Patents Examined by Kelly L. Jerabek
  • Patent number: 10972695
    Abstract: An image sensor may include an array of image pixels. The image pixel pixels may be arranged in columns and rows. Each column of image pixels may be coupled to column readout circuitry via respective column lines. The column readout circuitry may include amplifier circuitry, a first source follower stage, and a second source follower stage. The first and second source follower stages may be interposed between the amplifier circuitry and a sampling capacitor. A switch may be interposed between the first and second source follower stages. The second source follower transistor may be configured to provide an intermediate sampling voltage to the sampling capacitor. The first source follower transistor may be configured to provide a final sampling voltage to the sampling capacitor. In such a manner, kickback from sampling signals using readout circuitry may be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventor: Rajashekar Benjaram
  • Patent number: 10958825
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus performs control to divide a face region based on the size of a face detected by the detection unit into three regions, namely an upper left region, an upper right region, and a lower region, viewed in a direction opposing the face, and select a left side eye, viewed opposing the face, when a position inside the upper left region is designated by the designation unit, a right side eye, viewed opposing the face, when a position inside the upper right region is designated by the designation unit, and the face when a position inside the lower region is designated by the designation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Seiji Ogawa
  • Patent number: 10951848
    Abstract: An image sensing system is disclosed. The image sensing system includes an array of pixel circuits and a multiplexer configured to convey an output signal from a selected one of the pixel circuits. The output signal from the selected one of the plurality of pixel circuits is converted from analog to digital by a successive approximation register (SAR) analog-to-digital converter (ADC). A control circuit is provided to cause the SAR ADC power cycling with shaped power control signal. The SAR ADC comparator pre-amp with integrate-reset causes reduced power to the theoretical limit for imaging systems. The control circuit causes quantization process of selected ones of the pixel circuits to be repeated one or more times during the processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Apple, Inc.
    Inventors: Hyunsik Park, Ali Mesgarani, Mansour Keramat, Dusan Stepanovic, Ashirwad Bahukhandi
  • Patent number: 10951794
    Abstract: A front camera module includes a camera and a substrate, and the camera is mounted on one surface (camera mounting surface) of the substrate. A rear camera module includes a camera and a substrate, and the camera is mounted on one surface (camera mounting surface) of the substrate. An IC mounting surface of the substrate of the front camera module and an IC mounting surface of the substrate of the rear camera module are opposed to each other in a front-and-rear direction. The camera of the rear camera module is oriented in a direction opposite to the camera of the front camera module. Moreover, a camera assembly includes a cooling fan configured to send air to a region between the two substrates. With this structure, temperature of the camera modules is prevented from exceeding an allowable operation temperature that has been defined in advance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: RAKUTEN, INC.
    Inventors: Wilson Colin, Kunal Tyagi
  • Patent number: 10944908
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention relate to an apparatus and a method for controlling a plurality of cameras in an electronic device. Herein, the electronic device comprises: a first camera; a second camera set to have an angle of view included in an angle of view of the first camera; a display; and a processor, wherein the processor may be configured to display, on the display, a first image acquired through the first camera of the plurality of cameras; detect information corresponding to the second camera from the first image; activate the second camera, when it is determined to activate the second camera on the basis of the information corresponding to the second camera; and display, on the display, at least one image corresponding to activation of the first camera and the second camera. Other embodiments are also possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Gyushik An, Seungwoo Lee, Ahron Yang, Jaehee Jeon, Soyeon Heo
  • Patent number: 10924688
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product are provided for obtaining low-noise, high-speed captures of a photographic scene. In use, a first cell of a first pixel is in communication with a first node for storing a first sample. Further, a second cell of a second pixel is in communication with a second node for storing a second sample. Still further, the first cell and the second cell are communicatively coupled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: DUELIGHT LLC
    Inventors: William Rivard, Adam Feder, Brian Kindle
  • Patent number: 10908382
    Abstract: Embodiments provide a lens driving unit including a base, a housing supported so as to be movable relative to the base, a magnet located on the housing, a pattern coil part including a pattern coil that is located opposite the magnet, the pattern coil part being located on the base, and a sensor part mounted to the pattern coil part for sensing a position or movement of the housing, and the pattern coil part includes a first layer and a second layer stacked on the first layer, the sensor part being mounted underneath the first layer, and the pattern coil being formed on the second layer. Thereby, manufacturing costs may be reduced owing to a reduction in the number of elements, processes, and process management points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tae Bong Park, Sung Guk Lee
  • Patent number: 10911674
    Abstract: The various implementations described herein include methods, devices, and systems for implementing high dynamic range and automatic exposure functions in a video system. In one aspect, a method is performed at a video camera device and includes, while operating in an HDR mode: capturing video data of a scene, including capturing a first subset of the video data with a first exposure time and capturing a second subset of the video data with a second exposure time, lower than the first exposure time; determining whether the first subset of the video data meets first criteria; determining whether the second subset of the video data meets second criteria; and in accordance with a determination that the first subset meets the first criteria or a determination that the second subset meets the second criteria, switching operation from the HDR mode to a non-HDR mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: William Duran, Adrian Proca
  • Patent number: 10904505
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product for generating a digital image is disclosed. In use, a first image is received from a first image sensor, where the first image sensor detects visible light color, and a second image and a third image are received from a second image sensor, where the second image sensor detects non-visible light intensity. Using an image processing subsystem, a resulting image is generated by combining the first image, the second image, and the third image, where at least one of the first image, the second image, or the third image is sampled under strobe illumination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: DUELIGHT LLC
    Inventors: William Rivard, Adam Feder, Brian Kindle
  • Patent number: 10904494
    Abstract: An imaging device includes a light separator configured to separate light into a plurality of light bands. The imaging device further includes a plurality of imaging elements. Each of the plurality of imaging elements is configured to receive one of the plurality of light bands and to generate a corresponding signal. Each of the plurality of imaging elements has a pixel size for generating a 4K resolution image signal including at least 3840 horizontal pixels and at least 2160 vertical pixels on a display. A registration error among the plurality of imaging elements is equal to or less than a threshold of 20% of a pixel size in the plurality of image elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rui Kouno, Tadamasa Kurashige, Takuma Tanae
  • Patent number: 10896924
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device includes a semiconductor substrate; and a pixel unit having a plurality of pixels on the semiconductor substrate, wherein the pixel unit includes first pixel groups having two or more pixels and second pixel groups being different from the first pixel groups, wherein a portion of the pixels in the first pixel groups and a portion of the pixels in the second pixel groups share a floating diffusion element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroaki Ishiwata, Sanghoon Ha
  • Patent number: 10887539
    Abstract: An imaging device includes: a first chip that includes pixels arranged in a row, the pixels including: a first pixel including a first photoelectric converter and a first transistor, having a first control terminal, coupled to the first photoelectric converter; and a second pixel including a second photoelectric converter and a second transistor, having a second control terminal, coupled to the second photoelectric converter; and a second chip including: a signal line extending along the row; a first buffer circuit having a first input terminal and a first output terminal, the first input terminal being coupled to the signal line, the first output terminal being coupled to the first control terminal; and a second buffer circuit having a second input terminal and a second output terminal, the second input terminal being coupled to the signal line, the second output terminal being coupled to the second control terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hidenari Kanehara, Yasuo Miyake, Sanshiro Shishido
  • Patent number: 10878677
    Abstract: A method of controlling panning of a surveillance camera configured to perform panning over a set angle during a preset mode includes: obtaining an edge value with respect to each pixel of an object captured image of a panning-completed time, the edge value being a difference between brightness of a left adjacent pixel thereof and brightness of a right adjacent pixel thereof; obtaining an object vertical-line number among vertical pixel lines of the object captured image, the object vertical-line number being a number of a vertical pixel line in which a sum of the edge values is largest; and correcting the panning such that the object vertical-line number coincides with a reference vertical-line number corresponding to the panning over the set angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Hanwha Techwin Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sang Wook Lee, Jae Woon Byun, Dae Bong Kim, Ku Hyeon Jeong
  • Patent number: 10873680
    Abstract: A communication apparatus that communicates with an external apparatus includes a transmission unit that transmits, to the external apparatus via a first relay apparatus, connection information that the external apparatus uses to directly communicate with the communication apparatus and a control unit that controls direct communication with the external apparatus when disconnection of communication with the external apparatus via the first relay apparatus is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hideaki Ohshima
  • Patent number: 10863080
    Abstract: Disclosed is a mobile terminal, by which an image can be easily attached. In particular, the present invention includes a 1st camera, a touchscreen, and a controller controlling the touchscreen to output a running screen of a prescribed application and a preview screen of the 1st camera to a 1st region and a 2nd region on the touchscreen, respectively, the controller, if a photograph command is received, attaching an image data photographed through the 1st camera to the prescribed application, wherein a data size of the attached image data is based on a size of the 2nd region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hoyoun Lee, Woongil Choi
  • Patent number: 10848730
    Abstract: Processing raw image data in a camera includes computing a luminance image from the raw image data, and computing a chrominance image corresponding to at least one of the sensor's image colors from the raw image data. The luminance image and chrominance image(s) can represent the same range of colors able to be represented in the raw image data. The chrominance image can have a lower resolution than that of the luminance image. A camera for performing the method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Blackmagic Design Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Carsten Buettner
  • Patent number: 10848679
    Abstract: An optical apparatus includes an image-forming optical system with a changeable focal length, an image pickup device configured to capture an image formed by the image-forming optical system and to output an image signal, and at least one processor or circuit programmed to function as a display control unit configured to control a display unit configured to display an image based on the image signal and a notification control unit configured to control a notification unit provided separately from the display unit and configured to notify a user of information regarding the focal length of the image-forming optical system. The notification control unit causes a notification method of information regarding the focal length by the notification unit to be changed based on the focal length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroshi Toriumi, Yosuke Fukai
  • Patent number: 10841498
    Abstract: A computer vision system includes a camera that captures a plurality of image frames in a target field. A user interface is coupled to the camera. The user interface is configured to perform accelerated parallel computations in real-time on the plurality of image frames acquired by the camera. The system provides physical security coaching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: RoundhouseOne Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Raymond Miller, Archana Ramachandran, Christopher C. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10841512
    Abstract: To generate multiple types of images of the same subject, an electronic apparatus includes a drive control unit that controls the drive of an image sensor, a division unit that divides an image capture region of the image sensor into at least first and second regions, and an image generation unit that generates a first image by capturing an image of the same subject in the first region and generates a second image by capturing an image of the same subject in the second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takashi Shionoya, Toshiyuki Kanbara, Masakazu Sekiguchi
  • Patent number: 10841518
    Abstract: An imaging device includes: a pixel array section having an array of pixels, each of which has a photoelectric converting device and outputs an electric signal according to an input photon; a sense circuit section having a plurality of sensor circuits each of which makes binary decision on whether there is a photon input to a pixel in a predetermined period upon reception of the electric signal therefrom; and a decision result IC section which integrates decision results from the sense circuits, pixel by pixel or for each group of pixels, multiple times to generate imaged data with a gradation, the decision result IC section including a count circuit which performs a count process to integrate the decision results from the sense circuits, and a memory for storing a counting result for each pixel from the count circuit, the sense circuits sharing the count circuit for integrating the decision results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Toshiyuki Nishihara