Patents Examined by Twyler L. Haskins
  • Patent number: 11569283
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus that enables to quickly capture an image from which a predetermined reflected light component is removed with desired sensitivity. A polarizing filter two-dimensionally arranges a plurality of sets each of which includes polarizing filter elements having different polarization directions. A first image sensor has pixels that respectively correspond to polarizing filter elements of the polarizing filter. A polarization calculation unit detects a polarized component of light that enters into a region in which one set of polarizing filter elements are arranged based on signals output from pixels in the region of the first image sensor for each region. A correction unit corrects a pixel signal output from a pixel of a second image sensor corresponding to the region based on a calculation result by the polarization calculation unit for each pixel of the second image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yusuke Yamashita, Tokuro Nishida, Kazuya Kitamura, Hiroyuki Hasegawa, Takenori Kobuse, Yoshikazu Ishikawa, Takayuki Kimura
  • Patent number: 11570348
    Abstract: Disclosed are an electromagnetic interference control method and a related product. The method is for an electronic device including an antenna and a camera. The method includes: obtaining a first operating frequency of the camera and a second operating frequency of the antenna; determining the second operating frequency is interfered; in response to the second operating frequency being interfered, obtaining a target frame rate range; determining an operating frequency of the camera corresponding to each frame rate in the target frame rate range; obtaining an operating frequency list; determining at least one third operating frequency from the operating frequency list; and selecting one third operating frequency from the at least one third operating frequency as a first target operating frequency; determining a first target frame rate; operating the camera at the first target operating frequency; and performing the video function based on the first target frame rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventors: Xunfeng Wang, Zhengpeng Tan, Kai Tang
  • Patent number: 11568521
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a reference coordinate selection unit configured to select reference coordinates of two points from a focus frame area set by a setting unit, and determines arrangement intervals of focus frames based on coordinates on image data before correction corresponding to the coordinates selected by the reference coordinate selection unit and a number of focus frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hirokazu Ishii
  • Patent number: 11563875
    Abstract: A camera actuator comprises: a fixed-side member; a movable-side member disposed separated from the fixed-side member in a direction orthogonal to a light axis, the movable-side member holding a lens unit; a first lens drive actuator that displaces the movable-side member in at least a prescribed direction; an elastic support member that extends in the direction orthogonal to the light axis, and supports the movable-side member in relation to the fixed-side member so as to allow the displacement in at least the prescribed direction; and a gel-like first damping member provided to the elastic support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: MITSUMI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masahiro Saito
  • Patent number: 11563926
    Abstract: A smartphone may be freely moved in three dimensions as it captures a stream of images of an object. Multiple image frames may be captured in different orientations and distances from the object and combined into a composite image representing an image of the object. The image frames may be formed into the composite image based on representing features of each image frame as a set of points in a three dimensional point cloud. Inconsistencies between the image frames may be adjusted when projecting respective points in the point cloud into the composite image. Quality of the image frames may be improved by processing the image frames to correct errors. Distracting features, such as the finger of a user holding the object being scanned, can be replaced with background content. As the scan progresses, a direction for capturing subsequent image frames is provided to a user as a real-time feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: Magic Leap, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Ilic, Peter Weigand, Erik Fonseka
  • Patent number: 11563911
    Abstract: An image capturing system includes a light source configured to emit light toward an object or scene that is to be imaged. The system also includes a time-of-flight image sensor configured to receive light signals based on reflected light from the object or scene. The system also includes a processor operatively coupled to the light source and the time-of-flight image sensor. The processor is configured to perform compressive sensing of the received light signals. The processor is also configured to generate an image of the object or scene based at least in part on the compressive sensing of the received light signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: Northwestern University
    Inventors: Fengqiang Li, Oliver Strider Cossairt
  • Patent number: 11558572
    Abstract: Provided is a photoelectric conversion apparatus including a plurality of pixels and a control unit, wherein each of the pixels includes a photoelectric conversion unit and a digital-signal output unit configured to output a digital signal based on the output of the photoelectric conversion unit, and the number of bits of the digital signal may be switched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takeru Ohya, Tomoya Onishi, Daisuke Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 11553123
    Abstract: Techniques in connection with a light field camera array are disclosed, involving generating a temperature data for an imaging camera included in an imaging camera array for a first time, obtaining an image data from the imaging camera, generating temperature-based correction parameters corresponding to the temperature data based on at least a stored temperature calibration data; and producing corrected image data by applying a geometric distortion correction and/or color correction indicated by the temperature-based correction parameters to the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Ross Garrett Cutler
  • Patent number: 11553150
    Abstract: Techniques, systems, architectures, and methods for amplifying the time difference between events detected on a focal plane array, allowing greater resolution than that afforded by a reference clock are herein disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventor: Dimitre P Dimitrov
  • Patent number: 11553114
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a camera unit including a camera main body, and a stand configured to support the camera main body, in which the camera main body includes a light receiving section and a main body housing in which the light receiving section is accommodated, the stand includes a first arm portion configured to support the main body housing for pivotal motion such that an orientation in an upward and downward direction of an optical axis of the light receiving section is adjustable, and a second arm portion attached for pivotal motion to the first arm portion, and the main body hosing has a protrusion that projects downwardly at a lower portion of the camera unit in a use state of the camera unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Katsuhisa Tadano, Naoki Ogishita, Nozomu Uchida, Kenta Kidoba
  • Patent number: 11550365
    Abstract: According to an embodiment of the disclosure, an electronic device comprises a first housing structure; and a second housing structure hingedly connected to the first housing structure along a hinge axis, wherein a first surface of the first housing structure faces a first surface of the second housing structure in a folded configuration of the electronic device, and the first surface of the first housing structure and the first surface of the second housing structure are planar in an unfolded configuration of the electronic device; a first display disposed on the first surface of the first housing structure and the first surface of the second housing structure, and bendable about the hinge axis; and a sliding structure retractably disposed in the first housing structure, configured to protrude to the outside of the first housing structure in a direction substantially co-planar to the first surface of the first housing structure, the sliding structure comprising at least one optical input module facing a dire
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Minsoo Kim, Bongsub Kim, Taewon Kim, Sangmin Lee, Jongheon Lee, Jiwoo Lee
  • Patent number: 11546533
    Abstract: The present technique aims to provide a solid-state imaging device that reduces shading and color mixing between pixels. The present invention also provides a method of manufacturing the solid-state imaging device. The present technique further relates to a solid-state imaging device that enables provision of an electronic apparatus that uses the solid-state imaging device, a method of manufacturing the solid-state imaging device, and an electronic apparatus. The solid-state imaging device includes a substrate, pixels each including a photoelectric conversion unit formed in the substrate, and a color filter layer formed on the light incidence surface side of the substrate. The solid-state imaging device also includes a device isolating portion that is formed to divide the color filter layer and the substrate for the respective pixels, and has a lower refractive index than the refractive indexes of the color filter layer and the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: SONY GROUP CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryoji Suzuki
  • Patent number: 11543567
    Abstract: An embodiment of a camera module includes a holder configured such that the upper and lower portions of the holder are open and such that a first hole and a second hole, opposite to the first hole, are formed in the side surface of the holder, a first lens unit coupled to the upper portion of the holder, a second lens unit coupled to the lower portion of the holder, and a liquid lens disposed in the first hole and the second hole of the holder between the first lens unit and the second lens unit, the liquid lens protruding outward from the side surface of the holder, wherein at least a portion of the liquid lens may be spaced apart from the inner surface of the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seung Ryong Park, Jung Shik Baik
  • Patent number: 11539867
    Abstract: A sensor driving device is provided. A sensor driving device according to one aspect of the present invention comprises: a first substrate; a second substrate disposed on the first substrate and electrically connected to the first substrate; and an image sensor disposed on the second substrate, wherein the second substrate comprises a body and a first protrusion part protruding from one end of the body, and the first protrusion part comprises a first extension part extending in a first direction from the body, and a second extension part extending in a second direction that differs from the first direction from the first extension part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yun Sang Song
  • Patent number: 11539879
    Abstract: An image capture control apparatus includes reception unit configured to receive an instruction for ending recording of a moving image; and control unit configured to, when the instruction for ending is issued, perform control, in a case of a first shooting mode in which an image is displayed in a state being visible from a subject, to display an item for deleting a portion at a beginning or at an end of the moving image, in response to the instruction for ending, and to record the moving image to a recording medium in a state where the portion of the moving image has been deleted, and perform control, in a case of a second shooting mode, to not display the item, even when the instruction for ending has been given.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Sayaka Harada, Daiyu Ueno
  • Patent number: 11539874
    Abstract: The image-capturing apparatus (100) includes an image sensor (14), a focus detector (42) performing focus detection using output from the image sensor; and a controller (50) configured to cause the focus detector to perform the focus detection and configured to control emission of a light emitter for illuminating an object and movement of a focus element for focusing. The controller selectively performs: a first focus detection process that causes the focus detector to perform the focus detection with the focus element being stopped while causing the light emitter to intermittently emit light; and a second focus detection process that causes the focus detector to perform the focus detection with the focus element being moved while causing the light emitter to intermittently emit the light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hideyuki Hamano, Akihiko Kanda
  • Patent number: 11539906
    Abstract: Technologies relating to CMOS image sensors with integrated Resistive Random-Access Memory (RRAMs) units that provide energy efficient analog storage, ultra-high speed analog storage, and in-memory computing functions are disclosed. An example CMOS image sensor with integrated RRAM crossbar array circuit includes a CMOS image sensor having multiple pixels configured to receive image signals; a column decoder configured to select the pixels in columns to read out; a row decoder configured to select the pixels in rows to read out; an amplifier configured to amplify first signals received from the CMOS image sensor; a multiplexer configured to sequentially or serially read out second signals received from the amplifier; and a first RRAM crossbar array circuit configured to store third signals received from the multiplexer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: TetraMem Inc.
    Inventors: Wenbo Yin, Ning Ge
  • Patent number: 11533432
    Abstract: An imaging device includes an imaging optical system through which object light flux passes, an image sensor to form the object light flux that has passed through the imaging optical system as an object image, a shake detector to detect shake, a blurred-image correction unit including at least one of the image sensor and an optical element that makes up at least a part of the imaging optical system, a drive circuit to drive the blurred-image correction unit in a direction different from an optical axis of the imaging optical system to move a position on the image sensor at which the object image is formed, to correct a blurred image, and a drive controller to control, based on a current position and a control objective position of the blurred-image correction unit, operation of the blurred-image correction unit by the drive circuit at a constant control cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Akira Nakano
  • Patent number: 11533422
    Abstract: A detection unit detects a subject area that partially includes a subject to be detected in a shooting range. An obtainment unit obtains a plurality of defocus amounts corresponding to a plurality of ranging points inside a ranging area that includes the subject area. A categorization unit categorizes the ranging area into a plurality of partial areas based on the plurality of defocus amounts. Each of the plurality of partial areas corresponds to a different one of partial ranges in a range of the plurality of defocus amounts. A control unit performs shooting control based on the plurality of partial areas. The shooting control is performed so that a contribution of a partial area with a first subject degree is larger than a contribution of a partial area with a second subject degree that is lower than the first subject degree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yu Inagaki
  • Patent number: 11533443
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide display eyewear with adjustable camera direction. In general, one aspect disclosed features an electronic device, comprising: a structure configured to be worn on the head of a user; a camera movably coupled to the structure and arranged to capture images in a field of view of the user; and a display panel fixedly coupled to the structure and arranged to display, to the user, the images captured by the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: Innovega, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerome A. Legerton, Jay Marsh