Patents Examined by Pritham D. Prabhakher
  • Patent number: 11032506
    Abstract: An image sensor includes: first pixels, each of which receives a pair of light fluxes and outputs a pair of first analog signals; an A/D conversion unit that converts each of pairs of first analog signals to a pair of first digital signals; a digital adder unit that generates digital sum signals each by adding together the pair of first digital signals among pairs of first digital signals; a first output unit that outputs pairs of first digital signals to an external recipient; and a second output unit that outputs the digital sum signals to an external recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yosuke Kusaka
  • Patent number: 11032457
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices are disclosed for implementing a low-cost wearable multi-modal bio-sensing system capable of recording bio-markers and eye-gaze overlaid on world view in real-world settings. In an exemplary embodiment, a bio-sensing system uses at least two cameras and one or more bio-sensors to record a variety of events and bio-marker data. In another exemplary embodiment, the recorded information is used to track the eye position, calculate the pupil dimensions, and calculate the gaze of a human being. The eye position and dimensions of the pupil can be used for emotion recognition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
    Inventors: Tzyy-Ping Jung, Siddharth Siddharth, Terrence Sejnowski
  • Patent number: 11032450
    Abstract: An electronic device including a camera module is provided. In some embodiments, the electronic device includes a display device, a housing including an outer cover, and a camera module including an image sensor, a camera module circuit board, and an optical element. The outer cover defines a cavity, and the camera module is positioned at least partially within the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: David Kyungtag Lim, Jason Edward Jordan
  • Patent number: 11025813
    Abstract: A control apparatus includes a focus detecting unit configured to detect a defocus amount, a continuity determining unit configured to determine a continuity of a focus detection result, a characteristic detecting unit configured to detect characteristics of a main object and of surroundings of the main object, a controlling unit configured to change a parameter relating to a tracking operation based on the characteristics during the tracking operation and a focus adjusting unit configured to perform a focus adjustment based on the defocus amount, the continuity of the focus detection result and the parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Keisuke Kudo
  • Patent number: 11019265
    Abstract: A system and method for motion compensation in translational and rotational image smear using a two-axis fast steering mirror and a single-axis gimbal which are controlled simultaneously. A pointing and control module calculates an objective function which can be optimized to find an optimized de-roll rate to compensate for camera boresight rotation in real-time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony M. Sommese, Daniel Engheben
  • Patent number: 11019294
    Abstract: An image sensor for an electronic device can adjust a scan rate of a reset pointer of a frame relative to a scan rate of a readout pointer of a previous frame. As a result, the image sensor can transition between various readout modes without interrupting image output from the image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew Kenneth John McMahon
  • Patent number: 11012609
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus executes a focus detecting task configured to detect a defocus amount by a signal acquired from an image sensor, a predicting task configured to calculate information corresponding to a predicted image plane position by a prediction calculation using the defocus amount detected a plurality of times and position data of a focusing element and time data when the defocus amount is detected, and a controlling task configured to calculate a driving amount of the focusing element using the information corresponding to the predicted image plane position, to calculate a driving velocity for the focusing element according to the driving amount, and to provide a control such that the focusing element is driven at the driving velocity, wherein the controlling task calculates the driving velocity in order that an image plane position of the imaging optical system approaches the predicted image plane position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yusuke Shimizu, Miyako Shibutani, Takumi Takehara, Satoshi Kimoto, Tomohiro Tateishi
  • Patent number: 10999518
    Abstract: An apparatus for an information handling system including: a chassis coupled to the information handling system and positioned within the information handling system, the chassis including: a top side and a bottom side, the bottom side positioned opposite the top side, the top side including an opening; and a camera module moveably coupled to the chassis, wherein the camera module is configured to linearly translate from the bottom side to the top side of the chassis and through the opening while concurrently automatically adjusting a camera viewing angle of the camera module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Jacob Hill Lavallo, Shawn Paul Hoss, Toh Kim Cheong
  • Patent number: 10999510
    Abstract: A digital camera (100) includes a plurality of drive units that moves a movable member (2) including an imaging element (20) in directions X, Y, and ? along a light receiving surface (20a) of the imaging element (20), and a system controller (108) that controls the plurality of drive units. The system controller (108) includes a power amount decision unit (108A) that decides power amounts to be supplied to the plurality of drive units for moving the movable member (2) to a target position, and a drive controller (108B) that performs a first control for reducing a total value of the power amounts decided by the power amount decision unit (108A) while maintaining a ratio between the power amounts decided by the power amount decision unit (108A) and supplying the power amounts after the reduction to the drive units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Junya Kitagawa, Fuyuhiko Maeda
  • Patent number: 10979653
    Abstract: A capacity of a frame memory is reduced in an apparatus that performs image processing using the frame memory. An image processing apparatus includes a cutout processing unit, a frame memory, and a synthesis processing unit. Each time an input frame is imaged by an imaging unit, the cutout processing unit cuts out a part of the input frame as a current cutout frame on the basis of motion of the imaging unit. The frame memory holds the current cutout frame as a past cutout frame. The synthesis processing unit synthesizes the current cutout frame and the past cutout frame, and outputs a result as a synthesis frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Yukinao Kenjo
  • Patent number: 10979612
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided. The electronic device includes a first camera configured to include a first image sensor, a second camera configured to include a second image sensor, and a processor. The processor allows a pixel array of the first image sensor to have a difference of a first exposure start timing in units of at least one row and obtains a first image based on a first exposure period and a first read-out speed using the first camera, allows a pixel array of the second image sensor to have a difference of a second exposure start timing in units of at least one row and obtains a plurality of second images based on a second exposure period and a second read-out speed using the second camera, and generates a third image by synthesizing at least some of the plurality of second images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takafumi Usui
  • Patent number: 10972647
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a system that includes a camera, a shadow device that mimics, copies, or duplicates the properties of the camera, and a controller. The controller can be located in the same vicinity as the shadow device, where the camera is in a remote location. An operator can receive feedback that mimics what they would be experiencing if they were operating the camera directly. The controller then manipulates the remote camera based on the input from the operator. The system of the present disclosure allows for a camera operator to be in a remote location, and it still provides accurate, real-time feedback to the operator. Unlike current systems, the present system provides instantaneous or near-instantaneous feedback for cameras in remote locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: CAMERA CONTROL AT A DISTANCE, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew Setos
  • Patent number: 10970552
    Abstract: Image analysis includes obtaining, from an image signal processor, image processing information corresponding to a previously processed image, obtaining scene classification information for an input image based on the image processing information, generating a processed image by processing the input image based on the scene classification information, and outputting the processed image. The image processing information includes automatic white balance correction information and obtaining the scene classification information includes obtaining the scene classification information based on the automatic white balance correction information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Sylvain Leroy, Adrien Cariou, Miguel Marques, Julien Caron, Bruno Faure, St├ęphane Belardi
  • Patent number: 10965861
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an image processing device, an image processing method, and a program that enable refocusing accompanied by desired blurring. A light collection processing unit performs a light collection process to generate a processing result image focused at a predetermined distance, by shifting the pixels of images of a plurality of viewpoints in accordance with a shift amount and integrating the pixel values. In the light collection process, the pixels are shifted in accordance with a corrected shift amount obtained by correcting the shift amount with correction coefficients for the respective viewpoints. The present technology can be applied in a case where a refocused image is obtained from images of a plurality of viewpoints, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kengo Hayasaka, Katsuhisa Ito
  • Patent number: 10958829
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes systems, methods, and non-transitory computer readable media that can guide a user to align a camera feed captured by a user client device with a target digital image. In particular, the systems described herein can analyze a camera feed to determine image attributes for the camera feed. The systems can compare the image attributes of the camera feed with corresponding target image attributes of a target digital image. Additionally, the systems can generate and provide instructions to guide a user to align the image attributes of the camera feed with the target image attributes of the target digital image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: ADOBE INC.
    Inventors: Alannah Oleson, Radomir Mech, Jose Echevarria, Jingwan Lu
  • Patent number: 10951808
    Abstract: A method for focus control and a mobile terminal are disclosed. The method includes recognizing whether a face region appears in a preview window in a photographing preview mode; acquiring a preset travel path of the lens that matches with the face region in response to an area of the face region being less than a first preset value, wherein a start point of the preset travel path is a first position, an end point of the preset travel path is a second position close to the far focus position, and the first position is not coincident with the second position; and focusing on the face region following the movement between the first position and the second position along the optical axis according to the preset travel path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventor: Xiaopeng Li
  • Patent number: 10948684
    Abstract: An interchangeable lens that is removably attachable to a camera body includes: a lens-side mount; a cylindrical portion; a lens-side terminal group; a first lens-side projecting portion disposed at an outer periphery side of the lens-side terminal group, the first lens-side projecting portion projecting outwardly from the cylindrical portion and extending in a circumferential direction of the cylindrical portion; a third lens-side projecting portion at least partly disposed at a position facing the first lens-side projecting portion across the optical axis, the third lens-side projecting portion projecting outwardly from the cylindrical portion and extending in the circumferential direction; and a cutout provided on the third lens-side projecting portion in the circumferential direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koji Nagaoka, Masateru Asayama, Satoshi Kazahaya
  • Patent number: 10951823
    Abstract: Provided is a method for capturing a video. The method includes the following steps: a video captured instruction is acquired, and video capturing is performed on a target scenario until a video captured pause instruction is acquired, so as to obtain a video segment captured between the video captured instruction and the video captured pause instruction; it is determined whether a video generation instruction is acquired; if the video generation instruction is not acquired, the video captured instruction and the video captured pause instruction are acquired repeatedly to obtain corresponding video segments until the video generation instruction is acquired; and based on the video generation instruction, a target video is generated according to the obtained video segments. Further provided are an apparatus for capturing a video, a terminal device and a storage medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Beijing Microlive Vision Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yipeng Hao
  • Patent number: 10951835
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an imaging device includes a first optical system including a lens and is configured to control a position of the lens to adjust a focal point. The imaging device includes first storage and a processor. The first storage is configured to store a statistical model generated by learning bokeh which occurs in an image influenced by aberration of a second optical system and changes nonlinearly in accordance with a distance to a subject in the image. The processor is configured to acquire an image influenced by aberration of the first optical system, input the acquired image to the statistical model and acquire distance information, and control the position of the lens included in the first optical system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Masako Kashiwagi, Nao Mishima
  • Patent number: 10944909
    Abstract: An actuator is provided with: the fixed part being formed by arranging either a coil part or a magnet part on a base member on the external peripheral side of the driven part; a movable part having a frame-like holding member for arranging and holding the other of the coil part or the magnet part on the base-member-side surface on the external peripheral side of the driven part; and a support part for inclinably supporting the movable part in relation to the fixed part, the support part being disposed on the base member. The holding member has, on the surface on the opposite side from the base member and farther inward than the arrangement area of either the coil part or the magnet part, a mounting surface part on which a first capturing module and a second capturing module are mounted as driven parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: MITSUMI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yohei Enta