Having Means To Attach Other Photographic Accessories Patents (Class 396/422)
  • Patent number: 10437138
    Abstract: A camera L-plate fixture for use with a camera comprising a base plate, a side plate and a retained connection holding the side plate an adjustable space from the base. The base plate comprising a first rod chamber, a second rod chamber, a first and second base screws in the base extending into the first and second rod chambers respectfully. The side plate adjustably attached to the base plate with the retained connection. The retained connection further comprising a pair of parallel rods slidably in the base and connected to the side plate. flat on each rod allows a respective screw in the base to limit travel of the rods to the range of the screws spaced from the respective flat. A header on the end of each rod bears against the screw to limit travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventor: Dariusz Fudala
  • Patent number: 10086271
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a control device for controlling a camera arrangement (1), said control device having a front end and a back end, said control device comprising: attachment means (2) configured to attach a camera arrangement (1) to said control device; gripping means (3) configured to facilitate for a user to hold said control device; interaction means (4; 7; 8; 9) configured for controlling a camera arrangement (1) when attached to said control device; wide-angle lens means (5) arranged to be positioned on said attachment means (2) in front of a camera lens of a camera arrangement (1) when attached to said control device; and actuator means (6) configured to control said interaction means (4; 7; 8; 9) and arranged at said gripping means (3) to facilitate use thereof for a user holding said control device by said gripping means (3), wherein said attachment means (2) is arranged on said control device to fix a camera lens of a camera arrangement (1) when attached to said control device towards
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Oskar Linde, Lars Anders Bond
  • Patent number: 9298068
    Abstract: A camera mounting assembly includes a base member or plate for holding a camera and a side member or plate. In an exemplary embodiment, lower slots on the base plate or side slots on the side plate are gripped by a vertical support's quick-release mechanism to mount the camera in a landscape or portrait orientation, respectively, the camera being generally centered and evenly balanced over the support in either case. The side member is detachably fastened to the base member, which modular construction permits separately timed purchase of the base member and side member as allowed by the user's budget and further permits breakdown of the assembly for ease of transport. The side member may be generally L-shaped with a lower arm length less than the side arm length, which also facilitates transport. Other components may be detachably added such as a hand grip facilitating freehand shooting with the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Really Right Stuff, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph M. Johnson, Sr.
  • Patent number: 9219849
    Abstract: A system for aligning a camera view and the illumination of a lighting fixture is disclosed. The system includes a camera contained with a housing and a lighting fixture that is pivotedly attached to the housing. An angle adjuster attached to a proximate end of each of the housing and the lighting fixture converts a linear movement to the adjuster into an angular adjustment of the lighting fixture with regard to an optical axis of a camera contained with the housing. In another aspect of the invention, the system of aligning a camera view and light fixture may be attached to a magnification lens in order to align the magnified view with the camera view and the illumination of the lighting fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: DESIGNS FOR VISION, INC.
    Inventors: Richard E. Feinbloom, Kenneth Braganca, Roma Montifar
  • Patent number: 9124795
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and computer program product are provided in order to obtain an image from a remote computer with the image being associated with the current location of a mobile terminal via which a user provides input soliciting the image. In the context of a method, the user input representative of a request to obtain an image from a remote computer may be received. The method may then determine a current context including a location of a mobile terminal and may cause the current context to be transmitted to the remote computer. The method may also receive an image from the remote computer based upon the current context of the mobile terminal. In this regard, the image is associated with the location of the mobile terminal upon receiving the user input. The method may also cause the image received from the remote computer to be stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventor: Matthew John Toby Coyle-Gilchrist
  • Patent number: 9106816
    Abstract: An apparatus is described for demonstrating a screen display of a device. The apparatus includes a base member to which a camera mount and a device mount are coupled at opposite ends thereof. A handle is coupled to a side opposite that of the camera and device mounts and centrally along the length of the base member. The handle includes a passage within which a camera cable is retained. The device mount includes a mounting bracket at a distal end that magnetically couples to a clip attached to a device to be demonstrated. The clip is coupleable to the mounting bracket in a plurality of rotational orientations. The apparatus rigidly maintains the orientation of the device and camera while a user caries and moves the apparatus during demonstration of the device. An image/video of the device's screen display is optically captured and presented to an audience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventor: Dennis L. Hotter
  • Patent number: 9075572
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for enhancing the video and audio capabilities of an electronic device (102) using a media enhancement dock (150, 250). According to certain aspects, the systems and methods enhance a field of view of a camera (116) with one or more optical lenses (152, 252, 254). Three dimensional images may be captured and constructed based on images from multiple optical lenses and a shutter (256). The dock may also enhance the sound captured by providing one or more far-field microphones (154, 262, 264). A beamforming analysis of the audio signals from multiple microphones may increase the sensitivity and localization of sound. Internal and/or external light sources may be adjusted by the dock to achieve a sufficient level of ambient light in the environment. Videoconferencing and gesture control applications executing on the electronic device may be enriched through use of the media enhancement dock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Ramy S Ayoub, Daniel F Tell
  • Patent number: 8985878
    Abstract: A rig for supporting a camera. A left rod and a right rod, each rod extending generally forwards and having a front end and a back end. Each rod configured to be operably connected to the other rod via a support structure that is configured for supporting a camera, each rod having a sliding element configured to operably connect each rod to the support structure, each sliding element being configured to be moveable towards and, alternatingly, away from the back end. Each rod is equipped with a spring positioned to bias each sliding element toward a registration position in relation to the back end, so that forward movement of the sliding element from the registration position develops a backward bias in the spring, and backward movement of the sliding element from the registration position develops a forward bias in the spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: The Alba Group, Ltd.
    Inventor: Mario F. Di Leo
  • Patent number: 8746992
    Abstract: A camera lens accessory holder includes an attachment ring configured to couple to a camera lens accessory such as a lens cap or filter, a base coupled to the attachment ring and a holder mount coupled to the base opposite the attachment ring for removably attaching the holder to an external support structure. The base optionally includes a logo surface facing the attachment ring and optionally includes one or more visual elements such as a logo, text, photograph, or symbol. Some embodiments of a camera lens accessory holder include more than one attachment ring. Other embodiments are provided with means for attaching two holders to each other, one each on opposite sides of a flexible strap or belt. Some embodiments include a clip for attachment of a camera lens accessory holder to a belt, strap, or thin sheet of material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventor: Kenneth K. Tse, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8746993
    Abstract: A system for mounting a camera to an arm is disclosed. Specifically, the system can comprise a bracket system capable of supporting a camera; and an arm mount, wherein the bracket system connects to the arm mount. The system can also comprise a hinge system that mounts bracket system to arm mount. The hinge system can comprise a first portion and a second portion. The first portion can connect to the bracket system, and the second portion can connect to the arm mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventor: Brent Wayne Sherwood
  • Patent number: 8727643
    Abstract: A device for use in connection with various viewing and imaging devices is disclosed. More specifically, a mount is provided that is both capable of being attached to preexisting viewing devices, such as spotting scopes, rifle scopes, and other magnification devices, and further accommodating preexisting image recording and/or displaying devices, such as cameras and cameras phones. Features and advantages of both preexisting viewing and image recording devices may therefore be used in concert with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: Levi Mcleod
  • Patent number: 8687113
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus which has a small-sized removable handle unit easy to be handled and removed and prevents breakage of electrical contacts. The handle unit includes a handle-side connector having a handle-side connector terminal section, rear handle fixing members for mounting the handle unit to the main unit, a connector fixing plate for mounting the handle-side connector to the handle unit, and resilient members interposed between the handle-side connector and the connector fixing plate. The main unit includes a main unit-side connector having a second terminal section and a main unit-side fixing portion to which the rear handle fixing members are affixed. The handle-side connector and the main unit-side connector are connected such that the first terminal section and the second terminal section are electrically connected in a state of the rear handle fixing members being affixed to the main unit-side fixing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yano, Takahiko Kano
  • Patent number: 8506182
    Abstract: A stabilized stereographic camera system may include an upright support having a longitudinal axis. A camera support coupled to one end of the upright support may mount first and second cameras, the first camera movable with respect to the second cameras. A ballast may be coupled to another end of the upright support. A balance mechanism may move a movable portion of the stereographic camera system relative to the upright support in response to movement of the first camera with respect to the second camera to maintain a constant weight distribution of the stereographic camera system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventor: Patrick Campbell
  • Patent number: 8465216
    Abstract: An apparatus for mounting a recording device onto a preexisting sex toy is provided. In one embodiment, the apparatus allows a camera mounting enclosure that is connected to a swiveling member that can be rotated upside down so that a standard digital camera can be mounted onto a screw embedded in the camera mounting enclosure. In other embodiments, a pair of gripper arms mounted onto the camera mounting enclosure can be adjusted to different widths that allows for camera phones to be securely held. The gripper arms can also secure an adapter that allows for a web cam to be mounted onto the adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Inventor: Jeff Justice
  • Patent number: 8398315
    Abstract: An assembly for selectively lockable attachment between photographic accessories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Inventor: Joseph M. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8393806
    Abstract: A photo arm is proposed here. A revolving handwheel is equipped for driving a transmission mechanism to bring the photo arm to rotate, so that a camera fixed on the photo arm can shoot from different angles along a circular path. The photo arm is also equipped with a power and signal connecting box for supplying power to the camera and transmitting image information and control instructions. Furthermore, a hoist handwheel is equipped for adjusting the height of the rotation center of the photo arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Ortery Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Peng-Cheng Lai
  • Patent number: 8388243
    Abstract: An apparatus for holding a portable media device may include a body including: a pair of spaced apart and opposing handles, each handle comprising a flat bottom surface; a recess that is configured to removably receive and hold a portable media device therein, the recess comprising a through aperture defined through a bottom surface of the recess; a first through port across one handle that opens into a first side of the recess; a second through port that opens into a second side of the recess; a third through port across the opposite handle that opens into a third side of the recess; threaded sockets, one at each top and bottom corner of the body at ends of the handles; and a shoe bracket at a top of the body between the handles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Inventor: Harold Bernard Smith
  • Patent number: 8314882
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes an accessory shoe that includes an engagement member configured to be engaged with and hold an accessory unit that slides in an attachment direction relative to the accessory shoe, and an imaging apparatus side connector electrically connected to an accessory side connector of the accessory unit. The engagement member includes first and second engagement members provided apart from each other via a space in which the accessory unit slides, and a third engagement member that is provided on a front side of the first and second engagement members in the attachment direction, projects in a direction opposite to the attachment direction, and covers the imaging apparatus side connector. The third engagement member is engaged with the accessory side connector that is inserted into an engagement space formed between the third engagement member and the imaging apparatus side connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hironori Takano
  • Patent number: 8267601
    Abstract: To compensate for changes in weight distribution of transportable, hand-held camera supports when one or both camera translate or pivot in a two-camera stereographic imaging system, the bottom of the elongated camera support attaches to a compensation mechanism. The mechanism has a balance plate movable laterally on a bottom housing. Ballast mounts below the bottom housing. A motor in the bottom housing moves the balance plate and the pole laterally in response to camera pivoting or lateral movement to maintain the center of gravity of the system centered along the longitudinal axis of the elongated support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Inventors: Patrick Campbell, Vince Pace, James Cameron
  • Patent number: 8233082
    Abstract: The image pickup apparatus of the present invention includes a front plate 12 fitted to an outer cylindrical surface of a lens barrel 5b and a rear plate 13 placed on the backside of a liquid crystal panel 7, and an accessory shoe 11 is fixed to a rib 12a formed on the top of the front plate 12 and a rib 13a formed on the top of the rear plate 13. Consequently, it is possible to enhance the strength of attachment of the accessory shoe 11. Therefore, even when an external device with a large weight such as a strobe device 51 is attached to the accessory shoe 11, it is possible to avoid deformation or damage to the accessory shoe 11.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Shuusaku Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8197401
    Abstract: A stroboscope module has a coupling with which the stroboscope module can be connected to a light connection of an endoscope. The coupling comprises a sleeve and a base, with the base being arranged in the sleeve displacable in an axial direction between a first position and a second position. An elastically deformable cuff having an internal diameter is arranged within the sleeve, into which cuff the light connection of the endoscope can be inserted in the first position. The sleeve and the base compress the cuff in the second position such that the internal diameter of the cuff is reduced and the light connection of the endoscope is locked in the coupling. The sleeve and the base can be locked in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Karl Storz GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Klaus M. Irion, Clemens Rebholz, Fritz Hensler, Robert Schmid
  • Patent number: 8098326
    Abstract: A connector on an electronic device includes a pair of locking plates, a guide groove, and a space. Each locking plate has, on its edge, a first concave portion, a first convex portion, a second concave portion, and a second convex portion. An intermediate surface for determining a position of an accessory device below the guide groove is provided below the second concave portions and the second convex portions. A contact mounting surface provided with plural contacts is provided below the first convex portions. Guide surfaces for determining a position of the accessory device in the width direction of the guide groove are provided below the first concave portions and the first convex portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kouichiro Takashima, Yoichi Miyajima, Yoshitake Takahashi, Nobutatsu Takahashi, Yuichiro Nogo, Kiyoshi Miyamori, Masayoshi Iida, Nobuhito Ebine
  • Patent number: 8066439
    Abstract: A camera dolly has a base on which an elevator is mounted. The elevator has a sliding shelf for mounting a camera, a counterweight to balance the weight of the camera. A fixed shelf is provided to hold accessories such as a video monitor. The base is provided with removable wheels for use on most surfaces. The base also has rollers which move along a track made of PVC pipe or hoses filled with compressed air. An alternative embodiment has the camera mounted to a sliding mount connected to the base. A tripod may also be mounted on the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Inventors: Justin E. Viggiano, James H. Viggiano, Agostino Viggiano
  • Publication number: 20110243544
    Abstract: A device for rotatably mounting a camera on a person comprises first and second connecting means. The first connecting means has a U-shaped slot which is defined by a pocket and a pair of opposed channels which extend from the pocket. The second connecting means has a plate and a truncated cylindrical body mounted on the plate. The plate is slidably received by the U-shaped slot and is rotatable within the U-shaped slot. The truncated cylindrical body is provided with a flat edge. A threaded member extends from one of said first connecting means or said second connecting means. The threaded member is for engaging a threaded female tripod receiver of the camera. The plate of the second connecting means can only be received or released from the U-shaped slot of first connecting means when the flat edge to the truncated cylindrical body of the second connecting means is aligned with one of said opposed channels of the first connecting means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2011
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Inventor: Andrew Chamberlayne
  • Patent number: 7997808
    Abstract: A camera mount, comprising a camera mounting portion, wherein a camera can be removably coupled to the camera mounting portion, such that a photographic plane of the camera is parallel to a photographic plane of the camera mounting portion; a rail portion, wherein the rail portion extends from the camera mounting portion substantially perpendicular to the photographic plane of the camera mounting portion; and a frame, wherein the frame is adapted to receive one or more reference scales such that a photographic plane of the one or more reference scales is parallel to a photographic plane of the camera mounting portion, and wherein the frame is coupled to the rail portion such that a photographic plane of the frame is parallel to a photographic plane of the camera mounting portion elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Inventor: Elizabeth Ruth Smith
  • Publication number: 20110129210
    Abstract: A camera bracket mounting apparatus offering superior simplicity, versatility, and flexibility is disclosed, allowing one to more easily and flexibly combine a plurality of components serving and enhancing the simultaneous capture of video, stills, and/or audio, fostering improved art and commerce. Camera-related devices are becoming smaller while possessing more functionality, calling for the mounts disclosed in this invention allowing novel, simple, and flexible combinations of cameras, mics, lights, radio receivers, flashes, monitors, flash-shoe adapters, flash-shoe mounts, ball-head flash-shoe adapters, threaded screw mounts, and more. Components are becoming smaller, naturally suggesting this invention's smaller and more versatile brackets and mounts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Inventor: Elliot McGucken
  • Patent number: 7899320
    Abstract: A battery pack for mounting to a camera and camera stand is described. The battery pack has attachment means on opposite sides. The attachment means are of complementary design so that the battery pack can be mounted between the camera and the stand. Each attachment means permits linear adjustment of the camera. The two means provide parallel linear adjustment of the camera with respect to the battery pack and of the battery pack with respect to the stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: The Vitec Group PLC
    Inventor: Richard Arthur Lindsay
  • Patent number: 7871205
    Abstract: A base, securely attachable to any type of watertight housing for an underwater camera without causing rotational displacement during its use for underwater photography, includes an elongated main body and a holder plate disposed on the main body which is transversely movable. The base has a protrusion for preventing transverse motion of a pedestal or a leg structure on the housing. A pair of set screws is provided in addition to a fixing screw that is passed through a fixing hole through the base main body to fasten the base to the camera housing. The base main body has a fixing hole for the fixing screw and a pair of elongated holes for passing the set screws so as to be transversely movable. The holder plate has an elongated hole for passing the fixing screw so as to be transversely movable and screw holes for engaging the set screws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: INON, Inc.
    Inventor: Akihide Inoue
  • 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
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20100247089
    Abstract: A battery pack for a camera includes a main housing for containing one or more batteries. An adaptor electrically connected to the one or more batteries protrudes from the main housing and is configured for electrical engagement with a camera supported on the main housing. The battery pack optionally includes one or more of the following: a display screen on the main housing for displaying system functions or images and videos captured by the camera; a wireless transmission device in the main housing for transmitting images captured by the camera to a remote receiver; one or more memory unit housings in the main housing for receiving one or more memory units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Inventor: Yongzhong TIAN
  • Patent number: 7766562
    Abstract: A lens support system for stabilizing and securing a large camera lens when it is attached to a camera is disclosed. The lens support system consists of a lens cradle that is attached to the tripod mount of a large camera lens, and a neck strap attached to the lens cradle that will be worn around the photographer's neck. The lens support system can also be used to secure a lens when unattached to a camera, and can be used as a balanced hand-hold without the neck strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Inventor: Michael Dowell
  • Patent number: 7753599
    Abstract: An accessory includes an apparatus-side portion and an accessory-side portion to be attached to the apparatus-side portion. The accessory-side portion includes a surface, an internally threaded portion open on the surface, and an externally threaded member to be rotatably engaged with the internally threaded portion. The externally threaded member is positioned either in a retraction position by rotation of the externally threaded member in one direction or in an extension position by rotation of the externally threaded member in an opposite direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshio Segawa, Fujio Nemoto
  • Patent number: 7736072
    Abstract: A battery pack for a camera includes a main housing for containing one or more batteries. An adaptor electrically connected to the one or more batteries protrudes from the main housing and is configured for electrical engagement with a camera supported on the main housing. The battery pack optionally includes one or more of the following: a display screen on the main housing for displaying system functions or images and videos captured by the camera; a wireless transmission device in the main housing for transmitting images captured by the camera to a remote receiver; one or more memory unit housings in the main housing for receiving one or more memory units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Inventor: Yongzhong Tian
  • Publication number: 20100098404
    Abstract: A base, securely attachable to any type of watertight housing for an underwater camera without causing rotational displacement during its use for underwater photography, includes an elongated main body and a holder plate disposed on the main body which is transversely movable. The base has a protrusion for preventing transverse motion of a pedestal or a leg structure on the housing. A pair of set screws is provided in addition to a fixing screw that is passed through a fixing hole through the base main body to fasten the base to the camera housing. The base main body has a fixing hole for the fixing screw and a pair of elongated holes for passing the set screws so as to be transversely movable. The holder plate has an elongated hole for passing the fixing screw so as to be transversely movable and screw holes for engaging the set screws.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2009
    Publication date: April 22, 2010
    Applicant: INON, INC.
    Inventor: Akihide Inoue
  • Patent number: 7693418
    Abstract: This invention discloses a system to attach various photographic accessories to a camera by using an apparatus that attaches to the existing shoulder strap loop of a camera. The apparatus has a body, a strong hook to attach to the shoulder strap loop, and a thumbscrew that tightens the apparatus to the camera. The apparatus also incorporates an additional shoulder strap loop to replace the one covered when this system is used. Various mounting plates then attach to the body of the apparatus to which the various accessories are mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Inventor: Russell Brent Lloyd
  • Patent number: 7654755
    Abstract: A folding hinge for camera stabilization equipment. The hinge includes support connectors having apertures through which cables may be passed to connect a camera with various auxiliary components. An indexing guide pivotally attaches the support connectors so the camera stabilization system can be folded and unfolded with little or no disruption of the cables pr system balance. Locking mechanisms secure the hinges to provide a desired angular relationship between support members connected by the hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: The Tiffen Company LLC
    Inventors: H. Robert Orf, Jerry Holway
  • Patent number: 7646424
    Abstract: The invention relates to a camera support device worn on the body comprising a multifunctional assembly of electrical components. The inventive device is characterized in that an operational mode switch device is used to switch the operational mode of connection devices and signal lines between a first and a second mode. In the first mode, the signal lines are used for transmitting a video signal of a first type. In the second mode, only a part of the signal lines is used for transmitting a video signal of a second type while the remaining signal lines are used for other purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: Camera Dynamics GmbH
    Inventor: Curt O. Schaller
  • Patent number: 7612826
    Abstract: A connector on an electronic device includes a pair of locking plates, a guide groove, and a space. Each locking plate has, on its edge, a first concave portion, a first convex portion, a second concave portion, and a second convex portion. An intermediate surface for determining a position of an accessory device below the guide groove is provided below the second concave portion and the second convex portion. A contact mounting surface provided with plural contacts is provided below the first convex portion. Guide surfaces for determining a position of the accessory device in the width direction of the guide groove are provided below the first concave portion and the first convex portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kouichiro Takashima, Yoichi Miyajima, Yoshitake Takahashi, Nobutatsu Takahashi, Yuichiro Nogo, Kiyoshi Miyamori, Masayoshi Iida, Nobuhito Ebine
  • Patent number: 7588377
    Abstract: A rapid-orientation head for optical and photographic apparatus in general includes a ball joint having a first attachment on one side, for attachment to a support, and having a handle on the other side, a second attachment on the handle for restraining the optical apparatus thereon, and a reversible lock for the ball joint which is mounted on the handle in order to permit the relative orientation between the first and second attachments. The handle extends transversely with respect to the direction joining the first and second attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: Lino Manfrotto + Co. S.p.A.
    Inventor: Paolo Speggiorin
  • Patent number: 7575324
    Abstract: A holding assembly for a camera system comprises a first pair of support rods connected to the camera system and extending from the camera system and at least one functional device. A first support element having at least a first pair of recesses on a side of the support element pointing towards the pair of support rods and at least a pair of noses is attached to the first pair of support rods by inserting the first pair of support rods into the first of pair of recesses. A second support element with at least a second pair of recesses on a side pointing towards the first support element holds the at least one functional device and is attached to the first support element by inserting the pair of noses on the first support element into the second pair of recesses in the second support element. The invention, thus, provides a holding assembly which allows an easy attachment and detachment of a functional device to and from a camera system, is convenient in its handling and reliable in its operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: Arnold & Richter Cine Technik GmbH & Co. Betriebs KG
    Inventors: James Elias, David Schuster
  • Publication number: 20090196596
    Abstract: A device for rotatably mounting a camera on a person comprises first and second connecting means. The first connecting means has a U-shaped slot which is defined by a curved pocket and a pair of opposed channels which extend from the pocket. The second connecting means has a circular plate which is slidably received by the U-shaped slot. The circular plate is rotatable within the U-shaped slot. A threaded member extends from one of said first connecting means or said second connecting means. The threaded member is for engaging a threaded female tripod receiver of the camera. A strap assembly is connected to another one of said first connecting means or said second connecting means. The strap assembly is for mounting the device on the person.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2008
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Inventor: Andrew Chamberlayne
  • Patent number: 7561786
    Abstract: A camera includes an image transducer mounted within a housing and configured to convert an image focused on the image transducer into a digital image signal, and a control unit coupled to the image transducer and configured to receive the digital image signal and to store the digital image signal in a storage device coupled to the control unit. An RF transceiver is coupled to the control unit and is configured to broadcast an RFID query signal in response to a command from the control unit, and an RFID tag is mounted on the camera and is configured to respond to the query signal with a response signal. Methods, systems and computer program products for automatic identification of device accessories are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: Qurio Holdings, Inc
    Inventor: Gary W. Black
  • Patent number: 7549807
    Abstract: A camera bracket is disclosed which facilitates movement of a camera and its field from the horizontal to the vertical position and maintains the center of the camera lens in exactly the same in relationship to all objects, such as the sun, as long as the photographer does not change position and which maintains the center of the camera lens in the exact same position with respect to any flash that is being used even if the photographer does change position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Inventor: Nazareth Nazarian
  • Patent number: 7513700
    Abstract: A method for providing positioning information related to image information presentation for a portable communication device, includes providing first image information to be presented (202), obtaining the first image information by the portable communication device under control of the user of the portable communication device, registering second image information by the camera of the portable communication device (206) and mapping presented first image information and registered second image information (208). The method may also include recognizing at least one image element of the presented first image information as being included in the registered second image information (210) and determining the position of a predefined area of the registered second image information in relation to the recognized at least one image element (212). The determined relative position of the predefined area may be used for controlling purposes of the first image information being presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignee: Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB
    Inventor: Joakim Nelson
  • Publication number: 20090028541
    Abstract: An adapter connected to a camera providing a rapidly movable support of a camera flash between flash positions favorable to a portrait and a landscape camera orientation, including a annular track, such as provided on a portion of an annular band mounted forward of the camera body, typically concentric with the lens axis. The arcuate portion provides a track on which a flash holder rides and is retained, wherein the flash holder includes opposing rolling members to engage parallel members of the arcuate portion therebetween and roll thereon as the flash holder moves from one location to another. By substantially surrounding the lens instead of the camera body, the present invention provides a flexible compact flash adapter which further protects the camera lens.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2007
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Inventor: Alexandr V. Livitz
  • Patent number: 7457535
    Abstract: A bracket suitable for supporting a flash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Inventor: Joseph Johnson
  • Patent number: 7452142
    Abstract: A camera mount, comprising a camera mounting portion, wherein a camera can be removably coupled to the camera mounting portion, such that a photographic plane of the camera is parallel to a photographic plane of the camera mounting portion; a rail portion, wherein the rail portion extends from the camera mounting portion substantially perpendicular to the photographic plane of the camera mounting portion; and a frame, wherein the frame is adapted to receive one or more reference scales such that a photographic plane of the one or more reference scales is parallel to a photographic plane of the camera mounting portion, and wherein the frame is coupled to the rail portion such that a photographic plane of the frame is parallel to a photographic plane of the camera mounting portion elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Inventor: Elizabeth Ruth Smith
  • Patent number: 7440685
    Abstract: A three-dimensional photographic shelf that is highly controllable, adjustable and portable. A loading turntable of the shelf for loading a photographic subject has the functions of horizontal rotation for different angles and vertical angles switches while cooperating with a hand rod connected to a digital camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Inventor: Jia Duo Weng
  • Patent number: 7434776
    Abstract: A method and system are disclosed, may include 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: January 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Inventors: Shawn T. Dennison, Stanely C. Aguilar