Patents Examined by Mekonnen Dagnew
  • Patent number: 10027870
    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: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: TDK Taiwan Corp.
    Inventors: Chih Chien Hsu, Choa Chang Hu, Wen Chang Lin
  • Patent number: 10021281
    Abstract: A device comprising at least two body sections is disclosed. The first body section comprises an imaging unit and a magnet movably connected to the imaging unit, and the second body section comprising an optical unit with a magnet fixed to the optical unit. The magnet movably connected to the imaging unit may be sliding along a guiding element. The body sections are also in a movable connection with each other, and the device is operable in at least two modes. In the first mode the imaging unit and the optical unit are fixed in a set relative position due to magnetic interaction between the magnets, and in the imaging unit is positioned away from the optical unit. In the second mode the units are positioned apart from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Urho Konttori, Eero Tuulos, Otto Huittinen
  • Patent number: 10009544
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus, comprises: an image capturing unit configured to generate image data of an object; an adding unit configured to add additional information, including first region information for specifying a first pixel region of the image data, and second region information for specifying a second pixel region included in the first pixel region, to the image data; a transmission unit configured to transmit the image data to which the additional information is added; and an image processing unit configured to extract from the image data, which is received via the transmission unit, the first pixel region and the second pixel region specified by the additional information obtained by receiving the image data, and to perform predetermined image processing on the extracted first pixel region and second pixel region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shinichi Maeta
  • Patent number: 10007798
    Abstract: A captured digital image is stored in memory together with metadata derived from a location signal only if the location metadata is determined not to be within one or more predefined exclusion zones. A GPS receiver module can be implemented to obtain the location signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Monument Park Ventures, LLC
    Inventor: Dustin L. Winters
  • Patent number: 10009559
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes an imaging device, a readout unit, and a correction unit. The readout unit performs a first reading operation of reading out a first signal corresponding to accumulated electric charge on a pixel included in a first area of the imaging device, and performs a second reading operation of reading out a second signal corresponding to accumulated electric charge on a pixel included in a second area different from the first area. The correction unit corrects image signals based on signals obtained from the first and second areas by use of neighboring image signals obtained from neighboring pixels located near a pixel targeted for the correction process, and coefficients corresponding respectively to the neighboring pixels. The correction unit sets a coefficient corresponding to each of the neighboring pixels in accordance with the first or second reading operation executed on a neighboring pixel of the neighboring pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shigeyoshi Ito
  • Patent number: 10003734
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus comprising: an image sensor that has a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions corresponding to each of a plurality of microlenses arranged in two-dimensions, and outputs an image signal corresponding to a quantity of incident light; a detection unit configured to detect a moving direction of a subject; a determination unit configured to, in a case where the subject is moving in a main scanning direction, determine to perform divided readout in every predetermined number of rows, and to perform added readout in the rows except for the every predetermined number of rows; and a control unit configured to control the image sensor by switching between the divided readout and the added readout in units of rows based on the determination result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroshi Kaibara
  • Patent number: 9996903
    Abstract: Pixels of an array capture values for an input image. The captured values correspond to pixel center points of the pixels that captured the values. Additional values about the input image may be further computed from the captured values. These additional values may correspond to additional center points, which can be different from any of the pixel center points. An output image may be constructed from the captured values plus the additional values. These values may be stored together and/or displayed together as the output image. Embodiments are applicable to images such as from multi-layer sensors. Since the output image can be created from a higher total number of values than those captured by the available number of pixels, such image processing can be called super-resolution, and can be applied to image processing within imaging devices, for still pictures, video and motion pictures, and so on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ilia Ovsiannikov, Lilong Shi
  • Patent number: 9989727
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment of the present invention relates to a lens driving device, comprising: a base including a support part upwardly protruded; a movable unit spaced from the base and movably disposed at an upper side of the base; and a damper contacted with the support part and the movable unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seung Taek Shin, Jin Suk Han, Tae Bong Park
  • Patent number: 9986137
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus includes a first exterior member made of a conductive material, a second exterior member made of a nonconductive material, and an antenna covered by the second exterior member and configured to provide a wireless communication. The antenna includes a feeder configured to supply a current, an oscillator configured to oscillate the current as a radio wave, and an intermediate part located between the feeder and the oscillator. The feeder and the oscillator are farther from the first exterior member than the intermediate part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takayuki Iwasa
  • Patent number: 9973699
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus, which captures and records a moving image and which can generate still image data from moving image data, evaluates validity of image capturing conditions related to imaging parameters such as focus, exposure, white balance, and image blur, generates a degree of appropriateness corresponding to each imaging parameter, and based on at least one of the degrees of appropriateness, changes characteristics of control of imaging parameters corresponding to the other degrees of appropriateness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takeshi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9973718
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging element including pixel signal read lines, and a pixel signal reading unit for reading pixel signals from a pixel unit via the pixel signal read line. The pixel unit includes a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix form, each pixel including a photoelectric conversion element. In the pixel unit, a shared pixel in which an output node is shared among a plurality of pixels is formed, and a pixel signal of each pixel in the shared pixel is capable of being selectively output from the shared output node to a corresponding one of the pixel signal read lines. The pixel signal reading unit sets a bias voltage for a load element which is connected to the pixel signal read line and in which current dependent on a bias voltage flows in the load element, to a voltage causing a current value to be higher than current upon a reference bias voltage when there is no difference between added charge amounts, when addition of pixel signals of the respective pixels in the shared pixel is driven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuichi Kato, Yoshikazu Nitta, Noriyuki Fukushima, Takashi Suenaga, Toshiyuki Sugita
  • Patent number: 9958585
    Abstract: Example embodiments simultaneously acquire multiple different focus state images for a scene at a video rate. The focus state images are acquired from a static arrangement of static optical elements. The focus state images are suitable for and sufficient for determining the depth of an object in the scene using depth from defocus (DFD) processing. The depth of the object in the scene is determined from the focus state images using DFD processing. The static optical elements may be off-the-shelf components that are used without modification. The static elements may include image sensors aligned to a common optical path, a beam splitter in the common optical path, and telecentric lenses that correct light in multiple optical paths produced by the beam splitter. The multiple optical paths may differ by a defocus delta. Simultaneous acquisition of the multiple focus state images facilitates mitigating motion blur associated with conventional DFD processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Karlton Powell, Vivek Pradeep
  • Patent number: 9947707
    Abstract: An image sensor includes a semiconductor layer, a plurality of light sensing regions, a first pixel isolation layer, a light shielding layer, and a wiring layer. The semiconductor layer has a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface. The plurality of light sensing regions is formed in the semiconductor layer. The first pixel isolation layer is disposed between adjacent light sensing regions from among the plurality of light sensing regions. The first pixel isolation layer is buried in an isolation trench formed between the first surface and the second surface. The light shielding layer is formed on the second surface of the semiconductor layer and on some of the adjacent light sensing regions. The wiring layer is formed on the first surface of the semiconductor layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yun-Ki Lee, Hye-Jung Kim, Hong-Ki Kim, Kyung-Duck Lee
  • Patent number: 9940720
    Abstract: Camera and sensor augmented reality techniques are described. In one or more implementations, sensor data is obtained from a sensor of a hardware device, the sensor data being associated with the hardware device that is located in an environment, such as in three-dimensional (3D) space. Images of the environment are captured with at least one camera of the hardware device. A position of the hardware device in the environment can then be determined based on at least one of the sensor data and the images of the environment. Further, an orientation of the hardware device in the environment can be determined based on at least one of the sensor data and the images of the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Benjamin J. Sugden
  • Patent number: 9942478
    Abstract: An image stabilization apparatus includes a moving member configured to be movable within a plane orthogonal to an optical axis of an image pickup optical system, a stationary member configured to movably support the moving member within the plane orthogonal to the optical axis of the image pickup optical system, and a plurality of drive units configured to drive the moving member so as to move within the plane orthogonal to the optical axis of the image pickup optical system with respect to the stationary member, in which a first drive unit of the plurality of drive units is arranged on a first surface side of the moving member and a second drive unit of the plurality of drive units is arranged on a second surface side of the moving member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hisanori Takano
  • Patent number: 9930274
    Abstract: A sample-and-hold-circuit includes an amplifier transistor, a resistor connected between a source terminal of the amplifier and a voltage, a first switch connected in parallel with the resistor, and a second switch connected between a gate terminal of the amplifier transistor and the voltage. When the first switch is closed and the second switch is open, the amplifier transistor is in an inversion mode; and when the first switch is open and the second switch is closed, the amplifier transistor is in an accumulation mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Noam Eshel, Golan Zeituni
  • Patent number: 9924147
    Abstract: A system, method and computer program product for generating an image set for a photographic scene. The method comprises sampling evaluation images, enumerating exposure requirements for each image comprising the image set, selecting exposure coordinates for each image comprising the image set, generating camera subsystem exposure parameters for each image comprising the image set based on corresponding selected exposure coordinates, storing camera subsystem exposure parameters for each image comprising the image set, sampling each image comprising the image set based on corresponding camera subsystem exposure parameters, and storing each sampled image comprising the image set. Techniques disclosed herein advantageously reduce inter-frame time for images sampled sequentially.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Duelight LLC
    Inventors: William Guie Rivard, Adam Barry Feder, Brian J. Kindle
  • Patent number: 9924092
    Abstract: Array cameras, and array camera modules incorporating independently aligned lens stacks are disclosed. Processes for manufacturing array camera modules including independently aligned lens stacks can include: forming at least one hole in at least one carrier; mounting the at least one carrier relative to at least one sensor so that light passing through the at least one hole in the at least one carrier is incident on a plurality of focal planes formed by arrays of pixels on the at least one sensor; and independently mounting a plurality of lens barrels to the at least one carrier, so that a lens stack in each lens barrel directs light through the at least one hole in the at least one carrier and focuses the light onto one of the plurality of focal planes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: FotoNation Cayman Limited
    Inventors: Errol Mark Rodda, Jacques Duparré
  • Patent number: 9918000
    Abstract: A method of synchronizing a remote device to image acquisition by a camera body including detecting a predictor signal of the camera body that occurs a known time prior to shutter opening and using that predictor signal to determine a synchronization time for synchronizing a remote lighting device. Wireless communication is used to synchronize the remote lighting device at the synchronization time. The determining of a synchronization time may occur before or after the wireless communication to the remote lighting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Lab Partners Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: James E. Clark
  • Patent number: 9912875
    Abstract: An imaging device of the present invention, using image data that has been continuously read out at specified time intervals from an image sensor, generates dark image combination image data resulting from dark image combination using darker pixel data of each pixel of image data is generated, and bright image combination image data resulting from bright image combination using brighter pixel data of each pixel of image data, and difference output image data is generated from the bright image combination image data and the dark image combination image data. With the generated dark image combination image data as background image data and the difference output image data as light trace output image data, respective brightness is adjusted, and by subjecting each of the image data after adjustment to addition combination, it is possible to respectively independently adjust background brightness and light trace brightness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroaki Iwasaki