Each Supplying Only One Color Signal Patents (Class 348/265)
  • Patent number: 10560671
    Abstract: A medical camera includes a camera head having a first a first color separation prism, a second color separation prism, a third color separation prism, and a fourth color separation prism. The four color separation prisms respectively separate light incident from an affected area into a blue, red and green color components, and an infrared (IR) component. A light emission surface of the first color separation prism is disposed opposite to a light emission surface of the second color separation prism. A light emission surface of the third color separation prism is disposed across an incident ray which is incident vertically to an object side incident surface of the first color separation prism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC I-PRO SENSING SOLUTIONS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yota Hashimoto, Haruyasu Katahira, Yuuichi Takenaga
  • Patent number: 10359364
    Abstract: A hybrid spectrophotometric instrument utilizing absorption and fluorescence observations requires different cell parameters for optimal performance. The ability to have an instrument with a variable optical path length with a single set of optical surfaces and one detector to reduce system variance is unique. A Zero Angle Photon Spectrometer with the additional hardware and software to support a variable path length instrument is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: G6Nine, LLC
    Inventors: Gary P. Klinkhammer, Chris J. Russo, Donald L. Jackson
  • Patent number: 10291831
    Abstract: Provided is an image processing apparatus including as image acquiring section that acquires a plurality of images obtained by imaging, at different times, a subject irradiated with lights intensity-modulated with a plurality of modulation frequencies or modulation frequency bands; and a demodulating section that demodulates pixel values of the plurality of images with a plurality of demodulation frequencies or demodulation frequency bands based on the plurality of modulation frequencies or modulation frequency bands, for each pixel, thereby generating a plurality of pieces of pixel information indicating subject light amounts from the subject caused by each of the lights intensity-modulated with the plurality of modulation frequencies or modulation frequency bands, for each pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Wataru Funamizu, Hiroshi Ohki, Shigeru Aoki, Naoki Ohkouchi, Toru Takagi, Yojiro Tezuka, Sota Nakanishi
  • Patent number: 9863804
    Abstract: An image sensor including a color filter isolation layer and a method of manufacturing the image sensor. The image sensor includes a plurality of color filters that transmit light of a predetermined wavelength band to a light sensing layer. The image sensor also includes an isolation layer disposed between adjacent ones of the plurality of color filters. The isolation layer is formed of a material having a lower refractive index than a refractive index of the color filters, thus totally internally reflecting light incident on the isolation layer from one of the plurality of color filters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seokho Yun, Sunghyun Nam, Sookyoung Roh, Hongkyu Park
  • Patent number: 9552624
    Abstract: The invention relates to an image processing device for processing image data from a digital camera comprising an image sensor with a regular pixel arrangement and an associated color filter with a predetermined color pattern. Said image processing device is designed to carry out all image processing operations with respect to a pixel of interest using image data from a single predetermined environment comprising several pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: BASLER AG
    Inventor: Jörg Kunze
  • Patent number: 9457818
    Abstract: A screen creating unit selects component contents for displaying a station name array, in which a plurality of station names on a route are arrayed in order of arrival, from a component-content storing unit, moves, according to component arrangement definition data and component motion definition data, the component contents little by little in an array direction from a state in which only a part of station names on a starting station side among the station names are arranged in a scroll display region to a state in which only a part of station names on a terminal station side are arranged, and creates an image of only a portion in the scroll display region without creating the image of a portion outside the scroll display region among the component contents to thereby create a plurality of frames continuous in time series.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryota Saito, Kazunari Morimoto, Hiroshi Asaoka, Satoshi Yamazaki, Masahito Chihira, Masao Oki
  • Patent number: 9456124
    Abstract: A detection device includes a first holding member holding a light receiving element, a second holding member holding an optical system, and first and second fixing members fixing the first and second holding members with the first and second holding members separated from each other, in a direction parallel to a second direction orthogonal to a first direction in which an optical axis of the optical system extends, at least one of a first surface of the first holding member opposite to the second holding member and a second surface of the second holding member opposite to the first holding member has a plane inclined with respect to the first direction, and the first and second fixing members are provided on the inclined plane and disposed between the first and second surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroshi Kudo
  • Patent number: 9380220
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a camera includes an image sensor within a camera housing that converts light entering the camera housing through an optical filter into digital image data. The optical filter can have a variable opacity. A processor in communication with the image sensor identifies operation settings for the optical filter and adjusts an opacity level of the optical filter over an exposure period in accordance with the operation settings for the optical filter. In addition, the processor modifies values of the digital image data based at least on the operation settings for the optical filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: RED.COM, INC.
    Inventors: Anthony Wayne Davis, Robert Rose, Thomas Graeme Nattress, Peter Jarred Land, James H. Jannard
  • Patent number: 9229238
    Abstract: A three-chip camera apparatus includes: a color separation prism which includes an incident surface perpendicular to an optical axis, a first emission surface parallel to the incident surface, a second emission surface inclined at a first inclination angle with respect to the optical axis, and a third emission surface inclined at a second inclination angle greater than the first inclination angle; a first imaging device which is disposed in parallel to the first emission surface; a second imaging device which is disposed in parallel to the second emission surface; and a third imaging device which is disposed in parallel to the third emission surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seiji Higashiyama, Takahisa Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9064989
    Abstract: A method for forming a photo diode is provided. The method includes: forming a first pair of electrodes and a second pair of electrodes over a substrate by using a conductive layer; forming a dielectric layer over the substrate; patterning the dielectric layer over the substrate; forming a photo conversion layer over the substrate; and forming a color filter layer over the photo conversion layer, wherein at least a portion of the dielectric layer separates a first portion of the color filter layer corresponding to a first pixel from a second portion of the color filer layer corresponding to a second pixel, and a refractive index of the dielectric layer is lower than a refractive index of the color filter layer, wherein the first pair of electrodes corresponds to the first pixel and the second pair of electrodes corresponds to the second pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited
    Inventors: Tzu-Jui Wang, Keng-Yu Chou, Chun-Hao Chuang, Ming-Chieh Hsu, Ren-Jie Lin, Jen-Cheng Liu, Dun-Nian Yaung
  • Patent number: 9049382
    Abstract: There is a provided an image processing apparatus comprising an image generation unit to generate a processed image using an image group having a plurality of images captured from multiple view points, a first image recognition unit to recognize a particular object from the processed image, a second image recognition unit to recognize respective objects which appear in the image group, a determination unit to compare the results by the first and second image recognition units and to determine an object of interest and an object of noninterest, and an attribute generation unit to generate attribute information including the result of determination by the determination unit, in the processed image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Shimizu
  • Patent number: 9036059
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus comprising: a sensor unit including a plurality of sensor arrays that output first imaging data formed by an optical system; an array converter that generates second imaging data by converting the first imaging data output by the sensor unit into an order corresponding to a predetermined arrangement; a first signal processor that performs first signal processing on the second imaging data output by the array converter; and a second signal processor that performs second signal processing on the first imaging data output by the sensor unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Mobile Communications, Inc.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Takano
  • Patent number: 8988564
    Abstract: A digital camera component is described that has a light splitter cube having an entrance face to receive incident light from a camera scene. The cube splits the incident light into first, second, and third color components that emerge from the cube through a first face, a second face, and a third face of the cube, respectively. First, second, and third image sensors are provided, each being positioned to receive a respective one of the color components that emerge from the first, second, and third faces of the cube. Other embodiments are also described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Webster, Ning Y. Chan
  • Patent number: 8988539
    Abstract: A method and camera for generating a high dynamic range (HDR) image comprising the following steps: receiving a first optical signal from a lens and generating a first output signal at a first image acquisition chip, wherein the first image acquisition chip is coated with a first partial reflection coating; reflecting the first optical signal off the first partial reflection coating to create a second optical signal such that the second optical signal has a lower intensity than the first optical signal; receiving the second optical signal and generating a second output signal at a second image acquisition chip; and combining the first and second output signals to create the HDR image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Bienvenido Melvin L. Pascoguin, Ryan P. Lu, Ayax D. Ramirez
  • Patent number: 8953069
    Abstract: A subject image with little blur is provided even when the subject exists in a wide range of distance. An image capturing module includes: a plurality of image capturing systems, each including an optical system and capturing a an image of a subject by light in a wavelength region different from each other to generate a wavelength component signal representing an image of light in the corresponding wavelength region; and an image generating section that combines the wavelength component signals generated by the plurality of image capturing systems thereby generating an image signal representing an image of the subject, where an image capturing system, from among the plurality of image capturing systems, which generates a wavelength component signal having a greater contribution to brightness in the image of the subject includes an optical system having a deeper focal depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Shuji Ono
  • Patent number: 8928802
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus and a method for producing dynamic range increase (DRI) or a high dynamic range (HDR) pictures, in which differently exposed individual images are combined by image processing to form an HDR or DRI picture. In order to also allow moving objects to be recorded more easily, and to overcome the restrictions relating to lack of mobility of a recording device, the exposure can be carried out by laser radiation containing wavelengths at different intensities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: EADS Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Peuser, Klaus Schertler
  • Publication number: 20140267844
    Abstract: Certain embodiments provide a camera module including a housing of a substantially cuboid shape, a light reflecting portion, a plurality of solid-state imaging device, a lens, and an optical spectroscope. The light reflecting portion is arranged inside the housing and reflects the light incident from the opening portion which is formed on a top surface of the housing, in a direction parallel to a longitudinal direction of the housing. Each of a plurality of solid-state imaging devices has a light receiving surface which is provided in the housing vertically to the bottom surface of the housing. The lens is arranged inside the housing such that an optical axis is parallel to the longitudinal direction of the housing. The optical spectroscope is arranged inside the housing and separates the light which has passed through the lens into lights.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Katsuo Iwata, Takayuki Ogasahara, Kazuhiro Nagata, Ninao Sato
  • Publication number: 20140132809
    Abstract: Provided is a signal processing circuit including an image processing unit that performs, at an early stage, a process common to first image signals input using a predetermined number of signal lines in correspondence with first image sensors having a first pixel array and second image signals input using a number of signal lines and commonly used to input the first image signals in correspondence with second image sensors having a second pixel array, and performs specific processes specific to the first and second image signals at a later stage, a conversion unit that converts the second image signals subjected to the specific process according to a format of the first image signals, and a selection unit that selects one of the first image signals subjected to the specific process and the converted second image signals and outputs the selected image signals using the predetermined number of signal lines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Motohiro Nakasuji, Seiji Kawa, Takeshi Oka
  • Patent number: 8717467
    Abstract: Electronic devices may include camera modules. A camera module may be formed from an array of lenses and corresponding image sensors. The array of image sensors may include three color image sensors for color imaging and a fourth image sensor positioned to improve image depth mapping. Providing a camera module with a fourth image sensor may increase the baseline distance between the two most distant image sensors, allowing parallax and depth information to be determined for objects a greater distance from the camera than in a conventional electronic device. The fourth image sensor may be a second green image sensor positioned at a maximal distance from the green color image sensor used for color imaging. The fourth image sensor may also be a clear image sensor, allowing capture of improved image depth information and enhanced image resolution and low-light performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Aptina Imaging Corporation
    Inventors: Robert A. Black, Scott Smith, Peng Lin
  • Patent number: 8664579
    Abstract: A method includes sampling a first intensity of light with a first array of photo detectors of a digital camera. A second intensity of light is sampled with a second array of photo detectors of the digital camera. A first channel processor coupled to the first array of photo detectors generates a first image using first array data which is representative of the first intensity of light sampled by the first array of photo detectors. A second channel processor coupled to the second array of photo detectors generates a second image using second array data which is representative of the second intensity of light sampled by the second array of photo detectors. The first array of photo detectors, the second array of photo detectors, the first channel processor, and the second channel processor are integrated on or in a semiconductor substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Protarius Filo AG, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Richard Ian Olsen, Darryl L. Sato, Borden Moller, Olivera Vitomirov, Jeffrey A. Brady, Ferry Gunawan, Remzi Oten, Feng-Qing Sun, James Gates
  • Patent number: 8542290
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a camera module includes a plurality of sub-camera modules. The sub-camera modules include imaging elements and imaging lenses. At least two of the sub-camera modules include the imaging lenses, subject distances of which when best-focused are set different from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Takayuki Ogasahara
  • Publication number: 20130208153
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus comprising: a sensor unit including a plurality of sensor arrays that output first imaging data formed by an optical system; an array converter that generates second imaging data by converting the first imaging data output by the sensor unit into an order corresponding to a predetermined arrangement; a first signal processor that performs first signal processing on the second imaging data output by the array converter; and a second signal processor that performs second signal processing on the first imaging data output by the sensor unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: Sony Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
    Inventor: Hiroshi TAKANO
  • Patent number: 8471936
    Abstract: The present invention provides an imaging device that generates, for each of a red color, a green color, and a blue color, an image signal having pixels arranged adjacent to each other in a two-dimensional array, including a red color imaging element that senses incident light to output a red color signal (20R) having pixels arranged in a check pattern, a green color imaging element that senses the incident light to output a green color signal (20G) having pixels arranged in a check pattern, a blue color imaging element that senses the incident light to output a blue color signal (20B) having pixels arranged in a check pattern, interpolation means for interpolating a blank pixel using neighboring pixels, and correlation means for determining a correlation of the neighboring pixels of the blank pixel, wherein the correlation means determines a correlation for each of the red color signal, the green color signal, and the blue color signal on the basis of at least one color signal of the red color signal, the gr
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Li Ming, Ryota Kosakai, Akira Matsui
  • Patent number: 8416327
    Abstract: A plurality of image pickup areas is disposed in a semiconductor substrate so as to be separate from one another. Disposed in each of the image pickup areas are rows and columns of unit pixels, each of which includes a photoelectric conversion part and signal scanning circuit parts. Formed on the image pickup areas of the semiconductor substrate and opposite a interconnect layer formed on the semiconductor substrate are optical image formation lenses used for forming object images. Further, between the image pickup areas on the semiconductor substrate is a driving circuit area in which driving circuits are formed for driving the signal scanning circuit parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Hirofumi Yamashita
  • Patent number: 8415605
    Abstract: A method includes sampling a first intensity of light with a first array of photo detectors of a digital camera. A second intensity of light is sampled with a second array of photo detectors of the digital camera. A first channel processor coupled to the first array of photo detectors generates a first image using first array data which is representative of the first intensity of light sampled by the first array of photo detectors. A second channel processor coupled to the second array of photo detectors generates a second image using second array data which is representative of the second intensity of light sampled by the second array of photo detectors. The first array of photo detectors, the second array of photo detectors, the first channel processor, and the second channel processor are integrated on or in a semiconductor substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Protarius Filo AG, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Richard Ian Olsen, Darryl L. Sato, Borden Moller, Olivera Vitomirov, Jeffrey A. Brady, Ferry Gunawan, Remzi Oten, Feng-Qing Sun, James Gates
  • Publication number: 20130063629
    Abstract: A digital camera component is described that has a light splitter cube having an entrance face to receive incident light from a camera scene. The cube splits the incident light into first, second, and third color components that emerge from the cube through a first face, a second face, and a third face of the cube, respectively. First, second, and third image sensors are provided, each being positioned to receive a respective one of the color components that emerge from the first, second, and third faces of the cube. Other embodiments are also described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Webster, Ning Y. Chan
  • Patent number: 8319865
    Abstract: A camera adjusting system includes a first camera, a second camera, and a control apparatus. The first camera is movably arranged on a sliding rail to monitor a locale. The second camera captures a three dimensional (3D) image of a head of a subject. The control apparatus receives the captured 3D image of the head of the subject and simulates a corresponding 3D model according to the captured 3D image, and compares the actual 3D model with a reference 3D model, to compute a compared result, and outputs a control signal to the first camera to adjust parameters of the first camera according to the compared result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hou-Hsien Lee, Chang-Jung Lee, Chih-Ping Lo
  • Patent number: 8242932
    Abstract: An imaging system (10) and method (200) for reading residential and/or commercial meters. The system and method comprise a transmission element (12) that attaches to an external location of a meter (24). The transmission element (12) selectively communicates a reading signal (40) corresponding to a meter value. The system and method further comprise an imaging unit (14) located within the transmission element (12) that images the meter value at a prescribed frequency. The system and method also comprise a transceiving arrangement (16) that receives the reading signal (40) communication from the transmission element. The transceiving arrangement (16) also comprises a converter (44) that analyzes and converts the reading signal (40) communication to a use signal (46).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Roslak, Andrew Doorty, Luis Llamas Martinez Garza
  • Patent number: 8229212
    Abstract: Interpolations systems and methods are disclosed. In a particular embodiment, a system is disclosed that includes an input to receive image data. The system also includes an image processing system responsive to the image data and including a demosaicing module. The demosaicing module is configured to use adaptive bi-cubic spline interpolation. The system further includes an output responsive to the image processing system and adapted to provide output data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Hasib Ahmed Siddiqui, Hau Hwang
  • Publication number: 20120075509
    Abstract: Provided is a method of manufacturing a solid-state imaging device including: forming a first pattern having an independent island shape configured by an optical filter material on some of photoelectric conversion units among a plurality of photoelectric conversion units arranged on the surface of a substrate; forming a mixed color prevention layer on a side wall of the first pattern; and forming a second pattern having an independent island shape configured by an optical filter material on the rest of the photoelectric conversion units among the plurality of photoelectric conversion units while the mixed color prevention layer is closely disposed between the first pattern and the second pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomomi Ito, Ryoji Suzuki, Taichi Natori
  • Publication number: 20120044393
    Abstract: A subject image with little blur is provided even when the subject exists in a wide range of distance. An image capturing module includes: a plurality of image capturing systems, each including an optical system and capturing a an image of a subject by light in a wavelength region different from each other to generate a wavelength component signal representing an image of light in the corresponding wavelength region; and an image generating section that combines the wavelength component signals generated by the plurality of image capturing systems thereby generating an image signal representing an image of the subject, where an image capturing system, from among the plurality of image capturing systems, which generates a wavelength component signal having a greater contribution to brightness in the image of the subject includes an optical system having a deeper focal depth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Applicant: FUJIFILM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shuji ONO
  • Patent number: 8049806
    Abstract: A camera includes a first substrate having a convex refractive element, a second substrate having a concave refractive element, a separation between the first to second substrates, the separation including an air gap between convex refractive element and the concave refractive element, and a third substrate having a detector array thereon, the concave refractive element being closer to the detector than the convex refractive element, at least two of the first to third substrates being secured along a z-axis, wherein the z axis is perpendicular to a plane of the detector array, e.g., at a wafer level. The convex refractive element may include a plurality of convex refractive elements, the concave refractive element may include a plurality of concave refractive elements, and the detector array may include a plurality of detector arrays, each of the plurality forming a plurality of sub-cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Digitaloptics Corporation East
    Inventors: Michael R. Feldman, James E. Morris, Robert D. Tekolste
  • Patent number: 8023016
    Abstract: A small, low-profile imaging device that obtains imaging signals having similar light intensity distributions for different colored light, even when there is variability in component precision or assembly. The imaging device (101) includes a plurality of lens units (113) each including at least one lens, a plurality of imaging areas corresponding one-to-one with the plurality of lens units, and each having a light receiving surface (123) substantially perpendicular to an optical axis direction of the corresponding lens unit, an imaging signal input unit (133) that receives as input a plurality of imaging signals each output from a different one of the plurality of imaging areas, and an intensity correcting unit (142) that corrects the intensity of each of the plurality of imaging signals, so that the degree of correction changes depending on the position of the imaging area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Tomokuni Iijima, Takashi Ishikawa, Ikuo Numai, Masahito Hayakawa, Aki Takai
  • Publication number: 20110157399
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a camera module includes a plurality of sub-camera modules. The sub-camera modules include imaging elements and imaging lenses. At least two of the sub-camera modules include the imaging lenses, subject distances of which when best-focused are set different from each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventor: Takayuki OGASAHARA
  • Publication number: 20110115953
    Abstract: A solid-state image sensing device comprising, light-receiving regions and a color filter which transmits red light, a color filter which transmits blue light, and a color filter which transmits green light is provided. The color filters are arranged on a one-to-one basis above the light-receiving regions. Above the light-receiving region where the color filter which transmits red or blue light is arranged, a light-transmitting film, an antireflection film, a light-transmitting film, an antireflection film, and a light-transmitting film are arranged, in this order from the light-receiving region, between the light-receiving region and the color filter. Above the light-receiving region where the color filter which transmits green light is arranged, a light-transmitting film, an antireflection film, and a light-transmitting film are arranged, in this order from the light-receiving region, between the light-receiving region and the color filter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tadashi Sawayama, Takehiko Harada
  • Patent number: 7932941
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus includes an image-pickup lens having an aperture diaphragm, an image-pickup element that has a color filter which is periodically allocated colors in units of a predetermined unit array and that generates picked-up image data including pixel data of colors using received light, the color filter being adjacent to a light receiving surface, a microlens array unit that is arranged on an image forming surface of the image-pickup lens and whose microlenses are each allocated a plurality of pixels of the image-pickup element, and an image processing unit that performs image processing on the picked-up image data generated by the image-pickup element. The image processing unit includes a parallax component image generation unit that generates a plurality of parallax component images and an interpolation processing unit that performs color interpolation processing for each of the parallax component images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kengo Hayasaka, Kenji Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 7911516
    Abstract: A camera module that can be made thinner and achieves a beautiful image over an entire image region regardless of a subject distance is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Tomokuni Iijima, Takashi Ishikawa, Ikuo Numai, Masahito Hayakawa, Aki Takai
  • Patent number: 7884309
    Abstract: There are many, many inventions described herein. In one aspect, what is disclosed is a digital camera including a plurality of arrays of photo detectors, including a first array of photo detectors to sample an intensity of light of a first wavelength and a second array of photo detectors to sample an intensity of light of a second wavelength. The digital camera further may also include a first lens disposed in an optical path of the first array of photo detectors, wherein the first lens includes a predetermined optical response to the light of the first wavelength, and a second lens disposed in with an optical path of the second array of photo detectors wherein the second lens includes a predetermined optical response to the light of the second wavelength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Inventors: Richard Ian Olsen, Darryl L. Sato, Borden Moller, Olivera Vitomirov, Jeffrey A. Brady, Ferry Gunawan, Remzi Oten, Feng-Qing Sun, James Gates
  • Publication number: 20100315539
    Abstract: An image processing device and an image processing method capable of generating a moving image having a high resolution and a high frame rate are provided by suppressing the reduction in the amount of incident light on each camera.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2008
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takeo Azuma, Taro Imagawa
  • Patent number: 7801355
    Abstract: An image processing method comprising a step of performing a color interpolation process on image data output from a single-chip color image capturing sensor to calculate color data for each pixel and a step of converting the color data using a predetermined transformation formula and of filtering the converted data, and the transformation formula is replaced based on the magnitude of a color value of the color data. When a color value of a specific color is large, the transformation formula can be appropriately changed. Therefore, it is possible to prevent the lowering of the overall resolution without being affected by the resolution of the color. Further, it is possible to reliably reproduce a smooth and natural edge of an image without adding other processes to the color interpolation process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Shinichi Arazaki
  • Patent number: 7791658
    Abstract: A versatile analog front end and timing generator (AFE/TG) integrated circuit has output modes wherein multiple identical AFE/TGs output digitized sensor data to a single digital image processor (DIP) without intervening discrete multiplexing circuitry. In one embodiment, the AFE/TG is operable in either a bit slice mode or a time slice mode. In the bit slice mode, each of the multiple AFE/TGs sections up a word of pixel information into subsets of bits, and then communicates the subsets in parallel, one subset after another, across point-to-point connections to corresponding terminals of the DIP. The DIP captures the subsets of bits, and reassembles the subsets to recreate the word of pixel information. Each of the multiple AFE/TGs communicates words of pixel information to a different set of terminals on the DIP in this way, thereby avoiding timing complications, loading and/or expense associated with communicating the pixel information using time multiplexing techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Media Tek Singapore Pte Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasu Noguchi
  • Publication number: 20100149381
    Abstract: The shooting, recording and playback system 100 of the present invention receives incoming light 101, stores an image shot, and then subjects the image shot to be reproduced to resolution raising processing, thereby outputting RGB images with high spatial resolution and high temporal resolution (ROUT GOUT BOUT) 102. The system 100 includes a shooting section 103, a color separating section 104, an R imaging sensor section 105, a G imaging sensor section 106, a B imaging sensor section 107, an image shot storage section 108, an image shot writing section 109, a memory section 110, an image shot reading section 111, a spatial resolution upconverter section 112, a temporal resolution upconverter section 113, an output section 114, and a line recognition signal generating section 185. The system can get image data with high spatial resolution and high temporal resolution without getting the camera configuration complicated and without decreasing the optical efficiency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2008
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Inventors: Hideto Motomura, Takeo Azuma, Kunio Nobori, Taro Imagawa
  • Patent number: 7714262
    Abstract: There are many, many inventions described herein. In one aspect, what is disclosed is a digital camera including a plurality of arrays of photo detectors, including a first array of photo detectors to sample an intensity of light of a first wavelength and a second array of photo detectors to sample an intensity of light of a second wavelength. The digital camera further may also include a first lens disposed in an optical path of the first array of photo detectors, wherein the first lens includes a predetermined optical response to the light of the first wavelength, and a second lens disposed in with an optical path of the second array of photo detectors wherein the second lens includes a predetermined optical response to the light of the second wavelength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Inventors: Richard Ian Olsen, Darryl L. Sato, Borden Moller, Olivera Vitomirov, Jeffrey A. Brady, Ferry Gunawan, Remzi Oten, Feng-Qing Sun, James Gates
  • Patent number: 7656445
    Abstract: By mounting a camera to rotate with a rotating component to be viewed it is possible to review the whole component illuminated by a light source. Generally the component will be specifically marked with target markings to highlight its profile to allow images produced by the camera to be compared for distortion and displacement. Such in situ monitoring arrangements also allow profiling of the surface, and by projection of a grid or matrix onto a component surface any distortion in that matrix is indicative of variations in the surface or through use of astigmatic techniques variations in the incident image pattern can be utilized in order to determine distance variations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce PLC
    Inventor: Harold Heyworth
  • Publication number: 20090262225
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus includes: a light irradiation section that irradiates a subject with a plurality of irradiation light rays resulting from combining light rays having respectively different spectrum forms in respectively different combinations, at respectively different timings; and an image capturing section that captures a plurality of images of the subject irradiated with the plurality of irradiation light rays, at respectively different timings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2009
    Publication date: October 22, 2009
    Applicant: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yamaguchi, Akira Mizuyoshi, Hiroshi Sunagawa
  • Patent number: 7586522
    Abstract: In short, the image processing device for obtaining a single image by using a plurality of image-pickup elements comprises a plurality of image-pickup signal processing circuits that are provided for each of the image-pickup elements, an image arrangement conversion circuit which converts the read-out order of the images corresponding to the respective image-pickup elements that are output from the image-pickup signal processing circuits, an image splitting processing circuit for performing image splitting on the image that is output from the image arrangement conversion circuit, an image processing circuit for performing image processing in parallel on each of the split images, and an image compression circuit for compressing in parallel each of the split images that are output from the image processing circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Jun Inoue, Osamu Inagaki, Shinichi Nakajima, Hiroki Shibasaki
  • Publication number: 20090079855
    Abstract: Calculation is made about standard deviations of portions of high-frequency components GH, RH, and BH along respective predetermined directions. The portions of the high-frequency components GH, RH, and BH represent a prescribed number of pixels including an interpolation pixel located at a position corresponding to none of photosensor pixels in G, R, and B image sensors. The smallest one is detected among the calculated standard deviations. The predetermined direction relating to the detected smallest standard deviation is labeled as a highest-correlation direction in which the highest correlation occurs. Interpolation is implemented in response to portions of the high-frequency components GH, RH, and BH which correspond to the highest-correlation direction to generate a high-frequency interpolation-result signal RGBHI for the interpolation pixel and other pixels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2008
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Applicant: Victor Company of Japan, Ltd.
    Inventors: Taiichi Ito, Toshihide Kobayashi, Kazuya Yamada
  • Publication number: 20090046181
    Abstract: A method for performing successive approximation analog-to-digital conversions in an imaging device. Analog-to-digital converters connected to the columns of pixels in the imager are initially grouped. Depending on the column or group the analog-to-digital converter is associated with, a different respective portion of a digital code corresponding to the analog pixel signals input from the respective column undergoes conversion in a manner that substantially reduces capacitive loading within each analog-to-digital converter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2007
    Publication date: February 19, 2009
    Inventors: Espen A. Olsen, Sanjayan Vinayagamoorthy
  • Patent number: 7460167
    Abstract: A tunable imaging sensor includes a housing with four lenses mounted on a front side. A removable or rotatable filter plate/wheel fits inside the enclosure adjacent the lenses, with a camera plate holding four CMOS or CCD imagers fitting inside the enclosure adjacent the filter plate/wheel. The filter plate includes four filters, one for each lens, while the filter wheel includes sixteen filters which are rotated into position so that four filters are always aligned with the lenses and imagers. Rotating the filter wheel provides sixteen different filter combinations for the sensor. The images from each of the imagers are processed to form a composite image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: PAR Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Jon Stuart Schoonmaker, Joseph James Dirbas, Andrew Bruce Bush, J. Antonio Mireles
  • Publication number: 20080170140
    Abstract: According to one embodiment of the present disclosure, a system for generating a reconstructed image generally includes a carrier substrate, a number of image sensors, and an image processing circuit. The image sensors are mounted on a surface of the carrier substrate. The image processing circuit is coupled to each of the image sensors and operable to receive a raw image from each of a plurality of image sensors and combine the raw image of each of the image sensors into the reconstructed image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2007
    Publication date: July 17, 2008
    Inventors: Alan G. Silver, Michael C. Menefee