Patents Examined by Jason A Flohre
  • Patent number: 11405521
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided. The electronic device includes a housing, a wireless communication circuit, a camera configured to generate raw image data, at least one processor, and a memory. The memory stores instructions configured, when executed, to enable the processor to process first image data corresponding to raw image data via a first algorithm and generate second image data, process the first image data or the second image data via a second algorithm and generate third image data, the second algorithm being different from the first algorithm, generate a first file including the second image data and the third image data, receive priority information from an external electronic device via the wireless communication circuit, generate a second file including the second image data and the third image data based on the priority information, and transmit the second file via the wireless communication circuit to the external electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jongbum Choi, Kihuk Lee, Jungeun Lee, Hyungju Chun, Sungoh Kim, Youngjo Kim, Hyunhee Park, Arang Lee, Sungjun Lim, Changsu Han
  • Patent number: 11375132
    Abstract: The imaging apparatus of the present invention determines the cumulative amount of motion amounts of the object between frames of multiple pieces of image data, which are captured by a second imaging device, and starts the exposure for the image data for a first frame by the first imaging device in accordance with a result of comparison between the cumulative amount and a first threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hironori Kaida
  • Patent number: 11363211
    Abstract: Provided are an image generation control device, an image generation control method, and an image generation control program that are capable of generating an image of an object to be imaged positioned in a vicinity of an imaging-hindering light source with high precision. In an image generation control device, based on luminance variation within a target area including the imaging-hindering light source and the object to be imaged, a calculation unit calculates an expected light-off period during which the imaging-hindering light source is turned off. An image-capturing control unit, by setting an exposure period of an image-capturing unit within the expected light-off period calculated by the calculation unit, makes the image-capturing unit capture an image including the target area within the expected light-off period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: JVCKENWOOD CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hisashi Koiso
  • Patent number: 11363188
    Abstract: One aspect of this disclosure includes a method for operating a head-mounted display system that includes an imaging device. The method includes receiving an indication that an ambient light condition in an environment is below a lighting threshold. Responsive to the low lighting condition, an amount of motion of the head-mounted display relative to the environment is determined based on one or more signals received from an inertial measurement unit included in the head-mounted display system. An exposure time, frame rate, and a pixel-binning mode are automatically selected for the imaging device based on the determined amount of motion. Imagery is captured from the environment using the automatically selected exposure time, frame rate, and pixel-binning mode for the imaging device. The captured imagery is then displayed at the head-mounted display system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Raymond Kirk Price, Christopher Douglas Edmonds, Michael Bleyer, Donald John Patrick O'Neil
  • Patent number: 11356611
    Abstract: An image capture apparatus comprising an image sensor is disclosed. When an instruction to shoot a still image has been detected when executing a live view display, the image capture apparatus shoots the still image preferentially, while repeatedly displaying a same image during a period in which the live view display cannot be updated. The image capture apparatus reduces a luminance and/or changes a tone of the image that is repeatedly displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasushi Ohwa, Kazunori Takayama, Minoru Sakaida, Yuji Omori, Takumi Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 11336821
    Abstract: Provided are a camera system, a camera, an interchangeable lens, and a compatibility determination method of a camera system capable of simply and quickly determining compatibility between the camera and the interchangeable lens. An eleventh contact (CC11) provided in a camera (10) and an eleventh contact (LC11) provided in an interchangeable lens (100) are composed of contacts in which an open drain output is possible. In a case where the camera (10) supports a specific function, the eleventh contact (CC11) on a camera-side is set to a first polarity. In a case where the camera (10) does not support the specific function, the eleventh contact (CC11) on the camera side is set to a second polarity. In a case where the interchangeable lens (100) supports the specific function, the eleventh contact (LC11) on an interchangeable lens-side is set to the first polarity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Kenshi Imamura
  • Patent number: 11330202
    Abstract: To reduce power consumption in a solid-state image sensor that measures a time. The solid-state image sensor includes a count unit, a count control unit, a clock unit, and an estimation unit. The count unit counts the number of times a photon has been incident within a predetermined exposure period, and outputs a count value. The count control unit performs control to stop the count unit and performs a request of time information in a case where the count value has reached a predetermined value before the predetermined exposure period elapses. The clock unit measures a time and outputs the time information in response to the request. The estimation unit estimates the number of incident times of a photon within the predetermined exposure period on the basis of the output time information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuhisa Tochigi, Takafumi Takatsuka, Hongbo Zhu
  • Patent number: 11330153
    Abstract: In some examples, a method comprises receiving pixel data from an image capture device having a color filter, wherein the pixel data represents a portion of an image. The method further includes performing wavelet decomposition on the pixel data to produce decomposed pixel data and determining a local intensity of the pixel data. The method also includes determining a noise threshold value based on the local intensity and a noise intensity function that is based on the color filter; determining a noise value for the pixel data based on the decomposed pixel data and the noise threshold value; and correcting the pixel data based on the noise value to produce an output image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Texas Instmments Incorporated
    Inventors: Gang Hua, Mihir Narendra Mody, Rajasekhar Reddy Allu, Niraj Nandan, Shashank Dabral
  • Patent number: 11330192
    Abstract: An acquisition method includes: acquiring a first image without a flicker band; acquiring a second image with the flicker band; generating a third image of an extracted flicker band based; determining a division method of dividing the third image; dividing the third image into a plurality of areas based on the division method; calculating brightness of each area of the third image; acquiring at least one of a brightest value of the brightness and a darkest value of the brightness; acquiring peak timing of the flicker; calculating the number of frames captured by an image sensor to detect the peak timing; causing the image sensor to continuously capture images to generate a plurality of pieces of image data; acquiring the first image from the plurality of pieces of image data; and acquiring the second image from the plurality of pieces of image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Masatoshi Noda
  • Patent number: 11320651
    Abstract: One aspect disclosed is a method including determining a location from a positioning system receiver, determining, using a hardware processor and the location, that the location is approaching a path of direction of visual direction information, displaying the visual direction information on a display of a wearable device in response to the determining, determining, using the positioning system receiver, whether the turn of the visual direction information has been made, determining, by the hardware processor, a first period of time for display of the content data based on whether the turn of the visual direction information has been made, powering on the display and displaying, using the display, content data for the first period of time, turning off the display and the hardware processor following display of the content data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Alex Bamberger, Peter Brook, Nicolas Dahlquist, Matthew Hanover, Russell Douglas Patton, Jonathan M Rodriguez, II
  • Patent number: 11323640
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for a tetracell image sensor that performs diamond binning to process image data. An image sensor includes a pixel array and a converting circuit, where the pixel array includes pixel sets arranged in a row direction and a column direction, outputs a first signal generated from a first pixel set of the pixel sets, and outputs a second signal generated from a second pixel set of the pixel sets. The converting circuit performs binning based on the first signal and the second signal to generate a first binning signal. Each of the first pixel set and the second pixel set includes pixel sensors adjacent to each other, and the first pixel set and the second pixel set are located at different rows and different columns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Moo Young Kim, Minho Kwon, Dongki Min, Seonghye Park, Eunjik Yi
  • Patent number: 11317019
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus includes an image capturing portion, a controller to perform image processing to obtain a feature value from image data, and a storage device to accumulate the image data. In an image capturing period of capturing an image of the target object by the image capturing portion, the controller transmits a result of the image processing to a data management server while accumulating the captured image data the storage device, while in an image capturing suspension period of not performing image capturing, the controller transmits the image data accumulated in the storage device to the data management server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toshihiko Mimura
  • Patent number: 11310452
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a solid-state imaging device and an electronic apparatus which make it possible to improve pixel property. Provided is a solid-state imaging device, including a first electrode formed on a semiconductor layer, a photoelectric conversion layer formed on the first electrode, a second electrode formed on the photoelectric conversion layer, and a third electrode disposed between the first electrode and an adjacent first electrode, and electrically insulated. A voltage of the third electrode is controlled to a voltage corresponding to a detection result which contributes to control of discharge of charges or assist for transfer of charges. The present technology can be applied to, for example, a CMOS image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuji Uesugi, Fumihiko Koga, Keisuke Hatano
  • Patent number: 11310416
    Abstract: There is provided a control device that controls a moving apparatus to which an image capturing apparatus including a zoom lens is mounted, the device comprising: an obtaining unit configured to obtain lens information including information pertaining to a zoom position of the zoom lens; and a control unit configured to control movement of the moving apparatus based on the lens information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroyasu Morita
  • Patent number: 11310436
    Abstract: Systems and methods for moving image capture from video displays that use pulse width modulation (PWM) control are disclosed. In particular, systems and methods for synchronizing display and camera timing so as to reduce or eliminate artifacts appearing in the captured moving images due to unsynchronized interaction between camera shutter/exposure timing and the timing of the display PWM control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: H2V4 Holdco, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Hochman, Christopher S. Byrne
  • Patent number: 11310451
    Abstract: An apparatus includes an image sensor having a plurality of pixels that form regions of interest (ROIs), analog-to-digital converter (ADC) banks, and multiplexers. Each respective multiplexer is electrically connected to (i) a corresponding ADC bank and (ii) a corresponding subset of the ROIs. The apparatus also includes control circuitry configured to obtain a full-resolution image of an environment by electrically connecting, by way of the multiplexers, each respective ADC bank to the associated respective ROI. The control circuitry is also configured to select a particular ROI based on the full-resolution image and obtain a plurality of ROI images of the particular ROI by (i) electrically connecting, to the particular ROI, a first ADC bank associated with the particular ROI and a second ADC bank associated with another ROI and (ii) digitizing pixels of the particular ROI by way of parallel operation of the first and second ADC banks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Lucian Ion, Nirav Dharia, Vlad Cardei
  • Patent number: 11303811
    Abstract: A camera comprises a lens assembly coupled to an event-sensor, the lens assembly being configured to focus a light field onto a surface of the event-sensor, the event-sensor surface comprising a plurality of light sensitive-pixels, each of which cause an event to be generated when there is a change in light intensity greater than a threshold amount incident on the pixel. The camera further includes an actuator which can be triggered to cause a change in the light field incident on the surface of the event-sensor and to generate a set of events from a sub-set of pixels distributed across the surface of the event-sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: FotoNation Limited
    Inventor: Piotr Stec
  • Patent number: 11303869
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus has: a WB processing circuit that performs a plurality of kinds of WB processing for an input image that is undeveloped and captured by an image capturing element in which pixels of a plurality of colors are arranged in a mosaic pattern under a predetermined rule; filter circuits that perform color interpolation processing by referring to the input image and a signal subjected to WB processing and generate images of respective color signals whose color ratio is equivalent to that of the input image; and resizing circuits that resize the generated images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kaori Tajima
  • Patent number: 11297252
    Abstract: A signal processing apparatus and a signal processing method that process a signal to control exposure timing of an image sensor, and an imaging device are provided. The signal processing apparatus includes a first adjustment unit that adjusts exposure density in an exposure period, and a second adjustment unit that adjusts a start time and an end time of exposure in a frame period, and provides a control signal to control exposure timing by the exposure density between the start time and the end time, to an image sensor including a mechanism to accumulate photoelectrically converted charge a plurality of times separately and then AD-convert and read out total charge, to allow acquisition of a flicker-free high dynamic range image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shun Kaizu
  • Patent number: 11294145
    Abstract: An imaging device derives a change amount of image magnification corresponding to each of a plurality of F-numbers in an autofocus area on the basis of a reference value of the change amount of the image magnification in accordance with a change in position of a focus lens for each of the plurality of F-numbers, in a case where autofocus is executed; determines, as a limit F-number, an F-number corresponding to any change amount equal to or less than a threshold value of the allowed change amount of the image magnification among the derived change amounts; and sets an F-number as the limit F-number in a case where the F-number obtained from a subject luminance in a case where autofocus is executed exceeds the determined limit F-number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Akihiro Uchida, Koichi Tanaka, Kenkichi Hayashi, Shinichiro Fujiki, Seiichi Izawa