Patents Examined by Marly Camargo
  • Patent number: 9383545
    Abstract: Provided herein are devices for enhancing camera functionality on a handheld smart device, such as a smartphone. An external lens device comprises a base plate removably securable to a mount on the smart device which has a turntable attached thereto and rotatable thereon. Lens holders with lenses are disposed within the turntable and each can swivel outwardly to dock over the camera lens on the smart device. A cover secures and protects the lens holders and lenses within the turntable. Also provided is a cleaning device securable to the smart device as is the external lens device. The cleaning device comprises a platform securable to the mount on the smart device and a cleaning pad disposed on the platform. Further provided is a handheld camera system comprising a smart device with mount as described, the external lens device and the cleaning device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Inventor: Ye Xu
  • Patent number: 9363451
    Abstract: The present technique relates to a solid-state imaging device, a solid-state imaging device manufacturing method, and an electronic apparatus that are capable of providing a solid-state imaging device that can prevent generation of RTS noise due to miniaturization of amplifying transistors, and can achieve a smaller size and a higher degree of integration accordingly. A solid-state imaging device (1-1) includes: a photodiode (PD) as a photoelectric conversion unit; a transfer gate (TG) that reads out charges from the photodiode (PD); a floating diffusion (FD) from which the charges of the photodiode (PD) are read by an operation of the transfer gate (TG); and an amplifying transistor (Tr3) connected to the floating diffusion (FD). More particularly, the amplifying transistor (Tr3) is of a fully-depleted type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroaki Ammo
  • Patent number: 9363434
    Abstract: A lens barrel includes: a motor; an input transmission ring that is rotated by the motor and is rotatable around the optical axis; and a lens drive cylinder connected to the input transmission ring so that rotating force can be transmitted from the input transmission ring, the lens drive cylinder moving a lens in the optical axis direction and being rotatable. The lens drive cylinder is placed on one side of the motor in the optical axis direction, and the input transmission ring is placed on the same side of the motor as the lens drive cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventors: Yoshifumi Mitani, Yutaka Tsujimoto
  • Patent number: 9338346
    Abstract: A plurality of image signals for focus detection are generated from combined signals obtained by combining output signals of a pixel in which a plurality of photoelectric conversion areas obtained by dividing are arranged in a predetermined direction, in units of the photoelectric conversion areas, and the defocus amount is detected based on a correlation amount between the plurality of image signals. The combined signals are generated for each pixel block, for a plurality of pixel block lines in which pixel blocks each having a predetermined size are arranged in the predetermined direction. The pixel data amount for focus detection can be effectively reduced by, in the combining, making combining central points of signals, in the plurality of pixel block lines, shifted relative to each other or phases of positions of the pixel blocks different from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kengo Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 9337523
    Abstract: A digital camera is capable of performing wireless communication with an external device. The digital camera includes a camera body and a lens barrel assembly mounted to the camera body and comprising a plurality of barrels for accommodating a plurality of photographing lenses, wherein at least one of the plurality of barrels is used as an antenna barrel configured as an antenna for the wireless communication, wherein the antenna barrel is formed from a metal material and comprises at least one slit filled with a dielectric material, so that the antenna barrel emits radio waves to perform the antenna function, and wherein an outer casing of the camera body, which surrounds an outer surface of the antenna barrel, is formed from a metal material so as to operate as a ground of the antenna barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyun-jin Kim, Byung-chul Kim, Jong-ho Park, Hyung-soo Park, Young-ju Lee, Won-bin Hong
  • Patent number: 9325904
    Abstract: An image processing device may include a control unit. The control unit may be operable, in a first mode, to control display on a display screen of a representative image of a group of images and, in a second mode, to control display on the display screen of an image of the group of images corresponding to a posture of the device. In addition, the control unit may be operable to switch between operation in the first mode and the second mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Kimu Higashimoto
  • Patent number: 9325899
    Abstract: An image capturing device and a digital zooming method thereof are proposed in the invention. The method includes the following steps. A scene is captured by a primary lens and a secondary lens to generate a primary image and a secondary image. Image rectification is then performed on the primary and the secondary images to obtain two corresponding rectified images. Feature points detected and matched from the two rectified images are used to determine a corresponding overlapping region, respectively. Pixel displacement and depth map in the two overlapping regions could be calculated and estimated. Image zooming and warping techniques are performed on the two rectified images to obtain corresponding warped images using a recalculated homography matrix according to each specific zooming factor. Finally, the two overlapping regions in the warped image are fused by a weighted blending approach to generate a digital zoomed image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Altek Semiconductor Corp.
    Inventors: Hong-Long Chou, Yi-Hong Tseng, Wen-Yan Chang, Yu-Chih Wang, Tsan-Wei Wang, Yi-Yi Yu
  • Patent number: 9324160
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the field of image processing and image stabilization methodologies used on image acquisition and processing systems. A method and apparatus to generate an image sequence output that is stable and free of any sudden jumps from an image sequence input acquired with an imaging system whose line of sight is fixed but may drift in time, and by efficiently updating the reference frames that are used in the image stabilization, the method can be optimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: ASELSAN ELEKTRONIK SANAYI VE TICARET ANONIM SIRKETI
    Inventors: Sait Kubilay Pakin, Mehmet Umut Demircin
  • Patent number: 9324136
    Abstract: A method, an electronic apparatus, and a computer readable medium for processing reflection in an image are proposed. In the method, a first image and a second image are obtained. A plurality of objects in the first image and the second image are recognized and a plurality of lighting regions having a brightness higher than a first threshold in the first image and the second image are detected. Then, a plurality of displacements between corresponding objects and corresponding lighting regions in the first image and the second image are calculated. It is determined whether a ratio of the displacement of the object nearby one of the lighting regions to the displacement of the lighting region is over a second threshold. Finally, the lighting region is determined as a reflection if the ratio is over the second threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Ruey-Jer Chang, Lun-Cheng Chu, Wei-Chung Yang
  • Patent number: 9307112
    Abstract: For cameras that capture several images in a burst mode, some embodiments of the invention provide a method that presents one or more of the captured images differently than the remaining captured images. The method identifies at least one captured image as dominant image and at least another captured image as a non-dominant image. The method then displays each dominant image different from each non-dominant image in a concurrent presentation of the images captured during the burst mode. The dominant images may appear larger than non-dominant images, and/or appear with a marking that indicates that the images are dominant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Claus Mølgaard, Mikael Rousson, Vincent Yue-Tao Wong, Brett M. Keating, Jeffrey A. Brasket, Karl C. Hsu, Todd S. Sachs, Justin Titi, Elliott B. Harris
  • Patent number: 9294743
    Abstract: An image capture apparatus 1000 includes an image capture unit C1, a signal processor unit C2, and a pixel interpolation unit 100. In the image capture apparatus 1000, with respect to an image signal captured by the image capture unit C1 which includes a single image sensor having three-color filters in arbitrary colors, a plurality of pairs of correlation degrees of two directions which are perpendicular to each other are obtained using image data of pixels provided around an observed pixel, and a pixel interpolation process is carried out using the correlation degrees as a reference for determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: MegaChips Corporation
    Inventors: Junji Moriguchi, Hiromu Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 9282270
    Abstract: An AD conversion unit AD-converts a first analog signal output from a clamping unit and generated based on a signal generated at a first photoelectric conversion unit. Then, while the first analog signal is clamped at a reference level, signals generated based on the signals generated at the first and second photoelectric conversion units are applied to the clamping unit, whereby the AD conversion unit AD-converts a second analog signal output from the clamping unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toshiaki Ono, Kazumichi Morita
  • Patent number: 9282268
    Abstract: A solid-state image pickup device includes an array of a first pixel and a second pixel. The second pixel includes a light shielding portion provided above a photoelectric conversion portion thereof and configured to block some of incident light so as to perform focus detection, and a light guiding portion provided at least above an upper face of the light shielding portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tsutomu Tange, Ginjiro Toyoguchi
  • Patent number: 9277131
    Abstract: An image stabilization apparatus is provided that includes a fixed back-plate 101, a movable barrel 103 that holds a correction lens 102 and is movably supported by the fixed back-plate 101 in a direction perpendicular to the optical axis, a first rotary body 104 that is rotatably supported by the fixed back-plate 101 and moves the movable barrel 103 in a first direction depending on rotation thereof, and a first drive motor 106 that drives the first rotary body 104. The center axis of the first rotary body 104 is arranged within the optical path of an image capturing optical system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiromu Yasuda
  • Patent number: 9264604
    Abstract: An optical instrument comprises a control section for driving a lens group in an optical axis direction, a first position detection section for detecting an absolute position of the lens group, a second position detection section for detecting a relative position of the lens group, and a storage section for storing first data corresponding to output of the second position detection section corresponding to a specified position, and second data corresponding to a target position, wherein, the control section acquires output of the second position detection section, at a point when a specified variation has occurred, as third data, calculates a stop target position based on the first data and the third data and executes a stop operation for the lens group to stop the lens group, and corrects output of the second position detection section in a state, based on the second data, and the stop target position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Satoshi Okawa
  • Patent number: 9264615
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus determines the target position of a shake correction lens in accordance with a shake signal corresponding to an acting shake, and performs feedback control to converge the position of the shake correction lens to the target position. A division unit divides the shake signal into low- and high-frequency components. A first low-pass filter integrates the high-frequency component, and a second low-pass filter integrates the low-frequency component. A synthesis unit synthesizes output signals from the first and second low-pass filters, and outputs the synthetic signal as the target position. When the apparatus is being panned or tilted, the cutoff frequency of the second low-pass filter is set to be a value larger than that of a cutoff frequency when the apparatus is neither being panned nor tilted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kenji Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 9245185
    Abstract: A terminal for generating an augmented reality and a method thereof are provided. The terminal includes a camera property information providing server configured to store camera property information associated with one or more cameras, and the terminal is configured to receive, from the camera property information providing server, camera property information associated with a camera included in the terminal and generate an augmented reality based on the stored camera property information when an augmented reality-based application is driven and thus, may provide an augmented reality in which a virtual object is accurately matched to an image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kyu-Sung Cho, Dae-Kyu Shin, Ik-Hwan Cho
  • Patent number: 9225900
    Abstract: An image capture apparatus comprises shake detection unit configured to detect a shake of the image capture apparatus translation component correction amount calculation unit configured to calculate, based on an output of the shake detection unit, a first correction amount configured to correct a translation component of image blurring generated in a captured image due to the shake, perspective component correction amount calculation unit configured to calculate, based on the first correction amount, a second correction amount for correcting a perspective component of the image blurring; and correction unit configured to correct the image blurring based on the first correction amount and the second correction amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenichi Miyasako, Takeshi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9219863
    Abstract: An image capture apparatus comprises a shake detection unit configured to detect a shake, a translational motion correction amount calculation unit configured to calculate a first correction amount for correcting a translational motion component, a perspective component correction amount calculation unit configured to calculate a second correction amount for correcting a perspective component, an image stabilization unit configured to correct the image blurring of the captured image based on the first and second correction amount, and a control unit configured to restrict, if a panning state of the image capture apparatus is determined, the translational motion correction amount calculation unit and the perspective component correction amount calculation unit so as to decrease correction capability for the translational motion component and the perspective component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takeshi Watanabe, Kenichi Miyasako
  • Patent number: 9215377
    Abstract: An apparatus including at least one processor; and at least one non-transitory memory including computer program code, the at least one memory and the computer program code configured to, with the at least one processor, cause the apparatus at least to, during a digital zoom having increasing or decreasing zoom values for first frames taken by a camera, and based upon a sensor mode changing from a first sensor mode to a different second sensor mode, using at least one new different zoom value to one of the first frames captured by the camera before the sensor mode change to form at least one new second frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Tomi Sokeila, Mikko Muukki