Olympus Patents

Olympus Corporation manufactures camera and audio equipment, including digital cameras, lenses, binoculars and digital audio recorders. Olympus also offers solutions for the medical and life sciences industries with their endoscopes, microscopes, fiberscopes, rigidscopes and flaw detectors.

Olympus Patents by Type

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  • Publication number: 20170272669
    Abstract: A digital imaging system and method for correcting errors in the digital imaging system, the digital imaging system having an image sensor, a readout apparatus for reading out the image sensor, wherein a dark current image is captured using the image sensor and the readout apparatus, and a processor comprising hardware wherein the processor is configured to perform the method comprising: generating a Fourier transform by means of a Fourier transformation on the basis of the image data of the dark current image; storing data which describe the Fourier transform; back-transforming the Fourier transform by subjecting the saved data to Fourier transformation and generating a corrective image from the back-transformed data, and correcting image errors in the digital imaging system in another image captured using the digital imaging system by offsetting image data from the captured image with image data from the corrective image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS SOFT IMAGING SOLUTIONS GMBH
    Inventor: Juergen TUEMPNER
  • Publication number: 20170272665
    Abstract: An endoscope system includes an image pickup device that picks up an image of an inside of a subject, and outputs two or more digital signals, an electro-optical conversion section that converts the two or more digital signals outputted from the image pickup device into optical signals, and outputs the optical signals, an optical transmitting section that includes two or more optical transmitting members, and is adapted to transmit, in parallel, by the two or more optical transmitting members, two or more optical signals outputted from the electro-optical conversion section, and an output selection section provided between the image pickup device and the electro-optical conversion section, and being capable of combining, and outputting to one optical transmitting member, the two or more digital signals that are supplied to the two or more optical transmitting members, based on a transmission state of data optically transmitted by the optical transmitting section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hideyuki KUGIMIYA, Ryo KOSHIDA, Masahito YOKOUCHI
  • Publication number: 20170269000
    Abstract: Provided is a system for observing an object that emits fluorescence when irradiated with excitation light. The system includes: a hole unit having holes on a plane perpendicular to an optical axis of the objective lens to allow the excitation light to pass through the holes in a direction parallel to the optical axis; and an imaging unit including: an imaging lens configured to focus the fluorescence; a microlens array having microlenses arranged on a plane perpendicular to an optical axis of the imaging lens; and an image sensor having pixels configured to: receive the fluorescence via the objective lens, at least one of the holes, and the microlens array, the fluorescence being emitted when the object is irradiated with the excitation light having passed through at least one of the holes and the objective lens; and output an image signal in accordance with an intensity of the received fluorescence.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshioki KANEKO
  • Publication number: 20170270259
    Abstract: An examination schedule management unit manages an examination schedule of a plurality of endoscopic examinations, including an examination room, information on scheduled examination start time, that on scheduled examination end time, and examination type information on examination contents. A cleaning schedule management unit manages a cleaning schedule of a plurality of endoscopes, including a cleaning machine, information on scheduled cleaning start time, and that on scheduled cleaning end time. An endoscope assignment unit assigns an endoscope to an endoscopic examination. A cleaning machine assignment unit assigns a cleaning machine for cleaning an endoscope assigned to the endoscopic examination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takaharu HOSOI, Hirokazu NISHIMURA, Yasushi OKOSHI, Kohei YADA, Katsuyoshi ISHIBASHI, Toshiro BABA
  • Publication number: 20170270143
    Abstract: Provided is a microscope-image browsing system including: a server that stores multidimensional microscope images; and one or more client terminals that are connected to the server via a network, wherein each of the client terminals is provided with: an input portion with which microscope images and a playback direction are input; an information-transmitting portion that transmits the input information about the microscope images and the playback direction; an image-receiving portion that receives the microscope images; a storage portion that stores the received microscope images; and an image-playing-back portion that plays back the stored microscope images, and wherein the server is provided with: an information-receiving portion that receives the information transmitted thereto from the information-transmitting portion; and an image-delivering portion that, on the basis of the received information about the microscope images and the playback direction, preferentially delivers the microscope images arrayed
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Mina KOBAYASHI
  • Publication number: 20170269348
    Abstract: An illumination device comprises: an optical member that is provided with a circular ring-shaped or horseshoe-shaped light-guiding layer and diffusion layer, which are laminated in a central axis direction, the light-guiding layer having a light-entrance surface facing a tangential direction; and a light-introducing member that is disposed at the radially outer side of the optical member and that introduces illumination light into the light-guiding layer from the light-entrance surface, in the tangential direction; wherein the diffusion layer diffuses the illumination light entering from the light-guiding layer by volume scattering, and the optical member is formed, at least, of one end surface in the axial direction and emits the illumination light emitted from the diffusion layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sho SHINJI
  • Publication number: 20170265715
    Abstract: An electronic endoscope of the invention includes: an insertion portion to be inserted into a subject; a distal end rigid portion including a distal end portion and a proximal end portion, the distal end rigid portion being made of resin and provided at a distal end portion of the insertion portion; a bending tube made of metal and provided continuously with the distal end rigid portion; objective optical systems provided at the distal end rigid portion; an image pickup unit that picks up images formed by the objective optical systems; an illumination lens barrel made of metal, the illumination lens barrel holding an illumination optical system provided at the distal end rigid portion and being extended in a direction of the proximal end portion; and a first conductive portion that establishes electrical conduction between the bending tube and the illumination lens barrel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenichi NISHINA, Tomoaki OGAWA
  • Publication number: 20170269071
    Abstract: A liquid-sample component analysis method includes a dripping step of dripping a liquid sample onto a flat horizontal surface, a drying step of drying a liquid droplet of the liquid sample formed on the horizontal surface while keeping the liquid droplet still so as to obtain a plurality of concentrically-arranged ring-shaped deposits formed on the horizontal surface and composed of components having different particle diameters, and a measuring step of measuring a vibrational spectrum in each region including only one of the deposits so as to individually acquire vibrational spectra of the plurality of deposits.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akira SATO
  • Publication number: 20170265930
    Abstract: A medical apparatus includes a first clamp portion; a pivot shaft; a second clamp portion rotatable around the pivot shaft, and movable between an opened position in which the second clamp portion is distant from the first clamp portion, and a closed position in which the second clamp portion is adjacent to the first clamp portion; and an electrode member provided on the second clamp portion, and opposed to the first clamp portion, the electrode member forming a clearance in cooperation with the first clamp portion in the closed position, the clearance in a second position distant from the pivot shaft being smaller than the clearance in a first position adjacent to the pivot shaft, to adjust holding pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yuji HIRAI
  • Publication number: 20170265718
    Abstract: An endoscope includes: an insertion section inserted into a subject; an operating unit continuously connected to a proximal end of the insertion section; an observation unit disposed at a distal end of the insertion section, and configured to observe the subject; a treatment instrument insertion passage configured to allow insertion of a treatment instrument providing medical treatment to the subject, and project the treatment instrument from a distal end portion of the insertion section; a distal bending portion disposed at a distal end of the treatment instrument insertion passage, and configured to bend according to a raising operation of the operating unit, the distal bending portion including a tube including a super elastic alloy and including a slit formed to reduce power required for the bending operation, and being configured to raise the treatment instrument; and a coating portion provided to cover the distal bending portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jin HIRAOKA
  • Publication number: 20170265716
    Abstract: A video processor distributes hardware resources and software resources related to video signal processing performed by a video signal processing unit to a first partition and a second partition, assigns minimal processing from among the video signal processing to the resources distributed to the first partition, assigns processing from among the video signal processing that is other than the minimal processing to the resources distributed to the second partition, monitors anomalies in the resources distributed to the first partition and the second partition, and only resets resources distributed to a partition in which an anomaly has been detected by the monitoring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroki TAGO
  • Publication number: 20170265717
    Abstract: An insertion apparatus includes an insertion section, a rotational housing, a motor, and a controller. The motor rotates the rotational housing. The controller designates a rotational direction of the motor. The controller limits the rotational direction of the motor to allow the insertion section to move only in a removal direction when inspection control for inspecting an operation relative to an insertion direction of the insertion section is initiated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takashi SUZUKI, Takashi YAMASHITA, Yoshitaka UMEMOTO, Fumiyuki ONODA, Takuro ONDA, Yasuaki HIRATA, Takahiro SHIBATA
  • Publication number: 20170265719
    Abstract: An endoscope including: a bending portion; a first traction member and a second traction member that causes the bending portion to bend; a first rotary member that pulls the first traction member; a first plate member on which the first rotary member and the first traction member are disposed; a first protrusion; a first positioning part that comes into contact with the first rotary member; a second rotary member that pulls the second traction member; a second plate member; a second protrusion; and a second positioning part that comes into contact with the second rotary member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Reiji KOYAMA
  • Publication number: 20170265720
    Abstract: A flexible tube includes a first outer layer covering an outer side of a closely-wound region; a second outer layer forming a second flexible portion which is more difficult to bend than the first flexible portion; a third outer layer covering an outer side of the sparsely-wound region, and forming a third flexible portion which is as difficult to bend as the second flexible portion, or more difficult to bend than the second flexible portion; and a fourth outer layer arranged consecutively between the second and third outer layers to cover the outer side of a boundary position of the closely-wound region and the sparsely-wound region, and reducing a difference in bending difficulty/bending easiness at the boundary position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenichiro SAITO, Takahiro KISHI, Naoyuki HOSHI
  • Publication number: 20170265723
    Abstract: An assist device which is applied to a treatment instrument including an insertion body to be inserted through a channel of an endoscope, and which is configured to assist movement of the insertion body relative to the channel, includes: a flexible tube including a passage into which the insertion body of the treatment instrument is inserted; a connector provided on the flexible tube and configured to connect to the endoscope to allow communication between the channel and the passage; a first retainer provided on the flexible tube and configured to hold an outer circumference of an insertion section of the endoscope or an outer circumference of an operation section connected to the insertion section; and a second retainer being movable relative to the first retainer and configured to hold the insertion body of the treatment instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Koji YAMAYA
  • Publication number: 20170265721
    Abstract: An endoscope includes: an imaging unit disposed at a distal end portion of an insertion section inserted into a body of a subject; and a built-in component provided parallel with the imaging unit at the distal end portion, and extending substantially parallel with an axial direction of the insertion section. The imaging unit includes: a solid state image sensor including a light receiving unit; a flexible circuit board electrically connecting the solid state image sensor; and a rigid circuit board at least partially disposed on a proximal end side of the endoscope relative to the solid state image sensor, and electrically connected to the flexible circuit board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicants: OLYMPUS CORPORATION, PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hironobu ICHIMURA, Tomohisa TAKAHASHI, Tomokazu YAMASHITA, Noriyuki FUJIMORI, Takatoshi IGARASHI, Yoshiki TAKAYAMA
  • Publication number: 20170265722
    Abstract: An assistance tool that assists in moving a treatment device is provided. The assistance tool includes a flexible tube in which an insertion path is formed to insert the treatment device that is inserted into a channel in an insertion portion of an endoscope, a tube member that is coupled to the flexible tube and has a curved portion halfway of an overall length and in which an insertion path for the treatment device is formed, a coupling portion that is coupled to the tube member and is formed to couple the channel to the insertion path, and a holding portion that is attached to the flexible tube and holds the insertion portion or an operation portion that is coupled to the insertion portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Koji YAMAYA
  • Publication number: 20170265729
    Abstract: An image pickup unit includes: a focus switching type observation optical system including fixed lenses and a moving lens; fixed frames that hold the fixed lenses; a moving frame that is arranged to be movable back and forth in a direction along a photographing optical axis of the observation optical system and holds the moving lens; and a correction frame fixed in the fixed frames, configured to house the moving frame such that the moving frame can advance and retract, including a stopper that abuts the moving frame to restrict movement in one direction of the photographing optical axis, and being slightly adjustable to realize one of focal lengths of the observation optical system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuichi WATAYA, Akira MURAMATSU
  • Publication number: 20170265726
    Abstract: A focus control device includes a processor including hardware, the processor being configured to implement: an area setting process that sets a plurality of areas to a captured image that has been captured by an imaging section, each of the plurality of areas including a plurality of pixels; a direction determination process that determines whether a target in-focus position lies in a NEAR direction or a FAR direction with respect to a reference position with respect to some or all of the plurality of areas set to the captured image to calculate a direction determination result with respect to each of the plurality of areas, the target in-focus position being a target of an in-focus object plane position; and a focus control process that preferentially brings an area among the plurality of areas that is situated away from the imaging section into focus based on the direction determination result.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshiaki MIKAMI, Manabu ICHIKAWA, Koichiro YOSHINO
  • Publication number: 20170265725
    Abstract: A focus control device includes: a processor including hardware, the processor being configured to implement: an area setting process that sets a plurality of areas to a captured image that has been captured by an imaging section, each of the plurality of areas including a plurality of pixels; an object distance information calculation process that calculates distance information about a distance to an object that is captured within each of the plurality of areas; and a focus control process based on the distance information, wherein the processor implements the focus control process that performs a classification process that classifies the plurality of areas into a plurality of groups, and performs the focus control process based on area information about each of the plurality of groups.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Manabu ICHIKAWA, Toshiaki MIKAMI, Koichiro YOSHINO
  • Publication number: 20170265955
    Abstract: A manipulator and a manipulator system adjust the initial tension easily yet unerringly during assembling. The manipulator includes a main unit, an elongated portion that extends from the main unit, a distal end that is connected to the elongated portion, a wire for transmission of power for putting the distal end into actuation, a drive unit for generation of power to the wire, a rotary unit which is located in the main unit, around which the wire is wound and which is rotated by the drive unit, and an elastic unit for connecting the wire to the rotary unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masaru YANAGIHARA, Kosuke KISHI
  • Publication number: 20170265733
    Abstract: A light source apparatus, capable of supplying white light including a predetermined wavelength band and a special light, which is light including the predetermined wavelength band and narrower in a band than the white light, includes: a first light source configured to emit light in a first wavelength band including the predetermined wavelength band, a second light source configured to emit light in a second wavelength band including the predetermined wavelength band, and a dichroic mirror configured to selectively transmit light in the predetermined wavelength band from one light of the lights in the first and second wavelength bands, selectively reflect light in a third wavelength band other than the predetermined wavelength band from the other light of the lights in the first and second wavelength bands, and mix and emit the light in the predetermined wavelength band and the light in the third wavelength band.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yusuke YABE, Hiroyuki KAMEE, Takeshi ITO
  • Publication number: 20170265731
    Abstract: An imaging device includes: an imaging sensor; a color filter including first band filters and a second band filter configured to transmit narrowband light having a maximum value of a transmission spectrum outside a range of the wavelength band of the light that passes through each first band filter; a first light source unit; a second light source unit configured to radiate light having an upward projecting distribution of a wavelength spectrum in relation to intensity and having a narrowband light spectrum narrower than the broadband; and a control unit configured to cause the first light source unit and the second light source unit to radiate the beams of light simultaneously, wherein a peak wavelength of the light radiated by the second light source unit is an infrared region or a near-infrared region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazunori YOSHIZAKI, Ken IOKA, Sunao KIKUCHI, Yasuhiro KOMIYA, Yasuhiro FUKUNAGA
  • Patent number: 9763558
    Abstract: An endoscope apparatus includes an endoscope that includes an imaging section that captures an object, and an illumination section that includes an irradiation port that illuminates the object, the imaging section and the illumination section being provided in an end section of the endoscope, a distance information acquisition section that acquires distance information about a distance from the end section of the endoscope to the object, a light distribution pattern determination section that determines a light distribution pattern of illumination light applied from the illumination section based on the acquired distance information, and a gradation correction section that performs a gradation correction process on a captured image acquired by the imaging section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Naruyasu Kobayashi, Kazuhiro Takizawa
  • Patent number: 9763561
    Abstract: An attachment unit rotates in directions around a longitudinal axis with respect to an insertion main body when rotary drive force is transmitted from a drive force transmission unit provided to an insertion section, and allows propulsive force in one of directions parallel to the longitudinal axis to act on the insertion section by rotating in contact with a paries. The attachment unit includes a fin portion which is spirally extended along the longitudinal axis and whose dimension from the longitudinal axis to an outer peripheral end vary in accordance with how external force different from the propulsive force acts in the directions parallel to the longitudinal axis in a state that the attachment unit does not rotate with respect to the insertion main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroki Moriyama
  • Patent number: 9763560
    Abstract: An endoscope system includes: an endoscope scope insertion portion having an insertion portion configured to be inserted inside a living organism; an extracorporeal device which is disposed outside the living organism; a first scope-side signal connecting portion that is provided on the endoscope scope insertion portion and has a first electrode; and a cylindrical first extracorporeal-side signal connecting portion that is provided on the extracorporeal device and has a second electrode, the first extracorporeal-side signal connecting portion configured to engage with the first scope-side signal connecting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shuichi Kato, Susumu Kawata, Makoto Honda
  • Patent number: 9764165
    Abstract: An ultrasonic transmitting unit includes a first vibrating section and a second vibrating section vibrating at the same predetermined frequency with respect to each other. The ultrasonic transmitting unit includes a relay portion transmitting an ultrasonic vibration from the first vibrating section to the second vibrating section and positioned at a position corresponding to one of an antinode position of the vibration in the first vibrating section and a position different from an antinode position and a node position of the vibration in the second vibrating section, and a non-contact vibrating portion extending in the second vibrating section from the relay portion toward a first vibrating section side with being not in contact with the first vibrating section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tsunetaka Akagane
  • Patent number: 9769362
    Abstract: A mounting adapter includes: a first body section having a connection section attached to one side of an accessory device and a first holding arm that holds one side face of a portable type electronic device, a second body section having a second holding arm that is provided to project/retract from inside to outside and holds a side face of the portable type electronic device, a second holding arm urging member that urges the second holding arm in a direction opposite to the direction in which the second holding arm extends, and a hinge member that connects the first body section and the second body section, and the mounting adapter sandwiches the portable type electronic device between the first holding arm and the second holding arm in an open state when in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroki Amino, Kazu Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9768374
    Abstract: In manufacturing method of a cylindrical piezoelectric element, a cylindrical piezoelectric material is formed by molding a piezoelectric material into a cylindrical shape and subjecting the molded piezoelectric material to calcination. A reference electrode is provided on an inner circumferential surface of the cylindrical piezoelectric material. Drive electrodes are provided in a circumferential direction so that the drive electrodes are extending in an axial direction from one end to the other end on an outer circumferential surface. A polarization electrode is provided at a part of the circumferential surface in the vicinity of the one end. A predetermined voltage is applied between the polarization electrode and the reference electrode. The polarization electrode is removed from the cylindrical piezoelectric material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Nagahide Sakai
  • Patent number: 9766451
    Abstract: Provided is a method for calculating a scanning pattern of light and an optical scanning apparatus. The method includes the steps of: detecting a resonance frequency and an attenuation coefficient of an oscillation part of an optical fiber which guides light from a light source and irradiates an object with the light; and calculating a scanning pattern of the light, based on the detected resonance frequency and attenuation coefficient. The apparatus includes: an optical fiber which guides light from a light source and irradiates an object with the light; a scanning part which drives an oscillation part oscillatably supported of the optical fiber; a detector which detects a resonance frequency of the oscillation part; a calculation part which determines an irradiation position of the light using a scanning pattern calculated based on the resonance frequency detected by the detector and the attenuation coefficient obtained in advance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Atsuyoshi Shimamoto
  • Patent number: 9769384
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes a camera shake correction unit which uses a coil and a magnet to move a movable portion including an image pickup device relative to a fixed portion. A position detection section detects the position of the movable portion. A setting section sets a resolving power of the detection of the position by the position detection section to a first or second resolving power which is a resolving power higher than the first resolving power and at which an amount of deviation from a target position is less than or equal to a pixel shift amount. A drive control section performs pixel shifts to move the movable portion with the second resolving power set by the setting section. A photography control section causes the image pickup device to perform exposures by timing of the pixel shifting and which composes images obtained by the exposures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Rintaro Nishihara
  • Patent number: 9763565
    Abstract: A capsule endoscope includes: an imaging unit configured to capture inside of a subject and to generate an image of the inside of the subject; a brightness distribution measurement unit configured to measure a brightness distribution in the image generated by the imaging unit; and an imaging controller configured to switch a frame rate of the imaging unit to a frame rate higher than a reference frame rate when an area having brightness lower than a predetermined value is distributed at a center of the image in the brightness distribution measured by the brightness distribution measurement unit and to switch the frame rate of the imaging unit to a frame rate lower than the reference frame rate when the area having the brightness lower than the predetermined value is distributed outside the center of the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masatoshi Homan
  • Patent number: 9769373
    Abstract: A situation comprehending apparatus included in an imaging apparatus includes an image acquiring section, a structure specifying section, a distance acquiring section, a main subject specifying section, and a main subject distance distribution determining section. The image acquiring section acquires an image of a target scene. The structure specifying section specifies a structure having linear image information in a far or near direction of the target scene or in a direction perpendicular to the far or near direction. The distance acquiring section acquires a distance to a structure straight line included in the structure. The main subject specifying section specifies a main subject different from the structure included in the image. The main subject distance distribution determining section determines distance distribution to the main subject with use of an image of the structure and an image of the main subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mizuki Koshikawa, Kazumi Ito, Taichiro Kouchi, Osamu Nonaka
  • Patent number: 9766447
    Abstract: A light source apparatus includes first and second light sources having different maximum light amounts used, a first light amount detection section detecting a light amount of first light of the first light source, a second light amount detection section detecting a light amount of second light of the second light source, a light amount limiting section limiting a light amount of light incident upon the second light amount detection section so that light amounts detected in the first light amount detection section and the second light amount detection section match a predetermined value within a detection range when light with the maximum light amounts used are emitted from the first light source and the second light source, and a control section controlling amounts of light emission of the first light source and the second light source based on detection results of the first and second light amount detection sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Aiko Sakai, Ryo Machida, Yusuke Yabe, Tomoya Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9769394
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus includes an endoscope configured to have an image pickup section in which a plurality of pixels are provided, and a storage section configured to store scope individual information, a binning processing section configured to split an image into a plurality of regions so that one region includes a plurality of pixel signals, and add up the pixel signals for each region to obtain a binning pixel signal, a binning brightness detection section configured to detect brightness of the region, a blend processing section configured to set a weight in the region on the basis of the brightness, and weight and composite the pixel signals and the binning pixel signal to generate a composite image, and a control section configured to control the binning processing section in accordance with the scope individual information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuji Kutsuma, Kazuma Kaneko, Tomoki Iwasaki, Susumu Hashimoto, Soichiro Koshika
  • Patent number: 9769403
    Abstract: An imaging device, comprising a dark image data imaging section for acquiring first dark image data acquired by shooting in a state where a light beam incident on the imaging surface of the image sensor is shielded, before acquiring first image data that has been read out from the image sensor, and second dark image data acquired by shooting in a state where a light beam incident on the imaging surface of the image sensor is shielded after the second image data that was finally acquired, a corrected image data generating section for generating dark corrected image data by carrying out combination processing based on a comparison result of comparing the first and second dark image data, or an averaging computation result, and a correction section for correcting fixed pattern noise within the cumulatively combined image data using the dark corrected image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroaki Iwasaki, Ryo Hatakeyama
  • Patent number: 9763564
    Abstract: The introducing apparatus comprises the operating section, which is easy to grip and easy to operate, mounted therein by providing the dial of the operation element to perform a bending operation of the bending section and a part of the rotary mechanism alone while avoiding an operation range of the operating section for fingers of a gripping hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Okamoto, Keijiro Omoto
  • Patent number: 9766093
    Abstract: A position detecting system includes: a capsule medical device having therein a magnetic field generation coil for generating a magnetic field; detection coils configured to detect the magnetic field generated by the magnetic field generation coil, and to output detection signals; at least one reference coil configured to detect a magnetic field and to output a detection signal, and arranged at a position where a signal-to-noise ratio to the magnetic field generated by the magnetic field generation coil is smaller than a signal-to-noise ratio in each of the detection signals detected by the detection coils; and a magnetic field correction unit configured to correct magnetic field detection values based on the detection signals respectively output from the detection coils, using at least one reference magnetic field detection value that is a detection value of the magnetic field based on the detection signal output from the at least one reference coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takahiro Iida, Atsushi Chiba, Yusuke Suzuki, Atsushi Kimura
  • Patent number: 9766159
    Abstract: A fixture 4 for endoscopic inspection is provided with insertion direction regulating portions for regulating an access direction of an insertion portion of an endoscope fixed to an access port for an endoscope of an engine and connecting an external access port disposed on an exterior cover of the engine to an internal access port disposed on an exterior shroud of the engine and an installation direction regulating portion for uniquely regulating an installation direction so that the insertion direction regulating portions match the access direction at a time of attachment to the external access port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yutaka Konomura, Eiichi Kobayashi, Fumio Hori
  • Patent number: 9766437
    Abstract: There is provided an objective optical system for endoscope with a lesser number of lenses and high-performance optical characteristics, equipped with a long back focus and a focusing function, and in which the aberration fluctuation accompanied by focusing is small.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shinya Sato
  • Patent number: 9766059
    Abstract: A curve sensor universally applicable to even a curving measurement target having a relatively small diameter is provided. A curve sensor to measure the curving of a curving measurement target includes a light supply unit which guides light, a curve measurement unit which includes a curved state detection unit and which measures the curved state of the measurement target by the change in the amount of light output through the curved state detection unit, a light transmission unit which transmits the light from the light supply unit to the curve measurement unit and a holding portion which holds the light supply unit and the curve measurement unit at predetermined positions on the measurement target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Nobuyoshi Asaoka
  • Patent number: 9769727
    Abstract: A wireless communication terminal includes: an antenna unit, a processing unit configured to process the video data transmitted or received through the directional antenna, and a control unit. The control unit sets the communication path as a first communication path, and causes the antenna unit to transmit or receive the video data of the one frame or the one field through the first communication path, and the control unit sets the communication path as a second communication path different from the first communication path in the same frame period or the same field period as a frame period or a field period in which the video data is transmitted or received through the first communication path, and causes the antenna unit to transmit or receive same video data as all or some of the video data transmitted or received through the first communication path, through the second communication path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takahisa Endo
  • Publication number: 20170258298
    Abstract: An endoscope system includes: an image sensor, a first photoelectric sensor configured to convert an imaging signal and test data output from the image sensor into an optical signal and output the optical signal, optical fibers configured to transmit the optical signal output from the first photoelectric sensor, and an information processing device. The information processing device includes a second photoelectric sensor configured to receive the optical signal transmitted through the optical fibers, and is configured to: measure a current value corresponding to a receiving sensitivity of the test data converted into an electric signal by the second photoelectric sensor; measure a bit error rate of the test data; determine a transmission level of the test data based on the current value and the bit error rate; and assume reasons for a decrease in the transmission level and cause the transmission level to recover based on the transmission level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Publication date: September 14, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tsutomu URAKAWA, Hideaki KINOUCHI, Takamasa MIKAMI
  • Publication number: 20170258297
    Abstract: There is provided an endoscope apparatus which enables to observe a three-dimensional image which is easy to view even in close observation. An endoscope apparatus, comprises: optical systems which form images for a left-eye and a right-eye respectively; an image pickup element which captures the two images and generates pictorial images for the left eye and the right eye; and at least one image processing unit which carries out processing of a pictorial image signal from the image pickup element and creates a stereoscopic image that can be displayed on a monitor, wherein the endoscope apparatus satisfies the following conditional expression (1) 0.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2017
    Publication date: September 14, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takeshi SUGA
  • Publication number: 20170258302
    Abstract: An endoscope includes: a first image acquisition portion configured to acquire a first object image from a first direction; a second image acquisition portion configured to acquire a second object image from a second direction different from the first direction; first illumination light emission portions provided on a straight line with the first image acquisition portion, the first image acquisition portion being interposed between the first illumination light emission portions, and arranged along a line orthogonal to an optical axis of the first image acquisition portion; and second illumination light emission portions lined up and arranged on a plane where the second image acquisition portion is arranged at the insertion portion, and a lining direction of the first illumination light emission portions and a lining direction of the second illumination light emission portions are arranged at positions to be a twisted relation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Publication date: September 14, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takeshi TAKAHASHI, Yasuhito KURA, Kazuki HONDA, Kazuhiko HINO, Kento HASHIMOTO, Takeo SUZUKI
  • Publication number: 20170261136
    Abstract: A flexible tube includes a helical tube including a closely-wound region and a sparsely-wound region, and an outer tube covering an outer side of the helical tube. The closely-wound region includes a closely-wound portion to which a tight contact force is applied, the tight contact force allowing adjacent parts of a wire member adjacent along the longitudinal axis to become a tight contact state, a sparsely-wound portion which is arranged at a proximal side of the closely-wound portion, and a change portion which is arranged at a proximal side of the sparsely-wound portion and, has the tight contact force between the adjacent parts on the proximal side rather than the distal side along the longitudinal axis reduced more than the tight contact force of the closely-wound portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Publication date: September 14, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenichiro SAITO, Takahiro KISHI, Naoyuki HOSHI
  • Publication number: 20170258300
    Abstract: A sheath assembly 6 includes at least three flexible, tubular members 6a, 6b and 6c through which linear members can be inserted, a first holder 61 configured to hold one end side of the tubular members 6a, 6b and 6c, and a second holder 62 configured to hold the other end side of the tubular members 6a, 6b and 6c, wherein the first holder 61 and the second holder 62 hold the at least three tubular members 6a, 6b and 6c such that sections of the tubular members 6a, 6b and 6c orthogonal to an axial direction thereof are linearly aligned.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Publication date: September 14, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yuta FUJII
  • Publication number: 20170258304
    Abstract: An imaging device includes an image sensor. The image sensor includes: a light receiving unit having pixels configured to receive light and generate an imaging signal according to an amount of the received light; a color filter having a filter unit disposed corresponding to the pixels, the filter unit including first band filters for passing light of a wavelength band of a primary color or a complementary color and including at least one second band filter for passing narrow-band light whose wavelength band is narrower than the wavelength band of the light passing through each of the first band filters; and an output unit configured to output the imaging signal under conditions that an amount of light incident on a second pixel corresponding to the at least one second band filter is greater than an amount of light incident on each of first pixels corresponding to the first band filters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2017
    Publication date: September 14, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ken IOKA, Kazunori YOSHIZAKI, Sunao KIKUCHI, Yasuhiro KOMIYA, Yasuhiro FUKUNAGA
  • Publication number: 20170258303
    Abstract: An optical unit 1 includes a voice coil motor 10 which can relatively move a movable part 3 with respect to a fixed part 2 in the axis C direction by using a coil 11 arranged on the fixed part 2 and a magnet 12 arranged on the movable part 3, wherein the movable part 3 includes a movable-side sliding surface which can slide over an inner periphery of the fixed part 2, and a distance L1 from a position closest to an object side to a position closest to an image side of the movable-side sliding surface in the axis C direction of the movable part 3 is greater than a distance from an emission surface of the object-side fixed lens group Gf held by the fixed part 2 to an incident surface of the image-side fixed lens group Gb held by the fixed part 2.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Publication date: September 14, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takehiko IGUCHI
  • Patent number: D797837
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Reisuke Osada