor: Boaz Telem
  • Patent number: 10841524
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an imaging element and a method for controlling an imaging element, an imaging apparatus, and an electronic apparatus that can reduce the size of the imaging element and can reduce power consumption. First, a gray code corresponding to a P-phase pixel signal of each pixel is converted into a binary code. Then, a difference between a binary code corresponding to the converted same bit and a binary code of the pixel signal in which all bits are 0 and which is latched in a temporary latch is continuously calculated and is latched as the binary code of the P-phase pixel signal in the temporary latch. Then, a gray code corresponding to a D-phase pixel signal of each pixel is converted into a binary code. Then, a difference between a binary code corresponding to the converted same bit and the binary code of P-phase the pixel signal which is latched in the temporary latch is continuously calculated. The present disclosure can be applied to an imaging apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuaki Hisamatsu, Kazutaka Takaki
  • Patent number: 10827107
    Abstract: A method includes: obtaining a target zoom ratio; simultaneously photographing a monochrome image and a color image of a target scene based on the target zoom ratio, where resolution of the monochrome image is higher than that of the color image, and there is at least one monochrome image and at least one color image; correspondingly cropping the monochrome image and the color image based on the target zoom ratio, where a field of view corresponding to a monochrome image obtained through cropping is the same as a field of view corresponding to a color image obtained through cropping; and performing fusion on the monochrome image obtained through cropping and the color image obtained through cropping, to obtain a color zoom image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jiangwei Li
  • Patent number: 10811544
    Abstract: An imaging device includes a plurality of pixels each including a plurality of avalanche photodiodes, a setting unit configured to set the plurality of avalanche photodiodes to an active state or an inactive state separately, and a counter circuit that counts and outputs number of photons determined by the avalanche photodiode(s) set to the active state out of the plurality of avalanche photodiodes, wherein the imaging device is configured to change the number of avalanche photodiodes set to the active state out of the plurality of avalanche photodiodes in accordance with brightness of an object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Keisuke Ota
  • Patent number: 10798322
    Abstract: A pixel array within an integrated-circuit image sensor is exposed to light representative of a scene during a first frame interval and then oversampled a first number of times within the first frame interval to generate a corresponding first number of frames of image data from which a first output image may be constructed. One or more of the first number of frames of image data are evaluated to determine whether a range of luminances in the scene warrants adjustment of an oversampling factor from the first number to a second number, if so, the oversampling factor is adjusted such that the pixel array is oversampled the second number of times within a second frame interval to generate a corresponding second number of frames of image data from which a second output image may be constructed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Rambus Inc.
    Inventors: Craig M. Smith, Frank Armstrong, Jay Endsley, Thomas Vogelsang, James E. Harris, John Ladd, Michael Guidash
  • Patent number: 10791280
    Abstract: The present disclosure is related to the acquisition of images with an image sensor. It is proposed a variable frame rate acquisition method that accommodates a fixed output frame rate. The exposure time is modified not only within the range of the current acquisition frame rate but the frame rate is modified to take into account the brightness level of the acquired image. The method of the present invention produces a fixed frame rate whatever the acquisition frame rate is defined by duplicating the images (lower acquisition frame rate) or skipping some images (higher acquisition frame rate).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: AUDIO TECHNOLOGY SWITZERLAND S.A.
    Inventors: Thierry Frank, Patrick Camina
  • Patent number: 10791279
    Abstract: There is provided a control device including a control unit configured to perform exposure control of a first pixel group and exposure control of a second pixel group independently of each other, the first pixel group and the second pixel group being disposed in a single imaging surface. The control unit controls gain or an exposure time of the first pixel group and gain or an exposure time of the second pixel group independently of each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Motoshi Yamaguchi, Daisuke Kasai
  • Patent number: 10777600
    Abstract: A semiconductor device having a first semiconductor section including a first wiring layer at one side thereof; a second semiconductor section including a second wiring layer at one side thereof, the first and second semiconductor sections being secured together with the respective first and second wiring layer sides of the first and second semiconductor sections facing each other; a conductive material extending through the first semiconductor section to the second wiring layer of the second semiconductor section and by means of which the first and second wiring layers are in electrical communication; and an opening, other than the opening for the conductive material, which extends through the first semiconductor section to the second wiring layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Takahashi, Taku Umebayashi
  • Patent number: 10771663
    Abstract: A pressure pivoting electronic mirroring device has a supporting unit a mirroring display panel and a pressure hinge assembly. The mirroring display panel is connected with the supporting unit via a cable. The pressure hinge assembly has a pivoting seat arranged on a back surface of the mirroring display panel, a supporting portion in the mirroring display panel, a fastener attached on the supporting portion and a pivoting portion pivoted with the pivoting seat and arranged protruding on the back surface of the mirroring display panel to connected to the supporting unit, and a cabling space allowing the cable to inset therethrough is defined in the pivoting portion. The fastener is fastened on the supporting portion when the pivoting portion and the pivoting seat are relatively pivoted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: CAL-COMP BIG DATA, INC.
    Inventors: Tzu-Wen Chin, Teng-Nan Lo
  • Patent number: 10771672
    Abstract: The present invention provides a detachable-head-type camera which, when a camera head unit is exchanged, can perform correction processing with a unique value corresponding to a camera head unit after the exchange, and provides a work machine including the detachable-head-type camera. Camera head unit of detachable-head-type camera is detachably connected to image data generation section via dedicated cable. In non-volatile memory of camera head unit, unique value corresponding to the characteristics unique to at least one of imaging element or lens is stored. Unique value is used for correction processing of image data performed by at least one of image data generation section or image processing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: FUJI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kosuke Tsuchida, Nobuo Nagasaka, Hidekazu Kanai, Kenji Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10761403
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an aperture unit having an optical axis. The aperture unit includes a fixed portion, a movable portion, a first blade and a driving component. The movable portion is movably connected to the fixed portion, the first blade movably connects to the movable portion and the fixed portion, and the driving component connects to the movable portion to move the movable portion relative to the fixed portion in a first moving dimension. When the movable portion is moved relative to the fixed portion in the first moving dimension, the first blade is driven by the movable portion to move relative to the fixed portion in a second moving dimension, and the first moving dimension and the second moving dimension are different.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: TDK TAIWAN CORP.
    Inventors: Chao-Hsi Wang, Chao-Chang Hu, Kuen-Wang Tsai, Chih-Wei Weng
  • Patent number: 10748284
    Abstract: An image processing device includes a processor comprising hardware, wherein the processor is configured to execute: acquiring intraluminal images; generating, for each of the intraluminal images, lesion information by estimating a visual point with respect to a lesion region extracted from each of the intraluminal images and analyzing a three-dimensional structure of the lesion, the lesion information indicating any of a top portion, a rising portion, and a marginal protruding portion in the lesion region; and extracting, based on the lesion information, a target image satisfying a prescribed condition from the intraluminal images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takashi Kono, Yamato Kanda, Takehito Hayami
  • Patent number: 10742896
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus performs first calculation configured to calculate a conversion coefficient, with respect to images having a same exposure, with respect to a plurality of images, second calculation configured to calculate a conversion coefficient of images having different exposures, positional adjustment configured to execute positional adjustment with respect to the plurality of images by using the conversion coefficient calculated in the second calculation, and composition configured to execute composition with respect to the images to generate a composite image having a dynamic range and a viewing angle wider than the images, and in the second calculation an image used for detection with respect to a part of images from among the plurality of images is newly generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yoichi Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10735666
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus comprises a communication unit that performs wireless communication with a plurality of light emitting apparatuses and a control unit that switches to a first communication state in which the plurality of light emitting apparatuses and the image capturing apparatus perform wireless communication at predetermined communication intervals, and a second communication state in which a predetermined light emitting apparatus of the plurality of light emitting apparatuses and the image capturing apparatus perform wireless communication at predetermined communication intervals and the predetermined light emitting apparatus and a light emitting apparatus other than the predetermined light emitting apparatus perform wireless communication at variable communication intervals. The control unit switches to the first communication state or the second communication state according to an operational state of the image capturing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ryuta Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10728436
    Abstract: An optical object detection apparatus and associated methods. The apparatus may comprise a lens (e.g., fixed-focal length wide aperture lens) and an image sensor. The fixed focal length of the lens may correspond to a depth of field area in front of the lens. When an object enters the depth of field area (e.g., sue to a relative motion between the object and the lens) the object representation on the image sensor plane may be in-focus. Objects outside the depth of field area may be out of focus. In-focus representations of objects may be characterized by a greater contrast parameter compared to out of focus representations. One or more images provided by the detection apparatus may be analyzed in order to determine useful information (e.g., an image contrast parameter) of a given image. Based on the image contrast meeting one or more criteria, a detection indication may be produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Brain Corporation
    Inventors: Filip Piekniewski, Vadim Polonichko, Eugene Izhikevich