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Unitary image formed by compiling sub-areas of same scene (e.g., array of cameras)

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348218100 Unitary image formed by compiling sub-areas of same scene (e.g., array of cameras) 87
20110176016IMAGING DEVICE - An imaging device includes an image sensing device, a lens array, and a light-channel plate from the image side to the object side of the imaging device. The image sensing device includes a number of image sensors continuously arranged. The lens array includes a number of lenses. The light-channel plate defines a number of light channels. Each lens is received in a corresponding light channel and aligned with a corresponding image sensor. The imaging device also includes a storing device, a distance sensor and an image processor. The storing device stores a predetermined object distance. The distance sensor is configured for sensing a current object distance and controlling the imaging sensors to sense images if determining the current object distance is larger than the predetermined object distance. The image processor is connected with the image sensors and used for combing the images sensed by the image sensors.07-21-2011
20110199497Display System, Method, and Computer Program Product for Capturing Images Using Multiple Integrated Image Sensors - A display system, method, and computer program product are provided for capturing images using multiple integrated image sensors. The display system includes a front panel for displaying an image. The display system further includes a matrix of image sensors situated behind the front panel.08-18-2011
20090195666MULTI-FOCUS CAMERA APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM USED THEREIN - In a multi-focus camera apparatus that photographs the same region with cameras having different focal lengths, detection means for detecting a specified target in images obtained by the cameras, region acquisition means for obtaining in the images regions comprising pixels having substantially the same relationships between blurriness degrees as relationships between blurriness degrees of the specified target having been detected in the respective images, and image processing means for carrying out image processing to display the obtained regions differently from other regions are included.08-06-2009
20110193979METHOD FOR COMPRESSING VIDEOS AND PLAYING COMPOSITE IMAGES OF THE VIDEOS - A method for compressing videos obtains videos from a storage device, selects a main frame from the videos at each time layer and each angle, and further selects a new main frame after each time interval and angle interval. Then, the method obtains frames between two adjacent main frames, and stores different pixels between each of the obtained frames and a previous main frame of the two adjacent main frames, so as to obtain composite images of the videos.08-11-2011
20130076928LARGE DYNAMIC RANGE CAMERAS - A digital camera includes a plurality of channels and a processing component operatively coupled to the plurality of channels. Each channel of the plurality of channels includes an optics component and a sensor that includes an array of photo-detectors. The processing component is configured to separately control an integration time of each channel, where a first integration time of a first channel is less than a second integration time of a second channel. The processing component is also configured to combine data from the plurality of channels to generate an image.03-28-2013
20090122148DISJOINT LIGHT SENSING ARRANGEMENTS AND METHODS THEREFOR - Imaging is carried out using multiple views (e.g., from a single monolithic device) to generate an image. According to an example embodiment, a scene is imaged using disjoint sensors beyond a designated focal plane to obtain multiple views of common points in the focal plane. For the common points, the multiple views are processed to compute a depth of field, and the computed depth of field to generate an image.05-14-2009
20080297612IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE - An image pickup device includes a plurality of image pickup unit configured to pick up images of a plurality of respective subject segments divided from a subject in a wide range; and a processing unit configured to combine the images picked up by the image pickup unit into a single image.12-04-2008
20090303334CROWD PHOTOGRAPHY - The invention provides for an apparatus (12-10-2009
20090268043LARGE DYNAMIC RANGE CAMERAS - A digital camera includes a plurality of channels and a processing component operatively coupled to the plurality of channels. Each channel of the plurality of channels includes an optics component and a sensor that includes an array of photo-detectors. The processing component is configured to separately control an integration time of each channel, where a first integration time of a first channel is less than a second integration time of a second channel. The processing component is also configured to combine data from the plurality of channels to generate an image.10-29-2009
20090046163Volumetric imaging using "virtual" lenslets - A system constructs an image using virtual lenslets.02-19-2009
20100165134Arrayed Imaging Systems And Associated Methods - Arrayed imaging systems include an array of detectors formed with a common base and a first array of layered optical elements, each one of the layered optical elements being optically connected with a detector in the array of detectors.07-01-2010
20110285866Multi-Channel Imager - An imaging system may include a multi-channel image sensor. In a multi-channel image sensor, multiple image streams from a common pixel array may be provided to a common interface transport for output on multiple logic channels. Image streams may include high-definition (HD) video and snapshot image data. Video image data may be resized using resize circuitry on the image sensors. Snapshot image data may be processed by the image sensor. Full-resolution portions of snapshot images may be output concurrently with resized HD video image data on multiple logic channels to an image signal processor. In an alternative embodiment, stack memory on the image sensor may be used to store full-resolution snapshot image data. Full-resolution snapshot image data may then be output concurrently with resized HD video image data at a slower data rate than the video image data.11-24-2011
20110292227IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGE CORRECTION METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM - An imaging apparatus includes: an imaging unit for acquiring a plurality of viewpoint images imaged from a plurality of view-points by a plurality of imaging optical systems each including a zoom lens; a storage unit for storing an error of the imaging optical system; an optical zoom magnification specifying unit for receiving specification instruction of an optical zoom magnification; a zoom lens driving unit for moving the zoom lens to a position corresponding to the instruction of the optical zoom magnification; and a correction unit for setting an electronic zoom magnification corresponding to the position of the zoom lens, magnifying a viewpoint image to be corrected from within the plurality of viewpoint images based on the electronic zoom magnification, and extracting a part of the magnified viewpoint image to eliminate an object point shift amount corresponding to the error from the magnified viewpoint image.12-01-2011
20090290034IMAGE FORMATION FOR LARGE PHOTOSENSOR ARRAY SURFACES - The invention performs electronic image formation and refinement from overlapping measurement vignettes captured by an array of image sensors and associated micro-optics. The invention is directed to an alternate image formation system that combines readily-fabricated micro-optical structures, a two-dimensional image sensor array with electronic or digital image processing to actually construct the image.11-26-2009
20110267482MULTIPLEXED IMAGING - An imaging method comprises acquiring image data in which image components are spatially modulated at distinct spatial frequencies, transforming the image data into the Fourier domain and separating the image components in the Fourier domain. The image components may be transformed into the spatial domain. The image components may comprise different colors. In some embodiments saturated pixels are reconstructed by performing an optimization based on differences between image copies in the Fourier domain. Imaging apparatus may perform the imaging methods.11-03-2011
20100053348IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE, IMAGE ANALYSIS DEVICE, EXTERNAL LIGHT INTENSITY CALCULATION METHOD, IMAGE ANALYSIS METHOD, IMAGE CAPTURE PROGRAM, IMAGE ANALYSIS PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A touch position detection device (03-04-2010
20090244304IMAGE DATA GENERATING DEVICE - An image data generating device for generating image data pertaining to a target includes a transparent plate, a light radiation unit, a plurality of digital camera units, which are provided on a side close to a second surface of the transparent plate, and which are offset from each other and overlap the transparent plate as viewed from a direction perpendicular to a plane in which the transparent plate extends, and a photography data composition unit. The light radiated by the light radiation unit and reflected from the target directly enters the plurality of digital camera units, each of the digital camera units generating photography data pertaining to the target. The photography data composition unit combines a plural sets of photography data generated by the plurality of digital camera units and generates image data pertaining to the target. Two adjacent digital camera units generate partially-overlapping photography data.10-01-2009
20090278948INFORMATION PRESENTATION APPARATUS, INFORMATION PRESENTATION METHOD, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - A method of presenting information, capable of displaying an image including one or more objects being in the vicinity of the ground, the method including the steps of: acquiring viewpoint information; acquiring visual line information; acquiring posture information; acquiring additional information related to the object position information; calculating horizon line information in the image; determining a reference line on the image on the basis of the horizon line information and the posture information; calculating distance information from the viewpoint position to the object; determining a display attribute of the additional information including a display mode of the additional information and a display position of the additional information in the image with respect to the reference line; and presenting the additional information on the basis of the display mode so as to reveal a relationship between the additional information and the object when displaying the image on the display unit.11-12-2009
20090278947Imager and Imaging Method for Digital Cinematography - The invention provides an imager and imaging method for forming, on a plurality of photo-elements, an optical image of an object lying in a viewing plane defined by horizontal and vertical viewing axes. The imager comprises at least first, second and third video image sensors. Each video image sensor comprises a corresponding array of photoelements. The photoelements are arranged in rows and columns to define a first pixel resolution for each array. A lens is configured to focus at least a portion of light from the object onto the arrays. The arrays are arranged with respect to the lens such that the rows are aligned along avertical axis of the viewing plane. The columns are aligned along a horizontal axis of the viewing plane. An optical image of the object is formed. The image comprises a second pixel resolution higher than the first pixel resolution.11-12-2009
20090262206SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING IMMERSIVE DISPLAYS OF VIDEO CAMERA INFORMATION FROM A PLURALITY OF CAMERAS - A system for providing stitched video from a first camera and a second camera to an electronic display system includes a processing circuit configured to associate a view a first camera with an approximate location. The processing circuit is further configured to build relationship data between the first camera and a second camera using the approximate location. The processing circuit is further configured to transform video from the first camera relative to video from the second camera, the transformation based on the relationship data. The processing circuit is further configured to use the transformed video to cause the stitched video to be provided to the electronic display system.10-22-2009
20090290033Systems and methods of creating a virtual window - The systems and methods described herein provide imaging systems with multiple imaging sensors arranged in an optical head that create a seamless panoramic view by reducing parallax distortion and adaptively adjusting exposure levels of the recorded images. In particular, an optical head is described with a stacked configuration of CCD imaging sensors in which charge is transferred from a sensor to a processor beginning with an array of photosensitive elements nearest another sensor.11-26-2009
20110199496IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image capturing apparatus 08-18-2011
20090002505Imaging Device - The generation of a false color at the periphery is prevented in an imaging device including a compound eye optical system in which parallax occurs for each color information. An imaging device that includes a plurality of lens portions, a plurality of imaging regions each including a light receiving surface that is substantially perpendicular to the optical axis direction of each of the lens portions, and outputting an imaging signal, and a parallax computing portion that uses any one of the plurality of imaging signal as a reference imaging signal (G01-01-2009
20080303911Method for Capturing, Measuring and Analyzing Motion - A system and method for capturing, measuring and analyzing motion in real-time is provided which operates with or without markers. A threshold image is based on a background image and is created to minimize noise during the motion capture. A captured image is compared to the threshold image to identify collections of hot pixels or globs. The globs are compared to expected characteristics of the markers or the subject and are tracked between frames. Glob information is used to determine the location of the markers or subject in each frame.12-11-2008
20090309987INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE-CAPTURING SYSTEM, REPRODUCTION CONTROL METHOD, RECORDING CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An information processing apparatus includes a video obtaining unit configured to obtain a plurality of items of video data captured by a plurality of image-capturing devices; a position information obtaining unit configured to obtain position information including an orientation and an angle of view of each of the image-capturing devices; a reproduction position calculation unit configured to calculate a reproduction position of each item of the video data so that a projection direction and an angle of view of the item of the video data matches the orientation and the angle of view of a corresponding one of the image-capturing devices by using the position information; and a reproduction controller configured to reproduce each item of the video data at the corresponding reproduction position.12-17-2009
20080259172IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP METHOD, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - Images are photographed by focus bracket photography at an in-focus position of a main subject and at focal positions followed and preceded by the in-focus position. The images are synthesized so as to obtain a blur-emphasized image in which areas desired to be blurred are appropriately blurred.10-23-2008
20100265346CAMERA SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AMALGAMATING IMAGES TO CREATE AN OMNI-FOCUSED IMAGE - This invention relates to a system and method for creating an omni-focused image. Specifically, this invention relates to a system and method for electronically amalgamating images using real-time distance information to create an omni-focused image. The system of the invention comprises one or more video cameras aimed at a scene each generating a video output focused at a different distance, a distance mapping camera providing distance information for one or more objects in the scene, and a pixel selection utility wherein the pixel selection utility uses the distance information to select pixels from the video outputs to be used to generate a video display. The system is then operable to focus and amalgamate the video outputs to produce one image with multiple focal points or an omni-focused image.10-21-2010
20090128643Image Pickup Apparatus, Method for Capturing Image, and Method for Designing Image Pickup Apparatus - The present invention relates to an image pickup apparatus, a method for capturing an image, and a method for designing the image pickup apparatus capable of realising a fixed focal length image pickup apparatus of high resolution and fine resolution at a low cost by disposing a plurality of image pickup elements therein. An image pickup device 05-21-2009
20130120602Taking Photos With Multiple Cameras - Various embodiments utilize multiple built-in cameras on a mobile device, e.g., a phone, to capture images, individuals of which include a portion from each of the cameras. The ratio and layout of the portions from different cameras can be adjusted before the image is captured and stored. In at least some embodiments, individual cameras face different directions, and images captured by one of the cameras can be incorporated into images captured by another of the cameras. For example, in at least some embodiments, particularly those in which a user's image is captured, the user's image can be extracted from the view of a first camera, such as a front-facing camera on a mobile device, and displayed to a user in the foreground of the image captured by a second camera, such as a landscape image captured by a back-facing camera on the mobile device.05-16-2013
20090128644SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GENERATING A PHOTOGRAPH - Generating a photograph with a digital camera may include capturing a first image of a scene with a first zoom setting and capturing a second image of the scene with a second zoom setting, where the second zoom setting corresponds to higher magnification than the first zoom setting. The second image may be stitched into the first image in place of a removed portion of the first image that corresponds to a portion of the scene represented by the second image. The result is the photograph, which has a region corresponding to image data of the second image and a region corresponding to image data of the first image.05-21-2009
20090051778Advanced dynamic stitching method for multi-lens camera system - An advanced dynamic stitching method for multi-lens camera system is disclosed. This invention aims to address the parallax phenomenon which exists in a multi-lens camera system. Stitching points vary with the object distance. In a video stitching system, a fast search engine to update the stitching points dynamically is needed. This invention provides an advanced method to reduce the high computation power required for the traditional block matching method of finding stitching points. As a result, the stitching points can be adjusted dynamically with the method of this invention.02-26-2009
20090167880Method for obtaining sharp pictures - A method of obtaining sharp pictures by calibrating blurred picture generated due to vibration while a photograph is taken is disclosed. First, a first picture is captured. The flash is judged to see if it is switched on. If the first picture is captured when the flash is switched off, then a second picture is captured when the flash is switched on. The first picture is calibrated based on the second picture, and stored after calibration.07-02-2009
20090079839VEHICLE DIAGNOSTICS BASED ON INFORMATION COMMUNICATED BETWEEN VEHICLES - A system and method for controlling a convoy of vehicles. The convoy of vehicles including a leader vehicle in communication with a plurality of autonomous follower vehicles. The leader vehicle is configured to receive a first autonomous follower vehicle data and compare the first autonomous follower vehicle data to at least one of a leader vehicle data, a second autonomous follower vehicle data and/or a threshold value. The first autonomous follower vehicle data, the leader vehicle data, the second autonomous follower vehicle data and the threshold value relate to a vehicle performance characteristic.03-26-2009
20090244303IMAGER, IMAGING CIRCUIT, AND IMAGE PROCESSING CIRCUIT - The number of channels is changed in accordance with an operation mode in an image pickup apparatus. An image-pickup control unit 10-01-2009
20100149358Method and apparatus for producing a panoramic plurality of partly overlapping unit images - A whole image showing the entire range of the object of shooting is generated by picking up unit images, each constituting a part of the scenic range to be imaged, by sequentially shifting the image pickup direction, cutting out image regions of a predetermined size, each constituting a part of each of the unit images picked up in the image pickup step, so as to produce overlapping areas and sequentially and partly superposing the image region. The noise components of the image regions are uniformized to improve the image quality by cutting out image regions as to make two or more than two image regions overlap each other in average for the position of each unit image of the whole image to be generated.06-17-2010
20110128393DIGITAL IMAGING - An apparatus, method and computer program, in which there is provided an apparatus with a body, which apparatus has a set of camera modules mounted on the body, each camera module configured to take images with a first field of view and an adjustment mechanism configured to move the camera modules between a first configuration and a second configuration. In the first configuration, each camera module shares a substantially common field of view that covers a first view area. In the second configuration, the fields of view of the camera modules collectively form a second view area that is continuous and covers a second view area. A zoom-in image is formed in the first configuration using super-resolution combining of the images taken by the camera modules.06-02-2011
20090040323ENHANCING DIGITAL IMAGES USING SECONDARY OPTICAL SYSTEMS - Apparatuses and methods for enhancing a “primary” large format, digital, macro-image with “secondary” image data are provided. The secondary image data is collected utilizing one or more secondary optical systems having at least one electro-optical detector array (e.g., a CCD array) and a specific set of optical mirrors or optical prisms, arranged in such a way that the secondary optical systems extend the angular field-of-view of the primary optical system and the resultant digital image in at least two opposing directions, for instance, in the left and right and/or fore and aft directions. The primary image data and the secondary image data may be distinct and/or may include portions that overlap with one another. Further, the primary image data and the secondary image data may be collected at the same or different resolutions. The collected primary image data and secondary image data are utilized to generate a single output image.02-12-2009
20090185044Image Sensor and Method with Multiple Scanning Modes - Multiple scanning modes are provided for an array of electromagnetic radiation sensors. In the preferred implementation both selectable subarrays and the overall array can be read out and reset in any desired order, including interrupting a full array scan for a subarray scan and then resuming the full array scan.07-23-2009
20110032369VIGNETTED OPTOELECTRONIC ARRAY FOR USE IN SYNTHETIC IMAGE FORMATION VIA SIGNAL PROCESSING, LENSLESS CAMERAS, AND INTEGRATED CAMERA-DISPLAYS - A vignetted optoelectronic array for systems and methods performing electronic image formation and refinement from overlapping measurement vignettes captured by an array of image sensors and associated micro-optics. The invention is directed to a new type of image formation system that combines readily-fabricated micro-optical structures, a two-dimensional image sensor array, and electronic or digital image processing to construct an image. Image formation is performed without a conventional large shared lens and associated separation distance between lens and image sensor, resulting in a “lensless camera.”02-10-2011
20110032370SYNTHETIC IMAGE FORMATION SIGNAL PROCESSING HARDWARE FOR VIGNETTED OPTOELECTRONIC ARRAYS, LENSLESS CAMERAS, AND INTEGRATED CAMERA-DISPLAYS - Hardware arrangement performing electronic image formation and refinement from overlapping measurement vignettes captured by an array of image sensors and associated micro-optics are presented. The invention is directed to a new type of image formation system that combines readily-fabricated micro-optical structures, a two-dimensional image sensor array with electronic or digital image processing to actually construct the image. Image formation is performed without a conventional large shared lens and associated separation distance between lens and image sensor, resulting in a “lensless camera.”02-10-2011
20110025864SYNTHETIC IMAGE FORMATION VIA SIGNAL PROCESSING FOR VIGNETTED OPTOELECTROINC ARRAYS, LENSLESS CAMERAS, AND INTEGRATED CAMERA-DISPLAYS - Algorithms and methods for performing electronic image formation and refinement from overlapping measurement vignettes captured by an array of image sensors and associated micro-optics are presented. The invention is directed to a new type of image formation system that combines readily-fabricated micro-optical structures, a two-dimensional image sensor array with electronic or digital image processing to actually construct the image. Image formation is performed without a conventional large shared lens and associated separation distance between lens and image sensor, resulting in a “lensless camera.”02-03-2011
20110025863SENSOR ARRAY WITH SELECTABLE RESOLUTION AND METHOD THEREOF - A sensor array, including: a plurality of pixels; first and second video lines; and a plurality of intermediate circuits. Each intermediate circuit is electrically connected to a respective pixel from the plurality of pixels and electrically connected to both the first and second video lines. A method for modifying resolution of a sensor array, the array including first and second video lines, a plurality of pixels, and a plurality of intermediate circuits; and, including: electrically connecting each intermediate circuit to a respective pixel and to the first and second video lines; for a first mode, transmitting a signal from a pixel in the plurality of pixels to the first video line via a respective intermediate circuit from the plurality of intermediate circuits; and for a second mode, transmitting a signal from the pixel to the second video line via the respective intermediate circuit from the plurality of intermediate circuits.02-03-2011
20110043649IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD,AND IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM - The present invention relates to generation of an appropriate high-resolution image with respect to a plurality of input images.02-24-2011
20110080487CAPTURING AND PROCESSING OF IMAGES USING MONOLITHIC CAMERA ARRAY WITH HETEROGENEOUS IMAGERS - Systems and methods for implementing array cameras configured to perform super-resolution processing to generate higher resolution super-resolved images using a plurality of captured images and lens stack arrays that can be utilized in array cameras are disclosed. An imaging device in accordance with one embodiment of the invention includes at least one imager array, and each imager in the array comprises a plurality of light sensing elements and a lens stack including at least one lens surface, where the lens stack is configured to form an image on the light sensing elements, control circuitry configured to capture images formed on the light sensing elements of each of the imagers, and a super-resolution processing module configured to generate at least one higher resolution super-resolved image using a plurality of the captured images.04-07-2011
20110074965VIDEO PROCESSING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A video processing system includes a number of time-of-flight (TOF) cameras and a video card. The number of TOF cameras shoots different regions of a scene to obtain a number of images. The number of images includes distance data between the scene and the number of TOF cameras. The video card combines the number of images to obtain a full image of the scene. The full image of the scene has a larger size than that of each of the number of images, same resolution with that of each of the number of images, and distance data between the scene and the number of TOF cameras.03-31-2011
20090322891SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS, SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD, PROGRAM AND RECORDING MEDIUM - A signal processing apparatus includes: an input unit receiving a first image generated by a first camera and higher-resolution second images generated by a plurality of second cameras; a similar portion detecting unit detecting a similar portion between part of a subject included in the first image and a subject included in each of the second images; an image synthesizing unit pasting the second images at positions corresponding to the detected similar portions within the first image to generate a synthesized image; an imaging area detecting unit detecting an area, for which image information is insufficient in the first image and is difficult to complement by the second cameras, as a non-imageable area from the synthesized image; and a camera parameter calculation unit changing a camera parameter for controlling the second camera that captures the second image by which the image information insufficient in the first image is complemented.12-31-2009
20110242342COMBINING DATA FROM MULTIPLE IMAGE SENSORS - A method of combining data from multiple sensors is disclosed. The method includes providing a common control signal to multiple image sensors to be synchronized. The method further includes receiving a first data line from a first image sensor of the multiple image sensors, receiving a second data line from a second image sensor of the multiple image sensors, and combining the first data line and the second data line to generate a synchronized data line.10-06-2011
20110211085BEARING DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM USING THE SAME - An imaging system uses optical modules to capture images of a subject. The optical modules are fixed on a bearing plate of the imaging system by a fastening element of the imaging system. The fastening element is removable and fixed on the support plate. Each of the optical modules has an optical surface. The fastening element has a bevel attached to all the optical surfaces of the optical modules so that all the optical surfaces are coplanar.09-01-2011
20090040322ENHANCING DIGITAL IMAGES USING SECONDARY OPTICAL SYSTEMS - Apparatuses and methods for enhancing a “primary” large format, digital, macro-image with “secondary” image data are provided. The secondary image data is collected utilizing one or more secondary optical systems having at least one electro-optical detector array (e.g., a CCD array) and a specific set of optical mirrors or optical prisms, arranged in such a way that the secondary optical systems extend the angular angle-of-view of the primary optical system and the resultant digital image in at least two opposing directions, for instance, in the left and right and/or fore and aft directions. The primary image data and the secondary image data may be distinct and/or may include portions that overlap with one another. Further, the primary image data and the secondary image data may be collected at the same or different resolutions. The collected primary image data and secondary image data are utilized to generate a single output image.02-12-2009
20110069189CAPTURING AND PROCESSING OF IMAGES USING MONOLITHIC CAMERA ARRAY WITH HETEROGENEOUS IMAGERS - A camera array, an imaging device and/or a method for capturing image that employ a plurality of imagers fabricated on a substrate is provided. Each imager includes a plurality of pixels. The plurality of imagers include a first imager having a first imaging characteristics and a second imager having a second imaging characteristics. The images generated by the plurality of imagers are processed to obtain an enhanced image compared to images captured by the imagers. Each imager may be associated with an optical element fabricated using a wafer level optics (WLO) technology.03-24-2011
20100321511Lenslet camera with rotated sensors - At a digital imaging system, a first set of samples of a scene are digitally captured with a first array of image sensing nodes while simultaneously a second set of samples of the scene are digitally captured with a second array of image sensing nodes. Image sensing nodes of the second array are oriented in a rotated position relative to the image sensing nodes of the first array. The first and second sets of samples are integrated with one another while correcting for the rotated orientation of the image sensing nodes of the second array relative to the image sensing nodes of the first array, and from that integration is output a high resolution image. In specific embodiments, there may be additional arrays of image sensing nodes, different arrays may sample different size portions of the scene, and be also rotated relative to other sensing node arrays.12-23-2010
20090002504IMAGE ACQUISITION APPARATUS, RESOLUTION ENHANCING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - An image sensor acquires images with resolutions being switched. A resolution switching unit switches the resolutions of the images to be output from the image sensor. An image selecting unit selects a basic image from a plurality of output images which are output from the image sensor, having different resolutions of two or more types switched by the resolution switching unit, at least including an image having a first resolution and an image having a second resolution higher than the first resolution. An image displacement estimating unit estimates a displacement between the basic image and another image. A resolution converting unit converts the resolution of any image in the plurality of output images output from the image sensor using the image having the first resolution and the image having the second resolution acquired by the image sensor and the displacement between images obtained by the image displacement estimating unit.01-01-2009
20100066846SYNCHRONIZED MULTIPLE IMAGER SYSTEM AND METHOD - A synchronized multiple imager system includes a plurality of imagers having pixels arranged in rows and columns. The pixels generate pixel data responsive to light directed onto the imagers. One or more respective sensors are coupled to the imagers. The sensors sense the pixel data from the columns and output a vertical raster stream representative of the pixel data in the columns, thereby generating a plurality of vertical raster streams. A clock circuit synchronizes the sensors to sense selected columns in the imagers and to output the vertical raster streams from the selected columns. A processor circuit is configured to receive the vertical raster streams from the imagers and to process the vertical raster streams to generate a plurality of stitched raster streams. The processor circuit stitches seam vertical raster streams from adjacent pairs of imagers.03-18-2010
20100194901Multi-Channel Imaging Devices - A multi-channel imaging device is provided. The multi-channel imaging device includes a focal plane array having an array of pixels configured to detect radiation in a predetermined wavelength band. Subsets of the array of pixels are arranged to define a plurality of unit cell image areas. The multi-channel imaging device also includes a lens array having a plurality of lens elements configured to image a scene onto the plurality of unit cell image areas. The lens elements and the unit cell image areas define a plurality of unit cells having at least one lens element and at least one unit cell image area. Each of the plurality of unit cells is configured to create a complete image of the scene. Additionally, a plurality of unit cell filters corresponding to the plurality of unit cells is configured to filter radiation such that each unit cell is dedicated to an image channel is also provided.08-05-2010
20110187878Synchronization of projected illumination with rolling shutter of image sensor - Imaging apparatus includes an illumination assembly, including a plurality of radiation sources and projection optics, which are configured to project radiation from the radiation sources onto different, respective regions of a scene. An imaging assembly includes an image sensor and objective optics configured to form an optical image of the scene on the image sensor, which includes an array of sensor elements arranged in multiple groups, which are triggered by a rolling shutter to capture the radiation from the scene in successive, respective exposure periods from different, respective areas of the scene so as to form an electronic image of the scene. A controller is coupled to actuate the radiation sources sequentially in a pulsed mode so that the illumination assembly illuminates the different, respective areas of the scene in synchronization with the rolling shutter.08-04-2011
20100026822Multiplexing Imaging System for Area Coverage and Point Targets - A system for imaging a scene. The system includes a plurality of cameras, each camera including an image sensor and a field steering mirror. The system also includes a controller and a storage device. The controller is coupled to the cameras and the storage device and is configured to direct the field steering mirrors of the cameras to collect a plurality of image tiles of a scene. The is also configured to store the image tiles in the storage device with time stamps and location information.02-04-2010
20120147205SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SYNTHESIZING HIGH RESOLUTION IMAGES USING SUPER-RESOLUTION PROCESSES - Systems and methods in accordance with embodiments of the invention are disclosed that use super-resolution (SR) processes to use information from a plurality of low resolution (LR) images captured by an array camera to produce a synthesized higher resolution image. One embodiment includes obtaining input images using the plurality of imagers, using a microprocessor to determine an initial estimate of at least a portion of a high resolution image using a plurality of pixels from the input images, and using a microprocessor to determine a high resolution image that when mapped through the forward imaging transformation matches the input images to within at least one predetermined criterion using the initial estimate of at least a portion of the high resolution image. In addition, each forward imaging transformation corresponds to the manner in which each imager in the imaging array generate the input images, and the high resolution image synthesized by the microprocessor has a resolution that is greater than any of the input images.06-14-2012
20110050929CAMERA ARRAY - A camera array includes a number of cameras. The number of cameras target a subject to be monitored, and capture images of the subject from different angles at one time to provide a composite image of the subject. The camera array can obtain more information about the subject.03-03-2011
20110050928SELECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CAMERA - A selection system includes a sensor, a processing unit, and a driving unit. The sensor is mounted on an electronic device to measure changes in position of the electronic device and output measurement results correspondingly. The processing unit receives the measurement results to obtain an angle of inclination of the electronic device relative to a datum plane, outputs an angle control signal according to the angle of inclination, and selects one of a number of cameras according to the angle control signal. The electronic device displays images captured by the selected camera.03-03-2011
20080309774Multiple sensor input data synthesis - New systems and methods are hereby provided that inherently and naturally resolve the challenges of synthesizing coordinated inputs from multiple cameras. For example, a multi-sensor mediator may collect the input data from multiple sensors, and generate a composite signal that encodes the combined data from the different sensors. The multi-sensor mediator may then relay the composite signal to a sensor controller, as if the signal were coming from a single sensor. A computing device that receives the input from the sensor controller may then generate an output based on the composite signal, which may include processing the composite signal to combine the separate signals from the different sensors, such as to provide a stereo image output, for example. The multi-sensor mediator makes such an output possible by ensuring coordinated input and processing of the input from the multiple sensors, for example.12-18-2008
20110058053MOBILE TERMINAL WITH MULTIPLE CAMERAS AND METHOD FOR IMAGE PROCESSING USING THE SAME - A mobile terminal includes: a first camera; a second camera; an image processor to process first image data generated by the first camera according to an interface format of a host processor; and a concurrent driver to process second image data generated by the second camera according to an output format of the image processor and to buffer the processed second image data to the host processor. A method for image processing of a mobile terminal includes, if both the first and second cameras operate in an ON state, the image processor processing the first image data of the first camera according to the interface format of the host processor, and the concurrent driver operating in an active mode to process the second image data of the second camera according to the output format of the image processor and buffering the arranged images to the host processor.03-10-2011
20090135263Method and Apparatus for Expanded Dynamic Range Imaging - A method and apparatus for enabling wide intensity range in digital imaging using a small amount of memory beyond the memory required for storing the relevant image. The methods and apparatus disclose exposing few-line segments within an image using two different exposure times before continuing with other segments of the image. In alternative configurations, sensors are sampled such that neighboring sensors having the same colors are sampled after being exposed for different durations.05-28-2009
20110157387METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR GENERATING IMAGE DATA - A method for generating image data includes adjusting an angle formed by each of a plurality of lenses attached to the imaging device relative to a reference plane based on a photography mode, obtaining at least one first image data using the plurality of adjusted lenses, and generating second image data corresponding to the photography mode using the at least one first image data.06-30-2011
20120044373IMAGING SYSTEM AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS - An imaging system for capturing images of the same object using a plurality of image capturing apparatuses that can communicate with each other is provided. At least one image capturing apparatus of the image capturing apparatuses transmits information of a distance to an in-focus position, or a captured image including the in-focus position, to another image capturing apparatus among the image capturing apparatuses, and each of the image capturing apparatuses determines each depth of field using the information of the distance to the in-focus position, or the captured image including the in-focus position.02-23-2012
20120044372DUAL IMAGE SENSOR IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM AND METHOD - Various techniques are provided for processing image data acquired using a digital image sensor. In accordance with aspects of the present disclosure, one such technique may relate to the processing of image data in a system that supports multiple image sensors. In one embodiment, the image processing system may include control circuitry configured to determine whether a device is operating in a single sensor mode (one active sensor) or a dual sensor mode (two active sensors). When operating in the single sensor mode, data may be provided directly to a front-end pixel processing unit from the sensor interface of the active sensor. When operating in a dual sensor mode, the image frames from the first and second sensors are provided to the front-end pixel processing unit in an interleaved manner. For instance, in one embodiment, the image frames from the first and second sensors are written to a memory, and then read out to the front-end pixel processing unit in an interleaved manner.02-23-2012
20100020187PLENOPTIC CAMERA - One embodiment of the present invention provides a plenoptic camera which captures information about the direction distribution of light rays entering the camera. Like a conventional camera, this plenoptic camera includes a main lens which receives light from objects in an object field and directs the received light onto an image plane of the camera. It also includes a photodetector array located at the image plane of the camera, which captures the received light to produce an image. However, unlike a conventional camera, the plenoptic camera additionally includes an array of optical elements located between the object field and the main lens. Each optical element in this array receives light from the object field from a different angle than the other optical elements in the array, and consequently directs a different view of the object field into the main lens. In this way, the photodetector array receives a different view of the object field from each optical element in the array.01-28-2010
20120008000IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image processing apparatus includes a memory that memorizes a plurality of pickup images in which an object has been picked up by varying an irradiation direction of a light; an extracting portion that extracts an area image of an area indicated by a user from each of the pickup images memorized in the memory; a calculating portion that calculates at least one illumination parameter for each area image by one of calculating an amount of edges from each extracted area image, executing a clustering process to brightness of each extracted area image, and executing a totaling process of totaling differences in brightness between the extracted area images; and a generating portion that generates at least one synthetic image by synthesizing the extracted area images with the at least one illumination parameter.01-12-2012
20120307093IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND METHOD THEREOF - An image processing apparatus and method relate to an imaging process which is applied to image data captured by an image capturing apparatus such as a multi-eye camera, multi-view camera, and the like. The image processing apparatus and method generates synthetic image data which focused on a curved focus surface by compositing multi-view image data captured from multi-viewpoints.12-06-2012
20120307092IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - An image capturing apparatus and a control method thereof relate to an image capturing apparatus such as a camera array. The image capturing apparatus comprises a plurality of image capturing units. An image capturing unit to be activated out of a plurality of image capturing units is decided based on the capturing distance of an object included in a captured scene. Electricity is supplied to the image capturing unit decided to be activated.12-06-2012
20120062756Method and System for Processing Multiview Videos for View Synthesis Using Skip and Direct Modes - Multiview videos are acquired by overlapping cameras. Side information is used to synthesize multiview videos. A reference picture list is maintained for current frames of the multiview videos, the reference picture indexes temporal reference pictures and spatial reference pictures of the acquired multiview videos and the synthesized reference pictures of the synthesized multiview video. Each current frame of the multiview videos is predicted according to reference pictures indexed by the associated reference picture list with a skip mode and a direct mode, whereby the side information is inferred from the synthesized reference picture. Alternatively, the depth images corresponding to the multiview videos of the input data, and this data are encoded as part of the bitstream depending on a SKIP type.03-15-2012
20120206616IMAGE SENSOR ARRAY FOR DETECTING IMAGE INFORMATION FOR AUTOMATIC IMAGE DATA PROCESSING - An image sensor array for capturing image information for automatic image data processing. The image sensor array includes a multiplicity of identical sensor cells. Each sensor cell respectively comprises at least one image sensor with a dedicated sensor optical system. A frame buffer is configured to store image information from the at least one image sensor. An evaluation unit is configured to process the image information. At least one data interface to a directly adjacent sensor cell. The sensor cells are arranged in at least one row so that a capture region of an image sensor of the directly adjacent sensor cell overlaps. The at least one data interface to the directly adjacent sensor cell is configured to access the image data of the capture region. The respective valuation unit of the sensor cells is configured to determine a correlation of items of the image data in the capture region08-16-2012
20130010144SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING IMMERSIVE DISPLAYS OF VIDEO CAMERA INFORMATION FROM A PLURALITY OF CAMERAS - A system for providing stitched video from a first camera and a second camera to an electronic display system includes a processing circuit configured to associate a view a first camera with an approximate location. The processing circuit is further configured to build relationship data between the first camera and a second camera using the approximate location. The processing circuit is further configured to transform video from the first camera relative to video from the second camera, the transformation based on the relationship data. The processing circuit is further configured to use the transformed video to cause the stitched video to be provided to the electronic display system.01-10-2013
20100245607Video processing apparatus - The video processing apparatus includes: a pattern information storing unit that stores use part information and location information; a plurality of video inputting units that input each of a plurality of video data; a video data generating unit that generates a plurality of types of generated video data; a generated video pattern selecting unit that selects a pattern of generated video data to be generated; a process unit that stores the use part of each video data in a storing unit; and a video outputting unit that coordinate-converts the generated combined video data with coordinate conversion data, generates the generated video data, and outputs the generated video data to the display unit. The use part information indicates a use part of each video data used for the generated video data, and the location information includes reduction ratio information of the use part of the each video data.09-30-2010
20080266408Apparatus and method for generating panorama image and computer readable medium stored thereon computer executable instructions for performing the method - The present invention relates to apparatus and method for generating a panorama image, and a computer readable medium stored thereon computer executable instructions for performing the method.10-30-2008
20090059018NAVIGATION ASSISTED MOSAIC PHOTOGRAPHY - An imaging apparatus for producing a mosaic image of a scene, including: an imager operable to capture a plurality of images of the scene; a motion sensor coupled to the imager; a transformation processor electrically coupled to the imager and the motion sensor and a mosaic processor electrically coupled to the transformation processor. The motion sensor is adapted to determine a pitch parameter and a yaw parameter of the imager associated with each captured image of the scene. The transformation processor is adapted to transform each captured image into a mosaic coordinate system using the associated pitch parameter and yaw parameter of the imager. The mosaic processor is adapted to produce a mosaic image of the scene from the transformed images.03-05-2009
20120218431IMAGING APPARATUS - An imaging apparatus includes a first and a second imaging unit, a clipping unit, an image processing control unit. The first imaging unit is provided on a front face of an apparatus main body. The second imaging unit is provided on a back face of the apparatus main body. The clipping unit clips image data of the second main subject from the second acquired image data. The image processing control unit combines the first acquired image data with the image data of the second main subject clipped by the clipping unit to meet combining conditions determined by the first image data.08-30-2012
20120257070Acquisition System for Images Having a High Dynamic Range - An image acquisition system comprises: a single set of focussing optics focussing an incident beam from a scene to be imaged on a first sensor and a second sensor exhibiting identical spectral response curves; followed by separation means separating the irradiance of the beam coming from the focussing optics into first and second predetermined fractions, the separation means orienting the first fraction towards the first sensor and the second fraction towards the second sensor; control means for controlling a first acquisition time of the scene to be imaged by the first sensor to obtain a first image and/or a second acquisition time of the scene to be imaged by the second sensor to obtain a second image; and merging means that merge the first image coming from the first sensor and the second image coming from the second sensor to generate a final image.10-11-2012
20120188389METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PARALLAX CORRECTION IN FUSED ARRAY IMAGING SYSTEMS - Electronic devices may include camera modules. A camera module may include an array camera having an array of lenses and an array of corresponding image sensors. Parallax correction and depth mapping methods may be provided for array cameras. A parallax correction method may include a global and a local parallax correction. A global parallax correction may be determined based on one-dimensional horizontal and vertical projections of edge images. Local parallax corrections may be determined using a block matching procedure. Further improvements to local parallax corrections may be generated using a relative block color saturation test, a smoothing of parallax correction vectors and, if desired, using a cross-check between parallax correction vectors determined for multiple image sensors. Three dimensional depth maps may be generated based on parallax correction vectors.07-26-2012
20120262594IMAGE-CAPTURING APPARATUS - In a motion picture capturing system for generating a virtual viewpoint image by a plurality of cameras, if image-capturing is performed with timing being shifted to improve frame rate performance, estimation accuracy is deteriorated due to an error in corresponding point detection between images or the presence of a moving subject. The image-capturing timing is controlled such that two or more of a plurality of image-capturing units perform simultaneous image-capturing, and motion of the whole of an image-capturing apparatus is estimated from a plurality of images captured by the simultaneous image-capturing. The virtual viewpoint image is synthesized from the images captured by the simultaneous image-capturing by the plurality of image-capturing units and the estimated motion.10-18-2012
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20100231734MULTIPLE RESOLUTION VIDEO NETWORK WITH CONTEXT BASED CONTROL - A system. The system includes a computing device configured for communication with a plurality of multiple resolution cameras and with a display device. The computing device includes a composite image module. The composite image module is configured for receiving composite information from at least one of the multiple resolution cameras, and for generating a composite image based on the composite information.09-16-2010
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20080225129Electronic Equipment and Method in Electronic Equipment for Forming Image Information and a Program Product for Implementation of the Method - The invention relates to electronic equipment. The equipment includes camera means for forming data from an object located in the imaging direction, in which case the said camera means include at least two camera units (CAM09-18-2008
20130147979SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR EXTENDING DYNAMIC RANGE OF IMAGER ARRAYS BY CONTROLLING PIXEL ANALOG GAIN - Array cameras and imager arrays configured to capture high dynamic range light field image data and methods of capturing high dynamic range light field image data in accordance with embodiments of the invention are disclosed. Imager arrays in accordance with many embodiments of the invention include multiple focal planes with associated read out and sampling circuitry. The sampling circuitry controls the conversion of the analog image information into digital image data. In certain embodiments, the sampling circuitry includes an Analog Front End (AFE) and an Analog to Digital Converter (ADC). In several embodiments, the AFE is used to apply different amplification gains to analog image information read out from pixels in a given focal plane to provide increased dynamic range to digital image data generated by digitizing the amplified analog image information. The different amplifications gains can be applied in a predetermined manner or on a pixel by pixel basis.06-13-2013
20100309325DISPLAY DEVICE HAVING SCANNING FUNCTION - A display device includes a housing, a liquid crystal panel member, numerous camera modules, a light emitting device and a processing unit. The housing defines a slot configured for allowing an display medium to enter the display device. The liquid crystal panel member is received in the housing. The camera modules are positioned in the reflective housing and each is configured for capturing a sub-images of a corresponding portion of the display medium. The light emitting device is configured for emitting light to the display medium. The processing unit is configured for obtaining an image of the display medium by synthesizing the sub-images of the corresponding portions of the display medium.12-09-2010
20110242341Method and System for Generating High Temporal Resolution Video from Low Temporal Resolution Videos - Embodiments of the invention disclose a system and a method for generating an output video having a first temporal resolution from input videos acquired synchronously of a scene by at least three cameras, wherein each input video has a second temporal resolution, wherein the second temporal resolution is less than the first temporal resolution. The method obtains frames of each input video, wherein the frames are sampled according to a code selected such that an integration time of the corresponding camera is greater than a frame time of the output video. Next, the method combines intensities of pixels of corresponding frames in a linear system; and solves the linear system independently for each corresponding frame to generate the output video.10-06-2011
20130188068Systems and methods for acquiring and processing image data produced by camera arrays - This disclosure is directed to camera systems including a camera array, data buses shared by the cameras, and one or more processors that process images captured by the camera array. In one aspect, a camera system (07-25-2013

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