Patents Examined by Trung Diep
  • Patent number: 10148881
    Abstract: Techniques to improve a digital image capture device's ability to stabilize a video stream—while enforcing desired stabilization constraints on particular images in the video stream—are presented that utilize an overscan region and a look-ahead technique enabled by buffering a number of video input frames before generating a first stabilized video output frame. More particularly, techniques are disclosed for buffering an initial number of input frames so that a “current” frame can use motion data from both “past” and “future” frames to adjust the value of a stabilization strength parameter and/or the weighted contribution of particular frames from the buffer in the determination of stabilization motion values for the current frame. Such techniques keep the current frame within its overscan and ensure that the stabilization constraints are enforced, while maintaining desired smoothness in the video stream. In some embodiments, the stabilization constraint may comprise a maximum allowed frame displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sebastien X. Beysserie, Jianping Zhou, Stephane S. Ben Soussan
  • Patent number: 10133155
    Abstract: There is provided an imaging device that includes a body and a viewfinder. The viewfinder is movable in two or more directions, between an encased position and a operative position. The viewfinder is encased inside the body at the encased position. The viewfinder is projected outside the body at the operative position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kentaro Fujii, Toshihide Kanazawa, Hikaru Tanoue, Takaya Konishi
  • Patent number: 10122905
    Abstract: The invention provides an improved method and apparatus for capturing and sharing digital content, such as image, video, audio, or textual content, quickly and with minimal user activity compared to the prior art. In one embodiment, a computing device performs an action when it is placed in a substantially vertical orientation. In another embodiment, the computing device performs another action in response to movement of the computing device. Other embodiments are disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Begether, Inc.
    Inventors: Ali Mohamed Zewail, Mohamed Nar
  • Patent number: 10110836
    Abstract: An image sensing circuit includes floating node, switch circuit, capacitor(s), and counting circuit. The floating node receives image electric charge from a photosensitive pixel. The switch circuit is coupled between floating node and capacitor(s) to dynamically connect and disconnect floating node and capacitor(s). The capacitor(s) include(s) first terminal(s) connected to switch circuit and second terminal(s) connected to ground. The counting circuit counts the number of charging and discharging behavior of capacitor(s) according to dynamic switches of switch circuit wherein the switch circuit dynamically switches to make capacitor(s) be charged and discharged dynamically in response to one exposure time period to receive energy of image electric charge which is determined by the number of charging and discharging behavior of the capacitor(s) and the capacitor(s)' potential value measured finally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: PixArt Imaging Inc.
    Inventor: Yen-Min Chang
  • Patent number: 10104303
    Abstract: The present invention can provide solutions to many common imaging problems, such as, for example, unevenly distributed illumination, shadows, white balance adjustment, colored ambient light and high dynamic range imaging. Imaging systems and methods can be provided through a computer (e.g., laptop or desktop) such that the system or method can take advantage of the computer's processing power to provide functionality that goes beyond typical camera. Such an imaging system may include an imaging device, a camera, a light source and a user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Peter H. Mahowald
  • Patent number: 10091448
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus including a pixel, a current source, and a signal processing circuit. The pixel outputs signal charge, obtained by imaging, as a pixel signal. The current source is connected to a transmission path for the pixel signal and has a variable current. The signal processing circuit performs signal processing on a signal depending on an output signal to the transmission path and performs control so that a current of the current source is changed in accordance with the result of signal processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroki Sato
  • Patent number: 10079990
    Abstract: Apparatuses and method for an image sensor with increased analog to digital conversion range and reduced noise are described herein. An example method may include disabling a first auto-zero switch of a comparator, the first auto-zero switch coupled to auto-zero a reference voltage input of the comparator, adjusting an auto-zero offset voltage of a ramp voltage provided to the reference voltage input of the comparator, and disabling a second auto-zero switch of the comparator, the second auto-zero switch coupled to auto-zero a bitline input of the comparator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: OmniVision Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Ebihara, Zheng Yang
  • Patent number: 10075639
    Abstract: An image acquiring device, according to one embodiment, comprises: an optical image stabilization unit which compensates for hand trembling; and optical unit which is controlled in accordance with the result value compensated in the optical image stabilization unit; an image sensor unit which converts optical information output from the optical unit into an electric signal; and image information processing unit which image processes the electric signal in accordance with the compensated result value; and an image information output unit which displays the image-processed result, wherein the image sensor unit comprises a plurality of phase difference detection pixels, and a plurality of image detection pixels disposed in a grid pattern along with the plurality of phase difference detection pixels, and the plurality of phase difference detection pixels comprise a first pixel group having a certain area shielded, the certain area being among an area separated by being partitioned in the vertical direction, and a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yu Kyeong Jeong
  • Patent number: 10070067
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and media for extracting information and a display image from two captured images are provided, in some embodiments, systems for extracting information and a display image from two captured images are provided, the systems comprising: a rolling shutter sensor; and a hardware processor coupled to the rolling shutter sensor that is configured to: cause the rolling shutter sensor to capture two captured images; receive the two captured images; and extract the information, and the display image from the two captured images, wherein the information is represented in the captured images as a flicker pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kensei Jo, Mohit Gupta, Shree K. Nayar
  • Patent number: 10070175
    Abstract: A method and a system for synchronizing information between a device and a server during image processing between the device and the server. A method of synchronizing information between a device and a server, the method including receiving a user input when the device is in a designated operation mode; performing an image processing operation with respect to a first resolution image based on the received user input; collecting image processing parameters corresponding to the image processing operation; and transmitting the image processing parameters to the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sung-kyu Jang
  • Patent number: 10070112
    Abstract: Provided are an image processing device, an imaging device, an image processing method, a program, and a recording medium that perform white balance bracketing according to image characteristics. An image processing unit 31 acquires a white balance gain which is applied to original image data in order to obtain a base image and a bracket image. The image processing unit 31 includes a color distribution acquisition unit 46, a first gain acquisition unit 41, and a second gain acquisition unit 42. The color distribution acquisition unit 46 acquires color distribution information of input image data. The first gain acquisition unit 41 acquires a base image white balance gain for obtaining the base image. The second gain acquisition unit 42 acquires a bracket image white balance gain for obtaining the bracket image on the basis of the color distribution information and the base image white balance gain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Shinya Fujiwara, Tooru Ueda
  • Patent number: 10063769
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus is disclosed. The electronic apparatus comprises a first camera and a second camera. The second camera takes a still image while the first camera takes a video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yujiro Fukui, Keisuke Nagata
  • Patent number: 10054840
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a camera module comprising: a printed circuit board having an image sensor mounted thereon; a holder member provided on the printed circuit board and having a lens barrel provided therein; an optical module arranged on the upper side of the holder member and performing an auto-focusing function and/or an image stabilization function; and an electric current applying unit for electrically connecting the printed circuit board and the optical module, wherein the electric current applying unit comprises: first and second conductive members connected to the printed circuit board; and first and second plate members which are arranged on the upper side of the holder member and are electrically connected to each of the first and second conductive members, and which are electrically connected through the optical module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tae Min Ha
  • Patent number: 10057520
    Abstract: One embodiment provides an image sensor comprising: a plurality of phase difference detection pixels; and a plurality of image detection pixels disposed in a grid pattern along with the plurality of phase difference detection pixels, wherein the plurality of phase difference detection pixels comprise a first pixel group having a shield area biased toward one side from a line connecting two points facing each other in an oblique direction, and thus focus adjustment accuracy may be increased in a diagonal area in which phase difference detection is difficult.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK, CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yu Kyeong Jeong, Young Seop Moon
  • Patent number: 10057472
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus equipped with a flash unit that is capable of popping up a light emitting unit even if a display panel is directed to a photographing direction. The flash unit is provided on an upper face of a body of the image pickup apparatus and includes three parallel rotating shafts, a first support member that is rotatably connected with the light emitting unit through the first rotating shaft, and a second support member that is rotatably connected with the first support member through the second rotating shaft and is rotatably connected with the body through the third rotating shaft. The light emitting unit is movable between a light-emitting position projected and a retracted position inside the body even if the display unit is in a stand-up position that is rotated from a regular position opposite to a back face of the body by 180 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takashi Furuta
  • Patent number: 10051188
    Abstract: [Object] To display a captured image on a display unit in accordance with the intention of a user. [Solution] An information processing device according to the present technology includes a reception unit configured to receive operation information on a user, and a control unit configured to decide, on the basis of a state of a flexible display unit pulled out from a body of an image shooting device, a corresponding range corresponding to a displayable area of the pulled-out display unit from an entire image range acquired by an image shooting unit, the state being received by the reception unit, the flexible display unit being capable of being pulled out from the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daisuke Nagano, Daisuke Sato
  • Patent number: 10051221
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a solid-state imaging device and an electronic apparatus that are capable of suppressing reduction in sensitivity. A current comparison unit receives light incident on a pixel, performs photoelectric conversion to generate a voltage, compares a current generated from the voltage with reference to a first potential line and a reference current generated with reference to a second potential line, the first potential line being one of a power supply line and a grounding line, the second potential line being another one of the power supply line and the grounding line, and outputs a comparison. A feedback unit returns a signal to a source side in the current comparison unit when the current is generated, the signal using the comparison result by the current comparison unit. The feedback unit can perform standby control in the current comparison unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Masaki Sakakibara
  • Patent number: 10051158
    Abstract: Provided is a control apparatus for an image pickup apparatus that can synchronize an image sensor with a frame period from an external device, such as a display apparatus, without use of any frame buffer, while optimizing the frequency of a clock signal used for the operation of the image sensor. An image sensor (11) receives a trigger signal from an external device (2), such as a display apparatus, and image data from an image sensor (11); calculates, for each frame, information of a time difference from the trigger signal to a time at which to start the output of the image data; and establishes, on the basis of the information of the time difference, a frame period of the image sensor (11) such that the time difference is accommodated within a given range, thereby allowing the image data to be supplied to the external device (2) within a given time difference relative to the trigger signal, though some degree of variation occurring in each frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Shimadzu Corporation
    Inventor: Kenji Kimura
  • Patent number: 10044930
    Abstract: It is provided a photographing assisting system. The system includes a plurality of photographing apparatuses and an information processing apparatus which receives images from the plurality of photographing apparatuses, recognizes a subject in each received image and a location in which each received image is photographed, determines a group including at least one photographing apparatus within a predetermined area of each photographing apparatus and detects a photographing situation indicating the subject, the location and a photographer of the photographing apparatus within the predetermined area. The information processing apparatus outputs photographing advice according to the photographing situation of each of the plurality of photographing apparatuses to the photographing apparatus in the group. The photographing apparatus in the group outputs the photographing advice received from the information processing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Yasufumi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10042155
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes methods, systems, and computer program products for a modular camera attachment for optical devices and its use. One computer-implemented method includes linking a modular camera accessory (MCA) to a smart device using a data connection; activating the application on the smart device for a collimation function between the MCA and a modular camera attachment-enabled optical (MCO) device; receiving collimation data from the MCA and a camera of the smart device configured to capture collimation data from the optical path of the MCO device; processing the collimation data received from the MCA and the MCO device to determine alignment indicators; using the determined alignment indicators, aligning the MCA with the MCO device optical characteristics; and activating the application on the smart device to process data received from the MCA.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventor: Ivan Arbouzov