Patents Examined by Dwight Alex C Tejano
  • Patent number: 11457150
    Abstract: An electronic device includes: a first detector configured to detect a moving operation of moving an operating object while touching an operation surface with the operating object; a second detector configured to detect a pressing force of the operating object on the operation surface; and a control unit configured to control so that in a case where the moving operation is in a first length and the pressing force is in a first magnitude, an item displayed on a display is moved in a first distance; and in a case where the moving operation is in the first length and the pressing force is in a second magnitude that is different from the first magnitude, the item displayed on the display is moved in a second distance that is longer than the first distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kazuki Sugaya
  • Patent number: 11457166
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present technology provide a method and apparatus for an image sensor. In various embodiments, the apparatus provides a driver circuit connected to a plurality of electrically distinct pixel groups to provide the pixel groups with a control signal. A delay measurement circuit is connected to the driver circuit and at least one of the pixel groups to measure a time delay of the control signal. A row control circuit is connected to the delay measurement circuit to receive the measured time delay and, in turn, deliver, via the driver circuit, the control signal to all pixel groups in a single row substantially simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas Paul Cowley, Andrew David Talbot
  • Patent number: 11451751
    Abstract: To acquire a color image. A solid-state image pickup device according to an embodiment includes a plurality of light receiving portions, each of which receives light of a specific wavelength to generate an electric charge corresponding to an amount of the received light, a detector that detects a photoelectric current based on an electric charge generated in at least one of the plurality of light receiving portions, a generator that generates a voltage signal based on the electric charge generated in each of the plurality of light receiving portions, and a driving circuit that causes the generator to generate voltage signals based on electric charges generated in at least two of the plurality of light receiving portions, respectively, on the basis of a detection result of the photoelectric current by the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Koya Tsuchimoto
  • Patent number: 11451724
    Abstract: An imaging device includes pixels each including a photoelectric converter, and a control unit that controls an accumulation period for charge in the pixels. The pixels are divided into pixel blocks, the control unit is configured to control the accumulation period for each pixel block, the pixel blocks include first and second pixel blocks and a third pixel block arranged between the first and second pixel blocks, and the control unit includes a mode to commonly control the accumulation period in the first and third pixel blocks and control the accumulation period in the second pixel block independently of that of the first and third pixel blocks, and a mode to commonly control the accumulation period in the second and third pixel blocks and control the accumulation period in the first pixel block independently of that of the second and third pixel blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hidetoshi Hayashi
  • Patent number: 11431872
    Abstract: A computer vision processing device is provided which comprises memory configured to store data and a processor. The processor is configured to store captured image data in a first buffer and acquire access to the captured image data in the first buffer when the captured image data is available for processing. The processor is also configured to execute a first group of operations in a processing pipeline, each of which processes the captured image data accessed from the first buffer and return the first buffer for storing next captured image data when a last operation of the first group of operations executes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: ADVANCED MICRO DEVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Radhakrishna Giduthuri, Michael L. Schmit
  • Patent number: 11418736
    Abstract: An electronic circuit includes a unit pixel, a first clamp circuit, and a second clamp circuit. The unit pixel outputs a voltage having an output voltage level at a first output voltage level in a first time interval and at a second output voltage level in a second time interval different from the first time interval. The first clamp circuit is configured to clamp the output voltage level from the unit pixel to a first voltage level responsive to the first output voltage level being not greater than the first voltage level in the first time interval. The second clamp circuit is configured to clamp the output voltage level from the unit pixel to a second voltage level responsive to the second output voltage level being not greater than the second voltage level in the second time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Moo Young Kim, KyoungMin Koh, Woong Joo, Mira Lee, Kyung-Min Kim
  • Patent number: 11418728
    Abstract: An imaging system may comprise: a lens including one or more lens elements; a programmable liquid crystal light modulator disposed adjacent to the lens; an imaging sensor; and a processing system comprising at least one processor and memory. The processing system may be configured to control the imaging system to: capture an image through the lens using the imaging sensor; analyze the image to determine at least one characteristic of the lens; and based on the analysis of the image, control the programmable liquid crystal light modulator to set an effective aperture for the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Aptiv Technologies Limited
    Inventor: Yew-Kwang Low
  • Patent number: 11412140
    Abstract: An electronic device comprising: a line-of-sight detection unit configured to receive line-of-sight input from a user and detect a viewed position of the user; an acquisition unit configured to acquire first distance information that corresponds to a distance to an eye of the user; and a control unit configured to 1) set determination time based on the first distance information, and 2) determine that gaze has occurred, in a case where determination is made that the viewed position does not continuously change longer than the determination time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Keita Nagai
  • Patent number: 11412164
    Abstract: A method, an image processing apparatus, and a non-transitory computer readable storage medium encoded with software for residual row noise removal in digital images are provided. The residual row noise is removed by dividing color plane images into vertical stripes and for each vertical stripe masking out the stripe pixels, determining a row means profile, determining a smoothed row means profile, determining row offset values for each of the horizontal stripe rows, determining corrected row offset values for horizontal stripe rows based on corresponding row offset values of adjacent vertical stripes and subtracting the corrected row offset value from the stripe pixel values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss AG
    Inventor: David Abreu
  • Patent number: 11399145
    Abstract: An image processing device includes a image processor that reads out image data which is captured by an imaging element and transferred to a memory and on which optical noise is superimposed, as region image data for each of a plurality of divided regions of the memory, and that reads out data of a predetermined region again after reading for each region image data is finished, and an display processor that outputs corrected image data obtained by correcting captured image data for each of the plurality of regions in accordance with optical noise decided in accordance with the data read out again by the image processor, the captured image data being captured by the imaging element and stored in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Kawai
  • Patent number: 11394935
    Abstract: A pixel array for reducing image information loss and an image sensor including the same are provided. The pixel array includes a plurality of color filter array (CFA) cells having a certain size and each including a plurality of CFA blocks in width and length directions of the CFA cell, wherein each of the CFA blocks includes a sub block, which is at a central region of each of the CFA blocks and includes m*n color pixels, and an outer region, which is other than the sub block and includes color pixels, wherein the m*n color pixels of the sub block include color pixels sensing first through third colors, and the outer region includes a relatively high number of first pixels sensing the first color and a relatively low number of second pixels sensing at least one selected from the second color and the third color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Soyoun Park, Byungwook Jung
  • Patent number: 11393870
    Abstract: Provided is a photoelectric conversion device including: a pixel including a plurality of photoelectric conversion units; and a select unit configured to control each of the plurality of photoelectric conversion units to be in an active state or an inactive state. The plurality of photoelectric conversion units has a first group including a first avalanche diode and a second group including a second avalanche diode. The select unit controls the second group to be in the inactive state in a first case of controlling the first group to be in the active state, and the select unit controls the first group to be in the inactive state in a second case of controlling the second group to be in the active state. The pixel has no photoelectric conversion unit which is in the active state in both the first case and the second case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Fumihiro Inui, Junji Iwata
  • Patent number: 11394874
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus comprises: an imager that captures an image of a subject to generate image data; a first detector that detects a face region corresponding to a face of the subject in the image data; a second detector that detects a subject region corresponding to at least a part of the subject in the image data; and a controller that controls exposure based on metering for the image data, wherein the controller performs, when the face region is detected by the first detector, exposure compensation according to metering in the detected face region, and continues the exposure compensation according to the metering in the detected face region, when the detected face region is lost by the first detector and the subject region corresponding to the subject of the detected face region is detected by the second detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koji Hashigami, Koji Shibuno, Takaaki Yamasaki, Kyosuke Osuka
  • Patent number: 11385658
    Abstract: A video processing method includes receiving a video to be edited including a target object and shot by a photographing device mounted at an aircraft, determining a first video frame from the video to be edited, determining a display area of the target object in the first video frame, and obtaining a target video including performing an adjustment processing on an image position of the target object in a second video frame of the video to be edited according to the display area. The image position of the target object in the second video frame after being adjusted is the same as an image position of the display area in the first video frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Long Cheng, Guanhua Su
  • Patent number: 11388339
    Abstract: The present invention provides an anti-shake method for a panoramic video, which comprises: obtaining, in real time, an output video frame, a fisheye image corresponding thereto, a pixel timestamp in the video frame, and a corresponding camera gyroscope timestamp; synchronizing the pixel timestamp in the video frame with the corresponding camera gyroscope timestamp, and calculating a rotation matrix of the camera movement in the camera gyroscope timestamp; smoothing the camera movement and establishing a coordinate system of a smooth trajectory; correcting the fisheye image distortion; and rendering the fisheye image by means of forward rendering to generate a stable video. According to the present invention, the rolling shutter distortion of a panoramic video sequence can be corrected, the image distortion caused by the rolling shutter of a CMOS can be corrected, and the rolling shutter is eliminated, thereby achieving a better anti-shake effect of a video image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: ARASHI VISION INC.
    Inventors: Cong Chen, Jingkang Liu, Wenjie Jiang, Yibin Guo
  • Patent number: 11386635
    Abstract: A smart chip assembly capable of communicating with each other and variable array in packaging contains at least two intelligent single-chip, which can be easily formed into a smart chip assembly by cutting after packaging. Each intelligent single-chip has a camera lens module, and each lens module is arranged in a different position and angle to separately obtain images of different angles or depths of field of the object to be recognized, and provide each intelligent single-chip to independently process the image and judge by itself. The result of each judgment based on the obtained images of different angles or depths of field can also be used as one of the options for reference judgment. Then through the mutual communication between the intelligent single-chips, they calculate and analyze different image and image dynamics, and make comprehensive judgments to obtain the best interpretation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Neuronbasic Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond Wu
  • Patent number: 11375085
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product are provided for capturing digital images. In use, an ambient image comprising a plurality of ambient pixels and a flash image comprising a plurality of flash pixels is captured, via a camera module. Next, at least one de-noised pixel based on the ambient image is generated. Additionally, a resulting image is generated by combining the at least one de-noised pixel and a corresponding flash pixel. Additional systems, methods, and computer program products are also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: DUELIGHT LLC
    Inventors: William Guie Rivard, Adam Barry Feder, Brian J. Kindle
  • Patent number: 11350031
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus on which an accessory is mountable includes a control unit configured to control first communication with the accessory via a first communication unit and second communication with the accessory via a second communication unit, and, in a case where a communication error in the second communication is detected, perform communication retry processing that repeats transmission of data up to a predetermined number of times until the communication error is resolved. In the case where the communication error in the second communication is detected, the control unit issues a notification corresponding to the communication error to a user without performing the communication retry processing in a case where information corresponding to the fact that the accessory does not receive the data via the second communication is received via the first communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Izumi Kaburagi, Takayuki Hoshina
  • Patent number: 11350034
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide enhanced resolution imaging systems comprising: a mounting; an electro-optical image capture system; an angular jitter sensor system; an illumination source system; and an image capture control circuit is configured to: receive ling of sight displacement sensor data; obtain, during the capture frame, an angular displacement of the image capture system and monitor when the detected angular displacement of the image capture system, based on the sensor data, is beyond an angular displacement threshold envelope; and activate exposure of the image capture system to illumination, during the capture frame, when the detected angular displacement of the image capture system is within the angular displacement threshold envelope, and control a level of exposure of the image capture system to illumination, during the capture frame, when the detected angular displacement is not within the angular displacement threshold envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick R. Mickel, Matthew C. Cristina, Jason A. Paxton
  • Patent number: 11350045
    Abstract: Provided is an image sensing apparatus including an image sensor including a pixel array configured to output a raw image having a Bayer pattern, and an analog end configured to perform an analog binning process on groups of pixels of same colors included in same columns of each of a plurality of sub-kernels corresponding to a first green pixel, a red pixel, a blue pixel, and a second green pixel, and output median values for different colors, and a digital signal processor configured to perform a digital binning process on the median values for the different colors included in different columns of each of the plurality of sub-kernels, and output a binned image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hee Kang, Chan Young Jang, Woo Seok Choi