Portable Or Hand-held Patents (Class 348/376)
  • Patent number: 10764502
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes: a finder; a grip portion on a side of a first direction relative to the finder; a touch operation member provided on a rear surface of the imaging apparatus on a side of the first direction relative to the finder, on a side of a second direction relative to the grip portion, the second direction being opposite to the first direction, and on a side of a third direction relative to a center of the imaging apparatus, the third direction being perpendicular to the first direction and being oriented from the center toward the finder; and a control unit configured to control the imaging apparatus so as to execute a first function in accordance with a slide operation in the first direction and to execute a second function in accordance with a slide operation in the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koji Yoshida, Jun Kamiya, Haruhisa Ueda, Takahiro Akimoto, Kimihiro Masuyama, Takuma Iwagami, Hirokazu Izuoka, Takuro Miyajima, Daiyu Ueno, Ryu Wakui, Eriko Sato, Takeshi Kikkawa, Shotaro Yanai, Kenji Yokoyama
  • Patent number: 10754375
    Abstract: According to various embodiments, a display cover of an electronic display includes a cover configured to extend over the electronic display, a webcam aperture extending through the cover and configured to enable a webcam to view through the cover, and a webcam cover to be manipulated between a closed position wherein the webcam cover substantially obstructs the webcam aperture and an open position wherein the webcam cover does not substantially obstruct the webcam aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: TARGUS INTERNATIONAL LLC
    Inventor: Geoffrey Howard Wickett
  • Patent number: 10620508
    Abstract: An auxiliary lens assembly for releasably connecting one or more auxiliary lenses to an electronic device with an on-board camera, such as a mobile smartphone or a tablet computer. The lens assembly includes a first bracket, a second bracket movable coupled to the first bracket, and a release assembly coupled to the first and second brackets. When actuated by a user force, the release assembly moves the second bracket in a first direction away from the first bracket to increase a separation gap between the two brackets from an initial to an expanded position and when the user force is removed, the release assembly moves the second bracket in a second direction towards the first bracket to decrease the separation gap back to the initial position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: PORTERO HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Patrick, Joshua Cantor, Chong Pak
  • Patent number: 10623043
    Abstract: A protective case for use with an electronic device includes a first case portion having an attached first resilient compressible pad and a second case portion having an attached second resilient compressible pad. The second case portion is configured to be removably attachable to the first case portion. The attached first and second case portions define an aperture for directly accessing a front of the installed electronic device. The aperture has dimensions greater than or equal to corresponding dimensions of the electronic device. The first and second resilient compressible pads are each configured to be compressed by opposing sides of the installed electronic device. The first and second resilient compressible pads are further configured to apply opposing forces to the opposing sides of the installed electronic device, respectively, to retain the installed electronic device in the protective case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Otter Products, LLC
    Inventors: David B. Nebel, Ross V. Bulkley, Alex S. Breeden, Matthew M. Glanzer
  • Patent number: 10623617
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus capable of having an external device connector disposed at an optimum location without increasing the size of the apparatus. The image pickup apparatus includes an apparatus body, a handle that includes a front leg part and a rear leg part, which extend upward from the apparatus body, and a gripping part which connects between the front leg part and the rear leg part substantially in parallel with an optical axis of an image pickup optical system, a front part that is integrally formed with the handle on a front side of the handle, and a display unit that is supported in a manner rotatable with respect to the front part in a substantially horizontal direction via a first rotational shaft portion. A connector to which a first external device is connected is arranged on a side surface of the front leg part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenji Yamagata, Yuko Teruya
  • Patent number: 10582032
    Abstract: Disclosed is a housing for a portable handheld electronic device such as a cellphone. The device has a housing, having a left side and right side. The housing can be layered, such as in a sandwich configuration. The layers can be secured together via one or more fasteners that extend through at least front and rear plates of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: HOUDINIX LLC
    Inventors: Stephen G. Pizzo, Peter Jarred Land, James H. Jannard, Hector Ortega
  • Patent number: 10555728
    Abstract: A surgical device includes a plurality of cameras integrated therein. The view of each of the plurality of cameras can be integrated together to provide a composite image. A surgical tool that includes an integrated camera may be used in conjunction with the surgical device. The image produced by the camera integrated with the surgical tool may be associated with the composite image generated by the plurality of cameras integrated in the surgical device. The position and orientation of the cameras and/or the surgical tool can be tracked, and the surgical tool can be rendered as transparent on the composite image. A surgical device may be powered by a hydraulic system, thereby reducing electromagnetic interference with tracking devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: CAMPLEX, INC.
    Inventors: Steven T. Charles, John Tesar
  • Patent number: 10528180
    Abstract: A system and method that combines skimmer detection technology with a waterproof and sealed touch sensor keypad that may be used outdoors in wet environments, and is capable of being operated by a user wearing gloves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Cirque Corporation
    Inventor: Jared G. Bytheway
  • Patent number: 10523976
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes accessing multiple temporally synchronized video streams from multiple cameras operated by a first user. At least one of the cameras is a wireless camera worn on the first user's hand. The video streams are stitched together for presentation to one or more second users. The video streams as stitched together are provided for presentation to one or more second users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Hamid Hemmati, Shauhwa Cuan
  • Patent number: 10446916
    Abstract: Disclosed is a mobile terminal comprising: a housing including a rear case positioned on a rear surface thereof and a side case positioned on a side surface thereof; a display unit disposed on a front surface of the housing; and a wireless communication unit, mounted on the main board, for processing a radio signal, wherein the side case includes a first metal part and a second metal part formed in a layered structure and spaced apart in the thickness direction of the first metal part and the housing, wherein the first metal part and the second metal part extend to a first side surface of the housing and to at least a portion of a second side surface and a third side surface located on the right and left sides of the first side surface, wherein at least one of the first metal part and the second metal part is connected to the wireless communication unit to transmit and receive an RF signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Dongjin Kim, Changil Kim, Moonsoo Song, Namyong Kim
  • Patent number: 10412348
    Abstract: An intrinsically safe video inspection system intended for use in a Class I, Zone 0 area is capable of visually surveying hazardous area locations; where the potential for fire or explosion exists because of gases, dust, or easily ignitable fibers in the atmosphere. The intrinsically safe camera of the present invention has the distinct ability to be used all areas that require increased safety and works in various hazardous environments, allowing users the ability to remotely view and inspect various mines, silos, and storage tanks. The inspection system includes a low power, high 3.2 megapixel resolution camera with digital zoom capability that allows for the close inspection and examination and utilizes an LED fiber light pipe for illumination needs. The video inspection system of the present invention provides for the illumination in various cavity sizes, while reducing the risk of unintended accidents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventor: Leonard Pool
  • Patent number: 10379425
    Abstract: A device for mounting a camera to a chain link fence or the like, wherein the device includes an L-bracket with a vertical leg and a horizontal leg joined to each other an angled juncture, the vertical leg extending downward from the juncture and having a front side and a back side. A fixation element is attachable to the back side of the vertical leg from the front side of the vertical leg and is configured so that, in use, when the fixation element is engaged against the front side of the fence and the front surface of the vertical leg is engaged against the back side of the fence, the attachment of the fixation element to the back side of the vertical leg through an opening in the fence secures the fence between the fixation element and the vertical leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: MERLYN ASSOCIATES, INC.
    Inventor: Jay S. Kotin
  • Patent number: 10353276
    Abstract: A detachable lens structure and a method of manufacturing the same are disclosed. The detachable lens structure includes a front protection case, a back protection case, a front lid, a back lid, a lens, and a photo-sensing package module. The front protection case and the back protection case are detachably jointed together to form a space for accommodating the front lid, the back lid, the lens, and the photo-sensing package module. The front protection case is provided with a first opening aligning one end of the lens, and the front lid is provided with a second opening aligning the other end of the lens and a photo-sensing device of the photo-sensing package module. The back lid is provided with a third opening aligning a connection slot of the photo-sensing package module. The front and back lids are detachably connected to expose part of the connection slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: MKD Technology Inc.
    Inventor: Ming-Chia Huang
  • Patent number: 10356288
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide electronic devices, information processing methods and computer programs products wherein collecting units are used for collecting images. A display unit can be used for displaying images collected by the collecting unit on a first plane. A collecting support can be used for installing the collecting unit, wherein the collecting support comprises: a first movable support, arranged on the case of the display unit through a first rotating shaft, which can rotate in a second plane perpendicular to the first plane; a second movable support, arranged on the first movable support through a second rotating shaft, which can rotate relative to the first movable support in the second plane; and wherein the collecting unit is arranged on the second movable support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: LENOVO (BEIJING) LIMITED
    Inventors: Bai Lin, Rui Wang, Ya Zhang, Yan Ma
  • Patent number: 10347119
    Abstract: A gimbal remote controller includes a press key, a sensor disposed below the press key for acquiring an operation state of the press key, and a controller electrically coupled to the sensor and configured to send a gimbal control signal in accordance with the operation state of the press key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: SZ DJI OSMO TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hao Liu, Paul Pan
  • Patent number: 10216684
    Abstract: In one general aspect, a main printed circuit board (PCB) card can include a System on a Chip (SoC) configured to run an operating system stored on the main PCB card, at least one dynamic random access memory (DRAM) device and at least one non-volatile memory device each configured for use by the SoC, and at least one connector. The main PCB card can be configured to be interchangeably interfaced with multiple types of shell computing devices by way of a slot included in a shell computing device. The slot can be configured to accommodate the main PCB card. Each type of shell computing device can be of a different form factor. Each form factor can be representative of a different type of computing device. The at least one connector can be configured to be plugged into a mating connector included in a shell computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Katie Leah Roberts-Hoffman, Alberto Martin Perez
  • Patent number: 10218830
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a decoration component. The decoration component includes a first decoration enclosure, a second decoration enclosure, and a cover. The first decoration enclosure has a first through-hole and a receiving groove surrounding the first through-hole. The second decoration enclosure is received in the receiving groove and protrudes beyond the receiving groove in an axial direction of the first through-hole, and the second decoration enclosure has a second through-hole corresponding to the first through-hole. The cover is coupled at a side of the second decoration enclosure facing away from the first decoration enclosure, and the cover covers the second through-hole. The present disclosure further provides a housing component and a mobile terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventors: Miao Liu, Changzhi Li, Houhui Yu
  • Patent number: 9996720
    Abstract: There is described a decodable indicia reading terminal which in one embodiment can capture and process a certain (e.g., a first) and a subsequent (e.g., a second) frame of image data, wherein the certain and the subsequent frames have different imaging attributes. In one embodiment the attributes between certain and subsequent frames are differentiated in that the certain frame represents light incident on pixels of a first image sensor and the subsequent frame of image data represents light incident on pixels of a second image sensor spaced apart from the first image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Ynjiun P. Wang, Edward C. Bremer, Chen Feng, Colleen P. Gannon, William H. Havens, Jianhua Li, Timothy P. Meier
  • Patent number: 9992414
    Abstract: An imaging system includes an imaging body having an optical system and an imaging element, a power supplier configured to supply power to the imaging element, and a housing configured to hold the imaging body and the power supplier, wherein the optical system includes at least one optical element projecting from the housing, and a distance AP between a gravity center A of a portion including the optical system and a gravity center P of the entire imaging system and a distance BP between a gravity center B of the power supplier and the gravity center P of the entire imaging system satisfy the following condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Kensuke Masuda, Noriyuki Terao, Yoshiaki Irino, Tomonori Tanaka, Nozomi Imae, Toru Harada, Hirokazu Takenaka, Hideaki Yamamoto, Satoshi Sawaguchi, Daisuke Bessho, Hiroyuki Satoh, Makoto Shohara
  • Patent number: 9887724
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus is disclosed. An electronic apparatus comprises a housing, a press switch, an operation button, a bonding member, and a watertight member. The housing has a front surface on which a cover panel is located and has a side surface in which a through hole is formed. The press switch is located in the housing and has a press surface facing the through hole. The operation button is a button for pressing the press switch. The bonding member has watertightness and has a portion that surrounds a circumference of one opening of the through hole. The watertight member is located between the press switch and the operation button and is bonded to the housing with the bonding member such that the watertight member blocks the one opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventors: Daisuke Takahashi, Hiroyoshi Kawanishi
  • Patent number: 9747884
    Abstract: The subject matter herein field is for multiple and complimentary systems in the structure of a cellular device case so as to provide sound jamming and/or sound insulation, and/or powered noise cancellation as means of restriction the entry of useful sound into the microphone(s) of cellular smartphone devices, as a means of citizen counter-action of the “constant surveillance” characteristics inherent in the “always on,” microphone systems as described under Background of the Subject matter, above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Green Swan, Inc.
    Inventor: Harry V Lehmann
  • Patent number: 9735595
    Abstract: An accessory device for an electronic device is disclosed. The accessory device may include a unitary body having a first region, a second region, and a hinge positioned between the first region and the second region. When a force is applied to the first region, the first region may bend or pivot at the hinge. When bent, the first region allows the electronic device to slide into or out of the accessory device. Further, the electronic device may slide into or out of the accessory device in a straight or linear manner. Also, the accessory device may further include a power supply designed to supply electrical current to a battery of the electronic device. The accessory device may further include a connector that electrically connects the power supply with the electronic device. The sliding motion of the electronic device prevents the connector from damage by bending.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ian P. Colahan, Darshan R. Kasar, Timothy J. Rasmussen, John J. Baker, Shannon X. Yang, Benjamin A. Cousins
  • Patent number: 9736372
    Abstract: An imaging system includes an imaging body having an optical system and an imaging element, a power supplier configured to supply power to the imaging element, and a housing configured to hold the imaging body and the power supplier, wherein the optical system includes at least one optical element projecting from the housing, and a distance AP between a gravity center A of a portion including the optical system and a gravity center P of the entire imaging system and a distance BP between a gravity center B of the power supplier and the gravity center P of the entire imaging system satisfy the following condition AP>BP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Kensuke Masuda, Noriyuki Terao, Yoshiaki Irino, Tomonori Tanaka, Nozomi Imae, Toru Harada, Hirokazu Takenaka, Hideaki Yamamoto, Satoshi Sawaguchi, Daisuke Bessho, Hiroyuki Satoh, Makoto Shohara
  • Patent number: 9691154
    Abstract: The invention relates to a digital optical instrument including two eyepieces and a folding bridge for adapting the eyepiece distance to the interpupillary distance of the user. In an image recorded by an image sensor, a first bounding frame which is tilted about a first tilt angle relative to the image sensor, is defined and bounds a first portion of the recorded image, wherein the first tilt angle is defined depending on the folding angle. The first portion which is bounded by the tilted first bounding frame is transmitted to the first or second display and displayed by the first or the second mechanically tilted display while maintaining the orientation of the recorded image relative to the observed scene or relative to the horizontal, that is, without rotating the recorded image or the image portion relative to the observed scene or relative to the horizontal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss Sports Optics GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Ernst, Steffen Teroerde
  • Patent number: 9667872
    Abstract: An example of a camera includes an optical element moving between first and second focus positions upon application of an electrical signal, a sensor capturing first and second images transmitted by the optical element in the respective first and second focus positions, a first storage location recording first images and a second storage location recording second images, and a screen simultaneously displaying a most recent first image from the first storage cation and a most recent second image from the second storage location. Another example of a camera includes the optical element and sensor, as well as a processor to: control timing of application of an electrical signal to the optical element to regulate changing of the optical element between first and second focus positions, synchronize capture by the sensor of first and second images, and control streaming of most recent first and second images for simultaneous viewing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: John L. Ortman, Jonathan David Gibson, Ronald Monson, Matthew Stuempfle
  • Patent number: 9653934
    Abstract: A mobile device case with extendable finger grips. The mobile device case couples to a mobile device and includes a pair of pivotable grip wings disposed on a back portion thereof. The grip wings pivot from a stored position that is generally parallel to the back surface of the case to an extended position that is generally perpendicular to the back surface. The grip wings each include a generally rigid frame with a more pliable, cushioned insert disposed therein. The insert provides a plurality of finger slots in which a user's fingers can be disposed to aid holding the mobile device while interacting with an input surface, e.g. a touch screen, using the thumbs. The grip wings can also be extended to support the mobile device in a propped up position on a surface for hands-free viewing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Inventors: Kathryn Celeste Forristall, Barrett Prelogar
  • Patent number: 9642606
    Abstract: A surgical device includes a plurality of cameras integrated therein. The view of each of the plurality of cameras can be integrated together to provide a composite image. A surgical tool that includes an integrated camera may be used in conjunction with the surgical device. The image produced by the camera integrated with the surgical tool may be associated with the composite image generated by the plurality of cameras integrated in the surgical device. The position and orientation of the cameras and/or the surgical tool can be tracked, and the surgical tool can be rendered as transparent on the composite image. A surgical device may be powered by a hydraulic system, thereby reducing electromagnetic interference with tracking devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: CamPlex, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven T. Charles, John Tesar
  • Patent number: 9584735
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods related to image taking and processing are provided. For example, some embodiments may contain a front facing camera and a back facing camera and can be used for including the image-taker as part of the images taken by the image-taker, for verifying authorship of the image, for creating documentary style still or moving images combining the images of the person creating the documentary and the images of the subject or the scene being documented, and for creating a wide field of views of still and moving images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: ARCSOFT, INC.
    Inventors: Raul Diaz, Hui Deng
  • Patent number: 9565333
    Abstract: A method of processing an image using an electronic device is provided. The method includes displaying at least part of a first image which is obtained through a first image sensor and at least part of a second image which is obtained through a second image sensor through a display unit which is functionally connected to the electronic device, storing the at least part of the first image, storing the at least part of the second image in response to a detecting of a signal, and storing the at least part of the first image and the at least part of the second image to be simultaneously replayed as at least one image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Moonsoo Kim, Hongsuk Choi
  • Patent number: 9521300
    Abstract: A camera includes a housing, a digital video recorder, a camera lens, buttons, at least one port, a battery compartment, a holder for a removable storage device, a microphone connected, and a mounting rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Inventor: Larry Holmberg
  • Patent number: 9503697
    Abstract: This invention, a digital camcorder angle display viewer device for a mobile device can continuously capture and present video images of the environment in front of the user when connected to a flexible, flip style protective cover with similarities of a book. By capturing present video images of the user's pathway, the device's user continuously can be aware of the environment beyond the device's display while multitasking using the mobile device. This device makes it comfortable for the user to look at the mobile device while glancing at the video camcorder angle viewer screen which is provided parallel to the mobile device to see what is in front of the user while the user is walking and simultaneously looking down towards the ground at a 45 degree angle. The video camcorder screen can continuously be a live and current video image of the view seen by the camcorder lens at any given moment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Inventor: Ronen Gredinger
  • Patent number: 9491344
    Abstract: In an image capturing system, a lighting device includes a base disposed on a medium setting surface on which a medium serving as a reading target is set, an arm extending upward from the base, a top unit extending from the arm in such a manner that the top unit faces the medium setting surface, a placement surface that is provided to the top unit and on which a smartphone (imaging unit) is placed at a position allowing the smartphone to photograph the medium set on the medium setting surface, and a lighting LED that is provided to the top unit and irradiates the medium setting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: PFU Limited
    Inventors: Masanari Takabatake, Yuki Kasahara, Masahiko Kobako
  • Patent number: 9467600
    Abstract: A device (1) for video filming of a subject comprising at least a rod (3), a support (2) for the rod (3), an anchoring element (6) of the support (2) to the subject to be filmed, means (7) for a rotary jointing of the support (2) to the anchoring element (6), a first and at least a second TV camera (4,5) supported by the rod (3) on opposite sides with respect to the rotation axis of the support (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Inventor: Marco Orbassano
  • Patent number: 9413931
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus having first and second cases (13a, 13b) that are openably/closably connected, and includes an imaging section (6) provided in the second case and opposed to the first case where a read target medium is placed, a detection section (1) which detects that the first and second cases have been closed into a predetermined state by plural types of methods, an acquisition section (1) which acquires a photographed image from the imaging section when the detection section detects that the first and second cases have been closed into the predetermined state by the plural types of methods, a correction section (1) which performs distortion correction processing on the photographed image acquired by the acquisition section, based on a closing state between the first and second cases detected by the detection section, and a storing section (3) which stores the photographed image corrected by the correction section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Kuromatsu, Keiichi Tanioka, Yasuaki Ogawa
  • Patent number: 9341860
    Abstract: An elastic supporting structure for an optical image stabilizer is provided. The optical image stabilizer includes a movable portion, a compensation module, and a plurality of suspension wires. The movable portion is provided therein with a lens. The compensation module corresponds to the movable portion, and both are located on the same image-capturing optical axis. Each suspension wire has two ends respectively connected to the movable portion and the compensation module. The movable portion is provided with an upper spring plate. One end of each suspension wire is connected to a length-increased outer line element and at least one additional auxiliary line element of the upper spring plate, and the other end of each suspension wire is connected to the compensation module, such that the movable portion corresponds to the compensation module and is spaced therefrom by a predetermined distance. Also, anti-shake function performs well with suspension wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: TDK Taiwan Corp.
    Inventors: Fu-Yuan Wu, Shih-Ting Huang, Jyun-Jie Lin
  • Patent number: 9294717
    Abstract: A method includes selecting, at a first computing device, a first content source as a foreground content source and a second content source as a background content source. The method includes determining a location of the first computing device. The method also includes generating layered multimedia content. The layered multimedia content includes a foreground layer including first media content received from the first content source, a background layer including second media content received from the second content source, an information layer including data associated with the location to the first computing device, and audio content. The method includes sending the layered multimedia content to at least a second computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Randolph Wohlert
  • Patent number: 9285825
    Abstract: Embodiments of the subject technology provide for controlling desense in a mobile computing device. At an application processor of a mobile computing device, a drive strength of an input clock signal is increased. The input clock signal with the increased drive strength is then provided to a filter circuit that performs low-pass filtering to block high frequency RF and EMI noise from the input clock signal. The filtered input clock signal is provided to respective camera clock units of a front-facing camera or a rear-facing camera of the mobile computing device for operating the front-facing and rear-facing cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Zhibin Zhang, Amit Shailesh Gaikwad
  • Patent number: 9191557
    Abstract: The present technique includes a case member of a body and a supporting mechanism. The case member of a body includes a holding compartment having a shaft support at one end of the holding compartment. The supporting mechanism is receivable in the holding compartment of the case member and holds a display monitor. The supporting mechanism includes a first supporting member and a second supporting member, the first supporting member having, at a first end, a pivoting portion pivotally supported on the shaft support of the holding compartment, and a shaft support at a second end, and the second supporting member having a pivoting portion pivotally supported on the shaft support of the first supporting member. The supporting mechanism is configured to move the shaft support of the first supporting member and the pivoting portion of the second supporting member in an extrusion direction from the holding compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yamaura, Ruriko Monobe, Koji Masuda
  • Patent number: 9167200
    Abstract: Disclosed is a communication apparatus including an image input unit that includes an image input member that inputs an image of an object and a retaining member that retains the image input member at its one edge; an enclosure to which a concave portion is formed at its one side surface; a uniaxial hinge device that includes a first hinge member and a second hinge member rotatably connected with each other and capable of rotating around a first axial line with respect to each other, the first hinge member being connected to the enclosure and the second hinge member being connected to the other edge of the retaining member. The image input unit is rotated via the uniaxial hinge device around the first axial line with respect to the enclosure between a housing position and a protruding position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Satoshi Odanaka, Tsutomu Osawa
  • Patent number: 9088762
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus comprises a first image capturing unit configured to shoot an object side; a second image capturing unit configured to shoot a photographer side; and a control unit configured to, in a shooting mode in which the first image capturing unit performs shooting and the second image capturing unit also performs shooting, when a setting upon shooting meets a predetermined condition, perform first recording processing of recording image data captured by the first image capturing unit and image data captured by the second image capturing unit in association with each other, and when the setting does not meet the predetermined condition, perform second recording processing of recording image data captured by the first image capturing unit without associating the image data with image data captured by the second image capturing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ryo Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9077877
    Abstract: Disclosed is a mounting system and method for securing an imaging device to active headgear. In one embodiment, the mounting system includes a headwear frame to which can be attached a head strap to form a diving mask. A digital camera or a video recorder can be secured to an attachment base in the mounting system to allow use thereof in a hands-free operating mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Fountain, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Lee Fountain
  • Patent number: 9049358
    Abstract: The invention is a camera holder extension that includes a telescoping extension to allow a user to take photos at a distance beyond the reach of the user. The invention includes an actuator switch, located in the handle of the extension, which is wired to be in communication with a digital camera integrated device. The actuator switch operates the exposure function of the camera at the distance beyond the reach of the user via a wired digital connection to the device. The invention also includes a lockable two part ball joint that enables articulation of the camera into various positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: EXTEND-N-CLICK, LLC
    Inventor: David Chris Miller
  • Publication number: 20150146095
    Abstract: A conference device receives and transmits at least one of images and voice via a communication network. The conference device includes a housing having an upper wall; and an operating unit installed on the upper wall. The operating unit includes a first operating member group made up of a plurality of operating members, and at least one different operating member that has a lower frequency of usage as compared to each of the plurality of operating members of the first operating member group. The plurality of operating members of the first operating member group are arranged in a first direction along a top face of the upper wall. The at least one different operating member is disposed, along with one of the plurality of operating members of the first operating member group, in a second direction that runs along the top face and that intersects with the first direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Ryota YANO
  • Patent number: 9041845
    Abstract: Disclosed is an imaging device that has a base and a plurality of image capture devices. The base includes a bottom portion and an elongate stem portion that is pivotally attached at one of its ends to the bottom portion. An arm is pivotally attached to the stem portion. The arm has an elongate flap pivotally attached to the arm's mid-portion. A plurality of image capture devices are embedded in at least one of the bottom portion, the stem portion, the arm and the flap. An additional embodiment of the image capturing system includes a housing, a light capture mechanism and an image display mechanism The housing, includes a base and a linkage having a plurality of elongate sections. The light capture mechanism simultaneously captures first and second images and is contained within at least one of the elongate sections. First and second lenses make up the light capturing mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Pathway Innovations & Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Ji Shen
  • Patent number: 9030606
    Abstract: A camera system includes a wireless indicator that emits light to provide signals to a user. This wireless indicator is attached to a lens casing that covers the front face of the camera to protect components of the camera such as the lens. A wireless signal interface on the front face of the camera is configured to emit ultraviolet light in response to control circuitry within the camera. The ultraviolet light is transmitted through the lens casing to an excitable element. The excitable element produces visible light in response to the ultraviolet light. Any re-emitted visible light that travels back towards the camera lens and image sensor is reflected by a reflective layer, which is configured to transmit ultraviolet light while reflecting visible light. Therefore, the wireless indicator does not cause light artifacts or image flaws to appear in images captured by the image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Patrick Campbell
  • Publication number: 20150124163
    Abstract: A case for an electronic communications device having a lens for capturing images comprises an external casing assembly comprising: (a) an external sleeve defining an interior space, the sleeve comprising an opening at one longitudinal end; (b) a door movably mounted at the opposite end; (c) a releasable latch for securing the door in a closed position; and (d) an interchangeable lens assembly comprising a lens and a lens holder removably attached to a front side of the casing assembly. The case further comprises a sled component for receiving the electronic communication device thereon, the sled component being configured for removable receipt in an inserted position in the external sleeve by longitudinal insertion. The sled component reduces vibrations experienced by the electronic communications device. The sled component has a lens exposing area positioned for alignment with the lens of the electronics communications device to permit image capture therethrough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: John Willenborg
  • Patent number: 9025948
    Abstract: A mobile device case defining an aperture and a camera protection module within the aperture. The camera protection module may be a separate element from the case shell or may be formed as an integral part of shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: A.G. Findings & Mfg. Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Fernando Tages, Daniel Acero
  • Patent number: 9019431
    Abstract: A portable video and imaging system includes a camera for capturing video of an event, and a video recording device for recording the captured video of the event. The camera is housed in a first housing, the recording device is housed in a second housing, and the first and second housings are physically separate. Various embodiments provide for the system to be mounted to a user's body, an article of clothing, such as a shirt or a hat, to a vehicle, or to an ancillary component carried by the user, such as a firearm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Digital Ally, Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Phillips, Jason R. Troxel
  • Publication number: 20150109527
    Abstract: A wand and a portable electronic device. The wand includes a flexible substrate having a flat and a curled state and a mount attachable to a portable electronic device. The portable electronic device includes a mount attachable to the substrate. The substrate can enable the portable electronic device to become a wearable device. The substrate can include a sleeve that is attachable to the substrate. The substrate can be personalized by replacement of the sleeve with a different sleeve. The length of the substrate can be adjustable when in the flat state. The substrate can be rigid when in the flat state. The mount can communicatively and electrically couple the portable electronic device to the substrate, and the substrate can include at least one of an antenna, audio device, speaker, microphone, battery, solar panel, processor, memory, storage device, display device, user input device, networking device, and fingerprint sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Shant Tchakerian, Marineh Tchakerian
  • Publication number: 20150103241
    Abstract: An optical imaging lens set includes a first lens element to a plastic fifth lens element from an object side toward an image side along an optical axis. Each first lens and second lens element has positive refractive power. The third lens element has an image-side surface with a convex portion in a vicinity of the optical axis. The fourth lens element has an image-side surface with a convex portion in a vicinity of the optical axis. The fifth lens element has an image-side surface with a concave portion in a vicinity of the optical axis and a convex portion in a vicinity of its periphery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Chia-Cheng Lin, Ta-Cheng Fan, LaiShu Cao