Patents Examined by Sinh Tran
  • Patent number: 11169684
    Abstract: A display control apparatus includes a detection unit and a control unit that is configured to perform control to switch a display image to a second image when a first image is displayed and an input position is moved a first amount from a first position in a direction, switch to a third image when the first image is displayed and an input position is moved a second amount from the first position in the direction, switch to the first image in accordance with movement of the input position to the first position without input operation cancellation when the third image is displayed, and switch to the first image when, from a state where switching to the third image is performed, a certain position input is performed without input operation cancellation, even an input operation is cancelled outside a certain range from the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ryo Takahashi
  • Patent number: 11143841
    Abstract: An interchangeable lens assembly includes a plurality of lens-side claw portions configured to enable engagement with a plurality of camera-side claw portions, and a lock pin concave portion in which a lock pin is inserted. Furthermore, ?1 is an angle formed by a line passing through a fifth lens-side end and an optical axis, and a line passing through a center of a lock pin concave portion and the optical axis, and ?2 is an angle formed by a line passing through a fourth lens-side end and the optical axis, and a line that passes through the center of the lock pin concave portion and the optical axis. In the above, ?1 and ?2 satisfy a predetermined conditional expression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kunihiko Sasaki, Toshinori Yamazaki, Masahisa Tamura, Masayasu Shigematsu
  • Patent number: 11140323
    Abstract: A viewfinder comprising a display device which comprises a surface including a display portion and a peripheral portion, a lens and a housing is provided. In an orthogonal projection with respect to the surface, the housing comprises an overlap portion and a shielding portion that overlap at least a part of the peripheral portion, respectively. A distance between the peripheral portion and the shielding portion is larger than a distance between the peripheral portion and the overlap portion. A light beam emitted from an end of the display portion which has an angle less than a predetermined angle from a normal of the surface enters the lens, and a light beam emitted from the end which has an angle not less than the predetermined angle from the normal of the surface and is reflected by the overlap portion enters the shielding portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hidemasa Oshige
  • Patent number: 11134202
    Abstract: A plenoptic camera including a camera lens, a lenslet array having a plurality of microlenses and a photosensors array and having a plurality of photosensors. The camera lens has a spatial light modulator arranged in the aperture stop plane of the camera lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: INTERDIGITAL CE PATENT HOLDINGS, SAS
    Inventors: Thierry Borel, Valter Drazic
  • Patent number: 11089221
    Abstract: Provided are a lens driving device, a camera module and a camera-mounted device which can perform translational deviation correction in addition to angular deviation correction. The lens driving device is provided with: an image-capturing unit which captures a subject image formed by a lens unit; a driving unit for translational deviation correction which performs translational deviation correction by shaking the lens unit within a plane perpendicular to an optical axis, on the basis of a detection signal from a translational deviation detecting unit that detects a translational deviation; and a driving unit for angular deviation correction which performs angular deviation correction by integrally tilting the image-capturing unit and the driving unit for translational deviation correction, on the basis of a detection signal from an angular deviation detecting unit that detects an angular deviation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: MITSUMI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shun Sasaki, Toshiyuki Takahashi, Satoshi Ajiki
  • Patent number: 11082617
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a power supply and a power supply circuit. The power supply circuit is configured to alternately switch a state of the electronic device between a first state to supply power to another device and a second state to receive power from said another device, and stop a switching operation of the state of the electronic device when the electronic device is off, to fix the state of the electronic device to one of the first state and the second state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoto Asakura, Yoshitaka Kimura, Teruyuki Takei, Takahiro Suzuki
  • Patent number: 11070719
    Abstract: An image capture assist device includes a moving speed determining unit that determines whether or not a moving speed of a camera is greater than or equal to a threshold, a target outline determining unit that, if the moving speed determining unit has determined that the moving speed of the camera is greater than or equal to the threshold, determines, on a basis of a capture image obtained from the camera, whether a candidate inspection target, being an object that may be a target to be inspected, appears in the capture image, a moving speed instruction unit that, if the target outline determining unit has determined that the candidate inspection target appears in the capture image, outputs an instruction to reduce the moving speed of the camera, a target type determining unit that, if the moving speed determining unit has determined that the moving speed of the camera is less than the threshold, determines a type of a target appearing in the capture image on a basis of the capture image, and a shooting locat
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shunya Osawa, Hirohiko Higuchi
  • Patent number: 11064098
    Abstract: A camera module, a camera assembly, and an electronic device are provided. The camera module include a casing having a light inlet, a prismatic reflector disposed in the casing and aligning with the light inlet, and an image sensor disposed in the casing. The prismatic reflector is configured to reflect an incident light from the light inlet to the image sensor, thereby the image sensor is capable of capturing images. The prismatic reflector includes a light-incident surface facing the light inlet, an opposite surface oppositely to the light-incident surface, a reflective face coupled to the light-incident surface and the opposite surface, and a light-emitting surface coupled to the light-incident surface and the opposite surface. The reflective face is inclined with respect to the light-incident surface. The light-emitting surface is opposite to the reflective surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventor: Gong Zhang
  • Patent number: 11032502
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device includes a photoelectric conversion unit, a light shielding unit and a transfer transistor. The photoelectric conversion unit generates charges by photoelectrically converting light. The light shielding unit is formed by engraving a semiconductor substrate on which the photoelectric conversion unit is formed, so as to surround an outer periphery of the photoelectric conversion unit. The transfer transistor transfers charges generated in the photoelectric conversion unit. During a charge accumulation period in which charges are accumulated in the photoelectric conversion unit, a potential that repels the charges is supplied to the light shielding unit and a gate electrode of the transfer transistor. During a charge transfer period in which charges are transferred from the photoelectric conversion unit, a potential that repels the charges is supplied to the light shielding unit and a potential that attracts the charges is supplied to the gate electrode of the transfer transistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hirotoshi Nomura
  • Patent number: 11032480
    Abstract: In some examples, information is sensed by an optical sensor responsive to light from a marker arranged to indicate a boundary of a physical user collaborative area to receive user-input marks during a video conference session, where the marker is distinct from the physical user collaborative area. Based on the received information, the boundary of the physical user collaborative area is determined. Based on the determined boundary, a video zoom into the physical user collaborative area during the video conference session is controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Henry Wang, Kent E. Biggs, Charles J. Stancil
  • Patent number: 11009675
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes a focus detector configured to perform a focus detection based on a signal output from the image sensor corresponding to the first imaging, a calculator configured to calculate a first time corresponding to the second imaging, and a focus controller configured to perform a focus control for driving the focus lens to an in-focus position predicted at the first time based on a focus detection result. The calculator calculates the first time in accordance with whether the aperture control corresponding to the attached lens apparatus is a first aperture control for driving the aperture to a target aperture value via a predetermined aperture value from the aperture value before the aperture control or a second aperture control for driving the aperture to the target aperture value directly from the aperture value before the aperture control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Eiji Yoshino, Soichiro Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10999513
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus having a camera function, including: a display control unit configured to display a live view image acquired via a camera on a display unit; and an image analysis unit configured to perform, when performing an image capturing of an object every area: projective transformation of an image of an already-captured area of the object, for which image capturing has already been completed, onto a plane space of the live view image; and an image analysis to display the image of the already-captured area for which the projective transformation has been performed along with the live view image, and the display control unit displays, in accordance with analysis results by the image analysis unit, the image of the already-captured area for which the projective transformation onto the plane space of the live view image has been performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuzuru Okubo
  • Patent number: 10992871
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for protecting a device under powerful light are disclosed. It is determined whether there is a powerful light source in an image captured by a camera device based on the number of target pixels (pixels whose gray values are larger than the first preset threshold) in the image. If so, it is indicated that the photosensitive element in the camera device is aligned with the powerful light source. In this case, the light avoidance instruction is sent, so as to cause a photosensitive element of the camera device to avoid the light source, thereby reducing the damage caused by the powerful light to the photosensitive element in the camera device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Inventors: Wei Yang, Haixun Guo, Qiyi Song, Jie Tang
  • Patent number: 10971533
    Abstract: In an embodiment, an image sensor includes a semiconductor region, a first doped region disposed over the semiconductor region, a ring shaped well disposed over the first doped region and surrounding parts of the first doped region, a second doped region formed within the ring shaped well and disposed over the first doped region, and a third doped region disposed over the second doped region. The ring shaped well is defined by a conductor surrounded by an insulator. The conductor is connected to a voltage terminal. The third doped region is more heavily doped than the second doped region, which is more heavily doped than the first region, and are all of the same doping type. The first doped region and the second doped region within the ring shaped well, form a potential barrier for controlling transfer of charge carriers from the first doped region to the third doped region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS (CROLLES 2) SAS
    Inventor: Francois Roy
  • Patent number: 10958814
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus capable of maintaining accuracy of positioning a sealing member and also applying a proper elastic repulsion force to an image pickup device. A first holding member holds an image pickup device, a first optical member is disposed forward of the device in a first direction orthogonal to an image pickup surface of the device, and a sealing member is sandwiched and held between the first optical member and the device. The first holding member has an opening portion for guiding light flux having passed through a photographing optical system to the device, and an abutment surface brought into contact with part of the first optical member. The sealing member has protrusions each extending forward in the first direction, along an outer shape of the first optical member inside the opening portion of the first holding member, as viewed in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Atsuto Noda
  • Patent number: 10944902
    Abstract: Digital image generation through use of capture support data is described. In one example, an image capture device is configured to obtain capture support data from an imaging support system via a network through inclusion of a pre-capture system. The pre-capture system, for instance, is configured to obtain capture support data from an imaging support system via a network. The capture support data is configured for use by digital image processor along with raw image data received from an image sensor to generate a digital image, e.g., that is configured for rendering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Adobe Inc.
    Inventors: Abhay Vinayak Parasnis, Oliver I. Goldman
  • 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: 10931905
    Abstract: A pixel array in a three-dimensional image sensor includes depth pixels and an ambient light cancellation (ALC) circuit. The depth pixels operate in response to photo control signals having different phases, and generate distance information of an object based on light reflected by the object. The ALC circuit removes an ambient light component from the reflected light, and is shared by the depth pixels. Each depth pixel includes a photoelectric conversion region, a floating diffusion region, a photo gate, and a drain gate. The photoelectric conversion region collects photo charges based on the reflected light. The floating diffusion region accumulates the photo charges. The photo gate is activated in response to one of the photo control signals. The photoelectric conversion region accumulates the photo charges when the photo gate is activated, and the photo charges in the photoelectric conversion region are released when the drain gate is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Young-Gu Jin, Min-Sun Keel, Young-Chan Kim
  • Patent number: 10911727
    Abstract: A mobile device includes an image sensor separated from a processing component by an open space. The image sensor includes one or more light source modules and the processing component includes one or more light sensors aligned with the one or more light source modules. Image data from the image sensor may be transmitted to the processing component via light signals exchanged between the one or more light source modules and the one or more light sensors. In some embodiments, light signals transmitted between one or more light source modules of an image sensor and one or more light sensors of the processing component are used to determine positional and angular data about the image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Neil MacKinnon
  • Patent number: 10910429
    Abstract: Examples of complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) image sensor are provided. One example CMOS image sensor includes a first plurality of pixel units that are arranged in lattice manner and that are obtained by rotating a rectangular area including four sets of photodiodes and transfer gates (TX) and one charge accumulation portion by 45 degrees. The example CMOS image sensor further includes a second plurality of pixel units that are arranged by shifted in a horizon direction by half of the distance between the centers of the adjacent pixel units in the horizon direction and shifted in a vertical direction by half of the distance between the centers of the adjacent pixel units in the vertical direction from the positions of the respective pixel units of the first plurality of pixel units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Makoto Monoi