Patents Examined by John Morehead
  • Patent number: 10187587
    Abstract: An image sensor of an image capture device may capture an image. The captured image may be stored in a buffer of two or more previously-captured images. An oldest image of the two or more previously-captured images may be removed from the buffer. An aggregate image of the images in the buffer may be updated. This updating may involve subtracting a representation of the oldest image from the aggregate image, and adding a representation of the captured image to the aggregate image. A viewfinder of the image capture device may display a representation of the aggregate image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Samuel William Hasinoff, Jiawen Chen
  • Patent number: 9686460
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides techniques for enabling a metadata storage subsystem. A directory of available metadata is created, and the metadata is stored in various system data stores. The metadata is retrieved as requested by a host device, and the metadata is transferred to the host device. Additionally, the metadata is executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Brent Chartrand
  • Patent number: 7355630
    Abstract: An anti-shake apparatus of a photographing-apparatus comprises a movable-unit and a fixed-unit. The movable-unit has an imaging-device and a position-detecting magnet. The movable-unit can be moved in a first-direction and a second-direction. The fixed-unit has a hall-element unit. The first-direction is perpendicular to an optical-axis of a camera-lens of the photographing-apparatus. The second-direction is perpendicular to the optical-axis and the first-direction. The position-detecting magnet is used for detecting a first location in the first-direction of the movable-unit and a second location in the second-direction of the movable-unit, and has a front-surface which faces the hall-element unit. The hall-element unit has hall-elements which are used for detecting the first location, and has hall-elements which are used for detecting the second location, and faces the position-detecting magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignee: PENTAX Corporation
    Inventors: Yukio Uenaka, Shuzo Seo
  • Patent number: 7352389
    Abstract: An anti-shake-apparatus of a photographing-apparatus comprises a movable-unit and a fixed-unit. The movable-unit has an imaging-device, a first coil-unit having a first driving-coil and a first position-detecting-coil, and a second coil-unit having a second driving-coil and a second position-detecting-coil. The movable-unit is movable in a first-direction and a second-direction. The fixed-unit has a first permanent-magnet and a second permanent-magnet. The first-direction is perpendicular to an optical-axis of the photographing-apparatus. The second-direction is perpendicular to the optical-axis and the first-direction. The first driving-coil and the first permanent-magnet are used for moving the movable-unit in the first-direction. The second driving-coil and the second permanent-magnet are used for moving the movable-unit in the second-direction. The first position-detecting-coil and the first permanent-magnet are used for detecting a first-location in the first-direction of the movable-unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: PENTAX Corporation
    Inventor: Yukio Uenaka
  • Patent number: 7352395
    Abstract: An image sensor includes a storage block for storing a plurality of pixel data which is transmitted from a pixel array block; a switching block for delivering a first pixel data from the storage block in response to a first control signal; a defect pixel repairing block which is controlled by the first to fifth control signals PASS, DPCA, MS, ISCA and Line End in order to receive surrounding pixel data having the first pixel data from the storage block and the first pixel data from the switching block and output a revised pixel data by using the first pixel data or the surrounding pixel data; and a image signal handling block for receiving the first pixel data outputted from the switching block or the revised pixel data outputted from the defect pixel repairing block and operating an image process in order to improvement of the image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: Magnachip Semiconductor, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hyun-Joo An
  • Patent number: 7352404
    Abstract: A digital camera includes a mirror box having a lens mount to which a photographing lens is mounted; an image pick-up device having an imaging surface for capturing an object image which is focused on the imaging surface through the photographing lens; and a frame positioned inside the digital camera body, the mirror box and the image pick-up device being mounted to the frame. The mirror box is mounted to a surface of the frame. The image pick-up device is mounted to the surface of the frame via at least one support member positioned between the mirror box and the image pick-up device. A ratio of a distance from the lens mount to the frame and a length of the support member is substantially equal to a ratio of a linear expansion coefficient of the support member and a linear expansion coefficient of the mirror box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: Pentax Corporation
    Inventor: Yuichi Kurosawa
  • Patent number: 7292281
    Abstract: A monitoring camera with a far infrared capability has a cylindrical body (10), a lens hood (20), a luminous body (30) with multiple far infrared light emitting diodes (LEDs) and a lens cover (40). The lens hood (20) is a hollow cylinder and is divided into an inner segment and an enlarged outer segment (23) communicating with the inner segment. The enlarged outer portion (23) provides an enlarged compartment to hold a larger luminous body (30), which can hold more far infrared LEDs so the monitoring camera can see object at greater visual distances. Additionally, the field of vision the monitoring camera is also greater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Inventor: Yi Jen Cheng
  • Patent number: 7274399
    Abstract: A solid-state image sensor for a solid-state image pickup apparatus includes photosensitive cells each having a photosensitive area divided into a main region and a subregion. The subregion is extended to include the position of a virtual pixel. A light-screening layer is formed with optical openings corresponding to the main and subregions, so that light is incident not only to the main region or actual pixel but also to the subregion at the position of the virtual pixel. Spatial information is therefore available even at the position of the virtual pixel in the form of a signal charge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2007
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuya Oda, Katsumi Ikeda
  • Patent number: 7274397
    Abstract: An imaging array having one or more columns of pixels is disclosed. Each pixel includes a photodiode including first and second terminals, a local reset circuit for connecting the first terminal to a column reset line; and a buffer circuit for selectively connecting the first terminal to a column bit line in response to a word select signal. Each column also includes a column reset circuit having an operational amplifier and a low-pass filter. The operational amplifier has a first input connected to the column bit line for that column and a second input connected to a reset signal generator that generates a reset signal during a reset cycle. The output of the operational amplifier is connected to the column reset line during the reset cycle. In one embodiment, the gain of the operational amplifier and the passband of the low-pass filter are varied during the reset cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2007
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Boyd Fowler
  • Patent number: 7262802
    Abstract: The invention provides a signal charge-coupled device (CCD) sensing apparatus, including at least one first CCD shift register, one first photo sensor set, and one second photo sensor set. The first CCD shift register includes a plurality of first CCD components and a plurality of second CCD components. The first photo sensor set includes multiple first photo sensors for receiving a first light signal and generating multiple first corresponding charge signals. The first charge signals can be received by the first CCD components. On the other hand, the second photo sensor set includes multiple second photo sensors for receiving a second light signal and generating multiple second corresponding charge signals. The second charge signals can be received by the second CCD components. The CCD sensing apparatus can acquire higher scanned image quality under high resolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Assignee: Avision Inc.
    Inventor: Yen-Cheng Chen