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1. WO1999007139 - IMAGING DEVICE

Publication Number WO/1999/007139
Publication Date 11.02.1999
International Application No. PCT/US1998/015686
International Filing Date 30.07.1998
Chapter 2 Demand Filed 23.02.1999
IPC
G02B 23/24 2006.1
GPHYSICS
02OPTICS
BOPTICAL ELEMENTS, SYSTEMS, OR APPARATUS
23Telescopes, e.g. binoculars; Periscopes; Instruments for viewing the inside of hollow bodies; Viewfinders; Optical aiming or sighting devices
24Instruments for viewing the inside of hollow bodies, e.g. fibrescopes
H04N 5/225 2006.1
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
5Details of television systems
222Studio circuitry; Studio devices; Studio equipment
225Television cameras
H04N 5/232 2006.1
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
5Details of television systems
222Studio circuitry; Studio devices; Studio equipment
225Television cameras
232Devices for controlling television cameras, e.g. remote control
H04N 7/18 2006.1
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
7Television systems
18Closed-circuit television systems, i.e. systems in which the signal is not broadcast
CPC
G02B 23/2484
GPHYSICS
02OPTICS
BOPTICAL ELEMENTS, SYSTEMS, OR APPARATUS
23Telescopes, e.g. binoculars; Periscopes; Instruments for viewing the inside of hollow bodies
24Instruments ; or systems; for viewing the inside of hollow bodies, e.g. fibrescopes
2476Non-optical details, e.g. housings, mountings, supports
2484Arrangements in relation to a camera or imaging device
H04N 2005/2255
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
5Details of television systems
222Studio circuitry; Studio devices; Studio equipment ; ; Cameras comprising an electronic image sensor, e.g. digital cameras, video cameras, TV cameras, video cameras, camcorders, webcams, camera modules for embedding in other devices, e.g. mobile phones, computers or vehicles
225Television cameras ; ; Cameras comprising an electronic image sensor, e.g. digital cameras, video cameras, camcorders, webcams, camera modules specially adapted for being embedded in other devices, e.g. mobile phones, computers or vehicles
2255for picking-up images in sites, inaccessible due to their dimensions or hazardous conditions, e.g. endoscope, borescope
H04N 5/2251
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
5Details of television systems
222Studio circuitry; Studio devices; Studio equipment ; ; Cameras comprising an electronic image sensor, e.g. digital cameras, video cameras, TV cameras, video cameras, camcorders, webcams, camera modules for embedding in other devices, e.g. mobile phones, computers or vehicles
225Television cameras ; ; Cameras comprising an electronic image sensor, e.g. digital cameras, video cameras, camcorders, webcams, camera modules specially adapted for being embedded in other devices, e.g. mobile phones, computers or vehicles
2251Constructional details
H04N 5/2259
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
5Details of television systems
222Studio circuitry; Studio devices; Studio equipment ; ; Cameras comprising an electronic image sensor, e.g. digital cameras, video cameras, TV cameras, video cameras, camcorders, webcams, camera modules for embedding in other devices, e.g. mobile phones, computers or vehicles
225Television cameras ; ; Cameras comprising an electronic image sensor, e.g. digital cameras, video cameras, camcorders, webcams, camera modules specially adapted for being embedded in other devices, e.g. mobile phones, computers or vehicles
2259Means for changing the camera field of view without moving the camera body, e.g. nutating or panning optics or image-sensors
H04N 5/23203
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
5Details of television systems
222Studio circuitry; Studio devices; Studio equipment ; ; Cameras comprising an electronic image sensor, e.g. digital cameras, video cameras, TV cameras, video cameras, camcorders, webcams, camera modules for embedding in other devices, e.g. mobile phones, computers or vehicles
225Television cameras ; ; Cameras comprising an electronic image sensor, e.g. digital cameras, video cameras, camcorders, webcams, camera modules specially adapted for being embedded in other devices, e.g. mobile phones, computers or vehicles
232Devices for controlling television cameras, e.g. remote control ; ; Control of cameras comprising an electronic image sensor;
23203Remote-control signaling for television cameras, cameras comprising an electronic image sensor or for parts thereof, e.g. between main body and another part of camera
H04N 5/23293
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
5Details of television systems
222Studio circuitry; Studio devices; Studio equipment ; ; Cameras comprising an electronic image sensor, e.g. digital cameras, video cameras, TV cameras, video cameras, camcorders, webcams, camera modules for embedding in other devices, e.g. mobile phones, computers or vehicles
225Television cameras ; ; Cameras comprising an electronic image sensor, e.g. digital cameras, video cameras, camcorders, webcams, camera modules specially adapted for being embedded in other devices, e.g. mobile phones, computers or vehicles
232Devices for controlling television cameras, e.g. remote control ; ; Control of cameras comprising an electronic image sensor;
23293Electronic viewfinders
Applicants
  • PINOTAGE, L.L.C. [US]/[US] (AL, AM, AT, AU, AZ, BA, BB, BE, BF, BG, BJ, BR, BY, CA, CF, CG, CH, CI, CM, CN, CU, CY, CZ, DE, DK, EE, ES, FI, FR, GA, GB, GE, GH, GM, GN, GR, GW, HR, HU, ID, IE, IL, IS, IT, JP, KE, KG, KP, KR, KZ, LC, LK, LR, LS, LT, LU, LV, MC, MD, MG, MK, ML, MN, MR, MW, MX, NE, NL, NO, NZ, PL, PT, RO, RU, SD, SE, SG, SI, SK, SL, SN, SZ, TD, TG, TJ, TM, TR, TT, UA, UG, UZ, VN, YU, ZW)
  • THOMPSON, Robert, Lee [US]/[US] (UsOnly)
  • LEINER, Dennis, C. [US]/[US] (UsOnly)
Inventors
  • THOMPSON, Robert, Lee
  • LEINER, Dennis, C.
Agents
  • SKRIVANEK, Robert, A., Jr.
Priority Data
60/054,19730.07.1997US
60/054,19830.07.1997US
Publication Language English (en)
Filing Language English (EN)
Designated States
Title
(EN) IMAGING DEVICE
(FR) DISPOSITIF D'IMAGERIE
Abstract
(EN) A camera that includes a camera head, an amplifier, and a camera control unit. The camera head includes a charge coupled device and at least one lens that is optically coupled to the charge coupled device to focus light energy onto the charge coupled device. The charge coupled device provides a plurality of signals indicative of the light energy incident upon a plurality of regions of the charge coupled device. The amplifier is electrically coupled to the charge coupled device to receive the plurality of signals from the charge coupled device and provide a plurality of amplified signals to the camera control unit, but, the amplifier is physically separated from the charge coupled device so that the amplifier is outside the camera head. The camera control unit is electrically coupled to the amplifier to receive the plurality of amplified signals from the amplifier and to process the plurality of amplified signals to form an image. In one embodiment, the camera head can move in numerous directions relative to other portions of the camera system, including rotationally, pivotally, and towards and away from a body of the camera.
(FR) Caméra comprenant une tête de caméra, un amplificateur et une unité de commande de caméra. La tête de caméra comprend un dispositif à couplage de charge et au moins un objectif couplé optiquement à ce dispositif afin de mettre au point l'énergie lumineuse sur ledit dispositif. Ce dernier produit une pluralité de signaux indiquant l'énergie lumineuse incidente par rapport à une pluralité de zones dudit dispositif à couplage de charge. L'amplificateur est couplé électriquement au dispositif à couplage de charge afin de recevoir la pluralité de signaux depuis ledit dispositif et de produire une pluralité de signaux amplifiés vers l'unité de commande de caméra; cependant, cet amplificateur est séparé physiquement du dispositif à couplage de charge, de sorte qu'il est situé à l'extérieur de la tête de caméra. L'unité de commande de caméra est couplée électriquement à l'amplificateur afin de recevoir la pluralité de signaux amplifiés depuis l'amplificateur et de traiter ladite pluralité de signaux amplifiés, de manière à créer une image. Dans un mode de réalisation, la tête de caméra peut se déplacer dans de nombreuses directions par rapport à d'autres parties du système de caméra, y compris des rotations, des pivotements ou des déplacements vers un corps de la caméra ou s'éloignant dudit corps.
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