Control Devices Patents (Class 348/211.4)
  • Patent number: 10200623
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and systems for determining one or more image capture settings for use in flash photography are disclosed. In some aspects a device includes a memory and a processor that is coupled to a first camera, a second camera, a flash unit, and the memory. The processor can be configured to cause the flash unit to emit a flash during a flash operation having a first portion and a second portion. The processor can be further configured to cause the first camera to receive a plurality of image frames during the first portion, determine at least one image capture setting based on at least one of the plurality of frames received by the first camera, and cause the second camera to capture one or more image frames during the second portion based on the determined image capture setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Cullum James Baldwin, Rengaraj Thirupathi
  • Patent number: 10171720
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising: at least one processor; and at least one memory including computer program code, the at least one memory and the computer program code configured to, with the at least one processor, cause the apparatus to perform at least the following: receive a user input; and based on the user input, provide an open instance of a first camera control application on a first apparatus as a corresponding open instance of an at least related camera control application on a second apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: NOKIA TECHNOLOGIES OY
    Inventors: Florin Cristian Lohan, John Martin, Andrew Borovsky, Graham Phillip Oldfield, Richard Michael Collin, Antero Taivalsaari, Lauri Paimen
  • Patent number: 10148937
    Abstract: A stereo image scanning device includes a surround slide rail, an extending arm, at least one image capturing unit and an image processing unit. The surround slide rail is used to surround an object that is located at a geometric center of the surround slide rail. Two ends of the extending arm are connected to the surround slide rail and slid among multiple different scanning positions on the surround slide rail. The at least one image capturing unit is disposed at the extending arm, and the at least one image capturing unit is used to capture multiple images of the object at different multiple angle positions on the extending arm. The image processing unit is electrically connected to the at least one image capturing unit, and the image processing unit is used to receive and process the multiple images, so as to produce a stereo image of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: MICROTEK INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventor: Huei-Chuan Tai
  • Patent number: 10127622
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a first connecting unit connected to an image pickup apparatus, a plurality of second connecting units connected to one control apparatus or one other image processing apparatus, the control apparatus being configured to control a robot; and a processing unit configured to process picked-up images picked up by the image pickup apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Masanobu Nishitani, Nobuyuki Setsuda
  • Patent number: 10108018
    Abstract: A first-person viewpoint image captured by a camera mounted on a radio-controlled model is displayed on a head mount display and is enjoyed. When a whole-sky image captured by a camera unit that is mounted on a model apparatus is reproduced and displayed with a head mount display, a CPU moves the display field so as to offset the motion of the head of a user detected by a posture/location detecting unit. In this manner, an image that follows the motion of the head of the user is displayed. Meanwhile, on the side of the head mount display, a combined image generated by superimposing an AR image as virtual image information on the actual image in the display field is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Naomasa Takahashi, Tatsuya Narahara, Yoichiro Sako, Motoyuki Takai
  • Patent number: 10083496
    Abstract: Systems and methods trigger an image acquisition of an object using motion data communicated from a motion controller on a network, the motion controller coupled to a motion drive. Based upon motion data from the motion controller, a virtual axis application is used to plan the movement of a virtual axis for a motion cycle, the virtual axis allowing an acquisition trigger rate to be calculated to follow movement of the object caused by the motion drive. Based on the calculated acquisition trigger rate, an acquisition trigger signal is generated for triggering the image acquisition of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Cognex Corporation
    Inventor: Dale Peterson
  • Patent number: 10037744
    Abstract: A display apparatus transmits a picture acquisition request for getting picture information to an external image apparatus connected through a predetermined interface to the display apparatus from the external image apparatus at predetermined intervals and gets a plurality of pieces of picture information from the external image apparatus to be displayed. The plurality of pictures may be switched at predetermined intervals, for example, to be displayed, so that the plurality of pictures may be displayed in a so-called slide show manner. A plurality of pictures for thumbnail may be produced from the plurality of pieces of picture information and be arranged together to be displayed in one picture screen of a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Kurita, Hitoaki Owashi
  • Patent number: 10038834
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an electronic device for making a video call. The electronic device includes at least one camera, a communication module, and a processor that makes a video call with an external electronic device by using an image captured by the at least one camera, and if a control signal is received from the external electronic device, through the communication module, controls the at least one camera, based on the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Geon Ho Yoon, Dong Il Son, Chi Hyun Cho, Chang Ryong Heo
  • Patent number: 10022645
    Abstract: [Problem] To provide an educational toy which allows an observed action to be experienced artificially. [Solution] A toy system (900) is used by bringing a magnifying-glass type hand-held instrument (930) into contact with a page (912) of a main body portion (910) having a picture portion (914). The magnifying-glass type hand-held instrument (930) captures an image of the picture portion (914), and determines the location, within the image in said picture portion, that has been captured. From pre-stored image data of a picture image that is the same as the picture portion (914), image data for a part (a partial image) corresponding to the location being captured are then read out and are displayed on a touch panel (942). If the location being captured fulfills certain location conditions, one image element from image elements W41 to W49 is also selected as a special image and is displayed superimposed on the partial image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignees: BANDAI CO., LTD., Monokoto. Inc.
    Inventors: Kenichiro Kishi, Yasuhito Yanagi, Koichi Sano
  • Patent number: 9934756
    Abstract: A display apparatus transmits a picture acquisition request for getting picture information to an external image apparatus connected through a predetermined interface to the display apparatus from the external image apparatus at predetermined intervals and gets a plurality of pieces of picture information from the external image apparatus to be displayed. The plurality of pictures may be switched at predetermined intervals, for example, to be displayed, so that the plurality of pictures may be displayed in a so-called slide show manner. A plurality of pictures for thumbnail may be produced from the plurality of pieces of picture information and be arranged together to be displayed in one picture screen of a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Hitachi Maxell, Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Kurita, Hitoaki Owashi
  • Patent number: 9930416
    Abstract: An enhanced stream associated with a primary stream can be selected. The enhanced stream can be time-synchronized to the primary stream. The enhanced stream can be associated with a secondary viewpoint linked to a primary viewpoint of the primary stream. The primary stream can be a broadcast signal of a digital television broadcast. The enhanced stream can be simultaneously presented on a secondary device and the primary stream on a primary device. The primary device can be a computing device and the secondary device can be a computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventor: Brian K. Buchheit
  • Patent number: 9917995
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to the field of communication between electronic devices used for photography. In particular, the invention relates to a method, transmission unit, system and computer program for wireless communication between a camera and at least one remote flash device, such as photoflash units and related equipment. More in particular, the invention provides a way of controlling a plurality of flash devices from an intermediate radio transmission unit mountable on the camera, and utilized a delay a sequence flash control sequence so as to synchronize the function of the camera and the remote flash devices during image acquisition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: PROFOTO AB
    Inventor: Anton Falk
  • Patent number: 9823550
    Abstract: A camera apparatus includes: a camera main body having a single plate type imaging section; and a handle mounting section for mounting a handle on an upper portion of the camera main body, wherein a lens for a three-plate type imaging section can be mounted on a lens mount section of a front portion of the camera main body via a mount adapter, and the handle mounting section mounts the handle on the upper portion of the camera main body so as to be able to move in a front-back direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshimasa Sakishita, Yuki Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 9781320
    Abstract: A camera flash device, method and computer program for communicating between a primary camera flash device and other camera flash devices comprising: detecting orientation and position of the camera flash device and range of a primary subject in focus on the camera flash device; locating other networkable camera flash devices for communication; receiving subject data for a real time image of a subject from one or more of the located networkable camera flash devices; determining from subject data which networkable camera flash devices are pointing at the primary subject; determining two or more camera flash devices for use in a picture; and synchronizing determined two or more camera flash devices for flash operation when one or more of the camera flash devices takes a picture of the primary subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew S. Feltham, Elizabeth J. Maple
  • Patent number: 9736386
    Abstract: There is provided a control device including a control unit configured to perform exposure control of a first pixel group and exposure control of a second pixel group independently of each other, the first pixel group and the second pixel group being disposed in a single imaging surface. The control unit controls gain or an exposure time of the first pixel group and gain or an exposure time of the second pixel group independently of each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Motoshi Yamaguchi, Daisuke Kasai
  • Patent number: 9571795
    Abstract: An image processing device includes: an image receiving part configured to receive an image of a target workpiece on a surface of a conveying path captured by means of the imaging unit; a position acquiring part configured to acquire a position of the target workpiece in the captured image; a tilt acquiring part configured to acquire, by using the position of the target workpiece in the captured image acquired by means of the position acquiring part, a tilt angle of an imaging plane of the imaging unit relative to the surface of conveying path; and an outputting part configured to output assistant information used for assisting in the adjustment of the posture of the imaging unit by using the acquired tilt angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Masahiro Fujikawa, Koji Shimada, Kakuto Shirane, Katsuhiro Shimoda, Yoshihiro Moritoki, Yasuyuki Ikeda, Takeshi Yoshiura
  • Patent number: 9566507
    Abstract: A game controller includes a plurality of LEDs formed on the rear of a case. The plurality of LEDs are arranged two-dimensionally in its layout area. The game controller has a plurality of PWM control units which are provided inside the case and control the lighting of the plurality of LEDs, respectively. The PWM control units control the lighting of the LEDs based on a control signal from a game apparatus. The game apparatus acquires a captured image of the game controller, and acquires the position of the game controller in the captured image based on the positions of the LEDs in the captured image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Teiyu Goto, Katsu Saito, Akio Ohba, Hiroyuki Segawa
  • Patent number: 9538089
    Abstract: There is provided an image-taking system including an information processing apparatus and an image-taking apparatus. The information processing apparatus includes a detector configured to detect brightness of an object image, and to output external brightness information, a determining unit configured to determine if an external image-taking apparatus exists or not, and an output unit configured to output the external brightness information to the image-taking apparatus if the image-taking apparatus exists. The image-taking apparatus includes a detector configured to detect brightness of an object image, and to output internal brightness information, and a controller configured to control exposure based on an exposure value, the exposure value being based on the internal brightness information detected by the detector and external brightness information received from an external apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryogo Ito, Kazuma Akamatsu, Shunsuke Katsumata
  • Patent number: 9525810
    Abstract: A camera apparatus includes: a camera main body having a single plate type imaging section; and a handle mounting section for mounting a handle on an upper portion of the camera main body, wherein a lens for a three-plate type imaging section can be mounted on a lens mount section of a front portion of the camera main body via a mount adapter, and the handle mounting section mounts the handle on the upper portion of the camera main body so as to be able to move in a front-back direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshimasa Sakishita, Yuki Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 9438937
    Abstract: An enhanced stream associated with a primary stream can be selected. The enhanced stream can be time-synchronized to the primary stream. The enhanced stream can be associated with a secondary viewpoint linked to a primary viewpoint of the primary stream. The primary stream can be a broadcast signal of a digital television broadcast. The enhanced stream can be simultaneously presented on a secondary device and the primary stream on a primary device. The primary device can be a computing device and the secondary device can be a computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Inventor: Brian K. Buchheit
  • Patent number: 9420188
    Abstract: A lens control apparatus includes an operation input unit, a communication unit, and a control unit. The operation input unit is configured to accept a user operation. The communication unit is configured to perform communication with an external apparatus. The control unit is configured to perform driving control of a zoom lens in response to a zoom operation accepted by the operation input unit or a zoom control signal received by the communication unit. The control unit is also configured to selectively set a zoom position changing speed for driving control performed in response to the zoom operation and a zoom position changing speed for driving control performed in response to the zoom control signal, the zoom position changing speeds being different from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryogo Ito, Kazuma Akamatsu, Megumi Takagi, Shunsuke Katsumata
  • Patent number: 9417433
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a camera arrangement comprising a sensor means for generating sensor signals indicating the camera orientation and a selecting means for selecting a setting out of a plurality of settings in response to the camera-indicative sensor signals. The camera arrangement has a plurality of zoom settings and the selecting means is configured for selecting a zoom factor in response to the camera orientation detected by means of the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: MOBOTIX AG
    Inventor: Oliver Gabel
  • Patent number: 9373302
    Abstract: Methods and electronic devices for identifying a location of a top electronic device stacked on top of a bottom electronic device are described. In one example embodiment, the top electronic device and the bottom electronic device are configured to communicate. In one example embodiment, the method includes: receiving camera data associated with a camera of the top electronic device; obtaining display data identifying a pixel arrangement on at least a portion of a display of the bottom electronic device; and identifying the position of the top electronic device relative to the bottom electronic device based on the camera data and the display data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: BLACKBERRY LIMITED
    Inventors: David Ryan Walker, Jerome Pasquero, Donald Somerset McCulloch McKenzie, Steven Henry Fyke
  • Patent number: 9325892
    Abstract: A camera capable of capturing still images and video and included in a portable media device can be controlled remotely using an accessory. The accessory can register with the PMD to automatically receive notifications whenever there is a change in the camera state. The camera states can include mode, operation status, and configuration settings. The accessory can send instructions to a camera application that interfaces with the camera to control the camera. The accessory can remotely activate the camera, change camera mode, and send instructions to operate the camera. The accessory and the PMD can concurrently control the camera. The PMD can send the captured still images and recorded video to the accessory for preview and receive instructions from the accessory on disposition of the still images and the video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence G. Bolton, Sylvain R. Y. Louboutin, Shailesh Rathi, David J. Rempel, Peter T. Langenfeld
  • Patent number: 9179031
    Abstract: There is provided a content acquisition apparatus including an acquisition unit configured to acquire content, a recognition unit configured to recognize at least two types of bookmark instructions when the acquisition unit acquires the content, and a control unit configured to, when the recognition unit recognizes a first bookmark instruction, provide a bookmark to the content acquired by the acquisition unit at corresponding time as a bookmarker at time of reproducing the content, and when the recognition unit recognizes a second bookmark instruction, provide the bookmark to the content acquired by the acquisition unit at corresponding time and switch an operation mode of the acquisition unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Takayasu Kon, Yoichiro Sako, Kazunori Hayashi, Yasunori Kamada
  • 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: 9030567
    Abstract: An image capture apparatus includes an internal time information generating unit that includes an internal time source, a receiving unit configured to receive external time information generated in an external time source, and an adjusting unit configured to adjust the external time information using a first delay time information corresponding to a delay time generated in a communication path between the internal time information generating unit and a time setting unit, wherein the time setting unit is configured to perform a process for setting the external time information adjusted by the adjusting unit to the internal time source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Atsushi Ichihara
  • Patent number: 9025033
    Abstract: A surveillance camera is positioned and positionable at a stationary surveillance position for monitoring. The surveillance camera has a calibration tool that is constructed or configured for ascertaining the stationary surveillance position of the surveillance camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Niem, Wolfgang Niehsen, Hartmut Loos
  • Patent number: 9014484
    Abstract: An appliance control apparatus recognizes image features of an target appliance from an obtained image, calculates a degree of similarity between the image features of the target appliance and image features of a registered appliance, specifies the registered appliance corresponding to the image features in the case where the degree of similarity indicates a high similarity as the target appliance; calls up control information of the specified target appliance, and controls the target appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Hidetaka Ohira, Masashi Nishiyama, Yasunobu Yamauchi
  • Patent number: 9001217
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an information processing apparatus which receives a live view image from an imaging apparatus and displays the live view image by overlaying a predetermined overlay image thereto on a screen and the live view image when various operations regarding shooting processing are performed by the imaging apparatus. The information processing apparatus sets whether to display the overlay image by overlaying it onto the live view image or not for each type of an instruction to the imaging apparatus. When the information processing apparatus receives an instruction in response to a user operation, it detects the type of the instruction. When the overlay image is set to be displayed for the detected type of the instruction, the information processing apparatus displays the overlay image by overlaying it onto the live view image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yuichi Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 8982224
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus includes image pickup means; holding means for holding a coordinate system used to represent an image capturing direction or a region in an image capturing range of the image pickup means; reception means for receiving a first command for rotating a captured image obtained by the image pickup means or a captured image cut out from the region in the image capturing range by a certain angle, a second command for rotating the coordinate system held in the holding means about the origin by the certain angle, and specification information for specifying the image capturing direction in the coordinate system; and change control means for executing control to change the image capturing direction of the image pickup means to the image capturing direction specified by the specification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takahiro Iwasaki
  • Patent number: 8982195
    Abstract: A method and system for acquiring and transmitting video image data with parameter data superimposed thereon is provided. The design includes an input device configured to receive said video image data and separately receiving said parameter data, the input device configured to transmit the video image data and parameter data as separate data streams. The design further includes a computing device comprising a computer based utility configured to receive the separate data streams, store the separate data streams, edit at least one data stream, and generate combined video data. Combined video data represents combined video image data and parameter data. The design also includes a display device configured to present the combined video data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Abbott Medical Optics Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Claus, Alex Urich, Paul W. Rockley
  • Patent number: 8970715
    Abstract: The invention concerns a control device for controlling an information device arrangement. Control device includes camera means (CAM) and display means (VF) to allow operating of a destined location of the information surface. Destined location is adapted for determination from the control being in the image information (IMAGE) formed by the camera means (CAM). The control device is arranged at least to determine from the control information of the image information (IMAGE) data (x1, y1, hei, wid, gx, gy) in order to determine a continuous stream of locations pointed by the control device. System, method and program products are also targets of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventors: Panu Vartiainen, Suresh Chande, Kimmo Rämö
  • Patent number: 8970762
    Abstract: Provided are a digital photographing apparatus and a method of controlling the digital photographing apparatus. The digital photographing apparatus includes an image generator configured to generate an image comprising a subject; a subject recognizer configured to recognize the subject from the generated image of the subject; a cue selector configured to select a cue for the recognized subject; and an output unit configured to output the selected cue. The recognized subject may be captured after the selected cue is output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jin-dong Kim
  • Patent number: 8964108
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes a lighting device, an imaging device, and a photographing system. The lighting device emits visible light. The imaging device views a subject. Prior to an image capture, the photographing system recognizes blocking of a bright light by a subject's hand or arm, where the bright spot of light and the photographing system controls the bright light to switch off and immediately capture an image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Qi-Long Yu
  • Patent number: 8957944
    Abstract: This disclosure pertains to devices, methods, and computer readable media for perforating positional sensor-assisted panoramic photography techniques in handheld personal electronic devices. Generalized steps that may be used to carry out the panoramic photography techniques described herein include, but are not necessarily limited to: 1.) acquiring image data from the electronic device's image sensor; 2.) performing “motion filtering” on the acquired image data, e.g., using information returned from positional sensors of the electronic device to inform the processing of the image data; 3.) performing image registration between adjacent captured images; 4.) performing geometric corrections on captured image data, e.g., due to perspective changes and/or camera rotation about a non-center of perspective (COP) camera point; and 5.) “stitching” the captured images together to create the panoramic scene, e.g., blending the image data in the overlap area between adjacent captured images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Doepke, Jianping Zhou
  • Patent number: 8953013
    Abstract: This invention discloses an image pickup device and an image synthesis method thereof The image pickup device comprises an image-pickup module, an image-synthesis module, a database and a processing module. The image-pickup module captures a plurality of temporary images of a scene. The image-synthesis module extracts a part of each temporary image and combines the parts to form a panorama temporary image, and splits the panorama temporary image into a plurality of zone-areas according to at least one threshold value and a panorama luminosity histogram. The database stores a lookup table for recording a plurality of exposure values. The plurality of the exposure values correspond to luminance values of the zone-areas respectively. The processing module obtains the plurality of exposure values corresponding to the luminance values and obtains a weighting-exposure value by an equation, and controls the image-pickup module to capture the panorama image according to the weighting-exposure value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Altek Corporation
    Inventors: Hong-Long Chou, Chia-Chun Tseng, Chia-Yu Wu
  • Publication number: 20150029351
    Abstract: This application discloses a display method and an electronic device, where the method is applicable to a first electronic device including a sensing unit and a display unit, and the method includes: obtaining first posture information of the first electronic device by the sensing unit when the first electronic device satisfies a first predetermined condition; determining a first picture according to the first posture information; displaying the first picture by the display unit; detecting second posture information of the first electronic device by the sensing unit when there is a change in posture of the first electronic device; determining a second picture according to the second posture information; and displaying the second picture by the display unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicants: LENOVO (BEIJING) CO., LTD., BEIJING LENOVO SOFTWARE LTD.
    Inventor: Bo XU
  • Patent number: 8941745
    Abstract: A mobile communication apparatus comprises: a first camera unit for capturing an image of a subject; a second camera unit for capturing an image of the camera operator or an image of an object possessed by the camera operator; an activation control unit; an operation recognizing unit; and an image capture control unit. The activation control unit controls, in response to an activation instruction, the second camera unit to start an image capture operation and sequentially generate still-image data. The operation recognizing unit compares, in response to an instruction to start the image capture operation, still-image data, specifically, current still-image data and the previous still-image data. If the current still-image data have varied relative to the previous still-image data, the image capture control unit controls the first camera unit to capture an image of the subject to generate image capture data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Lenovo Innovations Limited (Hong Kong)
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Tajima
  • Publication number: 20150022680
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes an imaging unit configured to capture an object image, a rotation unit configured to rotate the imaging unit in a predetermined direction, and a first transmission unit configured to transmit, to an external apparatus, acceleration information indicating whether an acceleration at which the rotation unit rotates the imaging unit is able to be designated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Yujiro Idaka
  • Publication number: 20140375833
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a device that may be attached to image capturing equipment. It will act upon the existing manual shutter release means, allowing images to be captured by radio remote control. It will not permanently change the form, fit, or function of said equipment. Normal manual operation of the equipment will still be possible with the invention attached as disclosed. Using remote control, the device will apply programmable forces to existing shutter release means such that the equipment can set photo-metric data and capture images. Its primary purpose is to effectively perform the functions of the finger of the operator such that an operator wishing to capture an image can be distant from the photographic equipment whilst doing so.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Paul Stephen Marshall
  • Publication number: 20140368679
    Abstract: An electronic device includes: a communication unit that performs communication with an external device; and a control unit that issues a command to the external device via the communication unit, on the basis of at least one of capacity of the external device, and capacity of the electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Nobuhiro FUJINAWA, Setsu MITSUHASHI, Masakazu SEKIGUCHI, Takashi KURIYAMA, Hiroto NAGAMINE, Masami TAKEMOTO, Motoki TOYAMA
  • Publication number: 20140362246
    Abstract: A master camera sets temporary conditions at the time of executing photographing by a plurality of cameras, determines whether photographing by the plurality of cameras can be executed under the temporary conditions, sets actual conditions at the time of executing photographing by the plurality of cameras in accordance with this determination result, and executes control such that photographing by the plurality of cameras is executed under the actual conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kanako NAKANO, Kazuto YAMAMOTO, Shohei SAKAMOTO, Jun MURAKI, Hideaki MATSUDA, Koki NAKAMURA, Kazuma KAWAHARA, Hiroyoshi OGAWA, Toshihiko YOSHIDA
  • Publication number: 20140354838
    Abstract: A camera capable of capturing still images and video and included in a portable media device can be controlled remotely using an accessory. The accessory can register with the PMD to automatically receive notifications whenever there is a change in the camera state. The camera states can include mode, operation status, and configuration settings. The accessory can send instructions to a camera application that interfaces with the camera to control the camera. The accessory can remotely activate the camera, change camera mode, and send instructions to operate the camera. The accessory and the PMD can concurrently control the camera. The PMD can send the captured still images and recorded video to the accessory for preview and receive instructions from the accessory on disposition of the still images and the video.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence G. Bolton, Sylvain R.Y. Louboutin, Shailesh Rathi, David J. Rempel, Peter T. Langenfeld
  • Patent number: 8902318
    Abstract: A mobile communications device includes a display, one or more sources comprising at least one microphone and at least one camera, a wireless communications module, a main processor, and a secured processor inaccessible by the main processor. A housing supports components of the device and is configured for hand-held manipulation. A shutter is supported by the housing, and comprises a lens shutter situated within the housing and configured to obscure a lens of the at least one camera when activated. A user actuatable switch is coupled to at least the one or more sources, the main processor, the secured processor, and the shutter. The switch is configured to selectively activate and deactivate the lens shutter. The switch is also configured to divert signals produced by the sources away from the main processor when activated, and couple signals produced by the sources to the main processor when deactivated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Vysk Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Waleed Sami Haddad, Victor E. Cocchia
  • Patent number: 8896718
    Abstract: A video camera privacy lock is set forth. The video camera privacy lock includes a low level filter driver that install and maintains a first position in a filter graph. The filter driver provides a locked media signal to the next sequential item rather than to a media stream until and unless the filter is unlocked. The locked media signal may be a blank screen, a text message, an icon, a static image (such as an avatar, a photograph, etc., pixilated video, or some other predetermined output). Also, in various embodiments, the driver is locked by default, thereby increasing user trust that the video camera only transmits a media signal when desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Roy Stedman, Rocco Ancona
  • Publication number: 20140327791
    Abstract: To provide a new framework that can flexibly take images of a moving target in remote monitoring without the need to arrange a plurality of network cameras, an autonomously movable moving body is used to take an image of a photographic target in accordance with a request from a user terminal, and the photographic image is provided to the user terminal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: Hidekazu HATANAKA
  • Patent number: 8878949
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and apparatus for instructing persons using computer based programs and/or remote instructors. One or more video cameras obtain images of the student or other participant. In addition images are analyzed by a computer to determine the locations or motions of one or more points on the student. This location data is fed to computer program which compares the motions to known desired movements, or alternatively provides such movement data to an instructor, typically located remotely, who can aid in analyzing student performance. The invention preferably is used with a substantially life-size display, such as a projection display can provide, in order to make the information displayed a realistic partner or instructor for the student. In addition, other applications are disclosed to sports training, dance, and remote dating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Timothy R. Pryor
  • Publication number: 20140320684
    Abstract: An endoscopic video system that provides for multiple differing inputs from a plurality of different attached devices, the control automatically sensing and configuring itself based upon the connected devices (e.g. camera or display). The system further provides for non-contact adjustment of the system by use of gesture control such that image data capture and routing, display settings, surgical equipment and/or tools can be accomplished without the need of physically touching a control interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: David Chatenever, Marc R. Amling
  • Publication number: 20140313358
    Abstract: The invention relates to the field of portable electronic equipment, and discloses peripheral equipment for controlling a camera arranged in a terminal, a system and a method thereof. The peripheral equipment comprises: an external controller, comprising a user operation end for receiving an operation action of a user; and a trigger signal generator for generating a regular trigger event signal according to the operation action; and a transmission device, comprising an interface interacting with the terminal, for transmitting the trigger event signal to the terminal through a transmission medium. According to the invention, the problem that existing mobile terminals with relatively large sizes are unfavorable for photo taking operation of users is effectively solved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: Looq System Inc
    Inventor: Woody Yu