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20130083159STEREOSCOPIC PANORAMIC IMAGE SYNTHESIS DEVICE, IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE, STEREOSCOPIC PANORAMIC IMAGE SYNTHESIS METHOD, RECORDING MEDIUM, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - Multiple images are acquired by continuously capturing images at high speed while panning an image capturing device (04-04-2013
20130083158IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM CAPABLE OF GENERATING A WIDE-RANGE IMAGE - An image acquisition unit 04-04-2013
20100165076PROCESS FOR AUTOMATICALLY DETERMINING A PROBABILITY OF IMAGE CAPTURE WITH A TERMINAL USING CONTEXTUAL DATA - A process for using a terminal capable of capturing images to determine a probability of capturing the images according to information taken from contextual data provided by the image capture means. The process uses a terminal such as a mobile terminal comprising a first image data sensor and at least one contextual data sensor to automatically determine at least one probability of capturing an image or a sequence of images taking place within a time interval, the capture probability being calculated based on at least one response provided by one of the activated image data and/or contextual data sensors.07-01-2010
20100165075METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY SHOOTING PANORAMIC IMAGE BY DIGITAL IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE - A method for automatically shooting a panoramic image by a digital image pickup device is described. In the method, a pixel error value between a real-time image and an alignment image overlapped with each other is continuously compared and calculated. When the pixel error value is smaller than a preset threshold value, the digital image pickup device is automatically driven to shoot a second image to be stitched and blended with a previous image into a panoramic image. The shooting of the panoramic image is simplified by using automatic image capturing.07-01-2010
20130044181SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MULTI-VIEWPOINT VIDEO CAPTURE - Embodiments of the present invention disclose a system and method for multi-viewpoint video capture. According to one embodiment, the system includes a camera housing for accommodating both a first multi-imager set and a second multi-imager set, with each multi-imager set including a plurality of optical cameras having different viewpoint directions and configured to produce a source image. Furthermore, each camera in the first multi-imager set and the second multi-imager set include corresponding cameras facing in approximately the same viewpoint direction. The first multi-imager set is positioned laterally adjacent to the second multi-imager set such that lines joining a center of projection of corresponding cameras in the first multi-imager set and second multi-imager set are approximately parallel.02-21-2013
20090195639Panoramic Imaging Device - A panoramic imaging device comprises: a photodetector array; a lens array having, on one plane, a center lens for receiving light in a front range of 36° to form a central unit image on the photodetector array, and left and right side lenses for receiving lights in left and right ranges each of 72° in capture angle of 180°; and four prisms in two pairs placed facing the side lenses. The two pairs of left and right prisms (more inclined and less inclined pairs) collect lights in divided two pairs of left and right ranges each of 36° in the 72° range (pairs closer to, and farther from, the front range), respectively, to form four side unit images on the photodetector array which are combined with the central unit image to reproduce a panoramic image without using wide-angle lenses or complex image correction process.08-06-2009
20110193936Method, System, and Apparatus for Controlling a Remote Camera - A method for controlling a remote camera includes: obtaining a panorama of a remote scene and a mapping relation between a coordinate system of the panorama of the remote scene and a coordinate system of the remote camera. The panorama of the remote scene is created by the remote camera and the mapping relation between the coordinate system of the panorama of the remote conference site and the coordinate system of the remote camera is created by the remote terminal. The remote camera is controlled according to the panorama of the remote scene and the mapping relation between the two coordinate systems.08-11-2011
20130076856STEREOSCOPIC PANORAMA IMAGE CREATING APPARATUS, STEREOSCOPIC PANORAMA IMAGE CREATING METHOD, STEREOSCOPIC PANORAMA IMAGE REPRODUCING APPARATUS, STEREOSCOPIC PANORAMA IMAGE REPRODUCING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - In a stereoscopic panorama image creating method according to an embodiment of the presently disclosed subject matter, a plurality of stereoscopic images formed of left images and right images continuously shot with a stereoscopic imaging apparatus 03-28-2013
20130076854IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus includes an image information acquiring unit, a quality determining unit, a positional information acquiring unit, and a panoramic image information generating unit. The image information acquiring unit acquires plural pieces of image information. The quality determining unit determines whether or not the quality of each of the plural pieces of image information meets predetermined criteria. The positional information acquiring unit acquires, on the basis of the plural pieces of image information, positional information indicating the positional relationship among the plural pieces of image information. The panoramic image information generating unit generates, on the basis of a determination result obtained by the quality determining unit, the positional information, and the plural pieces of image information, panoramic image information representing a panoramic image.03-28-2013
20130076855IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE CAPABLE OF GENERATING WIDE-RANGE IMAGE - The acquisition unit 03-28-2013
20100073460MULTI-DIMENSIONAL STARING LENS SYSTEM - Infrared stationary lens systems for performing multi-dimensional scans of scenes are provided. Systems illustratively include a stationary lens, a first scan mirror, a second scan minor, and at least one actuator. The stationary lens transmits infrared light and has an optical axis. The first scan minor has a first axis and pivots about the first axis to direct images of a scene to the stationary lens along a first dimension. The second scan mirror has a second axis and is located in an optical path between the first scan mirror and the stationary lens. The second scan mirror pivots about the second axis to direct images of the scene to the stationary lens along a second dimension. At least one actuator controls the first and the second scan minors such that the first and the second scan minors step and stare across the multi-dimensional scan of the scene.03-25-2010
20100073459FOLDED IMAGER - An optical imaging system which produces large field of view with a folded image.03-25-2010
20100033551Content-Aware Wide-Angle Images - This specification describes technologies relating to digital images. In general, one aspect of the subject matter described in this specification can be embodied in methods that include the actions of receiving a source wide-angle image; identifying one or more locally salient features of the source wide-angle image; calculating a mapping from the source wide-angle image to a two-dimensional mapped wide-angle image according to constraints using the identified one or more spatially variable salient features; and rendering the mapped wide-angle image using the calculated mapping such that the mapped wide-angle image reduces distortion of the locally salient features relative to the distortion of the source wide angle image.02-11-2010
20100033552METHOD FOR COMPRESSING IMAGING DATA BY USING WIDE-ANGLE LENS, DECOMPRESSED DISPLAY METHOD, COMPRESSION DEVICE, WIDE-ANGLE CAMERA DEVICE, AND MONITOR SYSTEM - Please replace the current Abstract with the following Abstract: The advantage of the invention is to efficiently reduce the amount of image data shot by using a wide-angle lens such as a fish-eye lens. A method of compressing image data shot by a wide-angle lens according to the invention comprises: displacing the image data in a way so that within a rectangular image containing a circular image shot by the wide-angle lens, numbers of colors associated with a plurality of pixel data outside of a predetermined circular region are reduced; and compressing the image data associated with the rectangular image after the above displacement process is performed on the rectangular image.02-11-2010
20130038681Method and Device for Determining the Speed of Travel and Coordinates of Vehicles and Subsequently Identifying Same and Automatically Recording Road Traffic Offences - The automatic system makes it possible to reduce the probability of error when identifying the vehicle of an offender, increases the length of a speed limit monitoring zone to several hundreds/thousands of meters, and makes it possible to cut expenditure on the construction and maintenance of gantries for the installation of speed limit monitoring devices. A method for the combined processing of signals from a radar and a panoramic video camera is proposed, in which data flows from the video camera and the radar are independently obtained, after which they are compared and data about the speed and coordinates are obtained with little probability of error in identifying the vehicle of an offender. The device for realizing the method comprises a radar with a signal processing module to calculate the speed and distance of all vehicles on a chosen section of road, and a panoramic video camera.02-14-2013
20130038680IN CAMERA IMPLEMENTATION OF SELECTING AND STITCHING FRAMES FOR PANORAMIC IMAGERY - A system, method, and computer program product for selecting qualifying frames from an image sequence for use in subsequent stitching into a composite panoramic image are disclosed. Incoming frames from any source may be cropped and downscaled prior to evaluation against qualifying criteria relating to image overlap and local motion. Qualifying images are saved and/or output. The resulting panoramic image generally uses fewer qualifying images and appears smoother and has fewer artifacts than those of the prior art. The qualifying criterion for image overlap is a predetermined overlap margin or percentage between a current image and a previous image from the sequence. The qualifying criterion for image motion includes a maximum amount of local motion, often due to passing objects. The embodiments may process incoming images in real time or from stored sequences. Problems may trigger user warnings.02-14-2013
20130033565Three-coordinate Three Dimensional Television system in Cubic and Spherical configurations, with Domed Theater Display and other curved shapes - This invention provides a means to present television in full, actual space, not an illusionistic or stereoscopic type of viewer. The first camera and viewer was cubic in shape, and provided a distancing coordinate for a more conventional flat display This was first described and illustrated in a 1999 patent application for a overall system of television manufacture.02-07-2013
20100045774SOLID-STATE PANORAMIC IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS - A panoramic camera system is disclosed that includes an unified optical system, an image capture device, and a processing unit. The unified optical system may include a first set of lenses that guide images received from horizontal directions of a target scene that surrounds the unified optical system. The unified optical system may also include a deflecting device that deflects the images guided through the first set of lenses and a second set of lenses that projects the images deflected by the deflecting device. The image capture device collects the projected images into a determined pattern based on the second set of lenses. Moreover, the processing unit processes the collected images from the image capture device to generate at least one of image signals and video signals representing a panoramic rendition of the target scene.02-25-2010
20100066809Deployable Image Sensor - A deployable image sensor includes a detector operable to generate electronic data in accordance with electromagnetic energy incident thereon, optics operable to direct the electromagnetic energy toward the detector, and electronics in electrical communication with the detector, the electronics operable to transmit the electronic data. A structure supports the detector, the optics, and the electronics. A shell surrounds at least a part of the structure, the shell and the structure defining a space therebetween such that the structure is reorientable within the shell. The deployable image sensor may include a battery array that may be charged using a charging station. A base station may be used with the deployable image sensor.03-18-2010
20090185028CAMERA APPARATUS AND IMAGE RECORDING/REPRODUCING METHOD - Provided is a camera apparatus capable of recording an image where a wide range is photographed, and making it easier to distinguish a content of a necessary image by enlarging and displaying an image of a narrow range based on predetermined information. The camera apparatus includes: a camera section including a wide-angle photographic lens and image-pickup means; microphones for collecting a sound emitted from a subject and/or sounds around the subject; processing control means for recording image data subjected to the image processing and the sounds collected by the microphone and the like; display means including a display screen for displaying a picture of the image data subjected to the image processing as well as reproducing the collected sounds; and operation means for operating the display screen. The processing control means performs a processing of recording an entirety of the picked-up image and a processing of displaying the picture on the display means by cutting out a specific area or an area toward a direction from which a sound is coming based on the collected sounds or other information from the entirety of the image obtained by photographing.07-23-2009
20130135428METHOD OF PROVIDING PANORAMIC IMAGE AND IMAGING DEVICE THEREOF - A method of providing a panoramic image and an imaging device thereof. The method may include: extracting at least one panoramic section, which is to generate a panoramic image, from moving picture data; displaying at least one thumbnail image respectively corresponding to the at least one panoramic section on a display screen; and if one of the at least one thumbnail image is selected, generating a panoramic section corresponding to the selected thumbnail image as a panoramic image. Therefore, even if a user performs capturing without the aim of acquiring a panoramic image at a capturing time, the user can aquire a panoramic image later by using moving picture data.05-30-2013
20130027510IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR - When a first instruction operation is performed by a user, a controller changes a zoom position in a wide-angle direction. When a second instruction operation is performed by the user, the controller changes the zoom position, which has been changed in the wide-angle direction, in a telephoto direction. In association with the change in the zoom position in the telephoto direction, the controller causes the image capture unit to perform automatic image capture.01-31-2013
20130033568METHOD FOR PHOTOGRAPHING PANORAMIC PICTURE - A method for photographing a panoramic picture includes the steps of checking motion of a corresponding photographing apparatus compares currently input images and previous images in real time through a motion estimation technique employing exposure compensation. Respective images constituting a panoramic picture are photographed, and image photography information is checked that includes focus distance and optical magnification to calculate actual photography range distance of the images. A pre-set threshold is set in consideration of a calculated actual photography range distance of the images. The checked motion is confirmed as to whether the pre-set threshold has been reached, and photography time points of the respective images are determined. The respective images are photographed according to a manual mode or an automatic mode at the photography time point of the respective images.02-07-2013
20130033567METHOD FOR PHOTOGRAPHING PANORAMIC IMAGE - Disclosed is a method for photographing a panoramic image. The method includes comparing an current image input with a previous image to obtain a motion information of a corresponding photographing apparatus, when photographing respective images forming the panoramic image, recognizing a degree of movement of the corresponding photographing apparatus at least based on the obtained motion information, and photographing corresponding image by a manual input or automatically when the recognized degree of movement is satisfied with a pre-set movement distance reference.02-07-2013
20130033566IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, AND CONTROL METHOD AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - One embodiment of an apparatus includes a reference position receiving unit configured to receive intermediate or end panorama reference position information input by a user, and a control unit configured to control an imaging device to begin generating a plurality of images to be used to generate a panoramic image based on the intermediate or end panorama reference position information input by the user after the reference position receiving unit receives the intermediate or end panorama reference position information.02-07-2013
20130070047Low Scale Production System and Method - Systems and methods for low-scale and low-cost production of events. The system having a plurality of video cameras, each of the video cameras capturing a video stream, a video processing server receiving the video streams from the video cameras and generating a panoramic video stream from the video streams and a video production server selecting a region of interest based on a selection received from a user and generating a video broadcast including the region of interest, the region of interest being a portion of the panoramic video stream.03-21-2013
20130070048Formation Apparatus Using Digital Image Correlation - The present disclosure uses at least three cameras to monitor even a large-scale area. Displacement and strain are measured in a fast, convenient and effective way. The present disclosure has advantages on whole field, far distance and convenience.03-21-2013
20130050401PORTABLE WIDE-ANGLE VIDEO RECORDING SYSTEM - A portable video recording system is disclosed, comprising an array of camera modules. The set is equipped with gyroscopes, to allow the extrapolation of the camera's movement from a stitched wide-angle reproduction.02-28-2013
20130050404DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS FOR DISPLAYING PANORAMIC IMAGES AND METHODS OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - Digital photographing apparatus for displaying panoramic images and methods of controlling the digital photographing apparatus are disclosed. A digital photographing apparatus is provided that includes a digital signal processor to enlarge and display a panoramic image based on a target spot set in the panoramic image. Thus, a horizontal or vertical panoramic image may be more easily identified. In addition, a desired portion of the panoramic image may be set, and the panoramic image may be enlarged based on the desired portion, thereby improving satisfaction of a user.02-28-2013
20130050403DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS FOR DISPLAYING PANORAMIC IMAGES AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - A digital photographing apparatus for displaying a panoramic image and a method of controlling the digital photographing apparatus are disclosed. A digital photographing apparatus is provided that includes a digital signal processor that displays at least a portion of a panoramic image as a sequence of images, wherein the sequence of images represent a moving region set in the panoramic image by a user. Because the panoramic image is displayed as a sequence of images to a desired spot, the user may more easily identify the panoramic image. In addition, by adjusting a slide reproduction speed, the sequence of images may be displayed to a desired spot and at a desired speed.02-28-2013
20130050402IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR IMAGE LOCALIZATION OF OBJECTS - In a method for image localization of an object using an image capturing device, a panoramic image of the object is captured using the image capturing device. The panoramic image includes an image of the object and an image background of the object. One or more boundary points of the object image are obtained according to a pixel value of each pixel point of the object image. Actual coordinate values of each boundary point are calculated, and original coordinate values of each boundary point are obtained based on a standard image retrieved from a storage device. Localization coordinate values of each pixel of the object image are calculated according to the actual coordinate values and the original coordinate values of each boundary point, and a sub-pixel localization image of the object is generated by mapping to the localization coordinate values of each of the pixel points.02-28-2013
20130050400Arrangement and Method to Prevent a Collision of a Flying Animal with a Wind Turbine - An arrangement and method to prevent a collision of a flying animal with a wind turbine is provided. A camera-system is arranged at the wind turbine and the camera-system generate images of the environment of the wind turbine. An evaluation system is coupled with the camera-system and the evaluation system evaluates the images to detect a flying animal within the environment of the wind turbine. A warning system is coupled with the evaluation system and the warning system generates a warning signal if the flying animal is detected by the evaluation system. The camera-system is configured to generate at least panoramic images of the wind turbine environment for the evaluation.02-28-2013
20090303312SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CREATING, STORING AND UTILIZING IMAGES OF A GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION - A system and method synthesizing images of a locale to generate a composite image that provide a panoramic view of the locale. A video camera moves along a street recording images of objects along the street. A GPS receiver and inertial navigation system provide the position of the camera as the images are being recorded. The images are indexed with the position data provided by the GPS receiver and inertial navigation system. The composite image is created on a column-by-column basis by determining which of the acquired images contains the desired pixel column, extracting the pixels associated with the column, and stacking the columns side by side. The composite images are stored in an image database and associated with a street name and number range of the street being depicted in the image. The image database covers a substantial amount of a geographic area allowing a user to visually navigate the area from a user terminal.12-10-2009
20120218378CAMERA PLATFORM SYSTEM - A camera platform system 08-30-2012
20120218376METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR IMAGING - Embodiments of the invention relate to a method and apparatus for imaging. Specific embodiments can incorporate an imaging module having at least one first imager, where each first imager images a corresponding at least one first portion of a θ° field of view abot a reference point, such that the at least one first imager images the θ° field of view. In a specific embodiment θ is at least 90°. The imaging module can also incorporate at least one second imager, where each second imager images a corresponding at least one second portion of the θ° field of view about the reference point, and one or more of the at least one first imager has a different magnification than one or more of the at least one second imager. Embodiments can allow imaging of a 0° field of view about a reference point with imagers having at least two different magnifications.08-30-2012
20090040293Camera Array Apparatus and Method for Capturing Wide-Angle Network Video - A camera array apparatus and a method for capturing wide-angle network videos are provided. An objective of the present invention is to provide the webcams used for the common computer system or the like for broadcasting the real-time and wide-angle network video stream in a limited-bandwidth network. Furthermore, software is introduced to join the two or more images retrieved from the cameras and to form the wide-angle or panoramic video. The preferred embodiment of the camera array apparatus comprises a plurality of camera modules that are arranged as an array and are connected to the computer system. In particular, the mentioned images retrieved from the cameras are joined together from the wide-angle or panoramic video using a stitching process.02-12-2009
20130057643STEREO-PANORAMIC DATA - Systems and methods for automatically generating three-dimensional panoramic images for use in various virtual reality settings are disclosed. One embodiment of the system includes a stereo camera capture device (SCD), a programmable camera controller (PCC) that rotates, orients, and controls the SCD, a robotic maneuvering platform (RMP), and a path and adaptation controller (PAC). In that embodiment, the PAC determines the movement of the system based on an original desired path and input gathered from the SCD during an image capture process.03-07-2013
20090040292DIGITAL CAMERA - A digital camera regards a part of a preceding photograph image as a guide image, and combines the guide image with a through image in shooting a succeeding photograph image. At this time, a transmittance of the guide image is set according to a luminance evaluation value at a time when the preceding photograph image is shot.02-12-2009
20110058015PHOTOGRAPHING DEVICE, PORTABLE INFORMATION PROCESSING TERMINAL, MONITOR DISPLAY METHOD FOR PHOTOGRAPHING DEVICE, AND PROGRAM - To provide are a photographing device, a portable information processing terminal, a monitor display method for the photographing device, and a program, which can easily perform a panoramic photographing by simplifying a monitor display figure to support photographing of a panoramic image. Monitor means 03-10-2011
20090290013IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP METHOD, PLAYBACK CONTROL APPARATUS, PLAYBACK CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An image pickup apparatus includes an image pickup unit configured to convert an image input through a lens system into image data, a stitching unit configured to generate a panoramic image from a plurality of the image data items of images captured during a time period from when a panoramic image capture is started to when the panoramic image capture is ended, an imaging direction detecting unit configured to detect an imaging direction during the time period from when a panoramic image capture is started to when the panoramic image capture is ended, a clock unit configured to detect image capture time information regarding image capture times of the panoramic image, and a recording unit configured to record, in association with the panoramic image generated by the stitching unit, the image capture time information detected by the clock unit and the imaging direction detected by the imaging direction detecting unit.11-26-2009
20110012989GUIDING METHOD FOR PHOTOGRAPHING PANORAMA IMAGE - A guiding method for photographing a panorama image is described. A motion vector between a current position of an alignment image in a real-time image and a joint position of the alignment image in the real-time image, and a direction indicator relative to the motion vector is displayed, such that when the digital camera device displays the real-time image, the digital camera device may display the direction indicator to guide a photographing position of a next image for a user, thereby simplifying the photographing of a panorama image and greatly decreasing an incidence that the user fails to photographing a panorama image.01-20-2011
20100097442Controller in a Camera for Creating a Panoramic Image - Methods and apparatus to create and display panoramic images on a mobile device are disclosed. Such a mobile device can be a mobile phone. Apparatus is provided to control the position of a lens in relation to a reference lens. Methods and apparatus are provided to generate multiple images that are combined into a panoramic image. A panoramic image may be a static image. It may also be a video image. A controller provides correct camera settings for different conditions. An image processor creates a panoramic image from the correct settings provided by the controller. A panoramic camera is applied in a computer gaming system.04-22-2010
20130063554COMPONENTS OF A PORTABLE DIGITAL VIDEO CAMERA - An integrated hands-free, point of view, action-sports, digital video camera (or camcorder) (03-14-2013
20130063551Synchronized Multiple Imager System and Method - One embodiment relates to a synchronized multiple imager system includes a plurality of imagers. One or more respective sensors are coupled to the imagers. The sensors output a vertical raster stream representative of pixel data from pixel columns, thereby generating a plurality of vertical raster streams. A clock circuit synchronizes the sensors to sense selected columns in the imagers and to output the vertical raster streams from the selected columns. A processor circuit stitches seam vertical raster streams from adjacent pairs of imagers. The synchronized multiple imager system may further include a plurality of input buffers coupled to respective sensors. The clock circuit may include input flip-flops configured to acquire the vertical raster stream from respective imagers in accordance with an imager bus clock. The clock circuit may further include asynchronous FIFOs to de-skew the vertical raster streams. Other embodiments, aspects and features are also disclosed.03-14-2013
20130063553Panoramic Optic Clear Enclosure - An apparatus includes a panoramic optical component shaped to direct light toward a camera; and an enclosure having a transparent portion, the transparent portion being configured such that only light entering the transparent portion in a direction substantially normal to a surface of the transparent portion is transmitted to the panoramic optical component.03-14-2013
20130063549SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONVERTING VIDEO - According to some embodiments, systems, methods, apparatus and computer program code for converting 2D video data to 3D video data includes receiving a two dimensional (2D) video feed from a video camera, the feed including a set of image frames, the frames together forming a panorama image, generating a background depth map, extracting for each of the image frames a set of image frame depth maps from the background depth map, generating an updated depth map using the set of image frame depth maps and the background depth map, and rendering an output image, the output image based on the panorama image and the updated depth map, the output image and the panorama image together forming a stereoscopic image pair.03-14-2013
20130063552MULTI FIELD OF VIEW IMAGING SYSTEM - A multi field of view (FOV) imaging system is disclosed. In one embodiment, a dual FOV imaging system includes a composite lens array including a first lens set positioned to focus a first type of FOV and a second lens set positioned to focus a second type of FOV and a composite focal plane array (FPA) including multiple focal plane arrays (FPAs). Further, the composite FPA is disposed at the first type of FOV and the second type of FOV for producing a seamless mosaic dual FOV image of a target region.03-14-2013
20130063550Human environment life logging assistant virtual esemplastic network system and method - A user borne portable personal digital assistant, a brain activity sensing system, a surround sensing system, and correlation system are provided for video logging and memory enhancement. Signatures simultaneously input from the brain system and surround system representing the environment around the user at a given time and place are correlated into a historical relational database. Real-time query means for identifying correlations between the historical database and current internal and external signatures as the user moves through space and time are provided. Body integrated sensor, processing, and display devices are provided to accomplish statistically valid neural representations within the brain correlated to externally originated geo-spatial information and sensory representations surrounding the user. Methods and systems are disclosed for using the resultant data from the data logging system as input into a simulation, stimulation, search engine, social network, telecommunication, or emulation system within a biological, mechanical, and bio-mechanical system.03-14-2013
20130162760MONITORING CAMERA AND METHOD FOR MONITORING - A monitoring camera is arranged to monitor a wide angle image view. The camera comprises an event detector arranged to signal that an event has occurred when an alert line/tripwire positioned in the wide angle image view has been crossed. The alert line is defined as a line enclosing a point of the wide angle image view. A method for monitoring an area using the monitoring camera comprises capturing images representing a wide angle view through a wide angle lens, detecting if an object in the images is crossing an alert line defined in the wide angle view as a line enclosing a point in the wide angle view, and in response to a detection of an object crossing the alert line, redirecting the camera from capturing images through the wide angle lens to a position capturing an image view including the area in which the alert line was crossed.06-27-2013
20130162759Controlling Image Capture and/or Controlling Image Processing - A method including selecting one or more portions of a scene; controlling an image sensor to capture, at a relatively wide field of view, a wide-field-of-view image of a scene; controlling the image sensor to capture, at a relatively narrow field of view or narrow fields of view, one or more narrow-field-of-view images of the one or more selected portions of the scene.06-27-2013
20130162761ROTARY IMAGE GENERATOR - A rotary system and method for capturing images and displaying moving images of the surroundings by rotating a camera in high speed and capturing a plurality of still images per second. The still images are then processed in real time and displayed in one or more display units. Each display unit can display a moving images view of a region in the surroundings and/or still images. Any still or moving image can be zoomed in.06-27-2013
20120113214REGULATING METHOD FOR PANORAMIC IMAGING, APPARATUS FOR THE SAME, AND PANORAMIC IMAGING APPARATUS - A regulating method for panoramic imaging, a regulating apparatus for the same, and a panoramic imaging apparatus are provided. The method includes: determining the circular viewing angle and the pitch angle of the current zone which is ready for being detected, determining the side length of the rectangular imaging part in the panoramic imaging apparatus, regulating the round panoramic image in the focal plane formed by a panoramic lens according to the side length of the rectangular imaging part and the circular viewing angle and the pitch angle of the current zone which is ready for being detected, in order to make the diameter of the round panoramic image in the focal plane formed by the panoramic lens greater than the length of the shorter side of the rectangular imaging part.05-10-2012
20120113213Wide format sensor - A method of making a high resolution wide format sensor for imaging a moving image conjugate includes assembling, imaging and processing. Plural sensors are assembled on a carrier. Each sensor images a strip portion of the moving image conjugate. The plural sensors are disposed so that strip portions imaged by adjacent sensors overlap in a seam leaving no gaps between strip portions. The carrier and the sensors have been fabricated out of materials with compatible coefficients of thermal expansion. A known pattern is imaged to produce from the sensors corresponding plural strip image data. The strip image data are processed to determine offset and rotation parameters for each sensor by exploiting overlapping seams.05-10-2012
20120236112OMNIDIRECTIONAL CAMERA FOR USE IN POLICE CAR EVENT RECORDING - A system and method for an omnidirectional camera for use in recording events around a police vehicle is disclosed. The system and method include an omnidirectional camera and a digital processor for processing the omnidirectional images captured by the omnidirectional camera. The digital processor may be operable to locate one or more regions of interests disposed within the omnidirectional images. A recordable medium is also disclosed for storing at least some of the captured images.09-20-2012
20100182398360 degree automobile video camera system - The present invention relates to a video camera system which has a 360 degree range for digital video recording inside and outside of an automotive vehicle. The system has a DVR built into or connected near the camera housing and the camera housing has slot adapted to receive a compact flash (cf) card or a media card so that the images recorded by the cameras can be placed on the cf card. Also included is an optional built in microphone with a control switch for law enforcement and military purposes.07-22-2010
20100171810Image Processing Apparatus, Image Processing Method and Program - An image processing apparatus includes a first image processor receiving, as a sequence of images, a plurality of images captured by sequentially shifting a shooting position in a predetermined direction, and setting a first overlapping area overlapping a priority area which is to be used preferentially in the sequence of images, as a use-prohibited area with respect to images in the sequence of images other than the first image, the images including the first overlapping area; a second image processor setting a second overlapping area of a second or third image as a use-prohibited area, the second and third images having sequence orders being separated by a predetermined spacing in the sequence of images; and an image generator generating an output image using areas of the plurality of images included in the sequence of images, excluding areas set as the use-prohibited areas by the first and second image processors.07-08-2010
20100171809MICROSCOPE SYSTEM AND METHOD OF OPERATION THEREOF - A microscope system for obtaining an image having a wide view angle by repeatedly capturing an image with an objective lens having a high magnification while moving a stage, and by connecting captured images having a small view angle including a stage, a stage driving unit, a stage position detecting unit, an image capturing unit, a position to be reached determining unit for determining a position to be reached which is the next image capturing position of the stage on the basis of the state of the captured image and the position of the stage at which the image is captured, and a stage move guiding unit for prompting a user to move the stage to the position to be reached on the basis of the detected position of the stage and the determined position to be reached.07-08-2010
20120287232Surround View System Camera Automatic Calibration - A system for calibrating a surround view system of an object, such as a vehicle. The system may be implemented via calibration logic that may include software, hardware, firmware, or a combination thereof. The system may include positioning a set of markers on a plane at least partially surrounding the object. The plane may be in a field of view of a camera of the surround view system, and the camera may include a predetermined intrinsic calibration. The system may also include determining a first plurality of extrinsic parameters of the camera with respect to the set of markers. The system may repeat the positioning of the set of markers and the determination of the first plurality of extrinsic parameters for at least one other camera of the surround view system.11-15-2012
20090309957OMNIDIRECTIONAL IMAGING APPARATUS - Disclosed is an omnidirectional imaging apparatus capable of obtaining substantially the same amount of image data per unit azimuth angle in subject information within the same azimuth angle range, in the entire image region of an omnidirectional image, and forming a high-quality panoramic image over the entire image region.12-17-2009
20110096144METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR INTERACTIVE POINT-OF-VIEW AUTHORING OF DIGITAL VIDEO CONTENT - The present invention provides electronic methods and apparatus for interactively authoring, sharing and analyzing digital video content. Methods for authoring include displaying visual data, defining each traversal as a time-based sequence of frames and annotating and storing a record of the traversal and its associated audio records. Defining the traversal Includes interactively panning the visual data by positioning an overlay window relative to the visual data and zooming in or out by resizing the overlay window. In alternative embodiments, the visual data may be displayed in a rectangular layout or a cylindrical layout. The methods are practiced using an integrated graphical interface, including an overview region displaying the visual data, a detail region displaying current data within the overlay window, and a worksheet region displaying a list of previously stored annotated traversal records. In a further aspect, the worksheet region list of annotated traversal records is published in a web document accessible via network using a standard HTML browser, and further annotations may be added by a community of network users. Analytical methods are also provided in which data markers corresponding to traversal records are plotted against an interactive abstract map enabling users to shift between levels of abstraction in exploring the video record.04-28-2011
20120307001INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, STORAGE MEDIUM STORING INFORMATION PROCESSING PROGRAM, AND MOVING IMAGE REPRODUCTION CONTROL METHOD - A panorama moving image including panorama images of a real world is pasted on a model in a virtual space as texture, and an image of the model is captured by a virtual camera. An image-capturing direction of the virtual camera is changed in accordance with an attitude of a portable display device, and the image captured by the virtual camera is displayed on the portable display device.12-06-2012
20110285810Visual Tracking Using Panoramas on Mobile Devices - A mobile platform maps and tracks the orientation of the mobile platform in real-time as the mobile platform rotates. The mobile platform captures a plurality of camera images as the camera rotates and projects the plurality of camera images consecutively to a panoramic cylindrical map. The map is extended by projecting areas of any camera image that correspond to unmapped portions of the panoramic cylindrical map. Keypoints are extracted from mapped portions of the map and using the keypoints the orientation of the camera is determined. Accumulated error is removed when closing the panoramic cylindrical map by extending the map horizontally beyond 360 degrees to produce overlapping regions and extracting and matching keypoints from the overlapping regions. Additionally, an incorrect estimate of the initial orientation of the map may be corrected by determining the correct orientation and re-projecting the map onto a map with the correct orientation.11-24-2011
20120098925PANORAMIC VIDEO WITH VIRTUAL PANNING CAPABILITY - A plurality of cameras may be strategically placed around a venue for generating broadcast video streams which are processed by a broadcaster so as to produce a panning effect. A first video from one camera is streamed to one or more viewers. To create a panning effect, video from an adjacent, second, camera stream is used to interpolate video frames. The panning effect can be accomplished by interpolating frames for a certain number of time periods from a frame of the first camera and video frame of the second camera. The video from the first camera, the interpolated frames, and the video from the second camera is then selected and streamed to a viewer as a video stream, providing the panning effect. Multiple interpolation streams can be generated to handle panning from any camera to another camera. Panning requests may originate from the viewer or from the broadcaster.04-26-2012
20120098924SIGNAL SPECTRA DETECTION SYSTEM - The invention is a detection system that provides for background removal from a field of view (FOV) of spectra. A panoramic field of regard may be partitioned into a large number of FOV's. An FOV may include spectra including that of a target substance. Such detection may require removing the spectra other than that of the target. This may amount to removal of the background with an estimated background developed from spectra of one or more FOV's which may be similar to the background of the FOV with the target. An estimation of the background may be a sum of a number of FOV spectra where each spectrum is assigned a weight, the total amount of the weights being one.04-26-2012
20100194850Method and apparatus for correction of an image from a fisheye lens in a camera - A method of operating a video system includes receiving an image captured by use of a fisheye lens. The image is divided into a plurality of horizontal image lines. A respective fraction of each of the horizontal image lines is sampled with a different respective sampling frequency. Each sampling frequency is inversely related to a size of the sampled fraction. The size of the sampled fraction increases with each horizontal image line in a progression from a top of the image to a bottom of the image.08-05-2010
20090073256Digital 3D/360 degree camera system - The digital 3D/360° camera system is an omnidirectional stereoscopic device for capturing image data that may be used to create a 3-dimensional model for presenting a 3D image, a 3D movie, or 3D animation. The device uses multiple digital cameras, arranged with overlapping fields of view, to capture image data covering an entire 360° scene. The data collected by one, or several, digital 3D/360° camera systems can be used, to create a 3D model of a 360° scene by using triangulation of the image data within the overlapping fields of view.03-19-2009
20110141228Image capturing apparatus and image capturing method - An image capturing apparatus includes a driving unit for displacing one of a lens unit and an imaging device with respect to an optical axis, and a controller for causing the driving unit to displace one of the lens unit and the imaging device, in response to the motion of the image capturing apparatus. When, with a shooting direction being moved, captured images are generated so that a panoramic image is generated from the captured images, the controller displaces the position of the lens unit or the imaging device at the start of exposure of each image to be captured in a direction based on a direction in which the shooting direction is moved. In addition, a displacement amount at the start of the exposure is set in response to the length of an exposure time period so that the displacement during the exposure time period becomes small and the quality of an image is improved.06-16-2011
20110141226PANORAMA IMAGING BASED ON A LO-RES MAP - A technique of generating a panoramic image involves acquiring a set of at least two main image frames, as well as corresponding generating and/or acquiring corresponding relatively low-resolution image frames, of overlapping portions of a panoramic scene. A map or other information is stored relating to the generation of a low-res panorama. A main panorama image is formed by joining main image frames based on the map or other information gained in the low-res process.06-16-2011
20130215217METHOD OF CREATING A VIRTUAL WINDOW - The systems and methods described herein include, among other things, a technique for calibrating the outputs of multiple sensors, such as CCD devices, that have overlapping fields of view and mapping the pixels of those outputs to the pixels of a display screen by means of a lookup table so that a user can see a selected field of view within the larger fields of view that are seen by the sensors.08-22-2013
20100265313IN-CAMERA GENERATION OF HIGH QUALITY COMPOSITE PANORAMIC IMAGES - Apparatus and method for automatically generating panoramic still photographs from a sequence of images collected during panning. Programming within the camera allows creating the panoramic image output from multiple captured stills and/or video frames without laborious user “stitching”. A sequence of images are captured under control of the camera which span a desired subject area being panned (in any direction) by the user. As the images are being captured, the programming assures that the edges of adjacent images in the sequence sufficiently overlap one another as the desired subject area is being panned, as well as controlling other necessary camera adjustments (e.g., maintaining fixed focus). A set of sequential overlapping image frames is collected and combined to create at least one panoramic still photograph. The user can preferably change settings to control how the images are put together into the panoramic image output.10-21-2010
20100033553IN-CAMERA PANORAMA IMAGE STITCHING ASSISTANCE - A camera that provides for a panorama mode of operation that stitches together two or more images to create a single image with a wide format. In panorama mode, a live view of a scene is transformed from rectangular coordinates to cylindrical coordinates and displayed by the camera. Also, an overlap portion between the previous image and the next image to be captured is characterized. In real time, after the previous image is captured, the overlap portion of the previous image is also transformed from rectangular coordinates into cylindrical coordinates. Next, the camera displays an overlay of at least a portion of the overlap portion onto the live view of the next image to be captured. And this overlay can assist the user in aligning the live view of the next image to be captured with the overlap portion of the previously captured image.02-11-2010
20110216158Object Detection and Rendering for Wide Field of View (WFOV) Image Acquisition Systems - An image acquisition device having a wide field of view includes a lens and image sensor configured to capture an original wide field of view (WFoV) image with a field of view of more than 90°. The device has an object detection engine that includes one or more cascades of object classifiers, e.g., face classifiers. A WFoV correction engine may apply rectilinear and/or cylindrical projections to pixels of the WFoV image, and/or non-linear, rectilinear and/or cylindrical lens elements or lens portions serve to prevent and/or correct distortion within the original WFoV image. One or more objects located within the original and/or distortion-corrected WFoV image is/are detectable by the object detection engine upon application of the one or more cascades of object classifiers.09-08-2011
20110216159IMAGING CONTROL DEVICE AND IMAGING CONTROL METHOD - An imaging control device for an imaging apparatus or an imaging system that includes an imaging unit imaging a subject and a variable mechanism of an imaging viewing field of the imaging unit, includes: a variable imaging viewing field control unit that controls driving of the variable mechanism of the imaging viewing field; and an automatic panorama imaging control unit that, while changing the imaging viewing field by using the variable imaging viewing field control unit, allows the imaging unit to acquire a plurality of image data used for generating panorama image data through imaging as panorama imaging and determines a control operation at the time of the panorama imaging based on an captured image signal acquired by the imaging unit.09-08-2011
20110216157Object Detection and Rendering for Wide Field of View (WFOV) Image Acquisition Systems - An image acquisition device having a wide field of view includes a lens and image sensor configured to capture an original wide field of view (WFoV) image with a field of view of more than 90°. The device has an object detection engine that includes one or more cascades of object classifiers, e.g., face classifiers. A WFoV correction engine may apply rectilinear and/or cylindrical projections to pixels of the WFoV image, and/or non-linear, rectilinear and/or cylindrical lens elements or lens portions serve to prevent and/or correct distortion within the original WFoV image. One or more objects located within the original and/or distortion-corrected WFoV image is/are detectable by the object detection engine upon application of the one or more cascades of object classifiers.09-08-2011
20110261153MOMENTUM BALANCE OPTICAL SCANNING FOR WIDE FIELD OF VIEW OPTICAL SENSORS - A compact momentum-balanced internal optical scanning mechanism is provided for a wide angle camera used in photo reconnaissance and the like, in which a large high resolution but not fully populated array is used to provide full scene coverage with high pixel densities, in which sharpness is maintained and in which the image can be scanned without vibration due to momentum compensation so that the image may be shifted on the focal plane array in such a manner that images focused on a dark portion of the array will move to an active portion of the array, with the sequential read out of the information concatenated into high resolution full scene image data.10-27-2011
20090201361Panoramic Camera With Multiple Image Sensors Using Timed Shutters - The present invention relates to the field of panoramic still and motion photography. In a first embodiment, a camera apparatus for panoramic photography includes a first image sensor positioned to capture a first image. The first image sensor has a rolling-shutter readout arranged in portrait orientation. The camera apparatus also includes second image sensor positioned to capture a second image. The second image sensor has a rolling-shutter readout arranged in portrait orientation. Finally, the camera apparatus includes a controller configured to signal the second image sensor to start capturing the second image before the first image sensor finishes capturing the first image. At least a portion of the first image is in front of the second image relative to a forward direction of the camera apparatus.08-13-2009
20120026283METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PHOTOGRAPHING A PANORAMIC IMAGE - A method and apparatus for photographing a panoramic image. The method includes checking a Motion Vector (MV) of an image captured through an imaging device, selecting an image to be included the panoramic image based on the MV, detecting regions to be included in the panoramic image from the selected image, and generating the panoramic image including the detected regions.02-02-2012
20120268554APPARATUS, AND ASSOCIATED METHOD, FOR FORMING PANORAMIC IMAGE - An apparatus, and an associated method, for forming a panoramic image at a camera. Motion indicia is obtained by one or more sensors. The motion indicia is utilized by a camera controller to cause a panoramic image creator to create a segmented, panoramic image using image frames that permit the creation of the panoramic image of the desired configuration.10-25-2012
20100002072Display apparatus and display method - A display apparatus includes a sight line detection unit that detects a line of sight of a user by analyzing user video information, an enhancement processing unit that detects an intersection point of the line of sight of the user detected by the sight line detection unit and a video display surface of a monitor as an attention point, which is a point on which the user focuses attention, and performs enhancement processing for the monitor by setting a higher gain amount in stages from a position of a longer distance from the attention point toward a position of a smaller distance, and a display video output control unit that outputs video via the monitor based on the gain amount set by the enhancement processing unit and display video information whose input is received by a display video information input unit.01-07-2010
20100141735Imaging apparatus, imaging method, and program - An imaging apparatus includes: an imaging device that images an object image through an optical system; an image signal processing section having a function of combining a plurality of imaged images into a combined image piece, the imaged images being obtained while the imaging apparatus is swept; a position sensor capable of obtaining position information of the imaging apparatus; and a controller that processes information of the position sensor, wherein the controller sends a notification of an appropriate value of a sweeping angular velocity based on the detection information of the position sensor and outputs a warning signal when the sweeping angular velocity exceeds an appropriate range.06-10-2010
20120140024Method of displaying an enhanced three-dimensional images - The present invention relates to an image-capturing apparatus and methods, a recording medium, a program and a display device that allows for the displaying of enhanced integral images. In particular, the present invention relates to an information processing apparatus and methods, a recording medium, a program and a display device and a display method which provide images of an object having enhanced three-dimensional resolution while allowing various viewpoints of the images.06-07-2012
20090153647METHOD AND DEVICE FOR GENERATING A PANORAMIC IMAGE FROM A VIDEO SEQUENCE - The invention relates to a method and device for generating a panoramic image (06-18-2009
20090147071Systems and methods of creating a virtual window - The systems and methods described provide an imaging system that allows multiple sensors to record images at their respective best exposures values and adaptively altering the exposure of the images recorded to create a seamless 360-degree view. In particular, the systems and methods described herein include determining exposure values for each column of photosensitive elements in a sensor by interpolating between the best exposure values of adjacent sensors.06-11-2009
20100265314IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD CAPABLE OF TRANSMISSION/RECEPTION AND RECORDING OF IMAGE FILE OBTAINED BY PANORAMIC IMAGE SHOT - In recording an image file that is shot by panoramic image shooting, a plurality of pieces of image data are recorded in the image file, and therefore there is a problem that the file size increases. Although it is possible to reduce the file size by applying higher compression processing using JPEG or the like, there is a problem that the image degradation appears noticeably. With respect to an input image file, it is determined whether or not it is the one obtained by panoramic image shooting, and then at the time of recording, one of two overlap areas is deleted and the positional information on the other overlap area is attached. Thereafter, at the time of transmission or printing, the overlap area is restored based on the attached positional information. In this manner, the file size at the time of recording is reduced without degrading the image.10-21-2010
20100097443Controller in a Camera for Creating a Panoramic Image - Methods and apparatus to create and display panoramic images on a mobile device are disclosed. Such a mobile device can be a mobile phone. Apparatus is provided to control the position of a lens in relation to a reference lens. Methods and apparatus are provided to generate multiple images that are combined into a panoramic image. A panoramic image may be a static image. It may also be a video image. A controller provides correct camera settings for different conditions. An image processor creates a panoramic image from the correct settings provided by the controller. A panoramic camera is applied in a computer gaming system.04-22-2010
20100002071Multiple View and Multiple Object Processing in Wide-Angle Video Camera - Methods and systems of transmitting a plurality of views from a video camera are disclosed. A multi object processing camera captures a wide-angle field of view in high resolution and a processing circuit executes a plurality of software tasks on a plurality of regions extracted from the wide-angle view. Multiple objects can be processed by the camera to detect various events, and the results of the processing transmitted to a base station. The camera removes the need for mechanical pan, tilt, and zoom apparatus by correcting distortions in the electronic image introduced by the wide-angle optical system and image sensor to electronically emulate the pan, tilt, and zoom movement.01-07-2010
20100321471METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PERFORMING IMAGING - Apparatus and methods for performing multi-degree imaging are disclosed including capturing images via a number of lenses, wherein the captured images cover a field of view. In addition, the apparatus and methods include combining the captured images to produce a single image stream and displaying the image stream, where extraneous information between the captured images is removed.12-23-2010
20120188332IMAGING APPARATUS - An imaging apparatus includes a display unit, an imaging unit adapted to successively capture an image of a subject and successively generate image data, and a controller adapted to control a display of a display object displayed on the display unit to change the display object in a specific direction at a predetermined timing in a predetermined recording mode.07-26-2012
20100118116METHOD OF AND APPARATUS FOR PRODUCING A MULTI-VIEWPOINT PANORAMA - A method of producing a multi-viewpoint panorama of a roadside is disclosed. In at least one embodiment, the method includes acquiring a set of laser scan samples obtained by at least one terrestrial based laser scanner mounted on a moving vehicle, wherein each sample is associated with location data and orientation data; acquiring at least one image sequence, wherein each image sequence is obtained by use of a terrestrial based camera mounted on the moving vehicle, wherein each image of the at least one image sequences is associated with location and orientation data; extracting a surface from the set of laser scan samples and determining the location of the surface in dependence of the location data associated with the laser scan samples; and producing a multi-viewpoint panorama for the surface from the at least one image sequence in dependence of the location of the surface and the location and orientation data associated with each of the images.05-13-2010
20100085421Greeting card incorporating an imaging device - The invention provides a greeting card having provided therein an imaging device, the imaging device being configured to capture an image, the capture of an image being controlled by operation of an activation means and a detection means. The activation means being operable on the detection means and is switchable by a user between a non-activated mode, and an activated mode. On adoption of the activated mode, a subsequent detection of the occurrence of a preset event by the detection means effects a corresponding issuance of a trigger signal, the trigger signal causing the capture of the image by the imaging device.04-08-2010
20100085422IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An imaging apparatus includes: an imaging device capturing a subject image through an optical system; an image signal processor having a function of combining multiple captured images into a single image, the images being captured during the period when the imaging apparatus is moved; an attitude sensor providing information on the attitude of the imaging apparatus; and a control unit processing the information from the attitude sensor and performing coordinated control on the processed result of the attitude information and the processed result from the image signal processor, wherein the image signal processor uses image recognition to determine the relative positional relationship between adjacent images, and the control unit determines the positional relationship between adjacent images based on an initial value of the attitude information, directional data and a relative positional relationship determined by the image signal processor, and judges whether or not the determined result is correct.04-08-2010
20120033033Vehicle Video Control System - A vehicle video control system is provided comprising a video camera unit having a wide angle (preferably a fisheye) lens mounted atop a column, wherein the column is attached to a manned or robotic vehicle, and an operator control unit in communication with the video camera unit. A continuous video image produced by the video camera unit is transmitted to the operator control unit. Such vehicle video control system provides a vehicle operator with an approximately hemispherical view from above the vehicle, providing the human operator with a continuous view of most of the area surrounding the vehicle. This video control system eliminates the burden of video camera control during simultaneous operation of the vehicle using the present system.02-09-2012
20090295906Car Side-View Camera - A car side-view camera has, on the side of a car, a side turn lamp housing containing a compound-eye imaging device and a near-infrared lamp forming the camera. The compound-eye imaging device has 6 imaging units in 2 rows 3 columns. Three imaging units in one row are provided with an infrared cut filter. The imaging units in left and right columns are provided with rectangular prisms to shift light entrance zones left and right. The microprocessor sets the near-infrared lamp in off-state for image capture during the day to combine 3 unit images by the imaging units with the infrared cut filter into a panoramic image, and switches the near-infrared lamp to on-state for image capture at night to combine 3 unit images by the imaging units without the infrared cut filter into a panoramic image. This camera can stably obtain a clear image regardless of day or night.12-03-2009
20100091090WIDE-ANGLE IMAGE ACQUIRING METHOD AND WIDE-ANGLE STEREO CAMERA DEVICE - Epipolar lines of first and second images are made consistent with each other in a paralleling step, so that it has the advantages (1) and (2) as set forth in the background section. Further, distortions of the first and second images are corrected in a correcting step, and, even if characters conversion is carried out, it can avoid excessively reduction of central portions in the first and second images or excessively enlargement of side edge portions. Thus, while maintaining of the above mentioned advantages (1) and (2), wide angle image acquiring method and a wide angle stereo camera device which make three-dimensional space holding possible can be provided.04-15-2010
20110169912WIDE-ANGLE LENS AND IMAGING APPARATUS USING THE SAME - A wide-angle lens comprising: an imaging lens system, including: a front lens group, an aperture, and a rear lens group, arranged in that order from an object side to an image side; wherein said front lens group comprises first and second lens elements, having negative power respectively, and a third lens that is a positive lens, arranged in that order from the object side to an aperture side; wherein said rear lens group comprises fourth and fifth lens elements, having positive power respectively, arranged in order from the aperture side to the image side; where an incident angle to an optical axis of the imaging lens system of a chief ray of a maximum angle of view passing through the aperture is θI, the following Expression 1 is satisfied.07-14-2011
20100201782Wide angle optical system and image pickup apparatus using the same - A wide angle optical system includes: 08-12-2010
20100201781THREE-MIRROR PANORAMIC CAMERA - A system and method for obtaining images having an ultra-wide field of view angle. A panoramic camera includes two subsystems: an optical subsystem and an image sensor. The optical subsystem includes at least a three-aspheric mirrors for producing an image of objects in the ultra-wide field of view. The produced images are correctable by a standard optical element to produce on an image plane an image having an optical resolution approximately equal or exceeding the Nyquist sampling criterion for the image sensor. A first mirror provides a sharp, compressed, virtual image using a convex paraboloidal or hyperboloidal mirror. Second and third mirrors redirect light onto the correction element through a folded optical path. The standard optical element projects a virtual image onto the image sensor. Image processing software can be used to decompress and unwrap the ultra-wide angle image captured by the image sensor.08-12-2010
20090284582Method of automatic photographs stitching - A method of automatic photographs stitching in a photograph capturing electronic apparatus, said method comprising the steps of capturing a photograph; on a viewfinder or display screen of said photograph capturing electronic apparatus, displaying at least one four-way guiding arrow for advising user the direction to move said photograph capturing electronic apparatus for capturing the next photograph which is suitable for stitching, said next suitable photograph having at a predetermined region, an area overlapped and aligned to said captured photograph with said overlapped and aligned area reaching a predetermined proportion; capturing the next suitable photograph; and stitching said consecutively captured photographs into a panoramic photograph.11-19-2009
20090262180APPARATUS FOR GENERATING PANORAMIC IMAGES AND METHOD THEREOF - A panoramic image generating apparatus, including a plurality of sub processors; and a main processor to divide data of an image to be processed to form a panoramic image into a plurality of areas, assign the divided data to a plurality of sub processors, and process the data in parallel. Accordingly, the time required to generate a panoramic image is reduced.10-22-2009
20120293607Panorama Processing - This disclosure pertains to devices, methods, and computer readable media for performing panoramic photography processing techniques in handheld personal electronic devices. A few generalized steps may be used to carry out the panoramic photography processing techniques described herein: 1.) acquiring image data from the electronic device's image sensor's image stream; 2.) displaying a scaled preview version of the image data in real-time on the device's display; 3.) performing “motion filtering” on the acquired image data; 4.) generating full-resolution and lower-resolution versions of portions of the images that are not filtered out by the “motion filtering” process; 5.) substantially simultaneously “stitching” both the full-resolution and lower-resolution image portions together to create the panoramic scene; and 6.) substantially simultaneously sending the stitched version of the lower-resolution image portions to a preview region on the device's display and storing the stitched version of the full-resolution image portions to a memory.11-22-2012
20120293608Positional Sensor-Assisted Perspective Correction for Panoramic Photography - This disclosure pertains to devices, methods, and computer readable media for performing positional sensor-assisted panoramic photography techniques in handheld personal electronic devices. Generalized steps that may be used to carry out the panoramic photography techniques described herein include, but are not necessarily limited to: 1.) acquiring image data from the electronic device's image sensor; 2.) performing “motion filtering” on the acquired image data, e.g., using information returned from positional sensors of the electronic device to inform the processing of the image data; 3.) performing image registration between adjacent captured images; 4.) performing geometric corrections on captured image data, e.g., due to perspective changes and/or camera rotation about a non-center of perspective (COP) camera point; and 5.) “stitching” the captured images together to create the panoramic scene, e.g., blending the image data in the overlap area between adjacent captured images. The resultant stitched panoramic image may be cropped before final storage.11-22-2012
20120293613SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CAPTURING AND EDITING PANORAMIC IMAGES - A method of self-healing panoramic images comprises uploading image data with associated raw metadata; formatting the image data such that the raw metadata is preserved while maintaining a small file size; intelligently selecting a portion of the raw data; and reprocessing the raw metadata such that the quality of the panoramic image is improved.11-22-2012
20120293611DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME TO INCREASE CONTINUOUS SHOOTING SPEED FOR CAPTURING PANORAMIC PHOTOGRAPHS - A digital photographing apparatus and a method of controlling the same to increase continuous shooting speed for capturing panoramic photographs. A provided method includes when a plurality of images are captured from an image pickup device during a predetermined period of time to generate a panoramic image, capturing at least one image from among the plurality of images by reading, from the image pickup device, image data corresponding to a predetermined region of a preview image displayed on the digital photographing apparatus, wherein a first number of the plurality of images is greater than a second number of images captured by reading, from the image pickup device, second image data corresponding to an entire region of the preview image during the predetermined period of time.11-22-2012
20120293610Intelligent Image Blending for Panoramic Photography - This disclosure pertains to devices, methods, and computer readable media for performing positional sensor-assisted panoramic photography techniques in handheld personal electronic devices. Generalized steps that may be used to carry out the panoramic photography techniques described herein include, but are not necessarily limited to: 1.) acquiring image data from the electronic device's image sensor; 2.) performing “motion filtering” on the acquired image data, e.g., using information returned from positional sensors of the electronic device to inform the processing of the image data; 3.) performing image registration between adjacent captured images; 4.) performing geometric corrections on captured image data, e.g., due to perspective changes and/or camera rotation about a non-center of perspective (COP) camera point; and 5.) “stitching” the captured images together to create the panoramic scene, e.g., blending the image data in the overlap area between adjacent captured images. The resultant stitched panoramic image may be cropped before final storage.11-22-2012
20120293609Positional Sensor-Assisted Motion Filtering for Panoramic Photography - This disclosure pertains to devices, methods, and computer readable media for perforating positional sensor-assisted panoramic photography techniques in handheld personal electronic devices. Generalized steps that may be used to carry out the panoramic photography techniques described herein include, but are not necessarily limited to: 1.) acquiring image data from the electronic device's image sensor; 2.) performing “motion filtering” on the acquired image data, e.g., using information returned from positional sensors of the electronic device to inform the processing of the image data; 3.) performing image registration between adjacent captured images; 4.) performing geometric corrections on captured image data, e.g., due to perspective changes and/or camera rotation about a non-center of perspective (COP) camera point; and 5.) “stitching” the captured images together to create the panoramic scene, e.g., blending the image data in the overlap area between adjacent captured images. The resultant stitched panoramic image may be cropped before final storage.11-22-2012
20100289869Method of Calibrating Interior and Exterior Orientation Parameters - The present invention calibrates interior orientation parameters (IOP) and exterior orientation parameters (EOP). With the calibrated IOPs and EOPs, a remotely controlled camera can quickly obtains corresponding IOPs and EOPs no matter on panning, tilting or zooming. Thus, the remotely controlled camera obtains accuracies on imaging and measuring and obtains wide applications.11-18-2010
20120033032METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CORRELATING AND NAVIGATING BETWEEN A LIVE IMAGE AND A PRERECORDED PANORAMIC IMAGE - An approach is provided for correlating and navigating between a live camera image and a prerecorded panoramic image. A mapping and augmented reality application correlates at least one live image with a prerecorded panoramic image, when a first location of a device used to capture the at least one live image substantially matches or falls within a predetermined proximity of a second location of a device used to capture the panoramic prerecorded image. The mapping and augmented reality application causes, at least in part, alternating of the at least one live image and the prerecorded panoramic image in a presentation on a screen of the device capturing the at least one live image.02-09-2012
20080211902Imaging device - An imaging device is provided with an all pixel driving mode which reads the signal charges of pixels of the entire frame and a specific line driving mode which read the signal charges of pixels on the specific lines on the area sensor. In the all pixel driving mode, the motion vector of the object is detected to calculate the amount of relative movement of an object on the screen based on the detected motion vector. Next, a shooting cycle is determined based on the amount of relative movement, and the slit shooting is performed at the determined cycle in the specific line driving mode. The shot slit image is spliced to the latest shot slit image. Thereby the imaging device can produce a long panoramic image with a correct aspect ratio.09-04-2008
20100141737METHOD FOR REAL-TIME PROMPTING STITCHING DEGREE OF PANORAMIC IMAGE - A method for real-time prompting a stitching degree of a panoramic image applied to a digital image pickup device. At first, a boundary band of a first image is captured to obtain an boundary image, and a second image is detected. Next, the boundary image and a local image of the second image are merged, and an association value of the boundary image and the local image of the second image is calculated. Then, the second image after being merged with the boundary image and a prompt signal corresponding to the association value are displayed on a screen.06-10-2010
20100141736METHOD OF OBTAINING GEOGRAPHICALLY RELATED IMAGES USING A VEHICLE - The method employs a computer interconnected with a GPS transceiver and a distance measurement means and operatively interconnected with a digital camera, all provided on a moving vehicle, in order to acquire a plurality of geographic location related images. A first geographic position is obtained from the GPS transceiver and a plurality of distance measurements are then received before a second geographic position is taken. A photo request is generated after a pre-determined distance has been traveled and is transmitted to the digital camera. The camera takes a photo based on the request and the photos, photo requests, first and second positions and distance measurements are stored for post-processing. The post-processing determines a path traveled by the vehicle using the positions and distance measurements and assigns an accurate geographic location and orientation to each photo. The method is useful in building a database of geographically related images.06-10-2010
20130120524NAVIGATION DEVICE - In one embodiment, a car navigation device is provided. The device comprises: at least one wide-angle camera; a video correction unit for acquiring video data from the wide-angle lens and correcting the video data; a video merging unit for acquiring corrected video data from video correction unit and merging the corrected video data; an image recognition unit for acquiring video from the video merging unit and performing image recognition to the video; and a driving assistant unit for acquiring data from the image recognition unit and assisting driving in accordance with the recognized content. The navigation device provided by various embodiments in accordance with the present invention can correct and recognize the images taken by fisheye lens in real-time so as to assist the driver for driving or drive the car automatically without a human being.05-16-2013
20100141734Imaging apparatus and optical axis correction method of imaging apparatus - An imaging apparatus includes a plurality of imaging units each having a lens and an image pickup device. At least one of the imaging units is a wide-angle imaging unit having a lens with a wider angle of view, and at least another one is a zoom imaging unit having a lens with a narrower angle of view and a higher magnification and mounted rotatably to the imaging apparatus. The imaging apparatus includes a driving unit that rotates the zoom imaging unit to change an imaging range of the zoom imaging unit, an image comparison unit that compares a partial image of a wide-angle image captured by the wide-angle imaging unit and a magnified image captured by the zoom imaging unit, and an optical axis information update unit that updates optical axis information of the zoom imaging unit based on a comparison result of the image comparison unit.06-10-2010
20120069141 MULTIMODAL CAMERA AND A METHOD FOR SELECTING AN OPERATION MODE OF A CAMERA - A multimodal camera and a method for selecting an operation mode of a camera, the method comprising: sensing scene lighting; detecting movement of the camera including detection of rotational movement for Panorama photography; detecting selection of a selector of the camera, the selector being for selecting between a first set of one or more operation modes based on scene lighting and a second set of one or more operation modes based on movement of the camera; and selecting one of the operation modes from the first and second sets of one or more operation modes based on conditions defined by data associated with the movement of the camera, the scene lighting, and the selection of the selector.03-22-2012
20120069140WIDE-ANGLE IMAGING LENS ASSEMBLY - The present invention provides a wide-angle imaging lens assembly comprising, in order from an object side to an image side: a first lens element with negative refractive power having a convex object-side surface and a concave image-side surface; a second lens element with negative refractive power having a convex object-side surface and a concave image-side surface; a third lens element with positive refractive power; a fourth lens element with negative refractive power having a concave image-side surface; and a fifth lens element with positive refractive power; wherein the two lens elements with refractive power closest to the object side are the first lens element and the second lens element; and wherein the number of lens elements with refractive power does not exceed six.03-22-2012
20090185027SYSTEM AND METHOD TO QUICKLY ACQUIRE IMAGES - An image capturing system includes: a plurality of image capturing devices, wherein each image capturing device is adapted to capture an image of an object and transmit the captured image; and a processor in communication with each of the image capturing devices, the processor adapted to transmit a, control signal to each of the image capturing devices, receive each of the captured images, process the captured images, and transmit the processed captured images, wherein the processing of the captured images includes combining the images to appear as a seamless single rotational image.07-23-2009
20110141224Panorama Imaging Using Lo-Res Images - A technique of generating a panoramic image involves acquiring a set of at least two main image frames, as well as corresponding generating and/or acquiring corresponding relatively low-resolution image frames, of overlapping portions of a panoramic scene. A map or other information is stored relating to the generation of a low-res panorama. A main panorama image is formed by joining main image frames based on the map or other information gained in the low-res process.06-16-2011
20090051757Video Information Apparatus and Image Processing Method - A video information apparatus for displaying a ring-filed image is composed of computer system and display apparatus. The computer system is composed of the master control system and at least a controlled system. The master control system separates the ring-filed image into plural visual angle images, and the controlled system is electrically connected to the master control system to process these visual angle images. The display apparatus is electrically connected to the computer system to display the ring-filed image.02-26-2009
20110141223Multiple Operating Mode Optical Instrument - According to one embodiment, an optical instrument includes a hand-held housing that houses multiple optical devices and an eyepiece. The optical devices are configured to generate a corresponding multiple number of images on the eyepiece such that each image is contiguously aligned with one another along their sides to form a panoramic image on the eyepiece.06-16-2011
20110228045REMOTE DETERMINATION OF IMAGE-ACQUISITION SETTINGS AND OPPORTUNITIES - Pre-image-acquisition information is obtained by a digital camera and transmitted to a system external to the digital camera. The system is configured to provide image-acquisition settings to the digital camera. In this regard, the digital camera receives the image-acquisition settings from the external system and performs an image-acquisition sequence based at least upon the received image-acquisition settings. Accordingly, the determination of image-acquisition settings can be performed remotely from the digital camera, where data-processing resources can greatly exceed those within the digital camera.09-22-2011
20110228044IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM WITH PROGRAM RECORDED THEREIN - An imaging apparatus including a capturing section which captures images, a detection section which detects an image capturing direction of the capturing section, a setting section which sets a plurality of image capturing directions of images for use in a composite necessary to generate a wide-angle image based on a reference image which is a first image captured by the capturing section, a judgment section which judges whether or not the image capturing direction detected by the detection section coincides with any one of the plurality of image capturing directions set by the setting section, and an imaging control section which controls to capture an image for use in the composite by the capturing section in the image capturing direction detected by the detection section, when the judgment section judges that mutual directions coincide.09-22-2011
20110228043IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND 3D INFORMATION OBTAINING SYSTEM - In a pantoscopic camera, right and left images, which overlap with each other, are captured from a subject. Overlap areas are detected from these images, and a composite image is produced from either of the overlap areas and non-overlap areas of the respective images. So long as a shutter button is not operated, the right and left images are successively captured to display the composite image as a moving through-image on an LCD. When the shutter button is pressed halfway, the LCD is switched from the composite image to an overlap area image that corresponds to the overlap area. On the basis of the detected overlap areas, 3D information on the subject may be obtained, or a stereoscopic image may be displayed.09-22-2011
20110228042Various Configurations Of The Viewing Window Based 3D Display System - A panoramic 3D image is created by using multiple projectors whose field-of-view is narrower than the screen's width. Each projector provides a different image of a common subject from a different view angle, and the different images are mosaiced onto the screen. An observer may have a limited view of the composite image depending on which projectors are within the observer's field-of-view. A viewing volume is also extended by using space beyond a far limit line dependent upon the observer's inter-pupillary distance, the width of each projector's viewing window, and the distance from the projection baseline to the screen09-22-2011
20120081511INTERLACED FOCAL PLANE ARRAY FOR WIDE-AREA SURVEILLANCE - Systems and methods of acquiring large field of view, high-resolution image data are discussed herein. Techniques and devices relate operation and composition of systems for acquiring large field of view, high-resolution image data. Such systems may include a first sensor chip assembly (SCA) in an interlaced focal plane array (FPA), the first SCA having a length, a width, and a resolution; a second SCA in the FPA, the second SCA having the same length, width, and resolution; and a field of view (FOV) adjustment device that moves the FOV of the FPA so that it can observe different scenes. In some such systems, the first and second SCAs are arranged relative to each-other in a first spaced array extending along a first dimension of the FPA such that there is an intentional gap between the first and second FPAs along the first dimension.04-05-2012
20110141227STEREOSCOPIC (3D) PANORAMA CREATION ON HANDHELD DEVICE - A technique of generating a stereoscopic panorama image includes panning a portable camera device, and acquiring multiple image frames. Multiple at least partially overlapping image frames are acquired of portions of the scene. The method involves registering the image frames, including determining displacements of the imaging device between acquisitions of image frames. Multiple panorama images are generated including joining image frames of the scene according to spatial relationships and determining stereoscopic counterpart relationships between the multiple panorama images. The multiple panorama images are processed based on the stereoscopic counterpart relationships to form a stereoscopic panorama image.06-16-2011
20090201360Dichroic Cut Filter for Wide-Angle Imaging - An image device for wide-angle imaging may include an integrated optical system with a wide-angle dichroic cut filter. The dichroic cut filter may be an ultra-violet/infrared (UV/IR) cut filter to block UV and IR wavelengths of light and to transmit visible light. The dichroic cut filter is positioned adjacent to a surface of a lens in the optical system that receives rays of light at a substantially uniform angle of incidence along its surface. For example, the lens having the dichroic cut filter may receive all rays of light at an angle of incidence normal to the lens surface. The passband characteristics of the dichroic cut filter thus remain consistent for all rays of light. The dichroic cut filter may also be positioned near an aperture of the image device so as to direct retroreflected light away from the image sensor.08-13-2009
20090213208PANORAMIC CAMERA - An improved camera for the acquisition of panoramic images is disclosed. The camera comprises a convex photochromic reflector directed towards an image capture element. Multiple incoming light sensors around the perimeter of the camera detect strong incoming light and cause the activation of a corresponding UV light. The UV light in turn activates the photochromic effect on a particular region of the photochromic reflector that corresponds to an area of strong incident light. The photochromic reflector then darkens in that area, providing compensation for a scene that has a wide range of lighting conditions. Therefore, the camera compensates for strong lighting indoors as well as outdoors.08-27-2009
20120105578IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - Both tilt information included in an image and positional information are acquired in order to calculate a relative tilt angle between at least two images. Whether the tilt information can be used to estimate the tilt angle (whether the tilt information is fake information) is determined from a distribution characteristic in the image of the acquired positional information. The tilt angle is estimated from the tilt information determined to be able to be used. A tilt included in the acquired image is corrected using the estimation result, and the image having the correct orientation can be produced.05-03-2012
20120105577PANORAMIC IMAGE GENERATION DEVICE AND PANORAMIC IMAGE GENERATION METHOD - A panoramic image generation device generates a panoramic image by synthesizing a plurality of static images constituting the moving image, determines a size at which a display panoramic image is to be cut out from the panoramic image, and detects a focus photography position from the panoramic image. The panoramic image generation device cuts out the display panoramic image from the panoramic image on the basis of the detected focus photography position and the determined size.05-03-2012
20120105576Arrangement of a Rotary Image Capture Unit for Imaging Objects on Circuit Boards at a Polar Viewing Angle 45 - The invention is directed to a rotary image capture unit for imaging objects on printed circuit boards at a polar viewing angle of 45°. The object of the invention is to provide a possibility for realizing an object inspection from different, finely adjustable viewing angles (azimuth angle and polar angle) in the most economical manner possible. According to the invention, this object is met by a rotary image capture unit for imaging objects on printed circuit boards, preferably at an angle of 45° in that an imaging assembly comprising a cable feed, a video camera (05-03-2012
20120105575Optical Device With Electrically Variable Extended Depth Of Field - A system and method for providing an optical device with a variable extended depth-of-field (EDOF). The optical device includes an optically transparent liquid crystal layer, an optically transparent phase mask, optically aligned with the liquid crystal layer and separated therefrom by an optically transparent substrate, an optically transparent index-matching layer, disposed adjacent to one surface of the phase mask, and having a refractive index substantially matching that of the phase mask; and a pair of electrodes for generating an electric field acting on said liquid crystal layer to change the depth of field of the imaging system in proportion to the amplitude of a signal applied to the electrodes.05-03-2012
20120105574PANORAMIC STEREOSCOPIC CAMERA - A panoramic stereographic camera includes a first cylindrical array of imagers with adjoining fields of view that cover a panoramic portion of a scene, each imager in the first cylindrical array being oriented at a first skew angle. A second cylindrical array of imagers with adjoining fields of view covers the same panoramic portion of the scene. Each imager in the second cylindrical array is oriented at a second skew angle. The images formed by the first cylindrical array of imagers and images created by the second cylindrical array of imagers are combined to produce a panoramic stereographic image.05-03-2012
20120194636INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, PROGRAM, AND IMAGING APPARATUS - An information processing apparatus includes a calculation unit, a setting unit, a retrieval unit, an arrangement unit, a determination unit, and a notification unit. The calculation unit is configured to calculate a display range of an input image. The setting unit is configured to set an inclusive range including at least a part of the calculated display range. The retrieval unit is configured to retrieve an image to be combined that is associated with the input image. The arrangement unit is configured to arrange the retrieved image to be combined in the inclusive range. The determination unit is configured to determine an area within the inclusive range, in which the image to be combined is not arranged, as an image-missing area. The notification unit is configured to notify a user of information on the determined image-missing area.08-02-2012
20120194637PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS FOR PHOTGRAPHING PANORAMIC IMAGE AND METHOD THEREOF - A photographing apparatus is provided. The photographing apparatus includes a photographing unit, a display unit for displaying a screen image corresponding to light entering the photographing unit, a sensor which senses a motion of the photographing apparatus, a graphic processor which generates a plurality of guide images and a photographing focus for photographing a panoramic image and displays the plurality of guide images and the photographing focus on the screen image, and changes a position of the photographing focus according to the motion of the photographing apparatus, a controller for controlling the photographing unit to automatically photograph, if the photographing focus matches one of the plurality of guide images, and a storage unit which stores photographed image data panoramic image.08-02-2012
20120169841Downhole Optical Imaging Tools and Methods - A disclosed downhole optical imaging tool includes a light source and a camera enclosed within a tool body having at least two sidewall windows. A first window transmits light from the light source to a target region in the borehole, while a second window passes reflected light from the target region to the internal camera. The target region is spaced along the borehole away from the second window in a direction opposite the first window. In some embodiments, this configuration is provided by angling the first and second windows with respect to the sidewall, or by shaping the windows to cast and receive light from a “forward” direction. Some tool embodiments include motion and/or orientation sensors that are employed by a processor to combine separately captured images into a panoramic borehole image. It can be employed during drilling operations employing air or a substantially transparent liquid as a drilling fluid.07-05-2012
20110128350METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CHOOSING A DESIRED FIELD OF VIEW FROM A WIDE-ANGLE IMAGE OR VIDEO - A wide-angle camera will collect wide-angle images. A portion of the wide-angle image (desired field of view) will be selected based on accelerometer readings. More particularly, to keep the desired field of view of a camera in an appropriate position, a correction is made to the tilt and roll of the desired field of view by using motion sensors to determine the horizon based on measuring the direction of gravity. A correction is also made to the yaw of the desired field of view using motion sensors to determine a forward facing position when the user is in motion. Because the desired field of view is corrected for variations resulting from user activity, any image collected from the camera is more likely to be pointed at a desired position.06-02-2011
20100157018Display-Based Interactive Simulation with Dynamic Panorama - The subject invention provides a panoramic, interactive, seamless, intuitive, high-resolution and yet extensive simulation tool capable of simulating dynamic events that alter the panoramic view in response to the user's actions or inaction. The dynamic panorama simulation can generate and display novel scenes that are not limited to static “canned” content that has been previously photographed, rendered, recorded, captured or filmed thus providing great flexibility, contextual authenticity and liveliness and, in some instances, unanticipated and surprising but accurate developments in the simulation.06-24-2010
20100002070Method and System of Simultaneously Displaying Multiple Views for Video Surveillance - Methods and systems of transmitting a plurality of views from a video camera are disclosed. The camera captures a plurality of views from the lens and scales the view to a specified size. Each view can correspond to a separate virtual camera view of a region of interest and separately controlled. The camera composites at least a portion of the plurality of views into one or more views within the camera, and then transmits one or more of the views from the video camera to a base station for compositing views from the camera into a single view within the base station. Cameras can be grouped into a network, with network addresses assigned to the camera and any virtual cameras generated therein.01-07-2010
20090115841Controller For Photographing Apparatus And Photographing System - A picture photographed by a camera portion is sent to a video capturing portion of a computer. The picture is displayed in an operation area of a monitor. A panorama picture of which pictures in part or all moving range of a pan tiler are combined is displayed in a panorama operation area. A pan tilter portion sends positional information of pan and tilt to the computer through a mode controller. With a mouse, the operation area and the panorama operation area are operated so as to select an object. The computer obtains data for driving the pan tilter. Thus, the selected object is displayed at the center of the operation area.05-07-2009
20100182396DATA CAPTURE SYSTEM - A system that facilitates collecting data is described herein. The system includes a digital camera that is configured to capture images in a visible light spectrum and a near-infrared camera that is configured to capture near infrared images, wherein a field of view of the digital camera and the field of view of the near-infrared camera are substantially similar. The system further includes a trigger component that is configured to cause the digital camera and the near-infrared camera to capture images at a substantially similar point in time, and also includes a mounting mechanism that facilitates mounting the digital camera and the near-infrared camera to an automobile.07-22-2010
20100194851PANORAMA IMAGE STITCHING - Systems and methods are disclosed for generation of a panoramic image of a scene. In an implementation, the method includes acquiring a plurality of images (e.g. first image and a second image) of the scene. Subsequent to image acquisition, the plurality of images is registered based on spatial relations of image data in an overlap region between the images. The spatial relations may correspond to distance and angle between a plurality of features in the first and the second images respectively. The registered images are merged based at least in part on a block based mean of the overlap region to generate the panoramic image. Block based merging is utilized to normalize spatially varying intensity differences of the first image and the second image.08-05-2010
20100013906ZOOM BY MULTIPLE IMAGE CAPTURE - An image sensor assembly includes a fixed focal length optical lens; a mirror that reflects light from the scene to an optical lens and moves into a plurality of positions; and an image sensor that receives the light after it passes through the optical lens and captures a plurality of images that represents each image captured from each position of the mirror; wherein at least portions of the plurality of images are stitched together to form a composite image with a desired zoom factor.01-21-2010
20100188479PANORAMIC HEAD FOR PHOTOGRAPHIC AND VIDEO-PHOTOGRAPHIC EQUIPMENT - A panoramic head (07-29-2010
20100177160PANORAMIC CAMERA - A panoramic camera comprising at least one reflector and an image sensor. The camera has an integral annular to rectangular image conversion module to convert annular images received on the image sensor. The camera is remotely controllable to enable a remote user to select a portion of the resulting rectangular image or change optical properties such as exposure time using a mobile telephone having a browser interface and lacking annular to rectangular image conversion software. Images or video are automatically uploadable to an internet server. Still or video image can be encrypted, along with the measured location at which the still or video images were taken. An integral stand enables the panoramic camera to better take images of rooms when resting on the floor.07-15-2010
20100225738Vehicle Safety Camera System - An externally-mounted camera system for large commercial trucks. The video cameras are positioned around the outside of the vehicle and feed their video images to a control unit within a tamper-proof black box typically located within the truck's cab. The cameras are wide-angle 360 degree type cameras and only four cameras completely surrounding the truck. This system is designed to work with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and Accident Reporting regulations, standards, and protocols. The video feeds will be attached to accident reports and reviewed by the federal authorities who provide feedback in compiled statistics and enhanced safety regulations.09-09-2010
20100141733SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM - The invention relates to a surveillance system comprising an image recording unit for recording optically distorted images and a transmission unit for transmitting the image information from the image recording unit to a reproduction unit that reproduces the images previously recorded as optically distorted images as undistorted images. According to the invention, the transmission unit is configured to transmit image details of distorted images and to transmit at the same time additional information allowing restitution of the image details, thereby allowing a restitution in the reproduction unit.06-10-2010
20110058014IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An imaging processing device includes: a position information generation section that generates position information which represents a relative positional relationship of captured images when the captured images are aligned on a predetermined plane so as to overlap same subjects, which are included in the different captured images, with each other; a strip image generation section that cuts out an area on each captured image from a predetermined reference position on the captured image to the reference position on another captured image which is aligned on the plane so as to overlap with the captured image and generates a strip image including the area, when the captured images are aligned on the plane on the basis of the position information; and a panoramic image generation section that generates a single panoramic image by aligning and stitching the strip images which are obtained from the captured images.03-10-2011
20100208032METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR OBTAINING PANORAMIC AND RECTILINEAR IMAGES USING ROTATIONALLY SYMMETRIC WIDE-ANGLE LENS - The present invention provides mathematically accurate image processing algorithms for extracting natural looking panoramic images and distortion-free rectilinear images from images acquired using a camera equipped with a wide-angle lens which is rotationally symmetric about an optical axis and devices implementing such algorithms. Imaging systems using this method can be used not only in security•surveillance applications for indoor and outdoor environments, but also in diverse areas such as video phone for apartment entrance door, rear view camera for vehicles, visual sensor for unmanned aerial vehicles and robots, camera phone, PC camera, and broadcasting camera. Also, it can be used to obtain panoramic or rectilinear photographs using a digital camera.08-19-2010
20100253763IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP METHOD - This invention makes it possible to produce a high quality synthesized panoramic image when it is difficult to highly precisely shift the image pickup direction. The present invention provides an image pickup apparatus for synthetically generating a first image, or a whole image of an entire object of shooting, the apparatus comprising an image pickup section that sequentially changes the image pickup direction and picks up section of images of the object of shooting to be imaged, a reading section that reads second images, each having a predetermined width and constituting a part of the image picked up on an imaging plane in the image pickup section, a defining section that defines a reading range of each second image to be read by the reading section, a relative position identifying section that identifies the relative position of each second image relative to the first image, and a synthesizing section that generates the first image by sequentially and synthetically combining the second images read out by the reading section, the defining section being adapted to determine the first quantity of movement of each second image by referring to the relative position thereof as identified by the relative position identifying section and define the reading range of the second image to be read out next according to the first quantity of movement.10-07-2010
20110128349System for Providing Camera Views - A camera system having at least one self-contained, universally mountable camera module having a housing and a plurality of cameras disposed within the confines of the housing, each camera having a predetermined field of view to the exterior of the housing that when combined provide at least a 180 degree view about the housing. The system also includes communication elements within the housing to provide electrical communication between the plurality of cameras and a position external to the module and at least one receiver that receives the camera views from the module that is operable by a user to view one or more camera views at a time as individual views as well as a composite view of at least two or more camera views.06-02-2011
20090040291OMNIVIEW MOTIONLESS CAMERA ORIENTATION SYSTEM - A method and apparatus for capture of a spherical image is disclosed. The present invention includes at least one camera having a lens with at least a 180° field-of-view for capturing a hemispherical image. In a first embodiment, a second hemispherical image is created corresponding to a mirror image of the hemispherical image captured by the camera. In a second embodiment, two back-to-back cameras capture first and second hemispherical images, respectively. In both embodiments, a converter combines the two images along their outside edges to form a single, spherical image. Finally, the converter stores the complete spherical image for later retrieval and perspective corrected viewing.02-12-2009
20130127984System and Method for Fast Tracking and Visualisation of Video and Augmenting Content for Mobile Devices - The present invention relates to a method and an apparatus for panoramic visualization on hand held and similar devices. The hand held devices consist of at least a camera sensor, a CPU and a display module, and often consisting of one or more additional sensor such as accelerometer, magnetometer or gyroscope. The main features of the system consist of a sub-system for displaying on-line augmented reality content, building in the same time a panoramic view, a sub-system for off-line displaying of panoramic augmented reality content and a user trigger to commute between the two modes. By alternating the on-line and off-line phases, the system provides ease of use as well as reduced energy consumption to the device. The system does not attempt to build a mosaic panoramic image. It temporary stores the acquired video frames together with their relative position with respect to each other.05-23-2013
20090322856IMAGE RECORDING SYSTEM PROVIDING A PANORAMIC VIEW - The invention relates to an image detection system for a panoramic view comprising linearly disposed optical channels with a microlens and a detector which is situated in the focal plane thereof. The camera unit is thereby mounted on a rotating or rotating-oscillating rotational shaft, as a result of which a panoramic view of the image detection system is made possible. Image detection systems of this type are used in medical technology, on vehicles, for inspection of hole-like recesses and also for 360° image detection in rooms.12-31-2009
20090073254OMNIDIRECTIONAL IMAGING SYSTEM WITH CONCURRENT ZOOM - An optical system configured to simultaneously image an omnidirectional field-of-view and a concurrent narrow field on a single focal plane.03-19-2009
20090073255Video Transmitting Apparatus, Video Display Apparatus, Video Transmitting Method and Video Display Method - During reproduction of received wide-field video data by use of a receiving side apparatus, whatever may be the type, size, resolution and orientation of a receiving side display apparatus, the video information is converted, based on information transmitted together with the video information, such that the video information is suitable for the reproducing side display apparatus, thereby achieving a faithful display. A wide-field video generating/displaying system has a virtual video display system comprising one or more display apparatus (03-19-2009
20090115840MOBILE TERMINAL AND PANORAMIC PHOTOGRAPHING METHOD FOR THE SAME - A mobile terminal and panoramic photographing method for the same are provided. The panoramic photographing method includes displaying a preview image upon selection of a panoramic mode, successively capturing a first partial image and second partial image in response to input of a shooting start signal, setting a photographing direction through a comparison between the first partial image and second partial image, and producing a panoramic image in the set photographing direction. As a result, the user does not have to set the photographing direction to capture a panoramic image using a mobile terminal.05-07-2009
20120242786Omnidirectional Camera And Lens Hood - An omnidirectional camera comprises a camera assembly 09-27-2012
20120242784IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, CAMERA MODULE, AND PHOTOGRAPHING METHOD - According to one embodiment, an image processing method includes at least one of an alignment adjustment and a resolution reconstruction in image processing on an object image. The object image is imaged by an imaging optical system including a fisheye lens. In the alignment adjustment, a coordinate transformation on the object image is performed. The coordinate transformation includes a correction of displacement in the object image caused by an individual difference of the fisheye lens. The resolution reconstruction is performed on the object image based on lens characteristics of the fisheye lens.09-27-2012
20120242785Omnidirectional Camera - An omnidirectional camera comprises a camera mounting frame 09-27-2012
20120242780IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND PROGRAM - The present invention relates to an image processing apparatus and method, and a program capable of presenting a stereoscopic image having different parallaxes.09-27-2012
20110032325SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IMAGE CAPTURE, GENERATION, & PRESENTATION - A system for displaying an anamorphic image on a viewing surface comprises a screen having a viewing surface and an image source configured to display the anamorphic image on the viewing surface such that an image viewed on the viewing surface appears undistorted from a viewing point. In addition, the system may also include a reflective lens having a convex exterior surface and a refractive lens having a plurality of surfaces to redirect light toward an image capture device. Further, the system may include an image conversion module for converting a non-anamorphic image into the anamorphic image suitable for displaying on the viewing surface and a selected portion of the anamorphic image into at least one non-anamorphic image.02-10-2011
20110032326Video scanner system and method - System and method are described for visualization and for display of remote surface measurement areas by capture of both visible and invisible views of image zones of an identified surface measurement area and the mutual display of visible and infrared views of thermal image zones with temperature indication across a panoramic view of the measured area by video.02-10-2011
20090109279PANORAMIC CAMERA - An exemplary panoramic camera includes a support, a housing, a driver, an input unit, an imaging unit, a micro control unit (MCU), and a digital signal processor. The support includes a mounting base and a post extending from the mounting base. The housing is rotatably supported on the post. The input unit is for receiving user inputs. The MCU includes a parameter processor which converts user input into control signals according a viewing angle of the imaging unit, an imaging controller which controls the imaging unit to capture images at intervals according to the control signals, and a rotating controller which controls a rotation speed of the driver according to the control signals to ensure the housing is at desired locations during rotation in synchronization with the intervals. The digital signal processor combines the captured images into a panoramic image.04-30-2009
20100302347IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, ELECTRONIC DEVICE, PANORAMIC IMAGE RECORDING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An image pickup apparatus includes an image pickup unit for picking up an image of a subject and generating a plurality of pickup images, an orientation obtaining unit for setting an image pickup position at a time of picking up one pickup image among the plurality of generated pickup images as a reference and obtaining an orientation related to the pickup image, an image combining unit for combining the plurality of generated pickup images and generating a panoramic image, a representative position calculation unit for calculating a representative position in a horizontal direction in the generated panoramic image, an orientation calculation unit for calculating an orientation at the calculated representative position on the basis of characteristic information of the image pickup unit, the calculated representative position, and the obtained orientation, and a recording control unit for recording the calculated orientation while being associated with the generated panoramic image.12-02-2010
20110122223MULTI-RESOLUTION DIGITAL LARGE FORMAT CAMERA WITH MULTIPLE DETECTOR ARRAYS - A large format digital camera has a primary camera system configured for collecting panchromatic image data and two or more secondary camera systems configured for collecting color image data. Each of the secondary camera systems has an optical system that has a longer focal length than the optical system of the primary camera system. The resolution of each of the secondary camera systems is also greater than the resolution of the primary camera system. The footprint of images produced by the primary camera system is larger in size than the footprint of images produced by the secondary camera systems. Images produced by the primary camera system offer information for performing image-based georeferencing by means of photogrammetric triangulation. Images produced by the secondary camera systems offer a high-resolution narrow angle color image suitable for use in ortho image production.05-26-2011
20100231687System and method for capturing, combining and displaying 360-degree "panoramic" or "spherical" digital pictures, images and/or videos, along with traditional directional digital images and videos of a site, including a site audit, or a location, building complex, room, object or event - One embodiment of a system and method for using a 360-degree panoramic camera or 360-degree panoramic video camera for capturing images of a site, location or object, including site audits, may include using such camera at various prescribed heights and locations in conjunction with a processing unit configured to display information and images of the subject site location or object. The processing unit may be configured with a software viewer to display images and information of interest and incorporating icons for purposes of selecting a corresponding point of view or information portal. A compressor unit may be used to receive photographic data from the camera system and interface with the processor. A storage unit may be configured to store captured and combined images of the site, location or object.09-16-2010
20110001789IMAGING SYSTEM HAVING A FOLDED OPTICAL AXIS - An optical imaging system having a folded optical axis.01-06-2011
20110128347Miniature Camera Module - A camera module having a housing having a predetermined periphery with a plurality of cameras secured within the periphery of the housing, each camera having a lens positioned to have a desired field of view to the exterior of the housing and electrical communication elements within the housing for providing electrical communication between the cameras to the exterior of the housing.06-02-2011
20110109718IMAGE CAPTURE AND PROCESSING USING NON-CONVERGING RAYS - Apparatus and systems, as well as methods and articles, may operate to capture a portion of an omniscopic or omni-stereo image using one or more image capture media. The media may be located substantially perpendicular to a converging ray originating at a viewpoint on an inter-ocular circle and having a convergence angle between zero and ninety degrees from a parallel viewpoint baseline position that includes a non-converging ray originating at the viewpoint. The media may also be located so as to be substantially perpendicular to a non-converging ray originating at a first viewpoint at a first endpoint of a diameter defining an inter-ocular circle, wherein the origin of the non-converging ray gravitates toward the center of the inter-ocular circle as spherical imagery is acquired.05-12-2011
20100220173Estimation of Panoramic Camera Orientation Relative to a Vehicle Coordinate Frame - A system and method are presented for estimating the orientation of a panoramic camera mounted on a vehicle relative to the vehicle coordinate frame. An initial pose estimate of the vehicle is determined based on global positioning system data, inertial measurement unit data, and wheel odometry data of the vehicle. Image data from images captured by the camera is processed to obtain one or more tracks, each track including a sequence of matched feature points stemming from a same three-dimensional location. A correction parameter determined from the initial pose estimate and tracks can then be used to correct the orientations of the images captured by the camera. The correction parameter can be optimized by deriving a correction parameter for each of a multitude of distinct subsequences of one or more runs. Statistical analysis can be performed on the determined correction parameters to produce robust estimates.09-02-2010
20100182399PORTABLE TERMINAL - A method for determining user input in a portable terminal, and a portable terminal for determining user input are provided. The portable terminal includes an input means for providing at least one key to a user; a camera module including a wide-angle lens system, capable of monitoring the input means, and an image sensor for converting a light incident from the lens system into image data; and a controller for calculating a user-selected key or menu based on the image data, wherein the controller determines whether the image data corresponds to the user-selected key or menu according to a view angle of a light incident from the lens system.07-22-2010
20100182397Connector panel for view camera capable of docking digital single lens reflex camera - As a back panel of a view camera, the connector panel (07-22-2010
20110128348Method of Providing Camera Views About an Object or Area - A method of providing an omnidirectional view about an object by providing at least two camera modules, each module having a plurality of cameras disposed about the periphery of each module with each camera having a predetermined field of view. The modules are directly attached to a respective predetermined position on a surface of the object to provide up to a 360 degree view about the object when the fields of view of each camera are combined from each module. Electrical communication is enabled between the plurality of cameras and at least one position external to the modules to enable viewing about the object from the external position.06-02-2011
20110018964SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PANORAMIC IMAGING - Systems and methods for panoramic imaging are disclosed herein. An exemplary system of the disclosed subject matter for panoramic imaging includes a fisheye lens, a mirror optically coupled to the fisheye lens, and a detector for capturing light incident on the fisheye lens and reflected from the mirror. In some embodiments, the mirror is a spherical mirror. In some embodiments, the mirror is positioned coaxially with regard to the fisheye lens. In some embodiments, the system is further configured to satisfy the following conditions that the upper angle of a desired field of view is equal to the upper angle of a field of view of the fisheye lens, the lower angle of the desired field of view is less than or equal to the lower angle of a field of view of the mirror, and the angle of overlap between the field of view of the mirror and the field of view of the fisheye lens is equal to the difference between the lower angle of the field of view of the fisheye lens and the upper angle of the field of view of the mirror.01-27-2011
20110141225Panorama Imaging Based on Low-Res Images - A technique of generating a panoramic image involves acquiring a set of at least two main image frames, as well as corresponding generating and/or acquiring corresponding relatively low-resolution image frames, of overlapping portions of a panoramic scene. A map or other information is stored relating to the generation of a low-res panorama. A main panorama image is formed by joining main image frames based on the map or other information gained in the low-res process.06-16-2011
20110242273IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, MULTI-EYE DIGITAL CAMERA, AND PROGRAM - A distance to an object is measured for each of a series of left images, and the count of a distance range including the calculated distance increases. A distance range with the highest frequency of appearance is specified from the counter information of a distance table counter, and a left image in which the distance included in the specified distance range is measured is selected. The adjustment amount of the parallax amount adjusted for the selected left image and a corresponding right image is determined to be the adjustment amount of the parallax amount of a panorama image. A series of left images is combined to generate a panorama image and a series of right images is combined to generate a panorama image. A panorama image displayed in stereoscopic view is generated based on the determined adjustment amount of the parallax amount.10-06-2011
20110085022SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MULTIPLE VIEWING-WINDOW DISPLAY OF CAPSULE IMAGES - Systems and methods are provided for displaying images captured from a capsule camera system. In order to increase the efficiency of viewing the image sequence, the image sequence is divided into multiple sub-sequences and the multiple sub-sequences are displayed in multiple viewing windows on a display screen concurrently. For images from a panoramic capsule system, the images typically have a very wide aspect ratio and may require different configuration for displaying in multiple viewing windows than that for image sequence having non-wide aspect ratio. The present invention also discloses methods and systems that divide a sequence from panoramic capsule camera into multiple member sequences and form an aggregated video. The aggregated video not only makes viewing more comfortable, but also speeds up viewing time.04-14-2011
20110085021SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DISPLAY OF PANORAMIC CAPSULE IMAGES - Systems and methods are provided for displaying images captured from a panoramic capsule camera system. The panoramic images typically have a very wide aspect ratio and may cause fatigue when viewed by a diagnostician over an extended period on a display. The images taken by a capsule camera through the GI track may take a couple of hours or more to view at a typical frame rate of 30 frames per second or whatever rate that's deemed appropriate. The present invention discloses methods and systems that divide a sequence from panoramic capsule camera into multiple member sequences and form an aggregated video. The aggregated video not only makes viewing more comfortable, but also speeds up viewing time.04-14-2011
20110211039Systems And Methods For Panoramic Imaging - Systems and methods for panoramic imaging are disclosed herein. An exemplary system of the disclosed subject matter for panoramic imaging includes a fisheye lens, a mirror optically coupled to the fisheye lens, and a detector for capturing light incident on the fisheye lens and reflected from the mirror. In some embodiments, the mirror is a spherical mirror. In some embodiments, the mirror is positioned coaxially with regard to the fisheye lens. In some embodiments, the system is further configured to satisfy the following conditions that the upper angle of a desired field of view is equal to the upper angle of a field of view of the fisheye lens, the lower angle of the desired field of view is less than or equal to the lower angle of a field of view of the mirror, and the angle of overlap between the field of view of the mirror and the field of view of the fisheye lens is equal to the difference between the lower angle of the field of view of the fisheye lens and the upper angle of the field of view of the mirror.09-01-2011
20120242781Method for navigation in a panoramic scene - The invention relates to a method for navigation in a panoramic video sequence displayed on a user terminal. The video sequence is divided into a plurality of non-overlapping video patches each corresponding to a zone of the video sequence. The video patches required to form a zone of the panoramic video sequence to be displayed on a screen of the user terminal, called the visibility zone, are determined according to navigation commands.09-27-2012
20120242782IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - A method for processing an image captured by a fisheye lens of an image capture device. The method obtains a point (Px, Py) from an object plane of the fisheye lens, calculates a first projection point (Fx*, Fy*, Fz*) of the obtained point (Px, Py) on a first image plane of a virtual lens, calculates a second projection point (Fx, Fy) of the point (Fx*, Fy*, Fz*) on a second image plane of the fisheye lens, and obtains transforming formulae between (Px, Py) and (Fx, Fy). The method further obtains a back-projection point for each point of the captured image on the object plane of the fisheye lens according to the transforming formulae, and creates an updated image of the specified scene from the back-projection points.09-27-2012
20100134591METHOD OF CONTROLLING MONITORING CAMERA AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING MONITORING CAMERA BY USING THE METHOD - Provided is a method of controlling a monitoring camera that performs panning, tilting, and zooming, the method including: generating a panoramic image file by controlling the monitoring camera to perform panning and tilting; and performing a setting operation in a user setting mode while displaying a panoramic image of the panoramic image file.06-03-2010
20110074916ELECTRONIC CONTROL SYSTEM, ELECTRONIC CONTROL UNIT AND ASSOCIATED METHODOLOGY OF ADAPTING 3D PANORAMIC VIEWS OF VEHICLE SURROUNDINGS BY PREDICTING DRIVER INTENT - An electronic control system, electronic control unit and an associated methodology for adapting three dimensional panoramic views of vehicle surroundings by predicting driver intent are provided. A plurality of cameras mounted on a vehicle generate images of a surrounding area of the vehicle. A visual sensor detects a three dimensional profile of an occupant of the vehicle. An electronic control unit generates a three dimensional panoramic view based on the images generated by the plurality of cameras, determines three dimensional locations and orientations of a plurality of body parts of the occupant of the vehicle based on the three dimensional profile detected by the visual sensor, and adapts the three dimensional panoramic view based on the determined three dimensional locations and orientations. A display unit displays the adapted three dimensional panoramic view.03-31-2011
20110069147PANORAMIC CAMERA, AND SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING TARGET PLACES USING THE PANORAMIC CAMERA - A panoramic camera, a system, and a method for monitoring target places using the panoramic camera are provided. The system includes a network access server (NAS) connected to the panoramic camera, a video decoder, a computer workstation, and a monitor screen. The panoramic camera captures digital images of a target place from different viewing angles, combines the digital images to create a panoramic image of the target place, encodes and compresses the panoramic image to generate an encoded panoramic image, and transmits the encoded panoramic image to the NAS through a network. When the target place needs to be monitored, the computer workstation obtains the encoded panoramic image from the NAS through a hub. The video decoder decodes the encoded panoramic image to retrieve the panoramic image of the target place. The monitor screen displays the panoramic image to a user for viewing and monitoring the target place.03-24-2011
20120120187IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An image processing apparatus including an interface that receives an input identifying a subject, and a processor that controls a display to display information indicating a position of the subject in a graphic representation corresponding to a panoramic image based on an orientation of a device capturing image data for generating the panoramic image.05-17-2012
20110074917PANORAMIC IMAGING LENS AND PANORAMIC IMAGING SYSTEM USING THE SAME - A panoramic imaging system includes a panoramic imaging lens, a relay lens, an imaging device, and a display device. The panoramic imaging lens includes an annular incident surface and a bottom surface adjacent to the annular incident surface. The bottom surface includes an annular reflective portion substantially opposite to the annular incident surface. An image light incident through the annular incident surface can be total reflected by the annular reflective portion.03-31-2011
20120147132Method and System for Producing Panoramic Image - A method and a system for producing a panoramic image are provided. The method comprises the following steps. A plurality of original images are obtained. A plurality of pixel blocks corresponding to a plurality of view angles are captured from each of the original images, wherein the number of the view angles is larger than or equal to 2. Part of the pixel blocks which are corresponding to one of the view angles are connected along a connecting direction to result in a single-view panoramic image, wherein the step of connecting part of the pixel blocks are performed repeatedly to result in a plurality of single-view panoramic images.06-14-2012
20110069149METHOD FOR TAKING PANORAMA MOSAIC PHOTOGRAPH WITH A PORTABLE TERMINAL - A method for taking a panorama mosaic photograph includes displaying a partial image of a previously taken image as a guide image on a viewer of an image to be currently taken and taking a number of images constituting the panorama mosaic photograph according to a photography operation; projecting the taken images onto a common cylindrically curved surface; and joining the projected images into a single image.03-24-2011
20110069148SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CORRECTING IMAGES IN A MULTI-SENSOR SYSTEM - The systems and methods described herein are directed to multi-sensor imaging systems for imaging scenes. In particular, the systems and methods described herein are directed to multi-sensor panoramic imaging systems having cameras with lenses offset from their respective sensors. By orienting sensors and lenses in the imaging system such that their optical axes are offset from one another, images may be captured by multiple sensors and stitched together with relatively little image processing and/or data interpolation.03-24-2011
20100053303Image pickup apparatus, image processing apparatus, image processing method, program and recording medium - An image pickup apparatus includes an image pickup device that converts an image entering through a lens system into a captured image; a display unit that displays an image with a first field angle obtained from the captured image that is currently being shot; a moving distance detecting unit that detects a moving distance between images with the first field angle based on a plurality of images with the first angle sequentially captured; a partial image storing unit that stores an image with a second field angle that is less than the first field angle; and a panorama composing unit that composes a panoramic image based on a plurality of images with the second field angle stored in the partial image storing unit and the moving distances between the images with the first field angle that are respectively associated with the plurality of images with the second field angle.03-04-2010
20090231416Image pickup device - An image pickup device includes an optical system having a wide angle, wherein at least magnification chromatic aberration is large; an image sensor configured to read an image picked up through the optical system; and a magnification chromatic aberration correction unit configured to perform magnification chromatic aberration correction by performing coordinate conversion on the image read by the image sensor. The magnification chromatic aberration correction unit includes plural coordinate conversion parameters used for the magnification chromatic aberration correction, and switches the coordinate conversion parameter used for the magnification chromatic aberration correction in the event that there is a change in a light source or an illumination light.09-17-2009
20120200665APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING PANORAMIC IMAGES - When there is a shooting location of another panoramic image in a shooting direction of a panoramic image to be displayed, a marker setting unit associates a marker, indicating the presence of the another panoramic image in the shooting direction, with the panoramic image to be displayed. A mapping processing unit maps the panoramic image to be displayed, which has been associated with markers for the other panoramic images, into a three-dimensional (3D) panoramic space as textures. A 3D image generator generates a 3D panoramic image when the 3D panoramic space is viewed in a specified line of sight, with the shooting location of the panoramic image to be displayed being set as a viewpoint position. An interface receives an instruction from a user concerning the displayed 3D panoramic image.08-09-2012
20120200664DISPLAY DEVICE FOR VISUALLY-DEPICTING FIELDS OF VIEW OF A COMMERCIAL VEHICLE - A display device for visually depicting legally-prescribed fields of view of a commercial vehicle in a driver's cab of the commercial vehicle includes at least one display unit. The display device permanently and in real time displays at least two fields of view, which are legally-prescribed to be permanently displayed during operation of the vehicle, on the display unit in the driver's cab in a common image.08-09-2012
20120169840Image Processing Device and Method, and Program - The present invention relates to an image processing device and method, and a program, whereby a subject image imaged in a more effective manner can be displayed.07-05-2012
20120169839WIDE-ANGLE ZOOM LENS AND CAMERA MODULE USING SAME - A wide-angle zoom lens includes a first lens group with positive refraction power, a second lens group with negative refraction power, a third lens group with positive refraction power, and a fourth lens group with positive refraction power. The first lens group, the second lens group, the third lens group, and the fourth lens group move along an optical axis of the zoom lens in focusing. The wide-angle zoom lens satisfies the formulas: 1.607-05-2012
20100302348VTV System - The following patent relates to an overall hardware configuration that produces an enhanced spatial television-like viewing experience. Unlike normal television, with this system the viewer is able to control both the viewing direction and relative position of the viewer with respect to the movie action. In addition to a specific hardware configuration, this patent also relates to a new video format which makes possible this virtual reality like experience.12-02-2010
20110254915Three-Dimensional Overlays Within Navigable Panoramic Images, and Applications Thereof - A panorama viewer is disclosed which facilitates navigation from within the panorama of a larger, structured system such as a map. The panorama viewer presents a viewport on a portion of a panoramic image, the viewport including a three-dimensional overlay rendered with the panoramic image. As the orientation of the viewport within the panoramic image changes, the three-dimensional overlay's orientation in three-dimensional space also changes as it is rendered with the panoramic image in a manner that matches the change in orientation of the viewport.10-20-2011
20100321470IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR - A pantoscopic imaging apparatus includes first and second imaging units. First and second images simultaneously captured by the respective imaging units are displayed as live-view images in a dual-screen fashion on an LCD. Overlapping areas between the first and second images, which overlap with each other when the first and second images are synthesized to produce a panoramic image, are detected. A distance of the nearest subject to the imaging apparatus is determined among those subjects contained in the overlapping areas. If the nearest subject distance is less a predetermined threshold value, the nearest subject is displayed in a specific pattern within each of the live-view images, to give an alert to a potential error that would be caused by parallax in the panoramic image before it is produced from the first and second images.12-23-2010
20080252717Method for photographing panoramic image - Disclosed is a method for photographing a panoramic image including the steps of recognizing movement of a corresponding photographing apparatus by comparing a current real-time input image with a previous image through a motion estimation mechanism with exposure compensation, determining a time to photograph each next picture by determining whether movement in a photography direction reaches a preset threshold value, and photographing each next picture by manual or automatic operation at the determined time.10-16-2008
20110164108System With Selective Narrow FOV and 360 Degree FOV, And Associated Methods - Systems and methods image with selective narrow FOV and 360 degree FOV onto a single sensor array. The 360 degree FOV is imaged with null zone onto the sensor array and the narrow FOV is imaged onto the null zone. The narrow FOV is selectively within the 360 degree FOV and has increased magnification as compared to the 360 degree FOV.07-07-2011
20120062693IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - An imaging apparatus is capable of preventing unintended shooting setting when a through-image is displayed at a zoom position different from a field angle for reach shooting. The imaging apparatus includes a recording control unit configured to record a zoom position taken before a start of a function for temporarily changing the zoom position as a first position, a zoom control unit configured to perform control to move the zoom position from the first position to a second position when the function is started, and from the second position to the first position when the function is ended, and a control unit configured to perform control, when the zoom position is at the second position by the function, not to make any changes according to an instruction for changing specific shooting setting.03-15-2012
20120062692IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME - A digital camera includes a zoom function for supporting a user when performing a frame assist, and includes an operation switch for instructing startup and completion of the zoom function on an operation unit. A system control unit stores a zoom position in a memory and varies the zoom position in a wide angle position according to a preset zoom-out drive amount when an instruction to startup the zoom function is given by the operation switch. Then, when the instruction to end the zoom function is given by the operation switch, the system control unit executes a zoom-in operation by returning to the zoom position that is stored in the memory.03-15-2012
20100283831CAMERA UNIT AND CAMERA SYSTEM USING THE SAME - A camera unit having an imaging optical unit having a plurality of free-curved surface prisms for forming subject images; a single imaging device for photoelectrically-converting the subject images from a plurality of directions formed by the imaging optical unit; a signal processing unit for processing the photoelectrically-converted signals from the imaging device and outputting image signals; a communication unit for performing communication with an external unit; and a control unit for controlling operation of the imaging device and the signal processing unit and transmitting the image signals output from the signal processing unit from the communication unit to the external unit, and a camera system using the camera unit.11-11-2010
20100238266GENERATIVE MODELS FOR CONSTRUCTING PANORAMAS FROM AN IMAGE SEQUENCE - A simplified general model and an associated estimation algorithm is provided for modeling visual data such as a video sequence. Specifically, images or frames in a video sequence are represented as collections of flat moving objects that change their appearance and shape over time, and can occlude each other over time. A statistical generative model is defined for generating such visual data where parameters such as appearance bit maps and noise, shape bit-maps and variability in shape, etc., are known. Further, when unknown, these parameters are estimated from visual data without prior pre-processing by using a maximization algorithm. By parameter estimation and inference in the model, visual data is segmented into components which facilitates sophisticated applications in video or image editing, such as, for example, object removal or insertion, tracking and visual surveillance, video browsing, photo organization, video compositing, etc.09-23-2010
20110157301IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An image processing apparatus includes: a cut position determination unit determining a cut position at which an annular image is cut in a radial direction to maintain continuity of a subject in the annular image generated by an omnidirectional image capturing apparatus; and an image conversion unit converting the annular image into a long-rectangular-shaped panorama image by cutting the annular image at the cut position determined by the cut position determination unit and developing the cut annular image.06-30-2011
20110080461IMAGE SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS, IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD, PROGRAM, AND IMAGE DISPLAY SYSTEM - An image signal processing apparatus that supplies entire-circumference viewpoint images including plural viewpoint images respectively corresponding to plural viewpoints provided on a circumference around a subject to an image display apparatus that displays a stereoscopic image of the subject seen from an entire circumference, includes: buffering means for buffering the input entire-circumference viewpoint images; generating means for arranging the buffered entire-circumference viewpoint images on a frame of arbitrary video standards to generate the frame of the arbitrary video standards; and replacing means for replacing pixel values of a pixel in a predetermined position on the generated frame by control data for controlling the image display apparatus and outputting the control data as video signals of the arbitrary video standards.04-07-2011
20110096143APPARATUS FOR GENERATING A PANORAMIC IMAGE, METHOD FOR GENERATING A PANORAMIC IMAGE, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM - Apparatus, methods, and computer-readable media for generating panoramic images are provided. The apparatus includes an image pickup unit that receives a first image and a second image, the first image including first image data representing a moving object, and the second image including second image data representing the moving object; an image processing unit that determines a relative movement of the moving object between the first and second images; a connection line calculation unit that determines a first connection line representing a first modified edge of the first image and a first modified edge of the second image based on the relative movement; and a panorama synthesis unit that merges the first and second images based on the first connection line to generate a panoramic image.04-28-2011
20110096142IMAGING DEVICE, IMAGING METHOD, AND IMAGING SYSTEM - The present invention is an imaging apparatus including: a receiving unit that receives information representing a first focal length from a terminal which produces an image of a first imaging area by capturing an image of a subject at the first focal length; an imaging unit that produces an image of a second imaging area by capturing an image of the subject at a second focal length; an extraction unit that extracts a characteristic area of the subject from the image of the second imaging area based on information representing the first focal length and information representing the second focal length; and a transmitting unit that transmits information regarding the image of the characteristic area to the terminal.04-28-2011
20100214392SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COMPUTER-AIDED IMAGE PROCESSING FOR GENERATION OF A 360 DEGREE VIEW MODEL - There is provided an algorithm that allows one, using a sequence of object images provided at different angles, to generate a 360 degree view model of an object. To generate such a model, the inventive algorithm may involve the following tasks: 1) provide a set of images (the number and size are unlimited), 2) reduce their features to the same brightness and contrast, 3) separate an object from a complex (heterogeneous) background in the images, 4) stabilize the objects in every image with respect to each other, and 5) process the resulting sequence of images to generate a 360 degree view.08-26-2010
20110261152IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND ON-VEHICLE CAMERA APPARATUS - An image processing apparatus includes a line buffer, an FIR filter serving as an edge enhancement filter that enhances high-frequency components of an image, and an IIR filter serving as a low-pass filter that reduces noise. The same line buffer is used by both the FIR filter and the IIR filter. According to a switching signal, switches enable the FIR filter and disable the IIR filter for a relatively low noise level while the switches enable IIR filter and disable the FIR filter for a relatively high noise level.10-27-2011
20100066810MOBILE TERMINAL HAVING A PANORAMA PHOTOGRAPHING FUNCTION AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING OPERATION THEREOF - A method of controlling a mobile terminal, and which includes displaying a panorama guide including a lattice having at least two rows on a preview screen when a panorama photographing operation using a camera on the terminal is performed, sensing a motion of the terminal, and displaying a position guide indicating a photographing position of the terminal when performing the panorama photographing operation.03-18-2010
20100194853WIDE-ANGLE OPTICAL SYSTEM, IMAGE PICKUP LENS DEVICE, MONITOR CAMERA, AND DIGITAL APPARATUS - A wide-angle optical system comprises a front lens group (08-05-2010
20100194852AUTOMATIC CAPTURING METHOD OF A PANORAMIC IMAGE FOR A DIGITAL CAMERA - An automatic capturing method of a panoramic image for a digital camera panoramic image is presented. In the method, a motion vector value of an alignment image selected from a first image captured by the digital camera in a real-time image is continuously tracked, calculated, and accumulated to obtain an accumulated motion vector value. When the accumulated motion vector value reaches a preset threshold value, the digital camera is automatically driven to capture a second image, so as to stitch and blend the first image and the second image into a panoramic image. Through the automatic image capture mode, operations for capturing the panoramic image are simplified.08-05-2010
20110187815IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE ACQUIRING METHOD - An image pickup apparatus includes an image pickup portion and a recording portion that records an image signal based on an output signal from the image pickup portion, for executing a shooting operation with a behavior of a photographer as a trigger, and obtaining a desired static image by performing an automatic manipulation processing of the acquired image; the image pickup apparatus comprising: a posture detection portion that detects a change of posture or moving situation of the image pickup apparatus, and a control portion that controls the execution of shooting operation based on the output signal of the posture detection portion.08-04-2011
20110187816Camera angle computing device and camera angle computing method - A camera angle computing device includes an image acquiring unit that acquires an image containing a first jig disposed in an overlap region of an image capturing range of a camera and an image capturing range of an adjacent camera and a second jig disposed vertically below the camera; and an angle computing unit that computes an angle of the camera from coordinates of the first jig and the second jig contained in the image acquired by the image capturing unit.08-04-2011
20110149017DISPLAY OF AN ARRANGEMENT OF A PANORAMIC VIDEO BY APPLYING NAVIGATION COMMANDS TO SAID PANORAMIC VIDEO - An arrangement of a panoramic video is obtained by applying navigation commands to said panoramic video. In accordance with the invention, the navigation commands are formed either by navigation commands given at will by the user, or by predefined navigation commands associated with said panoramic video. The choice of the type of navigation command used at a given instant is controlled either automatically or by the user. The invention thus permits to avoid a user losing the thread of the action when navigates freely through a panoramic video.06-23-2011
20110149016IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An image processing apparatus includes a motion compensation parameter calculation unit that calculates a parameter for compensating a relative motion in an image pickup apparatus between picked-up images, a first connection line setting unit that sets as a first connection line a central position in an overlapping area, a moving subject detection unit that generates subject information by detecting a moving subject using the images in the overlapping area, a subject information projection unit that projects the subject information in the overlapping area on a sweep axis, a second connection line setting unit that performs setting of a second connection line on the basis of the projected subject information, an image pickup condition detection unit that detects an image pickup condition in which a two-dimensional rotation is occurred, and a connection line selection unit that selects the first or second connection line as a connection line.06-23-2011
20110149015ELECTRONIC DEVICE FOR CAPTURING PANORAMIC IMAGES - An electronic device and a method enable capturing a 360° panoramic image by a digital camera having a fixed angle lens. A number of frames is set for capturing the 360° panoramic image of the digital camera unit. The electronic device receives an initial azimuth of the digital camera unit from an electronic compass and determines rotation points of the digital camera unit. A current azimuth from an electronic compass of the electronic device is received and the rotated angle of the digital camera unit is calculated. The electronic device captures at least one image if the digital camera unit rotates to one of the rotation points.06-23-2011
20100020157OPTICAL FINGERPRINT ACQUISITION - A swept distance between a subject and a plurality of cameras provides a plurality of raw images. Focused portions of the raw images are fused to generate a synthetic image and a distance image. A projection of the synthetic image and the distance image yields a panoramic image.01-28-2010
20100045773PANORAMIC ADAPTER SYSTEM AND METHOD WITH SPHERICAL FIELD-OF-VIEW COVERAGE - A panoramic optical system includes optical means including one or more objective and relay optics to focus at least one image representing at least some portion of a substantially spherical field-of-view scene in focus to an imaging plane, housing means including support means to hold the optical means and mounting means that attaches the panoramic optical system to an adjacent camera.02-25-2010
20110115879IMAGING APPARATUS - An imaging apparatus includes an omnidirectional imaging unit that captures and generates an image of a visual field all around an axis as omnidirectional image data; an image converter that converts at least a part of the omnidirectional image data, which is generated by the omnidirectional imaging unit, to image data having a rectangular display area and thereby generates conversion image data; and a display unit that displays an image corresponding to the conversion image data, which is generated by the image converter. The omnidirectional image data forms an annular shape.05-19-2011
20120147133Apparatus for Rendering Surroundings and Vehicle Having Such an Apparatus for Rendering Surroundings and Method for Depicting Panoramic Image - An apparatus for rendering surroundings includes an image source, image signal processing device, and image reproduction device. The image source feeds input image signals to the image signal processing device to create output image signals for a panoramic image that are forwarded to the image reproduction device for displaying the panoramic image. The image signal processing device processes the input image signals such that a first region of the panoramic image is reproduced undistorted or compressed in a first compression and a second region of the panoramic image is reproduced compressed in a second compression. The image signal processing device is configured such that the portion of the regions reproduced undistorted or compressed is variably selectable, the compression of the regions reproduced compressed is selectable, and these changes in the region reproduced compressed may occur during the operation of the apparatus for rendering surroundings.06-14-2012
20120307002METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR GENERATING A CONTINUUM OF IMAGE DATA - The present invention provides methods and apparatus for generating a continuum of image data. The continuum can include image data representing a street level view of a geographic area. The image data can be captured at multiple disparate points along another continuum. Each continuum of image data can include a ribbon of data representing the geographic area. In some examples, image data can be simultaneously captured which represents multiple continuums of image data.12-06-2012
20120307000Image Registration Using Sliding Registration Windows - This disclosure pertains to devices, methods, and computer readable media for performing image registration. A few generalized steps may be used to carry out the image registration techniques described herein: 1) acquiring image data from an image sensor; 2) selecting a pair of overlapping image portions from the acquired image data for registration; 3) determining an area of “maximum energy” in one of the image portions being registered; 4) placing an image registration window over both image portions at the determined location of maximum energy; 5) registering the overlapping image portions using only the image data falling within the image registration windows; and 6) determining, according to one or more metrics, whether the image registration window should be shifted from a current location before registering subsequently acquired image portions.12-06-2012
20120306998Macro Area Camera for an Infrared (IR) Microscope - A novel arrangement of Schwarzschild Cassegrainian objective coupled with a far-field visible imaging system that does not interfere with the interrogating (IR) beam is introduced. Typical (IR) microscopes that incorporate a Cassegrainian objective have difficulty in locating desired target sample regions based on the inherent limited field-of-view. Because commonly applied visible imaging accessories upstream must use the same numerical aperture based on the reflective geometry, such systems also suffer a limited field of view. To overcome such difficulties, the novel embodiments herein involve placing a visible camera with its optical axis collinear with the IR and primary visible beampath of the microscope but outside the optical path that provides the (IR) image magnification.12-06-2012
20120306999Motion-Based Image Stitching - Systems, methods, and computer readable media for stitching or aligning multiple images (or portions of images) to generate a panoramic image are described. In general, techniques are disclosed for using motion data (captured at substantially the same time as image data) to align images rather than performing image analysis and/or registration operations. More particularly, motion data may be used to identify the rotational change between successive images. The identified rotational change, in turn, may be used to generate a transform that, when applied to an image allows it to be aligned with a previously captured image. In this way, images may be aligned in real-time using only motion data.12-06-2012
20110069146SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING IMAGES - A method for processing images of a scene captured by a plurality of video cameras divides a coordinate plane of a scene into a plurality of partitions according to predetermined division points, and identifies information of the images. The method further distinguishes unusable areas of each image according to the information of the image and the division of the coordinate plane of the scene, and marks a character into each pixel point of the unusable areas of each image. The method further compresses each image by deleting the pixel points marked by the character to generate a compressed image, and integrates all compressed images to generate a panoramic image of the scene.03-24-2011
20120098927OMNI-DIRECTIONAL INTELLIGENT AUTOTOUR AND SITUATIONAL AWARE DOME SURVEILLANCE CAMERA SYSTEM AND METHOD - A method of operating a video surveillance system includes providing a PTZ camera within a housing. A fisheye lens camera is attached to the housing such that the fisheye lens camera has a panoramic field of view that is unobstructed by the housing. The panoramic field of view is centered on a panning axis of the PTZ camera. The fisheye lens camera is rotated about the panning axis. A first image within the panoramic field of view is captured by using the fisheye lens camera. A location of an object of interest within the captured first image is identified. PTZ commands are transmitted to the PTZ camera such that the PTZ camera is oriented to capture a second image of the object of interest at the identified location. The PTZ commands are compensated for a rotation of the field of view of the fisheye lens camera during the rotation of the fisheye lens camera. 04-26-2012
20120098926METHOD FOR OBTAINING A COMPOSITE IMAGE USING ROTATIONALLY SYMMETRICAL WIDE-ANGLE LENSES, IMAGING SYSTEM FOR SAME, AND CMOS IMAGE SENSOR FOR IMAGE-PROCESSING USING HARDWARE - The present invention provides a method for obtaining a composite image, which performs a mathematically correct image-processing on images obtained by wide-angle lenses which are rotationally symmetrical with regard to an optical axis, to achieve a desirable projection system. The present invention also provides a variety of imaging systems using the method. Further, the present invention provides a CMOS image sensor which has an accurate arrangement of pixels to perform image processing using hardware without the need for image processing by software.04-26-2012
20110007129OMNIVIEW MOTIONLESS CAMERA ORIENTATION SYSTEM - An apparatus and method is provided for converting digital images for use in an imaging system. The apparatus includes a data memory which stores digital data representing an image having a circular or spherical field of view such as an image captured by a fish-eye lens, a control input for receiving a signal for selecting a portion of the image, and a converter responsive to the control input for converting digital data corresponding to the selected portion into digital data representing a planar image for subsequent display. Various methods include the steps of storing digital data representing an image having a circular or spherical field of view, selecting a portion of the image, and converting the stored digital data corresponding to the selected portion into digital data representing a planar image for subsequent display. In various embodiments, the data converter and data conversion step may use an orthogonal set of transformation algorithms.01-13-2011
20110050844PLUG-IN TO ENABLE CAD SOFTWARE NOT HAVING GREATER THAN 180 DEGREE CAPABILITY TO PRESENT IMAGE FROM CAMERA OF MORE THAN 180 DEGREES - A plug-in is provided to a CAD program on a vehicle to permit the CAD program to present an image from a vehicle-mounted video camera that exceeds a 180 degree field of view, even though the core CAD program without plug-in is designed to present no more than a 180 degree field of view image.03-03-2011
20110304688PANORAMIC CAMERA AND METHOD FOR CAPTURING PANORAMIC PHOTOS - A panoramic camera includes a camera module configured to capture an initial photo and a subsequent photo, an electronic compass, a memory unit, a control unit, and a stitching unit. The electronic compass is attached to the camera module and configured to measure a current orientation of the camera module. The memory unit is connected to the camera module and configured to store the initial photo and the subsequent photo. The control unit is connected between the electronic compass and the camera module. The control unit is configured to generate a capturing signal to trigger the camera module to capture the subsequent photo if determining that the camera module rotates through the angle of view thereof from an initial orientation when the initial photo is captured. The stitching unit is connected to the memory unit and configured to stitch the initial photo and the subsequent photo.12-15-2011
20110304687GENERATING SHARP IMAGES, PANORAMAS, AND VIDEOS FROM MOTION-BLURRED VIDEOS - A “Blur Remover” provides various techniques for constructing deblurred images from a sequence of motion-blurred images such as a video sequence of a scene. Significantly, this deblurring is accomplished without requiring specialized side information or camera setups. In fact, the Blur Remover receives sequential images, such as a typical video stream captured using conventional digital video capture devices, and directly processes those images to generate or construct deblurred images for use in a variety of applications. No other input beyond the video stream is required for a variety of the embodiments enabled by the Blur Remover. More specifically, the Blur Remover uses joint global motion estimation and multi-frame deblurring with optional automatic video “duty cycle” estimation to construct deblurred images from video sequences for use in a variety of applications. Further, the automatically estimated video duty cycle is also separately usable in a variety of applications.12-15-2011
20110069145METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR FINDING A MANPADS LAUNCHER POSITION - A method for finding the launch of a ManPADS missile comprising the steps of installing a network of electro optical (EO) and infrared (IR) cameras with a triggering receiver and pointing the EO and IR cameras in the direction of a suspicious emission, wherein the EO camera provides high resolution video and the IR camera finds the ManPADS and tracks its user.03-24-2011
20110316968Digital Refocusing for Wide-Angle Images Using Axial-Cone Cameras - A single camera acquires an input image of a scene as observed in an array of spheres, wherein pixels in the input image corresponding to each sphere form a sphere image. A set of virtual cameras are defined for each sphere on a line joining a center of the sphere and a center of projection of the camera, wherein each virtual camera has a different virtual viewpoint and an associated cone of rays, appearing as a circle of pixels on its virtual image plane. A projective texture mapping of each sphere image is applied to all of the virtual cameras on the virtual image plane to produce a virtual camera image comprising circle of pixels. Each virtual camera image for each sphere is then projected to a refocusing geometry using a refocus viewpoint to produce a wide-angle lightfield view, which are averaged to produce a refocused wide-angle image.12-29-2011
20110316969WIDE-VIEWING-ANGLE IMAGING LENS ASSEMBLY - The present invention provides a wide-viewing-angle imaging lens assembly comprising, in order from an object side to an image side: a front lens group, a stop, and a rear lens group. The front lens group comprises, in order from the object side to the image side: a first lens element with negative refractive power having a concave image-side surface and a second lens element. The rear lens group comprises, in order from the object side to the image side: a third lens element with positive refractive power having a concave object-side surface and a convex image-side surface, a fourth lens element with positive refractive power having a convex object-side surface and a convex image-side surface, and a fifth lens element with negative refractive power having a concave object-side surface. Such an arrangement of optical elements can effectively enlarge the field of view of the wide-viewing-angle imaging lens assembly, reduce the sensitivity of the optical system, and obtain good image quality.12-29-2011
20120002005Method and apparatus for the wireless operation of a scaled tank in real time - A method for real time control of a scale model tank over a wireless network. Whereby a wireless enabled scaled model tank is controlled by a player using a web browser over a network while listening and viewing the movement of the tank.01-05-2012
20120002004Immersive Navigation and Rendering of Dynamically Reassembled Panoramas - Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, are described for immersive navigation and for rendering of dynamically reassembled panoramas, e.g., for rendering panoramas corresponding to user specified views of a scene depicted in a captured sequence of timed digital images. By dynamically altering reassembly of panoramic slices, a viewer can in effect navigate and pivot in and about a represented space, and can experience new viewing perspectives not apparent in individual panoramic frames.01-05-2012
20120056977METHOD FOR GENERATING PANORAMIC IMAGE - A processing apparatus capable of generating a panoramic image from a plurality of captured images acquired by a plurality of times of imaging includes an input unit configured to input a superimposition parameter for determining a superimposition position of a predetermined image on the captured image, a generation unit configured to generate the panoramic image from the plurality of the captured images by transformation processing of coordinate values of the plurality of the captured images acquired by the plurality of times of imaging, and a determination unit configured to determine the superimposition position of the predetermined image on the panoramic image according to position information on the panoramic image in which transformation processing of the coordinate values is performed by the generation unit and the superimposition parameter for determining the superimposition position of the predetermined image on the captured image.03-08-2012
20120013706INFRARED WIDE FIELD IMAGING SYSTEM INTEGRATED IN A VACUUM HOUSING - The present disclosure relates to a compact wide field imaging system for the infrared spectrum range, the system including a vacuum housing with a porthole, a cooled dark room arranged inside the vacuum housing and provided with an opening referred to as a cold diaphragm, an infrared detector arranged inside the cooled dark room, and a device for the optical conjugation of the field rays with the detector. In the system, the optical conjugation device does not include any element located outside the vacuum housing, and includes at least one cold lens located inside the cooled dark room, the pupil of the optical conjugation device coinciding with the cold diaphragm.01-19-2012
20120056979System and method for capturing adjacent images by utilizing a panorama mode - A system and method for capturing adjacent images includes an imaging device with a panorama manager that performs various procedures to manipulate one or more image parameters that correspond to adjacent frames of captured image data. An image-stitching software program may then produce a cohesive combined panorama image from the adjacent frames of image data by utilizing the manipulated image parameters.03-08-2012
20120056976WIDE ANGLE LENS SYSTEM AND PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS - A wide angle lens system includes a first lens group having a negative refractive power and a second lens group having a positive refractive power arranged from an object side. The first lens group includes a first lens of a meniscus shape having a convex surface toward the object side, a second lens having a concave surface toward the object side, and a third lens having a convex surface toward the object side, and the second lens group includes a fourth lens having a convex surface toward the object side, a fifth lens having a concave surface toward the object side, and a sixth lens of a meniscus shape having a concave surface toward the object side. A photographing apparatus includes the wide angle lens system.03-08-2012
20120154525Zoom Lens System, Interchangeable Lens Apparatus, and Camera System - A compact and lightweight zoom lens system having excellent imaging performance, which is favorably applicable to an interchangeable-lens type digital camera system, is provided. The zoom lens system of the present invention includes, in order from an object side to an image side, a first lens unit having positive optical power, a second lens unit having negative optical power, a third lens unit having negative optical power, a fourth lens unit having positive optical power and including at least one resin lens, and an aperture diaphragm arranged in the fourth lens unit. In zooming from a wide-angle limit to a telephoto limit, an interval between the third lens unit and the fourth lens unit monotonically decreases. Further, the following condition (1) is satisfied: 1.006-21-2012
20120154524Zoom Lens System, Imaging Device and Camera - A zoom lens system comprising a plurality of lens units including, in order from an object side to an image side, at least a positive first lens unit, a negative second lens unit, and a positive third lens unit, wherein any one of the plurality of lens units includes a lens element having a reflecting surface that bends a light beam incident from an object, in zooming from a wide-angle limit to a telephoto limit at the time of image taking, the first lens unit and the third lens unit do not move along an optical axis, and the conditions: 4.25<√(f06-21-2012
20120154523Imaging System And Fisheye Lens System - A fisheye lens system for a driver assistance system in a motor vehicle has a field angle of at least approximately 180°, a lens of the lens system differing from a rotational body in that a usable image of the lens system is essentially rectangular.06-21-2012
20120154521360-DEGREE CAMERA HEAD FOR UNMANNED SURFACE SEA VEHICLE - A camera head for use in a marine environment having a cylindrical watertight housing, top and bottom plate members closing the cylindrical housing, and a plurality of ports through the vertical wall of the housing and positioned at a regular angular intervals. A transparent pane is sealed over each port, retained in place by compression against a gasket or O-ring by a compression member. A corresponding plurality of cameras are fixedly positioned behind the ports and the angular field of view of each camera is selected to be greater than the angular interval between the ports such that a continuous 360-degree view of the marine environment is always visible. Six 72-degree FOV cameras spaced at regular 60-degree intervals are preferred. The housing contains cooling/ventilation as well as power and image processing and control systems so as to be self contained.06-21-2012
20120154522OBJECT IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND METHOD - Disclosed herein is an object image capture apparatus. The object image capture apparatus includes a first camera unit, a second camera unit, and a control unit. The first camera unit obtains a wide-area view image by capturing a wide-area view region. The second camera unit obtains a close-up view image by capturing the close-up view region of the wide-area view region. The control unit controls the second camera unit by dividing the wide-area view image into a plurality of blocks, analyzing the resulting blocks, and defining a target block, in which a moving object is detected, as a close-up view region from among the plurality of blocks.06-21-2012
20090058988System for Panoramic Image Processing - A system for low-latency, high-resolution, continuous motion panoramic video imaging includes a plurality of high-resolution video cameras, each video camera generating about at least 500 kilopixel near-real time video. The cameras can be supported for positioning the plurality of cameras at predetermined angular locations to generate a full 360 degree field of view. The system can also include an image processor for processing video image signals in parallel and providing panoramic images. In one embodiment, the system can include a display to provide seamless panoramic images.03-05-2009
20090135245CAMERA SYSTEM WITH MULTIPLE PIXEL ARRAYS ON A CHIP - A camera system uses one or more image sensor IC chips each having multiple pixel arrays on the same semiconductor substrate (i.e., “multiple pixel arrays on a chip”). In one embodiment, such a camera system includes: (a) optical components that create multiple images in close physical proximity of each other (e.g., within a few millimeters or centimeters); and (b) a single sensor substrate (“chip”) containing multiple 2-dimensional pixel arrays that are aligned to capture these multiple images, so as to convert the multiple images into electrical signal. The pixel arrays can be manufactured using a CCD or a CMOS compatible process. For manufacturing reasons, such a chip is typically two centimeters or less on a side. However, large chips can also be made. Optional electronic components for further signal processing of the captured images may be formed either on the sensor chip (i.e., in a “system-on-a-chip” implementation), or in a separate back-end application specific integrated circuit (ASIC). In addition, digital storage components, display elements, and wired or wireless communication links may also be included in any suitable combination to allow review and further processing of the captured images.05-28-2009
20090135244METHOD FOR CAPTURING CONVERGENT-TYPE MULTI-VIEW IMAGE - Provided is a method for convergent type three-dimensional (3D) multi-viewpoint image acquisition. The method for acquiring a multi-viewpoint image in an image acquisition apparatus comprises the steps of: converting the image acquisition apparatus to a multi-viewpoint image photographing mode; if converted to the multi-viewpoint image photographing mode in the converting step, providing a plurality of geometric shapes to set a position of an object to be photographed within a screen and selecting a desired shape of the geometric shapes in response to an inputted shape selection signal; if the desired geometric shape is selected in the shape providing step, adjusting a position and a size of the selected geometric shape in response to a shape adjustment signal; and photographing a whole image having the object that places within the adjusted geometric shape in the adjusting step.05-28-2009
20120206565OMNI-DIRECTIONAL CAMERA AND RELATED VIEWING SOFTWARE - Creating spherical video and corresponding audio utilizing a plurality of cameras by acquiring images via the cameras, processing the images, and mathematically converting and/or transforming the images into a combined spherical image file. A camera device creates the spherical image file and transfers it to devices running a viewer application, whereby the transfer occurs by saving the file to a storage file, streaming it to the devices via wired/wireless communication, or both.08-16-2012
20120026282CAMERA - A camera includes a plurality of image capturing unit, a switch unit, and a processor unit. Each image capturing unit includes a lens capturing images and an image sensor transforming optical signals of the images captured by the lens into electric signals. The switch unit is electrically connected to all the image sensors. The processor unit is electrically connected to the switch unit. The image sensors of all the image capturing units are alternately connected to the processor unit to alternately transmit the electric signals generated by the image capturing units to the processor unit, and the processor unit transforms the electric signals into images respectively captured by all the image capturing units and combines the images together to form multiple images cooperatively captured by all the image capturing units.02-02-2012
20120026284IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR - The present invention relates to an imaging apparatus capable of shifting to a panoramic shooting function based on a user's intention without performing a complicated setting operation. In a digital camera, when a zoom operation member is operated again to a wide-angle side within a predetermined length of time after the zoom operation member has been operated to the wide-angle end, the process shifts to the panoramic shooting mode.02-02-2012
20120062691Camera Control - A system including a camera that includes a lens having an aperture, a tripod configured to support the camera, a mount configured to be coupled the tripod and to the camera, the mount including a pivot that is configured such that the camera is rotatable around an axis that is aligned with the aperture of the camera, a motor configured to control the rotation of the mount, a memory containing computer readable instructions, that when executed by a processor, cause the processor to, calculate a desired position of the camera using sensor information, control the motor such that the camera is moved to the desired position, control the shutter of the camera to capture an image, and store the captured image.03-15-2012
20120026285WIDE ANGLE LENS AND IMAGING DEVICE - A wide angle lens whose field angle exceeds 180 degrees includes a front group, a diaphragm, and a rear group arranged in this order from an object side toward an image side. The front group includes a first lens (negative meniscus lens) whose convex surface faces the object side, a second lens (negative lens), and a third lens (positive lens) that are arranged in this order from the object side toward the image side. The rear group includes a fourth lens (positive lens), a fifth lens (negative lens), and a sixth lens (positive lens) that are arranged in this order from a diaphragm side toward the image side. Accordingly, an imaging system including six separate lenses is formed. The third lens is made of a material having an Abbe number νdL3 satisfying νdL3<21. The fifth lens is made of a material having an Abbe number νdL5 satisfying νdL5<21.02-02-2012
20120056978WIDE ANGLE LENS AND IMAGING DEVICE - A wide angle lens whose field angle exceeds 160 degrees, includes a front group, an aperture stop, and a rear group arranged in this order from an object-side toward an image-side. The front group includes a first lens (negative meniscus) whose convex surface faces the object, a second lens (negative), a third lens (negative), and a fourth lens (positive), arranged in this order from the object-side toward the image-side. The rear group includes a fifth lens (positive), a sixth lens (negative), and a seventh lens (positive), arranged in this order from an aperture-side toward the image-side. The fifth and sixth lenses are combined, forming a cemented lens having positive refractive power. The fifth and sixth lenses are made of materials having Abbe numbers of greater than or equal to 50 and less than or equal to 30, respectively. A surface of the seventh lens facing the image is aspheric.03-08-2012
20120062694IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An imaging apparatus (03-15-2012
20120062695CONTROL DEVICE, CAMERA SYSTEM, AND PROGRAM - According to a control device of the present invention, there is provided a center server including a display processing unit that performs control so as to display a panorama image display area in which a panorama image captured with a camera terminal device is displayed and an enlarged image display area in which an enlarged image is displayed, the enlarged image being obtained by enlarging an area corresponding to a position specified on the panorama image, and a control unit that performs control so as to capture with the camera terminal device an image of the area corresponding to the position specified on the panorama image. The display processing unit displays on the enlarged image display area the image captured with the camera terminal device in accordance with control by the control unit, and the panorama image is a circular panorama image.03-15-2012
20120176470Non-Handheld High-Definition Digital Video Camera - A non-handheld high-definition (HD) digital video camera is disclosed, comprising a thin-film transistor (TFT) display module, a backup battery module, an audio & video (AV) transmission module and a video camera body. Each of the TFT display module, the backup battery module and the AV transmission module is detachably connected with the video camera body; a multifunctional interface is disposed at the bottom of the video camera body to electrically connect with the TFT display module, the backup battery module or the AV transmission module; a wide-angle lens is disposed at the top of the video camera body for forming an image on the TFT display module during operation; the video camera body is further provided with a memory module and a control module.07-12-2012
20110043605DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS - Provided is a digital photographing apparatus and method for panoramic photographing. The digital photographing apparatus includes an image pickup device that generates data from incident light, an acceleration sensor that detects motion of the digital photographing apparatus in a first direction, and a time interval determiner that determines a continuous photographing time interval for panoramic photographing, according to the motion detected by the acceleration sensor.02-24-2011
20110043604METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR FORMING A PANORAMIC IMAGE OF A SCENE HAVING MINIMAL ASPECT DISTORTION - A panoramic image is generated from a sequence of input frames captured by a camera that translates relative to a scene having at least two points at different distances from the camera. A processor (02-24-2011
20120154519CHASSIS ASSEMBLY FOR 360-DEGREE STEREOSCOPIC VIDEO CAPTURE - A chassis assembly is disclosed including a chassis and plurality of image sensors fixedly mounted to the chassis. The number of image sensors may vary, but in one example, there are three image sensors, arranged in an equilateral triangle within the chassis. Each image sensor includes a camera, which may be a video camera, and a catadioptric mirror. The mirror in each image sensor is fixedly mounted with respect to the camera via a stem and a collar for mounting the mirror to the chassis.06-21-2012
20120154520METHOD, APPARATUS AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR GENERATING PANORAMA IMAGES - In accordance with an example embodiment a method and apparatus is provided. The method comprises receiving an image and a subsequent image having an overlapping region in a storage. The overlapping region comprises a first and a second overlapping region. A substantial portion of the second overlapping region in the subsequent image may be blended with a substantial portion of a non-overlapping region of the subsequent image, and then modified in the image based on the substantial portion of the blended second overlapping region in the subsequent image. A portion of the panorama image may be generated by combining the modified substantial portion of the second overlapping region with the substantial portion of the non-overlapping region of the image. The modified substantial portion of the second overlapping region and the substantial portion of the non-overlapping region of the image may be removed from the storage.06-21-2012
20120154518SYSTEM FOR CAPTURING PANORAMIC STEREOSCOPIC VIDEO - Systems and methods are disclosed for generating panoramic stereoscopic images. The system includes an assembly of three or more catadioptric image sensors affixed to each other in a chassis. Each image sensor generates a catadioptric image of a panorama, which may for example be a 360° view of a scene. The software components process the catadioptric image to a 3D stereoscopic view of a panorama.06-21-2012
20110102541Wide-Angle Optical System, and Imaging Device - The present invention provides a wide-angle optical system constituted of, in order from the object side to the image side, front group 05-05-2011
20120314020MOVE-IT: MONITORING, OPERATING, VISUALIZING, EDITING INTEGRATION TOOLKIT FOR RECONFIGURABLE PHYSICAL COMPUTING - A user interface screen for displaying data associated with operation of a robot where the user interface screen includes one or more windows that can be rotated and then minimized into an icon to render space for other windows. As user input for moving a window is received, the window moves to an edge. As further user input is received, the window is rotated about an axis and then minimized into an icon. In this way, the windows presented on the screen can be intuitively operated by a user.12-13-2012
20120120189SYSTEM FOR EXTENDING A FIELD-OF-VIEW OF AN IMAGE ACQUISITION DEVICE - Systems for extending a field-of-view of an image acquisition device are provided. In one embodiment, a system includes a rotatable image-directing device, an actuator, and a controller. The rotatable image-directing device directs optical images along an optical image path. The actuator controls a position of the rotatable image-directing device, and the controller generates signals for synchronizing the rotatable image-directing device and the image acquisition device. The signals illustratively include a first signal that is transmitted to the actuator, and a second signal that is transmitted to the image acquisition device.05-17-2012
20120120188IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An image processing apparatus including an interface that receives an input identifying a subject, and a processor that generates a panoramic image based on captured image data so that the subject is positioned in a reference position in the panoramic image.05-17-2012
20120120186Front and Back Facing Cameras - This document discloses apparatus and methods related to image taking and processing. For example, some embodiments may contain a front facing camera and a back facing camera and can be used for including the image-taker as part of the images taken by the image-taker, for verifying authorship of the images, for creating documentary style still or moving images combining the images of the person creating the documentary and the images of the subject or the scene being documented, and for creating a wide field of views of still and moving images.05-17-2012
20120300019ORIENTATION-BASED GENERATION OF PANORAMIC FIELDS - A field sensor may be capable of generating a panoramic field, e.g., by instructing the user to capture a sequence of fields of the panorama, performing a field evaluation to identify one or more landmarks depicted in overlapping areas of two contiguous fields, performing a field registration therebetween, and stitching together the panoramic field. However, panoramic field stitching based on field evaluation may fail to register two fields accurately or at all. Rather, panoramic field stitching may be performed using a device having an orientation sensor that detects the orientation of the device while capturing each field with a field sensor. The detected orientation may be used to orient the fields within a projection, from which a panoramic field may be accurately stitched. Additional variations include stitching together projections of the panorama captured at different times and utilizing fields captured at a distance from the root location of the panorama.11-29-2012
20100245540IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND PROGRAM - There is provided an image processing apparatus for processing at least two still images that are picked up in such a manner that two still images successively picked up have shared portions, the apparatus comprising: a synthesis unit which generates a synthesized image from the at least two still images by synthesizing the shared portions; a capturing unit which captures a plurality of frame images from a plurality of areas in the synthesized image so that a frame image is captured from an area straddling two adjacent still images across the shared portions; and a generation unit which generates a moving image in which the synthesized image is scrolled and displayed, from the plurality of frame images captured by the capturing unit.09-30-2010
20100245539PANORAMIC CAMERA WITH A PLURALITY OF CAMERA MODULES - An exemplary panoramic camera includes a housing, camera modules received in the housing, viewfinders, and an image processor. Each camera module includes a lens, a reflective mirror, and an image sensor in an order written from an object side to an image side. The camera modules cooperatively form a 360 degrees view image of the surrounding scene. An angle is defined between the plane of the reflective mirror and a light sensing surface of the image sensor. Each reflective mirror is rotatable between a first position where the angle is an acute angle, light is reflected by the reflective mirror to the corresponding viewfinder, and a second position where the angle is about 90 degrees, light is incident upon the light sensing surface of the image sensor. The image processor stitches together the images captured by the camera modules into a single panoramic image of the surrounding scene.09-30-2010
20120300023IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHING DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - An image photographing device displays a preview panoramic image and data regarding moving velocity and direction of the image photographing device during panorama photographing in real time. The image photographing device includes a photographing unit to photograph a plurality of images, an image processing unit to convert the images photographed by the photographing unit into preview image data and to generate preview panorama data using the preview image data, and a display unit to simultaneously output a screen to display the preview image data, a screen to display a process of synthesizing the preview panorama data, a moving direction display screen indicating a relative difference between the moving direction of the image photographing device and a predetermined reference direction, and a moving velocity display screen indicating a relative difference between the moving velocity of the image photographing device and a predetermined reference velocity.11-29-2012
20120300022SOUND DETECTION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A specific sound is detected from sounds input by a sound input unit, using thresholds for detecting sounds. Images captured by an image capturing unit are recorded. A difference between a recorded image and a current image is calculated, and a location of a moving object is detected from the current image. A correspondence between information indicating a specific position in an image and information indicating sounds that could occur in the specific position is managed. In the case where a moving object is detected, the threshold for detecting a sound is changed, and the specific sound is detected from sounds, using the changed threshold, with reference to the correspondence managed in the position/sound correspondence information management unit.11-29-2012
20120300021ON-BOARD CAMERA SYSTEM - An on-board camera system includes an imaging unit configured to capture an image around a vehicle, a wide-angle image generation unit configured to generate a wide-angle image of a desired size by performing reduction processing of the image obtained by the imaging unit, a standard image generation unit configured to generate a standard image of the desired size by extracting an image of a predetermined region from the image obtained by the imaging unit such that an optical axis of the image and the image size are the same as those of the wide-angle image, and an application processing unit configured to execute application processing using each of the wide-angle image and the standard image.11-29-2012
20120300020REAL-TIME SELF-LOCALIZATION FROM PANORAMIC IMAGES - Real-time localization is performed using at least a portion of a panoramic image captured by a camera on a mobile device. A panoramic cylindrical map is generated using images captured by the camera, e.g., as the camera rotates. Extracted features from the panoramic cylindrical map are compared to features from a pre-generated three-dimensional model of the environment. The resulting set of corresponding features may be used to determine the pose of the camera. For example, the set of corresponding features may be converted into rays between the panoramic cylindrical map and the three-dimensional model, where the intersection of the rays is used to determine the pose. The relative orientation of the camera may also be tracked by comparing features from each new image to the panoramic cylindrical map, and the tracked orientation may be fused with the pose.11-29-2012
20120162359WIDE FIELD IMAGE DISTORTION CORRECTION - A method and apparatus of correcting image distortion using an orthogonal transfer charge-coupled device array is provided. A wide field of view line-scan remote sensing system includes an array of orthogonal transfer charge-coupled devices (OTCCDs) configured to record image data of an optical image of a moving object received from a lens. Further, the system includes a processor coupled to the array of OTCCDS, in which the processor is configured to scan the optical image across the array of OTCCDs; and shift pixel charges along a first axis and a second axis that substantially matches an actual image motion of the moving object while the optical image is being scanned in order to reduce an amount of image distortion across the array of OTCCDs.06-28-2012
20120162357IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An imaging apparatus includes an imaging portion that images an omnidirectional subject on the basis of an imaging position when imaging is performed and generates a circular image including the omnidirectional subject, an image processing portion that specifies a substantially fan-shaped object region in a circular image which is generated on the basis of a direction specified based on an attitude of an imaging apparatus in the imaging position among all directions and converts an image of the object region into a substantially rectangular image, and a display control portion that simultaneously displays a conversion image which is the converted image and the generated circular image on a display portion.06-28-2012
20120162361Zoom Lens System, Interchangeable Lens Apparatus, and Camera System - A compact and lightweight zoom lens system having excellent imaging performance, which is favorably applicable to an interchangeable-lens type digital camera system, is provided. The zoom lens system of the present invention includes, a first lens unit having positive optical power and arranged closest to an object side, a focusing lens unit that moves along an optical axis from an infinity in-focus condition to a close-object in-focus condition, an image blur compensation sub-lens unit that includes at least one lens element and that moves in a direction perpendicular to the optical axis, and an aperture diaphragm arranged on an image side relative to the focusing lens unit and the image blur compensation sub-lens unit. The focusing lens unit, the image blur compensation sub-lens unit, and the aperture diaphragm are adjacent with one another. Further, the following condition (8) is satisfied: 0.706-28-2012
20120162358MOBILE TERMINAL CAPABLE OF PROVIDING MULTIPLAYER GAME AND OPERATION CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A method of controlling a mobile terminal and which includes allowing, via a wireless communication unit of the mobile terminal, wireless communication with at least one other terminal; displaying, on a touch screen display unit of the mobile terminal, a display screen; receiving, via a controller of the mobile terminal, a tap input performed on a main body of the mobile terminal; and dividing, via the controller controlling the touch screen display unit, the display screen into first and second display sections based on the received tap input.06-28-2012
20120162360Wide-Angle Image Pickup Unit And Measuring Device - The invention provides a wide-angle image pickup unit, comprising at least two cameras (06-28-2012
20110181687IMAGING CONTROL APPARATUS, IMAGING CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An imaging control apparatus for an imaging apparatus or an imaging system, which includes an imaging unit imaging a subject and a variable mechanism varying an imaging visual field of the imaging unit, includes an automatic imaging mode control unit changing control setting between when automatic still image capturing is performed and when automatic panorama image capturing is performed.07-28-2011
20110181688METHOD AND DEVICE FOR SYNTHESIZING PANORAMA IMAGE USING SCANNING CHARGED-PARTICLE MICROSCOPE - Provided is a panorama image synthesis technique using a scanning charged-particle microscope and capable of obtaining a panorama image synthesis that is robust against contamination and the imaging shift and distortion of an image in a wide-field imaging region (EP) for semiconductor fine patterns. The panorama image synthesis technique in the wide-field imaging region (EP) using the scanning charged-particle microscope is characterized in that the layout of each adjustment point, each local imaging region, and an imaging sequence comprising the imaging order of the each adjustment point are optimized and created as an imaging recipe.07-28-2011
20120212573METHOD, TERMINAL AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM FOR GENERATING PANORAMIC IMAGES - The present invention relates to a method for generating a panoramic image. The method includes the steps of: (a) adjusting resolutions of a first and a second input images, respectively, to thereby generate a first and a second adjusted images, wherein the resolutions of the first and the second adjusted images are determined by referring to pre-fixed relationship data with respect to the resolutions of the adjusted images to those of the input images; (b) generating a first and a second pre-processed images which represent information on edges of the first and the second adjusted images by referring to tangent vector components vertical to gradient vector components; and (c) performing image matching operations between the first and the second pre-processed images and then determining an optimal overlapped position where the first and the second input images are synthesized by referring to results of the image matching operations.08-23-2012
20120133730IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS THAT AUTOMATICALLY DETERMINES SHOOTING MODE MOST SUITABLE FOR SHOOTING SCENE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image pickup apparatus that is capable of controlling the time elapsing from when a shooting scene is determined to when switching between shooting mode is performed, thus making it possible to take images desired by a user. A motion of the image pickup apparatus is detected, and based on the detection result, a motion of the image pickup apparatus is determined. A shooting scene is determined based on a video signal obtained from the image pickup unit. A shooting mode is determined based on the result of scene determination. Based on the result of determination, the ease of switching to the determined shooting mode is changed.05-31-2012
20120133729Modular Optronic Periscope - A modular optronic periscope includes a staring module, having a plurality of static sensors providing image data for a wide field of view at moderate resolution, and an image processor, by way of which image data from the static sensors are stitched together into a single continuous image. A multi-spectral, narrow field of view at a higher resolution than the staring module is produced using a pointing module including a rotatable mirror, and a collimated optical bundle from the pointing module is imaged by way of an optical platform onto photosensitive devices to form a two dimensional image array. Each pixel of the image array is repositioned by way of image derotation circuitry before display.05-31-2012
20090058990Method for photographing panoramic picture - A method for photographing a panoramic picture includes the steps of checking motion of a corresponding photographing apparatus compares currently input images and previous images in real time through a motion estimation technique employing exposure compensation. Respective images constituting a panoramic picture are photographed, and image photography information is checked that includes focus distance and optical magnification to calculate actual photography range distance of the images. A pre-set threshold is set in consideration of a calculated actual photography range distance of the images. The checked motion is confirmed as to whether the pre-set threshold has been reached, and photography time points of the respective images are determined. The respective images are photographed according to a manual mode or an automatic mode at the photography time point of the respective images.03-05-2009
20090058989Method and apparatus for obtaining improved panoramic images - A digital photographing apparatus capable of more precisely obtaining a panoramic image than conventional cameras, a method of controlling the digital photographing apparatus, and a recording medium storing a program for executing the method. The method of controlling a digital photographing apparatus includes: obtaining a first image according to a user's signal; inverting the pixel values of a portion of the first image; obtaining a second image; and obtaining a third image by combining the first image and the second image.03-05-2009
20120218377IMAGE SENSING DEVICE - An image sensing device includes: an image sensing portion; a microphone portion; an image combination portion which combines a plurality of input images shot to generate a panorama image; a recording medium which records, together with an image signal of the panorama image, a sound signal based on an output of the microphone portion produced in a period during which the input images are shot; a reproduction control portion which updates and displays the panorama image on a display portion on an individual partial image basis so as to reproduce the entire panorama image; and a sound signal processing portion which generates, from the output of the microphone portion, a directional sound signal, in which, when the reproduction control portion reproduces the panorama image, the reproduction control portion simultaneously reproduces the directional sound signal.08-30-2012
20120212574Panoramic Experience System and Method - In one general sense, a user may be presented with a multimedia experience corresponding to an entertainment event or venue by managing a sensor array having at least two sensors that are made configured to provide a stream of data units, associating location information with sensors in the sensor array, enabling the user to perceive a map related to an entertainment event or venue, relating the perceived map to one or more sensors within the sensor array, receiving a user request identifying a selected position within the map, identifying one or more sensors within the sensor array corresponding to the selection, and presenting to the user a multimedia experience based on one or more streams of data units associated with the selected sensors.08-23-2012
20120075415METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR REMOVING REDUNDANCY FROM AMONG PANORAMIC IMAGES, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM - The present invention includes a method for removing redundancy of panoramic images. The method includes the steps of: (a) specifying respective locations of multiple panoramic images by referring to respective shooting places of the multiple panoramic images; (b) recognizing a specific object included in each of at least two panoramic images as the identical object by referring to the respective locations of the multiple panoramic images and respective directions of the specific object therein; and (c) determining top n images of the specific object considered to have top n degrees of precision in an image matching process among all the object images which are recognized as the identical object as a reference image(s) for the specific object.03-29-2012
20120075414Distributed Video Sensor Panoramic Imaging System - A panoramic imaging system includes a plurality of separated video cameras that may be distributed around an object. A series of images captured by at least one of the separated video cameras is stored in a predetermined file format. The panoramic system further includes a viewer module that may render the series of images using the first file format. Moreover, the panoramic system includes a calibration module capable of modifying information associated with at least one of the series of images, where the modification results in calibration data stored in a configuration file and/or in the predetermined file format. The viewer module may also be capable of rendering the series of images in accordance with the predetermined file format.03-29-2012
20120075413IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM - A digital camera 03-29-2012
20120075412IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF CAPTURING PANORAMIC IMAGE - A digital camera 03-29-2012
20120075411IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF CAPTURING A PANORAMIC IMAGE - A digital camera 03-29-2012
20120075410IMAGE PLAYBACK APPARATUS CAPABLE OF PLAYING BACK PANORAMIC IMAGE - A digital camera 03-29-2012
20120075409IMAGE SEGMENTATION SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF - An image segmentation system includes an image recording unit, an image processing unit and an image monitoring unit. The image recording unit obtains a panoramic image of a target area, and the image processing unit receives and processing image data from the image recording unit. The image processing unit divides the panoramic image into corresponding sub-images, and the sub-images are stored in the image monitoring unit.03-29-2012
20120249726FACE AND OTHER OBJECT DETECTION AND TRACKING IN OFF-CENTER PERIPHERAL REGIONS FOR NONLINEAR LENS GEOMETRIES - A technique of enhancing a scene containing one or more off-center peripheral regions within an initial distorted image captured with a large field of view includes determining and extracting an off-center region of interest (hereinafter “ROI”) within the image. Geometric correction is applied to reconstruct the off-center ROI into a rectangular or otherwise undistorted or less distorted frame of reference as a reconstructed ROI.10-04-2012
20120249725FACE AND OTHER OBJECT TRACKING IN OFF-CENTER PERIPHERAL REGIONS FOR NONLINEAR LENS GEOMETRIES - A technique of enhancing a scene containing one or more off-center peripheral regions within an initial distorted image captured with a large field of view includes determining and extracting an off-center region of interest (hereinafter “ROI”) within the image. Geometric correction is applied to reconstruct the off-center ROI into a rectangular or otherwise undistorted or less distorted frame of reference as a reconstructed ROI.10-04-2012
20120249729IMAGING DEVICE CAPABLE OF COMBINING IMAGES - A digital camera includes an imaging section, an overlapping area identifying section, a feature point judging section, a luminance adjusting section, and an image combining section. The overlapping area identifying section identifies overlapping areas of images consecutively captured by the imaging section. The feature point judging section judges whether amount of texture within areas of a predetermined range in the identified overlapping areas is larger or smaller than a predetermined reference value. The luminance adjusting section adjusts the pixel values of the images so that the pixel values of the overlapping areas come within a predetermined range, based on a judgment result of the texture. The image combining section combines the adjusted images such that their overlapping areas coincide with each other.10-04-2012
20120249727SUPERRESOLUTION ENHANCMENT OF PERIPHERAL REGIONS IN NONLINEAR LENS GEOMETRIES - A technique of enhancing a scene containing one or more off-center peripheral regions within an initial distorted image captured with a large field of view includes determining and extracting an off-center region of interest (hereinafter “ROI”) within the image. Geometric correction is applied to reconstruct the off-center ROI into a rectangular or otherwise undistorted or less distorted frame of reference as a reconstructed ROI. A quality of reconstructed pixels is determined within the reconstructed ROI. One or more additional initially distorted images is/are acquired, and matching additional ROIs are extracted and reconstructed to combine with reduced quality pixels of the first reconstructed ROI using a super-resolution technique to provide one or more enhanced ROIs.10-04-2012
20100007714FLEXIBLE IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS WITH A PLURALITY OF IMAGE FORMING UNITS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME - A flexible image photographing apparatus includes a plurality of image photographing units to photograph a photographing object. A flexible body receives the plurality of image photographing units and may be transformed when a force is applied. A control portion is disposed at the flexible body to control each of the plurality of image photographing units to photograph the photographing object. The control portion stores images of the photographing object and performs various kinds of photography.01-14-2010
20120257008Mobile Device Case Having an Integrated Wide-Angle Lens - A case for a mobile device is provided, which may advantageously include an integrated wide-angle lens for photography and/or videography. The mobile device case includes a protective casing with an opening that exposes a mobile device camera, where the mobile device camera has a default angle of view. The protective casing encloses the mobile device and may include one or more hinges and one or more locking mechanisms. A wide-angle lens is integrated within the protective casing of the mobile device case. In some embodiments, the wide-angle lens is removably attached to the protective casing of the mobile device. The wide-angle lens provides a wider angle of view to the mobile device camera than the default angle of view. Furthermore, the wide-angle lens is positioned a predetermined distance from the mobile device camera. The wide-angle lens, in some embodiments, is a fisheye lens.10-11-2012
20120257009Image Processing Device and Method for Matching Images Obtained from a Plurality of Wide-Angle Cameras - The present invention relates to an image processing device and method for matching images obtained from a plurality of wide-angle cameras. There is provided an image processing device for matching images obtained from a plurality of wide-angle cameras, comprising: at least 2 wide-angle cameras arranged in such a way as to overlap with a portion of the photographing area between neighboring cameras; an image signal receiver which receives at least 2 input image signals obtained from the plurality of wide-angle cameras; a lookup table which stores image mapping data concerning the relationship between the respective image pixels that constitute a plurality of input image signals obtained from the plurality of wide-angle cameras and the image pixels of composite image signals; an image matching unit which receives a plurality of input image signals from the image signal receiver and constructs image pixels of composite image signals for the respective image pixels forming each input image signal in reference to the lookup table; and an image signal output unit which creates output images based on the composite image signal configured in the image matching unit. There is also provided an image processing method using this image processing device. The inventive image processing device and method make it possible to configure a plurality of images obtained from a plurality of wide-angle cameras as a single planar image in a swift and efficient manner.10-11-2012
20120257005High Resolution Wide Field of View Digital Night Vision System - A wide field of view night vision system is described. The system comprises a head attachment apparatus configured to attach to a user's head and a night vision subsystem. The night vision subsystem comprises one or more night vision image sensors attached to the head attachment apparatus. Each sensor receives input light and produces a digital image of the input light. A processor processes the digital image(s) to produce a wide-field image. The wide-field image spans at least 60 degrees of a user's horizontal field of view. A display and eyepiece attached to the head attachment apparatus receives and displays the wide-field image. The eyepiece is positionable between the display and the user's eye to image the wide-field image into the user's eye.10-11-2012
20120257007IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE CAPABLE OF GENERATING WIDE-RANGE IMAGE - A digital camera according to the present invention includes a CCD, an image display section, and a CPU. The CPU controls the CCD to perform consecutive image-capturing, and generates a wide-range image based on a plurality of images consecutively captured by the CCD. In addition, the CPU detects a predetermined trigger indicating the completion of consecutive image-capturing in a predetermined direction by the CCD. Furthermore, the CPU displays on the image display section information indicating a range to be consecutively captured by the CCD to generate a panoramic image, while changing the information every time the predetermined trigger is detected.10-11-2012
20120257006IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE CAPABLE OF GENERATING WIDE-RANGE IMAGE - The CPU of a digital camera according to the present invention acquires a plurality of panoramic images, and generates a wide-range image by combining the acquired panoramic images.10-11-2012
20120081512IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - In a calibration device, an image-integration averaging processing unit integrates/averages an image so as to generate an integrated and averaged image, and an edge extracting unit extracts the edges from the integrated and averaged image. A vanishing-point extracting unit calculates vanishing lines by using the edges and identifies the coordinates of the intersection point of the vanishing lines as the coordinates of the vanishing point. An error determining unit compares the coordinates of the current vanishing point with the coordinates of the previous vanishing point so as to determine whether a parameter of the camera needs correcting. In accordance with the result of the determination, a correction processing unit corrects a parameter of the camera.04-05-2012
20120081509OPTICAL INSTRUMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD - An optical instrument system produces and analyzes images of the surrounding area. The system includes an overview lens with a symmetry axis which produces a first circular image of the surrounding area. The system also includes an observation lens which captures a second image of the surrounding area, and which is pivotal over 360° about the symmetry axis, and which is spaced apart a predetermined distance from the overview lens. The observation lens has an optical axis which is perpendicularly to the symmetry axis. The system includes an imaging optics system which reproduces the images of the surrounding area as overview image and observation image on a surface detector. A control unit controls the observation lens. An evaluation unit analyzes the images, and, for selected objects, which are detected both in the overview image and also in the observation image, determines the distance to said objects.04-05-2012
20120081508CONTENT TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, CONTENT TRANSMISSION METHOD, CONTENT REPRODUCTION APPARATUS, CONTENT REPRODUCTION METHOD, PROGRAM AND CONTENT DELIVERY SYSTEM - Disclosed herein is a content transmission apparatus, including: a retaining section adapted to retain a multi viewpoint video content formed from a plurality of viewpoint videos imaged simultaneously by a plurality of different video cameras; a production section adapted to produce a VRT including acquisition destination information of the viewpoint videos which configure the multi viewpoint video content, VRT standing for View Relation Table; a supplying section adapted to supply the produced VRT to a content reproduction apparatus; a broadcasting section adapted to broadcast one or plural ones of the viewpoint videos which configure the retained multi viewpoint video content; and a delivery section adapted to deliver one or plural ones of the viewpoint videos which configure the retained multi viewpoint video content through a network.04-05-2012
20120262541Ball With Camera And Trajectory Control For Reconnaisance Or Recreation - A thrown or projected ball-shaped camera for capturing images over the arc of its airborne trajectory is disclosed. Improvements include a position sensor for determining the camera's perspective in flight. An embedded processor for normalizing multiple captured images to a single ground plane, stitching multiple images into a panoramic image, and compiling multiple images into a smooth, continuous fly-by video. Also disclosed is a plurality of camera apertures facing outwardly from the sphere for capture of images to be stitched into a larger panoramic image.10-18-2012
20120262540Apparatus and Method for Panoramic Video Imaging with Mobile Computing Devices - An apparatus includes a housing, a concave panoramic reflector, a support structure configured to hold the concave panoramic reflector in a fixed position with respect to the housing, and a mounting device for positioning the housing in a fixed orientation with respect to a computing device such that light reflected by the concave panoramic reflector is directed to a light sensor in the computing device.10-18-2012
20120229596Panoramic Imaging and Display System With Intelligent Driver's Viewer - A system for low-latency, high-resolution, continuous motion, staring panoramic video imaging includes a plurality of high-resolution video cameras, each video camera generating about at least 500 kilopixel near-real time video. The cameras can be supported for positioning the plurality of cameras at predetermined angular locations to generate a full 360 degree field of view. The system can also include an image processor for processing video image signals in parallel and providing panoramic images. In one embodiment, the system can include a display to provide seamless panoramic images. In another embodiment, the panoramic imaging and display system incorporates an intelligent driver's viewer for use with vehicles which can intelligently and adaptively select and display a separate field of view in response to a variety of internal and external data inputs.09-13-2012
20120229595SYNTHESIZED SPATIAL PANORAMIC MULTI-VIEW IMAGING - Pictures or video images are generated with a synthesized multi-view array of spatial three-dimensional or stereoscopic viewpoints. These images are generated from a two-dimensional monocular digital video signal to be viewed on an autostereoscopic three-dimensional multi-view display that does not require occluding viewing glasses.09-13-2012
20120229597METHOD AND DEVICE FOR COMBINING AT LEAST TWO IMAGES TO FORM A PANORAMIC IMAGE - In order to make it possible to reduce stereographic disturbances without image processing methods, it is proposed that pixels in the images each be associated with a distance from a distance model. The distance is an assumed distance from an object, which is imaged at that pixel, to at least one predetermined point, the distance model associates the distance in dependence on the position of the pixels in the recorded image. The image fusion is carried out using the associated distances.09-13-2012
20130016180IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND PROGRAMAANM ONO; HiroakiAACI KANAGAWAAACO JPAAGP ONO; Hiroaki KANAGAWA JP - There is provided an image processing apparatus including: a predicting unit calculating, based on a global motion vector found for a past picked-up image, predicted values of a global motion vector of a picked-up image to be processed; an effective region calculating unit deciding an effective region on the picked-up image based on the predicted values; a feature value calculating unit extracting feature values from the effective region on the picked-up image; a projecting unit calculating projected feature vectors by projecting the feature values onto an axis in a specified direction; and a global motion vector calculating unit calculating a global motion vector of the picked-up image to be processed by matching the projected feature vectors of the picked-up image to be processed and projected feature vectors of another picked-up image.01-17-2013
20120320149DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS, METHODS OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM TO INCREASE SUCCESS RATES IN PANORAMIC PHOTOGRAPHY - Digital photographing apparatus, methods of controlling the same, and computer-readable storage medium to increase success rates in panoramic photography are disclosed. A method of controlling a digital photographing apparatus is provided that includes initiating panoramic photography, and providing a capture guide when an image is captured during the panoramic photography.12-20-2012
20120320150MULTI-LENS, 360-DEGREE TIME LAPSE CAMERA - A multi-lens, 360 degree time lapse camera is preferably a compact, mobile camera that is designed to capture pictures of entire 360 degree surroundings. In example embodiments, the camera unit is constructed of molded plastic and can be located at any desired location. The camera unit comprises a multi-lens HD camera, a hinged cap, a programmable camera control settings panel, multiple USB flash drive memory ports, a standard screw camera bracket attached to a threaded cap, an optional antenna for wireless monitoring, a connector to hardwire camera for networked pc monitoring, a telescoping support rod, a threaded pointed stake and a wall/tree/post mounting bracket.12-20-2012
20120320148MOTORIZED CAMERA WITH AUTOMATED PANORAMIC IMAGE CAPTURE SEQUENCES - A motorized camera provides one or more capture sequences for capturing images of objects detected within one or more of its detection zones. The capture sequences may include actions to move or reposition the camera to one or more locations, and to capture one or more images before, during, or as the camera is moved. In addition, particular operations of the motorized camera may be conditioned on specific circumstances or environmental conditions relevant to image capture or the operation of the motorized camera. The motorized camera may comprise a moving camera for capturing images, one or more sensors that provide the to detection zones, and one or more illuminators held by an enclosure. A battery or other power source may be provided as well to allow the motorized camera to be portable and operate independent of external power sources or other external devices.12-20-2012
20110037828WIDE-ANGLE LENS AND IMAGING APPARATUS EQUIPPED THEREWITH - A wide-angle lens consists of, in order from an object, a front lens group GF consisting of a first front lens group GF02-17-2011
20110211038IMAGE COMPOSING APPARATUS - An image composing apparatus includes a first accumulator which repeatedly accumulates a moving amount of an imaging surface in one of a horizontal direction and a vertical direction. A first determiner repeatedly determines whether or not a movement of the imaging surface in another of the horizontal direction and the vertical direction satisfies a taking condition, in a period during which an accumulated value of the first accumulator belongs to a predetermined range. A second determiner repeatedly determines whether or not the accumulated value of the first accumulator reaches an upper limit of the predetermined range. A taker takes, for image composing, a scene image produced on the imaging surface corresponding to updating from a negative result to a positive result on a determined result of the first determiner and/or the second determiner. A restarter restarts the first accumulator in association with a taking process of the taker.09-01-2011
20100231686Wide angle optical system and image pickup apparatus using the same - An optical system comprises, in order from the object side, an aperture stop, a first lens with positive refracting power, a second lens with negative refracting power, and a third lens, both surfaces of the third lens are an aspherical surface in which refracting power varies in accordance with distance from the optical axis in such a way that the both surfaces have a convex shape facing toward the object side in the vicinity of the optical axis and have a concave shape facing toward the object side in the vicinity of the outer circumference, and the following conditions (1) and (2) are satisfied:09-16-2010
20120327185DIGITAL 3D/360 DEGREE CAMERA SYSTEM - The digital 3D/360° camera system is an omnidirectional stereoscopic device for capturing image data that may be used to create a 3-dimensional model for presenting a 3D image, a 3D movie, or 3D animation. The device uses multiple digital cameras, arranged with overlapping fields of view, to capture image data covering an entire 360° scene. The data collected by one, or several, digital 3D/360° camera systems can be used to create a 3D model of a 360° scene by using triangulation of the image data within the overlapping fields of view.12-27-2012
20120327184USING IMAGE CONTENT TO FACILITATE NAVIGATION IN PANORAMIC IMAGE DATA - The present invention relates to using image content to facilitate navigation in panoramic image data. In an embodiment, a computer-implemented method for navigating in panoramic image data includes: (1) determining an intersection of a ray and a virtual model, wherein the ray extends from a camera viewport of an image and the virtual model comprises a plurality of facade planes; (2) retrieving a panoramic image; (3) orienting the panoramic image to the intersection; and (4) displaying the oriented panoramic image.12-27-2012
20120092447REMOTE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, REMOTE MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND MONITORING SERVER - A remote management system, a remote management method, and a monitoring server are provided. The remote management system includes at least one camera which captures at least one of a moving image and a still image of a remote place; a storage unit which stores the captured image; a control unit which controls operation of the at least one camera; and a communication unit which transmits to a device selectively the stored image or an email attached by the stored image.04-19-2012
20130016179IMAGER - Selected embodiments use a relatively small image detector and a scanning mirror to obtain effective performance of a larger image detector. An imager with folded optics captures images of different field positions of a field of view (FOV), and stitches the images together for a larger image of the FOV. The stitched image is processed to identify portions of interest within the larger image, for example, using a cuing algorithm. The portions of interest are scanned again to capture enhanced quality images using, for example, longer dwell time for enhanced contrast. Another image of the FOV or a part of the FOV is stitched together using the enhanced quality images.01-17-2013
20130016178OPTICAL IMAGING WITH FOVEATION - Selected described embodiments include an imager providing concurrent wide field of view (WFOV) and foveated images. The imager includes a frontend optic configured to receive light from a scene. Corrective optics reduces distortions, and transmits the light to a beam splitter. One portion of the light exiting the beam splitter is focused on a WFOV image detector. A second portion of the light falls on a scanning mirror that can be configured to target a selected field position in the field of view. From the scanning mirror, the light passes through a magnifier and is corrected by an adaptive wavefront corrector. The corrector may be configured to correct aberrations corresponding to the particular field of view selected by the scanning mirror. The light from the wavefront corrector is focused on a foveated image detector. The images captured by the image detectors may be stored, processed, and transmitted to other systems.01-17-2013
20110134208Panoramic image synthesizer, panoramic image synthesis method, and program - A panoramic image synthesizer includes an image capture unit capturing a plurality of original images that are images taken adjacent to each other having an overlap region and become a part of a panoramic image; a rough synthesis processor extracting a rough process region subjected to processing respectively from two adjacent processed images that are converted to have lower resolution than the original images and calculating a transfer vector between the rough process regions using phase only correlation; an overlap region extraction processor, in a case of further performing precise synthesis, extracting the overlap region between the adjacent images based on the transfer vector; and a precise synthesis processor extracting precise process regions subjected to processing from inside the overlap region of the two processed images and calculating a transfer vector between the precise process regions.06-09-2011
20130021433OVERVIEW CONFIGURATION AND CONTROL METHOD FOR PTZ CAMERAS - A method of operating a surveillance camera arrangement includes panning a PTZ camera about a pan axis. First images are captured with the camera throughout the panning. A composite panoramic or circular second image is created by stitching together the first images captured during the panning. The user is enabled to select and modify presets, recordings, and/or video analytics profiles within the composite panoramic or circular second image.01-24-2013
20130021434Method and System of Simultaneously Displaying Multiple Views for Video Surveillance - Methods and systems of transmitting a plurality of views from a video camera are disclosed. The camera captures a plurality of views from the lens and scales the view to a specified size. Each view can correspond to a separate virtual camera view of a region of interest and separately controlled. The camera composites at least a portion of the plurality of views into one or more views within the camera, and then transmits one or more of the views from the video camera to a base station for compositing views from the camera into a single view within the base station. Cameras can be grouped into a network, with network addresses assigned to the camera and any virtual cameras generated therein.01-24-2013
20130135429Controller in a camera for creating a registered video image - Methods and apparatus to create and display panoramic images on a mobile device are disclosed. Such a mobile device can be a mobile phone. Apparatus is provided to control the position of a lens in relation to a reference lens. Methods and apparatus are provided to generate multiple images that are combined into a panoramic image. A panoramic image may be a static image. It may also be a video image. A controller provides correct camera settings for different conditions. An image processor creates a panoramic image from the correct settings provided by the controller. A panoramic camera is applied in a computer gaming system.05-30-2013
20120242788IMAGING SYSTEM FOR IMMERSIVE SURVEILLANCE - Security guards at big facilities, such as airports, monitor multiple screens that display images from individual surveillance cameras dispersed throughout the facility. If a guard zooms with a particular camera, he will lose image resolution, along with perspective on the surrounding area. Embodiments of the inventive Imaging System for Immersive Surveillance (ISIS) solve these problems by combining multiple cameras in one device. When properly mounted, example ISIS systems offer 360-degree, 100-megapixel views on a single screen. (Other resolutions may also be employed.) Image-stitching software merges multiple video feeds into one scene. The system also allows operators to tag and follow targets, and can monitor restricted areas and sound an alert when intruders breach them.09-27-2012
20120242787MONITORING CAMERA FOR GENERATING 3-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE AND METHOD OF GENERATING 3-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE USING THE SAME - A monitoring camera for generating a 3-dimensional (3D) image and a method of generating a 3D image using the same are provided. The monitoring camera includes: an imaging unit that is configured to laterally rotate and photograph an object to generate at least two images; and a controller that captures overlapping portions of images generated by the imaging unit, and generates a 3-dimensional (3D) image based on the overlapping portions.09-27-2012
20120242783METHOD FOR GENERATING VIDEO DATA AND IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHING DEVICE THEREOF - A method for generating video data and an image photographing device implementing the same are provided. The method includes acquiring annular panoramic video data by performing panoramic video photographing, selecting an extraction area from each frame of the annular panoramic video data, and generating video data by combining the extraction area selected from each frame.09-27-2012
20120242779System and method for effectively implementing a stroboscopic visual effect - A system and method for effectively implementing a stroboscopic visual effect with a television device includes a strobe engine that analyzes video data to create a sequence of stroboscopic images based upon motion information from the video data. The television utilizes a display manager to present the stroboscopic images and the video data on a display device during a strobe display mode. A processor device of the television typically controls the operations of the strobe engine and the display manager to implement the stroboscopic visual effect.09-27-2012
20130176384Method and System for Displaying Panoramic Imagery - Methods and systems for navigating panoramic imagery are provided. If a user rotates panoramic imagery to a view having a view angle that deviates beyond a threshold view angle, the view of the panoramic imagery will be adjusted to the threshold view angle. In a particular implementation, the view is drifted to the threshold view angle so that a user can at least temporarily view the imagery that deviates beyond the threshold view angle. A variety of transition animations can be used as the imagery is drifted to the threshold view angle. For instance, the view can be elastically snapped back to the threshold view angle to provide a visually appealing transition to a user.07-11-2013
20130176385ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH SAME - A zoom lens includes, in order from an object side to an image side, a positive first lens unit, a negative second lens unit, a positive third lens unit, and a positive fourth lens unit. During zooming from a wide-angle end to a telephoto end, the first lens unit moves with a locus convex toward the image side, and the third lens unit moves toward the object side. The first lens unit includes, in order from the object side to the image side, a negative first lens, a positive second lens, and a positive third lens. A distance (d07-11-2013
20130176386OPTRONIC SYSTEM HAVING SUPRA-HEMISPHERIC VISION - A video optronic system, comprises a sensor with a supra-hemispheric lens and a matrix detector array, a unit for processing the sensed images, display means for the processed images. The matrix detector, having video rate, comprises: i. L×C pixels, with L and C>2000, each employing correlated double sampling and able to ensure a charge-voltage conversion, and ii. 2 C parallelized analog-digital conversion elements, each comprising a first ADC with output having low level and large gain and a second ADC with output having high level and low gain; the lens exhibits a focal length controlled by the angle of elevation, the focal length being longest in the equatorial plane, and has a numerical aperture lying between 0.9 and 1.6; and the processing unit comprises: i. means for correcting the non-uniformities, ii. means of weighted summation, of several neighboring pixels, iii. means for adapting and compressing the sensed image.07-11-2013
20120249728IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS FOR ENABLING GENERATION OF DATA OF PANORAMIC IMAGE WITH WIDE DYNAMIC RANGE - An image capturing apparatus includes an image capturing section, an image capturing control section, an image clipping section, an HDR composing section and a panoramic image composing section. The image capturing control section causes the image capturing section to repeatedly capture an image of different luminance to provide plural images of different luminance. The image clipping section clips respective data of substantially overlapping image regions of the plural images of different luminance. The HDR composing section composes the image regions each clipped by the image clipping section to generate data of plural composite images having a wider dynamic range than the image captured by the image capturing section. The panoramic image composing section joins data of the plural composite images generated by the HDR composing section to generate an image whose range is wider than that of the image captured by the image capturing section.10-04-2012
20130093841IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHING DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - An image photographing device displays a preview panoramic image and data regarding moving velocity and direction of the image photographing device during panorama photographing in real time. The image photographing device includes a photographing unit to photograph a plurality of images, an image processing unit to convert the images photographed by the photographing unit into preview image data and to generate preview panorama data using the preview image data, and a display unit to simultaneously output a screen to display the preview image data, a screen to display a process of synthesizing the preview panorama data, a moving direction display screen indicating a relative difference between the moving direction of the image photographing device and a predetermined reference direction, and a moving velocity display screen indicating a relative difference between the moving velocity of the image photographing device and a predetermined reference velocity.04-18-2013
20130093840IMAGING DEVICE, IMAGING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM - The present invention can easily acquire images having a uniform aspect ratio. In an imaging device of the invention, a control section detects the movement amount and the movement direction of the imaging device based on output from an acceleration sensor. Then, when the movement direction of the imaging device in its initial movement started at the beginning of imaging is substantially linear and a substantially horizontal or vertical direction, the control section calculates a reference movement amount by which a composite image having a predetermined aspect ratio can be generated, based on the movement amount of the imaging device, and controls the display section to display imaging area information (guide) indicating the final imaging area having the predetermined aspect ratio based on the reference movement amount.04-18-2013
20130093839APPARATUS AND METHOD OF GENERATING THREE-DIMENSIONAL (3D) PANORAMIC IMAGE - An apparatus and method of generating a three-dimensional (3D) panoramic image, using a single camera. The apparatus may include a frame slit capturing unit to capture a first frame slit in an Nth video frame, and to capture a second frame slit from an (N+2)th video frame, and a 3D image generating unit to generate a left image using the captured first frame slit and the captured second frame slit. Here, the frame slit capturing unit may capture a third frame slit in an (N+1)th video frame, and captures a fourth frame slit in an (N+3)th video frame, and the 3D image generating unit may generate a right image using the captured third frame slit and the captured fourth frame slit.04-18-2013
20130113875STEREOSCOPIC PANORAMA IMAGE SYNTHESIZING DEVICE, MULTI-EYE IMAGING DEVICE AND STEREOSCOPIC PANORAMA IMAGE SYNTHESIZING METHOD - A method of the subject matter includes: performing projective transform of a plurality of left images and right images acquired from a plurality of stereoscopic images onto an identical projection surface separately; detecting respective corresponding points in overlapping areas between the left images and between the right images; setting a stereoscopic image in which a main subject has been detected, as a first reference stereoscopic image; with reference to the left image and the projective-transformed right image having been acquired from the first reference stereoscopic image, performing geometric deformation of adjacent left and right images such that the corresponding points between the reference left image and the adjacent left image are matched, and the corresponding points between the reference right image and the adjacent right image are matched; and synthesizing right and left panorama images based on the first reference stereoscopic images and the geometrically-deformed right and left images.05-09-2013
20130127985System And Method For Capturing Adjacent Images By Utilizing A Panorama Mode - A system and method for capturing adjacent images includes an imaging device with a panorama manager that performs various procedures to manipulate one or more image parameters that correspond to adjacent frames of captured image data. An image-stitching software program may then produce a cohesive combined panorama image from the adjacent frames of image data by utilizing the manipulated image parameters.05-23-2013
20130169745Panoramic Camera With Multiple Image Sensors Using Timed Shutters - The present invention relates to the field of panoramic still and motion photography. In a first embodiment, a camera apparatus for panoramic photography includes a first image sensor positioned to capture a first image. The first image sensor has a rolling-shutter readout arranged in portrait orientation. The camera apparatus also includes second image sensor positioned to capture a second image. The second image sensor has a rolling-shutter readout arranged in portrait orientation. Finally, the camera apparatus includes a controller configured to signal the second image sensor to start capturing the second image before the first image sensor finishes capturing the first image. At least a portion of the first image is in front of the second image relative to a forward direction of the camera apparatus.07-04-2013
20130141520LANE TRACKING SYSTEM - A lane tracking system for a motor vehicle includes a camera and a lane tracking processor. The camera is configured to receive image of a road from a wide-angle field of view and generate a corresponding digital representation of the image. The lane tracking processor is configured to receive the digital representation of the image from the camera and to: detect one or more lane boundaries, each lane boundary including a plurality of lane boundary points; convert the plurality of lane boundary points into a Cartesian vehicle coordinate system; and fit a reliability-weighted model lane line to the plurality of points.06-06-2013
20110216156Object Detection and Rendering for Wide Field of View (WFOV) Image Acquisition Systems - An image acquisition device having a wide field of view includes a lens and image sensor configured to capture an original wide field of view (WFoV) image with a field of view of more than 90°. The device has an object detection engine that includes one or more cascades of object classifiers, e.g., face classifiers. A WFoV correction engine may apply rectilinear and/or cylindrical projections to pixels of the WFoV image, and/or non-linear, rectilinear and/or cylindrical lens elements or lens portions serve to prevent and/or correct distortion within the original WFoV image. One or more objects located within the original and/or distortion-corrected WFoV image is/are detectable by the object detection engine upon application of the one or more cascades of object classifiers.09-08-2011
20110211040SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CREATING INTERACTIVE PANORAMIC WALK-THROUGH APPLICATIONS - System and method of the invention provides for creating, storing and broadcasting interactive panoramic walk-through applications. The combination of images is determined by the user's choice of direction of displacement at each intersection point and from each view point or geographical coordinate, in order to provide a complete view from a first person's point of view. The system provides a visual perspective comparable to a human visual experience.09-01-2011
20130141523Apparatus and Method for Panoramic Video Hosting - A server includes an input node to receive video streams forming a panoramic video. A module forms a suggested field of view in the panoramic video. An output node sends the suggested field of view to a client device.06-06-2013
20130141522HIGH-RESOLUTION, VARIABLE DEPTH OF FIELD IMAGE DEVICE - A high-resolution image device that is used to receive images in a variable depth of field environment may include a color image sensor, a panchromatic image sensor, and a measuring device. The color image sensor may be configured to receive a color image of an object. Similarly, a synchronous panchromatic image may be received by the panchromatic image sensor. The image device may be configured to replace a luminance component from the original color image with a luminance component from the panchromatic image. The measuring device may be configured to measure a distance between the image sensors and the object, such that the image device may be configured to use the distance to account for the effect of parallax.06-06-2013
20130141521IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM AND METHOD - An image processing system comprises a still camera arranged at a first width of viewing angle, and operable to capture a still image, a video camera having a lower resolution than the still camera, and arranged at a second width of viewing angle narrower than that of the still camera, and operable to capture a video image, a shutter release control unit for initiating capture of a still image by the still camera, a reference signal source operable to transmit a reference signal for controlling the timing of video image capture by the video camera, and an image capture and processing unit operable to receive images captured by the still camera and the video camera, with the still camera and the video camera being arranged in a pair having a pre-set physical relation to each other; and upon receipt of a triggering input, the shutter release control unit is operable to release a shutter of the still camera responsive to the next reference signal from the reference signal source, and the image capture and processing unit is operable to associate a same time code with a still image and a video image generated responsive to the same reference signal.06-06-2013
20110273528Simulation program, simulation device, and simulation method - A simulation device includes a captured image generating unit that generates a captured image captured by an imaging unit disposed virtually at a predetermined view point in a 3D model, the captured image being generated by using the data of the 3D model, a dividing unit that divides the generated captured image into image regions in a predetermined polygonal shape, a computing unit that computes curvatures of the image regions based on the data thereof, an adjusting unit that adjusts sizes of mesh elements on a virtual plane disposed virtually at a predetermined distance from the view point, each of the sizes of the plurality of mesh elements being adjusted by using corresponding each one of the computed curvatures of the image regions, and a wide-angle image generating unit that generates a wide-angle image imaged through a wide-angle lens used in the imaging unit by applying aberration data of the wide-angle lens to the captured image generated in the captured image generating unit according to the adjusted sizes of the mesh elements on the virtual plane.11-10-2011
20110273527Electronic Infrared Wide-Angle and Safety-Promotion External Vehicular Back Mirror - An electronic infrared wide-angle and safety-promotion external vehicular back mirror comprises a light-permeable reflective glass arranged inside a back mirror casing, a liquid crystal display attached to the backside of the light-permeable reflective glass, an infrared wide-angle camera, a detector, a light-emitting device, and a control circuit electrically connected to the abovementioned components. The camera, detector and light-emitting device are arranged at the perimeter of the casing. When the vehicle runs normally, the light-permeable reflective glass reflects general pictures of the rear side. The liquid crystal display is triggered by the direction light or a setting switch to present the physical image of the rear side, whereby the driver can directly observe the status of the rear side. Further, when the detector detects an abnormality, the control circuit triggers flashes and sounds to warn the driver. Thereby is eliminated the blind spot of the back mirror and promoted driving safety.11-10-2011
20130147908ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD OF CAPTURING PANORAMIC IMAGES USING THE ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A method of capturing panoramic images using an electronic device, a movement direction and a reference height of the electronic device are set. The electronic device is positioned to a reference position where the electronic device is at a horizontal level and at the reference height. The electronic device captures an image as a reference image. The electronic device moves from the reference position in the movement direction while keeping the horizontal level and the reference height. A media image with an overlap area of a specified size with the reference image is captured. A next reference image is captured according to the media image. All of the reference images are joined to generate a panoramic image.06-13-2013
20130147909METHOD FOR DETECTING PRESSURE ON TOUCH SENSING ELEMENT AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE USING THE SAME - A sensor array module with wide angle for creating a composite image includes a first image sensor, a second image sensor, a storage unit and a processor. The first image sensor is for capturing a first image. The second image sensor is for capturing a second image and has a relative spatial relationship with respective to the first image sensor. The storage unit stores at least one transformation matrix obtained according to the relative spatial relationship between the first and the second image sensors. The processor combines the first image and the second image by using the transformation matrix to create the composite image. The present invention also provides an image calibration method, an operation method and an application for a sensor array module with wide angle.06-13-2013
20120274739IMAGE SPLICING METHOD AND APPARATUS - The present invention discloses an image splicing method and apparatus, and relates to the field of image processing technologies. In embodiments of the present invention, first, a spatial relationship parameter between two scenes is determined; a spatial relationship parameter between two cameras that photograph the two scenes respectively, and internal parameters of the two cameras are obtained; and then, an operation is performed on the spatial relationship parameter between the two scenes, the spatial relationship parameter between the cameras, and the internal parameters of the cameras to obtain a homography matrix between photographed images; and according to the homography matrix, the images photographed by the two cameras are mapped to the same coordinate system to splice the images into one image. The embodiments of the present invention are mainly applied to calculation of a homography matrix between two images, especially to calculation of a homography matrix in image splicing process.11-01-2012
20120274738METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SHOOTING PANORAMA - The present invention discloses a method and an apparatus for shooting a panorama, so as to solve the problems in the prior art that images with high quality cannot be obtained in the shooting process of a panorama and the shot images cannot be directly combined into a panorama without post-shooting processing. The method comprises the steps of: calculating, when previewing an image to be shot which is not the first shot image in a panorama, an overlapping degree of a joining region between the image to be shot and a shot image; and shooting the image to be shot when the overlapping degree reaches a set condition. The present invention also discloses an apparatus for shooting a panorama.11-01-2012
20120274737VEHICLE PERIPHERY MONITORING DEVICE - Wide-angle imaging data obtained by capturing a view of a vehicle periphery can be converted into wide-angle display data for displaying the view in the same field of view on a display device, and into enlarged display data for enlarging and displaying a portion of the wide-angle imaging data. When the image on the screen of the display is switched between wide-angle display and enlarged display, the target region corresponding to the post-switching display data is set, highlighted, and displayed as the highlighted region (E) on the screen on the pre-switching display data (V11-01-2012
20110242274IMAGING DEVICE, IMAGING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM - The imaging device includes a template selector, a synthesis area selector for selecting a synthesis area for panoramic image in the selected template, a moving image acquiring unit, a detector for detecting/outputting the movement of the imaging device as movement information, a panoramic image producer for producing the panoramic image being a still image corresponding to the synthesis area from the moving images and the detected movement, a synthesized image producer for sequentially synthesizing the panoramic image into the synthesis area during moving image acquisition to produce/renew a synthesized image, a display for sequentially displaying the produced/renewed synthesized image on a display screen, and a storage for storing the template and the moving images, the panoramic image, and/or the synthesized image.10-06-2011
20110242272Rigid multi-directional imaging bundle and imaging assembly incorporating the same - A multi-directional imaging assembly includes a multi-directional imaging bundle having at least two rigid image-conducting branch elements. Each branch element has opposed image-input and image-output faces and at least one bend between the faces. The branch elements are mutually bound such that the image-input faces are disparately directed and the image-output faces coincide to define a common image-output face. Optically aligned with each image-input face is a focusing element that defines a field of view correlating to a spatial region. An image of the spatial region correlating to the field of view defined by a focusing element is acquired and projected onto the image-input face with which that focusing element is optically aligned. Images conducted through the branch elements, and outputted through the common image-output face, are optically communicated to an image detector array. The image detector array is communicatively linked to a data processing system including image-enhancing algorithms that eliminate redundant content among plural images in order to create a composite image that simulates a single, large-field-of-view image.10-06-2011
20110242271Synthesizing Panoramic Three-Dimensional Images - A method for synthesizing three-dimensional images is provided. A displacement map based on distance data, is generated for a two-dimensional image. The distance data represents a distance between an image object and a position. A shifted version of the two-dimensional image is then produced based on the displacement map. The two-dimensional image and the shifted version of the two-dimensional image are then combined to produce a three-dimensional image. A system is also presented.10-06-2011
20110234749SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING AND RECORDING TRAFFIC LAW VIOLATION EVENTS - A system for detecting and recording real-time law violations having an array of wide and narrow angled cameras providing a plurality of images of a substantially 360° field of view around a law enforcement unit, a recording unit for recording said images, an analyzing unit for detecting a law violation, a permanent storage unit for permanently storing a plurality of images of a law violation event and a reporting unit for issuing citations.09-29-2011
20130155180PARALLAX COMPENSATION - Among other things, one or more techniques and/or systems are disclosed for rendering imagery that compensates for parallax. Image data may comprise a sequence of images of a location, collected at known intervals (e.g., distances), such as along a path. The image data can comprise a first layer comprising a first depth, and a second layer comprising a second depth, that is different from the first depth. The image data can be composed into resulting imagery, where the first layer is composed at the first depth and the second layer is composed at the second depth. The resulting imagery can be rendered to compensate for, or rather make use of, parallax, such that the first layer is rendered at a first movement speed, based at least upon the first depth, and the second layer is rendered at a second movement speed, based at least upon the second depth.06-20-2013
20130155181POINT OF INTEREST (POI) DATA POSITIONING IN IMAGE - Among other things, one or more techniques and/or systems are disclosed for positioning point-of-interest (POI) data in a planar panorama image, generated from a plurality of relatively sequential images. First POI data with a first geo-location and second POI data with a second geo-location can be received for the planar panorama image, and first and second data tags can be created that respectively comprise at least some of the first and second POI data. A cluster geo-location may be identified for the first and second data tags based at least upon the first and second geo-locations, and the first and second data tags can be clustered at the cluster geo-location in the planar panorama image. The first and second data tags can be re-clustered (e.g., moved around) and displayed at different locations within the planar panorama image in response to a zoom operation, for example.06-20-2013
20130155182METHODS AND APPARATUS TO COMPENSATE FOR OVERSHOOT OF A DESIRED FIELD OF VISION BY A REMOTELY-CONTROLLED IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE - Embodiments include apparatus and methods to compensate for overshoot of a desired field of vision (FOV) by a remotely-controlled image capture device. The image capture device produces images associated with a plurality of FOVs, and transmits the images to a remote viewer terminal along with image identifiers (or FOV definitions for the images). The terminal receives and displays the images to a viewer. In response to viewer indications to pan or stop panning, the terminal sends pan and regress commands, respectively, to the image capture device. A regress command includes a reference to a selected FOV (e.g., an image identifier or an FOV definition). In response to receiving a regress command, the image capture device regresses to the selected FOV, and transmits additional images associated with the selected FOV to the terminal. The system also may include an intermediary device, which performs some of the functions associated with overshoot compensation.06-20-2013
20130182065VEHICLE EVENT DATA RECORDER AND ANTI-THEFT ALARM SYSTEM WITH 360 DEGREE PANOGRAPH FUNCTION - A vehicle event data recorder and anti-theft alarm system consisting of a power management system, a 360 degree panoramic lens, a digital data storage unit, a mini display, an operating unit and a wireless communication module is disclosed. When the car is running, the 360 degree panoramic lens picks up images in front of the car for processing through the digital signal processor for enabling the processed image data to be recorded in the digital data storage unit and displayed on the mini display. When the car is parked in a parking place or area, the 360 degree panoramic lens keeps picking up surrounding images, and the digital signal processor immediately actuates an external car anti-theft alarm system/car anti-theft ignition switch cutoff system and drives the wireless communication module to actuate a wireless alarm system in giving off an alarm signal upon occurrence of an abnormal condition.07-18-2013
20110310219INTELLIGENT MONITORING CAMERA APPARATUS AND IMAGE MONITORING SYSTEM IMPLEMENTING SAME - The present invention relates to a monitoring camera apparatus which directly detects motion in an image to control the pan/tilt/zoom of a centralized monitoring camera, and which transmits a wide area monitoring image and a centralized monitoring image together to a control device in a remote place, and also relates a remote monitoring system using same. The monitoring camera apparatus acquires monitoring images to be displayed in a remote control device (12-22-2011
20110310218MULTI-RESOLUTION OPTICAL SYSTEM AND METHOD OF FABRICATING SAME - A multi-resolution lens system includes a relay lens configured to be directed toward a field-of-view (FOV) and receive a first plurality of image photons emanating from the FOV, a high-resolution lens positioned to receive a second plurality of image photons from the FOV and to pass the second plurality of image photons toward the relay lens, and a shutter device positioned to receive over an area thereof the image photons of the FOV that pass through the relay lens, and simultaneously receive overlaid on a portion of the area thereof the image photons from the portion of the FOV that pass through the high-resolution lens and toward the relay lens.12-22-2011
20130188008Generating Video Drive-By Data Corresponding to a Geographic Location and Related Three Dimensional Models - Video drive-by data provides a street level view of a neighborhood surrounding a selected geographic location. A video and data server farm incorporates a video storage server that stores video image files containing video drive-by data corresponding to a geographic location, a database server that processes a data query received from a user over the Internet corresponding to a geographic location of interest, and an image processing server. In operation, the database server identifies video image files stored in the video storage server that correspond to the geographic location of interest contained in the data query and transfers the video image files over a pre-processing network to the image processing server. The image processing server converts the video drive-by data to post-processed video data corresponding to a desired image format and transfers the post-processed video data via a post-processing network to the Internet in response to the query.07-25-2013
20130188009X-RAY PHOTOGRAPHIC DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD THEREOF, AND PROGRAM - Conventional X-ray photographing has several problems for eliminating the influence from the cervical vertebrae such as rework of original images, causing possible loss of useful information, as well as long processing time and the need for a plurality of panoramic images. The X-ray photographic device according to the present invention can eliminate the influence from the cervical vertebrae projected at around the anterior teeth of the panoramic image of a tooth row, without missing the original image information and without influence of different shapes of cervical vertebrae and X-ray permeability by each subject. In addition, as the present invention achieves these through arithmetic processing, there is no need to intensify X-ray output in the section corresponding to the anterior teeth, nor decelerate the rotating speed of arms during photographing, and it is possible to suppress the X-ray dose received by the subject.07-25-2013
20110316970METHOD FOR GENERATING AND REFERENCING PANORAMIC IMAGE AND MOBILE TERMINAL USING THE SAME - A method for generating a panoramic image is provided. The method includes photographing a plurality of images, obtaining contextual information with respect to each of the plurality of photographed images, and generating the plurality of photographed images as one panoramic image based on the obtained contextual information.12-29-2011
20120019614Variable Stereo Base for (3D) Panorama Creation on Handheld Device - A technique of generating a stereoscopic panorama image includes panning a portable camera device, and acquiring multiple image frames. Multiple at least partially overlapping image frames are acquired of portions of the scene. The method involves registering the image frames, including determining displacements of the imaging device between acquisitions of image frames. Multiple panorama images are generated including joining image frames of the scene according to spatial relationships and determining stereoscopic counterpart relationships between the multiple panorama images. The multiple panorama images are processed based on the determined stereoscopic counterpart relationships to form a stereoscopic panorama image.01-26-2012
20120019613Dynamically Variable Stereo Base for (3D) Panorama Creation on Handheld Device - A technique of generating a stereoscopic panorama image includes panning a portable camera device, and acquiring multiple image frames. Multiple at least partially overlapping image frames are acquired of portions of the scene. The method involves registering the image frames, including determining displacements of the imaging device between acquisitions of image frames. Multiple panorama images are generated including joining image frames of the scene according to spatial relationships and dynamically determining stereoscopic counterpart relationships between the multiple panorama images. The multiple panorama images are processed based on the dynamically determined stereoscopic counterpart relationships to form a stereoscopic panorama image.01-26-2012
20120019612 NON VIRTUAL 3D VIDEO/PHOTO GENERATOR RENDERING RELATIVE PHYSICAL PROPORTIONS OF IMAGE IN DISPLAY MEDIUM (AND HENCE ALSO OF THE DISPLAY MEDIUM ITSELF) THE SAME AS THE RELATIVE PROPORTIONS AT THE ORIGINAL REAL LIFE LOCATION - This device replicates real life as non-virtual 3D photos or non-virtual 3D videos, in the sense that the 3D videos or 3D photos are not generated to be displayed in, or on, medium whose dimensions are proportionally different from those at the original actual real life location (for example, the images would not be displayed on a flat screen and artificially made to look 3D, etc). Instead, the photos or videos would be displayed in a three dimensional medium whose relative proportions would be the same as those at the original real life location. Any count of different viewer(s) at different locations relative to the display medium would be able to simultaneously view the generated video or photo from absolutely ANY different angles, as they would at the original real life location. The viewer(s) would be able to physically walk around or over or under the physical display medium, and be able to see the non-virtual-3D video/photo displayed inside it as having the exact same actual physical proportions as those at the original location from those same angles. While the physical dimensions of the displayed non-virtual-3D video/photo (and hence also of the display medium itself) could be anything, the relative proportions of those dimensions of the non-virtual-3D video/photo (and hence also of the display medium) will be the same as those at the original location. Optionally the relative proportions of the dimensions of the non-virtual-3D video/photo can also be artificially altered if the viewer chooses.01-26-2012
20130194380IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD - Disclosed herein are an image processing apparatus and method. The image processing apparatus synthesizing images collected from n camera modules disposed in each direction with each other to generate an omni-directional image, includes: n position sensors each included in each of the camera modules to detect a current position coordinate value of a corresponding camera module; and an image processing unit determining whether an inclined camera module is present using the current position coordinate values of each of the camera modules detected by the position sensor and correcting a position value of an image obtained by the inclined camera module in the case in which the inclined camera module is present, thereby generating the omni-direction image. Therefore, a distortion-free omni-directional image may be generated without performing an arithmetic process according to a complicated algorithm.08-01-2013
20130194381VEHICULAR VISION SYSTEM - A vehicular vision system includes at least three cameras disposed at the vehicle and having respective fields of view exterior of the vehicle and operable to capture image data. Image data received at a video processor module is processed by a video processor of the video processor module. The received image data is processed by the video processor to generate a synthesized image. The synthesized image is output from the video processor module for display by a single display screen of a display device that is viewable by a driver of the equipped vehicle when normally operating the vehicle. The video processor may be operable for least one of (i) object tracking, (ii) object classification, (iii) diagnostics, (iv) camera selection, (v) camera control, (vi) on-screen display generation, (vii) data storage and (viii) data exchange.08-01-2013
20130194379SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ONLINE INSPECTION OF TURBINES INCLUDING ASPHERIC LENS - Optical camera systems for nondestructive internal inspection of online, operating power generation turbines, including gas turbine combustor and turbine sections that are at high operating temperatures in the range of over 600° C. (1112° F.) and which include combustion gas contaminants. The inspection system includes one or more aspheric lenses capable of withstanding continuous operating temperatures above 600° C. The aspheric lenses, alone or in combination with spherical lenses, establish a wider field of view, and require fewer lenses in combination than lens mounts incorporating only spherical lenses. A cooling system incorporated in the inspection system facilitates continuous operation and inhibits lens external surface fouling from combustion gasses.08-01-2013
20120293612Omnidirectional Camera - An omnidirectional camera having a camera for acquiring a digital image, an image data processing device for compressing a signal output from the camera and an external memory is disclosed. In the omnidirectional camera, a writing changeover unit accumulates signals output from a signal processing unit in one of a set of first internal memories until data is accumulated to a predetermined amount. When the data is accumulated to a predetermined amount, the writing changeover unit changes destinations and accumulates signals output from the signal processing unit in the other of the set of first internal memories. The signal is output to a data converting unit from the first internal memory where accumulation reaches the predetermined amount, and the data conversion unit compresses and converts an inputted signal to an image signal and the image signal is inputted to the external memory by an input/output control unit.11-22-2012
20130201281OPTICAL DEVICE FOR CAPTURING IMAGES ACCORDING TO A 360.degree. FIELD - An optical device (08-08-2013
20090021576Panoramic image production - A method of assembling a panoramic image from a plurality of frames in a camera, the method comprising: (a) acquiring a video stream using a camera; (b) selecting an initial frame from the video stream for capture as a still image; (c) further selecting additional frames; and (d) stitching the additional frames to the initial frame in the camera to create a panoramic image.01-22-2009
20120081510IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM CAPABLE OF GENERATING WIDE ANGLE IMAGE - A digital camera 04-05-2012
20120086771SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DISPLAY OF PANORAMIC CAPSULE IMAGES - Systems and methods are provided for displaying images captured from a panoramic capsule camera system. In one embodiment according to the invention, multiple sub-image sets are generated using a sub-image set window on the panoramic image by cyclically shifting the panoramic image. The multiple sub-image sets are then displayed in multiple display windows. In another embodiment according to the invention, the sub-image set in every other display window is flipped horizontally, vertically or both horizontally and vertically.04-12-2012
20130208081METHOD FOR COMBINING IMAGES - A method for combining images includes capturing a first image including a subject from a first camera. A second image is captured from a second camera and the second image includes the subject. First pre-processing functions are applied on the first image to produce a first processed image. The first pre-processing functions include applying a distortion component of a rotation matrix to the first image. The rotation matrix defines a corrected relationship between the first and the second image. Second pre-processing functions are applied on the second image to produces a second processed image. The second pre-processing functions include applying the rotation matrix to the second image. The first processed image and the second processed image are blended in a processing unit to form a composite image.08-15-2013
20130208082MULTI-PLENOPTIC SYSTEM WITH IMAGE STACKING AND METHOD FOR WIDE FIELD-OF-REGARD HIGH-RESOLUTION IMAGING - Embodiments of a multi-plenoptic system with image stacking and method for wide field-of-regard (FOR) high-resolution image are generally described herein. The multi-plenoptic system may include a subfield separator to decompose an image within a wide field of view into a plurality of multi-pixel subfields. The subfield separator may rotate a chief ray within each multi-pixel subfield by a differing amount relative to a rotation of other rays of the subfield. The multi-plenoptic system may also include a subfield modulator to selectively block or pass light from at least a portion of one or more of the subfields and a subfield image formation element to relay the portions of the subfields that are passed by the subfield modulator onto substantially overlapping areas of a common image plane. A single focal-plane array (FPA) may be aligned with the common image plane to provide for high-resolution imaging over a wide FOR.08-15-2013
20130208083PANORAMIC STEREO CATADIOPTRIC IMAGING - The disclosed subject matter relates to providing panoramic stereo vision captured with a single camera scheme employing a catadioptric optical path. In an aspect the presently disclosed subject matter can capture a stereo image over a full 360-degree horizontal field of view or portions thereof. Further, the vertical FOV is enlarged compared to conventional cata-fisheye schemes. A system according to the instant subject matter can be calibrated with a computational model that can accommodate a non-single viewpoint imaging model to conduct 3D reconstruction in Euclidean space.08-15-2013
20130208084DEVICE AND METHODS FOR FABRICATING A TWO-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE OF A THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT - A device for acquiring two-dimensional images of a three-dimensional object including a housing having a receptacle for receiving the object. The receptacle has a floor and an interior sidewall. The sidewall has at least one sight window and a plurality of lights for illuminating the object. A rotatable turntable is positioned on the floor of the receptacle, and the object is positioned on the turntable. At least one camera having an iris is located within the housing and positioned so that the iris can obtain images of the object through the sight window, allowing the camera to obtain still images of the object as the object is rotated on the turntable. There is also provided methods for stitching the still images of the three-dimensional object into a two-dimensional image to facilitate optical character recognition and further data processing.08-15-2013
20130208085Systems and Methods for Generating Video Imagery for a Jewelry Item - Apparatus, article of manufacture and method for generating video imagery for a jewelry item that comprise capturing a plurality of images of a jewelry item with a microscope device. The microscope device comprises a customized mold that is attached to a rotational device. The customized mold securely holds the jewelry item. The rotational device is capable of rotating around the jewelry item in a 360 rotation. The microscope device also comprises a camera that is integrated into the microscope device, in which the camera is capable of capturing digital imagery of the jewelry item. A composite image of the jewelry item is generated from the plurality of images. The composite image is transmitted to a remote device.08-15-2013

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