Optics Patents (Class 348/335)
  • Patent number: 11991443
    Abstract: A first multiplier multiplies a correction value by an adjustment coefficient and generates an adjusted correction value, the correction value being read from the correction value table, and the adjustment coefficient being determined from a zoom magnification and a focus distance. A second multiplier multiplies the adjusted correction value by a cosine of an angle formed between a position of each target pixel and the center of the frame and generates a horizontal correction value that corrects the target pixel in a horizontal direction. A horizontal filter adds all multiplication results obtained by multiplying a plurality of pixels in a left-right direction with each target pixel as a center, by left-right asymmetric coefficients, generates a horizontal high-pass filter component, adds, to each target pixel, a horizontal correction component obtained by multiplying the horizontal high-pass filter component by the horizontal correction value, and corrects each target pixel in the horizontal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: JVCKENWOOD CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshihide Kobayashi, Masakazu Tateishi
  • Patent number: 11977022
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an optical inspection method acquires, for an image point imaged through separating light from an object point into beams of light in at least two different and independent wavelength ranges, a hue vector having, as independent axes, intensities of the beams of light in the at least two different and independent wavelength ranges. The method then acquires, from the hue vector, information regarding a ray direction of the light from the object point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Hiroshi Ohno
  • Patent number: 11978176
    Abstract: Multiple single lens distortion regions and one or more boundary regions may be determined within an image. Individual single lens distortion regions may have pixel displacement defined by a single lens distortion and individual boundary regions may have pixel displacement defined by a blend of at least two lens distortions. Multiple lens distortions may be simulated within the image by shifting pixels of the image input positions to output positions based on locations of pixels within a single lens distortion region and the corresponding single lens distortion or within a boundary region and a blend of corresponding lens distortions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventor: David Newman
  • Patent number: 11966030
    Abstract: The zoom lens consists of, in order from an object side to an image side, a first lens group having a negative refractive power, a middle group, and a final group. During zooming, a spacing between the first lens group and the middle group changes, and a spacing between the middle group and the final group changes. During focusing, at least a part of the middle group moves, and the first lens group and the final group remain stationary with respect to an image plane. The zoom lens satisfies predetermined conditional expressions about a back focal length, a focal length, and a maximum half angle of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Ryosuke Nagami
  • Patent number: 11962885
    Abstract: A fixing structure includes a first supporting disc, a second supporting disc, and an electronic connector. The first supporting disc defines a first through hole. The second supporting disc is movably connected to the first supporting disc. The second supporting disc defines a first receiving groove for receiving a voice coil motor having a lens. The second supporting disc further defines a second through hole passing through a bottom of the first receiving groove. The first through hole and the second through hole are coaxial. The electronic connector is disposed on the second supporting disc, and can be electrically connected to the voice coil motor and an external power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: TRIPLE WIN TECHNOLOGY(SHENZHEN) CO.LTD.
    Inventors: Mei Cai, Yen-Sheng Lin
  • Patent number: 11940599
    Abstract: An optical imaging system includes a first lens having a convex image-side surface, a second lens having a concave object-side surface, a third lens, a fourth lens, and a fifth lens disposed sequentially from an object side. The optical imaging system satisfies 4.8<f/IMG_HT<9.0, where f is a focal length of the optical imaging system, and IMG_HT is half a diagonal length of an imaging surface of an image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ju Hwa Son, Jong Gi Lee, Hyo Jin Hwang, Sang Hyun Jang, Yong Joo Jo
  • Patent number: 11943523
    Abstract: An image sensor device includes an image sensor, a substrate including first and second pads spaced apart from each other, a first support member on which an optical filter is mounted, a second support member further adjacent to an outer edge of the substrate than the first support member, and an optical device on the optical filter and the image sensor, wherein the image sensor is electrically connected to the first pad, and wherein at least one of the first or second support members is electrically connected to the second pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Insang Song, Hyunjin Kang, Seunghak Lee
  • Patent number: 11934037
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a camera lens group including, sequentially from an object side to an image side along an optical axis, a first lens having refractive power; a first prism having a first reflecting surface, and an angle between the first reflecting surface and the optical axis being 45°; a stop; a second lens having refractive power; a third lens having refractive power; a fourth lens having refractive power; a second prism having a second reflecting surface, and an angle between the second reflecting surface and the optical axis being 45°; and a fifth lens having refractive power. A maximum field-of-view FOV of the camera lens group satisfies: FOV?80.0°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: ZHEJIANG SUNNY OPTICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Long Li, Jianke Wenren, Fujian Dai, Liefeng Zhao
  • Patent number: 11929313
    Abstract: A chip package structure, manufacturing method thereof, and module are described. In an embodiment, the chip package structure includes: a substrate, a wiring layer, a chip, and a second conductive bump, wherein, in an embodiment, the substrate includes a first region and a second region surrounding the first region, and the wiring layer is located on side of the substrate and includes metal wire, wherein at least part of a metal wire is in contact with the substrate in direction perpendicular to the substrate, and the metal wire overlaps with the second region, wherein the chip is located on side of the wiring layer facing away from the substrate, and the chip corresponds to the first region. In an embodiment, a first conductive bump is provided on side of the chip facing away from the substrate and is electrically connected to the metal wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: Shanghai Tianma Micro-Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mingyu Wang, Kerui Xi, Xuhui Peng, Feng Qin, Jie Zhang
  • Patent number: 11909896
    Abstract: Hand-held devices combine smartphones and electronic binoculars. In “in-phone” embodiments, binocular functionality is integrated directly into the housing or body of a smartphone modified in accordance with the invention, whereas, in “in-case” embodiments, the binoculars are integrated into a case to receive a smartphone which may be of conventional design. In either case, components within the phone may be used for image manipulation, image storage, and/or sending and receiving/streaming stereoscopic/3D motion imagery. The objective lenses for the binoculars are preferably supported on or in one of the longer side edges of the phone or case, whereas the display magnifying eyepieces are preferably associated with the opposing longer side edge of the phone or case. As such, in use, a user holds the phone or case in a generally horizontal plane during use as binoculars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Inventor: John G. Posa
  • Patent number: 11900634
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method for adaptively detecting chessboard sub-pixel level corner points. Adaptive detection of chessboard sub-pixel level corner points is completed by marking position of an initial unit grid on a chessboard, using a homography matrix H calculated by pixel coordinates of four corner points of the initial unit grid in a pixel coordinate system and world coordinates in a world coordinate system to expand outwards, adaptively adjusting size of an iteration window in the process of expanding outwards, and finally spreading to the whole chessboard region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignees: DALIAN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, PENG CHENG LABORATORY
    Inventors: Wei Zhong, Deyun Lv, Weiqiang Kong, Risheng Liu, Xin Fan, Zhongxuan Luo, Shengquan Li
  • Patent number: 11899271
    Abstract: A lens actuating unit is provided. The lens actuating unit includes: a bobbin configured to accommodate a lens module at an inner side of the bobbin; a first coil unit disposed at the bobbin; a housing disposed at an outer side of the bobbin; and a magnet unit configured to move the first coil unit through electromagnetic interaction with the first coil unit, wherein the housing includes a hole formed by being recessed from an inner side to an outer side to accommodate the magnet unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jae Hong Cho, Sang Hee Lee, In Jae Yeo, Jin Suk Han
  • Patent number: 11895386
    Abstract: Various embodiments include a camera with folded optics and a bearing suspension arrangement. In some examples, a folded optics arrangement of the camera may include one or more lens elements and light path folding elements (e.g., prisms). Some embodiments include voice coil motor (VCM) actuator arrangements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alfred N. Mireault, Nicholas D. Smyth, Scott W. Miller
  • Patent number: 11890051
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed for treating macular degeneration including an optical filter configured to be mated with the ophthalmic lens, the filter having a surface wherein at least a portion of the surface comprises non-transmissive material that may distribute power from a light beam creating a plurality of light beams. A method of treating macular degeneration using the optical filter is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Sensor, LLC
    Inventor: Gregory Heacock
  • Patent number: 11885981
    Abstract: A camera module according to an embodiment of the present invention comprises: a substrate; a light source disposed on the substrate to output light; a first optical member for, when the light is input, diffusing and outputting the light; and a second optical member including a first liquid and a second liquid having a different refractive index from the first liquid, and when the diffused light is input, refracting and outputting the diffused light according to an interface which is formed between the first liquid and the second liquid and is changed according to applied voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chul Kim, Jae Wook Kwon, Sang Hun Lee
  • Patent number: 11874522
    Abstract: An optical mechanism is provided. The optical mechanism includes an immovable part, a movable part, and a drive assembly. The movable part is connected to an optical element. The movable part is movable relative to the immovable part. The drive assembly drives the movable part to move relative to the immovable part. The immovable part includes a frame. The frame includes a receiving space receiving the movable part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: TDK TAIWAN CORP.
    Inventors: Chen-Hsin Huang, Yi-Ho Chen, Shou-Jen Liu, Chen-Yu Yu
  • Patent number: 11846771
    Abstract: A camera module is disclosed, the camera module including a PCB (Printed Circuit Board), a base arranged at an upper surface of the PCB, a holder member arranged at an upper surface of the base and formed with a plurality of magnet reception portions, a surface of which facing the base is opened, and a plurality of magnets coupled to the magnet reception portions, wherein the base is formed with a protrusion configured to support a bottom surface of the magnet by being protrusively formed at a position corresponding to an opening of the magnet reception portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Taek Lee, Sung Guk Lee
  • Patent number: 11829053
    Abstract: An optical unit detachably mountable to a lens barrel portion disposed closer to an object than an image sensor included in an imaging apparatus includes a plurality of lens units each configured to form an image of the object, a plurality of filters disposed on optical axes of the plurality of lens units, and a common holding member configured to hold the plurality of lens units and the plurality of filters. The plurality of filters includes a first filter and a second filter having light transmission characteristics different from each other. The holding member includes a coupling portion capable of being coupled with the lens barrel portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tsubasa Nakamura
  • Patent number: 11828916
    Abstract: An imaging lens includes a first lens element, a second lens element, a third lens element, and a fourth lens element arranged from an object side to an image side in the given order. The image-side surface of the first lens element comprises a convex portion in a vicinity of a periphery of the first lens element. The imaging lens has a system length less than 3.0 mm. The imaging lens does not have any lens element with refractive power other than the first, second, third, and fourth lens elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: Genius Electronic Optical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kuo-Wen Chang, Poche Lee, Wei-Yu Lo
  • Patent number: 11821716
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the invention, there is provided a method of triggering an explosive charge of each of a plurality of munitions, the method comprising: launching a first munition, into the air, from a first gun barrel, and into water to engage with a target location, the first munition comprising a first explosive charge and a first fuze system, adapted to trigger the first explosive charge in the water, launching a second munition, into the air, from a second gun barrel, and into water to engage with the target location, the second munition comprising an second explosive charge and a second fuze system, adapted to trigger the second explosive charge in the water, the method comprising co-ordinating the timing of the triggering of the first explosive charge and the second explosive charge to establish a co-ordinated explosive event at the target location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: BAE SYSTEMS PLC
    Inventors: Andrew Carr, Timothy Keith Girling, Thomas Patrick O'Neill, Murray Thomson
  • Patent number: 11818460
    Abstract: A remote control device for generating setting signals for a lens setting motor of a motion picture camera comprises a base part and an operating element rotatable relative to the base part for setting control commands for the lens setting motor; a position encoder for detecting a respective rotational position of the operating element and generating corresponding position signals; an evaluation and control device that is configured to determine setting signals for the lens setting motor in dependence on the position signals in accordance with a mapping rule; and an output device for transmitting the setting signals to the motion picture camera. In this respect, the mapping rule corresponds to at least one mathematical functional relationship and the remote control device has an input device via which the mathematical functional relationship can be configured by user input. A marking ring for a remote control device has a memory in which a readable coding is stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: Arnold & Richter Cine Technik GmbH & Co. Betriebs KG
    Inventor: Hendrik Voss
  • Patent number: 11815735
    Abstract: The present embodiments relate to a dual camera module comprising: a first camera module including a first lens module and a first image sensor disposed below the first lens module; and a second camera module including a second lens module and a second image sensor disposed below the second lens module, wherein the second camera module has a wider angle of view than the first camera module, and the second image sensor is disposed at a position higher than the first image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Young Don O, Sang Yeon Han
  • Patent number: 11803029
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment of the present invention relates to a lens driving device, comprising: a base including a support part upwardly protruded; a movable unit spaced from the base and movably disposed at an upper side of the base; and a damper contacted with the support part and the movable unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2023
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seung Taek Shin, Jin Suk Han, Tae Bong Park
  • Patent number: 11796763
    Abstract: An optical imaging system includes a first lens having positive refractive power and having a convex object-side surface; a second lens having negative refractive power; a third lens having refractive power; a fourth lens having refractive power; a fifth lens having refractive power; a sixth lens having positive refractive power and having a convex image-side surface; and a seventh lens having negative refractive power and having a concave image-side surface, and the first to seventh lenses are disposed in order from an object side. In the optical imaging system, 1<f/f6 and V2<40, where f is a focal length of the optical imaging system, f6 is a focal length of the sixth lens, and V2 is an Abbe number of the second lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Phil Ho Jung, Ho Sik You
  • Patent number: 11796760
    Abstract: An optical imaging system includes a first lens, a second lens, a third lens having positive refractive power, a fourth lens, and a fifth lens disposed from an object side. In the optical imaging system, 0.2<(D23+D34+D45)/BFL<0.95 and 0.8<TTL/f<0.95, where D23 is a distance from an image-side surface of the second lens to an object-side surface of the third lens, D34 is a distance from an image-side surface of the third lens to an object-side surface of the fourth lens, D45 is a distance from an image-side surface of the fourth lens to an object-side surface of the fifth lens, BFL is a distance from an image-side surface of the fifth lens to an imaging plane, TTL is a distance from an object-side surface of the first lens to the imaging plane, and f is a focal length of the optical imaging system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae Hyuk Huh, Byung Hyun Kim, So Mi Yang, Yong Joo Jo
  • Patent number: 11789338
    Abstract: The present invention comprises: a base; a housing disposed at one side of the base; a lens barrel disposed inside the housing; a cover disposed at one side of the housing; a first substrate disposed at the other side of the base; an image sensor which is installed on the first substrate, and disposed below the lens barrel; a diaphragm set which is movably supported inside the housing and which adjusts the amount of light incident to the lens barrel; a first drive unit comprising a first coil and a first magnet which enable the lens barrel and the diaphragm set to move together in the optical axis direction; and a second substrate which is attached to the housing and comprises a plurality of terminals which protrude to the outside as a result of the drive of the first drive unit, wherein the diaphragm set has a second drive unit for driving the diaphragms disposed therein, and the terminals are also connected to the second drive unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jae Keun Park, Tae Min Ha, Doo Shik Shin
  • Patent number: 11785324
    Abstract: An electronic device and a camera assembly are disclosed. The electronic device may include the camera assembly, which in turn may include a lens assembly having at least four lenses, an image sensor, and at least one reflective member that refracts or reflects incident light at least twice, wherein at least one surface of an object-side surface and an image-side surface of a first lens from an object side among the at least four lenses is formed as an aspherical surface, wherein the object-side surface and the image-side surface are formed to be convex, wherein various conditional equations stipulation relationships between back focal length (BFL), effective focal length (EFL) and field-of-view (FOV) are satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2023
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jungpa Seo
  • Patent number: 11768868
    Abstract: Automatic editing of media compositions is performed using media editing applications equipped with neural-network-based deep-learning models. The automatic editing is adapted to the practices of local users of a media editing application by training the models on a combination of media compositions previously edited by third-party media editors and media compositions edited by local users. Training data input vectors for the model comprise representative portions of a composition's raw media, and corresponding output vectors include values of parameters that define editing functions applied to the raw media to generate an edited media composition. A user interface enabling a user to adjust and monitor machine learning parameters is provided. Adaptive automatic editing may assist in the creation of video and audio compositions, as well as in the generation of musical scores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2023
    Assignee: AVID TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Robert A. Gonsalves, Sam Butler, Joseph S. Plazak
  • Patent number: 11768356
    Abstract: An optical photographing lens assembly includes, in order from an object side to an image side, a first lens element, a second lens element, a third lens element, a fourth lens element and a fifth lens element. The first lens element has refractive power. The second lens element has positive refractive power. The third lens element with positive refractive power has an image-side surface being concave in a paraxial region thereof. The fourth lens element has refractive power. The fifth lens element with refractive power has an image-side surface being concave in a paraxial region thereof, wherein an object-side surface and the image-side surface of the fifth lens element are aspheric, and at least one of the surfaces of the fifth lens element has at least one inflection point. The optical photographing lens assembly has a total of five lens elements with refractive power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2023
    Assignee: LARGAN PRECISION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tsung-Han Tsai, Hsin-Hsuan Huang
  • Patent number: 11740429
    Abstract: A lens assembly can include: a holder; a lens module disposed at an inner side of the holder; an optical module disposed at an upper side of the lens module; and an conductive substrate electrically connected to the optical module. The conductive substrate includes: a body part disposed at an upper side of the holder; and an extension part extended from one end of the body part, and including a terminal part, the holder includes a second lateral surface formed by being recessed inwards from a portion of a first lateral surface, and at least a portion of the extension part is disposed at the second lateral surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Youn Baek Jeong
  • Patent number: 11744010
    Abstract: A sensor lens assembly having a non-reflow configuration is provided. The sensor lens assembly includes a circuit board, an optical module fixed to a surface of the circuit board, a sensor chip assembled to the surface of the circuit board, a plurality of wires electrically coupling the sensor chip and the circuit board, a supporting adhesive layer, a light-permeable sheet, and a top shielding layer. The circuit board has no slot recessed in the surface thereof. The supporting adhesive layer is in a ringed shape and is disposed on a top surface of the sensor chip. The light-permeable sheet is disposed on the supporting adhesive layer and faces the sensor chip. The top shielding layer is formed on an outer surface of the light-permeable sheet and has an opening that is located above a sensing region of the sensor chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Assignee: TONG HSING ELECTRONIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Chia-Shuai Chang, Chien-Chen Lee, Ya-Han Chang
  • Patent number: 11743591
    Abstract: A multicamera panoramic imaging system having no parallax. In an example, the multicamera panoramic imaging system includes multiple discrete, imaging systems disposed in a side-by-side array, wherein a field of view of each discrete, imaging systems is conjoined with a field of view of each adjacent discrete imaging system, further wherein a stencil of chief rays at the edge of the field of view of any one of the discrete imaging systems will be substantially parallel to a stencil of chief rays at the edge of the field of view of any adjacent ones of the discrete imaging systems such that all of the substantially parallel stencils of chief rays appear to converge to a common point when viewed from object space. A method for forming an image of an object having no parallax.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Assignee: Circle Optics, Inc.
    Inventor: Zakariya Niazi
  • Patent number: 11743612
    Abstract: In the advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) field, RAW sensor image processing for machine vision (MV) applications can be of critical importance. Due to red/green/blue (RGB) image components being focused by the lens at different locations in image plane, the lateral chromatic aberration (LCA) phenomenon may sometimes be observed, which causes false color around edges in the final image output, especially for high contrast edges, which can impede MV applications. Disclosed herein are low-latency, efficient, optimized designs for chromatic aberration correction (CAC) modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Gang Hua, Rajasekhar Reddy Allu, Mihir Narendra Mody, Niraj Nandan, Mayank Mangla, Pandy Kalimuthu
  • Patent number: 11743577
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus comprises an image sensor that receives beams of reflected light from a subject incident via an imaging optical system whose wavelength that reaches a light-receiving surface is different in accordance with an angle of incidence of reflected light, and generates an image signal. The apparatus changes a state of the imaging optical system or the image sensor such that a second image signal is generated by beams for which the angle of incidence of the reflected light from the imaging optical system is different from the beams by which a first image signal is generated. The apparatus outputs a spectral image based on a plurality of the image signals generated by receiving the beams in different state of the imaging optical system or the image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masaya Ogino
  • Patent number: 11727667
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer readable storage medium storing computer readable instructions executable by a computer is provided. The computer readable instructions cause the computer to obtain first image data composing a first image and second image data composing a second image; specify first edge pixels in the first image and second edge pixels in the second image using the first image data and the second image data, respectively; specify a first feature point and a second feature point corresponding to each other using an algorithm different from an algorithm to specify the first edge pixels and the second pixels; determine pixels located in vicinity to the first feature point and pixels located in vicinity to the second feature point as first usable pixels and second usable pixels, respectively; and using the first usable pixels and the second usable pixels, determine positional relation between the first image and the second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masaya Takasu, Chisato Inoue
  • Patent number: 11729483
    Abstract: A photosensitive component, and a camera module and a manufacturing method therefor. The photosensitive component comprises at least a photosensitive element, at least a window-form circuit board and at least a packaging body, wherein the photosensitive element and the window-form circuit board are integrally packaged through the packaging body. The window-form circuit board comprises a circuit board main body which comprises at least one window arranged thereon, wherein the photosensitive element is arranged within the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Assignee: NINGBO SUNNY OPOTECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mingzhu Wang, Zhenyu Chen, Zhongyu Luan, Zhen Huang, Nan Guo, Fengsheng Xi, Takehiko Tanaka, Bojie Zhao, Heng Jiang, Ye Wu, Zilong Deng
  • Patent number: 11729484
    Abstract: A lens main body includes an inner housing, a lens element mounted on the inner housing, an adjustable functional element mounted on the inner housing, and an electrical drive arranged on the inner housing to adjust the functional element, a controller arranged on the inner housing, a securing device configured to reversibly receive an outer housing extending around the inner housing in a tubular fashion, and a first signal interface to receive control signals for the controller, arranged on the inner housing, and configured to reversibly couple to a mating interface of the outer housing. An outer housing for the lens main body, and a lens formed from the lens main body and the outer housing have an altered functional scope vis-à-vis the lens main body. In addition, a lens assembly includes, besides the lens main body, two outer housings having a different functional scope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss AG
    Inventors: Jochen Franke, Christophe Casenave
  • Patent number: 11697401
    Abstract: A device for cleaning at least a partial region of a housing surface. The device includes a first structure having an outer surface and an inner surface, the outer surface being situated opposite to the inner surface, the inner surface being able to be disposed on the partial region of the housing surface, and a second structure having an outer surface and an inner surface, the outer surface of the second structure being situated opposite to the inner surface of the second structure, wherein the inner surface of the second structure is disposed on the outer surface of the first structure, the first structure being deformable along a first axis by a fluid which is able to be conducted between the first structure and the second structure and the second structure being movable along a second axis, the second axis being disposed perpendicular to the first axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2023
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Annemarie Holleczek, Joao Costa, Joao Oliveira, Tobias Peterseim
  • Patent number: 11693296
    Abstract: An optical element driving mechanism is provided. The optical element driving mechanism includes a fixed part, a movable part, a driving assembly, and a positioning assembly. The movable part is movably disposed on the fixed part. The movable part is connected to an optical element. At least a portion of the driving assembly is disposed on the fixed part. The positioning assembly is disposed on the fixed part or the movable part to limit the movable part at an extreme position relative to the fixed part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2023
    Assignee: TDK TAIWAN CORP.
    Inventors: Chao-Hsi Wang, Chao-Chang Hu, Chih-Wei Weng, He-Ling Chang
  • Patent number: 11689792
    Abstract: A camera module manufacturing apparatus includes: a chart unit configured to provide an image for optical-axis alignment to a substrate assembly including an image sensor; a substrate alignment unit disposed opposite to the chart unit, aligning the substrate assembly, and electrically connected to the image sensor; an optical axis alignment unit configured to allow an optical axis of a lens assembly including a lens and an actuator to be aligned with respect to an optical axis of the image sensor; and a camera module fixing unit positioned adjacent to the optical axis alignment unit, and fixing the lens assembly on the substrate assembly by applying an instantaneous curing adhesive, which is an inorganic material, to the lens assembly and the substrate assembly which are aligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Assignee: FURONTEER INC.
    Inventors: Sang Shin Bae, Seong Min Yun, Jong Hyun Yim, Sung Hwan An
  • Patent number: 11683506
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods, apparatuses, and systems for encoding and decoding an image. The present invention provides an intra prediction unit receives an input image, removes high frequency ingredients by low pass filtering an encoded luma pixel value in the input image during intra prediction, and generates a prediction block by predicting a chroma pixel value by using a low pass filter (LPF) LM chroma mode for applying an LM chroma mode, which is an extended chroma mode technique for generating a prediction block by predicting the chroma pixel value by applying a correlation between color planes to the luma pixel value having removed therefrom the high frequency ingredients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Assignee: IDEAHUB INC.
    Inventors: Yoon Sik Choe, Jang Won Choi
  • Patent number: 11678039
    Abstract: A camera includes a camera focus adjustment device, a lens, and an image sensor coupled to the camera focus adjustment device. The camera focus adjustment device includes a flexure structure. The flexure structure includes an outer framework of structural members continuously interconnected by flexure notch hinges. The flexure structure also includes two inner structural members oriented in parallel and extending from the outer framework of structural members. A gap is between the two inner structural members. The camera focus adjustment device also includes a piezoelectric material within the gap and a pair of wedges within the gap. The pair of wedges is affixed to the piezoelectric material and to one inner structural member of the two inner structural members. Based on temperature-based piezoelectric activity associated with the piezoelectric material, the camera focus adjustment device is operable to move the image sensor relative to the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventor: Shashank Sharma
  • Patent number: 11675253
    Abstract: Provided is a technology enabling an imaging apparatus and an interchangeable lens to appropriately perform initialization processes. An interchangeable lens includes one or more lens-side processors configured to perform initialization of a plurality of lens-side elements. The one or more lens-side processors is further configured to transmit lens-side initialization element information indicating the plurality of lens-side elements to an imaging apparatus. The technology can be applied to, for example, a camera system including a detachable interchangeable lens and an imaging apparatus serving as a camera body side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Aguri Okada
  • Patent number: 11671716
    Abstract: An image capture device may process first frames from a first image sensor obtained at a first frame rate and store the processed first frames in a memory. The image capture device may obtain first camera control statistics based at least on partially processed second frames from a second image sensor obtained at a second frame rate. The image capture device may switch a capture mode to obtain third frames at the second frame rate from the first image sensor and to obtain fourth frames at the first frame rate from the second image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventor: Guillaume Matthieu Guérin
  • Patent number: 11663692
    Abstract: Multiple single lens distortion regions and one or more boundary regions may be determined within an image. Individual single lens distortion regions may have pixel displacement defined by a single lens distortion and individual boundary regions may have pixel displacement defined by a blend of at least two lens distortions. Multiple lens distortions may be simulated within the image by shifting pixels of the image input positions to output positions based on locations of pixels within a single lens distortion region and the corresponding single lens distortion or within a boundary region and a blend of corresponding lens distortions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventor: David Newman
  • Patent number: 11664475
    Abstract: A carrier substrate is configured to carry at least one electronic chip and includes a mounting front face. An encapsulating cover is mounted on the front face of the carrier substrate through a mounting. This mounting includes at least one seating surface through which the cover and the carrier substrate make contact. At least one adhesive bead is located elsewhere than the seating surface in order to securely fasten the encapsulation cover and the carrier substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics (Grenoble 2) SAS
    Inventors: Karine Saxod, Nicolas Mastromauro
  • Patent number: 11656327
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to systems for cleaning a sensor. For example, the sensor may include a housing as well as internal sensor components housed within the housing. The housing may include a sensor input surface through which signals may pass. The system may also include a motor configured to rotate the internal sensor components relative to a mount as well as the mount to which the motor is fixed. The system may also include a wiper including a wiper blade. The wiper may be attached to the mount such that rotating the housing causes the wiper to contact the sensor input surface in order to clean the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Seth Gilbertson, Alexander Grinberg
  • Patent number: 11656441
    Abstract: An imaging optical lens assembly includes, in order from an object side to an image side, a first lens element, a second lens element, a third lens element, a fourth lens element, a fifth lens element and a sixth lens element. The first lens element with positive refractive power has a convex object-side surface. The second lens element has negative refractive power. The third lens element with refractive power has both an object-side surface and an Image-side surface being aspheric. The fourth lens element with refractive power has both an object-side surface and an image-side surface being aspheric. The fifth lens element with refractive power has both an object-side surface and an image-side surface being aspheric. The sixth lens element with refractive power has both an object-side surface and an image-side surface being aspheric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Assignee: LARGAN PRECISION CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hsin-Hsuan Huang
  • Patent number: 11657186
    Abstract: Embodiments of systems and methods for privacy shield design and placement in an Information Handling System (IHS) are described. In some embodiments, a privacy shield may include a film configured to emit light and a circular aperture in the film, such that the privacy shield is configured to be deployed in front of a lens of a camera coupled to an IHS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Assignee: Dell Products, L.P.
    Inventors: Jace W. Files, John Trevor Morrison
  • Patent number: 11640047
    Abstract: Folded digital camera comprising a lens having a lens optical axis, an image sensor and first and second optical path folding elements (OPFEs), in which the second OPFE is closest to the image sensor, wherein the lens is operative to move in a first direction substantially parallel to the lens optical axis and in a second direction substantially perpendicular to first and second optical paths, wherein the second OPFE is operative to move in the first direction, and wherein the combined motion of the lens and of the second OPFE is operative to provide focus and to compensate for tilts of the camera around the first and second directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2023
    Assignee: Corephotonics Ltd.
    Inventor: Gil Bachar