Patents Examined by Twyler L. Haskins
  • Patent number: 10440304
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an image sensor, an electronic device, and a method for generating a tessellation tile that allows pattern noise that can be generated in an image output from an image sensor including column ADCs or area ADCs to be less visible. An image sensor according to a first aspect of the present disclosure includes analog digital converters (ADCs), each of the ADCs being provided for a column, wherein the ADCs associated with the respective columns are configured to read charge signals simultaneously from pixels arranged on lines different from one another of the respectively associated columns, the number of ADCs being a predetermined number corresponding to the number of columns, the columns being adjacent to one another. The present disclosure is applicable to any electronic device including an image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yuji Gendai
  • Patent number: 10440272
    Abstract: To provide an imaging apparatus capable of maintaining good performance even if it is used in a high-humidity environment, the imaging apparatus is equipped with a detecting unit for detecting an environment of a photographing optical system, and a control unit for controlling an actuator of driving the photographing optical system to perform a first operation and a second operation of performing maintenance of the photographing optical system, and driving the actuator in the second operation at a timing according to the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Goro Noto
  • Patent number: 10440243
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus includes: an image pickup device including a plurality of convex electrodes disposed on an opposing surface; and a wiring board including a plurality of first edge electrodes on a first main surface and a plurality of second edge electrodes on a second main surface, wherein the wiring board is disposed in an upright state on the opposing surface, the plurality of convex electrodes include first convex electrodes and second convex electrodes, the first convex electrodes are bonded to the first edge electrodes, the second convex electrodes are bonded to the second edge electrodes, and the wiring board is held between the first convex electrodes and the second convex electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Noriyuki Fujimori
  • Patent number: 10432865
    Abstract: A digital photographing apparatus and method are disclosed, The digital photographing apparatus includes a position sensor configured to detect position information of a lens unit, and an optical driving processor configured to calculate a movement position variation of the lens unit based on the position information of the lens unit, compare the movement position variation with a reference movement position variation, and cause the movement position variation to converge on the reference movement position variation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hae Seung Hyun, Hee Bum Lee
  • Patent number: 10432833
    Abstract: There is provided a camera that includes a body and two or more kinds of groups of contacts provided on the body. The two or more kinds of groups of contacts are configured to be coupled to respective two or more kinds of lenses that include different lens-side mounts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoshi Moriyama, Seiichi Tanaka, Kenji Himeno
  • Patent number: 10432852
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus including an acquiring unit configured to acquire an image signal of a plurality of images obtained by picking up an object image that is formed by a photographing optical system; a determining unit configured to determine a defocus amount of the object image by using the image signal of the plurality of images; and a conversion unit configured to perform, on the defocus amount, gradation conversion that has at least one conversion characteristic out of a plurality of different conversion characteristics, and to output information that is based on the defocus amount converted by the gradation conversion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Fumitaka Nakayama
  • Patent number: 10432863
    Abstract: In one aspect of the present disclosure, a gimbal assembly is described for use with an image capturing device. The gimbal assembly includes a motor assembly, a first housing defining an internal compartment that is configured and dimensioned to receive the motor assembly, and a second housing that is mechanically connected to the motor assembly such that actuation of the motor assembly causes relative rotation between the first and second housings. The first housing includes a first guide that is configured and dimensioned to support transmission media adapted to communicate electrical and/or digital signals. The second housing defines a channel that is configured and dimensioned to receive the first guide such that the first guide extends into the second housing through the channel. The transmission media is supported on the first guide such that the first guide routes the transmission media from the first housing into the second housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Austin Appel, Himay Shukla, Kielan C. Crow, Hong Zuo
  • Patent number: 10432828
    Abstract: A camera module in one embodiment may comprise: a lens unit; a first casing to which the lens unit is coupled; a printed circuit board which is disposed on the rear side of the lens unit so as to be spaced from the lens unit, and is disposed in the direction of the optical axis of the lens unit so as to face the lens unit; a second casing which is disposed on the rear side of the first casing and accommodates the printed circuit board, and of which the front portion is coupled to the rear portion of the first casing; and a shield member which is electrically connected to the lens unit and is grounded to the second casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yong Tae Park
  • Patent number: 10432875
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes: a row integration ratio calculation unit that divides a first row integration value by a second row integration value for each row, to calculate a row integration ratio; a reference value generation unit that generates a reference value for each row; a reference value integration unit that multiplies the integration ratio by the reference value for each row and integrates multiplication results corresponding to all rows, to calculate a sum of the multiplication results of the integration ratios and the reference values; a flicker parameter estimation unit that estimates a flicker parameter of flicker generated in the first exposure image on the basis of the sum; and a flicker correction unit that corrects the flicker generated in the first exposure image on the basis of the estimated flicker parameter. The present disclosure can be applied to an image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shigeki Nakamura, Shun Kaizu
  • Patent number: 10425583
    Abstract: An imaging device captures an object. The imaging device includes: an imaging unit that captures the object and outputs video data; a memory unit that stores therein the video data from the imaging unit; a video signal processing unit that reads the video data from the memory unit at a frame rate lower than a frame rate at which the video data are written into the memory unit and performs signal processing on the video data; an output interface unit that outputs to an external device the video data; and a control unit that outputs to the imaging unit an instruction to capture the specific number of frames and to write video data into the memory unit as an exposure period signal, instructs the video signal processing unit to output the video data from the memory unit, and outputs to the external device an imaging period signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: HITACHI KOKUSAI ELECTRIC INC.
    Inventor: Tomoya Ohsawa
  • Patent number: 10425573
    Abstract: A device having: an optical system configured to be controlled to adjust a focal position so as to focus in an adjustment range; a switch configured to be switched between a first state and a second state; and a processor comprising hardware, wherein the processor is configured to implement: a focal position adjustment range setting unit configured to set: the adjustment range to a whole region in the first state; and the adjustment range to a part of the whole region in the second state, wherein the part of the whole region as a predetermined range is determined from a focal position of an object point conjugate with an imaging surface at the time the first switch is switched to the second state; and a controller configured to control the optical system to adjust the focal position based on the set adjustment range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazumi Ito
  • Patent number: 10419694
    Abstract: An apparatus for imaging an object has a metering image sensor that comprises a plurality of pixels. The plurality of pixels is matrix-arrayed along vertical and horizontal directions. The apparatus also has an image sensor driver that drives the metering image sensor, which reads image-pixel signals of neighboring pixels among the plurality of pixels while mixing the image-pixel signals. The apparatus also has a pixel addition setting processor that sets a number of pixel addition of the metering image sensor with respect to at least one of at least one row and at least one column. The pixel addition setting processor sets different numbers of pixel addition to different pixel areas. The apparatus also has an exposure controller that controls an exposure of the metering image sensor and the photography image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Masakazu Terauchi, Yasuhiro Kazama, Hirotaka Ueno
  • Patent number: 10405752
    Abstract: An apparatus for skin imaging is provided. The apparatus is used in conjunction with a mobile device to obtain digital images using a digital camera and a light source provided by the mobile device. The apparatus includes an optical system for illuminating an object to be imaged with uniform ambient light and a light conduit for delivering reflected light to the mobile device digital camera. The apparatus is removably attachable to the mobile device and/or a mobile device case. One or more optical elements, such as lenses, films, filters, and light caps may be used to improve image quality and/or acquire magnified images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: MetaOptima Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Sepideh Khosravi Simchi, Maryam Sadeghi, Majid Razmara, M. Stella Atkins
  • Patent number: 10412276
    Abstract: The present embodiment may comprise a lens unit; a first housing coupled to the lens unit; a first substrate unit which has an image sensor mounted thereon and is accommodated in the first housing; a second housing which is coupled to the first housing and has flexibility on at least a partial area thereof; and a second substrate unit which is accommodated in the second housing and is electrically connected to the first substrate unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Seung Ryong Park
  • Patent number: 10412327
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an image sensor and an electronic apparatus that make it possible to capture an image at different exposure time settings for individual pixel blocks each having a plurality of pixels. A plurality of pixels for performing photoelectric conversion are disposed in an array in a pixel array section. Two or more pixels in the pixel array section form each of a plurality of pixel blocks. A plurality of selection sections, which are equal in number to the pixel blocks and disposed in an array, select the supply of an exposure control signal, which controls the exposure time of the pixels, to each of the pixel blocks. The present technology is applicable, for example, to an image sensor that captures an image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventor: Tomohiro Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10412317
    Abstract: Control is performed so that when an enlarged display state of a captured image is switched to an entire display state, and in a case where a particular operation is performed in the enlarged display state, a display item regarding focus adjustment is displayed at a position which is determined according to an enlarged area after movement of the enlarged area based on a movement instruction to move the enlarged area given in the enlarged display state, and in a case where the particular operation is not performed in the enlarged display state, the display item regarding focus adjustment is displayed at a position unrelated to the movement of the enlarged area based on the movement instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tomohiro Ota
  • Patent number: 10412362
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatuses are provided to compensate for a misalignment of optical devices within an imaging system. For example, the methods receive image data captured by a first optical device having a first optical axis and a second optical device having a second optical axis. The methods also receive sensor data indicative of a deflection of a substrate that supports the first and second optical devices. The deflection can result from a misalignment of the first optical axis relative to the second optical axis. The methods generate a depth value based on the captured image data and the sensor data. The depth value can reflect a compensation for the misalignment of the first optical axis relative to the second optical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Htet Naing, Kalin Mitkov Atanassov, Albrecht Johannes Lindner
  • Patent number: 10412305
    Abstract: Method, device and computer program product for stabilizing a video signal. A plurality of frames of the video signal are captured using a camera. A motion sensor associated with the camera is used to generate a plurality of samples representing motion of the camera. The samples are used to determine a displacement of the camera between a first time and a second time, wherein the first time corresponds to an exposure time midpoint of a first frame of the video signal and the second time corresponds to an exposure time midpoint of a second frame of the video signal. The determined displacement is used to compensate for motion in the video signal between the first and second frames caused by the motion of the camera, to thereby stabilize the video signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: SKYPE
    Inventors: Andrei Jefremov, David Yuheng Zhao, Pontus Carlsson
  • Patent number: 10404905
    Abstract: An image sensor comprising a pixel portion that is constituted by a plurality of pixels, and includes a first pixel group and a second pixel group, wherein each of the pixels included in the first pixel group and the second pixel group includes: a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions; and a plurality of transfer gates that respectively correspond to the photoelectric conversion portions, and have transfer gate electrodes covering same partial regions in the photoelectric conversion portions, and an average position of barycenters of respective light receivable regions of the photoelectric conversion portions included in each pixel of the first pixel group and an average position of barycenters of respective light receivable regions of the photoelectric conversion portions included in each pixel of the second pixel group are at positions different from each other in the pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koichi Fukuda, Junichi Saito, Yumi Takao, Yoshiaki Takada, Masaaki Iwane, Shoji Kono
  • Patent number: 10404917
    Abstract: A method of stabilizing a video in real time using a single pass including receiving consecutive video frames, where the consecutive video frames include a current video frame and previous video frames, storing the consecutive video frames in a buffer, estimating a global motion for the current video frame by describing a camera's relative motion between the current video frame and one of the previous video frames adjacent to the current video frame, estimating a long-term camera motion for the current video frame by determining a geometric mean of an accumulation of the estimate of the global motion for the current video frame and an estimate of global motion for each of the previous video frames, and displaying the current video frame on a display of an electronic device, the current video frame stabilized based on the estimate of the long-term camera motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Zhenyu Wu, Wei Jiang, John Wus, Hong Heather Yu