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348166000 With linear array 2
20110317018Image sensor and method using near infrared signal - An image sensor capable of ensuring high sensitivity image and minimizing color distortion is provided. The image sensor includes a first filter unit, a second filter unit formed at a lower part of the first filter unit and a sensor unit formed at a lower part of the second filter unit. The first filter unit is configured to pass light corresponding to a visible light region, pass light corresponding to a first region of a longer wavelength than the light corresponding to the visible region and cut off light corresponding to a second region of a longer wavelength than the light corresponding to the first region. The second filter unit is configure to pass light having a predetermined wavelength in a wavelength range corresponding to the visible light region among the light passing through the first filter unit and pass light corresponding to the first region. The sensor unit is configured to detect the light passing through the second filter unit.12-29-2011
20120038778Self-Scanning Passive Infrared Personnel Detection Sensor - A system capable of low power personnel detection is based on a focused linear array of passive infrared detectors sampled and processed over time. For example, an exemplary system can have a sensor that captures infrared line images for personnel detection by scanning through a sensing plane of a linear array's field of view. In such a system, a processor controls the array sensor and stores the resulting images. Velocity characteristics of moving objects are incorporated into the images over time resulting in horizontal velocity profile images. Long wave infrared (LWIR) radiation can be sensed, which works in day and night conditions without illumination. LWIR sensors, such as microbolometers, as well as pyroelectrics, can be used.02-16-2012
348168000 With rotating reflector 1
20100253783SPATIALLY-SELECTIVE REFLECTOR STRUCTURES, REFLECTOR DISKS, AND SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR USE THEREOF - The invention provides a spatially-selective reflective structure for the detection of submillimeter electromagnetic waves and systems and methods incorporating spatially-selective reflective structures. One aspect of the invention provides a spatially-selective reflective structure including a partially-conducting slab and a modulating reflector disk adjacent to the partially-conducting slab. The modulating reflector disk includes a plurality of modulations. Another aspect of the invention provides a submillimeter imaging device including submillimeter wave optics, a spatially-selective reflective structure located in the focal plane of the submillimeter wave optics, a submillimeter wave receiver positioned to capture waves reflected from the spatially-selective reflective structure, and a motor configured to rotate the spatially-selective reflective structure. The spatially-selective reflective structure includes a partially-conducting slab and a modulating reflector disk adjacent to the partially-conducting slab. The modulating reflector plate includes one or more modulations.10-07-2010
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20130044221DUAL FIELD OF VIEW MULTI-BAND OPTICS - A dual field of view, all-refractive infrared optical system that images the mid-wave infrared light in one field of view and the short wave infrared light in the second field of view onto the same detector. The two fields of view vary in focal length by a factor of six. The narrow field of view images the SWIR radiation at a slow f/number of 10.0 while the wide field of view images the MWIR radiation at f/1.9. The field of view is changed via a single lens that changes its axial position within the lens, resulting in an axial zoom. The change in focal length and f/number at the same time enables an increased focal length without having to increase the aperture size by the ratio of the focal length change, but rather by the ratio of the focal length change divided by the ratio of the f/number change.02-21-2013
20130083199THERMAL IMAGING CAMERA WITH INFRARED LENS FOCUS ADJUSTMENT - A thermal imaging camera may be used to capture a visible-light (VL) image and an infrared (IR) image. In some examples, the camera includes adjustable focus IR optics. For example, the camera may include a focus mechanism coupled to the IR optics and configured to move the IR optics to various focus positions so as to focus the IR optics. The various focus positions may include a hyperfocal position in which a scene is in focus between a set distance and infinity, and a plurality of focus positions in which the scene is in focus between the set distance and a minimum focus distance. Depending on the configuration of the camera, the IR optics of the camera may define an F-number greater than 1.0, and an axis of the IR optics may be offset from an axis of the VL optics by a distance less than 1.7 inches.04-04-2013
20100165111SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONCEALED OBJECT DETECTION - In an exemplary embodiment, in the infrared range, in practicing the method of these teachings, three infrared images of a body having concealed objects are acquired, each image resulting in a response of a detector having a spectral sensitivity in the infrared that is analogous to one of the spectral sensitivities of the color response of the human eye, each image corresponding to a different spectral sensitivity. At least the center of the spectral sensitivity corresponding to the Green response at the human eye is selected to allow increasing the detected radiation difference between the concealed object and the body. The responses of the detector to each of the three images are utilized to provide RGB signals to a display device (a monitor in one instance). The color image displayed in the display device allows identifying the concealed object.07-01-2010
20100165110Image Pickup Apparatus, Imaging Method and Method for Correcting Infrared Light - An image pickup device comprising visible color optimization under received near-infrared and infrared light conditions is disclosed. Color signals corresponding to light received through each of a plurality of color filters are processed to determine a near-infrared and infrared light energy contribution. The color signals are processed to optimize color of received images.07-01-2010
20120169884VARIABLE APERTURE OPTICAL DEVICE HAVING A MICROSHUTTER - In certain embodiments, a detection device includes a structure having an entrance that permits radiation to enter the structure and a radiation detector operable to detect radiation that enters the structure. The device also includes a microshutter array coupled to the structure and aligned with the entrance, the array comprising a plurality of microshutter cells operable to move between a first position in which that microshutter cell prevents radiation of a first wavelength from passing through a portion of the entrance and a second position in which that microshutter cell permits the radiation of the first wavelength to pass through the portion of the entrance. The device further includes an actuating device operable to define a first entrance pupil having a first f-number by moving a plurality of microshutter cells associated with the first f-number.07-05-2012
20110193968IMAGE SENSOR CAPABLE OF REALIZING NIGHT-PHOTOGRAPHING AND FUNCTIONS OF PROXIMITY SENSOR AND ILLUMINANCE SENSOR - An image sensor capable of realizing night-photographing and functions of a proximity sensor and an illuminance sensor. The image sensor includes a light source for emitting light toward a subject; a light source control section for controlling current applied to the light source; an illuminance sensor section for sensing an illuminance of surrounding environment; and a sensor section having an image sensor unit for sensing an image signal.08-11-2011
20110193967Imaging device, imaging device control method and program - An imaging device that includes a control unit is provided. The control unit switches between a day mode and a night mode. In the day mode, image capture is performed while an infrared cut filter is placed on an optical path, and in the night mode, image capture is performed while the infrared cut filter is removed from the optical path. Immediately after shifting from the day mode to the night mode, in the night mode, as the amount of incident light decreases, the control unit increases an irradiation intensity of an infrared irradiation portion from zero while a gain is maintained at a first gain value. When the amount of the incident light further decreases after the irradiation intensity reaches a maximum, the control portion increases the gain from the first gain value.08-11-2011
20130076912REFLECTIVE IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGE ACQUISITION METHOD - In order to generate a two-dimensional image of a sample in a short time using THz waves, provided is a reflective imaging device including a sample holder, a THz wave light source, a THz wave camera, a rotation mechanism for rotating the holder and the camera, and a processing unit. A sample unit includes an incidence member, a sample, and a reflection member. The sample includes a first region of only a membrane and a second region including a biopolymer. The camera detects, with regard to respective incident angles, a THz wave in which interference occurs between a component reflected at an interface between the incidence member and the sample and a component reflected at an interface between the sample and the reflection member, of each portion of the sample unit, and outputs a signal. The processing unit specifies an incident angle at which a signal of a first THz wave that interferes in the first region is relatively small and a signal of a second THz that interferes in the second region is relatively large, and generates a two-dimensional image of the sample based on the signal from the camera with regard to the specified incident angle.03-28-2013
20130076910Dual Pixel Pitch Imaging Array with Extended Dynamic Range - An integrated focal plane provides two co-aligned, overlapping pixel arrays in two formats, one with large pixels and low pixel count, the other with small pixels and high pixel count. Typically, the large pixels are 10 to 100 times larger in area than the small pixels. The dual arrays are disposed in a single detector substrate flip-chip bonded to a single readout circuit. They are sensitive to two infrared colors, one shorter and one longer wavelength band. The dual array focal plane concurrently provides two distinct pixel instantaneous fields of view within the same overall field of view as well as simultaneous fast and slow frame rates. The dual frame rates allow for combined fast sensing with sensitive imaging. Differing spatial and temporal data enables enhanced image processing for improved clutter rejection and detection performance. Differing gains combined with the dual frame rates provide an extended dynamic range.03-28-2013
20130076911SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING METHOD, AND IMAGING SYSTEM - A solid-state imaging apparatus 03-28-2013
20130076909SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR EDITING ELECTRONIC CONTENT USING A HANDHELD DEVICE - Embodiments of the present invention disclose a system and method for editing electronic content using a handheld device. According to one example embodiment, the system includes a mobile computing device hosting electronic content, and a handheld imaging device. The handheld imaging device is configured to communicate with the mobile computing device and includes an optical sensor for capturing image data associated with an object or area. Still further, the handheld imaging device is configured to transmit and designate a location for insertion of said image data into the electronic content hosted on the mobile device.03-28-2013
20130083200INFRARED OPTICAL SYSTEM AND INFRARED IMAGING APPARATUS - Provided is an infrared optical system including: three lenses of a first lens, a second lens, and a third lens that are provided from an object side to an image-surface side, the first and third lenses being each configured as a spherical lens made of an inorganic material and having a positive refractive power, the second lens being configured as a meniscus lens made of a resin material and having aspherical surfaces; and an aperture stop that is provided between any two of the first to third lenses.04-04-2013
20120212621Back Focus Adjusting System for Infrared Camera and Back Focus Adjusting Method for Infrared Camera - Disclosed is a back focus adjusting system for an infrared camera including a lens unit having a lens group to be mounted on the camera main body. The camera main body includes an infrared detector disposed in a vacuum chamber and has a detecting surface that detects the infrared rays; a memory means that stores a position information on the detecting surface obtained by measuring a position in an optical axis direction of the detecting surface of the infrared detector; and a transmitting means that transmits the position information on the detecting surface to the lens unit. The lens unit includes a receiving means that receives the position information on the detecting surface transmitted from the transmitting means of the camera main body and focal position adjusting means that adjusts a position in the optical axis direction of the lens group.08-23-2012
20130033606CAMERA APPARATUS - A camera apparatus includes: an image pickup device; a lens configured to converge light from an object to the image pickup device; a coaxial circular-shaped lens cover in which the lens is arranged; a plurality of infrared light sources arranged to surround the lens in the lens cover; and a light shielding member which is provided between the lens and the infrared light source and which has an opening. The opening is outwardly extended at corner optical path portions which correspond to diagonal corners of an angle of view of the image pickup device.02-07-2013
20120182428IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - An image pickup apparatus includes a light emitting unit and a light receiving unit, a first light path changing unit, and a second light path changing unit, wherein the first light path changing unit is movable from a first state, in which a light flux from the light emitting unit is guided toward a front direction of the image pickup apparatus, into a second state in which a light flux from the light emitting unit is guided toward a front direction and a side direction of the image pickup apparatus, and wherein the second light path changing unit is movable from a first state, in which a light flux from a front direction of the image pickup apparatus is guided to the light receiving unit, into a second state in which light fluxes from a front direction and a side direction.07-19-2012
20130070102THERMAL ISOLATION DEVICE FOR INFRARED SURVEILLANCE CAMERA - A thermal imaging system includes a mounting structure characterized by a first thermal conductivity and a focal plane array mounted to the mounting structure. The thermal imaging system also includes an optical system coupled to the mounting structure and a heating element coupled to the mounting structure. The thermal imaging system further includes a thermal isolator coupled to the mounting structure and characterized by a second thermal conductivity lower than the first thermal conductivity.03-21-2013
20130070101Camera Module - Disclosed is a camera module. The camera module includes a lens assembly comprising a plurality of lens units having a polygonal outer peripheral portion, a lens barrel receiving the lens assembly, a fixing unit fixing the lens assembly to the lens barrel, a housing coupled with the lens barrel, and a sensor unit in the housing. The lens barrel is provided in a lower portion thereof with a receiving groove, and the receiving groove has a shape corresponding to a shape of the lens assembly03-21-2013
20130088603COMPACT VIEWER FOR INVISIBLE INDICIA - An apparatus for detecting and viewing an invisible indicia includes an illumination source for illuminating the invisible indicia with radiation of a first wavelength; a sensor array for detecting emitted light from the invisible indicia at a second wavelength; a filter between the sensor and the invisible indicia for eliminating reflected radiation at the first wavelength; a lens for focusing an image of the invisible indicia on the sensor array; a video display for displaying the image of the invisible indicia; a spacer for spacing the sensor array at a fixed distance from the invisible indicia; and a gain control for adjusting sensitivity of the sensor array.04-11-2013
20130088604METHOD FOR DISPLAYING A THERMAL IMAGE IN AN IR CAMERA, AND AN IR CAMERA - A method for displaying a thermal image in an infrared (IR) thermal camera, includes, for an embodiment, registering an outdoor temperature value, registering an indoor temperature value, calculating an isotherm level by using the registered temperature values and a temperature color alarm level, imaging a surface area to create an image of the temperature distribution in at least a part of the surface area, comparing the surface area temperature in at least one image point of the thermal image to the isotherm level, adjusting the color of the at least one image point in dependence of the relation between the surface area temperature in said at least one image point and the isotherm level and displaying the colored version of the thermal image. The method may allow a user to determine immediately, on-site, if a building is well insulated and may present an easily interpreted and understandable thermal image.04-11-2013
20130088602INFRARED LOCATOR CAMERA WITH THERMAL INFORMATION DISPLAY - An infrared locator provides a camera image of a scene while collecting thermal information via a thermal sensor. A direction indicator may be provided to indicate the direction of a heat source allowing the user to easily find the heat source. Alternatively or in addition a thermal indicator, such as a graph showing thermal levels, may be provided to allow the user to find a heat source. The infrared locator may display these indicators without obscuring any portion of the camera image. In addition, the infrared locator may have a memory device for recording images and thermal information.04-11-2013
20120218418CAMERA WITH TWO VISUAL IMAGING SUBSYSTEMS FOR DETERMINING PARALLAX AND FOR FOCUSING AN INFRARED IMAGING SUBSYSTEM - A camera has an infrared (IR) imaging subsystem that includes an IR detector. The camera also has a visual imaging subsystem for generating a visual image of an observed scene. The camera also has one or more distance measuring devices for obtaining distance related information regarding a distance from the camera to the scene and a processor arranged to receive distance related information from one or more distance measuring devices and process the received distance related information, wherein said processing comprises determining a distance to the scene based on the received distance related information. The IR imaging subsystem may also include an IR optical element for focusing IR radiation on the IR detector. The IR optical element may be operable to focus the IR radiation on the IR detector based on the determined distance.08-30-2012
20120218417SHORT THROW RATIO FLUORESCENT COLOR VIDEO DISPLAY DEVICE - A short throw ratio projection display system that produces high-resolution and high-dynamic range images. The system comprising a scanning laser for generating a light beam optically modulated with image information. The system further includes an image plane, in light of sight of the light beam, the image plane coated with an image-enhancing layer on a first side and a layer of fluorescent material strips on a second side. The image plane generates an image corresponding to the image information by absorbing the light beam and emitting visible fluorescent light corresponding to the intensity of the light beam falling on the fluorescent material.08-30-2012
20130057699IMAGING DEVICE, IMAGING APPARATUS, MANUFACTURING APPARATUS AND MANUFACTURING METHOD - An imaging device includes: plural photoelectric conversion device layers in which photoelectric conversion devices performing photoelectric conversion of incident light are formed; and a wiring layer sandwiched by respective photoelectric conversion device layers, in which wirings for reading charges from the photoelectric conversion devices are formed.03-07-2013
20130135480THERMAL IMAGING CAMERA FOR TAKING THERMOGRAPHIC IMAGES - In a thermal imaging camera for acquisition of thermographic images of a measurement object, an electronic evaluation unit is integrated into the thermal imaging camera; it is designed for recognition of corresponding partial regions of the acquired thermographic images, and with it, the acquired images can be assembled into an overall image by overlapping the corresponding partial regions and displayed. The acquisition of the images preferably takes place during the swiveling of the thermal imaging camera over the solid angle region of the desired overall image.05-30-2013
20110037854Solid-state imaging device and camera module - A solid-state imaging device is provided. The solid-state imaging device includes a plurality of arrayed pixels, an optical inner filter layer, and a light-blocking side wall. The plurality of arrayed pixels each includes a photoelectric conversion portion and a pixel transistor. The optical inner filter layer is provided for blocking infrared light and formed facing to a light-receiving surface of the photoelectric conversion portion of a desired pixel among the arrayed pixels. The light-blocking side wall is formed on a lateral wall of the optical inner filter layer.02-17-2011
20090268032CAMERA SYSTEM - A camera apparatus, which can be worn on a person and provides hands-free operation, includes a housing for a camera and a mounting device for the housing on a person. The camera apparatus is able to transmit video signals and may also transmit and receive audio signals.10-29-2009
20130063604FLUID COOLED THERMAL MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUE FOR A HIGH-DENSITY COMPOSITE FOCAL PLANE ARRAY - A fluid cooled thermal management technique for a high-density composite focal plane array (CPFA) is disclosed. In one embodiment, a high density CFPA assembly includes a plurality of imaging dies mounted on a front surface of a printed wiring board (PWB) and a base plate. The base plate has a substantially matched coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) to that of the high density CFPA. Further, the high density CFPA is disposed on a front side of the base plate. Furthermore, the base plate has a plurality of integral serpentine fluid flow channels configured to receive and circulate fluid and further configured such that the heat generated by the CFPA is transferred via conduction into the base plate and to the integral serpentine fluid flow channels and to the circulating fluid to dissipate the generated heat.03-14-2013
20130063603VACUUM COMPATIBLE HIGH-DENSITY ELECTRICAL INTERCONNECT SYSTEM - A vacuum compatible high-density electrical interconnect system for use in a vacuum environment is disclosed. In one embodiment, the vacuum compatible high-density electrical interconnect system includes a vacuum compatible base plate, a vacuum compatible printed wiring board (PWB) disposed on the vacuum compatible base plate and a vacuum compatible interposer module disposed in the vacuum compatible base plate. Further, the vacuum compatible PWB includes a plurality of components on a front side of the vacuum compatible PWB and a plurality of associated pads on a back side of the vacuum compatible PWB. In one exemplary embodiment, the vacuum compatible interposer module is disposed in the vacuum compatible base plate such that it operatively connects to the plurality of associated pads on the back side of the vacuum compatible PWB and further operatively connects to a plurality of pads of an external device that is disposed outside the vacuum environment.03-14-2013
20130162834INTEGRATED VIDEO QUANTIZATION - Techniques for processing video content in a video camera are provided. The techniques include a method for processing video content in at video camera according to the disclosure includes capturing thermal video data using a thermal imaging sensor, determining quantization parameters for the thermal video data, quantizing the thermal video data to generate quantized thermal video data content and video quantization information, and transmitting the quantized thermal video data stream and the video quantization information to a video analytics server over a network.06-27-2013
20130162835THERMAL IMAGING CAMERA FOR INFRARED REPHOTOGRAPHY - Thermal imaging cameras for use in retaking images and methods of retaking images with thermal imaging cameras that include a position sensor that helps guide the camera back to the position where the original image was captured. The position sensor provides position data that may include location data, heading data, and orientation data.06-27-2013
20130162836CALCULATING ENERGY DISSIPATION IN AN IR IMAGE - An IR camera comprises: a thermal radiation capturing arrangement for capturing thermal radiation of an imaged view in response to input control unit(s) receiving user inputs from a user of the IR camera; a processing unit arranged to process the thermal radiation data in order for the thermal radiation data to be displayed by an IR camera display as thermal images; and a IR camera display arranged to display thermal images to a user of the IR camera. The IR camera is characterized in that the processing unit is further arranged to: determine at least one temperature reference value representing the temperature of the surrounding environment of the imaged view; and calculate at least one output power value indicative of an amount of energy dissipated in a part of the imaged view by using the temperature value of the thermal radiation data corresponding to said part of the imaged view and the at least one determined temperature reference value.06-27-2013
20130215278Method and Apparatus for Thermal Inspection - A method and apparatus for rapid finding of the hidden defects/heterogeneity under protective layer and for a qualitative evaluation of thickness and heterogeneity of the protective layer itself. Disclosed method is based on creation of conditions of rapid heat exchange and identifying defects via reading changes of thermodynamic profile of inspecting object.08-22-2013
20120236155TERAHERTZ WAVE GENERATION DEVICE, LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE, CAMERA, IMAGING DEVICE, AND MEASUREMENT DEVICE - A terahertz wave generation device includes a light source device emitting an optical pulse, and an antenna generating a terahertz wave through irradiation of the optical pulse that is emitted from the light source device onto the antenna, wherein the light source device includes an optical pulse generation unit generating the optical pulse, a first pulse compression unit performing pulse compression based on saturable absorbers with respect to the optical pulse generated by the optical pulse generation unit, a second pulse compression unit performing pulse compression based on group velocity dispersion compensation with respect to the optical pulse already compressed by the first pulse compression unit, and an amplifying unit installed between the first pulse compression unit and the second pulse compression unit to amplify the optical pulse emitted from the first pulse compression unit.09-20-2012
20130188056COMPACT OBJECTIVE LENS ASSEMBLY FOR SIMULTANEOUSLY IMAGING MULTIPLE SPECTRAL BANDS - An objective lens assembly suitable for use in helmet-mounted applications. The objective lens assembly comprises two prisms that collectively are configured, oriented and bonded relative to each other to separate and allow simultaneous imaging of two separate spectral bands (such as VNIR and LWIR bands) received from the same object scene via a common window such that the object scene may be viewed from the same perspective without the effects of parallax.07-25-2013
20100033578COMPACT DUAL-FIELD IR2-IR3 IMAGING SYSTEM - The invention relates to a dual-field (NF and WF) imaging system comprising an optronic detector (02-11-2010
20110043638Optronic Infrared System with Predictive Maintenance Following a Sudden Drift - The invention relates to an optronics system equipped with: a detector cooler having a cooling machine, a cryostat, an IR detector placed in the cryostat, and a sensor for measuring the temperature T02-24-2011
20110279681ROOM-TEMPERATURE FILTERING FOR PASSIVE INFRARED IMAGING - A device, for imaging a scene, includes a detector of the radiation that includes a plurality of detector elements, a circularly variable filter, a mechanism for rotating the filter perpendicular to the optical path of the radiation from the scene to the detector, and a data capture apparatus. All the detector elements are repeatedly interrogated by as a group as the filter rotates, to acquire images of the scene, each of which includes a plurality of image portions in respective spectral bands of the filter. The image portions are assembled to form processed images, each of which depicts the scene in a single respective spectral band.11-17-2011
20110279680PASSIVE INFRARED IMAGER - An infrared camera includes a lens to receive infrared radiation from an image to be viewed. A thermal detector is positioned to receive the infrared radiation from the lens and vary the amount of light transmitted through the thermal detector responsive to the infrared radiation.11-17-2011
20110128386INTERACTIVE DEVICE AND METHOD FOR USE - The interactive device comprises image capture means, at least one interaction space and means for producing an infrared light beam, comprising at least one light source emitting in the near-infrared range, directed towards the interaction space. The capture means comprise at least two infrared cameras covering said interaction space, and a peripheral camera covering the interaction space contained in an external environment. The device further comprises a transparent panel delineating on the one hand the interaction space included in the external environment and on the other hand an internal space in which the light source and capture means are arranged. It comprises at least one support element supporting said light source and/or the infrared cameras and at least one partially reflecting complementary element, the support element and complementary element being separated by the transparent panel.06-02-2011
20090237511MULTI-WINDOW/MULTI-TARGET TRACKING (MW/MT TRACKING) FOR POINT SOURCE OBJECTS - A sensor is used to detect and track a plurality of objects by using a separate track window for each object. Such sensors may be electro optical or infrared. Each object of interest (potential target) in the sensor FOV has a unique track window assigned. This allows independent control of video frame summing for each object to maintain a constant (optimized) signal to noise ratio (SNR) over an extremely large signal dynamic range and reduces track jitter by the simultaneous tracking of multiple objects.09-24-2009
20110298932SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONCEALED OBJECT DETECTION - A system including an image acquisition subsystem receiving electromagnetic radiation from a body, a spectral decomposition subsystem separating the received electromagnetic radiation into at least a number of predetermined spectral components, each one component from the number of predetermined components corresponding to a response to a non-visible analogue to a visible spectrum representation of the predetermined spectral components, a wavelength of the received electromagnetic radiation being in a non-visible range, and an analysis subsystem receiving the at least the number of predetermined components, identifying at least one region in an image obtained from at least one the number of predetermined components and providing a color image, the color image obtained from the visible spectrum representation of the non-visible analogue; the at least one region of the color image enabling detection of a concealed object.12-08-2011
20120098972INFRARED BINOCULAR SYSTEM - Binocular system, including method and apparatus, for viewing a scene. The system may comprise a left camera and a right camera that create left and right video signals from detected optical radiation. At least one of the cameras may include a sensor that is sensitive to infrared radiation. The system also may comprise a left display and a right display arranged to be viewed by a pair of eyes. The left and right displays may be configured to present respective left video images and right video images formed with visible light based respectively on the left and right video signals.04-26-2012
20110285853MOVEMENT DETECTION SYSTEM AND MOVEMENT SENSING FOOTWEAR - A movement detection system includes: a movement sensing footwear operable for providing an infrared signal, and for generating and wirelessly transmitting a footwear motion signal that corresponds to acceleration of the movement sensing footwear; an image acquisition module for capturing images that contain the infrared signal; and a data processing device connected electrically to the image acquisition module for receiving the images captured by the image acquisition module, including a wireless receiver module for receiving the footwear motion signal transmitted by the wireless transmitter module, and configured to acquire information corresponding to acceleration of the movement sensing footwear based on the footwear motion signal, and to acquire information corresponding to position of the movement sensing footwear relative to the image acquisition module based on the images captured by the image acquisition module.11-24-2011
20110292216METHOD, COMPUTER-ACCESSIBLE, MEDIUM AND SYSTEMS FOR FACILITATING DARK FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY - Exemplary embodiments of the present disclosure relate generally to methods, computer-accessible medium and systems for dark flash photography. For example, described herein is an exemplary embodiment of an apparatus for providing illumination and obtaining an image, which can include, e.g., a first arrangement configured to emit a flash of light including ultra-violet light and/or infra-red light to illuminate a scene and/or one or more subjects, and a second arrangement configured to obtain an image of the illuminated scene and/or one or more subject. A duration of time and/or an intensity level of the flash can be selected, e.g., so that wavelengths of the flash can be substantially invisible to a human eye. For example, the visibility of the flash perceived by the human eye can be, e.g., approximately 200 times less than the visibility of a standard flash of light having substantially the same amount of energy as the flash.12-01-2011
20110134249Optical Detection and Ranging Sensor System For Sense and Avoid, and Related Methods - An apparatus carried by an unmanned vehicle to provide passive sensing and facilitate avoiding airborne aerial obstacles is provided. The apparatus can include at least one, but typically multiple optical systems installed, for example, in the nose of the aerial vehicle to passively sense and determine a range, direction, and velocity of the airborne obstacles to allow the aerial vehicle to avoid the airborne obstacles. The typical optical system includes at least one focal plane array or other imaging device configured to receive a wide field of view and at least one focal plane array or other imaging device configured to receive a steerable narrow field of view within the wide field of view to allow concentrated determination of the range, direction, and/or velocity of obstacles detected by the wide field of view imaging devices.06-09-2011
20110141285HD-Xanna - Normally infrared data transmitted to TV is used for command protocols. The HD-XANNA converts any audio and video signal through a processor into ATSC or NTSC or SECAM and then converts this signal again into an Infrared Digital Television channel (IRDTV). This IRDTV signal travels wirelessly to an infrared adapter either on a computer or TV. The signal is then converted into standard ATSC or NTSC or SECAM which travels via a coaxial cable into the ATSC input on a given television. Although ATSC is used in the RF spectrum today, IRDTV enables a localized transmission in a secure environment giving it complete privacy settings not available through RF. The Antenna input's current off air broadcast use can now be used for receiving IRDTV signals. By feeding multiple IRDTV signal(s) from transmitter units into receiver unit(s), the TV channels switch among sources by changing channels.06-16-2011
20110007166Mixed Optical Device for Multifocal Imaging and IR Calibration - The invention relates to an imaging device which comprises a matrix IR detector, a multifocal lens with a focal length ranging from a short focal length to a long focal length, including a front group of lenses, a variator, a compensator and means for positioning the variator and the compensator, the positions of the variator and of the compensator being respectively adapted to the focal length. This device includes a calibration system which comprises a control for the means for positioning the variator in the vicinity of its short focal length position and the compensator upstream of its long focal length position so as to conjugate the plane of the detector with a real object plane located upstream of the front group of lenses, this positioning being called calibration positioning.01-13-2011
20100039516Video thermometery - System and method are described for display of remote surface measurement areas by capture of both a visible and an infrared view of an identified surfaced measurement area and the mutual display of the visible and infrared views of the thermal image zones with temperature indication across a panoramic view of the measured area by video.02-18-2010
20100110198MID INFRARED OPTICAL ILLUMINATOR ASSEMBLY - An optical illuminator assembly (05-06-2010
20110169962MULTISPECTRAL UNCOOLED THERMAL INFRARED CAMERA SYSTEM - A multispectral thermal infrared camera system is disclosed. An uncooled thermal imaging camera is equipped with an axially tilted, cooled spectral filter. The axially tilted, cooled spectral filter deflects the radiation emitted by the uncooled camera away from being reflected back into the camera. The axially tilted, cooled spectral filter emits a lesser amount of thermal radiation towards the camera. And the axially tilted, cooled tilted filter is enclosed in a cold radiation shield to minimize the thermal emission that would be reflected by the filter towards the camera and to absorb the radiation deflected by the tilted filter. The axially tilted, cooled spectral filter passes only the desired portion of the thermal infrared radiation from the scene onto the uncooled camera.07-14-2011
20110261207INFRARED RESOLUTION AND CONTRAST ENHANCEMENT WITH FUSION - The present disclosure relates to combination of images. A method according to an embodiment comprises: receiving a visual image and an infrared (IR) image of a scene; extracting high spatial frequency content from said visual image; and combining said extracted high spatial frequency content from said visual image with said IR image, wherein a resolution for the visual image and the IR image are substantially the same, to generate a combined image.10-27-2011
20100118148Illumination Apparatus - An illumination apparatus is provided, including an adapter that converts alternating power into driving power; a communication unit connected to the adapter and configured to communicate with a remote controller; a controller connected to the communication unit and configured to generate a control signal according to a control command from the communication unit; and a light emitting device illumination part configured to be connected detachably and electrically to the adapter, comprising a plurality of light emitting devices that emit light according to the driving power and the control signal.05-13-2010
20100085432PORTABLE DEVICE FOR VIEWING AND IMAGING - A portable searchlight with a focused beam operating both in the infrared and visible portions of the spectrum with a range of approximately 400 meters includes telescopic lens system integrated with an illumination system. The beam of the searchlight and the telescopic lens are automatically aligned to both focus on the distant object. The telescopic lens system is combined with a digital camera system and an LCD display. The searchlight includes an eyepiece lens enabling an user to choose either viewing a display screen or using the eyepiece lens to optically observe the field of view.04-08-2010
20100085433IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF NOISE REDUCTION - An image processing apparatus including an image acquiring unit to acquire a first image including color information and a second image having a spectral band wider than that of the first image and a noise reduction unit to extract edge information from the second image and to reduce noise of the first image based on the extracted edge information.04-08-2010
20120033084Method For Centroiding And Tracking A Distorted Optical Image - A centroiding method is provided for an optical tracking system including a laser used for countermeasuring purposes in which a pencil thin laser beam is accurately positioned onto a target through the use of centroiding techniques for ascertaining the position not only of the target but also the laser beam, with the centroiding techniques resulting in a sub-pixel level resolution. The sub-pixel resolution permits utilization of smaller cost-effective focal plane arrays by giving the small focal plane array a resolution associated with much larger focal plane arrays.02-09-2012
20090244288IMAGING APPARATUS AND LIGHTING APPARATUS FOR IMAGING - An imaging apparatus for taking an image of a face includes an imaging element having sensitivity for a near-infrared range and a visible range, a first optical filter provided between the face and the imaging element to reduce an intensity of a visible light entering the imaging element and a near-infrared light irradiating portion for irradiating the face with a near-infrared light.10-01-2009
20100123781IMAGE SHOOTING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR SHOOTING IMAGE - An image shooting device for an object includes: a first light irradiation element for irradiating first light; a second light irradiation element for irradiating second light; an image shooting element; and a controller. A first irradiation region of the first light irradiation element is partially overlapped with a second irradiation region of the second light irradiation element. The controller controls the image shooting element to shoot a non-irradiation image of the object when no light irradiation element irradiates light. The controller controls the image shooting element to shoot a first image of the object when the first light irradiation element irradiates the first light. The controller controls the image shooting element to shoot a second image of the object when the second light irradiation element irradiates the second light.05-20-2010
20090284603METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING BLACK PLASTIC ARTICLE CAPABLE OF TRANSMITTING INFRARED RAY - A method for manufacturing black plastic article capable of transmitting infrared ray, which includes mixing a black colorant, produced by mixing several transparent colorants of different color, into a transparent resin used as support, and processing the resulting mixture to manufacture a black plastic article. Said black plastic article is capable to absorbing visible light and transmitting infrared ray, and may be used in combination with an infrared region-sensitive CCD camera. The infrared region-sensitive CCD camera can take photos of the subject in a long distance through the black plastic article, if sufficient infrared ray from a subject may penetrate the black plastic article.11-19-2009
20100201823Low-Light Imaging Augmented With Non-Intrusive Lighting - In some implementations, invisible light is emitted toward a subject being imaged in a low-light environment. A camera having a first color image sensor captures an image of the subject. Image processing is used to correct distortion in the image caused by the invisible light, and an augmented color image is output.08-12-2010
20080211916IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM, IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - Visible light image capturing is performed at appropriate timing that corresponds to the action of a subject. An image capturing system includes: an infrared light image capturing section that successively captures a plurality of infrared light images of a subject, by means of infrared light; a timing predicting section that predicts timing at which the subject included in the plurality of infrared light images matches a predetermined condition, based on timing at which each of the plurality of infrared light images is captured and image content of the plurality of infrared light images; and a visible light image capturing section that captures a visible light image by means of visible light at the timing predicted by the timing predicting section.09-04-2008
20090290025METHOD, DEVICE AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING THE PRESENCE OF VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS (VOC) IN VIDEO - A video based method to detect volatile organic compounds (VOC) leaking out of components used in chemical processes in petrochemical refineries. Leaking VOC plume from a damaged component causes edges present in image frames to loose their sharpness, leading to a decrease in the high frequency content of the image. Analysis of image sequence frequency data from visible and infrared cameras enable detection of VOC plumes in real-time. Analysis techniques using adaptive background subtraction, sub-band analysis, threshold adaptation, and Markov modeling are described.11-26-2009
20090273675IR CAMERA AND METHOD FOR USE WITH IR CAMERA - An infrared camera is arranged to compensate for temperature variations of the camera by11-05-2009
20110169961INFRARED CAMERA - Taught is an infrared camera comprising an infrared detection device having an infrared optical lens with a center line, an infrared detector, and a shutter, and being enclosed by an enclosure 07-14-2011
20090102925ERGONOMIC CONFIGURATIONS FOR THERMAL IMAGING CAMERAS - A housing of a thermal imaging camera includes a camera portion, in which an thermal imaging assembly is mounted, and to which a focusing assembly is mounted, on a first side thereof, and to which a display is mounted, on a second side thereof; a handle portion of the housing extends from a bottom side of the camera portion of the housing at an angle, away from the first side of the camera portion. The housing is configured for ergonomic handling wherein an index finger of a hand may readily activate the focusing assembly, when the hand is wrapped about the handle portion of the housing. The hand may be a right hand or a left hand, and the camera may further include additional features to provide support for single-handed operation.04-23-2009
20100177195INFRARED CAMERA COMPRISING A HIGH-RATIO OPTICAL ZOOM - The invention relates to an infrared camera comprising an optical zoom, characterized in that it comprises:—a matrix detector (07-15-2010
20100220193SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROCESSING INFRARED IMAGES - One or more embodiments of the invention provide a system and method for processing an infrared image to receive infrared image data of a non-uniform scene, apply column noise filter correction to the infrared image data, and/or apply row noise filter correction to the infrared image data, and provide corrected infrared image data based on the column and/or row noise filter correction as infrared output image data.09-02-2010
20110199489METHOD FOR THE EXTRACTION OF AN IR-IMAGE AND THERMAL IMAGING CAMERA - A thermal imaging camera (08-18-2011
20100128129Apparatus and method of obtaining image - An apparatus and method for obtaining an image. A first filter unit of the apparatus of obtaining an image may pass a light in a first wavelength band corresponding to visible light. Also, a second filter unit may pass a light in a second wavelength band corresponding to an Infrared ray (IR). A sensor unit may sense the light in the first wavelength band and the light in the second wavelength band. An operating unit may operate at least one of the first filter unit and the second filter unit05-27-2010
20080278583Method and device for activating and deactivating a television set - A device to automatically activate and deactivate a television set has a sensor. The sensor will monitor an area in front of the television set. A controller is coupled to the sensor. The controller will send signals to activate and deactivate the television set when the sensor monitors a presence or absence of an individual in front of the television set.11-13-2008
20100141771Multi-Spectrum Sensing Device And Manufacturing Methods Thereof - A multi-spectrum sensing device comprises a top layer and a bottom layer. The top layer comprises sensing pixels for sensing a first group of colors. The bottom layer comprises sensing pixels for sensing a second group of colors. At least one of the layers comprises sensing pixels having at least two or more than two spectra.06-10-2010
20100141768FAST ELECTROSTATIC SHUTTER AND METHOD OF ACHIEVING OFFSET COMPENSATION IN INFRARED VIDEO IMAGERS USING FAST SHUTTERS - Embodiments of the invention are directed to methods and apparatus for infrared imagers including fast electrostatic shutters and offset compensation. Fast electrostatic shutters are used for video image correction including image offset compensation where temporal noise and scene nonuniformity are corrected. This method provides a shutterless experience for the user because the image will be blocked for only one frame at a time. A method of manufacturing an electrostatic infrared shutter includes a conductive infrared-transparent substrate, covering it with an insulating layer, depositing adhesive and a thin film stack, delineating a working area, providing contacts, heat-treating the assembly, and making the polymer non-reflective in the infrared.06-10-2010
20100141770IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD - An imaging apparatus is provided which includes an imaging unit including a first photoelectrical conversion device and a second photoelectrical conversion device, wherein the first photoelectrical conversion device generates first image data by photoelectrically converting a visible light component transmitted from a subject, and wherein the second photoelectrical conversion device generates second image data by photoelectrically converting an infrared light component transmitted from the subject, a filter removing the visible light component but allowing the infrared light component to pass through, a subject image position identification unit for identifying, in the first image data, a predetermined subject image and a position of the predetermined subject image, an infrared light intensity detection unit for detecting an infrared light intensity transmitted in the second image data, and a living body detection unit for detecting a living body based on the position of the predetermined subject image and the infrared light intensity.06-10-2010
20130120583PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS - A photographing apparatus includes an optical system, an imaging device that converts image light passing through the optical system into an electrical signal, and a light amount reduction filter that is disposed on a light path of the image light incident on the imaging device and reduces an amount of light having a wavelength of 450 nm to 600 nm.05-16-2013
20120069193THERMAL CAMERA CALIBRATION - A system for calibrating a thermal camera with a calibration target. The calibration target may have a pattern which can be seen on an infrared image captured by the camera. The pattern may be of various kinds. For example, the pattern may be a checkerboard with some, such as every other square, having one emissitivity and the remaining squares having a different emissitivity, or having infrared light sources placed at corners of the squares. A difference between the emmissitivities may be sufficient so that the checkerboard pattern appears in an infrared image captured by the camera for calibration. The calibration may aid in determining intrinsic and extrinsic parameters of the camera. The parameters may provide a basis for transforming camera pixel coordinates to a world coordinate system which allows measurement of real world entities by the thermal camera. Measurements may incorporate distances between objects, heights of objects, and so forth.03-22-2012
20110228098AUTOMATIC MOTION TRACKING, EVENT DETECTION AND VIDEO IMAGE CAPTURE AND TAGGING - A method is provided to track an object, the method comprising: directing a video imager to perform image recognition to recognize a feature of the object within an imager field of view and to determine a position of the feature within the field of view; using an IR sensor to determine a position of an infrared (IR) transmitter; and automatically adjusting orientation of the imager as a function of the position of the recognized feature within the field of view and the determined position of the IR transmitter to follow movement of the object.09-22-2011
20110228097Image Sensor Including Color and Infrared Pixels - An image sensing system includes an IR notch filter configured to block transmission of spectral energy having wavelengths in an interface region between the visible and the invisible spectra and enable transmission of spectral energy having wavelengths in at least the visible spectrum and the near-infrared (IR) spectrum, a digital image sensor including a two-dimensional array of pixel elements and configured to generate output signals at each pixel element as pixel data representing an image of a scene, and a color filter array including a two-dimensional array of selectively transmissive filters superimposed on and in registration with the two-dimensional array of pixel elements. The color filter array includes a first group of selectively transmissive filters disposed to transmit spectral energy in one or more colors of the visible spectrum and a second group of gray color filters disposed to transmit spectral energy in at least the near-infrared (IR) spectrum.09-22-2011
20110205368DIGITALLY ENHANCED NIGHT VISION DEVICE - A user portable viewing device (D) includes a plurality of non-coaxially aligned sensors (08-25-2011
20110205367MMW Enhanced Infrared Concealed Object Detection with Closed-Loop Control of Illumination Energy - An active infrared sensor may include an imaging infrared sensor to provide an output signal conveying time-sequential infrared images of a scene which includes a subject, a beam generator to generate a millimeter wave energy beam, and a processor. An initial infrared image of the scene may be stored in a memory. After storing the initial infrared image, the beam generator may illuminate the subject with the millimeter wave energy beam. A temperature change across the subject due to the millimeter wave energy beam may be estimated based on the output signal and the stored initial infrared image. The beam generator may stop illuminating the subject when a highest temperature change across the subject is at least equal to a predetermined temperature change limit.08-25-2011
20110141286ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION DETECTOR WITH MICRO-ENCAPSULATION, AND DEVICE FOR DETECTING ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION USING SUCH DETECTORS - This electromagnetic radiation detector consists of a plurality of elementary detection micro-sites, each including a micro-detector provided with a membrane (06-16-2011
20120105646INFRA-RED IMAGER - An infrared (IR) imaging system is presented. The system includes a cooling chamber associated with a cooler generating a certain temperature condition inside the chamber. The cooling chamber has an optical window, and includes thereinside an IR detection unit including one or more detectors thermally coupled to the cooler and at least two cold shields thermally coupled to the cooler and carrying at least two imaging optical assemblies. The at least two imaging optical assemblies are enclosed by the cold shields in between the detection unit and the optical window and thereby define at least two different optical channels for imaging light from the optical window onto the one or more detectors of the detection unit.05-03-2012
20100188510LANDMARK FOR POSITION DETERMINATION OF MOBILE ROBOT AND APPARATUS AND METHOD USING IT - There are provided a landmark for recognizing a position of a mobile robot moving in an indoor space and an apparatus and method for recognizing the position of the mobile robot by using the landmark. The landmark includes a position recognition part formed of a mark in any position and at least two marks on an X axis and Y axis centered on the mark and further includes an area recognition part formed of a combination of a plurality of marks to distinguish an individual landmark from others. The apparatus may obtain an image of the landmark by an infrared camera, detect the marks forming the landmark, and detect precise position and area information of the mobile robot from the marks.07-29-2010
20100182434CAMERA ASSISTED SENSOR IMAGING SYSTEM AND MULTI ASPECT IMAGING SYSTEM - The present invention relates to the fields of imaging systems, security screenings, contraband object detection, microwave screening, millimeter wave screening and Terahertz screening. The present invention especially relates to a camera assisted sensor imaging system and a multi aspect imaging system.07-22-2010
20100225766Image Alignment and Trend Analysis Features for an Infrared Imaging System - In one embodiment, a thermographic imaging device having a visual compare mode that allows a user to compare a live image of a subject to a previously captured image of the same subject to aid the user in aligning the live image with the previously captured image. In this manner, a user can capture a series of images of the subject with the device located and oriented at a common location and orientation that is consistent throughout the series. In another embodiment, trend analysis software that includes a thermographic tool copying feature for copying one or more thermographic tools from a tooled thermographic image file to one or more non-tooled thermographic image files. In some embodiments, the software includes a trend-graphing feature that generates one or more trend plots after one or more tools have been copied to one or more non-tooled thermographic image files.09-09-2010
20100238295INFRARED SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE - A thermal infrared solid-state imaging device includes a pixel array having pixels diodes, a vertical power supply line connected to horizontal drive lines and commonly connecting the horizontal drive lines, integrating circuits for integrating voltages at the ends of the vertical signal lines for a predetermined integration time, and current sources connected to the vertical signal lines at an opposite end to the end of the vertical signal line which is connected to the integrating circuit. The integration time is equally divided substantially into two periods, and during one divided period of the integration time, energization is performed between one end of the vertical power supply line and the current source, and during the other divided period of the integration time, the energization is performed between other end of the vertical power supply line and the current source.09-23-2010
20100238294METHOD OF PROCESSING AN INFRARED IMAGE, INFRARED IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - A system and method for processing an infrared image. The infrared image is processed to provide a background portion of the infrared image and a detail portion of the infrared image. The background portion and/or the detail portion is scaled to provide a level of the detail portion relative to a level of the background portion. The background portion and the detail portion are merged after the scaling to provide a processed infrared image. The processed infrared image is stored.09-23-2010
20100141769IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE SENSOR SYSTEM - A CMOS image sensor 06-10-2010
20110128385MULTI CAMERA REGISTRATION FOR HIGH RESOLUTION TARGET CAPTURE - A multi-camera arrangement for capturing a high resolution image of a target. A first camera may be for capturing a wide field of view low resolution image having a target. The target or a component of it may be border-boxed with a marking. The target may be a human being component, such as a face, having approximately the same size among virtually all humans. A distance of the target may be determined from a known size of a component of the target. The target may be other items of similar size. Coordinates of pixels of the image portion containing the target may be mapped to a pan, tilt and zoom (PTZ) camera. The pan and tilt of the PTZ camera may be adjusted according to image information from the wide field of view camera. Then the PTZ camera may zoom in on the target to obtain a high resolution image of the target.06-02-2011
20100295946LONG-RANGE MOTION DETECTION FOR ILLUMINATION CONTROL - An illumination system and methods to control a light source are provided. An illumination system includes a light source, a two-dimensional non-Passive Infrared (non-PIR) imager, and a controller. The light source provides at least two levels of illumination. The non-PIR imager images an area and to produce image data representative of images across at least part of a visible portion of an electromagnetic spectrum. The controller is communicatively coupled to receive the image data from the non-PIR imager and process the received image data to detect at least one ambient environmental characteristic of the area in the part of the visible portion of the electromagnetic spectrum, where the ambient environmental characteristic is indicative of a presence or imminent presence of a body in the area. The controller is also coupled to control operation of the light source based on, at least in part, detection of the ambient characteristic of the environment.11-25-2010
20100295947Multi-Spectral Color and IR Camera Based on Multi-Filter Array - A color filter array is provided that includes a mosaic of two new filters that are sensitive only to a narrow band of near infrared light centered around 850 nm. In one embodiment, the color filter array is provided for a two-dimensional CMOS sensor device, the filter array including a filter arrangement of green, blue, green, red, infrared and infrared color filters. A de-mosaicing process can be used to create a full-resolution color image from the image detected by the CMOS sensor through the color filter array.11-25-2010
20110109749METHOD FOR ACTIVATING A FUNCTION, NAMELY AN ALTERATION OF SHARPNESS, USING A COLOUR DIGITAL IMAGE - The invention concerns a method for activating a function by using a measurement taken from at least one digital image (05-12-2011
20110019004IMAGING DEVICE, IMAGING METHOD, IMAGING CONTROL PROGRAM, AND PORTABLE TERMINAL DEVICE - An imaging device includes an imaging element, a color filter, a read control unit, an infrared component quantity detection unit, and an infrared component removing unit. The imaging element includes a large number of pixels in a light receiving surface. The color filter includes, a large number of red, green, and blue filter units, and a plurality of infrared-transparent filter units extracting the infrared component of imaging light incident substantially on a center and peripheral areas of the light receiving surface. The read control unit controls reading out of the imaging element. The infrared component quantity detection unit detects the infrared component quantity contained in the imaging light received at each pixel. The infrared component removing unit outputs the imaging data after removing the quantity of infrared component detected by the infrared component quantity detection unit from the imaging data obtained from each of the RGB pixels.01-27-2011
20110043637IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE - An image pickup device includes a main body, an image pickup assembly, and a cover. The image pickup assembly is located in the main body and has an image pickup section and an infrared emitter section. The image pickup section has a lens, a light filter, and a light sensing element. The light filter is located between the lens and the light sensing element to allow visible light and infrared light of a predetermined wavelength to pass therethrough and reach at the light sensing element. The cover is located on the main body to cover the image pickup assembly, and has an image pickup window positioned corresponding to the image pickup section and an emission window positioned corresponding to the infrared emitter section. With these arrangements, the image pickup device can be used to pick up images of an object in a fully dark environment.02-24-2011
20110115919SOLID-STATE IMAGING ELEMENT AND IMAGING DEVICE - A solid-state image sensor according to the present invention includes a number of photosensitive cells 05-19-2011
20110115918Camera module having lens mount with ir filter - An image sensor package includes an image sensor, a window, and a molding, where the molding includes a lens holder extension portion extending upwards from the window. The lens holder extension portion includes a female threaded aperture extending from the window such that the window is exposed through the aperture. A lens is supported in a threaded lens support. The threaded lens support is threaded into the aperture of the lens holder extension portion. The lens is readily adjusted relative to the image sensor by rotating the lens support.05-19-2011
20100149339METHOD FOR EVALUATING MECHANICAL TESTS OF A COATING - In a method for evaluating mechanical tests of a coating on a substrate, in a first step a mechanical stress is applied onto the coating, in a second step the substrate having the coating is isothermally clamped, in a third step an infrared photograph is generated of the region in which the mechanical stress is applied onto the coating in the first step, and in a fourth step the infrared photograph is evaluated. A device is arranged for carrying out the method.06-17-2010
20110074960SOLID STATE IMAGING DEVICE - According to one embodiment, a solid state imaging device has a semiconductor substrate. First, second and third photoelectric conversion portions are provided in a surface region of the semiconductor substrate. A blue color filter has a film thickness to give a first light path length. A green color filter has a film thickness to give a second light path length longer than the first light path length. A red color filter has a film thickness to give a third light path length longer than the second light path length. A flattening film is formed on the blue color filter, the green color filter and the red color filter. The flattening film flats steps of the color filters. Micro lenses are provided on the flat film. Each of the micro lenses is formed at a position corresponding to each of the first, second and third photoelectric conversion portions.03-31-2011
20110128384SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR RECEIVING INFRARED DATA WITH A CAMERA DESIGNED TO DETECT IMAGES BASED ON VISIBLE LIGHT - Systems and methods for receiving infrared data with a camera designed to detect images based on visible light are provided. A system can include a camera and image processing circuitry electrically coupled to the camera. The image processing circuitry can determine whether each image detected by the camera includes an infrared signal with encoded data. If the image processing circuitry determines that an image includes an infrared signal with encoded data, the circuitry may route at least a portion of the image (e.g., the infrared signal) to circuitry operative to decode the encoded data. If the image processing circuitry determines that an image does not include an infrared signal with encoded data, the circuitry may route the image to a display or storage. Images routed to the display or storage can then be used as individual pictures or frames in a video because those images do not include any effects of infrared light communications.06-02-2011
20110085043IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM, AND PROCESSING METHOD - An image capturing apparatus includes an infrared cutoff filter, an image capturing device having a plurality of pixels for detecting light transmitted through the infrared cutoff filter, and four optical filters disposed on a light-detecting surface of the image capturing device. The four optical filters include a first filter for transmitting light having a wavelength longer than a first wavelength, a second filter for transmitting light having a wavelength longer than a second wavelength, a third filter for transmitting light having a wavelength longer than a third wavelength, and a fourth filter for transmitting light having a wavelength longer than a fourth wavelength. The infrared cutoff filter transmits light having a wavelength shorter than a fifth wavelength. A processor calculates blue-, green-, red-, and infrared-component pixel signals from pixel signals that are produced by the pixels of the image capturing device.04-14-2011
20110211073OBJECT DETECTION AND SELECTION USING GESTURE RECOGNITION - Object detection and selection for use in a device having digital camera functionality is described. The mechanism detects the occurrence of a gesture by a pointing member in an image frame captured by an IR image sensor. The gesture is then recognized and an object pointed to is detected. The object detected is then selected as a result of the gesture recognition.09-01-2011
20100053332FRUSTRATED INTERNAL REFLECTION UNCOOLED INFRARED CAMERA - A longwave infrared (LWIR) camera system incorporates a prism having a reflecting face with an internal surface and an external surface, an input face and an output face. A visible light source provides light to the prism input face and an image detector is positioned to receive light from the prism output face. A plurality of bi-metal cantilevers are arranged in a MEMS array immediately adjacent the external surface of the reflecting face of the prism. Each of the bi-metal cantilever deflects based on absorbed infrared energy to contact the outer surface of the reflecting face. A CMOS image sensor is employed as the image detector. An infrared energy wavefront from a source impinging on the MEMS structure results in energy absorbtion by the MEMS elements corresponding to the energy distribution of the wavefront with each of the MEMS elements contacting the prism reflecting face outer surface for frustration of the total internal reflection from the light source providing a infrared induced modulation of the visible light wavefront impinging on the CMOS image sensor.03-04-2010
20100134630FREQUENCY AND SPECTRAL DOMAIN SOLUTIONS FOR PREVENTION OF VIDEO RECORDING - A projection system has a projector having a varying frame rate during the course of operation. The projector having warning message frames in between actual video frames. The warning frames are not detectable to humans. A light source which emits infrared light and ultraviolet light at wavelengths and intensities detectable by movie cameras (e.g., camcorders) and undetectable to humans.06-03-2010
20120120246METHOD FOR DETECTING DAMAGE TO A DECK OF A BRIDGE - Provided is a method for detecting damage to a deck of a bridge, the method allowing detection work to be achieved with less labor and being capable of reducing the time and cost needed for the detection work. From a road-surface measuring vehicle running on pavement 05-17-2012
20120120245SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MULTI-RESOLUTION SHARPNESS TRANSPORT ACROSS COLOR CHANNELS - Provided are a system and method for image sharpening is provided that involves capturing an image, and then decomposing the image into a plurality of image-representation components, such as RGB components for example. Each image-representation component is transformed to obtain an unsharpened multi-resolution representation for each image-representation component. A multi-resolution representation includes a plurality of transformation level representations. Sharpness information is transported from an unsharpened transformation level representation of a first one of the image-representation components to a transformation level representation of an unsharpened multi-resolution representation of a second one of the image-representation components to create a sharpened multi-resolution representation of the second one of the image-representation components. The sharpened multi-resolution representation of the second one of the image-representation components is then transformed to obtain a sharpened image. The improved and sharpened image may then be displayed.05-17-2012
20110074959CALCULATING ENERGY DISSIPATION IN AN IR IMAGE - An IR camera comprises: a thermal radiation capturing arrangement for capturing thermal radiation of an imaged view in response to input control unit(s) receiving user inputs from a user of the IR camera; a processing unit arranged to process the thermal radiation data in order for the thermal radiation data to be displayed by an IR camera display as thermal images; and a IR camera display arranged to display thermal images to a user of the IR camera. The IR camera is characterized in that the processing unit is further arranged to: determine at least one temperature reference value representing the temperature of the surrounding environment of the imaged view; and calculate at least one output power value indicative of an amount of energy dissipated in a part of the imaged view by using the temperature value of the thermal radiation data corresponding to said part of the imaged view and the at least one determined temperature reference value.03-31-2011
20120200714METHOD FOR CORRECTING IMAGES OUTPUT BY A DETECTOR WITHOUT TEMPERATURE REGULATION AND DETECTOR IMPLEMENTING SUCH A METHOD - Image correction methods and systems are disclosed that correct raw values, including, subsequent to closing the shutter, acquiring a current raw value table, determining an offset correction table for the current temperature of the detector as a function of the current table and a set of stored raw value tables, and correcting the stream of raw values using the offset correction table. A maintenance process includes testing a condition for replacing a table of the current set with the current table, and if the condition is met, replacing the table of the current set with the current table. This test includes determining whether there is a new set of tables obtained by replacing a table from the current set with the current table that is more relevant than the current set with regard to subsequently determining an offset table.08-09-2012
20110001830INFRARED IMAGING DEVICE AND FIXED PATTERN NOISE CORRECTION METHOD - The present invention is applied to an infrared imaging device including infrared lens (01-06-2011
20100315511Image capturing device - An image capturing device includes a lens module, a filter, two sensors, a first image processing module, and a second image processing module. The lens module is adapted to receive the image beam. The filter is adapted to split the image beam into a first beam and a second beam. The two sensors are disposed in transmission paths of the first beam and the second beam separately, and the sensors separately convert the first beam and the second beam into a first optical information and a second optical information. The first image processing module and the second image processing module are disposed in transmission paths of the first optical information and the second optical information separately, and the image processing modules separately convert the optical information into image information. The second image processing module integrates the first image information and the second image information into a color image.12-16-2010
20100277594Imaging System with Wavefront Modification - An imaging system (11-04-2010
20100265332IR CAMERA WITH IMPROVED PARAMETER INTERPRETATION AND IMAGE CONTROL - Embodiments of the invention relate to an IR camera for capturing thermal images of an imaged view, the IR camera comprising an IR camera display configured to display the captured thermal images to a user of the IR camera; a display control unit configured to control the IR camera display to further display a current temperature range of the IR camera. The IR camera is characterised in that the display control unit is configured to determine an indication scale comprising the entire current temperature range of the IR camera wherein equally sized temperature intervals have different geometric size in the indication scale based on upon the actual image content of the captured thermal image, and control the IR camera display to display the indication scale to a user of the IR camera. Embodiments of the invention further relate to a method for use in displaying captured thermal images of an IR camera and a computer-readable medium encoded with executable instructions for the same.10-21-2010
20110254959BOLOMETER ELEMENT, BOLOMETER CELL, BOLOMETER CAMERA AND METHOD - The invention relates to a bolometer element, a bolometer cell, a bolometer camera, and a method for reading a bolometer cell. The bolometer cell comprises several bolometer elements. Each bolometer element comprises a first bolometer having a first heating resistance for sensing radiation power acting on the element, and a second bolometer having a second heating resistance, and in each bolometer element the first and second bolometers are electrically connected to each other in such a way that the heating resistance (10-20-2011
20100321502Input Device of Apparatus Using Dot Pattern, Receiver of Controlled Apparatus, Terminal, and Paper Controller - A paper remote controller system capable of registering and controlling a plurality of apparatuses with an easy manipulation and superior in convenience and flexibility is provided. The input system for an apparatus using a dot pattern comprises a reading unit for reading out a dot pattern formed based on a predetermined rule on a medium surface, a converting unit for analyzing a dot pattern from image information of the dot pattern read out by the reading unit and converting the dot pattern into a dot code corresponding to the dot pattern, an infrared code table for registering one or a plurality of infrared codes that are related with the dot code, and a control unit for causing an infrared code read out from the infrared code table to be irradiated from an infrared emission unit to a control-subject apparatus.12-23-2010
20110164139DEVICE FOR IMAGING WITHIN THE IR RANGE - A device for imaging within the IR range. The imaging device includes a cooled unit having a cooled matrix with detectors and a calibrating device for individual calibration of the detectors of the detector matrix with respect to amplification and/or offset. The calibrating device includes at least one radiator, which is housed in or can be introduced into the imaging device, and a signal-processing unit.07-07-2011
20110134250POWER CONTROL METHOD OF DEVICE CONTROLLABLE BY USER'S GESTURE - Provided is a method which minimizes power consumption by controlling power of a camera that is used for recognizing a user's gesture, in a video processing apparatus, which recognizes the user's gesture and is controlled according to the recognized gesture, such as a TV or a monitor. In the present invention, a camera is driven in a low power mode or a high power mode, and when a user's specific gesture is detected in the lower power mode, the camera is switched to the high power mode for recognizing a detailed gesture.06-09-2011
20120147194DETERMINING A TOTAL NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN AN IR IMAGE OBTAINED VIA AN IR IMAGING SYSTEM - What is disclosed is a novel system and method for determining the number of persons in an IR image obtained using an IR imaging system. The present method separates a human from the surrounding background via a set of particularly formed intensity ratios. Quantities derived from these ratios and threshold values are used to selectively classify whether a pixel in the IR image is from a human or from a non-human. Based upon the classification of the various pixels in the IR image, the number of persons is determined. Various embodiments are disclosed.06-14-2012
20110080483INFRA-RED IMAGER - An infrared (IR) imaging system is presented. The system comprises a cooling chamber associated with a cooler generating a certain temperature condition inside the chamber. The cooling chamber has an optical window, and comprises thereinside an IR detector and a cold shield both thermally coupled to said cooler, and an imaging optical assembly comprising one or more imaging lenses defining a certain fixed focus of the imaging assembly and being enclosed by the cold shield in between the detector and the optical window. The imaging optical assembly and the detector are therefore under the same cooling temperature thereby reducing thermal noise in the detected image.04-07-2011
20110134251POWER CONTROL METHOD OF GESTURE RECOGNITION DEVICE BY DETECTING PRESENCE OF USER - Provided is a method which reduces the power consumption of a camera for detecting a user's gesture, in a device that detects the user's gesture and performs a command corresponding to the detected gesture. Moreover, provided is a method which turns off a camera or drives the camera in an ultra low power mode when there is no user input, and detects presence of a user to activate the camera.06-09-2011
20100302376SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR HIGH-QUALITY REAL-TIME FOREGROUND/BACKGROUND SEPARATION IN TELE-CONFERENCING USING SELF-REGISTERED COLOR/INFRARED INPUT IMAGES AND CLOSED-FORM NATURAL IMAGE MATTING TECHNIQUES - An apparatus and method is provided for near real-time, bi-layer segmentation of foreground and background portions of an image using the color and infrared images of the image. The method includes illuminating an object with infrared and visible light to produce infrared and color images of the object. An infrared mask is produced from the infrared image to predict the foreground and background portions of the image. A trimap is produced from the color image to define the color image into three distinct regions. A closed-form natural image matting algorithm is applied to the images to determine the foreground and background portions of the image.12-02-2010
20120147193Back Panel for a Portable Electronic Device with Different Camera Lens Options - A portable electronic device includes a digital imaging subsystem with a lens having an optical axis. A case encloses and supports the digital imaging subsystem in a first defined positional relationship to the case. A removable panel is coupled to the case and held in a second defined positional relationship to the case that covers the digital imaging subsystem without the removable panel being directly connected to the digital imaging subsystem. An optical component is supported by the removable panel such that the optical component is aligned with the optical axis and alters optical characteristics of the digital imaging subsystem. The device may include a power supply and an electronic control system coupled to the digital imaging subsystem and the power supply enclosed in and supported by the case. Electrical connectors may couple the power supply and the electronic control system to an electrical component on the removable panel.06-14-2012
20110149081Sensor with obscurant detection - A sensor having a detector array is provided with means for determining whether the normal field of view of the sensor has been obscured. The image output from the detector array is compared by a processor to an image of the normal filed of view, previously acquired and stored in a memory. Where there are significant differences between the images the processor activates an alarm. The location of high spatial frequency detail in the image may be compared and the absence of such detail used to give an indication that the sensor may be masked.06-23-2011
20100277595CLIP-ON INFRARED IMAGER - A clip-on infrared imager may be coupled and decoupled to an existing night vision system to add infrared imaging to provide a fused image through at least one of the night vision system eyepieces.11-04-2010
20120038777System, Method, and Software for Image Processing - According to certain embodiments, an image processing system includes a computing system that receives a video signal including data for one or more images and determines a region of interest in a particular image of the one or more images. Using the determined region of interest, the computing system instructs the camera to generate a peripheral region of one or more subsequent images having a reduced information intensity level relative to the information intensity level with which the region of interest of the one or more subsequent images are generated. The region of interest of the one or more subsequent images corresponds to the region of interest of the particular image. The peripheral region including portions of the image other than the region of interest.02-16-2012
20120098971INFRARED BINOCULAR SYSTEM WITH DUAL DIOPTER ADJUSTMENT - Binocular system, including method and apparatus, for viewing a scene. The system may comprise a left camera and a right camera that create left and right video signals from detected optical radiation. At least one of the cameras may include a sensor that is sensitive to infrared radiation. The system also may comprise a left display and a right display arranged to be viewed by a pair of eyes. The left and right displays may be configured to present respective left video images and right video images formed with visible light based respectively on the left and right video signals.04-26-2012
20110063451IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP ELEMENT - A luminance signal and a color information signal having high S/N ratios are generated by combining a visible luminance image component and an infrared image component at an appropriate ratio according to brightness of a subject such as brightness on a sunny day or brightness in darkness. An image pickup element 03-17-2011
20120057027INFRARED CAMERA WITH ROTATABLE CORE ASSEMBLY - An infrared camera with a rotatable core assembly, the infrared camera having; a main body including a body shell and a signal processor installed in the body shell; a core assembly including a core assembly housing, an infrared lens provided at the front end of the core assembly housing, and a sensing unit installed in the core assembly housing; a handle connected to the main body; and a LCD display used to display a picture and rotatably installed on one side of the main body, wherein the core assembly is rotatably connected to the front end of the body shell. The infrared camera according to the present application can switch its shooting modes among horizontal type, gun type and upright type according to the requirements of the observation by a user.03-08-2012
20110063450Camera module - A camera module including a housing that includes one or more lenses which are sequentially fixed and coupled and of which the focus does not need to be adjusted; a holder assembly that is coupled to a lower end portion of the housing; and a main substrate that is coupled to a lower end portion of the holder assembly through a reflow process, wherein the holder assembly includes a holder including a housing mounting portion, and a filter mounting portion that is formed in such a manner that an internal space of the holder is sealed by an IR filter.03-17-2011
20120007989IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGING APPARATUS - An imaging apparatus is disclosed. The apparatus includes: a solid-state imaging device provided with a plurality of arranged light-sensitive devices each having sensitivity to light in a range from a visible region to an infrared region; a first filter for transmitting light in the visible region to a first part light-sensitive device out of the plurality of light-sensitive devices; a second filter for transmitting light in the infrared region to a second part light-sensitive device out of the plurality of light-sensitive devices; and a signal processing section for changing a ratio between an electrical signal converted by the first part light-sensitive device and an electrical signal converted by the second part light-sensitive device used as an electrical signal used for deciding exposure in accordance with intensity of the electrical signal converted by the first part light-sensitive device.01-12-2012
20120007988IMAGING DEVICE, DISPLAY-IMAGING DEVICE, AND ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT - Disclosed herein is an imaging device including: a plurality of photodetecting elements arranged on a substrate, each having a first semiconductor layer for the channel region; and a plurality of driving elements arranged on the substrate, each having a second semiconductor layer for the channel region, wherein the first and second semiconductor layers each are a crystallized semiconductor layer, the first and second semiconductor layers each are approximately equal in thickness and impurity concentration, and the first and second semiconductor layers each have an average trap level density no higher than 2.0×1001-12-2012
20120007987Optical system with automatic switching between operation in daylight and thermovision modes - An optical sight system that comprises a combination of a thermal scope with a CCD visual-range attachment connectable to the thermal scope with a quick-release connector. The system is equipped with a device that automatically activates the CCD visual-range attachment when the latter is connected to the thermal scope and with a comparator that compares the video signal of the CCD attachment with the video signal of the thermal scope for sending the brightest video signal to the thermal scope display.01-12-2012
20110069175VISION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MOTION ADAPTIVE INTEGRATION OF IMAGE FRAMES - A night vision device and method for filtering a series of image frames that depict a moving subject, which thereby improves the signal-to-noise ratio of each image frame, is provided. A composite image is formed for each image frame by combining pixel values in a current image frame with pixel values in composite images corresponding to image frames acquired before the current image frame. Additionally, pixels values in image frames acquired subsequent to the acquisition of the current image frame are included when forming the composite image. A bi-directional recursive filter is used to weight the contributions from the previous composite images and subsequent image frames with a decay constant. Motion of the imaging system is optionally compensated for by establishing a moving reference frame and shifting the image frames to account for this motion; thus, registering the image frames before filtering the current image frame.03-24-2011
20120044357Image processing apparatus and method for night vision - There are provided an image processing apparatus and an image processing method for night vision that can generate a night vision image in which the overall quality thereof is maintained to be excellent and an obstacle is easily distinguished. The image processing apparatus for night vision includes: a brightness improving unit improving the brightness of an inputted infrared image; an obstacle judging unit judging whether an obstacle is present by analyzing an infrared image in which brightness is improved by the brightness improving unit; an obstacle region separating unit separating an image of a region judged as the obstacle by the obstacle judging unit; and an image synthesizing unit synthesizing the image of the region judged as the obstacle separated by the obstacle region separating unit with the inputted infrared image.02-23-2012
20120044356POWER SUPPLY CIRCUIT FOR INFRARED CUT REMOVABLE FILTER - A power supply circuit for an infrared cut removable (ICR) filter includes an identifying module, a supply mode module, a switching module, and a power source module. The identifying module generates a first identifying signal when the brightness of external light is higher than a preset brightness; otherwise, the identifying module generates a second identifying signal. The supply mode module generates a power supply corresponding to the power supply mode of the ICR filter. The switching module includes two connecting nodes for connecting to the ICR filter and loads the power supply generated by the supply mode module on one of the nodes correspondingly according to the first and second identifying signals. The power source module is connected to an external DC power supply and generates an operating voltage for the identifying module, the supply mode module, and the switching module.02-23-2012
20120013745INFRARED SENSOR AND SENSING METHOD USING THE SAME - Disclosed herein are an infrared (IR) sensor and a sensing method using the same, in which disturbance by an external luminous object is removed using the IR sensor that irradiates IR light into a sensing area to sense an object, so that the position or distance of the object can be precisely and accurately sensed. An IR sensor includes an illumination unit that irradiates IR light into a sensing area; an image pickup device that obtains an IR image in the sensing area by sensing the IR light incident from the sensing area; and a control unit that controls the emission time at which the illumination unit irradiates the IR light and the pickup time of the image pickup device. In the IR sensor, the control unit includes an illumination controller that controls the emission time of the illumination unit; an image pickup device controller that controls the pickup time of the image pickup device; a memory that stores the IR image obtained by the image pickup device; and an image processor that calculates the position or distance of the object in the sensing area by performing comparison operation processing with respect to an IR image obtained when the illumination unit irradiates the IR light and an IR image obtained when the illumination unit does not irradiate the IR light in the IR images stored in the memory.01-19-2012
20120019663AUTOMATIC CONTROL MODULE FOR ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - A module is configured to control an electronic device equipped with an optical receiver for wireless remote control. The module includes a face detection circuit that detects the presence of a face within an area proximate to the electronic device. An optical transmission circuit operates to transmit an optical control signal to the electronic device in response a detected change in face detection status made by the face detection circuit. To assist operation of the face detection circuit, the optical transmission circuit is further configured to illuminate an area proximate to the electronic device.01-26-2012
20100265333QUANTUM NANODOT CAMERA - A quantum nanodot camera, comprising: a quantum nanodot camera sensor including: at least one visible pixel sensor configured to capture scenes including actors and/or objects in a visible band; and at least one IR pixel sensor configured to capture motions of at least one quantum nanodot (QD) marker tuned to emit a narrowband IR signal.10-21-2010
20120154598THERMAL MARKING SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF CONTROL - A target marking system includes a light source configured to emit a beam of thermal radiation and to impinge the beam onto a target. The system also includes a detector configured to collect radiation passing from the target to the detector along a path. The radiation passing from the target in response to impingement of the beam onto the target. The system further includes an optics assembly disposed optically upstream of the detector along the path. The optics assembly includes at least one of an afocal power changer, a camera objective, a catadioptric lens, and a zoom system configured to condition the radiation passing from the target to the detector.06-21-2012
20120154597IR DETECTOR SYSTEM AND METHOD - A system and method of reducing undesirable image artefacts such as image tear and image smearing are described. The system can include a series of pixels and enhanced sensitivity circuits. The circuit can be configured so as to operate in an enhanced sensitivity mode having a combination of sample and hold circuits and binning functions, the combination acting so as to reduce the undesirable imaging artefacts.06-21-2012
20120026339WHITE BALANCE ADJUSTMENT METHOD AND IMAGING DEVICE - A method includes the steps of emitting infrared light of a predetermined wavelength to an object, receiving infrared light of a predetermined wavelength different from the infrared light emitted from the object, and adjusting white balance of an image output from a camera at this time, thereby showing the incident infrared light as white. The method further includes the steps of emitting white visible light to the object from an RGB light source, receiving visible light emitted from the object, and adjusting the intensity of the RGB light source for each of R, G, and B, thereby adjusting white balance of a captured image.02-02-2012
20120026338ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND DISPLAY MODE CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - An electronic device and a display mode control method thereof are disclosed. The electronic device includes an infrared lighting unit, an imaging unit, and a processing unit. The infrared lighting unit illuminates a face or an eye of a person that is using the device. The imaging unit takes an image of the face or the eye that the lighting unit illuminates. The processing unit calculates a sight line vector according to the image taken by the imaging unit and determining whether the sight line vector points to the device. If the sight line vector points to the device, switch the device into a normal mode; otherwise, switch the device into a power saving mode.02-02-2012
20120026337INFRARED CAMERA ARCHITECTURE SYSTEMS AND METHODS - An infrared camera architecture includes, for an embodiment, an infrared detector, a substrate, a plurality of electrical components coupled to the substrate, and a pedestal made of a thermally conductive material and having a leg coupled to the substrate. The infrared detector is supported by and thermally coupled to the pedestal, with the pedestal thermally isolating the infrared detector from the plurality of electrical components.02-02-2012
20120154596REDUCING NOISE IN A COLOR IMAGE - A method and an imaging system is described for providing a low noise color image. The method comprises the steps of: exposing an image sensor to visible spectral energy and non-visible spectral energy, said image sensor comprising pixels for obtaining first image data associated with said visible spectral energy and pixels for obtaining second image data associated with said non-visible spectral energy; generating first and second image data; subjecting said first image data to a low-pass filt and said second image data to a high-pass filter; and, forming a color image by adding at least part of the high frequency components of said second image data to at least part of the low frequency components of said first image data. 06-21-2012
20120154595Integrated Camera-Projection Device - A projector for projecting media, such as video and images, comprises an integrated camera. The camera can capture an image of a subject external to the projector, as well as an image of the media being projected. To capture these images, a controller dynamically changes the orientation of one or more reflective members of a Digital Micromirror Device (DMD) within the projector.06-21-2012
20110090343COMPOSITE IMAGE GENERATING SYSTEM, OVERLAYING CONDITION DETERMINING METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM - A mark which at least reflects or radiates invisible light of predetermined wavelength other than visible light is added in a space of the real world. A camera apparatus comprises image capturing means for capturing a real image in which an invisible-light image may be discriminating. An image processing apparatus, comprises: mark discriminating means for discriminating at least one condition of a position of image of mark in the captured real image, a orientation of the mark, and a distance from the mark to the image capturing means, and overlaying condition determining means for determining, in correspondence with the discriminated condition, a overlaying condition which is at least one of an overlaying position which is a position of the image of the virtual object overlaid on the captured real image in the real image, an orientation of the virtual object which the age of the virtual object indicates, and a distance from a view point of viewer, of the image of the virtual object.04-21-2011
20110090342MULTI-MODE IMAGING IN THE THERMAL INFRARED FOR CHEMICAL CONTRAST ENHANCEMENT - A system and method for analyzing a sample is disclosed. At least a portion of the sample is illuminated with modulated light from a light source, such as an infrared light source. Infrared energy from the sample is monitored with an infrared detector as the sample is being illuminated with the modulated light. The AC response of the infrared energy is analyzed to determine at least one of emission data or reflection data about the sample. The emission data or the reflection data can be used to enhance chemical contrast between varying substances on the sample.04-21-2011
20110102599MOBILE TERMINAL INCLUDING PROJECTOR AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - Disclosed is a mobile terminal for providing a blackboard function to an image projected through a projector, which includes a projector for projecting an image on a screen, a camera for photographing the image projected through the projector and transferring the photographed image to an image processor. The image processor processes the image transferred from the camera and transfers the processed image to a controller. The controller controls the operation of the mobile terminal including recognizing an effective region for the projected image where infrared rays are detected from the photographed image so as to recognize an indication position of an indication device. The indication device generates infrared rays, in the projected image, and when the infrared rays are detected, a preset mark is displayed on a position of the detected infrared rays by using the projector.05-05-2011
20110102598Device for Illuminating a Target - A device for illuminating a target comprises a laser which produces a light beam, a viewing medium which receives electromagnetic radiation in an acceptance band, a beam-splitter which splits the light beam into a first beam and a second beam, and an imaging assembly. The imaging assembly comprises a light conversion medium and an element responsible for image creation comprising one of a light focusing medium and a light reflective medium. The first beam is directed along a travel path from the beam-splitter to the element and then to the light conversion medium, wherein the light conversion medium converts the first beam into electromagnetic radiation within the acceptance band. A spot object distance between the light conversion medium and the element is less than a target distance. The target distance is between the target and the beam-splitter less a distance between the beam-splitter and the element.05-05-2011
20120314084CAMERAS WITH ON-BOARD REPORTING CAPABILITIES - Described herein is an IR camera that can prepare a report on-board the camera in a standard file format that is substantially universally readable by a number of receiving devices, including but not limited to computers. The report preferably includes at least one IR image, at least one visual image and a table that can be populated with the output of any of the camera's measurement functions or any parametric information (time, date, emissivity, background temperature, GPS location, etc.). The report may also include text, voice, and/or visual/graphical comments and recommendations. The comments may be added directly to the report or hyperlinked to the report.12-13-2012
20100289901THERMOGRAPHIC CAMERA - The invention relates to a thermographic camera comprising at least one infrared radiation detector and at least one adjusting device that supplies control and/or supply voltages required for operating the thermographic camera. In order to design a thermographic camera in which the temperature-induced drift of the electronics can be compensated while the cost of parts is reduced, a storage medium in which at least one temperature-related characteristic curve is stored is provided on the thermographic camera, and the thermographic camera automatically compensates a temperature-induced drift of the at least one adjusting device on the basis of the characteristic curve. The invention further relates to a method for operating such a thermographic camera.11-18-2010
20100245585Headset-Based Telecommunications Platform - A hands-free wireless wearable GPS enabled video camera and audio-video communications headset, mobile phone and personal media player, capable of real-time two-way and multi-feed wireless voice, data and audio-video streaming, telecommunications, and teleconferencing, coordinated applications, and shared functionality between one or more wirelessly networked headsets or other paired or networked wired or wireless devices and optimized device and data management over multiple wired and wireless network connections. The headset can operate in concert with one or more wired or wireless devices as a paired accessory, as an autonomous hands-free wide area, metro or local area and personal area wireless audio-video communications and multimedia device and/or as a wearable docking station, hot spot and wireless router supporting direct connect multi-device ad-hoc virtual private networking (VPN). The headset has built-in intelligence to choose amongst available network protocols while supporting a variety of onboard, and remote operational controls including a retractable monocular viewfinder display for real time hands-free viewing of captured or received video feed and a duplex data-streaming platform supporting multi-channel communications and optimized data management within the device, within a managed or autonomous federation of devices or other peer-to-peer network configuration.09-30-2010
20100245586PROJECTION DISPLAY APPARATUS - A camera for capturing an object that will enter a projection space is attached to the casing of a projection display apparatus. The camera is installed at the position in which, when the camera faces the projection plane, at least one of the back direction and the side direction of the casing is included within the filed of view of the camera. For example, the cameras are installed on both side edges of the casing so as to face each other.09-30-2010
20110181731IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - Disclosed herein is an image pickup apparatus, including: an image pickup element having a plurality of pixels; and a radiation/shielding portion configured to radiate/shield an electromagnetic wave for the image pickup element in such a way that a partial pixel selective radiation state in which the electromagnetic wave is radiated to a part of the pixels in the image pickup element and the electromagnetic wave is shielded for the pixels other than the part of the pixels is obtained in a time division manner while the part of the pixels to each of which the electromagnetic wave is radiated is successively changed.07-28-2011
20110181730ROOM-TEMPERATURE FILTERING FOR PASSIVE INFRARED IMAGING - A device, for imaging infrared radiation from a scene, includes a detector of the infrared radiation, an enclosure for keeping the detector at an operating temperature thereof, an optical system, outside the enclosure, for focusing the infrared radiation onto the detector via a window of the enclosure, and a filter. In one embodiment, the filter is positioned at an intermediate focal plane of the optical system. In another embodiment, the filter is on a surface of an optical element of the optical system and has a defocusing relationship to the detector.07-28-2011
20120133775SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING EXPLOSIVE AGENTS USING SWIR, MWIR, AND LWIR HYPERSPECTRAL IMAGING - A system and method for hyperspectral imaging to detect hazardous agents including explosive agents. A system comprising a tunable laser, a collection optics, and one or more hyperspectral imaging detectors configured for hyperspectral imaging of a target comprising an unknown material. A method comprising illuminating a target comprising an unknown material via a tunable laser to thereby generate a plurality of interacted photons. Detecting said interacted photons to generate at least one hyperspectral image representative of the target. One or more hyperspectral images may be obtained including SWIR, MWIR, and LWIR hyperspectral images. Algorithms and chemometric techniques may be applied to assess the hyperspectral images to identify the unknown material as comprising an explosive agent or a non-explosive agent. A video imaging device may also be configured to provide a video image of an area of interest, which may be assessed to identify a target for interrogation using hyperspectral imaging.05-31-2012
20120133776LOW CONTRAST MIDWAVE FLIR IMPLEMENTATION - An infrared camera system for low contrast employs a focal plane array (FPA) of a plurality of detector diodes. A read out integrated circuit (ROIC) including a plurality of integration switches is connected to the plurality of detector diodes. A frame mean calculator receives raw data from the FPA and an integration time servo receives a frame mean from the frame mean calculator and a preprogrammed target mean. The integration time servo compares the frame mean and target mean and provides an integration time output to the ROIC responsive to the comparison for control of the integration switches.05-31-2012
20120314083Handheld imaging and defense system - This invention provides a handheld imaging system for use by law enforcement that has an infrared camera disposed at a lower portion of a housing and a display on an upper portion of the housing. A color CCD camera is also provided for surveillance situations that are not in low light. The imaging system contains tactical flashlights that operate in a programmable multimode fashion. Images captured by the handheld imaging system may be transmitted wirelessly to a remote location or stored in a memory contained within the housing. Finally, a series of detachable accessories are provided that may include a siren, taser or a pepper spray device.12-13-2012
20120212619IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE AND IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD - Disclosed is an image capturing device which is provided with an irradiation unit, an image capturing unit, and a color representation setting unit, wherein the irradiation unit irradiates a subject with infrared rays having different wavelength intensity distributions, the image capturing unit captures images of the subject by the respective infrared rays having different wavelength distributions which are reflected by the subject, and forms image information indicating the respective images, and the color representation setting unit sets, in the image information, color representation information for representing the respective images, which are indicated by the formed image information, by different plain colors. Also disclosed is an image capturing method characterized by separating infrared rays from a subject into infrared rays having different wavelength intensity distributions, capturing images of the subject by the respective infrared rays having different wavelength intensity distributions, forming image information indicating the respective images, and representing the respective images, which are indicated by the formed image information, by different plain colors.08-23-2012
20120212620Mounting Structure of Infrared Camera and Infrared Camera Provided with the Same - An object of the present invention is to provide a mounting structure of infrared camera which enables effective transfer of heat generated in an image sensor to a lens unit without increasing the size of the infrared camera. In order to achieve the object, a mounting structure of infrared camera comprising a lens-side mount disposed in a lens unit in which an imaging lenses are disposed; and a camera main body-side mount disposed in a camera main body and geared with the lens-side mount in an attachable and detachable manner, wherein the geared portion between the lens-side mount and the camera main body-side mount has a contact area effective for heat transfer of 36% or more of the total surface area is adopted.08-23-2012
20120249801IMAGE GENERATION APPARATUS, IMAGE GENERATION METHOD AND IMAGE GENERATION PROGRAM - An image generation apparatus is provided with: a resolution sensitivity conversion unit which generates different weight-averaged images by performing convolution operations on the infrared image with plural different weighted-filter images, and generates a resolution-sensitivity-converted image by adding luminance differences between the weight-averaged images to luminance values of the infrared image; a luminance shift calculating unit which sets the most frequently appearing luminance value of the resolution-sensitivity-converted image to an intermediate value in an enlarged range and as an intermediate luminance value, and generates a luminance-shifted image obtained by linearly shifting luminance values of the resolution-sensitivity-converted image in such a manner that the shifting corresponds to the intermediate luminance value and the enlarged range; and a luminance arithmetic operation unit which generates an arithmetically processed image by performing an arithmetic operation based on luminance differences between corresponding positions of the luminance-shifted image and a reverse shifted image.10-04-2012
20120314085VIDEO IMAGE DISPLAY SCREEN, VIDEO IMAGE DISPLAY SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR DETECTING CAMERA USED IN ILLEGAL CAMCORDING - Provided is a technique for easily detecting a person who attempts illegal camcording, by using device(s) that removes non-visible light as an anti-camcording interference image from a video image containing the non-visible light. A video image display system includes: a screen that displays a video image; an infrared ray emitting unit that projects infrared rays together with the video image toward an observer; and an infrared ray camera that detects infrared rays reflected by a video camera owned by the observer. The infrared ray camera particularly detects reflection light from an infrared ray cut filter attached to the video camera of the observer.12-13-2012
20120075477HANDHELD TERAHERTZ WAVE IMAGING SYSTEM - A handheld terahertz wave imaging system is disclosed. In a particular embodiment, the system includes a housing adapted to be carried by an operator, a terahertz wave camera configured to process terahertz wave energy to detect concealed objects hidden on a target subject, and a hand operated control device to control the terahertz wave camera based on an operator input. Optics are mounted to the housing and configured to adjust a focus of the terahertz wave energy. The terahertz wave camera may have a three axis stage and a laser rangefinder to determine a distance to the target subject to assist in focusing the terahertz wave camera. Further, the handheld terahertz wave imaging system may include video goggles to display terahertz wave imagery generated from the terahertz wave energy.03-29-2012
20120224067VISUAL IMAGE ANNOTATION, TAGGING OF INFRARED IMAGES, AND INFRARED IMAGE LINKING - Methods used with a thermal imager in capturing a primary thermal image of an object or scene and then associating it, as desired, with any of a multitude of information relating to the object or scene. The related information can be associated with the primary thermal image in the field after the image is captured. The related information can pertain to further detail regarding the object, the surroundings of the scene, and/or surroundings of the location of the scene, which when associated with the primary thermal image, collectively represents a form of asset information card for the image.09-06-2012
20120262584INFRARED RESOLUTION AND CONTRAST ENHANCEMENT WITH FUSION - The present disclosure relates to combination of images. A method according to an embodiment comprises: receiving a visual image and an infrared (IR) image of a scene and for a portion of said IR image extracting high spatial frequency content from a corresponding portion of said visual image. The method according to the embodiment further comprises combining said extracted high spatial frequency content from said portion of the visual image with said portion of the IR image, to generate a combined image, wherein the contrast and/or resolution in the portion of the IR image is increased compared to the contrast and/or resolution of said received IR image.10-18-2012
20120262583AUTOMATED METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETECTING THE PRESENCE OF A LIT CIGARETTE - An automated method and system for detecting the presence of a smoking product utilizing a near infrared video-processing unit in real time. One or more near infrared (NIR) video capturing units can be configured to capture a video feed. The video feed can be processed by the video-processing unit in order to detect a smoking product (e.g., a lit cigarette) within a field of view of the video capturing unit. A near infrared video sequence can be read and analyzed for the presence of a “hot spot” of a predetermined size based on pixel color information. In some cases, the motion of the hot spot can be tracked in response to the detection of the hot spot. An alarm signal can also be triggered in some cases, if the pattern of motion is consistent with that of a cigarette being smoked.10-18-2012
20120229650Method And Apparatus For Image Production - An improved lighting technique via a lighting technique utilizing a light source invisible to the subject is provided herein. The improved lighting technique capability blends image data from an image detector sensitive to visible light with corresponding image data from an image detector sensitive to light not visible to humans to create an improved image.09-13-2012
20110122252DIGITAL IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND PHOTOGRAPHING METHOD OF DIGITAL IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - A digital image processing apparatus including an infrared (IR) cut filter and a visible light cut filter that are arranged on an optical axis between a lens unit and an image sensor, and that are selectively retractable from the optical axis, a filter driver that drives the IR cut filter and the visible light cut filter, a first image information acquiring unit that acquires first image information transmitted through the IR cut filter, a second image information acquiring unit that acquires second image information transmitted through the visible light cut filter, and an image synthesizing unit that extracts a synthesized image from the first image information and the second image information, in a low-illumination mode.05-26-2011
20110122251Comparison of Infrared Images - Methods for comparing infrared image data and/or for generating infrared image comparison data are provided. In one method two image data sets are selected including visual-light and infrared image data from one or more points of view of a scene. Visual-light image data from each data set can be compared to determine an alignment correlation between different points of view for the visual-light data. The alignment correlation can then be used to correlate infrared image data from each data set. The correlated infrared image data can be compared to generate infrared comparison image data. Thermal imaging cameras capable of performing such methods are also provided.05-26-2011
20100328466INFRARED ILLUMINATOR WITH VARIABLE BEAM ANGLE - An infrared illuminator including at least two carrier members in angularly adjustable relation with respect to one another, each carrier member having at least one infrared light source mounted thereto, for projecting infrared light in a variable illumination pattern. The illuminator may also include at least one fan for cooling the light sources, and a housing for containing the light sources. The carrier members are positionally adjustable such that the width, range, and/or intensity of the light projected by the illuminator can be varied depending on the desired application.12-30-2010
20120320217SCENE BASED NON-UNIFORMITY CORRECTION SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Systems and methods provide scene-based non-uniformity correction for infrared images, in accordance with one or more embodiments. For example in one embodiment, a method of processing infrared images of a scene captured by an infrared image sensor comprising a plurality of sensor elements includes receiving a first frame comprising a first plurality of pixel data of a first infrared image; receiving a second frame comprising a second plurality of pixel data of a second infrared image; determining frame-to-frame motion between the first frame and the second frame, wherein the frame-to-frame motion identifies portions of the first and second pixel data corresponding to identical scene coordinates captured by different sensor elements for the first and second frames; determining irradiance differences between the first and second portions of pixel data; and determining pixel offset information for scene based non-uniformity correction terms based on the irradiance differences and the frame-to-frame motion.12-20-2012
20120320216Method and System for Object Recognition, Authentication, and Tracking with Infrared Distortion Caused by Objects for Augmented Reality - There are presented methods and systems for virtual environment manipulation by detection of physical objects. An example method includes projecting an infrared pattern onto a physical environment having a physical object, capturing an infrared image of the physical environment using an infrared camera, detecting, in the infrared image, an infrared distortion caused by at least a portion of the physical object, the at least portion of the physical object comprising patterned materials affecting an infrared light, modifying a virtual environment based on the infrared distortion caused by the patterned materials affecting the infrared light, and rendering the modified virtual environment on a display. For example, the at least portion of the physical object is a tag placed on the physical object.12-20-2012
20120320218IMAGING APPARATUS - Disclosed is an imaging apparatus provided with: a light irradiation unit which irradiates a target area with light; a differential image generation unit which generates a differential image between a first image which was taken in synchronization with the irradiation period during which the light irradiation unit irradiates the light and a second image which was taken outside the irradiation period; a transmittance estimation unit which estimates the light transmittance of an object in the target area; and a light exposure adjustment unit which adjusts the exposure based on the estimation result from the transmittance estimation unit. The transmittance estimation unit estimates the transmittance of the object from at least one of the first image, the second image, and the differential image.12-20-2012
20110037856Optronic Infrared System with Predictive Maintenance in Terms of the Number of Cycles Before Breakdown - The invention relates to an optronics system equipped with: a detector cooler having a cooling machine, a cryostat, an IR detector placed in the cryostat, and a sensor for measuring the temperature T02-17-2011
20110037855INFRA RED DETECTOR SYSTEM AND METHOD - A detector system is described in which an image of a scene is displaced with reference to a dual waveband detector array. Such ‘scanning’ increases the sampling density, thereby reducing the effective pixel pitch, by moving the image of the scene relative to the detector array by fractions of a pixel pitch in sequential frames. The display is then reconstructed with the data from these frames interleaved relative to the original scan displacement.02-17-2011
20120268607IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM AND IMAGE ACQUISITION METHOD - An image processing system includes an illumination unit and an illumination control unit configured to adjust light emitted from the illumination unit so as to illuminate a limited area in a space, the system generates a timing signal for controlling emission/non-emission of light from the illumination unit, captures a first image of an imaging area including the limited area or part of the limited area based on the timing signal, the first image being taken from a position different from the illumination unit when the illumination unit emits light, captures a second image of the imaging area based on the timing signal, the second image being taken from the position when the illumination unit emits no light, and acquires a third image which is a difference image between the first image and the second image.10-25-2012
20100231722Compact handheld detector for greenhouse gasses - Techniques are disclosed relating to gas leak detection. The techniques can be deployed, for example, in compact, handheld portable devices usable for detecting leaks in space-confined applications. The devices generally include an unstablized laser and thermal imaging camera that allow for detection of gas that absorbs at least some of the wavelength of operation of the unstablized laser. The devices can be operated at a low-power density for safety and/or may be configured to mitigate wavelength hopping associated with unstablized laser light sources.09-16-2010
20120086810METHOD FOR A TOUCHLESS DETERMINATION OF THE TEMPERATURE OF AN OBJECT AND CORRESPONDING THERMAL IMAGING CAMERA - A method for a touchless determination of the temperature of an object (04-12-2012
20120327247AUTOMATED THERMAL SCOPE SET - An advanced weapon scope system, particularly for 2112-27-2012
20120327248INTEGRATED CIRCUIT FOR SPECTRAL IMAGING SYSTEM - An integrated circuit for an imaging system is disclosed. In one aspect, an integrated circuit has an array of optical sensors, an array of optical filters integrated with the sensors and configured to pass a band of wavelengths onto one or more of the sensors, and read out circuitry to read out pixel values from the sensors to represent an image. Different ones of the optical filters are configured to have a different thickness, to pass different bands of wavelengths by means of interference, and to allow detection of a spectrum of wavelengths. The read out circuitry can enable multiple pixels under one optical filter to be read out in parallel. The thicknesses may vary non monotonically across the array. The read out, or later image processing, may involve selection or interpolation between wavelengths, to carry out spectral sampling or shifting, to compensate for thickness errors.12-27-2012
20130016220PASSIVE MULTI-BAND APERTURE FILTERS AND CAMERAS THEREFROMAANM BROWN; KEVIN L.AACI CLERMONTAAST FLAACO USAAGP BROWN; KEVIN L. CLERMONT FL US - A multi-band aperture filter for optically coupling to a focal plane array (FPA) of a camera includes a substrate, and a first spectral coating on a first surface of the substrate that passes both a first longer and a second shorter wavelength band. A second spectral coating that passes the longer wavelength band and blocks the shorter wavelength band is on an outer annulus region, but not on an inner region on the first surface or a second surface of the substrate. The second spectral coating provides a larger aperture area for the longer wavelength band as compared to an aperture area for the shorter wavelength band to passively realize different F-numbers for the bands to provide substantially matched beam spot sizes on the detector array for the longer wavelength band and the shorter wavelength band, such as a long-wave infrared (LWIR) band and a mid-wave IR (MWIR) band.01-17-2013
20130169819IMAGE STABILIZATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS - A method and systems of stabilizing a sequence of infrared (IR) images captured using an infrared (IR) imaging system, includes: generating edge information representations of selected captured IR images in said sequence; for each generated edge information representation, generating a second representation having a reduced amount of information compared to the edge information representation; determining displacements between captured IR images in relation to previous IR images in said sequence based on a comparison between said second representations; generating a stabilized sequence of IR images by shifting said captured IR images based on said determined displacements.07-04-2013
20120249800SEQUENTIAL MARKER PLACER - A method for marking and analyzing at least one object in an IR image, for an embodiment, comprises receiving an image of an object scene comprising at least one object, receiving a first input control signal indicating pixel coordinates of a first selected object scene portion, locking a first marker of a camera on a first object region corresponding to said pixel coordinates in said object scene in response to said first input control signal, wherein said input control signal is generated by a user activating an input means by a single action. The invention for various embodiments also relates to an IR camera, a computer program product and an image processing system comprising such an IR camera.10-04-2012
20120249799Image capture device, pixel output level compensation method for same, infrared camera system, and interchangeable lens system - An image capture device and method for correcting output levels thereof, made up of an image shifter for moving an image position on a light receiving surface, having a differential calculating section for calculating the differential between the output levels of pixels receiving light from the same part of an image on a light-receiving surface before and after moving the image position; an offset amount calculating section for calculating the amount of offset to the output levels of pixels in a pixel line by sequentially adding the differences in output levels in pixel lines arrayed in the direction of image position movement; and a correcting section for correcting pixel output levels by equalizing the variability in output levels between pixels in a pixel line based on the amount of pixel offset in the pixel line.10-04-2012
20130113939GAS VISUALIZATION ARRANGEMENTS, DEVICES, AND METHODS - Gas visualization in an image depicting a scene, for an example embodiment comprises capturing a first IR image depicting the scene at a first time instance and a second IR image depicting the scene at a second time instance; performing image processing operations on image data derived from said first IR image and from said second IR image, to generate a collection of data representing the location of gas in one of the first or second IR images; and generating a third image by adjusting pixel values in an image depicting the scene, dependent on pixel values of said collection of data. According to various embodiments, there is further provided further processing of the collection of data, and/or gas detection, before generation of the third image with adjusted pixel values.05-09-2013
20130093902INFRARED SOLID STATE IMAGING DEVICE - An infrared solid state imaging device includes an infrared detection element unit having heat sensitive pixels, an AD conversion unit which conducts analog-to-digital conversion on an infrared image signal obtained by the infrared detection element unit, and a digital signal processing unit which converts the image signal converted to a digital signal. The digital signal processing unit stores an image value produced from the digital signal, and acquired in a frame immediately preceding a current frame, subtracts an image value obtained by multiplying the image value acquired in the frame immediately preceding the current frame by a predetermined constant α in a range of 0 to 1, from an image value acquired in the current frame, and conducts processing of multiplying a resultant image value obtained by the subtraction by 1/(1−α) so that an infrared image with less afterimage is provided.04-18-2013
20130093903APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR CAMERA APPLICATIONS - Apparatus and methods for using infra-red light provide for enhanced operation in camera applications. In an embodiment, a safety camera includes an optical filter that provides an input to an imager from received light having wavelengths in the infra-red spectrum. Output from the imager can be analyzed to determine safety hazard events in an area viewed by the safety camera.04-18-2013
20110267473INFRARED SENSING ELEMENT AND INFRARED IMAGING DEVICE - An infrared sensing element is provided and includes a substrate, a supporting electrical insulating layer formed on the substrate; a first electrode formed on the supporting electrical insulating layer, a pyroelectric layer formed on the first electrode, and a second electrode formed on the pyroelectric layer. The pyroelectric layer has a light receiving area of 1×1011-03-2011
20130141590Infrared Camera - An object of the present invention is to provide an infrared camera capable of shading correction with ease and an improved degree of accuracy and has good maintenance ability. To achieve the object, an infrared camera provided with an infrared lens group and an infrared image sensor located at an image focusing surface of the infrared lens group in a housing in which a window is formed at a portion facing the object side of the infrared lens group comprising: a controller correcting a captured image according to an output from the infrared image sensor and outputting the corrected image; a shutter arranged on an infrared light path in the housing from the window to the infrared lens group; and a temperature sensor detecting the temperature of the shutter is adopted.06-06-2013
20110221908INFRARED TRANSMISSIVE DOME SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Systems and methods are disclosed that provide an infrared-transmissive dome, such as for infrared imaging applications. For example, an infrared-transmissive dome, for an embodiment, includes a main body providing a hollow, hemispherical-shaped dome; wherein the main body is made of an ultra-high molecular weight or a very-high molecular weight polyethylene material; and wherein the main body has a wall thickness equal to or less than approximately 0.012 inches to allow infrared transmittance greater than approximately sixty five percent through the main body for infrared imaging in a wavelength range of approximately three to fourteen micrometers.09-15-2011
20110228096SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ENHANCING VIDEO IMAGES IN A CONFERENCING ENVIRONMENT - A method is provided in one example and includes receiving image data for a field of view associated with a display. The image data is used to generate a plurality of red green blue (RGB) frames. The method also includes emitting infrared energy onto the field of view in order to generate a plurality of infrared frames, the plurality of RGB frames and the plurality of infrared frames are generated by a single camera. The plurality of RGB frames can be combined with the plurality of infrared frames in order to generate a video data stream. In a more particular embodiment, the emitting of the infrared energy is synchronized with the camera such that the infrared energy is emitted onto the field of view at one half of an existing frame rate of the camera.09-22-2011
20130147965IR-CUT FILTER HAVING RED ABSORBING LAYER FOR DIGITAL CAMERA - An infrared cut filter may be used with an image sensor to remove infrared light components from image light received from a first side of the infrared cut filter prior to the image light reaching the image sensor to be disposed on a second side of the infrared cut filter. The infrared cut filter includes at least one red absorbing layer and an infrared reflector. The at least one red absorbing layer partially absorbs red light components within the image light. The infrared reflector reflects the infrared light components. The infrared reflector is disposed between the red absorbing layer and the first side of the infrared cut filter while the at least one red absorbing layer is disposed between the infrared reflector and the second side of the infrared cut filter.06-13-2013
20130147966FLAT FIELD CORRECTION FOR INFRARED CAMERAS - Various techniques are provided to perform flat field correction for infrared cameras. In one example, a method of calibrating an infrared camera includes calibrating a focal plane array (FPA) of the infrared camera to an external scene to determine a set of flat field correction values associated with a first optical path from the external scene to the FPA. The method also includes estimating a temperature difference between the FPA and a component of the infrared camera that is in proximity to the first optical path. The method also includes determining supplemental flat field correction values based on, at least in part, the first set of flat field correction values, where the supplemental flat field correction values are adjusted based on the estimated temperature difference before being applied to thermal image data obtained with the infrared camera. The method also includes storing the supplemental flat field correction values.06-13-2013
20120274779Image Capture Device, Method for Generating Image, Infrared Camera System, and Interchangeable Lens System - Problem: To generate images with precise luminance gradation regardless of variability in output levels between pixels.11-01-2012
20120274778SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR THERMOGRAPHIC INSPECTION - A method for thermographic imaging is described. The method captures a plurality of thermal images of a surface of an object, at non-linear intervals over a period of time, each of the thermal images being associated with temporal data. The method then processes the plurality of thermal images and the temporal data, and identifies features within the object based on the processing.11-01-2012
20100309316CAMERA MODULE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - A camera module includes: a lens unit including a casing portion and a lens; and a substrate portion on which an image pick-up element is mounted. The camera module is assembled in combination of the lens unit and the substrate portion in an arrangement in which the lens and the image pick-up element are opposed to each other. The substrate portion includes: a first substrate including one of surfaces on which the image pick-up element is mounted; an infrared filter supported on a light receiving face of the image pick-up element; and a second substrate supported on a surface of the infrared filter which is opposed to the lens. The second substrate includes an opening portion disposed in alignment with the infrared filter so as not to intercept an incident light. A circuit component is mounted on the second substrate.12-09-2010
20100309315INFRARED CAMERA SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DUAL SENSOR APPLICATIONS - Systems and methods disclosed herein provide for infrared camera systems and methods for dual sensor applications. For example, in one embodiment, an enhanced vision system comprises an image capture component having a visible light sensor to capture visible light images and an infrared sensor to capture infrared images. The system comprises a first control component adapted to provide a plurality of selectable processing modes to a user, receive a user input corresponding to a user selected processing mode, and generate a control signal indicative of the user selected processing mode, wherein the plurality of selectable processing modes includes a visible light only mode, infrared only mode, and a combined visible-infrared mode. The system comprises a processing component adapted to receive the generated control signal from the control component, process the captured visible light images and the captured infrared images according to the user selected processing mode, and generate processed images based on the processing mode selected by the user. The system comprises a display component adapted to display the processed images based on the processing mode selected by the user.12-09-2010
20110242328IR-BASED MULTISPECTRAL DISTURBED GROUND DETECTION - A multispectral imaging system identifies disturbed ground regions in an interrogation area and includes an image sensor. The image sensor includes a photodetector array, a filter that transmits a non-near infrared (non-NIR) reference band and NIR including band from diffusely scattered light to the photodetector array. The 2-D photodetector array generates separately detected first non-NIR reference band data and NIR comprising band data. A processor for data processing is coupled to the photodetector array to receive the non-NIR reference band data and NIR band data. The data processing includes utilizing both the NIR band data and the non-NIR reference band data to generate processed image data that can be used to identify disturbed ground regions within the interrogation region.10-06-2011
20110234809DUAL-LENS IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE - A dual-lens image capture device includes an optical conversion module, a first image sensor, a second imager sensor, a first lens, and a second lens. The optical conversion module includes an infrared light filter, a collimator, and a spectroscope. The infrared light filter filters infrared light of light from a light source and allows visible light from the light source to pass through. The collimator converts the visible light into parallel beams. The spectroscope is placed at one side of the collimator away from the infrared light filter, and reflects a portion of the parallel beams and allows remaining parallel beams to pass through. The first lens receives the reflected parallel beams, and focusing the beams onto the first image sensor. The second lens receives the passed parallel beams, and focusing the beams onto the second image sensor.09-29-2011
20130155253APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A CAMERA AND INFRARED ILLUMINATOR IN AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE - An apparatus and a method in an electronic device provide for controlling a camera and an infrared illuminator, wherein an image capturing process is initiated to produce image data representing a photographic scene. In response to initiating the image capturing process, an infrared illuminator is activated to illuminate the photographic scene. Reflected infrared light from the photographic scene is measured to produce exposure data. In response to the exposure data, a sensor is exposed and image data from the sensor in the electronic device is stored. The electronic device can be a wireless device. Exposure data can include an aperture size, an exposure duration, a lens position for focusing, and the like. Sensing a reflection of infrared light can indicate the presence of a subject in the photographic scene that can be illuminated. The infrared illuminator can be activated before or during the capturing of image data.06-20-2013
20130155254IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An imaging unit has sensitivity to visible light and infrared light and captures an image. When the distribution of the color of each pixel in the image captured by the imaging unit is calculated, a deriving unit derives a predetermined feature amount indicating the range of the color distribution. An estimating unit estimates a lighting environment during imaging based on the feature amount derived by the deriving unit.06-20-2013
20130155255ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING CAMERA OF THE ELECTRONIC DEVICE ACCORDING TO GESTURES - A method for controlling a camera according to gestures for an electronic device is provided. The electronic device includes an optical camera, an infrared camera and a storage unit. The storage unit stores a table recording relationships between gestures for controlling camera and photographic commands. The method includes the following steps: generating a signal for activating a composite mode of the electronic device; controlling the optical camera to record real-time videos, and controlling the infrared camera to record real-time color temperature photographs; determining whether the gesture of the user is a gesture for controlling camera according to the video and the corresponding color temperature photograph; controlling the electronic device to enter a photographic mode when the gesture of the user is a gesture for controlling photography; and determining a camera command and executing the determined photography command. An electronic device using the method is also provided.06-20-2013
20130155256THERMAL IMAGER AND TRANSMITTER - A method of assessing the condition of a component through a thermal window, the method including storing information on a radio-frequency identification (RFID) tag associated with the component or the thermal window and taking a thermal image of the component through the thermal window using a thermal imaging device. The method also including retrieving the information on the RFID tag using a radio-frequency identification (RFID) reader on the thermal imaging device. Also, a thermal imaging system comprising a thermal imaging device including a radio-frequency identification (RFID) reader, and a thermal window having a radio-frequency identification (RFID) tag associated with the thermal window. The RFID reader may be adapted to access information on the RFID tag.06-20-2013
20120281098SYSTEM FOR PRODUCING ENHANCED THERMAL IMAGES - An imaging device has a thermal sensor to remotely measure respective temperatures of regions within an imaging field and to generate temperature information signals. A motion tracking system tracks motion of the thermal sensor and generates position information signals representing positions of the thermal sensor during the temperature measurements. An image construction processor uses the position and temperature information signals to generate a two-dimensional image representative of the imaging field including respective temperature indications at different locations within the two-dimensional image, and stores the two-dimensional image within a memory. The two-dimensional image may be used as an output image for display to a user.11-08-2012
20120281097VEHICLE MEDIA SYSTEM - A vehicle media system is disclosed. The system includes a media unit mounted to a headrest of the vehicle. The media unit includes a video camera oriented towards a passenger area of the vehicle and an infrared camera configured to capture infrared images. A display monitor is disposed in the vehicle in a field-of-view of a vehicle operator to display images captured by the video camera.11-08-2012
20130182121MIRROR, CASING AND INFRARED DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SAME - A mirror comprises a doubly curved surface and is formed by pressing or casting. Additionally, a casing comprises a mirror including a doubly curved surface and formed by pressing or casting. An infrared device includes an infrared sensor or an infrared source and a mirror having a doubly curved surface formed by pressing or casting.07-18-2013
20130120584SHORT LIGHT PULSE GENERATING DEVICE, TERAHERTZ WAVE GENERATING DEVICE, CAMERA, IMAGING DEVICE, AND MEASURING DEVICE - A short light pulse generating device includes a light pulse generating part, a first pulse compressing part, a second pulse compressing part, and an amplifying part. The light pulse generating part is configured to generate light pulses, the light pulse generating part being a super luminescent diode. The first pulse compressing part is configured to perform pulse compression based on saturable absorption on the light pulses generated by the light pulse generating part. The second pulse compressing part is configured to perform pulse compression based on group velocity dispersion compensation on the light pulses that underwent the pulse compression by the first pulse compressing part. The amplifying part is provided between the first pulse compressing part and the second pulse compressing part, and configured to amplify the light pulses that underwent the pulse compression by the first pulse compressing part.05-16-2013
20130188057IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE AND METHOD THEREOF - An image capturing device and a method thereof are provided. The image capturing device includes an image sensor and a processor. The image sensor includes a color filter array and a sensor chip. The color filter array includes a first region permitting visible light and infrared light to pass and a second region permitting the infrared light to pass. The sensor chip obtains a target image through the color filter array, wherein the target image includes a composite image corresponding to the first region and a first group infrared image corresponding to the second region, and the composite image includes a second group infrared image, where the second group infrared image and the first group infrared image are linear correlated. The processor adjusts a proportion of the second group infrared image in the composite image by employing the first group infrared image, so as to generate a processed image.07-25-2013
20130188058THERMAL DETECTION SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND DEVICES - Systems, methods, and devices for thermal detection. A thermal detection device includes a visual camera, a thermal detector, a controller, a user interface, a display, and a removable and rechargeable battery pack. The thermal detection device also includes a plurality of additional software and hardware modules configured to perform or execute various functions and operations of the thermal detection device. An output from the visual camera and an output from the thermal detector are combined by the controller or the plurality of additional modules to generate a combined image for display on the display.07-25-2013
20130194432IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF IMPROVING IMAGE QUALITY OF IMAGED IMAGE - An apparatus includes: an infrared light source configured to emit an infrared light within a specific wavelength band; an imaging element configured to output a color signal which corresponds to an incident light; an optical filter configured to be always inserted into an optical path to the imaging element and attenuate an infrared light with a wavelength outside the specific wavelength band; and a color corrector configured to correct the color signal output from the imaging element and approximate spectral sensitivity characteristics of each color of the imaging element in the specific wavelength band of a wavelength band of an infrared light to human cone characteristics.08-01-2013
20130201342ESTIMATING A VISIBLE VECTOR REPRESENTATION FOR PIXELS IN AN INFRARED IMAGE - What is disclosed is a system and method for estimating color for pixels in an infrared image. In one embodiment, an infrared image is received which has been captured using a N-band infrared imaging system comprising a multi-spectral camera or a hyperspectral camera. The IR image is composed of an array of pixels with N intensity values having been collected for each pixel in the image. Then, for each pixel of interest, a search metric is used to search a database of vector samples to identify a visible-IR set which is closest to the intensity values of the IR band vector collected for the pixel. A visible vector representation is then estimated for the pixel based upon the visible portion corresponding to the closest visible-IR set. Thereafter, color coordinates for this pixel are computed from the visible vector. The method repeats for all pixels of interest in the IR image.08-08-2013
20130201343LENSELESS COMPRESSIVE IMAGE ACQUISITION - An exemplary lensless compressive imaging device may include a micro mirror array having a plurality of mirror elements that are individually controllable for selectively directing light reflecting from the micro mirror array. A detector detects light reflected from at least one of the mirror elements. A processor provides compressive image information based on the detected light.08-08-2013
20130100294SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING DIGITAL SIGNALS OF AN INFRARED IMAGE - A system and method are provided for processing digital signals of an infrared image. In a frame's backward-stroke, performing a differential weight accumulation process on an original column diagram data representing an original column diagram curve distribution of a current frame image, so as to filter overbright or overdark pixels, and output grayscale value data of a last frame image after being processed in a last frame's backward-stroke. In a frame's forward stroke, receiving the grayscale value data of the last frame image and performing a grayscale shift process in way of multi-meandering lines on the received grayscale value data, so as to perform different levels of brightness grayscale shift for the grayscale value data on bright or dark side, and output the processed grayscale value data of the last frame image. The present application can provide better scene adaptability for the infrared image.04-25-2013
20120075479Millimeter Wave Imaging Apparatus and Program - There is provided a millimeter wave imaging apparatus including: a lens antenna forming a subject image based on the millimeter waves from a subject; a line sensor including a plurality of millimeter wave sensors and capturing an image for one line of a predetermined width of the whole subject; a reflector having a reflecting surface reflecting millimeter waves; a reflection angle change device changing an angle of the reflecting surface; an image generation device generating an image of the whole subject from the respective subject images for one line; a millimeter wave radiation unit radiating a reference millimeter wave; a correction value setting device setting correction values with respect to the detected values by the millimeter wave sensors based on the millimeter wave from the millimeter wave radiation unit; and a detected value correction device correcting the detected values by the millimeter wave sensors with the correction values.03-29-2012
20120075478Image Sensor, Method Thereof And Devices Having The Same - An image sensor is provided. The image sensor includes an active pixel configured to pass wavelengths of light and generate an image signal corresponding to the passed wavelengths of light, a first optical black pixel configured to generate a first optical black signal by blocking the light by metal, and a second optical black pixel configured to generate a second optical black signal by blocking the light by a light blocking element.03-29-2012
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