Having Stabilization System Patents (Class 396/55)
  • Patent number: 11575833
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a calculation unit configured to calculate a target correction amount based on a shake, a stabilization control unit configured to provide control on driving of a sensor in a direction intersecting an optical axis of a pickup optical system, based on the target correction amount, an autofocusing control unit configured to provide control on focusing based on an image signal output from the sensor, and a setting unit configured to set a limit value for the target correction amount based on a characteristic of the pickup optical system and focusing accuracy of the autofocusing unit. The setting unit is configured to change the limit value depending on the pickup condition, and is capable of setting a first limit value based on the characteristic and a second limit value based on the focusing accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Nobuhiro Shibata
  • Patent number: 11575812
    Abstract: A camera module includes a housing; a lens module provided in an internal space of the housing to be movable in an optical axis direction, and including at least one lens therein; a magnet disposed in the lens module; and position detection sensors to detect a position of the magnet. One or more of the position detection sensors are disposed to face a first polarity of the magnet and one or more of the position detection sensors are disposed to face a second polarity of the magnet different than the first polarity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nam Ki Park, Young Hwan Kwon, Young Bok Yoon, Dong Yeon Shin, Kum Kyung Lee, Ta Kyoung Lee, Jung Seok Lee
  • Patent number: 11570376
    Abstract: Various systems and methods for an all-in-focus implementation are described herein. A system to for operating a camera, comprising an image sensor in the camera to capture a sequence of images in different focal planes, at least a portion of the sequence of images occurring before receiving a signal to store an all-in-focus image, a user interface module to receive, from a user, the signal to store an all-in-focus image, and an image processor to fuse at least two images to result in the all-in-focus image, wherein the at least two images have different focal planes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Soumyendu Sarkar, Geoffrey Francis Burns
  • Patent number: 11570337
    Abstract: A camera module includes a housing; a lens module provided in an internal space of the housing to be movable in an optical axis direction, and including at least one lens therein; a magnet disposed in the lens module; and position detection sensors to detect a position of the magnet. One or more of the position detection sensors are disposed to face a first polarity of the magnet and one or more of the position detection sensors are disposed to face a second polarity of the magnet different than the first polarity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nam Ki Park, Young Hwan Kwon, Young Bok Yoon, Dong Yeon Shin, Kum Kyung Lee, Ta Kyoung Lee, Jung Seok Lee
  • Patent number: 11558553
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a camera; a motion sensor; a memory; and at least one processor. The at least one processor may be configured to acquire motion information of the electronic device from the motion sensor according to executing an image acquisition mode; determine an image stabilization scheme based on at least one part of the motion information; and perform a stabilization operation on at least one image acquired through the camera, based on the determined image stabilization scheme. The image stabilization scheme may include a first stabilization scheme for correcting shaking of the at least one image based on a first margin region; and a second stabilization scheme for correcting shaking of the at least one image based on a second margin region larger than the first margin region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Inventors: Wonseok Song, Bohee Lee, Sehyun Lee, Junghwan Jo, Yonghyun Ha
  • Patent number: 11557953
    Abstract: A low height type actuator capable of performing a two-dimensional motion includes a magnet structure that includes a first array in which the first and second magnets are alternately arranged in x-direction and a second array in which the first and second magnets are alternately arranged in y-direction, and first and second wirings. The first wiring crosses the first magnets included in the first array in y-direction, and the second wiring crosses the first magnets included in the second array in x-direction. According to the present invention, by making current flow in the first and second wirings, a two-dimensional motion can be achieved. Further, since the first and second wirings are each a planar wiring that crosses the magnets, height reduction can be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: TDK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenichi Suzuki, Tadahiko Shinshi, Ryogen Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 11543738
    Abstract: Camera stabilization systems are provided, and more particularly, an improved lightweight hand-held or vehicle-mounted camera stabilization system is provided, for use in photographic or video-related applications. A stabilization of the alignment is critical in particular on moving camera supports, such as vehicles, airborne objects, and camera cranes, in order to achieve the best possible results in film or video recordings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: 4MOVIE BVBA
    Inventor: Jan Rubens
  • Patent number: 11516393
    Abstract: An interchangeable lens apparatus attachable to an imaging apparatus configured to move an image sensor in an image stabilization includes an imaging optical system, a storage unit configured to store image circle information including a relationship between an imaging condition and position information of an image circle of the imaging optical system, and a transmission unit configured to transmit at least part of the image circle information to the imaging apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shigenobu Sugita, Kenji Saitsu, Masakazu Kodaira
  • Patent number: 11516401
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a control device. The control device is configured to control a rotation mechanism to rotatably hold a camera device. The control device includes a processor configured to execute a program to: determine a mounting state of a mounting member mounted on a support mechanism supporting the rotation mechanism; determine a rotation range of the camera device coupled to the rotation mechanism based on the mounting state of the mounting member; and control a rotation of the camera device based on the rotation range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chihiro Tsukamoto, Noriyuki Aramaki
  • Patent number: 11506909
    Abstract: An optical mechanism comprises a fixed portion with a main axis, wherein the fixed portion has a polygonal structure when viewed along the main axis; a movable portion, moving relative to the fixed portion, connected to an optical element; a joining mechanism, wherein the movable portion is movably connected to the fixed portion via the joining mechanism. The joining mechanism comprises a resilient member, having a longitudinal structure, extending in a first direction that is parallel to the main axis; and a spring sheet, having a tabular structure, wherein the spring sheet is movably connected to the fixed portion via the resilient member. The spring sheet comprises a connecting portion, fixedly connected to the movable portion; a fixing portion, accommodating the resilient member; a first section; and a second section. The first section comprises a first part with a first width; and a second part with a second width, wherein the first part is connected to the connecting portion via the second part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: TDK TAIWAN CORP.
    Inventor: Wei-Shiang Cheng
  • Patent number: 11490009
    Abstract: An optical image stabilization (OIS) circuit for object position correction includes a facial detection unit generating a face position signal including coordinate information of a face, based on an image signal input from an image sensor; a hand-shake detector generating a hand-shake position signal corresponding to hand-shake, based on a sensing signal input from a gyro sensor; a operation unit generating a composite position signal based on the face position signal and the hand-shake position signal; and a control unit controlling a position of a lens module, based on the composite position signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Nam Hong Jang
  • Patent number: 11483459
    Abstract: Disclosed is a camera module including an imaging lens supported in such a manner as to be displaceable in a first direction, an image sensor supported in such a manner as to be displaceable in a second direction different from the first direction, a first actuator that carries out positioning of the imaging lens in the first direction, and a second actuator that carries out positioning of the image sensor in the second direction. Autofocus operation is carried out by one of the first actuator, and the second actuator and optical image stabilization operation is carried out by the other of the first actuator and the second actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: ROHM CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akihito Saito, Yoshihiro Sekimoto
  • Patent number: 11483477
    Abstract: The image blur correction device includes an acceleration sensor, an angular velocity sensor, and a system control unit. The system control unit selects one of rotation axes based on a usage state of a digital camera, and calculates a shift blur amount generated in a direction by rotation of the digital camera around a second axis and a shift blur amount generated in a direction by rotation of the digital camera around a first axis based on distances from the selected rotation axis to the acceleration sensor, angular velocities, and accelerations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Koichi Tanaka, Fuminori Irie, Junya Kitagawa, Kouhei Awazu
  • Patent number: 11477384
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes an acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of first captured images acquired in a plurality of first image capturing operations based on a first imaging parameter, and motion information for a subject in the plurality of first captured images, a setting unit configured to set a second imaging parameter, an estimation unit configured to estimate, based on the motion information and the second imaging parameter, a motion blur of a subject in a second captured image acquired when a second image capturing is performed based on the second imaging parameter and a notification unit configured to notify of the motion blur. The motion blur is a statistic of a motion blur in each of the plurality of first captured images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shota Yamaguchi, Naoto Kimura
  • Patent number: 11467471
    Abstract: A camera module includes a plastic carrier, an imaging lens assembly, a reflective element and a plurality of auto-focusing elements. The plastic carrier includes an inner portion and an outer portion, wherein an inner space is defined by the inner portion, and the outer portion includes at least one mounting structure. The imaging lens assembly is disposed in the inner space of the plastic carrier. The reflective element is for folding an image light by a reflective surface of the reflective element into the imaging lens assembly. The auto-focusing elements include at least two magnets and at least one wiring element, wherein the auto-focusing elements are for moving the plastic carrier along a second optical axis of the imaging lens assembly, and the magnets or the wiring element can be disposed on the mounting structure of the outer portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: LARGAN DIGITAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Te-Sheng Tseng, Ming-Ta Chou, Wen-Hung Hsu
  • Patent number: 11470255
    Abstract: An optical member driving device, including: a sensor substrate to which an image sensor is fixed; a first slider fixed to the sensor substrate; a second slider slidable along a first direction orthogonal to an optical axis direction; and a third slider which is fixed to a lens unit which includes, and is slidable along a second direction, wherein any one of the first slider and the second slider has a first projecting member extending along the first direction, and another one of the first slider and the second slider has a first groove that is to fit over the first projecting member, and wherein any one of the second slider and the third slider has a second projecting member extending along the second direction, and another one of the second slider and the third slider has a second groove that is to fit over the second projecting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: NEW SHICOH MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuyoshi Hagiwara
  • Patent number: 11460557
    Abstract: An apparatus for distance measurement, having one or several optical detector modules and a readout module is provided. The optical detector modules each have a plurality of optical detector elements having one or several optical detectors and a counter indicating a count value, the optical detector elements each being in an active state or an inactive state. Each optical detector module has a timer element configured to determine a current time value and configured to continuously update the current time value, and a memory element for storing a plurality of time values stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Maik Beer, Olaf Schrey, Christian Nitta
  • Patent number: 11463623
    Abstract: There is provided a notifying apparatus. A detecting unit detects a motion amount of an object from an image obtained through first shooting, the first shooting being carried out repeatedly at predetermined intervals of time. A converting unit converts the motion amount into a motion blur amount that will arise in second shooting, on the basis of the predetermined intervals of time and an exposure time used in the second shooting. A notifying unit makes a notification of motion blur on the basis of the motion blur amount. The notifying unit changes a form of the notification in accordance with a magnitude of the motion blur amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yukiko Kubo, Hironori Kaida
  • Patent number: 11462027
    Abstract: An eye opening degree calculation device includes: a processor configured to: calculate a degree of eye opening of a crew, based on an image in which a face of the crew appears; calculate a face direction angle of the crew with respect to a predetermined reference direction, based on the image; calculate a line-of-sight angle of the crew with respect to the predetermined reference direction, based on the image; correct the degree of eye opening or a threshold value which will be compared with the degree of eye opening, when a difference between the face direction angle and the line-of-sight angle is equal to or greater than a predetermined value; and determine an eye opening state of the crew, based on the corrected degree of eye opening or a comparison result of the degree of eye opening with the corrected threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masataka Sano, Yosuke Morino, Kimimasa Tamura, Koichiro Yamauchi, Takuya Sakata, Taku Mitsumori
  • Patent number: 11428909
    Abstract: A camera system including a telephoto lens module is provided. The telephoto lens module includes a first image sensor, a first assembly, and a second assembly. The first assembly includes a first driving mechanism and a reflecting member connected to the first driving mechanism. The first driving mechanism is configured to drive the reflecting member to rotate around a first axis and a second axis. The second assembly is disposed between the first assembly and the first image sensor, including a second driving mechanism and a first lens. The second driving mechanism is configured to drive the first lens to move along a third axis. The first, second, and third axes are not parallel to each other. When light enters the telephoto lens along the first axis, light is reflected by the reflecting member and through the first lens along the third axis to the first image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: TDK TAIWAN CORP.
    Inventors: Chao-Chang Hu, Chen-Hsien Fan, Cheng-Kai Yu, Chih-Wei Weng, Shu-Shan Chen
  • Patent number: 11422357
    Abstract: An optical system is provided and includes a fixed assembly, a movable element and a driving module. The fixed assembly has a main axis. The movable element is movable relative to the fixed assembly, and the movable element is connected to a first optical element. The driving module is configured to drive the movable element to move relative to the fixed assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: TDK TAIWAN CORP.
    Inventors: Chao-Chang Hu, Che-Wei Chang, Chih-Wen Chiang, Chen-Er Hsu, Fu-Yuan Wu, Shou-Jen Liu, Chih-Wei Weng, Mao-Kuo Hsu, Hsueh-Ju Lu, Che-Hsiang Chiu
  • Patent number: 11422331
    Abstract: A camera module is disclosed, the camera module including a lens barrel including more than one sheet of lens receiving an optical image of an object, an actuator moving the lens barrel, a PCB (Printed Circuit Board) formed with an image sensor at a bottom surface of the lens barrel for converting the optical image to an electrical signal, and a holder for supporting the lens barrel and the actuator and formed with a terminal electrically connected to the actuator, wherein an electrical contact point between the actuator and the terminal is formed with two or more tiers of coated layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Young Taek Oh
  • Patent number: 11415860
    Abstract: The present embodiment relates to a camera module comprising: a movable element; a lens coupled to the movable element; a first substrate fixed to the bottom surface of the movable element; an image sensor disposed on the first substrate; a second substrate disposed below the first substrate; and a wire for connecting the second substrate to the movable element, wherein at least a part of the wire is made of a shape memory alloy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: LG Innotek Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jun Taek Lee
  • Patent number: 11418712
    Abstract: An image capturing device includes: an imaging lens; an image capturing device main body including an imaging element that captures an optical image transmitting through the imaging lens; a first correction unit that performs correction of an image shake by a correction lens; and a second correction unit that performs correction of the image shake by the image capturing device main body. The image capturing device performs a control of causing the first correction unit and the second correction unit to share and correct the image shake and calculates a correction amount of each of the first correction unit and the second correction unit according to at least one of a temperature of the imaging lens or a temperature of the image capturing device main body in a case where correction of the image shake is performed by the first correction unit and the second correction unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Junya Kitagawa, Koichi Tanaka, Fuminori Irie
  • Patent number: 11412125
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus to which a plurality of accessory apparatuses are attachable includes a camera communicator configured to provide a communication path with each of the plurality of accessory apparatuses, and a camera controller configured to communicate with the plurality of accessory apparatuses via the camera communicator. The camera controller transmits a first request to the plurality of accessory apparatuses, receives first information corresponding to whether or not to stop a communication with the imaging apparatus from each of the plurality of accessory apparatuses that have received the first request, and controls a communication with each of the plurality of accessory apparatuses according to the first information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazumichi Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 11405556
    Abstract: A signal processing device includes an acquisition unit configured to acquire a first shake detection signal indicating a detection result of a lens shake detection unit included in an interchangeable lens and a second shake detection signal indicating a detection result of a camera shake detection unit included in a body unit and a determination unit configured to determine a correction amount which is used to correct the first shake detection signal based on the first shake detection signal and the second shake detection signal. The determination unit changes a process parameter for determining the correction amount in accordance with information regarding the camera shake detection unit or information regarding the second shake detection signal. The process parameter includes at least one of a restriction frequency and a gain for the correction amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kenji Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 11402652
    Abstract: A retainer of a rotation support structure may include an outer protrusion on the outer circumference side of a spherical-object holding hole and an inner protrusion on the inner circumference side thereof. The outer protrusion may be in contact with a plate-holder circular arc wall of a plate-holder annular portion, and the inner protrusion may be in contact with a plate-roll annular wall of a plate-roll annular portion. When the plate-roll annular portion and the plate-holder annular portion shift with respect to the identical axis, the relative movement between the plate-roll annular portion and the plate-holder annular portion in the radial direction may be transmitted to a spherical object via the outer protrusion. Also, the relative movement may be transmitted to the spherical object via the inner protrusion, which makes the spherical object active.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiromitsu Takei
  • Patent number: 11391917
    Abstract: Disclosed is a camera module. The camera module includes: a lens barrel disposed in a housing to receive a lens assembly; an elastic member in at least one of the housing and the lens barrel; a driving unit moving the lens barrel relative to the housing; and a sensor unit fixed to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: In Jae Yeo
  • Patent number: 11381748
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus includes an image sensor configured to acquire an image, an image-stabilization mechanism configured to reduce blur, a shutter apparatus including a front blade group and a rear blade group, and a control unit configured to provide control on image stabilization. The image sensor has a first mode for acquiring the image based on light passing through an area formed by the front blade group and the rear blade group, and a second mode for acquiring the image based on light passing through an area between an electronic front curtain of the image sensor and the rear blade group. In the first mode, the control unit provides the control on the image stabilization. In the second mode, the control unit determines whether or not to provide the control on the image stabilization, based on a shutter speed of the shutter apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazuya Karibe
  • Patent number: 11363188
    Abstract: One aspect of this disclosure includes a method for operating a head-mounted display system that includes an imaging device. The method includes receiving an indication that an ambient light condition in an environment is below a lighting threshold. Responsive to the low lighting condition, an amount of motion of the head-mounted display relative to the environment is determined based on one or more signals received from an inertial measurement unit included in the head-mounted display system. An exposure time, frame rate, and a pixel-binning mode are automatically selected for the imaging device based on the determined amount of motion. Imagery is captured from the environment using the automatically selected exposure time, frame rate, and pixel-binning mode for the imaging device. The captured imagery is then displayed at the head-mounted display system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Raymond Kirk Price, Christopher Douglas Edmonds, Michael Bleyer, Donald John Patrick O'Neil
  • Patent number: 11347134
    Abstract: A camera module includes a housing accommodating a lens module; a driving unit including a magnet disposed on the lens module and a coil disposed to face the magnet; a yoke to generate attractive force with the magnet; a first ball member disposed between the lens module and the housing, and pressed by a first pressing force; and a second ball member disposed between the lens module and the housing, and pressed by a second pressing force. A direction of the first pressing force is different than a direction of the second pressing force, and a point of action of a resultant force of the first pressing force and the second pressing force is located closer to one of the first ball member and the second ball member than the other of the first ball member and the second ball member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Soo Cheol Lim, Byung Woo Kang
  • Patent number: 11350018
    Abstract: Various embodiments include a camera having one or more bumper arrangements to cushion lateral movement of one or more camera components. In some embodiments, the bumper arrangement(s) may cushion lateral movement of a moveable platform as the moveable platform approaches a stationary structure. According to some embodiments, the bumper arrangement(s) may include one or more bumper features attached to (and/or defined by) the moveable platform and/or the stationary structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Shashank Sharma, Alfred N. Mireault, Nicholas D. Smyth, Zachary W. Birnbaum
  • Patent number: 11340470
    Abstract: An optical unit with a shake correction function may include an optical module having an optical element and an image pickup element, a movable body holding the optical module, a swing support mechanism swingably supporting the movable body, a fixed body supporting the movable body through the swing support mechanism, a shake correction drive mechanism structured to swing the movable body, and a stopper mechanism structured to restrict a movable range of the movable body. The stopper mechanism may include a spacer member in the movable body which includes a stopper protruded part extended to an opposite side to an object to be photographed with respect to the image pickup element, and a stopper member to abut with the stopper protruded part of the spacer member. The spacer member may be fixed to a member different from the optical module in the movable body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shinji Minamisawa
  • Patent number: 11343426
    Abstract: There is provided a notifying apparatus. A detecting unit detects a motion amount of an object from an image obtained through first shooting, the first shooting being carried out repeatedly at predetermined intervals of time. A converting unit converts the motion amount into a motion blur amount that will arise in second shooting, on the basis of the predetermined intervals of time and an exposure time used in the second shooting. A determining unit determines whether or not to make a motion blur notification on the basis of a predetermined notification condition. A notifying unit makes a notification of motion blur on the basis of the motion blur amount when it has been determined that the motion blur notification is to be made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroshi Suzuki, Shun Matsui
  • Patent number: 11330186
    Abstract: Provided is a biaxial tilting device, a camera device, and an electronic apparatus, which enable suppression of shaking of a camera unit. A biaxial tilting device includes: a frame body including a back plate opposed to a bottom surface of a member to be tilted across a space; a plurality of suspension springs made of a shape memory alloy, which are configured to connect the bottom surface and the back plate to each other; and a current supply control unit configured to supply currents to the plurality of suspension springs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: New Shicoh Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kokichi Terajima
  • Patent number: 11310422
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus comprises a first correcting unit configured to correct image blur by driving at least one of a panning driver that rotates an imaging unit including an imaging optical system and an image sensor in the horizontal direction, and a tilting driver that rotates the imaging unit in the vertical direction; a shake detection unit configured to detect shake; a calculation unit configured to calculate an amount of image blur correction in accordance with the shake detected by the shake detection unit; and a determination unit configured to determine a driving range required by the panning driver or the tilting driver in order to correct an image blur, in accordance with the amount of image blur correction and a mechanical driving end of the panning driver or the tilting driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hidenori Higashi
  • Patent number: 11300803
    Abstract: An optical element driving mechanism is provided. The optical element driving mechanism includes a fixed part, a movable part, a driving assembly, and a sensing assembly. The fixed part has a main axis. The fixed part includes a case and a bottom. The case and the bottom are arranged along the main axis. The movable part moves relative to the fixed part. The movable part may hold an optical element with an optical axis. The driving assembly drives the movable part to move relative to the fixed part. The sensing assembly senses a movement condition of the movable part relative to the fixed part. The sensing assembly includes a sensor. The sensor is disposed on the bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: TDK TAIWAN CORP.
    Inventors: Meng-Ting Lin, Sin-Jhong Song
  • Patent number: 11286057
    Abstract: A gimbal for carrying a load includes a first frame configured to be coupled with the load, and a second frame rotatably coupled with the first frame. At least one of the first frame or the second frame includes a connecting segment and a movable segment movably coupled with the connecting segment. The movable segment is movable relative to the connecting segment to cause the at least one of the first frame or the second frame to extend or retract. The at least one of the first frame or the second frame includes a locking part disposed on one of the connecting segment and the movable segment. The locking part is configured to abut against the connecting segment or disengage from the connecting segment for placing the movable segment in a locked state or a movable state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: SZ DJI OSMO TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Rongjian Sun, Xifeng Zhao, Xin Yan, Tianhang Ma
  • Patent number: 11283999
    Abstract: Techniques described herein can address these and other issues by synchronizing the positioning of an adjustable lens in a camera assembly with the capture of an image frame by the image sensor and optimizing the position of the adjustable lens to reduce the amount of blur caused by translation of the camera assembly along a direction along the optical axis over the course of a frame. More specifically, techniques provide for moving the lens to a plurality of optimized positions, relative to the image sensor, over the course of a frame, to reduce motion blur in an image due to translation of the camera assembly in a direction of along the optical axis during the frame. Some embodiments may provide for “tight” synchronization in cases where the plurality of optimized positions are based on a time-dependent function that takes into account when each row of the image sensor is being exposed over the course of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Victor Kulik, Mehul Soman
  • Patent number: 11283973
    Abstract: Implementations generally increase the virtual resolution of a camera sensor. In some implementations, a method includes moving an image sensor in a predetermined pattern, wherein the image sensor includes an array of light collecting elements, and wherein each light collecting element of the sensor array cycles through a plurality of positions in the predetermined pattern. The method further includes capturing a plurality of samples of light at each light collecting element, wherein each light collecting element captures a plurality of the samples in a cycle of movement in the predetermined pattern. The method further includes converting each sample captured at each position into a value. The method further includes generating at least one image from an aggregate of values converted from the samples of light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Sony Group Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas Dawson
  • Patent number: 11275254
    Abstract: An Optical Image Stabilization unit includes a wire connecting a housing to a holder module, a bobbin disposed inside the outer blade, a spring member disposed at the outer blade to support a movement of the bobbin in a direction along an optical axis, a first coil disposed at a periphery of the bobbin, a magnet moving the bobbin relative to the holder module by interacting with the first coil, a second coil moving the holder module relative to the housing by interacting with the magnet, a first solder portion disposed at a distal end of the wire to couple the wire to the housing, a second solder portion disposed at the other distal end of the wire to couple the wire to the holder module, and a buffer portion disposed at a part of the wire by being distanced from at least one of the first solder portion and the second solder portion to restrict a movement of the holder module relative to the housing by being coupled to at least one of the housing and the holder module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sangyun Oh
  • Patent number: 11277565
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to optical devices and related methods that facilitate independent control of movement of lenses and image sensors in camera systems. In one example, an image sensor is movable independently of and relative to a lens, and the lens is movable independently of the image sensor. In one example, an optical device includes a lens, and an image sensor disposed below the lens. The image sensor is movable relative to the lens. The optical device includes a plurality of magnets disposed about the lens, a plurality of vertical coil structures coiled in one or more vertical planes, and one or more horizontal coil structures coiled in one or more horizontal planes. The plurality of vertical coil structures are configured to, when powered, move the image sensor relative to the lens. The one or more horizontal coil structures are configured to, when powered, move the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: WESTERN DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Quang Le, Zhigang Bai, Xiaoyong Liu, Zhanjie Li, Kuok San Ho, Rajeev Nagabhirava
  • Patent number: 11268808
    Abstract: A detection device adapted to detect lens surface and a stitching interferometer including the same are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: The Institute of Optics and Electronics, The Chinese Academy of Sciences
    Inventors: Dachun Gan, Fuchao Xu, Xin Jia, Tingwen Xing
  • Patent number: 11263166
    Abstract: An optical image stabilization (OIS) circuit includes a first OIS circuit configured to operate as a serial peripheral interface (SPI) bus master with respect to a single sensor, read sensor data from the single sensor, and store the read sensor data, and configured to transmit a control code in a first SPI slave operation mode prior to a second SPI slave operation mode, and provide the sensor data in the second SPI slave operation mode, while operating as an SPI slave; and a second OIS circuit configured to operate as a SPI master with respect to the first OIS circuit, read the control code from the first OIS circuit, and store the control code in a first SPI master operation mode, and further configured to read and store the sensor data in a second SPI master operation mode subsequent to the first SPI master operation mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Gyu Won Kim, Kyoung Joong Min
  • Patent number: 11264000
    Abstract: A display control device controls display of a virtual image which is superimposed on foreground of a vehicle by projection of a display light image from an optical unit to a projection area. The display control device sets a projection position of the display light image which is projected in the projection area on the basis of a relative position of a superimposition object on which the virtual image is superimposed, obtains a measurement information from one vehicle height sensor measuring a displacement in a vertical direction occurring in the vehicle, obtains a gradient information indicating a gradient of a road on which the vehicle travels on the basis of three-dimensional map data, and corrects the projection position of the display light image on the basis of the measurement information and the gradient information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shunsuke Shibata, Masayuki Imanishi, Norio Samma, Takeshi Hato, Takeshi Kawashima, Sei Iguchi, Hiroto Banno, Daisuke Takemori
  • Patent number: 11258974
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus is provided. The apparatus comprises a controller configured to transmit an image obtained by an image sensor to an external device via a communication circuit, and cause the external device to execute a predetermined image processing on the image. The controller obtains information indicating recommendation or non-recommendation for the execution of the predetermined image processing on the image by the external device, based on a state of at least one of an imaging optical system and the image sensor when capturing the image, and transmits an execution request for the predetermined image processing on the image to the external device via the communication circuit, if the obtained information indicates the recommendation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kunihiro Shirai
  • Patent number: 11259195
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer-storage media, for security camera drone communication coupling to control and computing station. In some implementations, a first drone and a second drone are configured to monitor a property. A base station is configured to communicate with the first drone and the second drone. The first drone is configured to determine the first drone is unable to communicate with the base station and able to communicate with the second drone. Based on determining the first drone is unable to communicate with the base station and able to communicate with the second drone, the first drone is configured to determine the first drone is able to communicate with the second drone, transmit, to the second drone, a data packet and instructions to transmit the data packet to the base station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Ilja Nevdahs, Agris Kipurs, Konstantin Othmer
  • Patent number: 11243451
    Abstract: Disclosed is a camera module capable of overcoming a design limitation on a structure for auto-focusing and handshake compensation attributable to the thickness of the camera module provided in a small-sized camera device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hyungjoo Kang, Salkmann Ji, Samnyol Hong
  • Patent number: 11246221
    Abstract: An optical unit may include a movable body having an optical module, a fixed body, a support mechanism which turnably supports the movable body with respect to the fixed body with one or a plurality of directions intersecting an optical axis direction as a direction of a turning axis, and a flexible wiring board whose one end is connected with a connection part provided in the movable body and which is provided with a flat face region facing the optical axis direction. The flat face region is disposed on a side in a first intersecting direction intersecting the optical axis direction with respect to the movable body and is provided with a curved part curved without overlapping in the optical axis direction and is structured so that at least a part of the flat face region is overlapped with a position of the turning axis in the optical axis direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shinji Minamisawa
  • Patent number: 11245828
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a camera module, the module including: a PCB; an image sensor mounted on the PCB and formed with an image pickup device; a base mounted on the PCB and including a plated portion formed at a lower center with an opening mounted with an IR filter; a lower spring plate formed with a conductive material; a spacer arranged on an upper surface of the lower spring plate and forming a staircase structure by a rib wrapping a periphery of the lower spring plate to supportively apply a pressure to the lower spring plate; a lens actuator including a bobbin, and a yoke; an upper spring plate coupled to an upper surface of the lens actuator; and a cover attached to an upper surface of the upper spring plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jungsik Lee