Zoom Patents (Class 348/240.99)
  • Patent number: 10270978
    Abstract: A subject detection unit of an imaging apparatus detects a subject image from an image. An automatic zoom control unit automatically selects a specific composition among a plurality of compositions, sets a reference size of the subject image used to control a zoom magnification based on the selected composition, and controls the zoom magnification according to the reference size and a size of the subject image detected by the subject detection unit. The selectable composition differs between when a photographing state is a photographing preparation state of a still image and when the photographing state is a recording state of a moving image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Akihiro Tsubusaki
  • Patent number: 10257611
    Abstract: Systems and methods for stereo separation and directional suppression are provided. An example method includes receiving a first audio signal, representing sound captured by a first microphone associated with a first location, and a second audio signal, representing sound captured by a second microphone associated with a second location. The microphones comprise omni-directional microphones. The distance between the first and second microphones is limited by the size of a mobile device. A first channel signal of a stereo signal is generated by forming, based on the first and second audio signals, a first beam at the first location. A second channel signal of the stereo signal is generated by forming, based on the first and second audio signals, a second beam at the second location. First and second directions, associated respectively with the first and second beams, are fixed relative to a line between the first and second locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Knowles Electronics, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathon Ray, John Woodruff, Shailesh Sakri, Tony Verma
  • Patent number: 10250760
    Abstract: An imaging device comprising: an imaging sensor; a processor including a magnification processing section which magnifies a part of an image captured by the imaging sensor to generate a magnified image, a display device to display an image, and a transmission circuit to transmit an image to an external device, wherein the display device displays the magnified image generated by the magnification processing section of the processor, and wherein the transmission circuit transmits a non-magnified image not subjected to magnification processing by the magnification processing section of the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Haneda
  • Patent number: 10205883
    Abstract: A display control method executed by a processor included in a terminal device that includes a display and a camera disposed at a display surface side of the display, the display control method includes acquiring a first image taken by the camera, the first image including a second image of a face; calculating a proportion of a region of the second image to a region of the first image; determining whether the proportion is equal to or higher than a threshold; displaying the first image on the display when it is determined that the proportion is equal to or higher than the threshold; and restraining the first image from being displayed on the display when it is determined that the proportion is not equal to or higher than the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: FUJITSU CONNECTED TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
    Inventor: Shigeyuki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10129482
    Abstract: A display controller includes circuitry configured to cause a display device to display self-portrait photographing information in response to receiving an indication that the display device and an imaging unit are in a predetermined positional relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroaki Yamaguchi, Yoshiro Furukawa
  • Patent number: 10092169
    Abstract: An endoscope with a wide angle lens that comprises an optical axis that is angularly offset from a longitudinal axis of the endoscope such that the optical axis resides at an angle greater than zero degrees to the longitudinal axis. The wide angle lens system simultaneously gathers an endoscopic image field, the endoscopic image field at least spanning the longitudinal axis and an angle greater than ninety degrees to the longitudinal axis. The endoscope includes an optical lens system to at least partially even out the information density across an imaging surface area of the imager.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: KARL STORZ IMAGING, INC.
    Inventors: Eric L. Hale, Hans David Hoeg, George E. Duckett, III, Nathan Jon Schara
  • Patent number: 10079964
    Abstract: A lens system, an interchangeable lens apparatus, and a camera system each include a front group including a first focus lens group that moves with respect to an image surface in focusing from an infinity in-focus condition to a close-object in-focus condition; a rear group including a second focus lens group that moves with respect to the image surface in focusing, the front group and the rear group being located in order from an object side to an image side; a fixed lens group including at least one positive power lens element, the fixed lens group being located between the front group and the rear group and fixed with respect to the image surface in focusing; and an aperture diaphragm. The positive power lens in the fixed lens group satisfies dPgF>0.015 (dPgF is an anomalous dispersibility in a g-line and an F-line of the lens element).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshio Matsumura, Masafumi Sueyoshi, Yusuke Nihei
  • Patent number: 10025163
    Abstract: A flash unit capable of being attached to a flash control unit, comprising: a memory that stores information relating to a light emission time for actual flash corresponding to a difference between an emitted light amount command value for actual flash and an emitted light amount command value for pre-flash, and a controller, including an light emission time calculation section that obtains light emission time corresponding to emitted light amount command value for actual flash based on emitted light amount command value for pre-flash, emitted light amount command value for actual flash, and information stored in the memory, wherein the controller inputs the emitted light amount command value for pre-flash and the emitted light amount command value for actual flash acquired to the light emission time calculation section, and controls actual flash of the flash light emitting source based on the light emission time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Kanako Hoshino
  • Patent number: 10015406
    Abstract: A subject detection unit of an imaging apparatus detects a subject image from an image. An automatic zoom control unit designates the subject image detected by the subject detection unit and cancels the designation. The automatic zoom control unit automatically selects a specific composition among a plurality of compositions and sets a reference size of the subject image used to control a zoom magnification based on the elected composition. The automatic zoom control unit controls the zoom magnification based on the reference size and a size of the subject image sequentially detected by the subject detection unit. At least one of composition selection candidates selected by the automatic zoom control unit is different according to whether the subject image is designated by the automatic zoom control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Seiji Ogawa
  • Patent number: 9998650
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus has: a depth map acquiring unit configured to acquire a depth map that records information indicating a depth distance corresponding to each point on a photographed image; an in-focus position acquiring unit configured to acquire an in-focus position on the photographed image; a reference distance determining unit configured to acquire a depth distance corresponding to the in-focus position from the depth map and sets the acquired depth distance as a reference distance; and an image processing unit configured to perform image processing on the photographed image by using the depth map and the reference distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shin Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9992423
    Abstract: Devices and methods for capturing images are described herein. A processor may be configured to capture a first image. The processor may further be configured to determine a distance between a lens and an image sensor of the image capture device for capturing the first image. The processor may further be configured to determine a portion of the image sensor to use for the first image based on the determined distance in order to maintain a constant field of view for one or more images captured by the image capture device. The processor may further be configured to adjust the portion of the image sensor used for the first image based on the determined portion of the image sensor to generate an adjusted first image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Sanket Krishnamurthy Sagar, Venkata Ravi Kiran Dayana, Leung Chun Chan
  • Patent number: 9992421
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus includes a movement detector detecting movement of the apparatus, a subject detector detecting a subject, a setting unit setting a mode for controlling a zoom operation which is enabled as a first mode or second mode, and a controller controlling the zoom operation based on the enabled mode. In the first mode, the controller controls the zoom operation based on at least one of position or size of the detected subject. In the second mode, the controller performs a first zoom operation for changing a zoom magnification to a wide-angle side when a movement amount of the apparatus is a first amount larger than a predetermined amount and performs a second zoom operation for changing the zoom magnification to a telephoto side when a movement amount of the apparatus detected after execution of the first zoom operation is a second amount smaller than the predetermined amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Akihiro Tsubusaki
  • Patent number: 9917994
    Abstract: A selectively attachable and removable visual and tactile assessment tool or clip for use with a mobile device is provided. Clip is an elongate member forming a curvilinear shape having a magnifying lens at a distal end thereof. Clip has a transparent tubular member disposed between first and second openings through the body portion of the clip. Tubular member has varying internal diameters to simulate, for example, the constriction or stenosis of a patient's vessel lumen. Once clip is attached to mobile device and the magnifying lens is positioned over the camera of the mobile device, a catheter is inserted through tubular member. The magnifying lens enlarges the size of the catheter displayed on the screen of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
    Inventors: Barry O'Connell, Brian Dowling, James Smedley
  • Patent number: 9807311
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes an imaging section, a signal processor that analyzes video data obtained from the imaging section, calculates a most suitable exposure condition for an entire area of the video data to set the most suitable exposure condition to the imaging section, and outputs most suitable video data imaged on the most suitable exposure condition, a partial area clipping section that clips area video data from a partial area of the most suitable video data to output the area video data, and an exposure condition calculator that calculates a most suitable area exposure condition based on the area video data. The exposure condition calculator sets the most suitable area exposure condition to the imaging section and the signal processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Koji Kuwata
  • Patent number: 9781507
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising: an input configured to receive at least two groups of at least two audio signals; a first audio former configured to generate a first formed audio signal from a first of the at least two groups of at least two audio signals; a second audio former configured to generate a second formed audio signal from the second of the at least two groups of at least two audio signals; an audio analyzer configured to analyze the first formed audio signal and the second formed audio signal to determine at least one audio source and an associated audio source signal; and an audio signal synthesizer configured to generate at least one output audio signal based on the at least one audio source and the associated audio source signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Jorma Mäkinen, Anu Huttunen, Mikko Tammi, Miikka Vilermo
  • Patent number: 9743009
    Abstract: An image processing method applied in an image processing device, which includes an image capturing unit, an image processing unit, an image recognition unit and an exposure adjusting unit, is provided. The image processing method includes the following steps: obtaining a first image by the image capturing unit, generating an average brightness of a dark part of the first image by the image processing unit; recognizing the first image by the image recognition unit; generating a first average brightness of a human face by the image processing unit and generating a first exposure value according to the average brightness of the dark part of the first image, the first average brightness of the human face and a weight array, when the human face is recognized from the first image; and adjusting an exposure of the first image according to the first exposure value by the exposure adjusting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: ASUSTEK COMPUTER INC.
    Inventors: Yi-Chi Cheng, Hsiu-Jui Kuo, Hendrik Hendrik, Guan-De Lee
  • Patent number: 9686472
    Abstract: Provided is a compound-eye image pickup apparatus in which a plurality of imaging units, each of which configured to photoelectrically convert an optical image focused by a single focal lens with different focal length so as to output a signal, are arranged in the form of a matrix. An image processing unit performs an electronic zoom process for changing a cut-out area of an image and a filtering process for an image signal. A system controller obtains information relating a change in zoom magnification from a zoom changing unit and data relating to a zoom control method from a zoom control method storage unit so as to instruct a zoom controller to perform zoom control. Upon change of an angle of view by controlling the electronic zoom process and the switching of the single focal lens, the zoom controller controls the filtering process performed by the image processing unit so as to equalize the resolution before and after the switching of the single focal lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takayuki Kimura
  • Patent number: 9664874
    Abstract: A substrate for mounting an imaging element is a substrate for mounting an imaging element that includes a base. The base has: a through-hole having an opening in a top surface of the base; a cover mounting region provided on the top surface, in a rim of the opening of the through-hole; a lens-housing mounting region 8 provided on the top surface, on an outer side of the cover mounting region; an intermediate region provided on the top surface, between the cover mounting region and the lens-housing mounting region; a connecting section that enables the intermediate region to communicate with an inside wall of the through-hole; and an imaging element mounting section provided on a bottom surface of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yamada, Daiji Haruna, Akihiko Funahashi
  • Patent number: 9654741
    Abstract: A system and a method for image acquisition suitable for use in a turbine engine are disclosed. Light received from a field of view in an object plane is projected onto an image plane through an optical modulation device and is transferred through an image conduit to a sensor array. The sensor array generates a set of sampled image signals in a sensing basis based on light received from the image conduit. Finally, the sampled image signals are transformed from the sensing basis to a representation basis and a set of estimated image signals are generated therefrom. The estimated image signals are used for reconstructing an image and/or a motion-video of a region of interest within a turbine engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: SIEMENS ENERGY, INC.
    Inventors: Erwan Baleine, Varun A V, Paul J. Zombo, Zubin Varghese
  • Patent number: 9628717
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a control unit configured to perform zoom control based on a size of an object indicated by acquired information and a set reference size, and a first detection unit configured to detect a first operation for instructing to change the reference size. In a case where the first operation has been detected during the zoom control in a first mode, the control unit performs the zoom control in a second mode until a first time elapses after the first operation has been detected, and, when the first time has elapsed, the control unit switches the second mode to the first mode. In the first mode, the reference size is set to a predetermined size and, in the second mode, the reference size is changed according to the first operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Akihiro Tsubusaki
  • Patent number: 9621781
    Abstract: The focus control device includes a focus control section that controls an imaging optical system that is configured so that an in-focus object plane position is changed when an imaging magnification is changed, an image acquisition section that acquires a plurality of images captured through the imaging optical system at a different imaging magnification, and a change-in-magnification detection section that detects a change in magnification that is at least one of a change in the imaging magnification and a change in size of an object within an image among the plurality of images, the focus control section driving the imaging optical system based on an AF evaluation value that indicates the focus state of the imaging optical system and calculated based on the image and the change in magnification to control focus of the imaging optical system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Seigo On, Naoya Kuriyama
  • Patent number: 9552625
    Abstract: A method, image processing apparatus, and computer readable medium for image enhancement are provided. In the method, a low-resolution image is received and upscaled to generate an upscaled image having first pixels. Edge detection is performed on the upscaled image to obtain edge information of the first pixels. Each piece of the edge information includes an edge direction and an edge intensity, and each of the edge directions includes a horizontal and vertical component having a constant summation. A non-edge region of the upscaled image is enhanced to generate a high-resolution detail image; based on unsharp masking sharpening methods, an edge region of the low-passed upscaled image is enhanced according to the horizontal and vertical components of the edge directions to generate a high-resolution edge image. Image fusion is performed on the high-resolution edge image and the high-resolution detail image according to the edge intensities to generate a super-resolution image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: National Chiao Tung University
    Inventors: Kuo-Shiuan Peng, Fang-Cheng Lin, Yi-Pai Huang, Han-Ping D. Shieh
  • Patent number: 9525813
    Abstract: A control device acquires a focus detection signal from a pixel portion of the imaging element so as to detect a focus state by phase difference detection. A camera control unit performs focus adjustment control by the drive control of a focus lens constituting an imaging optical system. The camera control unit performs exposure control for adjusting the brightness of an object in the focus area to an appropriate level, and determines whether or not the brightness level of the object in the focus area is saturated based on the focus detection signal. When the exposure state during a focus adjustment operation is not in an appropriate state, the camera control unit calculates an exposure correction value and determines whether or not the exposure correction value falls within the exposure control range. When the exposure correction value falls within the exposure control range, the exposure state is readjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takeshi Sakaguchi
  • Patent number: 9485384
    Abstract: A mobile terminal and controlling method thereof are disclosed. The present invention discloses that an audio of an audio file linked to an image is outputted in a manner of being amplified centering on a subject in the image, whereby a user can be provided with a further emotionally visual/auditory image viewer environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hwasub Lee, Heeyoung Kim, Sooyong Park, Hyojin Lee, Ickjun Kim, Eunhye Yu
  • Patent number: 9485413
    Abstract: An imaging device includes an imaging unit that receives light coming from a subject and thus generates electronic image data; a display unit that displays an image corresponding to the image data; an angle-of-view setting unit that an angle of view to be changed for the image displayed by the display unit according to a first signal input from the outside; and a control unit that starts control of change to a predetermined angle of view set by the angle-of-view setting unit according to a second signal different from the first signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshinori Matsuzawa, Tsuyoshi Yaji, Osamu Nonaka
  • Patent number: 9479754
    Abstract: Depth maps are generated from two or more of images captured with a conventional digital camera from the same viewpoint using different configuration settings, which may be arbitrarily selected for each image. The configuration settings may include aperture and focus settings and/or other configuration settings capable of introducing blur into an image. The depth of a selected image patch is evaluated over a set of discrete depth hypotheses using a depth likelihood function modeled to analyze corresponding images patches convolved with blur kernels using a flat prior in the frequency domain. In this way, the depth likelihood function may be evaluated without first reconstructing an all-in-focus image. Blur kernels used in the depth likelihood function and are identified from a mapping of depths and configuration settings to the blur kernels. This mapping is determined from calibration data for the digital camera used to capture the two or more images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: Huixuan Tang, Scott Cohen, Stephen Schiller, Brian Price
  • Patent number: 9467620
    Abstract: A method and system is disclosed for simulating different types of camera lens on a device by guiding a user through a set of images to be captured in connection with one or more desired lens effects. In one aspect, a wide-angle lens may be simulated by taking a plurality of images that have been taken at a particular location over a set of camera orientations that are determined based on the selection of the wide-angle lens. The mobile device may provide prompts to the user indicating the camera orientations for which images should be captured in order to generate the simulated camera lens effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Ettinger, David Lee, Evan Rapoport, Jake Mintz, Bryan Feldman, Mikkel Crone Köser, Daniel Joseph Filip
  • Patent number: 9454712
    Abstract: Saliency map computation is described. In one or more implementations, a base saliency map is generated for an image of a scene. The base saliency map may be generated from intermediate saliency maps computed for boundary regions of the image. Each of the intermediate saliency maps may represent visual saliency of portions of the scene that are captured in the corresponding boundary region. The boundary regions may include, for instance, a top boundary region, a bottom boundary region, a left boundary region, and a right boundary region. Further, the intermediate saliency maps may be combined in such a way that an effect of a foreground object on the saliency map is suppressed. The foreground objects for which the effect is suppressed are those that occupy a majority of one of the boundary regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: Zhe Lin, Radomir Mech, Xiaohui Shen, Brian L. Price, Jianming Zhang
  • Patent number: 9380217
    Abstract: A camera system includes a lighting device and an imaging apparatus. The lighting device includes a movable unit including a flash unit, a detection unit to detect information indicating the position of the movable unit, and a transmission unit to transmit position information based on information detected by the detection unit to the imaging apparatus. The imaging apparatus includes a calculation unit to calculate amount of light emission of the flash unit, a correction unit to perform correction of the amount of the light emission calculated by the calculation unit, and a reception unit to receive the position information from the lighting device. According to the position information received by the reception unit, the correction unit switches whether to perform correction of the amount of the light emission calculated by the calculation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshiro Ichihara
  • Patent number: 9377922
    Abstract: A device may receive information identifying a type of impairment, and provide, based on the type of impairment, a user interface. The user interface may allow a user to specify a command and an action that is to be performed, by an application, based on detecting the command. The action may relate to the type of impairment. The device may further receive configuration information via the user interface, where the configuration information identifies the command and the action. The device may configure the application based on the configuration information, detect, using the application, the command, and perform, using the application, the action based on detecting the command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Sylvia A. Work
  • Patent number: 9344608
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products allow for the capturing of a high depth of field (DOF) image. A comprehensive depth map of the scene may be automatically determined. The scene may then be segmented, where each segment of the same corresponds to a respective depth of the depth map. A sequence of images may then be recorded, where each image in the sequence is focused at a respective depth of the depth map. The images of this sequence may then be interleaved to create a single composite image that includes the respective in-focus segments from these images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Ron Ferens
  • Patent number: 9313391
    Abstract: Approaches are described for managing the processing of image data via an electronic device. In particular, various embodiments enable a component, or combination of components, such as one or more camera interface components or other such interface components, to be integrated into a computing device (e.g., a mobile phone, a tablet computer, a wearable device, etc.) to manage the processing of image data captured by one or more cameras of the computing device. For example, one or more camera interface components, such as a camera interface circuit, can allow for coupling at least two cameras to a single input camera port of a processor component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Zhibin Zhang, Willy Cheung
  • Patent number: 9300855
    Abstract: A camera limits an EDOF range using F-DOF through user interactions without causing any discomfort, and includes: a user input unit for accepting input of a focal length; a range determination unit for determining a moving range of an in-focus position, based on the focal length; and an imaging unit for capturing an image in such a manner that the in-focus position moves in the moving range during a exposure time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takashi Kawamura, Yasunobu Ogura
  • Patent number: 9245312
    Abstract: In one embodiment, when an image is displayed on an electronic device, the image may be panned from one portion to another portion based on information associated with the image or a user viewing the image. In some embodiments, the image may pan starting from a leftmost user in the image and moving to the rightmost user in the image. In some embodiments, the image may pan starting from a specific user near the center of the image and zooming outward until the entire image is displayed. In some embodiments, the image may pan starting from a first user in the image having a highest affinity with the user viewing the image, and ending with a second user in the image having a lowest affinity with the user viewing the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Matas
  • Patent number: 9225909
    Abstract: An image capturing device and a digital zoom display method are provided. The device includes two lens modules configured to respectively capture a first image and a second image, and their capturing view fields are substantially identical, a preview processing unit configured to generate a third image by down-sampling the first image according to a display unit's resolution, a feature extraction unit, an image zooming and distortion unit and an image fusing unit. The second image is trimmed for generating a fourth image according to the same size of the third image. A pixel offset feature corresponding with the third and fourth images is generated by the feature extraction unit. The image zooming and distortion unit generates a fifth image and a sixth image according to the pixel offset feature and zoom ratio to the image fusing unit to generate a combined image displayed on the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: ALTEK SEMICONDUCTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hong-Long Chou, Yi-Hong Tseng, Wen-Yan Chang, Yu-Chih Wang, Chia-Chun Tseng, Tai-Chang Yang, Che-Lun Chuang, Tsan-Wei Wang
  • Patent number: 9188837
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus which is capable of performing stable and high-speed focusing on an object intended by a photographer. In a video camera as the image pickup apparatus, an image pickup element picks up an object image formed by a photographic optical system including a focus lens and thereby outputs a video signal. A face-detecting section detects a face detection area based on the video signal. An AF signal processing circuit generates an AF evaluation value signal. An external ranging unit generates object distance information. A microcomputer performs a TV-AF process using an AF evaluation value of the AF evaluation value signal and an external ranging AF process using the object distance information. The microcomputer controls execution of the two focus control processes according to a result of the detection by the face-detecting section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazunori Ishii
  • Patent number: 9185300
    Abstract: A photographing apparatus is disclosed. The photographing apparatus includes a determination unit which determines a scene category to which an input image belongs from a plurality of predetermined scene categories, a photographing unit which photographs the input image, a control unit which controls the photographing unit to generate an original image corresponding to the input image and an additional image where image processing corresponding to the determined scene category has been performed on the input image, and a display unit which displays the generated original image and additional image according to a predetermined event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hyun-ock Yim
  • Patent number: 9141865
    Abstract: The invention provides a method of using machine vision to recognize text and symbols, and more particularly traffic signs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Itseez, Inc.
    Inventor: Victor Erukhimov
  • Patent number: 9086800
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for controlling screen display in a touch screen terminal. The method includes determining a zoom-in region, zooming in contents belonging to the zoom-in region at a corresponding magnification, and expressing the zoomed-in contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Byoung-Hui Lim
  • Patent number: 9077895
    Abstract: A processor (30) of a mobile terminal (10) that is one example of a camera apparatus detects a face image of a person image (58) in an object image displayed on a display (14) prior to an imaging key (26) is operated, and displays a face mark (60) at a portion of the face of each person image. A user selects arbitrary one or more person image out of the person images onto each of which the face mark is displayed as a zoom processing target by operating an operating portion such as a GUI. A selection mark (62) is applied to a person image that the user selects. A zooming-up and/or down (zoom processing) is performed such that the object image including the person image onto which the selection mark is applied is rendered to a predetermined composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: KYOCERA Coporation
    Inventor: Keisuke Nagata
  • Patent number: 9025052
    Abstract: A manual input via a manual input unit while automatically changing a zoom magnification via a zoom control unit is permitted, and after the manual input, the zoom magnification is automatically changed so that a size of an object output from an object extraction unit becomes a second size in relation to an angle of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takayuki Kimura
  • Patent number: 9019404
    Abstract: Provided is an image processing apparatus and method which allows high-speed image processing and prevents the field-of-view rate from being degraded due to pixel reduction by the number of ring pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Mineki Taoka
  • Patent number: 9013607
    Abstract: An optical instrument of the present invention comprises a ring member which is arranged to be rotatable with respect to a lens barrel, and also to slide in an optical axis direction, a movement mechanism for slide movement of the ring member to a first position or a second position in the optical axis direction, an encoder that generates signals in accordance with a rotation operation of the ring member, a slide position determination section for determining positional change accompanying slide movement to the first position or the second position by the movement mechanism, and a control section for performing determination of the signals from the encoder to switch the display operation, and prohibiting switching of the display operation when the slide position determination section has determined a positional change accompanying the slide operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Olympus Imaging Corp.
    Inventors: Yuzuru Taguchi, Manabu Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 9013608
    Abstract: An image sensing apparatus includes an image sensing unit having an image sensor, an optical member which is arranged in front of the image sensor, a foreign substance detection unit which detects, from a foreign substance detection image including the image of a foreign substance adhered to the surface of the optical member, a recording unit which, when shooting a moving image, records moving image data generated based on image signals successively output from the image sensing unit, and records foreign substance information and lens information in addition to the moving image data, and a lens information obtaining unit which, when the lens information is updated by operating the imaging lens by a user during moving image shooting, obtains the updated lens information. When the lens information obtaining unit obtains the updated lens information, the recording unit records the updated lens information in addition to the moving image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Keisuke Kudo, Takashi Gyotoku
  • Patent number: 9007481
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus, information processing method and computer program product cooperate in detecting a first target object contained in image information. Image information of an image is received through an interface. A processing circuit determines whether a first target object in the image information has not yet been detected. A determination is also made regarding whether a second target object in the image information has been detected. An image quality parameter of the image is modified to assist subsequent detection attempts in recognizing the first target object when the first target object has not yet been detected but the second target object has been detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yuichi Hasegawa, Ning Zhou
  • Patent number: 9007469
    Abstract: Provided is a lens barrel having, in order from an object side to an image side, a first to a third group lens, the lens barrel including: a fixed frame; a cam frame supported by the fixed frame so as to be rotationally movable in a optical axis direction between a forward and a backward movement ends; and a shutter frame which moves in the optical axis direction in a rotation restricted state, through the rotation of the cam frame, in which: a third group frame is fixed to the shutter frame so that the object side of the third group lens is arranged on an inner peripheral side of the shutter frame; and the second frame is configured so that the image side of the frame is stored on the inner peripheral side of the shutter frame when the cam frame is positioned at the backward movement end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Olympus Imaging Corp.
    Inventors: Satoru Yasutomi, Manabu Yoshii, Kunio Yamamiya, Naoki Fujii, Masato Miyata
  • Patent number: 8976228
    Abstract: A zoom lens includes, in order from an object side to an image side, a positive first lens unit, a negative second lens unit, a positive third lens unit, and a positive fourth lens unit. During zooming from a wide-angle end to a telephoto end, the first lens unit moves with a locus convex toward the image side, and the third lens unit moves toward the object side. The first lens unit includes, in order from the object side to the image side, a negative first lens, a positive second lens, and a positive third lens. A distance (d12) between the first lens and the second lens, a focal length (fw) of the entire zoom lens at the wide-angle end, and a refractive index (Np) of a positive lens having the lowest refractive index among the refractive indices of materials of all positive lenses included in the first lens unit are appropriately set based on predetermined mathematical conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroshi Saruwatari
  • Patent number: 8976270
    Abstract: An imaging device and a control method for an imaging device of the present invention comprise an imaging section for photoelectrically converting a subject image and outputting image data, and a display section for performing live view display of the subject image based on the image data, wherein, with respect to whether or not a main body is being held, by determining if the main body is in a portrait orientation, and is being held by a touch surface area or with both hands, if this determination is that the main body is not being held a shooting command is received using only a release button, while if it is determined that the main body is being held a shooting command is received by touching the display section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Olympus Imaging Corp.
    Inventors: Osamu Nonaka, Yuki Wani
  • Patent number: 8976271
    Abstract: The optical system capable of performing zooming includes a first lens unit and a second lens unit and satisfies conditions of |(?TMyu+?TMyl)/(?WMyu+?WMyl)|<0.67 and 0.75<|(?WMyu+?WMyl)|/2P<16.0. ?WMyu represents a lateral aberration amount for a d-line of a 70 percent upper ray reaching an 80 percent image height at a wide-angle side middle focal length, ?WMyl represents a lateral aberration amount for the d-line of a 70 percent lower ray reaching the 80 percent image height at the wide-angle side middle focal length, ?TMyu represents a lateral aberration amount for the d-line of the 70 percent upper ray reaching the 80 percent image height at a telephoto side middle focal length, ?TMyl represents a lateral aberration amount for the d-line of the 70 percent lower ray reaching the 80 percent image height at the telephoto side middle focal length, and P represents a pixel pitch of the image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takayoshi Yokoyama, Arata Sato
  • Patent number: 8970738
    Abstract: An apparatus for capturing images. The apparatus includes a camera unit configured to capture images of target objects, and a processing unit configured to control the apparatus to detect close-up photography conditions, and to automatically zoom said camera unit in response to said detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventor: Juha Alakarhu