Camera Characteristics Affecting Control (zoom Angle, Distance To Camera Time Delays, Weight, Etc.) Patents (Class 348/211.9)
  • Patent number: 10084951
    Abstract: The present invention provides a self-photographing system and method. The self-photographing system comprises an electronic device having a taking photo or recording video, and a self-photographing device. The electronic device is disposed on the self-photographing device. The self-photographing device comprises a controller, an infrared receiver and a rotating platform. The controller defines a first area from a signal sensing range of the infrared receiver. The controller controls the rotation of the rotating platform, so that the infrared receiver is able to receive the infrared signal in the first area of the signal sensing range, and therefore a lens of the electronic device can take photo or record video for the user in a particular angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: GRASSWONDER INC.
    Inventor: Ching-Kang Lee
  • Patent number: 10021286
    Abstract: A method and device are provided for positioning a mounted camera. The device includes a holding element that secures the mounted camera to the device, a wireless linkage at which remote attitude commands representing attitude changes of a remote driver are received, a local controller that interprets the remote attitude commands and generates local attitude commands that move the camera to mimic an orientation of the remote driver, and an attitude sensing element that senses a local attitude of the device. The attitude sensing element includes a gyro, an accelerometer, or a magnetometer, and jitter present in the remote attitude commands is removed and not passed on to the local attitude commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: JoeBen Bevirt, Josh Guyot
  • Patent number: 9866743
    Abstract: An automatic image-capturing apparatus including an image-capturing unit configured to capture an image of a subject so as to obtain captured image data; an automatic captured-image obtaining unit configured to automatically obtain the captured image data obtained by the image-capturing unit without being based on an operation of a user; an inclination detection unit configured to detect an inclination in at least one of a pan direction and a tilt direction; and a control unit configured to control the obtaining operation performed by the automatic captured-image obtaining unit on the basis of information on the inclination in the pan direction or in the tilt direction, the inclination being detected by the inclination detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yasunori Kamada, Takayasu Kon, Yoichiro Sako, Kazunori Hayashi, Itaru Kawakami
  • Patent number: 9848107
    Abstract: A desktop electronic magnifier in a first embodiment includes a monitor and a control panel mounted to the monitor so that access to the control panel cannot be blocked by any position of the monitor. In a second embodiment, a monitor is positioned atop a flat platform that surmounts the camera so that access to the control panel cannot be blocked by any position of the monitor. In a third embodiment, the control panel is mounted to the camera and the monitor is supported by a support surface independent of the magnifier. Access to the control panel is blocked only if the user positions the monitor in blocking relation to the control panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Freedom Scientific, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Goldenberg, Bradley S. Davis, Lee Hamilton, Carlos M. Rodriguez, Patrick Murphy, Waldemar H. Tunkis
  • Patent number: 9763108
    Abstract: A remote electrical tilt antenna with a mismatching device built in and a method for matching a remote control unit (RCU) with a radio frequency (RF) port can accurately and efficiently determine a matching relationship between an RCU and an RF port. The remote electrical tilt antenna includes an RCU configured to receive a drive instruction, and configured to drive the gear; the gear, where the gear is connected to a phase shifter, the gear is driven by the RCU, and the gear, driven by the RCU, is configured to drive the phase shifter; and the phase shifter, where the phase shifter is configured to adjust a direction of an antenna beam, and a mismatching device is built in the phase shifter, where the mismatching device is associated with an RF channel, and the mismatching device is configured to enable the RF channel to generate impedance mismatch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jian Shen, Weihong Xiao
  • Patent number: 9723195
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus that communicates with an external device includes a field-of-view changing unit configured to change a field of view for capturing an image of a subject, a receiving unit, a control unit, and an amount-of-change determination unit. The receiving unit receives, from the external device, a command for controlling the field-of-view changing unit. The control unit controls, when the receiving unit receives a command to start to change a field of view, the field-of-view changing unit to start to change the field of view. The amount-of-change determination unit determines an amount of change in the field of view. The control unit controls the field-of-view changing unit such that the determined amount of change in the field of view becomes a predetermined amount or more, irrespective of whether the receiving unit receives a command to stop changing the field of view using the field-of-view changing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Satoshi Ashitani
  • Patent number: 9635206
    Abstract: Provided is an image forming apparatus that stops voltage supply to a display unit and a display control unit in a sleep mode and enables users to recognize a current power mode, with a simple structure. An image forming apparatus includes an operation unit, a main body control unit, and a power supply unit capable of supplying n voltages. The main body control unit includes a switching unit for switching to one of power modes including a ready mode in which n voltages are supplied, and p (n?m?p?1) sleep modes in which m voltages are not supplied, and one to n?m voltages are supplied. The operation unit includes light emitting elements, n power receiving units for respectively receiving the n voltages, and a light switching circuit for switching between supply and non-supply of the voltage to the light emitting element in accordance with a total number of the received voltages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Yuichi Ninomiya
  • Patent number: 9623561
    Abstract: A system and method for guidance of a moving robotic device through an approximated real time (ART) virtual video stream is presented. The system and method includes at least one camera for collecting images of a terrain in a remote location, at least one terrain data collecting device for collecting data from a remote location, a memory for storing images from the plurality of cameras, a communication device for transmitting the images and data over a path and a computer configured to calculate a delay between the cameras and the receiver. The calculated delay causes the computer to retrieve images and data from the receiver and memory and consequently generate an approximate real-time video and data stream for displaying the terrain-just-ahead of a moving robotic device at a distance proportional to the calculated delay and the ART video and data stream is used to guide the moving robotic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Inventor: Kenneth Dean Stephens, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9609181
    Abstract: An image signal processing apparatus and image signal processing method obtains a high super-resolution effect for distorted images captured by a specialized optical system, such as a 360-degree camera. A distortion-correction conversion-formula calculation section calculates a distortion correction conversion formula for correcting the nonlinear distortion. A distortion correction and interpolation processing section performs distortion correction and interpolation processing on each cropped region. An alignment conversion formula calculation section calculates an alignment conversion formula for alignment between each cropped image after distortion correction and interpolation processing is completed. A pixel coordinate conversion section rearranges pixel coordinates for each frame image before interpolation processing by using the distortion correction conversion formula and the alignment conversion formula corresponding to the cropped regions. An image synthesis section synthesizes the cropped images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Qinhe Wang, Kenji Tabei
  • Patent number: 9501495
    Abstract: This is directed to systems, methods and computer-readable media for media files having timed and untimed location metadata. For example, a media file can include timed location metadata stored in a metadata track of the media file, such that individual timed packets of location information are each associated with different portions of the recorded media. In some embodiments, the location metadata can include information describing the direction the device is facing and/or elevation/tilt of the device relative a horizontal plane (e.g. a plane perpendicular to a line between the device position and the center of the earth) and/or a motion of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David William Singer, John Samuel Bushell, Thal-Wey Then, Christopher Lance Flick
  • Patent number: 9420160
    Abstract: A method includes obtaining a plurality of object images taken by an image pickup device while moving a focal position within a predetermined range, the image pickup device being capable of taking images at arbitrary focal positions within the predetermined range; calculating a first in-focus position within the predetermined range based on pieces of contrast information on a manually-taken object image group, the manually-taken object image group including the plurality of object images taken while manually moving the focal position within the predetermined range; and calculating a second in-focus position within the search range based on pieces of contrast information on an automatically-taken object image group including the plurality of object images taken while automatically moving the focal position within a search range, the search range being determined with reference to the calculated first in-focus position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: MITUTOYO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Yoshida
  • Patent number: 9413941
    Abstract: Embodiments include apparatus and methods to compensate for overshoot of a desired field of vision (FOV) by a remotely-controlled image capture device. The image capture device produces images associated with a plurality of FOVs, and transmits the images to a remote viewer terminal along with image identifiers (or FOV definitions for the images). The terminal receives and displays the images to a viewer. In response to viewer indications to pan or stop panning, the terminal sends pan and regress commands, respectively, to the image capture device. A regress command includes a reference to a selected FOV (e.g., an image identifier or an FOV definition). In response to receiving a regress command, the image capture device regresses to the selected FOV, and transmits additional images associated with the selected FOV to the terminal. The system also may include an intermediary device, which performs some of the functions associated with overshoot compensation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Tyrone D. Bekiares, Isaac B. Blatter, Matthew C. Keller, Steven D. Tine
  • Patent number: 9262828
    Abstract: A method for determining the orientation of a video camera attached to a vehicle relative to the vehicle coordinate system is disclosed. Using a video camera an incremental motion is measured based on the optical flow of the video stream. A linear motion component and a rotational motion component are determined. Based on a determined rotational angle the incremental motion is classified as linear or as rotational. The directional vector of the linear motion is used to estimate the longitudinal axis of the vehicle, and the rotational vector of the rotational motion is used for estimating the normal to the vehicle plane. Based thereon the orientation of the camera follows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: ESG Elektroniksystem-Und Logistik-GMBH
    Inventors: Christopher Pflug, Juri Platonov, Thomas Gebauer, Pawel Kaczmarczyk
  • Patent number: 9201424
    Abstract: Example methods and systems for camera calibration using structure from motion techniques are described herein. Within examples, an autonomous vehicle may receive images from a vehicle camera system and may determine an image-based pose based on the images. To determine an image-bases pose, an autonomous vehicle may perform various processes related to structure from motion, such as image matching and bundle adjustment. In addition, the vehicle may determine a sensor-based pose indicative of a position and orientation of the vehicle through using information provided by vehicle sensors. The vehicle may align the image-based pose with the sensor-based pose to determine any adjustments to the position or orientation that may calibrate the cameras. In an example, a computing device of the vehicle may align the different poses using transforms, rotations, and/or scaling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Abhijit Ogale
  • Patent number: 9158964
    Abstract: An object recognizing apparatus and method are provided. The apparatus may include: a viewing direction estimating device configured for respectively estimating a first viewing direction of a first object captured by a first camera and a second viewing direction of a second object captured by a second camera; a feature extracting device configured for extracting one or more features respectively from an image containing the first object captured by the first camera and an image containing the second object captured by the second camera; and an object matching device configured for allocating a weight for each of the one or more features according to the first viewing direction and the second viewing direction, and calculating a similarity between the first object and the second object based on the one or more weighted features, to determine whether the first object and the second object are the same object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Liang Li, Weiguo Wu
  • Patent number: 9154744
    Abstract: A method and system are provided for configuring or registering an edge device with a video management server (VMS) in a digital video network. The edge device initiates a registration process and sends an unsolicited pre-registration request, including edge-device-specific configuration information, to the VMS. This is in contrast to known approaches in which the VMS initiates registration. The VMS automatically pre-registers the edge device based on the received unsolicited pre-registration request. An edge device registration activator is displayed for the pre-registered edge device. In response to activation or selection of the edge device registration activator, the VMS registers the pre-registered device to the VMS using the edge-device-specific configuration information received in the unsolicited pre-registration request. The registration can be performed in a single operation, without the VMS having to gather further information. The edge device can be configured to more than one VMS at a time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: MARCH NETWORKS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Fabrizio Colciago
  • Patent number: 9091904
    Abstract: A camera device with a rotary base has an automatic panning function of imaging a predetermined zone while reciprocating in a preset panning direction. The camera device includes: an imaging unit configured to image a subject and output a video signal; a rotary base configured to cause the imaging unit to rotate in a panning direction and a tilting direction; a motion and face detecting unit configured to detect the motion or face of the subject based on the video signal output from the imaging unit; and a tilt control instruction creating unit configured to create a tilt control instruction based on the detection result from the motion and face detecting unit and give the tilt control instruction to the rotary base to cause the imaging unit to rotate in the tilting direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshihiko Yamahata, Yasuji Nakamura, Yuichiro Mori
  • Patent number: 9076033
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein may help a computing device, such as a head-mountable device (HMD), to capture and process images in response to a user placing their hands in, and then withdrawing their hands from, a frame formation. For example, an HMD may analyze image data from a point-of-view camera on the HMD, and detect when a wearer holds their hands in front of their face to frame a subject in the wearer's field of view. Further, the HMD may detect when the wearer withdraws their hands from such a frame formation and responsively capture an image. Further, the HMD may determine a selection area that is being framed, within the wearer's field of view, by the frame formation. The HMD may then process the captured image based on the frame formation, such as by cropping, white-balancing, and/or adjusting exposure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Tilton Barron, Marc Stewart Levoy, Samuel William Hasinoff
  • Patent number: 9071791
    Abstract: A receiving device provided with: a receiving unit for receiving image data from a transmitting device with which the receiving device has established wireless communication; a display unit for displaying setting data for a different transmitting device from the aforementioned transmitting device to establish wireless communication with the receiving device and the image data; and a display control unit for controlling the display of the display unit such that, in the frames displayed before and after a frame containing the setting data, the image data is displayed in the same display region as the display region for the display unit in which the setting data is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shinya Kawasaki
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150109470
    Abstract: A pan-tilt-zoom device identification method, a pan-tilt-zoom device, a camera, and a pan-tilt-zoom device control system are provided. The corresponding method includes, when a pan-tilt-zoom device finds that a device connects to a predetermined interface, sending a keep-alive command to the connecting device, where the keep-alive command includes pan-tilt-zoom device capability information carrying a control function of the pan-tilt-zoom device; and determining, by the connecting device, the control function of the pan-tilt-zoom device according to the keep-alive command, and reporting control capability information of the pan-tilt-zoom device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Zhiquan Yang, Yongjin Cai
  • Publication number: 20150092069
    Abstract: This invention provides an information processing apparatus for allowing a user to perform operation without any confusion concerning a device which implements a plurality of functions for one operation member in accordance with operation methods for the operation member. A system controller performs control to execute a predetermined function in response to the start of operation on an operation member and terminate execution of the predetermined function in response to the end of the operation. A timer function unit measures the time from the start of operation on the operation member. When a given operation finishes before the time measured by the timer function unit exceeds a predetermined time after the start of the operation, a notification about the operation method for the operation member is output.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Hiroaki Furuyama
  • Patent number: 8994840
    Abstract: A communication device in a system including a first device and a second device includes an input unit configured to receive a predetermined control command, and a shift unit configured to cause the wireless communication unit to shift to any of operation modes including a reception mode for receiving a signal from another device and a transmission mode for not receiving a signal from another device. In a case where the input unit receives a control command, the shift unit causes the wireless communication unit to shift to the transmission mode without shifting to the reception mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kohtaro Koike
  • Publication number: 20150062362
    Abstract: An image processing system includes a processor and a number of modules. The modules include an information acquiring module, a time determining module, and a data output module. The information acquiring module acquires location information and time information associated with each location information, and acquires location information of the capturing ranges associated with the capturing devices. The time determining module determines the capturing ranges where the electronic device has already entered, and determines first time points that the electronic device enters the determined capturing ranges and second time points that the electronic device leaves the determined capturing ranges. The data output module obtains a plurality of sections from videos captured by the plurality of capturing devices between the first time points and the second time points, and inserting a pre-stored audio into the obtained sections in response to the output request.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: CHIH-HSIANG HU
  • Publication number: 20150036013
    Abstract: A remote-control apparatus which remotely controls an image capturing apparatus, comprises a communication unit configured to communicate with the image capturing apparatus; a reception unit configured to receive video data and a parameter obtained at the time of shooting of video from the image capturing apparatus via the communication unit; a display unit configured to display the video data; a designation unit configured to designate an area of the video displayed by the display unit; an acquisition unit configured to acquire predetermined information from video data of the designated area; and a transmission unit configured to transmit the predetermined information and the parameter to the image capturing apparatus via the communication unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Keisuke Matsuno
  • Publication number: 20150022681
    Abstract: An automatic image-capturing apparatus including an image-capturing unit configured to capture an image of a subject so as to obtain captured image data; an automatic captured-image obtaining unit configured to automatically obtain the captured image data obtained by the image-capturing unit without being based on an operation of a user; an inclination detection unit configured to detect an inclination in at least one of a pan direction and a tilt direction; and a control unit configured to control the obtaining operation performed by the automatic captured-image obtaining unit on the basis of information on the inclination in the pan direction or in the tilt direction, the inclination being detected by the inclination detection unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yasunori Kamada, Takayasu Kon, Yoichiro Sako, Kazunori Hayashi, Itaru Kawakami
  • Publication number: 20150002688
    Abstract: In embodiments, apparatuses, methods and storage media are described that are associated with controlling production of images on a camera. In embodiments, a device with a camera, such as a content consumption device, may determine a current orientation of the camera and may adjust production of images from the camera to account for the orientation. The device may determine the orientation based on physical data, such as data from an accelerometer, compass, and/or gyroscope. the device may also determine the orientation from image data. The device may adjust production of images by either before capture, such as by physically adjusting the orientation of the camera, or after capture, such as by panning, tilting, and/or zooming captured images. Other embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: James A. Baldwin, Richard S. Bell, Anil Kumar
  • 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: 8917324
    Abstract: In an image capturing and processing system, a device and method is provided. The lens is made of simple lens with high diffractive materials and known strong color aberrations. The method includes the steps of: calibrating or measuring a Point Spread Function (PSF) for each color components at a set of distances, capturing image data, and calculating the image obtained using a de-convolution method based on the PSF found.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Inventor: Jennifer Jinghan Yu
  • Patent number: 8890966
    Abstract: An automatic image-capturing apparatus including an image-capturing unit configured to capture an image of a subject so as to obtain captured image data; an automatic captured-image obtaining unit configured to automatically obtain the captured image data obtained by the image-capturing unit without being based on an operation of a user; an inclination detection unit configured to detect an inclination in at least one of a pan direction and a tilt direction; and a control unit configured to control the obtaining operation performed by the automatic captured-image obtaining unit on the basis of information on the inclination in the pan direction or in the tilt direction, the inclination being detected by the inclination detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yasunori Kamada, Takayasu Kon, Yoichiro Sako, Kazunori Hayashi, Itaru Kawakami
  • Patent number: 8885058
    Abstract: A system is provided that measures the delay time of a first timing signal transmitted from a control unit to an imager and back to a phase detector. The phase detector also receives a second timing signal that is used as a reference to measure against the received/delayed first timing signal. Based on the phase detection, the system will retard or advance the first timing signal to compensate for the phase shift.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Karl Storz Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Randal E. Stokes, Patrick Walp, Ralph Fuquay
  • Patent number: 8854550
    Abstract: A data processing device includes a clock converter, a data converter, and an error detector. The clock converter is configured to receive a first clock signal, convert the first clock signal into a second clock signal, and output the second clock signal. The data converter is configured to receive first data, convert the first data into second data using the second clock signal, and output the second data. The error detector is configured to check whether the first clock signal is in a first clock state or a second clock state upon the first data transitioning to a first data state, and output an enable signal to the clock converter upon determining that the first clock signal has transitioned to the first clock state from the second clock state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tae-Pyeong Kim, Han-Kyul Lim, Cheon-Oh Lee
  • Patent number: 8842202
    Abstract: To provide a mobile terminal, a method for adjusting the magnification of a camera and a program that enable a photographer, who shoots an image using a display screen, to easily see an image displayed on the display screen. A mobile terminal including a camera and a display screen comprises: a display control section that displays an image of an object picked up by the camera on the display screen; a detecting section that detects a photographer's eye position with respect to the display screen and measures a distance from the eye position to the display screen; a measuring section that measures a distance from the camera to the object; and an adjusting section that adjusts a magnification of the camera on the basis of the distance measured by the detecting section and the distance measured by the measuring section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: NEC Casio Mobile Communications Ltd.
    Inventor: Satoshi Koike
  • Patent number: 8826353
    Abstract: A connection setting method, used in a camera system in which at least one camera head unit is connected to at least one camera control unit that controls the camera head unit via a single transmission network in order to connect the camera control unit includes: measuring delay of image data from the camera head unit to be connected; and determining a transmission rate at which image data is transmitted from the camera head unit to be connected. The determining is so carried out that when the delay is greater than a threshold corresponding to the amount of data smaller than or equal to a maximum amount of transmission over the network, the sum of the transmission rates at which image data transmitted over the network is smaller than or equal to the maximum amount of transmission over the network and image data having a higher preset priority is transmitted at a higher transmission rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroaki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 8823855
    Abstract: An augmented reality (AR) service including a photographing unit to capture an image of a target object, an information collecting unit to collect contextual information of the captured image of the target object, a tag generating unit to generate an AR tag of a first direction, the AR tag corresponding to the contextual information, and a display unit to display the image of the target object and the AR tag. A method for providing an AR service including capturing an image of a target object with a camera, collecting contextual information including location information of the captured image of the target object and a first azimuth information between the target object and the camera, generating an AR tag corresponding to the contextual information, and displaying the captured image of the target object and the generated AR tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Pantech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ju Hee Hwang
  • Publication number: 20140232889
    Abstract: A system and method for automatically changing the operation of a mobile device in response to a presence of information is described. In some examples, the system determines an information capture device is proximate to text, automatically changes operation of the capture device to a certain mode, captures the text, and performs an action associated with the captured text.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Martin T. King, Redwood Stephens, Claes-Fredrik Mannby, Jesse Peterson, Mark Sanvitale, Michael J. Smith
  • Patent number: 8803988
    Abstract: In a method of controlling an image capturing device using a computing device, sounds coming from a monitored area are detected in real-time using sound receivers that are electronically connected to the computing device. The detected sounds are analyzed using an acoustic source localization (ASL) device of the computing device to determine the direction of the apparent origin of the detected sounds in the monitored area. A command is sent to the image capturing device to view or focus on the origin of the sounds in the monitored area. The computing device controls a lens of the image capturing device to capture images of the source of the sounds in the monitored area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hou-Hsien Lee, Chang-Jung Lee, Chih-Ping Lo
  • Patent number: 8743225
    Abstract: An imaging control system for controlling a direction of an optical axis of an imaging unit is provided. The imaging control system includes a pan change unit configured to change the direction of the optical axis to a pan direction, a tilt change unit configured to change the direction of the optical axis to a tilt direction, and a display control unit configured to display the change direction to which the direction of the optical axis is changed by the pan change unit, corresponding to the change by the tilt change unit, together with an image captured by the imaging unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Horii
  • Patent number: 8730336
    Abstract: Images are offloaded from a portable camera automatically to a network server at the time the images are taken, transparently to a user of the camera. The server executes processing functions on the images and returns the output of the processing over the network to the camera and/or other user-defined destination device to thereby relieve the camera processor of potentially complex processing chores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Nikolaos Georgis, Fredrik Carpio, Adrian Crisan
  • Patent number: 8718462
    Abstract: A control unit for generating a control signal comprises a base part, a control element rotatable about an axis of rotation relative to the base part, a position encoder for detecting an angular position or a change in angular position of the control element relative to the base part, a control device which is adapted generate the control signal in dependence on the detected angular position or change in angular position of the control element and an electronic display device, wherein the control device is adapted to control the electronic display device to show at least one symbol arrangement. The control unit is characterized in that the electronic display device has the shape of a cylinder or of a cylinder sector whose axis coincides with the axis of rotation of the control element or extends in parallel thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Arnold & Richter Cine Technik GmbH & Co. Betriebs KG
    Inventor: Hendrik Voss
  • Patent number: 8717359
    Abstract: A system for controlling a rendering engine by using specialized commands. The commands are used to generate a production, such as a television show, at an end-user's computer that executes the rendering engine. In one embodiment, the commands are sent over a network, such as the Internet, to achieve broadcasts of video programs at very high compression and efficiency. Commands for setting and moving camera viewpoints, animating characters, and defining or controlling scenes and sounds are described. At a fine level of control math models and coordinate systems can be used make specifications. At a coarse level of control the command language approaches the text format traditionally used in television or movie scripts. Simple names for objects within a scene are used to identify items, directions and paths. Commands are further simplified by having the rendering engine use defaults when specifications are left out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Quonsil PL. 3, LLC
    Inventor: Charles J. Kulas
  • Patent number: 8704929
    Abstract: A method for capturing an image using an image acquisition device, includes determining that at least one area of an image to be captured has been selected, analyzing geometrical and compositional properties of an area surrounding the at least one area, providing a dynamic compositional guideline based on a result of analyzing the geometrical and compositional properties, and indicating when the image to be captured should be captured based on a position of the dynamic compositional guideline relative to the image to be captured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Francisco Imai
  • Patent number: 8648916
    Abstract: There is provided a method, a system and a device for displaying an image corresponding to a first field of view to an operator of an image capturing device. The method comprises receiving input data relating to a change in at least one of a position, an orientation, or a scaling of the first field of view and determining, based on the input data, at least one of a position, an orientation or a scaling of the first field of view with respect to a second field of view which is larger than the first field of view. Further, the method comprises receiving an image captured by the image capturing device and determining an overlapping portion of the first field of view and the received image. An image to be displayed is then determined by using image data of the received image in the overlapping portion, and using image data of the second field of view in the non-overlapping portion. The invention is advantageous in that it provides an improved operation of the image capturing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Axis AB
    Inventors: Per Zander, Mats Thulin
  • Patent number: 8638372
    Abstract: An image capture system includes: an automatic photography controlling section for executing an automatic photography operation to thereby obtain captured-image data from an image resulting from image capture performed by an image-capture section; a display section having a display screen section on which the image is displayed; a moving mechanism section having a mechanism for moving a movement unit so that a display direction of the display section is changed in conjunction with an image-capture direction; a captured-image display controlling section for controlling the display section so that the image of the obtained captured-image data is displayed on the display screen section; and a movement controlling section for controlling the moving mechanism section so as to move the movement unit so that the display direction is directed toward a subject person in a mode in which the image of the captured-image data is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Shingo Yoshizumi
  • Patent number: 8605206
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a control apparatus, a control method, an imaging apparatus, a program, and an imaging system able to prevent cable wrapping, etc. which has a risk of occurring when rotating an imaging apparatus while a cable is connected in an imaging system which conducts automatic imaging operations by automatic composing and which is provided with an imaging apparatus and a motorized platform apparatus that rotatably drives the imaging apparatus, for example. It is determined whether or not a cable is connected to a cable port, and on the basis of the determination results, it is controlled such that the rotational angle range for a rotational driving unit is restricted. Thus, the above problem can be solved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Hideki Hayakawa, Keiichi Kuroda, Shingo Yoshizumi
  • Patent number: 8587672
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a movie set includes a motion-picture camera and a visible-talent tracking system having several elements. Based on the camera's characteristics, items in a portion of the movie set called the view frustum will appear in focus in the film. The camera and a camera-tracking system provide camera-location, orientation, and settings information to a culling processor. The culling processor delineates the location and dimensions of the view frustum based on the received camera information. Wireless tags are attached to talent on set. A tag-locating system tracks the real-time respective locations of the wireless tags and provides real-time spatial information regarding the tags to the culling processor, which determines which tags, if any, are considered to be within the view frustum, and provides information associated with the intra-frustum tags to a track recorder for recording along with the corresponding film frames. That information is variously used after editing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Home Box Office, Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce Allen Wallace
  • Patent number: 8587679
    Abstract: In the creation of video program material, picture composition decisions—especially framing parameters—taken by an operator for small-display presentation of a scene are used the automatic generation of picture composition decisions for a larger display. Framing parameters such as pan, are temporally filtered before being applied to the wider field of view provided for the larger display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Snell Limited
    Inventor: Michael James Knee
  • Patent number: 8553099
    Abstract: An imaging unit sequentially outputs original image data into which a light flux incident on an imaging area has been photoelectrically converted in a frame. An image processing unit generates image data of a first image size from original image data of a portion corresponding to a first area within the imaging area. A magnification generation unit generates image data of a second image size from original image data of a portion corresponding to a second area as a partial area within the first area. A transmission image generation unit extracts a part from the image data of the first image size and the image data of the second image size in the frame unit. A WLAN interface wirelessly sequentially transmits image data of the first image size and image data of the second image size extracted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Hitoshi Tsuchiya
  • Publication number: 20130258126
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus receives images from the image capturing apparatus and displays them on a screen. The information processing apparatus then receives the designation of an image area by a user with respect to an image displayed on the screen, and calculates white balance information based on color information from the designated image area of the image displayed when the designation was received. The apparatus determines, based on the color information of the image area on the image displayed when the designation was received and the color information of image areas on a predetermined number of images received before the image, whether the white balance information to be calculated is proper. Upon determining that the information is proper, the apparatus applies the calculated white balance information to the image capturing apparatus. Upon determining that the information is not proper, the apparatus issues a corresponding warning.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventor: Miho Nagoya
  • Patent number: 8542285
    Abstract: Images are offloaded from a portable camera automatically to a network server at the time the images are taken, transparently to a user of the camera. The server executes processing functions on the images and returns the output of the processing over the network to the camera and/or other user-defined destination device to thereby relieve the camera processor of potentially complex processing chores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Nikolaos Georgis, Fredrik Carpio, Adrian Crisan