Patents Examined by Mekonnen D Dagnew
  • Patent number: 11151746
    Abstract: Image processing devices and methods according to embodiments of the invention advantageously utilize computationally efficient and high speed operations based on dynamic camera models to support rapid determination of multiple camera intrinsics. These built-in dynamic models can utilize varying focus distance values as inputs (i.e., operands) to generate respective intrinsic parameters as outputs, as a stream of images are captured and processed in real time to possibly determine pose and position of a three-dimensional (3D) object during 3 image scanning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: SONY GROUP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mattias Walls, Francesco Michielin, Fredrik Olofsson, Fredrik Mattisson
  • Patent number: 11146762
    Abstract: Methods and systems for reconstructing a high frame rate high resolution video in a Bayer domain, when an imaging device is set in a Flexible Sub-Sampled Readout (FSR) mode are described. A method provides the FSR mode, which utilizes a multiparty FSR mechanism to spatially and temporally sample the full frame Bayer data. The multi parity FSR utilizes a zigzag sampling that assists reconstruction of motion compensated artifact free high frame rate high resolution video with full frame size. The method includes reconstructing the high frame rate high resolution video using the plurality of parity fields generated. The reconstruction is based on a FSR reconstruction mechanism that can be a pre-Image Signal Processor (ISP) FSR reconstruction or a post-ISP FSP reconstruction based on bandwidth capacity of an ISP used by the imaging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Alok Shankarlal Shukla, Sathish Chalasani, Narasimha Gopalakrishna Pai, Pyo-jae Kim, Jin-hee Na, Abhishek Somani, Venkatesh Ambati
  • Patent number: 11134208
    Abstract: Digital circuitry is provided that periodically reads at least one bit of digital counters associated with pixels of an image sensor. When the read bit(s) of a particular digital counter decrease between subsequent reads, then the digital circuitry increments an overflow counter associated with the particular digital counter. The value of each of the overflow counters of the digital circuitry are used with the corresponding values of the digital counters to generate pixel values for a frame (also referred to as an image).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Micky Harris, Roya Mokhtari, Juliette Costa, Joseph Costa, Eric Beuville, John Devitt
  • Patent number: 11128829
    Abstract: A pixel circuit includes a front-end circuit, a signal storage circuit, and an output circuit. All of the front-end circuit, the signal storage circuit and the output circuit are coupled to a common floating diffusion (FD) node. The front-end circuit is arranged to generate pixel signals. The signal storage circuit is arranged to store the pixel signals generated by the front-end circuit, wherein when the pixel circuit is selected for performing a read-out operation, the pixel signals stored in the signal storage circuit are pulled up from original voltage levels to other voltage levels higher than the original voltage levels according to a voltage increment applied to a control voltage of the signal storage circuit. When the pixel circuit is selected for performing the read-out operation, the output circuit generates output signals on an output terminal according to voltage levels of the common FD node, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Himax Imaging Limited
    Inventors: Hack soo Oh, Yu Hin Desmond Cheung, Kihong Kim
  • Patent number: 11122217
    Abstract: An electronic device and a method for adding an effect while recording are provided. The method includes previewing a scene in a field of view (FOV) of a camera of an electronic device; detecting available objects in the previewed scene; identifying that at least two objects from among the available objects meet an object criteria; and applying one or more effects on the at least two objects based on the object criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Inventors: Nitin Barthwal, Ravindra Jain
  • Patent number: 11122215
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus, an unmanned moving object, an imaging method, a system, and a program capable of favorably compositing a telephoto image group even in a case where an overlapping region between images of the telephoto image group is small, and accurately compositing a telephoto image regardless of a subject (scene) of a wide angle image are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Shuji Ono
  • Patent number: 11086099
    Abstract: A light-folding camera includes a light folding device, a light path control device LPC, a first sensor and a second sensor. The light folding device outputs a folded light propagating in a first horizontal direction substantially perpendicular to a vertical direction by changing a light path of a vertical light that is incident on the light folding device in the vertical direction. The light path control device outputs a first light propagating in the first horizontal direction by passing at least a first portion of the folded light, or outputs a second light propagating in a second horizontal direction substantially perpendicular to the vertical direction by changing a light path of at least a second portion of the folded light. The first sensor receives the first light propagating in the first horizontal direction. The second sensor receives the second light propagating in the second horizontal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jihyung Lim, Seunghak Lee, Hyunsu Jun
  • Patent number: 11086204
    Abstract: An imaging device main-body of an imaging device of the present disclosure includes a first engaged portion, a second engaged portion and a locked portion, and an accessory holding unit includes a first engaging portion, a second engaging portion and a locking portion. When the accessory holding unit is to be mounted to the imaging device main-body, the first engaging portion and the first engaged portion are engaged with each other, the second engaged portion and the second engaging portion are engaged with each other, and the locking portion is locked to the locked portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Sato, Hikaru Tsuchitani
  • Patent number: 11089252
    Abstract: A pixel includes a photosensitive circuit, a sense node, a first transistor and a first capacitor. A first electrode of the first capacitor is connected to a control terminal of the first transistor. A second electrode of the first capacitor is to a node of application of a first control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics (Grolles 2) SAS
    Inventors: Frederic Lalanne, Pierre Malinge
  • Patent number: 11089189
    Abstract: A camera module includes a lens and a voice coil motor (VCM), and the lens is placed in the VCM, where a first portion of an inner side of the VCM is attached to a first portion of an outer side of the lens, and a second portion of the inner side of the VCM is provided with a screw thread structure recessed relative to the first portion of the inner side of the VCM. The screw thread structure and a second portion of the outer side of the lens form a groove portion, and the groove portion is filled with adhesive. The first portion of the VCM is a lower portion, and the second portion of the VCM is an upper portion. The first portion of the lens is a lower portion, and the second portion of the lens is an upper portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Fangcheng Liu, Dengfeng Li, Yingyong He, Yang Han, Lei Jiang, Jianwen Wang
  • Patent number: 11082547
    Abstract: A terminal, comprising at least two front cameras located behind a display panel, wherein an area corresponding to a position of the at least one camera on the display panel is a first area, and other than the first area on the display panel is a second area, wherein each pixel unit of the first area and the second area respectively comprises a transparent portion and a non-transparent portion and a proportion of the transparent portion in the first area is greater than that of the second area. The terminal further comprises a processor configured to obtain N pictures taken by the at least two cameras, and process the N pictures by complementing the occluded areas based on pictures taken by the at least two cameras to obtain a picture in which the occluded area is completely or partially recovered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Gang Xu, Tuo Sun, Hung-yuan Jau, Chiaching Chu, Kangchung Liu, Hsienchang Hou, Xin Li
  • Patent number: 11082656
    Abstract: To a mounting area in a solid-state imaging device that detects an address event. The solid-state imaging device includes a light receiving chip and a detection chip. In the solid-state imaging device including the light receiving chip and the detection chip, the light receiving chip includes a photodiode that photoelectrically converts incident light and generates a photocurrent. In addition, in the solid-state imaging device, the detection chip quantizes a voltage signal corresponding to the photocurrent generated by the photodiode in the light receiving chip and outputs the voltage signal as a detection signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventor: Atsumi Niwa
  • Patent number: 11076118
    Abstract: Disclosed is an image sensor. The image sensor includes an active pixel sensor array including first to fourth pixel units sequentially arranged in a column direction, and each of the first to fourth pixel units is composed of a plurality of pixels. A first pixel group including the first and second pixel units is connected to a first column line, and a second pixel group including the third pixel unit and the fourth pixel unit is connected to a second column line. The image sensor includes a correlated double sampling circuit including first and second correlated double samplers and configured to convert a first sense voltage sensed from a selected pixel of the first pixel group and a second sense voltage sensed from a selected pixel of the second pixel group into a first correlated double sampling signal and a second correlated double sampling signal, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Inventors: Minji Hwang, Hyosang Kim, Haesick Sul, Seung Hyun Lim
  • Patent number: 11070712
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include methods, systems, and software for control of digital camera systems. In one embodiment, a digital camera system includes a lens and an image sensor. The digital camera system is rotatable about a single axis, and the image sensor has more pixel sensors in a first orientation substantially parallel to the single axis than in a second orientation perpendicular to the first orientation. Additionally, an application, coupled to the digital camera system via a wireless network, is to control rotation of the digital camera system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: PUWELL TECHNOLOGY LLC
    Inventor: Jie Li
  • Patent number: 11070708
    Abstract: A recording arrangement is provided including an outer enclosure including a plurality of video recording devices and a matching plurality of audio recording devices, at least one extender configured to deploy the plurality of video recording devices to a desired location, extender deployment hardware configured to drive the at least one extender, and electronics configured to drive the at least one extender, the electronics comprising a power supply, a timecode generator, a plurality of recorders, and an internet protocol (IP) assembly configured to facilitate interface with a remote computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Brainbaby, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Montgomery
  • Patent number: 11050913
    Abstract: An integrated substrate for an anti-shake apparatus defined with an optical axis includes: a substrate, a lens module, an anti-shake apparatus and an image-sensing module. The substrate includes a frame having a predetermined thickness. The frame includes a first surface, a second surface, a first circuit layout, and a second circuit layout. The lens module is located above the substrate on the optical axis. The anti-shake apparatus is furnished between the lens module and the substrate. The image-sensing module has an active side and an inactive side, and the inactive side is furnished onto the second surface. The active side is located on the optical axis in a manner of facing the lens module. The anti-shake apparatus is coupled to the first circuit layout, while the image-sensing module is coupled to the second circuit layout. The first and second circuit layouts comprise a plurality of first and second metal leads, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Inventors: Chih Chien Hsu, Choa Chang Hu, Wen Chang Lin
  • Patent number: 11042011
    Abstract: Zoom digital cameras comprising a Wide sub-camera and a folded fixed Tele sub-camera. The folded Tele sub-camera may be auto-focused by moving either its lens or a reflecting element inserted in an optical path between its lens and a respective image sensor. The folded Tele sub-camera is configured to have a low profile to enable its integration within a portable electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Corephotonics Ltd.
    Inventors: Gal Shabtay, Ephraim Goldenberg, Gal Avivi, Gil Bachar
  • Patent number: 11039066
    Abstract: There is provided an image pickup apparatus including a plurality of image capturing modes which is changeable by a user operation of a first operation member. In a first mode, an exposure control value is to be chosen and set to a fixed value by the user, and others are set to settable automatic exposure control values by the image pickup apparatus without the user's operation. In a second mode, the plurality of exposure control values are all to be set to the automatic values. In a third mode, the plurality of exposure control values are settable to a combination of the automatic value and fixed value settable in the first and the second mode by user via a second operation member, without changing the image capturing mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takuo Tsuchiya, Yukihiro Matsumoto, Yuki Fukushima
  • Patent number: 11012630
    Abstract: An image processor includes: an image sensor which outputs a short exposure image and a long exposure image; a sensor controller which controls first and second exposure sensitivities; a motion blending ratio calculator which calculates a motion blending ratio based on a motion amount of a subject; a motion-adapted image synthesizer which generates a motion-adapted image based on the motion blending ratio; and an HDR image synthesizer which synthesizes the motion-adapted image and the short exposure image, to generate an HDR image. The sensor controller controls the first exposure sensitivity: so that the first exposure time changes from increasing to constant and the first sensor gain changes from constant to increasing, when the brightness of the subject decreases from a first subject brightness; and so that the first exposure time changes to increasing and the first sensor gain changes to constant, when the brightness decreases from a second subject brightness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshimitsu Noguchi, Tomokuni Iijima, Katsuyuki Morita, Shigeru Furumiya
  • Patent number: 11002947
    Abstract: Zoom digital cameras comprising a Wide sub-camera and a folded fixed Tele sub-camera. The folded Tele sub-camera may be auto-focused by moving either its lens or a reflecting element inserted in an optical path between its lens and a respective image sensor. The folded Tele sub-camera is configured to have a low profile to enable its integration within a portable electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Corephotonics Ltd.
    Inventors: Gal Shabtay, Ephraim Goldenberg, Gal Avivi, Gil Bachar