Patents Represented by Law Firm Staas & Halsey
  • Patent number: 8344306
    Abstract: Disclosed are an imaging method and apparatus. The apparatus may include an image sensor that may include a plurality of pixels, wherein at least one pixel of the plurality of pixels includes a light-detector element and a filter that band-passes a select visible light component to the light-detector element and band-passes a select non-visible light component to the light-detector element. A color value and depth value may be obtained using the same pixel through the image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Seong Jin Kim
  • Patent number: 8342586
    Abstract: A robot hand, which minimizes the number of actuators and adjusts the bending angles of joints through torque limiters to flexibly and finely control finger units, and a humanoid robot having the robot hand. The robot hand includes a torque limiter disposed on at least any one joint of a plurality of joints to link another joint of the plurality of joints with the any one joint through a power transmission member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hyun Sik Sim
  • Patent number: 8341943
    Abstract: An exhaust gas purification system has a NOx purification catalyst that purifies exhaust gas of NOx when an air-fuel ratio of exhaust of an internal combustion engine mounted on a vehicle is in a lean condition and recovers purification ability when the air-fuel ratio is in a rich condition. The system performs recovery control for setting the exhaust gas to a rich air-fuel condition in order to recover the NOx purification ability of the NOx purification catalyst, and at a time of retardation of the vehicle, both a fuel system rich control and an air intake rich control are used in the recovery control. The recovery control can be performed without worsening the drive comfort of the vehicle and with less fuel consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Isuzu Motors Limited
    Inventors: Daiji Nagaoka, Masashi Gabe
  • Patent number: 8345882
    Abstract: To safeguard data transmission, a first terminal communicates in a first network with the aid of at least one session key and a second terminal communicates in a second network with the aid of at least one session key. The first terminal is connected to the second terminal through a local interface. In the first terminal, at least one first session key is determined and at least one second session key is derived from the first session keys. At least one second session key is transmitted to the second terminal through the local interface by a safety protocol. The second terminal is authenticated to the second network by at least one second session key or by the key derived from the second session key(s) through an authentication protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: G√ľnther Hom
  • Patent number: 8345207
    Abstract: A thin film transistor array substrate includes pixel regions, each comprising first, second and third transparent electrodes, which are electrically isolated, wherein the second transparent electrode comprises strip-like second electrode portions electrically connected to one another, and the third transparent electrode comprises strip-like third electrode portions electrically connected to one another, the positions of the strip-like third electrode portions corresponding to those of the strip-like second electrode portions, and wherein the strip-like third electrode portions have a width less than that of the strip-like second electrode portions. When the substrate is actuated, a first horizontal electric field is formed between the first and second transparent electrodes and a second horizontal electric field is formed between the third and second transparent electrodes, so that the transmittance can be increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Infovision Optoelectronics (Kunshan) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Techen Chung, Chiate Liao, Xiangjian Kong, Jiahao Lu
  • Patent number: 8345773
    Abstract: An image coding method and apparatus considering human visual characteristics are provided. The image coding method comprises (a) modeling image quality distribution of an input image in units of scenes such that the quality of an image input in units of scenes is gradually lowered from a region of interest to a background region, (b) determining a quantization parameter of each region constituting one scene according to the result of modeling of image quality distribution, (c) quantizing image data in accordance with the quantization parameter, and (d) coding entropy of the quantized image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Woo-shik Kim, Dae-sung Cho, Shi-hwa Lee, Sang-wook Kim
  • Patent number: 8345625
    Abstract: Provided are an efficient handover apparatus and method in a mobile node. In the method in which a handover is performed in a mobile node which establishes a data communication through a point of attachment (PoA), the method including receiving information regarding capabilities of a new PoA; determining whether Internet protocol version 6 (IPv6) prefix is available at the new PoA, based on the information regarding the capabilities of the new PoA; and generating an address which is to be used by the mobile node in a data communication with the new PoA, according to a method determined based on whether IPv6 prefix is available at the new PoA. Thus, it is possible to determine whether IPv6 prefix is available at a new point of attachment prior to receiving a router advertisement (RA) message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Soo-hong Park
  • Patent number: 8341802
    Abstract: A robot cleaner that is capable of preventing dust collected in a dust tank from flowing backward outside when a situation in which the dust may be discharged outside occurs includes a cleaner body, a dust tank mounted in the cleaner body to collect dust, and a backward-flow preventing device to prevent dust from flowing backward outside through a suction port of the dust tank. The backward-flow preventing device includes a shutter unit to open and close the suction port and a stopper unit to drive the shutter unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dong Won Kim, Jae Man Joo, Jun Pyo Hong, Chang Woo Kim
  • Patent number: 8345745
    Abstract: A method of encoding moving pictures using a plurality of quantization matrices. The method involves selecting one of the plurality of quantization matrices in consideration of an at least one characteristics of an input image; transforming the input image; and quantizing the transformed input image using the selected quantization matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Byung-cheol Song, Kang-wook Chun
  • Patent number: 8344915
    Abstract: A keyboard includes a base, and plural keys arranged on the base, wherein at least a part of the plural keys are arranged in plural steps in a depth direction of the keyboard, in the shape of a sector in such a manner that the keys closer to a central portion in a width direction of the keyboard are arranged backward whereas the keys closer to both end portions in the width direction of the keyboard are arranged forward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Yoshihisa Satou, Yoshinori Mesaki, Masayuki Itoh
  • Patent number: 8345753
    Abstract: A method, medium, and system compressing and/or reconstructing image data. The data compression method includes compressing current data according to a plurality of modes for compressing current data, determining whether the current data compressed according to the plurality of modes can be represented by a fixed length of bits, selecting a mode from among modes in which the compressed current data can be represented by the fixed length of bits, and outputting the compressed current data according to the selected mode. Accordingly, it is possible to significantly lower the complexity of an image encoder/decoder system, and exactly meet a picture-based Control Bit Rate (CBR) suitable for a Liquid Crystal Display Dynamic Capacitance Compensation (LCD DCC) device/system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sang-jo Lee, Si-hwa Lee, Do-hyung Kim
  • Patent number: 8346286
    Abstract: Provided is a paging method in a broadband wireless communication system. In order to provide a paging service to a terminal in a wireless communication system in which a macrocell base station and a femtocell base station coexist, the femtocell base station receives a deregistration request message from the terminal, and checks whether the femtocell base station can provide a paging service to the terminal. When failing to provide a paging service to the terminal, the femtocell base station receives paging service information from a paging controller, includes paging service information in a deregistration confirmation message, and transmits it to the terminal, and the macrocell base station provides a paging service to the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Namsuk Lee, Sook Jin Lee
  • Patent number: 8342872
    Abstract: A socket for an electrical part to prevent a bad electrical connection with a circuit by preventing a deformation of a tip of a contact pin. The contact pin of the present invention comprises one terminal contacts to a terminal of the electrical part and the other terminal contacts to the circuit. When a tip of the other terminal is pressed to a substrate under a state that first and second holes of first and second holding plates are shifted each other, an upper terminal of the held portion of the other terminal contacts to a lower surface of the second holding plate, and makes the second holding plate to separate from the first holding plate against a spring force of a urging member. At this time, the portion projecting from the lower surface of the first holding plate toward the substrate moves into the first hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Enplas Corporation
    Inventors: Satoru Suzuki, Shin Kobayashi, Yuki Ueyama
  • Patent number: 8345739
    Abstract: A method, medium, and apparatus controlling a bit rate in image data encoding. The method for controlling a bit rate in image data encoding includes setting a reference bit amount for encoding a block group composed of a predetermined number of blocks created by dividing image data of a frame, encoding pixel values of the blocks according to a bit depth used to quantize the pixel values of the blocks, checking whether encoding of the frame is completed, and comparing a group bit amount indicating the amount of encoded bits of the block group with the set reference bit amount to adjust the bit depth if encoding of the unit frame is not completed and accordingly repeating the setting of the reference bit amount, encoding pixel values of the blocks, and checking whether encoding of the frame is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sangjo Lee, Wooshik Kim, Daesung Cho
  • Patent number: 8346269
    Abstract: A mobile network system includes a guidance message control server, a call control server and access gateways. The call control server receives a call request notification from a first access gateway, determines whether a second access gateway is connected to a second mobile terminal, transmits a message transmission instruction to the guidance message control server and transmits a response message including a same group specifying information. The guidance message control server receives the message transmission instruction from the call control server, acquires guidance message data specified by a message specifying information and multicast transmits the guidance message data to a multicast group specified by the group specifying information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Ohtsu, Yuji Tajima, Takashi Mitsuhashi, Kohji Inokawa, Yumi Eguchi
  • Patent number: 8345008
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for providing an adaptive on-screen keyboard are provided. The apparatus includes a sensor for detecting touch action of a user from a touch screen, a pattern recognizer for recognizing a touch pattern of the user using the detected touch action of the user, a rearrangement processor for reconstructing the key arrangement of the on-screen keyboard to be provided through the touch screen on the basis of the recognized touch pattern of the user, and a display for displaying the on-screen keyboard on the basis of information on the reconstructed key arrangement. Thus, the apparatus can increase the convenience of use when the user makes use of the on-screen keyboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyun-jeong Lee, Joon-ah Park, Wook Chang
  • Patent number: 8346389
    Abstract: A cleaning robot having a carpet detector and a method of detecting a carpet boundary using the same, in which the presence of the carpet on a floor is detected. The cleaning robot having a carpet detector includes a main body, a driver fixed to the main body to move the robot, and the carpet detector detecting a carpet when the robot is driven by the driver. The method of detecting a carpet boundary includes detecting a carpet using respective carpet detectors fixed to both wheels of a robot, obtaining a moving distance of the robot for an interval between times at which the respective carpet detectors detect the carpet, and calculating a boundary direction of the carpet with respect to a moving direction of the robot using the moving distance and the interval between the times at which the respective carpet detectors detect the carpet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yeon-ho Kim, Seok-won Bang, Joon-kee Cho
  • Patent number: 8344718
    Abstract: A DC-DC converter includes a switching element to generate a pulse waveform by repeatedly admitting and cutting off the input voltage, a fluctuation component restraining circuit to restrain a fluctuation component generated in superposition on the pulse waveform and having a shorter cycle than a cycle of the pulse waveform, and a control circuit to operate the fluctuation component restraining circuit when the input voltage is equal to or larger than a reference voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Mitsuo Saeki, Koichi Matsuda, Akira Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 8344631
    Abstract: A method for driving a plasma display panel in which a plurality of first and second electrodes are arranged adjacently each other, a plurality of third electrodes are arranged to cross the first and second electrodes, the plasma display panel having a reset period, an address period, and a sustain discharge period is provided. The method includes in the reset period, applying to the second electrodes a first waveform voltage, whose applied potential increases with time, then applying to the second electrodes a second waveform voltage, whose applied potential decreases with time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi Plasma Patent Licensing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Noriaki Setoguchi, Shigeharu Asao, Yoshikazu Kanazawa
  • Patent number: RE43895
    Abstract: A scanning apparatus and method for generating computer models of three-dimensional objects comprising means for scanning the object to capture data from a plurality of points on the surface of the object so that the scanning means may capture data from two or more points simultaneously, sensing the position of the scanning means, generating intermediate data structures from the data, combining intermediate data structures to provide the model; display, and manually operating the scanning apparatus. The signal generated is structured light in the form of a stripe or an area from illumination sources such as a laser diode or bulbs which enable data for the position and color of the surface to be determined. The object may be on a turntable and may be viewed in real time as rendered polygons on a monitor as the object is scanned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: 3D Scanners Limited
    Inventor: Stephen James Crampton