Patents Examined by Lin Ye
  • Patent number: 10560638
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an imaging apparatus, an imaging method, and a program capable of obtaining a color image even in a case where photographing is performed in a dark place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hirosuke Nagano, Yasushi Sato
  • Patent number: 10560669
    Abstract: An image sensor includes: a plurality of microlenses arranged in a two-dimensional pattern; and a plurality of pixels that are provided in correspondence to each of the microlenses and receive lights of different color components, respectively. Pixels that are provided at adjacent microlenses among the microlenses and that receive lights of same color components, are adjacently arranged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hironobu Murata
  • Patent number: 10560650
    Abstract: Provided is a photoelectric conversion device including: a pixel array including pixels arranged to form columns; and a readout unit including column readout circuits provided corresponding to the columns, each of the column readout circuits being configured to read out signals from the pixels in a corresponding column. Each of the column readout circuits includes a holding unit configured to hold a reference voltage supplied from a reference voltage line, an amplifier unit configured to amplify a signal output from one of the pixels based on the reference voltage held in the holding unit, and a switch unit configured to electrically disconnect the reference voltage line from the holding unit when the amplifier unit amplifies the signal. The holding unit of a first column readout circuit and the holding unit of a second column readout circuit are electrically connected to each other by a path other than the switch unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Isamu Ueno
  • Patent number: 10560636
    Abstract: Crop synchronized auto focus and exposure may be provided. First, a command corresponding to a new crop region of a sensor of a camera may be received. Then new capture settings corresponding to the new crop region may be obtained. Next, a frame may be captured from the sensor of the camera according to the obtained new capture settings. The captured frame may then be cropped according to the new crop region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Erik Hellerud, Frode Tjøntveit, Anh Duc Dao
  • Patent number: 10552942
    Abstract: In one aspect, a color plenoptic imaging system captures a plenoptic image of an object. The plenoptic image is made up of a plurality of superpixels, and each superpixel includes a center subpixel. The collection of center subpixels from the plurality of superpixels forms a set of captured center view data for the object. The sensor array includes at least two arrays of different color sensors that capture subpixels of different colors. The microlens array and the sensor array are positioned such that, within the set of captured center view data, for each of the different colors, adjacent center subpixels of that color are separated by not more than three intervening center subpixels of a different color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Aashish Kumar, Manuel Martinello
  • Patent number: 10554875
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided to control a position of a camera module. The apparatus includes a magnetic member disposed on a lens barrel of the camera module, a coil disposed opposite to the magnetic member, and a driver configured to generate to the coil a position confirmation signal including a specific frequency component. The apparatus also includes a signal extractor configured to extract a detected signal, including the specific frequency component, from a coil signal of the coil, and a peak detector detect a peak value of the detected signal and output a position signal corresponding to a position of the magnetic member based on the peak value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Joo Hyoung Lee, Woo Young Choi, Sang Hoon Kim, Joo Yul Ko
  • Patent number: 10554916
    Abstract: An image sensor includes: a readout circuit that reads out a signal to a signal line, the signal being generated by an electric charge resulting from a photoelectric conversion; a holding circuit that holds a voltage based on an electric current from a power supply circuit; and an electric current source including a transistor having a drain part connected to the signal line and a gate part connected to the holding circuit and the drain part, the electric current source supplying the signal line with an electric current generated by the voltage held in the holding circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Wataru Funamizu, Masahiro Juen, Atsushi Komai
  • Patent number: 10547779
    Abstract: An apparatus is described. The apparatus includes a smart image sensor having a memory and a processor that are locally integrated with an image sensor. The memory is to store first program code to be executed by the processor. The memory is coupled to the image sensor and the processor. The memory is to store second program code to be executed by the processor. The first program code is to cause the smart image sensor to perform an analysis on one or more images captured by the image sensor. The analysis identifies a region of interest within the one or more images with machine learning from previously captured images. The second program code is to cause the smart image sensor to change an image sensing and/or optical parameter in response to the analysis of the one or more images performed by the execution of the first program code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Chung Chun Wan, Choon Ping Chng, Suk Hwan Lim, Szepo Robert Hung, Blaise Aguera-Arcas
  • Patent number: 10540080
    Abstract: Methods for the capture, messaging and graphical user interface display of visual social media use electronic devices, especially small form factor electronic devices, each in operable communication with social media servers. The electronic devices comprise media capture controllers for the capture of visual media using image sensors and messaging controllers for sending notifications of such at least one further electronic devices. The further electronic device may similarly use the media capture controller to capture further visual media which is then uploaded to a social media server. The social media server links the first visual media and the further visual media in a linked image post object. The linked image post object may display the first visual media and the display controller may generate a user interface animation to substitute the first visual media with the further visual media substantially in place within the same display region of the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Inventor: Melissa Sully
  • Patent number: 10542224
    Abstract: There is provided an imaging device including: an image processing unit; a face recognition processing unit; a storage unit; and a composition processing unit for generating composite data by a composition process so that persons photographed in each of a plurality of image data are included in one image data. The face recognition processing unit recognizes a first person by performing a face recognition process on first image data. When second image data obtained by photographing a second person at the different photographing timing of the first image data, with the same background as the first image data, is recorded in the storage unit, the composition processing unit generates composite data in which the first person and the second person are superimposed on the same background.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Masayuki Hirabayashi, Yasunobu Hashimoto, Hiroshi Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10534194
    Abstract: A reflecting module for optical image stabilization (OIS) includes: a housing including an internal space; a driving holder including a reflecting member and supported by an inner wall of the housing in a state in which a driving plate is fitted between the driving holder and the housing so that the driving holder is provided in the internal space; and a driving part configured to provide driving force to the driving holder to move the driving holder. The driving plate is linearly movable along one axis approximately perpendicular to an optical axis or is rotatable around the one axis with respect to the housing. The driving holder is linearly movable along the one axis or is rotatable around the one axis with respect to the driving plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ta Kyoung Lee, Ah Hyeon Im
  • Patent number: 10536639
    Abstract: Video information generated by an image sensor for a capture period and motion information of the image sensor during the capture period may be obtained. The video information may define images of a video based on light received within a field of view of an image sensor during the capture period. Relative positions of the image sensor between different moments within the capture period may be estimated based on the motion information. Depth information for a portion of an environment of the image sensor may be determined based on the video information generated at the different moments and the relative positions of the image sensor between the different moments, or based on stereo depth mapping. Translational motion correction may be applied to one or more of the images based on the depth information and the relative positions of the image sensor to warp the image(s) and stabilize the video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventor: Ingrid A. Cotoros
  • Patent number: 10531003
    Abstract: Embodiments provide a lens moving apparatus including a bobbin having a lens barrel, a housing configured to accommodate the bobbin, an upper elastic member coupled to the bobbin and the housing, a lower elastic member coupled to the bobbin and the housing, a first coil disposed on the bobbin, a first magnet disposed on the housing, a circuit board disposed below the housing, a second coil disposed on the circuit board, a first sensor to output a first output signal based on a sensed result of a magnetic field strength of the first magnet, a first capacitor connected in parallel to the first sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tae Bong Park, Jin Suk Han, Jung Cheol Kim
  • Patent number: 10530991
    Abstract: An “Exposure Controller” provides various techniques for training and applying a deep convolution network to provide real-time automated camera exposure control, as a real-time function of scene semantic context, in a way that improves image quality for a wide range of image subject types in a wide range of real-world lighting conditions. The deep learning approach applied by the Exposure Controller to implement this functionality first uses supervised learning to achieve a good anchor point that mimics integral exposure control for a particular camera model or type, followed by refinement through reinforcement learning. The end-to-end system (e.g., exposure control and image capture) provided by the Exposure Controller provides real-time performance for predicting and setting camera exposure values to improve overall visual quality of the resulting image over a wide range of image capture scenarios (e.g., back-lit scenes, front lighting, rapid changes to lighting conditions, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Baoyuan Wang, Sing Bing Kang
  • Patent number: 10530978
    Abstract: An integrated image sensor and lens assembly comprises an image sensor substrate, an image sensor assembly mounted on the image sensor substrate and housing an image sensor, the image sensor assembly having one or more side walls, a lens barrel including one or more lenses, and an adhesive formed between a region of the lens barrel and the one or more side walls, the region being directly adhered to the one or more side walls via the adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Patrick Campbell, Thomas Czepowicz
  • Patent number: 10528177
    Abstract: A mobile terminal capable of sensing a touch input, and a control method thereof are provided. The mobile terminal includes: a camera unit configured to receive an image in a camera mode; a display unit configured to sense a touch input; a control unit configured to designate a region on the basis of a touch input sensed by the display unit, execute the camera mode when a region is designated, control the camera unit to capture the received image, and display the captured image in the designated region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Hayang Jung, Mijin Cho, Hyungtae Jang, Suyoung Lee, Jihye Yu
  • Patent number: 10523839
    Abstract: Digital media can be automatically transferred between a digital capture device or storage device and one or more other devices with little or no user intervention. Media can be selected for automatic transfer based on one or more media-content or media-context characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventor: Thomas Nathan Millikan
  • Patent number: 10523873
    Abstract: The low-sensitivity polarization characteristic model calculation unit 31 of the polarized image processing unit 30-1 calculates the low-sensitivity polarization characteristic model on the basis of the low-sensitivity polarized image in the plurality of polarization directions that is generated by the low-sensitivity imaging unit 21. The non-saturation polarized image extraction unit 32 extracts an image in a polarization direction in which saturation has not occurred from the high-sensitivity polarized image in the plurality of polarization directions that is generated by the high-sensitivity imaging unit 22. The high-sensitivity component acquisition unit 33-1 calculates a high-sensitivity polarization characteristic model having the phase component identical to the low-sensitivity polarization characteristic model from an image in a plurality of polarization directions in which saturation has not occurred in the high-sensitivity polarized image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hideki Oyaizu, Yasutaka Hirasawa, Yuhi Kondo
  • Patent number: 10523875
    Abstract: An image sensor of an image capture device may capture an image. The captured image may be stored in a buffer of two or more previously-captured images. An oldest image of the two or more previously-captured images may be removed from the buffer. An aggregate image of the images in the buffer may be updated. This updating may involve subtracting a representation of the oldest image from the aggregate image, and adding a representation of the captured image to the aggregate image. A viewfinder of the image capture device may display a representation of the aggregate image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel William Hasinoff, Jiawen Chen
  • Patent number: 10516840
    Abstract: An image sensor includes: a readout circuit that reads out a signal to a signal line, the signal being generated by an electric charge resulting from a photoelectric conversion; a holding circuit that holds a voltage based on an electric current from a power supply circuit; and an electric current source including a transistor having a drain part connected to the signal line and a gate part connected to the holding circuit and the drain part, the electric current source supplying the signal line with an electric current generated by the voltage held in the holding circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Wataru Funamizu, Masahiro Juen, Atsushi Komai