Lens Or Filter Substitution Patents (Class 348/360)
  • Patent number: 11507449
    Abstract: An example apparatus includes a first memory and a second memory coupled to the first memory. A controller may be coupled to the first memory and the second memory. The controller may be configured to cause the apparatus to be initialized by executing instructions on the first memory device. Initializing the apparatus may include operating the apparatus according to a set of semantics different than a set of semantics used by the second memory device. The controller may be configured to cause a determination regarding at least one health characteristic of the second memory to be made subsequent to the apparatus being initialized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Marco Redaelli
  • Patent number: 11500183
    Abstract: An optical imaging system includes a first lens, a second lens, a third lens, a fourth lens having a convex object-side surface, a fifth lens having a concave image-side surface, and a sixth lens, wherein the first to sixth lenses are sequentially disposed from an object side to an imaging plane. An F-number of the optical imaging system is 1.7 or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae Hyuk Huh, Jae Hyun Baik
  • Patent number: 11462105
    Abstract: A sensor arrangement may include a light sensor, a lens, and a filter. The lens may include a distal end positioned toward an environment and a proximal end that is opposite the distal end and positioned toward the light sensor. The filter may be situated between the light sensor and the proximal end of the lens. The filter may be configured to permit a preconfigured set of wavelengths of light from the environment to be sensed by the light sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Accenture Global Solutions Limited
    Inventor: Philipp Tim Pöschke
  • Patent number: 11457858
    Abstract: A skin diagnostic device is provided that includes a body including a coupling member positioned on one surface, the body being attached/detached to/from an electronic device including an image sensor by using the coupling member, an optical unit positioned in the body and including at least one lens, wherein the optical unit is configured to focus measurement light reflected from a target on the image sensor of the electronic device, and at least one light source unit positioned adjacent to the optical unit and configured to irradiate light toward the target, wherein the coupling member includes at least one magnetic body and an alignment member positioned adjacent to the magnetic body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: CHOWIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Won Suk Choi
  • Patent number: 11428927
    Abstract: An optical system is arranged on an object side relative to a first optical portion, the first optical portion including a plurality of lens portions each configured to form an image of an object, and a plurality of filters corresponding to the plurality of lens portions, and the optical system includes a second optical portion including an optical surface common to the plurality of lens portions, wherein the following conditional expression is satisfied: 1 2 × arctan ? { 2 × tan ? ? ? ? ? 1 - ? ? ? h ? ? 1 D ? ? 1 1 - tan ? ? ? ? ? 1 × ( tan ? ? ? ? ? 1 - ? ? ? h ? ? 1 D ? ? 1 ) } < ? ? ? 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tsubasa Nakamura
  • Patent number: 11314038
    Abstract: An optical module is provided, including a movable portion, a fixed portion and a driving assembly. The movable portion is used to hold an optical element having an optical axis. The movable portion is movably connected to the fixed portion. The driving assembly disposed in the fixed portion to drive the movable portion to move along the optical axis relative to the fixed portion. The driving assembly includes a first magnetic element and a second magnetic element. The first magnetic element and the second magnetic element are aligned along the optical axis. The size of the first magnetic element and the size of the second magnetic element along the optical axis are different.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: TDK TAIWAN CORP.
    Inventors: Fu-Yuan Wu, Shang-Yu Hsu, Yu-Cheng Lin, Yung-Ping Yang, Wen-Yen Huang, Tsung-Han Wu, Yi-Chun Cheng, Chen-Chi Kuo, Chia-Hsiu Liu, Ichitai Moto, Sin-Jhong Song
  • Patent number: 11314339
    Abstract: A method for detecting a display is provided, the method including receiving an image signal from an image detector; detecting, by an image processor, that the received image signal includes an image of at least a portion of a display; determining, by the image processor, an array of pixel coordinates of the received image signal that define at least a part of an outline of the display; calculating, based on the array of pixel coordinates and at least one centre pixel of the received image signal, an orientation of the image detector in relation to the display. An apparatus for detecting a display is also provided. The apparatus is configured to carry out the method and includes an image detector and an image processor configured to be in wired or wireless communication with a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: SINDEN TECHNOLOGY LTD
    Inventor: Andrew James Sinden
  • Patent number: 11307485
    Abstract: An imager module for a vehicle includes an imager having an imager lens. The imager is configured to collect image data from at least one of inside and outside the vehicle. A cover is disposed proximate the imager lens and configured to allow the imager to capture image data through the cover. The cover is operable between a first condition, wherein the imager is generally visible through the cover, and a second condition, wherein the imager is generally concealed from view by the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: David J. Cammenga, Xiaoxu Niu, Kurtis L. Geerlings, Jason D. Hallack, Robert R. Turnbull, Carl N. Wassink
  • Patent number: 11310435
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus that is capable of preventing hunching certainly at low cost and of switching between the day mode and the night mode at an optimal timing. An image sensor outputs an image signal depending on an optical image formed through an image pickup optical system. A mode setting unit sets a photographing mode for photographing using the image sensor from among a day mode and a night mode in which sensitivity for a wavelength range corresponding to infrared light is higher than that in the day mode. An obtaining unit obtains ratio information about the ratios of the infrared light and visible light based on the image signal in the night mode. A condition setting unit sets a determination condition that is used for switching the photographing mode to the day mode from the night mode based on the ratio information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKIKAISHA
    Inventor: Ryo Kawasaki
  • Patent number: 11300784
    Abstract: A device, such as a head-mounted device (HMD), may include a frame and a plurality of mirrors coupled to an interior portion of the frame. An imaging device may be coupled to the frame at a position to capture images of an eye of the wearer reflected from the mirrors. The HMD may also include a mirror angle adjustment device to adjust an angle of one or more of the mirrors relative to the imaging device so that the mirror(s) reflect the eye of the wearer to the imaging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: FotoNation Limited
    Inventors: Cosmin Nicolae Rotariu, Istvan Andorko
  • Patent number: 11303798
    Abstract: The accessory apparatus includes an accessory communicator providing a notification channel (RTS), a first data communication channel (DCL) and a second data communication channel (DCL). The accessory controller transmits, in a transmission request receiving state of receiving a transmission request from an image-capturing apparatus through the notification channel, accessory data to the image-capturing apparatus through the first data communication channel, and receives camera data transmitted through the second data communication channel from the image-capturing apparatus in response to receiving the accessory data. The accessory controller stops, in the transmission request receiving state and during transmission of the accessory data to the image-capturing apparatus, in response to becoming a non-transmission request receiving state, transmitting the accessory data to the image-capturing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Katsuhiro Wada, Kazuhiro Namiki, Nobuyuki Horie
  • Patent number: 11294156
    Abstract: A zoom lens includes in order from an object side, a positive first unit, one or two second units including a negative lens unit closest to the image side, and monotonously moved to the image side for zooming to a telephoto end, one or two third units including a negative lens unit closest to the object side, and moved for zooming, and a positive fourth unit disposed closest to the image side, in which the first unit includes, in order from the object side, a negative subunit, a positive subunit moved for focusing, and a positive subunit, and a focal length of the first unit, a composite focal length at the telephoto end of the second unit, a maximum moving amount for zooming of the lens unit included in the second unit, and a maximum Abbe number of the negative lens included in the second unit are properly set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yu Inomoto
  • Patent number: 11287552
    Abstract: A lens protective film includes a base layer, a buffer layer, and a protective layer. The buffer layer and the protective layer are laminated on the base layer. The base layer includes a main body and a first handle extending from the main body. An opening is defined in each of the main body and the buffer layer. The openings of the main body and the buffer layer overlap to form the receiving structure. The receiving structure is used to receive a raised part of a lens. The lens protective film can prevent the buffer layer and the protective layer from being broken and generating debris.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: TRIPLE WIN TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Kun Li, Ming Li, Shin-Wen Chen, Long-Fei Zhang
  • Patent number: 11283984
    Abstract: The accessory apparatus includes an accessory communicator providing a notification channel (RTS), a first data communication channel (DCL) and a second data communication channel (DCL). The accessory controller transmits, in a transmission request receiving state of receiving a transmission request from an image-capturing apparatus through the notification channel, accessory data to the image-capturing apparatus through the first data communication channel, and receives camera data transmitted through the second data communication channel from the image-capturing apparatus in response to receiving the accessory data. The accessory controller stops, in the transmission request receiving state and during transmission of the accessory data to the image-capturing apparatus, in response to becoming a non-transmission request receiving state, transmitting the accessory data to the image-capturing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Katsuhiro Wada, Kazuhiro Namiki, Nobuyuki Horie
  • Patent number: 11283979
    Abstract: Described herein are embodiments of a mobile device case that allows a mobile device camera to view and/or capture images from multiple fields of view. The case may allow the mobile device camera to simultaneously capture image information from multiple different directions relative to the camera or mobile device. The fields of view may not be contiguous fields of view, such that there is a gap or other discontinuity between the fields of view. One field of view may be a field visible from or facing a surface of the mobile device on which the camera is disposed (e.g., the back of the mobile device) and another field of view may be one visible from or facing a different surface of the mobile device. Also described are embodiments of techniques for configuring a mobile device to capture and/or process images from multiple fields of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Scandit AG
    Inventors: Marco Valentino Biasini, Christian Floerkemeier, Thomas Wesner
  • Patent number: 11275229
    Abstract: The present embodiment relates to a lens driving device including: a first movable element including a bobbin and a first coil; a second movable element including a housing and a first magnet; a base disposed below the housing; a board including a circuit member having a second coil; an upper elastic member; and a support member, wherein the bobbin includes a first stopper and a second stopper, which overlap the second movable element in an optical axis direction and are spaced apart from each other, the housing includes side parts and corner parts formed between the side parts, a first stopper is disposed on the side of the corner parts, the second stopper is disposed on the side of the side parts, and the distance between the first stopper and the second movable element in the optical axis direction is different from the distance between the second stopper and the second movable element in the optical axis direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sang Jun Min, Tae Jin Jung, Kyoung Ho Yoo, Sung Guk Lee
  • Patent number: 11265405
    Abstract: A mobile terminal is provided, including a housing, a camera, and a drive structure disposed in the housing, and a frame of the housing is provided with a hole; and the drive structure includes a drive body, a gear group, and a guiding rack fixed in the housing, the camera is rotatably disposed on the housing and is connected to the drive body, and the drive body cooperates with the guiding rack through rotation by using the gear group, and drives the camera to rotatably enter and leave the hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: VIVO MOBILE COMMUNICATION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Huasheng Zhu, Heng Zhang, Yanchang Zheng
  • Patent number: 11243452
    Abstract: An optical unit may include a movable body having a lens and an imaging element; a fixed body configured to support the movable body; a gimbal mechanism configured to oscillatably support the movable body; and a shake correction drive mechanism configured to cause the movable body to oscillate with respect to the fixed body around the two axial lines. The shake correction drive mechanism may include an oscillating magnet, and an oscillating coil to generate an electromagnetic force within a magnetic field of the oscillating magnet. The gimbal mechanism may include an annular movable frame surrounding a periphery of the movable body, and four oscillation support points supporting the movable frame with respect to the movable body and the fixed body on the two axial lines. The movable frame may be arranged outwardly in a radial direction perpendicular to the optical axis from the shake correction drive mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shinji Minamisawa
  • Patent number: 11237368
    Abstract: An optical imaging lens includes a first lens of an image-side surface with a concave portion in a vicinity of its optical-axis, a second lens of an object-side surface with a convex portion in a vicinity of its optical-axis, a third lens of an image-side surface with a concave portion in a vicinity of its optical-axis, a fifth lens of negative refractive power and with a thickness along its optical-axis larger than that of the second lens. EFL is the effective focal length of the optical imaging lens, TTL is the distance from the object-side surface of the first lens element to an image plane, ALT is a total thickness of all five lenses, the second lens has a second lens thickness T2 and an air gap G34 is between the third lens element and the fourth lens element along the optical axis to satisfy TTL/EFL?1.000, TTL/G34?12.000 and ALT/T2?12.900.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Genius Electronic Optical (Xiamen) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Guangyun Li, Yanbin Chen, Yanxuan Yin
  • Patent number: 11240422
    Abstract: An imaging lens includes one or more lens elements configured to receive and focus light in a first wavelength range reflected off of one or more first objects onto an image plane, and to receive and focus light in a second wavelength range reflected off of one or more second objects onto the image plane. The imaging lens further includes an aperture stop and a filter positioned at the aperture stop. The filter includes a central region and an outer region surrounding the central region. The central region of the filter is characterized by a first transmission band in the first wavelength range and a second transmission band in the second wavelength range. The outer region of the filter is characterized by a third transmission band in the first wavelength range and substantially low transmittance values in the second wavelength range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Magic Leap, Inc.
    Inventors: Asaf Pellman, Erez Tadmor, David Cohen, Giora Yahav
  • Patent number: 11199735
    Abstract: Embodiments provide a smart optical filter capable of dynamically adjusting brightness variations in incident lights in a FOV or an optical field before an image sensor receives the incident lights. The smart optical filter in accordance with the disclosure can be portable and mounted on various imaging devices such as a smart phone or a camera. The smart optical filter may comprises an light adjustment layer made of an adaptive optical materials such liquid crystals. Light intensity distribution can be obtained for an FOV of a device coupled to the smart optical filter. The light intensity distribution can be compared to one or more thresholds to obtain difference values pixels on the light adjustment layer. The difference value can be used to generate control signals to adjust light passing through the pixels. In some embodiments, the control signals may include information indicating an amount of voltage to be applied to the pixels to alter polarization at those pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: Lumcolor
    Inventors: Rich S. Zhou, Yingchun Han, Kenny Chu
  • Patent number: 11190672
    Abstract: In a lens module, a first lens barrel has opposing first and second ends and an optical axis. A glass lens is disposed in the first lens barrel, and a resin lens is disposed in the first lens barrel and is arranged to be closer to the second end than the glass lens is. A second lens barrel is disposed in the first lens barrel to surround the at least one resin lens. A holding mechanism applies pressing force to the at least one glass lens and the second lens barrel in a direction of the optical axis to perform pressure holding of the at least one glass lens and the second lens barrel in a direction of the optical axis. The holding mechanism holds the at least one resin lens while preventing the pressing force from being directly applied to the at least one resin lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasuki Furutake
  • Patent number: 11172105
    Abstract: One embodiment of a camera module may comprise: a lens barrel having a hollow formed therein, comprising at least one lens aligned in the optical axis of the hollow; a holder having formed therein an internal space in which a part of the lens barrel is accommodated; a casing coupled to the holder and having formed therein an internal space in which a printed circuit board is accommodated; and a first heater which is electrically connected to the printed circuit board to heat the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dae Hwan Kim, Seung Ryong Park, Jung Hoo Seo, Sang Hyun Lee
  • Patent number: 11165941
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an array camera module and application thereof, wherein the array camera module comprises at least one optical lens and at least one circuit board assembly. The circuit board assembly further comprises at least one photosensitive chip, at least one circuit board, and at least one electronic component, wherein the photosensitive chip and the circuit board are conductively connected, at least one of the electronic components is attached to a back face of the circuit board, and the optical lens is held in a photosensitive path of the photosensitive chip. In this way, at least one of the length and the width of the array camera module can be reduced, so as to be beneficial to the miniaturization of the array camera module, so that the array camera module can be conveniently applied to a light-weighted and thinned electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: NINGBO SUNNY OPOTECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mingzhu Wang, Bojie Zhao, Zhenyu Chen, Nan Guo, Takehiko Tanaka
  • Patent number: 11159708
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus to which an accessory apparatus including a plurality of operation members is detachably attached includes a camera communicator configured to provide a communication path with the accessory apparatus, and a camera controller configured to communicate with the accessory apparatus via the camera communicator, and to transfer to a sleep state with the accessory apparatus when none of the accessory apparatus and the imaging apparatus are operated in a normal operation state. The camera controller designates a specific operation member among a plurality of operation members for the accessory apparatus. The camera controller in the sleep state returns to the normal operation state when receiving a communication from the accessory apparatus corresponding to an operation of the specific operation member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazumichi Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 11134171
    Abstract: Provided is an image reading apparatus capable of improving the image quality of a document in which texts and images are appeared in the same page. The camera captures a document in page units to obtain captured image data. An area classifying unit classifies the captured image data into areas for each content. An area selecting unit selects whether or not to output the captured image data based on the classification of the area and state of the captured image data. An image scanner scans the area of the document for the area selected not to output the captured image data. An image processing unit processes the captured image data or scanned image data for each area and outputs or deletes it as area data. A document output unit collects the processed area data, reconstructs the data into document data, and outputs it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Naohiko Kosaka
  • Patent number: 11115579
    Abstract: A digital camera has a dual field of view optical system with two separate focal planes, whose images fall simultaneously on a single imaging sensor, an actuator to move the optical system along an optical axis, and a digital processor associated with the imaging sensor. The actuator moves the optical system so that the imaging sensor is sequentially in each of the focal planes, and the digital processing element co-processes images sampled from each of the focal planes to as to derive images with two fields of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Inventor: Itshak Marom
  • Patent number: 11108968
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus comprises: an image sensor; an optical filter having a first filter region that selectively passes light in a first wavelength band; and a calculation circuit that calculates an in-focus position of a focus lens based on a signal obtained from the image sensor. The calculation circuit estimates a first component in the first wavelength band and a second component in a second wavelength band of light received by a second pixel region of the image sensor excluding a first pixel region of the image sensor, based on a first signal obtained from the first pixel region that receives light passed through the first filter region and a second signal obtained from the second pixel region, and calculates an in-focus position with respect to a predetermined shooting distance based on the estimated first and second components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Aihiko Numata
  • Patent number: 11095811
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus and method that enable capturing of an image according to a timing of image-capturing operation by making a release time lag constant. The apparatus includes an imaging element and a control unit that performs output control of a synchronization signal that defines processing timing of the imaging element, in which the control unit outputs a first additional synchronization signal to the imaging element at an end timing of exposure preparation processing started in response to image-capturing operation. The imaging element starts exposure processing of a captured image corresponding to the image-capturing operation in response to input of the first additional synchronization signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: SONY COROPRATION
    Inventor: Ryosuke Torita
  • Patent number: 11092781
    Abstract: An optical imaging system is provided. The optical imaging system has a first lens, a second lens, a third lens, and a fourth lens disposed in order from an object-side to an image-side. The optical imaging system satisfies the following conditional expressions: F No.?1.5, 0.5<EPD/TTL<0.7, where EPD is an entrance pupil diameter, and TTL is a distance from an object-side surface of the first lens to an imaging plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yong Joo Jo, Young Suk Kang
  • Patent number: 11073746
    Abstract: An image-capturing assembly includes a circuit board, an optical filter, an image-capturing element between the circuit board and the optical filter, and a holder. The holder includes a fixing portion. The image-capturing element is on the circuit board and electrically connected to the circuit board. The holder is on an external side of the image-capturing element. The fixing portion has an upper surface and a lower surface opposite to each other, and the lower surface is fixed on the circuit board. The optical filter is fixed on the upper surface of the fixing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: GUANGZHOU LUXVISIONS INNOVATION TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Kuo-Hao Peng, Shang-Chieh Chien, Yao-Chung Chang
  • Patent number: 11067771
    Abstract: An observation apparatus includes: an image capturing apparatus that includes an imaging surface and captures an image of an object to be observed; an optical system that projects an optical image of the object onto the image capturing apparatus; a focusing unit that adjusts, with reference to the optical-axis direction of the optical system, the relative positional relationship between the object and a surface optically conjugate to the imaging surface; and a processor that controls at least the image capturing apparatus and the focusing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shogo Usui
  • Patent number: 11070726
    Abstract: An interchangeable lens is connected to a camera body through an adapter apparatus. The adapter apparatus can communicate with the interchangeable lens through a plurality of communication methods and includes a communication unit configured to control the communication with the lens apparatus, and a setting unit configured to switch a communication setting in the adapter apparatus between a first setting and a second setting. The first setting is compliant with a first communication method as a communication method in an initial communication to be performed at a start-up of the interchangeable lens, and the second setting is compliant with a second communication method different from the first communication method. When the second setting is set as the communication setting, the adapter apparatus sets the first setting as the communication setting and transmits a signal for switching a power state to the interchangeable lens through the first communication method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Minoru Uchiyama
  • Patent number: 10999515
    Abstract: A status change estimating unit 501 estimates a change in lens status of an interchangeable lens 21. A warning control unit 502 determines whether user setting lens status set by a user for the interchangeable lens 21 through a user interface unit 41 or a communication unit 43 and interchangeable lens status are the same. In a case where the warning control unit 502 determines that the user setting lens status and the interchangeable lens status are different from each other, the warning control unit 502 outputs warning information to a warning unit 42 to warn the user. This configuration enables the user to recognize a difference between the user setting lens status and the interchangeable lens status by the warning issued by the warning unit 42.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshimi Tsuboi, Tadashi Yamaguchi, Haruka Asai
  • Patent number: 10974660
    Abstract: A camera module is mountable to an inner side of a front windshield of a vehicle and is configured to capture an image of an external environment of the vehicle. The camera module includes an optical assembly, a camera casing, and an adhesive. The optical assembly includes an assembly reference surface for determining the position of an optical axis and captures an image of the external environment by forming an optical image incident along the optical axis from the external environment. The camera casing includes a casing reference surface to be positioned with respect to the front windshield on the outside of the camera casing and accommodates the optical assembly in a state separate from inner wall surfaces. The adhesive joins the optical assembly to the camera casing in a state in which the assembly reference surface is aligned with an imaginary plane extending along the casing reference surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Soji Masui, Yoichi Kajino, Naoyuki Kurake, Yoshihide Itou, Sho Okuda
  • Patent number: 10962733
    Abstract: An embodiment comprises: a lower surface; a first lens barrel comprising a first protrusion protruding from the lower surface; a first lens array comprising a plurality of first lenses disposed in the first lens barrel; a first holder comprising a first hole into which the first protrusion is inserted; a first adhesive member disposed between a lower surface of the first lens barrel around the first protrusion and an upper surface of the first holder around the first hole; and a first image sensor disposed under the first hole, wherein the first adhesive member comprises one end and the other end, which are disposed to encompass the first hole, and the one end and the other end of the first adhesive member are spaced apart from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dong Hyun Kim, Chul Ro Lee
  • Patent number: 10962747
    Abstract: The maximum principal ray incident angle to an image surface is reduced in an image pickup device provided with an image pickup element. The image pickup device includes an image pickup lens, the image pickup element, and a cover glass. In the image pickup device, the cover glass is stuck on the image pickup element without containing air between them. In addition, in the image pickup device, the maximum incident angle of principal rays from the image pickup lens, to the cover glass is larger than 35 degrees. Furthermore, in the image pickup device, the refractive angle of the cover glass is at least 5 degrees smaller than the maximum incident angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tomohiko Baba
  • Patent number: 10955724
    Abstract: An electronic device such as a head-mounted device may have displays that are viewable by the eyes of a viewer through adjustable lenses. The adjustable lenses may be liquid crystal lenses. A camera and other sensors in the head-mounted device may monitor the eyes of the user and gather other information. Control circuitry in the head-mounted device may control the adjustable lenses based on measured characteristics of the eyes of the user such as interpupillary distance and direction-of-view. The control circuitry may match the distance between the centers of the adjustable lenses to the measured interpupillary distance and may align the lens centers with the measured direction-of-view. The adjustable lenses may have transparent electrodes that are supplied with time-varying control signals by the control circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Graham B. Myhre, Giovanni Carbone, Shih-Chyuan Fan Jiang, Sheng Zhang, Chaohao Wang
  • Patent number: 10948685
    Abstract: Various embodiments include an interlock arrangement that may be used to attach a lens barrel to a lens carrier of a camera. In some embodiments, the interlock arrangement may restrict movement of the lens barrel relative to the lens carrier along at least an optical axis. In various examples, the interlock arrangement may include one or more grooves and one or more protrusions. For instance, a groove may be defined by the lens barrel or the lens carrier, and a protrusion may extend from the lens barrel or the lens carrier to at least partially into the groove. In some cases, the interlock arrangement may include an adhesive that at least partially fills gaps within the interlock arrangement between the lens barrel and the lens carrier. According to some embodiments, the interlock arrangement may include one or more recesses that provide inlets for the adhesive to be introduced to the gaps within the interlock arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Aurelien R. Hubert, Qiang Yang, Yoshiyuki Takase
  • Patent number: 10942424
    Abstract: A camera body at which one or more camera accessories, at which light from a subject enters, are detachably mountable, includes: a body-side terminal; and a communication unit that communicates with at least one of the camera accessories, wherein: the communication unit requests, via the body-side terminal, the camera accessory for a discriminating signal indicating whether or not another camera accessory capable of communicating with the camera body is mountable on a subject side of the camera accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akihiko Kawai
  • Patent number: 10921559
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a camera lens assembly. The camera lens assembly includes, sequentially along an optical axis from an object side to an image side, a first lens, a second lens, a third lens, a fourth lens, and a fifth lens. The first lens has a positive refractive power, an object-side surface of the first lens is a convex surface, and an image-side surface of the first lens is a concave surface. Each of the second lens and the third lens has a positive refractive power or a negative refractive power. The fourth lens has a positive refractive power, and an image-side surface of the fourth lens is a convex surface. The fifth lens has a negative refractive power, and an object-side surface of the fifth lens is a concave surface. An effective semi-diameter DT52 of an image-side surface of the fifth lens and half of a diagonal length ImgH of an effective pixel area on an image plane of the camera lens assembly satisfy: 0.75<DT52/ImgH<1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: ZHEJIANG SUNNY OPTICAL CO., LTD
    Inventor: Xinquan Wang
  • Patent number: 10908391
    Abstract: An imaging optical lens assembly includes four lens elements which are, in order from an object side to an image side: a first lens element, a second lens element, a third lens element and a fourth lens element. Each of the four lens elements has an object-side surface facing toward the object side and an image-side surface facing toward the image side. At least one of all lens surfaces of the four lens elements is aspheric and has at least one inflection point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: LARGAN PRECISION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yu-Tai Tseng, Yu-Chun Ke, Kuo-Jui Wang, Tzu-Chieh Kuo
  • Patent number: 10911701
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus includes: a pixel portion where pixels of a plurality of colors are arranged in a first direction and a second direction as repetition of a basic array, and an arbitrary pixel is divided into a plurality of divided pixels in the first direction; a mixing portion configured to generate processed pixel signals from image data generated by all divided pixels existing in the pixel portion by performing pixel reduction of a plurality of divided pixel signals related to a same color and a same division position; and a managing/instructing portion configured to, in a case of prioritizing phase difference detection, control the pixel reduction by the mixing portion so that the processed pixel signals are not arranged at regular intervals in the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Ryo Hatakeyama
  • Patent number: 10896937
    Abstract: The present application relates to a display device. The display device includes a body; a display screen disposed on the body. The display screen includes a first display region and a light transmissive region. The first display region has a light emitting surface facing away from the body, a light receiving module located between the display screen and the body, a second display region disposed between the display screen and the body, and the second display region is configured to compensate the light transmissive region to display image information in the light transmissive region; and a light path structure positioned between the display screen and the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Inventor: Hanfei Gao
  • Patent number: 10895710
    Abstract: An accessory removably attachable to a camera body and including a plurality of terminals, includes: a first terminal; a second terminal through which a first power supply voltage is supplied from the camera body; a third terminal; a fourth terminal; a fifth terminal; a sixth terminal; an eighth terminal that receives a first clock signal of a first cycle from the camera body; a seventh terminal; a ninth terminal; a tenth terminal that outputs a second clock signal of a second cycle to the camera body, the second cycle being longer than the first cycle; and an eleventh terminal, wherein: a distance between the tenth terminal and the second terminal is longer than a distance between the eighth terminal and the second terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takayuki Funaoka
  • Patent number: 10890753
    Abstract: An endoscope includes a single lens that has a square exterior shape in a direction perpendicular to an optical axis, an image sensor that has an square exterior shape which is same as the exterior shape of the single lens, in the direction perpendicular to the optical axis, a sensor cover that has an exterior shape which is same as the exterior shape of the single lens, in the direction perpendicular to the optical axis; and a bonding resin portion that fixes the sensor cover to the single lens, The single lens is a lens which is formed in a prismatic shape. The single lens has first surface on an imaging subject side that has a plane, and has second surface on an imaging side that has a convex surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC I-PRO SENSING SOLUTIONS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naoyuki Haraguchi, Takafumi Sanada, Yasuyuki Hanada, Yuichi Hatase
  • Patent number: 10884237
    Abstract: A camera and a terminal including the same are disclosed. The camera according to an embodiment of the present invention includes: a first prism apparatus to reflect a first input light input in a first direction to a second direction; a second prism apparatus to reflect a second input light input in a third direction opposite to the first direction to the second direction, and output the reflected second input light to the first prism apparatus; a lens apparatus to receive the first input light from the first prism apparatus or the second input light from the second prism apparatus; and an image sensor configured to generate an image signal based on the first input light or the second input. Accordingly, it is possible to implement a slim camera that can use a single image sensor at the time of front photographing and rear photographing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sunho Cho, Kwanhyung Kim, Dongryeol Lee, Hyungjoo Kang, Salkmann Ji, Samnyol Hong
  • Patent number: 10866383
    Abstract: One embodiment comprises: a housing; a bobbin, which is arranged inside the housing and is for mounting a lens; first coils arranged around the outer peripheral surface of the bobbin; a first magnet arranged in the housing; a second magnet arranged at the bobbin and spaced from the first coils; and a first position sensor arranged in the housing and sensing the intensity of a magnetic field of the second magnet, wherein the length of the second magnet in the direction of an optical axis is shorter than the length of thereof in the direction perpendicular to the direction of the optical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Byung Wook Son, Sang Ok Park
  • Patent number: 10859787
    Abstract: An accessory removably attachable to a camera body and including a plurality of terminals, includes: a first terminal; a second terminal through which a first power supply voltage is supplied from the camera body; a third terminal; a fourth terminal; a fifth terminal; a sixth terminal; an eighth terminal that receives a first clock signal of a first cycle from the camera body; a seventh terminal; a ninth terminal; a tenth terminal that outputs a second clock signal of a second cycle to the camera body, the second cycle being longer than the first cycle; and an eleventh terminal, wherein: a distance between the tenth terminal and the second terminal is longer than a distance between the eighth terminal and the second terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takayuki Funaoka
  • Patent number: 10852507
    Abstract: An optical imaging system includes a first lens having a positive refractive power, a second lens having a negative refractive power, a third lens having a positive refractive power, a fourth lens having a positive refractive power, a fifth lens having a negative refractive power, and a sixth lens having a negative refractive power. The first to sixth lenses are sequentially disposed from an object side to an imaging plane. An Abbe number of the second lens is 21 or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ju Hwa Son