Patents Examined by Dwight Alex C Tejano
  • Patent number: 10531030
    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: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Albert Meixner, Daniel Frederic Finchelstein, David Patterson, William R. Mark, Jason Rupert Redgrave, Ofer Shacham
  • Patent number: 10503390
    Abstract: An electronic device, according to various embodiments of the present invention, comprises: an image sensor; a display configured to acquire a user input; and a processor functionally connected to the image sensor and the display, wherein, when the user input has a first input time, the processor displays, via the display, image information acquired from means of the images sensor, and when the user input has a second input time, the processor may be configured to perform an operation of storing the image information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Woohyun Baek, Seungwoo Lee, Hoseong Jeon, Hyoungsun Ji, Mingyu Kim, Gyushik An
  • Patent number: 10506190
    Abstract: An image pickup device which suppresses an increase in chip area of peripheral circuits without degrading the performance of a pixel section and makes it possible to prevent costs from being increased. The image pickup device includes a first semiconductor substrate and a second semiconductor substrate. A pixel section includes photo diodes each for generate electric charges by photoelectric conversion, floating diffusions each for temporarily storing the electric charges generated by the photo diode, and amplifiers each connected to the floating diffusion, for outputting a signal dependent on a potential of the associated floating diffusion. Column circuits are connected to vertical signal lines, respectively, for performing predetermined processing on signals output from the pixel section to vertical signal lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takafumi Kishi
  • Patent number: 10497080
    Abstract: An image processing method is provided. The method includes acquiring image data; obtaining a page pixel average value of the image data; acquiring image processing parameters based on the page pixel average value; obtaining a pixel processing threshold by a calculation based on at least a first portion of the image processing parameters; based on the pixel processing threshold, adjusting a pixel value of a current pixel of the image data by using at least a second portion of the image processing parameters; and outputting an adjusted image according to the adjusted pixel value of the current pixel of the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: ZHUHAI SEINE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yangxiao Ma
  • Patent number: 10491786
    Abstract: An electronic device may have a housing such as a metal housing. Openings may be formed in the housing to accommodate a button, to form a camera window, to form a microphone port, and to form a camera flash window. An input-output component mounting member may be used to mount input-output components to the housing of the electronic device. The input-output component mounting member may have a recess that mates with a corresponding protrusion on the housing. Screws may attach the input-output component mounting member to the housing. The protrusion and recess in the input-output component mounting member may ensure that the input-output component mounting member is accurately aligned with respect to the housing. Input-output components such as a microphone, button switch, camera, and camera flash may be mounted to the electronic device with the input-output component mounting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Emery A. Sanford, David G. Havskjold, Teodor Dabov, Erik G. de Jong, Tyson B. Manullang, Anthony S. Montevirgen
  • Patent number: 10491833
    Abstract: A position coordinates setter sets position coordinates being coordinates of an image region of an LED in an image. An image region determiner determines whether or not an image region having a predetermined luminance value is present at the position coordinates. If an image region having the predetermined luminance value is not present at the position coordinates, the image region determiner determines whether or not the image region at the position coordinates is overexposed or underexposed, and the exposure controller continues setting, if the image region is overexposed, the exposure time shorter by one degree at a time until the luminance value of the image region at the position coordinates becomes the predetermined luminance value, and continues setting, if the image region is underexposed, the exposure time longer by one degree at a time until the luminance value of the image region at the position coordinates becomes the predetermined luminance value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Naotomo Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 10484653
    Abstract: Provided is an imaging device that includes an imaging element that reads out, in a first readout period that is part of a first subframe period, first electric charge signals of pixels, read out, in a second readout period that is part of a second subframe period, second electric charge signals of the pixels, generate a first subframe image based on the first electric charge signals, and generate a second subframe image based on the second electric charge signals, an irradiation control unit that controls such that, in an irradiation period, infrared light is radiated and, in a period other than the irradiation period, infrared light is not radiated, and a color image generation unit that generates a color image at the predetermined frame rate based on the first subframe image and the second subframe image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasushi Sato
  • Patent number: 10477077
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product are provided for capturing digital images. In use, at least one ambient exposure parameter is determined, and at least one flash exposure parameter based on the at least one ambient exposure parameter is determined. Next, via at least one camera module, an ambient image is captured at a first resolution, and, via the at least one camera module, a flash image is captured at a second resolution according to the at least one flash exposure parameter. The captured ambient image and the captured flash image are stored. Lastly, the captured ambient image and the captured flash image are combined to generate a first merged image. Additional systems, methods, and computer program products are also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: DUELIGHT LLC
    Inventors: William Guie Rivard, Adam Barry Feder, Brian J. Kindle
  • Patent number: 10475220
    Abstract: An information presentation apparatus includes: a signal input unit configured to input an image signal from a camera and a signal from a sensor; a signal-source-position estimation unit configured to estimate a position of a signal source, based on the signal from the sensor; a situation-expression extraction unit configured to extract situation expression indicating information expressing a situation outside a capture range of the camera, based on the signal from the sensor; a display-method determination unit configured to determine a display method of the situation expression on a captured image displayed by the image signal, based on a positional relation between the position of the signal source and the capture range of the camera; and a presentation unit configured to superimpose the situation expression onto the captured image, in accordance with the display method, and outputting the captured image superimposed with the situation expression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masumi Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 10469714
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product are provided for capturing digital images. In use, at least one ambient exposure parameter is determined, and at least one flash exposure parameter based on the at least one ambient exposure parameter is determined. Next, via at least one camera module, an ambient image is captured according to the at least one ambient exposure parameter, and, via the at least one camera module, a flash image is captured according to the at least one flash exposure parameter. The captured ambient image and the captured flash image are stored. Lastly, the captured ambient image and the captured flash image are combined to generate a first merged image. Additional systems, methods, and computer program products are also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: DUELIGHT LLC
    Inventors: William Guie Rivard, Adam Barry Feder, Brian J. Kindle
  • Patent number: 10459206
    Abstract: A mobile terminal includes a terminal body and a camera module. The terminal body includes a housing and a control module. The housing is provided with a viewfinder window. The camera module includes a lens component and an image sensor. The lens component includes a lens frame, a concave lens, and a convex lens. The image sensor is fixed inside the housing and is located at a side of the convex lens away from the concave lens. The image sensor is electrically connected to the control module so as to control the image sensor using the control module to recognize an object image from outside of the viewfinder window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuanqing Zeng
  • 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: 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