Patents Examined by Tuan Ho
  • Patent number: 9854161
    Abstract: A photographing device may include two or more lenses having different view angles, and a processor configured to detect a first subject using images acquired from the lenses and to generate a notification signal based on whether or not a second subject approaches the view angle of a first image including the first subject among the acquired images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jin-gu Jeong, Hee-chul Han, Tae-hee Lee
  • Patent number: 9848153
    Abstract: In an example embodiment, an image processing device includes a pixel array including pixels two-dimensionally arranged and configured to capture an image, each of the pixels including a plurality of photoelectric conversion elements and an image data processing circuit configured to generate image data from pixel signals output from the pixels. The image processing device further includes a color data processing circuit configured to extract color data from the image data and output extracted color data. The image processing device further includes a depth data extraction circuit configured to extract depth data from the image data and output extracted depth data. The image processing device further includes an output control circuit configured to control the output of the color data and the depth data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tae Chan Kim
  • Patent number: 9848145
    Abstract: An imaging device includes. a first terminal to which a first voltage is applied; a second terminal to which a second voltage different from the first voltage is applied; a voltage generator generating a ramp voltage which is a voltage varying with time; a first switching circuit connected to the second terminal and the voltage generator; a second switching circuit connected to the first terminal and the first switching circuit, and pixels each including a photoelectric converter generating a signal, and a signal detection circuit detecting the signal, at least one of the pixels connected to the second switching circuit. The first switching circuit selectively connects one of the second terminal and the voltage generator with the second switching circuit. The second switching circuit selectively connects one of the first voltage terminal and the first switching circuit with the at least one of the pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hidenari Kanehara
  • Patent number: 9843710
    Abstract: A focusing adjustment apparatus includes a recording unit, a focusing adjustment unit, a calculation unit, and a calculation unit. The recording unit records a recording signal output from an image sensor. The focusing adjustment unit adjusts focusing on an object image entering the image sensor based on information about an image-forming position in a first evaluation band of the recording signal. The calculation unit calculates the image-forming position in the first evaluation band of the recording signal by correcting, using a correction value, an image-forming position in a second evaluation band of a focusing adjustment signal obtained from the image sensor. The calculation unit changes the correction value using information about the first evaluation band of the recording signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hideyuki Hamano, Yumi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9843732
    Abstract: Provided is a mobile terminal including: a setting unit that is configured to set a reference image; an imaging unit that captures multiple subordinate images associated with the reference image that is set; a controller that brings the multiple captured subordinate images into a group based on the reference image and stores the group, and determines a display position on the reference image, of each of the subordinate images brought into the group, according to the preset reference; and a display unit, on whose entire screen the reference image is displayed and a graphic object corresponding to each of the subordinate images brought into the group is output to the determined display position, when a group image view mode is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Kyungju Lee, Joonsoo Kim, Youngho Shin
  • Patent number: 9843725
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a plurality of image modules and a plurality of processors. The image modules may each comprise (i) a sensor configured to generate images and (ii) a lens mounted to the sensor. The processors may each be configured to (A) receive the images from a subset of the plurality of image modules and (B) generate a plurality of video streams. Each one of the video streams may be generated by one of the processors in response to the images received from one of the image modules. The subset of the plurality of image modules may comprise at least two distinct image modules of the plurality of image modules. The lenses may be arranged to allow the images to provide coverage for a spherical field of view of a scene surrounding the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: VIDEOSTITCH INC.
    Inventors: Alexander Fink, Nicolas Burtey, George Haber, Stephane Valente
  • Patent number: 9838626
    Abstract: A semiconductor apparatus, a solid-state image sensing apparatus, and a camera system capable of reducing interference between signals transmitted through adjacent via holes, preventing an increase in the number of the via holes, reducing the area of a chip having sensors thereon and the number of mounting steps thereof. First and second chips are bonded together to form a laminated structure, a wiring between the first chip and the second chip being connected through via holes, the first chip transmitting signals obtained by time-discretizing analog signals generated by respective sensors to the second chip through the corresponding via holes, the second chip sampling the signals transmitted from the first chip through the via holes at a timing different from a timing at which the signals are sampled by the first chip and quantizing the sampled signals to obtain digital signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Toshiaki Nagai, Ken Koseki, Yosuke Ueno, Atsushi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9838596
    Abstract: A method and a system for quickly starting a camera based on eyeprint recognition may include storing a camera initialization procedure for a power-up initializing camera of a mobile terminal in a singleton pattern class of the camera, and detecting whether the screen of the mobile terminal is illuminated or not; when it is detected that the mobile terminal screen is illuminated, directly acquiring the camera initialization procedure in the singleton pattern class to complete the power-up initializing of the camera, directly displaying an image captured by the camera while starting eyeprint recognition software, and acquiring a user's eye image to complete eyeprint unlocking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: JRD COMMUNICATION INC.
    Inventor: Xiangdong Tang
  • Patent number: 9838660
    Abstract: At least one example embodiment provides an apparatus including a processor configured to execute computer-readable instructions to receive image data from a plurality of pixels, determine a first white point based on the image data and a threshold percentage of a histogram of the image data, determine a second white point based on the image data, determine a third white point based on groups of the image data corresponding to a same hue or desaturation, the processor configured to divide the image data into the groups and determine an image based on at least the first white point, the second white point and the third white point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Michael Dinerstein, Ohad Givaty
  • Patent number: 9832364
    Abstract: An automatic focal adjustment apparatus capable of focusing at a distance appropriate for an object at infinity, and a method of controlling the automatic focal adjustment apparatus, are disclosed. The automatic focal adjustment apparatus detects an in-focus position of a focus lens based on an AF evaluation value generated from an image signal. Also, the automatic focal adjustment apparatus moves the focus lens to the detected in-focus position when the detected in-focus position is within a predetermined range from a reference position determined in advance corresponding to an object at a infinity distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazuki Konishi
  • Patent number: 9832410
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device includes a plurality of pixels in a two-dimensional array. Each pixel includes a photoelectric conversion element that converts incident light into electric charge, and a charge holding element that receives the electric charge from the photoelectric conversion element, and transfers the electric charge to a corresponding floating diffusion. The charge holding element further includes a plurality of electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventor: Takeshi Takeda
  • Patent number: 9826202
    Abstract: The apparatus comprises a camera (10) with a digital sensor read by a mechanism of the rolling shutter type delivering video data (Scam) line by line. An exposure control circuit (22) adjusts dynamically the exposure time (texp) as a function of the level of illumination of the scene that is captured. A gyrometer unit (12) delivers a gyrometer signal (Sgyro) representative of the instantaneous variations of attitude (?, ?, ?) of the camera, and a processing circuit (18) that receives the video data (Scam) and the gyrometer signal (Sgyro) delivers as an output video data processed and corrected for artefacts introduced by vibrations specific to the apparatus. An anti-wobble filter (24) dynamically modifies the gain of the gyrometer signal as a function of the exposure time (texp), so as to reduce the gain of the filter when the exposure time increases, and vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Parrot Drones
    Inventors: Pierre Eline, Eng Hong Sron
  • Patent number: 9826159
    Abstract: A digital graduated filter is implemented in an imaging device by combining multiple images of the subject wherein the combining may include combining different numbers of images for highlights and for shadows of the subject. The imaging device may present a user with a set of pre-defined graduated filter configurations to choose from. A user may also specify the direction of graduation and strength of graduation in a viewfinder. In an alternative implementation, combining may include scaling of pixels being added instead of varying the number of images being combined. In an alternative implementation, the combining of multiple images may include combining a different number of images for highlights of the subject than for shadows of subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: CLEAR IMAGING RESEARCH, LLC
    Inventor: Fatih M. Ozluturk
  • Patent number: 9819853
    Abstract: A phase difference AF processing unit (19) compares subject images between a region R1 and a region Rj (j=2 to m) in an AF area (53), and determines a phase difference detection pixel (52A, 52B) as a detection signal addition target with respect to a phase difference detection pixel (52A, 52B) in the region R1 among phase difference detection pixels (52A, 52B) in the region Rj. Further, the phase difference AF processing unit (19) adds up detection signals with respect to the phase difference detection pixels (52A, 52B) in the region R1 and the phase difference detection pixels (52A, 52B) which are addition targets, and generates a defocus amount (Df1) from a result of a correlation operation using detection signals after addition. A system control unit (11) drives a focus lens according to the defocus amount (Df1) to perform a focusing control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Koichi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9819848
    Abstract: First and second multi-LED packages are installed on a carrier. Each package includes its own emitting diodes that are series coupled to each other and that are encased within a single, internally reflective package having two external terminals. Each package has a light output face from which light, produced by all of the emitting diodes contained therein is emitted in response to a forward current passing through the two terminals. Each package also has phosphor mediums each positioned to be stimulated by primary light of a respective one of its contained emitting diodes, and in response emit secondary wavelength-converted light that emerges from the light output face and is combined with some of the primary light to yield white light. Other embodiments are also described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Roya Mirhosseini-Schubert
  • Patent number: 9818786
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device including a semiconductor substrate; plural photoelectric conversion units formed side by side on the semiconductor substrate to form a light receiving unit; a peripheral circuit formed in a portion on an outside of the light receiving unit on the semiconductor substrate; a wiring section formed on the light receiving unit and formed for connecting the plural photoelectric conversion units and the peripheral circuit; and a dummy wiring section formed on an opposite side of the wiring section for at least one photoelectric conversion unit among the plural photoelectric conversion units on the light receiving unit and formed for functioning as a non-connected wiring section not connected to the photoelectric conversion units and the peripheral circuit, wherein the dummy wiring section has a predetermined potential.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Kimihiko Sato
  • Patent number: 9819854
    Abstract: A mobile terminal and a method for controlling the same are disclosed. The mobile terminal and method for controlling same can recognize a first input, which is applied to a first area of the display unit on which a preview image obtained by driving a camera is displayed, as a triggering signal for entering a specific photographing mode and enter the specific photographing mode, upon reception of the first input. According to the present invention, grip of the mobile terminal can be improved by processing an operation of gripping the mobile terminal as a valid input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Daeduek Cho
  • Patent number: 9807296
    Abstract: In an image capturing apparatus, in a case where a change is made from a first magnification ratio into a second magnification ratio which is greater than the first magnification ratio in a state in which a live view is displayed at the first magnification ratio and a first AF mode is set, the live view image is enlarged and displayed at the second magnification ratio, and the AF mode is set to a second AF mode. In a case where a change to the first magnification ratio is made after the second magnification ratio is set, the first AF mode is set, and a focus adjustment position is set based on a focus adjustment position which is set in the second AF mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Koji Yoshida
  • Patent number: 9807301
    Abstract: A “Moment Capture System” automatically captures and buffers multiple image frames, both prior to and following digital camera shutter activation. This capture and buffering is performed in combination with real-time automatic control of camera settings (e.g., exposure time, capture rate, ISO, white balance, aperture, etc.) based on an ongoing real-time evaluation of contents and characteristics of most recent previously buffered frames. Whenever a shutter activation (e.g., a “tap”) is detected, the Moment Capture System pulls some number of pre-tap frames from the buffer and adds some number of post-tap frames to create an “image moment.” Image moments are defined as sets of sequential frames spanning a time period before and after the detected tap. In various implementations, the Moment Capture System performs automated selection of perceptually best images from the buffered frames associated with each tap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Joshua Bryan Weisberg, Baoyuan Wang, Sing Bing Kang
  • Patent number: 9800787
    Abstract: The effect of camera shake in digital video is corrected using signal processing techniques. The digital video is a sequence of digital images. When the sequence of digital images are being captured, movement of the imaging device causes the images to shift on the image sensor of the imaging device and affects the quality of the eventual video. Movement of the imaging device is detected while the video is being captured, and a motion information representing the motion is recorded. A processor determines a correcting filter based on the motion information and user input. The processor modifies the sequence of images captured according to the correcting filter and obtains a final corrected video. Corrected video is displayed in a viewfinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Clear Imaging Research, LLC
    Inventor: Fatih M. Ozluturk