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348180000 - MONITORING, TESTING, OR MEASURING

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20130044222IMAGE EXPOSURE USING EXCLUSION REGIONS - Calculating a gain setting for a primary image sensor includes receiving a test-matrix of pixels from a test image sensor, and receiving a first-frame matrix of pixels from a primary image sensor. A gain setting is calculated for the primary image sensor using the first-frame matrix of pixels except those pixels imaging one or more exclusion regions identified from the test matrix of pixels.02-21-2013
20130083204SELF TEST OF IMAGE SIGNAL CHAIN WHILE RUNNING IN STREAMING MODE - An imager including a self test mode. The imager includes a pixel array for providing multiple pixel output signals via multiple columns; and a test switch for (a) receiving a test signal from a test generator and (b) disconnecting a pixel output signal from a column of the pixel array. The test switch provides the test signal to the column of the pixel array. The test signal includes a test voltage that replaces the pixel output signal. The test signal is digitized by an analog-to digital converter (ADC) and provided to a processor. The processor compares the digitized test signal to an expected pixel output signal. The processor also interpolates the output signal from a corresponding pixel using adjacent pixels, when the test switch disconnects the pixel output signal from the column of the pixel array.04-04-2013
20100165116CAMERA WITH DYNAMIC CALIBRATION AND METHOD THEREOF - A camera with dynamic calibration and a method thereof is provided. The camera is first subject to an initial calibration. Then, a motion amount of the camera is calculated, and a plurality of motion amount estimation samples of the camera is generated according to the motion amount. Then, a weight of each of the motion amount estimation samples is calculated. Thereafter, the plurality of motion amount estimation samples is re-sampled based on the weights, and the camera is calibrated by the re-sampled estimated motion samples.07-01-2010
20120162441CAMERA CALIBRATION APPARATUS AND METHOD USING PARALLELOGRAMS IN IMAGE AND MULTI-VIEW CONTROL - Disclosed herein is a camera calibration apparatus. The camera calibration apparatus includes an image reception unit and a camera calibration unit. The image reception unit receives images, in which a same background is captured, from respective cameras placed at locations which are different from each other. The camera calibration unit calculates an entire matrix using canonic topographies for all parallelograms located on respective surfaces which are different from each other within each of the images, and calculates infinite hymnographies between the cameras using the entire matrix at the same time.06-28-2012
20120169886SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TESTING APERTURE OF IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE - In a method for testing an aperture of the image capturing device, a brightness value range of images is divided into a plurality of range intervals, and one of the range intervals is determined for testing the aperture. A brightness value of a current image captured by the image capturing device is calculated. A diameter of the aperture is controlled to increase or decrease to change the brightness value of the current image to be within the determined range interval, if the brightness value is not within the determined range interval. After the brightness of the current is changed to be within the determined range interval, if the brightness value of the current image has been changed during a predetermined time period, it is determined that the aperture does not work normally.07-05-2012
20130076914METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ASSESSMENT OF OPERATOR PERFORMANCE ON AN IMAGING SYSTEM - A method for assessing performance of an operator of an imaging system is provided. The method comprises acquiring operator identification information, and acquiring time taken by the operator for initializing the imaging system for an image acquisition, wherein initializing the imaging system comprises at least one activity, and wherein initializing the imaging system is accomplished before a subject to be imaged is exposed for imaging.03-28-2013
20130044223METHOD FOR TESTING AN IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE - A method for testing an image capturing device with quality parameters includes providing a predetermined criteria for the variations in images and quality parameters corresponding to a specific target-object, capturing a test image corresponding to the same target object by an image capturing device to be tested, and retrieving a standardized image and a test image located at the same position by a standard image unit and a test image unit, respectively, thereby comparing quality parameters of the standard image unit and the test image unit on the same position to accurately detect and determine any abnormity in the image capturing device.02-21-2013
20080266400Testing system and testing method - A testing system including an image sensor, a transformer, and a display device is disclosed. The image sensor generates an image signal according to a light source. The transformer transforms the image signal into a processing signal. The display device displays a frame according to the processing signal.10-30-2008
20130033608IMAGE SHARPNESS CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM - A method for predicting whether a test image (02-07-2013
20100097477Method of detecting defects in image sensor, tester for the method, and control signal generator for the method - A method of detecting defects in an image sensor that may occur from a floating diffusion area of the image sensor, a tester using the method, and a control signal generator using the method include a photo diode generating charges corresponding to an image signal; a transmission transistor having a first terminal connected to a the photodiode and a second terminal connected to a floating diffusion area, thereby transmitting the charges generated in the photo diode to the floating diffusion area in response to a charge transmission control signal; and a reset transistor having a first terminal applied by a reset voltage and a second transistor connected to the floating diffusion area, thereby transmitting the reset voltage to the floating diffusion area in response to a reset control signal. The reset transistor is turned on during at least one sampling zone selected between reset level sampling and signal level sampling that are performed with respect to the image sensor.04-22-2010
20090201374WHITE BALANCE CALIBRATION FOR DIGITAL CAMERA DEVICE - This disclosure describes automatic self-calibration techniques for digital camera devices. In one aspect, a method for performing a calibration procedure in a digital camera device comprises initiating the calibration procedure when a camera sensor of the digital camera device is operating, accumulating data for the calibration procedure, the data comprising one or more averages of correlated color temperature (CCT) associated with information captured by the camera sensor, calculating one or more CCT vectors based on the one or more averages of CCT, and generating gray point correction factors based on the one or more CCT vectors.08-13-2009
20130027564METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR RAPID VERIFICATION OF IMAGING SYSTEMS - Imaging systems may be provided with image sensors having verification circuitry. Verification circuitry may be configured to verify proper operation of the image sensor during operation. Verification circuitry may include one or more switchable voltage contacts configured to generate a voltage drop across a power supply network of a pixel array during verification operations. Verification circuitry may include a controllable voltage supply coupled to the power supply network of the pixel array. Verification image data may be generated by applying the voltage drop or by using the controllable voltage supply to supply a different supply voltage to each row of pixels prior to readout of that row. Verification image data may be read out using the same circuitry that is used to readout imaging data. Based on a comparison of the verification data with a predetermined standard, imaging systems may continue to operate normally or corrective action may be taken.01-31-2013
20130027566IMAGING SYSTEMS WITH VERIFICATION CIRCUITRY FOR MONITORING STANDBY LEAKAGE CURRENT LEVELS - Imaging systems may be provided with image sensors having verification circuitry. Verification circuitry may be configured to continuously or occasionally verify that the image sensor is functioning properly. For example, verification circuitry may be configured to monitor levels of leakage current during standby mode. Verification circuitry may be coupled between a power supply and circuitry that is powered by that power supply. When the imaging system is in standby mode, circuitry associated with the imaging system such as pixel circuitry may draw a standby leakage current. Verification circuitry may be configured to measure the amount of standby leakage current drawn by associated imaging system circuitry. If the measured level of standby leakage current exceeds a maximum acceptable level of standby leakage current, a warning signal may be generated. Standby leakage current levels on multiple power supply lines may be monitored with associated verification circuitry.01-31-2013
20130027565IMAGE SENSORS WITH DARK PIXELS FOR REAL-TIME VERIFICATION OF IMAGING SYSTEMS - An imaging system may include an array of image pixels. The array of image pixels may be provided with one or more rows and columns of optically shielded dark image pixels. The dark image pixels may be used to produce verification image data that follows the same pixel-to-output data path of light-receiving pixels. The output signals from dark pixels may be continuously or intermittently compared with a set of expected output signals to verify that the imaging system is functioning properly. In some arrangements, verification image data may include a current frame number that is encoded into the dark pixels. The encoded current frame number may be compared with an expected current frame number. In other arrangements, dark pixels may be configured to have a predetermined pattern of conversion gain levels. The output signals may be compared with a “golden” image or other predetermined set of expected output signals.01-31-2013
20090059012Programmable digital black level calibration with feedback control - A programmable digital black level calibration circuit comprises a combining circuit, a digital programmable gain amplifier (PGA), and a black level feedback circuit. The combining circuit combines a digital image signal for optical black (OB) pixels and a feedback signal and outputs a digital PGA input signal. The PGA amplifies the digital PGA input signal by a PGA gain value and outputs a digital PGA output signal. The black level feedback circuit receives the digital PGA output signal and a target black level and in response outputs the feedback signal such that a black level of the OB pixels is calibrated with respect to the target black level. The programmable digital black level calibration circuit calibrates the black level in pure digital domain using signed data buses. The target black level is adjustable to a desired positive or negative value independent from the PGA gain value.03-05-2009
20130070107System and Method for Measuring Accuracy of Focus - A reliable and repeatable accuracy of focus measurement device to measure the focus accuracy of cameras. The measurement device includes a frame having a substantially planar front face with a focusing target located thereon, and at least one depth-of-field ruler coupled to the frame with a transverse axis falling within a front face plane and a long axis that is angularly adjustable with respect to the front face plane.03-21-2013
20130070108METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT FOR MULTI-CAMERA CALIBRATION - A method for determining calibration data for at least two cameras (camera03-21-2013
20090316002Image-capturing system diagnostic device, image-capturing system diagnostic program product and image-capturing device for monitoring foreign matter - An image-capturing system diagnostic device includes: an image acquisition unit that obtains an image; and a monitoring unit that monitors a quantity of foreign matter present in an optical path by generating defect information indicating a defect at pixels caused by the foreign matter in the optical path based upon the image obtained by the image acquisition unit and calculating an areal ratio of defective pixels in the image based upon the defect information having been generated and issues a warning for a photographer if the areal ratio of the defective pixels exceeds a predetermined value.12-24-2009
20090219396CALIBRATION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR IMAGING DEVICES AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - The present invention relates to calibration of camera parameters for converting a world coordinate system, which indicates a position in the real space, to a coordinate used in an image and vice versa. The apparatus according to the invention has a detection unit, which determines corresponding pixel pairs from the captured image and the model image and outputs corresponding data indicating determined pixel pairs, and a selection unit, which selects pixel pairs to be left in the corresponding data and removes data related to an unselected pixel pair from the corresponding data for generating selected corresponding data. The apparatus further has a calculation unit, which calculates camera parameters based on the selected corresponding data.09-03-2009
20090303330RADIOMETRIC CALIBRATION USING TEMPORAL IRRADIANCE MIXTURES - A method of calibrating a brightness value measured by a camera with an amount of light received by the camera includes creating a series of measurements, wherein for each measurement the amount of light received at an image plane in the camera is controlled to be a known ratio of two opposed irradiance values: a high irradiance value and a low irradiance value. Each ratio is correlated with the brightness value measured by the camera. A function is obtained describing the correlation.12-10-2009
20090040312CALIBRATION APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF - A device includes a monitor arranged in a field of view of a camera whose three-dimensional position in the three-dimensional reference coordination system is fixed, and a calculating unit provided in the monitor and configured to display a camera image shot by a camera on a screen of the monitor in a recursive structure by shooting a basic square whose three-dimensional position in the three-dimensional reference coordination system is fixed and a monitor screen including the basic square by the camera and obtain a posture matrix of the camera on the basis of the three-dimensional position of the basic square, the two-dimensional image positions of the basic square in the camera image displayed on the monitor in the recursive structure and the focal distance of the camera.02-12-2009
20090268035Multiple frame grabber - A system is presented that applies M×N×K computational units to calculating image parameters on N picture images captured simultaneously by N digital camera devices, where there are N groups of frame grabber units, each containing M frame grabbers in which there are K computational units. The data operated on by a computational unit is separate and independent from the image data operated on by the other computational units. This results in a performance speedup of M×N×K compared to one computational unit making the same computations. A master frame grabber unit controls the illumination of the N digital camera devices, and synchronizes the illumination with the clocks of the N digital camera devices.10-29-2009
20120224069CALIBRATION APPARATUS, A DISTANCE MEASUREMENT SYSTEM, A CALIBRATION METHOD AND A CALIBRATION PROGRAM - A disclosed calibration apparatus is configured to receive inputs of two reference images and plural items of parallax data, these two reference images being captured by one of the imaging devices at two locations, and the parallax data being calculated using these two reference images and two corresponding images based on positions of plural feature points common to the reference image and the corresponding image for each pair thereof on a location basis, two corresponding images being captured by another of the imaging devices at these two locations; search for plural feature points common to these two reference images; calculate parallaxes and parallax changing amounts, based on the parallax data related to the respective feature points in these two reference images, for each of the searched feature points; and calculate a correction value for the parameter based on the calculated parallaxes and parallax changing amounts.09-06-2012
20130063607METHOD IN WHICH CAMERA MODULE TRANSFERS IMAGE DATA AND COMPUTER THEREFOR - A camera system that transfers static image data while reducing power consumption is provided. A static image application issues a frame transfer command at a certain transfer period to a camera module. In each transfer period, the camera module wakes up from a suspend state and generates static image data. After the end of the transfer, the camera module transitions to the suspend state. The camera module is able to transition to the suspend state at each transfer period and thus is able to reduce power consumption.03-14-2013
20100259624METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CALIBRATING VIDEO CAMERA - A method for calibrating the video camera includes: obtaining the internal and external parameters of the video camera according to a reference template; recording data of a reference object in the scene; obtaining images of the reference object from at least two perspectives; and obtaining the internal and external parameters of the video camera according to the recorded data of the reference object. An apparatus for calibrating the video camera includes: a preliminary calibration unit, configured to obtain the internal and external parameters of the video camera according to a reference template, and record the data of a reference object in the scene; a recalibration unit, configured to obtain images of the reference object from at least two perspectives, and obtain the internal and external parameters of the video camera according to the recorded data of the reference object. The invention is applicable to various scenes and features simple operations.10-14-2010
20120147196CALIBRATION METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR OPTICAL IMAGING LENS SYSTEM WITH DOUBLE OPTICAL PATHS - This invention provides a calibration method and a corresponding apparatus for optical imaging lens system with double optical paths. The apparatus for optical imaging lens system with double optical paths comprises a first optical subsystem, a second optical subsystem and a calibration module. The calibration module receives a first image data from the first optical subsystem and a second image data from the second optical subsystem. The calibration module calibrates the first image data according to at least one selected optical parameter of the second optical subsystem, and calibrates the second image data according to at least one selected optical parameter of the first optical subsystem. The selected optical parameters of the first optical subsystem and the second optical subsystem are different.06-14-2012
20110122257GEOLOCATION OF OBJECTS IN AN AREA OF INTEREST - A system comprises a plurality of fixed cameras that each having a field of regard. Each point within an area of interest is covered by the field of regard of at least two of the cameras. Each camera captures an image of its field of regard and a plurality of calibration points within the area of interest. A processor calibrates the imaging system by at least associating the coordinates of each of the plurality of calibration points with a calibration pixel corresponding to an image of the calibration point in the image of each of the cameras. The processor geolocates the object of interest within the area of interest by at least comparing the location an image of the object of interest to the calibration pixels in the images generated by each of the plurality of cameras.05-26-2011
20120293667INTRINSIC FEATURE-BASED POSE MEASUREMENT FOR IMAGING MOTION COMPENSATION - Systems and methods for generating motion corrected tomographic images are provided. A method includes obtaining first images of a region of interest (ROI) to be imaged and associated with a first time, where the first images are associated with different positions and orientations with respect to the ROI. The method also includes defining an active region in the each of the first images and selecting intrinsic features in each of the first images based on the active region. Second, identifying a portion of the intrinsic features temporally and spatially matching intrinsic features in corresponding ones of second images of the ROI associated with a second time prior to the first time and computing three-dimensional (3D) coordinates for the portion of the intrinsic features. Finally, the method includes computing a relative pose for the first images based on the 3D coordinates.11-22-2012
20100171837VARYING CAMERA SELF-DETERMINATION BASED ON SUBJECT MOTION - In a method and digital camera, an initial set of evaluation images are captured. A plurality of characteristics of the initial set of evaluation images are assessed to provide a first assessment. The characteristics include subject motion between the initial set of evaluation images. When the subject motion is in excess of a predetermined threshold, a final capture state of the camera is set responsive to the first assessment. When the subject motion is less than the predetermined threshold, the evaluation images are analyzed to provide analysis results and the final capture state of the camera is set responsive to the first assessment and the analysis results.07-08-2010
20110279685METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR AUTOMATIC OBJECTS LOCALIZATION - A method for automatic localization of objects in a mask. The method includes building a dictionary of atoms, wherein each atom models the presence of one object at one location and iteratively determining the atom of said dictionary which is best correlated with said mask, until ending criteria are met. The invention system concerns also automatically detects objects in a mask. At least one fixed camera is provided for acquiring video frames. A computation device is used for calibrating at least one fixed camera for extracting foreground silhouettes in each acquired video frames for discretizing said ground plane into a non-regular grid of potential location points for constructing a dictionary of atoms, and, for finding objects location points with the previous method. And a for propagating device is provided to propagate the result in at least one fixed camera view.11-17-2011
20100079598Robust Stereo Calibration System and Method for Accurate Digital Image Correlation Measurements - A stereo calibration method is proposed to calibrate an interface's shape and position when the measurement system is in one media and measures deformation and strain of an object that is submerged in a different media. After the interface's shape and position are modeled by parameters, an explicit model of object points as measurement is established taking account of refraction happening at the interface. Efficiency and convergence are assured by using measurement of object points to acquire initial estimates for refraction angles at the interface. Then, an optimization method is performed to get the optimized value of interface parameters. Last, based on the resulting interface parameters, 3-dimensional positions of object points in all the subsequent measurement could be reconstructed accurately. Therefore, the distortion induced by refraction in the measurement is corrected. Numerical simulations of the proposed calibration process confirm that it is both robust and accurate for a range of experimental conditions, even in the presence of Gaussian noise in the measurement.04-01-2010
20120086812DIGITAL CAMERA IMAGING EVALUATION MODULE - An operator friendly camera testing module is described. The camera testing module includes at least a color shift evaluation unit and a color non-uniformity evaluation unit. The color shift evaluation unit providing a color shift metric and the color non-uniformity evaluation unit providing a color non-uniformity metric each used to characterize a digital camera.04-12-2012
20110298934Method and Apparatus for Human Interface to a Machine Vision System - An apparatus and method are disclosed for setting up a vision system having a camera and a vision processor cooperative with the camera. The apparatus includes a gesture recognizer, a key recognizer, a breakout box having at least two signaling elements, and a setup control unit that is cooperative with the gesture recognizer, the key recognizer, and the breakout box. The combination of using a key and a gesture set as herein described is substantially superior, as compared with known user interfaces for setting up a vision system that has been previously been engineered, in terms of low-cost, convenience, ease-of-use, simplicity, and speed.12-08-2011
20110285858DYNAMIC CALIBRATION METHOD FOR SINGLE AND MULTIPLE VIDEO CAPTURE DEVICES - The present invention discloses a dynamic calibration method for a single and multiple video capture devices. The present invention can acquire the variations of the pan angle and tilt angle of a single video capture device according to the displacement of the feature points between successive images. For a plurality of video capture devices, the present invention includes the epipolar-plane constraint between a plurality of video capture devices to achieve the goal of dynamical calibration. The calibration method in the present invention does not require specific calibration patterns or complicated correspondence of feature points, and can be applied to surveillance systems with wide-range coverage.11-24-2011
20110285857OPTICAL TESTING APPARATUS AND TESTING METHOD THEREOF - An optical testing apparatus can be operated according to a testing method to test quality of an imaging module of an electronic device. The optical testing apparatus includes a projector, a temperature control device, a processor, and a controller. The controller can control the imaging module to capture an image from the projector and transmit the captured image to the processor. The processor processes the captured image to determine the quality of the imaging module.11-24-2011
20120026341AUTO IRIS LENS CALIBRATION DEVICE AND METHOD - An iris calibration device includes one or more groups of light sources, a microcontroller (MCU), and a display. The MCU connects to a system on chip (SoC) of a digital camera device. The digital camera device includes an iris lens. The MCU receives an “on” command or an “off” command from the SoC. The MCU turns on or turn off a group of light sources according to the “on” command or the “off” command The SoC adjusts the iris lens according to an average luminance of the one or more light sources sensed by a sensor of the digital camera device.02-02-2012
20090147086IMAGE-TAKING APPARATUS AND PROCESSING PROGRAM FOR THE IMAGE-TAKING APPARATUS - An image-taking apparatus, which can automatically adjust parameters relating to image-taking regardless of variations in manufacturing errors and adjustment errors, is disclosed. The image-taking apparatus takes images by using an image pickup element. The image-taking apparatus successively shifts a parameter relating to image-taking so as to include a reference value, and takes a plurality of images with the parameters different from each other. Furthermore, the image-taking apparatus stores information on the parameter corresponding to an image selected by a user among the plurality of images in a memory, and determines the parameter to be used for image-taking on the basis of information stored in the memory.06-11-2009
20120033087CALIBRATION TARGET DETECTION APPARATUS, CALIBRATION TARGET DETECTING METHOD FOR DETECTING CALIBRATION TARGET, AND PROGRAM FOR CALIBRATION TARGET DETECTION APPARATUS - There is disclosed a calibration target detection apparatus that can be obtained at a low cost and without increasing storage capacity, is the apparatus being provided with: a light measurement region setting unit for setting a long light measurement region; a light-measuring unit for detecting light measurement information of the light measurement region; a profile generation unit for generating a first profile, wherein the long light measurement region taking a predetermined one direction as a long direction is scanned along the other direction orthogonal to the one direction, and the change in the light measurement information in the other direction is shown; and a second profile, wherein the long light measurement region taking the other direction as the long direction is scanned along the one direction, and the change in the light measurement information in the one direction is shown; and a position calculation unit for calculating, on the basis of a characteristic point of the first and second profiles, a position of a calibration target or a position of a predetermined location of the calibration target, the calibration target being used for calibrating an onboard camera, and the calibration target being included in a captured image acquired by the onboard camera.02-09-2012
20090207253AUTOMATIC PHASE ADJUSTING APPARATUS - A digital imaging signal obtained by converting an image data obtained by an imaging element into a digital value for each pixel is inputted to an automatic phase adjusting apparatus, and the automatic phase adjusting apparatus adjusts phases of pulses to be used for imaging based on the inputted digital imaging signal. The automatic phase adjusting apparatus is provided with a brightness level detector for calculating a brightness level of the digital imaging signal for a plurality of pixels in a first pixel region, a variability calculator for calculating a variability value which indicates signal variability of the digital imaging signal for each pixel for a plurality of pixels in a second pixel region, and a timing adjuster for adjusting the phases of the pulses in accordance with calculation results obtained by the brightness level detector and the variability calculator.08-20-2009
20100265336Digital camera and method for testing the function of a digital camera - The invention refers to a digital camera 10-21-2010
20090273680AUTOMATIC FOCUS SYSTEM CALIBRATION FOR IMAGE CAPTURE SYSTEMS - Imaging systems and methods for calibrating imaging systems are provided. The imaging system has a body, a scene image capture system that captures images using a taking lens system that can be set to a plurality of different focus distances, and a rangefinder that is capable of determining a distance between the imaging system and at least one portion of a field of view of the talking lens system. The method comprises: automatically capturing a first calibration image of a first field of view through the taking lens system with the taking lens system set to a first focus distance setting; identifying a portion of the first calibration image having a predetermined degree of focus; using the rangefinder to determine a first calibration distance from the imaging device to the identified portion. A focus correlation is determined based upon the first calibration distance and the first focus distance setting.11-05-2009
20090273679APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CALIBRATING IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICES - An apparatus and method are disclosed for calibrating image capture devices, such as the type used in electronic devices. In some embodiments, the electronic device may include at least one array of pixels and a memory coupled to the at least one array of pixels. The electronic device may further include a central processing unit (CPU) coupled to the memory and at least one color filter optically coupled to the at least one array of pixels. The memory may further include one or more storage locations that include a response of the at least one color filter to one or more predetermined wavelengths from a target test source, as well as, one or more storage locations that include a response of one or more baseline color filters.11-05-2009
20100103270METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING ACCESS TO IMAGE SYSTEM SERVICES - A method and system according to the disclosure facilitates subscription based access to services for image systems including an image acquisition device configured to generate image data describing a target object in a target area of the image acquisition device and an image display device configured to generate a human perceptible rendering of the target object based on the image data.04-29-2010
20090167868Camera handling system - A test handler is controlled by a tester to transport, select, focus and test miniature digital camera modules. The modules are loaded onto a transport tray and moved on a conveyer to a robot. The robot selects the untested modules from the tray an alternately places the modules into two test stations. A first test station focuses and tests a first module while the second test station is loaded with a second module, thus burying the handling time for the modules within the test time. The robot returns tested modules to the transport tray, and when all modules on the tray are tested, moves the tray out of the test handler. A second tray with untested modules is positioned at the robot while the tested modules of the first tray are being focus fixed and sorted into part number bins. The overlap of operations buries handling time within the focus and test time so that the limitation of total test time is depending on focus and test operations.07-02-2009
20080303905Methods and apparatuses for non-optical pixel self test - Methods and apparatuses for non-optical testing of imaging devices having an array of pixels are provided. One or more pixels are tested by setting the photoconversion device and/or a floating diffusion region to a known voltage level that is different from that used to operate the pixel during non-test operation. The pixel is then sampled and compared to an expected value.12-11-2008
20080309767Sequential regression for calibration from residues - A system for and method of calibrating an imaging device efficiently is described herein. The imaging device acquires an image of an object that is more than one color. The information acquired is then transferred to a computing device. The information is then used to generate a set of data which represents information which was not acquired in the image. The set of data is generated based on statistical prediction using a training data set. Using acquired image information and the set of data, an imaging device is able to be calibrated. Since the process of calibration utilizing this method only requires one image to be acquired and a reduced set of image information to be sent to the computing device, the process is more efficient than previous implementations.12-18-2008
20080303906CAMERA CALIBRATING APPARATUS AND METHOD - A camera calibrating apparatus uses a calibration target in combination with a laser source generating a laser beam defining a calibration plane and intersecting the camera field of view to define an object imaging area. The calibration target includes a frame defining a coplanar arrangement of more than five reference points having known position coordinates within an object reference system. The frame is disposed in a camera calibration position wherein the coplanar arrangement of reference points is substantially parallel to the calibration plane. The target includes an arrangement of light reflecting members protruding from the arrangement of reference points in a direction substantially perpendicular thereto so as to extend within the object imaging area, to allow the camera to capture an image formed by illuminated portions of the light reflecting members. The apparatus further includes image processor means programmed on the basis a calibrated camera model to associate any position coordinates in the object reference system with corresponding position coordinates in an image reference system.12-11-2008
20090002495Method for Monitoring Set Parameters of a Motion-Picture Camera - A method for monitoring set parameters of a motion-picture camera is provided. Film images, which are extracted from a recording beam path of the motion-picture camera and which are converted into digital assist signals by an optoelectronic transducer are arranged in an assist beam path of the motion-picture camera. Digital assist signals are output to a processing unit with an image frequency matching the image recording frequency of the motion-picture camera or with an assist image frequency, to which processing unit recording, control and/or status signals of the motion-picture camera or of devices connected to the motion-picture camera are additionally fed as metadata. The processing unit analyzes digital assist images composed of the digital assist signals and outputs digital output data and control signals to control modules of the motion-picture camera and/or to a network, and/or as analog or digital video signals to a monitor connected to the processing unit.01-01-2009
20100141775Calibration of a surveying instrument - A method for calibrating a surveying instrument is disclosed, the survey instrument comprising a base element and a camera with an image sensor, the camera being rotatable about a vertical axis fixed with respect to said base element and being rotatable about a tilting axis, the tilting axis being rotated about the vertical axis with rotation of the camera about the vertical axis. In the method, data associated with calibration points and images of the calibration points on the image sensor captured in different faces are used, the data for each of said calibration points comprising distance data and the data for each of the images of each said calibration point comprising image position data and orientation data. Further, on the basis of the distance data for each of the calibration points and the image position and orientation data for each of the images of the calibration points the surveying instrument is calibrated simultaneously taking into account at least one optical property of the camera and at least one of the relative orientation of the vertical axis and the tilting axis and the orientation of the camera relative to one of the base element, the vertical axis and the tilting axis.06-10-2010
20090160944Camera flash module and method for controlling same - An auto-exposure algorithm for controlling a camera flash uses image processing to identify important areas of the image affected by the flash, while disregarding highly reflective/illuminated areas and uses a ND filter to linearize the flash triggering with highly reflective scenes. The camera flash is controlled by the auto-exposure algorithm in two stages:06-25-2009
20090066796Methods and Apparatus for Correcting Banding of Imaged Regular Patterns - A multi-channel imaging head is calibrated in accordance with a pre-determined regular pattern to minimize swath-to-swath and inter-swath variations during the imaging of the regular pattern. The imaging parameters of the imaging head are optimized in accordance with the pre-determined regular pattern.03-12-2009
20090051772ESTABLISHING AND MAINTAINING FOCUS IN SEGMENTED-OPTIC TELESCOPES - A multi-aperture interferometric optical system collects light propagating from a source of light and develops overlapping diffraction patterns on an optical detector that produces output signals for processing to automatically focus the optical system and form an image corresponding to the diffraction patterns. A preferred embodiment of the invention is a large aperture orbiting, earth-watching ring interferometric optical system configured such that there is no macro-structure pointing. Four mirror-ring structures direct incoming light to a multi-spectral primary optical detector that acquires light-pattern information to focus the optical system and derive an image.02-26-2009
20110141292METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MEASURING DEFLECTION ANGLE OF A CAMERA LENS - A system for measuring lens deflection of an electronic device includes a first shape, an image processing module, a first angle calculation module, and a second angle calculation module. The first shape is formed by edges of an ideal image captured that corresponds to a correctly mounted lens in the electronic device. The image processing module processes a currently captured image to acquire a second shape formed by edges of the present image. The first shape and the second shaped are imposed on each other. The first angle calculation module computes a first angle according to a rotation angle of the second shape relative to the first shape. A second angle calculation module computes a second angle according to a translating distance of the second shape relative to the first shape.06-16-2011
20110141291MULTI-PHASE BLACK LEVEL CALIBRATION METHOD AND SYSTEM - Multi-phase black level calibration (BLC) methods and systems are generally disclosed. According to one embodiment of the present invention, an image sensor comprises a pixel sensor array, a timing generator, and a front-end processing block. The front-end processing block also includes a first summing junction, a first BLC block, and a second BLC block. According to a first timing signal from the timing generator, the first BLC block is configured to iteratively generate a first calibration signal in a first phase based on a first set of adjusted black level signals associated with a first set of black pixels, a changing accumulator step, and a predetermined condition associated with a first target black level. According to a second timing signal from the timing generator, the second BLC block is configured to generate a second calibration signal for a second summing junction to apply to an image signal associated with one or more active pixels in the frame in a second phase.06-16-2011
20110228103IMAGE CAPTURE ENVIRONMENT CALIBRATION METHOD AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS - In a method of calibrating an image capture environment based on a captured image obtained by capturing an image of a physical space by an image capturing unit that captures the image of the physical space, an image of the physical space is captured using the image capturing unit, an index serving as a reference for calibration is detected from the captured image of the physical space, the position and orientation of the image capturing unit are calculated from the detected index, and image capturing unit unique information, geometric information associated with the physical space, or the relationship between the image capturing unit and the physical space is calibrated using the obtained data.09-22-2011
20110228102SHAKE MEASUREMENT SYSTEM, SHAKE MEASUREMENT METHOD, AND IMAGING DEVICE - A shake measurement system (09-22-2011
20130215280CAMERA CALIBRATION DEVICE, CAMERA AND CAMERA CALIBRATION METHOD - An object of the present invention is to provide a camera calibration device, enabling a single operation of camera calibration by using a calibration index, a camera and a camera calibration method. A camera calibration device (08-22-2013
20090096873Method and System for Processing an Image for Testing a Cdd/Cmos Sensor - According to a first aspect, the invention concerns an image sensor test system (04-16-2009
20090316003PINNED-CONTACT OSCILLATING LIQUID LENS AND IMAGING SYSTEM - An oscillating liquid lens and imaging system and method employing the lens are provided. The liquid lens includes a substrate with a channel opening extending therethrough between a first and second surface. A liquid drop is disposed within the channel and is sized with a first droplet portion, including a first capillary surface, protruding away from the first surface, and a second droplet portion, including a second capillary surface, protruding away from the second surface. The liquid lens further includes an oscillator operatively coupled to either the first droplet portion or the second droplet portion for oscillating the liquid drop within the channel. The imaging system, in addition to the oscillating liquid lens, also includes an image sensor coupled to an image path which passes through the first and second droplet portions for capturing one or more images through the oscillating liquid drop.12-24-2009
20100259622Determination of need to service a camera based on detection of blemishes in digital images - A method of automatically determining a need to service a digital image acquisition system including a digital camera with a lens assembly includes analyzing pixels within one or more acquired digital images according to probability determinations that such pixels correspond to blemish artifacts. It is automatically determined whether a threshold distribution of blemish artifacts is present within one or more of the digital images. A need for service is indicated when at least the threshold distribution is determined to be present.10-14-2010
20100188513SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING CONNECTIONS WITHIN AN ANALOG VIDEO SYSTEM - The invention relates to a system and method for monitoring connection performance within a network. In one embodiment, the invention is implemented by analyzing an array of status bits outputted by an analog to digital video decoder. By storing and statistically analyzing an array of status information units, the person monitoring the network can quickly and efficiently be notified of a connection problem, such as a degrading connection resulting in an intermittent signal. In another embodiment, the system and method are implemented by analyzing an array of time stamps outputted when processing frames of video from an analog video camera.07-29-2010
20100259623Intelligent light source with synchronization with a digital camera - An intelligent light source for use with the test of a digital camera module provides a plurality of shapes of light. A fast light pulse is created with turn-on and turn-off transitions less than or equal to one microsecond. Other waveform shapes comprise a ramp and a sinusoid, and all shapes can be made to occur once or repetitively. The magnitude of the light has a range from 0.01 LUX to 1000 LUX, and the ramp has a ramp time that has a range from microseconds to 100 ms. The light comprises of a plurality of colors created by serial connected strings of LED devices, where the LED devices in a string emit the same color. The light emanating from the light source is calibrated using a photo diode and the control of a tester by adjusting offset voltages of a DAC controlling a current through the LED strings.10-14-2010
20080231710METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CAMERA CALIBRATION, AND VEHICLE - A camera calibration apparatus has a parameter deriver adapted to find parameters for projecting images shot with N cameras (where N is an integer of 3 or more) onto a predetermined surface and merging the images together. The N cameras comprise a first camera, a second camera, . . . and an N-th camera. The i-th camera (where i is every integer between 1 and N, inclusive) shares a common shooting area with at least one of the other (N−1) cameras, so that there are a plurality of such common shooting areas in total. The parameter deriver finds the parameters based on the results of the shooting of the calibration patterns arranged in the common shooting areas with the corresponding cameras. The calibration patterns are arranged separate from one another.09-25-2008
20090213224Fast Imaging System Calibration - Systems and methods are disclosed for calibrating an imaging system comprising a processing unit communicatively coupled to one or more imaging devices. The imaging system may also include a display. In an embodiment, a sequence of display features are displayed on a display, and imaged by the imaging device or devices. Spatial data is compiled related to the display features and the corresponding image features. In an embodiment, the display, imaging device or device, or both may be repositioned and another sequence of display features may be presented and the spatial data compiled. Using optimization and calibration techniques, the compiled spatial data may be used to obtain one or more internal imaging device parameters, one or more external parameters, or both.08-27-2009
20130128056ESTIMATING SENSOR SENSITIVITY - A method, system, and computer-readable storage medium for determining an estimate of sensor sensitivity associated with an image. A noise level of an image is determined, then an estimate of sensor sensitivity associated with the image is automatically determined, e.g., by a trained classifier based on the determined noise level. Additionally, the sensor sensitivity estimate can be used to determine scene brightness.05-23-2013
20120242839IMAGE SENSOR CALIBRATION SYSTEM AND METHOD - A calibration apparatus includes a calibration target such as a checkerboard, a frame configured to hold the checkerboard in place, a rotatable socket connected at one end to the frame, a stand which is connected to another end of the rotatable socket, a height adjusting portion connected at one end to the stand, and a platform connected to another end of the stand. The checkerboard can be tilted and moved to a particular distance and orientation with respect to an image system to be calibrated by the calibration apparatus. A method of identifying outlier images in the camera parameter estimation process, by using estimated 3D positions of the checkerboard compared with ground truth values.09-27-2012
20110128388CAMERA CALIBRATION SYSTEM AND COORDINATE DATA GENERATION SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF - A camera calibration system including a coordinate data generation device and a coordinate data recognition device is provided. The coordinate data generation device generates a plurality of map coordinate data corresponding to a plurality of real positions in a real scene. The coordinate data recognition device receives an image plane of the real scene from a camera to be calibrated and receives the map coordinate data from the coordinate data generation device. Besides, the coordinate data recognition device recognizes image positions corresponding to the real positions in the image plane and calculates image coordinate data corresponding to the image positions. Moreover, the coordinate data recognition device calculates a coordinate transform matrix corresponding to the camera according to the image coordinate data and the map coordinate data. Thereby, the camera calibration system can finish the calibration of the camera quickly.06-02-2011
20100302379METHOD FOR TESTING CAMERA FUNCTION OF ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A method is provided for testing a camera function of an electronic device. The electronic device communicates with a testing device. The method comprises the following steps. Parameters are configured by a parameter module of the electronic device. A camera of the electronic device takes pictures according to the configured parameters. The pictures and the configured parameters are sent to the testing device by a sending module of the electronic device. The pictures and the configured parameters are received by a receiving module of the testing device. Parameters of the pictures are got by a judging module of the testing device, and the judging module judges whether the parameters are identical to the configured parameters.12-02-2010
20100315514IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING CONTROL METHOD - An imaging apparatus includes: an imaging optical system including a focus lens; an imaging element generates an image indicating an object image; a lens drive device which moves the focus lens along an optical axis direction of the imaging optical system; an evaluation value calculation device which calculates an evaluation value of a contrast for each of a plurality of evaluation value calculation areas while moving the focus lens; a point light source presence/absence determination device which determines a presence or absence of a point light source in a specific region of the image; an area selection device which selects a focusing determination area based on the presence or absence of the point light source; and a focusing control device which determines the focusing position of the focus lens based on the evaluation value in the focusing determination area and moves the focus lens to the focusing position.12-16-2010
20100315513Method And Apparatus For Compressive Imaging Device Having Startle Reflex - A method and apparatus for new digital image/video camera that directly acquires random projections of the incident light field without first collecting the pixels/voxels and has a startle reflex. The startle reflex is achieved by collecting a training set of samples while operating the imaging device at the low sampling rate, computing an empirical probability distribution of the training set of samples, collecting a testing set of samples while operating the imaging device at the low sampling rate, computing an empirical probability distribution of the testing set of samples, computing an empirical entropy test statistic, and capturing an image at the high sampling rate in response to the computed empirical entropy statistic exceeding a threshold.12-16-2010
20090141131Calibrating method of image measuring instrument - An image measuring instrument includes: a CCD camera having an objective lens; an orientation changer that changes an imaging direction; a movement mechanism that relatively moves the CCD camera and a workpiece for auto-focusing the objective lens; and a position detector for detecting a position of the CCD camera. A calibration method includes: a preparation step for preparing a reference gauge having a sphere of which radius is sized not more than a focus depth of the objective lens, a surface of the sphere defining a reference surface; an orientation-changing step for changing the imaging direction; a focus-adjusting step for focusing the objective lens on the reference surface using the auto-focusing of the movement mechanism; and a position-detecting step for detecting the position information of the imaging unit by the position detector, thereby calibrating the position of the CCD camera.06-04-2009
20110115921Context Constrained Novel View Interpolation - Aspects of the present invention include systems and methods for generating a novel view interpolation. In embodiments, feature correspondences and geometrical contexts are used to find additional correspondences based on the assumption of the local linear transformation. The accuracy and the number of correspondence matches may be improved by iterative refinement. Having obtained a set of correspondences, a novel view image can be generated.05-19-2011
20090033747Method and System for Monitoring Quality of Live Video Feed From Multiple Cameras - A method and system for monitoring the quality of video cameras automatically performs one or more tests on a current image received from each of the cameras. The cameras are connected to a network, such as the Internet, and are generally of different types and are owned and/or operated by various entities. A current image from each of the cameras is evaluated using image processing techniques so that a human need not have to view the camera imagery when an initial evaluation is made. Evaluation parameters may include such things as whether a camera is outputting a predefined error image, an image whose brightness is bad, or an image with bad hues. The status of each camera on a network is stored along with a snapshot of the image from which an evaluation was made and a time stamp. The data are made available to the operator of the camera for maintenance and other purposes.02-05-2009
20110096170System and Method for Video Quality Parametric Tests - A method and system for automatically evaluating the quality of a signal transmitted by an imaging device. The amount of noise in the video signal is analyzed using an algorithm that does not require comparison to a template signal. The results of the algorithm determine whether the signal meets a pre-determined threshold value for signal quality.04-28-2011
20090153669METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CALIBRATING CAMERA WITH RECTIFICATION HOMOGRAPHY OF IMAGED PARALLELOGRAM - A method for calibrating a camera including (a) obtaining a two-dimensional (2D) homography that maps each of parallelograms projected onto images taken by two arbitrary cameras into a rectangle, wherein the 2D homography is defined as a rectification homography and wherein new cameras that have virtual images are defined as rectified cameras and a new infinite homography is generated between the two rectified cameras, the virtual images being transformed from original images by the rectification homography; (b) obtaining an original infinite homography by using the correlations among the new infinite homography, the rectification homography and the original infinite homography; and (c) obtaining intrinsic camera parameters based on the correlation between the original infinite homography and the intrinsic camera parameters, thereby calibrating the camera.06-18-2009
20090027504System and method for calibrating a camera - A method of calibrating a camera includes capturing a set of dark images at each of a plurality of different exposure settings, thereby generating a plurality of sets of dark images. Each set of dark images is averaged, thereby generating a fixed pattern noise image corresponding to each one of the exposure settings. The method includes determining fixed pattern noise for at least one pixel of the camera based on an exposure setting of the camera and at least one of the fixed pattern noise images.01-29-2009
20110074961SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TESTING A DIGITAL CAMERA MODULE - A method for testing a digital camera module reads a digital image from the digital camera module under test, extracts a tricolor coefficient of each pixel of the digital image to form a measurement array, and compares the measurement array with a reference array to find tricolor coefficient differences. The method extracts an edge of the digital image, processes the edge of the digital image using binarization to obtain measurement binary values, and compares the measurement binary values with reference binary values to find binary values differences. The method further compares a count of the tricolor coefficient differences with a first acceptable value, and compares a count of the binary values differences with a second acceptable value to determine quality of the digital camera module.03-31-2011
20110001832CIRCUITS AND METHODS FOR CALIBRATING LENS DISPLACEMENT - Embodiments of the present invention include circuits and methods for calibrating lens displacement in a voltage controlled actuator. In one embodiment, a calibration circuit comprises a programmable voltage source that provides a voltage to a control terminal of an actuator to set a lens displacement, a switch that selectively decouples said programmable voltage source from said control terminal, a current source that provides a reference current to said control terminal when the control terminal is decoupled from said programmable voltage source, a comparator that senses a voltage difference between said programmable voltage source and said control terminal, and a timer coupled to an output of the comparator. The timer measures a time period required to increase the control terminal voltage. The capacitance of the actuator may be determined and used to calibrate the position of a lens.01-06-2011
20100271489Imaging unit, apparatus comprising an imaging unit, a system, and methods for calibrating an imaging apparatus - An apparatus includes an electronic imaging module, a calibration memory including stored calibration data indicative of specific characteristics of said electronic imaging module, and at least one register including stored allocation data indicative of composition of said stored calibration data.10-28-2010
20100085434Spectrophotometers and systems therefor - A handheld device and system ins disclosed in which the device has a wide reading head with a narrow optical slot. The reader is used to read color patches on a target or the color output of a printer or other color reproducing device in which the colors to be measured are presented as a number of patches on a target. The light from the sensor is collimated and diffracted and focused onto a sensor for providing electrical signals indicative of the sensed patch. Repeated images of each test patch are taken and sent to the sensor. The output of the sensor is computed by on board electronics and an external computer to determine each color being measured.04-08-2010
20100321506CALIBRATION TECHNIQUES FOR CAMERA MODULES - A set of calibration procedures that can be run to assist in calibrating a camera module, such as may be intended for installation into a mobile consumer device. The procedures include lens shading calibration, white balance calibration, light source color temperature calibration, auto focus macro calibration, static defect pixel calibration, and mechanical shutter delay calibration. The light source color temperature calibration may be performed to assist in the other calibrations, each of which may generate data that can be potentially be stored in non-volatile memory on board the camera module for use during operation.12-23-2010
20080204560METHOD FOR COMPENSATING HARDWARE MISALIGNMENTS IN A CAMERA - A method for compensating hardware misalignments in a camera is presented. The camera includes a maneuverable part and a fixed part, and the maneuverable part is controlled by a steering motor system. In a first step of the method mechanical coordinates from the steering motor system is received, wherein the mechanical coordinates correspond to a pan and tilt position, the pan and tilt position having a complementary pan and tilt position. Next, pre-determined calibration data corresponding to the received mechanical coordinates is read from a memory wherein the pre-determined calibration data describes a relationship between a pan and tilt position and a complementry pan and tilt position, and then compensated coordinates are determined based upon the received mechanical coordinates and the pre-determined calibration data.08-28-2008
20110134253CAMERA CALIBRATION METHOD AND CAMERA CALIBRATION APPARATUS - With the distance between a reference plane and a line light source (06-09-2011
20110134254MEASURING AND CORRECTING LENS DISTORTION IN A MULTISPOT SCANNING DEVICE - The invention provides a method of determining the distortion of an imaging system (06-09-2011
20110261209DIGITAL IMAGING APPARATUS AND RELATED OBJECT INSPECTION SYSTEM - A digital imaging apparatus is disclosed including: a light source module; an image synchronization signal generator for generating an image synchronization signal; and a light source controller, coupled with the light source module and the image synchronization signal generator, for generating a light source control signal having a frequency corresponding to the image synchronization signal and synchronized with the image synchronization signal to control the light output of the light source module.10-27-2011
20110261208METHOD OF AUTOMATICALLY CALIBRATING A VISUAL PARAMETER FOR AN IMAGING DEVICE - A method of automatically calibrating a visual parameter, such as luminance or contrast, for an imaging device is disclosed. A ratio of visual parameter difference to lens position difference between two predetermined lens positions is pre-determined for a predetermined focal length. A target visual parameter is then obtained according to the pre-determined ratio, a current visual parameter and lens position difference between a current lens position and a target lens position. Finally, the current visual parameter is updated by the target visual parameter in an automatic mode.10-27-2011
20120147198RADIOMETRIC CALIBRATION FROM NOISE DISTRIBUTIONS - Technologies that enable correcting for the non-linear relationship between scene irradiance and digital pixel intensity values of an image of the scene produced by a camera. Imaging noise is used as a signal from which a corrective function is derived. Noise distributions from the image are evaluated to determine the radiometric response function of the camera, from which an inverse response function is computed and used for calibration.06-14-2012
20120147197METHOD AND DIGITAL VIDEO CAMERA FOR IMPROVING THE IMAGE QUALITY OF IMAGES IN A VIDEO IMAGE STREAM - A digital video camera performs a method to improve the image quality of captured images in a video image stream. The method includes capturing a first subset of images, outputting the images of the first subset of images as the video image stream, moving an image sensor and/or a lens of the digital video camera from a respective normal position to a respective test position before capturing an image of a second subset of images. The digital video camera captures a second subset of images interspersed with the first subset of images, compares image quality of the first subset of images with an image of the second subset of images, and determines if the image of the second subset of images exhibits improved image quality as compared with the image of the first subset of images. If so, an image quality improvement operation is initiated.06-14-2012
20100066838METHOD FOR CALIBRATING A STAGE-CAMERA SYSTEM, AND A STAGE-CAMERA SYSTEM - In a method for calibrating a stage-camera system, a travel distance of a stage is determined in a first coordinate system and an object displacement distance of at least one object is determined in a second coordinate system. A calibration measure for calibrating the coordinate systems is computed from the travel distance and the object displacement distance. The object displacement distance is determined by registering a calibration image with a reference image based on the at least one object. The method enables an automatic and accurate calibration of the stage-camera system.03-18-2010
20100194895Digital Image Acquisition Device with Built in Dust and Sensor Mapping Capability - A digital image acquisition device has an image acquisition sensor, a shutter, an aperture and optical elements for focusing an image on the sensor. The device includes a light source located in the body of the device. The light source is periodically activated with one of the aperture or shutter closed, and the device derives a map of defects on the surface of the sensor from a calibration image acquired by the sensor when illuminated by the light source.08-05-2010
20080291282Camera Calibration - Online camera calibration methods have been proposed whereby calibration information is extracted from the images that the system captures during normal operation and is used to continually update system parameters. However, such existing methods do not cope well with structure-poor scenes having little texture and/or 3D structure such as in a home or office environment. By considering camera families (a set of cameras that are manufactured at least partially in a common manner) it is possible to provide calibration methods which are suitable for use with structure-poor scenes. A prior distribution of camera parameters for a family of cameras is estimated and used to obtain accurate calibration results for individual cameras of the camera family even where the calibration is carried out online, in an environment which is structure-poor.11-27-2008
20120307077ALIGNMENT APPARATUS - An alignment apparatus for adjusting an image sensor is provided. The alignment apparatus includes a first stage, a second stage, a positioning aligned unit, and an adjustment unit. The second stage is floatingly disposed on the first stage. The image sensor is adapted to be disposed on the second stage. The positioning aligned unit connected between the first stage and the second stage constrains the second stage on a datum surface above the first stage. The positioning aligned unit coupled to the second stage drives the second stage to rotate along the datum surface.12-06-2012
20110149084Method for testing an optical apparatus - A method for testing an optic investigation system with a light source and an imaging device for the optic investigation of an object in remitted light and fluorescent light, where the light source is configured to generate illuminating light with a first predetermined illumination spectrum or with a second predetermined illumination spectrum, and where an observation beam path of the imaging device includes a first predetermined transmission spectrum or a second predetermined transmission spectrum, the imaging device is positioned with respect to a reference surface with an indicator area with a wavelength-dependent optical property, where the optical property essentially varies between a first focal point of a first product of a first predetermined illumination spectrum and the first predetermined transmission spectrum and a second focal point of a second product of the second predetermined illumination spectrum and the second predetermined transmission spectrum. The reference surface is illuminated with illuminating light from the light source. On the basis of the recorded image a determination is made as to which illumination spectrum and which transmission spectrum are present in the observation beam path on recording the image.06-23-2011
20090201376Apparatus for Calibrating an Optical Camera and/or an Infrared Camera - An apparatus is provided for calibrating an optical camera and/or an infrared camera, in particular an infrared tele-camera, that is/are arranged in a motor vehicle and that has a checkered appearance with first and second fields. In order to make the known apparatus suitable for a plurality of camera systems, it is suggested that the first fields are heated or cooled.08-13-2009
20090167869Camera handling system - A test handler is controlled by a tester to transport, select, focus and test miniature digital camera modules. The modules are loaded onto a transport tray and moved on a conveyer to a robot. The robot selects the untested modules from the tray an alternately places the modules into two test stations. A first test station focuses and tests a first module while the second test station is loaded with a second module, thus burying the handling time for the modules within the test time. The robot returns tested modules to the transport tray, and when all modules on the tray are tested, moves the tray out of the test handler. A second tray with untested modules is positioned at the robot while the tested modules of the first tray are being focus fixed and sorted into part number bins. The overlap of operations buries handling time within the focus and test time so that the limitation of total test time is depending on focus and test operations.07-02-2009
20120038779Multiple Frame Grabber - A system is presented that applies M×N×K computational units to calculating image parameters on N picture images captured simultaneously by N digital camera devices, where there are N groups of frame grabber units, each containing M frame grabbers in which there are K computational units. The data operated on by a computational unit is separate and independent from the image data operated on by the other computational units. This results in a performance speedup of M×N×K compared to one computational unit making the same computations. A master frame grabber unit controls the illumination of the N digital camera devices, and synchronizes the illumination with the clocks of the N digital camera devices.02-16-2012
20120098976RADIOMETRIC CALIBRATION USING TEMPORAL IRRADIANCE MIXTURES - A method of calibrating a brightness value measured by a camera with an amount of light received by the camera includes creating a series of measurements, wherein for each measurement the amount of light received at an image plane in the camera is controlled to be a known ratio of two opposed irradiance values: a high irradiance value and a low irradiance value. Each ratio is correlated with the brightness value measured by the camera. A function is obtained describing the correlation.04-26-2012
20120098975COLOR IMAGE SENSOR ARRAY WITH COLOR CROSSTALK TEST PATTERNS - An integrated circuit comprises a semiconductor substrate and a color image sensor array on the substrate. The color image sensor array has a first configuration of color pixels for collecting color image data, and at least one crosstalk test pattern on the substrate proximate the color image sensor array. The crosstalk test pattern includes a plurality of color sensing pixels arranged for making color crosstalk measurements. The test pattern configuration is different from the first configuration.04-26-2012
20110157373SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RUNTIME DETERMINATION OF CAMERA MISCALIBRATION - This invention provides a system and method for runtime determination (self-diagnosis) of camera miscalibration (accuracy), typically related to camera extrinsics, based on historical statistics of runtime alignment scores for objects acquired in the scene, which are defined based on matching of observed and expected image data of trained object models. This arrangement avoids a need to cease runtime operation of the vision system and/or stop the production line that is served by the vision system to diagnose if the system's camera(s) remain calibrated. Under the assumption that objects or features inspected by the vision system over time are substantially the same, the vision system accumulates statistics of part alignment results and stores intermediate results to be used as indicator of current system accuracy. For multi-camera vision systems, cross validation is illustratively employed to identify individual problematic cameras. The system and method allows for faster, less-expensive and more-straightforward diagnosis of vision system failures related to deteriorating camera calibration.06-30-2011
20120002057CAMERA CALIBRATION APPARATUS - A captured image including a preferential calibration index arranged in an exclusive region in a first plane and a non-preferential calibration index arranged in a common region is obtained. First, the coordinate position of the preferential calibration index is detected, and then the coordinate position of the non-preferential calibration index is calculated based on the positional relationship with the detected preferential calibration index. A homography between a captured-image surface of the image surface and the first plane is calculated based on the actual coordinate positions and the calculated coordinate positions representing the coordinates of at least four points, and camera calibration is performed using the homography.01-05-2012
20110096171FOCAL POINT ADJUSTING APPARATUS, IMAGE-TAKING APPARATUS, INTERCHANGEABLE LENS, CONVERSION COEFFICIENT CALIBRATING METHOD, AND CONVERSION COEFFICIENT CALIBRATING PROGRAM - A focal point adjusting apparatus comprises: a photoelectric converting unit that photoelectrically converts at least a pair of optical images and outputs at least a pair of image signals; a phase difference detecting unit that detects the phase difference between the pair of image signals that is output by the photoelectric conversion unit; a conversion unit that carries out the conversion of a phase difference that is detected by the phase difference detecting unit into a defocus amount by using a conversion coefficient; a focal point moving unit that moves the focal point position based on the defocus amount resulting of the conversion by the conversion unit; and a calibrating unit that calibrates the conversion coefficient depending on the result of the focal point moving unit moving the focal point position when the operator photographs a subject.04-28-2011
20120013747IMAGE TESTING METHOD OF IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE AND IMAGE TESTING APPARATUS USING SUCH METHOD - An image testing method of an image pickup device and an image testing apparatus using such a method are provided. The image testing apparatus is in communication with the image pickup device. The image testing apparatus includes an image processing program, a multi-core processing unit and a storage unit. The image processing program is used for segmenting the main image, which is acquired by the image pickup device, into plural sub-image blocks, and transmitting the sub-image blocks to respective threads. The multi-core processing unit is used for synchronously executing the threads, thereby synchronously analyzing imaging quality of respective sub-image blocks. The storage unit is used for storing analyzing results of respective sub-image blocks. The analyzing results of respective sub-image blocks stored in the storage unit are combined together by the multi-core processing unit, thereby acquiring the imaging quality of the main image.01-19-2012
20090244291DYNAMIC OBJECT CLASSIFICATION - A camera system comprises an image capturing device and an object classification module connected to the image capturing device. The image capturing device has a field of view and produces image data representing an image of the field of view. The object classification module is operable to determine whether or not an object in an image is a member of an object class. The object classification module includes N decision steps configured in a cascade configuration, wherein at least one of the N decision steps is operable to (a) accept an object as a member of the object class, (b) reject an object as a member of the object class, and (c) call on a next step to determine whether or not an object is a member of the object class.10-01-2009
20120154604CAMERA RECALIBRATION SYSTEM AND THE METHOD THEREOF - The invention discloses a camera recalibration system and the method thereof. The camera recalibration system includes a first camera, which is to be recalibrated, for capturing image; an image processing unit comprising a storage unit for storing a first image and a second image, the second image being captured by the first camera; and a computing unit for measuring camera motion from the first image to the second image and computing calibration information corresponding to the camera motion; and a display unit for presenting the calibration information.06-21-2012
20120154603IMAGE RECORDING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CALIBRATING, COMPRESSING AND DECOMPRESSING IMAGE SIGNAL VALUES - A method of calibrating, compressing and decompressing image signal values of an image sensor which has a plurality of light sensitive pixels arranged in rows and columns comprises the steps of: reading out the image signal values; compressing the image signal values; and decompressing the compressed image signal values, wherein the image signal values are calibrated while using calibration data sets which include a number of calibration values for each pixel. The method is characterized in that each calibration data set includes at least one first calibration value and at least one second calibration value, wherein the calibration of the image signal values includes a first calculation step which is carried out by the compression of the image signal values in order to calculate partly corrected image signal values while using the at least one first calibration value, and wherein the calibration of the image signal values includes a second calculation step which is carried out after decompressing the image signal values in order to calculate fully corrected image signal values while using the at least one second calibration value. An image recording system uses a corresponding method.06-21-2012
20110102603SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TESTING A CAMERA MODULE OF AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A method for testing a camera module of an electronic device includes following blocks. An analysis module and a control module are installed in the electronic device. A test fixture is utilized to secure the electronic device. The control module instructs the camera module to capture a video and a photo. The analysis module automatically examines whether the video and the photo fall within predetermined parameters. A system associated with above method for testing the camera module of the electronic device is also disclosed.05-05-2011
20120120255METHOD FOR ESTIMATING A DEFECT IN AN IMAGE-CAPTURING SYSTEM, AND ASSOCIATED SYSTEMS - The invention relates to a method for estimating a defect in an image-capturing system (05-17-2012
20100245592CALIBRATING APPARATUS FOR ON-BOARD CAMERA OF VEHICLE - Provided is a calibrating apparatus for an on-board camera of a vehicle, which apparatus allows completion of calibration process with a simple additional calibration, even when rejection has issued on the result of automatic calibration. Based upon a camera parameter obtained at the time of completion of adjustment by an automatic adjusting section, a confirmation marker indicating the position of coordinate of a calibration point is displayed in superposition with a camera-captured image. A manual adjusting section adjusts the camera parameter, based on an amount of displacement of the coordinate of the calibration point corresponding to an amount of movement of the confirmation marker moved in response to input of adjustment instruction. In response to input of a determination instruction, a camera parameter setting section sets an undetermined camera parameter at the time of completion of the most recent adjustment by the automatic adjusting section and the manual adjusting section, as the camera parameter.09-30-2010
20120127322APPARATUS, METHOD, AND MANUFACTURE FOR CORRECTING COLOR SHADING IN CMOS IMAGE SENSORS - A device for color shading correction is provided. Local color matching is performed as follows. For each pixel of the image that is being color matched, the RGB value is treated as a one-by-three matrix, which is multiplied by a three-by-three matrix that is generated during factory calibration. The matrix product is a one-by-three matrix that is used as the RGB value for the pixel in the color matched image.05-24-2012
20110181734CALIBRATION PARAMETER CREATING APPARATUS - A calibration parameter creating apparatus includes a first reproducer. A first reproducer reproduces a reference image representing a state in which a plane is overlooked, along an X axis and a Y axis orthogonal to each other. A first acceptor accepts a first designating manipulation designating a plurality of X-Y coordinates on the reference image reproduced by the first reproducer. A determiner determines whether or not a designated manner by the first designating manipulation matches an error condition, based on the plurality of X-Y coordinates designated by the first designating manipulation. A first generator generates a notification when a determined result of the determiner is positive. A calculator calculates a calibration parameter indicating a corresponding relationship between an X-Y coordinate system and a U-V coordinate system based on the X-Y coordinates designated by the first designating manipulation, when the determined result of the determiner is negative.07-28-2011
20110181733CALIBRATING APPARATUS - A calibrating apparatus includes a first reproducer which reproduces a reference image representing a state in which a plane is overlooked, along an X axis and a Y axis orthogonal to each other. A second reproducer reproduces a scene image outputted from a camera that captures the plane, along a U axis and a V axis orthogonal to each other. An acceptor accepts a designating manipulation of designating a first area of an X-Y coordinate system, in association with a reproducing process of the first reproducer. A first calculator calculates a second area of a U-V coordinate system corresponding to the first area designated by the designating manipulation, by referring to a calibration parameter indicating a corresponding relationship between the X-Y coordinate system and the U-V coordinate system. A definer defines the second area calculated by the first calculator, in association with a reproducing process of the second reproducer.07-28-2011
20120133780CAMERA CALIBRATION WITH LENS DISTORTION FROM LOW-RANK TEXTURES - A “Camera Calibrator” provides various techniques for recovering intrinsic camera parameters and distortion characteristics by processing a set of one or more input images. These techniques are based on extracting “Transform Invariant Low-Rank Textures” (TILT) from input images using high-dimensional convex optimization tools for matrix rank minimization and sparse signal recovery. The Camera Calibrator provides a simple, accurate, and flexible method to calibrate intrinsic parameters of a camera even with significant lens distortion, noise, errors, partial occlusions, illumination and viewpoint change, etc. Distortions caused by the camera can then be automatically corrected or removed from images. Calibration is achieved under a wide range of practical scenarios, including using multiple images of a known pattern, multiple images of an unknown pattern, single or multiple images of multiple patterns, etc. Significantly, calibration is achieved without extracting or manually identifying low-level features such as corners or edges from the calibration images.05-31-2012
20090059011CALIBRATION METHOD FOR STRUCTURE PARAMETERS OF STRUCTURED-LIGHT VISION SENSOR - This disclosure provides a calibration method for structure parameters of a structured-light vision sensor, which includes setting up the coordinate frames of a camera, image plane and target for calibration. The calculation of coordinates in the camera coordinate frame of stripes, projected by structured-light, on the planar target and a structured-light equation fitting according to the coordinates in the camera coordinate frame of the stripes on the planar target, by moving the planar target arbitrarily multiple times. The calibration method of the structured-light vision sensor provided by the disclosure is easy to operate and no auxiliary apparatus is needed, which can not only promote the efficiency of the calibration of structured-light, but also extend the application scope of calibration of structured-light.03-05-2009
20120075481Method for authenticating a charge-coupled device (CCD) - In a method for authenticating a charge-coupled device (CCD), e.g., in a digital camera including the charge-coupled device, a physical unclonable function is utilized for the authentication. In the method, a response to be measured of pixels in the charge-coupled device to a defined incident light is used as the physical unclonable function.03-29-2012
20100265335IMAGE CALIBRATION METHOD AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM UTILIZING THE METHOD - An image calibration method includes: (a) sensing at least one target pixel of a sensing row from an effective pixel region of an image sensor to generate at least one target pixel value; (b) sensing at least one reference pixel of a shading region in the image sensor to generate a calibration value, wherein the reference pixel and the sensing row do not belong to the same row; and (c) referring to the calibration value to calibrate and output the target pixel value.10-21-2010
20090201375Fail safe test for motion sensors - A microprocessor applies an analog test signal to an auxiliary signal input port of a motion sensor module. The motion sensor module processes the test signal and returns the signal in digital format to the microprocessor. The microprocessor compares the returned digital test signal to the original analog test signal to determine whether circuitry within the motion sensor module is operating properly.08-13-2009
20120229652CAMERA MODULE TEST AND FOCUS CONTROLLING APPARATUS - The present invention relates to an apparatus for testing a camera module, and more specifically to a camera module test and focus controlling apparatus. The apparatus comprises: a base which is equipped with a first actuator, a second actuator, and a third actuator therein; a socket frame which is positioned on one upper side of the base, and is rotated by the first actuator; socket boards which are positioned on both sides of the socket frame, are lifted up and down by the second actuator, and are mounted with a camera module; a collet unit which is positioned in the upper part of the base, is disposed in a vertical line of the socket boards, and is rotated by a fourth actuator equipped in the upper part of the base; a rotational shaft which is positioned in the upper part of the base, and is connected to one side of the third actuator; a rotary plate which is rotated by the third actuator by being combined with the upper part of the rotational shaft, and is mounted with a lens and an illuminating unit therebetween; a first chart unit which is positioned in the upper part of the rotary plate; and a second chart unit which is fixed to the upper part of a connection member that is vertically extended from one side of the base in order to be parallel with the upper part of the base.09-13-2012
20100253784CALIBRATION METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AUTOMOTIVE CAMERA SYSTEM, AND METHOD AND ECU FOR DETERMINING ANGULAR MISALIGNMENTS OF AUTOMOTIVE CAMERA SYSTEM - A method of automotive camera system calibration is disclosed in the present invention. At least two targets are placed within the field of view of each camera included in the system. Each camera captures the targets. Then, the vehicle is moved, and another image is captured. The images are used to derive the camera orientation parameters. Based on these parameters, misalignment of the cameras can be compensated by the image processing unit.10-07-2010
20120236157SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR LENS CHARACTERIZATION - Methods and systems for analyzing camera lenses and presenting information regarding camera lenses performance are described. An interactive user interface is provided over a network for display on a user terminal by a computer system. A user request is received at the computer system from the user terminal for lens data from a first lens. Lens data, including test data obtained via a first digital image captured using the first lens at the first focal length setting and the first aperture setting is accessed from memory and transmitted to interactive user interface. The interactive user interface is configured to display an identification of the first camera body, an identification of the first lens, the first focal length setting used to capture the image, and the first aperture setting used to capture the image. Using the lens test data, the interactive user interface generates and displays sharpness graph data.09-20-2012
20120086811METHOD FOR ELIMINATING CHROMATIC ABERRATION CAUSED BY AN IMAGING ENVIRONMENT AND FOR TESTING STABILITY OF THE IMAGING ENVIRONMENT, AND CHROMATIC ABERRATION CALIBRATION DEVICE FOR USE WITH THE SAME - A method for eliminating chromatic aberration caused by an imaging environment and for testing stability of the imaging environment is disclosed, along with a chromatic aberration calibration device for use with the same method. The method serves to detect errors resulting from environmental factors and human factors and, by using a specific measurement distance and angle, eliminate chromatic aberration caused by such factors. Environmental factors include variations of the image capture device itself; the hue, lightness, and chroma of external light; and the distance and angle between the chromatic aberration calibration device and the image capture device. Human factors include operator-related variations, focusing variations, and hand tremor during measurement. When the same chromatic aberration calibration device and imaging environment are used, the method can show color variations caused by the environmental and human factors in the image capture process and thereby determine whether the imaging environment has the expected stability.04-12-2012
20120327251SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CALIBRATING AN IMAGER - One example discloses a method for calibrating an imager. A plurality of images of a target, each having an associated integration time, are captured at the imager. A representative digital count is determined for each of the plurality of images. Integration time is represented as a function of digital count from the respective digital counts and integration times associated with the plurality of images. A calibrated integration time is calculated from a target digital count.12-27-2012
20100141776CALIBRATING DEVICE FOR CALIBRATION AND IMAGE MEASUREMENT SYSTEM COMPRISING CALIBRATING DEVICE - A calibrating device for calibration of an image measurement system. The calibrating device includes a main body having an upper surface, and a characteristic portion, which serves as a benchmark for calibration and is in the form of a recess formed in the upper surface of the main body, wherein the characteristic portion includes a side surface extending in a direction crossing the upper surface, and a bottom surface extending in a direction crossing the side surface, the bottom surface has an optical reflectance lower than an optical reflectance of the upper surface in relation to light identical to each other. This can provide a calibrating device for calibration of an image measurement system, which can detect the characteristic portion on the calibrating device stably, precisely and independent of the illumination conditions, which is less costly and can be easily handled.06-10-2010
20130016222AUTOMATIC ADAPTIVE IMAGE SHARPENINGAANM Jiang; XiaoyunAACI San DiegoAAST CAAACO USAAGP Jiang; Xiaoyun San Diego CA USAANM Haneda; EriAACI San DiegoAAST CAAACO USAAGP Haneda; Eri San Diego CA US - This disclosure describes techniques for initially calibrating an image capture device. According to one aspect, the calibration includes calibrating parameters of an image filter for resolving the captured image. The method includes receiving a captured image of a test target and resolving the captured image using a set of initial parameters. A sharpness index of the resolved image is determined without matching the captured image to the test target. The sharpness index is used to minimize a cost function for determining parameters for use by the image capture device.01-17-2013
20130016223METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CAMERA NETWORK CALIBRATION WITH SMALL CALIBRATION PATTERNAANM KIM; Jae HeanAACI DaejeonAACO KRAAGP KIM; Jae Hean Daejeon KRAANM Kang; HyunAACI DaejeonAACO KRAAGP Kang; Hyun Daejeon KRAANM Lee; Ji HyungAACI DaejeonAACO KRAAGP Lee; Ji Hyung Daejeon KRAANM Koo; BonkiAACI DaejeonAACO KRAAGP Koo; Bonki Daejeon KR - A method for calibrating a camera network includes generating a projection matrix by each of cameras in respect of a calibration pattern that is disposed at a plurality of different positions in a photography zone. A portion of the projection matrix is produced as a sub-projection matrix. Sub-projection matrixes are arranged widthwise and lengthwise to generate one sub-measurement matrix. A singular value decomposition (SVD) is performed on the sub-measurement matrix to change the sub-measurement matrix into a matrix having a rank of 3 and a SVD is performed on the changed sub-measurement matrix. A rotation value of the calibration pattern, and an internal parameter and a rotation value of each camera are extracted to thereby calibrate the camera network.01-17-2013
20130169823IMAGE QUALITY EVALUATION DEVICE, TERMINAL DEVICE, IMAGE QUALITY EVALUATION SYSTEM, IMAGE QUALITY EVALUATION METHOD AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM FOR STORING PROGRAMS - The present invention evaluates the quality of an image shot by a terminal device in a state closer to that seen with the eye. A computer evaluates the quality of an image obtained by shooting a photographic subject including a periodic pattern that fluctuates periodically in one direction. A Fourier transform unit accomplishes a two-dimensional Fourier transform on the image to obtain two-dimensional spatial frequency spectrum components. An analysis unit analyzes the resolution of the image on the basis of spectrum components of spatial frequencies included in the periodic pattern, among the two-dimensional spatial frequency spectrum components obtained by the Fourier transform unit, and analyzes the deterioration of the image on the basis of spectrum components other than these.07-04-2013
20130169824BLUR DETECTION SYSTEM FOR NIGHT SCENE IMAGES07-04-2013
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20120249803MOTIONLESS FOCUS EVALUATION TEST STATION FOR ELECTRO-OPTIC (EO) SENSORS - A motionless focus evaluation test station is provided for measuring detector position error of EO sensors that do not possess dynamic focus capability. A positionally-fixed source emits EM radiation that diverges along an optical axis of the test station. Collimating optics collimate the EM radiation and direct it along the optical axis to the EO sensor. A positionally-fixed target is placed in the path of the diverging EM radiation nominally at the focal plane of the collimating optics. The target comprises a limiting aperture that exhibits an induced shift in optical focus at different positions along the aperture such that different positions on the target are imaged to different focal planes at the detector. The detector captures an image of the target that is blurred to either side of the spatial position that is optically conjugate to the actual detector position. A processor processes the image to measure the blur as function of spatial position to measure the actual detector position and output detector position error from a desired detector position.10-04-2012
20110211076SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ON-LINE MARKER-LESS CAMERA CALIBRATION USING A POSITION TRACKING SYSTEM - Certain embodiments of the present invention provide methods and systems for calibration of an imaging camera or other image acquisition device. Certain embodiments include characterizing a transformation from a coordinate system of an imager to a coordinate system of a first sensor positioned with respect to the imager using a first off-line calibration. Certain embodiments also include characterizing a transformation from a coordinate system of an imaging camera source to a coordinate system of a second sensor positioned with respect to the imaging camera source using a second off-line calibration. Additionally, certain embodiments include quantifying intrinsic parameters of the imaging camera source based on a transformation from the coordinate system of the imager to the coordinate system of the imaging camera source based on the first and second off-line calibrations and information from the first and second sensors and a transmitter positioned with respect to an object being imaged.09-01-2011
20110273569MONITORING OF OPTICAL DEFECTS IN AN IMAGE CAPTURE SYSTEM - Method of monitoring an image capture system (11-10-2011
20120274787Circuits and Methods for Calibrating Actuator Displacement - Embodiments of the present invention include circuits and methods for calibrating position displacement in a voltage controlled actuator. In one embodiment, a calibration circuit comprises an actuator having a control terminal for receiving a programmable control voltage to set a displacement, a switch that selectively decouples said programmable voltage from said control terminal and couples a reference current to said control terminal when the control terminal is decoupled from said control voltage, a comparator that senses a voltage difference between said control voltage and said control terminal, and a timer coupled to an output of the comparator. The timer measures a time period required to increase the control terminal voltage. The capacitance of the actuator may be determined and used to calibrate the position of the actuator.11-01-2012
20120274786CALIBRATING IMAGE SENSORS - In one implementation, an image sensor is calibrated by determining a spectral characterization for each image window of an image sensor, correlating the spectral characterization for each image window of the image sensor with a spectral property of a target illuminant, and generating a scale factor for each image window of the image sensor. The scale factor for each image window of the image sensor is generated based on the correlating.11-01-2012
20110242331DIAGNOSIS UNIT FOR AN ELECTRONIC CAMERA AND CAMERA SYSTEM - A diagnosis unit for an electronic camera comprises a housing and a coupling device for coupling the diagnosis unit to an objective connection of a camera or to a camera objective, wherein the coupling device surrounds a light exit opening of the housing. The diagnosis unit further comprises at least one light source arranged in the housing for outputting a diagnosis illumination through the light exit opening, and an interface for electrically connecting the diagnosis unit to a camera. A camera system comprises a diagnosis unit and an electronic camera having an image sensor.10-06-2011
20110234813SENSOR MODULE AND METHOD FOR MONITORING THE FUNCTION THEREOF - In a method for monitoring the function of a sensor module, which has a sensor, by means of the sensor a measurement signal for a physical quantity to be determined is generated and applied to an output terminal in an unchanged form or in processed form—after at least one linear signal processing step and/or at least one nonlinear signal processing step are performed. In addition, a test signal is generated whose spectrum lies substantially outside the spectrum of the measurement signal. The test signal is supplied at a place in the sensor from which it reaches the output terminal in unchanged form or in processed form—after the performance of the at least one linear signal processing step—only in the case of a functional sensor. An output signal present at the output terminal is compared with the test signal and a diagnosis signal is generated, which indicates whether the test signal is present at the output terminal. The test signal is filtered out of the output signal and the remaining signal is applied as the measurement signal at a measurement signal output of the sensor module.09-29-2011
20110234812METHOD AND A SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING A TARGET IN A BIOLOGICAL SAMPLE BY IMAGE ANALYSIS - The present invention relates to methods for identifying and optionally quantifying stained cells in a cell or tissue sample and determining expression level of a target, as well as methods for determining staining intensity and/or staining quality of a stained sample, calibrating digital imaging apparatus using the methods, as well as systems and a computer readable mediums therefore. In particular the invention relates to a method for identifying stained targets in a sample and uses of said method, said method comprising providing at least one digital representation of the sample wherein the sample has been stained with a stain staining a target, and filtering the digital representation with at least three filters, each of said filters comprising filter constants), applying said filter constant(s) to each pixels in at least a subset of the digital representation and determining an eigensolution based on the filter output for each pixel in the subset, wherein said filters are capable of enhancing the stained targets obtaining a filtered representation, segmenting the digital representation based on information from the optionally normalized filtered representation into stained cell targets and background, optionally combining with the digital representation, thereby obtaining a segmented representation, wherein said segmented representation discriminates between stained targets and other structures in the digital representation, and from said segmented representation identifying the stained targets in the sample.09-29-2011
20110234811OPTIMAL RAW RGB DETERMINATION FOR COLOR CALIBRATION - Improving color calibration, and similar operations, by generating an optimal raw RGB color chart, in the raw RGB domain, for an imaging device with a given type of image sensor, such as for a digital still camera. Calibration is performed in response to a constraint which takes into account the spectral sensitivity of the image sensor used on the camera as well as spectral reflectance and spectral radiance of multiple illuminants. Calibration is performed using the raw RGB color chart which is illuminant independent and image sensor specific and which can match the calibration performance of known calibration standards, such as Macbeth 24.09-29-2011
20130155257TEST DEVICE FOR TESTING CAMERA MODULE AND METHOD THEREOF - A method for testing a camera module includes: making a lens barrel of the camera module to be aligned with a reference picture with a label; obtaining an image captured by the camera module; analyzing the image and identifying the label, and a first central point of the image; determining coordinates of the label and the first central point to obtain coordinates of an imaged label and a second central point of the image sensor, and calculating an actual distance between the imaged label and the second central point according to them coordinates; obtaining a value of an EFL of the camera module; calculating an angle between a center axis of a lens and a center axis of the image sensor according to the actual distance and the EFL; determining that whether the installation of the camera module satisfies the requirement by comparing the angle with a reference angle.06-20-2013
20120281099DOUBLE PASS BACK SIDE IMAGE SENSOR SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Double pass back side image (BSI) sensor systems and methods are disclosed. The BSI sensor may include a substrate, pixel reflectors formed on the substrate, and pixel photodiodes fabricated in the substrate, each pixel photodiode positioned over a respective one of the pixel reflectors. Micro-lenses may be formed over each photodiode and an image filter may be formed between the photodiodes and the micro-lenses. The pixels reflectors, photodiodes, micro-lenses, and filter may be formed using CMOS fabrication.11-08-2012
20110310255CALIBRATION OF LARGE CAMERA NETWORKS - The present disclosure relates to a sensor network including a plurality of nodes, each node having a directional sensor, a communication module, and a processor configured to receive local measurements of a calibration object from the directional sensor, receive additional measurements of the calibration object from neighboring nodes via the communication module, estimate an initial set of calibration parameters in response to the local and additional measurements, receive additional sets of calibration parameters from neighboring nodes via the communication module, and recursively estimate an updated set of calibration parameters in response to the additional sets of calibration parameters. Additional systems and methods for calibrating a large network of camera nodes are disclosed.12-22-2011
20110310254Optical Alignment Structures And Associated Methods - A method of mutually aligning first and second imaging system fixturing components forms a first alignment structure on the first imaging system fixturing component, a second alignment structure on the second imaging system fixturing component, and engages the first and second alignment structures to align, with optical accuracy, the first and second imaging system fixturing components.12-22-2011
20120019669SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CALIBRATING IMAGE SENSORS - Systems and methods are provided for calibrating image sensors. In some embodiments, a processing module of an image system can automatically perform a self-calibration process after a production unit of an image sensor has been integrated into an end product system. For example, the processing module can calibrate a production unit based on one or more reference pixels of the production unit, where the one or more reference pixels have minimal color filtration. In some embodiments, the processing module may perform local calibrations by correcting specifically for spatial variations in a color filter array (“CFA”). In some embodiments, the processing module can perform global calibrations by correcting for optical density variations in the CFA. In some embodiments, a processing module can determine whether the cause of production variations is related to production variations of a CFA or production variations of an infrared (“IR”) cutoff filter.01-26-2012

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