Patents Examined by Tuan H. Le
  • Patent number: 10389957
    Abstract: Pixel arrangements in time-of-flight sensors are presented that include sensing elements that establish charges related to incident light, charge storage elements that accumulate integrated charges transferred from the sensing elements, and diffusion nodes configured to establish measurement voltages representative of the integrated charges that are dumped from the charge storage elements. The pixel arrangement includes analog domain output circuitry comprising a measurement capacitance element that stores the measurement voltage, and a reset capacitance element that stores a reset voltage established at the diffusion node during a reset phase performed prior to a measurement phase. The analog domain output circuitry subtracts the stored reset voltage from the stored measurement voltage for processing into a pixel output voltage that at least partially reduces readout voltage uncertainty of the pixel arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Cyrus Soli Bamji, Onur Can Akkaya, Tamer Elkhatib, Swati Mehta, Satyadev H. Nagaraja, Vijay Rajasekaran
  • Patent number: 10382672
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus and method are provided. The image capturing apparatus includes an image capturing unit including a camera, the image capturing unit configured to capture an image, and a controller connected to the image capturing unit. The controller is configured to set a position of a focus lens at a distance at which an object of the image to be captured is predicted to be positioned, to measure a movement speed of the object of the image to be captured, to determine an image capturing time by predicting a time until the object reaches the set position of the focus lens based on the measured movement speed, and to control the image capturing unit to capture the image of the object at the determined image capturing time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kyoung-hwan Moon, Jin-min Bang, Tae-wook Nam
  • Patent number: 10375297
    Abstract: This invention relates to an imaging apparatus and an imaging method for supplying an optimum amount of image data to another apparatus. When a PDA 91 has a maximum transfer rate of 1.5 Mbps, a mobile phone 1 determines that a maximum speed of communication with the PDA 91 is low, reduces accordingly the amount of moving image data captured by a CCD of the mobile phone, and supplies the captured moving image data to the PDA 91. The PDA 91 displays a low-quality moving image 93 on its display unit. When the PDA 91 has a maximum transfer rate of 480 Mbps, the CPU of the mobile phone leaves unchanged the amount of moving picture data captured by the CCD and supplies the captured moving image data to the PDA 91. The PDA 91 then displays a high-quality moving image 94 on the display unit. This invention applies advantageously to digital cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Chisato Yoshida, Osamu Date
  • Patent number: 10375313
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to displaying visual effects in image data. In some examples, visual effects include an avatar displayed on a user's face. In some examples, visual effects include stickers applied to image data. In some examples, visual effects include screen effects. In some examples, visual effects are modified based on depth data in the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Marcel Van Os, Jessica Aboukasm, David R. Black, Robert Chinn, Gregory L. Dudey, Katherine K. Ernst, Grant Paul, William A. Sorrentino, III, Brian E. Walsh, Jean-Francois Albouze, Jae Woo Chang, Aurelio Guzman, Christopher J. Moulios, Joanna M. Newman, Nicolas Scapel, Joseph-Alexander P. Weil, Christopher Wilson
  • Patent number: 10362226
    Abstract: Some embodiments in this disclosure provide a method to control lens of a camera module, a lens control terminal and a storage media, wherein the method to control lens of a camera module includes receiving power-off signal of the camera module; controlling the lens moving towards a zero position gradually, till the lens moves back to the zero position; powering off the camera module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignees: Hisense Mobile Communications Technology Co., Ltd., Hisense USA Corporation, Hisense International Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xudong Qiu, Hongcheng Wang
  • Patent number: 10356288
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide electronic devices, information processing methods and computer programs products wherein collecting units are used for collecting images. A display unit can be used for displaying images collected by the collecting unit on a first plane. A collecting support can be used for installing the collecting unit, wherein the collecting support comprises: a first movable support, arranged on the case of the display unit through a first rotating shaft, which can rotate in a second plane perpendicular to the first plane; a second movable support, arranged on the first movable support through a second rotating shaft, which can rotate relative to the first movable support in the second plane; and wherein the collecting unit is arranged on the second movable support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: LENOVO (BEIJING) LIMITED
    Inventors: Bai Lin, Rui Wang, Ya Zhang, Yan Ma
  • Patent number: 10345684
    Abstract: A method for projection includes generating a pattern of illumination, and positioning an array of lenses so as to project different, respective parts of the pattern onto a scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Alexander Shpunt, Benny Pesach
  • Patent number: 10334170
    Abstract: A camera module includes a lens unit disposed in a housing unit; an actuator unit configured to drive the lens unit in first through third directions relative to the housing unit; and an actuator controller configured to control the actuator unit according to compensation amounts for moving drift in the second and third directions depending on a position of the lens unit in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hoon Heo, Shin Young Cheong, Won Seok Bang, Hee Soo Yoon, Yong Joon Park, Won Seob Oh
  • Patent number: 10334161
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a system controlling unit including a processor and a memory, the system controlling unit being configured to load and to execute an operation control program stored in the memory. The system controlling unit and the memory are configured to acquire light field data, including a plurality of divided image data, to perform an image processing including color correction processing to each of the plurality of divided image data, and to form image data by combining pixel signals of the plurality of the divided image data. Depths of field of the plurality of divided image data are deeper than those of the formed image data. The system controlling unit controls operation to perform the image processing and to form the image using the processed plurality of divided image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Satoshi Shoda, Yohei Horikawa
  • Patent number: 10334168
    Abstract: A method determines a movement of an apparatus between capturing first and second images. The method includes testing model hypotheses of the movement by for example a RANSAC algorithm, operating on a set of first points in the first image and assumed corresponding second points in the second image to deliver the best model hypothesis. The testing includes, for each first point, calculating a corresponding estimated point using the tested model hypothesis, determining the back-projection error between the estimated point and the second point in the second image, and comparing each back projection error with a threshold. The testing comprises for each first point, determining a correction term based on an estimation of the depth of the first point in the first image and an estimation of the movement between the first and second images, and determining the threshold associated with the first point by using said correction term.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS SA
    Inventors: Manu Alibay, St├ęphane Auberger
  • Patent number: 10324317
    Abstract: A light control device 10 includes a pair of electrodes 611 and 612 and a stacked structure body 613? of a plurality of light control layers 613 sandwiched by the pair of electrodes 611 and 612; and each light control layer 613 has a stacked structure of a first insulating layer 614, a first nanocarbon film 615 doped with an n-type impurity or not doped with an impurity, a second insulating layer 617, and a second nanocarbon film 616 doped with a p-type impurity or not doped with an impurity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kouichi Harada, Kyoko Izuha, Koji Kadono
  • Patent number: 10321045
    Abstract: A mobile terminal includes: a camera; a touch screen; and a controller configured to: cause the touch screen to display an image received via the camera, the image acquired at a first magnification ratio; control the camera to change a magnification ratio from the first magnification ratio to a second magnification ratio based on a touch applied to the touch screen displaying the image; cause the touch screen to display an image acquired at the second magnification ratio; and activate a specific function if the touch is continuously applied to the touch screen displaying the image acquired at the second magnification ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Arim Kwon, Hyungsun Kim, Cheongha Park, Sangwoon Lee, Yoomee Song, Jungmin Park, Hyerim Ku
  • Patent number: 10319774
    Abstract: An image capturing device includes: a first substrate; a second substrate arranged so that the second substrate overlaps the first substrate; a pixel unit having a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix shape on the first substrate; a first vertical scanning circuit arranged on one of the first substrate and the second substrate and configured to output a control signal supplied to every row or every two or more rows of the plurality of pixels; and a plurality of first buffers arranged on the second substrate so that the plurality of first buffers overlap the pixel unit, provided in correspondence with one row or a plurality of rows of the plurality of pixels, and connected to respective signal lines through which the control signal output from the first vertical scanning circuit is transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Mai Arita
  • Patent number: 10282562
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating certified images and incident reports are disclosed. An image capture device can be used to capture an image and integrate metadata from camera sensors as well as other ancillary device sensors into the image. The image and its metadata can then be certified upon a check that the image and its metadata are authentic and unaltered. The image and its metadata can then be included in or as a part of an incident or other report describing an incident or event such as an accident or a crime. The image and/or incident report may be maintained at a cloud-based server for viewing, authorized editing, and subsequent distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: ImageKeeper LLC
    Inventors: Jerry Speasl, Marc Roberts, Mike Patterson
  • Patent number: 10271000
    Abstract: Disclosed is an image sensor module which includes a pixel array including a plurality of sub-pixels arranged along a plurality of rows and a plurality of columns, an analog to digital converter connected to the pixel array through a plurality of data lines and converting signals output from the plurality of sub-pixels into digital signals, a row decoder connected to the pixel array through a plurality of selection lines, a plurality of transfer lines, and a plurality of reset lines, and a control logic circuit controlling the analog to digital converter and the row decoder to allow a plurality of sub-frames to be sequentially outputted from the plurality of sub-pixels, wherein each of the plurality of sub-frames is generated based on signals output from different sub-pixels among the plurality of sub-pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yohwan Noh, Chaesung Kim
  • Patent number: 10225473
    Abstract: A method determines a movement of an apparatus between capturing first and second images. The method includes testing model hypotheses of the movement by for example a RANSAC algorithm, operating on a set of first points in the first image and assumed corresponding second points in the second image to deliver the best model hypothesis. The testing includes, for each first point, calculating a corresponding estimated point using the tested model hypothesis, determining the back-projection error between the estimated point and the second point in the second image, and comparing each back projection error with a threshold. The testing comprises for each first point, determining a correction term based on an estimation of the depth of the first point in the first image and an estimation of the movement between the first and second images, and determining the threshold associated with the first point by using said correction term.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS SA
    Inventors: Manu Alibay, St├ęphane Auberger
  • Patent number: 10205864
    Abstract: A near field light includes a substrate; and an epsilon near zero (ENZ) material layer, which is arranged on the substrate and is formed of a material with a dielectric constant that includes a real part having a value of zero or a value very close to zero with respect to a light of a designated wavelength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jisoo Kyoung
  • Patent number: 8031260
    Abstract: An active pixel sensor (APS) that includes circuitry to eliminate artifacts in digital images. The APS includes a comparator for comparing a signal level from a pixel to an adjusted saturation voltage to determine if the pixel is saturated. If the pixel is saturated, an associated saturation flag is stored and used to replace the signal from the pixel with a maximum value corresponding to a brightest pixel in the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Aptina Imaging Corporation
    Inventors: Sandor L. Barna, Eric R. Fossum
  • Patent number: 8013906
    Abstract: An image sensing apparatus that senses objects and processes image signals obtained from such image sensing includes a white balance correction means that performs white balance correction of the image signals using white balance correction values calculated based on a face area and on other areas contained in the image signals, and a CPU that changes the proportion of image signals of the face area used in calculating the white balance correction values when calculating the white balance correction values based on the image signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Eiichiro Ikeda
  • Patent number: 8004582
    Abstract: An image file processing apparatus comprises a first storage unit configured to store an image, a first data creating unit configured to create main image data or sub-image data, a second storage unit configured to store the main image data and the sub-image data as one file, a management region setting unit configured to ensure management information of the sub-image data stored in the same file as the main image data in the second storage unit by a predetermined number and set the management information in a management region of the main image data, and a storage control unit configured to control so as to store the file based upon content set by the management region setting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kayo Koutaki, Takuya Yamada, Jun Hosoda