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Combined image signal generator and general image signal processing

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348207990 - CAMERA, SYSTEM AND DETAIL

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Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
348231990 With details of static memory for output image (e.g., for a still camera) 875
348241000 Including noise or undesired signal reduction 820
348223100 Color balance (e.g., white balance) 399
348240990 Zoom 323
348229100 Combined automatic gain control and exposure control (i.e., sensitivity control) 251
348239000 Camera and video special effects (e.g., subtitling, fading, or merging) 204
348234000 Details of luminance signal formation in color camera 188
348226100 Including flicker detection (e.g., fluorescent) 74
348254000 Gray scale transformation (e.g., gamma correction) 50
348252000 With transition or edge sharpening (e.g., aperture correction) 20
348257000 With DC level control 3
20080284881METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR VIDEO MOTION BLUR REDUCTION - A video frame may be divided into plurality of sub-frames to reduce motion blur in sample-and-hold display. The plurality of sub-frames may preserve, in their totality, the luminance and coloring of the original input frames. An input frame that is Y′CrCb encoded may be converted to R′G′B′ to enable luminance conversion onto the plurality of sub-frame while preserving the coloring information of said input frame. The first of said plurality of sub-frames may comprise energy and/or luminance encoded into the original frame with remaining energy and/or luminance encoded into remaining sub-frames. Determining luminance encoding of said plurality of sub-frames may be performed dynamically or may be determined based on programmable look-up tables. Frame conversion may compensate for nonlinearity in sample-and-hold displays that may be utilized to display the output sub-frames, wherein said nonlinearity may be caused by the gamma characteristics of said displays.11-20-2008
20110074987IMAGING DEVICE - An A/D conversion section (03-31-2011
20110149124METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING A PIXEL SIGNAL - An NchMOS transistor Q06-23-2011
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20080284866Imaging device, method of processing captured image signal and computer program - A constant amount of new portion of image data as still images is always stored on a memory in an image taking operation. In response to a shutter release operation, the image data stored on the memory is recorded onto a recording medium. A next new portion of the image data generated subsequent to the shutter release operation is then recorded on the recording medium. A predetermined pixel count, smaller than a standard pixel count set in the image data subsequent to the shutter release operation, is set in the image data prior to the shutter release operation. Process time for multi-shot operation is shortened in order to prevent photo opportunity missing. The pixel count in the image data subsequent to the shutter release operation remains unchanged so that the image data of high image quality is acquired.11-20-2008
20130044235MOBILE DEVICE WITH ON-SCREEN OPTICAL NAVIGATION - A mobile computing device, including a main body, a processor and associated memory housed within the main body, a display screen housed within the main body and responsive to signals from the processor, an optical sensor fixed to the main body for capturing successive images and providing image signals representative of the captured images to the processor, and a navigation module associated with the processor for determining, based on the image signals, a relative movement between the main body and a reference surface and moving a pointer on the display screen based on the determined relative movement.02-21-2013
20130044233EMOTIONAL ILLUMINATION, AND RELATED ARRANGEMENTS - A smartphone senses a user's emotional reaction to certain output (e.g., an output from a smartphone's attempt to read a barcode printed in a newspaper). The phone then tailors its operation based on the sensed reaction (e.g., it may turn on a torch to better illuminate the newspaper, or vary image processing or decoding parameters).02-21-2013
20110176024Image Fusion Apparatus and Method - Provided are an image fusion apparatus and method for combining multi-exposure images. The image fusion apparatus and method may generate a sharp high-resolution high dynamic image while fully representing detail in an over-exposed region and an under-exposed region of the image without contrast degradation.07-21-2011
20110176023UNIT PICTURE ELEMENTS, BACK-SIDE ILLUMINATION CMOS IMAGE SENSORS INCLUDING THE UNIT PICTURE ELEMENTS AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURING THE UNIT PICTURE ELEMENTS - Unit picture elements including photon-refracting microlenses. A unit picture element may include a photodiode, a metal layer, and a photo-refracting microlens. The photon-refracting microlens may be disposed between the photodiode and the metal layer. The photon-refracting microlens may refract photons reflected by the metal layer to a center portion of the photo diode.07-21-2011
20110176019METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR IMAGE ACQUISITION AND CONVERSION - A method for image acquisition and conversion includes low-pass filtering an image by an acquisition lens, producing from the low-pass filtered image, an up-sampled image with a first resolution with an up-sampling factor using a image sensor. The up-sampled image is converted into a multi-level image with a second resolution lower than the first resolution with an image processing circuit. The converting depends on the low-pass filtering of the lens and on the up-sampling factor. The method is adapted to gigapixel sensors and convention image sensors.07-21-2011
20130083214IMAGING DEVICE, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD - An imaging device includes a silicon substrate having a photoelectric conversion element therein, and a wiring layer on a front-surface side of the silicon substrate. The photoelectric conversion element performs photoelectric conversion on light which enters the photoelectric conversion element from the front-surface side through the wiring layer, and performs photoelectric conversion on light which enters the photoelectric conversion element from a back-surface side of the silicon substrate without going through the wiring layer.04-04-2013
20130083215Image and/or Video Processing Systems and Methods - A system, a method, and a computer-program product for image and/or video processing are disclosed. A template to be used in conjunction with a content to be captured by an optical device is provided. The optical device includes a viewfinder mechanism. The content is captured using the optical device. The captured content and the template in the viewfinder mechanism of the optical device are combined. A final content containing the captured content and the template is generated.04-04-2013
20130083213IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CORRECTING METHOD, AND IMAGING APPARATUS - An image processing apparatus includes a calculation unit configured to calculate a parameter indicating a degree of change of a difference value between signal values of pixel signals of different pixels in an OPB region of an imaging element, and an estimation unit configured to estimate a reference value of a black level which is used for correcting a black level of a signal value of a pixel signal in an effective pixel region of the imaging element, by using a model of the parameter that is calculated by the calculation unit.04-04-2013
20110199502IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - An image pickup apparatus includes a face area selecting unit configured to select at least a face area situated at a first object distance and a face area situated at a second object distance, and to select a face area occupying the smallest area in a picked-up image among two or more face areas in a case where the two or more face areas are situated at the first object distance or at the second object distance.08-18-2011
20120200729IMAGE DISPLAY CONTROLLER CAPABLE OF PROVIDING EXCELLENT VISIBILITY OF DISPLAY AREA FRAMES, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image display controller capable of providing excellent visibility of a face display frame and a human display frame associated with an object. The image display controller detects an object in an image, and identifies a face area of the object distinguishably from a human body area exclusive of the face area. Further, the image display controller generates a face display frame for enclosing the face area and a human body display frame for enclosing the human body area. Then, the image display controller displays the face display frame and the human body display frame on a screen together with the image.08-09-2012
20090207269Image processing device, camera device, communication system, image processing method, and program - An image processing device includes a face detector configured to detect a face based on a taken image, and an output processor configured to have a function to execute privacy-mask processing for privacy protection for an image of a face detected by the face detector or an image of a background of the face. The output processor includes a function to separately output an image of a face detected by the face detector and an image of a background of the face which are each subjected to or not subjected to the privacy-mask processing.08-20-2009
20090201387IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM STORING MEDIUM - An image capturing apparatus includes an optical system that forms an image of light and a gradation processing section that converts gradation of a captured image captured through the optical system in accordance with a spatial frequency transfer characteristic of the optical system. The image capturing apparatus may further include a light receiving section that receives light from a subject through the optical system, and the gradation processing section may convert gradation of a captured image obtained by light received by the light receiving section in accordance with a spatial frequency transfer characteristic at the position at which the light receiving section is provided.08-13-2009
20090201384Method and apparatus for matching color image and depth image - A method and apparatus for matching images are provided. The image matching method includes: obtaining a depth image and an intensity image of an object using a depth camera installed at a first position and a color image of the object using a color camera installed at a second position other than the first poison;08-13-2009
20110181750DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, RECORDING MEDIUM ON WHICH A DISPLAY CONTROL PROGRAM IS RECORDED AND RECORDING MEDIUM ON WHICH AN IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM IS RECORDED - The display control apparatus according to the present invention displays on a display unit, in a prescribed order, multiple images respectively expressing multiple image data acquired by an image data acquisition unit. For a predetermined portion of the images in the multiple images displayed on the display unit, image processing is performed to change the style of the images and the images are then displayed on the display unit.07-28-2011
20110181749SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF, DRIVING METHOD OF SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, AND ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT - A solid-state imaging device includes multiple pixels formed of photoelectric converters and pixel transistors; a floating diffusion portion that exists within a region of each of the photoelectric converters when viewed from above; and a vertical transfer gate electrode of a transfer transistor that surrounds at least a portion of each photoelectric converter and is formed in the depth direction of a substrate and makes up the pixel transistor.07-28-2011
20110205388IMAGE-CAPTURING DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image-capturing device includes: a photographic optical system; a photoelectric conversion element array made up with a plurality of photoelectric conversion elements, arrayed therein; a micro-lens array made up with a plurality of micro-lenses arrayed therein; a data creation unit that creates pixel data at a plurality of pixels on a specific image forming plane by applying filter matrix data to output signals provided from the plurality of photoelectric conversion elements; and an image synthesis unit that synthetically generates an image on the specific image forming plane at a given position assumed along an optical axis of the photographic optical system, based upon the pixel data. The filter matrix data assume a two-dimensional data array pattern conforming to a specific intensity distribution with a distribution center thereof set at an element corresponding to a central position of a projection image of each of the plurality of pixels.08-25-2011
20090195668Digital image processing apparatus and method of controlling the same - A digital image processing apparatus and a method of controlling the same. When the composition of a subject displayed on a display of the apparatus is changed during application of a first shutter-release signal, a current auto-focus (AF) region moves along with the subject and displayed on the display at the same time as the subject. The apparatus can further display an initial AF region on the display in a manner distinguishable from the current AF region. After the composition of the subject is changed, while the current AF region moving along with the subject is being displayed on the display, when the application of the first shutter-release signal is interrupted, an AF region is reset as the initial AF region. Also, an image file can be generated and stored after application of a second-shutter release signal which occurs after application of the first shutter-release signal.08-06-2009
20100149360SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ISOLATED NMOS-BASED ESD CLAMP CELLDITHERING TECHNIQUES TO REDUCE MISMATCH IN MULTI-CHANNEL IMAGING SYSTEMS - An embodiment of the present invention may be directed to a multi channel imaging system. The multi channel imaging system may include an input for a light signal and a plurality of channel circuits. Each of the channel circuits may have an analog signal processing chain converting some portion of the light signal into to a digital representation, the plurality of channel circuits may operate in parallel. The multi channel imaging system may further comprise at least one dither circuit coupled to a point in at least one of the analog signal processing chains to add dither.06-17-2010
20110187889IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - In an image processing apparatus, a shooting scene and shooting parameters for each image pickup apparatus that is to be used to pick up an image are set in accordance with a user input. A picked-up image is received from an image pickup apparatus. In accordance with the shooting scene that is set for the image pickup apparatus which has picked up the received image, a threshold of the likelihood of detecting a face region that is included in the shooting parameters for the shooting scene is obtained. A face region is detected from the picked-up image using the obtained threshold of the likelihood of detecting a face region. An image of the detected face region is highlighted and displayed on a display screen.08-04-2011
20110187884IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT PROCESSES IMAGE DATA TO WHICH A PLURALITY OF PIECES OF CLASSIFICATION INFORMATION ARE ADDED, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus that makes it possible, when executing processing on image data groups classified according to classification information, to perform the processing on an image data item having a plurality of pieces of classification information added thereto, in a user-friendly manner adapted to a type of the processing. A system controller selects an image data group of image data items to which specific classification information is added. The controller designates processing to be executed on the image data group. When a plurality of image data groups are selected, the controller causes the processing designated by said designation unit to be executed on an image data item belonging to a plurality of selected image data groups such that the number of times of execution of the processing on the image data item is made different according to a type of the processing.08-04-2011
20110187879IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM - The present application provides an imaging device and an image processing program capable of recording an image suitable for image editing. The imaging device includes an imaging section imaging a subject by an image sensor to generate data of a first image in a pixel range and data of a second image in a second pixel range circumscribing the first image, the first image having an angle of view desired by a user, and a recording section recording the data of the first image and records the data of the second image as additional information of the data of the first image.08-04-2011
20090102937LONG-DISTANCE IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE - A device for taking long-distance images includes, successively: 04-23-2009
20110193989Method of Notifying Users Regarding Motion Artifacts Based on Image Analysis - A digital image acquisition system includes a portable apparatus for capturing digital images and a digital processing component for detecting, analyzing and informing the photographer regarding motion blur, and for reducing camera motion blur in an image captured by the apparatus. The digital processing component operates by comparing the image with at least one other image, for example a preview image, of nominally the same scene taken outside the exposure period of the main image. In one embodiment the digital processing component determines the degree of artefacts and whether to inform the user that the image is blurred by identifying at least one feature in a single preview image which is relatively less blurred than the corresponding feature in the main image. In another embodiment, the digital processing component calculates a trajectory of at least one feature in a plurality of preview images, extrapolates such feature on to the main image, calculates a PSF in respect of the feature, and informs the user based on the calculated PSF. In another embodiment the digital processing unit after determining the degree of blur notifies the photographer of the existing blur or automatically invokes consecutive captures. In another embodiment, the digital processing unit determines whether the image quality is acceptable from real time analysis of the captured image and provides this information to the user. Such real time analysis may use the auto focusing mechanism to qualitatively determine the PSF.08-11-2011
20110193988SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND SEMICONDUCTOR INTEGRATED CIRCUIT - The semiconductor device having task processing units which perform predetermined functional processes and are capable of freely accessing memories independently of each other, includes: the task processing units provided on the semiconductor substrate and configured to select at least one of the memories independently of each other and issue requests for memory access to the selected memory; and memory control units which are capable of operating independently of each other, correspond to the respective memories independently of each other, and are each configured to arbitrate the requests for memory access from the task processing units and connect, to the respective memories, the task processing units which have issued the arbitrated requests for memory access so that data can be transferred between the task processing units and the memories.08-11-2011
20110193987METHODS, APPARATUS AND SYSTEMS FOR DETERMINING POWER SPECTRAL DENSITY OF A SIGNAL VIA MODULATION OF THE SIGNAL - Methods, apparatus and systems for determining a power spectral density (PSD) of a signal, in which modulation of the signal is employed to facilitate determination of one or more PSD values over a wide range of frequencies. In some implementations, the signal may represent a wide-sense stationary random process. In one example, the signal is measured/sampled during a plurality of measurement windows, during which an intensity of the signal is modulated at one or more modulation frequencies. A variance of a set of quantities determined from the signal samples is calculated and used to determine respective values of the power spectral density (PSD) for the signal at the one or more modulation frequencies. The one or more modulation frequencies may be chosen in excess of the Nyquist frequency of the sampling process, such that the signal may be characterized for one or more frequencies above the Nyquist limit.08-11-2011
20110193986IMAGE SENSING DEVICE - An image sensing device includes: a subject detection portion which detects a specific subject from a preview image; a state determination portion which determines the state of the specific subject detected by the subject detection portion; a sound output portion which outputs a sound to the specific subject when the state of the specific subject is determined not to be a first state; and a shooting portion which shoots a target image when the state of the specific subject is determined to be the first state.08-11-2011
20110193984IMAGING APPARATUS - An imaging apparatus includes a display unit capable of performing through display for displaying in real time a captured image, a control unit configured to cause, while the through display is being performed, the imaging unit to capture a still image in response to an instruction for a shooting preparation and a subsequent instruction for a shooting operation, an image processing unit configured to apply a special effect for changing image quality in a set direction to the captured image subjected to through display, a detection unit configured to detect an orientation of the imaging apparatus, and a setting unit configured to set the direction of the special effect according to the detected orientation, wherein, during a period for which an operation input for the shooting preparation continues, the setting unit retains the setting of the direction of the special effect even when the detected orientation changes.08-11-2011
20110193983SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR, DRIVING METHOD THEREOF, AND IMAGING APPARATUS - In an imaging mode for reading a part of a plurality of pixels, signals of same color adjacent pixels are simultaneously read out to capacities, and at least two capacities in a same pixel row are once short-circuited. Further, capacities of a plurality of the pixel rows are once short-circuited to perform operation for averaging the pixels in vertical and horizontal directions. With the configuration, it is possible to solve deterioration in image quality due to occurrence of moire caused by reduction in sampling frequency in a thinning reading operation mode capable of high-speed reading.08-11-2011
20130076935IMAGE RECORDING DEVICE THAT RECORDS MOVING IMAGE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image recording device capable of obtaining a moving image with less noise even in a low illuminance environment when obtaining a moving image having a wide dynamic range. An image pickup device picks up an image of an object over different exposure time periods to output a plurality of image signals. The plurality of image signals output from the image pickup device are synthesized to thereby obtain a synthesized image. The synthesized image is recorded in a memory at a predetermined frame rate. Respective vertical transfer periods for reading out the plurality of image signals are differentiated according to the different exposure time periods, and the sum of the vertical transfer periods is controlled to a time period defined by the predetermined frame rate.03-28-2013
20130076934SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE - According to one embodiment, a solid-state imaging device includes a unit cell forming region in a pixel array of a semiconductor substrate, a pixel which is provided in the unit cell forming region and generates a signal charge based on a light signal, and an amplification transistor which is provided in the unit cell forming region and amplifies a potential associated with the signal charge transferred from the pixel to a floating diffusion. The amplification transistor includes a gate electrode having one or more first embedded portions embedded in one or more trenches in the semiconductor substrate through a first gate insulating film.03-28-2013
20130076933BACKSIDE ILLUMINATION IMAGE SENSOR, OPERATING METHOD THEREOF, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF PROCESSING IMAGE USING THE SAME - A backside illumination image sensor is provided. The backside illumination image sensor includes a plurality of different types of pixels, each pixel including a photodiode configured to accumulate photogenerated charges corresponding to light incident on a backside of a semiconductor substrate and a transfer transistor configured to transfer the photogenerated charges to a floating diffusion node; and a plurality of transfer lines disposed at a front side of the semiconductor substrate, the plurality of transfer lines connected to a gate of the transfer transistor of a respective one of the pixels, wherein transfer control signals respectively transmitted through the transfer lines produce different effective integration times in the pixels.03-28-2013
20130076931PLENOPTIC LENS UNIT PROVIDING REFOCUSABLE IMAGING MODE - A plenoptic lens unit for use with a digital camera system including a camera body having an image sensor in order to provide a low-resolution refocusable imaging mode. The plenoptic lens unit includes a lens housing having a lens mounting interface for mounting the plenoptic lens unit to the camera body, a microlens array with a plurality of microlenses mounted in the lens housing, and an imaging lens for forming an image of a scene onto the microlens array. The plenoptic lens unit is adapted to be mounted on the camera body such that the microlens array is positioned between the imaging lens and the image sensor to provide the low-resolution refocusable mode.03-28-2013
20130076932SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING A SURFACE PROFILE USING A PLURALITY OF LIGHT SOURCES - A method for determining a surface profile of subject's skin includes illuminating the subject with light from a plurality of light sources. The plurality of light sources having distinct colors is configured to illuminate the subject from distinct locations. A multi-color image of the subject is obtained. The multi-color image includes respective values corresponding to respective intensities of light of respective colors for each region of the subject. A surface profile of the subject is determined in accordance with the respective values corresponding to the respective intensities of light of the respective colors.03-28-2013
20130076930DIGITAL CAMERA INCLUDING REFOCUSABLE IMAGING MODE ADAPTOR - A digital camera system configurable to operate in a low-resolution refocusable mode and a high-resolution non-refocusable mode comprising: a camera body; an image sensor mounted in the camera body having a plurality of sensor pixels for capturing a digital image; an imaging lens for forming an image of a scene onto an image plane, the imaging lens having an aperture; and an adaptor that can be inserted between the imaging lens and the image sensor to provide the low-resolution refocusable mode and can be removed to provide the high-resolution non-refocusable mode, the adaptor including a microlens array with a plurality of microlenses; wherein when the adaptor is inserted to provide the low-resolution refocusable mode, the microlens array is positioned between the imaging lens and the image sensor.03-28-2013
20090122153IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - An image processing apparatus comprises image processing units adapted to process image data obtained from an image input unit, a first memory that stores image data that has been processed by the image processing units, a first bus that transfers the image data between the image processing units and the first memory, a second memory that stores image data transferred from the first memory, a second bus connected to the first memory and the second memory; and a control unit adapted to control the transfer of the image data stored in the first memory to the second memory via the second bus based on a signal from the image processing units indicating that image processing is not currently performed.05-14-2009
20090122151Program Creation Apparatus For Image Processing Controller - There is provided a program creation apparatus capable of displaying a camera image showing a measurement result in accordance with a position of an object to be tested, the apparatus including: a flow chart generating section for arranging processing units on an execution flow, to generate a flowchart; a program generating section for generating a control program for an image processing controller based upon the flowchart; and a display pattern generating section for associating screen components with processing units inside the flowchart and also arranging the screen components on an editor screen, to generate a display pattern in order to display a result of image processing.05-14-2009
20090122150Imaging system with improved image quality and associated methods - An imaging system includes an optical system for projecting an object onto a detector, and a phase element between an entrance pupil of the optical system and the detector, the phase element adapted to provide a more uniform modulation transfer function over a range of focus than the optical system alone, wherein an effective focal length of light output from the phase element is a function of an angular component on which the light is incident on the phase element.05-14-2009
20090122149DIGITAL CAMERA SECURITY - An image capture device, includes a body; an image sensor in the body; a lens configured to focus a scene onto the image sensor; a communications interface in the body; an image processor coupled to receive device information from an external device; a controller coupled to the communications interface and configured to control operations of the digital camera; and executable code embodied in a computer readable medium and configured to cause the controller to configure operational parameters of the digital camera based on information received from the external device. Examples of operational parameters that can be configured include locking and unlocking of the image capture device, encryption or other encoding of captured images, and device settings and configuration.05-14-2009
20100073499IMAGE CAPTURE USING SEPARATE LUMINANCE AND CHROMINANCE SENSORS - Systems and methods are provided for capturing images using an image sensing device. In one embodiment, an image sensing device may include a first lens train for sensing a first image and a second lens train for sensing a second image. The image sensing device may also include a first image sensor for capturing the luminance portion of the first image and a second image sensor for capturing the chrominance portion of the second image. The image sensing device may also include an image processing module for combining the luminance portion captured by the first image sensor and the chrominance portion captured by the second image sensor to form a composite image.03-25-2010
20120176506IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - Disclosed herein is an image pickup apparatus, including: an image pickup lens; a lens array disposed on an image formation plane of the image pickup lens; an image pickup device adapted to receive a light ray passing through the image pickup lens and the lens array to acquire picked up image data; and an image processing section adapted to carry out an image process for the picked up image data; the image processing section including a viewpoint image production section adapted to produce a plurality of viewpoint images based on the picked up image data, and an image synthesis processing section adapted to synthesize two or more viewpoint images from among the viewpoint images.07-12-2012
20120176505METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CAPTURING MOVING PICTURE - A method and apparatus for photographing a moving picture divides an image into a focus area and a background area, photographs the focus area and the background area at different frame rates, stores images thereof, and combines the stored images, whereby a resolution restriction due to high speed moving picture photographing can be reduced.07-12-2012
20130044234IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR GENERATING AUXILIARY INFORMATION FOR CAPTURED IMAGE - An image capturing apparatus is provided. The apparatus comprises an imaging lens, an image sensor, and a plurality of microlenses. The apparatus also comprises an image processing unit configured to generate a reconstruction image at a predetermined refocus plane by performing refocus processing on the image data that was output from the image sensor, and determine whether or not a subject appears in the reconstruction image. The recording unit of the apparatus records the image data that was output from the image sensor and record information regarding the subject that was determined to appear by the image processing unit as auxiliary information in association with the image data.02-21-2013
20090040327Image-Taking Device - An object of the present invention is to provide an image-taking device capable of preventing “howling.”02-12-2009
20100073502DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS, TRACKING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM HAVING RECORDED THEREON A PROGRAM FOR EXECUTING THE TRACKING METHOD - A digital photographing apparatus, a tracking method, and a recording medium having recorded thereon a program for executing the tracking method are provided which effectively determine a target image as a partial image corresponding to a reference image in a frame image. The digital photographing apparatus includes: an image pickup device; a mask preparer which prepares a mask having the same size as a reference image that is smaller than a current frame image; a matching data obtainer which obtains a plurality of pieces of matching data by applying the mask to a plurality of matching images having the same size as the reference image; and a target image determiner which determines one of the matching images as a target image by using the matching data.03-25-2010
20100073501DIGITAL IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE AND HEAD PORTRAIT GENERATING METHOD THEREOF - A digital image capture device includes a camera module, a face recognition module, a portrait capture module, a regulation module and a storage module. The camera module captures an image. The face recognition module recognizes any human face from the captured image. The portrait capture module copies the recognized face portion as a head portrait with a predetermined length-to-width ratio. The regulation module stores a plurality of groups of settings and regulates the copied head portrait according to a group of settings selected from the groups of settings. Each group of settings is compliant with requirements of a forum or an instant messaging program. The storage module stores the regulated head portrait.03-25-2010
20100073500SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CALCULATING DIMENSIONS OF OBJECT DURING IMAGE CAPTURE OF OBJECT FOR USE IN IMAGING DEVICE - A system for calculating the dimensions of an object during an image capture of the object in an imaging device includes an imaging module, a dimension calculating module, and an indication module. The imaging module is configured for capturing an image of an object. The dimension calculating module is configured for calculating the dimensions of the object. The indication module is configured for indicating the dimensions of the object in the captured image.03-25-2010
20100073498ENHANCEMENT OF IMAGES - A method of obtaining a spatial low pass filtered images from the video output of a video camera operable to produce successive video frames in the form of pixelated 2D sensed images. Each of the sensed images has a first predetermined number of rows of pixels and a second predetermined number of columns of pixels. The method may include scanning the sensor array row by row, and deriving the value of each pixel of said low spatial frequency image in such a way that said low spatial frequency value of a pixel is dependent on at least all earlier scanned pixels of the current row and all earlier scanned rows, but is not dependent on the pixels of rows located below a pixel row which is a third predetermined number of rows below the current row, said third predetermined number being significantly less than said first predetermined number.03-25-2010
20100073509IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE AND IMAGE CAPTURE SYSTEM - An image capture device is provided that can playback and output a desirable file of multiple files accumulated in an external storage device.03-25-2010
20100073508IMAGE-TAKING APPARATUS - An image-taking apparatus includes: a face-detecting section that detects a face in a subject image; and a face-metering section that meters individual faces when the faces are detected by the face-detecting section, thereby obtaining metered values for the respective faces. The apparatus further includes a calculation section that calculates correct exposure values for the respective faces based on the metered values obtained by the face-metering section. The apparatus further includes a shooting section that performs, in response to a single shooting instruction, shootings with correct exposures for the respective faces based on the correct exposure values for the respective faces calculated by the calculation section.03-25-2010
20100073507CAMERA BODY - A camera body includes an imaging element, a hot shoe, and a camera controller. The imaging element is configured to convert an optical image of the subject into an electrical signal, and is configured to produce image data about the subject. The hot shoe allows the flash device to be mounted. The camera controller is configured to calculate an evaluation value on the basis of the image data produced by the imaging element, and is configured to perform video autofocusing on the basis of this evaluation value. The camera controller is configured to control the imaging element and the flash device so that when the camera controller decides that auxiliary light is needed, and the camera controller decides that the external auxiliary light source of the flash device mounted to the hot shoe is not compatible with video autofocusing, the image data is acquired while an external main light source of the flash device intermittently emits light during the video autofocusing.03-25-2010
20100073506IMAGE PROCESSOR AND CAMERA - An image processor is provided that includes an image priority order determining processor, an image arranging processor, and a composite image creating processor. The image priority order determining processor determines priority order among a plurality of images based on predetermined priority information. The image arranging processor arranges the plurality of images with a layout that distinguishes images having higher priority in the priority order. The composite image creating processor synthesizes the plurality of images arranged by the image arranging processor into a composite image and stores the composite image in memory.03-25-2010
20100073505COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF - The present invention makes it possible to process at high speed the foreground component image and the background component image of picked up images on a network platform. A client computer 03-25-2010
20100073504METHOD OF MULTISPECTRAL IMAGING AND AN APPARATUS THEREOF - A multispectral imaging method and system is provided. A multispectral imaging method of the present invention includes determining an on-off combination of a plurality of light sources illuminating a scene; illuminating the scene with the light sources according to the on-off combination selected on the basis of a first control signal generated by a microcontroller; capturing an image of the scene by operating a camera on the basis of a second control signal synchronized with the first control signal; determining a plurality of spectral basis functions and weights of the spectral basis functions; and acquiring a continuous spectral reflectance by summing values obtained by multiplying the spectral basis functions and respective weights. The multispectral imaging method of the present invention is practical and efficient in that a continuous spectral reflectance image can be acquired with a minimized number of measurements required for obtaining spectral reflectance. Accordingly, the multispectral imaging method of the present invention can be applied to various fields, such as image reproduction and medical imaging, while overcoming performance limits of the conventional RGB imaging techniques.03-25-2010
20100073503IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image processing apparatus is configured so that a combination of the processes that are performed is set for each of unit cycles (according to the value of a counter) in accordance with priorities individually set for the processes, and image processing is performed in a fundamental cycle that is constituted of six unit cycles. A face direction determination process, a line-of-sight direction determination process, a blink detection process, a dozing determination process, and a consciousness deterioration level determination process are selectively performed depending on the value of the counter, which varies from 1 to 6. According to the image processing apparatus, it is possible to more efficiently perform image processing that involves a plurality of processes.03-25-2010
20130076936IMAGING APPARATUS - An imaging apparatus includes an imaging lens configured to form a target optical image of a target, an imaging device configured to acquire a captured image by converting the target optical image formed by the imaging lens into image data by an imaging element, an image processor configured to perform image processing on the captured image acquired by the imaging device, and an image display configured to display an image obtained through the image processor, wherein the image processor has an edge extraction unit, a display processor, and a mode selection unit.03-28-2013
20130033615METHOD OF IMAGE PREVIEW IN A DIGITAL IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - The present disclosure relates to a method of image preview in an image pickup apparatus. One embodiment is directed to a method that includes acquiring from an image sensor an image of a scene observed by an image sensor of the apparatus, generating a preview image obtained by applying to the acquired image a resolution reduction process to adapt it to the resolution of a display screen of a viewfinder of the image pickup apparatus, displaying the preview image on the display screen, generating an image of an area of the scene by extracting an area from the acquired image, and displaying the area image superimposed on the preview image or alternately with the preview image, the area image displayed having a resolution higher than that of the preview image and inferior or equal to that of the acquired image.02-07-2013
20130033614DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A display apparatus and control method are provided. The display apparatus includes an image receiver which receives an image of a portion of a user's body; an image processor which processes the received image to be displayed; a display which displays the image processed by the image processor; and a controller which extracts a contour of the portion of the user's body from the image, generates a shadow image that distinguishes an internal region of the contour from an external region of the contour, and displays the generated shadow image on the display.02-07-2013
20130038751IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS BODY, AND SHADING CORRECTING METHOD - An imaging apparatus body on which a lens unit including an imaging optical system and an identification information storage unit that stores specific identification information can be removably mounted, comprising a shading correction unit that corrects, when the determination unit determines that the correction table corresponding to the identification information of the mounted lens unit is stored in the correction table storage unit, the shading in the set of viewpoint images according to the correction table, corresponding to the identification information of the mounted lens unit, stored in the correction table storage unit.02-14-2013
20130038749IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing method of performing an image restoration processing of an image, includes the steps of generating a plurality of first optical transfer functions depending on a position of the image using coefficient data depending on an image pickup condition of the image, generating a plurality of second optical transfer functions by rotating the first optical transfer functions around a center of the image or around an optical axis of an image pickup optical system, generating an image restoration filter based on the first optical transfer functions and the second optical transfer functions, and performing the image restoration processing of the image using the image restoration filter.02-14-2013
20130038748IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND A NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus that performs an image restoration processing of an image includes an optical transfer function obtaining portion configured to obtain an optical transfer function depending on an image pickup condition of the image, a threshold frequency obtaining portion configured to obtain a threshold frequency at which an absolute value of the optical transfer function is under a predetermined threshold value, a generating portion configured to generate an image restoration filter that has gain characteristics depending on the threshold frequency using the optical transfer function, and a processing portion configured to perform the image restoration processing of the image using the image restoration filter.02-14-2013
20130038750METHODS AND APPARATUS TO PERFORM MULTI-FOCAL PLANE IMAGE ACQUISITION AND COMPRESSION - Example methods and apparatus to perform multi-focal plane image acquisition and compression are disclosed. A disclosed example method includes capturing a first image of a portion of an object at a first focal plane and at a first resolution, computing a contrast metric for the captured first image, comparing the contrast metric to a threshold to determine whether to capture a second image of the portion of the object at the first focal plane and at a second resolution, wherein the second resolution is different from the first resolution, capturing the second image of the portion of the object at the first focal plane and at the second resolution, and storing a first representation of the second image in a file, the file containing a second representation of the portion of the object at a second focal plane, wherein the second representation is at the first resolution.02-14-2013
20130038747IMAGE PICKUP UNIT AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - There is provided an image pickup unit including an image pickup element converting an optical image to an electrical signal, an optical member disposed on a subject side of the image pickup element, a plate joined to one edge of the optical member, and a vibrating member joined to the plate.02-14-2013
20100045811IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, DISPLAY-AND-IMAGE-PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP PROCESSING APPARATUS - An image pickup apparatus capable of easily improving the detection accuracy of a touching or proximity object is provided. An offset noise (a reset image R) is obtained by an image pickup process in a state (a reset state) in which an image pickup device is initialized. Moreover, a fingertip extraction process is performed in consideration of the offset noise on the basis of a picked-up image (a shadow image A or a display light-using image B) which is obtained by picking up an image of a proximity object to obtain object information about the proximity object. While an offset noise in the apparatus is easily reduced, object information about the proximity object can be obtained.02-25-2010
20100045810Video Signal Processing System and Method Thereof - An video signal processing method and system thereof are disclosed. The system comprises four cameras for capturing four video signals (1373×986 pixels, frame rate is 22.5 fps). Each video signal may be adjusted and encoded in the camera to form an output video signal (960×540 pixels, frame rate is 19.98 fps). Each frame (960×540 pixels) of the output video signal may be segmented into three fields (720×240 pixels) to be the output video of the camera. Each camera transmits the processed output video (three fields, each field is 720×240 pixels, frame rate is 19.98 fps) to a digital video recorder via a coaxial cable. The digital video recorder may decode and restore the processed output video signal to the output video signal (960×540 pixels). Then the digital video recorder may transmit the several output video signal to a display device, and the several output video signal may be displayed into the display device in quad screen format to form a high definition video corresponding to the output video standard (1080p).02-25-2010
20100045818INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS - Relationship information is previously generated and stored by learning based on camera motion estimation information expressing motion of a video camera, which is detected by a desired image signal picked up by the video camera, and camera motion information expressing physical motion of the video camera, which was obtained by a sensor for detecting physical motion at the same time when the desired image signal was picked up by the video camera. Camera motion estimation information with respect to an inputted image signal is detected from the inputted image signal. Camera motion prediction information with respect to the inputted image signal is generated, based on the camera motion estimation information detected and the relationship information. Based on the camera motion prediction information, a vibration signal for vibrating an object is generated. As a result, vibration data can be easily generated at low costs, based on existing video assets.02-25-2010
20100045817CAMERA CONTROL APPARATUS AND CAMERA CONTROL METHOD - A camera control apparatus includes: a first operation section outputting a first operation signal in accordance with the displacement amount, the first operation signal instructing a camera to perform pan or tilt control; a second operation section outputting a second operation signal in accordance with the displacement amount, the second operation signal limiting the speed at which the camera is moved; a maximum value variable producer producing a maximum value variable that limits the speed within a predetermined range based on the second operation signal; a speed determination section determining the speed in accordance with the first operation signal so that the speed is smaller than or equal to the maximum value variable; and a control signal producer producing a control command for controlling the direction in which the camera is moved and the speed based on the determined speed at which the camera is moved.02-25-2010
20100045809INFRARED AND VISIBLE-LIGHT IMAGE REGISTRATION - Methods and thermal imaging cameras are provided for registering visible-light and infrared images within a thermal imaging camera to reduce a parallax error in the images. Registration generally includes detecting a first feature set in the visible-light image data, detecting a second feature set in the infrared image data and generating a plurality of overlapping alignments of the infrared image data and the visible-light image data. A similarity figure is calculated as a function of the relative alignment of the first feature set and the second feature set for each alignment and the alignment with the desired similarity figure is selected. The images are aligned and the camera displays at least a portion of the visible-light image data and/or at least a portion of the infrared image data.02-25-2010
20100045815IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE - In this image pickup device, a system controller uses pattern matching to detect regions where patterns match between images based on multiple sets of image data. Subsequently, the system controller conducts alignment based on the regions that are matched by pattern matching with respect to the multiple sets of image data that are generated by multiple imagings in a exposure time shorter than a normal exposure time while the imaging view field changes. Furthermore, the system controller adds the respective sets of image data after alignment, and generates image data corresponding to a view field that is wider than the imaging view field of a CCD. According to this image pickup device, motion blur can be reduced.02-25-2010
20100045814IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD - An imaging apparatus, includes: an image sensor having a light receiving surface with a plurality of pixels and a plurality-of-color separation filter, which receives light from a photographic subject which is incident via an optical system on the surface via the filter, outputs a pixel output of each pixel, and images an image of the subject; a pixel output judging section which judges if each pixel output reaches each predetermined saturation level or not; a pixel output compensation processor which compensates a pixel output of a specific color filter based on a pixel output of another color separation filter in the vicinity which is less than its predetermined saturation level; and a bit compression convertor.02-25-2010
20100045812IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGING APPARATUS, PROGRAM FOR THE METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM RECORDING THE PROGRAM - Application is found to, for example, a video camera with recording means united therewith. On the basis of image recognition results, in accordance with the timing of detection of images of specified pattern in specified sequence, high-speed writing of imaging results in memory is completed and the imaging results stored in the memory is saved in a recording medium.02-25-2010
20100045813DIGITAL IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE AND VIDEO CAPTURING METHOD THEREOF - A method for capturing video comprising: capturing video of a moving object, the video comprising a current image and a subsequent image; selecting a portion of each image of the captured video which contains the moving object; copying the selected portions as new images; and encoding the new images into new video.02-25-2010
20100045816User Feedback in Connection with Object Recognition - A user controls, by hand, relative positioning between a camera-equipped apparatus and an object, to vary image data captured by the apparatus. At least certain of the image data is processed in connection with automated recognition of the object. An action based on recognition of the object can be taken. The arrangement further includes presenting feedback data to help guide the user in connection with said positioning, so as to aid in capturing image data from which the object can be recognized. In another aspect, the apparatus can provide a sequence of state data to the user on a display device, to indicate progress through several states in connection with the object recognition. A great variety of other arrangements and technologies are also detailed.02-25-2010
20090179999Image Processing Method and Apparatus - An image processing apparatus is arranged to process a first relatively underexposed and sharp image of a scene, and a second relatively well exposed and blurred image, nominally of the same scene, the first and second images being derived from respective image sources. The apparatus provides a portion of the relatively first underexposed image as an input signal to an adaptive filter; and a corresponding portion of the second relatively well exposed image as a desired signal to the adaptive filter. The adaptive filter produces an output signal from the input signal and the desired signal; and an image generator constructs a first filtered image from the output signal, relatively less blurred than the second image.07-16-2009
20100103277TAGGING CAMERA - A tagging camera device may include an image capturing logic configured to receive an image signal containing data representing at least one of a photographic image and a digital video. The tagging camera device may further include database communication logic configured to receive from at least one database data representing information from an online social network. The tagging camera device may further include identification logic configured to receive an identifying signal containing data identifying one or more objects appearing in the at least one of the photographic image and the digital video. The tagging camera device may further include tagging logic configured to tag a portion of the at least one of the photographic image and the digital video by associating the portion of the at least one of the photographic image and the digital video with the data representing information from the online social network based on the data identifying the one or more objects appearing in the at least one of the photographic image and the digital video, where the tagging logic is configured to automatically tag the portion of the at least one of the photographic image and the digital video.04-29-2010
20100110216IMAGING ELEMENT, DRIVE METHOD FOR IMAGING ELEMENT, AND CAMERA - An imaging element includes: a pixel section in which a plurality of pixels each having a photoelectric conversion element are arranged in a matrix; a signal line to which a signal read from the pixels is transmitted; a holding section for holding the read signal during a holding period; a processing section for performing signal processing on the read signal after being held by the holding section; and a control section for controlling supply of the read signal to the holding section. The control section supplies the read signal to the holding section to cause it to hold the read signal during the holding period, and stops supplying the read signal to the holding section to cause the processing section to perform the signal processing on the read signal and to cause a signal to be read from the pixels and output to the signal line after the holding.05-06-2010
20100110222DIGITAL CAMERA FRONT-END ARCHITECTURE - A video processing front-end for digital cameras, camcorders, video cell phones, et cetera has multiple interconnected processing modules for functions such as CCD controller, preview engine, auto exposure, auto focus, auto white balance, et cetera with complicated data flow can be realized and managed.05-06-2010
20100110218IMAGING DEVICE, IMAGING METHOD AND PROGRAM - An imaging device, which includes: an imaging section which photoelectrically converts an optical image of an object and generates an image signal; an outputting section which outputs the image signal generated by the imaging section to a transmission path; a driving section which drives the imaging section to generate the image signal; and a controlling section which drives the driving section to cause the imaging section to generate the image signal in a predetermined exposure time and reduces an image rate for the image signal generated by the imaging section so as to narrow a bandwidth necessary for transmission of the image signal.05-06-2010
20100110208Method And Apparatus For Superresolution Imaging - An apparatus and method are disclosed for providing superresolution imaging of a target, including remote targets. An apparatus for superresolution imaging may include a receiver having a predefined receiving aperture for capturing an image of the target. The apparatus may also include a plurality of transmitters spaced apart from one another and configured to concurrently emit signals with a phase difference therebetween. The plurality of transmitters may be further configured to emit overlapping beams onto the target to produce a fringe pattern modulated at spatial frequencies beyond the resolution limit of the receiving aperture. The apparatus may further include a processor configured to process the image including at least a portion of the fringe pattern in order to produce a superresolved image including spatial frequency content beyond the resolution limit of the receiving aperture. A corresponding method may also be provided.05-06-2010
20100007757CAMERA MODULE AND IMAGING DEVICE - Provided are a camera module and electronic equipment that are advantageous in alleviating a stress to be imposed on connectors and a flexible substrate at the time of attaching a printed wiring substrate. A first flank 01-14-2010
20100007753IMAGE COMPRESSION METHOD, DEVICE, ELECTRONIC CAMERA, AND PROGRAM - An image compression device includes a motion vector detecting section, a determination section, an intra-frame compression section, and an inter-frame compression section. The motion vector detecting section obtains a motion vector between sets of image data at a plurality of positions on an image. The determination section determines whether a spatial variation of the motion vector on the image is large or small. The intra-frame compression section selects an image area A, which is determined to have the large spatial variation of the motion vector, from the image data to be compressed, and subjects the selected image area A to intra-frame compression. The inter-frame compression section selects an image area B, which is determined to have the small spatial variation of the motion vector, from the image data to be compressed, and subjects the selected image area B to inter-frame prediction differential compression.01-14-2010
20090141140End-to-end design of electro-optic imaging systems for color-correlated objects - An electro-optic color imaging system includes an optical subsystem, a detector subsystem and a digital image processing subsystem. The system is used to image a color-correlated object. In the optical subsystem, the image surfaces for different color channels of the object are substantially separated. Thus, one color channel may be in focus while others are out of focus. The detector subsystem is located at a fixed image distance from the optical subsystem and captures the different color channel images of the object. The image processing subsystem estimates the image of the object by combining the captured color channel images based at least in part on an a priori estimate of the correlation between the color channels.06-04-2009
20100026833AUTOMATIC FACE AND SKIN BEAUTIFICATION USING FACE DETECTION - Sub-regions within a face image are identified to be enhanced by applying a localized smoothing kernel to luminance data corresponding to the sub-regions of the face image. An enhanced face image is generated including an enhanced version of the face that includes certain original pixels in combination with pixels corresponding to the one or more enhanced sub-regions of the face.02-04-2010
20100026828OPTICAL IMAGING DEVICE, AND LENS CONTROL METHOD AND APPARATUS - The invention provides an optical imaging device, which includes: an input unit, adapted to receive lens category information that is inputted; a storage unit, adapted to store at least one lens control model; and a control unit, adapted to select, according to the lens category information that is inputted from the input unit, a corresponding lens control model from the storage unit, and to apply to a lens a control signal which control signal corresponds to a current status of the lens. The invention also provides a lens control method and apparatus. The optical imaging device of the invention can control and adjust various categories of lenses, thus effectively avoiding the problem of iris hunting.02-04-2010
20080316327IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE WITH CONTEMPORANEOUS REFERENCE IMAGE CAPTURE MECHANISM - A hand-held or otherwise portable or spatial or temporal performance-based image capture device includes one or more lenses, an aperture and a main sensor for capturing an original main image. A secondary sensor and optical system are for capturing a reference image that has temporal and spatial overlap with the original image. The device performs an image processing method including capturing the main image with the main sensor and the reference image with the secondary sensor, and utilizing information from the reference image to enhance the main image. The main and secondary sensors are contained together within a housing.12-25-2008
20130027579IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM STORAGE DEVICE - An image processing apparatus, method and non-transitory computer program storage device cooperate to process successive images. Respective frames are created and positioned within the successive images, where each frame has a border. When changes between the frame borders are detected, a controller triggers the capturing of an image. This approach results in the capturing of interesting moments, even if the subject is not a human subject. The change in frame boundaries may be categorized in a variety of ways, including change in aspect ratio, shape, orientation, and position, for example. By detecting the changes in this way, an imaging device can capture images of interesting events automatically.01-31-2013
20130027580DIGITAL CAMERAS WITH DIRECT LUMINANCE AND CHROMINANCE DETECTION - Digital camera systems and methods are described that provide a color digital camera with direct luminance detection. The luminance signals are obtained directly from a broadband image sensor channel without interpolation of RGB data. The chrominance signals are obtained from one or more additional image sensor channels comprising red and/or blue color band detection capability. The red and blue signals are directly combined with the luminance image sensor channel signals. The digital camera generates and outputs an image in YCrCb color space by directly combining outputs of the broadband, red and blue sensors.01-31-2013
20130027577IMAGING SYSTEMS WITH COLOR FILTER BARRIERS - An image sensor may be provided in which a pixel array includes imaging pixels and application-specific pixels. The application-specific pixels may include depth-sensing pixels, infrared imaging pixels, or other types of application-specific pixels. A color filter array may be formed over the pixel array. The color filter array may include Bayer color filter array formed over the imaging pixels. The color filter array may also include a plurality of green color filter elements formed over the application-specific pixels. Barrier structures may be interposed between imaging pixels and application-specific pixels. The barrier structures may be configured to reduce or eliminate optical crosstalk between imaging pixels and adjacent application-specific pixels. The barrier structures may include an opaque photodefinable material such as black or blue photodefinable material that may be configured to filter out wavelength bands of interest. The barrier structures may be formed during the color filter array fabrication process.01-31-2013
20130027576METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DIGITAL PULSE RECOGNITION DEMODULATION - In one aspect, the present disclosure relates to a method for recognizing a broadcast digital pulse recognition tone in a beacon-based light positioning system. In some embodiments, the method includes capturing a digital image using an imaging sensor of an imaging device, identifying one or more regions of the digital image illuminated by one of one or more beacon light sources, determining a frequency content of each of the one or more regions, and determining a particular tone broadcast by the beacon light source illuminating a particular region using the frequency content of the particular region. In some embodiments, the imaging sensor has a frame rate and includes a rolling shutter, the rolling shutter having a sampling rate greater than the frame rate of the imaging sensor.01-31-2013
20130027578IMAGING SYSTEMS WITH DIGITALLY CONTROLLED ANALOG OFFSET COMPENSATION - An image sensor may be provided that includes an image pixel array, analog column circuitry and digital column circuitry. The digital column circuitry may extract a systematic analog signal offset from data received from the analog column circuitry. The digital column circuitry may generate analog signal offset correction values based on the systematic analog signal offsets and provide the analog signal offset correction values to the analog column circuitry. The analog column circuitry may remove signal offsets from subsequently read out image data from the image pixel array using the analog signal offset correction values provided by the digital column circuitry. The image pixel array may include image pixels having color filters of various colors. The digital column circuitry may generate analog signal offset correction values corresponding to each of the various colors.01-31-2013
20130027575METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ARRAY CAMERA PIXEL READOUT - Imaging systems may include camera modules that include an array of image sensors. An image sensor may include multiple image pixel arrays arranged in rows and columns, multiple control circuits for operating the image pixels of that image sensor, and shared readout circuitry for reading out the image pixels of the image pixel arrays of that image sensor. Each control circuit may be operable to select rows of image pixels that extend across a row of image pixel arrays. Shared readout circuitry may include one or more line buffers configured to temporarily store image data captured by image pixels in the selected rows of image pixels. Shared readout circuitry may include selection circuitry configured to readout image data from groups of associated pixels located in separate image pixel arrays. An imaging system may include processing circuitry for processing the image data from each group of pixels.01-31-2013
20130027574METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR VERIFICATION OF IMAGING SYSTEMS - Imaging systems may be provided with image sensors and verification circuitry. Verification circuitry may be configured to continuously verify proper operation of the image sensor during operation. Verification circuitry may include one or more heating elements formed on a common substrate with image pixels of the image sensor. Verification data may be generated by powering on the heating elements and collecting charges generated in image pixels of the image sensor in response to heat generated by the powered heating element. Heat image charges may be read out using the same readout circuitry that is used to readout imaging data generated in response to incoming light. Heat image data may be used to verify proper operation of all components of an imaging system. Based on a comparison of the verification data with a predetermined standard, an imaging system may continue to operate normally or corrective action may be taken.01-31-2013
20130027573METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AUTO-DETECTING ORIENTATION OF FREE-FORM DOCUMENT USING OCR - Method and apparatus of detecting orientation of document using OCR. Decoding. The method includes (1) capturing an image of a document having a text string with an imaging arrangement having a solid-state imager; (2) storing into a memory a captured image of the document obtained by the solid-state imager; (3) performing OCR decoding on the text string in the captured image of the document to find an up-direction of the document in the captured image; and (4) setting an orientation of the document in the captured image based upon the up-direction of the document. In one implementation, the text string includes an OCR string specifically designed for OCR decoding.01-31-2013
20080316324POSITION DETECTION AND/OR MOVEMENT TRACKING VIA IMAGE CAPTURE AND PROCESSING - Position detection and/or movement tracking via image capture and processing. Digital cameras perform image capture of one or more objects within a particular region (e.g., a physical gaming environment). A game module or processing module processes the images captured by the digital cameras to identify a position of and/or track movement of objects (e.g., a player, a gaming object, a game controller, etc.). Various digital image processing techniques may be employed including pattern recognition of objects, color recognition/distinction, intensity recognition/distinction, relative size comparison, etc. to identify objects and/or track their movement. The coupling between the digital cameras and the game module or processing module may be wired, wireless, or a combination thereof. If wireless, any number of different signaling means may be employed including Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) signaling, Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) signaling, or Frequency Division Multiple Access (FDMA) signaling.12-25-2008
20080252741IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD - An imaging method is provided. The method includes the steps of: amplifying an imaging signal obtained from an image sensor for converting imaging light into an imaging signal; carrying out nonlinear processing on the amplified signal; adding a predetermined plurality of frames of the imaging signal subjected to the nonlinear processing per frame; and carrying out the variable setting of amplification gain of each frame on the basis of a signal accumulation period of each frame in the plurality of frames subjected to the addition.10-16-2008
20130033617GENERATING AN IMAGE PRESEGMENTED INTO REGIONS OF INTEREST AND REGIONS OF NO INTEREST - A camera system (02-07-2013
20130033616IMAGING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM - Provided is an imaging device including an image sensor for outputting a high-sensitivity pixel signal from a long-time exposure pixel and a low-sensitivity pixel signal from a short-time exposure pixel; and a blooming correction processing unit for receiving the output pixel signal from the image sensor and executing blooming correction for the pixel signal. The blooming correction processing unit executes pixel value correction of the input pixel from the image sensor according to a difference between or a ratio of an input pixel value from the image sensor and an ideal pixel value not affected by blooming.02-07-2013
20130033613ANALOG-TO-DIGITAL CONVERTER, IMAGE SENSOR INCLUDING THE SAME, AND APPARATUS INCLUDING IMAGE SENSOR - The analog-to-digital converter includes a signal processing unit generating an operational amplifier output voltage in response to an input voltage and a DAC output voltage in a first period and generating the operational amplifier output voltage in respose to a feedbacked operational amplifier output voltage and the DAC output voltage in a second period; a control unit generating a DAC control signal by comparing the operational amplifier output voltage with a first reference voltage to obtain high order M-bits of data in the first period, and generating the DAC control signal by comparing the operational amplifier output voltage with second and third reference voltages to obtain low order N-bits of data in the second period; and a digital analog converter generating the DAC output voltage in response to the DAC control signal.02-07-2013
20100066851Imaging Apparatus - Imaging apparatus comprises a projectile imaging device (03-18-2010
20100066849ADAPTIVE BINNING METHOD AND APPARATUS - An image processing method and device are described. The method includes the steps of capturing the contents a scene in a first pass (03-18-2010
20100328484SHAPE MEASURING DEVICE - The present invention relates to a shape measuring device that can improve measurement accuracy. A liquid crystal element 12-30-2010
20100328483Circularly Symmetric Aspheric Optics Providing Non-Monotonic Wavefront Phase Profile and Extended Depth of Field - Systems and methods include imaging optics having one or more optical elements for modifying a wavefront of electromagnetic energy incident thereon. The wavefront, modified by the optical elements, exhibits a non-monotonic wavefront phase profile. The imaging optics are characterized by a modulation transfer function that is substantially invariant over a range of misfocus. The system optionally includes a detector for receiving the electromagnetic energy from the imaging optics. A method of maintaining modulation transfer invariance over a range of misfocus in an optical imaging system includes modifying a wavefront of electromagnetic energy incident to the optical imaging system such that the wavefront exhibits a non-monotonic wavefront phase profile and a substantially invariant modulation transfer function over the range of misfocus.12-30-2010
20100328478PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE, METHOD FOR DRIVING PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE, RADIATION IMAGING DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR DRIVING RADIATION IMAGING DEVICE - Disclosed herein is a photoelectric conversion device having unit pixels arranged in a matrix, each of the unit pixels including: a photoelectric conversion element; a source follower readout transistor configured to receive a signal charge arising from photoelectric conversion by the photoelectric conversion element by a gate, and read out an electrical signal dependent on the signal charge; and a correction circuit configured to reset gate potential of the readout transistor to Vref+Vth prior to signal readout by the readout transistor, if a reference potential given to the gate of the readout transistor is defined as Vref and threshold voltage of the readout transistor is defined as Vth.12-30-2010
20100328475Infrared-Aided Depth Estimation - Systems and methods are disclosed for creating image maps. Some embodiments include a method comprising the steps of: capturing a first image illuminated by natural light and capturing a second image illuminated by infrared light. The second image may be captured at the same time as the first image. The R, G, and B values for each pixel in the first image may be determined. The intensity for each pixel in the first image may be calculated. An IR intensity for each pixel in the second image may be calculated. A depth value may then be estimated for each pixel using the ratio of the IR intensity and the intensity of corresponding pixels in the first and second images.12-30-2010
20120182443PARALLAX EFFECT SECURITY ELEMENT - The present invention relates to a security element (07-19-2012
20120182442HARDWARE GENERATION OF IMAGE DESCRIPTORS - Interest point and description circuitry is provided for tracking an object through multiple image frames. Interest point and description circuitry may be provided on an integrated circuit in an imaging device. Interest points and descriptors may be calculated at frame rate. A feature detection function may be applied to scaled images to extract interest points. Descriptors may be rotating circular gradient-histogram descriptors. Descriptors may have one or two rings, each having equal area. Descriptors may have discrete rotational positions and discrete scaling. Gradient-histograms may be calculated for the descriptors using angular, radial, and directional weighting components.07-19-2012
20120182441INTERPOLATION - A method of pixel interpolation in which a two-dimensional digital filter is arranged so as to interpolate an output pixel from a two-dimensional array of input pixels comprises detecting the direction of an image feature at a pixel position to be interpolated; applying a shear transformation to the digital filter and/or to the array of input pixels so as to map the operation of the filter to the detected image feature direction in respect of at least a first one of two axes of the two dimensional filter; and applying the digital filter to obtain the output pixels.07-19-2012
20120182440IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - An image pickup apparatus includes an image pickup unit, a scene finalization determination unit, and an image adjustment processing unit. The image pickup unit captures a subject image in photographing operation and obtains image data according to the subject. The scene finalization determination unit determines whether an imaging scene is finalized by a photographer. The image adjustment processing unit applies image adjustment processing according to the imaging scene that is finalized to the image data if the scene finalization determination unit determines that the imaging scene is finalized.07-19-2012
20120182439IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND IMAGING APPARATUS - An image processing apparatus is disclosed which includes: an image processing portion configured to perform image processing on an input image in such a manner that during the image processing, size of an unprocessed image necessary for obtaining a processed image is varied depending on position of the unprocessed image in the input image; a coding portion configured to code the processed image output from the image processing portion; and a preprocessing instruction portion configured such that before image processing and coding of the input image, the preprocessing instruction portion instructs the image processing portion to perform image processing on a preprocess image which is part of the input image and sends the processed preprocess image to the coding portion to acquire necessary information for coding the input image beforehand.07-19-2012
20120182438Multi-imaging System with Interleaved Images - A multi-imaging device includes a multiplexed optical system and a filter fixture. The multiplexed optical system forms multiple optical images of an object. These multiple optical images are interleaved at the sensor plane. The filter fixture is configured to allow a user to change filter assemblies. The filter assemblies can include different filter regions, which apply different filtering to the optical images.07-19-2012
20130050520IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - There is provided an image processing apparatus including an image information combining unit that performs a pixel value combining process on a long-time exposure pixel and a short-time exposure pixel. The pixel information combining unit calculates a plurality of blending ratios based on pixel values of a plurality of pixels of different periods of exposure time, determines an applied blending ratio, which is applied to a blending process for the long-time exposure pixel and the short-time exposure pixel, based on the plurality of blending ratios, and determines pixel values of an output image or an intermediate image which is applied to produce the output image, by the blending process for the long-time exposure pixel and the short-time exposure pixel to which the applied blending ratio is applied.02-28-2013
20130050521ELECTRONIC CAMERA - An electronic camera includes an imager. An imager repeatedly outputs an image representing a scene. A register registers relative position information in response to a registering operation. A searcher searches for a predetermined site image representing a predetermined site forming a specific object, from the image outputted from the imager. A detector detects a reference position on the specific object image appearing on the image outputted from the imager, based on the predetermined site image searched out by the searcher and the relative position information registered by the register. An adjuster adjusts an imaging condition, out of the image outputted from the imager, based on a partial image present at the reference position detected by the detector.02-28-2013
20130070116IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND PROGRAM CAUSING COMPUTER TO EXECUTE THE METHOD - There is provided an image processing device including an image acquisition part acquiring an image; a depth acquisition part acquiring a depth in association with a pixel included in the image; a target object detection part detecting a region of a predetermined target object in the image; a target object detection distance selection part selecting the depth corresponding to the pixel included in the detected region as a target object detection distance; a local maximum distance selection part selecting the depth having a local maximum frequency in a frequency distribution of the depths as a local maximum distance; and a determination part determining whether the image is a target object image obtained by shooting the target object depending on whether a degree of closeness between a value of the target object detection distance and a value of the local maximum distance is higher than a predetermined value.03-21-2013
20130070117IMAGING APPARATUS - An imaging apparatus 03-21-2013
20130070115Feature Data Compression Device, Multi-Directional Face Detection System and Detection Method Thereof - A feature data compression device, a multi-directional face detection system and a detection method thereof. The feature data compression device comprises a mirror unit and a transposition unit. The mirror unit compares and computes a plurality of feature values each other to obtain a position of each mutual symmetric feature value and abandoning one of each two symmetric feature values to form first mirrored data, or to obtain a position of the feature value with the highest weight value to form second mirrored data. The transposition unit transposes at least one image template with an angle based on a transposition table for obtaining transposed data.03-21-2013
20130070118TIMING ADJUSTMENT CIRCUIT, SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP ELEMENT, AND CAMERA SYSTEM - A timing adjustment circuit includes at least one data line; a phase synchronization circuit that includes a plurality of oscillation delay elements which oscillate an oscillation signal, and that is configured to oscillate the oscillation signal by synchronizing a phase of a feedback clock with a phase of a reference clock; at least one delay circuit that includes a delay element which is disposed on the data line and which is equivalent to one of the plurality of oscillation delay elements, and that is configured to delay data which is to be transmitted on the data line; and a delay adjustment unit configured to adjust an amount of delay of the delay element of the delay circuit in accordance with a signal associated with oscillation of the phase synchronization circuit.03-21-2013
20130050522VIDEO IMAGE PROVIDING APPARATUS, VIDEO IMAGE UTILIZING APPARATUS, VIDEO IMAGE PROVIDING SYSTEM, VIDEO IMAGE PROVIDING METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM - The present invention has been made for purpose of providing a video image providing apparatus which can provide a variety of users with a video image captured by a surveillance camera or the like, while paying careful attention to privacy information included in the video image.02-28-2013
20130050519MOBILE TERMINAL AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - A mobile terminal and a method of controlling the same are provided. The mobile terminal detects an object in which a ghost may appear through a preview image of an image acquired using a dual camera. The mobile terminal may display an indicator for identifying the detected object. Accordingly, a higher quality high dynamic range (HDR) image can be more efficiently acquired.02-28-2013
20130088612IMAGE CAPTURE WITH TUNABLE POLARIZATION AND TUNABLE SPECTRAL SENSITIVITY - Image capture using an image capture device that includes an imaging assembly having a spectral sensitivity tunable in accordance with a spectral capture mask, and imaging optics having a polarization filter tunable in accordance with a polarization control mask for projecting an image of a scene onto the imaging assembly. A default polarization control mask is applied to the imaging optics, and a default spectral capture mask is applied to the imaging assembly. An image of the scene is captured using the imaging assembly.04-11-2013
20100134642FOCUSED AREAS IN AN IMAGE - The invention discloses a method and a portable device for focusing an image in the device (06-03-2010
20100134647Methods and systems for embedding camera information in images - The present invention is related to providing, in association with an image, information related to the image capture device used to capture the image. In one embodiment, information related to a first static camera characteristic and camera setting information related to a first captured digitized image is embedded in the first captured digitized image using a watermark. The watermarked information may be used to identify the source or owner of the picture, and/or to aid in the more accurate reproduction of the image.06-03-2010
20100134645VIDEO PROCESSING SYSTEM, INTEGRATED CIRCUIT, SYSTEM FOR DISPLAYING VIDEO, SYSTEM FOR GENERATING VIDEO, METHOD FOR CONFIGURING A VIDEO PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - A video processing system may include a video input and a video output for outputting manipulated video images. The system may have a video processing chain connecting the video input to the video output. The chain may include a series connection of two or more video processing components. The components may each include a component input for receiving video images and a component output for outputting processed video images. A control input may be present for controlling the video processing component to be in an enabled or a disabled state. The video processing component may be arranged to obtain in the enabled state the processed video images by performing a respective processing operation on the received video images; and to obtain in the disabled state the processed vide images by forwarding the received video images to the component output without performing the processing operation.06-03-2010
20090102942Composition determining apparatus, composition determining method, and program - A composition determining apparatus includes a subject detecting unit configured to detect existence of one or more specific subjects in an image based on image data; and a composition determining unit configured to determine a composition in accordance with the number of subjects detected by the subject detecting unit.04-23-2009
20090303343LOW-LIGHT VIDEO FRAME ENHANCEMENT - A method of combining image data from multiple frames to enhance one or more parameters of video image quality includes acquiring a first image at a first exposure duration, as well as acquiring a second image at a second exposure duration shorter than the first exposure duration and at a time just before, just after or overlapping in time with acquiring the first image, such that the first and second images include approximately a same first scene. In this way, the second image is relatively sharp and under-exposed, while the first image is relatively well-exposed and less sharp than the second image. Brightness and/or color information are extracted from the first image and applied to the second image to generate an enhanced version of the second image.12-10-2009
20090303342FACE TRACKING FOR CONTROLLING IMAGING PARAMETERS - A method of tracking faces in an image stream with a digital image acquisition device includes receiving images from an image stream including faces, calculating corresponding integral images, and applying different subsets of face detection rectangles to the integral images to provide sets of candidate regions. The different subsets include candidate face regions of different sizes and/or locations within the images. The different candidate face regions from different images of the image stream are each tracked.12-10-2009
20090303341IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An image processing apparatus for applying image processing to image data by adjusting values of a plurality of adjustment items, comprises an acquisition unit configured to acquire a characteristic of the image data by analyzing the image data, a decision unit configured to decide an order of settings of the values of the plurality of adjustment items based on the acquired characteristic of the image data, and a display unit configured to display value setting fields used to set the values of the adjustment items on a screen in accordance with the decided order.12-10-2009
20090303340IMAGE SENSING DEVICE AND IMAGE SENSING SYSTEM - An image sensing device comprises: a pixel array that is arrayed such that pixels that output signals to column signal lines constitute a plurality of rows and a plurality of columns, and in which the plurality of pixels are connected to each of the plurality of column signal lines; a plurality of readout units that read out signals from the pixel array via the plurality of column signal lines, each of the plurality of readout units including an input transistor that receives a signal that has been read out via the column signal line; and a first load transistor that supplies an electric current to the input transistor, and a plurality of first bias supply units that supply mutually different bias voltages to gates of the first load transistors at least in readout units of the plurality of readout units and arranged adjacent to each other.12-10-2009
20090303339IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND PROGRAM - An image sensing apparatus includes an image sensing unit having an image sensor, an optical member which is arranged in front of the image sensor, a foreign substance detection unit which detects, from a foreign substance detection image including the image of a foreign substance adhered to the surface of the optical member, a recording unit which, when shooting a moving image, records moving image data generated based on image signals successively output from the image sensing unit, and records foreign substance information and lens information in addition to the moving image data, and a lens information obtaining unit which, when the lens information is updated by operating the imaging lens by a user during moving image shooting, obtains the updated lens information. When the lens information obtaining unit obtains the updated lens information, the recording unit records the updated lens information in addition to the moving image data.12-10-2009
20090303338DETAILED DISPLAY OF PORTION OF INTEREST OF AREAS REPRESENTED BY IMAGE FRAMES OF A VIDEO SIGNAL - According to an aspect of the present invention, a sequence of combined frames are formed by including each of a sequence of source image frames and a portion of the same source image frame in the corresponding combined frame. The combined image frames may be displayed on a display screen. The display screen can also be used to display the sequence of source image frames alone (instead of the combined image frames), at user's option.12-10-2009
20090303335Method of Spatial Frequency Filtering and Image Capture Device - The present invention relates to a method of spatial frequency filtering in an image capture device (12-10-2009
20130057722IMAGE TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, IMAGE TRANSMISSION METHOD AND IMAGE TRANSMISSION PROGRAM PRODUCT - An image acquiring apparatus that includes: an acquiring module to acquire an image of an object; a display module to display the image; a masked region determining module to determine a masked region to mask at least a part of the image displayed on the display module; a feature extraction module to extract a feature from the image; a masked region movement module to move the masked region determined by the masked region determining module according to a change in a position of the feature; and a composite image generation module to generate a composite image in which the masked region of the image is converted to another image.03-07-2013
20130057721AUTOMATIC CONTROL OF VISUAL PARAMETERS IN VIDEO PROCESSING - Embodiments of the invention are directed to a system and method for controlling visual parameters of a capturing device. The method includes analyzing a current frame of a received video signal captured by a capturing device and automatically adjusting visual parameters of the capturing device for a subsequent frame in a feedback process based on analysis of the current frame. The adjustment may reduce clipping and saturation in the subsequent frame.03-07-2013
20130057723IMAGING SYSTEM, IMAGING DEVICE AND DISPLAY DEVICE - An object is to provide an imaging system for taking an image of a subject with high reproducibility. It includes an imaging device for taking a picture in accordance with imaging conditions which are set values concerning imaging, a display device for displaying the image taken with the imaging device in accordance with display conditions which are set values concerning display, and an imaging condition decision unit for determining imaging conditions corresponding to the display conditions. When the display device alters the display conditions, the imaging condition decision unit determines the imaging conditions corresponding to the display conditions after the alteration, and the imaging device alters the imaging conditions stored in an imaging condition altering unit to the imaging conditions the imaging condition decision unit determines.03-07-2013
20130057720ELECTRONIC DEVICE - The number of control parameters to be set has increased in electronic devices, particularly those with complex systems, and with automatic control parameter setting, even a small change in conditions can result in control result that differs greatly from what the user desires, which results in poor operability and worse output. Therefore, provided is an electronic device comprising a processing section that performs processing and a control section that changes the processing by the processing section upon receiving a change in biometric information of a user caused by the processing of the processing section.03-07-2013
20130057718PHOTOGRAPHING SYSTEM, PATTERN DETECTION SYSTEM, AND ELECTRONIC UNIT - A photographing system includes: a photographing section photographing a subject to acquire a frame image including a subject image; and a matching section repeats image search through pattern matching between a template image and a subject image while sequentially changing a size ratio of the template image to the subject image, and obtains one or more size ratios at which patterns match each other, in a certain order of image search, and holds a size ratio having a largest value among such obtained size ratios as a first size ratio, and thereafter performs image search in a manner that pattern matching is performed at a first frequency in a range of a size ratio equal to or larger than the first size ratio, and is performed at a frequency lower than the first frequency in a range of a size ratio smaller than the first size ratio.03-07-2013
20130057719IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - In response to an input of an instruction of still image capturing when a moving image is being captured, an image pickup apparatus compresses predetermined image data as an IDR frame of a moving image more than once, and uses a plurality of acquired IDR frames more than once to record the IDR frames onto a recording medium as moving image data in such an order that the IDRIDs of the adjacent IDR frames are not identical.03-07-2013
20130057717ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR SELECTING MENUS - An electronic device includes a camera module, a user interface module, a display module and a detection module. The electronic device continuously captures face image of face areas of a user in response to entering a menu selecting mode, displays an initial face image divided into a plurality of face regions relationships between the face regions and menus on the display module. The detection module notifies the user interface module the selected face region that is selected according to hand placement of a hand of the user on a corresponding face area of a face of the user for more than a predetermined timer period. Then the user interface module determines a menu of the current content that corresponds to the selected face region is selected corresponding to the relationships between the face regions and the menus.03-07-2013
20090040332IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR - An image pickup apparatus includes a display unit configured to display a setting item screen for displaying setting items regarding a photographic condition, and a setting value screen configured to display setting values regarding the setting item selected on the setting item screen; an operation unit configured to select one of the setting items on the setting item screen and to select one of the setting values on the setting value screen; and a control unit configured to set a setting item regarding the photographic condition according to the setting value selected on the setting value screen, wherein if a state of the image pickup apparatus is changed from a state in which the selected setting item is active to non-active, the display unit continuously displays information indicating that the selected setting item is currently selected even when the selected setting item is non-active.02-12-2009
20090040331COMMUNICATION CONTROL APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION CONTROL METHOD, COMPUTER PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An adapter connected to a device and also connected to a client terminal via a network displays an operation window corresponding to the process mode of the device on the client terminal and remote-controls the operation of the device based on an operation signal for the operation window. When the process mode is a remote control mode that allows the client terminal to read out data accumulated in the device, the client terminal displays an image for which open setting is done by the device.02-12-2009
20090040330End-to-End Design of Electro-Optic Imaging Systems - A unified design strategy takes into account different subsystems within an overall electro-optic imaging system. In one implementation, the design methodology predicts end-to-end imaging performance using a spatial model for the source and models for the optical subsystem, the detector subsystem and the digital image processing subsystem. The optical subsystem and digital image processing subsystems are jointly designed taking into account the entire system. The intermediate image produced by the optical subsystem is not required to be high quality since, for example, the quality may be corrected by the digital image processing subsystem.02-12-2009
20090040328IMAGE-PICKUP APPARATUS - An image-pickup apparatus configured to perform vertical-dark-shading correction with increased precision independently of photographing conditions and/or a photographing environment is provided. The image-pickup apparatus includes an image-pickup element having an effective-pixel part including plural pixel parts which are not shielded from light and a light-shielding-pixel part including plural pixel parts shielded from light, a signal-processing unit configured to set the reference level of output signals transmitted from the effective-pixel part, and a control unit configured to switch between plural areas used to set the reference level, the areas being provided in the light-shielding-pixel part, based on the photographing conditions and/or environmental conditions.02-12-2009
20090040326Methods and apparatuses for supplying current using a digital sequence - Methods and apparatuses for supplying current to an electronic device include incrementally changing an output current supplied to the device according to a digital sequence.02-12-2009
20090091637IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image processing apparatus for achieving the exchange of pieces of image data between a plurality of image processing apparatuses includes: a feature value extraction unit for extracting a feature value included in image data; a feature value transfer unit for transferring to another image processing apparatus a feature value extracted from image data to be exchanged; a feature value reception unit for receiving a feature value transferred from the other image processing apparatus; a first determination unit for determining whether the received feature value matches a feature value included in image data of a captured image; an image data transfer unit for transferring the image data of the captured image to the other image processing apparatus when there is a match between the feature values; and an image data reception unit for receiving image data of a captured image transferred from the other image processing apparatus.04-09-2009
20090091636IMAGE SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD, CAMERA APPARATUS, IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS, AND IMAGE SIGNAL OUTPUT APPARATUS - An image processing apparatus and method for obtaining an image signal to be processed. A classification information obtaining section obtains classification information indicating the image signal as one of a plurality of image signal types. The plurality of image signal types include a first type comprising a plurality of frames extracted from a large still image, the frames being extracted by moving an extracting area in units of an integer pixel per frame over the large still image, extracting the frames corresponding to the extraction area, and outputting an image signal corresponding to the frames. An image signal processing section then performs processing on the image signal based on the classification information.04-09-2009
20110058062SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME, AND CAMERA - A solid-state imaging device includes a substrate having a first surface and a second surface, light being incident on the second surface side; a wiring layer disposed on the first surface side; a photodetector formed in the substrate and including a first region of a first conductivity type; a transfer gate disposed on the first surface of the substrate and adjacent to the photodetector, the transfer gate transferring a signal charge accumulated in the photodetector; and at least one control gate disposed on the first surface of the substrate and superposed on the photodetector, the control gate controlling the potential of the photodetector in the vicinity of the first surface.03-10-2011
20130135493SOILD-STATE IMAGING ELEMENT, IMAGING DEVICE AND SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD - A solid-state image sensor includes a photosensitive cell array and a dispersing element array. Each unit block 05-30-2013
20130135492IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - There is provided an image pickup apparatus that, even if image data has insufficient depth difference between an object and a background, accurately discriminates a region including an object and a region including a background. The image pickup apparatus includes a generation unit configured to generate image data, and a discrimination unit configured, based on first image data generated by the generation unit, when an in-focus position is at a first focal position at which an object is in-focus state or a second focal position on a short distance side of the first focal position, and second image data generated by the generation unit, when an in-focus position is at a third focal position on a far distance side of a focal position at which a background is in-focus state, to discriminate a first region including the object and a second region including the background.05-30-2013
20130135491ELECTRONIC CAMERA - An electronic camera includes an imager. An imager outputs an electronic image corresponding to an optical image captured on an imaging surface. An acquirer acquires the electronic image outputted from the imager, in response to a user operation. A controller controls permitting/restricting a process of the acquirer by determining a commonality between an object captured by the imaging surface at a time point at which the user operation is accepted and an object captured by the imaging surface in a reference attitude. A creator creates attitude information indicating an attitude of the imaging surface at the time point at which the user operation is accepted when the process of the acquirer is permitted by the controller. A reproducer reproduces the electronic image acquired by the acquirer with reference to the attitude information created by the creator.05-30-2013
20130135490Image Processing Apparatus And Focus Adjusting Method - Provided is an image processing apparatus which is capable of easily selecting an optimum focus position for an inspection object even when a plurality of candidate focus positions are present. The image processing apparatus according to the invention includes: an imaging unit for imaging a region including an inspection object; a display unit for displaying an image; a focus adjusting unit for adjusting a focus position with respect to the inspection object; and an image processing unit for executing image processing on image data. A plurality of positions where part of the imaged region comes into a focused state are extracted as candidate focus positions, while the focus position with respect to the inspection object is changed, and candidate focus position information is displayed in the display unit. Selection of a focus position is accepted among the plurality of displayed candidate focus positions.05-30-2013
20130135489RESPONSE FUNCTION DETERMINATION BY RANK MINIMIZATION - A response function of a device may be determined using rank minimization to transform a problem of determining a response function of the device into a framework of a rank minimization problem. A function is identified that minimizes a rank of an observation matrix which includes data of observations obtained by the device. This transformation may be used to determine a response function of the device under various conditions and to determine response functions of different devices in a unified framework.05-30-2013
20110037869IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE - A color representation technique to be effectively applicable to a pixel shifted arrangement to realize high sensitivity and high resolution is provided by using a dipersive prism or diffraction.02-17-2011
20120188397SOLID-STATE IMAGING ELEMENT, METHOD FOR PRODUCING SOLID-STATE IMAGING ELEMENT, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A solid-state imaging element includes a wiring layer; a charge accumulation unit including a semiconductor layer provided on the wiring layer; and a photoelectric conversion film provided on the semiconductor layer, wherein a pinning layer of a conductivity type opposite to a conductivity type of the charge accumulation unit, the pinning layer including an opening, is provided in a region of the charge accumulation unit, the region being located at an interface between the charge accumulation unit and the photoelectric conversion film.07-26-2012
20090290038Electronic camera - An electronic camera comprises an image processing unit that performs image quality adjustment using a plurality of adjustment parameters, an information acquisition unit that acquires from an external device first image quality adjustment information including a parameter group for use with the image quality adjustment and an image quality adjustment algorithm that applies the parameter group, and a control unit that controls the image processing unit so that it performs image quality adjustment while applying the parameter group included in the first image quality adjustment information that has been acquired to the image quality adjustment algorithm included in the first image quality adjustment information that has been acquired.11-26-2009
20110013044PERFECTING THE EFFECT OF FLASH WITHIN AN IMAGE ACQUISITION DEVICES USING FACE DETECTION - Within a digital acquisition device with a built in flash unit, the exposure of an acquired digital image is perfected using face detection in the acquired image is provided. Groups of pixels that correspond to plural images of faces are identified within a digitally acquired image, and corresponding image attributes to the group of pixels are determined. An analysis is performed of the corresponding attributes of the groups of pixels. It is then determined to activate the built-in flash unit based on the analysis. An intensity of the built-in flash unit is determined based on the analysis. Alternatively based on similar analysis, a digital simulation of the fill flash is performed on the image.01-20-2011
20110013043Digital Image Processing Using Face Detection and Skin Tone Information - A technique for processing a digital image uses face detection to achieve one or more desired image processing parameters. A group of pixels is identified that corresponds to a face image within the digital image. A skin tone is detected for the face image by determining one or more default color or tonal values, or combinations thereof, for the group of pixels. Values of one or more parameters are adjusted for the group of pixels that correspond to the face image based on the detected skin tone.01-20-2011
20110013042SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGING SYSTEM - Each pixel includes a photo-electric converter, transfer switch, charge-voltage conversion node, amplifier, and control switch. A solid-state image sensor includes a voltage controller which controls the voltage of the charge-voltage conversion node of each pixel via the control switch of the pixel. A voltage set at the charge-voltage conversion node by the voltage controller via the control switch includes a first voltage (VD01-20-2011
20110013041SIGNAL PROCESSING DEVICE AND PROJECTION-TYPE IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE - A signal processing device (01-20-2011
20110013040IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - Disclosed are an image sensor and a local binning method in which binning is applied selectively. For example, binning is applied to pixels having low illumination and binning is not applied to non-low illumination pixels. Information on pixels having low illumination for a first image frame may be stored and used to perform binning with respect to areas of a second image frame corresponding to low illumination pixel areas determined with respect to the first image frame.01-20-2011
20110013039IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An apparatus for improving the quality of a captured image may include a first computing unit, a second computing unit, and an advice generating unit. The first computing unit may be configured to compute a first value representing a first aspect of the quality of a first image. The second computing unit may be configured to compute a second value representing a second aspect of the quality of the first image. The advice generating unit may be configured to generate advice for capturing a second image based on at least one of the first and second computed values.01-20-2011
20110013038APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR GENERATING IMAGE INCLUDING MULTIPLE PEOPLE - Provided is an apparatus and a method for generating an image including multiple people, in which images are photographed, face images are detected from each of the photographed images, a face score for each of the face images detected from the photographed images is calculated, it is determined whether each of the face scores calculated for each of the face images is at least equal to a predetermined threshold, and each of face images having a highest face score for each of the face images is synthesized, to output the synthesized image as a final image, in order to generate a most satisfactory photographed image for a user.01-20-2011
20110013037Head-Separated Camera Device - According to one embodiment, a head-separated camera device has an imaging unit, control unit configured to control the imaging unit and a connection unit configured to connect the imaging unit with the control unit, wherein the imaging unit comprises a sensor configured to capture an image, and a transmitter configured to transmit a video signal, a synchronization signal, and a clock signal, for recovering or reproducing the image captured by the sensor, and the control unit comprises detector configured to detect that the imaging unit is connected to the control unit if a preset value preset in the imaging unit is read via a control line, and a setting module configured to set a register setting in the sensor if the detector detects connection of the imaging unit.01-20-2011
20110013036Image pickup device and reproduction control method - An image pickup device includes an image pickup including an image pickup lens system and an image pickup element operable to obtain a pickup image; a recording device operable to record image data based on the pickup image to a predetermined recording medium; a reproducing section operable to reproduce the image data recorded in the recording medium; and a reproduction controller operable to control switching between an image pickup mode in which the image pickup operation by the image pickup and recording of the image data by the recording device are possible, and a reproduction mode in which the reproduction of the image data by the reproducing section is possible, to control the reproduction of the image data based on a last recorded image when the mode is changed to the reproduction mode for the first time after recording of the image data in the image pickup mode, and to control the reproduction of the image data based on a point at which the reproduction has been terminated in the previous reproduction mode when the mode is changed to the reproduction mode other than the first time after recording of the image data in the image pickup mode.01-20-2011
20110013035METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING IMAGE - A method of processing an image, the method including converting a size of an image generated by photographing an individual subject by using a size of the individual subject in the image, and storing the image having the converted size.01-20-2011
20110013034METHOD FOR OPERATING DIGITAL CAMERA AND DIGITAL CAMERA USING THE SAME - The invention discloses an electronic device, including an image sensor and a central processing unit (CPU). The image sensor detects a plurality of image frames generated during the manipulation of the electronic device caused by external force. The CPU determines an electronic motion pattern of the plurality of image frames, determines whether the electronic motion pattern matches a predetermined motion pattern defining a functional operation of the electronic device, and performs the functional operation when the electronic motion pattern matches the predetermined motion pattern.01-20-2011
20100097485METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR IMPROVING FACE IMAGE IN DIGITAL IMAGE PROCESSOR - Provided are a method and apparatus for measuring the skin condition of a face detected from an image and improving the face image. The apparatus for improving a face image in a digital image processor comprises a digital signal processor measuring the skin condition of a face detected from an image, correcting a rough portion of the skin of the detected face according to the measured skin condition and displaying the corrected image.04-22-2010
20100097489Digital camera - A digital camera includes a communicator that communicates with other digital camera, a receiver that receives a camera information of another digital camera and an imaging device that forms a digital image of an object. The digital camera further includes a processor that creates a digital image data from the digital image based upon the camera information.04-22-2010
20090268050IMAGE SENSOR, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND IMAGE SENSOR CONTROL METHOD - An image sensor comprises a pixel array, and a control unit which performs, in a first period, a control operation of an electric potential of a signal line to turn off a MOS transistor while the electric potential of a charge-voltage converter in a selected pixel is maintained at an electric potential of a selected state, and, in a second period subsequent to the first period, performs a control operation of the electric potential of the signal line to turn on the MOS transistor while the electric potential of the charge-voltage converter in the selected pixel is maintained at an electric potential of the selected state.10-29-2009
20090268049IMAGE RECORDING/REPRODUCING DEVICE AND METHOD TO PROCESS FADE EFFECT IN IMAGE RECORDING/REPRODUCING DEVICE - An image recording/reproducing device to change a start point of a fade effect to represent a boundary between image files in a device to record/reproduce an image file so as to easily distinguish an image file displayed on a screen. A method to process a fade effect in the image recording/reproducing device includes filming a moving image, encoding the filmed moving image, and applying the fade effect when the moving image is encoded and recording a moving image file. In the moving image file, a second section to which the fade effect is applied is located after a first section to which the fade effect is not applied. Accordingly, distinguishing the moving image file with the fade effect in a reproduction mode, a preview mode of a window explorer and an image editing application without changing an algorithm is possible.10-29-2009
20090268048IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - An image pickup apparatus includes an image pickup device configured to capture an image regarding an object image; an object detector detecting a specific object in the captured image; an image-capturing-information obtaining unit obtaining image capturing information from a predetermined area set in an image capturing area; a determiner determining whether or not the image capturing information regarding the specific object is obtainable from the predetermined area; and a display controller controlling a position display shown on a display unit, the position display indicating a position of the specific object. The display controller changes a display mode of the position display in accordance with the result of the determination performed by the determiner.10-29-2009
20090268047Electronic device - An electronic device includes: a communication unit that is engaged in communication with an external device; a control unit that adds image information into transmission data to be transmitted to the communication unit; and a decision-making unit that makes a decision in correspondence to information indicating a recipient of the transmission data as to whether or not to allow photographing location information included in the image information to be included in the transmission data.10-29-2009
20090268046METHOD FOR COMPRESSING IMAGING DATA BY WIDE-ANGLE LENS, COMPRESSION DEVICE, WIDE-ANGLE CAMERA DEVICE, AND MONITOR SYSTEM - The advantage of the invention is to efficiently reduce the amount of image data shot by using a wide-angle lens such as a fish-eye lens. A method of compressing image data shot with a wide-angle lens 10-29-2009
20090268044Color correction on an image - A method and apparatus for adjusting the pixel colors of a digital image. After the raw image data from the digital image is white-balanced, the white-balanced image data is conveyed to a color correction module as color vectors in a color space for color adjustment using a color correction matrix. The color adjustment is based on a plurality of base matrices, wherein at least two of the base matrices are different from each other, and a plurality of weighting values, one weighting value for each base matrix. With the base matrices and the weighting values, a correction matrix can be derived from the sum of the base matrices weighted with said weighting values and applied to at least some of the color vectors.10-29-2009
20130063622IMAGE SENSOR AND METHOD OF CAPTURING AN IMAGE - A better compromise between the dynamic range, the spatial resolution, the implementation outlay and the image quality is achieved if different subdivisions of the exposure interval into accumulation intervals are performed for different pixel sensors or pixels. In the event of more than one accumulation interval per exposure interval, the values detected in the accumulation intervals are summed to obtain the respective pixel value. Since the exposure effectively continues to take place for all pixels over the entire exposure interval, no impairment of the image quality arises, or no artifacts arise in image movements. All pixels undergo the same image blur on account of the movement. The additional hardware outlay compared with commercially available pixel sensors is either entirely non-existent or can be kept very small, depending on the implementation. Moreover, a reduction in the spatial resolution is not necessary since the pixels contribute equally to the image capturing.03-14-2013
20130063621IMAGING DEVICE - An imaging device includes an imaging section configured to receive a light beam from a subject, and output an image signal, an image processor configured to produce image data based on the image signals input from the imaging section, a recording section configured to record the image data from the image processor as moving image data, an operation section configured to designate start and stop of recording of the moving image data, an attention point moving image designation section configured to designate an attention point moving image as a set of moving images which are stored by being clipped from a moving image, an attention point moving image time designation section configured to designate a clipping time of the attention point moving image, and a controller configured to control the recording section such that the attention point moving image for the clipping time is recorded in the recording section.03-14-2013
20130063619INFORMATION PROCESSING PROGRAM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD - The information processing apparatus includes: a search unit configured to search an application, which satisfies a condition; a data share unit configured to output location information; and a computer controlled to function as: a first request control unit that requests with a first condition; a first reception unit that receives first application information, satisfying the first condition; a second request control unit that requests with a second condition; a second reception unit that receives second application information satisfying the second condition; a display control unit that displays options to receive an operation of selecting any one of the application indicated by the first application information and the second application information; and an output unit that designates a selected application corresponding to the selected options and outputs location information.03-14-2013
20130063620APPARATUS FOR RECOGNIZING CHARACTER AND BARCODE SIMULTANEOUSLY AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - A method for controlling a character and barcode recognition apparatus by receiving an image including at least one text image and at least one barcode, dividing the received image into a text area and a barcode area, the text area including the at least one text image and the barcode area including the at least one barcode, recognizing at least one character in the text area by performing character recognition on the text area, and recognizing the at least one barcode in the barcode area by performing barcode recognition on the barcode area.03-14-2013
20090262207CAMERA SYSTEM - To improve user-friendliness when checking the depth of field, in a camera system having an aperture value alteration function. A camera system (10-22-2009
20090244312IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - An image pickup apparatus includes a face detector configured to provide a face detection process based on image data obtained from an image pickup optical system that includes a focus lens configured to provide a focus control, a focus lens position extractor configured to extract a focus lens position at which the face detector has actually provided a successful face detection process from among focus lens positions set as a candidate position for the focus lens to be arranged when the face detector provides the face detection process, a focus control range setting part configured to set a focus control range in a focus range that contains the focus lens position extracted by the focus lens position extractor, and an autofocus controller configured to provide autofocus control in the focus control range set by the focus control range setting part.10-01-2009
20090237524IMAGING ELEMENT - An imaging element that performs a processing, which is related to readout of accumulated charges, with respect to a predetermined line of a plurality of photoelectric conversion elements in plural times in a time dividing manner in each horizontal scanning period, includes: a photoelectric conversion unit having a structure in which the plurality of photoelectric conversion elements, which convert received light into a charge, are arranged in matrix and form a plurality of lines including the predetermined line; an address generating unit that generates an address indicating a position of the line of a processing object for each of a plurality of divided periods formed by time-dividing the each horizontal scanning period, and outputs the address that is generated in each of the divided periods in sequence; an address decoding unit activating the photoelectric conversion elements on a line position corresponding to the address, which is sequentially outputted from the address generating unit, in each of the divided periods; a period determination signal generating unit that generates a period determination signal indicating one of validity and invalidity of the processing with respect to each of the divided periods and sequentially outputs the period determination signal that is generated in each of the divided periods; a control signal generating unit that generates a control signal for performing the processing in each of the plurality of divided periods and sequentially outputs the control signal that is generated in each of the divided periods; a processing performing unit performing the processing with respect to the line of the photoelectric conversion elements, which are activated by the address decoding unit, based on the control signal; and a supply control unit allowing the control signal, which is sequentially outputted from the control signal generating unit, to be supplied to the processing performing unit when a corresponding divided period is valid, and preventing the control signal from being supplied to the processing performing unit when the divided period is invalid, based on the period determination signal.09-24-2009
20090237523IMAGE SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD - An image signal processing apparatus is disclosed. A peaking signal generation section extracts and amplifies high frequency components contained in an input image signal to generate a peaking signal. An operation section allows a target area for which contour correction is to be performed using the peaking signal to be accepted. A control section generates an area gate signal describing position information corresponding to the designated target area. A mask processing section performs a mask process of outputting an image signal to which the peaking signal has been added to the target area designated through the operation section based on the area gate signal supplied from the control section. A scaling processing section converts pixels of the image signal for which the mask process has been performed is converted at a predetermined scaling ratio.09-24-2009
20090237522METHOD FOR CONTROLLING DIGITAL PICTURE FRAME AND DIGITAL PICTURE FRAME THEREOF - A method for controlling a digital picture frame includes the following steps of: establishing an image data corresponding to a folder stored in the digital picture frame, connecting a storage device to the digital picture frame, capturing an image by the digital picture frame, comparing the image with the image data to generate a comparison result by the digital picture frame, and determining whether to provide an option of transmitting data between the storage device and the folder according to the comparison result by the digital picture frame.09-24-2009
20090237521IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE CAPTURING - An image capturing apparatus includes: an image capturing device which receives an optical image of an object subjected to light via an image capturing lens and converts the optical image into an image signal; a face detecting device which detects a plurality of human faces from the image signal; a face distance calculating device which calculates a distance between the detected human faces; a notice device which gives a notice corresponding to the calculated distance between the human faces; a timer shot device which performs a real shooting after an elapse of a first predetermined time since a shooting instruction; and a control device which gives the shooting instruction to the timer shot device when the calculated distance between the human faces is less than a predetermined value. Accordingly, even when the shooting object includes persons, a well composed shooting can be easily realized.09-24-2009
20090237520IMAGE PICK-UP APPARARUS AND SYNCHRONIZATION-SIGNAL-GENERATING APPARATUS - An image signal generation portion 09-24-2009
20130162859IMAGING APPARATUS, RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR DRIVING IMAGING APPARATUS - A source follower connection line connects a gate of a source follower thin film transistor in a first pixel with a gate of a source follower thin film transistor in a second pixel, between adjacent first and second pixel, and a driving circuit turns the transfer thin film transistor in the first pixel region ON and turns the transfer thin film transistor in the second pixel OFF to make the transfer thin film transistor in the first pixel region output the signal of the first pixel.06-27-2013
20130162860IMAGING DEVICE HOLDING UNIT AND LENS BARREL EACH HAVING HOLDER MEMBER FOR IMAGING DEVICE PACKAGE, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING HOLDING UNIT OR LENS BARREL - A lens barrel having a holder member that holds an imaging device package and allowing one or more structure members other than the holder member to be disposed around the package. The imaging device package in which an imaging device is housed is held by the holder member having planar portions that are disposed parallel to the package and that are coupled to each other through raised bent portions. The raised bent portions of the holder member are disposed so as to be overlapped with and inside the package as seen from an optical axis direction, thereby obtaining a free space around the package, in which one or more structural members other than the holder member can be disposed.06-27-2013
20130162861IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE FOR GENERATING RECONSTRUCTION IMAGE, IMAGE GENERATING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A sub-image extractor extracts a target sub-image from a light field image. A partial area definer defines a predetermined area in the target sub-image as a partial area. A pixel extractor extracts pixels from the partial area, the number of pixels meeting correspondence areas of a generation image. The pixel arranger arranges the extracted pixels to the correspondence areas of the generation image in an arrangement according to the optical path of the optical system which photographs the light field image. Pixels are extracted for all sub-images in the light field image, and are arranged to the generation image to generate a reconstruction image.06-27-2013
20130162855CAMERA AND METHOD FOR OPTIMIZING THE EXPOSURE OF AN IMAGE FRAME IN A SEQUENCE OF IMAGE FRAMES CAPTURING A SCENE BASED ON LEVEL OF MOTION IN THE SCENE - A method and camera are used for optimizing the exposure of an image frame in a sequence of image frames capturing a scene based on level of motion in the scene. Based on image data from a plurality of image sensor frames, regions of the scene are determined including different level of motion. Image frame regions for the image frame are determined, wherein an image frame region corresponds to at least one region of the scene. The exposure of the image frame is optimized by emulating a region specific exposure time for each image frame region by producing each image frame region using image data from a number of image sensor frames. The number of image sensor frames used to produce a specific image frame region is based on the level of motion in the at least one corresponding region of the scene.06-27-2013
20130162856METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CREATING OR STORING RESULTANT IMAGE WHICH CHANGES IN SELECTED AREA - An image processing method includes: defining a selection area in a first still image according to a user input; extracting image data that correspond to the selected area from a second still image; combining the image data extracted from the second still image on the selection area of the first still image to create a composite image; and sequentially displaying the first still image and the composite image.06-27-2013
20130162857IMAGE SENSORS AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEMS - An image sensor includes a delta-sigma analog-to-digital converter (ADC) including a delta-sigma modulator (DSM) and a voltage adjusting circuit. The DSM is configured to perform delta-sigma modulation on an analog signal from a unit pixel. The delta-sigma ADC is configured to convert the analog signal to a digital signal. The voltage adjusting circuit includes a replica inverter having a same configuration as at least one inverter included in the DSM. The voltage adjusting circuit is configured to adjust a power supply voltage and an input voltage provided to the at least one inverter based on a current flowing in the replica inverter.06-27-2013
20130162858METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE QUALITY AND AN IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS APPLYING THE SAME - A method of controlling an image quality, and an image capturing apparatus to apply the method. The method of controlling an image quality may include displaying a plurality of image quality adjustment items; selecting at least one of the plurality of image quality adjustment items; if the selection of the image quality adjustment item is completed, displaying a live view; if an image quality adjustment command is input, adjusting a set value of the selected image quality adjustment item and displaying the live view to which the adjusted set value has been applied; if an image quality determination command is input, storing the adjusted set value; and displaying the live view of which the image quality has been adjusted according to the stored set value.06-27-2013
20090033756Imaging preventing apparatus and imaging preventing method - An imaging preventing apparatus includes imaging means for obtaining an imaged image signal by performing imaging processing, image analyzing means for performing image analyzing processing on the imaged image signal obtained by the imaging means, imaging preventing operation performing means for performing a preventing operation against imaging by a different camera system, and control means for determining the possibility of being imaged by a different camera system based on the analysis result information by the image analyzing means and, if it is determined that there is a possibility of being imaged, causing the imaging preventing operation performing means to perform the preventing operation.02-05-2009
20090033757METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING THE POSITION OF A MOVING OBJECT, BY USING VISIBLE LIGHT COMMUNICATION - An apparatus for determining the present position of a vehicle, by utilizing a visible-light communication system. The apparatus uses a visible-light communication beacon and video data representing an image photographed by one camera. The beacon emits a visible optical signal, thus transmitting position data. The visible-light communication beacon comprises a road-illuminating lamp and a visible-light communication apparatus, both secured to a lamp post. The vehicle has the camera and a vehicle position determination apparatus. The vehicle position determination apparatus demodulates the visible optical signal, there restoring the position data, and calculates the present position of the vehicle from the position data.02-05-2009
20090027511Illumination Device, Imaging Device, and Imaging System - An illumination device performs illumination light communication, and signals indicative of the luminance of an object illuminated with illumination light and the color temperature of the illumination light are superposed on the illumination light. An electronic camera demodulates the illumination light received by a light-receiving circuit and determines the aperture value and the shutter value depending on luminance information included in the demodulation signal and an imaging sensitivity set in the electronic camera. The electronic camera demodulates the illumination light received by the light-receiving circuit and changes the color temperature adjustment reference used for color adjustment processing in accordance with color temperature information.01-29-2009
20090027510Imaging Device - Whether a digital camera body (01-29-2009
20090021596IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM - An imaging apparatus includes: determination means for determining whether a capture image is a frontlit image or a backlit image; detecting means for detecting a flesh-color area in the capture image; calculation means for setting weights, in a luminance histogram on the flesh-color area, on luminance of pixels included in a high-luminance area having a relatively high luminance value and luminance of pixels included in a low-luminance area having a relatively low luminance value in accordance with the determination result, and calculating modified luminance produced by modifying luminance on the flesh-color area on the basis of the weights; and correcting means for correcting brightness of the capture image on the basis of the modified luminance.01-22-2009
20120229669IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSOR - In one embodiment, an image sensor includes, a bank 09-13-2012
20120229667IMAGE-SHOOTING DEVICE - An image-shooting device has an image sensor having a plurality of photoreceptive pixels, and a signal processing section which generates the image data of an output image from the photoreceptive pixel signals within an extraction region on the image sensor. The signal processing section controls the spatial frequency characteristic of the output image according to an input pixel number, which is the number of photoreceptive pixels within the extraction region, and an output pixel number, which is the number of pixels of the output image.09-13-2012
20090009623Imaging Device, Video Signal Processing Method, And Video Signal Processing Program - An imaging device (01-08-2009
20090009622IMAGE DATA MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - An image data management apparatus includes a unit adapted to display different types of plural frames (such as an in-focus frame and a face frame) at the same time in a manner capable of selectively changing both of those frames by a user operation such that an in-focus frame portion and a face frame portion can be easily confirmed.01-08-2009
20090009621Solid-State Imaging Device, Signal Processing Method, and Camera - A solid-state imaging apparatus that performs color imaging using visible light and imaging using infrared light, the solid-state imaging apparatus including a plurality of two-dimensionally arranged pixel cells, in each of which a filter mainly transmits one of visible light and infrared light, wherein filters are arranged such that a first unit of arrangement where a plurality of filters that mainly transmit visible light are arranged and a second unit of arrangement where a filter that mainly transmits visible light and a filter that mainly transmits infrared light are arranged are alternately arranged in both a row direction and a column direction. Also, in the first unit of arrangement are arranged filters including three kinds of filters each transmitting one of red light, green light and blue light and in the second unit of arrangement are arranged four kinds of filters each transmitting one of red light, green light, blue light and infrared light.01-08-2009
20090009619IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - An image sensor includes a plurality of photoelectric conversion units disposed in line and column directions, transfer capacitances that store a signal read out from the (n−1)th line (n being an integer of 2 or more) of the plurality of photoelectric conversion units, transfer capacitances that store a signal read out from the nth line of the plurality of photoelectric conversion units, and a system control CPU that controls the image sensor. While a level of a predetermined driving pulse generated within the image sensor changes during the period where the signal of the (n−1)th line stored in the transfer capacitance is read out from the transfer capacitances, the system control CPU control not to output the signal of the (n−1)th line from the transfer capacitances.01-08-2009
20090009618Analog front-end circuit, semiconductor device, and electronic instrument - An analog front-end circuit includes an analog processing circuit, an A/D converter, and a timing generator that generates a plurality of control signals that are supplied to an image sensor. The timing generator includes an event information memory, and a control signal output circuit that generates the control signals based on information read from the event information memory and outputs the generated control signals. The event information memory stores a pixel number and change event occurrence information at each address. The change event occurrence information specifies a control signal that undergoes a signal level change event at the pixel number. The control signal output circuit generates the control signals based on the pixel number and the change event occurrence information read from the event information memory and outputs the generated control signals.01-08-2009
20090009617Imaging apparatus - The object of the present invention is to provide an imaging apparatus capable of preventing the degradation of image quality associated with a temperature rise in an image pickup device despite that an electronic viewfinder is usable. An imaging apparatus including an image pickup device for capturing a subject image to acquire it as image data and capable of viewing a subject by selecting either of a first finder mode for optical viewing of the subject image and a second finder mode for displaying the image data on a display unit to allow viewing of the image data, the imaging apparatus comprises: a temperature detection circuit for measuring the temperature of the image pickup device; a finder mode switching instruction part for switching between the first finder mode and the second finder mode; and a controller for inhibiting switching from the first finder mode to the second finder mode performed by the finder mode switching instruction part when the temperature exceeds a first threshold.01-08-2009
20090009616IMAGING APPARATUS AND SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD - An imaging apparatus which enables correction of signal deterioration responsible for transfer deterioration occurred in a horizontal charge transfer path is provided. Provided that positions of “n” transfer packet formed in a horizontal charge transfer path in correspondence to “n” vertical charge transfer paths are expressed as a coordinate “i” (i=1, 2, 3, . . . n), a solid-state imaging device is exposed under exposure conditions, and reference charges generated in photoelectric conversion elements upon the exposure are accumulated in transfer packets located at odd coordinates. The charge accumulation packets accumulating the reference charges and other empty packets are transferred horizontally, whereby a reference signal responsive to the reference charge and an untransferred signal responsive to a charge in the empty packet are output. The thus-output signals are stored in memory. Deterioration of an imaging signal S(i) responsive to the charge accumulated in the transfer packet located at the coordinate “i” in a photographing mode during exposure is compensated for in accordance with the data stored in the memory and the imaging signal S(i).01-08-2009
20090009615Medical camera platform - The invention is a medical platform system that overcomes many of the shortcomings of current systems. The novel platform provides simultaneous image display and capture, network based wireless control, preferably by way of a web browser, and the capacity to acquire surgeon specific setting by way of removable storage devices.01-08-2009
20130120605Methods, Apparatus, and Computer-Readable Storage Media for Blended Rendering of Focused Plenoptic Camera Data - Methods, apparatus, and computer-readable storage media for rendering focused plenoptic camera data. A rendering with blending technique is described that blends values from positions in multiple microimages and assigns the blended value to a given point in the output image. A rendering technique that combines depth-based rendering and rendering with blending is also described. Depth-based rendering estimates depth at each microimage and then applies that depth to determine a position in the input flat from which to read a value to be assigned to a given point in the output image. The techniques may be implemented according to parallel processing technology that renders multiple points of the output image in parallel. In at least some embodiments, the parallel processing technology is graphical processing unit (GPU) technology.05-16-2013
20100085439IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE AND METHOD THEREOF - An exemplary image capture device includes a camera module, a buffer including a first unit and a second unit, a processor, and a memory. The camera module is configured for capturing images by forming corresponding electric signals. The first unit of the buffer is configured for buffering electric signals formed in a period that the image capture device is used to preview before capturing. The second unit of the buffer is configured for buffering electric signals formed after the image capture device is fired to photograph. The processor is configured for processing the electric signals in the first unit into preview digital images when preview, and processing the electric signals in the second unit and those still buffered in the first unit into final digital images after the image capture device is fired. The memory is configured for storing the final digital images outputted from the processor.04-08-2010
20120113293IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE WITH FOUR PROCESSING UNITS - An image capture device that has an image sensor, a RISC core, four processing units connected in parallel to the RISC core via a data cache, the four processing units being interconnected with a crossbar switch and an image sensor interface. The image sensor interface is configured to receive image data from the image sensor for parallel processing by the four processing units in accordance with processing instructions from the RISC core.05-10-2012
20120113292SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND CAMERA - A solid-state imaging device includes pixel cells that are formed on a substrate having a first substrate surface side, on which light is irradiated, and a second substrate surface side, on which elements are formed, and separated by an adjacent cell group and an element separation layer for each of the pixel cells or with plural pixel cells as a unit. Each of the pixel cells has a first conductive well formed on the first substrate surface side and a second conductive well formed on the second substrate surface side. The first conductive well receives light from the first substrate surface side and has a photoelectric conversion function and a charge accumulation function for the received light. A transistor that detects accumulated charges in the first conductive well and has a threshold modulation function is formed in the second conductive well.05-10-2012
20120113291PHOTO-SENSOR, MEASUREMENT APPARATUS AND CAMERA SYSTEM - The present invention provides a photo-sensor with a stable current limiting function and pixel reset function. When the incident light quantity of the phototransistor is equal to or less than a predetermined quantity and the base potential of the phototransistor is in a first potential of an operation point in a stationary state, an MOSFET for discharging an electric charge is controlled so as to be turned OFF. In addition, when the incident light quantity of the phototransistor is equal to or more than the predetermined quantity, a MOSFET for detecting an electric current is controlled so as to operate in a saturation region. When the base potential of the phototransistor has changed to a second potential from the first potential, the MOSFET for discharging an electric charge is controlled so as to be turned ON.05-10-2012
20120113290Solid-state image sensing device and camera system - A solid-state image sensing device includes: a pixel part in which pixels are arranged in a matrix; and a pixel signal readout part including an AD conversion part that analog-digital (AD)-converts a pixel signal read out from the pixel part. Each of the adjacent pixels or one of the pixels of the pixel part is formed as divided pixels divided into regions with different photosensitivity or amounts of accumulated charge, photosensitivity or exposure time conditions are set for the divided pixels and the photosensitivity or exposure time conditions of the divided pixels provided to be opposed in diagonal directions are set to the same conditions, the pixel signal readout part reads out divided pixel signals of the respective divided pixels of the pixel, and the AD conversion part obtains a pixel signal of one pixel by AD-converting the respective read out divided pixel signals and adding the signals.05-10-2012
20120113289METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR IMAGE PROCESSING - Methods and apparatuses for generating a low dynamic range image for a high dynamic range scene. In one aspect, a method to generate a low dynamic range image from a high dynamic range image, includes: determining one or more regions of the high dynamic range image containing pixels having values that are outside a first range and inside a second range; computing a weight distribution from the one or more regions; and generating the low dynamic range image from the high dynamic range image using the weight distribution. In another aspect, a method of image processing, includes: detecting one or more regions in a first image of a high dynamic range scene according to a threshold to generate a mask; and blending the first image and a second image of the scene to generate a third image using the mask.05-10-2012
20120113288IMAGING APPARATUS - An imaging apparatus includes: an image sensor that converts an optical image to electronic image information; an image processor that carries out image processing on the electronic image information obtained via the image sensor to obtain image data; a tilt angle detector that detects a tilt angle of the imaging apparatus; an image display that displays the image data; and a blurred area setter that sets a blurred area and a non-blurred area to the image data in cooperation with the image processor and the image display, wherein a blurred area automatic changer that automatically changes the blurred area and the non-blurred area on the image display in accordance with the tilt angle of the imaging apparatus obtained by the tilt angle detector is provided in the image processor.05-10-2012
20120113287Optical Imaging Systems And Methods Utilizing Nonlinear And/Or Spatially Varying Image Processing - Systems and methods include optics having one or more phase modifying elements that modify wavefront phase to introduce image attributes into an optical image. A detector converts the optical image to electronic data while maintaining the image attributes. A signal processor subdivides the electronic data into one or more data sets, classifies the data sets, and independently processes the data sets to form processed electronic data. The processing may optionally be nonlinear. Other imaging systems and methods include optics having one or more phase modifying elements that modify wavefront phase to form an optical image. A detector generates electronic data having one or more image attributes that are dependent on characteristics of the phase modifying elements and/or the detector. A signal processor subdivides the electronic data into one or more data sets, classifies the data sets and independently processes the data sets to form processed electronic data.05-10-2012
20120113286Analog to Digital Converters, Image Sensor Systems, and Methods of Operating the Same - An analog to digital converter (ADC) can include a multi-input comparison unit configured to compare a pixel voltage from an image sensor, a comparison voltage comprising a stepped voltage modified during a coarse mode of operation, and a ramp voltage comprising a ramped voltage modified to one another during a fine mode of operation, to provide a comparison result signal that indicates whether the comparison voltage combined with the ramp voltage is greater than or less than the pixel voltage. A selection control signal generation unit can receive the comparison result signal and a mode control signal, to indicate the coarse or fine mode, to provide a selection control signal allowing modification of the comparison voltage in the coarse mode and to hold the comparison voltage constant in the fine mode. A reference voltage selection unit can receive the selection control signal to control modification of the comparison voltage.05-10-2012
20120113285Overlaying Data in an Augmented Reality User Interface - Disclosed are various embodiments for overlaying data in an augmented reality user interface. A camera associated with a mobile device is accessed and activated, and a location associated with the mobile device is detected. A direction in which the camera is pointed is detected and video captured by the camera displayed. Indicators associated with points of interest on a golf course are overlaid on the video in a user interface.05-10-2012
20110019020ADDING INFORMATION OR FUNCTIONALITY TO A RENDERED DOCUMENT VIA ASSOCIATION WITH AN ELECTRONIC COUNTERPART - An action plan data structure for one or more selected rendered documents is described. The data structure contains information specifying an action to perform automatically in response to a text capture from any of the selected rendered documents.01-27-2011
20110221927IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM - There is provided an image processing apparatus including a representative image extraction unit for extracting a predetermined number of representative images from a series of images belonging to each scene, a representative image classification unit for, when two or more representative images are extracted from each scene, classifying the representative images into a main image and a sub-image, a degraded display image generation unit for generating a degraded display image by operating the sub-image in order to degrade and display the sub-image, and a representative image display unit for displaying the representative images of a plurality of scenes side by side in a scene transition sequence, and displaying the main image and the degraded display image when two or more representative images are extracted from each scene and the representative image when one representative image is extracted from each scene.09-15-2011
20130215287IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS MANUFACTURING METHOD - An image pickup apparatus includes a semiconductor substrate, and multiple pixels. Each of the multiple pixels includes a photoelectric-conversion unit disposed in the semiconductor substrate, a first conductive first semiconductor region disposed in the semiconductor substrate, which holds charge generated by the photoelectric-conversion unit at a place different from the photoelectric-conversion unit, a first transfer unit which transfers charge to the first semiconductor region, and a second transfer unit which transfers charge held at the first semiconductor region. The first semiconductor region includes a first portion, a second portion, and a third portion. At the depth where the third portion is disposed, the first portion is disposed between the third portion and first transfer unit, and the second portion is disposed between the third portion and second transfer unit. Impurity concentration of the third portion is lower than that of the first and second portions.08-22-2013
20080297618DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - The digital camera according to an embodiment executes image sensing processing first, if interruption processing occurs during transfer parameter setting processing. Thus, the user does not miss a photo opportunity.12-04-2008
20130188071ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND PHOTOGRAPHY CONTROL METHOD - An electronic apparatus includes an image pickup portion for generating a subject image signal by photography, a hardware device for controlling optical characteristics in the photography, a software executing portion for executing camera application software for performing the photography, and a control portion for controlling the hardware device. When the camera application software executed by the software executing portion is specific software that does not contain a program for controlling the optical characteristics, the control portion controls the optical characteristics independently of the specific software.07-25-2013
20130188072EYEPIECE OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGING DEVICE - There is provided an eyepiece optical system including a lens, a surface nearest to an observer side of the lens disposed nearest to the observer side being formed in a convex shape on the observer side, and the eyepiece optical system satisfying a conditional expression (1) |RL/DH|<1.7, where RL is a radius of curvature of the surface nearest to the observer side, and DH is a shortest distance in a radial direction from an optical axis to an edge surface of the lens nearest to the observer side.07-25-2013
20130188073Automatic Face and Skin Beautification Using Face Detection - Sub-regions within a face image are identified to be enhanced by applying a localized smoothing kernel to luminance data corresponding to the sub-regions of the face image. An enhanced face image is generated including an enhanced version of the face that includes certain original pixels in combination with pixels corresponding to the one or more enhanced sub-regions of the face.07-25-2013
20120236172Multi Mode Augmented Reality Search Systems - Augmented reality systems recall prescribed stored information relating to scenes being addressed based upon a plurality of alternative search modes. Primarily, sensor based and visual based search modes are switched depending upon the physical states of these AR systems. When deployed in near field use, information recall is primarily based upon image recognition. Conversely, when these systems are deployed in far field uses, the search modes switch to those based upon sensors which measure physical states of the device to determine the probable matter being addressed.09-20-2012
20120236170BLUR DIFFERENCE ESTIMATION USING MULTI-KERNEL CONVOLUTION - An apparatus and method for rapidly and accurately determining blur differences between captured images. Blur change is modeled as a point spread function from a first position to a second position, which is approximated in response to performing a series of convolutions using at least two different blur kernels having different variance. The kernel with a larger variance is used first to speed processing, after which a kernel having a smaller variance is utilized to attain desired accuracy. Any number of kernels can be utilized with decreasing variance to achieve any desired level of accuracy. The apparatus and method can be utilized within a wide range of image capture and/or processing devices, and can be utilized within camera focus mechanisms to increase focusing speed and accuracy.09-20-2012
20110228119IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING MASKING FUNCTION - An image pickup apparatus includes adjustment processors 09-22-2011
20110032377DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND RECORDING MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM TO EXECUTE THE METHOD - Provided are a digital photographing apparatus capable of taking a self-shot, a method of controlling the same, and a recording medium storing a program to execute the method. A digital photographing apparatus includes a shooting unit, configured to generate a live image of a subject; a main display unit, configured to display the generated image; an auxiliary display unit mounted on a front of the digital photographing apparatus and configured to display the generated image; a determination unit configured to determine whether the auxiliary display unit is switched on or off; and a self-shot setting unit configured to set a self-shot mode when the auxiliary display unit is switched from an ‘off’ state to an ‘on’ state.02-10-2011
20100053362PARTIAL FACE DETECTOR RED-EYE FILTER METHOD AND APPARATUS - A digital camera has an integral flash and stores and displays a digital image. Under certain conditions, a flash photograph taken with the camera may result in a red-eye phenomenon due to a reflection within an eye of a subject of the photograph. A digital apparatus has a red-eye filter which analyzes at least one partial face region identified within the digital image for the red-eye phenomenon and modifies the image to eliminate the red-eye phenomenon by changing the red area to black. The modification of the image is enabled when a photograph is taken under conditions indicative of the red-eye phenomenon. The modification is subject to anti-falsing analysis which further examines the area around the red-eye area for indicia of the eye of the subject. The detection and correction can be optimized for performance and quality by operating on subsample versions of the image when appropriate.03-04-2010
20100302403Generating Images With Different Fields Of View - According to one embodiment, an apparatus comprises a camera and an image processor. The camera receives light reflected from a scene and generates image data from the light, where the image data represents the scene. The image processor receives the image data and generates a first image signal according to the image data. The first image signal is operable to yield a first image representing a first field of view of the scene, The image processor generates a second image signal according to the image data. The second image signal is operable to yield a second field of view of the scene that is different from the first field of view.12-02-2010
20090174784CAMERA HAVING DIGITAL GRAY FILTERING AND METHOD OF PROVIDING SAME - A camera includes an image sensor made up of an array of image sensing elements arranged in rows and columns. In addition, the camera includes a lens for imaging a field of view onto the image sensor, and timing circuitry that controls an integration period of each of the image sensing elements, the integration period representing a time during which the image sensing element acquires charge as a function of light incident on the image sensing element. Further, the camera includes gray filter circuitry, operatively coupled to the timing circuitry, for adjusting the integration period of image sensing elements above a horizon defined within the field of view relative to the integration period of image sensing elements below the horizon.07-09-2009
20120098993IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS - An evaluation value for a pixel in an eye region in an image is computed, which is increased with increase in the redness of the pixel and with decrease in the luminance of the pixel. Furthermore, a color saturation value for the pixel included in the eye region is corrected with the use of a luminance value for a surrounding region around an eye and the evaluation value. In this case, the color saturation value is corrected such that the amount of correction is smaller in a case in which the luminance value is smaller even with the same evaluation value, thereby achieving improvement in the correction factor of and prevention of false corrections of a redeye region with a low color saturation and a low luminance.04-26-2012
20100039527SYSTEM AND METHOD OF PHOTOGRAPHY USING DESIRABLE FEATURE RECOGNITION - To improve the quality of photographs of people, the disclosure describes a system and method of photography using desirable feature recognition. The system and method recognize when the subject persons in a photograph possess one or more desirable features for a desirable photograph, such as when they are all smiling and/or not blinking. The system and method may be applied either to individual or group photographs. The system and method of the present invention may operate in a “Full Mode”, in which a picture is taken when all subject persons possess the desirable feature(s). The system and method also may operate in a “Proportional Mode”, in which a picture is taken when a set proportion of the subject persons possess the desirable feature(s). The system and method also may operate in a “Best Picture Mode”, in which multiple photographs are imaged, and the best photograph is selected for keeping, as measured by the photograph containing the highest proportion of subject persons who possess the desirable feature(s). The system and method also may operate in a timer mode, which permits the camera user to appear in the photograph.02-18-2010
20110261219IMAGING DEVICE, TERMINAL DEVICE, AND IMAGING METHOD - It is an object of the present invention to provide an imaging device and terminal device that recommend a preferred image to a user. A terminal device having a photography function captures a plurality of images, identifies a plurality of subjects in each of the captured images, acquires a photographic degree of suitability for each of the identified subjects, calculates an evaluation value for each captured image based on the number of subjects in the captured image having a photographic degree of suitability of at least a predetermined threshold, and displays the captured images, displaying one of the captured images so as to be distinguishable from other captured images based on the evaluation value.10-27-2011
20110261223SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, METHOD OF FABRICATING SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, AND CAMERA - A solid-state imaging device receiving incident light from a backside thereof. The imaging device includes a semiconductor layer on which a plurality of pixels including photoelectric converters and pixel transistors are formed, a wiring layer formed on a first surface of the semiconductor layer, a pad portion formed on a second surface of the semiconductor layer, an opening formed to reach a conductive layer of the wiring layer, and an insulating film extendedly coated from the second surface to an internal side-wall of the opening so as to insulate the semiconductor layer.10-27-2011
20100171841MULTICAST CONTROL OF MOTION CAPTURE SEQUENCES - Capturing motion including: a clock configured to generate a time reference; a plurality of motion capture cameras substantially synchronized to the time reference; at least one device used in motion capture; a multicast module configured to receive the time reference, and to transmit a multicast signal, wherein the multicast signal includes information derived from the time reference to configure the at least one device to operate synchronously with the plurality of motion capture cameras; and an integration module configured to integrate device data generated by the at least one device with camera data generated by the plurality of motion capture cameras.07-08-2010
20090322892METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CALIBRATING AND CORRECTING SHADING NON-UNIFORMITY OF CAMERA SYSTEMS - The invention includes methods and apparatus for correcting shading non-uniformity in camera systems. A method includes capturing at least two sets of flatfield images from at least two sets of camera modules under first and second illuminant, respectively. Pixels for each image in the sets of flatfield images are then averaged to form first and second averaged flatfield images, respectively. The first averaged flatfield image is transformed using the second averaged flatfield image to create a transform image. The transform image is then saved in memory for calibrating the shading non-uniformity of the camera module.12-31-2009
20090278951Apparatus and methods for multi-sensor synchronization - Apparatus and methods for synchronizing a plurality of image sensors in a video camera system. In one embodiment, a method includes generating a video sync signal, and resetting at least one internal clock divider in each image sensor in synchronization with the video sync signal at the beginning of each video frame. Another embodiment of a method of synchronizing a plurality of image sensors in a video camera system includes detecting a phase state of a signal of at least one internal clock divider in each sensor, wherein the phase state is relative to a system sync signal, and selecting a video output signal for each sensor based on the detected phase state of the at least one internal divider. In a third embodiment, the method includes asserting an asynchronous reset signal, stopping the system clocks in the system, de-asserting the asynchronous reset signal, while the system clocks are stopped, and restarting the system clocks. Each method may be used individually, or the methods can be combined in any combination. A video camera apparatus is also described.11-12-2009
20100007764DETERMINING IMAGE QUALITY FOR IMPROVING OBJECT TRACKABILITY - A method and system are provided. In one embodiment, a video image is preprocessed from a video camera to separate objects to be tracked from the rest of the video image. Statistics for the tracked objects and the rest of the video image are computed. Further, a quality measure based on the statistics for the tracked objects and the rest of the video image are generated. The quality measure indicates the suitability of the video image for use by an object tracking system. The generating of the quality measure maximizes saturation of each of the tracked objects. Further, the video camera is tuned to increase the quality measure beyond a threshold.01-14-2010
20100007754IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, ELECTRONIC CAMERA AND IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM - The image processing device of the present invention is provided with an image input section, a position discrepancy detecting section, and an image composition section. The image input section reads a plurality of low resolution images imaging a same object, and at least one high resolution image imaging a same object. The position discrepancy detecting section detects position discrepancy of patterns between respective low resolution images and the high resolution image. The image composition section positions and composes patterns of the plurality of low resolution images based on the position discrepancy.01-14-2010
20110279698IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - There is provided an image processing apparatus including an image acquisition unit that obtains color image data composed of wavelength components in a visible light region only, and monochrome image data which does not contain the wavelength components in the visible light region and which is composed of wavelength components in other than visible light region only, a color information extraction unit that extracts color information from the color image data, a luminance information extraction unit that extracts luminance information from the monochrome image data, and a synthesis unit that synthesizes the extracted color information and the extracted luminance information to generate composite image data.11-17-2011
20110279699IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An image processing apparatus includes: an input section receiving input of first image data obtained by shooting a subject in a first optical-system state of an imaging section, and second image data obtained by shooting the subject in a second optical-system state of the imaging section with a blur state different from a blur state of the first image data; and a distance-information calculation section calculating distance information corresponding to a position in a depth direction of the subject on the basis of the first image data and the second image data, wherein the distance-information calculation section corrects a change in the blur by an image height of the optical system to calculate the distance information.11-17-2011
20110279697AR NAVIGATION FOR REPEAT PHOTOGRAPHY AND DIFFERENCE EXTRACTION - Systems and methods for repeat photography and difference extraction that help users take pictures from the same position and camera angle as earlier photos. The system automatically extracts differences between the photos. Camera poses are estimated and then indicators are rendered to show the desired camera angle, which guide the user to the same camera angle for repeat photography. Using 3D rendering techniques, photos are virtually projected onto a 3D model to adjust them and improve the match between the photos, and the difference between the two photos are detected and highlighted. Highlighting the detected differences helps users to notice the differences.11-17-2011
20110096187Digital Image Processing Using Face Detection Information - A method of processing a digital image using face detection within the image achieves one or more desired image processing parameters. A group of pixels is identified that correspond to an image of a face within the digital image. Default values are determined of one or more parameters of at least some portion of the digital image. Values are adjusted of the one or more parameters within the digitally-detected image based upon an analysis of the digital image including the image of the face and the default values.04-28-2011
20080316330IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR SAME, AND IMAGE SENSING SYSTEM - An image sensing apparatus includes an image sensor including a plurality of pixels, a control unit that, during an exposure operation that generates an image in the image sensor, reads out signals of a first portion of pixels among an entire frame of pixels from the image sensor, outputs an image based on the signals of the first portion of pixels to a display unit, and, when the exposure operation is completed, reads out signals of the entire frame of pixels from the image sensor, and an image processing unit that generates an image by adding the signals of the first portion of pixels to signals of the entire frame of pixels for corresponding pixels.12-25-2008
20100066848IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND METHOD - An image processing device including a camera, a discrete signal processor (DSP) and an output device is disclosed. The camera provides image data for the DSP to process. The DSP samples sub-image data to generate a first image processing signal, discrete cosine transforms the first image processing signal to generate a second image processing signal, uses a quantization table to quantize the second image processing signal to generate a third image processing signal, zig-zag scans the third image processing signal to generate a fourth image processing signal, and Huffman codes the fourth image processing signal to generate an output image signal. The DSP adjusts a cut point of a next fourth image processing signal according to the size of the fourth image processing signal so as to control the size of a next output image signal. The output device outputs the output image signal.03-18-2010
20090309993IMAGE SURFACE ILLUMINANCE VARYING APPARATUS, EXPOSURE CORRECTING APPARATUS, AND EXPOSURE CORRECTING METHOD - An image surface illuminance varying apparatus includes a variable power optical system in which the optical power thereof can be varied by changing a relative position of a plurality of optical elements thereof; and a light-quantity ratio varying optical element whose transmittance varies in a direction perpendicular to an optical axis of the variable power optical system, the light-quantity ratio varying optical element being located in a light path of the variable power optical system to reduce an illuminance difference of an imaging surface. A distance from the light-quantity ratio varying optical element, which is moved along the optical axis, to a diaphragm or a shutter is varied in accordance with the power varying operation.12-17-2009
20110298939SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR VISUAL RECOGNITION - A method for generating a signal based on a visual image includes photographing a target object with a digital camera to obtain a target image; receiving the target image into a processor that is in communication with the camera; cross-correlating the target image with a structure having a variety of scales across the target image; and based on cross-correlating the target image, generating a signal for output on a device associated with the camera. A visual recognition system is also disclosed.12-08-2011
20110134262CAMERA MODULE, IMAGE RECORDING METHOD, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE - According to one embodiment, a camera module includes two or more sub camera modules and a block matching unit. The two or more sub camera modules are fixed in an arrangement in which directions of optical axes of the imaging optical systems differ to each other. The block matching unit matches the images of the subject of the respective sub camera modules in portions where the image circles of the imaging optical systems overlap with each other.06-09-2011
20110298941IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE - The present invention provides a highly flexible shooting environment by letting the user shoot any subject he or she likes.12-08-2011
20110298942VIDEO IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE - An image processor detects an on-screen motion of a photographic subject in video image data generated by an image sensor provided in a camera body and outputs a photographic subject motion information. A sensor detects a motion of the camera body and outputs the detected motion as a camera body motion information. A scene decision encoding controller decides an image pickup condition of the video image data based on the photographic subject motion information and the camera body motion information, and performs an encoding amount regulation control suitable for the decided image pickup condition to an image compression processor.12-08-2011
20090207270IMAGE ACQUISITION SYSTEM AND METHOD OF AUTHENTICATING IMAGE ACQUISITION DEVICE IN THE IMAGE ACQUISITION SYSTEM - An image acquisition system includes an image acquisition device and a commanding device configured as a separate member from the image acquisition device to transmit an image acquisition execution command to the image acquisition device and thereby to cause the image acquisition device to perform an image acquisition operation. The commanding device includes an authentication information transmission unit configured to transmit authentication information to the image acquisition device to cause the image acquisition device to authenticate the commanding device. The image acquisition device includes an authentication information receiving unit configured to receive the authentication information transmitted from the commanding device, an authentication information recognition unit configured to recognize the authentication information received by the authentication information receiving unit, and a function limiting unit configured to limit a predetermined function of the image acquisition device based on the authentication information recognized by the authentication information recognition unit.08-20-2009
20090207268IMAGE SIGNAL PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGING DEVICE - An image signal processing device for correcting color difference signals includes a first correcting unit configured to set a correction amount for input color difference signals to “0” and generating output color difference signals when a colorless area containing the original point of a color difference space in which the two color difference signals are set as two intersecting axes, a first boundary line through which the inside and outside of the colorless area are partitioned, a suppression area which is nearer to the original point than the first boundary line and defined by a color difference suppression width, and a second boundary line through which the interior of suppression area and the inside area of the suppression area are partitioned are set in the color difference space and the values of the color difference signals are at the outside of the colorless area.08-20-2009
20090207267METHOD FOR CALCULATING SHIFT AMOUNT OF IMAGE PICKUP ELEMENT AND IMAGE PICKUP ELEMENT - A method for calculating a shift amount of a microlens from a position of a light receiving element arranged in a pixel of an image pickup element is provided. The microlens collects incident light from an image pickup lens. The method comprises: acquiring an incident angle characteristic value indicating a relation between an arranged position of the pixel and an incident angle of the incident light to the pixel; calculating a sampled shift amount of the microlens from the position of the light receiving element corresponding the incident angle characteristic value based on light collection efficiency of the incident light; approximating the sampled shift amount by a second or higher order function to calculate a shift amount characteristic function indicating a relation between the arranged position and the shift amount; and calculating the shift amount of the pixel using the shift amount characteristic function.08-20-2009
20090207265Method and Apparatus for Detecting Camera Sensor Intensity Saturation - A method for detecting intensity saturation of a light sensor includes monitoring an electrical signal from a light sensor for detecting an intensity saturation condition of at least one pixel of the light sensor, converting the electrical signal to a digital signal, imposing a reserved bit combination on the digital signal indicating the intensity saturation condition of the pixel, and transmitting a control signal in response to the digital signal to compensate for the intensity saturation condition of the pixel. Alternatively stated, the method includes monitoring pixel data from an output of a light sensor to determine a number of pixels at saturation and a number of pixels near saturation, comparing the number of pixels at saturation to a predetermined first threshold number, comparing the number of pixels near saturation to a predetermined second threshold number, reprogramming the light sensor to adapt to more brightness if the number of pixels at saturation is above the first threshold number, and reprogramming the light sensor to adapt to less brightness if the number of pixels near saturation is below the second threshold number. An apparatus for detecting intensity saturation of a light sensor includes a saturation detector for detecting and measuring an intensity saturation condition of at least one pixel of a light sensor, the intensity saturation condition of the pixel being at saturation upon receiving light with an intensity above a predetermined level, the saturation detector emitting a digital signal with a reserved bit combination indicating the intensity saturation condition of the pixel, and a processor receiving and processing the digital signal from the saturation detector and transmitting a control signal in response to the digital signal to compensate for the intensity saturation condition of the pixel.08-20-2009
20090207266IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, CAMERA DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - Disclosed herein is an image processing device including: a face detector configured to detect a face from an image given on a basis of detection information; and a processing unit configured to set the detection information of the face detector, receive at least an input image before distortion correction of the image before the distortion correction and an image after the distortion correction, divide an entire image region of the input image, and supply each of the divided images to the face detector on a time-division basis, wherein the face detector detects faces from a face of a maximum size to a face of a minimum size in the entire image in a detectable range.08-20-2009
20090207264Image processing device, imaging device, and medium storing image processing program - An image processing device including a storing unit storing the position of a focus detecting pixel of an image-capturing sensor containing plural pixels having spectroscopic characterizations corresponding to respective plural color components with the focus detecting pixel, a pixel interpolating unit generating an interpolation pixel value of the focus detecting pixel by using pixel values of pixels neighboring to the focus detecting pixel, neighborhood-pixel estimating unit calculating an estimation pixel value corresponding to a pixel value when the pixels neighboring to the focus detecting pixel have the same spectroscopic characterization as the focus detecting pixel, a high-frequency component calculating unit calculating a high frequency component of the image by using a pixel value of the focus detecting pixel and the estimation pixel value, and a high frequency component adding unit adding the interpolation pixel value with the high frequency component to calculate a pixel value of the focus detecting pixel.08-20-2009
20120008005IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM HAVING IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM RECORDED THEREON - A plurality of images are combined while suppressing a luminance change and the occurrence of artifacts. An image processing apparatus includes a measurement-area setting section that sets, in each of a plurality of images to be combined, a motion-vector measurement area that is used to measure at least one motion vector; a calculation section that calculates the motion vector between the images, in the motion-vector measurement area set by the measurement-area setting section; a reliability calculation section that calculates the reliability of the motion vector; and an image composition section that corrects misalignment between the images based on the motion vector and combines the images based on a composition ratio for each pixel, determined based on a feature quantity between the images for the pixel and the reliability of the motion vector.01-12-2012
20120008004LIGHTING IDENTIFICATION - A lighting identification chart has a grey patch lighting identification feature and a three-part fiduciary marker positioned around the grey patch. The lighting identification chart 01-12-2012
20090091638Erroneous erasure determination apparatus, method and computer program product, and image file generation apparatus - An erroneous erasure determination apparatus is provided, which determines whether or not image data in an image file are likely to have been erroneously erased based on auxiliary information attached thereto which indicates whether or not the image file is recorded in a multi-page format, and information which indicates the number of image data recorded in the image file.04-09-2009
20110298940METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR OPERATING CAMERA FUNCTION IN PORTABLE TERMINAL - A method and an apparatus for operating a camera function in a portable terminal are provided. State information representing at least one of a direction and a rotation state of the portable terminal is obtained, and at least one of a sequence of reading an image from a camera sensor and an appropriate user interface is determined depending on the state information. Thus, the camera function is performed depending on the determined sequence or user interface.12-08-2011
20120105667IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR SMOOTHING DYNAMIC RANGE OF LUMINANCE OF AN IMAGE SIGNAL, COLOR CONVERSION PROCESS - An imaging apparatus includes an imaging unit configured to capture an object image, a smoothing unit configured to smooth a dynamic range of luminance of an image signal generated based on the object image captured by the imaging unit, and a color conversion unit configured to perform a color conversion with respect to a color of the image signal whose dynamic range is smoothed by the smoothing unit and is specified by a user.05-03-2012
20120098992IMAGING APPARATUS - A controller controls a photographing angle of view based on the face size detected by the face size calculation unit and the face inclination detected by the face inclination detection unit, wherein the controller controls the photographing angle of view so that a size with respect to the photographing angle of view of the subject image recognized by the face recognition unit becomes a predetermined size.04-26-2012
20120098991IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM - Disclosed is an image processing apparatus including: a detecting section which receives a color mosaic image generated by an imaging process of a single chip color imaging device as an input and detects the strength of a high frequency signal in the proximity of a target pixel which is an interpolation process target; a plurality of statistic calculating sections each of which sets a reference region having a different area around the target pixel and calculates an individual statistic based on a pixel value included in the reference region; and an interpolating section which changes a blended state of the plurality of statistics calculated by the plurality of statistic calculating sections according to the strength of the high frequency signal detected by the detecting section and calculates an interpolated pixel value in the position of the target pixel by a blending process of the plurality of statistics.04-26-2012
20120098990ANALOG-TO-DIGITAL CONVERTER AND IMAGE SENSOR INCLUDING THE SAME - An analog-to-digital converter includes a comparison signal generation unit and a control unit. The comparison signal generation unit determines a logic level of a comparison signal by comparing an input signal with a selected reference signal based on a switch control signal in a first comparison mode, and by comparing a difference voltage with a ramp signal based on the switch control signal in a second comparison mode. The difference voltage is generated based on the input signal and the selected reference signal such that a level of the difference voltage is lower than a fine voltage level corresponding to a voltage level of the selected reference signal in the second comparison mode. The control unit generates the switch control signal based on the comparison signal and a mode selection signal.04-26-2012
20120098989IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF DISPLAYING A NUMBER OF CAPTURED IMAGES - An imaging apparatus includes an image capturing unit that capture image data, a display that displays the image data, a calendar that provides current time and date information, and a determination unit that classifies the image data by determining which one of plural different scene categories corresponds to the image data. The apparatus also includes a count unit that obtains the current time and data information from the calendar, adds the image data to the time and date information and increments a number of images captured today corresponding to the scene category classified by the determination unit when a date of a currently captured image data is the same as a date in a previously captured image data. A display unit displays, on the display, the number of images captured today corresponding to each of the plural different scene categories.04-26-2012
20120098987ELECTRONIC CAMERA - An imaging element which continuously outputs image data obtained by photoelectrically converting object light, a buffer memory which temporarily stores image data being output from the imaging element, a plurality of image processing units which are capable of performing image processing on image data output from the imaging element, and a control unit which causes an image processing unit of the plurality of image processing units to operate based on a number of pieces of the image data stored in the buffer memory when the image data is output continuously from the imaging element, in which the image processing unit performs image processing on each piece of image data output continuously.04-26-2012
20120098986METHOD TO IMPROVE ACCURACY AND RELIABILITY OF MOTION ESTIMATED WITH PHASE CORRELATION - A method of improving accuracy and reliability of motion estimation is described herein. In one aspect, a 2D neighborhood of phase correlation peak is approximated with an outer-product of two 1D vectors to eliminate the sub-pixel error. In another aspect, estimation of reliability is improved. In yet another aspect, two-pass phase correlation is implemented to eliminate sub-pel motion bias.04-26-2012
20110285868IMAGING APPARATUS - An imaging apparatus includes: a pixel signal read out unit for reading out a pixel signal and a reference signal, and for holding the read out pixel signal or the reference signal in a holding capacitor; a selection switch for successively selecting signals stored row by row in the holding capacitor of pixel signal read out unit, and for outputting the selected signal to any one of a plurality of signal lines; reset switches for resetting the plurality of signal lines to a reset voltage; a multiplexer for selectively outputting the signals of the signal lines; and a control unit for controlling the multiplexer and the selection switch. The control unit performs control based on the reference signal read out according to a period longer than a period according to which the pixel signal is read out.11-24-2011
20110285869SERIAL DATA SENDING AND RECEIVING APPARATUS AND DIGITAL CAMERA - A serial data sending and receiving apparatus includes a sending unit and a receiving unit. The sending unit includes an inserting unit carrying out iterative insertion of inserting, between each of adjacent pairs of line data, a piece of determining information. Each of the adjacent pairs of the line data found in successively arranged pieces of the line data is included in serial image data. The sending unit includes a data format converting unit sending a receiving unit, via the transmission path, information-inserted serial image data with a plurality of pieces of determining information inserted. The receiving unit includes a determining unit sequentially detecting the pieces of the determining information from the information-inserted serial image data received from the transmission path, and determining whether or not non-reproducible line data is found according to at least part of the detected pieces of the determining information.11-24-2011
20110285867IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE SIGNAL PROCESSING CHIP, AND ISP CHAIN CONFIGURING METHOD - An image processing device and an ISP chain constructing method are provided which can arbitrarily reconstruct an ISP chain structure. The image processing device is connected to an image sensor, performs a signal process and includes: N (where N is a natural number of equal to or greater than 2) ISP (Image Signal Processing) functional modules that each perform a predetermined image signal process on one, which is determined by an input selection signal, of data output from the image sensor and the other ISP functional modules; and an output module that outputs one, which is determined by an output selection signal, of output data output from the N ISP functional modules as final output data. Accordingly, it is possible to reconstruct an ISP chain even after the ISP chain is embodied as a chip, thereby providing image processing functions optimized for various product applications.11-24-2011
20110109759SUBJECT TRACKING PROGRAM AND CAMERA - A computer-readable computer program product contains a computer-executable subject tracking program in order to execute frame-to-frame subject tracking for a plurality of frames input in time series. The subject tracking program includes: an estimation procedure estimating a subject position within each frame by executing template matching processing for each of a plurality of partial areas assuming random positions within the frame; an identification procedure identifying a subject position within the frame by executing template matching processing for an estimated subject area containing the subject position having been estimated through the estimation procedure; a subject framing border display procedure displaying a subject framing border at the subject position having been identified through the identification procedure; and a tracking procedure tracking the subject position having been identified through the identification procedure from one frame to another through the plurality of frames.05-12-2011
20090201389DIGITAL IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - Provided are a digital image processing apparatus and a method of controlling the same. The digital image processing apparatus includes a digital signal processing unit that recognizes a facial expression of a face from a photographed image, determines whether the eyes of the subject's face are closed, and re-photographs the image when the eyes are closed. The method of controlling the digital image processing apparatus includes: (a) receiving an image; (b) generating a photographed image by photographing the image; (c) checking whether the eyes on a face photographed on the photographed image are closed; and (d) generating a re-photographed image by re-photographing the image when the eyes are closed.08-13-2009
20090201386IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, AND MEDIUM STORING A PROGRAM - Provided is an image processing apparatus, comprising an image generating section that generates a converted image by performing a coordinate conversion on a captured image captured through an optical system, such that a spread of light from the optical system has a shape that is spatially substantially uniform; a correcting section that corrects the converted image based on the spread of the light modified by the image generating section to have the shape that is substantially uniform; and an inverse converting section that performs an inverse conversion of the coordinate conversion on the converted image corrected by the correcting section.08-13-2009
20110292236DISPLAY CONTROL DEVICE - A display control device includes an image data generating section and a control section. The image data generating section is configured to perform generation processing for generating image data in a predetermined processing sequence for each of a plurality of predetermined data units of the image data. The control section is configured to control a display unit to execute display processing based on the image data in the processing sequence for each of the predetermined data units. The control section is configured to control the display unit so that the longer a first time relating to the generation processing for one of the predetermined data units of the image data is, the longer a second time until the display processing starts for the one of the predetermined data units of the image data is.12-01-2011
20120013758Memory Compression Technique with Low Latency per Pixel - In an embodiment, a compression unit is provided which may perform compression of images with low latency and relatively little hardware. Similarly, a decompression unit may be provided which may decompress the images with low latency and hardware. In an embodiment, the transmission of compressed coefficients may be performed using less than two passes through the list of coefficients. During the first pass, the most significant coefficients may be transmitted and other significance groups may be identified as linked lists. The linked lists may then be traverse to send the other significance groups. In an embodiment, a color space conversion may be made to permit filtering of fewer color components than might be possible in the source color space.01-19-2012
20120013757CAMERA THAT COMBINES IMAGES OF DIFFERENT SCENE DEPTHS - A camera system capturing two parts of a same scene each at a different focus so that objects at different distances from the camera can be captured in focus. The camera system splits the image into two paths using a splitter and focuses the image of each path separately. The focus for each path can be manual or by autofocus. The parts of the images of the two paths can be combined by abutting them at a boundary or in a zone essentially located between the two parts, The image parts in the zone can be combined by blending using a linear function or a non linear function such as a frequency based function.01-19-2012
20110292235IMAGE PROCESSING UNIT, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM - An image processing unit which includes: an input section which inputs a plurality of images each of which is associated with a difference from an in-focus state detected in accordance with differences among images of a subject which is divided during production of each of the plurality of images, the images being produced in continuous shooting in which a series of images are produced continuously in time series; and a selecting section which selects an image with the highest focusing degree in accordance with the difference from the in-focus state from among the plurality of images.12-01-2011
20110292234IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - The area of a subject image in an image is changed. The correction strength is determined based on the area change amount between the area before the area change and that after the area change for the subject image whose area has been changed. A correction process is performed for the image in accordance with the correction strength.12-01-2011
20110292233ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD THEREOF - An electronic device includes an image capture module, an image processing module, and a display module. The image capture module includes a first capture unit for capturing a first image and a second capture unit for capturing a second image. The first capture unit is simultaneously enabled with the second capture unit. The second image has an overlapping view with the first image. The image processing module includes an image cropping unit and an image stitching unit. The image cropping unit crops the first image to keep a first section of the first image, and further crops the second image to keep a second section of the second image. The first section is different from the second section. The image stitching unit stitches the first section and the second section into an integrated image. The display module displays the integrated image.12-01-2011
20110292232IMAGE RETRIEVAL - A method, comprising receiving query data including an image of a person, and detecting a face of the person in the image to create a detected face, generating face data and clothing data using the detected face including a measure of characteristics of the face and clothing of the person, and retrieving images and video for the person and a related group of people by comparing the face data and clothing data of the person with multiple measures for the characteristics of faces and clothing generated from a set of images and video in which other people appear wherein co-appearances of the person with at least some of the other people are used to retrieve content in which the person and people from the related group appear.12-01-2011
20110292231SYSTEM FOR MANAGING PRIVACY OF DIGITAL IMAGES - A system having an image sensor for capturing an image and a GPS module for providing a location signal for the image. Memory stores the digital image location metadata derived from the location signal which is included with the digital image only if the location metadata is determined not to be within one or more predefined exclusion zones. A communication module transmits the digital image and the location metadata or only the digital image.12-01-2011
20110292230METHOD FOR MANAGING PRIVACY OF DIGITAL IMAGES - A captured digital image is stored in memory together with metadata derived from a location signal only if the location metadata is determined not to be within one or more predefined exclusion zones. A GPS receiver module can be implemented to obtain the location signal.12-01-2011
20110134268SOLAR ACCESS MEASUREMENT DEVICE - A Solar Access Measurement Device (“SAMD”) located at a predetermined position is disclosed. The SAMD may include a skyline detector enabled to detect a skyline of a horizon relative to the SAMD, an orientation determination unit enabled to determine the orientation of the skyline detector, and a processor in signal communication with the skyline detector and orientation determination unit.06-09-2011
20110141304ELECTRONIC CAMERA - An electronic camera includes an imager. An imager, having an imaging surface capturing a scene, repeatedly outputs a scene image. An extractor checks the scene image outputted from the imager with each of a plurality of characteristic patterns so as to extract one or at least two characteristic patterns in each of which a checking degree exceeds a reference. A creator creates a reference image based on the scene image outputted from the imager corresponding to the first extraction by the extractor. A selector selects a characteristic pattern used for searching for an image coincident with the reference image created by the creator, from among one or at least two characteristic patterns extracted by the extractor.06-16-2011
20110141306Image capturing device, method of searching for occlusion region, and program - An image capturing device is equipped with an external parameter estimating unit for estimating external parameters using a distance image obtained by a TOF camera and a luminance image obtained by a CCD camera, a corresponding pixel determining unit for determining a correspondence relationship between pixel positions in the distance image and pixel positions in the luminance image, using previously stored internal parameters of the TOF camera and the CCD camera or the CCD camera, and the external parameters, and an occlusion searching unit for searching for an occlusion region in the distance image, using the correspondence relationship between pixel positions in the distance image and pixel positions in the luminance image.06-16-2011
20110199503IIMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PLAYING METHOD, IMAGE PICK-UP APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR USE IN DISPLAYING IMAGE DATA - Upon continuously displaying a plurality of image data read from a recording medium, printing setting information including trimming information is set for the image data recorded to the recording medium with a corresponding relation to the image data. The displaying of the image data is controlled based on the determination of whether or not the printing setting information is set for each image data read from the recording medium.08-18-2011
20100053361Image Pickup Apparatus Electronic Device and Image Aberration Control Method - An optical system comprising an aberration control optical system is disclosed. An aberration control optical system is operable to produce an image aberration, and an aperture stop is operable to limit a light beam passing through the aberration control optical system. An image pickup device is operable to capture an object image passing through the aberration control optical system, and the aberration control optical system provides inflection points within a diameter of the aperture stop to obtain a depth extending effect.03-04-2010
20100091125Template matching device, camera with template matching device, and program for allowing computer to carry out template matching - A template-matching apparatus includes a first calculating unit calculating a first characteristic amount from the image information of a template image, and extracting unit extracting a partial image, a second calculating unit calculating for image information of the partial image a second characteristic amount, a third calculating unit calculating a residual amount from the image information of the template image and the partial image, a first computing unit finding a first degree of similarity, a second computing unit that finds a second degree of similarity based on the residual amount, a third computing unit finding a third degree of similarity based on the first and second degree of similarity, and a specifying unit specifying a matching position, thereby specifying the matching position with good accuracy even if the input image is observed with some geometrical change.04-15-2010
20100091126METHOD AND UNIT FOR MOTION DETECTION BASED ON A DIFFERENCE HISTOGRAM - Method for motion detection in a current picture (CP) with respect to a reference picture (RP), wherein for a plurality of locations in the current picture (CP) respective difference values (|D|) are determined (B04-15-2010
20100091127IMAGE RECONSTRUCTION METHOD FOR A GRADIENT CAMERA - A method for reconstructing a digital image including: obtaining gradient data of the digital image, estimating the wavelet decomposition of the digital image based on the gradient data, performing a synthesis and smoothing operation on decomposed gradient data to provide an estimate of pixel intensities from the wavelet decomposition and outputting a reconstructed digital image.04-15-2010
20100091128SOLID-STATE IMAGER AND SIGNAL PROCESSING SYSTEM - A solid-state imager includes a pixel unit for converting incident light into an electrical signal, a substrate bearing the pixel unit formed thereon, an analog-to-digital converter, formed on the substrate, for converting a signal read from the pixel unit into a digital signal, an optical communication unit, arranged on the bottom surface of the substrate opposite the surface of the substrate bearing opposite the top surface of the substrate bearing the pixel unit receiving the incident light, for converting the digital signal converted by the analog-to-digital converter into a light signal and outputting the light signal, and a signal line for transferring the digital signal, converted by the analog-to-digital converter, to the optical communication unit arranged on the bottom surface of the substrate.04-15-2010
20090179998Modification of Post-Viewing Parameters for Digital Images Using Image Region or Feature Information - A method of modifying the viewing parameters of digital images using image feature detection for achieving desired parameters based on one or more sub-groups of pixels that correspond to one or more selected image features such as a face, body, pets, or a background region or a foreground region. Such methods may be used for animating still images, automating and streamlining application such as the creation of slide shows and screen savers of images containing selected image features. Two or more features such as a foreground region and a background region may be separated and independently processed.07-16-2009
20100079611SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND AD CONVERSION GAIN ADJUSTING METHOD - A solid-state imaging device includes: a pixel unit in which unit pixels outputting processing target signals are arranged in a horizontal direction and scanning lines are wired such that the processing target signals can be read out in order in a vertical direction within a repetition unit of an array of the unit pixels in the horizontal direction; an AD conversion unit including comparing units that compare a reference signal supplied from a reference-signal generating unit and the processing target signals, and counter units that perform count operation, the AD conversion unit performing AD conversion processing based on output data of the counter units; and a driving control unit that performs control to read out the processing target signals in order in the vertical direction and controls the reference-signal generating unit and the AD conversion unit such that AD conversion gains are individually adjusted in order to correct an output amplitude characteristic difference within the repetition unit during AD conversion processing.04-01-2010
20100033589INFORMATION RECORDING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, INFORMATION RECORDING METHOD AND PROGRAM - An information recording apparatus includes: a moving image input unit configured to input a moving image; a position information obtaining unit configured to obtain position information at the time of the moving image being input; a position information converting unit configured to convert the obtained position information into at least either bitmap data or text data, relating to a place determined with the position information thereof; a data stream generating unit configured to generate a data stream including at least either the converted bitmap data or text data, and video data corresponding to the input moving image; and a recording control unit configured to record the generated data stream as a moving image file.02-11-2010
20100033594IMAGE CODING APPARATUS, IMAGE CODING METHOD, IMAGE CODING INTEGRATED CIRCUIT, AND CAMERA - An image coding apparatus including: a reference index assignment unit configured to assign reference indices to plural reference pictures which can be referred to by a current picture to be coded, each of the reference indices having a different value and being assigned to a corresponding one of the plural reference pictures; and an image coding unit configured to perform field-coding on the current picture to be coded, by referring to the reference pictures indicated by the reference indices assigned by the reference index assignment unit, and to code the reference indices, wherein the reference index assignment unit is configured to assign, to one of two reference pictures included in the plural reference pictures, a reference index having a value smaller than a value of a reference index to be assigned to the other reference picture, the one of the two reference pictures being temporally closer to the current picture to be coded than the other reference picture.02-11-2010
20100039523IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - An image capture device includes an image detection unit, a display unit, and a control system. The image detection unit captures images of an object of which orientations can be detected. The display displays the captured images. The control system acquires the captured images, extracts features of the object, recognizes the orientations of the object, identifies an angle between the orientations and physical direction of the display unit, implements a corresponding command stored therein associated with the angle, and executes the corresponding command to adjust display direction of the display unit.02-18-2010
20080309785PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS - A photographing apparatus is disclosed. The photographing apparatus includes: an imaging unit to photograph a subject to acquire image data; an object detection unit to detect a predetermined object from the image data; and a detection condition setting unit to allow a user to arbitrarily set a detection condition for the object detection unit.12-18-2008
20080309786METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR IMAGE PROCESSING - Digital camera audio/visual capture includes bandpass and notch filtering for the audio input during camera lens motor operation; the filtering may be active during capture or the audio segments may be marked for later noise suppression processing.12-18-2008
20080309783IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing device includes an image receiving section that receives two medical images, which are imaged at different imaging times, of a same examination object; a time difference acquiring section that acquires a difference between the imaging times of the two images; a global matching section and a local matching section that execute a matching process for the two medical images upon setting of a parameter value. The matching process causes the two images to match each other by moving and deforming one of the two images. The amount of the movement or the deformation necessary for matching is in an application range that is dependant on the parameter value. Also provided is a parameter setting section that sets a value corresponding to the difference between the imaging times acquired in the time difference acquiring section to the processing section as the parameter value.12-18-2008
20080309782IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE RECORDING METHOD - An aspect of the present invention provides an image recording apparatus comprising: an image recording device which records an extended image file storing a plurality of pieces of image data and a basic file storing at least one piece of image data selected from the pieces of image data stored in the extended image file, the extended image file and the basic file being associated with each other; a determination device which determines whether or not the basic file has been deleted or modified; and a basic file recovery device which recovers the basic file from the extended image file if it is determined that the basic file has been deleted or modified.12-18-2008
20100033588SHADOW AND REFLECTION IDENTIFICATION IN IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICES - A device may include an image capturing assembly to frame an image of a subject for capturing; and a processor to automatically identify a shadow or a reflection corresponding to a user of the device in the framed image. The image capturing assembly is configured to capture the image following the automatic identification of the shadow or the reflection. The processor is configured to perform one of: adjusting the image capturing assembly based on the automatic identification of the shadow or the reflection prior to the capturing of the image, or modifying the captured image based on the automatic identification of the shadow or the reflection.02-11-2010
20100033590IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An image sensing apparatus comprises an image sensing unit configured to sense an object and generate image data, a face detection unit configured to detect a face region of a person contained in the image data generated by the image sensing unit, and a facial expression determination unit configured to determine a plurality of facial expressions in the face region determined by the face detection unit. When both a first facial expression and a second facial expression are determined, the facial expression determination unit corrects a condition to determine the second facial expression so as to become difficult as compared to the determination condition when the first facial expression is not determined and the second facial expression is determined.02-11-2010
20100033593IMAGE PICK-UP APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR - An image pick-up apparatus capable of displaying a detected subject region in a field of view of an optical finder intelligibly, and shortening a time until achieving a focus on a subject so as to decrease a release time lag. A focus detection unit detects data concerning a focus adjustment of a subject. An indication unit indicates a focusing point selected as a target of the focus adjustment among focusing points arranged at positions in a field of view of an optical finder according to the data detected by the focus detection unit. A subject detection unit detects a region of the subject using a signal that is different from the signal used for the detection in the focus detection unit. A control unit controls the indication unit based on the detection result of the subject detection unit so as to indicate the focusing points surrounding the region of the subject.02-11-2010
20100033592IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME - If a subject change button of a device is pressed after a face image is detected from moving image data and the number of identified face images is counted, the value of the operation count becomes +1 so that a single face image can be selected. Then, a face image for selection is changed in sequence at the press of the subject change button. If the operation count number exceeds the identified face number of the time, it is determined that a round of the face selection is completed, so that the counted operation number is cleared, the face selection is cancelled, and the device is put on standby.02-11-2010
20100033591IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR - In an image capturing apparatus with an operation mode for carrying out expression detection, it is determined whether or not the image capturing apparatus is operated in the operation mode for carrying out expression detection. In a case in which the image capturing apparatus is operated in the operation mode for carrying out expression detection, setting in such a way that images with a resolution higher than in a case in which the image capturing apparatus is not operated in the operation mode are read out from an mage sensor allows the expression of a face of a person to be detected efficiently.02-11-2010
20110216214PHOTOSENSOR DEVICE - The present invention provides a photosensor device including: a photodiode array in which photodiodes are arranged in an array shape; scanning lines which are coupled to first electrodes of the photodiodes in respective lines of the photodiode array; read lines which are coupled to second electrodes of the photodiodes in respective columns of the photodiode array; a scanning circuit which is coupled to the scanning lines and sequentially supplies a selected scanning signal to the respective scanning lines in each horizontal scanning period; and a signal processing circuit which is coupled to the read lines and loads each voltage fluctuation of the read lines in one horizontal scanning period as signal voltage when reading a signal, wherein each of the photodiodes is made of amorphous silicon or microcrystal silicon, and forward bias voltage is applied to each of the photodiodes when reading a signal.09-08-2011
20110216218IMAGE-CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD, EXPRESSION EVALUATION APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM - An image-capturing apparatus for capturing an image by using a solid-state image-capturing device may include a face detector configured to detect a face of a human being on the basis of an image signal in a period until an image signal obtained by image capturing is recorded on a recording medium; an expression evaluation section configured to evaluate the expression of the detected face and to compute an expression evaluation value indicating the degree to which the detected face is close to a specific expression in relation to expressions other than the specific expression; and a notification section configured to notify notification information corresponding to the computed expression evaluation value to an image-captured person.09-08-2011
20110216216IMAGE-CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD, EXPRESSION EVALUATION APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM - An image-capturing apparatus for capturing an image by using a solid-state image-capturing device may include a face detector configured to detect a face of a human being on the basis of an image signal in a period until an image signal obtained by image capturing is recorded on a recording medium; an expression evaluation section configured to evaluate the expression of the detected face and to compute an expression evaluation value indicating the degree to which the detected face is close to a specific expression in relation to expressions other than the specific expression; and a notification section configured to notify notification information corresponding to the computed expression evaluation value to an image-captured person.09-08-2011
20110216211METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DESIGNING OPTIMAL FLUTTER SHUTTER SEQUENCE - A method, system and computer-usable medium for determining an optimal shutter fluttering sequence. The disclosed approach is based on the use of shutter flutter technology, which means that an image can be acquired in such a manner as to encode all information about the moving subject. The disclosed approach involves determining a shutter's fluttering pattern that optimally encodes information at all frequencies. The disclosed approach involves an optimization method for finding a shutter fluttering pattern that maximizes the minimum value of a function defining the plurality of flutter shutter sequences over a frequency domain. The disclosed approach involves eliminating all flutter shutter sequences that contain lost frequencies. The objective of the disclosed approach is to select an optimal flutter shutter sequence for implementation with a flutter shutter camera.09-08-2011
20110216215IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND RANGE DETERMINATION SYSTEM - An image pickup apparatus comprises a lens array with a plurality of lenses, a part of which lenses makes one or more stereo lens pairs; an image pickup device for taking a multifaceted compound-eye image consisting of a set of monocular images formed by the plural lenses; and a computing unit for computing range imagery from one or more pairs of the monocular images formed by said one or more stereo lens pairs. The computing unit includes imaging position determination means for determining from the monocular images an image pickup position of each of one or more subjects whose relative positional relationships with respect to the image pickup apparatus are known by dividing the multifaceted compound-eye image into the monocular images, and image distortion parameter determination means for determining an image distortion parameter based upon a determination result of the imaging position determination means.09-08-2011
20090195669Method and Apparatus for Detecting Camera Sensor Intensity Saturation - A method for detecting intensity saturation of a light sensor includes monitoring an electrical signal from a light sensor for detecting an intensity saturation condition of at least one pixel of the light sensor, converting the electrical signal to a digital signal, imposing a reserved bit combination on the digital signal indicating the intensity saturation condition of the pixel, and transmitting a control signal in response to the digital signal to compensate for the intensity saturation condition of the pixel. Alternatively stated, the method includes monitoring pixel data from an output of a light sensor to determine a number of pixels at saturation and a number of pixels near saturation, comparing the number of pixels at saturation to a predetermined first threshold number, comparing the number of pixels near saturation to a predetermined second threshold number, reprogramming the light sensor to adapt to more brightness if the number of pixels at saturation is above the first threshold number, and reprogramming the light sensor to adapt to less brightness if the number of pixels near saturation is below the second threshold number. An apparatus for detecting intensity saturation of a light sensor includes a saturation detector for detecting and measuring an intensity saturation condition of at least one pixel of a light sensor, the intensity saturation condition of the pixel being at saturation upon receiving light with an intensity above a predetermined level, the saturation detector emitting a digital signal with a reserved bit combination indicating the intensity saturation condition of the pixel, and a processor receiving and processing the digital signal from the saturation detector and transmitting a control signal in response to the digital signal to compensate for the intensity saturation condition of the pixel.08-06-2009
20110205382SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR EFFICIENTLY CODING AND PROCESSING IMAGE DATA - Systems, methods, and computer-readable media for efficiently coding and processing image data using an electronic device are provided. While both image-quality processing and coding operations may be performed for a frame of captured image data, the electronic device may leverage information generated during one operation in order to more efficiently conduct another operation. For example, an image coding operation may be performed on a first frame of image data by partitioning the image data into blocks of data and transforming the blocks of data into a frequency domain representation or format. Color component statistics from one or more of the blocks of data may be obtained, and an image-quality processing operation may then be performed on the first frame of image data or a subsequent frame of image data using the obtained color component statistics.08-25-2011
20110261220TERMINAL DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD - It is an object of the present invention to provide a photograph-taking terminal device that offers users improved convenience. The terminal device includes a face detection unit configured to detect human faces in image consecutively generated by photography, a focusing mechanism configured to focus for photography, and a control unit configured to control the focusing mechanism. After the face detection unit begins detection operations, the first time a face is detected, the control unit instructs the focusing mechanism to focus. After focusing, the control unit prevents the focusing mechanism from focusing again until the face detection unit no longer detects any face. After a face is detected anew, the control unit instructs the focusing mechanism to focus again.10-27-2011
20090189998Methods And Apparatuses For Using Image Acquisition Data To Detect And Correct Image Defects - A method and device for detecting a potential defect in an image comprises acquiring a digital image at a time; storing image acquisition data, wherein the image acquisition data includes at least one of a position of a source of light relative to a lens, a distance from the source of light to the lens, a focal length of the lens, a distance from a point on a digital image acquisition device to a subject, an amount of ambient light, or flash intensity; determining dynamic anthropometric data, wherein the dynamic anthropometric data includes one or more dynamically changing human body measurements, of one or more humans represented in the image, captured at the time; and determining a course of corrective action based, at least in part, on the image acquisition data and the dynamic anthropometric data.07-30-2009
20090189995IMAGE RECORDING DEVICE, IMAGE REPRODUCING DEVICE, RECORDING MEDIUM, IMAGE RECORDING METHOD, AND PROGRAM THEREOF - An image recording/reproducing device of this invention includes the following units. An image signal processing unit generates second captured image signals according to a second method. A first compression unit generates first compressed image data by compressing first image information which is in the second captured image signals and equivalent to the first captured image. A second compression unit generates second compressed image data by compressing second image information which is in the second captured image signals except at least a part of the first image information. A recording unit creates first and second folders, and records the first compressed image data and a first playlist in association with the first folder and the second compressed image data in association with the second folder, so that parts of the first and second compressed image data captured during a same first time unit are recorded in association with each other.07-30-2009
20120026354DATA PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE MATCHING METHOD, PROGRAM, AND IMAGE MATCHING SYSTEM - A data processing device 02-02-2012
20120026353SYSTEM COMPRISING TWO LAMPS AND AN OPTICAL SENSOR - A system composed of a housing and an arm coupled to the housing. The arm supports a first lamp, a second lamp, and an optical sensor.02-02-2012
20090213238IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS - The present invention provides an image capturing apparatus comprising an image capturing element configured to convert an optical image into an image signal, a signal processing unit configured to apply signal processing to the image signal and to output the processed image signal, a super-resolution processing unit configured to apply, when a still image of the object is to be captured during capturing of a moving image of the object, super-resolution processing for enhancing a resolution by compositing a plurality of image signals output from the signal processing unit, and outputting an image signal required to generate the still image of the object, and an APC correction unit configured to apply APC correction processing for emphasizing an edge of each of the image signal output from the signal processing unit and the image signal output from the super-resolution processing unit, and to output the processed image signal.08-27-2009
20100002091Camera module - A camera module chip-set comprising: a decompressor configured to decompress image data received from a host device connected to the camera module chip-set; and a processor, different to the decompressor, configured to control transmission of the decompressed image data to the connected host device, in order for the decompressed image data to be displayed on a display of the host device.01-07-2010
20100007760PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM - A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprises: a plurality of pixels; a signal line; a holding block; an output unit; and a control unit, wherein the control unit selectively operates the holding block in a first mode or a second mode, the first mode being a mode in which a first signal is held in a first holding unit and then transferred from the first holding unit to a second holding unit via a first impedance conversion unit, and in which a second signal is held in a third holding unit and then transferred from the third holding unit to a fourth holding unit via a second impedance conversion unit, and the second mode being a mode in which the first signal is transferred to the second holding unit via the first impedance conversion unit and the second signal is transferred to the fourth holding unit via the first impedance conversion unit.01-14-2010
20090153694MOVING IMAGE GENERATING APPARATUS, MOVING IMAGE SHOOTING APPARATUS, MOVING IMAGE GENERATING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - A moving image generating apparatus comprises: an obtaining device which obtains a series of image data in which high-resolution first image data obtained at a predetermined frame rate and low-resolution second image data obtained at times that are different from the times of the obtainment of the first image data are arranged in a given order; a characteristic point extracting device which extracts characteristic points in the first image data; a corresponding point detecting device which detects corresponding points in the second image data, the corresponding points corresponding to characteristic points in first image data obtained immediately before the second image data; and a generating device which generates high-resolution image data having a content that is the same as that of the second image data by modifying the first image data based on the relationship between the characteristic points extracted by the characteristic point extracting device and the corresponding points detected by the corresponding point detecting device.06-18-2009
20100013942DIGITAL CAMERAS INDICATING SELECTED MODE - An imaging device having first and second operable modes of operation, the imaging device includes a user interface for selecting the first operable mode of operation or a second operable mode of operation; a processor that, upon startup, detects whether the first operable mode of operation or the second operable mode of operation is selected; and one or more sensory mechanisms that output a first signal when the processor detects the first operable mode and outputs a second signal when the processor detects the second operable mode of operation.01-21-2010
20090066803IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS PERFORMING AUTOMATIC PHOTOGRAPHING PROCESSING, IMAGE PICKUP METHOD AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM RECORDED WITH PROGRAM THEREOF - Disclosed is an image pickup apparatus comprising: an image pickup section to pick up a subject image; and a central processing section to perform processing of arbitrarily setting at least one automatic photographing condition among a plurality of kinds of automatic photographing conditions, judging whether “the set automatic photographing condition” is satisfied or not, and instructing the image pickup section to pick up a recording subject image when “the set automatic photographing condition” is judged to be satisfied.03-12-2009
20080239085Apparatus that Supports Electronic Viewfinding - An apparatus with camera function supports electronic viewfinding. An image sensor (10-02-2008
20100007762IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - A cut point detection unit segments a frame sequence including successive frames into one or more subframe sequences. A face discrimination unit identifies an image group in which an object registered in advance appears, of images of respective frames that form one subframe sequence, and a representative frame candidate extraction unit selects one image from the identified image group as a selection image. A representative frame display control unit controls a display unit to display selection images for respective subframe sequences as representative images of the frame sequence.01-14-2010
20090153695Camera performing photographing in accordance with photographing mode depending on object scene - A camera includes a CPU. The CPU individually detects a ratio of an object which exceeds a threshold value in a moving amount to a center area of an object scene and a ratio of an object which exceeds the threshold value in the moving amount to a peripheral area of the object scene. If differences between the respective detected ratios are large, the CPU sets a photographing mode to a sports mode. When a shutter button is operated, the object scene is photographed in accordance with a set photographing mode.06-18-2009
20100007752Spectral improvement of digital camera color images - Systems and methods for modifying a color image of a scene are provided. The systems and methods involve illuminating at least a portion of the scene with a light having a known spectral power distribution, and detecting a finite number of spectral components of light received from the scene under such illumination. The detected values of spectral components of light received from the scene are used to modify the color image or rendition of the scene.01-14-2010
20090153692IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND PROGRAM - An image capturing apparatus having a plurality of communication modes comprises an image capturing unit adapted to capture an object image and obtain image data, and a control unit adapted to control the image capturing apparatus, wherein the plurality of communication modes include a host mode in which the image capturing apparatus is able to communicate with a plurality of external devices and a client mode in which the image capturing apparatus is disable to simultaneously communicate with the plurality of external devices, and wherein the control unit is able to automatically switch the image capturing apparatus to the host mode after an image capturing instruction is applied to the image capturing unit.06-18-2009
20090153693IMAGE-PICKUP APPARATUS - The image-pickup apparatus includes an image acquiring part respectively photoelectrically converting first and second object images respectively formed by first and second light fluxes into first image data and second image data, the first and second light fluxes being formed by dividing a light flux from an image-pickup optical system by a pupil divider, and photoelectrically converting a third object image formed by a third light flux of the light flux from the image-pickup optical system into third image data, the third light flux being not divided by the pupil divider, and a split image generating part which generates split image data to be displayed in the third image data. The split image generating part generates the split image data based on the first image data and the second image data, and adds color information extracted from the third image data to the split image data.06-18-2009
20090153689DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CAPTURING AN IMAGE OF A HUMAN FACE - An image capturing device includes an image sensing unit for sensing an image of a human face, an image processing unit, and a memory device. The image processing unit includes a face detection module, a brightness obtaining module, a comparing module, and an adjustment module. The face detection module is configured for detecting human faces in images sensed by the image sensing unit. The brightness obtaining module is configured for obtaining the brightness of a set of areas in the image corresponding to a set of preset portions of each human face. The comparing module is configured for comparing brightness of each of the areas to a threshold value. The adjustment module is configured for adjusting the image by decreasing the brightness of the areas whose brightness is greater than the threshold value. The memory device is able to store the images adjusted by the image processing unit.06-18-2009
20090147097IMAGING SYSTEM, IMAGING APPARATUS, PORTABLE TERMINAL APPARATUS, ONBOARD APPARATUS, MEDICAL APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE IMAGING SYSTEM - An imaging system is provided and includes an imaging lens and an imaging device such that the maximum diameter of an effective region of a point image covers three or more pixels of light receiving pixels, the point image being projected onto a light receiving surface through the imaging lens from an intended position. A signal processing unit executes restoration processing on first image data output from the imaging device, and the restoration processing is executed to generate second image data equivalent to the first image data output from the imaging device when the resolving power of the imaging lens is higher. The imaging lens has a first lens group having a positive power, a second lens group having a negative power, and a third lens group in which a lens positioned closest to an image side has a positive power, in order from the object side.06-11-2009
20090147095Digital photographing apparatus, method of controlling the same, and recording medium storing a program for implementing the method - A digital photographing apparatus, a method of controlling the digital photographing apparatus, and a recording medium storing a program for implementing the method are provided in a manner by which a user can enjoy maximized convenience in manipulating the digital photographing apparatus. The method includes (a) determining a motion direction of the digital photographing apparatus by analyzing image data obtained from light that is incident on an imaging device; and (b) switching from a current mode of the digital photographing apparatus to another mode corresponding to the motion direction determined in (a).06-11-2009
20090079843IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE AND ENCODED DATA TRANSFERRING METHOD - A method of transferring encoded data and an imaging device executing the method thereof are disclosed. The image signal processor according to an embodiment of the present invention has an encoding unit, which generates encoded image data by encoding, in accordance with a predetermined encoding method, image data corresponding to an electrical signal inputted from an image sensor, and a data output unit, which temporarily stores the image data encoded by the encoding unit and transfers the stored encoded image data to a receiving part. The data output unit can input a skip command, which makes the process of a following frame skip, to the image sensor or the encoding unit in case input start information of the following frame is inputted from the image sensor or the encoding unit while a preceding frame is processed by the encoding unit, the skip command. Therefore, it becomes possible to increase the process efficiency of the back-end chip and to reduce the power consumption.03-26-2009
20090079842SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IMAGE PROCESSING - An image processing system and method for recording the adjustment of the image during image stabilization. The system comprises an image capturing device for capturing an image and generating image data of the image, an image adjusting device for adjusting the image by processing the image data, and an image adjustment-recording device for recording the adjustment of the image implemented by the image adjusting device and generating at least one image attachment associated with the image and corresponding to the adjustment.03-26-2009
20090128650Imaging Device - An imaging device includes: an imaging element which comprises a plurality of pixels capable of switching between a linear conversion operation for linearly converting incident light into an electric signal and a logarithmic conversion operation for logarithmically converting the incident light into an electric signal, according to an incident light quantity; an operation section which is operated for changing an inflection point, the inflection point is a boundary between a linear region and a logarithmic region of output signals of the imaging element; and an inflection point changing section which changes the inflection point of the imaging element according to an operation of the operation unit.05-21-2009
20110261222IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, FACE DETECTION METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM - An image pickup device can effectively detect a face in accordance with an object without causing a user to do bothersome setting. A speed preference mode and a person-number preference mode both having different detection conditions of a face region are prepared beforehand as face detection modes. The user is caused to select a desired face detection mode, and minimum values of a face size set as detectable in a face detection and a maximum number of face regions to be detected are set to values corresponding to the face detection mode selected by the user. In a case where an image-pickup preparation is set by pressing a shutter key halfway, when the face detection mode is the speed preference mode, the mode is forcibly changed to the person-number preference mode.10-27-2011
20100245615IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image processing apparatus includes a low-frequency-component storage unit that stores therein a low-frequency component generated from a frame in an input moving image composed of a plurality of frames, a low-frequency-component generating unit that generates a low-frequency component from an N-th frame of the input moving image, and stores the low-frequency component in the low-frequency-component storage unit, and a dynamic-range correcting unit that corrects a dynamic range by using an (N+1)-th or later frame of the input moving image and the low-frequency component of the N-th frame stored in the low-frequency-component storage unit.09-30-2010
20100039520In-Camera Based Method of Detecting Defect Eye with High Accuracy - A portable digital image acquisition device includes multiple lenses and/or multiple flashes. A main digital image and first and second reference images are acquired. The first and second reference images are acquired with different flash-lens combinations that have different flash-lens distances. One or more flash eye defects are detected and corrected in the main image based on analysis of the first and second reference images.02-18-2010
20080266413TECHNIQUES FOR ADJUSTING THE EFFECT OF APPLYING KERNALS TO SIGNALS TO ACHIEVE DESIRED EFFECT ON SIGNAL - A method and apparatus for adjusting the effect of applying a kernel to a signal is provided. The adjustment may be based on the magnitude of an effect that a kernel matrix is intended to have on the signal matrix. The adjustments can be based on factors including, but not limited to, a signal-to-noise ratio of the signal data, properties of a device (e.g., lens) used to capture the signal data, or a metric that is derived based on an analysis of the signal data. Processing image data in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention is aimed at regaining lost contrast that may be due to properties of optics that are used to capture the image data.10-30-2008
20080266414COMPOSITE PHOTOGRAPHING METHOD AND MOBILE TERMINAL USING THE SAME - A composite photographing method and mobile terminal using the same are disclosed. The composite photographing method includes receiving a composite shooting request, demarcating a target scene into individual shooting areas on the basis of a touch event signal from a touch screen;, and photographing the individual shooting areas to produce a single composite photograph.10-30-2008
20080266409Device for Contactlessly Controlling the Surface Profile of Objects - The invention relates to devices for contactlessly measuring surface profiles and can be used for person identification in security systems. The inventive device for contactlessly controlling surface profile comprises a pulse illumination unit which is provided with a transparency and forms the transparency image on an object surface, an image recording unit and a computer. Said device also comprises a control unit which is connected to the image recording unit in the form of a TV camera with field interlacing, the pulse illumination unit and to the computer for synchronising the illumination of the object surface by said pulse illumination unit with the TV camera field and for synchronising the image processing by the computer with the TV interlacing. The transparency is embodied in the form of a line screen provided with an aperiodical different width band structure and an uniform transmission along each band, thereby making it possible to identify the sequence of the line screen images on the object surface.10-30-2008
20080266415Image Pickup Device and Encoded Data Outputting Method - A method of transferring encoded data and an imaging device executing the method thereof are disclosed. The method of processing an image signal in accordance with the present invention extracts valid data only from image data encoded and sequentially inputted by an encoding unit, and sequentially outputs the valid data to a receiving part, and, in case the valid data finish outputting before coming to an end of a predetermined duration, outputs dummy data to the receiving part for a remaining time of the predetermined duration. Therefore, it becomes possible to increase the process efficiency of the back-end chip and to reduce the power consumption.10-30-2008
20080266412PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS THAT EASILY CHANGES SETUP INFORMATION AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - A photographing apparatus to easily change setup information and a method of controlling the same. The photographing apparatus displays setup information applied to the photographed image as well as a photographed image on an LCD. As a result, a user can change setup information easily, and confirm quickly an image according to the changed set values.10-30-2008
20090309992IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND CONTROL PROGRAM FOR IMPLEMENTING THE CONTROL METHOD - An image pickup apparatus which is capable of interrupting a data searching process quickly without detecting a user pressing a search interruption button. A system controller circuit carries out a searching process for searching least one desired data from a plurality of data stored in a nonvolatile memory or a memory card. When a change-of-status of the image pickup apparatus is detected, for example, when a shutter button has been pressed halfway, the system controller circuit interrupts the searching process and executes an interruption process.12-17-2009
20090309990Method, Apparatus, and Computer Program Product for Presenting Burst Images - An apparatus for presenting burst images is provided. The apparatus may include a processor that may be configured to receive a plurality of burst images. Each burst image may differ from the other burst images based on a variable parameter, such as, but not limited to, exposure, focus, and/or time, or to the state of a target, such as the varying facial expression of a person. The processor may also be configured to provide for a presentation of a sample burst image. In this regard, the sample burst image may be one of the plurality of burst images. The processor may be further configured to receive a selected location within the presentation of the sample burst image and provide for a presentation of a plurality of burst image fragments associated with each of the plurality of burst images. In this regard, the burst image fragments may be portions of each of the burst images, where the areas of each burst image may be determined based on the selected location. Associated methods and computer program products may also be provided.12-17-2009
20110249137PREDETERMINED SITE LUMINESCENCE MEASURING METHOD, PREDETERMINED SITE LUMINESCENCE MEASURING APPARATUS, EXPRESSION AMOUNT MEASURING METHOD, AND MEASURING APPARATUS - An object of the present invention is to provide a predetermined site luminescence measuring method and a predetermined site luminescence measuring apparatus, which allow for determining whether, when the luminescence from the predetermined site in live samples is measured, a photoprotein is localized at the predetermined site in the same ones as the samples. An predetermined site luminescence measuring apparatus 10-13-2011
20090309991Pseudo-digital average sub sampling method and apparatus - A method of k*k subsampling, where k is an integer greater than one, a full frame readout on a plurality of pixels arranged in rows and columns, each pixel belonging to one of at least two sets, a first set configured to sense a first value of an image parameter and a second set configured to sense a second value of the image parameter, the method including sampling signals of k pixels of at least one set in a first row to output subsampled signals, converting the subsampled signals into digital signals having a lower resolution than the full frame readout, repeating sampling and converting for k rows, and adding digital signals for the first to kth rows within the at least one set.12-17-2009
20100123791DIGITAL IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - A digital image processing apparatus and a method of controlling the same. In the digital image processing apparatus, power is supplied to a vertical grip only when the digital image processing apparatus is held in a vertical position, thus allowing the vertical grip to operate.05-20-2010
20110193985IMAGING DEVICE, INFORMATION ACQUISITION SYSTEM AND PROGRAM - The imaging device of the invention includes an imaging portion that images a subject; a positional information acquisition portion that acquires positional information of an imaging position; a control portion which acquires information on the subject based on the positional information, and displays image data of the subject and the information on the subject on a display portion; and a hold control portion that outputs a hold control signal, which holds the image data of the subject and the information on the subject, to the control portion.08-11-2011
20100013946IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING METHOD - Disclosed herein is an imaging device including: an imaging element configured to carry out photoelectric conversion of subject image light incident through a lens and produce a video signal; an imaging element controller configured to control timing of readout of the video signal from the imaging element; a circular disk shutter configured to have a light-blocking part and a passage part, the shutter being driven to rotate by a motor; a shutter position detector configured to detect a rotational position of the shutter; and a shutter controller configured to control a rotational speed of the shutter and cause the imaging element controller to start readout of a video signal from the imaging element when the light-blocking part of the shutter is located in front of the imaging element based on information on the rotational position of the shutter, detected by the shutter position detector.01-21-2010
20100201839SPECTRAL CHARACTERISTIC CORRECTION APPARATUS, SPECTRAL CHARACTERISTIC CORRECTION METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM ON WHICH SPECTRAL CHARACTERISTIC CORRECTION PROGRAM IS RECORDED - A spectral characteristic correction apparatus correcting a spectral characteristic characterizing a color signal including a plurality of chrominance signals includes: a correction coefficient calculating unit calculating, on the basis of a basic color signal corresponding to each of a plurality of basic colors calculated from a color signal obtained by photographing a plurality of color patches, for example, and on a predetermined reference color signal corresponding to the basic color signal, a correction coefficient for performing correction for approximating the basic color signal to the reference color signal; and a spectral characteristic correcting unit correcting a spectral characteristic characterizing the basic color signal by using the correction coefficient calculated by the correction coefficient calculating unit.08-12-2010
20100201838ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - An electronic apparatus that can prevent occurrence of crosstalk between different differential signals on a printed circuit board on which a wiring pattern of a differentially operated signal line is formed, and reduce unnecessary radiation noises. First and second wiring patterns are disposed on the printed circuit board and through which differentially operated signals are transmitted, and the first and second wiring patterns are electrically connected to first and second connection terminals, respectively. An electronic component is disposed on the printed circuit board, and includes first and second terminals electrically connected to the first and second wiring patterns, respectively. The first and second terminals of the electronic component are disposed on the printed circuit board, respectively, so that the first and second wiring patterns do not intersect each other.08-12-2010
20100201837PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS AND METHOD - A photographing apparatus includes a photographing device for photographing an image of an object and converting the photographed image to an electric signal, an image conversion unit for converting the electric signal of the photographing device to image data, a detection area setting unit for setting a part of an image produced by the image data as a detection area, a detection unit for detecting a change of the object and generating a detection signal, and a photographing control unit for operating the photographing device and performing photography based on the detection signal.08-12-2010
20110216213METHOD FOR ESTIMATING A PLANE IN A RANGE IMAGE AND RANGE IMAGE CAMERA - 3D data of pixels arranged in a square lattice is converted to a houndstooth arrangement, a largest value among respective magnitudes of cross products of all pairings of the normal vector of a small triangle of interest and the normal vectors of three adjacent small triangles is derived, and a large triangle composed of the small triangle of interest and the adjacent small triangles is determined to be a plane candidate if the largest value is less than or equal to a first threshold, after which similar processing is repeated with this large triangle taken as a small triangle, and this repetition is recursively performed while enlarging the small triangle of interest, and when the area of a new large triangle is greater than or equal to a predetermined area, the region thereof is determined to be a plane and separated from a range image.09-08-2011
20110216212SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, METHOD OF FABRICATING SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, METHOD OF DRIVING SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - A solid-state imaging device includes a substrate, a photoelectric conversion element provided on the light incidence side of the substrate and including a photoelectric conversion film sandwiched between a first electrode provided separately for each of pixels, and a second electrode provided opposite the first electrode, the photoelectric conversion film being made of an organic material or an inorganic material and generating a signal charge according to the quantity of incident light, an amplifier transistor having an amplifier gate electrode connected to the first electrode, and a voltage control circuit that is connected to the second electrode, and supplies a desired voltage to the second electrode.09-08-2011
20100201836MOBILE DEVICE AND METHOD FOR EXECUTING VISUAL PRESENTER FUNCTION AND HOLDER FOR THE MOBILE DEVICE - A mobile device having a projector module and a camera provides a visual presenter function. A method for executing such a visual presenter function in the mobile device includes selecting a visual presenter mode in a menu of the mobile device, and activating the camera of the mobile device when the visual presenter mode is selected. The method further includes acquiring an image of a target object through the camera, activating the projector module of the mobile device, and projecting the acquired image onto an external display screen through the activated projector module. A holder may be used to securely support the mobile device and selectively adjust the position of the mobile device.08-12-2010
20100128138IMAGING DEVICE, IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE, AND PROGRAM - An imaging device includes a main photography means for photographing a photographic subject and acquires a photographic image, a preparatory image acquisition means for performing preparatory photography before or after the main photography means acquires the photographic image and acquiring preparatory images, a photographic information acquisition means for acquiring photographic information related to a circumstance of photography when the preparatory images are acquired by the preparatory image acquisition means, and a recording means for recording the photographic information and the photographic image upon a recording medium in mutual correlation.05-27-2010
20100085441IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus includes: an allocating unit that divides image information into components corresponding to the number of a plurality of apparatuses and allocates the components to the plurality of apparatuses; a information acquiring unit that acquires information of the allocated components from image information being reproduced by the plurality of apparatuses; and an image generating unit that combines the information of the components acquired from the plurality of apparatuses by the information acquiring unit and generates an image.04-08-2010
20100085440SCENERY IMAGING APPARATUS, SCENERY IMAGING METHOD, SCENERY IMAGING PROGRAM, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM - In a scenery imaging apparatus (04-08-2010
20100085438DIGITAL COLUMN GAIN MISMATCH CORRECTION FOR 4T CMOS IMAGING SYSTEMS-ON-CHIP - Systems and methods are provided that facilitate mitigating column gain mismatch in a CMOS imaging System-on-Chip (iSoC) sensor. Tunable voltages that mimic presence of photo-charge can be provided to test pixels in one or more rows of a pixel array. Moreover, column-specific digital gain corrections can be calibrated based upon input data received from the test pixels. During calibration, actual data can be compared to a target expected to be obtained via an analog readout architecture. The calibrated, column-specific digital gain corrections can be utilized to correct for column gain mismatch to yield output data. Further, correction values corresponding to the column-specific digital gain corrections can be retained in and retrieved from memory. The correction values, for example, can be a function of a scaling parameter that is tuned to match an available memory dynamic to a range of uncorrected gain mismatch.04-08-2010
20100201835IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An imaging apparatus comprises a focusing unit configured to focus an object to be shot by an imaging unit, a first shooting control unit configured to control the imaging unit in order to continuously shooting at first time intervals upon detecting a shooting instruction, a determining unit configured to determine whether the object moves in a distance direction during a control operation of the first shooting control unit, and a second shooting control unit configured to control the imaging unit in order to continuously shoot at second time intervals and to control the focusing unit in order to focus the object when the determining unit determines that the object moves in the distance direction.08-12-2010
20100201834SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - A solid-state imaging device includes: a pixel region in which a plurality of pixels composed of a photoelectric conversion section and a pixel transistor is arranged; an on-chip color filter; an on-chip microlens; and a multilayer interconnection layer in which a plurality of layers of interconnections is formed through an interlayer insulating film. The solid-state imaging device further includes a light-shielding film formed through an insulating layer in a pixel boundary of a light receiving surface in which the photoelectric conversion section is arranged.08-12-2010
20100201833Image Processing Apparatus and Camera System - An image processing apparatus or camera system includes an image sensor 08-12-2010
20100201832IMAGE EVALUATION METHOD, IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD AND DIGITAL CAMERA THEREOF - An image evaluation method for a digital camera includes analyzing the composition of an image for obtaining a characteristic of the composition of the image, computing an ideal characteristic value, a real characteristic value, and a difference value between the ideal characteristic value and the real characteristic value, and generating a grade according to the difference value to show quality related to the composition of the image.08-12-2010
20090086052IMAGE DETECTING DEVICE AND IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM - An image detecting device includes an image detector for recording an image therein and outputting the recorded image as image information, a temperature regulation controller for performing a temperature regulation control process in order to adjust the image detector to a predetermined temperature, an image information output detector for detecting the output of the image information from the image detector, and outputting the detected output as an image information output detection signal to the temperature regulation controller, and a timer, wherein the temperature regulation controller stops the temperature regulation control process on the image detector based on the image information output detection signal input thereto, and resumes the temperature regulation control process on the image detector when the timer has measured a preset period of time after the temperature regulation control process has been stopped.04-02-2009
20090086046AUTOMATIC EXPOSURE TIME SELECTION FOR IMAGING TISSUE - The invention relates to a system for automatically adjusting an exposure time to improve or otherwise optimize a dynamic range of a digital image. The system includes a camera configured to capture an image of a subject within the field of view at a first exposure time. The captured image is composed of multiple pixels, with each pixel having a respective intensity value. The system further includes a shutter or suitable control configured to control an exposure time of the camera. A controller configured to carryout the following steps including: (a) querying a frequency distribution of pixel intensity values; (b) determining an effective “center of mass” of such a distribution, or histogram, to determine an adjusted exposure time; and (c) capturing a second image of the subject at the adjusted exposure time thereby obtaining an image with an improved or optimal dynamic range.04-02-2009
20100091129MOVING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND VIDEO CAMERA APPARATUS USING THE SAME - A moving image processing apparatus, includes a low-speed clock generation source to generate a low-speed clock signal of a first frequency, a high-speed clock generation source to generate a high-speed clock signal of a second frequency which is higher than the first frequency, an image data source to output progressive-type image data, a PI converter to convert the progressive-type image data output from the image data source into interlaced-type image data forming a field and to output the interlaced-type image data, and an arithmetic part to process the interlaced-type image output from the PI converter by use of only one of a pair of fields each formed by the interlaced-type image output from the PI converter. The high-speed clock generation source supplies the high-speed clock signal to the image data source and the PI converter, and the low-speed clock generation source supplies the low-speed clock signal to the arithmetic part.04-15-2010
20090290039IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - An image processing apparatus according to the present invention includes: a color and polarization obtaining section 11-26-2009
20090303337IMAGE PICK-UP DEVICE AND SYNCHRONIZATION-SIGNAL-GENERATING DEVICE - An image signal generation portion 12-10-2009
20100079610PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS AND PHOTOGRAPHIC CONTROL METHOD, IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD, AND PHOTOGRAPHIC SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A photographic apparatus comprising: 04-01-2010
20120033097COUNTER CIRCUIT, ANALOG-TO-DIGITAL CONVERTER (ADC) INCLUDING A COUNTER CIRCUIT, IMAGE SENSOR INCLUDING COUNTER CIRCUIT AND/OR ADC, SYSTEMS ASSOCIATED THEREWITH, AND METHOD ASSOCIATED THEREWITH - In one embodiment, the counter circuit is associated with a pixel array and includes a plurality of counting circuits. Each counting circuit is configured to receive an associated input signal, and each input signal is associated with a different column of the pixel array. A first of the plurality of counting circuits is configured to count based on the associated input signal. Each subsequent counting circuit in the plurality of counting circuits is configured to count based on a difference between the associated input signal and the input signal associated with a preceding counting circuit.02-09-2012
20080309788Image taking apparatus execute shooting control depending on face location - An image taking apparatus includes an image taking system, and a display system, and has a CPU implementing a process to detect subject faces from image frames produced by the image taking system, a process to acquire coordinates of detected subject faces, a process to determine a face detected state or a face undetected state, whichever is concluded in accordance with results of face detection, a process to have, for a determination for the face detected state, a detected-face indicator displayed on the display system in accordance with the coordinates of the acquired subject faces, a process to have, for a determination for the face undetected state, a detected-face indicator having been displayed in a last face detected state till the last displayed on, and a process to execute a shooting control in accordance with a detected-face indicator displayed on the display system.12-18-2008
20100013950IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD OF THE IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM HAVING RECORDED THEREON A COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR EXECUTING THE CONTROL PROGRAM - An image sensing apparatus sets a trimming area for an image file obtained by image sensing. An image processing apparatus acquires the image file to which the trimming area has been added, and displays the acquired image file on a display unit. The image processing apparatus then sets a new trimming area for the displayed image file, and distinguishably displays the trimming area set by the image sensing apparatus and the trimming area set by the image processing apparatus on the display unit.01-21-2010
20100079609Apparatus and method of obtaining high resolution image - Disclosed is a high resolution image obtaining apparatus and method. The high resolution image obtaining apparatus may divide an input image frame into a background region and foreground region and apply an optimized resolution enhancement algorithm to each region, thereby effectively obtaining a high resolution image frame with respect to the input image frame.04-01-2010
20100079613IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - An image capturing apparatus including an image input unit configured to input an image to be captured; a face detecting unit configured to detect a face of at least one photographic subject included in the input image; a face-attribute detecting unit configured to detect attribute information of the detected face; a degree-of-friendliness computing unit configured to evaluate a degree of friendliness between a plurality of photographic subjects based on a correlation between items of attribute information of detected faces of the plurality of photographic subjects, the items of attribute information being detected by the face-attribute detecting unit, and outputting an evaluation value H04-01-2010
20090141144Digital Image Adjustable Compression and Resolution Using Face Detection Information - A method of adjustable spatial and/or temporal compression of an image including a face includes identifying a group of pixels that correspond to a face within a digitally-acquired image. A first compression portion of the image including the group of pixels is determined. A second compression portion of the image other than the group of pixels is also determined. The first compression portion may be automatically compressed with higher-grade compression than the second compression portion to generate a compressed image including the face, or an option to provided the compressed image including the different grade compressions may be provided.06-04-2009
20090096888Digital Camera Having Input Devices and a Display Capable of Displaying a Plurality of Set Information Items04-16-2009
20090244310Imaging device, signal processing method, and computer program - An imaging device includes a main image sensor configured to obtain an image used for recording, a sub-image sensor configured to obtain a live view image, an input switching unit, and a signal processor. The input switching unit receives a plurality of sensor outputs including an output of the main image sensor and an output of the sub-image sensor, switches the plurality of received sensor outputs in a time-division manner, and outputs time-division switched signals of the plurality of sensor outputs to the signal processor. The signal processor receives the time-division switched signals from the input switching unit, and executes signal processing on the received time-division switched signals.10-01-2009
20100141780View Projection Matrix Based High Performance Low Latency Display Pipeline - A projection system uses a transformation matrix to transform a projection image p in such a manner so as to compensate for surface irregularities on a projection surface. The transformation matrix makes use of properties of light transport relating a projector to a camera. A display pipeline of user-supplied image modification processing modules are reduced by first representing the processing modules as multiple, individual matrix operations. All the matrix operations are then combined with, i.e., multiplied to, the transformation matrix to create a modified transformation matrix. The created transformation matrix is then used in place of the original transformation matrix to simultaneously achieve both image transformation and any pre and post image processing defined by the image modification processing modules.06-10-2010
20100123790AUTOFOCUS SYSTEM - An imaging device, an autofocus unit, a focusing-target registration unit, focusing-target specification unit and an authentication unit are provided. The autofocus unit performs focus adjustment of an optical system so that a subject within a certain AF area is in focus. The focusing-target registration unit registers, as information for specifying subjects to be set to a focusing target, character information and image information of the subjects. The focusing-target specification unit specifies a subject, which is a focusing target during taking, from among the registered subjects to be set to the focusing target. The authentication unit determines as to whether or not the subject being taken matches with the specified subject, which is the focusing target. If the authentication unit determines that the subject being taken matches with the specified subject, which is the focusing target, the autofocus unit performs the focus adjustment for the subject being taken.05-20-2010
20090141141Imaging apparatus having focus control function - A digital camera 06-04-2009
20100123792IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM - An image processing device, which includes: super-resolution processing executing section which inputs a low-resolution image and a super-resolution image and generates a difference image which represents a difference between the input images; and an adding section which adds the difference image and the super-resolution image, wherein super-resolution processing executing section includes a motion vector detecting section which detects a object-based motion vector which represents a motion between images of an object commonly included in the low-resolution image and the super-resolution image on an object basis, and generates the difference image using a motion-compensated image generated by applying the detected object-based motion vector to each object area.05-20-2010
20090273688IMAGE RECORDING AND PLAYBACK DEVICE, AND IMAGE RECORDING AND PLAYBACK METHOD - An image processing device of the present invention comprises a storage section for storing first image data obtained by imaging in front of the imaging device body or using a telephoto lens, and second image data obtained by imaging behind the imaging device body or using a wide-angle lens; a movement pattern detection section for processing the first image data to detect a movement pattern of the first image represented by the first image data; a movement pattern determination section determining whether or not the movement pattern of the first image is unstable movement; and an image processing section for rewriting a part of the first image data, for which it has been determined by the movement pattern determination section that the movement pattern of the first image is unstable, using the second image data.11-05-2009
20090273686Methods, computer program products and apparatus providing improved image capturing - The exemplary embodiments of the invention allow for parallel operations within a digital image capturing system. For example, raw image data can be processed while a subsequent image is being captured. In one exemplary embodiment of the invention, a method includes: executing at least one foreground operation within a digital image capturing device; and executing at least one background operation within the digital image capturing device, wherein the at least one foreground operation includes: capturing raw image data via at least one sensor, storing the captured raw image data as an intermediate file, and activating a digital viewfinder, wherein the at least one background operation includes: accessing the intermediate file, performing image processing on the raw image data of the intermediate file to obtain processed image data, and storing the processed image data, wherein the at least one background operation is executed independently of the at least one foreground operation.11-05-2009
20110193982METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING AND REPRODUCING CAMERA VIDEO - A camera video processing/producing method and apparatus is provided. In the camera video processing method, an aspect ratio of a captured image is determined, and a horizontal/vertical image is rotated according to the display orientation of a preview screen of a camera according to the determination result. The rotation information of the horizontal/vertical image is set in a codec parameter, and the codec parameter and the image are encoded.08-11-2011
20090046165PHOTOGRAPHING DEVICE - A face region, that is a region of a face of a person, is detected by a face detecting circuit from a subject of photographing that is expressed by image information acquired by a CCD area sensor. Then, an operation portion is operated at a time of switching a photographing mode between a face detection photographing mode and an ordinary photographing mode. Interlockingly with operation with respect to the operation portion, a CPU switches between shifting to a color tone correcting mode that carries out correction of color tone defects in a case in which the color tone defects arise in pupil regions that are regions of pupils of a person in the subject of photographing expressed by the photographed image information, and reverting from the color tone correcting mode.02-19-2009
20090278949CAMERA SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING INFORMATION ON SUBJECTS DISPLAYED IN A CAMERA VIEWFINDER - An improved camera system for manipulating multiple images of similar subject matter is described. Embodiments of the present disclosure provide for the analysis of subject matter depicted in the viewfinder of the camera. Subjects previously photographed may be recognized automatically. Before or after a picture is taken, for each recognized subject, a user may be presented with existing images of the subject already stored in a memory or database. The user may then invoke one or more manipulation operations as to the various images of the common subject. For example, a user may retain the new image in addition to previously stored images, discard the new and/or previously stored images, transfer the new and/or previously stored images to third parties, and the like.11-12-2009
20110169976EFFICIENT, USER-FRIENDLY SYSTEM TO STREAM SCREENS INSIDE VIDEO USING A MOBILE DEVICE - A system helps filter and correct video captured and streamed from a mobile device. In particular, the system detects and streams content shown on screens, allowing anyone to stream screen content immediately without needing to develop hooks into external software (i.e. without installing a screen recorder software in the computer). The system can use a variety of user-selectable techniques to detect the screen, and utilizes the mobile device's touchscreen to allow users to manually override detected corners. However, some of these approaches could potentially be applied to other types of content, such as identifying TV screens, appliance LCD screens, other mobile devices' screens, multifunction devices. (e.g. a remote technician could help troubleshoot a malfunctioning MFD by having the end-user point his cellphone to the LCD screen of the MFD).07-14-2011
20110169975IMAGE-SCANNING COMPUTATIONAL PIXEL RESOLVING CAMERA - A method comprises: receiving a first light beam carrying a visual image; generating a plurality of second light beams based on the first light beam, wherein each of the plurality of second light beams is a subset of the first light beam; determining an energy level for each of the plurality of second light beams; and determining a single possible set of pixels that comprises the visual image carried by the first light beam based upon the determined energy level.07-14-2011
20090201390Image capturing apparatus, method for controlling the same, and program - An image capturing apparatus includes an image capturing unit configured to capture an image of a subject and generate a captured image of the subject, a feature value extracting unit configured to extract a feature value of the captured image, a scene candidate determining unit configured to determine a scene candidate of a subject scene included in the captured image on the basis of the extracted feature value, and a scene determining unit configured to determine that the scene candidate is the subject scene included in the captured image when the scene candidate determining unit continuously determines scene candidates of an identical kind for a scene determining period taken for determining the subject scene included in the captured image.08-13-2009
20090201385IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING METHOD - There is described an image capturing apparatus, which makes it possible to conduct a high-accurate range finding operation irrespective of the position of the subject. The apparatus, comprises: a plurality of imaging elements; a plurality of luminance signal generating sections, each of which generates a luminance signal by mixing the plural wavelength signals with each other at a predetermined mixture ratio; a plurality of mixture ratio controlling sections, which respectively correspond to the plurality of imaging elements, and each of which changes a mixture ratio, at which the plural wavelength signals are mixed with each other, based on a positional relationship between a corresponding one of the plurality of imaging elements and a subject; and a range detecting section to detect a distance to the subject, based on a correlation between luminance signals, each of which is the luminance signal generated by each of the luminance signal generating sections.08-13-2009
20090284614IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING SENSOR, AND IMAGE CAPTURING PROCESSING METHOD - This invention is directed to reduce a deterioration in image quality after thinning operation when pixels are read out upon thinning. An image sensor is designed such that different gains are applied on a pixel basis. After periodical gains are applied to the respective pixels, the pixels of the same colors are added and averaged to obtain a low-pass filter effect before thinning processing for the pixels in the sensor, thereby preventing the occurrence of aliasing (moiré) due to thinning.11-19-2009
20090284613Apparatus and method of blurring background of image in digital image processing device - A digital image processor and a method, specifically, an apparatus for blurring a background of an image in a digital image processor is provided wherein an image is photographed with a flash being on and off when a shutter input signal is received once, the background of the image is blurred through comparison between an image prior to the shutter input signal being received and an image during which a flash is activated, and then a subject of the image with a flash being off is combined with the blurred background. A processor blurs an image generated by a brightness difference between a first image generated before a shutter input signal is received and a second image generated with the flash being on after the shutter input signal is received and combining a third image generated by turning off the flash after the shutter input signal, to the blurred image.11-19-2009
20080211924IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHODS THEREOF - An image capturing apparatus having a three-dimensional grid data table holds a matrix coefficient which is a basis of the three-dimensional grid data table, and editing data for editing grid point data of the three-dimensional grid data table. To set the three-dimensional grid data table, the grid point data of the three-dimensional grid data table is calculated by performing a matrix operation using the matrix coefficient, and the calculated grid point data of the three-dimensional grid data table that is calculated based on the editing data is edited based on the editing data. Image data acquired by image capture is thus processed using the edited three-dimensional grid data table.09-04-2008
20080211923IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - An imaging apparatus include an imaging unit configured to capture an object image, a smoothing unit configured to smooth a dynamic range of luminance of an image signal generated based on the object image captured by the imaging unit, and a color conversion unit configured to perform a color conversion with respect to a color of the image signal whose dynamic range is smoothed by the smoothing unit and is specified by a user.09-04-2008
20090086050IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE AND IMAGE CAPTURE METHOD - An image capture device including an image capture unit, an auxiliary light source, a face region extraction unit, a determination unit, a relative position information acquiring unit, and a notification unit. The face region extraction unit extracts a region corresponding to a face from the captured image data. The determination unit determines the orientation of the face in the extracted face region, and the relative position information acquiring acquires relative position information of the optical system component with respect to the auxiliary light source based on the determination result of the determination unit. The notification unit gives a notification when the acquired relative position information matches with predetermined reference information.04-02-2009
20090290041Image processing device and method, and computer readable recording medium containing program - An image processing device includes: an image obtaining unit for obtaining an image; a depth of field specification unit for receiving specification of a depth of field specified by an imager size; and a blur enhancement processing unit for generating a processed image with enhanced blur of a subject contained in the image, the blur being enhanced according to the specified depth of field.11-26-2009
20080303913Imaging Camera Processing Unit and Method - To allow much better user control of how a camera output image captures an original scene, the imaging camera unit (12-11-2008
20090273687IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - There is provided an image processing apparatus for performing a stable attention condition determination, regardless of the shape and surrounding environment of an object of interest and regardless that the object is unknown or known. The image processing apparatus comprises a direction detector, a displacement detector, and an attention condition determiner. The direction detector detects, from a certain image including a person image, the direction information in two body regions of a person represented by the person image. The displacement detector calculates, from the two direction information, a displacement ratio that is the ratio between the two direction displacements. The attention condition determiner determines, according to a first and a second displacement ratio, how much the person pays attention to a certain object. The first displacement ratio is calculated in the displacement detector by using first direction information detected by the direction detector from a first certain image including a first person image, and the second displacement ratio is calculated in the displacement detector by using second direction information detected by the direction detector from a second certain image including the first person image.11-05-2009
20090273685Foreground/Background Segmentation in Digital Images - An implementation efficient method of distinguishing between foreground and background regions of a digital image of a scene includes capturing two images of nominally the same scene and storing the captured images in DCT-coded format. The first image is taken with the foreground more in focus than the background and the second image is taken with the background more in focus than the foreground. Regions of the first image are assigned as foreground or background according to whether the sum of selected higher order DCT coefficients decreases or increases for the equivalent regions of the second image.11-05-2009
20090273689IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - It is determined whether or not there is inconsistency between image sensing mode data, which is set by an operator with respect to a scene including an object of shooting, and attribute data, e.g., focal length data or the like, that accompanies an obtained image. When it is determined that there is inconsistency between the image sensing mode data and attribute data, a caution is given to the operator that it is necessary to maintain consistency.11-05-2009
20090278953PICTURE ENHANCING INCREASING PRECISION SMOOTH PROFILES - The apparatus (11-12-2009
20090278954IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - An image processing apparatus according to the present invention includes: a color and polarization obtaining section 11-12-2009
20090278950LENS CLEANING WARNING SYSTEM AND METHOD - Lens cleaning warning systems and methods. A system includes an image processing unit configured to analyze image data to determine whether the image data indicates lens flare and, if so, provide an indication to the user that the lens is contaminated.11-12-2009
20090278955Camera - A camera includes: an information creation device that creates association information for associating a plurality of image files created by the first image file creation device based on a plurality of image data acquired by the image device as a set of image data and recorded in the recording medium, with each other as a set of individual image files when the camera is set to a first photography mode in which data of a plurality of image files are combined to create one integrated image file; a second image file creation device that combines a plurality of the individual image files based on the association information in response to an instruction by a user to create one integrated image file; and a second recording control device that records the integrated image file created by the second image file creation device in a recording medium.11-12-2009
20090278952VIDEO PROCESSING METHOD AND VIDEO PROCESSING SYSTEM - A video processing method includes: storing a video data corresponding to a specific view angle range; selecting a plurality of target objects in the video data corresponding to the specific view angle range; generating a synthesized video data by combining each partial video data in the video data that corresponds to each of the target objects; wherein a view angle range of each partial video data is smaller than the specific view angle range.11-12-2009
20090268045APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR CONFIGURATION AND OPTIMIZATION OF IMAGE SENSORS FOR GAZE TRACKING APPLICATIONS - Apparatus and methods for enhancing the performance of an imager in applications such as gaze tracking are described. An enhanced image sensor includes a sensor pixel array, a filter array optically coupled to the pixel array and a filter map including data associated with one or more characteristics of the filter array. The filter array characteristics can be preconfigured and/or dynamically reconfigured to allow for wavelength specific pixel capture, with the filter map correspondingly adjusted in response to changes in the filter array characteristics.10-29-2009
20090262213IMAGING DEVICE AND SUBJECT DETECTION METHOD - An imaging device includes a first detection part which detects one or more subjects in an image captured by the image capturing part capturing an image continuously; a second detection part which follows the one or more subjects detected; and a system control part which includes a setting part setting a part of the image as a limited region, and causes, after the first detection part detects the one or more subjects in the captured image, the second detection part to follow and detect a subject in an image captured subsequently to the captured image, and causes the first detection part to detect a subject in the limited region.10-22-2009
20090262212IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD - An image processing apparatus includes a reader, a plurality of matrix modules, a selector, and a controller. The reader is configured for reading data of each pixel of a binarized image. The plurality of matrix modules is configured for performing filtering operations to the data based on a control signal, the plurality of matrix modules serially connected, and a first one of the series being connected to the reader. The selector is configured for selecting one of the plurality of matrix modules based on the control signal and outputting filtered results from the selected one of the plurality of matrix modules. The controller is configured for generating the control signal. An image processing method is also provided.10-22-2009
20090262210SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF DRIVING SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS - If a horizontal skipping operation is performed and operations are performed on the basis of the signals severally held in a plurality of register circuits in a solid-state imaging apparatus including an AD converting circuit in each column to perform the arithmetic processing of a digitized signal, then the AD converters and the register circuits in the columns to be skipped, that is, not to be read out become the state of not participating in the operations, and there is room for an examination in the aspect of the utilization efficiency of the circuits. A unit for connecting a register circuit in a certain column to a register circuit in another column is provided to the solid-state imaging apparatus.10-22-2009
20090262209NOTEBOOK COMPUTER AND METHOD OF CAPTURING DOCUMENT IMAGE USING IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE OF SUCH NOTEBOOK COMPUTER - The present invention relates to a notebook computer. The notebook computer includes a base and an upper cover. The base has a keyboard. The upper cover includes a screen, an image pickup device and a close-up lens. The upper cover is rotatable with respect to the base such that the image pickup device is able to capture an image of a document on a working plane. After the document image is obtained by the image pickup device, a built-in image processing program performs correction on the document image so as to obtain a corrected document image.10-22-2009
20090262208Method and Apparatus for Optimizing Memory Usage in Image Processing - A method and digital camera avoiding the use of delay lines for block processing within the camera, such as compressing images, demosaicing, or the like. Processing is done for a block comprising a single newly received line, together with previously acquired information. In one preferred embodiment, the block processing is performed for the single line using previous lines as retrieved from the results of previous processing. In another embodiment, the processing results for the current block are determined by the processing results of the previous block together with the newly received line. Saving delay lines provides for lower memory requirements, and enables the production of smaller and lower cost cameras.10-22-2009
20100277608IMAGE SHOOTING APPARATUS, VIDEO DISPLAY APPARATUS, AND VIDEO PROCESSING SYSTEM THEREWITH - An image shooting apparatus records video information obtained by shooting a subject, and transfers the video information to an external appliance by communication conforming to the HDMI standards. The image shooting apparatus also records rotation information representing how, when a video based on the video information is displayed on the external appliance, the video is to be rotated, and, when transferring the video information, transmits the rotation information to the external appliance by use of CEC conforming to the HDMI standards. Thus, an image shooting apparatus that transmits a shot video to an external appliance also transmits rotation information by use of CEC so as to be capable of making the external appliance display the shot image in a rotated state.11-04-2010
20090086047Image display device, portable device with photography function, image display method and computer readable medium - An image display device includes a display, an attitude angle detection unit and a controller. The display displays an image based on image data with photography information. The photography information includes position information and attitude angle information of a camera at a time of photography. If the attitude angle of the display is altered, the controller controls the display, based on the position information and the attitude angle information of the image displayed at the display and based on the attitude angle detected by the attitude angle detection unit, so as to display an image that was photographed within a predetermined region with respect to the position information of the image displayed at the display and that includes attitude angle information corresponding to the detected attitude angle.04-02-2009
20090290040Image dynamic range compression method, apparatus, and digital camera - A method of compressing an original dynamic range of an original image, includes a first step of obtaining a reduced image corresponding to the original image by performing quantization and downsampling on the original image that has been input; a second step of calculating a look-up table based on the reduced image, wherein the look-up table indicates a mapping relationship between the original dynamic range of the original image and a dynamic range of a medium; and a third step of mapping each of the pixels in the original image from the original dynamic range of the original image onto the dynamic range of the medium based on the look-up table.11-26-2009
20090290036IMAGE SAMPLING METHOD AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD THEREOF - An image sampling method for an image sensor is provided herein. The image sensor includes a plurality of pixel elements in the intersections of a plurality of rows and a plurality of columns. During either one of the odd field period or the even field period, the pixel elements in the intersections of the odd rows and the odd columns and the pixel elements in the intersection of the even rows and the even columns are sampled. During the other field period, the pixel elements in the intersections of the even rows and the odd columns and the pixel elements in the intersection of the odd rows and the even columns are sampled. The image processing method utilizes the pixel data in a specific block sampled from the pixel elements during one of the odd and the even field periods to interpolate a specific pixel in the specific block.11-26-2009
20090290037Selection of an optimum image in burst mode in a digital camera - An aspect of the present invention selects one of the images captured in burst mode as an optimum image based on processing only the captured images, without requiring any external images. According to another aspect of the present invention, the camera settings are set to different combination of values and a frame is formed for each combination of values from the corresponding captured image. Image metrics representing inherent image qualities may be extracted from each of the frames and one of the frames is selected based on the extracted metrics. In an embodiment, each combination of the camera settings includes corresponding values for exposure duration and white balance.11-26-2009
20110169979PRINCIPAL COMPONENTS ANALYSIS BASED ILLUMINANT ESTIMATION - An image apparatus for providing an estimated illuminant of a scene and subsequently providing an adjusted image of the scene includes a capturing system and an illuminant database. The capturing system captures information for an input image of the scene. The input image is defined by a plurality of input colors. The illuminant database includes a separate subspace of information for a plurality of possible illuminants. The subspaces can be created from multi-dimensional color information from its respective possible illuminant that is computed using Principal Components Analysis. This allows for more accurate illuminant estimation of the scene and the use of Principal Components Analysis to generate the one or more subspaces allows for accurate and relatively easy generation of the subspaces. Additionally, the image apparatus can include a control system that compares the input colors to the subspaces in the illuminant database.07-14-2011
20110169977IMAGE 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.07-14-2011
20090102941Digital image processing apparatus capable of displaying color distribution chart and method of operating the same - A digital image processing apparatus capable of displaying a color distribution chart and a method of operating the same is provided. The digital image processing apparatus includes a digital signal processing unit which detects digital color signals from an image input via an image photographing unit and calculates a color distribution chart that indicates a proportion of the detected color signals in the image. The apparatus and method can calculate and display a color distribution chart of a displayed image and change colors of the image into optimized colors.04-23-2009
20090102940IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING CONTROL METHOD - An imaging device according to an aspect of the present invention comprises: an image pickup device which converts an optical image of a photographic subject received through an imaging lens into an image signal; a displaying device which displays a through-the-lens image based on the image signal; a person detecting device which detects one or more persons from the image signal; a distance calculating device which calculates a distance between a plurality of the detected persons; and a composition assisting device which displays on the displaying device information as to whether the distance between the detected persons is proper or not based on the calculated distance between the detected persons. Thereby, it is possible to obtain an image with a proper composition in a case when there are a plurality of persons being the photographic subjects.04-23-2009
20090295936LIGHT QUANTITY ADJUSTING DEVICE, LENS BARREL AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - Disclosed herein is a light quantity adjusting device including a base formed with a window; first and second diaphragm blades provided on the base and adapted to adjust a size of a diaphragm aperture; first and second cam-pins adapted to shift the first and second diaphragm blades; and a plurality of guide pins provided on the base so as to project therefrom.12-03-2009
20090295935Electronic camera and control program of same - The invention relates to an electronic camera having self-detection function of foreign materials and a control program thereof. The electronic camera includes: an image sensor having an image pickup plane on an image plane of an optical system; a formation changing section changing a state of image formation of the optical system on the image pickup plane; and a control section driving and controlling the image sensor and formation changing section. The control section drives the formation changing section to set a plurality of states of image formation different from each other, and it drives the image sensor to obtain a plurality of images in each of the states and compares the plurality of images to find a part of the image which has not varied with a change in the state of image formation, and determines the found part as image of a foreign material.12-03-2009
20110169978FUNCTIONAL OPTICAL COHERENT IMAGING - The present invention relates to a functional optical coherent imaging (fOCI) platform comprising at least one active camera unit (ACU) comprising a coherent and/or a partially coherent light source, and means for spectral filtering and imaging a selected body area of interest; an image processing unit (IPU) for pre-processing data received from an ACU; at least one stimulation unit (STU) transmitting a stimulation to a subject; at least one body function reference measurement unit (BFMU); a central clock and processing unit (CCU), with interconnections to the ACU, the IPU, the STU, for collecting pre-processed data from the IPU, stimuli from the STU body function reference data from the BFMU in a synchronized manner; a post-processing unit (statistical analysis unit, SAU); and an operator interface (HOD. Further the invention relates to a process for acquiring stimuli activated subject data comprising the steps of aligning a body function unit at a subject and monitoring pre-selected body function; selecting a stimulus or stimuli; imaging a body area of interest; exerting one or a series of stimuli on the subject; imaging the body area of interest synchronous with said stimuli and the preselected body functions; and transferring said synchronized image, stimuli and body function data to a statistical analysis unit (SAU) and performing calculations to generate results pertaining to body functions.07-14-2011
20100177205Image pickup element and image pickup device - An image pickup element includes a light receiver having a matrix arrangement formed by disposing first-direction arrays, each having photoelectric converters arranged in a first direction with a gap therebetween, in a second direction orthogonal thereto, and micro-lenses above the light receiver. In the matrix arrangement, a certain first-direction array has two first photoelectric converters receiving, via two micro-lenses, photographic-subject light passing through two segmental regions in an exit pupil of a photographic optical system, and a certain second-direction array has two second photoelectric converters receiving photographic-subject light passing through two segmental regions in the exit pupil. Light axes of the two micro-lenses extend through vicinities of edges, farthest from each other in the first direction, of the first photoelectric converters. The first photoelectric converters include two photoelectric converters that flank one photoelectric converter, disposed at an intersection between the certain first-direction and second-direction arrays, in the certain first-direction array.07-15-2010
20110205387DETECTING OBJECTS IN AN IMAGE BEING ACQUIRED BY A DIGITAL CAMERA OR OTHER ELECTRONIC IMAGE ACQUISITION DEVICE - The likelihood of a particular type of object, such as a human face, being present within a digital image, and its location in that image, are determined by comparing the image data within defined windows across the image in sequence with two or more sets of data representing features of the particular type of object. The evaluation of each set of features after the first is preferably performed only on data of those windows that pass the evaluation with respect to the first set of features, thereby quickly narrowing potential target windows that contain at least some portion of the object. Correlation scores are preferably calculated by the use of non-linear interpolation techniques in order to obtain a more refined score. Evaluation of the individual windows also preferably includes maintaining separate feature set data for various positions of the object around one axis and rotating the feature set data with respect to the image data for the individual windows about another axis.08-25-2011
20100220204DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING A VIDEO SIGNAL OF A VIRTUAL IMAGE - A device for providing a video signal of a virtual image based on a real image of a camera, the real image having an object, includes a processing device. One piece of positional information each is associated with the camera and the object. The processing device generates the video signal of the virtual image based on the real image, the positional information of the camera and the positional information of the object. The virtual image includes an illustration of the object or object information with regard to the object.09-02-2010
20100277609ELECTRONIC CAMERA - An electronic camera, includes an image sensor, a rangefinding means, an arithmetic operation means for calculating a characteristic quantities based upon at least either pixel density in an image obtained via the image sensor or rangefinding information obtained via the rangefinding means, a judgment means for judging a photographic scene based upon characteristic quantities calculated by the arithmetic operation means, and a control means for selecting camera settings in correspondence to the photographic scene having been judged.11-04-2010
20120293682Image Pickup Optical System and Image Pickup Apparatus Using the Same - An image pickup optical system made of five lenses, includes in order from an object side, an aperture stop, a first lens L11-22-2012
20120293677Methods and apparatuses for anti-shading correction with extended color correlated temperature dependency - In a method for correcting shading effects in an image sensor including a plurality of pixels, shading effects on at least one readout pixel of the image sensor are modeled based on a parametric component, and the shading effects on the at least one readout pixel are corrected based on the modeled shading effects. The parametric component is dependent on at least one of a color channel corresponding to the readout pixel and a color correlated temperature of light incident on the at least one readout pixel11-22-2012
20120293679IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND ITS CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM - An image processing apparatus calculates an actual reproduction frame rate from a reproduction speed and a frame rate of a moving image file and compares the actual reproduction frame rate with a predetermined frame rate. A display manner of image information of the moving image file is chanced in accordance with a comparison result.11-22-2012
20120293680Method and apparatus for controlling master-slave mode cameras in wireless terminal - The disclosure provides a method and apparatus for controlling dual cameras in a wireless terminal in a master-slave mode, in order to avoid interferences that may occur between the dual cameras due to sharing of data buses. In the disclosure, as the master processor uses a set of resources to control the two cameras, the resources of the master processor may be saved which otherwise will be occupied by the dual cameras, the dependency of the cameras on the master processor is reduced, so that the master processor may release more resources for other peripherals or other tasks. As the multiplexer switch isolates signals of the two camera sensors in a relatively thorough way, mutual interferences between the two cameras may be avoided and electromagnetic interferences may be decreased.11-22-2012
20120293678RECORDING DATA WITH AN INTEGRATED FIELD-PORTABLE DEVICE - An integrated field-portable device comprising an image capture device configured to capture an image of a survey target area and a position determination system for determining a position of the integrated field-portable device, and an annotation system configured to access the image and associate the image with the position of at least one target in the survey target area and to associate with the image an instance of additional data comprising an identifier of the survey target area. The integrated field-portable device further comprises a storage system configured to generate a digital representation when the image is captured comprising the image, the position of the at least one target and the instance of additional data.11-22-2012
20110199505IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image processing apparatus is provided that comprises: an image acquisition unit that acquires an image; a position specification unit that specifies one facial image from the image; a face correlation unit that correlates the specified facial image with face information obtained by compiling one or more stored feature values stored in a storage unit, thereby identifying one or more correlated feature values; a feature value extraction unit that extracts an extracted feature value of the specified facial image; and a storage control unit that compares the extracted feature value with the one or more correlated feature values of the face information correlated with the specified facial image, and causes the storage unit to additionally store the extracted feature value, as a storable feature value, as the face information when a predetermined condition is satisfied.08-18-2011
20110199499FACE RECOGNITION APPARATUS AND FACE RECOGNITION METHOD - Provided is a face recognition apparatus which reduces a data transfer amount used in eye position detection processing and face feature extraction processing. First normalization means normalizes a face image to a certain size on a face image including a face detected by face detection means. Part detection means detects a part of the face by using a normalized face image. Second normalization means normalizes a face image to a certain size on a face image including the face detected by the face detection means. Feature extraction means extracts a feature amount of the face by using the normalized face image. Face image acquisition means acquires a face image to be processed by the normalization means by using a position and a size of the face detected by the face detection means. Face image acquisition selection means switches between a mode in which the face images to be used by the normalization means are individually acquired and a mode in which the face image is shared therebetween.08-18-2011
20110199506FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR - A focus detection apparatus includes an image sensor including pixels for focus detection for receiving a pair of respective light beams transmitted through different pupil areas of a photographing lens to output a pair of signals; an acquisition unit for acquiring exit window information on the photographing lens; an arithmetic circuit for calculating a tilt for detection area in the detecting position, depending on an image height for a detecting position in which a focus state is detected and on the exit window information; and a calculation unit for calculating the shape of the detection area depending on the calculated tilt, in which the defocus amount is detected on the basis of a phase difference between the pair of signals obtained from pixels for focus detection included in the calculated detection area.08-18-2011
20110199504IMAGING APPARATUS AND VIDEO DATA CREATING METHOD - Image data (still image data) is encoded to create video data. When an interval recording mode is set, a plurality of video data created by an encoder (image compressor 08-18-2011
20110199501IMAGE INPUT APPARATUS, IMAGE VERIFICATION APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHODS THEREFOR - The invention enables a verifier to easily confirm that the image data was captured in the multiple exposure mode, and also to easily confirm which area in the image captured in the multiple exposure mode was greatly affected by multiple exposure. An image generating unit generates exposure image data pieces by exposing an image sensor a plurality of times. An image composition unit combines exposure image data pieces to generate a single piece of composite image data. A reference image generating unit generates reference image data composed of data pieces for distinguishing pixel positions at which the exposure amount exceeds a threshold from the other pixel positions. A verification data generating unit generates verification data for determining whether alteration has been made from the composite image data and the reference image data to output a single file.08-18-2011
20110199500IMAGE OBTAINING METHOD AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS - Obtaining a first image captured by directing light having a first wavelength to an observation area and receiving light emitted from the observation area, and a second image captured by directing light having a second wavelength shorter than the first wavelength to the observation area and receiving light emitted from the observation area, and obtaining a deep portion image of the observation area by subtracting the second image from the first image.08-18-2011
20100103276SPLIT APERTURE CAPTURE OF RANGEMAP FOR 3D IMAGING - An image capture system that can capture images as well as rangemaps, includes a split aperture device having a first and a second states and used to capture one or more image pairs that includes a first image captured during the first state and a second image captured during the second state. The image capture system also includes a rangemap generator coupled to the split aperture device, the rangemap generator generates a rangemap by comparing local image shifts between the first image and the second image. A method is also described for capturing of rangemap information for 3D imaging.04-29-2010
20120268620INFORMATION PROVIDING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROVIDING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - There is provided an information providing apparatus including a course information acquiring unit that acquires course information to which position information indicating positions of a predetermined plurality of spots and order information indicating an order of each spot are set, a photo acquiring unit that acquires photos taken in a predetermined area including the spots, a map making unit that makes a map where marks indicating the plurality of spots are displayed on the basis of the position information set to the course information, and a display control unit that sequentially sets the plurality of spots as display objects according to the order information set to the course information and causes a display unit to display the photos taken in the spots set as the display objects and a map of a predetermined range including the marks indicating the spots.10-25-2012
20120268618ADAPTIVE COLOR IMAGING BY USING AN IMAGING ASSEMBLY WITH TUNABLE SPECTRAL SENSITIVITIES - Image capture using an image capture apparatus that includes an imaging assembly. Geographic location of the image capture apparatus is received from a location sensor that obtains geographic location of the image capture apparatus. A capture mask is constructed by calculations which use the geographic location. The constructed capture mask is applied to the imaging assembly, the imaging assembly having a tunable spectral response and being tunable in accordance with the capture mask.10-25-2012
20100060748IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP CONTROL METHOD - When an image of a subject formed by an optical system is picked up using an image pickup device, charges obtained upon receiving light for the subject image are accumulated with a time difference for each scan line in the image pickup device. Concurrently, a characteristic of the optical system is modified to change a distance to the subject at which the image pickup device is in focus, for each horizontal scan line.03-11-2010
20100060746Simultaneous multiple field of view digital cameras - Digital camera systems and methods are described that provide digital cameras configured to simultaneously acquire image data via multiple channels having different fields of view. The digital cameras include multiple channels coupled to a processing component. Each channel includes an optics component and an array of sensors or photo-detectors integrated on a semiconductor substrate. The channels include a first channel having a first field of view (FOV) and a second channel having a second FOV, and the second FOV is different than the first FOV. The processing component is configured to independently control simultaneous data acquisition with each of the channels, and to combine data from at least one channel during a frame to provide a high resolution image.03-11-2010
20100060747Camera Housing With Integrated Expansion Module - A camera housing includes an integrated expansion module for providing expanded functionality to a camera (e.g., a display screen). Different embodiments of the housing include different expansion modules for adding a variety of features to the camera when the camera is placed in the housing. Thus, a user may modify features of a camera by swapping the housing. Furthermore, a user may add a feature to an existing camera without needing to purchase a new camera.03-11-2010
20100141785CONTACT DEVICE, PLASMA DISPLAY INCLUDING THE SAME, AND DRIVING METHOD THEREOF - A method of driving a plasma display is disclosed. In one embodiment, the method includes dividing one screen into a plurality of areas, wherein each area corresponds to at least one of the plurality of discharge cells, and wherein the plurality of areas form a detection pattern. The method also includes displaying the detection pattern in the plasma display and receiving a detection image which has been previously detected or captured, wherein detection image corresponds to at least one of the plurality of areas. The method further includes comparing the received detection image with the detection pattern and determining a position of the detected or captured area based on the comparison.06-10-2010
20100141781Image capturing device with automatic object position indication and method thereof - An image capturing device with automatic object position indication and the method thereof is provided. The subject invention includes a position indicating module selecting an image-taken position on a display interface of the device. An image recognizing module is included to recognize a displayed position of the image of an object shown on the display interface. Further a processing unit is used to determine a positional difference between the image-taken position and the displayed position, and send a control signal according to the difference to indicate a movement direction that compensates the positional difference. Further an instructing unit is included to output a notice to the object according to the control signal. So that the person can follow the indication and movement toward the predetermined image-taken position and take a perfect photo.06-10-2010
20110267485RANGE MEASUREMENT USING A CODED APERTURE - A method of using an image capture device to identify range information includes providing an image capture device having an image sensor, coded aperture, and lens; storing in memory a set of blur parameters derived from range calibration data; and capturing an image having a plurality of objects. The method further includes providing a set of deblurred images using the capture image and each of the blur parameters from the stored set by, initializing a candidate deblurred image; determining a plurality of differential images representing differences between neighboring pixels in the candidate deblurred image; determining a combined differential image by combining the differential images; updating the candidate deblurred image responsive to the captured image, the blur parameters, the candidate deblurred image and the combined differential image; and repeating these steps until a convergence criterion is satisfied. Finally, the set of deblurred images are used to determine the range information.11-03-2011
20110267484METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SHARPENING DIGITAL IMAGES - Disclosed is a method for sharpening a digital image captured by a digital imaging device, the method comprising, for each pixel X11-03-2011
20100157088AUTHENTICATION APPARATUS AND AUTHENTICATION METHOD - According to one embodiment, an authentication method includes performing a verification process includes extracting a face region from an image input from a camera photographing a person, reading first facial characteristic data from the extracted face region, and reading second facial characteristic data associated with personal identification data representing the specific person corresponding to the detected first facial characteristic data, acquiring hand-shape transition pattern data showing transition of a hand shape and associated with the personal identification data associated with the second facial characteristic data, extracting a hand region from the image input from the camera, detecting a transition of a hand shape from the extracted hand region, and determining whether the hand-shape transition pattern data represents the detected transition of the hand shape.06-24-2010
20080239089IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP METHOD - An image pickup method of picking up images at a frame rate changeably set out of a plurality of frame rates is provided. The method includes the steps of: setting a vertical synchronization cycle in accordance with a set frame rate and adding an image pickup signal that does not include a valid image pickup region in accordance with the set vertical synchronization cycle while keeping a horizontal synchronization cycle of each image pickup signal constant, when obtaining an image pickup signal from an image sensor; and correcting a time axis of an obtained image pickup signal that includes a valid image pickup region, correspondingly to the set frame rate and deleting an obtained image pickup signal that does not include the valid image pickup region.10-02-2008
20090002512IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP METHOD, AND PROGRAM THEREOF - An image pickup apparatus includes an image pickup unit configured to pick up a subject image and a control unit configured to perform control in a manner such that, in a case in which a predetermined mode is set, smile detection of a subject is started when an operation input is performed, the subject image is picked up if a smile is detected, and smile detection and image pickup are repeatedly performed until a completion condition is satisfied.01-01-2009
20100097484AUTO FOCUS SYSTEM HAVING AF FRAME AUTO-TRACKING FUNCTION - When the user sets an AF frame such that an object tracked as an AF target is in the AF frame, an auto-tracking process starts to detect a face image from the image captured by a television camera. Then, it is determined whether the face image is detected from the peripheral range of the AF frame. If it is determined that the face image is detected from the peripheral range of the AF frame, the position of the AF frame is changed on the basis of the position of the face image. On the other hand, if it is determined that the face image is not detected from the peripheral range of the AF frame, a pattern matching process is performed. The position of the AF frame is changed to the position of the object, which is a tracking target, detected by the pattern matching process.04-22-2010
20080239092Image processing apparatus, image processing method and program - The present invention provides an image processing apparatus that includes a sightline detection unit that detects the line of sight of a subject directed toward an imaging device in a captured image captured by the imaging device and containing at least one subject and a sightline indicating unit that clearly indicates, in correspondence to each subject, whether or not the line of sight of the subject directed toward the imaging device has been detected based upon sightline detection results provided by the sightline detection unit.10-02-2008
20090167881CAMERA SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A CAMERA SYSTEM - A system and method for controlling a camera assembly may include monitoring an image field for blinks by one or more subjects in the image field. The monitoring may be carried out by generating a video signal of the image field, the video signal having a sequence of frames; subtracting a previous frame of the video signal from a current frame of the video signal to generate a difference frame; and identifying image data in the difference frame that is representative of a blink. Each blink may be tracked and associated with a subject from the one or more subjects. Statistical data regarding blink duration and blink rate for each subject from the one or more subjects may be generated. In response to user input to command the taking of a photograph, a determination if a blink is in progress may be made and a flash of the camera assembly may be fired and image data for the photograph may be captured if no blink is detected at the time of the command. Otherwise, firing of the flash and the capturing of the image data may be delayed by an amount of time that is based on the statistical data to minimize firing the flash and capturing the image data during a blink of the one or more subjects.07-02-2009
20090167889IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE - A control unit monitors a state of captured image sequentially outputted by an image capturing unit. The control unit carries out a first determination that determines whether or not the state of a captured image satisfies a prescribed condition. When the result is that the prescribed condition is satisfied, the captured image is recorded in a recording unit. The control unit also carries out a second determination that determines whether or not the state of the captured image is appropriate for being subjected to the first determination. When the result is that the state is not appropriate for being subjected to the first determination, a warning is issued to the user to this effect.07-02-2009
20090167886IMAGE CONVERTER AND IMAGE CONVERTING METHOD - On conversion of a distorted circular image photographed by use of a fisheye lens to a planar regular image, parameter setting is performed by a user's intuitive manipulation to relieve the operation load. A dome-shaped virtual sphere H is defined on a distorted circular image S on the XY plane, and a user is allowed to designate a cut-out center point P (x07-02-2009
20090167882ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND OPERATION METHOD THEREOF - An operation method for operating an electronic device having an image capture unit is disclosed. The method comprises the following steps. An input image of an object having first and second sub images is first acquired from the image capture unit. Next, the acquired first and second sub images are recognized to obtain information regarding outlines or positions of the first and second sub images. A corresponding control instruction is generated according to the relative relationship between the outlines or positions of the first and second sub images. Then, at least one operation corresponding to the generated control instruction is performed.07-02-2009
20080231723IMAGING BLOCK AND IMAGING APPARATUS - An imaging block includes a prism, first and second imaging devices, an analog/digital convertor, a timing generator, and first, second, third circuit boards. The prism separates light incident through a lens into at least two colors and outputs the light. The first and second imaging devices are each generates a video signal by photoelectrically converting the light. The analog/digital converter converts the video signal output from each of the devices into a digital signal. The timing generator generates a video-signal processing clock for driving the first imaging device, the second imaging device, and the analog/digital converter. The first imaging device is mounted on the first circuit board. The analog/digital converter and the timing generator are mounted on the second circuit board. The second imaging device is mounted on third circuit board and connected to both the first circuit board and the second circuit board through a cable.09-25-2008
20120287297SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, MANUFACTURING METHOD OF SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - A solid-state imaging device includes: a photoelectric conversion device; a wire grid polarizer provided on the photoelectric conversion device; and a conductive film electrically connecting conductive layers provided in the photoelectric conversion device to the wire grid polarizer.11-15-2012
20120287299IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, STORAGE MEDIUM STORING IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM, AND ELECTRONIC CAMERA - An image processing device includes an image input part inputting image data formed of a first type pixel in which a first color element is known, a second type pixel in which a second color element is known, and a third type pixel in which a third color element is known, a first color element interpolating part determining a first interpolation value of the first color element based on the first type pixels, a first convexoconcave structure calculating part calculating a first convexoconcave structure based on either of the second type pixels and the third type pixels, a first convexoconcave addition part adding the first convexoconcave structure to the first interpolation value to determine a second interpolation value, a first color range calculating part determining a range of the first color element based on the first type pixels, and a clip part determining a third interpolation value.11-15-2012
20120287301IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME AND PROGRAM THEREFOR - An image capturing apparatus for capturing the image of a subject includes: a lock/unlock unit adapted to lock and unlock operation of the image capturing apparatus; a registration unit adapted to register a main item and a sub-item that have been selected by a user, wherein the main item is a main setting item among operation items of the image capturing apparatus and the sub-item is a setting item in a layer lower than that of the main item; and a control unit adapted to limit operation solely to a release operation of the image capturing apparatus and to the main item and sub-item, which have been registered by the registration unit, in a case where operation of the image capturing apparatus has been locked by the lock/unlock unit.11-15-2012
20120287298IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM - There is provided with an image processing apparatus which performs transformation processing for an input image, and performs filter processing for a transformed image including the transformed input image in an image area, thereby generating an output image, comprising a determination unit configured to determine whether a pixel position to be mapped to a pixel of interest position in the transformed image by a transformation processing is present among pixel positions in the input image; and a calculation unit configured to set a pixel value, obtained by a convolution operation between filter coefficients and pixel values of pixels near a processing pixel position in the transformed image, as the pixel value of the pixel at the processing pixel position in the output image if the pixel position to be mapped is present.11-15-2012
20090033759REFERENCE VOLTAGE CIRCUIT AND IMAGE-CAPTURE CIRCUIT - A reference voltage circuit for generating a reference voltage to be referred when a pixel signal is digitally converted, includes ramp voltage generating means for generating a ramp voltage which drops from a predetermined initial voltage at a certain gradient, a transistor for forming, together with the ramp voltage generating means, a current mirror circuit, and gain change means for changing a current value of a current flowing from a predetermined power supply via the transistor to change the gradient of the ramp voltage generated by the ramp voltage generating means.02-05-2009
20080278597IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - An image pickup apparatus includes the following units. An image pickup unit captures an image and outputs an analog image signal. A conversion unit converts the analog image signal into a digital image signal. A synchronization signal generation unit generates a synchronization signal to be supplied to the image pickup unit and the conversion unit, and supplies the synchronization signal to the image pickup unit. An adjustment unit adjusts the timing at which the synchronization signal generated by the synchronization signal generation unit is supplied to the conversion unit, and supplies the synchronization signal to the conversion unit. The adjustment unit is disposed in a position such that the adjustment unit is affected by the self-heating of the image pickup unit.11-13-2008
20080278596IMAGE SENSOR AND COLOR IMAGING APPARATUS - An image sensor includes a photoelectric conversion element group, and color filters of at least two colors arranged on respective photoelectric conversion elements of the photoelectric conversion element group. The color filters are arranged on the respective photoelectric conversion elements such that a spatial frequency component of array of color filters of each color includes a reduced amount of component in a low-frequency region and a band component in a high-frequency region.11-13-2008
20120293683PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE - According to an aspect, a portable electronic device includes an imaging unit, a moving unit, and a control unit. The imaging unit images a subject in an imaging region. The moving unit changes orientation and/or a position of the portable electronic device. The control unit causes the moving unit to change the orientation and/or the position of the portable electronic device so as to move the imaging region of the imaging unit.11-22-2012
20100128139IMAGE EDITING METHOD AND AN IMAGE EDITING APPARATUS USING THE SAME - An image editing method and an image editing apparatus include dividing an entire image, generating representative images, and generating edited images. Accordingly, a user may edit photographed images, recorded images or reproduced images more easily and conveniently.05-27-2010
20080291287Dynamic Range Compensation by Filter Cascade - A local method uses a cascade of multiple nonlinear edge preserving filters, and nonlinear pixel point operations, to calculate the pixel gain. Multiple low-pass filters are used, being applied to surrounding neighborhoods of the current pixel of narrow and of wide extent. The number of filter stages may be determined based on the image content. The coefficients used to combine a gray level image extracted from the input image with the ascending scale regions can be automatically extracted from high-pass filtered images of the ascending scale regions. Multiplying each color component of the input image by one or more pixel dependent gain or attenuation factors, using a nonlinear mapping function that can lighten shadow regions as well as darken bright regions, generates the output image.11-27-2008
20080291289IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, IMAGE PICKUP METHOD, AND IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE - An image pickup device includes: an image pickup unit which picks up a subject at first and second exposure times; a high dynamic range (HDR) image data generating unit which generates first HDR image data configured by pixel data of which pixel values are expressed by a floating-point form in which a mantissa part has N bits (N is a natural number of 2 or more), a cardinal number is X (X is a natural number of 2 or more) and an exponential part of the cardinal number has M bits (M is a natural number of 2 or more), on the basis of first image data obtained by picking up the subject at the first exposure time and second image data obtained by picking up the subject at the second exposure time; an image processing unit which performs a predetermined image process including a floating-point arithmetic operation process, with respect to the first HDR image data generated by the HDR image data generating unit; and a HDR image data converting unit which converts the first HDR image data after the image process into second HDR image data configured by pixel data of which the pixel values are expressed by a floating-point form in which the mantissa part has n bits (n is a natural number of N>n) and the exponential part of the cardinal number has m bits (m is a natural number of M>m).11-27-2008
20080291290IMAGING APPARATUS AND PROCESSING METHOD THEREOF - An imaging apparatus is provided having: a pixel unit including an effective pixel region of multiple pixels accumulating charges generated according to incident light to output signals and an ineffective pixel region of multiple pixels outputting signals not dependent on incident light; a plurality of vertical signal lines provided for each column of pixels of pixel unit; a vertical scanning circuit that scans and selects pixels of pixel unit in row units to output signals of selected pixels of same row to plurality of vertical signal lines; and a horizontal scanning circuit that scans and selects signals of plurality of vertical signal lines to output signals of selected vertical signal lines; wherein the vertical scanning circuit selects pixels of same row of effective pixel region in row units once during one frame and selects pixels of same row of ineffective pixel region in row units multiple times during one frame.11-27-2008
20080291286Picture Taking Device and Picture Restoration Method - In a digital still camera, the amount of blur when a picture is taken is calculated from a first picture captured with a high-speed electronic shutter and a second picture captured with a normal shutter speed (11-27-2008
20080303916Image-capturing device - An image-capturing device including an image-capturing element, a data extraction device, a recording device, a reproduction device, and a display control device is provided. The image-capturing element captures an image of a photographic subject and outputs image data. The data extraction device extracts data corresponding to a region designated in advance within the image data outputted from the image-capturing element. The recording device records the extracted data and the image data into a recording medium individually. The reproduction device reads out the extracted data from the recording medium. The display control device outputs an image signal to a display device, so as to display an image according to the extracted data read out by the reproduction device.12-11-2008
20080303915Face image capture apparatus - A face image capture apparatus for a vehicle repeatedly performs an output of a difference image to an image ECU. When the number of times of outputs reaches a predetermined number of times, a bright face image from which an influence of disturbance light is not removed is outputted to the image ECU. Thereby, the image ECU can determine an environment (daytime, nighttime, etc.) outside the vehicle based on the bright face image outputted in addition to the difference image.12-11-2008
20080303914IMAGE SENSOR ARRAY ARCHITECTURE FOR IMPROVED RESOLUTION SWITCHING - An image sensor array is provided with: a first CCD image sensor configured to output a plurality of first signal voltages from a first output terminal; a second CCD image sensor configured to output a plurality of second signal voltages from a second output terminal; a switch circuit selectively connecting one of the first and second output terminals to a signal voltage output terminal; and a timing generator circuit responsive to a basic clock for generating first and second control signals and switch control signals. The first and second control signals are used for controlling generation of the plurality of first and second signal voltages, respectively. The switch control signals are used for controlling the switch circuit. The timing generator circuit controls the first and second CCD image sensors so that the first and second CCD image sensors output the plurality of first signal voltages and the plurality of second signal voltages, alternately. The timing generator circuit controls the switch circuit so that switch circuit outputs from the signal voltage output terminal one of the plurality of first signal voltages and one of the plurality of second signal voltages, alternately.12-11-2008
20080303912Method, Apparatus, Software and Arrangement for Modifying Image Data - This invention relates to programmable modification of image data of a small compact digital camera. In the method according to the embodiments of the invention sensor data is processed before transferring it to an image processing component. The sensor data is read out from a camera sensor several times during one total exposure time and a data entity representing the final picture is integrated from the sensor data read out during an individual exposure time. The sensor data and/or the data entity are analyzed before the data entity is transferrable to the image processing component.12-11-2008
20080309777Method, apparatus and program for image processing - An analyzing means first calculates the blur direction and blur level of a digital photograph image based on edge widths and histograms of the edge widths obtained in each direction, and discriminates whether the image is a blurred image or a normal image. Then, it further calculates the camera shake level and blur width for the image discriminated to be a blurred image. A parameter setting means sets a one-dimensional correction mask and a two-dimensional correction mask based on the blur width. It also sets a correction level based on the blur level. It further makes an adjustment to the ratio between the one-dimensional and two-dimensional correction masks based on the camera shake level.12-18-2008
20080309787PHASE ADJUSTMENT DEVICE AND DIGITAL CAMERA - In a phase adjustment device according to the present invention, a first luminance level detector detects a luminance level of a digital imaging signal in a first pixel region, a second luminance level detector detects a luminance level of the digital imaging signal in a second pixel region, a data comparator compares detection results by the first and second luminance level detectors, an adjustment judger judges if it is necessary to adjust a phase of a pulse based on a result of the comparison by the data comparator, a timing adjuster shifts the phase of the pulse in the second pixel region when the luminance levels are detected, and further, the timing adjuster adjusts the phase of the pulse when the judgment by the adjustment judger indicates that the phase adjustment is necessary.12-18-2008
20080309781Method and Device for Outputting Pixel Data With Appended Data - A method and an apparatus for outputting pixel data with appended data are disclosed. An imaging device in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention includes an image sensor, which outputs raw data corresponding to an external image, a memory, which stores the raw data inputted from the image sensor; an output control unit, which adds appended data to the raw data stored in the memory and outputs the added raw data, and an image signal processor, which performs image processing corresponding to at least one of filtering and interpolation of the raw data or the raw data to which the appended data are added. With the present invention, a loss of image data to be displayed can be prevented.12-18-2008
20080204571 IMAGING APPARATUS - An imaging apparatus including an infrared video camera. The infrared video camera includes a sensor array operable to produce successive video images in the form of pixelated two-dimensional images. The imaging apparatus further comprises a processing arrangement operable to reduce or increase the overall brightness of an image in dependence upon the overall brightness of the pre-enhanced image and the overall brightness of the preceding enhanced image, so that the change in the overall brightness (DC-level) between the enhanced image and the preceding enhanced image is decreased.08-28-2008
20080278594Photographing Apparatus - A photographing apparatus comprises an operation unit and a controller. The operation unit has a direct key and an operation key. The operation key is used for setting a function regarding at least one of an image processing operation of an image data obtained by a photographing operation and a storing operation of the image data and is operated more than once for setting the function. The direct key is used for setting the function and is operated only once for setting the function. The controller sets the function corresponding to an operation of the operation key and that sets the function corresponding to one operation of the direct key. When the direct key is operated once, the function is set regardless of a prior function state set by operating the operation key.11-13-2008
20090002514Digital Image Processing Using Face Detection Information - A method of processing a digital image using face detection within the image achieves one or more desired image processing parameters. A group of pixels is identified that correspond to an image of a face within the digital image. Default values are determined of one or more parameters of at least some portion of the digital image. Values are adjusted of the one or more parameters within the digitally-detected image based upon an analysis of the digital image including the image of the face and the default values.01-01-2009
20080303917Digital processing cell - A method and apparatus of digital image processing that provides pixel based image correction. The method and apparatus provide a digital processing cell that includes first and second processing modules. Each processing module includes a gate array. The gate array includes a digital video processing module and a switch portion configured to couple the digital video processing module to at least one of primary and secondary video buses and to couple the digital video processing module to at least one of primary and secondary neighborhood buses. An image processing system includes a plurality of such digital processing cells and an image sensor that outputs image data. The digital processing cells process the output image data.12-11-2008
20080278592Imaging Device - An imaging device has color signal generating means (11-13-2008
20080278593Camera Apparatus - It is an object of the present invention to provide a camera apparatus that can keep the aperture within an appropriate range, and keep, within a designated range, the luminance of images to be taken over a long period of time. The camera apparatus comprises image providing means 11-13-2008
20100039524Passing Embedded Data Through A Digital Image Processor - A method and apparatus for processing an image includes a buffer memory, which is configured to receive and store an input data stream including multiple image lines and one or more embedded data lines, which are interleaved with the image lines and include metadata that are not a part of the image. An image processor receives the input pixel values in succession from the buffer memory and processes the input pixel values so as to generate an output data stream including output pixel values, which are different from the input pixel values. A processing controller detects the one or more embedded data lines and controls the image processor, responsively to detecting the one or more embedded data lines, so that the embedded data lines pass through the image processor without modification of the metadata and are interleaved with the image lines of the output pixel values in the output data stream.02-18-2010
20100321514METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR IMAGE CAPTURE AND PROCESSING - Image capture and processing methods and systems are provided. First, an image is captured via an image capture unit. Then, a plurality of smaller images is created according to the image, and the image and the smaller images are stored into an image file. The resolutions of the respective smaller images are the same. Then, the smaller images are obtained from the image file. The smaller images are combined to obtain a specific image, and the specific image is displayed in a display unit.12-23-2010
20080309779FOCUSING METHOD, SUITABLE FOR AN IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS USING IN AN ENVIRONMENT OF LOW BRIGHTNESS AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS USING THE SAME - A focusing method, suitable for an image capturing apparatus using in an environment of low brightness, is provided herein. The focusing method includes that an image sensing unit in the image capturing apparatus is wholly or partially divided into a plurality of regions, and digital image data sensed by the image sensing unit is divided into a plurality of sets corresponding to the regions of the image sensing unit. The regional image data corresponding to each of the regions are summed up during the focusing step, so as to obtain a sum of data for each region. Each sum of data is used to calculate a corresponding contrast value, and the contrast value is used to perform calculations for the focusing step, so as to obtain a focus.12-18-2008
20080239090PICTURE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD - A first filter generates a first smooth picture by smoothing an input picture. A second filter generates a second smooth picture by smoothing the input picture. The second filter has a characteristic different from the first filter. A contrast component picture calculation unit generates a contrast component picture by dividing each pixel value of the input picture with the pixel value of the first smooth picture. A picture composition unit generates a composed picture by composing the second smooth picture with the contrast component picture.10-02-2008
20080309784Camera System And Mechanical Apparatus - A camera system includes a camera unit for obtaining an image of a periphery of a rotating body that is capable of performing a rotating motion, and an image processing device for generating a display image based on a camera image obtained by the camera unit, so that the display image is delivered to a display device. The image processing device generates the display image in such a manner that a specific image area corresponding to an outer periphery position in a movable range of the rotating body when the rotating body rotates can be recognized visually on a display screen of the display device.12-18-2008
20100265349DIGITAL CAMERA MODULE - Provided is a digital camera module. The digital camera module includes an image sensor generating an electrical signal including a video signal and a clock signal and an optical interconnection unit converting the at least one of the video and clock signals into an optical signal to transmit the converted optical signal. The digital camera module further includes an image signal processor receiving the video signal restored from the optical signal to the electrical signal to convert the received video signal into a signal that is visually displayable.10-21-2010
20100265353Image Processing Device, Image Sensing Device And Image Reproduction Device - There is provided an image processing device which uses a main image and a sub-image shot at different times to generate an output image. The image processing device includes a subject detection portion which detects a specific subject from each of the main image and the sub-image and detects the position and the size of the specific subject on the main image and the position and the size of the specific subject on the sub-image, and generates the output image by causing the main image to be blurred based on a variation in the position of and a variation in the size of the specific subject between the main image and the sub-image.10-21-2010
20100265350SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP ELEMENT, OPTICAL APPARATUS, SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND SIGNAL PROCESSING SYSTEM - The present invention relates to a solid-state image pickup element capable of transmitting pixel signals read from a pixel unit as optical signals at high speed, an optical apparatus, a signal processing apparatus, and a signal processing system.10-21-2010
20080239088EXTENDED DEPTH OF FIELD FORMING DEVICE - An extended depth of field forming device having: an image pickup element which has a plurality of pixels and performs photoelectric conversion of an optical image and generates image signals based on the optical image; an image pickup optical system which creates an optical image of a subject; and an image calculation section which calculates image signals generated by said image pickup element for generating an extended depth of field, wherein each pixel of the image pickup element performs photoelectric conversion of light including a plurality of wavelength regions, independently at each layer of the image pickup element located in different depth and the image pickup optical system forms a plurality of images at different positions on the optical axis and the image calculation section creates color information of the optical image of the subject for each pixel.10-02-2008
20100295964DIGITAL IMAGE PROCESSOR FOR A DIGITAL CAMERA - There is provided a digital image processor. An exemplary digital image processor comprises a pre-processor arranged to pre-process received digital images having a first resolution into a lower resolution to form pre-processed digital images. The pre-processor may be arranged to output the pre-processed digital images to a display independently from the received digital images being stored for subsequent post-processing. The exemplary digital image processor may also comprise a post-processor arranged to post-process received digital images that have been stored for post-processing.11-25-2010
20080284865Image Signal Processor and Method for Outputting Deferred Vertical Synchronous Signal - A method of transferring a deferred vertical synchronous signal and an image signal processor executing the method thereof are disclosed. Once the vertical synchronous signal for an m11-20-2008
20080284867Image pickup apparatus with a human face detecting function, method and program product for detecting a human face - A digital camera has a human face dictionary set 11-20-2008
20100194913IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD - An image forming apparatus and method capable of decompressing and compressing image data. More specifically, the apparatus and method include decompressing first compressed image data, processing the decompressed image data, selecting from among a plurality of quantization tables a quantization table providing a compression ratio lower than a compression ratio of the first compressed image data, and compressing the processed image data.08-05-2010
20110007173DRIVING METHOD OF SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS, SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS, AND IMAGING SYSTEM - In an amplifying type MOS sensor having a 3-transistor construction, when a frame rate is raised, an accumulation time of a frame just after the switching of a drive mode becomes short. When a gain correction is made to compensate a lack of accumulation time, a deterioration in picture quality is caused. A read out scan and a reset scan are executed in parallel in the frame before the switching of the drive mode, thereby preventing that a time period for resetting a pixel is overlapped with a time period for holding a pixel signal into a holding unit.01-13-2011
20110007180Portable information terminal and image management program - A portable information terminal and an image management program are provided. A portable information terminal includes: a display part which has a screen capable of displaying at least an image; an in-focus value computing part which computes an in-focus value from an original image; an image cutting part which cuts a thumbnail image from the original image based on the in-focus value computed at the in-focus value computing part; a data storage part which stores data of the thumbnail image cut at the image cutting part; and a control part which reads the data of the thumbnail image stored in the data storage part as necessary and displays it on a screen of the display part.01-13-2011
20110007176IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image processing method includes a restore step of performing blur restoration for image data, an acquisition step of acquiring image-related information stored together with the image data, and an extraction step of extracting the range of object distances at which the blur restoration is performed, based on the image-related information. In the restore step, blur restoration is performed for the image data in the range of object distances extracted in the extraction step.01-13-2011
20110007174Identifying Facial Expressions in Acquired Digital Images - A face is detected and identified within an acquired digital image. One or more features of the face is/are extracted from the digital image, including two independent eyes or subsets of features of each of the two eyes, or lips or partial lips or one or more other mouth features and one or both eyes, or both. A model including multiple shape parameters is applied to the two independent eyes or subsets of features of each of the two eyes, and/or to the lips or partial lips or one or more other mouth features and one or both eyes. One or more similarities between the one or more features of the face and a library of reference feature sets is/are determined. A probable facial expression is identified based on the determining of the one or more similarities.01-13-2011
20110007179IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE - The solid state image sensor of this invention includes multiple units, each of which includes first and second photosensitive cells 01-13-2011
20110007178CORRECTION OF SPOT AREA IN MEASURING BRIGHTNESS OF SAMPLE IN BIOSENSING DEVICE - A biosensing device for sensing brightness of a bio sample from frames of a video signal, has circuitry (01-13-2011
20110007175Imaging Device and Image Reproduction Device - An imaging device (01-13-2011
20110007172Method and Apparatus for Determining the Best Blending of Overlapped Portions of Projected Images - A best blending function from among a plurality of blending functions is determined. Each of the plurality of blending functions smoothes an overlap region of at least two projected images. The overlap image is captured and a processing unit analyzes the stored overlap image for color value linearity to calculate a first smoothness result. The processing unit analyzes the projection of the first or second image for color value uniformity to calculate a second smoothness result. These smoothness results for one blending function are paired and compared to smoothness result pairs corresponding to other blending functions to determine a best blending function from among those being analyzed.01-13-2011
20100141783IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image processing device (06-10-2010
20100141784MOBILE TERMINAL AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A terminal for detecting the user's face and performing a special image capturing according to the movement of the user's face, and its control method are provided. The terminal includes a camera configured to receive an image of a subject, a display unit configured to output the received image of the subject and to overlay a pre-determined background image on the received image, and a controller configured to detect a face from the received image of the subject and display the background image based on the size and position of the detected face.06-10-2010
20100141789DIGITAL EXPOSURE CIRCUIT FOR AN IMAGE SENSOR - Automatic exposure adjusting device considers the image on a pixel-by-pixel basis. Each pixel is characterized according to its most significant bits. After the pixels are characterized, the number of pixels in any particular group is counted. That counting is compared with thresholds which set whether the image is over exposed, under exposed, and can optionally also determine if the image is seriously over exposed or seriously under exposed. Adjustment of the exposure is carried out to bring the image to a more desired state.06-10-2010
20100141787FACE RECOGNITION USING FACE TRACKER CLASSIFIER DATA - A method of determining face recognition profiles for a group persons includes determining with a multi-classifier face detector that a face region within a digital image has above a threshold probability of corresponding to a first person of the group, and recording probability scores which are analyzed for each classifier, including determining a mean and variance for each classifier for the first person. The process is repeated for one or more other persons of the group. A sub-set of classifiers is determined which best differentiates between the first person and the one or more other persons. The sub-set of classifiers is stored in association with the first person as a recognition profile.06-10-2010
20080259179Automatic Multiscale Image Acquisition from a Steerable Camera - A system for automatically acquiring high-resolution images by steering a pan-tilt-zoom camera at targets detected in a fixed camera view is provided. The system uses automatic or manual calibration between multiple cameras. Using automatic calibration, the homography between the cameras in a home position is estimated together with the effects of pan and tilt controls and the expected height of a person in the image. These calibrations are chained together to steer a slave camera. The manual calibration scheme steers a camera to the desired region of interest and calculates the pan, tile and zoom parameters accordingly.10-23-2008
20080259178SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND IMAGING APPARATUS - Disclosed herein is a solid-state imaging device, including, a pixel array unit, driving means, and analog-to-digital conversion means.10-23-2008
20080259177SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND IMAGING APPARATUS - Disclosed herein is a solid-state imaging device, including, a pixel array unit, driving means, signal processing means, level determining means and control means.10-23-2008
20080259176IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP METHOD, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - The present invention, which transforms multiple images so that positions of corresponding points will coincide between the images and composites the images with the corresponding points matched, provides an image pickup apparatus, image processing apparatus, image pickup method, and image processing method which make it possible to obtain an intended all-in-focus image or blur-emphasized image even if there is camera shake or subject movement.10-23-2008
20080259175Imaging Device - It is possible to correct camera shaking even in an imaging device such as a camera-equipped mobile telephone having no sufficient ability for rapidly acquiring a plurality of images and a limited memory capacity. There is suggested an imaging device capable of correcting camera shaking by utilizing a small image such as a preview image and a target image to be obtained when a user of the imaging device clicks a shutter. The preview image has an appropriate exposure but has a high possibility that camera shaking has occurred. The target image is captured by insufficient exposure because of rapid shutter speed but the camera shaking is reduced. The image information on the target image is corrected by the image information on the preview image so as to obtain an image of reduced camera shaking and appropriate exposure.10-23-2008
20090189994Image Processing Apparatus - It is an object to provide an image pickup apparatus capable of changing over the operation mode between a magnification observation mode and a high-speed photographing mode without increasing the fabrication cost. An image processing apparatus includes a mode selection part which selects one of a magnification observation mode and a high-speed photographing mode, a frame-rate conversion part which performs processing for decreasing the frame rate of images created by image pickup, a volatile memory into which image data having a high frame rate from an image pickup part are written during recording operations in the high-speed photographing mode, a moving-image readout part which reads out image data from the volatile memory in reading out image data in the high-speed photographing mode, an image processing part which performs processing for adjusting luminance levels on image data subjected to the frame-rate conversion to create display data and, also, performs processing for adjusting luminance levels on image data read out from the volatile memory by the moving-image readout part, and a changeover part which connects the frame-rate conversion part or the moving-image readout part to the image processing part.07-30-2009
20090189993IMAGING APPARATUS - An imaging apparatus that can output images with a plurality of resolutions is provided. The imaging apparatus comprises an imaging section (07-30-2009
20090189991METHOD AND APPARATUS EMPLOYED IN CAMERA FOR INDIVIDUATION ADJUSTMENT - An individuation adjustment device of a camera includes an initialization module, an image capturing module, a common-difference setting module, a reproducing module, a selection module, and a storage module. The initialization module is configured for initializing a primary parameter value of the camera. The common-difference setting module is configured for determining a common-difference value. The reproducing module is configured for reproducing a plurality of images having different parameter values relative to each other. The parameter values are calculated according to the primary parameter value and the common-difference value. The selection module is configured for selecting one of the images according to the agreement of the user. The storage module is configured for storing the image selected by the selection module. User can select an image having all kinds of individual parameter according to the requirement of the user utilizing the individuation adjustment apparatus.07-30-2009
20100271502IMAGE FILTERING - Pixels of an image (10-28-2010
20100141790IMAGING APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING NOISE SIGNAL AND PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION SIGNAL - An imaging apparatus includes a pixel unit having a photoelectric conversion section and an amplifying device for amplifying a signal from the photoelectric conversion section and outputting the signal, a reading unit having a first mode in which a signal obtained by resetting an input section of the amplifying device is sampled a plurality of times via the amplifying device and a second mode in which a photoelectric conversion signal generated in the photoelectric conversion section is sampled a plurality of times via the amplifying device; a mixing unit for generating a first mixing signal by mixing the signals that are sampled in the first mode, outputting the first mixing signal, generating a second mixing signal by mixing the signals that are sampled in the second mode, and outputting the second mixing signal; and a difference processing unit for performing difference processing between the first mixing signal and the second mixing signal.06-10-2010
20100271500METHOD FOR PROCESSING IMAGE AND PORTABLE TERMINAL HAVING CAMERA THEREOF - Disclosed is an apparatus and method for processing image data in a portable terminal including obtaining a first image having a first resolution for display from an image obtaining unit of the portable terminal, receiving a semi-shutter signal during display of the first image on a display unit of the portable terminal, obtaining a second image having a second resolution from the image obtaining unit in response to the semi-shutter signal prior to receiving a full-shutter signal, and capturing a still image from the second image when the full-shutter signal is received.10-28-2010
20100271501IMAGE TRANSFORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING OPERATION OF SAME - First and second images are obtained by continuous shooting. Overall-image shake between the first and second images is detected and shake is corrected. If the image of an automobile, for example, contained in the first and second images is moving from capture of the first image to capture of the second image, the image of the automobile is moved in the second image so as to coincide with the image of the automobile in the first image. The image of the automobile in the first image and the image obtained by moving the image of the automobile are superimposed. Two image frames can be superimposed in accordance with portions in which there is movement of a subject and portions in which there is no movement of the subject but in which blur has occurred owing to camera shake.10-28-2010
20090160967Determination of shooting scene and image processing for the determined scene06-25-2009
20090102939APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SIMULTANEOUSLY ACQUIRING MULTIPLE IMAGES WITH A GIVEN CAMERA - An apparatus and method for acquiring multiple images of a given scene. The apparatus allows a standard video imaging camera to simultaneously detect multiple images through the use of reflective surfaces. In at least one embodiment, the multiple images allow for a single image to be created having a high dynamic range. In another embodiment, method for efficiently determining an infrared image is provided.04-23-2009
20090179997APPARATUSES FOR CAPTURING AND STORING REAL-TIME IMAGES - An apparatus for capturing and storing real-time images is provided. A camera module records frames corresponding to sensed light, outputs pixel data of the frames on a data bus, and generates synchronization control signals to control the synchronized transmission of the frames. An interrupt controller receives the synchronization control signals and correspondingly generates interrupt signals. A processing unit receives the interrupt signals, fetches the pixel data of the frames on the data bus according to at least one of the interrupt signals, and stores the fetched pixel data in a memory device.07-16-2009
20090128654IMAGING SYSTEM, IMAGING APPARATUS, PORTABLE TERMINAL APPARATUS, ONBOARD APPARATUS AND MEDICAL APPARATUS - An imaging system is provided and includes an imaging lens and an imaging device such that the maximum diameter of an effective region of a point image becomes a size covering three or more pixels of light receiving pixels, the point image being projected onto a light receiving surface through the imaging lens from any position of X, Y, and Z directions. A signal processing unit in the imaging system executes restoration processing on first image data output from the imaging device that images an optical image of a subject projected onto the light receiving surface through the imaging lens, the restoration processing being executed to generate second image data equivalent to the first image data output from the imaging device when the resolving power of the imaging lens is higher.05-21-2009
20090128648Image processing device and image processing method for performing three dimensional measurements - An image processing device for the user to easily perform the setting for specifying the location to be performed with three dimensional measurement on the image where the photographed is shown, the device including an imaging section (05-21-2009
20090128657METHOD AND APPARATUS TO CORRECT DIGITAL IMAGE BLUR DUE TO MOTION OF SUBJECT OR IMAGING DEVICE - Signal processing techniques are applied to digital image data to remove the distortion caused by motion of the camera, or the movement of the subject being photographed, or defective optics, or optical distortion from other sources. When the image is captured, the effect of relative motion between the camera and the subject is that it transforms the true image into a blurred image according to a 2-dimensional transfer function. The 2-dimensional transfer function representing the motion is derived using blind estimation techniques or by using information from sensors that detect the motion. The transfer function is inverted and used to define a corrective filter. The filter is applied to the image and the blur due to the motion is removed, restoring the correct image. Another embodiment uses the transfer function to avoid blur by combining multiple consecutive images taken at a fast shutter speed.05-21-2009
20110267488Image processing apparatus, image processing method, imaging apparatus, and program - An image processing apparatus includes: a global motion estimation apparatus that performs global Motion Estimation on current and reference images and then outputs a Motion Vector, wherein the global motion estimation apparatus includes a motion estimation processing unit that has a function of executing an LK method two or more times across a whole screen to perform the global motion estimation between the current and reference images; and the motion estimation processing unit obtains a set of motion vectors based on at least information about pixel value variations and information in which a calculation result of an arbitrary calculation expression is added across a whole screen in first motion estimation, and determines whether to perform addition on each pixel according to a set condition when obtaining the at least information, and obtains and outputs a new set of motion vectors as a result of a second LK method when the condition is satisfied in second motion estimation.11-03-2011
20100141786FACE RECOGNITION USING FACE TRACKER CLASSIFIER DATA - A face recognition technique includes using a multi-classifier face detector to determine above a threshold probability that region of an image includes a face. Further probability values are determined for a set of classifiers for the region to provide a recognition profile. Face detection and recognition probabilities are determined for at least one classifier of the set. The recognition profile is compared against a predetermined recognition profile to determine a degree of match.06-10-2010
20130120606IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, CONTROL APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR DISTRIBUTING CAPTURED IMAGES TO A TERMINAL VIA A NETWORK - An image pickup apparatus according to the present invention includes image pickup means; holding means for holding a coordinate system used to represent an image capturing direction of the image pickup means or a region in an image capturing range of the image pickup means; reception means for receiving a first command for rotating a captured image obtained by the image pickup means or a captured image cut out from the region in the image capturing range by a certain angle, a second command for rotating the coordinate system held in the holding means about the origin by the certain angle, and specification information for specifying the image capturing direction in the coordinate system; and change control means for executing control to change the image capturing direction of the image pickup means to the image capturing direction specified by the specification information.05-16-2013
20090160966DIGITAL IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE AND DIGITAL IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD THEREOF - A digital image capture device includes an image capture unit, a display unit, a selection unit, and a processing unit. The image capture unit is configured to capture an image. The display unit is configured to display the captured image and allow determination of a portion thereof to be selected. The selection unit is configured to allow selection of a portion of the image in response to user input based on the determination. The processing unit is configured to process the unselected portion of the image.06-25-2009
20090185049IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS - An evaluation value for a pixel in an eye region in an image is computed, which is increased with increase in the redness of the pixel and with decrease in the luminance of the pixel. Furthermore, a color saturation value for the pixel included in the eye region is corrected with the use of a luminance value for a surrounding region around an eye and the evaluation value. In this case, the color saturation value is corrected such that the amount of correction is smaller in a case in which the luminance value is smaller even with the same evaluation value, thereby achieving improvement in the correction factor of and prevention of false corrections of a redeye region with a low color saturation and a low luminance.07-23-2009
20090128652IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - In an image processing apparatus, minimum width and height and maximum width and height of an object to be detected are calculated on the basis of photographing conditions, an object detection range and a size of the object to be detected and an image reduction coefficient is set on the basis of the calculated minimum width and height and maximum width and heights whereby detection can be achieved while keeping the detection accuracy of image processing intact and an intruding person can be detected at a high speed at a necessarily lowest processing speed.05-21-2009
20090128659IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - This invention provides an image pickup device comprising a plurality of pixels each including a photoelectric conversion unit, a semiconductor area to which a signal from the photoelectric conversion unit is transferred, a transfer switch for transferring the signal from the photoelectric conversion unit to the semiconductor area, and a read unit for reading out the signal from the semiconductor area, and a drive circuit for outputting a first level at which the transfer switch is set in an OFF state, a second level at which the transfer switch is set in an ON state, and a third level between the first level and the second level, wherein the drive circuit controls to hold the third level for a predetermined time while the transfer switch is changing from the ON state to the OFF state.05-21-2009
20090128653SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND CAMERA SYSTEM - A solid-state imaging device and a camera system are provided. The solid-state imaging device capable of performing an intermittent operation includes a pixel unit and a pixel signal readout unit for reading out a pixel signal from the pixel unit in units of a plurality of pixels for each column. The pixel signal readout circuit includes a plurality of comparators and a plurality of counters whose operations are controlled by outputs of the comparators. Each of the comparators includes an initializing switch for determining an operating point for each column at a start of row operation, and is configured so that an initialization signal to be applied to the initializing switch is controlled independently in parallel only a basic unit of the initialization signal used for a horizontal intermittent operation, and the initializing switch is held in an off-state at a start of non-operating row.05-21-2009
20090128651Program Creation Apparatus For Image Processing Controller - There is provided a program creation apparatus with improved operability in checking an operation of a created control program, including: a program generating section for acquiring a camera image from a camera based upon an image pick-up trigger signal, to extract a measurement result from the acquired camera image as a control program for the image processing controller; a simulation part for executing the control program; and a communication section for transferring the control program to the image processing controller, wherein the simulation part includes an offline simulation section for extracting a measurement result from a camera image previously held as a registration image, and an online simulation section for acquiring a camera image from the camera through the image processing controller when executing the control program, to extract the measurement result from the acquired camera image.05-21-2009
20090128658Image pickup apparatus - An image pickup apparatus includes an image-pickup lens having an aperture diaphragm, an image-pickup element that has a color filter which is periodically allocated colors in units of a predetermined unit array and that generates picked-up image data including pixel data of colors using received light, the color filter being adjacent to a light receiving surface, a microlens array unit that is arranged on an image forming surface of the image-pickup lens and whose microlenses are each allocated a plurality of pixels of the image-pickup element, and an image processing unit that performs image processing on the picked-up image data generated by the image-pickup element. The image processing unit includes a parallax component image generation unit that generates a plurality of parallax component images and an interpolation processing unit that performs color interpolation processing for each of the parallax component images.05-21-2009
20090128656NO-DRIVE PHOTOGRAPHING DEVICE AND METHOD - The invention provides a no-drive photographing device and method, wherein the no-drive photographing device comprises a lens for obtaining the optical image of the object. Further, the device comprises: an image sensor for converting the optical image of the object obtained by the lens into a digital image signal, and sending the digital image signal to a digital signal processing unit; and the digital signal processing unit for performing real-time processing to the digital image signal, thereby obtaining a restored image signal, and then sending the restored image signal to the external computer device, wherein the digital signal processing unit has a parameter recording region for recording configuration parameters of the image sensor. As a result, solidifying programs in the digital signal processing chip is realized and the allocation of the sensor in the no-drive PC CAM is realized, thereby decreasing the area of the encapsulated chip and reducing the number of elements which results in lowering the cost. Meanwhile, each module can be configured as desired. As a result the design of the PCB becomes easier, so that it is more convenient to offering and purchasing of products by factories.05-21-2009
20100149365IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, FACE AREA DETECTING METHOD AND PROGRAM RECORDING MEDIUM - In an image capture mode of a camera, a face area is detected from each of live-view images of a subject captured periodically (step S06-17-2010
20080316329CAMERA MODULE - There is provided a camera module including: first and second image sensors having different optical characteristics and sensing images; first and second auxiliary image processors electrically connected to the first and second image sensors, respectively, and correcting optical defects of the images sensed by the first and second sensors, respectively; and an image signal processing section selecting at least one image between the images corrected by the first and second auxiliary image processors, and processing the selected image into an image signal that can be displayed, wherein at least one of the first and second image sensors may include: a center pixel array having a square shape; and first to fourth pixel arrays having one set of sides connected to sides of the center pixel array and having the same length as the sides of the center pixel array.12-25-2008
20080316325CAMERA HAVING AN AUTOFOCUSING SYSTEM - An autofocus camera having a face recognition function, includes a photographing optical system including a focusing lens group; an image pickup device; an autofocusing system which performs a focus search process, and further performs a focusing operation in which the focusing lens group is moved to an in-focus position that is detected by the focus search process; a switch which activates the autofocusing system; a face recognition device for recognizing a face image based on object images; and a controller which makes the autofocusing system set the focus detection area on a face recognition area at which the face image is recognized and makes the autofocusing system perform the focus search process and the focusing operation on the focus detection area regardless of whether the switch is turned ON when the face recognition device recognizes the face image.12-25-2008
20120140091METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR RECOGNIZING A PROTRUSION ON A FACE - A method and apparatus for recognizing a protrusion on a face is proposed. The apparatus forms two images, wherein one is formed in a condition in which a target is lighted and another is formed in a condition in which the target is non-lighted. Face regions are detected from the images respectively and then are compared each other. Then, analyzing change in intensity for indicating change in contrast of the compared regions is performed. Based on the result of the analyzing, it is determined whether there is a protrusion in a face presented in the images.06-07-2012
20090262211IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - The image pickup apparatus includes an optical viewfinder, a rear touch panel display, a registering part which registers whether an eye of a user viewing an object image through the optical viewfinder is a right eye or a left eye, a setting part which sets a non-enterable area where touch entry is not permitted in the touch panel to a first area when the right eye is registered, and to set the non-enterable area to a second area different from the first area when the left eye is registered. A controller controls the apparatus such that the apparatus does not perform an operation in response to a touch to the non-enterable area in the touch panel and the apparatus performs an operation in response to a touch to an area other than the non-enterable area in the touch panel.10-22-2009
20120069211IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE AND METHOD OF ARRANGING IMAGE PICKUP ELEMENT - An image pickup apparatus is provided with: an optical system including a lens or a reflecting mirror; an image pickup device having a light-receiving surface on which light rays from the optical system are focused and a plurality of light-receiving pixels which generate charges on the light-receiving surface by the light rays; a bias voltage generation unit which supplies power to the image pickup device; a signal processing unit which processes a signal output from the image pickup device and outputs the processed signal as image data; and a control unit which inputs into the image pickup device a driving clock that controls transmission of the charges generated in the light-receiving pixels of the image pickup device. The image pickup device is bent so that distortion aberration present in the optical system is eliminated.03-22-2012
20120069210IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS PERFORMING AUTOMATIC PHOTOGRAPHING PROCESSING, IMAGE PICKUP METHOD AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM RECORDED WITH PROGRAM THEREOF - An image pickup apparatus includes an image pickup section to pick up a subject image; and a central processing section to perform processing of arbitrarily setting at least one automatic photographing condition among a plurality of kinds of automatic photographing conditions, judging whether the set automatic photographing condition is satisfied or not, and instructing the image pickup section to pick up a recording subject image when the set automatic photographing condition is judged to be satisfied.03-22-2012
20120069208Methods, Systems , and Computer Program Products for Assuring Horizontal Image Capture - A system comprises an accelerometer, a display, an image capture means, a controller, and an indicator capable of displaying angle from vertical or horizontal, whereby the controller uses data acquired from the accelerometer to drive the indicator.03-22-2012
20090179996DEVICE FOR CONTACTLESSLY CONTROLLING THE SURFACE PROFILE OF OBJECTS - The invention relates to the devices for contactlessly measuring surface profiles and can be used for person identification in security systems. The inventive device for contactlessly controlling surface profile comprises a pulse illumination unit which is provided with a transparency and forms a transparency image on an object surface, and image recording unit and a computer. Said device also comprises a control unit which is connected to the image recording unit in the form of a TV camera with field interlacing, the pulse illumination unit and to the computer for synchronizing the illumination of the object surface by said pulse illumination unit with the TV camera field and for synchronizing the image processing by the computer with the TV interlacing. The transparency is embodied in the form of a line screen provided with an aperiodical different width band structure and a uniform transmission along each band, thereby making it possible to identify the sequence of the line screen images on the object surface. 07-16-2009
20090185045DUAL-PURPOSE HARDWARE APERTURE - Some embodiments of the present invention provide a system which supports a dual-purpose aperture for an electronic device. This system includes a first component configured to perform an acoustic function through the aperture and a second component configured to perform a non-acoustic function through the aperture.07-23-2009
20090185047IMAGING APPARATUS, FUNCTION CONTROL METHOD, AND FUNCTION CONTROL PROGRAM - An imaging apparatus includes: receiving means for receiving selection input for an imaging mode; discriminating means for discriminating, when the selection input is received through the receiving means, a selected imaging mode on the basis of the received selection input; and scanning controlling means for causing, when it is discriminated by the discriminating means that a simple imaging mode for limiting operation input and allowing a user to appropriately take an image of a subject is selected, the imaging apparatus to execute scanning processing for specifying a position of the subject, which is performed to set focus on the subject, in a maximum range from a near scene to a distant scene.07-23-2009
20090185046Camera and Image Processing Program - To insert an inserting-image at an appropriate position of image data by providing an imaging unit imaging an image of an object and generating the image data, a recognizing unit performing face recognition processing on the image data and generating distribution information which represents a distribution of a main object in an image of the image data, and a decision unit determining an inserting position to insert the inserting-image into the image data based on at least one of the distribution information and contrast information of the object.07-23-2009
20090141143NETWORK CAMERA - The invention relates to a network camera comprising an image acquisition part, an image processing part, a flat cable connecting the image acquisition part with a first end of the image processing part, and an inlet for an external data cable arranged at a second end of the image processing part. The image acquisition part is tiltable around a first axis in relation to the image processing part, the image processing part and the image acquisition part in combination are rotatable around a second axis, and the first and second axes are essentially perpendicular to each other.06-04-2009
20090141139Imaging Device - An imaging device including: an imaging element which comprises a plurality of pixels capable of switching between a linear conversion operation for linearly converting incident light into an electric signal and a logarithmic conversion operation for logarithmically converting the incident light into an electric signal, according to an incident light quantity; a monitor to display an image obtained by the imaging element; an operation section which is operated for specifying an arbitrary area of the image displayed on the monitor; and an inflection point changing section which evaluates an output signal of the imaging element in the specified area, and changes the inflection point which is a boundary between a linear region and a logarithmic region in the output signal of the imaging element, based on an evaluation result of the output signal.06-04-2009
20090015688MULTIFUNCTION LENS - An image capture apparatus and a method of image processing. The apparatus includes an image sensor array which receives light that has been reflected by a scene, a luminance photodetector which receives light from a luminance channel, a multifunction lens, and a processor. The multifunction lens includes an imaging lens portion and the luminance channel. The imaging lens portion directs the light that has been reflected in a first direction onto the image sensor array. The luminance channel includes an optical element which directs the light from the luminance channel in a second direction different from the first direction onto the luminance photodetector. The image sensor array and the luminance photodetector each convert the light they receive to image data electrical signals and luminance data electrical signals, respectively. The processor processes the image data electrical signals to form an image of the scene using the luminance data electrical signals.01-15-2009
20090015685Navigation and Inspection System - A method of detecting a changed condition within a geographical space from a moving vehicle. Images of that geographic space are memorialized in conjunction with GPS coordinates together with its GPS coordinates. The same geographic space is traversed from the moving vehicle while accessing the route's GPS coordinates. The memorialized images are played back by coordinating the GPS data on a memorialized images with that of the traversed geographic space such that the memorialized images are viewed simultaneously with the geographic space being traversed. An observer traveling within the moving vehicle can compare the memorialized images with those being traversed in order to identify changed conditions.01-15-2009
20090059029Image Processing Device, Image Processing Program, Image Processing System, and Image Processing Method - There is provided a configuration including a subject detection section adapted to detect an image of a specific subject in a target image, a ratio information acquisition section adapted to acquire ratio information representing a ratio between a size of the subject captured via a monocular lens used for taking an image of the target image and a size of the subject sensed by both eyes, and a transformation processing section adapted to execute image transformation on an area including the image of the subject on the target image based on the ratio information obtained by the ratio information acquisition section.03-05-2009
20100149371Foreground/Background Segmentation in Digital Images - An analysis and classification tool compares at least a portion of a captured image and a reference image of nominally the same scene. One of the captured and reference images is taken with flash and the other is taken without flash. The tool provides a measure of the difference in illumination between the captured image and the reference image. The tool compares the measure with a threshold and segments a foreground region from a background region based on the measure.06-17-2010
20100149362Imaging Device - This invention provides an imaging device includes: a mosaic image generation unit which assembles a plurality of still images, and generates a mosaic image; a feature quantity extraction unit which extracts feature quantity from the frame image and the mosaic image; a relative position determination unit which determines a relative position between the frame image and the mosaic image, and a live image display unit which updates a display position of the frame image with respect to the mosaic image, and displays the moving picture image on the mosaic image. The live image display unit changes the display position in response to the relative position when succeeded in positioning of the frame image; and when failed in positioning, the live image display unit does not change the display position and fixes the display position near a position of a final frame image succeeded in positioning.06-17-2010
20110221924IMAGE SENSING DEVICE - An image sensing device includes: a display portion that displays a shooting image; a scene determination portion that determines a shooting scene of the shooting image based on image data on the shooting image; and a display control portion that displays, on the display portion, the result of determination by the scene determination portion and a position of a specific image region which is a part of an entire image region of the shooting image and on which the result of the determination by the scene determination portion is based.09-15-2011
20110221925IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - An image capturing apparatus includes an image sensor configured to operate in a line-sequential manner and a shutter device operatively coupled to the image sensor. The shutter device includes regions configured to switch between substantially open states and substantially closed states such that after a first exposure for a first frame is finished, a second exposure for a second frame is started.09-15-2011
20110221921ELECTRONIC CAMERA - An electronic camera includes an imager. An imager repeatedly outputs a scene image generated on an imaging surface capturing a scene. A searcher repeatedly executes a process of searching for a specific object image from the scene image outputted from the imager by using a plurality of reference-use specific object images each of which has a posture different from others.09-15-2011
20090015683IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD AND PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - The present invention relates to an image processing apparatus, method and program, and a recording medium configured to be able to clearly display an image captured by a high dynamic range imaging device. A reference region extractor extracts data corresponding to an image of a reference region in the image captured by image pickup unit, and calculates an average value of the luminance of the pixels of the reference region. A clip processing unit allocates the average value of the luminance of the pixels of the reference region to a specified tone in a range of tones capable of being displayed on a display unit, and clips the luminance range corresponding to the range of tones capable of being displayed on the display unit. A tone conversion unit converts image data supplied from the image pickup unit to image data corresponding to the range of tones capable of being displayed on the display unit based on the clipped luminance range, and outputs this image data.01-15-2009
20090015686Hyperspectral Chemical and Property Imaging - An apparatus for displaying chemical projects a chemical image of an object back onto that object. At region (01-15-2009
20090015687IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING METHOD, AND IMAGE SIGNAL PROCESSING PROGRAM - Disclosed herein is an imaging apparatus for performing predetermined image signal processing on an image signal picked up by an image pickup device in order to convert the image signal for recording and display purposes, the imaging apparatus including, a parameter storage section, a parameter setting section, a gamma correction processing section, and a display-ready signal conversion section.01-15-2009
20100157084IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD USED IN IMAGING DEVICE - An imaging apparatus includes an imaging unit that photoelectrically converts an object image to generate image data; a face detecting unit that detects a face in the generated image data; and a number-of-people detecting unit that detects the number of faces detected in the image data based on a face detection result by the face detecting unit. The imaging apparatus also includes a feature determining unit that determines a feature of the detected face based on a face detection result by the face detecting unit; a face selecting unit that selects a face that satisfies a predetermined correction condition set in advance among the detected faces based on at least one of a detection result of the number of people and a determination result of the feature; and a face-image processing unit that performs a predetermined correction process on at least the selected face.06-24-2010
20100157082CAMERA WITH INTERNAL POLARIZING FILTER - The present invention relates to cameras and other image capture devices. More particularly, the present invention relates to an image capture device having a polarizing filter that reduces reflected light during operation of the image capture device.06-24-2010
20110221926Spectral Anomaly Detection in Deep Shadows - A spectral anomaly detection method includes the steps of segmenting a panchromatic image, obtained from a hyperspectral sensor into cluster data sets. Principal component analysis can be separately performed on each of the cluster data sets to produce a plot of principal components. An anomaly detection algorithm can be applied to an adaptively selected subset of principal components for each of the cluster data sets to produce cluster detection scores. Finally, separate detection thresholding algorithms can be applied to each of the cluster detection scores, and the results of the detection thresholding algorithms can be combined into a single detection plane.09-15-2011
20110221923IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - An image capturing apparatus includes an image capturing unit having a function for adjusting a focal length, a stillness determination unit which determines whether or not a motion of the image capturing apparatus is within a predetermined range, a focal length adjustment processing unit which performs first focal length adjustment processing which adjusts the focal length in a direction for close-up photography when the motion of the image capturing apparatus is within the predetermined range, and a code recognition processing unit which recognizes a code from an image captured by the image capturing unit while the first focal length adjustment processing is being performed.09-15-2011
20110221922SHOOTING ASSIST METHOD, PROGRAM PRODUCT, RECORDING MEDIUM, SHOOTING DEVICE, AND SHOOTING SYSTEM - The method includes producing first identification data used as reference; performing subject recognition on acquired images of subjects to obtain recognition images, producing second identification data, and matching the first identification data with the second identification data; tallying the acquired images based on matching results for each subject and by shooting tendency factor; judging whether a number of the acquired images or a proportion of the number of the acquired images of the subjects in respect of each of the shooting tendency factors is within a given range from tally results of the acquired images; and providing shooting assist so that the number of the acquired images or the proportion of the number of the acquired images in respect of the shooting tendency factor judged to be outside the given range is placed within the given range.09-15-2011
20110221920DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - A digital photographing apparatus, a method of controlling the same, and a computer readable storage medium, the method including obtaining a first image captured from an optical signal received via a first optical system; obtaining a second image captured from an optical signal received via a second optical system; calculating a first histogram from the first image, where the first histogram represents a frequency distribution according to values of pixels of the first image; calculating a second histogram from the second image, where the second histogram represents a frequency distribution according to values of pixels of the second image; comparing the first histogram and the second histogram with each other; and determining whether an obstacle is present on at least one of the first and second optical systems, based on the result of comparison.09-15-2011
20110221918Information Processing Apparatus, Information Processing Method, and Program - There is provided an information processing apparatus including an image obtaining unit for obtaining a captured image, generating unit for generating a graphic image for prompting a subject within the captured image obtained by the image obtaining unit to change a state, and an emission control unit for controlling emission of the graphic image generated by the generating unit onto the subject.09-15-2011
20110141307IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - An image processing apparatus includes a reproduction condition generator configured to generate a reproduction condition of an image file, a reproduction condition recording unit configured to record the reproduction condition to a management file which is different from the image file while associating the reproduction condition with the image file, and a reproduction unit for reproducing an image file while controlling a reproduction method of the image file based on the reproduction condition associated with the image file. The reproduction condition is information representing at least one of image quality adjustment, volume adjustment, display magnification rate, and reproduction speed adjustment.06-16-2011
20110141300Panorama Imaging Using a Blending Map - A technique of generating a panoramic image involves acquiring a set of at least two main image frames, as well as corresponding generating and/or acquiring corresponding relatively low-resolution image frames, of overlapping portions of a panoramic scene. A map or other information is stored relating to the generation of a low-res panorama. A main panorama image is formed by joining main image frames based on the map or other information gained in the low-res process.06-16-2011
20090079840METHOD FOR INTELLIGENTLY CREATING, CONSUMING, AND SHARING VIDEO CONTENT ON MOBILE DEVICES - A method, apparatus, and electronic device for processing video data are disclosed. A video capture mechanism 03-26-2009
20090079844IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING A DESIREBLE SELF-TIMER SHOOTING AND AN AUTOMATIC SHOOTING METHOD USING THE SAME - An image pickup apparatus includes a system controller and a face detector, and can register face data of a photographer for a self-timer shooting mode in advance. In the self-timer shooting mode, the face detector extracts face data of people in a subject field from an image signal. When the system controller determines, on the basis of the extracted face data and the registered face data, that the photographer can be detected, the apparatus starts countdown for automatic shooting. Consequently, the apparatus can pick up an image of the photographer without fail, and the photographer can securely strike a pose within the countdown period of time. Furthermore, the apparatus can determine the countdown period of time optionally, thereby enabling the self-timer shooting to be executed depending on the personality of the photographer.03-26-2009
20090086053Digital photographing apparatus, and method and program for controlling the same - A digital photographing apparatus capable of obtaining an image in which a distant subject is clearly represented and a near subject is naturally represented, and a method and program for controlling the same. The digital photographing apparatus includes a range determiner for determining a distance between the digital photographing apparatus and a main subject, an image pickup element for generating image data from incident light, an edge data acquisition unit for obtaining edge data in different degrees of extraction of the edge data based on the distance between the digital photographing apparatus and the main subject which is determined by the range determiner, when obtaining the edge data on edges of a subject from the image data, and an image data modifier for modifying the image data based on the edge data obtained by the edge data acquisition unit.04-02-2009
20090051780Digital camera with a mode selectable structure - A digital camera has a shutter release button. A mode selector sets a selected one of a regular photographing mode and a macro photographing mode adapted to image pickup at a nearer distance of close-up than the regular photographing mode. An LCD display panel as a user interface has an alarm generating region which outputs an alarm signal visually as an enlarged alarm icon, and/or a sound source as a user interface audibly outputs sound of alarm message voice. A controller is responsive to depression of the shutter release button, for mode discernment by checking a state of the mode selector. The LCD and/or sound source is driven if the macro photographing mode is set selectively.02-26-2009
20090051781Image processing apparatus, method, and program - A CCD including primary photosensitive pixels that have a narrower dynamic range and secondary photosensitive pixels that have a wider dynamic range is used to obtain first image information from the primary photosensitive pixels and second image information from the secondary photosensitive pixels at one exposure, then the first image information and the second image information are stored as two separate files having names associated with each other. A user can select through a predetermined user interface whether or not the second image information should be stored and a dynamic range for the second image information. The dynamic range information for the second image information is stored in the file of the first image information and/or the header of the file of the second image information.02-26-2009
20090167887IMAGING DEVICE - This attempts to improve the user's visibility on the device settings and variety of other conditions of the imaging device and thereby enhancing the usability of the imaging device.07-02-2009
20090167883Electronic Camera - An electronic camera including an imaging device photoelectrically converting a formed image of a subject to generate an image signal, a manipulation section accepting an input instructing a release, a face detecting section detecting a face area in a shooting image plane based on the image signal during a standby period for the release, a controlling section photographing the subject in response to the release to generate shooting image data from the image signal, a face recognizing data generating section which extracts a feature point of a person's face corresponding to the face area based on the image signal and generates face recognizing data of the photographed person based on the feature point when the release takes place while the face area is detected, and a recording section recording the face recognizing data07-02-2009
20090079845DIGITAL CAMERA SYSTEM - A digital camera system includes a digital camera unit, and an authenticating unit in which unique setup control data of the digital camera unit is stored. The digital camera unit includes an imaging module that picks up an object image to generate image data, a first human body communication module that conducts communication via a human body, and a first controller that performs a setup operation related to at least one of a plurality of functions of the digital camera unit according to the setup control data received from the authenticating unit by the first human body communication module. In addition, the authenticating unit includes a second human body communication module that conducts communication via the human body, a setup control data storing unit in which the setup control data is stored, and a second controller that causes the setup control data to be transmitted to the digital camera unit via the second human body communication module.03-26-2009
20090096886Image-capturing device, camera, method for constructing image-capturing device and image-capturing method - An image-capturing device includes: a plurality of first pixels disposed along a first direction; a plurality of second pixels different from the first pixels disposed along the first direction in admixture with the plurality of first pixels; and an adder that adds a plurality of outputs provided by a plurality of first selected pixels selected from the plurality of first pixels to each other and a plurality of outputs provided by a plurality of second selected pixels selected from the plurality of second pixels to each other in such a manner that outputs provided by the first pixels and outputs provided by the second pixels are not added one to another. Disposition of the plurality of second pixels conforms to positional relationship of the plurality of first selected pixels in the plurality of first pixels.04-16-2009
20090096884Method and Apparatus for Capturing, Geolocating and Measuring Oblique Images - A computerized system for displaying, geolocating, and taking measurements from captured oblique images includes a data file accessible by the computer system. The data file includes a plurality of image files corresponding to a plurality of captured oblique images, and positional data corresponding to the images. Image display and analysis software is executed by the system for reading the data file and displaying at least a portion of the captured oblique images. The software retrieves the positional data for one or more user-selected points on the displayed image, and calculates a separation distance between any two or more selected points. The separation distance calculation is user-selectable to determine various parameters including linear distance between, area encompassed within, relative elevation of, and height difference between selected points.04-16-2009
20090096882Optical Imaging Systems And Methods Utilizing Nonlinear And/Or Spatially Varying Image Processing - Systems and methods include optics having one or more phase modifying elements that modify wavefront phase to introduce image attributes into an optical image. A detector converts the optical image to electronic data while maintaining the image attributes. A signal processor subdivides the electronic data into one or more data sets, classifies the data sets, and independently processes the data sets to form processed electronic data. The processing may optionally be nonlinear. Other imaging systems and methods include optics having one or more phase modifying elements that modify wavefront phase to form an optical image. A detector generates electronic data having one or more image attributes that are dependent on characteristics of the phase modifying elements and/or the detector. A signal processor subdivides the electronic data into one or more data sets, classifies the data sets and independently processes the data sets to form processed electronic data. 04-16-2009
20090102938High Speed Photographic Device, Method For Controlling High Speed Photographic Device, and Computer Program - To provide a high speed photographic device which can display in real time a synchronous image photographed in synchronization with motion of a photographic subject. The high speed photographic device (04-23-2009
20110228128IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD - A focusing operation is started before desired exposure according to a second program diagram is obtained when a program diagram is switched from a first program diagram to be used in a first mode to the second program diagram to be used in a second mode based on a light metering value.09-22-2011
20090086051IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE SIGNAL PROCESSING CIRCUIT AND IMAGE SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD AS WELL AS COMPUTER PROGRAM - The present invention provides an image pickup apparatus, including: an image pickup section of the plural channel output type configured to output signals individually corresponding to divisional regions of an image pickup device; a plurality of signal processing sections configured to individually receive the output signals of the plural channels of the image pickup device as inputs thereto to produce digital data corresponding to pixel values, and a digital signal processing section configured to receive the pixel value data produced by the signal processing sections as inputs thereto to execute an image correction process.04-02-2009
20110228127IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS - An image capturing apparatus includes an image sensor having a first pixel group that photoelectrically converts an object image from a first exit pupil region, a second pixel group that photoelectrically converts an object image from a second exit pupil region, and a third pixel group for capturing that photoelectrically converts an object image from overall exit pupil region; a focus detection unit that detects focus information by performing a defocus calculation with use of a first image signal obtained from the first pixel group and a second image signal obtained from the second pixel group; an image processing unit that converts captured image data into an image file for recording and saving; and a data recording unit that records, in association with the image file, signals obtained from the first pixel group and the second pixel group such that the defocus calculation can be performed.09-22-2011
20110228118METHOD OF EXTRACTING A 3D IMAGE - The present invention discloses a method of extracting a 3D image having steps of providing a movable optical lens assembly on an imaging path between a single lens and a single image sensor; controlling the moveable optical lens assembly to move repeatedly to make the single image sensor obtain different 2D images with parallaxes through the moveable optical lens assembly; and combining the 2D images with parallaxes to extract a 3D image. Therefore, the present invention reduces cost of extracting 3D images and controlling complexity of extracting 3D images.09-22-2011
20110228117FACE DETECTION APPARATUS - A face detection apparatus of the present invention includes a face detection apparatus for detecting a face contained in an input image, including: a face detection section for detecting a face contained in the input image, based on a predetermined frame rate and face detection throughput per frame; and an accuracy changing section for changing, when no face is detected by the face detection section, the accuracy in detecting a face by the face detection section by reducing the frame rate.09-22-2011
20090122154IMAGE SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF IN MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS TERMINAL - An image signal processing apparatus and a method thereof which can simplify design of a circuit for controlling each of camera modules when a terminal has two camera modules therein, the image signal processing apparatus includes: first and second camera modules for capturing a subject; a digital signal processor for controlling each operation of the first and second camera modules and processing image signals captured by the first and the second camera modules; and a switch module for supplying control signals inputted through the digital signal processor to the first and second camera modules, and selectively outputting the image signals captured by the first and second camera modules to the digital signal processor.05-14-2009
20090021601IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - There are provided an image processing apparatus and method capable of providing a good image whose overexposure and underexposure are suppressed by holding information about saturation and contrast at the time of performing a dynamic range compression. In the image processing apparatus, a level information calculating circuit calculates the level information of each pixel from R, G and B image signals for each pixel, a gain calculating circuit refers to a gain table based on the level information of each pixel calculated by the level information calculating circuit and calculates a gain by which the R, G and B signals of each pixel are multiplied, and a multiplying circuits multiply the R, G and B signals by the gain.01-22-2009
20090021600IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - An image pickup device includes a system control section which determines an area with closest proximity as an AF area among AF evaluation areas in a central part of an image. In addition, a block with the same distance as the AF area is determined as a main subject block. Then the system control section calculates and memorizes an average brightness of an image data of a position corresponding to a main subject block. Then, the system control section determines a main subject area based on obtained information on the main subject block and a photographed image. Furthermore, based on information on a main subject area, an extraction processing of the main subject image, a blur processing of a background image and a composite processing are sequentially performed.01-22-2009
20110141310METHOD FOR BLOCK-ENCODING OF A RASTER IMAGE OF PIXELS, CORRESPONDING COMPUTER PROGRAM AND IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE - A method of block-encoding a raster image by successive two-dimensional decompositions of blocks of the image in a base of functions using a combined application of a one-dimensional core of vertical decomposition of n pixels and of a one-dimensional core of horizontal decomposition of p pixels. In the method the horizontal dimension P of each block is determined as a multiple of p, P=k·p, and a decomposition at log06-16-2011
20110141302Image processing device, electronic camera, and image processing program - An image processing device of the present invention includes a color-gamut determining part, a color-space determining part, and a color-space conversion part. The color-gamut determining part determines a color gamut as a range of color distribution from input image data. The color-space determining part determines a color space substantially covering the color gamut determined by the color-gamut determining part. The color-space conversion part converts the input image data into such image data that is rendered in the determined color space. The colors of the subject can thus be reproduced accurately from the converted image data.06-16-2011
20110141301IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM - An image processing method comprises receiving, from a camera, a camera captured image comprising a user drawn image. At least part of the user drawn image is within a field of view of the camera. The method comprises applying an image processing operation to the camera captured image so as to generate an image feature within the camera captured image which corresponds to the user drawn image, and thinning the image feature to a line width which is smaller than a line width associated with the image feature so as to generate a modified width image feature. The method further comprises generating vector data from pixels associated with the modified width image feature so that the vector data substantially represents the modified width image feature.06-16-2011
20110141299Low cost combination spectral-spatial vision system - A combined spectral and spatial sensing unit having a lens for receiving light from an object or substance and for directing at least a portion thereof through a diffraction device to an area imager for creating a digital spectral image of a plurality of segments of different wave lengths of light on a first set of pixels of said imager and for creating a digital spatial image on a second set of pixels of said imager, and an analytical unit having a microprocessor for receiving each of said images and comparing same to images stored in a memory associated with said microprocessor to determine the identity, condition or other information about the object or substance. Alternatively, a portion of said light may be directed through a diffraction grating to a first imager and another portion to a second imager, each of which is associated with a microprocessor for determining the identity, condition or other information about the object or substance.06-16-2011
20090201388IMAGING APPARATUS, STORAGE MEDIUM STORING COMPUTER READABLE PROGRAM AND IMAGING METHOD - An imaging apparatus, including: an imaging section for sequentially taking an image of an object and sequentially generating image data of the object; a dividing section for dividing the image data of the object into image data corresponding to each of a plurality of image areas; a first calculating section for calculating an evaluated value of each of the divided plurality of image areas by evaluating a pixel value of each of the pixels included in each of the divided plurality of image areas; a second calculating section for calculating a correlation degree of the image areas respectively corresponding to the images based on the evaluated value of each of the image areas calculated by the first calculating section; and a first controlling section for controlling execution of storing the image data of the object based on the correlation degree of the image areas calculated by the second calculating section.08-13-2009
20090201383Efficient method for reducing noise and blur in a composite still image from a rolling shutter camera - A rolling shutter digital camera. Each photographic image of a given exposure duration is captured as a multi-frame burst of frames each having a shorter exposure duration to minimize motion blur and to reduce sensor noise by averaging. Each frame is quantized into swaths, captured sequentially by the rolling shutter. Swaths of the first frames are analyzed to select a set of best motion detection reference regions. Swaths of subsequent frames are analyzed versus only those regions, to reduce required computation, and are re-registered accordingly. Corresponding swaths of each frame are accumulated. The accumulator is normalized to the desired bit depth and written as the final image. Averaging of the multiple frames is improved by re-registering swaths rather than entire frames, because of the time delta caused by the rolling shutter. Computation is further reduced by selecting candidate points only along a key line of each swath of the first frame, and still further by pre-limiting the search by using a thumbnail version of the first frame to cull most candidate points. Thresholds are used to ensure adequate motion detection regions are used for each swath.08-13-2009
20090086045Method and System for a Configurable Communications Interface - An electronic device includes an imaging sensor collecting an image and creating an imaging signal corresponding to the image, an integrated circuit receiving the imaging signal from the imaging sensor and modifying a transfer characteristic of the imaging signal and a connector receiving the imaging signal from the integrated circuit having the modified transfer characteristic.04-02-2009
20090096883IMAGE SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS - An object of this invention is to effectively reduce a luminance flicker caused by noise while suppressing an adverse effect such as an afterimage and a decrease in the resolution upon smoothing as much as possible even when the S/N ratio of an image photographed at an increased gain is low. An image signal processing apparatus includes a smoothing circuit (04-16-2009
20090096889IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM AND IMAGE PICKUP PROGRAM - An image pickup system configured to perform an estimation for an unknown spectral characteristic related to a subject or an illumination light on the basis of an image signal from a color image sensor system, includes: a control unit for performing a control to change a predetermined spectral characteristic in the color image sensor system in a time series manner and cause a plurality of image pickup operations; a verification unit for verifying a reliability related to the plurality of image signals; a correction unit for performing a correction processing on the plurality of image signals on the basis of the reliability; and an estimation unit for performing the estimation for an unknown spectral characteristic related to the subject or the illumination light on the basis of the plurality of image signals on which the correction processing is performed.04-16-2009
20110205386Solid-state imaging device and camera system - A solid-state imaging device including: a pixel section formed by a matrix-like array of a plurality of pixels performing photoelectric conversion; and a pixel signal readout section reading out a pixel signal from the pixel section in units for reading each formed by a plurality of pixels, wherein the pixel signal readout section includes a column-parallel type ADC group formed by a plurality of analog-digital converters (ADCs) for performing A-D conversion of a pixel reset level, and a signal processing system, the signal processing system obtaining only an average value of results of A-D conversion of pixel reset levels for a plurality of pixels and automatically adjusting an input offset value for the conversion range of the ADCs such that the average value of pixel reset levels will be adequately positioned with respect to the A-D conversion range.08-25-2011
20090102936Camera - A camera includes: a first image sensor that captures an image of a subject and outputs a first imaging signal; a second image sensor that is separately arranged from the first image sensor, captures an image of the subject and outputs a second imaging signal; a driving unit that drives the first image sensor and the second image sensor; an image processing unit that processes the first imaging signal and the second imaging signal by time sharing; and a control unit that controls the driving unit and the image processing unit.04-23-2009
20090102935MOTION ASSISTED IMAGE SENSOR CONFIGURATION - In general this disclosure describes techniques for configuring an image sensor of an image capture device based on motion within the scene of interest. In particular, the image capture device analyzes motion between two or more images of the same scene of interest and adjusts the configuration parameters, e.g., gain and/or exposure time, of the image sensor based on the amount of motion within the scene of interest. For example, the image capture device may configure the image sensor with a large gain and a short exposure time when the scene includes a relatively large amount of motion, thus reducing the blur caused by the large amount of motion. Conversely, the image capture device may configure the image sensor with a small gain and a long exposure time when the scene includes relatively little or no motion, thus reducing the noise caused by large gains.04-23-2009
20110205385SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGING APPARATUS - A signal processing apparatus includes a signal transforming unit transforming a first sound signal obtained by dividing a sound signal represented by a time function and by the predetermined time width into a second sound signal represented by a frequency function; a calculating unit determining a third sound signal which has a reduced influence of the operation sound by using the second sound signal and a sound signal representing the operation sound; a correcting unit performing a correction, by setting a sound signal representing the target sound as a reference signal, on the third sound signal based on the reference signal; and a signal inverse transforming unit inverse-transforming a sound signal on which the correction is performed from the sound signal represented by the frequency function into the sound signal represented by the time function.08-25-2011
20110205384VARIABLE ACTIVE IMAGE AREA IMAGE SENSOR - Embodiments of the invention provide a variable active image area. Sub-pixels are arranged into a variable selection group, which comprises a pixel group. Sub-pixels of the pixel group can belong to a plurality of selection subgroups. A selector is configured to select a combination of one or more selection subgroups to provide variable sub-pixel selection. Variable sub-pixel selection can vary different aspects of a variable active image area (e.g., location, size, shape). Varying these aspects can lead to greater flexibility in alignment and calibration considerations. Selecting only some of all the sub-pixels can lead to less processing and lower power consumption. A plurality of sub-pixel values can be processed into one pixel group value. Variable sub-pixel selection for different variable selection groups can be independent. Holding circuitry can hold unused or non-selected sub-pixels in a reset condition to reduce blooming.08-25-2011
20110228124CHARACTER RECOGNITION PREPROCESSING METHOD AND APPARATUS - Disclosed is a character recognition preprocessing method and apparatus for correcting a nonlinear character string into a linear character string. A binarized character string region is divided into character regions on a character-by-character basis. Upper and lower feature points of each character region are derived, and an upper boundary line, which is a curve connecting the upper feature points of the character regions, and a lower boundary line, which is a curve connecting the lower feature points of the character regions, are generated by applying cubic spline interpolation. Nonlinearity is corrected through adaptive region enlargement by using the maximum horizontal length and the maximum height of the divided character regions.09-22-2011
20110228122IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM - When a conventional circuit is used in an image sensor which employs a pixel sharing technique, selection of pixels is not properly performed, that is, an invalid operation may be performed. To address this problem, a first storage unit which stores an address of a reading row, a second storage unit which stores an address of a shutter row, and a third storage unit for controlling an element shared by a plurality of pixels are provided in a row selection unit.09-22-2011
20110228121IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - Disclosed herein is an image processing apparatus including: a representative image creation block configured to create, as a representative image, a union image with images of screens making up a predetermined scene linked with each other; and a symbol drawing block configured, on the basis of a full-screen movement of each screen in the predetermined scene, to draw a symbol indicative of the full-screen movement on a rim of the representative image created by the representative image creation block, wherein the symbol drawing block draws the symbol indicative of the full-screen movement in accordance with a display size of the representative image to be displayed on an output device.09-22-2011
20110205383EYE BLINK AVOIDANCE DURING IMAGE ACQUISITION IN A MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS DEVICE WITH DIGITAL CAMERA FUNCTIONALITY - Eye blink avoidance for use in an electronic device having digital camera functionality, such as a mobile communications device, smartphone or superphone, is described. The device captures multiple images and determines, using eye blink detection, whether a subject in an image has closed eyes. This technology that allows a mobile phone equipped with a camera to avoid photographs of subjects with their eyes closed by capturing a plurality of images in succession and choosing the image with open eyes by using a best-effort eye blink detection algorithm to detect closed eyes in the faces of the subjects. Depending on user preferences, and configuration, the user may choose one or more of a plurality of images captured that do not have eyes closed or a best image can be selected by the device.08-25-2011
20090231460IMAGE SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE SIGNAL PROCESSING PROGRAM, AND IMAGE SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD - An image signal processing apparatus including a first corrected tone processing section for performing such a corrected tone process which extends a tone width of a high luminance region or a low luminance region in an image signal, a tone processing section for performing a space-variant tone process for all luminance regions in the image signal, and a second corrected tone processing section for performing a corrected tone process depending on a displaying apparatus.09-17-2009
20090231459CAMERA DIRECT DAILIES - Obtaining camera direct dailies using a parallel recording scheme on a set, including; simultaneously recording camera-original video in a master recording session and a lower-resolution proxy recording session; transferring lower-resolution video from the lower-resolution proxy recording session to a stage ingest station; integrating data including sound, logging, color correction, metadata, and high-resolution video from the master recording session at the stage ingest station; and generating camera direct dailies using the integrated data and the video from the lower-resolution proxy recording session.09-17-2009
20090231458TARGET IMAGE DETECTION DEVICE, CONTROLLING METHOD OF THE SAME, CONTROL PROGRAM AND RECORDING MEDIUM RECORDED WITH PROGRAM, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH TARGET IMAGE DETECTION DEVICE - A target image detection device for detecting a target image from an original image has an acquiring section for acquiring the original image, a determining section for determining a detection condition different from a detection condition of a previous time of a plurality of detection conditions for detecting the target image, a detecting section for detecting the target image with the detection condition determined by the determining section with respect to the original image acquired by the acquiring section, and an output section for outputting a detection result detected by the detecting section.09-17-2009
20090231455IMAGE SENSOR APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR EMBEDDING RECOVERABLE DATA ON IMAGE SENSOR PIXEL ARRAYS - An image sensor apparatus is disclosed. The image sensor apparatus includes an image sensor for generating image data in a pixel array corresponding to an optical image. A processor alters the image data to embed a feature-dependent code associated with a feature of the image data in a feature-dependent location in the pixel array and generate a digital image from the altered image data.09-17-2009
20110141308Image Processing Apparatus and Method, and Computer-Readable Medium Having Stored Thereon Computer Program for Executing the Method - An embodiment of the invention provides an image processing apparatus and method capable of reducing power consumption by controlling supply of a clock to a memory when correction is performed on image data. The image processing apparatus includes an image correction unit including a plurality of line memories to maintain image data line-by-line and perform correction on the image data, a number-of-line-memories determination unit for determining the number of line memories necessary for the correction performed by the image correction unit line-by-line, and a line memory control unit for controlling supply of a clock to the plurality of line memories based on the number of line memories determined by the number-of-line-memories determination unit to supply a clock to the line memories used for the correction performed by the image correction unit line-by-line and stop supply of the clock to line memories not used for the correction.06-16-2011
20110141305IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND RECORDING MEDIUM - Without depending on the conventional standard, relationships between a location of user's apparatus and locations where images have been shot affect a display on a display screen. In shooting operation, image data is stored in a memory with image-location data added, which represents locations where images have been shot (step S06-16-2011
20110141303ELECTRONIC CAMERA - An electronic camera includes an imager. An imager, having an imaging surface capturing a scene through a focus lens, repeatedly outputs a scene image. An extractor checks the scene image outputted from the imager with each of a plurality of characteristic patterns so as to extract a specific characteristic pattern satisfying a predetermined condition. A restrictor restricts behavior of adjusting a distance from the focus lens to the imaging surface in association with an extraction process of the extractor. A creator creates a reference image based on the scene image outputted from the imager corresponding to the extraction of the specific characteristic pattern. A register registers the specific characteristic pattern as a characteristic pattern used for searching for an image coincident with the reference image created by the creator.06-16-2011
20090147096POSITION SPECIFYING SYSTEM, POSITION SPECIFYING METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - Provided is a position specifying system including: a light irradiation section that irradiates light to different positions of a physical body respectively; an image capturing section that captures images of an object existing inside the physical body, by means of the light irradiated to the different positions; and a position specifying section that specifies a depth of the object from a surface of the physical body onto which the light from the light irradiation section is irradiated, based on a difference in the images captured by the image capturing section.06-11-2009
20090015684Information Recording System, Information Recording Device, Information Recording Method, and Information Collecting Program - An accident judgment device (01-15-2009
20090122152IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM, IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - Provided is an image capturing system including an image capturing section that includes a plurality of first light receiving elements for receiving light of a first wavelength region and a plurality of second light receiving elements for receiving light of a second wavelength region, a control section that causes to be generated, from a subject, light of a different spectrum at a different timing for each of the first wavelength region and the second wavelength region, and an image generating section that generates an image from light of a first spectrum from the subject received by the first light receiving elements at a predetermined timing, and light of a second spectrum from the subject received by the second light receiving elements at a timing other than the predetermined timing.05-14-2009
20090213242IMAGE CAPTURE MODULE AND APPLICATIONS THEREOF - An image capture module includes a user interface module, an optical system module, and a coupling module. The user interface module is operably coupled to detect a request to capture an image and generate a capture command signal in response to detecting the request. The optical system module is operably coupled to receive light representing the image from a lens in accordance with the capture command signal. The optical system module then accumulates a plurality of electric charges, wherein an electric charge of the plurality of electric charges is proportional to intensity of a corresponding portion of the light. The optical system module then generates a sequence of voltages from the plurality of electric charges. The coupling module is operably coupled to convert a representation of the sequence of voltages into a transmission signal and to transmit the transmission signal.08-27-2009
20090213241IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus includes an image acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of images, an object recognition unit configured to recognize an object of interest existing in any one of the images acquired by the image acquisition unit, a background evaluation unit configured to evaluate an image existing in an image area other than an image area showing the object of interest recognized by the object recognition unit, an object evaluation unit configured to evaluate any image existing in the image area showing the object of interest recognized by the object recognition unit, an image selection unit configured to select a plurality of images from the images in accordance with results of the evaluations performed by the background evaluation unit and object evaluation unit, and an image composition unit configured to compose a new image by using the images selected by the image selection unit.08-27-2009
20090213239IMAGING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR ITS IMAGE PROCESSING - An imaging device, such as a camera, may be provided with a focus-shift structure configured to shift a focal position; a solid-state image sensing element configured to convert an optical image of a photographing subject to image data; and an image processing unit including a face region detecting unit and a photographing subject frequency information capturing unit. The detecting unit may be configured to detect a face region from the image data and obtain face region information indicating the detected face region, and wherein the information capturing unit is configured to capture focus degree information indicating a degree of focus for each detected face region. Plural image data, the face region information, and the focus degree information may be stored in the imaging device as a single file.08-27-2009
20080316326IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DRIVING IMAGING APPARATUS - An imaging apparatus is provided and includes: an imaging device including a first color pixel, a second color pixel, a third color pixel, and the luminance-detecting pixels; a controlling section that generates first complementary color information by adding data of the first color pixel and data of the second color pixel adjacent to the first color pixel, generates second complementary color information by adding data of the second color pixel and data of the third color pixel adjacent to the second color pixel, and generates luminance information by adding respective data of luminance-detecting pixels adjacent to each other, when data of a reduced image having a reduced resolution as compared with a resolution for the whole pixels of the imaging device is generated, and a signal processing section that signal-processes the first complementary color information, the second complementary color information, and the luminance information to reproduce a taken image.12-25-2008
20090251560VIDEO LIGHT SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IMPROVING FACIAL RECOGNITION USING A VIDEO CAMERA - A video lighting system (10-08-2009
20090251556SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD OF SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - A solid-state imaging device includes a pixel array section and a signal processing section. The pixel array section is configured to include a plurality of arranged unit pixels, each of which is a rectangular pixel having different sizes in the vertical and horizontal directions, and a plurality of adjacent ones of which are combined to form a square pixel having the same size in the vertical and horizontal directions. The signal processing section is configured to process a plurality of signals read out from the combined plurality of unit pixels and to output the processed signals as a single signal.10-08-2009
20090256925Composition determination device, composition determination method, and program - A composition determination device includes: a subject detection unit configured to detect a subject in an image based on acquired image data; a still detection unit configured to detect a still state, with an image based on the image data, or a subject detected by the subject detection unit, as the object thereof; and a composition determination unit configured to determine a composition, with only real subjects or only unreal subjects, of subjects detected by the subject detection unit, as the object thereof, based on detection results of the still detection unit.10-15-2009
20090244308Image Inclination Correction Device and Image Inclination Correction Method - An original image obtained by imaging and a rotated image obtained by rotating the original image are made to be evaluation images. For each of the evaluation images, an inclination of the evaluation image with respect to an axis parallel to a plumb line in the image is evaluated. According to the evaluation result, the original image is rotated/corrected so as to reduce the inclination. More specifically, the horizontal edge components of the evaluation image are calculated in a matrix state and the magnitudes of the horizontal edge components are projected in a vertical direction so as to calculate a vertically projected value Q10-01-2009
20090244309Method and Device for Identifying and Extracting Images of multiple Users, and for Recognizing User Gestures - The invention relates to a method for identifying and extracting images of one or more users in an interactive environment comprising the steps of: —obtaining a depth map (10-01-2009
20090244307IMAGE ENCODING METHOD AND DEVICE, IMAGE DECODING METHOD AND DEVICE, AND IMAGING DEVICE - An image encoding method is for obtaining, from a pixel data string containing pixel values of a plurality of pixels in a pixel array where the pixels are arrayed, a pixel data string containing a quantized representative value into which at least one of the pixel values is encoded. Encoding is performed by allocating a specific quantized representative value when a pixel value of a pixel is a specific pixel value, and by allocating a quantized representative value other than the specific quantized representative value when the pixel value is other than the specific pixel value.10-01-2009
20090231456DETERMINING THE MULTIPLICATION OF EMCCD SENSOR - A method and device having a CCD in which charge multiplication is obtained by applying drive voltages to clocking elements and is arranged to derive the gain provided by the multiplication elements from at least first and second output signals. The CCD is operated at a first voltage or temperature setting, and then a second voltage or temperature setting and the output signals derived with the CCD imaging a substantially constant scene. The gain at a given voltage or temperature setting can then be derived as a function of the different operational voltage of temperature setting. The method and device can also derive the gain as a function of the rate of change of output signal with an operational parameter such as voltage or temperature.09-17-2009
20090219407METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ENHANCING A DIGITAL IMAGE - A system and method processes original digital numbers (DNs) provided by a satellite imaging system to produce a set of spectral balanced and contrast enhanced multispectral images. Spectral balancing is achieved based on physical characteristics of sensors of the imaging system as well as compensation for atmospheric effects. The DNs in the multispectral bands may be processed using a relatively small amount of processing resources otherwise required to produce such images. Such images may be processed completely automatically and provide relatively easy visual interpretation. Each image pixel may be, for example, in an 8-bit or 16-bit format, and the image may be displayed and/or printed without applying any additional color correction and/or contrast stretches.09-03-2009
20100265354IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - Provided is an image processing apparatus including a parameter storage that stores, in association with a plurality of attributes, a plurality of image processing parameters for respectively rendering subject images of different attributes from each other, into high image quality; and an image generating section that generates a high quality image of a subject image included in an input image, using the plurality of image processing parameters stored in the parameter storage. The image generating section may select at least one image from high quality images of the subject image included in the input image using respectively different combinations of the plurality of image processing parameters, based on comparison with the input image, and generate the selected image as the high quality image.10-21-2010
20100265347METHODS, ELECTRONIC DEVICES, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS FOR ENCODING IMAGE FILES TO FACILITATE BROWSING THEREOF - An electronic device is operated by receiving a first image file, generating a second image file by encoding the first image file using an encoding technique such that it is less complex to decode the second image file than it is to decode the first image file, and associating the first image file with the second image file.10-21-2010
20090189997Methods and Apparatuses for Addressing Chromatic Abberations and Purple Fringing - Methods and systems for detecting and correcting chromatic aberration and purple fringing are disclosed. Chromatic aberration can be addressed by separating an image into color planes and then adjusting these to reduce chromatic aberration by using a specific calibration image (calibration chart) as an empirical method to calibrate the image acquisition device. Purple fringing can be corrected by initially addressing color aberration resulting from the lateral chromatic aberration (LCA). The LCA is first removed and then the correction is extended to purple fringing. A discovery is relied upon that the purple fringing is created in the direction of the chromatic aberration and is more pronounced in the direction of the chromatic aberration.07-30-2009
20090316017IMAGING APPARATUS, DATA COMMUNICATING SYSTEM, AND DATA COMMUNICATING METHOD - An imaging apparatus is so configured that the imaging apparatus and an external electronic device are connected, and when the imaging apparatus is in a power-save mode state, if a predetermined button on an external electronic device-use remote controller is depressed, the imaging apparatus is shifted from the power-save mode to a normal activation mode, and respective thumbnail images of a still image file and/or a moving image file stored in the imaging apparatus are multi-displayed on the external electronic device. Therefore, a user is able to immediately confirm what images are stored in the imaging apparatus with a simple manipulation, and thus, convenience is provided.12-24-2009
20090316015SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS USING THE SAME - A solid-state image pickup device includes: comparators; counters; and a control portion for carrying out control in such a way that in a phase of an addition mode, the two comparators and the two counters corresponding to the two pixel columns, respectively, are set as a unit, 1 is added to a second digit of one counter of the two counters when both the comparison results from the two comparators has a first logic, 1 is added to a first digit of the one counter when one of the comparison results from the two comparators has the first logic, and 1 is added to none of the first digit and the second digit of the one counter when both the comparison results from the two comparators has a second logic.12-24-2009
20090251558FAST AND LOW-POWER DIGITAL CAMERA WITH GPS - Provided are a digital camera having a global positioning system (GPS) and a method of controlling the same. The digital camera comprises a camera body, a digital signal processor, and a GPS receiving module. In the digital camera and method, GPS information regarding a photographing location is stored so as to be attached to a captured image, and particularly, power supplied to the GPS is adaptively controlled for lower power consumption.10-08-2009
20090251559USER INTERFACE SYSTEM BASED ON POINTING DEVICE - The user interaction system comprises a portable pointing device (10-08-2009
20090251557IMAGE PICKUP CONTROL METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CAMERA - An image pickup control apparatus and method for controlling an image pickup device to capture an image of a scene in a condition set by a user are provided. The image pickup control method activates an image pickup unit, sets reference parameters to be compared with current parameters obtained from a preview image input through the image pickup unit for determining whether the preview image satisfies conditions defined by the reference parameters, determines whether a similarity between the current parameters and the reference parameters is within a tolerance range and controls the image pickup unit to capture the image when the similarity is within the tolerance range. Accordingly, a user is able to set the conditions under which an image is to be captured.10-08-2009
20090251555METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CAMERA SENSOR FINGERPRINTING - Some embodiments of the application provides methods and systems for providing camera fingerprinting by receiving a video frame from a camera, generating a confidence map based on an image characteristic associated with the video frame, generating a signature based on a sensor imperfection in the camera, weighting the signature based on the confidence map for each frame and generating a key based on the weighted signature over the plurality of video frames received. Other methods and systems are disclosed.10-08-2009
20120105666IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD - An imaging apparatus includes an image sensor, an AD conversion unit, a clamp processing unit, and a video signal correction unit. The clamp processing unit is configured to clamp to a black level, an image signal of an effective pixel region or an optical-black region of the image sensor after having been digitally converted by the AD conversion unit, by evaluating a difference from a signal of the optical-black region. The video signal correction unit is configured to calculate signal information of a part or whole of the optical-black region of an image signal of the image sensor; and, independently for each color of the video signal, to calculate correction amount of a video signal using the signal information, and to carry out correction by subtracting calculated correction amount from the image signal before clamping operation performed by the clamp processing unit.05-03-2012
20120105665DIGITAL IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM - An image pickup apparatus includes an image sensor configured to include a plurality of pixels in its image pickup area; a plurality of analog-to-digital converters configured to share a plurality of analog signals read out from the plurality of pixels to perform analog-to-digital conversion to the analog signals allocated thereto; and a control unit configured to read out the analog signals from the pixels within a partial area in the image pickup area for the analog-to-digital conversion. The number of pixels allocated to the analog-to-digital converters performing the analog-to-digital conversion to areas near a center position of the partial area is smaller than that allocated to the analog-to-digital converters performing the analog-to-digital conversion to areas far from the center position of the partial area.05-03-2012
20120105664Moving Image Pickup Apparatus, Method For Observing Moving Image, Moving Image Observing Program, And Computer-Readable Recording Medium - A moving image is divided with imaging timing aligned without using a synchronous input. A moving image pickup apparatus to pick up a moving image of one or more objects as an imaging target includes an image obtaining unit for obtaining an input moving image composed of a plurality of frames containing a scene of the object making a periodic motion, a representative image selecting unit for selecting a representative image representing a cycle, a standard timing selecting unit for selecting a standard timing based on the representative image, in order to divide the input moving image obtained by the image obtaining unit with respect to each cycle, and a cycle extracting unit for dividing the input moving image with respect to each cycle, based on the standard timing selected by the standard timing selecting unit.05-03-2012
20120105663Haptic Feedback Response - A device to capture an image with an image capture component, determine whether the image is acceptable in response to a device applying at least one image detection algorithm on the image, and provide a haptic feedback response to a user of the device if the image is acceptable.05-03-2012
20120105662CAMERA SYSTEM PROVIDING A MEASURE OF POSE QUALITY - A camera system may include an image sensor to generate real-time image data of a scene having a subject. A pose evaluator can generate a pose metric signal having a pose value that provides a variable measure of a pose quality for the subject in the scene. A pose feedback indicator can provide user-perceptible feedback demonstrating the value of the pose metric signal, such that the variable measure of the pose quality is provided.05-03-2012
20110228116Spectral imaging of moving objects with a stare down camera - A spectral imaging system for collecting spectral information of a two dimensional heterogeneous objects while in motion relative to the imaging system without the use of a spectrograph, filters or any dispersive optics. The system includes a pulsed light source tunable in wavelength for producing short pulses of wavelength tuned light at a plurality of selected narrow band wavelengths within a spectral range and one or more optical components for conveying or directing the short pulses of light to a two dimensional region that is substantially stationary with respect to the imaging system and through which the two dimensional target is moving. The system also includes a many pixel camera synchronized with the tunable pulsed light source. The camera is adapted to detect light in the selected narrow band wavelengths produced by the tunable pulsed light source and reflected from or transmitted through the two dimensional target in motion relative to the imaging system and to provide image frame information with each frame at a defined wavelength band. A processor processes information from said tunable light source and said camera and to produce multi-spectral images of the target.09-22-2011
20090256924IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE CAPABLE OF COMBINING IMAGES AND PRINT METHOD THEREOF - An image capturing device includes a storage unit storing a plurality of images and a library of electronic print frames, and a selection unit providing selection of one of the electronic print frames and corresponding images. The selected images are transformed from their original format into a transition format which enables them to be scaled. The scaled images are arranged on the selected electronic print frame to provide a combination image.10-15-2009
20090256923IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE AND BRIGHTNESS CORRECTING METHOD THEREOF - An image capturing device includes a capturing module, a numerical transform module, a brightness measuring module, and a processing module. The capturing module includes a lens unit and an image sensor. The lens unit forms an optical image onto the image sensor. The image sensor includes an effective pixel region and an optical black pixel region. The effective pixel region is configured for generating electrical image signals roughly corresponding to the optical image. The optical black pixel region is configured for generating dark currents corresponding to the electrical image signals. The numerical transform module is configured for transforming the dark currents into a first brightness value matrix. The brightness measuring module is configured for measuring a brightness component of the electrical image signals as a second brightness value matrix. The processing module is configured for subtracting the first brightness value matrix from the second brightness value matrix to obtain a corrected brightness component corresponding to the optical image.10-15-2009
20090256922DEVICE, METHOD AND SYSTEM OF WIRELESS VIDEO COMMUNICATION - Some demonstrative embodiments include devices, systems and/or methods of wireless video communication. Some embodiments include a wireless video transmitter to transmit a wireless video transmission representing a video image, the transmitter including a digital-input interface including a plurality of video-data inputs to receive a respective plurality of digital-video bits representing a pixel of the video image, and one or more synchronization inputs to receive one or more respective synchronization signals corresponding to the video image; and a transmitter module to transmit the wireless video transmission based on the plurality of digital-video bits and the synchronization signals. Other embodiments are described and claimed.10-15-2009
20100149367DIGITAL IMAGE SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF DISPLAYING SCENE RECOGNITION - A method of displaying scene recognition of a digital image signal processing apparatus includes generating an input image, recognizing a scene of the input image, producing a frame image corresponding to the recognized scene, synthesizing the frame image and the input image to generate an output image, and displaying the output image on a display unit.06-17-2010
20100149370PHOTOGRAPHING CONTROL METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CAPTURING IMAGE DATA AT A MOMENT IN TIME WHEN BOOTING - Provided are a photographing control method and apparatus for capturing image data at a moment in time when booting. According to the photographing control method, booting and photographing are simultaneously performed by combining use of a power supply button and a certain key button or by pressing a certain key button for a predetermined time without pressing a power supply button.06-17-2010
20100149369MAIN FACE CHOOSING DEVICE, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME, AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS - An image capturing apparatus chooses a main face from among faces detected in successively captured images based on a degree of priority calculated for each detected face. Moreover, the image capturing apparatus compares the degree of priority assigned to the face corresponding to a last chosen main face and the degrees of priority assigned to the faces corresponding to faces other than the main face, and then counts the number of times the degrees of priority assigned to the faces corresponding to faces other than the main face exceed the degree of priority assigned to the face corresponding to the main face. When one of the number of times counted for the faces other than the main face exceeds a preset threshold value, the image capturing apparatus performs a main face changeover to the one of the faces.06-17-2010
20090244315IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE - An image capture device according to the present invention includes: an image capturing section for capturing a subject's image and generating image data, thereby outputting a moving picture; a first area shifting section for shifting a first area, which is associated with a first kind of feature information that represents a first feature in the image data, based on a result of search for the first kind of feature information through the image data; and a second area shifting section for shifting, independently of the first area, a second area, which is associated with a second kind of feature information that represents a second feature in the image data, based on a result of search for the second kind of feature information through the image data. If unable to detect the second kind of feature information, the second area shifting section shifts the second area with respect to the location of the first area.10-01-2009
20090244313COMPOUND EYE PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND PROGRAM - A compound eye photographing apparatus including a plurality of photographing units for photographing a subject at a plurality of photographing positions to obtain a plurality of images of the subject, a subject detection unit for detecting a predetermined subject from the plurality of images, and a determination unit for determining whether or not the predetermined subject detected from the plurality of images corresponds to each other by matching areas including the detected predetermined subject between the plurality of images and outputting the determination result.10-01-2009
20090244311MOBILE TERMINAL AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE MOBILE TERMINAL - A mobile terminal and a method of controlling a mobile terminal are provided. The method includes displaying a camera preview image; detecting a face area from the camera preview image; if a button for capturing an image is manipulated, correcting an image captured by a camera using the detected face area and displaying the corrected captured image; and storing the corrected captured image.10-01-2009
20120194694CAMERA DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CAPTURING NON-BLINKING IMAGES OF PEOPLE - In a method for capturing non-blinking images of people using a camera device, the camera device includes an image capturing unit and a storage system. The image capturing unit captures a series of digital images of a group of persons. A face feature value and an eyes feature value of people are predefined, and are stored in the storage system. The number of faces is detected from each of the digital images according to the face feature value, and the number of eyeballs is detected from each of the face area according to the eyes feature value. The method calculates the ratio of the number of faces and the number of eyeballs, and selects the digital image of which the ratio of the face number and the eyeball number is 1:2 as a non-blinking image of the a group of persons.08-02-2012
20100177206Object detecting apparatus, image pickup apparatus, object detecting method, and program - An object detecting apparatus includes an evaluation information storage unit that stores evaluation information used for computing an evaluation value for each of a plurality of objects, where the evaluation value is used for evaluating which one of the objects is contained in an image, a determination information storage unit that stores determination information used for determining whether the object is contained in an image in association with each of the objects, a computing unit that computes the evaluation value for each of the objects by extracting features from a plurality of areas of the image using the evaluation information and comparing two of the extracted features, and a determination unit that determines whether the object is contained in the image using the determination information associated with the object relating to the evaluation value that satisfies a predetermined condition among the evaluation values computed for the objects.07-15-2010
20100177204MOBILE TERMINAL, CONTROL METHOD OF SAME, CONTROL PROGRAM OF SAME, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM STORING THE CONTROL PROGRAM - A mobile terminal (07-15-2010
20090256927IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS - An image capturing apparatus includes a first image sensor unit, a second image sensor unit, and a spatial frequency reduction unit. The first image sensor unit is capable of subjecting an object image formed by an imaging lens to a photoelectric conversion to output a first image signal having a first resolution and constituted by a first number of colors. The second image sensor unit is capable of subjecting the object image formed by the imaging lens to a photoelectric conversion to output a second image signal having a second resolution that is lower than the first resolution and constituted by a second number of colors that is larger than the first number of colors. The spatial frequency reduction unit reduces a spatial frequency of the object image formed on a light receiving surface of the second image sensor unit by the imaging lens.10-15-2009
20080309778Shutter time compensation - A hybrid imaging device is configured to capture low resolution video and high resolution still images. The imaging device is configured to apply motion information obtained from the low resolution video to a reference high resolution still image to generate a missing moment of interest high resolution still image. The low-resolution video is captured at a high frame rate in conjunction with a few high-resolution still pictures taken at periodic intervals. A user locates a desired scene of interest, e.g. a moment of interest, from the captured video, and a post-processing technique is used to generate the high resolution still picture corresponding to the selected moment of interest. The high resolution still image is generated using texture information from one or more nearby captured high resolution still images and motion information from the low-resolution video frame corresponding to the selected moment of interest.12-18-2008
20100265352IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus that enables a demosaicing process to be accurately carried out on a color image signal. With respect to a color mosaic image signal related to each pixel generated by photoelectrical conversion of an optical image reflecting a subject image, an interpolation process is carried out in which signals of missing colors in the each pixel are interpolated using image signals related to pixels in predetermined directions around the each pixel. The interpolation process is carried out in each of a plurality of predetermined directions. Color image signals in the predetermined directions subjected to the interpolation process are evaluated, and based on an evaluation result, a color image signal to be outputted as an interpolation process result is generated. The color image signals in the respective predetermined directions subjected to the interpolation process are evaluated with respect to homogeneity and signal intensity.10-21-2010
20100157085IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, FLASH IMAGE GENERATING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEMORY MEDIUM - When a displacement between a reference flame of a plurality of images acquired by continuous image pickup and a target flame is less than a first threshold indicating that such a flame is not likely to be affected by occlusion, smoothing is performed on an object area through a morphological operation with a normal process amount. Conversely, when a displacement between the reference flame of the plurality of images acquired by continuous image pickup and a target flame is larger than or equal to the first threshold, smoothing is performed with the process amount of morphological operation being increased than a normal process amount.06-24-2010
20100013949EYEBALL PARAMETER ESTIMATING DEVICE AND METHOD - A head posture estimating unit estimates, from a face image of a person photographed by a camera, a head posture of the person in a camera coordinate system. A head coordinate system eyeball central position candidate setting unit sets candidates of an eyeball central position in a head coordinate system based on two-point eyeball feature coordinates expressed in the head coordinate system. A camera coordinate system eyeball central position calculating unit calculates an eyeball central position ({right arrow over (a)}) in the camera coordinate system based on the head posture resulting from the estimating of the head posture estimating unit, the candidates of the eyeball central position set by the head coordinate system eyeball central position candidate setting unit, and a pupil central position detected from the face image. An eyeball parameter estimating unit estimates an eyeball central position (O) and an eyeball radius (r) in the head coordinate system based on the eyeball central position ({right arrow over (a)}) in the camera coordinate system.01-21-2010
20090316014Apparatus and method for capturing digital images - An apparatus and method for capturing digital images are provided. The digital capturing apparatus includes an image pickup unit obtaining light field data to change a view of a captured image and refocus the captured image, and a data processor generating a refocusing image using the light field data, wherein the image pickup unit performs optical modulation on light beams to obtain light field data of the modulated light beams so that the light beams are identified when two or more of the light beams overlap, and the data processor demodulates the light field data to obtain light field data of the light beams not subjected to the optical modulation.12-24-2009
20090316013System and method for processing medical graphics data - A medical imaging device system is provided which obviates the need for certain costly components conventionally found in such systems. In a disclosed embodiment, a direct video output from one or more imaging devices is provided to a video capture unit, rather than having the output processed by a conventional DICOM methodology. In this way, the necessity of PACS server functionality and corresponding implementation and maintenance of such a server is obviated. The capture video is annotated and supplemented by a user and the resulting records are stored in a shareable central repository.12-24-2009
20100149361Image evaluation apparatus and camera - To provide an image evaluation apparatus and camera which are capable of evaluating an image which is comprehensively good. An image evaluation apparatus comprising: a storage portion which stores a plurality of images when an imaging portion of a camera has continuously imaged in a predetermined time interval a plurality of frames of a subject in a photographing area of the camera, and an image evaluation portion which evaluates a plurality of the images stored in the storage portion, based on a characteristic amount showing a state in which the subject in the photographing area changing in chronological sequence, when the plurality of the images is imaged.06-17-2010
20100149364Imaging Device - The present invention provides an imaging device capable of displaying the whole of a display mosaic image in a screen even when the image size of the mosaic image is largely changed, the imaging device including: a mosaic image generation unit which assembles a plurality of still images, and generates the mosaic image; a relative position determination unit which determines a relative position between a frame image and the mosaic image; a display reduction unit which reduces the frame image and the mosaic image respectively based on the image size of the mosaic image, and generates a display frame image and a display mosaic image; and a live image display unit which updates a display position of the frame image with respect to the mosaic image based on a determination result of the relative position.06-17-2010
20120194692TERMINAL OPERATIVE FOR DISPLAY OF ELECTRONIC RECORD - There is set forth herein a terminal having an input device. The terminal can be hand held. In one embodiment the terminal can be operative for determining a direction of movement of the terminal by processing of signals generated by the input device. The terminal can further be operative for moving a portion of an electronic record displayed on a display of the terminal responsively to the determining of a direction of movement of the terminal.08-02-2012
20100177203APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR LOCAL CONTRAST ENHANCED TONE MAPPING - Methods and systems for enhancing an image. Respective local contrast values are determined for selected pixels of the image by, for each selected pixel, adjusting a respective luminance value of the pixel by an average luminance value of neighboring pixels to obtain the local contrast value. Respective tone-mapped values are determined for further selected pixels in the image based on a global luminance value representing the image. The local contrast values and the tone-mapped values are combined, respectively, for the corresponding pixels in the image to produce the enhanced image.07-15-2010
20100165137IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM, IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND CAMERA - An image processing method for executing color conversion processing on input image data by taking into consideration chromatic adaptation, includes: executing color conversion processing by taking into consideration an adaptation factor indicating an extent of adaptation to an illumination condition under which a scene where an input image is obtained is illuminated or an adaptation factor indicating an extent of adaptation to a viewing condition where the input image is observed; and altering the adaptation factor in correspondence to a color of a conversion target pixel.07-01-2010
20100165136Optical Imaging Systems And Methods Utilizing Nonlinear And/Or Spatially Varying Image Processing - Systems and methods include optics having one or more phase modifying elements that modify wavefront phase to introduce image attributes into an optical image. A detector converts the optical image to electronic data while maintaining the image attributes. A signal processor subdivides the electronic data into one or more data sets, classifies the data sets, and independently processes the data sets to form processed electronic data. The processing may optionally be nonlinear. Other imaging systems and methods include optics having one or more phase modifying elements that modify wavefront phase to form an optical image. A detector generates electronic data having one or more image attributes that are dependent on characteristics of the phase modifying elements and/or the detector. A signal processor subdivides the electronic data into one or more data sets, classifies the data sets and independently processes the data sets to form processed electronic data.07-01-2010
20100165141IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR CONVERTING NON-LINEAR RGB IMAGE DATA TO L*A*B* IMAGE DATA - An image processing method includes the steps of linearizing a Color Filter Array image having non-linear RGB pixel data to generate a linearized image, the step of linearizing using at least one lookup table for each of the three RGB colors, the step of linearizing further performed using an address for current RGB pixel data being read to index the lookup tables and incrementing the addresses for the RGB pixel data; generating a histogram for each of three RGB image color planes of the linearized image data, and storing at least a high and a low threshold for each histogram; planarizing the linearized image using the high and the low thresholds to generate a planarized linear RGB image; and transforming the planarized linear RGB image from planarized linear RGB form to L*a*b* form. The step of transforming the planarized linear RGB image from planarized linear RGB form to L*a*b* form performs additional steps of white balancing, range expansion, resampling, color conversion, and sharpening. The additional steps read and write to a plurality of buffers such that the additional steps are performed in parallel.07-01-2010
20100149368IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An imaging apparatus includes: an imaging device that images an object image through an optical system; an image signal processing section having a function of combining a plurality of imaged images into a combined image piece using a given initial value, the imaged images being obtained while the imaging apparatus is moved; a position sensor capable of obtaining the position information of the imaging apparatus; a controller that processes the information of the position sensor to perform collaborative control based on the processing results and processing the results of the image signal processing section, wherein the image signal processing section obtains the relative positional relationship of the images via image recognition; and the controller obtains the positional relationship of the images, specifies the absolute positional relationship of the respective images, and supplies the absolute positional relationship to the image signal processing section as the initial value.06-17-2010
20100177209Interactive device capable of improving image processing - An interactive device for improving image processing. The interactive device includes a processing module and a controller. The processing module includes a substrate, an image sensor formed on the substrate for generating a plurality of pixel signals, a calculation unit formed on the substrate for calculating at least one motion vector based on the plurality of pixel signals, and a transmission interface formed on the substrate for serially outputting the motion vector. The controller is used for controlling operation of the interactive device based on the motion vector output by the transmission interface07-15-2010
20090079841APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR USE OF INFRA-RED LIGHT IN CAMERA APPLICATIONS - Apparatus and methods for using infra-red light provide for enhanced operation in camera applications. In an embodiment, a safety camera includes an optical filter that provides an input to an imager from received light having wavelengths in the infra-red spectrum. Output from the imager can be analyzed to determine safety hazard events in an area viewed by the safety camera.03-26-2009
20100157083IMAGING SYSTEM - An imaging system comprises: a pixel array; a vertical shift register; a readout unit; and a horizontal shift register, wherein the vertical shift register, when signals of some rows of all rows in the pixel array are read out to the readout unit, starts shift operation for skip scanning of the signals of non-readout rows before an operation to scan the readout unit by the horizontal shift register in a direction along a row is completed, and executes selection scanning of readout rows such that the signals are read out to the readout unit from the readout row selectively scanned by the vertical shift register after the operation to scan the readout unit by the horizontal shift register in the direction along the row is completed.06-24-2010
20100157078HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE IMAGE COMBINING - Systems and methods of high dynamic range image combining are disclosed. In a particular embodiment, a device includes a global mapping module configured to generate first globally mapped luminance values within a region of an image, a local mapping module configured to generate second locally mapped luminance values within the region of the image, and a combination module configured to determine luminance values within a corresponding region of an output image using a weighted sum of the first globally mapped luminance values and the second locally mapped luminance values. A weight of the weighted sum is at least partially based on a luminance variation within the region of the image.06-24-2010
20080284868IMAGING ELEMENT - Imaging elements are provided. An imaging element has a wireless communication circuit adapted to detect a wireless communication signal and to generate a control signal; an illumination circuit having an illumination element, the illumination circuit being adapted so that the illumination element generates light at an intensity that is based upon the control signal and a body containing the wireless communication circuit and the light source, wherein the body occupies a space that is less than about five cubic millimeters. The imaging element can also incorporate radiation sensors and can provide wireless signals indicative of sampled radiation.11-20-2008
20110128401DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - A digital photographing apparatus and a method of controlling the same. The digital photographing apparatus includes: a first display unit disposed on a rear surface of the digital photographing apparatus; a second display unit disposed on a front surface of the digital photographing apparatus; and a digital signal processing unit for turning on the second display unit if a face is detected in an input image.06-02-2011
20100157087METHOD AND APPARATUS OF DISPLAYING PORTRAIT ON DISPLAY - A method of displaying a portrait on a display is provided. The method includes determining whether a photographed image is a character-photographed image according to photographing information of the photographed image; executing face detection from the photographed image if it is determined that the photographed image is a character-photographed image; setting a character area in the photographed image according to a result of the face detection; and magnifying and displaying the character area on the display.06-24-2010
20100157090IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING METHOD, RECORDING MEDIUM, AND PROGRAM - An imaging method, a recording medium, and a program which are capable of processing imaging data of a high rate in a manner similar to that of a normal frame rate. Image data captured by a solid-state imaging element capable of performing imaging at a high resolution and a high frame rate is supplied to a memory control unit. The memory control unit, at the same time as writing the imaging data input from the imaging element in a frame memory, reads preceding frames of imaging data that are recorded on the frame memory, and sequentially respectively outputs them in parallel, as video image data items for each frame, to respective camera signal processing units. Then, in the camera signal processing units, a video output unit, a viewfinder output unit, codec units, and recording units, processing similar to that in the case of a frame rate that is ¼ the imaging frame rate is executed.06-24-2010
20100157080DATA PROCESSING DEVICE, DATA PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - The present invention relates to a data processing device, a data processing method, and a recording medium that enable a user to have a bodily sensation of collection of a material such as image data or the like, and editing.06-24-2010
20100157086DYNAMIC AUTOFOCUS METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ASSAY IMAGER - A method and system are provided for controlling focus dynamically of a sample imager. The method comprises scanning a sample with an optical assembly that apportions the sample into regions based on a scan pattern. The optical assembly has a focal setting with respect to the sample. The method further comprises shifting the focal setting of the optical assembly during scanning of the sample, and detecting one or more images representative of one of the regions from the sample. The one or more images have associated degrees of focus corresponding to the focal setting of the optical assembly. The method analyzes the image(s) to obtain a focus score or scores corresponding thereto, where the focus scores represent a degree to which the optical assembly was in focus when detecting the images. The method adjusts the focus setting based on the focus score(s).06-24-2010
20100157081RENDERING SYSTEM AND DATA PROCESSING METHOD USING SAME - A rendering system includes a data input unit for reading depth information of a deep render buffer obtained by rendering; a camera lens sampling unit for sampling surface data of a lens provided in a camera; a deep render buffer reconstruction unit referring to pixel location information of the deep render buffer to reconstruct a deep render buffer at a new camera position, wherein the camera position corresponds to a sampling result from the camera lens sampling unit. The rendering system further includes a render image generation unit for generating a render image at the camera position from the reconstructed deep render buffer; and an image accumulation unit for accumulating the render image at the camera position.06-24-2010
20110228129IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS PERFORMING AUTOMATIC PHOTOGRAPHING PROCESSING, IMAGE PICKUP METHOD AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM RECORDED WITH PROGRAM THEREOF - Disclosed is an image pickup apparatus comprising: an image pickup section to pick up a subject image; and a central processing section to perform processing of arbitrarily setting at least one automatic photographing condition among a plurality of kinds of automatic photographing conditions, judging whether “the set automatic photographing condition” is satisfied or not, and instructing the image pickup section to pick up a recording subject image when “the set automatic photographing condition” is judged to be satisfied.09-22-2011
20100165139IMAGE GAMUT MAPPING - A method of gamut mapping maps an input image composed of pixels and having an input gamut (IG) defined by input RGB primaries (Ri, Gi, Bi) to a reproduction gamut (RG) defined by reproduction RGB primaries (Ro, Go, Bo). The reproduction gamut (RG) is narrower than the input gamut (IG). An input signal (RGBin) defined with respect to the input RGB primaries (Ri, Gi, Bi) is color transformed (07-01-2010
20100002092METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING CONTINUOUS IMAGE DATA CAPTURED BY DIGITAL IMAGE PROCESSOR - Provided are a method and apparatus for processing continuous image data captured by a digital image processor which encodes/decodes a plurality of continuous images in a Moving Picture Expert Group (MPEG) format. The apparatus includes a digital signal processing unit which compresses the continuous image data into video data in consideration of correlations between neighboring images, or converts the compressed video data into displayable data.01-07-2010
20100265348Systems and Methods for Image Data Transfer - Various embodiments of the present invention provide systems and methods for efficient image data transfer and/or storage. As an example, some embodiments of the present invention provide data storage systems that include an image capture device, a storage medium and a processor. The image capture device generates a first still image and a second still image. The processor is communicably coupled to the storage medium, and generates a first compressed image and a second compressed image. The first compressed image and the second compressed image are generated by: receiving the first still image and the second still image; selecting an image portion of the first still image; identifying a similarity between the image portion of the first still image and an image portion of the second still image; indicating the similarity; and eliminating the image portion of the second still image. The processor stores the first compressed image and a second compressed image to the storage medium.10-21-2010
20090115864IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND PROGRAM - An imaging apparatus includes the following elements. An operation acceptance unit accepts an operation input to specify an attribute associated with a predetermined object. An imaging unit converts incoming light from a subject into a captured image. An object detection unit detects one or more objects included in the captured image. An attribute determination unit determines an attribute of each detected object. A priority object determination unit determines at least one of the detected objects as a priority object on the basis of the specified attribute and the determined attribute.05-07-2009
20090115862GEO-TAGGING OF MOVING PICTURES - Image acquisition equipment for moving images comprising a sensing unit for registering moving images; a positioning receiver for receiving data indicative of the geographical position of the image acquisition equipment; a processing unit for calculating the current geographical position of the image acquisition equipment from the data received by the positioning receiver and for recording of moving images registered by the sensing unit; where processing unit is adapted for calculating the geographical position of the image acquisition equipment during the recording of moving images and for associating the current calculated geographical position with the current time of recording of the moving images.05-07-2009
20110176022Image Sensor Devices Having Peripheral Circuits Therein that Use Light Guide Materials as Electrical Insulators - An image sensor includes an array of image sensor cells, on a substrate, and a peripheral circuit region extending adjacent the array of image sensor cells. The array of image sensor cells includes a plurality of lens elements and a plurality of color filters extending adjacent the plurality of lens elements. A plurality of photodiodes is provided in the substrate. The plurality of photodiodes are aligned to corresponding ones of the plurality of lens elements. An interconnection structure is also provided, which extends between the plurality of photodiodes and the plurality of color filters. The interconnection structure has an array of cavities therein that are aligned to corresponding ones of the plurality of photodiodes and are filled with a light guide material. The peripheral circuit region includes a metal interconnect pattern and an electrically conductive pad on the metal interconnect pattern. An electrically insulating layer extends on the electrically conductive pad. The electrically insulating layer is formed of the light guide material.07-21-2011
20110176021Image-Processing Integrated Circuit - An image-processing integrated circuit includes an image-processing die, a conductive layer, first optical units and a second optical unit. The conductive layer is provided on a face of the image-processing die. The first optical units are provided on an opposite face of the image-processing die. The second optical unit is provided on the first optical units.07-21-2011
20110176018METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR GAMMA CAMERA COUNT RATE SATURATION CORRECTION - A system and method for adjusting count rate information, comprising: acquiring, using at least one detector, static image information from at least one imaged object; acquiring, using the at least one detector, whole body image information from the at least one imaged object; determining, using at least one computer application, the count rate information using the static image information and the whole body image information; and adjusting, using the at least one computer application, the count rate information by accounting for movement between the at least one detector and the at least one imaged object.07-21-2011
20090086048SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRACKING MULTIPLE FACE IMAGES FOR GENERATING CORRESPONDING MOVING ALTERED IMAGES - An image processing system and related method for simultaneously generating a plurality of partially- or fully-animated images on a display that substantially track the movements, changes in orientations, and changes in facial expressions of a corresponding plurality of face images captured by an image capturing device, such as a camera or video recorder. The image processing system includes graphic tools to allow a user to create the partially- or fully animated pictures on the display. Additionally, the image processing system has the capability of generating a video clip or file of the plurality of partially- or fully-animated images for storing locally or remotely, or uploading to a website. Further, the image processing system has the capability of transmitting and receiving information related to the partially- or fully-animated images in a video instant messaging or conferencing session.04-02-2009
20100013947PHASE DIFFERENCE DETECTION DEVICE, IMAGING APPARATUS, PHASE DIFFERENCE DETECTION METHOD - The ratio between an image A and an image B is calculated as the comparison result of the images A and B obtained from a pair of optical images. The variance is then calculated in order to evaluate the statistical fluctuation of the ratio obtained for each pixel. The fluctuation due to the variance is evaluated for each phase difference while the phase between the image A and the image B is shifted. The phase difference detection is performed on the basis of the evaluation result of the fluctuation.01-21-2010
20100188523VISUAL PROCESSING APPARATUS, VISUAL PROCESSING METHOD, PROGRAM, RECORDING MEDIUM, DISPLAY DEVICE, AND INTEGRATED CIRCUIT - It is possible to inhibit side effects even when an image that has sharp edge regions has been input. The invention is provided with a spatial processing portion (07-29-2010
20100259631DATA COMPRESSION APPARATUS, DATA COMPRESSION PROGRAM AND IMAGE-TAKING APPARATUS - In order to provide a data compression apparatus, a data compression program and an image-taking apparatus estimating the compression ratio and being adequate for reducing an operation time, a differential generation section that determines, for a series of numerical values of to-be-compressed data of a series of numerical values, a difference between numerical values adjacent to each other directly or with a given space therebetween, to generate new compressed data of a series of numerical values each representing the difference, a compression section that subjects the compressed data generated to compression processing, and an estimation section that determines a concentration degree indicating concentration of respective numerical values of the to-be-compressed data generated on a numerical value representing a difference “0”, and estimates a compression degree used when the compressed data is compressed by the compression section, such that the higher the concentration degree is, the higher the compression degree is.10-14-2010
20100259632WIDE ANGLE OPTICAL SYSTEM, IMAGING LENS DEVICE, MONITOR CAMERA, AND DIGITAL APPARATUS - Provided are a wide angle optical system having better optical performance, low in cost, and compact in size, an imaging lens device having the wide angle optical system, a monitor camera, and a digital apparatus. The wide angle optical system (10-14-2010
20100259634DIGITAL IMAGE SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD AND APPARATUS, AND MEDIUM HAVING RECORDED THEREON THE METHOD - Provided are a digital image signal processing method including determining a saturation condition by comparing a delta between a plurality of pieces of image data of an input image exhibiting different color components with a standard for white scene recognition, determining a bright condition by using a distribution of grey levels of the input image, and determining that the input image is a white scene when the input image satisfies the saturation condition and the bright condition, and a digital image signal apparatus for executing the method, and a medium having recorded thereon the method. Thus, a white scene is quickly and accurately determined. And settings of the digital image signal processing apparatus can be properly set for capturing the white scene.10-14-2010
20100259629CAMERA DEVICE FOR CAPTURING HIGH-RESOLUTION IMAGE BY USING LOW-PIXEL-NUMBER PHOTO SENSING ELEMENT - A camera device includes a lens module, a photo sensing element and a micro-electro-mechanical system mirror. The lens module is used for receiving an external light beam. The photo sensing element includes at least one pixel sensor with a first pixel number. The micro-electro-mechanical system mirror is used for reflecting the external light beam to the photo sensing element, thereby obtaining a digital image with a second pixel number. The micro-electro-mechanical system mirror is swung at different angles to receive the external light beam with different incidence angles, so that the second pixel number is higher than the first pixel number.10-14-2010
20100182445Processing Device, Method, And Electronic System Utilizing The Same - A processing device including a first camera and a control unit is disclosed. The first camera captures a first image. The control unit activates an appliance to execute a specific action according to the first image.07-22-2010
20100157077IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING CONTROL METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM READABLE BY COMPUTER06-24-2010
20090046167CAMERA SYSTEM INCLUDING A CAMERA HEAD AND A CAMERA CONTROL UNIT - Disclosed herein is a camera system and camera controller having a modularized design. Camera control functions within the controller are distributed among a number of modules, each module performing a component task of controlling a camera. Individual modules can perform tasks such as generating clock signals, digitizing an analog video signal, and providing multiplexed digital video output. Modules communicate with each other over a common bus sufficient to carry the signals necessary to control the camera. The system implements a RAM-based digital sequencer that provides the capability of loading bit patterns into memory and using these patterns to generate waveforms for clocking a CCD. Clock and readout sequences can be composed in a high level language, compiled and uploaded into the controller. Adjustable clamp and sample signal delays used in digitizing an analog video signal provide the capability to optimize the performance of the system in a given application.02-19-2009
20090046169Image Selecting Apparatus, Camera, and Method of Selecting Image - An image selecting apparatus comprises an input unit 02-19-2009
20090046170DIGITAL VIDEO CAMERA NON-INTEGER-RATIO BAYER DOMAIN SCALER - An apparatus having a buffer and a circuit is disclosed. The buffer may be configured to receive a digital image. The digital image generally has (i) a Bayer color representation and (ii) two initial dimensions in a horizontal direction and a vertical direction respectively. The circuit may be configured to generate a resample image in a signal by down-sampling the digital image in the Bayer color representation such that (i) the resample image has two resample dimensions, (ii) at least one of the resample dimensions is smaller than a respective at least one of the initial dimensions and (iii) the respective at least one initial dimension is a non-integer multiple of the at least one resample dimension.02-19-2009
20110234836SOLID-STATE IMAGE TAKING DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - Disclosed herein is a solid-state image taking device including a pixel section and a scan driving section wherein on each pixel column included in the pixel area determined in advance to serve as a pixel column having the unit pixels laid out in the scan direction, the opto-electric conversion section and the electric-charge holding section are laid out alternately and repeatedly, and on each of the pixel columns in the pixel area determined in advance, two the electric-charge holding sections of two adjacent ones of the unit pixels are laid out disproportionately toward one side of the scan direction with respect to the optical-path limiting section or the opto-electric conversion section.09-29-2011
20100013945IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE AND IMAGE PICKUP METHOD - To provide a camera determining a subject for which an image capturing condition is set at the time determined based on whether or not the subject is detected before an image capturing instruction is issued. The subject is detected, it is determined whether the subject detection result satisfies a predetermined condition, the subject for which the image capturing condition should be set is determined before the image capturing instruction is accepted when the subject detection result satisfies the predetermined condition, the image capturing instruction is accepted, the image capturing condition is set based on the determined subject when the subject detection result satisfies the predetermined condition and the image capturing condition is set based on the subject detection result obtained after the image capturing instruction is accepted when the subject detection result does not satisfy the predetermined condition, and actual image capturing is performed under the set image capturing condition.01-21-2010
20100013944Gesture Recognition Apparatus and Method - A method of identifying a human gesture using a machine includes providing a time sequence of data related to the human gesture; transforming the time sequence of data into waveforms; extracting features from the waveforms; and identifying the human gesture based on the extracted features.01-21-2010
20100013951Digital Watermarking Methods, Programs and Apparatus - The present claims recite various steganographic and digital watermarking methods and apparatus. One claim recites a method of watermarking a representation of a physical object. The method includes: projecting a watermark orientation component onto a physical object; and using a camera or image sensor, capturing an image or video of the physical object including the watermark orientation component as projected thereon. Another claim recites an apparatus including: a light source for projecting a registration component onto a physical object; a camera or sensor for capturing an image or video of the physical object including the registration component as projected thereon; and an electronic processor programmed for encoding a message in the image or video captured by said camera or sensor. Of course, other claims and combinations are provided as well.01-21-2010
20100013943ARRANGEMENT AND METHOD RELATING TO AN IMAGE RECORDING DEVICE - An input system for a digital camera may include a portion for taking at least one image to be used as a control image; and a controller to control at least one operation of the digital camera based on a control command recognized from the control image, the control command controlling a function of the camera01-21-2010
20130215286PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM - Provided is a photoelectric conversion apparatus including a plurality of pixels and a control unit, wherein each of the pixels includes a photoelectric conversion unit and a digital-signal output unit configured to output a digital signal based on the output of the photoelectric conversion unit, and the number of bits of the digital signal may be switched.08-22-2013
20100188522IMAGE-CAPTURING DEVICE, IMAGE CREATION METHOD, AND PROGRAM PRODUCT - An image-capturing device includes: a micro-lens array in which a plurality of micro lenses are arrayed; a light reception element array having a plurality of groups of light reception elements respectively corresponding to the plurality of micro lenses, and that receives a ray bundle from an optical system via the micro lenses and outputs a plurality of received light signals; a detection unit that detects a deviation amount of an image surface by the optical system when the received light signals were obtained; and an image creation unit that selects a portion of the plurality of received light signals on the basis of the deviation amount detected by the detection unit, and creates an image on the basis of that selected portion of the received light signals.07-29-2010
20100188520IMAGING DEVICE AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM - An imaging device includes an imaging section imaging a subject by either of all-pixel readout of an imaging sensor and thinning-out readout and generating an image, a face detection section detecting a face of the subject by using the image imaged by the thinning-out readout, a facial recognition section recognizing respective forms of a corner of mouth, teeth, and a tail of eyes along with the face of the subject being detected, an expression determination section determining that the subject is smiling when the respective forms of the corner of mouth, the teeth, and the tail of eyes being recognized match at least one of smile conditions, and a control section giving an imaging instruction of the subject by the all-pixel readout to the imaging section when the subject is determined to be smiling by the expression determination section.07-29-2010
20100188521ELECTRONIC CAMERA AND MEDIUM STORING IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM - An electronic camera is characterized by including an imaging part shooting a figure image; an area detection part detecting a flesh-colored area including a face portion and a portion other than a face; a color judgment part judging color information of the flesh-colored area; a color difference calculation part determining a color difference between first color information of the face portion and second color information of the flesh-colored area of the portion other than the face; a correction coefficient calculation part determining color correction coefficients based on the color difference; an area appointment part appointing an area on which a color conversion is performed; and a color conversion part performing, when the color difference is equal to or greater than a predetermined value, the color conversion on the area appointed by the area appointment part by using the color correction coefficients.07-29-2010
20100188519Information Processing Device and Method, Program, and Recording Medium - An information processing device includes: an outline extraction unit extracting an outline of a subject from a picked-up image of the subject; a characteristic amount extraction unit extracting a characteristic amount, by extracting sample points from points making up the outline, for each of the sample points; an estimation unit estimating a posture of a high degree of matching as a posture of the subject by calculating a degree of the characteristic amount extracted in the characteristic amount extraction unit being matched with each of a plurality of characteristic amounts that are prepared in advance and represent predetermined postures different from each other; and a determination unit determining accuracy of estimation by the estimation unit using a matching cost when the estimation unit carries out the estimation.07-29-2010
20100259635IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS, IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - An apparatus according to the present invention includes an acquisition unit configured to acquire an input image, a conversion unit configured to convert the acquired input image to an output image, a detection unit configured to detect in the input image a pixel having a predetermined luminance, a calculation unit configured to calculate a position of an output image corresponding to a position of the detected pixel, and a display unit configured to display the output image on a screen.10-14-2010
20100259630DEVICE FOR HELPING THE CAPTURE OF IMAGES - A device for helping the capture of images is disclosed that comprises: 10-14-2010
20100225773SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CENTERING A PHOTOGRAPH WITHOUT VIEWING A PREVIEW OF THE PHOTOGRAPH - Systems and methods are providing for capturing images of objects or faces without previewing the image to be captured. In particular, systems and methods are provided for using a detection algorithm to determine when a camera lens of an electronic device is properly oriented to capture an item (e.g., a face in a self-portrait). The detection algorithm can be configured to identify specific faces or objects, and can direct the electronic device to automatically store a captured image in response to detecting objects or faces of interest. In some embodiments, a motion-sensing component can be used to help align the lens.09-09-2010
20090303336Image Processing Method, Image Processing Program and Image Processing Apparatus - Chrominance image information is generated based upon input image information. A determination target area to undergo determination of a target object within a determination target image constituted with the chrominance image information is set. An average chrominance value for each of the determination target area and a plurality of peripheral areas set around the determination target area is calculated based upon the chrominance image information corresponding to each area. Color information expressed by the average chrominance value calculated for the determination target area is evaluated to determine whether or not the color information matches a characteristic color defined in advance in correspondence to the target object. A difference between the average chrominance value in the determination target area and the average chrominance values in the peripheral areas is evaluated to determine whether or not the determination target area is an image area separate from the peripheral areas. A decision is made as to whether or not the determination target area contains the target object based upon results of an evaluation indicating whether or not the average chrominance value in the determination target area matches the characteristic color and the result of an evaluation indicating whether or not the determination target area is an image area separate from the peripheral areas.12-10-2009
20100157089VIDEO OBJECT FRAGMENTATION DETECTION AND MANAGEMENT - Disclosed herein are a computer-implemented method and a camera system for determining a current spatial representation for a detection in a current frame of an image sequence. The method derives an expected spatial representation (06-24-2010
20100220209SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RECTIFIED MOSAICING OF IMAGES RECORDED BY A MOVING CAMERA - A system and method for generating a mosaic image from respective regions in a plurality of individual images, at least one of the regions being distorted and having a left and/or right edge that is tilted relative to a direction of view of the respective image. The distorted regions are rectified so as to form a respective rectified rectangular region and at least some of the rectified rectangular regions are mosaiced to form the mosaic image.09-02-2010
20100220207IMAGE EDITING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND MEDIUM STORING IMAGE EDITING PROGRAM - An image editing apparatus includes a selecting unit, an accepting unit, an extracting unit, and a calculating unit. The selecting unit selects any frame from a plurality of frames forming a moving image to be edited according to an instruction from a user. The accepting unit accepts designation of the user regarding an area to be edited and editing content for the any frame. The extracting unit extracts the area to be edited for each of the frames forming the moving image. For each of the frames forming the moving image, the calculating unit calculates a control value to be used for editing the area in each frame based on a difference between previously or subsequently continuing frames and the editing content or based on a result of editing provided to the any frame according to the editing content.09-02-2010
20100220208IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND APPARATUS AND DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS USING THE SAME - Provided are a digital photographing apparatus and method of performing different degrees of image processing on one or more faces in an image according to the distances of faces from the digital photographing apparatus or whether auto-focusing has been performed on the faces. Also provided are a digital photographing apparatus and method of performing different degrees of image processing which assist in preventing faces at farther distances from appearing more processed, for example, more blurred, than faces at closer distances and which assist in preventing faces that have not been auto-focused from appearing more processed, for example, more blurred, than faces that have been auto-focused.09-02-2010
20100149363Imaging Device - This invention provide an imaging device includes: a still image obtaining unit which obtains a plurality of still images; an omnifocal image generation unit which combines the still images, and generates the omnifocal image; a focal position control unit which obtains a focusing position of at lest a part of the omnifocal image from height shape data, and controls the focal position so that the focal position of the frame image substantially coincides with the focusing position; a feature quantity extraction unit which extracts feature quantity from the frame image and the omnifocal image or a reference image; a relative position determination unit which determines a relative position between the frame image and the reference image; and a live image display unit which updates a display position of the frame image, and displays a moving picture image on the omnifocal image.06-17-2010
20100253803IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - An image pickup apparatus that can reduce power consumption of the image pickup apparatus, and take high-definition moving images at high speed without bringing about decreases in recordable time and the number of still images taken. An image pickup processing unit is operated in a plurality of operation modes, and has an image pickup device and a plurality of processing units that process image pickup signals outputted from the image pickup device. An interval control circuit causes the image pickup processing unit to switch between a standby ON state and a standby OFF state in predetermined timing. A control signal is outputted to the interval control unit according to an operation mode of the image pickup processing unit. When the image pickup processing unit lies in a predetermined operation mode, a control signal for causing the interval control circuit to perform the switching is outputted to the interval control circuit.10-07-2010
20100231738CAPTURE OF VIDEO WITH MOTION - A method of capturing a video of a scene depending on the speed of motion in the scene, includes capturing a video of the scene; determining the relative speed of motion within a first region of the video of the scene with respect to the speed of motion within a second region of the video of the scene; and causing a capture rate of the first region of the video of the scene to be greater than a capture rate of the second region of the video of the scene, or causing an exposure time of the first region to be less than exposure time of the second region.09-16-2010
20100225778IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE, ENCODING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An image capturing device, encoding method, and program in which even if the capturing of a large sized image is required, the capacity of a memory required for processing can be reduced.09-09-2010
20100225777IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM - The image processing apparatus is provided with a subject movement data creation unit that detects the movement of subjects in a plurality of partitioned blocks that partition a screen area of moving images, and creates subject movement data that specifies a partitioned block where there is movement in the subject and the movement of the subject in that partitioned block; a still image acquisition unit that acquires still images; and a still image processor that causes the image of the still image blocks corresponding to the partitioned blocks specified by the subject movement data to move in accordance with the movement of the subject specified by the subject movement data, on the still image acquired by the still image acquisition unit using the subject movement data created by the subject movement data creation unit.09-09-2010
20100238315IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURE METHOD IN WHICH AN IMAGE IS PROCESSED BY A PLURALITY OF IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICES - An image capture system is provided that increases processing speed after an image is captured and also increases the rate at which data is read from an image capture device during a shooting sequence. The image capture system includes an image capture device for capturing an object image and converting the captured object image into an electrical signal, a plurality of image processing devices, and a distribution device for distributing the electrical signal from the image capture device to the plurality of image processing devices. The plurality of image processing devices generate image signals by processing the electrical signal output from the distribution device and are provided in parallel with each other. Each of the plurality of image processing devices concurrently processes the electrical signal for one frame.09-23-2010
20100238314IMAGE CAPTURE AND DISPLAY DEVICE - A display device for capturing and displaying images along a single optical axis, having an image capture device for capturing the objective image through the display panel when the display device is in a second transmissive state; an image supply source for providing an image to a display panel when the display panel is in a first display state; a mechanism for alternating placing the display panel between the first display state and second transmissive state such that an image can be viewed on the display screen and the object can be captured such that the alternating between the first display state and the second transmissive state is substantially imperceptible to a user of the display panel; and a mechanism for providing digitally image processing for captured images prior to display.09-23-2010
20100238313Imaging Apparatus and Method, and Program - The present invention relates to an imaging apparatus and method and program whereby composition can more readily be confirmed.09-23-2010
20100238312IMAGE SENSOR HAVING OUTPUT OF INTEGRAL IMAGE - An image sensor having an output of an integral image is provided. The image sensor includes a pixel circuit, a line accumulator, and a volume accumulator. The pixel circuit includes a plurality of pixels for capturing pixel values of the pixels. The line accumulator is used for accumulating the pixel values of the pixels from a first pixel to a target pixel in a target pixel line of the image so as to obtain an accumulated line pixel value. The volume accumulator is used for adding the accumulated line pixel value output by the line accumulator to an integral pixel value of the pixel corresponding to the target pixel in a previous pixel line of the target pixel line, and using an adding result as the integral pixel value of the target pixel, so as to output the integral pixel value of the target pixel to form an integral image.09-23-2010
20100238311IMAGING DEVICE - An imaging device for forming an image of a sample object includes an optical device and a processing unit. The optical device captures a Fourier spectrum of an object. The processing unit is arranged for processing the Fourier spectrum from the optical device and is adapted for determining the image of the sample object from the intensity of the Fourier spectrum of the sample object and the intensity of the Fourier spectrum of a combination of the sample object and a reference object.09-23-2010
20090174788IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus that enables to make a periodic noise in a captured image less noticeable without making the whole construction thereof complicated. An image pick up unit accumulates electric charges corresponding to an optical image of a target object and transfers the accumulated electric charges, and also reads them out as image signals. A control unit drives the image pick up unit to read out the image signals consecutively from the image pick up unit in a field-by-field base in such a manner so as to make the horizontal cycle of each field different from one another.07-09-2009
20110058061SIMULTANEOUS MODEL-BASED SEGMENTATION OF OBJECTS SATISFYING PRE-DEFINED SPATIAL RELATIONSHIPS - The invention relates to a system (03-10-2011
20110058060Face Recognition Training Method and Apparatus - A device is trained for face recognition. A first acquired digital image of a scene includes a face. Face image data is extracted and stored in a face image library along with an unique identifier. A second acquired digital image may or may not include the face of the same person as the face in the first acquired digital image. Face recognition is applied to extracted face data of the second digital image, and the face of the first digital image is displayed as a match to the face of the second digital image when the first and second images are determined to match or the second digital image or a face therein is identified with biometric data stored along with the first digital image when the faces in the first and second images are determined to match.03-10-2011
20110058059Object-Image Searching Apparatus - An object-image searching apparatus includes a fetcher. A fetcher repeatedly fetches an object scene image. A first searcher searches an object image that matches a registered object image from the object scene image fetched by the fetcher. An acceptor accepts a designating manipulation for designating the object image on the object scene image fetched by the fetcher. A second searcher searches a predetermined object image that matches the object image designated by the designating manipulation from among a plurality of predetermined object images. A definer defines, as the registered object image, the predetermined object image discovered by the second searcher.03-10-2011
20110058058DIGITAL IMAGE ACQUISITION CONTROL AND CORRECTION METHOD AND APPARATUS - An unsatisfactory scene is disqualified as an image acquisition control for a camera. An image is acquired. One or more mouth regions are determined. The mouth regions are analyzed to determined whether they are frowning, and if so, then the scene is disqualified as a candidate for a processed, permanent image while the mouth is completing the frowning.03-10-2011
20110058057IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE AND METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An image capture device includes: a request-data obtaining unit configured to obtain request data output from an image processing device; a determining unit configured to determine whether or not an input image is an image requested by the image processing device, on a basis of information contained in the request data; a presenting unit configured to present a user with a result of the determination; and a saving configured to save the input image at timing designated by the user.03-10-2011
20110058056AUDIO ALTERATION TECHNIQUES - A method of altering audio output from an electronic device based on image data is provided. In one embodiment, the method includes acquiring image data and determining one or more characteristics of the image data. Such characteristics may include sharpness, brightness, motion, magnification, zoom setting, and so forth, as well as variation in any of the preceding characteristics. The method may also include producing audio output, wherein at least one characteristic of the audio output is determined based on one or more of the image data characteristics. Various audio output characteristics that may be varied based on the video data characteristics may include, for instance, pitch, reverberation, tempo, volume, filter frequency response, added sound effects, or the like. Additional methods, devices, and manufactures are also disclosed.03-10-2011
20110058055VIDEO STORAGE - Systems, methods, and devices for encoding video data are provided. For example, an electronic device for obtaining and encoding video may include image capture circuitry, motion-sensing circuitry, and data processing circuitry. The image capture circuitry may capture an uncompressed video frame, and the motion-sensing circuitry may detect physical motion of the electronic device. The data processing circuitry may encode the uncompressed video frame based at least in part on a quantization parameter, which the data processing circuitry may determine based at least in part on whether the motion-sensing circuitry has detected physical motion of the electronic device.03-10-2011
20120194696SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND CAMERA - A solid-state image sensor includes a plurality of pixels for focus detection by a phase difference detection scheme. The pixel includes a semiconductor region provided therein with a plurality of photoelectric converters configured so that signals therefrom are independently read out, a microlens, and a lens surface arranged between the microlens and the semiconductor region, wherein the lens surface exerts a negative power on light which passes through the microlens toward the semiconductor region.08-02-2012
20100208093METHOD FOR PROCESSING IMAGE DATA IN PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE, AND PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE HAVING CAMERA THEREOF - The present disclosure is related to a method for processing image data in the portable electronic device, the method including obtaining an image through an image obtaining unit of the electronic device having a plurality of shot modes; determining each good-to-fit score of the plurality of shot modes for the obtained image; and displaying the each good-to-fit score of the plurality of shot modes for the obtained image along with the obtained image.08-19-2010
20100208095INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR CORRECTING IMAGES - An information processing apparatus includes a first acquisition unit configured to acquire a first image generated based on light passing through a lens unit, a second acquisition unit configured to acquire information corresponding to a pupil distance of the lens unit when the first image is acquired, and a correction unit configured to generate a second image, which is generated by correcting optical characteristics of the lens unit based on a position of the lens unit at the time of acquisition of the first image, wherein the correction unit corrects the first image affected by the optical characteristics based on the lens position of the lens unit based on the information corresponding to the pupil distance acquired by the second acquisition unit.08-19-2010
20100208094IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR SETTING CONTINUOUS SHOOTING SPEED, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An imaging apparatus, including: an imaging section for generating image data by performing continuous shooting, a first setting section for setting the number of images to be photographed, in each of the images a subject image is to be included; a dividing section for dividing a photographing region of the imaging section into divided regions of the number of images set by the first setting section; a second setting section for setting a continuous shooting speed based on a photographed position of the subject image in each of the divided regions divided by the dividing section; and a controller for controlling the imaging section to perform the continuous shooting at the continuous shooting speed set by the second setting section.08-19-2010
20100220210INTERACTIVE SYSTEM CAPABLE OF IMPROVING IMAGE PROCESSING - An interactive system capable of improving image processing includes a reference device, a processing module and a controller. The reference device is used for transmitting and/or reflecting light signals within a predetermined spectrum. The processing module includes an image sensor, an estimation unit and a transmission interface. The image sensor is used for sensing an image so as to generate pixel signals; the estimation unit is used for determining static parameters of at least one image object according to the pixel signals; and the transmission interface is used for serially outputting the static parameters of the at least one image object. The controller is used for controlling operation of the interactive system according to the static parameters of the at least one image object outputted from the transmission interface. The image sensor, the estimation unit, and the transmission interface can all be formed on the same substrate.09-02-2010
20100220206Drive device and image pickup apparatus - Disclosed herein is a drive device including an imaging element creating a image signal relating to an object image, a securing body, a displacement body capable of displacement in a predetermined direction in a predetermined plane having a light-receiving surface of the imaging element with respect to the securing body with the imaging element mounted to the displacement body, and a first guide mechanism and a second guide mechanism adapted each to guide displacement of the displacement body in the predetermined direction. The second guide mechanism includes a guide device, and a guided device. The guide device is configured to be positionally changeable in a plane parallel to the predetermined plane. The displacement body is turnably displaced with the first guide mechanism serving as a fulcrum when the guided device is displaced in response to the positional change of the guide device.09-02-2010
20100253800FOCUSING APPARATUS USING A PLASTIC LEAD SCREW - A focusing apparatus having a lead screw made of resin, both ends of which are supported by at least one stationary member to be freely rotatable, and a focusing lens group that is movable in an optical axis direction by rotation of the lead screw, the focusing apparatus includes a position detection sensor for detecting whether the focusing lens group is positioned at a reference position in the optical axis direction, and a focus detector which performs a focus-state detecting operation to detect a focus state of an object. The focusing apparatus moves the focusing lens group to a predetermined lens position in which the focus-state detecting operation is not performed, and the reference position is positioned in a close vicinity of the predetermined lens position.10-07-2010
20100253802ENHANCED MICROSCAN APPARATUS AND METHODS - Improved microscan apparatus and methods use a high-resolution optical sensor to measure the displacement of a scene relative to a focal-plane-array (FPA) sensor used to collect images of the scene, eliminating components within the FPA sensor itself to vary the image's location on the FPA. The projection of the scene image varies on the FPA due to the relative movement of the sensor or other external factors. The focal-plane-array (FLA) sensor and high-resolution optical sensor are mounted on a common platform so that both sensors track a scene along the same line of sight. The displacement of a scene on the FPA sensor is computed using the displacement of the scene gathered by the high-resolution optical sensor; and the resolution of the scene on the FPA sensor is enhanced using the computed displacement to generate an output image. The image may be a three-dimensional image, including a 3-D Laser Detection and Ranging (LADAR) image.10-07-2010
20100165138MODULAR MOTION CAMERA - Modular digital motion camera systems are disclosed. Individual modules may be removed from the system and replaced, such as to benefit from upgraded technology, while preserving the remaining modules in the system. The modules may be disassembled and reconstructed to convert the physical form of the camera, such as between ENG configurations, DSLR configurations and studio configurations. Universal lens mount modules are provided, to enable use of lens systems from a variety of commercial manufacturers.07-01-2010
20100165140DIGITAL IMAGE ADJUSTABLE COMPRESSION AND RESOLUTION USING FACE DETECTION INFORMATION - A method of adjustable spatial and/or temporal compression of an image including a face includes identifying a group of pixels that correspond to a face within a digitally-acquired image. A first compression portion of the image including the group of pixels is determined. A second compression portion of the image other than the group of pixels is also determined. The first compression portion may be automatically compressed with higher-grade compression than the second compression portion to generate a compressed image including the face, or an option to provided the compressed image including the different grade compressions may be provided.07-01-2010
20100128141METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING SIMILARITY BETWEEN IMAGES - A method and apparatus for determining a similarity between an input image and a template image may determine the similarity by using a difference in histogram degree between the input image and the template image, in a reduced period of time, which increases efficiency.05-27-2010
20100128140IMAGING DEVICE, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND IMAGING METHOD - The number of thermal sensors in an imaging device that requires temperature measurement is reduced. The imaging device includes: a lens array (05-27-2010
20090290042DEVELOPMENT PROCESSING DEVICE, DEVELOPMENT PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM OF COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR DEVELOPMENT PROCESS - There is provided a development processing device that develops undeveloped image data. The development processing device includes a change screen displaying unit displays a first number line corresponding to a first initial parameter, a second number line corresponding to a second initial parameter, a reference line that intersects the first number line in a position corresponding to the first initial parameter and intersects the second number line in a position corresponding to the second initial parameter, a first marker that represents a position corresponding to the first user parameter on the first number line, and a second marker that represents a position corresponding to the second user parameter on the second number line on the parameter changing screen, and the development processing unit performs the development process based on at least the first user parameter and the second user parameter.11-26-2009
20100053350Image Device and Method of Same - An imaging device able to simplify an optical system while maintaining a high frame rate, but without needing expensive blurring restoration processing hardware, able to reduce costs, and in addition capable of obtaining a restored image little influenced by noise, and a method of same, which bypasses blurring restoration processing of an image processing device 03-04-2010
20100053349Imaging Apparatus and Imaging Method - An imaging apparatus and an imaging method able to obtain images having no blurring with a small number of images under different exposure conditions and capable of shortening a processing time, wherein an imaging apparatus 03-04-2010
20100194905System and method for non-invasive conversion of film cameras into digital cameras - A system and method for converting a film camera into a digital camera uses an electronic device placed in a space of the camera that normally contains film. The device includes an image sensing array arranged in optical communication with a lens of the camera when a shutter is open. An audio sensor is used to detect sounds within the camera, and an acoustic pattern recognizer with a built-in training mode is used to determine if the detected sounds correspond with the shutter operation. The image sensing array is switched into an image capture mode when the acoustic pattern recognizer determines that the shutter is being opened. When the shutter is opened, a read-out circuit captures multiple image frames from the image sensing array. An image processor associated with the image sensing array processes the captured images using advanced image processing algorithms.08-05-2010
20120194695IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD - An image processing apparatus receives a plurality of consecutive images, and regards pixels having the same coordinates in each of the consecutive images as a pixel match. The apparatus determines a range for red values, a range for green values, and a range for blue values in each pixel match, and filters out R, G, and B values which fall outside a corresponding range for the pixel match. In addition, the apparatus calculates an average R value, an average G value, and an average B value for each pixel match according to remaining R values, remaining G values, and remaining B values of the pixel match, and creates a new image by taking the average R value, the average G value, and the average B value of each pixel match as color values of a corresponding pixel in the new image.08-02-2012
20120194693VIEW ANGLE FEEDBACK DEVICE AND METHOD - The present invention provides a portable device that includes at least one view angle sensor for collecting sensor information about the view angle of the portable device. It also includes a view angle determination component for determining (1) the view angle of the portable device engaged in a videoconference session and (2) whether the view angle is within a predefined range for the videoconference session. The portable device also includes a feedback component, wherein responsive to the determination that the view angle is out of range, providing user feedback.08-02-2012
20110234834IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - To track the movement of a common subject contained in a sequence of image frames time-sequentially captured by a digital camera, feature points of the subject are extracted from a first image frame, and corresponding points to the extracted feature point are identified in a second image frame that is captured after the first image frame. When the number of traceable feature points, to which the corresponding points can be identified, is less than a predetermined value, the speed of movement of the subject is judged high, and the shutter speed of the digital camera is set at a higher value.09-29-2011
20090231457METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR GENERATING MEDIA SIGNAL BY USING STATE INFORMATION - Provided are a method and apparatus for generating a media signal by using state information. The method using the apparatus includes acquiring at least one type of state information selected from state information about a subject and state information about the apparatus, and generating a media signal by using the at least one type of state information.09-17-2009
20090322893CAMERA DATA MANAGEMENT AND USER INTERFACE APPARATUSES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS - In certain embodiments, a graphical user interface (“GUI”) including a live camera sensor view is displayed and, in response to the capture of a camera image, an image manager pane is displayed together with the live camera sensor view in the graphical user interface. The image manager pane includes a visual indicator representative of the captured camera image. In certain embodiments, a camera image is captured and automatically assigned to a session based on a predefined session grouping heuristic. In certain embodiments, data representative of a captured camera image is provided to a content distribution subsystem over a network, and the content distribution subsystem is configured to distribute data representative of the camera image to a plurality of predefined destinations.12-31-2009
20090040329PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS - A photographic apparatus comprises an imaging sensor, an image-processing unit, and a display unit. The imaging sensor obtains image data. The image-processing unit performs an image-processing operation on the image data. The display unit displays an image-processing setting picture having a setting-status indication area and a color status indication area. The setting-status indication area shows a setting status of the image-processing operation. The color status indication area displays a diagrammatic representation of a color status in the image-processing operation corresponding to the setting status.02-12-2009
20090189996IMAGE RECORDING DEVICE, IMAGE REPRODUCING DEVICE, RECORDING MEDIUM, IMAGE RECORDING METHOD, AND PROGRAM THEREOF - An image recording device includes: a reference clock generation generating a reference clock; a first compression unit generating first compressed image data by compressing a first picture that is included in pictures in the captured image and that is equivalent to image captured at the first frame rate; a second compression unit generating second compressed image data by compressing a second picture that is included in the pictures in the captured image except the first picture; a first timestamp generation unit generating a first timestamp indicating a time for presentation of the first picture with reference to the reference clock; a second timestamp generation unit generating a second timestamp indicating a time for presentation of the second picture with reference to the reference clock; a first assignment unit assigning the first timestamp to the first compressed image data; a second assignment unit assigning the second timestamp to the second compressed image data; and a recording unit recording, to the recording medium, (i) the first compressed image data assigned with the first timestamp and (ii) the second compressed image data assigned with the second timestamp.07-30-2009
20090115867IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM, AND PROGRAM RECORDING MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus generating a thin line binary image and extracting vectors includes: a vector extracting unit configured to raster-scan the thin line binary image by using a pixel matrix including a plurality of pixels to extract a vector to which contour point information is added in accordance with a predetermined pattern of black and white pixels in the pixel matrix; and a coordinate correcting unit configured to detect that the vector has been extracted from a set of black pixels in 2 pixels×2 pixels in the pixel matrix by referring to the contour point information added to the vector and correct a coordinate of a core-line vector in accordance with coordinate correction information included in the contour point information, the core-line vector being produced by reducing the vector to a core line.05-07-2009
20090115863PORTABLE TERMINAL HAVING TOUCH SCREEN AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING IMAGE THEREIN - A portable terminal having a touch screen and a method for processing an image therein are provided. The portable terminal includes a camera unit for photographing an image, a touch screen for displaying the photographed image, a controller for generating, if a substantially continuous drawing motion is detected on the touch screen, a partial area in the displayed image according to the drawing motion, and a memory unit for storing the partial area of the displayed image. Accordingly, the portable terminal may more easily perform image photographing and editing, thereby increasing user convenience.05-07-2009
20080231725Image capturing apparatus and dark current component cancel processing method - An image capturing apparatus having a shutter for making an image capturing element enter a light-shielded state or a light-unshielded state comprises an image capturing condition storing unit for storing a plurality of image capturing conditions, a dark-time image data storing unit for storing a plurality of pieces of dark-time image data captured with the image capturing element under the image capturing conditions in the light-shielded state, a bright-time image data storing unit for storing bright-time image data captured with the image capturing element in the light-unshielded state, a dark-time image data extracting unit for extracting a dark-time image captured under an image capturing condition corresponding to an image capturing condition under which the bright-time image is captured, and a correcting unit for correcting the bright-time image data based on the dark-time image data extracted by the dark-time image data extracting unit.09-25-2008
20080231722System And Method For Image Capture And Distribution - A system and method for capture, storage and display of a video image are disclosed. The system and method involve camera-based capture of images on an independent data storage medium for a first period of time. Thereafter, images are simultaneously captured on the independent data storage medium and a digital storage card associated with the camera for a second period of time. Images are then captured only on the independent data storage medium. The captured images are combined onto a single data storage medium and a program is provided to access and display such images in a desired sequence. High quality images of extended duration, e.g., twenty four hours, may thus be captured and displayed in a continuous, uninterrupted manner.09-25-2008
20080231721Image capture systems and methods - Image capture systems and methods for use in a picture-taking device. The system comprises an image sensor and a processing unit. The image sensor captures at least one picture. The processing unit determines whether a specific behavior exists in the picture. If so, the processing unit drives the device to perform a photography process to take an image via the image sensor.09-25-2008
20080231720RANGE FINDER SYSTEM AND ELECTRONIC SYSTEM HAVING SAME - A range finder system (09-25-2008
20080231718Compensating for Undesirable Camera Shakes During Video Capture - An image processor in an image capture device compensates for the effects of undesirable camera shakes occurring during video capture The image processor receives a pair of source frames representing images of a scene, generates a pair of subsampled frames from the source frames, and computes a coarse displacement of the captured image due to camera shakes by comparing the two subsampled frames. The image processor may then refine the determined coarse displacement by comparing the two source frames and a bound determined by an extent of subsampling, and compensate for the displacement accordingly. Display aberrations such as blank spaces caused due to shifting are also avoided by displaying only a portion of the captured image and shifting the displayed portion to compensate for camera shake. The image processor also recognizes displacements due to intentional camera movement, and does not correct for such displacements.09-25-2008
20090322898Image Pickup Apparatus and Electronic Device - An image processing method and apparatus operable for processing images is disclosed. The image processing method allows for drawing any given image in an output image on which various types of image processing have been performed. Such various types of image processing are, for example, correction of an image having distortion due to the distortion aberration of an imaging lens, an image having unnatural perspective distortion of a subject due to high-angle or overhead photography, generation of an output image with the viewpoint changed from the viewpoint of a captured image, mirror-image conversion of a captured image, and electronic zooming. Embodiments of the present invention also relate to an imaging apparatus that uses the image processing method.12-31-2009
20090322895IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image sensing apparatus according to this invention includes an image sensing unit which sequentially generates still image data, a holding unit which holds a plurality of still image data, a display unit which displays the still image data, a setting unit which sets a predetermined state as the start timing of shooting by the image sensing unit, a determination unit which determines whether the predetermined state has been obtained, a shooting control unit which causes the image sensing unit to start shooting when the determination unit determines that the predetermined state has been obtained, a display control unit which causes the display unit to sequentially display, at a display speed lower than an actual time, the still image data, a selection unit which selects one of a plurality of image data displayed on the display unit, and a recording unit which records the selected image data.12-31-2009
20090073275Image capturing apparatus with flash device - A digital camera (03-19-2009
20090073278IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND DIGITAL CAMERA - A visual processing section 03-19-2009
20090073277IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - An image processing apparatus is provided wherein a plurality of reference blocks of a size equal to that of a target block which has a predetermined size and includes a plurality of pixels set to a predetermined position in a target screen are set in a search range set on a reference screen and a motion vector is detected based on a positional displacement amount, on the screen, of that one of the reference blocks which has the highest correlation to the target block from the target block, comprising, a compression section, a first storage section, a decompression decoding section, a second storage section, and a mathematical operation section.03-19-2009
20090073276IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, METHOD THEREOF AND IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE WITH IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM - An image capturing device includes an image capturing unit, and an image processing system. The image capturing unit is configured for capturing images, including a first image of an object plus a background and a second image of the background only. The image processing system includes a color value measuring module, and a foreground image generating module. The color value measuring module is configured for measuring color value of each pixel of the second image and obtaining pixels of the first image corresponding to the object. The foreground image generating module is configured for extracting a foreground image consisting of the pixels of the first image corresponding to the object.03-19-2009
20130128068Methods and Apparatus for Rendering Focused Plenoptic Camera Data using Super-Resolved Demosaicing - A super-resolved demosaicing technique for rendering focused plenoptic camera data performs simultaneous super-resolution and demosaicing. The technique renders a high-resolution output image from a plurality of separate microimages in an input image at a specified depth of focus. For each point on an image plane of the output image, the technique determines a line of projection through the microimages in optical phase space according to the current point and angle of projection determined from the depth of focus. For each microimage, the technique applies a kernel centered at a position on the current microimage intersected by the line of projection to accumulate, from pixels at each microimage covered by the kernel at the respective position, values for each color channel weighted according to the kernel. A value for a pixel at the current point in the output image is computed from the accumulated values for the color channels.05-23-2013
20090073273DATA COMMUNICATION BETWEEN CAPSULATED CAMERA AND ITS EXTERNAL ENVIRONMENTS - A method for transmitting data to a camera without requiring in the camera a conventional wireless transmission capability includes (a) in the camera's field of view, providing an object which forms an image on which the data is encoded; (b) capturing an image of the object using optics of the camera; and (c) recovering the data from the image of the object. The data is encoded by an optically detectable quantity (e.g., light intensity or color) or a pattern in one or more portions of the object. The data can be carried by the distribution of the optically detectable quantity within the image or its derivative. The field of view of the camera may be divided into multiple sub-areas to allow providing multiple data-bearing images. A sequence of such images may be used to increase the amount of data that can be transmitted in this manner. In addition, the time domain can be used to create one further dimension of data encoding. In addition, communication in the opposite direction may be provided using one or more lighting devices in the camera. One use is to provide a response (e.g., acknowledgement or non-acknowledgement to the data transmission based on the data recovered). The camera's response may be detected by one or more light detectors outside of the camera. Communication can be carried out using an interactive communication protocol. By providing multiple lighting devices in the camera and multiple light detectors in the outside, the system provides a parallel data bus, which may include a clock signal to govern timing on the bus. The data may be represented as quantized values.03-19-2009
20130128072PHOTOGRAPHING DEVICE AND PHOTOGRAPHING METHOD - In a photographing device including a plurality of photographing means, a failure is liable to arise in photographing an object, therefore, a photographing device according to an exemplary aspect of the invention includes a plurality of photographing means; a photographing control means to which the plurality of photographing means are connected; and an output control means connected to the photographing control means; wherein the photographing control means includes an image information extraction means obtaining photographed images from the photographing means and extracting image information from each of the photographed images, an image information processing means detecting a difference between multiple pieces of the image information, and a comparison means making a comparison in size between the difference and a predetermined threshold value, the output control means outputs a warning signal if the comparison means determines that the size of the difference exceeds the size of the predetermined threshold value.05-23-2013
20090073274IMAGE SENSOR APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR IMPROVED DYNAMIC RANGE WITH MULTIPLE READOUT CIRCUIT PATHS - An image sensor apparatus comprises an image sensor for generating digital images having a high dynamic range. The image sensor apparatus includes an image sensor for generating a first and a second set of digital image samples at a first bit depth, with each set of digital image samples generated by a different column readout circuit path. A processor combines the first and second set of digital image samples to generate a digital image at a second bit depth, the second bit depth higher than the first bit depth.03-19-2009
20090153690Method for determining imaging quality of a camera via a motion sensor and ISO settings - A method for determining imaging quality of a camera via a motion sensor and ISO settings uses a CCD sensor module, an ISO setting module, a shutter module, a zoom module and a color temperature module to provide all kinds of information of an object image and transmit the information to an image processing unit to be processed, uses a motion sensor module to provide camera motion information, and then uses the image processing unit to estimate the level of motion of the camera and adjust and correct the information provided by the modules according to the camera motion information provided by the motion sensor module to select optimum settings and compression quality.06-18-2009
20090147094DIGITAL IMAGING DEVICE CAPABLE OF AUTO-REGULATING BRIGHTNESS OF DISPLAY PANEL AND BRIGHTNESS AUTO-REGULATING METHOD THEREOF - A digital imaging device includes a display panel, a capturing unit for capturing a number of images including a current image and a subsequent image, a brightness measuring unit configured for measuring a brightness value of the current image, a judging unit configured for determining whether the measured brightness value is acceptable, a controller, a memory and a regulating unit. The controller is used for adjusting exposure parameters of the capturing unit for the subsequent image if the measured brightness value is not acceptable. The memory stores a table including a collection of brightness values and a collection of driving voltage values, wherein each brightness value is associated with a driving voltage value. The regulating unit is used for indexing a driving voltage value in the table associated with the measured brightness value, and adjusting the display panel according to the indexed driving voltage value if the measured brightness value is acceptable.06-11-2009
20090316016IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING FUNCTION TO DETECT SPECIFIC SUBJECT - Disclosed is an image pickup apparatus 12-24-2009
20090115868Photographing device and method of controlling the same - A photographing device for photographing a subject is provided. The photographing device includes a face recognition unit recognizing a face included in an image of the subject; a distance calculation unit calculating a distance between each of a plurality of faces when the plurality of faces are recognized by the face recognition unit; and a distance comparison unit comparing the distance calculated by the distance calculation unit with a pre-set reference distance. A of controlling the photographing device is also provided.05-07-2009
20090115866IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - An image processing apparatus includes a moving image generating unit configured to generate moving image data, an instructions providing unit configured to set a frame rate of the moving image data and provide instructions to change a frame rate to the set frame rate, a control unit configured to control the moving image generating unit to generate moving image data of the frame rate set by the instructions providing unit, an additional information generating unit configured to generate additional information indicating a change of the frame rate of the moving image data in response to the instructions to change the frame rate, and a transmitting unit configured to transmit the moving image data generated by the moving image generating unit and the additional information. The transmitting unit transmits the additional information before a frame rate change point in the moving image data.05-07-2009
20090167884Self-Similar Capture Systems - An image capture system providing self-similar image elements. The self-similar nature of the image elements makes the information taken from an image of an object be invariant with both the magnification and rotation of the object. This can significantly reduce the processing required for object alignment and magnification adjustment during object recognition, identification, verification, or classification processes.07-02-2009
20090153688Digital Video Cable Driver - In accordance with the teachings described herein, a digital video cable driver is provided that includes an input stage, an output stage and an amplification stage. The input stage converts a pair of differential input voltages into a control current. The output stage generates a digital output voltage for transmission over a cable. The amplification stage responds to the control current to control a voltage swing of the digital output voltage as a function of the control current. The amplification stage may include a transistor circuit that varies the digital output voltage in proportion to variations in the control current to cause the voltage swing, wherein the control current causes one or more transistors in the transistor circuit to remain in a saturated state during operation of the digital video cable driver.06-18-2009
20090002515Self-Contained Wireless Camera Device, Wireless Camera System and Method - A self-contained wireless camera (01-01-2009
20110032379PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM USING THE SAME - In a photoelectric conversion apparatus including charge storing portions in its imaging region, isolation regions for the charge storing portions include first isolation portion each having a PN junction, and second isolation portions each having an insulator. A second isolation portion is arranged between a charge storing portion and at least a part of a plurality of transistors.02-10-2011
20110032376SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - A solid-state image pickup device is provided which includes a plurality of pixels provided in a semiconductor substrate, the pixels including a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions and MOS transistors which selectively read out signals therefrom, at least one organic photoelectric conversion film on the photoelectric conversion portions, and an isolation region provided in the organic photoelectric conversion film at a position corresponding to between the pixels to perform optical and electrical isolation.02-10-2011
20110032375IMAGING DEVICE - An imaging device includes an imaging unit, a buffer unit, an image processing unit, a processing determining unit and a power control unit. The imaging unit has an imaging sensor converting a subject image into an electrical signal and generates an image data of a photographed image. The buffer unit has a terminating resistor and temporarily stores the image data. The image processing unit performs image processing on the image data. The processing determining unit determines whether or not high-speed processing requiring a high-speed data transfer is performed. The power control unit disables the terminating resistor of the buffer unit and sets a clock supplied to the buffer unit at low speed compared to a case in which the terminating resistor is enabled when the high-speed processing is not performed. As a result, it is possible to reduce power consumption in the imaging device supporting the high-speed processing.02-10-2011
20110032378FACIAL EXPRESSION RECOGNITION APPARATUS, IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS, FACIAL EXPRESSION RECOGNITION METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - A facial expression recognition apparatus (02-10-2011
20110032373APPARATUS AND METHOD OF PROCESSING IMAGES - An apparatus and method of processing images is disclosed. In a particular embodiment, the method includes receiving a selection of a first image from a plurality of images stored at a memory device and displaying the first image. The method also includes receiving image modification data to modify processing of the first image displayed and providing an adjusted value of an image processing parameter to an image processor. The adjusted value of the image processing parameter is determined based at least in part on the image modification data.02-10-2011
20110032374Image correction apparatus and method and method of making transformation map for the same - An image correction apparatus, an image correction method and a transformation map making method are disclosed. The apparatus includes an imaging device, a memory section, a corrected image creation section and a display device. The imaging device has an optical axis inclined upward or downward with respect to a ground surface, and captures an image. The corrected image creation section transforms the captured image into a corrected image in accordance with a transformation map stored in the memory section, thereby making a correction on inclination of a display object with respect to a vertical direction. The display device displays the corrected image.02-10-2011
20120033098IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD OF A PICKED-UP IMAGE - An image pickup apparatus determines from which position in a plurality of photographed frames a pixel of each of lines of an image to be output is read out, on the basis of a motion amount at a photographing time of each of the lines of a photographed predetermined frame, and if the determined read-out position is located on the outside of a photographing range of the predetermined frame, then determines to read out a pixel in a frame photographed before and/or after a photographing of the predetermine frame as the pixel of the output image and calculates a read-out position of the pixel on the basis of the motion amount at a photographing time of each of the lines in the frame.02-09-2012
20080291288Technique of Motion Estimation When Acquiring An Image of A Scene That May Be Illuminated With A Time Varying Luminance - In a digital camera or other image acquisition device, motion vectors between successive image frames of an object scene are calculated from normalized values of pixel luminance in order to reduce or eliminate any effects on the motion calculation that might occur when the object scene is illuminated from a time varying source such as a fluorescent lamp. Calculated motion vectors are checked for accuracy by a robustness matrix.11-27-2008
20080284869Image processing apparatus, image processing program, electronic camera, and image processing method for image analysis of magnification chromatic aberration - An image processing apparatus includes an image obtaining unit, a color shift detecting unit, a controlling unit, and a correction amount calculating unit. The image obtaining unit obtains image data. The color shift detecting unit detects color shifts of this image data. The controlling unit determines fitting reliability of the color shift detection result and selects a magnification chromatic aberration model suitable for color shift fitting according to the reliability. The correction amount calculating unit fits the magnification chromatic aberration model selected by the controlling unit to the color shift detection result and obtains correction amounts of the magnification chromatic aberration for the image data.11-20-2008
20080278598Devices, Systems, and Methods Regarding Camera Imaging - Certain exemplary embodiments can provide a method that can comprise automatically rendering an image. The image can be transferred to a memory from a digital camera via a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) device. The FPGA device can be adapted to transfer image information from the digital camera to a memory.11-13-2008
20100220203IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE - An image processing device that produces a restored image that gives people natural feeling when a shot image with longer exposure time on the way to image blurring due to hand jiggling or an end portion is restored. The image processing device comprises an image processing unit that produces a restored image approximated to an original image from an object image to be processed, which is fluctuated against the original image due to movement of an image shooting device during exposure. The image processing unit produces the restored image while making the restored image correspond to a position having the longest exposure time for an object image to be processed.09-02-2010
20090109297IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD - An image capturing apparatus of this invention includes an audio acquisition unit which acquires audio data, an speech processing unit which analyzes the acquired audio data and detects predetermined audio data, an image capturing unit which captures image data by activating a shutter when the speech processing unit detects the predetermined audio data, and a storage unit which stores the audio data acquired by the audio acquisition unit before the shutter is activated in association with image data captured upon activating the shutter.04-30-2009
20090109298METHOD OF SEGMENTING VIDEOS INTO A HIERARCHY OF SEGMENTS - Disclosed is a method of segmenting a compressed video containing a plurality of frames into a multi-level hierarchy of video segments. The method comprising the steps of determining (04-30-2009
20090109296Pxiel signal processing apparatus and pixel signal processing method - The difference between the output of a k-signal nonlinear low-pass filter (04-30-2009
20100295958PORTABLE ELECTRONIC APPARATUS INCLUDING A DISPLAY AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SUCH AN APPARATUS - A portable electronic apparatus includes a display, a user position estimating unit and a display movement estimating unit. The user position estimating unit is for estimating the user position with respect to the display. The display movement estimating unit is for estimating the display movement. The apparatus is configured for estimating the user position, here referred to as initial user position, at least at a first moment; and, during at least an interval of time after the first moment, estimating the display movement, and controlling the display content based on the initial user position and the display movement. The invention also relates a method for controlling such an apparatus and to a computer program therefor.11-25-2010
20090002511Method For Automatically Correcting Frame Faults in Video Assist Frames of a Video Assist System - A method for automatically correcting frame faults in video assist frames of a video assist system in a video beam path branched off from a capture beam path of a motion-picture camera, a ground glass screen being arranged in said video beam path, is provided. The video assist system is calibrated by capturing at least one video assist frame of a single-colored, unstructured and uniformly illuminated, flat capture object for a predefined diaphragm aperture of the camera lens and storing it as a video assist calibration frame in a frame store, wherein the stored and inverted video assist calibration frame is superimposed on the video assist frames captured after the calibration.01-01-2009
20090002510IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image processing device includes: a connecting unit that connects a projecting device and an image capture device, at least one of the projecting device and the image capture device having an adjustable position; an acquiring unit that acquires an image captured by the image capture device capturing an image of a reference pattern that is projected by the projecting device and indicates an effective projecting range of the projecting device; a color converting unit that extracts the reference pattern from the captured image, and performs a color conversion on the extracted reference pattern; an enlarging/reducing unit that enlarges or reduces the color-converted reference pattern in accordance with the ratio between the maximum effective imaging range of the image capture device and the effective projecting range of the projecting device; a superimposing unit that superimposes the enlarged or reduced reference pattern on a reference pattern yet to be projected; and an output unit that outputs the reference pattern superimposed by the superimposing unit to the projecting device.01-01-2009
20110128404IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - Image processing capable of improving bright and dark part gradation is performed while maintaining apparent contrast by providing an imaging unit generating image data, a selecting unit selecting either a first mode not performing a correction on a dark part gradation of the image data or a second mode performing the correction, a gradation conversion processing unit performing gradation conversion processing according to a first characteristic when the first mode is selected and performing the gradation conversion processing according to a second characteristic which includes a characteristic achieving, for a same input level, an output level lower than the first characteristic and includes a characteristic changing contrast when the second mode is selected, and a correcting unit performing the correction to improve a lightness in the dark part gradation of the image data according to the second characteristic by the gradation conversion processing unit when the second mode is selected.06-02-2011
20110128402IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, FLASH APPARATUS USABLE WITH IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - An image pickup apparatus includes a main body having an image sensor, a flash apparatus having a flash unit installed to the main body to selectively protrude from the main body and to rotate in the protrusion, and a controller to determine whether to protrude the flash unit by determining whether the main body is disposed in an indoor location or in an outdoor location through an image sensor and locating a face of a person in a subject captured by the image sensor, and to control a flash direction by rotating the flash unit in accordance with surroundings of the face of the person in the subject image after protruding the flash unit.06-02-2011
20090002509Digital camera and method of controlling same - Whether a portrait photography mode has been set is determined. A first threshold value is set when the portrait photography mode has been set and a second threshold value that is smaller than the first threshold value is set when the portrait photography mode has not been set. A cross-correlation coefficient between the image of the subject and a template image is calculated. The calculated coefficient and the set threshold value are compared and the position of the image of a face is detected in the image of the subject. When the portrait photography mode has been set, it can be construed that the subject contains a person and therefore the position of the face image can be detected comparatively accurately by increasing the threshold value.01-01-2009
20110128397APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CAPTURING JUMP IMAGE - A method of capturing an image of a subject jumping performed by an apparatus for processing digital images with a first and a second display is disclosed. The method includes displaying a notification for the subject to jump on the second display unit; and capturing the image of the subject jumping after the displaying of the notification has indicated that the subject should jump. An apparatus for capturing an image of a subject jumping, the apparatus including a first display unit disposed on a rear of the apparatus; a second display unit disposed on a front of the apparatus; and a digital signal processor configured to display a notification for the subject to jump on the second display unit, and configured to capture the image of the subject jumping after the display of the notification to jump has ended.06-02-2011
20110128400SOLID STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - Provided is a solid state imaging device including: a pixel portion where pixel sharing units are disposed in an array shape and where another one pixel transistor group excluding transfer transistors is shared by a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions; transfer wiring lines which are connected to the transfer gate electrodes of the transfer transistors of the pixel sharing unit and which are disposed to extend in a horizontal direction and to be in parallel in a vertical direction as seen from the top plane; and parallel wiring lines which are disposed to be adjacent to the necessary transfer wiring lines in the pixel sharing unit and which are disposed to be in parallel to the transfer wiring lines as seen from the top plane, wherein voltages which are used to suppress potential change of the transfer gate electrodes are supplied to the parallel wiring lines.06-02-2011
20110128398Image Processing Apparatus, Image Processing Method, and Computer Program - In the case of executing image processing on a multivalued image obtained by picking up an image of an imaging object with a camera, the invention calculates a predetermined projective transformation parameter for projectively transforming a multivalued image before image processing, calculates a projected area obtained by projectively transforming an area where pixels of the multivalued image before image processing exist to an output area where pixels of a multivalued image after image processing exist based upon the calculated projective transformation parameter, specifies as an effective area an area in which the calculated projected area is overlapped with the output area where the pixels of the multivalued image after image processing exist, and performs coordinate transformation based upon the specified effective area and the calculated projective transformation parameter, to generate the multivalued image after image processing from the multivalued image before image processing.06-02-2011
20110128396Position detection apparatus, image taking apparatus and position detection method - Disclosed herein is a position detection apparatus including: a signal line along which a bit array including a plurality of bits used for expressing information on one of absolute positions in a direction determined in advance is created repeatedly in the direction determined in advance; and an information reading-out section which is capable of making a movement relative to the signal line in the direction determined in advance in accordance with a driving operation carried out by driving means determined in advance and is used for reading out the information expressed by the bits from the signal line.06-02-2011
20110128394METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR GENERATING A HIGH RESOLUTION IMAGE - A method for generating an image is provided. The method includes estimating a high resolution image from a plurality of low resolution images and downsampling the estimated high resolution image to obtain estimates of a plurality of low resolution images. The method also includes generating a desired high resolution image based upon comparison of the downsampled low resolution images and the plurality of low resolution images.06-02-2011
20090002507Image Pickup Device, Integrated Circuit if Image Pickup Element, and Image Pickup Result Processing Method - The present invention is applied to for example video cameras recording an image pickup result by moving picture, electronic still cameras, monitoring devices and the like. Image pickup means 01-01-2009
20100295961IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGE COMPOSITION METHOD - An imaging apparatus is provided that includes an image sensor, a composite image processor, a position detector, and a determiner. The image sensor captures an object image through a lens system. The composite image processor merges together a plurality of images captured by the image sensor to produce a composite image. The position detector obtains information related to the position of the apparatus. The determiner evaluates the availability of the composite image. The availability of the composite image is determined with reference to the variation between the position of the apparatus at the beginning of a first exposure and at the beginning of subsequent exposures that are carried out to capture the plurality of images. The positional variation is obtained from this information.11-25-2010
20100315527IMAGING APPARATUS - An apparatus that can display an area wider than a recording area as a display area in a zoom mode, in which a portion of an imaging area is clipped and recorded, includes an image processing unit that keeps constant or increases a ratio of a display area to a clipped recording area when the size of clipped recording areas is made gradually smaller relative to the imaging area, and keeps constant or decreases the ratio of the display area to the clipped recording area when the size of clipped recording area is gradually made larger relative to the imaging area.12-16-2010
20100315524INTEGRATED MOTION CAPTURE - A method including: applying a marking material having a known pattern to a body and a face of an actor; configuring at least one first video motion capture camera to capture the marking material on the body of the actor; configuring at least one second video motion capture camera to capture the marking material on the face of the actor; substantially simultaneously capturing body motion data using the at least one first video motion capture camera and facial motion data using the at least one second video motion capture camera; and integrating the body motion data and the facial motion data.12-16-2010
20100302395Environment And/Or Target Segmentation - A depth image of a scene may be observed or captured by a capture device. The depth image may include a human target and an environment. One or more pixels of the depth image may be analyzed to determine whether the pixels in the depth image are associated with the environment of the depth image. The one or more pixels associated with the environment may then be discarded to isolate the human target and the depth image with the isolated human target may be processed.12-02-2010
20100302393SELF-PORTRAIT ASSISTANCE IN IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICES - A method may include determining whether an image area of an image capture device includes an image associated with a user/owner of the image capture device. Self-portrait optimization processing is performed when the image area includes an image associated with a user/owner. An image is captured based on the self-portrait optimization processing.12-02-2010
20100302397Motion image data generator, system using motion image data, and methods thereof - The present invention discloses a motion image data generator, a system using motion image data, and methods relating to the generator and the system. The motion image data generator comprises: a photo sensor for capturing an image and converting it to digital image data; and a motion detection and processing circuit coupled to the photo sensor for comparing two digital image data outputted from the photo sensor to determine whether there is an object moving, and generating a corresponding output. In determining whether there is a movement, an object which keeps moving by a fixed frequency is filtered out.12-02-2010
20100302394BLINKED EYE ARTIFACT REMOVAL FOR A DIGITAL IMAGING DEVICE - A method for removing a blinked eye artifact from an image captured by a digital imaging device includes storing multiple images of a subject captured during a burst shot mode of a digital imaging device. The method also includes identifying a presence of a blinked eye artifact on a selected image of the subject upon a receipt of the selected image. The method further includes modifying the blinked eye artifact on the selected image with an open eye image from the multiple images of the subject captured during the burst shot mode.12-02-2010
20110122281IMAGING DEVICE - An image processing method and apparatus operable for processing images is disclosed. The image processing method allows for drawing any given image in an output image on which various types of image processing have been performed. Such various types of image processing are, for example, correction of an image having distortion due to the distortion aberration of an imaging lens, an image having unnatural perspective distortion of a subject due to high-angle or overhead photography, generation of an output image with the viewpoint changed from the viewpoint of a captured image, mirror-image conversion of a captured image, and electronic zooming. Embodiments of the present invention also relate to an imaging apparatus that uses the image processing method.05-26-2011
20110122277FOCUS ADJUSTMENT BASED ON INDICATOR OF RANDOMNESS OF PIXEL VALUES - A circuit for auto-focus adjustment includes a calculating unit configured to calculate an indicator of randomness of pixel values in a captured image, a direction determining unit configured to compare a first value of the indicator calculated by the calculating unit in a preceding focus adjustment process with a second value of the indicator calculated by the calculating unit after the calculation of the first value, thereby to determine a direction of focus shift in response to a result of the comparison, and a control unit configured to start a focus adjustment process by which a focus position is first moved in the direction of focus shift determined by the direction determining unit.05-26-2011
20110122276Image correction using individual manipulation of microlenses in a microlens array - A system constructs a composite image using focus assessment information of image regions.05-26-2011
20110122273IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CAMERA MODULE - According to the Embodiments, an Image Processing apparatus includes a pixel interpolation processing unit. The pixel interpolation processing unit generates a sensitivity level value through addition of a first frequency range component of an image signal for a lacking color component and a second frequency range component of a frequency band lower than the first frequency range component. The pixel interpolation processing unit adjusts a ratio of the first frequency range component to be added to the second frequency range component.05-26-2011
20110122272Apparatus and method for preparing, storing, transmitting and displaying images - An imaging and display apparatus for passive displays evaluates the illumination of an input scene and incorporates data representative of such input scene within a transfer media. The transfer media may be a broadcast or transmission of image data, illumination data and gamma information that can be received by a display system, which includes a passive display illuminated by incident light, to display images while adjusting the incident light and/or gamma based on the received data. The transfer media may be a storage medium storing image data, illumination data and gamma information for delivery to a passive display system. The data controls the optical characteristics of the illumination source for the passive display and the gamma and tends to minimize energy requirements, to maximize contrast or shades of gray in the displayed image, and to optimize light source operation for color fidelity. The data provided the media and/or display as a video signal, modulated video signal, s-video signal, digital signal, or other signal that can be used by a passive display system to display images.05-26-2011
20100315522IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, DYNAMIC PICTURE REPRODUCTION APPARATUS, AND PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM FOR THE SAME - An object image transformation information calculation section (12-16-2010
20100315523OBJECT DETECTION USING AN IN-SENSOR DETECTOR - Systems and methods are provided for detecting an object of object class, such as faces, in an image sensor. In some embodiments, the image sensor can provide a scan sequence that scans a scene over multiple time intervals. The image sensor can scan, in succession, portions of a scene, where each of the portions covers a different amount or location of the scene. This way, the scanned portions can be saved in an image buffer that is sized significantly smaller than an entire frame. In some embodiments, when the image sensor detects the presence of an object of the object class, the image sensor can store positional information (e.g., location and size of the object) in a region of interest buffer. The image sensor can output the positional information to aid an electronic device, such as a camera, perform various functions, such as automatic exposure and color balancing.12-16-2010
20100315526IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE WITH AUTOMATIC FOCUS FUNCTION - An image capturing device includes an image capturing unit, a detection unit, an area setting unit, and a focusing unit. The image capturing unit captures an image. The detection unit detects a shape of an image area of an observed subject to be focused in the captured image. The area setting unit sets one or more contrast evaluation areas according to the shape of the detected image area. The focusing unit causes the image capturing unit to focus based on image data in the set contrast evaluation areas.12-16-2010
20100225776SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, FABRICATION METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - A solid-state imaging device includes a photodetector which is formed on a substrate and is configured to generate signal charge by photoelectric conversion, a floating diffusion configured to receive the signal charge generated by the photodetector, a plurality of MOS transistors including a transfer transistor that transfers the signal charge to the floating diffusion and an amplification transistor that outputs an pixel signal corresponding to a potential of the floating diffusion, a multi-wiring layer which is formed in a layer higher than the substrate and is composed of a plurality of wiring layers electrically connected to the MOS transistors via contact portions, and a light-shielding film that is constituted by a bottom wiring layer disposed in a layer higher than the substrate and lower than the multi-wiring layer.09-09-2010
20100128137EXTENDED DEPTH OF FIELD FOR IMAGE SENSOR - A method for forming an image, implemented at least in part by a data processing apparatus, by obtaining a first image of a scene from a first subset of pixels in an image sensor array at a first f/# setting, adjusting the imaging optics that obtain light from the scene at a second f/# setting, obtaining a second image of the scene from a second subset of pixels in the image sensor array, and forming a composite image by combining image data from at least the first and second images.05-27-2010
20100220205IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR ADJUSTING PHOTOGRAPHING ANGLE THEREOF - A image capturing device includes an image capture unit, a digital signal processor (DSP), a selection unit, an adjustment unit, a microprocessor, a storage unit, and a accelerometer. The image capture unit photographs a subject to output image data representing the subject to the DSP. The accelerometer detects an angle between a vertical axis of the image capture unit and the direction of the gravitational field to output an adjustment signal. The microprocessor outputs an adjustment value after comparing the adjustment signal with a reference adjustment value preset in the storage unit. When a first photograph angle adjustment manner is selected by the selection unit, the DSP adjusts the image data according to the adjustment value. When a second photograph angle adjustment manner is selected by the selection unit, the adjustment unit adjusts photographing angle of the image capture unit according to the adjustment value.09-02-2010
20110109764AUTOFOCUS TECHNIQUE UTILIZING GRADIENT HISTOGRAM DISTRIBUTION CHARACTERISTICS - A method for estimating if an optical assembly (05-12-2011
20110109763APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR IMAGE REGISTRATION IN PORTABLE TERMINAL - An apparatus and a method for image registration in a portable terminal are provided. The method includes determining a plurality of images, comparing edge regions of the plurality of images to search for the same region in the plurality of images, and matching the plurality of images based on the same region.05-12-2011
20110109765VISUAL PROCESSING DEVICE, VISUAL PROCESSING METHOD, PROGRAM, DISPLAY DEVICE, AND INTEGRATED CIRCUIT - In order to inhibit artifacts (even when a special image has been input) a visual processing device is provided with a spatial processing portion extracting surrounding image information US from an input image signal IS, and a special image detection portion outputting a special image effect adjustment signal DS according to a degree of a statistical bias of the image signal IS. The visual processing device also includes a continuous changing portion outputting an effect adjustment signal MOD in which the special image effect adjustment signal DS is continuously changed between frames, an effect adjustment portion outputting a synthesized signal MUS in which the effect of the visual processing differs depending on the effect adjustment signal MOD, and a visual processing portion outputting a processed signal OS obtained by visually processing the image signal IS based on the image signal IS and the synthesized signal MUS.05-12-2011
20110109760ELECTRONIC CAMERA - An electronic camera includes an imager. An imager, having an imaging surface capturing a scene, repeatedly generates a scene image. A first searcher searches for a partial image having a specific pattern from the scene image generated by the imager. An adjuster adjusts an imaging condition by noticing an object which is equivalent to the partial image discovered by the first searcher. A second searcher searches for the partial image having the specific pattern from the scene image generated by the imager after an adjusting process of the adjuster is completed. A first recorder records the scene image corresponding to the partial image discovered by the second searcher out of the scene image generated by the imager.05-12-2011
20110242349SOLID-STATE IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A solid-state image capturing device includes: a semiconductor substrate having a photosensitive surface including a matrix of pixels as respective photoelectric converters; and a photochromic film disposed in a light path through which light is applied to each of the photoelectric converters, the photochromic film being made of a photochromic material having a light transmittance variable depending on the intensity of applied light in a predetermined wavelength range; wherein the light transmittance has a half-value period shorter than one frame during which pixel signals generated by the pixels are read from all the pixels.10-06-2011
20110242348IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD OF DISPLAYING, AND PROGRAM - An imaging apparatus includes an imaging section outputting an image signal; a detection section detecting coordinates of a contact point of a pointing object on a display section displaying a through-the-lens image on the basis of the image signal; and a control section obtaining, from the detection section, start-point coordinates of a contact point of the pointing object on the display section as a start point, and end-point coordinates of a leaving point of the pointing object from the display section after moving as an end point, holding a line segment determined by the start-point coordinates and the end-point coordinates in a memory, and fixedly displaying, with respect to a display screen of the display section, a line segment corresponding to an edge identified as closest to the line segment among edges of a subject included in the through-the-lens image as a shooting assistance line assisting shooting.10-06-2011
20110242351SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING DEVICE - Disclosed herein is a solid-state imaging device including: a plurality of common pixel sections arranged in a matrix form so that pixel signals of a plurality of photoelectric conversion elements arranged in the same row can be output; a plurality of row address lines used to select some of the photoelectric conversion elements in each row; and a scan section that allows for the pixel signals of the plurality of photoelectric conversion elements to be output through addressing adapted to select the plurality of row address lines one at a time in sequence, in which the plurality of row address lines are connected to the plurality of photoelectric conversion elements arranged in the same row in each of the common pixel sections so that the scan section can individually select the plurality of photoelectric conversion elements arranged in the same row in each of the common pixel sections during addressing.10-06-2011
20110007177PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS AND METHOD - A photographing apparatus includes an imaging device that converts light of an image into an electrical signal, an image conversion unit that converts the electrical signal into image data, a scene recognition unit that recognizes the type of a scene to be photographed by analyzing the image data, a display unit that displays scene information regarding the recognized scene, a user input unit that receives user input, and a condition setting unit that locks a shooting condition as a shooting mode corresponding to the recognized type of the scene for photographing, according to the user input received via the user input unit.01-13-2011
20110128403Digital Camera Device Providing Improved Methodology for Rapidly Taking Successive Pictures - An in-camera two-stage compression implementation is described that reduces the latency between snapshots to a fraction of that otherwise required by other systems that either process complete compression following each snapshot or that incorporate heavy, bulky, and expensive RAM hardware capable of maintaining several raw luminosity records (unprocessed file containing a digital image). In the 1st stage compression the raw luminosity record is quickly, yet partially, compressed to available RAM buffer space to allow a user to expeditiously capture a succeeding image. When the higher-priority processes, the user shooting pictures, and stage one compression subside, a 2nd stage compression, which is slower but more effective, decompresses the earlier partially-compressed images, and re-compresses them for saving in flash memory until they are distributed to a remote platform to be finally converted to the JPEG2000 format.06-02-2011
20110025872SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP ELEMENT AND A METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME - Disclosed herein is a solid-state image pickup element, including: a semiconductor layer in which a photodiode for carrying out photoelectric conversion is formed; a first film containing negative fixed charges and formed on the semiconductor layer in a region in which at least the photodiode is formed by utilizing either an atomic layer deposition method or a metal organic chemical vapor deposition method; a second film containing the negative fixed charges and formed on the first film containing therein the negative fixed charges by utilizing a physical vapor deposition method; and a third film containing the negative fixed charges and formed on the second film containing therein the negative fixed charges by utilizing either the atomic layer deposition method or the metal organic chemical vapor deposition method.02-03-2011
20110025875IMAGING APPARATUS, ELECTRONIC INSTRUMENT, IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An imaging apparatus includes an imaging optical system that forms an image of an object in an image-pickup element, and a pixel shift control section that causes the image of the object formed in the image-pickup element to be shifted by a shift amount s, and then sampled. A storage section stores a plurality of field images that are obtained when the image-pickup element performs an imaging operation each time the image of the object is shifted by the shift amount s. An image generation section generates a frame image based on the plurality of field images, and sequentially outputs the generated frame image every field.02-03-2011
20110025877Imaging System Including Distributed Phase Modification And Associated Methods - An imaging system for imaging a range of field points over on- and off-axis fields includes an image sensor for capturing image data, and first and second optical elements that are spaced apart and cooperate to image light at the image sensor. The first and second optical elements are configured to jointly modify phase of the light transmitted therethrough such that point-spread functions (“PSFs”) corresponding to the range field points are substantially uniform over on- and off-axis fields.02-03-2011
20100259633INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An information processing apparatus includes a projector, a camera, a first storage, and a controller. The projector projects a projection image containing a first operation image onto a predetermined area. The camera shoots an image of a subject within the predetermined area. The controller detects an operation to the first operation image based on the shot image shot by the camera and controls the first storage to store at least the image of the subject out of the shot image when the operation is detected.10-14-2010
20110025868Visual Occultation to Measure Refractivity Profile - Presented is a system and method for measuring the refractivity profile of a parcel of atmosphere comprising an image capturing device for capturing an image of a visual feature, such as a topographic feature like the horizon, combined with a lens having focal length adapted to focus an image onto image capturing device such that the combination of the lens and the image capturing device are adapted to resolve at least 100 microradians of angle, and an image processor adapted to compare a detected position of the visual feature in the image to the expected position of the visual feature. The system uses the difference between the detected position and the expected position to detect the change in arrival angle caused by atmospheric refraction of light from the visual feature as it passes through the atmosphere.02-03-2011
20090141142IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND TIME CORRECTION METHOD - An image pickup apparatus that records a picked-up image and time information indicating when the picked-up image was picked up includes a unit that obtains location information and UTC and generates positioning information indicating the obtained result, a unit that determines the time difference between the time corresponding to the location information and UTC using the location information, a unit that calculates the local time of a location indicated by the location information using UTC and the time difference, and a unit that performs correction of a system time of the image pickup apparatus when the time difference between the system time and the local time exceeds a predetermined time period and that causes the correction of the system time to be delayed until after the completion of a recording operation of the picked-up image when the recording operation is being performed.06-04-2009
20100182449Image Processing circuit and Image Processing Method - An image processing method and its associated image processing circuit for processing an image based on a sequential couleur avec memoire (SECAM) system are provided. The image includes a first pixel, a second pixel and a third pixel, which are successively arranged in a same vertical line and are respectively corresponding to a first image signal and a second image signal and a third image signal. The image processing method includes steps of calculating a chroma signal via a vertical filtering process according to the first image signal, the second image signal and the third image signal; calculating a chroma angular frequency via a frequency modulation process according to the chroma signal; and generating a chromaticity according to the chroma angular frequency.07-22-2010
20100182448DATA TRANSFER CIRCUIT, SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND CAMERA SYSTEM - A data transfer circuit includes: plural transfer lines transferring data; plural data output units connected to end portions of the respective transfer lines, detecting and outputting data transferred through the transfer lines with drive performance in accordance with a control signal; plural data transmission units arranged in parallel, transferring data to the corresponding transfer lines in response to selection signals; a selection control unit generating selection signals and outputting the selection signals to the corresponding data transmission units; and a control unit generating the control signal for controlling drive performance of the data output units to adjust data transfer delay and outputting the control signal to the respective output units. The transfer lines are arranged in the arrangement direction of the data transmission units and connected to the corresponding data output units. The control unit generates the control signal in accordance with the length of the data transfer distance.07-22-2010
20100182444DETERMINING EXPOSURE TIME IN A DIGITAL CAMERA - A digital camera described herein includes an analyzer component that analyzes a histogram of a first image, wherein the first image has a first resolution. The digital camera also includes a setter component that sets an exposure time for capturing a second image based at least in part upon the analysis of the histogram of the first image, wherein the second image has a second resolution, and wherein the first resolution of the first image is less than the second resolution of the second image.07-22-2010
20100182446IMAGE COMPENSATION APPARATUS - An image compensation apparatus for use with a video display and a video camera, the video camera being arranged to capture images of a scene in front of the video display. The image compensation apparatus includes an analyser configured to analyse successive frames of data provided to the video display, the successive frames of data being for displaying respective successive display images, a processor configured to calculate the illumination effect of the successive display images on the scene in front of the video displays and a compensator configured to apply image compensation to the successive images captured by the video camera so as to compensate for the effect of illumination by the video display of the scene in front of the video display.07-22-2010
20090002513IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING METHOD AND INTEGRATED CIRCUIT - An imaging apparatus requiring a large dynamic range captures an image including a moving image with an increased dynamic range without degrading resolution. In an imaging apparatus 01-01-2009
20110025876Identification Method - A method for identifying an object involves transmitted at least one electronic image of the object to be identified to an evaluation unit. The electronic image is compared in the evaluation unit for matches with at least one electronic image of the object to be identified stored in a database, or at least one object having an identical or similar shape, and the evaluation unit then outputs the data stored in the database for the at least one image detected as a sufficient match.02-03-2011
20110043654IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - An image processing apparatus includes a capturer. A capturer captures an original image representing a scene. A first creator creates a first recorded image corresponding to a first cut-out area allocated to the scene, based on the original image captured by the capturer. A second creator creates a second recorded image corresponding to a second cut-out area having a size that falls below a size of the first cut-out area and being allocated to the scene, based on the original image captured by the capturer. A first outputter outputs a first display image corresponding to the first recorded image created by the first creator. A second outputter outputs depiction-range information indicating a depiction range of the second recorded image created by the second creator, in parallel with the output process of the first outputter.02-24-2011
20090066804DATA-PROCESSING CIRCUIT AND VIDEO CAMERA - A data-processing circuit includes a distributor. Raw image data of horizontal 3840 pixels×vertical 2160 pixels that is periodically outputted from a CMOS-type imaging device is divided by the distributor into four blocks of partial image data. The divided four blocks of partial image data are subjected to a pre-process in parallel by first to fourth pre-processing blocks. On the other hand, raw image data of horizontal 1280 pixels×vertical 960 pixels that is periodically outputted from a CCD-type imaging device is serially subjected to a pre-process by a fifth pre-processing block. The number of pixels of the raw image data outputted from the CCD-type imaging device is equal to or less than ¼ the number of pixels of the raw image data outputted from the CMOS-type imaging device. A numerical value “4” is equivalent to the number of parallel pre-processes on the raw image data outputted from the CMOS imaging device.03-12-2009
20090066802IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND METHOD - An image processing device according to the present invention comprises an image input unit, a statistical information updater and a background image generator, and generates a background image from an input image. The image input unit sequentially inputs continuous input images. The statistical information updater generates statistical information, which indicates the frequency of occurrence of a statistical quantity in each pixel of the input image, based on the input image from the image input unit. The background image generator generates a background image by selecting in the statistical information a statistical quantity whose frequency of occurrence is the highest for each pixel.03-12-2009
20090066801Photographing Device - An image with a bright image plane can be photographed without deteriorating the yield. An object is photographed by a CCD (03-12-2009
20110109761IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD AND APPARATUS - An image display apparatus for displaying a composite image of an ordinary image and a special image which allows instantaneous recognition of the position of a portion appearing in the fluorescence image in the ordinary image without impairing visible information of the ordinary image. The apparatus includes a light emission unit for emitting ordinary light and special light directed to an observation area and an imaging unit having an ordinary image sensor for capturing an ordinary image by photoelectrically converting reflection light reflected from the observation area irradiated with the ordinary light and a special image sensor for capturing a special image by photoelectrically converting light emitted from the observation area irradiated with the special light and is controlled such that a charge storage amount stored in the special image sensor for each frame is periodically changed.05-12-2011
20110109762PIXEL AND IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICES HAVING THE SAME - A pixel of an image sensor, the pixel including a plurality of photoelectric conversion elements arranged in a semiconductor substrate; and a first transfer circuit for sequentially transferring photo-charges generated by each of the plurality of photoelectric conversion elements to a first floating diffusion node.05-12-2011
20110019021COMPOSITION DETERMINATION DEVICE, IMAGING SYSTEM, COMPOSITION DETERMINATION METHOD, AND PROGRAM - A composition determination device includes: subject detection means configured to detect a specific subject in an image based on image data; rotation angle detection means configured to detect a rotation angle of a specific target portion in an image section in the image, corresponding to a detected subject which is the subject detected by the subject detecting means; and composition determination means configured to determine a composition on the basis of the rotation angle.01-27-2011
20110019028IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image capturing apparatus comprises an image sensor comprising an imaging pixel for receiving light through an opening with a center position coincident with the optical axis of a microlens, first and second focus detection pixels for receiving pupil-divided light through a first and second opening offset in first and second directions from the optical axis of a microlens, respectively; ROM for storing shading correction data; correction coefficient generation unit for generating shading correction coefficients respectively for the imaging pixel, and the first and second focus detection pixels from the shading correction data; and correction unit for subjecting a signal for the imaging pixel to shading correction with the use of the shading correction coefficient for the imaging pixel, and subjecting signals for the first and second focus detection pixels to shading correction with the use of the shading correction coefficients for the first and second focus detection pixels.01-27-2011
20110019018Image comprssion system in coordination with camera motion - An image compression system in coordination with camera motion includes a camera for capturing motion pictures; a motion detection device structurally connected with the camera for detecting motions of the camera; an image compression electrically connected with the camera for compressing the motion pictures; and a motion vector receiver electrically connected with the motion diction device and the image compression device for receiving motion signals generated by the motions and then transmitting the motion signals to the image compression device, whereby the image compression device can refer to the motion signals for calculation while compressing the motion pictures. Accordingly, the image compression system can compress the images in coordination with the camera motion and meanwhile eliminate the minor vibrations in the images.01-27-2011
20110019022ACTIVE PIXEL SENSOR APPARATUS FOR USE IN A STAR TRACKER DEVICE - The invention relates to an active-pixel-sensor (APS) apparatus for use in a star tracker device including an imager chip, said imager chip comprising an array of photo-diodes operating as optical pixels, and a logic circuit. The logic circuit is configured for reading out a pixel signal depending on an amount of light irradiated during a predetermined integration time and resetting the optical pixel upon termination of the predetermined integration time processing the pixel signals and to output the modified signals and for performing a non-destructive readout of the pixel signal during the integration time In order to distinguish Single-Event-Upset (SEU) contributions to the signal from star signal contributions, it is proposed to further configure the logic circuit to detect whether or not a discontinuity has occurred in the pixel signal during the integration time, and to modify the signal depending on the result of this detection.01-27-2011
20110019025SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR DEVICE HAVING SIGNAL NOISE REDUCTION CIRCUITRY - A solid-state image sensor includes a pixel array unit including a plurality of pixels arranged in the form of an array, column signal lines adapted to transmit pixel signals output from pixels in respective columns, a noise adding unit adapted to add temporally constant and two-dimensional spatially random noise to the pixel signals transmitted via the column signal lines, and an analog-to-digital converter adapted to convert a signal level and a reference level of each pixel signal including the noise added thereto by the noise adding unit.01-27-2011
20110019024APPARATUS FOR RECORDING AND REPRODUCING VIDEO IMAGES - When captured video image data are encoded and recorded in a recording medium as video image encoded data, a predefined action of an image pickup device is detected. Then, a cue position is determined on the basis of the predefined action thus detected, and a GOP structure is changed. Thus, the cue position can be determined without any instruction directly inputted by a user, and the GOP structure of the cue position can also be changed. As a result, any unnecessary data transfer can be omitted, and an image quality can be prevented from deteriorating in editing and reproducing the video image data.01-27-2011
20110019019METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROCESSING PHOTOGRAPH IN CAMERA DEVICE - A method for processing photograph in a camera device, the method includes the following steps. A scene in view of the camera device is divided into at least two regions according to optimum exposure values for the two regions. A basic exposure value is set in the camera device, and an original photograph of the scene is taken at the basic exposure value. The original photograph is divided into at least two parts according to the at least two regions of the scene. Two optimum exposure values are set for the at least two parts of the original photograph respectively. The at least two parts of the original photograph are processed at the two corresponding optimum exposure values respectively. The at least two separately processed parts of the original photograph are combined together to produce a new photograph.01-27-2011
20110025873IMAGE SEARCH DEVICE, IMAGE SEARCH METHOD, AND IMAGE SEARCH PROGRAM - An image search device includes: a shooting unit configured to photographically shoot a subject; a display unit; a control unit configured to display a search key for image search on the display unit according to a shooting situation at the time of a shooting mode whereby the subject can photographically be shot by the shooting unit; a specifying unit which is used for specifying the search key displayed on the display unit; and a searching unit configured to search, in the event of the search key being specified via the specifying unit, an image based on the search key thus specified; with the control unit displaying, in the event of the image being searched by the searching unit, this search result on the display unit.02-03-2011
20110025871Solid-state imaging device and camera system - A solid-state imaging device includes: a pixel unit in which pixels that perform photoelectric conversion are arranged in an optical black region and a valid pixel region; a readout processing unit that applies, to a readout signal of the pixel unit, readout processing corresponding to a reference signal subjected to clamp processing; and a clamp processing unit that clamps, referring to a readout signal level in the optical black region, a reference signal in the valid pixel region with an acquired clamp value, which is a value with which the signal level is reduced to zero. The clamp processing unit acquires, when information concerning readout is changed, a clamp value predicted from the clamp value before the change and a ratio of charge accumulation times before and after the change, and the readout processing unit performs first signal readout processing after the change with a reference signal clamped by the predicted clamp value.02-03-2011
20110025870METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR COMPRESSIVE IMAGING DEVICE - A new digital image/video camera that directly acquires random projections of the incident light field without first collecting the pixels/voxels. In one preferred embodiment, the camera employs a digital micromirror array to perform optical calculations of linear projections of an image onto pseudorandom binary patterns. Its hallmarks include the ability to obtain an image with only a single detection element while measuring the image/video fewer times than the number of pixels or voxels—this can significantly reduce the computation required for image/video acquisition/encoding. Since the system features a single photon detector, it can also be adapted to image at wavelengths that are currently impossible with conventional CCD and CMOS imagers.02-03-2011
20110025867APPARATUS, METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ELONGATING PIXEL DATA - A device, methods and system for improving the contrast ratio of an image of an optical code captured by an image capture device. A command implemented by the image capture device of the form “shift and add” causes the image capture device to generate a modified row of pixel data having improved contrast from a plurality of pixel rows in the image capture device.02-03-2011
20100157079SYSTEM AND METHOD TO SELECTIVELY COMBINE IMAGES - Systems and methods to selectively combine images are disclosed. In a particular embodiment, an apparatus includes a registration circuit configured to generate a set of motion vector data based on first image data corresponding to a first image and second image data corresponding to a second image. The apparatus includes a combination circuit to selectively combine the first image data and adjusted second image data that corresponds to the second image data adjusted according to the motion vector data. The apparatus further includes a control circuit to control the combination circuit to generate third image data.06-24-2010
20090059025Electronic Camera - An electronic camera includes an image sensor. The image sensor has an imaging surface irradiated with an optical image of an object scene through a focus lens and repeatedly generates an object scene image. A CPU executes an AF process for adjusting a distance from the focus lens to the imaging surface to a distance corresponding to a focal point, based on the object scene image generated by the image sensor. However, the CPU has a high-luminance excluding function for excluding from a target to be noticed of the AF process a partial image having a luminance exceeding “TH03-05-2009
20110043653ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELD HIGH SPEED IMAGING APPARATUS - An electromagnetic field high speed imaging apparatus, using an image sensing element having a filter function for each pixel, converts a local polarization state in detection light containing a difference frequency component Δf (|fLO−fRF|) between the modulation frequency fLO of irradiated light and the frequency fRF of the electromagnetic field emitted from a subject into local intensity of light, and captures it by an image sensor of an imaging unit to generate a two-dimensional image of distribution of the near electromagnetic field emitted from the subject. Each pixel of the image sensor comprises a photoelectric conversion element for converting the detection light from the optical unit into an electric charge, a plurality of charge storages, and a charge splitting part for dividing the electric charge generated in the photoelectric conversion element between the plurality of charge storages.02-24-2011
20110115939DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - A digital photographing apparatus and a method of controlling the digital photographing apparatus are provided. The digital photographing apparatus stores an image signal in a memory at the same time with the calculation of a horizontal AF evaluation value with respect to the image signal, and calculates a vertical AF evaluation value by using the stored image signal. Accordingly, exact AF detection may be performed with respect to images of all patterns.05-19-2011
20110115938APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR REMOVING LENS DISTORTION AND CHROMATIC ABERRATION - An apparatus, computer readable medium, and method of processing an image of a data format having a plurality of color components, the method including generating a plurality of color component images corresponding to the plurality of color components; correcting lens distortion (LD) and chromatic aberration (CA) for each of the plurality of color component images; and generating a corrected image by integrating the corrected plurality of color component images.05-19-2011
20110115935PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF PROVIDING PHOTOGRAPHED VIDEO - A photographing apparatus and a method of providing a photographed video converts a photographed video into two types of formats, stores the converted video, and transmits the video wirelessly in real-time. Therefore, a user stores a high quality video photographed by a photographing apparatus as well as broadcasts the photographed video in real-time.05-19-2011
20110115934INCREASING IMAGE RESOLUTION USING COMBINED DIFFERENTIAL IMAGE - A method for increasing the resolution of a digital image comprising: receiving an input digital image of a scene; interpolating a high-resolution image using an interpolation function; receiving a blur kernel associated with the interpolation function; initializing a candidate sharp high-resolution image; determining a plurality of differential images representing differences between neighboring pixels in the candidate sharp high-resolution image; determining a combined differential image by combining the differential images; repeatedly updating the candidate sharp high-resolution image responsive to the interpolated high-resolution image, the blur kernel, the candidate sharp high-resolution image and the combined differential image until a convergence criterion is satisfied; and storing the final candidate sharp high-resolution image in a processor-accessible memory system.05-19-2011
20100079612Method and apparatus for processing images acquired by camera mounted in vehicle - An apparatus processes an image acquired by a single camera mounted in a vehicle, the image imaging a field of view on and along a road on which the vehicle runs. In the apparatus, from the acquired image, a region indicative of a target vehicle is extracted. Based on an illuminance of the image around the target vehicle in the image, a correction region is calculated whose illuminance should be corrected. The correction region includes both the region indicative of the target vehicle and a vicinity of the region. A region of halation being predicted in the calculated correction region is calculated. The illuminance of the region of halation being predicted is corrected so that no or less halation is caused in the region of the halation being predicted. An image in which the corrected region of halation is overlapped on the acquired image is outputted.04-01-2010
20110115940IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, AUTOMATIC FOCUSING METHOD, AUTOMATIC EXPOSURE METHOD, ELECTRONIC FLASH CONTROL METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - An image pickup device provided with an automatic focusing function includes an image pickup unit, a face detection unit, a receive unit, and an automatic focusing control unit. The image pickup unit is configured to input image data corresponding to a subject. The face detection unit is configured to separately detect eyes, a nose, and a mouth of a human face from the image data input from the image pickup unit. The receive unit is configured to receive from a user a selection of any one of the eyes, the nose, or the mouth as a ranging area. The automatic focusing control unit is configured to perform automatic focusing control based on the ranging area selected by the user.05-19-2011
20110115936DIGITAL IMAGING PROCESSOR AND METHOD OF IMPROVING USER RECOGNITION IN THE DIGITAL IMAGING PROCESSOR - A digital image processor and method of improving user recognition in the digital image processor are provided. The digital image processor includes a view finder for a user to view a subject and a display unit on which an image is electrically realized, the digital image processor includes: a sensing unit for sensing rotation of the digital image processor; a detecting unit disposed at one side of the view finder and comprising an emission unit for emitting light and a light receiving unit for receiving light reflected by the user; and a control unit for increasing time for emitting light from the emission unit when the rotation is sensed by the sensing unit and controlling power supply to the display unit based on an output value corresponding to an amount of incident light onto the light receiving unit.05-19-2011
20110115937Information processing apparatus, information processing method, and program - An information processing apparatus includes an estimation unit estimating a group to which a subject shown in the registration images belongs in accordance with the frequency with which the subject is shown together in the same image; and a selection unit selecting an image showing a subject which is estimated to belong to the same group as a subject shown in a key image given as search criteria from the plurality of the registration images in a situation where a group to which the subject belongs is estimated.05-19-2011
20100149359IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR EXECUTING THE IMAGING METHOD - Provided is an imaging apparatus, method, and a program on a media, which accurately determine a subject while photographing the subject by rotating an imaging surface. The apparatus displays a photographed image of the subject formed on an image pickup device surface on a display unit screen. It includes an angle detector, which detects angle information for the imaging surface of the image pickup device tilted with respect to a gravitational horizontal standard, based on a reference point on a plane having a photographing direction of the subject as a normal, within in a body of the imaging apparatus during photographing; and a display controller, which generates an index mark by rotating the photographed image by the angle based on the reference point according to the detected angle information, and displays the index mark by overlapping the index mark on the photographed image of the display screen.06-17-2010
20110019023IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, ELECTRONIC CAMERA, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM - An obtaining unit obtains image data. An image processing unit performs, on the image data, image processing including gradation conversion processing according to an input/output characteristic defined by a gradation curve formed only of an exponential component represented by y=k·x01-27-2011
20090033760APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING IMAGE DATA - An apparatus and method for processing image data are provided. Using the method of the present invention, image data output from an image sensor can be rapidly processes and the necessary amount of buffer memory can be reduced. To this end, first image data of one frame is processed and converted into second image data in an image sensor part. The converted second image data is stored in a plural buffer memory having a plurality of storage areas. The second image data is sequentially read from the plural buffer memory, and then encoded.02-05-2009
20090033761Smart Camera with an Integrated Lighting Controller - A smart camera includes an integrated lighting current controller and can couple to one or more external light sources. The integrated lighting current controller can control and power the one or more external light sources using a current pulse. The one or more external light sources can provide illumination for the smart camera to acquire the image of an object under test.02-05-2009
20090033755Image acquisition and processing engine for computer vision - In an exemplary embodiment of the present invention, an image processor is provided. According to a feature of the present invention, the image processor comprises a CPU arranged and configured to receive an image input, the image input depicting a scene, the CPU being further arranged and configured to execute a routine to receive the image input and perform preselected spatio-spectral analysis of the image to create a version of the image input optimized for analysis of the scene.02-05-2009
20090033758IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND PROGRAM - An image processing apparatus includes unit reading, from first objects, information items for determining program procedures used to detect the first objects by image processing, unit selecting, from the program procedures, program procedures corresponding to the information items, and to determine an order of execution of the selected program procedures, unit acquiring an initial image including images corresponding to the first objects, the initial image being used for executing a first program procedure of a first order of execution, which is included in the selected program procedures, unit detecting, using the initial image, at least one of the first objects by executing the first program procedure corresponding to at least one of the first objects, and unit generating a post-removal image obtained by removing, from the initial image, image data corresponding to one of the images, which is on a first area corresponding to at least one detected object.02-05-2009
20110080495METHOD AND CAMERA SYSTEM FOR THE GENERATION OF IMAGES FOR THE TRANSMISSION TO AN EXTERNAL CONTROL UNIT - A method and camera system are provided in which source images of a high resolution generated by an image sensor are processed by a processor in a way that, following a down-scaling of the resolution of the source image, an image copy is generated which can be transmitted to and processed in an external control unit. Additionally, a cropped image of a higher resolution in comparison to the image copy is created from the source image and also transmitted to the external control unit.04-07-2011
20110122279METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETECTING RED EYES - A method of detecting a red eye is provided that includes determining an eye area from an input image, obtaining a pixel having the maximum redness from the eye area, generating a first mask area having a predetermined size including the pixel from the eye area, obtaining an average of image data from pixels in the first mask area, obtaining red-eye pixels corresponding to the image data average from the eye area, and determining a red-eye area by using the red-eye pixels.05-26-2011
20110063466IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM, IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, AND IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD - An image capturing system is provided which includes a detection section for detecting a position of an capturing section capable of performing a pan operation and a tilt operation, a determination section for determining which coordinate system is used, either a first coordinate system representing the position of the capturing section in the pan direction and the tilt direction or a second coordinate system representing a position of a subject image of the subject captured by the capturing section in a screen, and a coordinate calculator for calculating coordinates representing the position of the capturing section in the first coordinate system based on the detected position of the capturing section when using the first coordinate system, and calculating coordinates representing the position of the subject image in the second coordinate system based on the detected position of the capturing section when using the second coordinate system.03-17-2011
20090096887Signal processing device for solid-state imaging device, imaging apparatus having the signal processing device, signal processing method, and program - A signal processing device for a solid-state imaging device correcting inter-pixel color mixing in the solid-state imaging device in which color filters having a color component constituting a primary component among luminance components and other color components are disposed on a surface of a two-dimensional array of pixels including a photoelectric conversion element is disclosed. The signal processing device includes a parameter distribution unit two-dimensionally distributing correction parameters in a pixel array surface on which a plurality of pixels are arranged and a signal correcting unit correcting a signal for a pixel of interest using each of signals for a plurality of surrounding pixels adjacent to the pixel of interest in the pixel array surface and using two-dimensionally distributed correction parameters for each of the signals.04-16-2009
20110211088IMAGING LENS AND IMAGING SYSTEM - The spherical aberration of an imaging lens changes from an object side of image-plane base position Zo toward the other side thereof as a distance from optical axis Z09-01-2011
20110074973CAMERA AND RECORDING METHOD THEREFOR - An image captured with an imaging section is thinned out to generate a low resolution image. A face detection section obtains the low resolution image. The face detection section detects a face image from the low resolution image. A still state detector judges whether the face image is in a still state. The still state detector counts the number of frames which has been judged still by the still state detector. When the number of frames judged still reaches a predetermined value during half-pressing of a release button, a CPU automatically records the low resolution image as a substitute for a still image.03-31-2011
20110074972IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - An image processing apparatus includes a fetcher. A fetcher fetches an original image. A first converter converts the original image fetched by the fetcher into a first recording image. A second converter converts the original image fetched by the fetcher into a second recording image, in association with the converting process of the first converter. A first editor edits one of the first recording image converted by the first converter and the second recording image converted by the second converter, in response to an editing instruction. A second editor edits the other of the first recording image converted by the first converter and the second recording image converted by the second converter, corresponding to the editing process of the first editor.03-31-2011
20090073279SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND CAMERA SYSTEM - A solid-state imaging device includes: a pixel array including pixel circuits arranged in a matrix; and a pixel drive unit configured to drive the pixel array to perform a reset of the pixel array, a signal storage, and an output operation. The pixel drive unit includes a pixel reset control portion to supply a signal for resetting a pixel to the pixel circuits of a plurality of rows. The pixel reset control portion performs a reset control so that a row in which the reset signal is cancelled and a row in which the reset signal is continued always exist in one reset row change operation, and a row in which the reset signal continues to be supplied exists during two or more reset row change operations.03-19-2009
20110242354IMAGING APPARATUS AND RECORDING MEDIUM WITH PROGRAM RECORDED THEREIN - An imaging apparatus including a capturing section which captures an image at a first viewing angle, a capturing control section which performs a plurality of image capturing operations by the capturing section, a generation section which generates a composite image reproducing an image captured at a second viewing angle that is wider than the first viewing angle by combining a plurality of images acquired by the plurality of image capturing operations by the capturing control section, a judgment section which judges whether or not an uncaptured area that has not been captured by the capturing control section exists within the composite image with the second viewing angle generated by the generation section, and a notification section which notifies a user of a judgment result, when the judgment section judges that an uncaptured area exists.10-06-2011
20110128395MOBILE TERMINAL AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE OPERATION OF THE MOBILE TERMINAL - A mobile terminal and a method of controlling the operation of the mobile terminal are provided. The method includes setting a first image as a reference image; if an image comparison mode is selected, operating a camera in a close-up photography mode; displaying a preview image currently being provided by the camera on a display module; and if the preview image is chosen to be captured, displaying a comparison result screen showing differences between the first image and a second image obtained by capturing the preview image on the display module. Therefore, it is possible for a user to easily identify the differences between the first and second images from the comparison result screen.06-02-2011
20110128405OPTICAL ELEMENT, IMAGE SENSOR INCLUDING THE OPTICAL ELEMENT, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE IMAGE SENSOR - An optical element includes a plurality of optical filters having different characteristics. The element includes a first optical filter including a first metal structure group including first metal structures periodically arranged in an in-plane direction of a substrate surface and a second optical filter including a second metal structure group including second metal structures periodically arranged in the in-plane direction, the second metal structure group exhibiting a plasmon resonance condition different from that of the first metal structure group. The optical distance between the first metal structures adjacent to each other is in a range of 0.75 to 1.25 times the optical distance between the second metal structures adjacent to each other.06-02-2011
20100253799SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD OF SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - A solid-state imaging device includes a pixel array section and a signal processing section. The pixel array section is configured to include a plurality of arranged rectangular pixels, each of which has different sizes in the vertical and horizontal directions, and a plurality of adjacent ones of which are combined to form a square pixel having the same size in the vertical and horizontal directions. The signal processing section is configured to perform a process of outputting, as a single signal, a plurality of signals read out from the combined plurality of rectangular pixels.10-07-2010
20100060749REDUCING DIGITAL IMAGE NOISE - Devices, systems, methods, and other embodiments associated with reducing digital image noise are described. In one embodiment, a method includes determining, on a per pixel basis, mosquito noise values associated with pixels of a digital image. The method determines, on a per pixel basis, block noise values associated with the digital image. The method filters the digital image with a plurality of adaptive filters. A compression artifact in the digital image is reduced. The compression artifact is reduced by combining filter outputs from the plurality of adaptive filters. The filter outputs are combined based, at least in part, on the mosquito noise values and the block noise values.03-11-2010
20090086049PIXEL DRIVE CIRCUIT, IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE, AND CAMERA SYSTEM - A pixel drive circuit includes a plurality of pixel circuits each including a photoelectric converting unit for converting an incident light into an electric charge and accumulating the converted electric charge, the plurality of pixel circuits being arranged in a matrix shape, an address decoder for selecting the pixel circuits to be controlled which are arranged on an identical line, a storage circuit for storing operation information to be executed by the pixel circuits selected by the address decoder, and a control circuit for controlling an operation of the pixel circuits selected by the address decoder in accordance with a storage state of the storage circuit. The control circuit controls a charge discharging operation of discharging an electric charge remaining in the photoelectric converting unit of each of the pixel circuits. The storage circuit holds the storage state until the charge discharging operation is completed.04-02-2009
20100225774SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP ELEMENT, A METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS USING THE SAME - Disclosed herein is a solid-state image pickup element, including a plurality of pixels each having a photoelectric conversion portion for converting a quantity of incident light into an electric signal, and a plurality of pixel transistors; wiring layers formed on one surface side of a semiconductor substrate having the plurality of pixels formed therein, a light made incident from a side opposite to the one surface having the wiring layers formed thereon being received by corresponding one of the photoelectric conversion portions; a scribe line formed in a periphery of a pixel portion composed of the plurality of pixels; and square-shaped termination detecting portions each having higher hardness than that of the semiconductor substrate and formed in the scribe line; wherein each of the square-shaped termination detecting portions has a side parallel with a direction of the scribe line of the semiconductor substrate.09-09-2010
20100225775SOLID-STATE IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SOLID-STATE IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE, AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS - A solid-state image capturing device includes, in a semiconductor substrate, a photoelectric conversion section which performs photoelectric conversion on incident light to obtain signal charges; a pixel transistor section which outputs the signal charges generated in the photoelectric conversion section; a peripheral circuit section which is formed in the periphery of a pixel section including the photoelectric conversion section and the pixel transistor section; and isolation areas which electrically separate the photoelectric conversion section, the pixel transistor section, and the peripheral circuit section from each other. The isolation areas in the periphery of the pixel transistor section each have an insulating section formed higher than a surface of the semiconductor substrate. A first gate electrode of a transistor of the pixel transistor section is formed between the insulating sections and on the semiconductor substrate with a gate insulating film interposed therebetween.09-09-2010
20110242346COMPOUND EYE PHOTOGRAPHING METHOD AND APPARATUS - An object is detected from live view images photographed by two imaging sections, correspondence relationship of the detected object is detected between the two live view images and between previous and current frames, and priority degrees of detected objects are adjusted. A distance from a camera to the object is calculated, and an object movement distance between the frames is calculated from an amount of change of the camera-to-object distance, which change occurs between the frames of the live view images. A focusing position for each of objects of the highest and second highest priority degrees and for each of the next and subsequent frames is predicted from the object movement distance. Photographing is performed by focusing on each of the objects of the highest and second highest priority degrees at each of the two imaging sections in accordance with each of the predicted focusing positions.10-06-2011
20090219406IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image processing apparatus in which auto-selecting of an object to be prioritized from among a plurality of detected objects is capable more appropriately. A characteristic detecting unit detects a previously set characteristic portion of an object from an image signal constituting a moving image. A control unit sets a priority to each characteristic portion when a plurality of the characteristic portions are detected by the characteristic detecting unit and also sets a high priority to a characteristic portion being detected for a long period of time.09-03-2009
20110080492SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS - In an image sensor including a first column readout line and a second column readout line provided to each pixel column, a plurality of pixel rows are divided into pixel rows of a first group and pixel rows of a second group, pixels of the pixel rows of the first group output signals to the first column readout line, and pixels of the pixel rows of the second group output signals to the second column readout line. A shortest distance between a conversion region of a first pixel of a pixel row of the first group and the first column readout line to which a signal from the first pixel is output is not more than a shortest distance between the conversion region of the first pixel and the second column readout line to which the signals from the pixels belonging to the pixel rows of the second group are output.04-07-2011
20090219404Image Processing Apparatus, Image Processing Method, and Program - An image processing apparatus includes a time subband splitting unit configured to generate a lower-frequency subband split signal formed of low frequency components at a frame rate lower than a frame rate of an image signal and a higher-frequency subband split signal formed of high frequency components by performing a subband splitting process in a time direction on the image signal; a first encoding unit configured to compress the lower-frequency subband split signal; and a second encoding unit configured to compress the higher-frequency subband split signal, wherein the first encoding unit and the second encoding unit perform different encoding processes.09-03-2009
20110080490PROXIMITY OBJECT TRACKER - Object tracking technology, in which controlling an illumination source is controlled to illuminate while a camera is capturing an image to define an intersection region within the image captured by the camera. The image captured by the camera is analyzed to detect an object within the intersection region. User input is determined based on the object detected within the intersection region and an application is controlled based on the determined user input.04-07-2011
20090322896IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS, IMAGE RECORDING METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An image recording apparatus includes an imaging unit to obtain captured image data; an image configuration determining unit to determine an appropriate image configuration; an image configuration acquisition control unit to execute image configuration acquisition control to obtain captured image data of image content having the appropriate image configuration; a capturing/recording unit to record the captured image data when the captured image data of the image content having the appropriate image configuration is obtained; a capturing history information holding unit to hold capturing history information; an image configuration exhaustion determining unit to determine whether the captured image data of the image content having the appropriate image configuration has been recorded a predetermined number of times; and a recording setting unit to prevent recording of captured image data of image content having the appropriate image configuration determined to have been recorded the predetermined number of times.12-31-2009
20110134269DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - Provided are a digital photographing apparatus and a method of controlling the digital photographing apparatus. The digital photographing apparatus includes an image generator configured to generate an image comprising a subject; a subject recognizer configured to recognize the subject from the generated image of the subject; a cue selector configured to select a cue for the recognized subject; and an output unit configured to output the selected cue. The recognized subject may be captured after the selected cue is output.06-09-2011
20100194906DISPLAY APPARATUS AND IMAGING APPARATUS - A display apparatus includes an input section inputting an image of subject obtained by imaging a person who is a subject, a display section displaying the image of subject being input, a viewer imaging section imaging a viewer viewing the image of subject and generating an image of viewer, a viewer face-detection section detecting a face of the viewer by using the image of viewer, a viewer face-recognition section performing facial recognition based on individual parts of the face of the viewer being detected, an image processing section performing image correction on the image of subject based on a result of the facial recognition performed on the viewer, and a control section switching a display from the image of subject to the image of subject on which the image correction is performed.08-05-2010
20100007756IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - An apparatus received input of a base image and a reference image that are images picked up by two cameras provided on left and right. A window setting portion determines a size of a window based on an edge value of an image around a gaze point in the base image. A position deviation operation portion operates deviation between the image in the window of the base image and the image in the window of the reference image. A three-dimensional coordinate operation unit portion operates a three-dimensional coordinate of a surface of an object based on deviation between the images.01-14-2010
20110085050Multi-Region Imaging Systems - An imaging system includes optics foi foiming an optical image, that provide a first region m the optical image that is charactenzed by a fust range of best focus and a second region in the optical image that is characterized by a second range of best focus The first and second ianges correspond to object distance ranges that are discontiguous A sensor array converts the optical image to a data stream, and a digital signal processor processes the data stream to generate a final image.04-14-2011
20090251554IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM - A plurality of exchange lenses designed for object exposure regions of different sizes can be selectively mounted on the present imaging device. The imaging device determines whether a mismatch state is present, in which the size of the object exposure region of an exchange lens mounted is smaller than the size of the imaging region of an imaging element. If it is determined that a mismatch state is present, an image of a partial region of the imaging region is generated and the image of the partial region is displayed as a live view image in a relatively large area (an area larger than an area for displaying the partial region in a live view display when no mismatch state is present). Accordingly, techniques for performing a live view display with favorable visibility are provided.10-08-2009
20090051779MODIFYING VISUAL PERCEPTION - Various embodiments directed to modifying and enhancing visual perception are disclosed. One embodiment is directed to a camera which includes a lens system for capturing images and a lighting system providing key light above the lens system and providing fill light below the lens system. A processor controls one or more operations of the camera, including automatically enhancing the captured images and presenting the enhanced images on a display. The system and method for modifying visual perception may also be directed to a video camera mirror system, a seating system, a cosmetic package, a lipstick packaging, a polarized mirror, an illuminated cosmetic brush, a personal portrait photography management system and an illumination system for modifying visual perception.02-26-2009
20100039525Perfecting of Digital Image Capture Parameters Within Acquisition Devices Using Face Detection - Within a digital acquisition device, acquisition parameters of a digital image are perfected as part of an image capture process using face detection within said captured image to achieve one or more desired image acquisition parameters. Default values are determined of one or more image attributes of at least some portion of the digital image. Values of one or more camera acquisition parameters are determined. Groups of pixels are identified that correspond to an image of a face within the digitally-captured image. Corresponding image attributes to the groups of pixels are determined. One or more default image attribute values are compared with one or more captured image attribute values based upon analysis of the image of the face. Camera acquisition parameters are then adjusted corresponding to adjusting the image attribute values.02-18-2010
20100013948MULTI-COLOR IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS - A multi-color image processor according to the present invention includes an image capturing section 01-21-2010
20100060750IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR THE SAME - An image processing apparatus includes an obtaining device for obtaining a series of images taken by serially picking up images of an object; and a mosaicking process device for generating a synthesized image by combining the series of images obtained by the obtaining device; wherein the mosaicking process device includes: a coordinate obtaining device for obtaining representative coordinates for each one of the series of images obtained by the obtaining device; an extracting device for extracting an image to be excluded from objects of a mosaicking process from the series of images obtained by the obtaining device, based on a locus of the representative coordinates of each image obtained by the coordinate obtaining device; and a synthesized image generating device for generating an image that is the series of images excluding the image extracted by the extracting device combined as the synthesized image.03-11-2010
20110176026MODULAR APPARATUS FOR DIRECTION - The present invention refers to a modular apparatus for a mobile control room, realised in a flexible manner and such that to be advantageously assembled, continuously modified and provided according to needs and requirements of for example, a client. An important improvement for rendering the directing apparatus modular consists in that several modules are provided and there are inserted inside thereof almost the whole of the apparatuses which are needed for the control of the videocameras (or other functions in the case of different kind of modules); Therefore, the most of the investment is flexible since is moved and incorporated to the same modules.07-21-2011
20100039521ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH IMAGE ADJUSTMENT FUNCTION AND METHOD THEREOF - An image adjustment method includes providing an input unit configured for receiving inputs, obtaining a desired image and sending the desired image to the display unit, adjusting the desired image on the display unit according to the inputs, obtaining an adjusted desired part of the desired image, reducing a resolution of the adjusted desired part of the desired image according to a resolution of the display unit, and copying the reduced desired part of the desired image to a desired location. An electronic device with an image adjustment function is also provided.02-18-2010
20100039526Signal processing apparatus and method, and program - Signals are provided which allow colors in a wider color range than predetermined standards, which can be handled by apparatus according to such predetermined standards. A primary color converter converts first color signals having primary color points in a wider color range than the primary color points according to BT.709 into second color signals based on the primary colors according to BT.709. A photoelectric transducer converts the second color signals into third color signals according to photoelectric transducer characteristics defined in a numerical range wider than a range from 0 to 1.0 of color signals corresponding to a luminance signal and color difference signals according to BT.709. A color signal converter converts the third color signals into a luminance signal and color difference signals. A corrector incorporated in the color signal converter corrects the color difference signals into color difference signals.02-18-2010
20100053351Image processing apparatus, image processing method, and program for attaining image processing - An image processing procedure receives mosaic image data and calculates vertical and horizontal-direction color difference components for each pixel. The image processing procedure subsequently selects an R pixel or a B pixel from the mosaic image data, and compares a variation of the vertical-direction color difference component with a variation of the horizontal-direction color difference component with regard to each of at least the selected pixels to detect edge directions of the at least selected pixels. The edge directions thus obtained are collected in an edge direction map, and then the edge directions are compared with the surrounding edge directions to remove edge noise in advance. The image processing procedure refers to the detected edge directions, and interpolates a missing color component in each pixel of the mosaic image data with the settings of one color component in each pixel in the mosaic image data.03-04-2010
20100053353Method and system for aiding user alignment for capturing partially overlapping digital images - A method and system for aiding user alignment of two or more partially overlapping digital images. A first image is captured. A portion of a first image is displayed with a preview of a portion of a second image. The second image is adjusted by movement of an used to capture the first image and generate the preview of the second image). Once satisfactory alignment is achieved, the second image is captured.03-04-2010
20100053356Imaging Device And Video Signal Generating Method Employed In Imaging Device - Provided is an imaging device comprising means for binning by adding up and reading out pixel signals from a plurality of pixels arranged in a first direction and a second direction of a pixel arrangement of an imaging element. The imaging device is provided with first means for changing a combination pattern of added pixel signals on a per-frame basis, and second means for generating image signals for one frame based on added signals from plural frames having different combination patterns.03-04-2010
20100053355INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An information processing apparatus includes: display means; operation input receiving means; and display control means for making a display control of allowing an image to correspond to an image card as an object imitating a real card, displaying a check image, which indicates a shape in which a plurality of the image cards overlap, on the display means, displaying one of an image corresponding to a specific image card and information indicating the image in a partial or overall area of the specific image card when a check operation indicating an instruction to check the specific image card is received, and changing a display state of the display means from a first state where the checking image is displayed to a second state where the image corresponding to the specific image card is displayed when a selection operation indicating that the specific image card is selected is received.03-04-2010
20100053365IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE WITH ZOOM FUNCTION - When continuous-zoom-photographing mode is selected, the through image of a subject and first and second continuous-zoom-photographing frames are produced on an image-display section. When a user operates a cross key, recorded information about the trimming position of each of the first and second continuous-zoom-photographing frames is updated according to the cross-key operation and the first and second continuous-zoom-photographing frames are produced at the updated trimming position recorded after the update. After a shutter button is pressed down, still-image photographing is started and image data obtained thereby is stored in a buffer memory. On the basis of the obtained image data, image data is generated for each of the first and second continuous-zoom-photographing frames through trimming processing and stored in the buffer memory. The obtained image data and the generated image data are stored in a flash memory.03-04-2010
20110096184Signal Processing Apparatus, Signal Processing Method, Computer Program, Image Processing Apparatus, and Image Capturing Apparatus - A signal conversion apparatus which converts an input signal x from an image sensor into an output signal y by a function relation represented by Expression 1:04-28-2011
20120242857CAMERA INCLUDING IMAGING SYSTEM HAVING DIFFERENT DEPTHS OF FIELD FOR DIFFERENT FREQUENCIES OF OPTICAL RADIATION - A camera including an imaging system having a first depth of field for one or more first frequencies of optical radiation and a second depth of field, smaller than the first depth of field, for one or more second frequencies of optical radiation. The imaging system includes an iris having a first aperture for the first frequency(ies) of optical radiation and a second aperture, larger than the first aperture, for the second frequency(ies) of optical radiation. The first aperture is defined by an outer opaque ring and the second aperture is defined by an inner chromatic ring. The inner chromatic ring blocks the first frequency(ies) and passes the second frequency(ies) such that the image formed by the first frequency(ies) is sharper than the image formed by the second frequency(ies), and that sharpness may be transposed to other images by known image processing techniques.09-27-2012
20120242858DEVICE AND METHOD FOR COMPENSATING FOR RELIEF IN HYPERSPECTRAL IMAGES - The invention relates to a device for adjusting the raised pattern of at least one hyper-spectral image including at least one sensor capable of producing at least one hyper-spectral image in at least two wavelengths, a computing means capable of classifying the pixels of the hyper-spectral image derived from the sensor on the basis of a two-state classification relationship, and a display means capable of displaying at least one image on the basis of the classified pixels from the computing means. The computing means includes a means for adjusting the raised pattern on the basis of at least one reference image.09-27-2012
20120242856AUTO-FOCUS IMAGE SYSTEM - An auto focus image system that includes a pixel array coupled to a focus signal generator. The pixel array captures an image that has a plurality of edges. The generator generates a focus signal that is a function of a plurality of edge-sharpness measures for the plurality of edges. The generator compares a sequence of gradients across the edge with one or more reference sequences of gradients and/or reference curves defined by data retrieved from a non-volatile memory. The generator may reject or de-emphasize the edge using result of the comparison. The edge sharpness measure is a quantity whose unit is a positive or negative, integer or non-integer power of a unit of length. It may be measured from the edge and/or a reference sequence/curve matched to the edge, or may be retrieved for the matched reference sequence/curve from a non-volatile memory.09-27-2012
20120242854Remote Sensing of Hidden Objects - An apparatus and method are provided for creating an indirect image of an object. The apparatus includes a light source and an imaging system. Light emitted from the light source is reflected by a first non-specular surface toward the object. Light reflected by the object is further reflected by a second non-specular surface toward the imaging system. The imaging system is configured to create the indirect image from the reflected light.09-27-2012
20100053358IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - An image capturing apparatus is provided that is capable of performing both object detection using image recognition and object detection using movement detection on successively captured images. In the image capturing apparatus, the reliability of the result of the object detection using image recognition is evaluated based on the previous detection results. If it is determined that the reliability is high, execution of the object detection using movement detection is determined. If it is determined that the reliability is low, non-execution of the object detection using movement detection is determined. With this configuration, the object region can be tracked appropriately.03-04-2010
20100053364INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - This invention enables an intention of a photographer to be reflected with greater accuracy in image processing based on actions performed by the photographer when taking an image. Based on user information acquired by a user information acquisition section, supplementary information such as whether a composition flag is on or off and assignment of an image classification is recorded with an image. Based on the supplementary information, various types of image processing such as setting an image trimming range, imparting an effect, and arranging an image on a mount are performed.03-04-2010
20100053360IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - An image processing method includes acquiring shooting data indicating a condition used for capturing image data, calculating an adaptation field size using data indicating an adaptation field angle and the acquired shooting data, executing filter processing on the image data according to the adaptation field size to calculate data indicating an adaptation state of a scene that is a shooting object of the image data, and calculating data indicating appearance of the scene using the data indicating the adaptation state.03-04-2010
20100053359SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING A CAMERA - A system and method for detecting a camera. In one embodiment, although not limited thereto, an illuminator illuminates an area of interest. A camera then takes multiple pictures of the illuminated area and an algorithm is then used to compare the pictures and locate and pirate cameras based on the reflection characteristics.03-04-2010
20100053357IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND PROGRAM - An image processing apparatus which corrects, based on information of a foreign substance adhered to an optical element arranged in front of an image sensor in an image capturing apparatus, a shadow of the foreign substance in the moving image data generated by performing predictive encoding by referring to image data of a different input frame, the image processing apparatus comprises: a moving image decompression unit which decompresses an image of each frame by obtaining information representing a difference between frames from the moving image data; and a correction unit which corrects the information representing the difference between frames when the information representing the difference between frames that is obtained by the moving image decompression unit in correspondence with a region containing the shadow of the foreign substance represented by the foreign substance information is determined to be larger than a predetermined threshold.03-04-2010
20100053352METHODS AND APPARATUS TO CAPTURE COMPRESSED IMAGES - Example methods and apparatus to capture compressed images are disclosed. A disclosed example method includes capturing a first output of a first photodetector representative of a first weighted sum of the a plurality of portions of an image, capturing a second output of a second photodetector representative of a second weighted sum of a second plurality of portions of the image, and computing a first wavelet coefficient for the image using the first and second captured outputs.03-04-2010
20100053354Image pickup apparatus and image processing apparatus - An image pickup apparatus includes: an image pickup lens having an aperture stop; an image pickup device obtaining image pickup data based on light detected; one or more microlenses arranged between the image pickup lens and the image pickup device so as to correspond to a plurality of pixels in a partial region of the image pickup device; and an image processing section performing image processing based on the image pickup data obtained from the image pickup device, in which the image processing section includes: a distance measurement section measuring a distance from the image pickup lens to a measurement object based on pixel data in the partial region of the image pickup device, and an interpolation section interpolating pixel data for the partial region of the image pickup device.03-04-2010
20110096186FULLY-DIFFERENTIAL AMPLIFIER, PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS INCLUDING FULLY-DIFFERENTIAL AMPLIFIER, AND IMAGE-PICKUP SYSTEM - In a known fully-differential amplifier, it has been difficult to set a power voltage VDD to a low level while maintaining the signal amplitude and increase the amplitude of an output signal without increasing the power voltage VDD. The present invention provides a fully-differential amplifier including a voltage-current conversion unit, a first current-voltage conversion unit, and a second current-voltage conversion unit, where a resistance element included in the voltage-current conversion unit, a resistance element included in the first current-voltage conversion unit, and a resistance element included in the second current-voltage conversion unit are connected in parallel with one another.04-28-2011
20110096181ARRANGEMENT FOR AND METHOD OF ACQUIRING A MONOCHROME IMAGE WITH A COLOR IMAGE CAPTURE PROCESSOR - An arrangement for, and a method of, acquiring a monochrome image of a target, employ a solid-state imager for capturing return light from the target over a field of view, and for generating an output image data stream having image components arranged in a serial format at a clock frequency, a preprogrammed microprocessor operatively connected to the imager for serially receiving, sampling and processing the image components at a sampling frequency to generate the monochrome image of the target, and a clock frequency adjustment circuit operatively connected to the imager and the microprocessor for adjusting the clock frequency to enable the microprocessor to receive, sample and process the image components and generate the monochrome image.04-28-2011
20110176027METHOD AND DEVICE FOR COMPRESSING MOVING IMAGE - A still block detector is provided at a stage before a moving image encoder. The still block detector divides a frame to be processed into a plurality of blocks, sorts the blocks in the frame in ascending order of movement amount, and sets the first one or more blocks the number of which is specified by a “corresponding block setting number” input from the outside of an encoding device, to “still blocks.” For the still blocks, the moving image encoder performs an inter-encoding process with respect to a moving image by forcibly setting motion vectors to zeros without performing a motion search or by forcibly setting DCT coefficients to zeros without performing DCT or quantization.07-21-2011
20110176025VIDEO INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, VIDEO INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - A video information processing apparatus includes a setting unit configured to set an event related to a real space where a user exists, an imaging unit configured to capture a video image of the real space, a recognition unit configured to recognize the event related to the real space based on the video image, a determination unit configured to determine whether the recognized event is permitted to be presented to another person different from the user based on whether the recognized event corresponds to the event which has been set, and a transmission unit configured to transmit information of the event whose presentation to the another person is determined to be permitted.07-21-2011
20100066853IMAGING APPARATUS - An imaging apparatus includes an imaging unit; a display unit capable of displaying a moving image based on the image data generated by the imaging unit; a setting unit that receives setting of a user; a shutter operable to adjust an exposure time of the imaging unit according to a shutter speed; a determination unit operable to determine the shutter speed according to setting related to exposure set by user through the setting unit; and a controller operable to control the imaging unit and the display unit. The controller controls the imaging unit to be exposed for an exposure time corresponding to the shutter speed determined by the determination unit, and changes a frame rate of displaying the moving image on the display unit according to the determined shutter speed.03-18-2010
20110096189IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND ITS CONTROL METHOD - There is provided an image pickup apparatus that has a mixture readout mode configured to mix and read outputs of a plurality of pixels in an image sensor (04-28-2011
20100134648SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE AND CAMERA SYSTEM - A solid-state image pickup device includes a pixel unit in which a plurality of photoelectric conversion elements having different sensitivities are arranged; and a pixel reading unit configured to read and add output signals from the plurality of photoelectric conversion elements in the pixel unit, and to obtain an output signal seemingly from one pixel. The pixel unit includes an absorbing unit configured to absorb overflowing electric charge from a photoelectric conversion element with a high sensitivity.06-03-2010
20100134646IMAGE SENSING DEVICE AND IMAGE SENSING SYSTEM - The image sensing device includes a semiconductor substrate; a light shielding layer that is arranged above the semiconductor substrate and shields an optical black region and a peripheral region from light; a first capacitance element that is arranged between the light shielding layer in the peripheral region and the semiconductor substrate and is used to temporarily hold signals output from effective pixels or optical black pixels; and a second capacitance element that is arranged between the light shielding layer in the optical black region and the semiconductor substrate so as to shield the photoelectric conversion units of the optical black pixels from light.06-03-2010
20100134643IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM, IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, ELECTRONIC CAMERA AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - An electronic apparatus includes: a projection unit that projects a projection-target original image onto a projection surface; an imaging unit that captures an image of the projection surface onto which an image is projected by the projection unit; and a control unit that analyzes the photographic image of the projection surface captured by the imaging unit and adjusts a correction quantity representing an extent to which the projection-target original image is to be corrected based upon analysis results.06-03-2010
20100134644IMAGE PICK-UP APPARATUS, METHOD OF PRODUCING FILE OF OBTAINED IMAGE, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - Digital camera is provided with an image pick-up unit 06-03-2010
20100134641IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE FOR HIGH-RESOLUTION IMAGES AND EXTENDED FIELD-OF-VIEW IMAGES - An image capturing device, such as a digital camera, is able to take photos having a resolution higher than the native resolution capabilities of the device determined by the imager. The device can also take photos having a field-of-view (FOV) that is greater than the normal capabilities of the device. The photos taken have a higher vertical and horizontal FOV (or only an increased horizontal FOV creating a panoramic photo) than the lens of the imager allows natively. The imager of the device may be positioned to point in different directions using an actuator, that is, the actuator can pan and tilt the imager. The imager can also zoom in or out at various levels and has a maximum zoom level. To create either type of photo, an array of cells is used as a tool to capture a series of subimages where the imager is pointed in different directions for each subimage. To create the high-resolution photo, the imager is zoomed into its maximum level and captures each of the subimages based on the array of cells. To create the extended FOV photo, the imager is panned and tilted as much as possible using the actuator and captures each of the subimages based on the array of cells. In both cases the subimages are then stitched together to form a final image.06-03-2010
20110074969SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - Disclosed herein is a solid-state image pickup device, including a pixel, the pixel including: a light receiving section; a charge transfer path; a transfer electrode; a readout gate section; and a readout electrode.03-31-2011
20110096185IMAGING APPARATUS WITH LIGHT TRANSMISSIVE FILTER - An imaging apparatus includes a light receiving device array having light receiving devices, a light transmissive filter including plural types of band-shape light transmissive sections arranged in sequence to form a light transmissive section pattern, and an arithmetic processing unit, wherein the arithmetic processing unit includes a first parameter generating unit configured to generate a first parameter indicative of a displacement of the light transmissive section pattern relative to the light receiving device array in response to a position of one of the light receiving devices, a second parameter generating unit configured to generate second parameters in response to the first parameter generated by the first parameter generating unit, and an image generating unit configured to produce output images in response to image signals output from the light receiving devices and the second parameters generated by the second parameter generating unit.04-28-2011
20110096188IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - It is determined whether or not there is inconsistency between image sensing mode data, which is set by an operator with respect to a scene including an object of shooting, and attribute data, e.g., focal length data or the like, that accompanies an obtained image. When it is determined that there is inconsistency between the image sensing mode data and attribute data, a caution is given to the operator that it is necessary to maintain consistency.04-28-2011
20110249134SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE WITH CONDUCTIVE TRENCHES TO CONTROL ELECTRIC FIELD - An imaging system, semiconductor device, and method of manufacture of a photo-detector device are disclosed. For example, an imaging system is disclosed, which includes a photo-detector unit including a plurality of conductive trenches formed within the photo-detector unit, and a plurality of electrical contacts, each electrical contact connected to a respective conductive trench. The imaging system further includes a light data processor unit coupled to an output of the photo-detector unit to convert an analog signal received from the photo-detector unit to a digital signal, a processing unit coupled to an output of the light data processor unit to generate a control signal in response to the digital signal, and a display unit coupled to an output of the processing unit to vary the intensity of an image displayed in response to the control signal.10-13-2011
20100123789METHOD OF AUTO-RETRACTING LENS OF IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND CONTROL SYSTEM USING THE SAME - A method of auto-retracting a lens of an image capture apparatus and a control system using the same are applied to an image capture apparatus with a retractable lens. The method includes the following steps. A hardware circuit of the image capture apparatus detects whether an abnormal power failure event occurs or not. The hardware circuit performs a re-boot procedure when detects that the abnormal power failure event occurs. After the hardware circuit performs the re-boot procedure, software in the image capture apparatus utilizes residual power only to perform a control procedure of retracting the lens. After the retractable lens is detected to have been retracted into the image capture apparatus, the software controls the image capture apparatus to be powered off.05-20-2010
20120120273IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGE SYNTHESIZING METHOD - An object of the exemplary embodiment is to make it possible to easily take a group photo of a plurality of persons including a photographer.05-17-2012
20120120271MULTIMEDIA DEVICE, MULTIPLE IMAGE SENSORS HAVING DIFFERENT TYPES AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - A multimedia device includes a first image sensor to acquire a first image, a second image sensor to acquire a second image, and a processor to determine coordinate information of the person in the first image and to extract a feature of the person in the second image based on the coordinate information. The first and second image sensors have overlapping fields of view, the coordinate information provides an indication of a distance to the person, and the processor compares the extracted feature to reference information and recognizes the person based on the comparison.05-17-2012
20120120270SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING ENHANCED AUDIO IN A VIDEO ENVIRONMENT - A method is provided in one example and includes receiving audio data at a microphone array that includes a plurality of microphones. The microphone array is provisioned at a first endpoint, which includes a camera element configured to capture video data associated with a video session involving the first endpoint and a second endpoint. The method also includes formatting the audio data into a time division multiplex (TDM) stream, and communicating the stream to a port for a subsequent communication over a network and to the second endpoint.05-17-2012
20120120269RAPID AUTO-FOCUS USING CLASSIFIER CHAINS, MEMS AND/OR MULTIPLE OBJECT FOCUSING - A smart-focusing technique includes identifying an object of interest, such as a face, in a digital image. A focus-generic classifier chain is applied that is trained to match both focused and unfocused faces and/or data from a face tracking module is accepted. Multiple focus-specific classifier chains are applied, including a first chain trained to match substantially out of focus faces, and a second chain trained to match slightly out of focus faces. Focus position is rapidly adjusted using a MEMS component.05-17-2012
20090027513Image-capturing apparatus and image-capturing control method - An image-capturing apparatus includes an image-capturing unit configured to capture an image of a subject in order to obtain captured image data; a storage processor configured to perform a process for storing the captured image data obtained by the image-capturing unit; an operation unit configured to perform a self-timer image-capturing operation; a motion detector; and a controller configured to, when the self-timer image-capturing operation is performed using the operation unit, controlling, on the basis of detection information obtained by the motion detector, a shutter operation in which the captured image data obtained by the image-capturing unit is stored by the storage processor after a self-timer set time period passes.01-29-2009
20090027512IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An image processing apparatus includes the following elements. An obtaining unit obtains a first still image, a first difficulty level indicating a complexity of the first still image, a second still image, and a second difficulty level indicating a complexity of the second still image. A combining unit combines the first and second still images at a combination ratio which is changed along a time axis to generate a moving image. An encoding unit encodes the moving image. A moving-image difficulty-level calculating unit calculates a moving-image difficulty level indicating a complexity of the moving image according to the first and second difficulty levels and the combination ratio changed along the time axis. A control unit controls a characteristic of a process of encoding the moving image according to the combination ratio changed along the time axis and the moving-image difficulty level.01-29-2009
20110074966METHOD FOR MEASURING PHOTOGRAPHER'S AESTHETIC QUALITY PROGRESS - A method for measuring a photographer's progress over time toward producing images with a high level of aesthetic quality by assessing the aesthetic quality of a set of digital images captured by the photographer comprising: providing a set of digital images captured by a particular photographer, each digital image having and associated capture times captured by a particular photographer; using a processor to compute an aesthetic quality parameters for each digital image in the set; and producing an indication of the photographer's progress toward producing images with a high level of aesthetic quality using the aesthetic quality parameters for each digital image in the set and the corresponding associated capture times.03-31-2011
20110074970IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - According to one embodiment, an image processing apparatus comprises a plurality of image input modules configured to input images, a detection module configured to detect object regions from an image input by any image input module, a feature extracting module configured to extract feature values from any object regions detected by the detecting module, and a control module configured to control processes the detection module and feature extracting module perform on the images input by the plurality of image input modules, in accordance with the result of detection performed by the detection module.03-31-2011
20110074971METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING IMAGE BASED ON SCENE MODE DISPLAY - A method and apparatus for processing an image based on a scene mode. An image processing apparatus is disclosed including a digital signal processor (DSP) configured to select scene modes applicable to a live-view image and configured to display the selected scene modes as icons on the live-view image. An image processing method is disclosed including selecting scene modes applicable to a live-view image; and displaying the selected scene modes as icons on the live-view image.03-31-2011
20110074967TARGET BIT RATE DECISION METHOD FOR WAVELET-BASED IMAGE COMPRESSION - A method of deciding a target bit rate for wavelet-based image encoding based on the wavelet coefficients is described. The target bit rate is used for maintaining a high quality image. A minimum target bit rate and a maximum target bit rate are determined. A pseudo code length corresponding to the minimum target bit rate is calculated. The pseudo code length is calculated as a function of the wavelet coefficients. The corresponding pseudo code length is calculated for the maximum target bit rate. A curve between the pseudo code length and target bit rate is derived. Slope of the curve depends on buffer fullness. Using the curve, for a given pseudo code length, an appropriate target bit rate is derived. The derived target bit rate depends on the image content, and computing resources are able to be optimally used to attain similar quality for each image block of an image.03-31-2011
20110069195IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - An image processing apparatus includes a fetcher. A fetcher fetches an object scene image. A first adjuster adjusts a tonality of the object scene image fetched by the fetcher, corresponding to a property of a display device. An object scene image outputter outputs the object scene image having the tonality adjusted by the first adjuster, toward the display device. A second adjuster adjusts the tonality of the object scene image fetched by the fetcher, in parallel with the adjusting process of the first adjuster. A first searcher searches for an object image that coincides with a registered object image from the object scene image having the tonality adjusted by the second adjuster.03-24-2011
20110069198LENS UNIT - A lens unit according to the present invention includes: a barrel, which has first and second openings and an inner space defined along a center axis between the first and second openings; and lenses held in the inner space. In each pair of adjacent lenses, when projected parallel to their optical axis, one lens located closer to the second opening has a greater projection than the other lens located closer to the first opening. The barrel has inner side surface portions, which are arranged parallel to the center axis to define cross sections corresponding to the respective projections of the lenses. In each pair of adjacent inner side surface portions, one portion located closer to the second opening has a greater cross section than the other portion located closer to the first opening. The barrel has main grooves cut on the inner side surface portions to run from the first opening toward the second opening. Each of the lens units is bonded to an associated inner side surface portion with an adhesive that fills at least partially the main grooves on the inner side surface portion.03-24-2011
20110069197SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CMOS IMAGE SENSING - A system is provided for determining a color using a CMOS image sensor. The system includes an input port for receiving a user command. The system further includes an image sensor, an optical device that forms an image on the image sensor, and a processor. The image sensor includes an n-type substrate and a p-type epitaxy layer overlying the n-type substrate. The image sensor includes a control circuit that applies a first voltage on the n-type substrate to obtain a first output. The control circuit applies a second voltage on the n-type substrate to obtain a second output. The control circuit also applies a third voltage on the n-type substrate to obtain a third output. The p-type epitaxy layer includes a silicon germanium material. The image sensor additionally includes an epitaxy layer interposed between the n-type substrate and the p-type epitaxy layer.03-24-2011
20110069196Viewfinder for shared image device - A technique includes receiving one or more captured shared image representations at a displaying shared image device from one or more shared image devices. At least one of the displaying shared image device and the one or more shared image devices configurable to capture one or more image representations. The technique further includes displaying a view-finder-based shared image representation over a viewfinder at the displaying shared image device.03-24-2011
20110069193IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD - In image shooting using a self timer on an apparatus, the apparatus allows a user to control continuous shooting of a plurality of frames of images according to the user's desire. In image shooting using a self timer on the apparatus, the apparatus changes a timing of starting image shooting by self timer for a second image and beyond to be continuously shot according to detected faces of persons. The apparatus notifies the user that the timing for starting the image shooting by self timer is currently calculated. With this configuration, the user can control the timing of shooting images by continuous shooting. Accordingly, the user convenience in using the apparatus in shooting a plurality of frames of images of variable attitudes and objects is improved.03-24-2011
20110069194IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD - An imaging apparatus includes an imaging unit, a closed-eye detection unit configured to detect a face from an image captured by the imaging unit and to detect whether the detected face has closed eyes, and a control unit configured to determine whether to issue a warning about a captured image to be recorded according to a detection result detected by the closed-eye detection unit for the captured image to be recorded and a detection result detected by the closed-eye detection unit for a preview image captured before the image to be recorded is captured.03-24-2011
20110069192IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image processing apparatus includes a determining unit, a modifying unit, a selecting unit, and a generating unit. The determining unit determines, with respect to a missing pixel position that does not have a signal of a specified color among colors forming an image, an interpolation process type indicating the type of an interpolation process of the signal of the specified color. The modifying unit modifies the determined interpolation process type based on interpolation process types of peripheral missing pixel positions located at the vicinity of the missing pixel position. The selecting unit selects a color-difference signal that is a difference between signal of a color except the specified color and the signal of the specified color in correspondence with the modified interpolation process type. The generating unit generates an interpolation signal of the signal of the specified color at the missing pixel position based on the color-difference signal.03-24-2011
20110069190FAST FOCUSING METHOD FOR DIGITAL CAMERA - A fast focusing method for a digital camera is applied in the digital camera to judge whether a focusing focal length of the digital camera needs to be adjusted in an auto focusing stage. The fast focusing method includes capturing a target image at a reference focal length; performing a blur detection procedure on the target image to acquire a focus value; setting a focusing focal length range covering the reference focal length when the focus value is between a lower limit focusing threshold and an upper limit focusing threshold; capturing corresponding comparison images at different focusing focal lengths respectively in the focusing focal length range; calculating a contrast value of each comparison image; and calculating the contrast values and a target focal length through a quadratic curve approximation method, and adjusting lenses of the digital camera to the set target focal length to perform shooting.03-24-2011
20120200728PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND IMAGE SENSING SYSTEM - A photoelectric conversion apparatus at least includes an insulating film, a plurality of high-refractive-index members provided so as to correspond respectively to individual photoelectric conversion portions, being surrounded by the insulating film and having a refractive index higher than the refractive index of the insulating film, and a high-refractive-index film provided on the insulating film so as to connect the plurality of high-refractive-index members to one another and having a refractive index higher than the refractive index of the insulating film, and lens portions lying next to each other from among a plurality of lens portions border each other.08-09-2012
20120200730ELECTRONIC CAMERA THAT REDUCES PROCESSING TIME BY PERFORMING DIFFERENT PROCESSES IN PARALLEL - An electronic camera includes: an image-capturing device that captures an image of a subject and generates image data; a first bus to which the image data generated by the image capturing device are output; an image memory that is connected to the first bus and temporarily stores the image data on the first bus; a plurality of image data conversion devices connected to the first bus that individually convert the image data on the first bus; a second bus through which conversion outputs from the plurality of image data conversion devices are provided to individual output destinations; and an adjustment device that performs timing adjustment or multiplexing of a plurality of conversion outputs to ensure that the plurality of conversion outputs do not collide on the second bus.08-09-2012
20120200727PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION ELEMENT, AND PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND IMAGE SENSING SYSTEM - A member for light path to a photoelectric conversion portion includes a middle portion, and a peripheral portion having a refractive index different from the refractive index of the middle portion, and within some plane in parallel with the light receiving surface of a photoelectric conversion portion, and within other plane closer to the light receiving surface than the some plane in parallel with the light receiving surface, the peripheral portion is continuous with the middle portion and surrounds the middle portion, and also the refractive index of the peripheral portion is higher than the refractive index of an insulator film, and the thickness of the peripheral portion within the other plane is smaller than the thickness of the peripheral portion within the some plane.08-09-2012
20110149099IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE WITH ADJUSTABLE LEVEL DETECTION AND METHOD THEREOF - An image capture device an with adjustable level detection function comprises a controller that determines whether the rotation angle of the image capture device exceeds a predefined angle and terminates an image capture process of the image capture device when the rotation angle exceeds the predefined angle. An image capture module of the image capture device captures images when the rotation angle is within the predefined angle.06-23-2011
20110249135IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME - An image processing apparatus according to the present invention, comprises: a frame rate conversion unit that generates an interpolated frame image which interpolates an input frame image constituting an input video, and outputs the input frame image and the interpolated frame image alternately; and an HDR video generation unit that performs processing to enhance gradation of an image in a low brightness area, for the input frame image which is output from the frame rate conversion unit, and performs processing to enhance gradation of an image in a high brightness area, for the interpolated frame image.10-13-2011
20110249136REMOTE GAZE CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD - The present invention provides techniques for directing the gaze of a subject whose image is captured by a camera, including the direction in which the subject looks, or the distance between the subject and the camera, in such a way that a visually appealing image can be captured by the camera, where a media professional (e.g., an interviewer or a director) or other person knowledgeable in media best practices is non co-located with the subject. The techniques enable the media professional to provide visual hints both manually and automatically to the remotely located subject.10-13-2011
20100295965System and Method for a High Dynamic Range Sensitive Sensor Element or Array - A high dynamic range sensitive sensor element or array is provided which uses phase domain integration techniques to accurately capture high and low intensity images. The sensor element of the present invention is not limited by dynamic range characteristics exhibited by prior art solid-state pixel structures and is thus capable of capturing a full spectrum of electromagnetic radiation to provide a high quality output image.11-25-2010
20110019027Imaging Device - An imaging device includes: a tracking processing portion which tracks a tracking target on a series of frame images based on an output signal of an image sensor; a tracking reliability evaluation portion which, based on the output signal of the image sensor, evaluates a degree of reliability of tracking by the tracking processing portion, and classifies the degree into one of a plurality of levels; and a display portion which displays the series of frame images. A tracking target icon corresponding to a tracking target and a level icon indicating an evaluated degree of reliability are displayed on a display screen. A degree of reliability is classified into one of a plurality of levels and indicated by the level icon. The tracking target icon is expressed by using the same color as that of (the clothes of) the tracking target.01-27-2011
20080252745APPARATUS FOR DETECTING BLINKING STATE OF EYE - A state-of-eye distinguishing means calculates a feature value that represents a state of an eye, for an eye-area based on pixel data of pixels that constitute the eye-area. A threshold value setting means calculates a first threshold value representing a feature value at a first transition point from an open state to a closed state and a second threshold value representing a feature value at a second transition point from the closed state to the open state, based on a feature value calculated for a targeted eye when the targeted eye is open. A blinking state detection means detects the blinking state of the eye corresponding to the eye-area, by sequentially comparing feature values which are sequentially calculated for a series of frame images by the state-of-eye distinguishing means with one of the first threshold value and the second threshold value.10-16-2008
20110001840ELECTRONIC CAMERA AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - A tracking processing unit (01-06-2011
20110001839PICTURE CODING APPARATUS, PICTURE CODING METHOD AND VIDEO CAMERA - A picture coding apparatus includes a static area information calculating unit that calculates static area information indicating a size of a static area of which motion is smaller than a predetermined value for each of fields included in an interlaced picture, a reference field selecting unit that selects, as a reference field to be used to predict a field to be coded, one of a field having of the same parity as a field to be coded and a field having the opposite parity of the field to be coded, among fields previously coded, based on the static area information of the fields previously coded, and a coding unit that codes the field to be coded by using the reference field selected by the reference field selecting unit.01-06-2011
20100271499Perfecting of Digital Image Capture Parameters Within Acquisition Devices Using Face Detection - Within a digital acquisition device, acquisition parameters of a digital image are perfected as part of an image capture process using face detection within said captured image to achieve one or more desired image acquisition parameters. Default values are determined of one or more image attributes of at least some portion of the digital image. Values of one or more camera acquisition parameters are determined. Groups of pixels are identified that correspond to an image of a face within the digitally-captured image. Corresponding image attributes to the groups of pixels are determined. One or more default image attribute values are compared with one or more captured image attribute values based upon analysis of the image of the face. Camera acquisition parameters are then adjusted corresponding to adjusting the image attribute values.10-28-2010
20100265351COMMUNICATION-CONTROLLING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS - When storing an image file in an external recording medium with a communication function that is configured to automatically transfer a JPEG file stored in a predetermined directory, the apparatus stores a thumbnail image obtained by reducing an image size of a primary image in a predetermined directory. The primary image file is stored in a different directory to the predetermined directory.10-21-2010
20100302404Information processing apparatus, method, and program - An information processing apparatus includes a control unit for controlling a color gamut conversion method that converts a color gamut of content data into a desired color gamut in accordance with the use of the content data; and a color gamut conversion unit for performing the color gamut conversion with respect to the content data by a method based on the control of the control unit.12-02-2010
20100302398Digital camera dust error photographed image correction - Provided are an apparatus of and method for correcting dust spot position in which a position of a dust spot is detected from an image and corrected in a digital image processing apparatus. The dust spot position correcting apparatus of the digital image processing apparatus includes: a dust sensor sensing dust attached on an imaging device that captures an image; and a digital signal processing unit correcting the sensed dust spot with a color value of the surroundings of a position of the dust spot.12-02-2010
20100302405IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image sensing apparatus includes: an image sensing device for sensing light representing a subject image; a first component extractor for extracting a first component having a predetermined frequency out of a photographic image obtained by the image sensing device; a second component extractor for extracting a second component having a frequency higher than the frequency of the first component out of the photographic image; a compressor for compressing a dynamic range of the first component extracted by the first component extractor with a predetermined compression ratio; an image generator for generating an image based on a compressed first component obtained by compressing the dynamic range of the first component by the compressor, and the second component extracted by the second component extractor; and a compression correction coefficient calculator for calculating a compression correction coefficient used in compressing the first component, using the second component extracted by the second component extractor, wherein the compressor determines the compression ratio in such a manner that the larger compression correction coefficient increases the compression ratio based on the compression correction coefficient calculated by the compression correction coefficient calculator, and compresses the dynamic range of the first component based on the determined compression ratio.12-02-2010
20100302402IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An image processing apparatus includes: a straight edge detection section that detects a straight edge of an object in at least one of first and second original images obtained by capturing the identical object from two different viewpoints; a first morphing processing section that performs a first morphing process, which does not include parallelization of the original images, on the original images to generate a first intermediate image seen from a virtual viewpoint between the two viewpoints; a distortion determination section that determines whether or not an edge of the object in the first intermediate image that corresponds to the straight edge detected by the straight edge detection section is distorted; and a second morphing processing section that, if the edge is distorted, performs a second morphing process, which includes parallelization of the original images, on the original images to generate a second intermediate image seen from the virtual viewpoint.12-02-2010
20100302399HIGH LINEAR DYNAMIC RANGE IMAGING - A method for digital processing comprises receiving a first set of image data corresponding to a first time and a second set of image data corresponding to a different time. Intensity values for each of a first pixel and second pixel are extracted from each of the first and second set of image data. Substantially linear values in a plurality of intensity values are identified for each of the first and second pixels. For each of the first and second pixels, regression is performed on each of the substantially linear values in the plurality of intensity values. The regression may calculate an intensity level as a function of exposure time. The regression may generate slopes corresponding to the linear values for each of the first and second pixels. These slopes more accurately represent the actual ratio of intensity values. The ratios are useful in applications, such as, for example, polarization.12-02-2010
20100295959RED-EYE FILTER METHOD AND APPARATUS - A digital image acquisition system having no photographic film, such as a digital camera, has a flash unit for providing illumination during image capture and a red-eye filter for detecting a region within a captured image indicative of a red-eye phenomenon, the detection being based upon a comparison of the captured image and a reference image of nominally the same scene taken without flash. In the embodiment the reference image is a preview image of lower pixel resolution than the captured image, the filter matching the pixel resolutions of the captured and reference images by up-sampling the preview image and/or sub-sampling the captured image. The filter also aligns at least portions of the captured image and reference image prior to comparison to allow for, e.g. movement in the subject.11-25-2010
20100295962IMAGING APPARATUS AND HDRI METHOD - An imaging apparatus includes an image sensor and a processor that merges together a plurality of images captured by said image sensor to produce a composite image. The positions or the plurality of images being adjusted to reduce displacement of a reference area that is determined within each one of said plurality of images before the plurality of images is merged together. The reference area includes at least one of an in-focus area determined by a focusing operation, a face area determined by face-sensing processes, a predetermined-color area determined by white-balance information and predetermined color information, and a predetermined-brightness area determined by photometry.11-25-2010
20100295960VIDEO CAMERA WITH MULTIFUNCTION CONNECTION PORTS - A digital device including a processor that includes a first unit configured to receive signals in accordance with a first communications protocol and a second unit configured to receive signals in accordance with a second communications protocol. The digital device further includes a data connector coupled to the processor and operable in accordance with the first communications protocol, a switch coupled to the data connector and configured to further couple the data connector to either the first unit or the second unit, and a sensor coupled to the switch, where upon activation of the sensor, a switching signal is transmitted from the sensor to the switch that causes the switch to uncouple the data connector from the first unit and couple the data connector to the second unit to make the data connector operable in accordance with the second communications protocol.11-25-2010
20100295957METHOD OF CAPTURING DIGITAL IMAGES AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS - A method of capturing digital images is disclosed. The method comprises registering an image projected on an image sensor; determining motions present in the image; determining a metric representing an amount of the motions; and storing the registered image with associated meta data comprising the metric. Further, image capturing apparatus is disclosed, comprising an image sensor; optics arranged to project an image on the image sensor; a signal processor arranged to receive signals provided by the image sensor, to determine motions present in the image, and to determine a metric representing an amount of the motions; and a memory arranged to store a registered image with associated meta data comprising the metric.11-25-2010
20110211087METHOD AND APPARATUS PROVIDING FOR CONTROL OF A CONTENT CAPTURING DEVICE WITH A REQUESTING DEVICE TO THEREBY CAPTURE A DESIRED CONTENT SEGMENT - An apparatus providing for transmission of a desired content segment to a receiving device may include a content preview unit for displaying a content preview corresponding to a content segment captured by a content capturing device. A content capturing device selector may receive a selection of the content capturing device which satisfies one or more predefined conditions as determined by a condition testing unit of the apparatus. Once selected, a control unit may allow for control of the content capturing device with the receiving device to thereby capture a desired content segment. Control may occur directly or indirectly, such as through providing written control instructions, which may be translated using a translator of the apparatus. Thus, the apparatus may provide for transmission of the desired content segment to the receiving device.09-01-2011
20110254970Electronic camera - An electronic camera comprises an image processing unit that performs image quality adjustment using a plurality of adjustment parameters, an information acquisition unit that acquires from an external device first image quality adjustment information including a parameter group for use with the image quality adjustment and an image quality adjustment algorithm that applies the parameter group, and a control unit that controls the image processing unit so that it performs image quality adjustment while applying the parameter group included in the first image quality adjustment information that has been acquired to the image quality adjustment algorithm included in the first image quality adjustment information that has been acquired.10-20-2011
20100277606PREDICTIVE PERSONAL VIDEO RECORDER OPERATION - A predictive personal video recorder (PVR) can include a tuner, a buffer, a predictive tuner, and a predictive buffer. The tuner can be configured to allow viewing of a currently-selected digital video channel chosen from a plurality of digital video channels received by a predictive PVR. The buffer can be configured to store video data of the currently-selected digital video channel, allowing time-shifted viewing of the currently-selected digital video channel. The predictive tuner can be configured to capture video data for a predicted digital video channel. The predicted digital video channel can be selected based upon a predictive factor. The predictive buffer can be configured to store the captured video data for the predicted digital video channel received by the predictive tuner to allow time-shifted viewing of said predicted digital video channel.11-04-2010
20100253801IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS AND DIGITAL CAMERA - The image recording apparatus includes: an information acquisition unit; a metadata generation unit that generates metadata based upon acquired information, the metadata being different from an image to be recorded and the acquired information being obtained by the information acquisition unit at least after the image is obtained; and an information recording unit that records the metadata having been generated and the image in correlation to each other.10-07-2010
20100271498SYSTEM AND METHOD TO SELECTIVELY COMBINE VIDEO FRAME IMAGE DATA - Systems and methods to selectively combine video frame image data are disclosed. First image data corresponding to a first video frame and second image data corresponding to a second video frame are received from an image sensor. The second image data is adjusted by at least partially compensating for offsets between portions of the first image data with respect to corresponding portions of the second image data to produce adjusted second image data. Combined image data corresponding to a combined video frame is generated by performing a hierarchical combining operation on the first image data and the adjusted second image data.10-28-2010
20100110214Exposure apparatuses and methods to compress exposure data - A method to compress exposure data may include converting image data into a plurality of exposure data, generating new exposure data by combining part of the plurality of exposure data or by excluding part of the plurality of exposure data, and compressing the new exposure data. An exposure apparatus may include a conversion unit that converts image data into a plurality of exposure data, a control unit that generates new exposure data by combining part of the plurality of exposure data or by excluding part of the plurality of exposure data, and a compression unit that compresses the new exposure data.05-06-2010
20100110209FAST MOTION MEASUREMENT DEVICE FOR GAMING - The invention provides a motion measurement system that is capable of rapid motion measurement of motion that can measure all types of motion including rotational motion, linear motion and motion occurs in the directions of x, y and z. In the motion measurement system of the invention, motion is measured with a high speed image capture and analysis system that captures images of the scene and identifies motion in the scene with a reduced bit rate approach to enable fast data processing.05-06-2010
20100259636EXPOSURE CONTROL FOR HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE IMAGE CAPTURE - A device and methods are provided for producing a high dynamic range (HDR) image of a scene are disclosed and claimed. In one embodiment, method includes setting an exposure period of an image sensor of the digital camera and capturing image data based on the exposure period. The method may further include checking the image data to determine whether the number of saturated pixels exceeds a saturation threshold and checking the image data to determine whether the number of cutoff pixels exceeds a cutoff threshold. The method may further include generating a high dynamic range image based on image data captured by the digital camera, wherein the high dynamic range image is generated based on a minimum number of images to capture a full dynamic range of the scene.10-14-2010
20100259628CAMERA - An image sensor having light-sensitive elements situated in rows and columns, a camera, and a camera system are provided. The image sensor has a repeating pattern including two adjacent rows, the first row having alternating light-sensitive elements having a blue filter and light-sensitive elements having a red filter, and the second row having light-sensitive elements having no blue filters and no red filters, i.e., no color filter.10-14-2010
20100259637IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS AND ITS CONTROL METHOD - A drive mode is switched after readout for one frame is completed, and the reset operation for the following frame is started. In this manner, the reset operation for the following frame will not be performed during the readout period for the preceding frame. Therefore, the accumulation period for the following frame can be made consistent in that frame.10-14-2010
20110176020CAMERA MODULE WITH LENS ARRAY - A camera module includes a plurality of lenses with different focal lengths, a supporting plate, an image sensor, and a processor. The supporting plate defines a plurality of through holes receiving the corresponding lenses. The image sensor includes a sensing area. The sensing area is configured for receiving light through the lenses and the through holes and converting the light into electrical signals. The processor is electrically connected to the image sensor. The processor is configured for processing the electrical signals to form sub-images of a same view of same objects with different depths of field and then combining the sub-images into a final image.07-21-2011
20100097482IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD,IMAGE PROCESSING COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT AND CAMERA - An image processing apparatus includes: a gradation conversion unit that executes gradation conversion processing based upon gradation conversion features assuming a slope that changes at a predetermined brightness level, on a component representing a brightness of an image in a color space expressed with the component representing the brightness and a component representing a color depth; and a modulation unit that executes modulation processing on the component representing the color depth by multiplying the component representing the color depth by modulation features, wherein: the modulation features are set so as to assume values equal to or less than 1 over at least part of a brightness range above the predetermined brightness level.04-22-2010
20100097490PIXEL HAVING TWO SEMICONDUCTOR LAYERS, IMAGE SENSOR INCLUDING THE PIXEL, AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM INCLUDING THE IMAGE SENSOR - An image sensor having pixels that include two patterned semiconductor layers. The top patterned semiconductor layer contains the photoelectric elements of pixels having substantially 100% fill-factor. The bottom patterned semiconductor layer contains transistors for detecting, resetting, amplifying and transmitting signals charges received from the photoelectric elements. The top and bottom patterned semiconductor layers may be separated from each other by an interlayer insulating layer that may include metal interconnections for conducting signals between devices formed in the patterned semiconductor layers and from external devices.04-22-2010
20100097488Image-taking apparatus, image-taking region displaying method, and image-taking region displaying program - An image-taking apparatus is provided which includes a first extracting unit that extracts an image corresponding to a first region having a first aspect ratio and an image corresponding to a second region having a second aspect ratio from a video image to record the images, a second extracting unit that extracts an image having an aspect ratio of a display region of a display device from the video image in a range where the first region is maximally displayed, a producing unit that produces a notification image indicating that the second region exists outside the display region when the second region exists outside the region of the image extracted by the second extracting unit, a combining unit that produces a display image by combining the notification image with the image extracted by the second extracting unit, and a control unit that displays the display image on the display device.04-22-2010
20100097487OPTICAL IMAGING SYSTEM WITH AN EXTENDED DEPTH-OF-FIELD AND METHOD FOR DESIGNING AN OPTICAL IMAGING SYSTEM - A method for designing a mask, the method includes: choosing or receiving a desired contrast value; and determining sizes, locations and shapes of multiple rotationally symmetric regions of a mask such as to define a modulation transfer function that is characterized by a substantially uniform response over a spatial frequency range; wherein the uniform response is substantially indifferent to an orientation of features of the object and to a location of the object within a deep depth-of-field region. An optical imaging system that includes: a mask that includes multiple rotationally regions; wherein the multiple rotationally symmetric regions are shaped and positioned such as to define a modulation transfer function that is characterized by a substantially uniform response over a spatial frequency range, wherein the uniform response is substantially indifferent to an orientation of features of the object and to a location of the object within a deep depth-of-field region.04-22-2010
20100097483DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - A data processing apparatus acquires images captured by cameras. A data processing apparatus 04-22-2010
20100097486IMAGE SENSING DEVICE AND IMAGE SENSING SYSTEM - An image sensing device includes a multilayer wiring structure comprising a first wiring layer and a second wiring layer, wherein the second wiring layer comprises a plurality of vertical signal lines extending in the vertical direction among a plurality of photoelectric conversion units of a pixel unit to transfer the signal output by an amplification transistor and a plurality of vertical power supply lines extending in the vertical direction between two pixel units adjacent to each other in the horizontal direction to supply a power supply voltage to the amplification transistor or the reset transistor, and the vertical power supply lines supply the power supply voltage to the reset transistor of the adjacent pixel unit on a first side in the horizontal direction and supply the power supply voltage to the amplification transistor of the adjacent pixel unit on a second side in the horizontal direction.04-22-2010
20100066850MOTION ARTIFACT MEASUREMENT FOR DISPLAY DEVICES - A video signal generator provides a test pattern to a display device for measuring a motion artifact (e.g., moving-edge blur) of the display device. The test pattern includes a moving image and a shift velocity of a time-delay integration (TDI) camera is matched to the velocity of the moving image to track a moving edge of the image. The captured image is analyzed to determine a characteristic indicative of the motion artifact of the display device (e.g., the blur edge time).03-18-2010
20120268619IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS - An image sensor comprises a pixel array formed by arraying pixels in a column direction and a row direction; a column common readout unit provided for each pixel column in the pixel array; at least three readout channels which sequentially read signals from the column common readout units, respectively; and a readout channel selection unit which selects readout channels so that the signal is output from each of the column common readout units to a corresponding one of the at least three readout channels, wherein the readout channel selection unit selects readout channels, to which the signals are output from the column common readout units, in a predetermined pattern that varies in each individual row of the pixel array.10-25-2012
20100053363PHOTOGRAPHING METHOD AND APPARATUS - Provided are a photographing method and apparatus for implementing the method. The photographing method includes setting coordinates where a face to be photographed is to be positioned and setting a size of the face, detecting a face from a preview image of a predetermined subject according to the coordinates and the size, and photographing the subject when a face corresponding to the coordinates and the size is detected from the preview image. Thus, coordinates where a face is positioned and a facial size can be adjusted when a user wants to perform a self-photographing operation.03-04-2010
20090002508Method and apparatus for dark current reduction in image sensors - Methods and apparatuses for dark current reduction by adjustment of electrical characteristics of transfer gates in pixels within an imaging sensor based on image comparisons.01-01-2009
20120200724Video Magnification Device - A video magnification device allows a visually impaired user to read contents of a media. The device includes a video camera, and a driving unit. The video camera is positioned facing the media and is capable of capturing images of the media, or one or more portions thereof. The driving unit includes an input unit, a controller and an actuator assembly. The input unit is capable of being operated by the user for indicating a particular portion of the media for reading contents on the particular potion of the media. The controller is configured to process a signal generated by the input unit, and the actuator assembly is configured to move the video camera based on the processing of the signal. The movement of the video camera allows the user to read contents on the particular portion of the media, without physically moving the media.08-09-2012
20120268621IMAGING APPARATUS, AZIMUTH RECORDING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - Provided is an imaging apparatus including an imaging unit configured to capture an object according to an imaging start instruction and output a captured image, a geomagnetic sensor configured to detect geomagnetism, an imaging controlling unit configured to control components of the imaging unit in an imaging processing period from the imaging start instruction to the output of the captured image and determine an operation period of a magnetic field generating component affecting a detection value of the geomagnetic sensor, among the components of the imaging unit, an azimuth calculating unit configured to calculate an imaging azimuth based on the detection value detected by the geomagnetic sensor, in a period other than an operation period of the magnetic field generating component, during the imaging processing period, and a recording unit configured to record the imaging azimuths on a recording medium in association with the captured image.10-25-2012
20090322899FAIL SAFE IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - Methods of capturing image pixel data representing a scene may be practiced using a camera and may be implemented as software, such as an application program executing within the camera. The methods are particularly advantageous where user modification to the camera control parameters leads to a difference between the values of the pre-capture control parameters for the camera when compared to the pre-capture control parameters that the camera would determine in fully automatic mode. The measured difference may be compared to one or more predetermined threshold values.12-31-2009
20090322894Computer program product for photographic subject tracking, photographic subject tracking device, and camera - By a program stored in a computer program product for tracking a photographic subject, a computer executes a template matching step of performing template matching upon each frame of an input image with each of a plurality of template images and extracting a plurality of regions whose similarities with each of the template images are the highest from within the input image, a classification step of classifying the extracted regions into regions that are to be used for specifying a photographic subject position within the input image and another region, on the basis of the mutual distances between the extracted regions within the input image, a specification step of specifying the photographic subject position, on the basis of the positions of the regions that have been classified by the classification step as the regions that are to be used for specifying the photographic subject position within the input image, and a photographic subject tracking step of tracking the movement of the photographic subject over the image consisting of a plurality of frames, by tracking the photographic subject position between frames.12-31-2009
20090295937DYNAMIC RANGE COMPRESSION APPARATUS, DYNAMIC RANGE COMPRESSION METHOD, COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM, INTEGRATED CIRCUIT, AND IMAGING APPARATUS - A dynamic range (D-range) compression apparatus that uses a look-up table (LUT) is capable of dynamic compression that compresses the peak input value to the full output range, even when image signals with variable D-ranges are inputted.12-03-2009
20090295934COLOR DEMOSAICKING USING DIRECTION SIMILARITY IN COLOR DIFFERENCE SPACES - Demosaicking optimizations are provided for still and/or moving image (e.g., video) processes that efficiently generate viewable images. A demosaicking process selects a direction before performing interpolation in order to avoid interpolation across edges and also to minimize color artifacts. The direction to be selected is based on a direction similarity measurement. A digital capture device can includes a system that processes the image data by performing interpolation based on the direction similarity measurement(s) for color difference spaces. The images created based on the directional similarities demonstrate performance gains in peak signal to noise ratio (PSNR).12-03-2009
20090256926IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE ANALYSIS METHOD FOR THE IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE AND THE IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, AND PROGRAM - An image capturing device includes: an image capturing unit that captures a subject and generates a captured image; a resolution converting unit that converts the captured image into a plurality of images with different resolutions; an image storing unit that stores the converted plurality of images with different resolutions as a set of images; a first image analysis processing unit that performs a first image analysis process of analyzing the captured image by using a combination of a plurality of images among the images included in the set of images; and a second image analysis processing unit that performs a second image analysis process that is different from the first image analysis process and is a process of analyzing the captured image by using, among the images included in the set of images, a combination of a plurality of images different from the combination of a plurality of images.10-15-2009
20110254973IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image processing apparatus includes an acquisition unit configured to acquire a captured image selected according to specified viewpoint information from a plurality of captured images captured by a plurality of imaging units at different viewpoint positions, a generation unit configured to generate an image according to the specified viewpoint information using the viewpoint information of the selected captured image and the specified viewpoint information from the selected captured image, and a blurring processing unit configured to execute blurring processing on the generated image, wherein, when an imaging unit corresponding to a captured image for a target frame is different from an imaging unit corresponding to a captured image for a frame adjacent to the target frame, the blurring processing unit executes blurring processing on the generated image corresponding to the target frame.10-20-2011
20080246854DIGITAL CAMERA RECORDING A COMPOSITE IMAGE - A digital camera capable of recording a subject image so that the subject image can be drawn as it is combined with a selected default image and so that the subject image can be drawn separately from the selected default image. The digital camera includes an image processor which creates subject image data based on output of an image sensor and a default image setting unit which stores subject image data in a removable memory together with information for associating background data with the subject image data, whereby the subject image data, rather than the data provided by combining the subject image data and the background data, is stored in the removable memory and the subject image data and the background data are associated with each other.10-09-2008
20080246855Image processing device, electronic camera, and image processing program - An image processing device of the present invention includes a color-gamut determining part, a color-space determining part, and a color-space conversion part. The color-gamut determining part determines a color gamut as a range of color distribution from input image data. The color-space determining part determines a color space substantially covering the color gamut determined by the color-gamut determining part. The color-space conversion part converts the input image data into such image data that is rendered in the determined color space. The colors of the subject can thus be reproduced accurately from the converted image data.10-09-2008
20080246852IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE AND IMAGE PICKUP METHOD - An easy-to-carry image pickup device is provided to obtain images with multiple view angles in which a target subject is positioned in an appropriate size. When capturing an image of a person as a target subject, the size and position of the person's face in the image are detected as a specified part, and a zoom magnification ratio for a lens unit and a shift amount of the incident light position for a light-axis shifting unit are automatically controlled based on the detected size and position of the person's face, so that the person's face has a predetermined size and is positioned in a predetermined position in the image.10-09-2008
20080246853SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING APPARATUS - There is provided a solid-state imaging device including a plurality of pixels that are provided on a semiconductor substrate, and that include a plurality of photoelectric-conversion units and metal oxide semiconductor transistors that selectively read signals from the plurality of photoelectric-conversion units, an organic-photoelectric-conversion film disposed on the plurality of photoelectric-conversion units, and an organic-color-filter layer disposed on the plurality of photoelectric-conversion units. Only a signal corresponding to a first color is extracted through the organic-photoelectric-conversion film. Signals corresponding to a plurality of colors not including the first color are extracted by absorption spectroscopy using the organic-color-filter layer.10-09-2008
20120200726Method of Controlling the Depth of Field for a Small Sensor Camera Using an Extension for EDOF - A system is provided for providing an adjustable depth of field in a photographic image. The system comprises a plurality of buffers, each configured to store an image associated with a different wavelength of light, each of the images having a different focal plane related to the associated wavelength. The system further comprises an algorithm configured to accept an input specifying the depth of field and a focal plane and further configured to produce a photograph with the specified depth of field and focal plane, wherein the algorithm applies the specified depth of field around the specified focal plane, the specified focal plane being associated with a focal plane of one of the images stored in one of the buffers.08-09-2012
20120200725Autofocus Method - An autofocus method includes acquiring multiple images each having a camera lens focused at a different focus distance. A sharpest image is determined among the multiple images. Horizontal, vertical and/or diagonal integral projection (IP) vectors are computed for each of the multiple images. One or more IP vectors of the sharpest image is/are convoluted with multiple filters of different lengths to generate one or more filtered IP vectors for the sharpest image. Differences are computed between the one or more filtered IP vectors of the sharpest image and one or more IP vectors of at least one of the other images of the multiple images. At least one blur width is estimated between the sharpest image and the at least one of the other images of the multiple images as a minimum value among the computed differences over a selected range. The steps are repeated one or more times to obtain a sequence of estimated blur width values. A focus position is adjusted based on the sequence of estimated blur width values.08-09-2012
20090167890IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE THAT RECORDS IMAGE ACCORDANT WITH PREDETERMINED CONDITION AND STORAGE MEDIUM THAT STORES PROGRAM - An image capture device sets a central vicinity of a frame of a predetermined area as a focus region upon detecting a half-press operation of a shutter button in a through-the-lens image displaying, designates a central vicinity pixel region of the region as a pixel region to be tracked, and determines whether or not the designated pixel region is adequate as an object of tracking. If the pixel region is adequate, the pixel region is tracked until the shutter button is detected as pressed down fully. When a fully-press operation of the shutter button is detected, the frame of a predetermined area is displayed in a fixed manner on a display unit. Upon a detection that a change of the pixel region has occurred, or the pixel region has contacted or exceeded the frame of a predetermined area, a recording processing is started immediately by a high speed consecutive capture.07-02-2009
20090167888METHODS OF PROCESSING IMAGING SIGNAL AND SIGNAL PROCESSING DEVICES PERFORMING THE SAME - Methods of processing an image signal and signal processing devices can lessen a work load of a processor for processing a photographed image signal, can process photographed image signal, and can display the image signal in real time. The method includes performing first image processing on a first image frame to generate first image data, performing second image processing on the first image frame to generate second image data, outputting the first image data based on a first vertical synchronization signal, causing image processing not to be performed on a second image frame subsequent to the first image frame, and outputting the second image data. Accordingly, the JPEG image and the thumbnail image for the photographed image are generated by the image signal processor, thereby lessening a work load of the processor and improving image processing speed.07-02-2009
20090167885IMAGE PROCESSOR, IMAGE ACQUISITION APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM OF IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM - An image processor includes a frequency transformation unit configured to perform frequency transformation processing with respect to a multiple image, and an inter-superimposed-image displacement acquisition unit that calculates a displacement amount between images forming superimposed images included in the multiple image by using a frequency-transformed image subjected to the frequency transformation processing by the frequency transformation unit.07-02-2009
20120033096MOTION BLUR MODELING FOR IMAGE FORMATION - The present disclosure includes motion blur modeling methods and systems for image formation. One motion blur modeling method for image formation includes obtaining image data utilized to form a particular image taken by a camera of a subject, obtaining velocity vector data for the subject at the time the image was taken, defining a convolution kernel for use formation of the particular image and based upon the velocity vector data, and applying the convolution kernel to the image data to produce a de-blurred set of image data utilized to form the particular image.02-09-2012
20120169896IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE AND SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD THEREOF - An image pickup device is provided, capable of complete correction with data of once analog-to-digital conversion, and prevention of excess use of switches and analog devices and/or erroneous correction, including: an image sensor having a plurality of analog-to-digital converters determining conversion results from a digital signal of higher order bit through separate steps of two or more times; a first correction unit which has a correction factor for correcting nonlinear errors of the plurality of analog-to-digital converters so as to adapt to the analog-to-digital converters and corrects a nonlinear error of a digital signal output from respective analog-to-digital converters based on a correction factor corresponding to respective analog-to-digital converters, characterized in that the first correction unit corrects the nonlinear errors after converting the digital signals from the plurality of analog-to-digital converters into a serial output.07-05-2012
20080309789Output image adjustment of image data - Using image data generated by an image generating device, and image generation record information that is associated with the image data and that includes at least subject area information indicating a subject area in the image, hue of each pixel in the subject area is calculated, and in the event that the proportion of pixels having hue of a predetermined color range is greater than a first predetermined threshold value, an image quality adjustment process appropriate for an image containing a subject identified by the predetermined color range is executed. In preferred practice, the predetermined color range is the skin color range, and the image quality adjustment process is a process appropriate for a portrait image. When the image quality adjustment process appropriate for a portrait image is not executed, and in the event that the proportion of pixels having hue in the green range is greater than a second predetermined threshold value or in the event that the proportion of pixels having hue in the sky blue range is greater than a third predetermined threshold value, an image quality adjustment process appropriate for a landscape image is executed.12-18-2008
20080278595Video Data Capture and Streaming - Embodiments of the video data capture and stream method comprise intercepting a flip function call comprising a call by the video application to flip frames between a display and a buffer, grabbing a copy of the current frame that would normally be processed by a central processing unit (CPU), placing the copy in a queue for processing by a graphics processing unit (GPU), wherein processing by the GPU is significantly faster than processing by the CPU.11-13-2008
20110157404DIGITAL CAMERA AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME - A digital camera is provided with a focusing function and a focal length varying function of a main lens. The digital camera includes a main imaging unit configured to generate a main image by performing a photoelectric conversion from a subject obtained via the main lens, a sub-imaging unit configured to generate a sub-image by performing a photoelectric conversion from the subject obtained via a sub-lens, a focal length acquiring unit configured to acquire the focal length of the main lens, a magnification setting unit configured to set a level of magnification on the basis of the focal length, a composite image generating unit configured to generate a composite image by combining the main image and the sub-image, after at least one of the main image and the sub-image is magnified at the level of magnification, and an image display unit configured to display the composite image.06-30-2011
20080266416INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD - A measurement line segment projection unit (10-30-2008
20080266411MULTIPLE RESOLUTION CAPTURE IN REAL TIME COMMUNICATIONS - During remote communication session, there can be situations where information needs to be sent at a high resolution. Sending information at a high resolution allows for the capture of detail that can be lost without the use of a high resolution. A web camera can obtain information in both a higher resolution and standard resolution. A sending component can send this information encoded with markers that allow a receiving component to process and display the information.10-30-2008
20080266410Imaging Apparatus, Integrated Circuit for Image Pickup Device and Image Data Processing Method - The present invention is applied to imaging apparatuses including video cameras for recording moving pictures, electronic still cameras, monitoring devices and such. An image pickup means 10-30-2008
20080316323Image Input Apparatus, Image Input Method, Personal Authentication Apparatus, and Electronic Apparatus - An image input apparatus that inputs an image of an object residing within a living body is disclosed. The image input apparatus includes a light source that irradiates near infrared light on the living body, a lens array arranged at a position facing the living body and including plural lenses each having a face with zero or negative power arranged at a side facing the living body and a face with positive power arranged at a side facing an image surface, an imaging unit arranged at the image surface side of the lens array that forms a compound-eye image corresponding to a collection of ommatidium images formed by the lenses of the lens array, and a reconstruction unit that reconstructs a single image from the compound-eye image using a parallax between the ommatidium images. The reconstructed single image is input as the image of the object.12-25-2008
20080309780Imaging Device - For a first region being a portion of a storage section (12-18-2008
20080284864IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD - In position and orientation measurement based on natural features, erroneous detection of the natural features is prevented when an observation target object is occluded by another object, and registration stability is improved. To this end, an occluding object that can occlude the observation target object is defined, and an occluding region where the occluding object occludes the observation target object is detected in an input captured image. Image features of the observation target object are detected in a region of the captured image other than the detected occluding region. Therefore, the position or orientation of an image pickup apparatus that captured the captured image, or the position or orientation of the observation target object in the captured image are calculated.11-20-2008
20080252743IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM, METHOD FOR DRIVING IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - An image pickup apparatus has a pixel array including a plurality of photoelectric conversion elements arranged in column and row directions, a first output unit configured to be driven by a first driving signal and to output first signals fed from at least some of the photoelectric conversion elements in the pixel array, and a second output unit configured to be driven by a second driving signal and to output second signals fed from at least some of the photoelectric conversion elements in the pixel array. The first driving signal and the second driving signal are asynchronous.10-16-2008
20100302401Image Audio Processing Apparatus And Image Sensing Apparatus - An image audio processing portion includes an image analysis portion for analyzing an input image, a directivity control portion for controlling a directivity of an input audio signal based on a result of analysis by the image analysis portion so as to generate an output audio signal, and a display image generating portion for generating a display image by superimposing an image indicating a state of the output audio signal on the input image. A user can recognize a state of the output audio signal by checking the display image.12-02-2010
20110254972IMAGING DEVICE - An imaging device is provided that includes an imaging component, a cropper, a monitor, and a warning component. The imaging component is configured to generate frame image data by capturing a subject image. The cropper is configured to generate cropped image data used to produce a cropped image. The cropped image data is generated based on a cropped region of a frame image produced according to the frame image data. The monitor is configured to display a through-image by sequentially displaying the cropped images based on the cropped image data. The warning component is configured to issue a warning when the cropped region overlaps a specific portion of the frame image.10-20-2011
20100321519PERSONALIZING CONTENT BASED ON MOOD - In order to increase the efficacy of a mood-based playlisting system, a mood sensor such as a camera may be used to provide mood information to the mood model. When the mood sensor includes a camera, a camera may be used to capture an image of the user. The image is analyzed to determine a mood for the user so that content may be selected responsive to the mood of the user.12-23-2010
20100321518SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM INCLUDING THE SAME, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME - A solid-state image pickup device including a photoelectric conversion element, a floating diffusion, and an element isolation region that are disposed above a first semiconductor region has a second semiconductor region of a first conductivity type disposed on the first semiconductor region. An interface between the first semiconductor region and a portion of the second semiconductor region corresponding to the photoelectric conversion element is located at a first depth, whereas the interface between the first semiconductor region and a portion of the second semiconductor region disposed under the element isolation region and the floating diffusion is located at a second depth smaller than the first depth.12-23-2010
20100321517IMAGER THAT PHOTOGRAPHS AN IMAGE USING A ROLLING SHUTTER - An imager is provided having an imaging sensor and a focusing detector. The imaging sensor reads stored charges in a positive or negative direction and outputs image data created from the read charges. The comparator calculates a differential between first image data output by said imaging sensor and second image data output by the imaging sensor immediately after the first image data is output, and determines whether the differential is larger than a first threshold value. The composer creates composite image data from the data of two images output by the imaging sensor. In the case that the comparator determines that the differential is larger than the first threshold value the composer creates composite image data from the second image data and negatively scanned image data that is obtained by scanning the second image in the negative direction, which is opposite to the scanning direction of the second image data.12-23-2010
20100321516DIGITAL CAMERA APPARATUS AND RECORDING MEDIUM FOR RECORDING COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR SUCH APPARATUS - In a digital camera apparatus, drive mode of CCD is set to AF mode in AF controlling operation (at step S12-23-2010
20100321515IMAGING APPARATUS, FOCUSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM RECORDING PROGRAM - An imaging apparatus, comprises: an imaging section; a detecting section to detect an image area of a subject from an image imaged by the imaging section; an area setting section to set one or a plurality of evaluation areas to calculate focusing evaluation values in the image area of the subject detected by the detecting section; a calculating section to calculate the focusing evaluation values with regard to the one or the plurality of evaluation areas set by the area setting section; and a focusing section to be in focus based on a calculated result by the calculating section.12-23-2010
20100321513CONTENT ADAPTIVE DETECTION OF IMAGES WITH STAND-OUT OBJECT - Content adaptive detection of images having stand-out objects involves block variance-based detection and determining if an object includes a stand-out object. The images with a stand-out object are further processed to isolate an object of interest. The images without a detected stand-out object are further processed with a transition map-based detection method which includes generating a transition map. If an object portrait is determined from the transition map, then the image is further processed to isolate the object of interest.12-23-2010
20080252737Method and Apparatus for Providing an Interactive Control System - An apparatus includes an imaging device that captures a plurality of positional signals emitted from an interactive control device, which is moveable in a three-dimensional control space in the field of view of the imaging device, to form a two-dimensional image having one or more control points. Further, the apparatus includes a display that has a display control area in which a positional signal object and one or more control objects are displayed for interaction with the interactive control device. In addition, the apparatus includes a processor that that generates a positional signal object based on the one or more control points and maps the one or more control objects and the positional signal object to a data structure so that an interaction between the one or more control objects and the positional signal object is spatially-synchronized. The positional signal object and the one or more control objects are rendered in the display control area.10-16-2008
20080252744AUTO-FOCUS APPARATUS, IMAGE-PICKUP APPARATUS, AND AUTO-FOCUS METHOD - Disclosed is an auto-focus apparatus utilized for an image pickup apparatus having a focus ring. The auto-focus apparatus includes an evaluation value calculator periodically calculating a plurality of evaluation values for a plurality of areas of a subject image based on high frequency components of image signals of the plurality of areas of the subject image; and a control unit, after detecting that the focus ring has been stopped, performing image processing on an area of the subject image where fluctuations of the evaluation values obtained just before the focus ring has been stopped exhibit a predetermined history, based on an evaluation value obtained in the area of the subject image exhibiting the predetermined history, and outputting instruction signals for moving a focus lens base on a peak of the evaluation values obtained by the image processing.10-16-2008
20080252746METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR A HYBRID WIDE AREA TRACKING SYSTEM - An image producing system including at least one scene camera viewing a first image within a defined space, a processor connected to the at least one scene camera, a wide area tracking sensor positioned proximate the defined space, but positioned outside a view of the scene camera, said wide area tracking sensor, coupled to the scene camera, oriented to view at least a portion of the identifying indicia, and a high precision local angular sensor, coupled to the scene camera.10-16-2008
20080252742SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, METHOD OF DRIVING THE SAME, SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND IMAGING APPARATUS - Disclosed herein is a solid-state imaging device, including, a pixel array unit, first driving means, second driving means, and third driving means.10-16-2008
20080252740Image Pickup Device and Encoded Data Transferring Method - A method of transferring encoded data and an imaging device executing the method thereof are disclosed. The image signal processor according to an embodiment of the present invention has an encoding unit and a data output unit, which temporarily stores image data encoded by the encoding unit and delivers the stored encoded image data to a receiving part. Here, the data output unit uses valid data only among the encoded image data to output an accumulated valid data column in units of a predetermine line size. Therefore, it becomes possible to increase the process efficiency of the back-end chip and to reduce the power consumption.10-16-2008
20080252739Digital camera - The invention relates to a digital camera and the methods for using a digital camera. The digital camera includes a programmable processor that provides for flexible operation of the digital camera. The programmable processor also provides the digital camera manufacturer the capability of economically configuring the digital camera as desired. The programmable processor also provides the digital camera user with on demand specialized imaging modes such as the capture mode and the cineview mode.10-16-2008
20080252738Imaging Device - An imaging device has an image sensor, and a color filter. The color filter is located on the image sensor and has at least four color elements that respectively have different spectral transmission properties. Further, the imaging device has a matrix-selection processor and a color conversion processor. The matrix-selection processor detects the spectral distribution properties of an object that are present in the series of color signals. Then, the matrix-selection processor selects one color matrix appropriate for the detected spectral distribution property from a plurality of color matrices according to the particular spectral distribution properties of a given object. The color-conversion processor generates R, G, and B primary color signals from the series of color signals by a color-conversion process using the selected color matrix.10-16-2008
20080239093Digital Camera Device Providing Improved Methodology for Rapidly Taking Successive Pictures - An in-camera two-stage compression implementation is described that reduces the latency between snapshots to a fraction of that otherwise required by other systems that either process complete compression following each snapshot or that incorporate heavy, bulky, and expensive RAM hardware capable of maintaining several raw luminosity records (unprocessed file containing a digital image). In the 1st stage compression the raw luminosity record is quickly, yet partially, compressed to available RAM buffer space to allow a user to expeditiously capture a succeeding image. When the higher-priority processes, the user shooting pictures, and stage one compression subside, a 2nd stage compression, which is slower but more effective, decompresses the earlier partially-compressed images, and re-compresses them for saving in flash memory until they are distributed to a remote platform to be finally converted to the JPEG2000 format.10-02-2008
20110164143TV demonstration - A television demonstration method involves providing a television display and a camera; at a computer processor, receiving a video image from the camera, the computer processor capturing the video image from the camera to determine if the viewer makes a predetermined gesture; and retrieving and playing a specified video segment on the display associated with the gesture in response to determining that the viewer has made the predetermined gesture. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.07-07-2011
20080204570Event Multiplexer For Managing The Capture of Images - An image capture system for capturing images of an object, such as the Earth. The image capture system includes a moving platform, at least two image capture devices, a position system, an event multiplexer and a computer system. The image capture devices are mounted to the moving platform. Each image capture device has a sensor for capturing an image and an event channel providing an event signal indicating the capturing of an image by the sensor. The position system records data indicative of a position as a function of time related to the moving platform. The event multiplexer has at least two image capture inputs and at least one output port. Each image capture input receives event signals from the event channel of one of the image capture devices. The event multiplexer outputs information indicative of an order of events indicated by the event signals, and identification of image capture devices providing the event signals. The computer system receives and stores the information indicative of the order of events indicated by the event signals, and identification of image capture devices providing the event signals.08-28-2008
20080204569Method and System for Indexing and Searching Objects of Interest across a Plurality of Video Streams - A seed search of a subset of analytical data corresponding to video objects displayable in a plurality of video frames is carried out to identify video objects that most closely match a selected video object and then complete searches of the analytical data may be carried out so as to identify video objects that most closely match each video object identified during the seed search. The video objects having the greatest number of occurrences of being identified during the complete searches may be displayed by a graphical user interface (GUI). In this way, the GUI may display the video objects in an order based on how closely each video object matches the selected video object and/or a video object identified during the seed search, which may an order different than an order based on a time when each video object was captured.08-28-2008
20080204568Camera, encoder, and modulator in same enclosure - An RF signal source having a camera that provides a camera output, an encoder that encodes the camera output in a compressed digital format, and a modulator that digitally encodes and modulates the compressed camera output and that provides the digitally encoded, modulated, and compressed camera output as an RF output of the RF signal source. The camera, the encoder, and the modulator may be contained in an enclosure. Additionally or alternatively, the encoder, the modulator, and at least part of the camera may be formed on a semiconductor substrate.08-28-2008
20080239086DIGITAL CAMERA, DIGITAL CAMERA CONTROL PROCESS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM - A digital camera that includes an imaging component, a display component, a characteristic information extraction component, an assistance image determination component and a control component. The imaging component images a subject and outputs image information representing the subject. The display component implements display on the basis of the image information outputted from the imaging component. The characteristic information extraction component extracts characteristic information representing a pre-specified characteristic from the image information. The assistance image determination component determines an assistance image, for assisting a determination of composition when the subject is to be photographed, on the basis of a result of extraction by the characteristic information extraction component. The control component controls the display component such that the assistance image determined by the assistance image determination component is displayed superimposed with the subject that is being displayed by the display component.10-02-2008
20110019026IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM - An image processing system providing a monitor image in which an image of a characteristic region is easily viewed. The image processing system includes an image obtaining section that obtains a moving image; a characteristic region information obtaining section that obtains information indicating positions of characteristic regions in a plurality of moving image constituting images included in the moving image; and an image generating section that generates display images having substantially the same size as each other, by reducing or enlarging each of images of the characteristic regions included in the plurality of moving image constituting images, based on the positions indicated by the information obtained by the characteristic region information obtaining section.01-27-2011
20100283865VIDEO SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS - By setting an area for displaying OSD data, a high-intensity part of this area is highlighted and an area which is not to be highlighted is set. Also, by performing translucent display of the OSD data and natural-image data, an area which is not to be highlighted can be set.11-11-2010
20100283864IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM - An image processing system including a plurality of image capture units and an image processing apparatus, each of image capture units including a camera taking image data, a storage unit storing use part information indicative of a use part of the image data and importance degree calculated per use part, an image clipping unit clipping segment image data serving as the use part from the image data, a transmit image data generating unit performing image processing according to the importance degree of the use part to generate transmit image data, and a transmitting unit transmitting the transmit image data, and the image processing apparatus including a network interface unit inputting a plurality of pieces of the transmit image data, an image generating unit generating the combined image data based on the plurality of pieces of transmit image data, and an display unit outputting the combined image data.11-11-2010
20100283863IMAGING DEVICE - Disclosed herein is an imaging device, including: an imaging lens configured to have an aperture stop; an imaging element configured to include a plurality of pixels that each have a rectangular shape as a planar shape and are arranged in a matrix as a whole, and acquire imaging data based on received light; and a lens array unit configured to be disposed on an image forming plane of the imaging lens and include a plurality of lenses, a respective one of the lenses being assigned to n, n is an integer equal to or larger than 2, pixels arranged along a shorter-side direction of the pixels having the rectangular shape in the imaging element.11-11-2010
20100283860Portable Electronic Apparatus Having More Than One Display Area, And A Method of Controlling a User Interface Thereof - A portable electronic apparatus has first and second display areas. The apparatus has an orientation sensor that provides an orientation sensor output signal indicative of a spatial orientation of the apparatus. The apparatus also has a display controller coupled to the first and second display areas and to the orientation sensor. The display controller controls the first display area and the second display area in either a first display state of a second display state, with less display activity than the first display state. When a movement of the portable electronic apparatus has been determined from the orientation sensor output signal, one of the first and second display areas is switched from the first display state to the second display state, whereas the other display area is switched from the second display state to the first display state. Specifically, the other display area is first switched from the second display state to the first display state, and then, during a transition time period, both display areas are maintained in the first display state. The transition time period is a function of a speed of the determined movement of the portable electronic apparatus. Finally, after the transition period has lapsed, the one display area is switched from the first display state to the second display state.11-11-2010
20110025874IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE, IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS, SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An image capture device includes: a digital processing unit that performs predetermined processing on pixel data containing first, second, and third digital signals obtained from pixel units having a valid pixel area for generating the first digital signals through photoelectrical conversion of incident image light, an optical black pixel area for generating the second digital signals, and a dummy pixel area for generating the third digital signals; an adding unit that adds the second-and-third-digital-signal-containing pixel data or the third-digital-signal-containing pixel data a predetermined number of times; a dividing unit that divides the added pixel data by the predetermined number of times, to determine an average value of levels of the digital signals; a delay unit that delays output of the first-to-third-digital-signal-containing pixel data by a predetermined amount of time; and a multiplexer that selects and outputs the first-to-third-digital-signal-containing pixel data or pixel data having the average value.02-03-2011
20120274804IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - An image capturing apparatus including an image capturing unit configured to obtain an image by image capturing includes a first storage unit configured to store face information of an owner of the image capturing apparatus, an estimation unit configured to estimate a photographer of the image capturing apparatus based on a relationship between an object included in the image obtained by the image capturing unit and the face information of the owner stored in the first storage unit, and a change unit configured to change a photographing mode to a simple photographing mode according to the estimated photographer.11-01-2012
20110134272PHOTOELECTRIC-CONVERSION DEVICE - A photoelectric-conversion device including at least two memory-cell units for a single sensor-cell unit is provided. A reset noise generated due to initialization of the sensor-cell unit is written into each of the memory-cell units at one time.06-09-2011
20110134267IMAGING APPARATUS - For increasing a dynamic range, and for signal processing according the gain of an amplifying unit, an imaging apparatus comprises a pixel configured to generate a pixel signal by photoelectric conversion, an amplifying unit amplifying the pixel signal generated by the pixel using a plurality of gains and outputting a plurality of pixel signals corresponding to the plurality of gains, a synthesizing unit selecting one of the plurality of pixel signals output by the amplifying unit in accordance with the size of the pixel signal output by the amplifying unit and outputting a signal based on the selected pixel signal, and a signal processing unit processing the signal output by the synthesizing unit in accordance with the gain of the amplifying unit corresponding to the pixel signal selected by the synthesizing unit.06-09-2011
20110134265Scan conversion device and electronic camera - A scan conversion device includes a first buffer unit, a pixel packing unit, a second buffer unit, and a scan output unit. The first buffer unit stores therein pixel signals of the input image on every line in a main scanning direction thereof. The pixel packing unit groups N (N≧2) pixel signals on each line into pixel signal packs according to a predetermined pixel combination rule, and outputs them sequentially. The second buffer unit stores therein the pixel signal packs and aligns them in a second main scanning direction different from the main scanning direction. The scan output unit sequentially outputs the pixel signal packs aligned in the second main scanning direction. According to this configuration, a scan pattern of the input image is changed into a scan pattern of outputting every N output lines in the second main scanning direction.06-09-2011
20110134274CAMERA, ENCODER, AND MODULATOR IN SAME ENCLOSURE - An RF signal source having a camera that provides a camera output, an encoder that encodes the camera output in a compressed digital format, and a modulator that digitally encodes and modulates the compressed camera output and that provides the digitally encoded, modulated, and compressed camera output as an RF output of the RF signal source. The camera, the encoder, and the modulator may be contained in an enclosure. Additionally or alternatively, the encoder, the modulator, and at least part of the camera may be formed on a semiconductor substrate.06-09-2011
20110134273IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGING APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM - An imaging apparatus includes a face detecting unit detecting a face region from an input image input to the imaging apparatus and a control unit calculating a distance to a subject on the basis of the face size detected by the face detection unit and displaying distance identification information indicating a distance corresponding to the calculated distance in a display unit.06-09-2011
20110134271Detecting Red Eye Filter and Apparatus Using Meta-Data - A method of filtering a red-eye phenomenon from an acquired digital image including a multiplicity of pixels indicative of color, the pixels forming various shapes of the image, includes analyzing meta-data information, determining one or more regions within the digital image suspected as including red eye artifact, and determining, based at least in part on the meta-data analysis, whether the regions are actual red eye artifact. The meta-data information may include information describing conditions under which the image was acquired, captured and/or digitized, acquisition device-specific information, and film information.06-09-2011
20110134270PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM USING THE SAME - If separations between photoelectric conversion elements are different from each other, charge leaking into adjacent photoelectric conversion elements varies. A photoelectric conversion apparatus of the present invention includes a first semiconductor region that can be potential barriers against signal charge, between first and second photoelectric conversion elements. Further, the apparatus includes a second semiconductor region that has the same depth as the depth of the first semiconductor region and a width narrower than the width of the first semiconductor region and can be potential barriers against the signal charge, between the first and a third photoelectric conversion element. Moreover, the apparatus includes a third semiconductor region that can be potential barriers against the signal charge under the first semiconductor region and the second semiconductor region.06-09-2011
20110134266Image forming optical system and electronic image pickup apparatus equipped with same - To provide an image forming optical system that can achieve good correction of chromatic aberration, which is seriously needed particularly when the zoom ratio is high, while achieving slimness and a high zoom ratio and to provide an electronic image pickup apparatus equipped with such an image forming optical system, an image forming optical system has a lens group A including a lens component made up of a positive lens LA and a negative lens LB cemented together and having a negative refracting power as a whole. The lens group A is arranged between a lens group I closest to the object side and an aperture stop. The distance between the lens group I and the lens group A changes for zooming. The lens component has an aspheric cemented surface, and a certain condition concerning the shape of the aspheric surface is satisfied.06-09-2011
20110134263IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - According to one embodiment, an imaging apparatus includes an imaging unit, a focusing quantity calculating unit, a detail compensation amount calculating unit, and a detail adding unit. The focusing quantity calculating unit calculates a focusing quantity for every position in the subject image from a detail component. The compensation amount calculating unit calculates the detail compensation amount from the focusing quantity. The detail adding unit adds the detail component, which is compensated according to the detail compensation amount, to a low-frequency component of the image data.06-09-2011
20110254971Image processing method, image processing apparatus, and electronic camera - An image processing method of the present invention includes a detection step detecting a characteristic area from each of three or more shot images having a common graphic pattern in part thereof, the characteristic area having an image significantly different from the other shot images, and a combining step extracting a partial image located in the characteristic area from each of the three or more shot images and combining these partial images into one image.10-20-2011
20100253798IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, DIGITAL CAMERA, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - A proposition is to perform a detection of a position shift amount between images which are anteroposterior in a chronological order with high accuracy. Therefore, in an image processing apparatus, a unit A performs a geometric transformation on a pixel group α in an image 10-07-2010
20100315528DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM HAVING RECORDED THEREON PROGRAM FOR EXECUTING THE METHOD - A digital photographing apparatus, a method of controlling the same, and a computer readable program product having recorded thereon a program for executing the method. The method of controlling a digital photographing apparatus includes: calculating a distance from the digital photographing apparatus to at least one of a plurality of subject regions; calculating a diaphragm distance by using a focal length calculated based on a diaphragm setting value that indicates a degree of opening of a diaphragm; comparing the distance from the digital photographing apparatus to at least one of a plurality of subject regions with the diaphragm distance; determining whether or not the at least one subject region is in focus, according to the result of comparison; and providing focus information that indicates whether or not the at least one subject region is in focus.12-16-2010
20100315525IMAGING APPARATUS - An apparatus includes a control unit which switches between a first display mode and a second display mode based on whether a zoom state is equal to or greater than a predetermined zoom magnification. The imaging apparatus, in a zoom state where a part of an imaging area is clipped and recorded, switches between the first display mode, which displays on a display unit a clipped recording area, and the second display mode, which displays on the display unit an area which is wider than the clipped recording area.12-16-2010
20110261218COMPONENT IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND COMPONENT IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - To image a component larger than the field of view of a camera, a range based on the shape and dimension of the component to be imaged and the field of view of the camera, a range of the component is divided, and imaging ranges of a plurality of characteristic parts to be imaged are determined. Then, images of the plurality of characteristic parts obtained by imaging the plurality of characteristic parts with the camera are combined to create a combined image of the characteristic parts of the component. Based on the combined image, the position of the component is measured.10-27-2011
20110261217Image processing architecture with pre-scaler - Disclosed is an image signal processing chain or functionality having an image data scaler. A method includes receiving a stream of image data having a first resolution; scaling the received stream of image data using a substantially freely configurable downscaling ratio to generate scaled image data having a second resolution that is less than the first resolution; outputting the scaled image data to at least one of a viewfinder image signal processing functionality or a video image signal processing functionality to create image data for at least one of display to a user or provide to a video encoder; and during at least one of receiving, scaling or outputting, simultaneously storing the stream or a subset of the stream of image data having the first resolution into a memory as a set of frames of image data for being processed as needed.10-27-2011
20110085051OPTICAL ELEMENT, DEVICE, METHOD, AND APPLICATIONS - A novel phase-coded aperture, associated imaging system, and design method is disclosed. The optical imaging system includes a coded-aperture followed optically by a detector array and includes an image processor. A diffraction pattern in the form of a band-limited uniformly redundant array is formed on the detector array when focusable radiation from a point source in object space is modulation by the transmission function of the coded-aperture. Since diffraction effects cannot be ignored in the optical regime, an iterative phase retrieval method is used to calculate the phase-coded aperture transmission function. Correlation type processing can be applied for the image recovery.04-14-2011
20120147207SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - A solid-state imaging device includes a supporting substrate that includes a concave portion, a solid-state imaging chip that is bonded on the supporting substrate so as to seal the concave portion in a view-angle region, a stress film that is formed on the surface of the solid-state imaging chip, and an imaging surface curved toward the concave portion at least in the view-angle region.06-14-2012
20110254969POINT SOURCE DETECTION - The invention provides a technique for accurate detection of objects appearing in the image, such as single fluorescent molecules, cells, microorganisms, nucleotides, DNA strands, or stars in celestial images. The method allows to differentiate between two combined point sources even if they are closer to each other than the optical resolution of the system. The procedure involves computing several coefficients representing decomposition of the intensity data in the basis of Hermit functions. In the case when the objects are distributed randomly and higher yield of accurately detected objects is desired, the method allows for a tenfold increase in such yield.10-20-2011
20100149366PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE DRIVING METHOD - A photoelectric conversion device comprises a plurality of pixels, a driving supplemental element, a signal line to which the plurality of pixels and the driving supplemental element are connected, a driving unit which drives the plurality of pixels and the driving supplemental element, and an output circuit which processes a signal output to the signal line from a readout pixel selected by the driving unit and outputs the processed signal, each of the plurality of pixels including a first charge-voltage converter, a first reset unit which resets the first charge-voltage converter, and a first output unit which outputs a signal corresponding to a voltage of the first charge-voltage converter, the driving supplemental element including a second charge-voltage converter, a second reset unit which resets the second charge-voltage converter, and a second output unit which outputs a signal corresponding to a voltage of the second charge-voltage converter.06-17-2010
20110134261DIGITAL CAMERA BLENDING AND CLASHING COLOR WARNING SYSTEM - A system, method and program product for detecting and warning of problematic color combinations. A system is disclosed that includes a color warning system having: a scanning system for detecting proximately located objects appearing in an electronic view finder of the digital camera; a color identification system for quantifying a color of each of the proximately located objects; an analysis system for identifying a problematic color combination in the proximately located objects; and a warning system for outputting a warning prior to a picture capture operation upon a detection of the problematic color combination.06-09-2011
20110043652AUTOMATICALLY PROVIDING CONTENT ASSOCIATED WITH CAPTURED INFORMATION, SUCH AS INFORMATION CAPTURED IN REAL-TIME - A system and method for automatically providing content associated with captured information is described. In some examples, the system receives input by a user, and automatically provides content or links to content associated with the input. In some examples, the system receives input via text entry or by capturing text from a rendered document, such as a printed document, an object, an audio stream, and so on.02-24-2011
20110080493SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS - In a solid-state image sensor, first and second column readout lines are provided to each pixel column, pixel rows are divided into pixel rows of first and second groups, the first group is divided into subgroups each formed from pixels of an identical color, the second group is divided into subgroups each formed from pixels of an identical color, signals from pixels of the pixel rows of the first group are output to the first column readout lines, and signals from pixels of the pixel rows of the second group are output to the second column readout lines. Pixels of an identical subgroup in an identical pixel column share a conversion region and an amplification element, a given conversion region and another conversion region included in a pixel column identical to a pixel column of the given conversion region do not intersect with each other.04-07-2011
20110080497Electronic still camera with peaking function - An image signal resulting from an image-capturing operation performed at a CCD undergoes analog processing at an image processing unit. Image data resulting from the analog processing are first digitized at an A/D conversion circuit and then undergo image processing at a DSP. The image data having undergone the image processing are stored in a frame memory. At a peaking processing circuit, a brightness signal Y stored in a Y signal memory of the frame memory is read out and differentiated at a differentiation circuit. The differentiated signal is amplified at an amplifier circuit and then the amplified signal is added to the original brightness signal Y at an adder circuit. A brightness signal Y′ representing the sum is output to a display LCD. The edges in the image signal are emphasized in the display on the display LCD.04-07-2011
20110080498IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - At least one exemplary embodiment is directed to an image pickup apparatus that has an external sensor for detecting brightness separately from an image sensor for obtaining an image pickup signal and controls the insertion and removal of a filter into and from an image pickup optical system in accordance with the brightness of the subject, using brightness information obtained from the external sensor and the image pickup signal.04-07-2011
20110080494IMAGING APPARATUS DETECTING FOREIGN OBJECT ADHERING TO LENS - An imaging element having an imaging surface on which an optical image of a subject field passing through an optical lens is emitted generates an image signal corresponding to the optical image of the subject field by photoelectric conversion. An aperture mechanism controls an aperture of the optical lens. A shutter controls exposure time for the imaging element. An exposure adjustment unit adjusts an exposure value for the imaging surface based on an evaluation value of brightness of the subject field. A focus adjustment unit adjusts a focus position of the optical lens. A CPU detects a foreign object adhering to the optical lens by performing shooting under a plurality of shooting conditions in which the exposure value and the focus position are identical and aperture values are different from each other, and comparing a plurality of the image signals obtained from the imaging element during the shooting.04-07-2011
20110080491Multi-image capture system with improved depth image resolution - The multi-image capture system comprises an imaging lens, a beamsplitter directing a first portion of light on an array of micro-imaging elements and a first photodetector array divided into a plurality of macropixels providing a set of depth images, and another portion of light on a second photodetector array 04-07-2011
20110080489PORTRAIT PHOTO ASSISTANT - The present invention describes an image capturing device and a method for image capturing in an auto-portrait situation, where the image capturing device determines whether the face of the user who is making the auto-portrait is positioned in desired way a preferred area of the image capturing device. In order for the auto-portrait to be satisfactory criteria regarding the distance and the size of the user's face in the preferred area have to be fulfilled. A processing unit in the image capturing device gives feedback to the user based on how far or how near the face of the user is to the desired position and size in relation to the preferred area on the image capturing device. Once the criteria of the user's face regarding distance and size are fulfilled, the processing unit instructs a control unit in the image capturing device to freeze the feedback to the user.04-07-2011
20110096183SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IMAGE PROCESSING AND GENERATING A BODY MODEL - Images of foreground objects in a scene are generated by causing electromagnetic radiation to be emitted having a first spectral power distribution from a surface of a first foreground object, which is adjacent or at least partially obscured by a second foreground object. A first image of both of the first and second foreground objects is acquired whilst the first foreground object emits electromagnetic radiation with the first spectral power distribution. A second image of the first and second foreground objects is acquired whilst the first foreground object is not emitting electromagnetic radiation or is emitting electromagnetic radiation with a second spectral power distribution which is different to the first spectral power distribution. An alpha matte of the first and second foreground objects is generated based on a comparison of the first image and second image.04-28-2011
20110096182Error Compensation in Three-Dimensional Mapping - A method for forming a three-dimensional (3D) map of an object, including illuminating the object from a light source so as to project a pattern onto the object, capturing an image of the pattern using an array of detector elements, and processing the captured image so as to measure respective offsets of elements of the pattern in the captured image relative to a reference pattern, the offsets including at least a first offset of a first element of the pattern and a second offset of a second element of the pattern, measured respectively in first and second, mutually-perpendicular directions in a plane of the array. The method further includes computing a correction factor in response to the first offset, applying the correction factor to the second offset so as to find a corrected offset, and computing depth coordinates of the object in response to the corrected offset.04-28-2011
20100110211IMAGE PRESENTATION ANGLE ADJUSTMENT METHOD AND CAMERA DEVICE USING THE SAME - An image presentation angle adjustment method is provided for a camera device to process images through the method. An image presentation angle assigning device module is integrated in the camera device. When the camera device captures a target image, the image presentation angle assigning device will automatically or through the operation of a user generate an image orientation parameter associated with the target image. Furthermore, the captured target image is stored in an image file within the image storage memory of the camera device associated with the image orientation parameter. Accordingly, when the target image is opened by the user for display, the target image will be displayed in the orientation indicated the image orientation parameter for viewing convenience.05-06-2010
20100110220Systems and Methods for High-Throughput Turbidity Measurements - A turbidity measurement system includes a sample assembly that contains a plurality of samples, a light source that illuminates the sample assembly, and a light detection system that includes a two-dimensional light-sensitive array. The light-sensitive array is simultaneously exposed to light transmitted through each of the samples in the sample assembly. The exposure is analyzed to determine a mean transmitted light intensity for each sample and to calculate a turbidity value for each sample based on its mean transmitted light intensity. Multiple exposures may be taken during a measurement period so as to obtain time-resolved turbidity measurements of the samples. The temperature of the samples may be varied during the measurement period so as to measure turbidity as a function of temperature.05-06-2010
20100110221Scan conversion device and electronic camera - A scan conversion device includes a first buffer unit, a pixel packing unit, a second buffer unit, and a scan output unit. The first buffer unit stores therein pixel signals of the input image on every line in a main scanning direction thereof. The pixel packing unit groups N (N≧2) pixel signals on each line into pixel signal packs according to a predetermined pixel combination rule, and outputs them sequentially. The second buffer unit stores therein the pixel signal packs and aligns them in a second main scanning direction different from the main scanning direction. The scan output unit sequentially outputs the pixel signal packs aligned in the second main scanning direction. According to this configuration, a scan pattern of the input image is changed into a scan pattern of outputting every N output lines in the second main scanning direction.05-06-2010
20100110219ELECTRONIC CAMERA - An electronic camera includes an imager. The imager produces an image representing an object scene. An LED device is arranged on a front surface of a camera casing. A CPU searches a face image of a person from the image produced by the imager, and causes a light-emitting operation of the LED device to differ depending on a search result. The LED device is set to non-light emission when the number of detected face images is “0”, emits light in red when the number of detected face images is “1”, and emits light in green when the number of detected face images is equal to or more than “2”.05-06-2010
20100110217CAMERA BODY AND CAMERA SYSTEM - A camera body to which an interchangeable lens is mountable, includes an imaging unit operable to generate image data by capturing an object image, an acquisition unit operable to acquire optical data of the interchangeable lens from the interchangeable lens, a correction unit operable to correct the image data generated by the imaging unit based on the optical data acquired by the acquisition unit, and a display unit operable to display an image based on the image data. After the camera body is turned on, the display unit does not display the image based on the image data generated by the imaging unit, until the correction unit completes correction of the image data generated by the imaging unit.05-06-2010
20100110215Imaging apparatus and display control method in imaging apparatus - An imaging apparatus includes: a first display panel mounted on an apparatus casing so as to display images or data in a direction towards a user; a second display panel mounted on the apparatus casing so as to display images or data in a direction towards a subject; an imaging processor that performs a photoelectric conversion on incident light from the subject direction to obtain image signals; a person detector that detects whether or not a person is present in the subject direction; and a controller that allows images or data based on the image signals obtained by the imaging processor to be displayed on the first display panel and controls an operation of displaying the images or data based on the image signals obtained by the imaging processor on the second display panel in accordance with at least the detection results of the person detector.05-06-2010
20100110213IMAGE PROCESSING PROCESSOR, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND IMAGING APPARATUS - An input unit that sequentially writes a digital image signal to be input in a first buffer while counting number of pixels of the digital image signal, and that writes the written digital image signal in a second buffer; and a command fetching/issuing unit that calculates a position of a pixel based on process delay information that is added to an image processing command and that indicates a delay amount required until image processing by the command is started since the input of the digital image signal, and a counter value indicating the number of pixels, and that issues the image processing command when the position of the pixel is in a valid area are included. Image processing is performed on pixels written in the second buffer based on the issued image processing command.05-06-2010
20100110210METHOD AND MEANS OF RECORDING FORMAT INDEPENDENT CROPPING INFORMATION - A digital camera includes a display for viewing a scene; a processor for directing one or more indicators to be displayed on the display each indicator representative of an aspect ratio; and memory for storing a captured image and for storing metadata of the indicator selected by a user that is associated with the captured image.05-06-2010
20100214430METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR IMAGING SAMPLES - The invention provides a method for imaging samples, at least comprising:—staining of a sample with a first marker material and with a second marker material;—utilizing the first marker material in a focusing step for focusing an imaging device with respect to the sample; and—utilizing the second marker material and the imaging device, which has been focused in the focusing step, in an imaging step to acquire an image of the sample. The invention also relates to a system for imaging samples.08-26-2010
20100214432DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM - A device comprises a photoelectric conversion portion including a light receiving surface, and a condensing structure which condenses light to the photoelectric conversion portion, wherein in the condensing structure, a first insulating film and a second insulating film having a refractive index higher than that of the first insulating film are laid out in a plane perpendicular to a normal passing through a center of the light receiving surface such that a density of the second insulating film is higher in a central portion of the plane than in a peripheral portion of the plane, and a layout pattern of the first insulating film and the second insulating film in the plane includes a portion having a dimension not more than a maximum wavelength of a visible light range.08-26-2010
20100214431IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS - An image sensing apparatus includes an image sensor on which image sensing pixels (R, G, B) and focus detecting pixels (S08-26-2010
20100214429IMAGING APPARATUS - An imaging apparatus includes an imaging unit that receives image data in response to a photographic subject, a face detection unit that detects a human face from the received image data, a photometry unit that performs a photometry of the detected human face, an exposure control unit that calculates a target exposure amount in accordance with a photometry result to calculate an exposure control value, and an exposure correction control unit that determines an exposure in response to the target exposure amount, wherein an exposure correction unit performs an exposure correction by using an exposure target determined by the exposure correction control unit, as an area smaller than a domain of the human face detected by the face detection unit is set to the photometry area.08-26-2010
20100214428METHOD AND MOBILE COMPUTING DEVICE FOR SETTING A PICTORIAL REMINDER - A method, mobile computing device and system for setting pictorial reminders are provided. A digital image is acquired, via a picture application at a mobile computing device. Within the picture application at the mobile computing device, an indication to create a pictorial reminder is received, based on the digital image. An indication of scheduling data is received, the scheduling data for scheduling displaying of the digital image on a display of the mobile computing device. In a database on the mobile computing device, a pictorial-reminder record is stored, including the scheduling data and an indication of the digital image.08-26-2010
20100194904IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SIGNAL PROCESSING IN IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - An image pickup apparatus including an image pickup device having a plurality of photodiodes regularly disposed, a reference voltage signal generation section which generates a reference voltage signal in a nonlinear pattern, and an AD conversion section which converts an analog signal output from each of the photodiodes into a digital signal on the basis of the reference voltage signal from the reference voltage signal generation section.08-05-2010
20100177207Image-capture device, image-capture method, and image-capture program - An image-capture device includes: an image-capture section that captures an image of a subject; a detector that detects a portion of the subject, the portion having a specific feature, from the image captured by the image-capture section; an evaluator that determines a numerically expressed evaluation value of the specific feature of the portion detected by the detector; a buffer section that temporarily stores delayed images corresponding to a predetermined amount of time; and a recording-operation controller that controls the image-capture device to record image data including a predetermined delayed image in the buffer section, upon determining that the evaluation value satisfies a predetermined condition.07-15-2010
20100177208IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM - An imaging apparatus is equipped with: imaging means, for obtaining images of a subject; imaging control means, for controlling the imaging means to sequentially obtain a plurality of images; reference image selecting means, for selecting a single reference image from among the plurality of images; moving object region specifying means, for specifying moving object regions within corresponding images, which are the plurality of images other than the selected reference image; positioning means, for positioning the plurality of corresponding images with respect to the reference image in the case that the plurality of images have been imaged by flow shooting, the positioning being performed such that the amount of positioning is greater at the specified moving object regions than at non moving object regions; and combining means, for combining the plurality of corresponding images, which have been positioned by the positioning means, with the reference image.07-15-2010
20090189992Apparatus and method for learning photographing profiles of digital imaging device for recording personal life history - Provided are a photographing profile learning apparatus and method of a digital imaging device for recording a personal life history. The photographing profile learning method learns a user's photographing patterns by recommending at least one previous picture consistent with a user's photographing tendencies, using a recommendation function and a user profile based on a user feedback value and a compensation value, receiving user feedback regarding the recommended previous picture, and updating the user profile and the recommendation function according to the user feedback. Therefore, since photographing settings are performed according to a user's tendency and conditions, it is possible to maintain consistency between a currently photographed picture and previously photographed pictures and systematically produce a visual diary.07-30-2009
20100283861IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - It is difficult to reproduce an original tone when reconstructing an HDR image from an image tone-converted into an LDR image. A tone conversion unit generates an adaptation point image XYZ11-11-2010
20080218598Imaging method, imaging apparatus, and driving device - A driving device includes a driving control unit that reads out the signal charge generated by at least the charge generating section for a low-sensitivity pixel signal to the charge transfer section, after the predetermined timing, continues incidence of the electromagnetic wave and, after continuing the incidence of the electromagnetic wave, reads out the signal charge generated by at least the charge generating section for a high-sensitivity pixel signal to the charge transfer section, transfers the signal charge read out to the charge transfer section through the charge transfer section, and, concerning at least one of the signal charges for the high-sensitivity pixel signal and the low-sensitivity pixel signal, every time the signal charge is read out to the charge transfer section, transfers the signal charge read out to the charge transfer section through the charge transfer section without retaining the signal charge in the charge transfer section.09-11-2008
20080218596CAMERA APPARATUS, RECORDING MEDIUM IN WHICH CAMERA APPARATUS CONTROL PROGRAM IS RECORDED AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING CAMERA APPARATUS - A through image with a trace frame is displayed. A subject on which a trace frame is superposed when a shutter key is half-depressed is determined as a target image. A trimming frame is additionally displayed. Whether the target image has moved within the through image or not is determined. When the target image has moved within the through image, the trace frame and the trimming frame are displayed so as to follow the target image. Then, whether the center vector of the trimming frame z four surrounding vectors is established or not is determined. When this determination results in YES, it is assumed that the target image is larger than the trimming frame and the trimming frame is enlarged by a predetermined amount.09-11-2008
20100066854Camera and imaging system - A camera comprises an imaging system having a first depth of field for one or more first colours and a second depth of field, smaller than the first depth of field, for one or more second colours. The imaging system may comprise an iris with a first aperture for the first colour or colours and a second aperture, which is larger than the first, for the second colour or colours. The first aperture may be defined by an outer opaque ring (03-18-2010
20100066847Imaging apparatus and program - An imaging apparatus includes an imaging section, a memory, and a control section. The imaging section captures an image of an object and generates data of the image. The memory records pieces of feature information respectively corresponding to each of a plurality of registered objects to be recognized as recognition targets. The control section recognizes the registered objects included in the image based on the feature information. Further, the control section executes predetermined processing when two or more of specified objects which are specified among the registered objects are included in the image.03-18-2010
20100066855Image display apparatus and detection method - An image display apparatus is provided which includes an image display unit for displaying a still image or a moving image, an imaging unit for capturing an image in a direction in which the image display unit is displaying the still image or the moving image, a detecting unit for detecting a light emitting unit of a remote controlling device included in the image captured by the imaging unit, and detecting a movement amount of the light emitting unit within the captured image, the remote controlling device controlled by a user, and a control unit for controlling a movement amount of a pointer displayed on the image display unit, depending on the movement amount of the light emitting unit detected by the detecting unit.03-18-2010
20100066852IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, INTEGRATED OPTICAL PROCESSOR, AND IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE USING THE SAME - The present invention provides an image capture device including an integrated optical processor which includes a substrate, an image sensing circuit, an analogue-to-digital conversion circuit, a digital image signal processing circuit, and a signal output circuit. The signal output circuit has a high-speed serial transmission interface. The light beam received by the image sensing circuit will be converted into digital signals which are further processed by the digital image signal processing circuit. The digital image signal processing circuit also compensates for the signal variation caused by heat generated by high-speed serial transmission interface.03-18-2010
20110261221IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image processing device for displaying a planar map which can be easily viewed by a user without increasing the amount of processing. A planar map generating device (10-27-2011
20100194908IMAGE INPUT DEVICE, IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE, AND IMAGE DISPLAY SYSTEM - An image input device includes: an image capture unit which captures an image of a predetermined image capture range to produce image information; an image analysis unit which, when a range specifier for specifying a partial range within the image capture range enters the image capture range of the image capture unit, detects the range specifier based on the image information, and determines the range specified by the range specifier; an expansion processing unit which performs expansion process for expanding the determined range of the image information produced by the image capture unit when the range is determined by the image analysis unit; and an image information output unit which outputs the image information subjected to the expansion process to the outside.08-05-2010
20100194911IMAGE DATA GENERATING APPARATUS, METHOD AND PROGRAM - The shooting, recording and playback system 08-05-2010
20100194914Self-Balancing Remote Sensing Device And Remote Sensing System Comprising Same - A self-balancing remote sensing device, and a system comprised of the remote sensing devices and one or more base stations, is provided for remotely monitoring both terrestrial and maritime environments. Specifically, a spherically-shaped self-balancing remote sensing device having one or more cameras and various sensors is provided, which may ascend and descend within the water column as desired, by altering its buoyancy, while maintaining proper orientation of the camera and sensors. Further, the remote sensing system comprised of the devices and base stations is provided, wherein the devices and base stations may form an ad hoc network, thereby greatly extending the range and coverage of the system. The devices, due to their small size, may be quickly and easily deployed using various vehicles, including flight vehicles, land-based vehicles, water craft, and subsurface water vehicles.08-05-2010
20100194912IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT, WITH EYE BLINK DETECTION FEATURES - An imaging apparatus includes a focus control unit that sets an image area including eyes, which is included in an input image inputted in the imaging apparatus, as a range finding area for calculation of a subject distance and acquires an evaluation value based on contrast of the range finding area to detect a focus position and a blink detecting unit that detects presence or absence of a blink on the basis of image analysis in the range finding area. The focus control unit inputs blink detection information in the blink detection unit, identifies evaluation value data in a blink period and a non-blink period, and executes processing for detecting a focus position on the basis of only an evaluation value in a period judged as the non-blink period.08-05-2010
20100194909COMPUTER-READABLE COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT CONTAINING IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM AND DIGITAL CAMERA - A computer-readable computer program product contains an image processing program which includes: an instruction for displaying a sample image and a correction object image on a display device; an instruction for setting a sample area in an area of the sample image; an instruction for receiving an operation signal which is output by an input device in response to an operation in which the sample area is dragged and dropped into an area of the correction object image; an instruction for setting correction coordinates in the area of the correction object image based upon the operation signal and for associating the sample area with the correction coordinates; an instruction for setting a correction area in the area of the correction object image based upon the correction coordinates; and an instruction for performing a color correction to an image of the correction area based upon the sample area.08-05-2010
20100194907IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM - An image processing device that rotates an image according to the inclination of a line segment included in the image, includes an evaluation unit 08-05-2010
20100194902Method for high dynamic range imaging - A method for high dynamic range imaging includes the steps of arranging at least two cameras parallel and meanwhile capturing a plurality of images of one scene with different exposures by the at least two cameras; adjusting the captured images for the same exposure thereof subject to the response functions of the cameras respectively and then defining a plurality of characteristic spots in each of the images; combining the characteristic spots corresponding to the images respectively to get a displacement of the corresponding characteristic spot in each image and to further get a disparity map; and applying the displacement between the two corresponding characteristic spots in the corresponding images and synthesizing the images to form a synthetic image.08-05-2010
20090278956METHOD OF DETERMINING PRIORITY ATTRIBUTES ASSOCIATED WITH DATA CONTAINERS, FOR EXAMPLE IN A VIDEO STREAM, A CODING METHOD, A COMPUTER PROGRAM AND ASSOCIATED DEVICES - A method of determining priority attributes respectively associated with a plurality of containers defining at least one image at a plurality of spatial resolution levels comprises the following steps: 11-12-2009
20090244314IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD - An image processing apparatus is provided including an acquiring unit configured to acquire information regarding a set of frames that is associated with a condition indicating a relative relationship between a set of images to be arranged in the set of frames, an extracting unit configured to extract the set of images from a plurality of images, wherein the set of images extracted satisfies the condition that is associated with the information regarding the set of frames acquired by the acquiring unit, and an arranging unit configured to arrange the set of images extracted by the extracting unit in the set of frames corresponding to the information acquired by the acquiring unit.10-01-2009
20090213240Method and apparatus for processing three-dimensional (3D) images - Provided is point-based efficient three-dimensional (3D) information representation from a color image that is obtained from a general Charge-Coupled Device (CCD)/Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) camera, and a depth image that is obtained from a depth camera. A 3D image processing method includes storing a depth image associated with an object as first data of a 3D data format, and storing a color image associated with the object as color image data of a 2D image format, independent of the first data.08-27-2009
20110187888DRIVE CIRCUIT AND DRIVE METHOD OF LIGHT EMITTING DISPLAY APPARATUS - A drive circuit for a light emitting display apparatus including a pixel circuit having a light emitting device for emitting a light having brightness determined based on supplied current and a drive transistor for supplying the current to the light emitting device, comprises a threshold value correction circuit converting a second signal including a threshold voltage of the drive transistor and a data voltage, the second signal being output from the drive transistor when a first signal including the data voltage is input into the control electrode of the drive transistor, into a third signal including the threshold voltage of an inverted polarity and the data voltage or a voltage corresponding to the data voltage, to output the converted third signal to the pixel circuit. The pixel circuit includes a switch for supplying the third signal to the control electrode of the drive transistor.08-04-2011
20110187887IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM FOR CORRECTING COLOR BLUR - The image processing apparatus includes a determining part configured to determine, from a difference between information on color of a first pixel in a first image and information on color of a second pixel corresponding to the first pixel in a second image, whether or not the first image includes color blur due to defocus, the first and second images being generated by an image-pickup system and whose focus states are mutually different. The apparatus further includes a correcting part configured to perform on the first image a correction process that corrects the color blur determined by the determining part.08-04-2011
20110187886IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, WARNING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - An image pickup control unit displays either one of a picked-up image by a first image pickup unit and a picked-up image by a second image pickup unit on a display unit as a finder image. A feature detecting unit calculates a distribution of brightness values or brightness dispersion for each of the picked-up images by the first and second image pickup units, thereby detecting features of the two picked-up images. A sameness determining unit determines the sameness between both picked-up images based on the detected features, and determines that an abnormality like the unexpected appearance of an obstacle is present when the feature largely differs. When it is determined that an abnormality is present, a warning processing unit simultaneously displays both picked-up images on the display unit, or displays the picked-up image including the abnormality on the display unit as a finder image.08-04-2011
20110187885DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND RECORDING MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM TO EXECUTE THE METHOD - Provided are a digital photographing apparatus, a method of controlling the same, and a recording medium storing a program to execute the method. The digital photographing apparatus includes a photographing unit, an image analyzing unit, and a composing providing unit. The photographing unit generates an image signal by capturing an image of a subject. The image analyzing unit detects an edge component of the image from the image signal. The composition providing unit provides an image composition by using the detected edge component.08-04-2011
20110187883Processing method device and system to produce a focused image signal from an unfocused image - A method and apparatus are disclosed for forming an image signal by receiving a flux of photons at a convex photodetector such as a hemispherical photodetector. The convex photodetector includes a plurality of photosensors. Each photosensor has a different orientation with respect to a propagation vector of the flux of photons. The photosensors generate a respective plurality of intensity signals. Each of the intensity signals is related to the respective orientation of the photosensor that generates it. The intensity signals are received by a signal processor, such as a digital signal processor, which uses the intensity signals to compute an image signal related to the intensity signals and thereby produce a focused output image.08-04-2011
20110187882DIGITAL IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE PROVIDING PHOTOGRAPHING COMPOSITION AND METHOD THEREOF - A digital image capturing device detecting a face in an input image and providing a photographing composition, and a method using the digital image capturing device are provided. An embodiment of the digital image capturing device includes: a face detecting unit for detecting a face in the input image; an extracting unit for extracting tilt information of the detected face and a gaze direction; an establishing unit for establishing a photographing composition according to the tilt information or gaze direction of the face; and a providing unit for providing a change of the photographing composition according to the established photographing composition.08-04-2011
20110187881METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR MANAGING NOTIFICATION PROFILES - According to embodiments described in the specification, a method, system and apparatus for managing notification profiles is provided. The method comprises acquiring, at an image acquisition module of a portable electronic device, an image of a graphical indicator. The graphical indicator comprises a machine readable representation of data identifying one of the plurality of notification profiles. The method further comprises extracting from the image the data identifying one of a plurality of notification profiles maintained in a memory of the portable electronic device. The method further comprises selecting the one of the plurality of notification profiles corresponding to the extracted identifying data as an active notification profile.08-04-2011
20110187880IMAGE ACQUISITION SYSTEM USING ORTHOGONAL TRANSFER CCD SENSING ELEMENT - An image acquisition system that includes a first image recording device that records a series of images of a subject. A lateral velocity vector estimator receives the series of images from the first image recording device and estimates the lateral velocity vectors of the subject relative to the image acquisition system. The image acquisition system further includes a second image recording device that includes an orthogonal transfer CCD sensing element which records a target image of the subject. The orthogonal transfer CCD sensing element includes an array of pixels. A control adjusts the array of pixels within the orthogonal transfer CCD sensing element based on the lateral velocity vector estimates provided by the lateral velocity estimator.08-04-2011
20110149108Photographing Apparatus and Method of Controlling the Same - A non-transitory computer program product, photographing apparatus and a method of controlling the photographing apparatus, the method including obtaining sound information; calculating a shooting frequency based on the obtained sound information; and controlling a shutter of an imaging device to obtain image data according to the calculated shooting frequency.06-23-2011
20110149107IMAGE CONFIRMATION APPARATUS - An apparatus determines whether continuous shooting has been performed by an imaging apparatus based on an imaging signal transmitted from the imaging apparatus. If it is determined that the continuous shooting performed by the imaging apparatus and next shooting different from the continuous shooting is performed before all images related to the continuous shooting are acquired, the apparatus acquires an image of the next shooting on a priority basis compared to images of the continuous shooting, and displays the image acquired from the imaging apparatus on a display unit.06-23-2011
20110149106GENERATING A SYNTHESIZED IMAGE FROM A PLURALITY OF IMAGES - A plurality of images is captured, and a positional displacement between the images is determined. The images may be captured as still images or as moving images. Moving images may include, for example, images that are captured as part of the recording of a video or as live image data that is played back in real time. Different positional displacement techniques are be used to determine the positional displacement between the images, based on how the images are captured. For example, a first positional displacement technique may be used if the images are still images and a second positional displacement technique if the images are moving images. The images may then be synthesized images based on the determined positional displacement of the images to generate a synthesized image. The images may be synthesized using a weighted synthesis technique, a simple synthesis technique, or other appropriate synthesis technique.06-23-2011
20110149104SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS, DRIVING METHOD, AND CAMERA - An imaging device includes a photoelectric conversion unit, a contact region, and an accumulation region. The contact region is configured to receive a charge from the photoelectric conversion unit. The accumulation region is configured to store the charge from the contact region. The imaging device is configured to selectively inject a charge into the contact region.06-23-2011
20110149103IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS USING SAME - To provide an image processing apparatus capable of obtaining a good-quality image even if an unexpected aberration occurs and an image pickup apparatus using the same. An image processing apparatus includes a primary restored image generating module configured to generate a primary restored image by performing image restoration processing on an input image having a plurality of color components, a restoration component generating module configured to generate difference information for each of the plurality of color components by calculating a difference between the input image and the primary restored image, and a secondary restored image generating module configured to generate a secondary restored image using the difference information. The secondary restored image generating module combines a color-combination restoration component based on the difference information for the plurality of color components with one color component of the input image.06-23-2011
20110149102SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME, AND IMAGING APPARATUS - A solid-state imaging device includes a silicon substrate, and a photoelectric conversion layer arranged on the silicon substrate and lattice-matched to the silicon substrate, the photoelectric conversion layer being composed of a chalcopyrite-based compound semiconductor of a copper-aluminum-gallium-indium-sulfur-selenium-based mixed crystal or a copper-aluminum-gallium-indium-zinc-sulfur-selenium-based mixed crystal.06-23-2011
20110149101METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR GENERATING DATA USING A MOBILE DEVICE WITH A PROJECTION FUNCTION - A method and system for generating data in a mobile device is provided. The method includes, outputting an image, stored in the mobile device, to an external screen, capturing the external screen on which the image is being displayed and creating a captured image, comparing the output image with the captured image and extracting an added image from the captured image, and creating data from the extracted image. When the mobile device user writes or draws on an external screen on which the mobile device outputs an image, the mobile device can capture the external screen, create data from the user's input content and store them in the storage unit.06-23-2011
20110149100Image apparatus and imaging method - An imaging apparatus includes: an image sensor in which plural pixels having a photoelectric conversion function are arranged; a light guiding unit including plural optical system windows that guide light from an object to the respective pixels of the image sensor; and a signal processing unit that performs signal processing based on imaging information of the image sensor, wherein the signal processing unit obtains distance information of the object based on the imaging information of the image sensor and generates an image in response to a distance of the object based on the distance information.06-23-2011
20110149098IMAGE PROCESSING APPARUTUS AND METHOD FOR VIRTUAL IMPLEMENTATION OF OPTICAL PROPERTIES OF LENS - Provided is an image processing apparatus and method that may virtually implement characteristics of an actual lens. The image processing apparatus includes a first image obtaining unit that obtains a raw image through an image capturing apparatus, a foreground/background separation unit that separates a foreground and a background from the raw image obtained by the first image obtaining unit, a lens selecting unit that selects a lens model, a lens characteristic, or a combination thereof the image capturing apparatus, an image processing unit that performs image processing on the foreground and the background by respectively applying a predetermined calibration value for the lens model, the lens characteristic, or the combination thereof, and a second image obtaining unit that synthesizes the image-processed foreground and background to obtain a processed image.06-23-2011
20110149097SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DENSE-STOCHASTIC-SAMPLING IMAGING - Embodiments of the present invention are directed to imaging technologies, and, in particular, to an imaging system that detects relatively weak signals, over time, and that uses the detected signals to determine the positions of signal emitters. Particular embodiments of the present invention are directed to methods and systems for imaging fluorophore-labeled samples in order to produce images of the sample at resolutions significantly greater than the diffraction-limited resolution associated with optical microscopy. Embodiments of the present invention employ overlapping-emitter-image disambiguation to allow data to be collected from densely arranged emitters, which significantly decreases the data-collection time for producing intermediate images as well as the number of intermediate images needed to computationally construct high-resolution final images. Additional embodiments of the present invention employ hierarchical image-processing techniques to further resolve and interpret disambiguated images.06-23-2011
20100103278SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM FOR RECORDING SIGNAL PROCESSING PROGRAM - A signal processing apparatus for determining color conversion for converting a second color signal obtained through image pickup by a second image pickup device to be processed to a color signal approximate to a first color signal obtained through image pickup by a target first image pickup device, including a spectral difference calculating section that calculates a difference between spectral characteristics of the first image pickup device and spectral characteristics of the second image pickup device for each of spectral characteristics corresponding to a plurality of color signals making up a color signal and a processing determining section that determines linear conversion as color conversion when the spectral difference value is equal to or less than a determination reference value and determines non-linear conversion as the color conversion when the spectral difference value is greater than the determination reference value.04-29-2010
20100026824IMAGE SENSOR WITH REDUCED RED LIGHT CROSSTALK - An image sensor having a pixel array includes a sensor layer comprising a plurality of photosensitive elements of the pixel array, a circuit layer comprising circuitry associated with the pixel array, and a crosstalk reduction layer arranged between the sensor layer and the circuit layer and configured to reduce crosstalk between adjacent ones of the photosensitive elements. The crosstalk reduction layer may comprise, for example, an amorphous silicon germanium (a-SiGe) layer specifically configured to reduce red light crosstalk in the image sensor. The image sensor may be implemented in a digital camera or other type of digital imaging device.02-04-2010
20120062758RELATIVE POSITIONING OF DEVICES BASED ON CAPTURED IMAGES OF TAGS - This is directed to determining the relative position of several devices by capturing representations of the device environments in which a tag is located. The devices can compare the captured representations to determine a perspective of the tag corresponding to each device. In some cases, a device can determine an absolute position relative to a coordinate system integrated in a tag. Using the positioning information, several devices can receive directions to come together at a particular meeting point. In some cases, several devices can operate an application that requires the interaction of several users of the devices (e.g., multi-player games). The application can control the time or manner in which inputs are provided based on the relative positions of the devices. In some cases, the devices can display virtual content that is shared across several devices, where the different devices can each interact with the virtual content.03-15-2012
20090174789IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGING - In an imaging apparatus according to an aspect of the present invention, three images are picked up by a CCD having a color filter, and thirteen images are picked up by a CMOS having no color filter. Three of thirteen images are picked up at the same timing as by the CCD. A motion vector data between the images is calculated from the thirteen image data of the CCD. Further, the motion vector data is integrated to calculate motion vector data between a previous pickup image and a present pickup image, and motion vector data between the present pickup image and a following pickup image. A predicted image of the present pickup image is generated from the motion vector data, the previous pickup image, and the following pickup image. A weighted average is calculated between the predicted image and the present pickup image, which are synthesized into an image having decreased hand jiggling.07-09-2009
20090174786METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MANAGING CAMERA SETTINGS - A method for managing camera settings in an electronic device is provided. One or more parameters associated with an electronic device are determined. A camera of the electronic device is configured, based on the one or more parameters. An image based on the profile is captured. Quality of the image is checked against a predefined threshold. The image is then processed in accordance with the configuration and a result of the quality check.07-09-2009
20090174785IMAGING DEVICE DRIVER AND PHOTOGRAPHY INSTRUMENT EMPLOYING IT - An image pickup device driving apparatus including an image pickup device holding portion for holding an image pickup device with an image pickup surface directed to a predetermined direction and capable of moving in an optical axis direction; a movable portion provided facing the image pickup device holding portion and capable of moving with respect to the image pickup device holding portion; three inclined portions provided on a surface of any one of the movable portion and the image pickup device holding portion, which faces the other; three spheres provided on a surface of the other of the movable portion and the image pickup device holding portion, which faces the three inclined portions, in a way in which they are respectively brought into contact with the three inclined portions; and a driving portion for moving the movable portion so as to change positions in which the three inclined portions and the three spheres are brought into contact with each other and to move the image pickup device held in the image pickup device holding portion in the optical axis direction with the surface direction of the image pickup surface maintained.07-09-2009
20100026825IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, ELECTRONIC CAMERA, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM - To provide a technique to obtain a synthesized image with an expanded dynamic range with ease and a technique to reduce workload of a user while maintaining the degree of freedom relating to image processing. There provides an image inputting part taking in at least one of a plurality of low-resolution images and a high-resolution image obtained by shooting the same subject while changing exposure condition, a shift detecting part detecting a positional shift of pictorial pattern between each of the plurality of low-resolution images and the high-resolution image, and a gradation expanding part generating a synthesized image in which a range of reproduced gradation is expanded by performing position alignment between each of the plurality of low-resolution images and the high-resolution image based on the positional shift, extracting a gradation information of the plurality of low-resolution images, and synthesizing it with the high-resolution image.02-04-2010
20100026832AUTOMATIC FACE AND SKIN BEAUTIFICATION USING FACE DETECTION - Sub-regions within a face image are identified to be enhanced by applying a localized smoothing kernel to luminance data corresponding to the sub-regions of the face image. An enhanced face image is generated including an enhanced version of the face that includes certain original pixels in combination with pixels corresponding to the one or more enhanced sub-regions of the face.02-04-2010
20100026834METHOD OF CONTROLLING DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS, DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS, AND MEDIUM HAVING RECORDED THEREON A PROGRAM FOR EXECUTING THE METHOD - A method of controlling a digital photographing apparatus is provided. Also provided is a digital photographing apparatus using the method and a computer readable recording medium having recorded thereon a computer program for executing the method. The method includes displaying a residual image of a background image; setting a partial area of an area on which the residual image is displayed; capturing an image including a subject; extracting a subject image corresponding to the partial area from the image; and generating a composite image by combining the background image and the subject image.02-04-2010
20100026830SELF-TIMER PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS AND METHOD INVOLVING CHECKING THE NUMBER OF PERSONS - Provided is a digital photographing apparatus and method, and more particularly, provided is a self-timer photographing apparatus and method involving checking the number of persons using an image capturing device having a self-timer function. The self-timer photographing apparatus involving checking the number of persons as a digital image processing device, the apparatus includes a digital signal processing unit detecting a change in the number of faces of a live view image, detecting positions of faces of the live view image, and, when there is no change in the positions of faces during a predetermined period of time, controlling to perform self-timer photographing.02-04-2010
20100026829IMAGE CODING APPARATUS, IMAGE CODING METHOD, INTEGRATED CIRCUIT, AND CAMERA - An image coding apparatus which compression-codes moving picture data including a current image to be coded, the image coding apparatus including an accumulating unit which accumulates a reference image, a predicted image generating unit which generates a predicted image of the current image to be coded, based on the reference image accumulated in the accumulating unit, by performing motion compensation with weighted prediction or motion compensation without the weighted prediction, the weighted prediction being a process of adding a predetermined offset value to a pixel value of the reference image, a coding unit which codes a difference between the predicted image generated by the predicted image generating unit and the current image to be coded, and a determining unit which determines whether or not the current image to be coded is included in, among the moving picture data, a picture group which is a group of successive pictures and indicates motion equal to or larger than a predetermined amount of motion, in which the predicted image generating unit generates the predicted image by performing the motion compensation without the weighted prediction when the determining unit determines that the current image to be coded is included in the picture group, and to generate the predicted image by performing the motion compensation with the weighted prediction when it is determined that the current image to be coded is not included in the picture group.02-04-2010
20100026827Image Processing Apparatus, Image Processing Method, and Recording Medium - An image processing apparatus includes a still/motion determining unit and a motion blur adder. The still/motion determining unit makes a still/motion determination for each region of respective unit images constituting motion image data. The motion blur adder then adds motion blur to the motion image data on the basis of the still/motion determination and imaging information expressing parameters whereby the motion image data was generated as a result of imaging by an imaging apparatus.02-04-2010
20100026826APPARATUS FOR PROTECTING IMAGE - An image protection apparatus includes an information collecting unit for collecting personally identifiable information to be embedded in images captured by an image capturing instrument; and an information processing unit for extracting personal information from the collected personally identifiable information. Further, the image protection apparatus includes an information embedding unit for embedding the extracted personal information into a captured image; and an image signaturing unit for writing a signature on the captured image by using the extracted personal information.02-04-2010
20100026823Imaging Device and Image Processing Method of Same - An imaging device and its image processing for creating an image with less blur from a small number of images under different exposure conditions in a shortened processing time. The imaging device 02-04-2010
20100020191IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD - To output stable results as necessary when recognizing scenes with a camera. Unless the result of scene recognition can be stabilized, an output result will confuse the user. In consideration thereof, by combiningly performing processing for determining what type of scene a particular scene is and processing for monitoring whether or not a change has occurred from a recognized scene, it is now possible to perform scene recognition in an accurate and stable manner.01-28-2010
20100020190PHOTOGRAPHIC DEVICE AND PHOTOGRAPHING METHOD - A photographing device includes a motion amount calculation unit that calculates a motion amount of an image in the successive images, an image selection unit that selects an image to be processed based on the motion amount, and an image combination unit that combines overlapped parts by using a plurality of partially overlapped images selected by the image selection unit.01-28-2010
20110013046SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM - A solid-state imaging apparatus includes a reference signal generating circuit for supplying, commonly to the plurality of A/D conversion circuits, at least two reference signals of which signal levels change toward different directions of electric potential, and the A/D conversion circuit includes an amplifier; an input capacitor having one terminal receiving the analog signal and the reference signal supplied from the reference signal generating circuit, and the other terminal connected to one input terminal of the amplifier; a feedback capacitor connected between the one input terminal and an output terminal of the amplifier; a comparator for comparing, with a comparing level, an output from the output terminal of the amplifier; and a connection capacitor having one terminal connected to the output terminal of the amplifier, and the other terminal connected to one input terminal of the comparator.01-20-2011
20110025869METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR GENERATING COMPRESSED FILE, CAMERA MODULE ASSOCIATED THEREWITH, AND TERMINAL INCLUDING THE SAME - Provided are an apparatus for generating a compressed file, which includes a storage unit storing frame data including compressed image data; a header generator generating a header based on the frame data; and a file generator generating a compressed image file including the header and the compressed image data, a method for generating a compressed file, a camera module associated with the apparatus, and a terminal including the apparatus and the camera module.02-03-2011
20110013045CMOS IMAGE SENSOR WITH PROCESSOR CONTROLLED INTEGRATION TIME - An image sensor that has one or more pixels within a pixel array. The pixels are arranged within a plurality of rows within the array. Each row of the pixel array can be selected by a row decoder in response to an edge of a control signal. The control signal may be one of a plurality of signals generated by a processor coupled to the image sensor. The processor can control the exposure time of the pixels by varying the control signals. The control signals may also have an embedded narrow pulse that is used to determine the location of a “window” in the pixel array.01-20-2011
20100253796Imaging Device And High-Resolution Processing Method Of Image - The invention provides imaging device and high-resolution processing method of image which precisely generate high-resolution image by using image data with a little number of the pixels.10-07-2010
20090091639PEN-SHAPED MODULAR CAMERA ASSEMBLY HAVING AN EFFECTS MODULE - Provided is a pen-shaped modular camera assembly. The assembly includes a camera module having an image sensor for capturing an image in an RGB (red, green, blue) color space. The assembly also includes a central processing module arranged in communication with the camera module. The central processing module includes a central processor that includes a RISC processor core and a memory for storing operating instructions to operate the camera module and image data for manipulation by the processor core. The assembly also includes an effects module having a choose actuator which enables a user to choose between a number of different types of effects to be applied to a stored image; a select actuator which enables the user to select one of the effects, and an apply actuator which enables the user to apply the effect to the stored image.04-09-2009
20090073280Digital Line Scan Camera - Disclosed is a digital line scan camera, having at least at least one focal plane, on which at least one linear photosensitive sensor is arranged, an objective lens, and a location measurement system. The location measurement system is used to determine six external location parameters, where the location system measurement comprises a satellite-supported position determination device and an inertial navigation measurement unit. The line scan camera includes at least on two-dimensional photosensitive sensor, which is synchronously driven with the linear sensor. At least one displacement vector ({right arrow over (x)}) is calculated from the data of the minimum of one two-dimensional photosensitive sensor, and where the displacement vector ({right arrow over (x)}) is used to correct the date of the inertial measurement unit.03-19-2009
20090046168APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING CORRELATED DOUBLE SAMPLING OF ANALOG VIDEO DATA FROM AN IMAGE PIXEL ARRAY - Disclosed herein is a camera system and camera controller having a modularized design. Camera control functions within the controller are distributed among a number of modules, each module performing a component task of controlling a camera. Individual modules can perform tasks such as generating clock signals, digitizing an analog video signal, and providing multiplexed digital video output. Modules communicate with each other over a common bus sufficient to carry the signals necessary to control the camera. The system implements a RAM-based digital sequencer that provides the capability of loading bit patterns into memory and using these patterns to generate waveforms for clocking a CCD. Clock and readout sequences can be composed in a high level language, compiled and uploaded into the controller. Adjustable clamp and sample signal delays used in digitizing an analog video signal provide the capability to optimize the performance of the system in a given application.02-19-2009
20110069191Correlated double sampling circuit, image sensor including the same, and image processing system including the image sensor - A correlated double sampling (CDS) circuit is provided. The CDS circuit is configured to perform a CDS on a reset signal and an image signal during a CDS phase respectively. The CDS circuit includes a sampling circuit configured to output a difference between a correlated double sampled reset signal and a correlated double sampled image signal, and a feedback unit configured to feedback the difference output from the sampling circuit during a PGA phase to an input of the sampling circuit.03-24-2011
20120147206IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - An image processing device includes a dimension information acquisition unit that acquires dimension information specifying dimensions of a target image formed by extracting a region of a target of an image containing the target, picked up by image pickup unit. The image processing device further includes a pickup image quality information acquisition unit that acquires pickup image quality information indicating an image quality of the region of the target in the pickup image picked up by the image pickup unit; and a resolution acquisition unit that acquires a resolution of the region of the target when the region of the target is formed in the dimensions based on the dimension information and the pickup image quality information.06-14-2012
20090295933Imaging Systems and Methods for Recovering Object Visibility - A system and method are provided for imaging in scattering media such as fog, water and biological tissues. Normally, such images suffer from poor visibility due to backscattering and signal attenuation. At least two images are taken of the scene using active widefield polarized illumination, with different states of a camera-mounted polarizer. The degree of polarization of backscatter is estimated in every point of the scene, leading to an estimation of the backscatter in every point of the scene. A portion or all of the value of backscatter can be deducted in each point of the scene resulting in an enhanced image with improved contrast and brightness range across the field of view.12-03-2009
20110134264Imaging element and camera system - An imaging element includes an amplifying transistor. A signal charge from the photodiode is transferable to the gate of amplifying transistor, the photodiode being within a semiconductor substrate. The source and drain of the amplifying transistor are electrically isolated from a semiconductor substrate, wherein the source is within a well or the source and drain are within a silicon-on-insulator layer.06-09-2011
20110149105ELECTRONIC CAMERA - An electronic camera includes an imager. An imager repeatedly outputs image data representing a forward scene of a camera housing. A first requester requests a monitor having a screen directed to backward of the camera housing to display a moving image based on the image data outputted from the imager. A selector selects any one of a plurality of imaging modes including a self imaging mode in response to a mode selection operation. An adjuster adjusts an imaging condition in a manner to be adapted to the imaging mode selected by the selector. A restrictor restricts the display operation of the monitor after a first time period has elapsed since the timing of the mode selection operation, when the imaging mode selected by the selector is the self imaging mode.06-23-2011
20110050947VIDEO CAMERA HAVING RELATIONAL VIDEO DATABASE WITH ANALYTICS-PRODUCED METADATA - Video analytics and a mass storage unit are contained in a camera housing of a video camera. The camera produces video data representing the field of view of a scene observed by the camera. The video analytics analyzes the video data and detects whether there is an occurrence of a defined feature of an object or a defined event of interest. The video analytics also generates metadata based upon the content of the video data. The video data and metadata are stored in the mass storage unit. Access to stored video data may be controlled based on content, and access to live video data may be controlled as metadata corresponding to the video data is created. The metadata can be used to search for corresponding video data representing the detected feature of an object or event of interest observed in the scene.03-03-2011
20110050946METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR INCREASING DYNAMIC RANGE OF IMAGE BY USING ELECTRONIC SHUTTER - A method for increasing a dynamic range of an image by using an electronic shutter of a camera, the method including initiating exposure of an image sensor by moving a mechanical front curtain included in the camera; moving an electronic front curtain with respect to at least one pixel of the image sensor according to a control pulse signal of the electronic shutter; and blocking the exposure of the image sensor by moving a mechanical rear curtain included in the camera.03-03-2011
20110050945IMAGING APPARATUS - An imaging apparatus includes: a power supply; a first voltage converter producing first and second voltages which are different from each other based on an output of the power supply and outputting them to first and second output systems, respectively; a second voltage converter producing the first voltage based on the second voltage and outputting the first voltage to a third output system; an imaging element operated by the first voltage; at least one circuit element operated by at least one of the first and second voltages; a sensitivity setting section setting an input sensitivity of the imaging element based on at least one of a user's operation and information of a photographic subject; and a power supply switching section switching to supply the first voltage of the first output system to the imaging element in the case where the input sensitivity is lower than a predetermined sensitivity and switching to supply the first voltage which is outputted from the third output system to the imaging element in the case where the input sensitivity is higher than the predetermined sensitivity.03-03-2011
20110050944AUDIOVISUAL DATA RECORDING DEVICE AND METHOD - In each of photographed L and R viewpoint images, an object area and an object size are detected. A disparity calculator calculates a maximum disparity of the object area between the L and R viewpoint images. A sound image locating unit determines the shift amount of a reverberation sound ratio from a standard ratio based on the object size and the maximum disparity, to give an appropriate depth to sound data. The sound image locating unit also locates the sound data with an appropriate location angle in accordance with the position of a horizontal center of the object area. The processed sound data and L and R viewpoint image data are compressed, and recorded as an AV file on a memory card.03-03-2011
20110050943IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - An image processing apparatus includes a reception unit configured to receive a transmission request of information on a directory for managing contents from a display apparatus, a transmission unit configured to transmit a response to the transmission request received by the reception unit, and a notification unit configured to notify the display apparatus of a change in a predetermined directory, thereby causing the display apparatus to transmit a transmission request of information on the predetermined directory again. When a new directory is formed on the same layer as that of the directory for managing the contents as a result of addition of the contents in the storage medium, the notification unit notifies the display apparatus of a change in a directory located on a layer above the directory for managing the contents.03-03-2011
20110050942IMAGE FILE DATA STRUCTURE, IMAGE FILE GENERATION DEVICE, IMAGE FILE GENERATION METHOD, AND ELECTRONIC CAMERA - In an electronic camera that captures still images when capturing a moving image records associated images in a moving image file, the data structure of which includes metadata for both of the moving image and the still images captured when the moving image is being captured. The metadata includes identification data, which unambiguously identifies a still image that is associated with the moving image.03-03-2011
20110050941IMAGING DEVICE03-03-2011
20110304740UNIVERSAL IMAGE CAPTURE MANAGER - A universal image capture manager (UICM) for facilitating the acquisition of image data from a plurality of image source devices (ISDs) to an image utilizing software application (IUSA). The UICM is implemented on a computer processing device and includes a first software communication interface configured to facilitate data communication between the UICM and an IUSA. The UICM also includes a translator/mapper (T/M) software component being in operative communication with the first software communication interface and configured to translate and map an image request from an IUSA to at least one device driver (DD) software component of a plurality of DD software components. The UICM further includes a plurality of DD software components being in operative communication with the T/M software component. Each of the DD software components is configured to facilitate data communication with at least one ISD.12-15-2011
20110050940Method for efficient target detection from images robust to occlusion - The method for efficient target detection from images robust to occlusion disclosed by the present invention detects the presence and spatial location of a number of objects in images. It consists in (i) an off-line method to compile an intermediate representation of detection probability maps that are then used by (ii) an on-line method to construct a detection probability map suitable for detecting and localizing objects in a set of input images efficiently. The method explicitly handles occlusions among the objects to be detected and localized, and objects whose shape and configuration is provided externally, for example from an object tracker. The method according to the present invention can be applied to a variety of objects and applications by customizing the method's input functions, namely the object representation, the geometric object model, its image projection method, and the feature matching function.03-03-2011
20110050939Image processing apparatus, image processing method, program, and electronic device - An image processing apparatus detects one or more subjects set as detection targets from a shot image acquired by imaging. An image pyramid generator generates an image pyramid used to detect the one or more subjects, wherein the image pyramid is generated by reducing or enlarging the shot image using scales set in advance according to the distance from the imaging unit that conducts the imaging to the one or more subjects to be detected. A detection region determining unit determines, from among the entire image regions in the image pyramid, one or more detection regions for detecting the one or more subjects. A subject detector detects the one or more subjects from the one or more detection regions.03-03-2011
20110050938METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR FOREGROUND, TOP-OF-THE-HEAD SEPARATION FROM BACKGROUND - Foreground and background regions of a digital image of a scene are distinguished from each other automatically. Foreground objects are identified in a binary image map that distinguishes between foreground pixels and background pixels. From the foreground objects, a primary foreground object is identified. Within the identified primary foreground object, a head region of the primary foreground object is located. Within the head region, patterns of foreground pixels and background pixels that are indicative of a head crown region are identified. Within the head crown region, pixels identified as background pixels that actually show portions of the primary foreground object are converted to foreground pixels, thus improving the accuracy of the binary image map.03-03-2011
20110050937BACKLIGHT PHOTOGRAPHING METHOD - A backlight photographing method is applicable in a digital camera. In the backlight photographing method, a backlight detection program is first executed to obtain a backlight flag. Next, when the backlight flag is in a backlight status, a flash is emitted and a photo is photographed. In addition, photographing parameters of the digital camera may be adjusted according to a low brightness characteristic value acquired by the backlight detection program, so as to obtain a photo having a foreground with a preferred exposure effect.03-03-2011
20110050936IMAGE RECORD APPARATUS AND IMAGE RECORD METHOD - An object of the invention is to provide an image record apparatus and an image record method that can improve the use efficiency of a record medium for recording a video image from a camera. A NW control section (03-03-2011
20110304741IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - The image pickup apparatus includes an image sensor unit including an optical system forming an optical image of an object placed on a stage part and plural image sensors each of which captures part of the optical image, a drive mechanism relativity moving the stage part and the image sensor unit, and a processing part causing the image sensor unit to perform plural image capturing operations with causing the drive mechanism to relatively move the stage part and the image sensor unit after each image capturing operation, and combining the plural captured images to produce a whole image covering the whole image capturing area. The plural image sensors are arranged such that an effective diameter of the optical system necessary to introduce light from the stage part to all the plural image sensors is smaller than a diameter of a circle circumscribed to the whole image capturing area.12-15-2011
20110304743IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS, IMAGE RECORDING METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM - An image recording apparatus includes an imaging section which images a subject to obtain imaging data. An image quality information acquiring section acquires a plurality of sets of information concerning image quality. An image quality information converting section converts the plurality of sets of information concerning the image quality acquired in the image quality information acquiring section into image processing parameters used in image processing of the imaging data. An image processing section performs image processing with respect to the imaging data based on the image processing parameters converted by the image quality information converting section. A recording section records in a recording medium the imaging data subjected to image processing in the image processing section, or records in the recording medium the imaging data which is not yet subjected to image processing in the image processing section and the plurality of sets of information concerning the image quality.12-15-2011
20110304742IMAGE REPRODUCTION APPARATUS CAPABLE OF SIMULTANEOUSLY REPRODUCING PLURALITY OF IMAGES - An image reproduction apparatus includes a flash memory which adds recording time information to an image and records the image, and a control unit which classifies images in the memory on the basis of the added time information, limits the number of classified images for each date to one, and causes a display unit to display a calendar image as a list of images.12-15-2011
20110050935METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MIXED-RESOLUTION LOW-COMPLEXITY INFORMATION CODING AND A CORRESPONDING METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DECODING CODED INFORMATION - Method and system embodiments of the present invention are directed to information compression by information-coding subsystems within computationally-constrained information sources, efficient information transmission through electronic communications media to information sinks with relatively large computational bandwidths. One embodiment of the present invention is directed to a method and system for low-complexity, mixed-resolution information coding by low-powered, computationally constrained distributed sensors which provide continuous video images through wireless communications to a computer-system information sink where the coded information is decoded.03-03-2011
20110050934IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - This invention relates to an image processing apparatus for performing edge preserving smoothing with fewer operations, and a method and a program for the same. A block histogram calculating part 03-03-2011
20110141309IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME, PORTABLE EQUIPMENT, AND IMAGING SENSOR AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME - A plurality of imaging regions are provided in one-to-one correspondence with a plurality of optical systems and are disposed on optical axes of the respective optical systems. Each imaging region has a plurality of pixels. The imaging apparatus further comprises an origin detecting means for detecting an origin of each imaging region, a pixel position specifying means for specifying positions of a plurality of pixels included in each imaging region using the origin as a reference, and a combination means for combining a plurality of images captured by the respective imaging regions. Thereby, it is possible to make a thin imaging apparatus capable of being easily assembled.06-16-2011
20120038787Color Segmentation - A method of skin segmentation of a digital image is operable in an acquisition device. An image is acquired. A value indicative of a redness of a pixel of said image is compared with a face skin pixel redness criterion. The pixel is identified as a face skin pixel if said criteron is satisfied.02-16-2012
20100026831AUTOMATIC FACE AND SKIN BEAUTIFICATION USING FACE DETECTION - Sub-regions within a face image are identified to be enhanced by applying a localized smoothing kernel to luminance data corresponding to the sub-regions of the face image. An enhanced face image is generated including an enhanced version of the face that includes certain original pixels in combination with pixels corresponding to the one or more enhanced sub-regions of the face.02-04-2010
20080246851Video data display system and method for mobile terminal - A video data display system and method for a mobile terminal that enable capturing video data of a predetermined length and displaying the captured video data in multiple windows on a single display screen. The video data may be presented as a slide show. The video data display method includes capturing an object video data of an audiovisual data stream displayed on a screen; dividing the object video data into a predetermined number of pictures; and displaying the pictures in different windows of the screen.10-09-2008
20100321512METHOD FOR CREATING AND REPRODUCTION OF PANORAIMC SOUND IMAGE, AND DEVICE FOR REPRODUCTION OF SUCH AN IMAGE - The present invention relates to a method to create and reproduce a panoramic sound image. Initially, there is a plurality of images associated with sound sequences, these images are for example taken using a camera, this camera having recorded the ambient sound at the time of taking the photograph. The ambient sound is then filtered to keep only the stationary component. Then, the images are concatenated to form a unique image called “panoramic”, each sound sequence being associated with a part of the panoramic image containing the image associated with this sequence. Finally, the commands are introduced to display the parts of the panoramic image. The command also enables to reproduce continually the stationary component of at least a sound content associated with at least a displayed part of the panoramic image. According to an improvement, the sound sequence is reproduced continually until the introduction of a new command.12-23-2010
20090128649Reflectance Spectra Estimation and Colour Space Conversion Using Reference Reflectance Spectra - A Personal Computer (PC) adjusts a colour of an image received from a digital camera to produce an estimated reflectance spectrum and/or to convert the colour to a new colour space. First, an input compensation transform is generated, e.g. based on a Macbeth colour chart in the image, to compensate for the sensitivity of the camera used to generate the image to different wavelengths of light and the illumination spectrum incident on an object of interest to which the image relates. In order to estimate the reflectance spectrum, a reflectance spectrum estimation transform is then generated by the PC. In order to convert the colour of the image to the new colour space, a colour space conversion transform is generated by the PC. Both the reflectance spectrum estimation transform and the colour space conversion transform are based on the input compensation transform and reference reflectance spectra stored in a reference reflectance spectra database.05-21-2009
20100110212CAMERA DEVICE - Setting information is converted into a plurality of image patterns (05-06-2010
20090096885Electronic Camera - An electronic camera (04-16-2009
20100079608Method And Apparatus For Super-Resolution Imaging Using Digital Imaging Devices - A super-resolution image is generated from a sequence of low resolution images. In one embodiment, the image shift information is measured for each of the low resolution images using an image stabilization component of an imaging device. The shift information is used to generate the super-resolution image. In another embodiment, the blurs are calculated for each of the low resolution images and are used to generate the super-resolution image.04-01-2010
20090322897DIGITAL IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS HAVING SELF-NAVIGATOR FUNCTION, AND OPERATION METHOD OF THE DIGITAL IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - A digital image processing apparatus and method are provided, particularly, a digital image processing apparatus having a self-navigator function for allowing capture of a self-image with a user-desired composition, and an operation method of the digital image processing apparatus. The digital image processing apparatus includes a digital signal processing unit for setting a desired position at which a subject is to be positioned on a live-view image and directing the subject to move until an actual position of the subject corresponds to the desired position.12-31-2009
20120038788Detecting Red Eye Filter and Apparatus Using Meta-Data - A method of filtering a red-eye phenomenon from an acquired digital image including a multiplicity of pixels indicative of color, the pixels forming various shapes of the image, includes analyzing meta-data information, determining one or more regions within the digital image suspected as including red eye artifact, and determining, based at least in part on the meta-data analysis, whether the regions are actual red eye artifact. The meta-data information may include information describing conditions under which the image was acquired, captured and/or digitized, acquisition device-specific information, and/film information.02-16-2012
20120038786Decreasing Image Acquisition Time for Compressive Imaging Devices - Mechanisms for increasing the rate of acquisition of compressed/encoded image representations are disclosed. An imaging system may deliver subsets of a modulated light stream onto respective light sensing devices. The light sensing devices may be sampled in parallel. Samples from each light sensing device may be used to construct a respective sub-image of a final image. The parallelism allows compressed images to be acquired at a higher rate. The number of light sensing devices and/or the number of pixels per image may be selected to achieve a target image acquisition rate. In another embodiment, spatial portions of the incident light stream are separated and delivered to separate light modulators. In yet another embodiment, the incident light stream is split into a plurality of beams, each of which retains the image present in the incident light stream and is delivered to a separate light modulator.02-16-2012
20120038785METHOD FOR PRODUCING HIGH RESOLUTION IMAGE - A high resolution image producing method includes the following steps. Firstly, an object is continuously shot to produce plural shot images. Then, plural original images are selected from the plural shot images. Then, each of the original images is segmented into plural blocks, and the motion vector of each block of each original image is calculated. Then, a first original image is scaled-up to acquire a first basis image, and a second basis image is acquired by copying the first basis image. A phase error is calculated according to the first basis image, and an interpolating operation is performed on the second basis image to obtain a high resolution image.02-16-2012
20120147209SOLID-STATE IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE, AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS - A solid-state image capturing device includes: a pixel array including a plurality of two-dimensionally arrayed pixels; a row scanning circuit that performs row scanning to sequentially select a row; a column ADC circuit that simultaneously converts analog pixel signals output from the plurality of pixels belonging to a row selected by the row scanning circuit into pieces of digital pixel data; a column digital memory that stores pixel data of one row therein; and a one-line compression circuit that sequentially performs compression coding to pixel data output from the column digital memory. In the solid-state image capturing device, when performing the compression coding to the pixel data, the one-line compression circuit refers to pixel data belonging to a row identical to that of the pixel data in question while not referring to pixel data belonging to a row different from that of the pixel data in question.06-14-2012
20120147208Solid-state imaging device, manufacturing method thereof, and electronic apparatus - A solid-state imaging device includes a light blocking layer formed in an active pixel region of a pixel region on a light incident side so as to surround a photoelectric conversion unit of each pixel and formed in an extending manner to an optical black region, a concave portion formed so as to be surrounded by the light blocking layer in a region corresponding to the photoelectric conversion unit, a first refractive index layer formed on surfaces of the light blocking layer and the concave portion and having a relatively low refractive index, a second refractive index layer formed on the first refractive index layer so as to be buried in the concave portion and having a relatively high refractive index, and an anti-flare layer formed on the first refractive index layer in the optical black region.06-14-2012
20110080496Apparatus Method and System for Imaging - There is provided in accordance with some embodiments of the present invention an optical assembly including a set of optical paths, wherein two or more optical paths receive an image from a common surface. The optical paths may direct received images onto a common image sensor generating a complex multidimensional data set, an image processing block may extrapolate each of the subset of optical paths printed on the image sensor and may generate a multidimensional data set based on the collected images.04-07-2011
20100328486Foreground/Background Segmentation in Digital Images with Differential Exposure Calculations - A digital segmentation method and apparatus determines foreground and/or background within at least one portion of a captured image. The determining includes comparing a captured image to a pre-captured or post captured reference image of nominally the same scene. One of the images is taken with flash and the other without. The system can be implemented as part of a digital camera acquisition chain having effective computation complexity.12-30-2010
20100128136Passive crosswind profiler - A passive optical crosswind profiling system. The system includes at least one telescope defining two apertures separated at a distance and adapted to collect light along at least two separate paths from a field of view containing a target and at least one high-speed digital camera defining at least one many pixel sensor wherein pixels of said at least one many pixel sensor are identified as separate blocks of pixels. The system further includes an optical system for focusing light collected along said at least two separate paths by said at least one telescope onto said at least one many pixel sensor to produce at least two images of the target scene and a high-speed computer processor programmed to with a special block matching correlation algorithm to correlate image data collected the separate blocks of pixels in order to calculate a crosswind profile along a path between said system and said target.05-27-2010
20120098994Compilation Of Images - A system for arranging a number of images into a compilation of images a metadata derivation unit (04-26-2012
20120098988IMAGE PROCESSOR, ELECTRONIC DEVICE INCLUDING IMAGE PROCESSOR, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image processor includes a first correction circuit that outputs a first correction value, which corresponds to a pixel value of an input image, based on a first correction characteristic. A second correction circuit outputs a second correction value, which corresponds to the pixel value of the input image, based on a second correction characteristic. A control circuit controls a ratio for mixing the first correction value and the second correction value. A mixing circuit that mixes the first correction value and the second correction value based on the ratio. A corrected pixel value, which corresponds to the pixel value of the input image, is generated in accordance with an output value of the mixing circuit.04-26-2012
20120098985METHOD TO INCREASE THE ACCURACY OF PHASE CORRELATION MOTION ESTIMATION IN LOW-BIT-PRECISION CIRCUMSTANCES - A method and system to improve the performance of phase correlation motion estimation for low-bit-precision implementation are described herein. Phase correlation uses the Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) with operations with infinite-precision constants. Since physical implementations use finite-precision arithmetic, there is some loss in precision relative to the ideal infinite-precision case. In low-complexity implementations, it is desirable to use as few bits as possible, and if the precision is too low, the performance of traditional phase correlation suffers. A pre-processing technique is applied to the data prior to taking the FFT, which minimizes the negative effects of finite precision in the FFT and allows high quality results from phase correlation. The pre-processing step is a content-dependent contrast adjustment that maps the range of the input images' pixel values to the range of input values for the FFT. There is no post-processing required after the FFT to compensate for the pre-processing step.04-26-2012
20120105661ROW AND COLUMN JUMPING FOR PIXEL READOUT USING BURST SWITCHING MODE - An imaging apparatus is described for obtaining images. The imaging apparatus includes a pixel array, a row decoder, a column decoder, and a trigger circuit. The pixel array integrates electrical signals corresponding to incident light from a scene. The row decoder enables a selected row of pixels within the pixel array. The column decoder enables readout of a pixel in a selected column of the selected row within the pixel array. The trigger circuit generates one or more burst pulses to traverse through a corresponding number of decoder stages that correspond to pixels which are identified for discarding. Each burst pulse has a duration that is less than a stipulated minimum pulse duration of a typical decoder pulse of the decoders. By using shorter burst pulses, the trigger circuit can quickly jump to a desired row and/or column of pixels for readout, while conserving power.05-03-2012
20100103279FACE DETECTION DEVICE, DIGITAL CAMERA, AND COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM WHICH STORES A FACE DETECTION PROGRAM - A control unit detects a face area from a first image and a second image which differ in shooting conditions by a face detector. If an area of the first image which is in a position corresponding to a face area detected from the second image is not detected as a face area, the control unit extracts the area of the first image as a non-detected area, and based on the non-detected area, executes learning of the face detector so that the non-detected area is detected as a face area.04-29-2010
20110164144ELECTRONIC CAMERA - An electronic camera includes an imager, having an imaging surface capturing a scene, which repeatedly outputs a scene image. An extractor extracts a specific reference image coincident with a partial image outputted from the imager corresponding to a predetermined area allocated to the imaging surface, from among a plurality of reference images. An adjuster executes a process of adjusting an exposure amount by emphasizing the predetermined area in parallel with the extraction process. An identifier identifies a color of an object equivalent to the partial image, corresponding to extracting the specific reference image. A corrector executes a process of correcting a tonality of the scene image with reference to the identified result, in place of the extraction process. A searcher searches for a partial image coincident with the specific reference image from the scene image having the corrected tonality.07-07-2011
20110063472CAMERA SYSTEM - A camera system includes a camera body (03-17-2011
20110063471Apparatus for Recording of Information - With an object of executing excellent finishing processing when information is recorded to a rewritable type record medium or a write once type record medium, the finishing processing is switched by whether a kind of a medium for recording information is the rewritable type record medium or the write once type record medium and a method of executing the finishing processing is switched based on a state of supplying power.03-17-2011
20110063467SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, AND IMAGING APPARATUS - A solid-state imaging device includes a plurality of pixels and a plurality of color filters. The plurality of pixels is formed in a semiconductor substrate in a two-dimensional array arrangement. Each of the pixels has a photoelectric conversion region. The plurality of color filters is stacked on each of the pixels. The photoelectric conversion regions have the same depth irrespective of colors of the color filters stacked on the pixels. The width of a shallow portion of each of the photoelectric conversion regions is differ from a width of the deep portion of each of the photoelectric regions depending on the colors of the color filters stacked on the pixels.03-17-2011
20110063465Analyzing Partial Face Regions for Red-Eye Detection in Acquired Digital Images - A method for red-eye detection in an acquired digital image includes acquiring a first image, and analyzing one or more partial face regions within the first image. One or more characteristics of the first image are determined. One or more corrective processes are identified including red eye correction that can be beneficially applied to the first image according to the one or more characteristics. The one or more corrective processes are applied to the first image.03-17-2011
20110063464VIDEO PLAYING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A video playing system includes a camera to capture images, a display unit, a processing unit, and a storage system. The storage system stores an animation which includes a controllable element. The processing unit detects an image from the camera, to identify an object in the image, and to obtain information about the object. The processing unit further receives the coordinates of the object in the image from the detecting module to obtain a position of a viewer related to the display unit, outputs one of a number of control instructions according to the position of the viewer to control movement of the element of the animation.03-17-2011
20110063470SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND CAMERA - A solid-state imaging device which includes a plurality of pixels in an arrangement, each of the pixels including a photoelectric conversion element, pixel transistors including a transfer transistor, and a floating diffusion region, in which the channel width of transfer gate of the transfer transistor is formed to be larger on a side of the floating diffusion region than on a side of the photoelectric conversion element.03-17-2011
20110063468METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR RETRIEVING LABEL - Disclosed is a method for retrieving a label in a portable terminal. The method includes obtaining a label image photographed through a camera, extracting characters included in the label image and recognizing the extracted characters, detecting at least one label including the recognized character from a label database including multiple labels and information on the multiple labels and constituting a preliminary label candidate group including said at least one label, detecting an image characteristic of the label image, detecting at least one label having an image characteristic, which is similar with the detected image characteristic, from the preliminary label candidate group, and constituting a final label candidate group, and providing each of said at least one label included in the final label candidate group and detailed information corresponding to each of said at least one label.03-17-2011
20120176504SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING TIMESTAMPING MANAGEMENT FOR ELECTRONIC PHOTOGRAPHS - Systems and methods are provided for revising the time associated with a digital photograph. A digital photograph and data representing an initial time the photograph was taken may not correspond with identified temporal information. In response, a revised time may be generated based on the temporal information and associated with the digital photograph.07-12-2012
20090135272METHOD AND APPARATUS TO CORRECT DIGITAL IMAGE BLUR DUE TO MOTION OF SUBJECT OR IMAGING DEVICE - Signal processing techniques are applied to digital image data to remove the distortion caused by motion of the camera, or the movement of the subject being photographed, or defective optics, or optical distortion from other sources. When the image is captured, the effect of relative motion between the camera and the subject is that it transforms the true image into a blurred image according to a 2-dimensional transfer function. The 2-dimensional transfer function representing the motion is derived using blind estimation techniques or by using information from sensors that detect the motion. The transfer function is inverted and used to define a corrective filter. The filter is applied to the image and the blur due to the motion is removed, restoring the correct image. Another embodiment uses the transfer function to avoid blur by combining multiple consecutive images taken at a fast shutter speed.05-28-2009
20090135273Image sensor and image-capturing device - An image sensor includes: a plurality of first pixels that receive a light flux having passed through an optical system and output pixel signals to be used as image signals; a plurality of second pixels that receive a light flux having passed through the optical system and output pixel signals to be used as signals other than the image signals; a plurality of first pixel rows, each of which includes an array made up with a plurality of first pixels; at least one second pixel row that includes an array made up with first pixels and second pixels; an output circuit that outputs a read signal in response to which pixel signals output at the first pixels are read out from the first pixel rows over first pixel intervals and pixel signals output at the second pixels are read out from the second pixel row over second pixel intervals, different from the first pixel intervals, the output circuit outputting externally the pixel signals having been read out; and a switching device that selects a specific pixel row, either one of the first pixel rows or the second pixel row, from which pixel signals are to be read out by the output circuit.05-28-2009
20090135269Electronic Camera and Image Processing Device - An image sensor of an electronic camera photoelectrically converts a subject image obtained by a shooting optical system to generate an image signal. A image processing section generates face registration image data and moving image data. A face detecting section detects a face area inside a shooting screen based on the moving image data. A controlling section adjusts shooting parameters of the shooting optical system, depending on a position detected at the face area. A face image generating section cuts out an image of the face area to generate face image data. A face recognizing data generating section extracts feature points of the face of a captured person from a part of the face area of the face registration image data and generates face recognizing data. A recording section records the face recognizing data or face image data.05-28-2009
20090135271IMAGE TAKING APPARATUS AND IMAGE RECORDER - An image taking apparatus includes: a photoelectric conversion unit including a plurality of photoelectric conversion elements, the photoelectric conversion elements disposed in a two-dimensional matrix, the photoelectric conversion elements converting received light into electric charge and accumulating the electric charge; an image sensor having a function of controlling an exposure time of each of the photoelectric conversion elements of the photoelectric conversion unit on a line-by-line basis; an area division unit for logically dividing the photoelectric conversion unit into an N number of uniform areas on the basis of information related to a taken image of a subject, each of the uniform areas including a line having some of the photoelectric conversion elements, N being a natural number of two or more; an interlaced scanning unit for scanning the photoelectric conversion elements in the first to N-th areas by M lines starting with a predetermined line in a predetermined area of the first to N-th areas while changing an area to be scanned to another area in a predetermined order each time the M lines are scanned, M being a natural number of one or more; and a pixel signal reading unit for reading, from each of the photoelectric conversion elements scanned by the interlaced scanning unit, a pixel signal including an electric signal corresponding to an amount of electric charge accumulated in each photoelectric conversion element.05-28-2009
20090135270IMAGING APPARATUS AND RECORDING MEDIUM - As shown in FIG. 05-28-2009
20090135268FORMAT AUTO-SET SYSTEM USED IN IMAGING DEVICE - A format auto-set system for setting an output format of the imaging device includes a connecting module for connecting the imaging device to a display device having a screen, a processing module for outputting an image from the imaging device to the display device via the connecting module in a first output format and a second output format, an image capturing module for capturing images displayed on the screen of the display device, a judging module for determining which image displayed on the screen most resembles the image output from the imaging device and generating a setting signal, and a setting module for receiving the setting signal, and setting an output format of the imaging device as the first output format or the second output format to comply with a predetermined format of the display device according to the setting signal.05-28-2009
20090135267Image Processing Apparatus and Image Processing Method - An image processing apparatus includes a discriminating unit that discriminates a color component originating in an image structure in an image captured through an optical system from a color component attributable to a chromatic aberration of the optical system, and a correction unit that corrects the color component attributable to the chromatic aberration of the optical system based upon discrimination results provided by the discriminating unit.05-28-2009
20090135266SYSTEM FOR SCRIBING A VISIBLE LABEL - An image processing apparatus (05-28-2009
20110317026Imaging apparatus with scene analysis - An imaging apparatus comprises an image-capturing element that outputs image signals representing a plurality of color components and an analyzing device that analyzes a captured photographic image based upon image signals with linearity, which are output from the image-capturing element.12-29-2011
20100141782Noise reduction filter processing circuit, image processing circuit, imaging device, and storage medium storing noise reduction program - A noise reduction filter processing circuit includes a first operating part calculating first saturation information indicative of a saturation of an input image, a nonlinear processing part performing nonlinear processing on the input image, a second operating part calculating second saturation information indicative of a saturation of the input image subjected to the nonlinear processing, and a correction operating part performing a correction operation on the input image subjected to the nonlinear processing using the first saturation information and the second saturation information.06-10-2010
20120206619IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND RECORDING MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus comprising an image acquiring section that acquires a plurality of images captured in time sequence; a subject extracting section that extracts a plurality of different subjects contained in the plurality of images; and a main subject inferring section that determines the position of each subject in each of the images, and infers which of the subjects is a main subject in the images based on position information for each of the subjects in the images.08-16-2012
20110157409IMAGE QUALITY ADJUSTING DEVICE, IMAGE QUALITY ADJUSTING METHOD, AND IMAGE QUALITY ADJUSTING PROGRAM - An image quality adjusting device 06-30-2011
20110157405Photographing Apparatus, Photographing Method and Recording Medium - The photographing apparatus includes an image pickup unit that generates a raw image; a feature extractor that extracts a feature image containing at least one feature part from the raw image; an image processor that performs image processing of the raw image according to a first scene information and that performs image processing of the feature image according to a second scene information; a quantizer that performs discrete cosine transform and quantization of a raw-processed image obtained by performing image processing of the raw image and a feature-processed image obtained by performing image processing of the feature image; a difference data generator that generates difference data indicating a difference between image data obtained by processing the raw-processed image in the quantizer and feature image data obtained by processing the feature-processed image in the quantizer on a feature image data basis; and an image compressor.06-30-2011
20110157403CAMERA AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME - A camera with a focusing function is provided. The camera includes a first imaging unit configured to generate a first image by a photoelectric conversion from an image of a subject obtained via a first lens, a second imaging unit configured to generate a second image by a photoelectric conversion from an image of the subject obtained via a second lens, where the second imaging unit being different from the first imaging unit, an focusing amount acquiring unit configured to acquire amount of focusing, a composite image generating unit configured to set a cutout position on the second image, to cut out an partial image at the cutout position, on the basis of the operation amount and a predetermined cutout rule, and to generate a composite image by superimposing the partial image on the first image, and an image display unit configured to display the composite image.06-30-2011
20110157402METHOD FOR PROCESSING IMAGE, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND IMAGING APPARATUS - A method for processing image includes: acquiring image data; firstly correcting saturation information acquired from the image data based on at least one of hue information and luminance information of the image data; determining whether an image of the image data is a vivid color scene based on the saturation information corrected by the first correction; and outputting a result of scene determination.06-30-2011
20110157400PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF DISPLAYING GRAPHIC FOR USER TO ESTIMATE THE REAL SIZE OF OBJECT - A photographing method displays a photographed object and displays a graphic for the user to estimate the real size of the object based on a calculated real size of the object. Accordingly, the user can evaluate the real size of the object, which is being photographed by the user.06-30-2011
20110157399CAMERA MODULE, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE RECORDING METHOD - According to one embodiment, a camera module includes a plurality of sub-camera modules. The sub-camera modules include imaging elements and imaging lenses. At least two of the sub-camera modules include the imaging lenses, subject distances of which when best-focused are set different from each other.06-30-2011
20110157395IMAGE SENSOR WITH FRACTIONAL RESOLUTION IMAGE PROCESSING - A system-on-chip (SOC) includes an image sensor, an image signal processor connected to an output of the image sensor, a bypass connected to the output of the image sensor, and a multiplexer connected to an output of the image signal processor and an output of the bypass. The image sensor, image signal processor, bypass, and multiplexer are all integrated on one silicon wafer. An image capture device includes the SOC and applications processor connected to an output of the multiplexer. The image capture device can further include a system memory and a display connected to the applications processor.06-30-2011
20110157388Gun Camera - A gun camera, including a main body, a video unit, a video processing unit, a recording unit and a power supply unit, wherein interior of the main body forms a holding space, and the main body can be separably joined to a gun device. The video unit fixed to the main body is used to convert external video images into electronic signals. The video processing unit fixedly positioned within the main body processes and converts electronic signals produced by the video unit into digital video data. The recording unit electrically connected to the video processing unit is used to store the digital video data, and the power supply unit provides the electric power required by the video unit, the video processing unit and the recording unit. Accordingly: the gun camera is operated in coordination with a gun device or manually operated to implement immediate filming and recording of video.06-30-2011
20120044379IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM - An image pickup apparatus includes an image pickup unit, a light emission unit, an image acquisition unit configured to drive the image pickup unit and the light emission unit to acquire an image while the light emission unit is emitting light and acquire images while the light emission unit is emitting no light at substantially the same view angle, a difference acquisition unit configured to acquire a luminance difference between the image acquired while the light emission unit is emitting light and one of the images acquired while the light emission unit is emitting no light, and an image composing unit configured to compose a composite image from the images acquired while the light emission unit is emitting no light and the image acquired while the light emission unit is emitting light, using the luminance difference acquired by the difference acquisition unit as transmission intensity data.02-23-2012
20120044378IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD - An imaging apparatus is capable of allowing a user of the apparatus to execute a photographing setting for implementing an expression of a photograph with the finishing requested by the user and for achieving a quality of an image which the user requested with a wide variety of expression ambiences even if the user is not very conversant with digital image processing. The user selects and executes three settings, such as the type of a scene to be photographed, a state of an object to be photographed, and a finishing. The photographing conditions and image processing parameters are set and executed in interlock with the selected settings. As a result, the imaging apparatus can implement the finishing of a photograph desired by the user.02-23-2012
20120044377ELECTRONIC DEVICE, ELECTRONIC DEVICE SYSTEM, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An electronic device includes: a reading unit reading image data; a transmitting unit transmitting the image data to another electronic device via a telecommunications line upon receiving a user operation; a first image processing unit processing the image data; and a control unit (i) causing, in the case where a second image processing unit has a connection to the control unit, the second image processing unit to process the image data, and the transmitting unit to transmit the processed image data, and (ii) causing, in the case where id the second image processing unit does not have a connection to the control unit, the first image processing unit to process the image data, and the transmitting unit to transmit the processed image data, the second image processing unit being included in the movie camera and processing, as well as the image data, image data which is obtained by the movie camera.02-23-2012
20100302400Specific Color Detection Applicator - A specific color detection circuit shows an RGB input pixel and an RGB color signal to be detected in a three-dimensional coordinate, calculates a first distance from an origin to a foot of a perpendicular drawn from the coordinate of the RGB input pixel to a straight line connecting the origin and the coordinate of the RGB color signal or a coordinate with the same RGB ratio as the signal and a second distance from the coordinate of the input pixel to the foot, and detects a hue of a signal of the input pixel. The circuit generates a detection region in a color-difference direction according to the first distance and the hue, calculates a third distance based on the first distance for the detection region and judges the input pixel as being in a predetermined color detection region when the third distance is longer than the second distance.12-02-2010
20120002070SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND CAMERA - A solid-state image sensor having a pixel array area where a plurality of pixels are arranged, and a peripheral circuit area, each pixel including a photoelectric converter, and a transfer gate electrode which forms a channel for transferring charges generated by the photoelectric converter to a floating diffusion portion, comprises a first insulating film arranged to cover an upper surface of the photoelectric converter, at least part of an upper surface of the transfer gate electrode, and a side surface of the transfer gate electrode, a second insulating film arranged on a gate electrode of a MOS transistor arranged in the peripheral circuit area, and an interlayer insulating film arranged in contact with the first insulating film and the second insulating film.01-05-2012
20120002072IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGE EDITING METHOD AND PROGRAM - An imaging apparatus includes: an imaging device; a first storage section storing image data including an image obtained by the imaging device; a display section displaying the image data stored in the first storage section; an image-effect specification section specifying a type of image effect to be produced on the image data displayed in the display section; a scaling operation section capable of specifying expansion and contraction of the image data displayed in the display section and specifying a range of an image edit area on the displayed image data; and an image processing section performing image processing on the image edit area specified by the scaling operation section in accordance with the specification from the image-effect specification section.01-05-2012
20120002069IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING METHOD, IMAGING PROGRAM, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM - An image processing apparatus includes: an addition intensity calculation unit which calculates an addition intensity on the basis of a difference between first image data included in a plurality of pieces of image data obtained through sequential shooting and second image data included in the plurality of pieces of image data; and an addition processing unit which performs addition processing of the first image data and the second image data on the basis of the addition intensity.01-05-2012
20120002067IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image processing device including a subject frame setting section which, by operating a subject detector which detects a subject captured in an image, sets a subject frame which surrounds a predetermined range of the subject detected from the image; an acceptance frame setting section which sets an acceptance frame with a range wider than the subject frame according to the context of the image; a position detecting section which detects a specified position on an image which is specified by a user; and a recognizing section which recognizes a subject which is a tracking target based on the acceptance frame set by the acceptance frame setting section and the specified position detected by the position detecting section.01-05-2012
20120002071IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD - The present invention is directed to a method for generating virtual image data at high resolution which is obtained when imaging is performed using a light ray incident on an imaging apparatus at a virtual position different from the actual position of an image sensor. A method for image processing includes acquiring light ray information, inputting virtual position information, generating first virtual image data which is obtained if the light ray is imaged at the virtual position with first resolution based on the light ray information and the virtual position information and inputting high resolution image data with second resolution higher than the first resolution, and generating second virtual image data which is obtained if the light ray is imaged at the virtual position with third resolution higher than the first resolution, based on the first virtual image data and the high resolution image data.01-05-2012
20120002068Camera with red-eye correction function - An electronic camera comprises an image generation unit that generates a plurality of images for red-eye detection based upon an image obtained by capturing an image of a subject with an image-capturing element, a setting unit that sets a specific mode among a plurality of modes related to electronic camera functions, a selection unit that selects a specific type of red-eye detection processing among a plurality of types of red-eye detection processing different from one another, based upon the mode set via the setting unit; and a red-eye detection unit that detects a red-eye area based upon the images for red-eye detection by executing the red-eye detection processing selected by the selection unit.01-05-2012
20110074968Multiple data rate counter, data converter including the same, and image sensor including the same - A counter includes a buffer unit and a ripple counter. The buffer unit generates at least one least significant signal of a count by buffering at least one clock signal until a termination time point. The ripple counter generates at least one most significant signal of the count by sequentially toggling in response to at least one of the least significant signal. The counter performs multiple data rate counting with enhance operation speed and reduced power consumption.03-31-2011
20120008007SEMICONDUCTOR INTEGRATED CIRCUIT, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND SIGNAL CONVERSION METHOD - An adjacent color difference data generator calculates a differential between adjacent data in a data row having different color information per pixel of the digital signal to thereby generate a first color difference data having a first code format. A code converter converts the first color difference data into a second color difference data having a second code format. The second code format is a code format where only a small number of bits change before and after the code conversion from the first code format. The number of changing bits in the switching between codes when, for example, an image monochromatic but having gradation change is imaged to reduce any noise generated when digital image data is outputted.01-12-2012
20120044376FILTER CONVERSION DEVICE - A filter conversion device includes a first filter, a second filter, a motor, and a microswitch. The motor moves the first or second filter according to a control signal from a processor of the camera. The micorswitch is mounted adjacent to the first filter. A first terminal of the microswitch is grounded. A second terminal of the microswitch is connected to a power supply with a resistor and is connected to the processor of the camera with a connector. When the first filter contacts the microswitch, the microswitch turns on.02-23-2012
20120008006IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, ELECTRONIC CAMERA, AND MEDIUM STORING IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM - In an image processing apparatus performing synthetic processing on N number of images (where N is an integer of two or larger) being captured from a same photographic scene under mutually different exposure conditions to generate a synthetic image with a higher dynamic range than the N number of image