Patents Examined by Nicholas G. Giles
  • Patent number: 10298831
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus capable of being remotely controlled from an external apparatus, comprises an image capturing unit, a communication unit configured to communicate with the external apparatus, a reception unit configured to receive a control instruction from the external apparatus via the communication unit, and a control unit configured to control the image capturing apparatus based on the received control instruction, wherein, when a connection with the external apparatus by the communication unit is disconnected during moving image recording in accordance with remote control from the external apparatus, the control unit continues the moving image recording and notifies a user whether to stop the moving image recording.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: Jiro Shimosato
  • Patent number: 10284774
    Abstract: An information terminal apparatus includes a communication section configured to perform communication with an image pickup apparatus capable of performing time-lapse photographing, a signal processing section configured to generate, halfway in a photographing period by the image pickup apparatus, a check image based on a plurality of picked-up images transmitted from the image pickup apparatus and acquired via the communication section, and a display control section configured to display the check image generated by the signal processing section. Halfway in photographing of the time-lapse photographing, a time-lapse moving image is generated using a photographing result of the time-lapse photographing performed to that point and displayed, whereby quality of the time-lapse moving image is made predictable. A change of setting of the time-lapse photographing is received and reflected on subsequent time-lapse photographing, whereby a user easily obtains a desired picked-up image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Fukuya, Kazuhiko Shimura, Nobuyuki Shima, Kazuo Kanda, Osamu Nonaka
  • Patent number: 10284792
    Abstract: Audio/video (A/V) recording and communication devices with multiple cameras for superimposing image data in accordance with various embodiments of the present disclosure are provided. In one embodiment, an audio/video (A/V) recording and communication device comprising: a first camera configured to capture image data at a first resolution; a second camera configured to capture image data at a second resolution that is higher than the first resolution; a memory including a rolling buffer; a communication module; and a processing module comprising: a processor; and a camera application that configures the processor to: capture first image data using the first camera; store the first image data in the rolling buffer of the memory; maintain the second camera in a low-power state; power up the second camera in response to motion detection; capture second image data using the second camera; and superimpose the first image data onto the second image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James Siminoff, Mark Siminoff
  • Patent number: 10267888
    Abstract: An anticipated direction to a signal source is determined by a communication device having an antenna. The communication device receives video images in a field of view of a camera and determines, using sensors of the communication device, an antenna direction. The antenna direction is the direction that the antenna of the communication device is pointing. The communication device displays, using a display screen, the video images, an antenna direction indicator, and a guiding icon. The antenna direction indicator indicates the antenna direction relative to the field of view of the camera, and the guiding icon represents a direction offset from the anticipated direction. An energy value of a signal received from the signals source is determined by the communication device using the antenna, and a position of the guiding icon on the display screen is updated based on the anticipated direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Higher Ground LLC
    Inventors: Robert S. Reis, Shmuel Shaffer, Bruce L. McKinley
  • Patent number: 10264229
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention facilitate lighting and material editing. More particularly, some embodiments are directed to leveraging flash photography to capture two images in quick succession, one with the flash activated and one without. In embodiments, a scene may be decomposed into components corresponding to diffidently colored lights and into diffuse and specular components. This enables the color and intensity of each light in the scene, as well as the amount of specularity, to be edited by a user to change the appearance of the scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Adobe Inc.
    Inventors: Kalyan K. Sunkavalli, Zhuo Hui, Sunil Hadap
  • Patent number: 10264198
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus that forms an image of a light beam transmitted through an imaging lens on an imaging element includes a laminated material that is provided on the imaging element, the light beam being transmitted through the laminated material, the laminated material being provided at a position at which an end portion of an upper surface of the laminated material allows an outermost light beam out of light beams to be transmitted therethrough, the light beams entering a pixel in an outer end portion of the imaging element in an effective pixel area, the position having a width Hopt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Masanori Iwasaki, Ken Ozawa, Nobuyuki Matsuzawa, Daisuke Hobara, Nozomi Kimura
  • Patent number: 10257455
    Abstract: An apparatus is described that includes an image sensor and a light source driver circuit integrated in a same semiconductor chip package. The image sensor includes visible light pixels and depth pixels. The depth pixels are to sense light generated with a light source drive signal. The light source drive signal is generated with the light source driver circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Cheng-Yi Andrew Lin, Clemenz Lenard Portmann
  • Patent number: 10257422
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a solid-state image pickup element, an image pickup module and electronic equipment configured to avoid large scaling of an image pickup element caused by an improvement in functions thereof. The solid-state image pickup element is configured with a lamination of an image sensor substrate on which a plurality of pixels is arranged on a surface of a sensor, and a signal processing substrate in which signal processing of an image signal output from the image sensor substrate is executed. The signal processing substrate has an electronic blur correction processing unit, a first connection unit that connects with an optical blur correction processing unit, and a second connection unit that connects with a gyro sensor which detects a blur generated in an image. At least a part of signals passed between the gyro sensor and the optical blur correction processing unit passes through the signal processing substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventor: Shota Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10244171
    Abstract: A MEMS actuator including buckled flexures and a method of assembling the actuator are described. The assembled MEMS actuator includes an inner frame; an outer frame including latched electrical bars, where a first of the latched bars includes a latch protrusion secured to a corresponding latch groove of a second of the latched bars; and buckled flexures coupling the inner frame to the outer frame. The flexures are buckled during assembly of the MEMS actuator by incorporating the electrical bar latching mechanism into the design of the outer frame of the MEMS actuator. In one implementation, the MEMS actuator is assembled by providing a MEMS actuator with unbuckled flexures coupling the outer frame of the MEMS actuator to an inner frame of the MEMS actuator, where the outer frame includes unlatched electrical bars, and latching the electrical bars of the outer frame, resulting in buckled flexures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: MEMS Drive, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Ng, Roman Gutierrez, Guiqin Wang
  • Patent number: 10237492
    Abstract: An image sensor circuit includes an image sensor, a flicker detector and a flicker compensator. The image sensor generates frame data for a plurality of successive frames. The flicker detector determines a representative value of the frame data for each of the plurality of successive frames and generates a flicker detection signal that is activated when the determined representative values of the generated frame data show periodicity between a minimum value and a maximum value. The flicker compensator generates compensated frame data by compensating the frame data based on the determined representative values and a predetermined reference value when the flicker detection signal is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: Yo-Hwan Noh
  • Patent number: 10234653
    Abstract: In the case in which a plurality of regions which is obtained by dividing an image region of the image data is set as partial regions, a controller detects focus positions respectively with respect to the partial regions and moves a focus lens to each of the detected focus positions to capture a video. The controller has, as a video capturing method for the video capturing, a first method in which the video capturing is performed with the focus lens stopped at each of the focus positions, and a second method in which the video capturing is performed with the focus lens being moved without stopped at each of the focus positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tomohiro Oogami
  • Patent number: 10225464
    Abstract: In an image processing apparatus, a characteristic acquisition unit acquires a characteristic of the projection object. A correction control unit determines a parameter in accordance with the characteristic and corrects an input image based on the parameter. A characteristic specifying unit specifies an attentional characteristic region based on the characteristic. A captured image acquisition unit acquires a captured image of a projection image. A change determination unit determines whether the attentional characteristic region changes by a predetermined amount or more from the input image and the captured image, causes the characteristic acquisition unit to acquire the characteristic if it is determined that the region changes, and redetermines to cause the correction control unit to produce a projection image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tetsuro Narikawa
  • Patent number: 10218891
    Abstract: A communication apparatus, in response to a first operation of pressing both a first operation member and a second operation member being performed during display of an image, designates the image being displayed as an image to be transferred, which is to be transferred to the external apparatus, and in response to a second operation that is different from the first operation and uses a plurality of operation members being performed, designates the image being displayed as an image to be priority transferred, which is to be transferred with greater priority than the image to be transferred. The plurality of operation members to be used in the second operation include at least one of the first operation member and the second operation member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroyasu Morita, Takahiko Oyachi
  • Patent number: 10200594
    Abstract: A focus detection apparatus includes a first setting unit configured to set a first focus detection area and a second focus detection area, a first focus detection unit configured to perform focus detection of a phase difference detection method on each of the first and second focus detection areas by using the pair of parallax image signals, a reliability acquisition unit configured to obtain reliability of the focus detection of the first and second focus detection areas by the first focus detection unit, a second setting unit configured to determine a third focus detection area by using the reliability of the focus detection of the first and second focus detection areas, obtained by the reliability acquisition unit, and a second focus detection unit configured to perform focus detection by using the third focus detection area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hideyasu Hongu
  • Patent number: 10200591
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a first phase difference detector configured to detect two phase differences in a range that contains a phase difference that provides the highest correlation between a pair of image signals, a comparator configured to compare a signal representative of a matching degree when the pair of image signals have a first phase difference among the two phase differences, and a signal representative of a matching degree when the pair of image signals have a second phase difference among the two phase differences, a signal separator configured to separate a pair of signal components relating to a specific object from the pair of image signals, based on a comparison result by the comparator, and a second phase difference detector configured to detect a phase difference that provides the highest correlation between the pair of signal components separated by the signal separator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takeshi Ogawa
  • Patent number: 10198790
    Abstract: Described in this disclosure is a space-variant Multi-domain Foveated Compressive Sensing (MFCS) system for adaptive imaging with variable resolution in spatial, polarization, and spectral domains simultaneously and with very low latency between multiple adaptable regions of interest (ROIs) across the field of view (FOV). The MFCS system combines space-variant foveated compressive sensing (FCS) imaging covered by a previous disclosure with a unique dual-path high efficiency optical architecture for parallel multi-domain compressive sensing (CS) processing. A single programmable Digital Micromirror Device (DMD) micro-mirror array is used at the input aperture to adaptively define and vary the resolution of multiple variable-sized ROIs across the FOV, encode the light for CS reconstruction, and adaptively divide the input light among multiple optical paths using complementary measurement codes, which can then be reconstructed as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Yuri Owechko, Daniel Yap, Oleg M. Efimov
  • Patent number: 10194103
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device includes pixels including a photoelectric converter, a holding portion, and a transfer unit transferring charges from the photoelectric converter to the holding portion, and outputting a signal based on charges held in the holding portion, a signal line the signal is output from the pixels, a clipping unit limiting signal level so that it falls within a range having an upper limit or a lower limit determined by a clipping level, a transfer control unit controlling the transfer unit so that the charges generated during one exposure period are transferred through transfer operation performed at frequency variable but at least once, and a clipping level control unit controlling so that the clipping level is set to first clipping level when the transfer operation is performed at first frequency, and is set to second clipping level when the transfer operation is performed at second frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Saito, Daisuke Kobayashi, Toru Koizumi
  • Patent number: 10194093
    Abstract: Provided is an imaging apparatus including: an image capturing unit for continuous image capturing including second image capturing and third image capturing; a storage; and a controller for acquiring a first parameter stored in the storage, controlling the image capturing unit to perform the second image capturing based on the first parameter, acquiring a second parameter based on an output signal corresponding to a result of the second image capturing, and controlling storing of the second parameter in the storage, wherein the second parameter is used for image capturing after the third image capturing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shinri Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10186066
    Abstract: A method, a device and a computer storage medium for image synthesis. The method for image synthesis includes: getting a default image, setting the default image to the background image of shooting; shooting the trajectory of moving objects; at the end of the shooting, synthesizing images of the trajectory of moving objects shot currently and the background image to generate a target image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Nubia Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mingshuang Zou, Qiang Li, Lei Miao, Xiaohui Cui, Yuxing Wei
  • Patent number: 10182182
    Abstract: An apparatus is described that includes an image sensor having a first output port and a second output port. The first output port is to transmit a first image stream concurrently with a second image stream transmitted from the second output port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Roman Lewkow, Chung Chun Wan