With Plural Image Scanning Devices Patents (Class 348/262)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 9826227
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an encoding apparatus and an encoding method capable of reducing the overhead on a macroblock basis. A number of reference image decision unit 19 determines that the number of fields of the reference image in encoding is one on the basis of the bit rate of the coded data. If the number of fields of the reference image is determined to be one, a slice header generating unit 13 selects, from among pictures input to an image sorting buffer 12, one of the pictures as the reference image. The present invention is applicable to, for example, encoding apparatuses that perform video coding based on the AVC standard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Junichi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9740281
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention disclose a human-machine interaction method and apparatus. The method includes: capturing a line-of-sight direction; determining a change of an angle between a line of sight and a screen, and/or a change of a distance between a user and the screen according to the line-of-sight direction; and performing, according to the change of the angle and/or the change of the distance, a corresponding operation on content displayed on the screen. Corresponding to the foregoing method, the foregoing apparatus includes: a line-of-sight tracking unit, a processing unit, and an executing unit. In the present invention, an action of a user can be determined without depending on gravity sensing, and a corresponding operation can be performed on content displayed on a screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ying Li
  • Patent number: 9712759
    Abstract: A camera array, an imaging device and/or a method for capturing image that employ a plurality of imagers fabricated on a substrate is provided. Each imager includes a plurality of pixels. The plurality of imagers include a first imager having a first imaging characteristics and a second imager having a second imaging characteristics. The images generated by the plurality of imagers are processed to obtain an enhanced image compared to images captured by the imagers. Each imager may be associated with an optical element fabricated using a wafer level optics (WLO) technology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: FotoNation Cayman Limited
    Inventors: Kartik Venkataraman, Amandeep S. Jabbi, Robert H. Mullis
  • Patent number: 9686459
    Abstract: A method for switching cameras is disclosed. The method for switching cameras is used in an electronic device. The electronic device includes a first camera disposed at a first surface of the electronic device and a second camera disposed at a second surface of the electronic device different from the first surface. The method for switching cameras includes the following steps. Whether the first camera is covered is sensed when the first camera captures. When the first camera is covered, the first camera is disabled and the second camera is used to photograph.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: PEGATRON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Chung-Yi Tseng
  • Patent number: 9602817
    Abstract: In one method embodiment a method of processing of a bitstream is disclosed. The method may include receiving by a processing device a bitstream comprising a first portion of compressed pictures encoded at a first encoding level, the first portion of compressed pictures corresponding to a first picture resolution; determining a ratio of a picture size of at least one picture of the first portion of the compressed picture and a picture size of the largest picture encoded at the first encoding level; determining a first number of picture buffers for processing of the first portion of the compressed pictures, wherein the first number of picture buffers are determined based on the determined ratio; and mapping the first number of picture buffers in a memory allocated for decoding of bitstream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Arturo A. Rodriguez, Anil Kumar Katti, Hsiang-Yeh Hwang
  • Patent number: 9578246
    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: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Moon-Soo Kim, Jin-Hong Jeong, Hwa-Yong Kang, Young-Kwon Yoon, Tae-Ho Kim
  • Patent number: 9551854
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus relating to capturing images of a scene area in a synchronized manner using a plurality of optical chains are described. In various embodiments image sensors corresponding to the plurality of optical chains of a camera are operated in rolling shutter mode to read out rows of pixel values corresponding to a current scan position when the image sensors have a row of pixel values corresponding to the current scan position. In some embodiments a scene area of interest is captured by initiating a scan and thus image capture of the scene area by one or more optical chains which are operated in a coordinated manner. In some embodiments a controller controls the plurality of image sensors to perform a read out of pixel values in a synchronized manner, e.g., with rows of pixel values being read out sequentially in accordance with operation of a rolling shutter implementation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Light Labs Inc.
    Inventor: Rajiv Laroia
  • Patent number: 9503705
    Abstract: For generating a stereoscopic image, a first parallax optical element directs a first parallax image to an optical selector. A second parallax optical element directs a second parallax image to the optical selector. The optical selector alternates between directing the first parallax image and the second parallax image to a video camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Axel Ramirez Flores, Bruce Douglas Gress, Robert James Kapinos, Alfredo Zugasti Hays, Jose Rodolfo Ruiz
  • Patent number: 9465839
    Abstract: Systems and methods for dynamically integrating disparate computer-aided dispatch (CAD) systems are disclosed. The systems and methods provide bi-directional interoperability between disparate CAD systems and maintain stateful ongoing interactions between interconnected CAD systems. Information objects in one CAD system are associated and bound to related objects in other CAD systems through a centralized information hub that transforms data items intelligently to facilitate communication and interaction between the CAD systems connected to the hub. The described systems and methods maintain complete and current perspectives of all relevant information for each CAD system connected to the information hub, thereby eliminating the need for point-to-point intelligence maintained by the CAD systems about the other interconnected CAD systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Inventors: Jonathan Wesley, Erik Cooley, Nathan Daniels, John Harding, Andrew Horlacher, Ryan McAlister, Ryan Sealy, Brian Taylor
  • Patent number: 9430040
    Abstract: The subject disclosure is directed towards eye gaze detection based upon multiple cameras and/or light sources. The cameras and/or light sources are configured to provide eye gaze detection for a device display at different orientations, at different tilt angles, at different user positions, at different user distances, and so on. Also described is a controller that selectively controls light source power and camera on/off state to provide images of the eye having sufficient quality for eye gaze detection and/or to conserve power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Zhengyou Zhang, Anoop Gupta, Qin Cai
  • Patent number: 9374568
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus comprises: a white-balance processing unit that multiplies a first pixel that includes a plurality of colors constituting a pickup image that is picked up by an imaging unit by a gain value according to the colors and thereby generates a second pixel; a value adjusting unit that generates a third pixel by maintaining the second pixel that is equal to or smaller than a predetermined value out of the second pixel as it is, and by replacing, with the predetermined value, the second value that is larger than the predetermined value out of the second pixel; and a restoration processing unit that restores, by a restoration filter, resolution that has been reduced due to an optical system, on the third pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Go Maruyama, Ryosuke Kasahara, Taro Sawaki
  • Patent number: 9367908
    Abstract: Apparatus and method are described to overcome the perception in viewed video or other presentations containing moving vehicles that the apparent rotation rate of their wheels is frequently inappropriate for the vehicle speeds, which is caused by the stroboscopic interaction between the wheel spokes and the rate at which the images are presented. A currently preferred embodiment operates off-line under human control on a previously recorded video, identifying the wheels and replacing them with suitably altered images which are perceived to rotate at rates appropriate to the vehicle speeds; or to suppress inappropriate perception of rotation. The apparatus and method results in a new recording of the original video in which the wheels appear to rotate at the correct rate for all vehicle speeds. Alternate embodiments implement a similar but automated process operating in near-real time for operating in-line on streaming videos; and variations achieving the same ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Inventor: Ivan Bekey
  • Patent number: 9357205
    Abstract: A natural stereoscopic image is displayed and eye strain is mitigated. A face image is detected in a stereoscopic image composed of a left-eye image and a right-eye image. The left-eye and right-eye images are shifted in such a manner that visual disparity of the detected face image is removed. Furthermore, a display area containing the face image is calculated. The calculated display area is enlarged so as to be displayed over the entirety of the display screen. Since a double image that appears in front of the face image is excluded, the strain upon the eyes of the observer is mitigated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Hitoshi Sakurabu
  • Patent number: 9338414
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes an imaging unit that has image sensors for each image of red, green, and blue which have a two-line addition function respectively. The imaging unit outputs image signals of red and blue and an image signal of green of which sample phases in a space are shifted by one pixel interval in a vertical direction using the two-line addition function. A resolution conversion unit obtains image signals of red, green, and blue of which the number of lines is doubled by performing interpolation processing on the image signals of red and blue and an image signal of green output from the imaging unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koji Kamiya, Tadamasa Kurashige, Ryosuke Amano
  • Patent number: 9338338
    Abstract: An electronic device includes two cameras each with a light sensor. The electronic device uses the light sensor of one of the two cameras which is operational to detect an ambient luminance, and determines if the detected ambient luminance is less than a preset shading value. In response to the detected ambient luminance being less than the preset shading value, the electronic device interchanges the cameras to work. That is, the electronic device powers down the one of the two cameras which is operational and activating the other one of the two cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignees: AMBIT MICROSYSTEMS (SHANGHAI) LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ai-Ning Song
  • Patent number: 9281423
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus includes: a cover glass portion having a function of a right angle prism; an image pickup device substrate portion including an image pickup device on a first principal surface and a back-face electrode on a second principal surface, the back-face electrode being connected to the image pickup device via a through-wiring; and a bonding layer that bonds the cover glass portion and the image pickup device substrate portion that have a same outer dimension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Noriyuki Fujimori
  • Patent number: 9270876
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for capturing or generating images using multiple optical chains operating in parallel are described. Pixel values captured by individual optical chains corresponding to the same scene area are combined to provide an image with at least some of the benefits which would have been provided by capturing an image of the scene using a larger lens than that of the individual lenses of the optical chain modules. By using multiple optical chains in parallel at least some benefits normally obtained from using a large lens can be obtained without the need for a large lens. Furthermore in at least some embodiments, a wide dynamic range can be supported through the use of multiple sensors with the overall supported dynamic range being potentially larger than that of the individual sensors. Some lens and/or optical chain configurations are designed for use in small handheld devices, e.g., cell phones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: THE LIGHTCO INC.
    Inventor: Rajiv Laroia