Patents Examined by Mekonnen Dagnew
  • Patent number: 9788586
    Abstract: Attachable and detachable apparatus for mounting an electronic device on a brim of a headpiece and method of manufacturing the apparatus. A mount or cradle is adapted to receive and retain the electronic device. The mount or cradle is connected to a clip, the clip being adapted to engage the brim, The electronic device is mounted on the brim while the clip is coupled to the mount or cradle and engages the brim, and while the mount or cradle retains the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Inventor: Randall Jay Kendis
  • Patent number: 9787922
    Abstract: An image signal processor may include a sensor interface that includes a pixel defect preprocessing (PDP) component that performs an initial adjustment of pixel values for patterned defect pixels in raw pixel data captured by an image sensor. To adjust a patterned defect pixel, the PDP component may apply an interpolation technique to values in a gain lookup table according to the pixel's location in the image frame to determine the gain value for the pixel, and then apply the gain value to the pixel. The PDP component may provide the raw pixel data with the adjusted patterned defect pixels to two or more other modules for additional processing. The other modules may include an image processing pipeline that may detect other defective pixels in the raw pixel data and correct the patterned defect pixels and the other defective pixels, for example using a weighted combination of neighboring pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sheng Lin, Suk Hwan Lim
  • Patent number: 9787903
    Abstract: A stage apparatus includes a control circuit board, a stationary support member facing the control circuit board, a stage member superposing the stationary support member and provided on the opposite side of the stationary support member to the control circuit board, the stage member being movable relative to the stationary support member in a plane; an electronic component fixed to the stage member; a flexible conductive member, one end thereof connected to the electronic component and the other end thereof connected to the control circuit board; and a driver generating a driving force for moving the stage plate. The stationary support member includes a conductive member escape recess, recessed from a peripheral edge toward a central portion thereof and extending through the stationary support member in the thickness direction. Part of the flexible conductive member is inside the conductive member escape recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuki Yazawa
  • Patent number: 9774804
    Abstract: In one application, an imaging device includes an image sensor having an array of pixels, and a mask coupled with the image sensor. The mask is configured to darken a plurality of isolated pixels or groups of pixels interspersed within the array of pixels. The imaging device also includes a processor coupled with the image sensor and configured to receive image data from the image sensor, and determine a dark current fixed pattern noise based on the image data received from the plurality of darkened pixels or groups of pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Boaz Ran, Steve Swihart, Evan Thrush, Itay Barak
  • Patent number: 9769395
    Abstract: Technologies are generally described for systems, devices and methods effective to detect a presence of a display. In some examples, a processor may receive image data from a camera. The image data may relate to light incident on the camera. The processor may analyze the image data to determine that the light includes flickering at a frequency. The processor may detect the presence of the display based on the frequency of the flickering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: EMPIRE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT LLC
    Inventor: Jake Armstrong Russell
  • Patent number: 9762798
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus which is capable of shooting a plurality of still images as instructed within a predetermined time period without a plurality of moving image encoders and a large-capacity memory. When a second still image shooting instruction has been received within a predetermined time period since a first still image shooting instruction was received, a moving image picked up before lapse of the predetermined time period after the second still image shooting instruction from a moving image shooting starting timing corresponding to the first still image shooting instruction is recorded as a sequence of moving images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yasuhiko Iwamoto
  • Patent number: 9751155
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an on-board camera, comprising a rear housing, a front housing, a lens mounted in the front housing and a sensor fixed on the rear housing; and its manufacturing method. The rear housing is welded to the front housing via a laser to form a seal cavity between the two housings to accommodate the lens and the sensor, and the focal length of the lens is adjusted by adjusting the distance between the sensor and the lens which is further adjusted by the welding height of the two housings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: SUZHOU INVO AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yajun Wang, Tianwu Zeng
  • Patent number: 9756258
    Abstract: There is provided an image capturing apparatus comprising an image capturing unit. A control unit controls the image capturing unit to capture a first image having exposure unevenness caused by flicker in a light source. A detection unit detects a timing at which there is a low change in a light amount caused by the flicker, based on the exposure unevenness in the first image. An accepting unit accepts an image capturing instruction. The control unit controls the image capturing unit to capture a second image at the detected timing in response to the image capturing instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yuichi Ariga
  • Patent number: 9749523
    Abstract: A photographing apparatus includes an image sensor which images a plurality of images; an image processor configured to set one image as a reference image and each remaining image as a comparative image; an image processor configured to generate a reference map divided into blocks; an image processor configured to generate a comparative map divided into blocks; an image processor configured to generate a change-detection map indicating coinciding or non-coinciding blocks between the reference map and the comparative map, per each respective block, upon the reference map and the comparative map being compared; an image processor configured to obtain a synthesized image of the images; and an image processor configured to replace at least a part of the synthesized image with a corresponding part of the reference image based on the change-detection map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Kano
  • Patent number: 9734424
    Abstract: Filtering sensor data is described, for example, where filters conditioned on a local appearance of the signal are predicted by a machine learning system, and used to filter the sensor data. In various examples the sensor data is a stream of noisy video image data and the filtering process denoises the video stream. In various examples the sensor data is a depth image and the filtering process refines the depth image which may then be used for gesture recognition or other purposes. In various examples the sensor data is one dimensional measurement data from an electric motor and the filtering process denoises the measurements. In examples the machine learning system comprises a random decision forest where trees of the forest store filters at their leaves. In examples, the random decision forest is trained using a training objective with a data dependent regularization term.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Sean Ryan Francesco Fanello, Cem Keskin, Pushmeet Kohli, Shahram Izadi, Jamie Daniel Joseph Shotton, Antonio Criminisi
  • Patent number: 9736348
    Abstract: A handheld imaging device is described to provide high quality RAW image data to a smartphone, or similar handheld imaging device. The imaging device can have a larger dimension, particularly with regard to the thickness of the device, thus overcoming some of the physical limitations to providing high quality optics and image sensing within the thin form factor of a modern smartphone. As the device is only connected when capturing images the smartphone form factor is not altered. The device does not replicate the high-end image processing functionality of a smartphone, but instead transfers RAW images to the smartphone for high-end image processing & enhancement on the smartphone CPU/GPU. Thus it can be manufactured at lower cost than a dedicated camera with equivalent capabilities by taking advantage of the sophisticated image processing capabilities of today's smartphones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: 2P & M Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Peter Corcoran
  • Patent number: 9723202
    Abstract: A method of capturing images includes pre-storing a plurality of image templates in a storage device, wherein each of the plurality of image templates includes a predetermined subject. An area of the predetermined subject in each of the plurality of image templates is predetermined. One of the image templates is invoked from the storage device. The predetermined subject of the invoked image template is hollowed according to the area of the predetermined subject, and a hollowed area of the invoked image template is obtained. A captured image is obtained. Once a size of the captured image is adjusted to be equal to a size of the hollowed area of the invoked image template, the hollowed area of the invoked image template is filled with the captured image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Chiun Mai Communication Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Shang-Wei Wu
  • Patent number: 9723159
    Abstract: A handheld imaging device is described to provide high quality RAW image data to a smartphone, or similar handheld imaging device. The imaging device can have a larger dimension, particularly with regard to the thickness of the device, thus overcoming some of the physical limitations to providing high quality optics and image sensing within the thin form factor of a modern smartphone. As the device is only connected when capturing images the smartphone form factor is not altered. The device does not replicate the high-end image processing functionality of a smartphone, but instead transfers RAW images to the smartphone for high-end image processing & enhancement on the smartphone CPU/GPU. Thus it can be manufactured at lower cost than a dedicated camera with equivalent capabilities by taking advantage of the sophisticated image processing capabilities of today's smartphones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: 2P & M Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Peter Corcoran
  • Patent number: 9723216
    Abstract: A method for generating images. The method includes capturing first image data representing a first scene taken optically at a first magnification index, wherein the first image data comprises a first region of an image. The method includes capturing second image data representing a second scene taken optically at a second magnification index that is less than the first magnification index, wherein the second image data comprises a second region of the image. The method includes digitally zooming the second image data in the second region to the first magnification index. The method includes digitally stitching the second image data in the second region to the first image data in the first region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: NVIDIA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Rajat Aggarwal
  • Patent number: 9723250
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for recording image data in an electronic device are provided. The method includes storing image data of different directions obtained via a plurality of cameras. In the method for storing image data in an electronic device, first image data and second image data are obtained. A state of an object of the second image data is determined while the first image data is stored. When the state of the object of the second image data meets a certain condition, the second image data is stored together with the first image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hang-Kyu Park, Seung-Kyung Lim, Dae-Sung Kim, So-Ra Kim, Hyun-Kyoung Kim
  • Patent number: 9723212
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides techniques for capturing an image or video. In particular, the present disclosure provides techniques for capturing the image or video using a camera integrated with a computing device, such as a cellular phone. A computing device can include an image sensor to capture image data and a processor to process the image data. The image sensor is to capture the image data in an orientation format irrespective of an orientation of the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Ravikiran Chukka, Rajesh Poornachandran, Saurabh Dadu, Ashok K. Mishra, Sheethal Bhat
  • Patent number: 9723191
    Abstract: A handheld imaging device is described to provide high quality RAW image data to a smartphone, or similar handheld imaging device. The imaging device can have a larger dimension, particularly with regard to the thickness of the device, thus overcoming some of the physical limitations to providing high quality optics and image sensing within the thin form factor of a modern smartphone. As the device is only connected when capturing images the smartphone form factor is not altered. The device does not replicate the high-end image processing functionality of a smartphone, but instead transfers RAW images to the smartphone for high-end image processing & enhancement on the smartphone CPU/GPU. Thus it can be manufactured at lower cost than a dedicated camera with equivalent capabilities by taking advantage of the sophisticated image processing capabilities of today's smartphones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: 2P & M Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Peter Corcoran
  • Patent number: 9716818
    Abstract: A setting unit sets a smaller limitation angle for rotation of a second case rotated by a driving unit relative to a first case when information output from a sensor disposed in a back surface of a first case indicates that an object does not exist in a certain range when compared with a case where the information output from the sensor indicates that an object exists in the certain range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Keiichiro Saito, Yutaka Yamamoto, Toshiki Miyakawa
  • Patent number: 9712737
    Abstract: A request to issue a photographing ID is received from a user and a first photographing ID is generated. The first photographing ID is issued from an ID issuer installed in a photographing spot. When a second photographing ID is received from a mobile terminal of the user, the first photographing ID is collated with the second photographing ID. When the collated photographing IDs are identical, a transmission source of the second photographing ID is authenticated as being present in the photographing spot. In accordance with an instruction from the authenticated transmission source of the second photographing ID, a photographing camera installed toward the photographing spot is controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuhiko Yamashita
  • Patent number: 9712767
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device includes a pixel unit in which a plurality of pixels converting physical quantities into electric signals are arranged in a two-dimensional shape, a vertical signal line for reading signals from the pixels, and column circuits arranged corresponding to columns of the pixel unit and collecting the signals from the vertical signal line at the inside of the pixel unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Keiji Mabuchi