Preprogrammed Or Stored Control Instructions Patents (Class 348/211.6)
  • Patent number: 10206030
    Abstract: A microphone array system includes a camera that images a picture for a target place, and a microphone array that picks up sound. A sound source position is calculated based on the picked up sound. An image is displayed on a display, the image including an imaged target place picture and a sound source position mark indicative of the sound source position. An instruction of a specified spot is received in the target place picture displayed on the display. Sound directivity is formed in a direction from the microphone array toward the specified spot based on the picked up sound, and sound data is generated by emphasizing sound in the direction in which the sound directivity is formed. The generated sound data is output to the speaker to reproduce the sound data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Matsumoto, Shuichi Watanabe, Hisashi Tsuji
  • Patent number: 10051363
    Abstract: A camera system with image and audio capture capabilities is configured to protect the internal audio components from the external environment. The camera system includes an internal audio assembly with a microphone and an audio circuit board. The audio circuit board is structured such that a gap exists within the board that allows transmission of sound waves from external the environment to the microphone. The audio assembly also includes a compressible annulus, a support annulus, and a waterproof membrane coupled buy a support structure. The waterproof membrane protects the internal components from moisture while still allowing transmission of sound waves. The support structure, compressible annulus, support annulus, and audio circuit board are structured such that a gap exists above the microphone and underneath the waterproof membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventor: Joshua Randall Clyne
  • Patent number: 9784942
    Abstract: A system for parallax correction includes a housing of a camera having a channel perpendicular to an optical axis of the camera. A lens enclosure is within the housing and includes a tab slideable along the channel. A first lens is positioned within the lens enclosure having a first focal plane array. A second lens is positioned within the lens enclosure having a second focal plane array. The second focal plane array is coupled to a pin disposed within the tab of the housing. The tab is configured to direct the pin to slide perpendicular to the optical axis along the channel to move the second focal plane array laterally with respect to the first focal plane array to correct for parallax between the first and second lenses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Sensors Unlimited, Inc.
    Inventor: Laszlo Kovacs
  • Patent number: 9778779
    Abstract: An assembly with a device (10) for visual sharing of data includes processing elements and data storage elements, a touch screen (12), and network connection elements allowing a connection with one or more computers (14), for displaying on the sharing device (10) instantaneous images obtained from connected computers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: IMMERSION
    Inventors: Christophe Chartier, Jean-Baptiste De La Riviere
  • Patent number: 9747454
    Abstract: A system includes an imaging part that captures an image, a sound collection part that collects sounds, a display part that displays image data captured by the imaging part, a directive direction calculation part that calculates a directive direction which directs toward a sound position corresponding to a designated position of the image data from the sound collection part when any position of the displayed image data is designated, and a control part that forms a directivity in the sounds in the calculated directive direction. The control part controls output of the sounds collected by the sound collection part or output of the sounds which are collected by the sound collection part and of which the directivity is formed, or suspends collection of sounds in the sound collection part, when it is determined that the sound position is included in a preset protection region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinichi Shigenaga, Hirotaka Sawa, Kazunori Hayashi, Toshimichi Tokuda, Shintaro Yoshikuni, Kosuke Shinozaki
  • Patent number: 9654747
    Abstract: A scanning projector system includes a controller, a driver and one or more micro-mirror(s). The controller produces first, second and third pixel data in dependence on a video signal. The driver drives first, second and third light emitting elements in dependence on the first, second and third pixel data, to thereby emit light of first, second and third colors. The micro-mirror(s) project an image in dependence on light beams produced in dependence on the light of the first, second and third colors. The controller controls intensities of the light emitted by the light emitting elements, at least in part, by controlling duty-cycles of pulses included in pixel periods associated with the first, second and third drive signals. To reduce color shifts, the controller and/or the driver causes at least two pulses to be included in each pixel period associated with drive signals used to drive the light emitting elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: INTERSIL AMERICAS LLC
    Inventor: Akihiro Asada
  • Patent number: 9549244
    Abstract: A directivity control system includes: a sound collection unit, configured to collect a sound; a display unit, configured to display a designation screen used to designate a directivity direction oriented from the sound collection unit to a first sound position; a directivity direction calculation unit, configured to calculate a horizontal angle and a vertical angle from the sound collection unit to the first sound position corresponding to the designated directivity direction in accordance with a designation of the directivity direction on the designation screen displayed by the display unit; and a control unit, configured to form directivity of the sound collected by the sound collection unit based on the horizontal angle and the vertical angle calculated by the directivity direction calculation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinichi Shigenaga, Kazunori Hayashi, Toshimichi Tokuda, Hirotaka Sawa, Kosuke Shinozaki, Shuichi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9485424
    Abstract: A system and method for generating an image includes a plurality of imaging units coupled together and a system controller coupled to the plurality of imaging units for providing at least one signal to each of the plurality of imaging units. Each of the imaging units comprises: an image sensing unit for generating an in-situ image, each in-situ image being a portion of the image; an input for receiving the in-situ image; a composition unit for receiving a first composite image and producing a second composite image, the second composite image being a combination of the first composite image and the in-situ image; and an output at which the second composite image is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: OmniVision Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jizhang Shan, Weihua Xiong
  • Patent number: 9436844
    Abstract: A system-on-chip (SoC) is provided that includes a centralized access enablement circuit for controlling access to a plurality of security features for multiple hardware modules of the system. Progressive security states corresponding to different stages in a chip's design, manufacture and delivery are utilized to enable different access control settings for security features as a part moves from design to end-use. The access enablement circuit for a SoC implementing different security states provides individual access control settings for security features in the different security states. One-time programmable memory and register controls are provided in one embodiment that allow different access control settings for an individual security feature in the same or different security states of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Love, Walker Robb, Avdhesh Chhodavdia, Paul Paternoster
  • Patent number: 9386208
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and method for obtaining in vivo images. The system contains an imaging system and a transmitter for transmitting signals from a camera to a receiving system located outside a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Given Imaging Ltd.
    Inventors: Gavriel J. Iddan, Dov Avni, Arkady Glukhovsky, Gavriel Meron
  • Patent number: 9215358
    Abstract: A method of operating a video surveillance system includes providing a PTZ camera within a housing. A fisheye lens camera is attached to the housing such that the fisheye lens camera has a panoramic field of view that is unobstructed by the housing. The panoramic field of view is centered on a panning axis of the PTZ camera. The fisheye lens camera is rotated about the panning axis. A first image within the panoramic field of view is captured by using the fisheye lens camera. A location of an object of interest within the captured first image is identified. PTZ commands are transmitted to the PTZ camera such that the PTZ camera is oriented to capture a second image of the object of interest at the identified location. The PTZ commands are compensated for a rotation of the field of view of the fisheye lens camera during the rotation of the fisheye lens camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Sezai Sablak
  • Patent number: 9137428
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are representative embodiments of tools and techniques for using storyboards in controlling a camera for capturing images, photographs, or video. According to one exemplary technique, at least two storyboards are stored. In addition, at least one storyboard identifier from a camera application is received. Also, using the storyboard identifier, a storyboard of the stored at least two storyboards is retrieved. The retrieved storyboard includes a sequence of control frames for controlling a camera. Additionally, a sequence of image frames is captured at least by controlling a camera using the retrieved storyboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Charbel Khawand, Robert Milausnic, Junghwan Moon, Denis Demandolx, Steve Glenner
  • Patent number: 9118834
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a control unit which switches between a first display mode and a second display mode based on whether a zoom state is equal to or greater than a predetermined zoom magnification. The imaging apparatus, in a zoom state where a part of an imaging area is clipped and recorded, switches between the first display mode, which displays on a display unit a clipped recording area, and the second display mode, which displays on the display unit an area which is wider than the clipped recording area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hitoshi Ikeda
  • Patent number: 9040889
    Abstract: An analog-to-digital (ADC) converter is disclosed that uses aspects of a single-slope ramp ADC, but with jump steps in the ramp voltage to increase speed. A programmable ramp generator can be used to dynamically modify a voltage level associated with the jump step. By programming a voltage level of the jump, a user can dynamically modify the speed of the ADC during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: University of Idaho
    Inventor: Suat Utku Ay
  • Patent number: 9019398
    Abstract: There is provided a communication apparatus. The holding unit holds communication setting information for communicating wirelessly with an external apparatus. The communication unit communicates wirelessly with the external apparatus using the communication setting information held by the holding unit. The connection unit connects a recording medium. The determination unit determines whether or not the recording medium connected to the connection unit has a communication function for communicating wirelessly with an apparatus, which is different from the communication apparatus, using communication setting information that has been written into a specific recording region of the recording medium. The writing unit writes the communication setting information held by the holding unit into the specific recording region of the recording medium in a case where it has been determined that the recording medium connected to the connection unit has the communication function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tomohiro Sekiguchi
  • Patent number: 8970736
    Abstract: A digital camera, which photographs a subject, generates image data, and records the image data on a recording medium, includes: an image processing device that performs a plurality of image processing to the recorded image data, in response to a user's operation; a history creating device that creates, for each image data, history information that indicates a history of image processing performed by the image processing device; and a display unit that displays the history information thus created.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Nikon Corporation
    Inventor: Morihiro Takagi
  • Patent number: 8922665
    Abstract: A device may generate a media stream to be shared with other users by building a media graph, comprising a series of interconnected processing units that perform various processing tasks. However, the time involved in generating the media graph may delay the initialization of the media stream, and adjusting properties of the media stream (such as resolution or codec) may result in an interruption of the media stream while a new media graph is built. Instead, a media graph cache may be provided to cache a set of media graphs, which may be interchangeably selected for rapid initialization and adjusting of media stream properties. The media component (e.g., a video camera) may also be configured to promote rapid adjustments to some media stream properties, while maintaining other properties (e.g., field of view and white balance) for a smooth transition between media stream property sets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen C. Cooper, Robert A. Farrow, Kurt D. Wrisley, Tolga Kilicli, Walid Ali, Shiwei Wang, Kevin J. Smith, Kandarp Dinesh Jani
  • Patent number: 8890965
    Abstract: A system and method for efficiently transferring data from an electronic camera device includes a camera device that is configured to capture image data and temporarily store the image data into an economical limited local buffer memory. A transfer manager from the camera device may then periodically arbitrate for access to a wireless communications network, and may transfer the captured image data from the buffer memory to a designated data destination, such as an image service on a distributed computer network like the Internet. A system user may then efficiently access the transferred image data from a dedicated storage location on the data destination by utilizing any appropriate data-access device, such as a personal computer device or a portable electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Edwards, Neal Manowitz
  • Patent number: 8885056
    Abstract: A digital camera captures an image of a photographic subject and creates image data, and records this image data upon a recording medium. The digital camera includes: an image processing device that, according to operation by a user, performs any of a plurality of types of image processing upon the image data that has been recorded; and a control device that, for performing the image processing, (a) if image data is first selected, permits selection of a type of image processing that is to be performed upon the selected image data; and (b) if a type of image processing is first selected, permits selection of image data upon which that selected type of image processing is to be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Nikon Corporation
    Inventor: Morihiro Takagi
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140293077
    Abstract: In a machine vision system editing environment for a part program, a continuous stream of image acquisition operations are performed during a run mode. Previously, a continuous stream of image acquisition operations was achieved by utilizing different programming representations and syntax for programming and grouping image acquisition operations together in the part program. A new common syntax and representations are utilized wherein such continuous image acquisition operations are recorded in the same way as regular operations, with the running of the part program being performed in two stages. First, the portion of the part program that is to have the continuous stream of image acquisition is scanned for image acquisition operations, and the most efficient order for acquiring the images is determined. Second, while the image acquisition process is being performed, the portion of the part program is scanned again, with the image analysis operations then being performed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: Mark Delaney, Barry E. Saylor
  • Patent number: 8842223
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a transmitter apparatus, an information processing method, a program, and a transmitter system capable of easily transmitting a wideband signal. The transmitter apparatus includes: a first acquisition unit that obtains first transmission control information; a second acquisition unit that obtains second transmission control information similar to information input to another transmitter apparatus; and a generating unit that processes transmission target data based on a parameter contained in the first transmission control information and generates data including the processed transmission target data and the second transmission control information. The present technology can be applied to a transmitter apparatus that transmits a DVB-C2 signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroo Takahashi, Lachlan Bruce Michael, Takashi Yokokawa, Naoki Yoshimochi, Takahiro Okada
  • Patent number: 8823817
    Abstract: The present invention is based upon a camera management device coupled to a network camera via a network and the camera management device is provided with an image receiving unit that receives image data projected by the network camera and including control information for controlling the network camera from the network camera, a control information extracting unit that extracts the control information from the image data received by the image receiving unit and a control transmitting unit that transmits a control command according to the control information to the network camera via the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Asahi, Masuo Oku, Nagamasa Mizushima, Nobuhiro Yokoi
  • Patent number: 8804000
    Abstract: A device is described that includes an encoder/decoder (CODEC) in which functionality is partitioned between a video front end (VFE) and a video back end (VBE). The VFE encapsulates functionality and image processing operations to support a variety of applications, and presents a flexible inter-processor by which an external master device can easily control these operations. The video back end (VBE) operates as an encoder and/or a decoder to generate encoded and/or decoded video sequences. The VFE and VBE may execute within an operating environment provided by a slave device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Chienchung Chang
  • Patent number: 8754952
    Abstract: A digital camera captures an image of a photographic subject and creates image data, and records this image data upon a recording medium. The digital camera includes: an image processing device that, according to operation by a user, performs any of a plurality of types of image processing upon the image data that has been recorded; and a control device that, for performing the image processing, (a) if image data is first selected, permits selection of a type of image processing that is to be performed upon the selected image data; and (b) if a type of image processing is first selected, permits selection of image data upon which that selected type of image processing is to be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Nikon Corporation
    Inventor: Morihiro Takagi
  • Patent number: 8730337
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes an imaging portion that takes an image of a subject, a position information acquisition portion that acquires position information of an imaging position, and an orientation information acquisition portion that acquires orientation information representing an imaging direction at the imaging position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Nikon Corporation
    Inventors: Hideya Inoue, Toru Iwaoka, Michiko Noborisaka, Masayuki Hatori, Tomohide Hamada
  • Patent number: 8723971
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a transmission system including a digital transmission path configured to transmit a digital video signal outputted from an imaging apparatus to a processing apparatus that executes one of processing and relaying of a video signal received from the imaging apparatus, an analog transmission path configured to transmit an analog reference signal outputted from the processing apparatus to the imaging apparatus, a command superposing block in the processing apparatus configured to superpose, at an analog level, each bit of command data for commanding the imaging apparatus in other than a section in which a synchronous signal component of the reference signal is included, a digital conversion block configured to digitally convert an analog-level signal of each bit of a command included in a reference signal received via the analog transmission path in the imaging apparatus, and an imaging control block configured to control an imaging operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Koji Kamiya, Nobuo Ohishi
  • Patent number: 8659400
    Abstract: A system and method used to configure a smart device to command functional operations of a target appliance. The smart device retrieves from a controllable appliance, such as a settop box, data indicative of a codeset identity of the target appliance wherein the codeset identity was determined during a process used to configure a conventional universal remote control to command functional operations of the target appliance and wherein the process used to configure the conventional universal remote control is performed in cooperation with the controllable appliance. A remote control application resident on the smart device then uses the data indicative of the codeset identity retrieved from the controllable appliance to also configure the smart device to command functional operations of the target appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Paul D. Arling, Patrick H. Hayes
  • Patent number: 8629911
    Abstract: An automatic photographing method is provided. The method includes the steps of: receiving a dialing message from a telecommunications network; recognizing a phone number from the dialing message, and controlling a camera module to take at least one photo according to the dialing message; and performing image processing to the photo to generate photo data corresponding to the phone number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Institute for Information Industry
    Inventors: Tzu-Lin Chang, Chen-Hao Kao, Rong-Hong Jan, Chia-Tai Tsai
  • Patent number: 8610834
    Abstract: A system and method for effectively implementing a charging base for a remote control includes a television device that is controlled by the remote control over a wireless RC-TV communications link. The charging base recharges a battery of the remote control when the remote control is docked to the charging base. In addition, the remote control may be docked to the charging base for bi-directionally communicating with the television and other external entities over a wireless base-TV communications link. Furthermore, various compatible peripheral devices may also recharge their batteries and bi-directionally communicate with the television and the external entities over the base-TV communications link while the peripheral devices are docked to the charging base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Hardacker, Christopher Read, Brant Candelore
  • Patent number: 8564672
    Abstract: A method of selecting an image capturing device in communication with an information handling system (IHS) is disclosed wherein the method includes executing an imaging software application and loading first data corresponding to an image capturing device compatible with the imaging software application, wherein the image capturing device is in communication with the IHS. The method further includes automatically executing a compatible image capturing device corresponding to the imaging software application. An information handling system (IHS) is further disclosed including a storage medium operable to store an imaging software application. The system further includes memory coupled to a processor, wherein the processor is configured to execute the imaging software application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Boon Kiat Law, Tapas Kumar Das, Kar Vui Chin
  • Patent number: 8558904
    Abstract: A system and method for efficiently transferring data from an electronic camera device includes a camera device that is configured to capture image data and temporarily store the image data into an economical limited local buffer memory. A transfer manager from the camera device may then periodically arbitrate for access to a wireless communications network, and may transfer the captured image data from the buffer memory to a designated data destination, such as an image service on a distributed computer network like the Internet. A system user may then efficiently access the transferred image data from a dedicated storage location on the data destination by utilizing any appropriate data-access device, such as a personal computer device or a portable electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Eric D. Edwards, Neal J. Manowitz
  • Patent number: 8508595
    Abstract: Provided is a surveillance camera system for controlling cameras by calculating a movement amount of the cameras based on position information and orientation information of the cameras and position information of an object being surveilled. The surveillance camera system includes: a camera receiving an image from a surveillance area; a driving device combined with the camera, wherein the driving device moves the camera; and a camera controller controlling the driving device by using initial coordinates defined with a position and an azimuth at which the camera is installed and a current direction of the camera, so that the camera faces a target position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Techwin Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Myung-seok An
  • Patent number: 8493457
    Abstract: A managing device includes a request receiver that receives a request for use of an image forming apparatus, the request containing information concerning a user; an upper limit value determining unit that, upon receiving the request for use by the request receiver, determines an upper limit value for image formation processing on the basis of limiting information of a user group to which the user belongs; and a transmitter that transmits information providing an instruction to inhibit the image formation processing to an image forming apparatus whose image formation processing cannot be limited based on the upper limit value determined by the upper limit value determining unit when the processing upper limit value is less than a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yosuke Shinnaka
  • Patent number: 8477202
    Abstract: In a photographing apparatus, an encoding part creates a code image from authentication information of the photographing apparatus. A photographing part takes a photograph of a connection code image displayed on a display part of another apparatus. A decoding part decodes the connection code image contained in the photograph taken by the photographing part to decode encoded connection information containing communication setup information, which has been encoded according to the authentication information of the photographing apparatus. A restoration part restores the communication setup information from the encoded connection information by using the authentication information of the photographing apparatus. A radio communication part communicates with the another apparatus by using the communication setup information restored by the restoration part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Taiga Asano
  • Patent number: 8466974
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for controlling an image sensor includes loading an image file having data sets associated with multiple image sensors respectively, identifying the image sensor if identification data included in one of the data sets matches to the image sensor, and configuring the image sensor according to configuration data included in the data set matching to the image sensor. The identification data indicates an identity of the image sensor. The configuration data indicates operation parameters of the image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: O2Micro, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaoguang Yu, Xinsheng Peng, Hongxiao Zhao, Rui Chen
  • Patent number: 8456535
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus communicates with a second imaging apparatus connected to the imaging apparatus via a network, and analyzes a photographing frequency of the second imaging apparatus by receiving information indicating that the second imaging apparatus has performed photographing. When the analyzed photographing frequency exceeds a predetermined value, the imaging apparatus changes setting regarding image data to be recorded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takeshi Shinomiya
  • Patent number: 8441540
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for controlling an image sensor includes loading an image file having data sets associated with multiple image sensors respectively, identifying the image sensor if identification data included in one of the data sets matches to the image sensor, and configuring the image sensor according to configuration data included in the data set matching to the image sensor. The identification data indicates an identity of the image sensor. The configuration data indicates operation parameters of the image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: O2Micro, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaoguang Yu, Xinsheng Peng, Hongxiao Zhao, Rui Chen
  • Patent number: 8429703
    Abstract: A video distribution system which is enhanced in flexibility in distribution mode switching. In a camera server connected to a viewer via a network, a video capture board captures a video image. A CPU processes the captured video image according to an electronic PTZ mode for cutting out a part of the captured video image and a mechanical PTZ emulation mode for cutting out parts of the captured video image and interpolating the cut-out images. The CPU distributes the processed video image to the viewer via the network. The CPU performs mode switching between the electronic PTZ mode and the mechanical PTZ emulation mode based on control information transmitted from the viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushi Kaisha
    Inventor: Takahiro Kurosawa
  • Patent number: 8405733
    Abstract: A camera control apparatus includes: an input section to which a plurality of cameras controlled by the apparatus are connected, each of the cameras including a first preset information storage section capable of storing up to n preset information on the state of the camera setting; a second preset information storage section capable of storing (n+1)-th to m-th preset information (n<m) in each camera; an operation input unit to which an operation of selecting a specific one of the cameras and an operation of instructing registration or read out of the preset information on the selected camera are inputted; and a control section registering the preset information in the information storage section when the operation of instructing registration of the preset information is inputted, whereas reading and incorporating the preset information into the state of the selected camera when the operation of instructing readout of the registered preset information is inputted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Makoto Saijo
  • Patent number: 8400506
    Abstract: A control apparatus controlling a state of an imaging apparatus and a method for controlling an imaging device. According to the present invention, when a moving area in shot images are detected and parameter control of an imaging device is performed, if the moving area relates to a predetermined shooting prohibited area, the parameter control of the imaging device is stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takashi Oya
  • Patent number: 8400508
    Abstract: In a monitoring system, a plurality of monitoring devices for performing a sequence operation of sequentially switching images output from a plurality of cameras are connected. Each of the monitoring devices includes: an address information collection unit configured to collect address information of other cascaded monitoring devices when the sequence operation of an own device is started; a storage unit configured to store the address information collected by the address information collection unit; and a command transmission unit configured to determine a next address from the address information stored in the storage unit and to transmit a command for starting the sequence operation to one of the other monitoring devices which has the determined next address when the sequence operation of the own device is terminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Kenichiro Sugimoto, Kentaro Ohkawa, Takayuki Haraguchi, Toshihiro Shimizu
  • Patent number: 8379098
    Abstract: Method and apparatus of interaction with and control of a video capture device are described. In the described embodiments, video are presented at a display, the display having contact or proximity sensing capabilities. A gesture can be sensed at or near the display in accordance with the video presented on the display, the gesture being associated with a first video processing operation. The video are modified in accordance with the first video processing operation in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin A. Rottler, Michael I. Ingrassia, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8368579
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a remote controller apparatus including: preset holding means for holding, per preset code, preset information representative of correspondence between buttons of a plurality of trial-targeted remote controllers on the one hand, and an output signal given when each of the buttons is pushed on the other hand; evaluation value creating means for counting, out of the preset information held in the preset holding means, the number of preset codes of which the output signal is the same for each of the pushed buttons, before setting the largest count as an evaluation value of the button in question; and button presenting means for presenting as a trial button the button of which the evaluation value is the smallest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Toshifumi Yamamoto, Tomoko Kumagai, Masayuki Kihara, Atsushi Naoi
  • Publication number: 20120327255
    Abstract: This invention relates to the updating of image processing control data that is related to image data and controls image processing of the image data. An image related data generator generates an image file that includes image data and image processing data pre-stored therein. The image processing control data can be updated according to the following process. The image related data generator sends specification data that specifies image processing control data to be updated to an update data server. Then the image related data generator receives the update data from the update data server. And the image related generator updates the image processing control data stored therein with the update data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Inventor: Yasumasa Nakajima
  • Patent number: 8330822
    Abstract: Various embodiments are disclosed for setting a depth camera light source operating temperature in a thermal tuning mode executed during a depth camera manufacturing process. One embodiment of a method includes illuminating a target with light from a light source at a plurality of light source temperatures; for each light source temperature, sensing an intensity of reflected light received at a light sensor through a light filter positioned intermediate the target and the light sensor; approximating a frequency response relationship between a light filter cutoff frequency and a light source emission wavelength based on a comparison of the sensed intensities and stored reference data; generating a temperature set point so that the light source emission wavelength does not overlap the light filter cutoff frequency by more than a predetermined overlap threshold; and programming a temperature controller to control the light source to the temperature set point during depth camera operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Scott McEldowney, Prafulla Masalkar, Yun Fang
  • Patent number: 8312133
    Abstract: An image distribution system, which is connected via a network with a client for displaying an image picked up by an image sensing unit of a server, judges a communication status of the network. In addition, in accordance with a result of the judgment, the image distribution system changes a user interface for selecting a function request command for the image sensing unit of the imaging apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takahiro Kurosawa
  • Patent number: 8284267
    Abstract: A virtual camera component allows multiple camera-use applications to share a camera simultaneously. For example, a first application can request access to the camera for a first set of data, and a second application can also request access to the camera for a second set of data. The virtual camera component is coupled between the first and second applications and the camera, and caches and then processes the data according to respective requirements of the first and second applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: O2Micro Inc.
    Inventors: Shaolan Wang, Hongning Zeng
  • Patent number: 8223213
    Abstract: A system for Unmanned Air Vehicles and security applications that enables the use of a megapixels commercial digital camera with high resolution stills picturing capability, integrated with a camera control interface unit, long range wireless analog video link or CCTV link having 5 MHz bandwidth, but still able to transmit the high resolution pictures in full, by breaking the megapixels stored picture of the digital camera to a multitude of “subpictures”, each limited in resolution and 5 Mhz bandwidth. The wireless received analog video “subpictures” stream feed a P.C with frame grabber and software that reconstruct the complete megapixels picture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Wireless Avionics
    Inventor: Alon Wallach
  • Patent number: 8159548
    Abstract: A device is described that includes an encoder/decoder (CODEC) in which functionality is partitioned between a video front end (VFE) and a video back end (VBE). The VFE encapsulates functionality and image processing operations to support a variety of applications, and presents a flexible inter-processor by which an external master device can easily control these operations. The video back end (VBE) operates as an encoder and/or a decoder to generate encoded and/or decoded video sequences. The VFE and VBE may execute within an operating environment provided by a slave device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Chienchung Chang