US Patent No. 10,462,344

IMAGING SYSTEM HAVING MULTIPLE IMAGING SENSORS AND AN ASSOCIATED METHOD OF OPERATION


Patent No. 10,462,344
Issue Date October 29, 2019
Title Imaging System Having Multiple Imaging Sensors And An Associated Method Of Operation
Inventorship Neil Tocher, Edinburgh (GB)
Cameron Ure, Edinburgh (GB)
Mansour Ahmadian, Edinburgh (GB)
Assignee NCTech Ltd, Edinburgh (GB)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,462,344

1. An imaging system comprising:a plurality of imaging sensors,
wherein:
each imaging sensor comprises a plurality of pixels or sensing elements configured to detect incident radiation and output a signal representative thereof;
each imaging sensor is operable to sample different subsets of pixels or sensing elements at different times to collect output signals representative of radiation incident thereon;
the imaging system is configured to sample one or more of the subsets of pixels or sensing elements of one or more or each imaging sensor that are at least one of towards or closest to at least one or each neighboring or adjacent sensor whilst collecting output signals from one or more subsets of pixels or sensing elements of the at least one or each neighboring or adjacent imaging sensor that are at least one of towards or closest to the imaging sensor;
at least one or each of the imaging sensors is configured to sample the subsets of pixels or sensing elements as a scan or sweep of the subsets of pixels or sensing elements from one side of the imaging sensor to an other side of the imaging sensor; and
the plurality of imaging sensors are positioned on external non-co-planar surfaces of a single camera such that one or more or each of the imaging sensors is oriented or faces in a different direction to at least one or each other or to at least one or each adjacent or neighboring imaging sensor, the different direction for one or more or each of the imaging sensors being divergent relative to another direction for another one or each of the imaging sensors.