Patents Examined by Mekonnen Dagnew
  • Patent number: 9706127
    Abstract: An electronic device that includes a touch-sensitive surface stores a plurality of sequences of images. The device displays a first representative image for a first sequence of images in a movable first area on a display. The device detects a gesture on the touch-sensitive surface, the gesture including movement by a contact that corresponds to movement in a first direction on the display. In response to detecting the gesture on the touch-sensitive surface: the device moves the first area in the first direction on the display; moves a movable second area in the first direction on the display; and, in accordance with a determination that sequence-display criteria are met, displays, in chronological order in the second area, at least some images for a second sequence of images acquired by the camera before acquiring a second representative image for the second sequence of images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Henrique D. Penha, Gregory M. Apodaca, Brendan J. Langoulant, Behkish J. Manzari, Charles A. Mezak, Pavel Pivonka, Justin S. Titi, Simon Bovet
  • Patent number: 9706106
    Abstract: Provided are a mobile terminal having an image capturing function and a method of controlling the same. The mobile terminal includes: a camera; a display unit configured to output a preview image received through the camera; and a control unit configured to, when a portion of a region on which the preview image is output is selected, output a pop-up window including the preview image corresponding to the portion, in a state in which the preview image is output, wherein when a preset type of touch is applied to the pop-up window, the control unit may magnify or reduce the preview image corresponding to the portion in the pop-up window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hyeongu Kang, Jiwon Yun, Jongkyeong Park, Nikolay Akatyev
  • Patent number: 9690079
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for capturing or generating images using multiple optical chains operating in parallel are described. Pixel values captured by individual optical chains corresponding to the same scene area are combined to provide an image with at least some of the benefits which would have been provided by capturing an image of the scene using a larger lens than that of the individual lenses of the optical chain modules. By using multiple optical chains in parallel at least some benefits normally obtained from using a large lens can be obtained without the need for a large lens. Furthermore in at least some embodiments, a wide dynamic range can be supported through the use of multiple sensors with the overall supported dynamic range being potentially larger than that of the individual sensors. Some lens and/or optical chain configurations are designed for use in small handheld devices, e.g., cell phones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Light Labs Inc.
    Inventor: Rajiv Laroia
  • Patent number: 9692955
    Abstract: An image processing system includes an image sensor, an OLED display, a profile selection processor configured to select an output profile from among a plurality of pre-stored output profiles based at least in part on a digital representation of a target scene captured by the image sensor, and an image driver configured to drive the OLED display to display an image based on the selected output profile during a capture of an image of the target scene with the image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Universal Display Corporation
    Inventors: Mauro Premutico, Michael Hack
  • Patent number: 9692972
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes determining a maximum exposure time for capturing one or more image frames of a video clip. The maximum exposure time represents an exposure time below which the captured image frames are substantially free of motion-blur artifacts and above which the captured image frames exhibit motion-blur artifacts. The method also includes capturing the image frames with an exposure time that is less than or equal to the maximum exposure time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Alexandre Karpenko
  • Patent number: 9692999
    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: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Keiji Mabuchi
  • Patent number: 9681034
    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: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: TDK Taiwan Corp.
    Inventors: Chih Chien Hsu, Choa Chang Hu, Wen Chang Lin
  • Patent number: 9681027
    Abstract: A mobile terminal and controlling method thereof are disclosed. The present invention includes photographing a plurality of images consecutively, determining an unchangeable region having a variation equal to or smaller than a reference value and a changeable region having the variation greater than the reference value in each of a plurality of the photographed images using the variations among a plurality of the photographed images, and creating a moving image by merging an image generated from combining the changeable regions in a plurality of the photographed images with the unchangeable region. Accordingly, the present invention provides a user with a moving image created in a manner of analyzing a region having a considerable variation in a plurality of photos taken before and after a photographing timing point and using a photo at the photographing timing point and a result from editing the analyzed region separately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Youngkoen Kim
  • Patent number: 9674440
    Abstract: Systems and methods for digital video stabilization via constraint-based rotation smoothing are provided. Digital video data including a set of image frames having associated time stamps and a set of camera orientation data having associated time stamps may be provided. A smoothed set of camera orientation data may be generated by minimizing a rate of rotation between successive image frames while minimizing an amount of empty regions in a resulting set of smoothed image frames reoriented based on the smoothed set of camera orientation data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Alexandre Karpenko
  • Patent number: 9672594
    Abstract: A camera system for producing super resolution images is disclosed. The camera system may include a target scene, a first detector configured to capture a first image of the target scene, and a second detector configured to capture a second image of the target scene. The first detector may include a first pitch, and the second detector may include a second pitch different from the first pitch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Keith D. Humfeld, Morteza Safai
  • Patent number: 9674327
    Abstract: A first mobile terminal processes video data from a camera of the first mobile terminal to identify occurrence of a second mobile terminal being aligned to electronically image a display device of the first mobile terminal. Responsive to identifying occurrence of the second mobile terminal being aligned to electronically image the display device, the first mobile terminal controls operation of the display device of the first mobile terminal to interfere with an ability of the second mobile terminal to be operated to electronically image the display device. Related mobile terminals and computer program products are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: CA, INC.
    Inventors: Kiran Kumar B. S., Jameel Ahmed Kaladgi, Praveen Kumar Thakur
  • Patent number: 9667870
    Abstract: A method for providing camera operations using a haptic function, and an electronic device implementing the same are provided. The method of operating the electric device includes receiving, by an electronic device including a camera, an input to activate the camera; receiving a request to output guidance information for assisting with photographing with the camera; determining haptic feedback corresponding to the guidance information; and outputting the determined haptic feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Cheolho Cheong, Dongjin Koh
  • Patent number: 9667879
    Abstract: Blur metrics may be calculated for each of the image pixels of a digital image of a scene captured using an imaging device. The blur metrics may be indicative of the level of blur expressed in the digital image, and a blur image representative of the blur metrics may be generated. Subsequently, when another digital image is to be captured using the imaging device, pixel sensors corresponding to high blur metrics may be digitized at a high level of priority, or at a high rate, compared to pixel sensors corresponding to low blur metrics, which may be digitized at a low level of priority, or at a low rate. The blur images may be updated based on changes in blur observed in subsequent images, and different pixel sensors may be digitized at higher or lower levels of priority, or at higher or lower rates, based on the changes in blur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Dushyant Goyal, Pragyana K. Mishra
  • Patent number: 9659035
    Abstract: A system and method for maintaining authenticity of a forensic digital image is provided. The system includes a dSLR camera having a secure storage coupled to a uni-directional communication circuit configured to transmit data to a remote repository. Moreover, bi-directional control messages are transmitted from the repository to a third mobile device in the possession of the photographer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Inventor: James Lytell
  • Patent number: 9654693
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a display and an image processing system. The display has an array of horizontal pixels and vertical pixels. The image processing system is configured to present an image on the display as a visible display array having a smaller size than the array and to shift the visible display array by at least one pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: GVBB HOLDINGS S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Ben Van Den Herik, Martin de Boer
  • Patent number: 9652575
    Abstract: A floorplan-optimized stacked image sensor and a method for designing the sensor are disclosed. A sensor layer includes multiple PSAs partitioned into PSA groups. A circuit layer includes multiple analog-to-digital converters each communicatively coupled to a different PSA. Each analog-to-digital converter (ADC) is semi-aligned to the PSA group associated with the PSA to which it is communicatively coupled. The floorplan of ADCs maximizes contiguous global-based space on the circuit layer uninterrupted by an ADC. The resulting circuit layer floorplan has one or more global-based spaces interleaved with one or more local-based spaces containing ADCs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: OmniVision Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Jie Shen
  • Patent number: 9641737
    Abstract: A method for performing time-delay photographing, includes: displaying a photographing interface including a shutter operation control, wherein the shutter operation control further includes a shutter button and a time-setting region outside the shutter button; determining a delay time for photographing according to the time-setting region; and photographing according to the delay time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Xiaomi Inc.
    Inventors: Chong Guo, Ling Zhu, Haipo Zhang, Xiaolong Chen
  • Patent number: 9635233
    Abstract: A wireless communication device for connection to an external port of a camera that provides access to a power supply of the camera and at least one of a photographic synchronization signal and trigger release signal. A system including such a wireless communication device, a camera to which the wireless communication device is configured to be connected, and a remote device to receive wireless information from the camera via the wireless communication device. A method of wireless communication between a camera and a remote device using a wireless communication device for connecting to an external port of the camera that provides access to a power supply of the camera and at least one of a photographic synchronization signal and trigger release signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Lab Partners Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: James E. Clark
  • Patent number: 9635272
    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 relatively dark combination image data resulting from relatively dark combination using darker pixel data of each pixel of image data is generated, and relatively bright combination image data resulting from relatively bright combination using brighter pixel data of each pixel of image data, and difference output image data is generated from the relatively bright combination image data and the relatively dark combination image data. With the generated relatively dark 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: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroaki Iwasaki
  • Patent number: 9626015
    Abstract: The technology disclosed provides systems and methods for reducing the overall power consumption of an optical motion-capture system without compromising the quality of motion capture and tracking. In implementations, this is accomplished by operating the motion-detecting cameras and associated image-processing hardware in a low-power mode (e.g., at a low frame rate or in a standby or sleep mode) unless and until touch gestures of an object such as a tap, sequence of taps, or swiping motions are performed with a surface proximate to the cameras. A contact microphone or other appropriate sensor is used for detecting audio signals or other vibrations generated by contact of the object with the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Leap Motion, Inc.
    Inventor: David Holz