Patents Examined by Fayez Bhuiyan
  • Patent number: 10805560
    Abstract: Image quality can be improved. In a case where light is focused on the center of an opening, sensitivity can be decreased by extending any side of a light-shielding film to the center. Namely, in the case of adjusting the sensitivity to be decreased, there is no need to simultaneously change all the sides, but the adjusting may be achieved by moving only a specific side. Further, since each side is regarded as individual adjusting parameter, a complicated inside-angle-of-view distribution can be corrected. The present disclosure can be applied to, for example, a CMOS solid-state imaging device to be used in an imaging device such as a camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventor: Masashi Nakata
  • Patent number: 10802379
    Abstract: Low profile concavely curved cameras, camera housings and related systems and methods. These devices, etc., simultaneously reduce snags and other hazards and also provide improved protection to people such as military and first-responder personnel and athletes by improving the attachment of the camera housing to a helmet or other complexly curved convexly curved base substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: MOHOC, Inc.
    Inventors: Connor J. Duncan, Daniel S. Fuhrman, John M. Prosser
  • Patent number: 10789684
    Abstract: A method, an image processing apparatus, and computer program product for multilevel bilateral noise filtering of digital images are provided. The method includes receiving from an image sensor an image frame including a color mosaic having a color filter array (CFA) pattern, decomposing the image frame into at least one color plane image for each of a plurality of color planes, sequentially and separately reducing noise in the at least one color plane image by performing multilevel bilateral noise filtering of the at least one color plane image, and reconstructing the at least one color plane image to generate a noise filtered image frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss AG
    Inventors: Wayne E. Prentice, Tanja Teuber, David Abreu
  • Patent number: 10775841
    Abstract: A computer device capable of removing a pop-up webcam includes a main frame, a movable frame, a coupling element, a video camera module, a separating unit and a compression spring. The movable frame is liftable in an assembly slot of the main frame. The coupling element is slidable on the movable frame. The video camera module is removably connected to the main frame and liftable in the assembly slot. The separating unit is used to selectively disengage the coupling element from the video camera module. The compression spring is elastically connected to the coupling element and the movable frame, and used to immediately move the coupling element away from the video camera module as the coupling element being apart from the video camera module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Quanta Computer Inc.
    Inventor: Ying-Chuan Chiu
  • Patent number: 10778875
    Abstract: The present application discloses an imaging camera, including: a lens holder with an accommodation space; a lens unit group received in the accommodation space; and a supporting frame. The supporting frame includes a top wall having a first surface facing an object side of the imaging camera, a second surface opposite to the first surface, and a third surface connecting the first surface to the second surface. The imaging camera further includes an aperture formed in the third surface; a glue-in opening formed in the first surface; and a glue-out opening formed in the third surface and communicated with the glue-in opening. By virtue of the invention, the pressing ring can be affixed to the lens holder by the glue flowing from the glue-in opening to the glue-out opening via the first and second channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: AAC Optics Soutions Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Jia Wan
  • Patent number: 10771706
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a camera, a memory storing first unit information and second unit information to be used to move a lens driving part, and a processor. The first unit information is configured such that the camera causes a first focus sharpness variation and the second unit information is configured such that the camera causes a second focus sharpness variation. The processor is configured to receive a signal for adjusting a focus associated with an external object by using the camera, to verify a state of the electronic device associated with the reception of the signal, to select corresponding unit information among the first unit information and the second unit information, based at least partly on the state, and to move the lens driving part depending on the corresponding unit information to adjust the focus associated with the external object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seung Han Lee, Jong Hoon Won, Pyo Jae Kim, Young Kwon Yoon, Jong Hyeok Chun
  • Patent number: 10771676
    Abstract: A focus control device includes a region setting section 2010 that sets a plurality of regions, each including a plurality of pixels, to an image acquired by an imaging section 200, an AF evaluation value calculation section 2020 that calculates an AF evaluation value of each of the plurality of regions, an invalid region setting section (invalid block setting section 2050) that sets an invalid region (low contrast determination invalid block) in the plurality of regions, a low contrast state determination section 2075 that determines whether or not the target subject is in a low contrast state based on the AF evaluation value of a region, in the plurality of regions, other than the invalid region, and a focus control section 2000 that controls an in-focus object plane position based on the AF evaluation value. The focus control section 2000 is configured to implement the focus control varying depending on a determination result obtained by the low contrast state determination section 2075.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventor: Koichiro Yoshino
  • Patent number: 10759344
    Abstract: An external mirror device includes a housing arranged at a side of a vehicle and having an opening facing rearward of vehicle, a mirror accommodated in the opening of the housing, and a camera arranged at the housing and configured to acquire information from outside of the vehicle. With respect to the position of the camera in the front-rear direction, the camera is arranged in a rear of a contour line which includes an outline of the housing when seen from a rear of the vehicle. The housing includes a separating portion having a concave-convex shape to separate air traveling on a surface of the housing, and the separating portion is arranged at a same position as the camera in a direction along the contour line, and arranged frontward of the contour line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Okabe, Yuichi Yoshii, Junpei Yamashita
  • Patent number: 10742862
    Abstract: Provided is an information processing device including an adjustment value determination unit that determines a second image quality adjustment value of each of a plurality of cameras on a basis of a first image quality adjustment value of each of the plurality of cameras and a confidence level of each of the plurality of cameras that are acquired from each of the plurality of cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventors: Nobuho Ikeda, Hiroshi Ikeda, Seijiro Inaba, Hideyuki Sato
  • Patent number: 10735679
    Abstract: HDR image generating processing is performed which generates one image from a plurality of images captured with different exposures within an image pickup device so that increases of power consumption and frame rate reduction can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yusaku Motonaga
  • Patent number: 10728481
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for operating an imaging device having a matrix of pixels arranged in rows and columns. A polarization voltage is generated on a gate of a main MOS transistor that is connected as diode. The main MOS transistor is coupled between a power supply voltage and a ground circuit. Prior to reading the pixels of a row of the matrix, a plurality of first capacitors are charged with the polarization voltage. The first capacitors are coupled between the gate of the main transistor and a ground node. Upon reading the pixels of the row, the first capacitors are discharged on respective gates of auxiliary transistors coupled between the columns and the ground node so as to switch on the auxiliary transistors and deliver a substantially identical polarization current to each column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventor: Nicolas Moeneclaey
  • Patent number: 10715719
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus comprises: a display capable of displaying a predetermined item; a detection unit that detects a touch operation on a touch panel; an operation unit operated by a same hand as the touch panel; and a control unit that control to, if the operation unit does not accept a predetermined operation, display the predetermined item at a position on the display based on a position at which touch is started on the touch panel in response to the touch operation detected by the detection unit, and if the operation unit accepts the predetermined operation, display the predetermined item at a fixed position even if touch is started, and if the touch position is moved, move the predetermined item to a position by an amount corresponding to the moved amount of the touch position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventor: Yasufumi Oyama
  • Patent number: 10715733
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes an imaging unit, a storage unit, an image processing unit, an image signal output unit, and a timing control unit. The timing control unit generates a first vertical synchronizing signal for driving the imaging unit and supplies the first vertical synchronizing signal to the imaging unit, and generates a second vertical synchronizing signal which is obtained by delaying the first vertical synchronizing signal at least by a predetermined time which is variable according to contents of the image processing performed and supplies the second vertical synchronizing signal to the display unit. The timing control unit controls the image signal output unit so that the image signal is read from the storage unit by being delayed by a phase difference between the first vertical synchronizing signal and the second vertical synchronizing signal, after outputting of the imaging signal from the imaging unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Ryuichi Shiohara
  • Patent number: 10715747
    Abstract: A sensor support system includes a sensor and a terminal device configured to display form information of the sensor. The sensor includes a two-dimensional code (storage tag) which can be read from the terminal device and which is configured to store the form information of the sensor. The terminal device is configured to calculate position information of the sensor from an image of the sensor, configured to generate a virtual image of the form information of the sensor, and configured to display on a display an image in which the virtual image is superimposed on an image of the sensor taken by a camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Atsushi Kamimura, Kenji Sato, Hirohito Mizumoto, Ziqiang Xu, Hajime Ujiie
  • Patent number: 10715743
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments provide techniques for implementation of a photographic effect. An image is acquired while in a zoom configuration. The image is divided into pixel groups. A distance is determined for each group of pixels. The groups of pixels are based on the detected distance of the group of pixels from the camera. The detected distance can be based on the autofocus module within the camera. The detected distance can be a relative distance or an absolute distance. An expansion factor is determined for each group of pixels based on the corresponding determined distance. Expanded pixel groups are created for each pixel group based on the expansion factor. The expanded pixel groups are composited together to create the processed image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Alan B. Dawson, James P. Hodgson, Gordon D. Hutchison, Matthew B. White
  • Patent number: 10708531
    Abstract: Provided is a photoelectric conversion apparatus including a plurality of pixels and a control unit, wherein each of the pixels includes a photoelectric conversion unit and a digital-signal output unit configured to output a digital signal based on the output of the photoelectric conversion unit, and the number of bits of the digital signal may be switched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventors: Takeru Ohya, Tomoya Onishi, Daisuke Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10681291
    Abstract: An imaging device includes a photoelectric converter that generates signal charge; a charge storage node that stores the signal charge; a capacitive element connected to the charge storage node; and a first transistor connected to the charge storage node via the capacitive element, wherein switching between on-state and off-state of the first transistor causes an amount of saturated charge in the charge storage node to change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoki Shimasaki, Masashi Murakami
  • Patent number: 10667694
    Abstract: An apparatus for skin imaging is provided. The apparatus is used in conjunction with a mobile device to obtain digital images using a digital camera and a light source provided by the mobile device. The apparatus includes an optical system for illuminating an object to be imaged with uniform ambient light and a light conduit for delivering reflected light to the mobile device digital camera. The apparatus is removably attachable to the mobile device and/or a mobile device case. One or more optical elements, such as lenses, films, filters, and light caps may be used to improve image quality and/or acquire magnified images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: MetaOptima Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Sepideh Khosravi Simchi, Maryam Sadeghi, Majid Razmara, M. Stella Atkins
  • Patent number: 10667105
    Abstract: A snake cam is provided with a camera mounted to a housing via a shaft. The shaft may be flexible or rigid. The housing includes components needed for operation of the camera but that need not be in close physical proximity to the camera, thus allowing the camera itself to have a relatively small size, which facilitates placement thereof in small places. The housing may include a wireless communication module, through which a mobile device may be connected to the snake cam. The mobile device may then be used to access or control one or more features of the snake cam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Pilot Inc.
    Inventor: Calvin Shiening Wang
  • Patent number: 10659661
    Abstract: An image processing method includes the steps of acquiring a captured image generated through image capturing using an optical system, performing first shaping processing so as to reduce a difference between a maximum value and a non-maximum value for data generated using information of a point spread function of the optical system corresponding to an image capturing condition of the captured image, performing rotating processing according to a position of the captured image for the data after the first shaping processing, and performing sharpening processing of the captured image using the data after the rotating processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: Takashi Oniki