Patents Examined by Yogesh K. Aggarwal
  • Patent number: 12008763
    Abstract: This disclosure provides systems, methods, and devices for image capture and image processing that support capture using a variable aperture (VA) camera. In a first aspect, a method of image processing includes determining a plurality of depths for a scene, the plurality of depths corresponding to a plurality of regions of interest; determining an aperture size for a camera based on the plurality of depths; determining a lens position for the camera based on the aperture size and the plurality of depths; and controlling the camera to adjust a variable aperture (VA) of the camera based on the aperture size and to adjust a lens associated with the variable aperture (VA) based on the lens position. Other aspects and features are also claimed and described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Wen-Chun Feng, Micha Galor Gluskin, Hui Shan Kao, Hang-Wei Liaw
  • Patent number: 12003834
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention discloses a camera actuator comprising: a housing; a mover disposed in the housing and including protrusions on one surface which protrude toward the housing; and a driving unit disposed in the housing and rotating the mover on the basis of a first direction or a second direction perpendicular to the first direction, wherein the protrusions comprise: a first protrusion disposed on the one surface; a second protrusion spaced apart from the first protrusion; and a third protrusion separated from the first protrusion by a distance greater than from the second protrusion, and wherein the housing comprises: a groove in which the first protrusion is seated on an inner surface corresponding to the one surface; a first hole through which the second protrusion passes; and a second hole through which the third protrusion passes, wherein a side surface of the second protrusion is spaced apart from the first hole, and the housing includes a protruding part disposed on a side of the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Young Bae Jang, Chan Joong Kim, Jeung Ook Park, Sung Guk Lee
  • Patent number: 11997395
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to systems, devices, and methods for managing image capturing illumination. The system includes a main housing assembly and illumination assembly securable to the main housing assembly. The illumination assembly includes an illumination securing assembly. The illumination securing assembly is configured to secure the illumination assembly to the main housing assembly. The illumination securing assembly is configured to enable the illumination assembly to move relative to the main housing assembly. The illumination assembly includes front and rear side illumination sources. The illumination assembly includes an illumination controller. The illumination controller is configured to control the rear and/or front side illumination sources to provide image capturing illumination and not provide image capturing illumination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: Casetagram Limited
    Inventor: Pui Sun Wesley Ng
  • Patent number: 11997389
    Abstract: A control apparatus for an imaging unit configured to change an imaging region by controlling at least one of pan, tilt, and zoom is provided whereby the control apparatus is configured to perform control for sequentially changing an image quality setting of an imaging unit based on a current imaging region, an imaging region associated with a preset setting, an image quality setting associated with the preset setting, and a current image quality setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takayoshi Mizuno
  • Patent number: 11995964
    Abstract: A camera assembly may include a camera and one or more heat sinks configured to dissipate heat generated by the camera. The heat sinks being in thermal contact with a printed circuit board including the camera. A housing of the camera assembly may be configured to maintain the camera in a fixed position while the camera assembly is mounted on a medical device such as a dispensing cabinet. The camera in the fixed position may have a deterministic field of view that includes a first area in which interactions with the medical device and adjacent medical devices occurs or is expected to occur. The deterministic field of view of the camera may further exclude a second area where surveillance is unsuitable, prohibited, and/or unnecessary. Images captured by the camera may be analyzed to detect anomalous behavior such as diversion, medical error, hazardous behavior, and protocol noncompliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: CareFusion 303, Inc.
    Inventors: David Hoard, Mustafa Yusufi, Benjamin Greuel, Mariano Padilla
  • Patent number: 11991430
    Abstract: A wearable apparatus includes a body having a U-shape. The body includes a curved portion, a first side portion, and a second side portion, the curved portion having a first end and a second end, the first side portion extending from the first end, and the second side portion extending from the second end, the body is wearable such that the curved portion is worn on a nape of a neck of a user, and that the first and second side portions are suspended from shoulders of the user. The body has a first end of the first side portion, and has a second end of the second side portion. A terminal device having an image capture function and a communication function is mountable on at least one of the first end at the first side portion and the second end at the second side portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: TOPPAN PRINTING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ichiro Nazuka, Takashi Ogino
  • Patent number: 11991448
    Abstract: An apparatus including circuitry configured for obtaining a sequence of first images captured by an image sensor; circuitry configured for obtaining image metadata dependent upon a sequence of zoom levels, wherein the sequence of zoom levels is a sequence corresponding to the sequence of first images; circuitry configured for enhancing zoom including circuitry configured for: using the image metadata to obtain the sequence of zoom levels; smoothing the sequence of zoom levels to produce a smoothed sequence of zoom levels; creating a sequence of new images from the sequence of first images based on the smoothed sequence of zoom levels, wherein the smoothed sequence of zoom levels vary a size of a crop used on the sequence of first images to produce the sequence of new images; and circuitry configured for storing, displaying or transmitting the created sequence of new images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Hannu Juhani Pulakka, Lasse Juhani Laaksonen, Arto Juhani Lehtiniemi, Miikka Tapani Vilermo
  • Patent number: 11985426
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus is provided that is capable of continuing to capture an object intended as a subject by a user before a zoom operation is started, even in a case where the subject selection based on line-of-sight detection is terminated after the zoom operation has started. The electronic apparatus comprising a line-of-sight detecting unit configured to detect a line-of-sight of a user, a zoom operating member configured to perform a zoom operation, a selecting unit configured to select a subject from an image based on the line-of-sight's position, and a control unit configured to perform control so that when the zoom operation is started by the zoom operating member, subject selection based on the line-of-sight's position is stopped without stopping line-of-sight detection performed by the line-of-sight detecting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuko Imai, Kiyoto Ueda
  • Patent number: 11979656
    Abstract: An electronic device with a camera obtains, with the camera, one or more images of a scene. The electronic device detects a respective feature within the scene. In accordance with a determination that a first mode is active on the device, the electronic device provides a first audible description of the scene. The first audible description provides information indicating a size and/or position of the respective feature relative to a first set of divisions applied to the one or more images of the scene. In accordance with a determination that the first mode is not active on the device, the electronic device provides a second audible description of the plurality of objects. The second audible description is distinct from the first audible description and does not include the information indicating the size and/or position of the respective feature relative to the first set of divisions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Christopher B. Fleizach, Darren C. Minifie, Eryn R. Wells, Nandini Kannamangalam Sundara Raman
  • Patent number: 11974049
    Abstract: A computational pixel imaging device can include multiple digitizing counters per pixel that can be used to execute simultaneous signal-processing threads on acquired image data. The imaging device can also include infinite dynamic range sensing and perform signal down-sampling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: Anduril Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael W. Kelly, Curtis Colonero, Christopher David, Justin Baker
  • Patent number: 11968459
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and methods for automatic exposure control. The methods may include obtaining a first frame and a second frame of a current scene from a camera, wherein a ratio of a first exposure time of the first frame to a second exposure time of the second frame is a first exposure ratio; obtaining a first average luminance of a brightest region in the second frame; obtaining a second average luminance of a darkest region in the first frame; and determining a dynamic range of the current scene based on the first exposure ratio, the first average luminance, and the second average luminance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: ZHEJIANG DAHUA TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Peng Zhu, Xingjian Zheng, Guangxiu Yao, Wei Fang, Yinchang Yang
  • Patent number: 11949978
    Abstract: This application discloses an image content removal method, and relates to the field of computer vision. The method includes: enabling a camera application; displaying a photographing preview interface of the camera application; obtaining a first preview picture and a first reference frame picture that are captured by a camera; determining a first object in the first preview picture as a to-be-removed object; and determining to-be-filled content in the first preview picture based on the first reference frame picture, where the to-be-filled content is image content that is of a second object and that is shielded by the first object in the first preview picture. The terminal generates a first restored picture based on the to-be-filled content and the first preview picture. In this way, image content that a user does not want in a picture or a video shot by the user can be removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lei Wu, Xu Zhang, Minghui Yu, Yugang Chen, Muchun Chen
  • Patent number: 11949993
    Abstract: An electric device according to the embodiments of the present disclosure includes a camera module that takes a photograph of a subject to acquire a first camera image, and takes a photograph of the subject to acquire a second camera image with a wider angle of view than the first camera image; an image signal processor that controls the camera module to acquire a camera image; and a display module that displays an image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventor: Chiaki Aoyama
  • Patent number: 11936998
    Abstract: In one example, an apparatus comprises: a photodiode configured to generate a charge in response to light within an exposure period, a charge sensing unit configured to accumulate at least a part of the charge as an overflow charge, a quantizer, and a controller configured to: within a first time within the exposure period, control the quantizer to perform a first quantization operation to quantize the overflow charge accumulated at the charge sensing unit to generate a first measurement output; within a second time after the first time, and within the exposure period, control the quantizer to perform a second quantization operation to quantize the overflow charge accumulated at the charge sensing unit to generate a second measurement output; and generate a digital output to represent an intensity of the light based on at least one of the first measurement output or the second measurement output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Meta Platforms Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Tsung-Hsun Tsai, Lu Jie, Xinqiao Liu
  • Patent number: 11930265
    Abstract: A photographing apparatus includes a camera; a light-emitting device provided in the vicinity of the camera; a human sensor that detects a photographic subject; first light emission control means for controlling light emission of the light-emitting device in accordance with a first mode when the photographic subject is detected; detection means for detecting that a photograph-taking timing has arrived when an interocular distance of the photographic subject in an image generated by the camera in accordance with the first mode becomes at least a prescribed distance; and second light emission control means for controlling light emission of the light-emitting device, at the photograph-taking timing, in accordance with a second mode in which a light emission intensity is higher than in the first mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Teito Suzuki, Masatoshi Takeda, Ryo Hachiya
  • Patent number: 11930260
    Abstract: An optical path switching method is applied to a surveillance module. The method includes: determining a target magnification; and (i) when the target magnification is less than or equal to a maximum magnification of a camera, setting a magnification of the camera to the target magnification, determining that a reflection element is at a first location or in a first working state, and performing image capture by using the camera alone; or (ii) when the target magnification is greater than a maximum magnification of the camera, setting a magnification of the camera to a first magnification, determining that the reflection element is at a second location or in a second working state, and performing image capture by using both the camera and a teleconverter, where a product of the first magnification and a magnification of the teleconverter is the target magnification. The method increases a surveillance distance while reducing costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Qingping Wang, Hongqi Hu, Ruihua Li, Changcai Lai, Shisheng Zheng, Yanlin Song
  • Patent number: 11930266
    Abstract: A line-of-sight detection apparatus includes a processor, and a memory storing a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the line-of-sight detection apparatus to function as a line-of-sight detection unit configured to detect a position of a line of sight of a user with respect to a display unit, a subject detection unit configured to detect a subject from an image displayed in the display unit, and a correction value determination unit configured to determine a correction value used by the line-of-sight detection unit such that the position of the line of sight detected by the line-of-sight detection unit matches a position of the subject detected by the subject detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Mizuo
  • Patent number: 11930270
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for controlling connected devices. For example, a messaging application implemented on a client device detects a real-world object depicted in a captured image and determines a current location of the client device. The messaging application identifies a plurality of video cameras associated with the current location and selects a first video camera from the plurality of video cameras based on one or more attributes of the real-world object depicted in the image. The messaging application receives a video feed from the first video camera that is selected and causes the video feed received from the first video camera to be displayed on top of the real-world object depicted in the captured image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Dylan Shane Eirinberg, Daniel Trinh
  • Patent number: 11930288
    Abstract: An image sensor comprises an array comprising rows and columns of pixels, a first number N of connection lines connected to a first number N of pixels of the array, a voltage regulating circuit having an output, a first terminal, and a driver circuit. The driver circuit has a first number N of switches coupled to the first number N of connection lines and to the output of the voltage regulating circuit, and a first number N of further switches coupled to the first number N of connection lines and to the first terminal. The first number N is at least two.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: AMS SENSORS BELGIUM BVBA
    Inventors: Guy Meynants, Koen Ruythooren, Pieter De Wit
  • Patent number: 11917307
    Abstract: A method of decompression includes decompressing a compressed image according to a power curve to generate a partially decompressed image, wherein the compressed image is decompressed from a second bit depth that is lower than a first bit-depth at which the image was generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Nvidia Corporation
    Inventors: Animesh Khemka, Sean Midthun Pieper