Patents Examined by Christopher K Peterson
  • Patent number: 10979639
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes an imaging control apparatus, an imaging control method, and a non-transitory computer-readable medium. The imaging control apparatus including a controller having a state detection unit and a mode processing instruction unit. The state detection unit configured to receive a sensing signal from a sensor, detect an imaging environment of an imaging apparatus becoming a first state, and detect a transition of the imaging environment from the first state to a second state based at least in part on the sensing signal. The mode processing instruction unit configured to instruct a first imaging operation in a first mode on a basis of detection of the imaging environment of the imaging apparatus becoming the first state, and instruct a second imaging operation in a second mode on a basis of detection of the transition of the imaging environment from the first state to the second state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Masaya Kinoshita, Kentaro Matsukura, Akira Tokuse
  • Patent number: 10979067
    Abstract: An image pickup device, comprises: a pixel configured to output a signal based on a light reception amount; and an AD conversion unit. The AD conversion unit includes: an amplifier circuit configured to amplify a signal that is output from the pixel; a comparator circuit including an output node for outputting a comparison result signal generated by using an output signal from the amplifier circuit and a ramp signal; a memory configured to hold a digital value corresponding to the output signal, based on a result of the comparator circuit; a gain switching circuit configured to switch a gain of the amplifier circuit; and a ramp signal switching circuit configured to switch a slope of the ramp signal. The gain switching circuit and the ramp signal switching circuit are electrically connected to the output node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Seiichirou Sakai
  • Patent number: 10979620
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus comprises at least one processor which function as: an obtaining unit configured to obtain an image; a scaling unit configured to generate a scaled image obtained by scaling at least a portion of the obtained image; and a display control unit configured to display the obtained image or the scaled image and defocus information including a shift amount and a shift direction of a focal point in a superimposed manner on a display, wherein in a case where displaying the obtained image, the display control unit superimposes defocus information of a first defocus range that includes a range to be focused, and in a case where displaying the scaled image, the display control unit superimposes defocus information of a second defocus range that includes at least a portion of a defocus range of the scaled image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shingo Mori
  • Patent number: 10971539
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device includes a photon detector that operates in a Geiger mode and outputs an output signal in accordance with incidence of a photon, a quench element that causes the photon detector to transition to a non-Geiger mode in accordance with the output signal, a control unit that, when the photon detector transitions from a Geiger mode to a non-Geiger mode, switches the quench element from a detection mode, in which the quench element is in a relatively low resistance state and the photon detector detects a photon, to a hold mode, in which the quench element is in a relatively high resistance state and holds the output signal, and a signal processing circuit that performs a predetermined process on the output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yu Maehashi, Yasuji Ikeda
  • Patent number: 10969659
    Abstract: The present embodiment relates to a dual camera module comprising: a rigid first substrate having a first image sensor arranged thereon; a rigid second substrate spaced apart from the first substrate and having a second image sensor arranged thereon; a third substrate connected to the first substrate and the second substrate; and a flexible connection unit for connecting the first substrate to the second substrate, wherein the first substrate includes a first side surface, the second substrate includes a second side surface facing the first side surface, and the connection unit connects the first side surface of the first substrate to the second side surface of the second substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sang Ok Park, Tae Young Kim, Hyun Ah Oh, Youn Baek Jeong
  • Patent number: 10965859
    Abstract: Disclosed by the present invention is a smart watch-based mobile terminal camera control method and control system, the method comprising: detecting whether a mobile terminal has been connected to a smart watch when a camera of the mobile terminal is turned on; if yes, generating a camera control notification and sending the same to the smart watch; the smart watch receiving and displaying the camera control notification, and sending a camera control broadcast to the mobile terminal; and the mobile terminal controlling the camera to capture an image or record a video according to the camera control broadcast, and sending a preview of the captured image and recorded video to the smart watch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: HUIZHOU TCL MOBILE COMMUNICATION CO., LTD
    Inventor: Ming Lei
  • Patent number: 10958817
    Abstract: A method for determining camera module assembling quality is provided. The method includes a step of determining whether the shooting position and the shooting posture of and under-test camera module are correct according to a result of judging whether a relationship between the world coordinate of at least one chart characteristic point of a reference chart and the image coordinate of a corresponding image characteristic point of an image plane coordinate system complies with a standard relationship. Then, the under-test camera module at the correct shooting position and with the correct shooting posture is used to shoot the reference chart. Consequently, an assembling information of the under-test camera module is obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD.
    Inventors: Hsiu-Wen Wang, Chih-Wen Lin
  • Patent number: 10951832
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus which is capable of setting shooting conditions suitable for continuous flash shooting. The image pickup apparatus is connected to a light-emitting apparatus and causes the light-emitting apparatus to emit light when shooting. A light emission mode of the light-emitting apparatus is obtained from the light-emitting apparatus. Exposure control values including at least a shooting sensitivity for use in shooting in a first light emission mode in which automatic light control are determined. In a case where the light emission mode of the light-emitting apparatus is a second light emission mode in which automatic light control for continuous shooting is performed, the determined shooting sensitivity is changed to a greater value before the automatic light control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazunori Gouji
  • Patent number: 10939083
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus is disclosed. The electronic apparatus includes a communicator, a camera, a memory storing a reference image including a plurality of gradation regions that have different gradation values, and a processor to photograph the display device that outputs the reference image and a background of the display device, through the camera, obtain correction data for correcting a gradation value of the photographed image based on a plurality of gradation regions included in the photographed image and a plurality of gradation regions included in the stored reference image, correct a background image corresponding to the background from the photographed image based on the obtained correction data, and control the communicator to output the corrected background image on the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bongjoe Kim, Jongho Kim, Gimun Eom
  • Patent number: 10917629
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and techniques related to matching features between a dynamic vision sensor and one or both of a dynamic projector or another dynamic vision sensor are discussed. Such techniques include casting a light pattern with projected features having differing temporal characteristics onto a scene and determining the correspondence(s) based on matching changes in detected luminance and temporal characteristics of the projected features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Richmond Hicks
  • Patent number: 10916036
    Abstract: A method, system, and article is directed to generating multi-exposure camera statistics for image processing by rearranging and sampling image data of multiple exposure images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Jarno Nikkanen, Rastislav Lukac
  • Patent number: 10917588
    Abstract: Image sensors may include pixel circuitry to enable per-pixel integration time and read-out control. Two transistors may be coupled in series for per-pixel control, with one of the transistors being controlled on a row-by-row basis and the other transistor being controlled on a column-by-column basis. The two transistors in series may be coupled directly to each other without any intervening structures. Two transistors in series between a photodiode and a power supply terminal enables per-pixel control of starting an integration time, two transistors in series between a photodiode and a charge storage region enables per-pixel control of ending an integration time, and two transistors in series between a charge storage region and a floating diffusion region enables per-pixel control of read-out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventor: Tomas Geurts
  • Patent number: 10917578
    Abstract: System and method for enabling capturing of multiple images from a display device in which multiple image capturing devices disposed, at least partially, in the display device are controllably oriented to capture opposing offset views of a subject for combining (e.g., via optical tiling of captured image data) into a composite view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Jeff Ku, Tom Chen, Vincent Hung
  • Patent number: 10914869
    Abstract: A lens assembly includes a lens including an optical portion refracting light and a flange portion extending along a portion of a circumference of the optical portion, a blocking member disposed in front of the lens and having an opening to allow light to be incident on the lens, and a lens barrel accommodating the lens. The optical portion is noncircular and a portion of the blocking member facing the optical portion in an optical axis direction is located to be higher than a portion of the blocking member facing the flange portion in the optical axis direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dong Shin Yang, Tae Su Choi, Sot Eum Seo, Ju Sung Park
  • Patent number: 10911666
    Abstract: An imaging device having an optical system according to an embodiment includes an imager, an information acquirer, and a processor. The imager captures an image via the optical system. The information acquirer acquires peculiar information transmitted from a peculiar information transmitter. The processor processes for associating the peculiar information and the image when the peculiar information transmitter is located within an imaging range of the optical system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA ELECTRONIC DEVICES & STORAGE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Daichi Kaku
  • Patent number: 10904504
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus is disclosed. The electronic apparatus includes a communicator, a camera, a memory storing a reference image including a plurality of gradation regions that have different gradation values, and a processor to photograph the display device that outputs the reference image and a background of the display device, through the camera, obtain correction data for correcting a gradation value of the photographed image based on a plurality of gradation regions included in the photographed image and a plurality of gradation regions included in the stored reference image, correct a background image corresponding to the background from the photographed image based on the obtained correction data, and control the communicator to output the corrected background image on the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bongjoe Kim, Jongho Kim, Gimun Eom
  • Patent number: 10897562
    Abstract: An imaging device includes, an element installation plane configured to install light emitting elements in a plane perpendicular to an optical axis. The element installation plane includes a first installation position relatively long in distance from an optical axis of a lens unit and a second installation position relatively short in distance therefrom. At least one of the light emitting elements is installed at the second installation position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tatsuya Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10893175
    Abstract: A camera assembly includes a circuit board on which an imager is mounted, and a lens assembly mounted over the imager to the circuit board. The camera assembly further includes a first infrared light source mounted on the circuit board at a first location, and a second infrared light source mounted on the circuit board at a second location. A first light pipe is mounted to the circuit board at the first location, while a second light pipe is mounted to the circuit board at the second location. The circuit board, lens assembly, first and second infrared light sources, and first and second light pipes are disposed in a housing, which includes a front housing and a rear housing. The first and second light pipes extend from the circuit board to the front housing such that light is conveyed from the first and second infrared light sources, respectively, to an illumination exit plane of the camera assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Coleman, Lenny Tan, Robert Charnock, Zheng Li, Reza Khamsi
  • Patent number: 10880483
    Abstract: The effect of blur in digital images of an imaging device is corrected by displaying a preview image of a scene to be captured in a user interface of a device. A user input designates a first subject in the preview image and a plurality of images that include the first subject and a second subject are captured. The plurality of images are processed to obtain a combined image, taking into account at least one of a focal length of a lens of the imaging device and a zoom level of a lens of the imaging device, and the combined image includes the first subject and the second subject, the first subject in the combined image is substantially blur free, and the second subject in the combined image is blurred compared to the first image. The combined image is stored in a memory of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: CLEAR IMAGING RESEARCH, LLC
    Inventor: Fatih M. Ozluturk
  • Patent number: 10877357
    Abstract: A signal processing apparatus according to an embodiment of the present disclosure includes a positioner and a synthesizer. The positioner generates, on the basis of two pieces of RAW data different in angle of view from each other, positioning data of the two pieces of RAW data. The synthesizer synthesizes the two pieces of RAW data with each other on the basis of the positioning data generated by the positioner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroaki Yamajo, Masayuki Tachi