Patents by Inventor Frank Wippermann

Frank Wippermann has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 11330161
    Abstract: A device includes a multi-aperture imaging device having an image sensor; an array of adjacently arranged optical channels, and a beam deflector for deflecting a beam path of the optical channels, wherein a relative position of the beam deflector is switchable between first and second positions so that in the first and second positions, the beam path is deflected towards first and second total fields of view, respectively. The device further includes controller adapted to control the beam deflector to move to the first and second positions to obtain imaging information of the first and second total fields of view, respectively, from the image sensor; and to insert a portion of the first imaging information into the second imaging information so as to obtain accumulated image information that in parts represents the first total field of view and in parts represents the second total field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Frank Wippermann, Andreas Brückner, Jacques Duparré
  • Patent number: 11310420
    Abstract: What is described are a method and a device, wherein two types of individual images are captured, namely a set of individual images captured simultaneously, and a further set of individual images captured in temporal succession. Among said two sets of individual images, individual images are selected which in combination result in a panoramic image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Alexander Oberdoerster, Andreas Brueckner, Jacques Duparré, Frank Wippermann
  • Patent number: 11290649
    Abstract: In order to achieve a relatively small installation height of a multi-aperture imaging device having a one-line array of adjacently arranged optical channels, lenses of the optics of the optical channels are attached to a main side of a substrate by one or more lens holders and are mechanically connected via the substrate, the substrate being positioned such that the optical paths of the plurality of optical channels pass therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Inventors: Frank Wippermann, Andreas Brückner, Andreas Bräuer, Alexander Oberdörster
  • Publication number: 20220094902
    Abstract: A multi-aperture imaging device includes image sensor means with a plurality of image sensor areas and a plurality of optical channels, wherein each optical channel includes an optic for imaging a partial field of view of a total field of view onto an image sensor area of the image sensor means associated with the optical channel. The plurality of optical channels is configured to image the total field of view completely. A first partial field of view of the total field of view and a second partial field of view of the total field of view are captured by a different number of optical channels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2021
    Publication date: March 24, 2022
    Inventors: Frank WIPPERMANN, Jacques DUPARRÉ
  • Patent number: 11244434
    Abstract: A multi-aperture imaging device that is, on the one hand, able to provide image information on a scene and, on the other hand, allows obtaining high lateral resolution and/or a wide total field of view, is described. The multi-aperture imaging device is provided with a first plurality of optical channels for projecting overlapping first partial fields of view of a total field of view on first image sensor areas of an image sensor of the multi-aperture imaging device, as well as with a second arrangement of optical channels for projecting at least a part of of the total field of view on a second image sensor area of the image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Inventors: Frank Wippermann, Andreas Brückner, Andreas Bräuer, Alexander Oberdörster
  • Publication number: 20220011661
    Abstract: An inventive device includes a multi-aperture imaging device comprising an image sensor; an array of adjacently arranged optical channels, each optical channel including an optic for projecting at least one partial field of view of a total field of view onto an image sensor area of the image sensor arrangement, a beam deflection means for deflecting an optical path of the optical channels, and a focusing means for setting a focal position of the multi-aperture imaging device. The device further comprises a control means configured to control the focusing means and to receive image information from the image sensor; the control means being configured to control the multi-aperture imaging device into a sequence of focal positions so as to capture a corresponding sequence of image information of the total field of view and to produce, from the sequence of image information, a depth map for the captured total field of view.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2021
    Publication date: January 13, 2022
    Inventors: Frank WIPPERMANN, Jacques DUPARRÉ
  • Patent number: 11209607
    Abstract: An apparatus having an optical structure and ridges is described, wherein adhesive is arranged between the ridges and the optical structure, wherein the adhesive is effective to effect, after its annealing, a predetermined orientation of the optical structure in relation to a reference plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Frank Wippermann, Andreas Reimann, Andreas Braeuer
  • Publication number: 20210314548
    Abstract: An inventive device includes a multi-aperture imaging device having an image sensor; an array of adjacently arranged optical channels, each optical channel including optics for projecting at least one partial field of view of a total field of view on an image sensor area of the image sensor, a beam deflector for deflecting a beam path of the optical channels, and focusing means for setting a focal position of the multi-aperture imaging device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2021
    Publication date: October 7, 2021
    Inventors: Frank WIPPERMANN, Jacques DUPARRÉ
  • Publication number: 20210314471
    Abstract: A device includes a multi-aperture imaging device having an image sensor; an array of adjacently arranged optical channels, and a beam deflector for deflecting a beam path of the optical channels, wherein a relative position of the beam deflector is switchable between first and second positions so that in the first and second positions, the beam path is deflected towards first and second total fields of view, respectively. The device further includes controller adapted to control the beam deflector to move to the first and second positions to obtain imaging information of the first and second total fields of view, respectively, from the image sensor; and to insert a portion of the first imaging information into the second imaging information so as to obtain accumulated image information that in parts represents the first total field of view and in parts represents the second total field of view.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2021
    Publication date: October 7, 2021
    Inventors: Frank WIPPERMANN, Andreas BRÜCKNER, Jacques DUPARRÉ
  • Publication number: 20210281819
    Abstract: A multi-aperture imaging device includes an image sensor, an array of adjacently arranged optical channels, wherein each optical channel includes an optic for imaging at least one partial field of view of a total field of view onto an image sensor area of the image sensor, a beam-deflector for deflecting an optical path of the optical channels, wherein the beam-deflector includes a first beam-deflecting area operative for a first wavelength range of electromagnetic radiation passing through the optical channel; and a second beam-deflecting area operative for a second wavelength range of the electromagnetic radiation passing through the optical channels, the second wavelength range being different from the first wavelength range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2021
    Publication date: September 9, 2021
    Inventors: Frank WIPPERMANN, Jacques DUPARRÉ
  • Patent number: 11106047
    Abstract: A multi-aperture imaging device includes an image sensor and an array of optical channels, wherein each optical channel includes an optic for imaging at least a part of a total field of view onto an image sensor region of the image sensor. The multi-aperture imaging device includes a beam-deflector including at least one beam-deflecting element for deflecting an optical path of an optical channel, wherein each optical channel is assigned a beam-deflecting element. The beam-deflecting element is configured to have a transparent state of a controllable surface based on first electric control and to have a reflecting state of the controllable surface based on a second electric control in order to deflect the optical path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FÖRDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
    Inventors: Frank Wippermann, Andreas Brückner, Jacques Duparré, Alexander Oberdörster
  • Publication number: 20210263289
    Abstract: A device described here includes a housing and a multi-aperture imaging device. The multi-aperture imaging device includes an array of optical channels arranged next to one another and a beam-deflector for deflecting an optical path of the optical channels. In a first operating state of the device, the housing encloses a housing volume. In the first operating state of the device, the beam-deflector includes a first position within the housing volume. In a second operating state of the device, the beam-deflector includes a second position where the beam-deflector is arranged at least partly outside the housing volume.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2021
    Publication date: August 26, 2021
    Inventors: Frank WIPPERMANN, Nicolas LANGE, Oliver PABST
  • Patent number: 11070731
    Abstract: A multi-aperture imaging device includes an image sensor and an array of optical channels, wherein each optical channel includes an optic for projecting a partial field of view of a total field of view on an image sensor area of the image sensor. The multi-aperture imaging device includes a beam-deflecting unit for deflecting an optical path of the optical channels, and an optical image stabilizer for the image stabilization along a first image axis by generating a first translational relative movement between the image sensor and the array and the beam-deflecting unit and for the image stabilization along a second image axis by generating a second relative movement between the image sensor, the array and the beam-deflecting unit. The device includes an electronic image stabilizer for the image stabilization of a first optical channel of the array along the first and the second image axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FÖRDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
    Inventors: Frank Wippermann, Jacques Duparré
  • Patent number: 11016273
    Abstract: A device includes a housing and a multi-aperture imaging device. The multi-aperture imaging device includes an array of optical channels arranged next to one another and a beam-deflector for deflecting an optical path of the optical channels. In a first operating state of the device, the housing encloses a housing volume. In the first operating state of the device, the beam-deflector includes a first position within the housing volume. In a second operating state of the device, the beam-deflector includes a second position where the beam-deflector is arranged at least partly outside the housing volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Frank Wippermann, Nicolas Lange, Oliver Pabst
  • Patent number: 11014269
    Abstract: A device for varyingly irradiating by means of ray shaping is described. Furthermore, a method of manufacturing a structure made of a curable material by means of molding is described. In a first step of the method, a molding tool is arranged above a surface such that the curable material abuts on the surface and a molding surface, facing the surface, of the molding tool in a region between the molding tool and the surface and such that further curable material may continue to flow to the region. In a second step, the curable material is irradiated in the region in a locally varying manner such that the ray experiences ray shaping in an optical channel and such that the curable material cures at different speeds in a laterally varying manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Frank Wippermann, Andreas Reimann, Jens Dunkel, Andreas Braeuer
  • Patent number: 11009673
    Abstract: An apparatus having an optical structure, ridges and an electrostatic actuator with a cantilever electrode is described, wherein the ridges connect the optical structure to a supporting structure and the electrostatic drive is implemented to deflect the optical structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Frank Wippermann, Andreas Reimann, Nicolas Lange, Andreas Braeuer
  • Patent number: 10996460
    Abstract: A multi-aperture imaging device includes an image sensor and array of optical channels, wherein each optical channel includes optics for projecting at least one partial field of view of a total field of view on an image sensor area of the image sensor. The multi-aperture imaging device includes a beam deflector for deflecting an optical path of the optical channels. A first optical channel of the array is configured to image a first partial field of view of a first total field of view, wherein a second optical channel of the array is configured to image a second partial field of view of the first total field of view. A third optical channel is configured to completely image a second total field of view. The second total field of view is an incomplete section of the first total field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FÖRDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
    Inventors: Frank Wippermann, Jacques Duparré
  • Patent number: 10873688
    Abstract: The fact that a beam-deflecting device can be produced cost-effectively and without any losses of optical quality of the multi-aperture imaging device is used when a carrier substrate is provided for the same, wherein the carrier substrate is common to the plurality of optical channels and is installed with a setting angle, i.e. oblique with respect to the image sensor in the multi-aperture imaging device such that a deflection angle of deflecting the optical path of each optical channel is based, on the one hand, on the setting angle and, on the other hand, on an individual inclination angle with respect to the carrier substrate of a reflecting facet of a surface of the beam-deflecting device facing the image sensor, the reflecting facet being allocated to the optical channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Frank Wippermann, Andreas Brueckner, Andreas Braeuer, Alexander Oberdoerster
  • Publication number: 20200382702
    Abstract: What is described are a method and a device, wherein two types of individual images are captured, namely a set of individual images captured simultaneously, and a further set of individual images captured in temporal succession. Among said two sets of individual images, individual images are selected which in combination result in a panoramic image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2020
    Publication date: December 3, 2020
    Inventors: Alexander OBERDOERSTER, Andreas BRUECKNER, Jacques DUPARRÉ, Frank WIPPERMANN
  • Publication number: 20200357103
    Abstract: A multi-aperture imaging device that is, on the one hand, able to provide image information on a scene and, on the other hand, allows obtaining high lateral resolution and/or a wide total field of view, is described. The multi-aperture imaging device is provided with a first plurality of optical channels for projecting overlapping first partial fields of view of a total field of view on first image sensor areas of an image sensor of the multi-aperture imaging device, as well as with a second arrangement of optical channels for projecting at least a part of of the total field of view on a second image sensor area of the image sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2020
    Publication date: November 12, 2020
    Inventors: Frank WIPPERMANN, Andreas BRÜCKNER, Andreas BRÄUER, Alexander OBERDÖRSTER