Changing Camera Function Based On Motion Detection (mode, Power Supply) Patents (Class 348/208.16)
  • Patent number: 10298847
    Abstract: There is provided an image stabilization device including: a control unit configured to perform first camera shake correction processing based on an optical camera shake correction method using a lens and second camera shake correction processing based on an electronic camera shake correction method of cutting out a captured image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tohru Kurata
  • Patent number: 10237486
    Abstract: The image-capturing apparatus includes a camera controller performing communication with a lens apparatus, and a camera image stabilizer performing, using image stabilization information, an image stabilization operation. The camera controller sets, before receiving from the lens apparatus first image stabilization information produced by the lens apparatus depending on a shake of the lens apparatus, second image stabilization information usable for the image stabilization operation, causes the camera image stabilizer, when receiving the first image stabilization information, to perform the image stabilization operation using the first image stabilization information, and causes the camera image stabilizer, when not receiving the first image stabilization information, to perform the image stabilization operation using the second image stabilization information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shunichiro Ikeda
  • Patent number: 10171729
    Abstract: An automatic camera adjustment method and an electronic device, where the method is applied to an electronic device with a rotatable camera. The electronic device obtains a parameter of a preview image in a shot of the camera, determines a parameter for rotating of the camera according to the parameter of the preview image, and adjusts an azimuth of the camera according to the parameter for rotating of the camera. Quality of a photographed image may be improved by adjusting the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chao Qin, Peng Wang, Wenmei Gao, Yahui Wang, Hao Jing
  • Patent number: 10154190
    Abstract: An electronic device balances gain and exposure at an imaging sensor of the device based on detected image capture conditions, such as motion of the electronic device, distance of a scene from the electronic device, and predicted illumination conditions for the electronic device. By balancing the gain and exposure, the quality of images captured by the imaging sensor is enhanced, which in turn provides for improved support of location-based functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Joel Hesch, James Fung
  • Patent number: 10068126
    Abstract: Systems, methods and computer program products for mapping coordinates of various imaging stations are described. In some implementations, cells (e.g., red blood cells) in a biological specimen can be used for determining the mapping information between the imaging stations. The use of cells allows a target image (e.g., an image of a sub-region of cells in the biological specimen) taken by one imaging station to be pattern-matched to a reference image (e.g., an image showing a larger region of cells in the biological specimen that also includes the sub-region) taken by another imaging station. Once the target image is matched to the reference image, point by point correspondence (and therefore coordinates) between the target image and the reference image can be established for computing the coordinate transformation to map the imaging stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Hematology, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Zahniser, Russell Zahniser
  • Patent number: 10057547
    Abstract: A medical image recording device includes an image pickup device generating an image pickup signal by photoelectrically converting light reflected from a subject with use of an image pickup element, wherein an image pickup control unit displays, on a display unit, image data generated for each of frames constituting a video by processing the image pickup signal. A recording control unit records the image data on a memory card. A movement detection unit sequentially compares the image data between the adjacent frames, and calculates an amount of movement of the image pickup device from a positional shift of a main subject between the adjacent frames. If the amount of movement is within a preset range, a camera shake correction unit corrects a blur. If the amount of movement is greater than an upper limit of the range, the recording control unit stops recording of image data on the memory card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignees: ACP JAPAN CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shoichi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10021295
    Abstract: Approaches are described for managing the capture and/or presentation of images, such as panorama images. An electronic device can be used to “paint” the scene desired to be captured, where the device can be panned horizontally or vertically, or both, to capture images of a much larger area than the field of view of the camera. The overlap between adjacent images can be determined image-by-image and visual or other cues can be provided to assist a user controlling the device to pan the device in a particular manner to ensure an appropriate amount of overlap between captured images. Further, the user can be presented the entire panorama image being captured at the highest scale possible by filling the display element of the device with the image and dynamically scaling down the image as the user continues to add to the panorama image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Leo Benedict Baldwin, Steven Michael Sommer
  • Patent number: 9936114
    Abstract: A mobile device for requesting a capture of an image includes a beacon and a processing circuit. The beacon is configured to communicate with an unmanned camera. The processing circuit is configured to generate a request for the unmanned camera to capture an image of a user of the mobile device, where the request includes a condition that must be met by the image of the user, and send the request, via the beacon, to the unmanned camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Michael H. Baym, William D. Duncan, Roderick A. Hyde, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9924099
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes: a distance detection unit that detects an object distance; a shake detection unit that detects an amount of shake of the imaging apparatus; a driving unit that moves an optical element or an imaging element included in an imaging optical system to correct an image blur caused by a shake of the imaging apparatus; and a control unit that calculates an amount of movement of the optical element or the imaging element moved by the driving unit based on the amount of shake detected by the shake detection unit and controls the driving unit, and the control unit directs the imaging element to continuously capture images in response to an imaging instruction and changes a correction gain which is used to calculate the amount of movement for each imaging operation, depending on the object distance detected by the distance detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Hisao Ito
  • Patent number: 9906719
    Abstract: One embodiment of an apparatus includes a reference position receiving unit configured to receive intermediate or end panorama reference position information input by a user, and a control unit configured to control an imaging device to begin generating a plurality of images to be used to generate a panoramic image based on the intermediate or end panorama reference position information input by the user after the reference position receiving unit receives the intermediate or end panorama reference position information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuya Sento
  • Patent number: 9900501
    Abstract: An image collecting method and apparatus are provided, where the image collecting method includes enabling an image collecting unit in an electronic device, when it is identified that after a first specific motion, a gesture of the electronic device changes to a specific device gesture; monitoring whether the electronic device performs a second specific motion in the specific device gesture; and when it is detected that the electronic device performs the second specific motion in the specific device gesture, controlling the image collecting unit to obtain an at least first image by means of collection within motion time in which the electronic device performs the second specific motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hongrui Jiang, Yunbin Wang, Kunpeng Li
  • Patent number: 9876958
    Abstract: The interchangeable lens includes: a shake correction processing unit configured to calculate an amount of shake correction for the correction lens and an imaging device; and a lens driving unit configured to perform image blur correction by moving the correction lens in a plane perpendicular to an optical axis based on an output from the shake correction processing unit. The camera body includes a device driving unit configured to perform image blur correction by moving the imaging device in a plane perpendicular to the optical axis. The lens driving unit moves the correction lens to a predetermined center position and the device driving unit shifts the imaging device by an amount corresponding to an amount of the movement of the correction lens to the center position at a beginning of exposure. The lens driving unit drives the correction lens during a period of the exposure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mikio Sakurai, Michio Kishiba
  • Patent number: 9866756
    Abstract: A medical image recording device includes an image pickup device. The image pickup device, which includes an optical lens and an image pickup element that generates an image signal by photoelectrically converting light introduced from a subject via the optical lens, is put an operator. An image pickup control unit displays, on a display unit, image data that is generated for each of frames that constitute a video by processing an image pickup signal. A recording control unit records the image data on a memory card. Based on an angular velocity output from an acceleration sensor, if an amount of movement calculated by the movement detection unit is within a preset range, a camera shake correction unit corrects a blur. If the amount of movement is greater than an upper limit of the range, the recording control unit stops recording of image data on the memory card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignees: ACP JAPAN CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shoichi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9819855
    Abstract: An electronic device balances gain and exposure at an imaging sensor of the device based on detected image capture conditions, such as motion of the electronic device, distance of a scene from the electronic device, and predicted illumination conditions for the electronic device. By balancing the gain and exposure, the quality of images captured by the imaging sensor is enhanced, which in turn provides for improved support of location-based functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Joel Hesch, James Fung
  • Patent number: 9723218
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method and a device for shooting a picture, which belongs to a photography field. The method includes: obtaining a motion parameter of a mobile terminal; determining a current shooting parameter according to the motion parameter; shooting the picture according to the current shooting parameter. The present disclose solves the problem that there is obvious smear in a shot picture due to a movement of a mobile terminal and achieves the effects that the current shooting parameter is determined according to the motion parameter of the mobile terminal and that there is no smear or little smear in the shot picture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Xiaomi Inc.
    Inventors: Jingmin Feng, Qi Ge, Lin Liu
  • Patent number: 9554055
    Abstract: The present application provides a data processing method and an electronic device. The data processing method comprises: detecting a movement status of the electronic device by a sensor unit; generating a movement parameter of the electronic device based on the movement status; and generating an exposure parameter threshold for an image capture unit of the electronic device based on the movement parameter of the electronic device, such that the image capture unit captures an image with an exposure parameter higher than the exposure parameter threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignees: Beijing Lenovo Software Ltd., Lenovo (Beijing) Limited
    Inventors: Qizhong Zheng, Lihua Li, Rui Li, Yigan Zhang
  • Patent number: 9538078
    Abstract: The disclosed technology includes switching between a normal or standard-lens UI and a panoramic or wide-angle photography UI responsive to a zoom gesture. In one implementation, a user gesture corresponding to a “zoom-out” command, when received at a mobile computing device associated with a minimum zoom state, may trigger a switch from a standard lens photo capture UI to a wide-angle photography UI. In another implementation, a user gesture corresponding to a “zoom-in” command, when received at a mobile computing device associated with a nominal wide-angle state, may trigger a switch from a wide-angle photography UI to a standard lens photo capture UI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Nirav Bipinchandra Mehta, Mikkel Crone Köser, David Singleton, Robert William Hamilton, Henry John Holland, Tony Ferreira, Thomas Weedon Hume
  • Patent number: 9503647
    Abstract: An image stabilizer includes a first optical corrector moving along a direction different from an optical axis to correct an image shake, a second optical corrector moving along a direction different from the optical axis to correct an image shake, a controller moving at least one of the first and second optical correctors to correct an image shake, and a first position detector detecting information about a movement position of the first optical corrector. The controller performs image shake correction of the first optical corrector without image shake correction of the second optical corrector when the information about the movement position of the first optical corrector is equal to or less than a predetermined value, and performs image shake correction of the second optical corrector when the information about the movement position of the first optical corrector is more than the predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Nobuhiro Shibata
  • Patent number: 9392172
    Abstract: An image blur correction apparatus includes an shooting state detecting portion that determines a shooting state of a first shooting state or a second shooting state based on an angular velocity signal, and a controller that performs an image blur correction using characteristics depending on a determination result of the shooting state determining portion, and the shooting state determining portion determines that the first shooting state has started when the angular velocity signal exceeds a first threshold value and exceeds a second threshold value having an opposite sign of the first threshold value within a predetermined time after exceeding the first threshold value, and determines that the first shooting state is continuously maintained when the angular velocity signal exceeds a third threshold value and exceeds a fourth threshold value that has an opposite sign of the third threshold value within the predetermined time after exceeding the third threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kenji Saitsu
  • Patent number: 9354721
    Abstract: In some implementations, an image can be presented in an image editing interface and the image can be edited based on movement of the mobile device. In some implementations, the mobile device can be configured to provide a plurality of types edits (e.g., filters, effects, etc.) that can be applied to the image, a selection of one or more edit types can be received, movement sensor data can obtained describing movement of the mobile device, and the selected edits can be applied to the image based on the sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Behkish J. Manzari, Rachel A. Roth
  • Patent number: 9317791
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a first control unit that outputs a command for driving an electric part, a detection unit that detects an abnormality of the first control unit, and a second control unit that controls whether or not supply of a drive signal based on the command for driving the electric part to the electric part can be performed, in which the first control unit outputs instruction signals for instructing execution and stop of the detection by the detection unit, and the second control unit cuts off the supply of the drive signal to the electric part in a case where the detection unit detects the abnormality of the first control unit and a case where the instruction signal for instructing the stop of the detection by the detection unit is output from the first control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shozo Yamasaki
  • Patent number: 9124806
    Abstract: An apparatus for correcting an image may include a first correction unit measuring movement of a camera module and a position of a lens in the camera module and adjusting the position of the lens in the camera module in accordance with the movement, and a second correction unit calculating error vectors using the measured movement value of the camera module and the position value of the lens and correcting an image from the camera module using the error vectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jin Yong Kang
  • Patent number: 9111346
    Abstract: An image corresponding to a pattern having a first size is detected from a first detection region in an acquired, first image, and an image corresponding to a pattern having a second size is detected from a second detection region different from the first detection region in the first image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Keiji Adachi, Yasuo Bamba
  • Patent number: 9106836
    Abstract: A shooting target detection unit detects a main shooting target from a position where a touch-down operation is performed on a touch panel. A system control device causes a ranging control device and an exposure control device to perform AF processing and AE processing on the main shooting target. The system control device displays a continuous shooting switch near the touched position. The system control device performs continuous shooting if a user moves his/her finger to the continuous shooting switch and then performs a touch-up operation. Whereas, the system control device performs single shooting if the user performs the touch-up operation without moving his/her finger to the continuous shooting switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Satoshi Aoyama
  • Patent number: 9041814
    Abstract: An automatic tracking camera system includes: a rotating unit for panning and tilting an image pickup unit including a lens apparatus and an image pickup apparatus; a tracking object detector; a motion vector detector for detecting a motion vector of the object to be tracked; a capture position setting unit for setting a capture position of the object to be tracked in the picked up image; and a controller for controlling drive of the rotating unit. The controller controls the rotating unit in a capture mode to capture the object to be tracked at the capture position based on the motion vector detected by the motion vector detector after the tracking object detector has detected the object to be tracked in the picked up image, and a maintenance mode to continuously capture the object to be tracked at the capture position after the capture mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuji Takashima
  • Patent number: 9025037
    Abstract: An event data recorder (EDR) is configured to operate in a driving mode and a parking mode. In the driving mode, the EDR is configured to perform high quality video recording using an image-capturing circuit. In the parking mode, the EDR is configured to periodically activate the image-capturing circuit for event detection and start to perform low quality video recording after detecting a specific event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: PixArt Imaging Inc.
    Inventors: En-Feng Hsu, Ming-Tsan Kao
  • Patent number: 9013583
    Abstract: Image pickup means is capable of picking up an image at a first frame rate and a second frame rate that is higher than the first frame rate. A highlight scene is detected by detection means. When detecting the highlight scene, image pickup operation is performed at a high speed mode and an image signal at high frame rate (240 fps) is produced for a period of predetermined time. When detecting no highlight scene, image pickup operation is performed at a normal mode and an image signal at normal frame rate (60 fps) is produced. It is possible to save time and labor for performing a switchover operation of a frame rate when imaging a highlight scene. It is also possible to save power consumption and a capacity of a storage medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Haruto Tokuyama
  • Patent number: 8994835
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus receives shake information detected by, for example, a sensor which detects a shake, and determines whether the hold status of the image capturing apparatus is handheld or fixed, based on the shake information (first shake determination). Also, the image capturing apparatus sequentially acquires images output upon photoelectric conversion by charge-accumulation type photoelectric conversion elements, and determines whether the hold status is handheld or fixed, based on an image displacement between the images (second shake determination). The exposure settings at the time of image capturing are changed between the case wherein it is determined by first shake determination that the hold status is fixed, and that wherein it is determined by second shake determination that the hold status is fixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toshifumi Osawa
  • Patent number: 8953041
    Abstract: An Engineer's View (EV) wireless video system for powered and unpowered model railroad engines is disclosed. The invention uses commercially available wireless spy cameras, powered by a custom power supply circuit which is compatible with either DC or DCC track systems. The present invention is compatible with all commercial model railroad gauge diesel engines including HO and N Gauge or may be factory installed. The EV system demonstrates a remarkably stable and realistic image of a model railroad layout. Moreover, the present invention may also provide a stable source of power to the engine where stalling could occur at points of track defects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventors: Richard Johnson Bartlett, Sr., William Travis Bartlett
  • Patent number: 8937666
    Abstract: A method may include capturing, by a computing device and during a time interval, a plurality of images. The computing device may determine a sharpness of a first image from the plurality of images based on detection of a difference between sharpness of a first plurality of high-contrast areas within the first image and sharpness of a corresponding, second plurality of high-contrast areas within a second image from the plurality of images. The first image may be sent to a search service. Image recognition data based on the first image or indication of unavailability of the image recognition data may be received from the search service. The determining may further include detecting a movement from at least a portion of the first plurality of high-contrast areas within the first image to a corresponding portion of the second plurality of high-contrast areas within the second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Sameer Padala, Andrews-Junior Kimbembe
  • Patent number: 8937678
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes a calculation unit that calculates power consumptions related to a plurality of functions during a predetermined period for the respective functions; and a control unit that performs control to display data of the calculated power consumptions for the respective functions and countermeasures to be used to reduce the power consumptions related to a predetermined number of functions among the plurality of functions, on a display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Tetsuya Fuji
  • Patent number: 8928762
    Abstract: In an embodiment, when a sleep mode is turned off, if vibration less than a limit value occurs, the sleep mode is turned on and a hand shake correction unit is turned off so that power consumption may be reduced. Moreover, when the sleep mode is turned on, if vibration greater than a limit value occurs, the sleep mode is turned off and the hand shake correction unit is turned on so that an image blur does not occur. In another embodiment, when the sleep mode is turned off, if vibration less than a limit value occurs, the hand shake correction unit is turned on in the state where the sleep mode is turned on and a HPF is turned on so that an image blur is prevented from occurring due to a shock caused by pushing a release button or shock caused by opening or closing a shutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae-mu Yun, Jin-gi Lee
  • Patent number: 8929725
    Abstract: In an image capturing apparatus that allows input of instructions to the image capturing apparatus by shaking the apparatus, without using an operation unit, it is determined whether or not the image capturing apparatus is shaking. Then, in a case in which it is determined that the image capturing apparatus is shaking, at least some of the operations of the operation unit are invalidated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshio Ibi, Teruhiko Ueyama
  • Patent number: 8866913
    Abstract: Systems and methods for calibrating a 360 degree camera system include imaging reference strips, analyzing the imaged data to correct for pitch, roll, and yaw of cameras of the 360 degree camera system, and analyzing the image data to correct for zoom and shifting of the cameras. Each of the reference strips may include a bullseye component and a dots component to aid in the analyzing and correcting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: OmniVision Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff Hsieh, Hasan Gadjali, Tawei Ho
  • Patent number: 8860890
    Abstract: An electronic device and a control method thereof are disclosed, the electronic device including: an operation implementation unit conducting a predetermined operation; a first main controller controlling the operation of the operation implementation unit; an input reception unit receiving an input signal; a second main controller processing the input signal and being in the power saving state in the standby mode; and a subcontroller controlling the second main controller to process the input signal when the input signal is received in the standby mode, wherein the second main controller processes the received input signal according to control of the subcontroller, controls the first main controller to operate in the normal mode when the input signal corresponds to entering the normal mode, and returns to the power saving state in the standby mode when the input signal does not correspond to entering the normal mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young-ick Jang, Chang-yong Kim, Jong-hyuk Jang, Jea-hee Han
  • Patent number: 8860832
    Abstract: An application for a device that includes an image sensor, an orientation sensor and image capture capabilities. Operation of the device is based upon a detected orientation of the device by the orientation sensor. In one embodiment, when the device is in a horizontal orientation, the image capture operates as a digital still image camera and when the device is in a vertical orientation, the image capture operates as a digital video camera. Other orientations are anticipated including upside down as well as other operating modes such as flash enabled and flash disabled. Optionally, a control is provided to lock the operation in one of the modes irrespective of changes in the orientation of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Vizio Inc.
    Inventor: John Schindler
  • Patent number: 8848069
    Abstract: There is provided an image processing apparatus including a distortion component calculation unit calculating a distortion component in a time series, based on an image signal indicating a moving image composed of a frame image, for each of a first region corresponding to the whole frame image, a second region corresponding to one region obtained by dividing the frame image, and a third region corresponding to the other region obtained by dividing the frame image, and a decision unit deciding a scanning pattern of an imaging device having captured the moving image, which the image signal indicates, based on a combination of a correlation of distortion between the second region and the first region and a correlation of distortion between the second region and the third region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventors: Nobuhiro Ogawa, Tatsuya Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20140267811
    Abstract: Technologies are provided in embodiments for receiving an indication of an image processing service request, retrieve environmental information indicative of an environmental condition of an apparatus, retrieving operational information indicative of an operating condition of the apparatus, determining image processing software configuration information based, at least in part, on the image processing service, the environmental information, and the operational information, and causing configuration of at least one image processing software module based, at least in part, on the image processing software configuration information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Sheethal Bhat, Madhu S. Athreya, Yuh-Lin E. Chang
  • Patent number: 8830339
    Abstract: This disclosure describes techniques for triggering recording of digital video in a fast frame rate mode. In one example, a digital video recording apparatus includes a video sensor that captures digital video data at a fast frame rate in a fast frame rate mode, a video buffer that buffers the captured digital video data according to a first-in-first-out storage schema, a video storage that stores digital video data, and a motion detection unit that detects fast motion in the buffered digital video data, that stores digital video data from the video sensor in the video storage after detecting the fast motion, and that copies the contents of the video buffer to the video storage prepended to the stored video data. The digital video recording apparatus may be incorporated in a wireless communication device, such as a cellular phone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Ruben M. Velarde, Szepo Robert Hung
  • Patent number: 8797413
    Abstract: A movement detection apparatus that detects a shake added by an operator to execute a function of a device, the apparatus comprises an acceleration detection unit configured to detect accelerations caused by a shake in at least three-axis directions; a determination unit configured to determine an axis with a minimum value of acceleration and an axis with a maximum value of acceleration among the accelerations in at least three-axis directions detected by the acceleration detection unit; a decision unit configured to decide a direction of the shake added by the operator based on the axis with the minimum value and the axis with the maximum value determined by the determination unit; and a selection unit configured to select a predetermined function based on the result of the decision unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Akihiro Tsubusaki
  • Patent number: 8780214
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus having a continuous shooting function includes an imaging unit configured to generate an image signal based on an optical signal of a subject, a storage unit configured to store an image file based on the image signal, a first detector configured to detect a motion of the imaging apparatus, and a controller configured to control a capturing interval of the imaging unit for capturing an image in a continuous shooting operation based on a detecting result of the first detector so that the capturing interval for a magnitude of the motion of the imaging apparatus which is larger than a predetermined value is shorter than the capturing interval for the magnitude of the motion of the imaging apparatus which is smaller than the predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Hirofumi Ishii, Masatoshi Nakamura, Ryo Hirota, Yasutoshi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8749688
    Abstract: A portable device includes an imaging unit that captures an image of an object and generates image data of the object, a display unit that displays an image of the image data, an input unit that receives input of an operation instruction on an operation performed by the portable device, a moving-state determining unit that determines a moving state of the portable device when the potable device captures an image, and a control unit that changes a content of the operation instruction received by the input unit, depending on a determination result of the moving-state determining unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Imaging Corp.
    Inventors: Satoshi Hara, Akira Tani, Osamu Nonaka
  • Patent number: 8743268
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus comprises an image capturing unit, a motion vector detection unit which detects a motion vector quantity representing a shift amount between images from image signals successively obtained by the image capturing unit, an angle conversion unit which converts the motion vector quantity into an angular displacement amount between the images on the basis of a zoom position of the zoom lens, a shift angle calculation unit which calculates a shift angle from an optical axis of the imaging optical system by calculating the angular displacement amount, a shift amount conversion unit which converts the shift angle into a shift amount on an image plane of the image capturing unit on the basis of the zoom position of the zoom lens, and a correction unit which corrects a shift on the basis of the shift amount on the image plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hideo Kawahara
  • Patent number: 8717445
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus includes an imaging element for acquiring an image of a target object; a detector for detecting movement of the image pickup apparatus; and a controller for controlling focus of the imaging element on the target object while the movement of the image pickup apparatus detected by the detector is not more than a threshold degree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Takehiro Nakai, Akifumi Izumisawa
  • Patent number: 8711234
    Abstract: A system and method for capturing images is provided. In the system and method, preview images are acquired and global local and local motion are estimated based on at least a portion of the preview images. If the local motion is less than or equal to the global motion, a final image is captured based at least on an exposure time based on the global motion. If the local motion is greater than the global motion, a first image is captured based on at least a first exposure time and at least a second image is captured based on at least one second exposure time less than the first exposure time. After capturing the first and second images, global motion regions are separated from local motion regions in the first and second images, and the final image is reconstructed at least based on the local motion regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: CSR Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Meir Tzur, Artemy Baxansky
  • Patent number: 8681231
    Abstract: A camera according to the present invention is equipped with an image sensor; an A/D converter that converts analog image-pixel signals read from the image sensor to digital image-pixel signals; an image stabilizer that comprises a coil and a movable member configured to move in a given direction while supporting the image sensor; an image stabilization controller that controls a position of the movable member at given time intervals by sending pulse drive signals through the coil; and a timing adjustment processor that shifts at least one of a rise timing and fall timing of the pulse drive signals from a signal-processing interval associated with an A/D conversion process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Pentax Ricoh Imaging Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoto Asakura, Shigeru Iwamoto, Yoshio Wakui, Taizo Matsumasa
  • Patent number: 8675064
    Abstract: A display system is provided which determines an effective image area by automatically detecting a boundary between the effective image area and a non-image area created owing to the difference between the pixel numbers of the camera image sensor and television signal, to thereby display the images on a monitor by adjusting a display size and position suitable for the effective image area, whereby an inappropriate display size and position are avoided from being set while a lighting device for illuminating a camera's field of vision is off. The display system receives a signal notifying about activation of the lighting device from the lighting controller that provides on/off control of the device; the system then determines the effective image area if the device is on, and does not if it is off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Kiyoyasu Maruyama, Chihiro Morita, Tomohiro Hattori
  • Patent number: 8666239
    Abstract: In an image capturing apparatus that allows input of instructions to the image capturing apparatus by shaking the apparatus, without using an operation unit, it is determined whether or not the image capturing apparatus is shaking. Then, in a case in which it is determined that the image capturing apparatus is shaking, at least some of the operations of the operation unit are invalidated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshio Ibi, Teruhiko Ueyama
  • Patent number: 8610785
    Abstract: A movement detection apparatus that detects a shake added by an operator to execute a function of a device, the apparatus comprises an acceleration detection unit configured to detect accelerations caused by a shake in at least three-axis directions; a determination unit configured to determine an axis with a minimum value of acceleration and an axis with a maximum value of acceleration among the accelerations in at least three-axis directions detected by the acceleration detection unit; a decision unit configured to decide a direction of the shake added by the operator based on the axis with the minimum value and the axis with the maximum value determined by the determination unit; and a selection unit configured to select a predetermined function based on the result of the decision unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Akihiro Tsubusaki
  • Patent number: 8599265
    Abstract: Provided is a method which minimizes power consumption by controlling power of a camera that is used for recognizing a user's gesture, in a video processing apparatus, which recognizes the user's gesture and is controlled according to the recognized gesture, such as a TV or a monitor. In the present invention, a camera is driven in a low power mode or a high power mode, and when a user's specific gesture is detected in the lower power mode, the camera is switched to the high power mode for recognizing a detailed gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sungun Kim, Soungmin Im