With Object Or Scene Illumination Patents (Class 348/370)
  • Patent number: 11039066
    Abstract: There is provided an image pickup apparatus including a plurality of image capturing modes which is changeable by a user operation of a first operation member. In a first mode, an exposure control value is to be chosen and set to a fixed value by the user, and others are set to settable automatic exposure control values by the image pickup apparatus without the user's operation. In a second mode, the plurality of exposure control values are all to be set to the automatic values. In a third mode, the plurality of exposure control values are settable to a combination of the automatic value and fixed value settable in the first and the second mode by user via a second operation member, without changing the image capturing mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takuo Tsuchiya, Yukihiro Matsumoto, Yuki Fukushima
  • Patent number: 10977781
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses an image fusion method, device and system. The image fusion method comprises: obtaining a visible light image generated by a visible light sensor and an invisible light image generated by an invisible light sensor, wherein there is a correspondence between the visible light image and the invisible light image; synthesizing the visible light image and the invisible light image to create a first synthetic image; denoising the visible light image and the first synthetic image; and fusing the denoised visible light image and the denoised first synthetic image to generate a second synthetic image. In embodiments of the present disclosure, the visible light image and the first synthetic image that is fused with the invisible light image are denoised respectively before the final image fusion to denoising the fused image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xinxin Nie, Lihong Luo, Meng Fan, Hai Yu
  • Patent number: 10953813
    Abstract: A vehicle image acquisition device includes a RGB light source unit having a red light source configured to emit red light, a green light source configured to emit green light, and a blue light source configured to emit blue light, the RGB light source unit being configured to emit respective color light at a predetermined light emission period in a predetermined direction, an image acquisition unit configured to capture reflected light returning from a target distance area at an imaging timing set according to the target distance area, and to acquire a plurality of captured images having different target distance areas, a timing controller configured to control light emission period of the respective color light and the imaging timing; and an image processor configured to combine the captured images each acquired by the respective color light to generate a color image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takanori Namba, Mitsuharu Mano, Masayasu Ito
  • Patent number: 10921190
    Abstract: A spectrum measuring apparatus includes a plurality of light sources configured to emit light of different wavelengths onto an object, based on current at various intensities that is applied to each of the plurality of light sources, a photodetector configured to receive light that is one among reflected from, scattered from, and transmitted into the object onto which the light is emitted, and measure an intensity of the received light, and a processor configured to obtain spectrum of the object, based on the measured intensity of the received light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sang Kyu Kim
  • Patent number: 10904505
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product for generating a digital image is disclosed. In use, a first image is received from a first image sensor, where the first image sensor detects visible light color, and a second image and a third image are received from a second image sensor, where the second image sensor detects non-visible light intensity. Using an image processing subsystem, a resulting image is generated by combining the first image, the second image, and the third image, where at least one of the first image, the second image, or the third image is sampled under strobe illumination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: DUELIGHT LLC
    Inventors: William Rivard, Adam Feder, Brian Kindle
  • Patent number: 10874005
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for communicating via a communications network with a load control system of a respective user environment, receiving information on the load control system via the communications network, displaying graphical user interfaces based on the received information, and controlling and configuring the load control system via graphical user interfaces by communicating via the communications network messages the load control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Rhythm Agarwal, Brad M. Kreschollek, Bryan R. Barnes, Christopher M. Green, Rhodes B. Baker, Jennifer Wong, Gregory S. Altonen, Karelys Alfonzo
  • Patent number: 10863103
    Abstract: A setting apparatus comprises a setting unit that sets a virtual light parameter for applying an effect of irradiating virtual light on a plurality of subjects included in an image; and a classification unit that classifies the plurality of subjects into a plurality of groups based on a state of shadow. The setting unit sets the virtual light parameter for each group classified by the classification unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Naoko Watazawa
  • Patent number: 10828124
    Abstract: An illumination system for a medical suite comprises a light assembly comprising at least one illumination source configured to selectively direct a light emission in a region of the surgical suite. The system further comprises an imager configured to capture image data in a field of view in the medical suite. A controller is in communication with the light assembly and the imager. The controller is configured to detect a location of the marker in the image data and control the light assembly to direct the light emission within the region based on the location of the marker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kurtis L. Geerlings, Thomas S. Wright, David M. Falb, Christopher J. Adamski, Jeremy A. Schut, William L. Tonar, Jason D. Hallack, Michael J. Metivier, Brian J. Beardsley
  • Patent number: 10827156
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a light filling method and apparatus for photographing environment, and a computer-readable storage medium. The method includes detecting a color temperature value of a current photographing environment to obtain a first color temperature value; and displaying an optimal light filling image acquired from a plurality of prestored light filling images in a light filling region of a display screen based on the first color temperature value, to implement light filling for the photographing environment, wherein the optimal light filling image is a light filling image that does not destroy white balance of a camera after light filling is implemented for the photographing environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: BEIJING XIAOMI MOBILE SOFTWARE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Guosheng Li, Chuan Gao
  • Patent number: 10729370
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a system including one or more sensors, a mounting system configured to removeably mount a computing device such that a camera of the computing device is positioned facing an eye of a subject, and a control system. The control system is configured to (a) receive sensor data from the one or more sensors, (b) determine whether the sensor data is indicative of balance instability of the subject, (c) track a position of the eye of the subject to assess vestibular dysfunction, (d) determine whether the camera data is indicative of vestibular dysfunction of the subject, and (e) in response to (i) the sensor data being indicative of balance instability of the subject and/or (ii) the camera data being indicative of vestibular dysfunction of the subject, display an indication of symptoms that are characteristic of a traumatic brain injury or concussion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
    Inventors: Fang Lin, Sai V. Yalla
  • Patent number: 10726574
    Abstract: At a first time point, a first light capturing device at a first spatial location in a three-dimensional (3D) space captures first light rays from light sources located at designated spatial locations on a viewer device in the 3D space. At the first time point, a second light capturing device at a second spatial location in the 3D space captures second light rays from the light sources located at the designated spatial locations on the viewer device in the 3D space. Based on the first light rays captured by the first light capturing device and the second light rays captured by the second light capturing device, at least one of a spatial position and a spatial direction, at the first time point, of the viewer device is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Ajit Ninan, Neil Mammen
  • Patent number: 10728528
    Abstract: A system for social interaction using a photo-realistic novel view of an event includes a multi-view reconstruction system for developing transmission data of the event a plurality of client-side rendering devices, each rendering device receiving the transmission data from the multi-view reconstruction system and rendering the transmission data as the photo-realistic novel view. A method of social interaction using a photo-realistic novel view of an event includes transmitting by a server side transmission data of the event; receiving by a first user on a first rendering device the data transmission; selecting by the first user a path for rendering on the first rendering device at least on novel view; rendering by the first rendering device the at least one novel view; and saving by the user on the first rendering device novel view date for the at least one novel view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Oren Haimovitch-Yogev, Matteo Shapira, Aviv Shapira, Diego Prilusky, Yaniv Ben Zvi, Adi Gilat
  • Patent number: 10724851
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a functional assembly, a display device and a terminal. The functional assembly includes a sensor unit, a first light-guiding component and a camera. The sensor unit includes an emitter and a receiver. The emitter is configured to emit probe light. The first light-guiding component is configured to introduce the probe light and transmit the probe light to the outside through the camera. The receiver is configured to receive detection light through the camera, the detection light being formed by reflection of the probe light against an obstacle. The functional assembly, the display device and the terminal in the present embodiment increase an area of a display region effectively, hence realizing an effect of large-screen display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventor: Haiping Zhang
  • Patent number: 10699395
    Abstract: An image processing device includes an invisible image filter separator that separates an invisible detail component, a visible image filter separator that separates a visible base component and a visible detail component, a base luminance color separator that separates a visible luminance base component and a visible color base component, a detail luminance color separator that separates a visible luminance detail component, a detail synthesizer that generates a synthetic luminance detail component, a synthetic luminance component generator that generates a synthetic luminance component, and a luminance color synthesizer that generates a synthetic image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kohei Kurihara, Yoshitaka Toyoda, Daisuke Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10694952
    Abstract: An electronic device is disclosed. The electronic device of the present invention comprises a body; a head being extended from the body, the head including an internal space for accommodating; a light transmission circle being formed on the head; and a measurement module being installed in the internal space of the head, the measurement module facing the light transmission circle, wherein the measurement module includes: a plurality of first light source providing the light transmission circle with light for speckle imaging; a image sensor being positioned between the light transmission circle and the plurality of first light sources, the image sensor being spaced apart from the plurality of first light sources, the image sensor facing the light transmission circle; and a lens covering the image sensor, the lens being positioned between the image sensor and the light transmission circle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Gueisam Lim, Yongju Yang, Kyuhyoung Choi, Haeseok Eo, Dongwon Kim, Heejin Park, Sanghun Kim, Seungwoo Shin
  • Patent number: 10699455
    Abstract: An image processing system in which, in order to easily analyze input images acquired by sensors, output image quality is improved so that is suitable for a user. It includes: a gradient calculation unit that calculates a desired gradient based on input images; an indication function calculation unit that calculates an indication function for the input images, the indication function defining a range that can be taken by an output image and pixel values of a reference image; a pixel value renewal unit that renews pixel values of one of the input images so as to approximate the desired gradient to produce a renewed image; and a pixel value constraint unit that updates pixel values of the renewed image so as to fall within the range that can be taken by the output image and to approximate the pixel values of the reference image, to thereby obtain the output image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignees: NEC CORPORATION, TOKYO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Takashi Shibata, Masayuki Tanaka, Masatoshi Okutomi
  • Patent number: 10694112
    Abstract: A vehicular image pickup device includes an image capturing unit, a fill light unit and a processing unit. The image capturing unit captures a driving image. The fill light unit provides a supplementary light of a fill light intensity. The processing unit retrieves an object image from the driving image and calculates, by conversion, a brightness distribution of a plurality of pixels on a straight line penetrating the object image. The processing unit fine-tunes a shutter speed of the image capturing unit, a gain of the image capturing unit or the fill light intensity of the fill light unit according to a waveform of the brightness distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: GETAC TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kun-Yu Tsai
  • Patent number: 10694111
    Abstract: With respect to a subject included in an image, the illuminating condition by an ambient light source in an environment where the image was captured is estimated, and based on the estimation result, the effect of a virtual light source that was non-existent at the time of image capture is computed. More specifically, the effect of the virtual light source is computed using an illumination direction of the virtual light source and the reflective characteristics of the subject illuminated by the virtual light source, which have been determined based on the estimation result, and an image derived from addition of the effect of the virtual light source is output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kotaro Kitajima
  • Patent number: 10660549
    Abstract: A palm vein imaging device includes a housing, a light sensitive element and an optical imaging system, at least one imaging sensor for capturing images of palm veins, and a controller, wherein the palm vein imaging device contains an infrared transmission filter and a scattering filter installed above the light emitting elements and the light emitting elements are infrared light-emitting diodes emitting light of wavelength of 850 nm and 940 nm. The technical result of the utility model is increased quality of the obtained image of palm vein vascular pattern, reducing the amount of noises and distortions while imaging and as a result increased reliability of personal identification by means of the claimed device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: OBSCHESTVO S OGRANICHENNOI OTVETSTVENNOSTYU “NAUCHNO-ISSLEDOVATELSKY TSENTR PROSOFT-SISTEMY”
    Inventor: Alexandr Vladimirovich Dremin
  • Patent number: 10638561
    Abstract: An electric power system includes a centralized switched mode power supply (SMPS) and a network bridge. The centralized SMPS includes AC/DC PFC power converters, DC/DC power converters and a control circuit having a communication interface. The control circuit is configured to control power switch(es) of the AC/DC PFC power converters and power switch(es) of the DC/DC power converters. The network bridge is in communication with the communication interface for receiving remote access control commands between a device remote from the centralized SMPS and the control circuit for controlling the power switch(es) of the AC/DC PFC power converters and the power switch(es) of the DC/DC power converters. Other example electric power systems and methods of detecting when at least one of a plurality of LED strings malfunctions in an electric power system are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Astec International Limited
    Inventors: Nathaniel Franco Neri, John Faustino Boqueo Begino, III, Christopher Alan Jones, An Kim Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10630907
    Abstract: Methods of creating frames captured with a video camera that are independent of light conditions are presented. In a first method the invention attains this goal by the addition of a modulated light source, for example amplitude modulation (AM), to the background light that illuminates the scene being captured and executing an algorithm that generates processed images in which the effects of the background illumination have been eliminated. In a second aspect the invention is a method of modifying the flash no flash technique by executing an algorithm that averages out the maximum and minimum intensity peaks in adjacent frames thereby allowing this technique to be employed using non-synchronous light in video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: B.G. negev Technologies and Applications Ltd., at Ben Gurion University
    Inventors: Hugo Guterman, Rami Hagege, Amir Kolaman
  • Patent number: 10614174
    Abstract: Generating a crown model using a statistical method (such as k-means clustering, principal component analysis (PCA), or similar statistical methods) can result in a crown model that is missing sharpness details below the threshold of the statistical technique. A method is provided to add back the sharpness to the resulting model by combining a single full-featured example into the algorithms generating the statistical model. The end result is a crown model that is relatively simple to produce and manipulate in real time, yet maintains the anatomical sharpness of a natural tooth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc.
    Inventors: Jinho Lee, Alexander Yarmarkovich, Kenneth Michael Flowers
  • Patent number: 10592772
    Abstract: An attachment tool includes an image capturing unit configured to capture an image of a random pattern provided on a comparison region of a part; and an identification result-outputting unit configured to output a part identification result obtained by comparing an image characteristic of the captured image of the random pattern with a previously stored image characteristic of a random pattern of a part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rui Ishiyama, Takayuki Abe, Kayato Sekiya
  • Patent number: 10562467
    Abstract: A bonding structure for fixing a plate member inside a housing storing the plate member includes an opening, a fixing portion, adhesive, and a transmissive portion. The opening connects a first space surrounded by the housing and a first surface of the plate member facing the housing with a second space located by a second surface of the plate member opposite the first surface. The fixing portion faces the first surface, is positioned in accordance with the opening, and includes an ultraviolet transmissive material. The adhesive is ultraviolet curing adhesive located at the opening and fixing the fixing portion and the plate member to each other. The transmissive portion is located at the periphery of a side surface of the plate member and transmits ultraviolet light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventor: Takashi Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10554890
    Abstract: A method includes capturing multiple pairs of images of a scene at different exposures using at least one camera of an electronic device. Each pair of images includes (i) an ambient image of the scene captured without using a flash of the electronic device and (ii) a flash image of the scene captured using the flash of the electronic device. The method also includes rendering a final image of the scene with a bokeh that is determined using the multiple pairs of images. One of the ambient images or the flash images are captured in order of increasing exposure time, and the other of the ambient images or the flash images are captured in order of decreasing exposure time. The method may also include estimating a depth map associated with the scene using the pairs of images, where the bokeh is based on the depth map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Long N. Le, John W. Glotzbach, Hamid R. Sheikh, Michael O. Polley
  • Patent number: 10547792
    Abstract: There is provided a control device, a control method, and a program through which it is possible to reduce nonuniformity of brightness in an imaging region and implement a more suitable imaging environment, the control device including: an acquisition unit configured to acquire an image that is captured by an imaging unit; and a control unit configured to control light intensities of auxiliary light beams emitted from auxiliary light emitting units that are associated in advance with a plurality of partial regions in an imaging region determined based on an angle of view of the imaging unit among the plurality of auxiliary light emitting units based on an analysis result of the acquired image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masaharu Nagata, Takeshi Ohashi, Satoshi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10508901
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a functional assembly, a display device and a terminal. The functional assembly includes a sensor unit, a first light-guiding component and a camera. The sensor unit includes an emitter and a receiver. The emitter is configured to emit probe light. The first light-guiding component is configured to introduce the probe light and transmit the probe light to the outside through the camera. The receiver is configured to receive detection light through the camera, the detection light being formed by reflection of the probe light against an obstacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventor: Haiping Zhang
  • Patent number: 10484622
    Abstract: A near-infrared sensitive video camera comprises a control unit configured to: dynamically detect a setting of the camera, the setting being one or more of: a zoom level, a focus setting and a setting of an IR-illuminator of camera. The control unit dynamically acquires a gain setting map for an image sensor, the acquired gain setting map being associated with the dynamically detected setting of the camera and comprising individual gain settings of the image sensor. Dynamically acquiring the gain setting map comprises accessing a database of gain setting maps associated with specific settings of the camera and on the dynamically detected setting of the camera; and dynamically adjusting a gain setting of the image sensor based on the acquired gain setting map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Axis AB
    Inventor: Jimmie Jönsson
  • Patent number: 10467469
    Abstract: An optical system for an image acquisition device comprises an image sensor comprising an array of pixels including pixels sensitive to IR wavelengths for acquiring an image. A lens assembly includes a collecting lens surface with an optical axis, the lens assembly being arranged to focus IR light received from a given object distance on the sensor surface. The lens assembly includes at least a first reflective surface for reflecting collected light along an axis transverse to the optical axis so that a length of the optical system along the optical axis is reduced by comparison to a focal length of the lens assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: FotoNation Limited
    Inventors: Alexander Goncharov, Christopher Dainty, Istvan Andorko, Peter Corcoran
  • Patent number: 10467457
    Abstract: A system and method for capturing images used in a facial recognition system are provided. The system and method are configured to generate a sequential set of control signals configured to cause a camera to capture a corresponding sequential set of probe images of a face of an individual. Each control signal in the sequential set of control signals is configured to cause the camera to capture a probe image of the sequential set of probe images using a different exposure time. The different exposure times associated with the sequential set of control signals together form a predetermined profile configured to enable capture of a usable image from the sequential set of probe images despite variation in at least one of an amount of light and a skin tone of the face of the individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: NEC Corporation of America
    Inventors: Krishna Ranganath, Alvin Yap, Suresh Subramanian
  • Patent number: 10469770
    Abstract: A camera, including a lens assembly and a plurality of infrared ray (IR) light sources arranged around the lens assembly, has a photographing target area classified as a main irradiation area and an external irradiation area. The main irradiation area is set not to exceed a half-power angle of the IR light sources. The external irradiation area is set to exceed the half-power angle of the IR light sources. A reflector is installed corresponding to the IR light sources. IRs reflected by the reflector reach the external irradiation area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: HANWHA TECHWIN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sung Chan Jung, Ji Hwan Bae, Woon Do Jung
  • Patent number: 10462340
    Abstract: A method (460) for illuminating a target (20) with one or more lighting effects using a networked light source. An image recording device (16) comprising a wireless communications module (36) identifies any lighting units (10) located within a first distance (50) to the image recording device, and communicates, via the wireless communications module, a request to one or more of the identified lighting units to illuminate the target with one or more of a plurality of lighting effects when the image recording device captures an image or records a video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Om Prakash Mishra, Kapil Kumar Agarwal
  • Patent number: 10441360
    Abstract: A system for precision guidance of surgical procedures on a patient is disclosed. Aspects of the system may include: a three-dimensional digital representation of a pre-procedural geometry of a relevant part of the patient, a three-dimensional digital representation of an intended post-procedural geometry of the relevant part of the patient including any implant or other structures intended to be attached to the patient, and a movable electro-optical (EO) camera mounted in a known position and orientation relative to a surgeon, such as a head mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Metronor AS
    Inventor: Oyvind Rotvold
  • Patent number: 10437127
    Abstract: An electrochromic apparatus comprises an electrochromic device and a drive unit operating for normal drive and heating drive of the electrochromic device. The electrochromic device comprises a pair of electrodes and an electrochromic layer including at least an electrochromic material and a solvent. Each of the paired electrodes has at least a pair of power supply sections on a surface thereof. The pair of power supply sections include a first power supply section and a second power supply section arranged oppositely relative to the first power supply section on the surface. The drive unit operates for the heating drive such that the electrochromic layer is heated by applying an alternating voltage between the pair of power supply sections of each of the paired electrodes so as to put any oppositely disposed positions of the paired electrodes in phase with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuya Miyazaki, Jun Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10440252
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an imaging apparatus and an imaging method that are capable of easily setting a type of a subject as a focusing target in each imaging. An image sensor acquires an image. An operation unit selects a type of a subject as a focusing target in each imaging of the image acquired by the image sensor. In the case where the type of the subject as a focusing target is selected by the operation unit, a microcomputer detects an area of the subject of that type from the image and sets the detected area as an in-focus area of the image. The present disclosure can be applied to an imaging apparatus, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akira Fukuda
  • Patent number: 10425561
    Abstract: Portable electronic devices having I/O assemblies that can include optical and audio components are described. An exemplary I/O assembly can include a first camera module and a second camera module that can be carried within a camera module housing. A flex connector can carry a strobe that can be positioned between the first camera module and the second camera module. A trim can enclose the first camera, the second camera and the strobe and optically isolates the optical components. An exemplary portable electronic device can include a side wall retainer that defines its perimeter, a front cover glass and a rear cover glass that cooperate to form an enclosure. The I/O assembly can be secured to the enclosure both from inside and outside of the rear cover glass. I/O assembly can also include an audio transducer that can record sound when the camera module are recording videos.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Daniel W. Jarvis, Michael D. Quinones
  • Patent number: 10417779
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for deriving quantitative measurements of an imaged material using plenoptic imaging. In one or more embodiments, image data is generated by a plenoptic camera having a filter configured to transmit a plurality of different spectra in different regions of the filter. A set of plenoptic image data is produced by determining respective sets of pixels in the image data corresponding to the different regions of the filter and determining light intensities of the plurality of different spectra for respective super-pixel groups of the pixels in the image data. One or more additional quantitative measurements of an imaged material are then derived from a comparison of the determined light intensities of two or more of the plurality of different spectra.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AS REPRESENTED BY THE ADMINISTRATOR OF NASA
    Inventors: Paul M. Danehy, Brian S. Thurow
  • Patent number: 10382128
    Abstract: A mobile terminal is disclosed. The mobile terminal for visible light communication, according to one embodiment of the present invention, uses visible light outputted from a lighting that turns on/off according to a preset condition, and the mobile terminal comprises: a light receiving unit for receiving visible light; a control unit for extracting, from the received visible light, data corresponding to the turning on/off; and a display unit for displaying information based on the extracted data, wherein the light receiving unit comprises at least one among an illuminance sensor, a first image sensor disposed on the front of the mobile terminal, and a second image sensor disposed on the back of the mobile terminal, and the control unit controls so that visible light communication is performed by using, among the illuminance sensor, the first image sensor, and the second image sensor, the sensor that receives visible light having the greatest signal strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hongjo Shim, Gukchan Lim, Seonghyok Kim
  • Patent number: 10379277
    Abstract: Lighting devices comprising first and second solid state light emitters and an optical device (e.g., optical fiber). If the emitters are illuminated, (1) light from at least one of the emitters travels through at least a portion of the optical device, and light from the first emitter is mixed with light from the second emitter, and/or (2) light from at least one of the emitters travels through at least a portion of the optical device, and white light is emitted from the lighting device. Also, a lighting device comprising at least one LED, at least one lumiphor, and an optical device, in which if each of the LED(s) is illuminated and each of the lumiphor(s) is excited, at least some of the light emitted from the LED(s) or emitted from the lumiphor(s) travels through at least a first portion of the optical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: IDEAL Industries Lighting LLC
    Inventors: Antony Paul Van De Ven, Gerald H. Negley
  • Patent number: 10382734
    Abstract: An electronic device with a camera and a display that can output light to achieve a desired appearance of skin tone is provided. The display outputs light having a color temperature for lighting during picture taking. The electronic device analyzes a color temperature value of a capturing environment and compares that value with a preset value, calculates a difference value according to the comparing, and controls the display to adjust the color temperature of the light accordingly. A color temperature adjusting method of the electronic device is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Chiun Mai Communication Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Chen-Sheng Hsu
  • Patent number: 10362245
    Abstract: An image acquisition system 1 includes: a light source 3 which outputs illumination light; an optical scanner 7 which scans a sample S with the illumination light; an optical scanner control unit 9; a detection optical system 15, 17 which focuses fluorescence from the sample S; an imaging device 19 which has a light receiving surface 19c in which a plurality of pixel rows 19d are arranged, and an imaging control section 19b, and which can perform signal readout of each of the plurality of pixel rows 19d from the light receiving surface 19c; and a calculation unit 21 which calculates an interval of signal readout between adjacent pixel rows 19d, based on a moving speed of an illuminated region on the light receiving surface 19c; the imaging control section 19b controls signal readout of each pixel row 19d, based on the interval of the signal readout thus calculated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: HAMAMATSU PHOTONICS K.K.
    Inventors: Eiji Toda, Takuo Kameyama
  • Patent number: 10338211
    Abstract: The distance measuring device detects parallax between right and left captured images where a front object is present ahead of the own vehicle, and calculate a parallax distance between the front object and the own vehicle. The radar device detects a radar detected distance therebetween. The distance measuring device calculates a parallax error based on the difference between the parallax calculated distance and the radar detected distance. A correction region is set in the right captured image and divided into correction divided regions. The distance measuring device sets an individual correction parallax for every correction divided regions, based on the parallax error and the identified correction divided regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Noriaki Shirai
  • Patent number: 10321023
    Abstract: An image processing method is performed by a processor of an image processing apparatus which performs image processing of an input frame image. In the image processing method, a tonal histogram is generated, of which a gross area corresponds to a total number of pixels in the input frame image, and contrast is calculated from the tonal histogram. An input of a motion-detecting level with respect to the input frame image is received. A motion-detecting threshold corresponding to the motion-detecting level and the contrast is calculated. A composite image of the input frame image and a preceding frame image of the input frame image is generated based on a comparison result of a finite difference value between the input frame image and the preceding frame image, and the motion-detecting threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Qinhe Wang, Akihiro Furuta
  • Patent number: 10320742
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for assigning addresses to components sharing a common bus. In one embodiment, an iterative elimination process is used to assign the addresses to each component. In another embodiment, each component includes a distance sensor that detects a distance to a front face of a calibration plank. Addresses are assigned to the components based upon the distance readings of the sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: American Sterilizer Company
    Inventor: Ian Hugh Cook
  • Patent number: 10313601
    Abstract: An image capturing device includes a plurality of light emitters, an image capturer, a memory and a processor. The memory stores a target brightness value. The processor controls the light emitters to emit light and controls the image capturer to capture an image. The image is divided into a plurality of areas and the light emitted by each of the light emitters corresponds to one of the areas. The processor calculates a current brightness value of each area and calculates an absolute difference between the current brightness value of each area and the target brightness value. The processor determines whether each absolute difference is larger than a first threshold. According to a determination result, the processor adjusts an exposure parameter of the image capturer or adjusts a light emitting intensity of the light emitter corresponding to the area with the absolute difference larger than the first threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: VIVOTEK INC.
    Inventors: Wei-Shiu Chen, Shih-Hsuan Chen
  • Patent number: 10271406
    Abstract: An electric power supply system using a single converter of the Boost type for supplying a plurality of lighting modules of a motor vehicle with electric voltage. Each module comprises a dedicated converter of the Buck type in order to ensure the regulation of the electric current in such a way as to meet the needs of the light sources of the lighting module in question. A communication network which connects the centralized unit and the lighting modules makes it possible to ensure the control of the modules and the detection of faults, as well as to notify the latter to other devices of the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Valeo Vision
    Inventors: Olivier Sebastien Lesaffre, Gilles Briand, Christophe Cros
  • Patent number: 10258411
    Abstract: A video headband assembly, having a headband structure, made at least in part of polymeric material, a battery port, a power management network having at least one output lead, and which supplies power from the battery port to the output lead and a multi-pin connector, accessible from outside the headband structure. Also, a video data signal transformation network is supported within the polymeric material of the headband structure and electrically connected to the multi-pin connector. Finally, a first video data signal input to the multi-pin connector is transformed by the video data signal transformation network, which produces a transformed video data signal in response to the first video data signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: RIVERPOINT MEDICAL, LLC
    Inventor: John Thomas Ferguson
  • Patent number: 10260673
    Abstract: A rotatable connection for a stand apparatus to be arranged in an operating room and including an adaptable stop mechanism which can be arranged between a first connection component and a second connection component mounted rotatably around a rotational axis relative to the first connection component and is configured to define at least two different relative rotational angles of the connection components or at least two different rotational ranges is provided. A carrier system or a stand apparatus having such a rotatable connection is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: ONDAL MEDICAL SYSTEMS GMBH
    Inventors: Stefan Oginski, Ronny Bauditz, Andreas Göbel, Annika Euler
  • Patent number: 10250789
    Abstract: An electronic device (100) includes a modulated light projector (119) and an electronic rolling shutter (ERS) imaging camera (1302) having a sensor array (1306) with a set of pixel rows. The electronic device includes a controller (1304) to control the modulated light projector (119) to project a modulated light flash (1608, 1810, 2010) during capture of a first image frame (1606, 1806, 2006) by the sensor array. The controller is to initiate the modulated light flash while each pixel row of the set is exposed for gathering light and to terminate the modulated light flash before a pixel row of the set is exposed for capture of a next image frame by the sensor array. The electronic device further includes a processor (802) to determine modulated light image data (1320) based on the first image frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventor: Johnny C Lee
  • Patent number: 10241389
    Abstract: A test device for the image-capturing ability of a fish-eye camera comprises a test box, an image test console carrying the fish-eye camera, a light plate on the image test console to cover the fish-eye camera, and a plurality of light source plates in the test box, surrounding the image test console and the light plate. The light plate further comprises a cap, the cap being a hollow hemisphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chun-Yao Huang, Jheng-Jie Jhou