Patents Examined by Dwight Alex C Tejano
  • Patent number: 10455149
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus including an acquiring unit configured to acquire an image signal of a plurality of images obtained by picking up an object image that is formed by a photographing optical system; a determining unit configured to determine a defocus amount of the object image by using the image signal of the plurality of images; and a conversion unit configured to perform, on the defocus amount, gradation conversion that has at least one conversion characteristic out of a plurality of different conversion characteristics, and to output information that is based on the defocus amount converted by the gradation conversion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Fumitaka Nakayama
  • Patent number: 10447900
    Abstract: A camera module includes an image sensor, a flexible printed circuit with a first side affixed to a first side of the image sensor, a plurality of metallic leads affixed to a second side of the image sensor, and a lens assembly for directing light to the image sensor articulated to the image sensor by one or more of an overmolding attached to the leads and the flexible printed circuit. The first side of the image sensor is a side opposite the second side of the image sensor. The leads provide connection between the image sensor and leads in the flexible printed circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Annabelle Q. Yang, Howell John Chua Toc, Prakash Venkatesappa, Kolan Ravi Kanth
  • Patent number: 10432852
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus including an acquiring unit configured to acquire an image signal of a plurality of images obtained by picking up an object image that is formed by a photographing optical system; a determining unit configured to determine a defocus amount of the object image by using the image signal of the plurality of images; and a conversion unit configured to perform, on the defocus amount, gradation conversion that has at least one conversion characteristic out of a plurality of different conversion characteristics, and to output information that is based on the defocus amount converted by the gradation conversion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Fumitaka Nakayama
  • Patent number: 10412276
    Abstract: The present embodiment may comprise a lens unit; a first housing coupled to the lens unit; a first substrate unit which has an image sensor mounted thereon and is accommodated in the first housing; a second housing which is coupled to the first housing and has flexibility on at least a partial area thereof; and a second substrate unit which is accommodated in the second housing and is electrically connected to the first substrate unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Seung Ryong Park
  • Patent number: 10404933
    Abstract: Provided is a solid-state imaging apparatus, including: a first amplifier and a second amplifier; a coupling capacitor including a first electrode and a second electrode; a first metal member configured to connect an output terminal of the first amplifier and the first electrode; and a second metal member configured to connect an input terminal of the second amplifier and the second electrode, wherein, in a cross section perpendicular to a line that runs from the second electrode toward the input terminal of the second amplifier, the first metal member is arranged in at least two directions out of directions relative to the second metal member that are above, below, to the left of, and to the right of the second metal member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masaaki Iwane, Akira Okita
  • Patent number: 10397545
    Abstract: Methods and systems for generating three-dimensional (3D) images, 3D light field (LF) cameras and 3D photographs are provided. Light representing a scene is directed through a lens module coupled to an imaging sensor. The lens module includes: a surface having a slit-shaped aperture and a cylindrical lens array positioned along an optical axis of the imaging sensor. A longitudinal direction of the slit-shaped aperture is arranged orthogonal to a cylindrical axis of the cylindrical lens array. The light directed through the lens module is captured by the imaging sensor to form a 3D LF image. A 3D photograph includes a 3D LF printed image of the scene and a cylindrical lens array disposed on the printed image, such that the combination of 3D LF printed image and the cylindrical lens array forms a 3D stereoscopic image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: University of Deleware
    Inventors: Jingyi Yu, Xinqing Guo, Zhan Yu
  • Patent number: 10382677
    Abstract: A method and system for remote control photography using a smart watch and smart terminal that communicate via a Serial Port Profile (SPP) protocol. The smart watch controls the smart terminal to capture a photograph that is then processed by the smart terminal to have a size and resolution compatible with a display of the smart watch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: HUIZHOU TCL MOBILE COMMUNICATION CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Peng Zeng
  • Patent number: 10359516
    Abstract: Camera set with connecting structure includes a main camera and a detachable camera. The main camera includes a main housing with a main camera module mounted therein. A docking structure and a main connector are mounted on a side of the main housing. The main camera module includes a main lens mounted on a front side of the main housing. The detachable camera includes an expanded housing with a detachable camera module mounted therein. A join structure and a first expanded connector are mounted on a side of the expanded housing. The detachable camera module includes an expanded lens mounted on a front side of the expanded housing. A second expanded connector is mounted on the other side of the expanded housing. The main camera can be used individually or can expand functions by being assembled to another camera by the docking structure and join the structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: LIPS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ling-Wei Liu, Yu-Chuan Shen, Cheng-Li Hsieh
  • Patent number: 10334194
    Abstract: A method is described that includes, on an image processor having a two dimensional execution lane array and a two dimensional shift register array, repeatedly shifting first content of multiple rows or columns of the two dimensional shift register array and repeatedly executing at least one instruction between shifts that operates on the shifted first content and/or second content that is resident in respective locations of the two dimensional shift register array that the shifted first content has been shifted into.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Albert Meixner, Daniel Frederic Finchelstein, David Patterson, William R. Mark, Jason Rupert Redgrave, Ofer Shacham
  • Patent number: 10332932
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a solid-state image pickup device, a manufacturing method, and an electronic apparatus, which can obtain high charge transfer efficiency from a photoelectric conversion unit to a floating diffusion layer. The floating diffusion layer is arranged in a rectangular shape so as to surround a gate electrode of a vertical transistor whose groove portion is rectangular. A reset drain is formed so as to be adjacent to the floating diffusion layer through a reset gate. A potential of the floating diffusion layer is reset to the same potential as that of the reset drain by applying a predetermined voltage to the reset gate. It is possible to apply the present disclosure to, for example, a CMOS solid-state image pickup device used in an image pickup device such as a camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Keisuke Hatano, Hideaki Togashi
  • Patent number: 10306116
    Abstract: Modular digital camera systems are disclosed. The modular digital camera system can include a brain module configured to be releasably coupled to one or more of a port extender module, power module, display module, and handle module. The brain module and other accessory modules can be structured according to some embodiments to increase an ease of coupling and decoupling the modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: RED.COM, LLC
    Inventors: James H. Jennard, Sean Lever, Craig Smith, Todd Berk, Brian McEvilly, John Hamming
  • Patent number: 10298824
    Abstract: A color sensor module including a color sensor for detecting a surrounding color condition, and a concave lens located in front of the color sensor can ensure an amount of light reaching the color sensor, thereby obtaining more accurate color condition information, regardless of the incident angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Dongjin Lee, Jongpil Kim, Sungbum Joo, Hakhae Kim
  • Patent number: 10291848
    Abstract: When a user viewing an image of a conversation partner displayed on a display moves, a displayed image is more easily switched to an image reflecting a position of the user after the movement. When an image of a first user is displayed on a display of a second user, the image of the first user taken by an imaging device and an image of a background taken by the imaging device are acquired, and the acquired images are composited with each other, thereby displaying on the display a composite image in which the first user is positioned in front of the background. Moreover, when a movement of the face of the second user with respect to the display is detected, transition processing of causing the composite image displayed on the display to transition from a state before the detection of the movement of the face is carried out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignees: Daiwa House Industry Co., Ltd., Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuo Takahashi, Tsukasa Nakano, Takashi Orime, Yuichiro Takeuchi, Junichi Rekimoto, Yasushi Miyajima
  • Patent number: 10291844
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes: an image storage unit storing a first image affected by aberration of an optical system; a position information generation unit generating position information about a pixel of the first image corresponding to a scanned target pixel on the basis of position information about the target pixel scanned in the predetermined order and a distortion aberration table; an image output unit outputting a first image in which distortion aberration correction is performed in units of one pixel based on integer information about the position information generated by the position information generation unit; a first aberration correction unit, using fractional part information about the position information, correcting phase shift caused by distortion aberration for each pixel of the first image; and a second aberration correction unit generating the second image by correcting aberration other than distortion aberration in the first image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: REALOP CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akihiro Okumura
  • Patent number: 10281621
    Abstract: An embodiment of a camera module includes a holder configured such that the upper and lower portions of the holder are open and such that a first hole and a second hole, opposite to the first hole, are formed in the side surface of the holder, a first lens unit coupled to the upper portion of the holder, a second lens unit coupled to the lower portion of the holder, and a liquid lens disposed in the first hole and the second hole of the holder between the first lens unit and the second lens unit, the liquid lens protruding outward from the side surface of the holder, wherein at least a portion of the liquid lens may be spaced apart from the inner surface of the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seung Ryong Park, Jung Shik Baik
  • Patent number: 10274652
    Abstract: An imaging device uses a grating to produce an interference pattern for capture by a photodetector array. Digital photographs and other image information can then be extracted from the pattern. An integrated processor locally supports this extraction by upsampling the captured interference pattern and deconvolving the upsampled pattern with an image-calculation parameter set that represents the grating at a resolution greater than that provided by the photodetector array. Deconvolving the upsampled pattern with a high-resolution parameter increases the resolution of extracted image information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Rambus Inc.
    Inventors: Jay Endsley, Thomas Vogelsang
  • Patent number: 10277811
    Abstract: A display control device, includes a plurality of image data-processing units acquiring and outputting image data; a synchronous signal generation unit generating and outputting a synchronous signal to a first image data-processing unit; a delay adjustment unit delaying first image data output from the first image data-processing unit for each line; a filter-processing unit performing a product-sum operation of a filter coefficient and a first partial image data; and a display image generation unit generating display image data by superimposing the filter-processing data on second image data, wherein the synchronous signal is a vertical synchronous signal included in each frame, the synchronous signal generation unit controls whether to output the synchronous signal to the first image data-processing unit earlier by a predetermined offset time, and the offset time corresponds to the number of taps and a line cycle and is within a range net exceeding a vertical retrace period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryusuke Tsuchida
  • Patent number: 10225459
    Abstract: An image reproducing apparatus that is capable of easily reproducing image data intended for viewing. A read-out unit reads out a plurality of images recorded in a recording medium. A control unit determines target images among the plurality of images based on a reference date. The control unit specifies a shooting date on which a predetermined number or greater number of images were taken around the reference date and determines images taken on the specified shooting date as the target images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hitoshi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10218953
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a generation unit configured to generate, from an input image, a plurality of hierarchical images having different frequency bands; a gain calculation unit configured to calculate, for each of the hierarchical images, a gain based on a luminance value for each image area by using a tone conversion curve that is set according to the corresponding frequency band, wherein the tone conversion curve assigns tone with priority to different luminance ranges according to the frequency bands of the hierarchical images; a determination unit configured to determine a combined gain by combining gains that are set for the plurality of hierarchical images; and a conversion unit configured to perform tone conversion on the input image by using the combined gain determined by the determination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shota Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 10212347
    Abstract: An image stabilizing apparatus includes a detection unit configured to detect motion vectors from a plurality of images acquired by an image sensor, a determination unit configured to determine a motion vector of an object among the motion vectors, a specifying unit configured to specify a target point in the images, and a control unit configured to provide an image stabilizing control based on the target point and a motion vector of the object. The control unit sets an image area in accordance with the motion vector of the object and the target point in the images, and provides the image stabilizing control based on the image area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yuuzou Aoyama