This patent application has not been assigned to a company or institution.
The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Many modern devices rely on an operating system from one supplier and hardware from one or multiple other suppliers. Further, the device may include additional programs or applications from third suppliers.
"On the devices, the operating system includes application programming interfaces (APIs) that govern the operating system or application control of the hardware (e.g., display, touch screen, audio output, network connection, digital image sensor, etc.). These APIs provide universal instruction criteria for performing functions on the hardware.
"Current camera APIs may include high level criteria such as an instruction for acquiring an image and an instruction for firing a flash. Additional low level functionality is not present in the API and thus, the applications have limited control over the digital image sensor. It would be advantageous to provide an API with low level functionality, but that is compatible with a larger number of independent hardware configurations."
In addition to the background information obtained for this patent application, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "A system for acquiring digital images for a device having an integrated camera includes an Application Program Interface (API). The API is adapted to receive instructions from a discrete application operating on the device. The instructions may include image capture instructions and image data preprocessing instructions. The API may also be adapted to process multiple image capture instructions using a pipeline configuration, where different elements of the process are performed on a first image capture request while other elements of the process are performed on a second image capture request. After preprocessing, the system outputs a preprocessed image back to the discrete application, and/or to memory and the GPU.
"The instructions received by the API from the discrete application allow the discrete application to customize the capture and preprocessing of the image data that the API outputs.
"Additional features of the disclosure will be apparent from the following detailed description, which illustrates, by way of example, features of the disclosure.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
"The above-described and other advantages and features of the present disclosure will be appreciated and understood by those skilled in the art from the following detailed description and drawings of which,
"FIG. 1 is a perspective view of an example of a system for acquiring an image of the present disclosure;
"FIG. 2 is a diagram view of an example of a system for acquiring an image of the present disclosure;
"FIG. 3 is another diagram view of an example of a system for acquiring an image of the present disclosure;
"FIG. 4 is a diagram view of the preprocessor of an example of a system for acquiring an image of the present disclosure; and
"FIG. 5 is another diagram view of an example of a system for acquiring an image of the present disclosure."
URL and more information on this patent application, see: Talvala, Eino-Ville. Abstract Camera Pipeline for Uniform Cross-Device Control of Image Capture and Processing. Filed
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