Patents Examined by Quan Pham
  • Patent number: 10341567
    Abstract: A photographing apparatus includes an imaging-plane tilter configured to tilt an imaging plane, formed by a photographing optical system, relative to a plane that is orthogonal to an optical axis of the photographing optical system; a focus detector provided with a plurality of focus detection areas; and a tilt controller configured to control the imaging-plane tilter to tilt the imaging plane based on focus deviation amounts of the plurality of focus detection areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Eiichi Ito
  • Patent number: 10321039
    Abstract: A method of automatic activation of a responder camera to begin capturing a video can be performed by a computing device. The computing device receives an indication of a location or an event. The computing device determines a geographic area associated with the location or event. The computing device receives a dispatch acknowledgement from a responder, where the dispatch acknowledgement indicates that the responder is at the geographic area or that the responder is en route to the geographic area. The computing device automatically sends a camera activation signal to a responder camera associated with the responder in response to receiving the dispatch acknowledgement from the responder. The responder camera is configured to begin capturing a video in response to receiving the camera activation signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: TASER International, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Bohlander, Raymond T. Fortna, Anthony G. Huang, Jeffrey P. Jolma, Julianne C. Weiss, Aerianna K. Deluca
  • Patent number: 10321090
    Abstract: A terminal device and controlling method thereof are disclosed, by which sound or video on taking a photo can be saved as background data. The present invention includes a camera unit configured to capture an image, a memory configured to store the captured image, an output unit configured to display the captured image, and a controller controlling the camera unit, the memory and the output unit, the controller, if a command of driving the camera unit is inputted, controlling the camera unit to run a preview, record a sound and/or shoot a video, the controller temporarily saving the sound or the video, the controller, if a 2nd image is captured, controlling the memory to store the sound or the video in a manner of linking the sound or the video to at least one of the image or the second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Yunmi Kwon, Kiseon Lee
  • Patent number: 10306143
    Abstract: A multiple lenses system includes a lens module, a processing unit, a switching unit, and a focus module. The lens module includes a plurality of lenses. The switching unit is electrically connected to the plurality of lenses and the processing unit. The focus module includes a laser emitter and a laser receiver. The laser emitter emits laser beam towards an object under control of the processing unit. The laser receiver receives the laser beam reflected by the object. The processing unit obtains a focus distance between the object and the focus module according to a time difference from emitting the laser beam to receiving the laser beam, and controls the switching unit to switch and to select at least one of the plurality of lenses according to the focus distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Chiun Mai Communication Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: How-Wen Chien, Po-Yen Liu
  • Patent number: 10298847
    Abstract: There is provided an image stabilization device including: a control unit configured to perform first camera shake correction processing based on an optical camera shake correction method using a lens and second camera shake correction processing based on an electronic camera shake correction method of cutting out a captured image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tohru Kurata
  • Patent number: 10298815
    Abstract: A method for mounting an imaging sensor to a chassis is disclosed. The method comprises forming a plurality of mounting formations on a body of the chassis: forming a plurality of sensor sub-assemblies, each comprising a sensor mounted to a cartridge block; and securing each sensor sub-assembly to the chassis via a corresponding mounting formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Altia Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Atif Sarwari
  • Patent number: 10291847
    Abstract: A portable device and a manipulation method thereof are disclosed in this disclosure. The portable device includes a camera unit, a communication unit, a first switch button and a control module. The communication unit is configured for establishing a connection to a cloud server through a cellular telephony network. The first switch button is disposed on the portable device and configured for sensing a first manipulation input. The control module is coupled with the camera unit and the first switch button. In response to the first manipulation input sensed by the first switch button, the control module being adapted to trigger the camera unit for capturing an image, a streaming video or a video selectively according to a holding duration of the first manipulation input, and to trigger the communication unit for uploading the image, the streaming video or the video onto the cloud server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Ssu-Po Chin, Yung-Chao Tseng, Hsin-Ti Chueh
  • Patent number: 10264173
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus, comprises an image sensor having focus detection pixels configured to detect a phase difference of the subject image, a calculation unit configured to calculate a defocus amount of the subject image based on signals of the focus detection pixels, a focus control unit configured to adjust focus of the imaging optical system based on the defocus amount that was calculated, and a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the imaging optical system is in an in-focus state by comparing the defocus amount to a predetermined threshold value, wherein the determination unit sets a larger value for the predetermined threshold value in a case where the imaging optical system focuses on a moving subject than in a case where the imaging optical system focuses on a still subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Naoki Iwasaki
  • Patent number: 10250811
    Abstract: In an example embodiment, a method, apparatus and computer program product are provided. The method comprises generating a preview of a scene by a first camera of an apparatus in a first mode, and generating one or more image frames of the scene by at least one second camera of the apparatus in the first mode. The method comprises selecting at least one image frame from the one or more image frames as at least one capture image in a second mode. The apparatus includes at least one processor and at least one memory comprising computer program code, to perform generating the preview of the scene by the first camera in the first mode, generating image frames of the scene by the at least one second camera in the first mode; and selecting the at least one capture image from the image frames in the second mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Tomi Sokeila, Mikko Muukki
  • Patent number: 10250789
    Abstract: An electronic device (100) includes a modulated light projector (119) and an electronic rolling shutter (ERS) imaging camera (1302) having a sensor array (1306) with a set of pixel rows. The electronic device includes a controller (1304) to control the modulated light projector (119) to project a modulated light flash (1608, 1810, 2010) during capture of a first image frame (1606, 1806, 2006) by the sensor array. The controller is to initiate the modulated light flash while each pixel row of the set is exposed for gathering light and to terminate the modulated light flash before a pixel row of the set is exposed for capture of a next image frame by the sensor array. The electronic device further includes a processor (802) to determine modulated light image data (1320) based on the first image frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventor: Johnny C Lee
  • Patent number: 10244180
    Abstract: An imaging reader has near and far imagers for imaging illuminated targets to be read over a range of working distances. A range finder determines a distance to a target. A default imager captures a minor portion of an image of the target, and rapidly determines its light intensity level. At least one of the imagers is selected based on the determined distance and/or the determined light intensity level. The exposure and/or gain of the selected imager is set to a predetermined value, and an illumination level is determined, also based on the determined light intensity level and/or the determined distance. The selected imager, which has been set with the predetermined value, captures an image of the target, which has been illuminated at the illumination light level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Chinh Tan, David P Goren, Harry E. Kuchenbrod, Carl D. Wittenberg
  • Patent number: 10236318
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a solid-state imaging device, a driving method for the same, and an electronic appliance, and an object is to provide a solid-state imaging device that can achieve the pixel miniaturization and the global shutter function with higher sensitivity and saturated charge amount. Another object is to provide an electronic appliance including the solid-state imaging device. In a solid-state imaging device 1 having the global shutter function, a first charge accumulation unit 18 and a second charge accumulation unit 25 are stacked in the depth direction of a substrate 12, and the transfer of the signal charges from the first charge accumulation unit 12 to the second charge accumulation unit 25 is conducted by a vertical first transfer transistor Tr1. Thus, the pixel miniaturization can be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Atsushi Toda
  • Patent number: 10230895
    Abstract: The invention is directed to battery power management.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: NETGEAR, INC.
    Inventor: Steve Skeoch
  • Patent number: 10225480
    Abstract: A terminal device, comprising: a capturing unit capturing a subject; a light emitting unit; a display unit, a processor, and a storage unit containing a program that causes the processor to execute a process of acquiring a drawing target drawn by a user from a captured image of the subject including the drawing target and causing the drawing target to be displayed on a screen of the display unit, the program causes the processor to execute; controlling the light emitting unit to emit the light when the capturing unit captures the subject according to the user's operation, acquiring the captured image that is obtained by capturing the subject irradiated with the light emitted from the light emitting unit, performing image correction corresponding to a brightness distribution of the light emitted from the light emitting unit on the captured image, and extracting the drawing target from the captured image acquired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Atsushi Itoh, Aiko Ohtsuka, Munetake Moroyama
  • Patent number: 10218928
    Abstract: There is provided an image capturing apparatus capable of controlling focus detecting pixels independently of the remaining image capturing pixels while maintaining the sensitivity of an image sensor and obtaining high image quality. The image capturing apparatus includes a first semiconductor chip, and a second semiconductor chip stacked on the first semiconductor chip. On the first semiconductor chip, the light receiving sections of a first pixel group and second pixel group, and a first pixel driving circuit configured to drive the pixels of the first pixel group are arranged. On the second semiconductor chip, a second pixel driving circuit configured to drive the pixels of the second pixel group is arranged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Mineo Uchida
  • Patent number: 10205884
    Abstract: A mobile terminal and an operating method thereof are disclosed. The mobile terminal includes a terminal body, a memory; a display; a camera located at one side of the terminal body and having at least a first lens and a second lens; and a controller configured to activate both the first and second lenses to capture a subject via the first lens in a first capture direction and capture the subject via the second lens in a second capture direction concurrently in response to an input for operating the camera; cause the memory to store a first image captured in the first capture direction and a second image captured in the second capture direction; and cause the display to display at least one of the stored first or second image based on an actual capture direction corresponding to an orientation of the camera when the input is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Yoomee Song, Jungmin Park, Yoonseok Yang, Jaehwa Lee, Hyerim Ku
  • Patent number: 10194106
    Abstract: An image sensor includes a pixel array including a plurality of unit pixels in a matrix including rows and columns, a selection unit configured to select outputs of some of the columns of the pixel array and output selection output signals, and an analog-digital conversion block including a plurality of analog-digital conversion units corresponding to the columns of the pixel array. First ones of the plurality of analog-digital conversion units include analog-digital conversion blocks configured to convert the selection output signals and output digital data. When the first analog-digital conversion units convert the selection output signals, second ones of the plurality of analog-digital conversion units are turned off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: DB Hitek Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hee Sung Shim, Seong Min Lee, Joo Ho Hwang
  • Patent number: 10171751
    Abstract: A camera may include a display that projects a picture of the user's choice onto an image sensor array (or film), which is superimposed on the image of an object from a photograph that the lens system projects on the same image sensor array. Optionally, a pellicle mirror may be used to combine the two images. Optionally, the camera includes a transmitter for receiving pictures from a remote device, which are superimposed on the image of the object being photographed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventor: Chad-Affonso Wathington
  • Patent number: 10110809
    Abstract: An image processing method and apparatus, and an electronic device are provided. The image processing method is applied in an electronic device. The electronic device includes an image sensor. The image sensor includes an array of photosensitive pixel units and an array of filter units arranged on the array of photosensitive pixel units, each filter unit corresponds to one photosensitive pixel unit, and each photosensitive pixel unit includes a plurality of photosensitive pixels. The image processing method includes outputting a merged image by the image sensor; determining a focusing area of the merged image; determining whether there is a target object in the focusing area; and when there is the target object in the focusing area, converting the merged image into a merged true-color image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Guangdong Oppo Mobile Telecommunications Corp., Ltd.
    Inventor: Cheng Tang
  • Patent number: 10104300
    Abstract: System and method can support photography. A controller can configure a carrier to move an imaging device along a moving path. Furthermore, the controller can apply a time-dependent configuration on the imaging device, and use the imaging device for capturing a set of image frames along the moving path based on the one or more time-dependent parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: SZ DJI OSMO TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zhuo Guo, Guanhua Su, Ye Tao, Zisheng Cao, Linchao Bao, Mingyu Wang