Patents Examined by James Hannett
  • Patent number: 10194066
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided that includes a first cover defining one surface, a second cover defining an opposite surface, and a camera assembly of which at least a portion is arranged in a space between the first cover and the second cover. The camera assembly includes a metal plate arranged substantially parallel to the first cover, a printed circuit board arranged between the first cover and the metal plate, the printed circuit board having an opening arranged substantially at a center, and at least one through-hole arranged outside the opening, an image sensor arranged in the opening and attached to the metal plate, a lens assembly arranged adjacent to the image sensor, and a side surface that surrounds at least a portion of the image sensor and the lens assembly. At least a portion of the side surface passes through the through-hole to be connected to the metal plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hwa-Joong Jung, Sung-Goo Her, Hyung-Jin Rho
  • Patent number: 10187584
    Abstract: Described are examples for generating a high dynamic range image from a plurality of images. A plurality of images of a real world scene can be obtained from one or more image sensors, wherein at least two of the plurality of images are captured based on different intensity parameters. Intensity information for the real world scene can be determined based at least in part on processing the at least two of the plurality of images. A high dynamic range image corresponding to the real world scene can be generated based at least in part on adding the intensity information to pixels of at least one of the plurality of images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Naveen Thumpudi, Louis-Philippe Bourret
  • Patent number: 10187597
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an active pixel sensor circuit, a driving method, and an image sensor. The active pixel sensor circuit comprises a photosensitive device, a first storage capacitor, a second storage capacitor and a source follower transistor. The active pixel sensor circuit further comprises a reset sub-circuit, a charging control sub-circuit, a compensation control sub-circuit, a signal-reading control sub-circuit. The charging control sub-circuit controls a second pole of the photosensitive device to be connected to a second terminal of the second storage capacitor during the reset phase and the charging phase, and controls the gate of the source follower transistor to be connected to a second pole of the source follower transistor during the charging phase. The compensation control sub-circuit controls the second terminal of the second storage capacitor to be connected to a second terminal of the first storage capacitor during the reset phase and the compensation phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., BEIJING BOE OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shengji Yang, Xue Dong, Hailin Xue, Xiaochuan Chen, Haisheng Wang, Yingming Liu, Weijie Zhao, Xiaoliang Ding, Chunlei Wang, Wei Li, Zebin Sun
  • Patent number: 10182183
    Abstract: A method for obtaining a refocused image from 4D raw light field data for a given focus plane value g is described. The method is executed by an electronic device and is remarkable in that it comprises determining at least one pixel value, for at least one color component, of the refocused image at coordinates (k, l)?N2. The at least one projected pixel value with coordinates comprised in a neighborhood of said coordinates (k, l), for the at least one color component is determined, weighted and updated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Neus Sabater, Benoit Vandame, Matthieu Hog, Valter Drazic
  • Patent number: 10176637
    Abstract: A device can receive live video of a real-world, physical environment on a touch sensitive surface. One or more objects can be identified in the live video. An information layer can be generated related to the objects. In some implementations, the information layer can include annotations made by a user through the touch sensitive surface. The information layer and live video can be combined in a display of the device. Data can be received from one or more onboard sensors indicating that the device is in motion. The sensor data can be used to synchronize the live video and the information layer as the perspective of video camera view changes due to the motion. The live video and information layer can be shared with other devices over a communication link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Apple, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett C. Bilbrey, Nicholas V. King, Aleksandar Pance
  • Patent number: 10165169
    Abstract: The present invention provides an image processing package comprising: an image sensor for receiving an image of a subject, which is incident from the outside, in the form of light and converting the image of the subject into an image signal; and an image signal processor for processing the image signal which is output from the image sensor and reproducing the image of the subject, wherein the image processing package has a structure in which the image sensor is vertically stacked on the image signal processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: SK Hynix Inc.
    Inventors: Huy Chan Jung, Heui-Gyun Ahn, Sang Wook Ahn, Yong Woon Lee
  • Patent number: 10154217
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes an imaging unit that captures an image of a subject and outputs imaging signals; an image signal generation unit that generates image signals indicative of images to be displayed in respective lines of a display unit based on the imaging signals, and outputs the generated image signals to the display unit; and a timing control unit that controls timings, in which the image signal generation unit outputs the image signals, based on an output completion signals indicative of lines corresponding to the image signals, which are completely output from the image signal generation unit to the display unit, and write completion signals indicative of lines corresponding to the image signals which are generated by the image signal generation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Ryuichi Shiohara
  • Patent number: 10148885
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving a user input, the user input representing a request to begin capturing a multimedia content item. The method also includes, in response to the user input, initiating the capturing of the multimedia content item. The method also includes, after the capturing is complete, presenting a plurality of media types to select from. The method further includes receiving a selection of one of the media types. The method also includes, in response to the received selection, encoding one or more portions of the captured multimedia content item in accordance with the media-type selection to produce a corresponding encoded media object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Alexander Miller, Leo Litterello Mancini
  • Patent number: 10136038
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a lens bracket assembly for supporting an imaging device. The imaging device includes a body and a lens connected to the body. The lens bracket assembly includes a supporting plate and a bracket. The supporting plate is used for mounting the imaging device, and the supporting plate includes a first side. The bracket includes a supporting portion of which the shape matches the lens of the imaging device and a fixing portion connected with the supporting portion. The fixing portion is fixedly arranged at the first side. The supporting portion is used for supporting the lens. The present invention further relates to a gimbal that uses the lens bracket assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: SZ DJI OSMO TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Paul Pan, Xi feng Zhao, Yan chong Zhao
  • Patent number: 10133932
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes an image acquisition unit, an image recognition unit, a character information acquisition unit, and a communication unit. The image acquisition unit acquires an image. The image recognition unit recognizes image characteristic information acquired by the image acquisition unit. The character information acquisition unit acquires character information from the characteristic information recognized by the image recognition unit. The communication unit communicates the character information acquired by the character information acquisition unit to a guide information retrieval device that retrieves guide information from the character information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akinobu Sato, Takashi Suzuki, Yoichi Yoshida, Osamu Nonaka
  • Patent number: 10116891
    Abstract: An electronic device disclosed herein includes a first integrated circuit die having formed therein photodiodes and readout circuitry for the photodiodes, with the readout circuitry including output pads exposed on a surface of the first integrated circuit die. A second integrated circuit die has formed therein storage capacitor structures for the photodiodes and digital circuitry for performing image processing on data stored in the storage capacitor structures, with the storage capacitor structures including input pads exposed on a surface of the second integrated circuit die. The first and second integrated circuit die are in a face to face arrangement such that the output pads of the first integrated circuit die face the input pads of the second integrated circuit die. An interconnect couples the output pads of the first integrated circuit die to the input pads of the second integrated circuit die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics (Research & Development) Limited
    Inventor: Jeffrey M. Raynor
  • Patent number: 10104317
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present application disclose various super-resolution image acquisition methods and acquisition apparatuses, wherein a super-resolution image acquisition method comprises: determining sub-pixel level target offset distances of corresponding logic pixel points in respective to-be-adjusted regions of image sensors of any two adjacent cameras of a camera array, the respective to-be-adjusted regions being imaging regions of the image sensors respectively corresponding to a first region, and the first region being at least a local part of a scene; adjusting pixel point distribution of image sensors of respective cameras in the camera array according to the sub-pixel level target offset distances; acquiring images of the scene respectively based on the cameras after adjustment; and acquiring a super-resolution image of the scene according to the acquired images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: BEIJING ZHIGU TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Liang Zhou, Lin Du
  • Patent number: 10104312
    Abstract: A mobile terminal including a wireless communication processor configured to provide wireless communication; a display; a first camera configured to capture a still image and a second camera configured to capture a video image at overlapping capturing times in a preset simultaneous shooting mode; and a controller configured to in response to a preset user input, generate a composite image including the still image captured by the first camera and the video image captured by the second camera, and display the composite image on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hyomin Eum, Younghoon Song, Seongeun Kim, Jinseong Lee
  • Patent number: 10097781
    Abstract: An analog-to-digital conversion method may include: generating an initial comparison signal by comparing a pixel signal of a comparison column to a pixel signal of an adjacent column; generating a control signal for selecting a ramp signal according to the generated initial comparison signal; and performing data conversion by comparing the ramp signal selected according to the generated control signal to a difference between adjacent first and second pixel signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: SK Hynix Inc.
    Inventor: Tae-Gyu Kim
  • Patent number: 10091441
    Abstract: A method for capturing an image from an image sensor having a plurality of sensing elements includes receiving a first group of image signals from a first portion of the plurality of sensing elements using at least a first binned read mode; receiving a second group of image signals from a second portion of the plurality of sensing elements using a non-binned read mode; generating a first image based on at least the first group of image signals and the second group of image signals; and generating a second image based on the second group of image signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Malcolm J. Northcott
  • Patent number: 10075640
    Abstract: An electronic device including a motion sensor and motion correction circuitry. The motion sensor detects motion of the electronic device and outputs motion information based on the detected motion. The motion correction circuitry corrects raw domain image data, received from an image sensor that has a block-based analog-to-digital converter architecture, based on the motion information. The corrected image data is output in a same raw domain image data format as the uncorrected raw domain image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Ping Wah Wong
  • Patent number: 10073322
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus, comprises an image sensor having a focus detection pixel; a focus detection unit configured to perform focus detection, by using a signal from the focus detection pixel; a focus adjustment unit configured to control focus adjustment of an imaging lens; a lock unit configured to lock the focus adjustment of the imaging lens; and a control unit configured to control so as to, if the focus adjustment of the imaging lens is caused to transition from a locked state to a state where the focus adjustment lock is cancelled in continuous shooting, temporarily cause the continuous shooting to stop, and, after performing the focus adjustment of the imaging lens and confirming that the imaging lens has focused on the subject, restart the continuous shooting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yasutaka Naka
  • Patent number: 10070036
    Abstract: A communication apparatus includes a first wireless communication unit, a second wireless communication unit, a control unit that remotely controls an imaging apparatus in a mode selected from among a plurality of modes including a first mode for remotely controlling the imaging apparatus via the first wireless communication unit and a second mode for remotely controlling the imaging apparatus via the second wireless communication unit, a display unit, wherein the control unit controls the display unit to display an item for inputting an instruction to cause the imaging apparatus to capture an image, wherein, in the first mode, the control unit controls the display unit to display the item in a first size, and wherein, in the second mode, the control unit controls the display unit to display the item in a second size that is larger than the first size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Torikai
  • Patent number: 10070085
    Abstract: Provided are an image sensor and an image capturing apparatus including the image sensor. The image sensor includes a pixel array including: multiple sensing pixels outputting image signals respectively corresponding to intensities of incident light; and at least one pair of focusing pixels that are adjacent each other, and each outputting a phase difference of the incident light as a focusing signal; wherein each focusing pixel includes: a semiconductor layer including a photodetecting device accumulating electric charges generated according to absorbed light from among the incident light; a wiring layer formed on a first surface of the semiconductor layer and including wirings; a planarization layer having a first surface on a second surface of the semiconductor layer; a shielding layer formed in the planarization layer to block some of the incident light to be incident to the photodetecting device; and a color filter layer and a micro lens layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Eun-sub Shim, Seung-sik Kim, Kang-sun Lee, Moo-sup Lim
  • Patent number: 10070045
    Abstract: There is provided an image processing apparatus including a display configured to display a captured image and a representative icon, wherein the representative icon indicates a range of a focus area of the displayed image and the range encompasses a center of focus point located at an initial position within the displayed image, and a processor configured to adjust the range of the focus area of the displayed image according to a size of the representative icon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Katsuhisa Ito, Atsushi Miyamoto, Kengo Hayasaka, Hironori Mori