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348042000 - STEREOSCOPIC

348046000 - Picture signal generator

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20130208096THREE DIMENSIONAL IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE WITH DUAL LENSES AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME - A three dimensional image capturing device with dual lenses includes a first lens module including a sensor, a second lens module spaced apart from the first lens module by a predetermined distance and including a sensor, and a driving module capable of driving the first and second lens modules to move between first and second positions. The first and second lens modules are arranged in a row. Length directions of images captured by the sensors of the first and second lens modules are parallel to the row of the first and second lens modules in the first position and are perpendicular to the row of the first and second lens modules in the second position.08-15-2013
20130044189IMAGING APPARATUS - An imaging apparatus includes a plurality of imaging units, and a radiator operable to uniformize temperatures of the plurality of the imaging units.02-21-2013
20130083169IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM - Information for a camera unit not used for a stereoscopic view in the case of a display method having parallax only in a horizontal direction is used to thereby generate a multi-viewpoint image subjected to an image processing. Step S04-04-2013
20130083171APPARATUS, METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM FOR IMAGE PROCESSING - An image processing apparatus 04-04-2013
20130083168CALIBRATION APPARATUS FOR CAMERA MODULE - There is provided a calibration apparatus for a camera module capable of calibrating the difference in optical characteristics between left and right images of a binocular camera module in real time by capturing images of a plurality of rotating test boards. The calibration apparatus of a camera module includes: a test unit including two or more mutually connected test boards, the test boards having images captured by a camera module and rotating at a pre-set angle; and a calibration unit receiving the images of the test boards captured by the camera module and calibrating optical characteristics thereof.04-04-2013
20130083170STEREOSCOPIC IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - A stereoscopic image pickup apparatus includes: two optical systems arranged having binocular disparity; image pickup units for shooting images of an object from the optical systems; a convergence angle driver for changing directions of optical axes of the optical systems, and changing intersection distances from the optical systems to a position at which the optical axes of the optical systems intersect with each other; an object distance detector for detecting object distance; an intersection distance controller for computing the intersection distance in fusion limit range that is a stereoscopically viewable range based on the object distance and image pickup condition; and a convergence angle controller for controlling the convergence angle driver based on the object distance and a track delay amount set to cause the intersection distance fall within the fusion limit range such that the intersection distance tracks the object distance with a delay by the track delay amount.04-04-2013
20120200675METHOD AND APPARATUS OF GENERATING IMAGE DATA HAVING PARALLAX, AND IMAGE SENSING MODULE - A method of generating image data having disparity (or parallax) using a digital image-capturing device, as well as a digital image-capturing device are disclosed. The feature is to rotate a focus lens of the digital image-capturing device at two opposite directions or to place a refractive sheet having two opposite refractive directions in front of an image sensor of the digital image-capturing device. Also disclosed are a method and a device of generating stereoscopic image using the generated image data having disparity.08-09-2012
20090207236FOCUS ACTUATED VERGENCE - A system is disclosed for the vergence of images from a plurality of cameras, the system having: an first camera; a second camera disposed at some distance from that first camera; a focus adjustment whereby the focus of the first camera can be adjusted by a user; the focus adjustment being configured with a range finder whereby the distance from the first camera to a target is ascertained; a look up chart wherein divergence distance of images generated from the first camera from images of the second camera are provided for pre-calculated ranges; a processor whereby said images generated by the first camera are superimposed on the images generated by the second camera by the divergence distance determined from the lookup.08-20-2009
20120162385APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ACQUIRING 3D DEPTH INFORMATION - Disclosed herein are an apparatus and method for acquiring 3D depth information. The apparatus includes a pattern projection unit, an image acquisition unit, and an operation unit. The pattern projection unit projects light, radiated by an infrared light source, into a space in a form of a pattern. The image acquisition unit acquires an image corresponding to the pattern using at least one camera. The operation unit extracts a pattern from the image, analyzes results of the extraction, and calculates information about a 3D distance between objects existing in the space.06-28-2012
20090195641STEREOSCOPIC IMAGE GENERATION USING RETINAL RIVALRY IN SCENE TRANSITIONS - A method for generating stereoscopic images with retinal rivalry effects. The method includes retrieving primary eye images and alternate eye images from memory. These images are filmed from horizontally offset cameras but include the same content. The method continues with processing the alternate eye images to introduce retinal rivalry such as by including a set of frames that have differing content from a corresponding set of frames from the primary eye images. The differing content, for example, may include an object rendered for the alternate eye that was not rendered in the primary eye images. The method may further include editing the primary eye images by inserting a transition and then editing the alternate eye images to perform the transition (e.g., a dissolve or cut) at a temporally offset transition point such as several frames later to introduce frames that differ in content from one eye stream to the other.08-06-2009
20110193944DEVICE AND METHOD FOR SCANNING AN OBJECT ON A WORKING SURFACE - A device and method for scanning an object on a working surface, the device comprising: a body located adjacent to the working surface; two or more cameras mounted on the body at a location elevated adjacently above the working surface for capturing images of the object on the working surface, the two or more cameras being angled such that their range of image captures overlap and the common overlapping region of the range of image captures of the two or more cameras corresponds with the size of the working surface, the two or more cameras being spaced apart such that each of the two or more cameras captures a different angle of the common overlapping region; and a processing unit capable of correcting skewed images of the working surface captured by the two or more cameras and capable of converting the images captured by the two or more cameras into a three dimensional image.08-11-2011
20130076868STEREOSCOPIC IMAGING APPARATUS, FACE DETECTION APPARATUS AND METHODS OF CONTROLLING OPERATION OF SAME - A face image is specified and face image detection is performed in a left-eye image and in a right-eye image. If a face image is detected in only one of these images, then object image detection is performed in the left-eye image and in the right-eye image. The distance to an object represented by an object image contained in one image and the distance to an object represented by an object image contained in the other image are calculated. From among objects represented by object images contained in the other image, the image of an object having a distance equal to the distance to the face represented by the face image detected in the one image is specified as a face image.03-28-2013
20130076867IMAGING APPARATUS - An imaging apparatus includes a first imaging unit configured to generate a first image, a second imaging unit configured to generate a second image, a detector configured to detect trigger information for start of shooting based on one of the first image and the second image, and a processor configured to perform a capturing process on both the first imaging unit and the second imaging unit when the detector detects the trigger information.03-28-2013
20130076866Method and Apparatus for Projective Volume Monitoring - According to one aspect of the teachings presented herein, a machine vision system includes one or more sensor units that are each advantageously configured to use different pairings among a set of spaced-apart image sensors, to provide redundant object detection for a primary monitoring zone, while simultaneously providing for the detection of objects that may shadow the primary monitoring zone. Further, a plurality of “mitigations” and enhancements provide safety-of-design and robust operation. Such mitigations and enhancements include, for example, bad-pixel detection and mapping, cluster-based pixel processing for improved object detection, test-image injection for fault detection, dual-channel, redundant processing for safety-critical object detection, temporal filtering to reduce false detections, and the use of high dynamic range (HDR) images, for improved operation over variable ambient lighting conditions.03-28-2013
20120176480Portable Device Having Self-Image Generating Module - A portable communication device having self image generating module for displaying self-image, comprises a control unit, a first communication module coupled to the control unit; a display coupled to the control unit and formed on a front side of the portable communication device. An image capture module is coupled to the control unit and being set on a rear side of the portable communication device to facilitate to capture stereo image. A self-image generating module is coupled to the control unit and being formed on the front side of the portable communication device to capture user self image. A display segmentation unit is coupled to the control unit to divide the display into at least area to display a receiving image of communication party and self image captured by the self-image generating module.07-12-2012
20100073463Stereoscopic image capturing apparatus and stereoscopic image capturing system - A stereoscopic image capturing apparatus includes a first image acquisition unit including a first image formation lens unit forming an image of an object, and a first image sensor having a plurality of capturing pixels to receive the image formed by the first formation lens unit, and a second image acquisition unit including a second image formation lens unit forming a image of the object, a first lens array unit having a plurality of lenses to receive the image formed by the second image formation lens, and a second image sensor having a plurality of capturing pixels to receive the formed image through the first lens array unit. The second image acquisition unit is disposed at a distance in a horizontal direction from the first image acquisition unit when viewed from the object.03-25-2010
20130033584STEREO CAMERA MODULE APPARATUS AND METHOD - A stereo camera module includes a substrate provided with a plurality of installation brackets, a plurality of camera modules rotatably coupled to the installation brackets, a rotating part provided on the installation brackets so as to be rotatably coupled to a rotation coupling part provided on the camera modules, a driving unit provided on the installation brackets for rotatably driving the camera modules using magnetic force, and a control unit for adjusting the magnetic force generated by the driving unit by applying a current, which corresponds to inputted angle-adjustment data, to the driving unit to thereby control the rotation of the camera modules using the adjusted magnetic force.02-07-2013
20130038697WIRELESS COMMUNICATION DEVICE WITH DUAL IMAGING UNITS - A mobile phone includes a shell and a camera module received in the shell. The shell has a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface. The first surface defines a first opening. The second surface defines a second opening and a third opening. The camera module includes a first imaging unit, a second imaging unit, and an image processor. The first imaging unit is aligned with the first opening or the second opening, to obtain a first image of an object. The second imaging unit is aligned with the third opening to obtain a second image of the object. When the first imaging unit faces the second opening, the image processor processes the first image and the second image to form a three-dimension image.02-14-2013
20130038699STEREOSCOPIC IMAGING DEVICE, IMAGE REPRODUCING DEVICE, AND EDITING SOFTWARE - A recording unit recording the plurality of time-series parallax images outputted from the plurality of imaging units on a recording medium when the moving image is photographed, reading out the first and second information from the storage unit, and recording the first information and the second information read out from the storage unit on the recording medium in association with the plurality of parallax images.02-14-2013
20130038700INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, PROGRAM, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM - An object is to obtain a focal length of an imaging device with ease at a high speed. In order to achieve the object concerned, an information processing device is configured to include: an image obtaining unit that, with regard to an object in a state where a spatial relationship with an imaging system is kept, obtains a standard image in which the object is imaged by an imaging condition having a known standard focal length, and a reference image in which the object is imaged by an imaging condition having an unknown reference focal length; and a focal length obtaining unit that obtains a value of the reference focal length by performing arithmetic operation processing for scaling a value of the standard focal length by using information of image sizes of the object in the standard image and the reference image.02-14-2013
20130038698IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGING DEVICE - An image processing device includes an input unit that receives a first image and a second image that are taken from different positions. A first cutting unit cuts a first block from the first image. A second cutting unit moves a second block by P pixels in a row direction, in a moving limit set in a processing area of the second image, and cuts the second block from the second image. A correlation value calculating unit calculates a correlation value between the first and second blocks. A deviation amount calculating unit calculates an amount of deviation between the first and second images based on a largest value of the correlation value. The setting unit narrows the moving limit based on the correlation value calculated in the N-th row when the amount of deviation is calculated in the (N+1)-th row of the first image.02-14-2013
20130038696Ray Image Modeling for Fast Catadioptric Light Field Rendering - A catadioptric camera creates images light fields from a 3D scene by creating ray images defined as 2D arrays of ray-structure picture-elements (ray-xels). Each ray-xel capture light intensity, mirror-reflection location, and mirror-incident light ray direction. A 3D image is then rendered from the ray images by combining the corresponding ray-xels.02-14-2013
20100103247AN IMAGING DEVICE AND METHOD - An imaging system comprising an image capture apparatus, arranged to capture a stereoscopic image of an operator work site, in communication with a display system; the display system arranged to receive and display said stereoscopic image on a display screen to said operator; wherein said display system is arranged such that the display screen is placed intermediate the operator's eyes and the work site.04-29-2010
20130135442DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A digital photographing apparatus that recommends a suitable auto focus (AF) candidate area to a user before photographing, allows a user to select an AF area or automatically selects the AF area, and allows a user to conveniently and accurately capture a desired image, and a method of controlling the digital photographing apparatus are disclosed. A method is provided that includes calculating information about a distance to an object existing in an image stereoscopically input through a first lens and a second lens; matching the information about the distance to red green blue (RGB) information of the image; displaying a plurality of AF candidate areas on the image based on the matched RGB information; and capturing an image centered on an AF candidate area having a first priority when a photographing button is pressed.05-30-2013
20130135441Image Depth Recovering Method and Stereo Image Fetching Device thereof - By utilizing at least one pair of cameras having a user-configurable displacement, it will be more precise to determine a depth map of a resulting 3D image and smoothening the 3D image, without the expense of using expensive depth cameras.05-30-2013
20130027521STEREOSCOPIC IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM - A portable electronic device includes a first image capturing device that is configured to capture a first image in substantially a first direction at a first position and a second image in at least substantially a second direction at a second position. A second image capturing device is configured to capture a third image in substantially the first direction at a third position. A processor is coupled to the first and second image capturing devices for generating a representation of a stereoscopic image based on the first and third images.01-31-2013
20130027522STEREOSCOPIC IMAGING APPARATUS - A stereoscopic imaging apparatus includes: an objective optical system acquiring light rays emitted from a subject and guiding the light rays to a downstream component; a separation optical system having a partially reflective surface reflecting part of the light rays and transmitting part thereof; first image forming optical system disposed on a path along which the light rays reflected off the separation optical system travel and focusing the reflected light rays to form a parallax image; second image forming optical system disposed on a path along which the light rays passing through the separation optical system travel and focusing the transmitted light rays to form a parallax image; a first imaging device converting the parallax image formed by the first image forming optical system into an image signal; and a second imaging device converting the parallax image formed by the second image forming optical system into an image signal.01-31-2013
20130033583IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE AND CONTROLLING METHOD THEREOF - An image display device and controlling method thereof are disclosed, by which a 3D stereoscopic image are more comfortably appreciated in consideration of appreciation environment. In a mobile terminal including a display unit configured to variably display a 2D (2-dimensional) image and a 3D stereoscopic image of a parallax barrier type, the present invention includes determining a play mode of a source image including a left eye image and a right eye image for implementation of the 3D stereoscopic image, if the determined play mode is a 3D play mode, determining a brightness of the source image, and enhancing an output brightness of the source image in accordance with an output brightness of the source image.02-07-2013
20130033582METHOD OF DEPTH-BASED IMAGING USING AN AUTOMATIC TRILATERAL FILTER FOR 3D STEREO IMAGERS - A system of stereo imagers, including image processing units and methods of blurring an image, is presented. The image is received from an image sensor. For each pixel of the image, a depth filter component is determined based on a focal area of the image and a depth map associated with the image. For each pixel of the image, a trilateral filter is generated that includes a spatial filter component, a range filter component and the depth filter component. The respective trilateral filter is applied to corresponding pixels of the image to blur the image outside of the focal area. A refocus area or position may be determined by imaging geometry or may be selected manually via a user interface.02-07-2013
201300335813D CAMERA ASSEMBLY AND MOBILE TERMINAL HAVING THE SAME - A 3D camera and a mobile terminal having the same include a plurality of cameras capturing a 3D image, a camera printed circuit board (PCB) to which the plurality of cameras are coupled, and a bracket coupled to at least one of the plurality of cameras and the camera PCB, and preventing movement of the plurality of cameras. The bracket has a coupling recess provided such that at least one other PCB is coupled thereto.02-07-2013
20100328436ANONYMIZED VIDEO ANALYSIS METHODS AND SYSTEMS - Methods and systems for anonymized video analysis are described. In one embodiment, a first silhouette image of a person in a living unit may be accessed. The first silhouette image may be based on a first video signal recorded by a first video camera. A second silhouette image of the person in the living unit may be accessed. The second silhouette image may be of a different view of the person than the first silhouette image. The second silhouette image may be based on a second video signal recorded by a second video camera. A three-dimensional model of the person in voxel space may be generated based on the first silhouette image, the second silhouette image, and viewing conditions of the first video camera and the second video camera. In some embodiments, information on falls, gait parameters, and other movements of the person living unit are determined. Additional methods and systems are disclosed.12-30-2010
20100328435METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR 3-DIMENSIONAL VISION AND INSPECTION OF BALL AND LIKE PROTRUSIONS OF ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS - A method for 3-dimensional vision inspection of objects, such as microelectronic components, which have protrusions as features to be inspected, such as input/output contact balls, is disclosed. The method comprising the steps of determining interior and exterior parameters of a pair of cameras, forming a rectified coordinate system from the parameters of both cameras determined above with a relative pose of second image capturing means with respect to the first image capturing means. A pair of images of the object having a plurality of co-planar protrusions on one surface are captured by the cameras system wherein image coordinates of the images are transformed into coordinates of the rectified coordinate system. Conjugate points of each protrusion are then determined for the measurement of its co-planarity and height. Various configurations of the apparatus for capturing the images and processing the image data are also disclosed.12-30-2010
20120182399METHOD AND AN ARRANGEMENT FOR ESTIMATING 3D MODELS IN A STREET ENVIRONMENT - A method and arrangement for estimating 3D-models in a street environment using a stereo sensor technique. At least one pair of sensors are arranged in pairs and are mounted on a bracket. Each pair of sensors is positioned in a common plane. The sensors of each pair are positioned based upon contrast information such that low levels of contrasts in an image plane are avoided. The pairs of sensors are mutually positioned relative to an essentially horizontal plane of the bracket such that the sensors of a sensor pair are positioned horizontally at a distance from each other and one of the sensors above the horizontal plane of the bracket and the other under the horizontal plane.07-19-2012
20120182398APPARATUS FOR OBTAINING STATUS INFORMATION OF CRYSTALLINE LENS AND EQUIPMENT INCLUDING THE SAME - Provided are an apparatus for obtaining status information of a crystalline lens and equipment including the same. The apparatus generates a reference light and directs the reference light to be perpendicularly incident to the crystalline lens. At least one light receiving unit that is disposed beyond a visual field of the eyeball is configured to directly receive scattered lights generated when the reference light incident from the light source unit to the crystalline lens is scattered against the crystalline lens. The apparatus calculates thickness information of the crystalline lens using information about the scattered lights received by the at least one light receiving unit.07-19-2012
20120182397COMPUTATIONAL STEREOSCOPIC CAMERA SYSTEM - A closed-loop control system for stereoscopic video capture is provided. At least two motorized lenses are positioned in accordance with specified parameters to capture spatially-disparate images of a scene. The motorized lenses focus light on a corresponding one of the at least two sensors, which generate image streams. One or more processors execute instructions to provide a stream analyzer and a control module. The stream analyzer receives the image streams from the sensors and analyzes the image streams and the specified parameters in real time; the stream analyzer then modifies the image streams and generates metadata. The control module then receives and analyzes the image streams and metadata and transmits updated parameters to a control mechanism that is coupled to the at least two motorized lenses. The control mechanism then modifies operation of the at least two motorized lenses in real time in accordance with the updated parameters.07-19-2012
20120182396Apparatuses and Methods for Providing a 3D Man-Machine Interface (MMI) - An electronic interaction apparatus for providing a 3D MMI is provided with a processing unit. The processing unit determines a first length between an object positioned at a first time and a surface formed by two digital camera modules, and a second length between the object positioned at a second time and the surface. Also, the processing unit determines a third length between the object positioned at a third time and the surface, and determines a depth in a virtual 3D space corresponding to the object positioned at the third time according to the first length, the second length, and the third length. Particularly, the virtual 3D space is displayed in a display screen, the third time is later than the first time and the second time, and the third length is longer than the first length and shorter than the second length.07-19-2012
20130050434LOCAL MULTI-RESOLUTION 3-D FACE-INHERENT MODEL GENERATION APPARATUS AND METHOD AND FACIAL SKIN MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - The present invention provides a local multi-resolution 3-D face-inherent model generation apparatus, including one or more 3-D facial model generation cameras for photographing a face of an object at various angles in order to obtain one or more 3-D face models, a 3-D face-inherent model generation unit for generating a 3-D face-inherent model by composing the one or more 3-D face models, a local photographing camera for photographing a local part of the face of the object, a control unit for controlling the position of the local photographing camera on the 3-D face-inherent model, and a local multi-resolution 3-D face-inherent model generation unit for generating a local multi-resolution face-inherent model by composing an image captured by the local photographing camera and the 3-D face-inherent model, a local multi-resolution 3-D face-inherent model generation using the local multi-resolution 3-D face-inherent model generation apparatus, and a skin management system.02-28-2013
20130070059IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGE PROCESSING COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - An image processing device, method and computer program product cooperate to make adjustments in detection area for image adjustment processing to when displacement adjustments have been made to a first or second imaging area. A detection area setting device sets a first detection area within a first imaging area and sets a second detection area in a second imaging area after a displacement adjustment is applied to at least one of the first imaging area and the second imaging area. The first detection area is an area used in image adjustment processing.03-21-2013
20130088578IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND VEHICLE - An image processing apparatus includes stereo cameras and detects a distance to a target around a vehicle. The image processing apparatus includes sensors installed in the vehicle; determines a vehicle situation by combining detection signals of the sensors and switches from image data of a stereo camera for driving assistance to image data of a stereo camera for door opening/closing assistance; carries out distortion corrections that are unique to the plural stereo cameras respectively on the selected image data so that correlation calculation common to the plural stereo cameras can be carried out; carries out the correlation calculation on two sets of image data of the single stereo camera; and detects the distance to the target by using a calculation result of the correlation calculation.04-11-2013
20130050437Stereoscopic depth mapping - Provided is a method and apparatus for linear depth mapping. Linear depth mapping includes using algorithms to correct the distorted depth mapping of stereoscopic capture and display systems.02-28-2013
20130050433CONTROL COMPUTER AND METHOD FOR MONITORING SAFETY OF PARKING UNITS - A method for monitoring safety of a moving parking unit in a mechanical parking system using a control computer, digital images are captured by one or more image capturing devices positioned on the moving parking unit. The method detects a three dimensional (3D) figure area in each digital image, and controls area safety device to cut of power suppliers of the moving parking unit if the 3D figure area has been detected. The method further outputs alarm messages by lighting one or more signal lamps of the mechanical parking system.02-28-2013
20130088579DEVICE FOR OPTICAL AXIS ALIGNMENT FOR IMAGE CAPTURING - Disclosed is an optical axis alignment apparatus of a camera for photographing a three-dimensional (3D) image that supports optical axes of left-eye and right-eye cameras horizontally disposed to be separate from each other to be positioned on the same plane, the apparatus including: a first reference portion disposed for each of the left-eye and right-eye cameras and formed with a first reference line and formed to be visible; a second reference portion separate from the first reference portion to face the first reference portion, and formed with a second reference line that is positioned on the same plane as the first reference line; and an alignment portion to move the first reference portion and the second reference portion so that an optical axis of any one camera between the left-eye and right-eye cameras is positioned on the same plane constituted by the first reference line and the second reference line.04-11-2013
20130208097THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGING SYSTEM AND IMAGE REPRODUCING METHOD THEREOF - A three dimensional (3D) imaging system capable of effectively displaying a 3D image suitable for a user by use of different cameras, and an image reproducing method thereof, the 3D imaging system configured to have different cameras freely selected without restriction while enabling the placement of the cameras thereof to be changeable according to the disposition of eyes of the user, so that a 3D image is generated and displayed from a stereo image adapted to the user, and by using the by-user generated 3D image, various contents services including a real time broadcasting, a Contents on Demand (COD), games, and a video communication are provided to a user, so that the fatigue or dizziness of a user is reduced, and the optimum perception of 3D sense is provided.08-15-2013
20120218389METHOD FOR ACQUIRING THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGES - A method for acquiring three-dimensional images of objects uses two cameras having acquisition areas that overlap each other. In the course of a calibration method, a group of epipolar lines associated with each other is determined for each of the cameras. A specified random image is projected onto the object to be imaged. For each pixel of the camera, a first environment is determined, an associated first epipolar line is determined, and for the first epipolar line an associated second epipolar line of the second camera is determined. For all pixels of the image of the second camera that are located on the second epipolar line, a second environment congruent to the first environment is determined. The intensity values of the first and the second environments are compared with each other and a measure of agreement is calculated. A spatial position is determined by use of the previously determined transformation.08-30-2012
20120218388COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM HAVING INFORMATION PROCESSING PROGRAM STORED THEREIN, IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING METHOD, AND IMAGING SYSTEM - A first temporary taken image taken by a first imaging section of a stereo imaging section, and a second temporary taken image taken by a second imaging section of the stereo imaging section are displayed on a display section. A user aligns the display position of the first temporary taken image with the display position of the second temporary taken image, by moving the first temporary taken image displayed on the display section. Based on the result of the movement, the display positions of two images composing a stereo image taken with the stereo camera are corrected, and the stereo image is displayed on the display section in a stereoscopically visible manner.08-30-2012
20120218387STEREOSCOPIC IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS - A stereoscopic image capturing apparatus includes an objective optical system that has a function of forming a subject as a real image or an imaginary image, a plurality of image forming optical systems that respectively form a plurality of subject light beams emitted from different paths of the objective optical system as parallax images again, using a plurality of independent optical systems, a plurality of imaging devices that convert the parallax images formed by the plurality of image forming optical system into image signals, and a control unit that adjusts a formation position of a convergence point such that a ratio of a focal length of the objective optical system and a distance in an optical axis direction of the objective optical system between a focal point of the objective optical system and a primary principal point of the image forming optical system is substantially constant.08-30-2012
20130057658Method for Detection of Targets in Stereoscopic Images - A method for detection of a target present on at least two images of the same scene captured by separate cameras comprises a prior step for learning about targets under setup conditions and further comprises, under conditions of use, a simultaneous classification step for objects present on the images, the target being said to be detected as soon as an object is classified as being one of the targets learned during the learning step. The classification step includes a step for adapting at least one of the images to the setup conditions under which the learning step took place. Application: surveillance, assistance and safety based on stereoscopic images.03-07-2013
20130057657STEREOSCOPIC IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM AND LENS DEVICE - A stereoscopic image capturing system includes a plurality of lens devices with optical elements, a vibration detection unit, a control unit that calculates a drive signal to drive the optical element(s) for correcting image blurring based on an output from the vibration detection unit, and a driving unit that drives the optical element(s) based on the drive signal.03-07-2013
20130057656SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING FACE DATA - A system for managing face data includes a global face capturing unit configured to capture a global face image; and a global face data generation unit configured to obtain shape information and texture information of global face data, and generate the global face data. Further, the system includes a local face capturing unit configured to capture a plurality of local face images; and a global face posture extraction unit configured to estimate a position and a direction of the face of a captured user. Furthermore, the system includes a local capturing device posture extraction unit configured to extract posture information of the local face capturing unit; and a local face data generation unit configured to generate texture information and shape information, and generate local face data.03-07-2013
20130057655IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM AND AUTOMATIC FOCUSING METHOD - The invention provides an image processing system. In one embodiment, the image processing system comprises a first camera, a second camera, a depth map generator, and an automatic focusing module. The first camera generates a first image. The second camera generates a second image. The depth map generator generates a depth map comprising information about visual shift between the first image and the second image. The automatic focusing module estimates a distance between a target object and a center position between the first camera and the second camera, and adjusts the focusing lengths of the first camera and the second camera according to the estimated distance.03-07-2013
20120188345APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR STREAMING LIVE IMAGES, AUDIO AND META-DATA - A method for streaming and viewing a user's video and audio experiences includes removably mounting an image recording device in close proximity to a user's eyes such that the image recording device is operable to record the user's visual and audio experiences. A real time signal is created by the image recording device, including at least one of video footage, still images, or audio captured by the image recording device. The real time signal is streamed from the image recording device to a server using at least one communications network. The real time signal is transmitted from the server to a remote communication device for producing an output that is perceptible to a viewer so that said viewer can experience the user's environment and the user's relationship to the environment.07-26-2012
20110012998IMAGING DEVICE, IMAGING METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM - An imaging method includes: calculating an amount of parallax between a reference optical system and an adjustment target optical system; setting coordinates of an imaging condition evaluation region corresponding to the first viewpoint image outputted by the reference optical system; calculating coordinates of an imaging condition evaluation region corresponding to the second viewpoint image outputted by the adjustment target optical system, based on the set coordinates of the imaging condition evaluation region corresponding to the first viewpoint image, and on the calculated amount of parallax; and adjusting imaging conditions of the reference optical system and the adjustment target optical system, based on image data in the imaging condition evaluation region corresponding to the first viewpoint image, at the set coordinates, and on image data in the imaging condition evaluation region corresponding to the second viewpoint image, at the calculated coordinates, and outputting the viewpoint images in the adjusted imaging conditions.01-20-2011
20110012997COMPOUND-EYE IMAGING APPARATUS - A compound-eye imaging apparatus, comprising: 01-20-2011
20110012996THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGING APPARATUS AND THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD - A three-dimensional imaging apparatus includes: a plurality of shooting devices configured to shoot an object; a shutter switch; a display device configured to display a three-dimensional image generated by a plurality of images obtained by shooting an identical object from a plurality of view points by the plurality of shooting devices; and an OSD (on-screen display) control device configured to control display of OSD information superimposed and displayed on an image displayed on the display device, the OSD control device erasing and/or moving the display of the OSD information displayed on the three-dimensional image when the shutter switch is operated.01-20-2011
20110012995STEREOSCOPIC IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS AND METHOD, STEREOSCOPIC IMAGE OUTPUTTING APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND STEREOSCOPIC IMAGE RECORDING OUTPUTTING SYSTEM - A digital camera has two imaging units for capturing a pair of parallax images of an identical subject from different viewpoints for use in displaying a stereoscopic image. Parallax amounts between respective corresponding points of these parallax images are detected to calculate a cumulative frequency of the parallax amounts. Based on the cumulative frequency, adequacy of these parallax images for stereoscopic display is evaluated, and these images are recorded in association with information on the evaluated adequacy. Before displaying a stereoscopic image using the parallax images, a digital photo frame refers to the information on the stereoscopic adequacy of these images, and changes its output condition depending on the stereoscopic adequacy.01-20-2011
20090073258DEVICE INTENDED TO SUPPORT THE DRIVING OF A MOTOR VEHICLE COMPRISING A SYSTEM CAPABLE OF CAPTURING STEREOSCOPIC IMAGES - A system and method to support the driving of a motor vehicle comprising in particular a system capable of capturing images, wherein the system for capturing images comprises a stereoscopic image capturing system having at least a first camera and a second camera, with the first camera presenting a field of vision) greater than the field of vision of the second camera, and with the stereoscopic system thereby conferring a degree of multifunctionality to the device supporting the driving of the vehicle.03-19-2009
20120224033THREE-DIMENSIONAL MEASUREMENT METHOD - A field of view available for stereo measurement is expanded using a field of view other than a common field of view.09-06-2012
20120224032IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE, IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An image capturing device includes: a plurality of image capturing units that capture images from different viewpoints; an image analyzing unit that detects characteristic points by image analysis of the images captured by the plurality of image capturing units; a control unit that calculates image conversion parameters for correction of inputting characteristic point information generated by the image analyzing unit to correct deviation in the up and down direction of the plurality of images captured by the plurality of image capturing units; and an image conversion unit that performs a conversion process of the captured images of the plurality of image capturing units by applying the image conversion parameters calculated by the control unit.09-06-2012
20120224031IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - A first calculating section calculates an amount of camera-shake correction based on an amount of shaking of the image pickup apparatus which has been detected, when each of a first capturing and a second capturing is carried out. A second calculating section calculates at least an amount of optical tilt-displacement between the image pickup element and an object for the first capturing, which is necessary for the second capturing, and the second calculating section calculates one of an amount of shift by which some of the image pickup lenses and the interchangeable image pickup lenses are to be shifted in a predetermined direction, and an amount of change by which an angle of an image pickup surface of the image pickup element with respect to the optical axial direction is to be changed, while the first capturing and the second capturing are being carried out.09-06-2012
20120224030Photogrammetry Measurement System - A method and apparatus for making measurements. Images of an object are generated. A plurality of coordinates for a plurality of points on a surface of the object is identified from the images using a number of reference points in the images. A first portion of the plurality of points on the object is visible on the object in the images. A second portion of the plurality of points on the object is visible on a number of mirror units in the images.09-06-2012
20130063571IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - This invention improves the image quality of areas that the user want sharply focused. Depth values representing positions in a depth direction of scenes including the photographed object are estimated to generate a depth map. The focus map generation unit, based on the virtual focus parameter 03-14-2013
20130063570System and Method for Remote Full Field Three-Dimensional Displacement and Strain Measurements - A method and system for measuring full field deformation characteristics in three dimensions of a body upon which a pattern of visible marks has been applied. The method includes receiving images of the pattern of marks from at least two digital video cameras as the specimen deforms. A computer processor identifies the centroids of each of the two camera images of the body in a first frame, matches the centroids of the marks in the two images, and generates a three-dimensional representation of the centroids based on the two images, and repeats these steps for the images from the two cameras in a subsequent frame. The computer processor calculates the displacement vector between a three dimensional representation of the centroids and the subsequent three dimensional representation of the centroids, and calculates full field displacement and strain fields based on the displacement vector.03-14-2013
20130063572METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR IMPROVED CROPPING OF A STEREOSCOPIC IMAGE PAIR - Described herein are methods and apparatus to adjust the convergence point of a stereoscopic image pair captured by an imaging device. In one method, a first image and a second image of a stereoscopic image pair are provided, and then shifting or cropping of the first image is performed to align the first and second image. This shifting or cropping is performed while preserving the second image. The method then includes determining a target horizontal image disparity based on a desired convergence point of the stereoscopic image pair and when the target horizontal disparity is greater than a predetermined maximum, the cropping of an outside dimension of the first image is limited. In some implementations it is limited to the predetermined maximum.03-14-2013
20090237492ENHANCED STEREOSCOPIC IMMERSIVE VIDEO RECORDING AND VIEWING - An immersive audio-visual system (and a method) for creating an enhanced interactive and immersive audio-visual environment is disclosed. The immersive audio-visual environment enables participants to enjoy true interactive, immersive audio-visual reality experience in a variety of applications. The immersive audio-visual system comprises an immersive video system, an immersive audio system and an immersive audio-visual production system. The video system creates immersive stereoscopic videos that mix live videos, computer generated graphic images and human interactions with the system. The immersive audio system creates immersive sounds with each sound resource positioned correct with respect to the position of an associated participant in a video scene. The immersive audio-video production system produces an enhanced immersive audio and videos based on the generated immersive stereoscopic videos and immersive sounds. A variety of applications are enabled by the immersive audio-visual production including casino-type interactive gaming system and training system.09-24-2009
20090237491Object Detecting System - An object detecting system includes stereo-image taking means for taking images of an object and outputting the images as a reference image and a comparative image, stereo matching means for calculating parallaxes by stereo matching, and determination means for setting regions of objects in the reference image on the basis of the parallaxes grouped by grouping means, and performing stereo matching again for an area on the left side of a comparative pixel block specified on an epipolar line in the comparative image corresponding to a reference pixel block in a left end portion of each region. When a comparative pixel block that is different from the specified comparative pixel block and provides the local minimum SAD value less than or equal to a threshold value is detected, the determination means determines that the object in the region is mismatched.09-24-2009
20090009592Three-Dimensional Image Forming System - Information for each of a right eye and a left eye obtained by a pair of cameras, which is provided on a three-dimensional image information obtaining apparatus, is displayed on a three-dimensional image display apparatus. An optical axis of each of the cameras is disposed so as to intersect each other on a horizontal surface or on a surface inclined with respect to the horizontal surface. Based on a detection result of a distance sensor for detecting a distance between each of the cameras and a subject, an image capturing position of each of the cameras is adjusted such that the intersection point of the optical axes of the cameras is on the subject. The image information for the right eye and the left eye obtained by the three-dimensional image information obtaining apparatus is printed on a recording sheet by a three-dimensional image printer. Hence, it is possible to positively obtain a three-dimensional image in line with a stereoscopic image recognized by a user's eyes.01-08-2009
201201132313D CAMERA - A three-dimensional (3D) camera and a method of operating the same are provided. The 3D camera includes: a first photographing lens unit; a first image sensor which obtains first image information of an object through the first photographing lens unit; a beam division unit disposed on an optical path between the first photographing lens unit and the first image sensor and which propagates light along a first path on which the first image sensor is positioned and along a second path that is different from the first path; a second photographing lens unit disposed on the second path; a second image sensor which obtains second image information of the object through the first photographing lens unit and the second photographing lens; and an image processing unit which generates 3D image information from the obtained first image information and the obtained second image information.05-10-2012
20120113230DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - A digital photographing apparatus and a method of controlling the same. The digital photographing apparatus that generates a 3D image includes a digital signal processing unit that generates the 3D image based on a first image obtained by photographing a predetermined object and a second image sent from another digital photographing apparatus photographing the object.05-10-2012
20120113229Rotate and Hold and Scan (RAHAS) Structured Light Illumination Pattern Encoding and Decoding - A unique computer-implemented process, system, and computer-readable storage medium having stored thereon, executable program code and instructions for 3-dimentional (3-D) image acquisition of a contoured surface-of-interest under observation by at least one camera and employing a preselected SLI pattern. The system includes a 3-D video sequence capture unit having (a) one or more image-capture devices for acquiring video image data as well as color texture data of a 3-D surface-of-interest, and (b) a projector device for illuminating the surface-of-interest with a preselected SLI pattern in, first, an initial Epipolar Alignment and ending in alignment with an Orthogonal (i.e., phase) direction, and then shifting the preselected SLI pattern (‘translation’). A follow-up ‘post-processing’ stage of the technique includes analysis and processing of the 3-D video sequence captured, including the steps of: identification of Epipolar Alignment from the 3-D video sequence, tracking ‘snakes’/stripes from the initial Epipolar Alignment through alignment with the Orthogonal direction, tracking ‘snakes’/stripes through pattern shifting/translation; correcting for relative motion (object motion); determining phase and interpolating adjacent frames to achieve uniform phase shift; employing conventional PMP phase processing to obtain wrapped phase; unwrapping phase at each pixel using snake identity; using conventional techniques to map phase to world coordinates.05-10-2012
20120113228IMAGE DISPLAY SYSTEM, IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS, AND IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD - A hand-held image display apparatus includes a touch panel, a stereoscopic display apparatus, a first imaging section, and a second imaging section. The hand-held image display apparatus detects a marker from a real world image shot by at least one of the first imaging section and the second imaging section, and determines the relative positions of a virtual object and a pair of virtual cameras with respect to each other in a virtual space, based on the result of the detection. Then, the hand-held image display apparatus superimposes virtual space images drawn based on the first virtual camera and the second virtual camera, onto the real world images shot by the first imaging section and the second imaging section, and displays images that are stereoscopically visible by naked eyes, on the stereoscopic display apparatus.05-10-2012
20120236127Processor, Apparatus and Associated Methods - A processor configured to receive respective image data, representative of images, of the same subject scene from two or more image capture sources spaced apart at a particular predetermined distance; identify corresponding features from the respective image data; determine the change in position of the identified features represented in the respective image data; and identify the depth-order of the identified features according to their determined relative change in position to allow for depth-order display of the identified features according to their determined relative change in position.09-20-2012
20120236126IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, IMAGE PICKUP METHOD, PROGRAM, AND INTEGRATED CIRCUIT - A conventional stereo image pickup device forms an appropriate stereo image by changing the stereo base in accordance with the distance to a subject, but fails to select an appropriate focal length or stereo base by simply using the subject distance without obtaining the subject size. A stereo image pickup device (09-20-2012
20120236125STEREO CAMERA DEVICE, CORRECTION METHOD, AND PROGRAM - A stereo camera device detecting a distance to a subject includes two cameras and a calculation unit that calculates a distance to the subject based on the images acquired by the two cameras. The calculation unit includes an image processing unit that searches for corresponding points of the images acquired by the two cameras and calculates two parallaxes based on differences in positional coordinates of the corresponding points on the images, an offset value calculation unit that calculates parallax offset values across the images based on the two parallaxes calculated by the image processing unit at least at two time points, and a statistical processing unit that performs a statistical analysis on a distribution of the parallax offset values and determines an optimum value of the parallax offset values, the optimum value being used as a correction parameter.09-20-2012
20120236124STEREO CAMERA APPARATUS AND METHOD OF OBTAINING IMAGE - A stereo camera apparatus for obtaining distance information of an object includes a camera unit that includes a left image sensor and a right image sensor respectively obtaining a left-side image and a right-side image, each being composed of a frame including plural pixels of plural rows and plural columns, the left image sensor and the right image sensor sequentially exposing the pixels of the rows from upper to lower in the frames, respectively; a shift amount detection unit that detects a relative positional shift amount in the vertical direction between a left-side image and a right-side image; and a timing control unit that changes the starting time of exposing the frame by the left image sensor or by the right image sensor based on the positional shift amount in the vertical direction detected by the shift amount detection unit.09-20-2012
20120236123THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS - A three-dimensional image capture apparatus includes a single lens module, an X-cube beam-splitting prism, two image sensors and a parallax processor. The beam-splitting prism includes a first transflective surface and a second transflective obliquely intersecting the first transflective surface. The first transflective surface is configured for reflecting light from a first viewing angle of an object through the lens module toward a first direction. The second transflective surface is configured for reflecting light from a second viewing angle of an object through the lens module toward an opposite second direction. The image sensors are configured for respectively detecting the light reflected by the first and second transflective surfaces, and generating parallax image signals. The parallax processor is configured for processing the parallax image signals from the image sensors to generate a 3D image.09-20-2012
201301627823D AUTO-FOCUSING CAMERA MODULE AND 3D IMAGING METHOD USING SAME - A 3D AF camera module includes first and second imaging units, a storage unit, a color separation unit, a main processor unit, an image processing unit, first and second driving units, and an image combining unit. The first and second imaging units each capture an image of a scene from different angles. The color separation unit separates the images into red, green and blue colors. The main processor unit calculates MTF values of the images and determines a shooting mode of the 3D AF camera module. The image processing unit processes the images according to the MTF values to compensate for blurring of the images caused by being out of focus. The first and second driving units drive the first and second imaging units to points of optimum focuses according to MTF values. The image combining unit combines the images into a single 3D image.06-27-2013
20130162783IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT, AND IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS - In an embodiment, an image processing device includes: a first acquiring unit that acquires a plurality of parallax images having parallax between one another; a second acquiring unit that acquires identification information of a parallax image to be observed from a predetermined observing point position in each of a plurality of regions into which a display area on which three-dimensional image is configured to be displayed is divided, each of the regions including at least one element image, and the element image including each pixel in the plurality of parallax images; a corrector that corrects pixels at positions corresponding to the regions in the parallax images into pixels of parallax images identified by the identification information; and a first generator that generates the three-dimensional image from the parallax images resulting from the correction.06-27-2013
20130162781INTER POLATED MULTICAMERA SYSTEMS - An approach for enabling users to generate an interpolated view of content based on footage captured by multiple cameras is described. An interpolation platform receives a plurality of images from a plurality of video cameras providing overlapping fields of view. A camera angle that is different from angles provided by the plurality of cameras is selected. The interpolation platform then generates an interpolated image corresponding to the selected camera angle using a portion or all of the plurality of images from the plurality of cameras.06-27-2013
20130128003STEREOSCOPIC IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE, AND STEREOSCOPIC IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD - A stereoscopic image capturing apparatus which is capable of capturing a stereoscopic image including a left-eye image and a right-eye image. The stereoscopic image capturing apparatus includes: a stereoscopic image imaging unit including a first image capturing unit which is operable to capture the left-eye image and a second image capturing unit which is operable to capture the right-eye image; a display unit which is operable to display information; and a controller which is operable to control the stereoscopic image imaging unit and the display unit, in which: the controller derives a subject distance that satisfies a prescribed condition for parallax of a subject in the stereoscopic image based on information on a horizontal angle of view and a convergence angle of the stereoscopic image imaging unit; and the display unit displays information on the subject distance derived by the controller.05-23-2013
20100171815IMAGE DATA OBTAINING METHOD AND APPARATUS THEREFOR - An image data obtaining method to obtain three-dimensional (3D) image data by using a plurality of pieces of two-dimensional (2D) image data obtained by capturing an image of a scene, the image data obtaining method including: setting a focal length of an image-capturing device so as to allow a reference component, from among a plurality of components of the scene, to be focused; obtaining the plurality of pieces of 2D image data by using different aperture values in the image-capturing device having the set focal length; and obtaining the 3D image data by using a relation between the plurality of pieces of 2D image data.07-08-2010
20110279653STEREOSCOPIC IMAGE PICK-UP APPARATUS - Distortion correction with different correction accuracy is performed on images acquired in accordance with an image pick-up mode for a 3D moving image, a 3D still image, and the like, and an image cut-out process corresponding to an optical axis deviation amount of each of right and left photographing optical systems is also performed thereon, whereby optical axis deviation is corrected. In this case, an optical axis deviation amount corresponding to a current image pick-up mode is read out from among optical axis deviation amounts after distortion correction, the optical axis deviation amounts being stored in advance into an EEPROM at the time of adjustment before shipment and corresponding to respective image pick-up modes. Distortion correction corresponding to the current image pick-up mode is performed on right and left images acquired in accordance with the current image pick-up mode. Then, a cut-out process of images for stereoscopic display from the images with a full angle of view after the distortion correction is also performed on the basis of the read-out optical axis deviation amount.11-17-2011
20110279652TWO-STAGE CORRELATION METHOD FOR CORRESPONDENCE SEARCH - The invention presents a method for comparing the similarity between image patches comprising the steps of receiving form at least two sources at least two image patches, wherein each source supplies an image patch, comparing the received image patches by extracting a number of corresponding subpart pairs from each image patch, calculating a normalized local similarity score between all corresponding subpart pairs, calculating a total matching score by integrating the local similarity scores of all corresponding subpart pairs, and using the total matching score as an indicator for an image patch similarity, determining corresponding similar image patches based on the total matching score.11-17-2011
20110279651Method and Apparatus for Auto-Convergence Based on Auto-Focus Point for Stereoscopic Frame - A method and apparatus for performing auto-convergence on a frame of a stereoscopic image or video based on at least one auto-focus point. The method includes retrieving a location of focus points from the image, estimating the disparity of focus points in the image, determining the disparity of the frame for the stereoscopic image or video, and shifting the frame to automatically adjust the convergence of the fame for the stereoscopic image or video.11-17-2011
20110025826COLOR-CODED BACKLIGHTED SINGLE CAMERA THREE-DIMENSIONAL DEFOCUSING PARTICLE IMAGE VELOCIMETRY SYSTEM - Three-Dimensional Defocusing Particle Image Velocimetry (3DDPIV) allows for measurement of three-dimensional velocities within a volume. In the disclosed embodiment, a mask with a plurality of apertures is disposed with a lens between the test section and a color camera. The field-of-view is backlit and the test section is seeded with black particles. This configuration allows for a lower power light source as compared to conventional 3DDPIV. Color-coded particle images are formed on a white background, wherein each of the color images is generated from light that travels through the filters not blocked by the imaged particle, thereby producing a color image that is of a color different from the color of any of the filters. A color space linear transformation is used to allow for accurate identification of each pinhole exposure when the color filters' spectrum does not match those of the 3-CCD color camera.02-03-2011
20110063417SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATIC CALIBRATION OF STEREO IMAGES - A method and system to enable a computer to estimate calibration parameters autonomously so that accurate stereopsis can be performed. The present invention automatically calibrates two or more cameras with unknown parameters with respect to a robot or robotic appendage (e.g., articulated robot arm) with a light source that can be turned on and off at one end. A pair of cameras (e.g., digital cameras) are positioned and aimed so as to give stereoptic coverage of the robot's workspace. The procedure determines the positions and orientations of the pair of cameras with respect to a robot (i.e., exterior orientations) and the focal lengths, optical centers, and distortion coefficients of each camera (i.e., intrinsic parameters) automatically from a set of known positions of the robot arm, and a set of images from the right and left cameras of the robot arm in each position as the light is turned on and off.03-17-2011
20110122230CODING DEVICE FOR 3D VIDEO SIGNALS - The device comprises the means to generate a stream structured on several levels: 05-26-2011
20130070060SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING DEPTH FROM MULTIPLE VIEWS OF A SCENE THAT INCLUDE ALIASING USING HYPOTHESIZED FUSION - Array cameras in accordance with embodiments of the invention perform super resolution processing using images of a scene that contain aliasing. In several embodiments, the depth of pixels is determined by fusing portions of a higher resolution image at a number of hypothesized depths and determining the depth at which the portion of the higher resolution image best matches the scene captured in the lower resolution images used to fuse the higher resolution image.03-21-2013
20110298900THREE-DIMENSIONAL VIDEO IMAGE PICK-UP AND DISPLAY SYSTEM - In a stereoscopic video imaging display system, stereoscopic video can be reproduced without adjustment on a display side even with different models of stereoscopic video displaying apparatus.12-08-2011
20110298899IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - Recording of an unnecessary widespread image will be prevented.12-08-2011
20110298898THREE DIMENSIONAL IMAGE GENERATING SYSTEM AND METHOD ACCOMODATING MULTI-VIEW IMAGING - Provided is a three-dimensional (3D) image generating system and method accommodating multi-view imaging. The 3D image generating system and method may generate corrected depth maps respectively corresponding to color images by merging disparity information associated with a disparity between color images and depth maps generated respectively from depth images.12-08-2011
20110298897SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR 3D VIRTUAL TRY-ON OF APPAREL ON AN AVATAR - A method and apparatus is provided for 3D virtual try-on of apparel on an avatar. A method of fitting a garment on a person's body online may comprise receiving specifications of a garment, receiving body specifications of one or more fit models, receiving one or more grade rules, receiving one or more fabric specifications, and receiving specifications of a consumer's body. The value of one or more fabric constants may be determined according to the received one or more fabric specifications. One or more virtual garments in graded sizes may be created and stored in a database based on the received garment specifications and fabric constants. Moreover, one or more graded virtual fit models may be created and stored in a database based on the received specifications of the fit model. Each virtual garment may be draped on the related virtual fit model to create a fit-model drape. An avatar is received or created to represent a consumer's body shape. One of the virtual garments may be selected, draped, and displayed to the consumer.12-08-2011
201102858263D CAMERA AND IMAGING METHOD - A 3D camera comprises first and second laterally displaced optical imaging systems each comprising one or more lenses. The optical imaging systems also each comprise one or more actuators arranged to move one or more lenses of the respective optical imaging system, and a digital image analyser configured to evaluate the respective field of view of first and second images of a stereoscopic image pair obtained respectively from the first and second optical imaging systems and to generate a disparity value based on a disparity between the respective fields of view. The 3D camera is arranged in operation to adjust the field of view of one or more images generated by the first and second optical imaging systems responsive to the disparity value so as to reduce the disparity between the respective fields of view of stereoscopic image pairs obtained from the first and second optical imaging systems.11-24-2011
20110285825Implementing Selective Image Enhancement - A method that includes capturing depth information associated with a first field of view of a depth camera. The depth information is represented by a first plurality of depth pixels. The method also includes capturing color information associated with a second field of view of a video camera that substantially overlaps with the first field of view of the depth camera. The color information is represented by a second plurality of color pixels. The method further includes enhancing color information represented by at least one color pixel of the second plurality of color pixels to generate an enhanced image. The enhanced image adjusts an exposure characteristic of the color information captured by the video camera. The at least one color pixel is enhanced based on depth information represented by at least one corresponding depth pixel of the first plurality of depth pixels.11-24-2011
200802975903-D ROBOTIC VISION AND VISION CONTROL SYSTEM - A robotic vision and vision control system includes a stereoscopic camera mounted on a robot and a remote three-dimensional display system that provides the operator of the robot with a good sense of depth or distance for more precisely maneuvering the robot. The stereoscopic display system can further include an eye-tracking system that monitors the operator's eyes to determine the direction in which the operator's eyes are looking and points the camera in that direction.12-04-2008
20130010082PORTABLE HAND-HELD DEVICE HAVING STEREOSCOPIC IMAGE CAMERA - A portable hand-held device is provided having a digital camera and a processor. The digital camera has two image sensors respectively arranged to capture corresponding images of the same scene. The processor image processes the images captured by the image sensors so as to output three dimensional stereoscopic images. The processor has two interfaces for respectively receiving the images captured by the image sensors.01-10-2013
20110292182CAMERA MODULE AND IMAGE RECORDING METHOD - According to one embodiment, a camera module includes a first sub-camera module, a second sub-camera module, and an imaging circuit serving as a position correcting unit. The position correcting unit corrects a position of an image at a cross point of imaging lenses. The position correcting unit corrects the position of the image acquired through the image-capture by the second sub-camera module.12-01-2011
20110292181Methods and systems using three-dimensional sensing for user interaction with applications - User interaction with a device is sensed using a three-dimensional imaging system. The system preferably includes a library of user profiles and upon acquiring a three-dimensional images of a user can uniquely identify the user, and activate appliances according to user preferences in the user profile. The system can also use data from the acquired image of the user's face to confirm identity of the user, for purposes of creating a robust biometric password. Acquired three dimensional data can measure objects to provide automated, rapid and accurate measurement data, can provide image stabilization data for cameras and the like, and can create virtual three-dimensional avatars that mimic a user's movements and expressions and can participate in virtual world activities. Three-dimensional imaging enables a user to directly manipulate a modeled object in three-dimensional space.12-01-2011
20110199462PARALLAX CALCULATION METHOD AND PARALLAX CALCULATION DEVICE - Disclosed is a stereo camera that implements ranging of an object that includes consecutive similar patterns. In stereo matching using the stereo camera, if a plurality of corresponding point candidates are present in an SAD or suchlike evaluation value distribution for a target point, an evaluation value map is generated by superimposing an evaluation value distribution of a target point for which a plurality of corresponding points are determined to be present and an evaluation value distribution of each other target point present in a peripheral area of that target point. By this means, the shape of an object is represented in real space around a target point for which a plurality of corresponding points are determined to be present, and it is possible to calculate the true distance of a railing or the like that extends in a straight line by extracting a line segment with the strongest linearity in the evaluation value map.08-18-2011
20110141240COLOR ANAGLYPH IMAGE GENERATION TO REDUCE EYE STRAIN AND RETINAL RIVALRY UPON VIEWING - A method includes reducing a red rivalry through adjusting a color temperature on a first image, converting the first image from the RGB domain to a YCbCr domain, shifting a hue of a red color in the first image towards a magenta color to reduce a red color vibrancy, and adjusting a blue color in the first image such that a dark blue visible through a second lens corresponding to a second image is at least partially visible through a first lens corresponding to the first image. The method also includes reducing the red rivalry through adjusting a tone of the red color in the first image towards a brown color, converting the first image from the YCbCr domain back to the RGB domain, adjusting a color saturation in the first image, and combining the first image with the second image in a processor to generate an anaglyph image.06-16-2011
20110141242EQUIPMENT FOR THE AUTOMATIC ASSESSMENT OF ROAD SIGNS AND PANELS - An equipment for the automatic assessment of road signs and panels, the equipment performing, for the purpose, a retroreflection measurement of the white element of the signs or panels, and a measurement of the contrast between the white element of the sign or panel and a characteristic element of same (borders or text) in order to ensure a particular level of legibility. To this end, a vehicle (06-16-2011
20110141241MODULE FOR THREE-DIMENSIONAL CAMERA - Provided is a convergence control module for a three-dimensional (3D) camera that can be operated with low power to reduce power consumption, which has been a problem in the 3D camera. A 3D camera module includes at least one camera module, a moving guide for supporting the camera module and providing a moving path, a control driver for moving the camera module along the moving guide, and a control unit for controlling the control driver.06-16-2011
20100091093Optimal depth mapping - A method and apparatus for providing optimal correction to depth mapping between captured and displayed stereoscopic content. The solution is derived in a continuous form that can be implemented through CGI scaling techniques compatible with image rendering techniques. Similar correction can be implemented with variable depth-dependent camera separation and disparity re-mapping. The latter is applicable to correcting existing stereoscopic content.04-15-2010
20110267436Nanowire Bonding Method and Apparatus - The present invention provides method for creating point to point metallic contact and bridges between two structures at the nanoscale. Embodiment methods permit for the formation of individual and arrays of silver-gallium nanostructures bridges by mobilizing a gallium microdroplet and bringing in contact with silver coated surface. The invention also describes an example instrument for formation of individual and multiple nanostructure bridges at selective location and orientation. Example structures including multiple nanostructure bridges on the top of each other, suspended nanostructure sensors and actuators, nanowire bonded that provides electrical contacts between nanostructures (e.g. carbon nanotube, Graphene, nanowires) and microelectronic circuits are enabled by this invention.11-03-2011
20110267434CAMERA DEVICE, ARRANGEMENT AND SYSTEM - There is described a camera device for capturing the image of an object, the camera device comprising: a lens arrangement for focusing the image of the object onto an image capture device for capturing the image of the object; and a movable element operable to move the focussed light relative to the image capture device in one direction, wherein the amount by which the element is movable is determined by the amount of adjustment required to the position of the image on the image capture device in said direction, wherein the lens arrangement comprises at least one lens having an image circle whose size is dependent upon the maximum displacement of the movable element in said one direction.11-03-2011
20110261166Real vision 3D, video and photo graphic system - The present invention consists of a 3D video recording system, able to record two camera signals at one time in one unit, that emulates the natural human vision, that keeps the human scale of perception. The video signal is displayed in a Goggle system unit with two screens, one for each lens of the camera (right and left) on its respective side, and stereophonic audio. This system is able to record and play the 3D view and experience of being wherever the camera system is and/or goes, giving the operator or user the possibility of recording in many ways and environments, giving the user many options for recording and giving him/her the experience of being present, space and time, in the middle of a recorded event.10-27-2011
20090189975APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR GENERATING FILE, APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR REPRODUCING THREE-DIMENSIONAL SHAPE, AND PROGRAMS THEREFOR - A file generation apparatus comprises three-dimensional data acquisition means for obtaining a three-dimensional data set comprising distance data representing a three-dimensional shape of a subject, data conversion means for generating a converted three-dimensional data set by arranging the distance data according to distance, and generation means for identifying the distance data at a boundary in the case where the converted three-dimensional data set is divided at predetermined distance intervals and for generating a three-dimensional data file storing the converted three-dimensional data set and storage location information representing a storage location of the identified distance data in the file.07-30-2009
20120026297IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD - An imaging apparatus includes: a plurality of imaging elements; a plurality of solid lenses that form images on the plurality of imaging elements; a plurality of optical axis control units that control the directions of the optical axes of light that is incident to each of the plurality of imaging elements; a plurality of video processing units that convert photoelectric converted signals output from each of the plurality of imaging elements to video signals; a stereo image processing unit that, by performing stereo matching processing based on the plurality of video signals converted by the plurality of video processing units, determines the amount of shift for each pixel, and generates compositing parameters in which the shift amounts that exceed the pixel pitch of the plurality of imaging elements are normalized to the pixel pitch; and a video compositing processing unit that generates high-definition video by compositing the video signals converted by the plurality of video processing units, based on the compositing parameters generated by the stereo image processing unit.02-02-2012
20100277571Body Surface Imaging - An embodiment of the invention may provide a portable, inexpensive two-view 3D stereo vision imaging system, which acquires a 3D surface model and dimensions of an object. The system may comprise front-side and back-side stereo imagers which each have a projector and at least two digital cameras to image the object from different perspectives. An embodiment may include a method for reconstructing an image of a human body from the data of a two-view body scanner by obtaining a front scan image data point set and a back scan image data point set. A smooth body image may be gained by processing the data point sets using the following steps: (1) data resampling; (2) initial mesh generation; (3) mesh simplification; and (4) mesh subdivision and optimization.11-04-2010
20080266386SYSTEM10-30-2008
20100295925Apparatus for the automatic positioning of coupled cameras for three-dimensional image representation - Apparatus for the automatic positioning of at least two, or for the automatic selection from at least three cameras (K), coupled for three-dimensional image recording, including a device for distance measurement (EM), which is configured to measure the distances of relevant points (11-25-2010
20110187834RECORDING DEVICE AND RECORDING METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - A recording device includes an image acquiring section which acquires 3D image data, a filming condition acquiring section which acquires filming condition information indicating filming conditions during filming of the 3D image data, and a recording controlling section which causes a recording medium to record the 3D image data and the filming condition information by making the data and the information correspond to each other.08-04-2011
20120293632SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CREATING THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE MEDIA - The method for producing media content that reproduces a three-dimensional object as an image appearing three-dimensionally in association with a display device includes capturing a plurality of images of a three-dimensional object with a plurality of cameras positioned at different angles. At least three of the images are synchronized to be reproduced in association with the display device. Then, a computer system assigns at least three synchronized images to the display device viewable from at least three different perspectives to visually replicate the three-dimensional object as captured by at least three cameras at at least three different angles such that the image appears three-dimensional when moving among the at least three perspectives as if moving around the three-dimensional object itself.11-22-2012
20120287247METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CAPTURING 3D SURFACE GEOMETRY - A system for capturing 11-15-2012
20110169923Flow Separation for Stereo Visual Odometry - In a method for determining a translation and a rotation of a platform, at least a first frame and a previous frame are generated. Points are matched between images generated by two stereoscopic sensors. Points are matched to corresponding stereo feature matches between two frames, thereby generating a set of putative matches. Putative matches that are nearer to the platform than a threshold are categorized as near features. Putative matches that are farther to the platform than the threshold are categorized as distance features. The rotation of the platform is determined by measuring a positional change in two of the distant features. The translation of the platform is determined by compensating one of the near features for the rotation and then measuring a change in one of the near features measured between the first frame and the second frame.07-14-2011
20110169922THREE DIMENSION MODEL BUILDING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A three dimension model building system includes a number of time-of-flight (TOF) cameras and a processing unit. The number of TOF cameras capture an object to obtain images of the object and distance data between every point on the object and the TOF cameras. The processing unit calculates coordinates of every point on the object in the images from the TOF cameras on an X-axis, an Y-axis, an Z-axis, and obtains a function according to the plurality of coordinates on the X-axis, the Y-axis, and the Z-axis. The processing unit further creates a curved surface according to the function. The curved surface is a three dimension model of the object.07-14-2011
20100201786METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR RECONSTRUCTING AN IMAGE - A reconstruction method for an image of an object under examination is provided, wherein the method comprises, receiving a first projection data set representing three-dimensional information about said object under examination and reconstructing at least one three-dimensional image out of the first projection data set. Further, a second projection data set representing two-dimensional information about the object under examination is received, wherein the second data set was recorded under a first direction and wherein a two-dimensional image out of the second projection data set is generated. Furthermore, a volume rendered projection is reconstructed out of the at least one three-dimensional image using the first direction as the reconstruction direction of the volume rendered projection and the two-dimensional image and the volume rendered projection are overlaid.08-12-2010
20090262184METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DISPLAYING AND EDITING 3D IMAGERY - Systems and methods are provided for viewing and displaying 3D imagery. In one implementation, a method of displaying 3D imagery comprises receiving layout data comprising data representing a first camera, the first camera being non-editable; generating a first pair of a left camera and a right camera from the layout data based on the first camera, wherein the left camera and the right camera are editable; retrieving, from an external memory, streaming geometry data corresponding to the layout data; and generating the 3D imagery using the first pair of the left camera and the right camera and the streaming geometry data.10-22-2009
20120293630METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MULTI-CAMERA MOTION CAPTURE ENHANCEMENT USING PROXIMITY SENSORS - Apparatuses for image capture are disclosed that includes an image sensor; and one or more sensors configured to determine ranging information between the image sensor and a remote image sensor. Apparatuses for imaging are disclosed that includes a receiver configured to receive ranging information and captured images from a plurality of devices; and a processing system configured to generate three-dimensional images from the ranging information and the captured images.11-22-2012
20100060718Measuring a hollow space by means of cylindrically symmetrical triangulation - An optical measuring device for a three-dimensional measuring of a hollow space formed within an object is provided. The optical measurement device has a light source, which is provided for emitting illumination light along an illumination beam path, and an optical deflection element, which spatially structures the radiated illumination light such that on an inside wall an illumination line forms, which extends along the longitudinal axis. The shape of the line is dependant on the size and shape of the hollow space. Further, the optical measuring device has a camera, which detects the illumination line via an imaging beam path at a triangulation angle. Through an appropriate evaluation of the image of the detected shape and size of the illumination line by the camera, the three-dimensional shape of the hollow space is determined.03-11-2010
20100060719IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM CONTAINING PROGRAM - A plurality of original images of a subject viewed from different viewpoints are acquired. Then, at least one interpolation image to interpolate at least one new viewpoint between the viewpoints of the original images or outside the viewpoints of the original images is generated from the original images. Then, identification information indicating whether each image is the original image or the interpolation image and viewpoint information representing the order of viewpoint of each image are added to the original images and the interpolation image, and the original images and the interpolation image with the identification information and the viewpoint information added thereto are stored in an associated fashion.03-11-2010
20110267435MULTIPLE VISION SYSTEM AND METHOD - A conveyer method and system comprising at least one conveyer unit conveying an object; a lighting unit; a vision unit; wherein the lighting unit illuminates the object in the line of sight of the vision unit as the vision unit takes at least a first image at a first angle and a second image at a second angle of each surface of the object on the conveyer unit.11-03-2011
20110267432CAMERA AND CAMERA SYSTEM - A camera system includes a first camera, a second camera, a detachable mechanism capable of attaching and detaching the first and second cameras to and from each other. The first camera has a first lens barrel having a first optical axis, and configured to form a first optical image, and a first imaging device configured to receive the first optical image to generate an electrical image signal. The second camera has a second lens barrel having a second optical axis different from the first optical axis and configured to form a second optical image, and a second imaging device configured to receive the second optical image to generate an electrical image signal. When the first and second cameras simultaneously or successively perform shooting, an angle of view of the first lens barrel is wider than that of the second lens barrel.11-03-2011
20080239064STEREOSCOPIC IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND METHOD OF ADJUSTING OPTICAL AXIS - A stereoscopic camera includes first and second image pickup units, having respectively first and second optical axes, for photographing an object to form two image frames. Two angle adjusters make angle adjustment of the optical axes. An object detector detects a human face as a principal object in the two image frames. An arithmetic processor obtains a shift amount of the face between two image frames, and determines an axial correction angle according to the shift amount for the angle adjustment in consideration of the face. A checker checks whether the angle adjustment should be made for both optical axes or for one thereof. A controller operates at least one of the two angle adjusters according to the axial correction angle and in response to information from the checker, for positioning the face equally between the two image frames optically by adjusting the first and/or second optical axis.10-02-2008
20090167844Mobile peripheral monitor - A standard camera (07-02-2009
20080273082PICTURE PROCESSING APPARATUS, PICTURE RECORDING APPARATUS, METHOD AND PROGRAM THEREOF - The present invention realizes picture recording in simple configuration such that a user can easily and intuitively identify a minified picture of a multi-view picture from among minified pictures of pictures being taken. A 3-dimensional thumbnail picture is created by performing 3-dimensional CG processing on a multi-view picture thumbnail picture, and a thumbnail picture is created from a normal picture and recorded in association with a primary picture. The 3-dimensional CG thumbnail picture X is given a stereoscopic effect as a result of the 3-dimensional CG graphic processing so that the difference from a normal 2-dimensional thumbnail Y is clear at a glance. Consequently, a viewer can readily recognize the picture X as a minified picture of a multi-view picture without using a special apparatus to realize a graphical approach.11-06-2008
20120287249METHOD FOR OBTAINING DEPTH INFORMATION AND APPARATUS USING THE SAME - An apparatus of obtaining depth information is provided which includes a first sensor configured to obtain a first image, a second sensor configured to obtain a second image, an image information obtaining unit configured to obtain image information based on the first image and the second image, and a depth information obtaining unit configured to obtain depth information based on the image information, wherein the first sensor and the second sensor differ in type from each other.11-15-2012
20120287248MATERIAL MECHANICAL CHARACTERIZATION METHOD FOR MULTIPLE STRAINS AND STRAIN RATES - A specimen for measuring a material under multiple strains and strain rates. The specimen including a body having first and second ends and a gage region disposed between the first and second ends, wherein the body has a central, longitudinal axis passing through the first and second ends. The gage region includes a first gage section and a second gage section, wherein the first gage section defines a first cross-sectional area that is defined by a first plane that extends through the first gage section and is perpendicular to the central, longitudinal axis. The second gage section defines a second cross-sectional area that is defined by a second plane that extends through the second gage section and is perpendicular to the central, longitudinal axis and wherein the first cross-sectional area is different in size than the second cross-sectional area.11-15-2012
20120293633STEREO CAMERA - The present invention relates to a stereo camera which includes: a main camera which photographs a first image; a sub-camera which has camera parameters different from those of the main camera and photographs a second image; a distance information acquiring part which associates each pixel in the first and second images and acquires distance information including parallax information; and a right/left image generating part which generates a stereo view image based on one of the first and second images and the distance information.11-22-2012
20120033049Apparatus and method of aligning three dimensional camera systems - Camera alignment apparatus having a test target with precision framing information along with patterns useful in aligning grayscale, colorimetry, resolution, interocular distance and angle of convergence in a 3-D camera rig.02-09-2012
20100321473Surveillance camera system - Provided is a surveillance camera system for controlling cameras by calculating a movement amount of the cameras based on position information and orientation information of the cameras and position information of an object being surveilled. The surveillance camera system includes: a camera receiving an image from a surveillance area; a driving device combined with the camera, wherein the driving device moves the camera; and a camera controller controlling the driving device by using initial coordinates defined with a position and an azimuth at which the camera is installed and a current direction of the camera, so that the camera faces a target position.12-23-2010
20100321474METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CAPTURING THREE-DIMENSIONAL STEREOSCOPIC IMAGES - A method for capturing a three-dimensional image is disclosed. The method comprises capturing a combined beam of light having a first polarized beam of light and a second polarized beam of light, sampling the combined beam of light using one or more imagers, and providing an electrical signal representing a mixed polarization image having a first polarized image and a second polarized image as a single output. The first polarized beam of light and the second polarized beam of light are orthogonally polarized. The one or more imagers include a set of first polarized pixels for sampling the first polarized beam of light to produce the first polarized image, and a set of second polarized pixels for sampling the second polarized light to produce the second polarized image.12-23-2010
20120293631METHODS FOR IMPLEMENTING A BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS OF A RODENT IN AN ARENA AND METHODS FOR GENERATING AN IMAGE OF THE RODENT - Example methods are disclosed for generating an image of a rodent in an arena that include generating two pictures of the rodent by two spaced apart cameras, whereas both cameras capture one or more of the rodent or the arena from above and generating a three-dimensional vertical profile of the rodent on the pictures. An example method also includes storing the vertical profile as an image of the rodent.11-22-2012
20130215234METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR STEREO MATCHING - Disclosed is a stereo matching method for calculating disparity from binocular images. The stereo matching method extracting distance information of objects included in images by using binocular images, includes receiving the binocular images acquired from a first camera and a second camera for acquiring the binocular images; processing the images so as to increase contrast between objects and background objects included in the received images by using a predetermined first algorithm; and performing, stereo matching using the processed images. An exemplary embodiment of the present invention outputs a disparity map in which objects and background are divided, thereby robustly recognizing a person or obstacles.08-22-2013
20100134598HAND-HELD SELF-REFERENCED APPARATUS FOR THREE-DIMENSIONAL SCANNING - A method and hand-held scanning apparatus for three-dimensional scanning of an object is described. The hand-held self-referenced scanning apparatus has a light source for illuminating retro-reflective markers, the retro-reflective markers being provided at fixed positions on or around the object, a photogrammetric high-resolution camera, a pattern projector for providing a projected pattern on a surface of the object; at least a pair of basic cameras, the basic camera cooperating with light sources, the projected pattern and at least a portion of the retro-reflective markers being apparent on the 2D images, a frame for holding all components in position within the hand-held apparatus, the frame having a handle, the frame allowing support and free movement of the scanning apparatus by a user.06-03-2010
20130120538STEREO CAMERA MODULE - Disclosed herein is a stereo camera module. The stereo camera module according to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention includes a sensor unit having heterogeneous sensors having different number of pixels and a lens unit adjusting an angle of view of the sensor unit.05-16-2013
20110267433IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD - An image capturing system for capturing a stereo pair of images comprising a first image and a second image. The system comprises a first camera operable to capture the first image of the stereo pair of images, and a second camera operable to capture the second image of the stereo pair of images. The system further comprises a communication link operable to connect the first camera with the second camera so that the first camera can communicate with the second camera. The first camera is operable to transmit second camera control data to the second camera via the communication link so as to control functions of the second camera which relate to the capture of the second image.11-03-2011
20090160934GENERATION OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL MOVIES WITH IMPROVED DEPTH CONTROL - Techniques for creating 3-D movies allow improved control over camera positioning parameters and editing of depth in post-process to provide for a smoother variation in the viewer's convergence distance and a more pleasant viewing experience. A director can define reference parameters related to a desired viewing experience, and camera positioning parameters are derived therefrom. A depth script specifying piecewise continuous variations in reference parameters can be applied in post-process to generate 3-D shots, scenes, or movies. These techniques can be applied in both computer-generated and live-action 3-D movies.06-25-2009
20120140044MOTIONLESS ADAPTIVE STEREOSCOPIC SCENE CAPTURE WITH TUNEABLE LIQUID CRYSTAL LENSES AND STEREOSCOPIC AUTO-FOCUSING METHODS - A motionless adaptive focus stereoscopic scene capture apparatus employing tuneable liquid crystal lenses is provided. The apparatus includes at least two image sensors preferably fabricated as a monolithic stereo image capture component and at least two corresponding tuneable liquid crystal lenses preferably fabricated as a monolithic focus adjustment component. Using a variable focus tuneable liquid crystal lens at each aperture stop provides constant magnification focus control. Controlled spatial variance of a spatially variant electric field applied to the liquid crystal of each tuneable liquid crystal lens provides optical axis shift enabling registration between stereo images. A controller implements coupled auto-focusing methods employing multiple focus scores derived from at least two camera image sensors and providing multiple tuneable liquid crystal lens drive signals for synchronous focus acquisition of a three dimensional scene. Wafer manufacture provides a compact stereoscopic image capture apparatus for endoscopic surgery, optical inspection and entertainment applications.06-07-2012
20120069153DEVICE FOR MONITORING AREA AROUND VEHICLE - Disclosed is a device for monitoring the area around a vehicle wherein, when a monitor output image is acquired by synthesizing bird's-eye-view images based on the captured images of a plurality of cameras, the skewness of a three-dimensional object that appears in the synthesized images can be alleviated. The device for monitoring the area around the vehicle is used together with the plurality of cameras (03-22-2012
20120069152IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - An image pickup apparatus capable of taking a 3D picture may produce a 3D picture that gives a viewer a sense of strangeness if panning, tilting, or considerable camera shake occurs during imaging. Provided is an image pickup apparatus including: a motion detecting section, which detects the motion of the image pickup apparatus; and a picture data outputting section, which switches its output between 2D picture data and 3D picture data obtained by picking up subject images, depending on the detected motion of the image pickup apparatus. An appropriate picture is provided by switching the output between 2D picture data and 3D picture data depending on the motion of the image pickup apparatus. An appropriate picture is provided also by changing the stereo base of optical systems, or adjusting a parallax between the left image and the right image, in accordance with the motion of the image pickup apparatus.03-22-2012
20120069151METHOD FOR INTENSIFYING IDENTIFICATION OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECTS - A method for intensifying identification of three-dimensional objects identification includes utilizing a left eye camera and a right eye camera to capture a left eye image and a right eye image, calibrating the left eye image and the right eye image to generate a calibrated left eye image and a calibrated right eye image, using the calibrated left eye image and the calibrated right eye image to generate a disparity map, differentiating a three-dimensional object from a background image according to the disparity map, projecting the three-dimensional object onto a plan view, filtering noise out of the plan view to generate a filtered three-dimensional object, determining whether the filtered three-dimensional object contains at least two three-dimensional objects, and separating the at least two three-dimensional objects if the filtered three-dimensional object contains at least two three-dimensional objects.03-22-2012
20080316300IMAGE TAKING APPARATUS, IMAGE REPRODUCING APPARATUS, IMAGE TAKING METHOD AND PROGRAM - To prevent information required for reproducing of a 3D/multi-viewpoint image being lost even in a case in which editing or the like of the 3D/multi-viewpoint image is performed using a device or application software that does not support 3D/multi-viewpoint images, a compound-eye digital camera can switch between a multi-viewpoint image taking mode that images a subject image viewed from a plurality of viewpoints and a single viewpoint image taking mode that takes a subject image viewed from a single viewpoint. When taking an image in the multi-viewpoint image taking mode, the compound-eye digital camera sets a protect flag for multi-viewpoint images acquired with an image pickup device and records the multi-viewpoint images. As a result, the taken multi-viewpoint images are protected, and erasure or editing of the images cannot be performed without permission.12-25-2008
20090079817STEREO IMAGE DEVICE - A stereo image device includes a first pick-up module for capturing a first image, a second pick-up module for capturing a second image, a controlling unit for dividing the first image into first segments, and the second image into second segments, and choosing odd segments of the first segments as first sub-units, and even segments of the second segments as second sub-units, and combining the first sub-units and the second sub-units in alternate fashion to form a combination image, a display screen for displaying the combination image; and a lens plate covering the display screen, the lens plate including a plane surface facing the display screen, and a lenticular surface opposite the plane surface; the lens plate having a plurality of parallel cylindrical convex lenses on the lenticular surface. A stereo image is formed by seen the combination image through the lens plate.03-26-2009
20110228052THREE-DIMENSIONAL MEASUREMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD - A three-dimensional measurement apparatus includes a plurality of cameras, a normal calculation unit for obtaining from respective captured images a normal direction serving as a physical feature of a surface of a measurement object, and a corresponding point calculation unit for retrieving corresponding pixels of the images using the physical feature. Using the apparatus, a three-dimensional measurement can be performed on a basis of a parallax between the corresponding pixels. Also, the apparatus transforms the normal direction of each image into a common coordinate system. A parameter of the coordinate transformation may be calculated from a parameter obtained during a camera calibration. This three-dimensional measurement apparatus can measure a three-dimensional shape of a mirror surface object precisely without being affected by differences in positions and characteristics of the cameras.09-22-2011
20130215235THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGER AND PROJECTION DEVICE - The systems and methods described herein include a device that can scan the surrounding environment and construct a 3D image, map, or representation of the surrounding environment using, for example, invisible light projected into the environment. In some implementations, the device can also project into the surrounding environment one or more visible radiation pattern patterns (e.g., a virtual object, text, graphics, images, symbols, color patterns, etc.) that are based at least in part on the 3D map of the surrounding environment.08-22-2013
201302152333D SCENE MODEL FROM COLLECTION OF IMAGES - A method for determining a three-dimensional model of a scene from a collection of digital images, wherein the collection includes a plurality of digital images captured from a variety of camera positions. A set of the digital images from the collection are selected, wherein each digital image contains overlapping scene content with at least one other digital image in the set of digital images, and wherein the set of digital images overlap to cover a contiguous portion of the scene. Pairs of digital images from the set of digital images to determine a camera position for each digital image. A set of target camera positions is determined to provide a set of target digital images having at least a target level of overlapping scene content. The target digital images are analyzed using a three-dimensional reconstruction process to determine a three-dimensional model of the scene.08-22-2013
20110141239Three-Dimensional Recording and Display System Using Near- and Distal-Focused Images - Methods and apparatuses for providing simulated three-dimensional images on a two-dimensional display screen without the use of special filters or overlays on the display or special eyewear. Images having different focal points are displayed as pictures and switched between rapidly, such that the human eye automatically adjusts to focus on each picture in succession. As the pictures are presented sequentially, the viewer may perceive that the display shows images at different depth planes. The number of depth planes may vary between embodiments.06-16-2011
20120127277HAND HELD PORTABLE THREE DIMENSIONAL SCANNER - Embodiments of the invention may include a scanning device to scan three dimensional objects. The scanning device may generate a three dimensional model. The scanning device may also generate a texture map for the three dimensional model. Techniques utilized to generate the model or texture map may include tracking scanner position, generating depth maps of the object and generation composite image of the surface of the object.05-24-2012
20090244264COMPOUND EYE PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR , AND PROGRAM - A compound eye photographing apparatus, including a plurality of photographing units for photographing a subject at a plurality of photographing positions to obtain images of the subject, a subject detection unit for detecting a predetermined subject from the images obtained by the photographing units, and a photographing control unit for causing a particular one of the plurality of photographing units to perform photographing, determining whether or not the predetermined subject is included in the image obtained by the particular photographing unit, and causing another photographing unit other than the particular photographing unit to start photographing only when the determination is positive.10-01-2009
20090315982Arrangement and method for the recording and display of images of a scene and/or an object - The invention relates to an arrangement and a method for the recording and display of images of a scene and/or an object. They are suitable especially for the spatially perceived display of the recorded images. The problem of finding a new way of recording, with the least possible effort, images of real scenes or objects and subsequently displaying them three-dimensionally in two or more views by autostereoscopy is solved, according to the invention, in such a way that at least one main camera of a first camera type and at least one satellite camera of a second camera type are provided for the recording of images, with an image conversion device and a 3D image display device being arranged downstream of the cameras. The two camera types differ in at least one parameter; and a total of at least three cameras are provided. The invention also comprises a method for the transmission of 3D information.12-24-2009
20090256904System and Method for 3-Dimensional Display of Image Data - Disclosed is a system for a 3-dimensional display that includes at least one eyepiece having first and second eyepiece sockets, having a first display contained in said first eyepiece socket associated with a first eye, two eye cameras mounted such that a first eye camera tracks eye reference points of said first eye and a second eye camera tracks reference points of a second eye, a processor for providing overall control of said at least one eyepiece; a second display; and a main processor; signals are transmitted between said main processor and said at least one eyepiece, wherein said two eye cameras track said reference points, said eyepiece transceiver transmits said reference points to said main processor via said main transceiver, said main processor generates image data based on said reference points and transmits said image data to said displays to produce a 3-dimensional image.10-15-2009
201201055923D IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE AND CONTROLLER CHIP THEREOF - A 3D image capturing device and a controller chip thereof. The controller chip includes a first and a second sensor interface, a pixel data synchronization module, a 3D image generator and an output interface. The first and second sensor interfaces are coupled to a first and a second 2D image capturing device, respectively, to receive a first and a second image. The pixel data synchronization module synchronizes the pixel data of the first and second images. Based on the synchronized first and second images, the 3D image generator generates a 3D-image. By the output interface, the 3D-image capturing device transmits the generated 3D image to be received by a host.05-03-2012
20100141740Device and Method for Non-Contact Recording of Spatial Coordinates of a Surface - A device and a method for non-contact recording of spatial coordinates of a surface includes a sensor head and a controller connected to the sensor head. The sensor head is designed as a portable hand-held device, a projector and two cameras. The controller is also designed as a portable device, with an electrochemical energy source housed in the controller or in the sensor head for power supply to the sensor head and the controller and no cable connection of the sensor head or the controller is provided to further stationary components of the device.06-10-2010
20120194650Reducing Interference Between Multiple Infra-Red Depth Cameras - Systems and methods for reducing interference between multiple infra-red depth cameras are described. In an embodiment, the system comprises multiple infra-red sources, each of which projects a structured light pattern into the environment. A controller is used to control the sources in order to reduce the interference caused by overlapping light patterns. Various methods are described including: cycling between the different sources, where the cycle used may be fixed or may change dynamically based on the scene detected using the cameras; setting the wavelength of each source so that overlapping patterns are at different wavelengths; moving source-camera pairs in independent motion patterns; and adjusting the shape of the projected light patterns to minimize overlap. These methods may also be combined in any way. In another embodiment, the system comprises a single source and a mirror system is used to cast the projected structured light pattern around the environment.08-02-2012
20100177168INTEGRATIVE SPECTACLE-SHAPED STEREOSCOPIC VIDEO MULTIMEDIA DEVICE - An integrative spectacle-shaped stereoscopic video multimedia device includes a blinder and a video device disposed in the blinder. The video device includes two digital camera modules, an adjusting device for adjusting an axle distance and included angle between the digital camera modules, a binocular stereoscopic viewing module, a viewing module hole distance adjusting mechanism, sound pickups, loudspeakers, a memory, a plurality of analog/digital converters, a processor, a power source, and process control software coordinating the above members. The invention has advantages of a simple structure, a low cost, and a vivid stereoscopic effect, and is suitable for personal use.07-15-2010
20100177167PORTABLE INTEGRATIVE STEREOSCOPIC VIDEO MULTIMEDIA DEVICE - A portable integrative stereoscopic video multimedia device includes two digital camera modules, an adjusting device for adjusting an axle distance and included angle between the digital camera modules, a naked eye stereoscopic image liquid crystal display, optical projection systems, a projection control and image signal driver, sound pickups, loudspeakers, a memory, signal interfaces, a plurality of analog/digital converters, 2D/3D signal converters, a processor, a power source, process control software, and a body. Through the invention, a user may view stereoscopic images on the display or projected plane images with naked eyes. The invention has advantages of a simple structure and a vivid stereoscopic effect of the shot and viewed images. After further modification, the invention may be used for shooting, storing, and playing images, and may form a multi-functional personal electronic device with a mobile communication unit, an entertainment unit, and a projection unit.07-15-2010
20100157021METHOD FOR CREATING, STORING, AND PROVIDING ACCESS TO THREE-DIMENSIONALLY SCANNED IMAGES - A method is provided for creating, storing, and providing access to three-dimensional (3D) image files for subsequent use in virtual world environments. The method includes receiving 3D data generated through scanning of a person or object; recording and formatting the data into a digital image file; storing the digital image file in a 3D digital image file library located in a machine readable storage; providing access to the 3D digital image file library; retrieving the digital image file from the 3D digital image file library; and uploading the digital image file into an interactive virtual world environment.06-24-2010
20100157020MULTIPLE CAMERA CONTROLLING AND IMAGE STORING APPARATUS FOR SYNCHRONIZED MULTIPLE IMAGE ACQUISITION AND METHOD THEREOF - The invention provides a camera controlling and image storing apparatus for synchronized multiple image acquisition and method thereof, which cut down equipment costs by taking a software approach with respect to various demands of viewers for a broadcasting image. A camera controlling and image storing apparatus, the apparatus includes an image acquiring unit for acquiring synchronized images from multiple cameras losslessly, one or more ingest agents for storing the acquired images, and controlling pan, tilt and zoom operations of the cameras based on the acquired images, and a central server for transmitting a control command to the ingest agents, and receiving and integrating collectively the stored images of the ingets agent.06-24-2010
20100013908Asynchronous photography automobile-detecting apparatus - The invention discloses the asynchronous photography for dual camera apparatus and processing the method for real-time forward vehicle detection. Image is captured by a pair of monochrome camera and stored into a computer. After the video pre-process, the edge information is used to locate the forward vehicle position, and then obtained the disparity from a fast comparison search algorithm by the stereo vision methodology. Proposed algorithm calculation of the invention can conquer the asynchronous exposure problem from dual camera and lower the hardware cost.01-21-2010
20100225744SHOOTING APPARATUS AND SHOOTING CONTROL METHOD - A shooting apparatus has an image pickup section, a display section which displays an image picked up by the image pickup section, an operation section for performing operations including a shooting command, a communication section which performs communication with a further shooting apparatus, a determination section which determines a left-right placement relationship between the shooting apparatus and the further shooting apparatus from a predetermined position held by the user with a right hand or a left hand or from a predetermined operation, and a control section which, by transmitting a signal to the further shooting apparatus through the communication section, performs control for causing at least a portion of an image picked up by the further shooting apparatus to be transmitted from the further shooting apparatus.09-09-2010
20120194649SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGING OF OBJECTS IN A SCATTERING MEDIUM - A system for three-dimensional visualization of object in a scattering medium includes a sensor for receiving light from the object in the scattering medium and a computing device coupled to the sensor and receiving a plurality of elemental images of the object from the sensor. The computing device causes the elemental images to be magnified through a virtual pin-hole array to create an overlapping pattern of magnified elemental images. The computing device also averages overlapping portions of the element images to form an integrated image.08-02-2012
20110109725Three-dimensional (3D) video for two-dimensional (2D) video messenger applications - Three-dimensional (3D) video is provided to a legacy two-dimensional (2D) video messenger application. A request for video content from a single video camera is received at a camera interface module from the 2D video messenger application. The request for video content from the single video camera is forwarded to a video processing offload module. A first video camera and a second video camera are controlled. Merged 3D video content from the video processing offload module is received. The merged 3D video content is sent to the 2D video messenger application in response to receipt of the merged 3D video content from the video processing offload module. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.05-12-2011
20100238272Stereo Camera with Automatic Control of Interocular Distance - There is disclosed stereographic camera system including a left and a right camera including respective lenses, plural mechanisms to synchronously set a focal length of the lenses, to synchronously set a focal distance of the lenses, to set a convergence angle between the left and right cameras, and to set an intraocular distance between the left and right cameras. A distance measuring device may be used to measure the distance to an extreme object. A controller may cause an interocular distance and a convergence angle between the left and right cameras to be set based on a maximum allowable disparity, the focal length of the lenses, and a convergence distance.09-23-2010
20110175986METHOD AND DEVICE FOR BIOMETRIC IDENTIFICATION OF PERSONS ACCORDING TO THE HAND GEOMETRY - The invention relates to a method of bio-metric identification of persons according to the hand, by which the shape of the hand is scanned, evaluated and compared with the database of hand shapes, whereas the three-dimensional (3D) shape of the hand is scanned, this is analysed and a three-dimensional (3D) model of the hand is created, which is compared with the database of three-dimensional (3D) models of hand. The invention also relates to a device for biometric identification of persons according to the hand comprising a pad and a scanning device (07-21-2011
20130127999CALIBRATION APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE MOUNTED CAMERA - According to one embodiment, an apparatus for calibrating a camera while a vehicle is moving includes a rearward monitoring camera mounted in a vehicle to acquire image information, a memory that stores a camera calibration program for computationally determining and calibrating mounting parameters of the camera while the vehicle is moving, using the image information acquired by the camera, a gear position detector to detect gear positions of the vehicle and generates position signals according to the gear positions and a control unit that receives the image information, and when the gear position detector detects a position signal for other than a reverse gear position, that reads out and executes the camera calibration program stored in the memory.05-23-2013
20130128000MOBILE TERMINAL AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A mobile terminal may include a camera module and a controller. The camera module may include a first capture unit to capture a subject to acquire a first image, a second capture unit to capture the subject to acquire a second image, an actuator disposed at least one of the first capture unit and the second capture unit, and a drive unit configured to drive the actuator. The controller may analyze a perceived 3-dimensional (3D) image formed by using the first image and the second image, and may produce a relative position compensation value corresponding to a relative displacement between the first capture unit and the second capture unit according to a result of the analysis. The drive unit may drive the actuator to control a relative position between the first capture unit and the second capture unit based on the relative position compensation value.05-23-2013
20120242804IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND CAMERA MODULE - According to one embodiment, an image processing apparatus includes an image capturing unit and a timing adjustment unit. The image capturing unit captures a first image and a second image. The timing adjustment unit adjusts the frame timing of the first image and the frame timing of the second image captured to the image capturing unit. The timing adjustment unit makes an adjustment for delaying the frame timing of the second image to the frame timing of the first image possible.09-27-2012
20120242805IMAGING DEVICE, SYNCHRONIZATION CONTROL METHOD, REPRODUCTION DEVICE, AND STEREOSCOPIC VIDEO IMAGING SYSTEM - An imaging device includes an operation unit that instructs an operation by operation input, an imaging control unit that controls an operation of an imaging unit having a first imaging element, a counting unit that counts the number of generation times of the vertical synchronization signal, and a control unit that calculates the number of generation times of the vertical synchronization signal inserted between second processing frames based on a difference value between the number of generation times of the vertical synchronization signal generated by a second imaging element of the other imaging device and inserted between the second processing frames and the number of generation times of the vertical synchronization signal inserted between first processing frames, so as to notify the other imaging device of timing to start an instructed operation and an instruction, and perform the notified operation after elapse of a predetermined period.09-27-2012
20120242806DYNAMIC STEREO CAMERA CALIBRATION SYSTEM AND METHOD - A dynamic calibration system includes a rectification module that receives raw stereo image data from a vehicle stereo image system, rectifies the raw stereo image data, and outputs rectified stereo image data as a result thereof. A stereo matching module performs stereo matching processing on the rectified stereo image data, to thereby obtain a range map. A unit object generator receives the range map, detects at least one object in the range map, and provides information to the rectification module for use in determining whether a row shift operation should be performed in rectifying the raw stereo image data by the rectification module. A tracker receives information regarding the at least one objected detected by the unit object generator, and provides information to the rectification module for use in determining whether a column shift operation should be performed in rectifying the raw stereo image data by the rectification module.09-27-2012
20100295926Fast Three Dimensional Recovery Method and Apparatus - The present invention comprises a method and an apparatus for three dimensional modeling to allow dense depth maps to be recovered, without previous knowledge of the surface reflectance, from only a single pair of stereo images. Several initial steps are performed for stereo and radiometric calibration and rectification for obtaining accurate results. The apparatus for the stereo images acquisition includes internal light sources, these are automatically commuted by a illumination control in order to fulfill the reciprocity property, a stereo camera head composed by the necessary optics to acquire the reciprocal stereo images and a compatible PC interface. The invention is faster than other systems since it requires only two images for obtaining a dense depth model of objects with an arbitrary surface reflectance distribution allowing the system to be used in a wide range of applications such as metrology, quality control, medical and dynamic three dimensional modeling.11-25-2010
20110128353ROBUST IMAGE ALIGNMENT FOR DISTRIBUTED MULTI-VIEW IMAGING SYSTEMS - Disclosed is a method of image coding for joint decoding of images from different viewpoints using distributed coding techniques. The method receives a first set of features (06-02-2011
20110001796Electro-optical emergency vision apparatus - An emergency vision apparatus for providing an operator visual access to information during a smoke emergency, comprises an enclosure made of airtight material having spaced apart front and rear panels, the front panel being transparent, the front panel including fasteners for attachment to an instrument panel; an image capture device attached to said rear panel, the image capture device being oriented to view the instrument panel through the transparent front panel; an image viewing device for being disposed in front of one of the operator's eyes, the image viewing device being operably associated with the image capture device; and a support structure to support said viewing lens in front of one of the operator's eyes.01-06-2011
20110109727STEREOSCOPIC IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING CONTROL METHOD - It is provided that a difference between an exposure amount EVA corresponding to an imaging range of a planar image and an exposure amount EVB corresponding to that of a stereoscopic image is ΔEV. When ΔEV≦a threshold, it is determined that the exposure amount corresponding to the image with smaller imaging range is used; when ΔEV>the threshold, it is determined that the respective EVA and EVB are used. When a difference of an imaging condition other than the exposure amount is within an acceptable range and ΔEV≦the threshold, both of the planar image and the stereoscopic image are taken by one exposure. When ΔEV>the threshold, a first image is taken by an exposure with the smaller one of the exposure amounts and a second image is taken by an exposure with ΔEV, and then the first and second images are combined.05-12-2011
20110242285IMAGING SYSTEM AND METHOD USING PARTIAL-COHERENCE SPECKLE INTERFERENCE TOMOGRAPHY - A system for generating an image of contoured surface includes a light source that is configured to project an electromagnetic radiation beam onto the contoured surface, wherein the projected beam generates first radiation reflected from a first portion of the contoured surface to form a speckle pattern, and second radiation reflected from a second portion of the contoured surface which is substantially uniform in intensity. The reflected first and second reflected radiation is received by an optical detector, and may be processed. The processing is configured to (1) generate a plurality of images from the first and second reflected radiation, with each image being generated using different coherence length electromagnetic radiation from the light source, and (2) generate a 3-D image of the contoured surface from the plurality of images. Methods for generating a 3-D image of a contoured surface are also disclosed.10-06-2011
20090066784IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD - An image processing apparatus and method generate a three dimensional representation of a scene which includes a plurality of objects disposed on a plane. The three dimensional representation is generated from one or more video images of the scene, which include the objects on the plane produced from a view of the scene by a video camera. The method comprises processing the captured video images so as to extract one or more image features from each object, comparing the one or more image features with sample image features from a predetermined set of possible example objects which the video images may contain, and identifying the objects from the comparison of the image features with the stored image features of the possible example objects. The method also includes generating object path data, which includes object identification data for each object which identifies the respective object; and provides a position of the object on the plane in the video images with respect to time. The method further includes calculating a projection matrix for projecting the position of each of the objects according to the object path data from the plane into a three dimensional model of the plane. As such a three dimensional representation of the scene which includes a synthesised representation of each of the plurality of objects on the plane can be produced, by projecting the position of the objects according to the object path data into the plane of the three dimensional model of the scene using the projection matrix and a predetermined assumption of the height of each of the objects. Accordingly, a three dimensional representation of a live video image of, for example, a football match can be generated, or tracking information included on the live video images. As such, a change in a relative view of the generated three dimensional representation can be made, so that a view can be provided in the three dimensional representation of the scene from a view point at which no camera is actually present to capture video images of the live scene.03-12-2009
201100017993D SENSOR - A 3D sensor (01-06-2011
20110018968IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE AND METHOD, AS WELL AS PROGRAM - A stereoscopic image is generated by applying three-dimensional processing to two or more images, which are obtained through photographing from different positions. The stereoscopic image is stereoscopically displayed, and an instruction to start changing a parallax level of the stereoscopic image is received. In response to the instruction to start changing the parallax level, stereoscopic display of the stereoscopic image is switched into two-dimensional display of the two or more images overlapped with each other. An instruction to change the parallax level is received. In response to the instruction to change the parallax level, the two or more images are two-dimensionally displayed with the parallax level of the images being changed.01-27-2011
20110018972STEREOSCOPIC IMAGING APPARATUS AND STEREOSCOPIC IMAGING METHOD - A stereoscopic imaging method using: first and second imaging devices including first and second imaging optical systems with first and second focus lenses and imaging a subject to generate first and second images; and a lens driving device configured to move the first and second focus lenses along the first and second optical axes of the first and second imaging optical systems, respectively, the method includes: moving the focus lenses to detect first and second focus positions in an imaging space of the first and second focus lenses, respectively; calculating a stereoscopic view possible range where a parallax amount of the first and second imaging device is within an acceptable range; determining whether the focus positions are between an intersection of the optical axes and a near point of the stereoscopic view possible range; and causing the lens driving device to focus the first and second focus lens on the determined focus position.01-27-2011
20110018969IMAGE REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND IMAGE REPRODUCING METHOD - In the image reproducing apparatus according to an aspect of the present invention, the parallax adjustment amount is modified on the basis of the digital zoom information, the shift amount and the display range of each of the right and left images in the horizontal direction are computed on the basis of the modified parallax adjustment amount, and the right and left images are trimmed in the horizontal direction to be displayed. Accordingly, irrespective of a digital zoom magnification, it is possible to stereoscopically display an image while always maintaining an appropriate parallax.01-27-2011
20110025828IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - Multiple marks are attached to a subject. A camera shift direction is set to the right direction. Before capturing Nth (N is a natural number equal to or larger than 2) L and R images, (N−1)th L and R images are read from a memory card, and feature points common to the (N−1)th L and R images are extracted. At least three feature points located in a right edge portion of each of the (N−1)th L and R images are selected as guide points. The right edge portion containing all three guide points is cut out from each of the (N−1)th L and R images to generate L and R guide images which guide a next camera position. The L and R guide images are combined into the left edge portions of the L and R images (through images), respectively. The combined images are displayed on an LCD.02-03-2011
20110025827Depth Mapping Based on Pattern Matching and Stereoscopic Information - A method for depth mapping includes projecting a pattern of optical radiation onto an object. A first image of the pattern on the object is captured using a first image sensor, and this image is processed to generate pattern-based depth data with respect to the object. A second image of the object is captured using a second image sensor, and the second image is processed together with another image to generate stereoscopic depth data with respect to the object. The pattern-based depth data is combined with the stereoscopic depth data to create a depth map of the object.02-03-2011
20110115886SYSTEM FOR EXECUTING 3D PROPAGATION FOR DEPTH IMAGE-BASED RENDERING - A system is disclosed for executing depth image-based rendering of a 3D image by a computer having a processor and that is coupled with one or more color cameras and at least one depth camera. The color cameras and the depth camera are positionable at different arbitrary locations relative to a scene to be rendered. In some examples, the depth camera is a low resolution camera and the color cameras are high resolution. The processor is programmed to propagate depth information from the depth camera to an image plane of each color camera to produce a propagated depth image at each respective color camera, to enhance the propagated depth image at each color camera with the color and propagated depth information thereof to produce corresponding enhanced depth images, and to render a complete, viewable image from one or more enhanced depth images from the color cameras. The processor may be a graphics processing unit.05-19-2011
20110115885USER INTERFACE FOR AUTOFOCUS - A device may include a camera including a lens assembly and a stereoscopic display for displaying an image to be captured by the camera. The device may include processing logic to automatically determine a correct focus for the camera. In one embodiment, when the processing logic is determining the correct focus, the stereoscopic display shows an icon on the image moving from a first perceived depth to a perceived second depth. The device may further include a memory to store the captured image. In one embodiment, the stereoscopic display may display the image to be captured by the camera in three dimensions such that the user perceives depth. In one embodiment, when the processing logic has determined the correct focus for the camera, the stereoscopic display may show the icon at a perceived depth corresponding to the correct focus.05-19-2011
20110018973THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CALIBRATING THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGING DEVICE - A three-dimensional imaging device (01-27-2011
20110211046MULTI-CAMERA SYSTEM AND A METHOD FOR CALIBRATING THE SAME - In a method for calibrating a multi-camera system having at least two cameras spaced at a distance from one another, the cameras are aligned with one another with respect to their optical axes. The cameras are used for supplying three-dimensional image information, and the multi-camera system is situated on a vehicle. The position of the cameras relative to one another, in particular the alignment of their optical axes relative to one another, is retained unchanged before, during and after the calibration, and the cameras are calibrated by electronic processing of image information from at least one of the cameras.09-01-2011
20110175987STEREO CAMERA SYSTEM - The invention relates to a stereo camera system with at least two image detection sensors which are fixedly connected to a circuit board. The image detection sensors are coplanar and a fixed distance apart.07-21-2011
20100039502Stereoscopic depth mapping - Provided is a method and apparatus for linear depth mapping. Linear depth mapping includes using algorithms to correct the distorted depth mapping of stereoscopic capture and display systems.02-18-2010
20100066814METHOD CAPABLE OF GENERATING REAL-TIME 3D MAP IMAGES AND NAVIGATION SYSTEM THEREOF - A method for generating real-time 3D images includes capturing a first image and a second image corresponding to an area at different visual angles respectively, generating area map data according to the location of the area, generating and outputting a 3D image according to the first image and the second image, and displaying the area map data on the outputted 3D image.03-18-2010
20110249099CREATION OF DEPTH MAPS FROM IMAGES - A method of generating a plurality of depth maps for a plurality of images comprises receiving a first image, obtaining information relating to the shot defined by the first image, generating a depth map for the first image according to a first schema, receiving a second image, obtaining information relating to the shot defined by the second image, detecting a change in the obtained information between the first and second image, and generating a depth map for the second image according to a second schema, the second schema having a complexity different from that of the first schema. The method can comprise accessing first and second depth models. In one embodiment, the first schema comprises the first depth model, and the second schema comprises the second model, and in a second embodiment the first schema comprises the first depth model, and the second schema comprises a combination of the first and the second depth models.10-13-2011
20100053308STEREOSCOPIC IMAGE SHOOTING AND DISPLAY SYSTEM - A stereoscopic image shooting and display system has a left-right pair of image pickup sections having a left-right pair of optical systems with a parallax, and an image processing section which performs predetermined image processing on left and right images picked up through the left-right pair of image pickup sections and parallactically different from each other, and which outputs the processed images to a display section to display the images as a stereoscopic image. When a region corresponding to a region difficult for an observer to observe is detected, the image pickup sections or the image processing section is controlled so that the region becomes easy-to-observe state.03-04-2010
20100134597Electronic apparatus with photographing function and 3D image forming method - An electronic apparatus with photographing function is disclosed. The electronic apparatus comprises a central processing unit, a first lens module, and a second lens module. The first lens module and the second lens module are electronically connected to the central processing unit. The first lens module may obtain a first image of a target, and the second lens module may obtain a second image of the target. There is a viewing angle difference between the first image and the second image. The central processing unit may be activated for processing the first image and the second image to form a 3D image by adjusting the second lens module to an acting position.06-03-2010
20100134596APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CAPTURING AN AREA IN 3D - An apparatus for three-dimensional coverage of a spatial area has a rangefinder for finding the range to an object point in the spatial area, and has an image recording unit. The rangefinder contains a transmitter for transmission of a transmitted signal which is largely in the form of a beam to the object point, a receiver for receiving a reflected signal from the object point, and an evaluation and control unit which is designed to determine the range to the object point on the basis of the transmitted signal and the reflected signal. The apparatus furthermore contains a beam scanning unit which is designed to point the transmitted signal in different spatial directions. The image recording unit has a defined image recording area, and is coupled to the beam scanning unit in order to align the image recording area and the transmitted signal with the same object point.06-03-2010
20110074928IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CAMERA, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - When multiple face frames are displayed along with multiple faces, disturbance of stereoscopic effect of an observer having stereoscopic vision is prevented and in addition, visual weariness is suppressed. A stereoscopic photographed image composed of multiple photographed images respectively captured with multiple image pickup devices is input. Positions of faces in each of the photographed images are identified. Focusing states in the positions of faces based on in-focus positions and distance information on the positions of faces. Face frames indicating the positions of faces are blurred according to the focusing states in the positions of faces. A stereoscopic display image is generated from the generated face frames and the stereoscopic photographed image.03-31-2011
20110069156THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND METHOD - A three-dimensional camera includes first and second camera units for receiving entry of object light, and for picking up first and second images with parallax simultaneously. First and second lens systems are incorporated in respectively the first and second camera units, and have a focal length changeable for zooming. The focal length of the second lens system is changed toward a wider-angle side than the focal length of the first lens system. A third image is formed from the second image with an angle of view equal to an angle of view of the first image. A three-dimensional image is produced from the first and third images. The first, second and third images are written to a storage medium, or the first and second images and a value of the focal length upon picking up the first image are written to a storage medium.03-24-2011
20110069155Apparatus and method for detecting motion - An apparatus and method for detecting a motion using a stereo camera are provided. The apparatus can acquire an object image including only an object without a background using the stereo camera. The apparatus can set a motion detection area in the acquired object image and recognize an image change amount in the motion detection area to detect a motion of the object.03-24-2011
20110149044IMAGE CORRECTION APPARATUS AND IMAGE CORRECTION METHOD USING THE SAME - Provided is an image correction apparatus. The image correction apparatus includes an image input unit, a region extraction unit and an image correction unit. The image input unit generates a plurality of images, and performs a preprocessing operation on the plurality of generated images. The region extraction unit receives the preprocessed images, detects distance information from the image input unit to an object, presence information of the object and motion information of the object which are included in the images, and synthesizes the detected information to extract an ROI. The image correction unit corrects an image which corresponds to the extracted ROI. The image correction apparatus only corrects an image for a user's ROI, increasing efficiency of image correction.06-23-2011
20110249098Signal processing apparatus, signal processing method, display apparatus, and program product - A signal processing apparatus includes: a phase matching unit which matches phases of a left image signal and a right image signal input from two cameras which are disposed so as to be matched with an interval between both eyes of a human to image the same object; and a phase adjusting unit which moves in a horizontal direction by a predetermined distance both or any one of a left image and a right image displayed on a display unit by the left image signal and the right image signal by changing the phases of the left image signal and/or the right image signal in the horizontal direction based on displacement amounts of phases designated by an operating unit, and outputs the left image signal and the right image signal obtained by changing disparity between the left image and the right image.10-13-2011
201100017973-D AUTO-CONVERGENCE CAMERA - Automatically converging a plurality of images for use in a stereoscopic camera system including a plurality of 2-D cameras, including: receiving a focal distance from each of the plurality of 2-D cameras; calculating a focal distance of the stereoscopic camera system by using the focal distances received from the plurality of 2-D cameras; determining a center of interest using the calculated focal distance of the stereoscopic camera system; receiving the plurality of images from the plurality of 2-D cameras, wherein each of the plurality of images is generated by each of the plurality of 2-D cameras using the focal distance; and cropping the plurality of images to adjust directions of view of the plurality of 2-D cameras to converge at the center of interest.01-06-2011
20090153649Imaging Apparatus - An imaging apparatus comprises an image pickup unit, a cutout image generation unit for cutting out a specified area in a pickup image taken by the image pickup unit to generate a cutout image enlarged at a specified magnification, an image display unit for displaying one or both of the pickup image taken by the image pickup unit and the cutout image generated by the cutout image generation unit, a display image control unit for controlling a method of displaying an image the image display unit displays, a manual focus operation unit for the user to control through manual operation the focus position of the image pickup unit, and a manual zoom operation unit for the user to control the zoom magnification of the image pickup unit.06-18-2009
20110175985METHOD OF GENERATING CONTENTS INFORMATION AND APPARATUS FOR MANAGING CONTENTS USING THE CONTENTS INFORMATION - The present invention relates to a method of generating contents information for managing contents including stereo-scopic contents being two-dimensional contents and three dimensional contents, and an apparatus for managing contents, the method including the steps of, when there is a scene change of contents, adding a second field including information on each of a plurality of scenes corresponding to a plurality of types, respectively, to the contents information.07-21-2011
20110164116Video capture system control using virtual cameras for augmented reality - There is provided a system and method for integrating a virtual rendering system and a video capture system using flexible camera control to provide an augmented reality. There is provided a method for integrating a virtual rendering system and a video capture system for outputting a composite render to a display, the method comprising obtaining, from the virtual rendering system, a virtual camera configuration of a virtual camera in a virtual environment, programming the video capture system using the virtual camera configuration to correspondingly control a robotic camera in a real environment, capturing a video capture feed using the robotic camera, obtaining a virtually rendered feed using the virtual camera, rendering the composite render by processing the feeds, and outputting the composite render to the display.07-07-2011
20110164117CAMERA ARRANGEMENT, CAMERA SYSTEM AND METHOD - A camera arrangement comprising a 3 dimensional image capture portion arranged to capture a first stereoscopic image composed of a first and a second image and a further camera element spaced apart from the 3 dimensional capture portion, the further camera element arranged to capture a third image, whereby the third image, when viewed with either the first or second image forms a second stereoscopic image is described. A corresponding method and camera system is also described.07-07-2011
20120062707METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING A CONVERGENCE ANGLE OF A STEREO CAMERA - An apparatus and method of determining a convergence angle of a stereo camera. The method includes setting interest regions by first and second cameras, respectively, the interest regions having a same size and being symmetric to each other; photographing images by the first and second cameras while varying a convergence angle of the stereo camera by a predetermined degree for each photographed image of the first and second cameras, respectively; analyzing image histograms of the interest regions for each of the first and second cameras; and setting an optimum convergence angle.03-15-2012
20100283836STEREO IMAGING TOUCH DEVICE - A stereo imaging touch device includes an image capturing end, a CPU, and a touch display end electrically connected in sequence. The touch display end has a touch unit capable of being touched by a touch body and computing a motion track of the touch body, and a stereo imaging unit capable of converting a stereo image into multiple images. When the touch display end is disposed on a display unit, the stereo image displayed by the display unit can change in real time along with the motion track, so as to achieve an interactive effect of a virtual stereo image during the touch operation.11-11-2010
20100283837STEREO CAMERA APPARATUS AND VEHICLE-MOUNTABLE MONITORING APPARATUS USING SAME - A stereo camera apparatus includes first and second image capturing units and a control unit. The first image capturing unit includes first and second lens units, a first light synthesis unit, a first area-divided filter, and a first image capturing element. The first light synthesis unit and the first area-divided filter guide S-polarized and P-polarized light components to the first image capturing element to detect S-polarized and P-polarized light component images. The second image capturing unit includes third and fourth lens units, a second light synthesis unit, a second area-divided filter, and a second image capturing element. The second light synthesis unit and the second area-divided filter guide S-polarized and P-polarized light components to the second image capturing element to detect S-polarized and P-polarized light component images. The control unit includes first and second controllers to compute three-dimensional data of object using the S-polarized and P-polarized light component images, respectively.11-11-2010
20110134224High-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. To generate a fine spatial color image with higher resolution than the image received by the color 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. However, due to a spatial difference between apertures of the color and panchromatic image sensors, parallax error may occur due to a perceived shift of the imaged object against a reference background in the color and panchromatic images. 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.06-09-2011
20110134225SYSTEM FOR ADAPTIVE THREE-DIMENSIONAL SCANNING OF SURFACE CHARACTERISTICS - There are provided systems and methods for obtaining a three-dimensional surface geometric characteristic and/or texture characteristic of an object. A pattern is projected on a surface of said object. A basic 2D image of said object is acquired; a characteristic 2D image of said object is acquired; 2D surface points are extracted from said basic 2D image, from a reflection of said projected pattern on said object; a set of 3D surface points is calculated in a sensor coordinate system using said 2D surface points; and a set of 2D surface geometric/texture characteristics is extracted.06-09-2011
20120147145IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An image processing device includes a distance data analysis unit that analyzes subject distance information with the partial region units of captured images having different viewpoints, and a data generation unit that determines whether a recorded image or an output image is set to a two-dimensional image or set to a three-dimensional image depending on the analysis result, and generates the recorded or output image based on the determination result, wherein the data generation unit determines a recall level of stereoscopic vision in three-dimensional display based on the analysis result, and if it is determined that the recall level of stereoscopic vision is low, generates a two-dimensional image as the recorded or output image, and if it is determined that the recall level of stereoscopic vision is high, generates a three-dimensional image as the recorded or output image.06-14-2012
20120147146THREE DIMENSIONAL CAMERA DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - A three dimensional camera device and a method of controlling the same are provided. The three dimensional camera device and the method enable a user to photograph a three dimensional image suitable for a photographing angle. Since a swing hinge rotates a left camera element and a right camera element about a mid-point between the left camera element and the right camera element, a user may photograph a three dimensional image suitable for a photographing angle.06-14-2012
20110074930AUTO-REFERENCED SENSING METHOD FOR THREE-DIMENSIONAL SCANNING - There is provided a method for obtaining three-dimensional surface points of an object in an object coordinate system having two groups of steps. The method first comprises providing a set of target positioning features on the object. In a first group of steps, acquiring at least a pair of 2D first images of the object, at least a first portion of the set of target positioning features being apparent on the pair of first images, extracting, from the 2D first images, at least two first sets of 2D positioning features from a reflection of the target positioning features of the first portion on the surface; calculating a first set of calculated 3D positioning features in the sensing device coordinate system using the first sets of 2D positioning features; computing first transformation parameters for characterizing a current spatial relationship between the sensing device coordinate system and the object coordinate system, cumulating the first set of transformed 3D positioning features to provide and augment the set of reference 3D positioning features. In a second group of steps, providing a projected pattern on a surface of the object using a pattern projector; acquiring at least a pair of 2D second images of the object by the cameras, the projected pattern and at least a second portion of the set of target positioning features being apparent on the pair of second images, extracting, from the 2D second images, at least one set of 2D surface points from a reflection of the projected pattern on the surface, and at least two second sets of 2D positioning features from a reflection of the target positioning features of the second portion on the surface; calculating a set of 3D surface points in the sensing device coordinate system using the set of 2D surface points; calculating a second set of calculated 3D positioning features in the sensing device coordinate system using the second sets of 2D positioning features; computing second transformation parameters for characterizing a current spatial relationship between the sensing device coordinate system and the object coordinate system, transforming the set of 3D surface points into a set of transformed 3D surface points in the object coordinate system using the second transformation parameters.03-31-2011
20110074929AUTO-REFERENCED SENSING DEVICE FOR THREE-DIMENSIONAL SCANNING - An auto-referenced sensing device for scanning an object to provide three-dimensional surface points in an object coordinate system, comprising: a Light-Emitting Diode (LED) light source emitting light for illuminating and enabling image acquisition of at least a portion of a set of retro-reflective target positioning features, wherein each of the retro-reflective target positioning features is provided at a fixed position on the object; a laser pattern projector, additional to the LED light source, for providing a projected laser pattern on a surface of the object for illuminating and enabling image acquisition of dense points between at least two of the retro-reflective target positioning features in the portion of the set; at least a pair of cameras each for simultaneously acquiring a 2D image of the object, wherein both the projected laser pattern and the portion of the set of retro-reflective target positioning features are apparent on the simultaneous images, a spatial relationship between the pair of cameras being known, the LED light source being provided in close proximity to the at least the pair of cameras; wherein the portion of the set of retro-reflective target positioning features reflect at least part of the light emitted by the LED light source towards the cameras; wherein the simultaneous images acquired by the pair of cameras contain both positioning measurements made available from the portion of the set of retro-reflective target positioning features apparent on the images and dense surface measurements made available from the points enabled by the projected laser pattern apparent on the images.03-31-2011
20110096149VIDEO SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM WITH OBJECT TRACKING AND RETRIEVAL - A system for capturing and retrieving a collection of video image data captures video image data from a live scene with still cameras and PTZ cameras, and automatically detects an object of interest entering or moving in the live scene. The system automatically controls the PTZ camera to enable close-up real time video capture of the object of interest. The system automatically tracks the object of interest in the captured video image data and analyses features of the object of interest.04-28-2011
20080218588SYSTEM FOR REMOTE GUIDANCE BY EXPERT FOR IMAGING DEVICE - Systems and methods for combining tomographic images with human vision. The systems preferably include a first assembly located proximal to an object to be imaged and a second assembly remote from the target. The first assembly is preferably able to collect a tomographic image from a target object and superimpose that tomographic image onto a direct view of the target object. The first assembly also includes components that allow the transmission of the tomographic image to the remote assembly. At the remote location, a highly trained expert may interact with the captured image by placing electronic markers on the image via an electronic interface. The captured image plus electronic marker are then preferably transmitted back to the local site via a second transmitter-receiver. The local user may use the electronic marker to guide his actions during the appropriate task. The systems have particular utility in the medical field where a trained clinician at a remote location may provide guidance to an untrained individual in performing a medical procedure on a patient.09-11-2008
20100194860METHOD OF STEREOSCOPIC 3D IMAGE CAPTURE USING A MOBILE DEVICE, CRADLE OR DONGLE - A system, apparatus, method, and computer-readable media are provided for the capture of stereoscopic three dimensional (3D) images using multiple cameras or a single camera manipulated to deduce stereoscopic data. According to one method, a dongle or cradle is added to a mobile phone or other device to capture stereoscopic images. According to another method, the images are captured from cameras with oblique orientation such that the images may need to be rotated, cropped, or both to determine the appropriate stereoscopic 3D regions of interest. According to another method, a single camera is manipulated such that stereoscopic 3D information is deduced.08-05-2010
20110261168Camera Device - Provided is a camera device which is capable of estimating a road shape ahead of a target vehicle or capable of determining whether or not the target vehicle needs to be decelerated by controlling a brake before a curve, even in the situation where a white line of a traveling road or a roadside three-dimensional object is difficult to detect. A camera device 105 including a plurality of image capturing units 107 and 108 which each take an image of a traveling road ahead of a target vehicle 106, includes: a three-dimensional object ahead detection unit 114 which detects three-dimensional objects ahead 101 existing in a vicinity of a vanishing point of the traveling road 102 on the basis of the images picked up by the plurality of image capturing units 107 and 108; and a road shape estimation unit 113 which estimates a road shape of a distant portion on the traveling road 102 on the basis of a detection result detected by the three-dimensional object ahead detection unit 114.10-27-2011
20100026787HEAD MOUNTED IMAGE-SENSING DISPLAY DEVICE AND COMPOSITE IMAGE GENERATING APPARATUS - The invention provides a head mounted image-sensing display device including a pair of image-sensing units (02-04-2010
20100026786METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MONITORING A SPATIAL VOLUME AS WELL AS CALIBRATION METHOD - It is customary to produce a three-dimensional image using a camera pair in order to ensure that people are isolated in a lock for separating people and to check that no more than one person at a time passes through the lock for separating people. It is an object of the invention to improve known systems and to accelerate them. To this end, a plurality of camera pairs are used according to the invention, which monitor a spatial volume which is to be monitored from several spatial directions at the same time. To this end, each camera pair monitors the space, determines a height profile and supplements shadowed points in the height profile with data of other camera pairs. Monitoring of a spatial volume, for example a passage lock.02-04-2010
20100128110SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REAL-TIME 3-D OBJECT TRACKING AND ALERTING VIA NETWORKED SENSORS - The invention is an integrated system consisting of a network of two-dimensional sensors (such as cameras) and processors along with target detection, data fusion, tracking, and alerting algorithms to provide three-dimensional, real-time, high accuracy target tracks and alerts in a wide area of interest. The system uses both target kinematics (motion) and features (e.g., size, shape, color, behavior, etc.) to detect, track, display, and alert users to potential objects of interest.05-27-2010
20110018970COMPOUND-EYE IMAGING APPARATUS - An object is to provide a compound-eye imaging apparatus in which a plurality of plane images in different image taking ranges can be taken by a plurality of image pickup devices, and also, a user can recognize the image taking ranges of the plurality of plane images and confirm details of a subject. When a simultaneous tele/wide image taking mode is set, zoom positions of a zoom lens of a right imaging system and a zoom lens of a left imaging system are set to be different from each other, and a wide-side image can be taken by the right imaging system, and a tele-side image can be taken by the left imaging system. Based on the positions of the zoom lens and the zoom lens, guidance, which is a figure in which a frame indicating the image taking range of a wide-image and a frame indicating the image taking range of a tele-image are superimposed so that centers of the frame and the frame coincide with each other, is generated, and a live view image taken by the right imaging system and the guidance are displayed in a superimposed manner. The guidance is displayed so as to be superimposed on a tele-side live view image.01-27-2011
20110018971COMPOUND-EYE IMAGING APPARATUS - A stereoscopic image with a predetermined parallax can be automatically taken, and a stereoscopic image with an arbitrary parallax can also be taken based on selection made by a photographer. An imaging apparatus includes two or more imaging systems. First, a guidance indicating that a first imaging system is used to take a first image and that a second imaging system is used to take a second image, is displayed on a monitor of the imaging apparatus. After the first image is shot by the first imaging system, a live view image shot by the second imaging system is displayed in a semi-transparent manner with the shot first image on the monitor, and a guidance is also displayed on the monitor. When the release switch is depressed, the second image is shot by the right imaging system.01-27-2011
201203070163D CAMERA - A 3D camera has a display processor that displays a 2D object image on a display by a 2D display process and that displays a 3D object image on the display by a 3D display process; and a position sensor that detects the position of the camera on the basis of an inclination angle from a horizontal position of the camera. Then, the display processor displays an object image as a 2D object image when the inclination angle exceeds a threshold angle in a state that an object image is displayed as a 3D image.12-06-2012
20120307017METHOD AND SYSTEMS FOR OBTAINING AN IMPROVED STEREO IMAGE OF AN OBJECT - A method for obtaining an improved depth precision for a stereo image of an object of interest is disclosed, comprising: 12-06-2012
20120307015Device for Positioning and Calibrating at Least Two Cameras with a Partial Mirror to Take Three-Dimensional Pictures - The invention is directed to a device with which beam paths of at least two cameras mounted on a supporting frame are merged through a partial mirror to take three-dimensional pictures, wherein the partial mirror is preferably fixed to a mirror box and the mirror box is movable on guides associated with the supporting frame, and whereby the height of the optical axis of the camera(s) whose beam paths are being partly reflected in the mirror is adjustable. A first embodiment includes a device wherein the partial mirror is moveable about three axes. A second embodiment includes a device having a photo sensor in the camera and/or an optical compensation element arranged between or in the lens, and the photo sensor is adjustable. A third embodiment includes a device wherein only partial image areas can be read out from an image sensor.12-06-2012
20110304703Computer-Readable Storage Medium, Image Display Apparatus, Image Display System, and Image Display Method - First, the interval between a left virtual camera and a right virtual camera is determined based on the relative position and the relative orientation of an outer imaging section (left) with respect to a marker, which are calculated from a result of marker recognition in the left real world image, and on the relative position and the relative orientation of an outer imaging section (right) with respect to the marker, which are calculated from a result of marker recognition in the right real world image. After the interval between the left virtual camera and the right virtual camera is determined, the positions and the orientations of the left virtual camera and the right virtual camera are determined based on the determined interval such that the relationship between the position and the orientation of the left virtual camera, and the position and the orientation of the right virtual camera is ideal.12-15-2011
20110304702Computer-Readable Storage Medium, Image Display Apparatus, Image Display System, and Image Display Method - First, the interval between a left virtual camera and a right virtual camera is determined based on the relative position and the relative orientation of an outer imaging section (left) with respect to a marker, which are calculated from a result of marker recognition in the left real world image, and on the relative position and the relative orientation of an outer imaging section (right) with respect to the marker, which are calculated from a result of marker recognition in the right real world image. After the interval between the left virtual camera and the right virtual camera is determined, the positions and the orientations of the left virtual camera and the right virtual camera are determined based on the determined interval such that the relationship between the position and the orientation of the left virtual camera, and the position and the orientation of the right virtual camera is ideal.12-15-2011
20110304701Computer-Readable Storage Medium, Image Display Apparatus, Image Display System, and Image Display Method - First, the interval between a left virtual camera and a right virtual camera is determined based on the relative position and the relative orientation of an outer imaging section (left) with respect to a marker, which are calculated from a result of marker recognition in the left real world image, and on the relative position and the relative orientation of an outer imaging section (right) with respect to the marker, which are calculated from a result of marker recognition in the right real world image. After the interval between the left virtual camera and the right virtual camera is determined, the positions and the orientations of the left virtual camera and the right virtual camera are determined based on the determined interval such that the relationship between the position and the orientation of the left virtual camera, and the position and the orientation of the right virtual camera is ideal.12-15-2011
20110304699COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM, IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD - First, a stereoscopic vision reference distances is individually determined for each virtual object disposed in a virtual space, based on a depth position of each of the virtual objects. Next, each of the virtual objects is rendered and combined based on one pair of virtual cameras such that a relative position, with respect to the screen of a stereoscopic display device, of a virtual object, viewed by a user through a screen of the stereoscopic display device, matches a relative position of the virtual object with respect to a stereoscopic vision reference surface for the virtual object in the virtual space.12-15-2011
20110304698METHOD TO DETERMINE DIELECTRIC PERMEABILITY OF DIELECTRIC OBJECT - The invention belongs to the field of electro technique, particularly to the remote determination of dielectric permeability of dielectric objects. The dielectric object at the background of a reflector is radiated by coherent microwave radiation at N-frequencies to produce a three-dimensional (3D) microwave image of the object and reflector. By utilizing multiple cameras a 3D video image is produced, which then is converted into digital format. The 3D video and 3D microwave images are synchronized and then transferred into a general system of coordinates. The dielectric permeability of the object is determined as follows:12-15-2011
20110304697ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - An electronic device and a method of controlling the electronic device are provided. The electronic device varies a depth of a stereoscopic image displayed on a display unit of the electronic device based on a specific object selected from a preview image displayed on the display unit. When a zoom condition of a camera module of the electronic device is changed, the electronic device adjusts a depth of the stereoscopic image based on the changed zoom condition.12-15-2011
20110050857APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING 3D IMAGE IN 3D IMAGE SYSTEM - Disclosed is an apparatus and a method for displaying 3D images, which do not need to be reversed, so that users can watch the 3D images without modification in a 3D image system. The 3D images display extracts characteristic information regarding a plurality of imaging devices from left and right images taken by the imaging devices, selects an image among the left and right images, determines a reference element in the selected image, determines a selection element corresponding to the reference element in the non-selected image; calculates a disparity value between the left and right images by using the reference element and the selection element, determines whether the left and right images are normal or not by using the disparity value, and corrects the left and right images based on the determination result.03-03-2011
20110050856STEREOSCOPIC IMAGING APPARATUS - A stereoscopic imaging apparatus includes: a first and second imaging units, each of which has a substantially rectangular shape, and each of which has a thick section and a thin section that are arranged side by side; and a camera body which has a substantially rectangular shape, and in which the first and second imaging units are arranged side by side in a lateral direction of the camera body, wherein the first and second imaging units are arranged so that the thin section of the first imaging unit is positioned at an outer side of the camera body and so that the thick section of the second imaging unit is positioned at the outer side, the first imaging unit is arranged in parallel with the lateral direction, and the second imaging unit is arranged so as to be inclined inward by a predetermined angle with respect to the lateral direction.03-03-2011
20110050855OPTICAL MEASURING DEVICE WITH TWO CAMERA UNITS - The invention relates to an optical measurement device with an image acquisition unit, which has at least two camera units (03-03-2011
20100321475SYSTEM AND METHOD TO QUICKLY ACQUIRE THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGES - An image capturing system including a plurality of image capturing stations, wherein each of the image capturing stations captures a first image and a second image of an object and transmits the captured images, the first image and the second image of the object being from different perspectives; and a processor in communication with each of the image capturing stations, the processor adapted to transmit a control signal to each of the image capturing stations, 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 viewable in at least one of a two-dimensional and a three-dimensional format.12-23-2010
20110109726APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR GENERATING A THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE USING A COLLABORATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY GROUP - A communication network comprising a collaborative photography group including a plurality of cameras having synchronized photographing times, is provided. The plurality of cameras may share location information, direction angle information, and image information generated by photographing an object, and generate a three-dimensional (3D) image of the object.05-12-2011
20120038748Vision System and Method for a Motor Vehicle - A vision system (02-16-2012
20120038747MOBILE TERMINAL AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING OPERATION OF THE MOBILE TERMINAL - A mobile terminal and a method for controlling the operation of the same are provided. The mobile terminal includes a first camera including a first lens, a second camera including a second lens having a wider angle than the first lens, and a controller configured to generate a stereoscopic 3D image using disparity between images captured through the first and second cameras. It is possible to generate a stereoscopic 3D image having the same resolution as that of a 2D image that can be captured.02-16-2012
20120127276IMAGE RETRIEVAL SYSTEM AND METHOD AND COMPUTER PRODUCT THEREOF - An image retrieval system and method thereof is provided. The method of the image retrieval system has the following steps: capturing an input image of an object simultaneously and separately by dual cameras in a mobile device, obtaining a depth image by the mobile device according to the input images, and determining a target object according to the input images and image features of the depth image, and receiving the target object by an image data server, obtaining retrieving data corresponding to the target object, and transmitting the retrieving data to the mobile device.05-24-2012
20120038746Techniques and apparatus for two camera, and two display media for producing 3-D imaging for television broadcast, motion picture, home movie and digital still pictures - Utilizing two cameras as image sources, and two displays for visual presentation, it is possible to render still or moving pictures that can be viewed stereographically. Using special adapters and techniques, this dual-picture approach allows the viewer to see images in three-dimension space. By following simple set-up procedures and limitations imposed by human vision, three-dimensional images can be produced in any digital or analog media, or combinations of these two. These techniques can be applied to print media as well.02-16-2012
20120098940METHOD FOR MONITORING A HIGH-TEMPERATURE REGION OF INTEREST IN A TURBINE ENGINE - A method for monitoring a high-temperature region of interest in a turbine engine (04-26-2012
20120098939IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND PROGRAM - Disclosed is an image processing apparatus including: an imaging section which images a first image and a second image; a one-dimensional arrangement value calculating section which adds up pixel values of horizontal pixels in respective lines in the first image and the second image to calculate a first one-dimensional arrangement value and a second one-dimensional arrangement value; an adjustment parameter calculating section which calculates an adjustment parameter based on a difference between the first one-dimensional arrangement value and the second one-dimensional arrangement value; and a correction control section which controls correction of a magnification of the first image or the second image on the basis of the adjustment parameter.04-26-2012
20120098938STEREOSCOPIC IMAGING SYSTEMS WITH CONVERGENCE CONTROL FOR REDUCING CONFLICTS BETWEEN ACCOMODATION AND CONVERGENCE - An electronic device may have a stereoscopic camera module with left and right image sensors separated by a stereo base line. The camera module may have an adjustable convergence such that the position at which objects are captured by the left and right image sensors with zero horizontal disparity can be moved closer to and farther from the electronic device. The convergence of the camera module may be adjusted such that a region of interest or an object (i.e., subject) is captured with minimal horizontal disparity. With arrangements of this type, conflicts between accommodation (e.g., the location of a display) and convergence (e.g., the perceived location of the region of interest or subject either behind, on the plane of or in front of a display) may be reduced.04-26-2012
20100231691OSMU (ONE SOURCE MULTI USE)-TYPE STEREOSCOPIC CAMERA AND METHOD OF MAKING STEREOSCOPIC VIDEO CONTENT THEREOF - A one source multi use (OSMU)-type stereoscopic camera is disclosed. The stereoscopic camera includes left and right cameras of which lenses are aligned with parallel optical axes, a separation adjustment unit for adjusting the separation between the cameras, a critical parallax computing unit, a camera separation computing unit, and an image storage unit. The critical parallax computing unit adjusts the focus of the stereoscopic camera to an object and determines the far point of an image so that a maximum critical parallax is computed based on a far point limit parallax of a medium-size display. The camera separation computing unit computes the separation between the optical axes based on the computed critical parallax and drives the separation adjustment unit. The image storage unit stores images photographed by the readjusted cameras. Therefore, stereoscopic video made according to the present invention may be viewed on various sizes of displays.09-16-2010
20110063419STEREOSCOPIC IMAGE GENERATING CHIP FOR MOBILE DEVICE AND STEREOSCOPIC IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD USING THE SAME - The present invention relates to a stereoscopic image generation chip for a mobile equipment and method for displaying a stereoscopic image using the same. The present invention displays a stereoscopic image using a stereoscopic image generation chip loaded in a mobile equipment. In particular, the present invention performs storage/image processing by connecting taken left and right images by side-by-side scheme instead of performing storage/image processing by synthesizing the taken left and right images directly and alternately and is then able to enhance a quality of a displayed stereoscopic image in a displaying step via a synthesizing step, in which the left and right images of the stereoscopic image generation chip are alternately arranged. Moreover, the present invention enables a general 2D image to be 3-dimensionally displayed via the above stereoscopic image generation chip.03-17-2011
20110063418Integrated Mount and Control Device for Stereoscopic Video - A device is described which allows convenient acquisition of stereoscopic video. In accordance with one embodiment, a rigid mounting bar is provided on which two camcorders can be mounted. The bar has mounting slots or other means to provide for adjustment of the distance between the two cameras. An electronic synchronization and control circuit is contained within the mounting bar. This circuit synchronizes the two camcorders quickly so that each video frame is acquired simultaneously by the two camcorders.03-17-2011
20120176479Critical Alignment of Parallax Images for Autostereoscopic Display - A method is provided for generating an autostereoscopic display. The method includes acquiring a first parallax image and at least one other parallax image. At least a portion of the first parallax image may be aligned with a corresponding portion of the at least one other parallax image. Alternating views of the first parallax image and the at least one other parallax image may be displayed.07-12-2012
20120176478FORMING RANGE MAPS USING PERIODIC ILLUMINATION PATTERNS - A method for determining a range map for a scene comprising: projecting a sequence of binary illumination patterns onto a scene from a projection direction; capturing a sequence of binary pattern images of the scene; projecting a sequence of periodic grayscale illumination patterns onto the scene, each periodic grayscale pattern having the same frequency and a different phase, the phase of the grayscale illumination patterns each having a known relationship to the binary illumination patterns; capturing a sequence of grayscale pattern images of the scene; analyzing the sequence of captured binary pattern images to determine coarse projected x coordinate estimates for a set of image locations; analyzing the sequence of captured grayscale pattern images to determine refined projected x coordinate estimates for the set of image locations; and forming a range map according to the refined projected x coordinate estimates.07-12-2012
20110316980Method of estimating a motion of a multiple camera system, a multiple camera system and a computer program product - The invention relates to a method of correcting a bias in a motion estimation of a multiple camera system in a three-dimensional (3D) space, wherein the fields of view of multiple cameras at least partially coincide. The method comprises the step of computing a first and second set of distribution parameters associated with corresponding determined 3D positions of image features in subsequent image sets. Further, the method comprises the step of estimating a set of motion parameters representing a motion of the multiple camera system. The method also comprises the steps of improving the computed first or second set of distribution parameters and improving the estimated set of motion parameters. Further, the method comprises calculating a bias direction based on the initially estimated set of motion parameters and on the improved estimated set of motion parameters.12-29-2011
20110157318Method and system for presenting live video from video capture devices on a computer monitor - One embodiment of a method and system for presenting artifact-free live video from video capture devices on a computer display including the step of using the vertical blanking interrupt signal of a display controller to generate a software trigger command for the video capture devices. The vertical blanking signal is further used to transfer acquired image frames to the graphic memory of the display controller during the vertical blanking interval. Other embodiments are described and shown.06-30-2011
20110157317CAMERA SYSTEM AND CAMERA CONTROL METHOD - A camera system includes: a first camera and a second camera; a camera adaptor box; and a camera control unit.06-30-2011
20120002016Long-Distance Target Detection Camera System - A long-distance target detection camera system for detecting a long-distance target includes a pair of convergence cameras capable of performing convergence movement. The system further includes a telephoto camera having a line of sight substantially equal to the trace line of the intersection between the lines of sight of the pair of convergence cameras and having a narrower visual field than that of each of the pair of convergence cameras. The system further includes a base on which the pair of convergence cameras and the telephoto camera are installed. The system further includes a motor for base movement that controls the movement of the base.01-05-2012
20120056993Dental Field Visualization System with Improved Ergonomics - A dentist's field visualization system for acquiring, processing and displaying images and full-motion video from an intraoral camera on a heads-up display.03-08-2012
20120002017Three-Dimensional Motion Capture - In one general aspect, a method is described. The method includes generating a positional relationship between one or more support structures having at least one motion capture mark and at least one virtual structure corresponding to geometry of an object to be tracked and positioning the support structures on the object to be tracked. The support structures has sufficient rigidity that, if there are multiple marks, the marks on each support structure maintain substantially fixed distances from each other in response to movement by the object. The method also includes determining an effective quantity of ray traces between one or more camera views and one or more marks on the support structures, and estimating an orientation of the virtual structure by aligning the determined effective quantity of ray traces with a known configuration of marks on the support structures.01-05-2012
20120002015BILLBOARD DISPLAY SYSTEM AND METHOD - A billboard display method includes: capturing images of a scene near the screen by a number of time-of-flight (TOF) cameras. Building three dimension (3D) models of the scene according to the images and the data about distances between points in the scene and the TOF cameras; checking the 3D models to determine whether there is a person nearby the screen. Checking the 3D models to determine a relative position of the person to the screen upon the condition that there is a person nearby the screen; and controlling a media with a corresponding shooting angle to be shown at a corresponding position of the screen according to the relative position of the person to the screen.01-05-2012
201200020143D Graphic Insertion For Live Action Stereoscopic Video - Systems and methods for the insertion of graphics into stereoscopic live action 3D video using image models taking into account positional data from the stereoscopic camera rig.01-05-2012
20120056998MOBILE TERMINAL AND CONTROLLING METHOD THEREOF - A mobile terminal and controlling method thereof are disclosed, by which a 3D or stereoscopic image can be generated to considerably relive an observer from visual fatigue. The present invention includes a first camera and a second camera configured to take a 3D image, a display unit displaying an image taken by at least one of the first and second cameras, and a controller controlling the first camera, the second camera and the display unit, wherein the controller sets a plurality of divisional sections on a left eye image taken by the first camera and a right eye image taken by the second camera and then generates the 3D image based on a depth value of each of a plurality of the divisional sections.03-08-2012
20090244263Object Detecting System - An object detecting system includes stereo-image taking means for outputting a reference image and a comparative image, stereo matching means for performing stereo matching, object detecting means for detecting an object in the reference image, estimated-region setting means for setting estimated regions of the object in the current frame in the reference image and the comparative image, on the basis of a distance of the object in the reference image in the previous frame, and determination means for correlating information about the object detected in the estimated region of the reference image or information that the object is not detected with information that noise is included, when an absolute value of a difference between average luminances of the estimated regions is more than or equal to a predetermined threshold value.10-01-2009
20120007955PORTABLE AUXILIARY DEVICE FOR MAKING STEREOSCOPIC IMAGE - In a portable auxiliary device for making stereoscopic image, a first rotatable assembly and a second rotatable assembly are rotatably mounted on an operation platform, and further respectively mounted with a first image catching device and a second image catching device thereon; a first optical guiding member and a second optical guiding member are respectively connected to the first rotatable assembly and the second rotatable assembly, and further respectively projects a first guiding light beam and a second guiding light beam. When the first rotatable assembly and the second rotatable assembly is operated to make the first guiding light beam and the second guiding light beam converged in a guided convergent position, a first optical axis of the first image catching device and a second optical axis of the second image catching device are simultaneously aligned to converge in a set convergent position.01-12-2012
20120056995Method and Apparatus for Stereo-Based Proximity Warning System for Vehicle Safety - A method and apparatus for stereo-based proximity warning system for vehicle safety. The method comprising capturing a right and a left image utilizing the right and left of stereo cameras, performing stereo analysis and depth computation for comparing and determining the depth deviation between the current depth image with the depth model, updating the depth model when there is minimal or no deviation, otherwise, performing morphological operations for clean-up and connected components analysis, and determining if the object is too close to be safe utilizing the component analysis, and generating a warning when the object is too close.03-08-2012
20120206578APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR EYE CONTACT USING COMPOSITION OF FRONT VIEW IMAGE - Provided is an apparatus and method for an eye contact using composition of a front view image, the apparatus including: an image acquiring unit to acquire a multi-camera image; a preprocessing unit to preprocess the acquired multi-camera image; a depth information search unit to search for depth information of the preprocessed multi-camera image; and an image composition unit to compose the front view image using the found depth information.08-16-2012
20120206577System, method, and computer software code for mimic training - A system for visually superimposing a first image that may be in motion over and/or under a second image that may be in motion, the system including at least one generating device to provide a first image and a second image, a display device to display the first image and second image superimposed with each other, and an adjustment device for reconfiguring the first image and/or the second image to a size in agreement with a non-adjusted first image and/or second image, to a size in agreement with the display device, and/or to a size acceptable by a user. The first image or the second image is displayed in a different media than the other image to allow for a distinction to be made between movements occurring in both images. A method for visually superimposing a first image that may be in motion over and/or under a second image that may be in motion is further disclosed.08-16-2012
20120007957Method for calibrating a measuring system and a measuring station forvehicle measurement - A method for calibrating a measuring system and a measuring station for a vehicle measurement, having a road surface and at least two measuring heads, each measuring head having at least one lighting device and at least one image recording device, including applying a number of measuring points to the road surface; recording images of the measuring points and the lighting devices of at least one additional measuring head using the image recording device of at least one measuring head and moving at least one measuring head to another position and/or in another spatial alignment. The steps of recording and moving are repeated several times. The spatial position of the road surface and the position of the lighting devices of the measuring heads are determined from the images recorded.01-12-2012
20120007956Evaluation of the Relief of a Tire Surface by Active Stereovision - Acquisition device for taking a digital relief image of the surface of a tire P, comprising: two colour cameras (01-12-2012
20120062706NON-CONTACT SENSING SYSTEM HAVING MEMS-BASED LIGHT SOURCE - A non-contact sensing system is provided for acquiring three-dimensional contour information of an object. The system is comprised of: a light source subsystem operable to scan a point of light in an area of illumination; a first imaging device having a field of view arranged to intersect with the illumination area and operable to capture image data; and a second imaging device having a field of view arranged to intersect with the illumination area and operable to capture image data. A first control module is in data communication with the first imaging device to determine contour information for an object in the field of view of the first imaging device and report the contour information for the object in a common coordinate system. A second control module is in data communication with the second imaging device to determine contour information for the object in the field of view of the second imaging device and report the contour information for the object in the common coordinate system. Moreover, the light source subsystem is calibrated to report position of the point of light in the common coordinate system.03-15-2012
20120013714DISTANCE MEASURING METHOD AND DISTANCE MEASURING APPARATUS - Large errors are prevented from being generated in a distance measuring method that employs two imaging means. The distance measuring method includes the steps of: photographing a subject using two imaging means, which are provided with a predetermined baseline length therebetween; and obtaining distance data regarding corresponding points within the photographed pairs of images. A first photography operation is performed with the baseline length at a desired value. Then, n photography operations are performed, while varying the baseline length by L(m+1/n), L(m+2/n) . . . L(m+(n−1)/n) at each photography operation, wherein L is a pixel pitch of the imaging means, m is an arbitrary natural number, and n is an integer greater than or equal to 2. Amounts of parallax within a predetermined range common to each photography operation are extracted by a record judging section, from among the amounts of parallax which are obtained by a parallax calculating section for the n photography operations. The distance data is obtained based on the extracted amounts of parallax.01-19-2012
20100026785High resolution digital video colposcope with built-in polarized LED illumination and computerized clinical data management system - This invention uses LEDs and cross-polarization to produce bright, high-resolution digital images, both with and without glint (which adversely affects the clarity of standard colposcopic images), as well as streaming video at lower resolution. The invention allows for deeper layers of the tissue to be more efficiently visualized at multiple magnifications, thereby enhancing the invention's diagnostic capabilities, and it includes a focusing subsystem and a computerized data management system to archive and annotate still image data.02-04-2010
20120056996SPECIAL-ILLUMINATION SURGICAL VIDEO STEREOMICROSCOPE - A special-illumination surgical video stereomicroscope having at least one light source for illuminating an in-situ specimen, at least one video imaging unit (03-08-2012
20120056994SINGLE-SHOT PHOTOMETRIC STEREO BY SPECTRAL MULTIPLEXING - Single-shot photometric stereo techniques are disclosed in which chromaticity is assumed to be a variable. Scene illumination includes three or more spectrally distinct light sources. A scene image is taken with a camera system configured to measure five or more different bands, or channels, of the visible light spectrum. The light sources can include narrow-band colored LED lights, possibly combined with color filters to refine the spectral distributions. In each configuration, a beam splitter assembly is used to align two or more color cameras having different color filters placed over their lenses. By use of such techniques, a single multispectral photograph of a subject provides enough information to recover both the full-color reflectance and the surface normals on a per-pixel basis.03-08-2012
20120154547IMAGING DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND PROGRAM - A left-eye imaging unit generates a left-eye image, and a right-eye imaging unit generates a right-eye image in synchronization with the left-eye image. A focus control unit performs focus control of the left-eye imaging unit such that a subject (a first subject) included in a specific area among subjects included in the left-eye image is in focus. The focus control unit performs focus control of the right-eye imaging unit such that a subject (a second subject) present at a different position from the first subject in an optical axis direction among subjects included in the right-eye image is in focus. In this case, each focus control is performed such that a range of a depth of field when the left-eye image is generated is continuous to a range of a depth of field when the right-eye image is generated with no overlap.06-21-2012
20120154546APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CAPTURING STEREOGRAPHIC IMAGES - Disclosed herein are an apparatus and method for capturing stereographic images. The apparatus includes two cameras, a screen unit, and a processing unit. The two cameras capture left and right images, respectively. The screen unit receives a matching region between the left and right images from a user. The processing unit corrects errors corresponding to the two cameras based on the matching region, and captures a stereographic image.06-21-2012
20120154545IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR HUMAN COMPUTER INTERACTION - Disclosed herein is an image processing apparatus for human computer interaction. The image processing apparatus includes an image processing combination unit and a combined image provision unit. The image processing combination unit generates information processed before combination using right and left input images captured by respective right and left stereo cameras. The combined image provision unit provides a combined output image combined into a single image by selecting only information desired by a user among the information processed before combination.06-21-2012
20120154543DOCUMENT CAMERA, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING DOCUMENT CAMERA, PROGRAM, AND DISPLAY PROCESSING SYSTEM - An document camera used by being connected to a display apparatus is provided. The document camera includes a plurality of imagers, an image processing unit that produces two sets of image data by using two of the plurality of imagers to capture images of a single target object from different imaging positions, a parameter acquisition unit that acquires a parameter for determining an inter-image distance between the two sets of image data to be displayed by the display apparatus, and an output unit that outputs the two sets of image data and the parameter or the inter-image distance to the display apparatus.06-21-2012
20120154542PLURAL DETECTOR TIME-OF-FLIGHT DEPTH MAPPING - A depth-mapping method comprises exposing first and second detectors oriented along different optical axes to light dispersed from a scene, and furnishing an output responsive to a depth coordinate of a locus of the scene. The output increases with an increasing first amount of light received by the first detector during a first period, and decreases with an increasing second amount of light received by the second detector during a second period different than the first.06-21-2012
20120026296IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD - A first calculator of an image processing apparatus may trace a view transform vector between color images of different frames. A second calculator may trace a view transform vector between depth images of different frames. In this example, a third calculator may calculate a view transform vector between the color camera and the depth camera using the view transform vector between the color images and the view transform vector between the depth images.02-02-2012
201100017983-D AUTO-CONVERGENCE CAMERA - Automatically converging a plurality of images for use in a stereoscopic camera system including a plurality of 2-D cameras, the method including: receiving a focal distance from each 2-D camera of the plurality of 2-D cameras, wherein each 2-D camera includes at least one image sensor; calculating a system focal distance of the stereoscopic camera system by using focal distances received from the plurality of 2-D cameras; determining a center of interest using the calculated system focal distance of the stereoscopic camera system; and moving the at least one image sensor in each 2-D camera to adjust directions of view of the plurality of 2-D cameras to converge at the center of interest.01-06-2011
20120154544IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND METHOD - An image processing device includes; a first detecting unit that inputs a first image and a second image and detects a first positional aberration between the first image and the second image; a correcting unit that corrects the first positional aberration detected by the first detecting unit in the first image; a second detecting unit that detects a direction of the second positional aberration between the corrected first image and the second image; and 06-21-2012
20110037834IMAGING DEVICE FOR GENERATING AND DISPLAYING IMAGES TO SIMULATE MOVEMENT OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECTS - An imaging device for generating and displaying image to simulate movement of 3D objects includes a frame, imaging units, and image output units. The imaging units are arranged between two opposite sides of the frame and connected to one another to define an imaging space therebetween. One side of each imaging unit connects to the frame at a first angle and the opposite side thereof connected to the frame at a second angle. The image output units are arranged on the side of the frame where forming the second angle, such that the image output units face the imaging units in one-to-one correspondence to separately present a first image. The first images presented by the image output units are identical to one another, and are separately transferred by corresponding imaging units to the imaging space to form a simulated image in the imaging space.02-17-2011
20120314036PRIMARY AND AUXILIARY IMAGE CAPTURE DEVCIES FOR IMAGE PROCESSING AND RELATED METHODS - Disclosed herein are primary and auxiliary image capture devices for image processing and related methods. According to an aspect, a method may include using primary and auxiliary image capture devices to perform image processing. The method may include using the primary image capture device to capture a first image of a scene, the first image having a first quality characteristic. Further, the method may include using the auxiliary image capture device to capture a second image of the scene. The second image may have a second quality characteristic. The second quality characteristic may be of lower quality than the first quality characteristic. The method may also include adjusting at least one parameter of one of the captured images to create a plurality of adjusted images for one of approximating and matching the first quality characteristic. Further, the method may include utilizing the adjusted images for image processing.12-13-2012
20120120201METHOD OF INTEGRATING AD HOC CAMERA NETWORKS IN INTERACTIVE MESH SYSTEMS - An entertainment system has a first recording device that records digital images, a server that receives the images from the first device, wherein the second device, based on data from another source, enhances the images from the first device for display.05-17-2012
20120212585STEREOSCOPIC IMAGING DEVICE AND STEREOSCOPIC IMAGING METHOD - A stereoscopic imaging device includes: a first image capture device and a second image capture device; a convergence point shifter configured to shift a convergence point; and a controller configured to control, in accordance with a zooming-in operation regarding a subject whose images are taken by the first image capture device and by the second image capture device, the convergence point shifter to shift the convergence point rearward or frontward of the subject, and to control, in accordance with a zooming-out operation regarding the subject whose images are taken by the first image capture device and the second image capture device, the convergence point shifter to shift the convergence point frontward or rearward of the subject.08-23-2012
20100289881CAMERA FOR MULTIPLE PERSPECTIVE IMAGE CAPTURING - A multiple perspective image camera has a plurality of camera elements, and coupling elements for mechanically coupling the camera elements together pairwise, as a “chain”. Each camera element generates an image using light rays incident on the camera element 11-18-2010
20100289880Driver for Display Comprising a Pair of Binocular-Type Spectacles - The invention relates to a driver (P) for driving miniature screens of a binocular display (A) that comprises, for each eye of the wearer, a respective optical imager (11-18-2010
20100245545Flagging of Z-Space for a Multi-Camera 3D Event - A method for selecting one from among a plurality of three-dimensional (3D) cameras comprising calculating, in a computer, a plurality of z-space cut zone flag values corresponding to the plurality of 3D cameras, then comparing the z-space cut zone flag corresponding to a reference monitor image to a plurality of candidate z-space cut zone flags corresponding to candidate monitor images. In response to the results of the calculations and comparisons, a safe/not-safe indication is prepared for displaying on any of a variety of visual displays, at least one aspect of the safe/not-safe indication, the at least one aspect determined in response to said comparing. The method uses 3D camera image data, 3D camera positional data and 3D camera stage data (e.g. interaxial data, convergence data, lens data) for encoding the 3D camera data into an encoded data frame which is then transmitted to a processor for producing a visual safe/not-safe indication.09-30-2010
20120314035Human-Perspective Stereoscopic Camera - A human-perspective stereoscopic camera is an apparatus that is used to capture stereoscopic viewing material that is from the perspective of one person's eyes. The apparatus mainly comprises a left telescopic tube, a right telescopic tube, a fixed pivoting mount, a lateral movement mechanism, and a platform with a channel as a support structure. The left telescopic tube and the right telescopic tube each comprise a first cylinder, a second cylinder, and an optics assembly. The first cylinder and the second cylinder are the means for the telescopic movement. The optics assembly comprises a lens, a digital single-lens reflex camera, a camera mount, a plate, and a pole. The configuration for the components of the optics assembly allows the left telescopic tube and the right telescopic tube to capture stereoscopic viewing material from the perspective of one person's eyes12-13-2012
20120300039APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR THREE DIMENSIONAL INSPECTION OF WAFER SAW MARKS - An apparatus (11-29-2012
20120300038PHOTONIC CRYSTAL TYPE LIGHT MODULATOR AND 3D IMAGE ACQUISITION APPARATUS EMPLOYING THE SAME - A photonic crystal type light modulator is provided. The photonic crystal type light modulator includes: a substrate; a first electrode disposed on the substrate; an active layer disposed on the first electrode, where an optical characteristic of the active layer changes according to application of an electric field; a second electrode disposed on the active layer; and a photonic crystal layer disposed on the second electrode and comprising a 2D grating.11-29-2012
20120162384Three-Dimensional Collaboration - Remote collaboration of a subject and a graphics object in a same view of a 3D scene. In one embodiment, one or more cameras of a collaboration system may be configured to capture images of a subject and track the subject (e.g., head of a user, other physical object). The images may be processed and provided to another collaboration system along with a determined viewpoint of the user. The other collaboration system may be configured to render and display the captured images and a graphics object in the same view of a 3D scene.06-28-2012
20120162387IMAGING PARAMETER ACQUISITION APPARATUS, IMAGING PARAMETER ACQUISITION METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A server sends to a client a message instructing movement of a display apparatus so that cameras comprising a view for creating a three-dimensional model can shoot a screen of a display apparatus. After movement is complete, the server causes an imaging parameter computation pattern image to be displayed on the screen of the display apparatus and instructs the client to cause the displayed pattern image to be shot by cameras. The server acquires images shot by the cameras from the client and seeks imaging parameters of the cameras on the basis of the pattern image included in the acquired images.06-28-2012
20120162386APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CORRECTING ERROR IN STEREOSCOPIC IMAGE - Disclosed herein are an apparatus and method for correcting an error in a stereoscopic image. The apparatus includes two cameras, a region extraction unit, a phase difference calculation unit, an error value extraction unit, and an error analysis unit. The cameras capture left and right images forming the stereoscopic image. The region extraction unit extracts the main regions of interest from each of the images. The phase difference calculation unit calculates the difference in phase between the main regions of interest of the left image and the main regions of interest of the right image. The error value extraction unit extracts the value of a camera disposition error, corresponding to locations of the two cameras, based on the difference in phase. The error analysis unit determines whether the value of the camera disposition error is within a set range, and corrects the error in the stereoscopic image.06-28-2012
20120212586DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONVERGENCE OF STEREOSCOPIC DIGITAL IMAGING - A stereoscopic digital imaging convergence device includes an image receiving module (08-23-2012
20120212584Imagery Axle Turning Method for Stereo Vision and Apparatus Thereof - An imagery axle turning method for stereo vision and an apparatus thereof. The method turns an imagery axle of a stereo vision apparatus to capture images, and constructs a 3D image from the captured 2D images. The imagery axle turning method is realized by rotating the imagery axles of the first lens unit and second lens unit to an angle θ, so as to have different aspect ratios for the first image and second image. Thereby, the 3D image formed from the stereo vision reconstruction steps can achieve a user's expectation of capturing images with an appropriate aspect ratio. This invention also provides specific stereo vision apparatus corresponding to various applications by the imagery axle turning method.08-23-2012
20120314034PILOTING ASSISTANCE SYSTEM AND AN AIRCRAFT - The present invention relates to a piloting assistance system (12-13-2012
20120162381IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND PROGRAM - An image processing apparatus includes a posture detection unit detecting a posture of the image processing apparatus, an image capturing unit generating a planar image including a subject or a stereoscopic image for stereoscopy of the subject, a mode setting unit setting any one of a planar image capturing mode and a stereoscopic image capturing mode, an image conversion unit converting the image through performing of aspect conversion and reduction processes, and a control unit operating to record the stereoscopic image on a recording medium regardless of the detected posture of the image processing apparatus if the stereoscopic image capturing mode is set and to record any one of the planar image and a converted image obtained by converting the planar image on the recording medium on the basis of the detected posture of the image processing apparatus if the planar image capturing mode is set.06-28-2012
20120162383CONTROL DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD AND CONTROL PROGRAM - A control device includes: a determination unit determining which mode is designated in a single-eye imaging mode in which imaging is performed by using a single imaging unit obtaining an image signal by imaging an object by an imaging device and a compound-eye imaging mode in which imaging is performed by using plural imaging units; and a gain maximum value control unit changing a gain maximum value which is the maximum value of the gain of the image signal based on the determination result by the determination unit.06-28-2012
20120162382IMAGING CONTROL DEVICE, IMAGING CONTROL METHOD, IMAGING CONTROL PROGRAM, AND IMAGING APPARATUS - An imaging control device controlling first and second imaging sections each generating an imaging signal based on an imaging light incident thereon using an imaging device and each having a filter for reducing the amount of the imaging light, includes: a filter driving control section controlling filter driving sections configured to insert or remove the filters, respectively, into and from the optical path of the imaging light such that the filter driving section performs the filter inserting or removing operation over a predetermined period of operation; and an amplification gain control section acting on signal processing sections configured to amplify the imaging signals, respectively, such that the gain of amplification of the imaging signal is controlled by a width of adjustment according to a difference between the amounts of light reduced by the filters of the imaging sections in conjunction with the operation of inserting or removing the filters.06-28-2012
20120162380OPTICAL MODULATOR USING MULTIPLE FABRY-PEROT RESONANT MODES AND APPARATUS FOR CAPTURING 3D IMAGE INCLUDING THE OPTICAL MODULATOR - An optical modulator that performs wide bandwidth optical modulation by using multiple Fabry-Perot resonant modes, and an apparatus for capturing a three-dimensional image including the optical modulator are provided. The optical modulator may include: a substrate; a first contact layer disposed on the substrate; a bottom distributed Bragg reflective (DBR) layer disposed on the first contact layer; an active layer disposed on the bottom DBR layer and includes a multiple quantum well layer; a top DBR layer disposed on the active layer; a cavity layer disposed in the top DBR layer; and a second contact layer disposed on the top DBR layer. Since the optical modulator achieves both a high contrast ratio and a wide bandwidth by using two or more Fabry-Perot resonant modes, the optical modulator may show a stable performance even when a resonant wavelength is changed during manufacture or due to an external environment such as temperature.06-28-2012
20120162379PRIMARY AND AUXILIARY IMAGE CAPTURE DEVCIES FOR IMAGE PROCESSING AND RELATED METHODS - Disclosed herein are primary and auxiliary image capture devices for image processing and related methods. According to an aspect, a method may include using primary and auxiliary image capture devices to perform image processing. The method may include using the primary image capture device to capture a first image of a scene, the first image having a first quality characteristic. Further, the method may include using the auxiliary image capture device to capture a second image of the scene. The second image may have a second quality characteristic. The second quality characteristic may be of lower quality than the first quality characteristic. The method may also include adjusting at least one parameter of one of the captured images to create a plurality of adjusted images for one of approximating and matching the first quality characteristic. Further, the method may include utilizing the adjusted images for image processing.06-28-2012
20120249751IMAGE PAIR PROCESSING - At least one implementation determines whether two cameras are in parallel or are converging, based on an automated analysis of images from the cameras. One particular implementation determines the disparity of a foreground point and a background point. If the sign of the two disparities are the same, then the particular implementation decides that the cameras are in parallel. Otherwise, the particular implementation decides that the two cameras are converging. More generally, various implementations access a first image and a second image that form a stereo image pair. Multiple features are selected that exist in the first image and in the second image. An indicator of depth is determined for each of the multiple features. It is determined whether the first camera and the second camera were arranged in a parallel arrangement or a converging arrangement based on the values of the determined depth indicators.10-04-2012
20120169850APPARATUS FOR DISPLAYING A 3D IMAGE AND CONTROLLING METHOD THEREOF - An apparatus for displaying an image and controlling method thereof are disclosed, by which a more convenient and pleasant 3D stereoscopic image appreciating environment can be provided to a user. The present invention includes a display unit including a parallax generating means for displaying a 3D stereoscopic image of a binocular disparity type, a memory unit configured to store first to third images, and a controller determining a prescribed display condition, the controller, if a first condition is met, controlling the 3D stereoscopic image to be displayed via the display unit using the first image and the second image, the controller, if a second condition is met, controlling the 3D stereoscopic image to be displayed via the display unit using the first image and the third image. Preferably, the first to third images include images of a common object in different viewpoints, respectively.07-05-2012
20120176481PROCESSING IMAGE DATA FROM MULTIPLE CAMERAS FOR MOTION PICTURES - An approach is disclosed for generating stereoscopic image sequences. The approach includes receiving a plurality of image sequences, each image sequence captured from a distinct camera or other capture device in a multi-camera array. One image sequence is a primary image sequence and the other image sequences are secondary image sequences. The approach further includes generating, from the primary and at least one or more of the secondary image sequences, depth maps corresponding to images of the primary image sequence and generating, for each image in the primary image sequence, based on at least the depth maps and the corresponding images of the primary image sequence, stereoscopic images of a stereoscopic image sequence.07-12-2012
20120075431STEREO IMAGE HANDLING DEVICE AND METHOD - An apparatus and a method for processing a stereo image are provided. In the method, a first image and a second image are obtained via a first camera module and a second camera module installed spaced by a predetermined distance. When the stereo image is captured, the first image and the second image are alternatively sampled with a predetermined time interval. The sampled at least one first image and the sampled at least one second image are encoded. Therefore, the stereo image can be compressed with low complexity compared to the case of compressing a stereo image using a 2D image compression technology.03-29-2012
20120075430COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD - A marker present in a real space is detected from each of a real image for a left eye and a real image for a right eye. The position and the orientation of each of imaging sections relative to the marker are calculated. A left virtual camera and a right virtual camera are set in accordance with the positions and the orientations of the imaging sections. A virtual model having a planar shape is placed in a marker coordinate system, and areas in the real image for a left eye and the real image for a right eye that correspond to the virtual model are set as a left texture area and a right texture area, respectively. Each of images included in a left texture area and a right texture area is applied, as a texture, to a deformation object into which the virtual model is deformed.03-29-2012
20120075429COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM HAVING STORED THEREIN STEREOSCOPIC DISPLAY CONTROL PROGRAM, STEREOSCOPIC DISPLAY CONTROL SYSTEM, STEREOSCOPIC DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS, AND STEREOSCOPIC DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD - A game apparatus 03-29-2012
20120075428IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - According to one embodiment, an image processing apparatus includes plural imaging units and a calibration unit. The imaging units capture an overlapping region. The calibration unit calibrates plural captured images and obtains plural calibrated images in which lens distortion in each of the captured images is corrected and corresponding positions of the captured images are aligned with each other horizontally and are adjusted to a surface perpendicular to a plane. The plural imaging units are arranged such that a baseline vector connecting optical centers of the imaging units is perpendicular to a normal vector of the plane.03-29-2012
20120075427WIDE ANGLE FIELD OF VIEW ACTIVE ILLUMINATION IMAGING SYSTEM - An embodiment of the invention provides an active illumination imaging system comprising a first camera and a second camera, each having an optical axis and a field of view (FOV) characterized by a view angle in a plane that contains the optical axis and wherein the optical axes of the cameras intersect at an intersection region common to their FOVs at an angle substantially equal to half a sum of their view angles.03-29-2012
20110102552ON-VEHICLE THREE-DIMENSIONAL VIDEO SYSTEM AND METHOD OF MONITORING THE SURROUNDING ENVIRONMENT OF A VEHICLE USING THE SAME - An on-vehicle three-dimensional video system is provided for a vehicle and a method is provided for monitoring a surrounding environment of a vehicle. The on-vehicle three-dimensional video system includes, but is not limited to cameras, a display screen, a control module, and a power supply device. The cameras are provided in pairs for filming the surrounding environment of the vehicle from different angles, and the display screen is able to bring about a three-dimensional video effect according to pairs of video signals from the cameras. With the on-vehicle three-dimensional video system, a realistic three-dimensional output of the surrounding environment of the vehicle is realized on the display screen so that the driver can clearly know about the precise relative position of a corresponding portion of the vehicle with respect to the surrounding environment.05-05-2011
20120249750STEREO-IMAGE QUALITY AND DISPARITY/DEPTH INDICATIONS - A variety of implementations are described. At least one implementation modifies one or more images from a stereo-image pair in order to produce a new image pair that has a different disparity map. The new disparity map satisfies a quality condition that the disparity of the original image pair did not. In one particular implementation, a first image and a second image that form a stereo image pair are accessed. A disparity map is generated for a set of features from the first image that are matched to features in the second image. The set of features is less than all features in the first image. A quality measure is determined based on disparity values in the disparity map. The first image is modified, in response to the determined quality measure, such that disparity for the set of features in the first image is also modified.10-04-2012
20120249749THREE DIMENSIONAL OPTICAL SENSING THROUGH OPTICAL MEDIA - A method of optical sensing comprising generating optical data associated with an object of interest, generating non-optical data associated with the object of interest, and analyzing the optical and non-optical data.10-04-2012
20120249747REAL-TIME DEPTH EXTRACTION USING STEREO CORRESPONDENCE - Systems and methods may provide for determining a one-dimensional (1D) disparity between a plurality of rectified images, and extracting depth information from the plurality of rectified images based at least in part on the 1D disparity. In one example, the 1D disparity is in the horizontal direction and the images are rectified with respect to one another in the vertical direction.10-04-2012
20120224029Compact Multi-Aperture Three-Dimensional Imaging System - A stereo-imaging system estimates depth based on two images; a multiview-imaging system estimates depth based on two or more images. A passive multiview-imaging system based on a sensor array is designed by considering different candidate partitions of the sensor array into imaging subsystems, especially three or more imaging subsystems.09-06-2012
20100007720Method for front matching stereo vision - The present invention provides a method, system, and apparatus for solving the stereo vision matching problem. The invention implements a method for solving image correspondence problems so that each front region between consecutive extremal pixels in one image is matched to a corresponding front region between consecutive extremal pixels in another image.01-14-2010
20120188346MONITORING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MONITORING AN ENTRY OR EXIT AREA OF AN ACCESS OPENING OF A VEHICLE TO A BUILDING COMPONENT - A monitoring device for monitoring an entry or exit area of an access opening of a vehicle to a building component having an optical camera system including a first camera for providing a first image and a second camera for providing a second image, so that a stereo image can be generated from the first and the second image. The monitoring device also includes an analysis unit, such that at least one object in the entry or exit area can be detected from the stereo image and/or a position of the building component relative to at least one part of the vehicle can be determined from the stereo image for monitoring an entry or exit area.07-26-2012
20120188344SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR COLLABORATIVE IMAGE CAPTURING - Systems and methods for collaborative imaging include a device for collaborative image capturing device comprising a computational image sensor including a imaging sensor configured to detect light signals from a field of view, and one or more processors configured to control at least one parameter of the imaging sensor and to adjust the at least one imaging sensor parameter based on a respective light signal detected by one or more other computational image sensors, and a network interface configured to exchange data with the one or more other computational image sensors, wherein the exchanged data indicates the respective light signals detected by the one or more other computational image sensors.07-26-2012
20120257023CONTROL SYSTEM FOR STEREO IMAGING DEVICE - To provide a control system of a stereo imaging device that is able to obtain a stereo image, which can be viewed stereoscopically, even when relative-position relationship of a pair of imaging units is unknown. A control system of a stereo imaging device includes a pair of imaging units, an error calculation unit and a control unit. A pair of the imaging units has a digital or analog degree of freedom so as to be able to control at least a yaw, pitch, roll and zoom factor, and can capture video frames using imaging elements. The error calculation unit uses each of images captured by a pair of the imaging units to calculate a rotating error and zoom error of each imaging unit on the basis of a difference from a predetermined standard convergence model of each imaging unit.10-11-2012
20120257021INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, STORAGE MEDIUM, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM - A game apparatus includes a CPU, and in a mode of examining a flower based on an imaged image, the CPU activates two outward cameras to allow a user to image a flower. The CPU obtains color information, shape information and a size of the imaged flower from the imaged image. A shape category is obtained from the shape information, and with the shape category, data for search included in a database for search is filtered. Then, by comparing color information, shape information, and the size of the imaged flower with the data for search to be used, a score of a degree of approximation of the color information and scores of the degree of matching of the shape information and size, etc. are obtained. Then, images of flowers as candidates are presented in the descending order of the score (similarity level).10-11-2012
20120081520APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ATTENUATING STEREOSCOPIC SENSE OF STEREOSCOPIC IMAGE - An apparatus and method for attenuating a stereoscopic sense of a stereoscopic image. To generate a stereoscopic image to which a disparity is applied, an object for which a stereoscopic sense attenuation is performed is extracted from among at least one object in the stereoscopic image, a stereoscopic sense attenuation degree corresponding to a position of the at least one object is calculated, and a final stereoscopic image in which the calculated stereoscopic sense attenuation degree is applied to the extracted object is output. Accordingly, a stereoscopic sense of a stereoscopic image displayed to overlap a display screen edge is attenuated, thereby minimizing eye fatigue and visual displeasure.04-05-2012
20120081519COMBINING DATA FROM MULTIPLE IMAGE SENSORS - A method of combining data from multiple sensors is disclosed. The method includes receiving lines of image data at an image processor having an input for a single camera. Each line of the image data includes first line data from a first image captured by a first camera and second line data from a second image captured by a second camera. The method also includes generating an output frame having a first section corresponding to line data of the first image and having a second section corresponding to line data of the second image. The first section and the second section are configured to be used to generate a three-dimensional (3D) image format or a 3D video format.04-05-2012
20120262552City scene video sharing on digital maps - A video sharing system is described to annotate and navigate tourist videos. An example video sharing system enables non-linear browsing of multiple videos and enriches the browsing experience with contextual and geographic information.10-18-2012
20120262553DEPTH IMAGE ACQUIRING DEVICE, SYSTEM AND METHOD - A depth image acquiring device is provided, which includes at least one projecting device and at least one image sensing device. The projecting device projects a projection pattern to an object. The image sensing device senses a real image. In addition, the projecting device also serves as a virtual image sensing device. The depth image acquiring device generates a disparity image by matching three sets of dual-images formed by two real images and one virtual image, and generates a depth image according to the disparity image. In addition, the depth image acquiring device also generates a depth image by matching two real images, or a virtual image and a real image without verification.10-18-2012
20120229610STEREOSCOPIC IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD AND STEREOSCOPIC IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS - In a stereoscopic image imaging method which captures an image of an object to be displayed as a stereoscopic image, a three-dimensional image is generated in real time from multi-viewpoint images captured by a multi-camera, and is displayed on a viewer provided to the multi-camera, thus allowing a photographer to adjust an imaging condition. The photographer is informed of parameters, which implements a display state adjusted by an observer of a three-dimensional display while observing the three-dimensional image, via the viewer, and the photographer can capture appropriate multi-viewpoint images.09-13-2012
20110122232STEREOSCOPIC IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS, COMPOUND-EYE IMAGING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - A stereoscopic image display apparatus includes: a display device; an acquisition device for acquiring a left eye image and a right eye image; a first display control device for displaying a stereoscopic image on the display device based on the left and right eye image; an instruction reception device for receiving an instruction indicating enlargement and display of a partial area deviated in a horizontal direction from a center of the stereoscopic image; a cut-out device for cutting out areas necessary for the enlargement and display from the left and right eye image in response to the instruction; a deviation amount calculation unit for calculating a deviation amount in a vertical direction between a center of the left eye image and a center of the right eye image; an image movement device for moving the left eye image and/or the right eye image in the vertical direction by the calculated deviation amount; and a second display control device for enlarging and displaying the partial area on the display device based on the image after the movement.05-26-2011
20110122231METHOD FOR DISLAYING MEASUREMENT EFFECTIVE AREA IN THREE-DIMENSIONAL VISUAL SENSOR AND THREE-DIMENSIONAL VISUAL SENSOR - One of stereo cameras is set such that a front view of a support surface of a workpiece is imaged, an image produced by the camera is displayed, and a range of an area where measurement processing is enabled is assigned by a rectangular frame. A manipulation assigning an upper limit and a lower limit of a height measurement range is accepted. When each assignment is fixed, zero is set as a z-coordinate to each constituent pixel of an image to which the rectangular frame is set, and a z-coordinate based on the upper limit of the height measurement range and a z-coordinate based on the lower limit are set to coordinates corresponding to the rectangular frame. Perspective transformation of three-dimensional information produced by the setting is performed from a direction of a line of sight set by a user, a produced projection image is displayed on a monitor.05-26-2011
20110122229Imaging System for Three-Dimensional Observation of an Operative Site - The invention relates to an endoscopic imaging system for observation of an operative site (05-26-2011
20100328437DISTANCE MEASURING APPARATUS HAVING DUAL STEREO CAMERA - A distance measuring apparatus having dual stereo cameras includes a first stereo camera including left and right CMOS image sensors provided on one board and detecting parallax of a reference object to extract distance information, the left CMOS image sensor being spaced apart from the right CMOS image sensor at a predetermined interval, a second stereo camera separated from the first stereo camera at a predetermined distance, including left and right CMOS image sensors provided on one board, and detecting parallax of the reference object to extract distance information, the left CMOS image sensor being spaced apart from the right CMOS image sensor at a predetermined interval, and a depth map matching unit that extracts distance information on the reference object by comparing the distance information on the reference object acquired through the first stereo camera with the distance information on the reference object acquired through the second stereo camera.12-30-2010
20120262554FREE VIEWPOINT VIDEO - A method of remotely viewing a video from a selected viewpoint selected by the viewer from a continuous segment, including, receiving a recording of a video of a subject recorded using a first depth video camera that records a video comprising a sequence of picture frames and additionally records a depth value for pixels of the picture frames; receiving a recording of a video of the subject recorded using a standard video camera or a second depth video camera positioned to record a video at a viewpoint that differs from the viewpoint of the depth video camera; using the recordings to render a viewable video from the selected viewpoint; and display the rendered viewable video to the viewer.10-18-2012
20120320163THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGING DEVICE AND METHOD, AS WELL AS PROGRAM - Two or more images having a parallax therebetween are obtained by imaging a subject from different positions using imaging units. Three-dimensional processing for three-dimensional display is applied to the two or more images, and the two or more images are displayed on a display unit. While the imaging units carry out a zoom operation, three-dimensional display with a reduced parallax between the two or more images or two-dimensional display is performed.12-20-2012
20120320162VIDEO OBJECT LOCALIZATION METHOD USING MULTIPLE CAMERAS - An efficient 3D object localization method using multiple cameras is provided. The proposed method comprises a three-dimensional object localization process that firstly generates a plurality of two-dimensional line samples originated from a pre-calibrated vanishing point in each camera view for representing foreground video objects, secondly constructs a plurality of three-dimensional line samples from the two-dimensional line samples in all the multiple camera views, and thirdly determines three-dimensional object to locations by clustering the three-dimensional line samples into object groups.12-20-2012
20120268569COMPOSITE CAMERA SYSTEM - An aspect of the invention provides a composite camera system that comprises a first camera including a first imaging unit; a second camera including a second imaging unit; a mount unit configured to detachably mount thereon the first camera and the second camera, wherein scenes captured by the first imaging unit and second imaging unit in a mounted state coincide with each other in vertical position; and a creation unit configured to create a three-dimensional image on the basis of images representing the scenes captured by the first imaging unit and the second imaging unit in the mounted state.10-25-2012
20120268570METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PHOTOGRAPHING AND PROJECTING MOVING IMAGES IN THREE DIMENSIONS - A digital cinematographic and projection process that provides a means of 3D stereoscopic imagery that is not adversely affected by the standard frame rate of 24 frames per second, as is the convention in the motion picture industry worldwide. A method for photographing and projecting moving images in three dimensions includes recording a moving image with a first and a second camera simultaneously and interleaving a plurality of frames recorded by the first camera with a plurality of frames recorded by the second camera. The step of interleaving includes retaining odd numbered frames recorded by the first camera and deleting the even numbered frames, retaining even numbered frames recorded by the second camera and deleting the odd numbered frames, and creating an image sequence by alternating the retained images from the first and second camera.10-25-2012
20120268568METHOD AND APPARATUS OF REDUCING VISUAL VIBRATION OF A MOBILE ELECTRONIC DISPLAY - A mobile computing device comprising one or more sensors and an electronic display is disclosed herein. The one or more sensors are adapted to determine a distance between the mobile computing device and a mobile computing device user, and are also adapted to determine a position of the mobile computing device relative to the mobile computing device user. The electronic display is adapted to modify visual content on the electronic display relative to a change in at least one of, the distance between the mobile computing device and a mobile computing device user, and the position of the mobile computing device relative to the mobile computing device user.10-25-2012
20110216167VIRTUAL INSERTIONS IN 3D VIDEO - Embodiments relate to insertions in 3D video. Virtual camera models enable insertions to be reconciled relative to left and right channels of the 3D video to maximize 3D accuracy and realism of the insertions. Cameras are formed as composites, and can be derived from other models. The camera models can be based on a visual analysis of the 3D video, and can be based on 3D camera data including toe-in and ocular spacing. The camera data may be derived from information collected using instrumentation connect to a 3D camera system, derived based on visual analysis of the 3D video, or derived using a combination of information collected using instrumentation and visual analysis of 3D video. Insertions can be made on-site or at a remote site, and camera data can be embedded in the 3D video and/or separately transmitted to a remote site. Insertions can be adjusted in 3D space based on a type of insertion, the 3D video scene composition, and/or user feedback, including interactive adjustment of 3D insertions and adjustments in view of user sensitivity to eye strain.09-08-2011
20100231690MODEL DISPLAY METHOD FOR THREE-DIMENSIONAL OPTICAL SENSOR AND THREE-DIMENSIONAL OPTICAL SENSOR - The degree of accuracy and the recognition result of a three-dimensional model can be easily, visually confirmed. After a three-dimensional model of a workpiece to be recognized is generated, this three-dimensional model is used to execute a recognition test on three-dimensional information of an actual model of the workpiece. Then, the three-dimensional model is subjected to coordinate transformation processing based on the recognized position and the rotational angle, and the three-dimensional coordinates of the converted three-dimensional model are subjected to the transparent transformation processing onto imaging planes of the cameras A, B, C that take images for the recognition processing. Then, the projected image of the three-dimensional model is displayed in overlaying manner by overlaying on the image of the actual model that is used in the recognition processing and is generated by the cameras A, B, C.09-16-2010
20110304700STORAGE MEDIUM HAVING STORED THEREIN STEREOSCOPIC IMAGE DISPLAY PROGRAM, STEREOSCOPIC IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE, STEREOSCOPIC IMAGE DISPLAY SYSTEM, AND STEREOSCOPIC IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD - A game device 12-15-2011
20120327195Auto Focusing Method and Apparatus - An auto focusing apparatus includes a first optical lens, a first light sensing unit for generating a first sensing signal according to a first image formed on the first light sensing unit, a second light sensing unit for generating a second sensing signal according to a second image formed on the second light sensing unit, an image processing circuit for generating a first image according to the first sensing signal and a second image according to the second sensing signal, and a focusing processor for generating a 3D depth according to the first image and the second image. The first optical lens or the second optical lens is repositioned according to the 3D depth.12-27-2012
20120327194MOTION CAPTURE FROM BODY MOUNTED CAMERAS - Body-mounted cameras are used to accurately reconstruct the motion of a subject. Outward-looking cameras are attached to the limbs of the subject, and the joint angles and root pose that define the subject's configuration are estimated through a non-linear optimization, which can incorporate image matching error and temporal continuity of motion. Instrumentation of the environment is not required, allowing for motion capture over extended areas and in outdoor settings.12-27-2012
20120140043COMPOUND-EYE IMAGING DEVICE, AND PARALLAX ADJUSTING METHOD AND PROGRAM THEREOF - A composite eye camera has: imaging sections (06-07-2012
20130010080METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MAPPING IN STEREO IMAGING - A method for registering a first imaging detector to a surface projects a sequence of k images toward the surface, wherein k≧4, wherein each of the k images has a pattern of lines that extend in a direction that is orthogonal to a movement direction. The pattern encodes an ordered sequence of labels, each label having k binary elements, such that, in the movement direction, any portion of the pattern that is k equal increments long encodes one label of the ordered sequence. The method obtains, for at least a first pixel in the first imaging detector, along at least one line that is parallel to the movement direction, a first sequence of k signal values indicative of the k binary elements of a first label from the ordered sequence of labels and correlates the at least the first pixel in the first imaging detector to the surface.01-10-2013
20130010083PORTABLE DEVICE WITH DUAL IMAGE SENSORS AND QUAD-CORE PROCESSOR - A portable device that has first and second image sensors and a central processor. The central processor has four processing units and a first image sensor interface and a second image sensor interface for receiving data from the from the first and second image sensors respectively. The four processing units and the first and second sensor interfaces are integrated onto a single chip such that the four processing units are configured to simultaneously process the data from the first and second image interfaces to generate stereoscopic image data.01-10-2013
20130010081CALIBRATION AND TRANSFORMATION OF A CAMERA SYSTEM'S COORDINATE SYSTEM - Systems and methods are disclosed that determine a mapping between a first camera system's coordinate system and a second camera system's coordinate system; or determine a transformation between a robot's coordinate system and a camera system's coordinate system, and/or locate, in a robot's coordinate system, a tool extending from an arm of the robot based on the tool location in the camera's coordinate system. The disclosed systems and methods may use transformations derived from coordinates of features found in one or more images. The transformations may be used to interrelate various coordinate systems, facilitating calibration of camera systems, including in robotic systems, such as an image-guided robotic systems for hair harvesting and/or implantation.01-10-2013
20130010085THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE, THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGING DEVICE, TELEVISION RECEIVER, GAME DEVICE, RECORDING MEDIUM, AND METHOD OF TRANSMITTING THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE - A right-eye image n+½ is an image that interpolates between a left-eye image n and a left-eye image n+1. This makes it possible to achieve a stereoscopic image display device capable of carrying out a stereoscopic display with improved display quality of moving images and improved viewability of moving images.01-10-2013
20130010084THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGING DEVICE AND THREE-DMENSIONAL IMAGING METHOD - A camera processor image-processes an image for left eye captured by a left-eye image capturing unit and an image for right eye captured by a right-eye image capturing unit to generate a parallax image of the left-eye image and the right-eye image. A vertical timing adjuster adjusts timings of driving a left-eye image sensor and a right-eye image sensor using a frame synchronizing drive controller to reduce as close to zero as possible an amount of vertical displacement between a framing position of a target object image in the left-eye image and a framing position of a target object image in the right-eye image.01-10-2013
20130010079CALIBRATION BETWEEN DEPTH AND COLOR SENSORS FOR DEPTH CAMERAS - A system described herein includes a receiver component that receives a first digital image from a color camera, wherein the first digital image comprises a planar object, and a second digital image from a depth sensor, wherein the second digital image comprises the planar object. The system also includes a calibrator component that jointly calibrates the color camera and the depth sensor based at least in part upon the first digital image and the second digital image.01-10-2013
20130016186METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CALIBRATING AN IMAGING DEVICE - Described are methods and apparatus for adjusting images of a stereoscopic image pair based on keypoint matches. The quality of the key point matches is first evaluated to determine whether the quality exceeds a keypoint quality threshold. If the quality level of the keypoint matches exceeds the threshold, the vertical disparity between the images of the stereoscopic image pair can be evaluated based on vertical disparity vectors between the keypoint matches. If the vertical disparity is below a threshold, no adjustment of the stereoscopic image pair may be performed. If the vertical disparity is above the threshold, an affine correction may compensate for pitch, roll, and scale differences between the images. A projective correction may compensate for yaw differences. The vertical disparity between the two images is then evaluated after the corrections to determine if additional adjustment should be performed.01-17-2013
20130016187METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AUTO-CONVERGENCE FOR STEREOSCOPIC IMAGES AND VIDEOS - A method and apparatus for reducing convergence accommodation conflict. The method includes estimating disparities between images for different lens, analyzing the estimated disparities, selecting a point of convergence, determining the amount of shift relating to the convergence point selected, and performing adjustment to the disparity to maintain a disparity value below a threshold.01-17-2013
20130021449THREE-DIMENSIONAL MEASURING METHOD - Provided is a three-dimensional measuring method that can select a large number of line sections for calculating formulas of three-dimensional lines to perform three-dimensional measurement of a measurement object.01-24-2013
20130021446SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ENHANCED SENSE OF DEPTH VIDEO - A system and method receives image or video feeds from at least two cameras positioned on a platform such as a vehicle, to view a scene from different viewing points. A relative displacement between the video feeds may be selected (e.g., pre-selected, or selected by a system), and display of the feeds may be alternated on a display a chosen flicker or alternation rate, where the video feeds are displaced at the relative displacement.01-24-2013
20130021447DUAL IMAGE CAPTURE PROCESSING - Embodiments of imaging devices of the present disclosure automatically utilize simultaneous image captures in an image processing pipeline. In one embodiment, control processing circuitry initiates simultaneous capture of the first image by the first image sensor and the second image by the second image sensor; and image processing circuitry generates an enhanced monoscopic image comprising at least portions of the first image and the second image.01-24-2013
20130021452THREE-DIMENSIONAL DISTANCE MEASUREMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREFOR - A three-dimensional imaging unit includes a plurality of image pickup devices that image an image and a rotation drive device which rotates the image pickup devices and adjusts optical axes such that reflections of an object to be measured in a space to be measured have a predetermined amount of overlap. An association calculating unit calculates position association information of pixels when a required measurement point is mapped onto a plurality of images. A three-dimensional shape calculating unit calculates a three-dimensional shape of the object to be measured using the position association information and rotational information of the rotation drive device. A three-dimensional shape estimation calculating unit estimates, from the three-dimensional shape, a three-dimensional shape of a region of the object to be measured where the three-dimensional shape is not obtained. A three-dimensional measurement coordinates calculating unit calculates, from an estimation result, three-dimensional coordinates of two distance measurement points designated on the object to be measured. A distance calculating unit calculates a distance between the two points using the three-dimensional coordinates.01-24-2013
20130021448STEREOSCOPIC THREE-DIMENSIONAL CAMERA RIGS - A three-dimensional camera rig includes multiple lenses located along a mounting mechanism, where the multiple lenses are separated at an interocular distance along the mounting mechanism necessary to capture a three-dimensional image capable of distribution, and where the three-dimensional image is viewable in a plurality of formats.01-24-2013
20130021450STEREOSCOPIC IMAGING SYSTEM, RECORDING CONTROL METHOD, STEREOSCOPIC IMAGE REPRODUCTION SYSTEM, AND REPRODUCTION CONTROL METHOD - A stereoscopic imaging system includes: first and second imaging control units respectively controlling the operation of first and second imaging devices outputting first and second image signals in first and second processing frames according to incident light on a subject through first and second lenses; first and second access control units respectively controlling access to first and second image signal recording mediums recording the first and second image signals in the first and second processing frames; a first synchronization control unit notifying, if the capacity of a first image signal recording medium accessed by the first access control unit is insufficient, the timing of switching access to another first image signal recording medium; and a second synchronization control unit controlling switching access to another second image signal recording medium different from the second image signal recording medium accessed by the second access control unit in synchronization with the notified timing.01-24-2013
20130021451METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETERMINING A CALIBRATION PARAMETER OF A STEREO CAMERA - The invention relates to a method and device for determining object property of an object with the aid of images that have been recorded with the aid of a camera. Further, the invention relates to a method for determining a calibration parameter for a stereo camera. For determining the object property of an object, the object is defined in a first image recorded with the aid of the camera. Further, the brightness of a defined object is determined. Each time after a preset time interval, a further image is recorded with the aid of the camera. The object is defined in each of the further images and each time, the brightness of the defined object of each image is determined. Dependent on the brightness curve, an object property is assigned to the object.01-24-2013
20120242807HAND-HELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE - In a hand-held electronic device having a stereoscopic display section capable of displaying an image which is stereoscopically visible with naked eyes, a variety of functions are realized. A hand-held electronic device 09-27-2012
20110261167THREE-DIMENSIONAL CAMERA APPARATUS - A three-dimensional (3D) camera apparatus is provided which includes a first camera module and a second camera module, which are folded or unfolded through rotation and horizontally move in the unfolded state to adjust a distance therebetween. The 3D camera apparatus includes a camera housing, the first camera module and the second camera module which are rotatably or movably coupled to the camera housing, are folded to or unfolded from the camera housing through rotation, and horizontally move in the unfolded state to adjust a distance there between. A driving unit is provided in the camera housing to allow rotation or horizontal movement of the first camera module and the second camera module, and a guide movement portion provided in the camera housing to guide horizontal movement of the first camera module and the second camera module.10-27-2011
20130169760Image Enhancement Methods And Systems - Provided are computer-implemented systems and methods for image enhancement using one or more image processing techniques, such as stereo disparity, facial recognition, and other like features. An image may be captured using one or two cameras provided on the same device. The image is then processed to detect at least one of a foreground portion or a background portion of the image. These portions are then processed independently from each other, for example, to enhance the foreground and/or blur the background. For example, a circular blur or a Gaussian blur technique may be applied to the background. The processing may be performed on still images and/or video images, such as live teleconferences. The processing may be performed on an image capturing device, such as a mobile phone, a tablet computer, or a laptop computer, or performed on a back-end system.07-04-2013
20130176402Stereo Extended Depth of Focus - The disclosure is directed to providing high resolution stereoscopy with extended depth of focus. Wave front coding in optical paths going to a first detector and at least a second detector may be implemented to affect an intermediate set of images. The intermediate set of images may be filtered (i.e. decoded) to produce a filtered set of images with selected resolution and depth of focus properties. A first filtered image and a second filtered image may be substantially simultaneously presented to respective first and second eyes of an observer to further generate an illusion of enhanced depth (i.e. 3D perception).07-11-2013
20130141545METHOD FOR CALIBRATING A MEASUREMENT SYSTEM AND DEVICE FOR CARRYING OUT THE METHOD - The invention relates to a method for calibrating a measurement system having at least one image recording apparatus (06-06-2013
20120249748STEREOSCOPIC IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND STEREOSCOPIC IMAGE PICKUP METHOD - A stereoscopic image pickup apparatus includes an objective optical system of an afocal optical system, which includes two or more lens groups that form a subject as a real image or a virtual image and that are disposed on the same optical axis; a plurality of image pickup optical systems that allow a plurality of subject light beams, which are emitted from different paths of the objective optical system, to be imaged as independent images, respectively, by a plurality of independent lens groups; and a plurality of image pickup devices that are provided in correspondence with the plurality of image pickup optical systems, and that convert the images, which are imaged by the plurality of image pickup optical systems, to image signals.10-04-2012
20120249746METHODS FOR DETECTING, VISUALIZING, AND CORRECTING THE PERCEIVED DEPTH OF A MULTICAMERA IMAGE SEQUENCE - A set of tools in a media composition system for stereoscopic video provides visualizations of the perceived depth field in video clips, including depth maps, depth histograms, time-based depth histogram ribbons and curves displayed in association with a media timeline, and multi-panel displays including views of clips temporally adjacent to a clip being edited. Temporal changes in perceived depth that may cause viewer discomfort are automatically detected, and when they exceed a predetermined threshold, the editor is alerted. Depth grading tools facilitate matching depths in an outgoing clip to those in an incoming clip. Depth grading can be performed automatically upon detection of excessively large or rapid perceived depth changes.10-04-2012
20130176400APPARATUS AND METHOD OF AUTOMATICALLY CORRECTING BRIGHTNESS OF IMAGES CAPTURED BY MULTIPLE CAMERAS - Disclosed is a technique for acquiring many images in different positions using multiple cameras to three dimensionally restore an object. The technique acquires images obtained by capturing an object by multiple cameras and corrects brightnesses between images captured by the multiple cameras based on an average brightness value calculated from the images captured by the multiple cameras so as to be constantly maintained. Therefore, it is possible to precisely restore a 3D model using images captured by multiple cameras having corrected brightness.07-11-2013
20130176401Instrumented Sports Paraphernalia System - A real time system to televise sporting events from amongst the players on the playing field is disclosed. Sports paraphernalia that are ordinarily used by the players on the playing field are instrumented with a variety of TV cameras, microphones, and bi-directional communication electronics. Sports paraphernalia like footballs, ice hockey pucks, baseball first bases, baseball second bases, baseball third bases, baseball home plates and baseball pitcher's rubbers are disclosed. The instrumentation is built into and contained within the sports paraphernalia themselves. The instrumented sports paraphernalia televise signals to an antenna array relay junction, which relays the signals to a remote base station where they are processed and finally broadcast to a TV viewing audience. The cameraman in the remote base station exercises command and control over the functions of the instrumented sports paraphernalia.07-11-2013
20130135443System for Space-based Imaging in Three Dimensions - A system for space-based imaging in three dimensions comprises: at least two satellites in a geocentric orbit in the same orbital plane, a satellite being equipped with equipment for optical imaging in two dimensions and means for transmitting to the ground the images in two dimensions; at least one data receiving station on the ground, connected to a communications network; at least one centre for processing the images received in two dimensions from the said satellites in order to create resulting images in three dimensions and to broadcast the said resulting images in three dimensions, said processing centre being connected to the said communications network; and, means for controlling said satellites such that a geographical area of the Earth of which images are to be taken is seen under an angle of incidence with respect to the nadir greater than a minimum threshold and/or less than a maximum threshold.05-30-2013
20130093854THREE DIMENSIONAL SHAPE MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A three dimensional shape measurement apparatus comprising: a projection unit configured to perform a projection operation to a measurement area; a photographing unit configured to photograph a target object in the measurement area undergoing the projection operation; and a measurement unit configured to measure a three dimensional shape of the target object based on the photographed image, wherein the measurement area includes a measurement reference surface serving as a reference for a focus position of a photographing optical system of the photographing unit, and is defined based on a projection range of the projection unit and a photographing range of the photographing unit, and the focus position is set deeper than a position of the measurement reference surface when observed from the photographing unit.04-18-2013
20130100253IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGING CAPTURING DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING IMAGE - To remove visual discomfort during a zooming period, thereby enabling an observer not to feel fatigued.04-25-2013
20130100254IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image capture device includes: first and second shooting sections, each of which is configured to shoot an image of a subject; and a signal processing section configured to generate, based on first and second images that have been shot by the first and second shooting sections, respectively, information indicating the amount of parallax between the first and second images. Based on at least one of the states of the first and second images, a zoom power during shooting, and the tilt of the image capture device during shooting, the signal processing section generates control information indicating the degree of stereoscopic property of a 3D image to be generated based on the first and second images or indicating whether or not the 3D image needs to be output, and records the control information and the information indicating the amount of parallax.04-25-2013
20130100255INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM USING CAPTURED IMAGE, INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD - An input information acquisition unit of an information processing device acknowledges a user input. An imaging condition control unit initiates imaging using the imaging condition determined according to the user input or a result of analyzing a captured image. An imaging condition storage unit stores an imaging condition table that maps target functions to imaging conditions. First and second image analysis units and acquire images captured by first and second cameras and installed in the imaging device and perform necessary image analysis. An information integration unit integrates images captured by the pair of cameras and results of analysis. An image data generation unit generates data for an image output as a result of the process.04-25-2013
201301138903D LOCATION SENSING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A 3-dimensional (3D) location sensing system and method. The 3D location sensing system includes: an emitter which emits light including a plurality of markers onto an object; two or more photographing units which sense the light reflected from the object to respectively sense one or more markers; and a controller which calculates a 3D location coordinate of the object based on information about the one or more markers sensed by the two or more photographing units.05-09-2013
20130113894VARIABLE 3-D CAMERA ASSEMBLY FOR STILL PHOTOGRAPHY - The embodiments herein provide a variable three-dimensional camera assembly for still photography. The assembly consists of a housing to encase two cameras for capturing and projecting left and right eye views. The telescopically movable arms are fixed to the housing and fixed with two objectives. The arms are moved manually or using a motorized control to enable the objectives to converge on a desired target simultaneously. The images captured by the cameras are passed through the two eyepieces to project a 3-D image. A single common control unit regulates the image processing units provided for simultaneous 3-D viewing of the images of the target object. A horizon parallel indicator system is arranged to hold the cameras horizontally. A multi position primary lens/prism/mirrors complex unit (LMPC4) is provided to adjust the convergence accurately to improve the 3-D effect.05-09-2013
20130113893STEREOSCOPIC MEASUREMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD - A stereoscopic measurement system captures stereo images and determines measurement information for user-designated points within stereo images. The system comprises an image capture device for capturing stereo images of an object. A processing system communicates with the capture device to receive stereo images. The processing system displays the stereo images and allows a user to select one or more points within the stereo image. The processing system processes the designated points within the stereo images to determine measurement information for the designated points.05-09-2013
20130113892THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE, THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM - Among objects located more frontward than a main object, an object having a disparity vector having magnitude of a predetermined threshold value or more determined as a target object. A background image for an image for right-eye is extracted from an image for left-eye, and is combined with the image for right-eye. The target object is deleted from the image for right-eye. The target object image is combined at a position in the image for left-eye corresponding to a position of the target object in the image for right-eye to overlappingly display images of the target object in the image for left-eye. The image for right-eye from which the target object image is deleted and the image for left-eye in which the images of the target object are overlappingly displayed are three-dimensionally displayed on a monitor. Accordingly, the target object can be prevented from being viewed as a three-dimensional image.05-09-2013
20130113891PARALLAX SCANNING METHODS FOR STEREOSCOPIC THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGING - A method of using two parallax scanning lenses to capture left and right points of view for stereoscopic three-dimensional display. The method includes establishing first and second parallax scanning points of view and overlapping fields of view of a subject volume including a region of interest. The method includes reading at least one scene parameter associated with the field of view of the subject volume. The method includes determining stereoscopic and parallax scanning setting based on a value(s) derived from at least one scene parameter. The method also includes computer generating and storing virtual parallax scanning stereoscopic imagery.05-09-2013
20130113889STEREO IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE - A stereo image capturing device includes two image capturing modules, an image processing unit, a memory and a processor for respectively storing and executing the image processing unit. Each image capturing module includes a liquid crystal lens, a voltage drive chip, and an image sensor. The image processing unit includes a WDF module, a focus control module, and an image synthesize module. The WDF module determines the sharpness of the colors of images, and acquires object distance of the images according to the sharpness. When the object distance is bigger than a predetermined distance, the WDF module modifies the sharpness of the images, otherwise the focus control module drives the voltage drive chip to change focal distance of the liquid crystal lens according to the object distance. The image synthesize module synthesizes the images to stereo images.05-09-2013
20130128004Modular Night-Vision System with Fused Optical Sensors - A modular night visualization system with fused optical sensors comprises a light-intensifying base module and an image-sensing auxiliary module. The connections according to the system provide a modular system in which the auxiliary module is easily interchangeable with a different auxiliary module. Thus, a compact and modular visualization system that is operationally easier to use is provided. The system may be a night-vision field-glass for a foot soldier enabling fusion of sensors. Any other application for a vision field-glass with fused sensors is possible.05-23-2013
20130169759Second Generation Hand Held Optical Imager - A method, apparatus, and system acquire data to create a 3D mesh representing a 3D object. The method, apparatus, and system acquire image data of the 3D object using two probes of an imaging system. The flexible probes conform to the shape of the 3D object, illuminate the object at a face of each probe head via optical fibers coupled to an illumination system, and receive at the surface of the 3D object, via optical fibers coupled to a detection system, light reflected from and/or transmitted through the 3D object. The reflectance and transillumination image data collected by the detection system are co-registered with the previously acquired 3D mesh using data from a tracking system monitoring the position of each probe, displayed in real-time, and optionally saved.07-04-2013
20130169758THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE GENERATING DEVICE - A three-dimensional (3D) image generating device including a first memory unit, a first (master) processor, and a second (slave) processor is provided. The first processor and the second processor respectively include a first image processing unit and a second image processing unit. The first processor further includes a data access unit. The first image processing unit and the second image processing unit respectively receive images representing a first human eye and a second human eye and generate a first image and a second image through image processing. The data access unit receives the first image from the first image processing unit and writes it into the first memory unit according to a predetermined 3D image format. The second image processed by the second image processing unit is transmitted to the data access unit and written into the first memory unit according to the predetermined 3D image format.07-04-2013
20130128002STEREOGRAPHY DEVICE AND STEREOGRAPHY METHOD - In the stereography device, the stereography is unavailable if the specifications of a plurality of image pickup units differ from each other, therefore, a stereography device includes a first photographing unit; a second photographing unit whose optical specification is different from that of the first photographing unit; and an operational processing unit; wherein each of the first photographing unit and the second photographing unit outputs a first photographed image and a second photographed image with respect to a target to be photographed including an identical object; the first photographed image has a first image property determined by an optical specification of the first photographing unit; the second photographed image has a second image property determined by an optical specification of the second photographing unit.05-23-2013
20130135445PRIMARY AND AUXILIARY IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICES FOR IMAGE PROCESSING AND RELATED METHODS - Disclosed herein are primary and auxiliary image capture devices for image processing and related methods. According to an aspect, a method may include using primary and auxiliary image capture devices to perform image processing. The method may include using the primary image capture device to capture a first image of a scene, the first image having a first quality characteristic. Further, the method may include using the auxiliary image capture device to capture a second image of the scene. The second image may have a second quality characteristic. The second quality characteristic may be of lower quality than the first quality characteristic. The method may also include adjusting at least one parameter of one of the captured images to create a plurality of adjusted images for one of approximating and matching the first quality characteristic. Further, the method may include utilizing the adjusted images for image processing.05-30-2013
20130135444Fusion of Far Infrared and Visible Images in Enhanced Obstacle Detection in Automotive Applications - A computerized system mountable on a vehicle operable to detect an object by processing first image frames from a first camera and second image frames from a second camera. A first range is determined to said detected object using the first image frames. An image location is projected of the detected object in the first image frames onto an image location in the second image frames. A second range is determined to the detected object based on both the first and second image frames. The detected object is tracked in both the first and second image frames When the detected object leaves a field of view of the first camera, a third range is determined responsive to the second range and the second image frames.05-30-2013
20110216168DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS HAVING COMMON ANGLE OF VIEW DISPLAY FUNCTION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS, AND MEDIUM FOR RECORDING THE METHOD - A digital photographing apparatus includes a plurality of image pickup units that capture a plurality of images, a first image processing unit that generates a single input image from the plurality of images, a second image processing unit that generates a display image comprising common angle of view information in which the angle of view information of each of the plurality of image pickup units with respect to the single input image overlap, and a display unit that displays the display image. Each of the plurality of images shows a different parallax with respect to a subject, and each of the plurality of image pickup units have angle of view information.09-08-2011
20130141544INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An information processing apparatus comprises an image capturing unit configured to output a maximum tone value for each tone point at which exposure exceeds a saturation light amount; a calculation unit configured to calculate individual tone intersections by interpolating tone distributions of a first and second luminance pattern lights that were output by the image capturing unit; and a light quantity adjustment unit configured to adjust the quantity of light that enters the image sensor such that the tone values of tone points that are adjacent to the tone intersections and are used in calculation of the individual tone intersections are lower than the maximum tone value, and the tone value of at least one tone point other than the adjacent tone points is equal to the maximum tone value.06-06-2013
20130141543INTELLIGENT IMAGE SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM USING NETWORK CAMERA AND METHOD THEREFOR - An intelligent control system according to an exemplary embodiment of the present disclosure includes a plurality of network cameras to photograph a surveillance area; an image gate unit to perform image processing of image data, which is input from the plurality of network cameras, according to a specification that is requested by a user; a smart image providing unit to convert a plurality of image streams, which are image processed by the image gate unit, to a single image stream; and an image display unit to generate a three-dimensional (3D) image by segmenting, into a plurality of images, the single image stream that is input from the smart image providing unit and by disposing the segmented images on corresponding positions on a 3D modeling.06-06-2013
20130128001METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETECTING OBJECT ON A ROAD - Disclosed are a method and a system for detecting an object on a road. The method comprises a step of simultaneously capturing two depth maps, and then calculating a disparity map; a step of obtaining, based on the disparity map, a V-disparity image by adopting a V-disparity algorithm; a step of detecting an oblique line in the V-disparity image, and then removing points in the disparity map, corresponding to the oblique line so as to acquire a sub-disparity map excluding the road; a step of detecting plural vertical lines in the V-disparity image, and then extracting, for each of the plural vertical lines, points corresponding to this vertical line from the sub-disparity map as an object sub-disparity map corresponding to this vertical line; and a step of merging any two rectangular areas of the object sub-disparity maps approaching each other, into a rectangular object area.05-23-2013
20110211047Methods and Systems for Imaging and Modeling Skin Using Polarized Lighting - A method for imaging skin includes illuminating a subject with at least one light source of one or more light sources. The method includes acquiring a first image of the subject in a first polarization with a respective photodetector of one or more photodetectors configured to acquire images of the subject as illuminated by the at least one light source, and acquiring a second image of the subject in a second polarization with the respective photodetector. The method also includes generating a subtraction image by subtracting at least a portion of the first image from a corresponding portion of the second image, and providing at least a portion of the subtraction image for display.09-01-2011
20080198220Compound camera and methods for implementing auto-focus, depth-of-field and high-resolution functions - A compound camera system for generating an enhanced virtual image having a large depth-of-field. The compound camera system comprises a plurality of component cameras for generating image data of an object and a data processor for generating the enhanced virtual image from the image data. The data processor generates the enhanced virtual image by generating a first component virtual image at a first depth plane, generating a second component virtual image at a second depth plane, and inserting first selected pixels from the first component virtual image into enhanced the virtual image and inserting second selected pixels from the second component virtual image into the enhanced virtual image.08-21-2008
20110221869IMAGING DEVICE, DISPLAY METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM - A finder display processing unit displays a finder image on a finder screen, measures the distance through triangulation from a stereo camera to a part of a subject expressed in a designated region on the finder image, and designates the shortest distance and the farthest distance from the stereo camera to the subject on the basis of the distance acquired through distance measurement. A finder display processing unit specifies as an effective range candidate a range where the imaging ranges of the first imaging unit and a second imaging unit overlap, specifies an effective range candidate at the shortest distance and an effective range candidate at the farthest distance on the first photographed image, and specifies the range where these effective range candidates overlap as the effective range. The finder display processing unit displays on the finder screen information indicating the specified effective range.09-15-2011
20110221868Information Reproducing Apparatus - An information reproducing apparatus includes a display unit and processing unit. The information reproducing apparatus has a position determining device configured to determine the position and alignment of the apparatus and to supply a first signal representing the position and a second signal representing the alignment to the processing unit. The processing unit retrieves information on objects from a database and processes the information. The database includes a plurality of information on objects of locations within a predefined spatial environment. The processing unit determines information for the current alignment of the apparatus on objects in the direction of the alignment of the apparatus and the display unit displays the information.09-15-2011
20130147923Smart Audio and Video Capture Systems for Data Processing Systems - A computation system comprising an orientation detection device configured to detect position information comprising a position and an orientation of the computation system, a multi-sensor system coupled to the orientation detection device, wherein the multi-sensor system is configured to capture environmental input data, wherein the multi-sensor system comprises at least one of an audio capturing system and a three-dimensional (3D) image capturing system, and wherein the environmental input data comprises at least one of audio and an image, and at least one signal processing component coupled to the orientation detection device and to the multi-sensor system, wherein the processor is configured to modify the captured environmental input data based on the position information.06-13-2013
20130147924PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH 3D IMAGE CAPTURE CAPABILITY AND IMAGE DIFFERENCE CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A portable electronic device with 3D image capture capability and an image difference control method thereof are disclosed. The portable electronic device comprises a first and a second image capture module, a subject distance estimator and an image difference control mechanism. The first and second image capture modules are operative to capture a first image and a second image, respectively, to form a 3D image. Before image capturing, the subject distance estimator estimates a subject distance indicating how far a subject to be captured is, and the image difference control mechanism adjusts a distance between the first and second image capture modules based on the subject distance by moving at least one of the first and second image capture modules. In this manner, the image difference between the first and second images is properly controlled to perfectly form the 3D image.06-13-2013
20100283835Microscopic imaging techniques - A method of performing 3D photoactivation microscope imaging includes providing a sample having a plurality of probes, each of the plurality of probes including a photo-activatable material. Probes from the plurality of probes are activated to form a sparse subset of probes, the sparse subset of probes having probes that are spatially separated by at least a microscope resolution. The sample is illuminated with a readout light source, and light emitted from activated probes is detected. Based on the light emission detected from the activated probes, localized three-dimensional positions of the activated probes are obtained.11-11-2010
20120257022IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD - An imaging apparatus includes: an imaging section converting image light impinging thereon through a lens device into an electrical imaging signal; an imaging process section processing the imaging signal output by the imaging section; an output section converting the imaging signal processed by the imaging process section into an image signal in a predetermined format and outputting the image signal; a terminal for synchronization for connection with another imaging apparatus; and an imaging control section controlling imaging at timing in synchronism with the other imaging apparatus and putting the lens device in the same state of control as the state of control of the other imaging apparatus when the communication with the other imaging apparatus can be performed through the terminal section for synchronization.10-11-2012
20100309292METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR GENERATING MULTI-VIEWPOINT DEPTH MAP, METHOD FOR GENERATING DISPARITY OF MULTI-VIEWPOINT IMAGE - There are provided a method and an apparatus for generating a multi-viewpoint depth map, and a method for generating a disparity of a multi-viewpoint image. A method for generating a multi-viewpoint depth map according to the present invention includes the steps of: (a) acquiring a multi-viewpoint image constituted by a plurality of images by using a plurality of cameras (b) acquiring an image and depth information by using a depth camera; (c) estimating coordinates of the same point in a space in the plurality of images by using the acquired depth information; (d) determining disparities in the plurality of images with respect to in the same point by searching a predetermined region around the estimated coordinates; and (e) generating a multi-viewpoint depth map by using the determined disparities. According to the above-mentioned present invention, it is possible to generate a multi-viewpoint depth map within a shorter time and generate a multi-viewpoint depth map having higher quality than a multi-viewpoint depth map generated by using known stereo matching.12-09-2010
20100309291METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CAPTURING THREE-DIMENSIONAL STEREOSCOPIC IMAGES - A method for capturing a three-dimensional image. The method comprises capturing a combined beam of light having first polarized beam of light and a second polarized beam of light, sampling the combined beam of light using an imager, and providing the first polarized image to a first output and the second polarized image to a second output. The first polarized beam of light and the second polarized beam of light are orthogonally polarized. The imager includes a set of first polarized pixels for sampling the first polarized beam of light to produce a first polarized image, and a set of second polarized pixels for sampling the second polarized beam of light to produce a second polarized image.12-09-2010
20110242286Stereoscopic Camera With Automatic Obstruction Removal - There is disclosed a stereographic camera system, a computing device and a method of operating a stereographic camera system. The stereoscopic camera system may a left camera and a right camera and an obstruction detector to determine whether or not a field of view of one of the left camera and the right camera is at least partially obstructed. A controller may cause the camera system to automatically output only non-obstructed image data, in response to a determination by the obstruction detector that a field of view of one of the left camera and the right camera is at least partially obstructed.10-06-2011
20110234765IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM, AND COMPOUND EYE DIGITAL CAMERA - A parallax map is generated by corresponding left and right images with each other through stereo matching based on the left image. An attention pixel is set on the parallax map, and a window of a predetermined size centering on a pixel (left image attention pixel) on the left image corresponding to the attention pixel is set in the left image. Pixels having an RGB value similar to the RGB value of the left image attention pixel from among the pixels in the window are extracted, and the parallax of a pixel on the parallax map corresponding to each extracted pixel is entered into a parallax histogram to generate a parallax histogram. When the frequency of the attention pixel is smaller than a predetermined value, the parallax of the attention pixel is corrected with a parallax having the maximum frequency value of the parallax histogram.09-29-2011
20110234764IMAGING DEVICE - The imaging device includes a first optical system, a second optical system, a first support frame, a second support frame, a frame member, and a support member. The first support frame has a first contact portion and supports the first optical system. The second support frame supports the second optical system. The first and second support frames on the frame member are mounted, and this frame member comes into contact with the first contact portion at three or more points. The support member couples the first support frame to the frame member in a state in which the first receiver comes into contact with the first contact portion. The points of contact between the first contact portion and the first receiver are disposed on an imaginary spherical plane.09-29-2011
20110234763APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR TRANSMITTING/RECEIVING MULTI-VIEW STEREOSCOPIC VIDEO - An apparatus for transmitting a multi-view stereoscopic video includes: a control unit configured to receive a group of stereoscopic images taken by a plurality of stereoscopic imaging devices; a generation unit configured to select at least one stereoscopic frame from stereoscopic frames of the received group of stereoscopic images, arrange the selected stereoscopic frames successively, and generate a multi-view stereoscopic video; an encoding unit configured to encode the generated multi-view stereoscopic video; and a transmission unit configured to transmit the encoded multi-view stereoscopic video through a transmission network.09-29-2011
20110234762APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CAPTURING THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE - An apparatus and a method for capturing a three-dimensional image are provided. The image capturing apparatus comprises a left eye lens, a right eye lens, an operating unit, and a processing unit. The left eye lens is used for capturing a left eye image and the right eye lens is used for capturing a right eye image, in which there is a horizontal shift between the left eye lens and the right eye lens. The operating unit is disposed on the left eye lens and the right eye lens for rotating the left eye lens and the right eye lens by about 90 degrees, respectively. The processing unit is coupled to the left eye lens and the right eye lens and used to combine the left eye image and the right eye image captured by the rotated left eye lens and the right eye lens into a three-dimensional vertical image.09-29-2011
20110234768PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS AND FOCUS POSITION DETERMINING METHOD - It is an object of the present invention to provide a photographing apparatus that may accurately determine focus positions of two photographing sections in the same degree of time as in the past and a focus position determining method in the photographing apparatus. A search range setting section calculates one boundary value Pn′ of a second search area from an equation Pn′=Pn+N and calculates the other boundary value Pf′ of the second search area from an equation Pf′=P09-29-2011
20110234767STEREOSCOPIC IMAGING APPARATUS - A stereoscopic imaging apparatus capable of obtaining a stereoscopic image suitable for a photographic scene is provided. A First imaging section and a second imaging section has a single-eye 09-29-2011
20110234766MULTI-EYE PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS AND PROGRAM THEREOF - When the distance to an object is short and a release button is fully-pushed, one photographing unit acquires a left image. Translucence-processing is performed for the left image, and an optimum movement distance of a viewpoint between left and right images is calculated. The left image objected to the translucence-processing and the calculated optimum movement distance are superimposingly displayed on a live view image of a liquid crystal monitor, and the correlation coefficient of an object region and a background region are calculated for the live view image and the acquired left image. It is determined whether or not the correlation coefficient of the object region is equal to or greater than a first threshold value and whether or not the correlation coefficient of the background region is equal to or greater than a second threshold value, and if the threshold value determination is positive, one photographing unit acquires the right image.09-29-2011
20100315490APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR GENERATING DEPTH INFORMATION - An apparatus for generating depth information, includes: a projector configured to project a predetermined pattern to an object to be photographed; a left camera configured to acquire a left image of a structured light image which is generated by projecting the predetermined pattern to the object; a right camera configured to acquire a right image of the structured light image; a depth information generating unit configured to determine correspondence points based on the left image, the right image and the structured light pattern, to generate depth information of the image, to determine the depth information by applying a stereo matching method to the left image and the right image when the structured light pattern cannot be applied to a field of the image, and to generate depth information of entire image based on the acquired depth information.12-16-2010
20130155197STEREO IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE - A stereo image capturing device includes two image capturing modules, an image processing unit, a storage unit storing the image processing unit and a processor for executing the image processing unit. Each image capturing module includes a lens unit and an image sensor. The image processing unit includes a WDF module, a focus control module, and an image synthesize module. The WDF module determines the sharpness of the colors in images detected by the image sensor and acquires object distances of the images according to the sharpness. When the object distance is bigger than a predetermined distance, the WDF module can modify the sharpness of the images, otherwise the focus control module drives the lens unit to change focal distance of the lens unit. The image synthesize module synthesizes the images into stereo images.06-20-2013
20130155198STEREOSCOPIC IMAGING APPARATUS - According to an illustrative embodiment, an imaging system is provided. The system includes a first imaging unit; a second imaging unit; and an objective optical system optically coupled to the first imaging unit and the second imaging unit, wherein the objective optical system has a first direction along which light is refracted and a second direction along which light is refracted differently.06-20-2013
20130155199Multi-Part Corresponder for Multiple Cameras - Described are methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer program products for finding correspondences of one or more parts in a camera image of two or more cameras. For a first part in a first camera image of a first camera, a first 3D ray that is a first back-projection of a first feature coordinate of the first part in the first camera image to a 3D physical space is calculated. For a second part in a second camera image of a second camera, a second 3D ray that is a second back-projection of a second feature coordinate of the second part in the second camera image to the 3D physical space is calculated, wherein the first feature coordinate and the second feature coordinate correspond to a first feature as identified in a model. A first distance between the first 3D ray and the second 3D ray is calculated.06-20-2013
20130182079MOTION CAPTURE USING CROSS-SECTIONS OF AN OBJECT - An object's position and/or motion in three-dimensional space can be captured. For example, a silhouette of an object as seen from a vantage point can be used to define tangent lines to the object in various planes (“slices”). From the tangent lines, the cross section of the object is approximated using a simple closed curve (e.g., an ellipse). Alternatively, locations of points on an object's surface in a particular slice can also be determined directly, and the object's cross-section in the slice can be approximated by fitting a simple closed curve to the points. Positions and cross sections determined for different slices can be correlated to construct a 3D model of the object, including its position and shape. A succession of images can be analyzed to capture motion of the object.07-18-2013
20130182080CAMERA TESTING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR TESTING CAMERA - A method for testing a 3D camera is provided. The method includes: making a first camera of the 3D camera align with a first picture of a reference picture, wherein, the reference picture includes a second picture, a central point of the first picture and the second picture respectively has a first label and a second label; obtaining an image captured by a second camera of the 3D camera; identifying the first label, the second label, and a central point of the image; calculating an actual angle difference and an actual distance difference according to coordinates of the first label, the second label, and the central point; determining whether the 3D camera is installed appropriately by comparing the actual distance difference with the reference distance difference and the actual angle difference with the reference angle difference respectively.07-18-2013
201301880223D ZOOM IMAGER - A 3D imager comprising two cameras having fixed wide-angle and narrow angle FOVs respectively that overlap to provide an active space for the imager and a controller that determines distances to features in the active space responsive to distances provided by the cameras and a division of the active space into near, intermediate, and far zones.07-25-2013
20120019624IMAGE SENSOR FOR GENERATING STEREOSCOPIC IMAGES - The present invention relates to an image sensor for generating stereoscopic images. According to the present invention, the image sensor for generating stereoscopic images comprises: a left image sensor which is arranged to generate a left eye image of a subject to be photographed; a right image sensor which is spaced apart from the left image sensor to generate the right eye image of the subject; and a driving circuit unit which drives the left eye image sensor and the right eye image sensor. The left eye image sensor, the right eye image sensor, and the driving circuit unit are all disposed on a single wafer. According to the present invention, the image sensor for generating stereoscopic images can be applied to a device such as a mobile terminal, portable stereo camera or stereo camcorder.01-26-2012
20120019623THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND LENS DRIVING METHOD OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - A three-dimensional image pickup apparatus for capturing right and left images with a first imaging unit and a second imaging unit to generate a stereoscopic image is provided. In this three-dimensional image pickup apparatus, each of the first imaging unit and the second imaging unit includes a lens group including a zooming lens and a focusing lens, and a imaging device for converting an optical image from the lens group into an electrical signal, and the three-dimensional image pickup apparatus includes a driving controller operable to drive the zooming lens and the focusing lens of the first imaging unit and the second imaging unit, along a tracking curve showing a relationship of a position of the zooming lens and a position of the focusing lens, and the driving controller limits a range of moving the zooming lens and the focusing lens in either one of a first range and a second range, the first range ranges from a wide-angle end in the tracking curve to a inflection point at which the moving direction of the focusing lens is inverted, and the second range ranges from a telephoto end to the inflection point.01-26-2012
20130194389HEAD-MOUNTED DISPLAY DEVICE TO MEASURE ATTENTIVENESS - A method for assessing a attentiveness to visual stimuli received through a head-mounted display device. The method employs first and second detectors arranged in the head-mounted display device. An ocular state of the wearer of the head-mounted display device is detected with the first detector while the wearer is receiving a visual stimulus. With the second detector, the visual stimulus received by the wearer is detected. The ocular state is then correlated to the wearer's attentiveness to the visual stimulus.08-01-2013
20130194390DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICE - A distance measuring device with a patterned-infrared-light irradiator, a near-infrared-light camera, a visible-light camera, a first imaging section having spectral response characteristics in a wavelength band of visible light and a predetermined wavelength band of invisible light a second imaging section having spectral response characteristics in the wavelength band of the visible light, an invisible-light projector for projecting the invisible light of the predetermined wavelength band in an angle-of-view range of the first imaging section; an invisible-light-aided distance computing section adapted to conduct image processing of an image formed by and output from the first imaging section, a stereo distance computing section adapted to conduct stereo image processing of both the image formed by and output from the first imaging section, and an image formed by and output from the second imaging section, and a distance computation controller adapted to control computation conditions used for the invisible-light-aided distance computing section.08-01-2013
20120044327DEVICE FOR ACQUIRING STEREO IMAGE - Disclosed is an inexpensive device for acquiring a stereo image, in which base data is generated and recorded from an image captured by a base camera according to a first frame rate, and reference data is generated and recorded from an image captured by a reference camera according to a second frame rate which is the same as the first frame rate or lower than the first frame rate, the second frame rate dynamically determined depending on the status of a vehicle or the periphery thereof during the image-capturing, and thereby the device can record a stereo image with high image quality and acquire highly accurate distance information, and can also eliminate the need for an expensive storage medium or an expensive electronic circuit.02-23-2012
20120056997DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS FOR GENERATING THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE HAVING APPROPRIATE BRIGHTNESS, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - A digital photographing apparatus capable of generating a normal 3D image having an appropriate brightness, and a method of controlling the same. A 3D image is generated by performing time-division photographing to correspond to an exposure time that is appropriate for a low illumination level, and combining first and second images input through first and second image input units.03-08-2012
20130201291HEAD POSE TRACKING USING A DEPTH CAMERA - Head pose tracking technique embodiments are presented that use a group of sensors configured so as to be disposed on a user's head. This group of sensors includes a depth sensor apparatus used to identify the three dimensional locations of features within a scene, and at least one other type of sensor. Data output by each sensor in the group of sensors is periodically input, and each time the data is input it is used to compute a transformation matrix that when applied to a previously determined head pose location and orientation established when the first sensor data was input identifies a current head pose location and orientation. This transformation matrix is then applied to the previously determined head pose location and orientation to identify a current head pose location and orientation.08-08-2013
20130201295STEREO 3D FILMING - A mobile camera rig (08-08-2013
20130201292Device For Monitoring At Least One Three-Dimensional Safety Area - The Invention relates to a device for monitoring at least one three-dimensional safety area, in particular a region in shared work areas of people and machines, comprising at least one capturing device that is pointed at the safety area and captures images of the safety area, and an analyzing device for analyzing the images that are captured by the capturing device in order to determine whether or not persons or objects have entered the safety area. At least onf projector Is arranged with respect to the safety area such that said projector projects lines or patterns as modulated light, said lines or patterns defining the safety area. The analyzing device analyzes the images for interruptions and/or changes of the projected lines.08-08-2013
20130201293IMAGE DISPLAY SYSTEM, IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS, AND IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD - A hand-held image display apparatus includes a touch panel, a stereoscopic display apparatus, a first imaging section, and a second imaging section. The hand-held image display apparatus detects a marker from a real world image shot by at least one of the first imaging section and the second imaging section, and determines the relative positions of a virtual object and a pair of virtual cameras with respect to each other in a virtual space, based on the result of the detection. Then, the hand-held image display apparatus superimposes virtual space images drawn based on the first virtual camera and the second virtual camera, onto the real world images shot by the first imaging section and the second imaging section, and displays images that are stereoscopically visible by naked eyes, on the stereoscopic display apparatus.08-08-2013
20130201294IMAGING APPARATUS - An imaging apparatus comprises a first imaging unit, a second imaging unit whose use frequency is lower than that of the first imaging unit, an exterior case for housing the first imaging unit and the second imaging unit, and a brace mounting section mounted to the exterior case so as to be partially exposed to an outside. The first imaging unit, the second imaging unit and the brace mounting section are arranged so that a distance from the first imaging unit to the brace mounting section is longer than a distance from the second imaging unit to the brace mounting section.08-08-2013
20130093855PARALLEL AXIS STEREOSCOPIC CAMERA - A parallel axis stereoscopic camera comprising: a camera unit which includes left and right image sensors each of which has a higher resolution than an output image, the camera unit outputting RGB data having the same resolution as the output image; a vergence controller which performs an electronic control for eliminating a binocular disparity of an object by changing a read-out starting point in the horizontal direction, of at least one of the left and right image sensors; an image processor including a left image processing unit which processes an image of left RGB data to output a left luminance/chrominance signal and a right image processing unit which processes an image of right RGB data to outputs a right luminance/chrominance signal under the control of the vergence controller; and a stereoscopic image synthesizer which synthesizes the left and right luminance/chrominance signals to produce a stereoscopic image.04-18-2013
20130093857STEREOSCOPIC IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE, STEREOSCOPIC IMAGINGDEVICE, AND METHODS - A stereoscopic image display device that is capable of reading out and setting a stereoscopic effect control value suitable for a monitor size of a display monitor used to display an image is disclosed. A stereoscopic image for stereoscopically displaying an image is generated based on a multi-viewpoint image, and the stereoscopic image is displayed on a display monitor capable of stereoscopic display. At this time, a stereoscopic effect of the stereoscopic image displayed on the display monitor is controlled. A controlled stereoscopic effect control value and a monitor size of the display monitor used to display the stereoscopic image when the stereoscopic effect is controlled is associated with the multi-viewpoint image and recorded in a recording medium.04-18-2013
20130093856STEREOSCOPIC IMAGING DIGITAL CAMERA AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING OPERATION OF SAME - A left-eye image and a right-eye image are captured by a left-eye image capture device and a right-eye image capture device, respectively. Faces are detected in respective ones of these images. If sizes of the detected faces are both large, it is deemed that the captured face is near the camera and difference between the distance from one image capture device to the face and the distance from the other image capture device to the face has great influence upon distance from the one image capture device to the face and upon distance from the other image capture device to the face. Focusing control of the one image capture device is carried out based upon distance (left-eye image) from this image capture device, and focusing control of the other image capture device is carried out based upon distance (right-eye image) from this image capture device.04-18-2013
20120086786System and method for generating stereoscopic image with configurable background offset within a system and method for N Shooting devices (N> 1) - The invention relates to a method for generating a stereoscopic image that makes it possible, when shooting an image, to modify the location of the convergence plane in the image while selecting and maintaining a constant stereoscopic offset of the upstage on the image. The method can also be used for managing the variations in focal length and in the size of the image sensors of the shooting apparatuses used while preserving the convergence point and the stereoscopic offset of the desired upstages. The invention also relates to a stereoscopic shooting system with N cameras for implementing said method. Any shooting apparatus can be used in the context of the present invention.04-12-2012
20120086785Apparatus for identifying protecting, requesting, assisting and managing information - The presented invention is an apparatus for human identification; registration; and protection executed in combination by a mobile device and a computer comprising: a mobile device consisting of a camera for capturing and recording video and audio data; a server for receiving video streamed to it by the mobile device for sign-up or sign-in; working from a computer or mobile device and using an Internet connection; accessing an authentication unit. The authentication unit creating data for registration. The authentication unit also creating identification data; and sending to verification; a match combined with 9 out of 17 positive point evaluations returns, via an Internet connection to the mobile device.04-12-2012
20120086784THREE DIMENSIONAL IMAGE PICK-UP DEVICE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF - A 3-D image pick-up device is disclosed, the device including: a PCB mounted with two camera modules including an image sensor; and a reinforcing member mounted with two exposure windows, wherein the PCB and the reinforcing member are mutually adhered to allow the camera modules of the PCB to be exposed through the exposure window of the reinforcing member.04-12-2012
20120086783SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR BODY SCANNING AND AVATAR CREATION - A method and apparatus is disclosed for scanning a body. The system comprises a processor and a range camera capable of capturing at least a first set of depth images of the body rotated to 0 degrees and at least a second set of depth images of the body rotated to x degrees, wherein x is >0 degrees, and x<360 degrees. A first set of computer instructions executable on the processor is capable of calculating a first set of three dimensional points from the first set of depth images and a second set of three dimensional points from the second set of depth images. A second set of computer instructions executable on the processor is capable of rotating and translating the first and second set of three dimensional points into a final set of three dimensional points. A third set of computer instructions executable on the processor is capable of creating a three dimensional mesh from the final set of three dimensional points.04-12-2012
20120086782STEREOSCOPIC IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND STEREOSCOPIC IMAGE PICKUP METHOD - A stereoscopic image pickup apparatus includes a first imaging section, a second imaging section, a zoom controller, and an image selection section. The first imaging section includes a zoom lens. The second imaging section includes a zoom lens. The zoom controller controls angles of view of the zoom lenses of the first imaging section and the second imaging section. The image selection section outputs image signals, which are output by the first imaging section and the second imaging section, as image signals of two channels constituting a stereoscopic image when the angles of view controlled by the zoom controller are equal to or greater than a predetermined value. In addition, the image selection section outputs image signals, which are based on the image signal output by either the first imaging section or the second imaging section, as the image signals of two channels constituting the stereoscopic image when the angles of view controlled by the zoom controller are less than the predetermined value.04-12-2012
20130208098METHOD FOR GENERATING A MODEL OF A FLAT OBJECT FROM VIEWS OF THE OBJECT - A method for generating a model of a flat object from views taken by at least two calibrated cameras, which is capable of generating two-dimensional and volumetric representations of the object, where the representations can be a depth map, a volumetric representation or a mesh representation, method including the following basic steps: calibrating at least two cameras, calculating several 3D coordinates of at least three points belonging to the same plane of the flat object, calculating the equation of the plane of the flat object, selecting at least one region representing the surface of the flat object, in at least one view provided by at least one camera, and calculating the intersection between the selected region representing the surface of the object and the equation of the plane.08-15-2013

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