Patents Examined by Timothy J. Henn
  • Patent number: 10674601
    Abstract: A printed wiring board for camera module includes: first and second mounting regions for first and second image pickup devices respectively provided on one and the other sides in a front surface of the printed wiring board, the first and second mounting regions respectively provided with first and second conductive patterns configured to be electrically connected to the first and second image pickup devices, respectively, and a component mounting region provided between the first mounting region and the second mounting region, the component mounting region provided with a third conductive pattern, the third conductive pattern configured to be electrically connected to a signal processing component, amounting density of the third conductive pattern in the component mounting region being higher than that of the first conductive pattern in the first mounting region or a mounting density of the second conductive pattern in the second mounting region, in a plan view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: TAIYO YUDEN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuichi Sugiyama, Masashi Miyazaki, Hiroyuki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10674089
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus includes an image sensor, a grip that projects toward an object side in an optical axis direction in the imaging optical system, a rear exterior member located opposite to the object side, a driver configured to drive in the image pickup apparatus, a first holder configured to hold the driver, a first substrate including a control element configured to control the image pickup apparatus, an angular velocity detector configured to detect an angular velocity of the vibration, and a second holder configured to hold the angular velocity detector, on a side opposite to the grip with respect to an optical axis in the imaging optical system viewed from the optical axis direction and on the object side with respect to a space formed between the first substrate and the rear exterior member in the optical axis direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toshiya Iseno
  • Patent number: 10674092
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus comprises an acquisition unit that acquires images of a plurality of continuous frames obtained by shooting a subject; and a synthesis unit which generates a second image by performing lighten composite on first images of a plurality of continuous frames acquired with a first exposure amount out of the plurality of frames of images, acquires a fourth image by performing gain processing on a third image acquired with a second exposure amount which is lower than the first exposure amount so that the fourth image has a same exposure level as the first images, and generates a composite image showing a trail of the subject by performing lighten composite on a difference image, obtained by subtracting the fourth image from the second image, and the third image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toshiyuki Okubo
  • Patent number: 10666850
    Abstract: An imaging control apparatus includes: an imaging control unit configured to perform control so that continuous shooting in which a plurality of images are continuously shot is performed; a temporary storage unit configured to temporarily store image data acquired by the continuous shooting into a first memory; a recording unit configured to record the image data stored in the first memory into a second memory; a setting unit configured to set a predetermined shooting setting relating to the continuous shooting; and a display control unit configured to perform control so that information indicating a storage state of data in the first memory is displayed in the continuous shooting, wherein the display control unit performs control so that an indication relating to the storage state of the data in the first memory in accordance with the predetermined shooting setting is displayed together with the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toshiaki Ueguri
  • Patent number: 10666844
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a 3D panoramic camera with a built-in stabilizer, and relates to a panoramic camera. At present, a VR panoramic camera has the disadvantages of great difficulty in later-stage quilting, huge volume and unstable image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: HANGZHOU ZAIXIAN TECHNOLOGY CO. LTD
    Inventors: Yongjin Qi, Jialin Wang, Shubo Qi
  • Patent number: 10659689
    Abstract: An image capture apparatus capable of charging a battery. The image capture apparatus includes a connection unit that receives power from a power supply device, a charging control unit that charges the battery by using power received from the power supply device, a power supply control unit that supplies power to components of the image capture apparatus by using power received from the power supply device, and a control unit that controls charging of the battery and power supply to the components of the image capture apparatus by using power received from the power supply device, according to whether or not an operating mode of the image capture apparatus is restricted due to heat from the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Sho Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 10658405
    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: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Keiji Tatani, Tomoharu Ogita, Takashi Nagano
  • Patent number: 10652453
    Abstract: An apparatus, if a live view image is not displayed in an enlarged manner on first and second display units, outputs, to the first and second display units, an image acquired by superimposing a guide indicating a degree of focus of a focus detection region, on the live view image, and if a live view image is displayed in an enlarged manner on the first display unit, outputs, to the first display unit, an image acquired by enlarging a partial region in the live view image that includes the focus detection region and superimposing the guide on the enlarged image, and outputs, to the second display unit, the live view image on which the guide is not superimposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tomohiro Ota
  • Patent number: 10649174
    Abstract: Provided are a lens driving device, a camera module, and a camera-mounted device for which the miniaturization and weight reduction can be achieved and the reliability can also be improved. The lens driving device includes auto-focusing and shake-correcting driving parts utilizing a voice coil motor. A shake-correcting fixing part includes a coil board consisting of a multilayer printed wiring board in which multiple unit layers consisting of a conductor layer and an insulating layer are stacked on one another, and a base on which the coil board is placed. A shake-correcting coil part, an external terminal, and a conductor pattern including a power-supply line configured to connect the external terminal to the shake-correcting coil part are integrally formed in the coil board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUMI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomohiko Osaka, Atsushi Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 10645320
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus includes a pixel section in which a pixel for image is divided into a plurality of pixels for focus detection that generate photoelectric conversion signals, the pixel section generating a pixel signal for image and pixel signals for focus detection on the basis of the photoelectric conversion signals, and a device control section or the like configured to control the pixel section to perform, in a frame, first readout for generating both of a pair of the pixel signals for focus detection and reading out the pair of pixel signals for focus detection and perform, in another frame, second readout for generating one of the pair of pixel signals for focus detection, adding up the photoelectric conversion signals to generate the pixel signal for image, and reading out one of the generated pixel signals for focus detection and the pixel signal for image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Ryo Hatakeyama, Yoshinao Shimada
  • Patent number: 10638052
    Abstract: A method for generating a high-dynamic-range (HDR) image using an imaging device is provided. The method includes capturing a long-exposure (LE) image, a short-exposure (SE) image, and an auto-exposure (AE) image of a scene, estimating motion information in the SE image and the LE image based on a reference image which is determined based on an image statistics parameter, aligning the SE image and the LE image using the motion information, generating a pixel-weight coefficient for each of the SE image, the LE image, and the AE image, generating an overlapped region mask corresponding to an overlapped region in each of the SE image, the LE image and the LE image, determining a modified pixel-weight coefficient in the overlapped region mask and correcting a brightness difference, and generating an HDR image from the SE image, the LE image and the AE image using the modified at least one pixel-weight coefficient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ankit Dhiman, Jayakrishna Alapati, Sankaranarayanan Parameswaran, Lokesh Rayasandra Boregowda, Eun-sun Ahn
  • Patent number: 10638057
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an electronic device for capturing a reproduction speed changing video which is reproducible in all devices without additional encoding, and a control method thereof. The method of controlling an electronic device for capturing a video includes generating, at a first frame rate, a first frame group obtained by photographing a subject, receiving an input for changing a reproduction speed, and determining a second frame rate based on the changed reproduction speed. The method further includes generating, at the second frame rate, a second frame group obtained by photographing the subject, and generating a single video file by encoding the first frame group and the second frame group based on the first frame rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tae-hoon Kang, Dae-gyu Kang
  • Patent number: 10621706
    Abstract: An apparatus for correcting defective pixel values includes: an image sensor comprising a plurality of pixels; a data memory storing encoded location information about defective pixels, a location information decoder decoding the encoded location information, and a pixel corrector identifying the defective pixels from the pixels using the decoded location information, and interpolating pixel values of the defective pixels using pixel values of one or more neighboring pixels adjacent to each of the defective pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: HANWHA TECHWIN CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chang Min Lee
  • Patent number: 10623656
    Abstract: An imaging device, comprising: an image sensor that forms a subject image by means of an optical system, and a processor that comprises a flicker streak detection section and a determination section, wherein the flicker streak detection section divides an imaging range of the image sensor into a plurality of regions, performs photometry of the regions that have been divided based on an pixel signal output by the image sensor, and detects divided regions in which it is expected that flicker streaks exist, and the determination section determines whether or not it was possible to detect flicker streaks using the flicker streak detection section, wherein the flicker streak detection section, in a case where it has been determined by the determination section that it was not possible to detect flicker streaks, reduces area of the divided regions and detects divided regions in which it is expected that flicker streaks will exist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Masatoshi Noda
  • Patent number: 10613420
    Abstract: A camera system includes a camera with a lens assembly and image processing electronics internal to the camera housing. The lens assembly and image processing electronics are sensitive to thermal gradients within the camera body. The image processing electronics are coupled to a thermal management system that transfers thermal energy away from the electronics towards a heat diffuser. The thermal management system comprises a heat controller with a heat source, an offset arm, and a heat exchange. The thermal energy moves from the heat source to the heat exchange via the offset arm. The thermal management system also manages heat transfer between auxiliary electronic components and the image processing electronics. The thermal management system is constructed of materials that react to the compressive forces created on the system during camera assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventor: Ihab A. Ali
  • Patent number: 10616479
    Abstract: A image recording apparatus includes a processor. The processor recognizes a predetermined action by a user when an image is recorded by capturing. The processor adds additional information corresponding to the recognized predetermined action to the captured image obtained by the capturing. The processor controls recording of the captured image with the additional information added.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuaki Hagiwara
  • Patent number: 10613202
    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: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics (Crolles 2) SAS
    Inventors: Francois Roy, Boris Rodrigues Goncalves, Marie Guillon, Yvon Cazaux, Benoit Giffard
  • Patent number: 10602058
    Abstract: A camera application executable on a camera enabled device, such as a smartphone, can include an image capture interface used to record the live image displayed on a display screen of the device. The image capture interface can also display multiple album icons that can be actively associated with an image capture function. The album icons may correspond to attribute sets including a folder into which recorded images may be stored. The album icons operate as individual shutter buttons that cause the camera application to record the image and apply one or more attributes of the respective album to the recorded image. The attributes may include storage attributes as well as sharing attributes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: BEEZBUTT PTY LIMITED
    Inventors: Paul Wright, Catherine Montoya, May Hnin Phyu, Erick Haryono, Jeong Kwang Nam, Charbel Anthony Zeaiter
  • Patent number: 10598891
    Abstract: A control apparatus (13) includes a data acquirer (13a) that acquires correction data indicating a relationship between a temperature change amount and a focus movement amount and a focus controller (13b) that changes an operation mode of a temperature changer depending on the correction data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toshiyuki Dobashi
  • Patent number: 10587821
    Abstract: The invention is directed to systems and methods for image capturing technologies and, more particularly, to a high speed image registration system and respective processes to achieve high quality images. The method is implemented in a computing device and includes: capturing a first image of an object and identifying interest points; capturing a second image of the object and identifying regions of interest associated with the identified interest points of the first image, in addition to any areas not captured in the first image; identifying interest points in the second image within the regions of interest of the second image; matching interest points between the first image and the second image; aligning the matched interest points between the first image and the second image; and blending together the first image and the second image using the aligned similar interest points to form a single image of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Alexander M. Elhage