Patents Examined by Lin Ye
  • Patent number: 10652452
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present application provide an automatic focusing method and a PTZ camera. The method is applicable to the PTZ camera and comprises: calculating a current target object distance from a lens of the PTZ camera to a monitored target monitoring plane based on a pre-established spatial object distance parameter; wherein, the spatial object distance parameter contains a spatial plane equation of a reference monitoring plane; the reference monitoring plane is an equivalent plane of the target monitoring plane; searching in a preset relation table based on the current target object distance, a current magnification of the PTZ camera, determining a position information corresponding to a focus motor of the PTZ camera, the preset relation table including the relationship of the object distance, the magnification and the position information of the focus motor, and driving the focus motor to a position corresponding to the determined position information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: HANGZHOU HIKVISION DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Qi Gong, Weimin Ma, Can You, Peng Xu
  • Patent number: 10645273
    Abstract: An image capture apparatus includes an image capture instruction obtaining unit configured to obtain an image capture instruction that specifies a target portion of a subject, an image capture instruction display unit configured to display the image capture instruction in a chart indicating the subject displayed on a display screen, and a reception unit configured to receive an image capture command in a state in which the image capture instruction is displayed on the display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ken-ichi Abe
  • Patent number: 10644045
    Abstract: The present application provides a pixel sensing module comprising a pixel light-sensing unit, receiving light at a light receiving side and outputting a pixel value, the pixel light-sensing unit comprising a plurality of sub-pixel light-sensing components configured to output a plurality of sub-pixel values; and an integrating unit, coupled to the pixel light-sensing unit configured to output the pixel value according to the plurality of sub-pixel values; and a collimating unit having a plurality of openings, wherein the plurality of openings are aligned with an area of the pixel light-sensing unit, and projections of the plurality of openings onto the light receiving side lie within the area of the pixel light-sensing unit at the light receiving side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Shenzhen Goodix Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wei-Min Chao, Chien-Jian Tseng
  • Patent number: 10638072
    Abstract: A control apparatus (106) includes an acquirer (106a) which acquires a first imaging signal that is read in a first mode from a first pixel area of an image sensor and a second imaging signal that is read in a second mode from a second pixel area of the image sensor, the image sensor including a plurality of photoelectric converters corresponding to a single microlens, and an image processor (106b) which performs noise reduction processing on the first and second imaging signals, the first mode is a mode in which pixel signals of photoelectric converters are added to each other to be read from the image sensor, and the second mode is a mode in which a pixel signal of at least one of the photoelectric converters is read independently as a predetermined signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Mie Ishii, Hirokazu Kobayashi, Koji Oshima
  • Patent number: 10638044
    Abstract: An image blur correction device detects a hand shake or the like using a shake detection unit and corrects image blur on the basis of a shake detection signal. An offset estimation unit estimates an offset component of an output of the shake detection unit. A noise term calculation unit separates an amount of shake detected by the shake detection unit into bands using a filter to calculate an amount of high frequency shake and an amount of low frequency shake. The noise term calculation unit performs control for changing characteristics of the offset estimation unit to delay updating of an offset estimation value as the amount of high frequency shake becomes larger and changing the characteristics of the offset estimation unit to advance the updating of the offset estimation value as the amount of low frequency shake becomes larger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kenji Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 10638077
    Abstract: An imaging device according to an embodiment includes an image sensor, and processing circuitry. The image sensor is a rolling-shutter type image sensor that includes a plurality of pixels that are arranged in a matrix and generate an electric signal due to light received and, on a frame-to-frame basis, repeatedly performs a process to sequentially start to conduct exposure on at least every line, starting from the first line of the pixels to the last line, and output the electric signal sequentially from the line for which exposure has been completed. The processing circuitry causes the pixels to receive light during only a period based on the blanking period that corresponds to the period from when the output of the electric signal from the last line is finished until the output of the electric signal from the first line is started. The processing circuitry generates images in accordance with the electric signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Junya Fukumoto, Yuma Kudo, Takashi Tsuda
  • Patent number: 10630887
    Abstract: Provided are a method used by a user to change focus of a camera to a particular point with respect to a target object via a wearable device and the wearable device performing the method. The wearable device may display a target object image displayed on a preview display of the camera and may receive a user input for changing focus to a particular point of the target object image. The wearable device may request the camera to change focus based on the user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hyun-soo Choi, Chang-han Kim, Moon-sik Jeong, So-won Kim
  • Patent number: 10630881
    Abstract: A lens detection system includes a system chip, and the system chip includes a first lens selection pin and a protocol path pin. A lens detection method includes performing a reset step by the system chip; enabling the first lens selection pin by the system chip; detecting a first lens identification code via the protocol path pin by the system chip; loading first lens data by the system chip and entering a first lens operation mode for controlling an externally connected first lens if the first lens identification code is detected; and disabling the first lens selection pin by the system chip if the first lens identification code is undetected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: VIVOTEK INC.
    Inventors: Chien-Ming Yeh, Ting-Chia Chang, Ren-Wei Lin, Wen-Yuan Li
  • Patent number: 10630893
    Abstract: A device and method are provided for adjusting image capture settings. In one implementation, a wearable apparatus may include at least one wearable image sensor configured to capture a plurality of images from an environment of a user. The wearable apparatus may also include at least one processing device configured to identify, in at least one representation of at least one of the plurality of images, an existence of at least one visual trigger in the environment of the user, determine, based on a type of the at least one visual trigger, a value for at least one capturing parameter, cause the image sensor to capture at least one subsequent image according to at least the value of the at least one capturing parameter, determine a data size for storing at least one representation of the at least one subsequent image, and store, in a memory, the at least one representation of the at least one subsequent image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: OrCam Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Yonatan Wexler, Amnon Shashua
  • Patent number: 10627598
    Abstract: At least one of a stage on which a cultivation container 50 that contains a plurality of wells 52 is placed or an imaging optical system that includes an objective lens for forming an image of the observation target in each well 52 is moved to scan an observation position in the stage, to thereby observe the observation target. In a case where the objective lens is moved in an optical axis direction to perform an auto-focus control at each observation position, a start timing of the auto-focus control at each observation position D is changed on the basis of a boundary portion between respective wells 52 that are adjacent to each other in a scanning direction of the observation positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Kenta Matsubara
  • Patent number: 10621435
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for efficient image analysis. In some aspects, a system includes a camera configured to capture images, one or more environment sensors configured to detect movement of the camera, a data processing apparatus, and a memory storage apparatus in data communication with the data processing apparatus. The data processing apparatus can access, for each of a multitude of images captured by a mobile device camera, data indicative of movement of the camera at a time at which the camera captured the image. The data processing apparatus can also select, from the images, a particular image for analysis based on the data indicative of the movement of the camera for each image, analyze the particular image to recognize one or more objects depicted in the particular image, and present content related to the one or more recognized objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Matthew J. Bridges, Alessandro Fin, Hartwig Adam, Jeffrey M. Gilbert
  • Patent number: 10620507
    Abstract: The invention comprises a small, easily transportable, specially programmed, wirelessly controlled camera mounting device. The camera mounting device is equipped with a ΒΌ-20 stud, the standard type of stud used by tripods, so the user can easily mount a Go-Pro camera or any other kind of presently available small camera on the camera mounting device. Embodiments of the device can rotate the camera up to 360 degrees, left or right, at any of multiple speeds, and can pause, and rotate the camera up or down. Embodiments of the device can attach themselves to other surfaces, by several methods, and can be charged wirelessly. The invention also includes a method that eliminates the need to use multiple cameras, while making a video, and splice the video together after the fact. This invention also comprises security systems using the camera mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventor: William Conn Lefever
  • Patent number: 10623644
    Abstract: A vibration sensor of an image pick-up apparatus detects shake of an image pick-up apparatus and acquires shake information. An imaging unit outputs an image signal of a subject to an imaging signal processing unit. A motion vector detection unit calculates a motion vector according to an image signal after imaging. A feature point tracking unit performs feature point tracking by calculating a coordinate value of a subject on a photographing screen using the motion vector. A feature coordinate map and position and attitude estimation unit estimates a position or attitude of the image pick-up apparatus on the basis of information obtained by a band limit filter performing band limitation on shake information from a vibration sensor and an output of the feature point tracking unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kenji Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 10623670
    Abstract: An integration circuit having multiple wells that allow for the simultaneous storage of charge during an integration interval and techniques for using the same provide benefits in dynamic range that enhance the performance of pixels. The circuit and techniques described herein could also be used in many different infrared focal plane array applications where higher dynamic range is desired and multiple gain state outputs are allowed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventor: Allen W. Hairston
  • Patent number: 10616490
    Abstract: An electronic device has multiple cameras and displays a digital viewfinder user interface for previewing visual information provided by the cameras. The multiple cameras may have different properties such as focal lengths. When a single digital viewfinder is provided, the user interface allows zooming over a zoom range that includes the respective zoom ranges of both cameras. The zoom setting to determine which camera provides visual information to the viewfinder and which camera is used to capture visual information. The user interface also allows the simultaneous display of content provided by different cameras at the same time. When two digital viewfinders are provided, the user interface allows zooming, freezing, and panning of one digital viewfinder independently of the other. The device allows storing of a composite images and/or videos using both digital viewfinders and corresponding cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Traer Bernstein, Lukas Robert Tom Girling, Linda L. Dong, Henrique Penha, Paulo Michaelo Lopez, Behkish J. Manzari
  • Patent number: 10616454
    Abstract: A digital video transmitter for a gimbal includes a video converter configured to receive a digital video signal from an imaging device and convert the digital video signal to output a serial differential signal, a first filter electrically coupled to the video converter through a first differential signal transmission line, a second filter electrically coupled to the first filter through a second differential signal transmission line, and an image transmitter electrically coupled to the second filter and configured to receive and transmit the serial differential signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: SZ DJI OSMO TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mingliang Zhu, Li Zhou, Yueqiang Lu
  • Patent number: 10616494
    Abstract: There is provided a camera of which operability is good regardless of the brightness of the surrounding environment. The brightness of the surrounding environment is detected by a brightness detection unit provided in a camera. The contents of settings of the camera are displayed on a sub-display 18 in a situation in which the surrounding environment is bright. The contents of settings of the camera and an image representing the set state of a shutter speed dial 33 are displayed on the sub-display 18 in a case in which the surrounding environment is dark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroaki Takao, Kentaro Tokiwa, Hirofumi Horii, Yuichi Fujimura, Takeshi Misawa, Atsushi Misawa
  • Patent number: 10616464
    Abstract: A method of automatically activating a camera application implemented in a mobile device in locked mode starts with the processor receiving a first signal from an accelerometer. The device's processor activates the camera application when the processor determines that the mobile device has remained in a stationary portrait or landscape position for a period of time based on the first signal. Activating the camera application includes signaling by the processor to the display device to display a camera screen from a locked screen. The processor may also receive a second signal from a proximity sensor that detects presence of a nearby object to the mobile device. When the processor determines that there is presence of the nearby object to the mobile device based on the second signal, the mobile device remains in locked mode and the processor does not activate the camera application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Conrad A. Shultz
  • Patent number: 10616493
    Abstract: A camera: a first camera including a first lens and a color image sensor covered with color filters located in front of square pixels; a second camera including a second lens and a mono color image sensor having square pixels, with a pixel arrangement of the mono color image sensor rotated by 45 degrees with respect to a pixel arrangement of the color image sensor; a first interpolation means for interpolating signals outputted from the color image sensor, converting the interpolated signals into color difference signals, and outputting the color difference signals; a second interpolation means for interpolating signals outputted from the mono color image sensor and outputting interpolated luminance signals; a first cropping means for cropping the color difference signals; a second cropping means for cropping the interpolated luminance signals; and a color image signal processing means for fusing the cropped color difference signals and the cropped luminance signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hajime Numata, Wei Luo
  • Patent number: 10616484
    Abstract: A dual-aperture camera comprising a first camera having a first sensor and a first image signal processor (ISP), the first camera operative to output a first stream of frames, a second camera having a second sensor and a second ISP, the second camera operative to output a second stream of frames, and a synchronization and operation control module configurable to control operation of one camera in a fully operational mode and operation of the other camera in a partially operational mode and to output an output of the fully operational camera as a dual-aperture camera output, whereby the partially operational mode of the other camera reduces a dual-aperture camera the power consumption in comparison with a full operational mode of the other camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Corephotonics Ltd.
    Inventors: Noy Cohen, Gal Shabtay, Oded Gigushinski, Nadav Geva, Anat Leshem, Gil Bachar