Patents Represented by Attorney Louis Weinstein
  • Patent number: 5991549
    Abstract: The present invention provides a camera having strobe unit, comprising a strobe flashing unit for emitting illumination light toward an object, a switch for switching states of flashlight emanating from the strobe flashing unit by selecting normal flashlight or flashlight that is effective in alleviating a red-eye phenomenon and that contains less red light than normal flashlight, an information recorder for recording photographic information on film, and a recording control unit for allowing the information recorder to record flashlight selected by the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Assignee: Olympus Optical Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Keiichi Tsuchida
  • Patent number: 5986813
    Abstract: A head mounted type display composed of a display device for displaying an optical picture based on inputted picture signal, an ocular optical system for projecting the picture to an eye of the user, a head band, forehead resting section and right- and left-hand side head supporting sections for supporting a body section including the display device and the ocular optical system while being brought into contact with a head section of the user, a vibration device placed on each of the right- and left-hand side head supporting sections for receiving a caution signal to vibrate the vibration device to give a caution to the user. With this arrangement, the head mounted type display apparatus can surely give a caution to the user without affecting a picture and a sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: Olympus Optical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Haruko Saikawa, Seiichiro Tabata
  • Patent number: 5985282
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to herbal compositions which reduce weight, maintain weight loss over an extended period of time, and act as an appetite suppressant. The composition consists of St. John's Wort with or without caffeine or other appetite suppressants known in the art, and also a composition comprising St. John's Wart (Hypericum perforatum) and Mahuang (Ephedra sinica or ephedrine). Another composition disclosed comprises a combination of the above herbs with caffeine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: HPF, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Brian Haveson
  • Patent number: 5987268
    Abstract: A film loading device of a camera receiving a film accommodating type cartridge has a cartridge chamber lid turnably supported in a loose state and a positioning shaft having a slidingly supported inclined portion attached to a presser member fixed to the chamber lid. When a cartridge is loaded and the cartridge chamber lid is turned in a closing direction, a fitting portion of the lid is fitted to a cartridge chamber and the positioning shaft is inserted into the positioning hole of the cartridge by being smoothly guided by the inclined surface position thereof and perfectly engaged with the hole. The positioning shaft is securely and smoothly inserted into the loaded cartridge in the film loading device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: Olympus Optical, Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Keita Takahashi, Yasuo Asakura
  • Patent number: 5983033
    Abstract: A lens barrel permits easier switching of an extending operation between a setup operating region, which begins at a collapsed position where the lens frame of the lens barrel is retracted, and a zooming region, and accordingly provides a simpler mechanism. In the setup operation, a setting gear is driven to extend a setting frame, a float key, and a moving frame so as to extend a first group zoom frame retained on a cam frame and a second lens holding frame from a collapsed position to a photographing standby position. In the zooming operation, a zoom gear is driven to rotationally drive the moving frame so as to adjust the first group zoom frame and the second lens holding frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: Olympus Optical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuo Yamazaki, Yasunari Shimazaki, Shigeo Hayashi
  • Patent number: 5976074
    Abstract: A densely wound coil and a wire which passes through the coil are inserted into a flexible part which has a flexibility. The coil which is fixed in the vicinity of a distal end of the wire has a proximal end thereof which is regulated in movement toward a rearward side by a stopper. The wire which extends rearward from the proximal end of the coil has a proximal end thereof which is drawn or pulled toward the rearward side by angular movement of an adjustment knob which is provided in the vicinity of a forward end of an operation part. By this traction, a compressive force is relatively applied to the coil to make flexibility of the coil changeable. Indicia associated with the adjustment knob alerts the user to the level of flexibility to which the adjustment knob is moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: Olympus Optical Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroki Moriyama
  • Patent number: 5978160
    Abstract: In a lens barrel, a flare diaphragm is disposed on an optical path of lenses or in the vicinity thereof such that the flare diaphragm can advance into and retreat from the optical path for cutting deleterious light corresponding to the lenses moving in the direction of the optical axis. This lens barrel can reliably cut deleterious light flux in a simple structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: Olympus Optical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tamotsu Koiwai, Tatsuya Suzuki
  • Patent number: 5978602
    Abstract: A photographic lens unit having a stepping motor to drive a cam ring that has a cam portion for driving a counter-cam portion of a lens frame for automatic focus of photographic lenses, and projections for driving a diaphragm. The cam ring is rotated for moving the counter-cam portion in an optical-axis direction with the counter-cam portion in contact with the cam portion. Automatic focus of the photographic lenses and photometry are carried out. Thereafter, the cam ring is further rotated so that the projection can bring the diaphragm to an aperture-narrowing state. The cam ring is then rotated reversely for moving the photographic lenses to an automatic focus position. Photographic operations are then carried out. After photography is completed, the diaphragm is reset by moving the counter-cam portion. The photographic lens unit is thus brought to a ready state for subsequent photography.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: Olympus Optical Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Toyofuku, Yasuo Isashi, Fuminori Ueno, Shigeo Hayashi
  • Patent number: 5973729
    Abstract: An image input device capable of: reading images on 35 mm film and images on another type of film contained in a new photo system-adapted cartridge; converting the images into digital image signals; and, feeding the signals into a computer. The device is constructed in such a manner that one selected between film adaptors (100, 300) can be loaded in a groove portion (2) of a main device body. The film adaptor (100) can retain 35 mm film (401, 402), while the film adaptor (300) can retain a new photo system-adapted cartridge film (403). The images on the loaded film are read by a linear CCD image sensor (9) being caused to execute scanning. This scanning results in the digital image signals which then are fed into a computer and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Assignee: Olympus Optical Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoichi Washizu
  • Patent number: 5970269
    Abstract: A camera comprises a camera body, a film Patrone stowage chamber defined in the camera body, a cover member to be freely opened or closed relative to the camera body, an elastic member that is attached to the cover member, and that when the cover member is closed relative to the camera body, is opposed to the film Patrone chamber, and a low-friction member that is attached to the elastic member, and that when the cover member is closed with the film Patrone mounted in the film Patrone stowage chamber, meets at least part of the film Patrone so as to press and slide the film Patrone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Assignee: Olympus Optical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Moriya Katagiri, Yoshiyuki Kitahara
  • Patent number: 5962841
    Abstract: A detecting mechanism has a sensor for detecting different levels of transmissivity to provide an output signal representative of the transmissivity level detected. The detecting mechanism is provided with circuitry for changing its sensitivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Assignee: Olympus Optical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoichiro Okumura, Michio Nagai, Hiroshi Terada, Atsushi Maruyama
  • Patent number: 5949478
    Abstract: A film scanner enabling TV display includes a line sensor for converting a one-dimensional optical image into a line image signal. An A/D converter converts the line image signal into a digital signal. An image memory stores the digital signal in units of a line image. A D/A converter converts a line image signal read from the image memory into an analog signal. A sync signal generator generates a sync signal used to produce a video signal. An encoder outputs a given video signal on the basis of an analog signal output from the D/A converter and the sync signal. A control unit controls at least accumulation of the line sensor in response to the given timing of the sync signal, to control reading or writing of the image memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Assignee: Olympus Optical Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Keiji Kunishige
  • Patent number: 5949575
    Abstract: A binocular telescope provided with a pair of left and right lens-barrels respectively containing optical systems, a first guide shaft for supporting these lens-barrels in such a manner that the lens-barrels can slide in a direction perpendicular to the optical axes of the optical systems and can rotate, a second guide shaft for restraining the relative tilt of the lens-barrels around this first guide shaft in such a manner that the optical axes of the left and right optical systems become parallel to each other, a first rib for holding both ends of the first guide shaft by fitting upper and lower covers to each other, and a second rib for restraining the tilt of the optical axes of the entire lens-barrels around the first guide shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Assignee: Olympus Optical Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 5950032
    Abstract: A camera which uses a film cartridge equipped with an indicating section for indicating an exposed state of a film housed within the film cartridge comprises a film compartment for accommodating the film cartridge, a cover member for closing the film compartment, and an ejector formed within the film compartment. The ejector blocks the mounting of the film cartridge in readiness for photographing when the exposure-state indicating section takes a development-completed condition indicating position, a completely exposed condition indicating position or a partially exposed condition indicating position, while allowing the film cartridge to be mounted therein for photographing when it takes a non-exposed condition indicating position. In addition, the ejector pushes the film cartridge out of the film compartment when the cover member is opened after a completion of photography.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Assignee: Olympus Optical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hidenori Sakurai, Lei Shi, Masayu Higuchi
  • Patent number: 5932255
    Abstract: A wire reinforced cast member is produced by providing inner and outer mold forms. At least one mounting projection of a wire reinforcement support member is supported in at least one opening in one of the inner and outer mold forms. A plurality of support members cooperate to support and substantially accurately position a wire reinforcement member, which member is mounted into support slots in the support member, which slots may snap-fittingly receive the wire reinforcement. The support members maintain the wire reinforcements in proper position during the introduction of the cast material. After the cast material has set, the cast member is removed from the mold. The support members have mounting portions which easily break away from the main body of the support members as the wire reinforced cast member is removed from the mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Assignee: Atlantic Precast Concrete, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Ditcher, Robert M. Kelly
  • Patent number: 5933285
    Abstract: A lens barrel with a stationary frame fixed relative to a camera body; a flare diaphragm movable in a direction of an optical axis for cutting off harmful incident light; an urging spring urging the flare diaphragm in the direction of the optical axis; a third group frame including a protruding portion which is driven into abutting contact with the flare diaphragm to restrict a position of the flare diaphragm in the direction of the optical axis, the third group frame being moved in the direction of the optical axis; and, a supporting shaft rigidly positioned on the stationary frame. The supporting shaft guides the movable flare diaphragm in the direction of the optical axis, while being snugly fitted to the flare diaphragm. In addition, the supporting shaft includes a stepped front portion for restricting such movement of the flare diaphragm to a predetermined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Assignee: Olympus Optical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Sato, Tamotsu Koiwai, Yasuo Asakura
  • Patent number: 5930975
    Abstract: Bottom wrap/three-quarter wrap apparatus having an automatic web feeder for safely advancing a web fed from a supply roll to a main web feeder. The main feed rollers advance one length of the web and a cutter cuts the advanced length, completing one cycle of operation, after which the bottom wrap/three-quarter wrap apparatus is placed under control of a bundle feeder. The main feed roller pair are displaced from one another when the web passes between creasing rollers. When a predetermined length of web has been advanced to the creasing rollers a cutter cylinder moves a blade mounting plate in the cutting direction. A resilient clamping assembly arranged on the mounting plate momentarily clamps the web between the mounting plate and a web guide just prior to severing of the web by the blade, maintaining the web taut during cutting. The cutting blade is rapidly moved back to a position displaced from the web in preparation for a subsequent cutting operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Assignee: Quipp Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Medardo Espinosa, Christer A. Sjogren
  • Patent number: 5920738
    Abstract: A camera employing a film with a magnetic recording section and comprising a magnetic head with a magnetic gap portion for magnetically recording or reading (reproducing) information and a pressing member for pressing a surface of the film against the magnetic head. The pressing member has a film contact surface side cross section of a substantially U-like configuration in a film traveling direction. Two high portions defined at both sides of this U-like configuration are formed to be different in protruding length from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1999
    Assignee: Olympus Optical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideyuki Kasahara, Tokuo Shimizu, Toru Komatsu
  • Patent number: 5916109
    Abstract: Bottom wrap/three-quarter wrap apparatus having an automatic web feeder for safely advancing a web fed from a supply roll to a main web feeder. The web free end is inserted between a pair of rollers, one being driven by a motor and the other being free-wheelingly mounted. The free-wheeling roller swings about a pivot shaft. A cylinder normally maintains the free-wheeling roller displaced from the drive roller. The insertion of the web past the nip formed by the initial feed rollers is detected by a proximity sensor to pull the free-wheeling roller toward the motor-driven roller pinching the web therebetween. A small motor drives the driven roller, moving the web upwardly and into a nip formed by a main feed roller pair. The small motor is then turned off and the main feed rollers advance one length of the web and a cutter cuts the advanced length, completing one cycle of operation, after which the bottom wrap/three-quarter wrap apparatus is placed under control of a bundle feeder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Assignee: Quipp Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Medardo Espinosa
  • Patent number: RE36337
    Abstract: An ultrasonic motor, comprises an annular stator including an elastic member and piezo-electric elements secured to said elastic member which generate a travelling wave on the surface of the elastic member by being applied with high frequency voltages; and a rotor which is in pressure-contact with the elastic member and is driven to be rotated with respect to said stator by the travelling wave. The rotor includes a cylindrical main body and a thin radial flange integrally secured to the periphery of the rotor main body at one end of the main body facing the stator, and a cylindrical vibration portion secured to a periphery of the flange having a diameter different from that of the rotor main body. The vibration portion extends in a direction which is the same as the vibration direction of the travelling wave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1999
    Assignee: Olympus Optical Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sumio Kawai