Patents Examined by Dwight Alex C Tejano
  • Patent number: 10018893
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for calibrating a sighting system comprising a viewfinder and an optic for detecting the position of an object in space, characterized in that it comprises the determination of a control law to apply to the viewfinder to aim at the object as a function of its position, said position being determined in a frame of reference of the detection optic and the control law comprising two angular controls and a focusing control of the viewfinder, expressed as a function of the relative positions between the object to aim at and an intersection point of all the lines of sight of the viewfinder, the method comprising the steps consisting in: aiming (100), with the viewfinder, at objects found at at least six different known positions in the frame of reference of the sighting system and noting the corresponding controls, from the positions of the object and the corresponding controls, determining (200, 200?) the position of the intersection point of the lines of sight and the control
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: MORPHO
    Inventors: Benoit Malrat, Jean Beaudet
  • Patent number: 10021308
    Abstract: There is provided a digital imaging apparatus including a motion sensor configured to output motion data corresponding to a movement of a camera module from at least one sensing axis, a single signal conversion processor configured to transmit or receive the motion data at a switching timing interval, and to compensate for a phase delay due to the switching timing interval of the motion data, and a single signal conversion controller configured to control the switching timing interval of the single signal conversion processor and phase delay compensation regarding the motion data of the at least one sensing axis according to the switching timing interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shin Jae Kang
  • Patent number: 10021320
    Abstract: In a digital camera having an imaging array including a plurality of pixels arranged in rows and columns, the digital camera having a mechanical shutter, a method for performing neutral density filtering of images captured by the imaging array, the method comprising opening the mechanical shutter, operating each row in the array by resetting all of the pixel sensors in the row, starting exposure for all of the pixel sensors in the row, closing the mechanical shutter, reading pixel values from the pixels in the array after the mechanical shutter has closed at a time unrelated to a time at which any pixel-select signal was de-asserted, and wherein the interval of time between starting exposure for all of the pixel sensors in the row and closing the mechanical shutter for each row a function of a neutral density filter function applied to an image to be captured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Foveon, Inc.
    Inventors: Shrinath Ramaswami, Glenn J. Keller
  • Patent number: 9998645
    Abstract: A telecommunication unit which ensures high reliability of electric connection with a simple structure and enables satisfactory communication between an apparatus main body of an image pickup apparatus and an interchangeable lens. A first electric connecting unit has contact portions that are electrically connected to the interchangeable lens when the interchangeable lens is mounted on the lens adapter. A second electric connecting unit has contact portions that are electrically connected to the apparatus main body when the lens adapter is fixed to the apparatus main body. The contact portions of the first electric connecting unit are arranged in the form of an arc with an optical axis of the interchangeable lens at its center. The contact portions of the second electric connecting unit are arranged in a linear fashion in a width direction of the apparatus main body perpendicular to the optical axis of the interchangeable lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Futoshi Iinuma
  • Patent number: 9992406
    Abstract: According to one aspect, an electronic device includes an image acquiring unit; a display that is configured to display an image acquired by the image acquiring unit; a first sensor that is configured to measure a first information on an environment around the electronic device for detecting a change in the environment; at least one controller that is configured to detect the change and, when the change is detected, conduct correction of an image acquired by the image acquiring unit; and a second sensor that is configured to measure a second information on a movement of the electronic device. The at least one controller is configured to, when shooting of a movie has been started by the image acquiring unit before the change is detected, set the adjustment duration time for correction of the image in accordance with the second information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Naoki Harada
  • Patent number: 9973709
    Abstract: An image processing device includes a first wide dynamic range (WDR) image generation block, a control signal generator, and a second WDR image generation block. The first WDR image generation block processes a long-exposure image signal to generate a first image signal, processes a short-exposure image signal using a second weight value to generates a second image signal, and to synthesize the first image signal and the second image signal to generate a first WDR image signal. The control signal generator calculates a difference between the second weight value and a reference weight value and generates control signals according to a result of the calculation. The second WDR image generation block adjusts a noise level of the first WDR image signal using the control signals and generates a second WDR image signal according to a result of the adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jong Min You, Ji Hye Kim
  • Patent number: 9973671
    Abstract: In a single operation executed by a mobile device, operation is executed on at least two data capture devices housed in the mobile device with a single trigger operation. The mobile device receives information captured by at least one of a first data capture device and a second data capture device; instructs adjustment of the other of the first data capture device and the second data capture device based on the received information and receives information captured by at least one of the first data capture device and the second data capture device subsequent to the adjustment. The mobile device analyzes the received information, repeats instructing adjustment until appropriated details are retrieved from the received information; and directs data capture and/or an image capture by at least one of the first data capture device and the second data capture device in accordance with the retrieved details.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Anu Kannan, Konstantinos D Tsiopanos
  • Patent number: 9967463
    Abstract: A motion estimation and correction system and methods are shown comprising: an image acquisition device configured to acquire an image via scanning an image frame over a period of time, an inertial measurement unit configured to measure at least one of a position, an orientation, and a movement of the image acquisition device during the period of time and output an indication of the movement as detected; and a state estimation module, operatively coupled to the inertial measurement unit and the image acquisition device, configured to estimate a state related to at least one of position and orientation of the image acquisition device based on the at least one of the position, the orientation, and the movement. In one example, systems and methods include using an inertial measurement unit along with an image acquisition device. In one example, the image acquisition device includes a rolling-shutter camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: The Regents of The University of California
    Inventors: Anastasios Mourikis, Mingyang Li
  • Patent number: 9955081
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus receives a command including a first coordinate value and a second coordinate value, from a client apparatus. A determination unit determines whether or not a target region exists at or near a boundary of an imaging range corresponding to the first coordinate value and the second coordinate value. In a case in which the determination unit determines that the target region exists at the boundary of the imaging range, a control unit adjusts an imaging range to include the target region. In a case in which the determination unit determines that the target region does not exist at the boundary of the imaging range, the control unit sets an imaging range to be captured, to the imaging range corresponding to the first coordinate value and the second coordinate value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Mitsuo Niida
  • Patent number: 9955080
    Abstract: A mobile terminal includes a display unit, a camera that is configured to capture images, and a controller. The controller is configured to access a preview image that is captured by the camera and that includes an object. The controller is further configured to determine, based on the preview image, whether the camera is focused on the object and a prescribed condition of the object is satisfied. The controller is further configured to output, based on a determination that the camera is focused on the object and the prescribed condition of the object is satisfied, information associated with the object by overlaying the information associated with the object on the preview image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sujin Kim, Sunghye Yoon
  • Patent number: 9948877
    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: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masaaki Iwane, Akira Okita
  • Patent number: 9906730
    Abstract: Provided is a motion controller device that allows users to easily share focus, zoom, and iris position control operations. A motion controller device includes a master unit and one or more slave units separated from the master unit and configured to communicate with the master unit. The master unit includes a focus control signal output unit configured to output a control signal for controlling a focus position of a lens of a video camera, a zoom control signal output unit configured to output a control signal for controlling a zoom position of the lens, and an iris control signal output unit configured to output a control signal for controlling an his position of the lens. A selection can be made as to whether an output from at least one of the focus control signal output unit, the zoom control signal output unit, and the iris control signal output unit is controlled by the master unit or the one or more slave units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Nihon Video System Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kentaro Hashiguchi
  • Patent number: 8072498
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for outputting high-quality images in which both jerkiness and blur are reduced are provided. At generation of moving images to be output at a certain frame rate, movement velocities of a subject according to the frame rate of the output images are calculated in units of partial areas in each frame image constituting the moving images, optimal shutter speeds to reduce degradation of the output images are obtained as optimal imaging shutter speeds corresponding to the movement velocities in units of partial areas, images corresponding to the obtained optimal shutter speeds are generated in units of partial areas, and frame images generated by combining the generated partial area images are output. According to this configuration, high-quality images in which both jerkiness and blur are reduced can be output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Atsushi Ito, Seiji Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 8035707
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus comprises an image-capturing element that outputs image signals representing a plurality of color components and an analyzing device that analyzes a captured photographic image based upon image signals with linearity, which are output from the image-capturing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Nikon Corporation
    Inventor: Kiyoshige Shibazaki
  • Patent number: 8018508
    Abstract: The present invention provides an optical device and the like which can collect incident light at a high incident angle than an existing microlens, in order to realize a solid-state imaging apparatus and the like corresponding to an optical system (an optical system with a high incident angle ?) with a short focal length for a thin camera. Each unit pixel (2.8 ?m square in size) is made up of a distributed index lens 1, a color filter 2 for green G, Al wirings 3, a signal transmitting unit 4, planarizing films 5, a light-receiving device (Si photodiodes) 6, and a Si substrate 7. The distributed index lens 1 is made of high refractive index materials 33 [TiO2 (n=2.53)] and low refractive index materials 34 [air (n=1.0)] having concentric zones. Further, in a distributed refractive index lens, a width 35 of adjacent divided areas is 200 nm. Also, a film thickness t is 0.5 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: PANASONIC Corporation
    Inventor: Kimiaki Toshikiyo
  • Patent number: 8004566
    Abstract: This disclosure describes automatic self-calibration techniques for digital camera devices. In one aspect, a method for performing a calibration procedure in a digital camera device comprises initiating the calibration procedure when a camera sensor of the digital camera device is operating, accumulating data for the calibration procedure, the data comprising one or more averages of correlated color temperature (CCT) associated with information captured by the camera sensor, calculating one or more CCT vectors based on the one or more averages of CCT, and generating gray point correction factors based on the one or more CCT vectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Szepo Robert Hung, Jingqiang Li, Ruben M. Velarde
  • Patent number: 7995115
    Abstract: An image pickup device includes: an image pickup unit which picks up a subject at first and second exposure times; a high dynamic range (HDR) image data generating unit which generates first HDR image data configured by pixel data of which pixel values are expressed by a floating-point form in which a mantissa part has N bits (N is a natural number of 2 or more), a cardinal number is X (X is a natural number of 2 or more) and an exponential part of the cardinal number has M bits (M is a natural number of 2 or more), on the basis of first image data obtained by picking up the subject at the first exposure time and second image data obtained by picking up the subject at the second exposure time; an image processing unit which performs a predetermined image process including a floating-point arithmetic operation process, with respect to the first HDR image data generated by the HDR image data generating unit; and a HDR image data converting unit which converts the first HDR image data after the image process int
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Haruhisa Kurane
  • Patent number: 7965320
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus is provided which offers higher versatility than conventional image processing apparatuses. When an input signal to a spatial filtering block is a monochrome signal that contains Y component only, a selector selects its input terminal and a selector selects its input terminal. Then, a low-pass filter output signal of a programmable spatial filter is inputted to a spatial filter, and a low-pass filter output signal of the spatial filer is inputted to a spatial filter. That is, the programmable spatial filter and the spatial filters are connected in series (in cascade), and the cascade-connected three spatial filters perform filtering operation. In this example, low-pass filters with 5×5 taps are connected in cascade in three stages, which enables low-pass filtering with 13×13 taps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: MegaChips Corporation
    Inventor: Gen Sasaki
  • Patent number: 7961220
    Abstract: There is provided a camera-shake correction mechanism by which camera shaking is corrected for by moving an imaging device on a plane that is orthogonal to an optical axis and in directions that are mutually orthogonal. The mechanism includes a heat dissipating mechanism that diffuses heat from the imaging device into atmosphere from a rear surface of the imaging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Masaki Orihashi, Kazuhiko Suzuki, Ryuichi Yasuhara, Naoki Kamaya
  • Patent number: 7952623
    Abstract: A solid state imaging device comprises: a semiconductor substrate; and a plurality of photoelectric conversion elements arranged on the semiconductor substrate in a row direction and a column direction substantially perpendicular to the row direction, wherein said plurality of photoelectric conversion elements are divided to first and second groups, when positions of the photoelectric conversion elements of the second group are considered as reference positions, the photoelectric conversion elements of the first group are disposed at positions shifted in a given direction from the reference positions in such a manner that each of the photoelectric conversion elements of the first group adjoins the each of the photoelectric conversion elements of the second group, spectral filters are respectively provided upwardly of light receiving surfaces of the photoelectric conversion elements of the first group, the spectral filters comprising three or more kinds of spectral filters respectively transmitting different c
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventor: Tetsu Wada