Patents Examined by Timothy J. Henn
  • 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: 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: 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: 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
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Shimura, Yoshiyuki Fukuya, Kazuo Kanda
  • 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
    Assignee: SEIKO PRECISION INC.
    Inventors: Seiichi Oishi, Minori Murata, Motoharu Sakurai, Akira Ito
  • 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: 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
    Assignee: CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Hao Liu, Dawei Tang, Yuliang Du
  • 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
    Assignee: ESSILOR INTERNATIONAL
    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
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    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
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akira Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 10129493
    Abstract: A radiation imaging apparatus, comprising a sensor array, a readout unit, for reading out image data from the sensor array, which includes a first mode of reading out image data in a first period and a second mode of reading out image data in a second period shorter than the first period, a holding unit and a controlling unit, wherein, after irradiation to the sensor array is complete, the controlling unit performs first control which causes the holding unit to hold image data read out in the second mode while the sensor array is not irradiated, as offset data for the second mode, and then, performs second control which causes the holding unit to hold image data read out in the first mode while the sensor array is not irradiated, as offset data for the first mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takuya Ryu, Tomoyuki Yagi
  • Patent number: 10128287
    Abstract: An image sensor is described having a pixel cell unit. The pixel cell unit has first, second and third transfer gate transistor gates on a semiconductor surface respectively coupled between first, second and third visible light photodiode regions and a first capacitance region. The pixel cell unit has a fourth transfer gate transistor gate on the semiconductor surface coupled between a first infrared photodiode region and a second capacitance region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Chung Chun Wan, Boyd Albert Fowler
  • Patent number: 10122909
    Abstract: An auto-focus apparatus and an auto-focus method are provided. The auto-focus apparatus includes: a lens, a lens driving component, and a focus control module; wherein the lens is configured to guide light transmitted from a target object; wherein the lens driving component is configured to drive the lens to move to the multiple positions to obtain the original images, and drive the lens to a focusing position obtained by the focus control module; and wherein the focus control module is configured to obtain frequency respond results each of which corresponds to interested pixels in one of the original images, calculate a desired frequency respond result based on the obtained frequency respond results and take a first position of the lens corresponding to the desired frequency respond result as the focusing position. Accordingly, focus accuracy and focus speed under conditions of poor contrast texture and weak light are improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: BEIJING SPREADTRUM HI-TECH COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventors: Yi Hu, Hao Wang, Wei Wang
  • Patent number: 10110815
    Abstract: Techniques to selectively capture media using a single user interface element are described. In one embodiment, an apparatus may comprise a touch controller, a visual media capture component, and a storage component. The touch controller may be operative to receive a haptic engagement signal. The visual media capture component may be operative to be configured in a capture mode based on whether a haptic disengagement signal is received by the touch controller before expiration of a first timer, the capture mode one of a photo capture mode or video capture mode, the first timer started in response to receiving the haptic engagement signal, the first timer configured to expire after a first preset duration. The storage component may be operative to store visual media captured by the visual media capture component in the configured capture mode. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: William M. Ruben, Daniel J. Smith, II, Nilesh V. Patel, Mykyta Lutsenko, William J. Flynn, Andrei V. C. Gheorghe
  • Patent number: 10110823
    Abstract: A position output unit according to the invention includes a pulse generator that generates a second pulse train signal on a basis of a first pulse train signal output from a position detector that generates the first pulse train signal including a number of pulses representing the displacement amount of a movable member. The pulse generator generates the second pulse train signal in such a way that a second total pulse number defined as a total number of pulses in the second pulse train signal corresponding to a displacement amount of the movable member over an entirety of the movable range is smaller than or equal to a first total pulse number defined as a total number of pulses in the first pulse train signal corresponding to the entirety of the movable range of the movable member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Junji Shigeta
  • Patent number: 10091415
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus, including an acquisition unit configured to acquire RAW data of a captured image, which is captured by an image pickup unit; a processing unit configured to perform a plurality of different image processing steps on the acquired RAW data in a step-wise manner; and a control unit configured to control the processing unit, wherein, when the processing unit performs the plurality of different image processing steps on the RAW data in the step-wise manner in real time during the image capturing by the image pickup unit, the control unit controls the processing unit in accordance with operation statuses regarding the captured image to limit a stepwise execution of the plurality of different image processing steps, controls the processing unit to output the RAW data to which processing up to a limited step has been performed, and generates information indicating the limited step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshio Awatani
  • Patent number: 10079255
    Abstract: A color filter array apparatus is provided. The apparatus includes a first color filter array comprising color filters arranged in a first pattern and a second color filter array comprising color filters arranged in a second pattern. The first pattern and second pattern may be arranged to optimize the detection or viewing of first and second objects, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Mohannad Murad, Joseph Machak, Donald Gignac