Brightness Control Patents (Class 348/687)
  • Patent number: 10326534
    Abstract: To easily capture the light emission position of a light-emitting apparatus on the imaging apparatus side, even when the positional relationship of the two changes. A mobile device detects its own speed, and an LED within the mobile device accomplishes light emission in accordance with any out of a first light emission pattern, a second light emission pattern and a third light emission pattern so that the light emission cycle becomes shorter the faster the speed of the mobile device. On the other hand, a server detects the speed of the mobile device from frames obtained through imaging by an imager, and changes the imaging interval of the imager so that the imaging interval becomes longer the slower the speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masaaki Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 10237547
    Abstract: A method for testing energy efficiency of a display device having automatic brightness control (ABC) and local dimming functions includes the following steps: S1: executing an estimation program to obtain an estimation value of on-mode average power consumption of the display device; S2: when the estimation value is greater than or equal to a threshold value, adjusting a turn-on preset brightness value, first brightness adjustment ratios, and/or second brightness adjustment ratios to cause the estimation value to be less than the threshold value; and, S3: when the estimation value is less than the threshold value, actually measuring the display device to obtain a measurement value of the on-mode average power consumption of the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Top Victory Investments Ltd.
    Inventors: Ethan Wu, Victor Chang
  • Patent number: 10210816
    Abstract: An image display apparatus (and a method for dimming a light source) includes a light source and display units that spatially modulate a light from the light source on the basis of an input video signal to form an image, and performs dimming control to adjust luminance of the light source in stages. The image display apparatus includes a light source dimming unit that determines whether to perform dimming control on the basis of the input video signal, acquires a dimming rate, which is a ratio of brightness of an input image to a maximum luminance output from the light source, and sets the output of the light source to the maximum luminance output when a dimming rate of a frame immediately before a frame determined not to be subjected to dimming control is lower than a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: NEC DISPLAY SOLUTIONS, LTD.
    Inventor: Takeshi Morimoto
  • Patent number: 10127885
    Abstract: According to an aspect, a display device includes an image display panel in which pixels are arranged; and a signal processing unit that converts input values of input signals including color information of a certain color represented in a reference color gamut into extended values in an extended color space to generate output signals. The signal processing unit corrects the input values of the input signals into input values of corrected input signals including color information of a corrected color so as to correct the certain color into the corrected color that is a color positioned in a direction away from a white point, determines an expansion coefficient, and obtains the output signals for first to fourth sub-pixels based on at least the corrected input signals and the expansion coefficient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventor: Masashi Mitsui
  • Patent number: 10033976
    Abstract: Display an image by adjusting upper limit of brightness of the image projection light. Here, determine the target value, according to analysis result of the image data, for the detected brightness of the image projection light, and adjust the upper limit of brightness of the image projection light to cause the detected brightness to approach the target value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takashi Toyooka
  • Patent number: 10004404
    Abstract: A portable vein projector, including an LED light source, a CMOS image sensor, a semi-transparent and semi-reflecting mirror, a micro-projector, and an image processing unit. The LED light source operates to project near-infrared light on the skin surface area. The near-infrared light is reflected by the skin surface, and part of reflected light penetrates through the semi-transparent and semi-reflecting mirror, enters into the CMOS image sensor to form an image in the CMOS image sensor. The image is transmitted from the CMOS image sensor to the image processing unit where the image is processed, and the image is transmitted to the micro-projector. The micro-projector outputs visible light. The visible light is reflected by the semi-transparent and semi-reflecting mirror and is imaged on the skin surface area to yield a vein image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: ZHEJIANG UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Huafeng Liu, Shining Ma
  • Patent number: 9734766
    Abstract: A lighting device includes a light source and a control section. The control section has a first mode and a second mode as luminance setting modes of the light source and sets, in order to exercise variable control of a reach time taken to change luminance of the light source to a determined value, the reach time on the basis of the first mode for a determined period at the time of switching from the first mode to the second mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Akira Sakaigawa, Toshiyuki Nagatsuma
  • Patent number: 9520078
    Abstract: A display device includes a display panel, a panel driving circuit, and a control circuit. The panel driving circuit receives image data and converts the image data into output driving voltages for the display panel. The image data include original red image data, original green image data, and original blue image data. When the display device enters an eye protection mode for protecting eyes of a user, the original blue image data is modified by the panel driving circuit to reduce the gray levels of the original blue image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: I-Wei Wu
  • Patent number: 9338366
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for compensating for back light of an image are provided. The method includes receiving an image at a preset time interval, upon receiving the image, dividing pixels constituting the received image according to preset ranges, determining whether the received image is a back light image by confirming a distribution degree of pixels of each of the divided ranges, adjusting the brightness of the back light image when the received image is the back light image, and storing the received image and the back light compensated image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Ja-Won Seo, Hae-Sun Lee, Jong-Hyub Lee, Sung-Jun Yim
  • Patent number: 9319620
    Abstract: A light emission portion of a video signal is detected, and the display intensity of the light emission portion is enhanced for emphasis display. At this moment, the intensity stretch amount is controlled in accordance with a status of video black display, thereby increasing the feeling of brightness and hence improving the video quality. An area-active-control/luminance-stretching portion stretches and increases the intensity of a backlight portion on the basis of an index related to a brightness calculated, on the basis of a predetermined condition, from the input video signal, and lowers the video signal intensity of the non-light emission part excluding the light emission part. At this moment, the area-active-control/luminance-stretching portion changes, in accordance with a black display amount detected by a black detection portion, a control curve that defines the relationship between the index related to the brightness and the stretch amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Fujine, Yoji Shiraya
  • Patent number: 9293115
    Abstract: A display apparatus according to the present invention comprises: an acquisition unit that acquires, for each of division regions, brightness information; a decision unit that decides light emission brightness for each of the division regions; a light emitting unit; and a display panel, wherein the decision unit sets light emission brightness of a division region, in which a displayed image does not include a predetermined region, at light emission brightness according to brightness information of the division region, and sets light emission brightness of a division region, in which a displayed image includes the predetermined region, at light emission brightness lower than the light emission brightness according to brightness information of the division region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshihisa Furumoto, Takeshi Ikeda, Takushi Kimura
  • Patent number: 9160891
    Abstract: An image processing method, which performs color correction on a superimposed image obtained by superimposing a first image formed by a first image forming unit and a second image formed by a second image forming unit, includes controlling the dimming of the first image forming unit and the second image forming unit on the basis of dimming rates set in the first image forming unit and the second image forming unit in response to a given designated dimming rate, and performing a color correction process on image signals corresponding to the first image forming unit and the second image forming unit using a color correction value corresponding to the dimming rates of the first image forming unit and the second image forming unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kenji Mizushiro
  • Patent number: 9147362
    Abstract: A method of dynamic of gamut control is provided for a display having a multi-spectral (typically multi-color) backlight, and sub-pixels corresponding to the different backlight spectra and at least one common sub-pixel. The display may f be an RGBW display having an RGB backlight. The method includes iteratively calculating the minimum required backlight intensities that will allow all (selected) color points of an image to be represented by the display. The determination for a light source of the backlight is based on determinations of intensities determined for other light sources in a previous iteration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Dmitry Nikolaevich Znamenskiy, Oleg Belik, Karel Johannes Gerhardus Hinnen
  • Publication number: 20150138441
    Abstract: A method for improving quality of low light video images including: receiving a current video frame; temporally enhancing it by applying a first weight matrix including higher weight factors for stationary regions and lower weight factors for moving regions to the received frame and a reference frame to generate an enhanced temporal video frame; spatially enhancing the enhanced temporal video frame by applying a second weight matrix including higher weight factors for stationary regions and lower weight factors for moving regions to generate an enhanced spatial video frame; and motion enhancing the enhanced temporal video frame by extracting matched rigid moving objects in a previous or future frame and processing each of the extracted matched rigid moving objects with a corresponding rigid object in the enhanced temporal or spatial or raw current video frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Sri Rama Prasanna Pavani
  • Patent number: 9030610
    Abstract: High definition media content processing techniques are described in which enhanced media content rendering techniques may be performed to output high definition media content. In an implementation, luma keying may be provided to define clear pixels in a composite output using an optimum set of graphics processing instructions. In another implementation, techniques are described which may provide clear rectangles in a composite output of one or more video streams. Clear rectangles to appear in the composite output are configured by a media playback application. A texture is arrived at to represent a union of each of the clear rectangles and is applied to form the clear rectangles in the composite output. In another implementation, capture techniques are described in which an image to capture is resolved as strips to an intermediate texture and then from the texture to a capture buffer in system memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Estrop, Matthew C. Howard
  • Patent number: 9001275
    Abstract: HDMI is a digital audio and video communications protocol commonly used in consumer electronics. HDMI is particularly synonymous with high fidelity audio and video. Even though HDMI is a digital communications protocol, the audio quality can be impaired by analog signal impairments and distortions even if there are no digital decoding errors. In particular, the very process by which the audio is converted from Digital (HDMI) to human audible “Analog Audio” can be prone to errors. This occurs when the Digital to Analog Converter (DAC) clock, which is derived from the HDMI TMDS clock or HDMI source, is “distorted” due to its jitter, resulting in erroneous sampling or outputting of vital audio samples, thereby reducing the audio quality of the experience. The present invention reduces the jitter on the TMDS clock, and hence the audio DAC clock, resulting in lower audio distortion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventors: Andrew Joo Kim, David Anthony Stelliga
  • Publication number: 20150077637
    Abstract: The display device (1) which displays a video on a display section (7) includes a video processing circuit (2) and a backlight control circuit (3) for aperiodically changing at least any of a brightness and a contrast of the video, which is displayed on the display section (7), within a predetermined range during a predetermined time period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shigeki Taniguchi, Akira Koike, Mihoko Watanabe, Kohichi Takaku, Kohichi Hirata, Tsuyoshi Ohmori
  • Patent number: 8964123
    Abstract: An AV device includes a communication component, a determination component, and a controller. The communication component is configured to receive a signal outputted from a source device. The determination component is configured to determine whether or not the signal received by the communication component includes an audio signal and a subtitle signal, and a video signal included in the signal received by the communication component has a moving picture. The controller is configured to control a brightness of a backlight to be low in response to determining that the signal received by the communication component does not include both the audio signal and the subtitle signal, and that the video signal has the moving picture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuki Nakashima
  • Patent number: 8964124
    Abstract: A video display device increases a feeling of brightness and expresses a video with high contrast by detecting a part of a video signal that emits light, enhancing the display luminance of the light-emitting part, and displaying the part. A light emission detection portion (1) uses a prescribed feature quantity related to the brightness of an input video signal, predetermines the light emission quantity for the video signal on the basis of the relationship with the feature quantity, and detects the light emission quantity for each input video signal frame from the feature quantity. A backlight luminance stretch portion (3) stretches the light source luminance of the backlight according to the light emission quantity detected. A video signal luminance stretch portion (6) stretches the video signal according to the light emission quantity or the luminance distribution of the input video signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Fujine, Tomoharu Noutoshi, Yoji Shiraya
  • Publication number: 20150042883
    Abstract: A television formed of a FIPEL panel that creates light in both front and rear directions. An emissive layer is used, where the layer emits colored pixels of light. The pixels are emitted in both front direction, to be viewed by a tv viewer, and in the rear direction as a backlight. The emitted light can also illuminate the bezel of the television.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Matthew McRae
  • Publication number: 20150042884
    Abstract: A video display control device includes a video signal processing section that corrects a video signal and outputs a video signal after correction to a display, and a backlight controlling section that controls a light emission amount of a backlight. A control data generating section allocates to a low gradation region of the video signal a high gradation region dynamic range of the video signal in which a video signal corresponding to a black band region is excluded. The backlight controlling section controls a light emission luminance of the backlight so as to cancel out an increase or a decrease in the mean luminance of the video displayed on a screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Takuma Shimura, Terumitsu Suenaga, Takashi Akita
  • Patent number: 8947465
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention comprise systems, methods and devices for display-mode-dependent adjustment of image code values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Louis Joseph Kerofsky
  • Patent number: 8931907
    Abstract: According to an aspect, a projector device includes an image projecting unit and a control unit. The image projecting unit projects an image. The control unit acquires brightness information of regions included in a projection surface on which the image projecting unit can project the image, and causes the image projecting unit to project, based on the brightness information of the regions, the image on a low-brightness region, among the regions, whose brightness is lower than that of another region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Kyocera Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Ueno, Yasushi Kitamura, Jouji Yoshikawa
  • Patent number: 8917354
    Abstract: A method for detecting motion in video fields of video data, comprises the steps of: calculating texture information for a pixel in the video fields; determining a threshold value as a function of the calculated texture information; calculating a differential value for the pixel; and detecting motion in the video fields as a function of the determined threshold value and the calculated differential value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Amlogic Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dongjian Wang, Xin Hu, Xuyun Chen
  • Patent number: 8913075
    Abstract: An adder adds, to a luminance value indicated by the image signal of the nth frame, a correction value corresponding to a combination of a luminance value indicated by the image signal of the nth frame and one indicated by the image signal of the (n+1)th frame. The adder outputs an image signal having the luminance value after addition as the image signal of the nth frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Naoki Kojima
  • Patent number: 8913089
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention comprise systems, methods and devices for increasing the perceived brightness of an image. In some embodiments this increase compensates for a decrease in display light source illumination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Louis Joseph Kerofsky, Scott James Daly
  • Patent number: 8902243
    Abstract: A projector includes: an image processing section adapted to perform image processing based on image information; a image projection section adapted to project an image based on an image signal output from the image processing section; a communication section adapted to connect to a network; and a control section adapted to transmit usage information including one of an image content of the image information and a projection environment for projecting the image to an information provision server via the communication section and the network, then receive operation setting information, which is prepared by the information provision server in accordance with the usage information, from the information provision server, and then adjust a projection operation, which is performed by the image processing section and the image projection section, based on the operation setting information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Shinichi Tsukagoshi
  • Patent number: 8896705
    Abstract: A measuring device for measuring a response speed of a display panel is provided. The measuring device includes a microcontroller and at least one photo sensor. The microcontroller provides a control command, according to which a display controller of the display panel provides test pattern to the display panel. The photo sensor senses a test frame displayed corresponding to the test pattern by the display panel, and provides a corresponding sensing signal associated with brightness and a response signal. According to the response signal, the response speed of the display panel is calculated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: MStar Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventors: Chih-Chiang Chiu, Tien-Hua Yu, Wen-Cheng Wu
  • Patent number: 8896706
    Abstract: A method for providing a mapping from apparent color to actual color for an image capture device including capturing an image of a reference color chart having a plurality of color patches using the image capture device, wherein each color patch has an associated reference color, measuring the apparent color of the plurality of color patches in the captured image, selecting a plurality of control points representing different hue values within a circular hue space, determining an angular offset for each control point such that the distance between a transformed apparent color and the reference color for each color patch is minimized, the angular offset representing a hue correction, wherein interpolation of the angular offsets for the control points provides a mapping from apparent color to actual color for the image capture device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: LBT Innovations, Limited
    Inventors: Anton John van den Hengel, Rhys Ernst Hill
  • Patent number: 8896758
    Abstract: A video signal processing circuit includes: a control unit that calculates a luminance integrated value on the basis of an input video signal and performs luminance control for the video signal on the basis of the calculated luminance integrated value, wherein the control unit calculates the luminance integrated value at a period shorter than time equivalent to one frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Yohei Funatsu
  • Patent number: 8884843
    Abstract: An image display system is constituted by a server and a client apparatus. The server includes a storage unit that stores a plurality of illumination spectrum data after associating the data with values of adjustment parameters, an acquisition unit that acquires the present set value of an adjustment parameter of the client apparatus, a selection unit that selects, from among a plurality of illumination spectrum data stored in the storage unit, illumination spectrum data with a smallest difference between a value of the corresponding adjustment parameter and a value of the adjustment parameter acquired by the acquisition unit, a generation unit that generates image data representing appearance of an image pick-up object under illumination corresponding to the illumination spectrum data selected by the selection unit, and a delivery unit that delivers image data generated by the generation unit to the client apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Saga
  • Publication number: 20140307170
    Abstract: Provided is a display device including a setting condition acquisition unit for obtaining various conditions for adjusting a gain of a video-signal, a current-brightness table calculation unit that calculates a table representing a relationship between an average brightness and a gain of a video-signal, and that calculates the table capable of setting a peak-brightness and power consumption of the video-signal independently, based on the various conditions acquired by the setting condition acquisition unit, a video-average brightness conversion block that calculates average- brightness of the video-signal input for each frame, a current-brightness control table that calculates a gain of the video-signal from the table based on the average-brightness calculated above, a video gain block that adjusts the video-signal using the gain calculated above, and a display panel that includes a plurality of pixels that emit light in response to a video-signal and displays a video based on the video-signal adjusted above.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hideto MORI
  • Patent number: 8860751
    Abstract: A method of producing a color image using a display comprised of pixels comprising red, green and blue primary color subpixels. The method comprises reducing the color gamut and increasing the brightness of the image relative to a base level, decreasing power to the display to reduce the brightness of the image, restoring color to the image to approximately the base level by modifying image pixel data using a three-dimensional lookup table to produce output image pixel data, and communicating the output image pixel data to the display. The display may be an LCD display, an LED display, an OLED display, a plasma display, and a DMD projector. Reducing the color gamut and increasing the brightness of the image may be accomplished by adding white to the image. The white may be added adaptively according to an algorithm by which the amount of white added decreases with increasing color saturation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Entertainment Experience LLC
    Inventors: James R. Sullivan, Rodney L. Heckman
  • Publication number: 20140300819
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is to increase a feeling of brightness and express a video with high contrast by detecting a part of a video signal that emits light, enhancing the display luminance of the light-emitting part, and displaying said part. A light emission detection portion (1) uses a prescribed feature quantity related to the brightness of an input video signal, predetermines the light emission quantity for the video signal on the basis of the relationship with the feature quantity, and detects the light emission quantity for each input video signal frame from the feature quantity. A backlight luminance stretch portion (3) stretches the light source luminance of the backlight according to the light emission quantity detected. A video signal luminance stretch portion (6) stretches the video signal according to the light emission quantity or the luminance distribution of the input video signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Fujine, Tomoharu Noutoshi, Yoji Shiraya
  • Patent number: 8854541
    Abstract: A demodulator of a video demodulation device includes an analog-to-digital converter converting an analog IF signal into a digital IF signal, a luminance gain adjuster performing gain adjustment of a luminance component included in the digital IF signal such that a maximum of the luminance component within a predetermined period becomes equal to a predetermined reference value, and a synchronization corrector receiving as input a result of the gain adjustment, correcting a signal corresponding to a signaling period of the horizontal synchronizing signal, and outputting the signal as a CVBS signal. The synchronization corrector outputs, as the CVBS signal, a composite signal containing the luminance component and a color component included in the gain adjustment result when the composite signal is smaller than the reference value, or the reference value when the composite signal is equal to or greater than the reference value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Haruka Takano
  • Patent number: 8854295
    Abstract: There is provided a liquid crystal display, including: a backlight having a plurality of light sources; a liquid crystal panel configured to display a video picture in a plurality of illumination regions corresponding to the light sources; an intensity value calculator calculating representative intensity values of the illumination regions based on an input video signal; a weight calculator performing a smoothing process on the representative intensity values by using first weights and to calculate second weights of the illumination regions having values which become larger as smoothed values of the representative intensity values becomes smaller than the representative intensity values; an intensity value corrector correcting the representative intensity values of the illumination regions based on the second weights and performe a smoothing process on corrected intensity values by using the first weights to obtain light source intensity values of the light sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Yuma Sano, Ryosuke Nonaka, Masahiro Baba
  • Patent number: 8847972
    Abstract: A method for adapting color appearance of a display (200) for low luminance conditions includes operating a projection (100) to display images on a display surface (30); detecting ambient light conditions and displayed image brightness; determining low luminance conditions based on the detected ambient light conditions and the detected display brightness; determining changes in color appearance to be applied to the displayed images based on the low luminance conditions, a model of photopic vision of the human eye, and a model of mesopic vision of the human eye; and applying the determined changes in the color appearance to image data using an image processor (130) that alters the image data for the projected images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Intellectual Ventures Fund 83 LLC
    Inventors: Paul J. Kane, Andrew F. Kurtz
  • Patent number: 8836862
    Abstract: A picture control method and an image processing apparatus thereof are provided. The method includes setting a picture control mode; setting a picture control value in response to the picture control mode; and sensing a change of the picture control value; restoring the picture control value to a previous value if the change of the picture control value is maintained in excess of a certain amount of time. The image processing apparatus includes a picture controller which sets a mode and a value in response to the mode; a memory which stores an initial value of the value; and a controller which senses a change of the value and controls the picture controller to maintain the change of the value for a certain amount of time, and if the change of the value is maintained in excess of the certain amount of time, retrieves the initial value of the value, and controls the picture controller to change the picture control value to a previously unchanged value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Boo-taeck Lim
  • Patent number: 8836866
    Abstract: A TV or monitor with a sensor sensing radiation or light from the surroundings, where a controlling unit, on the basis of the sensed radiation or parameters of a video signal, frame rate converts an original video signal to an up converted video signal by determining additional images for the video signal, the additional images being determined on the basis of the determined radiation/light or parameter of the video signal in order to relatively reduce frame rate conversion generated artifacts when the radiation or light intensity is higher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Bang & Olufsen A/S
    Inventor: Henrik Haastrup
  • Patent number: 8830398
    Abstract: It is determined whether or not an input image is an image converted from an image with a relatively low resolution based on one frame of an image. A resolution determination device includes: an edge strength calculator configured to obtain an edge strength of a pixel included in an input image based on luminance of the pixel and luminance of a pixel adjacent to the pixel, for each of a plurality of pixels included in the input image; and a resolution determiner configured to determine whether or not the input image is an image upconverted from an image with a predetermined resolution or less, based on distribution of the edge strengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Koichi Inoue, Shinichi Tomioka, Atsuhisa Kageyama
  • Patent number: 8824795
    Abstract: A method of processing a digital image, said image comprising a plurality of pixels, the method comprising a computation step (S1) wherein a histogram of the distribution of the number of pixels of the image as a function of their luminance is computed, a step (S2) for lightening the image based on said histogram comprising a subdivision (S20) of the pixels of the image into a first set of pixels having luminance values between a low threshold and a high threshold and into a second set of pixels having luminance values greater than said high threshold, a first luminance processing operation (S21) on the pixels of the first set of pixels and a second luminance processing operation (S22) on the pixels of the second set of pixels, the two luminance processing operations (S21, S22) being different, the first processing operation (S21) comprising an increase in the luminance of the pixels of the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: ST-Ericsson (France) SAS
    Inventor: Estelle Lesellier
  • Patent number: 8823729
    Abstract: A patient monitoring/defibrillation instrument displays patient vital signs in numeric form or as graphical waveform traces. Under normal room lighting conditions the numeric and waveform information is displayed in color against a black or gray background. When the patient monitor is operated outside or in bright light, the user has the option to select a color map for display of the patient vital signs information in a highly contrasting manner such as black numeric or waveform information against a bright background such as yellow. The high contrast display, while being objectionable in most indoor settings, has been found to comfortably and effectively display the monitored information in sunlight without the need to increase power to the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventor: Edward Parnagian
  • Patent number: 8817038
    Abstract: A display apparatus, which adjusts a luminance value of an image, and a method for driving the same are disclosed. The display apparatus includes a first image conversion unit that converts first image data into a plurality of second image data each including a luminance value, a luminance analysis unit that determines quantities of luminance values of the second image data, and determines a distribution of the luminance values, and a luminance adjustment unit that adjusts the respective luminance values of the second image data based on the quantities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yong-Seok Choi, Byung-Ki Chun, Jong-Woong Park, Joo-Hyung Lee
  • Patent number: 8803765
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus sequentially provides a display device with a plurality of image output including a first image, a second image set to become at least a part of an image that is not correlated with the first image when luminance values of pixels of the first image are added to it, and a third image set to become an image, which is obtained by adding luminance values of pixels of all pluralities of images, higher spatial-frequency components than those of the first image. The image processing apparatus has an optical shutter control unit for controlling an optical shutter provided between the display device and a viewer to make the shutter be in a light transmission state while a part of or all the first image is displayed, and in a light interception state while other images are displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Daigo Miyasaka, Masao Imai
  • Patent number: 8780107
    Abstract: A frequency of each gradation in an image for the left eye histogram is compared with a frequency of each gradation in an image for the right eye histogram. An integration histogram is generated using at least a larger one of the frequency of each gradation in the image for the left eye histogram and the frequency of each gradation in the image for the right eye histogram. A gradation correction parameter is set based on the generated integration histogram. The gradations of the image for the left eye and the image for the right eye are corrected using the gradation correction parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuki Shindo, Kohei Inamura
  • Patent number: 8736766
    Abstract: An image processing device (100) includes: a luminance distribution information preparation section (110) for preparing a luminance histogram in which each luminance range serves as a class, by counting the number of pixels belonging to each luminance range; a weight correction section (120) for generating, for each luminance range, a weighting value which is proportional to a corresponding class value; and an image processing section (140) for correcting a luminance value of each pixel so that a difference between a maximum luminance value and a minimum luminance value in the luminance range is determined by an increasing function with respect to both (i) a frequency of the luminance range and (ii) a weighting value of the luminance range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Daisuke Koyama, Osamu Manba
  • Patent number: 8730408
    Abstract: This backlight device 12 of the present invention includes: a cold cathode fluorescent tube; a chassis 14 that houses at least the cold cathode fluorescent tube on a front surface 14a1 side of a bottom plate 14a of the chassis; and a circuit substrate 32 having a front surface 32a on which electronic components 38a and 38b are disposed, the front surface 32a facing a rear surface 14a2 of the bottom plate 14a of the chassis 14. The heat generated from the electronic components 38a and 38b circulates towards the chassis 14 with ease, and therefore the heat generated from the electronic components 38a and 38b on the circuit substrate 32 can be effectively dissipated by the bottom plate 14a of the chassis 14.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Ozeki
  • Patent number: 8724031
    Abstract: A device for image processing includes: a video signal receiver, for receiving at least one video signal; a color engine, comprising a local adjusting unit, for dividing pixels of an image frame of the at least one video signal into multiple pixel groups according to luminance factors of the pixels in HSI color space and adjusting the luminance factors of a specific pixel group of the pixel groups having luminance factors in a predetermined range that is a part of a full range of luminance factor by moving the pixels of the specific pixel group from a region to another region of the HSI color space without changing color axes of the HSI color space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Novatek Microelectronics Corp.
    Inventors: Wei-Chen Su, Chung-Wen Hung
  • Patent number: 8723880
    Abstract: A white balance method for a display image is disclosed. The steps of the method includes: measuring gray levels of a basic and reference colors based on a plurality of color temperatures; obtaining reference color gains according to average values of the gray level of the reference and basic colors and a ratio according to the reference color gains corresponding to each of the color temperatures; dividing the display image into a plurality of blocks, and obtaining a reference color gain of each of blocks according to the average values of the gray levels of reference and basic colors, and obtaining a block ratio of each of blocks; generating a selected number corresponding to each of the color temperature according to the ratios and the block ratios; selecting the basic and reference color gains of one of the color temperatures for executing white balance to the display image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Novatek Microelectronics Corp.
    Inventor: Wei Hsu
  • Patent number: 8711168
    Abstract: The color gamut of display devices like digital projectors and digital displays is expanded by incorporating additional passband filters into the optical path of the devices to produce presentations of color components in two different color gamuts. The composite visual effect of the two presentations is a presentation in an expanded color gamut. Special considerations in the modulation of color components of the image can reduce variations in color and brightness, which can otherwise manifest themselves as flicker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Martin Richards