Patents Examined by Twyler L. Haskins
  • Patent number: 11228716
    Abstract: A camera system includes a camera, a processor, and a memory. In response to a first commissioning signal, the camera system records a first image comprising a token in a first position. In response to a second commissioning signal, the camera system records a second image comprising the token in a second position. In response to a third commissioning signal, the camera system records a third image comprising the token in a third position. The camera system computes a field of interest boundary for a visual field of the camera system based on the first position, the second position, and the third position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventor: Brian J. Soderholm
  • Patent number: 11227883
    Abstract: An image sensing device is disclosed. The image sensing device includes a plurality of unit pixels arranged as an array of unit pixels in a first direction and a second direction perpendicular to the first direction, and a device isolation structure wherein each of the unit pixels is disposed in a region isolated from adjacent unit pixels and includes a single photoelectric conversion element, a single floating diffusion region, and at least three transistors. The single photoelectric conversion element, the single floating diffusion region, and the at least three transistors are located in a region isolated by the device isolation structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: SK hynix Inc.
    Inventors: Se Kyung Oh, Pyong Su Kwag
  • Patent number: 11228712
    Abstract: Visual content is captured by an image capture device during a capture duration. The image capture devices experiences motion during the capture duration. The intentionality of the motion of the image capture device is determined based on angular acceleration of the image capture device during the capture duration. A punchout of the visual content is determined based on the intentionality of the motion of the image capture device. The punchout of the visual content is used to generate stabilized visual content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Cesar Douady, Thomas Derbanne, Maxim Karpushin
  • Patent number: 11227146
    Abstract: The subject matter described in this disclosure can be embodied in methods and systems for stabilizing video. A computing system determines a stabilized location of a facial feature in a frame of video accounting for its location in a previous frame. The computing system determines a physical camera pose in virtual space and maps the frame into virtual space. The computing system determines an optimized virtual camera pose using an optimization process that determines (1) a difference between the stabilized location of the facial feature and a location of the facial feature when viewed from a potential virtual camera pose, (2) a difference between the potential virtual camera pose and a previous virtual camera pose, and (3) a difference between the potential virtual camera pose and the physical camera pose. The computing system generates the stabilized view of the frame using the optimized virtual camera pose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Chia-Kai Liang, Fuhao Shi
  • Patent number: 11228724
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus including a processor including hardware, the processor being configured to: detect a defective pixel from among the multiple pixels; calculate a level of a pixel value of the defective pixel; compare the calculated level of the pixel value of the defective pixel with a threshold to determine whether a defective pixel that is stored in a storage is to be corrected, the threshold being determined based on a brightness that is calculated from pixel values close to a defective pixel and on any one of an exposure time of image data corresponding to a defective pixel on which a determination is to be made, a value of gain, and variation in pixel value among pixels surrounding the defective pixel on which a determination is to be made; and interpolate the pixel value of the determined defective pixel that is to be corrected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroki Maruyama, Teruaki Yamasaki
  • Patent number: 11223755
    Abstract: An image scanning, displaying and lighting system for eliminating color differences is revealed. The system includes an image scanner, a display screen with a second emission spectrum and a lighting device with a third emission spectrum. The image scanner consists of an optoelectronic image capturing and forming system, a plurality of first light sources disposed around the optoelectronic image capturing and forming system and a control module. The first light sources have a first emission spectrum which is a white light composed of a plurality of wavebands with different peak wavelengths. The control module controls the optoelectronic image capturing and forming system to take monochrome images in different colors in time sequence. The second emission spectrum has the same characteristics as the first emission spectrum while the third emission spectrum has the same characteristics as the second emission spectrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: eSHADE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yeh-Wei Yu, Ching-Cherng Sun, Tsung-Hsun Yang, Jia-Min Chuang
  • Patent number: 11218659
    Abstract: An image sensing device includes an image sensing circuit, a voltage supply grid, bitlines, and a control circuit. The image sensing circuit includes pixels arranged in rows and columns. Each one of the bitlines is coupled to a corresponding one of the columns. The voltage supply grid is coupled to the pixels. The control circuit is coupled to output at least a row select signal and a transfer signal to the rows. Each one of the rows is selectively coupled to the bitlines to selectively output image data signals in response to the row select signal and the transfer signal. Each one of the rows is further selectively coupled to the bitlines to selectively clamp the bitlines in response to the row select signal and the transfer signal. Each one of the rows is selectively decoupled from the bitlines in response to the row select signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: OMNIVISION TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Chengcheng Xu, Rui Wang, Bi Yuan, Liang Zuo
  • Patent number: 11212429
    Abstract: A camera module for a vehicular vision system includes a front camera housing having a housing portion and a cylindrical lens barrel extending from the housing portion and accommodating a lens. An imager printed circuit board is attached at the front camera housing portion. With the imager printed circuit board attached at the front camera housing, the imager is optically aligned with an optical axis of the lens. A rear camera housing portion is mated with the housing portion of the front camera housing so as to encase the imager printed circuit board in the camera module. The housing portion of the front camera housing includes mounting structure configured to mount the camera module at a vehicle. The lens barrel includes a material having a lower coefficient of thermal expansion as compared to the material of the front camera housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Steven V. Byrne, Yuesheng Lu, Jonathan D. Conger, Rene Dreiocker
  • Patent number: 11206348
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a detection unit configured to detect a contrast from a plurality of images of a focus position, wherein viewing angles of the plurality of images overlaps at least partially, an adjustment unit configured to adjust the contrast, a setting unit configured to set a combining ratio based on the adjusted contrast, and a combining unit configured to combine the plurality of images based on the set combining ratio to generate a combined image, wherein the adjustment unit spreads the contrast of the image in which a subject is brought into focus, among the plurality of images, and the setting unit sets, based on the contrast of a corresponding position in the plurality of images, the combining ratio for the combining to the corresponding position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Fumitaka Nakayama
  • Patent number: 11201997
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a solid-state imaging device, a driving method, and an electronic apparatus that can suppress a decrease in signal reading speed of the solid-state imaging device. A solid-state imaging device according to a first aspect of the present technology includes a pixel array unit in which a plurality of pixels is arrayed, a signal processing unit configured to perform a signal process including at least A/D conversion on a noise signal and a data signal read from the pixel, and a memory unit configured to retain a signal obtained in the signal process, in which the signal processing unit records the noise signal obtained from a predetermined frame in the memory unit, and performs the signal process of the data signal obtained from a frame after the predetermined frame by using the noise signal recorded in the memory unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Norihiro Ichimaru, Masao Zen
  • Patent number: 11201998
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus comprises an imaging element configured to have a plurality of photoelectric conversion units for each of a plurality of pixels arranged in a row direction and a column direction; at least one processor and memory holding a program which makes the processor function as: an acquisition unit configured to acquire an imaging signal based on a light beam that has passed through the entire pupil region of an imaging optical system and a first image signal based on a light beam that has passed through a part of the pupil region of the imaging optical system from the pixels; and a calculation unit configured to calculate a phase difference by using the imaging signal and the first image signal, wherein the calculation unit calculates the phase difference based on the first image signal and the imaging signal in the row that is the same as the first image signal or a neighboring row of the first image signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Satoshi Shoda, Hideyuki Hamano
  • Patent number: 11201996
    Abstract: A camera is usable while a plurality of accessory apparatuses are connected to the camera. The camera includes a camera communication unit connected to a data communication channel used for a data communication between the camera and each of the plurality of accessory apparatuses, and a camera controller configured to perform the data communication with each of the plurality of accessory apparatuses via the data communication channel. The camera controller transmits to at least one sleep target accessory apparatus among the plurality of accessory apparatuses which is selected based on authentication information acquired from each of the plurality of accessory apparatuses, a sleep request command for shifting the sleep target accessory apparatus from an operation state for performing processing in response to a data transmission from the camera to a sleep state that does not perform the processing regardless of the data transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazuto Suzuki
  • Patent number: 11202011
    Abstract: A control apparatus includes a motion vector detector configured to detect a motion vector, a calculator configured to calculate angular velocity information of an object based on the motion vector and an angular velocity detected by an angular velocity detector, an acquirer configured to acquire a result of an image stabilizing control in capturing a still image based on the angular velocity information of the object, and a controller configured to control a display unit so as to display the still image and information of the result of the image stabilizing control superimposed on the still image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hironori Seki, Hideya Takanashi
  • Patent number: 11202022
    Abstract: An image capturing device for forming a higher resolution image of an image target having a plurality of pixel areas respectively is disclosed. The image capturing device includes an image sensor having a plurality of sensing pixels corresponding to the plurality of pixel areas respectively; an in-plane motion motor coupled to the image sensor, and configured to cause the image sensor to take a plurality of raw images related to the image target one by one; and a controller configured to synthesize the plurality of raw images into the higher resolution image, wherein: the image sensor has a sensor surface; the in-plane motion motor incrementally moves a plurality of times the image sensor, each time with a distance equal to 1/N of a pixel pitch of one of the plurality of sensing pixels, along a first direction parallel to the sensor surface to respectively capture the plurality of raw images for forming the higher resolution image; and N is a positive integer being larger than 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: SiMotors Company
    Inventor: Yu-Wen Hsu
  • Patent number: 11202033
    Abstract: Provided is an image sensor that is connected to a data bus to which another image sensor is connected and image data is transmitted, and a collision detection line to which the another image sensor is connected and which is pulled up to a voltage at a first level through a register. The image sensor determines, on a basis of a state of the collision detection line, whether a collision of pieces of the image data is to occur on the data bus when the image data is output, and then outputs the image data to the data bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventor: Hideki Mitsubayashi
  • Patent number: 11196951
    Abstract: An imaging device acquires first dark image data in a state where an image sensor has been light shielded, acquires second dark image data in a state where the image sensor has been light shielded, based on completion of exposure, corrects fixed pattern noise of a reference combined image data based on at least one of the first dark image data and the second dark image data, and stores the reference combined image data that has been subjected to correction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuto Watanabe, Takeshi Kawawa, Satoshi Miyazaki, Takeshi Suzuki, Keiji Kunishige
  • Patent number: 11196930
    Abstract: Method and device are described for customizing the content selection to present on a display device based on identifying the viewer of the device. In one embodiment, the present disclosure relates to selecting from among a group of digital images, those images that are most likely to be of interest to the viewer. In general, many of the images available to the display device will be comprised of images containing subject faces. Using the relationship information to predict subject affinity, the display device computes an image affinity for each image by accumulating the individual subject affinity predictions between the viewer and each subject identified in each image. The image affinities are used to select images for presentation on the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Inventor: Hugh Blake Svendsen
  • Patent number: 11196909
    Abstract: Disclosed are an electronic device and a method for generating a clock signal within a camera module. The electronic device includes a processor, and a camera module, wherein the camera module may include a clock generation circuit configured to generate a second clock signal, the second clock signal being independent from a first clock signal, the first clock signal being generated by the processor, an optical correction circuit configured to be driven based on the second clock signal, and an image sensor configured to be driven while being synchronized with the optical correction circuit based on the second clock signal, wherein the processor may be configured to transfer a control command to the camera module, based on an input for driving the camera module and to acquire at least one image through the synchronized optical correction circuit and image sensor based on the second clock signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hwa Joong Jung, Man-Ho Kim, Tae-Yun Kim, Yonghwan Choi, Kihuk Lee
  • Patent number: 11196978
    Abstract: A digital camera system includes an optical assembly to gather light from a desired scene, a modular imaging subsystem aligned with the optical assembly, and an image processing, recording and display subsystem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Silicon Imaging Corporation
    Inventor: Ari M. Presler
  • Patent number: 11196953
    Abstract: A method is described that includes, on an image processor having a two dimensional execution lane array and a two dimensional shift register array, repeatedly shifting first content of multiple rows or columns of the two dimensional shift register array and repeatedly executing at least one instruction between shifts that operates on the shifted first content and/or second content that is resident in respective locations of the two dimensional shift register array that the shifted first content has been shifted into.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Albert Meixner, Daniel Frederic Finchelstein, David Patterson, William R. Mark, Jason Rupert Redgrave, Ofer Shacham