Patents Examined by James M. Hannett
  • Patent number: 11153464
    Abstract: An apparatus is described. The apparatus includes an execution lane array coupled to a two dimensional shift register array structure. Locations in the execution lane array are coupled to same locations in the two-dimensional shift register array structure such that different execution lanes have different dedicated registers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Ofer Shacham, Jason Rupert Redgrave, Albert Meixner, Qiuling Zhu, Daniel Frederic Finchelstein, David Patterson, Donald Stark
  • Patent number: 11153487
    Abstract: An image capture device may include a microphone, a vibration sensor, and a processor. The microphone may obtain a microphone signal that includes an acoustic signal portion and a mechanical noise portion. The vibration sensor may obtain a vibration signal. The processor may upsample the vibration signal. The processor may determine a correlation value. The correlation value may be based on the microphone signal, the upsampled vibration signal, or both. The processor may determine filter coefficients. The filter coefficients may be determined on a condition that the correlation value is above a threshold. The filter coefficient may be based on the upsampled vibration signal. The processor may filter the vibration signal based on the filter coefficients to remove the mechanical noise portion and obtain a processed microphone signal. The processor may output the processed microphone signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Dick, Eric Penrod, Erich Tisch
  • Patent number: 11134188
    Abstract: An electronic device, method, and computer program product provide detecting entry of an image capturing device of the electronic device into an image capture mode. In response to detecting entry, a controller of the electronic device detects, via at least one of: (i) the image capturing device; and (ii) the microphone, a first external input that alerts a subject that an image of the subject is about to be captured by the image capturing device. In response to detecting the first external input, the controller enables the electronic device to monitor for detection by one of: (i) the image capturing device; and (ii) the microphone of a second external input. The second external input is associated with the subject being ready to have an image of the subject captured. In response to detecting the second external input, the controller activates recording of image data via the image capturing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Zhengping Ji, Olivier D. Meirhaeghe, Rachid Alameh, Amit Kumar Agrawal
  • Patent number: 11128800
    Abstract: An image blur correction device includes an acceleration sensor, an angular velocity sensor, and a system control unit that calculates rotational acceleration components which are included in detected accelerations and are generated by rotation of a digital camera around a rotation axis parallel to an optical axis, and corrects blurs of the captured image signal in directions based on accelerations obtained by subtracting the rotational acceleration components from the accelerations detected by the acceleration sensor. The system control unit selects one of rotation axes based on a usage state of the digital camera, and calculates the rotational acceleration components generated by the rotation of the digital camera around the selected rotation axis based on an angular velocity and distances in the directions from the selected rotation axis to the acceleration sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Koichi Tanaka, Fuminori Irie, Junya Kitagawa, Kouhei Awazu
  • Patent number: 11122226
    Abstract: An imaging unit of an imaging apparatus comprises an imaging element having a plurality of photoelectric conversion units that converts an optical image of an object formed by an imaging optical system into an image signal. A focus detection unit reads out a plurality of image signals that has been pupil-split by the imaging element and performs focus detection. If an accumulation time of the imaging element or a signal-to-noise ratio of the image signal changes, a system control unit controls a readout line that obtains the image signals in a focus detection region with respect to the imaging unit to change the readout line of focus detection pixels in accordance with an accumulation time or a sensitivity setting of the imaging element. In a low shutter speed and a high sensitivity, the readout control of the image signal is performed by reducing the number of readout lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toshiyuki Okubo
  • Patent number: 11122212
    Abstract: An image recording method (2) and an image recording apparatus (1) are provided for recording a sequence of individual images of a scene (3), wherein, in a first control loop (6), an exposure parameter (8) is set in dependence on a respective brightness value (21) of an individual image, wherein the scene (3) is illuminated using an illumination device (4), wherein, in a second control loop (7), a maximum value (10) of a control range (9) of the exposure parameter (8) in the first control loop (6) is set, wherein the setting of the maximum value (10) is effected in dependence on an exposure variable (11), which indirectly stands for an expected quantity of light incident on an image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Schölly Fiberoptic GmbH
    Inventor: Joachim Jauss
  • Patent number: 11115609
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a solid-state imaging apparatus and a driving method that can perform imaging at lower power consumption. By providing the solid-state imaging apparatus including a pixel array section on which a plurality of SPAD pixels is two-dimensionally arranged, in which in a case where illuminance becomes first illuminance higher than reference illuminance, a part of the SPAD pixels of the plurality of pixels arranged on the pixel array section is thinned, it is possible to image at lower power consumption. The present technology can be applied to an image sensor, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventor: Fumiaki Sano
  • Patent number: 11108944
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus comprises at least one processor which function as: an obtaining unit configured to obtain one or more images; and a display control unit configured to display the one or more images on a display in a different display mode and to superimpose, on an image, information indicating a defocus range of the image on a basis of the display mode and defocus information. The display control unit changes, depending on whether a first number of images are displayed or a second number of images are displayed, displaying that uses information indicating a defocus range of focus or non-focus and information indicating a defocus range in which a focus position is changeable or a defocus range of a case where an aperture value is changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kenji Onuki
  • Patent number: 11108962
    Abstract: A control apparatus includes a detector configured to detect a moving amount of an object image on an imaging plane based on shake information acquired from a shake detector and motion vector information acquired from an image signal, a calculator configured to calculate an object angular velocity based on the moving amount of the object image, the motion vector information, and a cycle of acquiring the object image, and a corrector configured to perform an image stabilization based on the object angular velocity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hitoshi Miyazawa
  • Patent number: 11102397
    Abstract: A method for capturing images, a terminal, and a computer-readable storage medium are provided, relating to the technical filed of electronics. The method includes the following. A preview image is acquired through a capturing component of a terminal and an exposure parameter value corresponding to the preview image is acquired, when the capturing component is enabled. An image capturing parameter value in a current blurred scene is forecasted according to the preview image, the exposure parameter value, and an image capturing parameter related pre-trained forecasting model with an image data parameter, an exposure parameter, and an image capturing parameter as variables, where an image capturing parameter in the current blurred scene includes the number of images for synthesis. An image is captured according to the image capturing parameter value forecasted, upon receiving a capturing instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventor: Yan Chen
  • Patent number: 11092774
    Abstract: A lens apparatus used by attaching to an image capturing apparatus comprising one or more processors and/or circuitry which functions as: a vibration detector that detects vibration; a receiver that receives first motion information and reliability information from the image capturing apparatus; an acquisition unit that acquires a correction amount based on second motion information converted from the first motion information using information of the lens apparatus, the vibration detected by the vibration detector, and the reliability information; and an image stabilization unit that performs image stabilization control based on the correction amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shunichiro Ikeda
  • Patent number: 11095762
    Abstract: A display is provided and includes a screen and an image or video capture device. The screen has a total surface area and an interactive area. The interactive area occupies a substantial entirety of the total surface area and is configured to display information and to be interacted with by a user. The image or video capture device is embedded beneath a section of the screen in a portion of the interactive area. The image or video capture device is configured to capture images and videos through the section of the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Adaoha Onyekwelu
  • Patent number: 11095820
    Abstract: A micro-electrical-mechanical system (MEMS) actuator configured to provide multi-axis movement, the micro-electrical-mechanical system (MEMS) actuator including: a first portion, a second portion, wherein the first portion and the second portion are displaceable with respect to each other, and a locking assembly configured to releasably couple the first portion and the second portion to attenuate displacement between the first portion and the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: MEMS Drive, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaolei Liu, Matthew Ng, Guiqin Wang
  • Patent number: 11089251
    Abstract: An image sensor of a photon counting type that suppresses a reduction in the efficiency of photon detection dependent on a pixel position, is disclosed. The image sensor comprising a pixel region in which a plurality of pixels are arrayed in a matrix, each pixel including a photoelectric conversion region and an avalanche breakdown region. In a plan view of a pixel, a size of the avalanche breakdown region is smaller than a size of the photoelectric conversion region. In addition, at least some of pixels arranged in a peripheral region of the pixel region, the avalanche breakdown region is formed such that a position thereof is shifted with respect to a position of the avalanche breakdown region in pixels arranged in a central region of the pixel region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hideki Ikedo, Hirokazu Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 11082650
    Abstract: An image capturing device includes an image sensor and processing circuitry. The processing circuitry calculates a pixel value fluctuation amount as a fluctuation amount of each of the pixel values; calculates a line fluctuation amount as an average value of N pixel value fluctuation amounts of N pixels; calculates a variance value of the N pixel value fluctuation amounts from the N pixel value fluctuation amounts and the line fluctuation amount; calculates a movement adaptive weight based on the variance value; calculates a line fluctuation noise correction amount, corresponding to each of the pixel values outputted from the image sensor, from the line fluctuation amount and the movement adaptive weight; and corrects each of the pixel values outputted from the image sensor by using the line fluctuation noise correction amount and thereby generates an image signal after the correction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshiki Fujino, Kohei Kurihara, Koichi Yamashita, Daisuke Suzuki
  • Patent number: 11082648
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes a first pixel, a second pixel, a controller, and a correction circuit. The first pixel has a first photoelectric conversion portion. The second pixel has a second photoelectric conversion portion. The controller controls to output a first signal based on reset release of the first pixel and a second signal based on reset release of the second pixel in a first period, and to output a third signal based on photoelectric conversion of the first pixel and a fourth signal based on reset release of the second pixel in a second period. The correction circuit corrects a difference between the third signal and the first signal, using a difference between the fourth signal and the second signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kimihiro Masuyama
  • Patent number: 11082619
    Abstract: An imaging device, comprising a movement range restriction section, that, at the time of shooting standby, when rotating the image sensor based on detection result from an angular speed detection sensor or calculation result from a horizontal angle calculation section, restricts a region in which the image sensor is capable of moving to a first region that includes a central region of the optical axis of a photographing optical system, so as to maximize an angular range in which the image sensor can rotate, wherein, based on an instruction of a shooting instruction interface, the movement range restriction section sets a range in which the image sensor is capable of moving to a second region that includes the first region, and that is wider than at the time of shooting standby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Akira Yukitake, Yuki Mishio, Takuya Kobayashi, Takeshi Suzuki, Keiji Kunishige
  • Patent number: 11071650
    Abstract: An exemplary eyewear system includes a user interface and a composite lens. A first layer of the composite lens changes opacity in response to a signal. A second layer of the composite lens is a transparent display. The eyewear system further includes a camera, a processing device, and a memory. The processing device receives input via the user interface and, in response to the received input, sends a signal to the first layer of the composite lens to change the opacity of the first layer to cause the composite lens to be at least partially opaque, activates the camera, enhances video feed captured by the camera to increase the contrast of at least a portion of each of a plurality of frames of the video feed, and displays the enhanced video feed in real time using the second layer of the composite lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Inventor: Mario Iobbi
  • Patent number: 11076074
    Abstract: A camera module comprising: a housing; a lens assembly that is fixed to the housing and comprises at least one lens; a circuit board that is arranged inside the housing and comprises a first circuit board and a second circuit board, on which image sensors arranged to face the lens are mounted, respectively; and a first shield can arranged inside the housing so as to support edges of the first and second circuit boards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: JeKyung Park
  • Patent number: 11064114
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus capable of achieving an excellent image quality while obtaining an effect of correction and suppressing side effects caused by correction processing is provided. This image processing apparatus sets a correction value for correcting a deterioration in an image quality due to characteristics of an image optical system, based on lens characteristic information about the image optical system, and performs image processing using the correction value on an image. In an area corresponding to a range where incident light having passed through the image optical system does not reach, a limit to a level for the correction value is set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takashi Akahane