Patents Examined by Lin Ye
  • Patent number: 10297240
    Abstract: A system for image production in a KTV setting uses more than one display screen, a first screen for displaying a star MV and a song menu and a second screen for images of a singer as captured by cameras within the KTV setting. The system includes a capturing unit and a processing unit. The capturing unit captures images of the singer. The processing unit produces a singer MV according to the images of the single or plurality of singers, which can be enhanced with special effects, and displays the singer MV on the second screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Cheng-Xiang Liu
  • Patent number: 10298827
    Abstract: A shooting method and a mobile device are used to resolve a technical problem in shooting new visual media such as a Living Image by operating a shooting button, so as to simplify a shooting operation of the new visual media, such as the Living Image, that is different from a picture and a video. In some feasible implementation manners of the present invention, the method includes: starting video shooting on a shooting screen when a long press event of a shooting button is received; and when the long press event ends, if a long press period of the shooting button does not exceed a first set threshold, completing mixed visual media shooting, where the mixed visual media includes one video clip and at least one static picture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kongqiao Wang
  • Patent number: 10298843
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an image processing device, image processing method, electronic apparatus, and program, capable of performing motion detection allowing the effects by periodic noise such as flicker to be reduced. An image processing device includes an intensity ratio calculation unit configured to calculate a ratio relating to an intensity of a signal value at a predetermined position in an image captured under different exposure conditions, and a contribution calculation unit configured to calculate a contribution indicating whether an intensity ratio calculated by the intensity ratio calculation unit is derived from a periodic noise component or is derived from motion. The periodic noise is, for example, flicker. The intensity ratio calculation unit calculates the intensity ratio from one image captured using an image sensor in which pixels for which the different exposure conditions are set exist together. The present technology is applicable to an imaging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroaki Ono
  • Patent number: 10296602
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems, and computer-readable media for assigning a real-time clock domain timestamp to sensor frames from a sensor component that operates in a non-real-time time-domain. In some implementations, a real-time component receives capture instances that each indicate capturing of a corresponding sensor data frame by the sensor component. In response to a capture output instance, the real-time component or an additional real-time component assigns a real-time timestamp to the capture output instance, where the real-time timestamp is based on the real-time clock domain. Separately, a non-real-time component receives the corresponding sensor data frames captured by the sensor component, along with corresponding metadata. For each sensor data frame, it is determined whether there is a real-time timestamp that corresponds to the data frame and, if so, the real-time timestamp is assigned to the sensor data frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: X DEVELOPMENT LLC
    Inventors: Emily Cooper, Matthieu Guilbert, Thomas Buschmann, David Deephanphongs, Yuanzheng Gong
  • Patent number: 10298863
    Abstract: Systems and methods for automatic lens flare compensation may include a non-uniformity detector configured to operate on pixel data for an image in an image sensor color pattern. The non-uniformity detector may detect a non-uniformity in the pixel data in a color channel of the image sensor color pattern. The non-uniformity detector may generate output including location and magnitude values of the non-uniformity. A lens flare detector may determine, based at least on the location and magnitude values, whether the output of the non-uniformity detector corresponds to a lens flare in the image. In some embodiments, the lens flare detector may generate, in response to determining that the output corresponds to the lens flare, a representative map of the lens flare. A lens flare corrector may determine one or more pixel data correction values corresponding to the lens flare and apply the pixel data correction values to the pixel data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: D. Amnon Silverstein, Sheng Lin, David R. Pope, Suk Hwan Lim
  • Patent number: 10298871
    Abstract: An image sensor may contain an array of imaging pixels arranged in rows and columns. Each column of imaging pixels may be coupled to a column line which is used to read out imaging signals from the pixels. The column line may be coupled to an analog-to-digital converter for converting analog imaging signals from the pixels to digital signals. An amplifier may be included to amplify the analog imaging signals before being converted by the analog-to-digital converter. However, amplifier gain uncertainties may lead to errors in the result of the analog-to-digital conversion when the analog imaging signals are amplified by an amplifier. To mitigate these types of errors, the reference voltage for a digital-to-analog converter in the analog-to-digital converter may also be amplified by the amplifier. By multiplying the reference voltage by the same amplifier gain as the imaging signals, uncertainties in the amplifier gain will not affect the results of the analog-to-digital conversion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventor: Tomas Geurts
  • Patent number: 10291831
    Abstract: Provided is an image processing apparatus including as image acquiring section that acquires a plurality of images obtained by imaging, at different times, a subject irradiated with lights intensity-modulated with a plurality of modulation frequencies or modulation frequency bands; and a demodulating section that demodulates pixel values of the plurality of images with a plurality of demodulation frequencies or demodulation frequency bands based on the plurality of modulation frequencies or modulation frequency bands, for each pixel, thereby generating a plurality of pieces of pixel information indicating subject light amounts from the subject caused by each of the lights intensity-modulated with the plurality of modulation frequencies or modulation frequency bands, for each pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Wataru Funamizu, Hiroshi Ohki, Shigeru Aoki, Naoki Ohkouchi, Toru Takagi, Yojiro Tezuka, Sota Nakanishi
  • Patent number: 10284780
    Abstract: Folded digital camera module comprising an optical path folding element (OPFE) for folding light from a first optical path with a first optical axis to a second optical path with a second optical axis perpendicular to the first optical axis, an image sensor, and a lens module carrying a lens with a symmetry axis parallel to the second optical axis. The camera module is adapted to perform optical image stabilization (OIS) involving at least one tilt motion of the OPFE tilt around an axis such that the OPFE tilt creates an image Roll movement and a shift movement, the OPFE tilt-created image Roll movement compensating for a folded camera module-induced Roll movement and the shift movement cancelable by a movement of the lens module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Corephotonics Ltd.
    Inventors: Ephraim Goldenberg, Gil Bachar, Itay Jerby, Gal Shabtay
  • Patent number: 10284778
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a detection unit that detects voltages of main and sub-power sources and a control unit that controls a display of the voltage of the main power source and a display of the voltage of the sub-power source on a display unit such that the displayed voltage of the main power source is updated to a newly-detected voltage even if a change between the new and displayed voltages is smaller than a predetermined threshold, and that the displayed voltage of the sub-power source is not updated to a newly-detected voltage if a change between the new and displayed voltages is smaller than the predetermined threshold, but is updated to the newly-detected voltage if the change between the new and displayed voltages is equal to or greater than the predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Satoshi Ishimaru
  • Patent number: 10277855
    Abstract: An image sensing device includes: a plurality of pixels; and an AD converter that compares a pixel signal output from the plurality of pixels with a slope voltage having a temporally variable potential so as to perform AD conversion on the pixel signal, and switching is performed between a first mode and a second mode according to an imaging condition, the first mode being a mode in which the pixel signal is AD converted by selecting one from among a plurality of slope voltages and comparing the pixel signal with the selected slope voltage, and the second mode being a mode in which the pixel signal is AD converted by comparing the pixel signal with a predetermined slope voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Mie Ishii
  • Patent number: 10277810
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus comprises: a first processing circuit which carries out image processing on a first image signal obtained from image signals forming a single image; a second processing circuit which carries out the image processing on a second image signal obtained from the image signals forming the image; and a control circuit which controls communication of image signals between the first processing circuit and the second processing circuit, wherein the first image signal and the second image signal do not have overlap region; and wherein the control circuit controls the communication for transferring an image signal of a region of the image additionally required when the first processing circuit carries out the image processing on the first image signal from the second processing circuit to the first processing circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Yaguchi
  • Patent number: 10277806
    Abstract: A method comprising using at least one hardware processor for: receiving a continuous stream of images; and in real time, for each image of some of the images: extracting composition features from the image, determining photographic composition functions for at least some of the extracted composition features based on a plurality of composition rules, defining a photographic composition sum-function by summing up at least some of the photographic composition functions, and calculating an extremum of the photographic composition sum-function, wherein the extremum reflects a photographic composition suggestion with respect to a photographic composition of the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: ARTINCAM LTD.
    Inventors: Ofri Masad, Ariel Shamir
  • Patent number: 10277795
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus that is capable of obtaining a high-quality image that is focused on an object designated by a user at the time of reproducing an image. A detection unit detects an object from an image obtained by photographing. A first computation unit computes a distance between the object and the image pickup apparatus as an object distance based on a distance map obtained according to the image. A decision unit decides a focus interval that is an interval of in-focus positions at which objects are focused and a focus frequency that is a count of the in-focus positions according to the object distance and a preset condition. A second computation unit computes the in-focus positions according to the object distance, the focus interval, and the focus frequency. A photographing unit obtains a plurality of images by photographing continuously at the in-focus positions by performing focus bracket photography.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Chiaki Mikawa
  • Patent number: 10270991
    Abstract: Provided is an image processing apparatus for correcting blinking defect noise contained in image data generated by an image sensor. The image sensor includes a pixels arranged two-dimensionally and reading circuits configured to read a pixel value. The image processing apparatus includes: an information acquisition unit configured to acquire noise information that is defined by associating positional information of the reading circuits or positional information of each of the pixels with feature data related to the blinking defect noise caused by the reading circuits; an estimation unit configured to estimate a random noise amount in a pixel of interest based on the feature data and a random noise model for estimating the random noise amount in the pixel of interest; and a correction unit configured to correct a pixel value of the pixel of interest based on the random noise amount estimated by the estimation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroki Maruyama, Manabu Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 10270964
    Abstract: A camera includes a data acquisition unit, a photographing area control unit, a photographing unit and a communication unit. The data acquisition unit acquires, as photographing information, at least one of time information, information on a position of the sun, information on an angle between a sunlight and a ground, and projection information of an external projection device. The photographing condition calculation unit calculates a photographing condition based on the photographing information. The photographing area control unit controls a photographing area based on the photographing condition. The photographing unit generates an image data by photographing the photographing area. The communication unit transmits the image data to the external projection device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kentaro Yamauchi, Kohji Hiramatsu
  • Patent number: 10270951
    Abstract: An image sensing unit, comprising: an image sensor including a plurality of pixels, corresponding to a plurality of microlenses, respectively, each of which has a plurality of photoelectric conversion units aligned in a predetermined direction and from which a pupil divided signal can be read out; and an optical low-pass filter arranged on a subject side of the image sensor, wherein the optical low-pass filter is configured by a single birefringence plate, and separates a light beam in an alignment direction in which the plurality of photoelectric conversion units are aligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshiaki Irie
  • Patent number: 10257451
    Abstract: Provided are a comparison device capable of achieving a small area by using one small sampling capacitor for an input terminal and improving linearity by using a fixed reference voltage and a CMOS image sensor using the same. The comparison device may include a comparator configured to compare a pixel signal inputted through a positive input terminal with a ramp signal, a first sampling capacitor configured to be provided between an input terminal of the ramp signal and the positive input terminal of the comparator, a sampling switch configured to be provided between an output terminal of the comparator and a negative input terminal of the comparator, and a second sampling capacitor configured to be provided between a ground terminal and the negative input terminal of the comparator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: SK hynix Inc.
    Inventors: Gun-Hee Yun, Hyun-Mook Park
  • Patent number: 10257409
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a selection unit that selects any of a plurality of items arranged in a first area, a switching unit that switches a mode between a at least first mode, in which an item displayed in the first area selectable, and a second mode, in which the image processing apparatus accepts an operation for an item line including a plurality of items arranged in a second area, and a control unit that performs control to display the item line so that a boundary area between two items included in the item line is not at a predetermined position in the second area in the second mode, and display the item line so that the boundary area is at the predetermined position based on switching to the first mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Sayaka Harada, Yosuke Takagi, Rui Nabeshima, Seiji Ogawa
  • Patent number: 10250808
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus is provided that includes a camera body on which a lens device is detachably mounted; a shake detection unit configured to be inside the camera body; and a control unit configured to determine an exposure time at a time of panning, wherein the control unit determines the exposure time at the time of panning based on a shake detection signal outputted by the shake detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hitoshi Miyazawa
  • Patent number: 10250871
    Abstract: Systems and methods for dynamically calibrating an array camera to accommodate variations in geometry that can occur throughout its operational life are disclosed. The dynamic calibration processes can include acquiring a set of images of a scene and identifying corresponding features within the images. Geometric calibration data can be used to rectify the images and determine residual vectors for the geometric calibration data at locations where corresponding features are observed. The residual vectors can then be used to determine updated geometric calibration data for the camera array. In several embodiments, the residual vectors are used to generate a residual vector calibration data field that updates the geometric calibration data. In many embodiments, the residual vectors are used to select a set of geometric calibration from amongst a number of different sets of geometric calibration data that is the best fit for the current geometry of the camera array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: FotoNation Limited
    Inventors: Florian Ciurea, Dan Lelescu, Priyam Chatterjee