Patents by Inventor Ryo Hirono

Ryo Hirono 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: 11025828
    Abstract: There is provided an imaging control apparatus including a control section that creates a first image by performing exposing to a pixel with first exposure by a first exposure time and creates a second image by performing exposing to a pixel with second exposure by a second exposure time in succession to the first image and a synthesizing section that synthesizes a synthesized image in which the first image and the second image have been synthesized and a selected image selected from either the first image or the second image. The control section decides the first exposure time and the second exposure time such that an image to be selected as the selected image in the synthesizing section is switched over on a basis of an exposure ratio being a ratio of an exposure time of the synthesized image and an exposure time of the selected image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Fumihito Yasuma, Ryo Hirono, Keita Sasaki
  • Publication number: 20200304698
    Abstract: [Object] To provide an imaging control apparatus that can create an HDR image that is natural even in the case where an object being moving is included in a photographic subject. [Solution] There is provided an imaging control apparatus including: a control section that creates a first image by performing exposing to a pixel with first exposure by a first exposure time and creates a second image by performing exposing to a pixel with second exposure by a second exposure time in succession to the first image; and a synthesizing section that synthesizes a synthesized image in which the first image and the second image have been synthesized and a selected image selected from either the first image or the second image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Inventors: FUMIHITO YASUMA, RYO HIRONO, KEITA SASAKI
  • Patent number: 10652476
    Abstract: To prolong an exposure time in an image pickup apparatus that combines a plurality of images. A gain processing unit increases or decreases a plurality of image signals using gains different from each other. An analog to digital conversion unit generates a plurality of image data by performing analog to digital conversion on the increased or decreased plurality of image signals. A calculation unit adds data obtained by multiplying short-time exposure data being any of the plurality of image data, by a ratio between the gains, and data among the plurality of image data that does not correspond to the short-time exposure data, and outputs the added data as long-time exposure data. A combining unit combines the short-time exposure data and the long-time exposure data at a predetermined combining ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenichi Sano, Fumihito Yasuma, Ryo Hirono
  • Publication number: 20200128203
    Abstract: [Object] To provide a solid state imaging device that makes it possible to quickly set optimal imaging conditions for the iris authentication. [Solution] Provided is a solid state imaging device including: a pixel array in which pixels are disposed on a matrix; an iris authenticator that extracts iris information to be used in an iris authentication process, from image data obtained from the pixel array through photoelectric conversion; and an imaging condition controller that performs control to set an imaging condition in obtaining the image data for the iris authentication process, by using information obtained in a process of extracting the iris information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Inventors: Ryo Hirono, Yasushi Saito, Tomoya Takeda, Hiroaki Ono
  • Publication number: 20190364188
    Abstract: To prolong an exposure time in an image pickup apparatus that combines a plurality of images. A gain processing unit increases or decreases a plurality of image signals using gains different from each other. An analog to digital conversion unit generates a plurality of image data by performing analog to digital conversion on the increased or decreased plurality of image signals. A calculation unit adds data obtained by multiplying short-time exposure data being any of the plurality of image data, by a ratio between the gains, and data among the plurality of image data that does not correspond to the short-time exposure data, and outputs the added data as long-time exposure data. A combining unit combines the short-time exposure data and the long-time exposure data at a predetermined combining ratio.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Inventors: KENICHI SANO, FUMIHITO YASUMA, RYO HIRONO
  • Patent number: 8885966
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus may have an information management unit that manages image information and control information for each image process, an analysis unit that analyzes an input image signal, a first processing unit that performs a first image process on the input image signal based on first control information, and a second processing unit that performs a second image process on an image signal on which the first processing unit has performed an image process based on second control information, wherein the information management unit sets image information that corresponds to the input image signal and the first control information based on an analysis result, updates the image information based on the set first control information, and sets the second control information based on the updated image information and the first control information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Ryo Hirono
  • Publication number: 20120170872
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes: an information management unit that manages image information and control information for each image process; an analysis unit that analyzes an input image signal that is input; a first processing unit that performs a first image process on the input image signal based on first control information that is the corresponding control information; and a second processing unit that performs a second image process on an image signal on which the first processing unit has performed an image process based on second control information that is the corresponding control information, wherein the information management unit sets image information that corresponds to the input image signal and the first control information based on an analysis result, updates the image information based on the set first control information, and sets the second control information based on the updated image information and the first control information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryo Hirono
  • Publication number: 20120008050
    Abstract: A video processing apparatus includes a property change acquisition unit for acquiring a change of a property of an input video, a video processing unit for performing video processing on the input video, a gain adjustment unit for adjusting a gain for the video processing, and a control unit for performing control to change a setting for the video processing in the video processing unit according to the property change of the input video and decrease a gain of the gain adjustment unit at a timing of changing the setting for the video processing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryo Hirono
  • Patent number: 6937763
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method and apparatus for automatically embedding information of an object in a video picked up by a camera device. A camera device generates imaging position information relating to an imaging position of the video, and view point information relating to the direction and range of the video taken from the imaging position. An object contained in the video taken by the camera device is searched in an object location managing server, based on object position information relating to the position of the predetermined object, and the imaging position information and the view point information generated by the camera device. The object information of the object hit in the object location managing server is searched in the object information managing server. The display presents an image corresponding to the video picked up by the camera device and an image corresponding to the object information of the object contained in the video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Koike, Ryo Hirono, Nobukazu Koyama
  • Publication number: 20020136432
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method and apparatus for automatically embedding information of an object in a video picked up by a camera device. A camera device generates imaging position information relating to an imaging position of the video, and view point information relating to the direction and range of the video taken from the imaging position. An object contained in the video taken by the camera device is searched in an object location managing server, based on object position information relating to the position of the predetermined object, and the imaging position information and the view point information generated by the camera device. The object information of the object hit in the object location managing server is searched in the object information managing server. The display presents an image corresponding to the video picked up by the camera device and an image corresponding to the object information of the object contained in the video.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2001
    Publication date: September 26, 2002
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Koike, Ryo Hirono, Nobukazu Koyama