Patents Examined by Christopher K Peterson
  • Patent number: 11363212
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an exposure control device, an exposure control method, a program, an imaging device, and a mobile body that allow for appropriate exposure control. The exposure control device includes: a wave-detection unit that calculates a wave-detection value, in a captured image taken by an imaging unit, by assigning a smaller weight to an area that is predicted to go out of an angle of view of the imaging unit within a predetermined time; and an exposure control unit that performs exposure control of the imaging unit on the basis of the wave-detection value. The present technology can be applied to, for example, an imaging device or an imaging system provided in a mobile body such as a vehicle, a robot, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shun Lee
  • Patent number: 11356615
    Abstract: A camera device includes a first IR illuminator that is configured to irradiate a first irradiation range in a capturing area with first IR light, a second IR illuminator that is configured to irradiate a second irradiation range narrower than the first irradiation range in the capturing area with second IR light, and a controller that is configured to obtain a zoom magnification of the lens and controls the irradiation of the first IR light and the second IR light in a case where the zoom magnification is equal to a predetermined zoom magnification. The controller changes a supplied current of the first IR illuminator for the irradiation of the first IR light over a first predetermined time period, and changes a supplied current of the second IR illuminator for the irradiation of the second IR light over a second predetermined time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC I-PRO SENSING SOLUTIONS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Tamaru, Satoshi Kataoka, Daisuke Hara, Hiroki Yamanaka
  • Patent number: 11356584
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a camera module, a production method, and an electronic device that can prevent reduction of optical module positioning accuracy or heat dissipation performance. An image pickup element is joined on one face of a flexible board so that a light receiving surface of the image pickup element is exposed through an opening of the flexible board, and an optical module is joined on an other face of the flexible board. A reinforcing member is joined on the one face of the flexible board at a circumference of the image pickup element and reinforces a joining part of the flexible board where the optical module is joined. The reinforcing member is joined so as to face an area including at least a part of the joining part and is formed so that a part of the circumference of the image pickup element is kept open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuta Momiuchi, Yuji Takaoka, Hirokazu Nakayama, Kiyohisa Tanaka, Miyoshi Togawa, Hirokazu Seki
  • Patent number: 11343426
    Abstract: There is provided a notifying apparatus. A detecting unit detects a motion amount of an object from an image obtained through first shooting, the first shooting being carried out repeatedly at predetermined intervals of time. A converting unit converts the motion amount into a motion blur amount that will arise in second shooting, on the basis of the predetermined intervals of time and an exposure time used in the second shooting. A determining unit determines whether or not to make a motion blur notification on the basis of a predetermined notification condition. A notifying unit makes a notification of motion blur on the basis of the motion blur amount when it has been determined that the motion blur notification is to be made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroshi Suzuki, Shun Matsui
  • Patent number: 11330247
    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: April 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Sony Group Corporation
    Inventor: Richmond Hicks
  • Patent number: 11317038
    Abstract: Disclosed are a pixel unit, and an imaging method and apparatus thereof. The pixel comprises a first and a second pixel sub-portion each comprising one or more photodiodes; one or more transfer transistors each coupled to a floating diffusion, for transferring the charges generated by the one or more photodiodes in response to incident light during an exposure period and accumulated in the photodiode during said exposure period respectively to the floating diffusion; a reset transistor; and a source follower transistor coupled to the floating diffusion for amplifying and outputting the pixel signal of the floating diffusion. In some embodiments, the pixel further includes a capacitor and a gain control transistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: SmartSens Technology (HK) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yaowu Mo, Chen Xu, Zexu Shao, Weijian Ma, Guanjing Ren, Wenjie Shi, Xiao Xie
  • Patent number: 11310424
    Abstract: An image capturing device includes an imaging lens, an image capturing device main body including an imaging element that captures an optical image transmitting through the imaging lens, a first correction unit that performs correction of an image shake by a correction lens, and a second correction unit that performs correction of the image shake by the image capturing device main body, and performs a control of causing the first correction unit or the second correction unit to correct a low frequency portion of a shake amount of the image shake having a frequency lower than a predetermined frequency and causing the first correction unit and the second correction unit to share and correct a high frequency portion of the shake amount of the image shake having a frequency equal to or higher than the predetermined frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Kosuke Kuribayashi
  • Patent number: 11303868
    Abstract: A method and instructions for operating an image quality system can comprise: obtaining an original image; sensing a subsequent image with an image-capturing device, comprising: testing a focus of the subsequent image with the image-capturing device implementing a blur test, informing a user to retake the subsequent image based on the subsequent image failing the blur test, evaluating a histogram for the subsequent image, informing the user to retake the subsequent image based on the histogram including a value exceeding a saturation threshold, and informing the user to retake the subsequent image based on the histogram including the value exceeding an underexposure threshold; compressing the histogram with an adjustment curve; and color matching the subsequent image to the original image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: CAPTUREPROOF, INC.
    Inventors: Jaroslaw Walery Winniczek, David Chocron, Meghan Patricia Conroy
  • Patent number: 11303805
    Abstract: An electronic device according to various embodiments may comprise: a communication module; an image sensor; a control circuit electrically connected to the image sensor, acquiring a first image and a second image in order by using the image sensor, compressing the first image according to a first compression scheme by using attribute information generated in relation to an operation of compressing an image acquired before acquisition of the first image, compressing the second image according to the first compression scheme by using first attribute information generated in relation to an operation of compressing the first image, and generating second attribute information in relation to an operation of compressing the second image, and a processor electrically connected to the control circuit and the communication module, wherein the processor is configured to: acquire, from the control circuit, the first image compressed by the first compression scheme and the second image compressed by the first compression
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Changsu Han, Sungoh Kim, Youngjo Kim, Hyunhee Park, Arang Lee, Hyungju Chun, Jongbum Choi, Hajoong Park, Donghyun Yeom
  • Patent number: 11297220
    Abstract: A control apparatus includes a controlling unit configured to control tilt driving for tilting at least one of an image sensor and an imaging optical system relative to a plane orthogonal to an optical axis and focus driving for moving a focus lens in an optical axis direction, an acquiring unit configured to acquire focus levels in a first area and a second area in an image captured by an image pickup apparatus, a first determining unit configured to determine whether to perform the tilt driving or the focus driving, based on an in-focus level, and a second determining unit configured to determine a driving direction of the tilt driving or the focus driving based on the in-focus level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shunsuke Chino, Ryo Kawasaki, Natsuko Sato
  • Patent number: 11283970
    Abstract: A method for image processing, an electronic device, and a computer readable storage medium are provided. A first cached image is acquired by capturing a current scene through an imaging apparatus of an electronic device. The method includes: acquiring depth information of the current scene; and acquiring a foreground portion of the first cached image based on the depth information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventor: Jianbo Sun
  • Patent number: 11275296
    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: November 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroaki Yamajo, Masayuki Tachi
  • Patent number: 11258939
    Abstract: System, Method and Apparatus for generating a collection of images, the technique including providing at least two mobile devices with a data processing unit, a storage memory and a camera integrated therein or connected thereto; providing a master system with a data processing unit and a storage memory or configuring of one of the mobile devices as master system and configuring of the other or of all mobile devices as slave systems; setting a recording criterion in the master system; transmitting the recording criterion to the slave systems; setting a series ending criterion in the master system; transmitting the series ending criterion to the slave systems; respectively performing a process for recording an image on each slave system as long as the series ending criterion is not fulfilled comprising the steps of recording at least one image with the camera of one of the slave systems whenever the recording criterion is fulfilled, and sending the image from the slave system to the master system together with
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Inventor: Volker Kren
  • Patent number: 11258921
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and/or methods may define a priority of image memory traffic based on image sensor protocol metadata. For example, a metadata identifier may identify image sensor protocol metadata corresponding to an image sensor physical layer and/or an image sensor link layer. Moreover, a prioritizer may define a priority of the image memory traffic based on the image sensor protocol metadata. The priority may be used to control client access to dedicated memory and/or to shared memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Wesley J. Holland
  • Patent number: 11245828
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a camera module, the module including: a PCB; an image sensor mounted on the PCB and formed with an image pickup device; a base mounted on the PCB and including a plated portion formed at a lower center with an opening mounted with an IR filter; a lower spring plate formed with a conductive material; a spacer arranged on an upper surface of the lower spring plate and forming a staircase structure by a rib wrapping a periphery of the lower spring plate to supportively apply a pressure to the lower spring plate; a lens actuator including a bobbin, and a yoke; an upper spring plate coupled to an upper surface of the lens actuator; and a cover attached to an upper surface of the upper spring plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jungsik Lee
  • Patent number: 11245832
    Abstract: A video recording method is disclosed. The method includes receiving video recording instructions; monitoring an object distance between an object to-be-recorded and a lens of a camera; if the object distance between the object to-be-recorded and the lens is within a first range, controlling a first camera to focus based on the object distance, wherein different object distances within the first range correspond to different focus points; and if the object distance between the object to-be-recorded and the lens is within a second range, controlling a second camera to focus at a hyperfocal length, wherein different object distances within the second range correspond to a same focus point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: LENOVO (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xing Zhang, Cong Li
  • Patent number: 11240423
    Abstract: A display control apparatus comprising a display control unit configured to perform control to display a display item indicating a degree of focus; a first obtainment unit configured to obtain size information of an image to be recorded; a second obtainment unit configured to obtain a defocus amount for a focus detection region; a determination unit configured to determine the degree of focus based on the defocus amount and the size information of the image to be recorded; and a change unit configured to change a display style of the display item based on the degree of focus determined by the determination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Koji Yoshida
  • Patent number: 11233931
    Abstract: An image processing device includes a first acquisition unit configured to acquire an image, a second acquisition unit configured to acquire distribution information of an evaluated value corresponding to the image, an output unit configured to output the image or the distribution information of the evaluated value, a first operation unit that is an automatic reset type switch instructing switching of content that is output from the output unit; and a control unit configured to perform output control for switching the output unit between an output of the image and an output of the distribution information of the evaluated value according to switching of the first operation unit between activation and deactivation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masaaki Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 11228723
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for image processing, the method comprising obtaining input image data comprising a plurality of pixel intensity values representing a respective plurality of pixel locations, obtaining pixel location data identifying one or more pixel locations represented by compromised pixel intensity values, generating interpolated image data comprising improved pixel intensity values, storing improved image data comprising at least the interpolated image data, and detecting one or more further compromised pixel intensity values based on the improved image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Apical Limited
    Inventors: David Hanwell, Nerhun Yildiz
  • Patent number: 11223772
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method for generating an image using an electronic device having a color camera, comprising: activating the color camera and a camera application on the electronic device; displaying, through the camera application, a preview image generated by the color camera; determining, automatically, whether the preview image includes an image of a first object; displaying, through the camera application in response to a determination that the preview image includes the image of the first object, a first image generated by the color camera, the first image including a color region corresponding to the first object and a gray scale region corresponding to objects that are not the first object; and displaying, through the camera application in response to a determine that the preview image does not include any image of the first object, a second image generated by the color camera, the second image is a grayscale image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuanyou Li, Bin Hu, Yongxing Yang, Wei Luo