US 9,813,601 B2
Imaging device for scenes in apparent motion
Gerado Gabriel Richarte, Buenos Aires (AR); Emiliano Kargieman, Buenos Aires (AR); and Juan Manuel Vuletich, Buenos Aires (AR)
Assigned to Urugus S.A., Montevideo (UY)
Filed by Urugus S.A., Montevideo (UY)
Filed on May 5, 2015, as Appl. No. 14/704,859.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/989,165, filed on May 6, 2014.
Prior Publication US 2015/0326769 A1, Nov. 12, 2015
Int. Cl. H04N 9/47 (2006.01); H04N 5/232 (2006.01); G02B 27/64 (2006.01); H04N 5/225 (2006.01); G01C 11/02 (2006.01); G03B 15/00 (2006.01); H04N 5/235 (2006.01); G03B 17/56 (2006.01); B64G 1/10 (2006.01)
CPC H04N 5/232 (2013.01) [G01C 11/02 (2013.01); G01C 11/025 (2013.01); G02B 27/644 (2013.01); G03B 15/006 (2013.01); G03B 17/561 (2013.01); H04N 5/2259 (2013.01); H04N 5/2353 (2013.01); H04N 5/23248 (2013.01); H04N 5/23287 (2013.01); B64G 2001/1028 (2013.01)] 31 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. An apparatus for imaging a scene having apparent motion, the apparatus comprising: an area imaging device having a plurality of pixel sensors; a multi-axis positioning mechanism, the multi-axis positioning mechanism operable to move the area imaging device along a tracking axis; a control module configured to: direct the multi-axis positioning mechanism to set the tracking axis to be at least substantially parallel with the apparent motion; direct the multi-axis positioning mechanism to move the area imaging device in one or more cycles such that the area imaging device is moved, in each of the one or more cycles, forward along the tracking axis at a tracking speed that compensates for a speed of the apparent motion wherein each of the one or more cycles includes positioning the area imaging device at a first position along the tracking axis at a beginning of first exposures and positioning the area imaging device at a second position along the tracking axis at a beginning of second exposures so that first exposures are a non-integer pixel distance from the second exposures; and direct the area imaging device to take at least the first exposures and the second exposures during each of the one or more cycles; and an imaging module configured to form an image of the scene based at least on the first exposures and the second exposures.