Combined Electronic Sensing And Photographic Film Cameras Patents (Class 348/64)
  • Patent number: 10187554
    Abstract: Provided herein is a cover photography apparatus, portable terminal apparatus, and a control method of the cover photography apparatus, the cover photography apparatus including an imaging device configured to generate image data; a communicator configured to receive motion information from a portable terminal apparatus; and a controller configured to: determine that the image data is captured during motion of the cover photography apparatus based on the motion information, and correct the image data in response to determining that the image data is captured during motion of the cover photography apparatus; and control the communicator to transmit the corrected image data to the portable terminal apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tae-kyun Kim, Jum-han Bae
  • Patent number: 10076262
    Abstract: Systems and methods are directed to generating and analyzing light. Spatial light response around a human fingertip in response to electrical stimulation is associated with the status of various body organs. A system that provides a particularized response indication based on spatial light response includes a camera, an electrical signal generator, a light source, a circuit, and a computer. The signal generator stimulates emission of light from the finger when the finger is at a position relative to the camera. The light source illuminates the finger at the position. The circuit activates the light source and the camera to obtain a first image of the finger at the position, activates the signal generator and the camera to obtain a second image of the emission of light from the finger at the position, determines a direction from the first image, determines a centroid from the second image, and determines a description of the second image in accordance with the direction and the centroid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: EPIC Research & Diagnostics, Inc.
    Inventor: Nancy R Rizzo
  • Patent number: 9560251
    Abstract: A light-emitting-part holder moves between a housing position in which the light-emitting-part holder is housed in a housing part formed in a strobe base and a light emission position in which the light-emitting-part holder projects from the housing part. One end of an arm member is supported by the light-emitting-part holder, and the other end thereof is supported by the strobe base. An arm cover member holds a magnet, and in a case where the arm member is housed in the housing part, the arm cover member is fixed to the face of the arm member facing the housing part. A part of a light-emitting-part flexible board (flexible wire member) is disposed between the magnet held by the arm cover member and the arm member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Katsuhiro Doshin
  • Patent number: 9438763
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus is disclosed. An image capturing section captures an image of light and obtains image data. An image display section displays the image data obtained by the image capturing section with a predetermined number of pixels. A storage section stores the image data obtained by the image capturing section. An interface section is connectable to an external storage device. A control section causes the image data obtained by the image capturing section to be stored to the external storage device connected through the interface section, when the captured image data are stored to the external storage device, the image data whose number of pixel exceeds the predetermined number of pixels to be converted into image data having the predetermined number of pixels, and the converted image data to be stored to the storage section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS INC.
    Inventor: Keiko Sasaki
  • Patent number: 9369631
    Abstract: Provided are a digital photographing apparatus and a method of controlling the same. The digital photographing apparatus includes a snap motion picture capturing mode and is capable of capturing a short-time motion picture using the same sequence as capturing of still images by pressing a capture start button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masataka Hamada
  • Patent number: 9348131
    Abstract: High-definition images are acquired at low cost while achieving a reduction in apparatus size and a reduction in the incident light level. Provided is an image acquisition apparatus that includes a light-path setting member for making incident light enter two or more light paths; two or more different-characteristics imaging devices that acquire images of light entering the light paths set by the light-path setting member; and a moving part to which at least one of the two or more imaging devices is attached and that minutely moves the imaging device in a direction perpendicular to an optical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takayuki Kono
  • Patent number: 9264617
    Abstract: An optical image of the subject is obtained by the finder unit. An image of the subject obtained by imaging is displayed on the display screen of an optical viewfinder. Looking through the finder unit, the user can see an image obtained by superimposing the image of the subject, which is displayed on the display screen of the electronic viewfinder, upon the optical image of the subject. The two images of the subject coincide when the subject is in focus and do not coincide when the subject is not in focus. The user can bring the subject into focus while looking through the finder unit to ascertain the degree of offset between the images of the subject. In cases such as excessive camera shake, the subject appears blurry. In response, the display of the image of the subject upon the display screen of the electronic viewfinder is halted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Atsushi Misawa
  • Patent number: 9264607
    Abstract: An image of subject formed optically is obtained by the finder unit. The subject is imaged electronically by an image sensing device, and a video signal, which represents an image within an autofocus target area inside the image of the subject of the subject obtained, is read out of the image sensing device. The image represented by the video signal is displayed on the display screen of a liquid crystal device which constitutes an electronic viewfinder. Looking through the finder unit, a user sees an image obtained by superimposing the image, which is displayed on the display screen, upon the optical image of the subject. If correct focusing is achieved, the optical image of the subject and the image coincide. Since a video representing a portion of the image of the subject is read out of the image sensing device, the image is displayed without delay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Atsushi Misawa
  • Patent number: 9167171
    Abstract: A camera is provided with an imaging element, and detects a timing of blinking of light which blinks periodically at a reference timing, based on a timing of variation in luminance of an image obtained by the imaging element, wherein the image is taken by the imaging element under a condition that the light blinks periodically at the reference timing. Further, the timing of exposure of the imaging element is adjusted based on the detected timing of the blinking light, thereby synchronizing shooting operations of plural cameras with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Muraki, Kazuto Yamamoto, Hideaki Matsuda, Hiroyuki Kato
  • Patent number: 9113055
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus is disclosed. An image capturing section captures an image of light and obtains image data. An image display section displays the image data obtained by the image capturing section with a predetermined number of pixels. A storage section stores the image data obtained by the image capturing section. An interface section is connectable to an external storage device. A control section causes the image data obtained by the image capturing section to be stored to the external storage device connected through the interface section, when the captured image data are stored to the external storage device, the image data whose number of pixel exceeds the predetermined number of pixels to be converted into image data having the predetermined number of pixels, and the converted image data to be stored to the storage section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS INC.
    Inventor: Keiko Sasaki
  • Patent number: 9041793
    Abstract: A method of using a scanning microscope to rapidly form a digital image of an area. The method includes performing an initial set of scans to form a guide pixel set for the area and using the guide pixel set to identify regions representing structures of interest in the area. Then, performing additional scans of the regions representing structures of interest, to gather further data to further evaluate pixels in the regions, and not scanning elsewhere in the area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: FEI COMPANY
    Inventors: Cliff Bugge, Brandon van Leer
  • Patent number: 9030541
    Abstract: An endoscope system includes: a photoelectric conversion element; a contour enhancing section that detects an edge component in a picked-up image subjected to the photoelectric conversion, thereby generating a contour enhancement signal; an electronic zoom region determining section that determines an electronic zoom region in the picked-up image based on a strength of the contour enhancement signal; an instruction section that provides an instruction for enlargement/reduction of the image; a parameter setting section that sets a zoom parameter for an electronic zoom section according to the instruction provided by the instruction section; and the electronic zoom section that performs an electronic zoom of the picked-up image for the electronic zoom region determined, according to the parameter set by the parameter setting section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Yuji Kutsuma, Keisuke Tsutsui
  • Patent number: 9007462
    Abstract: A driving assist apparatus acquires vehicle information which includes a gear state and speed of a vehicle; judges a state of preparing for movement, a state of starting movement, and a state during movement; generates a wide-angle image that is an image that can see a wide range although having distortion when the vehicle state is the state of preparing for movement or the state of starting movement; and generates a no-distortion image that is an image in which the distortion due to the lens shape and the distortion by the projection system are eliminated from the camera image when the vehicle state is the state during movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Tatsuya Mitsugi
  • Patent number: 8982198
    Abstract: An image signal correction apparatus includes: a frame memory configured to hold input image signals corresponding to a predetermined number of frames; a difference calculation unit configured to calculate a difference signal between an input image signal and each of the image signals held in the frame memory; a filter unit configured to pass a difference signal having a value equal to or smaller than a threshold value; and a control unit configured to change the threshold value of the filter unit in accordance with the value of the difference signal calculated in the difference calculation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Takashi Tsuda
  • Patent number: 8970686
    Abstract: An electronic endoscopic apparatus includes an endoscopic scope and an image processing processor. The endoscopic scope includes a solid-state imaging device, an imaging-side multiplying unit, and an imaging synchronization signal generating unit. The image processing processor includes a display clock generating unit, a monitor synchronization signal generating unit, a master imaging clock generating unit, a processor-side multiplying/dividing unit, a phase-comparison oscillation control unit, and a display timing adjustment unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Naruyasu Kobayashi, Kaoru Kotoda, Hisashi Nishimura, Motoo Azuma, Kazuhiro Takizawa, Takayuki Sato, Satoshi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 8957952
    Abstract: In a processor of a wireless image transmission system that transmits, by radio communication, an image signal obtained by converting an image obtained by an endoscope apparatus, a communication state detection unit monitors a communication state of radio communication. An editing unit edits the image signal according to a mode in which the endoscope apparatus obtains an image when the deterioration of a communication state is detected by the communication state detection unit. A transmission unit transmits the image signal output from the editing unit to a receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Junichi Tashiro, Masashi Umemura, Hideki Tashiro
  • Patent number: 8957968
    Abstract: To construct a system composed as described hereafter, capable of easily calling out monitoring data from a monitoring system, where task information along with index information is a key, and for which tracking by a task system is desired, by linking the index information of the monitoring data managed by the index information of the task information and monitoring system, with the storage location, and which is composed of a first and second type work area where tasks are performed, a monitoring system server, a monitoring data storage device, monitoring objects, a task system server, and a task data storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Yoshiro Mizuno
    Inventors: Yoshiro Mizuno, Hiroshi Kurita
  • Patent number: 8953041
    Abstract: An Engineer's View (EV) wireless video system for powered and unpowered model railroad engines is disclosed. The invention uses commercially available wireless spy cameras, powered by a custom power supply circuit which is compatible with either DC or DCC track systems. The present invention is compatible with all commercial model railroad gauge diesel engines including HO and N Gauge or may be factory installed. The EV system demonstrates a remarkably stable and realistic image of a model railroad layout. Moreover, the present invention may also provide a stable source of power to the engine where stalling could occur at points of track defects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventors: Richard Johnson Bartlett, Sr., William Travis Bartlett
  • Patent number: 8922721
    Abstract: A display apparatus and a control method thereof are provided The display apparatus includes: an image processor configured to process an image of content; a display configured to display the processed image of the content; a camera configured to capture an image of a remote controller; a storage configured to store information regarding a plurality of appearance states of the remote controller corresponding to user commands; and a controller configured to determine an appearance state from among the plurality of appearance states of the remote controller based on the image of remote controller captured by the camera, and control the display section to display the image of the content according to a user command corresponding to the determined appearance state of the remote controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Do-sung Jung, Nam-hyun Park, Hae-sung Park, Ri-na Shin, Hyung-ho Hwangbo
  • Patent number: 8890944
    Abstract: A firearms pulverizer system is disclosed which comprises a pulverizer unit having an inlet chute, a cutting chamber, and an outlet, a first image capturing device positioned above the inlet chute for capturing an image of an identification number associated with a firearm, and a second image capturing device positioned above the cutting chamber for recording destruction of the firearm inserted into the cutting chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Gunbusters, LLC
    Inventor: Raymond W Reynolds
  • Patent number: 8818451
    Abstract: A mobile communication system based on images, enabling communication between a plurality of mobile devices and servers, wherein the images have associated additional properties in the nature of voice, audio, data and other information. The system further enabling the formation of one or more image networks wherein the images are stored, organized, connected and linked to each other by one or more methods inclusive of one to one connection between images, a hierarchical connection between images and or other methods of connection between images to facilitate efficient image based communication between mobile devices, stationary devices and servers based on the mobile device identification, mobile device specific profiles and user specific profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: IP Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Sunil K. Rao, Raman K. Rao
  • Patent number: 8817108
    Abstract: A method is for monitoring the electrical integrity of lines of photosites of an imaging device with matrix array of photosites. The control lines of photosites may include for each line of photosites an emission of elementary electrical control signals for the photosites of the line. The method may include diagnosis of the elementary electrical control signals emitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics (Grenoble 2) SAS
    Inventor: Pascal Mellot
  • Patent number: 8730315
    Abstract: The number of seams between magnified images in a created virtual slide is reduced to make the virtual slide clear and sharp. Provided is a microscope apparatus including an objective lens that collects light from a sample on a slide; a focus position detecting section that detects a focus position of the objective lens with respect to the sample; a focus state adjustment section that adjusts a focus state with respect to the sample based on a detection result from the focus position detecting section; and a magnified-image acquisition section that acquires a magnified image of each part of the sample, in which, if the focus position detected by the focus position detecting section is changed by more than a predetermined threshold with respect to a focus state in which an adjacent magnified image was obtained, the focus state adjustment section limits the adjustment in the focus state to the predetermined threshold or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Takashi Yoneyama
  • Patent number: 8731367
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a storage unit which stores data of a plurality of medical images at different imaging angles or different imaging positions with respect to the same region, a display unit which displays the data of the medical image read out from the storage unit, and a control unit which controls the storage unit and the display unit to play back the plurality of medical images as moving images and pause playback of the medical image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Takuya Sakaguchi
  • Patent number: 8731396
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system configured to operate with a hand-held camera. The hand-held camera is configured to operate with a film cartridge. The film cartridge defines an opening to enable entry of a driven film-feeding member into engagement with film edge perforations, the film-feeding member being driven by the camera for movement in a rectilinear path whereby successive film edge perforations are engaged so as to intermittently move the film past the exposure aperture. The system comprises a housing configured to be moveably engageable with the camera, in place of the film cartridge; a detector configured to generate a first signal in response to detecting a movement of the film-feeding member; and circuitry configured to write signals from an image sensor into the memory, according to an addressing mechanism that is responsive to the first signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: Yoshisuke Kuramoto
  • Patent number: 8711225
    Abstract: An image-capturing device and a projection automatic calibration method of a projection device are provided. The image-capturing device includes an image sensing device, a lens, a processing unit and a storage unit. The lens is configured to image a calibration pattern on the image sensing device. The processing unit is configured to issue a projection calibration requirement and analyze the calibration pattern imaged on the image sensing device to obtain information relating to the calibration pattern, and the processing unit is further configured to convert imaging coordinates of the calibration pattern imaged on the image sensing device into projecting coordinates of the projection device by executing a calibration driving program to establish a coordinate conversion table. The storage unit is configured to store the calibration driving program and the coordinate conversion table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Coretronic Corporation
    Inventors: Kun-Rong Chang, Wen-Wei Tsai
  • Patent number: 8681208
    Abstract: An image processing device includes a special light image acquisition section that acquires an image including an object image that includes information in a specific wavelength band as a special light image, an attention area detection section that detects an attention area based on a feature quantity of each pixel of the special light image, a disappearance determination section that determines whether or not the attention area has disappeared from a display target area based on a detection result for the attention area, the display target area being an area displayed on an output section, a guide information generation section that generates guide information about the attention area that has disappeared based on a determination result of the disappearance determination section, and an output control section that controls output of information including the guide information generated by the guide information generation section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Koichiro Yoshino
  • Patent number: 8659646
    Abstract: The present invention provides a remote-head imaging system with a camera control unit capable of supporting multiple input devices. The camera control unit detects an input device to which it is connected and changes the camera control unit's internal functionality accordingly. Such changes include altering clock timing, changing video output parameters, and changing image processing software. In addition, a user is able to select different sets of software program instructions and hardware configuration information based on the head that is attached. The remote-head imaging system utilizes field-programmable circuitry, such as field-programmable gate arrays (FPGA), in order to facilitate the change in configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Gyrus ACMI, Inc.
    Inventors: Doron Adler, Shai Finkman, Arie Blumzvig
  • Patent number: 8648900
    Abstract: Apparatus that allows at least one feature of a patient's face to be observed while the patient is in a prone position includes a facial cushion, a video camera and a monitor. The facial cushion provides cranial support for a patient in a prone position during a medical procedure. The cushion has a frontal aperture that is dimensioned so that the facial feature of a patient wearing the facial cushion and in a prone position are visible through the at least one aperture. The video camera has a lens disposed for providing a sequence of video signals representing sequential images of the facial features that are visible through the frontal aperture. The monitor is coupled to the video camera for enabling the images of the at least one facial feature to be monitored. The images are monitored by a video monitor and/or a computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Dupaco, Inc.
    Inventors: An Binh Vu, Gregory Philip Jordan
  • Patent number: 8643709
    Abstract: An endoscope includes an image pick-up unit extending in the axial direction within a distal end forming portion, and a channel tube extending in the axial direction within the distal end forming portion and including a parallel portion arranged parallel with the image pick-up unit, and the outer peripheral surface of the parallel portion includes a facing side diameter reducing portion arranged on a side facing the image pick-up unit and, with respect to a reference circumferential surface including a common central axis to the inner peripheral surface of the parallel portion, closer to a central axis side than the reference circumferential surface in a cross section orthogonal to the axial direction, and a diameter keeping portion arranged on a side other than the side facing the image pick-up unit and whose at least a part overlaps the reference circumferential surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Eijiro Sato, Eiji Matsuda
  • Patent number: 8581963
    Abstract: A method and system for hiding objectionable frames during autofocusing are disclosed. A personal electronic device such as a cameral telephone can have two cameras that have overlapping fields of view. One camera can provide imaging. The other camera can facilitate autofocusing in a manner wherein images produced thereby are not viewed by a user. Because the autofocus frames are hidden, the user is not distracted or annoying thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: DigitalOptics Corporation MEMS
    Inventors: Richard Tsai, Xiaolei Liu
  • Patent number: 8483754
    Abstract: A mobile communication system based on images, enabling communication between a plurality of mobile devices and servers, wherein the images have associated additional properties in the nature of voice, audio, data and other information. The system further enabling the formation of one or more image networks wherein the images are stored, organized, connected and linked to each other by one or more methods inclusive of one to one connection between images, a hierarchical connection between images and or other methods of connection between images to facilitate efficient image based communication between mobile devices, stationary devices and servers based on the mobile device identification, mobile device specific profiles and user specific profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: IP Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Sunil K. Rao, Raman K. Rao
  • Patent number: 8442383
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus selects one of image capturing conditions to be used for capturing images as a reference condition when a total of image capturing time of one frame in each image capturing condition to be used for capturing images is longer than one frame period at a predetermined frame rate, and captures images at the predetermined frame rate under the reference condition, and captures images at a frame rate lower than the predetermined frame rate under the other image capturing conditions. A playback apparatus detects a motion between frames of a moving image captured under the reference condition when the image capturing condition of the playback moving image is not the reference condition, and generates an interpolation frame for interpolating between frames of the playback moving image based on the detected motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshihisa Furumoto
  • Patent number: 8427534
    Abstract: A processor for an electronic endoscope, which is configured to be connected with a videoscope adapted to generate a picture signal for an image of an observed object through color adjustment using color adjustment data and to transmit the generated picture signal to the processor, the processor includes a light source configured to emit light for illuminating the observed object, a determining unit configured to determine whether the color adjustment data used by the videoscope is adapted to the light source, a color conversion data acquiring unit configured to acquire color conversion data adapted to the color adjustment data when the determining unit determines that the color adjustment data is not adapted to the light source, and a color converter configured to perform color conversion for the picture signal transmitted by the videoscope using the color conversion data acquired by the color conversion data acquiring unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Hoya Corporation
    Inventor: Yosuke Tashiro
  • Patent number: 8373750
    Abstract: A device for transferring full frame motion pictures, comprising a series of frames, to an photosensitive material, comprises a digital head comprising a light source, a color filter, at least one device for light modulation, at least one lens for projecting the modulated light onto the photosensitive material, processing electronics and software for processing the signal input, and for transport and shutter device synchronization, a shutter device, a transport device adapted for exposing, section for section, the sections of the photosensitive material corresponding to each of the picture frames to the modulated projected light, a user interface, and a graphical computer interface connected to the digital head. The motion pictures to be transferred to the photosensitive material may have a digital or analogue representation. A corresponding method for transferring full frame motion pictures to a photosensitive material is also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Inventors: Rune Bjerkestrand, Bjorn Garder
  • Patent number: 8294761
    Abstract: An apparatus for the inspection a vehicle component to detect the presence of a part defect and a method for performing the inspection. According to one embodiment, the apparatus for inspecting the vehicle component comprises: a camera having a lens; a borescope having a first end and a second end, the first end operatively disposed adjacent the camera and the second end having a mirror disposed therein; and a light source for supplying light to the borescope whereby the mirror is operative to reflect an image of an area of the vehicle component to be inspected to the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Kelsey-Hayes Company
    Inventors: Jody A. McKinley, Robert Zepfel
  • Patent number: 8289377
    Abstract: A method and system for hiding objectionable frames during autofocusing are disclosed. A personal electronic device such as a cameral telephone can have two cameras that have overlapping fields of view. One camera can provide imaging. The other camera can facilitate autofocusing in a manner wherein images produced thereby are not viewed by a user. Because the autofocus frames are hidden, the user is not distracted or annoying thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: DigitalOptics Corporation MEMS
    Inventors: Richard Tsai, Xiaolei Liu
  • Patent number: 8194120
    Abstract: It is possible to appropriately select an image important for a user than ever before among various images taken by an image capturing apparatus. An image capturing apparatus that records a plurality of captured images and an album information file for designating a display order making a display apparatus display at least one the captured image in a recording medium as files different from each other. The image capturing apparatus includes: an operation acquiring section that acquires an operation before or after a user of the image capturing apparatus takes the captured images; and an operation recording section that records operation information showing the operation in the album information file in order to displays the captured image with a level of importance according to the operation before or after capturing the captured image, in association with the captured image to be displayed on the display apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Shuichi Ohtsuka, Kazuo Shiota
  • Patent number: 8139262
    Abstract: A terminal 102 creates setting data 400 and inputs setting data 400 into an image output apparatus 101. The image output apparatus 101 sets the initial settings, operation settings, equipment settings, etc. based on the setting data, holds the setting data, and performs various processes based on the set settings and the held setting data. In addition, the image output apparatus 101 performs a media identification process, a media reader switching process, and the like using a media detection means 117, a media reader switching means 118, and the like, and allows only the use of the insertion opening of a predetermined media reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Hamashima, Jun Yoshida, Naoji Shibasaki, Yasuko Deushi, Nobuho Mori
  • Patent number: 8123363
    Abstract: A projector device that generates a projection image, photographs this projection image and performs various adjustments to the projection image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Nikon Corporation
    Inventors: Hirotake Nozaki, Tadashi Ohta, Setsu Mitsuhashi, Keiichi Nitta, Akira Ohmura, Nobuhiro Fujinawa
  • Patent number: 8115814
    Abstract: An apparatus and method to track and to photograph a mobile object over a wide range, by a cooperative operation of multiple cameras. In addition, a mobile tracking system is provided for tracking the mobile object by the cooperation of multiple cameras, in which each camera includes a photographing device which photographs and recognizes the mobile object, a changing device which changes a view angle of the photographing device, a position deriving device which derives a position of the camera, a distance deriving device which derives the distance between the camera and the mobile object, and a communication device which transmits an identifier of the camera, a position of the camera, a moving direction of the mobile object and the distance between the camera and the mobile object to another camera and receives an identifier of the other camera, a position of the other camera, a moving direction of the mobile object and a distance between the other camera and the mobile object from the other camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshihiko Iwase, Masaaki Imaizumi
  • Patent number: 8089508
    Abstract: The present invention provides a capsule type medical system capable of displaying different images on a monitor in such a display mode that a diagnosis can be easily made when one capsule type endoscope includes a plurality of image pickup units. A capsule type endoscope includes a plurality of image pickup elements for generating different image data and a storage unit for previously storing image pickup procedures of the image pickup elements, and records or transmits the different image data, captured in accordance with any of the procedures stored in the storage unit, in time series. An extracorporeal display unit includes a display control section for controlling a method for displaying the different image data recorded or transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Takeshi Yokoi
  • Patent number: 7855727
    Abstract: The present invention provides a remote-head imaging system with a camera control unit capable of supporting multiple input devices. The camera control unit detects an input device to which it is connected and changes the camera control unit's internal functionality accordingly. Such changes includes altering clock timing, changing video output parameters, and changing image processing software. In addition, a user is able to select different sets of software program instructions and hardware configuration information based on the head that is attached. The remote-head imaging system utilizes field-programmable circuitry, such as field-programmable gate arrays (FPGA), in order to facilitate the change in configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: Gyrus ACMI, Inc.
    Inventors: Doron Adler, Shai Finkman, Arie Blumzvig
  • Patent number: 7825950
    Abstract: A video monitoring system is proposed, which is used to mask objects in a monitored scene that involve the privacy of an individual. Such objects include vehicle license plates or the person himself. An unmasking occurs when proof of legitimacy is entered. In a modification, a combination of a stationary camera and a moving camera also permits the masking of individual objects in the monitored scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Frank Rottmann
  • Patent number: 7619646
    Abstract: An optical system is effective to illuminate and scan an interior wall of an object having an interior bore, such as a stent. The system includes a light source, an object support having a light conducting portion, an image taking lens, and a line scan camera. The interior bore and the light conducting portion of the object support are in axial alignment with a center optical axis of the image taking lens. A drive mechanism engages the object without impacting the axial alignment. Various aspect of this optical system include a rotating wheel or transparent plate as the drive mechanism. The object support may be an opaque rod having a light conducting portion or a transparent rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: Visicon Inspection Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Freifeld, John B. Burnett
  • Patent number: 7561793
    Abstract: A camera adjusts the aspect ratio of a viewfinder image. The camera has a body and a capture unit mounted in the body. The capture unit has an imager and storage media operatively connected to the imager. The capture unit selectively captures an electronic image of a scene. A viewfinder of the camera displays a light image of the scene. A cropper is disposed in the body. The cropper is switchable among a plurality of settings. Each setting defines a different rectangular cross-sectioned window in the viewfinder. A cropping control is operatively connected to the capture unit and cropper. The cropping control has a cropping input element that is accessible external to the body. The cropping input element is movable between first and second opposed cropping control positions to change the settings. The cropping control positions define a cropping control axis perpendicular to an optical axis of the capture unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Randolph C. Brost
  • Patent number: 7555766
    Abstract: An audience response determination apparatus detects the state of an audience and the individual states of the members of the audience to determine the response of the audience to the content of entertainment and the like. Based on the thus determined audience response, a playback operation of the content such as a movie is controlled, so that the level of satisfaction felt by the audience to the content can be increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsujiro Kondo, Yuji Okumura
  • Patent number: 7525569
    Abstract: An apparatus captures a digital image from a film-based camera having a chamber to receive a film cartridge and a take-up spool to advance the film after each shot. The apparatus includes a cartridge shaped to fit in the camera film chamber, the cartridge including a processor, a storage unit coupled to the processor, and an input output unit coupled to the processor. The cartridge houses a flexible strip having one end coupled to the cartridge and the other end adapted to be wound on the camera take-up spool, the flexible strip containing one or more imaging arrays deposited thereon to capture the digital image, each of the imaging arrays communicating with the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Assignee: Gallitzin Allegheny LLC
    Inventor: Dominik J. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 7520618
    Abstract: The present invention provides an image deflection correction apparatus which can switch a mode of image deflection correction (stop the image deflection correction) if it is judged that a camera (optical system) is in a pan/tilt operation, in which the determination condition for pan judgment as to whether or not the panning operation is active or the determination condition for tilt judgment as to whether or not the tilting operation is active, which is not satisfied ahead, is loosened, so that the operation is appropriately reflected to the starting motion of image on a photographing screen when the pan/tilt operation is performed in an oblique direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Assignee: Fujinon Corporation
    Inventor: Chikatsu Moriya
  • Publication number: 20080233523
    Abstract: A video analytics system for characterization of a flare. A video of a flare may be taken for obtaining information so as to appropriately control the flare in an interest of reducing emissions not necessarily favorable to the environment. The system may incorporate a control scenario involving one or more parameters of a flare which are to be controlled in view of a flare characterization from an algorithmic analysis of the video.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2007
    Publication date: September 25, 2008
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Annemarie Diepenbroek, Joel T. Langill, Isaac Cohen, Kwong Wing Au