Computer Can Control Camera Patents (Class 348/207.11)
  • Patent number: 10231004
    Abstract: One embodiment includes a recording application executed at a processor on a server. The recording application receives a request to record electronic content. The request is received from a client device via a first network connection between the server and the client device. A second network connection between a content provider and the client is used to provide the electronic content from the content provider to the client device. In response to receiving the request, the recording application establishes a third network connection between the server and the content provider. The recording application stores the electronic content provided via the third network connection. The electronic content is stored to a computer-readable medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventor: Rajnikanth Codavalli
  • Patent number: 10218292
    Abstract: Provided is an active positioning encoder, comprising: a display device, said display device being used for displaying at least a first pattern; a reading device, said reading device comprising at least a first read head, the first read head being used for reading the first pattern in order to obtain an image signal; a signal processing device, said signal processing device performing signal processing on the image signal of the first read head in order to determine the single-dimensional positioning of the first read head relative to the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Shanghai Jiaotong University
    Inventors: Peisen S. Huang, Junbin Zhang, Zonghao Chen, Jian Gao
  • Patent number: 10204116
    Abstract: Certain aspects relate to systems and techniques for image metadata enrichment. Image metadata enrichment can be accomplished by taking a variety of structured and unstructured data associated with an image and integrating some or all of the structured and unstructured data into the metadata of the image. The enriched image metadata renders the image capable of being placed against other leveraging technologies, for example searching and feature-based sorting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: CoreLogic Solutions, LLC
    Inventor: Patrick Louis Troppe
  • Patent number: 10205867
    Abstract: In a photographing method in which a terminal device performs photographing, a clock of the terminal device is synchronized with a clock of a server that is a reference, photographing clock time information indicating a photographing clock time based on the clock is acquired through a network, and the photographing is performed at the photographing clock time indicated by the photographing clock time information based on the clock of the terminal device already synchronized with the clock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Youji Shibahara, Toshiyasu Sugio, Toru Matsunobu, Yuki Maruyama
  • Patent number: 10178250
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a display, a position detector that detects a position in a display surface of the display and a hardware processor. The hardware processor, in response to detection of the position with which an object has been in contact, detects a portable device; establishes a communication path with the portable device; detects a continuation state based on a state of the portable device or a state of the information processing apparatus; in the case where the communication path is established with the portable device, and the portable device is detected, switches to a cooperation mode; in the case where the portable device is no longer detected, if the continuation state is detected, maintains the cooperation mode; and in the case where the portable device is no longer detected, if the continuation state is not detected, switches from the cooperation mode to the single mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Shoko Haba, Yoichi Kurumasa, Kazuhiro Tomiyasu, Ryosuke Nishimura, Mie Kawabata, Zhenhuan Qu
  • Patent number: 10133932
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes an image acquisition unit, an image recognition unit, a character information acquisition unit, and a communication unit. The image acquisition unit acquires an image. The image recognition unit recognizes image characteristic information acquired by the image acquisition unit. The character information acquisition unit acquires character information from the characteristic information recognized by the image recognition unit. The communication unit communicates the character information acquired by the character information acquisition unit to a guide information retrieval device that retrieves guide information from the character information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akinobu Sato, Takashi Suzuki, Yoichi Yoshida, Osamu Nonaka
  • Patent number: 10116859
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a photographic information acquisition unit, a scene/subject discrimination unit, an assist information retrieval unit, and a display unit. The photographic information acquisition unit acquires photographic information. The scene/subject discrimination unit discriminates a photographic scene or a subject based on the photographic information. The assist information retrieval unit retrieves assist information concerning a lens corresponding to a discrimination result of the photographic scene or the subject. The display unit displays the retrieved assist information. The assist information includes lens-related assist information which includes a sample image showing an example corresponding to a lens, a type of a lens, a specification of the lens, and a setting of the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Maki Matsunaga
  • Patent number: 10104278
    Abstract: In an aspect of the present invention, assignment and a rotation direction of a pan motor and a tilt motor of each key of a cross key are set on the basis of the installation posture of the camera. Accordingly, it is possible to operate the cross key without discomfort when the camera is caused to perform a pan operation or a tilt operation using the cross key. Further, if the camera is caused to perform the pan operation using the cross key and a specific condition under which a video rotates is discriminated from a tilt angle, a display of a corresponding icon of the cross key is switched from a first icon indicating an up and down direction or a left and right direction to a second icon indicating a rotation direction. Accordingly, it is possible not to cause discomfort even when a video rotates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Oshima, Mikio Watanabe, Takeshi Misawa, Masaya Tamaru, Daisuke Hayashi, Fuminori Irie
  • Patent number: 10104331
    Abstract: A video imaging system, and more particularly, a modular video imaging system having a control module connectable to multiple input modules. The input modules each capable of receiving differing types of image data from different types of cameras including stereoscopic camera configurations and processing the image data into a format recognizable by the control module. The control unit providing general functions such as user interface and general image processing that is not camera specific including the generation of a 3D image stream formed by combining two image streams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Karl Storz Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Marc R. Amling, Timothy King, Grant deGoede, Lisa Blake
  • Patent number: 10097683
    Abstract: A mobile electronic device includes an acceleration sensor configured to detect an acceleration value, a controller configured to determine, based on the acceleration value, movement state of user of the mobile electronic device, a first input unit configured to receive input of information enabling unlocking of a security lock state in which a security lock is effective, and a second input unit configured to receive input of biological information enabling unlocking of the security lock state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Katsuhiro Okamoto, Haruyoshi Oshinome
  • Patent number: 9998668
    Abstract: Provided is an imaging apparatus which corrects uneven exposure caused when a sensor-shift image stabilization and an electronic front curtain reset are used concurrently. The imaging apparatus includes: a camera shake detector configured to detect a camera shake; an imaging device configured to capture e a subject image; an image stabilizer configured to move the imaging device in a plane perpendicular to an optical axis; an electronic front curtain configured to reset electric charges accumulated in the imaging device; a mechanical shutter configured to switch between blocking and passing of a subject image to be collected onto the imaging device; and an image stabilization controller configured to produce an image stabilization signal from the camera shake detected by the camera shake detector and configured to control the image stabilizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Mikio Sakurai
  • Patent number: 9973732
    Abstract: This disclosure is directed to methods, apparatuses, and systems for facilitating video communications between users in environments including a plurality of imaging devices. For example, an environment can include first and second imaging devices having associated fields of view providing multiple perspectives of a user. Upon initiating a video communication session, a network device can receive image data from the imaging devices to determine an identity of a user. A user profile of the user can include preferences for the communication, such as device selection, zoom selection, audio selection, subject framing, and the like. Further, the network device can utilize machine learned algorithms to determine an optimal view of the user for the video communication based on the fields of view associated with each imaging device. The network device can intelligently add users to a communication session and provide output to devices to provide a seamless videoconferencing experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeromey Russell Goetz
  • Patent number: 9967447
    Abstract: An information processing system of this invention includes an image pickup apparatus, a handheld apparatus, and a wearable apparatus. The image pickup apparatus receives a pickup instruction from the handheld apparatus, executes image pickup processing in response to the pickup instruction, and transmits event information about the image pickup processing to the handheld apparatus. The handheld apparatus transmits the pickup instruction to the image pickup apparatus, sets one of a plurality of operation modes to operate in accordance with the set operation mode, receives the event information from the image pickup apparatus, selectively transfers the event information to the wearable apparatus, and executes processing corresponding to the event information if the event information is not transferred to the wearable apparatus. The wearable apparatus receives the event information from the handheld apparatus, and executes processing corresponding to the event information if the event information is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takashi Aizawa
  • Patent number: 9961268
    Abstract: On a display screen of a display unit which displays an image captured by an imaging unit, the image capturing direction and the zoom magnification for a specified imaging region to be captured by the imaging unit are determined. If the determined image capturing direction is out of a range of the image capturing direction of the imaging unit that can be changed, the zoom magnification of the imaging unit is restricted to be lower than the zoom magnification determined in the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takumi Kimura
  • Patent number: 9961214
    Abstract: According to an embodiment of the present invention, an image shooting apparatus includes an imaging unit, a transmission unit, and a processor that is configured to acquire an image captured by the imaging unit to generate a shot image and control the transmission unit to transmit, to an information acquiring apparatus, (i) the shot image, and (ii) instruction information for instructing the information acquiring apparatus to acquire supplementary information, with a shooting instruction. The supplementary information is information which is acquired by a sensor of the information acquiring apparatus and which is to be added to the transmitted shot image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Hoshino
  • Patent number: 9953191
    Abstract: A display information protection system includes a management system that stores a plurality of display information protection policies and that may provide any of the display information protection policies through a network. An endpoint device is coupled to the management system through the network and stores a display information protection policy that may have been automatically populated or received from the management system. The endpoint device displays a plurality of information and may determine that a first subset of the plurality of information that has been provided for display is defined by the display information protection policy. In response to detecting the first display information protection event and determining that the first subset of a plurality of information is defined by the display information protection policy, the endpoint device obfuscates the display of the first subset of the plurality of information on the endpoint device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Daniel L. Hamlin, Charles D. Robison, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9935992
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a method and a system for generating personalized views of live video feeds of an event. The method comprises determining one or more personalized inputs associated with each user. Further, the method comprises receiving a live video feed of an event from each of a plurality of imaging units. Then, the method generates a map of an area within which the event occurs. The method further comprises, receiving real-time location of at least one subject participating in the event from a tracking unit, correlating the real-time location of the subject with the mapped area, selecting, for each user, at least one video feed among the live video feeds for generating personalized views of the live video feeds and transmitting the at least one selected video feed to respective users through a web server for providing personalized views of the live video feeds of the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: WIPRO LIMITED
    Inventors: Harish Nair Rajagopal, Abul Koyes Choudhury, Sreeprakash Thonikkandy
  • Patent number: 9928462
    Abstract: An apparatus for determining a user's mental state in a terminal is provided. The apparatus includes a data collector configured to collect sensor data; a data processor configured to extract feature data from the sensor data; and a mental state determiner configured to provide the feature data to an inference model to determine the user's mental state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ho-Sub Lee
  • Patent number: 9894323
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a plurality of content sources providing content relevant to an event at a venue, one or more wireless access points positioned at the venue, a plurality of servers distributing the content signals to the wireless access points, and a plurality of wireless communication devices, each using a browser to retrieve the content through one of the wireless access points. A method performed by the apparatus is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: YINZCAM, INC.
    Inventors: Priya Narasimhan, Rajeev Gandhi
  • Patent number: 9848106
    Abstract: Implementations for identifying, capturing, and presenting high-quality photo-representations of acts occurring during play of a game that employs motion tracking input technology are disclosed. As one example, a method is disclosed that includes capturing via an optical interface, a plurality of photographs of a player in a capture volume during play of the electronic game. The method further includes for each captured photograph of the plurality of captured photographs, comparing an event-based scoring parameter to an event depicted by or corresponding to the captured photograph. The method further includes assigning respective scores to the plurality of captured photographs based, at least in part, on the comparison to the even-based scoring parameter. The method further includes associating the captured photographs at an electronic storage media with the respective scores assigned to the captured photographs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Mike Scavezze, Arthur Tomlin, Relja Markovic, Stephen Latta, Kevin Geisner
  • Patent number: 9841280
    Abstract: A modular video imaging system, and more particularly, a modular video imaging system having a control module connectable to multiple input modules. The input modules each capable of receiving differing types of image data from different types of cameras and processing the image data into a format recognizable by the control module. The control unit providing general functions such as user interface and general image processing that is not camera specific.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Karl Storz Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Marc R. Amling, Timothy King
  • Patent number: 9794600
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and media for generating an advertisement from a video stream are provided. In accordance with some embodiments, the method comprises: receiving, from a first user device, advertisement parameters associated with an advertisement campaign for placing an advertisement based on the advertisement parameters, wherein the advertisement parameters include one or more keywords; associating the advertisement parameters with an identifier of the first user device; receiving, from the first user device, a live video stream; receiving, from a second user device, a request to present an advertisement; identifying the live video stream based at least in part on the one or more keywords; generating the advertisement using the live video stream and the advertisement parameters; and causing the advertisement to be presented on the second user device as the advertisement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Ruxton, Sean Ivester
  • Patent number: 9794480
    Abstract: A communication apparatus of the present invention includes a first acquisition unit configured to acquire first information that causes the communication apparatus to decide whether a different communication apparatus has a function to disconnect a power source according to an instruction from the communication apparatus, a second acquisition unit configured to acquire second information that shows an operation mode of the different communication apparatus, and a notification unit configured to notify a user that, in a case where the wireless communication with the different communication apparatus is disconnected, the different communication apparatus is instructed to disconnect the wireless communication and disconnect the power source of the different communication apparatus according to the first information and the second information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ryosuke Sato
  • Patent number: 9787882
    Abstract: The invention provides a method and an apparatus for use with an imaging device weighing less than eight ounces, such as a lightweight digital camera or a camera-equipped cell phone, in conjunction with a base apparatus capable of locating and re-locate the imaging device relative to a built environment, and generating and displaying discontinuous time-lapse image sequences. The inventive apparatus provides for the rotation of the attached imaging device to capture a set of images that provide complete coverage of the items and features that are visible from the location of the apparatus or to duplicate an image taken from any compass heading and pitch reachable by the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Inventor: Kenneth Arie VanBree
  • Patent number: 9767123
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer readable medium stores a program causing a computer to execute a managing process. The managing process includes determining a location of a photo-shooting target based on photo-shooting information of image information, the image information being generated by capturing the photo-shooting target, and associating at least one shop with the captured image, with reference to location information of plural shops that has been registered in advance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Toru Fuse
  • Patent number: 9723159
    Abstract: A handheld imaging device is described to provide high quality RAW image data to a smartphone, or similar handheld imaging device. The imaging device can have a larger dimension, particularly with regard to the thickness of the device, thus overcoming some of the physical limitations to providing high quality optics and image sensing within the thin form factor of a modern smartphone. As the device is only connected when capturing images the smartphone form factor is not altered. The device does not replicate the high-end image processing functionality of a smartphone, but instead transfers RAW images to the smartphone for high-end image processing & enhancement on the smartphone CPU/GPU. Thus it can be manufactured at lower cost than a dedicated camera with equivalent capabilities by taking advantage of the sophisticated image processing capabilities of today's smartphones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: 2P & M Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Peter Corcoran
  • Patent number: 9684009
    Abstract: An example embodiment includes an apparatus for monitoring launch parameters of an object. The apparatus includes a transmitter optical subassembly (TOSA), a receiver optical subassembly (ROSA), a processing unit, and a camera. The TOSA includes at least one laser source configured to transmit a laser sheet along an expected flight path of an object. The ROSA is configured to receive light reflected from the object. The processing unit is configured to estimate a velocity of the object based at least partially on the received light. The camera is configured to capture one or more images of the object at a time in which the object passes through a field of view of the camera according to the estimated velocity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: RAPSODO PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Batuhan Okur, Lodiya Radhakrishnan Viyayanand, Kelvin Yeo Soon Keat, Nyan Myo Naing
  • Patent number: 9672295
    Abstract: A CDN accelerator computer system (32) is described that can allow a website to be provided in a content delivery network (CDN). The CDN accelerator (32) is configured to receive a request for web content from a user (20). Processors in the CDN accelerator can then retrieve HTML source code from an origin server (34) and modify the source code by changing the addresses of static content items to refer to addresses in a CDN. The CDN accelerator (32) can then send the modified HTML source code to the user (20), and the user's browser can acquire the static content items from the CDN.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: ONAPP LIMITED
    Inventors: Whei Wong, Wai Keen Woon
  • Patent number: 9667694
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for automatically uploading media content from a mobile device to an online service provider can include receiving, in the mobile device, identifying information corresponding to a user account associated with at least one of a plurality of online service providers; capturing media content with a media input component included in the mobile device; and after the media content is captured, automatically uploading to the at least one online service provider the captured media content and the identifying information, without receiving user input contemporaneous with the automatic uploading that specifies that the captured media content is to be uploaded. The mobile device can further include a wireless communication component configured to wirelessly send data to and wirelessly receive data from the plurality of online service providers, which can be external to the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Wagner, Thomas H. Taylor, David P. Conway
  • Patent number: 9641748
    Abstract: Disclosed is a mobile terminal capable of restoring an unseen area, after taking a photograph, and a control method therefor. The mobile terminal, according to the present invention, can comprise: a camera for taking the photograph; a memory for storing data; a display unit for displaying, as a preview image, a partial area of an image inputted to the camera; and a control unit for taking the photograph of the entire image inputted to the camera when a photographing command is inputted, and controlling the partial area of the taken photograph to be displayed when a display command for the taken photograph is received. At this time, the control unit controls the entire area of the taken photograph to be displayed on the display unit when an editing command for the taken photograph is received, and can cut out a cropped area from the entire area of the taken photograph and store the same when the cropped area is set on the entire area of the taken photograph.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hyeji An, Juhee Jo, Hyungshin Park, Egun Jung, Sunok Kim
  • Patent number: 9584866
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving program content and data describing program content from a content source, and automatically identifying, based on user preferences of a first user, one or more relevant products or services displayed in the program content. Product-related metadata associated with the program content is identified. The product-related metadata including data relating to the one or more relevant products or services displayed in the program content. The program content is communicated to a display device for presentation to a first user in a first portion of the display device, and the product-related metadata is communicated to a second display device for presentation to a second user substantially simultaneously with the presentation of the program content in the first display device. A user commentary is received from the second device, the user commentary generated by the second user and associated with the program content or product-related metadata.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Michael George Lenahan, Amanda Johnson, Ben Lucas Mitchell, Chahn Chung, Linda Young
  • Patent number: 9560224
    Abstract: A remote control device remotely controlled by a remote operation device includes an operation screen transmission portion to transmit an operation screen to the remote operation device; and a changed area decision portion to decide on an area in a second operation screen that is different from a first operation screen, as a changed area, in a stage before the operation screen transmission portion transmits the second operation screen subsequently to the first operation screen. The operation screen transmission portion includes a supplemental information transmission portion to transmit supplemental information including a command to display the changed area in full screen, together with the second operation screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Kenichi Komaba, Hideyuki Matsuda, Kazuhiro Tomiyasu, Eiichi Narimatsu
  • Patent number: 9552427
    Abstract: A method and/or system for suggesting media content based on an image capture may include receiving, from an electronic device, a request for recommendations based on an image capture, wherein the request comprises data associated with the image capture. One or more search objects may be determined based on an analysis of the request. A particular user associated with the electronic device and one or more search interest associated with the particular user may be determined. One or more custom recommendations for the particular user may be determined based on the one or more search objects and/or based on the one or more search interests. Recommendation data comprising the one or more custom recommendations may be sent to the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventor: Robert Brett Rose
  • Patent number: 9544574
    Abstract: An example method involves: (a) determining an indication of distance to an object in a scene, wherein the computing device comprises three or more image-capture devices that provide two or more baselines for stereoscopic imaging, wherein at least two pairs of image-capture devices from the three or more image-capture devices are operable for stereoscopic imaging, wherein each pair provides one of the baselines, and wherein a first of the baselines is non-parallel to a second of the baselines, (b) selecting, by the computing device, a first pair from the at least two pairs of image-capture devices, wherein the first pair is selected based on the indication of distance and the baseline provided by the first pair, and (c) operating the first pair of image-capture devices to capture stereoscopic image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Geiss, Roman Lewkow
  • Patent number: 9525841
    Abstract: An imaging device includes an imaging unit configured to generate image data, an image data analyzing unit configured to analyze the image data to determine an age group or a sex of an image of a person included in the image data, a voice data generating unit configured to generate voice data, a voice data analyzing unit configured to analyze the voice data, a shooting condition information generating unit configured to generate shooting condition information based on a result of an analysis by the voice data analyzing unit and the age group or the sex of the image of the person determined by the image data analyzing unit, an image data recording unit, and a recording controller configured to record the image data and the shooting condition information in the image data recording unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Osamu Nonaka, Eiichi Fuse, Yuichi Tsuchimochi, Takeshi Ishino, Shinya Abe
  • Patent number: 9525816
    Abstract: A display control apparatus for controlling a display of a video image photographed by a camera discriminates a state and controls a display of a dialogue box in accordance with data which shows whether or not the dialogue box is displayed in accordance with a display mode for displaying the video image photographed by the camera and with the determined state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Akihiro Kohno
  • Patent number: 9525747
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for processing content published on-line so as to identify each item in a unique manner. In some implementations, an RSS feed is received from a publisher and a unique identifier is identified for each item in the feed. Each item then has third party content or advertisements associated with the item based on the unique identifier. The feed is then stored and, when appropriate, updated. The augmented feed, which contains the third party content and the items in the feed, is provided to user devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Eric M. Lunt
  • Patent number: 9485407
    Abstract: A method of capturing images includes the following steps of: providing a camera module including an image capture unit, a liquid lens unit, and an image process unit; capturing a clear image through the camera module; enlarging the camera's relative aperture to create a shallow depth-of-field; adjusting the focal plane of the liquid lens unit to analyze object depth information in the clear image; and adding or storing the depth information of the object to the clear image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: LUSTROUS ELECTRO-OPTIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chih-Wei Tsai
  • Patent number: 9459514
    Abstract: There is provided a camera apparatus including: a display signal generation unit that generates an index display signal for displaying an index indicative of a current focal position based on focal position information; and a combination unit that acquires an image signal for a viewfinder by combining a captured image signal with the index display signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yusuke Ichihara, Koji Kamiya
  • Patent number: 9445012
    Abstract: A camera controller device of the present technique includes a switching operation unit for switching a camera to be controlled, an adjuster for adjusting adjustment elements of a camera to be controlled, and a controller for controlling the entire device. The adjuster has a start point and an end point of an adjustment range. The controller compares a setting value of the adjustment element of the camera before switching with a setting value of the adjustment element of the camera after switching, and when both the setting values do not match with each other, the controller prohibits an operation of the cameras until the setting value of the adjustment element of the camera after switching matches with a setting value set by the adjuster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akane Matsuo, Keiya Eguchi, Takashi Komemushi
  • Patent number: 9411826
    Abstract: A method of controlling an image processing apparatus communicating with an image server storing first images, second images wherein one of the first images and one of the second images are managed as one image data in the image server. The method includes downloading a plurality of first images from the image server and displaying the plurality of first images; selecting at least one of the first images from the displayed plurality of first images; requesting the image server for second images associated with the selected at least one first images; and downloading the requested second images from the image server. When at least one of the second images is downloaded, a determination is made as to whether the downloaded second images correspond to the selected images, and if it is determined not, a notice indicating that the selected images can not be downloaded is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Koichi Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 9407809
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus and methods for triggering a depth sensor and/or limiting bandwidth and/or maintaining privacy are presented. By limiting use of a depth sensor to times when an optical image alone is insufficient, mobile device power is saved. Furthermore, by reducing a size of an optical image to only the portion of the image needed to detect an object, bandwidth is saved and privacy is maintained by not communicating unneeded or undesired information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Mahesh Ramachandran, Bojan Vrcelj, Raghuraman Krishnamoorthi
  • Patent number: 9380199
    Abstract: A recording medium removable from a host device includes a wireless communication unit for performing wireless communication with an external device different from the host device. The recording medium includes an image transmission control unit which transmits image data to the external device via the wireless communication established by the wireless communication unit by using an image transmission protocol. The recording medium switches which of the image transmission control unit of the recording medium and an image transmission control unit of the host device is used to communicate with the external device via the wireless communication unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masashi Yoshida, Yasuyuki Ogawa, Satoshi Ogiwara, Takashi Aizawa
  • Patent number: 9367769
    Abstract: A device, method for image analysis and a computer-readable medium are provided. The method includes loading a first video stream having a first resolution, and selecting one first video frame of the first video stream. When an object exists in the selected first video frame, determine whether an image of the object in the selected first video frame matches a preset condition. If yes, the method performs image analysis to the image of the object in the selected first video frame. If not, the method loads a second video stream having a second resolution higher than the first resolution, selects one second video frame of the second video stream that the object exists in it, and performs the image analysis to an image of the object in the selected second video frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: VIVOTEK INC.
    Inventor: Cheng-Chieh Liu
  • Patent number: 9332182
    Abstract: An image processing device of the present invention comprises a storage section for storing first image data obtained by imaging in front of the imaging device body or using a telephoto lens, and second image data obtained by imaging behind the imaging device body or using a wide-angle lens; a movement pattern detection section for processing the first image data to detect a movement pattern of the first image represented by the first image data; a movement pattern determination section determining whether or not the movement pattern of the first image is unstable movement; and an image processing section for rewriting a part of the first image data, for which it has been determined by the movement pattern determination section that the movement pattern of the first image is unstable, using the second image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Osamu Nonaka, Naohiro Kageyama
  • Patent number: 9167160
    Abstract: An endoscopic video system with still image capture stabilization, including a processor, an image capture device capturing a plurality of still images at a time interval, an image buffer temporarily storing a portion of the still images, and software executing on the processor for retrieving, upon receiving an image capture instruction, a first one of the still images from the image buffer, the first one of the still images representative of a still image captured a first length of time prior to the image capture instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Karl Storz Imaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy King
  • Patent number: 9143680
    Abstract: Provided is an event-based image processing apparatus and method, the apparatus including a sensor which senses occurrences of a predetermined event in a plurality of image pixels and which outputs an event signal in response to the sensed occurrences, a time stamp unit which generates time stamp information by mapping a pixel corresponding to the event signals to a time at which the event signals are output from the sensor, and an optical flow generator which generates an optical flow based on the time stamp information in response to the outputting of the event signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kyoobin Lee, Hyun Surk Ryu, Jun Haeng Lee, Keun Joo Park, Chang-Woo Shin, Jooyeon Woo
  • Patent number: 9094603
    Abstract: An image pickup device includes: a camera unit; a display unit which displays an image captured by the camera unit; and a touch panel disposed so as to overlap the display unit. When a predetermined operation is performed on the touch panel, a brightness of the display unit is changed from a first brightness to a second brightness brighter than the first brightness. The display unit displays thereon an indication showing that the brightness has increased. The indication showing that the brightness has increased is continued even at least after changing to the second brightness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Takashi Ishihara, Kazutaka Yamamoto, Katsuyuki Ito
  • 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: 20150116511
    Abstract: An image device connected to an external device via a first communication interface and a second communication interface different from the first communication interface, the image device including an image capturing unit that captures an image in response to a shooting instruction, a sharing unit that shares a communication parameter used for connecting the image device to the external device via the first communication interface with the external device via the second communication interface with the external device, a connection unit that connects the image device to the external device via the first communication interface using the communication parameter shared using the sharing unit, and a control unit that controls the sharing unit to start a process for sharing the communication parameter with the external device using the second communication interface according to the shooting instruction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Seiji Takahashi