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: 20150029321
    Abstract: A measuring system includes: a projecting section Q which is configured to project an image in a predetermined pattern as light within multiple regions of an object; an image capturing section A which is configured to capture the object including those multiple regions; and an arithmetic section G which is configured to calculate and output the degree of light propagated through those multiple regions of the object based on the object's image information that has been gotten by the image capturing section A.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Norihiro IMAMURA, Michihiro YAMAGATA, Yoshimitsu NOGUCHI
  • Publication number: 20140362200
    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: August 25, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Katsuhiro KANAMORI, Norihiro IMAMURA
  • Publication number: 20140300721
    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; a first arithmetic processing section S201 which is configured to generate a fir
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Norihiro Imamura, Michihiro Yamagata, Tsuguhiro Korenaga
  • Patent number: 8854525
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus of the present invention includes: a lens optical system including a lens and a stop; an imaging device including at least a plurality of first pixels and a plurality of second pixels on which light having passed through the lens optical system is incident; and an arrayed optical device arranged between the lens optical system and the imaging device, wherein: the lens optical system includes, in a plane vertical to an optical axis, a first area that transmits therethrough light of a first wavelength band and a second area that transmits therethrough light of a second wavelength band different from the first wavelength band; and the arrayed optical device makes light having passed through the first area incident on the plurality of first pixels and light having passed through the second area incident on the plurality of second pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Norihiro Imamura
  • Patent number: 8836825
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus according to the present invention includes: a lens optical system L having a first optical region D1 and a second optical region D2 having a different optical power from that of the first optical region D1; an imaging device N having a plurality of pixels P1, P2; and an array optical device K for causing light passing through the first optical region D1 to enter the pixel P1 and causing light passing through the second optical region D2 to enter the pixel P2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Norihiro Imamura
  • Patent number: 8767068
    Abstract: A distance measuring apparatus includes: a number of simple lenses in substantially the same shape, on which light that has come from the object of range finding is incident; and an image capturing section, which has a number of image capturing areas and which captures the images of the object of range finding that have been produced by the respective simple lenses on their associated image capturing areas. The lens surfaces of each lens that are opposed to the object of range finding and the image capturing section, respectively, are only aspheric refracting surfaces. In each of the simple lenses, the paraxial radii of curvature R1 and R2 of the lens surfaces that are opposed to the object of range finding and the image capturing section, respectively, and its focus length f satisfy the condition ?2.4?f(1/R1+1/R2)??0.6.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Norihiro Imamura
  • Publication number: 20140168490
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus of the present invention includes: a lens optical system including a lens and a stop; an imaging device including at least a plurality of first pixels and a plurality of second pixels on which light having passed through the lens optical system is incident; and an arrayed optical device arranged between the lens optical system and the imaging device, wherein: the lens optical system includes, in a plane vertical to an optical axis, a first area that transmits therethrough light of a first wavelength band and a second area that transmits therethrough light of a second wavelength band different from the first wavelength band; and the arrayed optical device makes light having passed through the first area incident on the plurality of first pixels and light having passed through the second area incident on the plurality of second pixels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Norihiro IMAMURA
  • Patent number: 8717483
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus of the present invention includes: a lens optical system including a lens and a stop; an imaging device including at least a plurality of first pixels and a plurality of second pixels on which light having passed through the lens optical system is incident; and an arrayed optical device arranged between the lens optical system and the imaging device, wherein: the lens optical system includes, in a plane vertical to an optical axis, a first optical area that transmits therethrough light of a first wavelength band and a second optical area that transmits therethrough light of a second wavelength band different from the first wavelength band; and the arrayed optical device makes light having passed through the first optical area incident on the plurality of first pixels and light having passed through the second optical area incident on the plurality of second pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Norihiro Imamura
  • Patent number: 8711215
    Abstract: Provided is an imaging device including: a lens optical system L including at least an optical plane area D1 and an optical plane area D2, the optical plane area D2 having an optical property that causes a focusing property of the optical plane area D2 to differ from a focusing property of the optical plane area D1 due to a light beam that has passed through the optical plane area D1; an imaging element N including at least a plurality of pixels P1 and a plurality of pixels P2 which allow light that has passed through the lens optical system L to enter; and an array-shaped optical element K that is arranged between the lens optical system L and the imaging element N and is configured to cause light that has passed through the optical plane area D1 to enter the plurality of pixels P1 and to cause light that has passed through the optical plane area D2 to enter the plurality of pixels P2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Norihiro Imamura
  • Publication number: 20140071247
    Abstract: An image pickup device N according to an embodiment includes: an objective lens L with first and second regions D1, D2; an image sensor N with multiple groups of pixels Pg, in each of which first, second, third and fourth pixels P1 to P4 are arranged in two rows and two columns on an image capturing plane Ni; and an array of optical elements K which includes a plurality of optical elements M. The first and second pixels P1, P2 have a first spectral transmittance characteristic, and in each group of pixels Pg, the first and second pixels P1, P2 are arranged at mutually different positions in the second direction. Each of the plurality of optical elements M is arranged at such a position as to face groups of pixels Pg that are arranged in a row in the first direction among the multiple groups of pixels Pg.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventors: Norihiro Imamura, Tsuguhiro Korenaga, Michihiro Yamagata, Atsushi Morimuar, Kenya Uomori
  • Publication number: 20140071317
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus disclosed in this application includes: a lens optical system (L) including a first optical region and a second optical region; an image pickup device (N) including at least a plurality of first pixels and a plurality of second pixels where light transmitted through the lens optical system (L) enters; an area segmented optical attenuator device (W) including a first light control part and a second light control part, which are located in the first optical region and the second optical region, respectively; a control section (V) for changing at least one of a transmittance of the first light control part of the area segmented optical attenuator device and a transmittance of the second light control part of the area segmented optical attenuator device; and an array-patterned optical device (K), which is placed between the lens optical system and the image pickup device, for causing light transmitted through the first optical region to enter the plurality of first pixels and causing lig
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventors: Michihiro Yamagata, Norihiro Imamura, Tsuguhiro Korenaga
  • Publication number: 20140055575
    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: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventors: Norihiro Imamura, Michihiro Yamagata
  • Publication number: 20140055661
    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: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Norihiro Imamura, Tsuguhiro Korenaga, Michihiro Yamagata
  • Publication number: 20140055664
    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: February 1, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventors: Michihiro Yamagata, Tsuguhiro Korenaga, Norihiro Imamura, Takamasa Ando
  • Patent number: 8654194
    Abstract: A distance measuring apparatus of the present invention is a distance measuring apparatus for determining a distance to an object, comprising: a plurality of optical systems for forming images of the object; and an image capturing section (N) having a plurality of image capturing areas which are associated with the plurality of optical systems on a one-to-one basis, the image capturing section (N) being configured to convert images of the object formed in respective ones of the image capturing areas through the plurality of optical systems to electric signals, the distance to the object being determined based on a parallax between the images of the object formed through the plurality of optical systems, wherein each of the plurality of optical systems includes n lens surfaces (r1, r2), where n is an integer not less than 2, and a direction of a decentration between an ith lens surface (r1) and a jth lens surface (r2) (counting from the object side) is identical among at least one pair of the plurality of opti
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Norihiro Imamura
  • Publication number: 20140028825
    Abstract: An imaging-observation apparatus according to the present disclosure includes: an image capturing section that shoots a subject under multiple different shooting optical conditions at the same time and sequentially generates a plurality of images under those multiple different shooting optical conditions; a display control section that accepts an operator's input; an image synthesizing section that synthesizes together the plurality of images in accordance with the input to the display control section at a synthesis ratio specified by the input and sequentially generates synthetic images one after another; and a display section that presents the synthetic images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Michihiro YAMAGATA, Norihiro IMAMURA, Tsuguhiro KORENAGA, Takashi OKADA, Yoshimitsu NOGUCHI
  • Publication number: 20130341493
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus according to one embodiment of the present invention includes: a lens optical system having first to third regions, the first region transmitting light of a first wavelength band, the second region transmitting light of the first wavelength band and having optical characteristics for providing a different focusing characteristic from a focusing characteristic associated with rays transmitted through the first region, and the third region transmitting light of a second wavelength band; an imaging device on which light having passed through the lens optical system is incident, the imaging device having a plurality of first to third pixels; and a microlens array causing light having passed through the first region to enter the plurality of first pixels, light having passed through the second region to enter the plurality of second pixels, and light having passed through the third region to enter the plurality of third pixels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Takamasa ANDO, Norihiro IMAMURA, Tsuguhiro KORENAGA
  • Publication number: 20130329042
    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: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akiko Murata, Norihiro Imamura
  • Publication number: 20130293704
    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: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventors: Norihiro IMAMURA, Takamasa ANDO, Tsuguhiro KORENAGA
  • Publication number: 20130293703
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus disclosed in the present application includes a lens optical system including a lens and a stop; an imaging; and an array-form optical element located between the lens optical system and the imaging device and including optical components extending in a row direction in a plane vertical to an optical axis of the lens optical system, the optical components being arrayed in a column direction in the plane. The imaging device includes pixel groups, each of which includes first pixels arrayed in the row direction and second pixels arrayed in the row direction at positions adjacent, in the column direction, to the first pixels. The pixel groups are arrayed in the column direction. Border positions between the optical components are respectively offset in the column direction with respect to corresponding border positions between the pixel groups.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventor: Norihiro IMAMURA