Body Structure Or Housing Patents (Class 396/535)
  • Patent number: 10530978
    Abstract: An integrated image sensor and lens assembly comprises an image sensor substrate, an image sensor assembly mounted on the image sensor substrate and housing an image sensor, the image sensor assembly having one or more side walls, a lens barrel including one or more lenses, and an adhesive formed between a region of the lens barrel and the one or more side walls, the region being directly adhered to the one or more side walls via the adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Patrick Campbell, Thomas Czepowicz
  • Patent number: 10425560
    Abstract: An image processing sensor which enables users to perform a setting operation accurately and easily while confirming an image of a target object is provided. The image processing sensor has a configuration in which a power supply board, an illumination substrate, a main substrate, an imaging substrate, and a display substrate are housed in an internal space of a casing. The casing includes a first casing member, a second casing member, and a coupling casing member. The coupling casing member is interposed between the first casing member and the second casing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Keyence Corporation
    Inventor: Daisuke Kida
  • Patent number: 10327328
    Abstract: To provide a printed circuit board that allows for easy exchange of only a deterioration detection conductor, and can reduce costs. A printed circuit board includes: a main printed circuit board in which a wiring pattern is formed on an insulated substrate; and a deterioration detection wiring board in which deterioration detection wiring (deterioration detection wiring pattern) which is wiring having a form whereby deterioration is promoted compared to the wiring pattern on the insulated substrate is formed on a separate insulated substrate from the main printed circuit board, and is exchangeably connected to the main printed circuit board in a vicinity thereof by way of a replacement-enabling connection part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takeshi Sawada, Yuichi Okochi, Norihiro Saido
  • Patent number: 10310291
    Abstract: A lens arrangement for a monitoring camera and a monitoring camera including a lens arrangement is provided. The lens arrangement includes a lens member having a connection portion with an outer thread, an adjustment member having a through hole for receiving the connection portion and an inner thread corresponding to the outer thread, a holder member having a receiving portion for receiving the connection portion and an inner thread corresponding to the outer thread. The lens arrangement is assembled by the connection portion being screwed into the through hole and further into the receiving portion. The receiving portion has a top engagement surface and the adjustment member has a bottom engagement surface. The adjustment member is movable relative to the holder member by screwing between non-engaging and engaging states. In the engaging state, the bottom engagement surface wedgingly engages with the top engagement surface for locking the lens member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Axis AB
    Inventor: Mikael Adervall
  • Patent number: 10122902
    Abstract: An integrated image sensor and lens assembly comprises a lens barrel adhered to a lens holder or a lens barrel adhered to an image sensor assembly using an adhesive. The lens barrel and lens holder or the lens barrel and the image sensor assembly are bonded based on the sheer strength of the adhesive. Thus, adhesive expansion does not substantially affect the distance between the lens and the image sensor and therefore does not affect the focal plane of the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Patrick Campbell, Thomas Czepowicz
  • Patent number: 9778686
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes a touch detection unit that detects a touch operation to a display unit. A display control unit controls operation so as to display a touch icon to the display unit. An attitude detection unit detects an attitude of the electronic apparatus. A setting unit sets a case mode to be used when the electronic apparatus is put in a case. A control unit controls, in a case when the case mode is not set by the setting unit, to change a position of a touch-responsive area adapted to receive a touch operation to the touch icon in accordance with the attitude of the electronic apparatus detected by the attitude detection unit, and, in a case when the case mode is set by the setting unit, not to change the position of the touch-responsive area irrespective of the attitude of the electronic apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Akio Yoshikawa, Kurumi Mori, Tomohiro Ota, Toshimichi Ise, Kyota Saito
  • Patent number: 9609195
    Abstract: An integrated image sensor and lens assembly includes a lens barrel adhered to a lens holder or a lens barrel adhered to an image sensor assembly using an adhesive. The lens barrel and lens holder or the lens barrel and the image sensor assembly are bonded based on the sheer strength of the adhesive. Thus, adhesive expansion does not substantially affect the distance between the lens and the image sensor and therefore does not affect the focal plane of the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Czepowicz
  • Patent number: 9596393
    Abstract: A mobile device case is configured to facilitate coupling of an auxiliary lens assembly along an optical path of a miniature camera module of a mobile device. A case processor and electrical circuitry embedded within the case are configured to detect the presence of the auxiliary lens assembly that is coupled to the lens attachment interface. A lens recognition sensor is coupled to the case processor and electrical circuitry and is configured to identify the auxiliary lens with a specific lens type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Moment Inc
    Inventors: Marc Barros, Erik Hedberg, Josh Baxley, Amanda Kirk, Bradley G. Castaneda, Zachary Reed, Steve McCallion, Wesley Glen Wirth, R. J. Lincoln, Russell Hudyma, Michael Thomas, Eric Davis, Arash Ghorbani
  • Patent number: 9584727
    Abstract: In a photographing apparatus and a photographing control system, an image sensor drive controller drives an image sensor in a direction which is different from the direction of an optical axis of a photographing optical system via an electromagnetic drive system in accordance with a first drive signal, which is generated by a first drive signal generator, and a second drive signal, which is generated by a second drive signal, during a period of exposure of the image sensor, and drives the image sensor in the direction which is different from the direction of the optical axis of the photographing optical system via the electromagnetic drive system in accordance with the first drive signal, which is generated by the first drive signal generator, during the period of signal readout of the image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9576997
    Abstract: An imager module for a camera includes: a lens holder; a lens system which is accommodated in the lens holder and has a lens mount and at least one lens accommodated in the lens mount; and an image sensor; a rear lens area being formed between the image sensor and the at least one lens of the lens system; and an optically transparent, flexible coupling element provided in the rear lens area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventor: Ulrich Seger
  • Patent number: 9508965
    Abstract: The disclosed technology is directed to a housing structure with a battery cover. The housing structure enables a user to easily swap a battery positioned therein. The housing structure includes a housing, a push button, a push button cover, and a torsion spring. The housing defines a battery chamber that can accommodate a battery. The push button is positioned adjacent to the housing and supported by the push button cover and the torsion spring. The push button is coupled to a battery cover positioned adjacent to the housing. When a user pushes the push button from the outside of the housing, the battery cover can be moved and/or rotated accordingly such that a gap is formed between the battery cover and the housing. Through the gap, the user can insert a battery into the battery chamber or remove one therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Chengdu CK Technology Co., LTD.
    Inventors: Hua-qiang Zhang, Shou-chuang Zhang
  • Patent number: 9451814
    Abstract: A two-piece case for a smart phone or other electronic device includes a base and a frame. Interengaging snap coupling elements on the base and the frame releasably attach the components together to hold a phone within the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: CASE-MATE, INC.
    Inventor: Robert D. Wilkey
  • Patent number: 9444918
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising an enclosure and a cover comprising a shape-memory alloy is provided. The enclosure has at least one void that facilitates access to a component of the apparatus. The cover has at least an opened shape and closed shape, wherein the cover allows access to the component via the void in the opened shape and covers at least part of the void in the closed shape, wherein the cover transitions from the closed shape to the opened shape in response to the apparatus being accessed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: NOKIA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Markku Rouvala
  • Patent number: 9426344
    Abstract: A camera module includes an actuator that is coupled to one or more lenses of an optical train configured to move relative to an image sensor to provide alignment, zoom and/or autofocus control. The actuator is configured to position one or more, e.g., three, lenses of the optical train by applying one or more bias voltages respectively between one or more pairs of actuator components. A processor uses measured capacitances of the pairs of actuator components and/or the bias voltages thereof to calculate an acceleration or force acting on the camera module and to provide information for the actuator to align the optical train along the optical path in accordance with the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: DIGITALOPTICS CORPORATION MEMS
    Inventor: Roman C. Gutierrez
  • Patent number: 9369622
    Abstract: Provided is a display device including: a body; a first display provided on the body; and a camera provided in the body. The first display is substantially transparent and selectively bendable to be in front of the camera. The first display includes an optical adjusting unit providing an optical function to the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Seung-Heui Jeong
  • Patent number: 9031398
    Abstract: A wireless camera apparatus includes a power supply track and a wireless camera device detachably installed on the power supply track. The wireless camera device has a camera module and a linking module fixed on the camera module. The linking module has a connecting unit and a conductive unit electrically connected to the camera module. When the wireless camera device is installed on the power supply track, the connecting unit is coupled to the power supply track, and the conductive unit is electrically connected to the power supply track. Thus, the instant disclosure provides the wireless camera apparatus, which is adjustable to any position of the power supply track according to the user's demand. Besides, the instant disclosure further provides a wireless camera device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Azurewave Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Yu-Ting Cheng, Chee-Onn Ching
  • Patent number: 9025948
    Abstract: A mobile device case defining an aperture and a camera protection module within the aperture. The camera protection module may be a separate element from the case shell or may be formed as an integral part of shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: A.G. Findings & Mfg. Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Fernando Tages, Daniel Acero
  • Patent number: 9019692
    Abstract: Provided is an electronic apparatus equipped with a strap attaching member. The strap attaching member includes a first portion in which a fixing portion for the electronic apparatus, an upper surface, and first areas located at both sides of the upper surface are provided; a second portion in which a bottom surface and second areas located at both sides of the bottom surface are provided; and a joint portion that joins the first portion and the second portion together. The strap attaching member is formed by folding the joint portion so that the back of the upper surface and the bottom surface face each other and the first areas and the second areas lie on top of one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Honkai Tomimoto
  • Patent number: 9007509
    Abstract: A dust removing device includes an oscillation body including at least an elastic member and an electromechanical energy conversion element which is fixed to the elastic member, wherein the electromechanical energy conversion element is configured to excite oscillation in the elastic member to remove dust. A rigidity-increasing member configured to enhance rigidity of the oscillation body in the direction of a node line of the oscillation is provided on at least one of the elastic member and the electromechanical energy conversion element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akira Shimada, Kaishi Ohashi
  • Patent number: 8992102
    Abstract: A square camera housing accommodates a square camera with a substantially square profile. The square camera housing includes a latching mechanism to secure the camera in the housing, a mounting mechanism to secure the housing to a mounting device, and multiple openings in the housing body to accommodate the camera interface. These features allow the square camera to be inserted and secured in the square camera housing in one of a plurality of orientations relative to the square camera housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Rudy Lucas Samuels, Christopher Aaron Clearman
  • Patent number: 8971552
    Abstract: An electronic device capable of improving the ease of assembling a speaker and a microphone and ensuring the sound insulation for the speaker and microphone with a less number of parts. When the electronic device is assembled, a protrusion portion of the holding member and an elastic member disposed on an upper surface of the speaker are brought in close contact with an upper plate portion of a front cover, whereby a space defined by the protrusion portion, an upper surface of the microphone, and a microphone hole formed surface of the upper plate portion and a space defined by the elastic member, the upper surface of the speaker, and a speaker hole formed surface of the upper plate portion are each isolated and shielded from another space defined inside of the front cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hideaki Momose, Honkai Tomimoto
  • Patent number: 8958690
    Abstract: A camera module includes a lens barrel having at least one lens disposed in an optical axis direction, a housing having the lens barrel disposed therein, and a case coupled to the housing to cover the outer surfaces of the housing. The case may include at least one of a protrusion part protruding inwardly from an upper edge of the case, a coupling forming part protruding outwardly from the upper edge of the case, and a coupling part protruding from an outer surface of the case. The protrusion part, the coupling forming part or the coupling part may be formed integrally as one piece with the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ju Chul Kim, Ki Mun Paik
  • Patent number: 8950036
    Abstract: A dust remover according to the present disclosure forms an air flow in a space formed between a charge-coupled device and a shutter unit, and removes dust on a surface of the charge-coupled device, the dust remover comprising an air injector having a plurality of air injecting holes; an air discharger which is installed on a surface facing the air injector, and has at least one air discharging hole which is smaller than the air injecting hole; and an exhausting dust collecting filter which is installed in the air discharger, and collects dust in the air being discharged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Wataru Kaihotsu, Jeong-Hyun Shim, Jin-Won Lee
  • Publication number: 20150037025
    Abstract: There is provided a camera module including: a housing including a lens barrel disposed therein; a first shield can coupled to the housing so that a lower end portion of an outer surface of the housing is exposed; a circuit board mounted at the lower end portion of the housing; and a second shield can covering the first shield can and the lower end portion of the housing, wherein the second shield can is provided with protrusion parts pressing an outer surface of the first shield can.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRO-MECHANICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jang Hun Kim, Hwan Jun Kang, Sang Jin Lee
  • Patent number: 8947545
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a camera module including: an auto focusing module upping and downing a lens; a hand-shaking correction module wrapping the auto focusing module to correct a hand-shaking by horizontally tilting the auto focusing module; a circuit substrate electrically connected to the hand-shaking correction module and the auto focusing module; a bottom case supporting the circuit substrate to be coupled to the auto focusing module; and a main circuit substrate secured to the bottom case to be electrically connected to the image sensor module, wherein the main circuit substrate is formed with oblong symmetrical openings along an edge of the main circuit substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: LG Innotek Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jinsuk Han
  • Patent number: 8923693
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed therein generally pertain to selectively strengthening glass. More particularly, techniques are described for selectively strengthening cover glass, which tends to be thin, for electronic devices, namely, portable electronic devices. In certain embodiments, selectively strengthening glass, such as cover glass, can be used to provide optical barriers (or channels) internal to the glass. The electronic devices can also provide for camera integration behind the cover glass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Kyle H. Yeates
  • Patent number: 8886031
    Abstract: An electronic device may have a housing. A camera window assembly may be mounted in a hole within the housing. The housing may be formed from a structure such as a planar glass member. The hole in which the camera window assembly is formed may be circular. A mating circular trim member in the camera window assembly may be mounted in the hole. A flange structure on the trim member may help retain the trim member within the housing. A shelf portion of the trim member may receive a ring of adhesive. The camera window assembly may have a clear disk-shaped lens with planar opposing front and rear surfaces that is mounted on the shelf portion using the adhesive. An elastomeric ring may be compressed between sidewall portions of the trim member and the lens to help retain the lens within the camera window assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin J. Pope, Richard Hung Minh Dinh, Tang Yew Tan, David A. Pakula
  • Patent number: 8873945
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus includes a camera body 1 including a monitor unit 11, a lens barrel 2 and a lens body 3 which include an image pickup optical system L, a rotary portion 8 provided between the camera body 1 and the lens body 3, and rotatably supporting the lens body 3 with respect to the camera body 1, absorption portions 12a and 12b attached to the camera body 1, and a cover portion 4 movably connected with respect to the camera body 1 and covering the absorption portions 12a and 12b.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Chifuyu Inagaki, Hiroshi Akada, Makoto Miyawaki
  • Publication number: 20140294376
    Abstract: A camera module includes a lens barrel having at least one lens disposed in an optical axis direction, a housing having the lens barrel disposed therein, and a case coupled to the housing to cover the outer surfaces of the housing. The case may include at least one of a protrusion part protruding inwardly from an upper edge of the case, a coupling forming part protruding outwardly from the upper edge of the case, and a coupling part protruding from an outer surface of the case. The protrusion part, the coupling forming part or the coupling part may be formed integrally as one piece with the case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRO-MECHANICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ju Chul Kim, Ki Mun Paik
  • Patent number: 8810724
    Abstract: An image-pickup apparatus includes a speaker, a movable barrel having a lens, a fixed barrel where a cam groove engaging with a cam pin provided on the movable barrel and configured to drive the movable barrel is formed on its inner periphery and an exterior part where the fixed barrel is attachable. A sound space is formed by concaving an outer periphery of the fixed barrel, the speaker is arranged so as to cover the sound space, an opening connected with the sound space is formed on the exterior part, and a bottom part of the sound space is located closer to an optical axis of the lens than to the bottom part of the cam groove in the fixed barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Teruaki Ikezawa
  • Patent number: 8804032
    Abstract: An apparatus includes an image sensor module with a lens stack disposed on the image sensor module. A protective tube is disposed on the image sensor module and encloses the lens stack. The protective tube includes an outer wall having a snap-in latch element disposed thereon. A metal housing encloses the protective tube. The metal housing includes a housing foot and inner wall having an opposite snap-in latch element disposed thereon. The image sensor module is adapted to be secured between the housing foot of the metal housing and the protective tube when the opposite snap-in latch element of the metal housing is engaged with the snap-in latch element of the protective tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: OmniVision Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Ka Kei Leung, Wen Hua Lin
  • Patent number: 8797452
    Abstract: An imaging device of the present invention, which is an imaging device for shooting images or video of a photographic subject, includes: an imaging element for taking an optical image of the photographic subject and generating image data therefrom; a main circuit board that is for conducting signal processing on the image data generated by the imaging element and that includes a main circuit board ground (“GND”) having a ground potential; an imaging element flexible cable that is connected to the main circuit board and on which the imaging element is mounted; a mount for fixing the imaging element and that includes a metallic component; and a metal plate that is connected to the mount and is disposed between the imaging element and the main circuit board. Wherein, the mount and the main circuit board GND are electrically connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Masato Tobinaga, Hirotsugu Fusayasu, Masafumi Kumoi
  • Publication number: 20140212126
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus includes a camera body 1 including a monitor unit 11, a lens barrel 2 and a lens body 3 which include an image pickup optical system L, a rotary portion 8 provided between the camera body 1 and the lens body 3, and rotatably supporting the lens body 3 with respect to the camera body 1, absorption portions 12a and 12b attached to the camera body 1, and a cover portion 4 movably connected with respect to the camera body 1 and covering the absorption portions 12a and 12b.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Chifuyu Inagaki, Hiroshi Akada, Makoto Miyawaki
  • Patent number: 8787749
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes an exterior cover including a strap attachment portion, a circuit board on which an electric element that generates heat is mounted, and a chassis member to which the circuit board is fixed and through which the heat generated by the electric element is transferred. The chassis member is formed of a metallic material, and the chassis member includes a reinforcing portion arranged to overlap the strap attachment portion to reinforce the strap attachment portion. The reinforcing portion is disposed to be exposed inside the strap attachment portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shuichi Matsuzawa
  • Patent number: 8759135
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a method of manufacturing a camera module includes, disposing a first member on the image sensor, the first member includes a first non-conductor, a first metal film covering the first non-conductor, and a first insulation film covering the first metal film, disposing a second member on or above the first member, the second member includes a second non-conductor, a second metal film covering the second non-conductor, and a second insulation film covering the second metal film, and applying a predetermined voltage between the first member and the second member or between the image sensor and the second member, thereby breaking at least parts of the first insulation film and the second insulation film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Manabu Yamada
  • Patent number: 8743277
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes an operation member movable from an initial position with respect to an apparatus body, a first elastic member configured to be deformed from a first state to a second state when the operation member is moved from the initial position and to restore the operation member to the initial position with a force produced to return from the second state to the first state, a second elastic member configured to be held by the first elastic member when the first elastic member is in the first state, and a contact portion configured not to come into contact with the second elastic member when the operation member is at the initial position and to come into contact with the second elastic member when the operation member is moved from the initial position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shuichi Matsuzawa, Takazumi Seo
  • Patent number: 8734031
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are described for protecting camera components on a surface and/or within an internal portion of a portable electronic device. In one aspect, an electronic device might comprise a camera mount, which might comprise a camera barrel assembly configured to have a camera affixed thereto, the camera barrel assembly being rotatably coupled with one of a front panel, a rear panel, or a chassis of the electronic device. The camera mount may further comprise a set of cantilever springs affixed to one of the front panel, the rear panel, or the chassis and biased against the camera barrel assembly to provide rotational friction on the camera barrel assembly. The set of cantilever springs might have sufficient compliance to allow the camera to retract into a body of the portable electronic device upon encountering an external force, which may include an impact force or a dropping force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Qwest Communications International Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Mack, James Yurchenco, Matthew Robert Adams, Adam Vollmer
  • Patent number: 8724983
    Abstract: A flash structure for the camera function of a handheld electronic device having at least a camera module as well as an image sensor and a camera lens contained in the camera module, comprising an outer cover, an annular reflector, at least a light diffuser, and one or a plurality of fixed light-emitting elements which are light emitting diodes or electronic flashes to provide continuous or intermittent supplemental light source. The center of the annular reflector passes through the camera lens and is formed on the motherboard of the handheld electronic device, and is arranged with a through-slot. The one or the plurality of light-emitting elements are embedded in the through-slot of the annular reflector, arranged around the camera lens, and electrically connected to the motherboard. The light diffuser is disposed outside the annular reflector, outside the light-emitting element and positioned around the camera lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventors: Yang-Shan Yeh, Chi-Wei Tao
  • Patent number: 8717494
    Abstract: An optical reading device is described having an image sensor having a sensor array of pixels which are exposed to an image; a printed circuit board (PCB) for carrying the image sensor; a lens assembly for focusing light on the sensor array; a lens retainer for retaining the lens; a support assembly integral with the lens retainer, the support assembly having a containment section for containing the image sensor; and a thermally and electrically conductive elastomeric gasket disposed between the containment section and the image sensor and for contacting the image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Colleen P. Gannon
  • Patent number: 8712233
    Abstract: An electronic device may have a conductive housing. A dielectric structure may be mounted in the conductive housing to form an antenna window. An electrical component such as a camera, light sensor, or other device may press against a conductive foam structure. A printed circuit may have conductive traces that form an antenna ground and antenna resonating element. The printed circuit may be wrapped around a support structure. The electrical component, the conductive foam structure, and the printed circuit wrapped around the support structure may be compressed between a display cover layer and the antenna window. A camera window may be attached to a camera window trim using multiple adhesives. The trim may have a curved exterior surface that matches a curved housing surface. A flexible printed circuit cable may have a folded portion. A band structure may surround the folded portion to form a service loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin D. Gibbs, Carl R. Peterson, Erik A. Uttermann, Conor P. Lenahan, John P. Ternus, Justin R. Wodrich, Elvis M. Kibiti, Derek Wright
  • Patent number: 8704961
    Abstract: A display element and electronic element module according to the present invention is described, in which a lens is formed as part of a translucent support substrate having a display disposed thereon, the lens being formed on a part other than where the display is disposed, where an electronic element is disposed for the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Okita, Hidekazu Takata, Masato Imanishi, Kazuya Fujita
  • Patent number: 8684613
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems and methods for camera integration with cover glass and for processing cover glass to provide a camera window for an electronic device are disclosed. A camera window can be integrated into the cover glass. The apparatus, systems and methods are especially suitable for cover glasses, or displays (e.g., LCD displays), assembled in small form factor electronic devices such as handheld electronic devices (e.g., mobile phones, media players, personal digital assistants, remote controls, etc.). The apparatus, systems and methods can also be used for cover glasses or displays for other relatively larger form factor electronic devices (e.g., portable computers, tablet computers, displays, monitors, televisions, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas J. Weber
  • Patent number: 8687112
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an adjustment device and method thereof which are applied for adjusting a photosensitive element. The adjustment device comprises a first platform, a second platform, a third platform and a cover. The first platform comprises a curved surface body and a positioning elastic element. The second platform, having a recess corresponding to each curved surface body and having a loading support portion, is arranged on a side of the first platform. The third platform is arranged on the other side of the first platform, and when the third platform, moves in an axial direction, the first and second platform moves together with the third platform. The cover compresses the photosensitive element against the second platform. When the inclination of photosensitive element is adjusted by the adjustment device, each curve surface body and each recess keep in contact due to the expansion of each positioning elastic element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Altek Corporation
    Inventors: Ming-Tsung Hsin, Ching-Chung Wang
  • Patent number: 8668395
    Abstract: A material imaging apparatus includes a base, support pillar and imaging camera divided into a camera base and a camera neck. The camera is mounted via a first shaft on the pillar so as to be pivotable between a right horizontal position where an imaging lens is located on a base right side and a left horizontal position where the lens is located on base left side. The camera neck is mounted via a second shaft on the camera base so as to be rotatable between a downwardly vertical position where when the camera assumes the right or left horizontal position, the lens is directed to the base placement surface side and lens optical axis is substantially vertical to the base placement surface, and an upwardly vertical position where the lens is directed to a side opposite the base placement surface and the optical axis assumes a substantially vertical position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Elmo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Mameda, Hiroyuki Furusawa, Shinsuke Ikeno
  • Patent number: 8651753
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus (100) includes an outer shell (1) including a first case (11) and a second case (12) joined to the first case (11) and formed with a spherical inner surface, a camera body (2) arranged inside the outer shell (1) and configured to move relative to the outer shell (1), a first driver (26A) and a second driver (26B) provided in the camera body (2) and configured to drive the camera body (2) with the first and second drivers (26A, 26B) contacting an inner surface of the outer shell (1), and a drive controller (62) configured to control the first and second drivers (26A, 26B) such that the first driver (26A) contacts only the first case (11) and that the second driver (26B) contacts only the second case (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Hironori Honsho
  • Patent number: 8649673
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus which is improved in space efficiency for an optical system element, thereby reducing the apparatus size when a lens barrel is retracted. An image pickup apparatus includes a zoom lens barrel that moves between a retracted position and a shooting position in an optical axis direction to thereby change a photographing magnification. A prism bends an optical beam incident from a lens group of the lens barrel. A diaphragm-shutter element is capable of moving along the direction of the second optical axis together with a stepping motor for actuating the diaphragm-shutter element. The stepping motor is disposed, at least when the lens group is in the retracted position, at a position where the stepping motor overlaps the prism in parallel with the second optical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Taro Murakami, Takumi Uehara
  • Patent number: 8646994
    Abstract: A thermoplastic composition for use in a compact camera module is provided. The thermoplastic composition contains a liquid crystalline polymer and a plurality of fibers. The volume average length of the fibers in the thermoplastic composition is selectively controlled according to the present invention so that it is within a certain range, such as from about 80 to about 250 micrometers. The fibers also have a narrow length distribution. That is, at least about 70% by volume of the fibers have a length within a certain range. Through the use of a liquid crystalline polymer and fibers of a certain weight average length and narrow length distribution, the present inventors have discovered that the resulting thermoplastic composition is able to achieve a desirable combination of strength and surface smoothness, which enables it to be uniquely suited for a compact camera module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Ticona LLC
    Inventors: Young Shin Kim, Xinyu Zhao
  • Patent number: 8633934
    Abstract: Animation creation is described, for example, to enable children to create, record and play back stories. In an embodiment, one or more children are able to create animation components such as characters and backgrounds using a multi-touch panel display together with an image capture device. For example, a graphical user interface is provided at the multi-touch panel display to enable the animation components to be edited. In an example, children narrate a story while manipulating animation components using the multi-touch display panel and the sound and visual display is recorded. In embodiments image analysis is carried out automatically and used to autonomously modify story components during a narration. In examples, various types of handheld view-finding frames are provided for use with the image capture device. In embodiments saved stories can be restored from memory and retold from any point with different manipulations and narration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Xiang Cao, John Helmes, Abigail J. Sellen, Sian Elizabeth Lindley
  • Patent number: 8625982
    Abstract: A housing assembly includes a housing, a camera bezel and a retaining structure. The housing includes a plurality of latching elements. The retaining structure is fixed to the camera bezel, the retaining structure including a plurality of retaining elements corresponding to the latching elements. Each retaining element is bent to latch with one of the latching elements so the camera bezel is fixed to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignees: Shenzhen Futaihong Precision Industry Co., Ltd., FIH (Hong Kong) Limited
    Inventor: Zhi-Yun Wang
  • Publication number: 20140002792
    Abstract: A housing is disclosed for optically aligning and securing a camera to an aperture formed through a tubular barrel of a scope. The housing has a first attachment portion sized and configured to be removably secured to at least a portion of the tubular barrel and a second attachment portion having a first surface, a second surface and an aperture formed therethrough. The first surface is secured to the first attachment portion and the second surface is sized and configured to removably retain a camera, such that the camera is in optical alignment with both the aperture formed through the second attachment portion and the aperture formed through the tubular barrel of the scope. A combination housing and camera, a method of attaching the housing to the scope, and a kit containing the necessary items is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Inventor: Paul A. Filar