Patents Examined by Timothy J. Henn
  • Patent number: 10237500
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a solid-state imaging device that can improve imaging quality by reducing variation in the voltage of a charge retention unit, a method of driving the solid-state imaging device, and an electronic apparatus. A first photoelectric conversion unit generates and accumulates signal charge by receiving light that has entered a pixel, and photoelectrically converting the light. A first charge retention unit retains the generated signal charge. A first output transistor outputs the signal charge in the first charge retention unit as a pixel signal, when the pixel is selected by the first select transistor. A first voltage control transistor controls the voltage of the output end of the first output transistor. The present technology can be applied to pixels in solid-state imaging devices, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventor: Fumihiko Koga
  • Patent number: 10235963
    Abstract: A communication apparatus that communicates with an external apparatus includes a connection unit that connects to a storage medium in which image data is recorded, and a control unit that, in a case where a request for a resized image of the image data is received from the external apparatus, generates a resized image by reading the image data from the storage medium in response to the request, controls transmission of the resized image to the external apparatus, and controls generating and temporarily storing metadata of the resized image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: Akihiko Ishizu
  • Patent number: 10237483
    Abstract: A behavioral recognition system may include both a computer vision engine and a machine learning engine configured to observe and learn patterns of behavior in video data. Certain embodiments may provide image stabilization of a video stream obtained from a camera. An image stabilization module in the behavioral recognition system obtains a reference image from the video stream. The image stabilization module identifies alignment regions within the reference image based on the regions of the image that are dense with features. Upon determining that the tracked features of a current image is out of alignment with the reference image, the image stabilization module uses the most feature dense alignment region to estimate an affine transformation matrix to apply to the entire current image to warp the image into proper alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventors: Kishor Adinath Saitwal, Wesley Kenneth Cobb, Tao Yang
  • Patent number: 10230913
    Abstract: A transmitter according to the disclosure includes a driver, a first pre-driver, a second pre-driver, and a power-supply-voltage generator. The driver includes a first transistor and a second transistor. The first transistor has a drain supplied with a first power supply voltage, a source led to an output terminal, and a gate. The second transistor has a drain led to the output terminal, a grounded source, and a gate. The first pre-driver is supplied with a second power supply voltage and drives the gate of the first transistor. The second power supply voltage has a positive correlation with the first power supply voltage. The second pre-driver is supplied with a third power supply voltage and drives the gate of the second transistor. The power-supply-voltage generator generates the first power supply voltage, the second power supply voltage, and the third power supply voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventor: Riichi Nishino
  • Patent number: 10200603
    Abstract: A data processing apparatus has a camera sensor, a camera buffer, a compressor, and an output interface. The camera sensor generates an input multimedia data. The camera buffer stores a first data derived from the input multimedia data. The compressor generates a compressed multimedia data by compressing a second data derived from the input multimedia data. The output interface packs the compressed multimedia data into a bitstream, and outputs the bitstream via a camera interface. The camera interface is coupled between the data processing apparatus and another data processing apparatus that are located at different chips, and the camera interface is a chip-to-chip interface that provides direct pin connections between the different chips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: MEDIATEK INC.
    Inventors: Chi-Cheng Ju, Tsu-Ming Liu
  • Patent number: 10200620
    Abstract: A zooming control apparatus comprises an object detection unit configured to detect an object from an image; a first acquisition unit configured to acquire information regarding a distance to the object; and a zooming control unit configured to perform zooming control for automatically changing a zoom magnification according to at least one of second information that includes information regarding a size of the object detected by the object detection unit and first information regarding the distance to the object acquired by the first acquisition unit, wherein a condition for automatically changing the zoom magnification in the zooming control differs according to a reliability of the first information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Akihiro Tsubusaki
  • Patent number: 10194101
    Abstract: Image captured with an image capture device with a rolling shutter may be deformed due to changes in imaging sensor orientation during image capture. Image deformities may occur due to rolling shutter that exposes rows of pixels to light at slightly different times during image capture. Deformities such as wobble, for example, and/or other deformities may be corrected by constructing an output image. The output image may be constructed by determining corresponding pixels within the input image. The location of the input pixel may be determined by performing one or more fixed point iterations to identify one or more input pixels within the input image. A value of the output pixel within the output image may be determined based on a value of a corresponding pixel within the input image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventor: Adrien Fontvielle
  • Patent number: 10181485
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a solid-state image sensor, an electronic apparatus and an imaging method by which specific processing other than normal processing can be sped up with reduced power consumption. The solid-state image sensor includes a pixel outputting a pixel signal used to construct an image and a logic circuit driving the pixel, and is configured of a stacked structure in which a first semiconductor substrate including a plurality of the pixels and a second semiconductor substrate including the logic circuit are joined together. In addition, among the plurality of pixels, a specific pixel is connected to the logic circuit independently of a normal pixel, the specific pixel being the pixel that outputs the pixel signal used in the specific processing other than imaging processing in which the image is imaged. The present technology can be applied to a stacked solid-state image sensor, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Keiji Tatani, Tomoharu Ogita, Takashi Nagano
  • Patent number: 10173608
    Abstract: A sensor bracket includes a bracket on which a camera that detects a state around a vehicle is mounted, and a planar portion of the bracket that holds the camera to the bracket by engaging with an engagement protrusion of the camera. The camera is detached by being slid against the bracket. The bracket is provided with a vertical rib that prevents the camera front proceeding in a sliding direction by having a portion of the camera abut thereagainst in the course of the camera moving from a mounted state to a separated state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Keita Kasai, Mitsuru Tokiwa, Tadahiro Matori, Takahiro Ohmoto
  • Patent number: 10178296
    Abstract: According to the present invention, an imaging apparatus includes: an imaging unit which images a subject to acquire a subject image; a communication unit configured to wirelessly communicate with devices; an output unit configured to output the subject image to the device previously set as an output destination among the devices; a recognition unit which recognizes that one of the devices has been operated by a user; and an output control unit which changes the output destination of the subject image by the output unit when the recognition unit recognizes that one of the devices has been operated by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Shimura, Yoshiyuki Fukuya, Kazuo Kanda, Keito Fukushima, Yoshihisa Ogata, Osamu Nonaka
  • Patent number: 10165180
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method comprises: identifying a deployment context for execution within one or more distributed camera devices in a distributed camera system, the deployment context including video recognition requirements relative to available capacity in the one or more distributed camera devices; determining an optimized executable recognition resource for the deployment context from available executable recognition resources; and sending, to the one or more distributed camera devices, an instruction for deployment and execution of the optimized executable recognition resource for optimized recognition according to the deployment context.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventors: Hao Liu, Dawei Tang, Yuliang Du
  • Patent number: 10165193
    Abstract: An image pickup device includes: an image pickup element; a board including an opening through which light entering the image pickup element passes; a shutter opening and closing the opening; an actuator driving the shutter, and including: a rotor; a stator; and first and second coils wound around the stator and not electrically connected to each other; and a drive circuit including plural terminal portions to which the first and second coils are individually connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventors: Seiichi Oishi, Minori Murata, Motoharu Sakurai, Akira Ito
  • Patent number: 10165148
    Abstract: An information recording device includes a data acquisition unit and a service information recording unit. The data acquisition unit acquires data. The service information recording unit records in a recording unit service information including information regarding each of a plurality of services which may be performed utilizing the data acquired by the data acquisition unit in association with the data acquired by the data acquisition unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Shimura, Yoshiyuki Fukuya, Kazuo Kanda
  • Patent number: 10162048
    Abstract: A pixel is formed on a semiconductor substrate that includes a photosensitive area having a first doped layer and a charge collection area of a first conductivity type extending through at least part of the first doped layer. At least two charge storage areas, each including a well of the first conductivity type, are separated from the charge collection area at least by a first portion of the first layer. The first portion is covered by a first gate. Each charge storage area is laterally delimited by two insulated conductive electrodes. A second doped layer of the second conductivity type covers the charge collection area and the charge storage areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics (Crolles 2) SAS
    Inventors: Francois Roy, Boris Rodrigues, Marie Guillon, Yvon Cazaux, Benoit Giffard
  • Patent number: 10158812
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of an electronic device, including acquiring image data from a plurality of image sensors including optical black (OB) areas that are light-shielding areas for providing a constant reference signal, correcting an OB deviation between data acquired from the OB areas, for at least one piece of the image data, and outputting, to an image processing unit, the image data for which the OB deviation is corrected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Sung-Ki Jin, Ilkwon Park, Hyeong-Chan Seo
  • Patent number: 10158800
    Abstract: A display control device includes a detection unit that detects a touching operation on a display portion, a control unit that performs control about an item displayed in the display portion in response to a touching operation on the item, a selection unit that selects, based on an operation, one or more items from among a plurality of items to be displayed, and a display control unit that performs control such that from among items to be displayed in a first display area and a second display area, the items selected by the selection unit are displayed in the first display area and a plurality of predetermined items are displayed in the second display area. The first display area extends along a side nearest a grip portion for holding the device, and the second display area is further from the grip portion than the first display area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Akio Yoshikawa
  • Patent number: 10154184
    Abstract: A camera module includes a circuit carrier, an image sensor chip arranged on the circuit carrier and an optics module with an optics housing accommodating a lens. Provision is made for the optics housing to be embodied with at least three press-fit pins, the optics housing to be connected to the circuit carrier by way of the three press-fit pins with a predetermined distance from the circuit carrier, wherein the circuit carrier is embodied with at least three press-fit holes for establishing a press-fit connection by the press-fit pins. Furthermore, the invention relates to a method for producing the camera module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Conti Temic microelectronic GmbH
    Inventor: Boris Werthessen
  • Patent number: 10148858
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of determining a guideline for trimming an optical lens to be trimmed in view of its mounting in a spectacle frame in which is mounted at least one reference optical lens, including: removing the reference optical lens; fixing the removed reference optical lens on a support of a machine for acquiring images; acquiring, with an image sensor, at least one first image of the removed reference optical lens; processing each acquired first image in order to deduce therefrom trimming parameters for the optical lens to be trimmed; and defining the trimming guideline as a function of the trimming parameters. Before or after the first acquiring step, a second step of acquiring a second image of the reference optical lens mounted in the spectacle frame, and in the processing step, the trimming parameters are defined as a function also of the second image is included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventors: Vincent Anatole, Cedric Sileo
  • Patent number: 10142525
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes: a display part; a rail member provided on a back surface of the display part; and an imaging unit placed in engagement with the rail member, wherein a lens included in the imaging unit is exposed outside the display part in a first state in which the imaging unit is moved to a first end of the rail member, and is located behind the back surface of the display part in a second state in which the imaging unit is moved to a second end of the rail member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventor: Tadanori Tachikawa
  • Patent number: 10136059
    Abstract: To reduce power consumed when the display magnification of an image is changed. A digital camera includes a display unit having a first display region in which a first image is displayed and a second display region in which a second image is displayed, an image capture unit having a first image capture region in which first image data indicating the first image is generated and a second image capture region in which second image data indicating the second image is generated, magnification change units that change the display magnifications of the first and second images displayed on the display unit, and an image capture control unit that when the magnification change units change the display magnifications, changes the charge accumulation conditions or reading conditions of the first and second image capture regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Akira Kinoshita