Patents Examined by Daniel M Pasiewicz
  • Patent number: 11115578
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes first and second cameras having the same imaging direction, display device, and control device. The control device performs an imaging area display operation to cause the display device to display an imaging area of the second camera in overlay on an image captured by the first camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yasushi Ishii
  • Patent number: 11108959
    Abstract: A digital graduated filter is implemented in an imaging device by combining multiple images of the subject wherein the combining may include combining different numbers of images for highlights and for shadows of the subject. The imaging device may present a user with a set of pre-defined graduated filter configurations to choose from. A user may also specify the direction of graduation and strength of graduation in a viewfinder. In an alternative implementation, combining may include scaling of pixels being added instead of varying the number of images being combined. In an alternative implementation, the combining of multiple images may include combining a different number of images for highlights of the subject than for shadows of subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: CLEAR IMAGING RESEARCH LLC
    Inventor: Fatih M. Ozluturk
  • Patent number: 11089187
    Abstract: The various implementations described herein include a video camera assembly that includes: (1) a housing; (2) an image sensor positioned within the housing and having a field of view corresponding to a scene in the smart home environment; and (3) a concave-shaped front face positioned in front of the image sensor such that light from the scene passes through the front face prior to entering the image sensor; where the front face includes: (a) an inner section corresponding to the image sensor; and (b) an outer section between the housing and the inner section, the outer section having a concave shape that extends from an outer periphery of the outer section to an inner periphery of the outer section; and where the concave shape extends around an entirety of the outer periphery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Mark Kraz, Kevin Edward Booth, Tyler Scott Wilson, Nicholas Webb, Jason Evans Goulden, William Dong, Jeffrey Law, Rochus Jacob, Adam Duckworth Mittleman, Oliver Mueller
  • Patent number: 11082654
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a solid-state imaging element and electronic equipment that make it possible to sufficiently secure a time width of a pulse signal. In an AD converter for each unit pixel, a pulse generation circuit feeds back a delay signal obtained by delaying an output signal of the comparator to the comparator and arithmetically operates the output signal and the delay signal to generate a pulse signal. A latch circuit latches the pulse signal generated by the pulse generation circuit. The present disclosure can be applied to a solid-state imaging element of a stacked type and a back side illumination type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryohei Kawasaki
  • Patent number: 11082663
    Abstract: An imaging system for a vehicle includes an image sensor for detecting electromagnetic radiation, a first lens unit and a second lens unit for focusing electromagnetic radiation, and at least one transflective or switchable mirror unit, with the at least one transflective or switchable mirror unit being configured to project electromagnetic radiation from at least one of the first lens unit and the second lens unit essentially perpendicularly on the image sensor, where the first lens unit has a first optical axis and the second lens unit has a second optical axis crossing the first optical axis at a crossing point, and the at least one transflective or switchable mirror unit is arranged between the image sensor, the first lens unit, and the second lens unit at the crossing point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: SMR Patents S.à.r.l.
    Inventors: Alexander Slama, Benjamin Samson, Jean-Sebastian Samson
  • Patent number: 11075237
    Abstract: There is provided a solid-state image sensor including pixels each at least including light receiving parts receiving light to generate charge, a transfer part transferring the charge accumulated in the light receiving parts, and memory parts holding the charge transferred via the transfer part, and a predetermined number of elements shared by the plurality of pixels, the predetermined number of elements being for outputting a pixel signal at a level corresponding to the charge, wherein one or some of the plurality of pixels is/are a correction pixel(s) outputting a correction pixel signal used for correcting a pixel signal outputted from pixels other than the one or some of the plurality of pixels, and one or some of the predetermined number of elements is/are formed on a wiring layer side of the light receiving parts included in the correction pixel(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Yorito Sakano
  • Patent number: 11057582
    Abstract: An image sensing device includes a plurality of pixels and a receiver configured to receive, from an outside, a trigger signal that gives a first timing and a second timing. Each of the plurality of pixels includes a photoelectric converter, a first charge holding portion configured to hold charges generated by the photoelectric converter, and a second charge holding portion configured to hold charges generated by the photoelectric converter. In each of the plurality of pixels, the charges whose accumulation is started in the photoelectric converter in accordance with the first timing are held by the first charge holding portion, and the charges whose accumulation is started in the photoelectric converter in accordance with the second timing are held by the second charge holding portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hisashi Takado
  • Patent number: 11050915
    Abstract: A method for zooming by switching between dual cameras includes: detecting, by a mobile terminal, whether the magnification of a first camera during a zooming process exceeds a predefined threshold value, and activating a second camera when the magnification exceeds the predefined threshold value; reading, by the mobile terminal, an average photographing distance difference between the first camera and the second camera pre-stored in a memory, and acquiring a first image of the first camera and a second image of the second camera; and obtaining a common focusing position range of the first camera and the second camera according to the average distance difference, fusing the first image and the second image, and outputting and displaying a fused image. A mobile terminal and a non-transitory storage apparatus performing the above-mentioned method are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: HUIZHOU TCL MOBILE COMMUNICATION CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jianming Feng
  • Patent number: 11044424
    Abstract: An image processing device is used in combination with a camera configured to acquire pixel data including a two-dimensional address value indicating a pixel position and a luminance change amount for each pixel of which a change in luminance is detected by scanning a plurality of pixels in a predetermined scanning order, and includes an address value acquisition unit, a scanning distance calculation unit, and a binary data generation unit. The address value acquisition unit converts the two-dimensional address value to acquire a one-dimensional address value. The scanning distance calculation unit calculates a scanning distance from a first pixel to a second pixel based on the one-dimensional address value. The binary data generation unit generates binary data including bit strings that have different number of bits according to a calculation result of the scanning distance and a bit string indicating the luminance change amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corporation
    Inventor: Akira Moriya
  • Patent number: 11039080
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provides a method, including: obtaining an output time of an image being taken by an image capturing apparatus; obtaining an exposure time of the image being taken by an image capturing apparatus; and based on the output time and the exposure time, controlling a turn-on time of a flash corresponding to the image being taken by the image capturing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: LENOVO (BEIJING) LIMITED
    Inventor: Jiefeng Chen
  • Patent number: 11032499
    Abstract: A photoelectric converter generates a charge corresponding to the exposure amount during an exposure period. The generated-charge retention portion and the output charge retention portion retain the charge. The generated-charge transfer portion transfers the charge from the photoelectric converter to the generated-charge retention portion to perform the transfer after the elapse of the exposure period. The retained-charge transfer portion transfers the charge retained in the generated-charge retention portion to the output charge retention portion to perform the transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshimichi Kumagai, Takashi Abe, Kazuyoshi Yamashita, Ryoto Yoshita
  • Patent number: 11019289
    Abstract: An imaging device includes: a pixel including a photoelectric converter that generates signal charge by photoelectric conversion, and a charge accumulation region that accumulates the signal charge, the pixel being configured to output a signal corresponding to a voltage of the charge accumulation region; a signal line electrically connected to the pixel, the signal being transmitted through the signal line; a first switch that is electrically connected to the signal line and that has input-output characteristics in which an output is linear with respect to an input up to a clipping voltage and the output is clipped at the clipping voltage with respect to the input exceeding the clipping voltage; and a second switch that is electrically connected to the signal line and that has input-output characteristics in which an output is linear with respect to an input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Makoto Shouho, Masaaki Yanagida
  • Patent number: 11019282
    Abstract: This shooting system includes a plurality of cameras capable of capturing a subject that moves on a course from different directions, and a controller that receives a setting made by the user regarding a switch order of the plurality of cameras that temporally share continuous shooting of the subject that moves on the course, and switches output videos of the plurality of cameras in accordance with the set switch order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroaki Adachi, Hidehiro Amaki, Takuya Watanabe
  • Patent number: 11012634
    Abstract: There is provided with an image pickup apparatus including a detection unit configured to perform a flicker detection operation to detect flicker based on a plurality of images captured by an image sensor, and a control unit configured to control the image sensor based on detected flicker information. The detection unit configured to perform first detection of the flicker detection operation at a time that is different from a time at which an image pickup preparation instruction is received and different from a time at which an image pickup instruction is received whilst live view images are displayed. In the case that a flicker is detected in the first detection, the control unit configured to control exposure of the image sensor in a charge accumulation period to reduce an influence of the flicker for live view display on display means after the first detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Atsushi Sugawara, Yasuhito Takaki, Takuya Shintani, Takuro Morita, Yukihiro Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 11006061
    Abstract: In an image correction method and an image capture device, a one-frame addition average calculation unit calculates a one-frame addition average value. If the one-frame addition average value falls within an appropriate range, a determination circuit inputs image data for one frame to an adder and the adder adds the image data to a cumulative correction value to update the correction value. The updated correction value is stored in a frame memory. If the one-frame addition average value is outside the appropriate range, the image data for one frame is discarded. After updating the cumulative correction value until the number of updates reaches a prescribed number, an FPN correction value is calculated by dividing the cumulative correction value stored in the frame memory by the prescribed number, and an image is corrected by subtracting the FPN correction value from the image data inputted at the time of imaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: HITACHI KOKUSAI ELECTRIC INC.
    Inventors: Tadaaki Yanagi, Kazuhiko Nakamura, Kentaro Suguro, Kazuyoshi Sato
  • Patent number: 10999521
    Abstract: An imaging device controls a light emission unit to perform pre-light emission and decides an amount of light emitted in imaging. In a plurality of pixel units included in an image sensor, a switch that connects or does not connect an additional capacitor to a floating diffusion (FD) unit is provided. An amplification unit for a pixel signal can set a plurality of gains. A CPU controls the switch such that the FD unit is connected to the additional capacitor or the FD unit is not connected to the additional capacitor in accordance with an imaging condition. When image data for light modulation is acquired or when image data used for live-view display or recording is acquired, the CPU performs control such that the switch and the amplification unit amplify the pixel signal in different gain settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shinichi Maeta
  • Patent number: 10979701
    Abstract: An image sensor includes a pixel array, an analog-to-digital converter (ADC), and a test circuit. The pixel array includes a plurality of pixels arranged in rows and columns. Each pixel generates an analog signal based on incident light. The ADC converts the analog signal to a digital signal using a counter. The test circuit receives a test code in a test mode, generates a count clock signal based on the test code, tests a counting operation of the counter according to the count clock signal, and externally outputs a test result of the counter through a test terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hee-sung Chae, Dah-som Kim, Yun-hong Kim
  • Patent number: 10958859
    Abstract: Systems and methods in accordance with embodiments of the invention implement TDI imaging techniques in conjunction with monolithic CCD image sensors having multiple distinct imaging regions, where TDI imaging techniques can be separately implemented with respect to each distinct imaging region. In many embodiments, the distinct imaging regions are defined by color filters or color filter patterns (e.g. a Bayer filter pattern); and data from the distinct imaging regions can be read out concurrently (or else sequentially and/or nearly concurrently). A camera system can include: a CCD image sensor including a plurality of pixels that define at least two distinct imaging regions, where pixels within each imaging region operate in unison to image a scene differently than at least one other distinct imaging region. In addition, the camera system is operable in a time-delay integration mode whereby time delay-integration imaging techniques are imposed with respect to each distinct imaging region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Planet Labs Inc.
    Inventors: Ignacio Zuleta, Adam Fritzler
  • Patent number: 10958839
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a lighting device capable of properly performing a bounce motion and photography in the event of an unexpected motion. The lighting device of the present invention is a lighting device including a control unit that provides an instruction of an auto-bounce motion. When detecting an auto-bounce motion in S303, the control unit releases the brake of a motor for driving a light-emitting part and performs auto-bounce control in S304. When detecting that the bounce angle of the light-emitting part in the auto-bounce motion reaches a target position and the motor enters a stop period in S303, the control unit automatically switches to the application of an intermittently repeated regenerative brake to the motor. This can suppress a movement of the light-emitting part even in an accidental motion and perform a proper bounce motion with an easy manual operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignees: PANASONIC PHOTO & LIGHTING CO., LTD., CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takuma Kikuchi, Yoshiro Ichihara
  • Patent number: 10958849
    Abstract: A method for rapidly starting up an imaging system and an imaging system using the method is provided by reducing the time required to acquire the AEC and AGC parameters required for visually appealing imaging. The method employs an initial fast frame rate and binning and skipping to determine AEC and AGC parameters for use in subsequent normal frame rate imaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Smartsons Technology (HK) Co., Limited
    Inventors: Xiaoyong Wang, Jin He, Kai Hu