Combined Image Signal Generator And General Image Signal Processing Patents (Class 348/222.1)
  • Patent number: 10664960
    Abstract: A image processing device includes a first interface to receive a first frame having a first pixel value with a first dynamic range; a dynamic range converter to convert the first pixel value having the first dynamic range into a second pixel value having a second dynamic range according to a conversion gain factor to generate a second frame having the second pixel value with the second dynamic range, the second dynamic range being less than the first dynamic range; a weight generator to receive the conversion gain factor and to generate a first contrast weight signal depending on the conversion gain factor; and a contrast modifier to enhance a local contrast of the second frame by adjusting the second pixel value of the second dynamic range based on the first contrast weight signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: HANWHA TECHWIN CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Changmin Lee
  • Patent number: 10647272
    Abstract: A method for retrofitting a vehicle device, the method comprising the steps of: (i) providing an interface device with a wiring harness and a control system; (ii) connecting the wiring harness between a first input of a vehicle component and an input of the vehicle device, wherein the wiring harness is configured to communicate a signal from the first input to the vehicle device input, and further wherein the wiring harness is configured to communicate a signal from the first input to the control system; (iii) detecting, by the control system, one or more data settings of the vehicle device; and (iv) modifying, by the control system, the one or more data settings of the vehicle device such that the vehicle device can process the signal from the first input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: United Radio, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel F. Marafino
  • Patent number: 10649938
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a first bus interface to receive first data transferred in a pixel-parallel transfer mode, a second bus interface to receive second data transferred in a line-parallel transfer mode, a selector to select one of the first data transferred in the pixel-parallel transfer mode and the second data transferred in the line-parallel transfer mode, as input data, a transfer switching circuit to switch between the line-parallel transfer mode and the pixel-parallel transfer mode to process the input data according to the switched transfer mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Satoshi Takano
  • Patent number: 10643316
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus is provided. The image processing apparatus according to an exemplary embodiment includes a memory, and a processor configured to obtain a High Dynamic Range (HDR) image by using a plurality of images having different brightness stored in the memory, and correct chromaticity for each pixel group including at least one pixel with respect to the obtained HDR image, wherein the processor is configured to identify an image to be used for chromaticity correction among the plurality of images for each pixel group and correct the chromaticity for each pixel group by using the identified image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young-geol Kim, Jae-sung Lee
  • Patent number: 10636255
    Abstract: A game, configured for execution in a regulated gaming machine, may require skillful actions by a player to achieve an objective of the game. The game may be further configured such that outcomes are partially determined by randomness and partially determined by inputs to the regulated gaming machine from the player. A computer-implemented method may comprise, iteratively, during game play of the game: receiving inputs from the player via a player interface; generating a skillful action within the game based upon the received player inputs, and generating an outcome of the skillful action that is partially determined by randomness and partially determined by the generated skillful action based upon the player inputs. A reward may be selectively provided to the player according to the generated outcome and according to a predetermined target Return to Player (RTP) percentage for the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: SYNERGY BLUE LLC
    Inventors: Michael Oberberger, Nolan K Bushnell
  • Patent number: 10638065
    Abstract: [Object] The present technique relates to an image pickup device, an image pickup method, and a program that enables pixels having 4 types of spectral sensitivities to be controlled while changing exposure times. [Solving Means] The present technique is applicable to an image pickup device including pixels having 4 types of spectral sensitivities, that include pixels having a panchromatic spectral sensitivity and are arranged on an image pickup surface, pixels that realize a first exposure and pixels that realize a second exposure different from the first exposure being arranged on the image pickup surface with respect to the 4 types of spectral sensitivities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tomoo Mitsunaga, Shun Kaizu, Teppei Kurita, Toru Nishi
  • Patent number: 10630919
    Abstract: An image sensing apparatus, a black level correction method thereof, and a computer readable medium are provided. The image sensing apparatus comprises a pixel array and a black level correction circuit, and the pixel array comprises an optical black area and an active area. The black level correction circuit generates a black offset with respect to a pixel in the active area according to a plurality of reference black offsets with respect to a plurality of reference pixels which are neighboring the pixel and a ratio determined according to a current thermal noise information and a reference thermal noise information. The black level correction circuit generates a corrected pixel data of the pixel according to original pixel data of the pixel and the black offset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Novatek Mircoelectronics Corp.
    Inventors: Ming-Teng Huang, Yi-Jen Wu
  • Patent number: 10628929
    Abstract: A method of image enhancement in a video, comprises acquiring a luminance statistics of an image; determining a boosting curve according to a target brightness and a brightness of the image; determining an enhancing curve according to a saliency distribution of a pixel brightness derived from the luminance statistics, to the target brightness and a noise level of the image; blending the boosting curve and the enhancing curve based on an enhance level to generate a control curve; and enhancing the image based on the control curve; wherein the control curve enhances the brightness and a contrast of the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Augentix Inc.
    Inventor: Chin-An Lin
  • Patent number: 10630901
    Abstract: The various implementations described herein include methods, devices, and systems for implementing high dynamic range and automatic exposure functions in a video system. In one aspect, a method is performed at a video camera device and includes, while operating in an HDR mode: (1) capturing video data of a scene, including: (a) capturing a first subset of the video data with a first exposure time; and (b) capturing a second subset of the video data with a second exposure time, lower than the first exposure time; (2) determining whether the first subset of the video data meets first criteria; (3) determining whether the second subset of the video data meets second criteria; (4) in accordance with a determination that the first subset meets the first criteria or a determination that the second subset meets the second criteria, switching operation from the HDR mode to a non-HDR mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: William Duran, Adrian Proca
  • Patent number: 10628925
    Abstract: A method for determining a point spread function of an imaging system. The method includes: for each position in a plurality of positions of a target in an optical field of the imaging system: acquiring an image of the target, referred to as the real image; obtaining a synthetic image of the target representing a digital model of the target adjusted to a zone of the real image corresponding to the target so that the model coincides with the zone; estimating the point spread function using the real image and the synthetic image; and calculating an optical transfer function by applying a Fourier transform to the point spread function; calculating an average optical transfer function from the optical transfer functions calculated for each position in the plurality of positions; and obtaining an average point spread function by applying an inverse Fourier transform to the average optical transfer function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: IDEMIA IDENTITY & SECURITY FRANCE
    Inventors: Aldo Maalouf, Mokrane Malek
  • Patent number: 10628928
    Abstract: Image processing generates reference gain information based on a first tone characteristic by using an input image, the reference gain information including a gain value corresponding to a luminance value for each pixel, the first tone characteristic including a luminance range in which a gain signal monotonically increases; generates a correction signal to correct the reference gain information based on a second tone characteristic in which the gain signal monotonically decreases or monotonically increases regardless of the luminance range by using the input image and a low-frequency image generated from the input image; and performs gain processing on the input image based on gain information obtained after the reference gain information is corrected by the correction signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Naoto Kimura
  • Patent number: 10630899
    Abstract: Security guards at big facilities, such as airports, monitor multiple screens that display images from individual surveillance cameras dispersed throughout the facility. If a guard zooms with a particular camera, he will lose image resolution, along with perspective on the surrounding area. Embodiments of the inventive Imaging System for Immersive Surveillance (ISIS) solve these problems by combining multiple cameras in one device. When properly mounted, example ISIS systems offer 360-degree, 100-megapixel views on a single screen. (Other resolutions may also be employed.) Image-stitching software merges multiple video feeds into one scene. The system also allows operators to tag and follow targets, and can monitor restricted areas and sound an alert when intruders breach them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Daniel B. Chuang, Lawrence M. Candell, William D. Ross, Mark E. Beattie, Cindy Y. Fang, Bobby Ren, Jonathan P. Blanchard
  • Patent number: 10623638
    Abstract: An image-capturing device uses a light reflecting member to redirect an exterior light image toward a lens module in order to focus the light image onto an image-capturing unit. The image-capturing device includes a rotating unit for driving the light-reflecting member to rotate within a limited range in such a manner that the image-capturing device can capture at least two light images of different photo-ing areas and combine them into one single combined image without a need of moving the image-capturing unit and the lens module. When a user takes a panoramic or wide-ranged picture, he/she doesn't need to move the whole image-capturing device, but only needs to stand at the same position, faces the same direction and simply pushes the shutter button, and then the image-capturing device will automatically capture light images of different photo-ing areas and then integrate them into one single panoramic or wide-ranged picture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: TDK Taiwan Corp.
    Inventors: Chao Chang Hu, Chih Wei Weng
  • Patent number: 10621438
    Abstract: A hybrid hyperspectral augmented reality device is disclosed. The hybrid hyperspectral augmented reality device includes multi-level imaging sensors which at least two of a long wave infrared sensor capable of detecting an object blocked from visual line of sight thereof, a hyperspectral imaging sensor capable of detecting chemical properties of the object, and a frequency modulated millimeter-wave imaging radar capable of long range spot scanning of the object. The hyperspectral imaging augmented reality device also includes a wearable computing unit capable of co-registering data from the multi-level spectral imaging sensors and determining, based on said co-registered data, a threat level and geospatial location for the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: SYSO OU
    Inventor: Diwaker Jha
  • Patent number: 10623710
    Abstract: HD color video using monochromatic CMOS image sensors integrated in a 3D package is provided. An example 3DIC package for color video includes a beam splitter to partition received light of an image stream into multiple light outputs. Multiple monochromatic CMOS image sensors are each coupled to one of the multiple light outputs to sense a monochromatic image stream at a respective component wavelength of the received light. Each monochromatic CMOS image sensor is specially constructed, doped, controlled, and tuned to its respective wavelength of light. A parallel processing integrator or interposer chip heterogeneously combines the respective monochromatic image streams into a full-spectrum color video stream, including parallel processing of an infrared or ultraviolet stream. The parallel processing of the monochromatic image streams provides reconstruction to HD or 4K HD color video at low light levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Invensas Corporation
    Inventors: Hong Shen, Liang Wang, Guilian Gao, Arkalgud R. Sitaram
  • Patent number: 10620047
    Abstract: A housing has a partition wall constituting a wall surface of a sample chamber, and an interferometer chamber accommodating an optical component is formed on an opposite side to the sample chamber with respect to the partition wall. A window member is attachable to and detachable from an opening formed in the partition wall, and transmits light between the sample chamber and the interferometer chamber. The lid member is attachable to and detachable from the window member, and internally has a moisture absorbent accommodating space for accommodating a moisture absorbent. The lid member engages with the window member attached to the opening from a side of the sample chamber, so that the side of the sample chamber of the window member is covered with the lid member, and the moisture absorbent accommodating space is set in a substantially airtight state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: SHIMADZU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tadafusa Kamikake
  • Patent number: 10623600
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus includes a specifying unit that specifies, as a transfer target, an image to be transferred to an external device from among images recorded in a recording medium, a transfer control unit that controls the specified image to be transferred to the external device, a display control unit that displays a predetermined screen for inputting an instruction for restricting deletion of the image specified as the transfer target, and a restriction unit that associates, in a case where the instruction for restricting the deletion of the image specified as the transfer target is input via the predetermined screen, information for restricting deletion with the image specified as the transfer target after inputting the instruction, and associates the information for restricting the deletion with images previously specified as the transfer target before inputting the instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Atsushi Katayama
  • Patent number: 10614550
    Abstract: A Bayer-mask image is decoded by forming a decoded green array; calculating a slope at each pixel of the array, expressed as an angle; calculating an activity at each pixel; converting the slope angle and the activity into a complex number for each pixel, of modulus equal to the activity and argument equal to twice the slope angle; expressing said complex numbers in Cartesian coordinates to form a Cartesian slope signal and filtering the Cartesian slope signal with a linear spatial filter to derive a slope measure. Blue-green and red-green values are calculated and interpolated using a slope-adaptive interpolation filter steered by said slope measure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: SNELL ADVANCED MEDIA LIMITED
    Inventor: Michael James Knee
  • Patent number: 10609287
    Abstract: In general, the subject matter can be embodied in methods, systems, and program products for identifying, by a computing system and using first and second frames of a video, a transformation that indicates movement of a camera with respect to the frames. The computing system generates a modified transformation so that the transformation is less representative of recent movement. The computing system uses the transformation and the modified transformation to generate a second transformation. The computing system identifies an anticipated distortion that would be present in a stabilized version of the second frame. The computing system determines an amount by which to reduce a stabilizing effect. The computing system applies the second transformation to the second frame to stabilize the second frame, where the stabilizing effect has been reduced based on the determined amount by which to reduce the stabilizing effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Wei Hong, Rodrigo Carceroni
  • Patent number: 10607264
    Abstract: A computing device obtains and authenticates user credentials provided by a user at a client device. The computing device obtains a photo album of digital images and accesses profile data associated with the user credentials. A grouping of target images is extracted by the computing device from the plurality of digital images based on the profile data, each of the target images depicting a facial region of the user. The computing device retrieves at least one product recommendation for each target image based on the user profile and edits each of the target images based on the retrieved at least one product recommendation. The computing device causes a user interface to be displayed at the client device, the user interface displaying one or more of the edited target images, the user interface further displaying the retrieved at least product recommendation associated with the one or more edited target images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: PERFECT CORP.
    Inventors: Yi-Wei Lin, Horng Wu, Ying-Yin Lin
  • Patent number: 10609316
    Abstract: An imaging device as an embodiment includes: plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix, each of the plurality of pixels comprising a plurality of photoelectric conversion units; a plurality of signal lines provided on each column of the plurality of pixels; a plurality of readout circuits provided on each the column and configured to read out signals based on charges of the plurality of photoelectric conversion units via the plurality of signal lines; and a control circuit configured to control the plurality of readout circuits associated with one column individually to be an operating state and a non-operating state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hideo Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10609265
    Abstract: An aspect of this disclosure is an apparatus for capturing an image. The apparatus comprises an image sensor configured to capture an image of a field of view. The apparatus also comprises a flash component configured to illuminate at least a portion of the field of view at a power level during capture of a first frame by the image sensor. The apparatus further comprises a controller. The controller is configured to determine a flash ramp-up time for the flash component, the flash ramp-up time corresponding to an amount of time between a flash being requested at the power level and the flash component producing the flash at the power level. The controller is also configured to blank the image sensor for a blanking period during the flash ramp-up time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Nishant Pandit, Nathaniel Jay Tobias Salazar, Jeyaprakash Soundrapandian
  • Patent number: 10609294
    Abstract: An example method includes determining, by a controller of an image capture system, a plurality of sets of exposure parameter values for one or more exposure parameters. The plurality of sets of exposure parameter values are determined at an exposure determination rate. The method further includes capturing, by an image capture device of the image capture system, a plurality of images. Each image of the plurality of images is captured according to a set of exposure parameter values of the plurality of sets of exposure parameter values. The method also includes sending, by the controller of the image capture system to an image processing unit, a subset of the plurality of images. Each subset of images is sent at a sampling rate, and the sampling rate is less than the exposure determination rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: X Development LLP
    Inventors: Emily Cooper, Chad Talbott
  • Patent number: 10600158
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method of correcting for a turbulence effect in a video comprising a plurality of frames. The method comprises determining a first background region and a region corresponding to a moving object in a first frame of the plurality of frames using a predetermined background model. A second background region in a second frame of the plurality of frames is then determined using the predetermined background model. A turbulence-corrected background region from the first background region and the second background region is generated and the region corresponding to the moving object and the turbulence-corrected background region is fused to form a turbulence-corrected frame. The method then updates the predetermined background model based on the turbulence-corrected frame and corrects for the turbulence effect in the second frame using the updated predetermined background model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ruimin Pan
  • Patent number: 10594938
    Abstract: An accelerated processing unit (APU) serving as an image processing apparatus includes an acquisition unit configured to acquire a first image captured through first imaging and a second image captured through second imaging performed subsequent to the first imaging; a first determination unit configured to determine an image used for calculating a motion vector from the first image and/or the second image in accordance with a result of photometry based on the first image; and a calculation unit configured to calculate the motion vector on the basis of the determined image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takuya Shintani
  • Patent number: 10586819
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a solid-state imaging device and an electronic apparatus that can increase the theoretical yield of a chip. A pixel array is formed with pixels arranged in a matrix. A drive control unit is provided for each set of pixel rows in the pixel array. The drive control unit operates to simultaneously drive the pixels included in the set of pixel rows. The present technology can be applied to a CMOS image sensor including A/D converter circuits for each column in a pixel array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Eiji Hirata
  • Patent number: 10587816
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for high dynamic rate processing based on angular rate measurements. For example, methods may include receiving a short exposure image that was captured using an image sensor; receiving a long exposure image that was captured using the image sensor; receiving an angular rate measurement captured using an angular rate sensor attached to the image sensor during exposure of the long exposure image; determining, based on the angular rate measurement, whether to apply high dynamic range processing to an image portion of the short exposure image and the long exposure image; and responsive to a determination not to apply high dynamic range processing to the image portion, selecting the image portion of the short exposure image for use as the image portion of an output image and discard the image portion of the long exposure image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruno César Douady, Hervé Hornung
  • Patent number: 10585574
    Abstract: A method for assisting the manipulation of at least n graphical image processing variables by a user is provided with a control organ having a plurality of modes of activation, based on a control polygon appearing on a screen portion provided with a marker. At least each vertex of the control polygon represents a processing variable, each vertex being movable between two limit points defining a direction of action by at least one mode of activation of the control organ. A movement in this direction means a modification of the value of the variable, which is proportional to the amplitude of the movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: LAOVILAND EXPERIENCE
    Inventors: Jean-Thierry Tchoumou, Pascal Tchoumou, Matthias Rodriguez-Torrecillas, Boris Jaulmes
  • Patent number: 10586313
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an electronic apparatus and an image processing method for image edge enhancement, which adjust each edge pixel located in an image edge of an input image. More specifically, the electronic apparatus and the image processing method adaptively adjust a present pixel that is taken as the edge pixel according to the position of the present pixel in the image edge and the input image, thereby outputting an adjusted pixel value. Accordingly, the electronic apparatus and the image processing method can enhance the image edge according to the actual image condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: REALTEK SEMICONDUCTOR CORP.
    Inventors: Ching-Ju Hsiao, Wen-Tsung Huang
  • Patent number: 10582179
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for processing a binocular disparity image are provided. A method of determining a disparity of a binocular disparity image that includes a left eye image and a right eye image includes acquiring features of a plurality of pixels of the binocular disparity image based on an event distribution of the binocular disparity image, calculating a cost matrix of matching respective pixels between the left eye image and the right eye image based on the features, and determining a disparity of each matched pair of pixels based on the cost matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dongqing Zou, Ping Guo, Qiang Wang, Baek Hwan Cho, Keun Joo Park
  • Patent number: 10580184
    Abstract: A method implemented in a computing device for inserting an effect into a 360 video where the computing device receives the effect from a user. The method receives a target region from the user, the target region corresponding to a location within the 360 video for inserting the effect; for each frame in the 360 video. The method then inserts the effect on a surface of a spherical model based on the target region and generates at least two projection frames containing the effect from the spherical model. The method then stitches the projection frames to generate a panoramic representation of the effect, and blends the panoramic representation of the effect with an original source panorama to generate a modified 360 video frame with the effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: CYBERLINK CORP.
    Inventors: Chun-Chia Su, Shan-Jan Weng
  • Patent number: 10578705
    Abstract: An example of a technique for maintaining a previously calibrated mobile device positioning system to account for changes in perturbers of the Earth's magnetic field. A mobile device obtains a corrected heading estimate of the mobile device within a space based on a previously recorded heading correction value. The mobile device also calculates a device heading relative to a previously orientated map of the space. The mobile device subsequently updates the heading correction value with any deviation between the corrected heading estimate and the calculated device heading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: ABL IP HOLDING LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Ryan, Kelby Edward Green, Emanuel Paul Malandrakis, Konstantin Klitenik
  • Patent number: 10576016
    Abstract: Embodiments for managing photographic capture by one or more processors are described. An image is received. The image includes at least one individual and is associated with a location. A signal indicative of a recommendation with respect to a posture of the at least one individual in the image is generated based on information associated with the at least one individual, the location, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sasikanth Eda, Deepak Ghuge, Abhishek Jain, Sandeep Patil
  • Patent number: 10582175
    Abstract: An imaging sensor includes a color filter, and DBPF that has a transmission characteristic in a visible-light band, a blocking characteristic in a first wavelength band adjacent to a long-wavelength side of the visible-light band, and a transmission characteristic in a second wavelength band that is a part of the first wavelength band. A transmission characteristic of DBPF and a transmission characteristic of each filter part of the color filter are set in such a manner that the second wavelength band of DBPF is included in a third wavelength band that is a wavelength band in which transmittance of the filter parts in colors is approximate to each other on a long-wavelength side of the visible-light band and a fourth wavelength band that is a wavelength band in which a filter part for infrared light has a transmission characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyasu Otsubo, Osamu Ishizaki
  • Patent number: 10579754
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for performing a fast simulation using test parameter vectors as inputs. The method includes retrieving precomputed samples from a sample repository stored in a non-volatile memory, the precomputed samples being precomputed using a simulated model, predetermined parameter vectors, and random inputs; storing respective subsets of the precomputed samples in local memories of a plurality of respective hardware processors; storing the test parameter vectors in the local memories of the hardware processors; at each of the hardware processors, selecting a subset of the precomputed samples stored in the local memory of the hardware processor based on the test parameter vectors, computing test samples by executing the simulated model using the test parameter vectors and the random inputs; and combining the subset of the precomputed samples and the test samples to produce a simulation result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
    Inventors: Mehmet Kivanc Ozonat, Ablimit Aji, Mehmet Oguz Sayal, Natalia Vasileva
  • Patent number: 10582122
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an image processing apparatus, an image processing method, and an image pickup apparatus that enable image data to be compressed using distance information. An image processing apparatus includes an image processing unit that divides an image area of a predetermined image into at least two areas on the basis of distance information obtained by a distance measurement sensor, and executes image processing on at least one of the two areas of the image such that image qualities of the two areas differ. The present technology is applicable to, for example, an image pickup apparatus and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Motoshige Okada
  • Patent number: 10582112
    Abstract: A focus detection device includes an imaging unit, an image processor, a focus detection circuit, and a control circuit. The imaging unit includes a pixel portion including light-receiving portions. The light-receiving portions are divided into first and second pupil division directions. The image processor performs processing to display an image based on a display pixel signal. The focus detection circuit performs processing for focus detection based on a focus detection pixel signal. The control circuit controls the imaging unit to generate the focus detection pixel signal regarding the first pupil division direction in a first operation, and controls the imaging unit to generate the display pixel signal and the focus detection pixel signal regarding the second pupil division direction in a second operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsuo Kikuchi, Ryo Hatakeyama
  • Patent number: 10579203
    Abstract: Various systems and methods for providing a wellness mirror are provided herein. A system for providing a wellness mirror includes a display; a modeler to receive depth images from a depth camera that is communicatively coupled to the system, and provide a model of a subject in the depth images; a health profiler to analyze the model and produce a health and wellness analysis; and a user interface to present the health and wellness analysis on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Nadav Zamir, Itai Druker, Chia-Hsun Jackie Lee, Camila Dorin, Barak Hurwitz, Amit Shahar
  • Patent number: 10582089
    Abstract: A method of image data interpolation. The method includes obtaining transform data associated with a plurality of sampling points, each sampling point located on a boundary of a region. The transform data is processed to generate additional transform data associated with an additional sampling point located on a boundary of a subregion of the region. An interpolation process is performed. The interpolation process includes processing image data associated with a point within the subregion with the additional transform data, thereby generating interpolated image data representative of an interpolated data value at the point. This patent application further relates to a method including obtaining transform data associated with points corresponding to a surface of a region and generating additional transform data associated with at least one interior point of the region. Image data associated with a further interior point of the region is interpolated using at least the additional transform data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Apical Limited
    Inventors: Maxim Novikov, Viacheslav Chesnokov, Gennady Manokhin
  • Patent number: 10582132
    Abstract: Described are examples for generating a high dynamic range image from a plurality of images. A plurality of images of a real world scene can be obtained from one or more image sensors, wherein at least two of the plurality of images are captured based on different intensity parameters. Intensity information for the real world scene can be determined based at least in part on processing the at least two of the plurality of images. A high dynamic range image corresponding to the real world scene can be generated based at least in part on adding the intensity information to pixels of at least one of the plurality of images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Naveen Thumpudi, Louis-Philippe Bourret
  • Patent number: 10582199
    Abstract: An image coding apparatus configured to divide an image into one or more slices each including a plurality of blocks and to code each slice on a block-by-block basis includes a first coding unit configured to code blocks included in a first portion of the slice, and a second coding unit configured to code blocks included in a second portion of the slice, wherein, when the second coding unit codes an initial block in the second portion, the second coding unit codes the initial included in the second portion by referring to a first quantization parameter provided to the slice as an initial value and referred to by the first coding unit when the first coding units codes the initial block in the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Koji Okawa
  • Patent number: 10574996
    Abstract: A method of controlling output bitrate of a video encoder encoding a video sequence. The method comprises setting a long-term bit budget for a time period of at least one day for output of the video encoder, and determining a first allowable bitrate based on the long-term bit budget. The method further comprises determining an instantaneous bit restriction for output of the video encoder, and determining a second allowable bitrate based on the instantaneous bit restriction. Output bitrate is controlled based on the first allowable bitrate and the second allowable bitrate, such that the long-term bit budget, the first allowable bitrate and the second allowable bitrate are complied with. The method may be performed in a non-transitory computer-readable medium having instruction stored thereon. The method may also be performed by a bitrate controller. The bitrate controller may be found in a camera and a network video recorder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Axis AB
    Inventors: Viktor Edpalm, Alexander Toresson, Alexandre Martins
  • Patent number: 10574916
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus comprises: an acquisition unit configured to acquire a first viewpoint image corresponding to a first partial pupil region of an exit pupil of as imaging optical system divided into a plurality of partial pupil regions in a first direction, and a captured image corresponding to the exit pupil; and a correction unit configured to correct shading of a first pixel of a first pixel group based on a first ratio of a sum of the first pixel group of the first viewpoint image arranged in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction to a sum of a pixel group of the captured image corresponding to a position of the first pixel group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Koichi Fukuda
  • Patent number: 10574970
    Abstract: A method for focal length adjustment includes capturing scene images of a scene using a first imaging device and a second imaging device of an imaging mechanism, determining a distance between an object of interest in the scene and the imaging mechanism based on the scene images of the scene, and automatically adjusting a focal length of the imaging mechanism according to the distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zhenyu Zhu, Cong Zhao
  • Patent number: 10572732
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus for providing a service associated with images is provided. The electronic apparatus includes a memory, and a processor configured to acquire multiple images, acquire information associated with at least one of the multiple images, classify at least some of the multiple images into at least one group based on the information associated with the at least one of the multiple images, and provide a service based on information of the classification of the at least some of the multiple images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: An-Na Park, Byung-Jun Son, Soo-Wan Kim
  • Patent number: 10574904
    Abstract: An imaging method and an electronic device are provided. The imaging method includes obtaining a current imaging mode including a sports mode and obtaining an imaging instruction. The imaging method also includes generating a sports image by processing at least one image based on the current imaging mode and in response to the imaging instruction. The sports image includes a target object and a background image, and at least a portion of the background image has a visual effect in one direction. Further, the imaging method includes displaying the sports image. A moving direction of the target object is signified by the one direction presented by the visual effect of the background image in the sports image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: LENOVO (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Liang Zhang
  • Patent number: 10571934
    Abstract: A target tracking method for an air vehicle includes steps of: during a flight of an air vehicle main body to a position corresponding to a global positioning system (GPS) positioning signal, taking pictures of an area where a reference target is located by a camera, and obtaining a reference image; extracting reference image characteristics of the reference target and initial position information of the reference target in the reference image from the reference image; when the camera obtains a temporary image showing a temporary target, extracting temporary image characteristics of the temporary target and temporary position information of the temporary target in the temporary image from the temporary image; if the reference image characteristics are consistent with the temporary image characteristics, calculating a deviation direction according to a difference between the initial position information and the temporary position information; and tracking the temporary target in the deviation direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Yuneec International (China) Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Yu Tian, Wenyan Jiang
  • Patent number: 10572981
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes the following. A hardware processor decomposes a signal value of input image data into band-limited signals having different frequency bands from each other. A storage stores pieces of preset data. Each of the pieces of preset data comprises tables to associate frequency with a response and to prescribe different response properties from each other. The hardware processor selects a piece of preset data from the pieces of preset data stored in the storage, converts the decomposed band-limited signals on a basis of tables in the selected piece of preset data, reconstructs the converted band-limited signals into enhanced image data, and generates a frequency-enhanced image through addition of the enhanced image data which is multiplied by a predetermined enhancement coefficient to the input image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Takuya Yamamura, Tatsuya Takagi
  • Patent number: 10574898
    Abstract: A method is described to greatly improve the efficiency of and reduce the complexity of image compression when using single-sensor color imagers for video acquisition. The method in addition allows for this new image compression type to be compatible with existing video processing tools, improving the workflow for film and television production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventor: David A. Newman
  • Patent number: 10565681
    Abstract: A system for image demosaicing and methods for manufacturing and using same. The image demosaicing system includes a lens, a mosaicing filter, an image sensor array and a processing module. The processing module is configured to perform adaptive demosaicing on a mosaiced image that was generated from sensed light that passed through the lens and mosaicing filter. The method of image demosaicing comprises interpolating values of unknown red, green and blue pixels in a horizontal and vertical direction and adaptively selecting one of the interpolation results for each pixel. The disclosed system and method provide for high quality image processing while operating at various Signal to Noise Ratios (SNRs) and require minimal computational time and overhead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: SJ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Caigao Jiang, Zisheng Cao, Mingyu Wang