Camera And Video Special Effects (e.g., Subtitling, Fading, Or Merging) Patents (Class 348/239)
  • Patent number: 10257365
    Abstract: A community reporting system is described. The system includes a computer server and a plurality of user computing devices. The system operates to receive from the user computing device a signal having community condition information including a community condition in a corresponding community. The community condition information is geotagged. The system automatically accumulates the community condition information and aggregates the community condition information within the memory of the computer server to store the accumulated and aggregated information corresponding to the community information in which the community condition occurred. The system maintains the community condition information stored in the memory of the computer server. The system also operates to send alerts to user computing devices of the system regarding community conditions corresponding to the stored community condition information within the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventor: Charles Isgar
  • Patent number: 10249051
    Abstract: An operation method of depth extracting camera system using multi focus image includes acquiring at least two or more images having different focused subject distances—each of the at least two or more images including a subject—through a single optical system which is included in the depth extracting camera system; and extracting depth for the subject by using a blur difference in the at least two or more images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: CENTER FOR INTEGRATED SMART SENSORS FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Sang Gil Choi, Junho Mun, Dongsuk Kim, Chong Min Kyung
  • Patent number: 10235599
    Abstract: A method and system for analyzing video data in a security system. An analysis compares a current frame to a background model. The analysis system compares the background model to the current frame to identify changed pixel patches. The analysis system uses morphological image processing to generate masks based on the changed pixel patches. Next, the analysis system applies the masks to the background model and the current frames to determine whether the changed pixel patches are characteristic of abandoned or removed objects within the video data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Sensormatic Electronics, LLC
    Inventors: Changchun Li, Ian C. Westmacott, Mirko Ristivojevic, Matthew A. Gruenke
  • Patent number: 10237478
    Abstract: A method for correlating views of two or more video camera systems includes obtaining a plurality of data point coordinate sets to represent relative positioning between the camera systems and data point objects in the environment. The views may be correlated through Interpolation or extrapolation using the obtained data point coordinate sets. Devices such as lasers may also be used to correlate views of two or more video camera systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: William Matthew Salivar, John Michael Rozmus, Robert Gerald Palmer
  • Patent number: 10237499
    Abstract: A method of processing an image using an electronic device is provided. The method includes displaying at least part of a first image which is obtained through a first image sensor and at least part of a second image which is obtained through a second image sensor through a display unit which is functionally connected to the electronic device, storing the at least part of the first image, storing the at least part of the second image in response to a detecting of a signal, and storing the at least part of the first image and the at least part of the second image to be simultaneously replayed as at least one image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Moonsoo Kim, Hongsuk Choi
  • Patent number: 10209404
    Abstract: A method for measuring a particles' precipitation rate includes the steps of acquiring at least one first image during a precipitation event through an image acquisition device having a sensor and lens; detecting the particles of the precipitation in the at least one first image by subtracting a background of the first image and setting a brightness threshold for detecting the particles, the particles being visible as a plurality of streaks in the image, wherein a first portion of the plurality of streaks comprises blurred streaks, and a second portion of the plurality of streaks comprises focused streaks; determining an apparent diameter and an apparent length for the plurality of streaks; estimating an actual diameter and an actual length for the plurality of streaks by resolving an equations' system having three equations and three unknowns, namely the actual diameter, the actual length and a depth position of the plurality of streaks, the depth position being the position of each particle from the lens, i
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Politecnico Di Torino
    Inventors: Paola Allamano, Alberto Croci, Francesco Laio
  • Patent number: 10200632
    Abstract: Techniques for combining images to reduce motion blur in an output image are described. Data indicative of a first image and a second image of a scene is received. At least one portion of the first image associated with motion blur is identified. The portion of the first image is compared to a corresponding second portion of the second image. First pixels within the at least one portion of the first image and second pixels within the second portion of the second image not associated with motion blur are selected. The selected first pixels and second pixels are combined into an output image. The combined selected pixels are rendered on a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Naveen Thumpudi, Louis-Philippe Bourret, Alsisan F. Suhib, Ravikant Gupta, Spandan Tiwari
  • Patent number: 10200575
    Abstract: A capture settings for one or more image capture devices may be determined. The capture setting may define one or more aspects of operation for the image capture device(s). The aspect(s) of operation for the image capture device(s) may include one or more aspects of operation for a processor of the image capture device(s), an image sensor of the image capture device(s), and/or an optical element of the image capture device(s). A machine-readable optical code may be generated based on the capture setting and/or other information. The machine-readable optical code may convey the capture setting for the image capture device(s) such that a first image capture device capturing a first image including the machine-readable optical code may: (1) identify the machine-readable optical code within the first image; (2) determine the capture setting conveyed by the machine-readable optical code; and (3) operate in accordance with the capture setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: David Newman, Jeffrey Youel, Joseph VanDalsem
  • Patent number: 10171754
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices are described for presenting non-video content through a mobile device that uses a video camera to track a video on another screen. In one embodiment, a system includes a video display, such as a TV, that displays video content. A mobile device with an integrated video camera captures video data from the TV and allows a user to select an area in the video in order to hear/feel/smell what is at that location in the video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Osman
  • Patent number: 10157455
    Abstract: An image providing method includes displaying a first image, the first image including an object and a background; receiving a user input selecting the object or the background as a region of interest; acquiring first identification information associated with the region of interest based on first attribute information of the first image; acquiring a second image from a target image, the second image including second identification information, the second identification information being the same as the first identification information; and generating an effect image based on at least one of the first image and the second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Moon-sik Jeong, Hye-sun Kim, Su-jung Bae, Seong-oh Lee, Hyeon-hee Cha, Sung-do Choi, Hyun-soo Choi
  • Patent number: 10152959
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for noise masking are described. In one example, a location data is received or identified at a noise masking system, the noise masking system including a plurality of selectable noise masking sound audio files and a plurality of selectable video files. A noise masking sound audio file is selected from the plurality of selectable noise masking sound audio files and a video file is selected from the plurality of selectable video files utilizing the location data. The noise masking sound audio file is output to a loudspeaker and the video file is output to a video display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Plantronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Evan Harris Benway, Darrin Caddes, Jeffrey Michael Larson
  • Patent number: 10140774
    Abstract: A device is used to present the visualization of color on a display based on various environmental factors. In one embodiment, an image of an environment is captured using at least one sensor, where the image includes a surface area in the environment. A relative position of a source of light in the environment is also identified with respect to the surface area. Color is rendered for the surface area in the image on the display based on the relative position of the source of light and a bidirectional reflectance distribution function (BRDF) associated with the color, among other factors. In some cases, the movement of a computing device can be tracked, and color on the display adjusted based at least in part on the movement. The color can also be rendered based on a display profile of the display and other parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Gurunandan Krishnan Gorumkonda
  • Patent number: 10142534
    Abstract: A system and a method in which image-capturing is effected automatically or manually. When a user-carried mobile terminal receives a near field wireless signal from a near field wireless signal transmitting station installed in an image-capturing field area, it is determined that a user is present within the image-capturing field of the externally installed image-capturing device and the user-carried communication terminal transmits automatically or manually an image-capturing request to the externally installed image-capturing device. In response, the externally installed image-capturing device effects image-capturing and then transmits the obtained image to an image server. After transmission of the image-capturing request, the user-carried mobile communication terminal makes a downloading request to the image server and effects downloading via a network and the downloaded data is automatically stored within the user-carried mobile communication terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: bianconero, Inc.
    Inventor: Tomonobu Kuroishi
  • Patent number: 10129467
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure disclose a video photographing processing method and apparatus, and relate to the field of information technologies. The embodiments of the present disclosure are applicable to automatic generation of a photo during video photographing. Various embodiments provide a video photographing processing method, including acquiring at least one piece of behavior information of a photographed person when a camera is turned on; determining whether behavior information for which a photo needs to be generated exists in the at least one piece of behavior information; and if the behavior information for which a photo needs to be generated exists in the at least one piece of behavior information, configuring a target video frame as a photo that needs to be generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jiali Fu, Kangmin Huang
  • Patent number: 10116860
    Abstract: An imaging operation guidance device, comprises an imaging sensor that obtains images of an object and outputs image data relating to the object, a memory that stores the image data and an operation history for the image sensor, and a controller that determines guidance for a current image being obtained, based on difference between at least one previous image and the current image, in accordance with the operation history that has been stored in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kensei Ito, Takato Aoki, Osamu Nonaka
  • Patent number: 10097845
    Abstract: A method of decoding a coding unit from a video bitstream determines reconstructed samples for a first coding unit, from the video bitstream, and decodes a dictionary store flag from the video bitstream for the first coding unit. Where the dictionary store flag indicates that reconstructed samples for the first coding unit be stored, the method (i) stores the reconstructed samples for the first coding unit into a memory buffer; (ii) determines reconstructed samples for a second coding unit, the reconstructed samples for the second coding unit being copied from reconstructed samples for the first coding unit from the memory buffer, and (iii) outputs the reconstructed samples for the second coding unit. Also disclosed is a complementary method for encoding, a decoder and an encoder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Volodymyr Kolesnikov, Christopher James Rosewarne
  • Patent number: 10091434
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and computer program products for image sensors with overlapped exposure brackets supporting multiple short exposures are described. In one aspect, a method of capturing an image is disclosed. The method includes capturing, on a first subset of pixels on an image sensor, a first image with a first exposure length. The method further includes simultaneously capturing, on a second subset of pixels on an image sensor, a plurality of images with a second exposure length, wherein the second exposure length is shorter than the first exposure length. The method further includes combining the plurality of images with a second exposure length into a second image. Finally, the method includes combining the first image and the second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Ji Soo Lee, Jiafu Luo
  • Patent number: 10084967
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for detecting light sources and selectively adjusting exposure times of individual sensors in image sensors. In one aspect, a method includes capturing multiple images of a scene using a digital imager. The method includes generating a blended image by combining the multiple images, and executing an object detection algorithm on the blended image to locate and identify objects. The method includes determining a region of the identified object that contains a light source, and generating bounding box data around the light source region. The method includes communicating the bounding box data to the digital imager and updating the exposure time of the sensors in the bounding box region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Kiran Somasundaram, Mainak Biswas
  • Patent number: 10083528
    Abstract: An apparatus for editing information about a parameter for capturing a medical image includes a storage device configured to store at least one piece of group information including information about a change to the parameter for capturing the medical image and information about an associated parameter to be changed together with the parameter; a display configured to display a parameter change history including the at least one piece of group information; and a controller configured to control the display and the storage device, wherein the at least one piece of group information is arranged based on an order in which a parameter in the at least one piece of group information is changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Joo-young Kim
  • Patent number: 10051203
    Abstract: A composite image creating apparatus includes: an image determining unit that determines a specific subject in the first video; a boundary setting unit that sets a boundary that divides a screen of the first video into a specific range and a non-specific range, the specific range including the specific subject, the non-specific range not including the specific subject; a display control unit that displays the boundary when the second video is photographed; and a combining unit that combines an image within the specific range in the first video with an image within a range in the second video that corresponds to the non-specific range so as to create a composite image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sachie Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10040394
    Abstract: Vehicle visual systems are disclosed to produce seamless and uniform surround-view images of the vehicle using a number of Ultra Wide-Angle (UWA) lens cameras and optionally HUD systems. A distributive system architecture wherein individual cameras are capable of performing various image transformations allows a flexible and resource efficient image processing scheme.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: GEO SEMICONDUCTOR INC.
    Inventors: Zorawar S. Bassi, Ashkan Alavi-Harati, Thushyanthan Jegatheswaran, Edmund Tam
  • Patent number: 10043105
    Abstract: A method and system for analyzing video data in a security system. An analysis compares a current frame to a background model. The analysis system compares the background model to the current frame to identify changed pixel patches. The analysis system uses morphological image processing to generate masks based on the changed pixel patches. Next, the analysis system applies the masks to the background model and the current frames to determine whether the changed pixel patches are characteristic of abandoned or removed objects within the video data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Sensormatic Electronics, LLC
    Inventors: Changchun Li, Ian Westmacott, Mirko Ristivojevic, Matthew A. Gruenke
  • Patent number: 10044928
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a mobile terminal capable of displaying an image and a control method thereof. A mobile terminal according to an embodiment of the present disclosure may include a touch screen configured to display a first image, and a controller configured to control the touch screen to display a part of the first image in an enlarged manner based on a user request, wherein the controller displays a part of a second image different from the first image in an enlarged manner on the touch screen when a predetermined type of touch is applied to the touch screen in a state that the part of the first image is displayed in an enlarged manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hyunok Lee, Mansoo Sin, Hongjo Shim, Yoonwoo Lee, Mihyun Park, Hyunwoo Kim
  • Patent number: 10043063
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method assesses emotional responses of a panel of individuals to a user-defined event in a presentation. The method records video recordings of a presentation and a panel observing the presentation so that the video recordings may be synchronized with one another. The panel recording is processed to obtain emotional expression data for each face, in each frame, for the duration of the recording. A user may define the beginning and ending of an event in the presentation. The user may selected individuals of interest from the panel, as well as metrics regarding the emotional expressions. The method extracts emotional expression data meeting the requirements of user and displays the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: The Jury Lab LLC
    Inventors: Susan Perfido, Skyler Lauren, Cody Machak, Amy Kucksdorf, Paul Dax, Marla Maney, Andrew Higgins, Steve McLean
  • Patent number: 10038856
    Abstract: An imaging device includes an imaging optical system that includes a first optical system and a second optical system having a common optical axis and having different focal lengths, an imaging element that includes a first sensor group selectively receiving light passing the first optical system and a second sensor group selectively receiving light passing the second optical system, and an image compositing unit that generates a first generated image by performing registration on a plurality of first captured images captured in different states of an optical axis L of the first optical system and by compositing the registrated plurality of first captured images and that generates a second generated image by performing registration on a plurality of second captured images captured in different states of the optical axis L of the second optical system and by compositing the registrated plurality of second captured images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Shuji Ono
  • Patent number: 10032068
    Abstract: A method of making an image in a digital camera comprises capturing a digital image of a scene into which the camera user is to be inserted, and superimposing a symbol (subject locator) onto the scene image representing at least a part of a human subject. The subject locator is scaled to a desired size and moved to a desired position relative to the scene image. Next a digital image of the user is captured, and at least the part of the user image represented by the subject locator is extracted. The part of the user image represented by the subject locator is scaled (before or after extraction) to substantially the same size as the subject locator and inserted into the first image at the position of the subject locator. In a second embodiment the method comprises displaying a preview image of a scene into which the camera user is to be inserted, and superimposing the subject locator on the preview image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: FotoNation Limited
    Inventors: Stefan Petrescu, Alexandru Drimbarean, Peter Corcoran
  • Patent number: 10026449
    Abstract: According to a preferred aspect of the invention, there is provided a system and method that allows a user to implement dynamic video editing in real time during the recording of a video. The user chooses a theme and associated styles/effects, etc., which are immediately applied to the video as it is recorded so that results are visible as soon as the recording is finished. The associated music defines the recording time of the video and changes in the character of the music are used to select effect markers positions at which the user will be able to apply or implement effects. The inventive system handles the selection, definition, implementation and placement of effects by the user and applies those effects in real time which provides an output at the conclusion of the recording that is immediately available for further use or distribution by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: BELLEVUE INVESTMENTS GMBH & CO. KGAA
    Inventors: Tilman Herberger, Titus Tost
  • Patent number: 10025388
    Abstract: A system and method for receiving input from a user is provided. The system includes at least one camera configured to receive an image of a hand of the user and a controller configured to analyze the image and issue a command based on the analysis of the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Leung Yu Tang
  • Patent number: 10026205
    Abstract: A method of transmitting an image is performed by a first device and includes obtaining an image including an object, obtaining, based on a preset setting condition of the first device, contour information defining a contour of the object and color information about a color of the object, and transmitting the contour information and the color information to a second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kwang-pyo Choi, Young-o Park, Chan-yul Kim
  • Patent number: 10019846
    Abstract: An augmented reality system that provides multi-media presentations super-imposed on and presented with a series of augmented-reality enabled (“ARE”) tokens. An user electronic appliance, possessing a display screen, a camera, and a software application, takes an image of an ARE token. A unique visual identifier is associated with each ARE token. A multi-media presentation, including a video component, an audio component, and, optionally, a haptic component, is associated with unique visual identifier. When the software application detects an ARE token, it creates the unique visual identifier and transmits it to a remote server and database. The remote server and database transmits the multi-media presentation, in return. The user electronic appliance plays and presents the multi-media presentation. The multi-media presentation associated with each ARE token in a series can interact and interoperate with the multi-media presentation associated with each of the other ARE tokens in the series.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: ALTALITY LLC
    Inventor: Christina York
  • Patent number: 10015420
    Abstract: The type of lens attached to the lens attaching portion is determined. In a case of the multiple-property lens being attached to the lens attaching portion, a plurality of images corresponding to the plurality of areas is generated. In a case of the typical lens being attached thereto, one image is generated from imaging signals of all pixels of the directional sensor. In the case of the multiple-property lens being attached to the lens attaching portion, performed is correction of removing, from an image generated in correspondence with one area of the plurality of areas, influence of a luminous flux passing an area other than the one area. In the case of the typical lens being attached thereto, a difference in sensitivity for each pixel of a plurality of types of pixels is corrected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Shuji Ono
  • Patent number: 10008145
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided to perform refresh-rate dependent dithering. One embodiment describes a computing device that includes an image source that generates spatially dithered image data and an electronic display communicatively coupled to the image source. More specifically, the electronic display receives the spatially dithered image data from the image source and determines a refresh rate with which to display an image by comparing a local histogram and an artifact histogram, in which the local histogram describes pixel grayscale distribution of a portion of the image and the artifact histogram describes a pixel grayscale distribution that when displayed will cause a perceivable artifact. Additionally, when the determined refresh rate is less than a threshold refresh rate of the electronic device, the electronic display spatially dithers the image data without temporally dithering the image data and displays the image based at least in part on the spatially dithered image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Marc Albrecht, Christopher P. Tann
  • Patent number: 10008021
    Abstract: Among other things, one or more techniques and/or systems are disclosed for rendering imagery that compensates for parallax. Image data may comprise a sequence of images of a location, collected at known intervals (e.g., distances), such as along a path. The image data can comprise a first layer comprising a first depth, and a second layer comprising a second depth, that is different from the first depth. The image data can be composed into resulting imagery, where the first layer is composed at the first depth and the second layer is composed at the second depth. The resulting imagery can be rendered to compensate for, or rather make use of, parallax, such that the first layer is rendered at a first movement speed, based at least upon the first depth, and the second layer is rendered at a second movement speed, based at least upon the second depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy Wantland, Gonzalo Alberto Ramos, Donald Barnett
  • Patent number: 10002293
    Abstract: Image collection is provided, e.g., a system includes a gaze point detection device for detecting a location of a gaze point of a user with respect to the user, and an image collection device for focusing and collecting a first image according to the location of the gaze point with respect to the user. The gaze point detection device comprises a fundus image collection module for collecting a second image of a fundus of a user, an adjustable lens module for adjusting an imaging parameter of an optical path between the fundus image collection module and an eye and an image processing module for calculating the location of a gaze point of the user with respect to the user according to the imaging parameter. The system and method of the present application can increase the focusing accuracy and the focusing speed of an image collection apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: BEIJING ZHIGU RUI TUO TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kuifei Yu, Lin Du, Hongjiang Zhang
  • Patent number: 9996740
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide an information processing device, an information processing method, a program, and an information storage medium with which the accuracy of detection of whether the contact of an object with a subject is present or absent is improved compared with conventional techniques. A frame image acquiring section (32) acquires plural frame images that include a subject region in which an image of a subject appears and are taken at timings different from each other. A subject partial region identifying section (38) identifies, about each of the frame images, plural subject partial regions that are each part of the subject region and are different from each other in the position in the subject region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Masaaki Oka, Teiji Yutaka
  • Patent number: 9998720
    Abstract: An image processing method is provided. The image processing method includes the following steps: blending a plurality of exposure frames captured by one or more image capturing devices using a plurality of exposure times to generate a real-time image; analyzing one or more regions of interest (ROIs) of the real-time image according to ROI information about the one or more ROIs of the real-time image, and accordingly generating an analysis result; and utilizing an image processor for referring to the analysis result to locally adjust image data within the one or more ROIs of the real-time image to generate an adjusted real-time image in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: MEDIATEK INC.
    Inventors: Cheng-Che Chan, Hung-Wei Chih, Chung-Yao Hung, Cheng-Che Chen
  • Patent number: 9992394
    Abstract: Dual-lens assemblies and cameras including dual lens-assemblies that include a first lens barrel securing a first lens having a first optical axis and a second lens barrel securing a second lens having a second optical axis are disclosed. In one dual-lens assembly, the first optical axis is approximately parallel to and spaced from the second optical axis by a lateral offset, axial lengths of the first lens barrel and the second lens barrel are approximately equal, and the first lens and the second lens are oriented in opposite directions at opposing ends of the first lens barrel and the second lens barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Adeel Abbas, Joshua P. Davies, William H. Tolbert
  • Patent number: 9990738
    Abstract: An image processing method and apparatus for determining depth in an original image captured by a light field image capture device, in which a light field analysis algorithm is applied a plurality of times to the original image, changing the focus setting each time, so as to generate a respective plurality of scene images focused at different depths; edge detection is performed in respect of each of the scene images to generate a respective plurality of edge detected images; area identification is performed in respect of each edge detected image to generate a respective plurality of area identification images indicative of areas of respective edge detected images in which edges have been detected; and the area identification images are applied to respective scene images so as to extract from the scene images respective image segments corresponding to the areas in which edges have been detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: BAE Systems plc
    Inventors: Christopher James Whiteford, Nicholas Giacomo Robert Colosimo, Julian David Wright
  • Patent number: 9986213
    Abstract: An image sensor includes a substrate, a first set of sensor pixels formed on the substrate, and a second set of sensor pixels formed on the substrate. The sensor pixels of the first set are arranged in rows and columns and are configured to detect light within a first range of wavelengths (e.g., white light). The sensor pixels of the second set are arranged in rows and columns and are each configured to detect light within one of a set of ranges of wavelengths (e.g., red, green, and blue). Each range of wavelengths of the set of ranges of wavelengths is a subrange of said first range of wavelengths, and each pixel of the second set of pixels is smaller than each pixel of the first set of pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: OmniVision Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gang Chen, Duli Mao, Dyson Hsin-Chih Tai
  • Patent number: 9986161
    Abstract: An image capturing control apparatus configured to switch between a first mode in which a specific setting relating to image capturing is automatically performed and a second mode in which the specific setting is performed based on an amount of user operation and a control unit configured to perform control, in a case where the first mode is switched to the second mode by a user operation before the image capturing preparation instruction is received, the second mode is not switched to the first mode based on a release of the image capturing preparation instruction, and in a case where the first mode is switched to the second mode by a user operation during the image capturing preparation instruction is being received, the second mode is switched to the first mode based on the release of the image capturing preparation instruction is being received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Koki Kitaya
  • Patent number: 9979899
    Abstract: An image effect processing support apparatus includes: an image effect processing section that performs a specific image effect processing on an image; a confirmation region determination section that determines an effect of the specific image effect processing for each part of the image, and based on a result of the determination, determines and sets a confirmation region for confirming the effect of the image effect processing; and a display control section that displays an effect indication that shows the effect of the image effect processing in the confirmation region on a display section, to thereby enable an effect of a filter effect processing to be easily confirmed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Yuki Mishio, Yuiko Uemura
  • Patent number: 9973690
    Abstract: An imaging device includes: an optical system; an imaging element that continuously generates image data of an object; a position changing unit that changes a relative positional relationship between the optical system and the imaging element; a touch panel that detects a contact position thereon, and periodically outputs a position signal according to the contact position; a position controller that controls the position changing unit based on duration of maintaining the contact position to change the positional relationship; a trimming unit that generates pieces of trimming image data by sequentially cutting out an area including a touch position corresponding to the position signal from an image corresponding to the image data each time the positional relationship is changed; and a super-resolution processer that performs pixel interpolation using the pieces of trimming image data to generate super-resolution image data having a higher resolution than that of each trimming image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Shinsuke Homma
  • Patent number: 9973707
    Abstract: An image processing method is provided. The image processing method includes the following steps: detecting an input sequence of image frames captured using an image capturing device to generate a detection result; referring to the detection result to selectively perform frame interpolation on the input sequence of image frames to generate a to-be-encoded sequence of image frames; and encoding the to-be-encoded sequence of image frames to generate an encoded video signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: MEDIATEK INC.
    Inventors: Chun-Ming Lai, Kuan-Hung Chou, Chin-Chuan Liang
  • Patent number: 9967467
    Abstract: One or more systems and/or methods for capturing an image are provided. In an example, an application interface (e.g., a weather application interface), within which the image is to be populated, may be identified. The application interface may be evaluated to identify display context (e.g., a temperature label, weather visual effect, a weather icon, etc.) of the application interface. A camera user interface, associated with a camera of a device, may be displayed to a user. The display context may be overlaid a real-time image capture preview provided by the camera user interface so that the user may preview how the image may appear when used as a background image for the application interface (e.g., how a scene of a park may appear when the temperature label, weather icon, etc. are displayed over the background image). The image may be captured through the camera user interface utilizing the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: OATH INC.
    Inventors: Shenglong Gao, Adam Mathes, Gregory Choi, Dongeun Lee, Luiz Fernando da Silva Pereira, Yuhuan Tang
  • Patent number: 9949622
    Abstract: An endoscope system includes an objective optical system OBL, an optical path splitting unit which splits an object image acquired by the objective optical system OBL into two optical images having a different focus, an image pickup element which acquires the optical images, and an image synthesis processing section which selects in a predetermined area an image with a relatively high contrast from the two optical images acquired, and generates a composite image, wherein the objective optical system OBL includes a first lens L1 having a negative refractive power which is nearest to object, and the endoscope system satisfies the following conditional expressions (1) and (2). 3<D_diff/im_pitch?100??(1) 0.005<D_diff/R1_r<1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masahiro Katakura
  • Patent number: 9953398
    Abstract: A computer detects a person in an environment. The computer determines a view direction of the person. The computer displays content relevant to the determined view direction of the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: James E. Bostick, John M. Ganci, Jr., Sarbajit K. Rakshit, Craig M. Trim
  • Patent number: 9939647
    Abstract: An extended field of view (FOV) is provided by an exit pupil expander in a near-eye display system that uses a waveguide with multiple diffractive optical elements (DOEs) for in-coupling light, expanding the pupil in two directions, and out-coupling light to a system user's eye. Left and right in-coupling DOEs in-couple pupils respectively produced by a pair of imagers—one imager provides a left portion of the FOV and the other imager provides the right portion. The left portion and right portion of the FOV respectively propagate in a left and right intermediate DOEs which expand the pupil in a first direction and diffract light to an out-coupling DOE. The out-coupling DOE expands the pupil in a second direction, stitches the extended FOV together by combining the left and right portions of the FOV produced by the imagers, and out-couples the extended FOV to the user's eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Tuomas Vallius, Pasi Petteri Pietilae
  • Patent number: 9924133
    Abstract: An image signal processing apparatus includes a down-converter unit configured to down-convert an image signal having a first resolution into an image signal having a second resolution lower than the first resolution, a high-frequency-band-edge detection unit configured to perform filtering on the image signal having the first resolution to extract components in a higher frequency band than a frequency corresponding to the second resolution and to perform down-conversion on an edge detection signal obtained through the filtering to obtain an edge detection signal having the second resolution, and a combination unit configured to combine the edge detection signal obtained by the high-frequency-band-edge detection unit with the image signal having the second resolution generated by the down-converter unit so as to obtain an image signal having the second resolution and being to be displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Jun Gomita, Koji Kamiya
  • Patent number: 9916641
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a picture display method and apparatus that relate to the field of image processing and are increase flexibility of picture display and reducing a memory occupation rate of a terminal on the premise of not modifying an attribute of an original picture. The method and apparatus include receiving an instruction for displaying a picture; obtaining, according to an identifier of a to-be-displayed picture included in the instruction, an original bitmap of the to-be-displayed picture and searching, a database of a current device for a pre-stored first rotation angle corresponding to the to-be-displayed picture; adjusting, according to a resolution of a current screen and/or a current window size, a display size of the original bitmap of the to-be-displayed picture, so as to obtain a compressed bitmap of the original bitmap; and displaying, according to the first rotation angle, a compressed bitmap of the original bitmap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignees: Hisense Electric Co., Ltd., Hisense USA Corp., Hisense International Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Weina Feng, Huanjie Zhao, Xianjian Wang
  • Patent number: 9912970
    Abstract: Systems and methods for superimposing the human elements of video generated by computing devices, wherein a first user device and second user device capture and transmit video to a central server which analyzes the video to identify human elements, superimposes these human elements upon one another, and transmits the newly created superimposed video back to at least one of the user devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventor: Russell Holmes