Patents Examined by Sinh Tran
  • Patent number: 11516397
    Abstract: A camera module is provided, disposed in an electronic device, including a base, a holder, an image sensor, a bottom, and a first biasing element. The base is fixed to a casing of the electronic device. The holder is configured to hold an optical lens and connects to the base. The image sensor is supported by the bottom. The base is situated between the holder and the bottom. The first biasing element connects to the bottom and the base, and forces the bottom and the image sensor to move relative to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: TDK TAIWAN CORP.
    Inventors: Chao-Chang Hu, Chen-Hsien Fan, Yi-Liang Chan
  • Patent number: 11503189
    Abstract: A camera includes a lens, an image sensor, and a display. The lens and the image sensor are configured to capture images. The display may include an array of lights that are selectively illuminable to display the graphics. The lights may be arranged in a grid with each of the lights forming a pixel of the display. The display is hidden from view when not illuminated and displays graphics when illuminated. The camera may include a body that hides the display from view when not illuminated and permits light from the display to pass therethrough when illuminated. The body may include an elastomeric, light-permeable outer layer through which light from the display passes. The body may have a first side having the lens and on which the display displays the graphics. The camera may include a second display on a second side of the body facing opposite the first side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Yui, Clark Weber, John George Muhlenkamp, IV, Huy Phuong Nguyen, Grant Adam McCauley
  • Patent number: 11503237
    Abstract: Provided are a solid state imaging device, an imaging apparatus, and an imaging method that may acquire a desired image without using a frame memory. The solid state imaging device includes: a sensor unit that generates pulses at a frequency in accordance with a frequency of photon reception; a count unit that generates an image signal by counting the number of signals generated from the sensor unit; and a processing unit that performs a predetermined process on a count value obtained in acquisition of a first image signal, and the count unit combines a second image signal and a value obtained by performing a predetermined process on the count value obtained in the acquisition of the first image signal to generate a third image signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuma Sakato, Yohei Horikawa
  • Patent number: 11483458
    Abstract: A camera module is provided. A camera module according to an aspect of the present invention comprises: a lens barrel accommodating a lens; a lens holder accommodating the lens barrel; an image sensor disposed under the lens barrel; and a printed circuit board having an image sensor mounted thereon and coupled to the lens holder, wherein the lens barrel and the lens holder are primarily coupled to each other in a state where an optical axis of the lens and an optical axis of the image sensor are aligned, and are secondarily coupled to each other in the primarily coupled state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kwang Sung Kim
  • Patent number: 11477401
    Abstract: In an imaging device according to the present disclosure, during a period in which a signal from an amplifier transistor is output from a pixel via a select transistor, the gate voltage of the capacitance addition transistor changes frons the first voltage VH to the second voltage VL, and the amount of voltage change per time until the gate voltage changes from the first voltage VH to the second voltage VL is smaller than the amount of voltage change per unit time until the gate voltage changes from the second voltage VL to the first voltage VH.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tetsuya Itano, Masaki Sato
  • Patent number: 11463565
    Abstract: An image capturing device and a mobile electronic device are provided. The image capturing device includes a frame, a flexible circuit board connected to the frame, a camera lens assembly mounted at the middle of the frame, a first prism unit mounted at one end of the frame and at an object side of the camera lens assembly to receive light, a second prism unit mounted at another end of the frame and at an image side of the camera lens assembly, a first voice coil motor for driving the second prism unit to rotate about an X-axis direction in the frame, and a second voice coil motor for driving the second prism unit to rotate about a Y-axis direction in the frame. The first and second voice coil motors are electrically connected to the flexible circuit board. An overall appearance of a mobile electronic device is not affected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: AAC Optics Solutions Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshifumi Fujisaki, Shikama Kazuo
  • Patent number: 11457132
    Abstract: In illustrative implementations, an imaging system may comprise a lens, an optical cavity and a time-of-flight camera. The imaging system may capture an image of a scene. The image may be formed by light that is from the scene and that passes through the optical cavity and the lens. In some cases, the lens is in front of the optical cavity, enabling the Euclidean distance between the lens and the camera sensor to be less than the nominal focal length of the lens. In some cases, the lens is inside the optical cavity, enabling the camera to acquire ultrafast multi-zoom images without moving or changing the shape of any optical element. In some cases, the lens is behind the optical cavity, enabling the system to perform ultrafast multi-spectral imaging. In other cases, an optical cavity between the scene and time-of-camera enables ultrafast ellipsometry measurements or ultrafast spatial frequency filtering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Barmak Heshmat Dehkordi, Matthew Tancik
  • Patent number: 11442205
    Abstract: An optical prism that includes an interlock structure that precisely couples to a complementary structure of a refractive lens. For precision, the interlock structure may be formed at the same time and using the same technique as the optical surface of the prism. The interlock structure provides high accuracy when assembling a folded lens system by precisely aligning the object side optical surface of the lens with the image side optical surface of the prism so that the optical axis is centered in the lens. The prism may have refractive power. A portion of the object side surface may be coated with an opaque material to provide an aperture stop at that surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Norimichi Shigemitsu, Jun Yoshida, Shunsuke Otake, Keiichi Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 11438493
    Abstract: An optical apparatus includes a lens part including a first imaging portion forming a first image of an object and a second imaging portion forming a second image of the object, and a filter part including a filter arranged on at least one of optical axes of the first and second imaging portions and configured to make properties of light for forming the first image and light for forming second image different from each other. The first and second images correspond to a common field stop. F numbers of the first and second imaging portions are different from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tsubasa Nakamura
  • Patent number: 11438521
    Abstract: An image capturing device includes an image capturing section that captures first video data having a frame cycle of a first frame cycle and an exposure time for one frame shorter than the first frame cycle, an image acquisition section that acquires the first video data captured by the image capturing section, a detection section that detects a flicker of a light source in the first video data, and an image capturing frame cycle control section that controls the frame cycle of the image capturing in the image capturing section. The image capturing frame cycle control section changes the frame cycle of the first video data captured by the image capturing section from the first frame cycle to a second frame cycle, which is a frame cycle shorter than the first frame cycle, in a case where the detection section detects the flicker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsuya Fujikawa, Yukinori Nishiyama, Koichi Tanaka, Tetsu Wada, Kenkichi Hayashi
  • Patent number: 11438533
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a solid-state imaging device, a method of driving the same, and an electronic apparatus. The solid-state imaging device includes a pixel having a photodiode that performs photoelectric conversion on incident light, and a driving control unit configured to control driving of the pixel. The pixel stores a first charge generated by the photoelectric conversion in the photodiode and stores a second charge generated by the photoelectric conversion in a first capacitor provided in a pixel separation portion. The driving control unit causes a pixel signal due to the second charge stored in the first capacitor to be output and then a pixel signal due to the first charge stored in the photodiode to be output. The present technology may be applied, for example, to a solid-state imaging device or the like that detects both electrons and holes to perform high dynamic range imaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuya Yonemoto
  • Patent number: 11425287
    Abstract: An apparatus for protecting a camera from foreign debris incudes a first body and a second body removably coupled to the first body. The first body has a first inner surface and a first outer surface opposite the first inner surface. The first inner surface defines a first cavity. The first inner surface has an inner circumference. The first body includes a protrusion extending directly from the first inner surface toward the first cavity. The protrusion extending along an entirety of the inner circumference of the first inner surface and is shaped as a half-torus. The second body has a second inner surface and a second outer surface opposite the second inner surface. The second inner surface defines a second cavity. The second cavity is in fluid communication with the first cavity to facilitate flow of the fluid from the first cavity to the second cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Joel L. Smith
  • Patent number: 11418737
    Abstract: An image processing device including a memory; and at least one image signal processor configured to: generate, using a first neural network, a feature value indicating whether to correct a global pixel value sensed during a unit frame interval, and generate a feature signal including the feature value; generate an image signal by merging the global pixel value with the feature signal; split a pixel value included in the image signal into a first sub-pixel value and a second sub-pixel value, split a frame feature signal included in the image signal into a first sub-feature value corresponding to the first sub-pixel value and a second sub-feature value corresponding to the second sub-pixel value, and generate a first sub-image signal including the first sub-pixel value and the first sub-feature value, and a second sub-image signal including the second sub-pixel value and the second sub-feature value; and sequentially correct the first sub-image signal and the second sub-image signal using a second neural netwo
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dong Pan Lim, Irina Kim, Young Il Seo, Jeong Guk Lee, Yun Seok Choi, Eun Doo Heo
  • Patent number: 11405564
    Abstract: Methods for parameter alignment processing are described herein. An image capture device includes a first image capture device configured to capture a first image, a second image capture device configured to capture a second image, and an image signal processor connected to the first image capture device and to the second image capture device. The image signal processor is configured to apply, to the first image and the second image, at least two of a respective luminance lens shading (LLS) compensation factor, a respective color lens shading (CLS) compensation factor, a respective exposure difference compensation factor, a respective white balance compensation factor, a respective lens exposure correction (LEC) compensation factor, and a respective flare compensation factor, blend the compensated first image and the compensated second image to form a blended image, and output an image based on the blended image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Guillaume Matthieu Guérin, Balthazar Neveu, Sandra Vitorino
  • Patent number: 11405533
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus includes a main frame and a lens module, a middle pillar, a module board, a first housing, and a second housing assembled to the main frame respectively. The main frame has a side wall, and the first housing covers the module board. The first housing, the module board, and the middle pillar are located on a same longitudinal axis of the main frame. The first housing and the module board are opposite to the middle pillar with the main frame interposed therebetween. The module board is located between the first housing and the main frame, and the lens module is located on a horizontal axis of the main frame. The first housing and the second housing encapsulate the main frame, and the side wall leans against the first housing and the second housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: COMPAL ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Chen-Hsien Cheng, Li-Fang Chen, Ruei-Hong Hong
  • Patent number: 11405540
    Abstract: A printed circuit board of a camera module according to various embodiments of the disclosure includes: a ground portion constructed on the printed circuit board; a conductive member which is disposed to cover the ground portion and includes a first opening at a location corresponding to the ground portion; and an adhesive layer which is interposed between the printed circuit board and the conductive member and includes a second opening at a location corresponding to the ground portion, wherein the conductive member may be electrically coupled to the ground portion through a solder constructed on the first opening and the second opening. Other embodiments are also possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Inventors: Gwan Yong Lee, Cheol Hwang, Dohyun Ahn
  • Patent number: 11399142
    Abstract: A system for processing a masking region includes a transmitter configured to detect an object region, on which masking is to be performed, from an input image through a camera, convert the detected object region into a block region to perform masking, and encode and transmit an input image on which the masking is completed and a receiver configured to decode an image transmitted from the transmitted to extract a frame therefrom, detect a masked block region by units of extracted frames, and unmask the detected block region to restore the masked image to an original image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventor: So Hee Park
  • Patent number: 11391928
    Abstract: An optical image lens assembly includes six lens elements which are, in order from an object side to an image side along an optical path: a first lens element, a second lens element, a third lens element, a fourth lens element, a fifth lens element and a sixth lens element. The first lens element has positive refractive power. The sixth lens element has an object-side surface being convex in a paraxial region thereof and an image-side surface being concave in a paraxial region thereof. At least one of the object-side surface and the image-side surface of at least one lens element of the optical image lens assembly has at least one inflection point. A thickness along an optical axis of the first lens element is a maximum value among thicknesses along the optical axis of all lens elements of the optical image lens assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: LARGAN PRECISION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hsiang-Chi Tang, Hsin-Hsuan Huang
  • Patent number: 11381762
    Abstract: This invention provides an integrated circuit chip comprising a plurality of signal processing circuits formed by stepping exposure, a bus formed by one-shot exposure, an arbitration circuit that arbitrates between the plurality of signal processing circuits and the bus, and an input unit that inputs a captured image signal from an image sensor, wherein the plurality of signal processing circuits formed by stepping exposure includes a processing unit that generates a RAW image by carrying out predetermined signal processing on the captured image signal and outputs the RAW image to the exterior, and a generating unit that generates image evaluation information using the bus formed by one-shot exposure and the arbitration circuit, in addition to the generation of the RAW image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kosuke Nobuoka
  • Patent number: 11375089
    Abstract: A camera system (1, 1?) which includes a housing (2); and an optoelectronic sensor unit (3), arranged in the housing (2), which has at least one detector device (4) and at least one optical unit (5), connected upstream of the at least one detector device (4). The optoelectronic sensor unit (3) is elastically mounted in relation to the housing (2). At least one elastic mounting device (6.1-6.7) is formed from multiple ring segments (6.10-6.70) arranged spaced apart from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: HENSOLDT OPTRONICS GMBH
    Inventors: Simon Merz, Oliver Ziegler