Electrical Motion Detection Patents (Class 348/208.1)
  • Patent number: 11405532
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide an apparatus for controlling the motion of a camera component. In some embodiments, the apparatus includes an actuator module. The actuator module includes a plurality of magnets. Each magnet of the plurality of magnets is poled with magnetic domains substantially aligned in the same direction throughout each magnet. The apparatus further includes a coil rigidly disposed around a lens. Each magnet of the plurality of magnets contributes to the forces to adjust focus of the lens based on Lorentz forces generated from the coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Richard J. Topliss, Douglas S. Brodie, Anthony J. Rossetti, Richard H. Tsai, Richard L. Baer
  • Patent number: 11391559
    Abstract: Method for determining a spatial property of a submerged object in a 3D-space, using an underwater moveable platform, that is provided with a camera and with a position and orientation measurement system configured to output a position and orientation of the camera. The method includes receiving user input for visually fitting a bounding volume to the object, and determining the spatial property of the object based on a corresponding spatial property of a bounding volume once the user is satisfied that the bounding volume sufficiently fits the object. The method provides an interactive manner of visually fitting the bounding volume to the object, based on images of the object taken at different positions and/or orientations of the camera relative to the object, as well as on a representation of a position and orientation of the camera in the 3D space at the time each image was captured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Inventors: Stefan Mark Wierda, Evert Schippers
  • Patent number: 11356608
    Abstract: A system and method includes operations and steps for obtaining a moving endoscopic image. An optical device stream is received from an optical device by data processing hardware. The data processing hardware identify image frames of the image stream, each including a plurality of rows of pixels. The data processing hardware determines a row exposure value for each of the rows of pixels in each frame, and identifies a defective image frame having at least one overexposed row and a reference frame having a replacement row corresponding to the overexposed row. The data processing hardware modifies the defective image frame by replacing the overexposed row with the corresponding replacement row of the reference frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: KARL STORZ Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Efrain Morales, Marios Kyperountas
  • Patent number: 11336837
    Abstract: A system for supporting imaging includes an imaging device configured to capture a plurality of images for a substantially same scene using respective imaging configurations, a stabilization device configured to stabilize the imaging device on a mobile platform during the capturing of the plurality of images, and a controller communicating with at least one of the imaging device or the stabilization device and configured to control an operation of the mobile platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Linchao Bao, Lifu Yu, Zisheng Cao, Mingyu Wang
  • Patent number: 11310442
    Abstract: A display control apparatus displays an image on a display unit in such a manner that, in a second shooting, the image to be displayed on the display unit is reduced to a smaller size in a case where a frame display setting is ON than in a case where the frame display setting is OFF, and, in a first shooting, the image to be displayed on the display unit in the case where the frame display setting is ON is not reduced to a size smaller than that of the image to be displayed on the display unit in the case where the frame display setting is OFF, the frame display setting being a display setting for information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toshimichi Ise
  • Patent number: 11310428
    Abstract: A camera shooting method and a mobile terminal are provided. The mobile terminal includes a dual camera module and a motion sensor connected with the dual camera module, the motion sensor is configured to detect an angular velocity and/or acceleration, two cameras in the dual camera module constitutes respective anti-shaking components along with the motion sensor, so as to use the same motion sensor to collect shaking information of the mobile terminal. Thus, the dual camera module of the mobile terminal may collect the shaking information of the mobile terminal by using the same motion sensor, so that each camera of the dual camera module has an anti-shaking function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: VIVO MOBILE COMMUNICATION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kaiwei Zhang, Conghua Fu
  • Patent number: 11297249
    Abstract: Provided is a control device for controlling an imaging condition of a sensor having one or more pixels, comprising an event detection unit for detecting an event indicating that a luminance signal changes in excess of a predetermined threshold value in one or more pixels, and for outputting an event detection signal; a counter for counting a number of events detected by the event detection unit; and a control unit for controlling the imaging condition of the sensor, based on the event detection signal. In addition, provided is a control method for controlling an imaging condition of a sensor having one or more pixels. The control method comprises detecting an event indicating that a luminance signal changes in excess of a predetermined threshold value in one or more pixels; counting a number of events; and controlling the imaging condition of the sensor, based on the detection of events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hajime Yonemochi
  • Patent number: 11284002
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus includes a controller. The controller controls a mover so as to move, when an optical element in the imaging optical system moves, an image sensor for the image stabilization in each of a first imaging period and a next second imaging period. The controller selects and performs one of a first image stabilization control and a second image stabilization control after the first imaging period ends, the first image stabilization control controlling the mover so as to return the image sensor to a predetermined initial position and to move the image sensor from the predetermined initial position during the second imaging period, and the second image stabilization control controlling the mover so as to hold the image sensor at a position at an end of the first imaging period and to move the image sensor from the position at the end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Daisuke Hirai
  • Patent number: 11265464
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes: an imager that captures a subject image to generate image-capturing data; a memory that temporarily stores the image-capturing data; an image processor that performs image processing on the image-capturing data to generate image data; an interface detachably connected to an external non-volatile recording medium; and a controller that records the image data in the recording medium. The controller saves the image-capturing data from the memory by writing, in the recording medium, the image-capturing data as an incomplete file being a file format defined to manage, in the recording medium, the image-capturing data as a saving state where the image processing is not completed on the image-capturing data. The controller reads the saved image-capturing data from the recording medium into the memory, causes the image processor to perform the image processing, and records obtained image data by the image processing into the recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ken Ishida, Kazuya Abe
  • Patent number: 11244181
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for detecting a liveness based on a phase difference are provided. The method includes generating a first phase image based on first visual information of a first phase, generating a second phase image based on second visual information of a second phase, generating a minimum map based on a disparity between the first phase image and the second phase image, and detecting a liveness based on the minimum map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Solae Lee, Youngjun Kwak, Sungheon Park, Byung In Yoo, Yong-Il Lee, Hana Lee, Jiho Choi
  • Patent number: 11201982
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media are disclosed for selection of a preferred image from multiple captured images. An image corresponding to a photograph time t=0 may be retrieved from a circular buffer and stored as a preferred image. Alternative images captures before and after the t=0 image may be retrieves and stored in an alternative image location. The t=0 image and preferred images may be presented to a user in a user interface. The user may select a preferred image for the photograph from among the t=0 image and the alternative images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John James Terrill, Vivek Shah, Christopher Fredrick Vitas, Samir Raj Hegde, Kadirvelu Rathnavelu, Jason Garrett Volpe, Jonathan Edward Suchland
  • Patent number: 11194536
    Abstract: Disclosed is an image processing method. The method includes: determining that an original image is to be displayed on a dividing line between two display screens; acquiring a complete display picture of the original image, and calculating distances from boundaries of the original image to the dividing line; and adjusting a display position of the original image on the two display screens according to the distances, and displaying the complete display picture of the original image according to the adjusted display position. Further disclosed are an image processing apparatus, a storage medium and a processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: XI'AN ZHONGXING NEW SOFTWARE CO., LTD
    Inventors: Dongmei Liu, Fengpeng Liu, Song Dang, Xipeng Li, Jiani Zhang
  • Patent number: 11172129
    Abstract: An image blurring correction apparatus includes: an optical system that forms a subject image on an image formation plane; an acceleration sensor that detects an acceleration of an apparatus that has the image formation plane; a first calculation circuit that calculates a first state quantity by using the acceleration; a second calculation circuit that calculates, as a second state quantity, an estimate value obtained by estimating a true value of the first state quantity by using the first state quantity and a model; and a third calculation circuit that calculates an amount of image blurring on the image formation plane by using the second state quantity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Sato, Shuichi Adachi, Tasuku Takagi
  • Patent number: 11138440
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable media can receive a set of video frames associated with a video. For each video frame of the set of video frames, a plurality of interest points are identified based on an interest point detector. For each video frame of the set of video frames, it is determined whether the video frame depicts the same static image as a next video frame in the set of video frames based on the plurality of interest points identified in each video frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Jianyu Wang, Lei Huang, Guangshuo Liu, Renbin Peng, Ziheng Wang, Di Liu
  • Patent number: 11100353
    Abstract: An apparatus of controlling a region of interest (ROI) in an image and a method for controlling the same are provided to determine a region of interest (ROI) in a forward-view image based on braking information and steering information of the vehicle, and obtain driving assistance information from the ROI image. The apparatus includes an image acquisition device configured to acquire a forward-view image by capturing an image about a forward region of a vehicle, a steering information acquisition device configured to acquire steering information by detecting a steering direction and a steering angle of the vehicle, a braking information acquisition device configured to acquire braking information by detecting a braking or non-braking state and a deceleration of the vehicle, and a controller configured to determine a region of interest (ROI) within the forward-view image based on at least one of the steering information or the braking information of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: MANDO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Seong Ho Choi, Seung Hyun Roh
  • Patent number: 11074674
    Abstract: A system for reducing noise in a camera image is disclosed. The system includes one or more processors, and a camera operatively coupled to the processor, the processors are configured to reduce noise of camera images, the processors are configured to receive input image data from the camera representing pixel data from a plurality of pixels, segment the input image data to a plurality of segments and for each segment establish an initial segment image, pre-correct pixel data by modifying the pixel data to account for voltage offset and gain of each pixel based on a predetermined map of gain and offset, and obtain an estimate of an output image by minimizing a cost function and output and stitch the estimated image to other estimated and outputted image segments, and output a noise reduced image including the stitched estimated images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Purdue Research Foundation
    Inventors: Fang Huang, Sheng Liu
  • Patent number: 11069035
    Abstract: Systems and methods for double-exposure image processing utilizing inversion techniques are provided. The systems and methods of the present disclosure recover single-exposure images from double-exposure images and strain images from double-exposure images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventor: Michael J. DeWeert
  • Patent number: 11048098
    Abstract: A shape memory alloy actuator arrangement for a movable element supporting a camera lens assembly comprises plural shape memory alloy actuator wires connected between a support structure and the movable element in an arrangement wherein the shape memory alloy actuator wires are arranged, on selective driving, to move the movable element relative to the support structure in any direction orthogonal to the optical axis of the at least one lens. At least one plain bearing bears the movable element on the support structure, allowing movement of the movable element relative to the support structure orthogonal to the optical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Cambridge Mechatronics Limited
    Inventors: James Howarth, Robin Eddington, Nicholas Henry Reddall
  • Patent number: 11036287
    Abstract: An electronic device according to the present invention includes at least one processor to perform the operations of: a display control unit configured to control a display device to display a part of an image; and a detection unit configured to detect an orientation change of the display device, wherein the display control unit performs first processing relating to changing a position of a part of the image displayed according to the orientation change if the detected orientation change is a pitch or a yaw, and performs second processing relating to reproduction of the image, the second processing being different from the first processing, if the detected orientation change is a roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Genjiro Shibagami
  • Patent number: 11030729
    Abstract: An image processing method and apparatus, where the method includes determining a maximum value in nonlinear primary color values of all components of each pixel of a first to-be-processed image, determining dynamic parameters of a first transfer function, converting the maximum value of each pixel into a transfer value based on the first transfer function for which the dynamic parameters are determined, calculating a ratio between the transfer value and the maximum value of each pixel, and adjusting a dynamic range for the nonlinear primary color values of all the components of each pixel based on the ratio to obtain nonlinear primary color values of all components of each corresponding pixel of a first target image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Meng Li, Hai Chen, Jianhua Zheng
  • Patent number: 11019252
    Abstract: Disclosed are techniques that provide a “best” picture taken within a few seconds of the moment when a capture command is received (e.g., when the “shutter” button is pressed). In some situations, several still images are automatically (that is, without the user's input) captured. These images are compared to find a “best” image that is presented to the photographer for consideration. Video is also captured automatically and analyzed to see if there is an action scene or other motion content around the time of the capture command. If the analysis reveals anything interesting, then the video clip is presented to the photographer. The video clip may be cropped to match the still-capture scene and to remove transitory parts. Higher-precision horizon detection may be provided based on motion analysis and on pixel-data analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Doina I. Petrescu, Thomas T. Lay, Steven R. Petrie, Bill Ryan, Snigdha Sinha, Jeffrey S. Vanhoof
  • Patent number: 11006141
    Abstract: An exemplary image generation system accesses a full atlas frame sequence that incorporates a set of image sequences combined within the full atlas frame sequence as atlas tiles. The system generates a first partial atlas frame sequence that incorporates a first subset of image sequences selected from the set of image sequences incorporated in the full atlas frame sequence, as well as a second partial atlas frame sequence that incorporates a second subset of image sequences selected from the set of image sequences. The second subset includes a different combination of image sequences than the first subset and includes at least one image sequence in common with the first subset. The system provides the first partial atlas frame sequence to a first video encoder and the second partial atlas frame sequence to a second video encoder communicatively coupled with the first video encoder. Corresponding methods and systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Oliver S. Castaneda, Nazneen Khan, Denny Breitenfeld, Dan Sun, Vidhya Seran
  • Patent number: 10986270
    Abstract: A head mounted display system can process images by assessing relative motion between the head mounted display and one or more features in a user's environment. The assessment of relative motion can include determining whether the head mounted display has moved, is moving and/or is expected to move with respect to one or more features in the environment. Additionally or alternatively, the assessment can include determining whether one or more features in the environment have moved, are moving and/or are expected to move relative to the head mounted display. The image processing can further include determining one or more virtual image content locations in the environment that correspond to a location where renderable virtual image content appears to a user when the location appears in the display and comparing the one or more virtual image content locations in the environment with a viewing zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Magic Leap, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Keith Smith, Carlos A. Rivera Cintron, Jose Felix Rodriguez, Matthew Thomas Hull, Gregory Michael Link
  • Patent number: 10983363
    Abstract: A method for stabilizing a video sequence comprises: obtaining an indication of camera movement from acquisition of a previous camera frame to acquisition of a current camera frame; determining an orientation for the camera at a time of acquiring the current camera frame; and determining a candidate orientation for a crop frame for the current camera frame by adjusting an orientation of a crop frame associated with the previous camera frame according to the determined orientation. A boundary of one of the camera frame or crop frame is traversed to determine if a specific point on the boundary of the crop frame exceeds a boundary of the camera frame. If so, a rotation of the specific point location which would bring the specific point location onto the boundary of the crop frame is determined and the candidate crop frame orientation updated accordingly before the crop frame is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: FotoNation Limited
    Inventors: Brian O'Sullivan, Piotr Stec
  • Patent number: 10965971
    Abstract: An imaging unit captures an image of a subject to obtain image data. A transmission unit transmits, to a client device, a container in a predetermined format including a video stream configured by the image data obtained by imaging. Capture information indicating an imaging state in the imaging unit is inserted in a layer of the video stream and/or a layer of the container. The capture information is, for example, information regarding an imaging direction of the imaging unit, information regarding a focus distance of the imaging unit, and information regarding a zoom ratio of the imaging unit. The client device can control an imaging state of a server device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ikuo Tsukagoshi
  • Patent number: 10893226
    Abstract: A digital focal plane array includes an all-digital readout integrated circuit in combination with a detector array. The readout circuit includes unit cell electronics, orthogonal transfer structures, and data handling structures. The unit cell electronics include an analog to digital converter. Orthogonal transfer structures enable the orthogonal transfer of data among the unit cells. Data handling structures may be configured to operate the digital focal plane array as a data encryptor/decipherer. Data encrypted and deciphered by the digital focal plane array need not be image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Michael W. Kelly, Brian Tyrrell, Curtis Colonero, Robert Berger, Kenneth Schultz, James Wey, Daniel Mooney, Lawrence M Candell
  • Patent number: 10878266
    Abstract: A vehicle and a method for controlling the same are disclosed, which determine a region of interest (ROI) in a forward-view image based on braking information and steering information of the vehicle, and obtain driving assistance information from the ROI image. The vehicle includes an image acquisition part configured to acquire a forward-view image by capturing an image about a forward region of a vehicle, a steering information acquisition part configured to acquire steering information by detecting a steering direction and a steering angle of the vehicle, a braking information acquisition part configured to acquire braking information by detecting a braking or non-braking state and a braking deceleration of the vehicle, and a controller configured to determine a region of interest (ROI) within the forward-view image based on at least one of the steering information and the braking information of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: MANDO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Seong Ho Choi, Seung Hyun Roh
  • Patent number: 10834318
    Abstract: The present invention relates to photographing technologies of terminals, and provides a photographing method and a terminal, so as to resolve an existing problem of complex operations when a user photographs. The method is applied to a mobile terminal equipped with at least one camera, and includes: determining, by the mobile terminal, whether the mobile terminal meets a preset condition, where the preset condition may include matching of a posture feature of the mobile terminal with a standard posture feature that is used to represent a posture feature of the mobile terminal when a user uses a first camera to photograph; and if the mobile terminal determines that the mobile terminal meets the preset condition, starting the first camera to photograph.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Haibo Liu, Yibing Wang
  • Patent number: 10812728
    Abstract: A control apparatus for an image pickup apparatus including a drive unit configured to drive a tilting of an image pickup element includes a field angle setting unit configured to set a field angle, a focus setting unit configured to set a focus after the field angle is set, and a tilt angle setting unit configured to set a tilt angle in accordance with a user operation after the field angle and the focus are set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shota Niga
  • Patent number: 10800329
    Abstract: The invention relates to an exterior mirror simulation with image data recording and a display of the recorded and improved data for the driver of a motor vehicle. The display on a display device shows the data in a way chosen by the driver or the vehicle manufacturer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: SMR Patents S.à.r.l.
    Inventors: Andreas Herrmann, Martin Schwalb, Frank Linsenmaier, Oliver Eder, Firas Mualla
  • Patent number: 10803567
    Abstract: This invention discloses an image processing method and an image processing device for filtering images. The image processing method includes the following steps: (A) generating a weight for each reference pixel, the image including multiple reference pixels and the magnitude of the weight being associated with a similarity between the reference pixel to which the weight corresponds and a target pixel; and (B) performing an infinite impulse response (IIR) filtering operation according to the weights, a pixel value of the target pixel, and the pixel values of the reference pixels to obtain an IIR-filtered value of the target pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: REALTEK SEMICONDUCTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kai Liu, Wen-Tsung Huang
  • Patent number: 10791272
    Abstract: A camera may capture data. A processor in communication with the camera may detect a plurality of symbols in one or more frames in the data. The processor may determine an expected sequence of the plurality of symbols and an expected orientation of each of the plurality of symbols. The processor may determine a position and orientation of each of the one or more frames based on at least one of the symbols visible in the frame. The processor may correct errors in the one or more frames. The processor may arrange a plurality of frames with respect to one another based on the determined positions and orientations. The processor may stitch the plurality of arranged frames into an image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: INTUIT INC.
    Inventors: George Chiramattel Kunjachan, Ajith Kuttappan Rajeswari, Josh Burson, Ann Catherine Jose
  • Patent number: 10782538
    Abstract: A lens driving device is provided, including a base, a holder, a first driving mechanism disposed on the first side of the base, a second driving mechanism disposed on the second side of the base opposite the first side, and a conductive member disposed on the base. The holder is configured to sustain a lens. The first driving mechanism is configured to force the holder to move along the optical axis of the lens. The second driving mechanism includes a circuit board assembly and a shape memory alloy (SMA) wire assembly configured to force the base to move in the plane perpendicular to the optical axis. The conductive member and the circuit board assembly are connected at an electrical connection point, and the SMA wire assembly is closer to the light-incident end of the lens with respect to the electrical connection point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: TDK TAIWAN CORP.
    Inventors: Chao-Chang Hu, Chen-Chi Kuo
  • Patent number: 10771701
    Abstract: Provided are a blur detection device, an imaging device, a lens device, an imaging device main body, a blur detection method, and a blur detection program capable of appropriately detecting blurring of an imaging device. An angular velocity of a digital camera and a posture of the digital camera with respect to an Earth's rotation axis are detected. An Earth's rotation angular velocity component superimposed on a detection result of the angular velocity is calculated. The Earth's rotation angular velocity component is subtracted from the detection result of the angular velocity, and a blur amount of the digital camera is calculated based on the subtracted angular velocity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Yuki Sugihara
  • Patent number: 10750092
    Abstract: Visual content is captured by an image capture device during a capture duration. The image capture devices experiences motion during the capture duration. The intentionality of the motion of the image capture device is determined based on angular acceleration of the image capture device during the capture duration. A punchout of the visual content is determined based on the intentionality of the motion of the image capture device. The punchout of the visual content is used to generate stabilized visual content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Cesar Douady, Thomas Derbanne, Maxim Karpushin
  • Patent number: 10750090
    Abstract: A semiconductor device for use in controlling a camera module performs position adjustment of a correction lens for use in optical camera shake correction, based on information representing a present position of the correction lens and position information of an output image of electronic camera shake correction with respect to a photographed image photographed by an imaging element. As a result, an operation margin of the correction lens is kept, while keeping a correction margin for the electronic camera shake correction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: RENESAS ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryuichi Murashima
  • Patent number: 10728465
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method and a device for compositing a plurality of images. The method includes obtaining a first exposure time t required for current photographing. The first exposure time t is divided into N segments where N is M power of 4, and M is a positive integer. A micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) controls an image sensor to move clockwise or anticlockwise according to a step length of a preset number of pixels. The image sensor is controlled to expose for a second exposure time t/N after each movement of the image sensor according to the preset number of pixels, to obtain N images. The N images are composited to obtain a composite picture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventor: Lei Wu
  • Patent number: 10686997
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method and a device for compositing a plurality of images. The method includes obtaining a first exposure time t required for current photographing. The first exposure time t is divided into N segments where N is M power of 4, and M is a positive integer. A micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) controls an image sensor to move clockwise or anticlockwise according to a step length of a preset number of pixels. The image sensor is controlled to expose for a second exposure time t/N after each movement of the image sensor according to the preset number of pixels, to obtain N images. The N images are composited to obtain a composite picture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventor: Lei Wu
  • Patent number: 10674086
    Abstract: Image processing method and device are disclosed. The image processing method is inclusive of a step of obtaining a target image; a step of performing motion estimation on the target image so as to attain motion paths; a step of determining, on the basis of the motion paths, whether there exists a fluctuation meeting a predetermined requirement in the target image; and a step of taking, if there exists a fluctuation meeting the predetermined requirement in the target image, the target image as a reference image. The reference image is utilized to carry out inter frame motion estimation with respect to the respective images acquired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yiwei Wang, Lingyan Liang
  • Patent number: 10638151
    Abstract: An exemplary video encoding system accesses an image set that includes first and second consecutive color data images depicting a virtual reality scene from a particular vantage point, and first and second consecutive depth data images corresponding to the color data images. The system performs a first-pass video encoding of the image set by identifying motion vector data associated with a transformation from the first to the second color data image, and abstaining from analyzing a transformation from the first to the second depth data image. The system then performs a second-pass video encoding of the image set based on the identified motion vector data by encoding the first and second color data images into a color video stream to be rendered by a media player device, and the first and second depth data images into a depth video stream to be rendered by the media player device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Oliver S. Castaneda, Nazneen Khan, Denny Breitenfeld, Dan Sun, Vidhya Seran
  • Patent number: 10609279
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus including an action recognition unit that recognizes an action state of a user based on a measurement result obtained by a sensor carried by the user, an image processing unit that performs a process regarding an amount of information on an image photographed by a photographing unit based on an action state of the user recognized by the action recognition unit during photographing by the photographing unit carried by the user, and a transmission control unit that causes the image processed by the image processing unit to be transmitted to an image processing device used to perform image recognition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Atsushi Izumihara, Takuo Ikeda, Tetsuo Ikeda, Kentaro Kimura, Yasuyuki Koga, Tsubasa Tsukahara
  • Patent number: 10594971
    Abstract: Provided is an imaging device that performs multiple AD conversions including a first AD conversion and a second AD conversion for one pixel signal. A first memory has a bit width of N+1 bits (N is a natural number) and holds the least significant bit to the N+1th bit of a digital value obtained by the first AD conversion, and second memory has a bit width of M bits (M is a natural number) greater than N+1 bits and holds the least significant bit to the Mth bit of a digital value obtained by the second AD conversion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hirofumi Totsuka, Daisuke Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10560631
    Abstract: By using various information such as GPS information, cartographic information, and atmospheric pressure acquired by a sensor, a CPU of an imaging device calculates a motion vector in a limited MV calculation area acquired by excluding from images an area where radial motion vectors occur which highly possibly give an adverse effect to motion vector calculation, in accordance with the gravity direction with respect to the imaging device, the orientation of the imaging device, and the slope angle of the road where the imaging device is moving forward. After calculating the motion vector, the CPU estimates a blur amount between frames from the calculated motion vector and, based on this blur amount, performs the alignment of a feature point between the frames by image deformation processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshitsugu Manabe
  • Patent number: 10540754
    Abstract: An image-processing device is provided with: a pattern-matching portion that performs pattern matching between a first image and a second image acquired before the first image and that outputs a motion vector between the images and an evaluation value that indicates the accuracy of the motion vector; a recursive noise-reduction portion that outputs a noise reduction image, which is the first image to which noise reduction has been applied, and that performs noise reduction in which an image based on the first image and an image based on the noise reduction image formed in the past are mixed in accordance with a predetermined recursion amount; and a controlling portion that controls a recursion amount in the recursive noise-reduction portion on the basis of the motion vector and the evaluation value output by the pattern-matching portion and a gain that is applied to the first image to adjust a brightness thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hisanori Tetsuka, Hiroshi Sakai, Masayuki Nakatsuka, Shigeto Kaminaga
  • Patent number: 10482584
    Abstract: A method for detecting jittering in videos generated by a shaken camera to remove the jittering on the videos using neural networks is provided for fault tolerance and fluctuation robustness in extreme situations. The method includes steps of: a computing device, generating each of t-th masks corresponding to each of objects in a t-th image; generating each of t-th object motion vectors of each of object pixels, included in the t-th image by applying at least one 2-nd neural network operation to each of the t-th masks, each of t-th cropped images, each of (t?1)-th masks, and each of (t?1)-th cropped images; and generating each of t-th jittering vectors corresponding to each of reference pixels among pixels in the t-th image by referring to each of the t-th object motion vectors. Thus, the method is used for video stabilization, object tracking with high precision, behavior estimation, motion decomposition, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Stradvision, Inc.
    Inventors: Kye-Hyeon Kim, Yongjoong Kim, Insu Kim, Hak-Kyoung Kim, Woonhyun Nam, SukHoon Boo, Myungchul Sung, Donghun Yeo, Wooju Ryu, Taewoong Jang, Kyungjoong Jeong, Hongmo Je, Hojin Cho
  • Patent number: 10466958
    Abstract: The present disclosure involves a method for automating media audio volume based on the physical motion of a mobile computing device. In one embodiment, the method includes detecting motion of the mobile device based on input motion data from a motion detection mechanism, determining whether the detected motion of the mobile device exceeds a configured motion threshold, based on the determining, causing a logical state change to transition into a automated volume state, and after the logical state change to transition to the automated volume state, automatically configuring the audio volume of audio output provided by a mobile computing device based on configured volume and fade parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: StreamN Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Kabatek
  • Patent number: 10442428
    Abstract: A vehicle control system mounted in a vehicle, including a plurality of sensor devices each configured to perform at least one of detection of behaviors of the vehicle and detection of an object around the vehicle with predetermined detection timing and a vehicle control apparatus configured to perform driving aid control of the vehicle based on detection information detected by the plurality of sensor devices. The plurality of sensor devices include a first sensor device and second sensor devices other than the first sensor device. The first sensor device is configured to, with transmission timing of first detection information detected by the first sensor device, group the first detection information and second detection information acquired from the respective second sensor devices with the predetermined detection timing of the first sensor device and transmit the first and second detection information grouped together to the vehicle control apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koji Hayashi, Takatoshi Tosa, Yohei Masui
  • Patent number: 10412299
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method and system for taking photos. According to another embodiment of the present invention, there is provided a system. The system includes an electronic device having a camera. The electronic device is configured to determine an object to be taken by the camera. Then the electronic device is configured to determine at least one shooting parameter for the object based on at least one previous photo related to the object. The electronic device is further configured to cause a setting of the camera to be adjusted based on the at least one shooting parameter. According to a further embodiment of the present invention, there is provided a computer program product. The computer program produce is tangibly stored on a non-transient machine-readable medium and include machine-executable instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Yan Chen, Wei Li, Kun Peng Wang, Wanfei Yan, Wen Bao Yin, You Miao Zhang
  • Patent number: 10412312
    Abstract: An image capture system is provided for a vehicle equipped with a display for displaying streamed video images of a scene proximate the vehicle. The image capture system includes a camera for capturing video images of the scene proximate the vehicle at a selected exposure time and streaming the video images, and an image processing unit for receiving the streamed video images, processing the streamed video images and supplying the streamed video images to the display. The image processing unit is configured to detect amplitude-modulated light sources in the streamed video images, and adjust the exposure time of the camera to match a multiple of a modulation frequency of the amplitude-modulated light sources decreasing a flicker intensity of the amplitude-modulated light sources in the streamed video images supplied to the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Benjamin B. Hilldore
  • Patent number: 10404919
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a camera module, a board, and a first member fixed to the board. A second member is movably connected to the first member, and formed in at least a portion of the first member. A control member is connected to the first member and the second member so as to control the second member in response to a movement of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Young-Bok Yu