Patents Examined by Shahbaz Nazrul
  • Patent number: 10855903
    Abstract: In an image processing apparatus of the present invention, multiple subjects are selected in an image signal, and subject distances for focusing on each of the selected subjects are specified. A subject distance range defined by the specified subject distances is then set. Then, based on the image signal, the image processing apparatus generates a reconstructed image that is focused on each of the subjects that are to be focused on in the set subject distance range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Satoshi Yamada
  • Patent number: 10855928
    Abstract: An image capture apparatus that allows the user to easily change the brightness of an image that is shot while using automatic exposure control is disclosed. The image capture apparatus comprises a setting unit configured to be able to set a reference value of proper exposure. The image capture apparatus determines exposure conditions based on the luminance information and the reference value, wherein the reference value is a value used as a reference exposure value from which exposure conditions are varied in an exposure compensation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Keisuke Matsuno, Takeshi Ikeda, Kenzo Hisa, Taketoshi Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 10848717
    Abstract: In some embodiments, auditable devices such as auditable cameras are provided. The auditable devices maintain audit trail data that is digitally signed and stored on the devices until it can be uploaded to an evidence management system. When intermittent data connections to the evidence management system are available, an auditable device may transmit records of urgent events to the evidence management system. The transmission of urgent events via ad-hoc data connections and the digital signing of audit trail data help overcome technical obstacles in establishing provably reliable data collection while minimizing power consumption by the auditable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Axon Enterprise, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Hanchett, Aaron J. Kloc, Tyler J. Conant
  • Patent number: 10848742
    Abstract: A content generation device is capable of generating moving-image virtual viewpoint content on a basis of a group of images captured with a plurality of image capturing devices. The content generation device comprises a determination unit configured to determine whether each image of the group of images captured with the plurality of image capturing devices has an abnormality on a basis of data associated with each image; and a method determination unit configured to determine a type of content to be generated among a plurality of types of content including the moving-image virtual viewpoint content in accordance of a determination of a presence or an absence of the abnormality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Katsumasa Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10841472
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for controlling a lighting device, the method comprising: receiving data relating to settings on a camera; determining an illuminance for at least one lighting device in dependence on said data; and modifying the illuminance of a lighting device to said determined illuminance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Rotolight Limited
    Inventors: Roderick Allen Gammons, Jan Christoph Winter, Andrew Francis, Roderick Aaron Gammons
  • Patent number: 10841471
    Abstract: A camera module includes a housing, a unitary element, an optical lens assembly, an image-side light blocking assembly and a driving device. The unitary element is one-piece formed from a lens carrier and a lens barrel and movably disposed in the housing. The optical lens assembly is disposed in the unitary element. The image-side light blocking assembly includes at least one light blocking sheet, and the image-side light blocking assembly does not contact the optical lens assembly. The driving device is disposed between the housing and the unitary element. The driving device drives the unitary element, the optical lens assembly and the image-side light blocking assembly to move in an optical axis direction parallel to an optical axis of the optical lens assembly by electromagnetic force. A minimal inner opening of the unitary element is located between the optical lens assembly and the image-side light blocking assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: LARGAN DIGITAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Lin An Chang, Ming-Ta Chou
  • Patent number: 10834309
    Abstract: Based on information corresponding to a state of an object at a first time, information corresponding to the state of the object at a second time after the first time is estimated. The information corresponding to the state of the object at the second time is calculated by correcting the estimated information corresponding to the state of the object at the second time based on a focus detection result detected by a focus detection unit at the second time. Based on the information corresponding to the state of the object at the second time and information of time from the second time to a third time after the second time, an image plane position at the third time is predicted. Based on the image plane position predicted by a first prediction unit, driving of a focus lens is controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kuniaki Sugitani, Yasuyuki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10834354
    Abstract: An imaging device includes: a plurality of pixels arranged to form rows and columns and each configured to output a signal in accordance with an incident light, a plurality of column signal processing units provided in association with the columns and each having an A/D conversion unit that performs A/D conversion on a signal output from the pixels arranged on a corresponding column, a plurality of memory units provided in association with the columns and each having a memory that holds digital data output from the column signal processing unit of a corresponding column, a transfer unit that sequentially outputs the digital data held in each of the plurality of memory units to a common output line, and a bit value inversion unit that inverts a value of a bit of one of first and second digital data sequentially output to the common output line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Daisuke Kobayashi, Yoshikazu Yamazaki, Kazuo Yamazaki, Wataru Endo
  • Patent number: 10827129
    Abstract: The present disclosure minimizes the degradation of image quality when an active image and a passive image are combined. The present disclosure provides an image processing apparatus that includes a correlation amount calculation section and a combination section. The correlation amount calculation section calculates the amount of correlation between the luminance of an active image captured by irradiating light and the luminance of a passive image captured without irradiating light. The combination section combines the luminance of the active image with the luminance of the passive image in accordance with the calculated amount of correlation. The above configuration minimizes the degradation of image quality when the active image and the passive image are combined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Toshiyuki Sasaki
  • Patent number: 10812735
    Abstract: An image processing device and a method that enable removal of reflection component light from images captured from various directions are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasutaka Hirasawa, Yuhi Kondo, Hideki Oyaizu, Shun Kaizu, Teppei Kurita, Tuo Zhuang, Ying Lu, Hajime Mihara
  • Patent number: 10805513
    Abstract: Embodiments provide a camera module including a lens unit, a first board formed with an electromagnetic circuit, a second board spaced apart from the first board, the second board including a terminal for external electrical connection and being formed with an electromagnetic circuit, a first support member having one side coupled to the first board and the other side coming into contact with one surface of the second board, so as to maintain a constant distance between the first board and the second board, and an electromagnetic-field shield configured to receive the first board and the second board therein, the electromagnetic-field shield serving to inhibit outward leakage of an electromagnetic-field formed in each board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jun Suk Yang
  • Patent number: 10805544
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus that is capable of switching a display device that is used to display appropriately. A first display device at a rear face of a body of the apparatus and is rotatable upward around a first rotation axis. A second display device has an eyepiece and is movable between a housing position and a use position. A first sensor detects whether the eyepiece is in the use position. A second sensor detects approaching of an object to the eyepiece. A controller controls the first and second display devices based on detection results of the first and second sensors. The controller enables predetermined control set in association with the detection result of the second sensor when the first sensor detects that the eyepiece is in the use position and disables the predetermined control when the first sensor detects that the eyepiece is not in the use position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoichi Osada
  • Patent number: 10805576
    Abstract: In some embodiments, auditable devices such as auditable cameras are provided. The auditable devices maintain audit trail data that is digitally signed and stored on the devices until it can be uploaded to an evidence management system. When intermittent data connections to the evidence management system are available, an auditable device may transmit records of urgent events to the evidence management system. The transmission of urgent events via ad-hoc data connections and the digital signing of audit trail data help overcome technical obstacles in establishing provably reliable data collection while minimizing power consumption by the auditable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Axon Enterprise, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Hanchett, Aaron J. Kloc, Tyler J. Conant
  • Patent number: 10798293
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus of the present invention includes: an image pickup unit that picks up an image of a specific range and acquires an image signal; a storage unit that stores multiple target image dictionaries respectively corresponding to multiple types of targets; an inference engine that determines a type of the specific target on the basis of an image signal acquired by the image pickup unit and the multiple target image dictionaries stored in the storage unit, and selects one of the target image dictionaries corresponding to the determined type of the specific target from the multiple target image dictionaries; and an image pickup control unit that performs image pickup control on the basis of the image signal acquired by the image pickup unit and the target image dictionary selected by the inference engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yusuke Sudo
  • Patent number: 10775868
    Abstract: There is provided a navigation device including an image sensor, an analog to digital converter and a processor. The image sensor is used to output an analog image using an exposure time. The analog to digital converter is used to convert the analog image to a digital image using a resolution. The processor is used to identify an image quality of the digital image, and adjust at least one of the exposure time of the image sensor and the resolution of the analog to digital converter according to the image quality thereby adjusting the operation power by changing data length actually processed by the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: PIXART IMAGING INC.
    Inventors: Joon-Chok Lee, Kevin Len-Li Lim
  • Patent number: 10750068
    Abstract: A camera module testing method is applied to a camera module including a camera lens and a photosensitive element. In a step (A), an original image is captured through the camera lens and the photosensitive element. In a step (B), the original image is converted into a gray scale image. In a step (C), the gray scale image is converted into a binary image according to a critical gray scale value. In a step (D), a boundary contour is obtained according to plural pixels of the binary image higher than or equal to the critical gray scale value. In a step (E), a contour center of the boundary contour is obtained. Then, a step (F) is performed to judge whether an optical axis of the camera lens is aligned with an imaging center of the photosensitive element according to the imaging center and the contour center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD.
    Inventors: Pei-Ming Chang, Pao-Chung Chao, Shih-Chieh Hsu, Wei-Lung Huang
  • Patent number: 10750109
    Abstract: A method for performing differential double sampling and a CMOS image sensing device for performing the same. In one example, the CMOS image sensing device includes a pixel array include a multitude of pixels with each pixel formed by a plurality of photodiodes, a floating diffusion point and a plurality of transistors electrically coupled the plurality of photodiodes. Moreover, a column readout circuit with four storage capacitors is selectively coupled to the pixel array by switches so that the storage capacitors can store sampled pixel values. A control circuit connected to the pixel array and the column readout circuit selectively activates the transistors to output to the column readout circuit sampled dark value and bright values of one photodiode and a sampled double bright value of the one photodiode and one additional photodiode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: GVBB HOLDINGS S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Juul Josephus Johannes Van Den Heijkant, Jeroen Rotte, Petrus Gijsbertus Centen
  • Patent number: 10742916
    Abstract: An imaging sensor is disclosed, comprising: a set of at least two charge-coupled device, CCD, sub-arrays, wherein each sub-array comprises pixels arranged in columns and rows, and each pixel being arranged to accumulate an electric charge proportional to an intensity of light incident on the pixel; a time delay and integration, TDI, clocking circuitry for controlling and timing transfer of accumulated electric charges between rows of pixels in a column direction in order to integrate the accumulated electric charges in each column of pixels; wherein each CCD sub-array further comprises a readout row for converting the integrated electric charge of each column of pixels into voltage or current, wherein the readout row comprises transistors enabling readout of the signal by the readout block; and a readout block which is arranged to receive input from selected readout rows and convert the input into digital domain or convert the input to a combined representation of pixel values based on the set of CCD sub-arra
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: IMEC VZW
    Inventors: Jonathan Borremans, Nicolaas Tack, Maarten Rosmeulen, Paul Goetschalckx, Piet De Moor
  • Patent number: 10735652
    Abstract: A method for controlling an imaging device having a first mode to perform imaging in a first imaging wavelength band and a second mode to perform imaging in a second imaging wavelength band different from the first imaging wavelength band, and that allows switching of an operation mode from the first mode to the second mode or from the second mode to the first mode. The method including causing the imaging device to perform imaging in the first mode or the second mode; determining, with a predetermined frequency or in response to a predetermined trigger, whether to maintain a current operation mode or switch the current operation mode on the basis of first image information in the first imaging wavelength band and second image information in the second imaging wavelength band; and in accordance with the determination, selectively maintaining the current operation mode or switching the current operation mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Manabu Nakata, Shinichi Machida, Takeyoshi Tokuhara, Sanshiro Shishido, Masaaki Yanagida, Masumi Izuchi
  • Patent number: 10728473
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses an imaging control method, an imaging device and a non-volatile computer-readable storage medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventor: Zhengtao Zhao