Camera, System And Detail Patents (Class 348/207.99)
  • Patent number: 10255385
    Abstract: Model optimization approaches based on spectral sensitivity is described. For example, a method includes determining a first model of a structure. The first model is based on a first set of parameters. A set of spectral sensitivity variations data is determined for the structure. Spectral sensitivity is determined by derivatives of the spectra with respect to the first set of parameters. The first model of the structure is modified to provide a second model of the structure based on the set of spectral sensitivity variations data. The second model of the structure is based on a second set of parameters different from the first set of parameters. A simulated spectrum derived from the second model of the structure is then provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: KLA-TENCOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Stilian Ivanov Pandev, Thaddeus Gerard Dziura, Meng-Fu Shih, Lie-Quan Lee
  • Patent number: 10248873
    Abstract: There are provided an apparatus, a method, and an autonomous moving body which allow a recognition target to be notified with certainty that the recognition target is recognized by an autonomous moving body. A recognition result presenting apparatus according to an embodiment of the present disclosure detects a recognition target (person) present within a predetermined range from an automatic driving vehicle and presents, to the detected recognition target (person), the result of recognition indicating that the automatic driving vehicle recognizes the recognition target (person).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Kazuki Kozuka, Ryota Fujimura, Tetsuji Fuchikami
  • Patent number: 10242451
    Abstract: To perform an ideal calibration operation, a start switch started manually or by an on-vehicle camera calibration device, a start switching device started by an operation of the start switch and projection devices installed in an outer periphery of a vehicle body, including at least one or more light sources irradiating the surroundings of the vehicle body with light are provided, in which whether a calibration operation is possible or not is determined based on references on a road surface projected by the projection devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Takahisa Aoyagi, Koji Iida, Noritaka Kokido
  • Patent number: 10242270
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to determine a blob people count in images are disclosed. An example method includes forming blobs based on whitened pixels of detected face rectangles in pairs of frames of a plurality of image frame captured over a period of time. The method further calculates locations of the centers of the blobs in each frame of the first one of the pairs of frames. The method further eliminates blobs in a first frame of the first one of the pairs of frames having locations within one or more blobs in the second frame of the first one of the pairs of frames. The method further adds the number of remaining blobs from the first frame to the number of blobs in the second frame of the first one of the pairs of frames to form a blob people count.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Venugopal Srinivasan, Padmanabhan Soundararajan
  • Patent number: 10237472
    Abstract: An image acquisition system according to the present invention includes: a display device including a display surface on which a subject can be mounted; and the image acquisition device that is disposed face-down at a position above the display device in a manner spaced apart from the display surface, the display device being disposed with the display surface face-up, and that acquires images of the display surface and the subject placed on the display surface, wherein the image acquisition device includes a transmission unit that transmits the acquired images, and the display device includes: a reception unit that receives the transmitted images; a relative-position calculation unit that calculates the relative position between the display device and the image acquisition device on the basis of the received image; and a display control unit that controls content displayed on the display surface on the basis of the calculated relative position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Miyoshi, Takuji Horie, Kensuke Ishii, Arata Shinozaki, Saori Matsumoto, Nobuyuki Watanabe, Hiroyuki Fukuda
  • Patent number: 10235765
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method for comparing a camera fingerprint to a query fingerprint. An estimate of a camera fingerprint is obtained from a set of one or more images, and the query fingerprint is obtained from one or more images. Using these values, normalized cross-correlations values are determined for each possible alignment of the two fingerprints. Prior to calculating the noise floor, a set including the highest normalized cross-correlation values is identified. A universal noise floor is then calculated excluding this set from the noise floor calculation. The universal noise floor is utilized in calculating a correlation energy for each possible shift. The correlation energy values are then examined to determine whether the camera fingerprint and the query fingerprint match. A visualization tool may also be used to compare the camera fingerprint and the query fingerprint and determine whether the camera fingerprint and the query fingerprint match.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by Director National Security Agency
    Inventors: Sarah T. Charlton, Katelyn J. Meixner
  • Patent number: 10237475
    Abstract: A camera module includes a first and a second photographing member, and a circuit substrate. The circuit substrate has a first lateral side and an opposite second lateral side, and a plurality of circuits. The first and the second photographing member is provided on the first and the second lateral side of the circuit substrate respectively and electrically connected to the circuit substrate. With these arrangements, the camera module can have overall reduced volume and is able to photographing a 360-degree panoramic image and lower the manufacturing cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Asia Vital Components Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wei-Chuan Wang, Jing-Xia Pei, Huan Deng
  • Patent number: 10230893
    Abstract: A lens apparatus is attachable to and detachable from an image capturing apparatus and configured to communicate with the image capturing apparatus. An accessory is attachable to and detachable from the lens apparatus and configured to communicate with the lens apparatus. The lens apparatus includes a determiner configured to determine whether update data is used for the lens apparatus or the accessory, the update data being transmittable from the image capturing apparatus and used to update stored data stored in the lens apparatus or the accessory, and a controller configured to transmit the update data to the accessory received from the image capturing apparatus when the determiner determines that the update data is used for the accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Naoki Saito
  • Patent number: 10218901
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure allow user experience of photographing to be improved. In operation, it is determined whether a picture composition of a first object and a second object needs to be adjusted based on a predefined composition rule. If the picture composition needs to be adjusted, an adjusting pattern is determined based on the predefined composition rule. Then, the adjusting pattern is provided to a user to indicate the user to adjust the picture composition based on thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ruo Meng Hao, Xiang Yu Song, Ning Wang, You Miao Zhang
  • Patent number: 10218919
    Abstract: An image pickup system includes an image pickup section configured to pick up an optical image formed by an interchangeable lens and output picked-up image data having a predetermined sampling frequency, a super-resolution synthesizing section and a resizing section configured to generate image data having higher resolution from picked-up image data corresponding to a partial region in a screen, and a control section configured to determine, on the basis of an MTF characteristic value corresponding to the partial region among a plurality of MTF characteristic values and the predetermined sampling frequency, an upper limit of the resolution of the generated image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tetsuya Toyoda
  • Patent number: 10200610
    Abstract: A camera system includes a lens assembly and image processing electronics internal to the camera housing and thermally coupled to the battery assembly. The battery assembly is sensitive to low ambient temperatures and may become damaged if the temperature of the assembly becomes sufficiently low. The camera system comprises a thermal management system that dissipates heat from electronic components of the camera to increase or maintain the temperature of the battery assembly. The thermal management configures the electronic components in different modes to create a step-wise increase of the resistive heat generated in the camera system and thereby increase the temperature of the components in the camera system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas D. Woodman, Ihab A. Ali, Todd Gotham
  • Patent number: 10200581
    Abstract: Techniques provided for using hardware and software to modify a mobile device to improve the safety and awareness of a user to their environmental surroundings. One embodiment of the invention is to update mobile device applications to include live video using the built in rear camera of area ahead of the user as background image. Rear camera would normally be viewing ground, so an embodiment includes a custom case or other attachment to the mobile device with a mirror to allow rear camera to view area ahead. The case or attachment positions the mirror relative to the camera and has an adjustable angle to achieve the correct field of view for the way (or posture) the user is holding the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventor: Peter G. Hartwell
  • Patent number: 10200648
    Abstract: An audio/video stream recording, storage, and delivery system 10 utilizes an Internet-based browser connection. The system 10 includes recording software 20, storage memory 30, a code generator 40, and a user interface 50. Preferably, the recording software 20 is located on the host back end 60 where it processes and records audio and video material that originates from the user front end 70 and is streamed to the host back end. The storage memory 30, which is also located on the host back end 60, stores the recorded audio and video material. The user interface 50 to the system provides a user located at the user front end 70 with remote access to a virtual recording room. The user interface 50 further enables the user to record audio and video material streamed from the user front end 70 by activating the recording software 20 located on the host back end 60. This is accomplished without requiring recording functionality on the user front end 70.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: ONSTREAM MEDIA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Gregory Duane Ellis
  • Patent number: 10171762
    Abstract: A conventional image sensing device has a problem of a large variation of a reset voltage of a floating diffusion. According to an embodiment, an image sensing device includes a reset circuit switching a voltage to be supplied to a floating diffusion when the floating diffusion is reset. In a first reset operation (PD reset) performed prior to a light-exposure period for exposing a photoelectric conversion element with light, the reset circuit supplies a first reset voltage generated based on a power-source voltage to the floating diffusion. In a second reset operation (FD reset) performed during the light-exposure period for exposing the photoelectric conversion element with the light, the reset circuit supplies a second reset voltage generated based on a reset correction voltage lower than the power-source voltage to the floating diffusion, and then supplies the first reset voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Renesas Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Fumihide Murao
  • Patent number: 10171742
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an image capturing apparatus, a method, and a program for performing appropriate zoom control. An angular velocity detection unit detects an angular velocity of movement of an image capturing apparatus. An operation determination unit determines an operation state of a user based on the angular velocities at a plurality of times. A zoom control unit performs zoom control based on the operation state. As described above, by using angular velocities at a plurality of times, it is possible to identify the operation state in more detail and to perform appropriate zoom control depending on the user's operation state. The present technology can be applied to a digital camera, a digital still camera, a multifunctional mobile phone and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Bryn Baritompa, Hiroyuki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10164725
    Abstract: A method of measuring a time difference between detection times includes receiving, from a first sensor, first information associated with a first detection time at which a first biosignal is detected, receiving, from a second sensor, second information associated with a second detection time at which a second biosignal is detected, and measuring a time difference between the first and the second detection times based on the first information and the second information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jaechun Lee, Ui Kun Kwon, Seungkeun Yoon
  • Patent number: 10158868
    Abstract: Novel solutions are described herein for providing a consistent quality of service, latency-wise, for remote processing by managing the process queues in a processing server and temporarily pausing frame production and delivery to limit the lag experienced by a user in a client device. The claimed embodiments limit the latency (lag) experienced by a user by preventing the production rate of rendered frames at the server from significantly outperforming the decoding and display of the received frames in the client device and avoiding the resultant lag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Nvidia Corporation
    Inventor: Franck Diard
  • Patent number: 10154193
    Abstract: Various technologies pertaining to an imaging system with a noncircular aperture are described herein. An imaging objective with a noncircular aperture and an anamorphic lens is used to capture a plurality of image frames of a scene. Each image frame is captured at a different rotational orientation of the imaging objective with respect to the scene. Each image frame has a non-uniform spatial resolution. A composite image of the scene is generated based upon the image frames. The composite image comprises a first region that has a spatial resolution that is approximately the same as a spatial resolution of an image generated using a circular objective with a diameter equal to the largest dimension of the noncircular aperture, and a second region with a lower spatial resolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC
    Inventors: Todd Pitts, David B. Karelitz, Eric A. Shields
  • Patent number: 10146802
    Abstract: A method for generating device specific thumbnails may includes receiving one or more databases on a computing device from a mobile electronic device where the one or more databases include a key file and a data file. The data file may include picture data and the key file may include an index to the picture data. Also, the method may include generating a synchronization set on the computing device wherein the synchronization set includes one or more picture files to be stored on the mobile electronic device. The one or more databases may be transformed to one or more updated databases, wherein the transforming includes updating the key file to index pictures included in the synchronization set and updating the data file to include thumbnails of the pictures included in the synchronization set. The one or more updated databases may be transmitted to the mobile electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: David Norman Richard Meisenheimer, Michael Gordon Washburn, Jordan Douglas Barnes, Edward Eric Thomas
  • Patent number: 10136161
    Abstract: Since the size of a lookup table necessary to retain a partition pattern list is large in DMM 1 prediction, it is difficult to dispose the lookup table in a cache. For this reason, access to an external memory occurs at each time of access to the lookup table, and thus a problem may occur in that a processing speed is lowered. In the DMM 1 prediction, the lookup table for retaining a partition pattern of a first size is deleted, a partition pattern of a second size smaller than the first size is scaled to the first size, and the partition pattern of the first size is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takeshi Tsukuba, Tomohiro Ikai
  • Patent number: 10136105
    Abstract: A driver information method is provided, wherein an image of the surrounding area is captured by at least one side camera attached to the motor vehicle. The image contains an image capturing area that lies essentially laterally relative to the motor vehicle. A display unit, which is visible to the driver of a motor vehicle, outputs a screen image that contains a reproduction of the image of the surrounding area, the reproduction being graphically processed, if desired, and being preferably in essence photo-realistic. The output of the screen image is only temporary; and an obstructed view situation, in which an obstructed lateral view of the driver is to be assumed, is detected on the basis of distance signals of at least one environment detection system that is not based on a camera. The output of the screen image is automatically started when an obstructed view situation is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Florian Oszwald, Renaud Debon, Thomas Barmeyer, Marc Walessa
  • Patent number: 10119714
    Abstract: Systems and methods for remotely controlling infrared (“IR”) enabled appliances via a networked device are described. The technology enables one or multiple users to control, monitor, and manage their appliances (e.g., air conditioners, television sets, multimedia systems, window curtains, etc.) both locally and remotely, irrespective of the users' location or their line of sight. In various embodiments, the technology includes a device with integrated Wi-Fi and IR subsystems connected via a cloud platform to a user application interface that can control appliances, generate analytics, schedule automatic operation, and perform smart learning operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Cielo WiGle Inc.
    Inventors: Waseem Amer, Anees Ahmed Jarral
  • Patent number: 10122952
    Abstract: Imagers and associated devices and systems are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, an imager includes a pixel array and control circuitry operably coupled to the pixel array. The pixel array includes an imaging pixel configured to produce a reset signal and a non-imaging pixel configured to produce a nominal reset signal. The control circuitry is configured to produce an output signal based at least in part on one of (a) the nominal reset signal when distortion at the imaging pixel exceeds a threshold and (b) the reset signal when distortion does not exceed the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Espen A. Olsen
  • Patent number: 10113731
    Abstract: The present invention provides a remote controller and a remote control display system, which can solve the problem that desired buttons cannot be quickly found when the existing remote controller is used in a dark environment. The remote controller of the present invention comprises: an image signal acquisition unit, used for acquiring an image of an operating surface of the remote controller; a control unit, used for determining the position of a user's finger on the operating surface of the remote controller according to the image acquired by the image signal acquisition unit, to obtain finger position information; and a first sending unit, used for sending the finger position information output by the control unit to a display terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Xiao Zhang
  • Patent number: 10114415
    Abstract: Apparatus comprises one or more first microphones for providing audio signals from captured acoustic signals; one or more conductive terminals for connection to one or more conductive terminals of an external cover device for receiving audio signals provided by one or more second microphones included in the external cover device; and one or more processors coupled to the one or more first microphones and to the one or more conductive terminals and configured to perform audio processing on the audio signals from the one or more first microphones and/or from the one or more second microphones based on a control input. Cover apparatus comprises one or more microphones and one or more conductive terminals for providing audio signals provided by said one or more microphones to the electronic apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Miikka Tapani Vilermo, Koray Ozcan, Toni Henrik Mäkinen
  • Patent number: 10116872
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an image capturing apparatus, a method, and a program for performing appropriate zoom control. An angular velocity detection unit detects an angular velocity of movement of an image capturing apparatus. An operation determination unit determines an operation state of a user based on the angular velocities at a plurality of times. A zoom control unit performs zoom control based on the operation state. As described above, by using angular velocities at a plurality of times, it is possible to identify the operation state in more detail and to perform appropriate zoom control depending on the user's operation state. The present technology can be applied to a digital camera, a digital still camera, a multifunctional mobile phone and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Bryn Baritompa, Hiroyuki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10110758
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes: a display for displaying an image; a detector for detecting an exposure speed of a portable image-forming device which exposes an instant film to light using light from a screen displayed on the display; and an image processor for adjusting brightness of the image displayed on the display depending on the detected exposure speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: S-PRINTING SOLUTION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yong-shik Park, Eun-bit Kwak, Ho-jun Jang, Song-baik Jin
  • Patent number: 10110803
    Abstract: Processing for judging whether a face is included in a frame is performed, in a predetermined interval, on each of frames included in a moving image of a subject, displayed on a monitor, until the judgment becomes positive. If it is judged that a face is included in a frame, the facial position is detected in the frame, and stored. Then, judgment is made as to whether a face is included in the next frame after predetermined time. If the judgment is positive, the facial position is detected. The previously stored facial position is replaced by the newly detected facial position, and the newly detected facial position is stored. These processes are repeated until photographing operation is performed by operating a release unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Wataru Ito
  • Patent number: 10102589
    Abstract: Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) may facilitate insurance-related tasks. UAVs may actively be dispatched to an insured asset and the area surrounding an insured asset, such as with the policyholder or insured's permission and collect data related to the insured asset, such as images, video, audio, weather conditions, thermal signatures, wood and soil samples, etc., and transmit this data to a computing device. The computing device may be associated with and/or utilized by an insurance provider to perform insurance-related tasks, such as processing the data to determine an amount of risk associated with the insured asset. If the amount of risk has increased, the computing device may provide a recommendation to a mobile device of the policyholder on how to reduce the risk such that corrective action may be taken. Insurance discounts may be provided based upon following recommendations that mitigate risk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Nathan L. Tofte, Timothy W. Ryan, Nathan W. Baumann, Michael Shawn Jacob, Joshua David Lillie, Brian N. Harvey, Roxane Lyons, Rosemarie Geier Grant
  • Patent number: 10104320
    Abstract: Dark current from a transfer transistor is suppressed and power-supply voltage in a second semiconductor substrate is lowered. A solid-state image pickup device includes a pixel array, a plurality of common output lines receiving signals read out from a plurality of pixels, a transfer scanning unit sequentially driving the plurality of transfer transistors, a signal processing unit processing the signals output to the common signal lines, and a level shift unit making amplitude of a pulse supplied to a gate of the transfer transistor larger than amplitude of a pulse supplied to a gate of a transistor constituting the signal processing unit. The pixel array and the level shift unit are arranged on a first semiconductor substrate, whereas the plurality of common output lines and the signal processing unit are arranged on a second semiconductor substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tetsuya Itano, Kazuo Yamazaki, Nobuyuki Endo, Kyouhei Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10104284
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for determining a photographing delay time and a photographing device are disclosed. The method includes: controlling the photographing device to form, according to a preset imaging cycle, an image of a photographed object, and storing an imaged photo; each time photographing is initiated, displaying the imaged photo and receiving a first operation instruction entered by a user; determining, according to the first operation instruction, a corresponding target imaged photo; calculating a difference between an initiation moment of each time of photographing and an imaging moment of the corresponding target imaged photo, to obtain a delay time corresponding to a single time of photographing; and calculating an average value of delay times corresponding to at least two times of photographing, where the average value may be used as a standard delay time caused by an operation of the user on the photographing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Xi Chen
  • Patent number: 10101555
    Abstract: Camera modules include a lens, a lens stack and/or an array of lenses. One or more of the lenses have a non-circular shape, which in some cases can provide greater flexibility in the dimensions of the module and can result in a very small camera module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Heptagon Micro Optics Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Jukka Alasirnio, Hartmut Rudmann, Mario Cesana, Stephan Heimgartner
  • Patent number: 10091414
    Abstract: Aspects relate to computer implemented methods and system to obtain self-pictures with an image capture device. The methods include receiving, by a processor, an input regarding a selected picture type to be captured, receiving, by an image sensor, a live image capture, identifying a subject in the live image capture, comparing the live image capture of the subject with a reference set based on the selected picture type, determining, based on the comparison, if the live image capture matches with the reference set, and providing feedback instructions regarding an adjustment to be made to improve matching between the live image capture and the reference set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuk L. Chan, Heidi Lagares-Greenblatt, Deepti M. Naphade
  • Patent number: 10075632
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes: an image comparing unit that compares a shot image shot by a photographer with a sample image selected by the photographer; an operation comparing unit that compares an operation performed when the shot image was shot with an operation performed when the sample image was shot; and an advising unit that gives the photographer advice on an image shooting method to make the shot image close to the sample image according to comparison results provided by the image comparing unit and the operation comparing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Ko Yokokawa, Osamu Nonaka
  • Patent number: 10072491
    Abstract: An assembly (100) for the illumination of a wellbore, pipeline, tank, vessel or other environment wherein light is diffused and transmitted through an optically transparent material and projected in and around a field of view of a camera lens (10). A light source is disposed within a cavity at the proximal end (102) of a cylindrical shaped, optically transparent material. Light from the source is received into the transparent material, diffused, and transmitted to the distal end of the light tube (30), where it is projected in front of and around a field of view of a camera. Control of light intensity may be variable, pre-set before operations, or fixed by component design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Abrado, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Meyers, Marshal Harris, Philip Schultz, Bruce Beacom, John C. Wolf
  • Patent number: 10061995
    Abstract: An imaging system (CM, 100) is provided with: an imaging device (CM) configured to selectively image a first imaging area and a second imaging area, which is larger than the first imaging area, the first imaging area being used to detect eyes of a user (1), the second imaging area being used to detect a body of the user; a detecting device (110, 120, 160) configured to detect trigger operation of the user; and a selecting device (13) configured to select the first imaging area or the second imaging area on the basis of a detection result of the trigger operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: PIONEER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Nagata, Makoto Kurahashi, Yugo Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 10049180
    Abstract: An electronic medical record apparatus is connected to an image generation apparatus which performs photographing to generate a medical image. The electronic medical record apparatus includes: a storage member; a patient specifying member to receive an input of specifying a patient to be examined; a display member to display a medical record screen for displaying electronic medical record information pertaining to the specified patient; a fetch instruction member, provided on the medical record screen, to receive an instruction to fetch the generated medical image; a control member to cause the storage member to store the medical image transmitted from the image generation apparatus so that the medical image is correlated with patient information of the patient whose medical record screen is currently displayed in the display member, when the fetch instruction member receives the instruction to fetch the medical image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Yutaka Ueda
  • Patent number: 10051201
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed of an apparatus including a first digital camera with an image sensor optically coupled to a first lens, the first lens having a first magnification and a second digital camera including an image sensor optically coupled to a second lens. The second lens the second lens has a magnification that is greater than the magnification of the first lens and the second lens is a non-rectilinear lens having a magnification gradient in which magnification is highest at the center of the second lens and lowest at the edges. Other embodiments are disclosed and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Li-Ping Wang
  • Patent number: 10045072
    Abstract: In at least one example embodiment, a content reproducing apparatus includes a display, a memory configured to store at least one program and a processor. The processor is configured to reproduce first moving image content of a plurality of moving image content selected by a user, on a first region of a screen of the display, according to a user input, display a plurality of thumbnail images corresponding to the plurality of moving image content, on a second region of the screen, buffer a second moving image content corresponding to one of the plurality of thumbnail images, the first moving image content being continuously reproduced while the second moving image content is being buffered, and reproduce the second moving image content instead of the first moving image content when the buffering of the second moving image content is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Naver Corporation
    Inventors: Sung Tak Cho, Kyung Ryul Sun, Sung Ho Kim, Yoo Sub Song, Joon Kee Chang, Haneul Lee, Kuk Hwan Seo, Seong Cheol Jo, Seung Ahe Yi
  • Patent number: 10033938
    Abstract: According to the present invention, an image pickup apparatus includes, an image pickup control unit which drives shutter unit and picks up a still image by image pickup device, captures a first through image by the image pickup device when the shutter unit is opened, and picks up a second through image including a light-shielded area by the image pickup device, the light-shielded area being formed by shielding part of light incident upon the imaging plane by the shutter unit when the shutter unit is half light-shielded, and an image pickup auxiliary control unit which performs image pickup auxiliary control to pick up the still image based on one of the first through image and the second through image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Takayuki Matsuhashi, Haruyuki Ishihara, Ryosuke Mochizuki, Mika Muto
  • Patent number: 10027862
    Abstract: In an optical device, a lens assembly includes a lens for receiving light and a holder for holding the lens. A circuit board performs at least one process based on the received light. A housing has an opening and is configured to house the lens assembly and the circuit board therein such that at least part of the circuit board faces the lens assembly, and the lens assembly is exposed via the opening. A mechanism for defining a passage located around the lens assembly to communicate with the opening. The passage guides air, entering an inside of the housing via the opening, so as not to be directed toward the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Koji Wato
  • Patent number: 10027894
    Abstract: A photographing apparatus includes a photographing optical system having a diaphragm and a photographing lens; an image sensor; a driver which drives a shake-correction member in a plane orthogonal to the optical axis to make the object-emanating light rays incident on pixels of the image sensor that have different in detection colors to obtain an optical low-pass filter effect, wherein the image sensor and/or a lens element-constitutes the shake-correction member; a retriever which retrieves information on an aperture diameter of the diaphragm and on a resolving power of the photographing lens; and a drive controller which varies a range of the pixels, having different detection colors and on which the object-emanating light rays are incident, in accordance with the information on the aperture diameter of the diaphragm and/or on the resolving power of the photographing lens to vary the optical low-pass filter effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Masakazu Terauchi, Masashi Miyata
  • Patent number: 10019773
    Abstract: A method, system, and processor-executable software for processing images or video captured by a smartphone or other digital image capture device for subsequent validation and authentication captures not only the image, but also metadata relevant to the authenticity of validity of the image, such as position, time, camera movement and orientation, image parameters, and so forth. The image is watermarked and both the watermarked image and the metadata, as well as a symmetric key used in the watermarking, are digitally signed and transmitted or uploaded to a web server or authentication centric entity for authentication and storage. When a third party submits an image to the web server or authentication centric entity, the submitted image is compared with the stored watermarked image for authentication and validation of the submitted image, and the metadata is then retrieved to enable analysis of the contents of authenticated and validated image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: TAUTACHROME, INC.
    Inventors: Jon N. Leonard, Matthew W. Staker, Robert P. Gille, Joel C. Sercel, Jeffery S. Davis
  • Patent number: 10018894
    Abstract: A lens carrier for a camera system of a surroundings detection system of a motor vehicle including a printed circuit foil, tracks being applied as conductors or resistors to a first side of the printed circuit foil, and a plastic material being injection-molded onto a second side of the printed circuit foil situated opposite the first side. A corresponding method for manufacturing a lens carrier, device for manufacturing a lens carrier, and a camera system for a surroundings detection system of a motor vehicle, are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Apelt, Stephan Geise
  • Patent number: 10019774
    Abstract: A method, system, and processor-executable software for processing images or video captured by a smartphone or other digital image capture device for subsequent validation and authentication captures not only the image, but also metadata relevant to the authenticity of validity of the image, such as position, time, camera movement and orientation, image parameters, and so forth. The image is watermarked and both the watermarked image and the metadata, as well as a symmetric key used in the watermarking, are digitally signed and transmitted or uploaded to a web server or authentication centric entity for authentication and storage. When a third party submits an image to the web server or authentication centric entity, the submitted image is compared with the stored watermarked image for authentication and validation of the submitted image, and the metadata is then retrieved to enable analysis of the contents of authenticated and validated image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: TAUTACHROME, INC.
    Inventors: Jon N. Leonard, Matthew W. Staker, Robert P. Gille, Joel C. Sercel, Jeffery S. Davis
  • Patent number: 10021301
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a plurality of image modules and a plurality of processors. The image modules may each comprise (i) a sensor configured to generate images and (ii) a lens mounted to the sensor. The processors may each be configured to (A) receive the images from a subset of the plurality of image modules and (B) generate a plurality of video streams. Each one of the video streams may be generated by one of the processors in response to the images received from one of the image modules. The subset of the plurality of image modules may comprise at least two distinct image modules of the plurality of image modules. The lenses may be arranged to allow the images to provide coverage for a spherical field of view of a scene surrounding the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: VIDEOSTITCH INC.
    Inventors: Alexander Fink, Nicolas Burtey, George Haber, Stephane Valente
  • Patent number: 10007976
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus according to an embodiment includes a first frequency image generating circuitry, a second frequency image generating circuitry, a signal detecting circuitry, and a display image generating circuitry. The first frequency image generating circuitry performs, on an object pixel of processing, processing based on a pixel value of a neighboring pixel positioned close to the pixel to generate first frequency image data including a specific contrast component and a first frequency component on image data. The second frequency image generating circuitry performs processing of subtracting the first frequency image data from the image data to generate second frequency image data including a second frequency component. The signal detecting circuitry detects a linear signal derived from a linear structural object from the second frequency image data. The display image generating circuitry generates a display image according to the linear signal detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignees: National Institute of Technology, Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Michitaka Honda, Kunio Shiraishi, Takuya Sakaguchi
  • Patent number: 10002463
    Abstract: In order that color information for enabling accurate detection of a specific color, such as a skin color, can be registered without requiring time and effort, in various embodiments, an image processing unit generates a synthesized image to be displayed by synthesizing an image representing a target area in which a target object is arranged with a captured image of a physical space, and a registration unit, in a case where it is determined that the target object is included in a distance range set as a distance from an imaging reference plane when the physical space is captured, extracts color information from the target area, and registers the extracted color information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masashi Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 10003174
    Abstract: An optical emitting circuit includes an array of M optical sources distributed in N groups, where N is lower than M. A controller is configured to generate N periodic square wave control signals that are successively mutually phase shifted by pi/N and that all have the same period, and to cyclically activate/deactivate all the optical sources of the N groups using the control signals. The optical emitting circuit is configured so that each group is activated when a corresponding control signal is in its first state and deactivated when the corresponding control signal is in its second state. The number of optical sources in each group and the order of the groups in the sequence of activations/deactivations are chosen so as to generate an optical signal having an amplitude that sinusoidally varies in steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS (ALPS) SAS
    Inventor: Xavier Branca
  • Patent number: 10003745
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an imaging apparatus, an imaging method and a program, and a reproduction apparatus according to which an image sensor is divided into a plurality of areas and exposure control may be performed for each area according to the amount of camera shake. An imaging apparatus which is an aspect of the present disclosure includes an image sensor unit for generating pixel data of a pixel constituting a frame by photoelectric conversion, a calculation unit for calculating an amount of camera shake in each of areas obtained by dividing the frame, and a control unit for controlling exposure time of the image sensor for each of the areas according to the amount of camera shake calculated for each of the areas. The present disclosure is applicable to an electronic device such as a camera including an area ADC type image sensor, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Daisuke Iso, Hideshi Yamada, Teppei Kurita