Patents Examined by Chriss S. Yoder, III
  • Patent number: 10728452
    Abstract: There is provided an image capturing control apparatus. An image capturing control unit controls image capturing by an image capturing unit based on setting values of a plurality of setting items. A selection unit selects a setting item from among the plurality of setting items. A changing unit changes the setting value of the setting item selected by the selection unit to a setting value that is selected in accordance with a first operation from among a plurality of setting values that correspond to the selected setting item and a specific setting value to which one of the plurality of setting values that is automatically determined in accordance with predetermined processing is applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuki Fukushima, Yuta Masuda, Yuko Izaki
  • Patent number: 10721447
    Abstract: A projection display includes an image display device that displays an image, a projection unit that projects the image displayed by the image display device to a projection surface, a light irradiator that irradiates the projection surface with linear light at an incident angle shallower than an incident angle of projection light, in which the linear light extends along a first direction within the projection surface, an imaging unit that has an optical axis different from an optical axis of the light irradiator, and performs capturing of the projection surface, and a signal processor that performs signal processing on an imaging signal outputted from the imaging unit. The imaging unit performs capturing of the linear light with which the projection surface is irradiated, and the signal processor corrects, on a basis of a captured image of the linear light, a distortion of the projected image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Atsuhiro Chiba, Masahiro Takada
  • Patent number: 10715736
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus including an image capturing unit capable of moving its imaging direction and a sound input unit including a plurality of microphones, a sound source direction detecting unit which detects a sound source direction based on sound data from the sound input unit, a control unit which performs processing related to image capturing, and, a vibration detecting unit which detects a vibration due to a contact on a housing of the image capturing apparatus, wherein, in a case where a vibration due to a contact is detected, the sound source direction detecting unit detects a direction of sound due to the contact, the control unit estimates a position of the contact on the housing, and the control unit sets the imaging direction of the image capturing unit to a direction based on the estimated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yusuke Toriumi, Kikuo Kazama, Nobuhiko Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10708528
    Abstract: An image sensor may include active pixel rows that are used to generate image signals in various modes of operation. The active pixel rows may receive control signals that have corresponding sets of transitions. These sets of transitions may occur during readout operations for some active pixel rows but not during readout operations for other active pixel rows, especially in the case where frames of multiple types are generated by the same pixel array in an interweaved manner. This can lead to different readout environments for readout operations corresponding to different active pixel rows due to control signal coupling effects. To mitigate these adverse effects, an image sensor may include dummy pixel rows that continuously pulse the sets of transitions during the readout operation of any active pixel row to ensure that the readout operations for all active pixel rows have the same readout environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventors: Gurvinder Singh, Bharat Balar
  • Patent number: 10694104
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus cuts out a plurality of background images and foreground images from a plurality of images, and stores a plurality of cutout foreground images and an alignment coefficient calculated from an image prior to cutout of each foreground image, the plurality of foreground images being stored in association with the alignment coefficient. Moreover, the image processing apparatus generates a background combined image by combining cutout background images, and selects any of the stored foreground images based on designation of a position in the background combined image. Then, image processing apparatus determines an alignment coefficient of the selected foreground image by using the alignment coefficient associated with the selected foreground image, and combines the selected foreground image and the background combined image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yusuke Kawai
  • Patent number: 10674066
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to an apparatus and a method for processing an image in an electronic device. In this case, the method for processing an image comprises: a step for obtaining a first image using at least one image sensor; a step of detecting at least one sub-image from the first image; a step for estimating a relative distance between the at least one sub-image using at least one phase difference information obtained by the image sensor; and a step for capturing at least one second image focused on each sub-image using the relative distance between the at least one sub-image. Various embodiments may be possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young-Kwon Yoon, Jin-Hee Na, Hwa-Yong Kang, Moon-Soo Kim, Tae-Ho Kim
  • Patent number: 10659710
    Abstract: An A/D conversion device includes a phase-difference clock generation unit configured to use a plurality of phase interpolators to generate multi-phase clock signals, of which phases are shifted with respect to an input clock signal, from the input clock signal and a signal obtained by delaying the input clock signal; and an A/D conversion unit configured to perform A/D conversion on an input analog signal using the multi-phase clock signals generated by the phase-difference clock generation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takanori Saeki, Tomohiro Takahashi, Yuiti Takeda, Atsushi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10652493
    Abstract: A sequence of control voltage levels are applied to a control signal line capacitively coupled to a floating diffusion node of a pixel to sequentially adjust a voltage level of the floating diffusion node. A pixel output signal representative of the voltage level of the floating diffusion node is compared with a reference voltage to identify a first control voltage level of the sequence of control voltage levels for which the voltage level of the floating diffusion node exceeds the reference voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Rambus Inc.
    Inventors: John Ladd, Michael Guidash, Craig M. Smith, Thomas Vogelsang, Jay Endsley, Michael T. Ching, James E. Harris
  • Patent number: 10649312
    Abstract: A lens device includes: a movable lens that is movable in a direction of an optical axis; an operation signal acquisition section that acquires an operation signal corresponding to an amount of movement of an operation member which is movable; a smoothing processing section that smooths the operation signal; and a movable lens driving section that drives the movable lens based on the smoothed operation signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Hitoshi Sakurabu
  • Patent number: 10649118
    Abstract: This imaging device comprises: an image sensor which converts an optical image, captured by pixels arranged in an array on an imaging surface, into an image signal and outputs the image signal; a modulation unit which is provided to a light-receiving surface of the image sensor and modulates the intensity of light; and an image processing unit which carries out image processing on an output image output by the image sensor. The modulation unit has a grating substrate and a first grating pattern formed on a first surface of the grating substrate facing a surface of the image sensor near the light-receiving surface. The grating pattern is configured from a plurality of concentric circles having pitches which are inversely proportional to the distance from the origin point of at least one reference coordinate, the concentric circles do not overlap with each other within the grating pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Tajima, Takeshi Shimano, Takeru Utsugi
  • Patent number: 10638037
    Abstract: An image-capturing device includes: an image sensor that includes an image-capturing area where an image of a subject is captured; a setting unit that sets image-capturing conditions to be applied to the image-capturing area; a selection unit that selects pixels to be used for interpolation from pixels present in the image-capturing area; and a generation unit that generates an image of the subject captured in the image-capturing area with signals generated through interpolation executed by using signals output from the pixels selected by the selection unit, wherein: the selection unit makes a change in selection of at least some of the pixels to be selected depending upon the image-capturing conditions set by the setting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takashi Shionoya, Toshiyuki Kanbara, Naoki Sekiguchi
  • Patent number: 10638077
    Abstract: An imaging device according to an embodiment includes an image sensor, and processing circuitry. The image sensor is a rolling-shutter type image sensor that includes a plurality of pixels that are arranged in a matrix and generate an electric signal due to light received and, on a frame-to-frame basis, repeatedly performs a process to sequentially start to conduct exposure on at least every line, starting from the first line of the pixels to the last line, and output the electric signal sequentially from the line for which exposure has been completed. The processing circuitry causes the pixels to receive light during only a period based on the blanking period that corresponds to the period from when the output of the electric signal from the last line is finished until the output of the electric signal from the first line is started. The processing circuitry generates images in accordance with the electric signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Junya Fukumoto, Yuma Kudo, Takashi Tsuda
  • Patent number: 10638044
    Abstract: An image blur correction device detects a hand shake or the like using a shake detection unit and corrects image blur on the basis of a shake detection signal. An offset estimation unit estimates an offset component of an output of the shake detection unit. A noise term calculation unit separates an amount of shake detected by the shake detection unit into bands using a filter to calculate an amount of high frequency shake and an amount of low frequency shake. The noise term calculation unit performs control for changing characteristics of the offset estimation unit to delay updating of an offset estimation value as the amount of high frequency shake becomes larger and changing the characteristics of the offset estimation unit to advance the updating of the offset estimation value as the amount of low frequency shake becomes larger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kenji Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 10630881
    Abstract: A lens detection system includes a system chip, and the system chip includes a first lens selection pin and a protocol path pin. A lens detection method includes performing a reset step by the system chip; enabling the first lens selection pin by the system chip; detecting a first lens identification code via the protocol path pin by the system chip; loading first lens data by the system chip and entering a first lens operation mode for controlling an externally connected first lens if the first lens identification code is detected; and disabling the first lens selection pin by the system chip if the first lens identification code is undetected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: VIVOTEK INC.
    Inventors: Chien-Ming Yeh, Ting-Chia Chang, Ren-Wei Lin, Wen-Yuan Li
  • Patent number: 10627598
    Abstract: At least one of a stage on which a cultivation container 50 that contains a plurality of wells 52 is placed or an imaging optical system that includes an objective lens for forming an image of the observation target in each well 52 is moved to scan an observation position in the stage, to thereby observe the observation target. In a case where the objective lens is moved in an optical axis direction to perform an auto-focus control at each observation position, a start timing of the auto-focus control at each observation position D is changed on the basis of a boundary portion between respective wells 52 that are adjacent to each other in a scanning direction of the observation positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Kenta Matsubara
  • Patent number: 10623644
    Abstract: A vibration sensor of an image pick-up apparatus detects shake of an image pick-up apparatus and acquires shake information. An imaging unit outputs an image signal of a subject to an imaging signal processing unit. A motion vector detection unit calculates a motion vector according to an image signal after imaging. A feature point tracking unit performs feature point tracking by calculating a coordinate value of a subject on a photographing screen using the motion vector. A feature coordinate map and position and attitude estimation unit estimates a position or attitude of the image pick-up apparatus on the basis of information obtained by a band limit filter performing band limitation on shake information from a vibration sensor and an output of the feature point tracking unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kenji Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 10616490
    Abstract: An electronic device has multiple cameras and displays a digital viewfinder user interface for previewing visual information provided by the cameras. The multiple cameras may have different properties such as focal lengths. When a single digital viewfinder is provided, the user interface allows zooming over a zoom range that includes the respective zoom ranges of both cameras. The zoom setting to determine which camera provides visual information to the viewfinder and which camera is used to capture visual information. The user interface also allows the simultaneous display of content provided by different cameras at the same time. When two digital viewfinders are provided, the user interface allows zooming, freezing, and panning of one digital viewfinder independently of the other. The device allows storing of a composite images and/or videos using both digital viewfinders and corresponding cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Traer Bernstein, Lukas Robert Tom Girling, Linda L. Dong, Henrique Penha, Paulo Michaelo Lopez, Behkish J. Manzari
  • Patent number: 10616484
    Abstract: A dual-aperture camera comprising a first camera having a first sensor and a first image signal processor (ISP), the first camera operative to output a first stream of frames, a second camera having a second sensor and a second ISP, the second camera operative to output a second stream of frames, and a synchronization and operation control module configurable to control operation of one camera in a fully operational mode and operation of the other camera in a partially operational mode and to output an output of the fully operational camera as a dual-aperture camera output, whereby the partially operational mode of the other camera reduces a dual-aperture camera the power consumption in comparison with a full operational mode of the other camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Corephotonics Ltd.
    Inventors: Noy Cohen, Gal Shabtay, Oded Gigushinski, Nadav Geva, Anat Leshem, Gil Bachar
  • Patent number: 10609243
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus includes a plurality of pixels arranged on a substrate, a temperature signal output unit arranged on the substrate and configured to output a temperature signal representing a temperature, and a reference signal output unit arranged on the substrate and configured to output a reference signal used to correct the temperature signal. The temperature signal output unit and the reference signal output unit are arranged in regions different from each other on the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kei Ochiai, Takahiro Shirai, Tetsuya Itano, Yasushi Iwakura
  • Patent number: 10600827
    Abstract: An image sensor includes: an accumulation unit that accumulates an electric charge generated by a photoelectric conversion unit that photoelectrically converts incident light transmitted through a microlens; and a readout unit that reads out a signal based on a voltage of the accumulation unit, wherein the accumulation unit and the readout unit are included along an optical axis direction of the microlens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Osamu Saruwatari