Patents Examined by Selam T Gebriel
  • Patent number: 10931885
    Abstract: An illumination processing method and apparatus relate to the field of video recording technologies, where a liquid crystal panel is disposed between a photosensitive sensor and a lens assembly, and an incident light from the lens assembly reaches the photosensitive sensor after passing through the liquid crystal panel. The method includes determining a highlight region on a first image captured from the photosensitive sensor, and turning down light transmittance of each pixel in an adjustment region on the liquid crystal panel, where the adjustment region corresponds to the highlight region. According to the illumination processing method and apparatus, occurrence of a highlight blooming phenomenon can be avoided as much as possible, thereby avoiding loss of valid image information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Xiaoliang Chen
  • Patent number: 10873692
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus includes an image pickup element, an optical filter, a filter driver configured to insert and to eject the optical filter into and from an optical path between the optical system and the image sensor, and a controller configured to search for an in-focus position based on the image pickup signal and to control a position of the focus lens based on a result of a search. The controller determines whether the focus lens is to move by a first amount after the optical filter moves from one of the position on the optical path and the position outside the optical path to the other, and before the search starts, based on a difference between an in-focus position when the optical filter is disposed on the optical path and an in-focus position when the optical filter is not disposed on the optical path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Harukazu Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10812725
    Abstract: Included are a display control unit configured to display a live view image being imaged by an imaging unit, and to display a display item indicating a degree of in-focus, superimposed on the live view image; an acquiring unit configured to acquire information relating to a degree of in-focus in a focus detecting region; and a changing unit configured to change display positions and display forms of a first indicator and second indicator that indicate a degree of in-focus by a positional display relationship with each other, and a third indicator that indicates a focus position, based on information acquired by the acquiring unit, the first indicator and the second indicator and the third indicator are included in the display item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomohiro Ota, Soushi Takita, Koichi Okada, Masaaki Kano, Hidetaka Uemura, Satoshi Ishimaru
  • Patent number: 10805522
    Abstract: Provided are a method of controlling a camera of a device capable of minimizing a vision difference between a front camera and a user by displaying a reduced size preview image within a partial region of a display proximate to a lens of the front camera. When a photo is taken while the user views the reduced size preview image, a more natural image is captured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dongil Son, Heekyeong Kwon
  • Patent number: 10788317
    Abstract: The various embodiments described herein include methods and/or systems for depth mapping. In one aspect, a method of depth mapping is performed at an apparatus including a projector, a camera, one or more processors, and memory storing one or more programs for execution by the one or more processors. The method includes identifying one or more areas of interest in a scene in accordance with variation of depth in the scene as detected at a first resolution. The method also includes, for each area of interest: (1) applying, via the projector, a respective structured-light pattern to the area of interest; (2) capturing, via the camera, an image of the area of interest with the respective structured-light pattern applied to it; and (3) creating a respective depth map of the area of interest using the captured image, the respective depth map having a higher resolution than the first resolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Shizhe Shen, Francislav P. Penov, Aidymar Bigio
  • Patent number: 10785393
    Abstract: The various embodiments described herein include methods and/or devices for directing flash illumination. In one aspect, a method is performed at a device including a camera, one or more processors, and memory storing one or more programs configured for execution by the one or more processors. The method includes directing flash illumination to an identified area of interest in a scene by adjusting power supplied to respective elements of a flash array. The method further includes capturing, via the camera, an image of the scene as illuminated by the flash illumination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventor: Shizhe Shen
  • Patent number: 10778920
    Abstract: A photoelectric conversion apparatus having a first substrate and a second substrate overlaid on each other and including electrically conductive portions is provided. The first substrate includes a photoelectric conversion element, a first portion configured to form part of a first surface, a second portion which is included in an electrically conductive pattern closest to the first portion, and a third portion which is included in an electrically conductive pattern second closest to the first portion. The second substrate includes a fourth portion configured to form part of a second surface, and a circuit. In a planar view with respect to the first surface, an area of the first portion is smaller than an area of the second portion and larger than an area of a portion of the third portion overlaying the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takanori Yamashita, Kazuhiro Saito, Tatsuya Ryoki, Yoshikazu Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 10764486
    Abstract: A method synchronizes autofocus in a system having a master camera and a slave camera. The method comprises: focusing the slave camera based on a map and a result of an autofocus operation by the master camera, while capturing each of a plurality of images. The map relates a plurality of master camera lens positions of the master camera to corresponding slave camera lens positions of the slave camera. An autofocus operation is periodically performed in the slave camera to determine an additional slave camera lens position for an additional image. The map is adaptively updated, based at least partially on the additional slave camera lens position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Jisoo Lee, Lee-Kang Liu, Micha Galor Gluskin
  • Patent number: 10750105
    Abstract: Provided are an imaging apparatus capable of preventing deterioration in quality of a captured image to be captured in a case where imaging is performed by using the driving according to the global shutter method and the driving according to the rolling shutter method in combination, an operation method thereof, and an operation program thereof. The digital camera includes an imaging element 5 that has a plurality of pixels 61 each including a photoelectric conversion element 61A and a charge holding section 61B, and a driving controller 11A that performs driving control of the imaging element 5 according to a global shutter method while continuously performing driving control of the imaging element 5 according to a rolling shutter method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Makoto Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10708529
    Abstract: An image sensor may include an array of pixels, and analog and digital circuitry. The pixels in the array may generate image signals in response to incident light. The image sensor may also include power supply circuitry and corresponding voltage rail structures that provide voltage levels to operate the pixel array, the analog circuitry, and the digital circuitry. The power supply circuitry may provide a low voltage, a high voltage, and an intermediate voltage power rail. The analog circuitry may operate in a voltage level domain defined by voltages between an intermediate voltage level and a high voltage level. The digital circuitry may operate in a voltage level domain defined by voltages between a low voltage level and the intermediate voltage level. In such a configured, analog and digital circuitry may both be provided with low-voltage transistors that are more area and power efficient and that are more scalable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventor: Raminda Madurawe
  • Patent number: 10681275
    Abstract: A digital photographing method and apparatus include determining a motion vector of an object in a preview image, determining whether the motion vector meets a predetermined condition and, when it does, generating an image capturing signal to photograph a scene desired by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Seung-yun Lee
  • Patent number: 10659700
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a mobile terminal and a method for filling light for same, and relates to the field of electronic technologies. The method includes: upon receiving an activating instruction for a target camera, activating the target camera; displaying an image acquired by the target camera on a display screen which is located on a surface different from a surface where the target camera is located; detecting brightness of present ambient light, and in response to that the brightness of the present ambient light is less than a preset brightness threshold, illuminating the display screen on the same surface where the target camera is located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignees: HISENSE MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD., HISENSE USA CORPORATION, HISENSE INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Peng Jiang, Xing Yang, Qi He
  • Patent number: 10659712
    Abstract: A signal transfer circuit includes a transmission circuit, a conversion circuit and a sensing output circuit. The transmission circuit outputs a driving signal to a signal line. The conversion circuit receives an input signal that is a single-ended signal transferred through the signal line and converts the input signal to a differential signal including a first output amplified signal and a second output amplified signal. The first output amplified signal swings downwardly from a first output DC level and the second output amplified signal swings upwardly from a second output DC level that is lower than the first output DC level. The sensing output circuit generates an output signal based on the differential signal. The number of the signal lines is reduced without decrease in performance of signal transfer, and sizes of the signal transfer circuit and the device including the signal transfer circuit are reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONCIS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seok-Yong Park, Hee-Sung Chae
  • Patent number: 10644049
    Abstract: In an imaging device, a photoelectric converter of a first pixel and a photoelectric converter of a second pixel are arranged along a first direction. At least part of a charge accumulation portion of the first pixel is disposed between the photoelectric converter of the first pixel and the photoelectric converter of the second pixel. An exit surface of a light guiding path of the first pixel is longer in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction in plan view than in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroshi Sekine, Yusuke Onuki, Kazunari Kawabata
  • Patent number: 10643308
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for non-local means denoising of images. For example, methods may include receiving an image from an image sensor; determining a set of non-local means weights for the image; applying the set of non-local means weights to the image to obtain a first denoised image; applying the set of non-local means weights to the first denoised image to obtain a second denoised image; and storing, displaying, or transmitting an output image based on the second denoised image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruno César Douady-Pleven, Thomas Nicolas Emmanuel Veit, Marc Lebrun
  • Patent number: 10627706
    Abstract: An apparatus has a left handle, a right handle, an adjustable chamber operably attached to the left handle and the right handle, and one or more adjustable members positioned within the adjustable chamber. The adjustable chamber receives a mobile computing device that performs image capture. Further, the one or more adjustable members retract so that the mobile computing device fits within the adjustable chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: iOgrapher, LLC
    Inventors: David Basulto, Dale Woiken
  • Patent number: 10623647
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus comprises a detection unit configured to detect a touch operation performed on a display unit that is arranged out of a viewfinder, and a control unit configured to perform control such that, in a case where an object image is visible via the viewfinder, in accordance with detection of a start of touching at a first position on the display unit by the detection unit, the display unit displays that an item at the first position was touched, and in accordance with a touch position movement operation that satisfies a predetermined condition being performed after the first position was touched, an in-finder display unit that is visible via the viewfinder displays that a setting of a predetermined setting item is changed according to movement of a touch position from the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuichiro Ishitsuka
  • Patent number: 10623676
    Abstract: An imaging device includes: a pixel that outputs a pixel signal corresponding to incident light; a comparator that compares the pixel signal with a reference signal and generates an output signal that indicates a comparison result; a counter that generates a digital signal corresponding to the pixel signal by counting the number of periods until the output signal is inverted, the counter including first to fourth counter parts, each of which corresponds to one of bits included in the digital signal; a memory that stores the digital signal, the memory including first to fourth memory parts corresponding to the first to fourth counter parts; and first and second lines. The first and third counter parts are respectively connected to the first and third memory parts through the first line. The second and fourth counter parts are respectively connected to the second and fourth memory parts through the second line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hidenari Kanehara, Norihiko Sumitani
  • Patent number: 10602083
    Abstract: In an image sensor, some pixels in an array contain a sampling circuit to sample the light intensity and a capacitor to store an analog value representing the intensity at that pixel. Alternatively, a group of pixel circuits will be equipped with such sampling and capacitor circuits. This allows simple redundancy-reducing computations with a relatively simple pixel architecture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Insightness AG
    Inventors: Raphael Berner, Christian Brändli
  • Patent number: 10571609
    Abstract: An image sensor includes an optical sensor layer including a plurality of light-sensitive cells configured to sense light to generate electrical signals, and a color filter array layer disposed on the optical sensor layer and including a plurality of color filters respectively facing the plurality of light-sensitive cells. Each of the plurality of color filters includes a nanostructure in which a first material having a first refractive index and a second material having a second refractive index higher than the first refractive index are arranged. The first material and the second material are alternatively positioned at an interval less than a central wavelength of a color of the color filter. Thus, a thin image sensor having good wavelength selectivity and suitable for obtaining high resolution images is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignees: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD., CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Seunghoon Han, Yu Horie, Andrei Faraon, Sungwoo Hwang