Patents Examined by Lin Ye
  • Patent number: 10609262
    Abstract: One embodiment of a camera module may comprise: a lens barrel having a hollow formed therein, comprising at least one lens aligned in the optical axis of the hollow; a holder having formed therein an internal space in which a part of the lens barrel is accommodated; a casing coupled to the holder and having formed therein an internal space in which a printed circuit board is accommodated; and a first heater which is electrically connected to the printed circuit board to heat the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dae Hwan Kim, Seung Ryong Park, Jung Hoo Seo, Sang Hyun Lee
  • Patent number: 10598966
    Abstract: A light control device 10 includes a pair of electrodes 611 and 612 and a stacked structure body 613? of a plurality of light control layers 613 sandwiched by the pair of electrodes 611 and 612; and each light control layer 613 has a stacked structure of a first insulating layer 614, a first nanocarbon film 615 doped with an n-type impurity or not doped with an impurity, a second insulating layer 617, and a second nanocarbon film 616 doped with a p-type impurity or not doped with an impurity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kouichi Harada, Kyoko Izuha, Koji Kadono
  • Patent number: 10602056
    Abstract: Examples of the present disclosure relate to generating optimal scanning trajectories for 3D scenes. In an example, a moveable camera may gather information about a scene. During an initial pass, an initial trajectory may be used to gather an initial dataset. In order to generate an optimal trajectory, a reconstruction of the scene may be generated based on the initial data set. Surface points and a camera position graph may be generated based on the reconstruction. A subgradient may be determined, wherein the subgradient provides an additive approximation for the marginal reward associated with each camera position node in the camera position graph. The subgradient may be used to generate an optimal trajectory based on the marginal reward of each camera position node. The optimal trajectory may then be used by to gather additional data, which may be iteratively analyzed and used to further refine and optimize subsequent trajectories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Mike Roberts, Debadeepta Dey, Sudipta Narayan Sinha, Shital Shah, Ashish Kapoor, Neel Suresh Joshi
  • Patent number: 10602047
    Abstract: A photographing method in which a terminal device performs photographing is provided. The photographing method includes synchronizing a clock of the terminal device with a reference clock, and acquiring photographing clock time information indicating a photographing clock time which is based on the reference clock through a communication network. The photographing method also includes specifying a photographing delay time until the photographing is performed since photographing start in the terminal device, and photographing a subject at the photographing clock time indicated by the photographing clock time information. The photographing clock time being based on the clock of the terminal device already synchronized with the reference clock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Youji Shibahara, Toshiyasu Sugio, Toru Matsunobu, Yuki Maruyama
  • Patent number: 10600827
    Abstract: An image sensor includes: an accumulation unit that accumulates an electric charge generated by a photoelectric conversion unit that photoelectrically converts incident light transmitted through a microlens; and a readout unit that reads out a signal based on a voltage of the accumulation unit, wherein the accumulation unit and the readout unit are included along an optical axis direction of the microlens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Osamu Saruwatari
  • Patent number: 10600195
    Abstract: Provided is a depth detection apparatus for detecting depth information from a first and a second image based on a light flux passing through different pupil regions, the apparatus including an image generator that generates a third and a fourth image by subjecting the first and the second image to a filter, a depth detector that detects depth information from a relative positional shift amount between the third and the fourth image, a representative value acquirer that acquires a representative value of spatial frequencies of the third or the fourth image from a frequency characteristic of the filter, and a confidence determiner that determines confidence for the depth information from the representative value. The confidence is determined as a value representing higher confidence as the representative value is greater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kiyokatsu Ikemoto
  • Patent number: 10602042
    Abstract: The present application discloses an imaging camera, including: a housing with an accommodation space and including a supporting part extending toward the accommodation space; a lens holder received in the accommodation space of the housing; a lens unit received in the lens holder; and a damping layer located at an image side of the lens holder. The supporting part is located at the image side of the lens holder, and the lens holder abuts against the supporting part via the damping layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: AAC Technologies Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Chuandong Wei
  • Patent number: 10602071
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an imaging device and a control method that achieve low electric power consumption. A light source is of a wavelength received by an OPD pixel which is a pixel that detects light exposure, and its light emission is controlled by a PC or the like. The OPD pixel is a pixel specialized to detect a brightness of an imaging environment, and converts a received light amount to a current value, without electric power consumption, by utilizing photoelectric conversion. A detector detects a change (light intensity, light reception time, blinking pattern, etc.) of the current value of the OPD pixel, and upon detection, issues an operation instruction to another device (not depicted) or a solid state imaging device, by supplying a detection result to a control unit. The present disclosure can be applied to the solid state imaging device that includes the OPD pixel, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Katsumi Takayama
  • Patent number: 10594969
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a solid-state image sensor, an imaging device, and an electronic device capable of switching FD conversion efficiency in all pixels of a solid-state image sensor. A photodiode performs photoelectric conversion on incident light. A floating diffusion (FD) stores charge obtained by the photodiode. FD2, which is a second FD to which the capacity of an additional capacitor MIM is added, adds the capacity to the FD. The additional capacitor MIM is constituted by a first electrode formed by a wiring layer and a second electrode formed by a metallic light blocking film provided on a surface of a substrate on which the photodiode is formed. Switching between the FD and FD+FD2 allows switching of the FD conversion efficiency. The present technology is applicable to a CMOS image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Machida, Kazuyoshi Yamashita
  • Patent number: 10594911
    Abstract: A camera module includes: a housing; a reflecting module; and a lens module disposed behind the reflecting module, wherein the moving holder is disposed to be movable in one axial direction, approximately perpendicular to the optical axial direction and the one axial direction with respect to the housing, the lens module includes a carrier supported by the housing to be linearly movable in approximately the optical axial direction, the lens module includes two or more lens barrels of which some are fixed, and the others are supported by the housing to be linearly movable in approximately the optical axial direction, and lenses are distributed and provided into the at least two lens barrels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ah Hyeon Im, Ta Kyoung Lee, Bong Won Jeong
  • Patent number: 10593717
    Abstract: An imaging device that includes a first color filter, a second color filer and an image sensor. The first color filter includes a first plurality of color filter regions that transmit a color of a first set of colors. The second color filter includes that transmit a color of a second set of colors. The second set of colors is different from the first set of colors. The image sensor detects light that passes through both the first color filter and the second color filter and generates an image signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventor: Ryuichi Tadano
  • Patent number: 10594970
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an image sensor and an electronic device that can reduce occurrence of a problem not only in a case of adding and using outputs of a plurality of PDs that share one of on-chip lenses but also in a case of using them individually. An image sensor according to a first aspect of the present disclosure includes: a light receiving element that generates charges by photoelectric conversion; an on-chip lens that is shared by a plurality of light receiving elements and condenses incident light onto the plurality of light receiving elements; and an AD convertor that converts charges generated by the light receiving element to a digital signal. Exposure timings of the plurality of light receiving elements sharing one of the on-chip lenses are the same. The present disclosure can be applied, for example, to image pickup devices having an image-plane phase-difference detection AF function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gota Sato, Masashi Nakata
  • Patent number: 10594923
    Abstract: A method, a system, a mobile terminal for adjusting focal length of the camera includes monitoring, by the proximity sensor arranged on multi-functional keys of a side of the mobile terminal, movement direction, movement distance, and movement time of fingers in real-time, and uploading the movement direction, the movement distance, and the movement time to an application processor of the camera. An application processor of the camera provides analyzed data of the movement direction, the movement distance, and the movement time, and adjusts the focal length of the camera according to a result of the analyzed data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: HuiZhou TCL Mobile Communication Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jianming Feng
  • Patent number: 10582120
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and media for providing interactive refocusing are provided, the systems comprising: a lens; an image sensor; and a processor that: causes the image sensor to capture a plurality of images over a predetermined period of time, wherein each of the plurality of images represents a scene at a different point in time; changes a depth of field between at least a pair of the plurality of images; concatenates the plurality of images to create a duration focal volume in the order in which the images were captured; computes a space-time in-focus image that represents in-focus portions from each of the plurality of images based on the duration focal volume; and computes a space-time index map that identifies an in-focus image for each location of the scene from among the plurality of images based on the duration focal volume and the space-time in-focus image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York
    Inventors: Shree K. Nayar, Daniel Miau, Changyin Zhou
  • Patent number: 10582134
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus comprises an image pickup unit, a cutout image generation unit for cutting out a specified area in a pickup image taken by the image pickup unit to generate a cutout image enlarged at a specified magnification, an image display unit for displaying one or both of the pickup image taken by the image pickup unit and the cutout image generated by the cutout image generation unit, a display image control unit for controlling a method of displaying an image the image display unit displays, a manual focus operation unit for the user to control through manual operation the focus position of the image pickup unit, and a manual zoom operation unit for the user to control the zoom magnification of the image pickup unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Shinichiro Hirooka, Hiroshi Chiba
  • Patent number: 10574930
    Abstract: An image sensor includes a first semiconductor layer provided with a pixel, including a photoelectric conversion unit that photoelectrically converts incident light to generate an electric charge, an accumulation unit that accumulates the electric charge generated by the photoelectric conversion unit, and a transfer unit that transfers the electric charge generated by the photoelectric conversion unit to the accumulation unit, a second semiconductor layer provided with a supply unit that supplies the transfer unit with a transfer signal for transferring the electric charge from the photoelectric conversion unit to the accumulation unit, and a third semiconductor layer into which a signal is inputted, the signal being based on the electric charge that has been transferred to the accumulation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Atsushi Kamashita, Atsushi Komai, Toru Takagi, Tomohisa Ishida
  • Patent number: 10574926
    Abstract: An analog-to-digital converter includes a comparator having paired differential input ends, and a first capacitor and a second capacitor each provided at respective differential input ends. The first capacitor includes a plurality of first sub-capacitors that are coupled side by side with one another, and the second capacitor includes a plurality of second sub-capacitors that are coupled side by side with one another. The plurality of first sub-capacitors and the plurality of second sub-capacitors are mixedly arranged in each column of a plurality of columns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Masaaki Bairo
  • Patent number: 10574865
    Abstract: A chassis for use in a panoramic camera is disclosed. The chassis comprises a base, a heat sink which comprises a metal boss formed on a first portion of the base to dissipate heat generated by a main processor of the panoramic camera; and an isothermal mounting structure formed on a second portion of the base, wherein an isothermal mounting structure defines a plurality of mounting formations each for securing imaging sensor thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Altia Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Atif Sarwari, Aurangzeb Khan
  • Patent number: 10564392
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes: a distance measurement unit that measures distance values of a plurality of points in a first area which has a focus point as a reference point; a statistical unit that calculates statistics indicating a variation in the measured distance values of the plurality of points in the first area; a size determination unit that determines the size of a second area which has the focus point as a reference point, on the basis of the calculated statistics; a contrast evaluation value calculation unit that calculates a contrast evaluation value on the basis of an image of the second area; and a focusing unit that moves a focus lens to a lens position determined on the basis of the calculated contrast evaluation value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Mikio Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10567692
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus including a pixel region in which a plurality of pixels are arranged in a matrix, an A/D converter configured to convert a plurality of signals output from the plurality of pixels into a plurality of corresponding digital data, and a signal processing unit configured to generate an error-correcting code for the plurality of digital data, wherein, in the generating the error-correcting code, the signal processing unit performs grouping the plurality of digital data output from the A/D converter into a plurality of groups, and wherein the signal processing unit performs the grouping so that, in each of the plurality of groups, a total data length of the digital data forming corresponding one of the plurality of groups is not shorter than a length of the error-correcting code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Eiki Aoyama