Patents Examined by Sinh N Tran
  • Patent number: 10107988
    Abstract: A camera module generally provided in a mobile terminal. The camera module includes a lens unit which is configured to accommodate at least one lens. An actuator unit is configured to fix the lens unit, and a base which is fixed by an adhesive to the bottom of the actuator. A printed circuit board (PCB) to which the base is fixed for thereby supplying electric power to the actuator unit. Either a corner of an outer side of the bottom of the actuator unit or a corner of an outer side of the top of the base is tapered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nae Seong Kim, Seong Cheol Jeong
  • Patent number: 7586522
    Abstract: In short, the image processing device for obtaining a single image by using a plurality of image-pickup elements comprises a plurality of image-pickup signal processing circuits that are provided for each of the image-pickup elements, an image arrangement conversion circuit which converts the read-out order of the images corresponding to the respective image-pickup elements that are output from the image-pickup signal processing circuits, an image splitting processing circuit for performing image splitting on the image that is output from the image arrangement conversion circuit, an image processing circuit for performing image processing in parallel on each of the split images, and an image compression circuit for compressing in parallel each of the split images that are output from the image processing circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Jun Inoue, Osamu Inagaki, Shinichi Nakajima, Hiroki Shibasaki
  • Patent number: 7583292
    Abstract: A signal processor 12 acquires a second signal obtained by detecting a first signal, as a signal of the real world, having a first dimension. The second signal is of a second dimension lower than the first dimension and has distortion relative to the first signal. The signal processor 12 performs signal processing which is based on the second signal to generate a third signal alleviated in distortion as compared to the second signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsujiro Kondo, Junichi Ishibashi, Takashi Sawao, Seiji Wada, Tohru Miyake, Takahiro Nagano, Naoki Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 7576780
    Abstract: A signal processor 12 acquires a second signal obtained by detecting a first signal, as a signal of the real world, having a first dimension. The second signal is of a second dimension lower than the first dimension and has distortion relative to the first signal. The signal processor 12 performs signal processing which is based on the second signal to generate a third signal alleviated in distortion as compared to the second signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsujiro Kondo, Junichi Ishibashi, Takashi Sawao, Seiji Wada, Tohru Miyake, Takahiro Nagano, Naoki Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 7576781
    Abstract: Image processing apparatus 10 analyzes image data to acquire picture quality characteristic values, and uses shooting information SI and image processing control information GI associated with the image data to define a scene correction condition and an arbitrary correction condition. The image processing apparatus 10 preferentially uses information from the image processing control information GI, while using [information] from the shooting information SI where this information is not present in the image processing control information GI, with the aim of effective mutual utilization of image processing control information GI and shooting information SI. The image processing apparatus 10 defines an automatic correction level AP on the basis of the acquired picture quality characteristic values, scene correction condition and arbitrary correction condition, and defines a manual correction level MP on the basis of a manual correction condition in the image processing control information GI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Toshie Imai, Yoshihiro Nakami
  • Patent number: 7574042
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a photographing condition estimation unit for estimating a photographing condition of the input image based on photometric information and focal information. A Y/C separation unit separates the input image into a luminance signal and a color difference signal; a luminance correction unit extracts an edge from the luminance signal and corrects the luminance signal by a gradation conversion curve; a color difference correction unit corrects the color difference signal based on luminance signals obtained before and after the gradation correction and a theoretical limit characteristic of color reproduction; a skin color correction unit performs skin color correction depending on the photographing condition; and a Y/C synthesis unit synthesizes the luminance signal and the color difference signal obtained after the correction. Gradation correction is performed on the input image such that appropriate hue and saturation are achieved while emphasizing a main object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Assignee: Olympus Optical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takao Tsuruoka, Kazuhito Horiuchi
  • Patent number: 7570285
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an image processing apparatus which suppresses appearance of a color moire of a color image signal of a wide dynamic range which is produced using an image signal acquired using, for example, a CCD image sensor of the single plate type or the like. A gradation conversion section 71 performs a gradation conversion process for a color mosaic image M to produce a modulated color mosaic image Mg. Color difference image production sections 72 and 3 use the modulated color mosaic image Mg to produce color difference images C and D, respectively. A luminance image production section 74 uses the modulated color mosaic image Mg and the color difference signals C and D to produce a luminance image L. A color space conversion section 75 performs a color space conversion process for the color difference images C and D and the luminance image L to produce modulated images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tomoo Mitsunaga, Seiji Kobayashi, Hiroaki Ono
  • Patent number: 7570286
    Abstract: A support apparatus for sense of vision includes: a filter device that extracts low frequency components, and respective high frequency components in at least a horizontal direction and a vertical direction from original images obtained by image capture by a plurality of image pickup devices, a frequency component combining device that combines the low frequency components of each of the original images extracted by the filter device to generate a combined low frequency component, and combines the high frequency components of each of the original images extracted by the filter device in at least the horizontal direction and the vertical direction to generate a combined horizontal high frequency component and a combined vertical high frequency component; and a composite image formation device that combines the low combined frequency component, the combined horizontal high frequency component, and the combined vertical high frequency component, generated by the frequency component combining device, to generate
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Assignees: Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Massachusetts Intstitute of Technology
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Koike, Yoichi Sugimoto, Ichiro Masaki, Izumi Kondo, Shugo Kondo
  • Patent number: 7567290
    Abstract: A camera with a removable imaging lens unit is a small and reliable camera which can prevent electrostatic discharge from causing breakdown or malfunctions. Electrical contact points on a camera body are covered and protected by a mount barrier. When mounting the imaging lens unit on the camera body, a push head is placed in contact with the mount barrier and pushes the mount barrier. After the push head pushes down the mount barrier against the urging force of the spring, electrical contact points on the lens unit are connected with the electrical contact points on the camera body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2009
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Kentaro Tokiwa, Takehiko Senba, Satoshi Nakamura, Mikio Watanabe, Hiroshi Tanaka, Kazuhiro Tokuda, Kazukiyo Tamada
  • Patent number: 7564485
    Abstract: The invention described is a method and system for preventing image capture and transmission in a restricted or prohibited zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Assignee: Nattel Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Sanjeev Nath, Rajesh Patel
  • Patent number: 7561185
    Abstract: A shake compensating device for optical devices includes an optical system for forming an image of an object; a reflecting surface placed in the optical path of the optical system, a first substrate having a first electrode, placed adjacent to the reflecting surface; a second substrate fixed to an optical device, placed opposite to the first substrate and having a second electrode at a position opposite to the first electrode; a voltage control circuit for applying voltages across the first electrode and the second electrode, one of which is divided into a plurality of electrodes; and a detecting unit for detecting the shake angle of the optical device. In this case, the voltage control circuit controls the voltages applied across the divided electrodes and the other electrode opposite thereto in accordance with the output of the detecting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Masafumi Yamasaki, Shinji Kaneko, Kimihiko Nishioka
  • Patent number: 7554572
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus has a construction in which a diffraction element is provided in an observation optical system. Zero-order light that is transmitted straight through the diffraction element and one of the +1st-order diffracted light and the ?1st-order diffracted light that is diffracted by the diffraction element are imaged onto an image pickup surface of an image pickup apparatus. The imaging areas of the zero-order light and one of the +1st-order diffracted light and the ?1st-order diffracted light that is diffracted by the diffraction element do not overlap on the image pickup surface of the image pickup apparatus. With this construction, a small image pickup apparatus that provides a high-resolution spectral image and a color image of an object can be obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Susumu Takahashi
  • Patent number: 7554578
    Abstract: A digital camera system has integrated accelerometers for determining static and dynamic accelerations of the digital camera system. Data relating to static and dynamic accelerations are stored with recorded image data for further processing, such as for correcting image data for roll, pitch and vibrations and for displaying recorded images with a predetermined orientation using information about, e.g., roll. Data may also be used on-the-fly for smear suppression caused by vibrations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: Phase One A/S
    Inventor: Claus Mølgaard
  • Patent number: 7548268
    Abstract: A solid-state image sensing device has a photoreceptive element for storing an information charge generated in response to an incident light and a charge-retaining element for retaining the information charge as it is, adjacently arranged on the surface of a semiconductor substrate, wherein the photoreceptive element and the charge-retaining element can bidirectionally transfer the information charge according to a transfer clock signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Assignee: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Minoru Hamada, Yoshihito Higashitsutsumi
  • Patent number: 7548270
    Abstract: A method of exposure control for an imaging system. A predetermined number of images are captured by one or more imagers, wherein the images are defined by an image resolution matrix. The images are masked to establish a region of interest within the image resolution matrix and brightness of the images is analyzed within the region of interest. An exposure time is calculated for a subsequent image capturing step based on the brightness analysis, and an exposure time setting of the imager(s) is adjusted during the subsequent image capturing step based on the calculated exposure time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Hongzhi Kong, Qin Sun
  • Patent number: 7548261
    Abstract: A photo-sensor image resolution adjustment apparatus is in communication with an array of image photo-sensors that are organized in columns and rows and have multiple sensor types arranged in a pattern such as a Bayer pattern to detect light. The photo-sensor image resolution adjustment apparatus has a photo-sensor array decimation circuit to partition the array of image photo-sensors into a plurality of sub-groups. A column averaging circuit averages the light conversion electrical signals from common color photo-sensors within the sub-groups. A row averaging circuit averages the common color adjacent light conversion electrical signals from color adjacent rows within the sub-groups in high light intensity condition. In low light conditions, a row binning circuit integrates the common color adjacent light conversion electrical signals from color adjacent rows within the sub-groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Assignee: Digital Imaging Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Guang Yang, Taner Dosluoglu
  • Patent number: 7548262
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method, apparatus, imaging module and program for improving image quality in a digital image. The digital image according to the invention is captured with an imaging module including an imaging optics (101) and an image sensor (102), where the image is formed through the imaging optics (101) onto the light sensitive image sensor (102). According to embodiments of the present invention vignetting effect of the digital image captured with the imaging module (101, 102) is determined and compensated separately for at least two of the primary color components of the imaging module (101, 102).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventors: Jarno Nikkanen, Ossi Kalevo
  • Patent number: 7545437
    Abstract: A digital camera for an optical apparatus according to an aspect of the present invention comprises a solid-state imaging device which picks up an image of a target object, a solid-state imaging device cooling part configured to cool the solid-state imaging device, and a sealing part which includes a printed board for wiring for electric signals, and seals the solid-state imaging device and the solid-state imaging device cooling part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Assignee: Olympus Optical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Hasegawa, Hideyuki Masuyama, Yoshihiro Ue
  • Patent number: 7545432
    Abstract: Provided are an automatic focusing method in which a photograph region is brought into focus through automatic movement of a focal lens to a focal position, in response to a photographing-command signal, and a digital photographing apparatus using the method. The method includes dividing the photograph region into a plurality of sub-regions, focusing on the sub-regions and obtaining focal position values, selecting a same focal position value if sub-regions in the same horizontal position have the same focal position value, selecting a same focal position value if sub-regions in the same vertical position have the same focal position value, and moving the focal lens to a focal position corresponding to a focal position value having the shortest focal distance among the selected focal position values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Assignee: Samsung Techwin Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jeong-ho Lee
  • Patent number: 7545424
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a shift register in which it is prevented from malfunctioning because of a portion between a first transistor and a second transistor being in a high-impedance state. The shift register of the present invention includes capacitor means 5 for storing data outputted from a unit circuit 1 of the preceding block. A first transistor 3 is turned ON only when data is being stored in the capacitor means 5. A second transistor 7 includes a control electrode and an input-side diffusion layer connected to the output-side diffusion layer of the first transistor 3, and is turned ON only when a pulse of a clock signal from the first transistor 3 is inputted to the control electrode and the input-side diffusion layer. Potential controlling means 2 keeps the second transistor 7 OFF at least during a period in which the second transistor 7 is supposed to be OFF.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Masashi Murakami, Yoshiyuki Matsunaga, Masayuki Masuyama