Patents Examined by Luong T. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 11399126
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes a focus controller, an image sensor, an angle controller configured to change an angle of an imaging plane of the image sensor, an evaluation value acquirer configured to acquire a contrast evaluation value in a first evaluation area of the image sensor during a focus control, and to acquire a contrast evaluation value in a second evaluation area different from the first evaluation area during an angle control, and an exposure controller configured to control an exposure condition of the image sensor. The exposure controller determines a first exposure condition so as to provide a correct exposure value to the first evaluation area during the focus control, and determines a second exposure condition different from the first exposure so as to provide a correct exposure value to the second evaluation area during the angle control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Aihiko Numata
  • Patent number: 11394875
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for a content capture application and/or service. In one example embodiment, an application/service can determine a project definition for a media project that can include a video that is to be captured via a user device having a camera. The application/service can determine a device capability of the user device including a video capability and a networking capability. The application/service can determine, based on the project definition and the device capability, a capture suggestion. The capture suggestion can include instructions relating to content to be included in the video. The device can provide the capture suggestion to the user device, obtain media content based on the video, assemble the media project including the media content, and output the media project to a recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Eric Zavesky, Lee Begeja, David Crawford Gibbon, Jean-Francois Paiement, Tan Xu, Terrel Lecesne
  • Patent number: 11394914
    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: February 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Sony Group Corporation
    Inventors: Hideo Kido, Atsuhiko Yamamoto, Akihiro Yamada
  • Patent number: 11385526
    Abstract: In a method of processing an image, a first image including a plurality of objects and image information associated with the first image are obtained. Image processing information associated with an image operation to be performed on the first image is obtained based on an object among the plurality of objects included in the first image and a user command specified in at least one of voice information of a user and touch information from the user. A second image is generated by performing the image operation on the first image based on the image information and the image processing information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hansol Kang, Thomas Byunghak Cho
  • Patent number: 11378772
    Abstract: The present embodiments relate to a dual camera module comprising: a first camera module including a first lens module and a first image sensor disposed below the first lens module; and a second camera module including a second lens module and a second image sensor disposed below the second lens module, wherein the second camera module has a wider angle of view than the first camera module, and the second image sensor is disposed at a position higher than the first image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Young Don O, Sang Yeon Han
  • Patent number: 11381755
    Abstract: An image capture apparatus comprises a photometry unit that acquires photometric information that indicates brightness of a captured image of a subject, a control unit that controls exposure based on the photometric information, and a correction unit that, at a time of acquiring a plurality of images, which are to be used when generating a time-lapse moving image and are obtained by consecutive image capturing of a subject, obtains a difference between first photometric information acquired prior to a first image capturing in the consecutive image capturing and second photometric information based on an image obtained by performing the first image capturing in a state in which exposure control has been performed, and corrects photometric information at the time of second and subsequent image capturing in the consecutive image capturing using the difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yukihiro Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 11375113
    Abstract: An imaging element includes a storage portion that stores image data obtained by imaging a subject at a first frame rate and is incorporated in the imaging element, a processing portion that is incorporated in the imaging element and configured to perform processing using the image data, and an output portion that outputs output image data based on the image data at a second frame rate depending on a processing result of the processing portion and is incorporated in the imaging element, in which the first frame rate is greater than or equal to the second frame rate, and the processing portion performs processing of deriving an evaluation value indicating a degree of focusing for the image data stored in the storage portion and changing the second frame rate based on the derived evaluation value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryo Hasegawa, Tomoyuki Kawai, Hitoshi Sakurabu, Makoto Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 11367158
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus includes a capture part acquiring image data, and a display displaying an image on a display based on the image data. First information acquired includes at least either an azimuth angle or an elevation angle as a direction of the image and at least either an angle of view of the image or angle-of-view related information calculating the angle of view. When a second direction of a second image is included within a range of a first angle of view in a first direction of a first image, the second image is associated with the first image, and the first image is displayed within the display, and display is performed in a state in which the second image to be associated with the first image is overlapped on the first image within the display as the second image or second information indicating the second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Nobutaka Okuyama, Ryuji Nishimura, Susumu Yoshida
  • Patent number: 11360571
    Abstract: An information processing device includes: an outline extraction unit extracting an outline of a subject from a picked-up image of the subject; a characteristic amount extraction unit extracting a characteristic amount, by extracting sample points from points making up the outline, for each of the sample points: an estimation unit estimating a posture of a high degree of matching as a posture of the subject by calculating a degree of the characteristic amount extracted in the characteristic amount extraction unit being matched with each of a plurality of characteristic amounts that are prepared in advance and represent predetermined postures different from each other; and a determination unit determining accuracy of estimation by the estimation unit using a matching cost when the estimation unit carries out the estimation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keisuke Yamaoka, Jun Yokono
  • Patent number: 11343428
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes an imaging device and a processor. The processor is configured to determine brightness of an image when the imaging apparatus is operating in a second operation mode. The processor is configured to increase imaging sensitivity of the imaging device when the processor determines that the brightness is darker than or equal to a first brightness. The processor is configured to cause the imaging apparatus to operate in a first operation mode when the processor determines that the brightness is darker than or equal to a second brightness darker than the first brightness after the processor increases the imaging sensitivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takuya Totsuka
  • Patent number: 11343437
    Abstract: An image capture device includes a processor that is configured to set the image capture device to a zero-shutter-lag (ZSL) mode in response to a capture of a first image; start a timer; restart the timer when a second image is captured while the timer is active; and, in response to detecting an event indicating that no image was captured before the timer expired, set the image capture device to the non-ZSL mode. The processor is configured to set the image capture device to a non-ZSL mode when the timer expires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Ojas Gandhi, Naveen Chinya Krishnamurthy
  • Patent number: 11336826
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for focusing are provided. The method includes: determining that imaging mode switches from a third imaging mode to a fourth imaging mode, wherein the third imaging mode comprises a mode in which a non-depth camera is used to take a picture, and the fourth imaging mode comprises a mode in which a depth camera is used to take a picture; creating a third feature template, wherein the third feature template is used to record depth information of a target object; and searching for an image of the target object according to the third feature template in the fourth imaging mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: ArcSoft Corporation Limited
    Inventors: Lin Naiyang, Xi Wenxing
  • Patent number: 11327606
    Abstract: Provided are an output unit configured to output an image or distribution information of evaluation values corresponding to a plurality of regions of the image, an operation unit configured to accept a first action and a second action different from the first action; and a control unit configured to execute, when the output unit outputs a first image, output control such that the output unit outputs a second image if the operation unit accepts the first action, and that the output unit outputs distribution information of the evaluation values corresponding to the first image if the operation unit accepts the second action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Asahi Suzuki, Masaaki Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 11330194
    Abstract: In a night shot mode, a photo is captured and processed based on a plurality of frames. The plurality of frames is obtained based on a plurality of parameters including an exposure duration, a light sensitivity, and a number of frames. These parameters are determined based on factors, such as whether the electronic device is in a handheld state or not, and whether the current photographing scene is a dark scene or a light source scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tao Sun, Congchao Zhu
  • Patent number: 11330160
    Abstract: An observation and designation apparatus includes a first image sensor and a second image sensor that are connected to an electronic image processor circuit connected to a display. The first image sensor and the second image sensor provide fields that are superposed to supply respectively at least a first image and a second image of the same scene. The appliance further includes a laser emitter for emitting a laser beam lying in a predetermined range of wavelengths into a predetermined zone of the field of the second sensor; a region-of-interest filter extending in front of the second sensor. The electronic processor circuit superposes the two images by using the zone of the second image that corresponds to the third region of the filter to register the second image spatially relative to the first image. An observation and designation method makes use of such filtering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: SAFRAN ELECTRONICS & DEFENSE
    Inventors: Nicolas Roux, Brice Lerat, Heloise Berthier
  • Patent number: 11323632
    Abstract: An electronic device and a method of controlling the electronic device are provided. The electronic device includes a camera configured to generate a detection signal by photoelectrically converting incident light, and one or more processors configured to control operations of the camera and process the detection signal, wherein the one or more processors are further configured to generate a plurality of input images from the detection signal, determine a first parameter applied to the camera, based on brightness information of each of the plurality of input images, detect at least one feature from each of the plurality of input images, determine whether to update the first parameter, based on a result of detecting the at least one feature, and adjust the first parameter, based on a brightness of the at least one feature upon determining to update the first parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Iegor Vdovychenko
  • Patent number: 11317032
    Abstract: Provided is an imaging device including: a photoelectric conversion unit; a charge holding portion; a charge transfer unit that transfers charges from the photoelectric conversion unit to the charge holding portion; an output unit that outputs a signal based on transferred charges; a first acquisition unit that acquires first image data based on charges generated in the photoelectric conversion unit in a first exposure time period; a second acquisition unit that acquires second image data based on charges generated in the photoelectric conversion unit in a second exposure time period that is a sum of exposure time periods for charges transferred from the photoelectric conversion unit to the charge holding portion for multiple times by the charge transfer unit and is longer than the first exposure time period; and a compression unit that reduces a gradation value of the second image data to generate a third image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazuyuki Shigeta
  • Patent number: 11303787
    Abstract: A camera module of an embodiment may comprise: a first holder in which a filter is mounted; a lens barrel that is provided to be vertically movable in a first direction with respect to the first holder; a lens operating device that comprises a terminal and moves the lens barrel in the first direction; a first circuit board that is disposed under the first holder and on which an image sensor is mounted; a soldering portion for electrically connecting the terminal of the lens operating device to the first circuit board; and a coupling reinforcement portion that is disposed to face the soldering portion and couples the lens operating device and the first circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jong Ho Chung, Sung Il Lee
  • Patent number: 11297270
    Abstract: A time-of-flight device comprises a pixel array including an array of pixel circuits, wherein a column of the array includes: a first pixel circuit including a first photodiode, a first capacitor and a second capacitor coupled to the first photodiode, and a second pixel circuit including a second photodiode, a third capacitor and a fourth capacitor coupled to the second photodiode, a first signal line coupled to the first capacitor, a second signal line coupled to the second capacitor, a third signal line coupled to the third capacitor, a fourth signal line coupled to the fourth capacitor, a first switch circuitry, a second switch circuitry, a first comparator coupled to the first signal line and the third signal line through the first switch circuitry, and a second comparator coupled to the second signal line and the fourth signal line through the second switch circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Zvika Veig, Golan Zeituni, Kei Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 11287668
    Abstract: A dual-aperture zoom camera comprising a Wide camera with a respective Wide lens and a Tele camera with a respective Tele lens, the Wide and Tele cameras mounted directly on a single printed circuit board, wherein the Wide and Tele lenses have respective effective focal lengths EFLW and EFLT and respective total track lengths TTLW and TTLT and wherein TTLW/EFLW>1.1 and TTLT/EFLT<1.0. Optionally, the dual-aperture zoom camera may further comprise an optical OIS controller configured to provide a compensation lens movement according to a user-defined zoom factor (ZF) and a camera tilt (CT) through LMV=CT*EFLZF, where EFLZF is a zoom-factor dependent effective focal length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Corephotonics Ltd.
    Inventors: Gal Shabtay, Ephraim Goldenberg