For Internal Camera Components Patents (Class 348/374)
  • Patent number: 11985406
    Abstract: An image capture device including a bayonet, an integrated sensor and lens assembly (ISLA), and fasteners. The bayonet includes a mounting flange that connects the bayonet to a first surface the image capture device, a central portion, and connection recesses located within the central portion. The ISLA includes: a forward end that aligns with the connection recesses; a rearward end; internal lenses located within the ISLA and being aligned along an optical axis; and an integrated sensor connected to the rearward end and located along the optical axis. The fasteners extending through the central portion into the forward end of the lens assembly to connect the ISLA to the bayonet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventor: Nicholas Vitale
  • Patent number: 11982797
    Abstract: Aspect ratio modifying imaging systems and methods are provided. In one example, an infrared imaging device includes at least one lens element configured to transmit electromagnetic radiation associated with a portion of a scene. The portion has a first aspect ratio. The electromagnetic radiation includes mid-wave and/or long-wave infrared light. The at least one lens element has a freeform surface having no translational symmetry and no rotational symmetry. The infrared imaging device further includes a detector array configured to receive image data associated with the electromagnetic radiation from the at least one lens element and generate, based on the image data, an image. The image data has a second aspect ratio different from the first aspect ratio. Each of the first and second aspect ratios is a ratio of a size along a first direction and a size along a second direction orthogonal to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: Teledyne FLIR Commercial Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Walters, Alan D. Kathman, David Ovrutsky
  • Patent number: 11977827
    Abstract: The embodiments of the present disclosure provide methods, Internet of Things systems, and storage mediums for management of pipeline network inspection based on a smart gas geographic information system (GIS). The method is implemented by a smart gas pipeline network safety management platform of an Internet of Things system for management of pipeline network inspection based on the smart gas GIS, and the method comprises: obtaining inspection features of at least one inspection unit in a gas pipeline network based on the smart gas GIS; determining at least one gas inspection area by dividing a gas pipeline network map of the smart gas GIS based on the inspection features; determining an inspection result by performing an inspection based on the at least one gas inspection area; and updating the at least one gas inspection area based on the inspection result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: CHENGDU QINCHUAN IOT TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zehua Shao, Yong Li, Junyan Zhou
  • Patent number: 11971602
    Abstract: There are provided a lens barrel and an imaging device that can fix a movable member to a stationary frame without providing a member for fixing the movable member. The lens barrel includes a first motor (56) that drives a third front lens group-holding frame (24B) by first magnets (56A) provided on the third front lens group-holding frame (24B) and a first coil (56C), and a second motor (58) that drives a fourth lens group-movable holding frame (26B) by second coils (58A) provided on the fourth lens group-movable holding frame (26B) and second magnets (58B) provided on a fourth lens group base-holding frame (26A) fixed to the stationary barrel (12) and the cam barrel (14). The third front lens group-holding frame (24B) is fixed by a magnetic force between the first magnets (56A) and inner and outer yokes (58C, 58D) provided on the fourth lens group base-holding frame (26A) in a case where the application of current to the first coil (56C) is stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Shinji Otsuka, Yukihiro Kaneko
  • Patent number: 11974030
    Abstract: To suppress a temperature rise in an imaging apparatus without giving an unnatural impression to the user. An imaging device generates imaging data. A data buffer stores the imaging data. An image processing unit performs image processing on the imaging data using the data buffer. A storage control unit causes a storage unit to store the processed imaging data. A temperature monitoring unit monitors temperatures of a plurality of different locations in the imaging apparatus. A speed control unit controls a storage speed in the storage unit on the basis of the temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: SONY GROUP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuki Hara, Yuya Yamazaki, Hideo Kawataki
  • Patent number: 11948709
    Abstract: An all-printed physically unclonable function based on a single-walled carbon nanotube network. The network may be a mixture of semiconducting and metallic nanotubes randomly tangled with each other through the printing process. The unique distribution of carbon nanotubes in a network can be used for authentication, and this feature can be a secret key for a high level hardware security. The carbon nanotube network does not require any advanced purification process, alignment of nanotubes, high-resolution lithography and patterning. Rather, the intrinsic randomness of carbon nanotubes is leveraged to provide the unclonable aspect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Universities Space Research Association
    Inventors: Jin-Woo Han, Meyya Meyyappan, Dong-Il Moon
  • Patent number: 11927178
    Abstract: Disclosed are a drive structure for an OIS motor, an OIS motor, and a camera device. The key points of technical solutions are: a drive structure for an OIS motor includes a base, a conductive layer, a spring, and four SMA wires, the base is made of an insulating material, the conductive layer is disposed in the base, and terminals of the conductive layer protrude from the surface of the base; the base is provided with two first crimpers electrically connected to the conductive layer and disposed opposite to each other, the spring is provided with two second crimpers disposed opposite to each other, the four SMA wires are uniformly distributed on four sides of the base, and two ends of the SMA wires are respectively connected to the corresponding first crimpers and second crimpers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: New Shicoh Motor Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Yin Pan
  • Patent number: 11917280
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a camera module, the module including: a PCB; an image sensor mounted on the PCB and formed with an image pickup device; a base mounted on the PCB and including a plated portion formed at a lower center with an opening mounted with an IR filter; a lower spring plate formed with a conductive material; a spacer arranged on an upper surface of the lower spring plate and forming a staircase structure by a rib wrapping a periphery of the lower spring plate to supportively apply a pressure to the lower spring plate; a lens actuator including a bobbin, and a yoke; an upper spring plate coupled to an upper surface of the lens actuator; and a cover attached to an upper surface of the upper spring plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jungsik Lee
  • Patent number: 11895379
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided that includes a housing, a first circuit board disposed within the housing, a second circuit board spaced apart from the first circuit board, a first component and a second component disposed on at least a portion of the first circuit board or at least a portion of the second circuit board, and an interposer electrically connecting the first circuit board and the second circuit board. The interposer may be disposed between the first circuit board and the second circuit board. An arrangement space for disposing the first component and the second component may be formed between the first circuit board and the second circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Inventors: Jungsik Park, Taewoo Kim, Sangyoup Seok, Kwonho Son, Sunghyup Lee, Heeseok Jung
  • Patent number: 11895793
    Abstract: An image pickup unit includes: a printed wiring board provided with an image pickup element and having a first electrode on a surface layer; a flexible wiring substrate having a base member having first and second faces, a conductive layer provided on the first face, and an insulating layer provided on the conductive layer, wherein the conductive layer has a second electrode in which the insulating layer is not provided to one longitudinal end part; a conductive connection member that connects the first electrode to the second electrode; and a reinforcement member provided on the base member on the second face side, wherein the reinforcement member continuously covers an end part of the insulating layer on a side closer to the second electrode and an end part of the conductive connection member on a side closer to the insulating layer of a portion connected to the second electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: CANON KABU SHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koji Noguchi, Yuya Okada, Mitsutoshi Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 11886034
    Abstract: A lens module and an electronic device include a lens barrel and an optical component. The lens barrel includes a barrel wall and a clamping member protruding from a first inner side wall of the barrel wall. The clamping member includes a second inner side wall close to the optical axis. The second inner side wall of the clamping member is a sloped surface on a section paralleled to the optical axis, and the sloped surface is inclined from the object side to the image side toward a direction close to the optical axis. The clamping member is resisted against an outer side of the optical component. Thus, when the optical component is engaged with the clamping member, a single optical component can be smoothly fixed and arranged on the clamping member at the corresponding position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: AAC Optics Solutions Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Chuandong Wei
  • Patent number: 11858480
    Abstract: A ready mix truck wash system includes a frame adapted for receiving a ready mix truck during operation of the system, a plurality of nozzles supported at predetermined positions by the frame to direct a pressurized liquid for washing the ready mix truck, a controller, and a plurality of sensors controlled by the controller for monitoring a position of the ready mix truck relative to at least one of the frame and the plurality of nozzles in preparation of operation and during operation of the system. In response to the ready mix truck being temporarily positioned at a first fixed position during operation of the system, a controlled predetermined volume of pressurized liquid is introduced into a barrel of the ready mix truck from at least one nozzle of the plurality of nozzles, the predetermined volume of pressurized liquid mixing with a concrete load in the ready mix truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Shumaker Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett Shumaker, Kenneth Kremser, Drew Streit, John Facer, Jared Facer, Benjamin Bitting
  • Patent number: 11863853
    Abstract: A display panel and a display device are provided. A display area of the display panel is provided with a plurality of transistor units and first light-emitting pixel units driven by the transistor units; and an under-screen camera area of the display panel is only provided with a plurality of second light-emitting pixel units, the transistor units are disposed surrounding the under-screen camera area, and each of the transistor units disposed surrounding the under-screen camera area in the display area is electrically connected to a plurality of the second light-emitting pixel units by each of conductive wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Wuhan China Star Optoelectronics Semiconductor Display Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jian Ye
  • Patent number: 11846874
    Abstract: A camera apparatus includes a disk-shaped base portion having a hook portion and fixed to a fixed surface and, an apparatus main body mounting a camera portion and a connector, having a base hinge to be locked to the hook portion, and suspended from the base portion by locking the base hinge to the hook portion, an engagement mechanism engaging the apparatus main body and the base portion such that the apparatus main body and the base portion are not able to be separated from each other in a state that the apparatus main body is rotated in a direction approaching the base portion with the hook portion locking the base hinge as a fulcrum and the apparatus main body is parallel to the base portion, and a dome cover assembly watertightly covering the camera portion and the connector and attached to the apparatus main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: I-PRO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akito Omata, Hirokazu Tasaka, Satoshi Kataoka
  • Patent number: 11846767
    Abstract: A camera module includes a lens assembly accommodating a liquid lens unit, and a lens-moving unit disposed along an optical axis between the lens assembly and an image sensor, the lens-moving unit being configured to move the lens assembly in a horizontal direction perpendicular to the optical axis of the liquid lens unit in response to a horizontal control signal, wherein the lens-moving unit includes a fixed body, a moving body disposed on the fixed body so as to be movable in the horizontal direction, and a plurality of wires configured to contract or expand independently of each other so as to move the moving body in the horizontal direction in response to the horizontal control signal, each of the plurality of wires including one end connected to the fixed body and an opposite end connected to the moving body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jae Keun Park
  • Patent number: 11846728
    Abstract: A LIDAR system includes a plurality of lasers that generate an optical beam having a FOV. A plurality of detectors are positioned where a FOV of at least one of the plurality of optical beams generated by the plurality of lasers overlaps a FOV of at least two of the plurality of detectors. The lens system collimates and projects the optical beams generated by the plurality of lasers. An actuator is coupled to at least one of the plurality of lasers and the lens system to cause relative motion between the plurality of lasers and the lens system in a direction that is orthogonal to an optical axis of the lens system so as to cause relative motion between the FOVs of the optical beams generated by the plurality of lasers and the FOVs of the detectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: OPSYS Tech Ltd.
    Inventors: Mark J. Donovan, Larry Fabiny
  • Patent number: 11849203
    Abstract: A method for assembling an optical lens includes preparing a first lenses part including a first lens and a second lenses part including a second lens, capturing the first lenses part, and adjusting a posture of the first lenses part according to a distance measurement result, so that an included angle between a first end surface of the first lenses part and a second end surface of the second lenses part is less than a threshold of inclination angle. The method also includes adjusting the first lenses part at degree of freedom of linear movement to complete pre-positioning, performing an active alignment of a position of the first lenses part at the degree of freedom of linear movement according to an actual imaging result, and fixing the first and second lenses parts together, so that their relative positions are maintained at the relative positions determined by the active alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: NINGBO SUNNY OPOTECH CO., LTD
    Inventors: Guangfu Zhou, Hui Li, Chao Ye, Ling Zhong, Ke Shi, Xiaoming Ding, Hailong Liao
  • Patent number: 11828157
    Abstract: Methods for correcting for non-centred tool geometry in image data obtained by a conduit inspection tool are disclosed. Embodiments of the invention apply to inspection tools with one or multiple sideview cameras and to inspection tools with downview cameras. The methods include obtaining at least two overlapping images of the internal surface of the conduit using the tool, identifying one or more features common to at least a pair of the overlapping images, determining, based on the positions of the or each common feature, the position of the tool with respect to a longitudinal axis of the conduit, determining a correction function based on the position of the tool and applying the correction function to the image data. Methods for determining the dimension of a feature of interest on the internal surface of the conduit are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: E.V. OFFSHORE LIMITED
    Inventors: Christopher Scott, Philip Brown, Steven Helmore, Jonathan Thursby, David Tynewydd, James Crisafulli
  • Patent number: 11822099
    Abstract: An array imaging module includes a molded photosensitive assembly which includes a supporting member, at least a circuit board, at least two photosensitive units, at least two lead wires, and a mold sealer. The photosensitive units are coupled at the chip coupling area of the circuit board. The lead wires are electrically connected the photosensitive units at the chip coupling area of the circuit board. The mold sealer includes a main mold body and has two optical windows. When the main mold body is formed, the lead wires, the circuit board and the photosensitive units are sealed and molded by the main mold body of the mold sealer, such that after the main mold body is formed, the main mold body and at least a portion of the circuit board are integrally formed together at a position that the photosensitive units are aligned with the optical windows respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: NINGBO SUNNY OPOTECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mingzhu Wang, Bojie Zhao, Takehiko Tanaka, Nan Guo, Zhenyu Chen, Heng Jiang, Zhongyu Luan, Fengsheng Xi, Feifan Chen, Liang Ding
  • Patent number: 11815790
    Abstract: Folded cameras comprising a movable lens having a lens optical axis and positioned in an optical path between an optical path folding element (OPFE) and an image sensor, wherein the OPFE folds light from a first direction to a second direction, the second direction being substantially along the lens optical axis, and an actuator for controlled lens movement, the actuator including or being attached to a shield partially surrounding the lens, the shield having an opening positioned and dimensioned to enable installation of the lens into the shield from an insertion direction substantially parallel to the first direction. A folded camera disclosed herein may be included together with an upright camera in a dual-camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: Corephotonics Ltd.
    Inventors: Itay Jerby, Itay Yedid, Gal Avivi, Ephraim Goldenberg, Gil Bachar, Gal Shabtay
  • Patent number: 11815733
    Abstract: An optical unit is provided for performing heat dissipation for an optical module. The optical unit includes a movable body having the optical module and a fixed body which holds the movable body in a displaceable state. The movable body includes a circuit board provided in the optical module and at least one heat radiation member disposed in a periphery of the optical module. The heat radiation member is connected with the circuit board in a heat-conductive manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takeshi Sue, Masato Gomyo, Shinji Minamisawa
  • Patent number: 11812124
    Abstract: A vehicle includes an exterior body panel and a sensor assembly supported by the exterior body panel. The sensor assembly includes an image sensor and a cover being moveable to an assembled position at least partially enclosing the image sensor. A pressure sensor is activated by the cover in the assembled position. A lock releasably connects the cover to the exterior body panel and is actuatable framed on the pressure sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Venkatesh Krishnan, Rashaun Phinisee
  • Patent number: 11810933
    Abstract: A method for fabricating an image sensor device is provided. The method includes forming a plurality of photosensitive pixels in a substrate; depositing a dielectric layer over the substrate; etching the dielectric layer, resulting in a first trench in the dielectric layer and laterally surrounding the photosensitive pixels; and forming a light blocking structure in the first trench, such that the light blocking structure laterally surrounds the photosensitive pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Feng-Chien Hsieh, Yun-Wei Cheng, Wei-Li Hu, Kuo-Cheng Lee, Ying-Hao Chen
  • Patent number: 11810935
    Abstract: To suppress generation of flare and ghosts. A solid state image sensor includes: a pixel array configured to generate a pixel signal according to an amount of incident light by photoelectric conversion in units of pixels arranged in an array manner; a glass substrate bonded with a light-receiving surface of the pixel array; and a light-shielding film formed on a peripheral portion that is an outside of an effective pixel region of the pixel array, in which the light-shielding film is formed at a front stage of the glass substrate. The present disclosure can be adapted to an imaging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventor: Atsushi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 11800209
    Abstract: A camera may include an image sensor attached with a substrate configured to move relative to one or more lenses of the camera in one or more directions. The camera may include one or more actuators to control movement of the image sensor, which may include at least one magnet and at least one corresponding coil. The magnet of the actuators may be attached with the substrate, outside a perimeter of the substrate or on the substrate but close to the perimeter of the substrate. The magnet may cause the adjacent portion of the substrate to become cantilevered with only partial support. The camera may include a frame structure having one or more raised regions towards the magnet to reduce a stress on the cantilevered portion of the substrate, e.g., during a drop or shock event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas D Smyth, Hiran R Rathnasinghe, Nitin Kumar Chennupati
  • Patent number: 11798964
    Abstract: In an apparatus, effective pixels of C×A-number composed of pixel rows of A-number and pixel columns of C-number or composed of the pixel rows of the C-number and the pixel columns of the A-number are arrayed in an effective pixel area of a chip, and images of a number not more than B-number are output from the chip for one second, wherein A, B and C are positive integers. The adhesive includes first, second, third, and fourth portions placed between a base body and the chip. The first and second portions are positioned between the third and fourth portions in the array direction of the pixel rows or columns. A gap is provided between the first and second portions, between the second and third portions, and between the first and fourth portions. The first and second portions are positioned between the effective pixel area and the base body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ayako Furesawa
  • Patent number: 11792495
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes a movable member, a supporting member that supports the movable member, a wiring substrate, and a heat transfer member. The movable member includes an image sensor mounted on an imaging substrate having first and second surface sides. The wiring substrate includes first and second electric connection portions and a wiring portion that extends from the first electric connection portion of the wiring substrate. The heat transfer member includes first and second heat fixing portions and a heat connection portion that extends from the first heat fixing portion of the heat transfer member and extends in the same direction as the wiring portion. When viewed from the second surface side, the heat transfer member at least partially overlaps the wiring substrate in a portion different from an area where each of the first electric connection portion and the second electric connection portion is located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kazuki Sugaya
  • Patent number: 11785319
    Abstract: A camera module includes a circuit board on which an image sensor is disposed, a lens unit disposed in front of a sensor surface of the image sensor, a housing accommodating the lens unit and the image sensor, disposed on the circuit board and a gyro sensor sensing the motion. The circuit board includes a first circuit board on which the image sensor is disposed, and a second circuit board on which the gyro sensor is disposed. The first circuit board may be disposed extending in a first axis direction, and the second circuit board may be disposed extending in a direction parallel to the optical axis direction while perpendicular to the first axis. The central axis of the gyro sensor may be parallel to the first axis direction but perpendicular to the optical axis direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tae Kyung Kim, Jung Hwan Bang, Young Bae Jang
  • Patent number: 11775032
    Abstract: A small blade driving device is incorporated in a limited space. A cover includes a first cover fixed to a base and a second cover protruding from the first cover in a movement direction of a blade. A support leg protrudes from the second cover toward a first surface of a module substrate and is supported by the first surface. The base may not have the same length as the cover and have a shorter length (miniaturized), further miniaturizing a blade driving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: NIDEC COPAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryosuke Ushio, Koji Sawanobori, Nobuaki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 11774699
    Abstract: An image capturing device is provided. The image capturing device includes an aperture unit, an image sensor, and a first lens unit. The first lens unit includes a first light-entering end and a first light-exiting end for focusing an external light on the image sensor. The aperture unit, the first lens unit, and the image sensor are sequentially arranged in a travel direction of the external light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: TDK TAIWAN CORP.
    Inventors: Chao-Chang Hu, Che-Wei Chang, Liang-Ting Ho, Sin-Jhong Song, Hsin-Yen Wu
  • Patent number: 11774638
    Abstract: A lens protection structure includes a base, a polyester film, a first silica gel, a second silica gel, and a protective cover. Each of the base, the polyester film, the first silica gel, and the second silica gel defines a through hole for cooperatively receiving a lens. The polyester film is coupled to a surface of the base, and the first silica gel is coupled to a surface of the base opposite the polyester film. The second silica gel is coupled to the polyester film. The protective cover is coupled to the second silica gel and seals a receiving cavity within the base. At least one air escape channel is defined in the base. The at least one air escape channel communicates the receiving cavity of the base to an exterior of the lens protection structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: TRIPLE WIN TECHNOLOGY(SHENZHEN) CO.LTD.
    Inventors: Shin-Wen Chen, Long-Fei Zhang, Kun Li, Hao-Zhong Liu
  • Patent number: 11778299
    Abstract: An integrated mobile device enclosure which encloses a mobile device includes features configured to enhance the capturing and/or processing of content at the mobile device. An integrated mobile device enclosure may include a body configured to enclose at least a portion of a mobile device, one or more microphones configured to capture sound external to the mobile device, and one or more lights configured to support a camera of the mobile device. The one or more microphones and the one or more lights are used with a software application running on the mobile device for content capture and/or processing. The software application in at least some cases may selectively enable or disable ones of the microphones and/or lights based on environmental information measured within a location of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Todd Druker, Jonathan Leland Thorn
  • Patent number: 11768424
    Abstract: A fixing device for accurately fixing an optical assembly to a rear housing of an electronic device fixes the optical assembly in a predetermined position and includes a cover plate. The cover plate defines a hole and a limiting portion. The hole corresponds to a photosensitive portion of the optical assembly and the photosensitive portion is configured to protrude out of the cover plate. The limiting portion is configured to limit a movement of the optical assembly away from the rear housing before being fixed in position. The fixing device fixes the optical assembly in the predetermined position so that the assembly accuracy and efficiency are improved. An optical module including the fixing device, and an electronic device including the optical module are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2023
    Assignee: Chiun Mai Communication Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Chia-Ju Lin, Meng-Yu Chou, Fu-Hsin Sung
  • Patent number: 11758252
    Abstract: An image pickup module includes a first base body, a pixel portion, a first conductive pattern, a second base body, a second conductive pattern, and a conductor portion. The pixel portion is provided in the first base body and includes a plurality of pixels arranged in a first direction and a second direction. The first conductive pattern is provided in the first base body. The first base body is provided on the second base body. The second conductive pattern is provided in the second base body and electrically connected to the first conductive pattern via a first connection conductor portion and a second connection conductor portion. A loop structure including the first conductive pattern, the second conductive pattern, the first connection conductor portion, and the second connection conductor portion is formed as viewed in the first direction. The conductor portion is connected in parallel to the first conductive pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Kawase, Yasuhiko Sano
  • Patent number: 11743569
    Abstract: A camera module and array camera module with circuit board unit and photosensitive unit and manufacturing method thereof is provided. The array camera module comprises two or more camera lenses and a circuit unit. The circuit unit comprises a circuit board portion for electrically connecting two or more photosensitive sensors of the array camera module, and a conjoined encapsulation portion integrally encapsulated on the circuit board portion. The camera lenses are respectively arranged along the photosensitive paths of the photosensitive sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Assignee: NINGBO SUNNY OPOTECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mingzhu Wang, Bojie Zhao, Takehiko Tanaka, Feifan Chen, Qimin Mei, Liang Ding, Heng Jiang
  • Patent number: 11715810
    Abstract: A display may include a color filter layer, a liquid crystal layer, and a thin-film transistor layer. A camera window may be formed in the display to accommodate a camera. The camera window may be formed by creating a notch in the thin-film transistor layer that extends inwardly from the edge of the thin-film transistor layer. The notch may be formed by scribing the thin-film transistor layer around the notch location and breaking away a portion of the thin-film transistor layer. A camera window may also be formed by grinding a hole in the display. The hole may penetrate partway into the thin-film transistor layer, may penetrate through the transistor layer but not into the color filter layer, or may pass through the thin-film transistor layer and partly into the color filter layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Eric L. Benson, Bryan W. Posner, Christopher L. Boitnott, Dinesh C. Mathew, Jun Qi, Robert Y. Cao, Victor H. Yin
  • Patent number: 11716525
    Abstract: A camera module, which is mounted on an inside of a front windshield of a vehicle and to image an external environment of the vehicle, includes a lens unit and an imager to image the external environment by forming an optical image, which is from the external environment through the lens unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nobuhisa Shimizu, Yasuki Furutake, Kensuke Chikata, Kazuma Yamaguchi, Yoichi Kajino
  • Patent number: 11716524
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus includes an image sensor unit that includes a fixed unit and a movable unit movable relative to the fixed unit, and a duct unit configured to form an air channel. The movable unit includes an image sensor and a heat exchanger. At least part of the heat exchanger is inserted inside the duct unit through an opening of the duct unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takafumi Iwasaki, Kentaro Watanabe
  • Patent number: 11699715
    Abstract: An optoelectronic assembly includes an integrated circuit (IC) chip including, on its front side, a photoconversion region and first electrical contact pads disposed alongside the photoconversion region. A circuit substrate contains a cavity into which the IC chip is inserted through the lower side and has a window opening through the upper side in communication with the cavity such that the photoconversion region of the IC chip is exposed through the window. The circuit substrate includes electrical circuit traces, which include second electrical contact pads disposed within the cavity alongside the window so as to contact the first electrical contact pads on the front side of the IC chip within the cavity. A base includes a stiff, heat-conducting material, to which the lower side of the circuit substrate is fixed. A malleable heat-conducting layer is compressed between the rear side of the IC chip and the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2023
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Yazan Z. Alnahhas
  • Patent number: 11696484
    Abstract: A display device includes: a display module configured to display an image; and a detection sensor disposed on the display module, wherein the detection sensor includes a base layer, a biometric sensing layer, an optical pattern layer, and a sensing dielectric layer, wherein the biometric sensing layer is disposed on the base layer, wherein the optical pattern layer is disposed on the biometric sensing layer, and the sensing dielectric layer is disposed on the optical pattern layer. The optical pattern layer includes: a plurality of transmission parts that provide the biometric sensing layer with light that is externally incident through the display module; and a light-shield part that at least partially surrounds the plurality of transmission parts. The light-shield part includes a plurality of light-shield patterns that are recessed in a direction toward the base layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2023
    Assignee: SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jaeik Lim, Gee-Bum Kim, Dae-Young Lee
  • Patent number: 11696009
    Abstract: A camera module includes a circuit board, a lens assembly, a filter, and a mounting frame. The lens assembly is arranged on the circuit board, the mounting frame is arranged between the circuit board lens assembly. A through hole penetrates the mounting frame. A protrusion extends from an inner surface defining the through hole toward a central axis of the through hole. The filter is mounted on a side of the protrusion facing away from the circuit board. A first barrier layer is arranged on an edge area of a surface of the filter facing away from the circuit board. A gap is formed between the filter and the inner surface. A second barrier layer is located in the gap, and a surface of the second barrier layer facing away from the circuit board is located at a side of the first barrier layer facing away from the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2023
    Assignee: TRIPLE WIN TECHNOLOGY(SHENZHEN) CO.LTD.
    Inventors: Jian-Chao Song, Shin-Wen Chen, Jing-Wei Li, Sheng-Jie Ding
  • Patent number: 11671686
    Abstract: A camera module may be assembled from a base component formed of a horizontal surface and having a raised wall that extends vertically from the horizontal surface and a housing component having a vertical surface that affixes to, with adhesive, the raised wall of the base component. Assembly of the camera module may include dispensing adhesive along a top edge of the raised wall to partially overhang the edge and placing the housing component down onto the base component. During assembly, the adhesive that is distributed on the top surface of the raised wall can be sheared or otherwise distributed by the action of the a corresponding wall of the housing component moving to past the top surface and causes at least some of the adhesive to spread between opposing surfaces of respective vertical walls of the base component and the housing component of the camera. The adhesive is then cured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jay C. Maghirang, Ng Chin Chuan, Howell John Chua Toc, Ariel B. Hontiveros
  • Patent number: 11665418
    Abstract: A camera module includes a mounting frame defining a first through hole, a filter installed in the first through hole, and a circuit board including a first surface and a second surface. The mounting frame is on the first surface. An air escaping channel is recessed from the second surface, an air escaping hole penetrates the first surface and the second surface and communicates with the air escaping channel. The circuit board, the mounting frame, and the filter cooperate with each other to form a first cavity, the first cavity communicates with the air escaping hole. The air escaping channel includes a first channel portion and a second channel portion, an angle is formed between the first channel portion and the second channel portion. The air escaping hole communicates with the first channel portion, the second channel portion extends to an edge of the circuit board to form an opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Assignee: TRIPLE WIN TECHNOLOGY(SHENZHEN) CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Ding-Nan Huang, Kun Li, Yu-Shuai Li, Rui Zhang
  • Patent number: 11647268
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus that can efficiently solve problems caused by heat generated by a heat generating element. The image pickup apparatus including a sensor substrate configured to implement an image sensor, and a main circuit board configured to implement a heat generating element. A length of the main circuit board is longer than a length of the sensor substrate in a width direction of the image pickup apparatus. The main circuit board is aslant arranged to an optical axis of the image pickup apparatus so that a first space part will be provided between the sensor substrate and the main circuit board. A cross section of the first space part in a plane that is parallel to both the optical axis and the width direction is approximately triangle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuna Oyama, Norikazu Hirota, Yoji Oya, Kazuo Yamamoto, Yuta Nakamura
  • Patent number: 11638362
    Abstract: A vehicular radar sensing system includes a radar sensor disposed at a vehicle so as to sense exterior of the vehicle. The radar sensor includes a housing and at least one printed circuit board (PCB). The housing includes a front housing portion and a rear housing portion. The front housing portion includes side walls with a slot therealong. The PCB is received in the slot of the front housing portion. After the PCB is received in the slot, the front housing portion and the rear housing portion are joined to establish a cavity in which the PCB is disposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2023
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Wilhelm Johann Wolfgang Wöhlte
  • Patent number: 11638352
    Abstract: A circuit board having multiple degrees of freedom, comprises a flat board and a conductive and flexible unit disposed on the flat board. The conductive and flexible unit comprises: an inner support plate, an outer support plate, and at least one flexible connector; a hollow portion is provided on the outer support plate; the inner support plate and the flexible connector are disposed in the hollow portion; the inner and the outer support plates are connected by the flexible connector; the flexible connector comprises an outer connecting portion, an inner connecting portion corresponding to the outer connecting portion, and an extension located between the outer connecting portion and the inner connecting portion. The circuit board has a simple and compact structure; the production efficiency is high; costs are low; a multi-axis flexible anti-shaking effect can be achieved without folding a flexible structure; the resilience performance is good.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2023
    Assignee: VISTA INNOTECH LIMITED
    Inventor: Lin Chi Mak
  • Patent number: 11637950
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus, including an image capturing element and having an optical axis, includes a control circuit to control the image capturing apparatus, a display panel arranged on a rear surface side of an exterior member, and a heat dissipation fan arranged on a bottom surface side of the exterior member. An image capturing element board, a control circuit board, and the display panel are arranged in a direction of the optical axis. A duct, extending from a first ventilation hole to a second ventilation hole formed to face the first ventilation hole across the optical axis, passes through an area among the image capturing element board, the control circuit board, and the bottom surface side of the exterior member. The heat dissipation fan is arranged inside the duct arranged in the area, the control circuit board, and the bottom surface side of the exterior member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kenji Ishii, Takashi Yoshida, Koji Tamura
  • Patent number: 11623586
    Abstract: A vehicular camera assembly includes a camera housing, a circuit board having an imager and a first electrical connector. A rear portion of the camera housing includes an attachment portion having an aperture, and includes a first electrically conductive element at the aperture. A second electrical connector is attached at the rear portion of the camera housing. The second electrical connector includes (i) a connector portion for connecting to a vehicle wire harness, (ii) a connecting end for connecting to the first electrical connector, and (iii) a second electrically conductive element for electrically connecting to the first electrically conductive element. As the second electrical connector is attached at the rear portion of the camera housing, the first electrically conductive element engages the second electrically conductive element to establish and maintain electrically conductive connection between the first and second electrically conductive elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Steven V. Byrne, Jonathan D. Conger, Nazar F. Bally
  • Patent number: 11606488
    Abstract: The present teachings provide an image capture device including a bayonet and an integrated sensor and lens assembly (ISLA). The bayonet is connected to a body of the image capture device. The ISLA is connected to the bayonet. All or a portion of the ISLA extends into the body of the image capture device. The ISLA includes a lens assembly having a forward end and a rearward end and an integrated sensor. The integrated sensor is connected to the rearward end of the lens assembly. Fasteners extend through the bayonet into the forward end of the lens assembly to connect the ISLA to the bayonet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventor: Nicholas Vitale
  • Patent number: 11601574
    Abstract: Provided herein is an image focusing adjustment method, system, and module. A first image of a reference object is received in response to an input signal when the image focusing adjustment module is operating in a first state. The first image of the reference object is analyzed, based on which a plurality of adjustments to the image focusing adjustment module is controlled. The plurality of adjustments, performed by a plurality of actuators controlled by control module, include rotating a lens barrel assembly relative to a neck member along a first axis that causes a translational adjustment of the lens barrel assembly, rotating the neck member relative to a top member around the first axis that causes a rotational adjustment of the lens barrel assembly, and positioning a tilt adjustment member that causes tilt adjustment of the top member relative to a frame member along a second axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Chen Feng