Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, KR)

A device that controls a brightness of a light source as well as an operating method of the device are provided. According to the electronic device as well as the operation technique, an image containing the ambient environment of the light source is captured and the information about an exposure of the image captured is obtained, information about the brightness of the ambient lighting source’s environment is determined based on the information regarding the exposure and the brightness of the source of light is adjusted according to the information gathered about the brightness of an surrounding setting.

1. Field

The invention is an electronic device as well as an operation method for controlling a brightness of a light source.

2. Description of Related Art

Displays that are bright enough to be able to compete with the ambient lighting will allow users to easily view them. In the case of the display is too bright compared to the brightness of the ambientenvironment eye-strain can cause the user to suffer from fatigue because of the glare. The display may be dark in comparison to the light source, and the user may not be able to discern the information it displays.

A computer may have an illuminance sensor which detects the brightness of the surrounding and adjust the brightness of its display in accordance with the brightness of the surroundings.

For cost-savings an approach to finding the brightness of the ambient surroundings and controlling the brightness of various types of lighting sources, including an LCD based on the brightness that is determined by the environment around it is needed.

The information above is provided as background information only to assist with an understanding of the disclosure. It is not known and it is not asserted that any of the information above could be applicable to the prior art with respect to the disclosure.

Aspects of the disclosure are to solve at least one of the above-mentioned problems and/or disadvantages and provide at a minimum the benefits as described below. One aspect of the disclosure is to provide an apparatus and a method to control the intensity of a light source.

A different aspect of the disclosure is that it provides an apparatus and method of an electronic recording medium that has written on it a program for running the method using computers. The technical problem to be solved is not only limited to the technical problems previously described as well as other technical issues might arise.

Other aspects will be set forth in part of the description that is a part of the description. Other aspects, in part, will be apparent from the description or can be learned through practice of the presented embodiments.

A method to control the brightness of a light source by using an electronic device is explained the context of the one aspect of this disclosure. The method includes the capture of an image including an ambient environment surrounding the light source, obtaininginformation regarding the exposure of the image, determining the information regarding a brightness of the ambient environment of the light source, based on information about the exposure, and controlling the intensity of the light source based on the determined information about the brightness of the surrounding environment.

According to another aspect of the disclosure an electronic device is disclosed. The electronic device is comprised of cameras, displays, a memory storing one or more instructions, and at least one processor that is configured to execute the instructions stored in the memory in which the at-least one processor can control the camera to capture an image including an ambient setting of the display. It also gathers details about the exposure of the image, and determineinformation about the brightness of the environment of the display, based on details about the exposure and control a brightness of the display based on the information that is determined about the brightness of the ambient setting.

In accordance with a different aspect of the disclosure, the recording medium includes in it a program that is that is configured to implement the above-described method is provided.

The description below will assist you in understanding the other advantages, aspects, and key features of the disclosure. It is supported by the attached drawings.

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