Patents Examined by Xi Wang
  • Patent number: 10326924
    Abstract: A focus detection apparatus comprising: a focus detection unit that detects an in-focus position using an image signal obtained by an image sensor photoelectrically converting light that has entered via an imaging optical system; a first acquisition unit that acquires aberration information of the imaging optical system; a generating unit that generates a recording image using the image signal; a calculation unit that calculates, on the basis of the aberration information, a correction value for correcting a difference between the in-focus position detected by the focus detection unit and a position to be focused on in the recording image; and a correction unit that corrects the in-focus position using the correction value. The calculation unit calculates the correction value on the basis of information of a display unit that displays an image based on the image signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yumi Takao
  • Patent number: 10321043
    Abstract: The focus detection apparatus includes circuitry which function as a producer configured to acquire paired phase difference image signals that are produced through photoelectric conversion of an object image formed by an optical system including a focus lens and that have therebetween a phase difference corresponding to a focus state of the object image, and configured to produce focus detection information using the phase difference acquired from the paired phase difference image signals, and an acquirer configured to acquire a feature value relating to a correlation value between the paired phase difference image signals. The producer is configured to acquire the phase difference depending on a result of comparison between the feature values acquired before and after driving of the focus lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kengo Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 10306191
    Abstract: A high dynamic range sensing device is disclosed. The device may comprise an array of Bayer-pattern units of color filters, each of the color filters corresponding to a pixel of the sensing device, and each of the color filters overlapping with a plurality of photodiodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Cista System Corp.
    Inventors: Hirofumi Komori, Dennis Tunglin Lee, Guangbin Zhang, Jingzhou Zhang
  • Patent number: 10306138
    Abstract: An image output method for an image capturing device includes capturing a first test image at a first time point and a second test image at a second time point, calculating a first image feature value of the first test image and a second image feature value of the second test image, and determining whether to output images generated by the image capturing device according to the first image feature value of the first test image and the second image feature value of the second test image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: ACER INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Jia-Ling Jhang, Wei-Kuo Shih
  • Patent number: 10298829
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus includes, an imaging element configured to generate image data by picking up a target object image based on a plurality of control items, a communication circuit configured to communicate with a first operation apparatus and a second operation apparatus, and a CPU configured to discriminate, among the plurality of control items, between a control item which accepts a change by a control signal transmitted from the first operation apparatus and a control item which accepts a change by a control signal transmitted from the second operation apparatus, and control the control item in accordance with the control signal transmitted from the operation apparatus corresponding to the control item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Fukuya, Kazuhiko Shimura, Osamu Nonaka
  • Patent number: 10298888
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, an adaptive analyzer of sensitivity difference of same color pixels analyzes a sensitivity difference of same color pixels of an image sensor. The same color pixels are divided into first and second groups. The adaptive analyzer includes an accumulator, a calculator, a correction ratio controller and a memory. The accumulator is configured to cumulatively add pixel values of pixels in the first group and pixel values of pixels in the second group per macro block, respectively, on an image captured in the image sensor. The calculator is configured to calculate a ratio between a cumulatively added value of the pixels in the first group and a cumulatively added value of the pixels in the second group in the macro block. The correction ratio controller is configured to set a correction ratio for the sensitivity difference based on the ratio per macro block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Sohichiroh Hosoda
  • Patent number: 10284767
    Abstract: A shooting device includes a shooting module; a detection unit that detects whether a finder device is mounted on the shooting device; a storage module that stores first information and second information; and a control unit that controls a lens module to perform a first operation based on the first information and a second operation based on the second information, wherein the first information and the second information indicates a range of a parameter for controlling the lens module, the parameter is used for controlling an aperture or an angle of view of the lens module, the range indicated by the first information is determined by excluding a partial range from the range indicated by the second information based on whether the parameter is used for controlling the aperture or the angle of view of the lens module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Kensuke Ishii, Saori Matsumoto, Arata Shinozaki, Kiiko Takamatsu, Yoshitaka Sata
  • Patent number: 10284758
    Abstract: There is provided a light receiving and emitting device including: a light receiving and emitting unit configured to have a plurality of pixels that receive light and perform photoelectric conversion through which an electric signal corresponding to an amount of the light is output and a plurality of light emitting units that emit light, the two or more light emitting units being disposed for every two or more pixels; an imaging optical system configured to form an image on the pixels of the light receiving and emitting unit; and a control unit configured to independently control light emission of the plurality of respective light emitting units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Atsushi Toda
  • Patent number: 10281674
    Abstract: An adjustable optical lens and camera module and manufacturing method thereof are provided, wherein the camera module includes an optical sensor and an adjustable optical lens. The adjustable optical lens, which is arranged in a photosensitive path of the optical sensor, includes an optical structural member and at least two lenses. Each of the lens is arranged in an internal space of the optical structural member along an axial direction of the optical structural member, wherein before packaging the adjustable optical lens and the optical sensor, at least one position of the lens in the internal space of the optical structural member is able to be adjusted, so that a central axis line of the adjustable optical lens and a central axis line of the optical sensor are coincided, so as to improve the image quality of the camera module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Ningbo Sunny Opotech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mingzhu Wang, Bojie Zhao, Liang Ding, Chunmei Liu, Feifan Chen, Nan Guo, Heng Jiang
  • Patent number: 10277854
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus includes: pixels that are arranged in a matrix and each include a photoelectric conversion portion; a column output line; an AD converter; a setting unit that sets a first driving mode for causing the AD converter to convert the analog signals into the digital signals with a resolution of n bits, or a second driving mode for causing the AD converter to convert the analog signals into the digital signals with a resolution of m bits; and a controller that controls an operation period, which extends from a start of outputting of the analog signals to a start of an operation of converting the analog signals into the digital signals, to be shorter when the setting unit has set the second driving mode than when the first driving mode has been set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hideki Ikedo, Nobuhiro Takeda
  • Patent number: 10270988
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method for generating an HDR image. The method includes: providing an image sensor, in which the image sensor includes a pixel array and a filter array disposed on the pixel array, and each filter unit in the filter array covers a plurality of pixel units in the pixel array so as to constitute a pixel structure unit; and performing an exposure control to pixel units within each pixel structure unit respectively, in which a first part of the pixel units within each pixel structure unit are exposed for a first exposure time, a second part of the pixel units within the pixel structure unit are exposed for a second exposure time, and the first exposure time is greater than the second exposure time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventor: Xiaopeng Li
  • Patent number: 10264172
    Abstract: Provided is an image system device comprising: a plurality of imaging units that captures a specific subject from different directions; a shooting signal transmitter that transmits, to the plurality of imaging units, a shooting signal for controlling a capturing timing of the plurality of imaging units; and a host that acquires location information indicating a physical location of each of the plurality of imaging units, and when receiving an image from each of the plurality of imaging units, stores the image with a file name based on the location information corresponding to each of the imaging units from which the image is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shigeki Uchida
  • Patent number: 10250783
    Abstract: This application is directed to a physical assembly including a magnet mount for physically receiving a physical module that includes a housing having a rear surface of a first shape. The magnet mount includes a first surface, a second surface and a magnetic material. The first surface is configured to attach to a mounting surface. The second surface has a second shape that is substantially complementary to the first shape, and is configured to engage the rear surface of the housing of the physical module. The magnetic material is disposed between the first and second surfaces and configured to magnetically couple to a magnetic material of the physical module. When the physical module is magnetically coupled to the magnet mount, an adjustable union between the magnet mount and the physical module is formed permitting adjustment of an angle of orientation of the physical module with respect to the magnet mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Gregory Daniel Louis Germe, William Raeming Dong, Jason Evans Goulden, Adam Duckworth Mittleman, Nicholas Webb, Poll Shih
  • Patent number: 10228532
    Abstract: A camera lens module includes an image sensor and a lens assembly. The image sensor includes a photosensitive chip defining a photosensitive path, wherein the lens assembly is coupled to the image sensor along the photosensitive path of the photosensitive chip. The lens assembly includes at least one optical lens module and an aperture member coupled at the optical lens module, wherein the optical lens module includes a lens barrel and at least an optical lens supported within the lens barrel. A relative position of the lens assembly with respect to the image sensor is adjustable for calibration and the relative position of the optical lens module is permanently fixed after calibration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Ningbo Sunny Opotech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mingzhu Wang, Heng Jiang, Feifan Chen, Chunmei Liu, Bojie Zhao, Nan Guo, Liang Ding
  • Patent number: 10220799
    Abstract: A sensor bracket includes a bracket on which a camera that detects a state around a vehicle is mounted, a flat spring that abuts against the camera and biasing in a direction that maintains a mounted state of the camera when the camera is mounted on the bracket, and a recess that receives a portion of a tool and restricts a displacement range of the tool when the flat spring is pressed by the tool and is mounted on a projection for the spring of the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Keita Kasai, Mitsuru Tokiwa, Tadahiro Matori, Takahiro Ohmoto
  • Patent number: 10212322
    Abstract: A camera module includes a lens, a photosensitive chip and an electrical holder. The electrical holder has an integrated circuit that the electrical holder serves as an integration of a base and a PCB in a conventional camera module, wherein the electrical holder not only forms an assembling unit for connecting a driver and an optical lens but also forms an electrical connection unit for electrically connecting to the driver, a photosensitive chip and a flexible circuit board with each other, so as to minimize an overall size of the camera module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ningbo Sunny Opotech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mingzhu Wang, Nan Guo, Feifan Chen, Bojie Zhao, Bo Peng, Zhen Huang
  • Patent number: 10212359
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer-readable media are provided for camera normalization. Images may be normalized after they are captured to conform to previously captured images. Images may also be preemptively adjusted (prior to capture) to conform to previously captured images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Cerner Innovation, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Neff, Madelyn McGillin
  • Patent number: 10212326
    Abstract: Methods and devices for providing notifications for camera resource availability may include receiving requests from a plurality of applications for control of a camera resource. The methods and devices may include providing control of the camera resource to a selected application from the plurality of applications when another application does not have control of the camera resource. The methods and devices may include sending a control notification to one or more applications, including at least one of the plurality of applications indicating that the selected application has control of the camera resource. The methods and devices may include sending an availability notification to the one or more applications, including the at least one of the plurality of applications indicating that the selected application has released the control of the camera resource.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Jenny Y. Leung, Trevor Baron, Maria C. Lei, Vishal Jain, Mei L. Wilson
  • Patent number: 10205886
    Abstract: There is provided an imaging apparatus that can obtain a satisfactory image under a flickering light source while preventing lowering of a frame speed during consecutive image capturing. The imaging apparatus includes an image capturing unit, an acquisition unit to acquire information about a periodic change in light intensity from a subject, and a control unit to control exposure timing of the image capturing unit to the light. The control unit may control the exposure timing so that the image capturing unit is exposed in synchronization with a timing at which the light intensity from the subject becomes a first light intensity based on the acquired information. A period at or during which the light intensity from the subject becomes the first light intensity may be shorter than a change period of the light intensity from the subject based on the acquired information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Harada
  • Patent number: 10197421
    Abstract: A device for detecting posture change of a operation part in a camera and a method for restoring posture are disclosed. The device may include a photo interrupter and a photoelectric baffle structure including a plurality of baffle pieces fixed on a base. The baffle pieces may include a first baffle piece and remaining second baffle pieces of a length specification different from that of the first baffle piece, and there is a gap between two adjacent baffle pieces. An output signal from the photo interrupter changes according to the aligning relationship between the photo interrupter and the baffle pieces. One of the photoelectric baffle structure and the photo interrupter may follow the motion of an operation part of the camera while the other one remains unmoved, so that a posture change of the operation part may be detected based on the output signal from the photo interrupter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Zhejiang Uniview Technologies Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Yong Tao, Bujun Que, Yifei Sun