Combined Image Signal Generator And General Image Signal Processing Patents (Class 348/222.1)
  • Patent number: 11006069
    Abstract: To preferably transmit normal-frame-rate and high-frame-rate image data. A first ratio mixing processing is performed on two temporally-consecutive pictures in high-frame-rate image data to obtain basic-frame-rate image data, and a second ratio mixing processing is performed on the two temporally-consecutive pictures to obtain high-frame-rate image data of an extended frame. An encoding processing is performed on the reference-frame-rate image data to obtain a basic stream and an encoding processing is performed on the high-frame-rate image data of the extended frame to obtain an extended stream. A container including the basic stream and the extended stream in a predetermined format is transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ikuo Tsukagoshi
  • Patent number: 10999526
    Abstract: A system includes an image sensor, an adjustable aperture, and a memory. THE memory includes computer executable instructions that, when executed by a processor, cause the system to perform operations including obtaining a first image via the image sensor based at least in part on a first aperture stop of the adjustable aperture, identifying a first pixel of the first image, identifying a second pixel of the first image, determining a second aperture stop of the adjustable aperture based at least in part on the first pixel, determining a third aperture stop of the adjustable aperture based at least in part on the second pixel, obtaining a second image via the image sensor based at least in part on the second aperture stop, and obtaining a third image via the image sensor based at least in part on the third aperture stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: FotoNation Limited
    Inventors: Ruxandra Vranceanu, Razvan G. Condorovici
  • Patent number: 10993622
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for the detecting and presenting of faint signals from a real-time interactive imager. A real-time view of a subject is controlled by a user by entering commands that move the subject or a camera used to record the real-time view. The rate of this movement is monitored, and when the rate descends below a preset value, a trigger is sent to the camera. In response to the trigger, the camera switches to a lower frame frequency for capturing the real-time view of the subject, thereby increasing the amount of light collected in each frame, and increasing the sensitivity of the camera to faint signals. The methods and systems are particularly relevant for surgical or biopsy imaging, in which both a higher frame rate preview image of a subject for 3D visualization, and a higher sensitivity fluorescence image of the subject for tumor margin assessment, are desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: LI-COR, Inc.
    Inventors: Han-Wei Wang, Lyle R. Middendorf
  • Patent number: 10998070
    Abstract: A shift register is described. The shift register includes a plurality of cells and register space. The shift register includes circuitry having inputs to receive shifted data and outputs to transmit shifted data, wherein: i) circuitry of cells physically located between first and second logically ordered cells are configured to not perform any logical shift; ii) circuitry of cells coupled to receive shifted data transmitted by an immediately preceding logically ordered cell comprises circuitry for writing into local register space data received at an input assigned an amount of shift specified in a shift command being executed by the shift register, and, iii) circuitry of cells coupled to transmit shifted data to an immediately following logically ordered cell comprises circuitry to transmit data from an output assigned an incremented shift amount from a shift amount of an input that the data was received on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Jason Rupert Redgrave
  • Patent number: 10999543
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a solid-state imaging device, an electronic apparatus, a lens control method, and a vehicle capable of suppressing deterioration in quality of a captured image. A sub block includes a plurality of pixels of the same color, a block includes a plurality of sub blocks including different colors, and phase difference detection pixels are disposed at positions corresponding to each other in two or more sub blocks in a case in which the phase difference detection pixels are disposed in two or more sub blocks among the plurality of sub blocks configuring the block. For example, the present technology is able to be applied to a camera that calculates an amount of a deviation of a focus and performs focus control on a basis of a calculated defocus amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazumi Kageyama, Shinichi Fujii
  • Patent number: 10997700
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for normalizing skin tone brightness are disclosed. In one aspect, a method includes the actions of receiving a color image that includes a representation of a face. The actions further include selecting a group of pixels in the color image that includes the representation of the face. The actions further include determining a brightness value that represents a brightness of the group of pixels in the color image that includes the representation of the face. The actions further include determining a brightness difference value. The actions further include comparing the brightness difference value to an upper threshold brightness difference value and a lower threshold brightness difference value. The actions further include determining whether to adjust a brightness of the color image that includes the representation of the face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Idemia Identity & Security USA LLC
    Inventors: Yecheng Wu, Brian K. Martin
  • Patent number: 10992878
    Abstract: In a method of obtaining a wide dynamic range (WDR) image, a first subframe image having pixel data obtained with a first exposure time is generated by performing a first readout operation of a plurality of pixels of an image sensor. A second subframe image having pixel data obtained with a second exposure time and a third exposure time is generated by performing a second readout operation of the plurality of pixels. The first exposure time, the second exposure time and the third exposure time are different from one another. A current frame image having pixel data obtained from pixel exposures with the first exposure time, the second exposure time and the third exposure time is generated by combining the first subframe image with the second subframe image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Young-Kyun Jeong, Jin-Ho Seo
  • Patent number: 10992876
    Abstract: A method of WDR imaging. Exposure times (ETs) are set for first and second frames for an image sensor to avoid second frame saturating by setting a second ET>1/a PWM frequency applied to an LED illuminating a scene to generate second longer ET pixel data (PD). The first frame has first PD and a first ET<the second ET. A high and low intensity threshold are calculated from a full well capacity. Raw image signals are obtained originating from the image sensor of the scene. Flicker is detected by comparing the first and second frame intensity values to the high and low threshold to determine whether the first PD is flickering data. A WDR merge is performed by selecting weightings from the first and second PD for each pixel including increasing weighting of the second PD for flicker. A final image is formed from the weighted WDR merge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Mayank Mangla, Shashank Dabral, Peter Labaziewicz
  • Patent number: 10992872
    Abstract: An imaging control device includes: a controller that causes an imager to perform first imaging and further perform second imaging a plurality of times; and a dark image signal acquirer, the controller causes the imager to perform the second imaging in each of a plurality of exposure states where a quantity of light incident on the imager is greater than 0 and is different for each of the exposure states, by controlling the optical element, and the controller obtains, by controlling the movable lens at a time of the second imaging, a state where a first imaging condition value determined by a control state of the movable lens at the time of the second imaging is different from a second imaging condition value determined by a control state of the movable lens at a time of the first imaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Ryo Hasegawa, Makoto Kobayashi, Hitoshi Sakurabu, Tomonori Masuda
  • Patent number: 10992902
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for converting image frames, such as the image frames of a motion picture, from one aspect ratio to another while predicting the pan and scan framing decisions that a human operator would make. In one configuration, one or more functions for predicting pan and scan framing decisions are determined, at least in part, via machine learning using training data that includes historical pan and scan conversions. The training data may be prepared by extracting features indicating visual and/or audio elements associated with particular shots, among other things. Function(s) may be determined, using machine learning, that take such extracted features as input and output predicted pan and scan framing decisions. Thereafter, the image frames of a received video may be converted between aspect ratios on a shot-by-shot basis, by extracting the same features and using the function(s) to make pan and scan framing predictions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Nimesh C. Narayan, Yazmaliza Yaacob, Kari M. Grubin, Andrew J. Wahlquist
  • Patent number: 10990781
    Abstract: An exposure method, an electronic device and a master-slave system are provided. The electronic device includes an image capturing circuit and a processor coupled to the image capturing circuit. The processor obtains an exposure command and a first quantity, controls the image capturing circuit to perform an exposure operation to capture an image according to the exposure command, and determines whether a quantity of the image reaches the first quantity. When the quantity of the image does not reach the first quantity, the processor performs the operation of controlling the image capturing circuit to perform the exposure operation to capture the image again. When the quantity of the image reaches the first quantity, the processor stops controlling the image capturing circuit to perform the exposure operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: GUANGZHOU TYRAFOS SEMICONDUCTOR TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD
    Inventor: Keng-Li Chang
  • Patent number: 10986044
    Abstract: In some examples, a computing device for processing data streams includes storage to store instructions and a processor to execute the instructions. The processor is to execute the instructions to receive respective data streams provided from a plurality of data producer sensors. The processor is also to execute the instructions to stagger a time of triggering of a first of the plurality of data producer sensors relative to a time of triggering of a second of the plurality of data producer sensors to minimize a concurrency of data frames of the data stream received from the first data producer sensor and data frames of the data stream received from the second of the plurality of data producer sensors. The processor is also to execute the instructions to process the data streams from the plurality of data producer sensors in a time-shared manner. The processor is also to execute the instructions to provide the processed data streams to one or more consumer of the processed data streams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Eugene Yasman, Liron Ain-Kedem
  • Patent number: 10984505
    Abstract: A method for demosaicing an image captured by an image sensor includes (a) computing, for each of a first plurality of interpolated pixel-values and based on neighboring primary pixel-values, a respective first confidence value; (b) generating a first thresholded mapping from a first coordinate mapping by removing each interpolated pixel-value having a first confidence value less than a threshold value; (c) repeating steps of computing and generating for a second and third sub-plurality of sensor pixels to yield a second and a third thresholded mapping; (d) determining high-confidence array-coordinates as array-coordinates included in all thresholded mappings, remaining array-coordinates being low-confidence array-coordinates; (e) forming a refined image including, at each high-confidence array-coordinate, a respective pixel-value-triplet including one primary pixel-value and two interpolated pixel-values; and (f) filling the refined image by assigning, for each low-confidence array-coordinate, a pixel-value
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Gregory John Ward
  • Patent number: 10984800
    Abstract: Systems and methods for dynamically generating filtered audio responses based on the presence of one or more on-site participants are disclosed. In embodiments, a computer-implemented method comprises: identifying, by a computing device at a site, one or more on-site participants in a user session; receiving, by the computing device, input from a select participant of the one or more on-site participants; determining, by the computing device, context from the input; accessing, by the computing device, privacy settings of the select participant, wherein the privacy settings are associated with restricted participant data; determining, by the computing device, that the one or more participants match the restricted participant data associated with the context; and outputting, by the computing device, a filtered audio response, wherein the filtered audio response is based on the context of the input and the privacy settings of the select participant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lisa Seacat DeLuca, Jeremy A. Greenberger
  • Patent number: 10986297
    Abstract: An image sensor is provided. The image sensor includes a pixel array including a plurality of pixels connected between a plurality of row lines and a plurality of column lines; an analog-to-digital converter configured to convert each of a plurality of column signals received through the plurality of column lines into a plurality of first digital signals, and convert a level of the plurality of row lines into a second digital signal; and a compensator configured to generate digital pixel data based on the plurality of first digital signals and the second digital signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kyu Ik Cho
  • Patent number: 10979774
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described herein for tagging images for placement in a graphical layout based on image characteristics. The overall brightness of an image is determined and, if the overall brightness is below a threshold level of brightness, the image is tagged with a negative identifier indicating that the image cannot be dimmed. If the overall brightness exceeds the threshold level of brightness, then the image is tagged with a positive identifier indicating that the image can be dimmed. Similarly, the resolution of the image is determined and, if the resolution currently affects the image, the image is tagged with a negative identifier indicating that the image cannot be blurred. If the resolution does not affect the image, and further blurring will not affect the image, then the image is tagged with a positive identifier indicating that the image can be blurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Ankit Gupta, Vishwas Sharadanagar Panchaksharaiah, Vikram Makam Gupta
  • Patent number: 10977777
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a plurality of acquisition units configured to acquire distance distribution information about a subject included in the image, the plurality of acquisition units including a first acquisition unit configured to acquire the distance distribution information about the subject included in the image, based on parallax information about the image, and a second acquisition unit configured to acquire the distance distribution information about the subject included in the image, based on a feature quantity of the image different from the parallax information, and a determination unit configured to determine the acquisition unit which has acquired the distance distribution information with which a relighting process is to be performed, among the plurality of acquisition units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kotaro Kitajima
  • Patent number: 10976664
    Abstract: A target image capturing device according to an aspect of the present disclosure includes: a delay circuit configured to receive a timing signal from outside and output a first trigger signal at a timing delayed by a first delay time from the reception of the timing signal; an illumination light source configured to emit light based on the first trigger signal; an image capturing unit disposed to capture an image of a shadow of a target to be observed, which is generated when the target is irradiated with the light emitted from the illumination light source; a processing unit configured to perform image processing including processing of measuring a background luminance from the image captured by the image capturing unit; and a control unit configured to perform control to adjust the first delay time based on the background luminance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Gigaphoton Inc.
    Inventor: Hirokazu Hosoda
  • Patent number: 10977767
    Abstract: Systems and techniques for propagating spot healing edits from a source image to a target image include receiving a source image depicting a face with a healing region and a target image depicting the face. The face is detected in the source image including detecting facial feature points in the source image. The face is identified in the target image including detecting facial feature points in the target image. Facial feature point correspondence is determined between the facial feature points of the source image in the facial feature points of the target image. Region correspondence is determined between regions of the source image and regions of the target image using the facial feature point correspondence. The healing region of the face in the source image is transformed to a corresponding region of the face in the target image using the region correspondence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: ADOBE INC.
    Inventors: Subham Gupta, Nitish Singla
  • Patent number: 10979654
    Abstract: The present application discloses a method and system for processing image signals, the method and system sensing visible light bands of optical signals in an area to be imaged, via a first imaging unit, to generate a first image signal, wherein the first image signal includes color information; sensing at least infrared bands of optical signals in the area to be imaged, via a second imaging unit, to generate a second image signal, wherein the second image signal includes illumination information; and synthesizing the first image signal and the second image signal to generate a synthesized image with color information and illumination information. The present application can generate a synthesized image with a variety of advantages, and can meet the two monitoring requirements in low illumination and haze environment which are focused in the field of security.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: HANGZHOU HIKVISION DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Meng Fan, Hai Yu, Shiliang Pu
  • Patent number: 10977546
    Abstract: Techniques using short depth circuits as quantum classifiers are described. In one embodiment, a system is provided that comprises: quantum hardware, a memory that stores computer-executable components and a processor that executes computer-executable components stored in the memory. In one implementation, the computer-executable components comprise a calibration component that calibrates quantum hardware to generate a short depth quantum circuit. The computer-executable components further comprise a cost function component that determines a cost function for the short depth quantum circuit based on an initial value for a parameter of a machine-learning classifier. The computer-executable components further comprise a training component that modifies the initial value for the parameter during training to a second value for the parameter based on the cost function for the short depth quantum circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jay M. Gambetta, Vojtech Havlicek, Paul Kristan Temme
  • Patent number: 10979691
    Abstract: Provided are systems, methods, and computer-readable medium for including parameters that describe fisheye images in a 360-degree video with the 360-degree video. The 360-degree video can then be stored and/or transmitted as captured by the omnidirectional camera, without transforming the fisheye images into some other format. The parameters can later be used to map the fisheye images to an intermediate format, such as an equirectangular format. The intermediate format can be used to store, transmit, and/or display the 360-degree video. The parameters can alternatively or additionally be used to map the fisheye images directly to a format that can be displayed in a 360-degree video presentation, such as a spherical format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Bijan Forutanpour, Ye-Kui Wang, Phi Hung Nguyen, Ning Bi
  • Patent number: 10977351
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a motion detector operable to detect an at least partially periodic motion of the electronic device. An authentication system operable with the motion detector initiates an authentication process, such as by capturing one or more images or depth scans, to attempt to authenticate a user as an authorized user of the electronic device when the electronic device is most stationary along the at least partially periodic motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Rachid Alameh, Jarrett Simerson, Thomas Merrell
  • Patent number: 10979660
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes a) an image sensor having a pixel unit with a plurality of pixels, a first memory unit, and a first rearrangement circuit; b) an information processing unit having a second memory unit, a second rearrangement circuit, and a control unit for simultaneously reading out a plurality of rows of image signals from the pixel unit, making the first rearrangement circuit rearrange image signals and then making the second rearrangement circuit rearrange image signals rearranged by the first rearrangement circuit to restore an order of the two-dimensional arrangement of the pixels in the pixel unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Go Tajimi
  • Patent number: 10972662
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method and apparatus for providing a camera service by an electronic device. The electronic device may include a camera, a memory, and at least one processor, the processor configured to control the electronic device to: receive a camera shooting request; display a preview image of an external object obtained through the camera using first area information based on a first shooting mode in response to the shooting request; receive an input corresponding to a second shooting mode in the first shooting mode; and display the preview using second area information corresponding to the second shooting mode in response to the input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wooyong Lee, Yunson Yoo, Donghoon Jang, Beomjoon Kwon, Kihuk Lee
  • Patent number: 10965839
    Abstract: A method for processing image array data is provided, which may include the following steps: providing the image array data detected by a sensor at a first time point and including a plurality of first blocks, and each of the first blocks has a color table corresponding thereto; segmenting the image array data detected by a sensor at a second time point into a plurality of second blocks; comparing the image array data of each first block with the image array data of each second block to generate numerical difference information; and respectively allocating the color tables corresponding to the first blocks to the second blocks matching the first blocks according to the numerical difference information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Yuan-Po Cheng, Guo-Ruei Chen
  • Patent number: 10962788
    Abstract: A pass-through camera in a head-mounted device may capture image data for displaying on a display in the head-mounted device. However, only low-resolution image data may be needed to display low-resolution images in the periphery of the user's field of view on the display. Therefore, the pass-through camera may only capture high-resolution images that correspond to the portion of the user's field-of-view that is being directly viewed and may capture lower resolution image data that corresponds to the real-world objects in the user's peripheral vision. To enable the camera module to selectively capture high-resolution images, the pass-through camera may include an image sensor with two or more pixel densities, a distortion lens, and/or one or more planar or curved mirrors. Any of the components in the camera module may be adjusted to change which portion of a scene is captured with high-resolution image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Edward S. Huo, David A. Schmuck, Jason C. Sauers, Kevin A. Gross
  • Patent number: 10965880
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus 14 includes a reception unit 22 that receives information based on a captured image obtained by an imaging device, an extraction unit 28 that extract a plurality of image data of which a degree of similarity with a subject specified by the information received by the reception unit 22 is equal to or greater than a predetermined value from a first image data group obtained by the bracket imaging and/or a second image data group obtained by non-bracket imaging which are accumulated in advance, a generation unit 30 that generates the imaging condition of the bracket imaging by using the plurality of image data extracted by the extraction unit 28, and a transmission unit 32 that transmits the imaging condition of the bracket imaging generated by the generation unit 30 to the imaging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Takeshi Kamiya, Masahiko Sugimoto, Yoshiaki Ishii
  • Patent number: 10964098
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a computing system accesses a three-dimensional (3D) model of an environment, the 3D model comprising a virtual representation of an object in the environment. The computing system accesses an image of the object captured by a camera from a camera pose. The computing system accesses material parameters associated with a material property for the virtual representation of the object. The computing system renders, using the 3D model, pixels associated with the virtual representation of the object based on the material parameters associated with the virtual representation of the object, the pixels being rendered from a virtual perspective corresponding to the camera pose. The computing system determines updated material parameters associated with the material property for the virtual representation of the object based on a comparison of the rendered pixels to corresponding pixels located in the image of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Anton S. Kaplanyan, Dejan Azinovic, Matthias Niessner, Tzu-Mao Li
  • Patent number: 10956770
    Abstract: The present application discloses various systems, methods and non-transitory computer-readable mediums that include a first device and a second device to perform processing on a digital image. According to one example, a second one or more edits made using the second device are user subjective and a first one or more edits made using the first device are user agnostic. The second one or more edits are reliant on the first one or more edits for processing flexibility to achieve a desired image attribute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Lerner, Bo Ding
  • Patent number: 10956702
    Abstract: Disclosed are an apparatus for recognizing a fingerprint, a display device, and the apparatus includes: a display panel, light sources, a supporting element, an optically-coupling element, a photo-detecting element on optical paths of the light sources, a processing element; the light sources, the supporting element are on side of a second surface of the display panel; the supporting element supports light sources so that light rays exiting light sources are incident obliquely onto the display panel; the optically-coupling element, the photo-detecting element are on the second surface; the photo-detecting element is on side of the optically-coupling element away from light sources; the optically-coupling element makes light rays emitted from light sources totally reflect in the display panel; the photo-detecting element detects exiting light after light rays exiting the light sources are reflected by the display panel, transmits detected signals to the processing element; the processing element determines a f
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lei Wang, Haisheng Wang, Yingming Liu, Xiaoliang Ding, Changfeng Li, Xiaoquan Hai
  • Patent number: 10953281
    Abstract: A treadmill includes a base including two rest zones and a running zone arranged between the two rest zones; a running track disposed in the running zone of the base enabling a user to exercise thereon; and a detection module. The detection module includes a light emitter emitting light to cover the two rest zones and the running zone, and at least one light sensor detecting a position and a speed of the user according to a reflected light from the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: PIXART IMAGING INC.
    Inventors: Wei-Feng Wei, Chao-Chien Huang, Chi-Yang Huang
  • Patent number: 10951818
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided. The method includes obtaining a panoramic video formed by plural panoramic picture frames, each being formed to record a scenery of a viewing angle. The panoramic video is divided into N viewing angle video sequences, each sequence being formed by areas that are in the panoramic picture frames, that do not overlap with each other, and that have a same horizontal viewing angle. The sum of the viewing angles of the N video sequences is a total horizontal viewing angle of the panoramic picture frame, N being a positive integer. The N video sequences are respectively encoded to obtain N respective groups of encoded data, and a viewing angle is determined. A viewing angle video sequence whose viewing angle comprises the determined viewing angle is selected, and encoded data of the selected viewing angle video sequence is transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Yao Wang
  • Patent number: 10951811
    Abstract: Provided is a control device including: an imaging control section that controls imaging in an imaging device; and a detecting section that detects a photographic subject on a basis of a first captured image in which a detection region set at a part within a field angle of the imaging device has been imaged. The imaging control section makes the imaging device perform imaging of the detection region or imaging of an acquisition region set within the field angle of the imaging device, and in a case where the photographic subject has been detected on a basis of the first captured image, the imaging control section makes the imaging device perform imaging of the acquisition region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Masaru Takamoto
  • Patent number: 10951822
    Abstract: A mobile device is provided. The mobile device includes multiple cameras and a processor configured to perform image processing on image data output from the cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tea-Hyung Kim
  • Patent number: 10950643
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an imaging device, a method for manufacturing an imaging device, and an electronic device capable of reducing light entering an electric-charge holding unit in a back-illuminated imaging device. An imaging device includes: a photoelectric conversion unit; an electric-charge holding unit; a semiconductor substrate; a wiring layer; an insulation film layer; a first light-shielding film; and a second light-shielding film. The insulation film layer, the first light-shielding film, and the wiring layer are stacked on a second surface of the semiconductor substrate. The second light-shielding film includes: a first light-shielding portion extending from the first surface of the semiconductor substrate to a middle of the semiconductor substrate; a second light-shielding portion penetrating the semiconductor substrate; and a third light-shielding portion covering a part of the first surface of the semiconductor substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventors: Naoyuki Sato, Eriko Ohtsu
  • Patent number: 10944907
    Abstract: Methods and devices are described for image or video capture while in a manual mode. In some aspects, a device includes one or more processors. The device also includes a memory coupled to the one or more processors. The memory includes instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, causes the device to generate a first image frame of a scene using manual mode settings and generate a second image frame of the scene using automatic mode settings different from the manual mode settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Bapineedu Chowdary Gummadi, Soman Ganesh Nikhara, Pradeep Kumar Veeramalla, Ravi Shankar Kadambala
  • Patent number: 10943405
    Abstract: A system may include a memory device to store instructions and data, and at least one processing device to execute the instructions stored in the memory device to: receive a background image and a digital object to be composited onto the background image in a mixed reality view, generate a 2D bounding region for the digital object, select a version of the background image at a pre-defined resolution, overlay the 2D bounding region on the selected version of the background image and obtain a set of samples of the colors of pixels of the selected version along a perimeter of the 2D bounding region, and determine a value for one or more digital lighting sources to illuminate the digital object in the mixed reality view, based, at least in part, on the set of samples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Klein, Cedric Caillaud, Jeremy Kersey, Cedric Lee, William Ben Hanke
  • Patent number: 10936537
    Abstract: Glasses wearable by a user and responsive to gestural commands and method for operating the glasses to control one or more devices. In a preferred form, the glasses include a plurality of spaced, depth cameras that react to a user's hand command based, at least in part, on the distance of the hand from the depth camera. The depth cameras can recognize multiple distances and gesture movement, as well as hand configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventor: Charles D. Huston
  • Patent number: 10937196
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a novel compressive-sensing image capture device and a method of using data captured by the compressive-sensing image capture device. The novel compressive-sensing image capture device includes an array of sensors for detecting electromagnetic radiation. Each sensor in the sensor array has an associated mask that blocks electromagnetic radiation from portions of the sensor. In some embodiments, an array of passive masks is used to block a particular set of areas of each sensor in the sensor array. In some embodiments, the image capture device also includes an array of lenses corresponding to the sensors of the sensor array such that each sensor receives light that passes through a different lens. Some embodiments of the invention provide a dynamic mask array. In some embodiments, a novel machine trained network is provided that processes image capture data captured by the compressive-sensing image capture device to predict solutions to problems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: PERCEIVE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ilyas Mohammed
  • Patent number: 10939140
    Abstract: A system and method for selective capture of and presentation of native image portions are provided. In a first embodiment a first image or video is captured at a first resolution, which resolution is greater than high definition and higher than a predetermined broadcast display resolution. A desired portion of the native, first image or video is then displayed at a second, lower resolution, which resolution is less than and closer to the predetermined broadcast display resolution. Accordingly, a selected portion of the captured image may be displayed at or near the predetermined broadcast display resolution. In other exemplary embodiments, video is captured at a first frame rate that is higher than a predetermined broadcast frame rate, and an extraction window extracts frames from a portion of the native, first video to provide improved broadcast quality of the portion(s) selected by the extraction window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: FOX SPORTS PRODUCTIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Davies, David Eric Shanks, Gerald Steinberg
  • Patent number: 10939070
    Abstract: A system for generating video images of a user includes a display; a plurality of cameras arranged around the display; a memory that stores at least instructions; and one or more processors coupled to the display, cameras, and memory and configured to execute instructions that perform actions. The instructions include receiving, from the cameras, images of a user positioned in front of the cameras; when in a centered view mode, using the images from at least two of the cameras to generate video images of the user, wherein, in the video images, the eyes or face of the user are centered in the video images regardless of whether the eyes or face of the user are centered in the images from the at least two cameras; and transmitting the video images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: National Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Carnevali
  • Patent number: 10937287
    Abstract: According to an embodiment of the present disclosure, an electronic device may comprise an image sensor and one or more processors configured to obtain a first plurality of image frames for an external object as per a first frame rate, detect a variation associated with the external object, when the variation meets a designated condition, obtain a second plurality of image frames for the external object as per the first frame rate or a second frame rate, generate a first portion of a video using at least some of the first plurality of image frames, generate a second portion of the video using at least some of the second plurality of image frames, and generate a third portion of the video using at least some of a third plurality of image frames for the external object obtained as per the first frame rate or a third frame rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dong-Soo Kim, Shuichi Shimokawa, Hwa-Young Kang, Young-Kwon Yoon, Moon-Soo Kim, Jong-Hun Won, Ki-Huk Lee
  • Patent number: 10931895
    Abstract: An image processing device (10) is provided with: an estimation unit (11) for estimating, by using image data and a spectral sensitivity characteristic of a color image sensor in a wavelength range from visible light to near-infrared light, a spectral distribution characteristic of an incident light incident on the color image sensor, based on a model expressing the spectral distribution characteristic of the incident light, the image data including one or more color channels and acquired by capturing, using the color image sensor, the incident light including visible light and near-infrared light; and a generation unit (12) for generating, using the estimated spectral distribution characteristic of the incident light and the spectral sensitivity characteristic of the color image sensor, visible light image data configured only from information representing the visible light and near-infrared light image data configured only from information representing the near-infrared light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryuichi Akashi
  • Patent number: 10931938
    Abstract: Methods and systems for simulating performance of a head-up display (HUD) are provided. An example method comprises receiving images of symbology for display by a head-up display, generating distortions to the images as perceived from observer locations through the head-up display, and the distortions are based on design characteristics of an optical component of the head-up display with respect to a model of a projection of the images. The method also includes applying the distortions to the images to generate modified images, and the modified images represent a view of the head-up display corresponding to respective observer locations. The method further includes providing, for stereoscopic display, the modified images overlaying onto a background image. An example system comprises a storage device, a head tracking device to determine the observer location, and a projector to project the modified images onto a display corresponding to the determined observer location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Daniel Eric Hulsey, Paul Anway
  • Patent number: 10931885
    Abstract: An illumination processing method and apparatus relate to the field of video recording technologies, where a liquid crystal panel is disposed between a photosensitive sensor and a lens assembly, and an incident light from the lens assembly reaches the photosensitive sensor after passing through the liquid crystal panel. The method includes determining a highlight region on a first image captured from the photosensitive sensor, and turning down light transmittance of each pixel in an adjustment region on the liquid crystal panel, where the adjustment region corresponds to the highlight region. According to the illumination processing method and apparatus, occurrence of a highlight blooming phenomenon can be avoided as much as possible, thereby avoiding loss of valid image information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Xiaoliang Chen
  • Patent number: 10930253
    Abstract: A dynamically reconfigurable heterogeneous systolic array is configured to process a first image frame, and to generate image processing primitives from the image frame, and to store the primitives and the corresponding image frame in a memory store. A characteristic of the image frame is determined. Based on the characteristic, the array is reconfigured to process a following image frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: FotoNation Limited
    Inventors: Corneliu Zaharia, Petronel Bigioi, Peter Corcoran
  • Patent number: 10930691
    Abstract: There is provided a method of manufacturing an imaging device including a plurality of imaging elements in an imaging area, where each imaging element includes a photoelectric conversion unit in a substrate and a wire grid polarizer arranged at a light-incident side of the photoelectric conversion unit. The method generally includes forming the wire grid polarizer that includes a plurality of stacked strip-shaped portions, where each of the plurality of stacked strip-shaped portions includes a portion of a light-reflecting layer and a portion of a light-absorbing layer. The light-reflecting layer may include a first electrical conducting material that is electrically connected to at least one of the substrate or the photoelectric conversion unit. The light-absorbing layer may include a second electrical conducting material, where at least a portion of the light-absorbing layer is in contact with the light-reflecting layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Tomohiro Yamazaki, Yasushi Maruyama
  • Patent number: 10930690
    Abstract: A photoelectric conversion apparatus includes a plurality of pixels each including a photoelectric conversion portion, a charge holding portion, a floating diffusion, and first and second transistors disposed in a common active region. The active region includes a partial region which includes a first region extending in a first direction, a second region connected to the first region and extending in a second direction, and a third region connected to the second region and extending in a third direction. In a planar view, the partial region of a first pixel is disposed between a gate of the first transistor of the first pixel and the charge holding portion of a second pixel, and between a gate of the second transistor of the first pixel and the charge holding portion of the second pixel. A light-shielding member is disposed in a region overlapping the partial region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masahiro Kobayashi, Hiroshi Sekine
  • Patent number: RE48477
    Abstract: A multi-aperture imaging system comprising a first camera with a first sensor that captures a first image and a second camera with a second sensor that captures a second image, the two cameras having either identical or different FOVs. The first sensor may have a standard color filter array (CFA) covering one sensor section and a non-standard color CFA covering another. The second sensor may have either Clear or standard CFA covered sections. Either image may be chosen to be a primary or an auxiliary image, based on a zoom factor. An output image with a point of view determined by the primary image is obtained by registering the auxiliary image to the primary image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Corephotonics Ltd
    Inventors: Gal Shabtay, Noy Cohen, Oded Gigushinski, Ephraim Goldenberg