Patents Examined by Paul Berardesca
  • Patent number: 10165207
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a pre-processor configured to generate information relating to image positions based on Bayer image signals obtained by cameras. The image processing apparatus further includes an independent image signal processor (IISP) configured to perform a first image signal processing operation for generating first image data of an RGB format from a first one of the Bayer image signals obtained by a first one of the cameras. The IISP is further configured to generate image processing information calculated during the first image signal processing operation. The image processing apparatus further includes a dependent image signal processor configured to perform a second image signal processing operation for generating second image data of the RGB format from a second one of the Bayer image signals obtained by a second one of the cameras using the image processing information and the information relating to the image positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO. LTD.
    Inventor: Jee-Hong Lee
  • Patent number: 10142547
    Abstract: To provide an electronic device capable of a variety of display. To provide an electronic device capable of being operated in a variety of ways. An electronic device includes a display device and first to third surfaces. The first surface includes a region in contact with the second surface, the second surface includes a region in contact with the third surface, and the first surface includes a region opposite to the third surface. The display device includes first to third display regions. The first display region includes a region overlapping with the first surface, the second display region includes a region overlapping with the second surface, and the third display region includes a region overlapping with the third surface. The first display region has a larger area than the third display region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shunpei Yamazaki, Hajime Kimura
  • Patent number: 10134285
    Abstract: A system and method for integrating a vehicular camera system is disclosed. A threshold value for metadata of one or more sensor devices and the vehicular camera system positioned in a first carrier vehicle is determined. Captured metadata is processed to determine whether the threshold value is exceeded, and a plurality of images is captured by one or more cameras of the vehicular camera system for a predetermined period, in response to exceeding the threshold value for metadata of the one or more sensor devices. The plurality of metadata is linked with each image from the plurality of captured images by matching the collection time of the metadata with the collection time for each image from the plurality of captured images, and a first image selected from the plurality of captured images is communicated along with the metadata linked to the first image, to at least one electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Forward Thinking Systems, LLC
    Inventors: David Isler, Stuart Lowenstein
  • Patent number: 10136109
    Abstract: An image sensor includes a pixel array having a Bayer pattern structure including a first pixel row in which first pixels and second pixels are alternately provided and a second pixel row in which additional ones of the second pixels and third pixels are alternately provided, a first element to control light of a first wavelength band to travel in directions toward left and right sides of the first element and to control light of a second wavelength band of the incident light to travel in a direction directly under the first element, and a second element to control light of a third wavelength band to travel in the directions toward the left and right sides of the second element and to control the light of the second wavelength band to travel in a direction directly under the second element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seokho Yun, Sunghyun Nam, Sookyoung Roh, Hongkyu Park
  • Patent number: 10129457
    Abstract: A control apparatus includes: an acquisition unit adapted to acquire annotation information input by a user with respect to a first image shot by a shooting unit; a conversion unit adapted to convert the annotation information into a camera command defining an operation of the shooting unit; and an execution unit adapted to cause the shooting unit to execute an operation based on the camera command when shooting a second image shot after the first image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yuuichi Nitto
  • Patent number: 10122913
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus includes: an image sensor; a readout unit capable of switching between carrying out a first readout operation of reading out signals from photoelectric conversion elements corresponding to a first number of pupil areas and a signal obtained by adding together signals from the photoelectric conversion elements corresponding to all of the pupil areas, and a second readout operation of reading out signals from photoelectric conversion elements corresponding to a second number and a signal obtained by adding together signals from the photoelectric conversion elements corresponding to all of the pupil areas; and a control unit that controls whether to cause the readout unit to carry out the first readout operation or the second readout operation in accordance with a status of the image capturing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Jun Kameda
  • Patent number: 10116850
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for automatically changing a shape of an electronic device are provided. The method includes identifying, by the electronic device, at least one event triggered in the electronic device; and changing, by the electronic device, the shape of the electronic device according to the at least one identified event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Barath Raj Kandur Raja, Adarsha Ananda, Ananya Padmanabha Suvarna, Phani Avadooth Veera Venkata Rekapalli, Jyothish Narayan, Kumar Murugesan, Magesh Krishnamurthy, Periyasamy Paramasivam, Rajath Basur Kumaraswamy, Sushant Kathuria
  • Patent number: 10116879
    Abstract: Method for obtaining an image containing a portion with motion blur, comprising: controlling at least one camera to take a first, second and third picture in a determined order of an object and a background, such that said first picture is taken with a first exposure time, said second picture with a second exposure time, and said third picture with a third exposure time, said second exposure time being longer than said first and said third exposure time, such that said second picture contains a blurred image of the background and/or the object if said object and/or said background is moving with respect to said at least one camera; generating a final image containing at least a portion of said blurred image of the second picture as well as well as a portion derived from said first and/or third picture, using said first, second and third picture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Rafael Huysegems, Marc Godon
  • Patent number: 10091423
    Abstract: An image shake correcting apparatus in which a first calculating unit calculates a correction coefficient using information corresponding to an angular velocity from a first shake detecting unit and information corresponding to an acceleration output from a second shake detecting unit. A second calculating unit calculates a translational shake correction amount using the correction coefficient and the information corresponding to the angular velocity from the first shake detecting unit. A control unit controls (i) a shake correcting unit that corrects a translational shake according to a third calculating unit that calculates an imaging magnification of an imaging optical system, (ii) a filter selecting a frequency band in which the translational shake correction is performed, and (iii) the translational shake correction amount in the translational shake correction frequency range selected by the filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Nobushige Wakamatsu
  • Patent number: 10070089
    Abstract: An inverting amplifier includes an input terminal, an output terminal, a PMOS transistor, another PMOS transistor, an NMOS transistor, another NMOS transistor, and a clamp circuit. The PMOS transistors are connected in series between a supply voltage and an output terminal. The NMOS transistors are connected in series between a ground voltage and the output terminal. The clamp circuit is connected to the gate of the other PMOS transistor and the gate of the other NMOS transistor. The clamp circuit includes a switch, a capacitor, another switch, and another capacitor. At least one of the gate of the PMOS transistor and the gate of the NMOS transistor is connected to the input terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yusuke Tokunaga
  • Patent number: 10063764
    Abstract: A control apparatus (121) includes a generation unit (121a) for generating first and second focus detection signals based on a plurality of types of color signals from first and second pixel groups that receive light beams passing through partial pupil regions different from each other, and a calculation unit (121b) for calculating a defocus amount by a phase difference detection method by using the first and second focus detection signals, and the generation unit combines the color signals with respect to the first pixel group so that centroids of the color signals in a pupil division direction coincide with each other to generate the first focus detection signal, and combines the color signals with respect to the second pixel group so that centroids of the color signals in the pupil division direction coincide with each other to generate the second focus detection signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Koichi Fukuda
  • Patent number: 10063800
    Abstract: Disclosed is an image sensor using a nanowire, including a substrate, a photodetector for sensing incident light to produce photocurrent, the magnitude of which varies depending on the intensity of incident light, a signal processing module for outputting photodetection current including information about the presence or absence of incident light and the intensity of incident light based on the presence or absence of photocurrent and the magnitude thereof, and an electrode configured to electrically connect the photodetector and the signal processing module to each other and formed on the photodetector and the signal processing module, wherein the photodetector and the signal processing module are formed on the substrate, and the photodetector is formed of at least one silicon nanowire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Korea Electronics Technology Institute
    Inventors: Suk Won Jung, Yeon Shik Choi, Young Chang Jo, Jae Gi Son, Ki Man Jeon, Woo Kyeong Seong, Kook Nyung Lee, Min Ho Lee, Hyuck Ki Hong
  • Patent number: 10057484
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for activating a hardware feature of an electronic device includes the electronic device detecting 302 a predetermined motion of the electronic device and measuring 304, in response to detecting the predetermined motion, an orientation of the electronic device. The method further includes the electronic device activating 306, based on the orientation, a hardware feature from a plurality of selectable hardware features of the electronic device, wherein each selectable hardware feature can be activated based on different orientations of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Lombardi, Amber M. Pierce
  • Patent number: 10051231
    Abstract: A sensor senses when a portable, handheld data capture device has been dropped from a user's hand and is in free fall in a venue. A control system automatically saves data captured in a handheld mode of operation in response to the sensing of the free fall of the portable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Pratik Sardar, Mohd Arshad Saleem
  • Patent number: 10048507
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes a front lens group, which constitutes part of an imaging optical system, at a fixed position with respect to an optical axis direction, wherein the front lens group includes a front lens element and a reflector and the reflector reflects light rays exiting from the front lens element; a movable lens group provided closer to the image plane side than the front lens group and movable along the optical axis; a support which supports the reflector; a movable frame which supports the front lens element and is supported by the support to be movable along a plane orthogonal to the optical axis of the front lens element; a front cover fixed to the support; and a driver which drives the movable frame in the plane, in accordance with vibrations applied to the photographing optical system, to reduce image shake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: HOYA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Nomura, Toshiki Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10051176
    Abstract: Examples of an apparatus, method, and instructions included on a machine-readable non-transitory storage medium are disclosed herein. In an example of the method, a first state is provided to enable a camera to record an image, a second state is provided to disable the camera, and a third state is provided to permit the camera to be enabled and disabled. Also in this example of the method, a button is actuated in the third state to an on position to enable the camera to record an image or an off position to disable the camera. Additionally in this example of the method, a signal is generated via an input device in the on position of the button to enable the camera to record an image or disable the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Nam H Nguyen, Michael R Durham, Mark A Piwonka, Gregory C Franke
  • Patent number: 10038836
    Abstract: Techniques and implementations related to automatic image capture during preview, as well as recommendation of images, are described. A method for operating an electronic apparatus may involve receiving a stream of one or more preview images in a preview mode of the electronic apparatus. The method may also involve determining whether any preview image of the stream of preview images is valuable. The method may further involve controlling an operation of the electronic apparatus in response to the determining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: MEDIATEK INC.
    Inventors: Yu-Sheng Chen, Chia-Da Lee, Mu-Hsing Wu
  • Patent number: 10033918
    Abstract: Various aspects of a system and method for image-processing are disclosed herein. The method, implemented in an image-processing device, comprises computation of an average bin value of a histogram for a first color channel of an image. The histogram includes a plurality of bins with a pre-determined bin size, based on pixel values of the first color channel. An adaptive threshold step size is determined for each bin in the histogram, based on a ratio of a bin value of each bin of the plurality of bins and the computed average bin value of the histogram. The method further includes computation of a set of Boolean maps that correspond to a set of threshold values, based on the adaptive threshold step size for each bin. A saliency map is generated based on the computed set of Boolean maps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ramin Eslami
  • Patent number: 10033917
    Abstract: Camera modules that may be dynamically adjusted during capture of an image. The camera may include a sensor that captures images using line scan imaging or other scanning technologies. A controller may dynamically control adjustment or movement of the camera lens by an actuator as an image is scanned by the sensor. The lens may be controlled to be in different positions and in different orientations in relation to the sensor as different lines or areas of pixels of the sensor are read. When capturing an image, a region of the sensor may be read, the lens may be adjusted, and a next region of the sensor may be read according to a pattern. Different focus, depth of field, perspective, and other effects may be achieved at different areas or regions of the image during image capture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brian M. Silverstein, D. Amnon Silverstein
  • Patent number: 10015395
    Abstract: A communication apparatus includes: a specifying unit configured to specify a region in an image; a determination unit configured to determine a mode used for communication of image data from a plurality of modes including a first mode for communicating image data of a region of interest specified by the specifying unit, and a second mode for communicating, in addition to the image data of the region of interest, image data of a region of no interest which has not been specified by the specifying unit; and a communication unit configured to communicate image data with other communication apparatus in accordance with a mode determined by the determination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yuki Fujimori