Including Noise Or Undesired Signal Reduction Patents (Class 348/241)
  • Patent number: 11032505
    Abstract: Provided are devices having a device including a ramp signal generator which may comprise: a slope control circuit configured to generate a controllable analog reference voltage according to a digital setting code value to control a slope of a ramp signal; and at least one unit current cell configured to adjust the slope of the ramp signal by adjusting a current flowing through the at least one unit current cell according to the controllable analog reference voltage generated by the slope control circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: SK hynix Inc.
    Inventors: Hyeon-June Kim, Hoe-Sam Jeong
  • Patent number: 11025845
    Abstract: A method, performed by a device, of processing an image, may include obtaining a circular image generated by photographing a target space through a fisheye lens; generating metadata including lens shading compensation information for correcting color information of the obtained circular image; and transmitting the obtained circular image and the metadata to a terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jae-yun Jeong, Byeong-doo Choi, Jae-kyeong Lee, Eric Yip, Jae-eun Kang
  • Patent number: 11019288
    Abstract: An image sensor including: a pixel array having a plurality of pixels connected to a plurality of row lines and a plurality of column lines; a plurality of ramp buffers configured to output a ramp voltage generated by a ramp voltage generator; a sampling circuit including a plurality of samplers, each of the plurality of samplers having a first input terminal for receiving the ramp voltage and a second input terminal connected to one of the plurality of column lines; and a switching circuit configured to connect the first input terminals of the samplers to each other or disconnect the first input terminals of the samplers from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Soon Ik Cho, Takao Ishii
  • Patent number: 11019286
    Abstract: A pixel driving circuit of an image sensor includes a first transistor to transmit an output signal of the photodiode to a floating diffusion node, a second transistor to reset a voltage of the floating diffusion node to a pixel voltage, a third transistor to output charges in the floating diffusion node, a fourth transistor to pre-charge an output node of the third transistor, a fifth transistor to transmit the charges in the floating diffusion node to a first node, a sixth transistor to transmit the pixel voltage to a second node, a seventh transistor to output charges in the second node, an eighth transistor to output an output signal of the seventh transistor to a column line, and a ninth transistor to output an output signal of the third transistor to the column line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hee Sung Shim, Kyung Ha Kim, Mi Ra Lee, Woong Joo
  • Patent number: 11018939
    Abstract: A method of determining compatibility of a network hardware device for connecting to a home security network involves receiving, by a processor of a client device, data from a capture input device of the client device. The data includes identification information associated with the network hardware device. The method also involves transmitting, by the client device, to a server computing device the data comprising the identification information associated with the network hardware device. The method further involves receiving, from the server computing device, compatibility information indicating whether the network hardware device is compatible with a hub device of the home security network. Additionally, the method involves displaying, on a display of the client device, the compatibility information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Robert Harris
  • Patent number: 11019293
    Abstract: A photoelectric conversion element comprises: a plurality of pixels, each of which performs photoelectric conversion and outputs an analog signal; and analog processing unit that sequentially processes, on a pixel-to-pixel basis, the analog signals output from a pixel group including the pixels; and a signal supply unit that supplies a signal needed fro preliminary operation to the analog processing unit so as to enable the analog processing unit to perform the preliminary operation before the analog processing unit starts to process the analog signals output from the pixel group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Naoki Asaba, Masamoto Nakazawa
  • Patent number: 11006060
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an imaging device and an electronic device capable of restricting an occurrence of a sunspot phenomenon in a simple configuration. The imaging device includes a sample/hold part that samples and holds a reset voltage as a reset level voltage of a pixel signal and an AD conversion part that analog digital (AD) converts the pixel signal, in which the AD conversion part selects and outputs one of a first output signal as the AD converted pixel signal and a second output signal at a predetermined level on the basis of a comparison result between the reset voltage held by the sample/hold part and a predetermined reference voltage. The technology according to the present disclosure can be applied to a CMOS image sensor, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasunori Tsukuda, Noam Eshel
  • Patent number: 10998914
    Abstract: An ADC circuit that can resolve the most significant bits (MSBs) using a first circuit during a first stage of a multi-stage conversion and resolve the least significant bits (LSBs) using a second circuit during a second stage of the multi-stage conversion. This can be used, for example, in massively parallel applications where the reference level generation can be shared between thousands of converters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Analog Devices International Unlimited Company
    Inventors: Jonathan Ephraim David Hurwitz, Edward Chapin Guthrie, Joseph Leandro Balais Peje
  • Patent number: 10987021
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a medical image diagnostic apparatus includes processing circuitry. The processing circuitry configured to generate initial restored signal data by applying a first restoration function to input signal data corresponding to medical signal data concerning an object, generate first element-wise product signal data by calculating an element-wise product of the initial restored signal data and reliability data representing a degree of degradation included in the input signal data, and generate restored signal data by applying a second restoration function to at least one of the input signal data and the initial restored signal data and the first element-wise product signal data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: CANON MEDICAL SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hidenori Takeshima
  • Patent number: 10992851
    Abstract: According to an embodiment of the present invention, an image processing apparatus capable of properly controlling sharpness of an output image and outputting the image is provided. More specifically, the image processing apparatus comprises: a setting unit configured to set an image processing condition for performing image processing to image data of an input photographic image based on an output characteristic of an output apparatus that influences sharpness of an image output from the output apparatus; an obtaining unit configured to obtain information equivalent to a distance from a focal plane in the photographic image; and an image processing unit configured to perform image processing to the image data based on the information obtained by the obtaining unit and the image processing condition set by the setting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shinichi Miyazaki, Yumi Yanai, Yuji Akiyama
  • Patent number: 10986256
    Abstract: An image capture apparatus determines a maximum power to be supplied from the image capture apparatus to an auxiliary device detachably attached to the image capture apparatus, based on information regarding a distance between a noise source included in the auxiliary device and an image sensor included in the image capture apparatus. The image capture apparatus then supplies power to the auxiliary device, without exceeding the determined maximum power and thereby effectively reduces the influence of noise caused by the auxiliary device, on the image sensor and a captured image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Naoyuki Nakagawara
  • Patent number: 10979656
    Abstract: An imaging device including a condenser lens and an image sensor is provided. The image sensor is configured to sense light penetrating the condenser lens and includes a pixel matrix, an opaque layer, a plurality of microlenses and an infrared filter layer. The pixel matrix includes a plurality of infrared pixels, a plurality of first pixels and a plurality of second pixels. The opaque layer covers upon a first region of the first pixels and a second region of the second pixels, wherein the first region and the second region are mirror-symmetrically arranged in a first direction. The plurality of microlenses is arranged upon the pixel matrix. The infrared filter layer covers upon the infrared pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: PIXART IMAGING INC.
    Inventors: Jung-Tai Lin, En-Feng Hsu
  • Patent number: 10951815
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an imaging device, an imaging control method, an electronic apparatus, and a readable storage media. The imaging device includes an image sensor, a spatial attitude sensor, a processor, a liquid crystal lens, and a control circuit. The liquid crystal lens is arranged on an imaging optical path of the image sensor and coupled to the control circuit. The spatial attitude sensor is configured to acquire a spatial attitude of the imaging device, and send the spatial attitude to the processor. The processor is configured to calculate an offset vector of the imaging device according to the spatial attitude, determine a light emission direction of the liquid crystal lens according to the offset vector, acquire a first control signal according to the light emission direction, and send the first control signal to the control circuit. The control circuit is configured to control the liquid crystal lens to swing focus according to the first control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Rongjian Yan, Li Tian, Junrui Zhang, Zhidong Wang, Lijia Zhou, Quanguo Zhou, Ronghua Lan
  • Patent number: 10951843
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to a pixel defect detection circuit for detecting and correcting defective pixels in captured image frames. The pixel defect detection circuit includes a defect pixel location table that maps pixel locations in an image frame to respective confidence values, each confidence value indicating a likelihood that a corresponding pixel is defective. The pixel defect detection circuit further includes a dynamic defect processing circuit configured to determine whether a first pixel of an image frame is defective, and a flatness detection circuit configured to determine whether the first pixel is in a flat region of the image frame. The confidence value corresponding to the location of the first pixel is updated based upon whether the first pixel is determined be defective if the first pixel is determined to be in a flat region, and not updated if the first pixel is determined to not be in a flat region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sheng Lin, David R. Pope
  • Patent number: 10944979
    Abstract: An encoded bitstream of entropy encoded video data is received by a video decoder. The encoded bitstream represents syntax elements of a sequence of coding blocks. The sequence of coding blocks is recovered by processing a bin sequences associated with each coding block in a processing pipeline, wherein a defined amount of time is allocated to process each coding block in the processing pipeline. The encoded bitstream is arithmetically decoded to produce each bin sequence. The arithmetic decoder is time-wise decoupled from the processing pipeline by storing a plurality of the bin sequences in a buffer memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Madhukar Budagavi, Mehmet Umut Demircin
  • Patent number: 10939042
    Abstract: A system for converting global shutter image data into simulated rolling shutter image data may include a global-to-rolling shutter image converter. The converter may be configured to receive global shutter image data associated with a plurality of global shutter images. The global shutter image data may include dynamic global shutter image data representative of a moving object in the plurality of global shutter images. The converter may also be configured to determine an optical flow field based at least in part on two or more of the plurality of global shutter images and generate the simulated rolling shutter image based at least in part on the optical flow field. The converter may also be configured to generate high dynamic range (HDR) images based at least in part on the optical flow field and the global shutter image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventor: James Graham Dolan
  • Patent number: 10931888
    Abstract: An image processing device includes a transfer function input unit to which each of transfer functions of a plurality of imaging-systems is input, a calculation unit that calculates a target resolution value which is a target value of recovery processing that recovers a plurality of captured images to be output from each of the plurality of the imaging-systems based on each of the input transfer functions and a predetermined criterion, a recovery filter generation unit that generates a recovery filter used for the recovery processing with respect to each of the plurality of imaging-systems based on each of the transfer functions of the plurality of imaging-systems and a target resolution value, and a recovered image generation unit that performs the recovery processing with respect to the captured images acquired from the plurality of imaging-systems by using the recovery filter generated for each of the plurality of imaging-systems to generate recovered images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Yosuke Naruse, Yasunobu Kishine, Kenkichi Hayashi, Yoshiaki Ishii
  • Patent number: 10911705
    Abstract: A digital pixel circuit includes a unit cell configured to accumulate an electrical charge during a frame. The electrical charge is proportional to a light intensity of a light signal that is detected at a location in a field of view of the unit cell. An image processing unit is in signal communication with the unit cell. The image processing unit is configured to determine a total charge based on a plurality of accumulated charges over a plurality of sequential frames, and to determine an indication of the light intensity of light at the location based on the total charge. The unit cell is configured to operate in a first mode to accumulate the electrical charges over the plurality of sequential frames, and a second mode to perform a calibration operation that calibrates the unit cell based on the electrical charge accumulated during a single frame among the plurality of frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: RAYTHEON COMPANY
    Inventors: Michael J. Batinica, Elina R. Glaretas, Micky Harris
  • Patent number: 10902626
    Abstract: According to one or more embodiments, a method, a computer program product, and a computer system for preventing intrusion during video recording or streaming are provided. According to the method, at first, a camera of a device may capture a scene into a video, then the device may store frame-series images of the video into a cache. The device may then detect whether there is at least one intruder in the scene, and then in response to the at least one intruder being detected in the scene, the device may eliminate the at least one intruder from the cached frame-series images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Fang Lu, Dan Zhang, Jing Ran Yang, Ye Xu, Ke Huan Yin, Tai Mei Zhang
  • Patent number: 10897578
    Abstract: A method of determining an exposure ratio for use with a multi-exposure image capture system operable to capture a first image of a scene with a first exposure and a second image of the scene with a second exposure shorter than the first exposure. The exposure ratio is a ratio of the first exposure to the second exposure. The method comprises obtaining image data representative of an image captured using an image sensor of the image capture system and setting the exposure ratio in dependence on a distribution of counts relating to values of a characteristic of respective pixels of the image and a weighting function which varies with the values of the characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Apical Limited
    Inventors: Maxim Novikov, Alexey Kornienko, Alexis Leonardo Lluis Gomez
  • Patent number: 10897590
    Abstract: An imaging device includes a photoelectric converter generating signal charge; a charge storage region storing the signal charge; a first transistor having a gate coupled to the charge storage region; a second transistor having a source and a drain; and voltage supply circuitry supplying voltages varying with time. An output of the first transistor is fed back to the second transistor and is supplied to the charge storage region. A reset operation for discharging the signal charge in the charge storage region includes a first reset operation and a second reset operation. In the first reset operation, the second transistor changes from an OFF state to an ON state and then changes to an OFF state. In the second reset operation, the voltage supply circuitry supplies the voltages to a gate of the second transistor so that the second transistor gradually changes from an OFF state to an ON state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Motonori Ishii, Yoshiyuki Matsunaga, Yutaka Hirose
  • Patent number: 10887517
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an image stabilization control device for an imaging device, the image stabilization control device stabilizing the shaking of a subject, caused by vibration applied to an imaging device, and comprising: filters for outputting rotational angular speed data in which a low-frequency component is removed from a rotational angular speed outputted from each of vibration detection sensors of an imaging device according to filter coefficients, which are variably set; a lens moving distance calculation unit processing output signals of the filters so as to calculate a lens moving distance; and a filter coefficient variable control unit for varying the filter coefficients of the filters in order to increase a lens return speed in a lens movement limited area, when the lens moving distance outputted from the lens moving distance calculation unit goes beyond the lens movement limit area having been virtually set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: DONGWOON ANATECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kwang Sung Jung, Doo Young Yang, In Woo Han
  • Patent number: 10879280
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device includes: a semiconductor substrate having a light incident surface; a photoelectric converter for each of the pixels; a charge accumulation section for each of the pixels; a first transfer transistor; a wiring layer on side opposite to the light incident surface; a first vertical electrode and a second vertical electrode extending from the surface opposite to the light incident surface to the photoelectric converter; a first light-blocking film in a thickness direction of the semiconductor substrate on at least a portion of a periphery of the photoelectric converter; and a second light-blocking film in a surface direction of the semiconductor substrate between the photoelectric converter and the charge accumulation section. The first vertical electrode and the second vertical electrode are disposed adjacently with a distance therebetween, and the distance is a half or less of a length of one side of the pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Ryoto Yoshita, Takashi Machida, Yoshimichi Kumagai
  • Patent number: 10868982
    Abstract: A photoelectric conversion apparatus includes first and second photoelectric conversion elements, first and second counters, first and second reset units, an adder, and a detection unit. The first counter is configured to perform a counting operation to change a count value based on a signal input from the first photoelectric conversion element. The second counter is configured to perform a counting operation to change a count value based on a signal input from the second photoelectric conversion element. The count value of the first counter and the count value of the second counter are input to the adder. The detection unit is configured to detect an event that the count value of the first counter exceeds a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Satoshi Koizumi, Masahiro Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10861362
    Abstract: A method of compensating for non-uniform luminance of a display panel including first pixels in a center region and second pixels in a non-center region, the method including displaying a for-compensation image, generating a luminance image by capturing an image of an entire region of the display panel, extracting luminance values of the first pixels from the luminance image by analyzing the luminance image, calculating and storing compensation factors for the first pixels based on the luminance values thereof, calculating compensation factors for the second pixels by performing an interpolation between a reference compensation factor determined for an edge of the non-center region and compensation factors for edge pixels on an edge of the center region when a displaying operation is performed, and compensating image data using the compensation factors for the first pixels and the second pixels when the displaying operation is performed on the display panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyunseuk Yoo, Wooseok Han, Hyungjin Kim
  • Patent number: 10863113
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus extracts a plurality of features from an input image, sets a background integration time for each of the plurality of extracted features, and updates a background image based on the background integration times corresponding to the plurality of extracted features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Taichi Matsui
  • Patent number: 10855917
    Abstract: A data processing method includes obtaining merged attribute information of an image sensor, obtaining pixel data of the image sensor, and processing the pixel data according to the merged attribute information. The merged attribute information includes elements each corresponding to at least one pixel of the image sensor and containing N types of attribute information of the at least one pixel. N is an integer larger than or equal to 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mingli Cui, Lei Zhu, Hao Cui, Wei Chen, Dong Qin, Chunlei Sun
  • Patent number: 10853924
    Abstract: One embodiment provides a method, including: capturing, using a camera sensor integrated into an information handling device, image data; identifying, using a processor, an offset between a lens operatively coupled to the camera sensor and a central portion of the camera sensor; and correcting, based on the offset, a distortion of the image data. Other aspects are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: John Weldon Nicholson, Howard Locker, Daryl Cromer
  • Patent number: 10848694
    Abstract: An influence of blooming in which electric charges leak from a first pixel group to a second pixel group is reduced. An imaging apparatus includes a first pixel group, a second pixel group, a detection unit, and a correction unit. The first pixel group includes first pixels for generating signals through photoelectric conversion. The second pixel group includes second pixels for generating signals through photoelectric conversion. The detection unit is configured to detect saturation of first pixels in the first pixel group. The correction unit is configured to, in a case where saturation of the first pixels is detected, correct signals of second pixels in the second pixel group corresponding to the first pixels where the saturation has been detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yusaku Motonaga
  • Patent number: 10848693
    Abstract: A method for processing an image includes obtaining a set of pixel values captured from a pixel array during an image capture frame. The set of pixel values includes pixel values for a set of asymmetric pixels having different directional asymmetries. The method further includes detecting, using the pixel values for at least the asymmetric pixels and the different directional asymmetries of the asymmetric pixels, a directionality of image flare; and processing an image defined by the set of pixel values in accordance with the detected directionality of image flare. In some embodiments, image flare may be distinguished from noise using the set of pixel values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Gennadiy A. Agranov, Gershon Rosenblum, Xiangli Li
  • Patent number: 10841517
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device includes a pixel array unit in which pixels each including a photoelectric converter are arranged over rows and columns, output lines each connected to the pixels arranged on a corresponding column, and column circuits each connected to a corresponding output line. Each column circuit is configured to operate in a first mode and a second mode, in the first mode, the common circuit amplifies a single signal based on charges generated in the photoelectric converter of one pixel connected to the corresponding output line at a common gain to output a first pixel signal and a second pixel signal, and in the second mode, the column circuit amplifies the single signal at a first gain to output a first pixel signal and amplifies the single signal at a second gain lower than the first gain to output a second pixel signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hirofumi Totsuka
  • Patent number: 10841553
    Abstract: A control method for an image capturing device is disclosed. The image capturing device includes a sensing circuit, an analog gain adjustment circuit using an analog gain, and an analog-to-digital converter (ADC). The control method includes: using a digital gain adjustment circuit to adjust, according to a digital gain, a digital image generated by the ADC to generate an adjusted digital image; generating the analog gain and the digital gain according to the digital image, and calculating intensity information of an infrared component in the digital image; and determining an image adjustment parameter according to the analog gain, the digital gain and the intensity information of the infrared component to perform image processing on the adjusted digital image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Xiamen Sigmastar Technology Ltd.
    Inventor: Chih Hau Hu
  • Patent number: 10824220
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present technology may comprise a method and apparatus for a power management unit. The power management unit may be configured to operate in conjunction other integrated circuits to mitigate power dissipation. The power management unit may receive temperature information from a temperature sensor and deploy various power management schemes to reduce the leakage power of an SRAM. The power management schemes may be based on the particular characteristics of the SRAM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventor: Dannie Gerrit Feekes, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10824853
    Abstract: A human detection system may detect the presence of a human around a shovel by using an image captured by an imaging device that is attached to the shovel and that captures a human from diagonally above. The human detection system may have an extracting part that extracts a part of the captured image as a target image, and an identifying part that identifies whether an image included in the target image extracted by the extracting part is an image of a human by an image processing. A target image region in the captured image corresponds to a virtual plane region having a predetermined size in a real space. In the real space, the virtual plane region faces toward the imaging device and is inclined with respect to a horizontal surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: SUMITOMO HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshihisa Kiyota
  • Patent number: 10822873
    Abstract: A sensor may detect glare from a recorded image and a shade position of a motorized window treatment may be controlled based on the position of the detected glare in the image. A luminance of a pixel may be calculated in an image and a glare condition may be detected based on the luminance of the pixel. For example, the sensor may start at a first pixel in a bottom row of pixels and step through each of the pixels on the bottom row before moving to a next row of pixels. When the sensor detects a glare condition, the sensor may cease processing the remaining pixels of the image. The sensor may calculate a background luminance of the image by reordering the pixels of the image from darkest to lightest and calculating the luminance of a pixel that is a predetermined percentage from the darkest pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Craig A. Casey, Brent Protzman
  • Patent number: 10819994
    Abstract: Image encoding and decoding methods and devices thereof are provided. The encoding method includes: performing downsampling on a first image to obtain a second image; encoding the second image to obtain a second image bit stream, and sending the second image bit stream to a decoding end; processing the second image to obtain a third image having a resolution the same as that of the first image; calculating a difference between the third image and the first image to obtain a first difference image; regulating pixel values of the first difference image to fall within a pre-set range, to obtain a second difference image; and encoding the second difference image to obtain a second difference image bit stream, and sending the second difference image bit stream to the decoding end to enable the decoding end to reconstruct the first image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: BEIJING CENTURY TECHNOLOGY., LTD
    Inventor: Jianqiang He
  • Patent number: 10817995
    Abstract: Provided are an image processing device, an image processing system, an image processing method, and an imaging optical system group capable of suppressing an increase in costs and appropriately restoring an image. In the imaging optical system, in a case where a first MTF curve M1 indicating an MTF value in a first azimuth direction with respect to an amount of defocus from a focal position is compared with a second MTF curve M2 indicating an MTF value in a second azimuth direction with respect to the amount of defocus from the focal position, a ratio of a peak value P1 of the first MTF curve M1 to a peak value P2 of the second MTF curve M2 is equal to or greater than 2, and a ratio of a half-value width HW2 of the second MTF curve M2 to a half-value width HW1 of the first MTF curve M1 is equal to or greater than 1.25. The restoration filter is a common filter corresponding to a representative value of transfer functions in a plurality of same type imaging optical systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Kunugise, Yousuke Naruse, Kenkichi Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10791289
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus processes noise from a defective pixel in image data generated by an image sensor including plural pixels, and plural read-out circuits that read out the signal. The apparatus includes an acquisition unit that obtains the image data and position information of the defective pixel; a defective pixel correction unit that corrects the signal from the defective pixel included in the image data, based on the position information; a low saturation pixel correction unit that corrects a signal from a low saturation pixel included in the image data where the signal from the defective pixel has been corrected, the low saturation pixel having a saturation level lower than the other pixels, based on a preliminarily calculated saturation level of the plural pixels; and a saturation level calculation unit that calculates the saturation level of the defective pixel corrected by the defective pixel correction unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroki Maruyama, Manabu Ichikawa, Teruaki Yamasaki
  • Patent number: 10791290
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus is disclosed which processes noise resulting from a defective pixel different from a low saturation pixel, included in image data generated by an image sensor including a plurality of pixels two-dimensionally arranged to receive light from outside and generate a signal according to an amount of received light and including a plurality of read-out circuits that read out the signal as a pixel value. The image processing apparatus includes an acquisition unit that obtains the image data generated by the image sensor and a saturation level of each of the plurality of pixels; and a noise processing unit that processes the noise on the basis of the saturation level obtained by the acquisition unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroki Maruyama, Manabu Ichikawa, Teruaki Yamasaki
  • Patent number: 10783702
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an image processing method and apparatus, an electronic device and a computer readable medium. The image processing method includes: acquiring an image to be processed, the image to be processed including a target portrait; obtaining a target three-dimensional (3D) model by performing a 3D reconstruction operation on the target portrait in the image to be processed; obtaining a portrait lighting image by performing portrait lighting processing on the target 3D model, and extracting a first image including the target portrait from the portrait lighting image; and merging a second image including a photographic background cloth and the first image into a target image, the second image being used as a background image of the first image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: BEIJING KUANGSHI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Liang Qiao
  • Patent number: 10778890
    Abstract: A method for denoising a video signal includes (i) generating a first low-frequency frame, including one or more first low-spatial-frequency components of a first video frame of the video, by filtering one or more first high-spatial-frequency components from the first video frame; and (ii) generating a first filtered frame by recursively filtering the first low-frequency frame. The method also includes (iii) generating a second low-frequency frame from a second video frame of the video subsequent to the first video frame, by filtering one or more second high-spatial-frequency components from the second video frame; (iv) generating a high-frequency frame from the second video frame and the second low-frequency frame; (v) recursively filtering the second low-frequency frame with the first filtered frame to yield a denoised low-frequency frame; and (vi) generating a denoised video frame by combining the denoised low-frequency frame with the high-frequency frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Artem Zinevich, John Bremsteller, Takanori Miki
  • Patent number: 10778880
    Abstract: An imaging device includes: an imaging element as defined herein; a drive control unit as defined herein; an image processing unit as defined herein; a display-image data generation unit as defined herein; and a display control unit as defined herein, and the drive control unit reads out imaging signals from a plurality of pairs including the first photoelectric conversion units and the second photoelectric conversion units and a plurality of the third photoelectric conversion units in the first field period and reads out imaging signals from a plurality of the third photoelectric conversion units in the next field period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Kawai
  • Patent number: 10778881
    Abstract: The present technology allows for easily checking whether a moving part is in focus. A video signal at a first frame rate is acquired from a captured video signal at a second frame rate N times higher than the first frame rate. N is an integer larger than or equal to two. Each frame of the captured video signal at the second frame rate is filtered in horizontal and vertical high pass filter processes so that an edge signal is detected. An edge signal corresponding to each frame at the first frame rate is generated in accordance with the edge signal of each frame. Synthesizing the generated edge signal onto the video signal at the first frame rate provides a video signal for a viewfinder display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Koji Kamiya
  • Patent number: 10778896
    Abstract: Provided is an image processing apparatus that generates a natural-looking image even from an image in which image shake has been corrected and distortion has been intentionally added. A processor of this image processing apparatus performs transformation processing on an image so as to generate an image having a point symmetric distortion centered on the center coordinates of the image, even for an image in which the center position of aberration of an optical system and the center position of the image do not match.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takeshi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10765295
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus configured to perform averaging processing on pixel values of pixels having different color filters to obtain a signal value, and generate motion detection images based on the signal value in such a way that, in WLI, a weight of a pixel value for a filter for passing light of a luminance component of a captured image in WLI is set to be larger than or equal to a weight of a pixel value for a different filter while in NBI, a weight of a pixel value for a filter for passing light of a luminance component of a captured image in NBI is set to be larger than or equal to a weight of a pixel value for a different filter. Based on the captured images at different points in time, the image processing apparatus detects motion between two of the generated motion detection images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jumpei Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10763878
    Abstract: Background calibration techniques can effectively to correct for memory, kick-back, and order-dependent errors in interleaved switched-capacitor track-and-hold (T/H) circuits and amplifiers. The techniques calibrate for errors in both the track/sample phase and the hold-phase, and account for the effects of interleaving, buffer/amplifier sharing, incomplete resetting, incomplete settling, chopping, and randomization on the offset, gain, memory, and kick-back errors. Moreover, the techniques can account for order-dependent and state-dependent hold-phase non-linearities. By correcting for these errors, the proposed techniques improve the noise performance, linearity, gain/offset matching, frequency response (and bandwidth), and order-dependence errors. The techniques also help increase the speed (sample rate and bandwidth) and linearity of T/H circuits and amplifiers while simplifying the analog circuitry and clocking needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: ANALOG DEVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Ahmed Mohamed Abdelatty Ali, Paridhi Gulati, Bryan S. Puckett, Huseyin Dinc
  • Patent number: 10764525
    Abstract: A system and method for driving a solid-state image pickup device including a pixel array unit including unit pixels. Each unit pixel includes a photoelectric converter, column signal lines and a number of analog-digital converting units. The unit pixels are selectively controlled in units of rows. Analog signals output from the unit pixels in a row selected by the selective control though the column signal lines are converted to digital signals via the analog-digital converting units. The digital signals are added among a number of unit pixels via the analog-digital converting units. The added digital signals from the analog-digital converting units are read. Each unit pixel in the pixel array unit is selectively controlled in units of arbitrary rows, the analog-distal converting units being operable to performing the converting in a (a) normal-frame-rate mode and a (b) high-frame-rate mode in response to control signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshikazu Nitta, Noriyuki Fukushima, Yoshinori Muramatsu, Yukihiko Yasui
  • Patent number: 10757350
    Abstract: A solid-state image pickup device and an electronic apparatus that enable the performance of a logarithmic sensor in a solar-cell mode to improve. After Signal (S) is read, a P-phase signal (N) is read in a conducted state in which RST is ON, and a P-phase signal (N?) is read in a non-conducted state in which the RST is OFF. Thus, in a case where sufficient incident light illuminance is provided (Bright), S-N being the difference with respect to the P phase acquired in the conducted state in which the RST is ON, is selected and output. In a case where capacitance is insufficiently charged in a low-illuminance condition in which the incident light is less in amount (Dark), S-N? being the difference with respect to the P phase acquired in the conducted state in which the RST is OFF, is selected and output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Tashiro, Yorito Sakano
  • Patent number: 10757348
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus including: an image pickup device including a pixel region in which image pixels corresponding to microlenses are arrayed in a matrix, each of the image pixels being divided into a plurality of focus detection pixels configured to generate respective photoelectric conversion signals; and a control circuit configured to control a cycle in a column direction of first rows in which photoelectric conversion signals in an image pixel are added up to generate an image pixel signal, and second rows in which both of a pair of the focus detection pixel signals or one of the pair of the focus detection pixel signals and the image pixel signal are generated and read, in a frame is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Ryo Hatakeyama
  • Patent number: 10755399
    Abstract: An image processing device includes a computer that is configured to: detect edge-strength information expressing an edge strength in an acquired image; apply noise-reduction processing using spatial information to the image; apply noise-reduction processing using frequency information to the image; and composite a first processed image subjected to the noise-reduction processing using spatial information and a second processed image subjected to the noise-reduction processing using frequency information, by using weights in which a compositing ratio of the first processed image becomes higher than a compositing ratio of the second processed image, in a region where the edge strength, which is expressed by the detected edge-strength information, is greater than a predetermined threshold, and in which the compositing ratio of the second processed image becomes higher than the compositing ratio of the first processed image, in a region where the edge strength is less than the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhito Horiuchi, Osamu Koshiba