Patents Represented by Attorney Joseph W. Price
  • Patent number: 4536072
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to an automatic focus control system for a photographic camera which is adapted to normally function under an ambient light, and which includes an improved arrangement for eliminating various problems in the case where the focus detection is effected through emission of a supplementary light when desired functions can not be achieved under the ambient light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1984
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1985
    Assignee: Minolta Camera Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Taniguchi, Norio Ishikawa, Takeshi Egawa
  • Patent number: 4535463
    Abstract: An improved paper feeding device, for example, for a copying machine is provided and is capable of warning a user of the status of available copy paper sheets. A movable support tray can be monitored to provide a measurement of the total initial height of the paper stack and subsequent movements of this paper stack to introduce individual copy paper sheets into a paper transport system can be correlated with the actual number of sheets that are transported. From these monitored values, it is possible to calculate the number of sheets remaining on the stack and to provide an audible, vocal or visual display of the actual number or relative condition to warn a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1982
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1985
    Assignee: Minolta Camera Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masazumi Ito, Kenzo Nagata
  • Patent number: 4534745
    Abstract: A toy vehicle and track assembly is provided for the detonation of toy percussion caps. A striker member is pivotally mounted within a housing that is biased to rotate in a predetermined direction. The striker member is retained by a keeper member than can be selectively released. A door can be connected to the housing for positioning an anvil that is capable of mounting the toy cap within striking movement of the striker member for detonating the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1984
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1985
    Assignee: California R&D Center
    Inventors: Lawrence T. Jones, R. Stephen Lee, Walter Moe, Ashley G. Howden, Paul J. Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 4531830
    Abstract: An improved enlarger for producing prints from an image bearing negative includes a film carrier, an enlarging lens, a light source, and a supporting pole for moving the elements to different operative positions. The apparatus is provided for inputting a signal representative of the focal length, and detectors are provided for determining a first and second datum position with the enlarging lens focused at each position. The information representative of these positions can then be used to automatically provide an in-focus position for the enlarging lens at a desired magnification level when the film carrier is subsequently moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1983
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1985
    Assignee: Minolta Camera Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshio Yuasa, Nobukazu Kawagoe, Hidetoshi Yasumoto
  • Patent number: 4530670
    Abstract: A reconfigurable toy is provided that can simulate a van truck. The upper housing assembly or van body portion is removably attached to a lower frame assembly. The van body portion can be reconverted into a secondary vehicle. The lower frame assembly can be reconverted into a robotic figure to provide independent play action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1983
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1985
    Assignee: Takara Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kouzin Ohno
  • Patent number: 4530575
    Abstract: A video projector lens system is provided, which comprises first positive lens, second positive lens, third negative lens, fourth positive lens and fifth negative lens. The third negative lens is made of plastic and located for correcting chromatic aberration, while the first or second positive lens is made of plastic for cancelling the temperature depending characteristic of the second negative plastic lens with its counterbalanced positive refractive power, wherein at least one aspheric surface is made on the plastic lens. The fourth positive lens bearing a considerable part of the positive refractive power distributed in the whole lens system is made of glass for avoiding further temperature dependency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1983
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1985
    Assignee: Minolta Camera Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kazuo Yamakawa
  • Patent number: 4529288
    Abstract: A camera system having an interchangeable objective lens selectively mountable to at least two different types of camera bodies of a, first type and second type, is involved. The camera system has a ROM located in the interchangeable objective lens for storing a plurality of compensation data: one is suitable for the first type camera body; and the other is suitable for the second type camera body. Each data compensates an error in fully-open aperture light measurement for each type of camera. The compensation data is transmitted from the lens to the camera body. A register is provided in the camera body for storing a selected compensation data which is necessary for the type of camera body mounted with the lens. A device is provided in the camera body for practicing a fully-open aperture light measurement through the interchangeable objective lens to produce a light measuring information including the light measurement error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1983
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1985
    Assignee: Minolta Camera Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masaaki Nakai, Masayoshi Sahara, Nobuyuki Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 4529287
    Abstract: A focus condition detecting device of the type in which a pair of re-imaging lenses together with a condenser lens form a pair of re-images of an object image on a linesensor, such that the distance between the corresponding points of the re-images on the linesensor varies with the focus condition of a camera objective lens has an improved construction for positioning the linesensor with respect to the device with high accuracy. A field aperture mask having a field aperture is arranged optically behind a plane conjugate with the linesensor with respect to the re-imaging lenses and the condenser lens such that a pair of defocused images of the field aperture are formed on the linesensor by the re-imaging lenses and the condenser lens with respective one side blurred borders of the defocused images overlapping one another to make a V-shaped peak or dip of illuminance on a photocell of the linesensor located on the optical axis of the device, when the field aperture mask is uniformly illuminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1984
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1985
    Assignee: Minolta Camera Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshihiko Karasaki, Hiromu Mukai, Kunio Kawamura
  • Patent number: 4527688
    Abstract: A case for storing a collection of toy vehicles or models which simulates the appearance of the steering wheel of a vehicle. The case includes top and bottom members, each having a circular profile, which mate in a clamshell manner. The members are connected together by a hinge mechanism which is secured in a closed position by a latch. An opening extends through the top and bottom members to form a carrying handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1983
    Date of Patent: July 9, 1985
    Assignee: Universal International Holdings (USA)
    Inventors: Lawrence T. Jones, R. Stephen Lee, Walter Moe, Ashley G. Howden, Paul J. Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 4526458
    Abstract: In a focus condition detecting device wherein an object image formed by an objective lens of a camera is re-imaged as first and second images on first and second photocell arrays through a pair of re-imaging lenses, a pair of plano-convex lenses are used as the re-imaging lenses to improve the accuracy of focus condition detection. The device is formed into a module and the plano-convex lenses are formed on a transparent plate supported on a main body of the module. An extremely thin masking member for blocking a part of light rays incident on the plano-convex lenses to form the first and second images is sandwiched between the transparent plate and a surface of the module main body. This arrangement prevents the masking member from rising and/or warping which otherwise causes inconsistency in luminous levels between the first and second images on the first and second photocell arrays. Various examples of the arrangement of the masking member to prevent its rising and/or warping are proposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1984
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1985
    Assignee: Minolta Camera Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kunio Kawamura, Hiromu Mukai, Toshihiko Karasaki
  • Patent number: 4523597
    Abstract: The apparatus and method for measuring the intraocular pressure of an eyeball is constructed so that the image of the fluorescent ring around the flattened surface of the eyeball is formed to measure the area of the flattened surface, and that the intraocular pressure of the eyeball is calculated in accordance with the pressure against the eyeball and the area of the flattened surface corresponding thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1983
    Date of Patent: June 18, 1985
    Assignee: Minolta Camera Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Seiji Sawa, Nobuyuki Kita
  • Patent number: 4159864
    Abstract: An aperture stop control device for a zoom lens system includes a variable aperture stop, a first sensor for determining the diameter of the aperture stop and providing a first electrical signal representative of the diameter of the aperture stop means and a second sensor for generating a second electrical signal indicative of a designated F number. A signal generator provides a third electrical signal indicative of the focal length of the zoom lens system. A computing circuit computes an output electrical signal as a function of the second and third electrical signals to control the diameter of the aperture stop for automatically maintaining a designated F number during a zooming operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1978
    Date of Patent: July 3, 1979
    Assignee: Minolta Camera Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Mitsuo Yasukuni, Takashi Iida, Hiroshi Kiten
  • Patent number: 4159674
    Abstract: An improved lightweight diffuser assembly having a plenum chamber formed of fiberglass laminae is provided. The diffuser assembly is universally adapted for interfacing with various size conventional ducts of an air delivery system. The plenum chamber has a variable density across its surface and further includes a fibrous textured interior surface to optimize the sound absorption characteristics. Sheets of laminae fiberglass impregnated with uncured phenolic binders are placed in an appropriate die mold cavity and subjected to both compression and heat. The plenum chamber is cured in approximately a temperature of 700.degree. F. to 900.degree. F. for a time period of approximately 25 to 45 seconds to provide an interior fibrous textured surface. Carbon black and an interior sealing sheet can be introduced into the fiberglass laminae prior to compression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1977
    Date of Patent: July 3, 1979
    Inventor: Edward C. Brumleu, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4157826
    Abstract: The present invention provides a sound producing device that can be combined with a toy hobby horse. A whinny or neigh sound can be produced by child operated movement of reins to stress and subsequently release a weight loaded spring lever. A coil spring is positioned to contact the spring lever for the generation of the noise. A one-way stop mechanism can retain the weighted spring lever until it is placed under sufficient stress by the operator to effectuate its release.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1977
    Date of Patent: June 12, 1979
    Assignee: California R & D Center
    Inventors: Anson Sims, Lawrence T. Jones
  • Patent number: 4157708
    Abstract: An eye fundus plethysmograph assembly is provided for determining variations in the amount of blood present at the fundus of the eye. A source of at least a first and second wavelength of light energy is specifically directed into a subject eye for reflection from the retina or fundus of the eye. The reflected light is directed at a receiving element that can produce a first output signal representative of a reflected first wavelength and a second output signal representative of a reflected second wavelength. A processing circuit is provided for subtracting one of the first and second output signals from the other to provide a representative measurement output of the amount of blood in the blood vessels adjacent the eye fundus. The output signals can be recorded or displayed in any desired form to facilitate the interpretation of the amount of blood present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1976
    Date of Patent: June 12, 1979
    Assignee: Minolta Camera Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kenji Imura
  • Patent number: 4154511
    Abstract: A compact optical lens barrel mechanism for relativenonrotational displacement of a series of lens elements forming an optical system is provided. Lens elements can be mounted for selective subdivision into operative lens groups for both focusing and introducing a variable soft focus condition. The barrel mechanism includes a mounting cylinder having appropriate linear alignment elements. A translational cylinder is rotatively journalled within the mounting cylinder. Three lens mounting members can be relatively movable and are designed to each carry a predetermined number of lens elements. The rear lens mounting member can be moved by the translational cylinder to provide a variable amount of spherical aberration to produce a soft focus condition. An exterior focusing ring and a soft focus condition ring can be rotatively mounted relative to the stationary mounting cylinder for linearly moving the respective mounting members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1977
    Date of Patent: May 15, 1979
    Assignee: Minolta Camera Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yukio Maekawa
  • Patent number: 4154493
    Abstract: An electrical apparatus housing assembly unit is constructed from mounting columns, a top and bottom panel member and two side panel members. The mounting columns serve as structural components of the electrical housing assembly unit and also as members to which electrical components and the like may be removably mounted. Additional component parts such as facias and spacers may also be mounted to the mounting columns. The facias and spacers, in addition to aesthetic value, provide additional strength to the electrical apparatus housing assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1978
    Date of Patent: May 15, 1979
    Assignee: The Birtcher Corporation
    Inventor: Earle F. Prater
  • Patent number: 4153314
    Abstract: A recessed handle assembly adapted for use in cases, panels and more particularly in electrical housing assembly units is disclosed. An aperture is provided in a wall of an electrical housing assembly unit. Into the aperture is placed a handle member which is preferably U shaped and is equipped with a pair of flanges. The flanges engage the exterior surface of the panel. A keeper member which also has a pair of flanges is mounted between the panel and the handle member. The keeper member is of such dimensions that it tightly fits between the panel and the handle member while the flanges of the keeper member engage the interior surface of the panel. The whole assembly is held together by a spring force which results from tight fit of the keeper member between the panel and the handle member. The handle assembly of this invention can be mounted into a panel in a very short time without the use of tools or mechanical skills.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1978
    Date of Patent: May 8, 1979
    Assignee: The Birtcher Corporation
    Inventor: Earle F. Prater
  • Patent number: 4152867
    Abstract: A toy vehicle assembly capable of controlled locomotion in response to variations in frictional resistance along a support surface and method is provided. The support surface is a relatively low frictional surface such as a flexible sheet of polyethylene. A subjectively determined higher frictional guide pattern can be placed on the surface such as by a wax marker. The toy vehicle has a pair of driving front wheels and a power rear wheel. The axis of rotation for each of the wheels are non-parallel to the other axes. A coefficient of friction of the power rear wheel is greater than that of the front control wheels. The driving power wheel can propel the vehicle while the front control wheels can respond to variations in the frictional resistance of the support surface to control the direction of the toy vehicle. The frictional path can be subjectively varied and is preferably made from a water soluble material that can be removed from the support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 1978
    Date of Patent: May 8, 1979
    Assignee: Takara Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Iwakichi Ogawa
  • Patent number: D279804
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1984
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1985
    Assignee: Takara Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kouzin Ohno