Adjustable Support Patents (Class 396/428)
  • Patent number: 10563445
    Abstract: A closure assembly includes a housing, a sensor, a door, and a primary actuator. The sensor is disposed within the housing. The door is supported by the housing and is movable between a closed position and an open position. The sensor is exposed when the door is in the open position. The primary actuator is operable to (i) apply a first force on the door to move the door from the closed position to the open position and (ii) apply a second force on the door to move the door from the closed position to the open position when the first force does not move the door into the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Huf North America Automotive Parts Manufacturing Corp.
    Inventors: Lynn D. Da Deppo, Dave Newkirk
  • Patent number: 10547773
    Abstract: An embodiment provides a monopod jib for cameras, including: a pole; a multi-axis gimbal disposed at one end of the pole; and a user interface comprising: a first user interface element having a first plurality of camera controls; and a second user interface element having a second plurality of camera controls. Other embodiments are shown and described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Gunter D. Niemeyer, Sean Kallas, Avner Swerdlow, Meredith Bailey Antonia Scheff-King
  • Patent number: 10429723
    Abstract: A rail securing mechanism comprises an outer wall portion and an inner wall portion, the outer wall portion and inner wall portion configured to retain a portion of a rail; a recess between the outer wall portion and the inner wall portion; and a rail securing assembly at least partially disposed between the outer wall portion and the inner wall portion. The rail securing assembly comprises a medial bar at least partially disposed within the recess; a tightening bolt; one or more outer wedge pieces; and one or more inner wedge pieces disposed between the one or more outer wedge pieces and the medial bar. Rotating the tightening bolt causes at least one of the one or more outer wedge pieces or inner wedge pieces to protrude from the recess into a space between the outer wall portion and the inner wall portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Camera Goat, LLC
    Inventor: Jeffery Garland
  • Patent number: 10409050
    Abstract: Provided is an adaptor for attaching a portable terminal, said adaptor enabling a smartphone to be simply attached to and detached from a microscope. The present invention is provided with a first adaptor on the smartphone side, and a second adaptor on the microscope side. The first adaptor and the second adaptor, respectively have a first slide section and a second slide section, which are fitted to each other such that, in the straight line direction, the first slide section and the second slide section can mutually slide and can be attached to and detached from each other. As a result, the present invention makes it possible to easily attach and detach the smartphone to and from the microscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSCOPE NETWORK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ryohei Kaminaga
  • Patent number: 10356292
    Abstract: An optical unit with rolling correction function is provided and performs rolling correction by fixing a circuit board on which an imaging element is mounted and a heat dissipating member to a rotation member, transmitting heat from the circuit board to the heat dissipating member, and rotating the rotation member. A rotation shaft of a rotation supporting mechanism is fixed to the rotation member via the heat dissipating member. Accordingly, it is possible to dissipate heat by transmitting heat that is generated from the imaging element, from the circuit board to the heat dissipating member, and then transmitting the heat from the heat dissipating member to the rotation shaft. The imaging element and the heat dissipating member overlap with the rotation shaft at an identical position when the imaging element and the heat dissipating member are seen from an optical axis direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinji Minamisawa, Masato Gomyo, Takeshi Sue
  • Patent number: 10302244
    Abstract: A multi-purpose camera stand includes a lower tube, an upper tube sheathed on the lower tube, a multi-stage telescopic rod installed into the lower tube, and a mounting stand fixed to the multi-stage telescopic rod. A camera equipment is installed onto the mounting stand, and three legs are hinged to the bottom of the lower tube. After the three legs are folded, a first accommodating space for accommodating the multi-stage telescopic rod is formed, and a second accommodating space for accommodating the stand is formed in the upper tube. When the camera stand is folded, the telescopic rod is accommodated into the first accommodating space, and the mounting stand is accommodated into the second accommodating space to reduce the storage volume of the camera stand and facilitate storage and carry. In addition, the mounting stand can be rotated in different directions to fit the use of different occasions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Ningbo Nest E-Commerce Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Qi Lu
  • Patent number: 10191357
    Abstract: A two-piece mounting system for a trail camera has a support with a fitting that is placed high in a tree on a tree branch. The support with an auger anchor is driven into the tree branch with an extension pole equipped with a companion fitting. The auger has a releasable spring-loaded turn-to-lock capture means to capture and hold a utility bar. The utility bar, like the auger support, is placed and attached to the support with the extension pole. The utility bar receives a universal camera mount attached to the bar through a swivel. The camera mount and swivel have an adjustment bar that has a fitting that can be received by the extension pole fitting, so once placed in the tree, the camera angle can be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventors: Michael S. DeMers, Simon Evans
  • Patent number: 10185463
    Abstract: An approach is provided for determining at least one selection of at least one object model in a three-dimensional world user interface, wherein the at least one object model is a three-dimensional representation of at least one object visible in the three-dimensional world user interface from a first camera view position, and wherein the three-dimensional world user interface presents at least one first panoramic image that is determined based, at least in part, on the first camera view position. The approach involves determining at least one interaction input with the at least one object model to cause, at least in part, a rotation of the at least one object model in the three-dimensional world user interface. The approach also involves causing, at least in part, a calculation of a second camera view position based, at least in part, on the rotation. The approach further involves determining at least one second panoramic image based, at least in part, on the second camera view position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: NOKIA TECHNOLOGIES OY
    Inventors: Yu You, Kimmo Tapio Roimela
  • Patent number: 10084977
    Abstract: A camera system includes a camera, a base configured to support the camera, a transparent cover that covers at least a portion of the camera and the base; a circular polarizer disposed between the camera and the transparent cover; and a controller configured to move at least one of the camera and the circular polarizer to arrange the camera to face the circular polarizer in a first surrounding environment, and move at least one of the camera and the circular polarizer to arrange the camera not to face the circular polarizer in a second surrounding environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Hanwha Techwin Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sehoon Cho
  • Patent number: 9962305
    Abstract: A living support system connected to a chair including a movable seat through a communication network includes a robot including a main body, a moving device that moves the main body in a freestanding state, a handle provided at the main body and gripped by a user, and a handle load detector that detects a handle load applied to the handle by the user; a support control device that controls seat movement for a stand-up motion of the sitting user, using the detected handle load; and a communicator that transmits support control information including a movement speed at which the chair moves the movable seat, to the chair through the communication network. The support control device includes a seat speed calculator that calculates a speed at which the movable seat is inclined with respect to a floor on which the chair is placed, as the movement speed using the detected handle load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazunori Yamada, Yoji Yamada, Pei Di
  • Patent number: 9955125
    Abstract: A bicycle video system for facilitating improved aerodynamic positioning of a bicyclist. The bicycle video system includes a video display. The video display is used by the bicyclist to view an area in front of the bicycle. The video display allows the bicyclist to ride while maintaining a lowered head position to see an area in front of the bicycle. The bicycle video system also includes a video camera. The video camera is in electrical communication with the video display. The video camera is positioned in a direction toward an area in front of the bicycle to capture images in front of the bicycle. The video camera may transmit a video signal representative of a real-time image of an area in front of the bicycle to the video display. The video display may continuously receive real-time images of an area in front of the bicycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Felt Racing, LLC
    Inventor: James Michael Felt
  • Patent number: 9823549
    Abstract: The levered mount adapter couples with a camera system to stabilize and enable the camera system to capture high quality images. The levered mount adapter includes a fingered base component, a first lever, and a second lever, which altogether, are designed to couple with extensions of the camera system. A user may decouple the camera system from the levered mount adapter by providing a force input on input structures located on the levered mount adapter. In doing so, the applied force rotates the lever components of the levered mount adapter, thereby eliminating their coupling with extensions of the camera system and enabling the convenient removal of the camera system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventor: Yusuke Miyashita
  • Patent number: 9826144
    Abstract: The invention relates to the field of portable electronic equipment, and discloses peripheral equipment for controlling a camera arranged in a terminal, a system and a method thereof. The peripheral equipment comprises: an external controller, comprising a user operation end for receiving an operation action of a user; and a trigger signal generator for generating a regular trigger event signal according to the operation action; and a transmission device, comprising an interface interacting with the terminal, for transmitting the trigger event signal to the terminal through a transmission medium. According to the invention, the problem that existing mobile terminals with relatively large sizes are unfavorable for photo taking operation of users is effectively solved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: LOOQ SYSTEM INC
    Inventors: Woody Yu, Chi-Min Huang
  • Patent number: 9759990
    Abstract: A shoulder camera adaptor is provided that inhibits a tripod from falling behind even when a large external battery is mounted to take a video using a tripod. According to the present invention, a shoulder camera adaptor used for application of a handy video camera as a shoulder camera, is provided that includes a base, wherein the base includes a camera holder to hold the handy video camera, and the base is provided with mechanical units to fix the shoulder camera adaptor to a tripod base fixed to a tripod at at least two spots in at least longitudinally different positions in the shoulder camera adaptor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Nihon Video System Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kentaro Hashiguchi
  • Patent number: 9751205
    Abstract: An extension-type holder comprising a cover, a movable base, a tube and an extensible rod assembly, the cover has an eccentric rod, the movable base has an eccentric pipe, a rotating joint is disposed between the extensible rod assembly and the tube, wherein the eccentric pipe can contain the eccentric rod, the tube can contain the movable base, a holding space can be formed between a cover and a movable base when the eccentric rod and the movable base is in an extending state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: CYBER POWER SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Chung-Ta Huang
  • Patent number: 9756244
    Abstract: A panoramic photography digital camera for easily photographing a plurality of images having different orientations without any vignetting in order to generate a panoramic image and to provide a photography system using the panoramic photography digital camera are provided. A panoramic photography digital camera includes: a wide-angle lens having an angle of view at least larger than 180 degrees; a camera body disposed closer to a rear side than the wide-angle lens and positioned at a position that does not fall within the angle of view; a digital imaging element included in the camera body; an image processor that processes image data obtained by the digital imaging element and outputs or stores the image data in a predetermined image format; a level for checking the level of the camera body; and a first connector for connection to a legged platform used when mounting the camera during photographing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: ENTANIYA CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masaki Okumura
  • Patent number: 9674428
    Abstract: In one aspect, a device includes a processor, a camera accessible to the processor, and a memory accessible to the processor. The memory bears instructions executable by the processor to command the camera to produce a first image using at least a first parameter and a second image using at least a second parameter different from the first parameter, permit access to the first image and second image by an application, and receive from the application data which indicates which of the first parameter and the second parameter to use to produce at least a third image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Robert James Kapinos, Edward Barney Grant, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9606424
    Abstract: A holding assembly for a camera, such as a smartphone, which may be hung from a wide variety of surfaces to position the camera for taking pictures that include the camera's user. The length of a rod at which the end of the camera may be attached is adjustable to set the camera at the appropriate height. The adjustable rod has a handle at one end and may have a C-shaped hook adjacent to the handle. At the other end of the assembly is a mount for the camera. Alternatively, the holding assembly may fold open to attach the camera to one section and the support surface to another section. The holding assembly may be attached to the support surface on an upper section by a sticky gel that doesn't damage a surface and the camera may be attached to the lower section with magnets or gel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Inventor: Wayne Fromm
  • Patent number: 9567058
    Abstract: The system and apparatus of the present invention is generally comprised of a non-dedicated, temporarily-installed, aircraft observer bubble door, chair, sonotube ejection system, mission electronics LRU rack and workstation assembly which are affixed to the Air Deployment System (ADS) rails, cargo tie down “D” rings, seat belt restraint ring bolt sockets, and litter bar of a host aircraft, thereby precluding the requirement for dedicated airframe modifications. One embodiment of the present invention also utilizes a multi-axis, articulated, foldable chair temporarily-installed in conjunction with a segmented or one piece pressurized observer bubble door plug and door refraction system. Once installed the subject apparatus can be stowed outboard of the fuselage cargo transit envelope to permit use of the ADS rail system in-flight, without affecting normal air drop operations, crew egress, the flight performance envelope, or emergency procedures of the host aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: 1281329 Alberta Ltd.
    Inventors: Richard L. K. Woodland, Ross James Neyedly
  • Patent number: 9549105
    Abstract: A container scanning system comprises a rail, a camera/sensor unit and a control unit. The rail is mounted on a support or beam of a container handling crane. The camera/sensor unit is movably mounted along the rail. The camera/sensor unit comprises a camera and/or a sensor for scanning the exterior surface of a container. The control unit is operationally coupled to the camera/sensor unit. The control unit is able to obtain position information indicative for the operational position of the container handling crane, and the control unit is adapted to control movement of the camera/sensor unit along the rail in function of the position information. The rail contains space for wiring for power feeding the camera/sensor unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: CAMCO TECHNOLOGIES NV
    Inventors: Jef Simon Gaston De Geeter, Jan Amandus Michel Maria Bossens
  • Patent number: 9519203
    Abstract: A quick-reposition camera support and method for photography of record in turbulent conditions, providing adjustable stability, controlled dropping, and quick recovery and repositioning after drops, allowing nearly continuous photography.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Inventor: Donald Kennair, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9507244
    Abstract: A lightweight camera crane has an outer arm pivotally attached to a base. A trim weight tray is rigidly attached to a back end of the outer arm. A moving counterweight carriage is supported on carriage rollers on top of the outer arm. An inner arm is supported on arm rollers within the outer arm. A camera platform is pivotally attached to a front end of the inner arm for tilt axis movement. An electric leveling motor connected to the camera platform via a mechanical linkage keeps the camera platform level regardless of the tilt angle of the camera crane. An electric extension motor drives telescoping extension and retraction movement of the inner arm via chains, belts or cables connected to the counterweight carriage and the inner arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment, Inc.
    Inventor: Leonard T. Chapman
  • Patent number: 9509889
    Abstract: Mounting and triggering mechanisms for first person actuation of a camera by an internally mounted remote camera actuator in the form of a handle grip are disclosed for use in any applicable activity, without limitation, such as sporting, recreational, documentary filmmaking and/or photography, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventor: Tyler Reid
  • Patent number: 9441781
    Abstract: A multi-axis positioning device adapted to hold and position an electronic device such as a smart phone. A system using the positioning device and a smart phone adapted to utilize the smart phone to provide positioning commands to the positioning device. The system may provide positioning commands based upon pre-programmed instructions, or may position based upon analysis of the images being taken in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Motrr LLC
    Inventors: JoeBen Bevirt, Josh Guyot
  • Patent number: 9411215
    Abstract: An adapter that optically couples a camera on a mobile device to an eye piece of an optical device. The adapter includes a base plate configured to retain the mobile device without obstructing a display screen on the mobile device. The base plate includes an optical interface configured to attach to the eye piece of the optical device. A mounting structure is configured to secure the optical interface to the eye piece of the optical device. The mounting structure includes a high friction interface that prevents rotation of the adapter relative to the eye piece. An adjustment system with threaded micro-adjust mechanisms is configured to move the base plate relative to the optical interface in at least two degrees of freedom to optically couple the camera on the mobile device with an optical axis of the eye piece. Images captured by the optical device are displayed on a viewing screen of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: FL Archery Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Fred H. Hunt
  • Patent number: 9386196
    Abstract: A holding assembly for a picture taking device such as a smartphone or camera, which holding assembly may be hung from various surfaces to position the picture taking device at eye level, the holding assembly including variable length rigid support having first and second ends, which variable length rigid support may be readily locked in various positions of length adjustment, the one end of the variable length rigid support being provided with a griping surface which may act as a handle, a C-shaped hook which extends upwardly from the first end of the variable length rigid support, and a removable ball joint assembly carried by the second end of the variable length rigid support, which ball joint assembly may receive the picture taking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Inventor: Wayne G. Fromm
  • Patent number: 9372384
    Abstract: A quick attachment and release mounting mechanism for a camera. The mechanism includes a clamping base with clamping structure adapted to be secured around an object, such as a paddle, and an adapter. The clamping base includes a receptacle which is trapezoidal and narrower at the top, and also tapers from one end to the other. The receptacle is disclosed forwardly of the clamping structure. The adapter includes a fastener adapted to engage a camera, and a leading portion with a shape that is complementary to that of the receptacle. A latch mechanism is provided to latch the adapter and receptacle together. The latch mechanism is shielded from accidental disengagement by a frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Inventors: Andrew John Hudson, Caralin Riva Adair
  • Patent number: 9360743
    Abstract: Support head (1) for video-photographic equipment comprising a base (2) intended to be fixed to a support structure, at least one body (3, 4, 5) rotating with respect to said base (2) so as to rotate about a respective rotation axis (X, Y, Z) defined on said head (1), a telescopic activation device (30, 40, 50) of said at least one body (3, 4, 5) for rotating said body with respect to said rotation axis (X, Y, Z) comprising a shaft (31, 41) extending along a longitudinal axis (A, B) fixed to a first end thereof (31a, 41a) to said at least one body (3, 4, 5) and a handle (32, 42) associated with a second end (31b, 41b) of said shaft (31, 41) longitudinally opposite to said first end (31a, 41a), said handle (32, 42) being slidable with respect to said shaft (31, 41) so as to be displaceable along said longitudinal axis (A, B) between a working configuration (W), wherein said handle (32, 42) is positioned for controlling the rotation said at least one body (3, 4, 5) about said rotation axis (X, Y, Z) and a non-w
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: LINO MANFROTTO & Co. S.p.A.
    Inventor: Federico Battaglia
  • Patent number: 9344611
    Abstract: To provide an automotive camera mounting apparatus that has a simplified, lightweight configuration with a minimum increase in weight, is vibration-free during running, and can be steadily mounted on a vehicle body, an automotive camera mounting apparatus 10 for mounting on an inside of a windshield 3 of a vehicle 1 an automotive camera 6 that images a forward view of the vehicle 1 through the windshield 3 includes a taper plate 11 as a support plate disposed along the windshield 3. The taper plate 11 has a first fixing portion 12 on a first end thereof fixed to a front rail 2 disposed on a periphery of the windshield 3 and a second fixing portion 13 on a second end thereof fixed to the windshield 3 via a mirror base 4. The automotive camera 6 is supported by a stay 7 that has a fixing portion 8 fixedly disposed on a third fixing portion 14 formed at an intermediate portion of the taper plate 11.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Ken Ohsumi
  • Patent number: 9303940
    Abstract: A firearm support is disclosed herein. The firearm support may include a main body assembly, at least two legs operably attached to the main body assembly, and a mounting assembly operably attached to the main body assembly. The mounting assembly may include an attachment mechanism operable to attach a firearm to the mounting assembly, a pan mechanism operable to control an angular rotation about a first axis of the mounting assembly, and a cant mechanism operable to control an angular rotation about a second axis of the mounting assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: KENG'S FIREARMS SPECIALTY, INC.
    Inventors: David Ryan Bonelli, William Edward Brown, Kio Antwii James, Da Keng, Alvin Christopher Williams
  • Patent number: 9304375
    Abstract: An electronic device carrying case is provided. The electronic device includes a case part having an inside recessed to form a hollow opened to one side and an outer peripheral surface formed with a curved surface, and a mount part having an upper part provided to be detachable from a lower end of the case part and a lower part with an inwardly recessed curved surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Woo Jung Moon, Joo Hyung Kim, Woo Hyeok Jeong
  • Patent number: 9298069
    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: 9280038
    Abstract: A platform for interchangeably mounting a payload to a base support is provided. In one aspect, the platform comprises: a support assembly configured to be releasably coupled to a payload via a first coupling and configured to control a spatial disposition of the payload; and a mounting assembly configured to be releasably coupled via a second coupling to a plurality of types of base supports selected from at least two of the following: an aerial vehicle, a handheld support, or a base adapter mounted onto a movable object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Paul Pan, Xifeng Zhao, Tao Zhao
  • Patent number: 9280037
    Abstract: A camera mount apparatus is disclosed that allows toolless rotation with integrated detent and locking features. The apparatus has the ability to rotate a camera and lens predetermined increments. In the preferred embodiment, the camera and lens are constrained together, and rotate about the optical axis. One portion of the apparatus remains fixed while another portion rotates and slides, allowing the camera and light to be rotated in a controlled fashion. The apparatus has a hand retractable pin that locks rotational movement and that is released manually to allow rotation adjustment The apparatus has spring plungers that mate to spherical indented features to provide a function to allow a positive feel when the desired angular position is achieved during rotation. The apparatus has bearing surfaces that allow rotation and provide contact of bearing material on rotational sliding faces to metal contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Serview, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Leblanc, Brian Leblanc
  • Patent number: 9280039
    Abstract: A two-piece extendable L-plate provides clearance between a camera and a quick-release receiver securing the camera to a support permitting a camera having cables connected to the side of the camera's body to be secured in either a landscape or a portrait orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Really Right Stuff, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph M. Johnson, Sr., Matthew L. Burk
  • Patent number: 9264588
    Abstract: The invention relates to a theft protection device for a camera unit (20) that is arranged on a movable protection element (11) of a motor vehicle, said camera unit (20) being used to detect images of the outer area (5). The protection element (11) can be moved between a closed position (1) and an open position (2). In the closed position (1), the camera unit (20) is in the idle position (3) and in the open position (2), the camera unit (20) is in the operational position (4). The protection element (11) comprises a receiving unit (10) for the camera unit (20) on the inner side, the side of the protection element (11) facing away from the outer area (5), a safety element (30) being arranged on the receiving element (10) which safety element reliably maintains the camera unit (20) in the receiving element (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: HUF HULSBECK & FURST GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Joachim Barthel
  • Patent number: 9197879
    Abstract: A measurement method for environment depth and the image extraction device thereof is revealed. First, rotate an image extraction unit and extract a plurality of images using an image extraction device according to different viewing angles of a target object. Then, use disparity information of the plurality of images and an image parameter of the image extraction unit to give a plurality pieces of depth-of-field information, which are further used for giving environment depth information. The image extraction device has an image extraction unit and a rotating member. The rotating member is connected with the base; the rotating member is connected to the image extraction unit, which is located on one side of the rotating member. The plurality of images with different viewing angles are extracted to the image extraction unit as the rotating member rotates about a rotating center to different image extracting locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: National Chung Cheng University
    Inventors: Huei-Yung Lin, Chun-Lung Tsai
  • Patent number: 9163776
    Abstract: A motorized dolly includes an elongated frame, a first and second arc-shaped rail, a first and second pulley, a continuous belt, a motor, a platform, a first and second set of rollers or wheels, a fastener and one or more controls. The first arc-shaped rail has a first radius to a point in space. The second arc-shaped rail has a second radius greater than the first radius. The first and second pulleys are attached to the elongated frame proximate to each end. The continuous belt is moveably attached to the first pulley and the second pulley. The motor is operably engaged with the first pulley, the second pulley or the continuous belt. The first and second set of rollers or wheels are attached to the platform and moveably engaged with the first and second rails, respectively. The fastener securely is attached to the platform and the continuous belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: REDROCK MICROSYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventor: James D. Hurd
  • Patent number: 9143756
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a camera module has a first image sensor, a second image sensor and an image processing apparatus. The image processing apparatus outputs an image signal for a stereoscopic display. A second sub-camera module including the second image sensor has a signal processing unit. The second image is acquired by the second sub-camera module. The signal processing unit executes signal processing for adjusting a second image corresponding to a difference between the numbers of pixels of the first image sensor and the second image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Takayuki Ogasahara
  • Patent number: 9097277
    Abstract: A monopod head enables movement of an optical instrument relative to a longitudinal axis of a monopod in directions parallel or normal to the optical axis of the instrument and includes a robust braking system to control movement of heavy instruments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Inventors: Joseph M. Johnson, Sr., Verent Chan
  • Patent number: 9077898
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a novel smart webcam device in distributed circuit casings and cable-encapsulating neck structure are disclosed. In one embodiment, the novel smart webcam device has a bottom housing that contains a network communication-capable computing circuitry, a top housing that contains a webcam-specific circuitry (e.g. a camera lens and a camera processing unit), and a cable-encapsulating neck structure interposed between the bottom housing and the top housing that uniquely encapsulates a data communication and power cable, which connects a camera data interface in the bottom housing and a webcam unit interface in the top housing. Preferably, the top housing and the bottom housing are swivel-capable around the cable-encapsulating neck structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Inventor: Jeffrey Huang
  • Patent number: 9075290
    Abstract: Universal L shaped brackets, supports, apparatus, systems and methods for mounting surveillance cameras that form enclosure systems, mounting systems, and pedestal system for the cameras to be mounted on structures, such as but not limited to under a ceiling, a shelf, a wall, inside a pedestal and the like. Another embodiment covers brackets, supports, apparatus, systems and methods for mounting surveillance cameras with a universal mount for inside of vehicles, such as automobiles, and the like. The mounts can include mounting cameras on the backs of seats or door edges. The mounts can mount the cameras inside of pedestals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Inventor: Michael Thieman
  • Patent number: 9066170
    Abstract: A mobile platform includes a microphone array and is capable of implementing beamforming to amplify or suppress audio information from a sound source. The sound source is indicated through a user input, such as pointing the mobile platform in the direction of the sound source or through a touch screen display interface. The mobile platform further includes orientation sensors capable of detecting movement of the mobile platform. When the mobile platform moves with respect to the sound source, the beamforming is adjusted based on the data from the orientation sensors so that beamforming is continuously implemented in the direction of the sound source. The audio information from the sound source may be included or suppressed from a telephone or video-telephony conversation. Images or video from a camera may be likewise controlled based on the data from the orientation sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Babak Forutanpour, Andre Gustavo P. Schevciw, Erik Visser, Brian Momeyer
  • Patent number: 9052060
    Abstract: A tripod has a mounting seat, a mounting assembly, and a base. The mounting seat has two engaging protrusions disposed next to each other, two engaging recesses disposed next to each other, and two engaging members resiliently mounted respectively in the engaging recesses. The mounting assembly has a retractable rod mounted through the mounting seat. The base is connected to a lower end of the retractable rod. When combining multiple tripods, the engaging protrusion of the mounting seat of one tripod is mounted into the engaging recess of the mounting seat of another tripod. Thus, the tripods can be arranged as a cuboid to reduce space that the tripods occupy for the convenience of storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Kupo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hung-Yueh Chang
  • Patent number: 9033598
    Abstract: Described herein is a motion control apparatus for a camera and methods of use of the apparatus. The apparatus includes a camera attachment and a linear movement assembly operatively associated with a drive mechanism. This configuration causes linear movement of the drive mechanism and the camera attachment in a linear direction along a line or pathway. The apparatus is used for capturing time delay sequences and allows for operation over any desired path length along the line. Further, the apparatus is portable and can be used with other camera accessories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: SYRP LIMITED
    Inventors: Benjamin Derek Ryan, Christopher Ayson Thomson
  • 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: 9011027
    Abstract: A camera supporting device includes a jib arm supporting a camera mount for panning and tilting movement relative to a base structure. A parallel linkage couples the camera mount at one end of the jib arm to the base structure pivotally supporting the jib arm thereon at an intermediate location. The jib arm is readily separable into two portions for storage with the parallel linkage being wholly contained within a hollow tubular member forming one of the two portions while an adjustable trim weight and counterweight support are supported on the other portion. Interchangeable indexing rings permit indexing of the panning or tilting movements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventors: Dennis Wood, Tyler J. F. Bragnalo
  • Patent number: 8998512
    Abstract: An articulating camera arm permits a camera to be positioned includes multiple sections connected together in series at joints. At least one of the joints is movable, and each of the joints connects one of the sections to an immediately preceding one of the sections. The articulating arm may also be connected to one or both of a camera and a mounting plate via movable joints such as swivel joints. The arm's interior includes a wiring conduit that allows wiring for the camera to pass through it while being protected by the arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Avigilon Corporation
    Inventor: Piotr Zbigniew Celler
  • Patent number: 8998513
    Abstract: A unipod rotating apparatus includes a main rod, an adapting platform fixing photographic equipment, and a rotating device connecting the adapting platform to the main rod in a rotatable manner, in which the rotating device includes a rotating tube, a first connecting structure, a second connecting structure and a rotation connecting structure, in which the rotating tube is sleeved around the main rod; the first connecting structure fixedly connects the adapting platform to the upper end of the rotating tube; the second connecting structure is fixedly connected to the upper end of the main rod; and the rotation connecting structure is arranged between the first connecting structure and the second connecting structure, such that the first connecting structure and the second connecting structure are connected with each other in a relatively rotatable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignees: Zhongshan Sirui Photographic Equipment Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jie Li
  • Publication number: 20150086188
    Abstract: A panoramic device includes a base member and a clamp member rotatably interconnected within a single plane of rotation with the base that includes a first rotatable knob to selectively inhibit the rotation of the clamp member with respect to the base. The upper surface includes a central region that is at a different elevation than another portion of the upper surface. The clamp includes a pair of opposed surfaces suitable to detachably secure a camera thereto. The one of the opposed surfaces is maintained in a fixed relationship with respect to the clamp member. The other one of the opposed surfaces is in a movable relationship with respect to the clamp member using a second rotatable knob. The first knob and the second knob are rotatably connected with respect to one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Joseph M. JOHNSON, SR.