Patents Examined by Jason Flohre
  • Patent number: 10708562
    Abstract: An image processing circuit includes a gain calculation circuit and a digital amplifier. The gain calculation circuit calculates a first gain with which an average color-difference value in a whole region of a pickup image is brought close to a predetermined convergent point. The digital amplifier performs correction of a white balance of a pixel of the pickup image with a candidate pixel that is of a first candidate pixel calculated based on the first gain and a second candidate pixel calculated based on a second gain associated with each of divided regions and in which a color-difference component is closer to the predetermined convergent point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corporation
    Inventor: Akira Moriya
  • Patent number: 10706892
    Abstract: The invention relates to systems, methods, and computer readable media for responding to a user snapshot request by capturing anticipatory pre-snapshot image data as well as post-snapshot image data. The captured information may be used, depending upon the embodiment, to create archival image information and image presentation information that is both useful and pleasing to a user. The captured information may automatically be trimmed or edited to facilitate creating an enhanced image, such as a moving still image. Varying embodiments of the invention offer techniques for trimming and editing based upon the following: exposure, brightness, focus, white balance, detected motion of the camera, substantive image analysis, detected sound, image metadata, and/or any combination of the foregoing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Claus Molgaard, Brett M. Keating, George E. Williams, Marco Zuliani, Vincent Y. Wong, Frank Doepke, Ethan J. Tira-Thompson
  • Patent number: 10701253
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure provide systems and methods for motion capture to generate content (e.g., motion pictures, television programming, videos, etc.). An actor or other performing being can have multiple markers on his or her face that are essentially invisible to the human eye, but that can be clearly captured by camera systems of the present disclosure. Embodiments can capture the performance using two different camera systems, each of which can observe the same performance but capture different images of that performance. For instance, a first camera system can capture the performance within a first light wavelength spectrum (e.g., visible light spectrum), and a second camera system can simultaneously capture the performance in a second light wavelength spectrum different from the first spectrum (e.g., invisible light spectrum such as the IR light spectrum). The images captured by the first and second camera systems can be combined to generate content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventors: John Knoll, Leandro Estebecorena, Stephane Grabli, Per Karefelt, Pablo Helman, John M. Levin
  • Patent number: 10694108
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes an angular velocity sensor that detects a shake and a motion vector detection unit that detects a motion of a subject, and optically corrects an image blur by moving a shift lens. In a mode for supporting panning imaging, a shutter speed calculation unit calculates first and second exposure times as an exposure time of an imaging element. The first exposure time is calculated using a shake detection signal, a motion amount of a subject image, a focal distance of an imaging optical system, and a set value of a flow effect of a background image. The second exposure time is calculated from the shake detection signal, the motion amount of the subject image, a position and a maximum correction angle of a shift lens. If the first exposure time exceeds the second exposure time, processing of preferentially determining the second exposure time is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hitoshi Miyazawa
  • Patent number: 10686994
    Abstract: An imaging device includes: a light source that applies light at a timing according to a light emission control signal; a light receiver that performs exposure to reflected light from an object at different timings according to an exposure control signal, and outputs exposure signals generated as a result of the exposure; a calculator that calculates a distance to the object; and a controller that outputs the light emission control signal and the exposure control signal for any of: modulating a length of a light emission period and an exposure period by increasing or decreasing the number of pulses of each of the light emission control signal and the exposure control signal; and modulating a repetition sequence of the light emission period and the exposure period while maintaining a phase relationship between the light emission control signal and the exposure control signal, randomly or in conformity with a specific rule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Inventors: Masaya Kishimoto, Haruka Takano, Junichi Matsuo
  • Patent number: 10686975
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus including an acquisition unit configured to acquire activity information associated with a user situation; and a control unit configured to control a capture angle of an image based on the activity information associated with the user situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Inventors: Shunichiroh Sawai, Toru Amano, Yuya Hirano, Yasuyuki Koga, Satoshi Suzuno, Miki Tokitake
  • Patent number: 10674099
    Abstract: An optical system and method may relate to capturing extended dynamic range images. In an example embodiment, the optical system may include a lens element configured to receive incident light and a beam splitter optically coupled to the lens element. The beam splitter is configured to separate the incident light into at least a first portion having a first photon flux and a second portion having a second photon flux. The first photon flux is at least an order of magnitude greater than the second photon flux. A controller may be configured to cause a first image sensor to capture a first image of the first portion of the incident light according to first exposure parameters and cause a second image sensor to capture a second image of the second portion of the incident light according to second exposure parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Roman Lewkow, Mark Shand
  • Patent number: 10666873
    Abstract: An image processing device for generating an output image front an input image of a scene, the input image being the first image and the output image being the second image, the output image corresponds to an exposure that is different from an exposure of the input image, the image processing device comprising an intensity transformer that is configured to determine one or more intensities of an output pixel of the output image based on an input patch around an input pixel of the input image that corresponds to the output pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventors: Fahd Bouzaraa, Onay Urfalioglu
  • Patent number: 10652449
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an information processing apparatus, an information processing method, and a program making it possible to achieve camerawork corresponding to changes in various conditions when controlling multiple robot cameras. Position information about a subject is acquired, timing information indicating a passage of time is acquired, and on a basis of the timing information and the position information about the subject, camerawork control information controlling the camerawork of an image capture apparatus that captures the subject is generated. The present disclosure is applicable to a switcher apparatus that controls multiple robot cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventors: Hironori Hattori, Yusuke Shinohe, Takuya Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10630954
    Abstract: A method, system, and apparatus are described. The method includes calculating, via a white balancer, a candidate illumination chromaticity estimate for a current frame and calculating, via a scene prior monitor, a scene prior chromaticity for the current frame as a weighted sum of a scene prior chromaticity from a previous frame and a candidate illumination chromaticity estimate. The method also includes calculating, via a scene invariant illumination chromaticity controller, a final illumination chromaticity for the current frame as a weighted sum of a scene illumination chromaticity for the current frame and the candidate illumination chromaticity estimate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Evgeny Krestyannikov, Jarno Nikkanen
  • Patent number: 10623613
    Abstract: A camera module with excellent strength is provided. A camera module includes a housing to which a lens unit is attached and a substrate having a certain positional relationship with the lens unit and supported by the housing, where the housing includes an adhesive agent pool provided to a first main plane of the substrate with a certain opposing space and an open end of an adhesive agent path including the opposing space that is provided to a side of a second main plane of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: SMK Corporation
    Inventors: Taku Akaiwa, Nobuyuki Mano
  • Patent number: 10616508
    Abstract: A solid state image sensor includes light receiving sections formed in a two-dimensional array, in which the light receiving section in one unit is formed such that a lens provided on a light receiving surface, a first light receiving element configured to receive light incident from an object via the lens, and a second light receiving element provided in a layer below the first light receiving element and configured to receive light incident from the object via the lens and the first light receiving element and acquire information about a distance to the object configure a stacked structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Koji Aota
  • Patent number: 10602050
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus, including: an image pickup element configured to photoelectrically convert an object image; a signal acquisition unit configured to acquire a first signal obtained from a light flux that has passed through a first pupil partial region, a second signal obtained from a light flux that has passed through a second pupil partial region, and a third signal obtained from one of a light flux that has passed through a region that includes the first pupil partial region and is wider than the first pupil partial region, and a light flux that has passed through a region that includes the second pupil partial region and is wider than the second pupil partial region; and a defocus state detection unit configured to detect a defocus state based on at least one of the first signal and the second signal, and the third signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventor: Hideyuki Hamano
  • Patent number: 10602079
    Abstract: In aspects of digital image color space channel blending, a camera device can capture digital images that encompass a three-hundred and sixty degree (360°) field of view. An image blending module is implemented to combine the digital images along a seam between the digital images to form a blended image. To combine the digital images, the image blending module can determine mismatched color between the digital images along the seam within an overlap region that overlaps two of the digital images along the seam. The image blending module can then blend the digital images by channel gains in a color space applied to enhance pixels of one of the digital images starting within the overlap region along the seam and blending into the one digital image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventor: John Christopher Pincenti
  • Patent number: 10594964
    Abstract: In an imaging device that includes an imaging lens including n number of optical systems of which imaging characteristics are different and an image sensor including m number of light receiving sensors of which combinations of crosstalk ratio and light sensitivity are different in each pixel, m number of primary image data items are generated by obtaining image signals output from the light receiving sensors of each pixel of the image sensor, and n number of secondary image data items corresponding to the optical systems are generated by performing crosstalk removal processing on the m number of generated primary image data items for each pixel. In a case where a pixel as a processing target includes the primary image data of which a pixel value is saturated, the secondary image data items are generated by removing the corresponding primary image data and performing the crosstalk removal processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Shuji Ono
  • Patent number: 10587787
    Abstract: A displacement sensor includes a first frame; a second frame; a first coil including a first voltage formed at the first frame applied to the first coil; a second coil formed at the first frame including a current of a second voltage flowing in the second coil corresponding to a voltage of the first frame if the first voltage is applied to the first coil; a conductor coupled to the second frame; and a detector for calculating a relative position between the first frame and the second frame by monitoring the second voltage. Further, a size of the second voltage is reduced if the second coil is moved closer to the conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Inventors: Hyungjoo Kang, Sungdu Kwon, Salkmann Ji, Samnyol Hong
  • Patent number: 10582174
    Abstract: A camera microcomputer sets a gamma characteristic that suits a luminance input value/output value relationship in the entire luminance region extending from lower luminance to higher luminance of a video signal to a luminance input value/output value relationship of a referential gamma characteristic, irrespective of input dynamic range. A gamma correction processing unit performs gamma correction processing on a captured video signal in such a way as to convert the input value into the output value based on the set gamma characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Inventor: Shinya Urisaka
  • Patent number: 10582136
    Abstract: A camera apparatus is provided. The apparatus includes an image sensor, an electrochromic filter element, an infrared illuminator, and a controller configured to activate at least one from among the electrochromic filter element and the infrared illuminator based on a feature of an image of a scene captured by the image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Inventors: Donald R. Gignac, Allan K. Lewis, Mohammad Naserian, Norman J. Weigert
  • Patent number: 10560625
    Abstract: A shooting apparatus includes a touch panel on a display and performs self-timer shooting. The shooting apparatus includes a CPU configured to detect a dragging manipulation status from a touch start point on a fixed or an arbitrary point on the touch panel to an end of the touch, update one condition selected out of a self-timer time and a continuous shooting number as a first shooting condition, perform a control of updating and displaying the updated first shooting condition on at least one position selected out of a point on the display corresponding to the touch start point, the fixed point on the display, and a point on the display along with the dragging manipulation status whenever the first shooting condition is updated, and set the updated first shooting condition as a shooting condition for performing a shooting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuko Tokairin
  • Patent number: 10554913
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device includes pixels forming pixel rows, and a scanning circuit that performs a reset operation of a photoelectric converter and a readout operation of a pixel signal based on charges generated by the photoelectric converter including charge transfer from the photoelectric converter to the holding unit. The pixel rows include imaging rows and focus detection rows. The scanning circuit performs an image capture scan of the imaging rows and a focus detection scan of the focus detection rows, independently, such that signals of the focus detection rows are output after signals from the imaging rows. The scanning circuit performs the focus detection scan such that the reset operation on the focus detection row does not overlap with a charge transfer period on an imaging row belonging to a unit pixel row neighboring a unit pixel row to which a focus detection row under the reset operation belongs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventors: Yu Arishima, Yasuhiro Oguro, Shinichiro Shimizu, Satoshi Koizumi, Masaya Ogino