Optics Patents (Class 348/335)
  • Patent number: 10345558
    Abstract: An optical lens assembly includes a first lens, a second lens, a third lens, a fourth lens, a fifth lens and a sixth lens, all of which are arranged in sequence from an object side to an image side along an optical axis. The first lens is with positive refractive power and includes a convex surface facing the object side. The second lens is with refractive power. The third lens is with refractive power and includes a concave surface facing the object side. The fourth lens is with positive refractive power. The fifth lens is with positive refractive power. The sixth lens is with positive refractive power. The optical lens assembly satisfies 10?f4/f?25, wherein f4 is an effective focal length of the fourth lens and f is an effective focal length of the optical lens assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignees: SINTAI OPTICAL (SHENZHEN) CO., LTD., AOE Optronics Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Po-Yuan Shih
  • Patent number: 10349047
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for testing an angle of view of a camera. The present invention may comprise: a first light source which is arranged to face an image sensor, and has a first width and a second width longer than the first width; and a second light source and a third light source which are disposed on both sides of the image sensor in the direction of the first width, respectively. The present invention can inhibit an interference of the light source or a bracket supporting the light source by reducing the number of light sources. In addition, since it is possible to measure the angle of view of a camera by reducing the light sources, the present invention can reduce the manufacturing costs of a device for testing an angle of view of a camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dae Sang Ryu, Kyoung Chan Park, Yong Su Lee, Hyung Seok Lim
  • Patent number: 10324300
    Abstract: A dynamic imaging system of an endoscope that adjusts path length differences or focal points to expand a usable depth of field. The imaging system utilizes a variable lens to adjust the focal plane of the beam or an actuated sensor to adjust the detected focal plane. The imaging system is thus capable of capturing and adjusting the focal plane of separate images captured on separate sensors. The separate light beams may be differently polarized by a variable wave plate or a polarized beam splitter to allow separate manipulation of the beams for addition of more frames. These differently focused frames are then combined using image fusion techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignees: KARL STORZ SE & Co. KG, Karl Storz Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: George Duckett, Martin Reese, Eric Hale, Nathan Schara
  • Patent number: 10319078
    Abstract: Provided is an image signal processing apparatus including multiple color support distortion correcting units receiving a color signal of a correction target image, performing image distortion correction of a color based on a lens distortion characteristic and generating a correction image supporting the color. Each of the multiple color support distortion correcting units performs processing of receiving a reference signal indicating a pixel position in an input image applied to calculate a pixel value of an output correction image, and setting a pixel value of the pixel position indicated by the reference signal in the input image as an output pixel value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoichi Hirota
  • Patent number: 10306119
    Abstract: Disclosed is a centering-blocking apparatus (1) including: a frame (10); an ophthalmic lens holder (20); a blocking unit (30) suitable for receiving a blocking accessory (200) with a view to depositing it on the ophthalmic lens; and a centering unit (40) suitable for revealing a reference system of the ophthalmic lens. According to an embodiment, the blocking unit is fixedly mounted on the frame whereas the holder is movably mounted on the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: ESSILOR INTERNATIONAL
    Inventors: David C Tang, Guilhem Escalier, Stephane Boutinon, Michel Nauche, Leonard Hartmann
  • Patent number: 10303921
    Abstract: Devices and optical sensor modules are provided for provide on-screen optical sensing of fingerprints by using an under-screen optical sensor module that captures and detects light from a fiber on top of the screen. Various implementations of the under-LCD optical sensor modules are provided, including different optical imaging module designs for under-LCD optical sensing, invisible under-LCD optical sensor modules based on concealing optical transmissive features or regions under the LCD opaque borders and optical sensing of topographical features associated with inner tissues of a finger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Shenzhen Goodix Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yi He, Bo Pi
  • Patent number: 10298815
    Abstract: A method for mounting an imaging sensor to a chassis is disclosed. The method comprises forming a plurality of mounting formations on a body of the chassis: forming a plurality of sensor sub-assemblies, each comprising a sensor mounted to a cartridge block; and securing each sensor sub-assembly to the chassis via a corresponding mounting formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Altia Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Atif Sarwari
  • Patent number: 10298824
    Abstract: A color sensor module including a color sensor for detecting a surrounding color condition, and a concave lens located in front of the color sensor can ensure an amount of light reaching the color sensor, thereby obtaining more accurate color condition information, regardless of the incident angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Dongjin Lee, Jongpil Kim, Sungbum Joo, Hakhae Kim
  • Patent number: 10288858
    Abstract: In the zoom lens, a first optical system is formed on the magnification side, and a second optical system is formed on the reduction side, with the intermediate image formed between the first optical system and the second optical system. The first optical system has a 5-group configuration, where the second to fourth lens groups move during zooming. In the first optical system, three or more negative lenses are disposed continuously in order from a position closest to the magnification side. The first optical system has a first cemented lens that is formed by cementing a negative lens and two positive lenses, of which Abbe numbers are larger than that of the negative lens, in order of positive, negative, and positive powers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuki Inoue
  • Patent number: 10289151
    Abstract: An optical processing system comprises an optical input; one or more spatial light modulator arrays; and a detector array; wherein at least of said spatial light modulator arrays incorporates a plurality of data elements focusing elements; said data elements and/or said focussing elements having multiple degrees of freedom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: OPTALYSYS LTC.
    Inventor: Nicholas James New
  • Patent number: 10284768
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present application provide image processing methods and apparatus. A image processing method disclosed herein comprises: acquiring two images of the same scene shot in the same position with the same aperture pattern and different depth of field parameters; performing frequency-domain conversion on each of the images, to obtain a frequency-domain signal of each image; and obtaining an all-in-focus image of the scene at least according to the frequency-domain signal of each image and the different depth of field parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: BEIJING ZHIGU RUI TUO TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hanning Zhou, Jia Liu
  • Patent number: 10281681
    Abstract: An imaging lens includes a first lens group and a second lens group, arranged from an object side to an image plane side. The first lens group includes a first lens having positive refractive power, a second lens having positive refractive power, and a third lens having at least one aspheric surface, arranged with a space in between. The second lens group includes a fourth lens having positive refractive power and at least one aspheric surface, a fifth lens having two aspheric surfaces, and a sixth lens having two aspheric surfaces, arranged with a space in between. The fifth lens is formed in a shape so that a curvature radius of the surface on the image plane side is positive near an optical axis. The sixth lens is formed in a shape so that a curvature radius of the surface on the object side is negative near an optical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: KANTATSU CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoji Kubota, Kenichi Kubota, Hitoshi Hirano, Hisao Fukaya
  • Patent number: 10270951
    Abstract: An image sensing unit, comprising: an image sensor including a plurality of pixels, corresponding to a plurality of microlenses, respectively, each of which has a plurality of photoelectric conversion units aligned in a predetermined direction and from which a pupil divided signal can be read out; and an optical low-pass filter arranged on a subject side of the image sensor, wherein the optical low-pass filter is configured by a single birefringence plate, and separates a light beam in an alignment direction in which the plurality of photoelectric conversion units are aligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshiaki Irie
  • Patent number: 10262395
    Abstract: An image processing method and apparatus, and an electronic device are provided. The image sensor is controlled to output the compositing image. The merged image and the color-block image can be output respectively under different scenes requiring different imaging effect. Then the preset target region is identified in the merged image. Finally, the processed merged image (i.e. the merged true-color image) corresponding to the preset target region is composited with the processed color-block image (i.e. the simulation true-color image). Therefore, the signal-to-noise ratio, the resolution and distinguishability are improved. The placed location in the simulation true-color image can be manually adjusted, thereby enhancing user experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventor: Cheng Tang
  • Patent number: 10255664
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an image processing device and method, which are capable of reproducing optical information processing of a lens. A viewpoint PSF calculating unit converts each disparity map into a map of a depth z. Then, the viewpoint PSF calculating unit obtains a viewpoint position on the basis of each viewpoint image, a map of each depth z, and a focus position, and generates PSF data of each viewpoint on the basis of the viewpoint position. Here, the PSF data is a point spread function, and an offset amount and an intensity coefficient of each viewpoint can be obtained on the basis of the PSF data of each viewpoint. The viewpoint PSF calculating unit supplies the obtained PSF data of each viewpoint (that is, the offset amount and the intensity coefficient) to a light collection processing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kengo Hayasaka, Katsuhisa Ito
  • Patent number: 10257398
    Abstract: The present embodiment relates to a camera module comprising: a first body; a second body coupled to the first body; a lens unit coupled to the second body; a circuit substrate unit located in an internal space formed by the first body and the second body and having an image sensor mounted thereon; and a focusing unit formed in the second body, and moving and fixing the lens unit or the circuit substrate unit in an optical axis direction of the lens unit, wherein a distance between the lens unit and the image sensor in the optical axis direction is adjusted through the focusing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Seung Ryong Park
  • Patent number: 10237458
    Abstract: A filter switching device used for a camera module and a mobile device that includes a camera module are disclosed. The disclosed filter switching device used for a camera module comprises: a base having a light passage hole formed therein; a filter blade unit that is coupled to the base to rotate about the reference axis of the base and includes a plurality of filters; and a driving unit that rotates the filter blade unit using a magnetic force, wherein one of the plurality of filters is set to the position corresponding to the light passage hole when the filter blade unit rotates by a preset angle in a first direction, and another filter is set to the position corresponding to the light passage hole when the filter blade unit rotates by a preset angle in a second direction that is opposite to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: MICRO ACTUATOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dae-soon Lim, Hak-ku Yoon, Myung-won Choi
  • Patent number: 10234680
    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: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Taek Lee, Sung Guk Lee
  • Patent number: 10228543
    Abstract: A zoom apparatus for a camera of a game system is disclosed. The zoom apparatus has a body structure formed to fit over the camera. The zoom apparatus includes a zoom lens disposed within the body structure so as to be positioned in front of a lens of the camera when the body structure is attached to the camera. The zoom apparatus also includes an optical waveguide disposed within the body structure. The optical waveguide is formed to have an optical input and an optical output. The optical waveguide is formed to receive light into the optical input from a light source on the camera when the body structure is attached to the camera. The optical waveguide is formed to emit light from the optical output into a designated area within a field of view of the lens of the camera when the body structure is attached to the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Stafford
  • Patent number: 10215955
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a photographing optical lens system comprising five lens elements, the five lens elements being, in order from an object side to an image side: a first lens element with positive 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 having negative refractive power, a fourth lens element having positive refractive power, and a fifth lens element with negative refractive power having an image-side surface being concave in a paraxial region thereof with at least one convex critical point in an off-axial region thereof, both of an object-side surface and the image-side surface thereof being aspheric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: LARGAN PRECISION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Cheng-Chen Lin, Chun-Yen Chen, Chun-Che Hsueh, Wei-Yu Chen
  • Patent number: 10214155
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide is an on-vehicle image processing device that achieves low cost and provides high mounting accuracy and high electrical adjustment accuracy during a manufacturing process. The on-vehicle image processing device includes a first imaging section, a second imaging section, and an enclosure having the first imaging section at one end and the second imaging section at the other end. The on-vehicle image processing device generates a range image from images captured by the first and second imaging sections. The on-vehicle image processing device further includes an enclosure reference surface that comes in contact with an equipment jig during manufacture, the enclosure reference surface being provided at two locations between the first and second imaging sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Ken Ohsumi
  • Patent number: 10212532
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method, comprising: receiving, by a media processor including a processor, spherical audiovisual media content from a content delivery network; rendering, by the media processor, video for a point of view in the spherical audiovisual media content at a display device coupled to the media processor; receiving, from a remote control device coupled to the media processor, a control signal panning the point of view, resulting in a new field of view; and generating, by the media processor, audio signals from the spherical audiovisual media content corresponding to the new field of view, wherein the audio signals are adapted to audio reproduction equipment coupled to the media processor. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Manuel Briand
  • Patent number: 10185128
    Abstract: An optical photographing lens assembly includes five lens elements, 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 a convex object-side surface in a paraxial region thereof. The second lens element with negative refractive power has a convex object-side surface and a concave image-side surface in a paraxial region thereof. The fourth lens element with positive refractive power has a convex image-side surface in a paraxial region thereof. The fifth lens element with negative refractive power has a concave image-side surface in a paraxial region thereof, wherein the image-side surface of the fifth lens element has at least one convex critical point in an off-axial region thereof, and two surfaces of the fifth lens element are both aspheric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: LARGAN Precision Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chun-Che Hsueh, Wei-Yu Chen, Chun-Shan Chen, Hsuan-Chin Huang, Kuan-Ting Yeh
  • Patent number: 10186989
    Abstract: Provided is a vibration wave motor including a holding structure that does not inhibit vibration of the entire vibrator. The vibration wave motor includes: a vibrator that generates an elliptic motion; a holding means that holds the vibrator; and a driven body driven by the vibrator, wherein the holding means includes a first abutting portion and a second abutting portion abutting the vibrator, the vibrator includes a first displacement portion at a part abutting the first abutting portion and includes a second displacement portion at a part abutting the second abutting portion, a displacement of the first displacement portion is smaller than a displacement of the second displacement portion, and an area of the first abutting portion of the holding means is greater than an area of the second abutting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Goro Noto
  • Patent number: 10185137
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to Fourier ptychographic microscopy systems and methods. The system includes: a three-color LED array; a microscope, configured to obtain image information with multi-wavelength, and magnify to generate magnified image information; an RGB camera configured to acquire a first color image with a first resolution based on the magnified image information; and a controller, configured to synchronously control the three-color LED array and the RGB camera, in which the three-color LED array is further configured to display a plurality of illumination patterns, the RGB camera is further configured to acquire synchronously a plurality of first color images, and the controller is further configured to restore a single second image with a second resolution according to the plurality of first color images, and the first resolution is less than the second resolution. The present disclosure improves sampling speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Tsinghua University
    Inventors: Qionghai Dai, You Zhou, Jiamin Wu, Jingtao Fan
  • Patent number: 10180564
    Abstract: A transport-of-intensity imaging system is proposed which incorporates a control element positioned in an optical relay system, such as a 4f optical relay system, between a microscope system for generating an image of a specimen, and an image capturing device. The control element is located with an optical relay system, and is controllable to vary the focal plane without changing the spacing of the specimen and the image capturing device. In one form the control element is an electronically tunable lens (ETL). In another form, the control element is a spatial light modulator (SLM). The arrangement may include a beam splitter arrangement for generating a plurality of beams, which are not all subject to the same control element, such that multiple images with different focal planes are captured from the respective beams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Anand Krishna Asundi, Chao Zuo
  • Patent number: 10175458
    Abstract: A photographing lens assembly includes five lens elements, 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 has an object-side surface being concave in a paraxial region. The third lens element has an object-side surface being convex in a paraxial region. The fourth lens element has an object-side surface being concave in a paraxial region, wherein two surfaces thereof are both aspheric. The fifth lens element has an object-side surface and an image-side surface being both aspheric. At least one surface of the lens elements has at least one inflection point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: LARGAN Precision Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yu-Tai Tseng, Tung-Yi Hsieh, Hsin-Hsuan Huang
  • Patent number: 10175456
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an imaging lens assembly including, in order from an object side to an image side: a first lens element with positive refractive power having an object-side surface being convex in a paraxial region thereof; a second lens element with negative refractive power having an object-side surface being concave in a paraxial region thereof; a third lens element; a fourth lens element; a fifth lens element having an object-side surface being concave in a paraxial region thereof, both of the object-side surface and an image-side surface thereof being aspheric; and a sixth lens element having an object-side surface and an image-side surface being both aspheric. The imaging lens assembly has a total of six lens elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: LARGAN PRECISION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chien-Hsun Wu, Hsiang Chi Tang, Wei-Yu Chen
  • Patent number: 10171727
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an image-taking apparatus wherein a first actuation of a control element locks image-taking parameters and a subsequent actuation of this control element causes a picture to be taken. In one embodiment, the apparatus is a cellular telephone equipped with a camera wherein a first press on the volume up button locks focus and exposure. The photographer can then recompose the picture according to the ‘half-press’ technique and take a picture with a subsequent press on the volume up button. The locked focus and exposure may be unlocked after a predetermined timeout period during which no picture was taken. Other embodiments are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Promanthan Brains LLC, Series Click only
    Inventor: Oliver Markus Haynold
  • Patent number: 10162155
    Abstract: An optical image capturing system includes, along the optical axis in order from an object side to an image side, a first lens, a second lens, a third lens, a fourth lens, and a fifth lens. At least one lens among the first to the fifth lenses has positive refractive force. The fifth lens can have negative refractive force, wherein both surfaces thereof are aspheric, and at least one surface thereof has an inflection point. The lenses in the optical image capturing system which have refractive power include the first to the fifth lenses. The optical image capturing system can increase aperture value and improve the imagining quality for use in compact cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: ABILITY OPTO-ELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chien-Hsun Lai, Yao-Wei Liu, Yeong-Ming Chang
  • Patent number: 10165181
    Abstract: The present invention provides an imaging device capable of greatly reducing the assignment number of light reception cells assigned to each microlens of an array lens and increasing the number of pixels of images having different characteristics that are captured simultaneously. One aspect of the present invention is an imaging device that includes an imaging optical system including a center optical system (wide-angle lens) and an annular optical system (telescopic lens) that share an optical axis, an image sensor, and an array lens arranged on the incidence side of the image sensor and including microlenses (pupil imaging lenses). The array lens causes annular pupil images corresponding to the annular optical system adjacent to each other among a center pupil image and annular pupil images formed on the image sensor by the respective microlenses to partially overlap each other on the image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Shuji Ono
  • Patent number: 10162047
    Abstract: A light receiving/emitting element module includes: a substrate; a light emitting element disposed on one principal face of the substrate; a light receiving element disposed on the one principal face and disposed next to the light emitting element in a first direction; and an optical element located away from the one principal face, and having a first principal face, and a second principal face. The optical element includes a first lens for the light emitting element, and a second lens for the light receiving element. The first lens and the second lens are disposed side by side in the first direction, and a curved surface defining the first lens and a curved surface defining the second lens which are disposed on at least one of the first principal face and the second principal face, intersect each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Okushiba
  • Patent number: 10158804
    Abstract: An imaging device performs live view control in which control of imaging a subject image formed by a focusing lens so as to output image data, generating tilt-distortion correction image data in accordance with the tilt-distortion correction level on the basis of the image data, and displaying a tilt-distortion correction image represented by the tilt-distortion correction image data is performed repeatedly, and performs focus bracket control in which control of moving the focusing lens to each of a plurality of lens positions determined on the basis of the tilt-distortion correction level and imaging a subject image formed by the focusing lens so as to output image data when the focusing lens has moved to each of the plurality of lens positions is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Takeyuki Ajito
  • Patent number: 10156733
    Abstract: A lens device comprises a connect assembly, a lens assembly and a drive assembly. The lens assembly is disposed on the connect assembly and has a central axis. The drive assembly comprises a first coil, a magnet and a second coil. The first coil is wound around the lens assembly. The magnet is disposed on the connect assembly and has a first magnetic pole, a second magnetic pole, a first direction of magnetic field and a second direction of magnetic field. The first direction of magnetic field and the second direction of magnetic field are not parallel to each other. The first direction of magnetic field points toward the first coil. The second coil is disposed on the connect assembly. The second direction of magnetic field points toward a part of the second coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Shou-Cheng Ma, Cheng-Hsuan Lin, Wen-Yang Peng, Chieh-Yi Huang, Chau-Shin Jang
  • Patent number: 10154184
    Abstract: A camera module includes a circuit carrier, an image sensor chip arranged on the circuit carrier and an optics module with an optics housing accommodating a lens. Provision is made for the optics housing to be embodied with at least three press-fit pins, the optics housing to be connected to the circuit carrier by way of the three press-fit pins with a predetermined distance from the circuit carrier, wherein the circuit carrier is embodied with at least three press-fit holes for establishing a press-fit connection by the press-fit pins. Furthermore, the invention relates to a method for producing the camera module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Conti Temic microelectronic GmbH
    Inventor: Boris Werthessen
  • Patent number: 10148865
    Abstract: A focus detection apparatus, comprising, focus detection pixels that receive a pair of light fluxes resulting from pupil division of light flux, a memory that stores correction values in accordance with width of the imaging light flux in the pupil-division direction relating to a two-image interval value, and a controller having a focus detection section, a light flux width calculation section, and a defocus amount calculation section, wherein the light flux width calculation section calculates the width of the imaging light flux in the pupil-division direction, and the defocus amount calculation section calculates defocus amount of the photographing optical system based on the two-image interval value, wherein the focus detection section detects a first two-image interval value and corrects the first two-image interval value based on the correction values and the width of the imaging light flux in the pupil-division direction to obtain a second two-image interval value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Ryuhi Okubo, Kazumi Ito
  • Patent number: 10144342
    Abstract: A mobile robot comprising: a vision system, the vision system comprising a camera and two or more light sources each arranged to provide a level of illumination to an area surrounding the mobile robot; wherein the two or more light sources are arranged to illuminate separate areas surrounding the robot corresponding to different sections of an image captured by the camera, and the level of illumination provided by each of the light sources is independently adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Ze Ji, Christopher Andrew Smith
  • Patent number: 10133033
    Abstract: An 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, a sixth lens element and a seventh lens element. The first lens element with positive refractive power has an object-side surface being convex in a paraxial region thereof. The second lens element has refractive power. The third lens element has refractive power. 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. The sixth lens element with refractive power has an object-side surface being concave in a paraxial region thereof. The seventh lens element with refractive power has an image-side surface being concave in a paraxial region thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: LARGAN PRECISION CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Wei-Yu Chen
  • Patent number: 10129479
    Abstract: In a photographing apparatus, a low-pass selector controller (processor) is configured to perform a plurality of photographing operations including an LPF-ON photographing operation, which obtains an image signal from an image sensor in a state where the image sensor has been LPF driven by the image-shake correction device (driver) and obtains an optical low-pass filter effect, and an LPF-OFF photographing operation, which obtains an image signal from the image sensor in a state where the image sensor has not been LPF driven by the image-shake correction device (driver) and does not obtain an optical low-pass filter effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Koichi Muramatsu, Koichi Akiyama, Akira Nakano
  • Patent number: 10129470
    Abstract: System and methods are disclosed for generating an output video stream from a wide field video stream. The wide field video stream may be created from compiling a plurality of video stream capturing different viewpoints of the same environment simultaneously. Upon selecting a wide field video stream, a first geometric function may be utilized to generate individual intermediate points that correspond to locations in a wide field video stream to be displayed on a particular display space. A second geometric function may be further utilized to generate reference points so that a the pixel on the output video stream are determined from the intermediate points of the wide field video stream of the first geometric function. Upon the execution of the first and second geometric function, an output video stream is generated for display on the determined display space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexandre Jenny, Yann Renaud Gilquin
  • Patent number: 10126564
    Abstract: An optical image stabilization mechanism is provided, including a holder for holding a lens, a frame, a base, a first coil, a second coil, a displacement sensor, a first magnetic element, a second magnetic element, and a third magnetic element. The frame is movably connected to the holder and the base. The first coil is disposed on a side of the holder. The second coil is disposed on the base. The first and second magnetic elements are disposed on the frame and correspond to the first coil. The magnetic pole direction of the first magnetic element is opposite to that of the second magnetic element. The third magnetic element is disposed on the frame and corresponds to the second coil. The displacement sensor is disposed on the base to detect relative displacement between the lens and the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: TDK Taiwan Corp.
    Inventors: Yi-Liang Chan, Shang-Yu Hsu
  • Patent number: 10110823
    Abstract: A position output unit according to the invention includes a pulse generator that generates a second pulse train signal on a basis of a first pulse train signal output from a position detector that generates the first pulse train signal including a number of pulses representing the displacement amount of a movable member. The pulse generator generates the second pulse train signal in such a way that a second total pulse number defined as a total number of pulses in the second pulse train signal corresponding to a displacement amount of the movable member over an entirety of the movable range is smaller than or equal to a first total pulse number defined as a total number of pulses in the first pulse train signal corresponding to the entirety of the movable range of the movable member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Junji Shigeta
  • Patent number: 10110790
    Abstract: A camera module, in particular for a vehicle, including a lens holder and a sensor carrier on which a carrier element is attached. The lens holder is fastened on the carrier element by an adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Hans-Georg Drotleff, Nikolai Bauer
  • Patent number: 10101561
    Abstract: A five-piece optical imaging lens, in order from an object side to an image side, includes: an aperture stop; a first lens element with a positive refractive power having an object-side surface being convex near an optical axis and the image-side surface being concave near the optical axis; a second lens element with a negative refractive power having an object-side surface being convex near the optical axis and an image-side surface being concave near the optical axis; a third lens element with a negative refractive power having an image-side surface being concave near the optical axis; a fourth lens element with a positive refractive power having an object-side surface being concave near the optical axis and an image-side surface being convex near the optical axis; a fifth lens element with a negative refractive power having an image-side surface being concave near the optical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: NEWMAX TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Fei-Hsin Tsai, Shu-Tzu Lai, Sian-Chih Ke
  • Patent number: 10101558
    Abstract: A lens driving device is provided, including a frame, a lens holder, and a dust-proof structure. The frame includes a top casing and a bottom base. The lens holder carries a lens and is movably disposed in the frame and has a first anti-twist structure. A second anti-twist structure corresponding to the first anti-twist structure is formed on a surface of the bottom base. The dust-proof structure is formed on the surface of the bottom base to prevent dust from entering a receiving hole in the bottom base, and the receiving hole is used for receiving an image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: TDK TAIWAN CORP.
    Inventors: Chen-Hsien Fan, Shu-Shan Chen
  • Patent number: 10097806
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus (204) includes an unnecessary component determiner (204a) which determines unnecessary component information of a parallax image based on difference information relating to a plurality of parallax images, a reduction processor (204b) which performs reduction processing on at least one of the parallax image, the difference information, and the unnecessary component information, a magnification processor (204c) which performs magnification processing on the unnecessary component information, and an unnecessary component reducer (204d) which reduces an unnecessary component, based on the unnecessary component information, from the parallax image or a synthesized image obtained by synthesizing the plurality of parallax images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kaoru Eguchi, Chiaki Inoue
  • Patent number: 10089730
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a first obtaining unit that obtains an image pickup condition of a shot image, a second obtaining unit that obtains information on an optical transfer function based on the image pickup condition, and a processor that generates an image restoration filter using the information on the optical transfer function and performs image processing on the shot image using the image restoration filter. The processor performs the image processing on the basis of information on noise characteristics of the image pickup condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kunihiro Shirai
  • Patent number: 10091408
    Abstract: The imaging apparatus includes: an imaging optical system that is formed of a wide-angle optical system and a telephoto optical system having a common optical axis; a directional sensor; a panning/tilting mechanism that rotates an imaging section, which includes the imaging optical system and the directional sensor, in horizontal and vertical directions; and an image acquisition section that respectively acquires a wide-angle image, and a telephoto image, and a first target object is detected from a wide-angle image, the panning/tilting mechanism is controlled on the basis of information about a position of the detected first target object within the wide-angle image, and image recognition is performed on a telephoto image, when the first target object is positioned at the center of the wide-angle image, thereby recognizing the first target object or a second target object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Shunichiro Nonaka
  • Patent number: 10084958
    Abstract: Aspects relate to an array camera exhibiting little or no parallax artifacts in captured images. For example, the planes of the central prism of the array camera can intersect at an apex defining the vertical axis of symmetry of the system. The apex can serve as a point of intersection for the optical axes of the sensors in the array. Each sensor in the array “sees” a portion of the image scene using a corresponding facet of the central prism, and accordingly each individual sensor/facet pair represents only a sub-aperture of the total array camera. The complete array camera has a synthetic aperture generated based on the sum of all individual aperture rays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Todor Georgiev Georgiev, Sergiu Radu Goma
  • Patent number: 10082649
    Abstract: A reflection type imaging apparatus includes a deflector that reflects light incident from an outside; a reflecting mirror that reflects the light reflected by the deflector in a direction parallel to a direction in which the light is incident on the deflector; an image sensor that is disposed below the reflecting mirror and arranged perpendicular to the direction in which the light is incident on the deflector, wherein the light reflected by the reflecting mirror is focused on the image sensor; and a stray light blocking member disposed at one side of the image sensor facing the deflector, the stray light blocking member configured to block stray light rays from the deflector from being directly incident on the image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kyong-tae Park, Jong-chul Choi