Patents by Inventor Norihiro Imamura

Norihiro Imamura 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).

  • Publication number: 20190243092
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes a lens optical system, a color image sensor that includes at least first pixels and second pixels, and a first optical element array disposed between the lens optical system and the color image sensor. In the imaging apparatus, the lens optical system includes optical regions, and the optical regions include a first optical region and a second optical region that differ in terms of at least one selected from the group of spectral transmittance characteristics and transmissive polarization characteristics. The first pixels include respective spectral filters having mutually different spectral transmittance characteristics, and the second pixels include respective spectral filters having at least one type of spectral transmittance characteristics. The first optical element array directs light that has passed through the first optical region to the first pixels and directs light that has passed through the second optical region to the second pixels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Inventors: Norihiro IMAMURA, Michihiro YAMAGATA, Tsuguhiro KORENAGA
  • Patent number: 10310219
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes a lens optical system, a color image sensor that includes at least first pixels and second pixels, and a first optical element array disposed between the lens optical system and the color image sensor. In the imaging apparatus, the lens optical system includes optical regions, and the optical regions include a first optical region and a second optical region that differ in terms of at least one selected from the group of spectral transmittance characteristics and transmissive polarization characteristics. The first pixels include respective spectral filters having mutually different spectral transmittance characteristics, and the second pixels include respective spectral filters having at least one type of spectral transmittance characteristics. The first optical element array directs light that has passed through the first optical region to the first pixels and directs light that has passed through the second optical region to the second pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Norihiro Imamura, Michihiro Yamagata, Tsuguhiro Korenaga
  • Patent number: 10247866
    Abstract: An image capture device according to the present disclosure includes: a lens optical system L; an image sensor N on which light that has passed through the lens optical system L is incident and which includes at least a plurality of first pixels and a plurality of second pixels; and an array of optical elements K which is arranged between the lens optical system and the image sensor. The lens optical system has a first optical region D1 which transmits mostly light vibrating in the direction of a first polarization axis and a second optical region D2 which transmits mostly light vibrating in the direction of a second polarization axis that is different from the direction of the first polarization axis. The array of optical elements makes the light that has passed through the first optical region D1 incident on the plurality of first pixels and also makes the light that has passed through the second optical region D2 incident on the plurality of second pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Michihiro Yamagata, Tsuguhiro Korenaga, Norihiro Imamura, Takamasa Ando
  • Patent number: 10198622
    Abstract: An electronic mirror device 100 according to an aspect of the present disclosure displays a user's facial mirror image, and can shift, according to the user's facial orientation or line of sight, the location where the facial image is displayed to a location where he or she can view his or her own facial image easily. The electronic mirror device 100 according to an aspect of the present disclosure includes an image capturing section 102 which captures the user's facial image, an image data generating section 120 which outputs image data representing the user's facial mirror image based on image data representing the user's facial image that has been captured, a display section 103 which displays the image data representing the user's facial mirror image, and a display location shifting section 130 which shifts a location where the mirror image is displayed on the display section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naomi Anzue, Norihiro Imamura, Michihiro Yamagata, Yoshimitsu Noguchi
  • Publication number: 20180345860
    Abstract: A display system includes a display unit, a housing, and a reflecting optical system. The display unit displays an image based on a captured image. The housing includes a housing room that houses the display unit and the reflecting optical system. The reflecting optical system reflects the image displayed on the display unit, thereby outputting the reflected image through an opening of the housing to the outside of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Inventors: NORIHIRO IMAMURA, SHOJI SOH
  • Publication number: 20180345867
    Abstract: A display system includes a display surface and a display mirror. The display surface is configured to display image P1 based on a captured image. The display mirror is configured to reflect, as reflection image P2, only a partial area in the image displayed on the display surface. The display system is configured so that a position of reflection image P2 changes as a point of view of a subject viewing the display mirror moves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Inventors: NORIHIRO IMAMURA, SHOJI SOH, KATSUYUKI MORITA
  • Publication number: 20180235438
    Abstract: An embodiment of an image processing apparatus includes: an illuminating section which sequentially irradiates an object with a first and second illuminating light beams polarized in different directions. The section emits the polarized light beams sequentially so that the wavelength ranges of the light beams do not overlap with each other. The apparatus further includes: a polarization image sensor; a polarization mosaic processing section which obtains a first polarization image while the object is being irradiated with the first illuminating light beam and a second polarization image while the object is being irradiated with the second illuminating light beam; a depressed area detecting section which detects a depressed area on the surface of the object based on the polarization images; and an image forming section which forms an image representing the depressed area in an enhanced form.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Publication date: August 23, 2018
    Inventors: Katsuhiro KANAMORI, Norihiro IMAMURA
  • Patent number: 10051159
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus comprises a lens optical system including a lens and having first through nth optical regions (n is an integer equal to or greater than 2), an image sensor including pixel groups each including first through nth pixels, an optical element array disposed between the lens optical system and the image sensor and including optical components each guiding light that has passed through the first through nth optical regions to the respective first through nth pixels in each of the pixel groups, and an optical absorption member on which light reflected by the imaging surface of the image sensor is incident. The optical absorptance of the optical absorption member is substantially uniform across the entire wavelength bands of light that passes through the first through nth optical regions and is substantially uniform across the entire optical absorption member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Keiichi Matsuzaki, Michihiro Yamagata, Norihiro Imamura, Kenji Narumi
  • Patent number: 9992409
    Abstract: Provided is a digital mirror apparatus including: a camera that captures an image of a user; a display having a display surface located at a position that allows the user to visually identify the display; a controller; a memory; and a control panel operable by the user, wherein the controller: horizontally flips a live image of the user that is being captured by the camera to generate a mirror image; reads a reference image to be compared with the mirror image; superimposes the reference image on the mirror image to display on the display a display image in a region of the display in which the reference image and the mirror image overlap one another; and stores one frame of the live image in the memory, based on an operation performed on the control panel by the user while the display image is displayed on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naomi Anzue, Michihiro Yamagata, Norihiro Imamura, Yoshimitsu Noguchi
  • Publication number: 20180109763
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus in an embodiment includes lens optical systems each including a lens whose surface closest to the target object is shaped to be convex toward the target object, imaging regions which respectively face the lens optical systems and output a photoelectrically converted signal corresponding to an amount of light transmitting the lens optical systems and received by the imaging regions, and a light-transmissive cover which covers an exposed portion of the lens of each of the lens optical systems and a portion between the lens of one of the lens optical systems and the lens of another one of the lens optical systems adjacent to the one of the lens optical systems, the cover having a curved portion which is convex toward the target object. The optical axes of the lens optical systems are parallel to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Inventors: Norihiro IMAMURA, Tsuguhiro KORENAGA, Kunio NOBORI, Takeo AZUMA, Kazufumi MIZUSAWA
  • Patent number: 9876992
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus in an embodiment includes lens optical systems each including a lens whose surface closest to the target object is shaped to be convex toward the target object, imaging regions which respectively face the lens optical systems and output a photoelectrically converted signal corresponding to an amount of light transmitting the lens optical systems and received by the imaging regions, and a light-transmissive cover which covers an exposed portion of the lens of each of the lens optical systems and a portion between the lens of one of the lens optical systems and the lens of another one of the lens optical systems adjacent to the one of the lens optical systems, the cover having a curved portion which is convex toward the target object. The optical axes of the lens optical systems are parallel to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Norihiro Imamura, Tsuguhiro Korenaga, Kunio Nobori, Takeo Azuma, Kazufumi Mizusawa
  • Patent number: 9658463
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus disclosed in the present application includes a lens optical system L, an imaging device N including a plurality of first and second pixels P1 and P2, and an arrayed optical device K, wherein: the lens optical system L includes a first optical region D1 which primarily passes therethrough light oscillating in a direction of a first polarization axis and a second optical region D2 which passes therethrough light oscillating in every direction; and the arrayed optical device K makes light having passed through the first optical region D1 incident on the first pixels P1 and makes light having passed through the second optical region D2 incident on the second pixels P2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Norihiro Imamura, Tsuguhiro Korenaga, Michihiro Yamagata
  • Publication number: 20170075050
    Abstract: An image capture device according to the present disclosure includes: a lens optical system L; an image sensor N on which light that has passed through the lens optical system L is incident and which includes at least a plurality of first pixels and a plurality of second pixels; and an array of optical elements K which is arranged between the lens optical system and the image sensor. The lens optical system has a first optical region D1 which transmits mostly light vibrating in the direction of a first polarization axis and a second optical region D2 which transmits mostly light vibrating in the direction of a second polarization axis that is different from the direction of the first polarization axis. The array of optical elements makes the light that has passed through the first optical region D1 incident on the plurality of first pixels and also makes the light that has passed through the second optical region D2 incident on the plurality of second pixels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Inventors: Michihiro YAMAGATA, Tsuguhiro KORENAGA, Norihiro IMAMURA, Takamasa ANDO
  • Patent number: 9509893
    Abstract: An imaging device includes: an optical system having a lens and a diaphragm; an image sensor having a first pixel and a second pixel which a light that has passed through the optical system enters; and an optical element array positioned between the optical system and the image sensor, the optical system has an optical filter including a first region and a second region having different optical characteristics, the optical element array makes the light that has passed through the first region enter the first pixel and makes the light that has passed through the second region enter the second pixel, and an entrance pupil of the optical system is located between the diaphragm and an object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tsuguhiro Korenaga, Norihiro Imamura, Keiichi Matsuzaki, Kazuhiro Ochi
  • Patent number: 9507123
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus according to one aspect of the present disclosure includes an optical system, an image sensor, an optical element array which is positioned between the optical system and the image sensor, a memory that stores a group of coefficients configured with a matrix of n rows and n columns in which elements are expressed by Rik (i and k being integers that satisfy 1?i?n and 1?k?n), and a processor that receives the group of coefficients from the memory and calculates n converted pixel signals x?1, x?2, . . . , x?n from n pixel signals x1, x2, . . . , xn by the following equation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Michihiro Yamagata, Norihiro Imamura
  • Patent number: 9392260
    Abstract: A lens optical system L having areas D1 and D2; an image pickup element N including a plurality of first and second pixels which include a filter having a first spectral transmittance characteristic, a plurality of third pixels which include a filter having a second spectral transmittance characteristic, and a plurality of fourth pixels which include a filter having a third spectral transmittance characteristic; and an array-form optical element K including a plurality of optical components M1 and M2 are included. The plurality of optical components M1 and M2 are arrayed in n number of rows from first through n?th rows (n is an integer of 2 or greater) on a surface of the array-form optical element K.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Norihiro Imamura, Michihiro Yamagata
  • Patent number: 9383199
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus disclosed in the present application includes a lens optical system, an imaging element and an optical array element. The lens optical system includes first and second areas having different optical characteristics with each other. The imaging element includes first and second pixels each including a filter of a first spectral transmittance characteristic, third pixels including a filter of a second spectral transmittance characteristic, and fourth pixels including a filter of a third spectral transmittance characteristic. The optical array element causes the light passing through the first area to be incident on the first pixels and one of the third and fourth pixels and causes the light passing through the second area to be incident on the second pixels and the other of third and fourth pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Norihiro Imamura, Takamasa Ando, Tsuguhiro Korenaga
  • Patent number: 9300931
    Abstract: An imaging system according to the present disclosure includes: a polarized light source which emits illuminating light including a component of light that oscillates parallel to a first polarization axis; an image capturing unit IP which is configured to get simultaneously first, second, third and fourth pieces of image information S101, S102, S104 including pieces of information about light beams that fall within first, second, third and fourth wavelength ranges, respectively, based on light beams that have returned at the same point in time from an object that is irradiated with the illuminating light, the light beam falling within the fourth wavelength range having been emitted from the polarized light source and reflected from the object, oscillating parallel to a second polarization axis that is different from the first polarization axis, and belonging to the same wavelength range as the component of the illuminating light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Norihiro Imamura, Michihiro Yamagata, Tsuguhiro Korenaga
  • Patent number: 9270948
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus includes: a lens optical system including six regions having such optical characteristics that focal characteristics are made different from one another; an image pickup device having a plurality of pixels on which light beams having passed through the lens optical system are incident; and an arrayed optical device for making light beams having passed through the six regions incident respectively on different pixels on the image pickup device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akiko Murata, Norihiro Imamura
  • Publication number: 20160037022
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus comprises a lens optical system including a lens and having first through nth optical regions (n is an integer equal to or greater than 2), an image sensor including pixel groups each including first through nth pixels, an optical element array disposed between the lens optical system and the image sensor and including optical components each guiding light that has passed through the first through nth optical regions to the respective first through nth pixels in each of the pixel groups, and an optical absorption member on which light reflected by the imaging surface of the image sensor is incident. The optical absorptance of the optical absorption member is substantially uniform across the entire wavelength bands of light that passes through the first through nth optical regions and is substantially uniform across the entire optical absorption member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Publication date: February 4, 2016
    Inventors: KEIICHI MATSUZAKI, MICHIHIRO YAMAGATA, NORIHIRO IMAMURA, KENJI NARUMI