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Single camera with optical path division

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348042000 - STEREOSCOPIC

348046000 - Picture signal generator

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20130083172IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD - There is provided an imaging apparatus including a first polarizing unit that polarizes light from an object, a lens system that condenses light from the first polarizing unit, and an imaging element array that has imaging elements arranged in a matrix of a first direction and a second direction orthogonal to the first direction, has a second polarizing unit arranged on a light incident side, and converts the light condensed by the lens system into an electric signal.04-04-2013
20130076870Stereoscopic 3D Camera - A stereoscopic 3D camera that utilizes a single set of electronics to power and control two sensor/lens modules. The camera will be optically designed to mimic the human eye, including the ability to converge upon an object of interest while rotating about the nodal point of the lens/sensor module. The system as a whole will be modular and lightweight, with field changeable lens/sensor assemblies. Camera functions are controlled via multiple remote controls allowing multiple operators to simultaneously control their allocated tasks.03-28-2013
20130076869IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME - Provided is an imaging apparatus that includes an imaging element in which pixel portions each having a plurality of photoelectric conversion units, which generate image signals by photoelectrical conversion, with respect to one micro lens are arranged side by side in a horizontal direction and a vertical direction, an imaging element controller having a first mode which outputs a first left-eye image signal and/or right-eye image signal from the imaging element by composing signals from the plurality of photoelectric conversion units and a second mode which outputs signals without performing the composing and a controller that outputs a second left-eye image signal and/or right-eye image signal by composing signals output in the second mode based on image data stored in a storage unit in response to the type of photographing of which the start has been detected.03-28-2013
20130038701SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO CAPTURE A STEREOSCOPIC IMAGE PAIR - Described are a system, apparatus, and method to capture a stereoscopic image pair using an imaging device with a single imaging sensor. Particularly, discussed are systems and methods for capturing a first and second image through an image sensor, determining a vertical and horizontal disparity between the two images, and applying corrections for geometric distortion, vertical disparity, and convergence between the two images. Some embodiments contemplate displaying a directional indicator before the second image of the stereoscopic image pair is captured. By displaying a directional indicator, a more optimal position for the second image of the stereoscopic image pair may be found, resulting in a higher quality stereoscopic image pair.02-14-2013
20130027524LIGHT AMOUNT ADJUSTING APPARATUS AND PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME - A light amount adjusting apparatus includes: a two-dimensional (2D) aperture assembly that adjusts an opening area of a via hole through which light is transmitted; a three-dimensional (3D) aperture plate that forms a first opening and a second opening by blocking a part of the via hole, or moving to outside of the via hole to open the via hole; a first shielding plate that is movable to open or close the first opening; and a second shielding plate that is movable so as to close the second opening when the first shielding plate opens the first opening and to open the second opening when the first shielding plate closes the first opening.01-31-2013
20130070061THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGING DEVICE AND AUTOFOCUS ADJUSTMENT METHOD FOR THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGING DEVICE - An autofocus adjustment method for a three-dimensional imaging device, includes: a step of, when a first lens position is not found during search operation of a first focus lens of a first imaging optical system within a first search range, allowing a second focus lens of a second imaging optical system to perform search operation within the first search range, and during the search operation, searching for a second lens position at which the second focus lens focuses on the subject based on a second viewpoint image from the second imaging unit; a step of allowing the second focus lens to move to the second lens position; a step of calculating the first lens position based on the second lens position and a focus position displacement amount preliminarily stored in a storage; and a step of allowing the first focus lens to move to the first lens position thus calculated.03-21-2013
20110001801IMAGE TAKING APPARATUS - An electronic device includes a three-dimensional display device having a two-dimensionally arranged plurality of three-dimensional display elements each including a rod and an actuator which causes the rod to move vertically, a storage device which has a three-dimensional form of a desired switch stored therein, and a three-dimensional display control device which separately controls heights of the rods via the actuators of the plurality of three-dimensional display elements based on the three-dimensional form of the switch stored in the storage device and deforms an upper surface of the three-dimensional display device to match the three-dimensional form of the switch.01-06-2011
20130050438IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF AND RECORDING MEDIUM - An image capturing apparatus includes an image capturing unit configured to receive light beams split after passing through an aperture and output a plurality of stereopsis image data. When the object brightness falls within a predetermined range and the image capturing unit performs image capturing in which a plurality of stereopsis image data are output, the aperture is controlled to open much more than when the image capturing unit performs image capturing in which a plurality of stereopsis image data are not output at the same exposure.02-28-2013
20130088580CAMERA BODY, INTERCHANGEABLE LENS UNIT, IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING CAMERA BODY, PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM ON WHICH PROGRAM IS RECORDED - A camera body (04-11-2013
20120307020IMAGING CONTROL DEVICE, IMMERSION POSITION INFORMATION GENERATION DEVICE, IMAGING CONTROL METHOD, IMMERSION POSITION INFORMATION GENERATION METHOD - A technology is disclosed that provides an imaging control device and the like capable of actualizing immersive zoom enlargement. The technology includes: an imaging unit 12-06-2012
20120224034METHOD AND MICROSCOPE FOR THREE-DIMENSIONAL RESOLUTION-ENHANCED MICROSCOPY - The invention relates to a high resolution microscope for three-dimensionally determining the position of objects, in particular individual fluorophores, and preferably for the high spatial resolution luminescence microscopy of a sample, which is marked with marker molecules that can be activated or switched using a signal such that they can be induced to emit certain luminescent radiation only in the activated state. The object is represented by means of an imaging system, preferably the microscope lens, on a surface detector consisting of individual detector elements. At least one microlens array is located in front of the detector elements, and different, preferably adjacent, detector elements receive light from microlenses having different focal lengths and from different object planes, or wherein by means of at least once microlens array, located in part in front of the detector elements, a different object plane is represented on the detector elements in the direction of the light behind the microlenses than on detector elements having no microlenses in front of the latter.09-06-2012
20090237493SHARED COLOR SENSORS FOR HIGH-RESOLUTION 3-D CAMERA - In one embodiment, an apparatus for three-dimensional (3-D) image acquisition can include: (i) first and second lenses configured to receive light from a scene; (ii) first, second, third, and fourth sensors; (iii) a first beam splitter arranged proximate to the first lens, where the first beam splitter can provide a first split beam to the first sensor, and a second split beam to the second sensor; and (iv) a second beam splitter arranged proximate to the second lens, where the second beam splitter can provide a third split beam to the third sensor, and a fourth and split beam to the fourth sensor. For example, the sensors can include charge-coupled devices (CCDs) or CMOS sensors.09-24-2009
20130162784IMAGING DEVICE, AUTOFOCUS METHOD AND PROGRAM OF THE SAME - An imaging device includes a first imaging optical system; a first imaging unit that converts an optical image of a subject formed via the first imaging optical system into an electrical signal and produces an image signal of a first imaged image; a second imaging optical system; a second imaging unit that converts an optical image of the subject formed via a second imaging optical system into an electrical signal and produces an image signal of a second imaged image; and a control unit that independently control the first imaging optical system and the second imaging optical system and performs individually a focus adjustment of the first imaged image and the second imaged image.06-27-2013
20120113233Stereoscopic Imaging Optical System, Imaging Device, and Camera - A stereoscopic imaging optical system having a function to adjust a stereo base, an imaging device that includes the stereoscopic imaging optical system, and a camera that includes the imaging device, are provided. The stereoscopic imaging optical system includes two imaging lens systems arranged in parallel, and two diaphragms arranged in the imaging lens systems, respectively. At least one of the diaphragms is decentered with respect to an optical axis to adjust the stereo base. Further, a condition (1.8≦SB05-10-2012
20120236128CAMERA BODY, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING CAMERA BODY, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE RECORDING MEDIUM TO STORE PROGRAM - The camera body includes the body mount, the CMOS imaging sensor, and the identification information acquisition section. The body mount is provided so that the interchangeable lens unit can be mounted. The CMOS imaging sensor is configured to convert an optical image into an image signal. The identification information acquisition section is configured to acquire lens identification information indicating whether or not an interchangeable lens unit is compatible with three-dimensional imaging from the interchangeable lens unit mounted to the body mount.09-20-2012
20120268574IMAGER INTEGRATED CIRCUIT AND STEREOSCOPIC IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE - An imager integrated circuit intended to cooperate with an optical system configured to direct light rays from a scene to an inlet face of the circuit, the circuit being configured to perform a simultaneous stereoscopic capture of N images corresponding to N distinct views of the scene, each of the N images corresponding to light rays directed by a portion of the optical system which is different from those directing the rays corresponding to the N-1 other images, including: 10-25-2012
20110032337METHOD AND CAMERA FOR THE REAL-TIME ACQUISITION OF VISUAL INFORMATION FROM THREE-DIMENSIONAL SCENES - The invention relates to a method for calculating the focal stack associated with an object space from the plenoptic function thereof, using a sum transform along the length of constrained planes in discrete hypercubes, which allows the computing time to be considerably reduced. The invention also relates to a method for increasing the resolution of the focal stack obtained. In addition, the invention relates to two methods for the real-time recovery of the depths and moduli and phases of the complex amplitude of the wavefront respectively in each position of the surfaces of a three-dimensional scene and to a system adapted for carrying out the aforementioned methods.02-10-2011
20110279655STEREOSCOPIC IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD - This invention provides an apparatus for stereoscopic imaging. The stereoscopic imaging apparatus includes: a first optical imaging lens group, a second optical imaging lens group, a first flat reflector, a second flat reflector, a third reflector, a single image sensor, and an image processing circuit. The first and the second optical imaging lens groups receive light from outside respectively. The first and the second flat reflectors are used to perform the first reflection of the light from their corresponding first and second optical imaging lens groups respectively. The third reflector is located between the first flat reflector and the second flat reflector, which is used to perform the second reflection of the light from the first reflection. The single image sensor receives the light of the second reflection on its imaging plane to form two parallel images. The image processing circuit processes image signals of the image sensor to form stereoscopic image signals. The present invention further comprises a method for stereoscopic imaging. By employing the apparatus and method for stereoscopic imaging, as a single image sensor is used, a stereoscopic image with good imaging effect can be obtained with low cost.11-17-2011
20110279654CAMERA BODY, IMAGING DEVICE, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING CAMERA BODY, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM - A camera body includes a body mount, an imaging element, and a controller. If the interchangeable lens unit has a first optical system configured to form a left-eye optical image in a first region and a second optical system configured to form a right-eye optical image in a second region, the controller produces left-eye image data from an image signal corresponding to the first region, and produces right-eye image data from an image signal corresponding to the second region. If the interchangeable lens unit has a third optical system configured to form a left-eye optical image in a second region and a fourth optical system configured to form a right-eye optical image in a first region, the controller produces left-eye image data from an image signal corresponding to the second region, and produces right-eye image data from an image signal corresponding to the first region.11-17-2011
20120062708Imaging, Fabrication and Measurement Systems and Methods - A fabrication system comprises one of a substrate and work piece having at least one working surface, a tool coupled to a tool holder, at least one measurement system, and a control system. The at least one working surface comprises one or more regions. A first location of the tool, tool holder, and the one of a substrate and work piece are calibrated with reference to a coordinate system. The tool is adapted to affect creation of a device within the one or more regions. The at least one measurement system is adapted to obtain location information of at least a portion of at least one of the tool, tool holder, and one of a substrate and a work piece. The control system is adapted to receive the location information, determine a second location, and provide one or more output signals to one or more adjustment devices.03-15-2012
20110141243THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGING APPARATUS AND A METHOD OF GENERATING A THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE OF AN OBJECT - A three-dimensional imaging apparatus 06-16-2011
20120268573IMAGING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR THE FLUORESCENCE-OPTICAL VISUALIZATION OF AN OBJECT - An imaging system for the fluorescence-optical visualization of a two-dimensional or three-dimensional object is provided. The imaging system comprising an illumination unit, which is designed and provided for emitting optical radiation in a predetermined wavelength range in order to illuminate the object and excite a fluorescent substance contained in the object, and a capturing unit, which is designed and provided for capturing an optical signal from the region of the object and for splitting the optical signal into a fluorescence signal having a first wavelength range and a signal of visible light having a second wavelength range. The optical capturing unit has an optoelectronic converter having a plurality of partial regions and serving for converting the fluorescence signal into a first electronic data signal and the signal of visible light into a second electronic data signal.10-25-2012
20120026299VIDEO IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND VIDEO IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - According to one embodiment, a video image processing apparatus includes: an input module to which a frame comprising a first left eye image and a first right eye image is inputted; and a display control module configured to allow a display device to display a second left eye image that includes the inputted first left eye image but excludes at least part of an image located around the first left eye image, and a second right eye image that includes the inputted first right eye image but excludes at least part of an image located around the first right eye image, the second left eye image and the second right eye image being displayed with a resolution corresponding to a screen resolution of the display device.02-02-2012
20120026298APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING IMAGES FOR STEREOSCOPIC VIEWING - Disclosed are methods and apparatus for producing images for stereoscopic, three-dimensional viewing generated with existing mobile graphical devices, such as cameras, video recorders, PDAs, telephones, and other devices, such as the iPhone™. Two reflectors, which may be mirrors or prisms, are positioned to separate the field of view of a camera lens on the mobile graphical device into a direct field of view and an offset field of view and to record and display the separated fields in a two-paned format on the mobile graphical device. Eye lenses are used to separately view the split images. An integrated housing and cradle receive the mobile graphical device and are coupled to the reflectors and the eye lenses. An area of each pane may be provided to display control icons for three-dimensional viewing, and a control area may be provided out of view on a touch screen for user control.02-02-2012
20080278572Aperture system with spatially-biased aperture shapes and positions (SBPSP) for static and dynamic 3-D defocusing-based imaging - A device and method for three-dimensional (3-D) imaging using a defocusing technique is disclosed. The device comprises a lens, a plurality of spatially-biased apertures obstructing the lens, a sensor operable for capturing light transmitted from an object through the lens and the plurality of spatially-biased apertures, and a processor communicatively connected with the sensor for processing the sensor information and producing a 3-D image of the object. The spatially-biased apertures may differ in shape, size, and/or distance from the optical axis.11-13-2008
20130188025STEREOSCOPIC IMAGING DEVICE AND STEREOSCOPIC IMAGING METHOD - A stereoscopic imaging device, wherein the aperture controller performs a second aperture control in which the larger the amount of shake detected by the shake detector becomes, the further the amount of opening of the aperture unit increases than the amount of opening required for the first aperture control. The present invention allows to shallow a depth of focus and to increase the amount of parallax by further opening an aperture as the amount of shake becomes larger, so that an influence on a parallax is reduced even when the amount of shake is large, thereby maintaining a stereoscopic effect.07-25-2013
20120033051AUTOFOCUS FOR STEREO IMAGES - Present embodiments contemplate systems, apparatus, and methods to determine an appropriate focal depth for a sensor based upon a pair of stereoscopic images. Particularly, certain of the embodiments contemplate determining keypoints for each image, identifying correlations between the keypoints, and deriving object distances from the correlations. These distances may then be used to select a proper focal depth for one or more sensors.02-09-2012
201202685723D Video Camera and Associated Control Method - A 3D video camera is provided. The 3D video camera includes a first camera lens for providing a first sensing signal, a second camera lens for providing a second sensing signal, and an image processing unit for receiving the first sensing signal and the second sensing signal to generate a first eye image and a first comparison image to accordingly generate 3D depth information.10-25-2012
20080239065THREE-DIMENSIONAL LIGHT BEAM ACQUISITION APPARATUS - A three-dimensional light beam acquisition apparatus includes an imaging optical system and an illumination optical system. The imaging optical system includes a first optical element that allows to pass through light from a subject; a second optical element that is arranged on the optical axis of the first optical element, receives the light from the first optical element, and forms an image corresponding to received light; and an acquiring unit that acquires the image from the second optical element as light beam information. The illumination optical system includes a light source; and a third optical element that collects illumination light from the light source and irradiates the subject with the illumination light through the first optical element.10-02-2008
20080303896Stereoplexing for film and video applications - A method for multiplexing a stream of stereoscopic image source data into a series of left images and a series of right images combinable to form a series of stereoscopic images, both the stereoscopic image source data and series of left images and series of right images conceptually defined to be within frames. The method includes compressing stereoscopic image source data at varying levels across the frame, thereby forming left images and right images, and providing a series of single frames divided into portions, each single frame containing one right image in a first portion and one left image in a second portion. Alternately, single frames may contain two right images in a first two portions of each single frame and two left images in a second two portions of each single frame, wherein each set of right and left images may be processed differently. Multiplexing processes such as staggering, alternating, filtering, variable scaling, and sharpening from original, uncompressed right and left images may be employed.12-11-2008
20080303895Stereoplexing for video and film applications - A method for multiplexing a stream of stereoscopic image source data including a series of left images and a series of right images combinable to form a series of stereoscopic images is provided. The primary application is for video applications, but film applications are also addressed. The method includes removing pixels from the stereoscopic image source data to form left images and right images and providing a series of single frames divided into portions, each single frame containing one right image in a first portion and one left image in a second portion. Multiplexing processes such as staggering, alternating, filtering, variable scaling, and sharpening from original, uncompressed right and left images may be employed alone or in combination, and selected or predetermined regions or segments from uncompressed images may have more pixels removed or combined than other regions.12-11-2008
20120293634THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGING DEVICE - This 3D image capture device includes an image capturing section 11-22-2012
20130215238IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGE SENSOR ARRAY - Provided is an imaging apparatus including an imaging lens, and an image sensor array of first and second image sensor units, wherein a single first image sensor unit includes a single first microlens and a plurality of image sensors, a single second image sensor unit includes a single second microlens and a single image sensor, light passing through the imaging lens and reaching each first image sensor unit passes through the first microlens and forms an image on the image sensors constituting the first image sensor unit, light passing through the imaging lens and reaching each second image sensor unit passes through the second microlens and forms an image on the image sensor constituting the second image sensor unit, an inter-unit light shielding layer is formed between the image sensor units, and a light shielding layer is not formed between the image sensor units constituting the first image sensor unit.08-22-2013
20130215237IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF GENERATING THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND DISPLAY APPARATUS CAPABLE OF DISPLAYING THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE - An image processing apparatus includes an image obtainer configured to obtain a parallax image, an object extractor configured to extract at least a first object and a second object in the parallax image, a parallax amount calculator configured to calculate an amount of parallax of each of the first object and the second object, a viewing condition obtainer configured to obtain a viewing condition when a three-dimensional image is displayed, and a three-dimensional appearance determiner configured to, by using the viewing condition and the amounts of parallax of the first and second objects that are calculated by the parallax amount calculator, determine that a three-dimensional appearance is obtained when a difference between the amounts of parallax of the first and second objects is not less than a predetermined value, and determine that the three-dimensional appearance is not obtained when the difference is less than the predetermined value.08-22-2013
20120092462METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR GENERATING IMAGE WITH SHALLOW DEPTH OF FIELD - A method and an apparatus for generating an image with shallow depth of field, suitable for a three-dimensional imaging system having a left lens and a right lens, are provided. First, the left lens and the right lens are used to capture a left-eye image and a right-eye image. Next, a disparity between each of a plurality of corresponding pixels in the left and right-eye images is calculated. Then, the depth information of each pixel is estimated according to a focus of the left and right lens, a lens pitch between the left lens and the right lens, and the calculated disparity of each pixel. Finally, the pixels in the left-eye image and the right-eye image are blurred according to the focus of the left lens and the right lens and the estimated depth information of each pixel, so as to obtain the image with shallow depth of field.04-19-2012
20080316301SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SPHERICAL STEREOSCOPIC PHOTOGRAPHING - The present invention provides a novel imaging system for obtaining full stereoscopic spherical images of the visual environment surrounding a viewer, 360 degrees both horizontally and vertically. Displaying the images obtained by the present system, by means suitable for stereoscopic displaying, gives the viewers the ability to look everywhere around them, as well as up and down, while having stereoscopic depth perception of the displayed images. The system according to the present invention comprises an array of cameras, wherein the lenses of said cameras are situated on a curved surface, pointing out from common centers of said curved surface. The captured images of said system are arranged and processed to create sets of stereoscopic image pairs, wherein one image of each pair is designated for the observer's right eye and the second image for his left eye, thus creating a three dimensional perception.12-25-2008
20110228053STEREOSCOPIC IMAGING APPARATUS - A stereoscopic imaging apparatus which uses contrast AF to obviate disadvantages of phase-difference AF, shorten processing time of contrast AF, and improve focusing accuracy. A phase-difference CCD in which object images having passed through different regions in a predetermined direction of a single photographing optical system are pupil-split and imaged subjects the object images having passed through the respective regions to photoelectric conversion to obtain a main pixel image and a sub-pixel image which have a mutual phase difference. Contrast AF is performed using only one of the main pixel image and the sub-pixel image. Which one of the main pixel image and the sub-pixel image will be used for the contrast AF is determined depending on whether the position of an AF area in the angle of view belongs to a main pixel AF area or a sub-pixel AF area.09-22-2011
20120105598THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGING DEVICE - An image capture device according to the present invention includes an imaging lens 05-03-2012
20120105597IMAGE PROCESSOR, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - An image processor capable of obtaining viewpoint images which are allowed to achieve natural stereoscopic image display is provided. The image processor includes a parallax correction section correcting magnitude of parallax, depending on position on an image plane, for each of a plurality of viewpoint images, the viewpoint images having been taken from respective viewpoints different from one another, and each having a nonuniform parallax distribution in the image plane.05-03-2012
20120105594BEAM SPLITTER FOR 3D CAMERA, AND 3D IMAGE ACQUISITION APPARATUS EMPLOYING THE BEAM SPLITTER - A beam splitter and a 3D image acquisition apparatus including the beam splitter are provided. The beam splitter includes a light incident surface on which light having a first wavelength and light having a second wavelength are incident; a beam splitting surface which is inclined to the light incident surface and reflects the light having the first wavelength and transmits the light having the second wavelength; a first light exit surface through which the light having the first wavelength reflected from the beam splitting surface exits; a first reflective surface which reflects the light having the second wavelength transmitted by the beam splitting surface; a second reflective surface which reflects the light having the second wavelength reflected from the first reflective surface; and a second light exit surface through which the light having the second wavelength reflected from the second reflective surface exits.05-03-2012
20120105593MULTI-VIEW VIDEO AND STILL 3D CAPTURE SYSTEM - A camera or camcorder with a multi-view three dimensional (3D) attachment enables acquisition of 3D images and video which are then able to be displayed to a user without the need for specialized glasses. The multi-view 3D attachment captures at least 3 views of the same image from different angles simultaneously on a sensor.05-03-2012
20130215236Estimation of Metrics Using a Plenoptic Imaging System - The spatial resolution of captured plenoptic images is enhanced. In one aspect, the plenoptic imaging process is modeled by a pupil image function (PIF), and a PIF inversion process is applied to the captured plenoptic image to produce a better resolution estimate of the object.08-22-2013
20100188487CHARGE COUPLED DEVICE FOR OBTAINING A 3-DIMENSIONAL DIGITAL IMAGE - The present invention relates to a charge coupled device, which is improved to obtain a distinct and clear 3-dimensional image without requiring separate equipment. The charge coupled device for obtaining a 3-dimensional image according to the present invention includes a main body (07-29-2010
20100259600THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGING APPARATUS - A three-dimensional imaging apparatus includes: a front-side optical member formed of a non-afocal optical system, the front-side optical member forming an image of a subject; a plurality of rear-side optical members not only disposed downstream of the plane where the front-side optical member forms an image of the subject but also positioned in such a way that the optical axes of the plurality of rear-side optical members are substantially parallel to the optical axis of the front-side optical member but do not coincide therewith, the plurality of rear-side optical members refocusing a real image formed by the front-side optical member; and an imaging device that receives the light rays focused by the rear-side optical members to produce an imaged signal.10-14-2010
20100225745APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CAPTURING IMAGES OF A SCENE - An image capture apparatus includes an image sensor, a lens, an adjusting mechanism, and a controller. The image sensor is configured for detecting incident light to generate a corresponding captured image. The lens is configured for guiding light of a scene toward the image sensor. The adjusting mechanism is configured for adjusting a relative position relationship between the image sensor and the lens when the image capture apparatus is capturing the scene. The controller is configured for controlling the image sensor to generate a plurality of captured images of the scene in response to different relative position relationships between the image sensor and the lens.09-09-2010
20100053309IMAGE-CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE-CAPTURING METHOD, DISPLAY APPARATUS, AND DISPLAY METHOD - The present invention provides full-parallax images having high spatial resolution in real time. An image-capturing optical unit (03-04-2010
20130135449SINGLE-EYE STEREOSCOPIC IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE - Present invention provides a single-eye stereoscopic image capturing device which can reduce the discomfort of a photographer by constantly maintaining a parallax quantity of a left-eye image and a right-eye image that are stereoscopically-displayed even if a focus lens is moved. The single-eye stereoscopic image capturing device comprises, a photographic optical system, pupil division part, imaging part, focus lens driving part, parallax correction quantity calculation part, parallax correction part, and output part.05-30-2013
20110242287Stereoscopic Objective - A stereoscopic objective for a camera includes a first receiving optics which directs a first beam path along a first optical axis, further a second receiving optics which directs a second beam path along a second optical axis, wherein the first optical axis and the second optical axis extend in parallel to one another or intersect one another. The object moreover includes a combination section which combines the first beam path and the second beam path and an output optics which directs the combined first and second beam paths along a common optical axis, wherein the first bream path and the second beam path spatially coincide within the second beam path.10-06-2011
20110018974Stereoscopic imaging using split complementary color filters - A system for generating a stereoscopic image pair comprising a split color filter with complementary colors located at a stop associated with a lens and configured to split an image of a scene received from the lens into two complementary images having complementary colors, a color image sensor configured to simultaneously receive the two complementary images; and a data processing system configured compute an offset value for each corresponding pixel in the complementary images and generate a stereoscopic full color image pair based upon an analysis of the complementary images and the offset values.01-27-2011
20110085025Stereographic Cinematography Metadata Recording - There is disclosed a system, method, and computing device for recording a cinematic production. The system may include a video camera, a video recorder that records image signals generated by the video camera on a video recording medium, and a metadata writer. The metadata writer may store metadata relating to operating parameters of the video camera on a metadata storage medium.04-14-2011
20110085027IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An image processing device includes an output image creation unit configured to create a plurality of consecutive output images; a detection unit configured to detect a moving subject having motion; a correction unit configured to correct a predetermined output image by substituting a subject area, where the moving subject of the predetermined output image is displayed, with an image of an area corresponding to the subject area of another different output image when the moving subject is included in the predetermined output image; and a 3D output image creation unit configured to create a 3D output image including the output image having a predetermined disparity from the predetermined output image.04-14-2011
20110085026DETECTION METHOD AND DETECTION SYSTEM OF MOVING OBJECT - A detection method of a moving object is provided. The method includes: using a left lens system to capture a first and a second left image, and using a right lens system to capture a first right image and a second right image; subdividing the first right image into plural color blocks; selecting N control points on the first left image, and searching M first corresponding points in the first right image; calculating first depth information according to the control points and the first corresponding point, and calculating a possible area in the second right image to search P second corresponding points; using the first corresponding points and the second corresponding points to calculate a two-dimensional planar conversion parameter, and converting pixels in the color block to new positions to obtain a converted image; and identifying a difference area between the second right image and the converted image as an area.04-14-2011
20110149045CAMERA AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A CAMERA - The camera has a main sensor for capturing a first image of a scene having at least one object. A lens is provided for the main sensor. At least one auxiliary sensor, which is situated at a distance from the main sensor, is used to capture a second image of the scene at a viewing angle different from that of the main sensor. An evaluation device stereoscopically determines a distance to the at least one object on the basis of the first and second images. An autofocus system sets a focus of the lens in response to the determined distance.06-23-2011
20100060720APPARATUS, METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR ANALYZING IMAGE DATA - An image data analyzing apparatus includes a monocular visual depth information determiner for determining the anteroposterior relationship of regions contained in an image frame of one of a left image and a right image forming stereoscopic image data of time-division display type, a binocular visual depth information determiner for determining the anteroposterior relationship of regions contained in a plurality of images assumed to be the left image and right image, and a left-right image discriminator for outputting left-right image identification information in agreement with an assumption of the binocular visual depth information determiner if a pair of determination results show a high rate of agreement, and outputting left-right image identification information in agreement with a reverse setting of the assumption if the pair of determination results show a low rate of agreement.03-11-2010
20120120202METHOD FOR IMPROVING 3 DIMENSIONAL EFFECT AND REDUCING VISUAL FATIGUE AND APPARATUS ENABLING THE SAME - A method and an apparatus for improving three dimensional (3D) effect of a 3D image collected by a 3D photographing apparatus, and reducing visual fatigue, are provided. A feature point of a left-eye image entering through a left-eye lens and of a right-eye image entering through a right-eye lens is acquired, a disparity between the left- and right-eye images is detected, a distance between the left- and right-eye lenses is controlled so that the disparity between the left- and right-eye images becomes a previously-set reference disparity, and at least one of the left- and right-eye images is shifted so that a convergence point is placed on an object located within the left- and right-eye images.05-17-2012
20120147147ILLUMINATION OPTICAL SYSTEM AND 3D IMAGE ACQUISITION APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME - An illumination optical system of a 3-dimensional (3D) image acquisition apparatus and a 3D image acquisition apparatus including the illumination optical system. The illumination optical system of a 3D image acquisition apparatus includes a beam shaping element which outputs light having a predetermined cross-sectional shape which is proportional to a field of view of the 3D image acquisition apparatus. The beam shaping element may adjust a shape of illumination light according to its cross-sectional shape. The beam shaping element may uniformly homogenize the illumination light without causing light scattering or absorption.06-14-2012
20100321477THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE-CAPTURING APPARATUS - A three-dimensional image-capturing apparatus includes an image-capturing device having a plurality of image-capturing regions and a plurality of optical systems for forming images of a subject in the image-capturing regions. The optical systems includes a plurality of reflectors for reflecting rays from the subject a number of times and at least a lens provided to be closer to the image-capturing device than the reflection means closest to the subject. The reflectors and the lens are used to form, in the image-capturing regions, separate images of the subject which are captured from different viewpoints.12-23-2010
20100321476CAMERA FOR CAPTURING THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGES - A camera for obtaining a three-dimensional image. The camera includes a lens module for capturing a beam of light, a filter module for polarizing the beam of light into a first polarized beam of light and a second polarized beam of light, a polarization array for generating a combined beam of light, one or more imagers for capturing the first polarized beam of light and the second polarized beam of light and an output module for processing and separating the mixed polarization image to produce the three-dimensional image. The imager further comprises one or more first polarized pixels for capturing the first polarized beam of light and one or more second polarized pixels for capturing the second polarized beam of light.12-23-2010
20100182407DISPLAY DEVICE WITH 3D SHUTTER CONTROL UNIT - A system for providing respective video signals to at least two viewers is disclosed. The system includes a control unit; and a display connected to the control unit. The control unit is operable to control the display to alternately display an image from a first video signal and an image from a second video signal, to synchronize a first shuttered filter to the display such that the first filter is shuttered when the second video signal image is displayed, and to synchronize a second shuttered filter to the display such that the second filter is shuttered when the first video signal image is displayed. In this way only the first video signal image is provided to a first viewer using the first shuttered filter and only the second video signal image is provided to a second viewer using the second shuttered filter.07-22-2010
20110096150METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR THE OPTICAL CHARACTERIZATION OF SURFACES - The invention relates to a method and an apparatus for the optical characterisation of a three-dimensional surface. The method and apparatus are an improvement over the known photogoniometer and Parousiameter, as it enables a more reliable characterisation of three-dimensionally shaped surfaces. The technique is particularly useful for the characterisation of surfaces with a complex optical appearance such as the human skin.04-28-2011
20100194862Apparatus Method and System for Imaging - There is provided in accordance with some embodiments of the present invention an optical assembly including a set of optical paths, wherein two or more optical paths receive an image from a common surface. The optical paths may direct received images onto a common image sensor generating a complex multidimensional data set, an image processing block may extrapolate each of the subset of optical paths printed on the image sensor and may generate a multidimensional data set based on the collected images.08-05-2010
20120307019GRID MODULATED SINGLE LENS 3-D CAMERA - A camera includes a single lens configured to receive an optical image as two images from two viewing angles. The two images from respective viewing angles are converted into two orthogonally modulated images, each of the orthogonally modulated images corresponding to a different one of the two viewing angles. An image detector is configured to distinguishably detect the two orthogonally modulated images in a single frame. An image processor is configured to decode the two orthogonally modulated images in the single frame into two video signals corresponding to the two viewing angles. A method of imaging includes receiving an optical image from two viewing angles; converting the optical image into two orthogonally modulated images, each of the orthogonally modulated images corresponding to a different one of the viewing angles; distinguishably detecting in an image detector the two orthogonally modulated images in a single frame; and decoding in an image processor the two orthogonally modulated images in the single frame into two video output signals corresponding to the two viewing angles.12-06-2012
20120307018SINGLE LENS 3-D CAMERA - A camera includes a lens configured to receive an optical image from two viewing angles. A filter converts the optical image into two orthogonally polarized images, each orthogonally polarized image corresponding to a different one of the viewing angles. An image detector distinguishably detects the two orthogonally polarized images in a single frame. An image processor decodes the two orthogonally polarized images in the single frame into two video signals corresponding to the two viewing angles. A method of imaging includes receiving an optical image from two viewing angles through a single lens, converting the optical image into two orthogonally polarized images, each of the orthogonally polarized images corresponding to a different one of the viewing angles, distinguishably detecting in an image detector the two orthogonally polarized images in a single frame, and decoding in an image processor the two orthogonally polarized images in the single frame into two video signals corresponding to the two viewing angles.12-06-2012
20110304705METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR IMAGING TISSUE TOPOGRAPHY - The present invention relates to an optical device for imaging and measuring characteristics of an objects surface shape, surface spectral reflectance and structure of sub-surface layers. In particular, the invention relates to imaging of topography of human skin and skin sub-surface layers and determination of concentration of skin constituents. The present invention has applications in areas such as skin care, dermatology, cosmetics, wound management and tricology. The imaging device of the invention significantly improves photometric stereo measurements by suppressing specular reflection and allows accurate determination of the surface shape. Consequently the device allows elimination of the influence of the shape and illumination conditions on spectral measurements and allows accurate measurement of skin constituents.12-15-2011
201100508583D IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE AND SYMMETRIC PRISM ARRAY FOR THE SAME - The present invention discloses a 3D image capture device and a symmetric prism array for the same. The symmetric prism array comprises a plurality of right triangle prisms, wherein the longer legs of the right triangle prisms are arranged along an identical line on the incident plane, and wherein the right triangle prisms are left-right symmetric with respect to a central symmetry line, and wherein the normals of the hypotenuses of the right triangle prisms diverge from the central symmetry line. The symmetric prism array that captures light from two different directions is arranged in front of the lens of the 3D image capture device, whereby the 3D image capture device can capture images from two different directions simultaneously. After the image processing by the 3D image capture device, 3D images are presented.03-03-2011
20120038750APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING THREE-DIMENSIONAL (3D) OBJECT - Provided are an apparatus and a method for displaying a three-dimensional (3D) object. The apparatus may include a photographing unit to photograph the face of a user from a plurality of directions and to output facial data, a generating unit to generate facial proportion data from the outputted facial data, a storage unit to store the facial proportion data of the user for each photographed direction, and a control unit to determine a line of sight of the user by comparing the stored facial proportion data with photographic data of the user currently taken by the photographing unit and to generate a 3D object having a vanishing point varying depending on the determined line of sight of the user.02-16-2012
20120038749STEREOSCOPIC CAMERA MODULE AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE USING THE SAME - A stereoscopic camera module includes two lens modules, a light guide assembly, an image sensor, and a processor. Each lens module includes a shutter and at least one lens. The light guide assembly includes two inlets and an outlet, the two inlets are hermetically sealed by the two lens modules. External light rays enter into the two inlets from the two lens modules respectively and project from the outlet. The image sensor is position at the outlet of the light guide assembly and configured for capturing images. The processor is configured for controlling the shutters to open in quick succession and composing a left image and a right image alternately captured by the image sensor to a stereoscopic image.02-16-2012
20120147148IMAGING DEVICE - An imaging device is provided that includes a lens mount, an imaging element, a system controller, a sensor and a rotation corrector. The rotation corrector is configured to reduce change in the positional relationship between the optical image and the imaging element caused by movement of the imaging device around an axis parallel to an optical axis of the lens unit. The lens unit has a first optical system that forms a first optical image from a first perspective on the imaging element and a second optical system that forms a second optical image from a second perspective on the imaging element. The system controller is configured to halt operation of the rotation corrector when the lens unit is supported by the lens mount.06-14-2012
20110316983THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE - The present invention provides an image capturing technique for obtaining, at the same time, multiple images with parallax and an image that would cause no sensitivity problem even without mechanically operating any part of its image capturing system.12-29-2011
20110316981PROCESSOR - A processor includes: an imaging control unit which causes an imaging unit for capturing an image with changing a focused object distance, to change the focused object distance with a first change width in the case of a first focused object distance, and to change the focused object distance with a second change width that is smaller than the first change width in the case of a second focused object distance that is shorter than the first focused object distance; and an image processing unit which extracts focused object image data from captured image data for each of the focused object distances, and generates image data by shifting the extracted object image data by parallax amounts corresponding to the respective focused object distances, and by synthesizing the extracted object image data.12-29-2011
20110316982Camera objective and camera system - A camera objective for a camera includes a mask having a plurality of masking sections which are permeable for radiation of a first spectral range and are impermeable for radiation of a second spectral range different from the first spectral range. A camera system includes a digital camera for taking images. The camera system includes such a camera objective and an optoelectronic sensor arrangement having a plurality of sensor elements for generating exposure-dependent received signals which form a respective image. The plurality of sensor elements includes a first group of sensor elements for generating received signals in dependence only on radiation of the first spectral range and a second group of sensor elements for generating received signals in dependence on radiation of the second spectral range.12-29-2011
20110157320PARALLAX DETECTING APPARATUS, DISTANCE MEASURING APPARATUS, AND PARALLAX DETECTING METHOD - The present invention aims to provide a parallax detecting apparatus (06-30-2011
20110157319METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGES - A three-dimensional sense adjusting unit displays three-dimensional images to a user. If a displayed reaches a limit of parallax, the user responds to the three-dimensional sense adjusting unit. According to acquired appropriate parallax information, a parallax control unit generates parallax images to realize the appropriate parallax in the subsequent stereo display. The control of parallaxes is realized by optimally setting camera parameters by going back to three-dimensional data. Functions to realize the appropriate parallax are made into and presented by a library.06-30-2011
20120002018THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE - A 3D image capture device includes: a light transmitting member 01-05-2012
20120013715STEREOSCOPIC IMAGING DEVICE - A stereoscopic imaging device includes two lens modules, two light guiding tubes, a reflection element, a motor, an image sensor, and a controller. Each light guiding tube includes a light incident end connected to a corresponding lens module and a light emitting end. The two light emitting ends of the light guiding tubes face to each other. The reflection element is positioned between the two light emitting ends. The image sensor faces the reflection element. The motor is connected to the reflection element. The controller is electrically connected to the image sensor and the motor. The controller is used for controlling the motor to drive the reflection element to rotate, thus to make the reflection element reflect the light from the two first guiding tubes to the image sensor in turn.01-19-2012
20120057000MONOCULAR THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGING - A three-dimensional imaging system uses a single primary optical lens along with various configurations of apertures, refocusing facilities, and the like to obtain three offset optical channels each of which can be separately captured with an optical sensor.03-08-2012
20120154552THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE PICKUP OPTICAL SYSTEM AND THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - A three-dimensional image pickup optical system for forming two different images having a parallax alternately in time sequence on a single image pickup element, includes, in order from object side: a front system including a pair of negative 1f-lens units, a pair of an optical path deflecting units, and a combining unit for combining two optical paths on the same optical axis; and a rear system including a positive 1b-lens unit which does not move for magnification-varying, a lens unit moving for magnification-varying, and a stop, in which: the front system includes a pair of light quantity control units disposed in optical paths for the eyes on the object side of the combining unit, for switching left and right subject images alternately in a time sharing manner; and power arrangement of the 1f-lens units and the 1b-lens unit is set appropriately.06-21-2012
20120154549Adapter and corresponding methods for adding 3D function to a 2D digital camera - A combination of a 3D optical adapter and corresponding digital process methods attached and updated to a conventional 2D digital camera so the digital camera can capture, save and transfer 3D stereoscopic digital images as well.06-21-2012
20120154551STEREO IMAGE DISPLAY SYSTEM, STEREO IMAGING APPARATUS AND STEREO DISPLAY APPARATUS - The stereo display apparatus displays parallax images to present a stereo image. The apparatus acquires the parallax images and information on a maximum pixel shift amount and a minimum pixel shift amount of the parallax images, calculates maximum and minimum relative parallax amounts corresponding to the maximum and minimum relative parallax amounts, by using the information on the maximum and minimum pixel shift amounts and a display condition, and determines whether or not at least one of the maximum and minimum relative parallax amounts exceeds a fusional limit criterion value. The apparatus determines whether or not a difference between the maximum and minimum relative parallax amounts exceeds a fusional limit range amount if the at least one of the maximum and minimum relative parallax amounts exceeds the fusional limit criterion value.06-21-2012
20120154550CORRECTION VALUE CALCULATION APPARATUS, COMPOUND EYE IMAGING APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING CORRECTION VALUE CALCULATION APPARATUS - Provided is a correction-value-calculation apparatus including: a left-image-processing-unit acquiring relative-position of feature-point to reference-point in left-image formed by left-lens as left-pixel-position for indication-values when left-lens moves with indication-values indicating positions; a right-image-processing-unit acquiring relative-position of feature-point to reference-point in right-image formed by right-lens as right-pixel-position for indication-values when right-lens moves with indication-values; a left-lens position-detection-unit detecting relative-position of left-lens to reference position as left-lens-detection-position; a right-lens position-detection-unit detecting relative-position of right-lens to reference position as right-lens-detection-position; a characteristic generation-unit generating characteristic relationship between left-pixel-position and left-lens-detection-position and characteristic relationship between right-pixel-position and right-lens-detection-position; an adjustment-position determination-unit setting each of left-lens-detection-position and right-lens-detection-position in generated characteristic as correction-object-position and determining an adjustment-position which is position on straight line connecting left-pixel-position and right-pixel-position corresponding to correction-object-position for each correction-object-position; and a correction-value-calculation-unit calculating correction-values which are differences between left-lens-detection-position and right-lens-detection-position corresponding to adjustment-position and correction-object-position for each correction-object-position.06-21-2012
20120026300IMAGING APPARATUS - An imaging apparatus can connect a 3D conversion lens. The 3D conversion lens has an optical system capable of collecting light for forming a left-eye image and light for forming a right-eye image. The imaging apparatus has an imaging device, a zoom lens operable to change a magnification of an image to be imaged on the imaging device, a driver operable to drive the zoom lens, a temperature detector operable to detect an ambient temperature of the apparatus, an attachment detector operable to detect whether the 3D conversion lens is attached to the apparatus, and a controller operable to control the driver to cause the zoom lens to move to a predetermined position, when the attachment detector detects that the 3D conversion lens is attached to the apparatus. The controller determines the predetermined position based on a detected result of the temperature detector.02-02-2012
20120105596METHOD FOR COMPOSING THREE DIMENSIONAL IMAGE WITH LONG FOCAL LENGTH AND THREE DIMENSIONAL IMAGING SYSTEM - A method for composing a three dimensional image with a long focal length and a three dimensional imaging system are provided. First, a zoom lens is adjusted to a first focal length to capture a first image and a fixed focal lens is used to capture a second image. Next, the zoom lens is adjusted to a second focal length to capture a third image. Then, a region occupied by the third image in the first image is positioned, a first disparity map between the first and second image in the region is calculated and magnified to obtain a second disparity map. Finally, a fourth image simulating the image captured by the fixed focal lens with the second focal length is composed by using the third image and the second disparity map, and the third and fourth image are output as a three dimensional image.05-03-2012
20120105595METHOD FOR GENERATING THREE DIMENSIONAL IMAGE AND THREE DIMENSIONAL IMAGING SYSTEM - A method for generating a three dimensional image and a three dimensional imaging system are provided. The three-dimensional imaging system includes a left lens and a right lens. First, the left lens and the right lens are used to capture a left-eye image and a right-eye image. Next, the left-eye image and the right-eye image are analyzed, so as to find a left-eye overlapped image and a right-eye overlapped image. Then, color parameters of the left-eye overlapped image and the right-eye overlapped image are respectively calculated and used to adjust the color parameters of the whole left-eye image and the whole right-eye image, such that the color parameter of the left-eye overlapped image matches that of the right-eye overlapped image. Finally, the adjusted left-eye image and right-eye image are output as a three dimensional image.05-03-2012
20110043612DUAL-TUBE STEREOSCOPE - Presented herein are methods, systems, devices, and computer-readable media for dual-tube stereoscopes. Embodiments may include an elongated body comprising a proximal end and a distal end, the proximal end having at least one proximal opening, the distal end having first and second distal openings; a first waveguide coupled to the first distal opening; and a second waveguide coupled to the second distal opening. There may also be optics situated near the proximal end of the elongated body and configured to receive light from the first and second waveguides and to transmit the received light through the at least one proximal opening onto a single light-receiving device. Some embodiments include processing a single received digital image, comprising two sub-images, to produce two images viewable stereoscopically, for example.02-24-2011
20110090317STEREOVISION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CALCUALTING DISTANCE BETWEEN OBJECT AND DIFFRACTIVE OPTICAL ELEMENT - A stereovision system is disclosed, which comprises: at least one diffractive optical element and an optical imaging device. Each of the diffractive optical element is used for allowing a first beam containing information relating to an object to pass through and thus transforming the same into a second beam containing information relating to the object. The optical imaging device is used for receiving the second beam so as to concentrate the energy thereof for forming an M04-21-2011
20100245546Image Pickup Apparatus and Video Recording and Reproduction System - [Object] To capture a high-quality 3D image having an appropriate parallax level and a small chromatic aberration.09-30-2010
20120314038STEREOSCOPIC IMAGE OBTAINING APPARATUS - A stereoscopic image obtaining apparatus has an optical system through which at least two parallax images are obtained, a first image creating unit that creates a first stereoscopic image from a single 2D image, a second image creating unit that creates a second stereoscopic image from the at least two parallax images; and a stereoscopic image selection unit that makes a selection between the first image creating unit and the second image creating unit. The stereoscopic image selection unit makes a selection in such a way that objects for which the first image generation unit is selected are more distant than objects for which the second image generation unit is selected.12-13-2012
201201272783 DIMENSIONAL CAMCORDER - A 3D camcorder includes a lens carrier with a first and second lenses and a body component is provided. The lens carrier is rotatable in between a first state and a second state. In the 3D camcorder, the lenses are laid vertically when the lens carrier is at the first state, and the lenses are laid horizontally when the lens carrier is at the second state. The body component is connected to the lens carrier and includes an image processing circuit, for processing continuous pictures captured by the first and second lenses and generating continuous 3D images when the body component is at the second state.05-24-2012
20120162391THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE SENSOR - An integrated image sensor capable of determining the distance to objects contained in a scene, including a pixel array, each pixel in the array being associated with a microlens and being formed of an assembly of sub-pixels, each including a photosensitive area.06-28-2012
20120162392Single-Lens 3-D Imaging Device Using Polarization Coded Aperture Masks Combined With Polarization Sensitive Sensor - A device and method for three-dimensional (3-D) imaging using a defocusing technique is disclosed. The device comprises a lens, at least one polarization-coded aperture obstructing the lens, a polarization-sensitive sensor operable for capturing electromagnetic radiation transmitted from an object through the lens and the at least one polarization-coded aperture, and a processor communicatively connected with the sensor for processing the sensor information and producing a 3-D image of the object.06-28-2012
20120162390Method of Taking Pictures for Generating Three-Dimensional Image Data - A method of taking pictures for generating three-dimensional image data is disclosed. The method includes continuously illuminating a target object with an environmental light; using an image sensor to receive the light reflected from the target object to generate a first electrical image signal; illuminating the target object with an active light generated from an active light source unit during the period of exposure by the environmental light; using the same image sensor to receive another reflected light to generate a second electrical image signal; using an image processing unit to receive the first and second electrical image signals, convert the first electrical image signal to a two-dimensional image data, and subtract the first electrical image signal from the second electrical image signal to generate three-dimensional depth data; and combining the two-dimensional image data and the three-dimensional depth data to generate the three-dimensional image data.06-28-2012
20120162389STEREOSCOPIC IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUSES AND METHODS - Example stereoscopic image photographing apparatuses and methods are disclosed. A disclosed example stereoscopic image photographing apparatus includes a shutter unit including a first region and a second region that are defined based on a gravity direction as an absolute basis regardless of an arrangement of the stereoscopic image photographing apparatus. A first image signal is generated by converting a first optical signal input through a first region of the shutter unit, and a second image signal is generated by converting a second optical signal input through the second region. In addition, a stereoscopic image is generated using the first image signal and the second image signal. Thus, a stereoscopic image with a difference between right and left views may be generated regardless of an orientation of the stereoscopic image photographing apparatus.06-28-2012
20120162388Image capturing device and image capturing control method - An image capturing device includes a storage part containing parallax information having the amount of parallax of a first lens and a second lens correlated with the amount of first control for driving the first lens; a first focusing control part configured to control driving of the first lens to focus the first lens at a first detection position; a parallax compensation part configured to obtain, from the parallax information, the amount of parallax corresponding to the amount of the first control performed by the first focusing control part to cause the first lens to be focused, and to detect a second detection position obtained by reflecting the amount of parallax in the first detection position; and a second focusing control part configured to control driving of the second lens to cause the second lens to be focused at the second detection position detected by the parallax compensation part.06-28-2012
20110181704METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING THREE-DIMENSIONAL AND RANGE INTER-PLANAR ESTIMATION - A system, apparatus and method of performing 3-D object profile inter-planar estimation and/or range inter-planar estimation of objects within a scene, including: providing a predefined finite set of distinct types of features, resulting in feature types, each feature type being distinguishable according to a unique bi-dimensional formation; providing a coded light pattern having multiple appearances of the feature types; projecting the coded light pattern, having axially varying intensity, on objects within a scene, the scene having at least two planes, resulting in a first plane and a second plane; capturing a 2-D image of the objects having the projected coded light pattern projected thereupon, resulting in a captured 2-D image, the captured 2-D image including reflected feature types; determining intensity values of the 2-D captured image; and performing 3-D object profile inter-planar estimation and/or range inter-planar estimation of objects within the scene based on determined intensity values.07-28-2011
20120212587IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An imaging apparatus includes first and second polarizers that polarize light from a subject in perpendicular polarization directions. Third and fourth polarizers are alternately disposed in a photodetection plane of an imaging device along a second direction perpendicular to a first direction, along which the first polarizer and the second polarizer are connected to each other, in such a way that the third and fourth polarizers extend in the second direction, and have polarization directions that are parallel to that of the first and second polarizers. An image processor processes image data produced by the imaging device such that image data from light passing through the first and third polarizers are handled as first image data for displaying stereoscopic images and image data from light passing through the second and fourth polarizers are handled as second image data for displaying the stereoscopic images.08-23-2012
20120133745IMAGING DEVICE, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND IMAGING METHOD - Provided are an imaging device, imaging system, and image method for imaging and displaying a stereoscopic image without degrading the three-dimensional image. A control operation of the imaging device synchronizes driving timing of the shutter unit with display conversion timing of the display device based on the display conversion signal received by a receiver, and separately images the left eye image and the right eye image in the imaging unit.05-31-2012
20120133744STEREOSCOPIC IMAGE GENERATION APPARATUS AND METHOD - A stereoscopic image generation method includes the following steps. A right-eye image is taken along a first direction. A left-eye image is taken along a second direction. A right portion of the left-eye image is trimmed off by a predetermined distance, and a left portion of the right-eye image is trimmed off by the predetermined distance, such that the trimmed left-eye image and the trimmed right-eye image have the same size.05-31-2012
20090058993CMOS STEREO CAMERA FOR OBTAINING THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE - A CMOS stereo camera for obtaining a three-dimensional image, in which two CMOS image sensors having the same characteristics are disposed on a single semiconductor substrate, is provided. The CMOS image sensors have image planes which are located on the same plane by disposing the two CMOS image sensors on the same semiconductor substrate. A digital signal processor (DSP) for processing a three-dimensional image is disposed between the CMOS image sensors. Optical axes of the CMOS image sensors are parallel with each other and orthogonal to the image planes. Since optical devices formed on the CMOS image sensors can be manufactured through the same processes, distortion of the optical axes between the two CMOS image sensors can be minimized.03-05-2009
201203140393D IMAGE ACQUISITION APPARATUS EMPLOYING INTERCHANGABLE LENS - A three-dimensional (3D) image acquisition apparatus is provided. The 3D image acquisition apparatus includes: an interchangeable lens unit comprising a lighting unit that irradiates light toward an object, a color image lens unit that forms a color image of the object, and a depth image capturing unit that comprises a depth image lens unit for obtaining depth image information relating to the object; and a main body comprising a first image sensor that converts an optical image formed by the color image lens unit into an electric signal and an image processor that forms a 3D image using the electric signal of the first image sensor and depth information of the depth image capturing unit, wherein the interchangeable lens unit is detachable from the main body.12-13-2012
20120257024STEREOSCOPIC IMAGING DEVICE - Disclosed is a stereoscopic imaging device which answers the need for system compatibility over the entire range of long-distance (telescopic) imaging to close-up imaging, and which can faithfully reproduce stereoscopic images on the display side without adjustment. To that end, stereoscopic imaging device is disclosed in which the imaging lens optical axes (phi (L), (R)) in an imaging unit provided with imaging lenses and imaging elements (S) are arranged so as to be laterally parallel, and the distance between the optical axes (D10-11-2012
20100208039DIMENSIONING SYSTEM - The present invention determines the dimensions and volume of an object by using a novel 3-D camera that measures the distance to every reflective point in its field of view with a single pulse of light. The distance is computed by the time of flight of the pulse to each camera pixel. The accuracy of the measurement is augmented by capture of the laser pulse shape in each camera pixel. The camera can be used on an assembly line to develop quality control data for manufactured objects or on a moving or stationary system that weighs as well as dimensions the objects. The device can also ascertain the minimum size of a box required to enclose an object.08-19-2010
20120229611ILLUMINATOR WITH REFRACTIVE OPTICAL ELEMENT - An illumination system having a refractive optical element that compensates for dependence in irradiance of images of objects captured by a photosensor is provided. The refractive optical element may structure the light such that similar objects in the same spherical surface in the field of view of the camera have the same irradiance on the camera photosensor. The illumination system may have an image sensor, a light source, and a refractive optical element. The image sensor has a photosensor that captures images of objects in a field of view. The irradiance of images of objects having a given exitance that are captured by the photosensor may depend on angular displacement from an optical axis of the image sensor. The refractive optical structures light from the light source to illuminate the field of view to compensate for the dependence of irradiance on angular displacement from the optical axis.09-13-2012
20110122233IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - An image pickup apparatus includes: an image pickup unit; a first connection unit that allows a stereoscopic shooting interchangeable lens and an ordinary shooting interchangeable lens to be selectively attached thereto so that an image of a subject can be formed on the image pickup unit; a second connection unit that allows a finder including two display units corresponding to a right eye and a left eye, the finder being capable of displaying a plurality of images, and a finder including a single display unit, the finder being capable of displaying a single image, to be selectively attached thereto; and a display control unit that controls display of an image picked up by the image pickup unit on the finder, based on at least one of information on the interchangeable lens connected to the first connection unit and information on the finder connected to the second connection unit.05-26-2011
20120320165Anamorphic stereoscopic optical apparatus and related methods - Disclosed herein are apparatuses and methods for reclaiming the full field of view (FOV) of the original camera lens in a stereoscopic image capture system using an anamorphic attachment. Also disclosed are apparatuses and methods of projecting stereoscopic images on a fixed size screen from a single projector that was initially designed primarily for 2D operation. An exemplary apparatus may comprise an anamorphic afocal converter configured to halve a FOV of a camera or projector into two optical paths, and convert the halved FOVs into two full FOVs of the camera or projector. Such an apparatus may further comprise reflecting elements cooperatively arranged to direct two rectified images at a camera sensor or projection screen, where one or more reflecting elements receive the first of the two full FOVs and one or more reflecting elements receive the second of the two full FOVs.12-20-2012
20120320164STEREOSCOPIC CAMERA WITH POLARIZING APERTURES - A new technology using polarizing apertures for imaging both left and right perspective views onto a single sensor is presented. The polarizing apertures can be used to image each perspective view onto one or more sensors. Polarizing apertures within a single lens or within two lenses may be employed. The apertures' areas may be changed to control exposure and the design allows for interaxial separations to be varied to the reduced values required for stereoscopic cinematography.12-20-2012
20120327196Image Processing Apparatus, Image Processing Method, and Image Communication System - In an image processing apparatus, an image pickup unit takes images of an object including the face of a person wearing the glasses by which to observe a stereoscopic image that contains a first parallax image and a second parallax image obtained when the object in a three-dimensional (3D) space is viewed from different viewpoints. A glasses identifying unit identifies the glasses included in the image of the object taken by the image pickup unit. A face detector detects a facial region the face of the person included in the image of the object taken by the image pickup unit, based on the glasses identified by the glasses identifying unit. An augmented-reality special rendering unit adds a virtual feature to the facial region of the face of the person detected by the face detector.12-27-2012
20120140047Stereoscopic Image Shooting Apparatus - A stereoscopic image shooting apparatus has first and second shooting optical systems, a single image sensing device, a wavelength switcher, and a controller. The shooting optical systems form left-viewpoint and right-viewpoint subject images. The image sensing device has an image sensing surface on which the subject images are formed. The wavelength switcher switches wavelengths of the light incident on the image sensing surface by the controller. By forming the left-viewpoint subject image with light in the specific wavelength range and simultaneously forming the right-viewpoint subject image with light in the wavelength range other than the specific wavelength range, a first image is formed in a first frame. By forming the right-viewpoint subject image with light in the specific wavelength range and simultaneously forming the left-viewpoint subject image with light in the wavelength range other than the specific wavelength range, a second image is formed in a second frame.06-07-2012
20120140046Stereoscopic Image Shooting Apparatus - A compound-eye type stereoscopic image shooting apparatus has a single image sensing device and two shooting optical systems. The two shooting optical systems include a first shooting optical system for forming a first subject image composed of light in a first wavelength range alone and a second shooting optical system for forming a second subject image composed of light in a second wavelength range alone which is different from the first wavelength range. The image sensing device has an image sensing surface divided into a first image sensing area for recording the first subject image and a second image sensing area for recording the second subject image. The image sensing device has, on the image sensing surface, a wavelength filter that transmits, in the first image sensing area, light in the first wavelength range alone and, in the second image sensing area, light in the second wavelength range alone.06-07-2012
20120140045METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CAPTURING THREE DIMENSIONAL IMAGE - An apparatus for imaging a 3D image includes an opening through which an image passes and a plurality of lens components to obtain the image, and covers up the inside thereof visible through the opening by using a covering member.06-07-2012
20130010086THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGING DEVICE AND VIEWPOINT IMAGE RESTORATION METHOD - A three-dimensional imaging device (01-10-2013
20130016188CAMERA MODULE AND IMAGE CAPTURING METHODAANM OGASAHARA; TakayukiAACI KanagawaAACO JPAAGP OGASAHARA; Takayuki Kanagawa JP - According to the embodiment, a camera module has a variable aperture unit and a control driver. In the variable aperture unit, switching is made between transmitting and blocking of the light incident from the imaging lens for each region. In the variable aperture unit, at least one of an area and a position of the transmissive region for transmitting light can be changed. The control driver can adjust the imaging timing of the image sensor in response to at least one of the area and the position of the transmissive region.01-17-2013
20130016191IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFORAANM Katayama; TatsushiAACI Kawasaki-shiAACO JPAAGP Katayama; Tatsushi Kawasaki-shi JP - The amount of parallax of a 3D image can be adjusted by intuitive operation. A zoom lever is thrown to telephoto side to cause the graphic processing unit to generate images for the left eye and the right eye adjusted such that a position where a component is drawn is far from a center line and the zoom lever is thrown to wide angle side to cause the graphic processing unit to generate images for the left eye and the right eye adjusted such that the position where the component is drawn is near the center line.01-17-2013
20130016189IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAMAANM Hosaka; HajimeAACI KanagawaAACO JPAAGP Hosaka; Hajime Kanagawa JP - There is provided an image processing apparatus including a first polarizing unit that has a first polarization region and a second polarization region to transmit different polarized light corresponding to different viewing point images, a second polarizing unit that includes a third polarization region to transmit only transmission light of the first polarization region, a fourth polarization region to transmit only transmission light of the second polarization region, and a total transmission region to transmit the total transmission light of the first polarization region and the second polarization region, an imaging element, and an image processing unit that executes signal processing with respect to an output signal of the imaging element. The image processing unit executes correction processing to generate a two-dimensional image and executes image conversion of the two-dimensional image to generate a left eye image and a right eye image for three-dimensional image display.01-17-2013
20130016190GRATING-BASED SCANNER WITH PHASE AND PITCH ADJUSTMENT - A method for determining three-dimensional coordinates of an object point on a surface of an object, the method including steps of: sending a beam of light to a diffraction grating; sending a first diffracted beam and a second diffracted beam to an objective lens to form at least two spots of light, which are passed through transparent regions of a plate to produce a first fringe pattern on the surface of the object; imaging the object point illuminated by the first fringe pattern onto a photosensitive array to obtain a first electrical data value; moving the plate to a second position; sending spots through plate to produce a second fringe pattern on the surface of the object; imaging the point onto the array point to obtain a second electrical data value; and calculating the three-dimensional coordinates of the first object point.01-17-2013
20120249752IMAGING APPARATUS AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - An imaging apparatus includes: a first lens group disposed on a subject side of a diaphragm in the vicinity of which two polarizers that polarize light from a subject are disposed, the polarizers being first and second polarizers whose polarization directions are perpendicular to each other; a second lens group disposed on the side of the diaphragm where an imaging device is present, over a photodetection surface of which third and fourth polarizers are disposed, the third and fourth polarizers having polarization directions parallel to the polarization direction of the first and second polarizers, respectively; and an image processor that produces stereoscopic images based on image data produced by converting light incident on the imaging device through the first lens group and the second lens group. The second lens group has positive refracting power, and characteristics of the first lens group and the second lens group satisfy certain conditions.10-04-2012
20130135448IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND METHOD, RECORDING MEDIUM, AND PROGRAM - An image processing device includes a viewpoint separating unit configured to separate multi-viewpoint image data, including images of multiple viewpoints and representing intensity distribution of light and the direction of travel of light according to positions and pixel values of pixels, into a plurality of single-viewpoint image data for each of the individual viewpoints; and a parallax control unit configured to control amount of parallax between the plurality of single-viewpoint image data obtained by separation into individual viewpoints by the viewpoint separating unit.05-30-2013
20130135447DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - By determining reliability by a deviation between a left image and a right image to guide a user to use a correction algorithm only when sufficient reliability is secured and presenting an image to which an automatic correction algorithm is applied to perform fine adjustment, the user may capture a higher quality 3D image. A method of controlling a digital photographing apparatus includes: capturing a left image and a right image received from a left lens and a right lens, respectively; calculating Sum-of-Absolute-Difference (SAD) values of the right image compared with the left image; determining a reliability indicating a deviation of a moved position of the right image compared with the left image based on a degree that positions at which smallest SAD values are obtained deviate from an average position; and guiding a user to recapture or not based on the determined reliability.05-30-2013
201300938583-DIMENSIONAL CAMERA MODULE HAVING X-PRISM AND USING METHOD THEREOF - The present invention relates to a 3-dimensional camera module having an X-prism, and a using method thereof, the camera module including: a pair of lenses condensing incident light; a pair of shutters positioned at a center axis of each lens to open/close with a time difference for interrupting or passing the condensed incident light; a pair of polarizers vertically polarizing the incident light having passed any one shutter of the pair of shutters; an X-prism shaped of a rectangular parallelepiped coupled with four prism units and coated with a reflection film for selectively reflecting the vertically polarized incident light; and an image sensor continuously receiving the vertically polarized incident light and the horizontally polarized incident light reflected to the reflection film with a time difference to generate left/right images corresponding to the vertically polarized incident light and the horizontally polarized incident light in association with the pair of shutter.04-18-2013
201301138953D IMAGE REPRODUCTION APPARATUS, AND PARALLAX ADJUSTMENT METHOD OF THE SAME, NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM AND IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE - When there is no parallax data for a video image overall nor is there parallax data for a main imaging subject but there is image capture condition data (05-09-2013
20130100257IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, REPRODUCTION APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - A image processing method according to an aspect of the present invention includes a parallax amount calculating step of calculating a parallax amount of each pixel of a plurality of viewpoint images constituting a multi-viewpoint image; and a parallax amount correcting step of correcting the parallax amount of each pixel, based on a zoom value of the multi-viewpoint image and the calculated parallax amount of each pixel, in such a manner that a different in parallax amount corresponding to an object distance is kept unchanged even if the zoom value is changed, when a parallax amount of each pixel of at least a portion of the multi-viewpoint image is corrected by image processing.04-25-2013
20130113896ESTIMATION OF DEFOCUSED REFLECTANCE MAPS FOR THE ROBUST DETERMINATION OF "SHAPE FROM FOCUS" IN MICROSCOPIC IMAGES - Method for compensating illumination deficiencies in microscopic “shape from focus (SFF)”, wherein firstly the reflectance of the scene is estimated by way of a projector-camera system and then microscopic “shape from focus (SFF)” is applied to a stack of reflectance maps rather than to the original image data.05-09-2013
20130128009IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGE CORRECTION METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM - An imaging apparatus includes: an imaging unit for acquiring a plurality of view point images imaged from a plurality of viewpoints by a plurality of imaging optical systems each including a zoom lens; a storage unit for storing an error of the imaging optical system; an optical zoom magnification specifying unit for receiving specification instruction of an optical zoom magnification; a zoom lens driving unit for moving the zoom lens to a position corresponding to the instruction of the optical zoom magnification; and a correction unit for setting an electronic zoom magnification corresponding to the position of the zoom lens, magnifying a viewpoint image to be corrected from within the plurality of viewpoint images based on the electronic zoom magnification, and extracting a part of the magnified viewpoint image to eliminate an object point shift amount corresponding to the error from the magnified viewpoint image.05-23-2013
20130128008SMART PSEUDOSCOPIC-TO-ORTHOSCOPIC CONVERSION (SPOC) PROTOCOL FOR THREE-DIMENSIONAL (3D) DISPLAY - A smart pseudoscopic to orthoscopic conversion (SPOC) protocol, and method for using the SPOC protocol for three-dimensional imaging, are disclosed. The method allows full control over the optical display parameters in Integral Imaging (InI) monitors. From a given collection of elemental images, a new set of synthetic elemental images (SEIs) ready to be displayed in an InI monitor can be calculated, in which the pitch, microlenses focal length, number of pixels per elemental cell, depth position of the reference plane, and grid geometry of the microlens array (MLA) can be selected to fit the conditions of the display architecture.05-23-2013
20130128006IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, PLAYBACK APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM AND RECORDING MEDIUM - A first image nonalignment amount, between a first type image and a second type image captured when the focusing lens is located at an in-focus position, of any subject, that is positioned a predetermined distance from the image capturing apparatus, is obtained. A second image nonalignment amount, between the first type image and the second type image obtained when the focusing lens is located at a predetermined reference position, of the subject is obtained. Then an image shift amount, for at least one of the first type image and the second type image captured when the focusing lens is located at the in-focus position, is determined, so that the difference between the first image nonalignment amount and the second image nonalignment amount falls within a predetermined range.05-23-2013
20130128005TWO-PARALLEL-CHANNEL REFLECTOR WITH FOCAL LENGTH AND DISPARITY CONTROL - A two-parallel-channel reflector (TPCR) with focal length and disparity control is used after being combined with an imaging device. A left parallel channel and a right parallel channel are formed in the TPCR, so that the imaging device can synchronously perform an imaging operation on a left side view and a right side view of a scene, so as to obtain a stereoscopic image. Each parallel channel is bounded by two curved reflecting mirrors, so that captured light rays may be parallelly reflected in the channel, and an operator may adjust a convergence angle and an interocular distance between the left side view and the right side view, so as to control the focal length and disparity during imaging as require.05-23-2013
20130169761IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE - An imaging apparatus can be connected to a 3D adapter having an optical system capable of condensing light for forming an image for a left-eye and light for forming an image for a right-eye and can be set into an adjusting mode for adjusting the optical system. The imaging apparatus includes an image pickup unit operable to capture an image formed based on the lights condensed by the 3D adapter, and a display unit operable to display the image captured by the image pickup unit. When the imaging apparatus is set to the adjusting mode, the display unit overlaps and displays the image for a left-eye and the right-eye image captured by the image pickup unit.07-04-2013
20130128007THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM - Provided is a three-dimensional image pickup system including: a pair of lens apparatus; a camera apparatus for picking up subject images formed by the pair of lens apparatus; a convergence angle changing unit for changing a convergence angle of the pair of lens apparatus; a controller for controlling the convergence angle of the pair of lens apparatus in association with an operation of focus lens units of the pair of lens apparatus; and an interlock switching unit for switching between an interlocked state in which the convergence angle is interlocked with the operation of the focus lens units and a non-interlocked state in which the convergence angle is not interlocked with the operation of the focus lens units.05-23-2013
20110211048DIGITAL CAMERA HAVING IMAGE PROCESSOR AND PRINTER - A digital camera is provided having an image sensor for imaging a scene, a processor for processing the imaged scene in accordance with a programmable scene transformation requirement, and a printer having a consumables cartridge and a printhead for printing the processed scene directly from the processor onto print media of the cartridge.09-01-2011
20110273538OPHTHALMOLOGIC PHOTOGRAPHY APPARATUS - A light beam reflected from an ocular fundus 11-10-2011
20130147925APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR LOCALIZING OBJECTS FOR DISTANCE AND/OR IN THREE DIMENSIONS USING A SPIRAL POINT SPREAD FUNCTION - Various aspects of the present disclosure are directed toward methods, systems, and apparatus that include an optical detection node to pass light through the optical pathway to the optical detection node where the light is detectable. At least one focusing element is provided to pass the light along the optical pathway, and at least one optical mask is used to provide spatially-varying modulation on the light passing along the optical pathway. The light passing along the optical pathway is redirected and modified to create a spiral point spread function at the optical detection node for estimating a distance to an object that is characterized at least in part by the light passing along the optical pathway.06-13-2013
201301479263D IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE - This 3D image capture device includes: a light-transmitting section 06-13-2013
20130155200STEREOSCOPIC IMAGE GENERATING DEVICE AND STEREOSCOPIC IMAGE GENERATING METHOD - A stereoscopic image generating device includes: a brightness calculation unit that, on an image that is photographed using a stereo adapter, obtains the brightness representative value of the first area where neither of two beams from the object is incident; a threshold value determining unit that obtains a threshold value based on the brightness representative value; and an object area extracting unit that extracts two sets of pixels having brightness value higher than the threshold value on the image, as a second area where one of the two beams is incident and a third area where the another of the two beams is incident, and produces a stereoscopic image by a pair of a first partial image that is cut out from the second area, and a second partial image that is cut out from the third area.06-20-2013
20130155201IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE, CONTROLLER AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - A digital camera includes a first optical system including a first optical axis; a second optical system including a second optical axis which is different from the first optical axis; a first image sensor and a second image sensor for detecting subject images; and a controller for performing focus control on each optical system and for instructing each image sensor to execute shooting operation. The controller instructs the first image sensor and the second image sensor to execute shooting operation at a first timing when the focus operation for the first optical system is finished or a second timing when the focus operation for the second optical system is finished, which is later.06-20-2013
20130155202IMAGING APPARATUS - An imaging apparatus of includes an imaging sensor that captures a subject image formed by an attached 3D conversion lens and generates an image data, a display device that displays an image based on the generated image data, a lens adjusting unit that adjusts a lens position of an optical system included in the attached 3D conversion lens, a controller that: (i) determines that a predetermined portion of the subject image which is to be moved according to the adjustment of the lens position, is at least one of (a) within a predetermined range in the image and (b) not within the predetermined range in the image, and (ii) causes the display device to display the determined result.06-20-2013
20130155203IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM AND MICROSCOPE SYSTEM INCLUDING THE SAME - An image processing system includes an acquisition unit, a candidate value estimation unit, a cutoff frequency acquisition unit and a candidate value modification unit. The acquisition unit is configured to acquire an image of a sample taken via an optical system. The candidate value estimation unit is configured to estimate a candidate value of a 3D shape of the sample based on the image. The cutoff frequency acquisition unit is configured to acquire a cutoff frequency of the optical system based on information of the optical system. The candidate value modification unit is configured to perform at least one of data correction and data interpolation for the candidate value based on the cutoff frequency and calculate a modified candidate value.06-20-2013
20130155204IMAGING APPARATUS AND MOVEMENT CONTROLLING METHOD THEREOF - A left-eye image and a right-eye image for a stereoscopic image are obtained using a camera including a single imaging apparatus. The left-eye image is obtained by imaging objects OB06-20-2013
20120281072Focused Plenoptic Camera Employing Different Apertures or Filtering at Different Microlenses - Methods and apparatus for capturing and rendering images with focused plenoptic cameras employing different filtering at different microlenses. In a focused plenoptic camera, the main lens creates an image at the focal plane. That image is re-imaged on the sensor multiple times by an array of microlenses. Different filters that provide different levels and/or types of filtering may be combined with different ones of the microlenses. A flat captured with the camera includes multiple microimages captured according to the different filters. Multiple images may be assembled from the microimages, with each image assembled from microimages captured using a different filter. A final image may be generated by appropriately combining the images assembled from the microimages. Alternatively, a final image, or multiple images, may be assembled from the microimages by first combining the microimages and then assembling the combined microimages to produce one or more output images.11-08-2012
20130182081Real-Time Stereo 3D Digital/Video Imaging in a Light Microscope Using a Single Lens and a Single Camera - The methods and apparatus of the present invention provide 3D real-time viewing in a light microscope by passing light through only a portion of the objective aperture, in such a way as to produce alternating left-eye and right-eye views of the specimen. A computer with a sync pulse generator synchronizes the frame rate of the camera with the alternating left-eye and right-eye images, which are sequentially captured by the camera and reformatted into the standard side-by-side stereo file format and displayed on a 3D TV or the like, where they can be viewed in 3D in real-time.07-18-2013
20130182082STEREOSCOPIC IMAGING DEVICE AND STEREOSCOPIC IMAGING METHOD - A stereoscopic imaging device, wherein the aperture controller performs a second aperture control in which the larger the amount of shake detected by the shake detector becomes, the further the amount of opening of the aperture unit decreases than the amount of opening required for the first aperture control. The present invention allows to deepen a depth of focus and decrease the amount of parallax by further closing an aperture as the amount of shake becomes larger, so that a stereoscopic effect is weakened when the amount of shake is large, thereby reducing an influence on viewers.07-18-2013
20130120539MICROSCOPIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR THREE-DIMENSIONAL LOCALIZATION OF POINT-LIKE OBJECTS IN A SPECIMEN - A microscopic device for three-dimensional localization of point-like objects, encompassing a detection optical system that images point-like objects, each in the form of a three-dimensional focus light distribution, into an image space; a color separation apparatus that divides the light into at least two separate light bundles of different wavelength regions; at least two image space detector units , one receiving one light bundle and the other receiving the other light bundle, each detector unit comprising a light-spot-sensing detection surface ; an evaluation unit that ascertains a lateral X-Y position and an axial Z position relative to the sharpness plane in a direction perpendicular to the sharpness plane; at least one Z-position correction value for at least one of the wavelength regions being stored in the evaluation unit, which value indicates a detection optical system longitudinal chromatic aberration in that wavelength region; and the evaluation unit correcting the Z position.05-16-2013
20130120540THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - A 3D image capture device includes: a light transmitting section 05-16-2013
20110310231STEREOSCOPIC IMAGING OPTICAL SYSTEM, INTERCHANGEABLE LENS APPARATUS, AND CAMERA SYSTEM - A stereoscopic imaging optical system is provided, which forms two optical images having no mutual interference, side-by-side, on a rectangle image sensor, and which is applicable to an interchangeable-lens type digital camera system. The stereoscopic imaging optical system includes a first lens system and a second lens system which are arranged in parallel, and a field diaphragm arranged on the object side relative to these lens systems. The first lens system and the second lens system form optical images of an object on a first imaging area and a second imaging area, respectively. The field diaphragm has an aperture arranged in front of the first lens system and the second lens system. The field diaphragm blocks only a portion of a light beam incident on the first lens system, which portion enters the second imaging area, and blocks only a portion of a light beam incident on the second lens system, which portion enters the first imaging area.12-22-2011
20110310230THREE CHANNEL REFLECTOR IMAGING SYSTEM - A system for providing a three-dimensional representation from a single image includes a reflector apparatus for providing an image of a scene comprising three adjacent views of the scene. The apparatus defines a left light path, a center light path, and a right light path, wherein each of the left light path and the right light path comprise opposed reflective surfaces for redirecting light, whereby light passing through the left light path, light passing through the right light path, and light passing through the center light path converge at a nodal point of an imager to create an image of the scene providing three adjacent views of the scene arrayed in a three-by-one rectangular grid. A client computing device receives data from the imager and transforms the data into a stereoscopic image or an image-plus-depth rendering, and/or converts or switches back and forth between two-dimensional and three-dimensional images.12-22-2011
20130188024APPARATUS METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR IMAGING - There is provided in accordance with some embodiments of the present invention an optical assembly including a set of optical paths, wherein two or more optical paths receive an image from a common surface. The optical paths may direct received images onto a common image sensor generating a complex multidimensional data set, an image processing block may extrapolate each of the subset of optical paths printed on the image sensor and may generate a multidimensional data set based on the collected images.07-25-2013
20130188023IMAGE SENSOR WITH OPTICAL FILTERS HAVING ALTERNATING POLARIZATION FOR 3D IMAGING - An image sensor for three-dimensional (“3D”) imaging includes a first, a second, and a third pixel unit, where the second pixel unit is disposed between the first and third pixel units. Optical filters included in the pixel units are disposed on a light incident side of the image sensor to filter polarization-encoded light having a first polarization and a second polarization to photosensing regions of the pixel units. The first pixel unit includes a first optical filter having the first polarization, the second pixel unit includes a second optical filter having the second polarization, and the third pixel unit includes a third optical filter having the first polarization.07-25-2013
20130188026DEPTH ESTIMATING IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE AND IMAGE SENSOR - A depth estimating image capture device as an embodiment of this invention includes: an image sensor 07-25-2013
20120019625PARALLAX IMAGE GENERATION APPARATUS AND METHOD - According to one embodiment, a parallax image generation apparatus comprises a calculation unit and a generation unit. The calculation unit is configured to calculate a distance between a target pixel value of a target pixel contained in an input image and a representative pixel value, and calculating a depth of the target pixel in a stereoscopic space in accordance with the distance. The generation unit is configured to generate, based on the depth, at least one parallax image corresponding to a view point different from that of the input image.01-26-2012
20130194391STEREOSCOPIC CAMERA - A stereoscopic camera is provided comprising: an image sensor; a lens system adapted to focus light from a scene onto the image sensor, the lens system including an aperture stop; an electronically actuatable matrix shutter including a plurality of individually addressable and actuatable shutter elements; a memory; and a processor communicating with the electronically actuatable matrix shutter and the memory. The processor may control the matrix shutter to create pairs of pupil apertures according to a plurality of exposure patterns stored in the memory.08-01-2013
20120033050IMAGING APPARATUS - An imaging apparatus includes an imaging device configure to generate image data from a subject image, a connecting unit configured to connect a 3D conversion lens for enabling a left-eye image and a right-eye image to be simultaneously formed on the imaging device, a measuring unit configured to obtain brightness of an image formed on the imaging device and generate measuring information representing the brightness of the image formed on the imaging device based on the obtained brightness of the image, an exposure adjusting unit configured to control exposure on the imaging device based on the measuring information, and a light amount correcting unit configured to reduce an influence of light falloff occurring in the image formed on the imaging device to the measuring information, when the 3D conversion lens is connected to the connecting unit.02-09-2012
20130201297LENSLESS COMPRESSIVE IMAGE ACQUISITION - Systems, structures, devices and methods for lensless compressive image acquisition are disclosed herein with which images may be obtained from a single detection element while performing fewer times than a number of pixels associated with the image. Advantageously such systems, structures, devices and methods may be adapted to acquiring images at wavelengths that are difficult or impossible with contemporary CCD or CMOS imagers.08-08-2013
20130201298APERTURE FOR INCREASING THE PARALLAX IN A SINGLE LENS THREE DIMENSIONAL CAMERA - A stereoscopic camera (08-08-2013
20130201299HANDS FREE LIGHTING DEVICES - There is provided headgear having a variety of components. In one form, the headgear includes a camera device mounted to a brim thereof. Camera accessories that can be mounted to the headgear can include a switch, a control panel, a view finder, one or more lights. The headgear can also include a heat sink mounted to the brim to dissipate heat, and can be configured to block radio frequency emissions, generated by powered components of the headgear, such as the camera, a circuit board, one or more lights, or the like. The headgear can also include a 3D camera device having first and second lens devices mounted to the brim in a spaced configuration.08-08-2013
20130201300IMAGING APPARATUS - An imaging apparatus that can connect with a 08-08-2013
20120300041IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE - An image capture device includes: a plurality of microlenses; an image capture element in which a plurality of element groups including a plurality of photoelectric conversion elements that receive light fluxes and that output image signals are arranged; a generation unit that extracts a plurality of region image signals respectively corresponding to a plurality of different partial regions upon the pupil surface of the photographic optical system, and that generates a plurality of sets of image data corresponding to the partial regions as a plurality of sets of viewpoint image data whose viewpoint positions are different with each other; and a reception unit that receives a viewpoint number selection operation to select a number of viewpoints; wherein the generation unit generates the sets of viewpoint image data by extracting the region image signals whose number is equal to a number of selected viewpoints.11-29-2012
20120300040IMAGING SYSTEM - A three-dimensional imaging system to reduce detected ambient light comprises a wavelength stabilized laser diode to project imaging light onto a scene, an optical bandpass filter, and a camera to receive imaging light reflected from the scene and through the optical bandpass filter, the camera configured to use the received imaging light for generating a depth map of the scene.11-29-2012
20120086787OPTICAL IMAGING LENS SYSTEM WITH DOUBLE OPTICAL PATHS - The present invention provides an optical imaging lens system with double optical paths, comprising: the first optical subsystem; the second optical subsystem having a back focal length equal to that of the first optical subsystem; an optical path selector selectively having a light reflection state or a light passing state; the first reflector set disposed at an image side of the first optical subsystem for directing light from the first optical subsystem to the optical path selector; and the second reflector set disposed at an image side of the second optical subsystem for directing light from the second optical subsystem to the optical path selector. In the present invention, the optical path selector can be controlled to have the light reflection state or the light passing state selectively, so that an image coming from the first optical subsystem or from the second optical subsystem is captured.04-12-2012

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