Patents Examined by Fayez Bhuiyan
  • Patent number: 10326930
    Abstract: Provided is a method and system for recommending an optimal position of photographing. A optimal position-of-photographing recommendation method may include executing, at an electronic device, and controlling a camera included in the electronic device under control of a photography application executed on the electronic device; calculating, at the electronic device, a photograph angle of the electronic device based on sensor information provided from a sensor of the electronic device under control of the photography application; comparing, at the electronic device, the calculated photograph angle to a desired angle range that is managed by the photography application, under control of the photography application; and outputting, at the electronic device, notification data in response to the calculated photograph angle being included in the desired angle range, under control of the photography application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: SNOW CORPORATION
    Inventors: Dookyung Ahn, Sangcheol Jeon, Young-hun Kim
  • Patent number: 10321049
    Abstract: Photographing control methods, apparatuses, and devices are described. A method comprises: determining a first orientation of a photographing device and a second orientation corresponding to a scenario mode; and determining, in response to that the first orientation is different from the second orientation, an imaging mode of the photographing device according to the second orientation. In this regard, an appropriate imaging mode is determined according to a second orientation when a first orientation of a photographing device is different from the second orientation corresponding to a scenario mode, to separate orientating of the photographing device from imaging of an imaging module, and therefore a photographing effect is not affected while consideration is given to both device gripping stability and operational convenience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Beijing Zhigu Rui Tuo Tech Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Dayong Ding
  • Patent number: 10317777
    Abstract: An automatic zooming method and an apparatus includes determining a contour of a subject of a preview image and a central point of the subject according to the preview image in a preview frame on a screen; when the central point of the subject overlaps a central point of the preview frame, determining a zoom parameter according to a size of the contour of the subject and a size of the preview frame, where the zoom parameter includes at least one of a to-be-adjusted focal length of a camera or a zoom factor of the preview image; and zooming the camera according to the zoom parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chao Qin, Wenmei Gao
  • Patent number: 10321069
    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 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Alan B. Dawson, James P. Hodgson, Gordon D. Hutchison, Matthew B. White
  • Patent number: 10311555
    Abstract: An imaging device is presented for use in an imaging system capable of improving the image quality. The imaging device has one or more optical systems defining an effective aperture of the imaging device. The imaging device comprises a lens system having an algebraic representation matrix of a diagonalized form defining a first Condition Number, and a phase encoder utility adapted to effect a second Condition Number of an algebraic representation matrix of the imaging device, smaller than said first Condition Number of the lens system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: RAMOT AT TEL-AVIV UNIVERSITY LTD.
    Inventors: Iftach Klapp, David Mendlovic
  • Patent number: 10306167
    Abstract: An imaging device includes: a photoelectric converter generating a signal; a signal detection circuit detecting the signal and including a first transistor having a first control terminal connected to the photoelectric converter, a first input terminal, and a first output terminal, a second transistor having a second control terminal connected to the photoelectric converter, a second input terminal, and a second output terminal, a third transistor having a third control terminal, a third input terminal, and a third output terminal, one of the third input and output terminal connected to one of the second input and output terminal; an output signal line connected to one of the first input and output terminal, and to the other of the third input and output terminal; and a voltage supply circuit connected to the third control terminal, selectively supplying a first voltage or a second voltage to the third control terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naoki Shimasaki, Masashi Murakami
  • Patent number: 10284796
    Abstract: An image capture apparatus has an A/D converter that compares a pixel signal read out from a pixel having a photoelectric conversion element with a reference signal whose voltage changes over time, and obtains, as an A/D conversion result of the pixel signal, a digital value corresponding to a time required for a magnitude relationship between the pixel signal and the reference signal to change. The A/D converter determines a level of the pixel signal using a threshold value, makes a change rate of the voltage of the reference signal different depending on a determination result, and changes the threshold value according to a signal expansion amount of the pixel signal after A/D conversion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Makoto Ise
  • Patent number: 10278566
    Abstract: [Object] To make it possible to further improve convenience of a user. [Solution] There is provided a control device including: an autofocus control section configured to execute an autofocus operation by moving at least one optical member; and an autofocus operation determination section configured to determine whether it is possible for the autofocus operation to bring biological tissue into focus, the biological tissue serving as an object. In a case where the autofocus operation determination section determines that it is not possible for the autofocus operation to bring the object into focus, the autofocus control section moves the at least one optical member to a predicted focal position set in advance in accordance with a purpose of imaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY OLYMPUS MEDICAL SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventors: Sakae Okazaki, Hirotaka Hirano, Takahiro Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10257426
    Abstract: An image sensor module is provided. The image sensor module includes a printed circuit board (PCB), an image sensor chip disposed on a first plane of the PCB and electrically connected to the PCB, and an image signal processing chip disposed on the first plane of the PCB and electrically connected to the PCB. An aspect ratio of the image signal processing chip is at least two times greater than an aspect ratio of the image sensor chip. A minimum feature size of a metal line implemented in the image sensor chip is at least 1.5 times greater than a minimum feature size of a metal line implemented in the image signal processing chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yun Tae Lee, Joon Seo Yim, Je Suk Lee, Jae Yong Park, Jun-Woo Park, Su-Young Lee
  • Patent number: 10250824
    Abstract: The subject matter described herein includes a camera sensor with event token based image capture and reconstruction. The sensor includes a photodetector for capturing light from a portion of a scene and for producing a signal indicative of the light. An integrator is coupled to the photodetector for accumulating charge resulting from the signal output by the photodetector and can be reset each time the charge reaches a predetermined level. An in-pixel processor is coupled to the integrator for resetting the integrator and generating an event token each time the predetermined level of charge is accumulated. A communication pipeline communicates the event tokens for downstream processing. A postprocessor is coupled to the pipeline for receiving the event tokens and for determining output intensity for the portion of the scene being reconstructed based on a number of reset events and a time between at least two of the event tokens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Inventors: Montek Singh, Leandra Vicci
  • Patent number: 10250829
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus comprises: a first circuit; and a second circuit connected to the first circuit; wherein the first circuit receives image data obtained by an image sensor including a vertical light-shielded region and an effective region, and applies, on image data of a first region which is a portion of the effective region of the image data, predetermined image processing by using image data of the vertical light-shielded region, the first circuit sets a second region and consecutively transmits to the second circuit image data of the vertical light-shielded region and unprocessed image data of the second region, and the second circuit receives the transmitted image data, and applies the predetermined image processing to the received image data by using the received image data of the vertical light-shielded region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Daisuke Wakamiya
  • Patent number: 10250827
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus has a focus adjustment mechanism based on auto focus adjustment of an imaging plane phase difference scheme. An imaging element has a plurality of micro-lenses and a plurality of photoelectric conversion units corresponding to the micro-lenses and acquires a pupil-divided image signal. An auto focus (AF) signal processing unit and a camera control unit perform shading correction on a image for each pupil division acquired from the imaging element. The recording medium control unit controls an operation of recording a correction value to be used in shading correction in a recording medium when the image signal before correction for each pupil division is recorded in the recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Reiji Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 10244158
    Abstract: There is provided an image sensor including: a control unit configured to control pixels in a manner that a readout of a focus pixel signal from a focus detection pixel used for focusing and a readout of a main pixel signal from a pixel used for image generation are conducted independently; and an output unit configured to output the focus pixel signal and the main pixel signal independently from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinichi Fujii, Daisuke Miyakoshi, Kenzaburo Seki, Mitsuaki Kita
  • Patent number: 10230915
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus includes a comparison circuit unit including a first comparator and a second comparator. The second comparator is kept in a non-operating state until the signal level of a first comparison result signal from the first comparator changes and is brought into an operating state in correspondence with a change in the signal level of the first comparison result signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yu Maehashi
  • Patent number: 10225476
    Abstract: An imaging-displaying apparatus includes an imaging unit outputting an imaging signal; an image processing unit generating an image signal based on the imaging signal, and writing the signal in a VRAM; an image signal output unit outputting the image signal from the VRAM, and outputting the signal to the display unit; and a timing control unit generating an imaging vertical synchronizing signal for driving the imaging unit, generating a display vertical synchronizing signal obtained by delaying the imaging vertical synchronizing signal at least by a predetermined time which is necessary for a generation of an image signal, and supplying the signal to the display unit, and controlling an image signal output unit so that the image signal is read from the VRAM by being delayed by a phase difference between the imaging vertical synchronizing signal and the display vertical synchronizing signal, after outputting the imaging signal from the imaging unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Ryuichi Shiohara
  • Patent number: 10217022
    Abstract: A reference image of one or more objects is displayed on the display of a mobile device in a manner that allows a user of the mobile device to simultaneously view the reference image and a preview image of the one or more objects currently in a field of view of a camera of the mobile device. An indication is provided to the user of the mobile device whether the camera of the mobile device is currently located within a specified amount of a distance at which the reference image was acquired. In response to a user request, the camera acquires a second image of the one or more objects and optionally a distance between the camera and the one or more objects at the time the second image was acquired is recorded. An image management application provides various functionalities for accessing and managing image sequences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Kurt Knodt, Tomohito Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10212357
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes an imaging unit configured to image a subject, a photometry unit, an exposure compensation unit, an exposure control unit configured to control exposure for a captured image and a display control unit configured to control display of the captured image on a display unit. The photometry unit is configured to perform photometry, based the imaging unit's output, to obtain an exposure value. The exposure compensation unit is configured to compensate the obtained exposure value to an exposure value that would be used for exposure control, if photometry of the photometry unit is not fixed. The exposure control unit is configured to allow exposure control at an exposure value within wider range than a range of available exposure values of the cases where photometry of the photometry unit was not fixed, if photometry of the photometry unit is fixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akira Fukuda
  • Patent number: 10205870
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus reads out a signal from pixels of an image sensor, sets a region in which a plurality of signals having different viewpoints are read out from each pixel of the image sensor, acquires first depth information for detecting an object using a signal read out from a first signal readout region, acquires evaluation information for detecting a focus state of an object using a read signal, and controls a signal readout amount of the first signal readout region based on the focus state determined based on the evaluation information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazunori Takayama, Toshihiro Mochizuki
  • Patent number: 10186021
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, camera system includes interchangeable lens and camera body. Camera body includes image sensor; reception circuit configured to acquire, first lens information including distortion correction information for correcting distortion of image pickup optical system, and function indicating correlation between shape of distortion on image plane, which corresponds to driving amount of vibration reduction optical system, and shape of distortion on image plane, which corresponds to displacement amount between optical axis and image center of photographed image; and processer configured to calculate converted displacement amount by using function, and to execute distortion correction, based on distortion correction information and converted displacement amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kento Koyano
  • Patent number: 10178339
    Abstract: A capturing device includes an image sensor that generates an image signal by performing photoelectric conversion for light from a subject, a control unit that generates a setting value for setting a range where an image resulting from the image signal is cut, based on a first instruction input from a user, a setting value storage unit that stores the setting value generated by the control unit, an image conversion unit that reads the setting value from the setting value storage unit, and cuts a specific region specified by the setting value from the image and enlarges the cut region, when there is a second instruction input from the user, and an output unit that converts a signal of the image cut and enlarged by the image conversion unit into an image signal of a predetermined format and outputs the converted image signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY EUROPE LIMITED
    Inventors: Eiji Oba, Frederic Maire