With Optics Peculiar To Solid-state Sensor Patents (Class 348/340)
  • Patent number: 11417697
    Abstract: An imaging device suitable for focus detection of a pupil division phase difference method includes: a light receiving unit provided on a first surface side of a semiconductor substrate and having a plurality of pixels arranged in a two-dimensional form; and a read-out circuit provided on a second surface side of the semiconductor substrate opposite to the first surface side and configured to read signals from the pixels. Each of pixels has at least two photoelectric conversion elements and a separation region which is a region between the two photoelectric conversion elements and a separation region control electrode arranged on the second surface side of the separation region and configured to control a potential of the separation region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kohei Okamoto, Koichi Fukuda, Shunichi Wakashima
  • Patent number: 11402259
    Abstract: A meniscus lens has a dome shape and has a first surface facing a lens array and a second surface facing an infrared sensing element. The meniscus lens has a central portion and a peripheral portion. The central portion includes a top point that is an intersection between the optical axis of the meniscus lens and the first surface. The peripheral portion includes an end of the first surface of the meniscus lens. With respect to the central portion of the meniscus lens, an aplanatic point of the first surface is located at the focus of the lens array. With respect to the peripheral portion of the meniscus lens, an aplanatic point of the second surface is located at the focus of the lens array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takahiro Sono, Ryo Taniguchi, Sukoya Tawaratsumida
  • Patent number: 11394861
    Abstract: A camera module includes a circuit board, a photosensitive element mounted on the circuit board, and a support body formed on the circuit board and surrounding the photosensitive element. The support body extends towards the photosensitive element and contacts the photosensitive element. The support body and the circuit board are fixed together to form a combined body, and the combined body has a side face including an indented surface indented towards the direction of the photosensitive element, one end of the indented surface being located at the bottom surface of the circuit board. A method is used for manufacturing a camera module and an intelligent terminal with built-in camera module. The screen-to-body ratio of the intelligent terminal is increased, which allows the thickness of the intelligent terminal to be further decreased, enables easy processing, and allows for a miniaturized camera module having a good structural strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: NINGBO SUNNY OPOTECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mingzhu Wang, Bojie Zhao, Zhewen Mei, Nan Guo
  • Patent number: 11394860
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to an apparatus including multiple image sensors sharing one or more optical paths for imaging. An example method includes identifying whether a device including a first aperture, a first image sensor, a second image sensor, and an optical element is to be in a first device mode or a second device mode. The method also includes controlling the optical element based on the identified device mode. The optical element directs light from the first aperture to the first image sensor in a first optical element mode. Light from the first aperture is directed to the second image sensor when the optical element is in the second optical element mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael Kramer, Seyfullah Halit Oguz
  • Patent number: 11392010
    Abstract: A spring system, comprising at least three springs. The centerlines of the at least three springs are not in the same plane, and the centerlines of the springs all pass through the same rotation center. A lens anti-shaking device using the spring system, comprising: a fixing assembly comprising a housing, a positioning base, and a magnet group, the positioning base being disposed on the housing, and the magnet group being disposed on the positioning base; and a movable assembly comprising a coil group, a lens, a lens carrier, an image sensor, and a circuit board, the lens carrier being mounted on the positioning base by means of the spring system, the lens being mounted on the lens carrier, the circuit board being mounted on the positioning base, and the image sensor being disposed on the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: VISTA INNOTECH LIMITED
    Inventor: Lin Chi Mak
  • Patent number: 11387189
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus includes an optical device, a transparent conductive film, an electrode pad, and a penetrating electrode. In the optical device, an optical element area for receiving light is formed on a first surface side of a substrate, and an external connection terminal is formed on a side of a second surface opposite to the first surface of the substrate. The transparent conductive film is formed to face the first surface of the substrate. The electrode pad is formed on the first surface of the substrate and configured to perform connection with a fixed potential. The penetrating electrode is connected to the electrode pad and formed to penetrate the substrate between the first surface and second surface. The transparent conductive film is connected to the electrode pad, and the penetrating electrode is connected to the external connection terminal on the side of the second surface of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masami Suzuki, Yoshihito Higashitsutsumi
  • Patent number: 11387270
    Abstract: An image sensor package includes a substrate, an image sensor mounted on the substrate, a bonding wire connecting the image sensor to the substrate, a reflector disposed on the image sensor, a sealing member sealing the bonding wire and a portion of the image sensor, and covering at least a portion of the reflector, the sealing member including a hole exposing an effective imaging plane of the image sensor, and a filter attached to the sealing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Do Jae Yoo, Byoung Heon Kim, Yong Gil Namgung, Jong Cheol Hong, Si Joong Yang
  • Patent number: 11381719
    Abstract: An imaging device includes an imaging unit that captures an image of a subject, a substrate on which the imaging unit is mounted, a lens barrel holding a lens, a shield plate surrounding the substrate and including a metal, and a case accommodating the substrate, the lens barrel, and the shield plate and including a metal. The shield plate is in contact with the case. The substrate includes a ground potential portion electrically connected to the shield plate and the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: NIDEC COPAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yuta Nakamura
  • Patent number: 11368614
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a method and a system for imaging. The method for imaging objects using the system for imaging. The system for imaging comprises a lens. The objects comprise a first object, a second object and a third object located at different positions on a first preset track. The method for imaging comprises: allowing the lens and the first preset track to move relatively in a first predetermined relationship to acquire a clear image of the third object using the system for imaging without focusing, the first predetermined relationship is determined by a focal plane position of the first object and a focal plane position of the second object. The aforementioned method for imaging is high in imaging efficiency and is capable of fast focusing according to the first predetermined relationship even if focus tracking fails so that the blurring of a photographed image due to defocusing is avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: GeneMind Biosciences Company Limited
    Inventors: Linsen Li, Ruitao Sun, Jiahong Xu, Zhiliang Zhou, Zefei Jiang, Qin Yan
  • Patent number: 11366283
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a small and well-focused lens driving device, a camera including the lens driving device, and a portable electronic apparatus. The lens driving device includes a fixing base, a cover, a lens holder, a support frame, a support member, and a shape memory alloy portion. In the lens driving device, a receiving space is defined by the fixing base and the cover. The lens holder configured to receive a lens, as well as the support frame, the support member, and the shape memory alloy portion that cause the lens holder to move freely in an optical axis direction are provided in the receiving space. The shape memory alloy portion has a shape memory alloy and a crimping lug, and the shape memory alloy portion is provided on the fixing base and the support frame to cause the lens holder to move freely in the optical axis direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: AAC Optics Solutions Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Ching-Chung Chiu
  • Patent number: 11363231
    Abstract: An image sensor includes a pixel array including a plurality of pixels connected to row lines extending in a first direction and to column lines extending in a second direction intersecting the first direction, a ramp voltage generator configured to output a ramp voltage, a plurality of comparators, each of the plurality of comparators including a first input terminal to which the ramp voltage is input, and a second input terminal connected to one of the column lines, and a replica circuit having a same structure as a structure of a portion of the comparators. Each of the comparators includes a plurality of transistors, a first auto-zero transistor connected to the first input terminal, a second auto-zero transistor connected to the second input terminal, and wirings connected to the plurality of transistors, the first auto-zero transistor, and the second auto-zero transistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sunyool Kang, Yunhwan Jung, Seokyong Hong
  • Patent number: 11362131
    Abstract: A semiconductor integrated circuit includes a first semiconductor substrate in which a part of an analog circuit is formed between the analog circuit and a digital circuit which subjects an analog output signal output from the analog circuit to digital conversion; a second semiconductor substrate in which the remaining part of the analog circuit and the digital circuit are formed; and a substrate connection portion which connects the first and second semiconductor substrates to each other. The substrate connection portion transmits an analog signal which is generated by a part of the analog circuit of the first semiconductor substrate to the second semiconductor substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshiharu Kudoh
  • Patent number: 11353627
    Abstract: A star tracker includes imaging optics comprising a folding mirror, a lens, and a detector. The folding mirror bends light received from an optical axis through the lens that focuses the bent light onto the detector. The star tracker includes a steering mechanism that steers light from an adjustable field of view (FOV) to the optical axis of the imaging optics. The steering mechanism includes: (i) a first photonic crystal element comprising beam pointing spatially variant photonic crystals (SVPCs); (ii) a second photonic crystal element comprising beam pointing SVPCs that is positioned adjacent and axially aligned with the first photonic crystal element; and (iii) a housing that receives the first and second photonic crystal elements for independent rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventors: Joshua Lentz, Kevin Brink
  • Patent number: 11356585
    Abstract: A system for optical alignment and calibration of an infrared camera lens, including: a lens support mechanism configured to adjust a position of an infrared camera lens relative to a camera body; at least one collimator configured to output infrared rays, wherein the at least one collimator is positioned such that the output infrared rays converge on an infrared sensor within the camera body through the infrared camera lens; and at least one curing catalyst configured to cure an adhesive placed on the infrared camera lens when an ideal lens position is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Adasky, Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael Chuklanov, Vitaly Kuperman, Nir Brandwine
  • Patent number: 11348880
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a base substrate, a detection device provided on the base substrate and including a detector, a first connector electrically connecting the base substrate and the detection device, and a resin package provided on the base substrate and embedded with the detection device and the first connector. The resin package includes an exposure hole exposing the detector of the detection device to the outside, and a concave-convex portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Yoshida, Koichi Yoshida
  • Patent number: 11340422
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to the field of optical lenses and provides a camera optical lens. The camera optical lens includes, from an object side to an image side: a first lens; a second lens having a positive refractive power; a third lens having a positive refractive power; a fourth lens; a fifth lens; and a sixth lens. The camera optical lens satisfies following conditions: 5.00?f1/f?7.50; and 9.00?R1/d1?15.00. The camera optical lens can achieve a high imaging performance while obtaining a low TTL.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: AAC Optics Solutions Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Oinuma, Lei Zhang, Yanmei Wang, Yuanshan Cui
  • Patent number: 11336806
    Abstract: A display screen includes a plurality of pixels, wherein each pixel in the plurality of pixels includes at least one light-emitting element; and a plurality of light sensors, wherein each light sensor in the plurality of light sensors is disposed adjacent to a corresponding light-emitting element of a pixel in the plurality of pixels and is configured to convert received light into an electrical signal corresponding to a portion of an image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael P. Goslin
  • Patent number: 11327275
    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: January 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: LARGAN PRECISION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yu-Tai Tseng, Tung-Yi Hsieh, Hsin-Hsuan Huang
  • Patent number: 11327316
    Abstract: A head-mountable device can provide an optical module that removes particles from an optical pathway and captures the particles so they do not interfere with the user's view of and/or through optical elements. For example, the display element and/or another optical element can be moved in a manner that releases particles on a viewing surface thereof. The optical module can include a particle retention element that securely retains the particles so that they remain outside of the optical pathway. Such particle removal and retention can improve and maintain the quality of a user's visual experience via the optical module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ivan S. Marić, Devin M. Zettler, Jan K. Quijalvo, David S. Gragnolati, Jia Tao
  • Patent number: 11328150
    Abstract: A lens-array imager includes lenses Lm forming a lens array having a pitch dx, a pixel array including pixel-array regions Rm, and apertured baffle-layers therebetween; m={0, 1, 2, . . . }. Each pixel-array region has a width rx<dx and pitch px<dx. Each apertured baffle-layer is at a respective distance zk from the pixel array and has a respective plurality of aperture stops Am forming an aperture-stop array. A center of each aperture stop Am is collinear with both a center of region Rm and an optical center of lens Lm. Each aperture-stop array has a pitch that approaches px as zk approaches zero and approaches lens pitch dx as zk approaches a distance zL between lens L0 and region R0. A width of each aperture stop Am has an upper limit that increases from px, when zk equals zero, to Wx when distance zk equals zL.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: OmniVision Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Regis Fan
  • Patent number: 11310479
    Abstract: A method for depth mapping includes projecting a pattern of optical radiation into a volume of interest containing an object while varying an aspect of the pattern over the volume of interest. The optical radiation reflected from the object responsively to the pattern is sensed, and a depth map of the object is generated based on the sensed optical radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Alexander Shpunt, Zafrir Mor
  • Patent number: 11309296
    Abstract: A semiconductor package including a plurality of first chips, a plurality of through silicon vias, a least one insulator, a first circuit structure and a first encapsulant is provided. The first chip electrically connected to the through silicon vias includes a sensing area on a first active surface, a first back surface and a plurality of through holes extending from the first back surface towards the first active surface. The insulator is disposed on the first active surfaces of the first chips. The first circuit structure disposed on the first back surfaces of the first chips and electrically connected to the through silicon vias. The first encapsulant, laterally encapsulating the first chips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Powertech Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Nan-Chun Lin, Hung-Hsin Hsu, Shang-Yu Chang Chien, Wen-Hsiung Chang
  • Patent number: 11296136
    Abstract: In an imaging apparatus provided with a substrate having transparency, warping of the substrate is prevented while stray light is shielded. The imaging apparatus includes a sensor chip, a transparent substrate, a light shielding wall, and an optical filter. In this imaging apparatus, a solid-state imaging element is provided in a light receiving region of the sensor chip. Furthermore, in the imaging apparatus, the transparent substrate is equipped on an outer edge portion of the sensor chip. In addition, in the imaging apparatus, the light shielding wall shields light that passes through the transparent substrate and enters the front light receiving region. The light shielding wall is formed on the optical filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Nagai, Shusaku Yanagawa
  • Patent number: 11290655
    Abstract: Disclosed is an image sensing device including a sampling module suitable for generating for each color, a plurality of images having different exposure times, based on a single image generated during a single frame time; a correction module suitable for learning correction parameters of the single image based on the plurality of images using a set learning algorithm, and generating a plurality of corrected images by removing the correction parameters from the plurality of images; and an image processing module suitable for generating a high dynamic range image corresponding to the single image, based on the plurality of corrected images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: SK hynix Inc.
    Inventor: Dong Ik Kim
  • Patent number: 11287641
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus includes an image pickup member and a laminated optical member that is fixed in frame-shaped fixed areas around respective optical path areas. The fixed areas include a first area and a second area. A width of the first area is greater than a width of the second area. In the laminated optical member, an optical surface central axis deviates from an optical axis toward the first area. In the image pickup member, an image pickup surface central axis that is a central axis of a first main surface deviates from the optical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takuro Suyama
  • Patent number: 11282354
    Abstract: An apparatus to facilitate surveillance is disclosed. The apparatus includes a head-worn article, including an opening in the rear the article, a video camera mounted inside of the article, having a lens positioned at the opening to capture video data from the rear of the article and a transceiver to wirelessly transmit the video data to a remote device and receive wireless signals from the remote device to control operation of the video camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Inventor: Steven B. Krivit
  • Patent number: 11262526
    Abstract: Provided is a lens module including a lens, a lens barrel for accommodating the lens, a lens seat, and an optical filter disposed in the lens seat. The optical filter divides a space defined by the lens barrel and the lens seat into a first space and a second space. The first space is located at an object side of the optical filter, and the second space is located at the image side of the optical filter. The lens seat is provided with an exhaust channel communicating the first space with the outside. An air guiding groove is formed by recessing from installation surface towards the object side and communicates the second space with the exhaust channel. The air guiding groove includes a first groove close to the first space and a second groove extending from an end of the first groove while being bent towards the inner ring surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: AAC Optics Solutions Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Chuandong Wei
  • Patent number: 11249277
    Abstract: The first embodiment of the present invention relates to a lens driving device comprising: a cover including an upper plate and a lateral plate extending from the upper plate; a bobbin arranged to move in a first direction within the cover; a coil arranged at the bobbin; a magnet which is arranged at the cover and faces the coil; and a base which is arranged below the bobbin and coupled to the cover, wherein the bobbin includes: a first surface facing the upper plate of the cover; a second surface which faces upwards and is arranged lower than the first surface; a first protrusion which is arranged at the first surface of the bobbin and overlapped with the upper plate of the cover in a first direction; and a groove concavely formed downwards on the second surface of the bobbin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sung Guk Lee
  • Patent number: 11252362
    Abstract: A process of manufacturing an imaging element is simplified. The imaging element includes a polarization pixel and a phase difference pixel. The polarization pixel included in the imaging element includes a polarizer transmitting incident light having a specific polarization direction and generates an image signal based on the incident light being from a subject and being transmitted through the polarizer. The phase difference pixel included in the imaging element includes a light shielding film being formed simultaneously with the polarizer and being disposed to be shifted in a predetermined pupil-division direction for pupil-dividing the incident light from the subject and generates an image signal for detecting a phase difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Suguru Moriyama, Kosuke Ozaki
  • Patent number: 11249287
    Abstract: An imaging lens which uses a larger number of constituent lenses for higher performance and features a low F-value, low-profile design and a wide field of view. Designed for a solid-state image sensor, the imaging lens includes constituent lenses arranged in order from an object side to an image side: a first positive refractive power lens; a second negative refractive power lens; a third lens; a fourth lens; a fifth lens; a sixth lens having a concave image-side surface near an optical axis; and a seventh negative refractive power lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: TOKYO VISIONARY OPTICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yukio Sekine
  • Patent number: 11240414
    Abstract: A camera module includes a lens driving device having a housing, a first circuit board disposed below the housing, a filter disposed on an upper surface of the first circuit board, a second circuit board disposed below the first circuit board, an image sensor disposed on the second circuit board and coupled to a lower surface of the first circuit board, and a first adhesive member disposed between the lower surface of the first circuit board and an upper surface of the second circuit board, and electrically connecting the first circuit board and the second circuit board. A lower surface of the image sensor is higher than the upper surface of the second circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jae Keun Park
  • Patent number: 11237358
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to the field of optical lenses and provides a camera optical lens. The camera optical lens includes, from an object side to an image side: a first lens; a second lens having a positive refractive power; a third lens having a positive refractive power; a fourth lens; a fifth lens; and a sixth lens. The camera optical lens satisfies following conditions: 5.00?f1/f?8.50; and 10.00?R3/d3?15.00. The camera optical lens can achieve a high imaging performance while obtaining a low TTL.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: AAC Optics Solutions Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Oinuma, Lei Zhang, Yanmei Wang, Yuanshan Cui
  • Patent number: 11227553
    Abstract: A first region and a second region do not include sub-pixel circuits. The second region is surrounded by a display area. The first region is surrounded by the second region. When viewed orthogonally to the display area, a plurality of signal lines are provided across the second region. The signal lines include at least either two or more of scanning signal lines, or two or more of data signal lines. The signal lines across the second region run out of an edge of the first region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tetsuya Ueno
  • Patent number: 11215783
    Abstract: A lens module is provided, including a holder, a barrel, and an optical element. The optical element is affixed in the barrel, and the holder has a first material. Additionally, the barrel is affixed in the holder and has a second material, wherein the hardness of the first material is greater than the hardness of the second material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: TDK TAIWAN CORP.
    Inventors: Yu-Cheng Lin, Chen-Chi Kuo, Kun-Shih Lin, Fu-Yuan Wu
  • Patent number: 11212377
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention relate to an electronic device for blocking light. The electronic device may comprise: a housing comprising a front plate, a rear plate facing in the opposite direction to the front plate, and a side member surrounding the space between the front plate and the rear plate; a touch screen arranged in the space and exposed through the front plate; and a camera assembly exposed through one selected from the front plate and the rear plate. The camera assembly may comprise: a camera lens facing a first part of the one selected from the front plate and the rear plate; a flash facing a second part of the one selected from the front plate and the rear plate; and an opaque layer arranged between the camera lens and the flash when seen from above the one selected from the front plate and the rear plate. The second part may be arranged adjacent to the first part. The camera lens and the flash may be arranged side by side with each other in a first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hanbyul Jeon
  • Patent number: 11209621
    Abstract: A lens with a fixed focal length includes five lens-element groups, a first front lens-element group, a second lens-element group, a third lens-element group, a fourth lens-element group, and a fifth back lens-element group is arranged in a stationary manner. Relative to an imaging plane in a lens barrel and both the focusing front group and the focusing back group are movable jointly relative to one another and to the lens-element groups arranged in a stationary manner in order to focus the lens on objects at different object distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Leica Camera AG
    Inventors: Dietmar Stuible, Sigrun Kammans, Stefan Roth
  • Patent number: 11196972
    Abstract: A device is disclosed which comprises a media interface configured to provide a plurality of media streams, each media stream being captured using a camera of at least one array of cameras, an input interface configured to receive a device position associated with an output device, and a processor configured to generate from the plurality of media streams an output stream adjusted to the device position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: TMRW Foundation IP S. À R.L.
    Inventor: Cevat Yerli
  • Patent number: 11190702
    Abstract: An image-capturing apparatus according to an embodiment of the present technology includes a camera, a lighting section, a sensor section, and an image-shooting controller. The lighting section includes a light entrance that at least a portion of external light enters, and an object for calibration that is irradiated with the external light entering the light entrance. The sensor section detects a state of the object for calibration irradiated with the external light. The image-shooting controller controls the camera according to a result of the detection performed by the sensor section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Kodama, Makoto Omata, Akira Iwase
  • Patent number: 11184550
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus includes an image capturing device configured to capture an object image, a determining unit configured to determine an area to search for an object in the image data captured by the image capturing device, a zoom unit configured to change the shooting angle of view of the image capturing unit, and a control unit configured to carry out control so that the zoom unit changes the shooting angle of view of the image capturing device to a wide-angle side when the determining unit determines the area to search for the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shigeo Ogawa
  • Patent number: 11163176
    Abstract: Devices utilizing holographic 4D plenoptic capture and display technologies to generate a light field function to provide glasses-less vision correction for observers with imperfect vision, and to project an image according to the generated light field function, and methods for calibrating a four-dimensional light field for a user with an uncorrected visual acuity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Light Field Lab, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Sean Karafin, Brendan Elwood Bevensee
  • Patent number: 11156813
    Abstract: A zoom lens includes, in order from an object side: a first lens group having positive refractive power; a second lens group having negative refractive power; a third lens group having positive refractive power; a fourth lens group having positive refractive power; a fifth lens group having negative refractive power; and a sixth lens group having positive refractive power, wherein, during zooming, an interval between adjacent two lens groups varies among the first lens group, the second lens group, the third lens group, the fourth lens group, the fifth lens group, and the sixth lens group, and the following Conditional Expression (1) is satisfied: 0<ft/f1?0.42??(1) where ft represents a focal length of an entire system at a tele end, and f1 represents a focal length of the first lens group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Hiroaki Tanaka
  • Patent number: 11150534
    Abstract: One embodiment provides a camera module including a cover; a holder disposed inside the cover; a solid lens and a liquid lens in the holder; and a connection board supplying an electric current to the liquid lens, wherein the holder includes: a first opening and a second opening facing the first opening in a direction perpendicular to an optical axis, the liquid lens is arranged in the first opening and the second opening, and a guide portion is formed on a region of the cover, which faces the connection board, so as to protrude from an inner side surface of the cover toward the connection board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yong Bok Choi
  • Patent number: 11145796
    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: July 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: ams Sensors Singapore Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Simon Gubser, Mario Cesana, Markus Rossi, Hartmut Rudmann
  • Patent number: 11143554
    Abstract: The invention relates to a multispectral imaging device including: a photosensitive detector DET made up of a matrix of pixels; an array of microlenses ML1, ML2, ML3 reproducing the matrix of pixels; and a filter module MF formed by a matrix of individual filters ?1, ?2, ?3 reproducing the matrix of pixels. The device is remarkable in that the array of microlenses is arranged directly in contact with the detector DET, and the filter module MF is made on a substrate SS that is put into contact with the array of microlenses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: SILIOS TECHNOLOGIES
    Inventors: Stephane Tisserand, Laurent Roux, Marc Hubert, Vincent Sauget, Aurelien Faiola
  • Patent number: 11140342
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a solid-state image pickup device and an electronic apparatus by which a phase-difference detection pixel that avoids defects such as lowering of sensitivity to incident light and lowering of phase-difference detection accuracy can be realized. A solid-state image pickup device as a first aspect of the present disclosure is a solid-state image pickup device in which a normal pixel that generates a pixel signal of an image and a phase-difference detection pixel that generates a pixel signal used in calculation of a phase-difference signal for controlling an image-surface phase difference AF function are arranged in a mixed manner, in which, in the phase-difference detection pixel, a shared on-chip lens for condensing incident light to a photoelectric converter that generates a pixel signal used in calculation of the phase-difference signal is formed for every plurality of adjacent phase-difference detection pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Sozo Yokogawa, Isao Hirota
  • Patent number: 11140303
    Abstract: Provided is a camera, including a lens unit having a plurality of lenses and a frame receiving the plurality of lenses, a holding member holding the lens unit, and an image pickup element receiving a light beam transmitting the lenses. In the camera, the holding member has a thread portion by means of which the lens unit is movable along an optical axis, and at least one engagement portion engaging the lens unit. The thread portion has a meshing portion with a central point thereof provided on a side closer to an object than an intermediate portion of an optical total length of the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: BOSEN OPTO-ELECTRONIC TECHNOLOGY CO. LIMITED
    Inventor: Haoyang Huo
  • Patent number: 11128796
    Abstract: A high dynamic range image sensor may include a plurality of pixel groups. One or more pixel groups may include attenuated pixels in addition to unattenuated pixels. The unattenuated pixels may include a photosensitive area, a color filter element and a microlens of a first size. Each attenuated pixel may include a photosensitive area, a color filter element, a neutral density filter, and a microlens of a second size that is smaller than the first size. The color filter elements for each pixel in a given pixel group may be the same color. The neutral density filter may attenuate light for the attenuated pixels, increasing dynamic range of the image sensor. The microlenses of varying sizes may redirect light from attenuated pixels towards unattenuated pixels, further increasing the dynamic range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventors: Amanda Thuy Trang Vu, Swarnal Borthakur, Ulrich Boettiger, Stanley Micinski
  • Patent number: 11099364
    Abstract: A zoom lens consists of a positive first lens group that is fixed during zooming, a negative second lens group that moves during zooming, a positive third lens group that moves during zooming, a positive fourth lens group that moves during zooming, and a positive fifth lens group that is fixed during zooming. During zooming from a wide angle end to a telephoto end, the fourth lens group moves from an image side to an object side, the second lens group and a composite group consisting of the third lens group and the fourth lens group pass through points where respective lateral magnifications are ?1 at the same time, the fifth lens group consists of a negative fifth A lens group that moves during anti-shake operation, and a positive fifth B lens group that is fixed during the anti-shake operation, and the lateral magnification of the fifth A lens group is negative.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Shinkichi Ikeda, Takuya Tanaka
  • Patent number: 11102454
    Abstract: An image relaying device comprises a shaft, an objective lens at a distal end of the shaft, an optically transparent window region in a proximal end region of the image relaying device, an optical system in the shaft, the optical system relaying an image produced by the objective lens to the proximal end region in a way that the relayed image can be captured through the window region. The optical system's optical axis at the window region is orthogonal or substantially orthogonal to the optical system's optical axis in the shaft. An optical instrument makes use of a plurality of these image relaying devices and a corresponding plurality of image sensors where the optical path length of each image relaying device may be independently adjusted to correct for optical inconsistencies in the elements of each relaying device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: KARL STORZ SE & Co KG
    Inventors: Markus Kupferschmid, Daniel Ulmschneider, Andreas Heni, Lawrence Natusch
  • Patent number: 11099641
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to calibration, customization, and improved user experiences for smart or bionic lenses that are worn by a user. The calibration techniques include detecting and correcting distortion of a display of the bionic lenses, as well as distortion due to characteristics of the lens or eyes of the user. The customization techniques include utilizing the bionic lenses to detect eye characteristics that can be used to improve insertion of the bionic lenses, track health over time, and provide user alerts. The user experiences include interactive environments and animation techniques that are improved via the bionic lenses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Quinn Y. J. Smithwick, Jon H. Snoddy, Douglas A. Fidaleo