Patents Examined by Usman Khan
  • Patent number: 10972653
    Abstract: The present invention provides a mobile terminal and a method of capturing an image using the same. The mobile terminal controls a camera conveniently and efficiently to capture an image and performs focusing in various manners to capture an image. Accordingly, a user can obtain a desired image easily and conveniently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSON (PUBL)
    Inventors: Woo Chang Chun, Jin Sang Yun, Ja Won Koo
  • Patent number: 10972654
    Abstract: The present invention provides a mobile terminal and a method of capturing an image using the same. The mobile terminal controls a camera conveniently and efficiently to capture an image and performs focusing in various manners to capture an image. Accordingly, a user can obtain a desired image easily and conveniently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Woo Chang Chun, Jin Sang Yun, Ja Won Koo
  • Patent number: 10965843
    Abstract: An integrated hands-free, point of view, action-sports, digital video camera (or camcorder) (10) includes: a rotary horizon adjustment controller (14) for adjusting the orientation of a horizontal image plane (16) recorded by an image sensor with respect to the orientation of a camera housing (22); a laser alignment system with laser sources (48) capable of projecting light to define a horizontal projection axis (52) that is coordinated with orientation of the horizontal image plane (16); a manually operable switch (80), which covers a microphone (90) whenever the switch (80) is in the OFF position, for controlling video data capture; and a “quick-release” mounting system (120) that retains a desired orientation of the camera (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Contour IP Holding, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Green, Marc Barros, David Thorpe, Chunshik Kim, Felix Ballerstedt, David Randall Knaub, Oved Valadez, Peter Kettenring, Margaret Novotny, Laura O'Donnell, Jeff Howard
  • Patent number: 10958885
    Abstract: The disclosure describes the use of image sensors in a variety of different imaging applications. In some implementations, the pixels of an image sensor may be configured (e.g., programmed) with one or more analog filters to sense a variety of things, including, for example: average intensity and color (like a standard camera), 3D depth (like a time of flight or structured light camera), changes and/or motion in an image (like an event based camera), spectral reflectance (like a spectroscopy camera), and many other features of an imaged scene or object. In alternative implementations, digital filtering may be applied to the output of an image sensor to realize one of these applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: MEMS START, LLC
    Inventor: Roman Gutierrez
  • Patent number: 10958838
    Abstract: In a method of electronic image stabilization, a processor buffers image data into a memory buffer, the image data being obtained by the processor from an image sensor disposed in an electronic device. The processor obtains motion data from a motion sensor disposed in the electronic device, wherein the motion data corresponds with a time of capture of the image data. The processor analyzes the motion data to determine a stabilization correction to apply to the image data. The processor applies the determined stabilization correction to the image data to achieve stabilized image data. The determined stabilization correction is applied, and the stabilized image data is achieved, by the processor without requiring a transfer of the image data from the memory buffer to a graphics processing unit. The stabilized image data is output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: InvenSense, Inc.
    Inventor: William Kerry Keal
  • Patent number: 10957021
    Abstract: A method for rendering an image, called a final image, from at least one image acquired by a camera array, is provided. According to such a method, the determination of a color value for at least one pixel of the final image, called a current pixel, comprises: for at least one initial image acquired by the camera array, obtaining a color value of a pixel associated with said current pixel within said at least one initial image, acquiring at least one color value called a real color value; computing at least one interpolated color value, from said at least one real color value; determining the color value for said current pixel, as a function of said at least one real color value and said at least one interpolated color value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: INTERDIGITAL CE PATENT HOLDINGS
    Inventors: Neus Sabater, Matthieu Hog, Guillaume Boisson
  • Patent number: 10939032
    Abstract: Various examples of the present invention relate to an electronic device, and an autofocusing processing method in the electronic device, and the electronic device can: receive a first image obtained by imaging a subject at a first position of at least one lens, when autofocus searching is performed; perform image processing and autofocus processing for the first image; receive a second image obtained by imaging the subject at a second position of the lens; generate compensation information by using first brightness information of the first image and second brightness information of the second image; compensate for the brightness of the second image by using the compensation information; and perform image processing and autofocus processing for the second image of which the brightness has been compensated for.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Byeong-Chan Park, Kyung-Dong Yang
  • Patent number: 10931877
    Abstract: Some embodiments include a camera system having a first camera unit and a second camera unit. The first camera unit includes an autofocus actuator. The autofocus actuator includes a first plurality of magnets for autofocus motion control of components of a first optical package. The first plurality of magnets is positioned to generate magnetic fields aligned in parallel with a first magnetic axis at a right angle to the optical axis of the first optical package. The second camera unit includes an optical image stabilization and autofocus actuator. The optical image stabilization and autofocus actuator includes a second plurality of magnets positioned to generate magnetic fields aligned along a second magnet axis at 45-degrees to the first magnetic axis. The second camera unit includes a third plurality of magnets positioned to generate magnetic fields aligned along a third magnetic axis at 135-degrees to the first magnetic axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Scott W. Miller, Alfred N. Mireault, Simon S. Lee
  • Patent number: 10924647
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus are provided for manufacturing a flash module. In some implementations, the method includes mounting at least one LED module on a top portion of a first substrate for providing light. A lens portion is mounted on a second substrate in a first region of the second substrate. The lens portion illuminates the light from the at least one LED module and the second substrate comprises the first region having a first diameter and a second region for providing a path for the illuminating light having a second diameter. The first diameter is greater than the second diameter. The second substrate is mounted on the first substrate. A substance is applied to a top portion of the second substrate from an end of the first diameter to the end of the second diameter and to a side portion of the second substrate in the second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: David Ian Rosen, Ying Zhou, Andrew McKinley Schroeder
  • Patent number: 10917593
    Abstract: This camera calibration device is provided with: an image acquisition unit into which a plurality of images captured at different times by a camera mounted to a vehicle are inputted; a feature point extraction unit which extracts features points from each of the images inputted into the image acquisition unit; a feature point tracking unit which tracks the feature points between the plurality of images; a vehicle movement acquisition unit which acquires information related to the movement of the vehicle; a trajectory estimation unit which, on the basis of the information acquired by the vehicle movement acquisition unit, estimates the trajectory of the feature points corresponding to the movement of the vehicle; and an internal parameter estimation unit which estimates internal parameters of the camera on the basis of the trajectory of the feature points tracked by the feature point tracking unit, and the trajectory of the feature points estimated by the trajectory estimation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: CLARION CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Morihiko Sakano
  • Patent number: 10911673
    Abstract: In an embodiment, an electronic device may be configured to capture still frames during video capture but may capture the still frames in the 4×3 aspect ratio and at higher resolution than the 16×9 aspect ratio video frames. The device may interleave high resolution, 4×3 frames and lower resolution 16×9 frames in the video sequence, and may capture the nearest higher resolution, 4×3 frame when the user indicates the capture of a still frame. Alternatively, the device may display 16×9 frames in the video sequence, and then expand to 4×3 frames when a shutter button is pressed. The device may capture the still frame and return to the 16×9 video frames responsive to a release of the shutter button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: D. Amnon Silverstein, Shun Wai Go, Suk Hwan Lim, Timothy J. Millet, Ting Chen, Bin Ni
  • Patent number: 10904440
    Abstract: An image sensor driving mechanism includes a fixed assembly, a movable assembly, and a driving assembly. The movable assembly includes a circuit component. The circuit component includes a circuit main body and a movable suspension arm. The circuit main body is configured to hold an image sensor. The movable suspension arm is elastically connected to the circuit main body and the fixed assembly. The image sensor is electrically connected to the fixed assembly via the circuit component. The image sensor extends in a direction that is perpendicular to the optical axis. The drive assembly is configured to drive the movable assembly to move relative to the fixed assembly. The movable suspension arm includes a section that extends in a different direction than the optical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: TDK TAIWAN CORP.
    Inventors: Chen-Chi Kuo, Yi-Ho Chen, Sin-Jhong Song
  • Patent number: 10897586
    Abstract: In one example, a method comprises: enabling a photodiode to, in response to incident light, accumulate residual charge, and to transfer overflow charge to a first charge storage device and a second charge storage device when the photodiode saturates; disconnecting the second charge storage device from the first charge storage device; enabling the photodiode to transfer the residual charge to the first charge storage device to cause the charge sensing unit to output a first voltage; quantizing the first voltage to generate a first digital value to measure the residual charge; connecting the second charge storage device with the first charge storage device to cause the charge sensing unit to output a second voltage; quantizing the second voltage to generate a second digital value to measure the overflow charge; and generating a digital representation of the incident light intensity based on the first digital value and the second digital value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: FACEBOOK TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Xinqiao Liu, Song Chen, Andrew Samuel Berkovich
  • Patent number: 10891487
    Abstract: The application relates to an appliance (1) for creating and monitoring a safety area (2) in a working space (3). The suggested appliance (1) comprises a recording device (4). The recording device (4) is configured to record images in a monitoring area (8) which encompasses the safety area (2). The appliance (1) further comprises an illumination device (5) which is configured to project lines or patterns which define the safety area (2), into the working space (3). Furthermore, the appliance (1) comprises an evaluation device (9) which is configured to evaluate the images which are recorded by the recording device (4), with respect to a violation of the safety area (2). The illumination device (5) is configured to project a temporally coded sequence (11, 11?, 11?, 11??, 11???) of the lines (6) or patterns into the working space (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Geselleschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e. V.
    Inventors: Norbert Elkmann, Christoph Walter, Christian Vogel
  • Patent number: 10893192
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus, including: a common processing unit including a fixed level signal generating unit configured to generate a fixed level signal that have discrete values in a color space and an address in association with each other and an image processing unit configured to perform image processing on the fixed level signal to generate grid data under the condition set by the user or the condition automatically set by the image pickup apparatus; and an individual processing unit including a three-dimensional lookup table storage unit configured to store a three-dimensional lookup table in which the address and the grid data are associated with each other and output the grid data corresponding to the address of an image pickup signal and an interpolation processing unit configured to perform interpolation processing using the grid data and the image pickup signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: JVCKENWOOD Corporation
    Inventor: Toshihide Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10880506
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a solid-state imaging device, an electronic apparatus, and a driving method for reducing power consumption of pixels, and achieving an increase in the number of pixels. Provided is a solid-state imaging device including a pixel array unit that includes pixels arranged in a matrix. From each of the pixels an output signal indicating a logarithmic characteristic is acquired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshiaki Tashiro
  • Patent number: 10879285
    Abstract: A PD unit has a Tr-side Si/SiO2 interface formed to be p-type, and has an embedded PD. The PD, which is n-type, performs photoelectric conversion, and accumulates an electrical charge. A TG transfers the electrical charge accumulated in the PD to an FD. An Amp is connected to the FD. An RST is connected to a Reset Drain (RD), and resets the FD. An FDG is a conversion-efficiency switching switch. An FC is a MOS capacitance (gate electrode) that is connected to the FDG. A SEL selects a pixel that outputs a signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryoji Suzuki, Yorito Sakano
  • Patent number: 10867374
    Abstract: A method of focusing an imaging device includes acquiring an image. A determination is made whether contrast difference between a pixel and one or more adjacent pixels is likely due to noise, or whether the contrast difference is due to the image being out-of-focus. Focus of the imaging device is when the contrast difference is due to the image being out-of-focus while contrast difference determined to likely be due to noise is ignored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Sensors Unlimited, Inc.
    Inventor: Komal H. Kamat
  • Patent number: 10868956
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method for supporting photograph in a device having a camera, the method comprising the operations of: recognizing the face of a subject within a photographing area of a camera when the camera is driven; determining a signal instructing to change the photographing area, on the basis of information about the recognized face; and outputting the signal instructing to change the photographing area, on the basis of the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Vishnu Vardhan Vinjam, Apoorv Kansal
  • Patent number: 10868984
    Abstract: An improved method of determining a camera fingerprint and matching fingerprints is provided. A pixel-wise mass is defined and pixel positions having a low pixel-wise mass are identified. Once identified, the fingerprint values associated with those pixel positions are exchanged with statistically distributed random fingerprint values. Because the replacement values are statistically distributed, an improved fingerprint is provide resulting in improved accuracy of fingerprint matching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Inventors: Sarah T. Charlton, Jeffrey B. Farr