Camera Support Patents (Class 396/419)
  • Publication number: 20110317993
    Abstract: The apparatus of the present invention is enables a lens of a camera, preferably a webcam, to be in relational position with an eyepiece of a telescope or a microscope. The apparatus is comprised of two rings, a mounting ring for securing a camera therein and a mounting ring for securing the eyepiece of a scope therein. The camera mounting ring is interrelated with the scope mounting ring by means of at least one strut. At least two locking pins with a cup attached thereto are used to secure the camera within the camera mounting ring and at least two locking pins with a bracket attached thereto are used to secure the scope within the scope mounting ring. The camera mounting ring is slidably related with the strut to permit relational positioning of the camera mounting ring with the scope mounting ring such that the lens of the camera may be abutted with the eyepiece of the scope.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Applicant: OUTWEST SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Paul Weissler
  • Patent number: 8083420
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling one or more cameras is provided. The apparatus includes: a mounting sled, a tilt drive motor, a tilt drive train, a pan drive motor, and a pan drive train. The mounting sled includes a camera platform between two sled runners. A lower surface of each sled runner is formed by a circular arc. The tilt drive train includes a tilt drive shaft having an axis perpendicular to the camera platform. The pan drive train includes a pan drive shaft extending along the axis of the tilt drive shaft such that it receives the tilt drive shaft and turns independently and concentrically about the tilt drive shaft. The camera platform receives a camera such that the center of gravity of the camera is aligned with the diameter of the circular arc of the sled runners and the vertical axis of the tilt and pan drive shafts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Inventor: Mark T. Dumm
  • Publication number: 20110305448
    Abstract: A system for mounting includes an electronic device, a male mount member, and a female mount member. The male mount member is attached to the electronic device, and has a protrusion. The female mount member has a receiving track for mating with the protrusion, thereby coupling the electronic device to the female mount member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Inventor: Larry Holmberg
  • Patent number: 8077212
    Abstract: A shock and vibration isolator for a movie or video camera has a vertical axis system including a base, an arm pivotably attached to the base, and at least one spring connected to the base and to the arm. One or more dampeners are connected to the base and to the arm. A horizontal axis system is supported by the vertical axis system. A leveling linkage connects the vertical and horizontal axis systems. The leveling linkage has adjustment features that allow for compensation of camera lens angulation caused by movement of the camera supported on a vehicle rolling over rough or uneven ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment
    Inventor: Leonard T. Chapman
  • Patent number: 8052338
    Abstract: An on-board camera is disposed, behind a neighboring member that is located above a steering column, on the steering column that can move forward at the time of a collision of a vehicle in which the on-board camera is installed. The on-board camera includes: a camera portion; and a support mechanism. The support mechanism supports the camera portion in such a manner that the camera portion can move in a direction away from the neighboring member when the neighboring member and the camera portion are brought into contact with each other because of a forward movement of the steering column at the time of the collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masayuki Usami, Kiyoyuki Uchida
  • Patent number: 8054378
    Abstract: A webcam module having a clamping device includes a body portion, a first sliding unit, a second sliding unit, a first torsion element and a second torsion element. The first sliding unit and the second sliding unit are provided on the body portion. The first sliding unit is able to slide by means of the cooperation between the sliding block and the guiding though-groove. The torsion elements are used to generate a force for clamping an article. Via the above arrangement, a user can turn a first turning portion of the first sliding unit and a second turning portion of the second sliding unit, thereby opening a first clip and a second clip to a predetermined angle. The torsion elements allow the first clip and the second clip to be clamped at a predetermined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignees: Silitek Electronic (Guangzhou) Co., Ltd., Lite-On Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Kuo-Hua Kao
  • Patent number: 8046950
    Abstract: A mount for mounting a device to a firearm that includes a side plate, a support plate and a mounting rail. The side plate has a first end and a second end. The support plate extends from the first end of the side plate at approximately a right angle. Moreover, the support plate is adapted to support a device resting thereon. The mounting rail is coupled to the second end of the side plate. In addition, the mounting rail extends out from the side plate in a direction that is approximately opposite the direction the support plate extends from the side plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Inventor: Larry Holmberg
  • Patent number: 8029196
    Abstract: The electronic device according to the present invention has a device body capable of attaching a second device thereto by a screw member, and comprises a chassis provided to the device body, a mounting seat made of resin for attaching the second device, and a metal plate, the mounting seat is provided to the chassis and provided with a female screw formed therein in which the screw member is to be threaded as well as a closing part defining a bottom surface of the female screw and a back surface of the mounting seat, and the metal plate is fixed to the mounting seat to support the closing part by supporting a back surface thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Noriyuki Tsubota, Yasuhiro Kondo
  • Patent number: 8014656
    Abstract: A camera mount is configured to attach a camera to a sports board. A camera is secured to the mount, which is secured to a sports board. The mount can secure to the sports board via an attachment device such as an embedded plug. The mount can be placed at the front or rear of the sports board. Furthermore, the mount can be configured to face either forwards or backwards to capture images and/or video from different viewpoints while participating in the board activity. Moreover, the mount includes a pivoting joint to allow a user to rotate the camera either upward or downward and then secure the camera at a fixed angle to capture images and/or video from different angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Woodman Labs
    Inventor: Nicholas D. Woodman
  • Patent number: 8007188
    Abstract: A stabilized mount stably supports a motion-sensitive, image capture device, such as a cellular telephone or a personal digital assistant, on a support surface, such as a tripod or analogous camera equipment. The device is operative for capturing an image over a field of view along an optical axis perpendicular to an image plane. The mount includes a holder for holding the device during image capture, and a fixed base integral with the holder and lying in a base plane perpendicular to the image plane when the base is supported by the support surface in a supported orientation. The base is operative for steadily positioning the holder and the device on the support surface in the supported orientation during the image capture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: The Tiffen Company LLC
    Inventor: Hans Robert Orf
  • Patent number: 7984883
    Abstract: An exemplary support structure includes a support body, a connecting body, and a rear board. The connecting body is fixed on the support body. The rear board is rotatable relative to the support body. The rear board defines a through hole therein. The connecting body forms a latch protrusion. When the support body is located at a first position, the latch protrusion is capable of passing the through hole of the rear board. When the support body and the latch protrusion are located at opposite sides of the rear board, and the support body rotates past the first position, the latch protrusion resists the rear board and prevents the support body detaching from the rear board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jian-Jun Li, Te-Sheng Jan, Yu-Tao Chen, Chun-Che Yen
  • Publication number: 20110142436
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a holster for coupling a camera to an article of clothing, for example, a belt, of a wearer. The holster comprises a camera engaging base plate coupled to a retaining subassembly via a coupling pin. The holster is configured to permit rotation of the camera with respect to the retaining subassembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Inventor: Shai Eynav
  • Publication number: 20110129209
    Abstract: A sensor assembly for a vehicle windshield includes a retaining frame, a sensor housing, clamping hooks, a spring, and an actuating lever. The retaining frame is attachable to the windshield. The clamping hooks are connected to the housing. The clamping hooks are attachable to the retaining frame to attach the housing to the retaining frame. The spring is connected to the housing and associated with one of the clamping hooks. The actuating lever is pivotably mounted to the clamping hooks. Pivoting of the actuating lever causes the spring to compress and press the housing against the windshield when both the retaining frame is attached to the windshield and the housing is attached by the clamping hooks to the retaining frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2011
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Applicant: LEOPOLD KOSTAL GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Josef Kortan, Frank Blaesing, Ralf Boebel
  • Patent number: 7946771
    Abstract: A camera support comprises a baseplate on which first and second engaging means are formed for releasably engaging first and second portions of a camera body displaced along the baseplate in an engaging direction. The first engaging means defines an abutment position for the first portion of the camera body, and the second engaging means defines a space between two sidewalls for slidably receiving a web of second portion of the camera body, and wherein one of said sidewalls is displaceable towards the other and is coupled to a trigger of the first engaging means so as to clamp the web between the sidewalls when the trigger is operated by the first portion reaching the abutment position. A camera support of this kind can be used advantageously for a respective camera assembly, for example a superexpander.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: GVBB Holdings S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Machiel Boneschanscher, Victor Moerdijk, Jeffrey Dam
  • Publication number: 20110091195
    Abstract: A camera holder and activation device enables a user to take pictures from vantage points spaced from the user's head. A frame defines a camera support position and an attachment device removably mounts the camera to the frame at the camera support position. An extension member such as a monopole is connected to the frame, whereby the frame may be so spaced from a user that the user cannot directly view a contemplated picture via a picture-framing element of the camera. A shifter member is movably mounted to the frame and is provided with a projection extending towards the camera support position so that motion of the shifter member brings the projection into contact with a shutter button of the camera mounted to the frame at the support position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2010
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Goldberg, Murray G. Goldberg
  • Patent number: 7922402
    Abstract: A camera holder (3) is provided for fixing a camera (11) or a camcorder to an optical observation device. The holder (3) has a variable-length sleeve (13) with a first end configured to receive the camera objective and a second end configured to secure the sleeve (13) relative to the optical observation device. The holder (3) also has an adjusting device (19) fixed to the sleeve (13). The adjusting device (19) has a pin for connection with a stand mating thread of a camera (11) and is configured to compensate for an offset between the stand mating thread and the camera objective. The adjusting device (19) enables the camera (11) to be positioned with respect to the sleeve and the optical observation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss Surgical GmbH
    Inventors: Hartmut Gaertner, Werner Koch, Wolfgang Robra, Christian Luecke, Karsten Rieth
  • Publication number: 20110069947
    Abstract: A weighted mounting arrangement stably supports a motion-sensitive, image capture device incorporated in a cellular telephone. The arrangement includes a handheld equipoising structure having a platform and a handle connected to the platform at a handle connection, a mount on the platform for holding the device during image capture, and a ballast weight mounted on the mount with the held device as an assembly. The assembly and the equipoising structure together have a combined center of gravity positioned in close adjacent proximity below the handle connection for balancing the arrangement during image capture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Applicant: THE TIFFEN COMPANY LLC
    Inventor: Hans Robert ORF
  • Publication number: 20110064401
    Abstract: A coupling and accessory system for an electronic device includes an enclosure configured to encompass at least a portion of the electronic device. The enclosure includes a land area having a magnetically active region or a magnetically attractive region. A coupling device also has a magnetically active region or a magnetically attractive region, such that the enclosure and the coupling device are magnetically attracted and attached to one another when the enclosure is brought into close association with the coupling device. The coupling device may further include at least one enhanced engagement feature for inhibiting mutual sliding or rotation between the coupling device and the enclosure during magnetic attachment of the one to the other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2010
    Publication date: March 17, 2011
    Inventor: ALEXANDER P. DESORBO
  • Patent number: 7905667
    Abstract: A walking staff apparatus having a tripod assembly that is releasably fastened to a main shaft. The tripod assembly may be released from the shaft to achieve a compact arrangement for transport or storage. The shaft may also be telescoping to achieve a compact size. The release joint may include a mechanism for centering the shaft and tripod assembly. A magnetic-based mechanism for releasable attachment of an article may be coupled to the shaft. The magnetic-based attachment mechanism may include an anti-rotation device to achieve secure positioning of an article releasable attached to the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: Trek Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: John Christopher Barker
  • Patent number: 7901148
    Abstract: The invention is a camera holder, comprising an upper rigid element adapted for suspension from a substantially horizontal strap or belt and a lower rigid element with a substantially circular portion and a substantially rectangular portion, the substantially rectangular portion further comprising a coupling means adapted to enable flexible coupling of the lower rigid element to the upper rigid element. According to the invention, a coupling means of the lower rigid element allows it to alternatively be positioned substantially parallel to or substantially perpendicular to the upper rigid element, so that the lower rigid element, when positioned substantially perpendicular to the upper rigid element, is capable of supporting the weight of a camera or similar portable device. The diameter of the substantially circular portion of the lower rigid element is sufficiently large to permit passage of lenses or similar appurtenances of a camera or similar portable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Inventor: Kelly Zunker
  • Patent number: 7899311
    Abstract: The present invention is a camera system having a rigid camera frame to receive a removable shutter and serve as a releasable attachment point for the camera lens system and image receiving means. An adaptor and wedge have complementary contact points that allow constant alignment and orientation of the system components after removal and reattachment without recalibration or realignment. The camera system may be used in a photographic imaging system such as an airborne reconnaissance system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Optech International, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin J. Kearney, Peter Hammond, Philip Frank Marino
  • Patent number: 7891888
    Abstract: The camera slider system supports a camera for longitudinal sliding or rolling movement along a pair of elongate support members which are parallel and spaced apart from one another. The camera mount supporting the camera thereon is supported by a pair of link members pivotally coupled between opposing ends of the camera mount and a carriage assembly which is movable along the rails. The orientation of the camera relative to the elongate supports is readily adjustable by adjusting the pivotal link members while the camera remains supported in a very stable configuration. Rollers or bearings ensure a smooth movement of the camera along the elongate support members so that there are no undesired jerking movements in the resulting captured image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Inventor: Dennis Wood
  • Patent number: 7883064
    Abstract: A mounting bracket for a vehicle backup camera, including: a lengthwise portion; and a camera mounting portion connected to the lengthwise portion, the camera mounting portion including a protrusion, the protrusion forming a gap between the camera mounting portion and the lengthwise portion so that the lengthwise portion can be mounted behind a license plate of a vehicle and a camera can be suspended by the camera mounting portion for viewing a rear of the vehicle when the vehicle is in reverse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Audiovox Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher A. Luft, Nick Soudas, Peter Dodridge
  • Publication number: 20110019992
    Abstract: A stabilized mount stably supports a motion-sensitive, image capture device, such as a cellular telephone or a personal digital assistant, on a support surface, such as a tripod or analogous camera equipment. The device is operative for capturing an image over a field of view along an optical axis perpendicular to an image plane. The mount includes a holder for holding the device during image capture, and a fixed base integral with the holder and lying in a base plane perpendicular to the image plane when the base is supported by the support surface in a supported orientation. The base is operative for steadily positioning the holder and the device on the support surface in the supported orientation during the image capture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2009
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Applicant: THE TIFFEN COMPANY LLC
    Inventor: Hans Robert ORF
  • Patent number: 7864244
    Abstract: A camera system includes a video camera having a first mating mechanism defined on a bottom, planar surface of the video camera. A battery assembly contains an energy cell and a first surface of the battery assembly is releasably engageable with the mounting mechanism such that the battery assembly is suspended beneath the video camera, with the bottom, planar surface of the video camera in substantial contact with the first surface. A support apparatus having a second mating mechanism is also provided, the second mating mechanism releasably engaging a second surface of the battery assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Anton/Bauer, Inc.
    Inventor: Alexander P. Desorbo
  • Patent number: 7854556
    Abstract: A camera mounting system comprises a pair of rail members, a camera mount arranged to support a video camera on the pair of rail members and a base mount arranged to support the pair of rails on a tripod. The camera mount and the base mount are supported for adjustment relative to one another along the rail members. The camera mount supports the video camera thereon and is supported on the rail members by a pair of link members, each pivotally coupled at a lower end on the rail members and at an upper end on the camera mount. The linkage permits the camera mount and camera thereon to be adjusted in elevation relative to the rail members by pivoting the linkage while being arranged so as not to project below the rail members in both lowered and elevated positions such that the linkage does not interfere with relative movement between the base mount and the camera mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Inventor: Dennis Wood
  • Patent number: 7845606
    Abstract: A mounting method and system are disclosed for a mounting device for a piece of equipment having an accessory receptacle. The mounting device may include at least two arms connected together providing at least two rotation axes, a mounting stud for mating with the accessory receptacle and connected to one of the two arms providing at least one rotation axis, and a mount for mating with an accessory of the equipment and connected to the other one of the two arms providing at least two rotation axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Inventors: Shawn T. Dennison, Stanley C. Aguilar
  • Publication number: 20100305782
    Abstract: An automated airborne video recording system for imaging pipeline or electric line rights-of-way, irrigation canals, or any other linear ground features. The system includes a gimbaled, stabilized camera system, a data recorder, and autonomous imager software that computes the shortest vector between the aircraft position and the pipeline based on the aircraft GPS and the Geographic Information Database. The system then commands the stabilized camera system to point directly at the pipeline regardless of the aircraft position and orientation, automatically collecting continuous NTSC or digital video of the entire right of way.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Inventors: David Linden, David William Yoel
  • Publication number: 20100301184
    Abstract: The present teachings relate to a device configured to secure an instrument and to be removably mounted to a platform. The device can comprise a mounting base platform, a guide rod plate, and a securing means. The guide rod plate can be slidably secured to the mounting base platform, and the securing means can be configured to slidably move the guide rod plate with respect to the mounting base platform. The device can secure an instrument within, for example a firearm or a scope. The device can be mounted to a platform, for example, a camera tripod.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Inventor: Joshua Edward Stabler
  • Patent number: 7828256
    Abstract: A quick-fit device for video and photographic equipment comprises a first attachment member in the form of a plate which can be fixed to the equipment and a second attachment member including a seat for the plate which can be fixed to a supporting head; a safety device comprising a spring-loaded arm bearing a stop tooth acting on a presser designed to removably lock the plate in the seat is provided in the seat. The tooth has a ramp with an inclined plane from the part facing the seat and a stop shoulder on the opposite part; the presser has an appendage which is capable of riding over the tooth passing from a position against the ramp to a position against the shoulder in passing from a position in which the plate is released to a position in which the same is locked in the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Lino Manfrotto+Co. S.p.A.
    Inventor: Paolo Speggiorin
  • Patent number: 7825983
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus comprises an image pickup unit for photographing an object and generating image data, and a frame forming an outline of the image pickup apparatus, wherein spaces are formed between the image pickup unit and the frame to allow an operator grasp inner planes of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Junji Hirooka, Masahiro Kando, Hideki Kawai
  • Patent number: 7815378
    Abstract: A visual presenter includes a base, an upright portion standing from the base and having a distal end, a support column including a horizontal portion formed by bending the distal end of the upright portion so that the horizontal portion protrudes forward away from the base, the horizontal portion having a distal end, an imaging camera head mounted on the distal end of the horizontal portion, and a pivot portion provided on the upright portion of the support column so that the horizontal portion is pivotable horizontally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Elmo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Sukenari, Shinji Ono
  • Publication number: 20100260495
    Abstract: An on-board camera is disposed, behind a neighboring member that is located above a steering column, on the steering column that can move forward at the time of a collision of a vehicle in which the on-board camera is installed. The on-board camera includes: a camera portion; and a support mechanism. The support mechanism supports the camera portion in such a manner that the camera portion can move in a direction away from the neighboring member when the neighboring member and the camera portion are brought into contact with each other because of a forward movement of the steering column at the time of the collision.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Publication date: October 14, 2010
    Applicant: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masayuki Usami, Kiyoyuki Uchida
  • Patent number: 7810511
    Abstract: A device may include a receiving surface to receive a cleaning device adapted to clean a surface of a lens when the device is proximate to the surface of the lens. The device may further include a mounting surface to moveably support the device on a host surface, where the host surface further supports a lens. The mounting surface may further maintain the device in a first position that maintains the cleaning device proximate to the surface of the lens to remove a foreign object from the surface of the lens, and maintain the device in a second position that maintains the cleaning device away from the surface of the lens to allow the lens to receive optical information related to a subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB
    Inventors: Nils Gustav Fagrenius, Sven Rune Fredrik Palmqvist, Johan Martin Wedel, Carl Magnus Waldt, Eva Tina Rålin, Sten Ola Håkansson
  • Patent number: 7811008
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling one or more cameras is provided. The apparatus includes: a mounting sled, a tilt drive motor, a tilt drive train, a pan drive motor, and a pan drive train. The mounting sled includes a camera platform between two sled runners. A lower surface of each sled runner is formed by a circular arc. The tilt drive train includes a tilt drive shaft having an axis perpendicular to the camera platform. The pan drive train includes a pan drive shaft extending along the axis of the tilt drive shaft such that it receives the tilt drive shaft and turns independently and concentrically about the tilt drive shaft. The camera platform receives a camera such that the center of gravity of the camera is aligned with the diameter of the circular arc of the sled runners and the vertical axis of the tilt and pan drive shafts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Inventor: Mark T. Dumm
  • Patent number: 7811009
    Abstract: A camera that has an acquisition unit which acquires an identifier via a cradle apparatus connected to the camera, a comparison unit which compares the identifier acquired by the acquisition unit with an identifier stored in a memory, and a camera controller which controls access of the apparatus connected via the cradle apparatus based on comparison results by the comparison unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ichiko Mayuzumi
  • Publication number: 20100254695
    Abstract: An image capturing apparatus includes a support assembly, a holding member, and an image capturing member. The support assembly includes a base member and a support member. The support member is configured for receiving a paper printed photo. The holding member is rotatably connected to the support member. The image capturing member is mounted on a bottom surface of the holding member. When the holding member is kept in an open position, the image capturing member is activated to capture an image of the paper printed photo received in the base member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2009
    Publication date: October 7, 2010
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: MING-TESUNG CHENG, CHIUNG-LI CHANG, LI-ZHANG HUANG, TE-YUAN KUNG, HAN-CHE WANG, CHENG-HAO CHOU
  • Publication number: 20100238273
    Abstract: Apparatus to capture three-dimensional images of a subject selected from the group consisting of an animate object, an inanimate object, a human, an animal, a biological mass or a portion of a subject comprises a plurality of image capturing device modules, each module comprises a plurality of image-capturing devices; and a rigid support structure supporting the plurality of image capturing device modules to define a space wherein said subject may be disposed. The rigid support structure supports all of the modules in predetermined relationship to each other and to the space. The rigid support structure further supports the modules in positions such that each module is positioned to capture a group of first images of a corresponding surface portion of the subject disposed within the space such that each group of first images captured by the corresponding module captures a substantially different surface portion of the subject disposed within the space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2009
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Applicant: CRANIAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Jerold N. Luisi, Timothy R. Littlefield, Jeanne K. Pomatto-Hertz
  • Publication number: 20100226641
    Abstract: The invention refers to a camera holder comprising a clamp (1), which has two arms (1a, 1b). One of these arms (1a) carries a mount (2) designed as an angular piece, which has a continuous opening for a screw (3) to be inserted and fixed in a tripod connection of a camera. The mount (2) is fixed with a revolute joint in a rotatable manner on the on the clamp (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Inventor: Andrei LÖWEN
  • Patent number: 7789574
    Abstract: A camera mount securely attaches to a variety of mounting surfaces and holds a motion activated camera in a desired position. The camera mount permits the camera mount to positioned as desired on the mounting the mounting bracket which has a camera plate pivotally attached thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Du-Bro Products, Inc.
    Inventor: James E. Broberg
  • Publication number: 20100220991
    Abstract: A head arm pivot shaft support mechanism 180 has a cord covering unit 200 including a first part 210, a second part 220, and a third part 230. The first part 210 and the second part 220 are located on a side of one head-side engagement leg 186 of bifurcated head-side engagement legs 186 and 187 and are arranged to be rotatable about a pivot shaft member 193. The first part 210 and the second part 220 respectively have an arc-shaped peripheral wall 212 and an arc-shaped peripheral wall 222 protruded toward the third part 230 to f ill a space on a bifurcation base side between the bifurcated head-side engagement legs 186 and 187. The third part 230 is located on a side of the other head-side engagement leg 187 and is arranged to be rotatable about the pivot shaft member 193.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Publication date: September 2, 2010
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yamakose, Shinji Ono
  • Publication number: 20100209095
    Abstract: A multi-functional device and transport apparatus that includes a telescoping spine mechanism. The device further includes a selectively extendable axle mechanism that is operatively secured to the spine mechanism. A plurality of wheels are rotatably secured to the axle mechanism. The axle mechanism may be selectively extended to effectively increase a width of the multi-function device and transport apparatus to stabilize the apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2010
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Inventor: ALEXANDER P. DeSORBO
  • Patent number: 7760492
    Abstract: A shell and a display device using the same are provided. The shell is disposed at the display device. The shell includes a frame, a clamping element, a fastening element and an elastic element. The frame has a first surface, a second surface and a hole. The first surface is opposite to the second surface. The first surface and the second surface are penetrated by the hole. The clamping element is inserted into the hole. An end of the clamping element is positioned at a side of the first surface, and the other end of the clamping element is positioned at a side of the second surface. The fastening element is disposed at the side of the second surface and connected to the clamping element. The elastic element is used for providing the clamping element with an elastic force toward the first surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Qisda Corporation
    Inventor: Si-Wei Zhou
  • Publication number: 20100177160
    Abstract: A panoramic camera comprising at least one reflector and an image sensor. The camera has an integral annular to rectangular image conversion module to convert annular images received on the image sensor. The camera is remotely controllable to enable a remote user to select a portion of the resulting rectangular image or change optical properties such as exposure time using a mobile telephone having a browser interface and lacking annular to rectangular image conversion software. Images or video are automatically uploadable to an internet server. Still or video image can be encrypted, along with the measured location at which the still or video images were taken. An integral stand enables the panoramic camera to better take images of rooms when resting on the floor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2009
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Applicant: OTUS TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
    Inventors: Neil TOCHER, Cameron James Ure
  • Patent number: 7753600
    Abstract: A camera holder (3) is provided for fixing a camera (11) or a camcorder to an optical observation device. The holder (3) has a variable-length sleeve (13) with a first end configured to receive the camera objective and a second end configured to secure the sleeve (13) relative to the optical observation device. The holder (3) also has an adjusting device (19) fixed to the sleeve (13). The adjusting device (19) has a pin for connection with a stand mating thread of a camera (11) and is configured to compensate for an offset between the stand mating thread and the camera objective. The adjusting device (19) enables the camera (11) to be positioned with respect to the sleeve and the optical observation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss Surgical GmbH
    Inventors: Hartmut Gartner, Werner Koch, Wolfgang Robra, Christian Lucke, Karsten Rieth
  • Publication number: 20100166411
    Abstract: A camera mast assembly comprising two or more sections movable with respect to one another from an unextended to an extended configuration, and a carriage attached to one of the sections for mounting a camera on the assembly, wherein the carriage is continuously movable in a substantially uniform manner from a first position wherein the sections are in the unextended configuration to a second position wherein the sections are in the extended configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2007
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Inventors: Matthew Gladstone, Andrew Redman
  • Patent number: 7736071
    Abstract: A digital camera pedestal with cable in neck is provided which may comprise a base member, a neck, and a camera housing. The base member can comprise a surface mount, a cable exit annulus, and a neck mount. The surface mount and said neck mount can attach together forming an interior cavity. A cable enters the cavity through the neck mount, and exits through the cable exit annulus. An annular neck member is rotatably attached to the neck mount, such that it can rotate in a vertical plane, and a camera housing member is in turn rotatably attached to the neck member, where the housing member can rotate in a horizontal plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Eric Joseph Wahl, Donald Charles Grome, Michael Baseflug
  • Publication number: 20100129070
    Abstract: A vehicle camera system includes a vehicle rear end body structure. The vehicle rear end body structure includes a license plate receiving area and a lamp receiving portion proximal to the license plate receiving area. A lamp assembly is coupled to the lamp receiving portion. The lamp assembly includes a lamp that is configured and arranged to illuminate at least a portion of the license plate receiving area. A camera is coupled to the lamp assembly. The camera is configured and arranged to capture an image of an area proximal to the vehicle rear end body structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2008
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Applicant: NISSAN TECHNICAL CENTER NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Barugur S. Balasundaramohan, Quan Cat, Randy Johnson
  • Patent number: 7724303
    Abstract: A camera system includes a video camera having a first mating mechanism defined on a bottom, planar surface of the video camera. A battery assembly contains an energy cell and a first surface of the battery assembly is releasably engageable with the mounting mechanism such that the battery assembly is suspended beneath the video camera, with the bottom, planar surface of the video camera in substantial contact with the first surface. A support apparatus having a second mating mechanism is also provided, the second mating mechanism releasably engaging a second surface of the battery assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Anton/Bauer, Inc.
    Inventor: Alexander P. DeSorbo
  • Patent number: 7722264
    Abstract: A camera includes a body having a front plate and a rear plate, a lens module mounted on the front plate, a slot defined in the rear plate, and an elongated deformable wire. The deformable wire is received in the slot, and the deformable wire is deformable between a first configuration where the deformable wire is received in the slot, and a second configuration where the deformable wire is released from the slot and reshaped to support the body on an object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shun-Ling Kao, Kang-Shun Hsu