Patents Examined by Chriss S. Yoder, III
  • Patent number: 10455132
    Abstract: A communication apparatus comprises: a communication unit for communication with an image capturing apparatus including a display unit; an input unit configured to input a setting change request to the image capturing apparatus; and a control unit configured to control the communication unit to transmit, to the image capturing apparatus, second information to be highlighted together with first information indicating contents of the setting change request so as to highlight a display element related to the setting change request when displayed in the display unit of the image capturing apparatus in a case where the contents of the setting change request meet a predetermined condition, and control the communication unit to transmit the first information to the image capturing apparatus without transmitting the second information in a case where the contents of the setting change request do not meet the predetermined condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tomohiro Ota
  • Patent number: 10440245
    Abstract: A door assembly for providing selective access to a cooking chamber of an oven appliance includes an inner glass assembly and an outer glass assembly spaced apart by an outer air gap. A mounting bracket is positioned within the outer air gap and a camera is mounted to the mounting bracket. The door assembly further includes a primary light shield, which may be an extension of the mounting bracket or a non-reflective coating on the outer glass assembly, which blocks reflected light from reaching the camera. In addition, the inner glass assembly may include an inner glass pane and a middle glass pane separated by an inner air gap, and a secondary light shield may be positioned within the inner air gap to block more reflected light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Scott Johnson, Hans Juergen Paller
  • Patent number: 10438985
    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: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Takahashi, Taku Umebayashi
  • Patent number: 10425574
    Abstract: An imaging device for evaluating focusing of light by one or more optical elements on an imaging sensor, the imaging device having one or more processors configured to compare a first value of a characteristic of a first signal from a first photoelectric conversion structure of the imaging sensor having a first light-receiving surface area and a second value of the characteristic of a second signal from a second photoelectric conversion structure of the imaging sensor having a second light-receiving surface area smaller than the first light-receiving surface area, and to determine whether focusing is achieved by the one or more optical elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kento Kokubu
  • Patent number: 10425586
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, and computer program products are herein provided for providing markers for improved picture taking. A method may include causing presentation of information representative of a live environment on a screen. The method may further include receiving user input defining a marker and a position of the marker on the screen over at least a portion of the live environment information. The method may further include causing presentation of the marker in the position on the screen. Corresponding apparatuses and computer program products are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Xiaoping Li, Christian Rossing Kraft
  • Patent number: 10425602
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes: an acquisition unit configured to acquire defective pixel information including one of positional information on a reading circuit in which defective pixel noise occurs and positional information on each of pixels, blinking defect noise information including one of positional information on a reading circuit in which blinking defect noise occurs and the positional information on each of the pixels, and image data generated by an image sensor; and a noise reduction unit configured to reduce one of the defective pixel noise and the blinking defect noise based on the defective pixel information acquired by the acquisition unit and the blinking defect noise information acquired by the acquisition unit, with respect to the image data acquired by the acquisition unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroki Maruyama, Manabu Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 10419685
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a correction factor calculating unit configured to calculate a correction factor for correcting a difference in pixel values corresponding to a difference between a spectral sensitivity and a preset reference spectral sensitivity in a predetermined wavelength range at a pixel of interest, based on image data generated by an image sensor, the image sensor having a plurality of pixels on which color filters of a plurality of colors with different spectral transmittances are respectively disposed, the color filters forming a predetermined array pattern, the correction factor calculating unit being configured to calculate the correction factor for each of the plurality of pixels on which at least a predetermined color filter of the color filters is disposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Manabu Ichikawa, Hiroki Maruyama
  • Patent number: 10397534
    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: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Atsuhiro Chiba, Masahiro Takada
  • Patent number: 10389925
    Abstract: Provided are a camera module and a mobile terminal having the same. The camera module includes a first lens assembly, a second lens assembly disposed to be adjacent to the first lens assembly, a lens cover accommodating the first and second lens assemblies and having first and second through holes allowing light to be incident to the first and second lens assemblies, an actuator provided on one side of the first and second lens assemblies to drive the first and second lens assemblies, one image sensor disposed below the first and second lens assemblies and converting light signals incident through the first and second lens assemblies into first and second image signals, and a camera case having a through hole formed on a front side thereof and accommodating the lens cover to allow light to be incident to the first and second lens assemblies through the through hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jongpil Kim, Byunghwa Lee
  • Patent number: 10379575
    Abstract: Eyewear is provided including a frame, and a camera connected with the frame, in which the camera is configured to be controlled by a remote controller. The camera may be configured to capture video and/or a photo. The eyewear may include data storage, and the camera may be connected to the data storage. A wrist watch may be configured to act both as a time piece and a controller of the camera. The eyewear may also include a heads up display and/or a video file player. The eyewear may also include an electro-active lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: e-Vision Smart Optics, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald D. Blum, William Kokonaski, Dwight P. Duston
  • Patent number: 10382665
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided. The electronic device includes a first camera module including a first lens set, a second camera module including a second lens set, and a processor connected to the first camera module and a second camera module. The processor is configured to move the first lens focus on a subject, resulting in an auto focus (AF) value and an image obtained by the first camera module, evaluate reliability of the AF value, based on the reliability of the AF value, calculate a movement parameter of the second lens set, corresponding to a movement parameter of the first lens set, and move the second lens set depending on the calculated movement parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seok Woon Sa, Byeong Chan Park, In Koo Kang, Seung Han Lee, Kwang Tai Kim, Dong Hyun Yeom, Jong Hoon Won, Ki Huk Lee
  • Patent number: 10366475
    Abstract: Image data obtained by imaging of an imaging element capable of imaging a subject with sensitivity to a wavelength band of visible light and a wavelength band of near-infrared light via an optical system is acquired. A point image restoration process using a common restoration filter is performed on the image data of the subject captured with sensitivity to the wavelength band of the visible light by the imaging element and the image data of the subject captured with sensitivity to the wavelength band of the near-infrared light by the imaging element. The common restoration filter is calculated on the basis of average optical characteristics of the optical system obtained by performing weighted averaging of first optical characteristics with respect to the visible light of the optical system and second optical characteristics with respect to the near-infrared light of the optical system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Yousuke Naruse, Junichi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10366511
    Abstract: Method/system for determining pose of camera using another camera imaging common scene, by capturing first scene image with first camera and obtaining first camera pose by georegistering to 3D-model, extracting scene features in first image, determining 3D coordinates of extracted features by mapping to 3D model, transmitting feature descriptors and feature coordinates, capturing second scene image with second camera, extracting scene features in second image and matching with first image features, determining second camera pose using 3D scene coordinates and corresponding 2D projections in second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: ELBIT SYSTEMS LAND AND C4I LTD.
    Inventors: Benny Goldman, Eli Haham
  • Patent number: 10368128
    Abstract: Methods and devices for allocating memory for use with a camera resources may include receiving camera resource requests from application plurality of applications to use a camera resource. The methods and devices may include determining a memory type to allocate to the applications for the camera resource based on the camera resource request and compatibility information of the camera resource. The methods and devices may include determining a buffer and a buffer type to provide each of the applications based on an access mode of the camera resource, wherein the buffer type comprises one or more of a shared type, a copy type, and a secure type. The methods and devices may include providing the application access to the buffer based on the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Fabin Shen, Christian Palmer Larson, Sang K. Choe, Mei Ling Wilson
  • Patent number: 10366472
    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: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: FotoNation Limited
    Inventors: Dan Lelescu, Gabriel Molina, Kartik Venkataraman
  • Patent number: 10356320
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, in an information processing device, when there is no change in a first image received from an image sensor, reception of the next first image is awaited. When there is a change in the first image, a second image having a higher resolution than the first image is received from the image sensor and processing for the second image is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: TOSHIBA MEMORY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yusuke Shirota, Tatsunori Kanai, Junichi Segawa, Toshiki Kizu, Akira Takeda
  • Patent number: 10341603
    Abstract: A method of tracking digital images includes inputting data identifying a subject of an image into a camera, acquiring an image with the camera, and storing the image and the inputted data, as metadata, in an image file when the image is acquired. The method can be implemented using a scanner, a digital camera, and a data processor. The scanner obtains the identifying data and transmits the data to the camera. The camera obtains digital images and embeds the data into digital image files encoding the digital images. The identifying data has a format different from any of the formats processable by the digital camera. The data processor converts the format of the identifying data to one of the plurality of formats processable by the digital camera loads the converted information into the digital camera as metadata.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Lifetouch Inc.
    Inventor: Jon A. Holmes
  • Patent number: 10330889
    Abstract: A varifocal lens includes a first phase plate including a plurality of first phase conversion elements having different sizes from each other, and a second phase plate including a plurality of second phase conversion elements having different sizes from each other, where the first phase plate and the second phase plate face each other along an optical axis and are movable relative to each other in a direction perpendicular to the optical axis to create displacement between the first phase plate and the second phase plate, and the plurality of first phase conversion elements and the plurality of second phase conversion elements are configured so that light transmitted through the first phase plate and the second phase plate is focused on different positions on the optical axis depending on the displacement between the first phase plate and the second phase plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sunghyun Nam, Junghyun Park, Sanghun Lee
  • Patent number: 10334195
    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: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Takanori Saeki, Tomohiro Takahashi, Yuiti Takeda, Atsushi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10321076
    Abstract: A partially attenuating shutter may be used to identify and reduce fixed pattern noise (FPN) associated with imaging devices. In one example, a system includes an image capture component configured to capture images in response to incident radiation from a scene along an optical path. The system includes a shutter configured to attenuate a first portion of the incident radiation and permit a second portion of the incident radiation to pass. The system also includes an actuator configured to translate the shutter between an open position out of the optical path, and a closed position in the optical path between the scene and the image capture component. The system also includes a processor configured to determine a plurality of FPN correction terms using images captured by the image capture component while the shutter is in the open and closed positions. Related systems and methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: FLIR Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Sam Grigorian, Nicholas Högasten, Pierre Boulanger