Patents Examined by Lin Ye
  • Patent number: 11030790
    Abstract: A method is described comprising: applying a random pattern to specified regions of an object; tracking the movement of the random pattern during a motion capture session; and generating motion data representing the movement of the object using the tracked movement of the random pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Rearden Mova, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy Cotter, Stephen G. Perlman, John Speck, Roger van der Laan, Kenneth A. Pearce, Greg LaSalle
  • Patent number: 11032505
    Abstract: Provided are devices having a device including a ramp signal generator which may comprise: a slope control circuit configured to generate a controllable analog reference voltage according to a digital setting code value to control a slope of a ramp signal; and at least one unit current cell configured to adjust the slope of the ramp signal by adjusting a current flowing through the at least one unit current cell according to the controllable analog reference voltage generated by the slope control circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: SK hynix Inc.
    Inventors: Hyeon-June Kim, Hoe-Sam Jeong
  • Patent number: 11032470
    Abstract: A mechanism is described for facilitating sensors arrangement and shifting for multisensory super-resolution cameras in imaging environments, according to one embodiment. A method of embodiments, as described herein, includes arranging sensors of a camera such that pixel centers of pixels of an image are spread evenly across a pixel area having pixel planes corresponding to the sensors, where the image is captured by the camera. The method may further include re-arranging the sensors by dividing the sensors in pairs of sensors, where each pair of sensors corresponds to a pair of pixel planes, and shifting the sensors diagonally such that the corresponding pixel planes are adjusted accordingly for improving quality of the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Alex Burstein
  • Patent number: 11032463
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus, comprises a detector configured to detect a focus adjustment position in an image, a processor configured to generate a composite image in which a guide indicating the detected position is superimposed on the image, a display configured to display the composite image generated by the processor, and a controller configured to update, in accordance with information of the position detected by the detector, display information used for processing for generating the composite image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Koichi Gunji
  • Patent number: 11024072
    Abstract: A method is described comprising: applying a random pattern to specified regions of an object; tracking the movement of the random pattern during a motion capture session; and generating motion data representing the movement of the object using the tracked movement of the random pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Rearden Mova, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy Cotter, Stephen G. Perlman, John Speck, Roger van der Laan, Kenneth A. Pearce, Greg LaSalle
  • Patent number: 11025806
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes a camera, a cover covering the camera and capable of changing reflectance of a surface thereof, and a control unit configured to control the reflectance of the surface of the cover so as to be switchable between a first mode and a second mode. The first mode causes light to reflect at the surface of the cover. The second mode causes light to pass through the cover and the reflectance in which is different from that in the first mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Morofuji
  • Patent number: 11022859
    Abstract: Provided is a light emission control apparatus, a light emission control method, a light emission apparatus, and an imaging apparatus that make it possible to emit AF assist light with a more appropriate amount of light. A light emission unit is capable of emitting AF (Auto Focus) assist light when capturing a static image and illumination light when capturing a moving image. A light-amount setting unit sets the amount of AF assist light to a light emission control unit, the light amount being obtained in accordance with a distance to an object to be focused on or specification by a user, and the light emission control unit controls light emission of the AF assist light in accordance with the setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jun Torobu
  • Patent number: 11025814
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided. The electronic device includes a first camera, a second camera, and a processor. The processor is configured to obtain a first image using the first camera and obtain a second image using the second camera, determine depth information corresponding to an external object, using the first image and the second image, when properties of the depth information meet a first specified condition, store the depth information in connection with the first image and the second image, and when the properties of the depth information meet a second specified condition, skip the storing of the depth information in connection with the first image and the second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Inventors: Woo Yong Lee, Dae Hyun Sung, Dong Hoon Kim, Ki Huk Lee
  • Patent number: 11025898
    Abstract: Imaging apparatus includes a housing, with imaging optics mounted in the housing and configured to form an optical image, at a focal plane within the housing, of an object outside the housing. An image sensor, including a matrix of detector elements, is positioned at the focal plane in alignment with the imaging optics and is configured to output an electronic image signal in response to optical radiation that is incident on the detector elements. At least one emitter is fixed within the housing and is configured to emit a test beam toward one or more reflective surfaces within the housing, which reflect the test beam toward the image sensor. A processor is configured to process the electronic image signal output by the image sensor in response to the reflected test beam so as to detect a change in the alignment of the image sensor with the imaging optics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Assaf Avraham, Refael Della Pergola, Roei Remez
  • Patent number: 11019245
    Abstract: Bundle adjustment systems and methods are disclosed for determining a solution for orientation information associated with a plurality of image frames captured by at least one rolling shutter camera in a rotating camera lens type imaging system having a camera lens that moves across track in an oscillating manner and captures image frames as the camera lens moves. The system may define a plurality of pose time domain polynomials for the rolling shutter camera, the pose time domain polynomials together defining pose information for the rolling shutter camera for scanlines of an image frame captured by the rolling shutter camera, and each pose time domain polynomial including a plurality of parameters to be adjusted in a bundle adjustment process and carry out a bundle adjustment process using the pose time domain polynomials to produce a bundle adjustment solution wherein the pose time domain polynomial parameters are adjusted to reduce error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Spookfish Innovations PTY LTD
    Inventor: Simon Cope
  • Patent number: 11012660
    Abstract: A method of classifying video data representing activity within a space to be monitored. A method comprises storing video data obtained from a camera configured to monitor the space. Sensor data indicative of a condition occurring within the space is obtained, and a plurality of programme elements are defined within the video data. Each programme element has an associated classification code, and each classification code is selected using the sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: III Holdings 10, LLC
    Inventor: Trevor John Burke
  • Patent number: 11012633
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus includes an image data acquirer configured to acquire pieces of image data at a plurality of relative movement positions to which an imaging surface of an imaging sensor is relatively moved with respect to an object light flux; an exposure changer configured to change an exposure when acquiring the pieces of image data at the plurality of relative movement positions; a dynamic range adjuster configured to adjust a dynamic range of the acquired pieces of image data; and an image data combiner configured to obtain composite image data of the pieces of image data, based on a positional shift amount between the pieces of image data and the dynamic range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masakazu Terauchi, Hiroyasu Uehara, Masashi Miyata, Hiroshi Kano, Takeyoshi Nishimura
  • Patent number: 11012683
    Abstract: Methods and systems including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for receiving, from a camera, an image in which the camera detected a particular event based on a first set of camera settings, determining, from the image, that the image is a false positive as the camera falsely detected the particular event, determining that a number of images uploaded by the camera that are false positives satisfies a camera setting generation criteria, and in response, generating a second set of camera settings and providing the second set of camera settings to the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Allison Beach, Donald Madden, Weihong Yin, David James Hutz, Dave Conger, Christopher Silverman, Benjamin Asher Berg, Andrew Scanlon
  • Patent number: 11004248
    Abstract: A method is described comprising: applying a random pattern to specified regions of an object; tracking the movement of the random pattern during a motion capture session; and generating motion data representing the movement of the object using the tracked movement of the random pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Rearden Mova, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy Cotter, Stephen G. Perlman, John Speck, Roger van der Laan, Kenneth A. Pearce, Greg LaSalle
  • Patent number: 11003054
    Abstract: A control unit generates a first control signal for camera shake correction on the basis of a first acceleration detection signal, a second acceleration detection signal, and an angular velocity signal. The first acceleration detection signal including information relating to an acceleration acting on a camera and has an alternating current (AC) waveform corresponding to the acceleration. The second acceleration detection signal including information relating to the acceleration and has an output waveform. An AC component corresponding to the acceleration is superimposed on a direct current (DC) component in the output waveform. The angular velocity signal including information relating to an angular velocity acting on the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hidetoshi Kabasawa, Kosei Yamashita, Sho Murakoshi, Tomohiro Matsumoto, Masahiro Segami
  • Patent number: 11006050
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus capable of capturing two images which may not be obtained by the general HDR imaging by simultaneously capturing two images of different exposures by changing exposure change rates of a low exposure image and a high exposure image is provided. The imaging apparatus includes a calculation unit configured to calculate a first exposure for obtaining a first image included in the plurality of images under a first condition and calculate a second exposure for obtaining a second image included in the plurality of images under a second condition which is different from the first condition, and a setting unit configured to set an exposure for obtaining the first and second images based on the first and second exposures calculated by the calculation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hitoshi Nishitani
  • Patent number: 11003913
    Abstract: A method of operating a mobile terminal includes obtaining at least one image and determining event information that is to be associated with the obtained at least one image. The method also includes storing, in computer memory, the obtained at least one image and information that associates the obtained at least one image with the event information. The method additionally includes detecting an event on the mobile terminal, and determining that the detected event corresponds to the event information. The method further includes displaying, on a display of the mobile terminal and based on the determination that the detected event corresponds to the event information, a first image among the at least one image that has been stored and associated with the event information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Juhyun Lee, Byoungzoo Jeong, Suyoung Lee, Eugene Myung, Nayeoung Kim
  • Patent number: 10999539
    Abstract: Examples described may related to an imaging sensor used by a vehicle, including a light sensor. The light sensor comprises a plurality of cells aligned in a plurality of horizontal rows and a plurality of vertical columns. The apparatus further includes an optical system configured to provide the light sensor with a field of view of an external environment of the apparatus. Additionally, the system includes a processing unit configured to: divide the plurality of horizontal rows of the light sensor into one or more enabled rows and one or more disabled rows; obtain image data from the light sensor by sampling one or more cells in the one or more enabled rows; and store the received image data in a memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Andreas Wendel, Jeremy Dittmer
  • Patent number: 10999548
    Abstract: A pixel sensing circuit and driving method therefor, an image sensor, and an electronic device are provided. The pixel sensing circuit includes a photoelectric conversion element configured to generate electric charges in response to incident light, a transmission element configured to output the electric charges generated by the photoelectric conversion element, and a source follower circuit configured to compensate an output current of the transmission element. The source follower circuit includes a first source follower transistor, a second source follower transistor, and a first storage capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shengji Yang, Xue Dong, Jing Lv, Xiaochuan Chen, Dongni Liu, Lei Wang, Pengcheng Lu, Jie Fu, Han Yue, Li Xiao
  • Patent number: 10999549
    Abstract: A column parallel ADC circuit includes: plural column ADCs and a digital processing circuit. The plural column ADCs generate respective plural digital counts. The plural column ADCs include a first column ADC and a second column ADC. The first column ADC generates a first digital count according to a first analog signal, and the second column ADC generates a second digital count according to a second analog signal. The first digital count is a difference between a first digital signal and a second digital signal. The first and the second digital signals correspond to the first and the second analog signals respectively. The digital processing circuit generates the plural digital signals, wherein the digital processing circuit generates the first digital signal according to the first digital count and the second digital signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: PIXART IMAGING INCORPORATION
    Inventors: Kuan Tang, Yi-Cheng Chiu, Chia-Chi Kuo, Jui-Te Chiu