With Plural Image Scanning Devices Patents (Class 348/262)
  • Patent number: 11206455
    Abstract: A device and method are presently disclosed. The computer implemented method, includes at an electronic device with a touch-sensitive display, displaying a still image on the touch-sensitive display, while displaying the still image, detecting user's finger contact with the touch-sensitive display, and in response to detecting the user's finger contact, video recording the still image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: Aniya's Production Company
    Inventors: Damon Wayans, James Cahall
  • Patent number: 11206382
    Abstract: Disclosed are a white balance synchronization method and apparatus, and a terminal device. The method is applied to a terminal comprising at least two cameras, and comprised that: when it is determined that the terminal is about to switch a camera, obtaining a first gain value corresponding to a currently used first camera; and after a second camera is started, using the first gain value as an initial value, and performing white balance adjustment is performed on an image collected by the second camera. Therefore, after the camera is switched, the second camera performs convergence by using gain value of the first camera prior to the switching as an initial value so as to perform the white balance adjustment, thereby avoid the problem of image flickering, improving the white balance adjustment speed and improving the user experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventor: Quan Yuan
  • Patent number: 11196908
    Abstract: An electronic device including a camera module capable of changing a sightline and a method of recording video thereof are provided. The electronic device includes a display, a camera module capable of changing a sightline, a driving module configured to control changing of a sightline of the camera module, a processor connected to the display, the camera module, and the driving module, and a memory connected to the processor, and configured to store instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Changhoon Kang, Byounggeun Choi, Daehun An, Sunmi Kwon, Sanghun Kim, Jungwoo Won, Hyekyoung Jeon, Jonghoon Won
  • Patent number: 11190709
    Abstract: A camera system captures an image in a source aspect ratio and applies a transformation to the input image to scale and warp the input image to generate an output image having a target aspect ratio different than the source aspect ratio. The output image has the same field of view as the input image, maintains image resolution, and limits distortion to levels that do not substantially affect the viewing experience. In one embodiment, the output image is non-linearly warped relative to the input image such that a distortion in the output image relative to the input image is greater in a corner region of the output image than a center region of the output image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas D. Woodman, Sumit Chawla, Loic Segapelli, Scott Patrick Campbell
  • Patent number: 11126066
    Abstract: A digital imaging device includes a casing, a photosensitive device, a light shielding barrel, a movable lens barrel, and a driving device. The casing includes a closed end and an open end. The photosensitive device is disposed inside the casing and adjacent to the closed end. The photosensitive device has a photosensitive element. The light shielding barrel is disposed inside the casing. The light shielding barrel includes a fixed end fixed inside the casing and surrounding the photosensitive element. The movable lens barrel is coaxially disposed with the light shielding barrel. The movable lens barrel includes a lens end and a driving portion. The lens end includes an optical lens coaxially disposed with the photosensitive element. The driving device is connected to the driving portion. The driving device drives the movable lens barrel to move axially relative to the light shielding barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: CHICONY ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jiun-Nan Lu, Chung-Chao Lee, An-Hwa Yu, Wen-Hwa Lin
  • Patent number: 11095802
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method and an apparatus for controlling image capturing, and an electronic device. The method includes: a second processing unit controlling a second camera to collect a second image according to a data obtaining request and sending an image collection instruction to a first processing unit in response to receiving the data obtaining request; the second processing unit obtaining exposure time periods of the first camera and the second camera in response to receiving a synchronization signal sent by the second camera; the second processing unit calculating a delay time period according to the exposure time periods; the second processing unit forwarding the synchronization signal to the first camera in response to a time period of receiving the synchronization signal reaching the delay time period; and the first processing unit processing the first image, and sending the processed first image to the second processing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventors: Guohui Tan, Haitao Zhou, Xiao Tan
  • Patent number: 11067875
    Abstract: The present invention provides a stereo camera device with which it is possible to prevent the deformation of a housing caused by a warp or strain imposed on a cover and a difference in the rate of increase of the temperature of the housing and the cover, as well as to reduce the size of the housing and to cut down component counts and assembly man-hours. In the present invention, fixing of a substrate and a housing together and fixing of a cover and the housing together are performed in common, and the substrate and the cover are fixed to the housing at the same (common) fixing point, whereby a warp or strain imposed on the cover and a difference in the rate of increase of the temperature of the housing and the cover are absorbed by an elastic body that is used for floating/fixing and is provided for the purpose of cancelling a difference in the amount of contraction and expansion caused by a difference in the coefficient of linear expansion of the substrate and the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Keisuke Masuda, Yoshiyuki Sasada
  • Patent number: 11039292
    Abstract: The present invention is to surely acquire an image of a part according to an instruction from a video regardless of presence or absence of communication connection and a communication state. A controller unit acquires instruction information (log) as instruction information to acquire an image, where the instruction information corresponds to time information related to time to acquire the image, and acquires an image of a temporal part indicated by the time information corresponding to the instruction information, from each of plural videos recorded continuously in terms of time, synchronized with the time information corresponding to the acquired instruction information, and different in content from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Kato
  • Patent number: 11012635
    Abstract: An optical device may include a pinhole array layer having pinhole array apertures therein. The pinhole array layer may have a first side to be directed toward incoming electromagnetic (E/M) radiation, and a second side opposite the first side. The optical device may also include image sensors. Each image sensor may include image sensing pixels adjacent the second side of the pinhole array layer. The optical device may also include mirrors. Each mirror may be associated with a respective image sensor and respective pinhole array aperture defining a camera. Each mirror may reflect incoming E/M radiation passing through the respective pinhole array aperture to the respective image sensor. A respective baffle may be between adjacent cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: EAGLE TECHNOLOGY, LLC
    Inventors: Susanne M. Lee, Fraser R. Dalgleish
  • Patent number: 11002947
    Abstract: Zoom digital cameras comprising a Wide sub-camera and a folded fixed Tele sub-camera. The folded Tele sub-camera may be auto-focused by moving either its lens or a reflecting element inserted in an optical path between its lens and a respective image sensor. The folded Tele sub-camera is configured to have a low profile to enable its integration within a portable electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Corephotonics Ltd.
    Inventors: Gal Shabtay, Ephraim Goldenberg, Gal Avivi, Gil Bachar
  • Patent number: 10976527
    Abstract: Zoom digital cameras comprising a Wide sub-camera and a folded fixed Tele sub-camera. The folded Tele sub-camera may be auto-focused by moving either its lens or a reflecting element inserted in an optical path between its lens and a respective image sensor. The folded Tele sub-camera is configured to have a low profile to enable its integration within a portable electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Corephotonics Ltd.
    Inventors: Gal Shabtay, Ephraim Goldenberg, Gal Avivi, Gil Bachar
  • Patent number: 10979647
    Abstract: An imaging device includes multiple pixels each having a photoelectric converter, a control unit that controls the pixels to output, from each pixel, a first signal based on charges generated by the photoelectric converter during first exposure time and a second signal based on charges generated by the photoelectric converter during second exposure time shorter than the first exposure time, a decision unit that decides whether or not a predetermined value is exceeded for each first signal output from the pixels and outputs a decision signal indicating a decision result, and a signal select unit that selects one of the first and second signals as an image forming signal of each pixel, and based on the decision signals of a target pixel and another pixel arranged in a predetermined region including the target pixel, the signal select unit selects the image forming signal of the target pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hisashi Takado
  • Patent number: 10948288
    Abstract: At least one image pickup system that acquires distance information and prevents missing, or loss of, information while taking countermeasures against flicker, includes a first image pickup apparatus, a second image pickup apparatus, and a signal processing unit configured to process signals acquired from the first image pickup apparatus and the second image pickup apparatus. An exposure period of the first image pickup apparatus and an exposure period of the second image pickup apparatus are repeated a plurality of times in one frame. The exposure period of the first image pickup apparatus is overlapped with a non-exposure period of the second image pickup apparatus, and a non-exposure period of the first image pickup apparatus is overlapped with the exposure period of the second image pickup apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasushi Iwakura, Tomoya Onishi
  • Patent number: 10938969
    Abstract: A camera assembly includes: a driver; a first transmission configured to convert a steering driving force output by the driver into a linear driving force along the rotating axis direction and to transmit the steering driving force; and a camera module capable of cooperating with the linear driving force to reciprocate linearly along the rotating axis direction, and capable of cooperating with the steering driving force to rotate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: BEIJING XIAOMI MOBILE SOFTWARE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Zhenxu Li
  • Patent number: 10922828
    Abstract: A meta projector is provided, including an edge emitting device configured to emit light through a side surface thereof, a meta-structure layer spaced apart from the upper surface of the edge emitting device that includes a plurality of nanostructures having a sub-wavelength dimension smaller than a wavelength of the light emitted from the edge emitting device, and a path changing member configured to change a path of the light emitted from the edge emitting device so as to direct the path toward the meta-structure layer. The meta projector may thus be configured to emit a light pattern of structured light, based on directing the light emitted from the edge emitting device through the meta-structure layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seunghoon Han, Byunghoon Na, Jangwoo You
  • Patent number: 10880503
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a solid-state image pickup device that is adapted to enable the light exposure time to be shortened, and an image pickup method, and an electronic apparatus. One pixel and the other pixel differ in the timing in which light exposure is started and in the timing in which the light exposure is ended. During the light exposure time of the one pixel, active light starts light emission, and completes the light emission. For example, before or after the light emission of the active light, the one pixel starts light exposure, and ends the light exposure. The other pixel starts light exposure in the timing in which the time Ta1 has passed after the active light starts light emission (the time Ta2 until the end of irradiation remains), and ends the light exposure after the light exposure of the one pixel ends. The present disclosure can be applied to, for example, an image pickup device that performs image pickup by using active light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Katsuhiko Hanzawa, Yoshikazu Nitta, Hayato Wakabayashi
  • Patent number: 10816882
    Abstract: A wheel member including a wheel plate which transmits or reflects light and which is used in a rotating state, wherein the wheel plate has a center-of-gravity adjuster between flat surfaces of front and back surfaces of the wheel plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD
    Inventor: Daijiro Fujii
  • Patent number: 10812768
    Abstract: Disclosed are an electronic device for recording an image using multiple cameras and an operating method thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Joon-Ho Youn, Woo-Hyun Baek
  • Patent number: 10785391
    Abstract: An optical image capturing module is provided, including a circuit assembly and a lens assembly. The circuit assembly may include a circuit substrate, a plurality of image sensor elements, a plurality of signal transmission elements, and a multi-lens frame. The image sensor elements may be connected to the circuit substrate. The signal transmission elements may be electrically connected between the circuit substrate and the image sensor elements. The multi-lens frame may be manufactured integrally and covered on the circuit substrate and the image sensor elements. The signal transmission elements may be embedded in the multi-lens frame. The lens assembly may include a lens base, a fixed-focus lens assembly, an auto-focus lens assembly, and a driving assembly. The lens base may be fixed to a multi-lens frame. The fixed-focus lens assembly and the auto-focus lens assembly may have at least two lenses with refractive power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: ABILITY OPTO-ELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Yeong-Ming Chang, Chien-Hsun Lai, Yao-Wei Liu
  • Patent number: 10740898
    Abstract: Methods and systems for monitoring an industrial process are disclosed. Some aspects of the system arrange multiple imaging sensors to image machinery associated with an industrial process. Regions of interest within images acquired by the multiple imaging sensors may be monitored for abnormal thermal conditions, and alerts generated as needed. Alerts may also be generated if temperatures within a region of interest exceed thresholds associated with that region of interest. Each region of interest may be independently monitored and have individualized alerting thresholds. In some aspects, images from the multiple imaging sensors may be stitched together, with the regions of interest based on the stitched image. In other aspects, regions of interest within images from separate imaging sensors may be linked together so as to share at least common alerting thresholds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: QUANTUM IR TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Mark C. Israelsen
  • Patent number: 10713804
    Abstract: A method for obtaining a combined depth map, and a depth camera. The method is applicable to a processor in the depth camera. The depth camera includes the processor, at least one light emitting element, and at least two time-of-flight (ToF) sensors, and the composite irradiation range of the at least one light emitting element convers the composite field of view of the at least two ToF sensors. The light emitting elements in the depth camera modulate light signals with the same modulation signal and then transmit the modulated light signals; the ToF sensors demodulate, by using same demodulation signal corresponding to the modulation signal, the received modulated light signal reflected back by an object, so as to generate depth data; and the processor performs data fusion processing on all the received depth data, so as to obtain a combined depth map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jingxiong Wang, Hui Mao, Linjie Shen, Hai Yu, Shiliang Pu
  • Patent number: 10694122
    Abstract: When imaging bright objects, a conventional detector array can saturate, making it difficult to produce an image with a dynamic range that equals the scene's dynamic range. Conversely, a digital focal plane array (DFPA) with one or more m-bit counters can produce an image whose dynamic range is greater than the native dynamic range. In one example, the DFPA acquires a first image over a relatively brief integration period at a relatively low gain setting. The DFPA then acquires a second image over longer integration period and/or a higher gain setting. During this second integration period, counters may roll over, possibly several times, to capture a residue modulus 2m of the number of counts (as opposed to the actual number of counts). A processor in or coupled to the DFPA generates a high-dynamic range image based on the first image and the residues modulus 2m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Michael W. Kelly, Megan H. Blackwell, Curtis B. Colonero, James Wey, Christopher David, Justin Baker, Joseph Costa
  • Patent number: 10664690
    Abstract: Techniques where a computer or mobile device performs video analysis of a person performing a physical activity such as a basketball jump shot are described. The computer or mobile device performs video analysis based on one or more reference skeletons. The reference skeleton may be superimposed over captured video of the person performing the physical activity or compared to a generated player skeleton based on the captured video to determine derivation from the reference skeleton in the physical activity performed by the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Mo' Motion Ventures
    Inventor: Maureen Holohan
  • Patent number: 10656367
    Abstract: An optical image capturing module is provided, including a circuit assembly and a lens assembly. The circuit assembly may include a circuit substrate, a plurality of image sensor elements, a plurality of signal transmission elements, and a multi-lens frame. The image sensor elements may be connected to the circuit substrate. The signal transmission elements may be electrically connected between the circuit substrate and the image sensor elements. The multi-lens frame may be manufactured integrally, be covered on the circuit substrate and the image sensor elements, and surround the image sensor elements and the signal transmission elements. The lens assembly may include a lens base, a fixed-focus lens assembly, an auto-focus lens assembly, and a driving assembly. The lens base may be fixed to a multi-lens frame. The fixed-focus lens assembly and the auto-focus lens assembly may have at least two lenses with refractive power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Ability Opto-Electronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yeong-Ming Chang, Chien-Hsun Lai, Yao-Wei Liu
  • Patent number: 10630906
    Abstract: An imaging control method, an electronic device and a computer readable storage medium are provided. The imaging control method includes: determining a target combination from a plurality of preset exposure level combinations according to a brightness of a shooting scene; performing shooting according to each exposure level comprised in the target combination to obtain a corresponding image of each exposure level; and performing synthesis processing on images of the plurality of exposure levels of the target combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventor: Jiewen Huang
  • Patent number: 10620302
    Abstract: A Lidar system is provided. The Lidar system comprise: a light source configured to emit a multi-pulse sequence to measure a distance between the Lidar system and a location in a three-dimensional environment, and the multi-pulse sequence comprises multiple pulses having a temporal profile; a photosensitive detector configured to detect light pulses from the three-dimensional environment; and one or more processors configured to: determine a coding scheme comprising the temporal profile, wherein the coding scheme is determined dynamically based on one or more real-time conditions including an environment condition, a condition of the Lidar system or a signal environment condition; and calculate the distance based on a time of flight of a sequence of detected light pulses, wherein the time of flight is determined by determining a match between the sequence of detected light pulses and the temporal profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: HESAI PHOTONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xuezhou Zhu, Shaoqing Xiang
  • Patent number: 10623626
    Abstract: An operation method of a multiple lenses system applied in an electronic device is provided. The multiple lenses system includes at least one first lens and at least one second lens. The operation method includes: selecting a present capturing mode from a plurality of capturing modes; obtaining a preview image; estimating a focus distance by obtaining a sharpness of an object's edge in the preview image; determining whether the focus distance crosses a threshold; and switching from the at least one first lens to the at least one second lens or switching from the at least one second lens to the at least one first lens to obtain the preview image if the focus distance crosses the threshold. An electronic device is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Chiun Mai Communication Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: How-Wen Chien, Chien-Hsun Ho, Shih-Han Chen
  • Patent number: 10511759
    Abstract: An image capturing terminal includes a first camera module, a second camera module, and a processing module. The first camera module and the second camera module are used for framing concurrently a same scene and for detection and analysis according to contrast ratios of different frames of images, in which a focus search range includes a first focus area and a second focus area that do not overlap each other. The processing module is used for controlling the first camera module to search for a focus in the first focus area and, at the same time, for controlling the second camera module to search for a focus in the second focus area, and for capturing focus information of either the first camera module or the second camera module, and is used for controlling, according to the focus information, the first camera module to capture an image at the focus point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Yulong Computer Telecommunication Scientific (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lifeng Xiao
  • Patent number: 10511782
    Abstract: A configurable optical baffling includes an outer housing positioned above a fixed platform and has an outer opening. An inner housing is layered below the outer housing and above the fixed platform and has inner openings and inner shaded sections. The outer opening includes an elongated sensing boresight having a longitudinal boresight axis and opposing ends. An outer boresight opening end is open to the light from the scene, and a reflecting end has a flat fold mirror that is configured to reflect light from the outer boresight opening in towards the inner housing so that the optical baffling is configured to receive light from the scene solely from a single look direction along the boresight axis, the single look direction being changeable by rotation of the outer housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew T. Jamula, Matthew A. Sinclair, Benjamin F. Lane, Adam Parolin, Adam Kelsey
  • Patent number: 10484600
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus and a method thereof are provided. The electronic apparatus includes a first camera including a first angle of view, a second camera including a second angle of view, a display, an input device for obtaining a set ratio, and a processor. If the ratio is within a specified range, the processor sets the first camera to a specified first frame rate, and the second camera to a second frame rate slower than the first frame rate, and displays a first image, which is obtained at the first frame rate using the first camera. If the ratio is within other specified range, the processor sets the second camera to a specified third frame rate, the first camera to a fourth frame rate slower than the third frame rate, and displays a second image, which is obtained at the third frame rate using the second camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae Myung Baek, Young Kwon Yoon, Taek Seong Jeong, Subash Pandey, Sang Kee Jung
  • Patent number: 10484616
    Abstract: A method includes capturing a first image of a scene, detecting a face in a section of the scene from the first image, and activating an infrared (IR) light source to selectively illuminate the section of the scene with IR light. The IR light source includes an array of IR light emitting diodes (LEDs). The method includes capturing a second image of the scene under selective IR lighting from the IR light source, detecting the face in the second image, and identifying a person based on the face in the second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Lumileds LLC
    Inventors: Arjen Van der Sijde, Nicola Pfeffer, Quint Van Voorst-Vader, Yourii Martynov, Charles Schrama
  • Patent number: 10466342
    Abstract: A Lidar system is provided. The Lidar system comprise: a light source configured to emit a multi-pulse sequence to measure a distance between the Lidar system and a location in a three-dimensional environment, and the multi-pulse sequence comprises multiple pulses having a temporal profile; a photosensitive detector configured to detect light pulses from the three-dimensional environment; and one or more processors configured to: determine a coding scheme comprising the temporal profile, wherein the coding scheme is determined dynamically based on one or more real-time conditions including an environment condition, a condition of the Lidar system or a signal environment condition; and calculate the distance based on a time of flight of a sequence of detected light pulses, wherein the time of flight is determined by determining a match between the sequence of detected light pulses and the temporal profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: HESAI PHOTONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xuezhou Zhu, Shaoqing Xiang
  • Patent number: 10469742
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus and method for converting a frame rate are provided. According to the present disclosure, an electronic device includes a memory, a first black-and-white image sensor, a second image sensor, and a processor. The processor is configured to set different values as a first setting value for the first black-and-white image sensor and a second setting value for the second image sensor, if an illuminance value indicating an illuminance at an arbitrary time point does not satisfy a predetermined illuminance value, to acquire a black-and-white image of an object based on the first setting value using the first black-and-white image sensor, to acquire at least one color image of the object based on the second setting value using the second image sensor, to generate a color image by synthesizing the black-and-white image with a color determined based on at least part of color information of the at least one color image, and to store the generated color image as video data in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sung-Oh Kim, Kwang-Tai Kim, Soo-Hyung Kim, Hyun-Hee Park, Dong-Hyun Yeom, Ki-Huk Lee, Yong-Man Lee, Jee-Hoon An, Seul-Ki Jang, Hyung-Ju Chun, Jong-Bum Choi
  • Patent number: 10437004
    Abstract: An optical image capturing module is provided, including a circuit assembly and a lens assembly. The circuit assembly may include a circuit substrate, a plurality of image sensor elements, a plurality of signal transmission elements, and a multi-lens frame. The image sensor elements may be connected to the circuit substrate. The signal transmission elements may be electrically connected between the circuit substrate and the image sensor elements. The multi-lens frame may be manufactured integrally and covered on the circuit substrate and the image sensor elements. A part of the signal transmission elements may be embedded in the multi-lens frame, whereas the other part may be surrounded by the multi-lens frame. The lens assembly may include a lens base, a fixed-focus lens assembly, an auto-focus lens assembly, and a driving assembly. The lens base may be fixed to a multi-lens frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Ability Opto-Electronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yeong-Ming Chang, Chien-Hsun Lai, Yao-Wei Liu
  • Patent number: 10422867
    Abstract: A Lidar system is provided. The Lidar system comprise: a light source configured to emit a multi-pulse sequence to measure a distance between the Lidar system and a location in a three-dimensional environment, and the multi-pulse sequence comprises multiple pulses having a temporal profile; a photosensitive detector configured to detect light pulses from the three-dimensional environment; and one or more processors configured to: determine a coding scheme comprising the temporal profile, wherein the coding scheme is determined dynamically based on one or more real-time conditions including an environment condition, a condition of the Lidar system or a signal environment condition; and calculate the distance based on a time of flight of a sequence of detected light pulses, wherein the time of flight is determined by determining a match between the sequence of detected light pulses and the temporal profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: HESAI PHOTONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xuezhou Zhu, Shaoqing Xiang
  • Patent number: 10397500
    Abstract: A pixel cell has a large and small photodiode, transfer transistors, a reset transistor, a dynamic range enhancement capacitor, a capacitor control transistor, a storage capacitor, a storage capacitor control transistor, an amplifier transistor in a source follower configuration and a rolling shutter row select transistor and a readout circuit block. The small and large photodiodes are exposed simultaneously, the large photodiode having a constant exposure while the small photodiode has a chopped exposure and charge transfer to a storage capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: SmartSens Technology (Cayman) Co. Limited
    Inventors: Chen Xu, Yaowu Mo, Zexu Shao, Zhengmin Zhang, Weijian Ma
  • Patent number: 10397434
    Abstract: There is provided a scanner that combines images read by a first sensor array and a second sensor array, in which the first sensor array and the second sensor array have read regions which are overlapped partially, and includes a combining section that combines a first read image read by the first sensor array and a second read image read by the second sensor array and a correction section that corrects an image after a combining based on a degree of displacement of a reading position of the document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Kiyoharu Momose
  • Patent number: 10362234
    Abstract: A configurable sunshade for use with a multiple-camera system that has multiple camera sensors with associated fields of view. The sunshade has multiple portions that are independently rotatable with respect to a fixed platform such that in distinct orientations with respect to each other, specified cameras may be blocked from receiving light from a scene, in whole or in part. In other embodiments, individual apertures of a multi-sunshade housing may be separately activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew T. Jamula, Matthew A. Sinclair, Benjamin F. Lane, Adam Parolin, Adam Kelsey
  • Patent number: 10277798
    Abstract: A multiple lenses system applied in an electronic device is provided. The multiple lenses system includes a camera module, a focus module, an image sensor and a processor. The camera module includes at least one macro lens, at least one functional lens and a focus distance threshold. The focus module focuses on an object to be captured and obtains a focus distance. The image sensor captures images cooperatively with the camera module. The processor compares the focus distance and the focus distance threshold. If the processor determines the focus distance crosses the focus distance threshold, then the processor triggers the camera module to switch between the at least one macro lens and the at least one functional lens for capturing images. An electronic device employing the multiple lenses system and an operation method thereof are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Chiun Mai Communication Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: How-Wen Chien, Chien-Hsun Ho, Shih-Han Chen
  • Patent number: 10270982
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus comprises: an imaging optical-system that includes a first optical-system and a second optical-system having imaging characteristics different from each other and being arranged concentrically; and an image sensor that has a plurality of pixels composed of photoelectric conversion elements two-dimensionally arranged, respectively pupil-divides light incident through the optical-systems, and selectively receives the light by the pixels. With the imaging apparatus, the light amount of the light incident on the image sensor through each of the optical-systems is adjusted, and interference is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Shuji Ono
  • Patent number: 10237460
    Abstract: A camera module and array camera module with circuit board unit and photosensitive unit and manufacturing method thereof is provided. The array camera module comprises two or more camera lenses and a circuit unit. The circuit unit comprises a circuit board portion for electrically connecting two or more photosensitive sensors of the array camera module, and a conjoined encapsulation portion integrally encapsulated on the circuit board portion. The camera lenses are respectively arranged along the photosensitive paths of the photosensitive sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ningbo Sunny Opotech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mingzhu Wang, Bojie Zhao, Takehiko Tanaka, Feifan Chen, Qimin Mei, Liang Ding, Heng Jiang
  • Patent number: 10032199
    Abstract: A media stream aggregation mechanism receives and analyzes multiple media streams and creates an aggregate media stream output based on user preferences. In this manner a media provider that uses the media stream aggregation mechanism potentially may provide a customized presentation to each user based on user preferences. By providing the aggregation of multiple media streams to a user, the user's experience is customized according to user preferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Brian J. Cragun, Zachary A. Garbow, Kevin G. Paterson, Candace T. Pederson
  • Patent number: 10021319
    Abstract: An electronic device and a method for controlling photographic capture. A first image is acquired by a first camera having a first viewing angle. A second image is acquired by a second camera having a second viewing angle, the second viewing angle being different from the first viewing angle. The first image is overlaid with at least one object from the second image, or an icon corresponding to the object. The first camera and the second camera are mounted to a same surface, or to disparate surfaces relative to one another. Photographic capture or control is triggered in response to movement of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Moon-Soo Kim, Jin-Hong Jeong, Hwa-Yong Kang, Young-Kwon Yoon, Tae-Ho Kim
  • Patent number: 10021253
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes an imaging unit, a storage, a communication unit, an image processor and a communication controller. The imaging unit generates first image data. The communication unit performs data communications between a first external apparatus and a second external apparatus. The image processor generates second image data based on the first image data. The communication controller controls communications via the communication unit. The communications includes transmission of the second image data to the first external apparatus in response to a first request. The communications includes transmission of image data related to the first image data to the second external apparatus in accordance with a second request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Akinobu Sato, Saori Matsumoto, Arata Shinozaki, Yoshihiro Yokomae, Tsuyoshi Yaji, Osamu Nonaka
  • Patent number: 9998670
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus and method for regulating viewing image output of the image processor which processes motion and still images in a time divisional manner are provided. The image processing apparatus includes an image processor processing the viewing and still images in a time divisional manner, a timing manager storing the viewing image processed by the image processor temporarily and outputting the viewing image at a preset time of a frame period, and a controller controlling, in response to a capture request, the image processor to process the still image at a residual part of a current frame to be at a beginning part of a next frame and to process the buffered viewing image to be at the residual part of the next frame, wherein the residual part of the next frame is a part which remains after processing the still image completely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yonggu Lee
  • Patent number: 9992418
    Abstract: A method for generating a photograph image by using any of the preview images captured by multiple image sensors on the electronic device and displayed in a multi-preview mode on the device is provided. The method includes displaying a first preview image obtained from a first image sensor in a first preview area; displaying a second preview image obtained from a second image sensor in a second preview area; and upon detection of a predetermined first user input in the second preview area, generating a photograph image by using the second preview image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Kwang-Tai Kim, Young-Kyoo Kim
  • Patent number: 9942480
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus and method for regulating viewing image output of the image processor which processes motion and still images in a time divisional manner are provided. The image processing apparatus includes an image processor processing the viewing and still images in a time divisional manner, a timing manager storing the viewing image processed by the image processor temporarily and outputting the viewing image at a preset time of a frame period, and a controller controlling, in response to a capture request, the image processor to process the still image at a residual part of a current frame to be at a beginning part of a next frame and to process the buffered viewing image to be at the residual part of the next frame, wherein the residual part of the next frame is a part which remains after processing the still image completely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yonggu Lee
  • Patent number: 9933531
    Abstract: An apparatus for optical imaging of a low radiance object is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a fixed polychromatic imaging device, the optical path between the polychromatic imaging device and the low radiance object being defined by a first section extending from the polychromatic imaging device to a fixed point, and a second section extending from the fixed point to the low radiance object. The apparatus also comprises a fixed high-sensitivity imaging device, the optical path between the high-sensitivity imaging device and the low radiance object being defined by a third section extending from the high-sensitivity imaging device to the fixed point, and the second section; and a focus controller arranged to control the focus of the high-sensitivity imaging device based on the focus of the polychromatic imaging device and the respective lengths of the first and third sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: LIGHTPOINT MEDICAL LIMITED
    Inventors: David Tuch, Kunal Vyas, Alan Green
  • Patent number: 9888169
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising: means for processing, at a first time, a user-input to determine a position condition defined in respect of an object that is yet to be included in a sensed image; and means for automatically capturing, after the first time, a sensed image including a first object not included in the sensed image at the first time, in response to determination that the user-input position condition is satisfied in respect of the first object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Lasse Juhani Laaksonen, Miikka Tapani Vilermo, Arto Juhani Lehtiniemi, Mikko Tapio Tammi
  • Patent number: 9846921
    Abstract: A dynamic image masking system for providing a filtered autonomous remote sensing image through a dynamic image masking process is provided. The dynamic image masking system has a remote sensing platform and an imaging system associated with the remote sensing platform. The imaging system has an optical system and an image sensing system. The dynamic image masking system further has a multi-level security system associated with the imaging system and one or more image alteration locations located in the imaging system and the multi-level security system, wherein alteration of one or more images takes place via the dynamic image masking process. The dynamic image masking system further has a computer system associated with the imaging system. The computer system has a gatekeeper algorithm configured to send gatekeeper commands to one or more controllers that control the one or more image alteration locations through the dynamic image masking process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Charles B. Spinelli, Robert W. Turner