Lens Or Filter Substitution Patents (Class 348/360)
  • Patent number: 10764501
    Abstract: An optical image stabilization (OIS) of a camera system includes a controller, a lens and an image stabilizing arrangement (ISA), including one or both of an actuator mechanically coupled with the lens. The controller is configured to: (1) receive measured accelerometer data relating to camera orientation with respect to a gravitational field and causes the actuator to locate the lens at a gravity-adjusted neutral position; and/or (2) synchronously relocate, during a time interval that falls at least partially between a first successive frame and a second successive frame, one or both of the camera lens and an image sensor by controlling a slew motion of the camera lens or image sensor, monitor and controls one or more of exposure time, effective readout time, lens relocation time and frame period, and rebalance the auto exposure algorithm such that the exposure time is less than a critical value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Victor Kulik, Mehul Soman
  • Patent number: 10739556
    Abstract: The imaging lens consists of, in order from an object side, a first lens group having a positive refractive power, a second lens group having a positive refractive power, a stop, a third lens group having a negative refractive power, and a fourth lens group. The first lens group has, in order from the object side, a positive single lens, and two or more cemented lenses. The second lens group consists of a positive lens and a negative lens. During image blur correction, only the third lens group moves. A conditional expression relating to the back focal length Bf and the lens system total length TTL is satisfied: 2<TTL/Bf<3.6.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Shunsuke Miyagishima, Tetsuya Ori
  • Patent number: 10742878
    Abstract: A stereo camera device with tilted fields of view is provided, which includes a pair of camera devices located such that respective fields of view (FOVs) of the pair of camera devices are tilted away from each other, and at least partially overlapping in a common working FOV. The device further includes a processor which receives respective images from each of the pair of camera devices, combines respective portions of the respective images corresponding to the common working FOV into stereo images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Serguei Zolotov
  • Patent number: 10725264
    Abstract: The lens tube includes a cylindrical barrel, a holder, a cap, and a stress applying portion. The barrel houses at least one first lens. The holder houses an imaging element and is fixed to a substrate. The holder is configured to allow one end of the barrel in an axial direction to be screwed into the holder such that an optical axis of the first lens and an optical axis of the imaging element are aligned with each other. The cap is mountable to the barrel by allowing the other end of the barrel in the axial direction to be screwed into the cap. The stress applying portion is located between the holder and the cap when the barrel is screwed into the holder and the cap, and applies a stress in a direction in which the cap is separated from the holder. The first lens is held and fixed between a first stopper formed on the cap and a second stopper formed in the barrel when the cap is mounted to the barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daisuke Takama, Noboru Kawasaki, Takayuki Kimura
  • Patent number: 10712538
    Abstract: An optical imaging lens includes: first, second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth lens element, the first lens element has negative refracting power, the third lens element has negative refracting power, and an optical axis region of an image-side surface of the sixth lens element is concave. The lens elements having refracting power included by the optical imaging lens are only the six lens elements described above. In addition, the optical imaging lens satisfies the relationship: (G23+T3+G34+T4+G45)/G12?2.600 and ?3+?4+?5+?6?150.000.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Genius Electronic Optical (Xiamen) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jiayuan Zhang, Fensha Cai, Qingzhi Zhu
  • Patent number: 10705316
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an imaging optical lens assembly, including, in order from an object side to an image side: a first lens element with negative refractive power having an object-side surface being concave in a paraxial region, a second lens element with positive refractive power, a third lens element with negative refractive power, a fourth lens element with positive refractive power, and a fifth lens element with negative refractive power having an image-side surface being concave in a paraxial region and at least one convex shape in an off-axial region on the image-side surface, wherein the imaging optical lens assembly has a total of five lens elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: LARGAN PRECISION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kuan-Ming Chen, Hsin-Hsuan Huang
  • Patent number: 10670826
    Abstract: Some embodiments disclosed herein relate to an auxiliary optical device having one or more optical components, such as lenses, attached to a retainer portion. The retainer portion is configured to removably attach to mobile electronic devices such as mobile phones, tablet computers, media players, and the like. The retainer portion may include a movable mounting portion that achieves or maintains a substantially parallel orientation with respect to a face of a mobile electronic device even when a sidewall of the retainer portion is not parallel with respect to the face. An optical component may be mounted to the mounting portion, and movement of the mounting portion can facilitate a parallel orientation of the optical axis of the optical component with respect to an optical axis of an onboard camera of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Portero Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick D. O'Neill, Chong Pak, Jason Patrick, Daniel Arato, Ryan Nguyen, Joshua Cantor
  • Patent number: 10645320
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus includes a pixel section in which a pixel for image is divided into a plurality of pixels for focus detection that generate photoelectric conversion signals, the pixel section generating a pixel signal for image and pixel signals for focus detection on the basis of the photoelectric conversion signals, and a device control section or the like configured to control the pixel section to perform, in a frame, first readout for generating both of a pair of the pixel signals for focus detection and reading out the pair of pixel signals for focus detection and perform, in another frame, second readout for generating one of the pair of pixel signals for focus detection, adding up the photoelectric conversion signals to generate the pixel signal for image, and reading out one of the generated pixel signals for focus detection and the pixel signal for image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Ryo Hatakeyama, Yoshinao Shimada
  • Patent number: 10627600
    Abstract: An imaging optical lens system includes seven lens elements which are, in order from an object side to an image side: a first lens element, a second lens element, a third lens element, a fourth lens element, a fifth lens element, a sixth lens element and a seventh lens element. Each of the seven lens elements has an object-side surface facing toward the object side and an image-side surface facing toward the image side. The object-side surface of the first lens element is convex in a paraxial region thereof. The second lens element has positive refractive power. The third lens element has negative refractive power. At least one surface among the object-side surfaces and the image-side surfaces of the seven lens elements has at least one critical point in an off-axis region thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: LARGAN PRECISION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hung-Shuo Chen, Tzu-Chieh Kuo
  • Patent number: 10627603
    Abstract: An imaging lens assembly includes six lens elements which are, in order from an object side to an image side: a first lens element, a second lens element, a third lens element, a fourth lens element, a fifth lens element and a sixth lens element. The second lens element has positive refractive power. The third lens element with negative refractive power has an image-side surface being concave in a paraxial region thereof. The fifth lens element with negative refractive power has an image-side surface being concave in a paraxial region thereof. The image-side surface of the fifth lens element has at least one inflection point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: LARGAN PRECISION CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hsin-Hsuan Huang
  • Patent number: 10609262
    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: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dae Hwan Kim, Seung Ryong Park, Jung Hoo Seo, Sang Hyun Lee
  • Patent number: 10560623
    Abstract: An imaging element includes microlenses, first pixel portions, and second pixel portions. The microlenses are arranged in first and second directions. The first and second pixel portions correspond to the microlenses. The first pixel portions include light receiving portions, which are pupil-split in the first direction. The second pixel portions include light receiving portions, which are pupil-split in the first direction. The light receiving portions include a light receiving region and a non-light receiving region along the second direction. The first pixel portions are arranged in the first direction and the second direction. The second pixel portions are substituted for some of the first pixel portions and are adjacently or discretely arranged in the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Tetsuo Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 10534154
    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: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Aurelien R. Hubert, Qiang Yang, Yoshiyuki Takase
  • Patent number: 10520719
    Abstract: An image acquisition device including: an imaging optical system forming two images having parallax; and an element acquiring the parallax images, the imaging optical system includes: a first negative lens group having negative refractive power; a first positive lens group having positive refractive power; and a second positive lens group having positive refractive power, the first negative lens group includes two negative lens groups disposed side by side in the parallax direction and having central axes respectively, the first positive lens group is a common lens group having a single central axis, and light rays emitted from the negative lens groups pass therethrough, the second positive lens group includes two positive lens groups disposed side by side in the parallax direction and having central axes respectively and the first positive lens group includes a moving lens group moved along the central axis of the first positive lens group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ikutoshi Fukushima
  • Patent number: 10514523
    Abstract: An optical image capturing system and an electronic using the same are disclosed. The optical image capturing system includes at least two lenses, an image plane, and a first position element. In certain condition, the design of the optical image capturing system may simantaneously inhibit the deviation of effect focal length and improve the imagining quality in response to temperature fluctuation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: ABILITY OPTO-ELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Chien-Hsun Lai, Yeong-Ming Chang, Chen-Hung Tsai, Ying-Jung Chen, Yao-Wei Liu, Hui-Hsuan Yang
  • Patent number: 10473881
    Abstract: A lens unit is provided capable of reducing the shift of the focal position when the temperature rises. The lens unit includes a plurality of lenses and a cylindrical holder configured to internally hold the plurality of lenses. The holder has a smaller coefficient of thermal expansion, compared to single lenses (i.e., the second lens and the third lens) that are meniscus-shaped plastic lenses. The side surfaces of the second lens and the third lens are press-fitted such that the concave side portions corresponding to the positions of the concave lens surfaces abut the inner surface of the holder, the second lens and the third lens including the concave lens surfaces and the convex lens surfaces. Therefore, when the ambient temperature rises, the refractive index of the plastic lens decreases but the convex lens surface deforms such that the curvature radius becomes smaller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yosuke Kanzaki
  • Patent number: 10473883
    Abstract: There are provided a variable magnification optical system and a control method thereof which are capable of relatively accurately adjusting a positional relationship between a variable magnification optical device and an imaging surface of an imaging device according to a zoom amount. A zoom lens included in the variable magnification optical device is positioned at a telephoto end and a wide angle end, and shift amounts ?S1 and ?S2, tilt angles ?1 and ?2, rotation angles ?1 and ?2, and focusing adjustment amounts ?1 and ?2 of the variable magnification optical device are set by a user and are stored. In a case where a zoom amount of the zoom lens is set to a desired value by the user, a shift amount corresponding to the set zoom amount is calculated by using the stored shift amounts ?S1 and ?S2. The positional relationship between the variable magnification optical device and the imaging surface of the imaging device is adjusted so as to have the calculated shift amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Shinichi Shimotsu, Yoshitaka Mori, Takayuki Matsuura
  • Patent number: 10466468
    Abstract: Embodiments generally relate to systems and methods for separating an emulsion in a cavity of a device such as a liquid lens device. In one embodiment, the method comprises at least one of: applying a bias voltage to electrodes in the device, causing at least one of droplet migration, flattening of large droplets, and reduced droplet surface tension; applying an oscillating actuation voltage waveform comprising an actuation frequency to the electrodes, such that fluid pumping and turbulence is created within the device cavity; and applying an oscillating excitation voltage waveform comprising an excitation frequency to the electrodes, such that the varying electric field created by the oscillating voltage causes small droplets of the first liquid to coalesce.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: CORNING INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Raymond Miller Karam, Amy Renee Andersen
  • Patent number: 10462377
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally discloses single-aperture multi-sensor lensless compressive image acquisition capabilities. The present disclosure generally discloses a single-aperture multi-sensor lensless camera including a programmable aperture and a set of sensors. The programmable aperture is configured to modulate an amount of light permitted to pass through the programmable aperture and has a shape defined based on a set of vertices of the programmable aperture. The sensors are arranged, with respect to each other, based on the vertices of the programmable aperture. The sensors may be arranged such that respective reference lines, between the respective vertices of the programmable aperture and the respective sensors, are parallel or substantially parallel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Nokia of America Corporation
    Inventors: Jong-Hoon Ahn, Hong Jiang
  • Patent number: 10447914
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus, to which a lens apparatus can be attached, includes an imaging unit that executes charge accumulation in synchronization with a reference signal and generates an imaging signal, a control unit that controls the data communication with an attached lens apparatus and executes focus detection by using data received from the lens apparatus. The control unit executes data communication with the lens apparatus in a first communication mode in which predetermined data is periodically communicated in synchronization with the reference signal. When a predetermined operation that instructs preparation for still image shooting is being carried out by a user, the control unit changes the first communication mode to a second communication mode in which the control unit executes data communication with the lens apparatus out of synchronization with the reference signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hideyasu Hongu, Atsuya Kawanishi
  • Patent number: 10447913
    Abstract: The present application discloses various focusing methods and apparatuses, and various photographing devices. The focusing method includes: controlling deformation of an image sensor so that reference points of at least two imaging sub-areas of the image sensor after the deformation form a first relative position relationship in a staggered arrangement along a depth direction; acquiring contrast data of a sampling image of an object in the at least two imaging sub-areas; and determining and/or adjusting, according to at least the first relative position relationship and the contrast data, a focusing state of the image sensor. The present application can improve a speed and/or accuracy for determining and/or adjusting the focusing state of the image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Beijing Zhigu Rui Tuo Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lin Du
  • Patent number: 10429609
    Abstract: In an optical system which includes a positive lens Gp and in which a distance on an optical axis from an object-side lens surface of a lens disposed closest to an object side to an image surface is shorter than a focal length of an entire system, an arrangement and a material of the positive lens Gp, and an arrangement of a focus unit are set appropriately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shigenobu Sugita, Suguru Inoue
  • Patent number: 10430644
    Abstract: An optical system is able to capture images of at least a portion of a candidate's face within a near field, a medium field, and a far field. For images captured within the near field, data representing the candidate's iris may be captured from the image and compared to know iris data. For images captured within the medium field, data representing the candidate's iris and facial featured may be captured from the image and compared to know iris data and facial data. For images captured within the far field, data representing the candidate's facial features may be captured from the image and compared to know facial data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Global Bionic Optics Ltd.
    Inventor: Gilles Mathieu
  • Patent number: 10429605
    Abstract: The lens tube includes a cylindrical barrel, a holder, a cap, and a stress applying portion. The barrel houses at least one first lens. The holder houses an imaging element and is fixed to a substrate. The holder is configured to allow one end of the barrel in an axial direction to be screwed into the holder such that an optical axis of the first lens and an optical axis of the imaging element are aligned with each other. The cap is mountable to the barrel by allowing the other end of the barrel in the axial direction to be screwed into the cap. The stress applying portion is located between the holder and the cap when the barrel is screwed into the holder and the cap, and applies a stress in a direction in which the cap is separated from the holder. The first lens is held and fixed between a first stopper formed on the cap and a second stopper formed in the barrel when the cap is mounted to the barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daisuke Takama, Noboru Kawasaki, Takayuki Kimura
  • Patent number: 10412281
    Abstract: A device comprising at least two body sections is disclosed. The first body section comprises a movable imaging unit and a magnet rigidly fixed to the imaging unit, and the second body section comprising an optical unit with a magnet rigidly fixed to the optical unit. The body sections are in a movable connection with each other, and the device is operable in at least two modes. In the first mode, the imaging unit and the optical unit are fixed in a set relative position due to magnetic interaction between the magnets. In the second mode, the imaging unit is positioned away from the optical unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Urho Konttori, Marko Eromäki, Eero Tuulos
  • Patent number: 10349716
    Abstract: A protective cover assembly includes a protective cover having a cover plate body with opposite inner and outer cover plate surfaces, and a through hole extending through the inner and outer cover plate surfaces and defined by a hole-defining wall having a stepped surface. An attachment member is removably embedded in the through hole, and includes a base plate, an outer flange extending outwardly from and surrounding the base plate, a main hole extending through the base plate, and an annular protrusion protruding from an inner peripheral edge of the main hole and extending out of the through hole. The outer flange has a first flange surface flush with a base plate surface of the base plate, and a second flange surface abutting against the stepped surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: EVOLUTIVE LABS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ching-Fu Wang
  • Patent number: 10349045
    Abstract: Provided is a three-dimensional (3D) viewing device, comprising a body adapted to connect to a head-worn device, having a space therein, and a base side and opposite lateral sides neighboring thereto, the body comprising two openings symmetrically formed on the opposite lateral sides respectively; two displays disposed in the space; two light sources disposed in the space at the base side, and oriented toward the two displays respectively; and two sets of projection lenses disposed in the space at the two openings respectively, adapted to project the images of the two displays out of the two openings toward the two eyes of the head-worn device user, respectively. A 3D viewing and interacting system thereof is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventor: Stanley Shao-Ying Lee
  • Patent number: 10317646
    Abstract: An optical imaging module includes six lens elements, the six lens elements being, in order from an object side to an image side, a first lens element, a second lens element, a third lens element, a fourth lens element, a fifth lens element and a sixth lens element. The first lens element has negative refractive power. The second lens element has an image-side surface being concave. The third lens element has an image-side surface being convex. The fourth lens element has positive refractive power. The fifth lens element with negative refractive power has an object-side surface being concave and an image-side surface being convex. The sixth lens element has an image-side surface being concave, wherein an object-side surface and the image-side surface of the sixth lens element are both aspheric, and the image-side surface of the sixth lens element includes at least one inflection point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: LARGAN PRECISION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Cheng-Chen Lin, Chun-Yen Chen, Yu-Tai Tseng, Kuan-Ting Yeh, Hsin-Hsuan Huang
  • Patent number: 10321056
    Abstract: A control unit 15 is provided at an imaging system 10. The control unit 15 controls a mode relating to imaging of an imaging apparatus according to fixation relationship information indicating fixation relationship between the imaging apparatus and an information processing apparatus in a fixation state in which the imaging apparatus and the information processing apparatus are fixed to each other. For example, a fixation relationship determining unit 92 of the imaging apparatus 20 determines the fixation relationship between the imaging apparatus 20 and the information processing apparatus 60 based on the fixation relationship information, and a control unit 45 controls the mode relating to imaging of the imaging apparatus 20 based on the determination result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryogo Ito, Kazuma Akamatsu, Shunsuke Katsumata, Shiro Eshita, Megumi Takagi, Ayumi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10295792
    Abstract: Present embodiments provide for an optical imaging lens. The optical imaging lens includes a first lens element, a second lens element, a third lens element, a fourth lens element, a fifth lens element and a sixth lens element positioned in an order from an object side to an image side. Through forming convex or concave portions on the surfaces of the lens elements and designing parameters satisfying at least an inequality, the improved optical imaging lens may provide better optical characteristics while the total length of the optical imaging lens may be shortened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: GENIUS ELECTRONICS OPTICAL (XIAMEN) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Matthew Bone, Yanbin Chen, Tacheng Fan
  • Patent number: 10291830
    Abstract: A camera module, which is mounted on an inside of a front windshield of a vehicle and to image an external environment of the vehicle, includes a lens unit and an imager to image the external environment by forming an optical image, which is from the external environment through the lens unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nobuhisa Shimizu, Yasuki Furutake, Kensuke Chikata, Kazuma Yamaguchi, Yoichi Kajino
  • Patent number: 10281677
    Abstract: The lens tube includes a cylindrical barrel, a holder, a cap, and a stress applying portion. The barrel houses at least one first lens. The holder houses an imaging element and is fixed to a substrate. The holder is configured to allow one end of the barrel in an axial direction to be screwed into the holder such that an optical axis of the first lens and an optical axis of the imaging element are aligned with each other. The cap is mountable to the barrel by allowing the other end of the barrel in the axial direction to be screwed into the cap. The stress applying portion is located between the holder and the cap when the barrel is screwed into the holder and the cap, and applies a stress in a direction in which the cap is separated from the holder. The first lens is held and fixed between a first stopper formed on the cap and a second stopper formed in the barrel when the cap is mounted to the barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daisuke Takama, Noboru Kawasaki, Takayuki Kimura
  • Patent number: 10264171
    Abstract: An interchangeable-lens image capture apparatus receives, from an external device, a command to control a zoom adapter for mechanically driving a zoom mechanism in an interchangeable lens from outside the interchangeable lens. The image capture apparatus then transmits the received command to the zoom adapter through the interchangeable lens. A zoom operation can be remotely performed from the external device on a manual zoom lens attached to the interchangeable-lens image capture apparatus, which has a function of communicating with the external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kaori Ikeda
  • Patent number: 10263172
    Abstract: To improve both of the mechanical reliability and electrical reliability of an electronic apparatus including a piezoelectric body, a vibrator, and a vibration wave motor. The piezoelectric body is configured by bonding a piezoelectric element and a flexible printed circuit substrate FPC, a coverlay has an end N made up of a first outline part and a second outline part that intersect with wiring layers, the first outline part coming in contact with an electrode F1 of electrodes F, and the second outline part coming in contact with another electrode of the electrodes F. Length L1 from an outer-shape line M of the piezoelectric element that intersects with the FPC to the first outline part is shorter than length L2 from the outer-shape line M to the second outline part, and the electrode F1 is located closer to the outer-shape line than the other electrode of the electrodes F.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hitoshi Nishitani
  • Patent number: 10232799
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for cameras and camera housings for vehicle trailers. An example camera for vehicle trailers includes a casing. The casing defines a cavity and includes a first face defining a first window and a second face defining a second window. The example camera also includes a core including a lens and coupled to the casing within the cavity via an axle. The core rotates to enable capturing of images through the first window and the second window. The example camera also includes gears within the cavity to facilitate rotation of the core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam, Swadad Carremm
  • Patent number: 10234656
    Abstract: A camera lens with a single optical axis includes a first lens having a positive refractive power, a second lens having a positive refractive power, a third lens having a negative refractive power, a fourth lens having a positive refractive power, and a fifth lens having a negative refractive power. The first lens, the second lens, the third lens, the fourth lens, the fifth lens, and an image sensor are arranged in sequence from an object side to an image side, where an axial distance between the third lens and the fourth lens is CT34, an axial distance between the fourth lens and the fifth lens is CT45, and the following condition is satisfied: 8.3<CT34/CT45<15.7.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Wan-Chien Yang
  • Patent number: 10218959
    Abstract: The invention relates to stereoscopic television. Technical result of it is an increase in accuracy with which the transmission of stereoscopic video images is controlled as a result of the automatic real-time measurement of the physical space being photographed. In the present method, stereo photography is carried out by a symmetrically centered multi-angle stereo system with synchronized video cameras, video signals in adjacent lines are recorded and compared, angle signals adjacent to the central signal are detected in said lines, the temporal parallaxes of said signals are measured in a single temporal framework, the parallax signals are synchronized with the video signal of the central video camera, a signal stream is transmitted to the receiving end and recorded, the video signals of the stereoscopic angle shots are reproduced by shifting elements of the signals of the central camera to adjacent temporal parallaxes, and the image is represented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY “3D TV TECHNICS”
    Inventor: Sergey Aleksandrovich Sobolev
  • Patent number: 10197760
    Abstract: An optical lens has an optical function portion having an optical function, and a flange portion formed around the optical function portion. The flange portion has a cut section, which is formed by cutting a gate portion, on a side surface thereof. In a case where the following are viewed from a direction of the optical axis of the optical lens, a concave portion is provided in at least a portion of a region in which the flange portion overlaps with a region obtained by straight lines connecting together an optical axis center of the optical lens and both ends of the cut section, and the concave portion is provided on both surfaces of the flange portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Hidekane Ito
  • Patent number: 10187588
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a camera includes an image sensor within a camera housing that converts light entering the camera housing through an optical filter into digital image data. The optical filter can have a variable opacity. A processor in communication with the image sensor identifies operation settings for the optical filter and adjusts an opacity level of the optical filter over an exposure period in accordance with the operation settings for the optical filter. In addition, the processor modifies values of the digital image data based at least on the operation settings for the optical filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: RED.COM, LLC
    Inventors: Anthony Wayne Davis, Robert Rose, Thomas Graeme Nattress, Peter Jarred Land, James H. Jannard
  • Patent number: 10165173
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide an operating method and apparatus for a detachable lens type camera system which is suitable for photographing a picture or a video having high definition. According to an embodiment of the present invention, a camera system comprises: a body; and a lens part which can be detachably mounted to the body and can be wirelessly connected to the body. The lens part estimates location information between the lens part and the body using beam information of the lens part and beam information of the body, which are formed by beam-forming, and applies the estimated location information to photographing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Dong-Han Kim
  • Patent number: 10165196
    Abstract: Various systems and methods for an all-in-focus implementation are described herein. A system to for operating a camera, comprising an image sensor in the camera to capture a sequence of images in different focal planes, at least a portion of the sequence of images occurring before receiving a signal to store an all-in-focus image, a user interface module to receive, from a user, the signal to store an all-in-focus image, and an image processor to fuse at least two images to result in the all-in-focus image, wherein the at least two images have different focal planes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Soumyendu Sarkar, Geoffrey Francis Burns
  • Patent number: 10148799
    Abstract: An auxiliary optical system can be configured to be removably attachable to a mobile electronic device within a protective case. The auxiliary optical system can be shaped and sized to fit onto and/or into a region of a protective case such that the auxiliary optical device is in optical communication with one or more onboard cameras on the front and/or rear surface of the mobile electronic device and such that the auxiliary optical system resists sliding, tilting, or otherwise moving with respect to the mobile electronic device and/or the protective case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Portero Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick D. O'Neill, Chong Pak, Jason Patrick, Joshua Cantor, Ryan Nguyen, Daniel Arato
  • Patent number: 10142558
    Abstract: An adaptor is attachable between an interchangeable lens including a first light amount adjustment unit capable of changing a passing area of image pickup light, and a camera main body including an image pickup element. The adaptor includes: a second light amount adjustment unit capable of changing transmittance of the image pickup light by using a change in a physical property; and a controller controlling the second light amount adjustment unit. In image pickup mode, the controller controls the transmittance in the second light amount adjustment unit depending on an operating amount of an operation unit by a user to adjust a light amount, and in the image pickup mode, the controller converts an instruction, transmitted toward the interchangeable lens from the camera main body, to drive the first light amount adjustment unit, into a drive completion signal, and transmits the drive completion signal to the camera main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shu Ito
  • Patent number: 10129509
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus and method for multi-spectral imaging is described. The imaging apparatus includes an imaging element that takes an image of a subject, a multi-spectral filter that has a plurality of spectral filters dispersing incident light on the imaging element by predetermined wavelength regions, and a drive unit that drives the multi-spectral filter without stopping the individual spectral filters and continuously switches the spectral filters to cover an opening in the imaging element. The imaging apparatus detects whether a boundary between adjacent ones of the plurality of spectral filters included in the multi-spectral filter is in a position to block the opening in the imaging element, and performs signal processing for invalidating an image output from the imaging element in a period in which it is detected that the boundary between the spectral filters is in the position to block the opening in the imaging element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Yoichi Toriumi
  • Patent number: 10110719
    Abstract: An assembly for use on a piece of equipment comprising a mobile phone with a camera function, the phone having a light which is integral to the body of the equipment, the phone further including a camera lens capable of taking a photograph of an object, and a phone cover removably attached to the mobile phone. The assembly has a carrier assembly, the carrier assembly has a support and a base, and a carrier member attached to the support, the carrier member being movably and releasably mounted to the support, and the carrier member is movable relative to the base and the phone cover. The carrier member includes at least one lens station mounted on it, the lens station includes at least one lens separate from but aligned with the lens in the body of the mobile phone. The lens at the lens station is located between the camera lens of the mobile phone and the object to be photographed and the lens of the lens station is adapted to magnify the image of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventor: Brian Joseph Aberle
  • Patent number: 10073327
    Abstract: An optical apparatus includes a first retardation plate giving a retardation between polarization components in slow and fast axis directions, a second retardation plate changing a relative retardation between polarization components in slow and fast axis directions, and a polarizer extracting a polarization component guided to the image pickup element. The first and second retardation plates, and the polarizer are disposed in order from an object side. The slow or fast axis direction of the first retardation plate is parallel to a polarization direction of the polarization component extracted by the polarizer. The slow or fast axis direction of the second retardation plate is inclined by 45 degrees with respect to the polarization direction. When a design wavelength is ?, a phase change amount being a difference between maximum and minimum values of the relative retardations is in a range from 2?/5 to 3?/5 both inclusive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Rie Ishimatsu, Kazuhiko Momoki, Yutaka Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 10044924
    Abstract: The image-capturing apparatus includes a controller that provides, by switching a signal level of an RTS channel from a first level to a second level, a transmission request to an accessory to cause the accessory to transmit accessory data to the image-capturing apparatus through a DLC channel and transmits camera data to the accessory through a DCL channel. The controller selectively performs a first process to switch, after the accessory receiving the transmission request starts transmitting first accessary data, the signal level from the second level to the first level, and a second process to keep, after the accessory receiving the transmission request ends transmitting the first accessary data, the signal level at the second level. The controller receives, while keeping the signal level at the second level in the second process, second accessory data different from the first accessory data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hideya Takanashi
  • Patent number: 10015386
    Abstract: The focus control apparatus performs focus control of the interchangeable lens by using information obtained through detection of a focus state of an interchangeable lens and a correction value corresponding to the interchangeable lens. The interchangeable lens is a first interchangeable lens holding unique correction value calculation data used to calculate the correction value, or a second interchangeable lens not holding the correction value calculation data. The focus control apparatus includes a first memory storing values for calculating the correction value corresponding to the second interchangeable lens. A controller calculates the correction value by using the correction value calculated based on the values read from the first memory when the second interchangeable lens is attached to the image capturing apparatus, and by using the correction value calculation data acquired from the first interchangeable lens when the first interchangeable lens is attached to the image capturing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kazuki Konishi
  • Patent number: 10007089
    Abstract: A six-piece optical lens for capturing image and a six-piece optical module for capturing image are provided. In order from an object side to an image side, the optical lenses along the optical axis include a first lens with refractive power, a second lens with refractive power, a third lens with refractive power, a fourth lens with refractive power, a fifth lens with refractive power and a sixth lens with refractive power, and at least one of the image-side surface and object-side surface of each of the six lens elements is aspheric. The optical lens can increase aperture value and improve the imagining quality for use in compact cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Ability Opto-Electronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yao-Wei Liu, Nai-Yuan Tang, Yeong-Ming Chang
  • Patent number: 9998681
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electronically controlled camera iris device. The camera iris device may include a transparent conductor layer supplying an input voltage controlling the diameter of the aperture, a transparent resistance layer providing different voltages in different regions varying based on the distance from a center point, and a diaphragm layer that can be independently controlled in different regions to block or transmit light incident on the diaphragm layer when corresponding control voltages are applied on the diaphragm layer. The camera iris device can be configured to have a desired diameter by controlling a first region of the diaphragm layer to transmit the light and a second region of the diaphragm layer outside of the first region to block the light. The diaphragm layer may include a Bragg grating layer or an Electrochromic layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Patrick Campbell, Leo Baldwin