Camera Concealment Patents (Class 348/151)
  • Patent number: 10533876
    Abstract: A sensor assembly includes a base, a sensor attached to the base, and a cover transparent to the sensor and forming a spherical joint with the base. The cover may have a partial spherical shape. The sensor assembly may include an exterior panel having a hole, and the cover may be disposed in the hole. The cover may be rotatable relative to the base about any axis extending parallel to the exterior panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam
  • Patent number: 10462880
    Abstract: An intelligent lamp group includes a central lamp and at least one peripheral lamp. The central lamp includes a first lamp housing, a first light emitter, a first lampshade, a video camera module, an external memory and a system-on-chip. The first light emitter is disposed on the first lamp housing. The first lampshade covers the first light emitter. The video camera module is fixed in the first lampshade. The system-on-chip of the central lamp having a combo wireless communication module is configured to build a local wireless network to connect all the peripheral lamps, hence the user can only focus on the central lamp to achieve the remote control for the central lamp and all the peripheral lamps. In addition, through the combo wireless communication module, the central lamp can build an internet connection with the user's mobile device for the light remote control and the security monitoring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Beautiful Light Technology Corp.
    Inventors: Shih-Ting Chiu, Chien-Wen Chiu, Chang-Hsin Chu
  • Patent number: 10390415
    Abstract: A device for controlling lights that are placed in a random fashion on an object or surface and easily synchronized to form a pattern of illumination is disclosed. The device includes a combination of lights, each with the separate ability to be turned on or off in a timed fashion and further may include the ability to change color or intensity. The process for synchronizing the lights including the steps of recognizing the order of lights on the object via a camera, overlaying a pattern desired upon the image captured by the actuation of each of the lights, determining the color, intensity, and frequency of lighting of each of the lights required based on the overlayed image so as to create a lighting actuation algorithm, transmitting part or all of the information of the control algorithm to each of the lights, and further operating the complete system through a common time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Create Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Nicholas P. De Luca
  • Patent number: 10343609
    Abstract: A safety mirror for a motor vehicle includes at least one sun visor including a mirror element in a folded down position; and at least one camera or monitoring system including at least one camera for taking images of an area behind and adjacent to the motor vehicle; and at least one camera mount for attaching the camera to the motor vehicle, where the safety mirror includes the mirror element and at least one attachment structure for selectively attaching the safety mirror to the sun visor or the camera mount. A motor vehicle includes such a safety mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: SMR PATENTS S.À.R.L.
    Inventor: Andreas Herrmann
  • Patent number: 10341564
    Abstract: Images with an optical field of view are captured by an image capture device. An observed trajectory of the image capture device reflects the positions of the image capture device at different moments may be determined. A capture trajectory of the image capture device reflects virtual positions of the image capture device from which video content may be generated. The capture trajectory is determined based on a subsequent portion of the observed trajectory such that a portion of the capture trajectory corresponding to a portion of the observed trajectory is determined based on a subsequent portion of the observed trajectory. Orientations of punch-outs for the images are determined based on the capture trajectory. Video content is generated based on visual content of the images within the punch-outs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Derbanne, Cesar Douady, Maxim Karpushin
  • Patent number: 10327299
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a lighting apparatus, which comprises a motion detector, a controller, a main light source, and a motion display portion. The motion detector, the main light source, and the motion display portion are respectively coupled to the controller. The motion detector is configured to sense a control motion at a preset interval and to send a control motion signal to the controller. The controller is configured to send a first control signal to turn on or off the motion display portion according to a first preset condition; and to send a second control signal to, and control to switch on or off, the main light source according a second preset condition. The motion display portion is configured to display a track of the control motion under control of the first control signal. The main light source is configured to emit light under control of the second control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jie Lin
  • Patent number: 10321029
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a video camera system includes a camera housing including a back side, a plurality of concentric electrical traces disposed on the back side of the camera housing, and a notched mounting apparatus disposed on the back side of the camera housing, where the notched mounting apparatus can be operable to receive and secure a modular attachment to the camera housing such that the modular attachment is mechanically and rotatably coupled to the camera housing. In some implementations, the one or more of the concentric electrical traces can be configured to contact one or more electrical contacts of the modular attachment and remain in contact with the one or more electrical contacts as the camera housing is rotated with respect to the modular attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Andrew Gartrell, Aron Michael Rosenberg, Gaurav Bradoo, Timucin Kip
  • Patent number: 10223885
    Abstract: A camera arrangement comprising a camera head, an illumination arrangement, and a dome. The camera head is arranged inside the dome, and the illumination arrangement is arranged on an outside of the dome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Axis AB
    Inventors: Stefan Larsson, Andreas Hertzman
  • Patent number: 10165163
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus that is capable of suppressing degradation of image quality even when the orientation of a photographing lens is changed in a state in which a dome is attached to the image pickup apparatus. A dome attaching/detaching mechanism detachably holds a dome which is transparent and has a hemispherical shape. An image pickup unit is arranged inside the dome and is capable of changing an orientation of a lens group by a tilt mechanism. An image processor performs correction processing on an image photographed by the image pickup unit. The image processor performs image quality correction according to the orientation of the lens group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shunsuke Chino
  • Patent number: 10154181
    Abstract: In an optical device, a lens assembly includes a lens for receiving light and a holder for holding the lens. A circuit board performs at least one process based on the received light. A housing has an opening and is configured to house the lens assembly and the circuit board therein such that at least part of the circuit board faces the lens assembly, and the lens assembly is exposed via the opening. A mechanism for defining a passage located around the lens assembly to communicate with the opening. The passage guides air, entering an inside of the housing via the opening, so as not to be directed toward the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Koji Wato
  • Patent number: 10122905
    Abstract: The invention provides an improved method and apparatus for capturing and sharing digital content, such as image, video, audio, or textual content, quickly and with minimal user activity compared to the prior art. In one embodiment, a computing device performs an action when it is placed in a substantially vertical orientation. In another embodiment, the computing device performs another action in response to movement of the computing device. Other embodiments are disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Begether, Inc.
    Inventors: Ali Mohamed Zewail, Mohamed Nar
  • Patent number: 10081441
    Abstract: A turret assembly for attachment on the undersurface of an aircraft that reduces performance limitations due to gimbal lock and reduces the cross section profile of the assembly. The assembly includes a roll actuator including a drive shaft. A yoke having a cross member is coupled to the drive shaft and a pair of prongs. The yoke is rotated via the roll actuator and drive shaft along a roll axis oriented substantially parallel to the body of the aircraft. A turret is mounted on the prongs of the yoke. A tilt actuator is contained within the turret. The tilt actuator tilts the turret on a tilt axis relative to the yoke. The tilt axis is perpendicular to the roll axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: AEROVIRONMENT, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Szarek, Thomas Omer, Manolis Pavlos Dimotakis, Jefferson C. McBride
  • Patent number: 10075625
    Abstract: Method for jamming or affecting the quality of photo and video recording, the method comprising illuminating the area, collecting light reflected or scattered from optical components such as camera lenses, amplifying them, and reversing the amplified beams back to the camera with phase conjugating mirror. The method may further comprise image acquisition and processing for identifying unwanted optical components and sensors, and electronically pointing and focusing a laser beam on said components and sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Beam Engineering for Advanced Measurements Co.
    Inventors: Nelson Tabirian, James Hunt
  • Patent number: 9890900
    Abstract: A quick gimbal connector comprises: a first cylinder comprising a sliding slot on an inner wall of a first end of the first cylinder, at least one entrance provided at an end portion of the sliding slot, and a first boss provided on the first cylinder; a second cylinder coaxially and rotatably connected with the first cylinder; a connector; at least one rib provided on the connector; and a connecting plate fixedly connected with the second cylinder and being provided with a second boss. The at least one rib is configured to fit with the at least one entrance and can enter into and exit from the sliding slot via the at least one entrance when the first boss abuts against the second boss, such that the first cylinder and the connector can be locked or separated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: SZ DJI OSMO TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xifeng Zhao, Rongjian Sun, Dahu Pan, Lixue Ren
  • Patent number: 9874334
    Abstract: A modularized smart home-care lighting device includes a lighting device including a base and a swappable assembly. The base is provided therein with a plurality of LEDs and an insertion slot. The insertion slot allows for installation and connection of a swappable assembly that has a camera for panoramic surveillance and monitoring. The camera has a circumference in which a detection module that detects an environment outside the lighting device and an ancillary module corresponding to the detection module to provide reminder and alarm. The swappable assembly is readily inserted into the base to establish secured connection therewith. Through electrical connection with the main control panel in the swappable assembly, the lighting device is allowed for expansion for diverse functions, which in combination with automatic connection with household electrical appliances, allows family members to be well taken care of to achieve the purpose of smart home care.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Inventor: Kaipo Chen
  • Patent number: 9877208
    Abstract: Exemplary apparatuses and methods are provided associated with an unobtrusive router/relay system (URRS) configured to communicate with a plurality of radio frequency (RF) systems including a first radio frequency (RF) system (e.g. a cell phone, RF system carried or used by an individual or team, etc.), other URRS systems (which each include a second RF receiver/transmitter), and an RF communication's hub (e.g. cell tower, tethered UAV, control center, etc.). Locations are identified for a specific location or number of locations along a transit path where the RF communication's hub lacks transmit/receive coverage with the first RF system. URRS are positioned in the locations or transit path lacking RF communication hub transmit/receive coverage. The exemplary URRS are configured to route/relay the first RF system's signals to the RF communications' hub directly or through one or more other URRS systems. URRS are designed to blend with their surroundings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Garry Wieneke, Gerry Miller, Ameer Beitvashahi
  • Patent number: 9838652
    Abstract: A LED Light device having built-in camera unit is powered by AC or-and DC power source for a lamp-holder, LED bulb, flashlight, garden, entrance door light or other LED light device connected to power source by (1) prongs or (2) male-base has conductive wires can be inserted into a female-socket which connect with power source or (3) wired. The device has built-in camera unit has plurality functions to make different products and functions. The LED light device has at least one of (a) camera or DV to take minimum MP4 format image, (b) digital data memory kits or cloud storage station, (c) wireless kits, Bluetooth or USB set for download function, (d) motion/moving/other sensor, (e) assembly for contact Wifi, 3G/4G/5G network or even settle-lite channel, (f) system to transmit or-and receiving wireless signal, (g) APP or other platform software to operation related device, (h) LED lighting, (h) other electric or mechanical parts & accessories to get desired function(s) for the said LED light device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Inventor: Tseng-Lu Chien
  • Patent number: 9832354
    Abstract: A bubble for a surveillance camera has at least one planar transparent region. The at least one planar transparent region is aligned with an optical axis of a camera head of the surveillance camera. In a preferred embodiment, the bubble can include at least one bubble section having one or more window cutouts. The at least one planar transparent region can be one or more planar window elements that are installed within the one or more window cutouts of the bubble section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Sensormatic Electronics, LLC
    Inventors: Frederick Michael McBride, Walter A. Martin
  • Patent number: 9785812
    Abstract: In accordance with an example embodiment, there is disclosed herein, an apparatus, comprising a bezel, a cover, and a thermally conductive, electrically isolating material. The cover comprises top and side surfaces, a cavity for receiving an optical device, a first opening for the optical device to obtain an image, and a second opening for allowing an electrical conductor to be coupled with the optical device. The thermally conductive, electrically isolating, material, is shaped in accordance with the shape of the optical device. The bezel and the cover protect the optical device from discharge currents. The thermally conductive, electrically isolating, material provides electrical isolation of the optical device from the cover and conducts heat from the optical device to the top and side surfaces of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated
    Inventors: Carlos Eduardo Ferrante do Amaral, Matheus Neto, Ivan Aparecido da Silva, Randall W. Jenkins, Marcelo Soares de Castro, Gilson Goncalves dos Santos, Don Douglas Jimison
  • Patent number: 9787885
    Abstract: A Light device having built-in digital data means is powered by an unlimited power source for a lamp-holder, LED bulb, or light device connected to unlimited power source by prongs or a base that or conductive wires can be inserted into a socket that would otherwise receiving a bulb. The device may take the form of a webcam having auto tracking added one of plurality functions to make different products and functions and retractable prongs that plug directly into a wall outlet or insert into existing lamp base or incorporate conductive wire to make electric connection at least one of built-in camera, storage unit, wireless kits, Bluetooth kits, motion sensor, light device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Inventor: Tseng-Lu Chien
  • Patent number: 9715165
    Abstract: A dome (102) for a monitoring camera system comprises several monitoring cameras. The dome is formed from a transparent material, and has a toroidal shape with a rotational symmetry along a rotational angle (?) around a first axis of symmetry (S1). An outer segment of the dome, in section, has a shape further defined by a second axis of symmetry (S2) arranged at a first radius (R) from the first axis of symmetry (S1) and is orthogonal to the first axis. The outer segment has a curvature following a second radius (r) over an angle (?) around the second axis of symmetry (S2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: AXIS AB
    Inventor: Fredrik Axelsson
  • Patent number: 9628683
    Abstract: A shading device for the light module of the surveillance camera, wherein the light module rotates, with the filming module of the camera, back and forth between the vertical axis and horizontal axis of the camera. The shading device includes a shading shield that can moves back and forth between the first position and the second position. When the light module and the filming module rotate to a preset angle zone that is near the horizontal axis, the shading shield will move with the light module and the filming module, and the shading shield shades part of the light emitted by the light module that the part of light will not project onto the reflective object of the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Topview Optronics Corp.
    Inventors: Yi-Chih Chu, Yu-Chuan Chang
  • Patent number: 9618828
    Abstract: A camera for use on vehicles, in particular commercial vehicles. The camera has a housing, at least one optical element disposed within the housing, a group of circuit boards disposed within the housing and including at least one circuit board. The group of circuit boards has at least one active circuit for executing a direct camera function. The camera further comprises at least one heating element adapted for heating the group of circuit boards, the optical elements, and/or the housing, wherein the at least one heating element is directly attached to one of the circuit boards of the group of circuit boards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: MEKRA LANG GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Werner Lang, Peter Geissendörfer, Manuel Kunz, Michael Witzke, Stefan Centmayer, Michael Hornung
  • Patent number: 9575395
    Abstract: A ceiling hanger includes: a first plate fixed to a ceiling surface; a second plate forming a first rotation axis in the up-down direction after fitted to the first plate, and allowing control in the horizontal direction; a third plate forming a second rotation axis in the front-rear direction after fitted to the second plate, and allowing control in the left-right direction; and a fourth plate fixing a projector, forming a third rotation axis in the left-right direction after fitted to the third plate, and allowing control in the up-down direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Teruhiko Unno
  • Patent number: 9569654
    Abstract: A sensing module, such as a fingerprint sensing module, is disclosed. The sensing module includes a rigid substrate having a cutout, a flexible substrate attached to the rigid substrate, an image sensor including conductive traces formed on the flexible substrate, and a sensor integrated circuit that is connected to the conductive traces of the image sensor. The sensor integrated circuit is disposed in the cutout of the rigid substrate. The sensor integrated circuit can be fully enclosed in the cutout or disposed between the flexible substrate and the rigid substrate. The flexible substrate can also have a sensing side and a circuit side, where the conductive traces are formed on the circuit side and a finger is configured to be received from the sensing side. The conductive traces on the flexible substrate can also form a plurality of sensor gaps between respective image drive plates and image pickup plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Synaptics Incorporated
    Inventor: Fred G. Benkley, III
  • Patent number: 9521301
    Abstract: At least one aspect of present disclosure is directed towards a camera that includes a magnetic base and a removable main camera unit. The removable main camera unit may include an outer casing, a processor, a lens housing, a wireless communications interface, and an inner casing. The inner casing may reside within the outer casing and includes at least a metallic portion and a non-metallic portion. The non-metallic portion may form a non-metallic region that may extend from at least a first boundary of the metallic portion to a second boundary of the metallic portion through a central axis of the inner casing. The removable main camera unit may be configured to be removably coupled to the magnetic base based on a magnetic force between the magnetic base and the metallic portion of the inner casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventor: Gary Bart
  • Patent number: 9485395
    Abstract: In one aspect, the invention provides an imaging system adapted to simultaneously receive light from wide and narrow fields of view, with the wide filed image data collected by an array of fixed position cameras, and the narrow field data collected by a panable, tiltable zoom camera at higher resolution than the fixed array in a selected orientation, and a compound viewing cover that includes two separated pieces interlocked with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Epilog Imaging Systems
    Inventor: Michael Mojaver
  • Patent number: 9472071
    Abstract: An infrared image and/or a video of one or more residents of a controlled-environment facility is captured using an imaging device of a controlled-environment facility resident communication and/or media device disposed within the controlled-environment facility when the device is not being used in a communication session. The imaging device of the controlled-environment facility resident communication and/or media device is capable of operation with an infrared light source. The infrared image or video may be stored and/or presented to an entity associated with the controlled-environment facility, such as personnel of the facility, a facility administration system, etc. Capturing the image may include turning on at least one infrared light source on the device and/or turning off any indication that the capturing is taking place. The device may be located in a resident sleeping area and a bed check may be performed by the entity or device, using the infrared image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: SECURUS TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Scott Passe, Luke Keiser
  • Patent number: 9345116
    Abstract: A light power socket adaptor may be positioned between an energy-saving light bulb and a light socket that may provide electrical power to the light bulb. Adaptors may include a motorized rotational mechanism that allows sensors to rotate in any direction. Light power socket adaptors may be network-enabled. Each node on a sensor network may operate independently. Each node may also function as a router so that it may forward data packets to other nodes if the data received is targeted for its own consumption. Adaptors may further include a motion sensor, an image sensor, a sound sensor, and a photo (day/night) sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Inventor: Shyh Min Chen
  • Patent number: 9305446
    Abstract: A security camera is provided. The security camera includes an outer two-part housing having a front cover and a back cover. A camera assembly is disposed internally within the housing. The camera assembly includes a camera module carried by a support body. A seal arrangement is provided which seals the camera assembly from a portion of the interior of the camera housing, as well as the exterior. The security camera does not require the use of a sealing compound around its mounting holes when surface mounting the security camera using the mounting holes as a result of the sealing arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Clinton Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Gary Blaine Clinton, Daniel Blaine Clinton
  • Patent number: 9291880
    Abstract: Incident light filter or cap assembly adapted to be attached to a mobile device equipped with a camera and software to measure light levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Spark Facter Design
    Inventors: Abraham Farag, Ricardo Penate, Vijay Koneru, Shane Lewis Washburn, James Flynn, Kelvin Louie Leung
  • Patent number: 9182653
    Abstract: An enclosure for a surveillance camera includes a housing having front, rear, top, bottom and opposing side walls. A camera dome projects downwardly below the bottom wall. A support structure includes a vertical channel attachable to a vertical post for supporting the housing on a post. A cover is selectively attachable to both the top and bottom walls, the cover normally being attached to the bottom wall to cover and protect the camera dome during transport or when surveillance is not required and attached to said top wall to expose said camera dome when in use during surveillance. The top and bottom walls are provided with connecting members for easily removing or securing the cover by flipping it 180° when moving the cover between the top and bottom walls of the housing when mounted on the support structure and post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Inventors: Jordan Heilweil, Richard Heilweil, Frank Giunta
  • Patent number: 9156551
    Abstract: A turret assembly for attachment on the undersurface of an aircraft that reduces performance limitations due to gimbal lock and reduces the cross section profile of the assembly. The assembly includes a roll actuator including a drive shaft. A yoke having a cross member is coupled to the drive shaft and a pair of prongs. The yoke is rotated via the roll actuator and drive shaft along a roll axis oriented substantially parallel to the body of the aircraft. A turret is mounted on the prongs of the yoke. A tilt actuator is contained within the turret. The tilt actuator tilts the turret on a tilt axis relative to the yoke. The tilt axis is perpendicular to the roll axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: AeroVironment, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Szarek, Thomas Omer, Manolis Pavlos Dimotakis, Jefferson C. McBride
  • Patent number: 9083868
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a support for video surveillance, formed by a supporting column on which there is rotationally assembled a horizontal disc having a rotation-actuating motor, whereas in said disc there is swivel-mounted at least one video camera having a respective swivel-actuating motor, the entire functional assembly being included inside a transparent protective bubble.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: TPTI, S.L.U.
    Inventor: Pedro Galindo Verdasco
  • Patent number: 9075288
    Abstract: A pan tilt zoom (PTZ) camera system implements a disc valve system to enhance the cooling of electronics. The disc valve system includes a static camera base and a rotating camera pan bearing. The static camera base has static base vent slots arranged along the perimeter of the static camera base. The rotating camera pan bearing includes at least one pan bearing vent slot that aligns with the static base vent slots. During rotation of the rotating camera pan bearing, the at least one pan bearing vent slot aligns with the static base vent slots enabling movement of air over electronics of the (PTZ) camera system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Sensormatic Electronics, LLC
    Inventors: Frederick Michael McBride, David McKee
  • Patent number: 9041812
    Abstract: Real-time access by a requestor to surveillance video is conditionally pre-authorized dependent on the existence of at least one pre-specified automatically detectable condition, and recorded in a data processing system. A requestor subsequently requests real-time access to the surveillance video (e.g., as a result of an alarm), and if the pre-specified automatically detectable condition is met, access is automatically granted, i.e., without the need for manual intervention. An automatically detectable condition could, e.g., be an alarm condition detected by a sensor at the site of the video surveillance. Alternatively, it could be a locational proximity of the requestor to the site of the video surveillance. Alternatively, it could be a previously defined time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald L. Billau, Vincenzo V. Di Luoffo, Dan P. Dumarot, Matthew J. Paschal, Brandon W. Schulz, James E. Woodbury
  • Publication number: 20150138364
    Abstract: A monitoring apparatus is provided for controlling an image capturing device and a shutter which limits a capturing area of the image capturing device. The monitoring apparatus includes a capturing area controller, configured to transmit a first control signal to cause the image capturing device to capture an image in an actual capturing area of the image capturing device, and a shutter controller, configured to transmit a second control signal to open the shutter after the first control signal is transmitted. The actual capturing area of the image capturing device is selected from a capturable area of the image capturing device in accordance with first information which is sensed by a sensor device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hirofumi ENOMOTO
  • Publication number: 20150124100
    Abstract: A combined concealed surveillance camera and photosensor control system is contained in an outer housing of predetermined configuration and dimensions to replace the existing light sensor or photosensor control unit of a public, commercial, or residential lighting fixture, replacing the function of the existing control unit in turning the lighting fixture on and off based on detected ambient light level, and also providing a concealed surveillance camera system drawing power from the lighting fixture power supply so that the camera is on continuously while the lighting fixture is turned on and off based on the detected ambient light level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Michael P. McRory
  • Patent number: 9022586
    Abstract: A system and/or apparatus provided as a side-view or rear-view mirror for providing a plurality of independently moveable reflective surfaces to enable a driver increased visibility. To increase visibility for the driver, the system and/or apparatus includes a camera for providing images around a vehicle to the driver within a vehicle during low-light or poor lighting conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Rosco, Inc.
    Inventor: Benjamin Englander
  • Patent number: 9019380
    Abstract: In general, embodiments of the present invention provide methods, apparatus, systems, computing devices, computing entities, and/or the like for detecting possible traffic violations of vehicles. For example, in one embodiment, this may include receiving an indication that a school bus has entered or is entering a stopped position. After receiving an indication that the school bus has entered or is entering the stopped position, an area proximate the school bus can be monitored to detect possible traffic violations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventors: Christopher T. Schenken, Mark J. Davidson
  • Patent number: 9019091
    Abstract: An interior rearview mirror system includes a rearward facing camera, an interior rearview mirror assembly and a video display screen disposed behind a mirror reflective element of the interior rearview mirror assembly. The video display screen is viewable by a driver of the vehicle when the driver is normally operating the vehicle, and the video display screen is operable to display information for viewing by a driver of the vehicle through the mirror reflective element when the mirror assembly is normally mounted in the vehicle and when the video display screen is operated to display information. When the vehicle is executing a reversing maneuver, the video display screen displays images captured by the rearward facing camera to assist the driver in reversing the vehicle, and the video display screen is operable to display other information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Donnelly Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin C. McCarthy, Eugenie V. Uhlmann, Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 9013579
    Abstract: A vehicle surrounding-area monitoring apparatus that, when recognizing an obstacle, allows for easy determination of the positional relationship between the obstacle and scenery included in a video image of the area surrounding the vehicle, generates a narrow view-field region that is a part of the video image as a notable video image, and if an obstacle region that is a region of the recognized obstacle in the video image is located outside of the narrow view-field region and if the obstacle region is contained in an image region that is partially overlapping with the narrow view-field region and is a part of the video image, generates the image region as a notable obstacle image so as to generate a surrounding-area monitoring display image comprised of the notable video image and the notable obstacle image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Keigo Ikeda, Hiroyuki Watanabe, Takashi Kato, Masaki Katagiri
  • Patent number: 8994820
    Abstract: A camera apparatus includes: an image pickup device; a lens configured to converge light from an object to the image pickup device; a coaxial circular-shaped lens cover in which the lens is arranged; a plurality of infrared light sources arranged to surround the lens in the lens cover; and a light shielding member which is provided between the lens and the infrared light source and which has an opening. The opening is outwardly extended at corner optical path portions which correspond to diagonal corners of an angle of view of the image pickup device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masami Takahashi, Shinichi Murata
  • Patent number: 8992103
    Abstract: A dome camera includes an inner cover covering a camera lens and a semi-spherical outer cover covering the inner cover, the camera lens being rotatable in a tilt direction and in a pan direction. The inner cover includes a partially spherical portion having an inclined support plane on which the outer cover is supported such that a radial line perpendicular to the inclined support plane is inclined at a predetermined inclination angle with respect to a line passing through a center of the partially spherical portion and extends perpendicular to the installation face. A semi-spherical portion has a window, the semi-spherical portion is covered by the outer cover supported on the inclined support plane, and the outer cover rotatable in the pan direction, so as to orient the window in accordance with the orientation of the camera lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jyouji Wada, Tamotsu Uchida, Tetsuro Kajino
  • Patent number: 8976244
    Abstract: An exemplary method includes a mobile user device subsystem 1) acquiring, during operation in a normal surveillance mode, a first set of surveillance data, 2) transmitting, during operation in the normal surveillance mode, the first set of surveillance data to a server subsystem, 3) detecting, during operation in the normal surveillance mode, a trigger event, 4) transitioning, in response to the detecting of the trigger event, from operation in the normal surveillance mode to operation in an enhanced surveillance mode, 5) acquiring, during operation in the enhanced surveillance mode, a second set of surveillance data; and 6) transmitting, during operation in the enhanced surveillance mode, the second set of surveillance data to the server subsystem, wherein the second set of surveillance data comprises an enhanced set of data compared to the first set of surveillance data. Corresponding systems and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Michelle Felt, Brian F. Roberts, Donald H. Relyea
  • Patent number: 8959555
    Abstract: A real time system to both televise and stream sporting events from sports paraphernalia that are ordinarily used by the players on soccer playing fields, ice hockey rinks, tennis courts, baseball playing fields and football playing fields are disclosed. The sports paraphernalia are instrumented with a variety of TV cameras, microphones, and bi-directional communication electronics. Instrumented sports paraphernalia such as ice hockey goals, ice hockey pucks, soccer goals, tennis nets, tennis posts, baseball bases, baseball home plates, baseball pitcher's rubbers and footballs are disclosed. Instrumentation is built into and contained internally within some of the instrumented sports paraphernalia. Instrumentation is mounted and attached onto some of the sports paraphernalia. The instrumented sports paraphernalia can both televise signals to a TV viewing audience, and simultaneously stream onto the internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Inventors: Lawrence Maxwell Monari, Lawrence Scott Monari
  • Patent number: 8953044
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed that include a video-based analysis system that detects, tracks and archives vehicles in video stream data at multiple resolutions. The system includes an image capturing device that captures video stream data having video at a first high resolution. A vehicle detection module detects at least one vehicle within the video. A vehicle analysis module is configured to analyze the video and to extract one or more key vehicle features from the video to enable identification of a vehicle of interest (VOI) according to a set of predetermined criteria. A subsampling module creates a reduced resolution video stream in a second subsampled resolution that is lower than the first high resolution while maintaining the one or more extracted key features within the reduced resolution video stream in the first high resolution, and archives the reduced resolution video stream into a video database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Wencheng Wu, Edgar A. Bernal, Robert P. Loce, Martin E. Hoover
  • Patent number: 8953041
    Abstract: An Engineer's View (EV) wireless video system for powered and unpowered model railroad engines is disclosed. The invention uses commercially available wireless spy cameras, powered by a custom power supply circuit which is compatible with either DC or DCC track systems. The present invention is compatible with all commercial model railroad gauge diesel engines including HO and N Gauge or may be factory installed. The EV system demonstrates a remarkably stable and realistic image of a model railroad layout. Moreover, the present invention may also provide a stable source of power to the engine where stalling could occur at points of track defects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventors: Richard Johnson Bartlett, Sr., William Travis Bartlett
  • Patent number: 8947527
    Abstract: Zoom illumination system for use with closed circuit TV cameras in applications requiring long distance illumination, such as surveillance and night vision. The system includes multiple strings of LEDs, which may have additional lenses, with each LED string capable of providing illumination for a predetermined viewing angle. The LED strings can be switched on and off to provide illumination as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventors: Valdis Postovalov, Dmitry Postovalov
  • Publication number: 20150029340
    Abstract: A jetting nozzle is configured to jet a shock wave onto an imaging window of a camera. An arrangement section arranges the jetting nozzle on a periphery of the imaging window. The shock wave generation unit is configured to generate the shock wave jetted from the jetting nozzle. The jetting control unit is configured to control jetting of the shock wave jetted from the jetting nozzle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Hiromi TAGUCHI, Makoto FUKASAWA