Flash Or Strobe Patents (Class 348/371)
  • Patent number: 10706253
    Abstract: Introduced here are light sources for flash photography configured to produce high-fidelity white light that is tunable over a broader range of correlated color temperatures (CCTs) than conventional flash technologies. The light source can include multiple independently controllable color channels representing illuminants (e.g., light-emitting diodes) of different colors with varying degrees of saturation. Operating collectively, the multiple color channels can produce a high spectral quality white light corresponding to different CCTs (e.g., “warm” white light having a red hue, “cool” white light having a blue hue). Operating independently, these same color channels can be pre-flashed in a variety of prescribed sequences to probe the spectral characteristics of a scene, thereby allowing for an enhanced, spectrally matched white flash as well as collecting per-pixel reflectivity data that can be later used in during post processing of the captured image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: RINGO AI, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew D. Weaver, James Kingman, Jay Hurley, Jeffrey Saake, Sanjoy Ghose
  • Patent number: 10701250
    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: October 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Daniel W. Jarvis, Michael D. Quinones
  • Patent number: 10694161
    Abstract: An illumination apparatus makes it possible to properly perform white balance (WB) processing that is image processing for WB correction on the premise of an illumination apparatus that uses a specific light source. The illumination apparatus includes a light source using a light-emitting diode (LED) and a transmitter configured to transmit color information relating to the LED, and the transmitter transmits, as the color information relating to the LED, color information that compensates a difference between spectral characteristics of the specific light source and spectral characteristics of the LED.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ginta Hirasawa
  • Patent number: 10674916
    Abstract: Systems and methods for scanning near infrared (NIR) and visible light images and creating co-registered images are provided. A system can include a visible light image capturing device, an near infrared image capturing device, a housing unit, a light source configured to emit light at multiple wavelengths, and a processor configured to use image segmentation algorithms to measure a target issue or wound, detect hemodynamic signals, and combine the visible light image and a hemodynamic image to create a single image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: The Florida International University Board of Trustees
    Inventor: Anuradha Godavarty
  • Patent number: 10681252
    Abstract: There is provided a digital camera of which the stable operation of a shutter can be performed by compact structure and which can suppress the generation of vibration caused by the operation of a shutter. A grip portion (22) is provided at one end portion of a camera body (10), and a charge section (124) of a focal-plane shutter unit (110) is disposed within a range GA of the grip portion (22). Further, a battery is disposed between an image sensor and a display unit at an end portion of the camera body opposite to the grip portion (22). Since the charge section is disposed within the range of the grip portion, a drive section (122) and the charge section (124) can be disposed close to each other. Accordingly, a drive unit for a focal-plane shutter can be made compact, and a shutter curtain can be charged with a stable operation even in a case in which the shutter curtain is to be charged with large torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Kentaro Tokiwa, Takeshi Misawa, Atsushi Misawa
  • Patent number: 10663837
    Abstract: In an embodiment a method includes illuminating a scene in a first illumination by identically driving the emitters of a light source such that first exposures and/or first colour values of segments are ascertained by an image sensor, determining first illumination parameters for the segments of the scene, wherein the first illumination parameters are determined based on the first exposures and/or the first colour values, illuminating the scene in a second subsequent illumination by differently driving the emitters based on the first illumination parameters of the segments such that second exposures and/or second colour values of the segments are ascertained by the image sensor, determining second illumination parameters for the segments of the scene, wherein the second illumination parameters are determined based on the second exposures and/or the second colour values and illuminating the scene in a third subsequent illumination by differently driving the emitters based on the second illumination parameters
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: OSRAM OLED GmbH
    Inventors: Mikko Peraelae, Desiree Queren, Marco Antretter
  • Patent number: 10565447
    Abstract: An image sensor includes a pixel array including a plurality of pixel units, and a controller configured to generate a light control signal for controlling light reflected from an object to expose the plurality of pixel units to the light at least twice during generation of an image frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Se Hyeon Kang, Dong Wook Won, Seog Heon Ham
  • Patent number: 10555386
    Abstract: To provide a light-emitting device whose amount of light can be adjusted, or the like. The amount of light emitted from the light-emitting device can be adjusted by controlling the magnitude of the constant current pulse by a control signal. Specifically, the light-emitting device includes a constant current supply configured to be supplied with a control signal and a control pulse signal and configured to supply a constant current pulse; a control device configured to supply the control signal; a driver circuit configured to supply the control pulse signal; and a light-emitting panel configured to be supplied with the constant current pulse. The control signal is a signal for controlling the magnitude of the constant current pulse. The light-emitting panel includes a light-emitting element. The current density of the light-emitting element is greater than or equal to 10 mA/cm2 and less than or equal to 1000 mA/cm2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Daiki Nakamura, Nobuharu Ohsawa, Hisao Ikeda, Akihiro Kaita, Shunpei Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 10535122
    Abstract: A composite image is generated by capturing a sequence of images of a scene over a time interval; pulsing a flash to illuminate the scene multiple times within the time interval; and constructing the composite image from the captured images such that the composite image includes at least a first region constructed from a first subset of the images and a second region constructed from a second subset of the images, the first subset of the images captured sequentially after the second subset of the images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Tomi Sokeila
  • Patent number: 10491786
    Abstract: An electronic device may have a housing such as a metal housing. Openings may be formed in the housing to accommodate a button, to form a camera window, to form a microphone port, and to form a camera flash window. An input-output component mounting member may be used to mount input-output components to the housing of the electronic device. The input-output component mounting member may have a recess that mates with a corresponding protrusion on the housing. Screws may attach the input-output component mounting member to the housing. The protrusion and recess in the input-output component mounting member may ensure that the input-output component mounting member is accurately aligned with respect to the housing. Input-output components such as a microphone, button switch, camera, and camera flash may be mounted to the electronic device with the input-output component mounting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Emery A. Sanford, David G. Havskjold, Teodor Dabov, Erik G. de Jong, Tyson B. Manullang, Anthony S. Montevirgen
  • Patent number: 10438562
    Abstract: A method, a system, and a terminal for adjusting screen brightness of the terminal includes the steps of obtaining a first screen display brightness value corresponding to ambient light brightness value, and obtaining illumination value of a camera and looking up a second screen display brightness value. When the second screen display brightness value is greater than the first screen display brightness value, the second screen display brightness value is set as the screen display brightness value. Namely, the display brightness is controlled by an Automatic Exposure Control (AEC) system, which increases displaying detail of image on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: JRD COMMUNICATIONS INC.
    Inventors: Jianqiang Chen, Feifei Chai
  • Patent number: 10432872
    Abstract: Some embodiments include a mobile device with a light sensor overlaid under a display (e.g., a touchscreen). The mobile device can identify a command to capture an image. The mobile device can adjust at least a target portion of an opaqueness adjustable region of the display directly over the light sensor. The opaqueness adjustable region is capable of transforming from substantially opaque to substantially transparent. The mobile device can capture the image utilizing at least the light sensor while the target portion of the opaqueness adjustable region is substantially transparent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: David John Evans, V, Xinrui Jiang, Andrew E. Rubin, Matthew Hershenson, Xiaoyu Miao, Joseph Anthony Tate, Jason Sean Gagne-Keats, Rebecca Schultz Zavin
  • Patent number: 10423122
    Abstract: An image sensor is provided. The image sensor includes: a plurality of photoelectric elements for receiving an incident light. The photoelectric elements are arranged into a plurality of unit cells, and each of the unit cells includes a first photoelectric element and a second photoelectric element. The first photoelectric element in each of the unit cells captures a first pixel in a first phase, and the second photoelectric element in each of the unit cells captures a second pixel in a second phase, wherein the first phase is different from the second phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: VISERA TECHNOLOGIES COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Kuo-Feng Lin, Chin-Chuan Hsieh
  • Patent number: 10397486
    Abstract: The amount of light to be emitted by an auxiliary light source for capturing an image to which correction processing is applied, as well as a parameter used in the correction processing, is determined based on a degree of shadows of an object to be captured using the auxiliary light source. In this way, shadows in an image obtained through image capture using the auxiliary light source can be appropriately corrected with a simple method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kotaro Kitajima
  • Patent number: 10380212
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for generating a model of a subject's teeth. Described herein are intraoral scanning methods and apparatuses for generating a three-dimensional model of a subject's intraoral region (e.g., teeth) including both surface features and internal features. These methods and apparatuses may be used for identifying and evaluating lesions, caries and cracks in the teeth. Any of these methods and apparatuses may use minimum scattering coefficients and/or segmentation to form a volumetric model of the teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Gilad Elbaz, Erez Lampert, Yossef Atiya, Avi Kopelman, Ofer Saphier, Maayan Moshe, Shai Ayal
  • Patent number: 10375366
    Abstract: A method for controlling a screen of a terminal device to emit light includes: determining whether a screen flash lamp function is in an active state when the terminal device is in a photographing mode, wherein the screen flash lamp function enables the screen to serve as a flash lamp; and controlling the screen to emit light as a flash lamp according to a first color temperature correction scheme if the screen flash lamp function is in the active state, wherein the first color temperature correction scheme is configured to adjust a color temperature of the screen from an original color temperature to a target color temperature, and wherein the original color temperature is a color temperature when the screen emits light without color shift correction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: BEIJING XIAOMI MOBILE SOFTWARE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Guosheng Li
  • Patent number: 10359689
    Abstract: A flashlight device includes a light source and a flash lens. A microstructure film with a microstructure pattern is disposed on the flash lens. After plural light beams from the light source pass through the flash lens and the microstructure film, a flash of light is provided to an environment. The plural light beams are shaped by the at least one microstructure film while the plural light beams pass through the microstructure film, and/or a spectrum distribution of the plural light beams is modulated after the plural light beams pass through the microstructure film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Everready Precision Ind. Corp.
    Inventors: Jyh-Long Chern, Chih-Ming Yen
  • Patent number: 10345681
    Abstract: A plurality of lighting elements is configured to selectively illuminate a scene during a plurality of time intervals. The plurality of lighting elements forms a different illumination pattern in each of the plurality of time intervals. One or more sensors are configured to measure a plurality of intensities of light received from the scene during the plurality of time intervals. A processor is configured to generate an image of the scene based on the plurality of intensities. In some cases, the plurality of lighting elements are switched on or off to produce different illumination patterns during a plurality of time intervals that too short to be perceptible to the human eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Nokia of America Corporation
    Inventors: Hong Jiang, Gang Huang, Victor Yu, Paul A. Wilford, Xin Yuan
  • Patent number: 10346670
    Abstract: Introduced here are light sources for flash photography configured to produce high-fidelity white light that is tunable over a broader range of correlated color temperatures (CCTs) than conventional flash technologies. The light source can include multiple independently controllable color channels representing illuminants (e.g., light-emitting diodes) of different colors with varying degrees of saturation. Operating collectively, the multiple color channels can produce a high spectral quality white light corresponding to different CCTs (e.g., “warm” white light having a red hue, “cool” white light having a blue hue). Operating independently, these same color channels can be pre-flashed in a variety of prescribed sequences to probe the spectral characteristics of a scene, thereby allowing for an enhanced, spectrally matched white flash as well as collecting per-pixel reflectivity data that can be later used in during post processing of the captured image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: LUMENETIX, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew D. Weaver, James Kingman, Jay Hurley, Jeffrey Saake, Sanjoy Ghose
  • Patent number: 10334148
    Abstract: A liquid-crystal display (LCD) device includes: an array substrate on which a sub-pixel is disposed; a color filter substrate on which a color filter corresponding to the sub-pixel is disposed; and a liquid-crystal layer between the array substrate and the color filter substrate. The array substrate comprises a lens hole, the color filter substrate comprises a lens hole guide, and a diameter of the lens hole is smaller than an inner diameter of the lens hole guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jinwook Kwak, Julk Hong, Jangcheol Kim
  • Patent number: 10326970
    Abstract: An electronic camera having an electronic flash including a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) that emit different wavelength light is disclosed. Electric energy is supplied to a capacitor to the LEDs. A system controller controls light emitting amounts of the LEDs so that a color temperature of the electronic flash light becomes a color temperature that has been manually set with a color temperature setting switch or a color temperature of a light source determined by color temperature sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Chikuni Kawakami
  • Patent number: 10306114
    Abstract: An electronic device including a camera module is provided. In some embodiments, the electronic device includes a display device, a housing including an outer cover, and a camera module including an image sensor, a camera module circuit board, and an optical element. The outer cover defines a cavity, and the camera module is positioned at least partially within the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: David Kyungtag Lim, Jason Edward Jordan
  • Patent number: 10284760
    Abstract: A method provides capturing video information in an electronic device. Capturing video information comprises capturing video, using a first video capture device of the electronic device, switching video capture between the first video capture device and a second video capture device of the electronic device, and continuing video capture while switching between the first video capture device and the second video capture device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Prashant Desai, Jesse Alvarez
  • Patent number: 10250863
    Abstract: An electronic camera having an electronic flash including a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) that emit different wavelength light is disclosed. Electric energy is supplied to a capacitor to the LEDs. A system controller controls light emitting amounts of the LEDs so that a color temperature of the electronic flash light becomes a color temperature that has been manually set with a color temperature setting switch or a color temperature of a light source determined by color temperature sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Chikuni Kawakami
  • Patent number: 10237479
    Abstract: A communication apparatus has a communication control function, which enables the apparatus to operate as a control apparatus that forms a wireless network and controls the wireless network, and has an apparatus function other than the communication control function. The communication apparatus includes a determination unit configured to determine whether priority is to be given to the apparatus function over the communication control function in the case that an instruction to implement the apparatus function is received while the apparatus is implementing the communication control function and operating as the control apparatus, and a control unit configured to control operation of the apparatus such that priority is given to the apparatus function over the communication control function in a case that the determination unit determines that priority is to be given to the apparatus function over the communication control function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tatsuhiko Sakai, Junji Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10224755
    Abstract: An electronic unit includes an electricity reception section configured to receive power transmitted using one of a magnetic field and an electric field, a secondary battery configured to be charged based on a received power received by the electricity reception section, and a state notification section configured to provide notification to outside as to a state of its own unit. A charging period during which the secondary battery is charged based on the received power and a non-charging period are set in a time-divisional manner. The state notification section notifies of the unit state based on the received power in both of the charging period and the non-charging period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koichi Akiyoshi, Yoichi Uramoto
  • Patent number: 10194075
    Abstract: In embodiments of the present invention improved capabilities are described for producing background separated product images for print and on-line display. An image formation system provides lighting of a product to facilitate acquiring images that can be automatically processed to generate high resolution item-only images free of quality defects and imaging artifacts. Image processing programs accurately detect an outline of an item in a set of digital images taken using the image formation system and automatically store processed images in an image library. The images in the library may be repurposed for print, sales display, transmission to a user, on-line customer support, and the like. A user display configured with an adaptable user interface facilitates user interaction with images in the library.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: PC Connection, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew J. Wheeler, Steven R. Koontz, Robert C. Williams
  • Patent number: 10182181
    Abstract: Various embodiments may be generally directed to techniques for synchronizing operation of a flash light with operation of a camera using a rolling shutter for image capture. Various embodiments provide techniques for illuminating portions of a field of view of a camera substantially synchronously with portions of the field of view of the camera undergoing image capture. Various embodiments provide techniques for illuminating sequential sections of the camera field of view, rather than the entire field of view of the camera, at substantially the same time that a sensor of the camera performs image capture operations using corresponding portions of an image sensor, such as exposing the sensors to light from the image to be captured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Nizan Horesh
  • Patent number: 10152865
    Abstract: A portable information terminal is provided. The portable information terminal includes a housing, a light-emitting region provided for a first surface of the housing, an imaging unit provided for said first surface of the housing, and a controller for supplying a control pulse signal and a shutter signal. The light-emitting region emits pulsed light in accordance with the control pulse signal. The imaging unit performs imaging in an emission direction of the pulsed light and supplies image information in accordance with the shutter signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shunpei Yamazaki, Moe Nishimaki, Nobuharu Ohsawa
  • Patent number: 10110813
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising one or more first image sensors, one or more second image sensors and a processor. The processor may be configured to (a) initiate an exposure of the first image sensors, (b) delay an exposure of the second image sensors until a portion of the first image sensors is started and (c) perform video stitching operations on video frames captured by the first image sensors and the second image sensors to generate a stitched video signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Ambarella, Inc.
    Inventor: Moshe Doron
  • Patent number: 10091404
    Abstract: The illumination apparatus according to the present disclosure emits illumination light to an object which is to be captured by an imaging apparatus that captures an imaging area for every predetermined capturing unit. The illumination apparatus includes a controller that acquires imaging information including a scanning timing from the imaging apparatus to calculate an imaging range of the imaging apparatus at each the scanning timing, determines an illumination range at each the scanning timing using a distance to the imaging apparatus from the object present within the imaging range and a positional relation between the imaging apparatus and the illumination apparatus, and controls emission of the illumination light to the determined illumination range in synchronization with the scanning timing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Taro Imagawa
  • Patent number: 10070029
    Abstract: A light emission control device capable of preventing an increase in time required to shut down an image pickup apparatus when powering it off and preventing degradation of the durability of an accumulator unit. A light emission control device of a camera controls light emission of an LED that illuminates an object in photographing by supplying electric current from a capacitor. A charge controller controls the charge voltage of the capacitor to a first voltage threshold value for photographing. When the camera is shifted to a predetermined state except photographing, the charge controller controls the charge voltage to a second voltage threshold value which is lower than the first voltage threshold value by causing electric charges to be discharged from the capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yasutaka Naka
  • Patent number: 10038812
    Abstract: In a digital camera, burst continuous shooting of continuously capturing a predetermined number of images by an imaging section and retaining and updating them as required is performed. When an instruction to display a live view image is provided, a live view image is generated from frame images acquired by the burst continuous shooting, and transmitted to a remote control device. In the remote control device, when a shutter operation using a touch sensor or a mechanical shutter operation is performed by an operation section, a photographing request is transmitted to the digital camera. In the digital camera, when this request is accepted, whether a live view image has been transmitted is judged. When it has been transmitted, a frame image serving as a source of the live view image at the timing of the shutter operation is extracted, and stored in a recording medium as a processed image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takeharu Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 9998676
    Abstract: An image adjustment apparatus includes a boundary calculation unit that calculates a boundary between a follow light region and a back light region in an image based on a position of a light source and an image adjustment unit that adjusts a state of the follow light region or the back light region with the boundary being a reference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eiji Yamamoto, Masanori Mikami, Shunji Okada
  • Patent number: 9990767
    Abstract: Described herein are a system and methods for generating 3D models using imaging data obtained from an array of camera devices. In embodiments, a stochastic shape distribution may be applied upon an object to be modeled in invisible ink. The system activates a first lighting mode which causes the stochastic shape distribution to be visible and captures a first set of images that depict the stochastic shape distribution on the object. The system then activates a second lighting mode that causes the stochastic shape distribution to be hidden and captures images of the object as it would normally appear (without the stochastic shape distribution). The images having the stochastic shape distribution may be used to determine alignment information for the images within the set of images. That alignment information may then be attributed to the second set of images and used to generate the 3D model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: LOWE'S COMPANIES, INC.
    Inventors: Mason E. Sheffield, Oleg Alexander, Jonothon Frederick Douglas, Guillermo Enrique Baeza
  • Patent number: 9959469
    Abstract: An object display system according to an aspect of the present invention includes: management means for generating an object identifier capable of distinguishing an object apparatus to which the object identifier is assigned in a predetermined region; signal information transmitting means for transmitting the object identifier generated, to an object apparatus which is an originating apparatus selected from a plurality of originating apparatuses each sending a signal representing the object identifier; signal detecting means for detecting the signal representing the object identifier transmitted to the object apparatus as an object signal which is a signal to be sent by the object apparatus; identifying means for identifying an origination region from which the object signal is sent in a captured video; and display control means for outputting the video in which a mark is provided on the origination region identified in the video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yusuke Inutsuka
  • Patent number: 9946907
    Abstract: Objects associated with targets to be read by image capture are detected without any additional hardware in an imaging module. Return light is captured over a field of view of the module. Images are processed, during an object detection mode, to determine their image brightness from the captured return light. Illumination is emitted from an illumination light assembly at a first power level to determine a first image brightness from a first processed image, and at a different, reduced, second power level to determine a second image brightness from a second processed image. An object is determined to be in the field of view when a difference between the first image brightness and the second image brightness equals or exceeds a detection threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael S Slutsky, David P Goren, Vladimir Gurevich, William C Sackett
  • Patent number: 9922451
    Abstract: A three-dimensional image processing apparatus includes: an obtainment unit that obtains range image data from each of a plurality of range image generation devices and obtains visible light image data from each of a plurality of visible light image generation devices; a model generation unit that generates three-dimensional model data expressing a target contained in a scene based on a plurality of pieces of the range image data; a setting unit that sets a point of view for the scene; and a rendering unit that selects one of the pieces of the visible light image data in accordance with the set point of view and renders a region corresponding to the surface of the target based on the selected visible light image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Ivo Moravec, Michael Joseph Mannion
  • Patent number: 9900503
    Abstract: A reflection removal system is capable of automatically removing from digital images reflections related to photographic illumination sources (“flash”), at the time of capture, without user intervention. In an embodiment, the reflection removal system receives a set of digital images taken at substantially the same time from a camera, where one of the image is affected by flash. The images are divided into blocks, and a threshold is determined for each block, indicating the brightest pixel value related to the content of the block. The reflection removal system compares each pixel in the flash-affected image to the corresponding threshold, and generates a digital mask based on the comparison. The reflection removal system creates a corrected image based on the digital mask, such that pixels affected by flash are modified based on corresponding pixels in the other images. In an embodiment, the corrected image is color blended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: Ajay Bedi, Subham Gupta, Poonam Bhalla, Krishna Singh Karki
  • Patent number: 9900572
    Abstract: A method for recording moving images via a camera system includes detecting a rotation state of a device and setting an image rotation angle in image record mode, rotating images acquired via a camera module by the set image rotation angle, and encoding and storing the rotated images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Sangchul Lee, Jeongmo Yang
  • Patent number: 9894347
    Abstract: Provided is a 3-dimensional (3D) image acquisition apparatus and a method of driving the same. The 3D image acquisition apparatus includes a light source, an optical shutter, an image sensor, an image signal processor, and a controller. The light source is configured to project illumination light on an object. The optical shutter is configured to modulate the illumination light reflected from the object with a predetermined gain waveform. The image sensor is configured to generate a depth image by detecting the illumination light modulated by the optical shutter. The image signal processor is configured to calculate a distance from the 3D image acquisition apparatus to the object using the depth image generated by the image sensor. The controller is configured to control an operation of the light source and an operation of the optical shutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hee-sun Yoon, Jang-woo You, Yong-hwa Park, Yong-chul Cho, Min-chul Yu
  • Patent number: 9888182
    Abstract: A display apparatus is provided with an information acquisition unit which obtains a current focusing position and a display control unit which generates display data for displaying a focus aid. The focus aid indicates a focusing range and current focusing position, and is displayed in a captured image, such as a live view image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Yasutaka Sawa
  • Patent number: 9851245
    Abstract: Embodiments related to accumulating charge during multiple exposure periods in a time-of-flight depth camera are disclosed. For example, one embodiment provides a method including accumulating a first charge on a photodetector during a first exposure period for a first light pulse, transferring the first charge to a charge storage mechanism, accumulating a second charge during a second exposure period for the first light pulse, and transferring the second charge to the charge storage mechanism. The method further includes accumulating an additional first charge during a first exposure period for a second light pulse, adding the additional first charge to the first charge to form an updated first charge, accumulating an additional second charge on the photodetector for a second exposure period for the second light pulse, and adding the additional second charge to the second charge to form an updated second charge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: David Cohen, Shlomo Felzeshtein, Eli Larry
  • Patent number: 9826148
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus comprises an input unit configured to input an image; an acquisition unit configured to acquire a parameter for adjusting an image quality, reference environment information serving as a reference when adjusting the image quality by applying the parameter, and shooting environment information representing an environment upon shooting the image; an adjustment unit configured to adjust the image by using the parameter; and a determination unit configured to determine, based on a difference between the reference environment information and the shooting environment information, whether adjustment by the parameter is necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Satoru Kobayashi, Hironori Kaida
  • Patent number: 9819874
    Abstract: A camera color temperature compensation system includes a first camera module, a second camera module, a light-emitting element unit, a controller, and a processor. The second camera module detects environmental parameters. The light-emitting element unit includes at least one light-emitting element and is arranged adjacent to the first camera module or the second camera module. The controller adjusts emitting strength of the at least one light-emitting element. The processor triggers the controller to adjust emitting strength of the at least one light-emitting element according to the environmental parameters detected by the second camera module. The emitting strength of the at least one light-emitting element is adjusted to adjust a brightness and a color temperature of environment. The first camera module captures images in the adjusted brightness and the adjusted color temperature. A smart terminal employing the camera color temperature compensation system is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Chiun Mai Communication Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: How-Wen Chien, Kai-Chun Chang, Yi-Yun Hung
  • Patent number: 9791764
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus that is capable of performing suitable automatic irradiation direction control in a case where the automatic irradiation direction control for a lighting device is operated by a plurality of operation members. The lighting device that changes an irradiation direction of a light emitting section is mounted or is attachable to the image pickup apparatus. A first operation member starts automatic irradiation direction control that drives the light emitting section to direct in a determined irradiation direction, and starts photographing preparation. A second operation member starts the automatic irradiation direction control. A control unit continuously performs the automatic irradiation direction control in operation without stopping when the second operation member is operated during the automatic irradiation direction control owing to the operation of the first operation member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yuji Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9787815
    Abstract: A method for obtaining a point-of-collection, selected quantitative indicia of an analyte on a test strip using a smartphone involves imaging a test strip on which a colorimetric reaction of a target sample has occurred due to test strip illumination by the smartphone. The smartphone includes a smartphone app and a smartphone accessory that provides an external environment-independent/internal light-free, imaging environment independent of the smartphone platform being used. The result can then be presented quantitatively or turned into a more consumer-friendly measurement (positive, negative, above average, etc.), displayed to the user, stored for later use, and communicated to a location where practitioners can provide additional review. Additionally, social media integration can allow for device results to be broadcast to specific audiences, to compare healthy living with others, to compete in health based games, create mappings, and other applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: CORNELL UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: David Erickson, Seoho Lee, Dakota O'Dell, Saurabh Mehta, Vlad-Victor Oncescu, Matthew Mancuso
  • Patent number: 9769397
    Abstract: An electronic imaging device having a plurality of photosensitive cells arranged in an array to form a frame region, the frame region being composed of a plurality of frame sub-regions each frame sub-region corresponding to a sub-set of photosensitive cells, the device comprising an array controller configured to expose each of said frame sub-regions during an exposure duration wherein the exposure of at least some of said frame sub-regions occurs at different times during a total time of exposure of the frame region, a flash unit for illuminating a scene to be imaged during a flash time duration an activator for activating the flash unit to illuminate the scene to be imaged at a flash time delay determined in dependence upon said exposure duration of a frame sub region and the flash time duration; an image data acquisition unit for acquiring a set of frames of the scene wherein the time of occurrence of a flash event within a frame shifts temporally from frame to frame; and an image reconstruction unit for c
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: THOMSON LICENSING
    Inventors: Paul Kerbiriou, Matis Hudon, Olivier Bureller
  • Patent number: 9762807
    Abstract: Techniques related to improved front facing camera performance using display light during exposure of a scene are discussed. Such techniques may include providing, via a display device, exposure light during exposure of the scene such that providing the exposure light includes setting regions of the display device to different colors during exposure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Marko Bonden, Mikko Ollila, Jani Penttila
  • Patent number: 9747482
    Abstract: An aimer accessory for a mobile device and method of use is provided. The accessory includes a body configured for being affixed to the mobile device. The body includes a collimator terminating with a grating disposed in a distal portion thereof. The grating is configured to receive light from a lamp of the mobile device and to generate a light pattern on the surface containing a barcode. Registration of the light pattern and the barcode in a scan area enhances the ability of the mobile device to capture a barcode image. Registration may be configured for blind or target mode scanning. In blind mode, the registration occurs on detection of the light pattern and barcode in a viewing angle of a camera of the mobile device. In target mode, the registration occurs on a detection of the light pattern hovering over the barcode in a viewing angle of the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Cognex Corporation
    Inventors: Micheal Gifford, David James Stein