Patents Examined by Nhan T. Tran
  • Patent number: 10298850
    Abstract: A mobile terminal that includes a camera; a display unit; and a controller configured to: control the camera, display a preview screen on the display unit, obtain a first image through the camera while displaying the preview screen, obtain a second image in response to receiving a first input, generate a background image using the first image, combine the background image and the second image to generate a combined image, store the combined image, and display, on the display unit, the combined image, in response to receiving a second input is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sooyon Chung, Sujin Kim, Sunghye Yoon
  • Patent number: 10298820
    Abstract: A camera module includes a lens barrel holder and a substrate. The substrate may include a circuit board embedded in the substrate. The circuit board may include multiple electrical components mounted to a first side of the circuit board, where the electrical components are not exposed outside. The circuit board may also include multiple electrical connections on another side of the circuit board, an image sensor mounted to the electrical connections, and an upper opening in the circuit board for light to pass through. The substrate may include an upper opening configured to receive, at least partially inside the substrate, a lower portion of the lens barrel holder. The substrate may include a lower opening connected to the upper opening and configured to receive the image sensor. The lens barrel holder may include extensions, such as a flange or tabs, and an adhesive bond between the extensions and the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ya Wen Hsu, Douglas S. Brodie, Steven Webster
  • Patent number: 10298885
    Abstract: A system includes a plurality of cameras each enabled to operate independently of the others as a component camera. The system includes logic operable to form the component cameras into a network operable as a single federated camera device. The lens types of the component cameras are non-heterogeneous, and the federated camera forms a virtual lens comprising characteristics combining the lens types of the component cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Xevo Inc.
    Inventors: John Ludwig, Richard Tong
  • Patent number: 10298868
    Abstract: An image sensing device includes: a pixel array suitable for generating a plurality of pixel signals corresponding to incident light; a comparison block suitable for comparing the pixel signals with a ramp signal to generate a plurality of comparison signals; a logic block suitable for adjusting slew rates of the respective comparison signals to generate a plurality of logic signals; a global count block suitable for generating a global count signal; and a storing block suitable for storing counted values of the global count signal based on the logic signals received from the logic block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: SK hynix Inc.
    Inventor: Won-Seok Hwang
  • Patent number: 10291869
    Abstract: In a pixel section of an image sensor, pixels are arranged two-dimensionally, each of the pixels including an amplifier transistor that is connected to a power voltage and has a gate into which a voltage of a signal charge generated by a photoelectric conversion area is input and a selection transistor that is connected to the amplifier transistor and a signal line. The image sensor includes an AD conversion circuit having a reference transistor having a gate into which a ramp signal is input and a constant current source that is connected to the reference transistor and the signal line. The voltage of the ramp signal or a driving ability of the reference transistor changes depending on whether one selection transistor or a plurality of selection transistors is/are turned on per signal line to obtain a signal charge to be AD-converted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hirokazu Kobayashi, Nobuhiro Takeda
  • Patent number: 10291857
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present application disclose various image capture control methods and apparatus. One of the image capture control methods comprises: acquiring motion information of an object; determining, according to the motion information, a relative displacement of an image that corresponds to the object on an image sensor within a first exposure duration; determining an imaging region that corresponds to the relative displacement in the image sensor; adjusting an image capture control parameter of the imaging region, to shorten the first exposure duration of the imaging region; and performing, by using the image sensor after being adjusted, an image capture on the object. In the embodiments of the present application, the degree of image blur for the imaging region due to motion of the object is reduced as far as possible, without affecting the quality of an image captured by another region of the image sensor, thereby improving overall quality of an image captured by the image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: BEIJING ZHIGU RUI TUO TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Liang Zhou, Lin Du
  • Patent number: 10284787
    Abstract: Embodiments provide a lens moving apparatus including a housing supporting a magnet, a bobbin having an outer circumferential surface on which a first coil is disposed, the bobbin moving in the housing in a first direction, upper and lower elastic members each connected to both the housing and the bobbin, and a second coil disposed so as to be spaced apart from the first coil in the first direction, wherein the second coil generates induction voltage resulting from inductive interaction with the first coil when the bobbin moves in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sang Ok Park
  • Patent number: 10284784
    Abstract: A shutter apparatus of an electronic front curtain system includes a motor configured to rotate in a first rotating direction and a second rotating direction opposite to the first rotating direction, a first light shield movable between a close state for closing an aperture and an open state for opening the aperture, a second light shield movable between the close state for closing the aperture and the open state for opening the aperture, and a first cam member configured to interlock and move the first light shield and the second light shield in accordance with a rotation in each of the first rotating direction and the second rotating direction of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazuya Karibe, Masahiro Takayama
  • Patent number: 10275860
    Abstract: An image processing device including a blurring processing unit that performs blurring processing for input image information that is input, includes: a saturation determination unit that calculates saturation of a saturated pixel of the input image information; a first gradation conversion unit that converts gradation of the input image information on a basis of the saturation calculated by the saturation determination unit; and, in which the blurring processing unit performs blurring processing for image information that has been subjected to gradation conversion by the first gradation conversion unit, a second gradation conversion unit that converts gradation of image information that has been subjected to the blurring processing, on a basis that gradation of a saturated region of the blurring-processed image information serves as a gradation of a saturated pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kei Tokui, Keisuke Omori
  • Patent number: 10270962
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a camera or camera accessory device may read, via a sensor, a test image related to an environment of the device, and obtain, via a neural network, a feature vector of the test image that indicates a set of features representing the test image. The device may perform clustering of sets of camera settings based on the feature vector of the test image to determine clusters of camera settings sets, and select, from the clusters of camera settings sets, a cluster of camera settings sets based on scores related to the images similar to the test image. The device may determine environment-specific camera settings based on the cluster of camera settings sets, and cause a camera adjustment based on the environment-specific camera settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: NORTH OF YOU LLC
    Inventor: Ryan Stout
  • Patent number: 10264242
    Abstract: The invention concerns an image sensor comprising: a depth pixel (PZ) having: a detection zone (PD); a first memory (mem1) electrically coupled to the detection zone by a first gate (310); a second memory (mem2) electrically coupled to the detection zone by a second gate (314); and a third memory (mem3) electrically coupled to the detection zone by a third gate (316), wherein the first, second and third memories are each formed by a doped region sandwiched between first and second parallel straight walls (404, 406), the first and second walls of each memory having a conductive core adapted to receive a biasing voltage; and a plurality of 2D image pixels (P1 to P8) positioned adjacent to the depth pixel, wherein the first, second and third memories extend to form at least partial isolation walls between corresponding adjacent pairs of the 2D image pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: COMMISSARIAT À L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
    Inventors: Yvon Cazaux, Benoit Giffard
  • Patent number: 10264203
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an image sensor capable of achieving both higher S/N and higher frame rate, an electronic device, a control device, a control method, and a program. An AD converter has a comparator in which differential pairs are provided at an input stage. The differential pairs have a plurality of transistors as first transistors and second transistors paired to configure the differential pairs. The AD converter compares a level-changing reference signal with an electric signal output by a shooting unit for performing photoelectric conversion and outputting the electric signal, thereby performing AD conversion on the electric signal. The comparator is controlled such that a transistor to be operated is selected as active transistor from among the transistors depending on the amount of light incident in the shooting unit and the active transistor operates. The present technology is applicable to an image sensor for shooting an image, and the like, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Takeshi Aoki
  • Patent number: 10264259
    Abstract: Techniques are provided to encode and decode image data comprising a tone mapped (TM) image with HDR reconstruction data in the form of luminance ratios and color residual values. In an example embodiment, luminance ratio values and residual values in color channels of a color space are generated on an individual pixel basis based on a high dynamic range (HDR) image and a derivative tone-mapped (TM) image that comprises one or more color alterations that would not be recoverable from the TM image with a luminance ratio image. The TM image with HDR reconstruction data derived from the luminance ratio values and the color-channel residual values may be outputted in an image file to a downstream device, for example, for decoding, rendering, and/or storing. The image file may be decoded to generate a restored HDR image free of the color alterations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Wenhui Jia, Ajit Ninan, Arkady Ten, Gregory John Ward
  • Patent number: 10264182
    Abstract: Embodiments provide a lens moving apparatus including a bobbin having a lens barrel, a housing configured to accommodate the bobbin, an upper elastic member coupled to the bobbin and the housing, a lower elastic member coupled to the bobbin and the housing, a first coil disposed on the bobbin, a first magnet disposed on the housing, a circuit board disposed below the housing, a second coil disposed on the circuit board, a first sensor to output a first output signal based on a sensed result of a magnetic field strength of the first magnet, a first capacitor connected in parallel to the first sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tae Bong Park, Jin Suk Han, Jung Cheol Kim
  • Patent number: 10257430
    Abstract: An image processing technique that enables accurate detection of a flicker component even when applied to an image pickup device capable of changing a driving method on a region basis within a frame. A flicker detection section detects a flicker component of an image pixel signal read out from the image pickup device having a pixel region for detecting a phase difference. When the driving method is changed to one for performing phase difference detection, the flicker detection section detects a flicker component such that the period of the flicker component in a region used for phase difference detection within the frame coincides with a period of the flicker component in a region not used for phase difference detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yusuke Yamashita
  • Patent number: 10250782
    Abstract: A camera module, an electronic device and a method of operating the same are provided. The camera module includes a lens module including lenses, and a sensor module including an image sensor configured to sense an image input through the lens module and a logic unit configured to process the image from the image sensor and the logic unit stores a lens-customized point spread function pre-estimated to correct blur characteristics of the lenses within the lens module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Myung Gu Kang, Young Kyun Lee, Yun Hee Lee
  • Patent number: 10250816
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present application disclose various image capture control methods and apparatuses. One of the image capture control methods comprises: determining a first zone as an allowable image blur zone, the first zone being a part of a shooting scene; determining a first imaging region that corresponds to the allowable image blur zone in an image sensor; adjusting a first pixel density distribution of the first image sensor, to cause the first pixel density of the imaging region to be lower than a second pixel density of a second imaging region in the image sensor after being adjusted; and performing, by using the image sensor after being adjusted, image capture on the shooting scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Beijing Zhigu Rui Tuo Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kuifei Yu, Lin Du
  • Patent number: 10237501
    Abstract: The present invention includes an imaging apparatus that includes a two dimensional array of pixel sensors. Each pixel sensor includes a main photodiode, an autofocus photodiode, and a microlens that concentrates light onto the main photodiode and the autofocus photodiode. The imaging array of pixel sensors includes first and second autofocus arrays of pixel sensors, the pixel sensors in the first autofocus array of pixel sensors having the autofocus photodiodes positioned such that each autofocus photodiode receives light preferentially from one half of the microlens in that pixel sensor, and the pixel sensors in the second autofocus array of pixel sensors having each autofocus photodiode positioned such that each autofocus photodiode receives light preferentially from the other half of the microlens in that pixel sensor. The autofocus photodiodes can be constructed from the parasitic photodiodes associated with the floating diffusion nodes in each pixel sensor or conventional photodiodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: BAE Systems Imaging Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Bo Mu, Alberto M. Magnani
  • Patent number: 10237514
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a camera system including, a camera apparatus having, an image sensor, a correction section, a first transmission processing section, and a synchronization processing section, and a video processing apparatus having a second transmission processing section and a conversion section, wherein the video processing apparatus outputs the video data obtained by the conversion by the conversion section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuo Endo
  • Patent number: 10237494
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a display control unit configured to cause a display device to display a map image that indicates a layout of a plurality of cameras, an identification unit configured to identify one or a plurality of cameras that can capture an image of a designated region designated on the map image and can perform predetermined detection processing on the captured image, a processing unit configured to perform a display control for distinguishably indicating the one or plurality of cameras identified by the identification unit, among the plurality of cameras included in the map image, and a setting unit configured to make settings for causing at least one camera selected from the one or plurality of cameras identified by the identification unit to perform the predetermined detection processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ichiko Mayuzumi