Patents Examined by Michael Lee
  • Patent number: 11945369
    Abstract: A display device installed in a vehicle includes a display, a reflectance control device, and a control circuit. The reflectance control device is capable of changing a reflectance for incident light. The control circuit controls the reflectance of the reflectance control device. The reflectance control device includes a first part and a second part. The first part is positioned in a first region overlapping the display surface when viewed in a normal direction being normal to the display surface. The second part is positioned in a second region surrounding the first region when viewed in the normal direction of the display surface. The control circuit controls a reflectance of the second part based on at least one of speed information indicating a speed of the vehicle and reverse information indicating whether the vehicle is reversing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasunobu Inaba, Yuji Matsumoto, Koji Marumo
  • Patent number: 11943543
    Abstract: An imaging device may include an image sensing device including a plurality of pixels to detect incident light from a scene to generate a pixel signal corresponding to the incident light and generate image data, wherein the image sensing device operates to perform imaging operation in response to a control signal, a luminance acquisition unit to acquire the image data corresponding to first pixels among the plurality of pixels associated with a target region of an image of the scene captured by the image sensing device, a controllable item acquisition unit to acquire one or more sensitivity items indicative of sensitivity of each pixel to light, as a controllable item, and a set value calculation unit to generate the control signal to the imagine sensing device by calculating a set value for the controllable item based on the image data of the target region and the controllable item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: SK HYNIX INC.
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Yahata
  • Patent number: 11933968
    Abstract: A microelectromechanical (MEMS) structure includes a fixed frame internally defining a cavity, and a mobile mass suspended in the cavity and movable with a first resonant rotational mode about a first rotation axis and with a second resonant rotational mode about a second rotation axis orthogonal to the first. A pair of supporting elements extends in the cavity, is rigidly coupled to the fixed frame, and is elastically deformable to cause rotation of the mobile mass about the first rotation axis. A pair of elastic-coupling elements is elastically coupled between the mobile mass and the first pair of supporting elements. Each of the elastic-coupling elements includes a first and second elastic portions, the first elastic portion being compliant to torsion about the second rotation axis. The second elastic portion is compliant to bending outside of a horizontal plane of main extension of the MEMS structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.r.l.
    Inventors: Nicolo' Boni, Roberto Carminati, Massimiliano Merli
  • Patent number: 11925326
    Abstract: A handheld C-mount HD endo-camera is disclosed which records images/videos, is able to transmit the images/videos to adaptable secondary monitor with removable Lithium-ion battery and attached to any rigid, semi-rigid, or flexible endoscope to allow a surgeon to see images and videos while manipulating the endoscope. The handheld C-mount HD endo-camera is portable, provides C-mount HD images, is adaptable with secondary devices and powered with a removable and rechargeable Lithium-ion battery. Attached to any rigid, semi-rigid, or flexible endoscope, a surgeon can see the surgical field directly on the camera monitor in their hand because the handheld C-mount HD endo-camera is self-contained and portable, thereby obviating the need for a video tower and associated conventional viewing equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Inventor: John Dawoodjee
  • Patent number: 11917322
    Abstract: An optical module including a light source and an optical sensor is provided. The optical sensor includes a pixel matrix and an opaque layer. The pixel matrix includes a plurality of unblocked pixels, a plurality of first pixels and a plurality of second pixels. The opaque layer covers upon a first region, which is a part of each first pixel, and upon a second region, which is a part of each second pixel, but does not cover upon the unblocked pixels, wherein the first region and the second region are symmetrically arranged in a first direction, and uncovered regions of the first pixels and the second pixels are arranged to be larger at a pixel edge than at a pixel center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: PIXART IMAGING INC.
    Inventors: Jung-Tai Lin, En-Feng Hsu
  • Patent number: 11917299
    Abstract: One embodiment of an apparatus includes a reference position receiving unit configured to receive intermediate or end panorama reference position information input by a user, and a control unit configured to control an imaging device to begin generating a plurality of images to be used to generate a panoramic image based on the intermediate or end panorama reference position information input by the user after the reference position receiving unit receives the intermediate or end panorama reference position information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Sony Group Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuya Sento
  • Patent number: 11902671
    Abstract: A vehicle occupant monitoring system, OMS, comprises: an image acquisition device comprising an image sensor and a lens assembly having a varying transmissivity across a field of view of the image sensor; at least one infra-red, IR, light source disposed within a cabin of the vehicle and being configured to illuminate at least one occupant of the vehicle with varying illumination across the field of view of the image sensor; and an image processing pipeline configured to obtain and pre-process an image acquired from the image sensor in accordance with a lens shading map and a cabin illumination map in order to compensate for both the varying transmissivity and the varying illumination in order to provide a more uniformly illuminated image to a controller for further analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Inventors: Istvan Andorko, Petronel Bigioi, Piotr Stec
  • Patent number: 11895359
    Abstract: An electronic device and an operating method thereof are provided. The electronic device includes a receiver, a memory, a processor configured to search the memory for fixed rate link (FRL) transmission bandwidth data for a source device in response to an electrical connection to the source device, perform FRL link training with a bandwidth value of the FRL transmission bandwidth data determined according to a FRL transmission bandwidth data search result, and process a content signal transmitted with a transmission bandwidth when the FRL link training is completed, and a reproducing device configured to perform a reproducing operation based on the processed content signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyeongsu Choi, Seongin Kang, Teck Sheng Ng, Bongchan Cho
  • Patent number: 11893719
    Abstract: A single-shot differential phase contrast quantitative phase imaging method based on color multiplexing illumination. A color multiplexing illumination solution is used to realize single-shot differential phase contrast quantitative phase imaging. In the single-shot color multiplexing illumination solution, three illumination wavelengths of red, green, and blue are used to simultaneously illuminate a sample, and the information of the sample in multiple directions is converted into intensity information on different channels of a color image. By performing channel separation on this color image, the information about the sample at different spatial frequencies can be obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: NANJING UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Qian Chen, Yao Fan, Chao Zuo, Jiasong Sun, Xiangpeng Pan, Shijie Feng, Yuzhen Zhang, Guohua Gu, Jiaji Li, Jialin Zhang
  • Patent number: 11887369
    Abstract: Techniques and systems are provided for generating media content. For example, a server computer can detect a trigger from a device located at a site. The trigger is associated with an event at the site. The server computer can obtain media segments of media captured by a plurality of media capture devices located at the site. At least one of the media segments corresponds to the detected trigger. The server computer can determine one or more quality metrics of a media segment based on a first motion of an object captured in the media segment and/or a second motion of a media capture device used to capture the media segment. A subset of media segments can be selected from the obtained media segments based on quality metrics determined for the obtained media segments. A collection of media segments including the subset of media segments can then be generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: OPENTV, INC.
    Inventors: Sami Karoui, Olivier Schaer
  • Patent number: 11877101
    Abstract: An image display apparatus according to an embodiment of the present technology includes a light source section, a first sensor, a second sensor, and a light source control section. The light source section is capable of emitting emitted light. The first sensor is capable of detecting a state of the emitted light. The second sensor is capable of detecting a temperature of the light source section. The light source control section is capable of controlling the light source section according to a first detection result of detection performed by the first sensor, and a second detection result of detection performed by the second sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Keiko Fujita
  • Patent number: 11867896
    Abstract: A region of interest located in a first part to be observed is detected from a medical image at a first timing. In a case where a tip portion of an endoscope moves from the first part to be observed toward a second part to be observed and then moves to the first part to be observed again, a return determination unit performs first determination processing for determining whether the tip portion has returned to the first part to be observed, by using a medical image acquired a second timing. A display control unit performs display control of a monitor by using a determination result of the return determination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Toshihiro Usuda
  • Patent number: 11858423
    Abstract: A vehicular dual-state interior rearview mirror assembly includes a mirror head including an electrochromic mirror reflective element having a transflective mirror reflector. A video display device occupies at least 75 percent of the viewable reflective region of the mirror reflective element. With the mirror assembly operating in a first state, the video display device does not display video images and the driver views rearward via reflection at the viewable reflective region and, with the mirror assembly operating in a second state, the video display device displays video images for viewing at the viewable reflective region by the driver. When operating in a daytime mode, the display screen utilizes red pixels, green pixels, blue pixels and clear pixels of the display screen, and when operating in a nighttime mode, the display screen utilizes red pixels, green pixels and blue pixels and does not utilize clear pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Mark L Larson, John T. Uken, Christopher R. Koetje
  • Patent number: 11849262
    Abstract: An image projector includes an illumination arrangement with a number of illumination sources and a tilt-mirror assembly, all operating under control of a controller. An optical arrangement directs illumination from the illumination sources towards the mirror and on to an image plane. A collimating arrangement collimates the illumination from the image plane to generate a collimated image directed to an exit stop. The controller (830) modulates an intensity of each of the illumination sources (808) synchronously with tilt motion of the mirror (814) according to the content of the digital image. In certain implementations, the illumination sources (808) are spaced apart. Although the tilt motion brings each illumination source to scans across only part of a dimension of the field of view, all of the illumination sources together scans across the entirety of the one dimension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: LUMUS LTD.
    Inventor: Yochay Danziger
  • Patent number: 11846562
    Abstract: An MTF testing apparatus including a plurality of telescopic cameras each mounted at a fixed predetermined position on a camera holder, each camera receiving an image projected by at least one lens of a single device under test. A processor is coupled to the telescopic cameras. is the processor configured to receive image data from every telescopic camera and perform a plurality of MTF measurements, the telescopic cameras are mounted on the camera holder such that every telescopic camera captures image data resulting in an MTF measurement at a different field position of the lens. The camera holder comprises a holding structure and at least two brackets elongated elements projecting between first and second end portions, the end portions being releasably mounted on the holding structure, and at least two cameras are mounted on every bracket and the brackets are individually detachable from the holding structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: TRIOPTICS GMBH
    Inventor: Ralf Poikat
  • Patent number: 11843894
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes a processor, and a memory storing a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the electronic apparatus to perform control to display an image in a display unit based on a third image including a first image captured through a first optical system, and a second image having a parallax with respect to the first image, captured through a second optical system, receive an enlargement instruction for enlarging a part of the image displayed in the display unit, and perform control, upon reception of the enlargement instruction while the third image is displayed, to display in the display unit an enlarged image including an enlarged portion of either one of the first image and the second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Koichi Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 11843762
    Abstract: A switchable floating image display device, including a light-emitting stack layer, a light-emitting pattern stack layer, a transparent barrier layer, an optical imaging module, and a power supply module, is provided. The light-emitting stack layer is configured to generate a first pattern beam. The light-emitting pattern stack layer is configured to generate a second pattern beam. The transparent barrier layer is disposed between the light-emitting stack layer and the light-emitting pattern stack layer. The optical imaging module is configured to enable the first pattern beam to form a first floating image, and enable the second pattern beam to form a second floating image. The power supply module is electrically connected to the light-emitting stack layer and the light-emitting pattern stack layer, and configured determine whether to generate the first or second floating image by switching between the light-emitting stack layer and the light-emitting pattern stack layer to emit light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Yi-Hsiang Huang, Yu-Hsiang Liu, Chia-Ping Lin
  • Patent number: 11843845
    Abstract: A protective cover for a camera includes a housing configured for attachment to one of the camera and a support structure which supports the camera, a lens attached to the housing and configured for alignment with an imaging axis of the camera, a light source attached to the housing and configured for providing light to a field of view of the camera, and an electrical connector carried by the housing and configured for receiving power and/or signal commands and for conveying the power and/or signal commands to the light source. The lens may be a meniscus-shaped macro lens, and a lightguide may be attached to or incorporated into at least one of the housing and the light source. The protective cover may be used to protect a camera mounted in a wheel well or anywhere along an outer surface of an automotive vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Tzvi Philipp, Timothy Busch
  • Patent number: 11833971
    Abstract: A vehicular interior rearview mirror assembly includes a mirror head pivotally adjustable about a mirror support. The mirror head includes a mirror reflective element having a transflective mirror reflector. A video display device is disposed rearward of the mirror reflective element. A touch sensor is disposed at the mirror reflective element and is associated with circuitry at a flexible printed circuit of the video display device. The video display device is operable to display video images captured by a rearward viewing camera of the vehicle. Light emitted by the video display device passes through the transflective mirror reflector for viewing of displayed video images by the driver of the vehicle viewing the mirror reflective element. The mirror reflective element, at the reflective region of the transflective mirror reflector, reflects at least 40 percent of visible light incident at the front side of the mirror reflective element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Mark L. Larson, Christopher R. Koetje, Anthony J. LaCross, Eric Peterson
  • Patent number: 11825201
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method of using an image sensor comprising N sensing areas for capturing images of a scene, the N sensing areas being physically separate from each other, the method comprising: for i=1, . . . , P, and j=1, . . . , Q(i), positioning the image sensor at a location (i,j) and capturing a partial image (i,j) of the scene using the image sensor while the image sensor is at the location (i,j), thereby capturing in total R partial images, wherein R is the sum of Q(i), i=1, . . . , P, wherein P>1, wherein Q(i), i=1, . . . , P are positive integers and are not all 1, wherein for i=1, . . . , P, a location group (i) comprises the locations (i,j), j=1, . . . , Q(i), and wherein a minimum distance between 2 locations of 2 different location groups is substantially larger than a maximum distance between two locations of a same location group; and determining a combined image of the scene based on the R partial images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: SHENZHEN XPECTVISION TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Peiyan Cao, Yurun Liu