Optics Patents (Class 348/335)
  • Patent number: 10761302
    Abstract: Provided is a zoom lens including in order from an object side: a positive first unit configured not to move for zooming; a negative second unit configured to move for zooming; a positive third unit configured to move for zooming; a negative fourth unit configured to move for zooming; and a positive rear unit including at least one lens unit, wherein the fourth unit is configured to move for focusing, and wherein a focal length of the fourth unit, a focal length of the rear unit at a telephoto end, a focal length of the zoom lens at a wide angle end, amounts of movement of the second and third units from the wide angle end to the telephoto end, a half angle of view at the wide angle end, an amount of displacement of an in-focus position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shoichi Takemoto
  • Patent number: 10762710
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a process that analyzes image content of an immersive video frame and identifies a first group of segments of the immersive video frame based on the analysis. The segments collectively span an entire space portrayed by the immersive video frame and the first group of segments spans less than the entire space. A size of a display region of an immersive video viewer is determined that spans less than the entire space and a second group of segments is determined based on the first group of segments and the size of the display region. Transport of the second group of segments, spanning less than the entire space, is facilitated via a communication network to the immersive video viewer for presentation, without requiring transmission of all of the segments. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Bo Han, Vijay Gopalakrishnan, Jackson Jarrell Pair, Vikash Sharma
  • Patent number: 10747014
    Abstract: A lens moving apparatus includes a base, a printed circuit board disposed over the base, and mounted on the base, a coil disposed over the printed circuit board, and a lens barrel, which contacts the base at a lower portion of an outer surface thereof, wherein the base, the printed circuit board and the coil include respective holes, wherein the lens moving apparatus includes a blocking member, which is provided along an internal surface of the hole in the base and which protrudes in a first direction so as to prevent the lower portion of the outer surface of the lens barrel from contacting internal surfaces of the holes in the printed circuit board and/or the coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: LG Innotek Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Dong Hyun Kim
  • Patent number: 10746969
    Abstract: An optical imaging system includes a first lens, a second lens, a third lens, a fourth lens, and a fifth lens. The first lens has positive refractive power and a convex image-side surface. The second lens has negative refractive power. The third lens has negative refractive power. The fourth lens has negative refractive power and an inflection point formed on an image-side surface thereof. The fifth lens has positive refractive power and a convex image-side surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tae Youn Lee, Yong Joo Jo
  • Patent number: 10746968
    Abstract: An optical imaging system includes, in order from an object side to an image side: a first lens element having positive refractive power, a second lens element having negative refractive power, a third lens element, a fourth lens element, a fifth lens element having both an object-side surface and an image-side surface being aspheric, and a sixth lens element having both an object-side surface and an image-side surface being aspheric, wherein the optical imaging system has a total of six lens elements; at least one lens element among the first lens element, the second lens element, the third lens element, the fourth lens element, the fifth lens element, and the sixth lens element has at least one inflection point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: LARGAN PRECISION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hsiang-Chi Tang, Hsin-Hsuan Huang
  • Patent number: 10739551
    Abstract: This disclosure describes techniques to compensate for changes in a depth of field of a camera caused by changes in orientation of the camera (e.g., tilt) and changes in the temperature of the camera. For instance, the described techniques may utilize an actuator, such as a voice-coil motor, of the camera to adjust an image distance of the camera lens to compensate for changes in the depth of field of the camera caused by changes in the orientation of the camera and/or changes in temperature of the camera. One or more models may be generated using calibrated input current values for the voice-coil motor which indicate, for various changes in orientation and temperature of the camera, input current values to cause the voice-coil motor to adjust the image distance of the camera to maintain the desired depth of field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Abhinav Kashyap, Leo Benedict Baldwin, Prachi Pradhan
  • Patent number: 10741736
    Abstract: Various optoelectronic modules are described and include one or more optoelectronic devices. Each optoelectronic module includes one or more optoelectronic devices. Sidewalls laterally surround each optoelectronic device and can be in direct contact with sides of the optoelectronic device or, in some cases, with an overmold surrounding the optoelectronic device. The sidewalls can be composed, for example, of a vacuum injected material that is non-transparent to light emitted by or detectable by the optoelectronic device. The module also includes a passive optical element. Depending on the implementation, the passive optical element can be on a cover for the module, directly on a top surface of the optoelectronic device, or on an overmold surrounding the optoelectronic device. Methods of fabricating such modules are described as well, and can facilitate manufacturing the modules using wafer-level processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: ams Sensors Singapore Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Simon Gubser, Mario Cesana, Markus Rossi, Hartmut Rudmann
  • Patent number: 10732488
    Abstract: A holder assembly for a camera module comprises: a lens; a lens body containing the lens; a protrusion protruding from a side surface of the lens body; a lens holder containing the lens body and the protrusion; and a waterproof member contained in the lens holder such that the protrusion and the lens holder are bonded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sun Min Hwang, Je Kyung Park, Jong Won Jeon, Kwang Sung Kim
  • Patent number: 10728522
    Abstract: The stereoscopic recording and evaluation of a monitoring area frequently requires high computer powers. A control device (2) for a camera apparatus (3) for the stereoscopic recording of a monitoring area is proposed. In this case, recorded monitoring images (10, 11) have their resolution reduced in particular areas by a processing module and are converted into reduced images (16, 17). The reduced images have a high-resolution section (20) and a low-resolution section (19), wherein the high-resolution section (20) is a respective section showing a distant area of the monitoring area (5), the distant area being an area of the monitoring area (5) that is further away from the camera apparatus (3) than a bounding object area (G). An evaluation module (15) is used to stereoscopically evaluate the monitoring area (5) based on the first reduced image (16) and the second reduced image (17).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Michael Meyer
  • Patent number: 10728517
    Abstract: A method for facilitating parallax mitigation includes capturing a first image of a scene using a first imaging device, where the first imaging device is associated with a first optical axis. The method further includes tilting a second optical axis associated with a second imaging device to obtain a tilted optical axis. The method further includes capturing a second image of the scene using the second imaging device and the tilted optical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: FLIR Systems AB
    Inventors: John Hoglund, Bengt Ehrenkrona
  • Patent number: 10721411
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for performing high dynamic range optical image detection of a scene comprising: imaging incident light from a scene onto an object plane; determining the locations of those pixels in the object plane of higher brightness; detecting the optical irradiance values of those pixels of higher brightness to produce a first detected image; detecting the optical irradiance values of those pixels of lower brightness to produce a second detected image; and generating a high dynamic range optical irradiance map of the scene by combining the first detected image and the second detected image into a single image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: University College Cork—National University of Ireland, Cork
    Inventor: Nabeel Agha Riza
  • Patent number: 10670838
    Abstract: This disclosure provides an image capturing optical lens assembly including, in order from an object side to an image side: a first lens element with refractive power having an object-side surface being convex in a paraxial region thereof; a second lens element having positive refractive power; a third lens element with refractive power having an image-side surface being concave in a paraxial region thereof; a fourth lens element with refractive power having an image-side surface being concave in a paraxial region thereof, wherein both surfaces thereof being aspheric; a fifth lens element with refractive power having an object-side surface being concave in a paraxial region thereof; and a sixth lens element with refractive power having an image-side surface being concave in a paraxial region thereof, wherein both surfaces thereof being aspheric, and the image-side surface having at least one convex shape in an off-axis region thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: LARGAN PRECISION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chun-Che Hsueh, Wei-Yu Chen
  • Patent number: 10671858
    Abstract: A server system obtains a first video sub-stream comprising a first plurality of images of a scene and obtains a second video sub-stream comprising a second plurality of images of at least a portion of the scene. Images of the second video sub-stream have a higher image resolution than images of the first video sub-stream. The first video sub-stream is transmitted to a client device for display. A selection of a region of interest in the scene is received, wherein the selection is from a first image of the first plurality of images of the first video sub-stream. The server systems locates image data of the selected region of interest from the second plurality of images, and provides the located image data of the selected region of interest to the client device for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventor: Eden Sherry
  • Patent number: 10670840
    Abstract: An optical imaging system includes five lens elements, the five lens elements being, in order from an object side to an image side: a first lens element having positive refractive power; a second lens element having negative refractive power; a third lens element having positive refractive power; a fourth lens element having positive refractive power; and a fifth lens element having negative refractive power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: LARGAN PRECISION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chien-Hsun Wu, Tzu-Chieh Kuo, Kuan-Ming Chen
  • Patent number: 10663696
    Abstract: An imaging optical lens system 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 has negative refractive power. The second lens element has an object-side surface being concave in a paraxial region thereof and an image-side surface being convex in a paraxial region thereof. The third lens element has positive refractive power. The fourth lens element has positive refractive power. The fifth lens element has negative refractive power. The sixth lens element has positive refractive power. The imaging optical lens system has a total of six lens elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: LARGAN PRECISION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kuan-Ming Chen, Yu-Tai Tseng, Hsin-Hsuan Huang, Shu-Yun Yang
  • Patent number: 10663838
    Abstract: A camera assembly includes: a hollow lens base, having a first and second accommodation chamber from up to down, an inner diameter of the first accommodation chamber being smaller than that of the second accommodation chamber, the second accommodation chamber being configured to accommodate an image sensor, the top of the first accommodation chamber having an opening; a lens cone, arranged on the lens base and having an extension member at the bottom, an inner diameter of the extension member being greater than an outer diameter of a side wall of the first accommodation chamber; and a driving motor, connected to the lens cone and configured to control the lens cone to move reciprocally in a predetermined direction. During the reciprocal movement, an end surface of the extension member is always located below a top surface of the first accommodation chamber where the opening is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: VIVO MOBILE COMMUNICATION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shangming Yang, Zhuojian Yang
  • Patent number: 10659759
    Abstract: Method and system for selective culling of multi-dimensional data sets. Selective culling system introduces a feedback control method for remote users (e.g., client-side) to customize the selection, transmission, and display of datasets (e.g., on server-side) or any collection or subset of datasets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: STRATUS SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Russell T. Haines
  • Patent number: 10659761
    Abstract: According to one aspect of the present invention, the present invention may relate to a method for transmitting a 360 video. The method for transmitting a 360 video may include processing a plurality of circular images captured by a camera having at least one fisheye lens; encoding a picture to which the circular images are mapped; generating signaling information about the 360 video data; encapsulating the encoded picture and the signaling information into a file, and transmitting the file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hyunmook Oh, Sejin Oh
  • Patent number: 10659688
    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 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: Zakariya Niazi
  • Patent number: 10652421
    Abstract: A method for capturing an image with audio data includes recording and storing audio data, capturing an image on request, and matching and storing the recorded audio data with the captured image, thereby allowing a user to more lively record an audio signal when an image is captured. An apparatus for capturing an image with audio data includes a camera unit configured to capture an image, an audio data recording unit configured to record audio data, and a controller configured to store an image captured by the camera unit, and match and store audio data recorded by the audio data recording unit for a predetermined period of time after the camera unit captured the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Min-Young Chang, Sung-Dae Cho, Ji-Hwan Choe, Oh-Yoon Kwon
  • Patent number: 10649178
    Abstract: An optical imaging lens includes first, second, third, fourth and fifth lens elements arranged sequentially from an object side to an image side along an optical axis. The image-side surface of the first lens element comprises a convex portion in a vicinity of its periphery. The third lens element has negative power. The object-side surface of the fifth lens element comprises a concave portion in a vicinity of its periphery. The optical imaging lens as a whole has only the five lens elements having refractive power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: GENIUS ELECTRONIC OPTICAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kuo-Wen Chang, Poche Lee, Sheng-Wei Hsu, I-Lung Lu
  • Patent number: 10641991
    Abstract: An imaging lens includes a first lens having positive refractive power; a second lens having negative refractive power; a third lens having positive refractive power; a fourth lens having positive refractive power; a fifth lens; and a sixth lens having negative refractive power, arranged in this order from an object side to an image plane side. The second lens is formed in a shape so that surfaces on the both sides have positive curvature radii. The sixth lens is formed in a shape so that surfaces on the both sides have negative curvature radii. The fourth lens is arranged to be away from the fifth lens by a specific distance on an optical axis, and the imaging lens has a specific angle of view so that specific conditional expressions are satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: KANTATSU CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoji Kubota, Kenichi Kubota, Hitoshi Hirano, Hisao Fukaya
  • Patent number: 10645286
    Abstract: Cameras with panoramic scanning range comprising a folded digital camera in which an optical path folding element (OPFE) that folds a first optical path from an object or scene into a second optical path substantially parallel with an optical axis of a lens of the folded camera, the OPFE being rotatable around the lens optical axis, and systems incorporating such cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Corephotonics Ltd.
    Inventors: Roy Fridman, Gil Bachar, Ruthy Katz, Itamar Zinger, Paz Ilan
  • Patent number: 10630909
    Abstract: A camera field indicating method, system, and non-transitory computer readable medium for a camera including imaging optics, a light sensor, the imaging optics and the light sensor intermittently sensing incoming light, an extended light source provided separate from the imaging optics and the light sensor, the extended light source comprising a distributed illuminator capable of being intermittently activated when the light sensor does not need to sense incoming light such that a projection of the distributed illuminator through a duplicate lens of the extended light source matches a field of view of the light sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jonathan Hudson Connell, II, Sharathchandra Umapathirao Pankanti
  • Patent number: 10627605
    Abstract: A photographing 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 negative refractive power has an image-side surface being concave. The second lens element has an image-side surface being concave. The fourth lens element has an image-side surface being convex. The sixth lens element has an object-side surface being concave. The photographing optical lens assembly has a total of six lens elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: LARGAN PRECISION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tung-Yi Hsieh, Wei-Yu Chen
  • Patent number: 10628926
    Abstract: There is provided a signal processing method including calculating, by a processor, a distortion correction parameter on a basis of a correlation between a chief ray angle (CRA) for an image height inside a pixel and a relative position of a lens in an optical axis direction to an imaging element, the relative position being changed by an actuator. In addition, there is provided an imaging device including an image calculation unit that converts an image by using a distortion correction parameter calculated on a basis of a correlation between a chief ray angle for an image height inside a pixel and a relative position of a lens in an optical axis direction to an imaging element, the relative position being changed by an actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Norihiro Tanabe, Yoshikuni Nomura, Shigeyuki Baba
  • Patent number: 10616453
    Abstract: An audio and visual system and a wearable device that incorporates an audio and visual system are provided. The audio and visual system may include a camera sensor and a mask overlying the camera sensor and spaced therefrom so as to at least in part define a first cavity between the camera sensor and the mask. The mask includes a plurality of areas including a plurality of opaque areas and a plurality of areas that are acoustically transparent. The audio and visual system also includes an audio transducer in acoustic communication with the first cavity and configured to generate or receive acoustic signals via the mask. The wearable device includes the audio and visual system as well as a housing in which the audio and visual system is at least partially disposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Miikka Tapani Vilermo, Antero Tossavainen, Jyrki Sakari Kimmel
  • Patent number: 10602060
    Abstract: The present application discloses a camera and an integrated circuit board. The camera includes: an integrated circuit board and a plurality of image sensor boards, wherein an image sensor is mounted on each of the image sensor boards; the plurality of image sensor boards are configured for outputting acquired first image signals to the integrated circuit board; and the integrated circuit board is connected with the plurality of image sensor boards and configured for performing stitching and encoding processing on the first image signals. The present application solves the technical problem that it is difficult for camera equipment provided in the prior art to achieve panoramic shooting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: HANGZHOU HIKVISION DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Xiaojiang Wang
  • Patent number: 10585266
    Abstract: A display device includes a container, a display panel, a circuit board, and a photographing module. The container provides an internal space in a plane defined by a first direction and a second direction crossing the first direction. The display panel is disposed in the internal space. The display panel is configured to display an image in a third direction crossing the first direction and the second direction. The circuit board is connected to the display panel. The photographing module is disposed in the internal space and is oriented in the first direction. The photographing module includes lenses. At least a portion of the photographing module is surrounded by at least one of the display panel and the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jaeho Lee, Mugyeom Kim
  • Patent number: 10587787
    Abstract: A displacement sensor includes a first frame; a second frame; a first coil including a first voltage formed at the first frame applied to the first coil; a second coil formed at the first frame including a current of a second voltage flowing in the second coil corresponding to a voltage of the first frame if the first voltage is applied to the first coil; a conductor coupled to the second frame; and a detector for calculating a relative position between the first frame and the second frame by monitoring the second voltage. Further, a size of the second voltage is reduced if the second coil is moved closer to the conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hyungjoo Kang, Sungdu Kwon, Salkmann Ji, Samnyol Hong
  • Patent number: 10587861
    Abstract: A system includes a memory, one or more processors, a guest virtual machine, a hypervisor, and a client. The hypervisor receives, from the client, a first notification of stereoscopic capability. The hypervisor sends, to the guest virtual machine, a second notification of stereoscopic capability. The hypervisor receives, from the guest virtual machine, a plurality of frames included in a single composite frame. The hypervisor sends the plurality of frames to the client. The client receives the plurality of frames and identifies each one of the plurality of frames as a part of the single composite frame. The client stores the plurality of frames until each one of the frames included in the single composite frame have been received and identified. The client synchronizes with a display device to present the single composite frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Red Hat Israel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael Tsirkin, Uri Lublin
  • Patent number: 10578779
    Abstract: A micro lens array includes: a glass substrate; and a plurality of resin lenses arranged on at least one main surface of the glass substrate, wherein, among the plurality of lenses, resin lenses arranged on one main surface of the glass substrate are such that a plurality of lines of lenses arranged in a first direction is arranged side by side in a second direction different from the first direction, a core thickness, a radius of curvature, and a surface shape of a resin lens in a certain lens line are different from a core thickness, a radius of curvature, and a surface shape of a resin lens of another lens line, and the resin lenses have the same resin volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventors: Makoto Ooki, Hideo Uemura, Kazuki Ikeda
  • Patent number: 10578668
    Abstract: A detection device for a mobile phone camera module includes a casing, a power board, a main board, a camera module data interface unit, and a connection port unit, wherein both the power board and the main board are disposed within the casing; the power board is respectively electrically connected with the camera module data interface unit and the connection port unit; the casing has multiple windows for respectively accommodating the camera module data interface unit and the connection port unit; a radiator, a power switch and an indicator light are disposed within the casing, and are electrically connected with both the main board and the power board. Furthermore, the detection device provided by the present invention provides multiple connection ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: DOTHINKEY (HONGKONG) TECHNOLOGY CO., LIMITED
    Inventor: Siyuan Jiang
  • Patent number: 10571931
    Abstract: A vehicle control system may include a vehicle frame, a mount secured to the vehicle frame and configured for rigidly securing a smartphone therein such that motions experienced by the vehicle frame are correspondingly experienced by the smartphone, and system electronics arranged on the frame and in communication with the smartphone and vehicle controllers, the system electronics configured to receive signals from the smartphone and control directional devices of the vehicle based on the signals via the vehicle controllers. A system for preparing signals for transmission to the vehicle to control navigation may also be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Ares Aerosystems Corporation
    Inventor: Benjamin Malay
  • Patent number: 10571657
    Abstract: Present embodiments relate to an optical imaging lens. The optical imaging lens may include a first lens element, a second lens element, a third lens element, a fourth lens element, and a fifth lens element positioned sequentially from an object side to an image side. Through arrangement of convex or concave surfaces of the five lens elements, the length of the optical imaging lens may be shortened while providing improved optical characteristics and imaging quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Genius Electronic Optical (Xiamen) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jia-Sin Jhang, Ruyou Tang, Huifeng Pan
  • Patent number: 10565679
    Abstract: An imaging device incorporated in an omnidirectional video capturing system including an imager, a memory, and a transmitter. The imager includes imaging lenses to capture images from a plurality of directions. The memory stores projective transformation data. The projective transformation data includes photographing direction data representing the plurality of directions and projection data representing image heights of the images associated with angles at which light rays enter the imaging lens. The transmitter reads the projective transformation data stored in the memory, and transmits frame data of the images and the projective transformation information to an image processing device of the omnidirectional video capturing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Keiichi Kawaguchi, Tomonori Aikawa
  • Patent number: 10560628
    Abstract: In some implementations, a 360-degree camera includes two wide-angle lenses that provide a spherical view of a scene. The 360-degree camera is configured to be connected to a computing device (e.g., a smart phone) for rendering the captured images. In some implementations, the camera lenses in the 360-degree camera are wide-angle lenses (e.g., 208°) and corrections are performed to the projection of the 3D video data into a planar view to adjust the fisheye effect. A fisheye mapping function is selected that improves the distribution of sampling rays to present a natural view without blurred areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Visual Supply Company
    Inventors: Alexandre Karpenko, Christopher Cunningham, Jonathan Denby
  • Patent number: 10554868
    Abstract: A camera module and a mobile terminal are disclosed. The camera module includes a first camera module, a second camera module and a bracket; the first camera module is arranged side by side with the second camera module, the second camera module is connected to the bracket so as to be grounded, a connector is provided between the first camera module and the second camera module, and the first camera module is electrically connected to the second camera module via the connector so as to be grounded through the bracket. By a connector provided between the first camera module and the second camera module, the first camera module is electrically connected to the second camera module, and achieves common grounding through the bracket at the side of the second camera module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventors: Yimei Tang, Yi Sun, Jingming Wan, Xinquan Zhou, Haijin Hu, Guangwei Zhang
  • Patent number: 10554915
    Abstract: A pixel electrode includes a first electrode, a second electrode arranged so as to face the first electrode in a first direction, and a third electrode. A counter electrode is provided in an upper portion of the pixel electrode, and a photoelectric conversion layer is arranged so as to be sandwiched by the pixel electrode and the counter electrode. A length of the third electrode in a predetermined direction is shorter than a length of the first electrode and a length of the second electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Taro Kato, Kazuya Igarashi, Masahiro Kobayashi, Hidekazu Takahashi, Akinari Takagi
  • Patent number: 10547782
    Abstract: An image sensing apparatus including a light source, an image sensor, at least one lens, and a wavelength selecting device is provided. The light source is configured to emit an illumination light to irradiate an object. The image sensor is configured to receive a light signal from the object and send an image signal corresponding to the light signal. The at least one lens is located on a transmission path of the light signal and between the object and the image sensor. The wavelength selecting device is located on the transmission path of the light signal and between the object and the image sensor. The wavelength selecting device has a first reflector and a second reflector, and a gap exists between the first reflector and the second reflector. The gap is adapted to be adjusted to have a first predetermined optical path length or a second predetermined optical path length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Jing-Yuan Lin, Horn-Chin Lee, Chia-Jung Chang, Chih-Hao Hsu
  • Patent number: 10545315
    Abstract: An optical imaging lens system includes five lens elements which are, 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 positive refractive power. The second lens element has negative refractive power. The third lens element has positive refractive power. The fourth lens element has negative refractive power. The fifth lens element with negative refractive power can have an object-side surface being concave in a paraxial region thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: LARGAN Precision Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hung-Shuo Chen, Shu-Yun Yang
  • Patent number: 10542196
    Abstract: A device for relative positioning of multi-aperture optics having several optical channels in relation to an image sensor includes a reference object, a positioning device, and a calculating device. The reference object is arranged such that the reference object is imaged onto one image region per channel in the optical channels by the multi-aperture optics. The positioning device is controllable to change a relative location between the multi-aperture optics and the image sensor. The calculating device is configured to determine actual positions of the reference object in at least three image regions in images of the reference object and to control the positioning device on the basis of a comparison of the actual positions with positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Andreas Brueckner, Frank Wippermann, Andreas Braeuer
  • Patent number: 10534167
    Abstract: In an endoscope objective lens which includes a reflective member that bends an optical path substantially at a right angle inserted between the last lens surface and an image sensor disposed on the image plane, the effective diameter of the last lens surface is made smaller than the size of the image sensor in a direction corresponding to the optical path bending direction and the endoscope objective lens is made so as to satisfy a conditional expression given below. h1<V+0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Hitoshi Miyano
  • Patent number: 10527825
    Abstract: An image pickup optical system of the present invention includes, in order from the object side to the image side, a first lens unit having a positive refractive power, a second lens unit having a negative refractive power, an aperture stop, and a third lens unit, and the second lens unit moves during focusing. The first lens unit consists of, in order from the object side to the image side, a first lens sub-unit having a positive refractive power, a second lens sub-unit having a negative refractive power, and a third lens sub-unit having a positive refractive power, and the focal length of the second lens sub-unit and the focal length of the image pickup optical system are appropriately set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kentaro Mori
  • Patent number: 10527821
    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 and a fifth lens element. The first lens element with positive refractive power has an object-side surface being convex in a paraxial region. The second lens element with negative refractive power has an object-side surface being concave in a paraxial region. The third lens element has an object-side surface and an image-side surface being aspheric. The fourth lens element with negative refractive power has an object-side surface being concave and an image-side surface being concave in a paraxial region, wherein the image-side surface has convex shape in an off-axis region, and the two surfaces thereof are aspheric. The fifth lens element with positive refractive power has an object-side surface and an image-side surface being both aspheric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: LARGAN Precision Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Po-Lun Hsu, Wei-Yu Chen
  • Patent number: 10514522
    Abstract: A lens drive unit that prevents an actuator from being inclined is provided. In the lens drive unit, when a lens frame is displaced in a direction orthogonal to a direction in which the actuator extends and contracts with respect to a base member by, for example, impact from an outside of the lens drive unit, a drive shaft of the actuator abuts on a first lateral wall and a column, so that the actuator is prevented from being inclined with respect to the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: TDK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masahiro Hosokawa, Naoki Yusa, Seiji Fukuoka, Mio Hamashima, Toshiki Maruyama, Hiroshi Tojo, Mitsunao Homma, Takuto Horii, Atsushi Ezawa, Tatsuya Taki
  • Patent number: 10508792
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for covering the optical system of a moving head light fixture with a filter or diffuser when the lighting fixture is turned off is provided. The filter or diffuser is positioned in the optical path between a lighting element and a lens. A retraction device is energized to retract the filter or diffuser from the optical path during normal operation. Upon removal of power to the fixture, the filter mechanism automatically returns the filter or diffuser to its position in the optical path. In this way, the optical system of the fixture can be protected from damage caused by impinging strong light and/or sunlight when the fixture is not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Chauvet & Sons, LLC
    Inventors: Qing Feng Chen, An Min Zhao
  • Patent number: 10509912
    Abstract: Techniques and apparatus for preventing unauthorized use of an image capture device are described. In one embodiment, for example, an apparatus may include an image capture unit operative to capture images from incident light incident on at least a portion of the image capture unit, a privacy assembly operative to prevent the image capture unit from generating a clear image responsive to a privacy active signal, and logic coupled to the privacy assembly, the logic to generate the privacy active signal responsive to the image capture unit being inactive. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Vadim Sukhomlinov, Tamir Damian Munafo, Kshitij Doshi
  • Patent number: 10509200
    Abstract: A photographing lens assembly includes, in order from an object side to an image side: a plurality of lens elements and an aspheric image surface. Each of the lens elements of the photographing lens assembly has an object-side surface facing toward the object side and an image-side surface facing toward the image side, and each of the lens elements is a single and non-cemented lens element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: LARGAN PRECISION CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shu-Yun Yang
  • Patent number: 10511779
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus is provided with: an image capture element; a readout unit configured to readout, from the image capture element, a first image corresponding to a portion of a first number of pixels and a second image corresponding to a portion of a second number of pixels that is smaller than the first number of pixels, a display unit configured to display by switching between the first image and the second image; and an adjustment unit configured to, if a display area of the first image in the display unit differs to a display area of the second image in the display unit, adjust one of the first image and the second image so that the display area of the first image matches the display area of the second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kohta Haruna