Patents Examined by Luong T. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10412307
    Abstract: For image display, an imaging device captures an image. A display unit displays the captured image. A processing unit displays a second interface in response to the image satisfying a predetermined condition, wherein the second interface comprises controls corresponding to the predetermined condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Lenovo (Beijing) Limited
    Inventor: Cheng Guo Gao
  • Patent number: 10397507
    Abstract: An electric camera includes an image sensing device with a light receiving surface having N vertically arranged pixels and an arbitrary number of pixels arranged horizontally, N being equal to or more than three times the number of effective scanning lines M of a display screen of a television system, a driver to drive the image sensing device to vertically mix or cull signal charges accumulated in individual pixels of K pixels to produce, during a vertical effective scanning period of the television system, a number of lines of output signals which corresponds to 1/K the number of vertically arranged pixels N of the image sensing device, K being an integer equal to or less than an integral part of a quotient of N divided by M, and a signal processing unit having a function of generating image signals by using the output signals of the image sensing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Maxell, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takahiro Nakano, Ryuji Nishimura, Toshiro Kinugasa
  • Patent number: 10397458
    Abstract: A telecentric illumination and photographing system for detection of marine microscopic organisms includes an optical path module and an illumination drive module, where the optical path module includes: an LED light source, a light homogenizing rod, a decoherence light homogenizing sheet, a diaphragm, a telecentric collimation camera, where a light beam emitted from the diaphragm is incident into a microscopic organism area with uniform illuminance after passing through the telecentric collimation camera; and a telecentric imaging camera, matching the telecentric collimation camera to receive an illumination beam passing through the microscopic organism area and output the illumination beam to an imaging unit, to obtain an imaging result of uniform illuminance. Further, the illumination drive module enables the LED light source to work in a stable state in which light emitting intensity is constant, thereby improving current output accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventors: Xuemin Cheng, Hongsheng Bi, Yonghong He, Zhonghua Cai, Jiayong Lin
  • Patent number: 10397509
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device includes a pixel region in which shared pixels which share pixel transistors in a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions are two-dimensionally arranged. The shared pixel transistors are divisionally arranged in a column direction of the shared pixels, the pixel transistors shared between neighboring shared pixels are arranged so as to be horizontally reversed or/and vertically crossed, and connection wirings connected to a floating diffusion portion, a source of a reset transistor and a gate of an amplification transistor in the shared pixels are arranged along the column direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Hideo Kido, Atsuhiko Yamamoto, Akihiro Yamada
  • Patent number: 10397870
    Abstract: If a wireless connection with an external device is disconnected, it is determined whether or not the disconnection is based on a request from the external device. Different methods for displaying a screen indicating the disconnection are used in the case where it is determined that the disconnection is based on a request from the external device and the case where it is not. Accordingly, it is possible to realize an electronic device that performs suitable indication to a user and a method for controlling the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Jiro Shimosato
  • Patent number: 10375321
    Abstract: An electronic device and a method thereof are provided for processing stored images to reconstruct a high-resolution image. The electronic device includes an image sensor configured to acquire an image through a plurality of pixels including a first pixel set and a second pixel set; and a processor configured to acquire at least one first image through the first pixel set; acquire at least one second image through the second pixel set; and generate at least one third image according to a selected mode for generating the at least one third image, by using the at least one first image and the at least one second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Youngkwon Yoon, Jin Hee Na, Pyojae Kim, Jonghoon Won, Jongmin Hyun
  • Patent number: 10367990
    Abstract: A photographing apparatus including: an image pickup device to obtain a picked-up image, the image pickup device being provided with divided pixels for receiving light on respective optical paths from the object divided in left and right directions; a recording medium recording the picked-up image; a display displaying the picked-up image; and a processor comprising a focus judging section judging a state of focus of using a phase difference on an image pickup surface between image signals based on optical images respectively entering the divided pixels, the focus judging section judges whether or not the phase difference of each area of the picked-up image to be recorded immediately before photographing is equal to or has not increased in comparison with the phase difference of the recorded picked-up image in the same area, to determine a candidate area for an enlarged display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventors: Takeshi Kindaichi, Osamu Nonaka
  • Patent number: 10362209
    Abstract: An operation portion is provided on a first surface of a housing and is operated to remotely operate an imaging device. A signal transmitting and receiving portion is provided on a second surface of the housing connected to the first surface, and is configured to transmit and receive a signal to and from the imaging device. An electrical connection portion is attached to the first surface of the housing or to a surface of the housing facing the same direction as the first surface, and is configured to output a signal, which is received from the imaging device through the signal transmitting and receiving portion, to the outside. Engaging pieces are retractably provided at positions facing each other with the operation portion interposed therebetween, on a third surface and a fourth surface connected to both the first surface and the second surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventor: Hiromi Taguchi
  • Patent number: 10362249
    Abstract: [Object] To improve both trackability of a focus position and focusing accuracy with respect to a subject. [Solution] An image capturing device includes: an imaging element having a light receiving surface including detection pixels that receive light passed through different regions of an exit pupil of an imaging optical system, and detect a phase difference between two images obtained by splitting the exit pupil; a first detection unit configured to execute at least any of first focus detection based on a phase detection autofocus (AF) method and second focus detection based on a contrast detection AF method; a focusing control unit configured to drive at least one optical member included in the imaging optical system toward a focusing position detected by the focus detection; and a second detection unit configured to detect a change in a subject image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventors: Shinichi Ohtsubo, Takeshi Akabane
  • Patent number: 10362206
    Abstract: There is provided an image capturing apparatus comprising an image capturing unit. A setting unit sets one of a plurality of focus modes including a manual focus mode (MF mode). A switching unit switches a panning shot assist function between active and inactive. A display control unit carries out control such that first position information indicating a predetermined position in a live view image captured by the image capturing unit is displayed over the live view image in the case where the MF mode is set and the assist function is active, and carries out control such that the first position information is not displayed in the case where the MF mode is set and the assist function is inactive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Emi Kondo
  • Patent number: 10348984
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is to correct the reduced degree of modulation in a diagonal direction in a four-plate camera having a frame memory and R, G1, G2, and B image pickup elements among which two green image pickup elements (G1, G2) shift pixels diagonally. This image pickup method is provided for an image pickup device having two green image pickup elements, a red image pickup element, and a blue image pickup element among which the two green image pickup elements shift pixels diagonally. The method includes, with respect to a contour correction target pixel, generating a diagonal contour correction signal from respective image signals of two diagonally upper left pixels, two diagonally upper right pixels, two diagonally lower left pixels, and two diagonally lower right pixels, and adding the diagonal contour correction signal to an image signal of the contour correction target pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventor: Kazuhiko Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10349015
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide an image sensor color filter array pattern that mitigates and/or minimizes the impact of optical and carrier crosstalk on color reproduction accuracy and/or signal-to-noise, the color filter array comprising a plurality of kernels, wherein each kernel has an identical configuration of color filter elements comprising primary color filter elements corresponding to at least three respective different primary colors, and a plurality of secondary color filter elements. A respective one of the secondary color filter elements is disposed as a nearest neighbor to and between every pair of primary color filter elements of different colors in the kernel, with the respective secondary color filter element representing a secondary color that is a combination of the different colors of the primary color filter elements that are nearest neighbors to the respective secondary color filter element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventors: Eric R. Fossum, Leo Anzagira
  • Patent number: 10340298
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a semiconductor device and an electronic apparatus capable of reducing a leak current of a PN junction region. In a Si substrate, an N+ region is formed in a P-type Well (P_Well region). A depletion layer is formed in the circumference of a boundary (metallurgic boundary of a PN junction) between the P_Well region and the N+ region. On the surface of the Si substrate, a fixed charge layer having positive fixed charge is formed on the N+ region to be spanned to the depletion layer. The present disclosure is applicable to a CMOS solid-state imaging device used in an imaging apparatus such as a camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Shinya Yamakawa, Satoe Miyata
  • Patent number: 10341549
    Abstract: Disclosed are an image processing apparatus that can efficiently suppress the data amount of data indicating a spatial distribution and an angular distribution of light intensity and a control method of the same. The image processing apparatus obtains data indicating the spatial distribution and the angular distribution of the intensity of light beams that have passed through partial pupil areas obtained by dividing the exit pupil of an imaging optical system into a predetermined number. The image processing apparatus then reduces the bit depth or the number of tones of signals constituting the data based on the predetermined number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Koichi Fukuda
  • Patent number: 10334149
    Abstract: Example techniques are described for low power mode operation for multi-camera devices. A camera device includes processing circuitry configured to determine what information from the first camera is needed to process image content captured by the second camera or to operate the second camera, and adjust an operation mode of one of the first camera or camera circuitry coupled to the first camera from a first operation mode to a second operation mode based on the determination. An amount of power consumed by the first camera or the camera circuitry coupled to the first camera in the second operation mode is different than an amount of power consumed by the first camera or the camera circuitry in the first operation mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Cullum Baldwin, Pasi Parkkila, Jeyaprakash Soundrapandian, Meghana Barkalle, Harsh Narendra Shah
  • Patent number: 10320480
    Abstract: A structure of a mobile terminal for visible light communication is disclosed. The mobile terminal, according to one embodiment of the present invention, comprises: a light reception unit for receiving visible light; and a control unit for extracting, from the received visible light, data corresponding to the turning on/off of an external lighting, wherein the light reception unit comprises at least one among an illuminance sensor, a first image sensor disposed on the front of the mobile terminal, and a second image sensor disposed on the back of the mobile terminal, and comprises a guide member for guiding the traveling direction of visible light outputted from the lighting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventors: Hongjo Shim, Gukchan Lim, Seonghyok Kim
  • Patent number: 10321208
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for improving image recognition by using information from sensor data. In one embodiment, the method comprises receiving one or more sensor records, the sensor records representing timestamped sensor data collected by a sensor recording device; selecting an event based on the sensor records; identifying a time associated with the event; retrieving a plurality of timestamped video frames; synchronizing the sensor records and the video frames, wherein synchronizing the sensor records and the video frames comprises synchronizing the timestamped sensor data with individual frames of the timestamped video frames according to a common timeframe; and selecting a subset of video frames from the plurality of timestamped video frames based on the selected event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: ALPINEREPLAY, INC.
    Inventors: David J. Lokshin, Anatole M. Lokshin, Claire Louise Roberts-Thomson
  • Patent number: 10321035
    Abstract: A camera includes: a ring-like body mount having an inside diameter smaller than about 48 millimeters; and a solid-state image pickup device arranged oppositely to the body mount, the solid-state image pickup device having a rectangle light receiving section with a diagonal line length of about 43 millimeters or more. An apparent shape of the solid-state image pickup device viewed from a front surface side of the body mount is a rectangle in which one or more corners are oblique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Yuuki Sakaguchi
  • Patent number: 10313589
    Abstract: An imaging device includes a lens unit to form an object image, an imaging unit to convert the formed object image to an image signal, an image processing unit, an insertion/removal unit, a setting unit, and a mode determining unit. The image processing unit performs predetermined image processing on the image signal. The insertion/removal unit inserts and removes optical filters to/from the lens unit. The mode determining unit determines setting of an imaging mode included in a received setting. The optical filters include a first filter having a transmittance of a wavelength component in the infrared region that is relatively smaller than a wavelength component in the visible region, and a second filter having a transmittance of the wavelength component in the infrared region that is relatively larger than the wavelength component in the visible region. The image processing unit performs image processing according to a determination result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shunsuke Chino
  • Patent number: 10302902
    Abstract: A focus adjustment control apparatus is provided which includes: a focus detection unit that calculates an evaluation value with regard to contrast of an image via an optical system to detect a focus adjustment state of the optical system; an acquisition unit that acquires from a lens barrel at least one of a maximum value and a minimum value of an image plane movement coefficient that represents correspondence relationship between a movement amount of a focus adjustment lens included in the optical system and a movement amount of an image plane; and a control unit that uses at least one of the maximum value and the minimum value of the image plane movement coefficient to determine a drive speed for the focus adjustment lens when the focus detection unit detects the focus adjustment state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Tomita, Toshiaki Maeda