Camera Support Patents (Class 396/419)
  • Patent number: 10416538
    Abstract: A camera mounting system has an upper mount component, a lower mount component, and a base mount component. The upper mount component secures the camera and has a ball protrusion that reciprocally couples with a socket of the lower mount component. The upper mount component can rotate 360 degrees relative to the lower mount, and can pivot 90 degrees or more relative to the lower mount component. The lower mount component couples with the base mount component in a plurality of orientations. This camera mounting system allows for a large range of motion for the camera relative to the mounting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Aaron Clearman
  • Patent number: 10404920
    Abstract: An image stabilization apparatus includes a correction lens, a movable member configured to hold the correction lens and to move on a spherical surface with a predetermined point as a center on an optical axis for an image stabilization, and a base member configured to movably hold the movable member and including a second surface that contacts a first surface on the movable member when the movable member moves. At least one of the first surface on the movable member and the second surface on the base member inclines to the predetermined point so as to approach to the optical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Taro Murakami
  • Patent number: 10351072
    Abstract: A camera assembly for a vision system of a vehicle includes a front housing portion having a lens, a circuit board having an imager and circuitry having an electrical connecting element, and a rear housing portion having a rear attachment portion and a mounting portion configured to attach at a vehicle. When the front housing portion is joined with the rear housing portion, the electrical connecting element of the circuit board is generally aligned with an aperture of the attachment plate and a connecting end of an electrical connector protrudes through the aperture to electrically connect with the electrical connecting element of the circuit board. A structural element of the electrical connector is attached at the attachment plate of the bracket to seal the aperture and to maintain electrical connection of the connecting end of the electrical connector with the electrical connecting element of the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Conger, Steven V. Byrne
  • Patent number: 10326905
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a package comprising an image and metadata of the image including ambient condition data, storing the package in a memory, receiving a request for the image, outputting the image in response to the request, determining a context of the request, determining, using the context of the request, a substitute for the ambient condition data, and outputting the substitute for the ambient condition data with the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Itzhack Goldberg, James R. Kozloski, Clifford A. Pickover, Neil Sondhi
  • Patent number: 10317939
    Abstract: To provide a wearable computer excellent in extendibility and capable of being stably worn. A main body 2 which is equipped with cases 4, 6 and a flexible arm 8 is ring shaped main body having a part opened. The case 4 includes therein a computer, etc. The case 6 includes therein a battery for supplying electric power to the computer, etc. The flexible arm 8 is flexible and thus can be easily deformed. A connector case 10 is provided at a center portion of the flexible arm 8. The connector case 10 is provided with connectors for external device connection 36, 36, . . . In the present embodiment, a USB connector is employed as the connectors for external device connection 36, 36, . . .
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: WESTUNITIS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takahito Fukuda, Tadatoshi Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 10293760
    Abstract: A sensor bracket that holds a sensor having an engaging protrusion, the sensor bracket includes: a locking concave section to which a side surface of the engaging protrusion is locked in a abutting state, the side surface of the engaging protrusion being formed so as to cross with a protruding direction of the engaging protrusion; a displacement allowing section that is provided adjacent to the locking concave section, and that allows a displacement of the engaging protrusion during engaging and separating between the engaging protrusion and the locking concave section in a direction crossing with the protrusion direction of the engaging protrusion; and a movement restricting wall that is disposed below the displacement allowing section and that suppresses a downward movement of the engaging protrusion when the engaging protrusion is displaced during separation from the locking concave section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tadahiro Matori
  • Patent number: 10277785
    Abstract: The various implementations described herein include a video camera assembly that includes: (1) a housing; (2) an image sensor positioned within the housing and having a field of view corresponding to a scene in the smart home environment; and (3) a concave-shaped front face positioned in front of the image sensor such that light from the scene passes through the front face prior to entering the image sensor; where the front face includes: (a) an inner section corresponding to the image sensor; and (b) an outer section between the housing and the inner section, the outer section having a concave shape that extends from an outer periphery of the outer section to an inner periphery of the outer section; and where the concave shape extends around an entirety of the outer periphery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Mark Kraz, Kevin Edward Booth, Tyler Scott Wilson, Nicholas Webb, Jason Evans Goulden, William Dong, Jeffrey Law, Rochus Jacob, Adam Duckworth Mittleman, Oliver Mueller, Scott Mullins, Brian Conner
  • Patent number: 10215951
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a camera module, and the present invention comprises: a lens unit; a lens barrel for fixing the lens unit; a substrate unit, which has an image sensor mounted thereon, for converting light incident through the lens unit into an electric signal; and a housing accommodating the substrate unit in an inner space thereof and of which one side is coupled to the lens barrel, and the present invention can comprise: a transmission coil accommodated inside the housing so as to form an electric field, and a conductive heating element arranged on an outer surface of the lens unit or on an outer circumferential surface of the lens barrel, and in which an induced current is generated by the electric field formed by the transmission coil. Since the present invention heats a lens by wirelessly supplying power to a heating element through simple configurations such as a transmission coil and the heating element, large changes are unnecessary in the volume and the structure of a camera module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seung Ryong Park, Jae Hun Sung, Jung Hoo Seo, Se Kyu Lee, Soo Min Jeong
  • Patent number: 10075624
    Abstract: A portable camera is provided for, including a camera section, a body section, and an attachment portion, wherein the camera section and the body section are configured to contact one another along an angled surface that allows the camera section to swivel with respect to the body section. The attachment portion may also be connected to the body section via a magnet and may further include ports for attaching to a charging and/or data cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: BOSE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gustavo Fontana, Mark A. Zeh, Brian David Mulcahey
  • Patent number: 10063788
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes an image acquirement section, a correction section, and an image production section. The image acquirement section acquires an image signal representing an image, the image signal is generated by light receiving elements that receive lights from a specific space preliminarily defined in a vicinity of a vehicle via a near infrared passing filter mainly transmitting near infrared lights and a visible light passing filter transmitting visible lights and near infrared lights, respectively. The image includes multiple areas and indicates the specific space projected onto a plane. The correction section corrects each area of the image by amplifying intensity of near infrared lights with an increasing amplification factor when a difference between the intensity of near infrared lights and intensity of visible lights and near infrared lights becomes smaller. The image production section produces a new image based on the corrected areas of the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazushige Hattori, Hirotaka Suzuki, Nobuhiko Inoue, Kazuhide Ohta
  • Patent number: 9998669
    Abstract: A camera gimbal is provided. The camera gimbal includes a gimbal barrel; a lens barrel configured to support a camera module thereon, and assembled to the gimbal barrel; and a connection unit configured to interconnect the gimbal barrel and the lens barrel, wherein the lens barrel is connected to be freely rotatable, wherein the connection unit provides a rolling axis, a yawing axis, and a pitching axis of the lens barrel, and wherein the lens barrel assembled to the connection unit is configured to maintain a horizontal posture by gravity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Yoon-Seok Kang, Sungjin Park, Baeseok Lim
  • Patent number: 9979865
    Abstract: A vehicle-mounted electronic apparatus includes: a camera that captures images of an outside of the vehicle; a storage chamber in which the camera is stored; a lid that opens and closes an aperture extending between an inside of the storage chamber and an outside of the storage chamber. Moreover, the vehicle-mounted electronic apparatus further includes an opening switch that is actuated in response to pressure applied to the lid and that sends a signal for opening a door of a luggage compartment of the vehicle when the opening switch is actuated. Thus, the opening switch and the camera can be disposed in a same position of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: FUJITSU TEN LIMITED
    Inventors: Tomohisa Koseki, Masashi Otomi
  • Patent number: 9948837
    Abstract: Certain embodiments of the invention include a modular video camera system that can be adapted to mount to a number of different surfaces and perform a number of different functions. Some embodiments include a video camera housing having a front portion with a camera lens and infra-red (IR) emitter disposed thereon, a mounting apparatus to couple to and secure the camera system to a window pane such that the front portion of the housing faces the window pane, and a silicone-based compound, placed between the IR emitter and the window pane, that is translucent to IR light and prevents IR light from reflecting off of the window pane and into the camera lens. Some embodiments include a video camera system with a battery pack coupled to a base support having an orientation adjustment apparatus to prevent inadvertent adjustments to an orientation of the video camera system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Andrew Gartrell, Aron Michael Rosenberg, Gaurav Bradoo, Timucin Kip
  • Patent number: 9912831
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a package comprising an image and metadata of the image including ambient condition data, storing the package in a memory, receiving a request for the image, outputting the image in response to the request, determining a context of the request, determining, using the context of the request, a substitute for the ambient condition data, and outputting the substitute for the ambient condition data with the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Itzhack Goldberg, James R. Kozloski, Clifford A. Pickover, Neil Sondhi
  • Patent number: 9876994
    Abstract: According to one aspect, personalized vehicle ambient lighting on a vehicle is provided. Presence information associated with a user is detected. Image color information is captured from an image is taken by a camera such that the user is within the image. Image color information associated with the user is extracted from the image. Red, green, blue (RGB) color values indicative of a color associated with the user are created. A light emitting diode (LED) activation scheme based on the RGB color values associated with the user is generated. Portions of a plurality of RGB LEDs are activated based on the LED activation scheme.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Brian K. Lickfelt
  • Patent number: 9756296
    Abstract: According to one aspect, personalized vehicle ambient lighting on a vehicle is provided. Presence information associated with a user is detected. Image color information is captured from an image is taken by a camera such that the user is within the image. Image color information associated with the user is extracted from the image. Red, green, blue (RGB) color values indicative of a color associated with the user are created. A light emitting diode (LED) activation scheme based on the RGB color values associated with the user is generated. Portions of a plurality of RGB LEDs are activated based on the LED activation scheme.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Brian K. Lickfelt
  • Patent number: 9731662
    Abstract: A solution that offers increased comfort for the user and increases the value of the vehicle is obtained with an assembly for a vehicle, having a carrier housing, which has a through-hole, a drive unit, which is attached to the carrier housing, a camera unit, which can move between a standby position and an active position and a protective lid, which can move between an open position and a closed position. An actuating element is movably coupled to the drive unit and forces the protective lid into its open position when the vehicle is driven in reverse and the camera unit is in the active position. The camera unit assumes a collision monitoring position when the vehicle is being driven forwards, in which position the protective lid is disposed in its closed position, and in which the camera unit is disposed at a monitoring opening formed in the protective lid, for filming the following or preceding traffic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Huf Huelsbeck & Fuerst GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Joachim Barthel, Stephan Wietkamp
  • Patent number: 9724980
    Abstract: A windshield defogging system and method are provided. The system includes a heated windshield with an electrical heating element, an air circulation system with a blower to provide a stream of air over a surface of the windshield and a controller configured to select a duty cycle for the heating element based upon air circulation system operating parameters and environmental conditions such as ambient temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Bryan Hoke, Alan Douglas Wallington, Alan Gutowski, Amy Golden
  • Patent number: 9725049
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for holding a camera, which serves in particular as a parking assistance in a vehicle, said device having a housing (10) in which a carriage (20), to which said camera can be secured, is movably accommodated, wherein said carriage (20) can be driven by a gear system (30). The gear system (30) has a first swiveling element (31) and a second swiveling element (32) which are connected to the carriage (20) in an articulated matter, and each swiveling element (31, 32) is rotatably mounted on the housing (10) in such a way and the carriage (20) is rotatably mounted on each swiveling element (31, 32) in such a way that the carriage (20), between a resting position (A) and an operating position (B), carries out at least a first movement phase (I) and a second movement phase (II).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Huf Hülsbeck & Fürst GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Gerd Buschmann
  • Patent number: 9661230
    Abstract: Discussed is an image display apparatus including a main body; a display unit displaying at least one screen image; a capturing unit mounted on the main body and capturing an image using a single image sensor; a drive unit that receives a control signal for selectively activating any one of first and second modes that differ depending on whether or not to use an infrared light-cut filter, to drive the capturing unit; and a controller that outputs a first control signal for establishing a connection between the single image sensor and the infrared light-cut filter when one screen image for capturing an image corresponding to a first function is displayed and that outputs a second control signal for establishing a connection between the single image sensor and a visible light-cut filter when another screen image for capturing an image corresponding to a second function is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Kwanghun Kwon, Jinho Hyun
  • Patent number: 9649991
    Abstract: A structure for mounting a rear camera for a vehicle, may include a rear glass in which a mounting hole is perforated; a camera housing in which a camera module is embedded; and a wiper pivot which enters the mounting hole from an internal side of the rear glass, and has an end of an external side coupled with a wiper blade, in which the camera housing is mounted so that the wiper pivot passes through the camera housing, and is fixed between the wiper blade and the rear glass, in a manner that the camera housing is coupled so that the wiper pivot passes through an upper portion of the camera housing, and a camera module is located at a lower portion of the camera housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Yong-Hun Lee, Soo-Kyoung Yang, Yong Lee, Sang-Sul Lee, Tae-Yub Kim, Ju-Yong Park, Yun-Seok Oh, Yong-Woo Lee
  • Patent number: 9621770
    Abstract: A camera system includes a camera mounting frame having a plurality of camera mounts. Each camera mount is configured to hold a respective camera at a respective lens orientation such that mounted cameras provide different respective lens orientations relative to each other, with each mounted camera providing a different field of view facing outward from the mounting frame. The camera system may provide obstruction-free, fully spherical image and video capture to record spherical images or spherical videos in which the nadir hole and/or a physical support element of the camera system is eliminated or reduced in size during the digital stitching process of the image or video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventor: Joergen Geerds
  • Patent number: 9609186
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a receptacle configured to receive a mobile computing device that has an integrated image capture component. Further, the apparatus comprises a first handle having a first handle top portion that is operably connected to the receptacle and a first handle bottom portion that is operably connected to the receptacle. In addition, the apparatus comprises a second handle having a second handle top portion that is operably connected to the receptacle and a second handle bottom portion that is operably connected to the receptacle. The apparatus also comprises a tripod receiver that is operably attached to the first handle. The tripod receiver receives a tripod connector to connect a tripod to the first handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: iOgrapher, LLC
    Inventors: David Basulto, Jason Ivey
  • Patent number: 9505345
    Abstract: A vehicle ambient lighting system enables a user to define a personalized ambient lighting color. The ambient lighting system includes a camera capturing image color information from a colored surface forming the user defined ambient lighting color selection. An image processor creates RGB color values representing the color of the colored surface and a generates an LED activation scheme using the RGB color values. A plurality of RGB LEDs are activated in accordance with the LED activation scheme to produce vehicle ambient lighting having a color matching the user defined ambient lighting color selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Brian K. Lickfelt
  • Patent number: 9491339
    Abstract: A camera system includes a camera mounting frame having a plurality of camera mounts. Each camera mount is configured to hold a respective camera at a respective lens orientation such that mounted cameras provide different respective lens orientations relative to each other, with each mounted camera providing a different field of view facing outward from the mounting frame. The camera system may provide obstruction-free, fully spherical image and video capture to record spherical images or spherical videos in which the nadir hole and/or a physical support element of the camera system is eliminated or reduced in size during the digital stitching process of the image or video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Inventor: Joergen Geerds
  • Patent number: 9405172
    Abstract: A wearable mount is disclosed for holding a portable electronic image capture device. The mount includes a base mount comprising an abutment portion configured securely attach the base mount, a cradle assembly attaching to the portable electronic image capture device, and a flexible arm connecting the base mount to the cradle assembly and permitting the user to adjust an orientation of the portable electronic image capture device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Inventors: Frazier Cunningham, III, Cindita Cunningham
  • Patent number: 9386194
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a receptacle configured to receive a mobile computing device that has an integrated image capture component. Further, the apparatus comprises a plurality of handles such that each handle is operably connected to the receptacle. Another apparatus comprises a receptacle configured to receive a mobile computing device that has an integrated image capture component. Further, the apparatus comprises a handle such that the handle is operably connected to the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: iOgrapher, LLC
    Inventor: David Basulto
  • Patent number: 9377672
    Abstract: Various camera mounts used to attach a camera to a helmet, vehicle, user, or other object are described. In one embodiment, a flexible camera mount deforms under impact, allowing an attached camera to detach without fracturing the mount. In a second embodiment, a non-flexible camera mount fractures under impact, allowing an attached camera to detach. In a third embodiment, a camera mount comprising a ring base and a floating base separates under impact, allowing a camera attached to the floating base to detach. In a fourth embodiment, a non-flexible camera mount including two rigid sections joined in a “V” shape fractures under impact, allowing the camera to detach. In a fifth embodiment, a flexible camera mount comprising two sections connected in a “V” shape separate under impact, allowing the camera to detach.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Aaron Clearman, Eric McCallister Bennett
  • Patent number: 9329458
    Abstract: A pan/tilt head that can be used with a camera is disclosed that includes a tilt range extender. The pan/tilt head has a main housing formed from a central housing and two housing sides. A pantograph linkage is connected to a housing side. The pantograph linkage includes an upper transverse member and a lower transverse member. The lower transverse member is connected to the housing side at a non-rotating mount on the tilt axis. The upper transverse member is connected to the tilt range extender. The tilt range extender rotates about the tilt axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Inventor: Mark T. Dumm
  • Patent number: 9323134
    Abstract: A small, lightweight assembly that enables document camera functionality, along with other features and functionalities is disclosed. Examples of additional functionality provided with some embodiments include split-screen viewing, high quality screen shots, and digital zoom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Inventor: Shannon Elizabeth Clark
  • Patent number: 9300848
    Abstract: A camera module with internal structural elements housed inside a housing space formed by joining two cases together achieves a sufficient joint strength between both cases even though the thickness of the case walls is reduced to make the outer shape smaller, as well as a size reduction of the camera module is enabled, when the two cases are joined together by ultrasonic welding. The joint surfaces where the two cases are joined together are inclined relative to a plane orthogonal to the optical axis direction of a lens unit housed inside the camera module. Thereby, the area of joint surfaces is increased as compared with the case where the joint surfaces are parallel to the plane orthogonal. Also, since interference between a horn for applying ultrasonic waves during ultrasonic welding and the external connection part is avoided, the camera module can be made smaller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: SMK Corporation
    Inventor: Nobuyuki Mano
  • Patent number: 9232137
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide a wearable camera that is configured to take a cluster of photographs and use image processing techniques to select a photograph with a lesser amount of blur than other photographs in the cluster. The wearable camera can include one or more of a gyroscope or accelerometer for ascertaining the camera's motion. Motion data associated with the camera's motion is utilized to ascertain when to take an automatic photograph.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Michael J. Lammers
  • Patent number: 9193308
    Abstract: An in-vehicle camera is provided which has a case and a lens, and which is attached in a vehicle interior so that the lens is exposed at a top face of the case and the top face is opposed to a windshield. The top face has an angular shape bent at a ridge line passing through the top face. The lens is positioned in the vicinity of the ridge line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Syo Okuda
  • Patent number: 9167141
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are described for protecting camera components on a surface and/or within an internal portion of a portable electronic device. In one aspect, an electronic device might comprise a camera mount, which might comprise a camera barrel assembly configured to have a camera affixed thereto, the camera barrel assembly being rotatably coupled with one of a front panel, a rear panel, or a chassis of the electronic device. The camera mount may further comprise a set of cantilever springs affixed to one of the front panel, the rear panel, or the chassis and biased against the camera barrel assembly to provide rotational friction on the camera barrel assembly. The set of cantilever springs might have sufficient compliance to allow the camera to retract into a body of the portable electronic device upon encountering an external force, which may include an impact force or a dropping force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Qwest Communication International Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Mack, James Yurchenco, Matthew Robert Adams, Adam Vollmer
  • Patent number: 9167139
    Abstract: A device for a motor vehicle has a camera unit, which can be brought into an inactive position and an active position includes a protective element, which can be guided into a closed position and an open position. In the closed position, the camera unit is in its inactive position behind the protective element, where it is inaccessible from the outside. In the open position, the camera unit is in its active position for image acquisition. The device further includes a drive unit for moving the camera unit and the protective element, wherein the camera unit and protective element are movably hinged to each other. A vehicle, particularly a motor vehicle, could be equipped with such a device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: HUF HULSBECK & FURST GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Heiko Schütz
  • Patent number: 9033595
    Abstract: An apparatus for mounting a mobile device on a tripod includes a frame with a rigid peripheral member defining an opening therethrough. The peripheral member includes a mount configured to releasably couple the frame to the tripod. An insert is sized and shaped to be placed into the opening of the frame and releasably engage at least a portion of the peripheral member in an assembled configuration. The insert has a membrane in the form of a cavity configured to releasably receive and support the mobile device. The membrane extends over at least a portion of the opening of the frame in the assembled configuration and includes at least one camera hole extending therethrough that is aligned with a camera lens of the mobile device when the mobile device is mounted in the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: PADCASTER LLC
    Inventor: Josh Apter
  • Patent number: 9024996
    Abstract: A pan-tilt mechanism for a video conferencing camera may be provided. The pan-tilt mechanism may comprise a base, a bracket, a tilt motor, and a pan motor. The tilt motor may be fixed to the base and may be configured to cause the bracket to tilt along a horizontal axis. The pan motor may be fixed to the base and may be configured to cause the bracket to pan about a vertical axis without affecting the tilt of the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Håvard Hoelsæter
  • Patent number: 9016960
    Abstract: A macro photographic apparatus for creating focus stacked images of a specimen may include a rigid longitudinal member having a longitudinal axis and including a camera mount thereon. A translation device may be fixed to the member for translating the specimen along the member toward and away from the camera mount. A rotation device may be mounted on the translation device. The rotation device may support the specimen and enable rotation of the specimen around first and second axes that are perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the member. At any single position of the translation device along the longitudinal axis of the member, as the specimen is rotated around the first and second axes, the spatial location of the specimen remains substantially the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Anthony Gutierrez
  • Patent number: 9004784
    Abstract: A camera mount assembly is disclosed that includes: a camera having a camera body and a lens, a D-shaped telescopic handle, wherein the handle is coupled to the top of the camera body, a removable eyepiece, wherein the eyepiece is operatively coupled to the camera body, a viewfinder tube, and an inverted kinematic arm. A camera mount assembly is also disclosed that includes: a camera having a camera body and a lens, a D-shaped telescopic handle, wherein the handle is coupled to the top of the camera body, a removable eyepiece, wherein the eyepiece is operatively coupled to the D-shaped telescopic handle, a viewfinder tube rotatably coupled with the camera body, and an inverted kinematic arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: Rolf Kestermann
  • Patent number: 9004783
    Abstract: A camera mountable arm includes a first segment, a second segment, and a third segment. The first segment includes a recess extending substantially along a length of the first segment, and is configured to detachably couple to a camera. The first segment is rotatably coupled to the second segment and the second segment is rotatably coupled to the third segment. The arm is operable in a plurality of positions, including: a folded position, where the first, second, and third segments are aligned to be mutually length-wise parallel such that the second segment is enclosed within the recess along the first segment, and the first and second segments are substantially flush with the third segment; and an outstretched position, where the first and second segments are separated by a first angular displacement and the second and third segments by a second angular displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas D. Woodman, Rudy Lucas Samuels, Joshua Todd Druker
  • Patent number: 8992102
    Abstract: A square camera housing accommodates a square camera with a substantially square profile. The square camera housing includes a latching mechanism to secure the camera in the housing, a mounting mechanism to secure the housing to a mounting device, and multiple openings in the housing body to accommodate the camera interface. These features allow the square camera to be inserted and secured in the square camera housing in one of a plurality of orientations relative to the square camera housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Rudy Lucas Samuels, Christopher Aaron Clearman
  • Patent number: 8985877
    Abstract: A quick attachment and release device and base may attach to a tri-pod or be carried on a harness worn by a user and includes a quick release allowing easy attachment of accessories. The device and base includes a shaft which enters a passage in the base and is retained by a toggle at a toggle end of the shaft. The toggle end of the shaft is passed through the passage and the toggle is rotated into a locked position preventing removal of the shaft. A spring on a spring end of the shaft, opposite to the toggle end, retains the toggle in the locked position. The quick release may be used to attach the accessories to the accessory harness which includes a connector supported by a bi-pod carried by suspender straps, and optionally a third leg. The same accessories may be attached to tri-pods using the shoe mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventors: Everett Brewer, Roger Cameron Love
  • Patent number: 8974128
    Abstract: A camera mounting bracket system for supporting a camera in a position determined by a user comprising a quick connect/disconnect mounting assemblage which includes a fastener-engaging channel and spring retaining clip for securing the mounting assemblage to a camera whereby the camera is able to be quickly connected/disconnected from the mounting assemblage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Non Typical Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Cuddeback
  • Patent number: 8964042
    Abstract: A first heat radiation unit is formed on one surface of the imaging unit in a vertical direction. A second heat radiation unit is formed on the other surface of the imaging unit in the vertical direction. A third heat radiation unit is formed on a surface opposite to an imaging direction of the imaging unit. A first heat transfer unit transfers heat of a first heat source of the imaging unit to the first heat radiation unit and the third heat radiation unit. A second heat transfer unit transfers heat of a second heat source of the imaging unit, which has a higher maximum allowable temperature than the first heating unit, to the second heat radiation unit. A heat insulation unit suppresses heat transfer between the first and the second heat radiation units and between the third and the second heat radiation units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: JVC KENWOOD Corporation
    Inventors: Masayuki Nozawa, Munenobu Nakayama, Yoichi Nakano, Taguchi Hiromi
  • Patent number: 8944705
    Abstract: A camera unit increases the degree of freedom with which the camera unit can be designed. The camera unit includes a camera body having a hook held in hooked engagement with a bracket. The bracket includes a first support engaged by the hook and which supports the camera body in an angularly movable fashion, and a second support supporting the camera body that is secured to the second support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tadahiro Matori
  • Publication number: 20150030319
    Abstract: A camera unit increases the degree of freedom with which the camera unit can be designed. The camera unit includes a camera body having a hook held in hooked engagement with a bracket. The bracket includes a first support engaged by the hook and which supports the camera body in an angularly movable fashion, and a second support supporting the camera body that is secured to the second support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Tadahiro MATORI
  • Patent number: 8936406
    Abstract: A camera reading apparatus having an alignment guide is presented. The alignment guide may have a rigid platform having a substantially flat bottom surface, a substantially flat top surface that is parallel to the bottom surface, and an aperture through the top surface and the bottom surface. The bottom surface may have a first portion and may have a second portion that forms a ledge projecting from the first portion. The first portion may have a front edge, and the second portion may have a side edge. The front edge and the side edge may intersect to form a right angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Intel-GE Care Innovations LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Paul Gallo, Edward Anthony Oliver
  • Publication number: 20140341556
    Abstract: A camera mount assembly is disclosed that includes: a camera having a camera body and a lens, a D-shaped telescopic handle, wherein the handle is coupled to the top of the camera body, a removable eyepiece, wherein the eyepiece is operatively coupled to the camera body, a viewfinder tube, and an inverted kinematic arm. A camera mount assembly is also disclosed that includes: a camera having a camera body and a lens, a D-shaped telescopic handle, wherein the handle is coupled to the top of the camera body, a removable eyepiece, wherein the eyepiece is operatively coupled to the D-shaped telescopic handle, a viewfinder tube rotatably coupled with the camera body, and an inverted kinematic arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventor: ROLF KESTERMANN
  • Patent number: 8887587
    Abstract: A measuring device, in particular a measuring device for remote sensing, has a measuring instrument and an apparatus for movably mounting the measuring instrument. The apparatus has two non-parallel rotation axes. The rotation axes are different from a longitudinal axis of the measuring instrument. The measuring instrument is connected to a rotatable drive element via a power transmission element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Deutsches Zentrum fuer Luft- und Raumfahrt E.V.
    Inventors: Jörg Brauchle, Ralf Berger
  • Patent number: 8870474
    Abstract: A pan/tilt head that can be used with a camera is disclosed that includes a tilt range extender. The pan/tilt head has a main housing formed from a central housing and two housing sides. A pantograph linkage is connected to a housing side. The pantograph linkage includes an upper transverse member and a lower transverse member. The lower transverse member is connected to the housing side at a non-rotating mount on the tilt axis. The upper transverse member is connected to the tilt range extender. The tilt range extender rotates about the tilt axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Mark T. Dumm