Infrared Patents (Class 348/164)
  • Patent number: 11428915
    Abstract: A compact, uniaxially-aligned series of lenses are shaped and coated to allow coaxial viewing of two different fields of view on the same focal-plane array by selecting a type of light. The selection can be, for example, by spectrum or polarization. Zonal coatings on the lens surfaces permit for a catadioptric narrow field-of-view light path. The lens assembly accomplishes simultaneous dual field-of-view in a durable package without respective motion of optical elements, without substantial gaps between the lenses, and at lower cost than other assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: NORTHROP GRUMMAN SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Christopher B. Svec
  • Patent number: 11423524
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus comprising, an acquisition unit configured to acquire a visible light image and an invisible light image, a determination unit configured to determine a region on an image based on the visible light image or the invisible light image acquired by the acquisition unit, and a combining unit configured to generate a composite image such that a combination ratio of the visible light image is larger than a combination ratio of the invisible light image in the region determined by the determination unit, wherein the acquisition unit acquires the visible light image for which an exposure is adjusted such that a region of the visible light image that corresponds to the region determined by the determination unit has an appropriate exposure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Aihiko Numata
  • Patent number: 11412203
    Abstract: This invention relates to a sensor and sensor platform, for an autonomous system. The sensor and its platform sense, perform signal or data processing, and make the decision locally at the point of sensing. More specifically, the sensor along with its platform simulates the human-like or human capacity to make decisions by combing the data from several sensors that detect different data sets, and combine them in a series of data processes that allows autonomous decisions to be made. Additionally, the sensor platform combines multiple sensors in one metasensor with the functionality of multiple sensors placed on a common carrier or platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Banpil Photonics, Inc.
    Inventor: Achyut Kumar Dutta
  • Patent number: 11410337
    Abstract: There is provided an image processing device to which a visible light image and an infrared ray image are input, the visible light image having been obtained corresponding to irradiation of a visible light in a second direction, the infrared ray image having been obtained corresponding to irradiation of an infrared ray in a first direction, which is a direction having an irradiation range larger than an irradiation range of the second direction, and which synthesizes the infrared ray image and the visible light image to generate a color image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazunori Kamio, Toshiyuki Sasaki
  • Patent number: 11405561
    Abstract: An imaging device that images a disease site as a subject includes a camera body, a light unit that is provided in the camera body and includes a first light source and a second light source that have different characteristics, and a filter unit that includes at least one independent filter capable of being positioned on and retracted from an optical axis of the camera body. The imaging device performs continuous imaging by imaging in a state in which the subject is illuminated with light from the first light source and, via a first mode, the filter is positioned on or retracted from the optical axis and, thereafter, imaging in a state in which the subject is illuminated with light from the second light source and, via a second mode that differs from the first mode, the filter is positioned on or retracted from the optical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshiharu Houjou, Nobuhiro Aoki, Shigeki Mineo
  • Patent number: 11386614
    Abstract: A method includes: receiving three-dimensional (3D) information generated by a first 3D system, the 3D information including images of a scene and depth data about the scene; identifying, using the depth data, first image content in the images associated with a depth value that satisfies a criterion; and generating modified 3D information by applying first shading regarding the identified first image content. The modified 3D information can be provided to a second 3D system. The scene can contain an object in the images, and generating the modified 3D information can include determining a surface normal for second image content of the object, and applying second shading regarding the second image content based on the determined surface normal. A portion of the object can have a greater depth value than another portion, and second shading can be applied regarding a portion of the images where the second portion is located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Andrew Ian Russell
  • Patent number: 11385203
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a detection system includes a plurality of sensors, a locator, a first counter, and a determiner. The plurality of sensors that detect an elastic wave, the sensors being disposed separately from each other in a direction in which the welded portion extends and each being installed on the first member or the second member. The locator that locates a generation source position of the elastic wave on the basis of outputs of the plurality of sensors. The first counter that accumulates information of generation source positions of a plurality of elastic waves located by the locator to calculate a distribution of generation source positions of the plurality of elastic waves over a predetermined time. The determiner that determines the position of the crack on the basis of the distribution calculated by the first counter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Keiichiro Someda, Takashi Usui, Kazuo Watabe, Shuichi Hirano
  • Patent number: 11353365
    Abstract: An ultra-small thermal imaging core, or micro-core. The design of the micro-core may include substrates for mounting optics and electronic connectors that are thermally matched to the imaging Focal Plane Array (FPA). Test fixtures for test and adjustment that allow for operation and image acquisition of multiple cores may also be provided. Tooling may be included to position the optics to set the core focus, either by moving the lens and lens holder as one or by pushing and/or pulling the lens against a lens positioning element within the lens holder, while observing a scene. Test procedures and fixtures that allow for full temperature calibration of each individual core, as well as providing data useful for uniformity correction during operation may also be included as part of the test and manufacture of the core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Seek Thermal, Inc.
    Inventors: William J. Parrish, Andreas Engberg, Jason Wolfe, Derek Moran, Blake Henry, Ross Williams, Russ Mead
  • Patent number: 11334146
    Abstract: End user presence and absence states are determined at an information handling system by analyzing infrared time of flight sensor presence detection information detected at plural peripherals each having an infrared time of flight sensor. In one example embodiment, a peripheral includes processing capabilities to analyze the infrared time of flight sensor presence detection information to determine the end user presence and absence state for communication to an embedded controller. In an alternative embodiment, infrared time of flight presence detection information includes sensed distances provided to a central processing unit integrated sensor hub either directly or with a subscription by the integrated sensor hub to the embedded controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Daniel L. Hamlin, Vivek Viswanathan Iyer
  • Patent number: 11328862
    Abstract: A distribution transformer monitor includes a housing arranged for positioning in proximity to a distribution transformer vessel. The monitor also includes a sensor arranged in the housing, which is positioned to generate digital data associated with at least one environmental condition that exists inside the distribution transformer vessel, and a processing circuit arranged to determine from the generated digital data that the at least one environmental condition has crossed a threshold. The sensor may include any one or more of a temperature sensor, a camera, an accelerometer, a pressure sensor, and a microphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Ubicquia, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradford Brian Hutson, Jeffrey T. Root, Yevgeny Frenkel, Tyler Edison Cone
  • Patent number: 11328188
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a target-image acquisition method. The target-image acquisition method includes acquiring a visible-light image and an infrared (IR) image of a target, captured at a same time point by a photographing device; weighting and fusing the visible-light image and the IR image to obtain a fused image; and obtaining an image of the target according to the fused image. The present disclosure also provides a photographing device and an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) using the method above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chao Weng, Lei Yan
  • Patent number: 11322531
    Abstract: Provided are an image sensor with one or more image receivers for image switching, and an imaging system and method therefor. The image sensor includes an image sensor array to generate first image data for a first image; a receiver to receive, into the image sensor, second image data for a second image; an image selection circuit coupled to the image sensor array and the receiver to receive the first image data and the second image data and select one of the first image data and the second image data according to one or more image selection criteria and at least one of the first image data and the second image data; and a transmitter coupled to the image selection circuit to transmit the selected one of the first image data and the second image data from the image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Cista System Corp.
    Inventors: Zhaojian Li, Jiangtao Pang
  • Patent number: 11323672
    Abstract: A projector includes a first control section and a projector main body to which a camera is detachably mountable. The first control section is configured to be capable of communicating with the camera when the camera is detached from the projector main body. When the camera is mounted on the projector main body, the first control section executes first processing. When the camera is detached from the projector main body, the first control section enables communication connection to the camera and executes second processing different from the first processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shinji Kubota
  • Patent number: 11320315
    Abstract: Disclosed is an error correction unit enabling constant accurate measurement of a moving object by correcting an error attributable to a change in sensitivity of a thermal image sensor, a change in distance between a thermal image sensor and an object, or an ambient environment. Further disclosed is an object temperature detection device equipped with the same. The error correction unit includes a first arm member rotatably coupled to a thermal imaging camera unit, a heating element holder rotatably coupled to the first arm member, the heating element fixed to the heating element holder, and a temperature sensor configured to measure a temperature of the heating element. The heating element is positioned within an angle of view of the thermal imaging camera unit through rotational motion of the first arm member and the heating element holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: EMTAKE INC.
    Inventor: Yongho Cho
  • Patent number: 11307002
    Abstract: A missile warner includes a sensor, a recording device, and an evaluation unit. The sensor is configured to detect a potential missile. The recording device is configured to continuously store detector data generated by the sensor, for a predefined amount of time. The evaluation unit is configured: to recognize within the detector data, a detection signal of the potential missile, and to compare the detection signal with a declaration threshold value, and to generate, after the detection signal has exceeded the declaration threshold value, a warning signal of the potential missile, and to perform, upon the presence of the warning signal, a verification of the potential missile based on a temporal backtracking of the corresponding detection signal, wherein the backtracking includes an analysis of the stored detector data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: HENSOLDT SENSORS GMBH
    Inventor: Michael Assel
  • Patent number: 11310421
    Abstract: A day-mode-night-mode switching method is applied to a monitoring camera apparatus or a filter switching module. The monitoring camera apparatus is electrically connected to an supplemental lighting apparatus for light compensation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: VIVOTEK INC.
    Inventors: Hsiang-Sheng Wang, Shih-Hsuan Chen
  • Patent number: 11302010
    Abstract: A gas-detection image processing device includes first, second, and third processors. The first processor generates a plurality of first images by applying processing to extract a gas candidate region to each of a plurality of infrared images captured in time series during a predetermined period. The second processor generates a second image, while using the first images, by applying processing to extract an appearance region indicating that a gas candidate region has appeared in at least a part of the predetermined period. The second processor generates two or more second images by applying the processing to extract the appearance region to the first images generated in a manner corresponding to two or more of the predetermined periods respectively. The third processor generates a third image by applying processing to extract a common region of the appearance regions while using the two or more of the second images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Motohiro Asano
  • Patent number: 11283850
    Abstract: Various concepts for media content streaming are described. Some allow for streaming spatial scene content in a spatially unequal manner so that the visible quality for the user is increased, or the processing complexity or used bandwidth at the streaming retrieval site is decreased. Others allow for streaming spatial scene content in a manner enlarging the applicability to further application scenarios.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Robert Skupin, Cornelius Hellge, Thomas Schierl, Yago Sánchez De La Fuente, Thomas Wiegand, Dimitri Podborski
  • Patent number: 11277563
    Abstract: A camera module includes a gyro sensor generating shaking data, a first driver integrated circuit (IC) generating a driving signal to move a first lens barrel in one or more directions perpendicular to an optical axis direction, in response to the shaking data provided by the gyro sensor, and a second driver IC generating a driving signal to move a second lens barrel in one or more directions perpendicular to the optical axis direction, in response to the shaking data provided by the gyro sensor. Each of the first driver IC and the second driver IC operates in a normal mode and a low power mode, and when the first driver IC operates in the low power mode, whether to activate a communication path of the shaking data in the first driver IC is determined in response to a mode of the second driver IC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kyoung Joong Min, Seo Hyung Kim, Koon Shik Cho
  • Patent number: 11269075
    Abstract: Provided is a 3D depth sensing system and method of providing an image based on a hybrid sensing array. The 3D sensing system including a light source configured to emit light, a hybrid sensing array comprising a 2D sensing region configured to detect ambient light reflected from an object and a 3D depth sensing region configured to detect the light emitted by the light source and reflected from the object, a metalens on the hybrid sensing array, the metalens being configured to direct the ambient light reflected from the object towards the 2D sensing region, and to direct the light emitted by the light source and reflected from the object towards the 3D depth sensing region, and a processing circuit configured to combine 2D image information provided by the 2D sensing region and 3D information provided by the 3D depth sensing region to generate a combined 3D image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kwang Oh Kim, Yibing Michelle Wang, Radwanul Hasan Siddique, Lilong Shi, Chunji Wang
  • Patent number: 11232636
    Abstract: AR engines modify a picture or video of the real world to include more than simply real world content. The modified image/frame content is passed along to one or multiple downstream AR engines which treat the content as original input. Modifications to images/frames may include the addition of virtual markers. Virtual markers may be visual content of virtual origin that is added to an image or frame. A virtual marker may trigger a predetermined reaction from a downstream AR engine when that downstream AR engine processes the modified content. For example, a virtual marker added to an image by an upstream AR engine may trigger a downstream AR engine to output a particular augmentation. The virtual marker may have a known meaning to both the upstream AR engine and the downstream AR engine. Accordingly, there may be “collaboration” among AR engines and a reduction in the processing requirements of downstream and overall image processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: EDX TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Roger Ray Skidmore
  • Patent number: 11226634
    Abstract: A route examination system includes a thermographic camera configured to be logically or mechanically coupled with a vehicle that travels along a route. The thermographic camera is also configured to sense infrared radiation emitted or reflected from the route and to generate a sensed thermal signature representative of the infrared radiation that is sensed. The system also includes a computer readable memory device configured to store a designated thermal signature representative of infrared radiation emitted from a segment of the route that is not damaged. The system also includes an analysis processor configured to determine a condition of a first portion of the route relative to other portions of the route at least in part by comparing the sensed thermal signature and the designated thermal signature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: TRANSPORTATION IP HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Dattaraj Jagdish Rao, Nidhi Naithani, Anju Bind, Sreyashi Dey Chaki
  • Patent number: 11218530
    Abstract: Various concepts for media content streaming are described. Some allow for streaming spatial scene content in a spatially unequal manner so that the visible quality for the user is increased, or the processing complexity or used bandwidth at the streaming retrieval site is decreased. Others allow for streaming spatial scene content in a manner enlarging the applicability to further application scenarios.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Robert Skupin, Cornelius Hellge, Thomas Schierl, Yago Sánchez De La Fuente, Thomas Wiegand, Dimitri Podborski
  • Patent number: 11190713
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus obtains a visible light image and an infrared light image, and generates a color component of a composite image using a color component of the visible light image, and generates a luminance component of the composite image using luminance components of the infrared light image and the visible light image. The image processing apparatus corrects the color component or the luminance component of the composite image, using a correction coefficient determined based on the color component of the visible light image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shunsuke Chino, Mitsuhiro Ono
  • Patent number: 11190712
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an illumination state monitoring apparatus, the illumination state monitoring apparatus, including a dual band pass filter having a first pass band in the visible wavelength area and having a second pass band in the infrared wavelength area, an optical sensor detecting light having passed through the dual band pass filter through a three primary color pixel and an infrared pixel, and a processor deducting an intensity value of a signal detected by the infrared pixel from an intensity value of a signal detected by the three primary color pixel, calculating an illuminance parameter, and determining an illumination state on the basis of the illuminance parameter, wherein sensitivity of the three primary color pixel toward light having passed through the second pass band and sensitivity of the infrared pixel toward light having passed through the second pass band are within a predetermined range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Jae Yoon Oh
  • Patent number: 11178322
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention relates to a camera module and an automobile comprising the same, the camera module comprising: a first housing in which a lens module is disposed; a second housing including a base and a support portion extending upward from the base; and a substrate on which an image sensor is mounted and which is disposed on the support portion, wherein the substrate and the support portion are disposed in the first housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jong Hyun Park, Sung Deok Moon, Ok Hyeon Park
  • Patent number: 11172146
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes: an infrared light source; and a solid-state imaging device. The solid-state imaging device includes: light receivers that convert incident light from the subject to signal charges; a signal storage that stores the signal charges; a signal drain into which the signal charges are discharged; microlenses disposed on the light receivers; and openings through which the incident light enters the light receivers. The solid-state imaging device reads and discharges the signal charges in response to a signal drain voltage being switched between on and off. Each microlens is disposed such that the center of the microlens is displaced toward the center of the pixel array from the center of the corresponding light receiver, as the position of the microlens is closer to the perimeter of the pixel array. The openings have different shapes according to the positions of the openings in the pixel array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: NUVOTON TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION JAPAN
    Inventors: Takuya Asano, Takuya Nohara
  • Patent number: 11170532
    Abstract: A system and method of determining the condition of a surface by scanning the surface of an object and detecting and measuring the electromagnetic spectrum being directed from the surface to obtain raw data from a plurality of points along the surface and assigning values for each particular data type of raw data and creating a color space for viewing by an operator to determine the condition of the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Ectoscan Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Paul E. Thomson
  • Patent number: 11163289
    Abstract: An aspect of the present disclosure more effectively provides notification of information. A control section (10) includes: a person detecting section (13) configured to detect a person in a case where it has been detected that a target event has occurred; an output control section (14) configured to control a speaker (50) to output audio indicating the target event in a case where the target event has occurred; and a command preparing section (15) configured to (i) transmit a rotation instruction to a charging station (2) in a case where detection of a person is to be commenced and (ii) transmit a subtle rotation instruction in a case where the person has been detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Noriaki Murakami
  • Patent number: 11165975
    Abstract: A vehicular imaging system includes a camera with an imaging sensor. A first spectral filter is disposed at each pixel of a first set of photosensing pixels, a second spectral filter is disposed at each pixel of a second set of photosensing pixels, and each pixel of a third set of photosensing pixels senses at least near infrared radiation. Image data provided to the image processor includes output of the first set of photosensing pixels, output of the second set of photosensing pixels and output of the third set of photosensing pixels. The outputs of the photosensing pixels of the first and second sets of photosensing pixels are processed for a color camera function of the vehicle. The output of the photosensing pixels of the third set of photosensing pixels is processed for a night vision function of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Yuesheng Lu, Michael J. Higgins-Luthman, William R. Livengood, James D. Harris
  • Patent number: 11155207
    Abstract: The present document describes a vehicle-side image capturing system and method that is capable of improving qualities of images captured at vehicle-side. The system includes: a controller, a plurality of cameras, a light sensor and an encoder each connected to the controller. The controller is configured to: receive an illumination intensity of a current environment from the light sensor, select one of the plurality of cameras that is adapted to the illumination intensity as a target camera, activate when the target camera is different from a currently operating camera, deactivate the currently operating camera then configure the target camera as an operating camera for image capturing, and receive images captured by the operating camera and transmit the received images to the encoder. The encoder is configured to encode the received images and transmit the encoded images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: BEIJING TUSEN ZHITU TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chao Yan, Ming Wang, Jie Sun
  • Patent number: 11151736
    Abstract: An apparatus and associated methodology are provided to obtain intrinsic hyper-spectral data cubes such that the intrinsic spectrum associated with each pixel of the field of view does not contain irrelevant spectral components. This is accomplished by obtaining a focused spatial image of the field of view and a diffuse image of the field of view with a slit arrangement including a translucent material that allows imaging of a focused spatial image with its associated spectrum and a diffuse image of the illumination with its associated spectrum at essentially the same time. Unprocessed intrinsic data cubes are generated from the obtained spectrum which are processed with the intrinsic methodology of the invention to generate an intrinsic hyper-spectral data cube of the field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Center for Quantitative Cytometry
    Inventors: Abraham Schwartz, Philip Sherman, Emma Fernandez Repollet
  • Patent number: 11153496
    Abstract: A solar module detection system is provided. The solar module detection system includes a visible light image capturing device, a thermal image capturing device, a carrier, and a host. The visible light image capturing device captures a visible light image of a solar module along a moving path. The thermal image capturing device captures a thermal image of the solar module along the moving path. The carrier carries the visible light image capturing device and the thermal image capturing device and moves the visible light image capturing device and the thermal image capturing device according to the moving path. The host identifies a thermal abnormality condition of the solar module from the thermal image, determines a defect type of the thermal abnormality condition according to the visible light image, and displays the thermal abnormality condition and the defect type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignees: Win Win Precision Technology Co., Ltd., IRUAV Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Cheng-Lien Wang, Szu Ming Chen, Yi Ching Chen
  • Patent number: 11146720
    Abstract: An electronic device is disclosed. The electronic device may comprise: an image sensor for acquiring raw image data corresponding to light of infrared band and visible light band, with respect to an external object; and a processor, wherein the processor is configured to: receive a request for acquiring the raw image data corresponding to the external object; on the basis of the request configured to be performed using a first function of the image sensor, generate an RGB image related to the external object by using first raw image data corresponding to the light of visible light band, obtained through the image sensor, and on the basis of the request configured to be performed using a second function of the image sensor, perform biometric authentication related to the external object by using second raw image data corresponding to the light of infrared band, obtained through the image sensor. In addition, various embodiments recognized through the specification are possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dong Soo Kim, Prajit Sivasankaran Nair, Hwa Yong Kang, Young Kwon Yoon, Lokesh Rayasandra Boregowda, Jong Hun Won
  • Patent number: 11138764
    Abstract: To provide an image processing device which is user-friendly and is able to acquire an optimum image in which a user's intention is reflected based on various kinds of parameter setting by the user, the image processing device includes: a combination processing unit configured to combine a visible-light image signal and an infrared-light image signal to generate a combined image signal, and a parameter setting unit configured to set a parameter other than combination ratios of the visible-light image signal and the infrared-light image signal in the combined image signal. The combination processing unit changes the combination ratio in accordance with a change in the parameter when the parameter setting unit changes the parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Aihiko Numata
  • Patent number: 11120627
    Abstract: A system, apparatus, device, or method to output different iterations of data entities. The method may include establishing a first data entity; establishing a first state for the first data entity. The method may include establishing a second state for the first data entity. The method may include storing the first data entity, the first state, and the second state at a storage device. The method may include retrieving a first iteration of the first data entity exhibiting at least a portion of the first state. The method may include retrieving a second iteration of the first data entity exhibiting at least a portion of the second state. The method may include outputting the first iteration and the second iteration at an output time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Atheer, Inc.
    Inventors: Sina Fateh, Ron Butterworth, Mohamed Nabil Hajj Chehade, Allen Yang Yang, Sleiman Itani
  • Patent number: 11079088
    Abstract: A lamp for a vehicle includes a light source part including a light source, a first lens part including a plurality of micro incidence lenses on which light generated from the light source part is incident, a second lens part including a plurality of micro emitting lenses each corresponding to each of the plurality of micro incidence lenses, and a shield part disposed between the first lens part and the second lens part. The shield part includes a plurality of shields configured to block some of the light incident from the plurality of micro incidence lenses on the plurality of micro emitting lenses. In particular, a light axis of the light source may be disposed to be spaced apart from a center line which connects centers of an incidence surface and an emitting surface of the first lens part in at least one of a side direction or a downward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: SL Corporation
    Inventors: Jongwoon Kim, Nakjung Choi, Hyeongdo Kim, Kihae Shin
  • Patent number: 11082640
    Abstract: An infrared camera includes a lens unit including a lens and a lens barrel, a heater that is provided at the lens unit and heats the lens, an infrared image sensor that captures an image using infrared light focused by the lens, a chassis that is fixed to an external surface side of the lens barrel while being thermally insulated from the lens unit and contains the infrared image sensor, and a light-blocking member that is located between the lens barrel and the infrared image sensor inside the chassis as viewed in a direction of an optical axis of the lens and blocks infrared light radiated toward the infrared image sensor and coming without passing through the lens, thus reducing the influence of infrared light coming without passing through the lens on capturing of an image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Hideo Nagata, Hiroshi Sakanoue, Takafumi Hara
  • Patent number: 11076093
    Abstract: The shape of a moving object is reconstructed from a shot image under relatively-strong ambient light or an embedded image is demodulated from a video image in which an image that may not be visually recognized is embedded to display the image. The image processing method of the present invention includes irradiating flashing light to the surface of the object based on a spreading signal obtained by spread spectrum modulation, receiving reflected light from the surface of the object to output the signal including the image information, a filtering for eliminating noise including a low-frequency component from the signal including the image information, inverse-spreading the signal after the filtering to demodulate the signal, and outputting, based on a signal obtained by the demodulation, an image reflecting the state of the surface of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ADVANCED INDUSTRIAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventor: Ryusuke Sagawa
  • Patent number: 11070738
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices for operating a camera-enabled device are described. The camera-enabled device may emit, via a first light emitting source, an infrared light in a physical environment and determine time-of-flight information associated with a target object in the physical environment based on the emitted infrared light. The camera-enabled device may estimate one or more exposure settings based on the time-of-flight information, and emit, via a second light emitting source, a visible light in the physical environment based on the estimated one or more exposure settings. As a result, the camera-enabled device may capture an image of the physical environment based on the emitted visible light and the estimated one or more exposure settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Loic Francois Segapelli, Ho Sang Lee, Ying Noyes
  • Patent number: 11060919
    Abstract: An image sensor includes on a support a plurality of first pixels and a plurality of second pixels intended to detect an infrared radiation emitted by an element of a scene. Each of the pixels includes a bolometric membrane suspended above a reflector covering the support, wherein the reflector of each of the first pixels is covered with a first dielectric layer, and the reflector of each of the second pixels is covered with a second dielectric layer differing from the first dielectric layer by its optical properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: LYNRED
    Inventors: Nicolas Boudou, Alexia Gorecki
  • Patent number: 11054614
    Abstract: A compact high-resolution imaging lens which provides a wide field of view of 80 degrees or more and corrects various aberrations properly. Designed for a solid-state image sensor, the imaging lens includes constituent lenses arranged in the following order from an object side to an image side: a first positive (refractive power) lens having a convex object-side surface; a second negative lens having a concave image-side surface; a third positive lens as a double-sided aspheric lens having a convex object-side surface; a fourth positive lens having a convex image-side surface; a fifth lens as a double-sided aspheric lens having a concave image-side surface; and a sixth negative lens having a concave image-side surface. The image-side surface of the sixth lens has an aspheric shape with a pole-change point in a position off an optical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: KANTATSU CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yukio Sekine
  • Patent number: 11048910
    Abstract: Provided are a fingerprint identification device, a fingerprint identification method and an electronic device, which could improve security of fingerprint identification. The fingerprint identification device includes an optical fingerprint sensor including a plurality of pixel units; at least two filter units disposed above at least two pixel units of the plurality of pixel units, where each filter unit corresponds to one pixel unit, and the at least two filter units comprise filter units in at least two colors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: SHENZHEN GOODIX TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shunzhan Li, Xiang Cheng, Qin Gu, Yonghui Wu
  • Patent number: 11036067
    Abstract: Imaging systems may include tunable polarization filters. A tunable polarization filter may be integrated directly into an image sensor package. For example, the tunable polarization filter may serve as cover glass for the image sensor package. Tunable polarization package glass may be incorporated into image sensor packages that have air gaps between the image sensor and the cover glass or that have transparent adhesive between the image sensor and the cover glass. The tunable polarization layer may be controlled at a global level, at a sub-array level, or at a pixel level. In some cases, the tunable polarization layer may be a tunable polarization filter. In this example, the direction of the polarization filter is tuned. In other cases, the tunable polarization layer may be a tunable polarization rotator. In this example, the tunable polarization layer selectively rotates the polarization of light that passes through the tunable polarization layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventors: Orit Skorka, Brian Anthony Vaartstra, Radu Ispasoiu
  • Patent number: 11025839
    Abstract: There is provided a camera apparatus including: a capturing unit that includes a lens to which light, from a capturing area including IR light and visible light is incident, and that performs capturing based on the light; an IR lighting unit that irradiates the capturing area with IR light; and a controller that generates an instruction to change a focal position of the lens and an instruction to adjust a quantity of the IR light, in which the controller calculates an IR light ratio which indicates a ratio of the quantity of the IR light to the light included in a captured image of the capturing area, and selects and performs any one of a first focusing processing to change the focal position of the lens corresponding to the IR light, a second focusing processing to change the focal position of the lens corresponding to the visible light, and an IR light quantity adjustment determination processing to determine whether or not to adjust the quantity of the IR light, based on the IR light ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC l-PRO SENSING SOLUTIONS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Tamaru, Jun Ikeda, Kazuhiko Nakamura, Satoshi Kataoka
  • Patent number: 11024082
    Abstract: A method includes sequentially outputting from an imaging sensor each pixel row of a set of pixel rows of an image captured by the imaging sensor. The method further includes displaying, at a display device, a pixel row representative of a first pixel row of the captured image prior to a second pixel row of the captured image being output by the imaging sensor. An apparatus includes an imaging sensor having a first lens that imparts a first type of spatial distortion, a display device coupled to the imaging sensor, the display to display imagery captured by the imaging sensor with the first spatial distortion, and an eyepiece lens aligned with the display, the eyepiece lens imparting a second type of spatial distortion that compensates for the first type of spatial distortion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Johnny Chung Lee, Steven B. Goldberg
  • Patent number: 11015773
    Abstract: A stand light includes a telescoping body having a main center shaft, an extension pole extendable out of the main center shaft, and a sleeve movably supported on the main center shaft. A head assembly is supported by the extension pole and includes a light source. A plurality of legs is pivotally coupled to the body and is movable with the sleeve from a collapsed position to an extended position, in which distal ends of the plurality of legs are moved away from the body. When the plurality of legs is in the collapsed position, side portions of the plurality of legs come together to form a handle configured to be grasped by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventors: Josh Adams, Emily C. Doberstein, Ross McIntyre, David Proeber, Duane W. Wenzel
  • Patent number: 11005759
    Abstract: Systems and methods for delegating communication from a wearable computing device to a remote network via a host computing device connected to the remote network include providing a host routing service and a host data communications endpoint at the host computing device. Incoming data message(s) formatted according to an Internet Protocol and destinated for delivery to an application program at the wearable computing device are received via the host routing service. The incoming data message(s) are encapsulated using a transport protocol and transmitted to a data routing service of the wearable computing device. In a reverse direction, outgoing data message(s) destinated for delivery to a remote computing device connected to the remote network and encapsulated in a transport protocol are received via the host routing service. The outgoing data message(s) are de-encapsulated, re-encapsulated using an Internet Protocol, and transmitted to the remote computing device via the remote network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Mark Oliver Slevinsky, Roland Edwin Vane
  • Patent number: 10993625
    Abstract: Method for automatic detection of inflammation or functional disorder according to temperature asymmetry estimation in contralateral body parts is presented. Simultaneously recorded thermogram and the optical image of the inspected and contralateral body parts are sent to the processing unit, where they are stored, processed, and analyzed. Method automatically detects outlines of body parts in thermograms and optical images. Grid of points of interest is distributed inside the inspected and the contralateral body part's outline. Temperature maps are calculated according to both grids points and the temperature disparity map is estimated. The set of inflammation regions is obtained by analyzing the temperature disparity map and collecting adjacent points containing temperature differences surpassing the threshold. This is non-invasive and non-contact inspection method, suitable for real world environments with natural home or health care institutions background.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: UAB DIABETIS
    Inventors: Urte Steikuniene, Gintare Marine, Rytis Zajanckauskas, Jonas Guzaitis
  • Patent number: 10986288
    Abstract: Various techniques are provided to perform flat field correction (FFC) for infrared cameras. In one example, a system includes a focal plane array (FPA) of an infrared camera configured to capture thermal image data in response to infrared radiation received by the FPA via an optical path of the infrared camera. The system further includes a memory configured to store a set of supplemental FFC values. The system further includes a processor configured to determine a scale factor based at least on a temperature and/or a rate of temperature change of an internal component of the infrared camera; generate a scaled set of supplemental FFC values based on the scale factor and set of supplemental FFC values; and apply the scaled set of supplemental FFC values to the thermal image data to adjust for non-uniformities associated with at least a portion of the first optical path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: FLIR Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Kostrzewa, Jason Gardner