Patents Examined by William B. Perkey
  • Patent number: 10317776
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to systems and methods for obstructing or preventing light from reaching a light detecting portion of a camera. In one scenario, a camera obstructing device is described which includes a structural housing that supports an obstructing member. The structural housing has a top channel and a bottom channel through which the obstructing member slides from an open position to a closed position. The obstructing member includes a raised edge that contacts an outside edge of the structural housing when in the open position, and another raised edge that contacts an opposite edge of the structural housing when in the closed position. The obstructing member has a section with an aperture that allows light to reach a camera in the open position, and another section with blocking material that prevents light from reaching the camera in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: SOL PALS, LLC
    Inventor: Ronald Glen Gustaveson, II
  • Patent number: 10310361
    Abstract: A personal imaging kiosk includes a portable, free-standing, modular booth including at least one camera configured to capture images of a user seated at the modular booth, and a controller in communication with the at least one camera. Such a controller includes a graphic user interface, and computer software instructions in communication with the graphic user interface and being configured to automatically superimpose a personalized collage of the captured images based on a demonstrative facial reply of the user to media content observed by the user at the modular booth. A facial recognition device is in communication with the controller for capturing the demonstrative facial reply of the user to media content observed by the user at the portable, free-standing, modular booth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Amo Mangal Featherstone
  • Patent number: 10313577
    Abstract: A focus detection apparatus that performs phase difference focus detection using signals output from focus detection pixels each having first and second photoelectric portions that share one microlens, comprises: a setting unit that sets a focus detection area; a detection unit that detects whether a position and/or a size of a subject in an image has changed; a division unit that divides the focus detection area into a plurality of divisional areas by a divisor that is smaller when the detection result yields true than when it yields false; and a focus detection unit that adds signals respectively for the first and second photoelectric portions included in each divisional area in the divisional direction and obtains correlation amounts between the added signals, and adds the obtained correlation amounts for each focus detection area, then performs the focus detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Naoyuki Ohara
  • Patent number: 10293760
    Abstract: A sensor bracket that holds a sensor having an engaging protrusion, the sensor bracket includes: a locking concave section to which a side surface of the engaging protrusion is locked in a abutting state, the side surface of the engaging protrusion being formed so as to cross with a protruding direction of the engaging protrusion; a displacement allowing section that is provided adjacent to the locking concave section, and that allows a displacement of the engaging protrusion during engaging and separating between the engaging protrusion and the locking concave section in a direction crossing with the protrusion direction of the engaging protrusion; and a movement restricting wall that is disposed below the displacement allowing section and that suppresses a downward movement of the engaging protrusion when the engaging protrusion is displaced during separation from the locking concave section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tadahiro Matori
  • Patent number: 10298848
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a motor, a gimbal including the motor and an aircraft including the gimbal. The motor includes a base, a rotation shaft, a stator assembly, a first bearing, a stator bearing and a rotor assembly that is used for driving an external member to rotate. The rotation shaft has a first end portion, a second end portion and a middle portion connecting the first end portion to the second end portion. The base is connected to the first end portion by using the first bearing. The rotor assembly is connected to the middle portion. The stator bearing, the rotor assembly and the first bearing are sequentially arranged along an axial direction of the rotation shaft. The stator assembly is connected to the rotation shaft by using the stator bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: AUTEL ROBOTICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zhengli Zhang, Fazhan Chen
  • Patent number: 10287032
    Abstract: The present application relates to a gimbal configured to mount a photographing device. The gimbal includes a main body, a mounting shaft connected to the main body and a base disposed on the mounting shaft. The base is configured to fasten the photographing device. The gimbal further includes a fixing plate disposed on the base and a circuit board mounted between the fixing plate and the base. The circuit board is provided with a USB input interface and a USB output interface. The USB input interface is configured to form a data transmission connection to the photographing device. The USB output interface is configured to be connected to an external storage device. The present application further relates to an image photographing apparatus including the foregoing gimbal and an unmanned aerial vehicle including the foregoing image photographing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: AUTEL ROBOTICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zhengli Zhang, Fazhan Chen
  • Patent number: 10281801
    Abstract: An image capturing unit is provided, including a base, a frame movably connected to the base, a lens holder movably disposed in the frame for receiving a lens, a first magnet, a first coil, a second magnet, and a second coil. When a current is applied to the first coil, a magnetic force is generated between the first magnet and the first coil to move the frame and the lens holder relative to the base. When a current is applied to the second coil, a magnetic force is generated between the second magnet and the second coil to move the lens holder relative to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: TDK TAIWAN CORP.
    Inventors: Chao-Chang Hu, Bing-Ru Song, Shu-Shan Chen
  • Patent number: 10281799
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus is provided, including a blade-driving device and a driving control unit which drives the front curtain actuator and the rear curtain actuator. The front curtain and the rear curtain are positioned at the open position at a time of start and termination of imaging, in which the front curtain moves from the closing position to the open position, and the rear curtain moves from the open position to the closing position, thereby performing an exposure operation. During consecutive photographing, the front curtain positioned at the closing position is moved once in a direction of the open position and is then returned to the closing position after the rear curtain is moved to the open position after termination of the exposure operation, and before a subsequent exposure operation is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: SEIKO PRECISION INC.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Takahashi, Yoichi Nakano
  • Patent number: 10268104
    Abstract: A lens apparatus includes: an image pickup optical system; a holding frame that holds the image pickup optical system; and an illumination apparatus that is attached to an outer peripheral portion of an object side of the holding frame and applies light. The illumination apparatus includes light sources and a light guide member that causes internal reflection of light from the light sources so that the light propagates. The light guide member has an annular shape and has a light exit surface from which light is emitted toward an object side. A distance DL between two closest light sources in the light sources, an internal diameter D of the plurality of light guide member, and a distance WD from the light guide member to an object at a closest distance when the image pickup optical system is focused on the object at the closest distance are appropriately set respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Makoto Nakahara
  • Patent number: 10261394
    Abstract: A mobile photography studio for photographing objects. The studio has a main trailer body having an internal volume defined by a roof, a floor, a front wall, a rear wall, and two side walls. A control computer controls an expansion of the sidewalls of the trailer, and optionally the roof, to expand the internal volume of the trailer. A turntable, which is disposed on the trailer floor supports and rotates the object based on commands from the control computer. At least one camera takes photographs of the object on the turntable based on commands from a camera control computer. A plurality of lights illuminate the object on the turntable based on commands from the control computer. The camera control computer controls the camera(s), and stores and processes the photographs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventors: George Zilban, Marat Binder
  • Patent number: 10246287
    Abstract: A processing system and a device manufacturing method that can perform manufacturing of an electronic device without stopping the entire manufacturing system, even when the processing state actually implemented on a sheet substrate by a processing device differs from the target processing state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Kito, Masaki Kato, Kei Nara, Masakazu Hori
  • Patent number: 10247955
    Abstract: An X-axis movable object holding portion to hold an X-axis movable object to be movable in an X-axis direction is provided at a position facing an X-axis actuator with an optical axis between the X-axis movable object holding portion and the X-axis actuator in a base member. A Y-axis movable object holding portion to hold a Y-axis movable object to be movable in a Y-axis direction is provided at a position facing a Y-axis actuator with the optical axis between the Y-axis movable object holding portion and the Y-axis actuator in the X-axis movable object. An auxiliary member supports a carrier actuator to move a lens carrier. In the lens carrier, a movement of the direction of the optical axis is regulated by a carrier stopper mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: TDK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masahiro Hosokawa, Takuto Horii, Naoki Yusa
  • Patent number: 10244210
    Abstract: A camera device for use in a storage unit includes a case configured to be detachably installable inside the storage unit to a holder unit configured to hold the case inside the storage unit, an image capturing element provided inside the case and configured to capture an image inside the storage unit where the case is installed, an image capture window provided on a first surface portion of the case and configured for capturing the image inside the storage unit by the image capturing element, and a preventing element configured to prevent the case from being attached to the holder unit in an orientation other than a predetermined orientation. The image capture window is configured for capturing image inside the storage unit by the image capturing element. The holder unit holds the case inside the storage unit. The image capturing element captures the image inside the storage unit with the case being installed in the predetermined orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Toshiba Lifestyle Products & Services Corporation
    Inventors: Hirokazu Izawa, Kazuhiro Furuta, Yuuki Marutani, Kota Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10239469
    Abstract: Apparatus are disclosed for cameras and camera housings for vehicle trailers. An example camera housing for vehicle trailers includes a first body defining an aperture and a second body coupling to the first body to define a cavity. The example camera housing also includes a panel that slides along the first body toward an open position to expose the aperture as the cavity receives a camera and toward a closed position to cover the aperture as the camera is removed. The example camera housing also includes a spring biasing the panel toward the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam, Swadad Carremm
  • Patent number: 10234747
    Abstract: Provided is a technology enabling an imaging apparatus and an interchangeable lens to appropriately perform initialization processes. An interchangeable lens includes a lens control unit configured to transmit lens-side initialization execution element information indicating a plurality of lens-side elements on which the lens control unit itself performs initialization to an imaging apparatus in response to reception of body-side initialization execution element information indicating body-side elements on which the imaging apparatus performs initialization from the imaging apparatus. The technology can be applied to, for example, a camera system including a detachable interchangeable lens and an imaging apparatus serving as a camera body side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Aguri Okada
  • Patent number: 10237461
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to mobile devices and systems having an operative component integrated into a first housing and a complementary component within an opening of a second housing moveably coupled to the first housing such that, in a particular configuration of the device or system, the operative component is aligned with the complementary component to enhance performance of the operative component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Nishanth Ramaprakash, Prasanna Krishnaswamy, Sreenidhi A. Koti, Arvind S
  • Patent number: 10232799
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for cameras and camera housings for vehicle trailers. An example camera for vehicle trailers includes a casing. The casing defines a cavity and includes a first face defining a first window and a second face defining a second window. The example camera also includes a core including a lens and coupled to the casing within the cavity via an axle. The core rotates to enable capturing of images through the first window and the second window. The example camera also includes gears within the cavity to facilitate rotation of the core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam, Swadad Carremm
  • Patent number: 10234117
    Abstract: A lighting aiming system for aiming a stadium lighting system, the lighting aiming system comprising: a luminaire (5), the luminaire having a mounting position and an orientation and configured to generate a light beam along an optical axis; a camera (1) configured to capture an image, the camera (1) coupled to the luminaire and having a defined relationship between a field of view of the camera and the optical axis; a memory (31) configured to store lighting information comprising a desired aiming location of the luminaire, and the memory further configured to store feature information comprising an expected location of at least one feature; a processor (33) configured to determine and output aiming information based on the feature information, lighting information and image to enable a determination on whether the luminaire is correctly aimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Harry Broers, Ruben Rajagopalan, Wei Pien Lee, Chris Damkat, Bart Andre Salters
  • Patent number: 10237472
    Abstract: An image acquisition system according to the present invention includes: a display device including a display surface on which a subject can be mounted; and the image acquisition device that is disposed face-down at a position above the display device in a manner spaced apart from the display surface, the display device being disposed with the display surface face-up, and that acquires images of the display surface and the subject placed on the display surface, wherein the image acquisition device includes a transmission unit that transmits the acquired images, and the display device includes: a reception unit that receives the transmitted images; a relative-position calculation unit that calculates the relative position between the display device and the image acquisition device on the basis of the received image; and a display control unit that controls content displayed on the display surface on the basis of the calculated relative position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Miyoshi, Takuji Horie, Kensuke Ishii, Arata Shinozaki, Saori Matsumoto, Nobuyuki Watanabe, Hiroyuki Fukuda
  • Patent number: 10228543
    Abstract: A zoom apparatus for a camera of a game system is disclosed. The zoom apparatus has a body structure formed to fit over the camera. The zoom apparatus includes a zoom lens disposed within the body structure so as to be positioned in front of a lens of the camera when the body structure is attached to the camera. The zoom apparatus also includes an optical waveguide disposed within the body structure. The optical waveguide is formed to have an optical input and an optical output. The optical waveguide is formed to receive light into the optical input from a light source on the camera when the body structure is attached to the camera. The optical waveguide is formed to emit light from the optical output into a designated area within a field of view of the lens of the camera when the body structure is attached to the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Stafford