Patents Examined by Twyler Haskins
  • Patent number: 10257421
    Abstract: Video image stabilization provides better performance on a generic platform for computing devices by evaluating available multimedia digital signal processing components, and selecting the available components to utilize according to a hierarchy structure for video stabilization performance for processing parts of the video stabilization. The video stabilization has improved motion vector estimation that employs refinement motion vector searching according to a pyramid block structure relationship starting from a downsampled resolution version of the video frames. The video stabilization also improves global motion transform estimation by performing a random sample consensus approach for processing the local motion vectors, and selection criteria for motion vector reliability. The video stabilization achieves the removal of hand shakiness smoothly by real-time one-pass or off-line two-pass temporal smoothing with error detection and correction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Yongjun Wu, Nikola Borisov, Weidong Zhao, Shyam Sadhwani, Naveen Thumpudi
  • Patent number: 10212332
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an image sensor, calculation method, and electronic device that increase flexibility of the arrangement of light-shielded pixels and detect the phase difference with high precision. According to an aspect of the present disclosure, an image sensor includes: a pixel unit in which light-shielded pixels are arranged among normal pixels; a setting unit (texture determination unit) configured to determine texture around the light-shielded pixel as a pixel of interest present in a region of interest, and set a weighting coefficient on the basis of the texture; a calculation unit (correlation calculation unit) configured to calculate a correlation value between a pixel value of the light-shielded pixel and a pixel value of the normal pixel around the light-shielded pixel; and a generation unit (phase difference calculation unit) configured to generate a degree-of-correlation histogram. The present disclosure is applicable to an imaging apparatus with focal plane phase detection AF.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Kenichi Sano
  • Patent number: 10205873
    Abstract: Provided is a method and apparatus for controlling a user interface. The method of controlling a user interface of an electronic device includes: displaying a drawing object formed by a path input into the electronic device on a screen, and controlling the user interface by applying different functions to a drawing object area and the remaining area excluding the drawing object area in the touch screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jong-woo Jung, In-Sik Myung, Hye-won Lee
  • Patent number: 10200571
    Abstract: An image of an object under a first illuminant is captured. The color of the ambient light at a device on which the image is to be displayed is identified. The image data is adjusted to compensate for the color of the ambient light as well as for the color of the first illuminant. An image based on the adjusted image data can then be displayed on the device. As such, the desired perception of the colors in the displayed image can be managed so that image quality is maintained even if the image is displayed under different ambient lighting conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: NVIDIA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Santanu Dutta
  • Patent number: 10175345
    Abstract: An imaging device is disclosed, the device comprising a pixelated array of semiconductor detector elements, in which each detecting element is electrically connected to an integrated circuit, the integrated circuit comprising a passive signal path and an active signal path. The active path provides consecutive frame imaging and the active path detects the location of transient events. The device further comprising a readout decoder block, the readout decoder block controlling operation of the passive paths. Additionally the device comprises of an address arbitration control block, the address arbitration control block controlling operation of the active paths, wherein the address arbitration control block readout of the active paths is independent of readout of the passive paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Voxtel, Inc.
    Inventors: Jehyuk Rhee, Adam Lee, George Williams
  • Patent number: 10178339
    Abstract: A capturing device includes an image sensor that generates an image signal by performing photoelectric conversion for light from a subject, a control unit that generates a setting value for setting a range where an image resulting from the image signal is cut, based on a first instruction input from a user, a setting value storage unit that stores the setting value generated by the control unit, an image conversion unit that reads the setting value from the setting value storage unit, and cuts a specific region specified by the setting value from the image and enlarges the cut region, when there is a second instruction input from the user, and an output unit that converts a signal of the image cut and enlarged by the image conversion unit into an image signal of a predetermined format and outputs the converted image signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY EUROPE LIMITED
    Inventors: Eiji Oba, Frederic Maire
  • Patent number: 10171729
    Abstract: An automatic camera adjustment method and an electronic device, where the method is applied to an electronic device with a rotatable camera. The electronic device obtains a parameter of a preview image in a shot of the camera, determines a parameter for rotating of the camera according to the parameter of the preview image, and adjusts an azimuth of the camera according to the parameter for rotating of the camera. Quality of a photographed image may be improved by adjusting the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chao Qin, Peng Wang, Wenmei Gao, Yahui Wang, Hao Jing
  • Patent number: 10171750
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a solid-state image sensor, an imaging control method, a signal processing method, and an electronic apparatus that suppress the deterioration of image quality, which is caused by the difference of sensitivity between pixels. A solid-state image sensor includes: a pixel array unit including a plurality of pixels arranged, the plurality of pixels including a plurality of kinds of pixels, the plurality of kinds of pixels including a first pixel and a second pixel, the first pixel having the highest sensitivity, the second pixel having a sensitivity lower than the sensitivity of the first pixel; and a control unit that controls at least one of an analog gain and exposure time of/for the respective pixels depending on a ratio between the sensitivities of the first pixel and the second pixel. The present technology is applicable to a solid-state image sensor such as a CMOS image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Taro Sugizaki, Go Yamanaka, Daisuke Yoshioka, Toru Nishi, Yousuke Horie, Takesi Kozasa, Keneki Go, Norihiro Ichimaru, Naoki Hosoi
  • Patent number: 10165160
    Abstract: Provided is a digital camera including: a camera body including a terminal for connection with an external device; and a terminal cover unit including a terminal casing having a terminal opening corresponding to the terminal and a terminal cover which protects the terminal. The terminal cover unit is attachable to and detachable from the camera body from outside the camera body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yukikazu Ujikane
  • Patent number: 10157325
    Abstract: A hand-held or otherwise portable or spatial or temporal performance-based image capture device includes one or more lenses, an aperture and a main sensor for capturing an original main image. A secondary sensor and optical system are for capturing a reference image that has temporal and spatial overlap with the original image. The device performs an image processing method including capturing the main image with the main sensor and the reference image with the secondary sensor, and utilizing information from the reference image to enhance the main image. The main and secondary sensors are contained together within a housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: FotoNation Limited
    Inventors: Adrian Zamfir, Petronel Bigioi, Peter Corcoran, Alexandru Drimbarean, Eran Steinberg
  • Patent number: 10151933
    Abstract: An optical system includes an optical element arranged in an optical path of an optical system. A point spread function of the optical element images out-of-focus object points with positive defocus value into image areas oriented along a first radial axis in an image plane and out-of-focus object points with negative defocus value into image areas oriented along a second radial axis in the image plane. A distance of the image areas to an optical axis of the optical system increases with increasing absolute defocus value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Muhammad Siddiqui, Muhammad Arsalan
  • Patent number: 10148861
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus which is capable of easily generating a developed image file from image data obtained using the light field technique. A first recording mode in which data obtained from signals having different focuses is recorded as refocusable first data or a second recording mode in which data which is obtained by carrying out a development process on the data is recorded as non-refocusable second data is selected. During captured image review, at least one focus position in the image data is set as focus information. Based on the recording mode and the focus information, whether to generate a RAW image file or generate a developed image file is determined. When the RAW image file is to be generated and recorded in response to the determination, the focus information is added to the RAW image file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takuma Mikawa
  • Patent number: 10147750
    Abstract: The present invention provides optical imaging apparatus comprising solid state sensing elements and optical components operable to be manufactured and assembled at the wafer level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: FLIR Systems Trading Belgium BVBA
    Inventors: Moshe Kriman, William Hudson Welch, Giles Humpston, Osher Avsian, Felix Hazanovich, Ekaterina Axelrod
  • Patent number: 10141365
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device includes: a pixel region in which a plurality of pixels composed of a photoelectric conversion section and a pixel transistor is arranged; an on-chip color filter; an on-chip microlens; and a multilayer interconnection layer in which a plurality of layers of interconnections is formed through an interlayer insulating film. The solid-state imaging device further includes a light-shielding film formed through an insulating layer in a pixel boundary of a light receiving surface in which the photoelectric conversion section is arranged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kazufumi Watanabe, Yasushi Maruyama
  • Patent number: 10139532
    Abstract: A camera module includes a cover window, an infrared cut-off filter, and an anti-reflection coating. The anti-reflection coating is on at least one surface, through which light passes, of the optical protection window, or the anti-reflection coating is on at least one surface, through which light passes, of the infrared cut-off filter. The anti-reflection coating includes conical anti-reflection structures. A bottom diameter of the conical anti-reflection structure is 40 nm to 150 nm. A top diameter of the conical anti-reflection structure is 0% to 30% of the bottom diameter. A height of the conical anti-reflection structure is 150 nm to 300 nm. A spacing between two adjacent conical anti-reflection structures is ? to ? of a wavelength in a visible light band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Haishui Ye, Feng Yu, Tateoka Susumu
  • Patent number: 10139619
    Abstract: An image sensor that includes a substrate having front and back surfaces, a plurality of photo detectors formed adjacent the front surface, a plurality of contact pads at the front surface and electrically coupled to the photo detectors, and a plurality of light manipulation components disposed on a portion of the back surface. The photo detectors are configured to generate electrical signals in response to light incident through the light manipulation components and through the portion of the back surface. The portion of the back surface has a non-planar shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: OPTIZ, INC.
    Inventors: Vage Oganesian, Zhenhua Lu
  • Patent number: 10142580
    Abstract: A capturing device includes an image sensor that generates an image signal by performing photoelectric conversion for light from a subject, a control unit that generates a setting value for setting a range where an image resulting from the image signal is cut, based on a first instruction input from a user, a setting value storage unit that stores the setting value generated by the control unit, an image conversion unit that reads the setting value from the setting value storage unit, and cuts a specific region specified by the setting value from the image and enlarges the cut region, when there is a second instruction input from the user, and an output unit that converts a signal of the image cut and enlarged by the image conversion unit into an image signal of a predetermined format and outputs the converted image signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eiji Oba, Frederic Maire
  • Patent number: 10136046
    Abstract: A method comprising: selecting one of a plurality of read start positions for an image sensor; during a first auto-focus frame, moving a focused region of an optical system relative to an image sensor in accordance with an auto-focus control signal and then after moving the focused region of the optical system relative to the image sensor and during the first auto-focus frame, starting reading of the image sensor from the read start position. An apparatus that can perform the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventor: Juha Alakarhu
  • Patent number: 10136065
    Abstract: A method is provided for the transformation of a moving image sequence and a moving image sequence transformation device designed for executing the transformation method. For a current individual image of the moving image sequence, the method forms a transformation basis (1) in which a first individual image, the current individual image, and a second individual image are arranged adjacent to each other. Intersection points (S1, S2) are determined for connecting lines (7, 8) which extend from image points corresponding to each other from the first individual image and the current individual image and from the current individual image to the second individual image, comprising image starting limits and image end limits (15, 16) of the current individual image. A new image point position of an image point in the current individual image results from averaging the intersection points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Prodad GmbH
    Inventors: Holger Burkarth, Andreas Huber
  • Patent number: 10136097
    Abstract: RAW camera images may be processed by a computer system using either a particular application or a system level service. In either case, at least some parameters needed for the processing are preferably separated from the executable binary of the application or service, and are provided in separate, non-executable, data-only files. Each of these files can correspond to a particular camera or other imaging device. When a user of the system attempts to open a RAW image file from an unsupported device, the local system may contact a server for on-demand download and on-the-fly installation of the required support resource.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Balle-Pedersen, David Hayward, Travis W. Brown