Patents Examined by Gary C. Vieaux
  • Patent number: 10555062
    Abstract: Provided is a sound pick-up device which includes: a housing having a sound hole; a main microphone which is disposed in the inside of the housing, receives sound pressure from the outside of the housing through the sound hole, and generates a first sound signal; a reference microphone which is disposed in the inside of the housing and in a proximity of the main microphone and generates a second sound signal; a first shield which blocks between the inside of the housing and the inside of the main microphone; a second shield which blocks between the outside of the housing and the inside of the reference microphone; and a third shield which blocks between the inside of the housing and the inside of the reference microphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshio Ohtsuka
  • Patent number: 10547788
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a housing having a first face that faces a first direction and a second face that faces a second direction which is opposite the first face, in which the first face is formed to have an at least partially transparent portion and at least one opening formed adjacent to the at least partially transparent portion; a camera located within the housing and including an image sensor that faces the first direction through the at least partially transparent portion in the housing; an acoustic component structure including a space that is at least partially formed between the camera and the second face of the housing and connected to the at least one opening, and at least one vibrating structure that is located in the space and is movable in the first direction or the second direction to generate sound; a circuit that is located within the housing and is electrically connected to the acoustic component structure to provide a sound-associated signal to the acoustic component structure; and
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young-Bae Park, Joon-Rae Cho, Hyun-Ho Yu, Han-Bom Park, Byoung-Uk Yoon, Kyung-Hee Lee, Ho-Chul Hwang
  • Patent number: 10536621
    Abstract: To perform high-accurate correction while securing high-speed process, an image capturing apparatus comprises: an image capturing element having plural unit pixels; a first obtainer obtaining a pixel value of a first image generated by a first method, based on an output signal of the image capturing element; a second obtainer obtaining a pixel value of a second image for autofocus generated by a second method different from the first method, based on the output signal of the image capturing element; a first detector detecting a defective pixel based on the pixel value of the first image; a second detector detecting a defective pixel based on information of the defective pixel detected by the first detector and the pixel value of the second image; and a corrector correcting the second image, by correcting the pixel value of the second image corresponding to the defective pixel detected by the second detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toshiyuki Okubo
  • Patent number: 10527911
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes a touch detection unit that detects a touch operation on a touch panel, a selection unit that selects positions on a display unit via a touch operation on the touch panel, and a control unit that controls the selection unit, wherein, in a case where a touch position movement is performed on the touch panel, the control unit controls the selection unit to select, from among positions of a plurality of selective candidates on the display unit existing in a direction of the touch position movement from a starting position of the touch position movement to a touch position at a first timing, positions based on a touch position movement up to a second timing after the first timing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kento Inai
  • Patent number: 10521883
    Abstract: System and method for image turbulence correction includes: receiving a plurality of consecutive image frames; demosaicing previous, current and preceding image frames into a plurality of same size overlapping video tiles; determining a displacement of each of the video tiles; converting the video tiles of the current image frame, the previous image frame, and the plurality of preceding image frames into a frequency domain; iteratively processing the video tiles of the previous image frame, the current image frame and the plurality of preceding image frames for turbulence correction in the frequency domain; converting the turbulence corrected video tiles into a spatial domain, wherein the converted turbulence corrected video tiles form a single video frame tile including turbulence degradation correction; and mosaicing the single video frame tiles including turbulence degradation correction together to generate a full field of view turbulence correct video stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Matthew John Francis Hayes, Christopher J. Beardsley, David U. Fluckiger
  • Patent number: 10523871
    Abstract: An object of the invention is to provide an imaging system and an imaging control method that remove user discomfort in the display of an image associated with the adjustment of the direction of an optical axis of a pan tilt camera and improve visibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Daisuke Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10516834
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus provide for simulated, e.g., synthetic, aperture control. In some embodiments a user, after a camera autofocus or user selection of an object to focus on, sets a blur level and views the effect. Once the user controlled blur setting is complete, images are captured with the in-focus, e.g., autofocus, setting and other images are captured with the focus set to capture a blurred image based on the set blur level. In focus and out of focus images are captured in parallel using different camera modules in some embodiments. A composite image is generated by combining portions of one or more sharp and blurred images. Thus a user can capture portions of images with a desired level of blurriness without risking blurring other portions of an image while controlling how the captured images are combined to form a composite image with in-focus and blurred portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Light Labs Inc.
    Inventor: Sapna A. Shroff
  • Patent number: 10511785
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided to create high dynamic range images by passing an incoming image through a color-neutral separation prism having at least three channels to produce a corresponding number of full color fractionated images, each channel aligned with a corresponding image capturing device for which an ISO sensitivity is selected to simultaneously achieve a different exposure value for each fractionated image and image capturing device, referred to as exposure bracketing, and recombining the simultaneously collected fractionated images to create a high dynamic range image. The apparatus and methods may be used for still photography or motion pictures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Inventor: Paul A Wagner
  • Patent number: 10498954
    Abstract: The imaging device includes: an imaging unit that generates image data from the optical information input through an optical system unit; an image processor that performs a predetermined process to the image data; and a controller that controls the optical system unit, the imaging unit, and the image processor based on a set value relating to video capturing. The controller sets the set value to a corresponding value relating to the video capturing in each of a first and a second video mode, and automatically sets the set value in the second video mode to a value more suitable for recording a still image so that image quality of a still image in the second video mode is greater than image quality of a still image in the first video mode. The video in the second video mode is captured from start to end of a video recording.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsutomu Mukai, Yoshinori Okazaki
  • Patent number: 10495857
    Abstract: A large field-of-view (FOV) imaging apparatus includes a monocentric lens, and a plurality of imaging modules comprising digital mirror device(s) (DMD) arranged to form or arranged in proximity to a spherical focal surface in optical communication with the monocentric lens such that the monocentric lens directs light rays that enter the monocentric lens at a surface of the monocentric lens towards the spherical focal surface and into the imaging modules as a function of incident angle of each light ray relative to a reference plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventor: Erik L. Waldron
  • Patent number: 10498967
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus capable of, when a photometry is performed using an output of an image sensor, performing the photometry without being affected by a diaphragm of an image pickup optical system is provided. A mode is switched between a display mode in which an image according to the image signal which is an output of the image sensor is displayed as a live image and a non-display mode in which the live image is not displayed. In the display mode, a lower limit value of an accumulation time during which an electric charge is accumulated in the image sensor at a time of photometry is controlled to a first lower limit value. In the non-display mode, the lower limit value of the accumulation time is controlled to a second lower limit value lower than the first lower limit value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takashi Kosaka
  • Patent number: 10491843
    Abstract: A solid-state image pickup element as an embodiment includes: a plurality of pixels each including a sensor that generates pulses with a frequency based on a reception frequency of photons and a counter that counts the number of the pulses; and a setting portion that sets, in an exposure period, a state where the pulses are counted in the pixels and a state where the pulses are not counted in the pixels, with a timing based on an arbitrary pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hideki Ikedo
  • Patent number: 10481475
    Abstract: A smart lighting device includes a light source module, an image projection module and an ambient light sensing module. The image projection module is pivoted to the light source module, and the ambient light sensing module is electrically connected to the light source module and the image projection module. The ambient light sensing module is configured to sense a brightness value of ambient light. Brightness values of the light source module and the image projection module are adjusted according to the brightness value of the ambient light sensed by the ambient light sensing module. A control method for a smart lighting device is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Compal Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Ting-Wei Wu, Wei-Jun Wang, Chia-Min Liao, Tse-Hsun Pang, Wen-Yi Chiu, Po-Hsien Yang, Shi-Kuan Chen, Jui-Tsen Huang, Ming-Che Weng, Kun-Hsuan Chang, Yu-Hao Tseng, Hsin-Chieh Cheng
  • Patent number: 10469752
    Abstract: An imaging device includes: imaging lens displaceable in first and second directions in plane perpendicular to optical axis; actuator positioning the imaging lens in the first and second directions; position detector generating first and second position detection signals Hx and Hy, Hx including crosstalk component caused by displacing the imaging lens in the second direction, and Hy including crosstalk component caused by displacing the imaging lens in the first direction; crosstalk compensator correcting Hx and Hy to reduce crosstalk components included in Hx and Hy; and driver controlling the actuator based on corrected first and second position detection signals Hx? and Hy?, wherein when ratio of Hy to Hx while driving the imaging lens in the first direction is ? and ratio of Hx to Hy while driving the imaging lens in the second direction is ?, the crosstalk compensator reduces crosstalk components included in Hx and Hy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: ROHM CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Maede, Akihito Saito, Hiromichi Tanimukai, Yoshihiro Sekimoto
  • Patent number: 10462339
    Abstract: There is provided a solid state image capturing apparatus including an image capturing element for photoelectric converting an incident light; a light shielding filter for shielding a part of the incident light; and a metal plate partly having an opening for fixing the light shielding filter at a position for blocking the opening, an end of the opening of the metal plate being etched and antireflection treated. Also, a camera module and an electronic device are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Eiichiro Dobashi
  • Patent number: 10462394
    Abstract: An integration capacitor network for connection to a photo-current source includes: an input; a first path connected between the input and a reset voltage, the first path including a first integration capacitor and a first cascode transistor, the first cascode transistor coupled between the input and the first integration capacitor; and a second path connected between the input and the reset voltage, the second path including a second integration capacitor and a second cascode transistor, the second cascode transistor coupled between the input and the second integration capacitor. Gates of the first and second cascode transistors are connected to a reference voltage and charge is accumulated on the first integration capacitor until a voltage on the first integration capacitor exceeds the reference voltage and then charge is accumulated on the second integration capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: RAYTHEON COMPANY
    Inventor: Joshua J. Cantrell
  • Patent number: 10447916
    Abstract: A dual-camera focusing method and apparatus, and a terminal device are provided. A dual camera includes a first camera and a second camera. A resolution of the first camera is higher than a resolution of the second camera. The method includes the following operations. The second camera is used for focusing. When the second camera is in focus, a second driving current value of a motor of the second camera is obtained. With the first camera and the second camera having a same in-focus distance, a first driving current value of a motor of the first camera is determined according to the second driving current value. The first driving current value is used to focus the first camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventor: Yi Wei
  • Patent number: 10447927
    Abstract: An electronic device comprises: a motion detector configured to detect motion of the electronic device; a proximity detector configured to detect proximity of an object to the electronic device; a display unit; a memory; and at least one processor that function as: a control unit configured to control display preparatory processing for performing display on the display unit so as to start in response to predetermined motion of the electronic device being detected based on motion detected by the motion detector; and a display control unit configured to control display so as to be performed on the display unit in response to proximity of an object being detected by the proximity detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takayuki Hoshina
  • Patent number: 10436910
    Abstract: Optical apparatus includes a scanning line projector, which is configured to scan a line of radiation across a scene. A receiver includes an array of sensing elements, which are configured to output signals in response to the radiation that is incident thereon, and collection optics configured to image the scene onto the array, such that each sensing element receives the radiation reflected from a corresponding point in the scene. A processor is coupled to receive the signals output by the sensing elements, to identify respective times of passage of the scanned line across the points in the scene by comparing a time-dependent waveform of the signals from the corresponding sensing elements to an expected waveform, and to derive depth coordinates of the points in the scene from the respective times of passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Thierry Oggier, Scott T. Smith, Andrew Herrington
  • Patent number: 10440250
    Abstract: In a case where a recording medium having a communication function is used for a digital still camera, noise may be generated and superposed on data to be recorded if data transmission is performed in imaging. On the other hand, in a case where data is transmitted in response to a user's request from an external apparatus, communication interruption degrades usability. The digital still camera obtains a product name of the recording medium from the recording medium so as to specify a transmission mode. If an automatic transmission mode for spontaneously performing data transmission is specified, data transmission is interrupted when imaging instruction is issued and furthermore the communication function of the recording medium may be disabled. On the other hand, if a manual transmission mode for performing data transmission in response to a request is specified, a communication state is maintained even if an imaging instruction is issued.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Akihiko Ishizu