Camera Combined With Or Convertible To Diverse Art Device Patents (Class 396/429)
  • Patent number: 10326942
    Abstract: A dual-aperture zoom digital camera operable in both still and video modes. The camera includes Wide and Tele imaging sections with respective lens/sensor combinations and image signal processors and a camera controller operatively coupled to the Wide and Tele imaging sections. The Wide and Tele imaging sections provide respective image data. The controller is configured to combine in still mode at least some of the Wide and Tele image data to provide a fused output image from a particular point of view, and to provide without fusion continuous zoom video mode output images, each output image having a given output resolution, wherein the video mode output images are provided with a smooth transition when switching between a lower zoom factor (ZF) value and a higher ZF value or vice versa, and wherein at the lower ZF the output resolution is determined by the Wide sensor while at the higher ZF value the output resolution is determined by the Tele sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Corephotonics Ltd.
    Inventors: Gal Shabtay, Ephraim Goldenberg, Oded Gigushinski, Noy Cohen
  • Patent number: 10321061
    Abstract: A lens drive apparatus that displaces a lens holder in a direction of an optical axis and a direction orthogonal to the optical axis in collaboration with a magnet and a coil that includes: a first coil that is disposed at a position shifted in a radial direction of the lens holder with respect to the magnet and displaces the lens holder in the direction of the optical axis; and a second coil that is disposed at a position shifted in the direction of the optical axis with respect to the magnet and displaces the lens holder in the direction orthogonal to the optical axis, comprises a Hall device that is disposed at a position shifted in the direction of the optical axis with respect to the second coil and detects a position of the magnet in the direction orthogonal to the optical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUMI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akihiro Moriya, Masayoshi Sugawara
  • Patent number: 10298838
    Abstract: An approach is provided for the presentation of guidance information for capturing media content by a mobile device. Location information of the mobile device is acquired. A presentation is initiated of guidance information for capturing media content by the mobile device as part of a sequence of media contents. The guidance information is based on the location information and specifies distance and directional angle for the capture of the media content according to the sequence of media contents. Whether there is a deviation from guidance information is determined. A signal is generated to provide feedback relating to the determined deviation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Conversant Wireless Licensing S.a .r.l.
    Inventors: Andres Lucero, Marion Boberg
  • Patent number: 10270961
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus including circuitry configured to adjust an active parameter in accordance with touch on a touch panel in a first area other than a second area corresponding to a parameter graphical user interface (GUI) area, wherein the active parameter is a parameter related to color or brightness selected from among a plurality of selectable parameters related to color or brightness of an image captured by an imaging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Keisuke Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10264228
    Abstract: In the case where a phenomenon called brightness saturation occurs due to high brightness of light output from a transmission apparatus and high lightness in a portion of a transmitter (light source) within a frame obtained by imaging in a reception apparatus, a decoder in a reception apparatus performs first image processing of shifting the focus by moving a lens in an imager or a filtering process (gradation filtering process) of an image for replacing the color of a brightness saturation area with the color surrounding the brightness saturation area, before determination of a change area, determination of the color of the change area, and decoding of bit string data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Naotomo Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 10263033
    Abstract: Forming a back-illuminated type CMOS image sensor, includes process for formation of a registration mark on the wiring side of a silicon substrate during formation of an active region or a gate electrode. A silicide film using an active region may also be used for the registration mark. Thereafter, the registration mark is read from the back-side by use of red light or near infrared rays, and registration of the stepper is accomplished. It is also possible to form a registration mark in a silicon oxide film on the back-side (illuminated side) in registry with the registration mark on the wiring side, and to achieve the desired registration by use of the registration mark thus formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Abe, Nobuo Nakamura, Keiji Mabuchi, Tomoyuki Umeda, Hiroaki Fujita, Eiichi Funatsu, Hiroki Sato
  • Patent number: 10242606
    Abstract: A novelty item is described that can be attached to a camera or other object as a prank for humor and entertainment purposes. The novelty item may include an image that can be seen by a viewer of the camera. The novelty item may include a central portion having the image, foldable flap portions flexibly connected to the central portion, and a fastener for attaching the novelty item to the camera. The image may be properly placed and aligned to be in field of view of the camera due to the shape and dimensions of the central portion and flap portions, when the novelty item is fully folded. The novelty item may be inconspicuous and easily attachable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: Tyler Jeffrey
  • Patent number: 10179550
    Abstract: An automotive vehicle includes a plurality of panels defining a vehicle body. The plurality of panels include a first panel and a second panel. The second panel has an aperture therethrough. The vehicle additionally includes a camera housing and a camera having a lens. The camera is disposed at least partially within the camera housing. The vehicle further includes a mounting feature coupling the housing to the first panel, with the camera lens disposed in register with the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Bregt Ectors
  • Patent number: 10178289
    Abstract: A camera module configured to be mounted at a vehicle includes a housing, a lens, an imager, circuitry and an electrical connector. A wireless communication device is operable to wirelessly communicate with a remote device. The wireless communication device is operable to wirelessly communicate an OEM part number associated with the camera module and at least one of (i) a build date of the camera module and (ii) a serial number of the camera module. Circuitry of the camera module is programmable via wireless communication received from the remote device. The camera module may be wirelessly tracked at least one of (i) during shipping of the camera module to a vehicle assembly plant, (ii) while the camera module is at a vehicle assembly plant and (iii) while the camera module is mounted at a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Duane W. Gebauer, Nazar F. Bally, Brett Harris, Richard D. Shriner
  • Patent number: 10093284
    Abstract: Various techniques described herein relate to vehicle camera cleaning systems used for cleaning foreign matter off of a camera lens, including, for example, a water flow nozzle arranged to eject water flow, an air nozzle arranged to eject air, and a central controller used to control the water flow nozzle and air nozzle. In certain embodiments, a plurality of sensing devices are used for sensing the conditions of the camera lens, such as an infrared water drop sensor, a temperature sensor, a camera sensing sensor, and the like. The central controller may determine whether there are water drops, ice, snow, or other foreign matter on the lens based on signals received from the plurality of sensing devices, and may control the air nozzle and the water flow nozzle to clean the camera lens based on the foreign matter present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: THUNDER POWER NEW ENERGY VEHICLE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Jen-Chieh Hsiao, Tai-Te Wu, Yen-An Chen
  • Patent number: 10061441
    Abstract: A projection system emits light pulses in a field of view and measures properties of reflections. Properties may include time of flight and return amplitude. Foreground objects and background surfaces are distinguished, distances between foreground objects and background surfaces are determined based on reflections that are occluded by the foreground objects and other properties of the projection system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Microvision, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan A. Morarity, Patrick J. McVittie, P. Selvan Viswanathan, Ru Chen, Justin R. Zilke
  • Patent number: 10043236
    Abstract: A display device comprises a display, a display control circuit for causing operation screens, for selection of setting items to be used from among a plurality of provided setting items, to be displayed on the display, and causing switching from the operation screen to another operation screen to be displayed, and an operation member for operating in order to switch from the operation screen to another operation screen, wherein the display control circuit causes display of change in display appearance of the setting items, when there is a switch from the operation screen to another operation screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Sato, Kensei Ito, Tomomi Kaminaga, Naoki Fujii, Kyoichi Numajiri
  • Patent number: 10021431
    Abstract: A mobile computing device includes a first video camera on a first side of the mobile computing device producing a first camera video stream. A second video camera is on a second side of the mobile computing device producing a second camera video stream. A video processor is coupled to the first video camera and the second video camera to receive the first camera video stream and the second camera video stream, respectively. The video processor is coupled to merge the first camera video stream and the second camera video stream to generate a merged video stream. The video processor includes a network interface coupled to upload the merged video stream to a server in real-time using an Internet wireless network. The server broadcasts the merged video stream to a plurality of receivers in real-time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: OMNIVISION TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Kah-Ong Tan, Jizhang Shan, Hui Pan, Guannho George Tsau
  • Patent number: 9942451
    Abstract: A photographing apparatus includes a chassis, in which a recess is formed; the recess including at least one pair of inner wall surfaces which face each other; an imaging unit positioned in the recess; an intermediate frame which is interposed between the recess and the imaging unit, the intermediate frame including a pair of support walls which correspond to the pair of inner wall surfaces of the recess; a first cushioning member which is interposed between one of the pair of support walls of the intermediate frame and an adjacent outer wall surface of the imaging unit; and a second cushioning member which is interposed between the other of the pair of support walls of the intermediate frame and an adjacent inner wall surface of the pair of inner wall surfaces of the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: HOYA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ken Endo, Hiroaki Imagawa
  • Patent number: 9894184
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products for smart upload automation in which actions are automatically performed on a set of digital assets against a target item. In one embodiment, a system includes a network, a server machine, a client machine and a data storage device, each of which is coupled to the network. The client machine designates digital assets and a target item against which the assets will be uploaded. The digital assets are uploaded by the client machine to the data storage device via the network. The server machine automatically performs actions on the digital assets without intervention by the client machine, where the actions are associated with or in some way defined by the target item. The actions may include setting metadata values of the digital assets based upon metadata associated with the target item, or generating different renditions of the digital assets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Open Text SA ULC
    Inventor: Lee Shepstone
  • Patent number: 9875511
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for improving efficiency of capturing images of documents at computers is provided. The method comprises receiving an instruction to obtain an image of a document using a mobile computer device comprising a camera; generating a unique parameterized uniform resource locator (URL) that has been assigned to the image of the document; sending, to a mobile computer device, the URL using a messaging service and receiving, from the mobile computer device, an invocation of the image capture function specifying the GUID; uploading, from the mobile computer device, the image file; storing the image file in association with the GUID; in response to the instruction to obtain the image of the document, sending the image file to the first computer device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Sipree, Inc.
    Inventors: Christophe Baubert, Ramon Qiu, Mark Sole, Daryl Moulder, Brandon Chothia
  • Patent number: 9862323
    Abstract: An accessory system for a vehicle includes an attachment member attached at an interior surface of a vehicle windshield and an accessory module configured to detachably mount to the attachment member. The accessory module and attachment member are configured so that when the accessory module mounts to the attachment member, an electrical element of the accessory module is biased toward and against the inner surface of the windshield. The electrical element includes a camera and, with the accessory module mounted to the attachment member, the camera has a forward field of view through the windshield. The camera may be associated with at least one of (i) a headlamp control system, (ii) a lane departure warning system, (iii) an adaptive cruise control system, (iv) a sign recognition system, (v) a night vision system, (vi) a pedestrian detection system and (vii) a pre-crash avoidance system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth Schofield, Joshua L. DeWard, Peter J. Whitehead, Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 9843707
    Abstract: A small light-emitting device is provided. A light-emitting device which is less likely to produce a shadow is provided. A structure including a switching circuit for supplying a pulsed constant current and a light-emitting panel supplied with the pulsed constant current has been conceived.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshiharu Hirakata, Nobuharu Ohsawa, Hisao Ikeda, Kazuhiko Fujita, Akihiro Kaita
  • Patent number: 9838607
    Abstract: A digital camera includes an optical assembly and image sensor for capturing still and/or video images and displaying the images on a rear display screen. The camera includes a magnifying viewfinder that is coupled to the housing and is movable between a stowed position out of the way of the display screen and an active position for viewing a subset of display screen pixels with magnification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: mPerpetuo, Inc.
    Inventors: Eugene Feinberg, Ashwini Choudhary, Eran Steinberg
  • Patent number: 9827918
    Abstract: A forward facing imaging system for a vehicle includes an interior rearview mirror assembly mounted at an interior portion of a vehicle and a camera disposed at the interior rearview mirror assembly. The camera has a forward field of view through a windshield of the vehicle. The camera captures image data and captured image data is recorded by a recording system. During operation of the vehicle, the recording system records image data, as it is captured over a given period of operation of the vehicle, in a closed-loop fashion onto electronic memory. Image data, as captured by the camera, is processed by an image processor in order to determine the presence of at least one object forward of the equipped vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: DONNELLY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Barry W. Hutzel, Niall R. Lynam, Darryl P. DeWind, John O. Lindahl
  • Patent number: 9749595
    Abstract: The security system comprises a monitoring sensor, a video camera, a cloud server and a wireless transceiver module coupling with the video camera through a DIDO terminal port. The monitoring sensor senses a triggering event to generate a status signal to transfer to the video camera through the wireless transceiver module. The status signal changes a logical state of the DIDO terminal port to trigger the video camera to perform a security process to generate a notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: METALLIGENCE TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ming-Ling Lo, Shih-Chiea Chen
  • Patent number: 9720706
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method for generating task flows for an application. Actions of a user of an application are monitored and key actions carried out by the user in the application are logged. Based on a determined flow of key actions a task flow is formed. A representation of the task flow is stored for access by other users. The stored representation of a task flow is associated with a goal to be achieved in the application. Representations of task flows may be stored locally to the application for access by other users of the application or remotely stored with an indication of the application to which a task flow relates to provide access to the task flows by users of other applications. A list of stored representations of task flows may be provided to enable selection of a task flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew Alan Armstrong, Richard William Pilot
  • Patent number: 9706089
    Abstract: Techniques of shifting the lens stack from an image capture sensor within a smart device and/or mobile device are disclosed. The shifting of the center of the lens stack from the center of the sensor allows the Field of View (FOV) of such a camera assembly to have an angle from the normal and/or perpendicular direction from the surface of the device. Such an angle allows the FOV to be substantially horizontal and/or parallel to a surface when the device is held (e.g. by a kickstand) at a similar angle from the vertical direction. When the front of the lens stack is substantially at a front surface of the device and the sensor is attached to a back surface of the device, then the Total Track Length (TTL) is substantially the depth of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas Beck, Todd Schoepflin, Chun Beng Goh, Hakon Strande, Raymond Cheng Hui Xue
  • Patent number: 9667581
    Abstract: A computer-implemented system and method for notifying users on the occurrence of an event is disclosed. An embodiment further includes notifying selected users upon the occurrence of particular events in sessions using a variety of notification methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: GULA CONSULTING LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY
    Inventor: Kevin E. Kalajan
  • Patent number: 9659379
    Abstract: An information processing system comprises: a light emitting unit that irradiates pattern light having a specific pattern to a subject to form a texture on the subject; an imaging unit that captures the subject on which the texture is formed; a deriving unit that derives distance information to the subject based on an image captured by the imaging unit; an analyzing unit that analyzes whether or not an image abnormality is present in either one of the captured image and an image based on the distance information; and a dimming unit that performs dimming control when the analyzing unit analyzes that the image abnormality is present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyoshi Sekiguchi, Terunori Koyama, Kazuyoshi Yamada
  • Patent number: 9661203
    Abstract: A camera module includes a PCB (Printed Circuit Board) mounted with an image sensor, and a holder member arranged at an upper surface of the PCB and mounted with a plurality of magnets. The camera module also includes a bobbin movably mounted from an inner side of the holder member to a direction of an optical axis and installed at a periphery with a coil unit to enable an electromagnetic interaction with the magnets, and a lug protrusively formed from a floor surface of bobbin to a direction of external diameter of bobbin to overlap with the floor surface of the holder member for a predetermined section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sang Jun Min, Hyune O Yoo, Sung Guk Lee
  • Patent number: 9619437
    Abstract: A mobile multimedia content aggregation and dissemination platform is provided that aims to automate the creation, collection, aggregation, and dissemination of RSS and non-RSS information for and to interested parties. This platform may be used for the construction of a personalized blogging agent as well as for a personalized news aggregator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Yih-Farn Robin Chen, Rittwik Jana, Serban Jora, Bernard S. Renger, Bin Wei
  • Patent number: 9615025
    Abstract: Some embodiments include an optics assembly. In some embodiments, the optics assembly includes an optics component. In some embodiments, the optics assembly is configured to move within the apparatus on one or more axes orthogonal to an optical axis of the optics component. In some embodiments, the optics assembly is suspended by a plurality of wires on a base component of the apparatus, each wire of the plurality of wires being substantially parallel to the optical axis of the optics component. Some embodiments include a base assembly component or substrate having an upper surface plane and a lower surface plane. In some embodiments, one or more terminations are disposed around the plurality of wires. In some embodiments, the terminations are located beyond the upper surface plane of the base assembly component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey N. Gleason, Ryan J. Dunn, Scott W. Miller
  • Patent number: 9607364
    Abstract: Novel methods and systems for inverse tone mapping are disclosed. A scene can be analyzed to obtain highlight detection from bright light sources and specular reflections. An inverse tone mapping curve can be calculated based on the lower dynamic range and higher dynamic range displays. Multi-scale filtering can be applied to reduce noise or artifacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Ning Xu, Tao Chen, James E. Crenshaw, Timo Kunkel, Bongsun Lee
  • Patent number: 9515112
    Abstract: Within examples, devices and methods for providing optical element field of view functionality by providing an optical element into and out of an optical receiving path are described. In one example, a device is provided that comprises an imager die having an optical receiving path, and an actuator coupled to an optical element and configured to cause a change in a position of the optical element into and out of the optical receiving path of the imager die. The actuator is configured to cause the change in the position of the optical element to change a given field of view setting of the device. In some examples, a device may be configured to include dual-setting field of view functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Roman Lewkow
  • Patent number: 9509968
    Abstract: Embodiments of methods for multimedia annotation with sensor data (referred to herein as Sensor-rich video) includes acquisition, management, storage, indexing, transmission, search, and display of video, images, or sound, that has been recorded in conjunction with additional sensor information (such as, but not limited to, global positioning system information (latitude, longitude, altitude), compass directions, WiFi fingerprints, ambient lighting conditions, etc.). The collection of sensor information is acquired on a continuous basis during recording. For example, the GPS information may be continuously acquired from a corresponding sensor at every second during the recording of a video. Therefore, the acquisition apparatus generates a continuous stream of video frames and a continuous stream of sensor meta-data values. The two streams are correlated in that every video frame is associated with a set of sensor values. Note that the sampling frequency (i.e.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: National University of Singapore
    Inventors: Roger Zimmermann, Seon Ho Kim, Sakire Arslan Ay, Beomjoo Seo, Zhijie Shen, Guanfeng Wang, Jia Hao, Ying Zhang
  • Patent number: 9500312
    Abstract: A 3d image photographing device produces a 3D image with an enhanced stereoscopic effect. The device includes a first track, a second track, a slide carriage and a driving module. The first track couples with the second track. The first track includes a first slideway in an arc shape. The second track includes a second slideway in an arc shape, and a curvature of the second slideway is larger than a curvature of the first slideway. The slide carriage includes a base. A first sliding block is rotatably mounted to a surface of the base, and a groove is arranged on the surface. The first sliding block movably coupled to the second slideway. A positioning member couples with the groove, with the positioning member having a second sliding block movably coupled to the first slideway, and with the second sliding block connecting with a blocking portion received in the groove. A coupling portion is mounted to another surface of the base for coupling a camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Inventor: Yu-Cheng Chang
  • Patent number: 9392168
    Abstract: A method for controlling a camera in a mobile device including a camera is provided. The method includes executing a first application related to the camera, turning the camera on in response to an execution of the first application, detecting a user's input related to a termination of the first application, determining whether the user's input is an Application (App) conversion event requesting an execution of a second application related to the camera, terminating the execution of the first application when the user's input is the App conversion event, and executing the second application, and terminating the execution of the first application when the user's input is not the App conversion event, and turning the camera off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mingyu Kim, Woohyun Baek
  • Patent number: 9386210
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes an imaging optical system configured to form an optical image of an object, a first imaging sensor device, a second imaging sensor device having an integration degree smaller than that of the first imaging sensor, and a controller configured to execute a first imaging mode in which the first imaging sensor device is used for image pickup of the object while the first imaging sensor device is located at an image plane of the imaging optical system, and a second imaging mode in which the second imaging sensor device is used for image pickup of the object while the second imaging sensor device is located at the image plane of the imaging optical system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Miyoko Kawashima
  • Patent number: 9332392
    Abstract: A method of remotely activating a combination of mobile device functions using a network application includes receiving, using the network application at a server, a client command from a client computer and sending an instruction to activate a combination of mobile device functions on the mobile device based on the client command. The method further includes receiving, at the server, information from the mobile device based on the activated combination of mobile device functions and sending client information to the client computer based on the received information from the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: David Conway, Cynthia Wong
  • Patent number: 9313202
    Abstract: A communication apparatus, which is connected to a relay apparatus, and transmits data to a server apparatus connected via the relay apparatus, includes a determination unit which determines whether the communication apparatus or the relay apparatus holds authentication information used in authentication processing required to access the server apparatus, a decision unit which decides, according to the determination result, a transmission method required to transmit the data by controlling an authentication processing unit of the apparatus that holds the authentication information to execute the authentication processing, and a transmission unit which transmits the data by the decided transmission method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ryosuke Sato
  • Patent number: 9298748
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing contents services. The method of using a contents service includes the operations of receiving a list of available contents services from a first server and displaying the list, transmitting, to the first server, a list of contents services selected from the displayed available contents service list, and updating service subscription data with reference to the selected contents service list. Accordingly, the subscription of contents services, such as a channel service that provides each user with different information according to subscription information, can be managed at any time and at any place without being dependent on a specific PC or a specific PC program. Even while moving without being connected with a PC, a mobile device can automatically update its contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hee-chul Yun, Yoon-hark Oh
  • Patent number: 9225855
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to providing an imaging apparatus that can determine an imaging scene of an input image with high accuracy. The imaging apparatus includes an imaging unit configured to image an object image and output image data, a determination unit configured to, based on the image data, perform determination processing for determining an imaging scene of the image data output from the imaging unit, an acquisition unit configured to acquire imaging information related to a condition for imaging the image data including location information about the imaging apparatus, and a communication unit configured to transmit the imaging information to an external device and receives auxiliary information for supporting determination of the imaging scene of the image data corresponding to the imaging information. The determination unit performs the determination processing based on the auxiliary information received via the communication unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tetsuya Hata
  • Patent number: 9204026
    Abstract: A mobile terminal and method of controlling an image photographing therein are disclosed, by which a user interface for effectively receiving an input of a control command for each of a plurality of cameras provided to a mobile terminal can be provided. The present invention includes receiving an input of a first image and an input of a second image using a first camera and a second camera, respectively, setting a first photographing condition for the first camera and a second photographing condition for the second camera, photographing the first image and the second image using the first camera and the second camera according to the set first photographing condition and the set second photographing condition, respectively, generating a third image by synthesizing the photographed first and second images together, and displaying the generated third image as a photographed image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jinsoo Jeon, Jongseok Park, Taeyun Kim, Hayang Jung, Shinhae Lee, Seunghyun Woo, Kyunghee Kang, Dongok Kim, Hyoungyoon Kim, Ramchan Woo
  • Patent number: 9195115
    Abstract: An image projection device includes: a variable-focus lens (2) in which focal length can be changed; scanning means (3) that scans a projection surface (12) by means of a light beam that is condensed by the variable-focus lens (2); distance-measuring means (9) that measures the distance from the variable-focus lens (2) to the projection surface (12); and control means (4) that controls the variable-focus lens (2) such that the focal length of the variable-focus lens (2) is greater than the distance measured by means of the distance-measuring means (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroshi Imai
  • Patent number: 9189892
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating an augmented reality interface for generics activities are disclosed. The systems and methods may be directed to creating an augmented reality display for an activity performed on a surface. Given an image of the activity, an activity solver library and associated configuration information for the activity may be selected. The surface of the activity from the image may be rectified, forming a rectified image, from which activity state information may be extracted using the configuration information. The activity state information may be provided to the activity solver library to generate solution information, and elements indicating the solution information may be rendered in a perspective of the original image. By providing the configuration information associated with an activity solver library, an augmented reality interface can be generated for an activity by capturing an image of the activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Leon Palm, Hartwig Adam
  • Patent number: 9189986
    Abstract: A method of driving a display panel having a display area including different first and second display areas includes: (1) supplying image data to each of the first and second display area by a supply circuit to display an image therein; and (2) performing a first correction to correct only the image data supplied to the first display area in the image data supplying step. The first correction is performed based on a first correction data stored in a first memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takashi Sasaki
  • Patent number: 9172883
    Abstract: A camera 10 has an imaging optical system, an imaging device 21a, and a finder device 15. The finder device 15 includes a variable magnification lens 64 which can be inserted into and removed from an optical path, and a shutter 62 which can switch between a closed state in which it interrupts light coming from a finder window 16 and an open state in which it allows passage of light coming from the finder window 16. The camera 10 is equipped with a driver 54 for controlling insertion and removal of the variable magnification lens 64 in accordance with the focal length of the imaging optical system, a driver 53 for controlling the state of the shutter 62, and a CPU 82. The CPU 82 controls the shutter 62 so that it is kept in the closed state while the variable magnification lens 64 is being moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Masayuki Koyanagi, Tadashi Jogetsu
  • Patent number: 9165365
    Abstract: In a method of estimating a camera attitude, based on the past-detected position of a marker and an appropriate camera attitude provided during current frame imaging, the position of the maker to the current frame is approximately predicted. Through extraction of points which are near the predicted marker position (marker neighboring points), a group of points are obtained. An attitude of the camera (rotation matrix and translation matrix) which optimizes an estimation function is obtained for re-estimating the camera attitude, where the estimation function needs, as its condition, a distance between the marker neighboring points included in the point groups and an estimation plane on which the marker is positioned. The point groups include many points extracted from the neighborhood of the marker, so that the preliminarily estimated approximate camera attitude can be corrected and estimated with higher accuracy even in an environment with occlusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: DENSO WAVE INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Kosuke Hara, Koji Kamiya
  • Patent number: 9148633
    Abstract: A control unit calculates the color temperature using at least a first visible light signal and a near-infrared signal when the amount of the near-infrared signal is larger than a predetermined amount. The first visible light signal is a signal generated by photoelectrically converting visible light. The near-infrared signal is a signal generated by photoelectrically converting near-infrared light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinzou Kouyama, Kazutoshi Onozawa, Yoshihisa Kato
  • Patent number: 9124805
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and systems of adapting an optical image stabilizer (OIS) for a camera, the methods comprising acquiring an image of the scene; obtaining image context associated with the image of the scene; selecting a mode of operating the OIS based on the obtained image context; and, applying the OIS using the selected mode of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Thomas Guillaume Grandin, Yun Seok Choi, Robert Francis Lay, Ian Edward Charles Rogers
  • Patent number: 9100588
    Abstract: A real-time image processing method and system has an output image framing technique which displays a live view image in an effective image area. The effective image area is a predefined portion of an overall composite image that forms the output image which can include at least one other image area, such as a logo, banner or other overlay image, and the effective image area is the maximum size automatically cropped from a source image of a digital camera based on an aspect ratio and orientation of the effective image in the predefined portion of the output image. The system displays the effective image on a view screen in real-time during a photo shoot in the same aspect ratio and orientation as the effective image area that is the predefined portion of the composite image without requiring any post-processing cropping or rotation of the image or camera rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Inventor: Bruce A. Seymour
  • Patent number: 9100273
    Abstract: A client-server session is automatically initiated between a client-type device an a cloud-based server in a cloud-based computing environment based on user-defined parameters, thereby providing convenience and ease of use for a user for uploading, sharing and downloading media content to and from a content-sharing website. A user-preference database stores user-preference information, such as information relating to media-content-type information, media-content-source information, media-content-destination information, user-uploading-preference information, and/or uplink-network-preference and downlink-network-preference information. A rule is generated for uploading and/or downloading a designated media-content type to the content-sharing website based on the stored user preference information and at least one calendar event available from a calendar application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Shahrnaz Azizi, Shantidev Mohanty, Pouya Taaghol
  • Patent number: 9094543
    Abstract: A system and method for effectively performing a streamlined photo distribution procedure is disclosed. A source device initially captures a photographic image of a target or subject using known techniques. The term “photographic image” as used herein is not limited to single photographs but includes moving pictures, video images and any other known or future means of capturing an image of an event. The source device is likewise broadly defined and includes, but is not limited to, digital cameras, video cameras, cell phones with digital photo capture means, computers, including PDAs or other devices or combination of devices with communication and photo capture means, and other image capture means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Alex Robert Woods
    Inventors: James Anthony Mullins, Alex Robert Woods
  • Patent number: 9058057
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an information processor including, a storage section configured to store data representing the appearance features of a target device and data of an operation image used for operation of the target device, an acquisition section configured to acquire an image captured by a camera, a recognition section configured to recognize an object included in the image based on the feature quantity data stored in the storage section, and a display control section configured to display the operation image based on the data of the operation image stored in the storage section if the object included in the image is recognized by the recognition section as the target device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Kouichi Matsuda