Patents Examined by Nelson D Hernández Hernández
  • Patent number: 11570349
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus includes an image pickup unit that obtains video, an audio input unit that collects sound and a control unit that controls recording of the video based on a wake word and a control word included in the sound collected by the audio input unit. In a case where the control word that gives an instruction to stop recording the video is included in the sound, the control unit stops recording the video and records video data before a start time of the wake word as a video file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kiyoto Ueda
  • Patent number: 11561587
    Abstract: One example provides a computing device including a first portion including a first display, a second portion including a second display and a camera, the second portion connected to the first portion via a hinge, a hinge angle sensing mechanism including one or more sensors, a logic device, and a storage device holding instructions executable by the logic device to execute a camera application and to receive sensor data from the one or more sensors, based at least in part on the sensor data received from the one or more sensors, determine a device pose, output the camera application to the first display when the device pose is indicative of the camera being world-facing, and output the camera application to the second display when the device pose is indicative of the camera being user-facing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Scott D. Schenone, Otso Joona Casimir Tuomi, Eduardo Sonnino, Spencer Lee Davis, Sergio Eduardo Rodriguez Virgen, T J Rhoades, Sean Shiang-Ning Whelan, Tyler White, Peter Eugene Hammerquist, Panos Costa Panay
  • Patent number: 11553144
    Abstract: Provided is an imaging unit including an imaging section that includes a pixel capable of performing charge accumulation a plurality of times in response to an imaging instruction for generating one frame of image data; a storage section that stores a pixel signal based on output from the pixel; an updating section that updates the pixel signal already stored in the storage section by performing an integration process to integrate the pixel signal output from the pixel as a result of a new charge accumulation and the pixel signal already stored in the storage section; and a control section that controls whether the updating section performs the update, for each of a plurality of pixel groups that each include one or more pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takashi Kuriyama
  • Patent number: 11546529
    Abstract: An image-capturing device includes: an image sensor that captures an image of a subject to output an image-capturing signal; a development processing unit that generates development data based on the image-capturing signal; and an output control unit that outputs the development data to an external device in a predetermined transmission format via a connecting member that connects the image-capturing device to the external device. The output control unit outputs the image-capturing signal to the external device via the connecting member in the predetermined transmission format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takahiro Yoshimura, Hiroaki Shimizu
  • Patent number: 11546546
    Abstract: An image capture apparatus comprises an image capturing unit, and a communication unit configured to transmit, to an image processing apparatus that develops RAW images, a plurality of RAW images obtained by the image capturing unit by performing continuous shooting. The communication unit, in a case where a setting at the time of shooting is a predetermined shooting setting, transmits one or more RAW images shot earlier than a time point when a predetermined shooting instruction is received among the plurality of RAW images before transmitting other RAW images, and in a case where the setting at the time of shooting is not the predetermined shooting setting, transmits one or more RAW images shot later than the time point when the predetermined shooting instruction is received among the plurality of RAW images before transmitting other RAW images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masashi Yoshida
  • Patent number: 11531210
    Abstract: A camera module includes a gyro sensor to generate shaking data; a first driver integrated circuit (IC) to generate a driving signal to move a first lens barrel in at least one direction perpendicular to an optical axis direction, according to the shaking data; and a second driver IC to generate a driving signal to move a second lens barrel in at least one direction perpendicular to the optical axis direction, according to the shaking data. The first driver IC includes a register unit to store the shaking data transferred from the gyro sensor, and the shaking data stored in the register unit is transferred to the second driver IC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Gyu Won Kim
  • Patent number: 11533416
    Abstract: A camera module and an array camera module based on an integral packing process are disclosed. The camera module or each of the camera module units of the array camera module includes a circuit board, an integral base, a photosensitive element operatively connected to the circuit board, a lens, a light filter holder installed at the integral base and a light filter installed at the light filter holder. The light filter is not required to be directly installed to the integral base, so that the light filter is protected and the requiring area of the light filter is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: NINGBO SUNNY OPOTECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mingzhu Wang, Bojie Zhao, Zhenyu Chen, Nan Guo, Takehiko Tanaka
  • Patent number: 11528388
    Abstract: In described examples, a circuit includes an integrator. The integrator receives an input signal. A first sampling network is coupled to the integrator and generates a signal voltage. A second sampling network is coupled to the integrator and generates a pixel sampled noise voltage. The pixel sampled noise voltage generated in a previous cycle is subtracted from the signal voltage generated in a current cycle to generate a true signal voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Nagesh Surendranath, Sravana Kumar Goli
  • Patent number: 11516405
    Abstract: An electronic device and a method for controlling a camera module are provided. The electronic device includes a housing, a camera module, a rotating mechanism, and a pushing mechanism. The camera module disposed in the housing. The rotating mechanism is configured to drive the camera module to rotate in the housing. The pushing mechanism is configured to drive the camera module to an outside of the housing when the camera module rotates to a preset orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventors: Xiang Zhang, Zanjian Zeng
  • Patent number: 11513309
    Abstract: A lens apparatus attachable to an imaging apparatus via an accessory, the lens apparatus includes an acquirer configured to acquire first power information indicating power available for the accessory, a determiner configured to determine second power information indicating power available for the lens apparatus based on the first power information, and a transmitter configured to transmit, to the imaging apparatus, the second power information or power information relating to the first power information and the second power information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Naoki Saito
  • Patent number: 11503243
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus that includes a mounting part capable of attaching/detaching a device capable of holding at least an image captured by the image capturing apparatus and capable of communicating with the mounted device in accordance with a predetermined standard is provided. The apparatus outputs to a device, if the device having a function of executing image analysis processing for image data captured by the image capturing apparatus is mounted in the mounting part, a command complying with the predetermined standard and configured to cause the device to execute the image analysis processing. The apparatus outputs at least two commands associated with each other and configured to cause the device to execute the image analysis processing, wherein each of the at least two commands includes data representing that the at least two commands are associated with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ryo Maeda
  • Patent number: 11502624
    Abstract: A vibration type actuator includes a vibrator, including a protrusion and a piezoelectric element, that is arranged to vibrate in response to a voltage, and a contact member having a contact surface which the protrusion contacts. The vibrator and the contact member rotate relative to each other around a first axis. The vibrator is tilted to the contact surface by a predetermined angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kaori Tomura, Ayumu Nemoto, Yasufumi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 11503230
    Abstract: An image pickup device according to an embodiment includes pixels each configured to output an analog signal based on electric charges produced in a photoelectric conversion unit and a control unit configured to control a gain applied to the analog signal to be at least a first gain and a second gain greater than the first gain in accordance with a signal value of the analog signal. Each of the pixels outputs, as the analog signal, a first signal and a second signal based on electric charges produced in the photoelectric conversion unit in a first exposure period and a second exposure period shorter than the first exposure period. The control unit controls the gain applied to the analog signal by selecting one from the first gain and the second gain in accordance with the signal value, for at least one of the first signal and the second signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tetsuya Itano, Shoji Kono, Hideo Kobayashi, Hiroyuki Morita, Yasuhiro Oguro, Kei Ochiai
  • Patent number: 11490001
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes: an image sensor configured to capture a subject to generate image data; an audio input device configured to input audio to generate an audio signal indicating audio to be collected during image capturing with the image sensor; a setting interface configured to set the imaging apparatus to an auto mode being an operation mode operable to automatically change a directivity of the audio input device in response to an instruction of a user; and a controller configured to control a sound collection area for collecting sound from the subject in the audio signal, wherein with the auto mode being set by the setting interface, the controller is configured to control the sound collection area to cover the subject by changing the directivity of the audio input device in linkage with an image shooting state of the imaging apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroki Kasugai, Shinichi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 11483456
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an imaging apparatus, a manufacturing apparatus, a manufacturing method, and an electronic appliance that contribute to miniaturization and thinning of an imaging apparatus. Provided is an imaging apparatus including a first circuit board in which an imaging element is mounted on a center portion, a component that is mounted on an outer circumference portion of the center portion of the first circuit board, and a member that incorporates the component and is provided in the outer circumference portion and is formed by a mold method. The imaging apparatus further includes a lens barrel that holds a lens, in which a frame that supports a portion including the lens barrel is located on the member. Further, the frame includes an infra red cut filter (IRCF). The present technology can be applied to an imaging apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hidetsugu Otani, Yuuji Kishigami
  • Patent number: 11483462
    Abstract: An electronic device and a camera device are provided. The electronic device includes a device casing, the device casing including a side frame and a rear shell; a camera mechanism on the side frame or the rear shell; a connecting member fixedly connected to the side frame or the rear shell; and a support plate, the camera mechanism being connected to the support plate through a first pivotal shaft, the support plate being connected to the connecting member through a second pivotal shaft, wherein the support plate is rotatable relative to the connecting member through the second pivotal shaft, so as to drive the camera mechanism to rotate above a top surface of the side frame of the device casing, and the camera mechanism is rotatable relative to the support plate through the first pivotal shaft, so as to adjust an orientation of the camera mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignees: K-TRONICS (SUZHOU) TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD., BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xiuhe Zhou, Jun Li
  • Patent number: 11477403
    Abstract: A step of forming an on-chip lens of a phase difference pixel is simplified. An imaging element includes a pixel array unit, an individual on-chip lens, a common on-chip lens, and an adjacent on-chip lens. In the pixel array unit, pixels that performs photoelectric conversion according to incident light components, a plurality of phase difference pixels that is included in the pixels, is arranged adjacent to each other, and detects a phase difference, and phase difference pixel adjacent pixels that are included in the pixels and are adjacent to the phase difference pixels are arranged two-dimensionally. The individual on-chip lens is arranged for each of the pixels and individually condenses the incident light components on corresponding one of the pixels. The common on-chip lens is commonly arranged in the plurality of phase difference pixels and commonly condenses the incident light component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sachio Nishi, Hironobu Fukagawa, Hideaki Kato, Akimitsu Sato
  • Patent number: 11477407
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a signal processing device and method, and a program that enable easier and more accurate failure detection. The signal processing device includes: an addition unit that adds test data for failure detection to valid data on which predetermined processing is to be performed, two or more samples processed in parallel in different paths having a same sample value in the test data; and a signal processing unit that performs the predetermined processing on the valid data and the test data that has been added to the valid data by a plurality of the paths. The present technology can be applied to in-car cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masaki Murozuka
  • Patent number: 11463674
    Abstract: An imaging system including: first camera; N second cameras, optical axes of first and second cameras being arranged at an angle; and processor(s) configured to: control first camera and N second cameras to capture first image and N second images, second field of view (FOV) is narrower than first FOV and overlaps with portion of first FOV; determine first overlapping portions (P, P?, A, A?, A?), second overlapping portion(s) (Q, B, B?, B?), and third overlapping portion (C) of first image; for given overlapping portion of first image, determine corresponding overlapping portion of at least one of N second images; and process corresponding overlapping portions of first and second images to generate corresponding portion of output image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Varjo Technologies Oy
    Inventor: Mikko Ollila
  • Patent number: 11463623
    Abstract: There is provided a notifying apparatus. A detecting unit detects a motion amount of an object from an image obtained through first shooting, the first shooting being carried out repeatedly at predetermined intervals of time. A converting unit converts the motion amount into a motion blur amount that will arise in second shooting, on the basis of the predetermined intervals of time and an exposure time used in the second shooting. A notifying unit makes a notification of motion blur on the basis of the motion blur amount. The notifying unit changes a form of the notification in accordance with a magnitude of the motion blur amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yukiko Kubo, Hironori Kaida