With Frequency Selective Filter (e.g., Ir Cut, Optical Lpf, Etc.) Patents (Class 348/342)
  • Patent number: 10596965
    Abstract: 3rd Eye Blind Side Driving System is a camera system that allows its user to see the complete blind side of any vehicle in day or night settings. Specifically targeting Commercial Combination Vehicles. It has the ability to be moved from vehicle to vehicle in various settings, i.e. hauling heavy equipment, tankers, van trailers, mobile homes, shipping containers and just everyday cars, making it universal in its applications. It is designed to help make roadways safer by allowing the driver to see. It can record real time events for investigations and training purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventor: Lamont Amandro Smith
  • Patent number: 10602034
    Abstract: A camera module for a motor vehicle includes a lens objective, a lens holder holding said lens objective, and a back plate connected to said lens holder and holding an image sensor in or close to an image plane of the lens objective. The alignment of the lens holder relative to the back plate is fixed by a glue joint between the lens holder and the back plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: VEONEER SWEDEN AB
    Inventors: Per Knutsson, Peter Fredriksson
  • Patent number: 10591355
    Abstract: Disclosed are examples of hyperspectral imager-equipped lighting devices that provide general illumination supplied by artificial or natural light, and that also detect environmental conditions in the environment around the lighting device. The hyperspectral imager detects light within a contiguous spectral band from the environment in the vicinity of the lighting device. In response, the hyperspectral imager generates image data representative of the spectral intensity of one or more subsets of a continuous spectrum of wavelengths of the detected light. A controller may analyze the image data generated by the hyperspectral imager and may initiate action to control operation of the light source or building management products based on an environmental condition detected by the analysis of the generated image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: ABL IP HOLDING LLC
    Inventors: David P. Ramer, Jack C. Rains, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10566475
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a photoelectric element and a method for manufacturing the same, and the photoelectric element according to the present invention includes: a semiconductor substrate; and transparent conductor pattern portions formed on a surface of the semiconductor substrate to be connected to each other with a specific cycle such that incident light is concentrated in a specific area of the semiconductor substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Icheon University Industry Academic Cooperation Foundation
    Inventors: Joondong Kim, Ju-Hyung Yun
  • Patent number: 10488734
    Abstract: A lens unit comprises a lens barrel, a pair of base plates, and iris blade, and a blade driving portion. The lens barrel holds a plurality of lenses, and has a first slit that extends in the circumferential direction. A pair of base plates each has an opening portion, and are stacked to structure a blade chamber, with a portion thereof protruding from the first slit, and is positioned so that the opening portions thereof are between the lenses. The iris blade is disposed in the blade chamber. A blade driving portion is secured to a portion of the pair of base plates, and drives the iris blade to open and close the opening portions in the iris blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Nidec Copal Corporation
    Inventors: Kenzo Imai, Nobuaki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10442163
    Abstract: There is provided an interlayer film for laminated glass with which the visible light transmittance and the heat resistance of the laminated glass can be heightened. The interlayer film for laminated glass according to the present invention includes an organic coloring matter containing a transition element, a metal element which is different from a metal element contained in a metal oxide particle and different from a transition element, a thermoplastic resin and a plasticizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryuta Tsunoda, Yasuyuki Izu
  • Patent number: 10401294
    Abstract: The production of orbital angular momentum (OAM) using an electrically-tunable q-plate, spiral phase plate or spatial light modulator, as well as a phase mask that can act as a spatial frequency filter, provides a simple, efficient method of edge contrast in biological, objects and medical sample imaging for histological evaluation of tissue, smears, PAP and histopathological samples. An OAM instrument produces OAM situated at the Fourier plane of a 4F lens system, similar to the use of a high-pass spatial filter, allows the passage of high spatial frequencies and enables the production of an image with highly illuminated edges contrasted against a dark background for both opaque and transparent objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventors: Robert Alfano, Richard Gozali, Ethan Bendau, Thien-An Nguyen, Sandra Mamani
  • Patent number: 10365157
    Abstract: Disclosed are examples of hyperspectral imager-equipped lighting devices that provide general illumination supplied by artificial or natural light, and that also detect environmental conditions in the environment around the lighting device. The hyperspectral imager detects light within a contiguous data from the environment in the vicinity of the lighting device. In response, the hyperspectral imager generates image data representative of the spectral intensity distribution (e.g. intensities of a continuous range wavelengths in the optical spectrum) of the detected light. A controller may analyze the image data generated by the hyperspectral imager and may initiate action based on, or outputs a report indicating, an environmental condition detected by the analysis of the generated image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: ABL IP HOLDING LLC
    Inventors: David P. Ramer, Jack C. Rains, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10274420
    Abstract: A method for obtaining spectral imaging data comprises at least the steps of receiving a sample set of data generated by sampling a spectral property of an image of an object in a spatial basis, wherein the sampling of the spectral property of the image of the object comprises providing a Spectral Filter Array (SFA) by arranging a plurality of SFA elements together to form a surface; configuring each SFA element of the plurality of SFA elements to filter one or more spectral bandwidths centered each at specific wavelengths corresponding to that SFA element, whereby all of the plurality of SFA elements taken together cover a determined spectral range; and setting the specific wavelengths of each SFA element of the plurality of SFA elements on the surface such to obtain a uniform and aperiodic spatial distribution of all of the plurality of SFA elements across the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE (EPFL)
    Inventors: Yosef Akhtman, Dragos Constantin
  • Patent number: 10244187
    Abstract: A hybrid three dimensional imaging camera comprises a 2-D video camera utilizing a focal plane array visible light detector and a 3-D flash laser radar utilizing an infrared focal plane array detector. The device is capable of capturing a complete 3-D scene from a single point of view. A production system combining multiple hybrid 3-D cameras around a subject provides 3-D solid models of an object or scene in the common field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: CONTINENTAL ADVANCED LIDAR SOLUTIONS US, LLC.
    Inventors: Roger Stettner, Brad Short, Patrick Gilliland, Thomas Laux, Laurent Heughebaet
  • Patent number: 10218884
    Abstract: A wearable display apparatus for viewing video images of scenes and/or objects illuminated with infrared light, the display apparatus including a transparent display that is positioned in a user's field of vision when the display apparatus is worn, a stereoscopic video camera device including at least two cameras that each capture reflected infrared light images of a surrounding environment and a projection system that receives the infrared light images from the stereoscopic camera device, and simultaneously projects (i) a first infrared-illuminated video image in real-time onto a left eye viewport portion of the transparent display that overlaps a user's left eye field of vision and (ii) a second infrared-illuminated video image in real-time onto a right eye viewport portion of the transparent display that overlaps a user's right eye field of vision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignees: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Brian C Longbotham, Judith Bain
  • Patent number: 10137843
    Abstract: A process for providing a vehicular camera includes providing a front housing member and a rear housing member. The front housing member includes a lens member, an imaging element and a circuit board mounted thereat, with the circuit board having at least first and second front housing electrical connectors. The rear housing member includes at least first and second rear housing electrical connectors. The front and rear housing members are positioned so that the first front housing electrical connector aligns with the first rear housing electrical connector and the second front housing electrical connector aligns with the second rear housing electrical connector. The front and rear housing members are joined together to define a camera interior. When the front and rear housing members are joined together, the front housing electrical connectors mechanically contact and electrically connect within the camera interior with the rear housing electrical connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Clarence P. McElroy, Matthew C. Sesti, Richard Rieden, Steven V. Byrne
  • Patent number: 10021362
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes an AWB gain calculation section that calculates a WB gain Gs and a hysteresis gain Gh for every frame, a WB correction section that performs WB correction using Gh, a control section that causes the WB correction section to perform the WB correction using a fixed gain Gf during lock of white balance, and a gain adjustment section that weights and adds a WB gain Gs(n) and a correction hysteresis gain Gh?(n?1) to calculate a correction hysteresis gain Gh?(n) after unlock of the white balance, and the control section causes the WB correction section to perform WB correction for a frame n using Gh?(n).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Shinya Takasumi, Tatsuya Kino, Takuya Matsunaga
  • Patent number: 9958755
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a casing, a supporting member, a sliding lid and an elastic member. The casing has a window. The supporting member is in the casing and has a through hole. The sliding lid is slidably disposed on the supporting member so that the sliding lid is slidable between an opened position and a closed position. The through hole is connected to the window when the sliding lid is located at the opened position, and the sliding lid is located between the through hole and the window when the sliding lid is located at the closed position. The elastic member is located on the same side of the sliding lid and the supporting member. One end of the elastic member is disposed on the sliding lid, and another end of the elastic member is disposed on the supporting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: AVER INFORMATION INC.
    Inventors: Hung-Wen Chao, Ming-Te Cheng
  • Patent number: 9933590
    Abstract: A camera filter unit (10) includes a front ring (4) for holding a polarization filter (2) and a rear ring (5) for rotatably holding the front ring (4). The front ring (4) includes a rear annular wall portion (18) extending in a radial direction (R), a rear annular plate portion (19) extending rearward from the inner peripheral end of the rear annular wall portion (18), and an annular projection portion (20) projecting for a short distance from the rear end of the rear annular plate portion (19) toward the outer peripheral side. The rear annular wall portion (18), the rear annular plate portion (19), and the annular projection portion (20) form an annular recess (21) on the outer peripheral surface of the front ring (4). The rear ring (5) includes an annular protrusion (45) protruding to the inner peripheral side. The annular protrusion (45) is inserted into the annular recess (21) of the front ring (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TSUSO
    Inventor: Hideo Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 9854169
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a determination unit configured to determine an optical transfer function based on shooting condition information, an acquisition unit configured to acquire shake information, a control unit configured to select a method of image restoration based on the optical transfer function and the shake information, and an image restoration unit configured to perform the image restoration based on the selected method of the image restoration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takeshi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9845052
    Abstract: An electronic camera system is operable in a first operating state, in which a video signal delivered by the image sensor is based on the detection of visible light only, and a second operating state, in which a video signal delivered by the image sensor is at least in part based on the detection of infrared light. The camera system includes an electronic image sensor that is sensitive to visible light and infrared light, a lens system that is transparent to visible light and infrared light and serves for projecting an image onto the image sensor and a filter assembly arranged in front of the image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Oliver Wagner, Stefan Bauer
  • Patent number: 9832362
    Abstract: An image-capturing apparatus of the present disclosure includes a focus lens, an image sensor that captures an object image formed via the focus lens and generates image data, and an image processor that calculates a value relating to an in-focus position in a state of setting resolution of an object distance according to a first moving amount of the focus lens based on (i) first image data generated by the image sensor when the focus lens is at a first position and (ii) second image data generated by the image sensor when the focus lens is moved from the first position by a first moving amount and located at a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Motonori Ogura, Mitsuyoshi Okamoto, Shigenori Yatsuri
  • Patent number: 9804470
    Abstract: An organic compound having the following general formula [1]: wherein A1 and A2 independently denote a hydrogen atom or a substituent, R7 denotes a hydrogen atom or a substituent, R2 to R5 denote a substituent, R1 and R6 independently denote a hydrogen atom or a substituent, and m is 2 or 3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kenji Yamada, Shinjiro Okada
  • Patent number: 9794500
    Abstract: An imaging device 10 according to one aspect of the present invention includes: a subject distance acquisition section 115; a movement amount acquisition section 120 that acquires an amount of movement of the subject on the basis of the subject distance; a restoration processing determination section 125 that determines, on the basis of the amount of movement acquired by the movement amount acquisition section 120, whether the restoration processing should be performed on the images through a restoration filter, a restoration strength of the restoration processing should be adjusted and the restoration processing should be performed on the images, or the restoration processing should not be performed on the images; and a restoration processing execution section 105 that performs the restoration processing on the images through the restoration filter or with the adjusted restoration strength, on the basis of the determination of the restoration processing determination section 125.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Kenkichi Hayashi, Masahiko Sugimoto, Yousuke Naruse, Kosuke Irie
  • Patent number: 9794598
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a coding unit configured to code first moving image data, a generation unit configured to generate second moving image data having a smaller number of pixels than the first moving image data, and an adding unit configured to, in a case where the first moving image data is not properly coded by the coding unit when the second moving image data is generated while the first moving image data is coded, add to the second moving image data predetermined information for identifying that the first moving image data is not properly coded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Koji Togita
  • Patent number: 9746649
    Abstract: A zoom lens includes, in order from the object side: a positive first lens group; a negative second lens group; a positive third lens group; a negative fourth lens group; and a positive fifth lens group. The distance between the first and second lens groups constantly increases, the distance between the second and third lens groups constantly decreases, the distance between the third and fourth lens groups constantly changes, and the distance between the fourth and fifth lens groups constantly increases when changing magnification from the wide angle to the telephoto end. The first lens group includes three lenses. The second lens group includes four lenses. The third lens group includes six lenses and an aperture stop. The fifth lens group includes a single lens component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Taiga Noda, Michio Cho
  • Patent number: 9723274
    Abstract: An imaging system and method of a trailer backup assist system is provided and includes a camera having an image sensor. The camera is mounted on the rear of a vehicle and images a target provided on a trailer. A controller is included for adjusting an image capture setting of the camera based on a status input from a vehicle lighting system, image data from the camera, and locational input from a positioning device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Erick Michael Lavoie
  • Patent number: 9706116
    Abstract: Color plenoptic images captured by a spectrally-coded plenoptic imaging system are combined with higher resolution higher resolution images captured by a conventional imaging system, resulting in color images with higher resolution than those captured by the plenoptic imaging system alone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Ricoh Co., LTD.
    Inventors: Lingfei Meng, Kathrin Berkner
  • Patent number: 9671537
    Abstract: Embodiments are described of a color filter array including a plurality of tiled minimal repeating units. Each minimal repeating unit includes an invisible-wavelength filter layer including a plurality of filters and a visible-wavelength filter layer positioned on the invisible-wavelength filter layer and having a plurality of filters such that each filter from the visible-wavelength layer is optically coupled to a corresponding filter in the invisible-wavelength layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: OmniVision Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Yin Qian, Chen-Wei Lu, Jin Li
  • Patent number: 9584714
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus connectable to a client apparatus via a network includes an imaging optical system, an image sensor, an infrared cut filter (IRCF) driving circuit that inserts and retracts an IRCF into and from an optical path of the imaging optical system, and a communication circuit that receives, from the client apparatus, an automatic insertion and retraction control command for causing the imaging apparatus to automatically control insertion and retraction of the IRCF and additional information about insertion and retraction of the IRCF. The communication circuit transmits, to the client apparatus, operation information indicating which of cases the imaging apparatus uses the additional information received by the communication circuit. The cases include a case where the IRCF is inserted into the optical path, a case where the IRCF is retracted from the optical path, and both the cases where the IRCF is inserted and where the IRCF is retracted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Mitsuo Niida
  • Patent number: 9557542
    Abstract: A zoom lens includes in order from an object side to an image side, a first lens unit having a positive refractive power, a second lens unit having a negative refractive power, a third lens unit having a positive refractive power, and a fourth lens unit having a negative refractive power, and the fourth lens unit includes at least two lenses. At the time of zooming from a wide angle end to a telephoto end, a distance between the first lens unit and the second lens unit widens, a distance between the second lens unit and the third lens unit narrows, a distance between the third lens unit and the fourth lens unit fluctuates, and the first lens unit, after moving toward the image side, moves toward the object side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Keisuke Takada
  • Patent number: 9503661
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes a high-frequency pattern detector calculating a difference or a ratio between a value obtained by integrating averages of pixel outputs of a first pixel group arranged in identical positions in a vertical direction with respect to a focus detection pixel or in identical positions in a vertical direction with respect to another focus detection pixel located around the focus detection pixel and a value obtained by integrating averages of pixel outputs of a second pixel group arranged in positions shifted from the first pixel group in the horizontal or vertical direction, and sets a high-frequency degree in accordance with a magnitude of the difference or the ratio. An application determination unit increases the mixing rate of the focus detection pixel when the high-frequency pattern degree is high.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Atsuro Okazawa, Teruaki Yamasaki, Takeshi Fukutomi
  • Patent number: 9477069
    Abstract: Provided are: a zoom lens which exhibits a large variable-power ratio, an increased degree of freedom with respect to aberration correction, and which has been achieved having a sufficient reduction in size in the optical axis direction; and an imaging device equipped therewith. The zoom lens includes at least, from the 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, and a fifth lens group, in that order. In the zoom lens, prescribed conditions are satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: TAMRON CO., LTD
    Inventor: Yoshito Iwasawa
  • Patent number: 9392170
    Abstract: Camera module with switchable light filters includes a lens module, a bearing rotating device, a visible light filter, and an infrared light filter. The bearing rotating device includes a rotating shaft, at least one guiding stick, and a bearing plate. The rotating bearing plate holds the two filters and defines an arcuated guiding slot. The circle center of the arcuated guiding slot is the rotating shaft. A visible light filter and an infrared light filter are switchable, their movement being governed by the guiding stick and the guiding slot, to respective alignment with an optical axis of the lens module. The camera module can rotate the bearing plate to switch the infrared filter for the visible filter where the acquisition of infrared light is required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignees: HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun-Hui Yu, Shin-Wen Chen, Shu-Sheng Peng, Yong Li, Dai-Peng Zhu, Chien-Liang Chou
  • Patent number: 9392197
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a camera module capable of selectively using according to a mode by disposing an imaging sensor and a recognition sensor within a view angle of a lens, the camera module including: a sensor die including a silicon substrate and a sensor implemented on the silicon substrate; and a lens barrel hermetically holding the sensor die and including at least one lens, wherein the silicon substrate includes an imaging sensor and a recognition sensor implemented adjacent to each other so as to be included within a view angle of the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hyun Kim
  • Patent number: 9321224
    Abstract: An infrared absorption film includes a polymer resin substrate, a polymer dispersant and an infrared absorption material. The infrared absorption material has a plurality of tungsten oxide and/or composite tungsten oxide nanoparticles dispersed in the polymer resin substrate by the polymer dispersant, wherein a weight ratio of the polymer dispersant to the infrared absorption material is between 0.3 and 0.6.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: TAIFLEX Scientific Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chia-Che Chuang, Yu-Chih Kao, Chen-Kuo Lu, Kuan-Yu Li, Tzu-Ching Hung, Chiu-Feng Chen
  • Patent number: 9310537
    Abstract: A color filter substrate and a display device are provided. The color filter substrate comprises a substrate; a color filter layer provided on the substrate; and a photochromic material, the photochromic material and the color filter layer cooperating to display different colors by adjusting the light irradiated onto the color filter substrate. In the color filter substrate and the display device, the photochromic material is introduced into the color filter substrate. In this way, by adjusting the light emitted from the backlight source, the photochromic material is excited to display different colors and the color gamut of the pixel units is thus changed. This color filter substrate and liquid crystal panel can be better applied to different environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignees: BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd., Chengdu BOE Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Fujiang Jin
  • Patent number: 9305948
    Abstract: A dynamically controllable polarizer integrated with an imaging detector to provide “on demand” variable polarization measurements. In one example, an imaging system includes a detector array including a plurality of pixels arranged in a two-dimensional array, and a dynamic polarizer coupled to the detector array, the dynamic polarizer including at least one patterned layer of a material disposed on the detector array, the material being operable to alter its conductivity responsive to an applied stimulus to reversibly transition between a polarizing state and a non-polarizing state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: RAYTHEON COMPANY
    Inventors: Justin Gordon Adams Wehner, Siddhartha Ghosh
  • Patent number: 9307126
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes an imaging optical system, a bending optical element and an image sensor; an inclination adjusting plate which mounts the image sensor onto a housing with a pair of opposed sides of the image sensor extending in a direction orthogonal to a pre-bending optical axis, of the imaging optical system; a pair of end portions formed on the inclination adjusting plate and positioned outside the pair of opposed sides of the image sensor; a swing fulcrum formed between an inner end portion, which is closest to the pre-bending optical axis, and the housing; and an inclination adjuster provided between an outer end portion, which is farthest from the pre-bending optical axis out, and the housing, to make the inclination adjustment plate swing about the swing fulcrum to adjust the inclination adjustment plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: HOYA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Isao Okuda
  • Patent number: 9285571
    Abstract: Provided are: a zoom lens which exhibits a large variable-power ratio, an increased degree of freedom with respect to aberration correction, and which has been achieved having a sufficient reduction in size in the optical axis direction; and an imaging device equipped therewith. The zoom lens includes at least, from the 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, and a fifth lens group, in that order. In the zoom lens, prescribed conditions are satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: TAMRON CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshito Iwasawa
  • Patent number: 9264596
    Abstract: In a security camera system, the power to the illumination system is controlled based on the quality of the images generated by the imaging system. Specifically, the images in the frames detected by the imaging chip of the security camera are analyzed to determine whether or not there is adequate or inadequate power to the illumination system. The controller then changes the power to the illumination system until optimal illumination of the scene is achieved. Generally the power to the illumination system is reduced in response to increasing blur in the images or halos around edges in the images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Sensormatic Electronics, LLC
    Inventor: Walter A. Martin
  • Patent number: 9247111
    Abstract: An imaging device includes an imaging element, a phase plate to modulate the optical transmission function of the optical image of the object, and an optical system for focusing the optical image modulated via the optical plate on the imaging surface of the imaging element, a spatial filter processing unit for image restoration processing to remove modulation by an optical phase filter by implementing two-dimensional spatial filtering processing on the image focused on the imaging surface of the imaging element. Modulation characteristics applied to the optical system by the phase plate are respectively different in the horizontal and vertical directions crossing at right angles along the flat surface of the imaging surface perpendicular to the optical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Koichi Sakita, Takeshi Shimano, Mitsuhiko Ota
  • Patent number: 9225921
    Abstract: Generally, an integrated circuit, an apparatus and a method for buffering analog information capture first analog information with a capture element and store at least portions of the analog information in a first passive variable resistance memory element coupled to the capture element and in a second passive variable resistance memory element. The portions of the analog information stored in the first passive variable resistance memory element and in the second passive variable resistance memory element may be the same or may be different.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Hu, Patrick Lowry
  • Patent number: 9100563
    Abstract: Provided is an imaging apparatus, method and computer-readable medium that photographs an object through at least one aperture of each of pixel of a display panel. The imaging apparatus includes a camera unit in back of the display panel and photographs the object through the at least one aperture of each of the pixels of the display panel to enable a location of the camera unit to be the same as a location of a display unit, measures a distance to the object using a blur effect occurring when photographing through the at least one aperture of the display panel, and restores an image where the blur effect is included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chang Kyu Choi, Jae Joon Han, Byung In Yoo, Du Sik Park, Kwon Ju Yi, Sung Joo Suh
  • Patent number: 9100583
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes an image obtaining portion 200 that obtains a first and second images having exposures different from each other, a region selecting portion 203 that selects a first region different from a region containing a luminance saturation part from the first image, and that selects a second region corresponding to the region containing the luminance saturation part of the first image from the second image, an image restoration processing portion 201 that performs an image restoration processing using an image restoration filter generated based on an optical transfer function for the first region of the first image and the second region of the second image, and an image replacing portion 202 that replaces the region containing the luminance saturation part of the first image with the second region of the second image so as to synthesize the first and second regions to generate one image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takashi Oniki, Koshi Hatakeyama
  • Publication number: 20150146077
    Abstract: An imaging system may include an image sensor having an array of image pixels. Some image pixels in the array may be provided with spectral response adjustment structures. For example, a plurality of broadband pixels in the array may include spectral response adjustment structures. The spectral response adjustment structures may be configured to narrow the spectral response of the broadband pixels in high light conditions. For example, the spectral response of the broadband pixels may transition from clear to gray, from clear to green, or from yellow to green as the light level increases. The spectral response adjustment structures may, for example, be formed from photochromic materials or electrochromic elements. Processing circuitry in the imaging system may generate a color correction matrix for an image based at least partly on the state of the spectral response adjustment structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: Aptina Imaging Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Keelan, Brian Vaartstra, Jeffrey Mackey
  • Publication number: 20150138424
    Abstract: There is provided a solid state image capturing apparatus including an image capturing element for photoelectric converting an incident light; a light shielding filter for shielding a part of the incident light; and a metal plate partly having an opening for fixing the light shielding filter at a position for blocking the opening, an end of the opening of the metal plate being etched and antireflection treated. Also, a camera module and an electronic device are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Eiichiro Dobashi
  • Publication number: 20150116575
    Abstract: An image capturing module includes an image sensing unit and an optical auxiliary unit. The image sensing unit includes a carrier substrate and an image sensing chip disposed on the carrier substrate and electrically connected to the carrier substrate. The optical auxiliary unit includes a housing frame for covering the image sensing chip and a movable lens assembly movably disposed in the housing frame. The movable lens assembly includes a movable casing movably disposed in the housing frame, at least one optical lens group disposed in the movable casing, a microlens array substrate disposed in the movable casing, and a nonconductive photosensitive film layer disposed on the microlens array substrate for increasing the light absorption capability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: LARVIEW TECHNOLOGIES CORP.
    Inventor: CHARLES IAN DADUYA FERRARIS
  • Publication number: 20150116576
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses an image capture assembly, digital camera and a mobile device having an improved construction. In one example embodiment, there is provided an image capture assembly, comprising: a lens; an image sensor; an optical grade plate disposed between the lens and the image sensor, wherein the plate comprises a substrate which material is selected from poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and sapphire glass; and an image signal processor coupled to the image sensor, wherein the image signal processor is configured to process data provided by the image sensor to generate a digital image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Thomas Guillaume GRANDIN, Yun Seok CHOI, Arnett Ryan WEBER
  • Patent number: 9013620
    Abstract: Apparatus for imaging a scene, comprising a focusing structure for focusing light emanating from a scene on an imaging subsystem, and an imaging subsystem. The imaging subsystem includes an imager, disposed within the optical path of the focusing structure, having an array of pixels sensitive to light at frequencies higher than far infrared frequencies, and a frequency shifter disposed between the lens element and the imager. The frequency shifter includes an array of frequency-shifting elements disposed over a subset of the array of pixels, the elements shifting the far infrared frequencies from the focused light to higher frequencies and transmitting the resulting signals to the subset of the array of pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: TRW Automotive U.S. LLC
    Inventor: Yun Luo
  • Publication number: 20150103229
    Abstract: A multispectral imaging device includes: an illumination optical system; and an imaging optical system, wherein the illumination optical system includes a filter group disposed in an overlap region of bundles of illumination rays which reach points in an imaging area of a subject, and including at least a first filter and a second filter having different transmission properties, and the imaging optical system includes: an image sensor which includes at least first light receiving elements and second light receiving elements; and a separation optical element which guides light which has passed through the first filter to the first light receiving elements, and guides light which has passed through the second filter to the second light receiving elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Katsuya Nozawa
  • Publication number: 20150098007
    Abstract: There is provided a solid-state imaging device which includes a plurality of pixels including an imaging pixel for generating a captured image and a focus detection pixel for detecting a focus, in which the focus detection pixel includes a microlens, a photoelectric conversion unit which receives light incident from the microlens, a light-shielding unit which shields a portion of light incident on the photoelectric conversion unit, and a dimming filter which dims the light incident on the photoelectric conversion unit and is formed to contain a black pigment. The present technology can be applied to, for example, a CMOS image sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Masanori Harasawa, Yuichi Seki, Yukihiro Sayama
  • Publication number: 20150077581
    Abstract: A camera system and method provide a trailing motion blur effect without the use of a flash. In one embodiment, a variable light-transmissive filter is positioned in front of an image sensor. While the light-transmissive property of the filter is lower, the blurred image of the object in motion is produced. The light-transmissive property of the filter is increased during the exposure in order to produce a clearer image of the object. In a method, a plurality of images taken in rapid succession are combined to produce a clear image of the object with a trailing blurred image of the object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Kyle L. Baltz, John E. Carlson
  • Publication number: 20150070563
    Abstract: A filter device for a camera which has an optical path, comprises at least one filter unit which has an actuation device and at least one first filter element and one second filter element. The actuation device has a holding device which can be magnetically coupled to the first and to the second filter element and which can be displaced linearly to bring the filter elements selectively into the optical path of the camera or to move them out of the optical path of the camera.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Timo SPERBER