Camera Patents (Class 348/174)
  • Patent number: 9041807
    Abstract: An image processing device configured to be installed in a vehicle includes an image acquirer, an image selector, a first luminance adjuster, a synthetic image generator, and an image provider. The image acquirer acquires camera images captured by cameras provided on the vehicle. The image selector selects one of the camera images as a representative image based on luminances of the camera images. The first luminance adjuster adjusts a luminance of at least one of the other camera images based on a luminance of the representative image. The synthetic image generator generates a synthetic image showing a periphery of the vehicle, based on the representative image and the other camera images the luminance of at least one of which has been adjusted by the first adjuster. The image provider outputs, to a display device installed in the vehicle, information corresponding to the synthetic image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignees: FUJITSU TEN LIMITED, FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Masahiko Murakami, Nobunori Asayama
  • Patent number: 9019348
    Abstract: A display device comprising a storage unit that stores a video signal of a subject, image capturing position information, and shooting direction information, a display unit, a display posture information acquiring unit, a calculating unit that calculates a relative positional relation of a plurality of image capturing positions in a stereoscopic space based on the image capturing position information stored in the storage unit, and calculates a relative directional relation of a plurality of shooting directions in the display direction of the display unit based on the shooting direction information stored in the storage unit and the display direction information acquired by the display posture information acquiring unit, and a control unit that controls the display unit displaying a rotation video obtained by rotating the video of the subject corresponding to the video signal stored in the storage unit according to the relative directional relation calculated by the calculating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Akihiko Sakamoto, Ryuichi Kiyoshige
  • Patent number: 9001214
    Abstract: A method, system and reference target for estimating spectral data on a selected one of three spectral information types is disclosed. Spectral information types comprise illumination of a scene, spectral sensitivity of an imager imaging the scene and reflectance of a surface in the scene. The method comprises obtaining a ranking order for plural sensor responses produced by the imager, each sensor responses being produced from a reference target in the scene, obtaining, from an alternate source, data on the other two spectral information types, determining a set of constraints, the set including, for each sequential pair combination of sensor responses when taken in said ranking order, a constraint determined in dependence on the ranking and on the other two spectral information types for the respective sensor responses and, in dependence on the ranking order and on the set of constraints, determining said spectral data that optimally satisfies said constraints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: University of East Anglia
    Inventor: Graham Finlayson
  • Patent number: 8922721
    Abstract: A display apparatus and a control method thereof are provided The display apparatus includes: an image processor configured to process an image of content; a display configured to display the processed image of the content; a camera configured to capture an image of a remote controller; a storage configured to store information regarding a plurality of appearance states of the remote controller corresponding to user commands; and a controller configured to determine an appearance state from among the plurality of appearance states of the remote controller based on the image of remote controller captured by the camera, and control the display section to display the image of the content according to a user command corresponding to the determined appearance state of the remote controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Do-sung Jung, Nam-hyun Park, Hae-sung Park, Ri-na Shin, Hyung-ho Hwangbo
  • Patent number: 8866913
    Abstract: Systems and methods for calibrating a 360 degree camera system include imaging reference strips, analyzing the imaged data to correct for pitch, roll, and yaw of cameras of the 360 degree camera system, and analyzing the image data to correct for zoom and shifting of the cameras. Each of the reference strips may include a bullseye component and a dots component to aid in the analyzing and correcting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: OmniVision Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff Hsieh, Hasan Gadjali, Tawei Ho
  • Patent number: 8867843
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method of image denoising and method of generating motion vector data structure thereof. The method comprises: providing an image sequential capturing module to capture and to receive the plurality of images; generating a global motion vector based on the plurality of images in accordance with a first algorithm; reducing each image as reduced images; dividing each of the first reduced images into a plurality of first areas and generating a first local motion vector based on each of the first areas in accordance with a second algorithm, and via the similar way for generating a second local motion vector; finally, obtaining motion vector data in the plurality of images according to the global motion vector, each of the first local motion vectors and each of the second local motion vectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Altek Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventors: Chia-Yu Wu, Shih-Yuan Peng
  • Patent number: 8749571
    Abstract: An information processing section of a game apparatus executes a program for implementing a step S100 of acquiring a camera image; a step S200 of detecting a marker; a step S400 of calculating a position and an orientation of a virtual camera; a step S600 of generating an animation in which a hexahedron is caused to appear on the marker when the start of a game is requested; a step S800 of generating an animation in which the hexahedron is unfolded so as to position thereon virtual objects representing targets; a step S900 of mapping the photographed image on objects; a step S1000 of taking an image of the objects by means of the virtual camera; and a step S1100, S1200 of displaying the camera image and an object image which is superimposed on the camera image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignees: Nintendo Co., Ltd., Hal Laboratory Inc.
    Inventor: Tetsuya Noge
  • Patent number: 8723961
    Abstract: Apparatus and method of forming and displaying high dynamic range (HDR) images for various purposes including the testing of image capture devices, such as cameras. A display device has a display panel carrying a plurality of rendered images formed from image data of a scene. At least one light source is used to illuminate the rendered images on the display panel. When the rendered images are aligned with one another and illuminated by the light source, the rendered images are capable of forming a display image having a dynamic range higher than those of the rendered images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Aptina Imaging Corporation
    Inventors: Elaine W. Jin, Ken Kryda
  • Patent number: 8648871
    Abstract: An information processing section of a game apparatus executes a program for implementing a step S100 of acquiring a camera image; a step S200 of detecting a marker; a step S400 of calculating a position and an orientation of a virtual camera; a step S600 of generating an animation in which layed-flat surfaces of a hexahedron appear, and the hexahedron is folded so as to confine virtual objects representing targets therein when a stage is cleared; a step S800 of generating an animation in which the folded hexahedron is unfolded so as to position different virtual objects thereon; a step S900 of mapping the photographed image on objects; a step S1000 of taking an image of the objects by means of the virtual camera; and a step S1100, S1200 of displaying the camera image and an object image which is superimposed on the camera image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignees: Nintendo Co., Ltd., HAL Laboratory Inc.
    Inventor: Tetsuya Noge
  • Patent number: 8558894
    Abstract: A method for presentation interaction. The method includes, receiving by a computer system an indication of a manual selection of a region proximate to an audience member of an audience wherein the indication is received via an interaction with a displayed image of the audience. The method also includes utilizing a microphone array communicatively coupled with a beam-forming component of the computer system to focus audio pickup from the region proximate to the audience member in response to receiving the indication. The method also includes displaying an enhanced image of the region proximate to the audience member using the computer system in response to receiving the indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Kar-Han Tan, Bowon Lee
  • Publication number: 20130201348
    Abstract: A capacitive touch panel includes a substrate, a plurality of first axis electrodes, and a plurality of second axis electrodes. Each of the first axis electrodes includes at least one first sensing electrode, and the first sensing electrode has a first electrode pattern region and a second electrode pattern region. Each of the second axis electrodes includes at least one second sensing electrode, and the second sensing electrode has a third electrode pattern region and a fourth electrode pattern region. A pattern density of the first electrode pattern region is higher than a pattern density of the second electrode pattern region, and a pattern density of the third electrode pattern region is higher than a pattern density of the fourth electrode pattern region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicants: WINTEK CORPORATION, Wintek (China) Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Wintek (China) Technology Ltd., WINTEK CORPORATION
  • Patent number: 8375283
    Abstract: A system, device, method, and computer program product are provided for allowing a user of the device to more easily annotate data files and/or images received by or created by the electronic device or system. For example, according to one embodiment, when a user takes a digital picture using a camera-equipped mobile phone, annotation data may be automatically presented to the user when a preview of the image is first displayed on the electronic display. The annotation data may be presented to the user as a list that semi-transparently overlays the preview of the image. The annotation list and/or the individual annotations that make up the list may be customizable. The annotation choices in the list may correspond to keys on the electronic device. Annotation data may be stored with the image or file as embedded metadata. The selected annotation data may also be used to create file folders in a memory device and/or store the image or file in a particular file folder in the memory device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventors: Yue Fei, Koichi Mori, Tolga Capin
  • Patent number: 8217911
    Abstract: A handheld device with a compact integrated touch panel is disclosed. A handheld device incorporating a touch panel display requiring electrical connections is reduced in size by incorporating electrical pathways within the support structure of the touch panel display, obviating the need for a flex circuit extension from the touch panel display for connection to the handheld device. A further reduction in size is obtained by providing an inherent visually homogeneous perimeter for the touch panel display by matching the colors of the conductive and dielectric materials, thereby eliminating the need for a bezel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Shawn Gettemy, Huy P. Nguyen, Bill Webb, Lawrence Lam, Kean Wong
  • Patent number: 7551328
    Abstract: The present invention enables image data with good S/N and high resolution to be obtained reliably in a short reading time. A CCD 102 is formed by arranging line sensors, in which detecting elements having a time integration effect are arranged in a direction orthogonal to a relative movement direction in which the CCD 102 moves relative to an original, in a plurality of columns in the relative movement direction. A signal processing unit 107 detects pixel components on the basis of a model for separating first pixel values obtained in a processing unit time by the CCD 102 into a plurality of the pixel components corresponding to detection positions of the object being detected, and generates second pixel values corresponding to the detection positions of the object being detected on the basis of the detected pixel components. The present invention is applicable to scanners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignee: Sony Corportion
    Inventors: Tetsujiro Kondo, Takashi Sawao, Junichi Ishibashi, Takahiro Nagano, Naoki Fujiwara, Toru Miyake, Seiji Wada
  • Patent number: 7474764
    Abstract: A picture processing apparatus is disclosed which processes pictures showing subjects wearing devices each assigned identification information. The picture processing apparatus includes: an acquiring mechanism acquiring a first picture sequence formed by the pictures showing the subjects wearing the devices, and a time series of the identification information assigned to the devices; and a clustering mechanism which, based on how the time series acquired by the acquiring mechanism is linked according to the identification information, links together scenes constituting the first picture sequence, the scenes having been picked up at corresponding points in time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Machiko Segawa, Keigo Ihara, Nobuyuki Matsushita, Makoto Murata, Eiji Takahashi, Ryu Aoyama, Caoyi Lu, Hiroyuki Maruyama
  • Patent number: 7218759
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for the detection of faces in a digital image captured under a variety of lighting conditions are provided. Rather than subjecting an entire image to computationally intensive face detection analysis, the image is subjected to computationally simply analysis to identify candidate pixels likely to be of skin colour. Only those pixels having such color are subject to computationally intensive face detection analysis. The pixels are selected by first selecting a color distribution model based on an image capture condition provided with the color digial image. Then, the color of the pixels is tested using the distribution model to determine those pixels having predominantly skin color. Preferably, the distribution model is selected from among a number of different distribution models with each of the distribution models associated with a different set of lighting conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Edwin Ho, Alison Joan Lennon, Andrew Peter Bradley
  • Patent number: 7184075
    Abstract: The tracking product images several coded data sources (41A–41C) concurrently to cause a track signal (12) which represents each of the several coded data source locations and represents each of the several coded data source identities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Inventor: Leonard Reiffel
  • Patent number: 7106183
    Abstract: A rearview system component for a vehicle including a housing for attachment to the vehicle, a camera positioned in the housing to have a first axial direction, a first sensor positioned in the housing to have a second axial direction, and a second sensor positioned in the housing to have a third axial direction, wherein the first, second and third axial directions are in different directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: NESA International Incorporated
    Inventor: Suk Ki Hong
  • Patent number: 6933964
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an improved surveillance system, more particularly to a surveillance system having the function of driving the camera for the scanning and tracking automatically by using a control panel, a motor controller, and a driver to drive the motor. Such motor works together with a rotary disc and a camera lens as well as a sensor to compute and memorize the direction and angle of rotation of the motor by the sensing signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Assignee: Kingtek Electronics Technology Corp.
    Inventors: Mao-Yen Sung, Shih-Che Lo
  • Patent number: 6834130
    Abstract: An image retrieval system for retrieving a plurality of images recorded in a recording medium, records data concerning operations and processing for image files as history data. A desired image is found based on the history data. Further, an image is found based on a combination of photographing condition in a photographing operation, and the history data of the operations executed for the image file. Therefore, the image retrieval system allows the image to be efficiently, exactly, and conveniently found without a trouble of assigning key information to the image file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2004
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahito Niikawa, Kenji Nakamura, Yasuhiro Morimoto, Katsuyuki Nanba
  • Patent number: 6434254
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for detecting objects from a sequence of images of a scene containing an object by using two distinct methods for object detection. One is suited for well-lit scenes (e.g., daytime), while the other is suitable for poorly-lit scenes (e.g., nighttime) where the objects have lights mounted on them. Further, the method and apparatus are adaptive to the image statistics of the objects being detected, and can be programmed to filter out “weak” detections that lie below a certain percentile in the observed statistical distribution of image measures. The specific percentile is determined based on whether the scene has been determined to be well- or poorly-lit and whether it contains shadows or not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Assignee: Sarnoff Corporation
    Inventor: Lambert Ernest Wixson
  • Patent number: 5293100
    Abstract: Compensation for phosphor burn in a CRT scanner is achieved by offsetting the scan by half a line spacing on alternate scans when the film is stationary in the scanner. To avoid unpleasant effects the offset scan output is supressed and the previous frame output frozen in the frame store 24. The previous frame is output again from the frame store in place of the offset scan output.Offset scanning is not performed when a control adjustment is made to avoid a juddering effect on the displayed output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 8, 1994
    Assignee: Rank Cintel Limited
    Inventors: Peter R. Swinson, Terence W. Mead