Patents Examined by Clayton E. LaBalle
  • Patent number: 12013624
    Abstract: A camera module including an objective having an electrical interface, and an objective holder having an arrangement for electrically contacting the objective in the region of the electrical interface, the arrangement for electrical contacting being further connected to an electronics system, in particular to a printed circuit board, of the camera module. The arrangement for electrical contacting comprise two contact rings, which have contact springs and which form a first and a second pole and are electrically insulated by an interposed spacer, wherein the two contact rings are mounted movably via the objective holder and the spacer. A method for producing a camera module is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2024
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventor: Joao Fernando Nujo Carrascoza
  • Patent number: 12007582
    Abstract: Actuators for actuating a lens in a folded camera, folded cameras including such actuators and dual-cameras including such folded cameras. The actuators actuate a lens having a lens optical axis for auto-focus (AF) and optical image stabilization (OIS) and comprise a stationary sub-assembly that includes an OIS coil having an OIS coil plane and an AF coil having an AF coil plane, and a lens actuating sub-assembly movable relative to the stationary sub-assembly with a lens holder holding the lens, wherein the OIS coil plane is perpendicular to the AF coil plane and wherein the lens optical axis lies between the OIS coil plane and the AF coil plane. Some actuators have a design using VCM actuation and a reduced height due to top and/or bottom openings in actuator envelopes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2023
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: Corephotonics Ltd.
    Inventors: Gal Barak, Itay Yedid, Ephraim Goldenberg
  • Patent number: 12007672
    Abstract: Folded cameras and dual folded-upright cameras that reduce a mobile electronic device and specifically a smartphone bump footprint and height. In some examples, the bump footprint is reduced by reducing the height of a back focal plane section of the folded camera. In some examples, the bump footprint is reduced by reducing the height of a back focal plane section and a lens subsection of the folded camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2023
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: Corephotonics Ltd.
    Inventors: Gal Shabtay, Ephraim Goldenberg, Itay Yedid, Gil Bachar, Noy Cohen
  • Patent number: 12001121
    Abstract: A light source module includes an illumination element and an adjustable light diffusing material. The light source module is configured to receive or generate a control signal for adjusting diffusion of light emitted from the light source module and accordingly adjust an amount of diffusion of light emitted from the light source module. In some embodiments, an adjustable light diffusing material includes a polymer stabilized cholesteric texture (PSCT), a smectic phase liquid crystal, a polymer network liquid crystal (PNLC), or other suitable material. A controller for a light source module may determine a level of diffusion based on a level of inclusion of a wide-angle field of view of a wide-angle lens system or a telephoto field of view of a telephoto lens system in a composite camera field of view that includes a combination of the wide angle field of view and the telephoto field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Blake M. Coughenour, Hossein Nemati, Florian R. Fournier
  • Patent number: 11998906
    Abstract: A pipette (1) having a cylinder (10), a piston (8), a volume display (25) for displaying a pipetting volume (14) associated with the piston stroke, a display adjustment mechanism (22) for changing the volume display (25), an adjustment display for indicating an adjustment of the pipette (1) via the volume display (25), and a volume adjustment mechanism (19) for changing the piston stroke, the volume adjustment mechanism (19) being coupled to the display adjustment mechanism (22) in a first mode of operation of the pipette (1), and the volume adjustment mechanism (19) being decoupled from the display adjustment mechanism (22), and the display adjustment mechanism (22) being coupled to the adjustment display in a second mode of operation of the pipette (1), a method of operating such a pipette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: BRAND GMBH + CO KG
    Inventors: Ottmar Kneucker, Peter Krank, Nina Lang
  • Patent number: 12001125
    Abstract: Folded Tele cameras comprising an optical path folding element (OPFE) for folding a first optical path OP1 to a second optical path OP2, a lens including N=8 lens elements, the lens being divided into three lens groups numbered, in order from an object side of the lens, G1, G2 and G3, and an image sensor, wherein G1 and G3 are included in a single G13 carrier, wherein G2 is included in a G2 carrier, wherein both the G13 carrier and the G2 carrier include rails for defining the position of G2 relative to G13, wherein the Tele camera is configured to change a zoom factor continuously between a minimum zoom factor ZFMIN and a maximum zoom factor ZFMAX by moving the G2 carrier relative to the G13 carrier and by moving the G13 carrier relative to the image sensor, and wherein an effective focal length (EFL) is 7.5 mm<EFL<50 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2024
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: Corephotonics Ltd.
    Inventors: Rami Boltanski, Ephraim Goldenberg, Roy Rudnick
  • Patent number: 12000763
    Abstract: A disposable blood sampler for a blood braid of a blood bag includes a blood taking needle cannula, a threaded cannula, a blood braid clamp, a connecting pipe, a needle inserting sheet and a blood braid. The blood taking needle cannula includes a tubular threaded structure at both ends, a bottom port of the threaded cannula is connected with the blood taking needle cannula, and an upper port of the threaded cannula includes symmetrically distributed clamping slots extending to a middle lower part of the wall. Grips are arranged on the outer wall surface of the blood braid clamp, and the blood braid clamp is arranged in the threaded cannula. The grip is arranged outside the clamping slot, and the connecting pipe is directly inserted into the upper port. An inner cavity in which the needle inserting sheet is placed is arranged inside the inner part of the connecting pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: TAIZHOU PEOPLE'S HOSPITAL
    Inventors: Lingbao Gao, Yayun Sha, Ziang Gao
  • Patent number: 11994795
    Abstract: An optical element driving mechanism includes a first movable part, a fixed assembly and a first driving assembly. The first movable part includes an optical element, and the first movable part is movable relative to the fixed assembly. The first driving assembly is configured to drive the first movable part to move relative to the fixed assembly. The optical element driving mechanism further includes a strengthening assembly configured to strengthen the fixed assembly to bear a force along a first axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: TDK TAIWAN CORP.
    Inventors: Chao-Hsi Wang, Sin-Jhong Song
  • Patent number: 11988568
    Abstract: This disclosure relates generally to a sensor based wearable fabric design for identifying distortion in movements and quantifying range of motion. Accurate quantification of multi-axial range of motion involved in complex movements of human body parts is challenging. The disclosure discloses a system and method providing a wearable fabric comprising a plurality of honey-comb structure with a plurality of adjacently placed hexagon structures. An optical sensor unit is placed on each side of each hexagon structure comprised in the plurality of honey-comb structures. A deformation of the plurality of sides of hexagon structure is determined to generate signatures of movement patterns of one or more body parts of a subject. Further, a comparison of generated signatures with stored signatures of the movement patterns is performed to determine an error indicative of a distortion in the movement patterns. The system and method accurately quantify range of motion with increased measurement accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: Tata Consultancy Services Limited
    Inventors: Avik Ghose, Parama Pal, Murali Poduval
  • Patent number: 11988952
    Abstract: A lens driving device and a driving method thereof are provided. The lens driving device includes a lens frame, a magnetic group, a driving element group and a control device. The lens frame carries at least one optical element. The magnetic group includes a plurality of pairs of magnetic elements. The driving element group includes at least two coils. The control device supplies power to the driving element group so that the lens frame is driven by the driving element group to move. The driving element group is disposed on the lens frame, and the amount of the lens frame is equal to that of the driving element group. The control device in a first driving state supplies the power to the coils in sequence so that the driving element group is moved from a pair of magnetic elements to another pair of magnetic elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignees: SINTAI OPTICAL (SHENZHEN) CO., LTD., ASIA OPTICAL CO., INC.
    Inventors: Hui-Yuan Liang, Chien-Heng Yu, Zi-Ying Ye
  • Patent number: 11988942
    Abstract: A method according to embodiments of the invention includes, for a field of view comprising a plurality of portions, determining an amount of light for each portion. LEDs corresponding to each portion are selectively energized over a plurality of time periods, such that a sum of illumination generated by each LED during the plurality of time periods equals the determined amount of light. An image of the field of view is captured, for example by a camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: Lumileds LLC
    Inventors: Arjen Van Der Sijde, Nicola Bettina Pfeffer, Yourii Martynov
  • Patent number: 11991436
    Abstract: A driving mechanism is provided, including a base, a movable unit, and a movable part. The movable unit is movably disposed on the base and connected to an optical element. The movable part is movably disposed on the base and forms a passage. When the movable part moves from the first position to the second position relative to the base, the movable unit can slide relative to the base from its initial position through the passage to a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: TDK TAIWAN CORP.
    Inventors: Chao-Hsi Wang, Yu-Chi Kuo, Xuan-Huan Su, Yueh-Lin Lee
  • Patent number: 11982863
    Abstract: A camera actuator comprises: a fixed-side member; a movable-side member provided so as to be displaced in relation to the fixed-side member, the movable-side member holding a lens unit; and a drive unit that generates drive force to displace the movable-side member within a plane including a first direction and a second direction orthogonal to the first direction, the drive unit generating as drive force a combined force obtained by combining a propulsion force that displaces the movable-side member in a specified direction that is either the first direction or the second direction, and a resistance force that resists an external force acting so as to cause the movable-side member to deviate from the specified direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: Mitsumi Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiro Saito, Keiichi Yamamoto, Hiroshi Matsuda
  • Patent number: 11982398
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a support frame including a first pan-tilt connector and a leg assembly connected thereto and including a primary leg and a secondary leg. A leg adjustment structure is provided between and configured to unlock or lock the primary leg and the secondary leg, so that the primary leg and the secondary leg can move relative to each other or keep relatively stationary; the secondary leg comprises a first sub-leg and a second sub-leg which are configured such that the first sub-leg and the second sub-leg can be unfolded or folded with respect to each other; when the first sub-leg and the second sub-leg are unfolded, the primary leg, the first sub-leg and the second sub-leg are in a three-leg support state. The present disclosure further provides a photographing device, which comprises the support frame and an image acquisition apparatus mounted on the support frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: PGYTECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Wang, Guangshan Wang, Xiuzhi Yu
  • Patent number: 11982933
    Abstract: A camera module according to an embodiment may include a base 20, a first lens assembly 110 and a second lens assembly 120 disposed on the base 20, wherein the first lens assembly 110 may include a first driving part 116 and a third driving part 141. The second lens assembly 120 may include a second driving part 126 and a fourth driving part 142. In the first lens assembly 110, the first driving part 116 may include a first magnet 116b and a first yoke 116a. The third driving part 141 may include a first coil part 141b and a third yoke 141a. In the second lens assembly 120, the second driving part 126 may include a second magnet 126b and a second yoke 126a, and the fourth driving part 142 may include a second coil part 142b and a fourth yoke 142a.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kyung Won Kim, Chang Yeon Kim, Hyun Gyu Roh
  • Patent number: 11982958
    Abstract: There is provided image forming apparatus including: casing; temperature sensor configured to detect temperature in the casing; image forming unit configured to form toner image on sheet; fuser which has heating member configured to heat the sheet, and which is configured to fix the toner image to the sheet; a fan; and a controller. The controller is configured to execute: changing of driving speed of the fan; and waiting control including: stopping supply, to the image forming unit, of next sheet, before the changing of the driving speed; completing the fixing of the toner image to the sheet, before the changing of the driving speed; and restarting supply of the next sheet to the image forming unit after the changing of the driving speed and after waiting time has elapsed since the completion of the fixing of the toner image to the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tatsuya Koyama, Kotaro Fujishiro
  • Patent number: 11977321
    Abstract: The technology disclosed herein relates to an imaging device. In some embodiments the imaging device has a support plate defining an object plane. A housing surrounds the object plane across the support plate. A first reflector plane is within the housing and in reflective communication with the object plane. The first reflector plane is 68.0° to 70.0° from the object plane. A second reflector plane within the housing and in reflective communication with the object plane. The second reflector plane is 68.0° to 70.0° from the object plane. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Inventors: Thanh Q. Tran, Hugh E. Watson, Jitesh N. Joshi
  • Patent number: 11977048
    Abstract: A smell sensor includes an ion sensor having a sensitive film, a substance adsorption film disposed on the sensitive film and configured to adsorb a smell substance to be detected, and an electrode configured to apply a reference voltage to the substance adsorption film. The substance adsorption film is in a state of releasing a proton in response to absorbing the smell substance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: HAMAMATSU PHOTONICS K.K.
    Inventors: Seiichiro Mizuno, Hiroo Yamamoto, Sho Morita, Toshiki Wakamori
  • Patent number: 11969556
    Abstract: Therapeutic sound is provided through a bone conduction apparatus. A patient having a mental disorder is selected and provided with a bone conduction apparatus. A therapeutic signal generator generates a therapeutic signal for ameliorating the mental disorder. A vibratory actuator of the bone conduction apparatus vibrates based on the therapeutic signal, which causes the patient to perceive a therapeutic sound percept.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventor: Marcus Andersson
  • Patent number: 11971381
    Abstract: Provided is a gas detection device used in a humid environment such as a kitchen or a cooking room, which is excellent in moisture resistance and also excellent in sensitivity. In a gas detection device which includes a thin film type gas sensor including a heater portion, a gas detection portion, and a catalyst portion on a substrate, energizes the heater portion to heat the gas detection portion and the catalyst portion, and detects the detection target gas, the gas sensor configured by supporting a catalyst metal containing platinum as a main component on a support containing a transition metal oxide as a main component is adopted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: Osaka Gas Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Susumu Takami, Atsushi Nonaka, Hisao Onishi