Patents Examined by Alicia M. Harrington
  • Patent number: 10690891
    Abstract: A wafer level camera module includes an image sensor including an imaging region formed on a top surface thereof, a first support layer disposed on the image sensor and having an opening, and first and second zooming units sequentially stacked having a second support layer interposed therebetween. Each zooming unit includes a piezoelectric thin film disposed on the first support layer and having an opening. Each zooming unit further includes a deformable layer disposed on the piezoelectric thin film. Each zooming unit additionally includes a lens attached to the deformable layer and positioned to overlap the imaging region. The wafer level camera module additionally includes a first conductive via penetrating through the camera module to be electrically connected to the first piezoelectric thin film. The camera module further includes a second conductive via penetrating through the camera module to be electrically connected to the second piezoelectric thin film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Maohua Du
  • Patent number: 10690878
    Abstract: An optical arrangement including an optical component with a basic body and at least one retaining element, which is designed as an integral element of the optical component or which is actively connected to the optical component is disclosed. The retaining element is affixed on a first contact position of the basic body and a carrier, on which the optical component is supported by means of the retaining element. The retaining element is affixed on a second contact position of the carrier and is arranged in such a manner that it can be pivoted between a first contact position and a second contact position. The arrangement is conducted in such a manner that during a thermal expansion of the basic body in the direction of the carrier and/or with a thermal expansion of the retaining element a movement of the first contact position along the optical axis is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Jabil Optics Germany GmbH
    Inventors: Eberhard Piehler, Bjoern Hauer
  • Patent number: 10684460
    Abstract: An optical adapter includes a support, which can be removably coupled to an image acquisition device. The support has a substrate made of substantially transparent material. The substrate has a proximal surface intended for facing towards the device and a distal surface located at a distance from the proximal surface and intended for facing towards an object to be observed. The support also has a lens located in a seat obtained in the substrate and facing towards the objective of the device. In addition, the support has a reflector located laterally relative to the lens and arranged for facing towards a light source integrated into the device and conveying the light emitted by the light source in a transversal direction towards the lens and past the distal surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA
    Inventors: Tommaso Fellin, Andrea Antonini
  • Patent number: 10684484
    Abstract: A wearable display includes a first optical section, a main body, and a jig receiver. The first optical section emits light. The main body includes a second optical section that is connected to the first optical section and outwardly emits the light as image light, and a casing that supports the second optical section. The jig receiver includes a first guide that supports a first protrusion of a jig, a second guide that supports a second protrusion of the jig, and a third guide that supports a third protrusion of the jig. The jig receiver is provided in the casing such that at least two of the first, second, and third guides are spaced apart from each other in the first axis direction and at least two of the first, second, and third guides are spaced apart from each other in the third axis direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takaaki Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10670840
    Abstract: An optical imaging system includes five lens elements, the five lens elements being, in order from an object side to an image side: a first lens element having positive refractive power; a second lens element having negative refractive power; a third lens element having positive refractive power; a fourth lens element having positive refractive power; and a fifth lens element having negative refractive power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: LARGAN PRECISION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chien-Hsun Wu, Tzu-Chieh Kuo, Kuan-Ming Chen
  • Patent number: 10656371
    Abstract: An optical arrangement including an optical component with a basic body and at least one retaining element, which is designed as an integral element of the optical component or which is actively connected to the optical component is disclosed. The retaining element is affixed on a first contact position of the basic body and a carrier, on which the optical component is supported by means of the retaining element. The retaining element is affixed on a second contact position of the carrier and is arranged in such a manner that it can be pivoted between a first contact position and a second contact position. The arrangement is conducted in such a manner that during a thermal expansion of the basic body in the direction of the carrier and/or with a thermal expansion of the retaining element a movement of the first contact position along the optical axis is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Jabil Optics Germany GmbH
    Inventors: Eberhard Piehler, Bjoern Hauer
  • Patent number: 10656368
    Abstract: An objective lens is used for DNA sequencing. An example system includes a flow cell, the objective lens, and a camera. Light from the flow cell is imaged by the camera through the objective lens. The objective lens can provide a long working distance; a flat field curvature; a high numerical aperture; and/or a wide field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: OMNIOME, INC.
    Inventors: Donald V. Rosenberry, Dale Buermann
  • Patent number: 10656399
    Abstract: A variable magnification optical system includes a plurality of lens element, and includes in order from an object side, a first lens unit having a positive refractive power, a second lens unit having a negative refractive power, a third lens unit having a positive refractive power, and at least one lens unit. An aperture stop is either positioned between the second lens unit and the third lens unit, or positioned in the third lens unit. At the time of zooming from a wide angle end to a telephoto end, the first lens unit is fixed, the second lens unit moves from the object side to an image-plane side, and at least one of lens units positioned on an image side of the aperture stop moves. The first lens unit includes at least four positive lens elements and at least two negative lens elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takashi Fujikura, Yuki Zen, Tomoyuki Satori, Tetsuya Yanai
  • Patent number: 10656421
    Abstract: It is provided that a lightguide structure comprising: a first portion disposed to receive light rays emitted by an external display, a second portion disposed to provide, to a second surface facing a viewer, the light rays from the first portion and ambient light, wherein the second portion has a plurality of first surfaces for reflecting light rays and at least one second surface which the light rays and the ambient light perpendicularly enter into and pass through, an intermediate portion disposed to connect between the first portion and the second portion and reflect the light rays from the first portion for transferring the light rays to the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dmitry Evgenievich Piskunov, Nikolay Victorovich Muravev, Mikhail Vyacheslavovic Popov, Natalia Vladimirovna Zakharova
  • Patent number: 10650480
    Abstract: A method of making a security device, comprising: forming an array of primary focusing elements on a first region of a focusing element support layer, by applying at least one transparent curable material either to the focusing element support layer or to a casting tool carrying a surface relief over an area which includes at least the first region, the surface relief comprising portions corresponding to the primary focusing elements; forming the transparent curable material(s) with the casting tool; and curing the transparent curable material(s) so as to retain the surface relief in the first region; wherein the surface relief further includes a plurality of structures of greater depth than the height of the primary focusing elements such that the cured transparent material(s) include a plurality of features protruding above the height of the primary focusing elements between primary focusing elements of the array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: DE LA RUE INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
    Inventor: Adam Lister
  • Patent number: 10641929
    Abstract: Planar optical module (100, 100?) for capturing, converging and collimating incident light (3, 3?) with a variable incident direction comprising: —a first optical arrangement (10) with an optical layer able to converge the incident light-beam (3, 3?), forming thereby a converging light-beam (4, 4?) and —a second optical arrangement (20) placed downstream said first optical arrangement (10), said second optical arrangement (20) having an optical layer collimating said converging light-beam(s) (4, 4?), forming thereby a collimated and concentrated beam (5, 5?), wherein the first and second optical arrangements (10, 20) are movable one relative to the other such that the relative position of first and second optical arrangements (10, 20) allows said collimated and concentrated beam (5, 5?) to have an orientation which is, in a plane perpendicular to the main plane (P) of the planar optical module (100, 100?), predetermined, fixed and independent from the direction of the incident light (3, 3?).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: INSOLIGHT SA
    Inventors: Mathieu Ackermann, Laurent Coulot, Florian Gerlich
  • Patent number: 10642006
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure provide a fisheye lens. The fisheye lens can include a first lens group near an object side, a second lens group near an imaging plane, and an aperture diaphragm disposed between the first and second lens groups. The first lens group can include, disposed sequentially from the object side to the imaging plane, a negative meniscus spherical first lens, an aspherical second lens, and an aspherical third lens. The second lens group can include, disposed sequentially from the object side to the imaging plane, a positive meniscus spherical fourth lens, a fifth lens formed of a positive biconvex spherical lens and a negative biconcave spherical lens, and an aspherical sixth lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: SHANGHAI XIAOYI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akira Nakamura, Wanghu Wu, Pingyu Tang, Peng Ji
  • Patent number: 10634925
    Abstract: A display system is disclosed for use in an augmented reality display (30), the system comprises a waveguide (32) having a front surface and a rear surface. A front input projector (34) projects polychromatic light through a front surface, and a back input projector (36) projects polychromatic light through the rear surface. Input light impinges on an input grating (38) on a rear surface of the waveguide (32), and light travels through the waveguide by total internal reflection. An output grating (40) is provided for coupling light out of the waveguide. A plurality of front and back input projectors (34, 36) are provided in a staggered configuration along the width of the waveguide (32) and respective edges of adjacent front and back input projectors are aligned along the width of the waveguide to permit a continuous projection of light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Wave Optics Ltd.
    Inventors: David Grey, Sumanta Talukdar
  • Patent number: 10634824
    Abstract: A liquid lens structure has an adjustable and continuous range of optical power. The liquid lens structure comprises a substrate layer and a deformable membrane which enclose a volume of liquid. The substrate layer is at least partially transparent in the optical band. The deformable membrane comprises a ground layer, two membrane layers, and two conductive layers. Each of the two conductive layers control electrical voltage applied to one of the membrane layers in reference to the ground layer, wherein each membrane layer deforms in response to applied electrical voltage. The deformation of the two membrane layers adjusts a curvature of the deformable membrane which provides the adjustable continuous range of optical power to the liquid lens structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew John Ouderkirk, Tristan Thomas Trutna
  • Patent number: 10634878
    Abstract: A zoom lens includes a unit LN, a unit LP and a rear group LR, and the rear group LR has a positive unit LRP on a side closest to an image, where the unit LRP includes a positive lens GRP that has a meniscus shape having a convex surface facing the image side thereof and made of resin material. Focal lengths of the zoom lens at wide-angle end, the unit LRP, and the unit LP, back focus at telephoto end, an amount of movement of the unit LRP when zooming from wide-angle end to telephoto end, thickness on an optical axis of the positive lens GRP, and a distance in optical axis direction between center on a lens surface on object side of the positive lens GRP and an end of an effective surface of the lens surface on the object side are each appropriately set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Daisuke Ito
  • Patent number: 10627596
    Abstract: A lens apparatus includes: an optical member; a driver that drives the optical member; a position detector that detects a position of the optical member; a target position deriver that sets a target position to which to drive the optical member; a speed deriver that derives a target speed for the driver to drive the optical member based on a difference between the target position and the position of the optical member; and a controller that controls the driver. The controller controls driving of the driver such that a speed of the optical member is equal to the target speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazuto Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10620508
    Abstract: An auxiliary lens assembly for releasably connecting one or more auxiliary lenses to an electronic device with an on-board camera, such as a mobile smartphone or a tablet computer. The lens assembly includes a first bracket, a second bracket movable coupled to the first bracket, and a release assembly coupled to the first and second brackets. When actuated by a user force, the release assembly moves the second bracket in a first direction away from the first bracket to increase a separation gap between the two brackets from an initial to an expanded position and when the user force is removed, the release assembly moves the second bracket in a second direction towards the first bracket to decrease the separation gap back to the initial position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: PORTERO HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Patrick, Joshua Cantor, Chong Pak
  • Patent number: 10585261
    Abstract: An optical driving mechanism is provided, configured to force an optical element, including a base, a movable portion, and a driving portion. The movable portion is disposed and connected to the base. The movable portion includes a holder configured to sustain the optical element, a magnetic element, and a fixing member. The magnetic element and the fixing member are affixed to the holder, wherein the fixing member has a permeable material. The driving portion is configured to force the movable portion to move relative to the base, wherein the driving portion includes a piezoelectric element and a support member connecting thereto. The piezoelectric element and the support member are disposed on the base and connected to the movable portion. The fixing member makes contact with the support member via a magnetic attraction force between the magnetic element and the fixing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: TDK TAIWAN CORP.
    Inventors: Ichitai Moto, Chih-Wei Weng, Sin-Jhong Song
  • Patent number: 10571651
    Abstract: Provided is the image pickup optical system including a first lens unit, a second lens unit, and a third lens unit disposed in an order from an object side to an image side, in which an interval between adjacent lens units is changed during focusing. The third lens unit includes an aperture stop. A distance on an optical axis from a lens surface closest to object side to aperture stop when focused at infinity Lf, a distance on optical axis from aperture stop to a lens surface closest to image side when focused at infinity Lr, a distance on optical axis from a lens surface closest to object side to an image plane when focused at infinity L, a focal length of the entire system f, and a moving amount of first lens unit during focusing from infinity to a closest distance M are appropriately set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hideki Sakai
  • Patent number: 10558024
    Abstract: An optical imaging assembly is provided, having an optical axis; an object axis defined by an object being imaged; an aperture stop disposed on the optical axis; a light-transmissive sleeve enclosing the object axis, being disposed in object space defined by the object axis; and at least three refractive lens elements being arranged between the object and the aperture stop without any other intervening optical component, at least one of the elements having surfaces having at least one of cylindrical and acylindrical prescription, with an image plane, wherein the object being imaged lies within the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignees: BAXTER INTERNATIONAL INC., BAXTER HEALTHCARE SA
    Inventor: James F. Munro