Patents Examined by Twyler L. Haskins
  • Patent number: 10812701
    Abstract: A method is provided for operating a tunable acoustic gradient (TAG) lens imaging system. The method includes: (a) providing a smart lighting pulse control routine/circuit (SLPCRC) that provides a first mode of exposure control corresponding to a points from focus (PFF) mode of the TAG lens imaging system and a second mode of exposure control corresponding to an extended depth of focus (EDOF) mode of the TAG lens imaging system; (b) placing a workpiece in a field of view of the TAG lens imaging system; and (c) periodically modulating a focus position of the TAG lens imaging system without macroscopically adjusting the spacing between elements in the TAG lens imaging system, wherein the focus position is periodically modulated over a plurality of focus positions along a focus axis direction in a focus range including a surface height of the workpiece, at a modulation frequency of at least 30 kHz.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Mitutoyo Corporation
    Inventors: Vahan Senekerimyan, Joseph Andrew Summers, Scott Ellis Hemmings, Mark Lawrence Delaney, Paul Gerard Gladnick, Bjorn Erik Bertil Jansson
  • Patent number: 10802286
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a camera separately capturing an omnidirectional subject depending on a specified angle to generate a plurality of split images, and generating an omnidirectional image from capturing all orientations with respect to a specified location by using the generated plurality of split images, a memory storing the generated omnidirectional image, an input device sensing an input of a user, a display, and a processor generating field of view (FOV) information corresponding to the input of the user via the input device and displaying an FOV image corresponding to the FOV information in the omnidirectional image on the display. The processor is configured to determine shaking of the omnidirectional image and to correct at least one of the FOV information and the omnidirectional image to generate the FOV image, when it is determined that the shaking of the omnidirectional image is present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jeong Moon Byun
  • Patent number: 10805560
    Abstract: Image quality can be improved. In a case where light is focused on the center of an opening, sensitivity can be decreased by extending any side of a light-shielding film to the center. Namely, in the case of adjusting the sensitivity to be decreased, there is no need to simultaneously change all the sides, but the adjusting may be achieved by moving only a specific side. Further, since each side is regarded as individual adjusting parameter, a complicated inside-angle-of-view distribution can be corrected. The present disclosure can be applied to, for example, a CMOS solid-state imaging device to be used in an imaging device such as a camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventor: Masashi Nakata
  • Patent number: 10802245
    Abstract: A focusing control device includes: a sensor that has a focus detection area in which a plurality of first signal detection sections which receives one of a pair of luminous fluxes passing through different portions arranged in one direction of a pupil region of an imaging optical system including a focus lens and detects signals corresponding to light reception amounts and a plurality of second signal detection sections which receives other one of the pair of luminous fluxes and detects signals corresponding to light reception amounts are formed; a correlation calculating unit as defined herein; a search range determining unit as defined herein; and a focusing controller as defined herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Hitoshi Sakurabu
  • Patent number: 10805523
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises an image capturing device, a light emitting device for illuminating an object to be captured by the image capturing device, a visual guide to guide a user to aim the apparatus at a target authentication device, and a processor. The visual guide is devised such that when the apparatus is aimed at the target authentication device following guidance of the visual guide, the brightness levels on an image of the target authentication device captured by the image capturing device while under illumination of the light emitting device are within a predetermined range of brightness levels to facilitate verification of authenticity with reference to the captured image of the target authentication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: EASY PRINTING NETWORK LIMITED
    Inventors: Tak Wai Lau, Wing Hong Lam
  • Patent number: 10802379
    Abstract: Low profile concavely curved cameras, camera housings and related systems and methods. These devices, etc., simultaneously reduce snags and other hazards and also provide improved protection to people such as military and first-responder personnel and athletes by improving the attachment of the camera housing to a helmet or other complexly curved convexly curved base substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: MOHOC, Inc.
    Inventors: Connor J. Duncan, Daniel S. Fuhrman, John M. Prosser
  • Patent number: 10798311
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present technology may comprise a method and apparatus for reducing spatial flicker artifacts in high dynamic range images produced from multiple image captures with differing integration times. The method and apparatus may comprise, in the image captures, measuring pixel intensity selecting pixels with a predetermined intensity thresholds, calculating a ratio based on a channel selection, normalizing the calculated ratio to an ideal ratio, and applying the normalized ratio to corresponding image pixels in a second image capture to produce a flicker-free image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventors: Manjunath Somayaji, Rohit Ranade
  • Patent number: 10798357
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method and a device for correcting a color temperature of a flash lamp in the field of the computer technology. The method includes: obtaining a first color temperature value of a gray point region in a first image, in which the first image is obtained by capturing a scene when the flash lamp is closed; searching for an image region corresponding to the gray point region in a second image, in which the second image is obtained by capturing the scene when the flash lamp is open; and correcting the color temperature for the light compensation of the flash lamp according to a difference obtained by subtracting the first color temperature value from the second color temperature value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Beijing Xiaomi Mobile Software co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Guosheng Li, Yihan Wu
  • Patent number: 10795060
    Abstract: This invention provides a vision system that is arranged to compensate for optical drift that can occur in certain variable lens assemblies, including, but not limited to, liquid lens arrangements. The system includes an image sensor operatively connected to a vision system processor, and a variable lens assembly that is controlled (e.g. by the vision processor or another range-determining device) to vary a focal distance thereof. A positive lens assembly is configured to weaken an effect of the variable lens assembly over a predetermined operational range of the object from the positive lens assembly. The variable lens assembly is located adjacent to a front or rear focal point of the positive lens. The variable lens assembly illustratively comprises a liquid lens assembly that can be inherently variable over approximately 20 diopter. In an embodiment, the lens barrel has a C-mount lens base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Cognex Corporation
    Inventors: Laurens Nunnink, Esther Oteo Lozano, Jose Fernandez Dorado
  • Patent number: 10798350
    Abstract: Described examples include an optical apparatus having a first lens, a first optical element having a first aperture, a second lens, and a second optical element having a second aperture. The optical apparatus includes a third lens having a first portion to receive projected light from the first lens through the first aperture and to project the projected light onto a target. Also, the third lens has a second portion to receive reflected light reflected from the target and to provide the reflected light to the second lens through the second aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Vikrant R. Bhakta, Jeffrey Matthew Kempf
  • Patent number: 10798302
    Abstract: A capturing method and related products are provided. The capturing method is applicable to an electronic device including a gravity sensor, a display screen, a control circuit, and a camera. The display screen has a display region and a non-display region. The camera is located in the non-display region. The method includes the follows. A usage status of the electronic device is determined. The usage status includes a portrait-mode-upright usage status and a portrait-mode-inverted usage status. The non-display region is located at the top side of the display region when the electronic device is in the portrait-mode-upright usage status. A target zoom ratio of the camera is determined when the electronic device is in the portrait-mode-inverted usage status. An image is captured based on the target zoom ratio when the electronic device is in the portrait-mode-inverted usage status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventors: Haiping Zhang, Yibao Zhou
  • Patent number: 10791307
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure disclose an image details processing method, comprises: obtaining each luminance data in the image; performing non-linear transformation on the each luminance data to obtain corresponding transformed data; performing the low frequency processing on the transformed data to obtain low frequency data; based on the low-frequency data and the transformed data, determining the corrected luminance data. The embodiments of the present disclosure also disclose an image details processing apparatus, a terminal, and a storage medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: NUBIA TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Dezhi Zhu
  • Patent number: 10789684
    Abstract: A method, an image processing apparatus, and computer program product for multilevel bilateral noise filtering of digital images are provided. The method includes receiving from an image sensor an image frame including a color mosaic having a color filter array (CFA) pattern, decomposing the image frame into at least one color plane image for each of a plurality of color planes, sequentially and separately reducing noise in the at least one color plane image by performing multilevel bilateral noise filtering of the at least one color plane image, and reconstructing the at least one color plane image to generate a noise filtered image frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss AG
    Inventors: Wayne E. Prentice, Tanja Teuber, David Abreu
  • Patent number: 10790729
    Abstract: A direct drive servo motor is provided and may include a quadrature encoder and a silicone rubber sleeve affixed to the encoder's shaft that is attached to the rotor hub and may also include an axle fixed to the rotor hub, inner and outer bearings, front and rear bearing plates, an outer stator, and an inner rotor rare earth magnet ring. A computer-controlled camera system is also provided and includes a direct drive camera gimbal; a pan-bar system; a robotic control system; a master interconnect unit; custom control software; and a track and gantry system. A universal camera tripod head adapter is also provided and includes front and rear clamps, a clamp handle, side and rear brackets and a silicone rubber sleeve affixed to the shaft of each encoder that rides on the pan and tilt axis lips of a camera tripod head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Inventor: Steven W. David
  • Patent number: 10785390
    Abstract: An imaging device includes an image sensor, an optical element arranged in front of the image sensor, an electromechanical converter attached to the optical element, and a controller configured to provide a control signal to the electromechanical converter to control a vibration of the electromechanical converter. An amplitude of the control signal has a first amplitude value when a frequency of the control signal has a first frequency value. The amplitude of the control signal has a second amplitude value smaller than the first amplitude value when the frequency of the control signal has a second frequency value that is closer to a resonant frequency of the optical member than the first frequency value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kiichi Naito
  • Patent number: 10785420
    Abstract: An imaging device includes: an imaging element that outputs an image signal in a nondestructive manner; an image processor that performs predetermined processing on the outputted image signal to generate image data; and a controller that controls the image processor. Under control of the controller, the image processor reads out image signals from the imaging element a plurality of times within one exposure period, calculates a target gain value based on a target level and an added signal, and multiples the added signal by the target gain value to generate the image data. The target level is calculated based on a signal level of a last read-out image signal in one exposure period. The added signal being obtained by adding up the image signals read out the plurality of times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takeshi Hamasaki
  • Patent number: 10778928
    Abstract: Provided are an apparatus and a method of inputting note information to an image of a shot object in order to display an image of a shot object in which the note information has been reflected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Guozhen Li, Li Zhang, Shan Guo, Yan Wang
  • Patent number: 10776972
    Abstract: A system may comprise a transport device for moving at least one object, wherein at least one substantially planar surface of the object is moved in a known plane locally around a viewing area, wherein the substantially planar surface of the object is occluded except when the at least one substantially planar surface passes by the viewing area, at least one 2D digital optical sensor configured to capture at least two sequential 2D digital images of the at least one substantially planar surface of the at least one object that is moved in the known plane around the viewing area, and a controller operatively coupled to the 2D digital optical sensor, the controller performing the steps of: a) receiving a first digital image, b) receiving a second digital image, and c) stitching the first digital image and the second digital image using a stitching algorithm to generate a stitched image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Cognex Corporation
    Inventors: James A. Negro, Xiangyun Ye, Ahmed El-Barkouky
  • Patent number: 10775841
    Abstract: A computer device capable of removing a pop-up webcam includes a main frame, a movable frame, a coupling element, a video camera module, a separating unit and a compression spring. The movable frame is liftable in an assembly slot of the main frame. The coupling element is slidable on the movable frame. The video camera module is removably connected to the main frame and liftable in the assembly slot. The separating unit is used to selectively disengage the coupling element from the video camera module. The compression spring is elastically connected to the coupling element and the movable frame, and used to immediately move the coupling element away from the video camera module as the coupling element being apart from the video camera module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Quanta Computer Inc.
    Inventor: Ying-Chuan Chiu
  • Patent number: 10778875
    Abstract: The present application discloses an imaging camera, including: a lens holder with an accommodation space; a lens unit group received in the accommodation space; and a supporting frame. The supporting frame includes a top wall having a first surface facing an object side of the imaging camera, a second surface opposite to the first surface, and a third surface connecting the first surface to the second surface. The imaging camera further includes an aperture formed in the third surface; a glue-in opening formed in the first surface; and a glue-out opening formed in the third surface and communicated with the glue-in opening. By virtue of the invention, the pressing ring can be affixed to the lens holder by the glue flowing from the glue-in opening to the glue-out opening via the first and second channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: AAC Optics Soutions Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Jia Wan